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i believe the $15 per hour minimum wage is necessary. host: that is jean's thoughts in new orleans. the house is about to come in. if you can make it quick, we will squeeze you in. you say yes. albert in harvard city, california, can you make it quick? caller: i am for the $15 per hour. you look at our country. all through the south, they have suffered for low wages. the standard of living has always been lower in the east than the west coast. it is funny when a working guy gets a job, he gets in the rocking chair and rocks back and forth. all of a sudden, he thinks he is in the middle class. host: i have to run. the house is about to come in
for their legislative session. we will bring you there now. live coverage on c-span. [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.] pursuant to the order of the house of january 6, 2021, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. with time equally allocated between the parties and in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, for five minutes.
mr. mcclintock: madam speaker, before the lockdown left took a wrecking ball to our economy, we were enjoying one of the greatest expansion of economic opportunities of our lifetimes. unemployment was at its lowest rate in 50 years. the poverty rate was at the lowest rate in 60 years. most importantly, wage growth was the strongest in 40 years, and the wage gap between rich and poor was narrowing for the first time in many years as blue-collar wages increased dramatically. the unemployment rate for women was the lowest in 70 years. for african-americans, hispanic americans, and asian americans, veterans, and disabled americans and those without a high school diploma, unemployment was the lowest ever recorded. the tax and regulatory relief we won in 2017 and 2018 explained much of that success, but
something else was going on that caused the extraordinary improvement of wages for unskilled or low-skilled workers. it was because the trump administration restored control of our borders and stemmed the flood of low-wage labor that had been suppressing wages for american workers for decades. big business and big agriculture hated this policy because it required them to pay higher wages to americans. but in the growing economy it produced, working americans who had been left behind for decades finally began to prosper. did we learn nothing from this blue-collar boom? the democrats that these families trusted to look out for their interests in the recent election are betraying them at every turn. nowhere is that clearer than the democrats' zeal to open our borders to a new wave of illegal immigration. the president's executive order
has already produced a new migrant crisis on the southern border. one, abandoned the wall. another, requires a long standing requirement that immigrants be support themselves and not burden american taxpayers. another ends the remain in mexico policy for those making asylum claims, the vast majority of those claims being dubious. another releases illegal immigrants accompanied by youth underage 17 directly into the united states. another grants what amounts to sant wear status for a -- sanctuary status. another restores unrestricted travel from hotbeds of international terrorism. the worst one orders i.c.e. not to deport illegal immigrants for 100 days. that order begs the question -- what's the difference between abolishing i.c.e. and forbidding i.c.e. to do its job? customs and border
protectionction agents reports that the flow -- protection agents reports that the flow has gone to 3,500 a day. the number at the southern border at the end of the last year was 150,000 and now doubled to 295,000. every american needs to mean what it means -- needs to understand what it means to their lives, their future. how does it flooding the market mean? how does our children help by filling their classrooms with non-english speaking classmates? how are our streets made safer by allowing aliens who drive drunk remain on our roads rather than be placed in removal proceedings? how is our nation safer by
opening travel? how are our communities safer by making it harder to deport illegal people and gang members? how is our hospital accessible by overwhelming them with illegal aliens demanding care? why would they pursue these policies that strikes most acutely at america's working families? especially now, when they're reeling from the effects of oppressive lockdowns? those blue-collar workers who made the greatest gains during the trump economic expansion are harmed by the immigration enforcement that produced it. let's not forget. millions of illegal immigrants who obey our laws -- waited patiently, they are harmed. without our enforcement of our
immigration laws, our borders are meaningless. if our borders are meaningless, then america ceases to be a nation and makes it a territory between canada and mexico. the only force that can stop them now is the american people at the ballot box. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from florida, mrs. murphy, for five minutes. mrs. murphy: mr. speaker, i rise in support of the equality act, a long overdue measure i've co-sponsored to expand important civil rights protections to every american. this is personal for me in my district. central florida is an area that prides itself on compassion, inclusiveness. but tragedy struck on june, 2016, when a gunman walked into the pulse nightclub and took the lives of 49 innocent individuals. our community relied on those same values, diversity,
compassion, and inclusiveness, to overcome hate and move forward together with love. but despite tremendous progress our nation has made toward equality, too many lgbtq americans still live in fear and that's because lgbtq people across the country remain vulnerable to discrimination on a daily basis. the equality act ensures protections that already exists for other protected classes are equally available to all americans. it's pastime -- it's pasttime we pass this bill. mr. speaker, i rise to honor david king, a constituent of mine who passed away recently. david was born and raised in tennessee and he attended tennessee technical college and vanderbilt law school where he was an editor of the law review. he then served honorably in the marine corps deploying to
vietnam. david relocated to orlando with his college sweetheart, marilyn, by his sign. he earned the esteem of fellow lawyers and judges. and david fought vigorously for his clients but always treated his courtroom opponents and the justice system itself with respect. david served as a lead attorney for the fair district coalition which worked to end partisan gerrymandering in florida. every vote matters in our democracy, he thought. david was deeply committed to the florida community, giving his financial support to many nonprofit organizations. his proudish accomplishment was -- proudest accomplishment was his family. may god bless the memory of this wonderful man. may god bless his family, his friends, and all those who loved
him. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from indiana, mr. pence, for five minutes. mr. pence: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in remembrance of my friend and fellow hoosier, ronnie moore. he was a 1966 graduate from has hancock central high school, then going to perdue and then serving in the united states army, 101st airborne division during the vietnam war. ronnie was a pillar in the greenfield community and a well-respected farmer across the state. he was also a member of my agriculture advisory board on top of being a member of the indiana corn growers association, hancock county sheriff's merit board, nine-star connect board, and hancock county drainage board. my thoughts are with his wife, sarah, his three children, and 10 grandchildren. ronnie's legacy will live on
