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after they vote on that bill, members will start debate on expanding wilderness and scenic rivers protections in california, oregon, and washington state. the bill also bans energy exploration and mining on federal lands near the grand canyon. nearly 30 amendments will be considered for that bill. they dpekt to fin -- expect to finish it tomorrow. and now live to the house floor on c-span. today, o god, may the clashes we endure under roadblocks we encounter serve like a crews i believe for silver. you would rid us of ugliness, wrongful attitudes and hurtful ways. in the heat of our arguments and in the intensity of our discussions, reminus as a furnish ace does gold. remove from us our hard grifeances and unseemly behaviors, purify our thoughts of corrosive intent.
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then forge us that we would be molded and shaped to your will and useful to the common good. into your hands we yield our spirit and into the strength of your name we offer our prayers, amen. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 5-a-1-a of house resolution 8, the jourm of the last day's proceedings are approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from north carolina, mr. murphy. mr. murphy: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain 15 requests for one-minute speeches from each side of the i'll. for what purpose does the
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gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. >> i rise today on behalf of the lgbtq community throughout chicagoland in illinois in support of the equality act. while we have come a long way through the supreme court's decisions on recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples and protecting workplace rights for the lgbtq community it is time to codify protections into law. the equality act would amend the civil rights of 1964 and stepped nondiscrimination laws to ensure that lgbtq individuals are treated equally in all fact toirs of their life. it is unconscionable that lgbtq people face harassment and
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discrimination while attempting to access health care, housing and employment opportunities. it is past time that house passes legislation that these people are treated equally under the law. i rise as an an ally of the equality act. no one should be discriminated against of who they are or who they love. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise to recognize the bulldogs girl's basketball team who won the virginia class 2 state championship this weekend. after falling short to gate city in last year's title game, the lady bulldogs were ready to enact revenge. the two traded leads heading into the fourth quarter. with a minute and 40 seconds remaining, the game was tied at
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54-54. with steals and lay-ups, the lady bulldogs pulled ahead by four and maintained their lead. mr. cline: they had a 61-56 victory. this win capped off a perfect 13-0 season and was the first state title in the program's history. the state had a remarkable two years of a record of 42-2. the win shows true toughness, determination, and resiliency. congratulations to coach lucas and the entire lady bulldog squad on this incredible achievement. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. brownley: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, all across the country, including my home district in ventura county in california, americans continue to feel the overwhelming burden of the ongoing covid-19
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pandemic. i regularly hear from small businesses fighting to keep their doors open, from parents struggling to put food on the table after losing their jobs, and from people who live in fear of being evicted from their homes. it is imperative that we invest in our communities and help our neighbors now. with money specifically dedicated for vaccine development and distribution, testing, the production of p.p.e., additional aid for the unemployment and struggling families, passage of the american rescue plan is critical to ensuring economic recovery, getting our kids back to school, providing relief to small businesses, and most importantly, saving lives. my republican colleagues went big when it came to massive corporate tax cuts. it would be incomprehensible that we nickel and dime working families and small businesses during the worst pandemic in
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over a century. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today in opposition to the legislation that we're scheduled to consider on the floor tomorrow, the so-called american rescue plan. the sad truth, madam speaker, this bill does very little to address the real issues impacting communities across the country. instead, the majority has elected to weaponize the reconciliation process to push through a democrat wish list of what are frankly left-wing policies. only 9% of this bill actually goes to combating covid. but democrats have found the wisdom to insert $510 to bail out poorly run blue states, $47 billion-plus for policies we know will kill jobs, $100 earmarked for a rail project in
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the speaker's district, a $1.5 million earmark for a bridge to canada for the senate majority leader. mr. johnson: all the while there's still $1 trillion in unspent funds from previous covid packages. madam speaker, these are a few of the many deep flaws in the democratic covid bills. i'm glad that my colleagues are coming forward to highlight the shortcomings of this bill. i urge everyone to oppose this monstrosity, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address this house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. in december, this house passed a covid-19 relief compromise during which time we pledged to the american people that we would do more. mr. cartwright: now is the time for us to deliver on that promise. the american rescue plan is that
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promise delivered. it is something that enables us to put people back to work, put kids back in schools, to put $1,400 checks in people's hands, the people who are struggling to keep body and soul together to make ends meet, the people who really need this money. no american economist have reputed, disagrees this kind of relief is necessary. now is time to do it. let's come together and enact the american rescue plan. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i rise to ask unanimous consent to address the house for up to one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, ever since president biden has taken office, he's been laser focused on turning over every great thing from the previous administration, regardless of how good it was for the american people. today, i want to shed light on
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president biden's tragic reversal of operation talon. it was run by the u.s. immigration and custom enforcement to capture illegal alien sex offenders in america and deport them. sex offenders commit some of the most unspeakable and despicable crimes imaginable. mr. murphy: we monitor where they are in the united states when those individuals are here legally. now we have no idea where they are when they are here illegally. this misguided -- biden's misguided reversal threatens the physical and mental health of american children and their families. even setting aside the debate about illegal immigration, we should all be able to agree that sex offenders who are in this country illegally should be deported. of all things that are common sense and bipartisan, we should agree that sex offenders are criminals and are a risk to our citizens. to not deport these individuals just because the present administration wants to erase the last administration is unconscionable. i strongly urge president
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biden's reversal of operation talon and urge him to reinstate it immediately. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to remember a community leader, a constituent, and a friend. ms. valuely ward, who passed -- valerie ward, who passed away on january 6 at the age of 80. ms. ward devoted her life in service to others. as president of the willow grove branch of the naacp and as a poul board member. val had the heart of a teacher, spending time mentoring those. ms. dean: she can be seen leading by example. val was a woman of great faith. leading several ministries at her beloved new bethal a.m.e. as a life member of alpha kappa
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alpha sorority, she was proud to share her sisterhood with vice president harris. she had a warm smile and infectious life. i mourn the loss of an incredible woman. the world is a better place for her life. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition? >> madam speaker, without objection, i'd like to address the house for one minute, please. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you. madam speaker, i rise today to voice my opposition to the reckless spending plan being pushed through this congress. this so-called covid relief bill is nothing more than a liberal wish list of special interest pork completely unrelated to covid relief. with more than $1 trillion of previous covid relief funds remaining unspent, it would be irresponsible to rush through a massive partisan spending bill
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that does nothing to help the american workers. mr. carl: or get our kids physically back into school. our priorities should be reopening our economy, getting students physically back in school, and spending more for our vaccine distribution. covid relief should be a temporary, targeted, and tied to covid. but this plan does nothing of the sort. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from missouri seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you. madam speaker, i rise today in opposition to the $1.9 trillion spending boondoggle that's going to be on the house floor this week. while there are many irresponsible and careless facets of this bill worth noting, the elimination of alternative wage programs for
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workers with disabilities is one of the most devastating aspects of this bill, impacting over 5,800 missourians and those more across our nation. mrs. hartzler: in fact, this provision will likely cause the end of these programs. by doing that, it will strip many individuals of their voice, workplace family, independence, and sense of community. that is why i'm offering an amendment to protect the choices and voices of the missourians next to me. they deserve a government that supports their efforts, not one that runs them out of business. with only 35% of individuals with disabilities employed in the competitive market, it is our duty to look for ways to expand employment opportunities for them, not diminish them. i urge my colleagues to support this amendment and if it does not pass, please, oppose this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask for unanimous consent to address the house for one minute.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today as the co-chair of the american sikh congressional caucus to create national awareness about the massacre. the sikh community across the world is observing 100 years of this horrific event. the massacre refers to the grim episode during the movement in which a peaceful batch of reformists was part of the birthplace of the sikh religion. more than 266 sikhs were killed, including children as young as 7. sikhs pay tribute to all those martyred on that day. their sacrifice will never be forgotten. they inspire us to work harder for a voice of religious freedom and the right to worship. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: madam speaker,
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request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i rise today to celebrate national f.f.a. week. f.f.a. is a national leader in agricultural education. inspiring our nation's young people to pursue careers that helps support a robust rural economy. agriculture is rooted in american heritage and our nation's producers provide the food, the fiber, the energy we all depend on. agriculture is science, it's technology, it's innovation, and the young men and women of the f.f.a. are helping shape the industry's future. every time i see a distinctive blue f.f.a. jacket i'm reminded of the strong character and impressive leadership abilities it comes along with it. f.f.a. leaders have went on to become ivy league graduates, federal court judges, famous performance artists and even presidents. this week we celebrate the importance of f.f.a. and we look
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forward to what f.f.a. leaders have in store for the future of rural america. thank you, madam speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from yeen seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. i rise to pay tribute to kathy green a member of my staff and trailblazer in the field of constituent services. kathy will be retiring this week after 13 years of service to northeast indiana and the congressional office of the 3rd district. she was hired by former congressman mark souder and has worked for me my entire time in congress as well. more than anything, kathy has an uncommon passion for helping others in need and that passion was most evident during the initial outbreak of the coronavirus last year. she made hundreds of phone calls every week to help those who
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needed it most during a very difficult time and that's what she did for 13 years and i pay tribute to her for her distinguished career and service to our district. thank you, kathy green. i yield back. ms. kaptur: i rise to thank president joe biden that asked for review of america's supply chain for manufactured goods and grew out of his interest in the pandemic and the fact we couldn't supply ventilators, face masks and gloves and protective equipment. he is on the right track because all of that has been outsourced. one of the reasons we can't get vaccines at the level we need is america has been outsourced.
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today's "new york times" has in china electric car maker loses money and thinks big. i commend this story to everyone listening. we have to have a fair playing field globally in order to maintain manufacturing in this country because places like china play under the table. they have vehicles that lose money in the marketplace but state-run economy and will subsidize what they have to in order to win that market share. congratulations, president biden. you are on the right track. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from indiana recognition? mrs. walorski: i seek unanimous consent to address the house. i rise in opposition to a massive spending bill with payoffs to progressives. we should defeat covid and helping small business recover. house democrats are tossing
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bipartisanship aside to ram through a one-sided $1.9 trillion bill. we need a full accounting of the $1 trillion in existing covid relief that hasn't been spent before asking taxpayers to foot the bill. less than 10% is less for fighting covid. the rest will make it harder for small businesses to recover and rebuild our economy. on top of that, it is a massive bailout for fiscally irresponsible cities and states. put simply, hoosiers should not pay for the bad decisions of progressives in california. this isn't the unity that president biden called for or bipartisanship that americans expect and not the covid relief our country needs. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition?
