tv U.S. House of Representatives Legislative Business CSPAN February 2, 2016 12:00pm-2:01pm EST
you can see it in its entirety on our website c-span.org. a reminder you can watch all our road to the white house coverage, including the candidate events in new hampshire on our website c-span.org. and we're live on the floor of the house. : the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. haplain conroy: let us pray. god of mercy, we give you thanks for giving us another day. with exciting news for some, disappointing for others, and remarkable for our nation, the members of this assembly gathering to -- gather to address the work that is theirs to perform. may each member be remined of the responsibility before them and amidst the heightened emotions of this day properly and accurately discern substance from distraction. we thank you for the incredible fwift of our representative
democracy still being forged in the river of time that is american history. may the work done in the people's house through these days prove to be historically fruitful and ed fiing for generations of americans to come. -- and edifying for generations of americans to come. may all that is done this day be done for your greater honor an glor roy, amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and anouns his approval thereof. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx. ms. foxx: please join in the pledge to our wonderful flag. 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 chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina seek recognition? ms. foxx: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise to recognize flonny anderson of winston-salem, north carolina. this remarkable and talented woman has spent her life accomplishing things ahead of her time, from majoring in theater during the 1940's to helping desegregate a community to starting her own theater group. as a teacher at parkland high school in 1970, mrs. anderson directed a play that starred both african-american and caucasian students, a first in the history of forsyth county schools. as a director, she also helped integrate the theater department at wake forest university. she was the first african-american actress to
perform with the little theater of winston-salem, and from that point on, the theater became known as a place where the african-american community could be treated equally. in recognition of her 34 years as an educator, parkland high school in winston-salem, has named their auditorium for mrs. anderson. this honor is well-deserved and pays tribute to her lasting impact in the local community. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i'd like to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. sanchez: and to revise and extend. thank you. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in order to bring attention to the ongoing umanitarian crisis in syria. the inhabitants are unable to leave and are threatened daily by regime snipers and
anti-personnel mines that surround their city. over 40,000 civilians have been kept from receiving vital humanitarian aid and, yes, this has resulted in mass starvation. sadly, media is not unique in its suffering. there are those all over syria, cities under siege, caught in the middle of this vicious fighting, cities with inhabitants in dire need of food and water and medical attention. president ess, the and the international community to do more in response to this humanitarian crisis that is going on in syria. enough is enough. we have got to stop these tragedies from happening. it is our collective
responsibility to do everything in our power, so let's do it, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, the fantasy iranian nuclear deal went into effect on january 16, giving the iranian regime billions of dollars to support terrorism, expand its ballistic missile program and threaten american families with attacks. just two weeks ago, secretary of state john kerry admitted that some of the funds would go to terrorist groups. what is worse is the secretary says there's no way to prevent funds from supporting terrorist activity to kill american families. we must and should be clear that the united states has zero tolerance for terrorism or regimes that support terrorism. i am grateful to co-sponsor the bipartisan zero tolerance for terror act. this critical legislation gives congress an aket to act quickly
and effectively -- an ability to act quickly and effectively. we should support those from a death to t promotes america, death to israel. may the president by his actions never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for ne minute. >> 56 years ago four north carolina freshmen decided to challenge racial segregation in the community of greensboro. joseph, jabel, franklin and david sat at a whites-only lunch counter inside a store. these young men sparked a wave of peaceful protests that span
the state and nation, helping to put an end to racial segregation. ms. adams: i remember traveling through north carolina as a young girl and going through the back door restaurant because i couldn't sit inside. because of the greensboro four, my children, grandchildren and future generations won't have to share in in my experience. my bipartisan resolution, house res. 128, honors these four courageous men and recognizes their impact it. it has the support of 62 members of congress from both sides of the aisle. today i'm calling on my colleagues to support and pass this resolution in honor of the greensboro four and all of the students who stood up for equality by sitting down to end racial segregation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to speak up on behalf of the
millions of people across the world who suffer under the injustice of modern day slavery. mr. walberg: last month the house observed human trafficking awareness month to shine light on this horrific crime. the injustice of human trafficking knows no political party or geographical boundary. it happens right in our back yards. yesterday the house took important steps in passing two bills to strengthen our response to trafficking. i've also recently introduced h.r. 4406, the enhancing detection of human trafficking act, legislation which ensures that the department of labor effectively trains its employees to recognize and respond to the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain. it will take close coordination from stakeholders at every level to eradicate this unthinkable crime. together our voices and actions can help bring freedom to the
oppressed, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. higgins: mr. speaker, three weeks ago president obama in this very chamber called for a national initiative to fight cancer. yesterday the white house proposed to allocate $1 billion over the next two years to supplement cancer research efforts that are under way. the president's cancer research is at an inflexion point and he's right. one only need to look at the ground breeking look at amino therapy in buffalo to see how far the science has come. last year congress came together to increase funding to the national institutes of health by $2 billion, including a 5% increase to the national cancer institute. but now is not the time to let up. it is time to accelerate and expand our nation's cancer fight. next month the house will consider a budget resolution. i call on house leaders to stand behind our scientists to
support americans living with cancer to include robust funding for cancer research. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, just across the street is the world's largest shakespeare collection. mr. dold: the shakespeare folio. is home to more it is a collection of shacks peer's plays. "macbeth," "jewelias caesar" could be lost. this marks the 400th anniversary of shacks peer's death. the shakespeare library is touring a first folio around the country. theater lovers and shakespeare enthusiast alike will give us
the book that gave us shakes beer. during the month of february, the 10th district of illinois is holding the first folio. the discovery museum is honored to present the first folio, the book that gave us shakespeare. it will provide us to see the first book and experience the powerful words of shakespeare. mr. speaker, i encourage everyone who is able to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from hawaii seek recognition? ms. gabbard: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. gabbard: thank you, mr. speaker. this morning in hawaii in just a couple hours the people of the aloha state are gathering at the hawaii state capitol to perform a morning chant as they bid farewell to celebrate the life of a great man and dedicated public servant who passed away suddenly last week. the honorable gilbert kahelei
was born in a small fishing village on may 15, 1942. he's a native hawaiian, a very talented musician and a community activist who selflessly served our country as a u.s. marine, served hawaii as a state senator and served as community of hawaii as a fierce advocate. i saw gil recently in washington, d.c., just a few months ago where as always he was ready with a smile, a hug and warm aloha. my heart is with all of hawaii island as today we celebrate gil's life of service and the positive impact he made on countless lives. gil, mahalo for dedicating your life to serving others and for demonstrating how much we can achieve when we work together in the spirit of aloha. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks.
the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today with good news. early this morning in punxsutawney, pennsylvania, located in the commonwealth's pennsylvania fifth congressional district, punxsutawney phil predicted an early spring. in the 130 years, phil has predicted the weather on february 2. this is the only 18th time that he's called for an early spring. now, i know that i join many of my colleagues from across the nation in a bipartisan fashion in hoping that this prediction comes true. groundhog day means so much to punxsutawney and the communities which surround it. this tradition has its roots which goes back century, but the celebration of punxsutawney got its start in 1886. one year before the first trek to the celebration's official home of gobbler's nob. phil has been joined on february 2 by movie stars, such as bill murray, several governors of pennsylvania and, yes, i've attended my share of festivities a few times. phil even visited president
ronald reagan at the white house. it's wonderful to see so much dedication to the people of punxsutawney which brings in visitors across the world to punxsutawney. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. kelly: thank you, mr. speaker. our economy has made solid gains since 2009. we've added millions of jobs. businesses are hiring, our economy is growing. in the second district we've seen signs of recovery through small business growth and new startups like the new look restaurant and bar owned by 108th congress and cleo pendleton. but the fact remains that the american dream still remains out of reach for far too many families. today, eight million americans are searching for well-paying jobs seven years after the end of the recession. each year my annual job fair i meet hundreds of these qualifying americans who are tired for searching for good
jobs. they're single mothers in night schools, they are fathers working two part-time jobs, they are veterans who survived the fight abroad only to fight for unemployment at home. they are seniors who have to re-enter the work force after their savings are out. let's make 2016 a year of action and economic prosperity. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> i rise to recognize 25 years of faithful service carried out by trinh ty christian church. founded by bishop dr. michael j. love, it's been a beacon of light for people in the community and around the world, demonstrating the command to
love one's neighbor as one's self. they have provided job skills trabing to the impoverished. the ministry is well known to the mchenry county. their diligence demonstrates the i want glal role faith plays in our local communities by bringing people together, united by common beliefs, to help each other. mr. hultgren: they understand that neighbor sometimes includes those outside of their communities. that's why they've been involved with over 100 ministries across the globe, sharing the gospel and serving the people of india and the dominican republic among others. may god bless trinity baptist in its next 25 years of service, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute.
