US Dalai Lama - Dalai Lama begins 16 day tour of US
TAPE: EF03/0801 IN_TIME: 08:11:18 DURATION: 1:32 SOURCES: ABC RESTRICTIONS: DATELINE: San Francisco, 5 Sept 2003/File SHOTLIST: San Francisco, California, USA - 5 September 2003 1. Dalai Lama prays 2. People sitting in pews listening 3. Pull out Dalai Lama to audience 4. Spiritual leaders File 5. Chinese troops climb ridge 6. Tibetan monks drop guns 7. Dalai Lama rides horse into exile San Francisco, California, USA - 5 September 2003 8. Dalai Lama accepting degree plaque 9. Cut away stone angels 10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dalai Lama, the Buddhist spiritual leader: "So therefore I would like to give you some kind of warning. I am very, very lazy student." 11. Tibetan flag flies 12. Chinese Deputy Consul General Qiu Xuejun speaks to a reporter File 13. The Potala Palace, Llasa, Tibet San Francisco, California, USA - 5 September 2003 14. Dalai Lama reads from booklet 15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Qiu Xuejun, Chinese Deputy Consul General: "His autonomy we have some suspicions. We believe it's two stages. Firstly it's great autonomy, then second stage is independence." 16. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tibetan woman, attendee: "We hope the best for our country. We hope for freedom." 17. Tibetan refugees come to St. Ignatius church 18. Pan down St. Ignatius facade 19. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tibetan woman, attendee: "One day. Some day." 20. Dalai Lama at the ceremony pull out to audience STORYLINE: The Dalai Lama emphasized the common bonds of world religions on Friday as he started a 16 day US tour with a visit to a Jesuit-run university to collect an honorary degree. Flanked by representatives of 25 religions as he presided over an interfaith service at the University of San Francisco, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said all faiths have the same basic aim, to breed compassion among their followers. Before the Dalai Lama received his honorary doctorate of humane letters, worshippers took turns reading from his writings, and from Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Jewish sacred texts. Later, he planned to conduct a public teach-in, hold a private meeting with members of the Tibetan community and attend a sold-out event sponsored by the American Himalayan Foundation at the San Francisco Symphony Hall. The Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet for India in 1959 after a failed revolt against Chinese rule of his country, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for nonviolent resistance to the Chinese occupation there. The Chinese government has criticized the United States in the past for its support of the Dalai Lama. A Monday commentary in the state-owned newspaper China Daily labeled the spiritual leader a "political plotter" and warned that the Dalai Lama's visit this month could cause damage to US-China relations. The last time the Dalai Lama toured the United States was in May 2001. The University of San Francisco was selected as one of his stops this time because the school has several experts on Tibetan Buddhism. The second stop on his tour will be Bloomington, Indiana, where his brother, retired Indiana University professor Thubten Norbu, has directed a Tibetan cultural center since 1979. On September 11 he will travel to Washington, where he will meet members of Congress and the Bush administration. His final stops will be Boston and New York.
The United States House of Representatives 1400 - 1500 DANA REEVE TRIBUTE
HOUSE FLOOR DEBATE: The House meets for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. // Suspensions (6 bills): 1) H.R. 3934 - Gerard A. Fiorenza Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. King (NY) / Government Reform Committee); 2) H.R. 4054 - Dewey F. Bartlett Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Sullivan / Government Reform Committee); 3) H.R. 4509 - Hiram L. Fong Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Abercrombie / Government Reform Committee); 4) S. 2271 - USA PATRIOT Act Additional Reauthorizing Amendments Act of 2006 (Sponsored by Sen. Sununu / Judiciary Committee); 5) H.R. 32 - Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act (Sponsored by Rep. Knollenberg / Judiciary Committee); 6) H.Res. 681 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Engineers Week, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Lipinski / Science Committee) 14:02:21.9 the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the chaplain. chaplain coughlin: lord our 14:02:30.8 god, around the upper part of this chamber are profile medallions which recall the 14:02:39.4 personal history of lawmaking. in the center full faced and bold before us is the image of moses, the great lawgiver of the hebrew scriptures. may the people of this nation 14:02:56.0 and in particular those elected to the 109th congress who gather here to protect and guide this nation be faithful to your commands. your revelation, lord, gives us nothing less than the lessons 14:03:12.3 we need to address the issues of the day. your commands are the foundations on which we build hope. they are the supports which strengthen faith and public action, and the food which nourishes the human heart. 14:03:31.7 by obeying your laws those in representative government inspire those they represent, the governed. to internalize your commands and live according to your word is to lead to fulfillment and 14:03:49.6 bring promise to a disillusioned world when left on its own. therefore in the mitts of everything from you lord our god we choose to draw wisdom 14:04:01.8 and strength now and forever. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge today will be 14:04:20.8 offered by the gentleman from texas, mr. thorn berry. mr. thornberry: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:04:44.0 chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the 14:05:00.1 senate on march 6, 2006, at 11:05 a.m. that the senate passed with an amendment and requests a conference with the house on h.r. 2830. signed, sincerely, karen l. haas, clerk of the house. 14:05:17.7 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: by direction of the committee on armed services i submit a privileged report on house resolution 645. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 645, 14:05:31.6 resolution requesting the president and directing the secretary of defense to transmit to the house of representatives all information in the possession of the president or secretary of defense relating to the collection of intelligence information pertaining to persons inside the united 14:05:47.7 states without obtaining court ordered warrants authorizing the collection of such information and relating to the policy of the united states with respect to the gathering of counterterrorism intelligence within the united states. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar 14:06:03.3 and ordered printed. the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: by direction of the permanent select committee on intelligence i submit a privileged report on house resolution 641. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 641, resolution requesting the president to provide to the 14:06:21.4 house of representatives certain documents in his possession relating to electronic surveillance without search warrants on individuals in the united states. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. the chair will entertain 14:06:40.2 one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina rise? ms. foxx: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm getting a bit tired of hearing some of my colleagues in the democrat party mislead 14:06:55.2 the american people into thinking our economy is in poor shape. here are the facts. plain and simple. our economy has been growing for 17 straight quarters. the national association for business economics predicts the economy will grow at 4.5% rate in the first quarter of 2006. 14:07:14.2 after inflation, disposable incomes increase 2.2% in the last 12 months. the federal reserve reported that the median net worth of u.s. households increased 1.5% between 2001 and 2004. january's unemployment rate 14:07:29.8 fell to 4.7% which is the lowest monthly rate since 2001 and lower than the average of the 1970's, 1980's, and 1909's. 14:07:40.2 there have been 29 consecutive months of job gains. mr. speaker, no amount of spin from the left can change the fact that our economy is growing stronger every day under republican leadership. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:07:55.4 gentleman from florida. mr. keller: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, re-authorizing the patriot act today is literally a matter of life or death because it is helping us to win the war on terrorism. 14:08:10.1 since we passed the patriot act in 2001, we have convicted 212 terrorists, and we have frozen $136 million in terrorist assets. re-authorizing the patriot act is purely a matter of common sense. 14:08:25.5 isn't it common sense that we give law enforcement the same tools to go after terrorists as they now have to go after faffa dons and drug dealers? isn't it common sense we can now share data between the intelligence community and law enforcement community? 14:08:41.8 isn't it common sense we track deadly terrorists even though they cross jurisdictional lines or switch cell phones? i'm pleased that the senate recently voted 89-10 to re-authorize the patriot act. this legislation provides 30 new civil liberty siff guards and strengthens our port 14:08:58.1 security by providing law enforcement authorities with new authority to security our ports. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on the patriot act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. pitts: permission to address the house for one 14:09:12.6 minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pitts: mr. speaker, the leftward drift of higher -- american higher education has been well documented. on the modern day campus nothing is too extreme. and all ideas and political philosophies are declared equal in the name of tolerance. 14:09:31.5 often producing ridiculous results. the most re-- recent example comes from yale university. in the name of tolerance and diversity, administrators there have enrolled a member of one of the most radically intolerant and nondiverse 14:09:45.7 groups in recent history, the taliban. a few years ago, he was spokesman for the taliban regime, the same regime that provided safe haven for the 9/11 terrorists. 14:10:01.2 today he's in the ivy league, a student at yale. ramatulah said it best. i could have ended up at guantanamo bay, instead i ended up at yale, end quote. we come to a point where elite universities like yale will 14:10:17.7 tolerate the taliban on campus but not the rotc. political correctness in the extreme. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from tennessee. mrs. blackburn: i ask unanimous consent to address the house 14:10:32.8 for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. blackburn: thank you, mr. speaker. you know, there are some days that it probably is a little depressing to be a mainstream media reporter. in their world our economy is sinking and the war on terrorism is absolutely hopeless. 14:10:47.9 thankfully in the real world americans know that we have drastically impacted al qaeda's ability to attack us and our economy is booming. yes, it is booming. we are expecting growth this quarter somewhere around 4% or 14:11:04.5 more. and that means jobs. we have created almost five million new jobs and had three years of strong, solid economic growth. when you compare our economy to europe, to most nations, we are 14:11:19.1 in an amazing era. unemployment is below 5%. that's outstanding and it's a shame that the mainstream reporters just can't get their story right. our tax policies reduced the burden of taxation on americans 14:11:34.7 and they have responded as they always do -- by creating new jobs. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia. mr. gingrey: mr. speaker, to address the house for one 14:11:48.7 minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gingrey: i rise today in honor of woman's history month. as we remember the great women of past generation, we must also salute those women who are serving as role models and leaders today. one such woman is tammy cohen of marietta, georgia. 14:12:04.5 my district. she's co-founder and president of infomart, and under her guidance it has grown from a small start-up business to the largest female-owned background checking company in the world. mr. speaker, tammy's success as a female entrepreneur is 14:12:20.1 inspiring. while she is deeply respected for her business no-how, she is equally praised for her compassion and willingness to help. when hurricane katrina struck the gulf coast last year, tammy led a group of employees who rented vance, gathered 14:12:38.0 supplies, and drove to new orleans to rescue 15 children and 20 caretakers from a boy's home in louisiana. tammy then worked with community groups and local businesses in marietta to house, feed, and clothe these hurricane victims. mr. speaker, during women's 14:12:52.3 history month is important to honor those women who are making a difference in the lives of others. tammy cohen is undoubtedly one of these women. i ask you to join me in celebrating her accomplishments. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? 14:13:07.0 mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, as a member of the armed services committee, and a father of three sons serving in the military, i frequently have an opportunity to meet with the dynamic young men and women of the u.s. military. 14:13:24.8 i'm always encouraged to hear them describe their pride as americans and their strong sense of duty to their country. after witnessing the horrific attacks of september 11, these young people understand that their generation will protect our freedoms in the future. 14:13:41.4 yesterday the supreme court ruled unanimously to ensure that men and women at colleges and university also continue to have an opportunity to learn about serving in the united states military. america's armed forces have created broadest spread of 14:13:56.1 freedom in the history of the world which protects american families by allowing military recruiters to visit college campus, the court has ensured that the united states will maintain the best military in the world. in conclusion, god bless our troops, we will never forget 14:14:12.7 september 11. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from indiana. mr. pence: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. pence: mr. speaker, today the congress will send to the president of the united states 14:14:30.1 the re-authorization of the patriot act. chairman jim sensenbrenner and other members of the judiciary committee and the conference committee are to be commended for the effort in putting together a bill that balances the liberty and security 14:14:45.8 interests of the american people. this is a -- an issue that is not just theoretical for me, mr. speaker. i not only serve on the house judiciary committee but i was here on september 11 and i served on the committee as we 14:15:00.4 built the patriot act in the immediate days following that national tragedy. that's why making 14 of the 16 provisions of the patriot act permanent is a critical element of ensuring the security of the american people and putting 14:15:17.6 safeguards on the two remaining prosituations is evidence of a careful balancing act that has been accomplished in a bipartisan way. we must equip law enforcement and intelligence officials in a way to protect our nation from terrorist attacks but safeguard 14:15:34.6 the civil liberties of the american people to fulfill the viss of freedom. i urge my colleagues with gratitude of our leadership to move this patriot act to the president today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair lays before the house 14:15:49.5 a communication from the clerk. the clerk: the honorable, the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in rule 2-4rks of rule 2 in the house of representatives, i have the honor to transmit a sealed envelope received from the 14:16:09.0 white house on march 6 said to contain a president whereby he submits draft legislation legislative line item veto act of 2006, signed sincerely, karen l. hoss, clerk of the 14:16:24.9 house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states, i asked the congress to give the president a line item veto. i am sending a legislative proposal to give the president line item authority to reduce 14:16:42.5 wasteful spending. this legislation will ensure accountability and transparency in the expenditure of taxpayer funds. although the congress achieved significant spending restraint this past year appropriations 14:16:57.9 and other bills contain spending that is not fully justified, is a low priority or earmarked to disciplined or merit based reviews. i have no ability to line out 14:17:12.9 unnecessary spending. in 1996, the congress gave the president a line item veto, an important tool to limit wasteful spending, but the supreme court struck down that version of the law in 1998. my prose -- my proposed 14:17:31.8 legislation would provide a fast track procedure to require 14:17:35.9 the congress to vote up or down on rescissions proposed by the president. there has been broad bipartisan surpt for similar proposals in the past. under this proposal, the president could propose legislation to rescind wasteful 14:17:52.1 spending and the congress would be obligated to vote quickly on that package of recincions. 43 governors have a line item 14:18:09.9 veto to reduce spending. the president needs similar authority to help control unjustified and wasteful spending in the federal budget. i urge you to pronchtly consider and send me this legislation for enactment to 14:18:25.5 reduce unnecessary spending and help achieve my goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009, signed, george w. bush, the white house, march 6, 2006. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the committee on budget and the committee on rules and ordered printed. 14:18:41.9 the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, this is to notify you formally pursuant to rule 8 of the rules of the house of representatives that i have been served with a subpoena -- civil subpoena 14:18:58.0 issued by the u.s. district court for the district of columbia for documents. after consultation with the office of general council, i have determined that compliance is consistent with the precedence and privileges of 14:19:13.7 the house. signed sincerely, barbara cuban, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 the chair will postpone further proceedings on mosts to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are 14:19:30.5 ordered or the vote is objected to. recorded votes will be taken after 6:30 p.m. today. for what purpose the gentleman from pennsylvania rise. >> mr. speaker, i move that the 14:19:45.7 house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3934. the clerk: h.r. 3934, a bill to designate the facility of the united states post office in massapequa new york as the 14:20:02.5 gerard a. fiorenza post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from hawaii mr. abercrombie, each will control 20 minutes. 14:20:17.3 the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. 14:20:30.4 mr. dent: mr. speaker, h.r. 3934, introduced by the distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. king, would designate the post office in massapequa, new york, as the gerard a. fiorenza post office. 14:20:52.0 he was someone who was always able to help out when needed. his first position was a postal assistant in 19 2. 14:21:02.7 as a letter carrier he received a letter of recommendation and in 1990 he was assigned to the valley stream office as officer in charge. he was postmaster in hewlett, massapequa park and massapequa. 4 he was known for his 14:21:21.9 strakettonings detail and friendly demeanor. the publisher is quoted as saying, when i first came to massapequa 10 years ago, it was jerry who was there to answer all of my questions and help me 14:21:36.2 whenever a problem arroz. jerry was committed to his profession and provided himself in providing the best postal service, closed quote. along with serving in this 14:21:52.7 capacity, jerry fiorenza was involved in the combined federal campaign, united way and toys for togethers. he was a serving as a member of 14:22:09.2 the massapequa chamber of commerce, sons of italy, american legion post 1066 and the republican club. he was named massapequa's man of the year in 2001. 14:22:21.5 i ask all members to join me in recognizing this respected member of the massapequa community by passing h.r. 3934. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:22:34.1 gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise. mr. davis: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from illinois will control the time and the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration 14:22:51.2 of h.r. 3934, legislation naming a postal facility in massapequa new york after gerald a. fiorenza. this was sponsored by representative peter king on september 28, 2005, and unanimously reported by our 14:23:09.0 committee on november 16, 2005. the bill has the support and co-sponsorship of the entire new york delegation. gerald fiorenza, native of new york, was born in brooklyn, attended is anthony elementary 14:23:28.4 school, graduated from brooklyn academy and attended queens community college. he moves his family to massapequa and began as a postal assistant. 14:23:41.6 he was promoted to officer in charge before attaining the rank of postmaster in massapequa post office. he was active in postal management organizations such as the national association of 14:23:58.0 postal supervisors, and the national association of postmasters of the united states and local organizations such as the chamber of commerce, united way and toys for togethers. sadly, he passed away following 14:24:14.8 a battle against cancer on december 7, 2001. mr. speaker, i commend my colleagues for seeking to honor the legacy of postmaster gerald fiorenza and urge swift passage of this bill. 14:24:29.3 i have no further speakers or request for time and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers at the moment and i yield back the balance of my time. 14:24:43.1 the speaker pro tempore: all time yielded the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3934? so many as in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection 14:24:59.9 the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4504. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:25:17.5 clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4054, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located 6110 east 51st place in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office. 14:25:33.8 the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: i ask unanimous 14:25:48.1 consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dent: i rise in support of h.r. 4054 offered by the distinguished gentleman from 14:26:04.7 oklahoma, mr. sullivan. this would designate the post office in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office building. he was born on march 28, 1919. he was educate in the mayor yeta public school system and 14:26:22.0 attended princeton university. he worked in the oklahoma oil fields in the summers. in 1955 after serving in the military in world war ii, he moved to tulsa to assume a managing role in his family's business. 14:26:36.7 he became an oklahoma state senator in 1963. he successfully ran for governor of oklahoma and served in this capacity for five years. in 1972 he was elected to the united states senate where he served until 1979. 14:26:53.9 during his service in government he was dedicated to strong national defense. he felt a lean government protected the individual liberty, freedom, and justice. i urge all members to come 14:27:10.5 together to honor a man who promotes excellence. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. torge illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:27:24.2 i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration of 14:27:33.5 h.r. 4054, legislation naming a postal facility in tulsa, oklahoma, after dewey f. bartlett. this measure was sponsored by john sullivan of oklahoma in 2005 and reported by our 14:27:51.4 committee on february 1, 2006 the bill has the support and co-sponsorship of the entire oklahoma delegation. dewey bartlett was born and raised in mayor yeta, ohio. he later attended school in new 14:28:09.2 jersey and graduated from princeton university. in world war ii he served in the marine corps as a dive bomber pilot. 14:28:21.3 he moved to oklahoma after the war. working as a farmer, rancher and independent oil producer. politics called and mr. bartlett was elected to the state senate in 1962. four years later he made a successful run for governor. 14:28:38.1 he was recognized for his efforts on economic developments which benefited all oklahomans and working in a bipartisan manner. the 1972 governor bartlett was elected to the u.s. senate where he served from 1973 to 14:28:56.0 1979. he did not seek re-election because he was battling lung cancer. sadly, he passed away in tulsa, oklahoma, on march 1, 1979. mr. speaker, i commend my 14:29:11.1 colleague for seeking to honor the legacy of senator dewey f. bartlett by naming a postal facility in his hometown. i urge swift passage of this bill and have no further speakers. i yield back the balance of my 14:29:26.9 time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to yield as much time as he may consume to my distinguished colleague from the state of oklahoma, mr. sullivan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sullivan: i rise in proud support of my bill, h.r. 4054, 14:29:44.8 designating the 6110 east 51st place post office in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office. he was a strong advocate for conservative values. 14:29:57.7 a war veteran and public servant for oklahoma and the nation. he served as the second republican governor of oklahoma and is the distinguished alumnus of the united states senate. he was a true representative of oklahoma values, leadership, and drive. and i'm pleased that we are 14:30:13.2 able to honor him in this way. after graduating from princeton university in 1942, dewy bartlett served in the marine corps as a combat dive bomber during world war ii. as a result of his courageous efforts in the south pacific 14:30:30.0 theater, he was awarded the air medal. after the war, he moved to tulsa, oklahoma, and became a farmer, rancher, and oil man. he was a partner in keener oil company, one of the oldest independent oil companies. 14:30:45.7 in 1963 bartlett began his career in public service by joining the state senate and then in 1967 he became oklahoma's 19th governor. one of his priorities while in office was increasing industry in oklahoma. 14:31:01.1 as governor, the results of his hard work helped to produce a record 148.4 million in new industries or improvements on existing facilities and creating an additional 7,500 jobs for oklahomans. from 1972 to 1978 bartlett 14:31:19.4 served as a member of the united states senate. during his tenure, this proud oklahoman maintained a strong and consistent stance of limiting government bureaucracy, reducing 14:31:32.8 burdensome taxes, and maintaining fiscal responsibility. i am proud to share dewy bartlett's vision of conservatism and work daily toward the goal of promoting common sense, oklahoma values in congress. i encourage my colleagues to join me in support of this 14:31:48.9 legislation. by designating the dewy -- deweyf bartlett post office in oklahoma we are commemorating an excellent citizen. thank you, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the 14:32:03.6 balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers at this time. i urge all members to support the passage of h.r. 4054. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time being yielded back, the question is will the house 14:32:20.4 suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4054. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. 14:32:33.2 in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative -- the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having 14:32:48.7 arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass s. 14:33:07.3 2089. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2089, an act to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1271 north king street in honolulu, oahu, hi, as the hiram l. fong post 14:33:24.3 office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i 14:33:37.9 may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i rise in support of senate bill 2089 offered by the distinguished 14:33:54.2 gentleman from hawaii, senator akaka. the bill would designate the post office in honolulu, hawaii, as the hiram l. fong post office building. hiram fong was born on the island of oahu on october 15, 1906. 14:34:10.4 the seventh of 11 children, he helped to support his family at an early age by earning money selling newspapers, shining shoes, and caddying on golf courses. after graduating high school he went on to attend the university of hawaii and inducted into phi beta kappa as a graduate in 1930. 14:34:26.8 he then graduated from harvard law school and began a career of public service that spanned over 40 years. he served in the territorial house for 14 years including six as speaker of the house. with the coming of statehood in 1959, fong ran for a seat in 14:34:43.0 the united states senate and was elected to three consecutive terms until his retirement in 1976. while serving in office, he was highly regarded for his work on immigration and naturalization laws and for encouraging relations with the people's republic of china and the other developing nations of asia. 14:34:59.7 from providing timely answers to constituent concerns to being widely respected by both sides of the aisle, senator fong was indeed a great leader. i ask all members to honor his leadership by passing s. 2089. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. 14:35:14.1 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'd like to yield such time as he might consume to the author of this legislation, the gentleman from hawaii, representative 14:35:31.6 abercrombie. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. abercrombie: mr. speaker, i request permission to inter' formal statement on behalf of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. abercrombie: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:35:45.0 i would like to amplify this formal statement, mr. speaker, with a few personal observationings -- observations. the chairman has kindly indicated some of the history of senator fong. 14:36:02.9 it's interesting when i look down and -- to see the word hiram l. fong because he's so much of the history here. we always think of him as senator fong. as has been noted he was the 14:36:18.5 seventh of 11 children. immigrant family. if there was ever a story of hawaii, of our rainbow people, and our aloha spirit, it's hiram fong. yes, he worked a lot of jobs 14:36:34.4 and worked his way through school and did very, very well. he founded not only a prominent law firm but founded as well what became a financial empire. i have some real interest in it 14:36:51.1 because the very first campaign that i ever ran was funded by senator fong's finance factors. i went down to get a loan. i thought if i was going to run against him, the least i could do is in the spirit of bipartisanship ask him to help 14:37:07.3 fund my campaign as a graduate student at the university of hawaii. i went down to borrow $50. they told me we can't loan you $50. we have to lend you $200 if we are going to make money on this. 14:37:21.8 i said i'll take it. i was able to run my very first campaign on hiram fong's dime. i should say nickel because that's what i passed out in the 14:37:30.3 streets of hon lieu lao -- honolulu to represent the inflation i thought we would have to deal with. that was an innocent time. senator fong was always gracious. senator fong always was able to reach out. as has been noted he was 14:37:46.0 elected as a republican in a very democratic state. he was supported in great measure and elected in great measure with the support of labor in hawaii. most particularly the iowu, the 14:38:03.0 international longshoremen's workers union when testifying in favor of the establishment of a commission in 2005 after he passed away, to honor and recognize him as a political business and community leader, 14:38:19.4 testified, and i quote, the senator was a successful businessman and republican who never forgot his humble begin igs. he was a strong supporter of civil rights and often crossed the aisle. to cooperate on issues 14:38:32.4 important to hawaii's unions and workers. senator hiram fong came to the united states senate with the arrival of hawaii as the last state of the union. probably nothing could be more 14:38:49.2 fitting than to recognize him today through this legislation and the pioneer effort that he made. yes, the last state to enter the union had as its first senator the son of an immigrant family who came from china 14:39:09.5 looking for opportunity, looking for justice, and found it in the person of their son and a true son of hawaii, hiram fong. 14:39:21.4 thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i would now yield myself such time as he might consume. mr. speaker, as a member of the 14:39:38.1 government reform committee, i'm pleased to join with my colleagues in consideration of s. 2089, legislation naming a postal facility in honolulu, oahu, hawaii, after hiram l. fong. 14:39:53.8 this measure sponsored by daniel akaka of hawaii was co-sponsored by senator daniel ineweway, was unanimously passed by the senate on march 3, 2006, an identical measure, h.r. 4509, sponsored by 14:40:13.1 representative abercrombie, was unanimously report -- reported by our committee on february 1, 2006. hiram leon fong, a native of hawaii, was a noted and well-known member of hawaii politics. 14:40:26.9 mr. fong was a graduate of the university of hawaii and harvard law school before practicing law in honolulu. he later served as deputy attorney for the city and county of honolulu. during world war ii, mr. fong served as a major and judge 14:40:45.4 advocate of the seventh fighter command of the seventh air force from 1942 to 1945. he began his political career in 1938 as a member of the territorial legislature, 14:40:59.5 serving four years as vice speaker and six years as speaker and vice president of the territorial constitutional convention in 1950. in 1959 mr. fong was elected as a republican to the united states senate. 14:41:15.7 upon the admission of hawaii as a state, he was re-elected in 1964, and again in 1970. senator fong did not seek re-election in 1976. instead he returned to private enterprise. 14:41:31.2 serving as chairman of finance enterprises limited. sadly he passed away on august 18, 2004. mr. speaker, as senator akaka, my good friend and colleague, observed last week upon the senate passage of sks 289, i 14:41:48.8 quote, senator hiram fong was a man of great integrity and a compassionate advocate for civil rights and workers' rights. it is fitting that a united states post office near his home be named in his honor. during his 20 years of service 14:42:05.6 in the united states senate, senator fong personafide the spirit of bipartisan cooperation. he was instrumental in enacting landmark civil rights legislation in the 1960's. reforming u.s. immigration laws 14:42:20.5 to end discrimination against asian immigrants, improving job training programs for workers, and fighting for equal pay for 14:42:29.7 women. people of hawaii were truly fortunate to have been represented by hiram fong. i commend my colleagues for seeking to honor the political legacy of senator hiram leon fong and urge swift passage of 14:42:46.7 this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i urge all members to support the passage of s. 208 9. i yield back the balance of my time. 14:42:59.2 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill senate 208 9. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to 14:43:14.5 reconsider is laid upon the table. does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? is there objection? hearing no objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. 14:43:30.2 mr. langevin: mr. langevin: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:43:56.3 mr. speaker, i rise to pay tribute to dana reeve who passed away last night following a battle with lung cancer. i am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and would like to take a moment to reflect on her life. she faced extraordinary 14:44:12.7 challenges and handled them with the utmost grace, dignity, and strength. when her husband, chris, was first injured, dana helped establish the christopher reeve foundation. additionally recognizing a lack of any place to go for 14:44:29.0 comprehensive information, the newly injured patients and their families, she worked tirelessly to establish the christopher and dana reeve paralysis resource center. since the launch of this center in 2002, it has assisted thousands of spinal cord  injured patients and their 14:44:45.0 loved ones in dealing with the many issues and anxieties that come along with such an injury. dana used her personal experience to improve the quality of life for all people living with paralysis. this was typical of dana to see beyond her own circumstances 14:45:01.1 and finding a way to ease the suffering and confusion of others. after her husband's passing, she moved forward with his message of hope and healing. today it is up to all of us to continue their legacy. as chris and dana would say, 14:45:17.9 let's go forward. my thoughts and prayers go out to dana reeve's family, friends, and all those who mourn her. may god bless her. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:45:34.0 gentleman yields back. mr. sensenbrenner: i move the house suspend the rules and pass senate 2271, the u.s.a. patriot act additional re-authorizing amendments of 2006. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2271, an act to clarify that individuals who receive fisa orders can 14:45:53.0 challenge nondisclosure requirements and individuals who receive national security letters are not required to disclose the name of their attorney, libraries are not wire or electronic communication service providers 14:46:07.9 unless they provide specific services and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from wisconsin mr. sensenbrenner, and the gentleman from michigan, mr. conyers each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. sensenbrenner: mr. speaker, 14:46:23.1 i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on s 2271, currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sensenbrenner: mr. speaker, i dwreeled myself myself. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. 14:46:38.0 mr. sensenbrenner: i rise in support of senate 2271, the u.s.a. patriot act additional re-authorizing amendments act of 2006. on december 14 of last year the house passed the conference report on h.r. 3199, the u.s.a. patriot improvement and 14:46:54.7 re-authorization act of 2005 by a strong bipartisan vote of 251-174. last thur the the other body followed the bipartisan lead of this house and approved the conference report by an 14:47:09.5 overwhelming vote of 89-10. when the how judiciary committee unanimously reported the patriot act a month after the 9/11 attacks i pledged to vigorously examine its implement takes to ensure enhanced law enforcement 14:47:25.7 authority is required to reduce 14:47:30.3 america's vulnerability to terrorism did not erode our constitutional or civil liberties. it was the house, led by former majority leader dick armey and me that forcefully insisted that much of the patriot act 14:47:46.7 sunsets without affirmative congressional re-authorization. these sunsets help complement congressional oversight of the implementation of the patriot act. the conference report now passed by both houses 14:48:00.4 represents the product of comprehensive bipartisan consideration consisting of legislative and oversight hears, briefings, inspector general reports and committee correspondence. this extensive record, a chronology of which i ask 14:48:17.4 unanimous consent to submit for the record is demonstrated that the patriot act has been an effective tool against terrorists and other criminals. at the same time, intense congressional and public scrutiny has not produced a 14:48:33.1 single substantiated claim that the patriot act has been misused to violate americans' civil liberties. however, the conference report contained over 30 important civil liberties amendments and revisions designed to further 14:48:47.5 mitigate the potential for misuse of the patriot act. this bill includes three additional clarifications to the conference report to address concerns raised by some members of the other body. first, current law does not 14:49:04.7 expressly provide a rip yebt of a section 215 order or a national security letter right to challenge it. the conference report delineated judicial review for such challenges including the ability for n.s.l. recipients 14:49:22.7 to challenge an order. extension of 215 rip yepts similar access to judicial review to attach nondisclosure order. 14:49:35.1 second, because of national security concerns the conference report contained language that would allow the government to ask a recipient of one of these national security orders to identify the persons to whom disclosure will be or was made. the director of national intelligence expressed concern 14:49:53.0 without this safeguard a recipient could disclose the government's investigative efforts to a person with ties to hostile foreign governments or entities. the conference report permitted the government to determine whether a request is warranted 14:50:09.2 and if the government has made such a request to determine whether the disclosure affected an ongoing investigation. an exception was included for information that might interfere with attorney-client privileges. 14:50:27.8 this bill extends the exception to prevent the government from requesting the name of counsels with whom the recipient has already consulted. s 2271 clarifies current law that a library may only be 14:50:44.9 subject to an n.s.l. request if it falls under 18 united states 251 [615] defining an electronic service provider provides to users the ability 14:51:00.7 to send or receive wire or electronic communication. this change addresses the potential for misuse of critics of the legislation. mr. speaker, over the last five years the patriot act has been the focus of virtually 14:51:18.2 unprecedented public scrutiny. opponents of this legislation have relied upon exaggeration and hyperbole to distort a demonstrated radar of accomplishment and success. the justice department and 14:51:30.7 other agencies have properly used the patriot act to detect, disrupt and dismantle cells in new york, virginia, and oregon before they struck. the patriot act helped tear down the pre9/11 wall that prevented law enforcement 14:51:46.2 intelligence agencies from sharing critical information necessary to avert terrorist attacks on american soil. it became a critical tool of america's law enforcement arsenal and a vital deterrent against terrorist subversion. 14:52:04.3 it upheld our constitutional values and none of the provisions authorized by the conference report have been held unconstitutional. simply state, the patriot act has made america safer while safeguarding our civil 14:52:19.6 liberties. the conference report contained provisions to address claims that the patriot act might be 14:52:27.1 misused to violate civil licts, senate 2271 contained further provisions to allay these concerns. i look forward to the imminent enactment of the u.s.a. patriot 14:52:43.3 act and re-authorization act of 2005 into law. and at this time, i ask unanimous consent to include in the record a chronology of the oversight of the patriot act from october 2001 to november 2005 and a listing of 14:53:00.1 additional civil liberties protections contained in the conference report of h.r. 3199 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the material will be inserted into the record. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from michigan. 14:53:13.2 mr. conyers: i rise as the manager on this side to ask for as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. conyers: i thank you. i ask unanimous consent to add my statement to be printed in 14:53:28.7 the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. conyers: mr. speaker and my colleagues, let me just begin by pointing out that in the dissent from the bill reported there are six precise examples 14:53:50.2 of when the patriot act has been abused so that no one will be able to say that they don't know where they are. 14:54:07.4 they are on page two and three of the sis sents that have been file -- of the dissents that have been filed with the committee. what we have, we passed the conference report already. it was passed on december 14, 2005. 14:54:23.7 and because of the other body and the serious objections that they have raised, we are getting now to three other points that are being raised. and two of the points are the 14:54:41.7 basis of my remarks this morning. or this afternoon. the first i'd like you to know about in is -- in s. 2271 is amazingly enough after all the 14:55:02.5 debate this measure that we are considering today makes section 215 intelligence orders for any tangible thing harder to challenge in court than the 14:55:20.2 current conference report which allows a recipient to challenge the gag order immediately. this measure before us that we will be voting on would make the recipient wait a year, but 14:55:34.9 then to make it really worse, rather than the reviewing court immediately allowing the gag order -- allowing the gag as the government's carte blanche 14:55:53.5 assertion of national security is conclusive. so we've added two things. we make the aserks -- the assertion of national security conclusive, plus we make the person that challenges it not 14:56:11.1 able to immediately go to court. this is a setback. the second thing that we do is that we add no meaningful protection for library records. that is to say that the present conference reports allow 14:56:33.5 immediate challenge, but what we do is according to the national association of library records, we make the protection 14:56:54.2 for library records exempt only if the national security letters, if they don't offer internet access. but the american library 14:57:08.4 association puts the number of libraries without internet access at nearly zero. and so what we've done is create a fig leaf that really does nothing to give the 14:57:24.0 protection meaningful that the 14:57:32.7 library association has requested and that we tried to get through in our legislation. and so it's with great reluctance that even on two out 14:57:46.2 of the three measures that are before us in this very small bill, we find that this is unsupportable. 14:57:59.6 and in addition, finally, what this measure doesn't do is address any of the core problems of the patriot act. the main one being that we 14:58:18.7 don't -- we've requested for moderate changes that would have ensured that these extraordinary new powers are directed solely at terrorists or to those associated with terrorists and this measure 14:58:32.1 fails to do that. and for those reasons, i am unable to support this measure and urge that it be defeated and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. 14:58:47.3 the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. sensenbrenner: i yield three minutes to the tchare of the subcommittee on crime, the gentleman from north carolina mr. coble. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. coble: pardon my modesty, mr. speaker, but i believe this bill has been thoroughly and 14:59:06.3 consistently examined, but i don't think there's been a committee other than the house judiciary committee, i don't thri has been a committee other than the subcommittee on crime, terrorism and national security 14:59:23.0 has worked any more diligently as have we. the chairman used the word vulnerable and vulnerability in his opening statement. we are today. as the chairman pointed out, 14:59:38.9 much misleading and inaccurate information has been associated and directed to the patriot act. i use this example on the floor earlier, mr. speaker, a constituent came to me 14:59:55.7 concerned about the patriot act. we must get rid of the patriot act, he said to me. i said give me an example of how it has adversely affected you. he said i can't do it. give me an example of how it adversely affected anyone you
The United States House of Representatives 1400 - 1500 DANA REEVE TRIBUTE