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mr. cohen: address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cohen: yesterday, we had a judiciary committee meeting on rise of white nationalism and the concerns it poses to our country. it was a pertinent meeting and i was shocked to hear some of the remarks of my colleagues on the republican side who still have not accepted the fact that what happened on january 6 was an attack on our constitution that they take an oath to and attack on our country. they seem to think it was a demonstration, a small polite demonstration of 200 people, that some said people other than trump people posing as trump people, those were trump people and wore trump hats and trump flags and hollered trump and were there to stop the steal for
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trump. america experienced a traumatic change in this building and ask my colleagues to accept it and accept it was a big lie and joe biden is the properly elected president of the united states. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> the covid relief bill that democrats want to pass is not about covid or about relief. sadly, it is another massive waste of taxpayer dollars. here's the proof. 91% of this money doesn't go to fighting covid and the bill isn't bipartisan. 229 amendments by republicans, 99% were rejected. this so-called american rescue plan includes money for global health activities outside our country and $135 million for national endowment of arts, $135
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million for national endowment of moonts, $60 billion for union pension bailout and $350 million from mismanaged states. this $1.9 trillion proposal is 1 million is a waste of money. i urge my colleagues to join me in voting no. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from seek recognition? >> i would like to point out to my democrat -- the speaker pro tempore: does the gentlelady seek recognition? >> yes. mr. green: i would like to point out there is no republican member of congress that condones the attack of the capitol on january 6. i was a victim in this chamber
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when it happened. and we are very offended at your constant attacks on us claiming we had anything to do with it. that needs to stop. i would like to address the entire 117th congress that the equality act act is causing discrimination against women and religious freedoms. i would like to motion to adjourn, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. all those in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion -- mr. green: i ask for a roll call vote. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3 of house resolution 8. yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. [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
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proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from connecticut seek recognition? mrs. hayes: as the member designated by ms. wilson, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. wilson will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new hampshire seek recognition? ms. kuster: madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. pingree, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. pingree will vote no on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? mr. stanton: as the member designated by ms. kirkpatrick, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. kirkpatrick will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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>> mr. allred will vote in an the journal -- on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. ruiz, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. ruiz will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? miss rice: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. deutch of florida, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. deutch will vote no on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does -- for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. donalds: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. buchanan of florida, pursuant to
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h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. buchanan will vote yea on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. correa: madam speaker, as the member designated by congress member vargas, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that congress member vargas will vote no on the motion to adjourn. and madam speaker, as the member designated by congress member napolitano, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that congress member napolitano will vote no on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does >> as the member designated by mr. nunes of california, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. nunes will
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vote yes on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from connecticut seek recognition? mr. courtney: thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by mr. himes of connecticut, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. himes will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does distinguished the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. jeffries: as the member designated by chairwoman lofgren, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that chairwoman lofgren will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? ms. wasserman schultz: as the member designated by mr. payne of new jersey, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. pape will vote nay on the motion to adjourn. as the member designated by mr. hastings of florida, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. hastings will also vote nay on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. rush, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. rush will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. car den as, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. carden aswill vote know. as the member designated by mr. gonzalez, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. gonzalez will vote no on the motion to adown. >> as the member designated by roybal-allard, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that representative roybal-allard will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. evans: as the member designated by mr. larson of florida, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. larson will vote no on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. grijalva of arizona,
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pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. grijalva will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. porter pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that ms. porter will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. lynch: good afternoon, madam speaker. as the member designated by the honorable mr. james langevin of rhode island, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. langdon vin will vote no on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the
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gentlewoman from massachusetts seek recognition >> as the member designated by mr. moulton from massachusetts, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. moulton will vote no on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from massachusetts seek recognition? ms. clark: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. bowman, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. bowman will vote no on the motion to adjourn. as the member designated by ms. meng, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that ms. meng will vote no on the motion to adjourn. as the member designated by ms. frankel, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that ms. frankel will vote no on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from missouri seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member
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designated by mr. paul gosar of arizona, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. gosar will vote aye on the motion to adjourn. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. cawthorn, of north carolina, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. cawthorn will vote aye on the motion to adjourn. mr. mchenry: as the member designated by, mr. budd of north carolina, pursuant to house
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resolution 8, i inform the house -- the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. mchenry: as the member designated by mr. budd of north carolina, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. budd will vote aye on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. carter, the great state of texas, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. carter will vote yes on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: madam speaker, as the member designated by mrs. watson coleman, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mrs. watson coleman will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. beyer: as the member designated by, ms. moore, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house, ms. moore there vote no. i inform the house ms. barragan will vote no on the motion to adjourned. as the member designated by, mr. lieu, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house will vote no on the motion to adjourn. as the member designated by mr. lowenthal, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. lowenthal will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. desaulnier, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. desaulnier will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 199 and the nays are 219. the motion is not adopted.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from -- >> i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute. mr. hoyer: ladies and gentlemen, as you know as a result of covid-19 and our discussions with the capitol physician, we have organized voting in a way that we have seven different segments at five-minute intervals so a limited number of members will vote in every five-minute segment. that is obviously designed to keep us as safe as possible, our staffs as safe as possible so we get off the floor and they have to be on the floor. this vote that we just had was about an hour and five minutes.
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obviously if you take seven segments at five minutes, that is 35 minutes. and we added five minutes. we are starting to average, 20, 25, 30, 35 minutes beyond that 40 minutes. therefore, i wanted to announce to every member that i will be realming that -- recommending that we close votes 45 minutes after they start. bang. now i would tell my side, which probably has the responsibility more than the other side because we use proxies more than you do, that if you hold a proxy, not only do you have the
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responsibility for yourself to vote in a timely fashion, but if you miss the vote acting in a fiduciary capacity for a member who can't be here due to health-related issues and you cannot vote, that will not be a happy situation. i want you to know i'm going to be talking to the speaker and i have already talked to her that 45 minutes after that first bell rings, i want the gavel to come down. and hopefully we will all recognize when the bell rings that we have to vote in the next 45 minutes. that cannot be a real burden on anybody. cannot. it is simply that we look to see how many people have voted or 20 people out, so i don't have to worry. and that as we have gone by the
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40 minutes. madam speaker, and we will send out a notice on this as well and want to confirm with the speaker, but having talked to the speaker numerous times about this issue that she shares my view that if we are going to run this institution with respect to one another, don young didn't come on this vote. he is the famous call it on time , so that i want every member to understand. this is not to penalize anybody. it is, however, to try to run this institution in a way that members' time, which is valuable, is respected. and we simply don't waste it waiting around for one or two or five or six other people to come. sometimes it is hard to get here on time particularly if you have done something and you are in
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some other place. . . i will talk to the speaker and notify everybody when that will be implemented. it may be implemented as soon as today. we will be sending out a notice and i thank, ladies and gentlemen, and by the way everybody i talked to agrees with this. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler, seek recognition? mr. nadler: madam speaker, pursuant to house resolution 147, i call up h.r. 5, the equality act. and i ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5, a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, genter identity -- gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 147, the bill is considered as
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read. the bill shall be debatable for 90 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the judiciary. the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler, and the gentleman from ohio, mr. jordan, will each control 45 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on h.r. 5. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. nadler: thank you. madam speaker, i yield myself three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i rise today in strong support of h.r. 5, the equality act. which amends the civil rights act of 1964 and other core civil rights statutes to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the bay siffs sexual orientation and gender identity. the bill would also strengthen nondiscrimination protections for women and others. in short, this long overdue legislation will provide millions of lgbtq americans explicit protection from being
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denied medical care, fired from their jobs, or thrown out of their homes simply because of who they are. much of the history of the united states has been about expanding the definition of who is understood to be included when the declaration of independence says all men are created equal. when these words were first written, that phrase did not include black and latino men, native americans, it did not include women, and it did not include lgbtq individuals. once again, we have an opportunity to continue our march towards justice. to enshrine in our nation's laws protections for marginalized communities, to ensure everyone can fully participate in key areas of life, and provide them recourse in the case of drimmings. today i expect we'll hear arguments asking us to pick and choose which of our nation's children deserve our support. to pick of our children are valuable enough to have a right to live their lives to the fullest. that is a false choice. one designed to pit rights for some against rights for all. there is no question that all
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our children, including those who are transgender, deserve the freedom to choose their own path. many of the protections codified by this bill already exist throughout the country, whether through court decisions or state laws. those places women still have rights, religious freedom is still protected, parents are still involved in their children's health care, and doctors are still free to exercise their professional medical judgment. and transathletes from high schools to the olympic trials sometimes win, and sometimes lose just like everyone else. but the ability to have a job, to receive medical care, or to rent a home should not depend on who someone is, where they happen to live, or who represents them. lgbtq people should not have to story that a future supreme court could rip away their existing protections. they deserve the same protections as other communities that have historically faced discrimination. that requires action from congress. for decades, the lgbtq community has been telling us their
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stories of outrageous discrimination. to my colleagues i say it is far past time we stop asking them to come to the capitol just to defend their existence. to the lgbtq community and in particular the transyouth and athletes who i expect will hear themselves demonized on the floor today, we see you, we appreciate, we value you and we will continue to fight for you. i thank the gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilline, for his tireless leadership in introducing this bill. and helping to shepherd it through the legislative process. i urge my colleagues to support this landmark legislation. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam chair. i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from south carolina, mr. norman. mr. norman: i have a unanimous consent at the desk. my request is to allow a 30-second moment of silence for the passing of rush limbaugh.
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one of the greatest radio hosts ever and make that as a formal request. >> i object. the speaker pro tempore: the chair cannot entertain the gentleman's request. but the chair can recognize the gentleman's debate time. mr. norman: madam speaker, may i request a point of personal privilege? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has been recognized for debate and point of personal privilege is not recognized at this time. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i yield -- i now yield three minutes to the distinguished sponsor of this legislation, the gentleman from rhode island, representative cicilline.
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mr. cicilline: madam speaker, discrimination is wrong. as children we learn the golden rule. treat others the way you yourself want to be treated. right now discrimination is a fact of life for millions of lgbtq americans. the fact is that in most states lgbtq person is at risk of being denied housing, education, or serve on a jury because of who they are. that's why we are here to consider h.r. 5, the equality act. the equality act does no more an no less than say lgbtq people deserve the same rights and responsibilities as all other americans. most fundamentally the right to live lives free of discrimination. it builds on the civil rights act and other existing laws to extend anti-discrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender americans. president biden said getting this bill signed into law is one of his top priorities for the first 100 days. i want to thank kim and a few other folks. speaker pelosi, majority leader hoyer, whip clyburn, and the co-chairs of the lgbtq equality
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caucus, mark takano, mark pocan, sean patrick maloney, sharice davids, chris pappas, and richie torres. thank you-all for being true champions to our community. madam speaker, every american deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. that's why the equality act -- that's what the equality act will achieve for the lgbtq community by providing protection against discrimination employment-n employment, education, housing, credit, jury service, public accommodations, and federal funding. i'm proud to say this bill has broad support from across the political plil speck tum, including groups from the u.s. chamber of congress, to the aclu and everyone in between. 80% of americans support the bill. 68% republican voters. to my friends on the other side of the aisle, as you consider this bill, i hope you will bear in mind how your vote will be remembered years from now. will you be remembered in the same breath as all those who fought for equal rights in the past, the freedom riders, anti-apartheid activists.
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or remembered along those who stood in the way of progress. this vote is personal for me and personal for millions of lgbtq people and our loved ones. you-all have family members, friends, and co-workers who identify as lgbtq. i want to ask you to ask yourself what this vote means for them and how you will look them in the eye if you vote to uphold the current system that allows them to be discriminated against. the lgbtq community has waited long enough. the time has come to expend the bless, of liberty and equality to all americans, regardless of who they are and love. vote yes. pass the equality act today. and with that, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield three minutes to the gentlelady from indiana, mrs. spartz. mrs. spartz: thank you. madam speaker, i rise today in opposition to h.r. 5, so-called equality act.
