UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1000
HOUSE FLOOR DEBATE: The House meets at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. One Minutes // H.R. 2647 - Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Rep. Westerman / Agriculture / Natural Resources) // The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Polis Amendment (10 minutes); Tipton Amendment (10 minutes); Lujan Grisham Amendment (10 minutes); Kilmer Amendment (10 minutes) // Complete Consideration of H.R. 2822 - Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 (Modified Open Rule) (Rep. Calvert / Appropriations) // Postponed Amendment Votes: Zinke Amendment; Garamendi Amendment #2; Newhouse Amendment; Rouzer Amendment; Hudson Amendment; Goodlatte Amendment; Westmoreland Amendment; LaMalfa Amendment; Ellison Amendment; Buck Amendment; Grothman Amendment; Sanford Amendment; Palmer Amendment #1; Palmer Amendment #2; Calvert Amendment // Begin Consideration of H.R. 6 - 21st Century Cures Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Rep. Upton / Energy and Commerce) // The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order eight amendments to be considered later.
10:00:11THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker.
THE CLERK:the speaker's room, washington, d.c., july 9, 2015.
10:00:30i hereby appoint the honorable david g. valadao to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:pursuant to the order of the house of january 6, 2015, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by
10:00:45the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate . the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip limited to five minutes, but in
10:01:01no event shall debate continue beyond 11 50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes.
BLUMENAUER (D-OR):thank you, mr. speaker. one of the most difficult and
10:01:17challenging situation any family faces is dealing with circumstances surrounding the end of life. earlier this week, n.p.r. ran a fascinating story on a little known fact that physicians die differently than the rest of
10:01:32us. they are more comfortable, they're more likely to spend their final days surrounded by loved ones. they seldom die in an i.c.u. or in a hospital setting. that's because doctors understand what works and what
10:01:48doesn't. doctors are very clear about their wishes, and they choose quality of life and concern for their families as well as their own well-being. i've been working in this area of end of life for more than six years. the ways and means committee
10:02:04unanimously approved my legislation and amended it as part of the affordable care act, to provide greater support for families with that decisionmaking process. it did pass the committee unanimously. part of the affordable care
10:02:21act, even despite the 2009 lie of the year about death panels, on the strength of some of the most compelling testimony that were delivered, not by expert witnesses but by members of the committee. one of our republican members
10:02:37discussed how his mother didn't get the care that she needed at the end of life. another physician member of the committee explained how he had these conversations repeatedly, but unfortunately they were often much later than they should have been.
10:02:52there wasn't adequate time for the family to prepare. well, there's been a sea change on this issue, in part because of rising public awareness. support for our bipartisan legislation, the personalize
10:03:07your care act, which i worked on for years now with dr. phil roe, has made great strides forward. we've had advocates like dr. bill frist, former republican leader of the senate, who spoke eloquently and forcefully about the helping families under
10:03:24these trying conditions. the reverend billy graham has written how it's christian responsibility to take this on for ourselves and spare our loved ones' uncertainty. a doctor published a brilliant
10:03:45book "being mortal," which quickly climbed to the best-seller list for "the new york times" and a 500-page report about dying in america that talked about the problems and opportunities to provide more choices and protect people's wishes. yesterday was another important
10:04:01landmark when the administration published a proposed fee schedule for next year in which they've assigned an activity code with payment for advanced care planning. now, of course, this is merely a proposal and they're still
10:04:18seeking comment but it's a historic step forward for a decision that will be finalized this fall. it's another indication that we can and will do a better job of meeting the needs of american families under the most difficult of circumstances. we will make sure americans
10:04:33have all the information they need to make the right decisions for themselves and their family and to assure those decisions, whatever they may be, are honored and enforced. medicare will pay for thousands of expensive medical procedures
10:04:50and now for the first time the government is placing a value on this important conversation between a patient and their chosen medical professional. now, it's the job of the rest of us to do our part.
10:05:06who will speak for us if it we're unable to speak fo
10:05:11ourselves, and what will they say?
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. jolly, for five minutes.
JOLLY (R-FL):thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, most economists and financial advisors have recognized that families across
10:05:26the united states are headed towards a major retirement crisis. studies have shown that a majority of households headed by someone age 59 or younger are in danger of suffering from falling living standards in their retirement years and so the administration and this
10:05:41congress should be advancing policies to make retirement counseling, savings advice and investment services more accessible, not less. retirement planning, savings counseling and investment advice can improve the quality of life and economic stability of every american. yet, recent actions by this
10:05:57administration, however well-intended, will make these financial services less accessible and less affordable to those who are in most need of them. by forever changing the rules regarding financial advising related to retirement accounts.
10:06:12mr. speaker, for years the community of financial advisors, including those throughout pinellas county and those i represent, has been governed by the suitability standard. that is financial advisors are required to provide financial counseling and investment
10:06:29recommendationes that are suitable for a client based upon that client's financial position and financial goals. the suitability standards requires advisors to act fairly in dealing with clients. this suitability standard has served individual investors well for many years, creating a
10:06:44market for financial services for new and low-dollar investors seeking basic investment services and thoughtful financial and retirement planning. but the administration is now in the process of replacing that standard with a new standard called the fiduciary standard.
10:06:59this new standard under the guise of protecting investors will actually have the opposite effect. the administration's proposed rule will ultimately reduce or in some cases eliminate financial counseling, products and services to new and low-dollar investors. the rule will result in the
10:07:14elimination of financial products that adequately compensate advisors for their services, and it will increase the cost of compliance on advisors who ultimately will need to pass on those costs to clients through a higher fee structure and it will cost some
10:07:34advisors. but worst, mr. speaker, the department of labor's new rule reflects the approach that we see from regulators throughout this administration, an arrogant and demeaning suggestion that industry throughout america is necessarily comprised of all bad actors, and unless these
10:07:50actors are forced to do so by this administration, they will no longer do right or do good but for the heavy hand of government and the heavy hand of this administration making them to do so. it is a washington knows best approach that communities
10:08:05across the country continue to reject. the administration can do better. do not issue the new proposed fiduciary standard rule. members of congress from both
10:08:21sides of the aisle have sent letters to the department of labor expressing the negative impacts this proposal will have on their communities and we have begged the department of labor to revisit this rule and simply do better on behalf of the american people. congress has also taken action on its own and will continue to
10:08:36do so. recently the appropriations committee included provisions within their respective bills in the house and senate to halt the administration from moving forward on this perhaps well-intended but completely wrong proposed rule. it was right that we did so. the administration simply must
10:08:51do better. it starts with recognizing that the financial advisor industry is comprised of men and women across this country who provide a valuable contribution to individuals and couples seeking retirement guidance. and let's realize that
10:09:08transparenty and sunlight can -- transparency and sunlight can help. it results in needless and expensive litigation and ever more trial attorney fees and will ultimately eliminate financial counseling to thousands of families who need it the most. well, mr. speaker, that is the
10:09:24wrong answer. let's keep the suitability standard. let's trust financial advisors for the good service they provide. let's strictly enforce the current law against the very small number of individuals who seek to take advantage of individual investors. let's protect financial services for those who need
10:09:39them most and let's revisit a rulemaking process that focuses only on transparency. ultimately providing consumers and clients with the information they need to make responsible investment decisions and to responsibly select a financial advisor that
10:09:54is right for them. it is time that this administration begins trusting the american people. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. gutierrez, for five minutes.
