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sometimes i think we forget how much some people give for the freedom that we have. private long and quinton ezeagwula are good examples. mr. chairman i think sometimes we also forget the price families pay. it's easier for us to focus upon only the fallen. but those who remain and the grief that is laid upon their broken shoulders is often sometimes something we cannot identify with. . i was in the press club here, i saw a diamond-shaped picture of a cold, icy, windy day at arlington national cemetery, and a woman stood alone with her back to the viewer, standing at a tombstone. and there was no one else in the cemetery and the wind was blowing, her clothes were out ott side. it was the loneliest thing i'd ever seen. the title was simply "the widow." i understand that private long was not yet married but i'm
sure there was someone out there who loved him, i know his parents loved him, the family has faced a loss none of us can imagine. as we salute private long, i also think it's in order to salute his family who have paid such a high price so we can stand here in this chamber and talk about freedom with. that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona yields back. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: how much time do i have left, mr. speaker? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york has 10 1/2 minutes. mr. nadler: i won't take that, but i yield myself the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, we ask every member of our armed services, 2.6 million men and women in the active and reserve forces, to be willing to lay down their lives for our country, in defense of our foo freedom, need be and they are
willing to do that every time, whether in iraq or afghanistan or anywhere else around the globe, that a member of our armed services is killed in action, there is a grieving family a lover a wife, a husband a wife, a mother, a father, a son, a daughter, all of these, whose -- who are grieved and can never be made up. sometimes we accept that memorial day, forget about -- we sometimes except at memorial day, forget about that we don't don't think about it too much. we ought to think about it, our freedoms are dependent on it, our lives are dependent on it. none of us would be here enjoying our freedoms if it weren't for the willingness of our sons and daughters to do what they have to do to keep us safe and free. this resolution does not address all of that it simply addresses two members of our
armed service, one of whom was killed, one severely wounded. but the difference is they weren't in a combat zone. they were murdered -- murdered and wounded, here at home, supposedly in a safe place. it illustrates that even here at home, not everyone is safe. this resolution mourns the death of private long and the wounding of private ezeagwula. it extends our condolences to the family of private long and our wishes of best recovery to private ezeagwula. it's little enough we can do but it's really all we can do at this point. it says we are grateful, it reminds us of the sacrifices that are made. i appreciate mr. franks' introduction of this resolution.
i urge everyone to support it. as with the resolution i spoke of earlier today, i cannot believe anyone will not support it. i urge its adoption and yield back the balance -- i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves the balance of his time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. nadler: mr. speaker. i withdraw the motion and i move to suspend the rules and pass house resolution 515 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the motion is withdrawn. mr. nadler: i move to suspend the rules and pass resolution 515 as amended.
the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will designate think title. the clerk: house resolution 515, resolution condemning the murder of army private william long and the wounding of army private ezeagwula who were shot outside the army navy career center in little rock, arkansas, on june 1, 2009. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for 20 minutes. the gentleman from arizona is recognized for 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the motion under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. nadler: i ask the gentleman from arizona, are you prepared to yield back at this time? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. from arizona yields back. mr. nadler: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york yields back.
the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 515 as amended? those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to, and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? >> i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 503. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new york, mr. tonko, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. platts, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the
gentleman from new york. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i request five legislative days in which members may revise and extend and insert extraneous material on house resolution 503 into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. tonko: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. tonko: i rise in support of house resolution 503 which supports efforts to increase physical activity and participation of sports of youth. physical education is necessary in our growing childhood obesity crisis. it's estimated that by 2010, 20% of children in the united states will be obese. without physical education and sports, this epidemic would surely be worse. childhood obesity places a significant cost on our health care system.