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unfortunately, this is another bill which didn't go through the committee process or real debate. the judiciary committee should have had an opportunity to consider h.r. 5 in a legislative hearing. sadly, this is the first time we are debating just hours before it's set to receive a vote with no ability to propose any amendments. i'm not sure why we even bother to have committees if passing significant legislation without them. i would just like to highlight three major concerns. concern number one, broad scope. and i agree with the gentleman from new york there are some protections already exist and last year the issue of possible employment discrimination of gay and transgender individuals was addressed by the supreme court in an opinion written by justice gorsuch. but this bill has very sweeping changes. with potential major adverse
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implication for religious freedoms and women's rights and safety. concern number two, broad and ambiguous definition of gender identity. this language has unintended consequences and be taken advantage of by criminals or sexual predators. also the safety of women in prisons, juvenile detention facilities, and domestic violence shelters could be put at risk which would force them to share traditionally women only spaces with biological men, even if they fraudulently gain access. issue number three, opportunities and safety for female athletes. men are biologically stronger than women. according to a 2019 duke university study that involved dozens of special -- specialists in science and medicine, quote, biological males and biological females are materially different with respect to physical
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attributes that contribute to elite athletic performance, unquote. the women's policy working rules, a group of female athletes and academics has stated that even when height, size, weight are equal, male are incrementally stronger and generate more explosive force so that if males and females are force the to compete against each other, the physical safety of females is definitely at risk. the reality has already shown itself to be harmful to the opportunities and safety of female athletes. for example, a female track athlete lost potential scholarship after being pushed out of qualifying for regional track meets caused by two transgender athletes. a transgender m.m.a. fighter caused significant damage to a female athlete. this example demonstrate the far-reaching consequences the bill can have on women and girls should it become law. american women have worked very
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hard to secure our rights for many years. and just last year we celebrated 100 years of women's suffrage. but perhaps if this body had actually deliberated over this bill and engaged in the proper legislative process, this could have been addressed. but a vote for the equity act in the current form is a vote against religious freedom, against women, against female athletes, against incarceratesed women, and against science and safety. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. mrs. spartz: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i thank the distinguished gentleman. does anybody know what it means to be called names? to be thrown out of your
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apartment? to be thrown off of a job? and most sadly, to not be allowed to love the person that you love? in the hodges case that was settled when they determined that no union is more profound than marriage for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. and then they rule, they ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law, the constitution grants them that right. i rise in support of the equality act because i know what it means to be thrown out, to be looked at, and to be undermined. . our friends in the lgbtq community experience that. this gives them equal opportunity under the law. you can be married already obvious but keep a job and get health care and ensure that you can keep an apartment and walk
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in dignity. we need the equality act as much as we needed civil rights laws throughout this nation. if we are the place of we, the people, if this nation is based on we, the people, we need to pass the equality act. i thank the gentleman from rhode island for his leadership. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i recognize the gentleman from louisiana, mr. johnson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: three minutes. mr. johnson: i rise today in opposition to h.r. 5 many many have labeled the inequality act because of the deep flaws contained in this bill. this will undermine women's rights and strip parental rights and gut religious freedom and open up pan dora's box.
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and that is to name a few. in addition to the well funded substantive concerns you will hear in the next 45 minutes. the majority has decided to throw process out the window and brought this bill directly to the floor. we sit on the judiciary committee and should have had a discussion. we didn't. there has been no committee action, no hearing, no deliberation at all by the committee of appropriate jurisdiction and i think many of us think the reason for that is because the proponent didn't want the bill to be exposed. there are people on both sides of the aisle, everybody in this chamber, believe that all people are entitled to dignity and respect and every single person is made in the image of god and everyone has value. we believe that god is the one that endows with the inalienable rights. they ought to be protected. the effort here tramples all
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over those fundamental rights that god gives us, the right to life, the right to religious feem. it doesn't include the word abortion, it does reference pregnancy and quote related as areas of protection against discrimination. that leads to the inclusion of abortion. we are opening a door here for the rapid taxpayer funding of abortion on demand and protections that exist for businesses and medical professionals. it's telling that the text of the bill undermines the religious freedom restoration act. it was widely supported on both sides of the aisle signed into law by president clinton. the lead sponsor was representative faddler and passed in the senate by 97-3. the aquailt act or inequality
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act undercuts it by negating its application to the underlying application. those protections don't apply anymore. it is an attack on religious liberty. our faith communities are concerned about. i had to save time for my colleagues, this bill is a severe blow to women's rights, to people of faith, every parent, student, medical professional and so many more because we believe in the dignity and value of every person, we have to oppose this dangerous un-american legislation. i pray that we will. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. cohen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. cohen: i stand in support of this legislation. i stood in support of this right for over 25 years.
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when i was a tennessee state senator and only people of the state senate to vote against a constitutional ban on gay marriage. all people need to be treated equally and due process of the law. and should have that today and that's what this bill stands for. this is a continuing battle that my friend julian bond said was a fight for fairness, justice and equality. we need to pass this bill and continue our move to a more perfect union. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i would yield three minutes to the gentlelady from missouri, mrs. hartzler. mrs. hartzler: i rise in opposition to h.r. 5 the so-called equality act. this bill similar should be called the inequality act.
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this bill high jacks the civil rights act codifying inequality into federal law. this piece of legislation blatantly discriminates against women, girls, parents and people of faith. it dismantles title 9 ending equal opportunity for females. similar policies are wreaking havoc at the local level-n connecticut, the state's interscholastic conference identifies boys. two of these male athletes claimed 15 women's championship titles since 2017. as someone who enjoyed playing sports and coaching high school track for many years imagine the damage these policies will cause to women and girls. the inequality discriminates against a women's right to privacy and protection especially while seeking refuge at a domestic violence shelter. we have seen policies in alaska
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and california put vulnerable women in danger and it discriminates against parents, parents who dare to oppose doctors are using altering drugs on their children will be abusive and neglectful. this has already happened in ohio as a couple lost custody of their daughter after advocating against male testosterone supplements. i want parents to retain their right to make important choices for their children concerning mental and medical care. democrats didn't consider my amendment highlighting to silence voices. think about individuals and organizations would face the discrimination of the inequality act including adoption agencies and charities. again, similar policies already exist in new york, illinois and pennsylvania. forcing faith-based adoption
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agencies to shut down rather than violate their sincerely held religious beliefs. this would harm parents and children in need of a forever home. it doesn't stop there. it clearly stipulates that religious beliefs and faith no longer matter in the democrats' new world order. living by faith will be viewed as evil instead of good. sadly, this bill contains no language to protect businesses or health care providers from being forced to pay for abortions and may require health care providers to facilitate health care services. hundreds of thousands more innocent unborn children will tragically perish from abortion with americans footing the bill. this grossly mishandlinged bill silences free speech and instills discrimination. i urge my colleagues to vote no. thank you. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: this bill does not affect title 9 and attacks religious freedom at all. i yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from texas, ms. garcia. ms. garcia: as a woman, as a femnist, as someone who lettered in basketball and truly believes in women's sports, this is the equality act. aimless representation by some speakers today is just totally unfunded. while we have made much progress in recent years, the reality is that many face discrimination because of who they are and who they love. that means that lgbtq americans can be fired, refused housing or denied services simply because of who they are. i'm a proud original co-sponsor
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and also a women of faith. i know that this equality act would help greatly to extend civil rights and civil lits for the lgbtq community to live out the true meaning of our nation's creed, free from the fear of harassment and discrimination. updating federal law will provide across areas of life, housing, public spaces and services. this bill has nothing to do with abortion, nothing to do with some of the things my colleagues across the aisle have said. they will have protections for lgbtq community. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york he reserves. mr. jordan: the democrats have said this bill doesn't harm title 9. they have said it will not hinder women's ability to
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participate in sports, that's not true. they say it's not going to make it harder for women to participate in sports, won't make it harder but difficult to win. if that doesn't undernine the spirit of title 9, i don't know what does. with that, i yield three minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. roy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. roy: absolutely correct. the assertion that it doesn't impact title 9 is falls. it amends tight 4 in the civil rights act and direct impact on institutional and women's athletics. everybody gets the joke. as one of my colleagues said, the majority doesn't want to have the american people. they don't want to go through the committee and jam it through under the name of equality. you put fancy names on bills in
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this building and people think it is something that it isn't. we know what this bill is about, this bill is about power. this bill is about power and control. this is about this institution being run by democrats telling american people to run their lives. they need to go to the corner and need to hide and need to give up their closely held beliefs and values and bow down to the altar of the people here and the cultural elites and do what they tell us to do and it is abomination and flies in the face on the principles that this country was founded. you can see it. the definition of sex inserts the right toll abortion, the equality act and universal and forces medical professionals to assist in performing abortions and perform certain maries and
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hormone olympicers and sexual assignment and forces hospitals, schools and businesses to recognize a chosen gender. i can go down the list. this is about power and control. same thing about having a fence with razor wire around this capitol building. it is an absolute afront to who we are. and the declaration of independence, when we are talking about rights, government is instituted among men to security those rights. and the house of representatives, supposedly the people's house is using the power of this body to step on the rights of the american people and it's our obligation to defend those rights. i can tell you this, we are going to stand up in defense of the constitution, our liberties and the bill of rights and consent of the governed matters. you do not have the consent of the governed, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle.
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you don't. and you are pretending you have power that you do not have. you are pulling this republic thread by thread and look in the mirror and tell your kids that this republic died on your watch. we are going to stand on the wall, the same wall that our founders stood on and the men at the alamo stood on and defend this constitution and the lord gives us the right to protect. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: i remind members to direct their remarks to the chair. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i ask unanimous consent to insertal number of documents into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. nadler: i now yield one minute to the distinguished the gentleman from arizona, mr. stanton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. stanton: i rise today in support of the equality act and to fight for the lgbtq
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community. we have made progress from stonewall to the supreme court, no doubt we have come a long way but the unfortunate truth that in far too many places, discrimination is still permitted under the law, in public facilities, education, when applying for jobs or rent or buy a home, discrimination is still permitted under the law. many states right now are actively trying to turn back progress or write discriminatory practices into their own laws especially against our transgender citizens. we can do better. in arizona and america, everyone deserves equal treatment no matter who they are, who they love or express themselves. i support the equality act because we are a nation that believes all are created equal and that this truth is self-evident. everyone deserves to be seen,
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heard, welcomed and protected. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam chair, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i now yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. maloney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york virginia tech. mr. maloney: i was thinking about my kids as i walked on the floor today and i have just one question to those who today with their votes would seek to perpetuate legal discrimination against millions of american families, including mine. why are they afraid to just say what they really believe? why hide behind the ridiculous embarrassing easily debunked arguments, falsehoods, fear mongering about locker rooms and women sports and religious practices that will never be harmed? why not just say what they really mean? so i'll tell you what, madam speaker, i'll say it for them.
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their real argument, the only honest argument, is that they believe lgbt people are morally inferior and that firing us should be permitted. they argue the long-standing protections we already provide in the civil rights laws for religious practice for some reason aren't good enough. they demand more capacity to hate on gay people than they would ever claim as a religious right to discriminate on the basis of race. would any opponent of this bill argue that their religion gives them the right to deny a african-american couple service in a restaurant? that's the argument made on this floor 60 years ago when others making so-called faith-based arguments sought to defeat the civil rights laws in the first place. the true argument is that their beliefs demand existing discrimination against lgbt people be allowed. that's their true argument.