10:10:12GUTIERREZ (D-IL):for the record, i'm not mexican, i'm not an immigrant. given the rhetoric of one of the
10:10:22leading republican candidates for president, it's important to point that out at the start before i'm accused of being a criminal, a drug dealer or a rapist. to be fair, donald trump didn't say all latinos or mexicans are
10:10:39rapists. just the vast majority of mexicans immigrants are drug dealers or rapist. mexican immigrants working in the united states, it should be
10:10:55the owner of hotels. but he is not basing this on personal knowledge. trump says that most of the women coming from central america to the u.s. through mexico and other countries report being sexually
10:11:12assaulted. on this point, he and i have some agreement. women and children at the lowest wrung of our economic and social ladder are incredibly vulnerable to sexual assault and rape, but from saying most undocumented women are vulnerable to assault and saying most undocumented men are rapists is, as he might say
10:11:29himself, huge. the documentary on pbs "front line," "rape in the fields" was a powerful expose on how immigrant women are regularly victims of rape, abuse because perpetrators recognize how vulnerable immigrant women are. they are afraid to talk to the police, afraid they will be
10:11:45deported and afraid they will lose their children and this fear to report crimes makes us all less safe. yes, the rape and abuse is sometimes perpetrated by other latino immigrants. perhaps even mexicans. but these crimes are also committed by men of all colors,
10:12:01including red, white and blue americans. so when donald trump says on cnn, well, someone is doing the raping, is further evidence we should be building a big wall so he can laster his name on it and keep im-- laster his name on it and keep immigrants ons its clear donald misses the
10:12:18point. the question is how do we create an immigration system that allows people come with visas and not smugglers so their work is honored, safe, protected by oir labor laws? how do we make sure that the work remembers not afraid to
10:12:33dial 911 and report assault when someone, anyone is threatening them or their families? now, the anti-immigration wing of the republican party in this body and on the air is saying that trump may have a point. after all, a beautiful, innocent woman was shot in cold
10:12:50blood by a mexican immigrant in san francisco just last week. why wasn't he deported? why wasn't he held in jail the last time? why is -- and you will actually hear this on fox news. why is president obama letting mexicans kill beautiful young
10:13:05american women? as the father of two daughters, about the age of kate, the young woman who was shot and killed, i pray every night that no one of any racial ethnic background ever does my daughters harm and i can only
10:13:20imagine the grief that her family is feeling. when we have felons in federal custody or state or local custodies with warrants for drug crimes who get deported and come back, we are not doing our job. they cope with decades of
10:13:36inaction on immigration criminal justice and a range of other issues. i have no sympathy for the man accusing this crime. murderers should rot in hail. so what if -- rot in hell. so what if we have a system,
10:13:51people that contributed productively and they have children and other deep roots in the united states, what if we allowed them to come forward? what if we made them pay for their only criminal background check, fingerprinted them, made them prove their identity and
10:14:07check on them ever so often to make sure they're not gaming the system or committing crime? what if we had a system where people came here legally in the first place if they could prove their identity and they had no criminal background? i argue that such a system would allow us to reduce significantly the number of people who are in this
10:14:23country without legal status. it would shrink the size of communities where many people are undocumented, where people are afraid to call the police so that criminals find it easy to blend in and not stick out. such a system would allow us to concentrate our enforcement and
10:14:38deportation resources on real criminals who should be jailed and then thrown out and kept out. such a system would make it easier, make it harder for criminals to hide and easier for honest, hardworking folks to contribute to their communities without fear.
10:14:55unfortunately, that is exactly the system that some republicans have been fighting against. so when a hotel and casino owner gets on his high horse about mexican immigrants, about crime and rape and murder, let's think about who is standing between the united
10:15:11states, this country, the one
10:15:12states, this country, the one we love and that we've sworn to protect and a modern immigration system based on common sense, compassion and, yes, the rule of law. .
10:15:27THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes.
FOXX (R-NC):thank you, mr. speaker. for the past two years my email in box, mailbox and phone lines have been flooded with reports of canceled health insurance
10:15:42plans, soaring premiums, increased deductibles, and exasperated constituents trying to navigate the confusing washington bureaucracy that is obamacare. members of congress have to buy
10:15:57their health insurance on the exchanges along with millions of other americans. i experience many of the same frustrations, including the nightmare of navigating a confusing, unfinished website. despite its central promise, the affordable care act it has
10:16:13proved to be anything but affordable for many north carolinians, and the supreme court's recent decision in king v. burwell doesn't change that fact. house republicans are continuing our efforts to minimize the damage caused by obamacare.
10:16:29we have passed legislation that would permanently repeal obamacare's 2.3% excise tax on medical devices which has hindered innovation as well as restricted growth and job creation in an industry that has
10:16:45improved the quality of life for millions around the world. we voted to repeal the independent payment advisory board which was created under the president's health care law and gives a panel of 15
10:17:01un-elected, unaccountable bureaucrats sweeping authority to slash medicare payment to providers or eliminate payments for certain treatments and procedures all together. the house has passed legislation that would change obamacare's 30-hour definition of full-time employment and restore the
10:17:16traditional 40-hour workweek. from adjunct professors to hourly workers i have heard from constituents across north carolina's fifth district who have one thing in common. their hours are being reduced. obamacare has placed an undo
10:17:33burden on employers and their employees by undermining the 40-hour workweek, which has long been the standard for full-time work. we voted to make it easier to hire veterans by exempting those who already have health insurance from being counted as
10:17:48full-time employees under the president's health care law. no employer shd be penal eased for hiring a veteran, and no veteran should be unemployed because of obamacare. whoever, the best approach to solving the multitude of
10:18:04problems resulting from obamacare is to unite behind a complete repeal of the law and replace it with solutions that lower costs and empoer patients
10:18:19to choose the care that's -- empoer patients to choose the care that's right for them. i recently signed o on to h.r. 2653, the american health care reform act. this bill would repeal obamacare completely and allow a standard deduction for health ensures that treats individually purchased plans and employer
10:18:36sponsored plans the same. making sure that all americans receive the same tax benefits for health care. h.r. 2653 would return decisions about health care and insurance coverage to patients. it is people not government who
10:18:52can best determine the coverage and services that meet their needs. a government takeover of health care is not what americans asked for and certainly not what we can afford. i yield back.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the chair recognizes the gentleman
10:19:08from illinois, mr. quigley, for five minutes.
QUIGLEY (D-IL):thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, ronald reagan once said, where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost. when president reagan made those
10:19:25remarks in 1980 he recognized then what many can't seem to understand now. efforts to undermine unions are an attack on workers' rights. unions have long been the foundation of our middle class and helped create the most competitive work force in the world. the 40-hour workweek, minimum
10:19:41wage, six leave, workers comp, overtime pay, child labor laws. those are just a few of the basic labor rights that unions have championed over the years that many now take for granted. after all the good that unions have done to empower all workers
10:20:01across this country, there's been a recent revival in the war against them and the weapon of choice has been the right to work laws. don't be fooled by the name. the only thing right to work laws do is unfairly allow free riding workers to benefit from
10:20:13union negotiated contracts without having to contribute their fair share in the fight. the laws do not as many supporters proclaim protect workers from being forced to become union members. in fact, federal law already restricts this. in union states workers covered
10:20:29by union negotiated contracts can only be required to pay for the cost of bargaining and not for any other union activities. however, over the last few years there has been an alarming increase in anti-union sentiment. currently half of our states
10:20:44have right to work laws with indiana, michigan, and wisconsin recently passing their own version. in my own home state of illinois, the governor has made passing right to work a top priority. in fact, he's making this a cornerstone of his first term
10:21:01legislative agenda. the idea behind his right to work law is that by increasing the number of free riding workers, unions will be forced to drastically reduce their budgets, weakening their ability to negotiate stronger contracts and defend the rights of american workers.
10:21:16but the evidence clearly shows how misguided this stance is and attacks on organized labor truly are. research shows that seven of the 10 states with the highest unemployment rates are right to work states.
10:21:31on top of that, you know that even if half the counties in illinois adopt right to work laws, we would see the state's annual economic output shrink by $1.5 billion, labor income fall by $1.3 billion.
10:21:46and increase in both racial and gender income equality. so if right to work laws are not actually good for the economy, what are they good for? right to work laws do a great job at
10:22:04harming hardworking middle class families, and weakening unions. right to work states have seen an almost a 10% decline in unionization, which has undermined growth in wages and led to the deterioration in workplace safety n right to work states, wages for all workers, not just unionized workers, are over 3% lower than wages in
10:22:20nonright to work states. that's about $1,500 less per year in the pockets of teachers, firefighters, nurses, and other hardworking americans. furthermore, unions and injuries and deaths in right to work states are much higher than
10:22:38nonright to work states. in the high-risk environment of construction where unions have played a fundamental role in demanding adequate safety standards, deaths are 34% higher in right to work states than nonright to work states. you can see right to work is not right for our country, not right
10:22:54for our states, and not right for our workers. you can right to worker as a strategy to lower wages and attract more businesses is not a suitable and sustainable strategy. instead of focusing on attacking unions and middle class workers,
10:23:10governors should focus on fixing broken budgets and investing in our schools, public safety programs, and transportation systems. that's the real recipe for economic success. so let's stand up against right to work laws and stand up for the right to organize, the right
10:23:25to a safe job, and the right to a fair wage. thank you. i yield back.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio, mr. gibbs, for five minutes.