>> mr. speaker, i rise today to support the affordable care act and to urge this house to sustain president obama's veto of the legislation to repeal it. during our last recess, i visited st. john's well child and family center, an anchor in the south los angeles community that provides quality health care for the community regardless of the patient's ability to pay. ms. bass: the affordable care act has enabled st. john's to expand and improve its facilities and increase itser is -- services including the children's dental services. because california embraced the law, st. john's is able to serve over 53,000 new patients resm peeling the law would be detrimental. as st. john's executive director told me, repeeling the affordable care act would strip away health insurance from 26,000 of st. john's patients.
26,000 patients from that one clinic alone. our primary goal in congress should be helping people, not voting away their health insurance. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yield back. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house spr one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life and legacy of one of arkansas' most treasured business leaders, donald "buddy" ray. he's a former president of tyson foods who died late last month at the age of 78. he spent more than 40 year with tyson's, growing and supporting good jobs in arkansas. he was an avid hunter, outdoorsman, and a proud fan of the arkansas razorbacks. he spent much of his time helping our local communities, particularly he was an avid member of theky whats any club
in springdale. his work has been recognized by numerous organizations and heffing introduce -- he was inducted into the eark ag hall of fame and the business hall of fame. he has left a lasting impact on the state and will be missed by all of us. i extend my well wishes and prayers to his many friends, family and loved ones. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from nevada seek recognition? ms. titus: i ask unanimous consent to adrets the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized if one minute. ms. titus: human trafficking, which affects more than 21 people worldwide is an insidious crime we must root out wherever it exists. that's why today i'm joining with my republican colleague, congresswoman barbara comstock, to introduce the secure our zice -- skies act a bipartisan bill airline employees
the tools they need to combat human trafficking and close off the airways to perpetrators of this heinous crime. the secure our chis or s.o.s. act ensures that all airlines develop train firg their frontline employees on the best ways to recognize and report the often subtle signs of human trafficking. this legislation builds on the work of the blue lightning campaign a voluntary program developed by the departments of homeland security and transportation with the assistance of the association of flight attendants who are real champions for this training. sadly, reported cases of human trafficing are growing here at home and around the globe. we all have to play a role in stopping human trafficking and this legislation will ensure our airline personnel can spot the signs and stop the crime. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without
objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. pounding is keep the motto of my carolina panthers and one that transcends the football field. even when sam mills was diagnosed with colon cancer, who was one of the team's coaches and players, he kept fighting. he was undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments but kept pounding. now this phrase is used to inspire players and to remind the team to keep fighting, even when they are feeling weak or run down. and mr. speaker, just as the panthers keep pounding all the way to the super bowl, the energy and commerce committee keeps pounding in a bipartisan manner to discover cures and fund research for many of the rare cancers and diseases that exist today. the 21st century cures initiative which passed the house last july will allow us to
develop cures for cancer like the one that took sam mills from this world and the one that affects our young superfan braillen beam who courageously battles each day. during this year's super bowl, i encourage fans everywhere to remember those who have been the inspiration behind our motto, keep pounding. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. spring, texas, july 9, 2013, tephen robert stay, 39 years old, brian stay, 13, emily stay, 9, rebecca stay, 7, zachary stay, 4. pendleton, south carolina, november 1, 2015.
violate taylor, 8 years old. barbara scott, 80 years old. kathy scott, 60. michael scott, 59. rockford, illinois. december 20, 2014. demonte rhodes, 29 years old. marsha flint, 24. tyrone smith, 6 years old, to bias smith, 4 years old. to pee can ka, kansas, september 4, 2014. marvin lewis woods, 5 years old. carla jean avery 45rks. eric christopher avery 43. tamesha lee, 34. dallas, texas, august 7, 2013. zena bouser, 47. toya smith, 43 years old. zema williams, 28. tasmia allen, 27. spanish fork, utah -- thank you,
mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition lt >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in recognition of american heart month and to remind you of this week's national wear red day. mrs. capps: each february here in congress and in communities around this country we join together to raise awareness of heart disease. the number one cause of death for women. in fact, every minute, heart disease kills another woman. as co-chair of the bipartisan heart and stroke coalition, i urbling you to join us as we honor these women and those who will be affected in the future by participating in the national wear red day campaign on friday, february 5. by wearing red, we will unite
with women from around the country to raise awareness of heart disease. we can and we must continue to work together on behalf of our loved ones, our friends, our neighbors, and everyone affected by heart disease. we must reduce these numbers. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise to recognize the fifth anniversary of terry's house a home that provides families a place to stay with their loved ones who are in critical care units at fresno's community regional medical center. the inspiration for the home came from terry richards, who suffered a serious head trauma when he was a child and his mother had to travel over 80 miles a day to be with him.
now thanks to kerry's house, over 3,600 families from 42 states and 23 countries who would otherwise have found themselves in similar circumstances have a place for affordable, comfortable place to stay across the street from the hospital where their loved ones are mr. costa: terry's house is dependent on generous supporters. i'd like to thank them and their staff for all they do for a positive difference for the families who are going through this very, very difficult time. and we cannot say thank you enough to my friend tom richards and his mother, marie. their efforts have made this important home a reality for all as a living memory for terry, who is no longer with us. thank god for them and thank god for terry's house. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition?
>> mr. speaker, by the direction of the committee on rules, i call up house resolution 594 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 87, house resolution 594, resolved that at any time after adoption of this resolution, the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill h.r. 3700, to provide housing opportunities in the united states through modernization of various housing programs and for other purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on financial services. after general debate, the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on financial services printed in
the bill it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for purposes of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the rule committees print 114112. all amendments -- all points of order against the amendment in the nature or of a substitute shall bewayed. no amendment shall be in order except those in the report. each amendment may be offered in the order printed in the report, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and opponent, shall not be subject to amendment and shall not be subject to demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment, the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. any member may demand a separate vote in the house on any amendment adopted in the committee of the whole to the
bill or to the amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order as original text. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized for one hour. >> mr. speaker, during consideration of the -- of this resolution, all time yielded is for the purpose of debate only and i now yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. hastings, pending which i yield myself as much time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, on monday the rule committees met to report out the rule for the modernization ant of 2015. house resolution 594 provides a
structured rule for consideration of h.r. 3700. it provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the ranking member. mr. stivers:
it provides for the conversation of 14 amendments offered to h.r. 4700 -- 3700. it provides a motion to recommit for the bill. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of the resolution mr. s rise in support of the rule and the underlying legislation. it is a package of several bipartisan bills that have been voted on by the house financial services committee and received bipartisan support and have passed multiple times since 2006 in both republican and democratic congresses. h.r. 37 cuts down on inefficiency and duplicative regulation. the bill employs a commonsense approach to mitigating the overlapping and redundant procedures that have made rental assistance programs unnecessarily burdensome for
some tenants as well as private owners and investors of affordable housing. the portions of h.r. 3700 that are of particularly important
to me and to many of the large metropolitan housing authorities around the country create positive changes based on project-based vouchers. my metropolitan housing authority, columbus metropolitan housing authority in my hometown, does a lot of vouchers. they have a strong record of converting slums into mixed income neighborhoods, and they help make sure that the needs of those who live there come first and that we help build strong communities around them. an integral part of this approach is often project-based vouchers that can be provided to encourage the development of mixed income housing facilities. however, because the columbus
metropolitan housing authority is approaching its cap on project-based vouchers, as many metropolitan housing authorities are around the country, their capacity to build new mixed income communities that are thriving and strong is at risk and this bill authorizes public housing authorities to do project-based vouchers up to 20% of its authorized voucher allocation rather than 20% of its voucher funding. this change ensures that the unauthorized number of vouchers is more stable. it will help make it easier for housing authorities to plan their future investments in the communities they serve, and i can tell you know charles hillman and the great people at the columbus metropolitan housing authority and the great work they do, i would sure hate to see them take off the front lines on our war in poverty so we need to make this change. it's one example of something that's really good in this bill.
