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each and every american, and the recognition of our volunteers through americorps, the spirit of house resolution 453 should be recognized and responded to by our colleagues. i would encourage a yes vote on the resolution and i would yield back my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 453. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules -- mr. platts: -- mr. broun: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rise? mr. broun: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: all those in favor of taking the vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having
risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? mr. tonko: i move the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 411. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 411, supporting the goals and ideals of the intermediate space challenge in mojave, california. 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: mr. speaker, i request five legislative days in which members can revise and extend and insert extraneous material on house resolution 411 into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, ordered. mr. tonko: i yield myself such time as i may consume.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. tonko: i thank you and i rise today to support the goals and ideals of the intermediate space challenge in mojave, california. the intermediate space challenge captures childrens' imagine vation as it relates to science, math, space and learning. it's part of the x prize space flight contest. it took pilots to space and back, claiming a $10 million prize. marie walker, originally founded the intermediate space challenge. she coordinated with stu whiths, the moe haw see -- mojave airport general manager. it's been a great success. now in its fifth year, students
look forward to the annual competition with younger students anticipating the time when they're old enough to participate. the intermediate space challenge hosts the student rocket competition where fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students compete to build a model rocket that reaches the highest point in model launches. it's judged on altitude, macting and spirit. in some cases, they reach up to 600 before parachuting downward. individual awards are given in each category with the overall winner announced at the end they have event. it allows students to work in teams, create a team banner, craft an essay and develop their small rocket. during the event, many students get a chance to view professional rockets and hear how they operate. it fosters great interest in science, technology, in engineering and in math. among these students -- in math, among these students, and could serve to develop our next
great aerospace adventure of our time. for instance, mr. speaker, once again, i express my support for this resolution and i want to thank representative mccarthy for bringing this resolution forward. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on this bill and mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. platts: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in strong support of this resolution, especially in light of our critical need for additional sign intists, math ma -- scientists, mathematicians and related professions. this program is so important tone couraging young people to pursue study in these fields. i will submit the balance of my statement for the record and yield the prime sponsor of this legislation, the distinguished gentleman from california, mr. mccarthy, as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as
much time as he may consume. mr. mccarthy: thank youing mr. speaker. i rise today in support of house resolution 411, a resolution i introduced that honors the goals and ideals of the intermediate space challenge in mojave, california. mojave airport has a long history of firsts, from burt and dick butan's first flight to the first privately funded manned space flight. nearby are cutting edge research and test fag silties that are continuing to push the enhe ve lope. when i visit the national air and space museum here in washington, d.c., i feel at home, there are so many aircraft from my district, like spaceship one, voyager, glamorous glynnis, which broke the sound barrier, and the x-15.
we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the x-15's first flight yesterday. the intermediate space challenge started in 2005 under the grex of marie walker. she's c.e.o. of a company that manufacturers products and departments. she saw an opportunity to bring together fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students with leaders to educate and inspire them to become the next generation of aerospace pioneers. i'm proud to recognize their hard work inhis fifth anniversary year of the program. marie walker and all those who have been instrumental in organizing and implementing the intermediate space challenge saw an opportunity to grab the interest of our students in the space challenge. students work in teams to write an essay, create a banner and build and design a rocket. they get assistance from high school students as mentors. it engages the interest of
students and the teams compete on rocket performance and team spirit, paralleling the x-15 requirement for a privately funded manned spacecraft to go up twice in two weeks, students' rockets make stwo flights. the students hear from special guest speakers, they have heard from aviation pioneers like the spaceship one ast roe naughts in past years. student cans see the opportunities are limitless. i appreciate the support of chairman miller and ranking member mckeon, who are also original co-sponsors, and my colleague, jim costa, who has already been supportive of activities at mojave airance space port. congratulations to all the students who participated. with that, i'm proud to support and bring this to the floor. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. tonko: does the gentleman
from pennsylvania have further speakers? mr. platts: i do have additional speakers. mr. tonko: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. platts: i yield five minutes to the distinguished lady from tennessee, mrs. blackburn. the speaker pro tempore: the distinguished lacy is -- lady is recognized for five minutes. mrs. blackburn: i rise to to support the intermediate space challenge. unfortunately, mr. speaker, many of the young people that are growing up and participating in this are going to find they're going to grow up in a very different america than we have grown up in because of the increase in taxes that are taking place every single day and the way this crowds out opportunity for young people. indeed, my colleagues across the aisle have become the party of punishment. that is what i'm hearing from my constituents as i traveled across the seventh district this past weekend. they are very, very concerned.
