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he may consume. mr. scalise: thank you, mr. speaker. you have no idea how great this feels to be back here at work in the people's house. as you can imagine these last 3 1/2 months have been pretty challenging times for me and my family. but if you look at the outpouring of love, of warmth, of prayer, my gosh, jennifer and i have been overwhelmed with all of that outpouring. us the strength to get through all of this and to get to this point today. t starts us the strength with . when i was laying out on that ball field, the first thing i
did once i was down and couldn't move anymore is i just started to pray. and i'll tell you it gave me an unbelievable sense of calm knowing that at that point it was in god's hands. but i prayed for very specific things. i will tell you pretty much every one of those prayers was answered. and they were some pretty allenging chairs i was putting in god's hands. he really did deliver for me and my family and it just gives you that renewed faith and understanding that the power of prayer is something that you just cannot underestimate. so i'm definitely a living example that miracles really do happen. the first place i want to go to thank true angels along the way
starts with the united states apitol police. when i was elected majority whip as you know the elected leadership has a security detail. if anybody ever wondered why we're assigned security detail, i surely found out that day. let me tell you, i want to specifically mention crystal griner and david bailey.
crystal and david were assigned to my security detail that morning, and day in and day out they are part of our family. jennifer and i truly treat them as part of our family because they are witus evewhere they go. on that day, ju 14, they came 6:30 in the morning. we arrived at the baseball field just to play and practice for a game of charity baseball. nobody would have suspected what ensued. yet as soon as those shots were fired -- i'll tell you, when i was laying on the ground, one
of the things i prayed for is that david and crystal would be successful in carrying out their duties. and both david and crystal are incredibly well trained, incredibly professional. but when i was laying there not long after the first couple of a s were fired, coy hear different caliber weapon and that told me that they had immediately engaged the shooter. let me tell you, if they didn't act so quickly, even after being shot a different caliber weapon and that told me that they had both continued to engage the shooter and ultimately got him down, which not only saved my life, but saved the life of a lot of other people that are here in this chamber today. crystal couldn't be with us today, but david bailey is with us. david, you are my hero. you saved my life. thank you so much.
i also thank -- owe thanks to loot of people on the field with me. right after the shooter was down a lot of my colleagues came and ran to come check on me. one i want to mtion in particular is one of those things that jennifer and i call the little miracles that happened that day and throughout the next few months of our recovery. heaped to have brad wenstrup on the field that day, and he was one of the first to come to my side. as you know brad's not only a doctor, but he's a decorated army ranger who served in combat. one of his roles and missions to take care of people that
were wounded before they went off on the helicopter to go get prepared. who would have thought that god would have to take care of peop were wounded before they went off put brad out there on the field with me because the tourniquet he applied, many will tell you, saved my life so i could actually make it to the hospital in time with alt blood loss. rad, where are you at? once i arrived at med star hospital, i was a little bit out of it at that point, but luckily i ended up in the trusted hands of dr. jack sava and his great team over at med star. they gave me a second chance at
life. and through many, many surgeries where my life was truly in the balance a few of those, they did a wonderful job at making sure that i was well taken care of and ultimately made it through that point so i could get to dr. golden and his team who actually put me back together again, which was quite a task, to the point where i'm actually able to relearn how to walk again. dr. sava, dr. golden, thank you for being here. thanks for your teams' work. above all else, i want to thank y lovely wife, jennifer.
those of you who know her know how strong jennifer is. she's an incredibly warm and loving wife. and she's an incredible mother to our children. somehow through the late nights and the surgeries and all the other things, she managedo hold our family together. to make sure that harris and madison were cared for as well. to this day she's not only by my side but serving as a great other. 'm lucky to have been challenge
in time for my family, the thing that really overwhelmed us from the start was the outpouring of love and warmth and prayers from southeast louisiana, thetrict i represent. we saw -- the district i represent. we saw blood drives at st. katherine. prayer groups at first united methodist church at slidell. but what we also saw were prayer groups and well wishes being given from people we never met before throughout all your districts. you shared it with me. and it was one of those things that was hard for us to completely comprehend that you had people from all walks of life that had never met me before and yet they saw what had happened. and they just wanted to offer prayers. let me tell you, that each and every one of you, please convey it to your constituents, i sure convey it to mine back home, that warmth and love gave us just incredible strength that you can't imagine during
some really, really difficult times. so that is one more example of the power of prayer. something else i saw firsthand wasn't a surprise to me, but it was the outpouring of love from you, my colleagues. both republican and democrat. right after the shooting we on the ticing republican side and the democrats were practicing, too. and my colleague and friend and sometimes archrival in baseball from back home in new orleans, unfortunately, the star of the game too many on the republican side and the democrats were practicing, time richmond somehow figured out which hospital i was sent t and got there probably the first person there on thscene in his baseball uniform to check on me. so many others of you, again both republican and democrat, reached out in ways that i express the gratitude and how much it means to me, jennifer, and our whole family. it really does show the warm side express the gratitude and
people get to see. i want to thank each and every one of you for that. you don't know how much it meant to me. when i come back into this chamber here today, just seeing the faces of all of you, it just means more to me than you can imagine. love and all of that support. love and support. a lot of people ask did this event change you? and i think those of you who know me know i'm an optimistic person. aim just a fun loving person. i'm from south louisiana. we believe you work hard and you play hard. is an event like this really going to change that? the first thing i can tell you is, yes, it changed me, but not in the ways you might think. it's only strengthened my faith in god and it's really crystallized what shows up as the goodness in people.
i got to see that goodness in people. so while some people might focus on a tragic event and all i remember are the thousands of acts of kindness and love and warmth that came out of this, and kept me going through all of it. again, just re-emphasize just how wonderful most people are and how much compassion there is out there. finally, i want to talk about something that i guess hit me and probably struck me more than anything that i was not expecting. that was the outpouring of love and support from world leaders. people i have met and have known, benjamin netanyahu and i incredible conversations from the hospital. theresa may reached out. the king abdul of jordan so many of us have met reached out. but other world leaders also in conversations from the hospital. theresa may reached out. people i had never met before.