according to the congressional budget office, this bill's projected to actually save $311 billion in discretionary spending over just the next five years. the savings associated with the flexibilities and regulatory burden relief provided to local housing authorities will result in substantial improvement in the return on investment for taxpayers and help make sure that the housing -- affordable housing programs we have are sustainable. mr. speaker, the bill passed the financial services committee on -- the committee on which i serve with a vote of 44-10, a strong bipartisan vote, and it's my understanding that the sponsor of this legislation has worked over the past few weeks with the ranking member of the committee, ms. waters, to address an amendment that she offered which has been made in order under the rule which will alleviate the concern of some members about this legislation. and so even though it only passed 44-10 -- which is pretty
good -- i think we can see a bigger improvement when it hits the floor because i think he's worked with the ranking member, ms. waters from california, to alleviate some of those concerns. i look forward to debating this bill with our house colleagues, and i urge support for both the rule and the underlying legislation. i reserve the balance of my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. hastings: thank you very much, mr. speaker. and i thank my friend, the gentleman from ohio, for yielding to me the customary 30 minutes for debate. mr. speaker, i rise today to discuss h.r. 3700, the housing opportunity through modernization act of 2015. this bill includes modifications and updates to several existing laws pertaining to housing and low-income housing, in particular. many of these changes clarify and improve specific regulations for the benefit of
those providing low-income housing and those benefiting from the availability of low-income housing. in fact, this bill improves access to affordable housing for the most vulnerable, such as low-income families and veterans. it is important that much work has been involved in finding a balance, and the authors and committee members of both parties are to be commended for their efforts. with that being said, it is important to note that a provision of this bill will effectively raise rents for thousands of families with children and ultimately make it more difficult for some low-income parents to maintain employment. the deduction provisions in this bill, as it is currently worded, raise rents for some of the lowest income families in
the country, and a quarter of households facing rent increases of $25 or more a month are families with children whose childcare deduction would be reduced. i hope that this important issue of childcare deductions will be addressed, and my colleague from ohio just spoke about the work that our colleague, the chair of this committee and the ranking member have done, to perhaps cause this measure to go forward and not be disrailed because of the measure of ducing the childcare for families. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. stivers: thank you and i want to quickly address the issue raised by the gentleman.
i alluded to and didn't speak as clearly as i should have. i believe there is an agreement between the chairman of the subcommittee as well as the ranking member of the full committee on an amendment that ms. waters is offering with regard to the provision that you refer to. i will tell you i'm going to be voting for that amendment and i would urge you to vote for it and i believe it's going to pass. it may not actually -- it may be a voice vote. if you're here, vote on it by voice. and i would like to inform to the gentleman that i am prepared to close and i reserve the balance of my time. mr. hastings: with that, i, too -- this is an example, mr. speaker -- i'm prepared to close -- what can happen here when parties work together, and obviously on this issue, the financial services committee has done a tremendous job. if we defeat the previous question, i'm going to pivot for a moment and offer an
amendment to the rule to bring up a bill to help prevent mass shootings by promoting research into the causes of gun violence, making it easier to identify and treat those prone to committing these acts. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous the nt to insert in the -- text of the amendment in the record along with extraneous materials immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hastings: mr. speaker, this orning at 9:00, i held a gun violence roundtable. we had extraordinary presenters from those who are gathering information and disseminating that information around the country to address this subject. what this research act would do is give the center for disease
control the authority to research the causes, mechanisms, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of injuries with respect to gun violence. it would also encourage the improvement and expansion of national violent death reporting systems and empower health care providers by not inhibiting a physician or other health care provider from asking a patient about the possession of a firearm and speaking to a patient about gun safety or reporting to authorities a patient's threat of violence. if there's anyone in the house of representatives who does not believe that we have a gun violence epidemic in our society, then i would ask he or she if they would speak with me and other members of congress that have been about the business of trying to cause
there to be a reduction. this actually does fit into the circumstances that we are addressing in the department of housing and urban development. many of the violent acts that take place, not just mass shootings, but on a day-to-day basis are regrettably taking place in some of the low-income eas whe we have inadequate housing, inadequate education and inadequate educational opportunities. so i he at least the research can be done that may give us the data for this congress to have the courage to tell the american people, one, we have a gun violence epidemic and, yes, we are going to do something about it. the derlying bill --
underlying rule would enact incremental reforms, section 10 and project-based rental assistance and other public housing programs. many of these reforms have been around for several years and have, as my colleague from ohio, mr. stivers, has pointed out has broad support from a wide range of stakeholders as well as both parties in congress. however, returning, again, to the subject of the matter of deductions for cldcare, it's an important issue and it has been and needs to be addressed. representative waters has an amendment thatas made in order yesterday by the rules committee to resolve this issue and like my clleague from ohio , i plan to vote for that amendment and urge members to recognize that this makes a od bill better.
and would urge my colleagues to support ms. waters' amendment. i urge my colleagues to vote no and defeat the previous question, and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlem yields back. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. stivers: thank you, mr. speaker. as my colleague from florida said, it's a good bill. it's a commonsee bill. it reforms our housing programs so they make sense for people. it makes it more efficient. it saves $300 billion. it's a no-brainer. and i hope that we can pass the previous question so that we can actuallyove to passing this bill a doing important reforms that will make government more efficient and help pele end the war against poverty. so i hope my colleagues to support the rule, support the previous question and support the resolution. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman yields back. the question is on ordering the -- mr. stivers: i move the previous question. i'd like to move the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: the previous question is called for. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. hastings: mr. speaker, i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 25, 2016, the unfinished business is the further consideration of the veto message of the president on h.r. 3762. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3762, an act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 2002 of the concurrent resolution of the budget for fiscal year 2016. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house on
reconsideration, pass the bill? the objections of the president to the contrary knot withstanding? the gentleman from georgia, mr. price is recognized for one hour. mr. price: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, for purposes of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from maryland, mr. van hollen. i ask unanimous consent that all mens have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on the veto message of the president of the united states to h.r. 376. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. price: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. price: mr. speaker, this is an historic day. it's not often that the house has the opportunity to so clearly fight to defend the will of the people. this is a day that embraces our constitution and one of its fundamental tenets, our system of checks and balances. this issue, the issue of health
care is vital to every single american. health care is so very personal, and the american people are offended by a federal government that says that they know best. that they know and should dictate to folks what kind of health care we should have, who should be treating us, where we should be treated and on and on and on. the american people have always opposed the current law from the very day it was passed and was signed into law a majority of the citizens of this country opposed this law. in fact, mr. speaker, more people oppose the law now than they did when the bill was passed. this is truly remarkable. more people oppose it now than did when it was passed. which is why we have worked and fought so very hard to represent them, to represent our constituents and to carry out our solemn responsibility as their representatives. the house and the senate voted to veto this destruct i law, a
law that's not only destructive to the health and well being of our citizens but destructive to the health of our economy. taking jobs away, forcing people into part-time work, forcing businesses to downsize or limit who they hire. remarkably destructive. in fact, the house voted to repeal it by larger numbers than it voted to pass it originally. however, the president vetoed our repeal. the president is the only person standing in the way of what the american people want. let me repeat that, mr. speaker. the president is the only person standing in the way of what the american people want. so our job now is to stand up for them. to demonstrate for them who is on their side and who is standing in the way of positive, patient-centered reform. we favor a health care system where patients and families and doctors are making medical decision, not washington, d.c.