obese teenagers have a 70% to 80% chance of becoming obese adults. the rise in childhood obesity has been accompanied by a rise in the prevalence of type two diabetes among children and adolescents. teaching children about physical education and sports not only teaches them about physical activity in an otherwise seden dare school day, it encourages them to stay healthy. it is important we recognize physical eeducation in our nation's schools as a necessary component of a holistic education. i urge my fellow colleagues to recognize the value of physical education and yulte sports. a 2006 survey by the department of health and human services found that only 3.8% of elementary schools, 7.9% of middle schools, and 2.1% of high schools provide daily physical education or its
equivalent for the entire school. 22% of schools do not require students to take any physical education. this exists despite research that shows a positive correlation between physical activity and academic performance. in addition, physical activity provides our children with self-esteem and improves their emotional health. we recognize that our nation shares a collective responsibility in reversing the trend of childhood obesity. national physical education in sports week reaffirms the central role these activities play in encouraging healthy practices for children. the future of our children's health is an issue that deserves our nation's utmost attention. mr. speaker, i thank my good friend and colleague, congressman at meier, for introducing this resolution. i urge our colleagues to support it. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york
reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. pltsspak thank you, mr. speaker, i yield -- mr. splats: thank you, mr. speaker. i -- mr. platts: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the health and wellness of america's children is undoubtedly a subject of great concern at this time in history. over 33% of america's elementary schoolchildren are overweight or obese and over 13% of america's high school children are obese. overweight and obese children are developing diseases and vascular conditions once thought of as conditions affecting only the middle-aged. these children are shown to be at increased risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes, respiratory problems and numerous other diseases. in addition, think often suffer low self-esteem and a sense of
isolation and other psychological side effects. physical education is important in defeating obesity in children and adults. regular physical activity reduces the risk for many problems, including stroke, coe colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. it helps control weight, reduces falls for older adults and is associated with fewer hospitalizations. physical activity need not be strenuous to be beneficial but in an age of innumerable computer games and tfingts channels it often takes a back seat in the lives of our youth. physical education classes encourage children to participate in physical activity on a regular basis in a group setting. a correlation has been seen between children who
participate in sports and higher academic achievement in the classroom. participation of children in organized sports has grown, however the percentage of children participating in daily physical education programs has declined, though the importance of physical activity has become increasingly apatient. it's recommended children engage in 60 minutes of physical activity five or more days a week. only 5% of children regularly meet this recommendation, however. physical education programs and sports create an opportunity for children to build lifelong healthy habits in a fun and engaging environment. as such, they should be supported and encourages -- encouraged. i ask my colleagues to support this resolution and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: i'm pleased to recognize an outstanding colleague in the gentleman from
pennsylvania, mr. altmire, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. altmire: i rise in support of my resolution to support national physical education and sports week. this simply recognizes the role that physical activity and sports play in creating a healthy lifestyle for children and adults and encourages schools and communities to promote physical education and activities. today, there are more than nine million overweight children in the united states. as a result, children are now being diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type two diabetes, all afflictions once thought to be age-related. these children are at an increased risk also for chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. the benefits of physical activity have been well documented. research shows daily physical activity reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood
pressure, and diabetes, and also increases self-esteem and performance in the classroom. it is for these reasons and many more, mr. speaker, that i introduce this resolution and i encourage my colleagues to support it. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the sgrelt yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. platts: i yield five minutes to the distinguished gentleman from louisiana, mr. scalise. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. scalise: thank you, mr. speaker. i appreciate my colleague's offer to yield time on this bill. this bill discusses the need for to the create healthy lifestyles for children. i think that's something we should also be discussing here -- i think that something we should also be discussing here is the need to create economic opportunities for children, to make sure they are not only having vag lifestyle that's healthy in school, teaching physical finance, but making sure that we're dealing with policies up here in washington that allow them to have real opportunities when they get out
of school. there's one bill that's moving through this body right now, the cap and trade energy tax, that would severely jeopardize our children's opportunities to have a better life, to have the opportunities that we had in our life, so as we're talking about legislation right now, to create healthy lifestyles, i think we should be looking at the policies that come out of this body that could actually create big impediments, impediments that would deny them opportunities when they graduate from school. let's talk about that cap and trade energy tax that's moving through. we just got a new update red port by the budget office, the cap and trade energy stacks imposes $846 billion, with a b, in new taxes, taxes on energy that would affect every american, denying people the ability to buy healthy food for their children because they would be spending, aaccording to -- according to the president's own budget