and that touched me in a different way. because each and every one of us we come here and we fight for the things we believe in. i have passionate beliefs for some reason some of you don't agree with all of those. but it's so important that we come up here. we're the people's house. this is the place where these ideas are supposed to be debated. and we fight through those issues. but ultimately we come together on whatever the board shows is 218. if you can put the majority together, that's what rules the day. it's so important that as we're having those political battles, we don't make them personal. because one of the things i saw, i guess this is the thing that really kept coming back to me as i tried to make sense of all this and comprehend the outpouring of love that i saw, it kept coming back to those world leaders. why would leaders from around the world that i never met before reach out and say, steve, we hope you can get back to work. we hope you can come through
this. what it says is, sure, they cared about my well-being. but more than that they saw this as an attack on all of us. they saw this as an attack on the institution of the united states congress and our government. and they really count on us to be successful. look, we all know the united states is the leader of the free world. it's something that we frankly had the honor as a country to hold as a distinction for generations. and yet when you look at that title, what it really means is that there are people all around the world that want freedom, maybe that have freedom, but they know the united states being strong is critical to the rest of the world having the opportunity for freedom.
but that's why i'm so excited to be back because as we're fighting through the issues of the day, let's just keep in mind that we rise above the challenges of the day and understand that it's not just us and our constituents and the country, the united states, that's counting on us being successful. people all around the world that believe in freedom are counting on us as well and we will deliver for them. that's why i am so honored to to be back here in the house serving with you. god bless each and every one of you. got bless the united states of america. .
recognition? ms. pelosi: i thank god for the return of our colleague steve scalise and having to do so in such a strong way. thank god our prayers are answered. i take great pride in steve because we are italian-americans and that is the source of his strength and how proud we are of jennifer, harrison and madison and staff and first responders, the capitol police, who took such good care of you. when you were attacked, it was an attack on all and which kime through this magnificently. and we came to the floor and you weren't here, we were all team scalise. today we are team scalise. thank you for being so wonderful. god bless you.
the speaker: five-minute vote will continue. the question is on passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the bill is passed. . i ask for the yeas and nays the speaker: yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. his is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 264, the nays are 155. thbi is passed. d without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. unfinished business is on the vote of the passage of h.r. 2792 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk: h.r. 2792, a bill to amend the social security act to make certain provisions limiting payments of benefits for fugitive felons under the social
security act. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the passage of the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the nays are 171. the bill is passe without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the question on agreeing to the speaker's approval. journal. which the chair will put de novo. the question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the jourm. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, by direction of the committee on the judiciary i submit a privileged report to accompany house resolution 488. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the. the clerk: privileged report-to-company house resolution 488, resolution of inquiry requesting the president and directing the attorney general to transmit respectively certain documents to the house of representatives relating to the removal of
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. hoyer: i ask unanimous consent to speak on it of order for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. but yield to the majority leader for the purpose of giving us the schedule for the week to come. before i yield to the majority leader, i wants to join all of our colleagues in saying how very grateful we are and pleased that we are of the return of the majority whip, steve scalise. all of us who sat here and heard steve, our friend and colleague, give his reaction not only to thatateful, vicious action
took place as he was practicing for the charity baseball game where republicans and democrats come together to raise funds for young people and people who need help, and they do so together in the spirit of goodwill and common purpose. i think steve scalise, our majority whip, spoke movingly and i'm sure all of us were impressed with his courage and th his comments about that which is important. he talked about his prayers, having been answered and the prayers of literally millions of people around this country and in talking about some of the world leaders who called him and expressed their concern, because they knew, as he said and as leader pelosi said, an attack on
steve scalise was an attack on us all and attack on democracy and attack on peacefully resolving differences no matter how strongly they are held. a lesson for all of us. i want to congratulate and thank jennifer, his extraordinary wife, who shouldered a responsibility and a burden that she did not expect and as steve said, did it with great courage and great grace. his children, madison and harrison and their entire family, i know were responsible for steve being able to be back here with us. so we thank them. he's back with us today and we look forward to him being a vigorous, as he was and is, part of the deliberations of this house. and in reaching decisions in a positive, constructive way.
steve and i have a difference of opinion on whose crabs are better. we had a crab dinner not too long ago, his staff and my staff and brought some crabs up from louisiana and i brought some crabs from maryland and it was a split decision as to which is the best. it would not surprise you who was for which crab. today, we are filled with joy to see him back on the floor and on the road to full recovery. we also continue to be grateful for the recovery of u.s. capitol police officer kristen greiner and david bailey. i want to join steve and all of our members as we rose and lapped to show our respect and appreciation for those in the capitol police. some of us are privileged to as steve pointed out, have a detail, and they become family.
and we are so impressed with eir commitment, their talent and extraordinary training that they have received and display every day. greiner rse, crystal and david bailey responded and in responding injured themselves. they put their lives at risk for not only steve scalise but for all the members who were on the field at that point in time. and i want to join steve and i know all of our colleagues and the majority leader in expressing appreciation and great respect for those who serve us by the capitol police. the majority whip has left the floor now. we are gd to have you back. i wrote a note saying whatever i could do to help him, i'm sure he took that did not mean i
would vote the way he wants me to vote nor do i think he would vote the way i want him to vote. but we will continue in this great institution we call the house of representatives. as steve called it and i call it, the people's house. every two years they send us back here to make policy, to make our lives better and our country stronger. and more than the public knows, we work together to accomplish that objective. at this time, mr. speaker, i want to yield to my friend, the majority leader, we cooperate more than people will see from time to time. i want to thank him for that. and i yield to him to give us the schedule for the week to come. mr. mccarthy: i thank the gentleman for yielding and i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks.
