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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 234, the nays are 185. the bill is passed and without objection, the the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. without objection h.r. 1886 is laid on the table. >> mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the speaker will receive a message. the secretary: mr. speaker, i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has passed with an amendment h.r. 1256, an act cited as the smoking prevention act and conclusion of the house is requested. >> i ask unanimous consent that i be removed as a co-sponsor of h.r. 2254. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. for what purpose does do you rise? ms. norton: i ask unanimous
consent that i be removed as co- sponsor of h.r. 848, the rights performance act. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> i move to suspend the rules and pass house resolution29. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 529, resolution condemning the violent attack on the united states holocaust memorial museum on june 10, 2009 and honoring
the bravery and dedication of the united states holocaust museum employees and security personnel. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from west virginia, mr. rahall and the gentleman from washington, mr. hastings, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from west virginia. but the gentleman will suspend while we get order. the gentleman from west virginia is recognized. mr. rahall: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the resolution under consideration. wasmede. mr. rahall: this resolution places this body on record condemning yesterday's violent attack on the united states holocaust museum, while praising the bravery and sacrifice against those who defended
against this attack. it recognizes the vital role that the museum plays in the world and redead indicates this congress to assisting wherever possible in helping the museum to continue to accomplish its mission of education and enlightenment. first and foremost, let me join my colleagues in expressing our deep sadness and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of security officer steven tyrone jones. it is hope what must be unbearable grief, they must be filled with enormous pride and the sacrifice he has now made. everyone involved in the tragic events of yesterday proved something about themselves. officer, johns, including with other personnel who responded, prove that training, dedication and bravery in the face of life-threatening events can save lives.
there are those among us who volunteer to stand watch over us, even knowing they are risking their lives. the perpetrator of yesterday's attack proves something as well. ignorance and hatred still exists. by his actions, this man demonstrated that the very evil that led to the holocaust, the evil in the past he sought to deny, in going forward the u.s. holocaust memorial museum will prove something as well. there was a time when people who had hatred were powerful and held in their hands the levers of power. those days are over. the museum has suffered a great loss, but the museum will continue in its important work. this attack has no power over the museum, its supporters or its mission. hatred can no longer beat back the forces of justice and
equality. whatever the dark aims of the attack may have been, there is no question he has failed and those like him will always fail as long as organizations like the u.s. holocaust memorial museum are standing. i ask my colleagues to support thr important resolution and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington. mr. hastings: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i join with my chairman to support this resolution to condemn the tragic shooting at the united states holocaust memorial museum yesterday. our prayers go out to the family of security officer steven tyrone johns, an innocent victim of this outrage. mr. speaker, that this violent act and needless death occurred at a memorial, erected to peace and tolerance by reminding the world of the deaths and horrors of the holocaust is to me simply unspeakable. so, mr. speaker, i urge all of
my colleagues to support this resolution and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from west virginia. mr. rahall: i'm honored to yield two minutes to the main sponsor of this resolution, the gentleman from florida, mr. klein. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. klein: i thank the speaker and the gentleman from west virginia. i rise today to your knowledge my colleagues to support h. res. 529, a bipartisan resolution that i offered with mr. pence, mr. waxman, mr. smith and mr. engel and i thank the speaker for promptly bringing it to the floor today. with the input and guidance from many members of this chamber as well as the bipartisan congressional task force against amendment semitism. i rise today in great sorrow as this nation mourns the loss of officer johns who was killed yesterday at the united states holocaust memorial museum at the hands of a hateful white supremacist.