director, $1,300 a year more in higher utility prices, not to mention how much more they'd pay in higher gas prices at the pump, creating a greater dependence on middle eastern oil at a time when we need to be creating a national energy policy that uses our national resources to create good jobs here in america to fund and bridge us into those alternative sources of energy like wind, like solar, like nuclear power, so that we can truly reduce our dependence on middle eastern oil and give those young children an opportunity to have good jobs here in america using american natural resources to propel them. . we have a bill that takes in all of the above approach, actually utilizes american natural resources, our oil, our natural gas, their -- there are estimates that we've got almost 100 years of natural gas reserves here in this country. in fact in louisiana the largest natural gas find in the history of our country occurred just
three years ago. i know one of my colleagues will be talking about that. we've got the ability here in our country to secure our energy independence. we've got legislation we filed that would help us secure that energy independence. they won't allow us a hearing on this bill because they are promoting this cap and trade energy tax. a tax on energy that again as we talked about, as we are talking about, our young children, encouraging them to lead healthy lifestyles, we need to also be creating policies here that give them those opportunities so that they don't get out of school and have to go straight to the unemployment line. their bill, this cap and trade energy tax, got a copy of it right here, there are 55 pages, 55 pages in tir bill dedicated to job losses. to american jobs that will be lost due to a cap and trade energy tax. in fact the national association of manufacturers has estimated cap and trade energy tax would run three million to four million jobs out of america to
countries like china and india who are just chomping at the bit to take our jobs. so you would wonder why at a time when we are here discussing legislation to encourage our children to lead healthy lifestyles as we should, there's also legislation moving through this congress pushed by this leadership in congress that's trying to tax energy and run millions of jobs overseas. to countries like china and india at a time when we are seeing record level unemployment, over 9%. we broke the mark of 9% just in the last report, 9% unemployment in this country at a time when so many people are cutting back because times are tough, and the answer that the leadership in congress has is to promote a tax on energy. an $840 billion tax on energy that would run millions of jobs overseas. the real irony is, they talk about the goal of reducing carbon emission, the real irony is the countries that will be getting our jobs, china, to produce the same steel that's produced here in america today,
will actually emit more carbon to produce the same steel because they don't have the current environmental regulations we have here in america. so the real irony is that they would be running jobs overseas to countries that will actually emit more carbon. spain just did a study on cap and trade because they experimented with it for years. spain after finally realizing it was a bad idea, looked back and noticed that for every new job they created in a quote-unquote green industry, they lost 2.2 regular jobs. of those new jobs they created nine out of 10 of them were temporary jobs. in essence they lost 20 jobs for every full-time job they created. so we need to promote good policies but we need to defeat this cap and trade energy tax. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: does the gentleman from pennsylvania have any further speakers? mr. platts: i do. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.
mr. platts: i would yield five minutes to the distinguished gentleman from louisiana, mr. fleming. the speaker pro tempore: i take it the gentleman from new york reserves. mr. tonko: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. fleming: thank you. mr. speaker, i want to thank my friend from pennsylvania for yielding me this time. i think this is an important bill. i do rise in support of it. i'm a family physician who has treated diabetes even in and among teenagers which is a sad situation when you consider the future of someone who develops diabetes so young. and certainly the future, the fiscal -- physical future is very important. but i'm also very concerned about the fiscal future of our youth. i'm very troubled today, a constituent came to me today from the oil and gas industry, was discussing with me the problems that already are
emerging with the loss of tax incentives to invest in exploration that's going on in my district and districts around. mr. speaker, i think that looking down the line here at the fact that we yet have not developed an energy policy, i know my side of the aisle, we republicans, attempted to get to the floor a no cost stimulus bill which would have, i think, been a very innovative and certainly revolutionary in getting our energy costs down. but having said that, as gas prices now are approaching $3 a gallon, and we are still in a severe recession, just think that even $4 a gallon pretty soon is probably going to be bypassed very quickly. with that i just want to reiterate what my friend also from louisiana, mr. scalise, has discussed. as we move into the cap and
trade debate, the cap and tax debate, if you will, where every analyst we have been able to read see this is as a pure form of taxation that the real underlying purpose of it is to raise more money for, i guess, social spending or perhaps single payer nationalized health care spending. i'm not sure. but the net effect of that is just what we have seen with the incubator we call spain, and that is cap and tax has been in play there for 10 years and what has been the net result? well, today the unemployment rate in spain is 17.5%. as mr. scalise mentioned, for every job that's been gained in so-called green job, again i'll get to that in a moment as to what a green job i think is supposed to be, there's been a loss of 2.2 real jobs. and i can assure you, mr.