GIBBS, B. (R-OH):thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor dr. peter
10:23:42schramm at asher university in ashland, ohio. the center support 8 supporters and friends gathered to recognize him for his years of service and name the library in his honor. he's been teaching political
10:23:58science, mentoring sthuents, and shapings the minds of few turn teachers and lawyers. he was a young boy living under the soviet regime. when he was 10, peter's father
10:24:14decided it was time to leave hungary and come to america. peter asked his father why he chose america and he was told we were born americans but in the wrong place. after leaving hungary, the family found their way to california thanks to an american
10:24:29dentist his father met shortly after world war ii. just a few american dollars, his family started a new life. his parents found work and peter and his sister went to school. peter did not know english and had to learn along the way with the help of his classmates. eventually, they saved enough
10:24:45money to open a restaurant. the whole family worked there. peter tened his stuties -- studies and worked through college. he was he was unaware you had to graduate. he was content to learn for the
10:25:00sake of lerk. years later he once said i think it is true that human beings by nature desire to know. his economic veracity led him to claire month for his masters and doctorate doctorate degrees.
10:25:14it was there he studied the classics. when he began teaching, he insisted on open discussion, encouraging and directing debates among his students. he once said, a good education is a conversation. he didn't want to lecture his
10:25:29students and he believes a classic liberal arts education should teach students how to read, analyze, and explain and defend their beliefs. the ash brook center where he served as the executive director and senior fellow of the scholar program states their mission is to restore and strengthen the
10:25:45capacities of the american people for constitutional self-government. having witnessed the corruption horror of soviet rule, he was able to impress on his students how important the mission and values are. one of the most recent students
10:26:00interned in my office told me that dr. schramm has dedicated his life to preserving and perpetuating american greatness by teaching us what it means to be an american. that many of us he has taught will continue his work and honor his legacy by educating future
10:26:15generations of what makes america great. dr. schramm, who is battling an aggressive illness, can be assured the principles of self-government of free men with free minds and values of our founding fathers are alive and well in the
10:26:31generations of students he talked. on monday evening he said despite his medical condition no man has been happier than he has been. thank you for adopting america as your home and teaching so many young minds to keep the flame of freedom burning. i yield back.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the
10:26:47chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina, mr. butterfield, for five minutes.
BUTTERFIELD (D-NC):mr. speaker, i rise to express the utter outrage of the congressional black caucus regarding the calvert amendment which is scheduled for later this
10:27:02afternoon which is an amendment to the interior appropriations bill. that amendment would allow confederate imagery to remain on graves on federal land. don't republicans understand that the confederate battle flag is an insult to 40 million african-americans and to many
10:27:19other fair-minded americans? the confederate battle flag, mr. speaker, is intended to defend a dark period of american history. a period when four million blacks were held as slaves. held as property, as chattel not
10:27:35as human beings. the slaves were bought and sold and mortgaged and gifted as chattel, and this period, mr. speaker, this period of inslavement continued for more than 200 years and did not legally end until december 6,
10:27:531865. here's the history, mr. speaker. following president lincoln's election in november of 1860, 12 southern states ceded from the union in response to their belief that president lincoln would free the four million
10:28:10slaves. south carolina was the first state to cede from the union on december 20, right after lincoln's election. these southern states formed the confederate states of america. they empowered a military,
10:28:27elected a president, adopted a constitution, adopted a currency. they engaged in a brutal, brutal civil war with the union. thousands of lives were lost on both sides of the battle, and this flag, mr. speaker, this confederate battle flag, was
10:28:43their symbol. it was their flag. the southern states lost the war. the states then rejoined the union. president lincoln then proposed a 13th amendment legally ending slavery. that amendment, mr. speaker,
10:28:58passed this congress on january 31, 1865. finally, it was ratified by georgia on december 6, 1865. and during the period of ratification, president lincoln was assassinated.
10:29:13for the next 50 years, 50-plus years, every black person living in the south faced the possibility of lynching. more than 4,000 blacks were
10:29:29lynched between 1890 and 1950. 136 black people were lynched in south carolina. but there are some now who want to continue to honor slavery and hon your bigotry -- honor bigtry.
10:29:44this house must not be complicit. the shooting in south carolina was an example of a 21st century lynching. the man festo left by the charleston killer stated, quote, i have no choice. i am not in the position to go to alone, go into the ghetto and
10:30:01fight. i chose charleston because it is the most historic city in my state and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to whites in the country. he was right. 57%. .
10:30:14we have no skinheads, no k.k.k., no one doing but talking on the internet. well, someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and i guess that has to be me. end of quote.
10:30:30mr. speaker, bigotry continues to exist in this country. this congress should not pass any legislation today or any other day that would embolden those who continue to hold racist beliefs. the calvert amendment, the
10:30:49calvert amendment is misguided and it emboldens bigotry. i ask my colleagues, democrat and republican, respectfully, let's defeat the calvert amendment this afternoon and even if the gentleman would consider to withdraw his amendment and not put this house through this turmoil
10:31:05today. thank you. i yield back.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. murphy, for five minutes.
MURPHY, T. (R-PA):thank you, mr. speaker.
10:31:21yesterday in the terrible attack over 200 people were killed across these united states. this headline should lead every tv news show, hit the front pages and generate outrage from across the country, but it did
10:31:37not appear. now, this is not make-believe, the news is real, but no one reported it. we lose more than 80,000 people a year now to suicide and drug addiction overdose. that's over 200 people a day.
10:31:53where is the news? now, these are the sudden and tragic deaths. then, there are the slow-motion deaths which can he can't even count. those who have a mental -- which can't even count. those who have a mental illness
10:32:08or a chronic illness such as diabetes or heart disease and face that slow-motion death sentence. in fact, people with serious mental illness tend to die 25 years earlier than their cohorts and then there are the
10:32:23mentally ill who are victims of attacks. last week the "washington post" revealed how in the first six months of this year a person who was in mental health crisis was shot and killed every 36 hours by police.
10:32:39the vast majority were armed but in most cases the police officers who shot them were not responding to reports of a crime. more often they were called by relatives, neighbors or other bystanders worried that a mentally fragile person was
10:32:55behaving erratically. the crisis built and it ended in death. further, the mentally ill are more likely to be the victims of violence, robberies, beatings and rape and other crimes. these individuals are also 10 times more likely to be in jail than in a hospital.
10:33:11if you're a minority, chances are your mental health treatment comes in a prison, not in a mental health center. have we become so numb we no longer notice? are we so numb we no longer care?
10:33:26tragically government tries to help but frankly it's a mess. the chaotic patchwork of current government programs and federal laws make it impossible for those with severe psychosis, schizophrenia and
10:33:42serious mental illness to get care. for example, when someone is haunted by deleer yum and hallucinations and doesn't know they're ill they frequently stop taking their needed medication. they don't follow up on appointments and their health declines. our federal laws prevent a caregiver from getting their loved one to the next appointment or to follow up on
10:33:58their care. we need to provide treatment before tragedy and get these individuals help before their loved ones dial 911. the helping families and mental health crisis act, h.r. 2646, provides millions of families
10:34:15the tools needed for effective care. h.r. 2646 empowers parents and caregivers to access care before the mental illness reaches the most severe stage. it fixes the shortage of in-patient beds so patients in mental health crisis can get proper care, not be sent to a jail, not tied to an emergency
10:34:35room gurney and not sent home. it helps reach underserved and rural populations. it expands the mental health work force. it drives evidence-based care. it provides alternatives to institutionalization. it integrates primary and behavioral care. it increases physician volunteerism. it advances critical medical research, brings accountability
10:34:50to mental health and substance abuse parody and it also provides crisis intervention grants for police officers and first responders. this training helps law enforcement officials recognize individuals who have a serious mental illness and learn how to properly intervene. my bill eliminates wasteful and
10:35:08ineffective programs and directs money where it is needed first. it focuses on serious serious me mental illness
10:35:15mental illness rather than behavioral goodness that have no good results. my bill helps communities adopt programs to stop the revolving door of mental health crisis,
10:35:30violence, incarcerations, e.r. visits and abanned on thement. this bipartisan legislation, now with more than 50 co-sponsors, marks a new dawn for mental health in america. i urge my colleagues to join me in this effort by co-sponsoring the helping families of mental health crisis act, h.r. 2646.