HOUSE FLOOR DEBATE: The House meets for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. // Suspensions (6 bills): 1) H.R. 3934 - Gerard A. Fiorenza Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. King (NY) / Government Reform Committee); 2) H.R. 4054 - Dewey F. Bartlett Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Sullivan / Government Reform Committee); 3) H.R. 4509 - Hiram L. Fong Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Abercrombie / Government Reform Committee); 4) S. 2271 - USA PATRIOT Act Additional Reauthorizing Amendments Act of 2006 (Sponsored by Sen. Sununu / Judiciary Committee); 5) H.R. 32 - Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act (Sponsored by Rep. Knollenberg / Judiciary Committee); 6) H.Res. 681 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Engineers Week, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Lipinski / Science Committee) 14:02:21.9 the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the chaplain. chaplain coughlin: lord our 14:02:30.8 god, around the upper part of this chamber are profile medallions which recall the 14:02:39.4 personal history of lawmaking. in the center full faced and bold before us is the image of moses, the great lawgiver of the hebrew scriptures. may the people of this nation 14:02:56.0 and in particular those elected to the 109th congress who gather here to protect and guide this nation be faithful to your commands. your revelation, lord, gives us nothing less than the lessons 14:03:12.3 we need to address the issues of the day. your commands are the foundations on which we build hope. they are the supports which strengthen faith and public action, and the food which nourishes the human heart. 14:03:31.7 by obeying your laws those in representative government inspire those they represent, the governed. to internalize your commands and live according to your word is to lead to fulfillment and 14:03:49.6 bring promise to a disillusioned world when left on its own. therefore in the mitts of everything from you lord our god we choose to draw wisdom 14:04:01.8 and strength now and forever. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge today will be 14:04:20.8 offered by the gentleman from texas, mr. thorn berry. mr. thornberry: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:04:44.0 chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the 14:05:00.1 senate on march 6, 2006, at 11:05 a.m. that the senate passed with an amendment and requests a conference with the house on h.r. 2830. signed, sincerely, karen l. haas, clerk of the house. 14:05:17.7 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: by direction of the committee on armed services i submit a privileged report on house resolution 645. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 645, 14:05:31.6 resolution requesting the president and directing the secretary of defense to transmit to the house of representatives all information in the possession of the president or secretary of defense relating to the collection of intelligence information pertaining to persons inside the united 14:05:47.7 states without obtaining court ordered warrants authorizing the collection of such information and relating to the policy of the united states with respect to the gathering of counterterrorism intelligence within the united states. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar 14:06:03.3 and ordered printed. the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: by direction of the permanent select committee on intelligence i submit a privileged report on house resolution 641. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 641, resolution requesting the president to provide to the 14:06:21.4 house of representatives certain documents in his possession relating to electronic surveillance without search warrants on individuals in the united states. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. the chair will entertain 14:06:40.2 one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina rise? ms. foxx: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm getting a bit tired of hearing some of my colleagues in the democrat party mislead 14:06:55.2 the american people into thinking our economy is in poor shape. here are the facts. plain and simple. our economy has been growing for 17 straight quarters. the national association for business economics predicts the economy will grow at 4.5% rate in the first quarter of 2006. 14:07:14.2 after inflation, disposable incomes increase 2.2% in the last 12 months. the federal reserve reported that the median net worth of u.s. households increased 1.5% between 2001 and 2004. january's unemployment rate 14:07:29.8 fell to 4.7% which is the lowest monthly rate since 2001 and lower than the average of the 1970's, 1980's, and 1909's. 14:07:40.2 there have been 29 consecutive months of job gains. mr. speaker, no amount of spin from the left can change the fact that our economy is growing stronger every day under republican leadership. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:07:55.4 gentleman from florida. mr. keller: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, re-authorizing the patriot act today is literally a matter of life or death because it is helping us to win the war on terrorism. 14:08:10.1 since we passed the patriot act in 2001, we have convicted 212 terrorists, and we have frozen $136 million in terrorist assets. re-authorizing the patriot act is purely a matter of common sense. 14:08:25.5 isn't it common sense that we give law enforcement the same tools to go after terrorists as they now have to go after faffa dons and drug dealers? isn't it common sense we can now share data between the intelligence community and law enforcement community? 14:08:41.8 isn't it common sense we track deadly terrorists even though they cross jurisdictional lines or switch cell phones? i'm pleased that the senate recently voted 89-10 to re-authorize the patriot act. this legislation provides 30 new civil liberty siff guards and strengthens our port 14:08:58.1 security by providing law enforcement authorities with new authority to security our ports. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on the patriot act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. pitts: permission to address the house for one 14:09:12.6 minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pitts: mr. speaker, the leftward drift of higher -- american higher education has been well documented. on the modern day campus nothing is too extreme. and all ideas and political philosophies are declared equal in the name of tolerance. 14:09:31.5 often producing ridiculous results. the most re-- recent example comes from yale university. in the name of tolerance and diversity, administrators there have enrolled a member of one of the most radically intolerant and nondiverse 14:09:45.7 groups in recent history, the taliban. a few years ago, he was spokesman for the taliban regime, the same regime that provided safe haven for the 9/11 terrorists. 14:10:01.2 today he's in the ivy league, a student at yale. ramatulah said it best. i could have ended up at guantanamo bay, instead i ended up at yale, end quote. we come to a point where elite universities like yale will 14:10:17.7 tolerate the taliban on campus but not the rotc. political correctness in the extreme. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from tennessee. mrs. blackburn: i ask unanimous consent to address the house 14:10:32.8 for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. blackburn: thank you, mr. speaker. you know, there are some days that it probably is a little depressing to be a mainstream media reporter. in their world our economy is sinking and the war on terrorism is absolutely hopeless. 14:10:47.9 thankfully in the real world americans know that we have drastically impacted al qaeda's ability to attack us and our economy is booming. yes, it is booming. we are expecting growth this quarter somewhere around 4% or 14:11:04.5 more. and that means jobs. we have created almost five million new jobs and had three years of strong, solid economic growth. when you compare our economy to europe, to most nations, we are 14:11:19.1 in an amazing era. unemployment is below 5%. that's outstanding and it's a shame that the mainstream reporters just can't get their story right. our tax policies reduced the burden of taxation on americans 14:11:34.7 and they have responded as they always do -- by creating new jobs. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia. mr. gingrey: mr. speaker, to address the house for one 14:11:48.7 minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gingrey: i rise today in honor of woman's history month. as we remember the great women of past generation, we must also salute those women who are serving as role models and leaders today. one such woman is tammy cohen of marietta, georgia. 14:12:04.5 my district. she's co-founder and president of infomart, and under her guidance it has grown from a small start-up business to the largest female-owned background checking company in the world. mr. speaker, tammy's success as a female entrepreneur is 14:12:20.1 inspiring. while she is deeply respected for her business no-how, she is equally praised for her compassion and willingness to help. when hurricane katrina struck the gulf coast last year, tammy led a group of employees who rented vance, gathered 14:12:38.0 supplies, and drove to new orleans to rescue 15 children and 20 caretakers from a boy's home in louisiana. tammy then worked with community groups and local businesses in marietta to house, feed, and clothe these hurricane victims. mr. speaker, during women's 14:12:52.3 history month is important to honor those women who are making a difference in the lives of others. tammy cohen is undoubtedly one of these women. i ask you to join me in celebrating her accomplishments. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? 14:13:07.0 mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, as a member of the armed services committee, and a father of three sons serving in the military, i frequently have an opportunity to meet with the dynamic young men and women of the u.s. military. 14:13:24.8 i'm always encouraged to hear them describe their pride as americans and their strong sense of duty to their country. after witnessing the horrific attacks of september 11, these young people understand that their generation will protect our freedoms in the future. 14:13:41.4 yesterday the supreme court ruled unanimously to ensure that men and women at colleges and university also continue to have an opportunity to learn about serving in the united states military. america's armed forces have created broadest spread of 14:13:56.1 freedom in the history of the world which protects american families by allowing military recruiters to visit college campus, the court has ensured that the united states will maintain the best military in the world. in conclusion, god bless our troops, we will never forget 14:14:12.7 september 11. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from indiana. mr. pence: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. pence: mr. speaker, today the congress will send to the president of the united states 14:14:30.1 the re-authorization of the patriot act. chairman jim sensenbrenner and other members of the judiciary committee and the conference committee are to be commended for the effort in putting together a bill that balances the liberty and security 14:14:45.8 interests of the american people. this is a -- an issue that is not just theoretical for me, mr. speaker. i not only serve on the house judiciary committee but i was here on september 11 and i served on the committee as we 14:15:00.4 built the patriot act in the immediate days following that national tragedy. that's why making 14 of the 16 provisions of the patriot act permanent is a critical element of ensuring the security of the american people and putting 14:15:17.6 safeguards on the two remaining prosituations is evidence of a careful balancing act that has been accomplished in a bipartisan way. we must equip law enforcement and intelligence officials in a way to protect our nation from terrorist attacks but safeguard 14:15:34.6 the civil liberties of the american people to fulfill the viss of freedom. i urge my colleagues with gratitude of our leadership to move this patriot act to the president today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair lays before the house 14:15:49.5 a communication from the clerk. the clerk: the honorable, the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in rule 2-4rks of rule 2 in the house of representatives, i have the honor to transmit a sealed envelope received from the 14:16:09.0 white house on march 6 said to contain a president whereby he submits draft legislation legislative line item veto act of 2006, signed sincerely, karen l. hoss, clerk of the 14:16:24.9 house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states, i asked the congress to give the president a line item veto. i am sending a legislative proposal to give the president line item authority to reduce 14:16:42.5 wasteful spending. this legislation will ensure accountability and transparency in the expenditure of taxpayer funds. although the congress achieved significant spending restraint this past year appropriations 14:16:57.9 and other bills contain spending that is not fully justified, is a low priority or earmarked to disciplined or merit based reviews. i have no ability to line out 14:17:12.9 unnecessary spending. in 1996, the congress gave the president a line item veto, an important tool to limit wasteful spending, but the supreme court struck down that version of the law in 1998. my prose -- my proposed 14:17:31.8 legislation would provide a fast track procedure to require 14:17:35.9 the congress to vote up or down on rescissions proposed by the president. there has been broad bipartisan surpt for similar proposals in the past. under this proposal, the president could propose legislation to rescind wasteful 14:17:52.1 spending and the congress would be obligated to vote quickly on that package of recincions. 43 governors have a line item 14:18:09.9 veto to reduce spending. the president needs similar authority to help control unjustified and wasteful spending in the federal budget. i urge you to pronchtly consider and send me this legislation for enactment to 14:18:25.5 reduce unnecessary spending and help achieve my goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009, signed, george w. bush, the white house, march 6, 2006. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the committee on budget and the committee on rules and ordered printed. 14:18:41.9 the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, this is to notify you formally pursuant to rule 8 of the rules of the house of representatives that i have been served with a subpoena -- civil subpoena 14:18:58.0 issued by the u.s. district court for the district of columbia for documents. after consultation with the office of general council, i have determined that compliance is consistent with the precedence and privileges of 14:19:13.7 the house. signed sincerely, barbara cuban, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 the chair will postpone further proceedings on mosts to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are 14:19:30.5 ordered or the vote is objected to. recorded votes will be taken after 6:30 p.m. today. for what purpose the gentleman from pennsylvania rise. >> mr. speaker, i move that the 14:19:45.7 house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3934. the clerk: h.r. 3934, a bill to designate the facility of the united states post office in massapequa new york as the 14:20:02.5 gerard a. fiorenza post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from hawaii mr. abercrombie, each will control 20 minutes. 14:20:17.3 the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. 14:20:30.4 mr. dent: mr. speaker, h.r. 3934, introduced by the distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. king, would designate the post office in massapequa, new york, as the gerard a. fiorenza post office. 14:20:52.0 he was someone who was always able to help out when needed. his first position was a postal assistant in 19 2. 14:21:02.7 as a letter carrier he received a letter of recommendation and in 1990 he was assigned to the valley stream office as officer in charge. he was postmaster in hewlett, massapequa park and massapequa. 4 he was known for his 14:21:21.9 strakettonings detail and friendly demeanor. the publisher is quoted as saying, when i first came to massapequa 10 years ago, it was jerry who was there to answer all of my questions and help me 14:21:36.2 whenever a problem arroz. jerry was committed to his profession and provided himself in providing the best postal service, closed quote. along with serving in this 14:21:52.7 capacity, jerry fiorenza was involved in the combined federal campaign, united way and toys for togethers. he was a serving as a member of 14:22:09.2 the massapequa chamber of commerce, sons of italy, american legion post 1066 and the republican club. he was named massapequa's man of the year in 2001. 14:22:21.5 i ask all members to join me in recognizing this respected member of the massapequa community by passing h.r. 3934. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:22:34.1 gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise. mr. davis: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from illinois will control the time and the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration 14:22:51.2 of h.r. 3934, legislation naming a postal facility in massapequa new york after gerald a. fiorenza. this was sponsored by representative peter king on september 28, 2005, and unanimously reported by our 14:23:09.0 committee on november 16, 2005. the bill has the support and co-sponsorship of the entire new york delegation. gerald fiorenza, native of new york, was born in brooklyn, attended is anthony elementary 14:23:28.4 school, graduated from brooklyn academy and attended queens community college. he moves his family to massapequa and began as a postal assistant. 14:23:41.6 he was promoted to officer in charge before attaining the rank of postmaster in massapequa post office. he was active in postal management organizations such as the national association of 14:23:58.0 postal supervisors, and the national association of postmasters of the united states and local organizations such as the chamber of commerce, united way and toys for togethers. sadly, he passed away following 14:24:14.8 a battle against cancer on december 7, 2001. mr. speaker, i commend my colleagues for seeking to honor the legacy of postmaster gerald fiorenza and urge swift passage of this bill. 14:24:29.3 i have no further speakers or request for time and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers at the moment and i yield back the balance of my time. 14:24:43.1 the speaker pro tempore: all time yielded the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3934? so many as in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection 14:24:59.9 the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4504. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:25:17.5 clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4054, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located 6110 east 51st place in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office. 14:25:33.8 the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: i ask unanimous 14:25:48.1 consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dent: i rise in support of h.r. 4054 offered by the distinguished gentleman from 14:26:04.7 oklahoma, mr. sullivan. this would designate the post office in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office building. he was born on march 28, 1919. he was educate in the mayor yeta public school system and 14:26:22.0 attended princeton university. he worked in the oklahoma oil fields in the summers. in 1955 after serving in the military in world war ii, he moved to tulsa to assume a managing role in his family's business. 14:26:36.7 he became an oklahoma state senator in 1963. he successfully ran for governor of oklahoma and served in this capacity for five years. in 1972 he was elected to the united states senate where he served until 1979. 14:26:53.9 during his service in government he was dedicated to strong national defense. he felt a lean government protected the individual liberty, freedom, and justice. i urge all members to come 14:27:10.5 together to honor a man who promotes excellence. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. torge illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:27:24.2 i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration of 14:27:33.5 h.r. 4054, legislation naming a postal facility in tulsa, oklahoma, after dewey f. bartlett. this measure was sponsored by john sullivan of oklahoma in 2005 and reported by our 14:27:51.4 committee on february 1, 2006 the bill has the support and co-sponsorship of the entire oklahoma delegation. dewey bartlett was born and raised in mayor yeta, ohio. he later attended school in new 14:28:09.2 jersey and graduated from princeton university. in world war ii he served in the marine corps as a dive bomber pilot. 14:28:21.3 he moved to oklahoma after the war. working as a farmer, rancher and independent oil producer. politics called and mr. bartlett was elected to the state senate in 1962. four years later he made a successful run for governor. 14:28:38.1 he was recognized for his efforts on economic developments which benefited all oklahomans and working in a bipartisan manner. the 1972 governor bartlett was elected to the u.s. senate where he served from 1973 to 14:28:56.0 1979. he did not seek re-election because he was battling lung cancer. sadly, he passed away in tulsa, oklahoma, on march 1, 1979. mr. speaker, i commend my 14:29:11.1 colleague for seeking to honor the legacy of senator dewey f. bartlett by naming a postal facility in his hometown. i urge swift passage of this bill and have no further speakers. i yield back the balance of my 14:29:26.9 time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to yield as much time as he may consume to my distinguished colleague from the state of oklahoma, mr. sullivan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sullivan: i rise in proud support of my bill, h.r. 4054, 14:29:44.8 designating the 6110 east 51st place post office in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office. he was a strong advocate for conservative values. 14:29:57.7 a war veteran and public servant for oklahoma and the nation. he served as the second republican governor of oklahoma and is the distinguished alumnus of the united states senate. he was a true representative of oklahoma values, leadership, and drive. and i'm pleased that we are 14:30:13.2 able to honor him in this way. after graduating from princeton university in 1942, dewy bartlett served in the marine corps as a combat dive bomber during world war ii. as a result of his courageous efforts in the south pacific 14:30:30.0 theater, he was awarded the air medal. after the war, he moved to tulsa, oklahoma, and became a farmer, rancher, and oil man. he was a partner in keener oil company, one of the oldest independent oil companies. 14:30:45.7 in 1963 bartlett began his career in public service by joining the state senate and then in 1967 he became oklahoma's 19th governor. one of his priorities while in office was increasing industry in oklahoma. 14:31:01.1 as governor, the results of his hard work helped to produce a record 148.4 million in new industries or improvements on existing facilities and creating an additional 7,500 jobs for oklahomans. from 1972 to 1978 bartlett 14:31:19.4 served as a member of the united states senate. during his tenure, this proud oklahoman maintained a strong and consistent stance of limiting government bureaucracy, reducing 14:31:32.8 burdensome taxes, and maintaining fiscal responsibility. i am proud to share dewy bartlett's vision of conservatism and work daily toward the goal of promoting common sense, oklahoma values in congress. i encourage my colleagues to join me in support of this 14:31:48.9 legislation. by designating the dewy -- deweyf bartlett post office in oklahoma we are commemorating an excellent citizen. thank you, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the 14:32:03.6 balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers at this time. i urge all members to support the passage of h.r. 4054. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time being yielded back, the question is will the house 14:32:20.4 suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4054. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. 14:32:33.2 in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative -- the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having 14:32:48.7 arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass s. 14:33:07.3 2089. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2089, an act to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1271 north king street in honolulu, oahu, hi, as the hiram l. fong post 14:33:24.3 office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i 14:33:37.9 may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i rise in support of senate bill 2089 offered by the distinguished 14:33:54.2 gentleman from hawaii, senator akaka. the bill would designate the post office in honolulu, hawaii, as the hiram l. fong post office building. hiram fong was born on the island of oahu on october 15, 1906. 14:34:10.4 the seventh of 11 children, he helped to support his family at an early age by earning money selling newspapers, shining shoes, and caddying on golf courses. after graduating high school he went on to attend the university of hawaii and inducted into phi beta kappa as a graduate in 1930. 14:34:26.8 he then graduated from harvard law school and began a career of public service that spanned over 40 years. he served in the territorial house for 14 years including six as speaker of the house. with the coming of statehood in 1959, fong ran for a seat in 14:34:43.0 the united states senate and was elected to three consecutive terms until his retirement in 1976. while serving in office, he was highly regarded for his work on immigration and naturalization laws and for encouraging relations with the people's republic of china and the other developing nations of asia. 14:34:59.7 from providing timely answers to constituent concerns to being widely respected by both sides of the aisle, senator fong was indeed a great leader. i ask all members to honor his leadership by passing s. 2089. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. 14:35:14.1 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'd like to yield such time as he might consume to the author of this legislation, the gentleman from hawaii, representative 14:35:31.6 abercrombie. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. abercrombie: mr. speaker, i request permission to inter' formal statement on behalf of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. abercrombie: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:35:45.0 i would like to amplify this formal statement, mr. speaker, with a few personal observationings -- observations. the chairman has kindly indicated some of the history of senator fong. 14:36:02.9 it's interesting when i look down and -- to see the word hiram l. fong because he's so much of the history here. we always think of him as senator fong. as has been noted he was the 14:36:18.5 seventh of 11 children. immigrant family. if there was ever a story of hawaii, of our rainbow people, and our aloha spirit, it's hiram fong. yes, he worked a lot of jobs 14:36:34.4 and worked his way through school and did very, very well. he founded not only a prominent law firm but founded as well what became a financial empire. i have some real interest in it 14:36:51.1 because the very first campaign that i ever ran was funded by senator fong's finance factors. i went down to get a loan. i thought if i was going to run against him, the least i could do is in the spirit of bipartisanship ask him to help 14:37:07.3 fund my campaign as a graduate student at the university of hawaii. i went down to borrow $50. they told me we can't loan you $50. we have to lend you $200 if we are going to make money on this. 14:37:21.8 i said i'll take it. i was able to run my very first campaign on hiram fong's dime. i should say nickel because that's what i passed out in the 14:37:30.3 streets of hon lieu lao -- honolulu to represent the inflation i thought we would have to deal with. that was an innocent time. senator fong was always gracious. senator fong always was able to reach out. as has been noted he was 14:37:46.0 elected as a republican in a very democratic state. he was supported in great measure and elected in great measure with the support of labor in hawaii. most particularly the iowu, the 14:38:03.0 international longshoremen's workers union when testifying in favor of the establishment of a commission in 2005 after he passed away, to honor and recognize him as a political business and community leader, 14:38:19.4 testified, and i quote, the senator was a successful businessman and republican who never forgot his humble begin igs. he was a strong supporter of civil rights and often crossed the aisle. to cooperate on issues 14:38:32.4 important to hawaii's unions and workers. senator hiram fong came to the united states senate with the arrival of hawaii as the last state of the union. probably nothing could be more 14:38:49.2 fitting than to recognize him today through this legislation and the pioneer effort that he made. yes, the last state to enter the union had as its first senator the son of an immigrant family who came from china 14:39:09.5 looking for opportunity, looking for justice, and found it in the person of their son and a true son of hawaii, hiram fong. 14:39:21.4 thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i would now yield myself such time as he might consume. mr. speaker, as a member of the 14:39:38.1 government reform committee, i'm pleased to join with my colleagues in consideration of s. 2089, legislation naming a postal facility in honolulu, oahu, hawaii, after hiram l. fong. 14:39:53.8 this measure sponsored by daniel akaka of hawaii was co-sponsored by senator daniel ineweway, was unanimously passed by the senate on march 3, 2006, an identical measure, h.r. 4509, sponsored by 14:40:13.1 representative abercrombie, was unanimously report -- reported by our committee on february 1, 2006. hiram leon fong, a native of hawaii, was a noted and well-known member of hawaii politics. 14:40:26.9 mr. fong was a graduate of the university of hawaii and harvard law school before practicing law in honolulu. he later served as deputy attorney for the city and county of honolulu. during world war ii, mr. fong served as a major and judge 14:40:45.4 advocate of the seventh fighter command of the seventh air force from 1942 to 1945. he began his political career in 1938 as a member of the territorial legislature, 14:40:59.5 serving four years as vice speaker and six years as speaker and vice president of the territorial constitutional convention in 1950. in 1959 mr. fong was elected as a republican to the united states senate. 14:41:15.7 upon the admission of hawaii as a state, he was re-elected in 1964, and again in 1970. senator fong did not seek re-election in 1976. instead he returned to private enterprise. 14:41:31.2 serving as chairman of finance enterprises limited. sadly he passed away on august 18, 2004. mr. speaker, as senator akaka, my good friend and colleague, observed last week upon the senate passage of sks 289, i 14:41:48.8 quote, senator hiram fong was a man of great integrity and a compassionate advocate for civil rights and workers' rights. it is fitting that a united states post office near his home be named in his honor. during his 20 years of service 14:42:05.6 in the united states senate, senator fong personafide the spirit of bipartisan cooperation. he was instrumental in enacting landmark civil rights legislation in the 1960's. reforming u.s. immigration laws 14:42:20.5 to end discrimination against asian immigrants, improving job training programs for workers, and fighting for equal pay for 14:42:29.7 women. people of hawaii were truly fortunate to have been represented by hiram fong. i commend my colleagues for seeking to honor the political legacy of senator hiram leon fong and urge swift passage of 14:42:46.7 this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i urge all members to support the passage of s. 208 9. i yield back the balance of my time. 14:42:59.2 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill senate 208 9. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to 14:43:14.5 reconsider is laid upon the table. does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? is there objection? hearing no objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. 14:43:30.2 mr. langevin: mr. langevin: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:43:56.3 mr. speaker, i rise to pay tribute to dana reeve who passed away last night following a battle with lung cancer. i am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and would like to take a moment to reflect on her life. she faced extraordinary 14:44:12.7 challenges and handled them with the utmost grace, dignity, and strength. when her husband, chris, was first injured, dana helped establish the christopher reeve foundation. additionally recognizing a lack of any place to go for 14:44:29.0 comprehensive information, the newly injured patients and their families, she worked tirelessly to establish the christopher and dana reeve paralysis resource center. since the launch of this center in 2002, it has assisted thousands of spinal cord  injured patients and their 14:44:45.0 loved ones in dealing with the many issues and anxieties that come along with such an injury. dana used her personal experience to improve the quality of life for all people living with paralysis. this was typical of dana to see beyond her own circumstances 14:45:01.1 and finding a way to ease the suffering and confusion of others. after her husband's passing, she moved forward with his message of hope and healing. today it is up to all of us to continue their legacy. as chris and dana would say, 14:45:17.9 let's go forward. my thoughts and prayers go out to dana reeve's family, friends, and all those who mourn her. may god bless her. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:45:34.0 gentleman yields back. mr. sensenbrenner: i move the house suspend the rules and pass senate 2271, the u.s.a. patriot act additional re-authorizing amendments of 2006. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2271, an act to clarify that individuals who receive fisa orders can 14:45:53.0 challenge nondisclosure requirements and individuals who receive national security letters are not required to disclose the name of their attorney, libraries are not wire or electronic communication service providers 14:46:07.9 unless they provide specific services and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from wisconsin mr. sensenbrenner, and the gentleman from michigan, mr. conyers each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. sensenbrenner: mr. speaker, 14:46:23.1 i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on s 2271, currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sensenbrenner: mr. speaker, i dwreeled myself myself. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. 14:46:38.0 mr. sensenbrenner: i rise in support of senate 2271, the u.s.a. patriot act additional re-authorizing amendments act of 2006. on december 14 of last year the house passed the conference report on h.r. 3199, the u.s.a. patriot improvement and 14:46:54.7 re-authorization act of 2005 by a strong bipartisan vote of 251-174. last thur the the other body followed the bipartisan lead of this house and approved the conference report by an 14:47:09.5 overwhelming vote of 89-10. when the how judiciary committee unanimously reported the patriot act a month after the 9/11 attacks i pledged to vigorously examine its implement takes to ensure enhanced law enforcement 14:47:25.7 authority is required to reduce 14:47:30.3 america's vulnerability to terrorism did not erode our constitutional or civil liberties. it was the house, led by former majority leader dick armey and me that forcefully insisted that much of the patriot act 14:47:46.7 sunsets without affirmative congressional re-authorization. these sunsets help complement congressional oversight of the implementation of the patriot act. the conference report now passed by both houses 14:48:00.4 represents the product of comprehensive bipartisan consideration consisting of legislative and oversight hears, briefings, inspector general reports and committee correspondence. this extensive record, a chronology of which i ask 14:48:17.4 unanimous consent to submit for the record is demonstrated that the patriot act has been an effective tool against terrorists and other criminals. at the same time, intense congressional and public scrutiny has not produced a 14:48:33.1 single substantiated claim that the patriot act has been misused to violate americans' civil liberties. however, the conference report contained over 30 important civil liberties amendments and revisions designed to further 14:48:47.5 mitigate the potential for misuse of the patriot act. this bill includes three additional clarifications to the conference report to address concerns raised by some members of the other body. first, current law does not 14:49:04.7 expressly provide a rip yebt of a section 215 order or a national security letter right to challenge it. the conference report delineated judicial review for such challenges including the ability for n.s.l. recipients 14:49:22.7 to challenge an order. extension of 215 rip yepts similar access to judicial review to attach nondisclosure order. 14:49:35.1 second, because of national security concerns the conference report contained language that would allow the government to ask a recipient of one of these national security orders to identify the persons to whom disclosure will be or was made. the director of national intelligence expressed concern 14:49:53.0 without this safeguard a recipient could disclose the government's investigative efforts to a person with ties to hostile foreign governments or entities. the conference report permitted the government to determine whether a request is warranted 14:50:09.2 and if the government has made such a request to determine whether the disclosure affected an ongoing investigation. an exception was included for information that might interfere with attorney-client privileges. 14:50:27.8 this bill extends the exception to prevent the government from requesting the name of counsels with whom the recipient has already consulted. s 2271 clarifies current law that a library may only be 14:50:44.9 subject to an n.s.l. request if it falls under 18 united states 251 [615] defining an electronic service provider provides to users the ability 14:51:00.7 to send or receive wire or electronic communication. this change addresses the potential for misuse of critics of the legislation. mr. speaker, over the last five years the patriot act has been the focus of virtually 14:51:18.2 unprecedented public scrutiny. opponents of this legislation have relied upon exaggeration and hyperbole to distort a demonstrated radar of accomplishment and success. the justice department and 14:51:30.7 other agencies have properly used the patriot act to detect, disrupt and dismantle cells in new york, virginia, and oregon before they struck. the patriot act helped tear down the pre9/11 wall that prevented law enforcement 14:51:46.2 intelligence agencies from sharing critical information necessary to avert terrorist attacks on american soil. it became a critical tool of america's law enforcement arsenal and a vital deterrent against terrorist subversion. 14:52:04.3 it upheld our constitutional values and none of the provisions authorized by the conference report have been held unconstitutional. simply state, the patriot act has made america safer while safeguarding our civil 14:52:19.6 liberties. the conference report contained provisions to address claims that the patriot act might be 14:52:27.1 misused to violate civil licts, senate 2271 contained further provisions to allay these concerns. i look forward to the imminent enactment of the u.s.a. patriot 14:52:43.3 act and re-authorization act of 2005 into law. and at this time, i ask unanimous consent to include in the record a chronology of the oversight of the patriot act from october 2001 to november 2005 and a listing of 14:53:00.1 additional civil liberties protections contained in the conference report of h.r. 3199 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the material will be inserted into the record. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from michigan. 14:53:13.2 mr. conyers: i rise as the manager on this side to ask for as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. conyers: i thank you. i ask unanimous consent to add my statement to be printed in 14:53:28.7 the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. conyers: mr. speaker and my colleagues, let me just begin by pointing out that in the dissent from the bill reported there are six precise examples 14:53:50.2 of when the patriot act has been abused so that no one will be able to say that they don't know where they are. 14:54:07.4 they are on page two and three of the sis sents that have been file -- of the dissents that have been filed with the committee. what we have, we passed the conference report already. it was passed on december 14, 2005. 14:54:23.7 and because of the other body and the serious objections that they have raised, we are getting now to three other points that are being raised. and two of the points are the 14:54:41.7 basis of my remarks this morning. or this afternoon. the first i'd like you to know about in is -- in s. 2271 is amazingly enough after all the 14:55:02.5 debate this measure that we are considering today makes section 215 intelligence orders for any tangible thing harder to challenge in court than the 14:55:20.2 current conference report which allows a recipient to challenge the gag order immediately. this measure before us that we will be voting on would make the recipient wait a year, but 14:55:34.9 then to make it really worse, rather than the reviewing court immediately allowing the gag order -- allowing the gag as the government's carte blanche 14:55:53.5 assertion of national security is conclusive. so we've added two things. we make the aserks -- the assertion of national security conclusive, plus we make the person that challenges it not 14:56:11.1 able to immediately go to court. this is a setback. the second thing that we do is that we add no meaningful protection for library records. that is to say that the present conference reports allow 14:56:33.5 immediate challenge, but what we do is according to the national association of library records, we make the protection 14:56:54.2 for library records exempt only if the national security letters, if they don't offer internet access. but the american library 14:57:08.4 association puts the number of libraries without internet access at nearly zero. and so what we've done is create a fig leaf that really does nothing to give the 14:57:24.0 protection meaningful that the 14:57:32.7 library association has requested and that we tried to get through in our legislation. and so it's with great reluctance that even on two out 14:57:46.2 of the three measures that are before us in this very small bill, we find that this is unsupportable. 14:57:59.6 and in addition, finally, what this measure doesn't do is address any of the core problems of the patriot act. the main one being that we 14:58:18.7 don't -- we've requested for moderate changes that would have ensured that these extraordinary new powers are directed solely at terrorists or to those associated with terrorists and this measure 14:58:32.1 fails to do that. and for those reasons, i am unable to support this measure and urge that it be defeated and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. 14:58:47.3 the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. sensenbrenner: i yield three minutes to the tchare of the subcommittee on crime, the gentleman from north carolina mr. coble. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. coble: pardon my modesty, mr. speaker, but i believe this bill has been thoroughly and 14:59:06.3 consistently examined, but i don't think there's been a committee other than the house judiciary committee, i don't thri has been a committee other than the subcommittee on crime, terrorism and national security 14:59:23.0 has worked any more diligently as have we. the chairman used the word vulnerable and vulnerability in his opening statement. we are today. as the chairman pointed out, 14:59:38.9 much misleading and inaccurate information has been associated and directed to the patriot act. i use this example on the floor earlier, mr. speaker, a constituent came to me 14:59:55.7 concerned about the patriot act. we must get rid of the patriot act, he said to me. i said give me an example of how it has adversely affected you. he said i can't do it. give me an example of how it adversely affected anyone you
The United States House of Representatives 1400 - 1500 DANA REEVE TRIBUTE
HOUSE FLOOR DEBATE: The House meets for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. // Suspensions (6 bills): 1) H.R. 3934 - Gerard A. Fiorenza Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. King (NY) / Government Reform Committee); 2) H.R. 4054 - Dewey F. Bartlett Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Sullivan / Government Reform Committee); 3) H.R. 4509 - Hiram L. Fong Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Abercrombie / Government Reform Committee); 4) S. 2271 - USA PATRIOT Act Additional Reauthorizing Amendments Act of 2006 (Sponsored by Sen. Sununu / Judiciary Committee); 5) H.R. 32 - Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act (Sponsored by Rep. Knollenberg / Judiciary Committee); 6) H.Res. 681 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Engineers Week, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Lipinski / Science Committee) 14:02:21.9 the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the chaplain. chaplain coughlin: lord our 14:02:30.8 god, around the upper part of this chamber are profile medallions which recall the 14:02:39.4 personal history of lawmaking. in the center full faced and bold before us is the image of moses, the great lawgiver of the hebrew scriptures. may the people of this nation 14:02:56.0 and in particular those elected to the 109th congress who gather here to protect and guide this nation be faithful to your commands. your revelation, lord, gives us nothing less than the lessons 14:03:12.3 we need to address the issues of the day. your commands are the foundations on which we build hope. they are the supports which strengthen faith and public action, and the food which nourishes the human heart. 14:03:31.7 by obeying your laws those in representative government inspire those they represent, the governed. to internalize your commands and live according to your word is to lead to fulfillment and 14:03:49.6 bring promise to a disillusioned world when left on its own. therefore in the mitts of everything from you lord our god we choose to draw wisdom 14:04:01.8 and strength now and forever. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge today will be 14:04:20.8 offered by the gentleman from texas, mr. thorn berry. mr. thornberry: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:04:44.0 chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the 14:05:00.1 senate on march 6, 2006, at 11:05 a.m. that the senate passed with an amendment and requests a conference with the house on h.r. 2830. signed, sincerely, karen l. haas, clerk of the house. 14:05:17.7 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: by direction of the committee on armed services i submit a privileged report on house resolution 645. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 645, 14:05:31.6 resolution requesting the president and directing the secretary of defense to transmit to the house of representatives all information in the possession of the president or secretary of defense relating to the collection of intelligence information pertaining to persons inside the united 14:05:47.7 states without obtaining court ordered warrants authorizing the collection of such information and relating to the policy of the united states with respect to the gathering of counterterrorism intelligence within the united states. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar 14:06:03.3 and ordered printed. the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: by direction of the permanent select committee on intelligence i submit a privileged report on house resolution 641. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 641, resolution requesting the president to provide to the 14:06:21.4 house of representatives certain documents in his possession relating to electronic surveillance without search warrants on individuals in the united states. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. the chair will entertain 14:06:40.2 one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina rise? ms. foxx: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm getting a bit tired of hearing some of my colleagues in the democrat party mislead 14:06:55.2 the american people into thinking our economy is in poor shape. here are the facts. plain and simple. our economy has been growing for 17 straight quarters. the national association for business economics predicts the economy will grow at 4.5% rate in the first quarter of 2006. 14:07:14.2 after inflation, disposable incomes increase 2.2% in the last 12 months. the federal reserve reported that the median net worth of u.s. households increased 1.5% between 2001 and 2004. january's unemployment rate 14:07:29.8 fell to 4.7% which is the lowest monthly rate since 2001 and lower than the average of the 1970's, 1980's, and 1909's. 14:07:40.2 there have been 29 consecutive months of job gains. mr. speaker, no amount of spin from the left can change the fact that our economy is growing stronger every day under republican leadership. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:07:55.4 gentleman from florida. mr. keller: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, re-authorizing the patriot act today is literally a matter of life or death because it is helping us to win the war on terrorism. 14:08:10.1 since we passed the patriot act in 2001, we have convicted 212 terrorists, and we have frozen $136 million in terrorist assets. re-authorizing the patriot act is purely a matter of common sense. 14:08:25.5 isn't it common sense that we give law enforcement the same tools to go after terrorists as they now have to go after faffa dons and drug dealers? isn't it common sense we can now share data between the intelligence community and law enforcement community? 14:08:41.8 isn't it common sense we track deadly terrorists even though they cross jurisdictional lines or switch cell phones? i'm pleased that the senate recently voted 89-10 to re-authorize the patriot act. this legislation provides 30 new civil liberty siff guards and strengthens our port 14:08:58.1 security by providing law enforcement authorities with new authority to security our ports. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on the patriot act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. pitts: permission to address the house for one 14:09:12.6 minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pitts: mr. speaker, the leftward drift of higher -- american higher education has been well documented. on the modern day campus nothing is too extreme. and all ideas and political philosophies are declared equal in the name of tolerance. 14:09:31.5 often producing ridiculous results. the most re-- recent example comes from yale university. in the name of tolerance and diversity, administrators there have enrolled a member of one of the most radically intolerant and nondiverse 14:09:45.7 groups in recent history, the taliban. a few years ago, he was spokesman for the taliban regime, the same regime that provided safe haven for the 9/11 terrorists. 14:10:01.2 today he's in the ivy league, a student at yale. ramatulah said it best. i could have ended up at guantanamo bay, instead i ended up at yale, end quote. we come to a point where elite universities like yale will 14:10:17.7 tolerate the taliban on campus but not the rotc. political correctness in the extreme. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from tennessee. mrs. blackburn: i ask unanimous consent to address the house 14:10:32.8 for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. blackburn: thank you, mr. speaker. you know, there are some days that it probably is a little depressing to be a mainstream media reporter. in their world our economy is sinking and the war on terrorism is absolutely hopeless. 14:10:47.9 thankfully in the real world americans know that we have drastically impacted al qaeda's ability to attack us and our economy is booming. yes, it is booming. we are expecting growth this quarter somewhere around 4% or 14:11:04.5 more. and that means jobs. we have created almost five million new jobs and had three years of strong, solid economic growth. when you compare our economy to europe, to most nations, we are 14:11:19.1 in an amazing era. unemployment is below 5%. that's outstanding and it's a shame that the mainstream reporters just can't get their story right. our tax policies reduced the burden of taxation on americans 14:11:34.7 and they have responded as they always do -- by creating new jobs. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia. mr. gingrey: mr. speaker, to address the house for one 14:11:48.7 minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gingrey: i rise today in honor of woman's history month. as we remember the great women of past generation, we must also salute those women who are serving as role models and leaders today. one such woman is tammy cohen of marietta, georgia. 