forever. mr. speaker, i rise today in celebration of my hometown, columbus, indiana's bicentennial. for 200 years, columbus has been a vibrant community sitting between indianapolis and louisville. today, it is a world-renowned for its modern and contemporary arc -- contemporary architecture. it's been my home for my entire life, and i'm proud to be serving my hometown community. happy birthday to columbus, indiana. mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate my friend, indiana secretary of state, connie lawson, on her retirement. secretary lawson is a true public servant who dedicated her life to helping hoosiers. having served 32 years in public office, connie was a champion for secure elections and the first woman to serve as majority floor leader in the indiana senate. thank you, secretary lawson, for all the work you did for the
state of indiana and good luck on your future endeavors. mr. speaker, i rise today in remembrance of the battle of iwo jima and the taking of mount surbachi. u.s. marines were battling the japanese to gain control of iwo jima. it was that day that the flag was raised for all too see. the battle iwo jima, having visited during my service, i will always remember those sacrifices of my fellow marines. semper fi. god bless the marine corps and the united states. mr. speaker, i rise today because the democrats' newest proposal is yet again a political statement rather than a sincere effort at covid relief. last year's cares act
distributed money, mainly by state population, but much of the $220 billion for the states in the new bill will be allocated based on unemployment over the three-month period ending in december. in other words, states who fought covid-19, took care of their small businesses, and help their citizens stay afloat during the pandemic by receiving -- by being open are receiving less funds. meanwhile, left-wing states like new york, illinois, and california are getting rewarded for crushing small businesses. relief for hardworking americans must be bipartisan, and it must be fair. end of story. mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate indiana on hosting march madness this year. we're going to have division i, ii, iii all over the state. we congratulate governor
holcomb. our deep-rooted history with basketball will be well-respected. congratulations to the ncaa and indiana. it is sure to be an extraordinary tournament. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes govern michigan, ms. tlaib, for five minutes. ms. tlaib: good morning. i rise today to recognize the resilience of the residents in my district who have seen traumatic impacts of the pandemic, but they continue to show up for each other. the sisterhood among the zeta phi chapter in my district are a true testament to our community's strength. this sorority was founded with a purpose of upholding the tenets of sisterhood in service. over the past 40 years, the sisters have given countless hours of community service to
the people of highland park. their service and charity work has extended to so many organizations across my district. even during some of our district's most challenging times, they continued to show up for our neighborhoods and community members that are most vulnerable. they have spearheaded annual holiday celebrations for our seniors, provided work shops and assistance for pregnant mothers, and uplifted graduates of highland by awarding scholarships. this is our district's strength. i'm honored to uplift the 40 years of sisterhood's sister of zeta phi zeta rose chapter. 13 district strong.
the people define our history's district. 500,000 people lost their lives as a result of the coronavirus. i would like to honor a valuable member of the community who has passed. ms. hogan. ms. hogan was born and raised in detroit, was a proud daughter of our community. she began her first career in public district working for the regional public transit system. after 20 years of service, ms. hogan retired before she was called back into service with wayne county clerk. she took proud in it. she believed in grassroots actions. she will be dearly, dearly missed. i also want to give tribute to a very highly respected public servant. this is wayne county sheriff benny napoleon.
he left a tremendous mark on our community, and the community that he truly loved to service. benny napoleon served as our wayne county sheriff from 2009 until the time of his death. his love for detroit and its people was unwavering. his tenure as wayne county sheriff was worked to reduce inmate population by utilizing alternative to incarceration and employing electronic tethering. he was well-known for his pernt and his big heart -- personality and his big heart and he had a smile that would just light up the room. shortly after his death, we lost yet another public servant in our district. . the mayor. he served the dearborn heights community from 2004 until his death in late of last year. he prioritized making dearborn heights a welcoming place for all of its press departments and to call home. and was especially proud of its city's rich cultural diversity
and recreational resources. his pride in dearborn heights was evident in his dedication. we will continue to honor the memories of not only the mayor and the sheriff but also the countless residents of 13 district strong who have lost their lives to this deadly disease. wayne county napolitano, and the mayor and hogan are three of the miles per hour than 16,000 michigan residents who have lost their lives to covid. it is essential that our families who have suffered such a great loss this past year get the resources and support they need from our government so that they do not face financial struggles and hardship because of the pandemic. we must act now. our families and our communities can't wait any longer. our families deserve reoccurring payments. our local communities deserve direct aid. our residents deserved to be vaccinated. our students deserved to be
educated in a safe environment where they not only can learn but thrive. today i rise in remembrance of those we lost due to covid but lean on the strength and resiliency of my district who deserves more. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, clor five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you very much, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize two students in my district, pennsylvania 15th congressional district. who have gone out of their way to better their communities recently. after reading about their work, i felt that they deserve this recognition. mr. clark is a student at mount al lieu wishes college in crescent, pennsylvania. he's an m.b.a. student and decided to use a class project opportunity, assignment, as an opportunity to help the keystone
regional fire and rescue department. he helped the president of the fire department write an application, grant application, that resulted in a $10,000 grant to benefit that organization and certainly the citizens, families, and communities that that emergency service organization serves. before serving in congress, i spent nearly 30 years as a state certified volunteer firefighter. i was an honor to serve my opportunity community and i know how big of a deal and difference those funds can make in a small, small town company in a rural area. dave fulton, president of the fire company, said the funds will be combined with support from the county to purchase new -- a new radio system. richard's professor, offered high praise saying, quote, i'm just so happy to have a student who is so invested in an organization to really do this kind of work for them.