10:35:46let's no longer turn a blind eye and instead help those that need it the most. whether on the fast road or the slow road, the 200 -- the 200-plus deaths per day, the 80,000 deaths per year, an
10:36:02unknown number of victims is far, far too often. compassion calls us to act and act now. the cost of delay is deadly. for those families who are suffering, how can we look them in the eye and defend our
10:36:17delays to act? i yield back.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, for five minutes.
HOYER (D-MD):thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to
10:36:32revise and extend my remarks.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:without objection.
HOYER (D-MD):mr. speaker, there are days in this house when morality and the values of our country as articulated in the declaration of independence and in the constitution of our
10:36:48country summons us to vote as americans. as moral representatives and representatives of the values
10:37:04of our country. today is such a day, my colleagues. three democratic amendments were adopted earlier in the consideration of the interior bill that would end the practice of displaying our selling confederate battle
10:37:23flags and flag merchandise in national parks and national park service cemeteries. those amendments were adopted by voice vote. they reflect the strong
10:37:39consensus in this country and hopefully in this congress that a symbol of slavery, is a digs, segregation -- sedition,
10:37:57segregation has no place in our national parks and cemeteries whose grounds have been hallowed by the veterans who rest there after having served and given their lives in defense of freedom and justice
10:38:13and the values of our country. unbelievablely, however, mr. speaker, several hours ago in the dark of night, the chairman
10:38:34of the subcommittee offered an amendment on this floor that would effectively strike those amendments which surely reflect the values to which all of us have risen our hand and sworn to protect.
10:38:51today on the anniversary of the ratification of the 14th amendment to our constitution, how ironic that we would meet this vote on this day which enshrined the principle of equality for all americans.
10:39:07we have this shameful confederate battle flag amendment on our floor. this amendment would keep in place the policy that allows confederate battle flags in our national parks and national park service sem fares.
10:39:24-- cemeteries. a symbol, as my colleague, jim clyburn, the assistant leader, and the chairman of the congressional black caucus, and an extraordinarily representative in south carolina said yesterday was so
10:39:46offensive and hurtful to so many millions of our fellow citizens and our fellow colleagues in this body. even in south carolina today
10:40:03where the confederacy was born, that flag is being taken down from are the state capitol grounds after both republican controlled houses of that state's assembly
10:40:16state's assembly voted to remove it. certainly, certainly on this day we ought not to see a republican-led congress move in
10:40:30the opposite direction. my colleagues, together, not as republicans and democrats, but as americans deeply committed to the values of equality and justice and opportunity for all , we ought to remove that flag
10:40:47from our national parks, the cemeteries where our veterans rest, and i would say further, all public places. that includes the united states capitol, and i support my friend, representative
10:41:02thompson's resolution that sits now in the house administration committee that would remove the flag of mississippi, which contains the confederate battle flag until such time as mississippiians, as south
10:41:18carolinians did yesterday make a statement and remove that from their flag. i urge my colleagues, my fellow americans, the 434 of my
10:41:39colleagues that have raised their hand and sworn to protect and defend the constitution of the united states of america, i urge my colleagues, let us do the right thing and reject this
10:41:55amendment and send a powerful message about what america truly represents, equality, justice, respect for one another, freedom for all.
10:42:13let us make america, every american proud of us this day and reject the amendment adopted in the dead of night. i yield back the balance of my time.
10:42:29THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from alabama, ms. roby, for five minutes.
ROBY (R-AL):thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to talk about the negotiations taking place right now in switzerland over iran's nuclear capability.
10:42:45with all that's been going on lately, i fear not enough attention is being paid to what i believe is one of the most important issues facing our country right now. last week the obama administration quietly announced yet another deadline
10:43:00extension to the multilateral negotiations over iran's nuclear capability. and this week, negotiators blew past that deadline once again. of course, the goal for the united states and our allies must be to prevent iran from
10:43:17obtaining a nuclear weapon. however, recent reports out of switzerland have raised concerns that our negotiators have already conceded too much on major points like uranium enrichment, economic sanctions relief and inspection access.
10:43:33mr. speaker, the very fact that we keep extending the deadline tells you all you need to know about the priorities at play in this administration. it seems like president obama and secretary kerry are so concerned about striking a
10:43:49deal, any deal that they are unwilling to walk away from a bad one as deadlines keep passing. "the boston globe" reported that negotiators have spent their downtime speculating which movie stars would play
10:44:04them in a hollywood movie about the iran deal. if this is true, americans should be outraged. is this is an extraordinarily important issue that will have an extraordinarily far-reaching
10:44:21effect on this country and the world for many years to come. the fact is we've had extension after extension and concession after concession to the point that i'm not sure a good deal is even possible at this point. a few months ago i traveled to
10:44:36the middle east with the speaker as part of his delegation to the region and we visited countries that would be directly affected by dealing with a nuclear iran -- israel, jordan, iraq, saudi arabia.
10:44:54our allies in the region are rightfully concerned that what is being brokered isn't good at all. we cannot forget how high the stakes are here. if a bad deal is ratified, we aren't just talking about a nuclear armed iran.
10:45:09we are talking about setting in motion a nuclear race, a chain of events that could allow
10:45:16multiple countries in in very volatile part of the world wanting to become nuclear as well. and after seeing the international community reward iran's hostility and city nens with a nuclear deal, who would
10:45:31blame them? mr. speaker, i appreciate the leadership of my colleagues in this chamber and in the senate, and i agree with senator corker that the -- who is the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee who wrote a letter to the president quoting -- and i quote him now.
10:45:46walking away from a bad deal at this point would take courage, but it would be the best thing for the united states, the region and the world. . we may not be able to control the outcome in switzerland, but we can control how we respond if
10:46:03a bad deal is put forward. this congress can have the final say whether or not to lift sanctions in iran. it can have the final say on the deal itself by way of a resolution of disapproval. i believe members of congress must prepare to stand up and
10:46:19have the courage that it would take to stop a bad iranian deal from happening. for some, this will take a lot of courage, but it is necessary. we cannot allow president obama and secretary kerry to put their desire for a legacy achievement
10:46:40above the best interests of this nation and our allies. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. jefferies, for five minutes.
JEFFRIES (D-NY):mr. speaker, had
10:47:06this federal battle flag prevailed in war 150 years ago, i would not be standing here today as a member of the united states congress. i would be here as a slave. over the last 150 years we made
10:47:28tremendous progress in this country, but we sell have a long way to go. at the tragic events in charleston, south carolina, illustrated, when nine god fearing, church going
10:47:44african-american citizens were killed by a white supremacist, there is much work that needs to be done to eradicate the cancer of racial hatred.
10:48:02when dylan roof committed this act of domestic terror, his emblem was the confederate battle flak. later today we'll have a vote on the legitimacy of this flag. on tuesday, it appeared that
10:48:19house republicans were prepared to do the right thing in support of three amendments to prohibit the use of federal funds for the purchase, sale, or display of the confederate battle flag on national park service land. but less than 24 hours later,
10:48:37house republicans reversed course. in the dead of night, under cover of darkness to introduce an amendment supporting the
10:48:52confederate battle flag. which is nothing more than a symbol of racial hatred and oppression. there are some in this who is
10:49:08who have made the argument that the confederate battle flag is about heritage and tradition. i'm perplexed. what exactly is the tradition of the confederate battle flag that
10:49:25we are supporting? is it slavery? race treason? genocide?
10:49:40or all of the above. the confederate battle flag is nothing more than a symbol of racial hatred and oppression. as i stand here with chills next to it, because of the red in
10:49:59this flag is a painful reminder of the blood that was shed by africans who were killed when attempted to be kidnapped. and thrown into the institution
10:50:17the red on this flag is a painful reminder of the blood that was shed by millions of africans who died during the middle passage while being
10:50:37transported from africa to america. the red on this flag is a painful reminder of the blood that was shed by african-american slaves who were beaten, raped, lynched, and
10:50:52killed here in america as a result of the institution of slavery. what exactly is the tradition the confederate battle flag represents?