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that is pro-discrimination. our argument is that discrimination is wrong. and that it should be not permitted. and that the exercise of religion here can be protected just as we do in every other civil rights context. no more, no less. it's no wonder but it's sad that they deny the truth of their position here. these same members spread the incendiary lie that the election was stolen, play ftse with conspiracy groups who attacked this building, they tell us mask wearing infringes on their rights. they deny school shootings are real. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. maloney: let history record the vote today. one side votes for love. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio virginia tech. mr. jordan: i'll read from the bill, madam chair. page 25 of their legislation. the previous speaker, madam chair, is flat out wrong. here's what it says. the religious freedom
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restoration act shall not, shall not provide a claim or a defense to a claim under the legislation. or provide a basis for challenging the application of this bill. they put it in the bill. you can't use the standards set forth in riff a passed. you can't even use that as a defense. it's spelled out in the legislation. as my colleague from louisiana said, the very nirs right mentioned in the very first amendment to the constitution in the very first amendment of the bill of rights is your right to practice your faith the way you see fit. and they put in their legislation no you can't. no you can't. that's what's in the bill. that's why they dew point want hearing as previous speaker said because they didn't want us to talk about this in a hearing where you have testimony, witness, they didn't want that. they come to the floor. as my colleague from texas said, give this a fancy name, while they are taking away american citizens' most fundamental liberty. the liberty the founders chose
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to mention, the very first right in the bill of rights. that's why we oppose this legislation. madam chair, i yield three minutes to the gentleman from arizona, mr. biggs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona virginia tech. mr. biggs: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman. i rise today to in opposition to this bill despite its name this bill is not about equality. it does attack religious freedom. freedom of expression. freedom of association. and all the important rights recognized in the first amendment. this bill is about forcing the ideas and beliefs of the far left on all americans. it is about government control over aspect of your life. it is a remnant from the scrappy failed legislation fromester year, i believe all americans should be treated equally and respected. this bill does not do that. there are lots of concerns to have with this bill, but today i'm going to highlight two. the first, this bill will have a serious and deadly consequence
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for unborn children. it expands abortion and undoes current federal law that prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion. it does so by adding to include, quote, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition, closed quote, which has been recognized by courts and eeoc to mean abortion to the definition of sex. i'm reminded when i used to work at the united nations and would attend conferences throughout the world. and the code language in the united nations documents, an international law, was enforce pregnancy. that went abortion. that meant you could not prescribe abortion. this bill takes that same tact. this bill also states the pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition shall not receive less favorable treatment than other favel conditions. that's that same tact that's in international documents. mi which means abortion cannot be treated differently than other medical conditions and therefore abortion will be protected by our civil rights
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laws. that's not about equality. that's about expanding abortion. secondry, this bill will negatively impact all americans whose religious beliefs influence their actions. an individual's religious beliefs do not matter was ass my colleague from ohio just referred to. this bill specifically prevents americans from relying on their religious freedom restoration act which was a bipartisan bill in 1993 signed by president clinton. this bill says specifically the religious freedom act of 1993 shall not provide a claim concerning or defense to claim under a covered title or provide basis for challenge the application or enforcement of a cover title. how can you say with a straight face that this bill does not impede or stomp on someone's right of conscious or right of religious worship? it's set forth. it's specific.
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who can deny that? this bill, if enacted, will mean that americans will not be able to act in accordance with their religious beliefs. they will be forced to set their religious beliefs aside or face consequences. this is unacceptable. this is un-american. for these and many other reasons i oppose this bill and urge my colleagues to do the same. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. jefferies. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. jefferies: some of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have spent this debate lecturing us about foundational principles in this country. the foundational document of this great republic is the declaration of independence, with the words, we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. those words were eloquent in
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their articulation, incomplete in their application. it did not apply to african-americans. did-t did not apply to women. it did not apply to native americans. and it certainly did not apply to members of the lgbtq community. we have come a long way in america, but we still have a long way to go. the progress has been made because, as the great barbara jordan once indicated, through a process of amendment and radfication and court decision and legislation. that's what we are doing today. if you believe in liberty and justice for all, support the equality act. if you believe in equal protection under the law, support the equality act. if you believe truly as my religion teaches me that we are all god's children, support the equality act. love does not discriminate. neither should the law. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: mr. speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from washington, representative jya paul. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from washington is recognized. ms. jayapal: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in strong support of the equality act. i am the proud mom of a transkid. i will fight every single day for every transperson, every lgbtq person. including my kid, to explore and express the fullness of their gender without fear or risk of being fired, denied housing, or refuse service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. mr. speaker, in 2020 over one in three lgbtq americans face discrimination, including over three of five transgender americans. and in the midst of a pandemic, nearly three in 10 lgbtq americans face difficulties accessing medical care, including over half of transgender americans.
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the equality act guarantees protections under the law no matter who you love or your gender identity. it was president abraham lincoln who said, those who deny freedom for others deserve it not for themselves. so today as we pass the equality act, we vote aye for evey, for so many thousands more of our kids and we say to every lgbtq person. we see you, we hear you. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: mr. speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from pennsylvania, ms. dean. ms. dean: thank you, mr. chairman. i thank -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. dean: i thank representative david cicilline for his tireless
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leadership in leading us to this day. all americans deserve to be treated equally regardless of their gender, identity, or sexual orientation. i do have to wonder, mr. speaker, what are those on the other side who are arguing against this wise legislation afraid of? equal treatment for their lgbtq family and friends? why would they make such arguments? we must continue to strive for the equality of the lgbtq community, voting yes on the equality act furthers this fight and helps us live up to the promise of this nation. as an openly gay black civil rights leader said, let us be enraged about injustice, but let us not be destroyed by it. the equality act is a necessary step in addressing injustice by advancing the rights of americans nationwide because we are all god's children. the passage of this legislation is an important step in forming a more perfect union. with that, mr. speaker, i yield
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back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman reserves. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the gentlewoman from pennsylvania, ms. dean, control the balance of the time on our side. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. gohmert. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. gohmert: thank you, mr. speaker. for years we have been hearing what we are hearing today. look, we just want the same rights everybody else has, but we also heard for years we just want to live and let live. and i've got news for all of my friends across the aisle that don't know. there is a right to the marriage you are claiming you need this bill for that the supreme court's already said you got. it's there.
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so what this bill, the so-called equality act, is really about, it's not about giving rights, this is about taking away rights . you got the rights. but this is saying, that part of the first amendment congress shall wake no law respecting an establishment of a religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, that's got to go. and just like my friend read from page 25, the religious freedom restoration act of 1993, that's got to go. you can no longer, after this bill, you can no longer use that as a defense when we sue your church, we sue you a preacher, male or female, it doesn't matter, we are coming after you. if we sue a rabbi, you can't
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hide behind the first amendment or this religious freedom restoration act. it won't help you because we are saying you don't have those rights the constitution gave you. that's all rifra was to begin with. it was codifying what was in the constitution. and i thought so much about my late dear friend, bishop harry jackson, he and i have stood outside this capitol together for years, trying to protect christian rights. . and i miss harry and i think about him a lot. and let me say, not as articulately, but for heaven's sakes, you got these rights. allow people that believe what moses said when he said, a man shall leave his father and mother, woman leave her home, the two will become one flesh. let them be able to practice the
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teaching of moses. when jesus was asked about marriage, he said -- he quoted moses verbatim. please allow christians that believe what jesus said to practice that. allow preachers that took oaths, allow them to do that. don't take away the rights the constitution gave. and don't take away decades of rights that women have worked for and earned and just give it away to men. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman reserves. >> mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from maryland, mr. raskin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for one minute. mr. raskin: thank you, ms. dean. mr. speaker, it's a great day for america when we are advancing the civil rights of all americans, and that's what the equality act does.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. the gentleman will suspend. mr. raskin: constitutional arguments being advanced today -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. will the gentleman please put his mask on? i thank the gentleman. mr. raskin: thank you, mr. speaker. all of the constitutional arguments being advanced today by our colleagues have been decisively repudiated and rejected by their hero, justice antonin sleea in the employment division vs. smith why justice scalia, through the court, said there is no free exercise exemption from secular laws of application, civil rights laws, including child labor laws and child abuse laws. you know, every scoundrel in american history has tried to dress up his or her opposition in religious gash.
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we saw -- garb. we saw that in 1964 in the heart of the atlanta motel case where motel owners, hotel owners, lunch counter owners said we have the right not to serve interracial groups or interracial couples. we cannot -- can i seek 30 seconds more? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. ms. dean: sorry. we're tight for time. mr. raskin: well, you get where i'm going. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: i thank the gentleman. the gentleman from -- the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i'd yield three minutes to the gentleman from utah, mr. owens. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. owens: i thank the gentleman from ohio. mr. speaker, i rise today in opposition to the equality act. the issues discussed as part of the equality act are important and it includes sexual
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orientation will be a historic step. unfortunately, without explicit religious exemptions, there are many questions that will arise. title 2 of the civil rights act currently prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodations on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin. the equality act would dramatically expand the definition of public accommodations to include any place of public gathering, any establishment that provides a service such as food banks or homeless shelters. every religion and faith in america has had its own set of beliefs, including christian, jewish, muslim religions are thousands of years old and answer to a higher power. my church of the church of latter day saints says every child of god should be treated with respect. and marriage ceremonies conducted in the sacred places of my faith are conducted of
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temple should be not public accommodations. if houses of worship are places of accommodations, a number of problems arises, nothing dealing with lgbtq rights. for example, can an orthodox jewish synagogue deny an interfaith couple to have a wedding ceremony in the synagogue? can mosques -- can a catholic church homeless shelter have separate housing for men and women? other churches or universities continue hiring those individuals who follow these standards? democrats claim the purpose of introducing the equality act is not to impede religious freedom. in fact, democrats claim that existing laws are enough to protect religious freedom. but why then leave this crucial matter unclear and threaten people of faith? why not accept an amendment to
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the equality act that clearly exempts religious organizations? why remove the protections of the religious freedom restoration act. the first amendment right to practice our faith is part of our moral compass, kindness, charity stems from our judeo-christian foundation. no law should take us down this slippery slope of forgetting this legacy, regardless of its title. when congress wants to protect religious expressions it knows how to do so. the last major civil rights law was the americans with disabilities act. it has a clear religious exemption. why not make the law clear to promote religious and civil liberty? that would be an historic thing to do. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania. ms. dean: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, mr. jones. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. jones: mr. speaker, it is not often that this chamber does remarkable things. today, we will pass the equality act which includes my act, the juror nondiscrimination act. this has been a long time coming. and it represents progress that for me was unbelievable when i was growing up. you see, to grow up poor, black, and gay is to not see yourself anywhere. it is also to feel completely unseen. as so many people around you invalidate your very existence. growing up, i watched helplessly as opportunistic, straight politicians, mostly white, mostly male, use my basic human rights as a political football to further their careers. had this legislation been enacted when i was growing up, it would have been direct evidence of the fact that things
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really do get better, that i didn't have to hide or cry so much. thankfully, since childhood, things have gotten better. but that hasn't been because of the mere passage of time. it's been because lgbtq advocates made life better. today, we send a powerful message to millions of lgbtq people around the country and indeed around the world that they are seen, that they are valued, that their lives are worthy of being protected. how remarkable that is, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd point out the few speakers ago, the gentleman, mr. speaker, from maryland used the term religious garb. religious garb. a physician's conscience, a physician's faith, which compels
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him or her not to take the life of an unborn child is not religious garb. that is a deeply held position of conscious and position of faith. and to have a member from the other side, mr. speaker, to raise that argument, when we've specifically pointed to the first amendment, pointed to page 25 of the bill which says the religious freedom restoration act will not apply is ridiculous. i yield two minutes to the gentlelady from north carolina, ms. foxx. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my colleague from ohio for yielding, and i completely agree with him on his comments. i rise in opposition to h.r. 5, yet, another harmful bill that's been rushed to the house floor without thorough bipartisan consideration. it claims to strive for equality but in practice this bill undermines the constitutional religious freedoms guaranteed to all americans. once again, abandoning long-established house
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procedures, democrats are pushing a conveniently titled bill without convening one hearing or markup during the 117th congress to consider its vast implications for educational institutions and employers. this legislation would require our nation's k-12 schools to treat gender as being fluid, subjective, and not tied to biological reality. h.r. 5 also threatens religious freedom protections for all americans, and federal funding for religiously affiliated colleges and universities. under this bill, student codes of conduct, hiring practices, and housing rules that reflect sincerely held beliefs about marriage and sexuality would be deemed discriminatory, eroding first amendment rights. in addition, the definitions in this bill are vague and would subject employers and others covered organizations to increase litigation risks.
