tv U.S. House of Representatives Morning Hour CSPAN February 11, 2016 10:00am-12:01pm EST
.o see host: that does it for our program this morning. we will be that -- we will be back tomorrow morning. we now bring you to the house session. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. february 11, 2016. i hereby appoint the honorable barry loudermilk to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 5, 2016, the chair will recognize members from thelies submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties, with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority party and minority leaders and minority whip limited to five
minutes. but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. jolly, for five minutes. mr. jolly: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize a gentleman who has dedicated his life to serving our nation. a true american hero from the ate of florida, mr. doug richardson. mr. richardson is retiring from the united states special operations command after 50 years of government service. mr. richardson currently serves as a defense intelligence senior leader and as the program executive officer for surveillance, reconnaissance, and exploitation at u.s. so come. a west point graduate, he distinguished himself throughout his military career. retiring as a colonel from active duty in the united states army in 1993 and then continuing his service to u.s. socom as a civilian. programs the best example of
doug's integrity and courage is recorded in his silver star medal citation which was arecorded to doug for his heroism in combat during the vietnam war. on june 18, 1969, while serving as an advisor with the fourth cavalry regiment of the army of the republic of vietnam, then captain richardson accompanied a small armored infantry people a very o breakthrough determined enemy force to rescue the crewmen of a downed united states army helicopter. as the unit approached the village, it came under intense rocket propelled grenade and automatic weapons fire from well very well concealed positions. it was also known to be heavily mined and set with traps. as the attempts of the vietnamese to reach the helicopter were continually repulsed by enemy counter attacks, he discounted his track, rallied a small force of vietnamese soldiers, and led them to the helicopter through enemy fire. exorting his comrades to vigorously engage his enemy.
disregarding his personal safety and armed with only a pistol, he led his men through the mined area and into an assault on the enemy positions. following his example, the soldiers, though at a tactical disadvantaged, pressed the attack vigorously and ultimately broke the resistance and secured the helicopter. despite a hail of small arms fire and hand grenades directed at his position, he continued his search for survivors until he found the remains of all u.s. crew members and remained to extract the bodies of his fallen comrades from the wreckage. as a result of his valiant display of battlefield courage, the vietnamese force was able to hold the area from a tenacious enemy and return the fallen soldiers to allied control. mr. speaker, u.s. socom will miss doug richardson's leadership. as a nation, let us recognize his valiant service. i ask that this body join me in honoring and congratulating mr. doug richardson on a most
honorable and truly heroic career. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the the now recognizes gentleman from illinois, mr. gutierrez, for five minutes. mr. gutierrez: i ask the house unanimous consent to address it for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gutierrez: i come with a humble message from the puerto rican people to the house of representatives. free puerto rico. free puerto rico so that she can solve the problem of her crushing debt without being handcuffed by congress. free puerto rico so that her hospitals can stay opened for six moms and dads and her schools stay opened for children. nobody should fear that their house will burn down because the firemen have not been paid. so far the response to puerto rico's debt crisis from washington, the only place that puerto rico is forced to rely on, has been very little. and greedy bondholders and hedge fund managers only care about puerto rico as a wager. a way to make money whether
puerto rico sings or swims. right now puerto rico needs serious sustained attention from washington to find a path forward such that puerto rico is neither absolved of her obligation nor mortally wounded by them. because, mr. speaker, here is what it comes down to. when the u.s. supreme court said that puerto rico belongs to but is not a part of the united states, the responsibility to care for her and her people came along with that judgment. congress must act responsibly for the fact that we expect puerto rico to pay its obligations, but we force her to play by a particular set of rules. puerto rico cannot declare bankruptcy because congress passed a law saying that she could not. puerto rico's under the chokehold of the jones act, a law passed right here in this room without any consultation with the puerto rican people that says by law puerto rico cannot shop around for the best deal on shipping.
no, they must buy the most expensive, which means double the import costs and an estimated 500 million extra on puerto rico's food bill alone. oh, and when it comes to producing for themselves, a large chunk of the best agricultural land, the land that sustains and feeds a nation, the land is taken away from them for u.s. military bases, 13% of the land gone. puerto rico's a tropical island, but a lot of it's fruit and vegetables and almost all of its food is imported. we must allow puerto rico to create an agricultural economy allowing puerto ricans to feed themselves. the economy produces goods, the people do not consume. and the people consume goods that they do not produce. even when the u.s. has caught red-handed stealing water from puerto rico's fresh water supply, not paying a dime for it. what happens?
the u.s. government is not held responsible or made to pay. when the military bombs and pollutes, does the u.s. government feel any obligation to restore it? not really. so, mr. speaker, when congress talks about puerto rico's debt, i say, we look at the totality of the debt. the part owed to puerto rico not just the part puerto rico owes to wall street. every soldier she has sent to war, every time the u.s. has stepped in to override her court and her government, these debts add up but are not accounted for. and now what is the solution that everyone in washington is lining up behind? a federal control board. imagine that, an island that cannot determine its own destiny, that has to play an economic game with a stacked deck and all the rules rigged begins her. what is the solution in washington? take away what little autonomy
they have left. if congress were smart, we would find a way to get out of the way. free puerto rico people to unleash their inherent, hardworking character, spirit, and dedication. free puerto ricans to work and toil and build and create. free puerto rico so she cannlele build a sustainable economy that keeps her people at home in the land of their birth and their heritage. and we cannot get sidetracked by seeing puerto rico's economic health exclusively through the lens of food stamps and medicaid and government programs and further dependency on washington. we must make the conversation about jobs for puerto ricans. jobs that build the economy and the tax base and the self sufficiency of the identify lan. mr. speaker, puerto rico's problems were a long time in the making, but i have utter puerto ricans'
ability to solve them if, if we in the congress begin to listen to them, work with them, and recognize them as equal partners. we must free puerto rico so that the puerto rican people can free themselves. the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, for five minutes. thank you, nen: mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize the important efforts made by the kurds and the peshmerga in the fight against isis. secretary of defense ash carter said last december that, quote, the kurdish peshmerga have been exactly what we have been looking for in this whole fight in iraq and in syria, namely a capable and motivated force that we can enable, end quote. and as you know, mr. speaker, we need to do more to combat isis on the ground and also to help our allies who are willing
to join us in this effort. isis is a brutal evil, and it is one of the greatest threats to both our national security and to the security of our allies in the region. we continue to read reports of isis raping women, beheading captives, and brutally torturing their prisoners. alleged use of chemical weapons against the kurds in iraq and syria reaffirms the danger posed by this terrorist group. during the conflict against isis, the kurds tell me at least 1,600 peshmerga forces have died and thousands more have been wounded. and we see some of these pictures here on this graphic. we are thankful to all of the who s of the peshmerga are fighting to eradicate the evil of isis, includingself all
-- including several all women unit who are proud to fight for their people's freedom. this is the hardships that they all endure. unfortunately, the peshmerga still don't have the proper weapons, the proper equipment, most of which is over 30 years old. and they are still running low on ammunition. in fact, the peshmerga are using captured isis tanks to roll through mine fields while isis is using american they have picked up after overturning mosul. i am proud to be an original co-sponsor of the legislation introduced by the chairman and ranking member of the foreign fairs committee, which would authorize the direct provision of weapons to the peshmerga, a bill which our committee passed unanimously in december. the peshmerga have already proven to be one of the most capable forces on the battlefield, and making sure that they are strong, making
sure that they are well equipped is crucial to defeating the isis threat that confronts us all. the peshmerga are continuing to fight despite not being paid for months, with uncertain logistical backup and inadequate weapons and equipment. three strikes against them. the peshmerga need our help and we must get them what they need in order to have them continue to be successful. the peshmerga provides safe havens for muslims, for christians, for people of any religious minority who have been oppressed. and according to the kurds, about 300,000 syrian refugees and 1.5 million internally in the persons are kurdistan region where there is a growing humanitarian crisis. i will turn to the other poster hat i have, mr. speaker.
the burden of war and the responsibility of caring for 1.8 additional people -- 1.8 million additional people have pushed the kurdistan region's economy to the brink of collapse. my friend recently briefed me on his visit to the black tiger peshmerga base south of mosul on the isis frontline where he -- and he introduced me to the kurdistan regional government's . presentative to the u.s. her parents were sentenced to by saddam hussein because they refused to bow down to his tyranny, and instead they fought for kurdish liberation and for human rights. her parents lived to see saddam's downfall and her father continued his leadership role in the kurdish region
struggle before being tragically assassinated by islamic extremists in 2004. her iraq city of irbil, father is honored and more importantly recognize the immense oppression suffered by the people of kurdish extraction. i am pleased that the k.g.r. representative raman is in the gallery today. mr. speaker, in closing, i'd like to announce that i will soon be introducing a resolution to honor the brave men and women of the peshmerga and their families who are fighting bravely against a brutal evil of isis and to stand with the kurdish people as they continue to endure great hardships during this war. god bless each and every one of them. thank you, mr. speaker for the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california, ms. speier, for five minutes. ms. speier: i thank the
speaker. since 1970 more americans have been killed from domestic gun violence than all the americans killed in every war going back to the american revolution. . if all the victims of gun violence from 1970 were to be put on a wall like the vietnam memorial it would contain 1.5 million names and stretch 2 1/2 miles, 25 times the length of the vietnam memorial. i've had enough of congress' failure to lead. so each month that we are in session, i'm going to speak the name of every person killed in a mass shooting in this country. i will also create my own memorial wall in the hall outside my office.
and here are the victims of the 18 mass shootings in january of this year. there have been so many people lost last month, affected by mass shootings, that i don't have the time to list those who were injured, just those who were murdered. david washington, age 24. nita branch, age 31. angelica castro, age 23, who were shot and killed in a house on january 6 in lakeland, florida. antoine bell, age 17, was shot and killed while helping a woman with car trouble on anuary 7 in memphis, tennessee. raymond blount, age 27, was killed while standing on the street on january 8 in chicago, illinois. ira brown, age 20, was shot and killed on january 11 during a ome robbery in wilmington,
delaware. joshua morrisson, age 18, was killed near a house party, january 17 in glouster county, virginia. randy peterson, age 64, was a bank president, shot and killed uring a robbery on january 21, in eufaula, oklahoma. kevin mcgraph, senior, age 47, and shama mcgraph, age 42, were killed at their family home on january 23 in crestview, florida. albert, age 2 , was killed outside the home on the road. jason and jakea mclemore, a father and son, aged 44 and 17, were killed at the gun store they owned in a dispute over a $25 service fee. this was on january 23 in peril river county, mississippi. sasha nicole bell, age 16, and silver, age 19, were killed outside a liquor store on january 23, in los angeles,
california. an unidentified man was killed at a mexican restaurant on january 25 in paris, california. james train, age 23, and jeannine, age 45, were killed at a homeless encampment on january 26 in seattle, washington. the dooly father, including mother, father, son, daughter and gran mother were killed at their family home on january 27 in chesapeake, virginia. the shooter, their son, cameron, committed suicide after murdering the family. andre gray, age 42, and tina gray, age 42, were killed at their family home on january 29 in carolyn county, virginia. shawn, jose martinez, age 19, and yovanna flores were killed a house party january 30 in
glendale. victor mendoza, age 46, was shot and killed at a motorcycle show in denver, colorado, on january 30. may the dead rest in peace. and the wounded recover completely. it's time. it's time for congress to end this bloodshed. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentleman from west virginia, mr. jenkins, for five minutes. mr. speaker, the war on coal touches nearly every family in southern west virginia. president obama and his e.p.a.'s regulations don't just close mines. they put families out of work. coal miners call it job scare. every time miners go underground, they don't know
when they come up if they'll receive a warn notice telling them that they're going to be laid off. families worry about making ends meet or moving to find work someplace else. businesses that depend on coal are suffering too. c.s.x. recently announced it's closing its huntington division and moving its jobs to another state in part because of the decline in coal shipments. norfolk southern in bluefield is also moving jobs out of bluefield, west virginia. shops and restaurants are closing their doors as families leave town and have less disposable income. wal-mart in mcdow county has recently shut its doors and the residents in the area have to drive to another state just to get groceries. the uncertainty can be paralyzing. this is reality for so many of april ituents like
brooks of princeton in mercer county. april writes me -- my husband has worked in the mining industry for the last 11 years, and my dad was a coal miner for over 30 years. like every family that depends on coal for a living, we live day-to-day worrying about what will happen tomorrow. you can't plan for the future because of the uncertainty. i went back to work several years ago so that we would have supplemental income in case of a layoff. we love our state but how does one stay here and survive if the jobs aren't there? mr. speaker, president obama's job-killing overregulations is having real consequences for real west virginians.
we need to pass policies that create jobs and ensure a future for all west virginians. all west virginia families so they can stay and work and live in our great state. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. lowenthal, for five minutes. mr. lowenthal: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lowenthal: mr. speaker, i rise today to speak in support of e.p.a.'s clean power plan. you know, i'm concerned that the supreme court ruling on the clean power plan will significantly and unnecessarily delay the full implementation of this important action. the longer we wait the more expensive it will be to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and the less chance that we have to keep this world's warming below
a safe threshold. this week's supreme court decision only highlights congress' inaction on the issue of climate change as well as the immediate and pressing need for action. a damaged climate has a negative impact upon our nation and on my southern california community. changing weather patterns, more frequent droughts, worsening air quality, sea level rise, all cost us money and threaten the well-being of our families and our neighbors. we all want the world to be safe, to be a healthy place, to raise our families and to grow our economy, and now america has the opportunity to lead the world in making our environment safe and healthy both now and into the future. we can do this by increasing our use of local renewable
energy sources, investing in research and development to bring about the next generation of clean and efficient energy systems and assisting communities both here and abroad and adapting to the inevitable changes that are caused by the damages that have already been done to the climate. reducing emissions from our power sector is a foundational action in this endeavor. this is an achievable endeavor. america's innovation has given us space flight, the internet, cures to disease once thought to be incurable. our innovation and our leadership is paving the way for a cleaner, safer world and many states have already determined how they can meet their goals and reduce carbon pollution. cities and electric utilities in my district have taken the extraordinary steps in increasing efficiency and
sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint. and my state of california's on track to exceed its carbon pollution reduction goals under the clean power plan. california implemented the first statewide carbon trading system and has set ambitious targets for increasing renewable energy, increased efficiency and decreased petroleum usage. america's leadership like this will save us money and create jobs, but if we delay, the costs will be higher to us and especially to our children and grandchildren. and we're not doing this alone because greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide spread around the world. no country is immune to the damaged climate and no country can fix this problem alone. representatives of over 200 nations recently gathered in paris and agreed on an international agreement to lower greenhouse gas emissions and develop strategies to adapt
to changing climate. this contribution from the world's biggest polluters, including china and india, represents 90% of global greenhouse gas emissions. these international contributions demonstrate how seriously the world is taking its moral responsibility to care for our common home, our families and our neighbors. this road map to the world reduces climate damage in greenhouse gas emissions, assists the most vulnerable communities in adapting to climate change. but the united states has to do its part. this pause on the clean power plan slows down the progress we've been making and puts u.s. leadership on climate in question. i am deeply troubled by the supreme court's decision, but i am optimistic that the clean power plan will ultimately be
upheld. by acting to reduce carbon pollution, we will create more opportunity today and a better future tomorrow for all of us. thank you and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. dold, for five minutes. mr. dold: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, today february 11, a day that for at least me and i know many other families around our country, is a very dark day. february 11, 1965, flying off the u.s.s. coral sea, a young lieutenant commander, robert harper schumaker, was prepared to do a bombing run over north vietnam. taking aircraft, any aircraft fire was shot down over north vietnam. ejected from his f-8 crusader 35 feet above ground, broke his back upon impact and was immediately captured.
over the next eight years, ight years and a day, he spent time in the prison, prison we now know as the hen way hilton, was henoai hilton, he considered to be the great communicator because while he was in captivity, a few others deviced a tap code system, a tap code system with five rows and five columns that enabled american p.o.w.'s to communicate with one another. to be able to let them know they were thinking of each other, to be able to make sure they were exercising the most important muscle in captivity and that's their brains. over the course of those eight years, lieutenant commander was considered the
top threat to camp prison. he and others were taken out of he hanoi prison and put in solitary confinement. these 11 heroes, including james stockdale, george coker, jeremiah denton, a senator from the great state of alabama, rry jenkins, george mcnight, ames, howard, ron, snel, and mr. speaker, our colleague, sam johnson, who was elected to this body in 1991 and has served with distinction ever since. many of the stories that we look back on were coming from these heroes and the efforts that they did to resist their captors. they were tortured day in and day out for information and yet day in and day out they battled back.
it is for me very important that we never forget. so february 11, 1965, today 51 years after, i'm honored to be able to rise in this body to remember robert harper schumaker for his valiant efforts, his heroism. he's near and dear to my heart, mr. speaker. he's my uncle. when my wife and i had our first child, we decided we would name her after him in hopes that she would have a little bit of the courage, a little bit of the intelligence as admiral schumaker does. but what's the good news, mr. speaker, is that february 12, 1973, 590 p.o.w.'s started their return home. . bob shoemaker, the alcatraz 11, and many others were on that first flight, that 141 that
flew out of hanoi. i am proud to say that they returned home with honor, which was absolutely critical not only for them but all of the p.o.w.s. it's imperative we here in the united states congress never forget their sacrifice, their heroism, and for me on february 11, from now until as long as i'm able to serve in this body, and recognize the heroism of our p.o.w.'s. and say you will never be forgotten. we will always remember the sacrifice and the heroism that you-all have given to our ation. and i want to say again a special thank you to you all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes
the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: thank you, mr. speaker. from the moment i arrived in congress i had been working to rebuild and renew america.
our great country, sadly, is falling apart as it falls behind the rest of the world. american society of civil engineers rates our infrastructure failing. i have worked to develop a plan, a vision for infrastructure for this century because people have forgotten our history and our -- are woefully uninformed about the nature of the challenge we face and the opportunities to do it right. is doesn't need to be a bart zahn fight in congress. -- bipartisan -- partisan fight in congress. this tuesdayed to be much more central to our mission in congress dating back to the postal roads mandated by the constitution
to president eisenhower's interstate freewaycies tefment i welcome this administration's proposal for an oil fee to invest in green infrastructure. i truly believe that president obama is committed to investing
in infrastructure. he understands its value and he's worked to include some infrastructure investment in the recovery act. i think we all know now that it actually should have been much larger than it was, but nonetheless was very helpful. he's proposed things congress after congress that would fund a grander vision. unfortunately, in the context of this congress, they were not realistic. they had no chance of passing regardless, probably of who is controlled gave the nature of those proposal. nevertheless i welcome the administration's proposal for a $10 per barrel fee on oil to finance that green infrastructure. because the timing at this point of incredibly low gas prices, flirting with $1 a gallon, high oil production, swollen inventory, a $30 per barrel has become the benchmark
, unfortunately the new proposal was launched as near as i can tell without consultation with people in either party or the organizations that deal with infrastructure. it was not met with organized support on behalf of the vast array of individuals and organizations who are deeply committed to rebuilding and renewing america. it simply begs the question, why not just raise the gas tax? the proposal i have introduced to raise the gas tax was widely supported by business, labor, professions, local government, environmentalists, indeed, supported by the widest collection of interest groups supporting any major initiative before congress. hen you get the truckers and triple-a, both saying raise taxes on motorists and truck drivers, that's a signal.
the proposal does not have the gaps associated with an oil fee that would impose challenges on consumers of oil like for school buses or home heating. and it does provoke the petroleum industry which has accepted reasonable gas taxes oppose an oil fee. this is, however, an opportunity for us to revisit the need for investment in infrastructure now that the administration has signaled its comfort with raising taxes on people who make under $250,000 a year. the oil free fee would be the equivalent of 20 to 25 cents a gallon, far more than the modest proposal i had to phase 15 cent per gallon increase over three years. maybe we can re-engage that conversation about raising the gas tax after 24 years we might follow the lead of president reagan who led an effort to raise the gas tax in 1982.
after we raised the gas tax, we should index it and then we should abolish it and replace it with a more sustainable mechanism for funding transportation in the future. i appreciate the administration starting this conversation related infrastructure finance, maybe we can have a broader effort to work at coptively on an issue that is gaining traction at the state level around the country. over a dozen states have raised their gas tax, including a number of red republican states. this will be something that meets the needs of america now and in the future, and i hope it's time for us to refocus on it. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from colorado, mr. tipton, for five minutes. mr. tipton: thank you, mr. speaker. we are that time of year when
we are starting to work on budgets in washington, d.c. the president recently proposed his eighth budget. if we want to give credit to the president, he is consistent. he believes that we are just one tax increase, one regulation, one more government program away from prosperity in america. but the reality is, americans in my district are struggling. struggling to be able to maintain the jobs they have and far too many americans are struggling to be able to find a job. one area where we have had an opportunity to be able to provide good-paying jobs has been in responsible energy development in this contry. today -- country. today i'd like to be able to speak to some of the deeply flawed logic by the obama administration in trying to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in america. mr. speaker, over the last year , over this last year and a half, in fact, despite the administration's best attempts
to stifle production, one of the few areas of the economy that has provided some financial relief to the poor and middle class has been low energy. the costs of this has been a result of the american productivity and american ingenuity, driving down the costs, making it more affordable for people. it should surprise no one, then, with the latest budget proposal, the president is trying in earnest to take the little savings that americans ve welcomed right into their wallets and now feed it back to big government. effectively what the president is stating is, government washington needs those resources more than the american people do. two days ago, the president presented a budget that included a $10 per barrel tax on crude oil. his budget stated that this tax ould result in $319 billion in revenues. that would be used to fund transportation infrastructure.
reduce america's reliance on oil. and ensure electric cars and other alternative oil-based vehicles have the technology and charging infrastructure that they need. i believe we need to be clear. i firmly back the notion that we need to have an all of the above strategy. that's highlighted in the bill i introduced into this congress, planning for america's energy act, which literally calls for all of the above. it explicitly states as such. but those resources and technologies are only part of what should be a multiprong strategy. if true energy independence is our goal, we cannot simply price ourselves out of using traditional energy resources and transportation fuels. yet that is unmistake economyably exactly what the president is proposing. while cheap energy is one of the few things keeping the economy out of the nose dive into a further deep recession, the president proposes a tax cut on crude oil. whether prouded domestically or
imported from abroad. that will cut directly, directly into already low revenues, and will undoubtedly be passed on to consumers in at orm of higher prices the pump. an additional $10 per barrel will be a significant sum even with a healthy commodity price. on the day that the president submitted his proposal, the price for a peril of -- for a barrel of oil was just under $30. given our energy sectors are already struggling mightily, what exactly does the president hope to accomplish by wresting ay a third of that the economic impacts of this policy on an industry already struggling would be harmful. i assume when we envision who the industry is, the picture comes to mind of large multinational corporations. make no mistake, they, too, will feel the impacts, but the brunt, the brunt of an ill-conceived policy such as the president has put forward will fall squarely on the shoulders of small and medium-sized companies that
make up the backbone of our domestic oil and gas industry. it will fall squarely on the many, many contractors who work in those companies. they are geologists, engineers, construction, hospitality industry, thousands of hardworking americans working to provide for their families and working to provide for the rest of us with an invaluable resource that we too often take for granted. the president wishes to move us away from oil as a transportation fuel. so he pursues a purely ideological strategic to force it. never mind who has trampled in the process. the president wishes instead to pursue electric vehicle sales which in 2015 accounted for less than 1% of the total car sales in the contry. yet takes the measure to halt coal leasing and bludgeon coal-fired power plants into nonexistence. coal is being the single largest source of electricity in the united states. these two incoherent policy
pursuits are perfect demonstration of the complete lack of vision this administration has when it comes to achieving actual energy independence. let's stand up for the american consumer and american jobs and reject the president's budget proposals. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter, for five minutes. mr. carter: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize mr. massie. last week mr. massie was awarded one of the highest honors that anyone can receive from the university of georgia. on january 27, mr. massie was awarded the university of georgia president's medal for extraordinary contributions to students in academic programs, the advancement of research, and for inspiring community leaders to enhance georgian's quality of life. mr. massie graduated from the university of georgia in 1949
and received his juries doctorate from emory university. for almost 50 years he was executive director of the georgia poultry federation, known to many as the dean of the poultry industry. before joining the georgia poultry federation, he was head of the georgia department of commerce and created the first welcome center in georgia. he has received numerous awards of his service to the state georgia. but he would argue that his greatest accomplishment would be his family. mr. massie, along with his wife, who was a former miss georgia, have more than 18 family members who atened the university of georgia and the massey family was named the university of georgia alumni association family of the year in 2014. i commend mr. massie for his commitment to georgia and congratulate him for receiving this distinguished award. hank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to
recognize miss frankie quinnbye and the association for culture equity. the oldest of 13 children was born and raised on the georgia sea islands and descended from slaves of the hopeton plantations in glen county. her, along with her family, make up the georgia sea island singers who have continued to preserve the rich traditions of african-american culture, customs, and the songs of the gullah language. the family is one of only a few families who can trace their ancestry back to a specific spot in africa on the niger river. along with the association for culture equity, whose mission is to facilitate cultural equity through preservation, publication, and repatriation of music, dance, and spoken word, the family has been able to continue to preserve the rich heritage of the african-american culture throughout the georgia sea
islands, because people in the area have been able to retain pure vision of games and songs brought over from africa centuries ago. i commend her, the family, and the association for cultural equity for preserving this rich history of georgia's heritage. . thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the life of steven weeks who passed away on january 17, 2016. born on december 6, 1919, elmo, as his friends called him, graduated from savannah high school in 1940. upon graduation, he went to the institute of technology before heading off to war in 1942 where he was stationed at a german p.o.w. camp in alabama. upon his return to savannah, he joined the family business, fox and weeks funeral home, and soon became actively involved
as a founding board member for the savannah preparatory school. he was actively engaged with numerous organizations in the savannah area, including the savannah junior chamber of commerce, the quana's club, and his church and my church, united methodist church. he was also a man who recognized and enjoyed the great outdoors. as an avid boater, he spent a significant amount of time on the water, teaching his children, his grandchildren and great grandchildren about life's lessons. whether it was having lunch at the local club with his close friends or his continued involvement with the funeral home into his late 80's, elmo was a committed and devoted man who always put his friends and family first. elmo, your love and service to your family and community will be missed. hank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to remember the life of jim
moynihan and his dedication to taby highland, georgia. born in new york city in, he arrived in savannah by sailboat in 1982 by his wife. soon after they moved to tabby island. over the years he served the island with enthusiasm. he served on the security council, volunteered at the tabby light house and delivered stuffed animals to nursing home residents. he was a board member and former president of tabby island republican club. a true gentleman with an uplifting spirit and the warmest smile, mr. honor has rarely missed a club meeting. always enjoyed the social atmosphere and meeting new guests. mr. honor has passed away last week at the age of 88. he's survived by his two children, james and shane. i'm honored to celebrate the life, the generosity and the character of jim moynihan.
he will truly be missed. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon today. there are eight amendments to the bill. of course, we'll have live coverage when the house returns here on c-span. and while the house is in recess until noon eastern, we are working to bring you the weekly briefings of both minority leader nancy pelosi which is set to begin shortly and also speaker house ryan is scheduled to speak to reporters at 11:30 eastern this morning. we hope to have you here on
c-span. and right now a conversation with congressman -- excuse me -- kansas congressman, republican congressman mike pompeo, was on the house benghazi investigation from this morning's "washington ournal." host: republican of kansas, sits on the intelligence committee and select benghazi committee. here to talk about national security threats and i want to begin with north korea and what happened there. do you see that as a serious threat? the headlines from the intelligence director, james clapper, the other day was north korea tops the worldwide threat list. mr. pompeo: we have lots of threats but north korea up there. conducted a nuclear test and a missile launch that has significantly advanced the capacity to attack maces they could not previously reach and
they continue to work on it. the chinese have refused to put a lid on it to slow it down, and the president of the united states, too, has refused so far to take action. just yesterday, the senate passed its version of a north korean sanctions bill. the house had passed one before that. we'll get it back i think today or tomorrow. we'll vote and send it to the president. hope he'll sign it. it's a good first step. i don't think it will solve the threat from the leader of north korea who appears to truly be trying to advance his nuclear capacity to deliver toes weapons to the west. it's a good first step. there's a lot to do to contain this rogue tyrant. host: where does it lie? with china? guest: it begins with the united states. it is the task to keep americans safe, falls squarely on our country. we have allies in the region who can help us. certainly the south koreans are very concerned about what's taking place. and we certainly need to ensure that the chinese do everything
they can to put this leader back in the box. host: the other threat that was brought up during james clapper's testimony is that isis is plotting to attack in europe but also the united states. and it could possibly be that they attack the united states this year in 2016. on a scale of one to 10, how serious is that threat? guest: oh, yes, ma'am. it's always hard to put a scale on things, and i saw the testimony yesterday from director clapper. he's quite right. our intelligence committee has done remarkable work to keep us safe. this threat is real and it's constant. they continue to grow their capacity with westerners heading to syria to be trained. it's a very real threat here in the united states. we saw it in paris. we lived it here in the united states in san bernardino, and sometimes they're inspired but at the end of the day these are isis radical islamics, supremists, attempting to attack and destroy the west.
we need to be ever vigilant. we need to make sure our intelligence community has the tools and resources they need so they can stop these plots before the explosion takes place. they're doing great work. it's a long struggle. and one that we need to be ever vigilant here about inside the united states. host: how concerned are you that the situation in syria is leading to -- with russia getting involved and being on the side of assad that that is -- could be or is a breeding ground for isis and then you got this headline in "the washington post," turkey won't open their border to these refugees? guest: so all of that is accurate and it's very problematic. a doubt that they have training areas inside the middle east that exceeds the turning capacity that the taliban in al qaeda ever had enough and is done. the problem is real. we are back to a pre-9/11 risk to respond ineed
kind. we need to begin to lead throughout the middle east. it doesn't mean we have to put 1000 soldiers on the ground, but we have to leave the coalition that destroys radical islamic terrorism in the region. host: i want to go to hillary clinton when she was the secretary of state, her e-mails and the private e-mail she set up. she was asked about this at the last debate. talked about her testimony before the benghazi committee, but she also said on this fbi investigation that she is confident that she did not do anything wrong. take a listen. [video clip] hillary clinton: this is not the behavior of our islam or our prophet. chris stevens, a friend to all , although i did not have the privilege of meeting sean smith personally, he was a valued member of our state department family, and air force
veteran, and information management officer who had in baghdad, montreal, and woods workedtyrone for the cia. they were killed by mortar fire at the cia's outpost in benghazi, a short distance from -- from magic compound the diplomatic compound. they were both former navy seals and trained paramedics with distinguished records of service, including in iraq and afghanistan. host: that was hillary clinton testifying before the benghazi committee. guest: i was there. host: you are there for all 11 hours. let me go to what she said at the debate most recently. [video clip] hillary clinton: before it was
e-mails and now it is then ghazi. republicans were stirring up so much controversy about that, and i testified for 11 hours, answer the questions, and they notcally said, yet, did gather, it was a political ploy. we had a development in the e-mail matter today. >> we will leave this "washington journal" segment to go to house minority leader nancy pelosi with her weekly briefing. ms. pelosi: the president has put forth his f.y. 2017 budget which is a budget about innovation, job creation, growth in industries that keep america number one, that innovation begins in the classroom. his investments in early childhood education, pell grants, lifetime learning, very much strengthening the opportunities for the middle class which also has expanded
the american opportunity tax credit for paying for higher education and then it empowers hardworking american families that requires to childcare, paid leave and comprehensive immigration reform. by contrast -- and we honor our commitment to seniors. by contrast, republicans are -- well, we don't know what they'll come up with but we know they have put forward. recognizing that the budget is a statement of our values, what's important to us as a nation is how we make our investments. the ryan budget that is one that i call the road to ruin, has, again, undermined social security, voucherizes medicare, block grants medicaid, very harmful to seniors. t's also a budget that undercutting our investments in education, infrastructure, the list goes on.
ours is a budget that is an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few. theirs, again, trickle down. ours is middle class. theirs is triggle down, and it is full of favors to the special interests. so there we are with that. hopefully they can get their act together to come up with some budget so we can go forward. hopefully we'll do the speaker -- i admire him for this -- the budget we did at the end of september this year so that we can go forward in a bipartisan way to do our appropriations bills in a timely fashion. the -- probably separate from that we'll need emergency supplemental for zekea. my read from the speaker -- from zika. my read from the speaker is it will be bipartisan, hopefully noncontroversial as we go forward to meet the president's
request for emergency zika funding. i would hope in tandem with that we would have an emergency supplemental for flint, michigan, to talk about meeting the needs of our children and families there with all the wrap-around services they need. yesterday we had one of the most compelling hearings i ever attended in my long service in congress to listen to the mayor, mayor weaver, the mayor of flint, the experts both scientifically, head of the school system there and the rest talk about the impact on children. this could be a 10, 15, 20-year impact. it's going to cost a great deal of money in the schools. it's a part of what we need is strong investments early on in head start to try to offset some of the damage that has been done by these children who were poisoned by a decision of the leadership in the state of
michigan. really a breakdown in the compact that we have between the american people and the public policy that is supposed to affect them. this is -- this infrastructure issue is -- one of them said, the canary in the mind, because we have infrastructure problems around our country and because of the reluctance to make the adequate investments early on for infrastructure as it relates, not just bridges and highways and mass transit -- all important -- high speed rail, broadband, but our water system. some of them are still made of wood and brick and some of them are made of metals that are corrosive and harmful to children and other living things. so why should the children of flint, michigan, have to pay the price in their health, their present health and their possible future development
because of public policy decisions that have not fully recognized the need for us to make the investments in infrastructure? infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure. we've been talking about it a long time. it never used to be a partisan issue. we used to always be able to come to terms on it in a bipartisan way. it's an all american proposal that has for the most of its life had bipartisanship. it's very sad but we are hoping that -- we are very proud of the leadership of our michigan delegation, den kildee who is from flint, represents flint, and has taken the lead on that. have given us great guidance in the hearing yesterday. people came up to me yesterday and said it was clearly one of the best hearings they were ever to in terms of recognizing urgency, providing the intellectual resources in terms of evaluating the problem as
well as offering solutions, and doing so in a way that just worries about the kids and the families and not in the way of assigning blame. it challenges the conscience of our country, flint. many times i told you i'm in this because of being a mom and we try to do everything we can to do the best job for our kids. but you can't -- you can homeschool them, if you choose, but you cannot ensure the quality of the air they breathe or the water they drink or the safety of food. there comes available to them unless you have a public role. they call that big government. e call it american values. hopefully the flint emergency will be recognized in any supplemental put forward. again i salute chris van hollen, our ranking member of the budget committee, for the work he's doing on the house
democratic budget. again a budget and economy that works for everyone, not the privileged few. that is exactly what it does. any questions? es, ma'am. >> testified in the senate armed services last week that young women should be required to register for the draft. do you support requiring all young women to register for the draft? ms. pelosi: it's an issue to discuss. every time you use the word draft people get a misunderstanding what you are talking about. i have supported women in every role in the military, including commander in chief. and i think it's an important issue for us to discuss. it is the public opinion on it is, i think, thirsty for more information as to what that would mean. dwre. -- yes. >> with the republicans still trying to get their ducks in a row in terms of a budget resolution, if it comes down to
having to do a deeming language to get to the appropriations bills this year, is that something the democrats would be opened to supporting simply to get to the agreed upon numbers in the b.b.a.? ms. pelosi: are you suggesting that the republicans who always said you have to have a budget, criticized us for having a budget are not going to have a budget? >> i'm not suggesting anything at this point. ms. pelosi: an inference to be drawn would be that if we -- let's see what they can do. let's see what they can do. but we have come to agreement on what the 302-b allocation -- the al low bations are for doing the appropriations process. let's just proceed with the commitment with -- they made and proceed with that. when you ask about deeming, it would depend on what the bill was that it was in. if you're asking about a concept, you have to proceed, you have to proceed, but would
we vote for it? what's the bill that it's in? let's hope that they can come to terms with themself on the budget. >> how critical is the congressional black caucus endorsement of hillary clinton. are they sounding the alarm fter senator sanders' huge victory? ms. pelosi: politics. i thought it would be religion. what's going on here? i think it's significant to have the endorsement of the congressional black caucus. my colleagues, mr. ellison, has hastened to add it was not an endorsement. individual members and the congressional -- i don't know if they call them black caucus political entity outside of congress. that has made the endorsement. it's a large number, i think. 90% of the caucus probably supports -- maybe more. i just don't know. i know that keith ellison is a supporter of bernie sanders.
yeah, i think it's a very big deal. in that group, many women, it is -- there are many women and there are people who have of concern issues to the american people. >> just to follow up on that question. earlier you said you endorse women in all roles, including commander in chief. does that mean you're now officially ready to endorse hillary clinton? endorsing i wasn't hillary clinton in that statement. i was saying a woman should be commander in chief. i have said that a long time before we even had this election. when i'm ready to do my politics on that subject, i will. >> what do you make of the results in new hampshire, sanders sort of trouncing of secretary clinton across pretty much every demographic? ms. pelosi: i don't know -- it's a wonderful victory for bernie sanders and his message is an important one. i'm particularly pleased that
he's making a strong -- i think are. e candidates i know that martin o'malley did. we hear senator -- secretary clinton strong on this point as well. but that they all universally e taking on campaign finance reform, overturning citizens united. i hear the republicans are picking up on that. but this issue of campaign finance reform is so powerful because in the public mind and probably in some reality, you cannot separate the role of money from the priority of certain issues in this republican congress. and that's just the way it is. it affects climate change, issues that relate to the affordable care act. it relates to our tax policy. how jobs are giving corporations a boost to send jobs overseas. is that affected by the role of
money and politics? the public suspects that it is. that september sism is un-- skepticism is unhealthy for our democratcy. for me it's the first issue -- it's a defining issue. how do we strengthen our democracy? i hold tolled you before, our founders sacrifice their lives, liberty, sacred honor for democracy, a government of the many not a government of the money. this is vitally important. that is one of the values, something we all of the candidates a deep debt of gratitude for putting this in the presidential -- we have been talking about it and talking about it and talking about it, but obviously you have to run for president to get the attention to the issue. and i'm glad that all three of them did. and that has been part of the strength of bernie's campaign because of the priority he puts on that, senator sanders' campaign.
right now in terms of presidential leakses, if you want to talk politics, i don't get that involved in presidential. i probably endorse two people in my whole -- jerry brown in 1976 and dick gephardt in 2004. whenever he was still in the race. really don't get into the intricacies. what i do know is that almost every new election, all of the assumptions are stale. especially now with the increase in communication and the rest. so how important are new hampshire and iowa and the process? just look at the record. you'll see some stale assumptions. i saw commentators on tv saying this is really important for donald trump because every republican president has been launched by his success in new hampshire. john mccain clobbered george bush in new hampshire in 2000. but yet the commentators were saying this is really important
ecause -- every day is a new day. we'll see what happens in the next states as we go forward. there is no question that the momentum and the resources both political and financial and intellectual that come with a victory are something that you can't ignore. but i don't think that those two states are -- as respectful as i am -- one time when i was chair of the delegates election compliance commission a long time ago, hi to go to iowa and new hampshire to tell them they the window.within they were jumping ahead. whatever the schedule was, they would jump ahead. it -- or else they wouldn't be seated at the convention. the presidential candidates determine who is going to be seated at the convention. they were never going to say
iowa or new hampshire you have to obey the rules. so this is an old back and forth. it serves a purpose. it's good theater. wonderful for the people of iowa and new hampshire. it's not dispositive of the election. >> what do you make of the electorate that donald trump, ted cruz, bernie sanders, with all due respect if i said to you a year ago that bernie nders and donald trump would have won new hampshire, you would probably would have been committed. ms. pelosi: you wouldn't have said t >> what do you make of that electorate? what's happening? what's going on? what happened here that makes them this angry and willing to throw all preconceived notions out the window? ms. pelosi: i think we have gone beyond our pestage of the meeting -- percentage of the committeing we can spend on politics. we can have a political conversation off campus. i think you know -- it's about
rejection of the status quo, which -- run against washington always a winner. as well as personality. so we'll see how that is sustained as we go forward. i'm just happy that people are voting. i'm happy that we are expanding the electorate and the attraction to the political process i think is really important and hopefully people will stay engaged and listen to the debate. whoever wins the election, the american people will win in the campaign because their priorities will now become hopefully the priorities whoever gets elected. when you see what's happening, for example because of the lack of investment, we can't invest in education, infrastructure, we can't invest in this or that, false economies that in fact increase the deficit but rse than that increase the
deficit and opportunity for our children. yes, ma'am. >> on the budget. chairman rogers brought up the idea -- responded to the idea yesterday. i wanted to ask if you think if democrats were needed to get a package passed, does that account for the way that you behave throughout the appropriation process? the democrats push more for additional spending like labor-h? you felt there were some problems there last year. how does that change the political process? ms. pelosi: i thought we did very well with the omnibus bill at the end of the year in terms of labor-h. we always want more because we are talking about the national institutes of health, we are talking about the c.d.c., centers for disease control. we are talking about issues that relate directly to the well-being of the american people. education is in the labor-h.h.s. and education is the same committee and the same budget.
's not a question of behavior. we have the allocations. hopefully they will be allocated appropriately. it's one thing to have the top line, it's a question of how they are al low kuwaited. -- allocated. we hope to have a smooth process. that's what we would anticipate. hat's of course we thought our bipartisan agreement set us on. we are not going to stand in the way of progress of getting the job done for the american people. it's just curious to me that the republicans would be suggesting deeming when they have criticized it over and over and over again. one more here. >> you sounded optimistic or relatively confident that there would be a supplemental for zika. what do you base that on? have you or your office been told by the speaker's office to expect one? secly, have you gotten any read from them about potential for money to deal with the crisis?
ms. pelosi: perfect question for the speaker. he'll be here. i feel confident. i haven't seen anything that would indicate anything other than strong bipartisan support for how we go forward there. i don't want to discuss a conversation i had with the speaker, you can ask him what would he say about that. >> sounds like you have had conversations. ms. pelosi: this is a possibility. this is a possibility. i thank you-all very much. see you next time. super bowl was great. i didn't have a team. my grandchildren were for one team, half for the other. same way with my children. but interesting. it was fun to have it in san francisco. heaven on earth there. and the weather was beautiful. the festivities, the nfl
experience. all different things attracted so many people. it was pretty exciting. i have to say that i went home for some of that right after being at the white house where the president recognized the golden state warriors being champions last year. the night after steph scored 51 points. it's what unifies -- in a your ity, no matter disagreements on any subject, you see communities come together behind their team. it's a beautiful sight. that's t we have to do for team u.s.a. thank you-all very much. [captions copyright national able satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> minority leader pelosi will be joining her house colleagues when members gavel back in this afternoon at noon. to consider your disagreements on any a bill req
the treasury secretary to report to congress on the debt and fiscal outlook. and also on the administration's plan to address debt and fiscal problems. live coverage when the house returns here on c-span. house speaker paul ryan is scheduled to speak in the same room when reporters at 11:30 this morning. we are planning live coverage of that when it starts. keep it here on c-span. right now a discussion on the water crisis in flint, michigan, from this morning's "washington journal." host: what is the process for giving the all clear? what are they doing right now to try to some the problem? guest: because they did not
treat the water, the lead has -- the lead in the pipes has been exposed. until they can secure that with treatment or with liners or replacing the pipes, they still live in the water. it takes a time and a process in order for it to reseal or coat the pipes. that's what they are waiting for. they are continuously testing and the testing is not at a point where it's safe to drink. host: what is the role of the state and local government and the federal government here to fix the problem permanently? to replace the infrastructure and make sure this doesn't happen again? guest: there's a lot of discussion. some will say we just need to recoat the pipes like we did in the past. i can tell you the people of flint, they do not receive that as a fix. i can tell you talking to the people of flint and the mayor, they want the pipes replaced.
and so there is a cost to that. there is a plastic liner that you can put in the pipes. so that's an alternative as well. the governor is coming out with funding to address it. the federal government has been asked by numerous members of congress, including in the senate with our two senators, and also dan kildee and others here in the house. so we are debating that, but the pipes must be fixed. host: the price tag is what? $155 million? guest: yes. host: to do this? i saw a report on cnn this morning that the vacancy level of households in flint is quite high. guest: right now -- there's so many levels of this crisis. first there's the human element. the lead poisoning. children are affected the most.
the elderly. but then there is the economy. there's restaurants that are closing now. who is going to go to a restaurant in flint? then there is the housing piece. my home or own renting, i would choose another place. if i'm living there, who is going to buy my house? so the trust of the people, it's going to take a long time. that's why replacing the pipes makes a lot of sense because then the trust will be restored and people will feel safe again. host: senator john cornyn, republican of texas, had this to say. while we have -- while we all have sympathy for what's happened in flint, responsibility primarily lie was state and local governments in michigan. given that we have a $19 trillion in debt, i think it's fair to ask, do we want to have the federal government replacing the infrastructure put in place by cities and states all across the country?
guest: i really want to elevate this conversation. i was the mayor prior to coming to congress and served with the u.s. council of mayors where we fought for infrastructure investment. this lead issue, washington, d.c., a few years ago had a lead water issue. members of congress all over the country are talking about the water infrastructure. and there is a constant that i really want to debate and that is, affordable safe water in america. so we are going to have to invest in our infrastructure. there are still places where we have lead pipes, but we have found how to coat those pipes or treat it with chemicals that will seal the lead so it doesn't leech into our water. eventually we have to stop kicking the can down the road and start investing. i want congress to have that conversation. i want them to fix flint. but i want us to start talking about what is safe and affordable water in america? it's a human need.
it's a basic need. and it's one that our government, through our e.p.a., through our clean water initiative, have made a promise to the people of america. and we need to keep that promise. host: how much is the price tag for replacing the infrastructure across the country? as you said it's not just flint where people have old homes with lead pipes. guest: that's where leadership comes in. am i going to say i'm never going to fix any infrastructure because it costs a lot of money? you plan. you say, this is the cost. and the places -- i would say prioritize those areas where you have children with lead in their -- you are testing the children, you see high levels of lead. invest in those communities first. but we must it -- infrastructure with our railroads, bridges, streets. we can't just keep saying it costs too much. you're going to have to plan. we are going to have to invest or we are going to look like a third world country with our
infrastructure. it's past the point of discussing the cost. plan it out. it may take us 50 years, but let's start doing what we must do. host: we want to get michigan residents involved in this conversation as well. fourth line for all of you folks, 202-748-8003. republicans, 202-748-8001. emocrats, 202-748-8,000. independents, 202-748-8002. ohio, independent. good morning. go ahead. caller: good morning. i have been under the understanding this problem in michigan had started to -- to save money for the government. and my question is, what is our government going to put more importance on human life than they are money? to me i would think that human
life is more important than money. when is the money thing stop and the people thing start? when do we care more about people than money? that's my question. thank you. guest: thank you for your call. unfortunately it is true. it was a financial decision that was made to switch from a source of water that came through the city of detroit that had serviced that community without lead in it, clean, safe water, to a alternative water system, the flint water system, that was not treated. the decision that was made was based on a financial decision. the failure came when they switched the water and did not . at the water when that water came in and the -- it was not treated, then the lead in the pipes started leeching into the water. and the other failure of our government was notifying the
residents and stopping them -- letting them know to stop drinking the water. those were the failures. right now there is an absolute need for acceptance or responsibility from the federal government, from the state of michigan. the state of michigan made this decision. understand we have laws that says that federal dollars go toward natural disasters. this is a man-made disaster. so the state of michigan, the governor has announced that he investing funds into fixing the price and other things. it's not enough to fix the problem. so there is a lot of discussion going on here in the federal government. how much should the federal government contribute to this? we can't sit back and say we won't contribute anything. the president did step up. submitted an approval for
funds, but he could not release the amount of funds that would have gone for a natural disaster because it's man-made. so the state of michigan will have the brunt. here is a surplus in our state budget. and that money must go towards flint. host: on the federal level from "the detroit news," the two senators from michigan, democratic senators gary peters and debi stab now, they offered an -- stabenow, they offered an amendment with the goal of jump-starting the process of repairing or replacing the service lines, contributing to the contestimony nation. $400 ld provide up to million to the e.p.a. to help fix flint's water supply. they face an uphill battle in republican-controlled senate where g.o.p. members are pressured by conservative constituents to rein in the growing debt. the emergency money provided through the drinking water revolving loan fund program would have to be matched dollar by dollar by the state of it's $50 hether
million or $400 million. does michigan have that money? guest: michigan doesn't have a lot of choices here. the governor's going to have to look at that budget. i absolutely know there's $50 million there. we are going to have to prioritize the investment. there's pipes. then there's the treatment for the children. early education. we are going to have to invest in mandatory early childhood development because the only way that you can counteract the poison and the damage that lead does to a child's developing brain, nutrition. early childhood development. they need counselors, they need nurses. so these are things that are not optional. you have a whole city, think about this, a teacher in a classroom with a whole city of children who have been affected with lead poisoning. it comes out in behavior. it doms out in challenges in
learning -- comes out in challenges in learning, some people call it special ed. then the psychological effects of that. and there's all kind of study on lead poisoning. if you go into a prison you'll see a large number of the prisoners have lead poisoning. there's been discussion about mr. gray, who was shot, had lead poisoning. it's so many discussions happening here. the infrastructure is only part of the issue of the funds we have to attract. host: by the way, here's what the latest is from governor snyder on this. he sent out a tweet late last night saying he never ordered the d.e.q. to withhold information about lead in flint schools. what's your response to that? guest: they did not release the information. this is a delicate balance here. ome have asked, why are you,
you know, finger pointing? we failed as a government. i sit on oversight. that's my job in congress. and i'm the ranking member of the interior. e.p.a. clean water. this should never happen in the united states. we failed. we need to know every step, who ade decisions, who made -- who did not perform their job, who was notified, when did you react? so we can fix this. we have already -- yesterday, i'm so proud of congress. esterday, h.r. 4470 that says, once e.p.a. becomes aware of contaminants or lead in water that they must inform the residents. because what happened in flint is that, yes, the michigan department of environmental quality was aware there was lead in the water.
and e.p.a. tested the water said wait a minute, michigan, your water levels are not correct. then the michigan department of environmental quality said that they were treating the water. e.p.a. tested again. wait a minute, if you're treating the water, something's wrong because elevations are even going higher. all this time they are talking to each other. the residents are drinking the water. that's unacceptable. and collectively as a congress we voted to change that that said whenever e.p.a. tests the water, they must and it's not safe to drink, whether the primacy, which in this case michigan had primacy. they have the responsibility for treating, for informing the residents, but e.p.a. must overstep them and notify the residents so that they can stop drinking it. host: the governor also saying this. my budget proposal invests an additional $195 million to help
flint families. let's hear from robert in brooklyn, a republican. hi. caller: good morning. everything you're saying sound good so far. the question i'd like to ask, where was the stopgap of the naacp? where was the black caucus during that thousands of people and children and baby was going to get affected by that? where was those organization to step up, show the clout, and what they need to do to ensure that public safety is as they say it's supposed to be? host: let's take that question. guest: thank you for that question. we did not know. understand that this was an inside baseball. ntil that pediatrician, who is what we are calling a civil hero, start screaming that these children that i'm treating in flint, their lead
levels are too high. understand what happened in flint. you had an emergency manager drinking the water and saying, citizens of flint, calm down. this water is safe. the citizens were being told by professionals and those who were in charge of their government and the emergency manager is a person who comes into a city, take away all local home rule, and they are in charge of all of the decisions in the city, and they report directly to the governor. this person was telling the community that the water was safe. t was a pediatrician who continuously treated these -- tested these children and said, wait a minute. this is not normal. and she, and a parent, a scientist collectively, the three of them screamed loud enough that we got acknowledgement from the professionals in the city of
flint that, yes, the water is not safe to drink. and that's when everyone started coming in. i would have to say the naacp, the congressional black dauks, -- caucus, we have been very loud on this issue because we found out about it. like the people of flint, it breaks my heart. this city is majority minority. the city has 40% poverty. we are looking across this country where it's places where people are poor. places where there is large populations of minorities. that you see what we are calling environmental injustice. now, it's not acceptable anywhere, but this case of lint has just made this -- a glaring example of what happens when your government fails. hat happens when something
that's happened that i as a member of congress on oversight never want to happen again in america. because these children will never, ever be able to remove the lead that's in their brain. host: to michigan. twin lake, jim is calling from there. independent. jim, good morning. caller: hi. really think it's time that democratic party representative , candidate for the democratic presidential nomination, finally admits that local government failed in flint. as it did in detroit. and many other michigan cities. it's not republican governor that ran it into the ground. it's a democratic regime that just don't know how to run local government.
you want to blame it on the republicans, you're wrong. look, you have been a mayor. you are wrong. host: get her response. guest: thank you so much for your call. i want to be very clear. i was mayor for 14 years. and i never had a deficit. any er had to have situation where financially my city did not survive, and i have a very vibrant city. but i transitioned on to congress. there are a number of strong cities that are lead led by democrats. let's talk about what happened. local government. the city of detroit, yes. it went under a financial situation. bankruptcy, had emergency manager. but at any time were the people in the city of detroit poisoned their water? understand, if you want to have the conversation about cities that are failing, they are failing all over the country. but look deeply at what we are
talking about. we are talking about basic right, drinking water. and a financial decision was made by the state government because in this situation, whoever you want to say that the democrats -- i'm not sure who all their political affiliation in flint, however, in the city of flint, a financial decision was made. it was made to say, we will save money if we stop using this water system and use a different one. which was not a big issue. but the fact of the matter that that happened and they did not treat the water and actually poisoned people with lead is unacceptable. whether you are a democrat or republican or independent, never again in america should that happen. host: congresswoman, you're supporting hillary clinton for president. she took time off the campaign
trail heading into the new hampshire primary. went to flint, michigan. met with residents there. she called it immoral. the congressional black caucus is endorsing her today. are the two related? speaker aid there -- ryan: before i take your questions, i would like to touch on a few areas where we found common ground this week on behalf of the american people. first, with regards to the crisis in flint, one thing we want to do is make sure that something like this never happens again. so yesterday the house passed a bipartisan bill that holds the e.p.a. accountable for keeping the public informed in the event of high lead levels. as chairman upton said yesterday, this bill should not be necessary, but it is. this is a good first step in our response. second, we have moved one step closer toward a new round of north korea sanctions. this is a bill that we first passed in the house last month under the leadership of chairman ed royce.
the president's strategy of strategic patience with north korea, it's not working. the president's strategy of strategic patience with north korea is simply working. we can't be patient when a dictator threatens our country and allies with advanced nuclear weapons. these sanctions will cut off support for the ream good morning, america's w.m.d. program. we hope to make this law soon. this will be on the floor here in the house this week. third, the senate will complete work today on legislation to improve our nation's trade enforcement system. this is a very big deal. this is something that i negotiated as chairman of the ways and means committee. it is the most comprehensive overhaul of our custom laws in a generation. one of the big reasons we have updated our trade laws is that we don't want to allow competitors like china to write the rules of the global economy. so this bill provides the tools we need to actually enforce the agreements that we have. this is a big step in the right direction. it eliminates barriers to trade. it levels the playing field for
our manufacturers and for our small businesses. the customs bill also place as permanent ban on taxing internet access. internet tax freedom is one of those provisions we have been extending every year in fits and starts. americans should not have to worry about something as vital as this being taxed by any government at any level. so now we are banning taxes on your internet access for good. this customs bill is also a bipartisan house-senate conference report that's very important. getting a bill passed to the house, getting a bill passed through the senate. then having a conference committee and report and passing it through both chambers. this is how a bill has become law. this is called regular order. so this also is another step toward regular order. i'm very proud of that fact. last thing, while we are working to get things done, we are also focused on keeping the president and holding him accountable. as you know the president is contemplating closing guantanamo by transferring
detainees to american soil. this is against the law. the president's own attorney general agrees it is against the law. the president's own defense secretary agrees it is against the law. so we are pressing ahead with legal preparations. if the president takes illegal action, we will be ready to respond. the law is the law and it is just that clear. with that i would be happy to take your questions. >> the question is about international tax reform. last year you talked with senator schumer about using that to pay for a highway bill. are you looking forward to continuing those talks this year? what's the chance -- speaker ryan: kevin brady and i had a meeting, chairman on the ways and means committee, so kevin is moving ahead with this. i believe he is talking with senator schumer.
of course senator hatch as well. inversions are happening by the way day. so i think we should press ahead by trying to advance solutions. gone. hway bill is that's past. that opportunity is gone. i would like to think people would want to fix these international tax law problems for the sake of fixing these problems al tax law and no other reason but that. that is necessary to get this done. but having said that, i just don't know if the administration will be there at the end of the day. it shouldn't stop us from trying. the chairman of the ways and means committee is going to keep pressing ahead. >> the commandant of the marine corps and chief of staff testified in the armed service that is young women should be part of the draft. do you personally support regarding all young women -- mr. speaker: we are waiting to hear from the defense department. i want to hear what they have to say before entering judgment. >> regarding the zika virus,
the white house said on monday there is a bipartisan push here in congress for funds to combat the effects of that. do you expect that to be on the floor soon? and how will that -- speaker ryan: we are still waiting for the submission from the administration. i he met with the appropriators. senator mcconnell, he met with his appropriators over there. they are meeting together. so this is something that we are going to have a briefing with all our members on the zika virus. we are getting prepared. we are waiting for the official submission from the administration to then scrub t we do anticipate some kind of bipartisan action on this because this is something -- this is a problem we want to get ahead of. >> will it be offset? speaker ryan: we offset emergency spending. >> you guys are having a family discussion tomorrow on this, the budget, you guys had hoped to do the mark up when you returned, and get it out on march 3. get a jump on appropriations. my question is how much are you guys willing to wait to settle or -- speaker ryan: we never had a
set deadline. april 15 is the deadline. we want to do it earlier so we can get a jump on the appropriations process because we are losing those weeks in july. because of our schedule for 2016, we are trying to get the budget moving earlier. look, i was the chair of the budget committee. i feel very strongly about budgeting. i feel very strongly about getting a real working appropriations process so that we can reclaim the power of the purse. my views are very well-known on this. we are having the kind of family conversation. this is a different kind of leadership. this is not jam things down people's throats. this is the kind of leadership where we will make decisions together as a republican conference. what i intend to do tomorrow is to lay out all of the options and all of the choices and give our members all of the facts so that they can make a well informed decision. that's what we'll do. >> past march 3 -- speaker ryan: april 15 is the deadline. if we get ahead of that, we are ahead of the ball. i want them to start this budget conversation as soon as
we came back from the christmas break after the state of the union. i wanted to start this before i even got the president's budget. my whole point is to get a jump on the schedule because we are losing summer weeks because of the conventions. we are still way ahead of schedule. the last one i would say is, i have been doing budget conversation was this conference for a long time. this is not a unique situation. this is an annual situation. we are just having this conversation in february instead of having it in march and april. >> when will the house take up t.p.p.? and the -- speaker ryan: i don't think the votes are there right now because of the concerns about what's in the t.p.p. i can go on all the issues, but the point is we shouldn't bring something up if we are not confident that we have the support there for it. i think the president and the administration has a lot more work to do to get support for this document because there are some legitimate concerns about it. i just don't see the support
there right now. can i get into my concerns, but there are enough concerns don't know there is majority support for it. >> you spoke about today about regular order, sticking with regular order. there's a lot of people on the capitol talking about going outside regular order for this process given some of the chal lection you face. how confident are you today you can stick with regular order? speaker ryan: it's clearly my goal. again, i am not going to have a speakership where i am the micromanager and dictator of the house. i'm the speaker of the house. we are going to make decisions together as a team. the members will help decide how we proceed. i have my own strong opinions how we should proceed. it's -- a lot of people have never even been here for an appropriations process. the last time congress passed all the appropriation bills i believe was 1994. so this is a power of the purse that is so vital to the
legislative branch, to having the legislative branch hold the executive branch accountable. so that's why i feel strongly of having a viable working appropriations process. it typically breaks down in the senate. it broke down in both houses last year. i want to get it back up and running. our members will make this decision together. >> based on your conversation was your colleague, do you think there is majority support or will be in your conference for -- speaker rye yan: i don't know what the vote count was. it was overwhelming. the judiciary committee passed by wide bipartisan votes four bills out, i think they have more coming. this is one of those cases where i think congress ought to work its will. there is bipartisan support for these bills. i'm regular order guy. whatever comes out of committee, if it has support to come out of committee, i'm in favor of moving these things. >> you mentioned the nint tax freedom ban. proponents of the online sales measure they want to try to tie those together.