we favor a health care system that gets everyone covered with policies that they want for themselves and for their families. not that the government forces them to buy. we favor a health care system that embraces the principles of health care, accessibility and affordability and quality and responsiveness and innovation and choices. principles that are all violated by the current law. so today, mr. speaker, we stand with the american people and we will vote to override the veto of the president, an action that runs absolutely counter to the will of the majority of our country. i urge my colleagues to support this veto override vote and stand with positive solutions, based on the principles of health care that we all embrace. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. speaker. the only thick historic about
this vote today is it probably breaks the record for the number of times a congress has voted to try to overturn existing law that has been twice upheld by the supreme court of the united states. yes, mr. speaker, here we go again. and again. and again. how fitting it is that we're here on groundhog day. for the 63rd vote in the house of representatives to overturn the affordable care act and make no mistake, the congressional budget office, the nonpartisan entity that analyzes bills, has told us and told the american people that in overturning the affordable care act, you will eliminate affordable health care for 22 million americans. so this is a historically ka ulous action that in one day our colleagues are proposing we would deny affordable health
care to 2 million americans. it's also the 12th vote this house has taken to attack women's health care and defund planned parenthood. you know, the american people have got to be scratching their heads. they've been told with a new speak for the a new year, 2016, we would actually begin to address the real challenge facing this country. and do some serious work. and yet the very first actions taken here on this house floor in 2016, with the new speaker, was to again try and dismantle the affordable care act. and yes, that legislation went through the senate and the house and went to the president's desk, and the president vetoed it. and make no mistake, we will not overturn the president's veto today. this is a futile gesture, part of an obsession to try to undo
affordable care for 22 million americans and it's not going to happen. now what's happened since the last vote we had here to attack women's health programs and defund planned parenthood? we've had a decision by a court in texas, here were the headlines that came out of that court decision. vindication for planned arenthood. texas grand jury clears planned parenthood, indicts its accusers. i have to say, mr. speaker, our colleagues have a lot of gall to bring this to the floor after that texas court decision. you know, they went into that texas court decision and the harris county district attorney said at the outset of their investigation into planned parenthood, we must go where the evidence leads us and it began as an investigation into planned parenthood.
just as we've had a series of witch hunt investigations here in the house where the chairman of the house government reform committee said months ago that there was no evidence that planned parenthood had committed any wrongdoing. and now we have a texas court not only vindicating planned parenthood but indicting their accusers. so mr. speaker, i tell you, this does take a lot of gall to come back here after that and go after women's health programs, not for the first time, not the second time, this is now the 11th time so this will be the 11th time this house has wasted taxpayer time and money trying to overturn women's health programs and the 63rd time it has wasted taxpayer time and money trying to strip away affordable health care to 22 million americans by undoing the affordable care act system of yes, this is a shamefully historic day, as i said, mr.
speaker, i think it probably breaks all the records in wasting taxpayer time and money and in a really cruel way where, if we actually did overturn the president's veto, 22 million americans would be denied access to health care. so mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time but urge my colleagues to sustain the president's veto, don't take away health care to 2 million americans and don't continue this attack on women's health. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves this egentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. price: i would simply say what we're interested in is expanding health care for the american people that actually responds to their needs. i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from tennessee a fellow physician and chair of the health subcommittee on education and work force, dr. roe. mr. roe: i rise today to encourage my colleagues to vote to override president obama's veto of the restoring america's
freedom health care act. i practiced medicine in rural tennessee for other 20 year, i didn't just talk about health care i provided it for people. the problems i saw in the system were the reasons i ran for congress. the premise of the affordable care act is to increase access and decrease -- decrease cost. unfortunately, the president's health care proposal was a 2,500 page bill that told you what kind of health care you got, and fined you can if you didn't buy it even if you couldn't afford it. i hear from east tennesseans almost every day who are worse off, not better off, under obamacare. the president was wrong to veto this legislation just like he's wrong when he says republicans have no ideas for health care reform. republicans have many ideas and have introduced numerous pieces of legislation to put patients and doctors in charge of their
health care decisions, not the government and not insurance companies. i know i have a comprehensive bill and so does dr. price as many of my colleagues do in the doctors caucus. it's time to repeal this flawed law and give the american people the viable health care options they deserve. i encourage my colleagues to support overriding this veto and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expire thsmed gentleman from georgia reserve. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. van hollen: i'm pleased to yield one minute to ms. delbene of washington who son the republican committee designed to roll back protections to women's health care. ms. delbene. ms. delbene: thank you, i rise in strong opposition to frivolous and wasteful exercise, which will be our sixth vote to defund the nation's leading provider of reproductive health care. house republicans have now voted six times to defund an organization that 2.7 million americans rely on even though four different congressional committees tried and filed --
and failled to uncover any evidence of illegal activity, even though a grand jury last week cleared planned parenthood of all wrongdoing and instead indicted their anti-choice accusers, even though republican taxpayer-funded select committee investigating planned parenthood, which they created nearly four months ago, hasn't held a single meeting. yet here we are on groundhog day no less, voting for the sixth time to prevent women from choosing their own health care provider. it might be funny it weren't so outrageous. women deserve better. they deserve leaders who actually care about the facts. i urge my colleagues to vote no and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. price: i'm pleased to yield one minute to a fellow member of the budget committee, mr. mcclintock. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcclintock: i thank the gentleman for yielding. the congressional budget office just announced for the first
time in our history federal health care payments now exceed social security benefits. not coincidently also warned that our deficit is ballooning out of control. obamacare forced millions of americans out of their low cost, catastrophic coverage and basic employee plans and into medicaid, the dysfunctional government poverty program. the result is skyrocketing costs in that program in which surgical patients are 13% more likely to die than those with no insurance at all. according to a recent university of virginia study. mr. obama promised if we liked our plans and our doctors we could keep them and that obamacare would save an average family $2,500 a year. in fact, millions lost their doctors and their plans while premiums have increased an average of more than $350rks0 per family this ain't working. and it's time to move on to
something that does. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield back. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from maryland virginia tech. mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. speaker. i now yield one minute to mr. yarmuth, the gentleman from kentucky, distinguished member of the budget committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. yarmuth: i thank the gentleman for yielding. this measure does absolutely nothing for the american people. meanwhile, we have terribly flawed campaign finance system, unfair justice system, broken immigration system. there are so many things we could be doing than passing another messaging bill just to make the opponents of obamacare feel good. this won't make the american people feel good. as a matter of fact, c.b.o. said by repealing the affordable care act will not only add to the deficit, but we will have a demonstrably unhealthier population. we have to forget, this is not just about the -- we have to remember this is not just about the 22 million people who lose their insurance, this is about
the tens of millions of people, hundreds of millions of people who will lose the protections that are part of this act. the ability to put their children on their policy until they are 26 years old. and end to lifetime caps, annual caps. there are so many things that we would be damaging without an alternative if we pass this measure today. finally, the only reason that the republicans are putting up this is because they know it can't pass. if it passes it will wreak havoc on the united states of america and american citizens and will do nothing to help them. there is no alternative and the republicans know it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield back. gentleman from maryland reserves. gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. price: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield one minute to a member of the energy and commerce committee, fellow physician from the great state of indiana, mr. bucshon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman virginia tech. mr. bucshon: i come to the floor today in support of the restoring americans' health care freedom reconciliation act of 2015. before i came to congress i spent my career taking care of
fishents. i want every american to have access to quality affordable health care. the legislation before us today marks the next step towards that goal. last month for the first time we put a bill to dismantle obamacare on the president's desk. it's no surprise that he vetoed it. now with this veto override vote, we are exercising our constitutional power to the fullest extent and by passing the president to do what's right for our country. i urge passage of this bill to show the american people that the house of representatives is doing everything in our power to stop this disastrous law and replace it with a patient-centered health care plan. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm very pleased to yield two minutes to ms. schakowsky of illinois, who is the ranking member of the committee that republicans set up to take away reproductive health care act just to women. ms. schakowsky.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for two minutes. ms. schakowsky: how appropriate that the house republican leadership decided to vote again repealing the affordable care act and defunding planned parenthood on groundhog day. as in the movie "groundhog day" bill murry's character relived the same day over and over' again and we are doing the same thing right here. this is a 63rd vote to undermine or repeal the affordable care act. this is the 12th republican attack on women's health in this congress. and while house republicans have already passed 11 anti-women health issues and are now voting on their 12th, they are not passing one single mesh hure -- mer sure that helps women get the health care they need. we are here on the 12th business day of the recession facing the same republican attacks on women's access to health care. republicans have said this bill will show the american people the difference between the political parties and this election year.
you bet. it will. the difference is clear. my republican colleagues remain willing to play partisan politics at the expense of women's health and access to affordable quality health care. women of america are watching and they don't like what they see. never mind the fact that the house investigated three committees and three times to planned parenthood following the release of the selectively edited videos,er in mind that the grand jury in harris county cleared planned parenthood and instead indicted the two individuals who made the doctored videos. facts matter. the truth matters. despite my objection to the select panel as it's ranking member, i will continue to fight to protect women's health. that is the promise of all democrats. we will once again reject this legislation, this attempt to override. it's going nowhere. and it shouldn't.