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the bill also failed to advocate for the unborn, which is why i urge support for my amendment that will protect anyone, including religiously affiliated groups and individuals from being forced to perform abortions. masquerading as a proposal to guarantee fundamental civil rights to all americans, h.r. 5 is nothing more than a partisan ploy to destroy religious liberty and educational opportunities for girls. shameful doesn't even begin to describe this bill. this is no way to legislate, but for house democrats, silencing the voices of the minority and millions of hardworking americans is business as usual. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania. ms. dean: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from missouri, ms. bush. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from missouri is recognized. ms. bush: thank you, mr. speaker. st. louis and i rise today in support of the equality act
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because all people deserve to live safely and freely. when we say that black lives matter, we mean that every black life matters, that black trans lives matter, that nina's life mattered. when we protect the transfamily, our sex workers, our youth, we build a country where everyone can thrive, not just survive. for so many in st. louis, this bill will be the difference between life and death. missouri has not only stalled justice but actively denied justice for our lgbtqia-plus community. this legislation will mean the difference between having a safe place to call home and being unhoused because today, in the year 2021, that kind of discrimination still exists. we rise to tell our lgbtqia community that not only do you matter but you are loved and you are cared for and we got your back. thank you to chairman nadler and
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to rep cicilline. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. mr. jordan: we reserve. mr. speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania. ms. dean: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from minnesota, ms. craig. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. ms. craig: mr. speaker, i rise today to offer my support to the equality act, a groundbreaking piece of legislation that will grant equal protection under the law to our lgbtq friends, families, neighbors, as well as to me and my family. as the first openly lesbian wife and mother in congress and the first lgbt lgbtq -- lgbtq member from the great state of minnesota, i know this legislation is the culmination of a lifetime of work for so many. my wife, cheryl, and i have built a beautiful life together. raising four sons who we dearly love. we are fortunate to live in minnesota in a state where many
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of the equality act's protections have already been enshrined into law. right now, there are states across this country where it would be entirely legal for cheryl and i to be discriminated against based on our love and commitment to one another, in housing, employment, access to credit, or any other number of areas essential to just living our lives. now, some of our colleagues seem to believe this legislation somehow could harm our non-lgbtq women and girls, but that couldn't be further from the truth. the equality act does not undermine the achievements or aspirations of non-lgbtq women. in fact, by amending the civil rights act, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, in a broad area of life, we are fighting to ensure that all women are treated equally in all aspects of their lives.
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the equality act is critical because when lgbtq people have a quality under -- equality under the law, we all benefit in all of -- and all of our communities are stronger. as a teenage girl growing up in rural america, i never could have imagined i'd finally see this legislation come to the house floor. much less as a member of this body to see it pass. this legislation is necessary, it's long overdue, and i urge my colleagues to support it. thank you and i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: we reserve. joip the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. dean: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from new hampshire, mr. pappas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new hampshire is recognized. mr. pappas: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of the equality act. this landmark legislation will bring our nation closer to the promise of its founding and will change the lives of generations of lgbtq americans for the
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better. this should be one of the easiest and most affirming votes we ever take. equality is, after all, a self-evident truth. it's part of the bed redskin of this nation -- bedrock of this nation. throughout this history the march toward full equality has brought more americans of diverse backgrounds into the heart and soul of this country. today's vote is another important milestone along that path. americans in 29 states can be denied housing, education, credit, or other services simply because of who they are. that this can happen in our country in 2021 is a grave injustice that must be corrected with this vote. and by passing this bill we can also accepted an unequivocal message to every lgbtq american and their families, you matter. you have dignity. your country sees you and has your back. growing up in new hampshire i never thought i could live as my authentic self. thankfully i have a loving family and welcoming community who embraced me as a young
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person. i'm fortunate to live in a state that's already added sexual orientation and gender identity to its civil rights statutes. too many other lgbtq americans live in fear of sharing their truth and millions live in fear that the law won't protect them from discrimination when they need it. look, we are not asking for anything that any other american doesn't already enjoy. we just want to be treated the same. we just want politicians in washington to catch up with the times and the constitution. no one deserves to be free-throwed as a second class citizen in this country for being themselves. let's pass the equality act, let's achieve full equality under the law and pass this bill with a strong affirming vote today. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, mr. speaker. i would yield three minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: mr. speaker, this law could not be plainer. it says gender's not a question
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of genetics but of personal choice. this calls for its doctrine to be imposed under force of law and the effect is frightening. states that have adopted similar laws have threatened safe spaces for women and intimidated the free exercise of conscience. let me focus on two aspects. how this destroys women's sports and renders parents powerless to protect their own children. selena, a teenager worked her heart out and qualified for the connecticut state championship track meet a few years ago. this is her experience. she said, quote, eight of us lined up at the starting line, but when six of us were only 3/4 into the race, two girls were already across the finish line. what just happened? two boys identifying as girls happened. fair is no longer the norm. the chance to advance, the chance to win has been all over for us. this policy takes away our medals, records, scholarships,
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and dreams. an anguished mother told her story. she said let me explain to you how this works. questioning a child's professed gender identity is now illegal. so if a little boy's 5 years old and believes he's the opposite sex, affirmative care means going along with his beliefs. parents are encouraged to refer to him as their daughter and let him choose a name. is it really harmless to tell a child who still believes in the tooth fairy that he's of the opposite sex? if a 10-year-old girl is uncomfortable with her developing body and suddenly insists she's a boy, affirmative care means blocking this girl's puberty with powerful drugs, unquote. america, wake up. this is the brave new world that house democrats propose under the name equality. the parents of every daughter who has every poured their hearts into a sport should be outraged that their daughters' dreams and hopes no longer
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matter to their own representative. every parent who would give their life to protect their child should be livid that this bill is about to replace them with bureaucrats who can administer puberty blocking drugs on their child's say so. every american should be scared as hell to realize the ideological extremism that is now running rampant behind the razor wired militarized u.s. capitol. hard to believe we once called it the people's house. let this be a wake-up call to every voter. if you elect enough radicals to the congress, you will get a radical congress. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania. ms. dean: mr. speaker, i am pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. pocan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized. mr. pocan: thank you, mr. speaker. i had a different speech i was going to give today about the
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equality act. as an openly gay member of congress, married to my husband, phil, for 14 years, i was going to talk about the need for equal treatment under the law for everyone regardless of who they love. humankindness, respect for others, pretty basic stuff. but the new qanon vibe on this body has gone too far. for many in this chamber this isn't a debate about whether or not you should be legally discriminated against for who you love, you won't hear that debate because they can't win on hate alone. the public doesn't agree with them. so instead some are debating that this bill discriminates based on religion. which it doesn't because it treats everyone the same under the law. and some are debating an even sillier notion that somehow a man will pretend to be a woman to win in women's sports, a crazy made up fantasy notion. this new qanon spirit across the aisle is also occurring in a nasty and hateful way. a lead g.o.p. opponent of this
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bill actually posted an anti-transposter on the wall outside her office directly and intentionally across from a democratic member of congress with a transdaughter. wow, that's classy. really, is that where we are here today? who can outcrazy, outtastelessly act to prove to the base they'll say or do anything to score points and show how inconsiderate they can be to a colleague to just get social media click bathe bathe? here are the facts. one in four transgender people have lost a job due to discrimination and dozens of transgender and gender nonconforming people were violently killed last year. an lgbt youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth due to discrimination. it is past time we put an end to this. a vote against the equality act is a vote for discrimination, plain and simple.
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this isn't iran or somalia or russia. this is america. show human dignity for others by offering equal treatment under the law. that's the equality act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman resves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: mr. speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman pennsylvania. ms. dean: i am pleased to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from california, speaker pelosi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized the speaker: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentlelady for yielding and for her leadership on this important issue. mr. speaker, i rise to join our entire caucus in saluting congressman david cicilline or long-time champion of the equality act who has been a courageous, relentless, and persistent in his leadership in this legislation.
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we are proud to bring this important legislation to the house floor. under the leadership of the most diverse house democratic majority, nearly 70% women, people of color, and lgbtq, with 224 co-sponsors on this legislation. mr. speaker, many of us would gather together nearly five years ago to first introduce the equality act. that day in the l.b.j. room on the senate side, named after the president who fought for and signed the civil rights act, we stood with an icon of the civil rights struggle, our colleague, john lewis, the conscience of the congress. the civil rights act is a sacred pillar of freedom in our country. it is not amended lightly. so, how proud would we be with our beloved john lewis and the congressional black caucus, many of whom are here now, as they
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gave their i am prature to the opening of the civil -- imimprature in the opening civil rights act. and we remember john lewis' life, we remember his words, spoken at the pride parade in atlanta shortly before being diagnosed with cancer, he said, we are one people, and one family. we all live in the same house. as we prepare to pass this landmark legislation, we must salute the countless advocates, act at this vists, and mobilizers who have for decades demanded the full rights of all americans. personally, my thoughts are with fry mifriends, who -- my friends, who shared their lives together for decades. i have spoken to them with their
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photo here on the floor year in and year out. they were members of so many of us in san francisco who for decades were engaged in civic engagement on many issues, including those issues related to lgbtq rights. they were an inspiration, teaching us to take pride. i say that with pride. when people say to me, it's easy for you to support lgbtq equality because you're from san francisco where people are sole to rent --le to rent --le to rent. -- tolerant. to me that's a condescending word. this is not about tolerance. this is about respect. this is about taking pride. for fillies and dell and the older lgbtq couples, for them, for lgbtq workers striving to provide for their families, and lgbtq youth struggling to find their place, this is an historic
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transformative moment of pride. here in the house this pride goes -- this pride goes back for many years. when we first got the majority in 2006 and 2007 as we took house, house democrats took four goals relating to equality. passing a comprehensive hate crimes bill. when i say comprehensive i mean lgbt q. t. people said to us at the time take out the t and you can pass this bill in a minute. i said take -- if we take out the t we are not going to pass this bill in 100 years because we are not bringing it up without the world transgender in the bill. we passed the bill with the help of the lead of barney frank, our former colleague, and the family of matthew shepherd, who came
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here, touched our hearts, got the votes to help us pass the legislation. then we had don't-ask, don't-tell. under the leadership of president obama and the courage of so many members, patrick murfirks our former colleague, an iraq combat vet leading the way here, we repealed don't-ask, don't-tell. thank you, president obama. securing marriage equality was done for us by the courts. i took great pride in attending the oral organizements in that was argued in the -- arguments when that was argued in the courts and what a victory it was for liberty and justice for our country when that decision came out. next on the agenda was something called enda, ending discrimination in the workplace. well, it's really called
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employment nondiscrimination act, hence the enda. then with the successes that we had it was why are we just talking about the workplace? why aren't we talking about every place? and hence came forth enda became the equality act. finally, fully ending anti-lgbtq discrimination on employment, education, housing, credit, and public accommodations. it removes all doubt that sexual orientation and gender identity warrant civil rights protection in every arena of american life. codifying the recent decision made by the u.s. supreme court. it takes a momentous step towards full equality that brings our nation closer to the founding promise of liberty and justice for all.