the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mccarthy: before i give the schedule, i want to say that today was a day that was very good to see our very dear friend steve scalise make it back. as the gentleman said, an attack on him was an attack on the entire institution. i was there that day in the hospital, my wife and i and waiting for jennifer to arrive and steve going through the surgeries, the number of times we would go back to visit, he is the strongest man i have ever known. his speech was from the heart that he first would seek god's guidance, the strength of jennifer, watch madison and harrison spend their entire summer in that hospital with their father and for him to be able to walk back here as soon as he did and the excitement in his face when he was able to cast that vote. i know steve is going to continue to get stronger as he goes and he thanks everybody for
the help they provided. but we should not forget the spirit this floor had today. we should take that spirit into the days forward and continuity. we can disagree, but it takes an unbelievable terrible situation at times to remind us of the human spirit we have for one another. i want to make sure even for myself that i remember those moments and the times in the most heated debates. so with that, mr. speaker, on monday, the house will meet at noon for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. votes will be postponed until 6:30. on tuesday and wednesday, the house will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. on thursday, the house will meet at 9:00.m. last votes of the week are expected no later than 3:00 p.m. on friday, no votes are expected in the house. the house will consider a number of suspensions this week. a complete list of which will be
announced by close of business tomorrow. now, in addition, the house will consider h.r. 36, it is the pain-capable unborn child protection act also as i like to call it mica law. spent time with mica. miracles for mica and i wear it because he was born premature at 20 weeks. you look at a picture of mica, he was the size of a bag of m and m's. today he is happy, healthy and five years old and no one would know the difference. mr. speaker, all life is a miracle. and we have an obligation here to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. i look forward of the house passing this compassionate bill next week that will protect the lives of countless others like
mica. the house will take up f.y. 2018 budget resolution that will balance within 10 years and provides for a strong national defense, eliminates burdensome regulation and cracks down on waste, fraud and abuse and will enable tax reform which is the key to economic growth and seeing that americans take more of their hard-earned dollars. i thank chairman black and the entire budget committee and especially you, mr. speaker, for your hard work on this bill. and with that, i yield to my friend. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for the information on the schedule to come. i want to speak to two things that are not on the schedule, mr. leader, but i know that both of us focused on this and realize that we need to move and we need to move quickly. first of all, i want to speak of puerto rico and the virgin
islands. the leader and i, mr. speaker, were scheduled to try to go to key west and to p puerto rico puerto rico and the vigin islands this weekend. i'm not sure that will be able to happen given some of the logistics on the ground. but whether that happens or not, mr. speaker, i know the leader and i are going to work very hard on this. there is a humanitarian crisis that has confronted puerto rico and the virgin islands. key west, at least you can drive to key west still and we can get relief to key west and to florida and the victims of harvey. obviously, our fellow americans that are residents of two islands or actually more than two islands, but that comprise puerto rico and the virgin islands are in life-threatening distress. i talked today to dr. price,
secretary of health and human services about the availability of dyalisis on the island and there are people who have already died because they were not able to get to dyalisis centers and those centers don't have all the electricity they need. so there is a humanitarian crisis as i pointed out, mr. speaker. and i know the leader appreciates this. and mr. leader, i know we don't have anything on the floor with reference to additional resources that might be and are necessary to meet this humanitarian crisis in puerto rico and the virgin islands, but i would urge the majority leader, as i have done, and i think he has done, to be in contact with the administration, be in contact with fema. in particular, i was pleased to see general kim has been
appointed as general honore was for new orleans and katrina to coordinate activities. we have extraordinary resources in the armed forces of the united states and i would urge the president, commander in chief, and the department of defense to allocate every resource necessary to get the people of the american people who live in puerto rico and the virgin islands to a point where communications, the availability of food, the availability of water, the availability of medical services is up and bore by pefully full the end of this weekend. this is a crisis and i know the majority leader shares that view. if he wants to make a comment on that, i yield to him. mr. mccarthy: it is true, the gentleman and i were hopefully trying to go down to puerto rico
and the virgin islands and key west to look at some of the damage and right now the coast guard tells us with the rescue attempts that are ongoing, we probably would be taking some equipment away from doing that work and we don't want to do any of that. we will be able to go a little later when the time is right. we will continue to work with the administration, when you think what this country has gone through with hurricanes harvey, irma and maria, i do want to give some thanks to the work of the administration. i have seen coordination like i have not seen in the past. these are islands. the damage of the two hurricanes they had to go through. i have been in constant contact and speaking with fema, they are coordinating and establishing seven temporary hospitals. that was my concern with dyalisis and others and i will work with the gentleman as we
have in the past to make sure the need -- whatever they need will be able to get there. i do want to thank congressman curbelo for his amendment to the bill we just voted on, adding resources to make sure because knowing the tax code of puerto rico is little different as the one we voted on, to give them greater assistance and the virgin islands and i yield back. mr. hoyer: clearly this is not a partisan issue when a group of americans or a large number in this case over 3 1/2 million people, all of them at dire risk, we want to act together and act quickly and we do not deploy any to resource that is necessary to help our fellow americans. .