i offer condolences of officer jaunches and condemn the vicious attack on the holocaust memorial. the museum is a place of reflection and expression of the addage, never again. the museum seeks a world without racism, anti-sifmentism, holocaust denial and intolerance. this vicious attack hurt all americans. a hate crime in every sense, this attack violates all of us. acts of hatred and violence cannot and will not be tolerated in our country. today, the lessons of the holocaust are more relevant than ever before. officer johns died protecting those values and he is a hero to all of us. americans stand today together to redouble our commitment to advance the mission of the united states holocaust memorial museum to advance holocaust education and fight against
anti-semitism, racism, hatred and intolerance in the united states and throughout the world. only by standing together can we begin to heal and fight against future acts of hatred. i thank the leadership of the house, mr. rahall and mr. hastings for their support. i urge my colleagues to support this resolution and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from washington rise? mr. hastings: i yield to mr. pence of indiana. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he may consume. mr. pence: i would ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pence: i rise in strong support of house resolution 529 condemning the violent attack on the u.s. holocaust memorial museum that occurred in shocking dimensions here yesterday in our
nation's capital. i want to single my colleague, ron klein of florida, for his swift and thoughtful legislative work in bringing this resolution to the floor of the -- and allowing me to co-author this resolution. it is my pleasure to serve with mr. klein as the co-chairman of the bipartisan congressional task force against anti-semitism that was founded with deep admiration by the late tom lantos of california who understood the importance of this body and this nation speaking with one voice against the venom of anti-semitism. we mourn the loss of special police officer steven tyrone johns and i offer my personal condolences to his family. he lost his life while defending
civilians, visitors and staff of the holocaust memorial museum. officer johns died upon arrival at the george washington hospital after being shot by an assailant with strong ties to white supremacist organizations. he died while defending visitors from around the world and i honor his service and courage and the sacrifice that he exemplified. he will be remembered. we rise today to condemn the violent attacks of yesterday that ravaged washington, d.c.'s permanent living memorial to the victims of the holocaust. for those who visited, we know the u.s. holocaust memorial museum serves as one of the world's leading authorities on the holocaust. and let me say with no small measure of american pride, it has become an essential stop for every american visiting our
nation's capital with few exceptions. it was dedicated on april 22, 1993 and has welcomed 30 million visitors, eight million school children and 85 heads of state. the museum's mission is simply this, to quote, advance and disseminate knowledge about this unprecedented tragedy to preserve the memory of those who suffered and encourage visitors to reflect on the moral and spiritual questions raised by the holocaust as well as their own responsibility of citizens of a democracy, closed quote. and anyone who has walked those solemn hallways knows that the united states holocaust memorial museum accomplishes that mission. this attack at the u.s. holocaust memorial museum is a horrific reminder of the violence that can stem from unchecked hatred, intolerance
and anti-semitism as well as the denial of history that is off manifested in that sentiment. . no act of violence will din minish the determination who lost their lives in the holocaust. and neither will tomorrow or yet. and as we condemn intolerance and racism in our capital city, we should ponder today, mr. speaker, what anti-semitic hatred and rage could mean on the international stage. i say with a heavy heart today with the deepest respect for the families affected by yesterday's tragic event, we would do well as a nation to reflect if one man can walk in the holocaust museum with a
rifle, motivated by anti-semitic rage and bring about violence and death, what could a nation armed with the same anti-semitic rage do with a nuclear weapon? the american people deserve to know that the same hatred that drove this one lonely and deranged man to open fire at the u.s. holocaust museum i believe resides in the hearts of some of the most powerful leaders in an ancient nation of the world. and i am confident that when the time comes this congress, this government, this nation and our terrorist ally will do what is necessary to prevent a global manifestation of anti-semitic violence. the best way to honor the
lives, the victims of hatred is to stand in the path of those who would continue the violence. let officer johns' sacrifice be something in our personal lives and an example for this nation. in the exercise of courage and determination in the defense of liberty on the world's stage. let us stand in the path of hatred, come together as a congress and a nation, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempe: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from west virginia. mr. rahall: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlelady from the district of columbia, and whose district this terrible attack occurred, eleanor holmes norton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized for one minute. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i thank the gentleman for yielding. on tuesday, the majority leader announced that he had not been able to muster enough votes to pass a civil rights bill, the
district of columbia voting rights bill, which had a gun amendment which would wipe away the capital's gun laws. stephen tyrone johns, a guard at the holocaust museum, one of the most popular museums, because it is so moving, lost his life. there are political considerations that are moving against gun laws. i ask us to show that we are not defenseless, to protect official washington, not paralyzed when it comes to gun safety -- by not allowing gun amendments to stop unrelated laws like the district of columbia voting rights act. opening the city to gun carnage of the kind we saw yesterday. let this be the last gun carnage of its kind. let the district of columbia voting rights act pass this year.
the speaker pro tempore: jealtsjealts. who seeks recognition? the gentleman from washington, for what purpose do you rise? mr. hastings: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. gohmert. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for three minutes. mr. gohmert: thank you, mr. speaker. and i do appreciate the bringing of this resolution. this is a time when we should join our hearts and minds together in condemning the violent act that occurred that of all places the holocaust museum. a place that i with countless others, in my case, multiple occasions going to the museum, have been touched to tears to just try to get your mind around the inhumanity of man to man. this is a nation that was bought -- brought together as a nation, fought hard so that within this nation we could have civility. and one of the founding
fathers' favorite lines was often to quote voltaire in saying, i disagree in what you say but i will defend to the death your right to say it. the criminal who invoked and created this violence in the holocaust museum should be properly punished. and i am thankful that we have laws that will punish him. i wouldn't mind seeing a death penalty as a possibility in a case of such violence, but in this town that apparently is not an option. but violence of this nature within this country must not be tolerated. but it also must not minimize the commitment, the love and devotion of officer stephen tyrone johns who gave his life
in doing his job, in devotion to others and to this country and all it stands for. so we thank stephen tyrone johns. we thank his memory. we thank his family. and we will pray for their peace and healing during this very, very difficult time. we condemn the attack, such a violent nature, encourage all to understand that in this nation in every state, in the district of columbia no matter how someone may disagree with someone else provoking words are never a defense to violence. violence must be condemned no matter what someone deems to be the provocation in their own mind. we must be and we must make this a nation of civility. we can disagree.