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inshrined in the preamble of our constitution by our founders in their great wisdom. also in our pledge to the flag. and it is sadly necessary. i wish that it weren't. sometimes i just wonder why it is. but it is sadly necessary because many members of the national lgbtq community live in states where though they have the right to marry, they have no state level nondiscrimination protections in other areas of life. and more than 20 states, mr. speaker, lgbtq americans do not have specific protections against being denied housing because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. . over 30 states restrict access to education. in nearly 40 states restrict reinjury service. -- restrict jury service.
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now, with a democratic senate majority and president biden in the white house and vice president harris as well, we will pass it once more and we will not stop fighting until it becomes law. we will never stop fighting until the equality act becomes law. let me conclude by returning to john lewis and recalling his words spoken on this house floor on the passage of the equality act the first time. john lewis said, we have a decision to end discrimination and set all of our people free. and set all of our people free. today with this legislation, we have an opportunity to set all of our people free and to advance the future of justice, equality, and dignity for all. with that, i urge a strong bipartisan vote for the equality
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act. salute mr. cicilline and senator merkley on the senate side for their leadership. commend the chairman of the judiciary committee for once again bringing us to the floor. thank you, congresswoman, for your leadership on this issue as well. with that i urge an aye vote and yield back the balance of my time. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentlewoman -- ms. dean: i ask unanimous consent that the chairman of the judiciary committee control the balance of the time on our side. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: mr. speaker, could i inquire the amount of time remaining on each side? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio has 16 1/2 minutes. the gentleman from new york has 19 minutes. and 3/4. mr. jordan: thank you, mr.
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speaker. we will reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield to the distinguished gentlelady from wate -- from california, ms. waters. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. waters: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of h.r. 5, the equality act, a critical piece of civil rights legislation. half a century ago, the fair housing act and the equal credit opportunity act became law, but we know that housing and lending discrimination remains a widespread problem. former president trump and his administration were shameful and cruel adversaries to justice and civil rights and worked to gut protections against housing and lending discrimination. according to the national fair housing alliance, sex
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discrimination made up the fourth greatest basis for complaints in 2019. as housing discrimination continues to harm an estimated 68 million people in the u.s., lgbtq, plus youth in particular, remain at greater risk to homelessness compared to non-lths-plus -- non-lgbtq-plus youth. this legislation takes key steps to codify existing protections for our lgbtq-plus neighbors under civil rights statutes including the fair housing act and the equal credit opportunity act and is similar to provisions included in h.r. 166, fair lending proposal, by representative al green. my committee has convened several hearings on this topic, including one this week about ongoing lending discrimination.
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i thank representative cicilline for authorizing and authoring this bill and chair nadler for his leadership. i urge my colleagues to please support this important bill that will ensure equal access to housing and wealth building opportunities for generations to come by expressly prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to enter into the record a statement from -- the statement from the republicans opposing the legislation on the floor today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. jordan: and mr. speaker, i now yield three minutes to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. bishop. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. bishop: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. i know at the outset the bill's
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sponsor, the gentleman from rhode island said that every community deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. every community deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. and the problem with this misnamed bill is that it does not treat every community with dignity and respect. you have heard from previous speakers that this bill takes pains to say you're earnestly held religious beliefs are no defense. what else does it do? well, the basic way the legislation operates is to insert or substitute for the word sex as a protected classification the phrase sex, parenthesis, including sexual orientation and gender identity. if it did nothing more, it would be an echo of the bostock decision last june. but it does do more. it defines the term, including.
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so sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity. if you go to the definition section, including is defined to mean including but not limited to. including but not limited to. why is that? what else does the bill intend to do that the bill declines to state? but most significantly, mr. speaker, is that the bill removes the play in the joints. let me explain what i mean. concerning the public accommodations title, title 2 of the 1964 civil rights act, which by the way didn't cover sex, but it defined what a public accommodation was for the purpose of ceasing the discrimination against black americans in public accommodations. and what it said was -- and they
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had a lot of synonyms but it was hotels, restaurants, theaters. those were public accommodations. that language is gone in this bill, mr. speaker. and instead, what it says is, a public accommodation is any establishment that provides a good, service, or program, including. there's that word including. and there's a big long list. so any establishment provides any good, any service, or any program in our society is covered, but we're still not done, because there's a rule of construction. a reference in this title 2, an establishment shall be construed to include an individual whose operations affect commerce and who is a provider of good, service, or program. any individual. the cake baker. the photographer.
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this bill flips the civil rights act of 1964 on its head. can i have 30 seconds. mr. jordan: i yield the gentleman an additional 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bishop: the civil rights act of 1964 was designed to say no longer will black americans be cut out of economic life in this country. and it was necessary. and it was a moral evil. this bill flips that on its head. and it says to every individual, a condition of your participating in the economic life of the country is that you buy all -- you buy into this lock, stock, and barrel. and if you do not, you will be cut out of the economic life of this country. there is no dignity and respect in that. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from california, mr. takano. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: i thank chairman nadler for yielding. we the people is a bold opening statement enshrined in our constitution, but for far too long, lgbtq americans have not been included in that statement. a gay couple can get married in all 50 states. a trans worker has legal protections from discrimination in the workplace. but despite this progress, a lesbian mom can be denied housing in most states because of her sexual orientation. a queer person can be turned away from serving on a jury. in 27 states there is no laws to protect against this. and this is wrong. no person, no matter where they live in america, should face discrimination. equality should not depend on the zip code where you live. now is the time for we the people to include lgbtq americans. my republican colleagues are desperately trying to derail
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this legislation by putting their bigotry with religious freedom and appealing to people's worse instincts with attacks and grossly exaggerated examples. their main argument seems to me that america doesn't want a law that will protect the dignity of trans people who get murdered and beat up for being who they are. in reality, trans people are the most -- are among those in our community who need this protection the most. and republicans want to vilify people who are the most severe victims of injustice. what this law does is simple and just. it guarantees that lgbtq people in every state cannot be discriminated against because of their identity. we have a moral imperative to get the equality act signed into law. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: mr. speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york.
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mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield -- i now yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. torres. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. torres: as a child of the bronx who grew up in the projects, i was often too scared to come out of the closet, too blinded by see clearly my own value, my own equality. my younger self could not imagine standing on the floor of congress as a member of congress voting on legislation that if enacted would make me equal in the eyes of the law. as the first lgbtq afro-latino member of congress, i feel the weight on my shoulders and on behalf of my community, i'm here to explain what this is about. we're here to uphold the abiding truth of the american experiment, that we are all created equal, and that none of us should be evicted, fired, or
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denied accommodations and services simply because of who we are and because of whom we love. we are equal by nature, and we ought to be equal by law. the logic of equality is as simple as that. yesterday, a member of congress said that the equality act was, quote, immoral, disgusting, and evil. i wish to set the record straight. what is truly immoral and disgusting and evil is discrimination. it always has been. and it always will be. discrimination denies us our deepest humanity. the profound degradation it causes has no place in a society that pledges liberty and justice for all. and so i hope that my colleagues, all of them, will find the moral courage to uphold what the declaration of independence promises and what the equality act delivers, life, liberty, and the pursuit of
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happiness for all of us without exception, without discrimination. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman re -- reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. steube. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. steube: unlike most speeches, i'll start with the truth. duty rot my say women should not wear men's clothing for the lord -- this is not about clothing styles but with people determining their own sexual identities. it's not personal offends god but the use of one's appearance to act out or take on a sexual identity different than the one designed by god by birth. god intentionally made each individual uniquely male or female. when men or women claim their own sexual identity they're making a statement that god did not know what he was doing when he created them. i'm going to direct directly
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from -- directly from one. one share in the image of god but he's designed them to be distinct from and complementary toward one another. the gender identity is -- when the nation's laws no longer reflect the standards of god, that nation is rebelling against him and will bear the consequences. >> the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. the house will be in order. the gentleman may continue. mr. steube: i'm going to -- i'm going to read that line again. whenever a nation's laws no longer reflect the standards of god, that nation is in rebellion against him and will inevitably bear the consequences. and i think we are seeing the consequences of rejecting god here in our country today. and this bill speaks directly against what is laid out in scripture. our government through this bill is going to redefine what a woman is and what a man is. it can be anyone who identifies in that gender at any time.