secondly i want to bring up an act that although not the crisis that puerto rico and the virgin islands, in particular, confront us with, as did harvey and irma in texas and florida, but mr. speaker, i notice the dream act is not a part of next week's schedule. the leader and i discussed the dream act, along with speaker ryan. i know that the president has said if we pass the dream act, he's said publicly he would sign the dream act. he is obviously concerned with security at the borders. we share that concern about security at the borders. ut this is an item that now is one sixth of the time that was available has one, we have five months left to go. and i will tell the majority
leader, i am very hopeful that, i know the majority leader and the speaker formed some task forces to look at this issue, but i am very hopeful, mr. speaker, and i ask the majority leader to perhaps comment on this that before the end of this work period, there are 1914 days -- there are another 1614 days left after this week in the work period, that we might be table bring the dream act to the floor. a discharge petition has been filed. i would hope that the discharge petition was not necessary for either the rule or for the dream act itself, a discharge petition on the dream act itself will be mature as of october 5. i expect a discharge petition to be filed on that as well. but i'm hopeful, mr. speaker, that that will not be necessary. given the fact that the president has said that he thinks the daca was issued
beyond the authority of the president, president obama, we disagree with that conclusion but whether that conclusion is correct or not, the president observed that we need to fix this legislatily. so my qution to the majority leader is, my question to the majority leader is, how soon does he believe that we could address this issue in regular order? we continue to pursue discharge petition, as we did, frankly, which, when bank, it was called to the floor, had over 300 votes in favor of it, including the majority of the majority party. voted for that bill. we believe, mr. speaker,
strongly, that if the dream act is brought to the floor, which over eight in 10 americans agree with, and frankly, we believe large numbers on both sides of the aisle agree with, and that these young people ought not to be sent home. lastly, let me just quote senior orrin hatch, the senior member of the united states senate and chairman of the finance committee , he said, i urged the president not to rescind daca. he did and gave us six months to solve this legislatively. senator hatch observed that if daca was rescinded, it would be an action that would further complicate a systemn a serious need of permanent a legislative solution. he was referring then, mr. speaker, to comprehensive immigration reform. like the president, i long
advocated for tougher enforcement, orrin hatch said, of our existing immigration laws. but we also need a workable method for those who entered our country unlawfully as children through no fault of their own. and who have built their lives here. that solution must come from congress. and i agree that that decision must come from congress. rush limbaugh said, and i don't usually agree with statements that mr. limbaugh makes, nobody is going to win anything by deporting a bunch of kids that we let in, whoever did or ba ma, whatever if we can't get strict enforcement of existing immigration law, he went on to say, then the dreamer thing may be an acceptable payoff, he said. i don't think this is a payoff, this is respond -- respond,
that's why the overwhelming majority of the american people support the dream act. as i said -- as i say, over eight out of 10 americans. so i ask the majority leader, i know that was a relatively long statement. s that critical issue, as i have expressed in private to the majorieader, because we have but five months left to go. but hopelly we can do this in this work period and to allay the fears that these young people have who are making such positive contributions to america, to their communities, and to their families. so i'm hopeful we can resolve this issue as soon as possible. i yield to my friend the majority leader. mr. mccarthy: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i first want to applaud speaker ryan for forming a working group on this important issue. the gentleman and i have met numerous times on this. i've talked to the president about it as well. he's been very clear, and i agree with the president's
position. ourts have shown that the past was unconstitutional, and that means the congress has to do their job one thing i would hate to happen here, that we only do the job halfway and then have this problem come back us to. the president asked about border security as well. i believe we can find a solution here together. i look forward to working with you. the president has challenged this congress to find a solution. i believe we can. we're going to work to make sure we get it done. i would like to do it sooner than the time frame the president has given. i yield become. mr. hoyer: i welcome the majority leader's thought that he wants to do it sooner rather than later. i will support himn that effort. i would say in his comment, with reference to a comprehensive solution, we're for a comprehensive solution, and we'd like to see, because that's the only way we'll stop this from coming back, the senate pass a
comprehensive immigration bill three years ago. we have not seen that on the floor as of yet. again, we think that that would have an -- a substantial vote, perhaps a majority vote, i'm not as confident of that as i am with the dreamers, the dream act which i think clearly would enjoy the majority of the house's support. but i'm glad that he wants to move this quickly. we will work with him to get that so that i would hope, as i said, by the end of the work period, to allay the great fears and anxiety, very frankly we have had some young people going back to a land they do not know a language they do not necessarily speak and a culture they have never -- as adults never been exposed to and don't know. this for all intents and purposes, anything other than having the paper that says so is their country. they've gone to school here. they work here. they've been positive citizens here.
and hopefully, as the president said, he said he loved these children that we could relieve their fears and in effect redeem the american dream for them. there are other issues obviously with which we have to deal and i would urge the majority leader as well at some point in time to make the path forward for comprehensive immigration reform because it's a system we all agree is broken and needs to be fixed. nd is part of the problem. two more issues, mr. leader, you mention the budget would be coming to the floor. the -- this is the 2018 budget. this is obviously late but nevertheless is being brought to the floor. we'll be able to consider it. can the gentleman tell me, will this include reconciliation instructions, and if so what
those reconciliation instructions will deal with? i yield to my friend. mr. mccarthy: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i expect reconciliation in this budget. i leave it up to the rules committee in the budget but on this floor i believe there'll be reconciliation, i yield back. mr. hoyer: is this, mr. leader, will it assume the repeal of the a.c.a. in fiscal year 2017 which will obviously doctor or fiscal year 2018, either one of those years? which clearly has not seemed possible at thisoint in time? i yield to my friend. mr. mccarthy: i thank the gentleman for yielding. if the question is, have i given up on repealing obama kaye, the answer is no. we know what harm from obamacare has come to many americans. the lack of insurance that when you look at the number or county, 40% of all counties in
america only have one provider, some have none. we watched premiums go up. we want a health care system where people have choice. where the price is lower, the quality is better. that's something i'll never give up on. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for that observation. obviously we disagree, as he knows or then thone success and failure of a.c.a. every health organization in america, major health organization in america, opposed the repeal of -- the bill that came to the floor. senator mccain, i thought, gave very powerful exhortation to all of us when he said, july 25, we ought to do this in a bipartisan way. we found now, three efforts to repeal by the majority party who control all three, the senate, the house, and the presidency. an inability to do that.
mr. speaker, i believe, i would hope the majority leader would pursue efforts, we would do the same on our side, we believe the a.c.a. has been working. we believe that 20-plus million more people are insured under the a.c.a. than were insured before the a.c.a. we blove people with pre-existing conditions were able to get insurance, we believe seniors save substantial money. purchasing prescription drugs as a result of that. we believe people did not have, we know they didn't have, the specter of being canceled because their expenses in any one year were above a limit and that their lifetime limits would not be imposed when they get a serious critical illness. ande think it worked but --
the jerrett has tried to repeal it. they have not succeeded. at this point in time. but they have created, mr. speaker, great anxiety and uncertainty in the marketplace. to the extent, for instance, that premiums have risen in our state, the head of blue cross-blue shield, the largest insurer in our state, said the reason for at least 50% was the uncertainty created by the administration and the debates that occurred in this house and proposals that occurred in this house which have undermined the market. i talked to him the other day, he said in fact if there was stability, he believes rates would come down significantly because insurance companies, providers, would have an opportunity to have a stable environment in which they could assess the costs of health insurance.