what they're telling me is they know that clean air and clean water and clean energy is important. mr. speaker, i know we as politicians would say we're even for clean mud. we're just not for taxing people out of their house and homes to pay for clean energy. that's exactly what this cap and trade bill or cap and tax, as we call it, cap our growth, tax our people, trade our jobs and that is what it is going to do. as the democrats put a price on the very air that we breathe. the cap and trade bill that came out of the energy and commerce committee last week, federal building standards are in that bill are of concern to our realtors, to our commercial property holders. knowing that there will be these standards that are going to be very, very difficult for them to comply with. knowing that they're -- there
are going to be energy awe kits -- audits put on their houses. knowing they'll have to buy carbon credits if they don't have a windmill or solar panels on the roof or windmill in the yard. knowing that they literally are going to see the air that they breathe taxed. and as my colleague from georgia had previously said, you know, groceries don't go in -- don't grow in a grocery store. they don't grow in a grocery store, mr. speaker. they grow out in the fields. they require this carbon dioxide in order to grow and be green and be healthy. and to provide the food. and the forestation that we need here in the united states and certainly around the globe. the cap and trade bill is something that is going to limit opportunity. it is something that we are going to see affect jobs and future jobs. we know that it is expected to
cost us over a million jobs lost and that we are going to see our unemployment numbers rise substantially. we're going to see our electricity rates go up by 90%. when we were in committee we offered an amendment that would have ended cap and trade if gas went over $5 a gallon. mr. speaker, our colleagues across the aisle sought to defeat that we said, let's end it if unemployment goes past 15%. and our colleagues across the aisle said, no. they were not going to end it if unpliment employment went past 15%. we said, let's tell everybody what this costs, how much is it increasing the cost of the gas you buy, how much is it increasing the cost of the food you yet? and our colleagues across the aisle said no. they were not going to disclose that and vote for and support
that amendment. we even offered an amendment that would protect the innovators of tomorrowho are going to solve the energy issues that we have before us and they sought not to provide that intellectual property protection for all these young boys and girls, many who are going through the intermediate space challenge now, many who will be the innovators of tomorrow, who will solve energy issues for future decades, who will create the electric cars. indeed, when you look at the electric cars and lithium ion battery the states that hold the most patents for furthering this invention are california, ohio, mained great state of tennessee. intellectual property protection should have been provided for those. many of those innovators of tomorrow are in this program we are celebrating. it is very sad the party of punishment does not provide the protection those young men and women need to be the innovators
of tomorrow. i thank the gentleman for yielding and i yield to him the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. tonko: yes, mr. speaker, does the gentleman from pennsylvania have further speakers? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. platts: i have one additional speaker. mr. tonko: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. platts: i yield five minutes to the gentleman from ohio, mr. latta. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. i appreciate the gentleman for yielding. i also rise in support today and what this would mean to our young people of this country. in my own state senate district, i represented an area in erie county, near plumbrook station a large nasa testing. east of there we had nasa glen
in cuyahoga county. the things we can do and achieve in this country through the space program is limitless. however, if we stand by what we're seeing happening across congress today with this cap and tax legislation, we're in trouble. one of the things i'm proud of the fact is in think district, the fifth congressional district, i represent an area that we manufacturer solar panels, with first solar. we have another company coming online this fall. we also in my district have wind turbines, ethanol, biomass and we're doing all these things and the alternatives. also it's very, very important in this country we have the base power to be able to manufacture what we have to have. we want to continue to be independent in this country, especially in the manufacture and the new age of space, we have to make sure we have these homegrown companies here today. it's going to be very, very
difficult to do that if we don't have the manufacturing capacity and if we also don't have the base load capacity. one of the things we found is, of course, is that we don't have the base load capacity in certain areas and don't have the ability of going out there on the nuclear facilities. i think 1977 was the last time that we've had a nuclear facility permitted in this country, and the problem we have today is if we want to have more nuclear to pr produce more power and keep up our manufacturing capacity, it's going to be tough to do because a lot of these parts are no longer made in this country. we have to go overseas to buy them if we can get them today. some of the very large departments are made in japan and there's a long wating list because so many countries want to build nuclear facilities and keep up the base load capacity. why is it important? if we don't utilize the all of the above policy, we want to make sure we have a clean
environment and make sure we have nuclear, clean coal, oil, natural gas, and geothermal. c.b.o. score saying we're looking at $846 billion on this new cap and tax which will be a massive energy tax on the american people. but at the same time as the gentlelady from tennessee was just talking about is a tremendous cost on individuals. one of the analysis from the heritage foundation shows that they're looking at around a $4,300 per year tax on an average family. how do they get to that number? it says over $1,500 of the impacted energy bill, your natural gas bill, the home heating bill and the gas you put in your tank. and that is the $1,500. and the ripple effect in the economy takes it up to $4,3 pund. the cost per family for the whole energy tax aggregated