10:51:08we were sent here as leaders. to make decisions on the morality of america.
10:51:25where we are notwithstanding our painful history and the legacy of slavery, we have an opportunity today to make a definitive statement, to be leaders p not individuals who cowher in fear -- cour -- cower
10:51:46in fear who are unaware that the south lost the war 150 years ago. let's choose racial progress over racial poison. let's choose harmony over historic amnesia. let's choose togetherness over
10:52:03treason. let's come together not as democrats or republicans, not as whites or blacks, not as northerners or southerners, let's come together as americans and vote down the calvert
10:52:19amendment and relegate the confederate battle flag to the dust bin of history which is where it belongs.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the chair recognizes the gentleman from west virginia, mr. jenkins, for five minutes.
JENKINS, E. (R-WV):thank you, mr.
10:52:35speaker. i rise today to honor the wyoming county west virginia chapter of students against destructive decisions, also known as sadd. the wyoming county chapter has been named the 2015 sadd
10:52:52national chapter of the year. consisting of 300 members from six different schools, these byo message county students work hard to encourage yng people to avoid underaged drinking, drurks
10:53:07and other destructive activities. wyoming county and the sr. rounding area, like many -- surrounding area like many parts of our state and country are limited in the number of youth programs and social services leading to temptations for many
10:53:26teenagers. sadd helps fill the void and is a positive force in helping students make positive life choices and avoid destructive decisions. these students represent our state's values and demonstrate
10:53:43compassion, commitment, and courage through their work. i know they will take the skills they have learned in sadd and become the next generation of leaders in west virginia. i congratulate these students and teachers and thank them for
10:53:59making wyoming county a better place to live. i yield back, mr. speaker.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from minnesota, ms. mccollum, for five minutes.
10:54:15MCCOLLUM, BETTY (D-MN):you pointed out i'm from minnesota. minnesota governor ramsay was in washington, d.c., shortly after the attack at fort sumter. and he was the first to offer up
10:54:30our support, 1,000 minnesotans to keep our union together. minnesota at the battle of gettysburg. a regiment that suffered 82% in
10:54:46casualties. the greatest loss of any unit at gettysburg on a single day. last night when republican leadership put forward a last-minute amendment that would allow for the display and sale
10:55:03of the confederate flag in our national parks, an amendment which we'll vote on today, that would allow this hateful symbol which invokes memories of racism and a
10:55:18and a painful period in our countries past to be displayed on public lands, i found myself shocked, outraged and
10:55:31disappointed because the people of minnesota sent me here to strive for what they strive for every day. to build a better, stronger america. an america in which we strive to give everyone hope and opportunity that they, too, can
10:55:47pursue life, liberty, happiness, and justice. to the flag that we are taking about is a symbol of a time when african-americans were enslaved, sold as human commodity.
10:56:02it had been used as a rallying cry throughout our history to those who wished to keep or country seggre getted. we a again last month in charleston this flag being used
10:56:18as a symbol for many who carry hatred in their hearts. a man who carried so much hatred he took the lives of nine parishioners because he viewed this flag as a symbol of his belief. this flag should be no point of
10:56:35pride for any american. and we should take this flag down. just two days ago without opposition, as i had the honor of being ranking member as we were doing the interior bill, this body voted to adopt
10:56:52amendments which would prevent the sale or display of confederate flags in national parks. those amendments were simple, commonsense efforts to place into law standards that the national park service had put forward last month. it was a moment of great pride
10:57:08for me. all those new standards will do is bring the federal government in line with desessions made by many private sector retailers. amazon, wal-mart, sears, disney, and other national retailers have all made the decision to
10:57:24take down this flag because of its racist history. private businesses are rallying behind a commonsense tea significance to stop -- to stop -- decision to stop peddling
10:57:42these symbols. how the republican cax would work to ensure that the federal government alos them to be sold? for who is republicans it appears, perhaps, the cost of getting the votes to pass the entiror, environment appropriations bill, which
10:57:57panders to polluters, is to wrap themselves in a banner of racism. i think that's wrong and i urge my colleagues to stand with people of great courage and great passion to say no to hate,
10:58:13no to racism, and yes to america. i urge my colleagues to vote no on the calvert amendment. with that i yield back, mr. speaker.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the
10:58:30chair recognizes the gentlewoman from tennessee, ms. blackburn, for five minutes.
BLACKBURN (R-TN):thank you, mr. chairman. i come to the floor today to discuss h.r. 2964, the clear law
10:58:48enforcement for criminal alien removal act. this is a bill that i have had and have introduced every congress since 2007. we have many members of the body, mr. chairman, who have
10:59:03joined as co-sponsors of this legislation. what it would do specifically is this. it would ensure that state and local law enforcement officials have the tools necessary to help the federal government deport
10:59:19criminal illegal aliens from the united states. my legislation would require the department of homeland security when a state or local law enforcement agency arrests an alien and requests d.h.s. to take custody of that alien to do
10:59:38a few specific things. number one, they have to take the alien into federal custody and incarceration within 48 hours. and request that the state or municipality temporarily incarcerate the alien or transport the alien to federal
10:59:54custody. this would allow them to remove this individual from the country and bar them from coming back. .
11:00:18to reimburse, the federal government to reimburse local and state government and to withhold funds from sanctuary cities. now, we have heard a lot about these issues in the last few
11:00:32days, and one of the problems that we have is the sanctuary cities, and mr. chairman, i have for my colleagues a map that was prepared by the center for immigration studies. we now have in this country 200
11:00:51sanctuary cities, and i'm reading from this map, more than 200 cities, counties and states across the u.s. are considered sanctuary cities. now, what happens in these cities is they choose to work
11:01:10around and to circumvent or not to abide by federal law when it comes to immigration policy. that's one of the reasons passing the clear act is so important. holding them accountable.
11:01:25also reading from the map, i find it so interesting that the department of justice has never sued or taken any measure, including denying federal funds against a jurisdiction that is
11:01:40a sanctuary city. on the other hand, we know that d.o.j. actually sued the state of arizona for trying to strengthen its immigration laws. so i would come to the floor today as we talk about dealing with the criminal illegal alien
11:01:56population and highlighting h.r. 2964. i would ask my colleagues, what does your vote record say about your action? are you strengthening federal law and abiding by federal law,
11:02:12or do those actions strengthen sanctuary cities? do they provide more accountability? is that what you're providing through your vote actions, or is it something that allows a violation of federal law to continue?
11:02:27i think it is imperative that we address the issue of criminal illegal aliens, we address the issue of sanctuary cities and, mr. chairman, i think that it is imperative that we move forward with
11:02:46passage of the clear act by this body. it's a simple bill. i encourage my colleagues to read it. it's 21 pages, and you will find in there that it addresses these issues that are front and fort most in our minds today -- front and foremost in our minds
11:03:03today and i yield back the balance of my time.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes mr. clyburn for five minutes.
CLYBURN (D-SC):thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i would like first of all to thank the speaker of this house and the other
11:03:18members who came to charleston last month to help us with the
11:03:35ceremonies for the senator. i'd also like to thank especially my colleagues, senator tim scott, senator lindsey graham, congressman
11:03:54sanford for joining with us as we stood with the governor of south carolina and called for removing the confederate battle
11:04:10flag from the grounds of the state house. this afternoon at 4 00, as a result of a very definitive vote early this morning of
11:04:2894-20, the governor's going to sign the bill, and tomorrow morning at 10 00, the flag will be removed from the state house .
11:04:43i regret that i'm not going to be able to accept the governor's invitation and be there this afternoon because around 4 00 this afternoon we're going to be voting here on this floor.
11:04:58i understand there will be around 25 votes, and 24 of them i might feel all that bad, but one of them i cannot afford to
11:05:19but one of them i cannot afford to miss because that one, the calvert amendment, votes taken
11:05:32by this body to join with south carolina, alabama and activities going on in mississippi, to get rid of any
11:05:51official application to this flag, the confederate battle flag. now, i think it's important for us to point out that this is
11:06:07not the confederate flag. the confederacy had three flags. this was never one of them. this flag is a flag, the
11:06:23confederate battle flag of the army of northern virginia. robert e. lee's army. and when robert e. lee surrendered he asked all of his
11:06:40followers to if you recall this flag. stow it away, he said. put it in your attics. he refused to be buried in his confederate uniform. his family refused to allow
11:06:55anyone dressed in the confederate uniform to attend his funeral. why? because robert e. lee said he considered this emblem to be a symbol of treason.