i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. price: thank you, mr. speaker. i' pleased now to yield one minute to a fell member of the budget committee, the gentleman from alabama, mr. palmer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman virginia tech. mr. palmer: i rise today in support of the veto override. james madison wrote in federalist 51 it is of great importance in a republic not only guard the society against the oppression of its rule ruhlers, but to guard one part of the society against injustice of the other part. as expected president obama vetoed a reconciliation bill that would repeal the misnamed affordable care act. this was within his constitutional authority. however, our founders created a balance of powers within the three branches to prevent tyranny by one. with 2/3 we have the opportunity to override a veto that doesn't correlate with the views of the american public. we have the opportunity to listen to the american people and put health care decisions back in their hands.
with this override, we have the opportunity to begin the process of real health care reform that provides american people with health care choices, choices they can afford, choices that allow people to keep their doctors. choices that provide a safety net rather than a net that entraps people in a government program. and choices that allow people to keep their jobs. i urge my colleagues on both side of the aisle to support this veto override and put the power to legislate back in the hands of the legislatures. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield two minutes to mr. scott of virginia, the distinguished ranking member of the education and work force committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. scott: thank you. i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, since the pass ang of the affordable care act -- passage of the affordable care act in 2010, the house of representatives has attempted-to dismantle the law 62 times. today, number 63, to repeal a major portion of the affordable
care act. mr. speaker, since the affordable care act passed, people with pre-existing conditions can now get health insurance. the costs of health insurance have been increasing at the lowest rate since they started keeping records, about a half century ago. those young people, 26 -- under 26 can stay on their parents' policies. women are no longer paying more for insurance than men. we are closing the perfect scripive drug doughnut hole. while thousands of people were losing their insurance every day, when we passed the bill, more than 17 million people have insurance today. if we vote yes on this motion, we'll cancel all of that progress. and just -- and at the same time add to the deficit. mr. speaker, we should reject this motion just as we have 62 previous times. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back.
the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. price: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased now to yield one minute to the gentleman from illinois, the chair of the oversight subcommittee on ways and means, mr. roskam. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. roskam: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, chairman price. i want to recap quickly, mr. speaker, about how we got here. obamacare was passed on a partisan basis through the house and senate, signed into law, and then it went forward and it created a false premise. the false promise that didn't come to fruition was that people could keep their physicians and premiums would go down and it wasn't going to add to the deficit. we all know now that was nonsense. what did the american public do? they said we are going to change the house of representatives. so they elected a republican majority in the house to take out obamacare. what did they do next when they found an obstacle in the united states senate? they changed the disposition of the united states senate. now, there are some people that say today, oh, this is a complete waste of time. no, it's not, mr. speaker.
this is not a waste of time. this is a demonstration to the american public that there is now one office that stands between them and the repeal of obamacare. there is one office that stands between them and the continued shameful subsidy of planned parenthood. we have an opportunity to change that office in november. i urge us to continue that momentum and to vote with mr. price on this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. speaker. i would remind my colleagues, i would remind my colleagues that the nonpartisan congressional budget office said if you actually override this veto, 22 million americans would lose access to affordable health care. under the affordable health care act, the number of ininsurance americans has dropped significantly. and it's a sad day that some people don't see that as a good thing. just like the same people
apparently want to deny women access to reproductive health care. i'm pleased now to yield one minute to mr. nadler of new york, member of the judiciary committee, and special committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman virginia tech. mr. nadler: i thank gentleman from mr. speaker, last month i said that my republican colleagues have declared their verdict against planned parenthood without ever holding a trial. now it's even worse. a grand jury in texas has not only refused to indict planned parenthood, but indict two individuals who made the serious false videos on which the republicans base their attack. despite this finding by a grand jury, not to mention several congressional committees, plant parenthood has violated no laws and done nothing wrong, the republicans are forging ahead in this effort to cut off federal funding. if we override this veto today, we'll pass legislation that targets one organization and cuts it off from all federal funding, including the reimbursement for services rovided for no reason.
this is a clearly unconstitutional bill of attainder. the prohibition on bills of attainder exist to ensure that congress may not usurp the powers of the court by using legislation to punish an organization or individual that a majority in congress doesn't like. the constitution is clear. congress cannot be judge, jury, and executioner. it is not our role to declare -- an additional 30 seconds. mr. van hollen: another 30 second. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for an additional 30 second. mr. nadler: thank you. it is not our role to declare an organization guilty and impose a punishment. not only is this bill an un constitution bill of attainder, it is a traffdy in seeking to punish one of the best and praiseworthy organizations in this contry. this is really not only an unconstitutional act, but it's part of the war on women. i thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman yields back. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from georgia virginia tech. mr. price: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm now pleased to yield two minutes to the republican majority whip, the gentleman from plafment, -- louisiana, mr. scalise. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. scalise: i thank my colleague from georgia for yielding, his leadership, bringing this important bill to the floor. mr. speaker, this is an historic day. this is the first time that the house of representatives has had a vote to override a president obama's veto. if you look at what the veto is about and what the legislation that was vetoed is about, it's about letting the american people actually determine their own health care destiny. it's about stopping taxpayer money from going to abortion providers like planned parenthood, mr. speaker. so what this bill does is something very historic. by gutting obamacare, returning that power back to families. i see in my district and my colleagues share the same stories across the contry, millions of americans have lost the good health care that they
had. they were promised by this president if you like what you have, you can keep it. everybody knows that that's a promise that was broken by this president in his own health care law. we restore that ability back to the american people. with this bill. with this bill we also say that abortion providers like plant parenthood should not be able to get taxpayer money. defund planned parent hoo in this bill. if this is something so vital, look what the bill does, it transfers the money to federally approved health centers across the contry, many more that planned parenthood facilities that exist. and they are facilities that provide services for women that don't include abortion. so if you look at what this bill is doing, it shows very clear to the country what's at stake this november. we sent a bill to president obama's desk that guts obamacare and that defunds planned parenthood.
he vetoed it. we are going to have the override today. if it's not successful in the vote today with a 2/3 vote, it makes clear what's at stake this november. just by changing presidents, by having a president who shares our values, mr. speaker, who wants to gut this law that's failing americans, who wants to defund planned parenthood, by having a president with those values, we can accomplish those important objectives. i urge everyone to vote yes. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia reserves, the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. van hollen: i urge my colleagues, democrats and republicans alike, to read the letter from the nonpartisan congressional budget office, the agency we turn to for unbiased, nonpartisan advice. you will read that their estimate, by overturning the president's veto and enacting the underlying bill, we would increase the number of people
without health insurance coverage by about 22 million people in most years after 2017. so when my colleagues say this is a historic moment, that's true. never before would this congress have voted on a veto override that would deny access to affordable health care for 22 million people. i'm pleased to yield 1 1/2 minutes to mrs. watson coleman a terrific member of the special committee a member from the state of new jersey. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. watson coleman: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i had no idea that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle were such great fans of "ground hogg day" the movie. if i had more time i'd give the exact same speech i gave a month ago because nothing has change thsmed efacts remain that planned parenthood is a health organization, serving three million americans each year.
that one in five americans will receive planned parent -- receive care from planned parenthood. despite arguments to the contrary, there are not enough health centers to fill that gap. that defunding planned parenthood snatches care away from millions of families and that today's bill says to women, once again that huh and when they get health care is not their choice. like then, this has no chance of becoming law, and like then, i urge my colleagues to abandon the merry go round of attacks on women and families. enough attacks on health care. enough attacks on women. enough attacks on families. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. price: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from florida, mr. bilirakis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. bilirakis: i rise today in support of a vote to override the president's veto of the
restoring americans' health care freedom reconciliation act. with his veto, the president sent congress and the american people a disappointing but unsurprising message protecting the rights of patients, families, the unborn and american tax pay sers clearly not a priority for this administration. it is, however, a priority for me and for congress. we worked to pass this legislation with bicameral support. we worked to help reduce government spending and reduce burdens on the president's health care law on patients and families. we worked together to prevent taxpayer dollars for funding organizations practicing, in my opinion, shameful and unethical activities. we must now work together to override the president's veto and give the power of health care decisions back to the people. thank you and i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from maryland is ecognized.