from 2012 to 2035 is $116,680. in compared if we did not have a cap and tax, the real g.d.p. losses increase an additional $2 trillion from $7.4 trillion under the original draft to $9.6 trillion under the new tax. compared to no tax and cap, the unemployment increases and add an additional 261,000 from 844,000 lost jobs under the original drafted to 1.1 million jobs under the new draft. also interestingly enough in the paper today in "the washington times" the g.d.p. found from cap and tax. this is from the brookings institute. reduce carbon die objection i had emissions would lower the gross domestic product in 2050 by 2.5% compared to levels reached if the legislation is not implemented. it also says that about 35% of
crude oil-related jobs and 40% of coal-related jobs would be lost by 2035. it goes on to say that it assumes that the majority of workers would find new jobs but net job loss, the net job loss will be .5% over the first 10 years that the legislation is implemented. i don't think that this country can afford it. again to go on. when you look at reducing the average gross domestic product by $9.6 trillion, destroying 1.1 million jobs, raising electric rates as the gentlelady from tennessee just mentioned by 90% after adjusting for inflation, seeing gasoline prices up to 74% -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. latta: if the gentleman will yield 30 seconds. mr. platts: 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. latta: i appreciate the gentleman for yielding. raise natural gas prices by 55% raising family prices by
$1,500. again, increase the inflation, adjusted federal debt by 26% or $21,150 additional federal debt per person after adjusting for inflation. i appreciate the gentleman for yielding. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. tonko: mr. speaker, does the gentleman from pennsylvania have any further speakers? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. platts: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no additional speakers. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. decades ago a global space race inspired all sorts of ingenuity and innovation. it enabled this country to stretch its thinking, provide for lofty opportunities and emerge with a higher level of status in the global community because it had won that space race providing many, many opportunities. it is indeed the inspiration for today's house resolution
411 as witnessed by the the space challenge in mojave, california. we can provide that loftyness, to be able to emerge with an innovation economy driven by another sort of global race, one called an energy race which will find the winner to be exporter of energy innovation, energy thinking, energy ideas and energy intellect. and so i think the moves forward by this house can perhaps inspire another saga of intermediate space challenge. but today we recognize and support the goals and ideals of that great intermediate space challenge through house resolution 411. i would encourage our colleagues to support this resolution. it is most meritorious. and i yield back my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 411. those in favor say aye.
those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to and without objection a motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio rise? ms. sutton: i ask that the house suspend the rules and pass 2751, the consumer assistance to recycle and save
act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2751, a bill to to accelerate motor fuel savings nationwide and provide incentives to registered owners of high polluting automobiles to replace such automobiles with new fuel efficient and less polluting automobiles. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from ohio, ms. sutton, and the gentleman from michigan, mr. upton, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from ohio. ms. sutton: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. sutton: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: gentlelady. -- the gentlelady is recognized. ms. sutton: mr. speaker, i rise on behalf of 2,000 people who are in the assembly plant in my district. i rise for the 159,000 ohioans with auto-related jobs and the three million to five million americans who rely on the auto industry to provide for their families. i rise today on behalf of the
environment as we turn the corner to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve fuel economy and to help reduce our reliance on foreign oil. i rise today on behalf of consumers throughout our great country who continue to struggle during this global recession. and i rise today as the proud sponsor of the consumer assistance to recycle and save act, also known as the cars act. and i want to thank president obama for his support of this legislation, and i want to thank speaker pelosi for supporting this effort and thank majority leader-hour for all of the help that he has -- majority leader hoyer for all the help that he has provided as we deliver this bill to the american people. i want to thank chairman waxman, chairman markey, representatives israel, inslee, stupak and upton for their collaboration and support on this bill. and thank you to my colleagues, representative candice miller and representative bruce braley who started this process with me back in march. mr. speaker, the bipartisan
cars act will sure up millions of jobs and stimulate local economies. it will reduce our dependence on foreign oil. it will provide much-needed financial assistance to consumers to trade in less fuel-efficient vehicles, for vehicles which achieve a measured increase fuel economy. what the cars act will not do is allow someone to trade in a vehicle and receive a voucher to purchase a vehicle that is less fuel economy. we have ensured environmental integrity in this bill. and this bill demonstrates that we do not have to bind ourselves to the arguments of the past. we no longer have to give into the temptation of either or thinking. the cars act demonstrates that we can free ourselves of the false thinking of either you are for the environment or you are for jobs. we can do both. 2009 auto sales are down nearly 42% below the 2005 peak.