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you're going to single-handedly end women's sports and all of the games for women's rights contained in title ix that was passed in this body since 1972. single-handedly destroying women's sports in the name of equality. how ironic. if biological men can compete in women's sports, then it's no longer women's sports. at all. we might as well just have one sports team per event and women, transgender women, men, transgender men can all compete against each other. how is that for equality? if biological differences didn't matter, we would never have created and funded separate teams for men and women. we know science supports the idea that there are performance differences between biological men and women in competitive sports. and it's just common sense the vast majority -- to the vast majority of americans. just not common sense to this democratic majority. in connecticut, three high school female track runners have had to file a lawsuit because their title ix protections were violated by biological male
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athletes competing against them. they had no choice but to file suit after they were forced to compete against biological male athletes and after those biological male athletes brought home 15 women's state championship titles. i can stand up here and give you example after example of this happening throughout our country in all sports categories, but i don't have near the time. if you want to protect women's sports, then vote against this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio. reserves. the gentleman from new york. >> mr. steube, whatever religion describesed a god's will is not relevant to this congress. the speaker pro tempore: members are advised to address their comments to the chair. the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized. ms. clark: thank you. a few years ago at a town hall in my district, a young student asked me, what is congress going to do to protect trance people
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like me? he bravely -- trans people like me? he bravely stood before an auditorium of neighbors and told me he was terrified by the bigotry and discrimination against hip and his lgbtq-plus community members. i have heard these fears expressed by my own nonbinary child and they're fears are not miss placed -- their nears are noes miss placed. our lgbtq neighbors face discrimination in health care, housing, education and employment. even here in the people's house members of congress are describing transgender people as something less than. as undeserving. and illegitimate. today our vote for the equality act says to every person, you matter. that you deserve to live your truth, for respect and dignity, that there will be no true
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freedom for anyone until there is equality for everyone. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i reserve, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from texas, mr. green. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. green: and still i rise, mr. speaker. you used god to enslave my foreparents. you used god to segregate me in schools. you used god to put me on the
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back of the bulls. have you no shame? god created every person in this room. are you saying that god made a mistake? this is not about god, it's about men who choose to discriminate against other people because they have the power to do so. my record will not show that i voted against mr. cicilline having his rights. my record will show that when i had the opportunity to deliver liberty and justice for all, i voted for rights for all. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: mr. speaker, i don't
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think anyone uses god. we've just cited what's in the legislation, which specifically says the religious freedom restoration act shall not provide a defense against what this bill is doing. that's all we've done. i would yield three minutes -- 3 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from ohio, mr. davidson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. davidson: mr. speaker, the so-called equality act is not about tolerance. it speaks to impose the will of this body on the american people. in violation of the constitution. it establishes a woke harsy code, seeking to eliminate distinctions between male and female at every level. it cancel it's womens and girls sports, requiring that biological males compete for their records, championships and scholarships. it nullifies the religious freedom restoration act, rather than preserve the
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constitutionally protected freedom to disagree, disguised as equality. it compels participation on your terms for abortions, for weddings, all of religious vocational and civic life. it pursues what hillary clinton said in 2016, quote, you'll just have to change your doctrine. let me assure you, that will not happen. colleagues, we must defend freedom and defeat this bill. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from michigan, ms. tlaib. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. ms. tlaib: today is a great day. today we send a clear message to every lgbtq person that you belong here. that you are loved for who you
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are. and that we won't stop fighting until your experience is true equity and equality. we are experiencing a crisis of violence against our lgbtq neighborhoods -- neighbors, especially people of color, and our transgender communities. today's passage is for treasure hill ard, for paris cameron, for every lgbtq person taken too soon by hate. when -- one if five transgender people have experienced homelessness when transgender people have half the home ownership rate of cis jeppeder people, we have a structural problem. by outlawing discrimination we send a powerful message to the bigot, including those here in congress, that their time is over. listen very closely and remember these words. we are winning, we will continue winning. our will is unbreakable. our love is so much stronger
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than your sad, pathetic hate. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: mr. speaker, can i inquire on the amount of time left for each side? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 8 3/4 minutes remaining. the gentleman from new york has 11 minutes remaining. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from new york, ms. velazquez. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york. ms. velazquez: thank you. i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, nearly half of all lgbtq people in america lack protections from discrimination, employment, education, housing, public accommodations and credit. this is an abject failure to recognize the humanity and dignity in all of us. and as i have spoken on before, as chairwoman of the house small
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business committee, discrimination is bad for business. that is why we need the equality act. and we also need to recognize the mental health impacts of failing to treat all people equally under the law. discrimination is linked to increased levels of stress and anxiety and depression. until all are equal in the eyes of the law, we are allowing bigotry to silence and shame. so, today i am voting yes for all those who have been made less by their government's failure to protect them. and i am voting yes for the nearly two million lgbtq youth who are counting on us. i see you and i welcome you in my house. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized.
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mr. jordan: thank you, mr. speaker. we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from oregon, ms. bonamici. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from oregon is recognized. ms. bonamici: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of the equality act. important legislation that will secure the civil rights of our lgbtq community. our lgbtq friends, neighbors, colleagues and community members should not miss an educational opportunity or be denied housing or credit because of who they are or who they love. i was proud to help pass the oregon equality act when i was in the state legislature. the same arguments were being made back then in 2007 that some of our colleagues are making today. you know what came to pass? those concerns did not come to pass. what happened? the law brought dignity, security and peace of mind to the lgbtq community.
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it is long past time that lgbtq americans across the country have the same protections. as the chair of the civil rights and human services subcommittee, i've heard from students and workers who are discriminated against, people who are deeply harmed by anti-gay and transphobic attacks. today i'm thinking about the young trans people in oregon and around the country who are bravely standing up for equality. we stand with you, we'll keep working to create a world where you are safe, free and supported. thank you, representative cicilline, for your leadership. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from massachusetts, mrs. trahan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized. mrs. trahan: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of the equality act and i associate myself with the remarks of the bill's sponsor, the gentleman from rhode island.
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because mr. cicilline and my colleagues have already said all that there is to say about the clear merits of the bill, i would simply ask through the chair that if our colleagues on the other side cannot find it within themselves to support this bill out of a sense of fairness and goodwill to those enduring discrimination, then please do so out of the concern for their parents. people just like our colleagues on the other side, mothers and fathers, who love their children every bit as much as our colleagues love theirs. we want nothing more than to send our kids out into the world with confidence and a reasonable expectation of being treated fairly and equally. it's never too late to do the right thing. please join us in voting yes on the equality act. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from michigan, mr. kildee. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from michigan. mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. and thank you, mr. chairman. i'm happy to be here today, to be on the record in favor of this legislation. no one should be fired from their job or evicted from their home because who they are -- because of who they are or who they love. this legislation will guarantee that our lgbtq friends and neighbors and family will be full members of the american family and with all the protections that comes with that. i'll just ask one question before i sit down. for anyone who ever wondered what they would have done in those days in the early 1960's when the civil rights legislation was being debated here, let me just say this. whatever you're doing now is what you would have done then. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: i'd just say, mr. speaker, the last statement was ridiculous. we will continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from florida, ms. wasserman schultz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. was was thank you, mr. speaker -- was was thank you, mr. speaker -- ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm proud to once again cast my vote for the equality act. it is my sincere hope that this is finally the year that it will be signed into law. in dozens of states, including my own, lgbtq americans are still denied housing, discriminated against in education or denied service at businesses. the trump administration ruthlessly attacked the lgbtq community's rights from the transgender military ban to allowing doctors to deny medical care to the lgbtq individual. states have continued to put forward so-called bathroom bills and legislators in my own state have introduced bills to deny medical care to trans children and prevent trans youth from playing sports. even worse, 44 trans americans were murdered in 2020, the deadliest year on record. we can't tolerate any more discrimination, it costs lives. the equality act is vital so
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that americans everywhere can love who they love and be their authentic selfs without fear of persecution, eviction or discrimination. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: thank you, mr. speaker. i would yield to the gentlelady from new mexico three minutes. . ms. harrell: he went on to say the bill, h.r. 5, does no more, does no less than to give lgbtq the respect and equality they deserve. but i disagree that the bill -- because the bill moves us far beyond nondiscrimination and towards a place of one side over another. it eliminates mutual respect. mr. herrell: mr. speaker, we can't be so anxious to protect one class of people that we harm
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another. for instance, the bill forces churches in the public square to do things that counter their deeply held beliefs. it moves our nation away from our judeo-christian values. it places women in sports, in domestic shelters, in the health care profession at risk. it allows government to take an even more drastic step of making decisions that should be reserved for our families. the equality act is anything but. let's not be fooled by the title. it would likewise force both people and organizations in many everyday life and work settings to speak or act in support of gender transitions, including health care workers and licensed counsellors -- conselors, even when it's against their best judgment. and they will make them perform
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health care beyond their beliefs. any parent that doesn't want to go through gender reassignment surgery at a young age would be stigmatized and there is a risk their child will be taken away or the life-altering surgery would be done by one parent. this diminishes the ability for parents to raise them to their values. if this is truly about respect, let's start with it here in this chamber. i must correct the record, and i take exception to being labeled as someone who vilifies those across the aisle. that is simply not true. no one on this side of the aisle has said less than or illegitimate. these are the labels being used on your side, not by me, and not by my colleagues.
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if we want to do what's right by the american people, then, let's start respecting one another in this chamber. let's start doing things that's for the benefit of the american people. let's be sure that we're here to protect all lives, all lives matter. if we can't stop fighting and discouraging others in this chamber, shame on us. because we'll do a lot better for the people that sent us here when we can start having civil conversations. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are advised to address their remarks to the floor. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished majority leader of the house, mr. hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for yielding. one of the sad things that's happening in america, mr. speaker, is that the truth is so
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often being perceived as fake news or that fake news is so often being perceived as the truth. mr. speaker, i'm old enough to have worked for the united states senator during the civil rights era, and i would get a publication -- because i opened the mail. i have a high fluten -- haifa luiten -- hifaluten job. a publication that came somewhere from the south. i remember reading how the bible told us that we should not integrate america.
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if god had wanted us all to be together we would be the same color. i perceived that then and now as absurd. so i proudly rise in support of h.r. 5, the equality act, and i congratulate mr. cicillinely and -- mr. cicilline and those who got this on the floor. we passed it, of course, and it went to the united states senate. they, of course, ignored it, to their discredit. the house passed this bill last congress with bipartisan support. i hope we have bipartisan support this year. because i remember, mr. speaker back in the days of the early 1960's and mid-1960's, there
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were giants in the republican party who stood with democrats on behalf of civil rights. i hope we can repeat that today. because no one in america -- we hold these truths to be self-evident. there are moments in history that are celebrated for generations. as those in which americans came together. to perfect our union, to protect and uphold the universal rights enshrined in our foundings documents. that's what -- founding documents. that's what we as the nation did with the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. it's what we did with the 19th amendment. where we said, oh, yes, i know you're a woman, but you're going
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to be equal, you're going to be allowed to vote. what a radical idea that was. and how long it took. we did it, as well, with the voting rights act and the civil rights act in the 1960's. we did it together with a bill i was proud to sponsor, the americans with disabilities act. we said it's not just disability that counts, it's your ability. drop the dis. we can do it again today with mr. cicilline's equality act, affirming that equality is for everyone. all the time, everywhere. this legislation, mr. speaker, would ban discrimination against lgbtq americans in every area where it still exists and every state that still permits it.
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one nation under god, indivisible. not discrimination in the northwest or discrimination in the northeast or discrimination in the south or the southwest. one nation. no discrimination. fairness and equality for all. that includes housing, public education, personal finance, credit, employment, health care, jury service, public accommodations, the practical effect of such legalized discrimination is the denial of opportunities and economic security to certain americans because of their gender, identity, or sexual orientation. the practical effect of this bill, madam -- mr. speaker, will be to open the doors of opportunity and economic security to those for whom they were shut for far, far too long. i want to thank representative
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cicilline. i want to thank the gentleman in the chair for his leadership and courage, both of them have displayed such worth as human beings, as colleagues, not by some arbitrary definition that we give to them based upon their sexual orientation or whether any of us, because of our gender, male or female, or our color, black or white, or yellow or red. one nation under god indivisible. this legislation tries to recognize that indivisibility of the rights of all americans. i want to express my gratitude to the congressional lgbtq-plus equality act, which has provided leadership both in shaping and
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improving this legislation and championing its adoption. the house will pass this legislation today, and i hope it will not be lost in the politics of the senate. that body has an extraordinary record over the centuries in terms of civil rights. it should uphold that record. i know that the democratic senate majority is eager to consider it and pass, and i hope senate republicans, as i said, when i grew up in the 1960's, in the civil rights movement, many republican leaders were giants in this effort. i hope the senate republicans, who have stood in the way of equality for lgbtq americans for too long can finally come together with them in a bipartisan fashion and allow an up or down vote.