it's so much more than a grade for class you can do something so positive for the community, end quote. i like to thank richard for his hard work, dedication, and his commitment to serving his community. in indiana, pennsylvania, 17-year-old named lily recently reached the highest service level possible in 4-h by completing her diamond clover project. her father, sergeant frank palfrey, spent more than 30 years with the army national guard serving as the inspiration for his service project. she collected more than $9,000 in donations and sent more than 150 boxes filled with personal care items to our national guard troops, our citizen warriors, who are deployed overseavements -- overseas. accompanying her service project is a video called, we serve, too. a presentation that lily developed through her church to share the stories of military
families. though she has fulfilled her service project obligation, lily continues to collect morale boosting donations like board games, snacks, and coffee. i'm encouraged by the kindness and generosity of both richard and lily. thank you to these two for their spirit of service. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from arizona, mr. gallego, for five minutes. mr. gallego: mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life of calvin c. good, a civil rights leader and longest serving phoenix city councilmember in the city's history. he passed away in december, 2020, at the age of 93. his impact on phoenix will be felt for generations to come. calvin moved to arizona when he was 10 months old and later had to 3406 across the state to a high school 245 would enroll black students. he graduated from carver high school in 19 had a and earned a
masters education at arizona state university. in 1971 he became only the second black american ever elected to phoenix city council. in his 22 years on the council, calvin advocated for affordable housing, more accessible neighborhoods, and educational programs like head start. he was married to his wife for 55 years. as we continue to celebrate black history month, i would like to recognize and share my appreciation for calvin c. good's commitment to the black community in phoenix and advancing the lives of young people in the city. his spirit will be missed and his leadership will be felt for years to come. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. katko, for five minutes. mr. katko: -- i'm sorry.
mr. jiminez is recognized for five minutes. mr. jiminez: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize a transformational partnership announced in my district between florida inlnasht university and johns s. and james l. knight foundation in what will be a national model for public-private collaboration to meet industry needs and further fuel the current momentum for technology and entrepreneurship in south florida, the knight foundation has made a $10 million gift and f.i.u. a 10-year commitment of $106 million to catalog local tech ecosystems. it's miami-dade's top 50 public research jupet of university and top producer of minority graduates in stem fields t will strengthen our standing allowing for the doubling of computer science graduates researchers and making f.i.u. a hub for research in artificial intelligence, biodevice, and
dedgetal forensics. i'm proud of the work we did at the county level when i was the mayor of miami-dade county to make miami and our south florida communities a world class destination for tech entrepreneurs. the resources and support for accelerators incubators on colleges and universities and all the place that is serve as creation centers for innovation through the use of technology has positioned south florida as a leader in the economy of the future. i look forward to everything this partnership between f.i.u. and the knight foundation will do for our south florida communities. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from minnesota, mrs. craig, for five minutes. mrs. craig: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to participate in the h.r.c. foundation welcoming schools jazz and friends day of school and community readings. each year this day is meant to inspire caring community members to join together to affirm the
rights of transand nonby near youth and show support for lgbtq children and youth to have safe, affirming, and welcoming schools and communities. to take part in this year's readings i am proud to stand on the floor of the u.s. house of representatives to read from when aiden became a brother by author kyle lucoff. when aiden was born, everyone thought he was a girl. his parents gave him a pretty name. his room looked like a girl's room. and he wore clothes that other girls liked wearing. but as aiden got bigger he hated the sound of his name. he felt like his room belonged to someone else. and he always ripped or stained his clothes accidentally on purpose. everyone thought he was just a different kind of girl. some girls had rooms full of
science experiments and bug collections. lots of girls didn't wear dresses. but aiden didn't feel like any kind of girl. he was really another kind of boy. it was hard to tell his parents what he knew about himself because it was even harder not to. it took everyone some time to adjust and they learned a lot from other families with transgender kids like him. aiden explored different ways of being a boy. he tried out lots of names until one stuck. they changed his bedroom into a place where he belonged. he also took much better care of his new clothes. then one day mom and dad had something to tell him. i'm going to have a baby, mom announced. a baby, aiden stayed? does that mean i get to be a big brother? of course, said dad. ruffling his hair. aiden thought being a big brother was an important job for a boy like him. he wanted to make sure this baby
would feel understood right away. the baby needed clothes so aiden and his mom went shopping there. were so many choices. would the baby like sea horses or pink ones better? are you having a boy or a girl, asked a lady? aiden didn't like it when people asked if he was a boy or a girl. and he hoped the baby couldn't hear yet. he was glad when mom just smiled and said, i'm having a baby. the baby's room needed to be painted, so aiden and his dad went to the hardware store. dad chose a gallon of sky blue paint and aiden, a puffy white cloud. are you excited for your new brother or sister, asked the paint guy? i'm excited to be a big brother, aiden said. the paint guy looked confused. aiden could tell he wanted to ask a different question, and he was glad to have his dad there. the big rollers were fun to paint with. this room feels just like being outside, aiden exclaimed. he had always felt trapped in
