tv U.S. House of Representatives Legislative Business CSPAN May 12, 2016 4:00pm-6:01pm EDT
the ayes have it. the amendment is adopted. accordingly under the rule of he house, the committee rises. the speaker pro tempore: the committee has had under consideration the bill h.r. 5046 and pursuant to house resolution 20 reports the bill back to the house. under the rule the previous question is ordered. a separate vote ordered on the amendment reported from the committee of the whole? if not, the question is on adoption of the amendment in the
nature of a substuent as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the question is on engrossment and third reading. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the clerk: a bill to amend the office to authorize the attorney general to make grants to assist state and local governments in addressing the national epidemic of opioid abuse and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. >> mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? >> i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is -- pursuant to clause 8 and rule 9 -- clause 9 and rule 20. this will be followed on motions to suspend the rules on h.r.
1818 and h.r. 4586. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. unfinished business is the vote of the motion of the the gentleman from kentucky to suspend the rules h.r. 1818 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1818, a bill to amend the public health service act to provide grants to states to streamline state requirements and procedures for veterans and emergency medical training to become civilian medical technicians. the speaker pro tempore: will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 413. the nays are one. the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 415. the nays are one. 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from kentucky, mr. guthrie, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4586, as amended,
on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 429. h.r. 4586, a bill to amend the public health service act to authorize grants to states for developing standing orders and educating health care professionals regarding the dispensing of opioid overdose reversal medication without , son-specific prescriptions and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 415. the nays are four. 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. collins: mr. speaker, i sent to the desk a privileged report from the committee on rules for filing under the rules. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 725. resolution providing for consideration of the bill, senate 524, to authorize the attorney general to award grants to address the national epidemic of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use. the speaker pro tempore: it will be referred to the house alendar and ordered printed.
for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the committee on armed services be authorized to file a supplemental report on the bill h.r. 4909. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. he house will come to order. the house will come to order. members, please take your conversations off the floor. the chair will now entertain
requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? ms. ros-lehtinen: mr. speaker, -- >> the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady will suspend. dr. rodenberg: will reinstate burial rights at arlington cemetery for these pioneers. i want to thank my colleague, martha mcsally, standing right in front of me -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady will suspend. the house is not in order. the gentlelady may continue. ms. ros-lehtinen mr. speaker, as the sponsor of the bill that
awarded the congressional gold medal to the women air force service pilots, known as wasps, i applaud the passage by the house and senate of legislation that will reinstate burial rights at arlington national cemetery to these women pioneers. i'd like to congratulate my dear friend and colleague, congresswoman martha mcsally, sitting right in front of me, the first woman pilot in the u.s. air force to fly combat missions, who led this effort. i am humbled to represent a die verse south florida community, home to some of these women trail blazers, like -- trailblazers, like ruth, bea, as well as the late francis and helen. i am so glad that we helped them to bring them back the right to lay at arlington cemetery if they wish to do so. i'm truly honored, mr. speaker, to have joined congresswoman mcsally, and i thank those who joined us in this valiant effort.
hank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida seek ecognition? the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. for what purpose does gentlelady from florida. >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, today i rise as a proud daughter to talk about a matter of government transparency. the families of those who lost their lives on september 11 and all americans deserve to know who was behind these terrible, horrific terrorist attacks. i believe some of those answers can be found in the 28 class fried pages from the joint
inquiry into the attack. ms. graham: 28 pages my father, senator bob graham, has been advocating for the release of for 12 years. i have read the 28 pages. my father has read the 28 pages. some of my colleagues in the congress have read the 28 pages. but yet, still today, the american people aren't able to read them. as elected officials, we answer to the people. add lie stevenson said it best as citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law givers and the law abiders, the beginning and the end. mr. speaker, no one has been able to answer the question why is it necessary to continue to hide the truth from the public. so it's time to allow all americans to read the 28 pages
and make up their own mind as is their american right. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. thanks to a report by the house energy and commerce committee, we now know that a top c.m.f. official misled congress during a hearing that was investigating wasted funds on obamacare state exchanges, the report of which i have right here in my hand. when obamacare was enacted rgs the president freely gave taxpayer money away to states to establish these state exchanges. since then exchanges in oregon, new mexico, hawaii, nevada, among others, have failed and billions of taxpayer dollars
have been squandered. i think i speak for the american taxpayers when i ask, where is all the leftover money? my legislation, h.r. 4262 addresses this problem by establishing a plan to recoupe federal funds and most importantly, protect american taxpayers from having to pay back the balance. clearly, state exchanges are a mess if a c.m.f. administrator cannot talk about them. it's a problem that is only just beginning and going to get worse. i thank the committee for the investigation and i urge my colleagues to support my legislation the transparency and accountability of failed exchanges act and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.