we have not seen such a decline since 1955, and this decline jeopardizes our country's largest manufacturing industry. these are not ordinary times. these times call for bold action. three million to five million jobs are at risk. auto-related jobs number in the thousands in every state in our nation. and though it's called the cars act, this bill is far more than about just cars. it's about people. it's about the millions of families in this great nation who depend on the strength of our auto-related industries for their livelihood. it's about our friends and our neighbors and it's about our communities that depend on auto-related jobs for their tax base, to support their schools, their police, fire and other city services. by passing the cars act we can shore up these jobs, get customers back in the showroom, help our dealers, move cars and improve the environment. nations across the world have instituted incentive programs.
in may while our auto sales in this country fell 34%, sales in germany increased 40% after they instituted a program. on may 19, the committee on energy and commerce passed an amendment of the cars act to the american clean energy and security act by a bipartisan vote of 50-4. under the cars act consumers will trade in less fuel-efficient vehicles and receive an electronic voucher for $3,500 to $4,500 at the point of sale toward the lease or purchase of a vehicle with increased fuel efficiency. light-duty trucks, both small and large, also qualify under the program. and work trucks often used by small businesses will be eligible for replacement as well. and though our fleet modernization program is open to vehicles regardless of where they are made, i encourage everyone who participates in this program to think about the families who depend upon cars made in the united states and ask you to purchase a fuel-efficient vehicle
assembled right here at home to help shore up jobs and help our environment. others use a gentler term, fleet modernization, but by any title, the cars act offers multiple benefits. this bill has earned broad base support. it has the support of ford and g.m. and chrysler, the united auto workers, the business roundtable, the automotive trade policy council, the ohio automobile dealers association, goodyear tire and rubber company, national paint and coating association, the alliance of automobile manufacturers, motor and equipment manufacturers association, specialty equipment market association, the association of international automobile manufacturers, the american iron and steel institute, automotive recycler association, the united steel workers, the national automobile dealers association, the american international automobile dealers, the
national association of manufacturers, the a.f.l.c.i.o. and the united states chamber of -- afl-cio and the united states chamber of congress. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the letters be included in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. sutton: mr. speaker, we must pass the bipartisan cars act today for our workers, for our environment, for consumers, for our economy, for our country. i thank you and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from michigan. mr. upton: thank you, mr. speaker. i would yield myself two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. upton: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i congratulate my colleague from ohio and my colleague from michigan, mrs. miller. this is not the perfect bill but this is it. there is nplan b. this is not the original bill
that ms. sutton and mrs. miller introduced, but this is the bill that passed our committee 50-4. one in 10 jobs in america are auto related. in the last couple of years now, particularly through this tough recession, we have lost one in five manufacturing jobs and certainly the midwest has been critically hurt. the auto sector, we've seen auto sales plummet from 17 million car sales just two or three years ago to probably what will be less than 10 million, not only this year but next year as well. not only the big three supports this but toyota, honda, the chamber, a whole number of different groups, the u.a.w., the auto manufacturers, the national association of manufacturers, the auto dealers as well. you know what this bill is? it's a jobs bill. but more important than that, it's an american jobs bill and it's time to stop the dominos from falling the wrong way and beginning to turn the switch from red to green for auto jobs and get something in the hands