mr. van hollen: it's hard to see how giving power to the people is stripping 22 million people of their health care. i'm pleased to yield to ms. speer of california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is reck thesed -- recognized. ms. speier: are we able to distinguish the plot of "home alone" from congressional proceedings? today i'm not so sure. i find myself comparing the bumbling criminals trying to break into a house to the misleading criminals and bumbling legislators who seem to have broke then house. while "home alone" is a comedy, the consequences of today's votes attacking women's health and the health care of hard working americans is a tragedy. in each case, we have people who do the same thing other and over but only succeed in hurting themselves. in "home alone" the criminals are tricked with booby traps and misdirection but in real life, republicans are stumbling into their 63rd vote to undermine the
president's health care act and support videoe to creators who have been indict. the so-called center for medical progress could win an award for most misleading films. i suggest we get become to the business of governing. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from maryland reserves this egentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. price: i'm pleased to yield one minute to a fell row health care professional a member of the budget and ways and means committee, the gentlelady from tennessee, mrs. black. the speaker pro tempore: the jerusalem is recognized. mrs. black: mr. speaker, minority leader nancy pelosi famously call odd ba macare a jobs bill. yet the congressional budget office says it will cost our economy the equivalent of two
million jobs. and the president promised that obamacare would save families an average of $2,500 per family in health care costs per year yet the largest insurer in my state upped their premiums by 36%. you see, mr. speaker, this law was built on a grand deception. nearly six years ago, the lofty promises have faded and what's left behind are real stories and real people whose lives and livelihoods are impacted by the government-knows-best law they continue to reject. the president's veto of our reconciliation bill to repeal obamacare may be what's in his best interests for his political legacy but my constituents have told me loud and clear it's not what's best for them. 10 today, let's call his bluff and let's override this veto. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from georgia reserves, the gentleman from maryland is recognized.
mr. value hollen: thank you, mr. speaker. facts are stubborn things. since the affordable care act was passed, which our republican colleagues said would be a jobs killer, we've actually seen millions and millions back in the economy and the unemployment rate has come way down. so the notion that the affordable care act was going to wreck the economy is just blatantly false for everybody to see, just look at the statistics around the country. i'm now pleased to yield two minutes to someone with cares about the facts, mr. levin of michigan, the distinguished ranking member of the ways and means committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. levin: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the gentleman who has work sod ard on budgets i thank him for yielding. the majority whip referred to november. we're serving notice in this discussion, we're proud to defend health care reform.
and we'll do so between now, as we did before, and november. since health care began, the uninsured rate has declined from 0 ppt 3 to 11.4, nearly 18 million people now covered who were before uninsured. w this is also happened, 137 million americans have free preventive services. the a.c.a. ends lifetime and nnual limits on coverage for 105 million americans. and also what it does, let me just emphasize this, 129 million americans with pre-existing health conditions no long ver to worry about being denied care. i met last weekend a woman who had breast cancer.
health her job, lost insurance, because of health care reform, she received health insurance. her breast cancer came back. and she looked at us and said to us, squarely, one-on-one, each of us, i wouldn't be here except for health care reform. that's what this is all about. this veto will be sustained. it will be sustained because health care reform responded to the needs of millions of americans. in the democratic party are proud of that and will from now until november, we will say so with immense ardor. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from georgia is
recognized. mr. price: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i'm now pleased to yield one minute to a pro-life champion in our nation, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith. mr. smith: i thank my good friend for yielding. mr. speaker, in the age of ultra sound imaging and life enhancing health care for the baby in the wound, how is it planned parenthood first dehumanizes and then massively kills unborn children, more than seven million since 1978 and demands at taxpayers subsidize the organization to the tune of $500 million. planned parenthood abortionists describe how they dig with knives and cut out the inner organs of babies, all while doing pain-filled procedures to preserve body parts, hearts, luns and livers for a price.
this isn't the first time planned parenthood has been caught redhanded. in 2011, videos showed several willing to nthood provide secret abortion ffers pimps. another videos showed planned renthood showing how to have abortions for little girls. support the override. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. value hollen: i would encourage -- mr. van hollen: i would encourage everyone read the results of the texas grand jury proceedings. here's some headlines of what happened. vindication for planned parenthood. texas grand jury clears planned parenthood, indicts its accusers. it is a charade that we're back
on the floor after that grand jury decision. it is rare, my colleagues, to see a grand jury investigate one entity in this case planned parenthood, and turn around and indict its accusers. and despite that, we're back here in this evidence-free zone. i'm now pleased to yield one minute to mrs. adams of north carolina a distinguished member of the education and work force committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. adams: i thank the gentleman for yielding. today we find ourselves rereading the same chapter from a republican extremist book that seems to have no end. today's vote represents the 63rd time the g.o.p. tried to repeal or undermine the affordable care act. the 12th time the g.o.p. voted to attack women's health care and the 114th -- in the 114th congress alone. partisan games and provisions are transfwregses in our communities. we must work together to seize the opportunity that exists in
our great nation and we can't do that by wasting time and energy on radical agendas, attacking planned parenthood is part of a ploy to roll back women's rights and no one should control a woman's right to make decisions about her own body. i won't stop advocating for women's comprehensive health care or her right to control her own body. this war on women must stop. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. price: thank you, mr. speaker. it gives me great pleasure to yield one minute to a champion of patient centered health care reform, the republican leader, the gentleman from california, mr. mccarthy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mccarthy: i thank the gentleman for yielding and thank the chairman for his work on this issue. mr. speaker, today the house is keeping its promise to the american people. we show wed can defund abortion providers like planned parenthood and increase funding
for thousands of women health centers across the country. and we showed we can send a bill repealing obamacare to the president's desk. even when democrats are trying to stop us. now this is big. that means that when a republican president takes office next year, we know we can get this passed. we don't have to worry about the filibuster, we don't have to worry about a veto. with simple majorities and the stroke of a pen or ba macare can be gone once and for all. you know, democrats see that. they know that obamacare in particular is hanging by a thread. and you know what? they're terrified. so you're going to hear a lot of mocking on the other side of the aisle today. mr. chairman, they're saying that republicans are at it again, trying to repeal obamacare. they're trying to make it seem like this vote doesn't matter. you see, they tried to stop us at first with arguments and debate. but they have lost that debate.
the people aren't happy with what the democrats sold them. few are enrolling, premiums are skyrocketing, and deductibles are so high it can make insurance practicallyportless. so the democrats, they've given up on debate. they saw that they lost, and they tried their next tactic. they tried to tell us that there's nothing we can do, that obamacare is the law of the land and we better just give up. but then they realized we didn't give up. year after year, we listened to the american people. the people voted for representatives to repeal obamacare. and year after year the american people saw the health care promises that democrats in congress and president obama made, they were just exactly what they were, empty. you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan, your premiums will drop, nobody, not
even the president, believes that anymore. so we didn't give up, we fought for the american people, and we put a bill repealing this law on the president's desk. and now, the democrats have no more defenses. their law is failing, the people aren't on their side, the end of obamacare is coming. and in its place we can create something that delivers so much more than just broken promises. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. . mr. van hollen: thank you very much, mr. speaker. the republican leader said we don't have to worry about the veto. the reality is the president's veto will be sustained today. apparently our republican colleagues are not worried about the 22 million americans who will lose access to affordable
health care. i don't know what the republican leader's definition of mockery is, but if anybody is mocking the republican bill here, it's the nonpartisan congressional budget office, which wrote to each and every member of congress that if you actually overrode the president's veto and enacted this legislation, you would, and i'm sorry to repeat it again, but it's here in black and white from the nonpartisan congressional budget office, you would increase the number of people without health insurance coverage by 22 million people. that's what our republican colleagues are talking about here. we don't want to could that -- to do thasm the president doesn't want to do that. that's not going to happen here today. but it does indicate the stakes in the 2016 elections, because on the one hand you have a republican-controlled congress that would like a snap of a finger like to get rid of affordable health care for 22 million people. and apparently wants to ignore
the facts that we learned from the texas grand jury that vindicated planned parenthood and said that their accusers instead should be indicted. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. price: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm now pleased to yield two minutes to the chair of the health subcommittee on the energy and commerce committee, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. pits. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. i thank the gentleman. i rise today in support of the millions of neams across the country who -- families across the country who have had their health insurance disrupted by the president's health care law. the millions of more americans who don't want the government giving their tax money to abortion providers. some six million households across the country have lost the health plans that they like, or lost their doctors. even though president obama
promised 37 different times that this would not happen. hundreds of my constituents have contacked me to tell me about higher premiums, higher deductibles, and coverage lost outright. michael of lancaster contacted me to tell me his premiums have nearly doubled just in the two years since the implementation of the president's health law. jennifer wrote to me that her family lost three out of four of her children's doctors. imagine the stress of a mother in that situation. deborah of columbia contacted me to tell me in november she spent countless hours trying to operate the broke healthcare.gov website. she lost her insurance and had to buy insurance nearly 50% more expensive while living on a fixed income. these are hardworking pennsylvania families who did nothing wrong but have been victimized by the arrogance of a federal government that thinks it knows better than the people that tries to bully hardworking
american families. the legislation we are considering today saves taxpayers monny, treats them with respect. mr. speaker, 84% of this country supports restrictions on abortions. however this administration is giving their tax dollars to organizations that kill innocent babies. today's legislation charges taxpayer money away from organizations that provide abortion. towards something all americans can support, federally qualified health centers. these centers are focused on caring for the poorest in our communities and they actually care for women's health. unlike planned parenthood, they actually do mammograms. a vote for this bill is a vote for the millions like deborah ken dirks jennifer, michael who have borne the consequences of an out-of-control federal government. vote to override the president's veto. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. n hollen: thank you,
speaker. i heard the term bullying used. it's ironic that that term would be used in a vote that would deny 22 million americans access to affordable health care. and again i want to underscore for our colleagues some of whom may not have read the congressional budget office report that this comes from the entity, the nonpartisan entity that advises both parties in congress. in fact, the head of the congressional budget office was appointed by our republican colleagues. it's they that are telling us with this vote 22 million americans would be denied access to affordable health care. that seems to qualify as bullying, if anything does. mr. speaker, let's review the situation with respect to planned parenthood.