his bedroom before they fixed it. but his new sibling wouldn't have to feel that way. you're right, said dad. let's make some shapes in the clouds. every baby needs a name. aiden loved getting to choose his own, but he remembered that it had been hard for his parents to let go of the name they gave him e looked for names that could fit this new person no matter who they grew up to be. babies needed someone to read to them so aiden practiced and practiced and practiced. dad wanted to teach aiden how to change diapers. um, maybe later said aiden. he decided that picking flowers for his mom was more important. two weeks before the baby's due date, aiden started to worry. maybe he should have picked different clothes. the blue walls might be too bright. he wished he could ask the baby which name they liked best. mom came to tuck him n are you feeling ok, sweetie? aiden put his hands over where he thought the baby's ears would be. do you think the baby would be happy with everything, he
whispered? i don't want them to feel likedy when i was little. what if i debt everything wrong? what did i don't know how to be a big brother? mom hugged him tight. when you were born we didn't know you were going to be our son. we made some mistakes but you helped us fix them. and you taught us how important it is to love someone for exactly who they are. this baby is so lucky we have you and so are we. the next morning aiden found the boxes of his old baby pictures. he looked so different back then. it hadn't been easy. but he liked the boy he was growing into. maybe everything wouldn't be perfect for this baby, maybe he would have to fix mistakes he didn't even know he was making, and maybe that was ok. aiden knew how to love someone. and that was the most important part of being a brother. mr. chairman, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. now the gentleman from new york is recognized, mr. katko, for
five minutes. mr. katko: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor the life of my dear friend, noreen fal cone who passed away on february 6, just shy of her 84th birthday. quite simply, she led a remarkable life. she was a lifelong educator, a passionate philanthropist, and a cherished community leader who lived her life in service to others. a syracuse native, she started her career working as an elementary school teacher. . even before she started teaching, noreen always focused on philanthropy. her family recounted a time to me when she was a child and received a new bicycle for christmas. instead of keeping it for herself, she gave it to someone less advantaged than her. that's noreen. in adulthood, she served on
countless charitable boards, which was an incredible amount of boards she was on. she also served as president of the board of trustees at the public school and in a wide range of schools at her alma mater. in recognition of noreen's contributions to education and her service to the community in 1998, they named the library the noreen falcone library. she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother. she leaves behind a beloved husband of 60 years, michael, also known as micky. she so loved her kids and grandkids she put statues in her yards. she could look out and be reminded of them when she saw these statues. she was a woman of strong catholic faith.
who participated in service missions around the world. remarkably, she was a first female ever elected president of the 900-plus-old order of the knights of malta, an incredible feat. noreen leaves behind an enduring legacy that will live beyond her, including mine, through her educational endeavors. madam speaker -- mr. speaker, i ask the colleagues in the house join me in honoring the life and legacy of noreen l -- falcone. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman for five minutes. >> i'd like to wish my daughter, genevieve, a happy 18th birthday. i rise today to celebrate black
history month and its 2021 theme, the black family. representation, identity, and diversity. this year's theme is an unwavingering foundation of the black excellence, even as it continues to face systemic racism and significant disparities in our society. the black family has positively impacted our history and it's important to acknowledge and affirm that black history is american history. mr. mrvan: i'd like to take a moment to honor a black family that has played the role of indiana and that's former state senatorer lien rogers -- senator erlene rogers. they had children as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren. from working as a teacher to erlene's decades of service in the general assembly and chuck
being a firefighter and first responder, the rogers family is a pillar of the northwest indiana community. erlene graduated with honors and later went on to earn a bachelor and masters of science in education from indiana university. after earning her degrees, her early career included teaching in the gary community school corporation and being an active member of the american federation of teachers which, subsequently, encouraged her to run for office. she went on to serve in numerous roles during her time in public service and was one of indiana's most accomplished and effective legislators, working with all colleagues, including my father, state senator frank mrvan. in a bipartisan fashion to improve the lives of all hoosiers. one of her many accomplishments in her legislation to address child exploitation. a deng aid ago -- a decade of
oohing, indiana had the highest number of those being sexually assaulted. it prompted senator rogers, along with my father, and countless other advocates, to champion heather's law, which requires the indiana department of education to develop a program for indiana schools to better educate students about predators and sexual abuse. i'm especially proud to note when i was first beginning my career in public service i had the opportunity to intern for erlene in the indiana general assembly. i am proud to call erlene one of my mentors. as a legislators in the u.s. house of representatives, i will continue to strive to be as dedicated as erlene in improving economic opportunity and prosperity for all residents of northwest indiana. i would like to honor chuck, who recently passed away, on december 7, 2020. he will be remembered as a loving father, a supportive of husband, and a great public servant. chuck attended east st. louis