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that's all we ask, an up or down vote. that's frankly, i guess, not all we ask. we ask for 10 republicans to join with 50 democrats to make this a reality. most americans who come to understand that ending discrimination for lgbtq people is about the fundamental rights and dignity of their fellow americans. and it's about who we are as a country, who we claim to be, but for far too long we're not, and we know we are not there yet, but this is a very significant and important step for us to take in a land of opportunity for all, a land of liberty and justice for all. so let us affirm that today in this house, and i hope the senate in days to come, will join in that affirmation of justice for all. and let us make this day to remember in our history as one where we came together to
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perfect our union, as john lewis would say, one more time. i urge a yes vote, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd yield one minute to the gentleman from virginia, mr. good. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. good: thank you, mr. speaker. this so-called equality act is the culmination of a 50-year effort by the radical left to attack our values, our families, our children, and our religious freedoms. i ran for office as a biblical and constitutional conservative because i believe in our nation's founding judeo-christian principles and the importance of faith and family to this government. john adams confirmed this was the intent of the founders when he said our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people and it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. i don't think he could have envisioned we would be here today defending the right to
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life for the unborn when our children are taught in school the protection for people to practice their faith without fear from government and the importance of the traditional family. this bill is one of the most dangerous and consequential bills that we will ever consider. it will have a terribly negative impact on every area of our lives. and i urge my colleagues to reject it. thank you and i yield my time. jordan jornd thank you, madam speaker. -- mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. we reserve. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from massachusetts. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. auchincloss: housing protections for homeless youth who can be harassed, assaulted, or even kicked out of shelters based on their gender identity and sexual orientation.
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that's because 27 states lack lgbtq nondiscrimination protections. at the same time, lgbtq youth are 120% more likely to experience homelessness. protecting young people, giving them the resources to succeed early in life, and keeping them safe and secure are all values we share. the equality act takes a massive step forward to advance these values, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from ohio. . mr. jordan: thank you. i yield one minute to the gentlelady from tennessee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. harshbarger: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today in opposition to the so-called equality act. rather than delivering equality, this bill undermines protection for women and for girls. and, simply put, women's shelters should remain women's shelters and not allow biological men to intrude. and girls sports shuft remain sports for girls.
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this is not equal opportunity. this is catastrophic for girls sports. this is what the equality act seeks to overturn and that's fairness in girls sports. all of this is even before mentioning the pro visions that would undermine religious freedom. religious organizations shouldn't be forced to act contrary to their beliefs. this is why they call it religious freedom, after all. this bill poses dangers to free speech, freedom of religion and pro-life, the sanctity of life. this honestly goes against everything that i believe as a christian and i will be opposing this bill. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from georgia, ms. williams. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from georgia is recognized. ms. williams: thank you. today i proudly rise in support of the equality act.
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today i'm the voice of so many people. my friend james, my sister, danielle, and her fiance. my staffer, christina, and her partner, vivian, and all of my friends back home on the front lines with georgia equality. for far too long the inherent rights of lgbtq people have hung in the balance. i'm in congress to ensure that everyone can share in the promise of america. no matter who they love or how they identify. lgbtq people have lived in fear of punishment or retaliation for far too long. the right to exist in this country is not a privilege but an inalienable right. i have the great honor of representing atlanta. a city vibrant with a long history of lgbtq-plus pride. to my lgbtq-plus constituents, know that it is my honor to represent you. i hear you, i see you, i stand with you. the promise of america excludes
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no one. thank you, madam speaker. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. reserves. the gentleman from ohio. jordan yord thank you. i yield one minute to the gentleman from -- mr. jordan: thank you. i yield one minute to the gentleman from texas, mr. weber. mr. webster: this bill smacks of -- mr. weber: this bill smacks of president obama's transgender bathroom policy several years back. i remember that, howery dick louis that was. it was reported in texas a young girl went into bathroom, was followed by a male who said he self-identified as a female that day. more about her in a minute. this is not an equality act. this is going to erode religious freedom. this expressly exemps rfra from being a defense if someone has sincerely religiously held beliefs. comments made earlier that we're using god as an excuse. i hardly think. so i hardly think so. the founders of the constitution knew exactly what they were doing when they provided for those protections.
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if the equality act is passed, individuals with religious views will be disfavored by this bill and it will not have rfra as a tool for defense of their religious freedom. h.r. 5 will politicize the medical profession to the detriment of the practitioners and the patients. it's unbelievable. the girl who was followed into the bathroom -- 10 more seconds, please, was followed into bath -- mr. jordan: additional 10 seconds. mr. weber: by a gentleman who said he self-ified i'ded as a female, that man's teeth were knocked out by the father who self-identified as the tooth fairy. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, how much time do we have left? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york has 3 1/2 minutes. the gentleman from ohio has 2 1/2 minutes. mr. nadler: thank you of i now yield one in-- thank you.
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i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from illinois, mr. quigley. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. quigley: madam speaker, i get it now. this is all about protecting women. this intolerance is -- the republicans' effort to show us how much they want to protect the rights of women. they want us to believe that protecting lgbtq americans somehow hurts women and girls. but they know better. and history will accurately reflect what it really is. it is an ugly, twisted use of feminism. it is what it is. it is homophobia, it is transphobia, it is intolerance and it is hatred. there is no constitutional right to hate. there is no constitutional right to exclude and there is no right of conscience to hate. trans rights are human rights. lgbtq rights are human rights. we must pass the equality act now. thank you. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: i yield one minute to the gentleman from alabama, mr. moore. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama is recognized. mr. moore: thank you, madam speaker. we've talked all day in here about discrimination and we need to put some facts on the table. .6% of americans identify as jns trender. however, 80% of americans identify with a religious affiliation. 50.5% of people in this country identify as female. yet we're consistently going to infringe on the rights of all those other americans for .6% of the population in this country. now, i have daughters and i've encouraged them my whole life to do what you want to do in life. you can succeed. but we see time and time again that males are being put in competition in sports directly against their females. my question is, where are the feminists today? why are they not here? would the members of this caucus fighting for the rights of females, we're going to infringe consistently on that 50.5% of the american population by allowing males to compete in
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sports against them. 86% of these people in the nation identify as religious people. we're going to allow this law and the overreach of the left in this country to start infringing on those people's rights. madam speaker, i have to vote against it. the speaker pro tempore: the chair would remind members to put on their masks. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: i've got my own -- mine on. thank you, madam speaker. we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from illinois, ms. schakowsky. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from illinois is recognized. ms. schakowsky: thank you, mike:. thank you, mr. chairman. i rise -- thank you, madam speaker. thank you, mr. chairman. i rise as a proud grandmother of a trance young man. i want to say that any family would be lucky to have the amazing and loving and smart and funny isaac in their family.
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and i rise today to say thank you to the generations of people who have been arrested and beaten and excluded and sometimes killed for this fight. let today be the end. i thank congressman cicilline and all those who have spoken today and are going to vote for freedom. this is a remarkable day not just for my isaac but for all the young people who are fighting today no more -- frightened today no more. we're with you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. mr. nadler: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from georgia, mr. hice. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: i thank the gentleman. i've heard a lot today about discrimination against lgbtq community and them being kicked out of housing or whatever. no one wants that. but my question, madam speaker,
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to my friends on the other side was, would they also agree that no one who disagrees with their views should be kicked out of their homes or lose their jobs? should adoption agencies not be allowed to continue operating if they don't believe in that? should houses of worship close because they continue teaching the traditional biblical values and principles of male and female? i would suspect the answer would be no. that they should be fired they should close, because the bill itself clearly states that religious rights and freedoms are not protected in this bill. that's what's so dangerous. this is a bill of tyranny where government is telling people what they must believe and punishing them if they do not believe and do not conform. this is a dangerous bill. it codifies in itself discrimination. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: we reserve, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i grant myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i have listened to this debate in amazement. i've been involved in this struggle for equality for many years. i was the chief author in the house of the religious freedom restoration act. to hear it suggested that i would turn my back on religious freedom is just ridiculous. this bill enissue ryans equality, it she vines equality for everyone -- enslines -- enshrines equality for everyone. it does not contradict the religious restoration act. but it does enshrine equality. and that's what our friends on the other side of the aisle seem to be afraid of. equality. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time.
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the gentleman from ohio has 30 seconds remaining. the gentleman from new york has one minute remaining. mr. nadler: we are prepared to close. mr. jordan: ok. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. at the start of the debate the sponsor of the bill said discrimination is wrong. it sure is. we shouldn't tolerate it. but this bill makes how a person identifies more important than equality, makes it more important than fairness, makes it more important than fundamental liberties like your right to practice your faith the way you think the good lord wants you to. and you would think a change of this magnitude would get a little more than 90 minutes of debate on the house floor. that's why we should oppose this legislation. i urge my colleagues to vote no and with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, it is precisely because this bill enshrines equality, it is precisely because of the nonsensical nature of the
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arguments from the other side of the aisle that the equality act has been endorsed by more than 500 civil rights, womens rights, religious, medical and other national and state organizations, including the american medical association, the central conference of american rabbis, the emissky pal church, the lawyers committee for civil right it's under law, the leadership conference on civil and human rights, the naacp, the national alliance to end sexual violence, to end sexual violence, the national coalition of anti-violence programs, the national women's law center, the network lobby for catholic social justice, the united methodist church, all of whom onle obviously would not endorse this bill if it had anything to do with destroying religious liberty. it has also been endorsed by dozens of business associations, including the u.s. chamber of commerce, the national association of manufacturers and
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sports and fitness industry association and hundreds of other businesses. i urge all members to support this important legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. pursuant to house resolution 147, the previous question is ordered on the bill. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: h.r. 5. a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity and sexual orientation 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. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: i'd ask for a roll call. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays
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are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. [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.]
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from massachusetts seek recognition? ms. clark: madam speaker, as the member designated by -- mrs. trahan: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. moulton, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. moulton will vote yes on h.r. 5. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. beyer: madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. moore, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. moore will vote yes on h.r. 5. as the member designated by mr. lieu, pursuant to h.res. 8, i
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inform the house that mr. lieu will vote yes on h.r. 5. as the member designated by mr. lowenthal, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. lowenthal will vote yes on h.r. 5. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. jeffries: as the member designated by chairwoman zoe lofgren, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that chairwoman lofgren will vote yea on h.r. 5. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from illinois seek recognition? ms. underwood: as the member
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designated by mr. rush, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. rush will vote yes on h.r. 5.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? mr. stanton: as the member designated by ms. kirkpatrick, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. kirkpatrick will vote yes on h.r. 5. -- as the member designated by mrs. kirkpatrick, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mrs. kirkpatrick will vote yes on h.r. 5. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from massachusetts seek recognition? ms. clark: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. bowman, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. bowman will vote yes on h.r. 5. as the member designated by ms. frankel, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms.
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frankel will vote yes on h.r. 5. and as the member designated by ms. meng, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. meng will vote yes on h.r. 5. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. aguilar: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. ruiz, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. ruiz will vote yes on h.r. 5.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. budd of north carolina, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. budd will vote no on h.r. 5. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. mchenry: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. cawthorn of north carolina, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. cawthorn will vote no on h.r. 5. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. evans: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. lawson of florida, pursuant to h.res.
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8, i inform the house that mr. lawson will vote yes on h.r. 5. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? ms. bass: as the member designated by representative roybal-allard, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that representative roybal-allard will aye on h.r. 5.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from kansas seek recognition? ms. davids: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. allred, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. allred will vote aye on h.r. 5. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. kelly: as the member designated by mr. amodei, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. amodei will vote no on h.r. 5.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. gaetz of florida, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. gaetz will vote no on h.r. 5.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new hampshire seek recognition? ms. kuster: madam speaker, as the member designated by mrs. fletcher, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mrs. fletcher will vote yes on h.r. 5. and as the member designated by ms. pingree, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. pingree will vote yes on h.r. 5. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> yes, madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. steube of florida, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr.
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steube will vote no on h.r. 5. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: madam speaker, as the member designated by mrs. bonnie watson coleman, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mrs. watson coleman will vote yes on h.r. 5.

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