14:12:04.5 my district. she's co-founder and president of infomart, and under her guidance it has grown from a small start-up business to the largest female-owned background checking company in the world. mr. speaker, tammy's success as a female entrepreneur is 14:12:20.1 inspiring. while she is deeply respected for her business no-how, she is equally praised for her compassion and willingness to help. when hurricane katrina struck the gulf coast last year, tammy led a group of employees who rented vance, gathered 14:12:38.0 supplies, and drove to new orleans to rescue 15 children and 20 caretakers from a boy's home in louisiana. tammy then worked with community groups and local businesses in marietta to house, feed, and clothe these hurricane victims. mr. speaker, during women's 14:12:52.3 history month is important to honor those women who are making a difference in the lives of others. tammy cohen is undoubtedly one of these women. i ask you to join me in celebrating her accomplishments. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? 14:13:07.0 mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, as a member of the armed services committee, and a father of three sons serving in the military, i frequently have an opportunity to meet with the dynamic young men and women of the u.s. military. 14:13:24.8 i'm always encouraged to hear them describe their pride as americans and their strong sense of duty to their country. after witnessing the horrific attacks of september 11, these young people understand that their generation will protect our freedoms in the future. 14:13:41.4 yesterday the supreme court ruled unanimously to ensure that men and women at colleges and university also continue to have an opportunity to learn about serving in the united states military. america's armed forces have created broadest spread of 14:13:56.1 freedom in the history of the world which protects american families by allowing military recruiters to visit college campus, the court has ensured that the united states will maintain the best military in the world. in conclusion, god bless our troops, we will never forget 14:14:12.7 september 11. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from indiana. mr. pence: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. pence: mr. speaker, today the congress will send to the president of the united states 14:14:30.1 the re-authorization of the patriot act. chairman jim sensenbrenner and other members of the judiciary committee and the conference committee are to be commended for the effort in putting together a bill that balances the liberty and security 14:14:45.8 interests of the american people. this is a -- an issue that is not just theoretical for me, mr. speaker. i not only serve on the house judiciary committee but i was here on september 11 and i served on the committee as we 14:15:00.4 built the patriot act in the immediate days following that national tragedy. that's why making 14 of the 16 provisions of the patriot act permanent is a critical element of ensuring the security of the american people and putting 14:15:17.6 safeguards on the two remaining prosituations is evidence of a careful balancing act that has been accomplished in a bipartisan way. we must equip law enforcement and intelligence officials in a way to protect our nation from terrorist attacks but safeguard 14:15:34.6 the civil liberties of the american people to fulfill the viss of freedom. i urge my colleagues with gratitude of our leadership to move this patriot act to the president today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair lays before the house 14:15:49.5 a communication from the clerk. the clerk: the honorable, the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in rule 2-4rks of rule 2 in the house of representatives, i have the honor to transmit a sealed envelope received from the 14:16:09.0 white house on march 6 said to contain a president whereby he submits draft legislation legislative line item veto act of 2006, signed sincerely, karen l. hoss, clerk of the 14:16:24.9 house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states, i asked the congress to give the president a line item veto. i am sending a legislative proposal to give the president line item authority to reduce 14:16:42.5 wasteful spending. this legislation will ensure accountability and transparency in the expenditure of taxpayer funds. although the congress achieved significant spending restraint this past year appropriations 14:16:57.9 and other bills contain spending that is not fully justified, is a low priority or earmarked to disciplined or merit based reviews. i have no ability to line out 14:17:12.9 unnecessary spending. in 1996, the congress gave the president a line item veto, an important tool to limit wasteful spending, but the supreme court struck down that version of the law in 1998. my prose -- my proposed 14:17:31.8 legislation would provide a fast track procedure to require 14:17:35.9 the congress to vote up or down on rescissions proposed by the president. there has been broad bipartisan surpt for similar proposals in the past. under this proposal, the president could propose legislation to rescind wasteful 14:17:52.1 spending and the congress would be obligated to vote quickly on that package of recincions. 43 governors have a line item 14:18:09.9 veto to reduce spending. the president needs similar authority to help control unjustified and wasteful spending in the federal budget. i urge you to pronchtly consider and send me this legislation for enactment to 14:18:25.5 reduce unnecessary spending and help achieve my goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009, signed, george w. bush, the white house, march 6, 2006. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the committee on budget and the committee on rules and ordered printed. 14:18:41.9 the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, this is to notify you formally pursuant to rule 8 of the rules of the house of representatives that i have been served with a subpoena -- civil subpoena 14:18:58.0 issued by the u.s. district court for the district of columbia for documents. after consultation with the office of general council, i have determined that compliance is consistent with the precedence and privileges of 14:19:13.7 the house. signed sincerely, barbara cuban, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 the chair will postpone further proceedings on mosts to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are 14:19:30.5 ordered or the vote is objected to. recorded votes will be taken after 6:30 p.m. today. for what purpose the gentleman from pennsylvania rise. >> mr. speaker, i move that the 14:19:45.7 house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3934. the clerk: h.r. 3934, a bill to designate the facility of the united states post office in massapequa new york as the 14:20:02.5 gerard a. fiorenza post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from hawaii mr. abercrombie, each will control 20 minutes. 14:20:17.3 the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. 14:20:30.4 mr. dent: mr. speaker, h.r. 3934, introduced by the distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. king, would designate the post office in massapequa, new york, as the gerard a. fiorenza post office. 14:20:52.0 he was someone who was always able to help out when needed. his first position was a postal assistant in 19 2. 14:21:02.7 as a letter carrier he received a letter of recommendation and in 1990 he was assigned to the valley stream office as officer in charge. he was postmaster in hewlett, massapequa park and massapequa. 4 he was known for his 14:21:21.9 strakettonings detail and friendly demeanor. the publisher is quoted as saying, when i first came to massapequa 10 years ago, it was jerry who was there to answer all of my questions and help me 14:21:36.2 whenever a problem arroz. jerry was committed to his profession and provided himself in providing the best postal service, closed quote. along with serving in this 14:21:52.7 capacity, jerry fiorenza was involved in the combined federal campaign, united way and toys for togethers. he was a serving as a member of 14:22:09.2 the massapequa chamber of commerce, sons of italy, american legion post 1066 and the republican club. he was named massapequa's man of the year in 2001. 14:22:21.5 i ask all members to join me in recognizing this respected member of the massapequa community by passing h.r. 3934. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:22:34.1 gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise. mr. davis: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from illinois will control the time and the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration 14:22:51.2 of h.r. 3934, legislation naming a postal facility in massapequa new york after gerald a. fiorenza. this was sponsored by representative peter king on september 28, 2005, and unanimously reported by our 14:23:09.0 committee on november 16, 2005. the bill has the support and co-sponsorship of the entire new york delegation. gerald fiorenza, native of new york, was born in brooklyn, attended is anthony elementary 14:23:28.4 school, graduated from brooklyn academy and attended queens community college. he moves his family to massapequa and began as a postal assistant. 14:23:41.6 he was promoted to officer in charge before attaining the rank of postmaster in massapequa post office. he was active in postal management organizations such as the national association of 14:23:58.0 postal supervisors, and the national association of postmasters of the united states and local organizations such as the chamber of commerce, united way and toys for togethers. sadly, he passed away following 14:24:14.8 a battle against cancer on december 7, 2001. mr. speaker, i commend my colleagues for seeking to honor the legacy of postmaster gerald fiorenza and urge swift passage of this bill. 14:24:29.3 i have no further speakers or request for time and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers at the moment and i yield back the balance of my time. 14:24:43.1 the speaker pro tempore: all time yielded the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3934? so many as in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection 14:24:59.9 the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4504. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:25:17.5 clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4054, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located 6110 east 51st place in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office. 14:25:33.8 the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: i ask unanimous 14:25:48.1 consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dent: i rise in support of h.r. 4054 offered by the distinguished gentleman from 14:26:04.7 oklahoma, mr. sullivan. this would designate the post office in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office building. he was born on march 28, 1919. he was educate in the mayor yeta public school system and 14:26:22.0 attended princeton university. he worked in the oklahoma oil fields in the summers. in 1955 after serving in the military in world war ii, he moved to tulsa to assume a managing role in his family's business. 14:26:36.7 he became an oklahoma state senator in 1963. he successfully ran for governor of oklahoma and served in this capacity for five years. in 1972 he was elected to the united states senate where he served until 1979. 14:26:53.9 during his service in government he was dedicated to strong national defense. he felt a lean government protected the individual liberty, freedom, and justice. i urge all members to come 14:27:10.5 together to honor a man who promotes excellence. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. torge illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:27:24.2 i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration of 14:27:33.5 h.r. 4054, legislation naming a postal facility in tulsa, oklahoma, after dewey f. bartlett. this measure was sponsored by john sullivan of oklahoma in 2005 and reported by our 14:27:51.4 committee on february 1, 2006 the bill has the support and co-sponsorship of the entire oklahoma delegation. dewey bartlett was born and raised in mayor yeta, ohio. he later attended school in new 14:28:09.2 jersey and graduated from princeton university. in world war ii he served in the marine corps as a dive bomber pilot. 14:28:21.3 he moved to oklahoma after the war. working as a farmer, rancher and independent oil producer. politics called and mr. bartlett was elected to the state senate in 1962. four years later he made a successful run for governor. 14:28:38.1 he was recognized for his efforts on economic developments which benefited all oklahomans and working in a bipartisan manner. the 1972 governor bartlett was elected to the u.s. senate where he served from 1973 to 14:28:56.0 1979. he did not seek re-election because he was battling lung cancer. sadly, he passed away in tulsa, oklahoma, on march 1, 1979. mr. speaker, i commend my 14:29:11.1 colleague for seeking to honor the legacy of senator dewey f. bartlett by naming a postal facility in his hometown. i urge swift passage of this bill and have no further speakers. i yield back the balance of my 14:29:26.9 time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to yield as much time as he may consume to my distinguished colleague from the state of oklahoma, mr. sullivan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sullivan: i rise in proud support of my bill, h.r. 4054, 14:29:44.8 designating the 6110 east 51st place post office in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office. he was a strong advocate for conservative values. 14:29:57.7 a war veteran and public servant for oklahoma and the nation. he served as the second republican governor of oklahoma and is the distinguished alumnus of the united states senate. he was a true representative of oklahoma values, leadership, and drive. and i'm pleased that we are 14:30:13.2 able to honor him in this way. after graduating from princeton university in 1942, dewy bartlett served in the marine corps as a combat dive bomber during world war ii. as a result of his courageous efforts in the south pacific 14:30:30.0 theater, he was awarded the air medal. after the war, he moved to tulsa, oklahoma, and became a farmer, rancher, and oil man. he was a partner in keener oil company, one of the oldest independent oil companies. 14:30:45.7 in 1963 bartlett began his career in public service by joining the state senate and then in 1967 he became oklahoma's 19th governor. one of his priorities while in office was increasing industry in oklahoma. 14:31:01.1 as governor, the results of his hard work helped to produce a record 148.4 million in new industries or improvements on existing facilities and creating an additional 7,500 jobs for oklahomans. from 1972 to 1978 bartlett 14:31:19.4 served as a member of the united states senate. during his tenure, this proud oklahoman maintained a strong and consistent stance of limiting government bureaucracy, reducing 14:31:32.8 burdensome taxes, and maintaining fiscal responsibility. i am proud to share dewy bartlett's vision of conservatism and work daily toward the goal of promoting common sense, oklahoma values in congress. i encourage my colleagues to join me in support of this 14:31:48.9 legislation. by designating the dewy -- deweyf bartlett post office in oklahoma we are commemorating an excellent citizen. thank you, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the 14:32:03.6 balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers at this time. i urge all members to support the passage of h.r. 4054. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time being yielded back, the question is will the house 14:32:20.4 suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4054. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. 14:32:33.2 in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative -- the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having 14:32:48.7 arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass s. 14:33:07.3 2089. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2089, an act to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1271 north king street in honolulu, oahu, hi, as the hiram l. fong post 14:33:24.3 office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i 14:33:37.9 may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i rise in support of senate bill 2089 offered by the distinguished 14:33:54.2 gentleman from hawaii, senator akaka. the bill would designate the post office in honolulu, hawaii, as the hiram l. fong post office building. hiram fong was born on the island of oahu on october 15, 1906. 14:34:10.4 the seventh of 11 children, he helped to support his family at an early age by earning money selling newspapers, shining shoes, and caddying on golf courses. after graduating high school he went on to attend the university of hawaii and inducted into phi beta kappa as a graduate in 1930. 14:34:26.8 he then graduated from harvard law school and began a career of public service that spanned over 40 years. he served in the territorial house for 14 years including six as speaker of the house. with the coming of statehood in 1959, fong ran for a seat in 14:34:43.0 the united states senate and was elected to three consecutive terms until his retirement in 1976. while serving in office, he was highly regarded for his work on immigration and naturalization laws and for encouraging relations with the people's republic of china and the other developing nations of asia. 14:34:59.7 from providing timely answers to constituent concerns to being widely respected by both sides of the aisle, senator fong was indeed a great leader. i ask all members to honor his leadership by passing s. 2089. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. 14:35:14.1 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'd like to yield such time as he might consume to the author of this legislation, the gentleman from hawaii, representative 14:35:31.6 abercrombie. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. abercrombie: mr. speaker, i request permission to inter' formal statement on behalf of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. abercrombie: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:35:45.0 i would like to amplify this formal statement, mr. speaker, with a few personal observationings -- observations. the chairman has kindly indicated some of the history of senator fong. 14:36:02.9 it's interesting when i look down and -- to see the word hiram l. fong because he's so much of the history here. we always think of him as senator fong. as has been noted he was the 14:36:18.5 seventh of 11 children. immigrant family. if there was ever a story of hawaii, of our rainbow people, and our aloha spirit, it's hiram fong. yes, he worked a lot of jobs 14:36:34.4 and worked his way through school and did very, very well. he founded not only a prominent law firm but founded as well what became a financial empire. i have some real interest in it 14:36:51.1 because the very first campaign that i ever ran was funded by senator fong's finance factors. i went down to get a loan. i thought if i was going to run against him, the least i could do is in the spirit of bipartisanship ask him to help 14:37:07.3 fund my campaign as a graduate student at the university of hawaii. i went down to borrow $50. they told me we can't loan you $50. we have to lend you $200 if we are going to make money on this. 14:37:21.8 i said i'll take it. i was able to run my very first campaign on hiram fong's dime. i should say nickel because that's what i passed out in the 14:37:30.3 streets of hon lieu lao -- honolulu to represent the inflation i thought we would have to deal with. that was an innocent time. senator fong was always gracious. senator fong always was able to reach out. as has been noted he was 14:37:46.0 elected as a republican in a very democratic state. he was supported in great measure and elected in great measure with the support of labor in hawaii. most particularly the iowu, the 14:38:03.0 international longshoremen's workers union when testifying in favor of the establishment of a commission in 2005 after he passed away, to honor and recognize him as a political business and community leader, 14:38:19.4 testified, and i quote, the senator was a successful businessman and republican who never forgot his humble begin igs. he was a strong supporter of civil rights and often crossed the aisle. to cooperate on issues 14:38:32.4 important to hawaii's unions and workers. senator hiram fong came to the united states senate with the arrival of hawaii as the last state of the union. probably nothing could be more 14:38:49.2 fitting than to recognize him today through this legislation and the pioneer effort that he made. yes, the last state to enter the union had as its first senator the son of an immigrant family who came from china 14:39:09.5 looking for opportunity, looking for justice, and found it in the person of their son and a true son of hawaii, hiram fong. 14:39:21.4 thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i would now yield myself such time as he might consume. mr. speaker, as a member of the 14:39:38.1 government reform committee, i'm pleased to join with my colleagues in consideration of s. 2089, legislation naming a postal facility in honolulu, oahu, hawaii, after hiram l. fong. 14:39:53.8 this measure sponsored by daniel akaka of hawaii was co-sponsored by senator daniel ineweway, was unanimously passed by the senate on march 3, 2006, an identical measure, h.r. 4509, sponsored by 14:40:13.1 representative abercrombie, was unanimously report -- reported by our committee on february 1, 2006. hiram leon fong, a native of hawaii, was a noted and well-known member of hawaii politics. 14:40:26.9 mr. fong was a graduate of the university of hawaii and harvard law school before practicing law in honolulu. he later served as deputy attorney for the city and county of honolulu. during world war ii, mr. fong served as a major and judge 14:40:45.4 advocate of the seventh fighter command of the seventh air force from 1942 to 1945. he began his political career in 1938 as a member of the territorial legislature, 14:40:59.5 serving four years as vice speaker and six years as speaker and vice president of the territorial constitutional convention in 1950. in 1959 mr. fong was elected as a republican to the united states senate. 14:41:15.7 upon the admission of hawaii as a state, he was re-elected in 1964, and again in 1970. senator fong did not seek re-election in 1976. instead he returned to private enterprise. 14:41:31.2 serving as chairman of finance enterprises limited. sadly he passed away on august 18, 2004. mr. speaker, as senator akaka, my good friend and colleague, observed last week upon the senate passage of sks 289, i 14:41:48.8 quote, senator hiram fong was a man of great integrity and a compassionate advocate for civil rights and workers' rights. it is fitting that a united states post office near his home be named in his honor. during his 20 years of service 14:42:05.6 in the united states senate, senator fong personafide the spirit of bipartisan cooperation. he was instrumental in enacting landmark civil rights legislation in the 1960's. reforming u.s. immigration laws 14:42:20.5 to end discrimination against asian immigrants, improving job training programs for workers, and fighting for equal pay for 14:42:29.7 women. people of hawaii were truly fortunate to have been represented by hiram fong. i commend my colleagues for seeking to honor the political legacy of senator hiram leon fong and urge swift passage of 14:42:46.7 this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i urge all members to support the passage of s. 208 9. i yield back the balance of my time. 14:42:59.2 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill senate 208 9. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to 14:43:14.5 reconsider is laid upon the table. does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? is there objection? hearing no objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. 14:43:30.2 mr. langevin: mr. langevin: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:43:56.3 mr. speaker, i rise to pay tribute to dana reeve who passed away last night following a battle with lung cancer. i am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and would like to take a moment to reflect on her life. she faced extraordinary 14:44:12.7 challenges and handled them with the utmost grace, dignity, and strength. when her husband, chris, was first injured, dana helped establish the christopher reeve foundation. additionally recognizing a lack of any place to go for 14:44:29.0 comprehensive information, the newly injured patients and their families, she worked tirelessly to establish the christopher and dana reeve paralysis resource center. since the launch of this center in 2002, it has assisted thousands of spinal cord  injured patients and their 14:44:45.0 loved ones in dealing with the many issues and anxieties that come along with such an injury. dana used her personal experience to improve the quality of life for all people living with paralysis. this was typical of dana to see beyond her own circumstances 14:45:01.1 and finding a way to ease the suffering and confusion of others. after her husband's passing, she moved forward with his message of hope and healing. today it is up to all of us to continue their legacy. as chris and dana would say, 14:45:17.9 let's go forward. my thoughts and prayers go out to dana reeve's family, friends, and all those who mourn her. may god bless her. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:45:34.0 gentleman yields back. mr. sensenbrenner: i move the house suspend the rules and pass senate 2271, the u.s.a. patriot act additional re-authorizing amendments of 2006. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2271, an act to clarify that individuals who receive fisa orders can 14:45:53.0 challenge nondisclosure requirements and individuals who receive national security letters are not required to disclose the name of their attorney, libraries are not wire or electronic communication service providers 14:46:07.9 unless they provide specific services and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from wisconsin mr. sensenbrenner, and the gentleman from michigan, mr. conyers each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. sensenbrenner: mr. speaker, 14:46:23.1 i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on s 2271, currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sensenbrenner: mr. speaker, i dwreeled myself myself. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. 14:46:38.0 mr. sensenbrenner: i rise in support of senate 2271, the u.s.a. patriot act additional re-authorizing amendments act of 2006. on december 14 of last year the house passed the conference report on h.r. 3199, the u.s.a. patriot improvement and 14:46:54.7 re-authorization act of 2005 by a strong bipartisan vote of 251-174. last thur the the other body followed the bipartisan lead of this house and approved the conference report by an 14:47:09.5 overwhelming vote of 89-10. when the how judiciary committee unanimously reported the patriot act a month after the 9/11 attacks i pledged to vigorously examine its implement takes to ensure enhanced law enforcement 14:47:25.7 authority is required to reduce 14:47:30.3 america's vulnerability to terrorism did not erode our constitutional or civil liberties. it was the house, led by former majority leader dick armey and me that forcefully insisted that much of the patriot act 14:47:46.7 sunsets without affirmative congressional re-authorization. these sunsets help complement congressional oversight of the implementation of the patriot act. the conference report now passed by both houses 14:48:00.4 represents the product of comprehensive bipartisan consideration consisting of legislative and oversight hears, briefings, inspector general reports and committee correspondence. this extensive record, a chronology of which i ask 14:48:17.4 unanimous consent to submit for the record is demonstrated that the patriot act has been an effective tool against terrorists and other criminals. at the same time, intense congressional and public scrutiny has not produced a 14:48:33.1 single substantiated claim that the patriot act has been misused to violate americans' civil liberties. however, the conference report contained over 30 important civil liberties amendments and revisions designed to further 14:48:47.5 mitigate the potential for misuse of the patriot act. this bill includes three additional clarifications to the conference report to address concerns raised by some members of the other body. first, current law does not 14:49:04.7 expressly provide a rip yebt of a section 215 order or a national security letter right to challenge it. the conference report delineated judicial review for such challenges including the ability for n.s.l. recipients 14:49:22.7 to challenge an order. extension of 215 rip yepts similar access to judicial review to attach nondisclosure order. 14:49:35.1 second, because of national security concerns the conference report contained language that would allow the government to ask a recipient of one of these national security orders to identify the persons to whom disclosure will be or was made. the director of national intelligence expressed concern 14:49:53.0 without this safeguard a recipient could disclose the government's investigative efforts to a person with ties to hostile foreign governments or entities. the conference report permitted the government to determine whether a request is warranted 14:50:09.2 and if the government has made such a request to determine whether the disclosure affected an ongoing investigation. an exception was included for information that might interfere with attorney-client privileges. 14:50:27.8 this bill extends the exception to prevent the government from requesting the name of counsels with whom the recipient has already consulted. s 2271 clarifies current law that a library may only be 14:50:44.9 subject to an n.s.l. request if it falls under 18 united states 251 [615] defining an electronic service provider provides to users the ability 14:51:00.7 to send or receive wire or electronic communication. this change addresses the potential for misuse of critics of the legislation. mr. speaker, over the last five years the patriot act has been the focus of virtually 14:51:18.2 unprecedented public scrutiny. opponents of this legislation have relied upon exaggeration and hyperbole to distort a demonstrated radar of accomplishment and success. the justice department and 14:51:30.7 other agencies have properly used the patriot act to detect, disrupt and dismantle cells in new york, virginia, and oregon before they struck. the patriot act helped tear down the pre9/11 wall that prevented law enforcement 14:51:46.2 intelligence agencies from sharing critical information necessary to avert terrorist attacks on american soil. it became a critical tool of america's law enforcement arsenal and a vital deterrent against terrorist subversion. 14:52:04.3 it upheld our constitutional values and none of the provisions authorized by the conference report have been held unconstitutional. simply state, the patriot act has made america safer while safeguarding our civil 14:52:19.6 liberties. the conference report contained provisions to address claims that the patriot act might be 14:52:27.1 misused to violate civil licts, senate 2271 contained further provisions to allay these concerns. i look forward to the imminent enactment of the u.s.a. patriot 14:52:43.3 act and re-authorization act of 2005 into law. and at this time, i ask unanimous consent to include in the record a chronology of the oversight of the patriot act from october 2001 to november 2005 and a listing of 14:53:00.1 additional civil liberties protections contained in the conference report of h.r. 3199 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the material will be inserted into the record. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from michigan. 14:53:13.2 mr. conyers: i rise as the manager on this side to ask for as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. conyers: i thank you. i ask unanimous consent to add my statement to be printed in 14:53:28.7 the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. conyers: mr. speaker and my colleagues, let me just begin by pointing out that in the dissent from the bill reported there are six precise examples 14:53:50.2 of when the patriot act has been abused so that no one will be able to say that they don't know where they are. 14:54:07.4 they are on page two and three of the sis sents that have been file -- of the dissents that have been filed with the committee. what we have, we passed the conference report already. it was passed on december 14, 2005. 14:54:23.7 and because of the other body and the serious objections that they have raised, we are getting now to three other points that are being raised. and two of the points are the 14:54:41.7 basis of my remarks this morning. or this afternoon. the first i'd like you to know about in is -- in s. 2271 is amazingly enough after all the 14:55:02.5 debate this measure that we are considering today makes section 215 intelligence orders for any tangible thing harder to challenge in court than the 14:55:20.2 current conference report which allows a recipient to challenge the gag order immediately. this measure before us that we will be voting on would make the recipient wait a year, but 14:55:34.9 then to make it really worse, rather than the reviewing court immediately allowing the gag order -- allowing the gag as the government's carte blanche 14:55:53.5 assertion of national security is conclusive. so we've added two things. we make the aserks -- the assertion of national security conclusive, plus we make the person that challenges it not 14:56:11.1 able to immediately go to court. this is a setback. the second thing that we do is that we add no meaningful protection for library records. that is to say that the present conference reports allow 14:56:33.5 immediate challenge, but what we do is according to the national association of library records, we make the protection 14:56:54.2 for library records exempt only if the national security letters, if they don't offer internet access. but the american library 14:57:08.4 association puts the number of libraries without internet access at nearly zero. and so what we've done is create a fig leaf that really does nothing to give the 14:57:24.0 protection meaningful that the 14:57:32.7 library association has requested and that we tried to get through in our legislation. and so it's with great reluctance that even on two out 14:57:46.2 of the three measures that are before us in this very small bill, we find that this is unsupportable. 14:57:59.6 and in addition, finally, what this measure doesn't do is address any of the core problems of the patriot act. the main one being that we 14:58:18.7 don't -- we've requested for moderate changes that would have ensured that these extraordinary new powers are directed solely at terrorists or to those associated with terrorists and this measure 14:58:32.1 fails to do that. and for those reasons, i am unable to support this measure and urge that it be defeated and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. 14:58:47.3 the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. sensenbrenner: i yield three minutes to the tchare of the subcommittee on crime, the gentleman from north carolina mr. coble. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. coble: pardon my modesty, mr. speaker, but i believe this bill has been thoroughly and 14:59:06.3 consistently examined, but i don't think there's been a committee other than the house judiciary committee, i don't thri has been a committee other than the subcommittee on crime, terrorism and national security 14:59:23.0 has worked any more diligently as have we. the chairman used the word vulnerable and vulnerability in his opening statement. we are today. as the chairman pointed out, 14:59:38.9 much misleading and inaccurate information has been associated and directed to the patriot act. i use this example on the floor earlier, mr. speaker, a constituent came to me 14:59:55.7 concerned about the patriot act. we must get rid of the patriot act, he said to me. i said give me an example of how it has adversely affected you. he said i can't do it. give me an example of how it adversely affected anyone you
The United States House of Representatives 1400 - 1500 DANA REEVE TRIBUTE
HOUSE FLOOR DEBATE: The House meets for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. // Suspensions (6 bills): 1) H.R. 3934 - Gerard A. Fiorenza Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. King (NY) / Government Reform Committee); 2) H.R. 4054 - Dewey F. Bartlett Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Sullivan / Government Reform Committee); 3) H.R. 4509 - Hiram L. Fong Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Abercrombie / Government Reform Committee); 4) S. 2271 - USA PATRIOT Act Additional Reauthorizing Amendments Act of 2006 (Sponsored by Sen. Sununu / Judiciary Committee); 5) H.R. 32 - Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act (Sponsored by Rep. Knollenberg / Judiciary Committee); 6) H.Res. 681 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Engineers Week, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Lipinski / Science Committee) 14:02:21.9 the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the chaplain. chaplain coughlin: lord our 14:02:30.8 god, around the upper part of this chamber are profile medallions which recall the 14:02:39.4 personal history of lawmaking. in the center full faced and bold before us is the image of moses, the great lawgiver of the hebrew scriptures. may the people of this nation 14:02:56.0 and in particular those elected to the 109th congress who gather here to protect and guide this nation be faithful to your commands. your revelation, lord, gives us nothing less than the lessons 14:03:12.3 we need to address the issues of the day. your commands are the foundations on which we build hope. they are the supports which strengthen faith and public action, and the food which nourishes the human heart. 14:03:31.7 by obeying your laws those in representative government inspire those they represent, the governed. to internalize your commands and live according to your word is to lead to fulfillment and 14:03:49.6 bring promise to a disillusioned world when left on its own. therefore in the mitts of everything from you lord our god we choose to draw wisdom 14:04:01.8 and strength now and forever. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge today will be 14:04:20.8 offered by the gentleman from texas, mr. thorn berry. mr. thornberry: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:04:44.0 chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the 14:05:00.1 senate on march 6, 2006, at 11:05 a.m. that the senate passed with an amendment and requests a conference with the house on h.r. 2830. signed, sincerely, karen l. haas, clerk of the house. 14:05:17.7 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: by direction of the committee on armed services i submit a privileged report on house resolution 645. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 645, 14:05:31.6 resolution requesting the president and directing the secretary of defense to transmit to the house of representatives all information in the possession of the president or secretary of defense relating to the collection of intelligence information pertaining to persons inside the united 14:05:47.7 states without obtaining court ordered warrants authorizing the collection of such information and relating to the policy of the united states with respect to the gathering of counterterrorism intelligence within the united states. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar 14:06:03.3 and ordered printed. the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: by direction of the permanent select committee on intelligence i submit a privileged report on house resolution 641. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 641, resolution requesting the president to provide to the 14:06:21.4 house of representatives certain documents in his possession relating to electronic surveillance without search warrants on individuals in the united states. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. the chair will entertain 14:06:40.2 one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina rise? ms. foxx: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm getting a bit tired of hearing some of my colleagues in the democrat party mislead 14:06:55.2 the american people into thinking our economy is in poor shape. here are the facts. plain and simple. our economy has been growing for 17 straight quarters. the national association for business economics predicts the economy will grow at 4.5% rate in the first quarter of 2006. 14:07:14.2 after inflation, disposable incomes increase 2.2% in the last 12 months. the federal reserve reported that the median net worth of u.s. households increased 1.5% between 2001 and 2004. january's unemployment rate 14:07:29.8 fell to 4.7% which is the lowest monthly rate since 2001 and lower than the average of the 1970's, 1980's, and 1909's. 14:07:40.2 there have been 29 consecutive months of job gains. mr. speaker, no amount of spin from the left can change the fact that our economy is growing stronger every day under republican leadership. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:07:55.4 gentleman from florida. mr. keller: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, re-authorizing the patriot act today is literally a matter of life or death because it is helping us to win the war on terrorism. 14:08:10.1 since we passed the patriot act in 2001, we have convicted 212 terrorists, and we have frozen $136 million in terrorist assets. re-authorizing the patriot act is purely a matter of common sense. 14:08:25.5 isn't it common sense that we give law enforcement the same tools to go after terrorists as they now have to go after faffa dons and drug dealers? isn't it common sense we can now share data between the intelligence community and law enforcement community? 14:08:41.8 isn't it common sense we track deadly terrorists even though they cross jurisdictional lines or switch cell phones? i'm pleased that the senate recently voted 89-10 to re-authorize the patriot act. this legislation provides 30 new civil liberty siff guards and strengthens our port 14:08:58.1 security by providing law enforcement authorities with new authority to security our ports. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on the patriot act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. pitts: permission to address the house for one 14:09:12.6 minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pitts: mr. speaker, the leftward drift of higher -- american higher education has been well documented. on the modern day campus nothing is too extreme. and all ideas and political philosophies are declared equal in the name of tolerance. 14:09:31.5 often producing ridiculous results. the most re-- recent example comes from yale university. in the name of tolerance and diversity, administrators there have enrolled a member of one of the most radically intolerant and nondiverse 14:09:45.7 groups in recent history, the taliban. a few years ago, he was spokesman for the taliban regime, the same regime that provided safe haven for the 9/11 terrorists. 14:10:01.2 today he's in the ivy league, a student at yale. ramatulah said it best. i could have ended up at guantanamo bay, instead i ended up at yale, end quote. we come to a point where elite universities like yale will 14:10:17.7 tolerate the taliban on campus but not the rotc. political correctness in the extreme. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from tennessee. mrs. blackburn: i ask unanimous consent to address the house 14:10:32.8 for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. blackburn: thank you, mr. speaker. you know, there are some days that it probably is a little depressing to be a mainstream media reporter. in their world our economy is sinking and the war on terrorism is absolutely hopeless. 14:10:47.9 thankfully in the real world americans know that we have drastically impacted al qaeda's ability to attack us and our economy is booming. yes, it is booming. we are expecting growth this quarter somewhere around 4% or 14:11:04.5 more. and that means jobs. we have created almost five million new jobs and had three years of strong, solid economic growth. when you compare our economy to europe, to most nations, we are 14:11:19.1 in an amazing era. unemployment is below 5%. that's outstanding and it's a shame that the mainstream reporters just can't get their story right. our tax policies reduced the burden of taxation on americans 14:11:34.7 and they have responded as they always do -- by creating new jobs. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia. mr. gingrey: mr. speaker, to address the house for one 14:11:48.7 minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gingrey: i rise today in honor of woman's history month. as we remember the great women of past generation, we must also salute those women who are serving as role models and leaders today. one such woman is tammy cohen of marietta, georgia. 14:12:04.5 my district. she's co-founder and president of infomart, and under her guidance it has grown from a small start-up business to the largest female-owned background checking company in the world. mr. speaker, tammy's success as a female entrepreneur is 14:12:20.1 inspiring. while she is deeply respected for her business no-how, she is equally praised for her compassion and willingness to help. when hurricane katrina struck the gulf coast last year, tammy led a group of employees who rented vance, gathered 14:12:38.0 supplies, and drove to new orleans to rescue 15 children and 20 caretakers from a boy's home in louisiana. tammy then worked with community groups and local businesses in marietta to house, feed, and clothe these hurricane victims. mr. speaker, during women's 14:12:52.3 history month is important to honor those women who are making a difference in the lives of others. tammy cohen is undoubtedly one of these women. i ask you to join me in celebrating her accomplishments. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? 14:13:07.0 mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, as a member of the armed services committee, and a father of three sons serving in the military, i frequently have an opportunity to meet with the dynamic young men and women of the u.s. military. 14:13:24.8 i'm always encouraged to hear them describe their pride as americans and their strong sense of duty to their country. after witnessing the horrific attacks of september 11, these young people understand that their generation will protect our freedoms in the future. 14:13:41.4 yesterday the supreme court ruled unanimously to ensure that men and women at colleges and university also continue to have an opportunity to learn about serving in the united states military. america's armed forces have created broadest spread of 14:13:56.1 freedom in the history of the world which protects american families by allowing military recruiters to visit college campus, the court has ensured that the united states will maintain the best military in the world. in conclusion, god bless our troops, we will never forget 14:14:12.7 september 11. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from indiana. mr. pence: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. pence: mr. speaker, today the congress will send to the president of the united states 14:14:30.1 the re-authorization of the patriot act. chairman jim sensenbrenner and other members of the judiciary committee and the conference committee are to be commended for the effort in putting together a bill that balances the liberty and security 14:14:45.8 interests of the american people. this is a -- an issue that is not just theoretical for me, mr. speaker. i not only serve on the house judiciary committee but i was here on september 11 and i served on the committee as we 14:15:00.4 built the patriot act in the immediate days following that national tragedy. that's why making 14 of the 16 provisions of the patriot act permanent is a critical element of ensuring the security of the american people and putting 14:15:17.6 safeguards on the two remaining prosituations is evidence of a careful balancing act that has been accomplished in a bipartisan way. we must equip law enforcement and intelligence officials in a way to protect our nation from terrorist attacks but safeguard 14:15:34.6 the civil liberties of the american people to fulfill the viss of freedom. i urge my colleagues with gratitude of our leadership to move this patriot act to the president today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair lays before the house 14:15:49.5 a communication from the clerk. the clerk: the honorable, the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in rule 2-4rks of rule 2 in the house of representatives, i have the honor to transmit a sealed envelope received from the 14:16:09.0 white house on march 6 said to contain a president whereby he submits draft legislation legislative line item veto act of 2006, signed sincerely, karen l. hoss, clerk of the 14:16:24.9 house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states, i asked the congress to give the president a line item veto. i am sending a legislative proposal to give the president line item authority to reduce 14:16:42.5 wasteful spending. this legislation will ensure accountability and transparency in the expenditure of taxpayer funds. although the congress achieved significant spending restraint this past year appropriations 14:16:57.9 and other bills contain spending that is not fully justified, is a low priority or earmarked to disciplined or merit based reviews. i have no ability to line out 14:17:12.9 unnecessary spending. in 1996, the congress gave the president a line item veto, an important tool to limit wasteful spending, but the supreme court struck down that version of the law in 1998. my prose -- my proposed 14:17:31.8 legislation would provide a fast track procedure to require 14:17:35.9 the congress to vote up or down on rescissions proposed by the president. there has been broad bipartisan surpt for similar proposals in the past. under this proposal, the president could propose legislation to rescind wasteful 14:17:52.1 spending and the congress would be obligated to vote quickly on that package of recincions. 43 governors have a line item 14:18:09.9 veto to reduce spending. the president needs similar authority to help control unjustified and wasteful spending in the federal budget. i urge you to pronchtly consider and send me this legislation for enactment to 14:18:25.5 reduce unnecessary spending and help achieve my goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009, signed, george w. bush, the white house, march 6, 2006. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the committee on budget and the committee on rules and ordered printed. 