high school in illinois and went on to graduate from indiana university. after school, chuck held several esteem positions including as a member of the u.s. army, a high school sports coach, and a high school educator of black studies. chuck was also a dedicated firefighter. as he eventually earned the title of fire battalion chief of the gary fire department, where he served for 40 years. chuck also served as a precinct committeeman in indiana's third state district, where he played an essential role in erlene's role as state senator. as we recognize the contributions of the rogers and others, we must also acknowledge and address the structural factors that continue to create challenges for the black family. in the last year, the covid-19 public health emergency and the tragic killings of george floyd, beona -- breonna taylor and others, i would regret that minorities account for more than
50% hospitalizations and deaths from covid in the united states. we must remedy the governmental failures to distribute vaccines in the communities that have suffered the most. mr. speaker, as we celebrate black history month, let us recognize the indelible contributions of black families, to the strength of our communities, as well as recommit ourselves to fighting the pernicious influence of systemic racism and the ongoing harms experienced by too many black families in our society. mr. speaker, i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. clyde, for five minutes. mr. clyde: mr. speaker, i rise today in opposition to h.r. 5, the non-equality equality act. this legislation is not about promoting equality but provides preferential rights to some people at the expense of the rights of others. this bill is a blatant attempt to normalize and promote laws that are both unfair and
dangerous to our society. h.r. 5 circumvents the bipartisan religious freedom restoration act, making it illegal to oppose abortion, forcing taxpayers to fund abortion and health care professionals to perform abortions in violation of their sincerely held beliefs. h.r. 5 will also violate women's right to privacy and safety by opening the doors for predatory men to prey on them in the most vulnerable of places, in shelters, changing rooms, and showers. it will strip parental rights by permitting children to undergo life-altering sex changes without parental consent, which is nothing short of child abuse, and it will undermine both individuals and businesses' faith-based convictions. today, i proudly stand in defense of our women, our children and people of faith by saying no to h.r. 5, no to biological males in women sports, no to biological males in women's shelters, locker rooms, and showers, no to
religious oppression of any kind, no to taxpayer funded abortion, and no to transgender medical treatment to children which is child abuse, yes, child abuse. transgender medical treatment to children is child abuse. god help us. have we lost our ever-loving minds? just think, think for a minute. i ask my colleagues to consider the threats this bill poses to their families, their communities, and join me in protecting and upholding our constitution by opposing this shameful legislation. h.r. 5. that shows favoritism to some while trumpling on the -- trampling on the rights of others. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from hawaii, mr. kahele, for five minutes. mr. kahele: colleagues, i have
the wonderful privilege of being native hawaiian. my culture has served as a guiding light throughout my entire life, a light that has survived because of the many elders who protected this light and who tekted our native -- protected our native indigenous language. for native hawaiians and so many other indigenous peoples, our language is essential for our people to live and thrive. in fact, we have a proverb that says -- in the language rests life, in the language rests death. established in 1840, hawaii's public education system is the oldest west of the mississippi. in fact, in the 19th century, hawaii was one of the most litterate nations in the world -- literate nations in the world, with over 90% of the
population to be able to read and write. january 17, 1893 is a date that is etched in the consciousness of almost every hawaiian, the day the hawaiian kingdom was overthrown. at the time of the overthrow, our language was used in all sectors of society, by all of the kingdom citizens, from our homes and schools, to businesses and government, and even the halls of justice. in 1896, just three years after the overthrow, a law was enacted that stated -- the english language shall be the medium and basis of instruction in all public and private schools. that one sentence dealt a smothering blow to our language. if you want to extinguish a people, you extinguish their language, by taking it from the ears and mouths of future generations. you take it away from their children. piece by piece, action by
action, the racist, provisional and republic government and others with influence attempted to stem the flow of oxygen to our hawaii, but they could not extinguish our fire. while hawaii was relegated to use in spaces, even perhaps to whispers in private, we spoke and we spoke in hawaiian. we kept the embers for nearly a century. so how do you revive a language? the same way they tried to extinguish it. we share it with other children. fire keepers started private preschool language nests, and in 1978, hawaiian became an official language of the state, but it would take 100 years to change that 1896 law, banning hawaiian in schools, when in 1986, k-12 hawaiian language emerged in hawaii's department of education.
these early language pioneers continued to rebuild the fire, step by step, action by action, and by the 1980's, we graduated our first bachelor's degrees in hawaiian language, and from less than 50 native speakers under the age of 18, to 20,000 self-identifying hawaiian language speakers today, our fire still burns, and it is growing. it is no longer novel to hear hawaiian spoken in our local coffee shops and our grocery stores, and my family proudly joins alongside fellow fire keepers to stoke the hawaii flame as my daughters attend hawaiian language schools. while i am filled with pride, mr. speaker, it comes with a mix of other emotions. disappointment at underfunding, frustration at the lack of equity and government use of
hawaiians as an official language, interpretation knowing how close -- intrepidation knowing how close we came to how close our language was snuffed out. i know there is more work ahead. we must continue to raise up the languages of all of america's first peoples. unesco states that a third of the world languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers left. language is essential to cultural diversity, and diversity is essential to our shared humanity. while our month of celebrating hawaiian language is coming to a close, we will continue to stoke the flames of hawaii month by month, year by year, generation to generation because, mr. speaker -- in the language rests life, in the language rests death, and our resolve is greater than ever to ensure that our languages will live on.