mr. doyle: i recognize one of my constituents, harold hayes who is retiring after more than 35 years in broadcasting in pittsburgh, pennsylvania. harold has a lifelong connection to the city of pittsburgh. harold graduated from south hills high school and the university of pittsburgh and joined as a reporter in 1979 and been there ever since providing the people of southwestern pennsylvania with solid objective reporting about the news that matters to them. there is no doubt that harold hayes has served as pittsburgh's reporter throughout his his many years of kada. i congratulate him on his retirement and wish him all the best as he begins the next phase of his life. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from arizona seek recognition? ms. mcsally: ask uke to dress the house for one minute and
revise and extend. opioids epidemic is tearing our communities apart. many know the pain of losing a loved one. nobody or no family is immune. we have an jow dose rate twice as high as any other county in arizona. southern arizona's close proximity to the border exascerbates this problem as more and more come flowing into our communities. reports show that between 2010 and 2015, heroin seizures spiked by more than 300%. too many lives have been ruined, which is why we must act. the house is voting on 18 bills to take steps such as launching programs and evidence-based alternatives and increasing the availability of life saving
drugs. this is to stop the rise of opioids epidemic. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek reckniss? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to commemorate national police week and to honor police officers killed in the line of duty. sobering stories of every day heroes lost in the line of duty led me to introduce h.r. 2350, the children of fallen heroes scholarship act along with my colleague, congressman mike fitzpatrick. this is a commonsense bill that would ease the financial burden
of fallen law enforcement and first responders by increasing federal student opportunities for those children to pursue a college education. every child should have a tear opportunity to pursue a college degree, especially those who have suffered the unimaginable loss of the loss of a parent in the line of duty. i commend the senate for passing our companion bill earlier this week and i call upon the house to pass our bill immediately. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? to ek unanimous consent address the house for one minute. senator i thank graham to take the lead. the information is critical to the freedom of america. we have introduced eight resolution -- representative
lynch, massie and myself, we have over 54 of our colleagues who have joined us to say to president obama, you have the authority, you don't even need congress to declassify this information. you promised the 9/11 families that you would do this. mr. president, keep your promise to the 9/11 families who are in so much pain. keep your promise to the american people and let the american people know the truth about 9/11. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: we would remind members to address their remarks to the chair. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlelady is recognized. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, it gives us sometimes special privilege to be able to come to the floor and acknowledge that giants live among us. today i want to honor a giant in
my community that i had the privilege of representing, the iant by the name of carl whitmarsh. think of president kennedy, president obama and many other leaders who invested in america, you would think of carl whitmarsh and invested in the process of democracy and invested in the democratic party. but he had a sincere heart. one of the young members of the texas young democrats. in the course of being an activist, he worked with one of the first african-americans to integrate the young democrats in the name of doris hubbard. in this nation, we are all equal. he was feisty and strong and made us stand up and acknowledge our responsibilities of service. we lost him this past weekend. and i want to thank for the
great work they have done to ask him or answer his need in the place where he lived. thank you to all they have done and his friends what they have done and certainly he was a friend of hillary clinton and a friend of mine and so many of those who now mourn him. so beyond those of us who count ourselves as activists, let me say that he was a public servant and believed in helping people and let me give my sympathy to his friends and family because we know not only is a voice of democracy is silent but a person who loved all of us and loved life and was willing to share, that person now in the name of carl whitmarsh. may you rest in peace, we lost you but not your spirit or legacy. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from wyoming seek
recognition? loom loom permission to address the house. today in the natural resources committee, we heard testimony about how the bureau of land nagement planning point 20 rule affect counties who are dealing with federal lands in their districts. the federal land policy management act is a law that was designed to give local governments a lot of input, especially in counties where there is a tremendous amount of federal land. we heard today from counties that had 90 and 95% of their land owned by the federal government. they need input what's going on. the law contemplated that and the proposed new rule to change that and perhaps eliminate some opportunities for local governments to have input into federal land management
decisions would be a huge mistake. i ask the bureau of land management to extend beyond the 30 days they granted to 180 days, the time that local governments and other stakeholders are allowed to respond to the proposed new rule. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. without objection. mr. meeks: thank you, mr. speaker, as i often do, i reached out to my constituents to find out what issues are most important to them. i sent out a survey and thousands responded. the top three issues on the minds of folks back home are affordable housing, gun control and police community relations. in every congress since i have been here, i have pushed to fund to renovate housing and increase the amount of section 8 whosing
vouchers. on gun control, i have co-sponsored every gun violence prevention bill in this congress and i will continue to stand up to the n.r.a. and the rest of the gun lobby and i'm aware of the need to improve community police relations and need to force a dialogue with the police and the communities they serve. to my folks back home, i hear you loudly and clearly. and i will continue to stay focused on the issues most important to you. and thank you for participating in the survey that we sent out and i'll continue to fight for you, as i always have. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair reminds members to address the remarks to the chair. under the speaker's anoungesed policy of january , 2015, the gentlelady from new jersey is recognized. mrs. watson coleman: i ask unanimous consent that all
members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the subject of my special order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. watson coleman: thank you, mr. speaker. for what feels like the first time this year, the house got to work on something that will help millions of americans, addressing the opioid crisis. my home state of new jersey is a perfect example of this epidemic in both reach and financial impact. for every four of every five new heroin users, started their drug abuse addictions with a prescription opioid. and by one estimate, new jersey 128,000ome to more than heroin addicts. in the past 10 years, heroin has claimed 5,000 lives in my state. and what we -- and we fall just
short of the top 10 in the percent of health care costs, we use on those suffering with opioid addiction. both heroin and prescription painkillers are driving national crisis of lethal overdose with more than 60% of these deaths re attributed to opiate abuse. many have called many have called this an epidemic and they are absolutely right. it deserves our attention and i applaud the bipartisan work we've done this week. but while we've taken a few vital steps, there are two very important things that i need my colleagues to understand. first, that although we have newly and rightly chosen to show those dealing with opioid addiction compassion and clemency, the only thing new about the addiction epidemic is
its face. e greatest have been among whites, in suburbia. meanwhile, communities of color have watched families arrested, convicted and imprisoned for decades over nonviolent drug offenses. african-americans are three to four times more likely to be arrested for drug crimes, and when these offenders go behind bars instead of to treatment beds, it breaks families and has lasting devastating impacts on both families and communities. we have now begun to take an evidence-based approach to drug abuse. one that recognizes that arrests and long prison terms come at great cost and zero benefits. it's something that we should
have done a long time ago. but now that we recognize the flawed policies of the past, we need to turn a critical eye to the victims of the older paradigm and often them the doors to rehabilitation that we have created for today's offenders. there's a second vital step here, mr. speaker, without which all of our bipartisanship today will be meaningless. we have authorized a variety of measures that have the potential to stop the advance of the opioid crisis. but without funding and continued review, our work will be worthless. states and local municipalities need new resources to combat this crisis if we're going to make any kind of difference. that's why my democratic colleague put forth a -- forward a proposal that would
provide $600 million in new funds, specifically to fight opioids and heroin. my colleagues on the other side of the aisle voted to block that proposal, which makes me concerned that they assume that the handful of authorizations enough. ked on will be with 78 americans dying from opioid overdose a day, the american people cannot afford for us to wash our hands of this issue without providing the resources necessary to halt this epidemic for all of those that are affected. we need to keep pushing forward. mr. speaker, i'd like to now yield to my colleague from minnesota, the honorable chairman of our progressive caucus, congressman ellison. mr. ellison: i thank the gentlelady for yielding and i also want to lend my voice to