11:07:18yet, calvert puts up an amendment that we're going to vote on this afternoon to ask us to allow this flag to be sold and displayed in our national parks.
11:07:34i was so proud when the decision was made by the national park service. fort sumpter, a national park where the civil war started off
11:07:50the coast of charleston, south carolina, they decided to take away all of these symbols. but the calvert amendment is saying, no, don't take them away. put them back. and we are going to ratify the
11:08:07action to do so. i'm calling upon all of my colleagues to come to this floor this afternoon to remember that it is on this date in 1868 that south
11:08:26carolina, where it all started, south carolina was the state that gave the votes necessary to ratify the 14th amendment. to me, a very, very important
11:08:42amendment. full of due process and equal protection of the laws. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. bilirakis, for five minutes.
BILIRAKIS, G. (R-FL):thank you, mr. chairman. i appreciate it very much.
11:08:58mr. speaker, in march, before a joint meeting of congress, the prime minister of israel, benjamin netanyahu, warned history has placed us at a
11:09:15fateful crossroads. as a world leader at the forefront of this crossroad, i believe america has a responsibility to prevent a nuclear iran. an iran with nuclear weapons capabilities would further exacerbate and destabilize the region and would certainly
11:09:31inspire an arms race among other nonnuclear nations. the obama administration's foreign policy missteps does not inspire confidence that the current negotiations will conclude any differently.
11:09:48after numerous delays, negotiations are veering further away from any type of reasonable agreement that would contain iran's nuclear ambitions. i do not trust this administration as it approaches the reversal of a half century
11:10:05of nuclear nonproliferation policy. as chairman royce stated over the weekend, the obama administration's fundamental mystery of the iranian regime is part of what makes this potential
11:10:19potential agreement so dangerous to our national security. the sanctions relief numbers that are being reported now are staggering and will directly undercut years of democratic
11:10:34success. sanctions are a vital tool when working to keep our citizens and allies out of harm's way. in dealing with an aggressive state sponsor of terror, there should be no daylight between the position of republicans and
11:10:52democrats in congress nor congress, with the president or the united states, with our allies. civilized nations must stand united against the destructive output from rogue regimes like iran. as it stands now, the reported
11:11:08details of the deal will not dismantle the nuclear ambitions of the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. if the past is any indication of the future, we can expect that iran will continue to employ its stonewalling
11:11:26tactics, blocking any real transparency or inspections of its nuclear facilities. why isn't iran answering questions asked four years ago by the international atomic energy agency about their past
11:11:41activities? how can we trust a country that won't answer simple questions or allow scientists to be interviewed? how can we set up a sanctions relief system that is based on trust and verification if the
11:11:56country has proven objectively incapable of trust and transparency? we certainly cannot continue to overlook iranian compliance failures, as reported this week in "the washington post," nor
11:12:11come anywhere close to lifting a successfully firmed arms embargo. these negotiations will have long-term implications on every country on this planet. i believe the united states has a responsibility to stand with
11:12:27israel and other allies across the globe now more than ever. we must ensure our allies know they do not stand alone. with the current negotiations extended once again, it appears that the administration simply
11:12:43wants to get any agreement. this administration, i believe it's a legacy item for the president, mr. speaker. this administration's willingness to ignore iran's
11:12:58troublesome behavior throughout negotiations does not inspire confidence. president obama promised seven years ago that he would not allow iran to develop a nuclear weapon. he is failing to keep that promise to the american people
11:13:13and the rest of the world, in my opinion. the stakes are too high. negotiations are reaching a critical moment as we speak here today. this administration needs to understand one indisputable
11:13:29truth, a bad deal is worse than no deal. i yield back. thank you, mr. speaker.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california, ms. sanchez, for five minutes.
11:13:44SANCHEZ, LORETTA (D-CA):thank you, mr. speaker. this year marks the 40th anniversary since the end of the vietnam war and 20 years of normalized relations between the u.s. and vietnam. and this week our president hosted the general secretary of the vietnamese communist party,
11:14:03tron, a political leader but not an official leader. and during that meeting, i know that the two leaders discussed more normalization of economic and military issues and i know
11:14:18that president obama brought up the issue of human rights, but i'm going to say this after 19 years in this congress of fighting for human rights around the world that the vietnamese communist government always promises when economic
11:14:34issues are on the table to do something better with respect to their human rights record but they never follow through. in fact, it gets worse. and so today, as the co-chair of the congressional caucus on vietnam, i don't want to focus
11:14:51on what the economic implications are and the trade implications are that are going on with respect to vietnam, but i want to remind my colleagues about what is happening with respect to human rights in vietnam. .
11:15:15win men is currently serving a known-year prison term after being charged with attempting to overthrow the government under article 59 of the stoogs
11:15:20contry. her crime? she was arrested he while taking photographs during a protest against chinese encroachment of the stratly island.
11:15:35a community organizer and contributing journalist for vietnam redemocraticorist news is currently serving a 13-year prison sentence for defending
11:15:51human rights and promoting democracy. he has been charged with attempting to overthrow the government. he is currently suffering from harsh treatment in prison including torture and dekneel to medical care, watt -- denial to medical care, water, and food. deng, another activist currently
11:16:08serving a 13-year sentence under article 79 in response to advocating for education. imagine this, for education for children living in poverty. for aid to people with disabilities. and for religious freedom in vietnam.
11:16:26he's also a victim of mistreatment and torture in the prison system. tran, a you human rights activist and proor, was alsoared for writing blogs that calendar
11:16:41for political reform and and improved human rights in vietnam. he only peace fle exercised his rights of freedom of expression, yet he was charged with attempting to overthrow the governmentnd article 79.
11:16:57he has been sentenced to 16 years in prison and five years of house arrest. these are just four of the so many people in prison in vietnam. the government of vietnam continues to deny its citizens
11:17:12the rights to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, freedom of religion. and although vietnam strives to further its relations with the u.s., it does not grant human
11:17:29rights to its people. so, i understand that president obama has agreed to visit vietnam in the near future, and i strongly urge that not only
11:17:45the president and the administration work on the issues of human rights with respect to the vietnamese people, about that we in the congress continue to patients' bill of rights because as we know, as americans, people around the world look to us as
11:18:01the shining light of upholding democrat is he and whoman rights and freedom and liberty, freedom of the press, and freedom of asemble. i yield back. thank, mr. speaker. soap the gentlewoman yields back.
11:18:16the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey, mr. frelinghuysen, for five meant.
FRELINGHUYSEN (R-NJ):mr. speaker, we are quickly approaching one of the most important deadlines in the recent history of the national security of the united states. the often postponed end of
11:18:34negotiations to halt iran's nuclear weapons program. i support the goal of stopping iran's nuclear weapons ambition forever. and i have grave fears that the united states is headed down a very dangerous path of concession and surrender to a terrorist regime that has had american blood on its hands since 1979, military and
11:18:52civilian. each and every day we read new reports that iranian leaders are systematically moving the goal posts on these important negotiations. let me cite a few examples. first, any prudent agreement
11:19:07would allow no notice enspecials of suspected, not just declared, iranian nuclear weapon sites. yet the iranian plarlment has passed legislation banning inspections of their military installations. senior iranian officials have also taken it further declaring,
11:19:25i quote, not only will we not grant foreigners permission to inspect our military sites, we'll not even give them permission to think about such a subject, end of quotation. this attitude would make any agreement totally unverifiable. secondly, any worthwhile agreement would phase in
11:19:41sanctions relief as the regime proves over time it has complied with all provisions. yet president a hani has declared, i quote, we will not sign any deal unless sanctions are lifted on the same day. end of quotations.
11:19:59why would we allow iran to boost its staggering economy by providing an immediate capital infusion with which to support their relentless military intelligence and political efforts across the globe? president obama's explanations have been nothing short of
11:20:14baffling. he told national public radio, i quote, who if at all can you prevent aran from using its new wealth over the next
11:20:21wealth over the next several years to support assad of certificatea, to support hezbollah, van hollen toors in yemen or elsewhere? i mean, there's been no lessening of they are support
11:20:35for hezbollah or assad during the course of the last four or five years at a time when their economy has been doing terribly. end of quotation. if that's the point, mr. president. the united states should not throw up its hands and actually allow the iranian economy to be stimulated or have even more money to solidify their place as
11:20:51the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. immediate sanctions relief will only provide more resources for them to use and their proxy militias in iraq dominate that country, and advance their goals
11:21:07in syria, yemen, and elsewhere. of course they'll have more motivation to do so. the tentative agreement announced in april and everything we have heard and read since then seems to reinforce the lesson that this administration is willing to give away much more in return
11:21:25for nothing in the way of changing their behavior. once again we must never forget that iran has american blood on its hands since 1979. iran has cheated before and is likely to cheat again. yet the administration makes
11:21:41concession after concession to iran, even as iran has violence in syria and iraq and threatens our safety in the middle east and develops new icbms.
11:21:56my colleagues, iran's nuclear program weapons quest must be blocked indefinitely, including verifiable dismantlement of its weapons infrastructure. they cannot be allowed to remain a threshold nuclear weapon state only to join the nuclear club
11:22:12the moment the agreement lapses. from where i stand and what we know today, we must oppose this agreement. in fact, no deal is better than no deal. mr. chairman, i'd like to yield to the gentlewoman from texas.
11:22:29my remaining time.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the gentlewoman is recognized for one meant.
JACKSON LEE, S. (D-TX):i rise to
11:22:45follow up, to ask america to be unified and to be able to have a debate on the floor of the house on a resolution that i offered, 342, and to the gentleman from
11:23:02new jersey, it says enhancement of unity in america. what it speaks to is for this body to go on record for saying that divisive emblems and symbols, swastikas, a rebel flag, a fighting flag, does not even represent the flag most people think it is, the
11:23:19confederate flag, this is a rebel flag. to put those away. to educate our children about the excitement of how diverse we are. to be reminded of history of reconstruction. african-americans who are senators and congresspersons. to look at schools who now carry names of people who really might
11:23:36be considered treasonous. to be able to stand on the floor today or next week as those in south carolina did in a civil way so that our children will know that these symbols that divide are not history. and to be able to stand together
11:23:53in supporting the diversity of america. that is what i stand for. and i stand with houston who is reconsidering many school names at this time. i yield back. i thank the gentleman for his kindness.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the
11:24:09gentleman from michigan, mr. kildee. for five minutes.
KILDEE (D-MI):thank you, mr. speaker. overnight house republicans have
11:24:27dramatically and inexplicably reversed their position on taking down terribly divisive symbol, the confederate battle flag. while they initially allowed house democratic amendments to remove this symbol from our
11:24:42national parks, late last night they allowed an amendment on voice which was challenged and now will be on the floor for roll call later today to keep, believe it or not, keep the confederate flag as a symbol for
11:24:57sale and for dess play in america's national parks. of course this morning's headlines, scathing headlines tell it all. house g.o.p. takes step back on confederate flag. unbelievable.
11:25:12it's a shame, it's really a shame that house republicans last night, very late last ni night, withou
11:25:21night, without warning, attempted to turn back important progress on taking down this terrible and divisive symbol. this of course happens just weeks, days literally, after
11:25:36nine americans were sleighed in an historic black church in charlton, -- charleston, south carolina, a terrible and tragic massacre committed by an evil individual who wrapped hem self
11:25:52in that very symbol. and celebrated the hate it stood for. i attended the funeral of reverend pinkney. with other members of congress grieved with that community in they are pain. and saw that community asking themselves a question, why?
11:26:07why does that hateful symbol, that flag, continue to fly over they are state capitol? so on the same day that the south carolina legislature expressed the will of its people
11:26:24and the american people and voted overwhelmingly to take down this horrible symbol, on the same day that south carolina voted to take down that hateful symbol, a member of this house
11:26:39of representatives came to this floor and offered an amendment to preserve that symbol in america's national parks. what a shame. it amazon, wal-mart, sears, all
11:26:55have taken that symbol out of their stores. no longer sell it. but the republican leadership allowed and would have allowed on voice vote an amendment to stand that would preserve the right to have that symbol sold in our national parks. what a shame.
11:27:11i hope the american people are watching and paying attention to this because it's a moment of truth, i think, for this congress. and i hope and i pray the democrats and republicans, i know the feelings of the
11:27:26democratic caucus we spoke about it this morning, but i hope we'll be joined by republicans on the other side in turning back this awful amendment that would say horrible things about the progress that we hoped that
11:27:42we had made just in the last few weeks. i ask americans to join us. use social media, hash tag take it down. express yourself. join with us in rejecting this horrible symbol of hate.
11:27:57let's take it down. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from iowa, mr. king, for five minutes.
KING, S. (R-IA):thank you, mr. speaker. i appreciate the opportunity to address you here on the floor of
11:28:12the house of representatives and being recognized. i have been listening to this debate over the last week or so and it's troubled me considerably to watch divisions being driven between the american people over symbolism
11:28:27that has now been redefined by a lot of members of the opposite party. i regret like all of us do in this country the tragic and brutal and evil murders of the nine people in charleston, south carolina. i pray for them and their
11:28:42families and they stood up and showed us an example of faith that i think surpasses any that i have seen in my lifetime by forgiving the killer. i'm not to that point in my faith, mr. speaker, at least that i can tell. but that was very moving.
11:28:58and they didn't want to see a division created. they wanted to heal. and they wanted to have -- they wanted to see christ's love come out of charleston. charleston is a wonderful and beautiful city, and i don't know where i'd go to find nicer
11:29:15people if i couldn't go home. i can't say enough good about that. but i have listened to this rhetoric that has poured for the over these days. -- forth over these days. it appears knee it is being turned into something that is division rather than unifying. we unified in our grief with the
11:29:30people of south carolina, the people of charleston, and now we are seeing the confederate battle flag be put up as a symbol to be redefined as something different than it's understood by the majority of
11:29:45the american people. i grew up in the north, mr. speaker, and the confederate flag always was a symbol of the pride of the south from where i grew up, my family, my predecessors, my ancestors, were abolitionists. they went to war to put an end
11:30:02to slavery. mr. speaker, i have in my -- now in my hand this is a leather bound new testament bible that was carried in the shirt pocket of my great uncle, john richardson, and it's written in side here, presented to him on the eve of his departure for the
11:30:18war in july of 1862. .
11:30:22and he walked home three years to the day with this bible in his shoirt pocket, having protected him. it has verses that are written in it.
11:30:36i found his picture, his muss can he tell, his bayonet, his belt buckle and his ink file. that's what's left of this man who committed himself to putting an end to slavery but his cousin, my five times great grandfather, was killed in that
11:30:51effort. many gave their lives to put an end to slavery. as i was standing before lincoln's memorial reading his second inaugural address, and i'll read this into the speaker. lincoln's second inaugural
11:31:07address, march 4,1865. fondly do we hope and pray, yet if god wills does it -- by the
11:31:22bondsman 250 years of unrecognize witted toil shall be sunk and every drop of blood shall be paid by another drawn by the sword as was said 3,000 years ago and so still must be said, the judgments of the lord
11:31:38are true and righteous altogether. mr. speaker, these are not disputed numbers. the numbers of americans that were killed putting an end to slavery and saving the union
11:31:55600,000. another number not disputed, the number of black africans who was brought to now the united states to be slaves, 600,000. i take you back to the words. every drop of blood drawn by the last shall be paid by another drawn by the sword.
11:32:11the judgments of the lord are true and righteous altogether. a huge price has been paid. it's paid primarily by caucasian christians. there are many who stepped up because they profoundly believed that me needed to put
11:32:26an end to slavery. this country has put this behind us. we bend through this brutal and bloody battle. we've gone back together through the reconstruction and we've healed this countries together, and i regret deeply that in a -- that we're
11:32:41watching this country be divided again over a symbol of free country. when i go to germany and they outlawed the swaths can, i say, we have the first amendment. we're open enough. we have to tolerate the
11:32:58desecration of old glory, the american flag. yet we have people saying they're offended by a symbol. they're the ones putting it up for all to say and they're saying we should outlaw that so the american people don't have a chance to see our heritage. everything about america's
11:33:14history is not glorious. everything about our history is not right in our judgment looking back in hindsight, but none of us know what it was like for those that lived during that time and that era. we can accept our history. we can be proud of our history. when unify our history.