lastly, fi might -- did the majority leader want to -- d th majority leader want toay anything? i yield. mr. mccarthy: we can always go back and forth with each other but i'll tell you my own district. i don't know why anybody would say they're making a decision on something when our bill carries it out another two years even, i don't believe that to be true. but i know what is true. currently, 30% of the people at are on the exchange in my district just had somebody pull out and they had that health insurance. anthem. and now they don't. they have to go find something else. they had doctors that they loved. they promised that they were going to be able to keep them. but they couldn't. just look at numbers and i take republican, democrat, i take whatever name across from it,
almost twice as many people pay the penalty or take a waiver than actually make a payment for obamacare. so yes this will continue, not because you and i have a disagreement but because people are hurting. premiums are going up. deductibles are going up. people are losing providers. and the providers are not leaving because of staying in the same way for the next two year, they're leaving because it's staying there so yes, i look fwrd to continuing this conversation. because we cannot allow this harm to continue to go through this country. i yield back. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, we could go on all day. and the fact of the matter is, this is a critically important issue to our country. and when he talks about providers, the providers said they didn't like any of these bills. they have had three opportunities, one that we passed, by one that was offered,
but not put on the floor. then one that came to the flo and passed this house and then went to the senate. and the majority of the senate has not agreed with any of the three alternatives. plus the alternative that senator graham brought forward along with senator from louisiana. the majority of the senate has not depreed. and mr. speaker, what that has done is provided with the insurance industry, providers, doctors, medical authorities with total lack of confidence in what's going to happen tomorrow. nobody in business believes that you can have proper pricing if you do not know the context in which you are pricing your product. so yes, there has been a disruption and what we ought to do as senator mccain said, come together and make a system
works. we believe the a.c.a. is working, not as well as it should right now, not working for the small market and people on exchanges. it can in almost every medical provider and the majority of the american people over this last eight months has changed from to iking the a.c.a. and where the majority of the american people now support and ven out of 10-plus want the a.c.a. fixed, not repealed. so in that context, it seems to me both good politics and good policy for us to come together and to create a system that works for the american people. we believe that's by fixing the a.c.a. and to that extent, we reflect
the majority of the american people. secondly, mr. speaker, the last issue i want to bring up are two items that were not included in the f.a.a. bill, but which are important programs, one is the perkins loan program for students. we know that the cost of education have skyrocketed. and we need to extend that act. that bill, by the way, mr. speaker, has 226 co-sponsors, so it's not as if the majority of the house that already supports that extension. thing that cond needs to be done, we need to deal with the comprehensive health systems in our communities, the community health centers. we need to deal with the teaching hospitals. we need to deal with the diss
proportionate share of hospitals. so there are many things we did not include in the bill that we passed today that need to be addressed and addressed immediately. they are not on the schedule next week. can my friend give me some idea we might consider those which of course expires on october 30 -- september 30. september 30 will come and go before we start next week's schedule and i yield to my friend. mr. mccarthy: you raised a couple of issues. when it comes to teaching hospitals that was in the bill that you voted against twice this week on the floor. so that has been taken care of. when you are talking about chip and the extension of that, chairman walden actually postponed a markup not because he wanted to, but because it was requested by the democrats. he postponed the markup this week. this is something i would like to get done.
and chairman walden has scheduled a markup for next week. i'm very hopeful we will get this done very soon. i'm a big supporter of schip and a lot of the work that they do and especially for the health clinics out there. i look forward to working with you. mr. hoyer: can you mention schip? can you refer to the perkins loan program. does the gentleman know whether that is also moving forward. i yield. mr. mccarthy: i apologize. i did not have that scheduled at the current time. but will keep you abreast when i do. hire hire i'm pleased schip is on the committee's agenda next week and hopefully that can be brought to the floor before we leave in this work period, perhaps just before or just after the dream act is brought to the floor. and unless the gentleman wants
to make a comment, i yield back. mr. mccarthy: i yield back. mr. hoyer: i yield back. the secretary: act of 2017 in which the concurrence of the ouse is requested. mr. hoyer: before you leave, i yield to my friend the majority leader. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. mccarthy: we wanted you to stay for one moment. it's our understanding because that could be your left message providing to us on this floor. what we would like to say to you is thank you, thank you for a very grateful nation for your
service. many times the american people hear your voice but the power which you bring back and forth to make this democracy work. we thank you for your service and wish you happiness in your retirement. mr. hoyer: you have been a long time employee of the united states house senate and as a result an a employee of the people of the united states. you have done your work with great ability, clarity and we very much acie your service to the senate, but also to this house, to the congress itself and to the american people. they are grateful for all you have done. god speed.