hers as i stand here before you to say i was happy to vote for the legislation addressing opioid addiction today. sad that republicans didn't support democratic initiatives, but overall happy with the work that has been done on this vote the yeas are week. i know many people fighting ioid addiction, it's debilitating, it's heartbreak and ruined the lives and though the steps we took today were positive, we would have taken more. but, you know, mr. speaker, i'd like to reflect upon an issue that's related to this but give a little historic perspective because i think that congress' response to opioid addiction -- has hink, in the been commendable. if it was 20 years ago today in
the mid 1990's, perhaps, the response of congress then to crack cocaine was very different. the response to crack cocaine -- massive incar ration incarceration. the fact that crack cocaine was blankets police in certain neighborhoods, front end loaders in poor neighborhoods and i just -- i hope that what this more humane, more medical-oriented response to drug addiction represents as america learning how to deal with drug addiction. because i think a more cynical person -- not me -- might say that because crack crearn was eople that were -- cocaine was people that were african-americans, a prison response was warranted and tolerable and because opioid is
more broad, it affects the majority community as well, that a more reasoned response is warranted. you know, thinking about people like kemba smith who got 24 years in prison when she was a student at hampton institute. she never touched one gram of crack cocaine. had a boyfriend who was a drug dealer. he housed some drugs in her house. she got convicted. end up getting 24 years in prison. thank goodness president clinton gave her a communtation, but ruined her life. we now have about 2.4 million people in prison, many for nonviolent drug offenses, many who were arrested and given enormous amount of time in the crack cocaine wars of the 1990's, and i hope that the enlightened approach that we have now, which is not marked with helicopters and front end loaders and all types of weaponry, literally
militarizing black neighborhoods across the united states back in the 1990's, i'm glad that's not the response we've taken this time. i hope it means we've learned something, but i hope it also means we go back and ask ourselves if some of the exosh tent sentences that people got, life sentences in some cases, 10 years, 20 years, we revisit these. we look at mandatory minute mums for some of these offenders. we look at how we exploded massive prison rates all around crack. we -- even though in my opinion crack and powder cocaine are basically the difference between ice and water, they're essentially the same chemical. we incarcete one much severely than other. one is used predominantly by whites. the other one blacks are found in possession of it and the rates of incarceration are dramatically difference. this congress punished crack cocaine 100 times more severely than we did powder. we changed that to 18 times
more. it's an improvement. it's not equality, but i hope that today the way we deal with opioids -- which i supported and i voted for because i do bleab that we do -- believe that we need to have a more medical approach to drug addiction than the militarized, police-oriented, incarcerated-oriented measure we did in the past, i hope the way we deal with this new drug addiction, it is not a reflection of who is being hurt. and i think that approximate we really want to demonstrate that it is -- that it's a reflection of what we have learned, then we have some unfinished business to achieve because there's still a lot of people who are dealing with the vestiges of mass incarceration and the war on crack cocaine. let me also just say that, you know, i remember being a young criminal defense lawyer in minnesota, and i remember being in court when a courageous
young judge named pam alexander, african-american female, found that the difference between powder and crack cocaine sentencing was not warranted by the facts or the evidence and the fact amounted to an equal protection violation under the minnesota constitution to the credit of the minnesota state supreme court. they upheld her ruling, but pam alexander paid a heavy toll for her courageous judicial work because she was nominated to be a federal district judge. that was blocked by people who didn't want -- who wanted to maintain the status quo, and she never got to be a federal district court judge. now, she's still a distinguished journalist to the pride of us all, but, you know, just showing some people went to prison for this and others had their careers limited because of their willingness to speak up against these equal protection problems. and so i just hope that today
represents, you know, our advance and our understanding rather than just, you know, the ifferent treatment that people historically received in our country. i definitely feel i was proud to vote for the four measures today and enjoyed the debate and definitely was -- my heart was in sync with all of my colleagues when they were talking about some of the very horrific problems that people suffer from opioid addiction. i'm right there with them, and my heart is right there with them and my mind is right there with them but i cannot, cannot get it out of my head about how differently we dealt with the crack epidemic. according for center for disease control, blacks and whites use crack about the same rate and yet there are whole jurisdictions in this country where there was literally no white person being charged with crack possession and there were african-americans getting five years for a few grams. 10 years for a few more.
and their lives absolutely devastated because of it. and i just -- i mentioned 2.4 million people behind bars. much of this is driven by the war on drugs. there's 2.7 million children whose parents are behind bars. when your parent goes to prison, it devastates family income. and so i'm just going to turn it back over. i am proud of the votes i took in favor of addressing opioid addiction today. say i hope it was because we learned something about the war on drugs. say that we must go sort of fix some of the overzealousness of the war on crack years in the 1990's and say that i really hope that our sympathies don't run only in favor of people who look like us but to all americans and i yield back. mrs. watson coleman: i want to thank the gentleman from minnesota. i appreciate the remarks that he has made and the issues that
he's brought before this body this evening and particularly his illuminating for us and reminding us of the disparities of the criminal justice system of the way we dealt with drug addiction in the past but we are in an enlightened period in light of the work we did just today and i hope we look at the issue of drug addiction and those addicted in the same humane manner even if it's not just an addiction to just heroin or opioids but it's an addiction to a drug that's harmful to their well-being. and now i'd like to yield to the gentlelady from new york, congresswoman carolyn ma leaney. - maloney.
yumeds. ney: mr. speaker, i'd like to thank -- i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i'd like to thank -- mrs. riend, ms. bonnie watson coleman. our country is facing a great crisis. according for the center of disease control, 78 americans die each day from an opioid overdose. we are in the midst of an addiction, an epidemic, an epidemic robbing mothers and fathers of their children and children of their future. i cannot imagine the torture and hardship that not only those with these addictions suffer but their families and friends as well seeing their loved ones in pain, unable to help them but that does not have to be the case. congress can make a difference. our actions here can help save
lives, save people from suffering and having to bury a loved one. but we cannot stop this epidemic with just congressional authorization of new grant programs, studies, reports. we must fund these needed tools so that communities have the resources they so desperately need. today, the house passed and i was proud to support the comprehensive opioid abuse reduction act, a bipartisan bill creating the comprehensive opioid abuse grant program. and while i wholeheartedly support this new program, we have to make sure we provide the funding that's necessary to get the program up and running. this new program and any others we enact will be no help without funding to support it. since 2000, there has been a 200% increase in the rate of
deaths attributed to opioids. this problem is only getting worse and has been for sometime. our actions are already too late for the 28,000 lives lost just in 2014. the leading cause of accidental death in new york state is now an overdose. an estimated 886 lives were lost citywide in 2015. that's 886 preventable deaths a year just in new york city. 886 individuals that could still be here today should we have acted sooner. . last month, the mayor announced a new plan to combat deaths caused by overcoast. killeding -- building on the thrive new york city initiative to combat programs to support those suffering with mental health problems. actually, today, the first lady
was here in washington meeting with the delegation on the thrive initiative and ways that we were working in the city to combat the opioid epidemic. earlier this week, governor cuomo of new york launched a statewide task force to face the heroin and opioid crisis in the state head on. but our states can't do it alone and they shouldn't need to. this isn't a problem confined to one district, one state, one seion of the country. it is a nationwide epidemic that cannot b allowed to continue unabated any longer. we owe it to all of those suffering, those addicted and their family, show we recognize this problem and we are working for them, not only through our efforts, our votes authorizing ese new programs today, studies, reportings, buthrough actually putting the necessary support behind these efforts and funding them.