this republican-controlled house had its standing committees investigate planned parenthood. including the oversight and government reform committee. held up hearings, they the head of planned parenthood, at the end of those hearings, the chairman of that committee, republican chairman, concluded that planned parenthood had engaged in no wrongdoing. said that on national television. despite that finding, our republican colleagues went ahead back in january to launch this attack on women's reproductive health and defund planned parenthood. that was bad enough. but since that time, we have had even more evidence. we have had the grand jury proceeding in texas that exoriginal rated planned parenthood. they began the investigation against planned parenthood. they said they would go where
the evidence led them. at the end of that evidence seeking effort, they exonerated and vindicated planned parenthood and called for the indictment of the people who had prong wrongly accused it. that was the result. here we are on this house floor tide as if nothing -- today as if nothing had happened. ignore the evidence that the grand jury heard and continue on this witch-hunt of the special committee against planned parenthood. yes, maybe this day is making history. it's probably one of the saddest examples of a congress run amuck wherefore the 62nd, 63rd time now we are trying to repeal the affordable care act and obamacare. and for the 12th time launch this attack on women's reproductive health and planned
parenthood, despite all the intervening and previously existing evidence. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. price: thank you, mr. speaker. i tell you one of the saddest days that the american people remember on the floor of this house is a day in march of 2010. when this house voted in a hyper partisan way to pass a health care bill that took away, took away patient-centered health care and put washington in charge of health care across it -- this contry. i am pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. rothfus. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman virginia tech. mr. rothfus: thank you, mr. speaker. millions of americans have enduring skyrocketing premiums, limited networks, failing owe ops, and dropped coverage because of the affordable care act. like the mom in my district who now has to pay $400 for her son's lifesaving peanut allergy medication when it used to cost her $10 under the plan the president promised her to keep.
it has been at the expense of far too many others. last monday the congressional budget office announced that 40% fewer americans signed up for health coverage this year than predicted. many americans are choosing to pay a penalty instead of signing up for the so-called affordable health care coverage mandated by this law. we need to empower all patients with more choice while offering solutions for the uninsured and those with pre-existing conditions. mr. speaker, if we vote to override, contrary to what's been suggested, insurance doesn't end tomorrow. we have provisions in this legislation that would extend credits through the end of 2017. giving us the opportunity to do proper health care reform that does empower patients and not bureaucrats here in washington, d.c. i thank the speaker and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to now yield a minute and a half to mr. kind of
wisconsin, distinguished member of the ways and means committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman virginia tech. mr. kind: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my friend for yielding me this time. mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to this veto override. i understand people's objections and concerns about the health care reform we have embarked upon as a nation, but clearly now is not the time to go backwards and take us back to a status quo, a place that was going to leave us in a very bad place in this nation. before the affordable care act was passed, the numbers of uninsured were going up. the expense for individuals and businesses were going up. health care costs budgetwise was going up. too many people were being denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions. young people, younger than 26, were being dropped from health insurance plans. all that now is being corrected. not that this is a perfect response to the complexity of the health care system, but there is a lot of good that is being done, including two areas. one is delivery system reform. so we move to a more integrated, coordinated patient centered
health care delivery system based on models that do work. secondly, perhaps most importantly, we are changing under the affordable care act how we pay for health care. it's based on the quality, outcome, or value of care given and no longer the number of stuff, procedures, and what not that's done to us. we are demanding a bert quality at a better price and the numbers are showing that we are heading in this direction. i say we stay the course, we continue to benefit by extending affordable health care coverage to more americans, we finally get a grip on these rising health care costs. i encourage my colleagues to vote no on this veto override. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. price: i'm now pleased to yield one minute to a champion of patient centered health care, the gentleman from new hampshire, mr. guinta. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman virginia tech. mr. guinta: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 3762, and in support of overriding the president's veto of this very
important bill. the restoring americans health care freedom wreck simation act, repeals some of the most egrogeous and harmful aspects of obamacare. the individual mandate. the employer mandate. the medical device tax. and especially the cadillac tax, a 40% excise tax on certain employer health benefits. in the coming years, the cadillac tax will be responsible for employees from local governments, small business, and large nonprofits, and colleges, universities, losing their access to high quality, affordable health care. this is unacceptable for my home state of new hampshire. people who want a patient centered health care and options for themselves, their families, not higher premiums, higher deductibles, and fewer doctors. that's why this is so important to override this veto today. the house and senate have worked hard in giving american families and small business owners better care, better options and greater affordability. we need to continue that
approach. ensure that patient centered health care is at the center of what america stands for. as a new member of the budget committee, i want to thank my chairman for giving me the opportunity to speak today. i look forward to working with the colleagues to support this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. speaker. not having access to any affordable health care certainly doesn't meet anyone's definition of patient-centered health care. our republican colleagues when they first launched the attack on the affordable care act and obamacare, they said, we are going to repeal this and we are going to replace it. well, we have voted as of today 63 times to dismantle it. how many times have we voted to replace it? zero. zero times to replace it. my colleague, mr. kind from
wisconsin, raised an important point. the way our health care insurance system was working back in the early 2,000s -- 2000s, millions of americans were denied access to health care because of a pre-existing condition, because their kid had diabetes or asthma. premiums were going through the roof and skyrocketing. the affordable care act has now provided affordable health care to millions more americans. as we have heard from the nonpartisan budget office, passing this bill would actually take it away for 22 million americans. and despite all that, despite the 63rd time to get rid of it and deny that access to health care, not once, not once have we remembered the replace part of that republican agenda. so, mr. speaker, it's a sad day when you want to take away access to health care,
affordable care to 22 million americans, and don't have a single alternative to put on the floor of this house. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. . mr. price: what a great pleasure it is for the to yield two minutes to the gentleman who has dedicated so much time and effort to health care for the american people, mr. brady. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. brady: i thank chairman price for his leadership in this historic effort to dismantle the health care law. the rights of the innocent unborn is a great human rights issue of our time. this president has chosen to stand on the wrong side of history. by vetoing this bill he, continues to funnel taxpayer dollars to subsidize the gruesome practices of abortion.