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: mr. speaker, i rise today to remember and honor a great georgian and a great american. william, or will, howard i think gram ii -- ingram ii, passed away at the age of 43. he began his career in the military after remarkably receiving appointments to all three of the united states service academies. he was a 1999 graduate of west point. . will wept on to earn a graduate degree from the university of washington. following his active duty service, he went on to serve his country as an army civilian for over 15 years. during that time he served as the chief of master planning for the army's third infantry
division tore several years before he took on responsibilities as the chief of operations and maintenance at fort stewart and hunter army airfield. among his accomplishments, will was most proud of his son gabe. my thoughts and prayers are with his families, friends, and all who knew him during this most difficult time. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the longest serving public servant in brian county and a great american. long time brian county sheriff clive smith retired after more than 54 years in law enforcement. sheriff smith's exceptional career was highlighted when he was presented to the key to the city of richmond hill by the mayor. it is the highest honor richmond hill can give and presented in recognition of sheriff smith's honest and faithful service to the citizens of richmond hill and brian county. he began his career in law enforcement in savannah, georgia, and sheriff smith positively impacted every resident and business owner
there from the start. he's a man marked by his bravery and passion and he is the epitome of a dedicated public servant. i would like to express my appreciation for the work sheriff smith did throughout his career, and i wish him the best as he begins his retirement. mr. speaker, i rise today to remember and honor betty miner of richmond hill who sadly passed away at the age of 87. betty lived a remarkable life and touched countless lives. she was a live long resident of richmond hill and became the first woman councilmember for the city in 1971. betty also served as mayor pro tem. in addition to her work to lead and improve richmond hill, she served on the d.n.r. in georgia. through every position she had, she worked to better her community and every life she touched. my thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends, and all
who knew her during this most difficult time. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the ford avenue historic district and an officially designated area in the city of richmond hill. after two years of planning, the richmond hill city council approved an amendment to and ordinance creating the first historic district on january 5. the ford avenue historic district at the heart of the history and contains buildings ford motor company built between 1925 and 1947. when henry ford dame came to richmond hill, the town was known as weigh station. upon his arrive the town grew and became known as richmond hill. you can feel the history walking down the street. designating this remarkable historic district is just another positive effort by the city to promote, protect, and remember its roots. i am thankful for the city -- for the richmond hill city
counsel's work on this and everything they do. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the the gentlewoman from new york, ms. velazquez, for five minutes. ms. velazquez: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to strongly denounce hate crimes in any form , anywhere in america. since the start of the covid-19 pandemic this country has witnessed a shocking rise in hate crimes against asians and asian americans. between the onset of the pandemic to the end of last year, there have been over 2,800 reported incidents of racism and discrimination against asian americans. in new york city, an asian woman was waiting in line at a bakery
when she was brutally pushed to the ground, hitting her head. on the new york city subway, racial slurs have been worded hoard asians and seniors have been physically attacked. in 2020 the nypd reported that 10% of all attacks were targeted toward asians. that's a ninefold increase over the incidents in 2019. i am proud to represent new york city's china town and the lower east side of manhattan and china town on eighth avenue in central park. on february 12, i joined so many others in welcoming the lunar new year, the year of the ox. but this year it's their anxiety
and violence damened the sem budget reconciliations. it goes without saying that my constituents and every one of our constituents ought to be able to go to work, walk to the grocery store, or ride public transportation without fear of a bigoted or dangerous attack. mr. speaker, this is not who we are as a nation. we do not let xenophobia, racism, and violence run rampant on our street. in our cities, in our hearts. no, we take pride in our diversity. we understand that what bands us together is far greater than what divide us. and we need to bring justice to all the victims of these heinous
crimes. i am glad that in new york city our mayor has created an asian hate crime task force and i encourage other cities and localities to take similar action. we also need a sustained federal presence to prevent hate crimes. that is why in the past i have introduced legislation to allocate $50 million in federal funds to help prevent, track, and prosecute hate crimes and assist victims. and i look forward to reintroducing this bill. i was also proud to co-sponsor my colleague representative grace meng's resolution to denounce the anti-asian sentiment that has occurred since the outbreak of the coronavirus. every one of us, everyone has a responsibility to condemn and
speak out against these attacks. mr. speaker, i thank you for the time. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from utah, mr. moore. mr. moore: i rise today to honor the contributions of lieutenant commander michael j. hall to his community, country, and the fight against covid-19. service to one's country is rarely convenient. particularly not for a father of four with a thriving orthopedic surgery practice. yet in september, 2019, dr. hall overcame adversity to join the navy reserves at the age of 48. earlier that year one of mike's boys showed interest in joining the navy. a concerned father he wanted to speak directly to the recruiter. by the end of the call, he inquired about joining himself.
just six months after his commissioning, dr. hall was given 36 hours' notice to volunteer -- voluntarily deploy to hard hit new york city, wearing the only uniform he had without having even completed his basic officer training. while many of us were scrambling to buy toilet paper, dr. hall fought an unknown virus in a makeshift i.c.u. unit with dozens of intubated patients. now a seasoned veteran to this pandemic, with the deployment under his belt, dr. hall is finally attending his basic officer training. no amount of instruction can teach the qualities that mike hall already personifies, honor, courage, commitment. not when it's convenient but when it mattered most. inspired by his father, mike's son has now also joined the military, building on a new family vision formed in a makeshift i.c.u. ward during a very dark spring in new york city. dr. hall, thank you for your
service. mrs. hall, thank you even more for your service. you have made ogden proud. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from alabama, ms. sewell, for five minutes. ms. sewell: mr. speaker, i rise today to urge my colleagues to vote in favor of the american rescue plan. this january marked one year since the first case of coronavirus was found in the united states. in my home state of alabama, nearly 10,000 people have contacted covid-19 and over -- almost 9,000 have died. over half a billion -- half a million of the workers have filed for unemployment. we know that the effects of this pandemic have disproportionately impacted our communities of color and low-income workers who are more likely to be frontline workers and less likely to be able to afford access to quality
health care. thankfully because of the leadership of the new biden administration, we recently witnessed a record drop in covid cases and hospitalizations in alabama. and with over 815,000 vaccine doses administered in our state, hope is finally on the horizon. that said, we have a long way to go before there is enough of a vaccine available to our communities to really be safe to be -- to be really safe from the virus. as this pandemic continues, i know alabama families are struggling to make ends meet. the time for decisive action is now. i strongly support the american rescue plan because it will not only crush the virus but there is help us to get back to school safely, as well as to provide emergency financial support to struggling families and small businesses. first, the president's american rescue plan will create a national vaccination program that will make sure that underrepresented communities are not left behind. the bill also ramps up testing and contact tracing, increases
the supply of critically needed p.p.e., and makes health care more accessible by enhancing the advanced premium tax credit. that was so important to so many americans who could not afford otherwise to purchase quality health care coverage. this is critical in a nonmedicaid expansion state bikelike alabama where people have fewer available health care coverage options. secondly, the american rescue plan delivers immediate financial relief to working families. this bill would provide critically needed $1,400 economic assistance checks to individuals so we can help families recover, and cover the cost of necessary expenses like childcare, groceries, rent, utilities, and so much more. i also fought to ensure the unemployment insurance was extended and expanded to $400 a week from $300 a week. this is so important. when we think about the fierce urgency of now, we know that the
unemployment, the federal pandemic unemployment insurance benefits, will actually expire march 14 if we do not act. that's why it's so incredibly important that we, here in congress, do our part. i also worked with my colleagues in the ways and means committee to ensure the american rescue plan includes important provisions for our most vulnerable families. i'm proud that the package includes an additional $7.6 million in childcare funding for the state of alabama which will help our frontline and hourly workers who have been our true heroes in this pandemic. furthermore, the package provides over 10 million for alabama through a tanf emergency fund so that families with necessary needs, emergency needs, get the essentials that are so necessary for their survival. i am especially proud this bill also includes lifesaving expansion to child tax credit and earned income tax credit and i have championed that for many years.