speaker, in the state of louisiana and surrounding states that the jobs that we have today that comes from the oil and gas industry are very significant jobs. they carry benefits. they carry pay easily in the 50,000 to 100,000 range. and the so-called green jobs that are discussed, if you look at spain and their experience, what they found was 90% of the green jobs were implementation jobs. that is construction. and of course once the construction or implementation period is over, that job goes away. and so there's only left remaining 10% of the total green jobs that even become permanent jobs. but then if you look further underlying that, mr. speaker, what you find is that the green jobs are really a pass-through of taxpayer money into the system and then as payroll for these so-called green jobs. they are not a direct result of an exponential growth of a
healthy economy or healthy oil and gas industry. so as we move into this debate and i understand it's being pushed pretty hard right now, we've got to decide are we going to continue to put more taxes on our sit zens in the way of higher utility bills -- citizens in the way of higher utility bills which will affect the poor and those on a fixed income of over $3,000 a year of electrical bills or are we going to see manufacturing have to leave this country and go overseas because it can no longer compete with the higher energy cost? what is really the question here, how are we going to have more revenue into our treasury by killing off jobs? so i don't think this any longer a theoretical discussion. i think we are talking about real people and real jobs. and all we have to do is to look at spain and other countries who
have attempted this. but just in summary, mr. speaker, i think that we need to be very careful about what government is taking over and what it's controlling. if you look to western europe where socialism has been rampant for years, you actually see a retraction, a move away from that. even profta made a statement recently we are going headlong into marxism where the rest of the world is pulling back. with that i thank you for your time in the discussion. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: yes, mr. speaker, does the gentleman from pennsylvania have any further speakers? mr. platts: one additional speaker. mr. tonko: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. platts: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield five minutes to the distinguished gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for five minutes. mr. thompson: i thank the speaker. i thank the gentleman from pennsylvania for yielding.
mr. speaker, as we know that this steady march and drum towards cap and trade and cap and tax it strikes me that certainly the health of our nation is really what's at risk here. in terms of what cap and trade will do to our nation. what it does to our businesses, our industries, what it does to our families, what it does to the individual citizens in terms of the costs that we place upon them, the burden that they have to bear. it's a burden that affects all segments of the society, those that i worry most about are actually those who live paycheck to paycheck and those who just barely get by in their household budgets of what this significant increase of costs will be. specific to turning the light switch on in pennsylvania with energy costs going up 30%, with filling up your gas and i represent a very rural district,
and in rural america we drive. we drive to work, we drive to pick up our groceries, we drive sometimes to pick up our mail. the cost of gas estimated to increase by 76%. those are costs that our families and individuals cannot bear. i think there's something out there that as opposed to this big government proposal of cap and trade that we should be be looking at, and that is using our natural resources like natural gas which is currently natural gas currently accounts for roughly 23% of our overall energy consumption. and natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel. natural gas is used for many energy sources, but it's also vital to -- as a feedstock for ingredient in many products we consume every day. anything from plastics to pharmaceuticals use natural gas as an ingredient. as a member of the house agriculture committee, i'm -- i must point out how important natural gas is to our farmers and agriculture sector. we can't grow our food without
fertilizer. natural gas is an important ingredient with fertilizer. we only have to go back as far as last summer when we saw the price of energy skyrocket in our country and that's what we are looking at now under cap and trade to see what the impact of that was on our farmers. and on food prices. many farmers in the past few years have been hurting because of high energy costs. the united states has an abundant supply of natural gas and vast majority of what we consume is produced right here at home. let me repeat that. the vast majority of natural gas we produce, that's a homegrown product. that's good for this country. oil, for instance, is a world price. that means we pay $69 a barrel, today's price, so does germany, japan, and canada. however natural gas is not a world price. meaning that the price of natural gas varies from country to country. it is simply supply and demand. when we produce more natural
gas, its cost also come down. having said that i believe that we should expand upon our natural gas production which could act as a bridge to get us into the future where renewables really will be the major energy source. we nubles such as wind, solar, and the like are all energy sources we would like to utilize, it's also important to bear in mind these sources make up only about 1% of what we consume. and the major reason for that is because they are not as inexpensive as coal, oil, and natural gas. however the majority party in washington would like to make renewables more viable by increasing the cost of fossil fuels through the proposed cap and trade bill. last fall the house republicans had an important and major victory in congress. they led t way in removing a long-standing moratorium on the outer continental shelf. i would like to see us move forward in producing in the o.c.s. which estimates project has a net royalty worth of $1.7