i understand one of the agreements on the senate side there will be a vote over there . i know you are a regular order guy -- speaker ryan: i'll give you a regular order answer. >> i understand. but chairman goodlatte has held up that bill, according to many supporters. do you see that coming up in the house this year? speaker ryan: i support chairman goodlatte and moving the process through his committee. e has an alternative version of this bill. i support his effort in doing that. you know why? that's the committee of jurisdiction. >> the appropriators, many have said they are willing to move forward at the october spending level regardless of the outcome of the budget discussions. would you let them do so? speaker rye yan: we have a 1974 budget act. you have to have -- i don't want to get too wonky. you have to pass a number so that appropriations can continue. and the budget is typically where you pass that number.
do i want the appropriations committee to proceed? yes. in order for them to proceed we have to pass a bill authorizing their ability to proceed at that appropriated number. >> if you can't get agreement on friday, is there a chance -- speaker ryan: we are in february. the budget deadline is april 15. we are starting this conversation a month and a half early so we can get a jump on the process. this is the kind of conversation we had last year. it was over defense spending. every year there are machinations and concerns about aspects of the budget. this is no different than any other year we have. we are going to have a family conversation, our members are going to be given all the options and data and evidence and the choices in front of them and we as a team. will thake ma decision. thanks much. appreciate t -- it. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy.
isit ncicap.org] >> there are eight amendments to the bill. final passage is expected later today. live coverage of course when the house returns right here on c-span. and until the house returns, remarks from homeland security secretary jay johnson -- jeh johnson. he gave his second annual speech on the state of homeland security. we'll show you the entire speech tonight here on c-span starting at 8:00 eastern. for now here's a brief portion as we wait for the house to gavel in. >> i want to say welcome to the many distinguished guests. secretary john son: the senior clears of the department of homeland security who are here. secretary chertoff, judge webster, members of the aspen group. members of the press. dr. dimarco and her sister who is visiting from connecticut. and my niece, elie.
most of all sarah harrison who has control of my slides. good morning, everyone. thank you, jane, and the wilson certainty, for hosting me again this annual ritual. jane is a terrific supporter of our department and our homeland security mission. and a voice of strength and common sense in this town. jane for the third year in a row i continue to appreciate your leadership and your mentorship. thank you. today i will outline the progress we made in 2015 and the goals the president and i have for the department of homeland security in 2016. in the remaining 3 had 4 -- 344 days of this administration, there is much to do. i intend to make every day count. the former president of my alma mater, more house college, used
to tell his students, we only have just a minute, but eternity is in it and it's up to us to use it. with deputy secretary as my partner, we'll push an aggressive agenda to the end. i begin these remarks with a shout out to the men and women of d.h.s., led by the terrific component heads seated before me. it's the nature of our business in homeland security that no news is good news. but no news is very often the product of the hard work and extraordinary, courageous effort our people put in every day to keep the american public safer. -- safe. last fiscal year, for example, t.s.a. screened 695 million passengers, three million more than the year before. screened 450 million pieces of checked luggage, the highest in six years. and at the same time seized a record number 2,500 firearms
from carry on luggage, 84% of which were loaded. last fiscal year c.b.p. creened 26.3 million containers, 11.3 million commercial trucks, one million commercial and private aircraft, 436,000 buses, fairies, and trains, 10 million private vehicles, and 382 million travelers at land, marine, and airports of entry to the united states. at the same time c.b.p. collected nearly 46 billion in duties, taxes, and fees making it the second largest revenue collector in the u.s. government. last fiscal year, h.s.i. made a record high 33,000 criminal arrests, including 3,500 alleged members of transnational criminal gangs and 2,400 alleged child predators. last fiscal year, the coast guard saved over 3,500 lives,
and seized 319,000 pounds of cocaine, 78,000 pounds of marijuana worth total of $4.3 billion wholesale. in just one mission off the coast of central and south america, the national security cutter straton alone seized over one billion in cocaine along with two drug cartel-owned submersibilities. last year the secret service -- submersibles. last year the secret service, by providing physical security to 160 world leaders at the u.n. general assembly and at the same time providing security for pope francis as he visited new york, washington, and philadelphia. ast year, fema provided over $6 billion in federal disaster assistance, and there to help communities recovering from
flooding in texas and south carolina, tornadoes in oklahoma, and typhoons in the western pacific. this past sunday d.h.s. personnel from the secret service, t.s.a., c c.b.p., fema, i.n.a., the coast guard, and other components led the federal effort to provide ground, air, maritime, and cybersecurity for super bowl 50. then there are the individual acts of good and heroic work by our people to save lives and go above and beyond the call of duty. in late december, nine border patrol agents traveled miles on foot or by horseback to come to the aid of an arizona rancher who had fallen off her horse in a remote mountainous area. last march, two uniform secret service officers helped save the life of a journalist who suffered a heart attack in the east room of the white house. last july, coast guard petty officer hair at this swam
nearly a mile at night in 57 degree water and 30 miles per hour winds to save the lives of four stranded fishermen. finally, we honor those killed in the line of duty. h.s.i. agent scott mcgwire was killed last month by a hit and run driver in miami. i was glad to at least have had the opportunity to visit with scott's wife and 5-year-old son and hold scott's hand before he was officially declared brain-dead. his funeral was 10 days ago in new orleans. our people do extraordinary ork every day to protect the homeland. please consider thanking a t.s.o., a coasty, -- coasty, customs officers, or border agent next time you see one. there are people do extraordinary work. i know we must improve the manner in which the department
conducts business. like last year, reforming the way in which the department of functions to ty more effectively and efficiently deliver our services to the american people is my new year's resolution for 2016. we have done a lot in the last two years, but under the leadership of our undersecretary for management, there is still much we will do. my overarching goal as secretary this last year is to continue to protect the homeland and leave the department of homeland security a better place than i found it. the centerpiece of our management reform has been the unity of effort initiative i announced in april, 2014, which focuses on getting away from the stove pipes in favor of more centralized programming, budgeting, and acquisition processes. we have transformed our approach to the budget. today we focused departmentwide
on our mission needs rather than through component stovepipes. with the support of congress we are moving to a simplified budget structure in which line items mean the same across all components. we have transformed our approach to acquisition. last year i established a d.h.s. wide joint requirements council to evaluate from the viewpoint of the department as a whole our component's needs on the front end of an acquisition. we have launched the acquisition innovations in motion initiative to consult with the contractor community about ways to improve the quality and timeliness of our contracting process. and the emerging skills required of our acquisition professionals. we are putting faster ontracting processes in place. we are reforming our h.r. process. we are making our hiring process faster and more
efficient. we re using all the tools have to recruit, retain, and eward personnel. as part of unity of effort initiative in 2014, we created the joint task forces dedicated to border security along the southern border. once again, we are getting away from the stovepipes. in 2015, these task forces became fully operational. in as part of unity of effort initiative in 2014, we created the joint task forces 2016 we a to officially authorize them in legislation. we are achieving more transparency in our operations. we have stepped up our office of immigration statistics and gave it the mandate to integrate immigration data across the department. last year, and for the second year in a row, we reported our total number of repatriations, returns, and removals on a consolidated departmentwide basis. the long awaited entry-exit overstay report was published in january, providing a clearer picture of the number of individuals in this country who
overstay their visitor visas. it reflects about 1% of those who enter this country by air or sea on visitor visas or through the visa waiver program overstay. we are working with outside, nonpartisan experts on a borter stat to develop a clear and comprehensive set of outcome metrics for measuring border security, apprehension rates, and inflow rates. since 2013 we have spearheaded something called the d.h.s. data framework initiative for the protection of the homeland, we are improving the collection and comparison of travel, immigration, and other information against classified intelligence. we will do this consistent with laws and policies that protect privacy and civil liberties. as we proposed to congress, i want to restructure the national protection and programs direct rat from a --
director yacht to a component called the cyberand infrastructure protection agency. i'm very pleased that the 2016 d.h.s. budget adopted by congress and signed by the president is part of our omnibus spending deal reached in december. i'm very pleased with that. it funds all of our homeland security priorities, including finally the completion of the main building of the new d.h.s. headquarters at st. elizabeth campus in southeast washington. will never get to work there. but perhaps they will name a courtyard or conference room after me. >> can you see the entire speech by the homeland security secretary tonight at 8:00 eastern here on c-span. live now to the house of representatives for legislative business this afternoon. members debating a bill requiring the treasury secretary to report to congress on the debt and fiscal outlook. a vote on final passage
expected later this afternoon. the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. god of mercy, we give you thanks for giving us another day. we thank you that we are a nation fashioned out of diverse peoples and cultures, brought forth on this continent in a way not unlike the ancient people of israel.