i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. mccarthy: i ask unanimous consent that when the house adjourns today it adjourn to meet at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow and further when the house adjourns on that day it adjourn to meet on monday october 2, 2017 when it shall convene at noon for morning hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the chair will entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise today during national suicide prevention month to call attention to this tragedy that is so prefflept and important throughout our nation. suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the united
states and on average 121 suicides per day. for too many americans, one in five are suffering from some form of mental illness, a problem that has disrupted too many families, caused too much violence, pain and costs of too many lives. in congress we are working on a bipartisan basis to bring needed reform to our health care system through the passage of 21st century cures act. the central arkansas veterans health care system led by dr. scott is one of nine systems nationwide currently involved in the clay hunt pilot program. this program gives our v.a. employees to reach out to veterans and offer guidance while providing essential suicide prevention services. dr. scott has made over 200 community connections throughout arkansas to assist our veterans. we all must work together and continue to work forward in
addressing mental health and mental health access and save the lives of all american citizens and reverse this deadly trend of suicide. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and stepped my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i can't believe congress has closed legislative business for the week without addressing a critical deadline that will impact the health of our country. on september 30, authorization for the community health centers and children's health insurance program chip will expire. it's september 28 and we just closed legislative business. that means funding for this program will lapse and the health of millions of americans will be in jeopardy. our nation's community health
centers that serve low-income rural and underserved communities more than 50 years. the services they offer that they are now the primary health care option for millions of people. chip is another program that congress will allows to lapse. no matter the differences between democrats and republicans when it comes to health care, we have come to ensure that our nation's children do not go without the care they need. here we are leaving d.c. and abandonning the children on chip and millions more at community health care centers. i ask we come back into session and extend these critical programs. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise to honor the life and memory of major
lowenberg, hy former adjutant general of the national guard. he served at mccord air force base before joining the national guard as a judge advocate staff officer. he was promoted to adjutant general. he stood up for our citizen soldiers, worked to ensure that the national guard had the resources it needed and oversaw multiple deployments to the middle east. tim established the washington youth academy, providing an education andpportunity for at-risk youth across the state. as a member of the washington legislature, i was pleased to work with him on this, a cause that he was very passionate about and was able to see his vision become a success. mr. newhouse: upon retirement, he continued to serve his
country and community. he will be missed by many, but his legacy of determination, kindness and service to washington and these united states lives on. please join me in remembering lowenberg al timothy and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i honor the anniversary of the food stamp act of 1977. tomorrow, the program we know as snap, supplemental nutrition assistance program turns 40. we also know that before the implementation of snap, families can couldn't afford healthy meals and kids were going to school on empty stom action. today over 18,000 families in my
district count on snap benefits to put food on their tables at home and help children feed their mind at school. in my district, the number one industry is agriculture, we ship fresh fruits and vegetables to other parts of the country and the world. as a representative of this area, it is my goal and responsibility to make sure the families in my district have access to the same nutritious produce grown in our back yard. under the leadership of chairman conaway, i look forward to working on the 2018 farm bill with my colleagues so we can support strong investments? snap and support stronger families and a stronger future. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. rothfus: this coming sunday
is new year's day. several weeks ago, congress passed and the president signed a temporary spending bill to carry the government through september 8. this was necessary because the house passed the spending bills, the senate did not. one of the glaring problems, it continues the practice of short changing our defenses of the men and women in our military. it is frozen and the changes this house has insisted in the national defense authorization act are stalled to the detriment of our defenses and men and women in uniform. secretary mattis said long-term c.r.'s at a time when threats are high, the longer the c.r., the greater the consequences for our force. the threats are real. you see threats growing daily from north korea and iran and isis and afghanistan and we need to deploy resources to puerto
rico. there is no need to wait until december 8 to get a national defethorization bill. get our troops funded. with that, i yield bk. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? without objection the gentleman s recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker -- mr. payne: mr. speaker, i'm glad president trump listened to secretary clinton and deployed the comfort to puerto rico, even though it was seven days after hurricane maria destroyed the island. president trump must do more and do it now. mr. speaker, the president of the united states has a moral and legal duty to protect the well-being of our citizens. that's why today, right now, the
president must order the department of defense to deploy all available assets to puerto rico and the virgin islands to prevent this catastrophe from getting worse. the thousands of puerto ricans and all the virgin islanders i represent deserve to know our nation's priority is their well being and their families ian friends' and fellow citizens' as well, american citizens. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek reck snigs? -- recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i first want to welcome steve scalise back to this house floor. the strength of his message shows why he's such a hero to us all. i also want to tell the story of another hero, one from my congressional district in dayton, ohio. april 5, 2016, dante cotton saw an overturned car that collided
with a pole. the driver told him her child was inside the car. acting on immediate instinct , he crawled through broken glass to rescue the baby from the car. both the mother and child were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. in august of last year, dante again found himself in the right place at the right time, again on his letter carrying route. on his normal mail delivery route, an elderly woman whose home had been invaded ran up to him needing help. he drove her to a police cruiser, ensuring her safety. his courage is being recognized by the national association of letter carriers, which has given him their 2017 hero award. i uld like to thank dana fo -- dante for his acts of true hoe rowism in our community and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from haye seek recognition? -- from hawaii seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for
one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. jose fun tess was brought to hawaii from el salvador when he was 13 years old he went to high school in honolulu, made friends, got a job but no matter what he did, he couldn't escape the dark shadow cast on his future because of his immigration status. ms. gabbard: he described daca as a weight lifted from his back. he was empowered to apply for college, bought a home, pursued opportunities that any of us would want for our children. today he's a small business owner, he owns a landscaping company , he volunteers at his local church and continues to give back to the community that he calls home. i urge my colleagues to sign the discharge petition to bring the dream act to the floor for a vote so we can pass a permanent solution for jose and millions of dreamers adelose country. oyou are nation made a promise to these young men and women, we must uphold that promise. i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: are there further requests for one-minute speeches? for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. ialize today to call upon president trump to ert -- i rise today to call upon president trump to sertfi that iran is in compliance with the iran nuclear agreement. mr. connolly: to destabilize at this time will be to destabilize the ability to have the united states to engage in agreements, especially those we initiated ourselves. our credibility son the line especially given that the iaea, the united nations and the united states government certified that ilan is -- iran is in compliance. it's in compliance on centre fuges, enriched uranium and the plutonium reactor itself.