14:18:41.9 the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, this is to notify you formally pursuant to rule 8 of the rules of the house of representatives that i have been served with a subpoena -- civil subpoena 14:18:58.0 issued by the u.s. district court for the district of columbia for documents. after consultation with the office of general council, i have determined that compliance is consistent with the precedence and privileges of 14:19:13.7 the house. signed sincerely, barbara cuban, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 the chair will postpone further proceedings on mosts to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are 14:19:30.5 ordered or the vote is objected to. recorded votes will be taken after 6:30 p.m. today. for what purpose the gentleman from pennsylvania rise. >> mr. speaker, i move that the 14:19:45.7 house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3934. the clerk: h.r. 3934, a bill to designate the facility of the united states post office in massapequa new york as the 14:20:02.5 gerard a. fiorenza post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from hawaii mr. abercrombie, each will control 20 minutes. 14:20:17.3 the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. 14:20:30.4 mr. dent: mr. speaker, h.r. 3934, introduced by the distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. king, would designate the post office in massapequa, new york, as the gerard a. fiorenza post office. 14:20:52.0 he was someone who was always able to help out when needed. his first position was a postal assistant in 19 2. 14:21:02.7 as a letter carrier he received a letter of recommendation and in 1990 he was assigned to the valley stream office as officer in charge. he was postmaster in hewlett, massapequa park and massapequa. 4 he was known for his 14:21:21.9 strakettonings detail and friendly demeanor. the publisher is quoted as saying, when i first came to massapequa 10 years ago, it was jerry who was there to answer all of my questions and help me 14:21:36.2 whenever a problem arroz. jerry was committed to his profession and provided himself in providing the best postal service, closed quote. along with serving in this 14:21:52.7 capacity, jerry fiorenza was involved in the combined federal campaign, united way and toys for togethers. he was a serving as a member of 14:22:09.2 the massapequa chamber of commerce, sons of italy, american legion post 1066 and the republican club. he was named massapequa's man of the year in 2001. 14:22:21.5 i ask all members to join me in recognizing this respected member of the massapequa community by passing h.r. 3934. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:22:34.1 gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise. mr. davis: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from illinois will control the time and the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration 14:22:51.2 of h.r. 3934, legislation naming a postal facility in massapequa new york after gerald a. fiorenza. this was sponsored by representative peter king on september 28, 2005, and unanimously reported by our 14:23:09.0 committee on november 16, 2005. the bill has the support and co-sponsorship of the entire new york delegation. gerald fiorenza, native of new york, was born in brooklyn, attended is anthony elementary 14:23:28.4 school, graduated from brooklyn academy and attended queens community college. he moves his family to massapequa and began as a postal assistant. 14:23:41.6 he was promoted to officer in charge before attaining the rank of postmaster in massapequa post office. he was active in postal management organizations such as the national association of 14:23:58.0 postal supervisors, and the national association of postmasters of the united states and local organizations such as the chamber of commerce, united way and toys for togethers. sadly, he passed away following 14:24:14.8 a battle against cancer on december 7, 2001. mr. speaker, i commend my colleagues for seeking to honor the legacy of postmaster gerald fiorenza and urge swift passage of this bill. 14:24:29.3 i have no further speakers or request for time and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers at the moment and i yield back the balance of my time. 14:24:43.1 the speaker pro tempore: all time yielded the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3934? so many as in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection 14:24:59.9 the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4504. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:25:17.5 clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4054, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located 6110 east 51st place in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office. 14:25:33.8 the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: i ask unanimous 14:25:48.1 consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dent: i rise in support of h.r. 4054 offered by the distinguished gentleman from 14:26:04.7 oklahoma, mr. sullivan. this would designate the post office in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office building. he was born on march 28, 1919. he was educate in the mayor yeta public school system and 14:26:22.0 attended princeton university. he worked in the oklahoma oil fields in the summers. in 1955 after serving in the military in world war ii, he moved to tulsa to assume a managing role in his family's business. 14:26:36.7 he became an oklahoma state senator in 1963. he successfully ran for governor of oklahoma and served in this capacity for five years. in 1972 he was elected to the united states senate where he served until 1979. 14:26:53.9 during his service in government he was dedicated to strong national defense. he felt a lean government protected the individual liberty, freedom, and justice. i urge all members to come 14:27:10.5 together to honor a man who promotes excellence. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. torge illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:27:24.2 i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration of 14:27:33.5 h.r. 4054, legislation naming a postal facility in tulsa, oklahoma, after dewey f. bartlett. this measure was sponsored by john sullivan of oklahoma in 2005 and reported by our 14:27:51.4 committee on february 1, 2006 the bill has the support and co-sponsorship of the entire oklahoma delegation. dewey bartlett was born and raised in mayor yeta, ohio. he later attended school in new 14:28:09.2 jersey and graduated from princeton university. in world war ii he served in the marine corps as a dive bomber pilot. 14:28:21.3 he moved to oklahoma after the war. working as a farmer, rancher and independent oil producer. politics called and mr. bartlett was elected to the state senate in 1962. four years later he made a successful run for governor. 14:28:38.1 he was recognized for his efforts on economic developments which benefited all oklahomans and working in a bipartisan manner. the 1972 governor bartlett was elected to the u.s. senate where he served from 1973 to 14:28:56.0 1979. he did not seek re-election because he was battling lung cancer. sadly, he passed away in tulsa, oklahoma, on march 1, 1979. mr. speaker, i commend my 14:29:11.1 colleague for seeking to honor the legacy of senator dewey f. bartlett by naming a postal facility in his hometown. i urge swift passage of this bill and have no further speakers. i yield back the balance of my 14:29:26.9 time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to yield as much time as he may consume to my distinguished colleague from the state of oklahoma, mr. sullivan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sullivan: i rise in proud support of my bill, h.r. 4054, 14:29:44.8 designating the 6110 east 51st place post office in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office. he was a strong advocate for conservative values. 14:29:57.7 a war veteran and public servant for oklahoma and the nation. he served as the second republican governor of oklahoma and is the distinguished alumnus of the united states senate. he was a true representative of oklahoma values, leadership, and drive. and i'm pleased that we are 14:30:13.2 able to honor him in this way. after graduating from princeton university in 1942, dewy bartlett served in the marine corps as a combat dive bomber during world war ii. as a result of his courageous efforts in the south pacific 14:30:30.0 theater, he was awarded the air medal. after the war, he moved to tulsa, oklahoma, and became a farmer, rancher, and oil man. he was a partner in keener oil company, one of the oldest independent oil companies. 14:30:45.7 in 1963 bartlett began his career in public service by joining the state senate and then in 1967 he became oklahoma's 19th governor. one of his priorities while in office was increasing industry in oklahoma. 14:31:01.1 as governor, the results of his hard work helped to produce a record 148.4 million in new industries or improvements on existing facilities and creating an additional 7,500 jobs for oklahomans. from 1972 to 1978 bartlett 14:31:19.4 served as a member of the united states senate. during his tenure, this proud oklahoman maintained a strong and consistent stance of limiting government bureaucracy, reducing 14:31:32.8 burdensome taxes, and maintaining fiscal responsibility. i am proud to share dewy bartlett's vision of conservatism and work daily toward the goal of promoting common sense, oklahoma values in congress. i encourage my colleagues to join me in support of this 14:31:48.9 legislation. by designating the dewy -- deweyf bartlett post office in oklahoma we are commemorating an excellent citizen. thank you, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the 14:32:03.6 balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers at this time. i urge all members to support the passage of h.r. 4054. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time being yielded back, the question is will the house 14:32:20.4 suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4054. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. 14:32:33.2 in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative -- the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having 14:32:48.7 arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass s. 14:33:07.3 2089. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2089, an act to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1271 north king street in honolulu, oahu, hi, as the hiram l. fong post 14:33:24.3 office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i 14:33:37.9 may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i rise in support of senate bill 2089 offered by the distinguished 14:33:54.2 gentleman from hawaii, senator akaka. the bill would designate the post office in honolulu, hawaii, as the hiram l. fong post office building. hiram fong was born on the island of oahu on october 15, 1906. 14:34:10.4 the seventh of 11 children, he helped to support his family at an early age by earning money selling newspapers, shining shoes, and caddying on golf courses. after graduating high school he went on to attend the university of hawaii and inducted into phi beta kappa as a graduate in 1930. 14:34:26.8 he then graduated from harvard law school and began a career of public service that spanned over 40 years. he served in the territorial house for 14 years including six as speaker of the house. with the coming of statehood in 1959, fong ran for a seat in 14:34:43.0 the united states senate and was elected to three consecutive terms until his retirement in 1976. while serving in office, he was highly regarded for his work on immigration and naturalization laws and for encouraging relations with the people's republic of china and the other developing nations of asia. 14:34:59.7 from providing timely answers to constituent concerns to being widely respected by both sides of the aisle, senator fong was indeed a great leader. i ask all members to honor his leadership by passing s. 2089. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. 14:35:14.1 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'd like to yield such time as he might consume to the author of this legislation, the gentleman from hawaii, representative 14:35:31.6 abercrombie. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. abercrombie: mr. speaker, i request permission to inter' formal statement on behalf of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. abercrombie: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:35:45.0 i would like to amplify this formal statement, mr. speaker, with a few personal observationings -- observations. the chairman has kindly indicated some of the history of senator fong. 14:36:02.9 it's interesting when i look down and -- to see the word hiram l. fong because he's so much of the history here. we always think of him as senator fong. as has been noted he was the 14:36:18.5 seventh of 11 children. immigrant family. if there was ever a story of hawaii, of our rainbow people, and our aloha spirit, it's hiram fong. yes, he worked a lot of jobs 14:36:34.4 and worked his way through school and did very, very well. he founded not only a prominent law firm but founded as well what became a financial empire. i have some real interest in it 14:36:51.1 because the very first campaign that i ever ran was funded by senator fong's finance factors. i went down to get a loan. i thought if i was going to run against him, the least i could do is in the spirit of bipartisanship ask him to help 14:37:07.3 fund my campaign as a graduate student at the university of hawaii. i went down to borrow $50. they told me we can't loan you $50. we have to lend you $200 if we are going to make money on this. 14:37:21.8 i said i'll take it. i was able to run my very first campaign on hiram fong's dime. i should say nickel because that's what i passed out in the 14:37:30.3 streets of hon lieu lao -- honolulu to represent the inflation i thought we would have to deal with. that was an innocent time. senator fong was always gracious. senator fong always was able to reach out. as has been noted he was 14:37:46.0 elected as a republican in a very democratic state. he was supported in great measure and elected in great measure with the support of labor in hawaii. most particularly the iowu, the 14:38:03.0 international longshoremen's workers union when testifying in favor of the establishment of a commission in 2005 after he passed away, to honor and recognize him as a political business and community leader, 14:38:19.4 testified, and i quote, the senator was a successful businessman and republican who never forgot his humble begin igs. he was a strong supporter of civil rights and often crossed the aisle. to cooperate on issues 14:38:32.4 important to hawaii's unions and workers. senator hiram fong came to the united states senate with the arrival of hawaii as the last state of the union. probably nothing could be more 14:38:49.2 fitting than to recognize him today through this legislation and the pioneer effort that he made. yes, the last state to enter the union had as its first senator the son of an immigrant family who came from china 14:39:09.5 looking for opportunity, looking for justice, and found it in the person of their son and a true son of hawaii, hiram fong. 14:39:21.4 thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i would now yield myself such time as he might consume. mr. speaker, as a member of the 14:39:38.1 government reform committee, i'm pleased to join with my colleagues in consideration of s. 2089, legislation naming a postal facility in honolulu, oahu, hawaii, after hiram l. fong. 14:39:53.8 this measure sponsored by daniel akaka of hawaii was co-sponsored by senator daniel ineweway, was unanimously passed by the senate on march 3, 2006, an identical measure, h.r. 4509, sponsored by 14:40:13.1 representative abercrombie, was unanimously report -- reported by our committee on february 1, 2006. hiram leon fong, a native of hawaii, was a noted and well-known member of hawaii politics. 14:40:26.9 mr. fong was a graduate of the university of hawaii and harvard law school before practicing law in honolulu. he later served as deputy attorney for the city and county of honolulu. during world war ii, mr. fong served as a major and judge 14:40:45.4 advocate of the seventh fighter command of the seventh air force from 1942 to 1945. he began his political career in 1938 as a member of the territorial legislature, 14:40:59.5 serving four years as vice speaker and six years as speaker and vice president of the territorial constitutional convention in 1950. in 1959 mr. fong was elected as a republican to the united states senate. 14:41:15.7 upon the admission of hawaii as a state, he was re-elected in 1964, and again in 1970. senator fong did not seek re-election in 1976. instead he returned to private enterprise. 14:41:31.2 serving as chairman of finance enterprises limited. sadly he passed away on august 18, 2004. mr. speaker, as senator akaka, my good friend and colleague, observed last week upon the senate passage of sks 289, i 14:41:48.8 quote, senator hiram fong was a man of great integrity and a compassionate advocate for civil rights and workers' rights. it is fitting that a united states post office near his home be named in his honor. during his 20 years of service 14:42:05.6 in the united states senate, senator fong personafide the spirit of bipartisan cooperation. he was instrumental in enacting landmark civil rights legislation in the 1960's. reforming u.s. immigration laws 14:42:20.5 to end discrimination against asian immigrants, improving job training programs for workers, and fighting for equal pay for 14:42:29.7 women. people of hawaii were truly fortunate to have been represented by hiram fong. i commend my colleagues for seeking to honor the political legacy of senator hiram leon fong and urge swift passage of 14:42:46.7 this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i urge all members to support the passage of s. 208 9. i yield back the balance of my time. 14:42:59.2 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill senate 208 9. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to 14:43:14.5 reconsider is laid upon the table. does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? is there objection? hearing no objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. 14:43:30.2 mr. langevin: mr. langevin: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:43:56.3 mr. speaker, i rise to pay tribute to dana reeve who passed away last night following a battle with lung cancer. i am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and would like to take a moment to reflect on her life. she faced extraordinary 14:44:12.7 challenges and handled them with the utmost grace, dignity, and strength. when her husband, chris, was first injured, dana helped establish the christopher reeve foundation. additionally recognizing a lack of any place to go for 14:44:29.0 comprehensive information, the newly injured patients and their families, she worked tirelessly to establish the christopher and dana reeve paralysis resource center. since the launch of this center in 2002, it has assisted thousands of spinal cord  injured patients and their 14:44:45.0 loved ones in dealing with the many issues and anxieties that come along with such an injury. dana used her personal experience to improve the quality of life for all people living with paralysis. this was typical of dana to see beyond her own circumstances 14:45:01.1 and finding a way to ease the suffering and confusion of others. after her husband's passing, she moved forward with his message of hope and healing. today it is up to all of us to continue their legacy. as chris and dana would say, 14:45:17.9 let's go forward. my thoughts and prayers go out to dana reeve's family, friends, and all those who mourn her. may god bless her. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:45:34.0 gentleman yields back. mr. sensenbrenner: i move the house suspend the rules and pass senate 2271, the u.s.a. patriot act additional re-authorizing amendments of 2006. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2271, an act to clarify that individuals who receive fisa orders can 14:45:53.0 challenge nondisclosure requirements and individuals who receive national security letters are not required to disclose the name of their attorney, libraries are not wire or electronic communication service providers 14:46:07.9 unless they provide specific services and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from wisconsin mr. sensenbrenner, and the gentleman from michigan, mr. conyers each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. sensenbrenner: mr. speaker, 14:46:23.1 i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on s 2271, currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sensenbrenner: mr. speaker, i dwreeled myself myself. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. 14:46:38.0 mr. sensenbrenner: i rise in support of senate 2271, the u.s.a. patriot act additional re-authorizing amendments act of 2006. on december 14 of last year the house passed the conference report on h.r. 3199, the u.s.a. patriot improvement and 14:46:54.7 re-authorization act of 2005 by a strong bipartisan vote of 251-174. last thur the the other body followed the bipartisan lead of this house and approved the conference report by an 14:47:09.5 overwhelming vote of 89-10. when the how judiciary committee unanimously reported the patriot act a month after the 9/11 attacks i pledged to vigorously examine its implement takes to ensure enhanced law enforcement 14:47:25.7 authority is required to reduce 14:47:30.3 america's vulnerability to terrorism did not erode our constitutional or civil liberties. it was the house, led by former majority leader dick armey and me that forcefully insisted that much of the patriot act 14:47:46.7 sunsets without affirmative congressional re-authorization. these sunsets help complement congressional oversight of the implementation of the patriot act. the conference report now passed by both houses 14:48:00.4 represents the product of comprehensive bipartisan consideration consisting of legislative and oversight hears, briefings, inspector general reports and committee correspondence. this extensive record, a chronology of which i ask 14:48:17.4 unanimous consent to submit for the record is demonstrated that the patriot act has been an effective tool against terrorists and other criminals. at the same time, intense congressional and public scrutiny has not produced a 14:48:33.1 single substantiated claim that the patriot act has been misused to violate americans' civil liberties. however, the conference report contained over 30 important civil liberties amendments and revisions designed to further 14:48:47.5 mitigate the potential for misuse of the patriot act. this bill includes three additional clarifications to the conference report to address concerns raised by some members of the other body. first, current law does not 14:49:04.7 expressly provide a rip yebt of a section 215 order or a national security letter right to challenge it. the conference report delineated judicial review for such challenges including the ability for n.s.l. recipients 14:49:22.7 to challenge an order. extension of 215 rip yepts similar access to judicial review to attach nondisclosure order. 14:49:35.1 second, because of national security concerns the conference report contained language that would allow the government to ask a recipient of one of these national security orders to identify the persons to whom disclosure will be or was made. the director of national intelligence expressed concern 14:49:53.0 without this safeguard a recipient could disclose the government's investigative efforts to a person with ties to hostile foreign governments or entities. the conference report permitted the government to determine whether a request is warranted 14:50:09.2 and if the government has made such a request to determine whether the disclosure affected an ongoing investigation. an exception was included for information that might interfere with attorney-client privileges. 14:50:27.8 this bill extends the exception to prevent the government from requesting the name of counsels with whom the recipient has already consulted. s 2271 clarifies current law that a library may only be 14:50:44.9 subject to an n.s.l. request if it falls under 18 united states 251 [615] defining an electronic service provider provides to users the ability 14:51:00.7 to send or receive wire or electronic communication. this change addresses the potential for misuse of critics of the legislation. mr. speaker, over the last five years the patriot act has been the focus of virtually 14:51:18.2 unprecedented public scrutiny. opponents of this legislation have relied upon exaggeration and hyperbole to distort a demonstrated radar of accomplishment and success. the justice department and 14:51:30.7 other agencies have properly used the patriot act to detect, disrupt and dismantle cells in new york, virginia, and oregon before they struck. the patriot act helped tear down the pre9/11 wall that prevented law enforcement 14:51:46.2 intelligence agencies from sharing critical information necessary to avert terrorist attacks on american soil. it became a critical tool of america's law enforcement arsenal and a vital deterrent against terrorist subversion. 14:52:04.3 it upheld our constitutional values and none of the provisions authorized by the conference report have been held unconstitutional. simply state, the patriot act has made america safer while safeguarding our civil 14:52:19.6 liberties. the conference report contained provisions to address claims that the patriot act might be 14:52:27.1 misused to violate civil licts, senate 2271 contained further provisions to allay these concerns. i look forward to the imminent enactment of the u.s.a. patriot 14:52:43.3 act and re-authorization act of 2005 into law. and at this time, i ask unanimous consent to include in the record a chronology of the oversight of the patriot act from october 2001 to november 2005 and a listing of 14:53:00.1 additional civil liberties protections contained in the conference report of h.r. 3199 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the material will be inserted into the record. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from michigan. 14:53:13.2 mr. conyers: i rise as the manager on this side to ask for as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. conyers: i thank you. i ask unanimous consent to add my statement to be printed in 14:53:28.7 the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. conyers: mr. speaker and my colleagues, let me just begin by pointing out that in the dissent from the bill reported there are six precise examples 14:53:50.2 of when the patriot act has been abused so that no one will be able to say that they don't know where they are. 14:54:07.4 they are on page two and three of the sis sents that have been file -- of the dissents that have been filed with the committee. what we have, we passed the conference report already. it was passed on december 14, 2005. 14:54:23.7 and because of the other body and the serious objections that they have raised, we are getting now to three other points that are being raised. and two of the points are the 14:54:41.7 basis of my remarks this morning. or this afternoon. the first i'd like you to know about in is -- in s. 2271 is amazingly enough after all the 14:55:02.5 debate this measure that we are considering today makes section 215 intelligence orders for any tangible thing harder to challenge in court than the 14:55:20.2 current conference report which allows a recipient to challenge the gag order immediately. this measure before us that we will be voting on would make the recipient wait a year, but 14:55:34.9 then to make it really worse, rather than the reviewing court immediately allowing the gag order -- allowing the gag as the government's carte blanche 14:55:53.5 assertion of national security is conclusive. so we've added two things. we make the aserks -- the assertion of national security conclusive, plus we make the person that challenges it not 14:56:11.1 able to immediately go to court. this is a setback. the second thing that we do is that we add no meaningful protection for library records. that is to say that the present conference reports allow 14:56:33.5 immediate challenge, but what we do is according to the national association of library records, we make the protection 14:56:54.2 for library records exempt only if the national security letters, if they don't offer internet access. but the american library 14:57:08.4 association puts the number of libraries without internet access at nearly zero. and so what we've done is create a fig leaf that really does nothing to give the 14:57:24.0 protection meaningful that the 14:57:32.7 library association has requested and that we tried to get through in our legislation. and so it's with great reluctance that even on two out 14:57:46.2 of the three measures that are before us in this very small bill, we find that this is unsupportable. 14:57:59.6 and in addition, finally, what this measure doesn't do is address any of the core problems of the patriot act. the main one being that we 14:58:18.7 don't -- we've requested for moderate changes that would have ensured that these extraordinary new powers are directed solely at terrorists or to those associated with terrorists and this measure 14:58:32.1 fails to do that. and for those reasons, i am unable to support this measure and urge that it be defeated and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. 14:58:47.3 the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. sensenbrenner: i yield three minutes to the tchare of the subcommittee on crime, the gentleman from north carolina mr. coble. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. coble: pardon my modesty, mr. speaker, but i believe this bill has been thoroughly and 14:59:06.3 consistently examined, but i don't think there's been a committee other than the house judiciary committee, i don't thri has been a committee other than the subcommittee on crime, terrorism and national security 14:59:23.0 has worked any more diligently as have we. the chairman used the word vulnerable and vulnerability in his opening statement. we are today. as the chairman pointed out, 14:59:38.9 much misleading and inaccurate information has been associated and directed to the patriot act. i use this example on the floor earlier, mr. speaker, a constituent came to me 14:59:55.7 concerned about the patriot act. we must get rid of the patriot act, he said to me. i said give me an example of how it has adversely affected you. he said i can't do it. give me an example of how it adversely affected anyone you
The United States House of Representatives 1400 - 1500 DANA REEVE TRIBUTE
HOUSE FLOOR DEBATE: The House meets for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. // Suspensions (6 bills): 1) H.R. 3934 - Gerard A. Fiorenza Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. King (NY) / Government Reform Committee); 2) H.R. 4054 - Dewey F. Bartlett Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Sullivan / Government Reform Committee); 3) H.R. 4509 - Hiram L. Fong Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Abercrombie / Government Reform Committee); 4) S. 2271 - USA PATRIOT Act Additional Reauthorizing Amendments Act of 2006 (Sponsored by Sen. Sununu / Judiciary Committee); 5) H.R. 32 - Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act (Sponsored by Rep. Knollenberg / Judiciary Committee); 6) H.Res. 681 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Engineers Week, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Lipinski / Science Committee) 14:02:21.9 the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the chaplain. chaplain coughlin: lord our 14:02:30.8 god, around the upper part of this chamber are profile medallions which recall the 14:02:39.4 personal history of lawmaking. in the center full faced and bold before us is the image of moses, the great lawgiver of the hebrew scriptures. may the people of this nation 14:02:56.0 and in particular those elected to the 109th congress who gather here to protect and guide this nation be faithful to your commands. your revelation, lord, gives us nothing less than the lessons 14:03:12.3 we need to address the issues of the day. your commands are the foundations on which we build hope. they are the supports which strengthen faith and public action, and the food which nourishes the human heart. 14:03:31.7 by obeying your laws those in representative government inspire those they represent, the governed. to internalize your commands and live according to your word is to lead to fulfillment and 14:03:49.6 bring promise to a disillusioned world when left on its own. therefore in the mitts of everything from you lord our god we choose to draw wisdom 14:04:01.8 and strength now and forever. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge today will be 14:04:20.8 offered by the gentleman from texas, mr. thorn berry. mr. thornberry: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:04:44.0 chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the 14:05:00.1 senate on march 6, 2006, at 11:05 a.m. that the senate passed with an amendment and requests a conference with the house on h.r. 2830. signed, sincerely, karen l. haas, clerk of the house. 14:05:17.7 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: by direction of the committee on armed services i submit a privileged report on house resolution 645. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 645, 14:05:31.6 resolution requesting the president and directing the secretary of defense to transmit to the house of representatives all information in the possession of the president or secretary of defense relating to the collection of intelligence information pertaining to persons inside the united 14:05:47.7 states without obtaining court ordered warrants authorizing the collection of such information and relating to the policy of the united states with respect to the gathering of counterterrorism intelligence within the united states. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar 14:06:03.3 and ordered printed. the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: by direction of the permanent select committee on intelligence i submit a privileged report on house resolution 641. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 641, resolution requesting the president to provide to the 14:06:21.4 house of representatives certain documents in his possession relating to electronic surveillance without search warrants on individuals in the united states. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. the chair will entertain 14:06:40.2 one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina rise? ms. foxx: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm getting a bit tired of hearing some of my colleagues in the democrat party mislead 14:06:55.2 the american people into thinking our economy is in poor shape. here are the facts. plain and simple. our economy has been growing for 17 straight quarters. the national association for business economics predicts the economy will grow at 4.5% rate in the first quarter of 2006. 14:07:14.2 after inflation, disposable incomes increase 2.2% in the last 12 months. the federal reserve reported that the median net worth of u.s. households increased 1.5% between 2001 and 2004. january's unemployment rate 14:07:29.8 fell to 4.7% which is the lowest monthly rate since 2001 and lower than the average of the 1970's, 1980's, and 1909's. 14:07:40.2 there have been 29 consecutive months of job gains. mr. speaker, no amount of spin from the left can change the fact that our economy is growing stronger every day under republican leadership. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:07:55.4 gentleman from florida. mr. keller: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, re-authorizing the patriot act today is literally a matter of life or death because it is helping us to win the war on terrorism. 14:08:10.1 since we passed the patriot act in 2001, we have convicted 212 terrorists, and we have frozen $136 million in terrorist assets. re-authorizing the patriot act is purely a matter of common sense. 14:08:25.5 isn't it common sense that we give law enforcement the same tools to go after terrorists as they now have to go after faffa dons and drug dealers? isn't it common sense we can now share data between the intelligence community and law enforcement community? 14:08:41.8 isn't it common sense we track deadly terrorists even though they cross jurisdictional lines or switch cell phones? i'm pleased that the senate recently voted 89-10 to re-authorize the patriot act. this legislation provides 30 new civil liberty siff guards and strengthens our port 14:08:58.1 security by providing law enforcement authorities with new authority to security our ports. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on the patriot act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. pitts: permission to address the house for one 14:09:12.6 minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pitts: mr. speaker, the leftward drift of higher -- american higher education has been well documented. on the modern day campus nothing is too extreme. and all ideas and political philosophies are declared equal in the name of tolerance. 14:09:31.5 often producing ridiculous results. the most re-- recent example comes from yale university. in the name of tolerance and diversity, administrators there have enrolled a member of one of the most radically intolerant and nondiverse 14:09:45.7 groups in recent history, the taliban. a few years ago, he was spokesman for the taliban regime, the same regime that provided safe haven for the 9/11 terrorists. 14:10:01.2 today he's in the ivy league, a student at yale. ramatulah said it best. i could have ended up at guantanamo bay, instead i ended up at yale, end quote. we come to a point where elite universities like yale will 14:10:17.7 tolerate the taliban on campus but not the rotc. political correctness in the extreme. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from tennessee. mrs. blackburn: i ask unanimous consent to address the house 14:10:32.8 for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. blackburn: thank you, mr. speaker. you know, there are some days that it probably is a little depressing to be a mainstream media reporter. in their world our economy is sinking and the war on terrorism is absolutely hopeless. 14:10:47.9 thankfully in the real world americans know that we have drastically impacted al qaeda's ability to attack us and our economy is booming. yes, it is booming. we are expecting growth this quarter somewhere around 4% or 14:11:04.5 more. and that means jobs. we have created almost five million new jobs and had three years of strong, solid economic growth. when you compare our economy to europe, to most nations, we are 14:11:19.1 in an amazing era. unemployment is below 5%. that's outstanding and it's a shame that the mainstream reporters just can't get their story right. our tax policies reduced the burden of taxation on americans 14:11:34.7 and they have responded as they always do -- by creating new jobs. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia. mr. gingrey: mr. speaker, to address the house for one 14:11:48.7 minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gingrey: i rise today in honor of woman's history month. as we remember the great women of past generation, we must also salute those women who are serving as role models and leaders today. one such woman is tammy cohen of marietta, georgia. 14:12:04.5 my district. she's co-founder and president of infomart, and under her guidance it has grown from a small start-up business to the largest female-owned background checking company in the world. mr. speaker, tammy's success as a female entrepreneur is 14:12:20.1 inspiring. while she is deeply respected for her business no-how, she is equally praised for her compassion and willingness to help. when hurricane katrina struck the gulf coast last year, tammy led a group of employees who rented vance, gathered 14:12:38.0 supplies, and drove to new orleans to rescue 15 children and 20 caretakers from a boy's home in louisiana. tammy then worked with community groups and local businesses in marietta to house, feed, and clothe these hurricane victims. mr. speaker, during women's 14:12:52.3 history month is important to honor those women who are making a difference in the lives of others. tammy cohen is undoubtedly one of these women. i ask you to join me in celebrating her accomplishments. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? 14:13:07.0 mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, as a member of the armed services committee, and a father of three sons serving in the military, i frequently have an opportunity to meet with the dynamic young men and women of the u.s. military. 14:13:24.8 i'm always encouraged to hear them describe their pride as americans and their strong sense of duty to their country. after witnessing the horrific attacks of september 11, these young people understand that their generation will protect our freedoms in the future. 14:13:41.4 yesterday the supreme court ruled unanimously to ensure that men and women at colleges and university also continue to have an opportunity to learn about serving in the united states military. america's armed forces have created broadest spread of 14:13:56.1 freedom in the history of the world which protects american families by allowing military recruiters to visit college campus, the court has ensured that the united states will maintain the best military in the world. in conclusion, god bless our troops, we will never forget 14:14:12.7 september 11. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from indiana. mr. pence: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. pence: mr. speaker, today the congress will send to the president of the united states 14:14:30.1 the re-authorization of the patriot act. chairman jim sensenbrenner and other members of the judiciary committee and the conference committee are to be commended for the effort in putting together a bill that balances the liberty and security 14:14:45.8 interests of the american people. this is a -- an issue that is not just theoretical for me, mr. speaker. i not only serve on the house judiciary committee but i was here on september 11 and i served on the committee as we 14:15:00.4 built the patriot act in the immediate days following that national tragedy. that's why making 14 of the 16 provisions of the patriot act permanent is a critical element of ensuring the security of the american people and putting 14:15:17.6 safeguards on the two remaining prosituations is evidence of a careful balancing act that has been accomplished in a bipartisan way. we must equip law enforcement and intelligence officials in a way to protect our nation from terrorist attacks but safeguard 14:15:34.6 the civil liberties of the american people to fulfill the viss of freedom. i urge my colleagues with gratitude of our leadership to move this patriot act to the president today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair lays before the house 14:15:49.5 a communication from the clerk. the clerk: the honorable, the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in rule 2-4rks of rule 2 in the house of representatives, i have the honor to transmit a sealed envelope received from the 14:16:09.0 white house on march 6 said to contain a president whereby he submits draft legislation legislative line item veto act of 2006, signed sincerely, karen l. hoss, clerk of the 14:16:24.9 house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states, i asked the congress to give the president a line item veto. i am sending a legislative proposal to give the president line item authority to reduce 14:16:42.5 wasteful spending. this legislation will ensure accountability and transparency in the expenditure of taxpayer funds. although the congress achieved significant spending restraint this past year appropriations 14:16:57.9 and other bills contain spending that is not fully justified, is a low priority or earmarked to disciplined or merit based reviews. i have no ability to line out 14:17:12.9 unnecessary spending. in 1996, the congress gave the president a line item veto, an important tool to limit wasteful spending, but the supreme court struck down that version of the law in 1998. my prose -- my proposed 14:17:31.8 legislation would provide a fast track procedure to require 14:17:35.9 the congress to vote up or down on rescissions proposed by the president. there has been broad bipartisan surpt for similar proposals in the past. under this proposal, the president could propose legislation to rescind wasteful 14:17:52.1 spending and the congress would be obligated to vote quickly on that package of recincions. 43 governors have a line item 14:18:09.9 veto to reduce spending. the president needs similar authority to help control unjustified and wasteful spending in the federal budget. i urge you to pronchtly consider and send me this legislation for enactment to 14:18:25.5 reduce unnecessary spending and help achieve my goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009, signed, george w. bush, the white house, march 6, 2006. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the committee on budget and the committee on rules and ordered printed. 14:18:41.9 the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, this is to notify you formally pursuant to rule 8 of the rules of the house of representatives that i have been served with a subpoena -- civil subpoena 14:18:58.0 issued by the u.s. district court for the district of columbia for documents. after consultation with the office of general council, i have determined that compliance is consistent with the precedence and privileges of 14:19:13.7 the house. signed sincerely, barbara cuban, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 the chair will postpone further proceedings on mosts to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are 14:19:30.5 ordered or the vote is objected to. recorded votes will be taken after 6:30 p.m. today. for what purpose the gentleman from pennsylvania rise. >> mr. speaker, i move that the 14:19:45.7 house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3934. the clerk: h.r. 3934, a bill to designate the facility of the united states post office in massapequa new york as the 14:20:02.5 gerard a. fiorenza post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from hawaii mr. abercrombie, each will control 20 minutes. 14:20:17.3 the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. 14:20:30.4 mr. dent: mr. speaker, h.r. 3934, introduced by the distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. king, would designate the post office in massapequa, new york, as the gerard a. fiorenza post office. 14:20:52.0 he was someone who was always able to help out when needed. his first position was a postal assistant in 19 2. 14:21:02.7 as a letter carrier he received a letter of recommendation and in 1990 he was assigned to the valley stream office as officer in charge. he was postmaster in hewlett, massapequa park and massapequa. 4 he was known for his 14:21:21.9 strakettonings detail and friendly demeanor. the publisher is quoted as saying, when i first came to massapequa 10 years ago, it was jerry who was there to answer all of my questions and help me 14:21:36.2 whenever a problem arroz. jerry was committed to his profession and provided himself in providing the best postal service, closed quote. along with serving in this 14:21:52.7 capacity, jerry fiorenza was involved in the combined federal campaign, united way and toys for togethers. he was a serving as a member of 14:22:09.2 the massapequa chamber of commerce, sons of italy, american legion post 1066 and the republican club. he was named massapequa's man of the year in 2001. 14:22:21.5 i ask all members to join me in recognizing this respected member of the massapequa community by passing h.r. 3934. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:22:34.1 gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise. mr. davis: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from illinois will control the time and the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration 14:22:51.2 of h.r. 3934, legislation naming a postal facility in massapequa new york after gerald a. fiorenza. this was sponsored by representative peter king on september 28, 2005, and unanimously reported by our 14:23:09.0 committee on november 16, 2005. the bill has the support and co-sponsorship of the entire new york delegation. gerald fiorenza, native of new york, was born in brooklyn, attended is anthony elementary 14:23:28.4 school, graduated from brooklyn academy and attended queens community college. he moves his family to massapequa and began as a postal assistant. 14:23:41.6 he was promoted to officer in charge before attaining the rank of postmaster in massapequa post office. he was active in postal management organizations such as the national association of 14:23:58.0 postal supervisors, and the national association of postmasters of the united states and local organizations such as the chamber of commerce, united way and toys for togethers. sadly, he passed away following 14:24:14.8 a battle against cancer on december 7, 2001. mr. speaker, i commend my colleagues for seeking to honor the legacy of postmaster gerald fiorenza and urge swift passage of this bill. 14:24:29.3 i have no further speakers or request for time and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers at the moment and i yield back the balance of my time. 14:24:43.1 the speaker pro tempore: all time yielded the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3934? so many as in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection 14:24:59.9 the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4504. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:25:17.5 clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4054, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located 6110 east 51st place in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office. 14:25:33.8 the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: i ask unanimous 14:25:48.1 consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dent: i rise in support of h.r. 4054 offered by the distinguished gentleman from 14:26:04.7 oklahoma, mr. sullivan. this would designate the post office in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office building. he was born on march 28, 1919. he was educate in the mayor yeta public school system and 14:26:22.0 attended princeton university. he worked in the oklahoma oil fields in the summers. in 1955 after serving in the military in world war ii, he moved to tulsa to assume a managing role in his family's business. 14:26:36.7 he became an oklahoma state senator in 1963. he successfully ran for governor of oklahoma and served in this capacity for five years. in 1972 he was elected to the united states senate where he served until 1979. 14:26:53.9 during his service in government he was dedicated to strong national defense. he felt a lean government protected the individual liberty, freedom, and justice. i urge all members to come 14:27:10.5 together to honor a man who promotes excellence. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. torge illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:27:24.2 i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration of 14:27:33.5 h.r. 4054, legislation naming a postal facility in tulsa, oklahoma, after dewey f. bartlett. this measure was sponsored by john sullivan of oklahoma in 2005 and reported by our 14:27:51.4 committee on february 1, 2006 the bill has the support and co-sponsorship of the entire oklahoma delegation. dewey bartlett was born and raised in mayor yeta, ohio. he later attended school in new 14:28:09.2 jersey and graduated from princeton university. in world war ii he served in the marine corps as a dive bomber pilot. 