disagreement is a good and healthy thing. when there's disagreement it means we're not all useless. but we must never allow this kind of violence to go unaddressed. so we pay tribute to the johns family. our prayers will be with them, and condemn the violent attack at the holocaust museum of all places and appreciate this resolution being brought forward. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the time of the gentleman has expired. the gentleman from virginia, for what purpose do you rise? mr. rahall: officer johns resided in the district of our next speaker, ms. donna edwards. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. edwards: it's with great sadness that i rise to honor the life and memory of stephen tyrone johns, a guard who protected the lives of others
during yesterday's shooting at the holocaust museum. his quick action and sacrifice may indeed have saved the lives of the people at the holocaust museum yesterday and to his fellow officers to secure the museum. the armed assailant who had connections with the white supremacist organizations and a long history of anti-semitic and racist activities walked into the holocaust museum and opened fire. resulting in the tragic murder of officer stephen tyrone johns. this was a murder based on hate and malice and took the life of a good man. a security officer for six years at the holocaust memorial museum and resident of temple hills, maryland, which is the district in which i represent, officer johns was beloved by his family and friends. colleagues called officer johns big john. he was known as a gentle giant and remembered for his friendliness, soft spoken nature and gentle demeanor. this morning i had the opportunity to speak to officer johns' mother and stepfather.
the entire family is grieving this senseless loss. above all, the family wanted america to know that stephen was dedicated to his job and his family. his mother said he loved his job and he took his duty at the holocaust memorial museum very seriously. so seriously that he ended up paying the ultimate sacrifice. as we join officer johns' family in struggling to find answers, the truth is that this was a senseless act and a senseless murder that has resulted in a great loss. officer johns' sacrifice is a stark reminder of the threat of hate and intolerance to our humanity. i want the family of officer johns to know that i along with my colleagues here in congress are grieving with them and america is grieving with them. in addition to his family and friends, officer johns leaves an 11-year-old son, stephen tyrone johns jr. to mourn his loss. so it is with a heavy and sad heart that i offer my sincere
condolences to the family and friends of officer stephen tyrone johns. he will always be remembered as a dedicated and beloved hero. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from washington, for what purpose do you rise? mr. hastings: can i inquire of the time on both sides? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 10 minutes remaining and the gentleman from west virginia has 12 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. hastings: i understand that my friend from west virginia has more request for time than i do and i'd be more than happy to yield him nine of those 10 minutes to dispense with as he sees fit with the understanding that if i do get some members that i can reclaim some of that time and i ask unanimous consent that he control that nine minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. rahall: i thank the distinguished gentleman from washington, mr. hastings. i now yield one minute to the gentlelady from pennsylvania, mrs. dahlkemper. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mrs. dahlkemper: i rise today profoundry troubled and
saddened by the sense of acts and violence that occurred at the holocaust memorial museum in washington. my prayers are with the family of the security officer whose life was taken in that tragic event. i'm so grateful for his service and the service of all of the security officers who work to keep us safe. yesterday's action was a shock reminder of the progress we have yet to make against bigotry, ignorance and hate. the gunman's attack was not only against one man but against an important idea of human dignity for all. however, as a nation our resolve must remain strong, and our response must be very clear. there is no place for anti-semitism and racism in the united states of america. i urge my colleagues to join me in renewing our commitment to ending hatred and violence by supporting house resolution 529. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the time of the the gentlelady has expired.
the gentleman from -- the time of the gentlelady has expired. the gentleman from west virginia. mr. rahall: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, ms. barbara lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for one minute. ms. lee: thank you, mr. speaker. let me first say thank you to the gentleman from florida for introducing this resolution, and i rise in strong support of it. the congressional black caucus extends our heart felt condolences to the family of officer stephen johns. he was an american hero. he was an african-american. he was slain in this senseless act of violence at the holocaust museum which preserves the memory of a period in the world, a period born of violence, of hatred, of death, a period that must not be forgotten. the death of officer johns reminds us, however, that
racism and anti-semitism and all its ugly forms must be condemned and fought at every, every turn. we extend to mr. johns' family our deepest sympathy as you mourn the loss of your loved one. he will be a hero in all of our minds and who will remind us of the unfinished business of our country. we offer our condolences and our assistance to the family should the family need us during this time of need. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington. the gentleman from west virginia. mr. rahall: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, ms. susan davis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mrs. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i join my colleagues in supporting this resolution. the holocaust museum offers more than an important education opun