we want to make sure we don't have a second nuclear front by desert fiing iran. it's important to united states interest the security of the world and the security of israel that this agreement be certified as in compliance. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: under e speaker's announced policy -- under the speaker's announced spoifl january 3, 2017, the gentleman from california, mr. ka in a is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. > i ask unanimous consent to have five legislative days to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. kanna: i rise today to recognize the late chinese
wen. al sun li general sun's strategies on the battlefield were a combination of traditionalhise military theory and american military training. he was an important ally for the united states and a popular figure among his people. . khanna: he was born in aunwe, china, the son of a confusion scholar he moved to the united states to attend perdue university and graduated with a degree in civil engineering. as china fell deeper into political upheaval and war, the general believed he could be more useful as a soldier than as an engineer. he went on to attend the virginia military institute, where he faced prejudice from other cadets. when he returned to china, he
advanced to the rank of colonel. in one of his earliest battles in world war ii, he led troops to the defense of shanghai and was wounded while leading his own men to safety. after recovering from his injuries , he established a military training camp in southern china. the men at the camp were trained in both eastern and western military strategy. the general is an internationally renowned for his extraordinary service in the battle in 1942. he saved the british first burma divion by leading a reg meant in the flanking maneuver. his bravery -- he breyly protected allied forces from encirclement by the imperial japanese army. he was also given command of a small group from the british second royal tanks, making him
the first chinese officer to command british troops. in recognition of his victory in burma, he was knighted by the united kingdom and awarded the gion of merit by president frankly roosevelt. he was a friend of american generals mcarthur and eisenhower. in the report recommending him for the heof merit, the u.s. war department wrote the following, and i quote, for exceptional meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service in the burma operations under 19 -- in 1942, under most trying conditions, general sun portrayed high calls of leadership. the first burma division of the british force was extricated by the attack of the 38th division and saved from anilings. general sun held his unit together at all times during the are treat and brought it ready
for combat to india. his example of courage and leadership reflect great credit on allied arms. mr. speaker, i wish to thank the f.d.r. library and congressional research service for finding this document and ask for unanimous consent to enter it along with a letter from the virginia military institute into the congressional record. i would like to read very briefly from that letter, from the virginia military institute which recognized general sun for his leadership in the china-burma-india theater and recognized that his story has inspired many other virginia military institute graduates since then. general sun's legacy his on through his family, including california assembly member
canson chu. i'm pleased to recognize assembly member chu and his wife daisy who have joined us here today with his family and our honored guests in the house gallery. the district that assemblyman chu and i represent are some of the most ethnically diverse areas in our country. general sun valued diversity he found greater strength as a leader by combining eastern and western ideas. he led soldiers with different ethnicities and religions. his accomplishments demonstrate that we are better when we embrace diversity. i encourage congress to remember the contributions and slig of general sun and -- and legacy of general sun and their importance to the people of the united states, of china, and those of chinese american ancestry. toicht end with a note -- i want
to end with a note, several of us went a few days ago to the lie brear of congress where graham allison was speaking. graham allison has this theory which argues that two powers, when one power is rising and another is established, often are likely to face conflict and war. and he said in china they're familiar with this trap. i would submit that general sun's story is reminder for why the united states and china can be allies and not adversaries. we often forget that china was critical in the united states' efforts in winning world war ii. and general sun's story is a reminder of that and an inspiration for us in this new century in finding common ground between the united states and china to help create a more peaceful world.
with that, mr. speaker, i yield the remainder of my time and my special order to the gentleman from arizona, representative gallego. sorry about that the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman's request is granted. members are reminded to avoid references to visitors in the gallery. under the speaker's announced spoifl january 3, 2017, the gentleman from arizona, is recognized the -- for the remainder of the hour as the designee of the minority leader. mr. gallego: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, is donald trump running a cabinet or cauntry club? every day it's getting harder to tell. not son-in-law the president spending vast sums to ferry himself and his entourage to and from his various golf courses, but now it turns out that top leaders in his administration
have developed a special fondness for traveling by private jet. the treasury secretary used a taxpayer-funded plane to hop down to fort knox to see the eclipse, for example, and he has asked to use one for his honeymoon in europe. e.p.a. administrate pruitt spent on private jets but the worst offender is h.h. secretary price who has already racked up $400,000 in flights in private aircraft he flew to tennessee, for all of six hour, much of it spent having lunch with his son. he jetted to an island off the coast of georgia for a trip that featured far more recreation than government business. clearly when it comes to travel on taxpayers' dime the price does not matter to tom price. eth exs and personal responsibility doesn't matter to tom price. doing what's right doesn't matter to tom price. and that's why he meeds to
resign immediately. don't take my word for it. here's what president george w. bush's top ethics official said about price's travel habit. i quote, to use a charter flight on something that combines personal and government business i think is highly unprofessional and really inappropriate. those are strong words. but how terrible it is for someone to use private jets, tom price himself. let's see what tom price said. 2009, he described gernment officials taking private pleap just another example of fiscal irresponsibility run amuck. i couldn't agree more, mr. speaker. price spent nearly $25,000 to fly from d.c. to philadelphia and back in one single day. he could have spent at last minute, $725 on united airlines or $133 on amtrak. mr. speaker, i just checked on
my phone that that would have ost mr. price about $450 round trip. for the price of the private jet, he could have ordered individual cars for himself and 54 staff members. every american who works and pays taxes should firnede this appalling. amtrak was good enough for joe biden, but somehow it is beneath the treasury secretary and h.h.s. secretary to ride the train. riding the train is apparently beneath the e.p.a. administrator. here is a good rule of thumb. if you are spending more on private jets that most american families are making in one year, you are spending too much. tom price has enough time to jet around the country but not enough time for millions of kids
who will lose chip coverage. very little to help people sign up for health insurance. that's unacceptable. secretary price says he needs to fly around on his jets to connect with ordinary citizens. i'm not kidding. his press secretary told reporters that these junkets were getting outside of d.c. making sure he is connected with the real american people. mr. speaker, here's how you really connect with your fellow americans, don't take a private plane, buy a seat in coach. of course, we should have seen this coming. news reports revealed when he was a member of congress, price was introducing legislation to invest in his personal investment and traded on industry stocks based on insider information. no question that he needs to resign right now and if he doesn't, president trump needs to fire him.
donald trump that he loves firing people. he said i love doing it. if someone really deserves it, mr. speaker, secretary price really, really, really deserves it. then again, we know trump won't do anything. we are all familiar with the trump way of doing businesses with the bad deals and bankruptcy. here's the trump way, hire people proven to be corrupt. number two, create an environment which corruption and bad behavior are encouraged. number three, do absolutely nothing when the corruption and bad behavior is exposed. this administration talks about putting america first. this administration talks about draining the swamp, but its cabinet officials are more interested in traveling first class. this administration talks about making america great again but they are only concerned about not having to wait at an airport gate zpwen. they talk about fighting for
working leaders but the top leaders are lining their own pockets. i'm fed up and so are the american people. let's bring back back government to the people for the people instead of government with a powerfulful friends of donald trump. i now yield back to my time to my friend from california, mr. ieu. mr. lieu: i thank you for that presentation and joined by congresswoman raskin. and today is thursday. that means we need to ask why does jared kushner still have a security clearance? he already submitted two false ones. we are going to talk about three other problems, one of which is secretary price, to my left is a picture of the private jet that secretary price flew on at taxpayers' expense.