we can and we must work to save lives, but all those votes are for naught if we don't actually get the programs off th ground. communities across the cotry need our help and the time to act is no we have already lost too many to this epidemic. i am proud of the votes on the floor today in support of moving forward to to somethg about it. i thank the ntlelady for her leadership, for yielding, and i yield beco my time to the gentlelady. >> i thak t gentlelady from new york and i now yield to the gentlelady from texas, the onorableheila jackson lee. ms. jackson lee: thank you, congresswoman, for leading this special order, congresswoman bonnie watson coleman. and for bringing us together around two very important issues, not only this question of opioids but as well the question of the rights of women.
et me say that this has been a week for news. news coming from the most powerful law making body in the nation. as i heard a member say in the course of the debate on the list , notioids legislation that that we needed it for the record is established through the congssional record but that we would want to have those areas that are usually filled with media really take hold of what is being done on the floor of the united states house of representatives. and of course our complementary legislation of the other body. over the past two days, we passed legislation dealing with pregnant women, we passed legislation dealing with teenagers who lost their life because of overdose of
prescription drugs. we passed legislation that gave a whole litany under the judiciary committee, not of mandatory minimums and mass incarceration but how do we bring law enforcement and substance abuse counselors together? how do we provide training for police officerses to use nacks loan? -- to news in a lox sewn. how -- naloxone. how do we provide resources and training for those who are addicted? how do we get parental trarning as it relates to individual whors addicted and their children are addicted? how do we monitor the issuance of prescription drugs with the respect for the medical profession that we all have in doing their job? because we do realize that this prescription journey started with the new approach to pain management that had been studied
on an evidence-based bay stiss, that you would heal better, you could allow the pain not to be so devastating. then of course what happens are many things. that the amount of prescription is more than you would need or that your children get ahold of it or other people's children, or there's no place to dispose of it. so in this discussion of opioids, i want it to be reflected that the congress came together as republicans and democrats, focusing how we should address this as a sickness and an addiction and not as incarceration and punitive sentencing. so we follow the beginning in 2009, we removed some of the disparities between crack cocaine and didn't happen in this large, unfair basis where if you had a little bit of crack you were in prison for 400 years, you were in cocaine you
might skip by. we made that step. ut now, 2016, we've made a metamorphical change because we moved from the thought of mass incarceration to treatment. when i finished the debate on the floor of the most recent judiciary bill, authored by mr. sensenbrenner, working with mr. goodlatte, myself, and mr. conyers, i indicated we missed a period of history of the crack cocaine users. many of them are languishing in prisons. so i'm hopeful that this bipartisan spirit, as we look to sentencing reduction through 3717, somethingmy rack louse because it includes retroactivity, many of those are crack cocaine users, nonviolent that we'll have the ability as this legislation works its way through congress to include them in the scheme of treatment and
the restoration part of what we're trying to do in lives of people who are sick and addicted. i have someone come to me and say, don't forget the meth users and we know that meth was an epidemic and still is and how destructive it is to one's physical look and body. so i am delighted to join my colleagues here to say we did have a news worthy, great week and that we're taking a look at opioids in a different manner, that we are taking a look and working with physicians in the medical profession to be able to ensure that they do their work and that we find a way to provide a monitoring situation that we can stem the tide of this horrific and horrible, destructive, drug addiction that destroys lives. so many young people. i close by saying, some years ago, my late mother was in the hospital and we know how we
treat our parents, but our mothers. and i was flying back and forth rom this house, checking and determining what her condition was. she had so many moments she was on the brink. one of the moments i came to the hospital, there was erratic behavior. i looked at my mother. that's the issue we want. we want people to be explained as to what's going on. it was a treatment that was dealing with trying to ease her pain. i had to ask them, what is she using? percocet. the first time i heard that word. six years ago. or even later. beyond six years. that was 2010. so even earlier than that. i didn't know the ramifications of percocet, i'm a lawyer, not a doctor. but i realized that whatever it
was, the cure was worse than the disease and i asked them to take my mother off of percocet and for me never to see that again. now, how many families do that? she did get off of it. thank god, she healed and walked out of that hospital. that wasn't the time that she passed. she lived for another day. but we need in this opioid discussion, as we're moving against mass incarceration to explain to families and physicians, to talk about what these painkillers can do, because in essence, they are sometimes so toxic that they, in many instances, easily cause addiction as i've heard many parents say about their youngsters who had athletic injuries. so to congresswoman, thank you for yielding to me because i think this week has been a magnificent week when we have eeped the door, kicked the can, not down the road but we've kicked it to open the door for
all of us to say to america, it's ok. addiction can be cured. but we're going to work alongside of you so that you can openly seek that cure to relieve yourself of addiction and we're not going to direct you down the path of incarceration. and mandatory minimums. i want that for those who are languishing, who have been sentenced on crack cocaine and i'm looking forward to working so that legislation covers that aspect of those who are still incarcerated. with that, i thank you for yielding to me and thank you for your leadership. ms. watson-coleman: i thank the gentlelady for sharing with us in our special order hour and sharing her wisdom and experience and unique observations and recommendations and proposals. thank you very much. mr. speaker, let me add just one more thought to this topic. this week we demonstrated that bipartisanship is still possible. our -- on issues that matter to the american people. we need to take that same spirit
and apply it to the countless other issues that have always been bipartisan. restoring the voting rights act, for one. addressing the significant dangers of a virus, in this instance thombing zika virus, as another illustration. passing a budget that creates jobs and grows paychecks for american workers. and as we now shift topics here, mr. speaker, there's another issue this body has been avoiding for decades. a few months ago, i joined my colleagues on the floor of the house to urge passage of the equal rights amendment. we're here again, mr. speaker, and we'll keep coming back until it's done. we've been avoiding ensuring protext for women and the constitution for almost 100 years. and with enduring biases and discrimination against women, there's no better time than now. the e.r.a. would give congress the constitutional grounds to pass legislation that gives
women victimized by gender-based violence recourse in federal courts. restoring elements of the violence against women act that have been deemed invalid by the supreme court. the e.r.a. would give women a stronger legal platform from which to protest gender bias discrimination at work. giving cases like betty duke's 011 suit against wal-mart the standing they would need. because when you prove statistically lower pay and slower promotions, the biases are obvious. and shouldn't be allowed to continue just because they haven't been specifically expressed. the e.r.a. would keep women from being forced out of work during pregnancy, a protection that currently does not exist. and those are just a few of its benefits. for a long time, the push for
the e.r.a. has been viewed from a single perspective, but it is time for a coalition of women of every ethnicity, every religion, every nationality and every race to stand united in the call for the e.r.a. because it is for all of us. there are unique issues that every minority group faces, but they're all compounded when you add the gender to that place. we can and we must work together to level the gender playing field and the e.r.a., it is the best route to that goal. i now would like to yield to the fierce fighter for women and the e.r.a., the gentlelady from new ork, mrs. maloney.
mrs. maloney: mr. speaker, i truly want to thank bonnie watson coleman for hosting this special order to talk about the equal rights amendment and i can't think of anything that is more important than protecting the rights of half the population of america. we in congress and in our country have helped other countries win their independence and craft their constitutions, and one of the things we worked to place in that constitution is equality of treatment for all people. we have seen that countries that treat women well have less terrorism, less turmoil, more economic stability, and that adds to the peace of the world. yet we don't have women in the constitution of the united states of america. i think it's listening past due
and it doesn't cost any money. it just is an equality statement in a constitution giving protection to half the population. i have come to this congress and i reintroduced the equal rights amendmentful we know that it passed in the 1970's, it fell three states short of ratification, you need 38 states, 35 ratified it. so it has already passed in this country before, and there is huge support. currently, we have over 187 bipartisan co-sponsors that have joined bonnie and me in this effort. now, there's an old chinese saying that women hold up half the sky. but what most women are concerned about is how they're treated while they're on the earth. we want to be treated fairly on the earth. and the exclusion of women, half the population, from the
constitution, has dire consequences. last month, we commemorated equal payday, or more appropriately, unequal payday, when the average woman's salary catches up with an average man's earnings from the previous year. to put it simply, women have to work 3 1/2 months more than a male colleague doing the same job with the same pay to reach equal pay. now i can say we've made progress. when i first entered the work force, we were 59 cents to the dollar, we have made progress, we're now at 79 cents to the collar. economists say it will be year 2025 before anything near quality is reached forin equality of pay. given the fact, the economic state for women is
unacceptable. if we want to ensure financial stability of american families and protect economic growth. it's very interesting. one study that was done by heidi hartman, who is an economist, an award-winning economist, she stated that if you just paid women equally you would eliminate half the poverty in the united states. so everybody talks about programs and job programs and everything else. just pay women fairly and you would eliminate half the poverty in our country. that's an easy way to address opportunity and fair treatment. cents s unfairness of 79 to the dollar, it is also much, much more unfair when it goes to women of color. the pay gap is even larger, and the pay gap is narrowed slightly -- has narrowed
slightly over the years but the impact is perhaps more detrimental today than ever before because women are participating in the work force in record numbers, and increasingly women are sometimes absolutely necessary for the income of the family and some are single parents, as i am. i am a widow. so when you treat a woman fairly, you're treating her husband fairly and her children fairly. and with more women in the work force because they have to work, bringing home a full fair paycheck becomes more and more important. i recently asked the joint economic committee democratic staff to study the effects of the gender gap, and not just as the 79 cents to the dollar but what does it mean over a lifetime. and this report, which was probably the most comprehensive, in depth report on the subject to date and it
looked at the pay gap between age, race, congressional districts. it looked at over the span of a lifetime it compounded so that women are 75% more likely to live in poverty in their old age than their male counterparts because the unequal pay in the paycheck translates into lower pensions, lower social security, lower savings and just less cash in the pocketbook. they say that in one year over the lifetime of a woman, the average is that you lose over $500,000 in pay. that's just the pay. then you have to compound it into all of the savings aspects that all of us rely on in our older age. we found that the gender gap varies widely by race, age and state, and working mothers -- this is so interesting. for a country that says we honor the family, we honor the
mothers and the fathers, if you become a mother, and many economists have written the same thing, you pay a penalty in the form of depressed wages when compared to working fathers and women without children. so women that become mothers, the study shows they are paid less. you call it the mommy penalty. yet, men that become fathers are paid more. men that become fathers are paid not only more than women but they are paid more than men without children. so it's interesting, and the statistics are that the men with children make 15% more than men without children and significantly more than women. but over a career, this disparity widens for women, making them more likely to live in poverty. older women are the largest segment of poverty in our
country. women cannot support their families or fully participate in the economy when they are consistently paid less than men doing comparable work, and this is bad for everyone. and as you go through it, you wonder why does the gender gap persist and what can we do about it. in the past 30 years, the gender gap has been stuck at 79 cents to the dollar. well, after controling for the complex factors that contribute to the gender gap, which could be leaving work to take care of children, taking care of an elderly parent or other reasons, there is a 40% gap which many economists attribute to discrimination. and without the e.r.a., there is little to do, there is no recourse to fight gender discrimination when it does exist.
the late justice antonin scalia agreed and famously said, and i quote, certainly the constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. the only issue is whether it prohibits it, and it clearly doesn't, end quote. believe that justice scalia, who ruth bader ginsburg called her closest friend on the court, was doing the woman's movement and those who care -- like-minded men who care about women a favor by making this crystal clear. he was a strict constitutionalist. he went by the constitution. and his statement made it very clear, women are not in the constitution, therefore, i as a justice and others would not protect them. so we need to correct this and something that we could join hands and make happen. if bedon't explicitly protect -- if we don't explicitly protect women in the
constitution, there can be no expectation for equality in the work force, sports, academia and there is no remedy for discrimination against women in the court. there have been celebrated supreme court decisions that the dissent has said this will be reversed in later years and i believe it will, but they decided against women on the point that women aren't in the constitution. well, let's change that. that's something we can do in this house. pass a bill that puts women in the constitution of our great country. leaving women out of the constitution and legally defenseless harms all of us in other areas of our lives. the proimpress women have made can too -- the progress women have made can too easily be repealed, judicial attitudes can be shift. something is fundamental as equality of opportunity and rights should not be at the
whim of who's on the court, who's in the legislature or any other law that could be put in place to roll rights back. i'd say that equality for women is a fundamental right that the vast majority of this country supports. i polled it once and 99% of people in america said, yes, people should have equal rights. yes, they should have equality of opportunity. yet, this fundamental aspect for half the population of america -- and it's an important half of population. every man had a mother. women are there working in the home and the society, in the ommunities as. as we help support and empower women, we empower our economy. we cannot compete and win in this world economy without using the strength of all of our people, and that means not
just talented men but talented women also. the constitution already fully protects -- 90% of the country actually thinks the constitution already fully protects women because it seems like so much like a no-brainer. you know, if you asked anyone in this body, they'd say, of course, women should be treated equally. i want my daughters and sons to have equal opportunity. properly valuing women is the right thing to do for our daughters, sisters, mothers and grandmothers. it's also the closest thing to a silver bullet to stimulate the economy. if you just paid women equally, you would move so much more money into the economy that would have to be consumed and spent in the economy. i want to really thank the like-minded men and women who support the opportunity for -- and the goal for women to be
treated fairly. i believe this is an issue that we could all agree on. it is a fundamental right. i think that people believe in opportunity, and this is one way to make sure that all of our citizens have the same opportunity. i want to thank bonnie for bringing this issue to the floor. she brings it to the floor once a month, and that shows the persistence and commitment that i want to follow and i want to support because i can't think of anything more important that we could spend our time on as a nation or as individuals than helping people have the equal treatment, the equal opportunity that they so justly deserve in this great country. i just want to close by saying, i wake up every morning and i say a prayer and i kiss the ground and thank god that i was born in america. there's no question in my mind
that we are the greatest country on earth. we treat our people the best. it's amazing. we just did a report that came out of the president's office of economic advisors that shows that our economy is leading the world. the only thing that is hurting -- a onomy is suffering suffering other economies are pulling us down. one of the reasons we are so great is we always strive to be better. i can't think of doing anything more important or better than treating all of our citizens equally and allowing them to have the same equal opportunity under our great flag and under our great constitution. it's long past due to put women in the constitution. i hope my colleagues will join me in helping to make this dream of equality a reality in the great country of the united states of america. thank you very much, and i yield back to bonnie. mrs. watson coleman: thank you,
and i want to thank the gentlelady from new york. i welcome our partnership on this endeavor. we committed to one another that we were going to continue to raise the issue of the e.r.a. on a monthly basis so that people will be reawakened to just how significant and important this is. and i was very struck by the information that she shared with us with regard to the unequal pay as it relates to women versus men. and while we cited sort of the general knowledge or norm that's associated with the e.r.a. and with unequal pay, we recognize that there is even a greater disparity when it comes to african-american women and latina women to the tune of 63 cents on the dollar and 54 cents on the dollar. and with that i'd like to yield to the gentlelady again who is also a fierce fighter for equality for all people, the gentlelady from texas.
ms. jackson lee: as i listened to congresswoman maloney, i heard her mention the constitution and the importance of the equal right amendment. and i'm reminded of the constitutional amendment that was needed in 1920 to allow women the right to vote. so if you took a broad assessment of the american people, they might elude to that that women have the right to vote but what i would offer to say to them, every time we wanted to be sure of a right given to a leftout group, we had to add to the bill of rights. the bill of rights includes the fifth amendment, which is the protection of our property and due process. it includes the 13th, 14th and 15th amendment that codifies constitutionally the wrongness of slavery and the concept of equal protection under the law. t in all of that, it has not protected women in their rightful place in this society
to have a legal basis to object to unequal pay. it did not provide the cover for lilly ledbetter who went to protest the fact that she was paid less and was not given any respect by the employer. felt there were no laws that protected her. so i believe that all of my tenure in congress i have supported the equal rights amendment legislation. and so i just answer today for they come ay -- here again or they already have a bill of rights. they have the amendment allowing them to vote. yes, we have sectors of rights. the right to vote. maybe we join in and have the right to due process, but what the equal right amendment does is it pierces the vail of governmental leadership and governance and it says to the
50 states that you must adhere to the constitution as it is related to women. that every aspect of governmental action that impacts women, without discrimination against men, you must put them on an equal footing. we was title 7, we have title 9. but mr. speaker, in spite of those statutes, women are still discriminated against. because you can't section off their rights and expect all of their rights to be protected. so discrimination under title 7 fits one box, title 9 with athletics fits another box. but then for some reason, we have all of these different aspects that seem either not to prevail under lawsuits under
title or not to prevail under lawsuits under the title 9, but women are still discriminated against. so if there was an amendment that would cover all aspects of governance, that states had to adhere to, counties had to adhere to, cities had to adhere to and certainly the federal government because the constitution is the constitution of the united states for all people, then we would see the lifting of those issues that impact women and are not clarified through the statutory process. so i rise today again to support the movement of this bill through committee and through the floor of the house, committee would be the judiciary committee, and through the floor of the house. ultimately through the senate and for my colleagues, many of you know that there's a constitutional process that will engage the state and then ultimately that will become an amendment to the united states constitution. what better process of engaging
the people of the united states in determining whether they want and recognize the importance of an equal rights amendment than the process of amending the constitution of the united states. and so, i yield back this time by saying, we are doing what is right and i'm hoping that its conclusion will be in short order on behalf of the women and the men and the families of this great united states of america. yield back. mrs. watson coleman: i thank the gentlelady from texas for joining us in this discussion as well. mr. speaker, it has been almost a century, time for the e.r.a. is right now. with that, we yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: under the spear ex-- speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2015, the gentleman from washington, mr. reichert is recognized for 60 minutes as the
designee of the majority leader. mr. reichert: thank you, mr. speaker. my colleagues and i come to the floor of the united states house of representatives to spotlight and highlight a very special week. a week that brings families and police officers together here in ashington, d.c., a week that's called national police week, where families and police officers from around the country come and gatter to remember those police officers who -- whose lives were tragically taken in the line of duty during the past year. and this happens every year. and so in that process, we not only remember those lives that were lost in the past year, but we also remember those lives lost in all the years prior to that. and later on, i'll talk about a
couple of close friends of mine whose lives were taken early in their career in the king county sheriff's office. i should say that prior to coming to congress, i spent 33 years in the king county sheriff's office in seattle, starting in a patrol car, then as a detective, then as a swat commander, hostage negotiator, precinct commander and finally sheriff, then coming here to congress. so to begin tonight, i would like to honor police officer rick silva and washington state trooper brett hanger, who both tragically died in the state of washington in the line of duty. washington state trooper brett hanger, trooper hanger died on august 6, 2015. while investigating a marijuana
grow in a small town called yakima, washington. he was 47 years old. he had a wife, lisa, and six children, emily, erin, kaley, eric, kyle and kevin. trooper hanger served with the state patrol for 17 years, all of which were spent in the state patrol's district 7. which includes counties in washington state snohomish county and watkins county. early in his career he, receive the award of merit from the state patrol for assisting in saving the life of a suicidal person. one of the things we forget about police officers, we are really peace officers and we're there to protect people and keep the peace and the vast majority of us who go into law enforcement enter into law enforcement to protect people
and to save lives. and that's what trooper hanger did in 2000, on just one occasion that he was recognized for. i also want to recognize police officer rick silva. 18, was 60, he died on june 2015 in centralia, he had a wife, cindy, and a daughter, shannon. from 1986 to 1988, he was a lewis county corrections officer from 1988 to 2002 he was an officer with the lewis county sheriff's office. he was employed when he passed away by the shealess police officer. he was a self-taught master fabricator, race car driver and automotive restorer and carpenter. since the first known line of duty death in the year 1791,
more than 20,000 u.s. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice. a total of 1,439 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years. an average of one death every 61 hours or 144 per year. there were 123 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2015. since the beginning of 2016, 36 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty. 36. this year. so far, the number of firearm related fatalities is up 50%, compared to the same time last year. in 2014 alone, there were 15, 25 assaults against law enforcement. injuries. n 13,824 we hear sometimes in our own communities about those who lost
their lives but we don't always hear about those who were injured in the line of duty and the next speaker that i'll introduce here in a moment is also a career law enforcement officer, who was also a sheriff, sheriff in florida. and i'm sure that he and i together could trade place stories all night that would illustrate for you, mr. speaker, and others listening, the danger that one experiences as a law enforcement across this country. so i'd like to yield some time to the sheriff from florida, mr. ugent. mr. nugent: sheriff, thank you for yielding time for me. mr. speaker, we are here at a very solemn time in the law enforcement community. national police week is the week
that we honor those that have fallen the year before and all the prior years. when sheriff reichert was talking about the statistics of assaults on law enforcement officers, the number of law enforcement officers that are killed annually, you know, behind each of those stories is a real person. a son or daughter that is not coming home anymore. a wife or a husband. i've been a police officer, i was police officer for 38 years. ultimately a sheriff in florida. i've buried my share of fellow law enforcement officers in those 38 years, too many to even talk about without bringing a tear. but i can tell you as a rookie police officer, right out of the academy, the first year i was on the street, one of the guys i
went to the academy with was shot and killed. that was the first year out of the academy. i was held hostage at one point in time in my career by a guy that was intent on killing his wife. we all have stories like that. sheriff reichert is one of those true heroes in law enforcement. he's too modest to talk about the times he's been assaulted, stabbed, the folks he's put in jail, the green river murderer. but that's just the type of people that we are. we're very humble. i was blessed to be in law enforcement for 38 years. 12 of those years were outside the city of chicago. and i will tell you this, the brotherhood in law enforcement is the same wherever you go across this great nation. we're made up of people, though. and we have flaws like any --
like anybody else. whether you're a physician or a teacher or even a priest. ometimes they do wrong things. but 99.99% of those in law enforcement do it for all the right reasons. it's not because they're going to make great pay. it's not because, oh my gosh, i get to work the weekends or work holidays or work midnights and miss birthday parties. they do it because of the love that they have for the people they serve. whatever community may be, as large as new york city and as florida.apaca, the feelings that go into being a law enforcement officer is one of service to their fellow man. i've been blessed. my wife and i, for 41 years we have been married. three sons. all of them in the military. but the one, middle son, a blackhawk pilot for the florida
army guard is also a deputy sheriff in hills breaux county, florida. and i know -- in hiles bro county, florida. and -- in hills bro county, florida. -- in hillsboro county, florida. i know the feeling his wife has every time he dons the uniforms and leaves for work, is he going to come home tonight? that's the feeling all our wives out others felt as we went the door, to work at whatever city or township or whatever agency they supported. we've been blessed in america and it's because of those people, that thin blue line, that are willing to stand in front of danger to protect the normal, average citizen, somebody they've never met and may never meet again. they run into burning buildings, just like on 9/11, to save people. they face down felons to save their fellow man. and all they ask for is a little
respect. and i don't think that's too much to ask for. this week, we passed a piece of legislation, the fallen heroes flag act. it allows us, as members of congress, and in the senate, to provide a flag, it's a small token of our everlasting appreciation for the sacrifice that family has given in the death of a loved one who serves their country wearing a law enforcement officer's uniform. we pass that here, the president is going to sign it. it gives us the ability to provide that flag at no cost to the family, go figure. but at the end of the day it's about recognizing in a very small and symbolic way that it does matter. blue lives matter, and all lives should matter. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back to the distinguished sheriff from washington state,
dave reichert. mr. reichert: thank you, sheriff. so sheriff nugent served 35 years, i know he looks a lot younger than i do but he served a couple of years longer than i did. sometimes we call people heroes and we don't really accept those -- we we don't readily accept those titles because as the sheriff said, we just want to help. cops just want to help. they want to help people they want to serve the community and they want to keep people safe. and i'm and i'm proud to have another member here tonight who i'm going to introduce, who has been a staunch supporter of law enforcement since his time in congress. we actually came here together in 2005, and he happens to be a judge from texas.
so judge poe, we'll recognize the judge for whatever time he consumes. mr. poe: thank you, sheriff. i want to thank the sheriff and sheriff nugent and all those members of congress who have served in law enforcement before they came to the house. this is a solemn week when we show our respect and honor to those who have wornhe shield or the star. you notice it's, mr. speaker, the shield, the star is always over the heart and it's symbolic of protecting us from outlaws, from criminals, that they stand, law enforcement stands between us and those that would do us harm. that's why they wear the shield or the star over their heart, because they will give their lives and have for the rest of us, protecting us from those do
bads out there. i served as a prosecutor in houston, texas, for eight years, and then 22 years in the criminal courts trying all kinds of cases. and i met a lot of police officers. i still know a lot of them. and they are certainly a rare breed that would do what they do. most americans couldn't impon patrol one day and do what they do and they are to be admired. we honor those that have died last year but we honor those that have died in previous years. and some in america don't realize that capitol police protect us around the capitol. and two capitol police officers in 1998, john gibson and jacob chestnut in the capitol gave their lives protecting members of congress. we should remember them. last year 128 peace officers
were killed in the united states. 11 of those were female. 12 were killed in texas, the highest of any state. there were also two k-9's that were officers that were killed in texas. three of those that were killed were from my hometown of houston, texas. darren of the sheriff's department and officer jones of the sheriff's department and also richard martin of the houston police department. about this time last year there was a robbe in progress. we call those hijackings in houston, at a service station sunday morning. and the houston police department responded. they get to the scene and they see a stolen ue hall van speeding away -- u-haul van speeding away from the service station. it's a high speed chase. the u-haul jumped out, grabbed a lady that was getting in her
minivan, pushed her out of the way, stole the minivan, took off and is firing shots at the police officers. meanwhile, most of houston is asleep. and safe. the chase goes on for a long-time and officer richard martin was ahead of the chase, and he got his patrol car far enough ahead he jumped out of the car and put spikes in the road to stop this outlaw from getting away. the outlaw sees richard martin, veers off the road and hits him and kills him and keeps driving for 20 miles before the houston police department stopped him. richard martin, 47. he'd only been a peace officer for four years. he had other careers before that, including serving in the united states air force. has two children. i met tyler last week. he's 11. it was a rough, rough conversation talking to him about his dad. as sheriff nugent said, these are real people and they're good people.