14:28:21.3 he moved to oklahoma after the war. working as a farmer, rancher and independent oil producer. politics called and mr. bartlett was elected to the state senate in 1962. four years later he made a successful run for governor. 14:28:38.1 he was recognized for his efforts on economic developments which benefited all oklahomans and working in a bipartisan manner. the 1972 governor bartlett was elected to the u.s. senate where he served from 1973 to 14:28:56.0 1979. he did not seek re-election because he was battling lung cancer. sadly, he passed away in tulsa, oklahoma, on march 1, 1979. mr. speaker, i commend my 14:29:11.1 colleague for seeking to honor the legacy of senator dewey f. bartlett by naming a postal facility in his hometown. i urge swift passage of this bill and have no further speakers. i yield back the balance of my 14:29:26.9 time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to yield as much time as he may consume to my distinguished colleague from the state of oklahoma, mr. sullivan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sullivan: i rise in proud support of my bill, h.r. 4054, 14:29:44.8 designating the 6110 east 51st place post office in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office. he was a strong advocate for conservative values. 14:29:57.7 a war veteran and public servant for oklahoma and the nation. he served as the second republican governor of oklahoma and is the distinguished alumnus of the united states senate. he was a true representative of oklahoma values, leadership, and drive. and i'm pleased that we are 14:30:13.2 able to honor him in this way. after graduating from princeton university in 1942, dewy bartlett served in the marine corps as a combat dive bomber during world war ii. as a result of his courageous efforts in the south pacific 14:30:30.0 theater, he was awarded the air medal. after the war, he moved to tulsa, oklahoma, and became a farmer, rancher, and oil man. he was a partner in keener oil company, one of the oldest independent oil companies. 14:30:45.7 in 1963 bartlett began his career in public service by joining the state senate and then in 1967 he became oklahoma's 19th governor. one of his priorities while in office was increasing industry in oklahoma. 14:31:01.1 as governor, the results of his hard work helped to produce a record 148.4 million in new industries or improvements on existing facilities and creating an additional 7,500 jobs for oklahomans. from 1972 to 1978 bartlett 14:31:19.4 served as a member of the united states senate. during his tenure, this proud oklahoman maintained a strong and consistent stance of limiting government bureaucracy, reducing 14:31:32.8 burdensome taxes, and maintaining fiscal responsibility. i am proud to share dewy bartlett's vision of conservatism and work daily toward the goal of promoting common sense, oklahoma values in congress. i encourage my colleagues to join me in support of this 14:31:48.9 legislation. by designating the dewy -- deweyf bartlett post office in oklahoma we are commemorating an excellent citizen. thank you, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the 14:32:03.6 balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers at this time. i urge all members to support the passage of h.r. 4054. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time being yielded back, the question is will the house 14:32:20.4 suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4054. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. 14:32:33.2 in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative -- the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having 14:32:48.7 arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass s. 14:33:07.3 2089. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2089, an act to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1271 north king street in honolulu, oahu, hi, as the hiram l. fong post 14:33:24.3 office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i 14:33:37.9 may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i rise in support of senate bill 2089 offered by the distinguished 14:33:54.2 gentleman from hawaii, senator akaka. the bill would designate the post office in honolulu, hawaii, as the hiram l. fong post office building. hiram fong was born on the island of oahu on october 15, 1906. 14:34:10.4 the seventh of 11 children, he helped to support his family at an early age by earning money selling newspapers, shining shoes, and caddying on golf courses. after graduating high school he went on to attend the university of hawaii and inducted into phi beta kappa as a graduate in 1930. 14:34:26.8 he then graduated from harvard law school and began a career of public service that spanned over 40 years. he served in the territorial house for 14 years including six as speaker of the house. with the coming of statehood in 1959, fong ran for a seat in 14:34:43.0 the united states senate and was elected to three consecutive terms until his retirement in 1976. while serving in office, he was highly regarded for his work on immigration and naturalization laws and for encouraging relations with the people's republic of china and the other developing nations of asia. 14:34:59.7 from providing timely answers to constituent concerns to being widely respected by both sides of the aisle, senator fong was indeed a great leader. i ask all members to honor his leadership by passing s. 2089. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. 14:35:14.1 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'd like to yield such time as he might consume to the author of this legislation, the gentleman from hawaii, representative 14:35:31.6 abercrombie. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. abercrombie: mr. speaker, i request permission to inter' formal statement on behalf of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. abercrombie: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:35:45.0 i would like to amplify this formal statement, mr. speaker, with a few personal observationings -- observations. the chairman has kindly indicated some of the history of senator fong. 14:36:02.9 it's interesting when i look down and -- to see the word hiram l. fong because he's so much of the history here. we always think of him as senator fong. as has been noted he was the 14:36:18.5 seventh of 11 children. immigrant family. if there was ever a story of hawaii, of our rainbow people, and our aloha spirit, it's hiram fong. yes, he worked a lot of jobs 14:36:34.4 and worked his way through school and did very, very well. he founded not only a prominent law firm but founded as well what became a financial empire. i have some real interest in it 14:36:51.1 because the very first campaign that i ever ran was funded by senator fong's finance factors. i went down to get a loan. i thought if i was going to run against him, the least i could do is in the spirit of bipartisanship ask him to help 14:37:07.3 fund my campaign as a graduate student at the university of hawaii. i went down to borrow $50. they told me we can't loan you $50. we have to lend you $200 if we are going to make money on this. 14:37:21.8 i said i'll take it. i was able to run my very first campaign on hiram fong's dime. i should say nickel because that's what i passed out in the 14:37:30.3 streets of hon lieu lao -- honolulu to represent the inflation i thought we would have to deal with. that was an innocent time. senator fong was always gracious. senator fong always was able to reach out. as has been noted he was 14:37:46.0 elected as a republican in a very democratic state. he was supported in great measure and elected in great measure with the support of labor in hawaii. most particularly the iowu, the 14:38:03.0 international longshoremen's workers union when testifying in favor of the establishment of a commission in 2005 after he passed away, to honor and recognize him as a political business and community leader, 14:38:19.4 testified, and i quote, the senator was a successful businessman and republican who never forgot his humble begin igs. he was a strong supporter of civil rights and often crossed the aisle. to cooperate on issues 14:38:32.4 important to hawaii's unions and workers. senator hiram fong came to the united states senate with the arrival of hawaii as the last state of the union. probably nothing could be more 14:38:49.2 fitting than to recognize him today through this legislation and the pioneer effort that he made. yes, the last state to enter the union had as its first senator the son of an immigrant family who came from china 14:39:09.5 looking for opportunity, looking for justice, and found it in the person of their son and a true son of hawaii, hiram fong. 14:39:21.4 thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i would now yield myself such time as he might consume. mr. speaker, as a member of the 14:39:38.1 government reform committee, i'm pleased to join with my colleagues in consideration of s. 2089, legislation naming a postal facility in honolulu, oahu, hawaii, after hiram l. fong. 14:39:53.8 this measure sponsored by daniel akaka of hawaii was co-sponsored by senator daniel ineweway, was unanimously passed by the senate on march 3, 2006, an identical measure, h.r. 4509, sponsored by 14:40:13.1 representative abercrombie, was unanimously report -- reported by our committee on february 1, 2006. hiram leon fong, a native of hawaii, was a noted and well-known member of hawaii politics. 14:40:26.9 mr. fong was a graduate of the university of hawaii and harvard law school before practicing law in honolulu. he later served as deputy attorney for the city and county of honolulu. during world war ii, mr. fong served as a major and judge 14:40:45.4 advocate of the seventh fighter command of the seventh air force from 1942 to 1945. he began his political career in 1938 as a member of the territorial legislature, 14:40:59.5 serving four years as vice speaker and six years as speaker and vice president of the territorial constitutional convention in 1950. in 1959 mr. fong was elected as a republican to the united states senate. 14:41:15.7 upon the admission of hawaii as a state, he was re-elected in 1964, and again in 1970. senator fong did not seek re-election in 1976. instead he returned to private enterprise. 14:41:31.2 serving as chairman of finance enterprises limited. sadly he passed away on august 18, 2004. mr. speaker, as senator akaka, my good friend and colleague, observed last week upon the senate passage of sks 289, i 14:41:48.8 quote, senator hiram fong was a man of great integrity and a compassionate advocate for civil rights and workers' rights. it is fitting that a united states post office near his home be named in his honor. during his 20 years of service 14:42:05.6 in the united states senate, senator fong personafide the spirit of bipartisan cooperation. he was instrumental in enacting landmark civil rights legislation in the 1960's. reforming u.s. immigration laws 14:42:20.5 to end discrimination against asian immigrants, improving job training programs for workers, and fighting for equal pay for 14:42:29.7 women. people of hawaii were truly fortunate to have been represented by hiram fong. i commend my colleagues for seeking to honor the political legacy of senator hiram leon fong and urge swift passage of 14:42:46.7 this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i urge all members to support the passage of s. 208 9. i yield back the balance of my time. 14:42:59.2 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill senate 208 9. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to 14:43:14.5 reconsider is laid upon the table. does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? is there objection? hearing no objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. 14:43:30.2 mr. langevin: mr. langevin: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:43:56.3 mr. speaker, i rise to pay tribute to dana reeve who passed away last night following a battle with lung cancer. i am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and would like to take a moment to reflect on her life. she faced extraordinary 14:44:12.7 challenges and handled them with the utmost grace, dignity, and strength. when her husband, chris, was first injured, dana helped establish the christopher reeve foundation. additionally recognizing a lack of any place to go for 14:44:29.0 comprehensive information, the newly injured patients and their families, she worked tirelessly to establish the christopher and dana reeve paralysis resource center. since the launch of this center in 2002, it has assisted thousands of spinal cord  injured patients and their 14:44:45.0 loved ones in dealing with the many issues and anxieties that come along with such an injury. dana used her personal experience to improve the quality of life for all people living with paralysis. this was typical of dana to see beyond her own circumstances 14:45:01.1 and finding a way to ease the suffering and confusion of others. after her husband's passing, she moved forward with his message of hope and healing. today it is up to all of us to continue their legacy. as chris and dana would say, 14:45:17.9 let's go forward. my thoughts and prayers go out to dana reeve's family, friends, and all those who mourn her. may god bless her. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:45:34.0 gentleman yields back. mr. sensenbrenner: i move the house suspend the rules and pass senate 2271, the u.s.a. patriot act additional re-authorizing amendments of 2006. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2271, an act to clarify that individuals who receive fisa orders can 14:45:53.0 challenge nondisclosure requirements and individuals who receive national security letters are not required to disclose the name of their attorney, libraries are not wire or electronic communication service providers 14:46:07.9 unless they provide specific services and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from wisconsin mr. sensenbrenner, and the gentleman from michigan, mr. conyers each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. sensenbrenner: mr. speaker, 14:46:23.1 i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on s 2271, currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sensenbrenner: mr. speaker, i dwreeled myself myself. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. 14:46:38.0 mr. sensenbrenner: i rise in support of senate 2271, the u.s.a. patriot act additional re-authorizing amendments act of 2006. on december 14 of last year the house passed the conference report on h.r. 3199, the u.s.a. patriot improvement and 14:46:54.7 re-authorization act of 2005 by a strong bipartisan vote of 251-174. last thur the the other body followed the bipartisan lead of this house and approved the conference report by an 14:47:09.5 overwhelming vote of 89-10. when the how judiciary committee unanimously reported the patriot act a month after the 9/11 attacks i pledged to vigorously examine its implement takes to ensure enhanced law enforcement 14:47:25.7 authority is required to reduce 14:47:30.3 america's vulnerability to terrorism did not erode our constitutional or civil liberties. it was the house, led by former majority leader dick armey and me that forcefully insisted that much of the patriot act 14:47:46.7 sunsets without affirmative congressional re-authorization. these sunsets help complement congressional oversight of the implementation of the patriot act. the conference report now passed by both houses 14:48:00.4 represents the product of comprehensive bipartisan consideration consisting of legislative and oversight hears, briefings, inspector general reports and committee correspondence. this extensive record, a chronology of which i ask 14:48:17.4 unanimous consent to submit for the record is demonstrated that the patriot act has been an effective tool against terrorists and other criminals. at the same time, intense congressional and public scrutiny has not produced a 14:48:33.1 single substantiated claim that the patriot act has been misused to violate americans' civil liberties. however, the conference report contained over 30 important civil liberties amendments and revisions designed to further 14:48:47.5 mitigate the potential for misuse of the patriot act. this bill includes three additional clarifications to the conference report to address concerns raised by some members of the other body. first, current law does not 14:49:04.7 expressly provide a rip yebt of a section 215 order or a national security letter right to challenge it. the conference report delineated judicial review for such challenges including the ability for n.s.l. recipients 14:49:22.7 to challenge an order. extension of 215 rip yepts similar access to judicial review to attach nondisclosure order. 14:49:35.1 second, because of national security concerns the conference report contained language that would allow the government to ask a recipient of one of these national security orders to identify the persons to whom disclosure will be or was made. the director of national intelligence expressed concern 14:49:53.0 without this safeguard a recipient could disclose the government's investigative efforts to a person with ties to hostile foreign governments or entities. the conference report permitted the government to determine whether a request is warranted 14:50:09.2 and if the government has made such a request to determine whether the disclosure affected an ongoing investigation. an exception was included for information that might interfere with attorney-client privileges. 14:50:27.8 this bill extends the exception to prevent the government from requesting the name of counsels with whom the recipient has already consulted. s 2271 clarifies current law that a library may only be 14:50:44.9 subject to an n.s.l. request if it falls under 18 united states 251 [615] defining an electronic service provider provides to users the ability 14:51:00.7 to send or receive wire or electronic communication. this change addresses the potential for misuse of critics of the legislation. mr. speaker, over the last five years the patriot act has been the focus of virtually 14:51:18.2 unprecedented public scrutiny. opponents of this legislation have relied upon exaggeration and hyperbole to distort a demonstrated radar of accomplishment and success. the justice department and 14:51:30.7 other agencies have properly used the patriot act to detect, disrupt and dismantle cells in new york, virginia, and oregon before they struck. the patriot act helped tear down the pre9/11 wall that prevented law enforcement 14:51:46.2 intelligence agencies from sharing critical information necessary to avert terrorist attacks on american soil. it became a critical tool of america's law enforcement arsenal and a vital deterrent against terrorist subversion. 14:52:04.3 it upheld our constitutional values and none of the provisions authorized by the conference report have been held unconstitutional. simply state, the patriot act has made america safer while safeguarding our civil 14:52:19.6 liberties. the conference report contained provisions to address claims that the patriot act might be 14:52:27.1 misused to violate civil licts, senate 2271 contained further provisions to allay these concerns. i look forward to the imminent enactment of the u.s.a. patriot 14:52:43.3 act and re-authorization act of 2005 into law. and at this time, i ask unanimous consent to include in the record a chronology of the oversight of the patriot act from october 2001 to november 2005 and a listing of 14:53:00.1 additional civil liberties protections contained in the conference report of h.r. 3199 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the material will be inserted into the record. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from michigan. 14:53:13.2 mr. conyers: i rise as the manager on this side to ask for as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. conyers: i thank you. i ask unanimous consent to add my statement to be printed in 14:53:28.7 the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. conyers: mr. speaker and my colleagues, let me just begin by pointing out that in the dissent from the bill reported there are six precise examples 14:53:50.2 of when the patriot act has been abused so that no one will be able to say that they don't know where they are. 14:54:07.4 they are on page two and three of the sis sents that have been file -- of the dissents that have been filed with the committee. what we have, we passed the conference report already. it was passed on december 14, 2005. 14:54:23.7 and because of the other body and the serious objections that they have raised, we are getting now to three other points that are being raised. and two of the points are the 14:54:41.7 basis of my remarks this morning. or this afternoon. the first i'd like you to know about in is -- in s. 2271 is amazingly enough after all the 14:55:02.5 debate this measure that we are considering today makes section 215 intelligence orders for any tangible thing harder to challenge in court than the 14:55:20.2 current conference report which allows a recipient to challenge the gag order immediately. this measure before us that we will be voting on would make the recipient wait a year, but 14:55:34.9 then to make it really worse, rather than the reviewing court immediately allowing the gag order -- allowing the gag as the government's carte blanche 14:55:53.5 assertion of national security is conclusive. so we've added two things. we make the aserks -- the assertion of national security conclusive, plus we make the person that challenges it not 14:56:11.1 able to immediately go to court. this is a setback. the second thing that we do is that we add no meaningful protection for library records. that is to say that the present conference reports allow 14:56:33.5 immediate challenge, but what we do is according to the national association of library records, we make the protection 14:56:54.2 for library records exempt only if the national security letters, if they don't offer internet access. but the american library 14:57:08.4 association puts the number of libraries without internet access at nearly zero. and so what we've done is create a fig leaf that really does nothing to give the 14:57:24.0 protection meaningful that the 14:57:32.7 library association has requested and that we tried to get through in our legislation. and so it's with great reluctance that even on two out 14:57:46.2 of the three measures that are before us in this very small bill, we find that this is unsupportable. 14:57:59.6 and in addition, finally, what this measure doesn't do is address any of the core problems of the patriot act. the main one being that we 14:58:18.7 don't -- we've requested for moderate changes that would have ensured that these extraordinary new powers are directed solely at terrorists or to those associated with terrorists and this measure 14:58:32.1 fails to do that. and for those reasons, i am unable to support this measure and urge that it be defeated and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. 14:58:47.3 the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. sensenbrenner: i yield three minutes to the tchare of the subcommittee on crime, the gentleman from north carolina mr. coble. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. coble: pardon my modesty, mr. speaker, but i believe this bill has been thoroughly and 14:59:06.3 consistently examined, but i don't think there's been a committee other than the house judiciary committee, i don't thri has been a committee other than the subcommittee on crime, terrorism and national security 14:59:23.0 has worked any more diligently as have we. the chairman used the word vulnerable and vulnerability in his opening statement. we are today. as the chairman pointed out, 14:59:38.9 much misleading and inaccurate information has been associated and directed to the patriot act. i use this example on the floor earlier, mr. speaker, a constituent came to me 14:59:55.7 concerned about the patriot act. we must get rid of the patriot act, he said to me. i said give me an example of how it has adversely affected you. he said i can't do it. give me an example of how it adversely affected anyone you
The United States House of Representatives 1400 - 1500 DANA REEVE TRIBUTE
HOUSE FLOOR DEBATE: The House meets for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. // Suspensions (6 bills): 1) H.R. 3934 - Gerard A. Fiorenza Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. King (NY) / Government Reform Committee); 2) H.R. 4054 - Dewey F. Bartlett Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Sullivan / Government Reform Committee); 3) H.R. 4509 - Hiram L. Fong Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Abercrombie / Government Reform Committee); 4) S. 2271 - USA PATRIOT Act Additional Reauthorizing Amendments Act of 2006 (Sponsored by Sen. Sununu / Judiciary Committee); 5) H.R. 32 - Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act (Sponsored by Rep. Knollenberg / Judiciary Committee); 6) H.Res. 681 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Engineers Week, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Lipinski / Science Committee) 14:02:21.9 the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the chaplain. chaplain coughlin: lord our 14:02:30.8 god, around the upper part of this chamber are profile medallions which recall the 14:02:39.4 personal history of lawmaking. in the center full faced and bold before us is the image of moses, the great lawgiver of the hebrew scriptures. may the people of this nation 14:02:56.0 and in particular those elected to the 109th congress who gather here to protect and guide this nation be faithful to your commands. your revelation, lord, gives us nothing less than the lessons 14:03:12.3 we need to address the issues of the day. your commands are the foundations on which we build hope. they are the supports which strengthen faith and public action, and the food which nourishes the human heart. 14:03:31.7 by obeying your laws those in representative government inspire those they represent, the governed. to internalize your commands and live according to your word is to lead to fulfillment and 14:03:49.6 bring promise to a disillusioned world when left on its own. therefore in the mitts of everything from you lord our god we choose to draw wisdom 14:04:01.8 and strength now and forever. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge today will be 14:04:20.8 offered by the gentleman from texas, mr. thorn berry. mr. thornberry: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:04:44.0 chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the 14:05:00.1 senate on march 6, 2006, at 11:05 a.m. that the senate passed with an amendment and requests a conference with the house on h.r. 2830. signed, sincerely, karen l. haas, clerk of the house. 14:05:17.7 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: by direction of the committee on armed services i submit a privileged report on house resolution 645. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 645, 14:05:31.6 resolution requesting the president and directing the secretary of defense to transmit to the house of representatives all information in the possession of the president or secretary of defense relating to the collection of intelligence information pertaining to persons inside the united 14:05:47.7 states without obtaining court ordered warrants authorizing the collection of such information and relating to the policy of the united states with respect to the gathering of counterterrorism intelligence within the united states. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar 14:06:03.3 and ordered printed. the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: by direction of the permanent select committee on intelligence i submit a privileged report on house resolution 641. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 641, resolution requesting the president to provide to the 14:06:21.4 house of representatives certain documents in his possession relating to electronic surveillance without search warrants on individuals in the united states. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. the chair will entertain 14:06:40.2 one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina rise? ms. foxx: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm getting a bit tired of hearing some of my colleagues in the democrat party mislead 14:06:55.2 the american people into thinking our economy is in poor shape. here are the facts. plain and simple. our economy has been growing for 17 straight quarters. the national association for business economics predicts the economy will grow at 4.5% rate in the first quarter of 2006. 14:07:14.2 after inflation, disposable incomes increase 2.2% in the last 12 months. the federal reserve reported that the median net worth of u.s. households increased 1.5% between 2001 and 2004. january's unemployment rate 14:07:29.8 fell to 4.7% which is the lowest monthly rate since 2001 and lower than the average of the 1970's, 1980's, and 1909's. 14:07:40.2 there have been 29 consecutive months of job gains. mr. speaker, no amount of spin from the left can change the fact that our economy is growing stronger every day under republican leadership. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:07:55.4 gentleman from florida. mr. keller: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, re-authorizing the patriot act today is literally a matter of life or death because it is helping us to win the war on terrorism. 14:08:10.1 since we passed the patriot act in 2001, we have convicted 212 terrorists, and we have frozen $136 million in terrorist assets. re-authorizing the patriot act is purely a matter of common sense. 14:08:25.5 isn't it common sense that we give law enforcement the same tools to go after terrorists as they now have to go after faffa dons and drug dealers? isn't it common sense we can now share data between the intelligence community and law enforcement community? 14:08:41.8 isn't it common sense we track deadly terrorists even though they cross jurisdictional lines or switch cell phones? i'm pleased that the senate recently voted 89-10 to re-authorize the patriot act. this legislation provides 30 new civil liberty siff guards and strengthens our port 14:08:58.1 security by providing law enforcement authorities with new authority to security our ports. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on the patriot act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. pitts: permission to address the house for one 14:09:12.6 minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pitts: mr. speaker, the leftward drift of higher -- american higher education has been well documented. on the modern day campus nothing is too extreme. and all ideas and political philosophies are declared equal in the name of tolerance. 14:09:31.5 often producing ridiculous results. the most re-- recent example comes from yale university. in the name of tolerance and diversity, administrators there have enrolled a member of one of the most radically intolerant and nondiverse 14:09:45.7 groups in recent history, the taliban. a few years ago, he was spokesman for the taliban regime, the same regime that provided safe haven for the 9/11 terrorists. 14:10:01.2 today he's in the ivy league, a student at yale. ramatulah said it best. i could have ended up at guantanamo bay, instead i ended up at yale, end quote. we come to a point where elite universities like yale will 14:10:17.7 tolerate the taliban on campus but not the rotc. political correctness in the extreme. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from tennessee. mrs. blackburn: i ask unanimous consent to address the house 14:10:32.8 for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. blackburn: thank you, mr. speaker. you know, there are some days that it probably is a little depressing to be a mainstream media reporter. in their world our economy is sinking and the war on terrorism is absolutely hopeless. 14:10:47.9 thankfully in the real world americans know that we have drastically impacted al qaeda's ability to attack us and our economy is booming. yes, it is booming. we are expecting growth this quarter somewhere around 4% or 14:11:04.5 more. and that means jobs. we have created almost five million new jobs and had three years of strong, solid economic growth. when you compare our economy to europe, to most nations, we are 14:11:19.1 in an amazing era. unemployment is below 5%. that's outstanding and it's a shame that the mainstream reporters just can't get their story right. our tax policies reduced the burden of taxation on americans 14:11:34.7 and they have responded as they always do -- by creating new jobs. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia. mr. gingrey: mr. speaker, to address the house for one 14:11:48.7 minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gingrey: i rise today in honor of woman's history month. as we remember the great women of past generation, we must also salute those women who are serving as role models and leaders today. one such woman is tammy cohen of marietta, georgia. 14:12:04.5 my district. she's co-founder and president of infomart, and under her guidance it has grown from a small start-up business to the largest female-owned background checking company in the world. mr. speaker, tammy's success as a female entrepreneur is 14:12:20.1 inspiring. while she is deeply respected for her business no-how, she is equally praised for her compassion and willingness to help. when hurricane katrina struck the gulf coast last year, tammy led a group of employees who rented vance, gathered 14:12:38.0 supplies, and drove to new orleans to rescue 15 children and 20 caretakers from a boy's home in louisiana. tammy then worked with community groups and local businesses in marietta to house, feed, and clothe these hurricane victims. mr. speaker, during women's 14:12:52.3 history month is important to honor those women who are making a difference in the lives of others. tammy cohen is undoubtedly one of these women. i ask you to join me in celebrating her accomplishments. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? 14:13:07.0 mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, as a member of the armed services committee, and a father of three sons serving in the military, i frequently have an opportunity to meet with the dynamic young men and women of the u.s. military. 14:13:24.8 i'm always encouraged to hear them describe their pride as americans and their strong sense of duty to their country. after witnessing the horrific attacks of september 11, these young people understand that their generation will protect our freedoms in the future. 14:13:41.4 yesterday the supreme court ruled unanimously to ensure that men and women at colleges and university also continue to have an opportunity to learn about serving in the united states military. america's armed forces have created broadest spread of 14:13:56.1 freedom in the history of the world which protects american families by allowing military recruiters to visit college campus, the court has ensured that the united states will maintain the best military in the world. in conclusion, god bless our troops, we will never forget 14:14:12.7 september 11. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from indiana. mr. pence: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. pence: mr. speaker, today the congress will send to the president of the united states 14:14:30.1 the re-authorization of the patriot act. chairman jim sensenbrenner and other members of the judiciary committee and the conference committee are to be commended for the effort in putting together a bill that balances the liberty and security 14:14:45.8 interests of the american people. this is a -- an issue that is not just theoretical for me, mr. speaker. i not only serve on the house judiciary committee but i was here on september 11 and i served on the committee as we 14:15:00.4 built the patriot act in the immediate days following that national tragedy. that's why making 14 of the 16 provisions of the patriot act permanent is a critical element of ensuring the security of the american people and putting 14:15:17.6 safeguards on the two remaining prosituations is evidence of a careful balancing act that has been accomplished in a bipartisan way. we must equip law enforcement and intelligence officials in a way to protect our nation from terrorist attacks but safeguard 14:15:34.6 the civil liberties of the american people to fulfill the viss of freedom. i urge my colleagues with gratitude of our leadership to move this patriot act to the president today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair lays before the house 14:15:49.5 a communication from the clerk. the clerk: the honorable, the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in rule 2-4rks of rule 2 in the house of representatives, i have the honor to transmit a sealed envelope received from the 14:16:09.0 white house on march 6 said to contain a president whereby he submits draft legislation legislative line item veto act of 2006, signed sincerely, karen l. hoss, clerk of the 14:16:24.9 house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states, i asked the congress to give the president a line item veto. i am sending a legislative proposal to give the president line item authority to reduce 14:16:42.5 wasteful spending. this legislation will ensure accountability and transparency in the expenditure of taxpayer funds. although the congress achieved significant spending restraint this past year appropriations 14:16:57.9 and other bills contain spending that is not fully justified, is a low priority or earmarked to disciplined or merit based reviews. i have no ability to line out 14:17:12.9 unnecessary spending. in 1996, the congress gave the president a line item veto, an important tool to limit wasteful spending, but the supreme court struck down that version of the law in 1998. my prose -- my proposed 14:17:31.8 legislation would provide a fast track procedure to require 14:17:35.9 the congress to vote up or down on rescissions proposed by the president. there has been broad bipartisan surpt for similar proposals in the past. under this proposal, the president could propose legislation to rescind wasteful 14:17:52.1 spending and the congress would be obligated to vote quickly on that package of recincions. 43 governors have a line item 14:18:09.9 veto to reduce spending. the president needs similar authority to help control unjustified and wasteful spending in the federal budget. i urge you to pronchtly consider and send me this legislation for enactment to 14:18:25.5 reduce unnecessary spending and help achieve my goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009, signed, george w. bush, the white house, march 6, 2006. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the committee on budget and the committee on rules and ordered printed. 14:18:41.9 the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, this is to notify you formally pursuant to rule 8 of the rules of the house of representatives that i have been served with a subpoena -- civil subpoena 14:18:58.0 issued by the u.s. district court for the district of columbia for documents. after consultation with the office of general council, i have determined that compliance is consistent with the precedence and privileges of 14:19:13.7 the house. signed sincerely, barbara cuban, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 the chair will postpone further proceedings on mosts to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are 14:19:30.5 ordered or the vote is objected to. recorded votes will be taken after 6:30 p.m. today. for what purpose the gentleman from pennsylvania rise. >> mr. speaker, i move that the 14:19:45.7 house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3934. the clerk: h.r. 3934, a bill to designate the facility of the united states post office in massapequa new york as the 14:20:02.5 gerard a. fiorenza post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from hawaii mr. abercrombie, each will control 20 minutes. 14:20:17.3 the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. 14:20:30.4 mr. dent: mr. speaker, h.r. 3934, introduced by the distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. king, would designate the post office in massapequa, new york, as the gerard a. fiorenza post office. 14:20:52.0 he was someone who was always able to help out when needed. his first position was a postal assistant in 19 2. 14:21:02.7 as a letter carrier he received a letter of recommendation and in 1990 he was assigned to the valley stream office as officer in charge. he was postmaster in hewlett, massapequa park and massapequa. 4 he was known for his 14:21:21.9 strakettonings detail and friendly demeanor. the publisher is quoted as saying, when i first came to massapequa 10 years ago, it was jerry who was there to answer all of my questions and help me 14:21:36.2 whenever a problem arroz. jerry was committed to his profession and provided himself in providing the best postal service, closed quote. along with serving in this 14:21:52.7 capacity, jerry fiorenza was involved in the combined federal campaign, united way and toys for togethers. he was a serving as a member of 14:22:09.2 the massapequa chamber of commerce, sons of italy, american legion post 1066 and the republican club. he was named massapequa's man of the year in 2001. 14:22:21.5 i ask all members to join me in recognizing this respected member of the massapequa community by passing h.r. 3934. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:22:34.1 gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise. mr. davis: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from illinois will control the time and the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration 14:22:51.2 of h.r. 3934, legislation naming a postal facility in massapequa new york after gerald a. fiorenza. this was sponsored by representative peter king on september 28, 2005, and unanimously reported by our 14:23:09.0 committee on november 16, 2005. the bill has the support and co-sponsorship of the entire new york delegation. gerald fiorenza, native of new york, was born in brooklyn, attended is anthony elementary 14:23:28.4 school, graduated from brooklyn academy and attended queens community college. he moves his family to massapequa and began as a postal assistant. 14:23:41.6 he was promoted to officer in charge before attaining the rank of postmaster in massapequa post office. he was active in postal management organizations such as the national association of 14:23:58.0 postal supervisors, and the national association of postmasters of the united states and local organizations such as the chamber of commerce, united way and toys for togethers. sadly, he passed away following 14:24:14.8 a battle against cancer on december 7, 2001. mr. speaker, i commend my colleagues for seeking to honor the legacy of postmaster gerald fiorenza and urge swift passage of this bill. 14:24:29.3 i have no further speakers or request for time and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers at the moment and i yield back the balance of my time. 14:24:43.1 the speaker pro tempore: all time yielded the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3934? so many as in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection 14:24:59.9 the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4504. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:25:17.5 clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4054, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located 6110 east 51st place in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office. 14:25:33.8 the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: i ask unanimous 14:25:48.1 consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dent: i rise in support of h.r. 4054 offered by the distinguished gentleman from 14:26:04.7 oklahoma, mr. sullivan. this would designate the post office in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office building. he was born on march 28, 1919. he was educate in the mayor yeta public school system and 14:26:22.0 attended princeton university. he worked in the oklahoma oil fields in the summers. in 1955 after serving in the military in world war ii, he moved to tulsa to assume a managing role in his family's business. 14:26:36.7 he became an oklahoma state senator in 1963. he successfully ran for governor of oklahoma and served in this capacity for five years. in 1972 he was elected to the united states senate where he served until 1979. 14:26:53.9 during his service in government he was dedicated to strong national defense. he felt a lean government protected the individual liberty, freedom, and justice. i urge all members to come 14:27:10.5 together to honor a man who promotes excellence. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. torge illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:27:24.2 i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration of 14:27:33.5 h.r. 4054, legislation naming a postal facility in tulsa, oklahoma, after dewey f. bartlett. this measure was sponsored by john sullivan of oklahoma in 2005 and reported by our 14:27:51.4 committee on february 1, 2006 the bill has the support and co-sponsorship of the entire oklahoma delegation. dewey bartlett was born and raised in mayor yeta, ohio. he later attended school in new 14:28:09.2 jersey and graduated from princeton university. in world war ii he served in the marine corps as a dive bomber pilot. 14:28:21.3 he moved to oklahoma after the war. working as a farmer, rancher and independent oil producer. politics called and mr. bartlett was elected to the state senate in 1962. four years later he made a successful run for governor. 14:28:38.1 he was recognized for his efforts on economic developments which benefited all oklahomans and working in a bipartisan manner. the 1972 governor bartlett was elected to the u.s. senate where he served from 1973 to 14:28:56.0 1979. he did not seek re-election because he was battling lung cancer. sadly, he passed away in tulsa, oklahoma, on march 1, 1979. mr. speaker, i commend my 14:29:11.1 colleague for seeking to honor the legacy of senator dewey f. bartlett by naming a postal facility in his hometown. i urge swift passage of this bill and have no further speakers. i yield back the balance of my 14:29:26.9 time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to yield as much time as he may consume to my distinguished colleague from the state of oklahoma, mr. sullivan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sullivan: i rise in proud support of my bill, h.r. 4054, 14:29:44.8 designating the 6110 east 51st place post office in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office. he was a strong advocate for conservative values. 14:29:57.7 a war veteran and public servant for oklahoma and the nation. he served as the second republican governor of oklahoma and is the distinguished alumnus of the united states senate. he was a true representative of oklahoma values, leadership, and drive. and i'm pleased that we are 14:30:13.2 able to honor him in this way. after graduating from princeton university in 1942, dewy bartlett served in the marine corps as a combat dive bomber during world war ii. as a result of his courageous efforts in the south pacific 14:30:30.0 theater, he was awarded the air medal. after the war, he moved to tulsa, oklahoma, and became a farmer, rancher, and oil man. he was a partner in keener oil company, one of the oldest independent oil companies. 14:30:45.7 in 1963 bartlett began his career in public service by joining the state senate and then in 1967 he became oklahoma's 19th governor. one of his priorities while in office was increasing industry in oklahoma. 14:31:01.1 as governor, the results of his hard work helped to produce a record 148.4 million in new industries or improvements on existing facilities and creating an additional 7,500 jobs for oklahomans. from 1972 to 1978 bartlett 14:31:19.4 served as a member of the united states senate. during his tenure, this proud oklahoman maintained a strong and consistent stance of limiting government bureaucracy, reducing 14:31:32.8 burdensome taxes, and maintaining fiscal responsibility. i am proud to share dewy bartlett's vision of conservatism and work daily toward the goal of promoting common sense, oklahoma values in congress. i encourage my colleagues to join me in support of this 14:31:48.9 legislation. by designating the dewy -- deweyf bartlett post office in oklahoma we are commemorating an excellent citizen. thank you, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the 14:32:03.6 balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers at this time. i urge all members to support the passage of h.r. 4054. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time being yielded back, the question is will the house 14:32:20.4 suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4054. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. 14:32:33.2 in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative -- the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having 14:32:48.7 arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass s. 14:33:07.3 2089. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2089, an act to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1271 north king street in honolulu, oahu, hi, as the hiram l. fong post 14:33:24.3 office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i 14:33:37.9 may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i rise in support of senate bill 2089 offered by the distinguished 14:33:54.2 gentleman from hawaii, senator akaka. the bill would designate the post office in honolulu, hawaii, as the hiram l. fong post office building. hiram fong was born on the island of oahu on october 15, 1906. 14:34:10.4 the seventh of 11 children, he helped to support his family at an early age by earning money selling newspapers, shining shoes, and caddying on golf courses. after graduating high school he went on to attend the university of hawaii and inducted into phi beta kappa as a graduate in 1930. 14:34:26.8 he then graduated from harvard law school and began a career of public service that spanned over 40 years. he served in the territorial house for 14 years including six as speaker of the house. with the coming of statehood in 1959, fong ran for a seat in 14:34:43.0 the united states senate and was elected to three consecutive terms until his retirement in 1976. while serving in office, he was highly regarded for his work on immigration and naturalization laws and for encouraging relations with the people's republic of china and the other developing nations of asia. 14:34:59.7 from providing timely answers to constituent concerns to being widely respected by both sides of the aisle, senator fong was indeed a great leader. i ask all members to honor his leadership by passing s. 2089. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. 14:35:14.1 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'd like to yield such time as he might consume to the author of this legislation, the gentleman from hawaii, representative 14:35:31.6 abercrombie. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. abercrombie: mr. speaker, i request permission to inter' formal statement on behalf of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. abercrombie: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:35:45.0 i would like to amplify this formal statement, mr. speaker, with a few personal observationings -- observations. the chairman has kindly indicated some of the history of senator fong. 14:36:02.9 it's interesting when i look down and -- to see the word hiram l. fong because he's so much of the history here. we always think of him as senator fong. as has been noted he was the 14:36:18.5 seventh of 11 children. immigrant family. if there was ever a story of hawaii, of our rainbow people, and our aloha spirit, it's hiram fong. yes, he worked a lot of jobs 14:36:34.4 and worked his way through school and did very, very well. he founded not only a prominent law firm but founded as well what became a financial empire. i have some real interest in it 14:36:51.1 because the very first campaign that i ever ran was funded by senator fong's finance factors. i went down to get a loan. i thought if i was going to run against him, the least i could do is in the spirit of bipartisanship ask him to help 14:37:07.3 fund my campaign as a graduate student at the university of hawaii. i went down to borrow $50. they told me we can't loan you $50. we have to lend you $200 if we are going to make money on this. 14:37:21.8 i said i'll take it. i was able to run my very first campaign on hiram fong's dime. i should say nickel because that's what i passed out in the 14:37:30.3 streets of hon lieu lao -- honolulu to represent the inflation i thought we would have to deal with. that was an innocent time. senator fong was always gracious. senator fong always was able to reach out. as has been noted he was 14:37:46.0 elected as a republican in a very democratic state. he was supported in great measure and elected in great measure with the support of labor in hawaii. most particularly the iowu, the 14:38:03.0 international longshoremen's workers union when testifying in favor of the establishment of a commission in 2005 after he passed away, to honor and recognize him as a political business and community leader, 14:38:19.4 testified, and i quote, the senator was a successful businessman and republican who never forgot his humble begin igs. he was a strong supporter of civil rights and often crossed the aisle. to cooperate on issues 14:38:32.4 important to hawaii's unions and workers. senator hiram fong came to the united states senate with the arrival of hawaii as the last state of the union. probably nothing could be more 14:38:49.2 fitting than to recognize him today through this legislation and the pioneer effort that he made. yes, the last state to enter the union had as its first senator the son of an immigrant family who came from china 14:39:09.5 looking for opportunity, looking for justice, and found it in the person of their son and a true son of hawaii, hiram fong. 14:39:21.4 thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i would now yield myself such time as he might consume. mr. speaker, as a member of the 14:39:38.1 government reform committee, i'm pleased to join with my colleagues in consideration of s. 2089, legislation naming a postal facility in honolulu, oahu, hawaii, after hiram l. fong. 14:39:53.8 this measure sponsored by daniel akaka of hawaii was co-sponsored by senator daniel ineweway, was unanimously passed by the senate on march 3, 2006, an identical measure, h.r. 4509, sponsored by 14:40:13.1 representative abercrombie, was unanimously report -- reported by our committee on february 1, 2006. hiram leon fong, a native of hawaii, was a noted and well-known member of hawaii politics. 14:40:26.9 mr. fong was a graduate of the university of hawaii and harvard law school before practicing law in honolulu. he later served as deputy attorney for the city and county of honolulu. during world war ii, mr. fong served as a major and judge 14:40:45.4 advocate of the seventh fighter command of the seventh air force from 1942 to 1945. he began his political career in 1938 as a member of the territorial legislature, 14:40:59.5 serving four years as vice speaker and six years as speaker and vice president of the territorial constitutional convention in 1950. in 1959 mr. fong was elected as a republican to the united states senate. 14:41:15.7 upon the admission of hawaii as a state, he was re-elected in 1964, and again in 1970. senator fong did not seek re-election in 1976. instead he returned to private enterprise. 14:41:31.2 serving as chairman of finance enterprises limited. sadly he passed away on august 18, 2004. mr. speaker, as senator akaka, my good friend and colleague, observed last week upon the senate passage of sks 289, i 14:41:48.8 quote, senator hiram fong was a man of great integrity and a compassionate advocate for civil rights and workers' rights. it is fitting that a united states post office near his home be named in his honor. during his 20 years of service 14:42:05.6 in the united states senate, senator fong personafide the spirit of bipartisan cooperation. he was instrumental in enacting landmark civil rights legislation in the 1960's. reforming u.s. immigration laws 14:42:20.5 to end discrimination against asian immigrants, improving job training programs for workers, and fighting for equal pay for 14:42:29.7 women. people of hawaii were truly fortunate to have been represented by hiram fong. i commend my colleagues for seeking to honor the political legacy of senator hiram leon fong and urge swift passage of 14:42:46.7 this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i urge all members to support the passage of s. 208 9. i yield back the balance of my time. 14:42:59.2 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill senate 208 9. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to 14:43:14.5 reconsider is laid upon the table. does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? is there objection? hearing no objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. 14:43:30.2 mr. langevin: mr. langevin: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:43:56.3 mr. speaker, i rise to pay tribute to dana reeve who passed away last night following a battle with lung cancer. i am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and would like to take a moment to reflect on her life. she faced extraordinary 14:44:12.7 challenges and handled them with the utmost grace, dignity, and strength. when her husband, chris, was first injured, dana helped establish the christopher reeve foundation. additionally recognizing a lack of any place to go for 14:44:29.0 comprehensive information, the newly injured patients and their families, she worked tirelessly to establish the christopher and dana reeve paralysis resource center. since the launch of this center in 2002, it has assisted thousands of spinal cord  injured patients and their 14:44:45.0 loved ones in dealing with the many issues and anxieties that come along with such an injury. dana used her personal experience to improve the quality of life for all people living with paralysis. this was typical of dana to see beyond her own circumstances 14:45:01.1 and finding a way to ease the suffering and confusion of others. after her husband's passing, she moved forward with his message of hope and healing. today it is up to all of us to continue their legacy. as chris and dana would say, 14:45:17.9 let's go forward. my thoughts and prayers go out to dana reeve's family, friends, and all those who mourn her. may god bless her. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:45:34.0 gentleman yields back. mr. sensenbrenner: i move the house suspend the rules and pass senate 2271, the u.s.a. patriot act additional re-authorizing amendments of 2006. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2271, an act to clarify that individuals who receive fisa orders can 14:45:53.0 challenge nondisclosure requirements and individuals who receive national security letters are not required to disclose the name of their attorney, libraries are not wire or electronic communication service providers 14:46:07.9 unless they provide specific services and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from wisconsin mr. sensenbrenner, and the gentleman from michigan, mr. conyers each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. sensenbrenner: mr. speaker, 14:46:23.1 i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on s 2271, currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sensenbrenner: mr. speaker, i dwreeled myself myself. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. 14:46:38.0 mr. sensenbrenner: i rise in support of senate 2271, the u.s.a. patriot act additional re-authorizing amendments act of 2006. on december 14 of last year the house passed the conference report on h.r. 3199, the u.s.a. patriot improvement and 14:46:54.7 re-authorization act of 2005 by a strong bipartisan vote of 251-174. last thur the the other body followed the bipartisan lead of this house and approved the conference report by an 14:47:09.5 overwhelming vote of 89-10. when the how judiciary committee unanimously reported the patriot act a month after the 9/11 attacks i pledged to vigorously examine its implement takes to ensure enhanced law enforcement 14:47:25.7 authority is required to reduce 14:47:30.3 america's vulnerability to terrorism did not erode our constitutional or civil liberties. it was the house, led by former majority leader dick armey and me that forcefully insisted that much of the patriot act 14:47:46.7 sunsets without affirmative congressional re-authorization. these sunsets help complement congressional oversight of the implementation of the patriot act. the conference report now passed by both houses 14:48:00.4 represents the product of comprehensive bipartisan consideration consisting of legislative and oversight hears, briefings, inspector general reports and committee correspondence. this extensive record, a chronology of which i ask 14:48:17.4 unanimous consent to submit for the record is demonstrated that the patriot act has been an effective tool against terrorists and other criminals. at the same time, intense congressional and public scrutiny has not produced a 14:48:33.1 single substantiated claim that the patriot act has been misused to violate americans' civil liberties. however, the conference report contained over 30 important civil liberties amendments and revisions designed to further 14:48:47.5 mitigate the potential for misuse of the patriot act. this bill includes three additional clarifications to the conference report to address concerns raised by some members of the other body. first, current law does not 14:49:04.7 expressly provide a rip yebt of a section 215 order or a national security letter right to challenge it. the conference report delineated judicial review for such challenges including the ability for n.s.l. recipients 14:49:22.7 to challenge an order. extension of 215 rip yepts similar access to judicial review to attach nondisclosure order. 14:49:35.1 second, because of national security concerns the conference report contained language that would allow the government to ask a recipient of one of these national security orders to identify the persons to whom disclosure will be or was made. the director of national intelligence expressed concern 14:49:53.0 without this safeguard a recipient could disclose the government's investigative efforts to a person with ties to hostile foreign governments or entities. the conference report permitted the government to determine whether a request is warranted 14:50:09.2 and if the government has made such a request to determine whether the disclosure affected an ongoing investigation. an exception was included for information that might interfere with attorney-client privileges. 14:50:27.8 this bill extends the exception to prevent the government from requesting the name of counsels with whom the recipient has already consulted. s 2271 clarifies current law that a library may only be 14:50:44.9 subject to an n.s.l. request if it falls under 18 united states 251 [615] defining an electronic service provider provides to users the ability 14:51:00.7 to send or receive wire or electronic communication. this change addresses the potential for misuse of critics of the legislation. mr. speaker, over the last five years the patriot act has been the focus of virtually 14:51:18.2 unprecedented public scrutiny. opponents of this legislation have relied upon exaggeration and hyperbole to distort a demonstrated radar of accomplishment and success. the justice department and 14:51:30.7 other agencies have properly used the patriot act to detect, disrupt and dismantle cells in new york, virginia, and oregon before they struck. the patriot act helped tear down the pre9/11 wall that prevented law enforcement 14:51:46.2 intelligence agencies from sharing critical information necessary to avert terrorist attacks on american soil. it became a critical tool of america's law enforcement arsenal and a vital deterrent against terrorist subversion. 14:52:04.3 it upheld our constitutional values and none of the provisions authorized by the conference report have been held unconstitutional. simply state, the patriot act has made america safer while safeguarding our civil 14:52:19.6 liberties. the conference report contained provisions to address claims that the patriot act might be 14:52:27.1 misused to violate civil licts, senate 2271 contained further provisions to allay these concerns. i look forward to the imminent enactment of the u.s.a. patriot 14:52:43.3 act and re-authorization act of 2005 into law. and at this time, i ask unanimous consent to include in the record a chronology of the oversight of the patriot act from october 2001 to november 2005 and a listing of 14:53:00.1 additional civil liberties protections contained in the conference report of h.r. 3199 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the material will be inserted into the record. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from michigan. 14:53:13.2 mr. conyers: i rise as the manager on this side to ask for as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. conyers: i thank you. i ask unanimous consent to add my statement to be printed in 14:53:28.7 the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. conyers: mr. speaker and my colleagues, let me just begin by pointing out that in the dissent from the bill reported there are six precise examples 14:53:50.2 of when the patriot act has been abused so that no one will be able to say that they don't know where they are. 14:54:07.4 they are on page two and three of the sis sents that have been file -- of the dissents that have been filed with the committee. what we have, we passed the conference report already. it was passed on december 14, 2005. 14:54:23.7 and because of the other body and the serious objections that they have raised, we are getting now to three other points that are being raised. and two of the points are the 14:54:41.7 basis of my remarks this morning. or this afternoon. the first i'd like you to know about in is -- in s. 2271 is amazingly enough after all the 14:55:02.5 debate this measure that we are considering today makes section 215 intelligence orders for any tangible thing harder to challenge in court than the 14:55:20.2 current conference report which allows a recipient to challenge the gag order immediately. this measure before us that we will be voting on would make the recipient wait a year, but 14:55:34.9 then to make it really worse, rather than the reviewing court immediately allowing the gag order -- allowing the gag as the government's carte blanche 14:55:53.5 assertion of national security is conclusive. so we've added two things. we make the aserks -- the assertion of national security conclusive, plus we make the person that challenges it not 14:56:11.1 able to immediately go to court. this is a setback. the second thing that we do is that we add no meaningful protection for library records. that is to say that the present conference reports allow 14:56:33.5 immediate challenge, but what we do is according to the national association of library records, we make the protection 14:56:54.2 for library records exempt only if the national security letters, if they don't offer internet access. but the american library 14:57:08.4 association puts the number of libraries without internet access at nearly zero. and so what we've done is create a fig leaf that really does nothing to give the 14:57:24.0 protection meaningful that the 14:57:32.7 library association has requested and that we tried to get through in our legislation. and so it's with great reluctance that even on two out 14:57:46.2 of the three measures that are before us in this very small bill, we find that this is unsupportable. 14:57:59.6 and in addition, finally, what this measure doesn't do is address any of the core problems of the patriot act. the main one being that we 14:58:18.7 don't -- we've requested for moderate changes that would have ensured that these extraordinary new powers are directed solely at terrorists or to those associated with terrorists and this measure 14:58:32.1 fails to do that. and for those reasons, i am unable to support this measure and urge that it be defeated and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. 14:58:47.3 the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. sensenbrenner: i yield three minutes to the tchare of the subcommittee on crime, the gentleman from north carolina mr. coble. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. coble: pardon my modesty, mr. speaker, but i believe this bill has been thoroughly and 14:59:06.3 consistently examined, but i don't think there's been a committee other than the house judiciary committee, i don't thri has been a committee other than the subcommittee on crime, terrorism and national security 14:59:23.0 has worked any more diligently as have we. the chairman used the word vulnerable and vulnerability in his opening statement. we are today. as the chairman pointed out, 14:59:38.9 much misleading and inaccurate information has been associated and directed to the patriot act. i use this example on the floor earlier, mr. speaker, a constituent came to me 14:59:55.7 concerned about the patriot act. we must get rid of the patriot act, he said to me. i said give me an example of how it has adversely affected you. he said i can't do it. give me an example of how it adversely affected anyone you
The United States House of Representatives 1400 - 1500 DANA REEVE TRIBUTE
HOUSE FLOOR DEBATE: The House meets for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. // Suspensions (6 bills): 1) H.R. 3934 - Gerard A. Fiorenza Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. King (NY) / Government Reform Committee); 2) H.R. 4054 - Dewey F. Bartlett Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Sullivan / Government Reform Committee); 3) H.R. 4509 - Hiram L. Fong Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Abercrombie / Government Reform Committee); 4) S. 2271 - USA PATRIOT Act Additional Reauthorizing Amendments Act of 2006 (Sponsored by Sen. Sununu / Judiciary Committee); 5) H.R. 32 - Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act (Sponsored by Rep. Knollenberg / Judiciary Committee); 6) H.Res. 681 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Engineers Week, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Lipinski / Science Committee) 14:02:21.9 the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the chaplain. chaplain coughlin: lord our 14:02:30.8 god, around the upper part of this chamber are profile medallions which recall the 14:02:39.4 personal history of lawmaking. in the center full faced and bold before us is the image of moses, the great lawgiver of the hebrew scriptures. may the people of this nation 14:02:56.0 and in particular those elected to the 109th congress who gather here to protect and guide this nation be faithful to your commands. your revelation, lord, gives us nothing less than the lessons 14:03:12.3 we need to address the issues of the day. your commands are the foundations on which we build hope. they are the supports which strengthen faith and public action, and the food which nourishes the human heart. 14:03:31.7 by obeying your laws those in representative government inspire those they represent, the governed. to internalize your commands and live according to your word is to lead to fulfillment and 14:03:49.6 bring promise to a disillusioned world when left on its own. therefore in the mitts of everything from you lord our god we choose to draw wisdom 14:04:01.8 and strength now and forever. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge today will be 14:04:20.8 offered by the gentleman from texas, mr. thorn berry. mr. thornberry: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:04:44.0 chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the 14:05:00.1 senate on march 6, 2006, at 11:05 a.m. that the senate passed with an amendment and requests a conference with the house on h.r. 2830. signed, sincerely, karen l. haas, clerk of the house. 14:05:17.7 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: by direction of the committee on armed services i submit a privileged report on house resolution 645. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 645, 14:05:31.6 resolution requesting the president and directing the secretary of defense to transmit to the house of representatives all information in the possession of the president or secretary of defense relating to the collection of intelligence information pertaining to persons inside the united 14:05:47.7 states without obtaining court ordered warrants authorizing the collection of such information and relating to the policy of the united states with respect to the gathering of counterterrorism intelligence within the united states. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar 14:06:03.3 and ordered printed. the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: by direction of the permanent select committee on intelligence i submit a privileged report on house resolution 641. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 641, resolution requesting the president to provide to the 14:06:21.4 house of representatives certain documents in his possession relating to electronic surveillance without search warrants on individuals in the united states. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. the chair will entertain 14:06:40.2 one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina rise? ms. foxx: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm getting a bit tired of hearing some of my colleagues in the democrat party mislead 14:06:55.2 the american people into thinking our economy is in poor shape. here are the facts. plain and simple. our economy has been growing for 17 straight quarters. the national association for business economics predicts the economy will grow at 4.5% rate in the first quarter of 2006. 14:07:14.2 after inflation, disposable incomes increase 2.2% in the last 12 months. the federal reserve reported that the median net worth of u.s. households increased 1.5% between 2001 and 2004. january's unemployment rate 14:07:29.8 fell to 4.7% which is the lowest monthly rate since 2001 and lower than the average of the 1970's, 1980's, and 1909's. 14:07:40.2 there have been 29 consecutive months of job gains. mr. speaker, no amount of spin from the left can change the fact that our economy is growing stronger every day under republican leadership. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:07:55.4 gentleman from florida. mr. keller: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, re-authorizing the patriot act today is literally a matter of life or death because it is helping us to win the war on terrorism. 14:08:10.1 since we passed the patriot act in 2001, we have convicted 212 terrorists, and we have frozen $136 million in terrorist assets. re-authorizing the patriot act is purely a matter of common sense. 14:08:25.5 isn't it common sense that we give law enforcement the same tools to go after terrorists as they now have to go after faffa dons and drug dealers? isn't it common sense we can now share data between the intelligence community and law enforcement community? 14:08:41.8 isn't it common sense we track deadly terrorists even though they cross jurisdictional lines or switch cell phones? i'm pleased that the senate recently voted 89-10 to re-authorize the patriot act. this legislation provides 30 new civil liberty siff guards and strengthens our port 14:08:58.1 security by providing law enforcement authorities with new authority to security our ports. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on the patriot act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. pitts: permission to address the house for one 14:09:12.6 minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pitts: mr. speaker, the leftward drift of higher -- american higher education has been well documented. on the modern day campus nothing is too extreme. and all ideas and political philosophies are declared equal in the name of tolerance. 14:09:31.5 often producing ridiculous results. the most re-- recent example comes from yale university. in the name of tolerance and diversity, administrators there have enrolled a member of one of the most radically intolerant and nondiverse 14:09:45.7 groups in recent history, the taliban. a few years ago, he was spokesman for the taliban regime, the same regime that provided safe haven for the 9/11 terrorists. 14:10:01.2 today he's in the ivy league, a student at yale. ramatulah said it best. i could have ended up at guantanamo bay, instead i ended up at yale, end quote. we come to a point where elite universities like yale will 14:10:17.7 tolerate the taliban on campus but not the rotc. political correctness in the extreme. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from tennessee. mrs. blackburn: i ask unanimous consent to address the house 14:10:32.8 for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. blackburn: thank you, mr. speaker. you know, there are some days that it probably is a little depressing to be a mainstream media reporter. in their world our economy is sinking and the war on terrorism is absolutely hopeless. 14:10:47.9 thankfully in the real world americans know that we have drastically impacted al qaeda's ability to attack us and our economy is booming. yes, it is booming. we are expecting growth this quarter somewhere around 4% or 14:11:04.5 more. and that means jobs. we have created almost five million new jobs and had three years of strong, solid economic growth. when you compare our economy to europe, to most nations, we are 14:11:19.1 in an amazing era. unemployment is below 5%. that's outstanding and it's a shame that the mainstream reporters just can't get their story right. our tax policies reduced the burden of taxation on americans 14:11:34.7 and they have responded as they always do -- by creating new jobs. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia. mr. gingrey: mr. speaker, to address the house for one 14:11:48.7 minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gingrey: i rise today in honor of woman's history month. as we remember the great women of past generation, we must also salute those women who are serving as role models and leaders today. one such woman is tammy cohen of marietta, georgia. 14:12:04.5 my district. she's co-founder and president of infomart, and under her guidance it has grown from a small start-up business to the largest female-owned background checking company in the world. mr. speaker, tammy's success as a female entrepreneur is 14:12:20.1 inspiring. while she is deeply respected for her business no-how, she is equally praised for her compassion and willingness to help. when hurricane katrina struck the gulf coast last year, tammy led a group of employees who rented vance, gathered 14:12:38.0 supplies, and drove to new orleans to rescue 15 children and 20 caretakers from a boy's home in louisiana. tammy then worked with community groups and local businesses in marietta to house, feed, and clothe these hurricane victims. mr. speaker, during women's 14:12:52.3 history month is important to honor those women who are making a difference in the lives of others. tammy cohen is undoubtedly one of these women. i ask you to join me in celebrating her accomplishments. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? 14:13:07.0 mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, as a member of the armed services committee, and a father of three sons serving in the military, i frequently have an opportunity to meet with the dynamic young men and women of the u.s. military. 14:13:24.8 i'm always encouraged to hear them describe their pride as americans and their strong sense of duty to their country. after witnessing the horrific attacks of september 11, these young people understand that their generation will protect our freedoms in the future. 14:13:41.4 yesterday the supreme court ruled unanimously to ensure that men and women at colleges and university also continue to have an opportunity to learn about serving in the united states military. america's armed forces have created broadest spread of 14:13:56.1 freedom in the history of the world which protects american families by allowing military recruiters to visit college campus, the court has ensured that the united states will maintain the best military in the world. in conclusion, god bless our troops, we will never forget 14:14:12.7 september 11. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from indiana. mr. pence: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. pence: mr. speaker, today the congress will send to the president of the united states 14:14:30.1 the re-authorization of the patriot act. chairman jim sensenbrenner and other members of the judiciary committee and the conference committee are to be commended for the effort in putting together a bill that balances the liberty and security 14:14:45.8 interests of the american people. this is a -- an issue that is not just theoretical for me, mr. speaker. i not only serve on the house judiciary committee but i was here on september 11 and i served on the committee as we 14:15:00.4 built the patriot act in the immediate days following that national tragedy. that's why making 14 of the 16 provisions of the patriot act permanent is a critical element of ensuring the security of the american people and putting 14:15:17.6 safeguards on the two remaining prosituations is evidence of a careful balancing act that has been accomplished in a bipartisan way. we must equip law enforcement and intelligence officials in a way to protect our nation from terrorist attacks but safeguard 14:15:34.6 the civil liberties of the american people to fulfill the viss of freedom. i urge my colleagues with gratitude of our leadership to move this patriot act to the president today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair lays before the house 14:15:49.5 a communication from the clerk. the clerk: the honorable, the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in rule 2-4rks of rule 2 in the house of representatives, i have the honor to transmit a sealed envelope received from the 14:16:09.0 white house on march 6 said to contain a president whereby he submits draft legislation legislative line item veto act of 2006, signed sincerely, karen l. hoss, clerk of the 14:16:24.9 house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states, i asked the congress to give the president a line item veto. i am sending a legislative proposal to give the president line item authority to reduce 14:16:42.5 wasteful spending. this legislation will ensure accountability and transparency in the expenditure of taxpayer funds. although the congress achieved significant spending restraint this past year appropriations 14:16:57.9 and other bills contain spending that is not fully justified, is a low priority or earmarked to disciplined or merit based reviews. i have no ability to line out 14:17:12.9 unnecessary spending. in 1996, the congress gave the president a line item veto, an important tool to limit wasteful spending, but the supreme court struck down that version of the law in 1998. my prose -- my proposed 14:17:31.8 legislation would provide a fast track procedure to require 14:17:35.9 the congress to vote up or down on rescissions proposed by the president. there has been broad bipartisan surpt for similar proposals in the past. under this proposal, the president could propose legislation to rescind wasteful 14:17:52.1 spending and the congress would be obligated to vote quickly on that package of recincions. 43 governors have a line item 14:18:09.9 veto to reduce spending. the president needs similar authority to help control unjustified and wasteful spending in the federal budget. i urge you to pronchtly consider and send me this legislation for enactment to 14:18:25.5 reduce unnecessary spending and help achieve my goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009, signed, george w. bush, the white house, march 6, 2006. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the committee on budget and the committee on rules and ordered printed. 14:18:41.9 the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, this is to notify you formally pursuant to rule 8 of the rules of the house of representatives that i have been served with a subpoena -- civil subpoena 14:18:58.0 issued by the u.s. district court for the district of columbia for documents. after consultation with the office of general council, i have determined that compliance is consistent with the precedence and privileges of 14:19:13.7 the house. signed sincerely, barbara cuban, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 the chair will postpone further proceedings on mosts to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are 14:19:30.5 ordered or the vote is objected to. recorded votes will be taken after 6:30 p.m. today. for what purpose the gentleman from pennsylvania rise. >> mr. speaker, i move that the 14:19:45.7 house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3934. the clerk: h.r. 3934, a bill to designate the facility of the united states post office in massapequa new york as the 14:20:02.5 gerard a. fiorenza post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from hawaii mr. abercrombie, each will control 20 minutes. 14:20:17.3 the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. 14:20:30.4 mr. dent: mr. speaker, h.r. 3934, introduced by the distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. king, would designate the post office in massapequa, new york, as the gerard a. fiorenza post office. 14:20:52.0 he was someone who was always able to help out when needed. his first position was a postal assistant in 19 2. 14:21:02.7 as a letter carrier he received a letter of recommendation and in 1990 he was assigned to the valley stream office as officer in charge. he was postmaster in hewlett, massapequa park and massapequa. 4 he was known for his 14:21:21.9 strakettonings detail and friendly demeanor. the publisher is quoted as saying, when i first came to massapequa 10 years ago, it was jerry who was there to answer all of my questions and help me 14:21:36.2 whenever a problem arroz. jerry was committed to his profession and provided himself in providing the best postal service, closed quote. along with serving in this 14:21:52.7 capacity, jerry fiorenza was involved in the combined federal campaign, united way and toys for togethers. he was a serving as a member of 14:22:09.2 the massapequa chamber of commerce, sons of italy, american legion post 1066 and the republican club. he was named massapequa's man of the year in 2001. 14:22:21.5 i ask all members to join me in recognizing this respected member of the massapequa community by passing h.r. 3934. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:22:34.1 gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise. mr. davis: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from illinois will control the time and the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration 14:22:51.2 of h.r. 3934, legislation naming a postal facility in massapequa new york after gerald a. fiorenza. this was sponsored by representative peter king on september 28, 2005, and unanimously reported by our 14:23:09.0 committee on november 16, 2005. the bill has the support and co-sponsorship of the entire new york delegation. gerald fiorenza, native of new york, was born in brooklyn, attended is anthony elementary 14:23:28.4 school, graduated from brooklyn academy and attended queens community college. he moves his family to massapequa and began as a postal assistant. 14:23:41.6 he was promoted to officer in charge before attaining the rank of postmaster in massapequa post office. he was active in postal management organizations such as the national association of 14:23:58.0 postal supervisors, and the national association of postmasters of the united states and local organizations such as the chamber of commerce, united way and toys for togethers. sadly, he passed away following 14:24:14.8 a battle against cancer on december 7, 2001. mr. speaker, i commend my colleagues for seeking to honor the legacy of postmaster gerald fiorenza and urge swift passage of this bill. 14:24:29.3 i have no further speakers or request for time and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers at the moment and i yield back the balance of my time. 14:24:43.1 the speaker pro tempore: all time yielded the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3934? so many as in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection 14:24:59.9 the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4504. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:25:17.5 clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4054, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located 6110 east 51st place in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office. 14:25:33.8 the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: i ask unanimous 14:25:48.1 consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dent: i rise in support of h.r. 4054 offered by the distinguished gentleman from 14:26:04.7 oklahoma, mr. sullivan. this would designate the post office in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office building. he was born on march 28, 1919. he was educate in the mayor yeta public school system and 14:26:22.0 attended princeton university. he worked in the oklahoma oil fields in the summers. in 1955 after serving in the military in world war ii, he moved to tulsa to assume a managing role in his family's business. 14:26:36.7 he became an oklahoma state senator in 1963. he successfully ran for governor of oklahoma and served in this capacity for five years. in 1972 he was elected to the united states senate where he served until 1979. 14:26:53.9 during his service in government he was dedicated to strong national defense. he felt a lean government protected the individual liberty, freedom, and justice. i urge all members to come 14:27:10.5 together to honor a man who promotes excellence. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. torge illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:27:24.2 i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration of 14:27:33.5 h.r. 4054, legislation naming a postal facility in tulsa, oklahoma, after dewey f. bartlett. this measure was sponsored by john sullivan of oklahoma in 2005 and reported by our 14:27:51.4 committee on february 1, 2006 the bill has the support and co-sponsorship of the entire oklahoma delegation. dewey bartlett was born and raised in mayor yeta, ohio. he later attended school in new 14:28:09.2 jersey and graduated from princeton university. in world war ii he served in the marine corps as a dive bomber pilot. 14:28:21.3 he moved to oklahoma after the war. working as a farmer, rancher and independent oil producer. politics called and mr. bartlett was elected to the state senate in 1962. four years later he made a successful run for governor. 14:28:38.1 he was recognized for his efforts on economic developments which benefited all oklahomans and working in a bipartisan manner. the 1972 governor bartlett was elected to the u.s. senate where he served from 1973 to 14:28:56.0 1979. he did not seek re-election because he was battling lung cancer. sadly, he passed away in tulsa, oklahoma, on march 1, 1979. mr. speaker, i commend my 14:29:11.1 colleague for seeking to honor the legacy of senator dewey f. bartlett by naming a postal facility in his hometown. i urge swift passage of this bill and have no further speakers. i yield back the balance of my 14:29:26.9 time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to yield as much time as he may consume to my distinguished colleague from the state of oklahoma, mr. sullivan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sullivan: i rise in proud support of my bill, h.r. 4054, 14:29:44.8 designating the 6110 east 51st place post office in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office. he was a strong advocate for conservative values. 14:29:57.7 a war veteran and public servant for oklahoma and the nation. he served as the second republican governor of oklahoma and is the distinguished alumnus of the united states senate. he was a true representative of oklahoma values, leadership, and drive. and i'm pleased that we are 14:30:13.2 able to honor him in this way. after graduating from princeton university in 1942, dewy bartlett served in the marine corps as a combat dive bomber during world war ii. as a result of his courageous efforts in the south pacific 14:30:30.0 theater, he was awarded the air medal. after the war, he moved to tulsa, oklahoma, and became a farmer, rancher, and oil man. he was a partner in keener oil company, one of the oldest independent oil companies. 14:30:45.7 in 1963 bartlett began his career in public service by joining the state senate and then in 1967 he became oklahoma's 19th governor. one of his priorities while in office was increasing industry in oklahoma. 14:31:01.1 as governor, the results of his hard work helped to produce a record 148.4 million in new industries or improvements on existing facilities and creating an additional 7,500 jobs for oklahomans. from 1972 to 1978 bartlett 14:31:19.4 served as a member of the united states senate. during his tenure, this proud oklahoman maintained a strong and consistent stance of limiting government bureaucracy, reducing 14:31:32.8 burdensome taxes, and maintaining fiscal responsibility. i am proud to share dewy bartlett's vision of conservatism and work daily toward the goal of promoting common sense, oklahoma values in congress. i encourage my colleagues to join me in support of this 14:31:48.9 legislation. by designating the dewy -- deweyf bartlett post office in oklahoma we are commemorating an excellent citizen. thank you, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the 14:32:03.6 balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers at this time. i urge all members to support the passage of h.r. 4054. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time being yielded back, the question is will the house 14:32:20.4 suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4054. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. 14:32:33.2 in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative -- the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having 14:32:48.7 arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass s. 14:33:07.3 2089. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2089, an act to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1271 north king street in honolulu, oahu, hi, as the hiram l. fong post 14:33:24.3 office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i 14:33:37.9 may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i rise in support of senate bill 2089 offered by the distinguished 14:33:54.2 gentleman from hawaii, senator akaka. the bill would designate the post office in honolulu, hawaii, as the hiram l. fong post office building. hiram fong was born on the island of oahu on october 15, 1906. 14:34:10.4 the seventh of 11 children, he helped to support his family at an early age by earning money selling newspapers, shining shoes, and caddying on golf courses. after graduating high school he went on to attend the university of hawaii and inducted into phi beta kappa as a graduate in 1930. 14:34:26.8 he then graduated from harvard law school and began a career of public service that spanned over 40 years. he served in the territorial house for 14 years including six as speaker of the house. with the coming of statehood in 1959, fong ran for a seat in 14:34:43.0 the united states senate and was elected to three consecutive terms until his retirement in 1976. while serving in office, he was highly regarded for his work on immigration and naturalization laws and for encouraging relations with the people's republic of china and the other developing nations of asia. 14:34:59.7 from providing timely answers to constituent concerns to being widely respected by both sides of the aisle, senator fong was indeed a great leader. i ask all members to honor his leadership by passing s. 2089. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. 14:35:14.1 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'd like to yield such time as he might consume to the author of this legislation, the gentleman from hawaii, representative 14:35:31.6 abercrombie. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. abercrombie: mr. speaker, i request permission to inter' formal statement on behalf of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. abercrombie: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:35:45.0 i would like to amplify this formal statement, mr. speaker, with a few personal observationings -- observations. the chairman has kindly indicated some of the history of senator fong. 14:36:02.9 it's interesting when i look down and -- to see the word hiram l. fong because he's so much of the history here. we always think of him as senator fong. as has been noted he was the 14:36:18.5 seventh of 11 children. immigrant family. if there was ever a story of hawaii, of our rainbow people, and our aloha spirit, it's hiram fong. yes, he worked a lot of jobs 14:36:34.4 and worked his way through school and did very, very well. he founded not only a prominent law firm but founded as well what became a financial empire. i have some real interest in it 14:36:51.1 because the very first campaign that i ever ran was funded by senator fong's finance factors. i went down to get a loan. i thought if i was going to run against him, the least i could do is in the spirit of bipartisanship ask him to help 14:37:07.3 fund my campaign as a graduate student at the university of hawaii. i went down to borrow $50. they told me we can't loan you $50. we have to lend you $200 if we are going to make money on this. 14:37:21.8 i said i'll take it. i was able to run my very first campaign on hiram fong's dime. i should say nickel because that's what i passed out in the 14:37:30.3 streets of hon lieu lao -- honolulu to represent the inflation i thought we would have to deal with. that was an innocent time. senator fong was always gracious. senator fong always was able to reach out. as has been noted he was 14:37:46.0 elected as a republican in a very democratic state. he was supported in great measure and elected in great measure with the support of labor in hawaii. most particularly the iowu, the 14:38:03.0 international longshoremen's workers union when testifying in favor of the establishment of a commission in 2005 after he passed away, to honor and recognize him as a political business and community leader, 14:38:19.4 testified, and i quote, the senator was a successful businessman and republican who never forgot his humble begin igs. he was a strong supporter of civil rights and often crossed the aisle. to cooperate on issues 14:38:32.4 important to hawaii's unions and workers. senator hiram fong came to the united states senate with the arrival of hawaii as the last state of the union. probably nothing could be more 14:38:49.2 fitting than to recognize him today through this legislation and the pioneer effort that he made. yes, the last state to enter the union had as its first senator the son of an immigrant family who came from china 14:39:09.5 looking for opportunity, looking for justice, and found it in the person of their son and a true son of hawaii, hiram fong. 14:39:21.4 thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i would now yield myself such time as he might consume. mr. speaker, as a member of the 14:39:38.1 government reform committee, i'm pleased to join with my colleagues in consideration of s. 2089, legislation naming a postal facility in honolulu, oahu, hawaii, after hiram l. fong. 14:39:53.8 this measure sponsored by daniel akaka of hawaii was co-sponsored by senator daniel ineweway, was unanimously passed by the senate on march 3, 2006, an identical measure, h.r. 4509, sponsored by 14:40:13.1 representative abercrombie, was unanimously report -- reported by our committee on february 1, 2006. hiram leon fong, a native of hawaii, was a noted and well-known member of hawaii politics. 14:40:26.9 mr. fong was a graduate of the university of hawaii and harvard law school before practicing law in honolulu. he later served as deputy attorney for the city and county of honolulu. during world war ii, mr. fong served as a major and judge 14:40:45.4 advocate of the seventh fighter command of the seventh air force from 1942 to 1945. he began his political career in 1938 as a member of the territorial legislature, 14:40:59.5 serving four years as vice speaker and six years as speaker and vice president of the territorial constitutional convention in 1950. in 1959 mr. fong was elected as a republican to the united states senate. 14:41:15.7 upon the admission of hawaii as a state, he was re-elected in 1964, and again in 1970. senator fong did not seek re-election in 1976. instead he returned to private enterprise. 14:41:31.2 serving as chairman of finance enterprises limited. sadly he passed away on august 18, 2004. mr. speaker, as senator akaka, my good friend and colleague, observed last week upon the senate passage of sks 289, i 14:41:48.8 quote, senator hiram fong was a man of great integrity and a compassionate advocate for civil rights and workers' rights. it is fitting that a united states post office near his home be named in his honor. during his 20 years of service 14:42:05.6 in the united states senate, senator fong personafide the spirit of bipartisan cooperation. he was instrumental in enacting landmark civil rights legislation in the 1960's. reforming u.s. immigration laws 14:42:20.5 to end discrimination against asian immigrants, improving job training programs for workers, and fighting for equal pay for 14:42:29.7 women. people of hawaii were truly fortunate to have been represented by hiram fong. i commend my colleagues for seeking to honor the political legacy of senator hiram leon fong and urge swift passage of 14:42:46.7 this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i urge all members to support the passage of s. 208 9. i yield back the balance of my time. 14:42:59.2 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill senate 208 9. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to 14:43:14.5 reconsider is laid upon the table. does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? is there objection? hearing no objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. 14:43:30.2 mr. langevin: mr. langevin: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:43:56.3 mr. speaker, i rise to pay tribute to dana reeve who passed away last night following a battle with lung cancer. i am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and would like to take a moment to reflect on her life. she faced extraordinary 14:44:12.7 challenges and handled them with the utmost grace, dignity, and strength. when her husband, chris, was first injured, dana helped establish the christopher reeve foundation. additionally recognizing a lack of any place to go for 14:44:29.0 comprehensive information, the newly injured patients and their families, she worked tirelessly to establish the christopher and dana reeve paralysis resource center. since the launch of this center in 2002, it has assisted thousands of spinal cord  injured patients and their 14:44:45.0 loved ones in dealing with the many issues and anxieties that come along with such an injury. dana used her personal experience to improve the quality of life for all people living with paralysis. this was typical of dana to see beyond her own circumstances 14:45:01.1 and finding a way to ease the suffering and confusion of others. after her husband's passing, she moved forward with his message of hope and healing. today it is up to all of us to continue their legacy. as chris and dana would say, 14:45:17.9 let's go forward. my thoughts and prayers go out to dana reeve's family, friends, and all those who mourn her. may god bless her. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:45:34.0 gentleman yields back. mr. sensenbrenner: i move the house suspend the rules and pass senate 2271, the u.s.a. patriot act additional re-authorizing amendments of 2006. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2271, an act to clarify that individuals who receive fisa orders can 14:45:53.0 challenge nondisclosure requirements and individuals who receive national security letters are not required to disclose the name of their attorney, libraries are not wire or electronic communication service providers 14:46:07.9 unless they provide specific services and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from wisconsin mr. sensenbrenner, and the gentleman from michigan, mr. conyers each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. sensenbrenner: mr. speaker, 14:46:23.1 i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on s 2271, currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sensenbrenner: mr. speaker, i dwreeled myself myself. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. 14:46:38.0 mr. sensenbrenner: i rise in support of senate 2271, the u.s.a. patriot act additional re-authorizing amendments act of 2006. on december 14 of last year the house passed the conference report on h.r. 3199, the u.s.a. patriot improvement and 14:46:54.7 re-authorization act of 2005 by a strong bipartisan vote of 251-174. last thur the the other body followed the bipartisan lead of this house and approved the conference report by an 14:47:09.5 overwhelming vote of 89-10. when the how judiciary committee unanimously reported the patriot act a month after the 9/11 attacks i pledged to vigorously examine its implement takes to ensure enhanced law enforcement 14:47:25.7 authority is required to reduce 14:47:30.3 america's vulnerability to terrorism did not erode our constitutional or civil liberties. it was the house, led by former majority leader dick armey and me that forcefully insisted that much of the patriot act 14:47:46.7 sunsets without affirmative congressional re-authorization. these sunsets help complement congressional oversight of the implementation of the patriot act. the conference report now passed by both houses 14:48:00.4 represents the product of comprehensive bipartisan consideration consisting of legislative and oversight hears, briefings, inspector general reports and committee correspondence. this extensive record, a chronology of which i ask 14:48:17.4 unanimous consent to submit for the record is demonstrated that the patriot act has been an effective tool against terrorists and other criminals. at the same time, intense congressional and public scrutiny has not produced a 14:48:33.1 single substantiated claim that the patriot act has been misused to violate americans' civil liberties. however, the conference report contained over 30 important civil liberties amendments and revisions designed to further 14:48:47.5 mitigate the potential for misuse of the patriot act. this bill includes three additional clarifications to the conference report to address concerns raised by some members of the other body. first, current law does not 14:49:04.7 expressly provide a rip yebt of a section 215 order or a national security letter right to challenge it. the conference report delineated judicial review for such challenges including the ability for n.s.l. recipients 14:49:22.7 to challenge an order. extension of 215 rip yepts similar access to judicial review to attach nondisclosure order. 14:49:35.1 second, because of national security concerns the conference report contained language that would allow the government to ask a recipient of one of these national security orders to identify the persons to whom disclosure will be or was made. the director of national intelligence expressed concern 14:49:53.0 without this safeguard a recipient could disclose the government's investigative efforts to a person with ties to hostile foreign governments or entities. the conference report permitted the government to determine whether a request is warranted 14:50:09.2 and if the government has made such a request to determine whether the disclosure affected an ongoing investigation. an exception was included for information that might interfere with attorney-client privileges. 14:50:27.8 this bill extends the exception to prevent the government from requesting the name of counsels with whom the recipient has already consulted. s 2271 clarifies current law that a library may only be 14:50:44.9 subject to an n.s.l. request if it falls under 18 united states 251 [615] defining an electronic service provider provides to users the ability 14:51:00.7 to send or receive wire or electronic communication. this change addresses the potential for misuse of critics of the legislation. mr. speaker, over the last five years the patriot act has been the focus of virtually 14:51:18.2 unprecedented public scrutiny. opponents of this legislation have relied upon exaggeration and hyperbole to distort a demonstrated radar of accomplishment and success. the justice department and 14:51:30.7 other agencies have properly used the patriot act to detect, disrupt and dismantle cells in new york, virginia, and oregon before they struck. the patriot act helped tear down the pre9/11 wall that prevented law enforcement 14:51:46.2 intelligence agencies from sharing critical information necessary to avert terrorist attacks on american soil. it became a critical tool of america's law enforcement arsenal and a vital deterrent against terrorist subversion. 14:52:04.3 it upheld our constitutional values and none of the provisions authorized by the conference report have been held unconstitutional. simply state, the patriot act has made america safer while safeguarding our civil 14:52:19.6 liberties. the conference report contained provisions to address claims that the patriot act might be 14:52:27.1 misused to violate civil licts, senate 2271 contained further provisions to allay these concerns. i look forward to the imminent enactment of the u.s.a. patriot 14:52:43.3 act and re-authorization act of 2005 into law. and at this time, i ask unanimous consent to include in the record a chronology of the oversight of the patriot act from october 2001 to november 2005 and a listing of 14:53:00.1 additional civil liberties protections contained in the conference report of h.r. 3199 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the material will be inserted into the record. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from michigan. 14:53:13.2 mr. conyers: i rise as the manager on this side to ask for as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. conyers: i thank you. i ask unanimous consent to add my statement to be printed in 14:53:28.7 the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. conyers: mr. speaker and my colleagues, let me just begin by pointing out that in the dissent from the bill reported there are six precise examples 14:53:50.2 of when the patriot act has been abused so that no one will be able to say that they don't know where they are. 14:54:07.4 they are on page two and three of the sis sents that have been file -- of the dissents that have been filed with the committee. what we have, we passed the conference report already. it was passed on december 14, 2005. 14:54:23.7 and because of the other body and the serious objections that they have raised, we are getting now to three other points that are being raised. and two of the points are the 14:54:41.7 basis of my remarks this morning. or this afternoon. the first i'd like you to know about in is -- in s. 2271 is amazingly enough after all the 14:55:02.5 debate this measure that we are considering today makes section 215 intelligence orders for any tangible thing harder to challenge in court than the 14:55:20.2 current conference report which allows a recipient to challenge the gag order immediately. this measure before us that we will be voting on would make the recipient wait a year, but 14:55:34.9 then to make it really worse, rather than the reviewing court immediately allowing the gag order -- allowing the gag as the government's carte blanche 14:55:53.5 assertion of national security is conclusive. so we've added two things. we make the aserks -- the assertion of national security conclusive, plus we make the person that challenges it not 14:56:11.1 able to immediately go to court. this is a setback. the second thing that we do is that we add no meaningful protection for library records. that is to say that the present conference reports allow 14:56:33.5 immediate challenge, but what we do is according to the national association of library records, we make the protection 14:56:54.2 for library records exempt only if the national security letters, if they don't offer internet access. but the american library 14:57:08.4 association puts the number of libraries without internet access at nearly zero. and so what we've done is create a fig leaf that really does nothing to give the 14:57:24.0 protection meaningful that the 14:57:32.7 library association has requested and that we tried to get through in our legislation. and so it's with great reluctance that even on two out 14:57:46.2 of the three measures that are before us in this very small bill, we find that this is unsupportable. 14:57:59.6 and in addition, finally, what this measure doesn't do is address any of the core problems of the patriot act. the main one being that we 14:58:18.7 don't -- we've requested for moderate changes that would have ensured that these extraordinary new powers are directed solely at terrorists or to those associated with terrorists and this measure 14:58:32.1 fails to do that. and for those reasons, i am unable to support this measure and urge that it be defeated and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. 14:58:47.3 the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. sensenbrenner: i yield three minutes to the tchare of the subcommittee on crime, the gentleman from north carolina mr. coble. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. coble: pardon my modesty, mr. speaker, but i believe this bill has been thoroughly and 14:59:06.3 consistently examined, but i don't think there's been a committee other than the house judiciary committee, i don't thri has been a committee other than the subcommittee on crime, terrorism and national security 14:59:23.0 has worked any more diligently as have we. the chairman used the word vulnerable and vulnerability in his opening statement. we are today. as the chairman pointed out, 14:59:38.9 much misleading and inaccurate information has been associated and directed to the patriot act. i use this example on the floor earlier, mr. speaker, a constituent came to me 14:59:55.7 concerned about the patriot act. we must get rid of the patriot act, he said to me. i said give me an example of how it has adversely affected you. he said i can't do it. give me an example of how it adversely affected anyone you
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HOUSE FLOOR DEBATE: The House meets for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. // Suspensions (6 bills): 1) H.R. 3934 - Gerard A. Fiorenza Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. King (NY) / Government Reform Committee); 2) H.R. 4054 - Dewey F. Bartlett Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Sullivan / Government Reform Committee); 3) H.R. 4509 - Hiram L. Fong Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Abercrombie / Government Reform Committee); 4) S. 2271 - USA PATRIOT Act Additional Reauthorizing Amendments Act of 2006 (Sponsored by Sen. Sununu / Judiciary Committee); 5) H.R. 32 - Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act (Sponsored by Rep. Knollenberg / Judiciary Committee); 6) H.Res. 681 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Engineers Week, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Lipinski / Science Committee) 14:02:21.9 the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the chaplain. chaplain coughlin: lord our 14:02:30.8 god, around the upper part of this chamber are profile medallions which recall the 14:02:39.4 personal history of lawmaking. in the center full faced and bold before us is the image of moses, the great lawgiver of the hebrew scriptures. may the people of this nation 14:02:56.0 and in particular those elected to the 109th congress who gather here to protect and guide this nation be faithful to your commands. your revelation, lord, gives us nothing less than the lessons 14:03:12.3 we need to address the issues of the day. your commands are the foundations on which we build hope. they are the supports which strengthen faith and public action, and the food which nourishes the human heart. 14:03:31.7 by obeying your laws those in representative government inspire those they represent, the governed. to internalize your commands and live according to your word is to lead to fulfillment and 14:03:49.6 bring promise to a disillusioned world when left on its own. therefore in the mitts of everything from you lord our god we choose to draw wisdom 14:04:01.8 and strength now and forever. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge today will be 14:04:20.8 offered by the gentleman from texas, mr. thorn berry. mr. thornberry: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:04:44.0 chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the 14:05:00.1 senate on march 6, 2006, at 11:05 a.m. that the senate passed with an amendment and requests a conference with the house on h.r. 2830. signed, sincerely, karen l. haas, clerk of the house. 14:05:17.7 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: by direction of the committee on armed services i submit a privileged report on house resolution 645. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 645, 14:05:31.6 resolution requesting the president and directing the secretary of defense to transmit to the house of representatives all information in the possession of the president or secretary of defense relating to the collection of intelligence information pertaining to persons inside the united 14:05:47.7 states without obtaining court ordered warrants authorizing the collection of such information and relating to the policy of the united states with respect to the gathering of counterterrorism intelligence within the united states. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar 14:06:03.3 and ordered printed. the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: by direction of the permanent select committee on intelligence i submit a privileged report on house resolution 641. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 641, resolution requesting the president to provide to the 14:06:21.4 house of representatives certain documents in his possession relating to electronic surveillance without search warrants on individuals in the united states. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. the chair will entertain 14:06:40.2 one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina rise? ms. foxx: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm getting a bit tired of hearing some of my colleagues in the democrat party mislead 14:06:55.2 the american people into thinking our economy is in poor shape. here are the facts. plain and simple. our economy has been growing for 17 straight quarters. the national association for business economics predicts the economy will grow at 4.5% rate in the first quarter of 2006. 14:07:14.2 after inflation, disposable incomes increase 2.2% in the last 12 months. the federal reserve reported that the median net worth of u.s. households increased 1.5% between 2001 and 2004. january's unemployment rate 14:07:29.8 fell to 4.7% which is the lowest monthly rate since 2001 and lower than the average of the 1970's, 1980's, and 1909's. 14:07:40.2 there have been 29 consecutive months of job gains. mr. speaker, no amount of spin from the left can change the fact that our economy is growing stronger every day under republican leadership. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:07:55.4 gentleman from florida. mr. keller: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, re-authorizing the patriot act today is literally a matter of life or death because it is helping us to win the war on terrorism. 14:08:10.1 since we passed the patriot act in 2001, we have convicted 212 terrorists, and we have frozen $136 million in terrorist assets. re-authorizing the patriot act is purely a matter of common sense. 14:08:25.5 isn't it common sense that we give law enforcement the same tools to go after terrorists as they now have to go after faffa dons and drug dealers? isn't it common sense we can now share data between the intelligence community and law enforcement community? 14:08:41.8 isn't it common sense we track deadly terrorists even though they cross jurisdictional lines or switch cell phones? i'm pleased that the senate recently voted 89-10 to re-authorize the patriot act. this legislation provides 30 new civil liberty siff guards and strengthens our port 14:08:58.1 security by providing law enforcement authorities with new authority to security our ports. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on the patriot act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. pitts: permission to address the house for one 14:09:12.6 minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pitts: mr. speaker, the leftward drift of higher -- american higher education has been well documented. on the modern day campus nothing is too extreme. and all ideas and political philosophies are declared equal in the name of tolerance. 14:09:31.5 often producing ridiculous results. the most re-- recent example comes from yale university. in the name of tolerance and diversity, administrators there have enrolled a member of one of the most radically intolerant and nondiverse 14:09:45.7 groups in recent history, the taliban. a few years ago, he was spokesman for the taliban regime, the same regime that provided safe haven for the 9/11 terrorists. 14:10:01.2 today he's in the ivy league, a student at yale. ramatulah said it best. i could have ended up at guantanamo bay, instead i ended up at yale, end quote. we come to a point where elite universities like yale will 14:10:17.7 tolerate the taliban on campus but not the rotc. political correctness in the extreme. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from tennessee. mrs. blackburn: i ask unanimous consent to address the house 14:10:32.8 for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. blackburn: thank you, mr. speaker. you know, there are some days that it probably is a little depressing to be a mainstream media reporter. in their world our economy is sinking and the war on terrorism is absolutely hopeless. 14:10:47.9 thankfully in the real world americans know that we have drastically impacted al qaeda's ability to attack us and our economy is booming. yes, it is booming. we are expecting growth this quarter somewhere around 4% or 14:11:04.5 more. and that means jobs. we have created almost five million new jobs and had three years of strong, solid economic growth. when you compare our economy to europe, to most nations, we are 14:11:19.1 in an amazing era. unemployment is below 5%. that's outstanding and it's a shame that the mainstream reporters just can't get their story right. our tax policies reduced the burden of taxation on americans 14:11:34.7 and they have responded as they always do -- by creating new jobs. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia. mr. gingrey: mr. speaker, to address the house for one 14:11:48.7 minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gingrey: i rise today in honor of woman's history month. as we remember the great women of past generation, we must also salute those women who are serving as role models and leaders today. one such woman is tammy cohen of marietta, georgia. 14:12:04.5 my district. she's co-founder and president of infomart, and under her guidance it has grown from a small start-up business to the largest female-owned background checking company in the world. mr. speaker, tammy's success as a female entrepreneur is 14:12:20.1 inspiring. while she is deeply respected for her business no-how, she is equally praised for her compassion and willingness to help. when hurricane katrina struck the gulf coast last year, tammy led a group of employees who rented vance, gathered 14:12:38.0 supplies, and drove to new orleans to rescue 15 children and 20 caretakers from a boy's home in louisiana. tammy then worked with community groups and local businesses in marietta to house, feed, and clothe these hurricane victims. mr. speaker, during women's 14:12:52.3 history month is important to honor those women who are making a difference in the lives of others. tammy cohen is undoubtedly one of these women. i ask you to join me in celebrating her accomplishments. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? 14:13:07.0 mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, as a member of the armed services committee, and a father of three sons serving in the military, i frequently have an opportunity to meet with the dynamic young men and women of the u.s. military. 14:13:24.8 i'm always encouraged to hear them describe their pride as americans and their strong sense of duty to their country. after witnessing the horrific attacks of september 11, these young people understand that their generation will protect our freedoms in the future. 14:13:41.4 yesterday the supreme court ruled unanimously to ensure that men and women at colleges and university also continue to have an opportunity to learn about serving in the united states military. america's armed forces have created broadest spread of 14:13:56.1 freedom in the history of the world which protects american families by allowing military recruiters to visit college campus, the court has ensured that the united states will maintain the best military in the world. in conclusion, god bless our troops, we will never forget 14:14:12.7 september 11. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from indiana. mr. pence: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. pence: mr. speaker, today the congress will send to the president of the united states 14:14:30.1 the re-authorization of the patriot act. chairman jim sensenbrenner and other members of the judiciary committee and the conference committee are to be commended for the effort in putting together a bill that balances the liberty and security 14:14:45.8 interests of the american people. this is a -- an issue that is not just theoretical for me, mr. speaker. i not only serve on the house judiciary committee but i was here on september 11 and i served on the committee as we 14:15:00.4 built the patriot act in the immediate days following that national tragedy. that's why making 14 of the 16 provisions of the patriot act permanent is a critical element of ensuring the security of the american people and putting 14:15:17.6 safeguards on the two remaining prosituations is evidence of a careful balancing act that has been accomplished in a bipartisan way. we must equip law enforcement and intelligence officials in a way to protect our nation from terrorist attacks but safeguard 14:15:34.6 the civil liberties of the american people to fulfill the viss of freedom. i urge my colleagues with gratitude of our leadership to move this patriot act to the president today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair lays before the house 14:15:49.5 a communication from the clerk. the clerk: the honorable, the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in rule 2-4rks of rule 2 in the house of representatives, i have the honor to transmit a sealed envelope received from the 14:16:09.0 white house on march 6 said to contain a president whereby he submits draft legislation legislative line item veto act of 2006, signed sincerely, karen l. hoss, clerk of the 14:16:24.9 house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states, i asked the congress to give the president a line item veto. i am sending a legislative proposal to give the president line item authority to reduce 14:16:42.5 wasteful spending. this legislation will ensure accountability and transparency in the expenditure of taxpayer funds. although the congress achieved significant spending restraint this past year appropriations 14:16:57.9 and other bills contain spending that is not fully justified, is a low priority or earmarked to disciplined or merit based reviews. i have no ability to line out 14:17:12.9 unnecessary spending. in 1996, the congress gave the president a line item veto, an important tool to limit wasteful spending, but the supreme court struck down that version of the law in 1998. my prose -- my proposed 14:17:31.8 legislation would provide a fast track procedure to require 14:17:35.9 the congress to vote up or down on rescissions proposed by the president. there has been broad bipartisan surpt for similar proposals in the past. under this proposal, the president could propose legislation to rescind wasteful 14:17:52.1 spending and the congress would be obligated to vote quickly on that package of recincions. 43 governors have a line item 14:18:09.9 veto to reduce spending. the president needs similar authority to help control unjustified and wasteful spending in the federal budget. i urge you to pronchtly consider and send me this legislation for enactment to 14:18:25.5 reduce unnecessary spending and help achieve my goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009, signed, george w. bush, the white house, march 6, 2006. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the committee on budget and the committee on rules and ordered printed. 14:18:41.9 the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, this is to notify you formally pursuant to rule 8 of the rules of the house of representatives that i have been served with a subpoena -- civil subpoena 14:18:58.0 issued by the u.s. district court for the district of columbia for documents. after consultation with the office of general council, i have determined that compliance is consistent with the precedence and privileges of 14:19:13.7 the house. signed sincerely, barbara cuban, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 the chair will postpone further proceedings on mosts to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are 14:19:30.5 ordered or the vote is objected to. recorded votes will be taken after 6:30 p.m. today. for what purpose the gentleman from pennsylvania rise. >> mr. speaker, i move that the 14:19:45.7 house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3934. the clerk: h.r. 3934, a bill to designate the facility of the united states post office in massapequa new york as the 14:20:02.5 gerard a. fiorenza post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from hawaii mr. abercrombie, each will control 20 minutes. 14:20:17.3 the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. 14:20:30.4 mr. dent: mr. speaker, h.r. 3934, introduced by the distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. king, would designate the post office in massapequa, new york, as the gerard a. fiorenza post office. 14:20:52.0 he was someone who was always able to help out when needed. his first position was a postal assistant in 19 2. 14:21:02.7 as a letter carrier he received a letter of recommendation and in 1990 he was assigned to the valley stream office as officer in charge. he was postmaster in hewlett, massapequa park and massapequa. 4 he was known for his 14:21:21.9 strakettonings detail and friendly demeanor. the publisher is quoted as saying, when i first came to massapequa 10 years ago, it was jerry who was there to answer all of my questions and help me 14:21:36.2 whenever a problem arroz. jerry was committed to his profession and provided himself in providing the best postal service, closed quote. along with serving in this 14:21:52.7 capacity, jerry fiorenza was involved in the combined federal campaign, united way and toys for togethers. he was a serving as a member of 14:22:09.2 the massapequa chamber of commerce, sons of italy, american legion post 1066 and the republican club. he was named massapequa's man of the year in 2001. 14:22:21.5 i ask all members to join me in recognizing this respected member of the massapequa community by passing h.r. 3934. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:22:34.1 gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise. mr. davis: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from illinois will control the time and the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration 14:22:51.2 of h.r. 3934, legislation naming a postal facility in massapequa new york after gerald a. fiorenza. this was sponsored by representative peter king on september 28, 2005, and unanimously reported by our 14:23:09.0 committee on november 16, 2005. the bill has the support and co-sponsorship of the entire new york delegation. gerald fiorenza, native of new york, was born in brooklyn, attended is anthony elementary 14:23:28.4 school, graduated from brooklyn academy and attended queens community college. he moves his family to massapequa and began as a postal assistant. 14:23:41.6 he was promoted to officer in charge before attaining the rank of postmaster in massapequa post office. he was active in postal management organizations such as the national association of 14:23:58.0 postal supervisors, and the national association of postmasters of the united states and local organizations such as the chamber of commerce, united way and toys for togethers. sadly, he passed away following 14:24:14.8 a battle against cancer on december 7, 2001. mr. speaker, i commend my colleagues for seeking to honor the legacy of postmaster gerald fiorenza and urge swift passage of this bill. 14:24:29.3 i have no further speakers or request for time and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers at the moment and i yield back the balance of my time. 14:24:43.1 the speaker pro tempore: all time yielded the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3934? so many as in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection 14:24:59.9 the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4504. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:25:17.5 clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4054, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located 6110 east 51st place in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office. 14:25:33.8 the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: i ask unanimous 14:25:48.1 consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dent: i rise in support of h.r. 4054 offered by the distinguished gentleman from 14:26:04.7 oklahoma, mr. sullivan. this would designate the post office in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office building. he was born on march 28, 1919. he was educate in the mayor yeta public school system and 14:26:22.0 attended princeton university. he worked in the oklahoma oil fields in the summers. in 1955 after serving in the military in world war ii, he moved to tulsa to assume a managing role in his family's business. 14:26:36.7 he became an oklahoma state senator in 1963. he successfully ran for governor of oklahoma and served in this capacity for five years. in 1972 he was elected to the united states senate where he served until 1979. 14:26:53.9 during his service in government he was dedicated to strong national defense. he felt a lean government protected the individual liberty, freedom, and justice. i urge all members to come 14:27:10.5 together to honor a man who promotes excellence. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. torge illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:27:24.2 i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration of 14:27:33.5 h.r. 4054, legislation naming a postal facility in tulsa, oklahoma, after dewey f. bartlett. this measure was sponsored by john sullivan of oklahoma in 2005 and reported by our 14:27:51.4 committee on february 1, 2006 the bill has the support and co-sponsorship of the entire oklahoma delegation. dewey bartlett was born and raised in mayor yeta, ohio. he later attended school in new 14:28:09.2 jersey and graduated from princeton university. in world war ii he served in the marine corps as a dive bomber pilot. 14:28:21.3 he moved to oklahoma after the war. working as a farmer, rancher and independent oil producer. politics called and mr. bartlett was elected to the state senate in 1962. four years later he made a successful run for governor. 14:28:38.1 he was recognized for his efforts on economic developments which benefited all oklahomans and working in a bipartisan manner. the 1972 governor bartlett was elected to the u.s. senate where he served from 1973 to 14:28:56.0 1979. he did not seek re-election because he was battling lung cancer. sadly, he passed away in tulsa, oklahoma, on march 1, 1979. mr. speaker, i commend my 14:29:11.1 colleague for seeking to honor the legacy of senator dewey f. bartlett by naming a postal facility in his hometown. i urge swift passage of this bill and have no further speakers. i yield back the balance of my 14:29:26.9 time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to yield as much time as he may consume to my distinguished colleague from the state of oklahoma, mr. sullivan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sullivan: i rise in proud support of my bill, h.r. 4054, 14:29:44.8 designating the 6110 east 51st place post office in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office. he was a strong advocate for conservative values. 14:29:57.7 a war veteran and public servant for oklahoma and the nation. he served as the second republican governor of oklahoma and is the distinguished alumnus of the united states senate. he was a true representative of oklahoma values, leadership, and drive. and i'm pleased that we are 14:30:13.2 able to honor him in this way. after graduating from princeton university in 1942, dewy bartlett served in the marine corps as a combat dive bomber during world war ii. as a result of his courageous efforts in the south pacific 14:30:30.0 theater, he was awarded the air medal. after the war, he moved to tulsa, oklahoma, and became a farmer, rancher, and oil man. he was a partner in keener oil company, one of the oldest independent oil companies. 14:30:45.7 in 1963 bartlett began his career in public service by joining the state senate and then in 1967 he became oklahoma's 19th governor. one of his priorities while in office was increasing industry in oklahoma. 14:31:01.1 as governor, the results of his hard work helped to produce a record 148.4 million in new industries or improvements on existing facilities and creating an additional 7,500 jobs for oklahomans. from 1972 to 1978 bartlett 14:31:19.4 served as a member of the united states senate. during his tenure, this proud oklahoman maintained a strong and consistent stance of limiting government bureaucracy, reducing 14:31:32.8 burdensome taxes, and maintaining fiscal responsibility. i am proud to share dewy bartlett's vision of conservatism and work daily toward the goal of promoting common sense, oklahoma values in congress. i encourage my colleagues to join me in support of this 14:31:48.9 legislation. by designating the dewy -- deweyf bartlett post office in oklahoma we are commemorating an excellent citizen. thank you, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the 14:32:03.6 balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers at this time. i urge all members to support the passage of h.r. 4054. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time being yielded back, the question is will the house 14:32:20.4 suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4054. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. 14:32:33.2 in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative -- the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having 14:32:48.7 arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass s. 14:33:07.3 2089. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2089, an act to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1271 north king street in honolulu, oahu, hi, as the hiram l. fong post 14:33:24.3 office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i 14:33:37.9 may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i rise in support of senate bill 2089 offered by the distinguished 14:33:54.2 gentleman from hawaii, senator akaka. the bill would designate the post office in honolulu, hawaii, as the hiram l. fong post office building. hiram fong was born on the island of oahu on october 15, 1906. 14:34:10.4 the seventh of 11 children, he helped to support his family at an early age by earning money selling newspapers, shining shoes, and caddying on golf courses. after graduating high school he went on to attend the university of hawaii and inducted into phi beta kappa as a graduate in 1930. 14:34:26.8 he then graduated from harvard law school and began a career of public service that spanned over 40 years. he served in the territorial house for 14 years including six as speaker of the house. with the coming of statehood in 1959, fong ran for a seat in 14:34:43.0 the united states senate and was elected to three consecutive terms until his retirement in 1976. while serving in office, he was highly regarded for his work on immigration and naturalization laws and for encouraging relations with the people's republic of china and the other developing nations of asia. 14:34:59.7 from providing timely answers to constituent concerns to being widely respected by both sides of the aisle, senator fong was indeed a great leader. i ask all members to honor his leadership by passing s. 2089. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. 14:35:14.1 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'd like to yield such time as he might consume to the author of this legislation, the gentleman from hawaii, representative 14:35:31.6 abercrombie. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. abercrombie: mr. speaker, i request permission to inter' formal statement on behalf of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. abercrombie: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:35:45.0 i would like to amplify this formal statement, mr. speaker, with a few personal observationings -- observations. the chairman has kindly indicated some of the history of senator fong. 14:36:02.9 it's interesting when i look down and -- to see the word hiram l. fong because he's so much of the history here. we always think of him as senator fong. as has been noted he was the 14:36:18.5 seventh of 11 children. immigrant family. if there was ever a story of hawaii, of our rainbow people, and our aloha spirit, it's hiram fong. yes, he worked a lot of jobs 14:36:34.4 and worked his way through school and did very, very well. he founded not only a prominent law firm but founded as well what became a financial empire. i have some real interest in it 14:36:51.1 because the very first campaign that i ever ran was funded by senator fong's finance factors. i went down to get a loan. i thought if i was going to run against him, the least i could do is in the spirit of bipartisanship ask him to help 14:37:07.3 fund my campaign as a graduate student at the university of hawaii. i went down to borrow $50. they told me we can't loan you $50. we have to lend you $200 if we are going to make money on this. 14:37:21.8 i said i'll take it. i was able to run my very first campaign on hiram fong's dime. i should say nickel because that's what i passed out in the 14:37:30.3 streets of hon lieu lao -- honolulu to represent the inflation i thought we would have to deal with. that was an innocent time. senator fong was always gracious. senator fong always was able to reach out. as has been noted he was 14:37:46.0 elected as a republican in a very democratic state. he was supported in great measure and elected in great measure with the support of labor in hawaii. most particularly the iowu, the 14:38:03.0 international longshoremen's workers union when testifying in favor of the establishment of a commission in 2005 after he passed away, to honor and recognize him as a political business and community leader, 14:38:19.4 testified, and i quote, the senator was a successful businessman and republican who never forgot his humble begin igs. he was a strong supporter of civil rights and often crossed the aisle. to cooperate on issues 14:38:32.4 important to hawaii's unions and workers. senator hiram fong came to the united states senate with the arrival of hawaii as the last state of the union. probably nothing could be more 14:38:49.2 fitting than to recognize him today through this legislation and the pioneer effort that he made. yes, the last state to enter the union had as its first senator the son of an immigrant family who came from china 14:39:09.5 looking for opportunity, looking for justice, and found it in the person of their son and a true son of hawaii, hiram fong. 14:39:21.4 thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i would now yield myself such time as he might consume. mr. speaker, as a member of the 14:39:38.1 government reform committee, i'm pleased to join with my colleagues in consideration of s. 2089, legislation naming a postal facility in honolulu, oahu, hawaii, after hiram l. fong. 14:39:53.8 this measure sponsored by daniel akaka of hawaii was co-sponsored by senator daniel ineweway, was unanimously passed by the senate on march 3, 2006, an identical measure, h.r. 4509, sponsored by 14:40:13.1 representative abercrombie, was unanimously report -- reported by our committee on february 1, 2006. hiram leon fong, a native of hawaii, was a noted and well-known member of hawaii politics. 14:40:26.9 mr. fong was a graduate of the university of hawaii and harvard law school before practicing law in honolulu. he later served as deputy attorney for the city and county of honolulu. during world war ii, mr. fong served as a major and judge 14:40:45.4 advocate of the seventh fighter command of the seventh air force from 1942 to 1945. he began his political career in 1938 as a member of the territorial legislature, 14:40:59.5 serving four years as vice speaker and six years as speaker and vice president of the territorial constitutional convention in 1950. in 1959 mr. fong was elected as a republican to the united states senate. 14:41:15.7 upon the admission of hawaii as a state, he was re-elected in 1964, and again in 1970. senator fong did not seek re-election in 1976. instead he returned to private enterprise. 14:41:31.2 serving as chairman of finance enterprises limited. sadly he passed away on august 18, 2004. mr. speaker, as senator akaka, my good friend and colleague, observed last week upon the senate passage of sks 289, i 14:41:48.8 quote, senator hiram fong was a man of great integrity and a compassionate advocate for civil rights and workers' rights. it is fitting that a united states post office near his home be named in his honor. during his 20 years of service 14:42:05.6 in the united states senate, senator fong personafide the spirit of bipartisan cooperation. he was instrumental in enacting landmark civil rights legislation in the 1960's. reforming u.s. immigration laws 14:42:20.5 to end discrimination against asian immigrants, improving job training programs for workers, and fighting for equal pay for 14:42:29.7 women. people of hawaii were truly fortunate to have been represented by hiram fong. i commend my colleagues for seeking to honor the political legacy of senator hiram leon fong and urge swift passage of 14:42:46.7 this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i urge all members to support the passage of s. 208 9. i yield back the balance of my time. 14:42:59.2 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill senate 208 9. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to 14:43:14.5 reconsider is laid upon the table. does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? is there objection? hearing no objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. 14:43:30.2 mr. langevin: mr. langevin: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:43:56.3 mr. speaker, i rise to pay tribute to dana reeve who passed away last night following a battle with lung cancer. i am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and would like to take a moment to reflect on her life. she faced extraordinary 14:44:12.7 challenges and handled them with the utmost grace, dignity, and strength. when her husband, chris, was first injured, dana helped establish the christopher reeve foundation. additionally recognizing a lack of any place to go for 14:44:29.0 comprehensive information, the newly injured patients and their families, she worked tirelessly to establish the christopher and dana reeve paralysis resource center. since the launch of this center in 2002, it has assisted thousands of spinal cord  injured patients and their 14:44:45.0 loved ones in dealing with the many issues and anxieties that come along with such an injury. dana used her personal experience to improve the quality of life for all people living with paralysis. this was typical of dana to see beyond her own circumstances 14:45:01.1 and finding a way to ease the suffering and confusion of others. after her husband's passing, she moved forward with his message of hope and healing. today it is up to all of us to continue their legacy. as chris and dana would say, 14:45:17.9 let's go forward. my thoughts and prayers go out to dana reeve's family, friends, and all those who mourn her. may god bless her. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:45:34.0 gentleman yields back. mr. sensenbrenner: i move the house suspend the rules and pass senate 2271, the u.s.a. patriot act additional re-authorizing amendments of 2006. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2271, an act to clarify that individuals who receive fisa orders can 14:45:53.0 challenge nondisclosure requirements and individuals who receive national security letters are not required to disclose the name of their attorney, libraries are not wire or electronic communication service providers 14:46:07.9 unless they provide specific services and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from wisconsin mr. sensenbrenner, and the gentleman from michigan, mr. conyers each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. sensenbrenner: mr. speaker, 14:46:23.1 i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on s 2271, currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sensenbrenner: mr. speaker, i dwreeled myself myself. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. 14:46:38.0 mr. sensenbrenner: i rise in support of senate 2271, the u.s.a. patriot act additional re-authorizing amendments act of 2006. on december 14 of last year the house passed the conference report on h.r. 3199, the u.s.a. patriot improvement and 14:46:54.7 re-authorization act of 2005 by a strong bipartisan vote of 251-174. last thur the the other body followed the bipartisan lead of this house and approved the conference report by an 14:47:09.5 overwhelming vote of 89-10. when the how judiciary committee unanimously reported the patriot act a month after the 9/11 attacks i pledged to vigorously examine its implement takes to ensure enhanced law enforcement 14:47:25.7 authority is required to reduce 14:47:30.3 america's vulnerability to terrorism did not erode our constitutional or civil liberties. it was the house, led by former majority leader dick armey and me that forcefully insisted that much of the patriot act 14:47:46.7 sunsets without affirmative congressional re-authorization. these sunsets help complement congressional oversight of the implementation of the patriot act. the conference report now passed by both houses 14:48:00.4 represents the product of comprehensive bipartisan consideration consisting of legislative and oversight hears, briefings, inspector general reports and committee correspondence. this extensive record, a chronology of which i ask 14:48:17.4 unanimous consent to submit for the record is demonstrated that the patriot act has been an effective tool against terrorists and other criminals. at the same time, intense congressional and public scrutiny has not produced a 14:48:33.1 single substantiated claim that the patriot act has been misused to violate americans' civil liberties. however, the conference report contained over 30 important civil liberties amendments and revisions designed to further 14:48:47.5 mitigate the potential for misuse of the patriot act. this bill includes three additional clarifications to the conference report to address concerns raised by some members of the other body. first, current law does not 14:49:04.7 expressly provide a rip yebt of a section 215 order or a national security letter right to challenge it. the conference report delineated judicial review for such challenges including the ability for n.s.l. recipients 14:49:22.7 to challenge an order. extension of 215 rip yepts similar access to judicial review to attach nondisclosure order. 14:49:35.1 second, because of national security concerns the conference report contained language that would allow the government to ask a recipient of one of these national security orders to identify the persons to whom disclosure will be or was made. the director of national intelligence expressed concern 14:49:53.0 without this safeguard a recipient could disclose the government's investigative efforts to a person with ties to hostile foreign governments or entities. the conference report permitted the government to determine whether a request is warranted 14:50:09.2 and if the government has made such a request to determine whether the disclosure affected an ongoing investigation. an exception was included for information that might interfere with attorney-client privileges. 14:50:27.8 this bill extends the exception to prevent the government from requesting the name of counsels with whom the recipient has already consulted. s 2271 clarifies current law that a library may only be 14:50:44.9 subject to an n.s.l. request if it falls under 18 united states 251 [615] defining an electronic service provider provides to users the ability 14:51:00.7 to send or receive wire or electronic communication. this change addresses the potential for misuse of critics of the legislation. mr. speaker, over the last five years the patriot act has been the focus of virtually 14:51:18.2 unprecedented public scrutiny. opponents of this legislation have relied upon exaggeration and hyperbole to distort a demonstrated radar of accomplishment and success. the justice department and 14:51:30.7 other agencies have properly used the patriot act to detect, disrupt and dismantle cells in new york, virginia, and oregon before they struck. the patriot act helped tear down the pre9/11 wall that prevented law enforcement 14:51:46.2 intelligence agencies from sharing critical information necessary to avert terrorist attacks on american soil. it became a critical tool of america's law enforcement arsenal and a vital deterrent against terrorist subversion. 14:52:04.3 it upheld our constitutional values and none of the provisions authorized by the conference report have been held unconstitutional. simply state, the patriot act has made america safer while safeguarding our civil 14:52:19.6 liberties. the conference report contained provisions to address claims that the patriot act might be 14:52:27.1 misused to violate civil licts, senate 2271 contained further provisions to allay these concerns. i look forward to the imminent enactment of the u.s.a. patriot 14:52:43.3 act and re-authorization act of 2005 into law. and at this time, i ask unanimous consent to include in the record a chronology of the oversight of the patriot act from october 2001 to november 2005 and a listing of 14:53:00.1 additional civil liberties protections contained in the conference report of h.r. 3199 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the material will be inserted into the record. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from michigan. 14:53:13.2 mr. conyers: i rise as the manager on this side to ask for as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. conyers: i thank you. i ask unanimous consent to add my statement to be printed in 14:53:28.7 the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. conyers: mr. speaker and my colleagues, let me just begin by pointing out that in the dissent from the bill reported there are six precise examples 14:53:50.2 of when the patriot act has been abused so that no one will be able to say that they don't know where they are. 14:54:07.4 they are on page two and three of the sis sents that have been file -- of the dissents that have been filed with the committee. what we have, we passed the conference report already. it was passed on december 14, 2005. 14:54:23.7 and because of the other body and the serious objections that they have raised, we are getting now to three other points that are being raised. and two of the points are the 14:54:41.7 basis of my remarks this morning. or this afternoon. the first i'd like you to know about in is -- in s. 2271 is amazingly enough after all the 14:55:02.5 debate this measure that we are considering today makes section 215 intelligence orders for any tangible thing harder to challenge in court than the 14:55:20.2 current conference report which allows a recipient to challenge the gag order immediately. this measure before us that we will be voting on would make the recipient wait a year, but 14:55:34.9 then to make it really worse, rather than the reviewing court immediately allowing the gag order -- allowing the gag as the government's carte blanche 14:55:53.5 assertion of national security is conclusive. so we've added two things. we make the aserks -- the assertion of national security conclusive, plus we make the person that challenges it not 14:56:11.1 able to immediately go to court. this is a setback. the second thing that we do is that we add no meaningful protection for library records. that is to say that the present conference reports allow 14:56:33.5 immediate challenge, but what we do is according to the national association of library records, we make the protection 14:56:54.2 for library records exempt only if the national security letters, if they don't offer internet access. but the american library 14:57:08.4 association puts the number of libraries without internet access at nearly zero. and so what we've done is create a fig leaf that really does nothing to give the 14:57:24.0 protection meaningful that the 14:57:32.7 library association has requested and that we tried to get through in our legislation. and so it's with great reluctance that even on two out 14:57:46.2 of the three measures that are before us in this very small bill, we find that this is unsupportable. 14:57:59.6 and in addition, finally, what this measure doesn't do is address any of the core problems of the patriot act. the main one being that we 14:58:18.7 don't -- we've requested for moderate changes that would have ensured that these extraordinary new powers are directed solely at terrorists or to those associated with terrorists and this measure 14:58:32.1 fails to do that. and for those reasons, i am unable to support this measure and urge that it be defeated and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. 14:58:47.3 the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. sensenbrenner: i yield three minutes to the tchare of the subcommittee on crime, the gentleman from north carolina mr. coble. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. coble: pardon my modesty, mr. speaker, but i believe this bill has been thoroughly and 14:59:06.3 consistently examined, but i don't think there's been a committee other than the house judiciary committee, i don't thri has been a committee other than the subcommittee on crime, terrorism and national security 14:59:23.0 has worked any more diligently as have we. the chairman used the word vulnerable and vulnerability in his opening statement. we are today. as the chairman pointed out, 14:59:38.9 much misleading and inaccurate information has been associated and directed to the patriot act. i use this example on the floor earlier, mr. speaker, a constituent came to me 14:59:55.7 concerned about the patriot act. we must get rid of the patriot act, he said to me. i said give me an example of how it has adversely affected you. he said i can't do it. give me an example of how it adversely affected anyone you
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HOUSE FLOOR DEBATE: The House meets for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. // Suspensions (6 bills): 1) H.R. 3934 - Gerard A. Fiorenza Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. King (NY) / Government Reform Committee); 2) H.R. 4054 - Dewey F. Bartlett Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Sullivan / Government Reform Committee); 3) H.R. 4509 - Hiram L. Fong Post Office Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Abercrombie / Government Reform Committee); 4) S. 2271 - USA PATRIOT Act Additional Reauthorizing Amendments Act of 2006 (Sponsored by Sen. Sununu / Judiciary Committee); 5) H.R. 32 - Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act (Sponsored by Rep. Knollenberg / Judiciary Committee); 6) H.Res. 681 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Engineers Week, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Lipinski / Science Committee) 14:02:21.9 the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the chaplain. chaplain coughlin: lord our 14:02:30.8 god, around the upper part of this chamber are profile medallions which recall the 14:02:39.4 personal history of lawmaking. in the center full faced and bold before us is the image of moses, the great lawgiver of the hebrew scriptures. may the people of this nation 14:02:56.0 and in particular those elected to the 109th congress who gather here to protect and guide this nation be faithful to your commands. your revelation, lord, gives us nothing less than the lessons 14:03:12.3 we need to address the issues of the day. your commands are the foundations on which we build hope. they are the supports which strengthen faith and public action, and the food which nourishes the human heart. 14:03:31.7 by obeying your laws those in representative government inspire those they represent, the governed. to internalize your commands and live according to your word is to lead to fulfillment and 14:03:49.6 bring promise to a disillusioned world when left on its own. therefore in the mitts of everything from you lord our god we choose to draw wisdom 14:04:01.8 and strength now and forever. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge today will be 14:04:20.8 offered by the gentleman from texas, mr. thorn berry. mr. thornberry: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:04:44.0 chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the 14:05:00.1 senate on march 6, 2006, at 11:05 a.m. that the senate passed with an amendment and requests a conference with the house on h.r. 2830. signed, sincerely, karen l. haas, clerk of the house. 14:05:17.7 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: by direction of the committee on armed services i submit a privileged report on house resolution 645. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 645, 14:05:31.6 resolution requesting the president and directing the secretary of defense to transmit to the house of representatives all information in the possession of the president or secretary of defense relating to the collection of intelligence information pertaining to persons inside the united 14:05:47.7 states without obtaining court ordered warrants authorizing the collection of such information and relating to the policy of the united states with respect to the gathering of counterterrorism intelligence within the united states. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar 14:06:03.3 and ordered printed. the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: by direction of the permanent select committee on intelligence i submit a privileged report on house resolution 641. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 641, resolution requesting the president to provide to the 14:06:21.4 house of representatives certain documents in his possession relating to electronic surveillance without search warrants on individuals in the united states. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. the chair will entertain 14:06:40.2 one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina rise? ms. foxx: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm getting a bit tired of hearing some of my colleagues in the democrat party mislead 14:06:55.2 the american people into thinking our economy is in poor shape. here are the facts. plain and simple. our economy has been growing for 17 straight quarters. the national association for business economics predicts the economy will grow at 4.5% rate in the first quarter of 2006. 14:07:14.2 after inflation, disposable incomes increase 2.2% in the last 12 months. the federal reserve reported that the median net worth of u.s. households increased 1.5% between 2001 and 2004. january's unemployment rate 14:07:29.8 fell to 4.7% which is the lowest monthly rate since 2001 and lower than the average of the 1970's, 1980's, and 1909's. 14:07:40.2 there have been 29 consecutive months of job gains. mr. speaker, no amount of spin from the left can change the fact that our economy is growing stronger every day under republican leadership. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:07:55.4 gentleman from florida. mr. keller: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, re-authorizing the patriot act today is literally a matter of life or death because it is helping us to win the war on terrorism. 14:08:10.1 since we passed the patriot act in 2001, we have convicted 212 terrorists, and we have frozen $136 million in terrorist assets. re-authorizing the patriot act is purely a matter of common sense. 14:08:25.5 isn't it common sense that we give law enforcement the same tools to go after terrorists as they now have to go after faffa dons and drug dealers? isn't it common sense we can now share data between the intelligence community and law enforcement community? 14:08:41.8 isn't it common sense we track deadly terrorists even though they cross jurisdictional lines or switch cell phones? i'm pleased that the senate recently voted 89-10 to re-authorize the patriot act. this legislation provides 30 new civil liberty siff guards and strengthens our port 14:08:58.1 security by providing law enforcement authorities with new authority to security our ports. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on the patriot act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. pitts: permission to address the house for one 14:09:12.6 minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pitts: mr. speaker, the leftward drift of higher -- american higher education has been well documented. on the modern day campus nothing is too extreme. and all ideas and political philosophies are declared equal in the name of tolerance. 14:09:31.5 often producing ridiculous results. the most re-- recent example comes from yale university. in the name of tolerance and diversity, administrators there have enrolled a member of one of the most radically intolerant and nondiverse 14:09:45.7 groups in recent history, the taliban. a few years ago, he was spokesman for the taliban regime, the same regime that provided safe haven for the 9/11 terrorists. 14:10:01.2 today he's in the ivy league, a student at yale. ramatulah said it best. i could have ended up at guantanamo bay, instead i ended up at yale, end quote. we come to a point where elite universities like yale will 14:10:17.7 tolerate the taliban on campus but not the rotc. political correctness in the extreme. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from tennessee. mrs. blackburn: i ask unanimous consent to address the house 14:10:32.8 for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. blackburn: thank you, mr. speaker. you know, there are some days that it probably is a little depressing to be a mainstream media reporter. in their world our economy is sinking and the war on terrorism is absolutely hopeless. 14:10:47.9 thankfully in the real world americans know that we have drastically impacted al qaeda's ability to attack us and our economy is booming. yes, it is booming. we are expecting growth this quarter somewhere around 4% or 14:11:04.5 more. and that means jobs. we have created almost five million new jobs and had three years of strong, solid economic growth. when you compare our economy to europe, to most nations, we are 14:11:19.1 in an amazing era. unemployment is below 5%. that's outstanding and it's a shame that the mainstream reporters just can't get their story right. our tax policies reduced the burden of taxation on americans 14:11:34.7 and they have responded as they always do -- by creating new jobs. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia. mr. gingrey: mr. speaker, to address the house for one 14:11:48.7 minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gingrey: i rise today in honor of woman's history month. as we remember the great women of past generation, we must also salute those women who are serving as role models and leaders today. one such woman is tammy cohen of marietta, georgia. 14:12:04.5 my district. she's co-founder and president of infomart, and under her guidance it has grown from a small start-up business to the largest female-owned background checking company in the world. mr. speaker, tammy's success as a female entrepreneur is 14:12:20.1 inspiring. while she is deeply respected for her business no-how, she is equally praised for her compassion and willingness to help. when hurricane katrina struck the gulf coast last year, tammy led a group of employees who rented vance, gathered 14:12:38.0 supplies, and drove to new orleans to rescue 15 children and 20 caretakers from a boy's home in louisiana. tammy then worked with community groups and local businesses in marietta to house, feed, and clothe these hurricane victims. mr. speaker, during women's 14:12:52.3 history month is important to honor those women who are making a difference in the lives of others. tammy cohen is undoubtedly one of these women. i ask you to join me in celebrating her accomplishments. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? 14:13:07.0 mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, as a member of the armed services committee, and a father of three sons serving in the military, i frequently have an opportunity to meet with the dynamic young men and women of the u.s. military. 14:13:24.8 i'm always encouraged to hear them describe their pride as americans and their strong sense of duty to their country. after witnessing the horrific attacks of september 11, these young people understand that their generation will protect our freedoms in the future. 14:13:41.4 yesterday the supreme court ruled unanimously to ensure that men and women at colleges and university also continue to have an opportunity to learn about serving in the united states military. america's armed forces have created broadest spread of 14:13:56.1 freedom in the history of the world which protects american families by allowing military recruiters to visit college campus, the court has ensured that the united states will maintain the best military in the world. in conclusion, god bless our troops, we will never forget 14:14:12.7 september 11. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from indiana. mr. pence: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. pence: mr. speaker, today the congress will send to the president of the united states 14:14:30.1 the re-authorization of the patriot act. chairman jim sensenbrenner and other members of the judiciary committee and the conference committee are to be commended for the effort in putting together a bill that balances the liberty and security 14:14:45.8 interests of the american people. this is a -- an issue that is not just theoretical for me, mr. speaker. i not only serve on the house judiciary committee but i was here on september 11 and i served on the committee as we 14:15:00.4 built the patriot act in the immediate days following that national tragedy. that's why making 14 of the 16 provisions of the patriot act permanent is a critical element of ensuring the security of the american people and putting 14:15:17.6 safeguards on the two remaining prosituations is evidence of a careful balancing act that has been accomplished in a bipartisan way. we must equip law enforcement and intelligence officials in a way to protect our nation from terrorist attacks but safeguard 14:15:34.6 the civil liberties of the american people to fulfill the viss of freedom. i urge my colleagues with gratitude of our leadership to move this patriot act to the president today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair lays before the house 14:15:49.5 a communication from the clerk. the clerk: the honorable, the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in rule 2-4rks of rule 2 in the house of representatives, i have the honor to transmit a sealed envelope received from the 14:16:09.0 white house on march 6 said to contain a president whereby he submits draft legislation legislative line item veto act of 2006, signed sincerely, karen l. hoss, clerk of the 14:16:24.9 house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states, i asked the congress to give the president a line item veto. i am sending a legislative proposal to give the president line item authority to reduce 14:16:42.5 wasteful spending. this legislation will ensure accountability and transparency in the expenditure of taxpayer funds. although the congress achieved significant spending restraint this past year appropriations 14:16:57.9 and other bills contain spending that is not fully justified, is a low priority or earmarked to disciplined or merit based reviews. i have no ability to line out 14:17:12.9 unnecessary spending. in 1996, the congress gave the president a line item veto, an important tool to limit wasteful spending, but the supreme court struck down that version of the law in 1998. my prose -- my proposed 14:17:31.8 legislation would provide a fast track procedure to require 14:17:35.9 the congress to vote up or down on rescissions proposed by the president. there has been broad bipartisan surpt for similar proposals in the past. under this proposal, the president could propose legislation to rescind wasteful 14:17:52.1 spending and the congress would be obligated to vote quickly on that package of recincions. 43 governors have a line item 14:18:09.9 veto to reduce spending. the president needs similar authority to help control unjustified and wasteful spending in the federal budget. i urge you to pronchtly consider and send me this legislation for enactment to 14:18:25.5 reduce unnecessary spending and help achieve my goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009, signed, george w. bush, the white house, march 6, 2006. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the committee on budget and the committee on rules and ordered printed. 14:18:41.9 the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, this is to notify you formally pursuant to rule 8 of the rules of the house of representatives that i have been served with a subpoena -- civil subpoena 14:18:58.0 issued by the u.s. district court for the district of columbia for documents. after consultation with the office of general council, i have determined that compliance is consistent with the precedence and privileges of 14:19:13.7 the house. signed sincerely, barbara cuban, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 the chair will postpone further proceedings on mosts to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are 14:19:30.5 ordered or the vote is objected to. recorded votes will be taken after 6:30 p.m. today. for what purpose the gentleman from pennsylvania rise. >> mr. speaker, i move that the 14:19:45.7 house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3934. the clerk: h.r. 3934, a bill to designate the facility of the united states post office in massapequa new york as the 14:20:02.5 gerard a. fiorenza post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from hawaii mr. abercrombie, each will control 20 minutes. 14:20:17.3 the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. 14:20:30.4 mr. dent: mr. speaker, h.r. 3934, introduced by the distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. king, would designate the post office in massapequa, new york, as the gerard a. fiorenza post office. 14:20:52.0 he was someone who was always able to help out when needed. his first position was a postal assistant in 19 2. 14:21:02.7 as a letter carrier he received a letter of recommendation and in 1990 he was assigned to the valley stream office as officer in charge. he was postmaster in hewlett, massapequa park and massapequa. 4 he was known for his 14:21:21.9 strakettonings detail and friendly demeanor. the publisher is quoted as saying, when i first came to massapequa 10 years ago, it was jerry who was there to answer all of my questions and help me 14:21:36.2 whenever a problem arroz. jerry was committed to his profession and provided himself in providing the best postal service, closed quote. along with serving in this 14:21:52.7 capacity, jerry fiorenza was involved in the combined federal campaign, united way and toys for togethers. he was a serving as a member of 14:22:09.2 the massapequa chamber of commerce, sons of italy, american legion post 1066 and the republican club. he was named massapequa's man of the year in 2001. 14:22:21.5 i ask all members to join me in recognizing this respected member of the massapequa community by passing h.r. 3934. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:22:34.1 gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise. mr. davis: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from illinois will control the time and the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration 14:22:51.2 of h.r. 3934, legislation naming a postal facility in massapequa new york after gerald a. fiorenza. this was sponsored by representative peter king on september 28, 2005, and unanimously reported by our 14:23:09.0 committee on november 16, 2005. the bill has the support and co-sponsorship of the entire new york delegation. gerald fiorenza, native of new york, was born in brooklyn, attended is anthony elementary 14:23:28.4 school, graduated from brooklyn academy and attended queens community college. he moves his family to massapequa and began as a postal assistant. 14:23:41.6 he was promoted to officer in charge before attaining the rank of postmaster in massapequa post office. he was active in postal management organizations such as the national association of 14:23:58.0 postal supervisors, and the national association of postmasters of the united states and local organizations such as the chamber of commerce, united way and toys for togethers. sadly, he passed away following 14:24:14.8 a battle against cancer on december 7, 2001. mr. speaker, i commend my colleagues for seeking to honor the legacy of postmaster gerald fiorenza and urge swift passage of this bill. 14:24:29.3 i have no further speakers or request for time and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers at the moment and i yield back the balance of my time. 14:24:43.1 the speaker pro tempore: all time yielded the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3934? so many as in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection 14:24:59.9 the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4504. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:25:17.5 clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4054, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located 6110 east 51st place in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office. 14:25:33.8 the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: i ask unanimous 14:25:48.1 consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dent: i rise in support of h.r. 4054 offered by the distinguished gentleman from 14:26:04.7 oklahoma, mr. sullivan. this would designate the post office in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office building. he was born on march 28, 1919. he was educate in the mayor yeta public school system and 14:26:22.0 attended princeton university. he worked in the oklahoma oil fields in the summers. in 1955 after serving in the military in world war ii, he moved to tulsa to assume a managing role in his family's business. 14:26:36.7 he became an oklahoma state senator in 1963. he successfully ran for governor of oklahoma and served in this capacity for five years. in 1972 he was elected to the united states senate where he served until 1979. 14:26:53.9 during his service in government he was dedicated to strong national defense. he felt a lean government protected the individual liberty, freedom, and justice. i urge all members to come 14:27:10.5 together to honor a man who promotes excellence. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. torge illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:27:24.2 i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration of 14:27:33.5 h.r. 4054, legislation naming a postal facility in tulsa, oklahoma, after dewey f. bartlett. this measure was sponsored by john sullivan of oklahoma in 2005 and reported by our 14:27:51.4 committee on february 1, 2006 the bill has the support and co-sponsorship of the entire oklahoma delegation. dewey bartlett was born and raised in mayor yeta, ohio. he later attended school in new 14:28:09.2 jersey and graduated from princeton university. in world war ii he served in the marine corps as a dive bomber pilot. 14:28:21.3 he moved to oklahoma after the war. working as a farmer, rancher and independent oil producer. politics called and mr. bartlett was elected to the state senate in 1962. four years later he made a successful run for governor. 14:28:38.1 he was recognized for his efforts on economic developments which benefited all oklahomans and working in a bipartisan manner. the 1972 governor bartlett was elected to the u.s. senate where he served from 1973 to 14:28:56.0 1979. he did not seek re-election because he was battling lung cancer. sadly, he passed away in tulsa, oklahoma, on march 1, 1979. mr. speaker, i commend my 14:29:11.1 colleague for seeking to honor the legacy of senator dewey f. bartlett by naming a postal facility in his hometown. i urge swift passage of this bill and have no further speakers. i yield back the balance of my 14:29:26.9 time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to yield as much time as he may consume to my distinguished colleague from the state of oklahoma, mr. sullivan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sullivan: i rise in proud support of my bill, h.r. 4054, 14:29:44.8 designating the 6110 east 51st place post office in tulsa, oklahoma, as the dewey f. bartlett post office. he was a strong advocate for conservative values. 14:29:57.7 a war veteran and public servant for oklahoma and the nation. he served as the second republican governor of oklahoma and is the distinguished alumnus of the united states senate. he was a true representative of oklahoma values, leadership, and drive. and i'm pleased that we are 14:30:13.2 able to honor him in this way. after graduating from princeton university in 1942, dewy bartlett served in the marine corps as a combat dive bomber during world war ii. as a result of his courageous efforts in the south pacific 14:30:30.0 theater, he was awarded the air medal. after the war, he moved to tulsa, oklahoma, and became a farmer, rancher, and oil man. he was a partner in keener oil company, one of the oldest independent oil companies. 14:30:45.7 in 1963 bartlett began his career in public service by joining the state senate and then in 1967 he became oklahoma's 19th governor. one of his priorities while in office was increasing industry in oklahoma. 14:31:01.1 as governor, the results of his hard work helped to produce a record 148.4 million in new industries or improvements on existing facilities and creating an additional 7,500 jobs for oklahomans. from 1972 to 1978 bartlett 14:31:19.4 served as a member of the united states senate. during his tenure, this proud oklahoman maintained a strong and consistent stance of limiting government bureaucracy, reducing 14:31:32.8 burdensome taxes, and maintaining fiscal responsibility. i am proud to share dewy bartlett's vision of conservatism and work daily toward the goal of promoting common sense, oklahoma values in congress. i encourage my colleagues to join me in support of this 14:31:48.9 legislation. by designating the dewy -- deweyf bartlett post office in oklahoma we are commemorating an excellent citizen. thank you, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the 14:32:03.6 balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers at this time. i urge all members to support the passage of h.r. 4054. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time being yielded back, the question is will the house 14:32:20.4 suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4054. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. 14:32:33.2 in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative -- the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having 14:32:48.7 arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. deal: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass s. 14:33:07.3 2089. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2089, an act to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1271 north king street in honolulu, oahu, hi, as the hiram l. fong post 14:33:24.3 office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. dent, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i 14:33:37.9 may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i rise in support of senate bill 2089 offered by the distinguished 14:33:54.2 gentleman from hawaii, senator akaka. the bill would designate the post office in honolulu, hawaii, as the hiram l. fong post office building. hiram fong was born on the island of oahu on october 15, 1906. 14:34:10.4 the seventh of 11 children, he helped to support his family at an early age by earning money selling newspapers, shining shoes, and caddying on golf courses. after graduating high school he went on to attend the university of hawaii and inducted into phi beta kappa as a graduate in 1930. 14:34:26.8 he then graduated from harvard law school and began a career of public service that spanned over 40 years. he served in the territorial house for 14 years including six as speaker of the house. with the coming of statehood in 1959, fong ran for a seat in 14:34:43.0 the united states senate and was elected to three consecutive terms until his retirement in 1976. while serving in office, he was highly regarded for his work on immigration and naturalization laws and for encouraging relations with the people's republic of china and the other developing nations of asia. 14:34:59.7 from providing timely answers to constituent concerns to being widely respected by both sides of the aisle, senator fong was indeed a great leader. i ask all members to honor his leadership by passing s. 2089. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. 14:35:14.1 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'd like to yield such time as he might consume to the author of this legislation, the gentleman from hawaii, representative 14:35:31.6 abercrombie. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. abercrombie: mr. speaker, i request permission to inter' formal statement on behalf of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. abercrombie: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:35:45.0 i would like to amplify this formal statement, mr. speaker, with a few personal observationings -- observations. the chairman has kindly indicated some of the history of senator fong. 14:36:02.9 it's interesting when i look down and -- to see the word hiram l. fong because he's so much of the history here. we always think of him as senator fong. as has been noted he was the 14:36:18.5 seventh of 11 children. immigrant family. if there was ever a story of hawaii, of our rainbow people, and our aloha spirit, it's hiram fong. yes, he worked a lot of jobs 14:36:34.4 and worked his way through school and did very, very well. he founded not only a prominent law firm but founded as well what became a financial empire. i have some real interest in it 14:36:51.1 because the very first campaign that i ever ran was funded by senator fong's finance factors. i went down to get a loan. i thought if i was going to run against him, the least i could do is in the spirit of bipartisanship ask him to help 14:37:07.3 fund my campaign as a graduate student at the university of hawaii. i went down to borrow $50. they told me we can't loan you $50. we have to lend you $200 if we are going to make money on this. 14:37:21.8 i said i'll take it. i was able to run my very first campaign on hiram fong's dime. i should say nickel because that's what i passed out in the 14:37:30.3 streets of hon lieu lao -- honolulu to represent the inflation i thought we would have to deal with. that was an innocent time. senator fong was always gracious. senator fong always was able to reach out. as has been noted he was 14:37:46.0 elected as a republican in a very democratic state. he was supported in great measure and elected in great measure with the support of labor in hawaii. most particularly the iowu, the 14:38:03.0 international longshoremen's workers union when testifying in favor of the establishment of a commission in 2005 after he passed away, to honor and recognize him as a political business and community leader, 14:38:19.4 testified, and i quote, the senator was a successful businessman and republican who never forgot his humble begin igs. he was a strong supporter of civil rights and often crossed the aisle. to cooperate on issues 14:38:32.4 important to hawaii's unions and workers. senator hiram fong came to the united states senate with the arrival of hawaii as the last state of the union. probably nothing could be more 14:38:49.2 fitting than to recognize him today through this legislation and the pioneer effort that he made. yes, the last state to enter the union had as its first senator the son of an immigrant family who came from china 14:39:09.5 looking for opportunity, looking for justice, and found it in the person of their son and a true son of hawaii, hiram fong. 14:39:21.4 thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i would now yield myself such time as he might consume. mr. speaker, as a member of the 14:39:38.1 government reform committee, i'm pleased to join with my colleagues in consideration of s. 2089, legislation naming a postal facility in honolulu, oahu, hawaii, after hiram l. fong. 14:39:53.8 this measure sponsored by daniel akaka of hawaii was co-sponsored by senator daniel ineweway, was unanimously passed by the senate on march 3, 2006, an identical measure, h.r. 4509, sponsored by 14:40:13.1 representative abercrombie, was unanimously report -- reported by our committee on february 1, 2006. hiram leon fong, a native of hawaii, was a noted and well-known member of hawaii politics. 14:40:26.9 mr. fong was a graduate of the university of hawaii and harvard law school before practicing law in honolulu. he later served as deputy attorney for the city and county of honolulu. during world war ii, mr. fong served as a major and judge 14:40:45.4 advocate of the seventh fighter command of the seventh air force from 1942 to 1945. he began his political career in 1938 as a member of the territorial legislature, 14:40:59.5 serving four years as vice speaker and six years as speaker and vice president of the territorial constitutional convention in 1950. in 1959 mr. fong was elected as a republican to the united states senate. 14:41:15.7 upon the admission of hawaii as a state, he was re-elected in 1964, and again in 1970. senator fong did not seek re-election in 1976. instead he returned to private enterprise. 14:41:31.2 serving as chairman of finance enterprises limited. sadly he passed away on august 18, 2004. mr. speaker, as senator akaka, my good friend and colleague, observed last week upon the senate passage of sks 289, i 14:41:48.8 quote, senator hiram fong was a man of great integrity and a compassionate advocate for civil rights and workers' rights. it is fitting that a united states post office near his home be named in his honor. during his 20 years of service 14:42:05.6 in the united states senate, senator fong personafide the spirit of bipartisan cooperation. he was instrumental in enacting landmark civil rights legislation in the 1960's. reforming u.s. immigration laws 14:42:20.5 to end discrimination against asian immigrants, improving job training programs for workers, and fighting for equal pay for 14:42:29.7 women. people of hawaii were truly fortunate to have been represented by hiram fong. i commend my colleagues for seeking to honor the political legacy of senator hiram leon fong and urge swift passage of 14:42:46.7 this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i urge all members to support the passage of s. 208 9. i yield back the balance of my time. 14:42:59.2 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill senate 208 9. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those present having voted in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to 14:43:14.5 reconsider is laid upon the table. does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? is there objection? hearing no objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. 14:43:30.2 mr. langevin: mr. langevin: thank you, mr. speaker. 14:43:56.3 mr. speaker, i rise to pay tribute to dana reeve who passed away last night following a battle with lung cancer. i am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and would like to take a moment to reflect on her life. she faced extraordinary 14:44:12.7 challenges and handled them with the utmost grace, dignity, and strength. when her husband, chris, was first injured, dana helped establish the christopher reeve foundation. additionally recognizing a lack of any place to go for 14:44:29.0 comprehensive information, the newly injured patients and their families, she worked tirelessly to establish the christopher and dana reeve paralysis resource center. since the launch of this center in 2002, it has assisted thousands of spinal cord  injured patients and their 14:44:45.0 loved ones in dealing with the many issues and anxieties that come along with such an injury. dana used her personal experience to improve the quality of life for all people living with paralysis. this was typical of dana to see beyond her own circumstances 14:45:01.1 and finding a way to ease the suffering and confusion of others. after her husband's passing, she moved forward with his message of hope and healing. today it is up to all of us to continue their legacy. as chris and dana would say, 14:45:17.9 let's go forward. my thoughts and prayers go out to dana reeve's family, friends, and all those who mourn her. may god bless her. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the 14:45:34.0 gentleman yields back. mr. sensenbrenner: i move the house suspend the rules and pass senate 2271, the u.s.a. patriot act additional re-authorizing amendments of 2006. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2271, an act to clarify that individuals who receive fisa orders can 14:45:53.0 challenge nondisclosure requirements and individuals who receive national security letters are not required to disclose the name of their attorney, libraries are not wire or electronic communication service providers 14:46:07.9 unless they provide specific services and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from wisconsin mr. sensenbrenner, and the gentleman from michigan, mr. conyers each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. sensenbrenner: mr. speaker, 14:46:23.1 i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on s 2271, currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sensenbrenner: mr. speaker, i dwreeled myself myself. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. 14:46:38.0 mr. sensenbrenner: i rise in support of senate 2271, the u.s.a. patriot act additional re-authorizing amendments act of 2006. on december 14 of last year the house passed the conference report on h.r. 3199, the u.s.a. patriot improvement and 14:46:54.7 re-authorization act of 2005 by a strong bipartisan vote of 251-174. last thur the the other body followed the bipartisan lead of this house and approved the conference report by an 14:47:09.5 overwhelming vote of 89-10. when the how judiciary committee unanimously reported the patriot act a month after the 9/11 attacks i pledged to vigorously examine its implement takes to ensure enhanced law enforcement 14:47:25.7 authority is required to reduce 14:47:30.3 america's vulnerability to terrorism did not erode our constitutional or civil liberties. it was the house, led by former majority leader dick armey and me that forcefully insisted that much of the patriot act 14:47:46.7 sunsets without affirmative congressional re-authorization. these sunsets help complement congressional oversight of the implementation of the patriot act. the conference report now passed by both houses 14:48:00.4 represents the product of comprehensive bipartisan consideration consisting of legislative and oversight hears, briefings, inspector general reports and committee correspondence. this extensive record, a chronology of which i ask 14:48:17.4 unanimous consent to submit for the record is demonstrated that the patriot act has been an effective tool against terrorists and other criminals. at the same time, intense congressional and public scrutiny has not produced a 14:48:33.1 single substantiated claim that the patriot act has been misused to violate americans' civil liberties. however, the conference report contained over 30 important civil liberties amendments and revisions designed to further 14:48:47.5 mitigate the potential for misuse of the patriot act. this bill includes three additional clarifications to the conference report to address concerns raised by some members of the other body. first, current law does not 14:49:04.7 expressly provide a rip yebt of a section 215 order or a national security letter right to challenge it. the conference report delineated judicial review for such challenges including the ability for n.s.l. recipients 14:49:22.7 to challenge an order. extension of 215 rip yepts similar access to judicial review to attach nondisclosure order. 14:49:35.1 second, because of national security concerns the conference report contained language that would allow the government to ask a recipient of one of these national security orders to identify the persons to whom disclosure will be or was made. the director of national intelligence expressed concern 14:49:53.0 without this safeguard a recipient could disclose the government's investigative efforts to a person with ties to hostile foreign governments or entities. the conference report permitted the government to determine whether a request is warranted 14:50:09.2 and if the government has made such a request to determine whether the disclosure affected an ongoing investigation. an exception was included for information that might interfere with attorney-client privileges. 14:50:27.8 this bill extends the exception to prevent the government from requesting the name of counsels with whom the recipient has already consulted. s 2271 clarifies current law that a library may only be 14:50:44.9 subject to an n.s.l. request if it falls under 18 united states 251 [615] defining an electronic service provider provides to users the ability 14:51:00.7 to send or receive wire or electronic communication. this change addresses the potential for misuse of critics of the legislation. mr. speaker, over the last five years the patriot act has been the focus of virtually 14:51:18.2 unprecedented public scrutiny. opponents of this legislation have relied upon exaggeration and hyperbole to distort a demonstrated radar of accomplishment and success. the justice department and 14:51:30.7 other agencies have properly used the patriot act to detect, disrupt and dismantle cells in new york, virginia, and oregon before they struck. the patriot act helped tear down the pre9/11 wall that prevented law enforcement 14:51:46.2 intelligence agencies from sharing critical information necessary to avert terrorist attacks on american soil. it became a critical tool of america's law enforcement arsenal and a vital deterrent against terrorist subversion. 14:52:04.3 it upheld our constitutional values and none of the provisions authorized by the conference report have been held unconstitutional. simply state, the patriot act has made america safer while safeguarding our civil 14:52:19.6 liberties. the conference report contained provisions to address claims that the patriot act might be 14:52:27.1 misused to violate civil licts, senate 2271 contained further provisions to allay these concerns. i look forward to the imminent enactment of the u.s.a. patriot 14:52:43.3 act and re-authorization act of 2005 into law. and at this time, i ask unanimous consent to include in the record a chronology of the oversight of the patriot act from october 2001 to november 2005 and a listing of 14:53:00.1 additional civil liberties protections contained in the conference report of h.r. 3199 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the material will be inserted into the record. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from michigan. 14:53:13.2 mr. conyers: i rise as the manager on this side to ask for as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. conyers: i thank you. i ask unanimous consent to add my statement to be printed in 14:53:28.7 the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. conyers: mr. speaker and my colleagues, let me just begin by pointing out that in the dissent from the bill reported there are six precise examples 14:53:50.2 of when the patriot act has been abused so that no one will be able to say that they don't know where they are. 14:54:07.4 they are on page two and three of the sis sents that have been file -- of the dissents that have been filed with the committee. what we have, we passed the conference report already. it was passed on december 14, 2005. 14:54:23.7 and because of the other body and the serious objections that they have raised, we are getting now to three other points that are being raised. and two of the points are the 14:54:41.7 basis of my remarks this morning. or this afternoon. the first i'd like you to know about in is -- in s. 2271 is amazingly enough after all the 14:55:02.5 debate this measure that we are considering today makes section 215 intelligence orders for any tangible thing harder to challenge in court than the 14:55:20.2 current conference report which allows a recipient to challenge the gag order immediately. this measure before us that we will be voting on would make the recipient wait a year, but 14:55:34.9 then to make it really worse, rather than the reviewing court immediately allowing the gag order -- allowing the gag as the government's carte blanche 14:55:53.5 assertion of national security is conclusive. so we've added two things. we make the aserks -- the assertion of national security conclusive, plus we make the person that challenges it not 14:56:11.1 able to immediately go to court. this is a setback. the second thing that we do is that we add no meaningful protection for library records. that is to say that the present conference reports allow 14:56:33.5 immediate challenge, but what we do is according to the national association of library records, we make the protection 14:56:54.2 for library records exempt only if the national security letters, if they don't offer internet access. but the american library 14:57:08.4 association puts the number of libraries without internet access at nearly zero. and so what we've done is create a fig leaf that really does nothing to give the 14:57:24.0 protection meaningful that the 14:57:32.7 library association has requested and that we tried to get through in our legislation. and so it's with great reluctance that even on two out 14:57:46.2 of the three measures that are before us in this very small bill, we find that this is unsupportable. 14:57:59.6 and in addition, finally, what this measure doesn't do is address any of the core problems of the patriot act. the main one being that we 14:58:18.7 don't -- we've requested for moderate changes that would have ensured that these extraordinary new powers are directed solely at terrorists or to those associated with terrorists and this measure 14:58:32.1 fails to do that. and for those reasons, i am unable to support this measure and urge that it be defeated and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. 14:58:47.3 the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. sensenbrenner: i yield three minutes to the tchare of the subcommittee on crime, the gentleman from north carolina mr. coble. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. coble: pardon my modesty, mr. speaker, but i believe this bill has been thoroughly and 14:59:06.3 consistently examined, but i don't think there's been a committee other than the house judiciary committee, i don't thri has been a committee other than the subcommittee on crime, terrorism and national security 14:59:23.0 has worked any more diligently as have we. the chairman used the word vulnerable and vulnerability in his opening statement. we are today. as the chairman pointed out, 14:59:38.9 much misleading and inaccurate information has been associated and directed to the patriot act. i use this example on the floor earlier, mr. speaker, a constituent came to me 14:59:55.7 concerned about the patriot act. we must get rid of the patriot act, he said to me. i said give me an example of how it has adversely affected you. he said i can't do it. give me an example of how it adversely affected anyone you