but in addition to secretary price, welshave secretary mnuchin who flew on a government jet to kentucky in order to watch the eclipse. i get that was a pretty cool thing to do but shouldn't be using taxpayer funds to do it. and we have e.p.a. administrator who spent $58,000 on noncommercial flights to go to different places. with $58,000. ou can do a lot with that. $58,000, you could hire a v.a. spinal cord specialist for one year and secretary price spent over $400,000 of your money and that is a lot of spinal cord specialists and we are talking about raiding the public funds and raiding the public trust. that's why i have introduced the swampfire act. and what it will do is stop this
from happening in the future. this will prohibit senior cabinet officials from using noncommercial flights unless they certify under penalty of perjury that no commercial floits were available. in this case, you have secretary price flying from here to nashville. i guarantee you there are lots of commercial flights and no reason he had to take a noncommercial flight. in addition to what we are seeing with these three cabinet officials, we have this culture of corruption th really eds to stop because this flows from the top. with the president, what we have now is the president staying at all these private properties that are his or owned by his family and comes with his secret service and other folks and they are paying money to these properties to stay there, to eat there and all of that money flows back to the trump organization. so the president is enriching himself and his family at
taxpayer expense. no wonder we have three cabinet officials doing these insane things with taxpayer funds. and now we have a republican congress unwilling to do oversight on this. you have speaker ryan going on tv saying that he thinks the present administration is doing great. well, you can't have this kind of taxpayer waste when you've got the public trust at issue. we also have responses from these departments that are deeply troubling. so the treasury department in response to what secretary my nutchin was doing in -- mnuchin was doing, he asked if the air force could fly him and his wife on their honeymoon. the answer is no, you can't do that. now the response of the department was, well, he needed to have secure communications. well, that was the wrong response. i can guaraee you, there are other ways of
commune cages oth than the air force fly you around on your honeymoon. with secretary price, the department gave the wrong response. they said well, secretary price needs to go around meeting americans and shouldn't be waiting four hours at the airport. wrong response. yes, he should be waiting. no american flies $25,000 to a place to meet other americans. the wrong response from that department. what we need is to have these three cabinet officials apologize. i join with congresswoman guy congressman nd raskin asking price to resign. what we need is for the public to get engaged because we are seeing fraud, waste and abuse with multiple members of the trump cabinet. with that, i yield back to
congressman gallego. mr. gallego: i yield as much time as possible to the gentleman from maryland, representative raskin. mr. raskin: i want to salute my colleague from california who has been a leading voice in demanding real financial accountability. i want to underscore what my colleagues have said. if there are any americans out there who love to fly wherever they want, whenever they want at taxpayer expense, then we've got the perfect job for you in president trump's cabinet. of course, only billionaires and millionaires only apply. if you have a case for fancy chartered air travel paid for by hard working americans across the country, this is undoubtedly
the job for you. while millions of desperate americans are suffering in the sweltering post-hurricane conditions of puerto rico, the virgin islands, florida, texas and louisiana, we've got cabinet secretaries who should be doing everything in their power to save our people, but are looking out for something far more important apparently than other americans' mere survival. they are focused on their own first class private chartered air flights to curby destinations paid for by thousands of taxpayer money. this comes out this week and health and human services secretary tom price is less interested in health and human services than he is in wealth and valet services. he blasted the use of government-paid air travel on cnbc, he seems to have come down
with severe case of swamp fever billing you and me and millions americans for 26 customized deluxe first class private chartered air flights at an estimated cost of $400,000. that is just one cabinet secretary. i can't blame him for one of the trips he took in august to the beautiful and secluded island in st. simons island georgia and to et to his condo in nashville and have lunch with his son. it was hot, hot, hot here in washington, d.c.,, as climate change sets in across america and the world. but as we say on capitol hill, it's not the heat, it's the stupidity. and look at what our secretary of health and human services did and here i'll read from politico, september 26, an
article entitled price's private jet travels included visits with colleagues, lunch with son. h.h.s. secretary combined official travel and meetings with friends and families. health and human services tom price took a government funded jet to get to st. simons island, an scluse i have resort where he owns land before he addressed a medical conference of doctors. st. simons' trip was one of two trips which he traveled to where he owns property to meet with family and friends. on june 6, he chartered a jet where he owns a condo and spoke to a local health summit organized by a long time friend and had lunch with his son. h.h.s. official said both the georgia and tennessee trips were
for official government business and paid for by the department. it's no problem getting out of town and going to see your family, but really, do the taxpayers have to pay for it? if the taxpayers have to pay for trips like this, couldn't secretary price at least fly on first class commercial airlines taxpayers to tens of thousands of dollars to book a private airplane. politico askedhe same question. here they said, like some of the other 26 flights that price took on corporate jets since may identified by a politico review, the trip to tennessee seems to have occurred despite the existence of multiple commercial flight option sm the trip to georgia, while less direct could have been accomplished with the routine connecting flight through atlanta's busy international airport. on august 4, price flew a falcon twin jet from north carolina where he had given a speech to a
flu vaccine manufacturer to brunswick, which is a half hour drive away. same plane that shuttled him between five states in four days, one that h.h.s. chartered through class pick air charter for more than $86,000. the plane arrived in brunswick at 4:02 the afternoon before the start of the two-day retreat and roughly 40 hours before price addressed the group according to airport records. at about the same time there were connecting commercial flights that would have gotten price to st. simons island that evening. you can go back and you can look at all of these cases. for example, secretary price chartered a plane for $25,000 of government money from dulls airport to philadelphia, a distance of mere 135 miles when charter flight left five
minutes after a regular flight flew, commercial flight flew from dulles for a few hundred dollars. he paid $25,000 and left several minutes later after he had taken the commercial flight. . even a first class flight would have been around $00 he could have taken british airways, they go there, whose slogan is to fly, to serve. i guess that's not quite right. he could have taken southwest air, their slogan, low fares, nothing to hide. maybe jetblue, you above all that could have worked. but no, instead , he had to book the private jet and fly for $25,000 from theer philadelphia. sp