they're a rare breed. the american breed who will wear that star, that badge over their heart to protect us. they are all that separates us from evil and criminals. it's the thin blue line. that's it. you either have anarchy or we have the rule of law. and those that want to cause anarchy and mischief and crime in our communities are stopped by the law. that's why we call them law officers. peace officers protecting us from those that would do us harm. and we certainly should give em the respect and their families the respect and honor that they rightfully deserve because they make a sacrifice every day. they willingly make that sacrifice for us.
most peace officers i ever met have an extra job. they don't make enough money being a peace officer, so to support their families they do something else. they work long hours all week doing everything they can to make an income to take care of their families. and we should recognize that they are the best that america has. in closing, i'd just like to say, mr. speaker, peace officers, they are really the last strand of wire in the fence that protects good from evil. protects the chickens from the coyotes. and that's the peace officers and we appreciate what they have done and i want to thank the sheriff for his serviceto our country, especially all those cases that you solved years ago and i'm sure that the criminals are glad that you are in congress and not back in washington chasing them down. and with that i'll yield back
to the sheriff. mr. reichert: thank you, judge. thank you for your service, too and thank you for your staunch support of law enforcement officers across the country. mr. speaker, i'd like to introduce mr. wilson from south carolina who has real understanding what it means to serve, and his family is a family of service, military service so he understands the service that law enforcement officers provide across this country as well. i yield some time to mr. wilson. mr. wilson: thank you, sheriff dave reichert, along with sheriff rich nugent and judge ted poe for your service in law enforcement and in congress. mr. speaker, this sunday marks the beginning of the national police week, a time each year when we especially honor the service and sacrifice of our nation's police officers. tragically, the citizens of south carolina's second congressional district lost two distinguished and courageous officers this year. officer gregory alia, a
seven-year veteran of the forest acres police department, was beloved by his friends, family and the entire community where he was born and raised. gregory was an eagle scout, a graduate of richland high school and the graduate of university of south carolina. in 2003, i was grateful to accompany him along with my son, hunter, with troop 100 of st. joseph's catholic church of columbia to the scout ranch in new mexico for a 100-mile trek. i knew he was a great fellow. a hardworking, dedicated and humble man, he was an embodiment of a hero every day of his life. as a new father, he loved his family. looked for the god in everyone and was a selfless leader. one who brought people together. his end of watch was september 30, 2015,hen he was shot while pursuing a suspect. i am grateful his wife, cassie,
parents, dr. richard and alexis and aunt kathryn harding and his infant son, sal, are here in the gallery and community today. gregory's legacy lives on, not only in the outpouring of love and appreciation from the community but also in the actions of his family and friends. i would like to especially recognize his wife, cassie, for herselfless service in the days, weeks and months following the loss of gregory. less than a week, actually during the funeral service, as her husband was killed, the ommunity was devastated by a thousand-year rain which caused widespread flooding. days after gregory's funeral, caie volunteered at the harvest food bank and started heroes in blue, an organization dedicated to sharing and caring and also providing for the courageous stories of police officers in south carolina and across the country.
day on ded gregory alia the day that would have been their fourth anniversary. hundreds of community members and local businesses honored his memory by providing hot meals to 13 police stations in the midlands of south carolina. nearly a month after gregory aileya was provided -- alia was provided final honors at st. joseph's community church, our community lost another. staysy an iraq war veteran, rved the army for 15 years, earning serve commendations, including the national defense service medal, global war on terrorism expeditionary medal, the army commendation medal and the army achievement medal. originally from michigan, stacy joined the city of coumbia police department in 2011. she worked one of the most difficult beats of the department and regularly sought opportunities for professional
development. stacy was killed in an automobile accident when responding to a shots fired call on november 7, 2015. a highly respected member of the columbia police department, her legacy will continue to live on. indeed, last month, the city of combia police department commissioned a new k-9 officer named case in stacy's memory. just one of the many tributes to her honor. as we mark national police week, i rememr those who we lost, stand in support of the men and women who risk their lives every day to protect us. god bless and protect our law enforcement and their devoted families. yield the lance of my time. mr. reichert: i thank mr. wilson for his support and thank you for being here tonight to help us highlight law enforcement police week and remember those who have died in the line of duty and those continuing to serve. mr. speaker, i'd now like to
introduce mr. gowdy from south carolina who also has a career in law enforcement and has continued that effort here to do the right thing, protect the american people hear in congress. it's my pleasure to yield time to mr. gowdy. mr. gowdy: thank you, sheriff. i want to thank you for your service to the country and to the great state of washinon. i want to thank judge poe, mr. speaker. i want to thank sheriff nugent and my friend and colleague from south carolina, joe wilson, who is the father of a prosecutor. mr. speaker, allen jacobs was going to be a father ain, but this time it was going to be a little bit different. he was already the father of two precious little boys, but he was going to be the father of a little girl. s wife, megan, and he were expecting a child this july and life had prepareofficer jacobs very well to be a father. he was an outstanding student,
an athlete in greenville, south carolina, and he put that athleticism ad intelligence to work for our country in the united states army. he was deployed to iraq, mr. speaker, for 15 months. and he even volunteered to live in the nehborhoods of baghdad because he understood that all people want to live in a eaceful, secure environment. and after iraq, hwas deployed to haiti because he wanted to help the haitian people in the aftermath of their tragic earthquake. mr. speaker, the tug of fatherhood is strong. so allen decided to return the upstate of south carolina but his desire to protect and serve others and to provide peace and security to others never dissipated. so he left the uniform of the united states army and put on the uniform of the greenville city police department, and he
pursued that calling with the same vigor and the same strength and the same professionalism that epitomized every other facet of his life. whether it was service on the swat team or the cops on the court or the patrol officer for schools or a gang resistance team, mr. speaker, allen jacobs from top his patrol car time to time to shoot -- to shoot basketball with young men in the inner city of greenville who do not have the father figure that he was to his boys and that he would be to his daughter. now, mr. speaker, i learned all of this from allen's mother in a telephone call we had two .ays before his funeral
this strong man who survived boot camp ti and and police officer training couldn't survive an encounter with a teenaged gang member who had just been released from jail. . never even had a chance to unholter his weapon, mr. speaker. just trying to protect, serve, enforce the law and he was ambushed. his funeral gave all of us an opportunity to reflect not only on his life but on the lives of all the other folks in south carolina who died in the line of duty. whether it be russ sorrow or kevin camper or eric nicholson or marcus woodfield. or greg alia, who was killed in the line of duty as my friend from columbia