this country has lost millions abortion, the deaths from abortion this is year -- through this year equals nearly all the deaths in all the wars this house has already spoken, and whether you're pro life or pro choice, we've always agreed you don't use taxpayer dollars for the practice of abortion. it's up to us to continue to tand with those we represent who don't want their taxpayer $s to go to this practice. and people have been hurt, higher prices, fewer doctors, less affordable health care. we know now the path to repeal. we know thousand remove the law's mandates, tax hikes and slush funds. now we just need a new president. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from georgia
reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. van hollen: i thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield one minute to mr. cartwright of pennsylvania. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cartwright: i thank the gentleman from maryland. you know, i'm embarking on completing my fourth year here in the united states house of representatives, and four years ago i ran for the congress in part to support the affordable care act. you know, there's a group of beneficiaries that's often not discussed of the a.c.a., and it's hospitals. i come from a part of northeastern pennsylvania where the hospitals bore the brunt, and this is true all over american, bore the brunt of having to treat uninsured patients, people that would show up on the doorsteps of the hospital and have to be treated. well, the hospital has to absorb that when they treat uninsured patients and so what we saw over and over in my district in northeastern pennsylvania was hospitals were closing.
and i know why. i sat on the board of directors of a small hospital. when you absorb it and you absorb it and you absorb the uninsured care year after year, eventually they start cutting back on nurses they start cutting back on essential services. final think last nothing left to cut and they close the hospital. that is a terrible detriment to your health care when your hospital is no longer 10 minutes away, and it's 40 minutes away that can be the difference between life and death. and that's why the affordable care act is something that i supported and we should not dismantle. i urge the members, vote against this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expire. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. price: i'm pleased to yield one minute to a fell he georgian, mr. allen who serves on the education and work force me me -- work force committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. allen: since obamacare was forced on the american people six long years ago, americans
ve seen their premiums skyrocket. i talked to number of physicians who said not a thing has changed, we're still taking care of people just like wed by before this terrible bill. since i came to congress i have consistently heard about the burdens of obamacare and that planned parenthood should not receive one dime of their hard earned tax money. i heard from a family of five whose previous health care policy was determine nated and buying a new plan mean theirs premiums will go from $700 to over $1,000. those seeking treatment could not even pay their deductible. a small business owner whose premiums more than doubled and benefits have been reduced. an individual who projects 16% of his income will go to health care this year alone. this law is killing the economy this law is crushing, and even worse it's crushing the americans and american families an their ability to earn a good living. it is the sake of a -- is the sake of a political legacy worth all of this?
i think not. after six years of failed policy, american december serve better. that's why i'm proud to cast my vote to override the president's veto of the restoring americans' health care freedom reconciliation act. it's time to move forward and find a cost effective and patient centered plan for our citizens. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. value hollen: thank you, mr. speaker. -- mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. speaker. we heard a lot of talk about premiums going up. the dirty little secret which every member of this house knows or should know is that premiums have been going up consistently for a very long period of time. always the issue was how fast did they go up? if you look at this chart you'll find that for employer-sponsored insurance, which is what most americans are on, premium increases were huge between 2000 and 2010, before the passage of the affordable care act. 9.5%.
after the passage of the affordable care actering those premium increases have dropped substantially. 4.8%, now .7%. when members talk about premiums going up, ask yourself the question, how fast are they going up? because before the affordable care act passed, it was through the roof and they've dramatically slowed. when i said our republican colleagues did the repeal part but not the replace part so they took -- th want to take out t part that has sloaned down the -- slowed down the premiums and go back to the day when you had skyrocketing premium ireases. so we need to talk in a fact-based conversation here on the floor of the house of representatives. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman rserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. price: i'm pleased to yield one minute to a fellow member of the budget committee, mr.
grothman. mr. grothman: in an era when people are easily offended and racism is claimed at e tiniest of circumstances, it's surprising that in 2015, the federal government is still funding planned parenthood. margaret sangerthe found over planned parenthood, once wrote, we don't want the word to get out that we ant to exterminate the negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea. you can say it's a little out of context but there's no doubt that margar sanger is connected with some of the ugliest periods in our country's history, involving racism and eugenics. her dorsement of promiscuity and opposition to christian teaching are well known. to this day, planned parenthood down connells my no, sir without parental concept. if you want to strike a blow for
inequality stop spending the hundreds of millions of dollars we spend every year on planned parenthood. thanks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expire. the gentleman from maryland. mr. van hollen: i'm pleased to yield one minute to ms. jackson lee of texas, distinguished member of the judiciary committee, who is focused on evidence-based approach to all these issues. ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i do want to say to the gentleman that as you well know, the judiciary committee in many machinations over the years have looked that the question of choice and the constitutional right that comes from roe v. wade and unfortunately, our voices, those of us who are there, who argue the constitutional premise, have not been heard. let me stand in opposition to, again, a groundhog day announcement which is again trying to repeal the affordable care act. the good news is, this is my
daughter's birthday, so i can celebrate february 2 in a good way. but this approach to again try to take away from the millions of people in texas who are uninsured the right to be insured, to have insurance, with pre-existing conditions and this horrible provision to defund planned parenthood which is a health prospect and a health project that gives good health care to women is absurd. let me also say, mr. speaker, that we face some troubling times when people are unemployed and planned parenthood has provided resources to those vulnerable women. i can't understand why this bill continues to come up. i'm glad to stand in opposition to support planned parenthood and its funding and to recognize that the constitution does protect choice and we do need to provide health care. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. rice: thank you,
speaker. mr. speaker, i think this is the chart that gets to the issue that's before us today the most. and that is, what is our responsibility to our constituents? as i mentioned earlier, when this bill passed on the floor of the house in march of 2010 in a hyper partisan vote, the american people opposed it. the fact of the matter is, the american people opposed it by greater numbers now than they did back then. they've seen its implementation. they know their premiums have gone up. they know health care costs more. they know they can't see the doctor they want to see. they know they can't go to the hospital or the clinic they want to go to. they know the quality of their health care is decreasing if their talk to to their doctor and know their choices have been harmed in so many ways. so this is a little chart here that demonstrates that 52%, according to gallup, in november of last year, opposed this bill. according to fox in august of last year, 54% opposed this
bill. quinnipiac in july of last year, 5 % opposed this bill. those numbers only increase. so our responsibility as representatives of the people is to represent them. and that's what we're doing today. the president is standing in the way of the people's wishes on this piece of legislation. the president is standing in the way of patient-centered health care. it is our job and our responsibility to stand up for the american people and the will of the american people and we will vote today to override this veto and we urge our colleagues to join us in that activity. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from maryland is ecognized. mr. van hollen: i reserve unless the gentleman is prepared to close. mr. price: may i ask how much time remains? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland has one min, the gentleman from georgia has five minutes. five and three quarters. mr. price: i share with my colleagues, unless the speaker
shows up, i'm prepared to close, so i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. speaker. what the chairman of the budget committee said about the affordable care act omitted the fact that the majority of americans do not want to repeal and dismantle the affordable care act. we would be happy to work with our colleagues in smoothing out some of the edges but republicans -- but our republican colleagues are determined to take it down entirely without a replacement. when you ask the american public what one word describes how you feel about the ongoing political debate about the affordable care act, ridiculous, waste of time, waste of time. here we are for the 63rd time trying to get rid of the affordable care act. it's not going to happen. president vetoed the bill. we will sustain the bill and add insult to injury, our republican colleagues now want to ignore
all the facts about the grand jury investigation into planned parenthood which vindicated planned parenthood and concluded instead that they should indict planned parenthood's accusers. mr. speaker, we will sustain the president's veto, we will protect health insurance for 22 million americans, and we will protect women's access to reproductive care. let's sustain the president's veto, let's get on with doing the people's business here. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expire. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. price: thank you, mr. speaker. i think it's important to appreciate the numbers of individuals who were supporting our work on this issue. the folks who support the legislation -- repealing this legislation. the associated builders and contractors, christian coalition of america, concerned women of america, the family research council, freedom works, national right to life, american center for law and justice, american
commitment, american conservative union, american principles project, americans for prosperity, americans for tax reform, americans united for life, conservative women for america, focus on the family, heritage action for america. independent women's voice. liberty council action. march for life. national center for policy analysis. national institute of family an life advocates. national taxpayers union. population research institute. priests for life. students for life, students -- susan b. anthony, the justice foundation, tradition family property incorporated, traditional values coalition. mr. speaker, the majority of the american people oppose the law in place. as i close, the remarks that we make today,s the time to try to set the record straight. we heard from our friends on the other side what the congressional budget office says, i'll tell you what the congressional budget office says about job, and it says that this job will decrease the