in my district alone, 53% of the children do not receive the full benefits of this credit because it is not fully refundable. we will make it fully refundable and we will expand it, lifting millions of children out of poverty. this bill also provides direct support to local governments, cities, and counties directly who have not benefited from their states directly. this is critically important to small communities, large communities, all across this nation. finally, the american rescue plan supports our small businesses and our frontline workers and minority communities. in this bill we expand p.p.p. eligibility and we provide critical resources to our frontline health care workers, transit workers, and teachers. economists and health care experts agree if we do not take bold action now, mr. speaker, we will have more deaths later and risk an economic down turn. i'm asking my colleagues, both republicans and democrats, to listen to president biden's call
for bipartisanship and pass this bill. i am reminded during this black history month of the powerful words of dr. martin luther king who said, we must use time creatively in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do what is right. let's pass this package so that we can begin to build back better and reassure our constituents that help is, indeed, on the way. i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from indiana, mrs. miller meeks. mrs. miller meeks: thank you, mr. speaker. the majority claims will help their bill will fight the covid-19 crisis. less than one half of one percent of those dollars in this bill will go to fund local and
state money health workforce. as former director of the iowa public health i have seen firsthand the great work our local departments do and i know how necessary they are in this fight against covid-19. it's unthinkable to me that any so-called covid relief bill would direct it to local health departments, the same departments that are in our community with us every day working around the clock to defeat this pandemic. in contrast, fema has allocated $50 billion and they have no medical personnel to dispense vaccines. if we are serious about defeating this virus, i urge my colleagues to prioritize our public health officials and those on the frontline against covid-19 instead of directing billions of dollars to programs and initiatives unrelated to this crisis. this funding should go as a path-through to the c.d.c. and directly to noncompetitive local public health grants. in our 99 counties in iowa,
local public health officials are intelligent, experienced, and capable to dispense vaccines in a rapid and efficient process. they have proven their capabilities by setting up drive-through clinics for flu vaccines and also in the h-1-n-1 pandemic as well. and given their preparedness training, they have worked with their local management associates to do d drive-thru testing. those are the same who live in your communities and who have vaccinated your children and have been the source of information and calm and support throughout this crisis. let's work together to defeat this virus by supporting our state and local public health teams, by getting them the funding they need directly to them at the community level through noncompetitive local public health grants. acknowledging the tremendous work that our local public health work does on a daily basis and funding their efforts will defeat this virus and get america back on its feet. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee, for five minutes. ms. jackson lee: i thank the speaker very much. none of us can rise to the floor of the house and talk about the cruciality of the american rescue package and the absolute imperative nature of this particular legislation passing without acknowledging 500,000 lives, not numbers, but names of mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, aunts and uncles and cousins, sisters and brothers, just plain good friends and loved ones that extend beyond one's family. and then, for the love of this country, just our fellow
americans, hardworking people, many of them essential workers on the frontlines. unfortunately, with the horrific and insulting effort that was made by the last administration, essential workers were out and about in grocery stores and delivery trucks, first responders, and no one attempted to stop the community spread. we had no testing protocol, and it was in my congressional district that i work with united memorial hospital to ensure that we had testing sites and open the -- opened the first testing site to reach hard-to-serve areas on march 19. since that time, we've done 55 with ummc, a small hospital that i call the little red engine that can. but that was all done by the
energy and determination in a city that was clearly one of the hot spots as part of the state of texas. complete innesha by our -- inertia by our leadership when we began to see the high number loss of life in our african-american and latinx community. i am on the floor to reinforce my continued and emphatic support for the american rescue plan because i don't see 500,000 lives as numbers. i see them as persons who are in need. and so this plan provides -- the plan will mount a national vaccination program that includes setting up communities -- community vaccination sites nationwide. will take complementary measures to combat the virus including scaling up testing and tracing,
ensuring phi phi and -- p.p.e. it will deliver immediate relief to working families it will give the $1,400 that will make it $2,000, increase in the minimum wage as well, and continued unemployment. let me cite the city of houston that we have lost jobs in nine key service sectors -- health care, 391,000 jobs lost. retail, 303,600 jobs lost. food services, 267,000 jobs lost. finance, 166,000. private education, 63,000. art and entertainment, 37,000 plus. accommodations, 23,000. air transportation, 23,200. one of the reasons my motion passed in the budget committee, to ensure the protection of the public funding where harris county will receive $141 billion-plus. the city of houston will receive
$141-billion plus -- $141 billion-plus, because we are desperate to see these dollars for our public resources, our municipal workers, our firefighters, our paramedics, our law enforcement, police. we are all in need to continue this fight. we need this money to support struggling communities, as indicated, with the loss of jobs in houston and harris county. the plan will provide crucial support for the hardest hit small businesses. and i'm glad we have worked to target these small businesses. especially those owned by entrepreneurs from racial and ethnic backgrounds that have experienced systemic discrimination along with eidl grants that my faith communities and nonprofits are asking about, and as well, the expanded eligibility for those entities and resources for jobs to protect the jobs of first responders, as i indicated. let me be very clear, we are hard hit, and if we do not pass the american rescue plan, which i intend to support
enthusiastically, we will end up with four million fewer jobs. it will take us more than a year to return to full employment. we will lower the lifetime earnings of our young generation. millions of parents, particularly mothers. women have been hurt by this even more. will be forced to stay at home. and another four years of suffering before real returns come. we had to experience this, mr. speaker, but we are not going to continue to experience it. let's support the american rescue plan as the biden administration has asked us to do. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. maloney. mrs. maloney: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in strong support of the equality act, long overdue legislation to continue the progress made under the civil rights act of 1964.