11:33:29we can grieve for those who were murdered and we can preserve our first amendment rights. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five minutes.
GREEN, A. (D-TX):thank you, mr.
11:33:46speaker. mr. speaker, there are seminole moments in time. the bombing of pearl hashon was
11:34:02a moment in time that will live in infamy. the crossing of the edmund pettis bridge was a similar knoll -- similar knoll moment in time. it was a turning point in the
11:34:18civil rights, human rights movement. there are moments in time. the house of representatives confronts a seminal moment in time.
11:34:33will we allow the healing to continue or will we try to roll back the clock? there are seminal moments in time. if we take this vote, and i hope that we will not --
11:34:50there's indication we may not -- but if we take this vote, the taking of the vote itself can be a seminal moment in time. a vote to legitimize the confederate flag, the battle
11:35:06flag would be a seminal moment in time for the united states house of representatives. a flag that represents slavery, a flag that represents division
11:35:22we have come
11:35:23we have come together in this country under a flag that represents unity, one that stands for liberty and justice for all. the flag of the united states of america. this is not that flag.
11:35:39we confront seminal moments in time. in south carolina, the south carolina senate and house of representatives stood tall when confronting a seminal moment in time and the confederate battle
11:35:54flag will be removed. i was so proud to hear a relative, a descendent of jefferson davis, take to the floor of the house of representatives in south carolina and proclaim that the
11:36:10flag must come down. seminal moments in time. we have our opportunity to do that which is right, to do what dr. king talked about when he
11:36:25said, the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. we can bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice or we can turn back the clock,
11:36:42understanding that this is a symbol that cause loose of pain for a lot of people. this symbol would have
11:36:58prevented my having an opportunity to stand here if it had prevailed. i call upon all people of good will to please do the righteous thing, not just the right thing, do the righteous thing. how can you possibly vote for
11:37:17this after you saw the relatives of the nine who were killed stand in court before a judge and before the person who was the assailant, the person who actually killed people and
11:37:32say, i forgive you? we have forgiven those who have fought to enslave us. we have forgiven. i forgive you. how could you possibly now
11:37:50decide that you will legitimize this symbol of hatred, of slavery, of a bygone era, of a time when people were not even proclaimed to be human beings
11:38:05in the minds of many? so this is a great opportunity for this house of representatives to answer the clairian call of justice to do as dr. king indicated, to bend
11:38:21the arc of the moral universe toward justice, but it's also something else. it's an opportunity to see where we are. there will be a moment in time beyond this time when someone
11:38:38will look back upon these moments and they will look to see where we stood. where did you stand when you had the chance to stand for righteousness? where were you when you had an
11:38:54opportunity to vote to recognize justice as opposed to the injustice associated with this symbol? and i leave you with these words. harder yet may be the fight. right may often yield to might.
11:39:09wickedness may seem to rain and satan's calls may seem to gain. but there is a god that rules above to the hand of power and when we are right he will help us fight. i stand against this symbol. i stand for the american flag. i stand for justice.
11:39:24THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, for five minutes.
POE (R-TX):thank you, mr. speaker. today the terrorist army of isis is stronger than ever.
11:39:42it mames, rapes, pillages, burns and beheads in its zeal to commit religious genocide against anyone who disagrees with them. isis controls and manipulates
11:39:57the minds of thousands of foreign fighters, including those that come from the united states. this is done arrogantly through american social media companies. the u.s.' answer to the isis threat -- well, let's see what
11:40:14it is. part of the current u.s. strategy is to train foreign mercenaries to fight against isis. it's had a year-long american
11:40:23it's had a year-long american budget of about $500 million. the program is to equally fund equipment and to train these so-called moderates from syria to fight isis. i call them mercenaries.
11:40:38however, the secretary of defense of the united states carter admitted that even after this one year of training the united states has only trained 60 -- 6-0 -- of these moderate
11:40:56syrian rebels. if i do my math correctly, mr. speaker, we are spending about $4 million apiece on these 60 fighters to go and fight
11:41:13supposedly isis. this is embarrassingly pathetic. the greatest nation that has ever existed sees isis as such a threat that we're going to send 60 folks to do -- to try to take care of them.
11:41:30ironically, there are more americans fighting with isis than we have rebels that have been trained to fight against isis. the united states obviously is not taking isis seriously.
11:41:45isis even mocks the united states and its 60 fighters on once again american social media. there is more. the president has recently
11:42:00admitted that the united states didn't have a complete strategy against isis. now, isn't that lovely? the question is mr. speaker, is isis a national security threat to the united states? that is the question. that is the question that has
11:42:16to be answered by the administration and by congress. and a decision needs to be made by the administration. it's time for the administration to pick a horse and ride it. if isis is a threat, then we
11:42:31must have a plan to defeat them. then actively implement the plan and defeat isis. mr. speaker, the commander in chief needs to lead. he needs to command or isis
11:42:48will continue its reign of terror in the middle east and other parts of the world and that's just the way it is. i yield back.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota, mr. ellison, for five minutes.
ELLISON (D-MN):thank you, mr. speaker.
11:43:04if there's any doubt in the mind of any person what this confederate battle flag stands for, i urge people not to listen to me. i urge you to listen to the successionists themselves.
11:43:20here's a quote from the declaration of the immediate causes which induce and justify the succession of south carolina from the federal union. it says, this sectional combination for the submergeon of the constitution has been aided in some of the states by
11:43:36elevating to citizenship, persons who, by the supreme law of the land, are incapable of becoming citizens and their votes have been used to inaugurate a new policy hostile to the south and destruction of its beliefs and safety.
11:43:52those persons from black people. that -- those persons were black people. that policy was ending the enslavement of millions of people based on their race. here's a quote from the vice president of the confederacy.
11:44:09i think he can speak authoritatively of what the symbol means. mr. vice president alexander stevens said, our new government is founded upon the exactly opposite of the
11:44:25american idea. its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man, that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. that is what the vice president
11:44:41of the confederate states said under banners like this one as they were fighting and offering the lives of their own children to maintain slavery. this is what the flag
11:44:57represents. and i hereby yield the remainder of my time to mr. cicilline.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the gentleman venged. -- is recognized.
CICILLINE (D-RI):thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. last night the south carolina
11:45:13house of representatives finally approved legislation to take down the symbol of hatred and bigotry in the darkest time in our nation's history. it's shameful that less than 24 hours a hours after the
11:45:24hours after the state of south carolina took this important step for progress and equality, the united states house of representatives would consider an amendment that would allow the confederate flag to be placed in national park service
11:45:38cemeteries. let's be clear. this amendment is a symbol of hate and anyone who supports its being in a place of honor is imposing an insult on anyone who has experienced racism in their lives or believes in america's
11:45:54founding principles that equality, justice, and freedom. 150 years ago, hundreds of thousands of brave soldiers died to save our union and to defeat all the ugly beliefs that the confederate battle flag represents. dr. martin luther king was fond
11:46:11of saying that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. our country has come far since the end of the civil war, but returning this flag to a place of honor would undermine that progress. it's time to relegate this symbol of hate to the duft bin
11:46:29-- dust bin of history. take it down. with that i yield back the balance of my time.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:to mr. swalwell. the gentleman is recognized.
11:46:45SWALWELL (D-CA):i thank the gentleman from minnesota for leading on this issue. it must be throwback thursday because just yesterday the south carolina statehouse finally voted to take down the confederate flag. however, today our house
11:47:03republican colleagues, they want a bill, they want an amendment that will put that flag back up. and have -- allow people to salute that same flag across our country and national parks. it is time to finally once and for all take down an ugly flag
11:47:20that is nothing more than a tribute to an ugly past. mr. speaker, let's throw down this flag. let's not throw back to an ugly part of our history. i yield back.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the gentleman from minnesota.
11:47:36ELLISON (D-MN):i yield the balance of my time.
THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:the gentleman yields back. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon today.