the fair housing act. the equal opportunity act. and other vital laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. these civil rights laws were passed to provide critical protections for people who unnecessarily live in fear and were unfairly persecuted simply because who they were. they were passed because the promise of america, equal treatment under the law was nonnegotiable. it is still nonnegotiable. and so with the equality act, we must take the next step to guarantee equal protection and rights under the law for all, no matter who you love or your gender identity. the equality act seeks to stamp out discrimination against the
lgbtqia community. something that we unfortunately see far too often. no one should face discrimination in employment, housing, education, public space, or federally funded programs because of who they are or who they love. i am proud to be an ally of the lgbtqia community, and have worked to advance these rights and protections with groups and individuals throughout my career in public service. including hiring out h.i.v. positive gay men to serve as my first congressional chief of staff. in 1986, while serving on the new york city council, i introduced the first bill to legally recognize same-sex partnerships in new york's history. and i had to tliten the city of new york -- threaten the city of new york to get the bill
printed. they said the bill was unconstitutional and could not even be printed. and while we made great progress, the bill was printed and passed since then, we still have work to do. i'm proud that new york state recently enacted legislation to repeal the walking while trans ban, but we must ensure that the libts db lgbtqia community has access to this. access to equal rights should not depend on your zip code. and so i urge all my colleagues to join me today in voting to pass the equality act so that every american, regardless of who they love, has equal protection under the law. mr. speaker, i yield back, and i thank you for yielding the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from illinois, ms.
kelly, for five minutes. ms. kelly: thank you, mr. speaker. as black history month comes to an end, i rise today to honor the organizations that have served as the training ground for many of our nation's most extraordinary leaders. these organizations have fostered and empowered generations of bold, brilliant, and humane leaders, and they continue their transformational work today. i am talking about the divine nine, the historically black fraternities and sororities of the council. this past year they have played a pivotal role in help communities deal with the covid crisis and they have registered many people to vote and brought many people to the polls. the divine nine organizations are alpha phi alpha fraternity,
founded in 1906 at cornell university. their brotherhood included the referenced dr. martin luther king and includes the president of the national urban league, mark morreale. and we have emanuel cleaver, gregory scott, bobby scott, senator warnock. they are led by dr. willis l.lonzer iii. alpha phi alpha. civil rights leaders rosa parks and coretta scott king and, of course, their sisterhood also includes our very own vice president kamala harris. members of congress are sheila jackson lee, eddie bernice johnson, terri sewell, federica wilson, bonnie watson coleman,
lauren underwood. kappa alpha cy fraternity founded at indiana university. among their notable achievers are astronaut dr. bernard harris jr. former congressman conyers. it includes benny thompson, hakeem jeffries, al lawson, and don mceachin. and they are led by ruben a. shelton. former colleague lacy clay. omega psi phi fraternity founded in howard university. includes activist and referenced jessie jackson jr. and it includes james clyburn of south carolina, hank johnson of
georgia, mr. mfume of maryland. and led by dr. david marion. delta sigma theta sorority founded in 1913 at howard university. they account as their sisters, the first black congresswoman shirley chisholm. and their membership in the house includes congresswoman marcia fudge, yvette clarke, joyce beatty, lucy mcgrath, and brenda lawrence. honorable president is beverly e. smith. phi delta sorority. they include john lewis, elijah cummings. leader of the brotherhood, sleeping car porters, philip randolph, and record setter jerry rice. and congressman espaillat.
and their president is michael crystal. and notable sisters include annie malone, and zora herston. and have julia carson and donna edwards. their honorable president valerie baker. sigma gamma rho sorority, founded 1922 at butler university. congresswoman corrine brown. and the first african-american winner of an academy award, hattie mcdonell. and also mary t. washington. and finally, iota phi theta fraternity founded in 1963, morgan state university.
terrence c. carson, known as kyle, from "living single" and also our fellow colleague, congressman bobby rush. leader is andre mason. standing up for civil rights and ending jim crow to leading industries, medical advances, the divine nine has been at the forefront of progress, and i am so proud to be a member. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess