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task force is not the only thing that is going to drive school success -- test scores, and regulations are things kids don't understand. when you bring stuff down to a level where kids can understand, that is where you make the best change. . guest: i think that is one of the most interesting elections. two people are running for office. someone other than the voting public gets the final say. that is just so -- i would never think about what actually happened. host: myles miller is the
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political editor of "children's pressline." we now taking to the house of representatives where the session is beginning. their. may they find the respite they need for both their bodies and their souls. so renewed in energy and spirit may they safely return to serve you and the people of their districts with greater vigor and determination. then blessed by you may they accomplish great deeds for this nation calling upon your holy name both now and forever. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from
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texas, congressman poe. mr. poe: please join me in the pledge. 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 up to five requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona rise? >> permission to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to protest the cut to the program known as . reimburses states and localities for the arrest, incarceration, and transportation of undocumented immigrants who commit crimes in our communities.
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when state and local governments are forced to step in and do the federal government's job, it is only fair they be be reimbursed. last year the arizona department of corrections received $12.8 million from the federal government to house 5,600 criminal alien immigrants in state prisons. only 10% of what arizona spent to house illegal immigrants that year. this cut is wrong and as legislation moves to the floor next week, i urge my colleagues to help me fight this cut. if we are serious about immigration enforcement, we must restore funding and reimburse arizona for keeping criminal alien immigrants behind bars. i relinquish my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from utah rise? mr. chaffetz: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. chaffetz: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise with deep concern about the so-called cap and trade. if the democrats and president obama get their way, we will have one of the single largest tax increases in the history of the united states imposed upon
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the american people at a time we are struggling for jobs. we need to remember in this country that manufacturing is good. it is good. the administration will tell you that brie baits -- rebates will comer for those in the middle class, but the bill cuts off assistance for families making more than $42,000 or individuals making as little as $23,000. the congressional budget office expects major increases in bureaucracy, adding some $800 million in administration costs 78 annually for just the first 10 years -- costs annually for just the first 10 years. let us remember the cap in trade someone of the largest tax increases of the history of the united states. this despite the president's promise that 95% of americans would not see one dime in new taxes. with that i yield back the balance of my time. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey rise? mr. pallone: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. the house in the next few weeks is about to unveil a health
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reform plan that will seek to cover all americans, reduce costs, and basically improve the quality of our health care system. when i talk to my constituents, they tell me how it is increasingly difficult for them to find affordable health insurance either because their employer will not provide it or they go on the individual market and simply too expensive. the current system is simply unsustainable. we want people to be able to keep their health insurance if they like it, and if they can afford it. but we must provide alternatives for people that can't find health insurance or find it increasingly difficult to afford the health insurance that they want. i think this is a real priority for the american people and it will be a priority for this congress because we understand that the average american increasingly sees health insurance as an economic issue. something that's making it increasingly difficult for them to get through the day if they can't find an affordable plan. i'm looking forward to this. i think it's going to be a major achievement for this congress.
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thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? mr. poe: request permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. poe: thank you, mr. speaker. do we really want to nationalize health care and let it be run by the government? here's what's going on in england with their nationalized system. recently a british medical ethics expert proclaimed that people who suffer from dementia have a patriotic duty to die. the government medical advisor says that the care of dementia requires is very expensive and drains the government resources for health care. this government decisionmaker says that people will, quote, soon be licensed to put others down if they are unable to look after themselves. she goes on, if you're demented, you are wasting people's lives, you are wasting family lives, and you're wasting government resources. mr. speaker, when the government controls health care , it's expensive, inefficient,
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and ultimately provides more care. in britain they ration services. the government picks who lives and who dies. that doesn't seem to be a healthy solution for health care. that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. carson: thank you. mr. speaker, yesterday i introduced the recidivism reduction act. a bill that will quickly restore federal disability and health benefits to eligible individuals after they are released from incarceration. as a former law enforcement officer, these benefits are regularly suspended or terminated upon incarceration and take considerable time to be reinstated after an individual is released. without the health coverage they so desperately need, many newly released individuals cannot fully focus on securing gainful employment and developing a supportive home life. my colleagues should rest
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assured that this legislation will not provide new benefits to recently released individuals. rather it ensures that individuals receive the timely benefits they need to begin breaking the cycle of recidivism. join me, please n. supporting the recidivism reduction act. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? mr. lungren: request permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lungren: mr. speaker, you have the right to remain silent. anything you say may be used against you. you have the right to an attorney. those are things that are said when arresting officers make an arrest in the united states. but now we understand that under the obama administration we now have something known as the concept of global justice in which we are now giving miranda warnings to those that we have found on the battlefield whose only connection to the united states
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is that they wish to kill americans. isn't that nonsensical? what are we going to do now? we are going to train our enlisted men and women in the armed forces that when they are on the battlefield instead of shooting they should pull out their card with miranda warnings to make sure that if the person they are encountering is captured they have to give them those rights? how about preserving the crime scene? this is nonsense. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. polis: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of the american clean energy and security act of 2009. i had the opportunity to visit a factory two weeks ago in my district. they are hiring 400 people to make solar panels. they are exporting some of those solar panels to china. when we talk about an economic
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recovery and getting our economy going, renewable energy is going to be one of the most important growth sectors to do that. the american clean energy and security act will save families money. a new study shows that the average family will save $750 a year within 10 years on their power bills monty and almost $4,000 over 20 years. the incentives and help that this bill puts in place to help families conserve energy, reduce their energy needs in their own home will not only improve our national security by ending our relines on foreign oil, will not only address global warming and climate change, but it will mean money back in the pockets of american families. one of the most important things we can do to recover from this recession and grow good jobs for the middle class and american people, is to be sure we have continued growth in the renewable energy sector. this bill is critical. that's why hundreds of companies support this bill. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia rise? >> i request permission to
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address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the current debate over the iraq and afghanistan supplemental is a perfect example of what frustrates americans about washington. the folks in my district and across the country want congress to pass a clean funding bill for the troops. plain and simple. they currently don't want us playing politics with the bill to fund men and women currently in harm's way. yet that is exactly what some in congress are trying to do using the oldest strict in the book by attaching billions of dollars in barely relevant spending to an emergency war funding bill. but it's not just the american people that we are frustrating with these political games. how must congress look in the eyes of those we have sent to fight on our behalf? this body should not attempt to tie troop funding to controversial programs. furthermore, we must refrain from the temptation to squander
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limited funds on be -- objectives unrelated to the conflicts in afghanistan and iraq. how do we claimo be responsible stewards of the taxpayers' money when congress can't pass an emergency supplemental for our combat forces without loading it up like a christmas tree? thank you, mr. chairman. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina rise? ms. foxx: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. the democrats' climate change, quote, compromise, unquote bill passed by the energy and commerce committee is still a job killer that will hit every american with a national energy tax. this plan will have a devastating impact on the price at the pump and utility bills across the country. one estimate for a similar proposal found that families would pay more than $3,100 a year in extra energy costs. representative john dingell said it best. nobody in this country realizes that tax and trade is a tax and it's a great big one, end
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quote. even the president admitted that his energy plan would cause energy prices to "necessarily skyrocket," and that the costs will be passed on to consumers. various estimates suggest anywhere between 1.8 million and 7 million american jobs could be lost. manufacturing jobs will relocate to countries with less stringent environmental regulations like china and india, inflicting grader harm on american families and small businesses while doing even greater damage to the environment. the american people know we can do better. republicans also support a clean environment and have a comprehensive energy solution that lessens our depend on foreign oil and lead u.s. to a stronger economy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from utah rise? mr. bishop: i ask unanimous consent to have all the co-sponsors on house bill 2300 withdrawn.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado rise? mr. polis: mr. speaker, by direction of the committee on rules i call up house resolution 532 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: house calendar number 69. house resolution 532. resolved that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to take from the speaker's table the bill, h.r. 1256, to protect the public health by providing the food and drug administration with certain authority to regulate tobacco products to amend title 5 united states code to make certain modifications in the thrift savings plan, the civil service retirement system, and the federal employees retirement system, and for other purposes. with the senate amendment thereto and to consider in the house without intervention of any point of order except those arising under clause 10 of of rule 21, a motion offered by the chair of the committee on energy and commerce or his
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designee that the hou concur in the senate amendment. the senate amendment shall be considered as read. the motion shall be debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on energy and commerce. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the motion to its adoption without intervening motion. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is recognized for one hour. mr. polis: mr. speaker, for the purposes of debate only i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentlewoman from north carolina, dr. foxx. all time yielded during consideration of the rule is for debate only. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. . mr. polis: mr. speaker, house resolution 532 provides for consideration of the senate amendment to house resolution 1256, the family smoking prevention and tobacco control act. mr. speaker, i rise in support
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of the rule, house resolution 532, and the underlying bill, the family smoking prevention and tobacco control act. i thank chairman waxman and my colleagues who serve on the energy and commerce committee for their leadership in this bipartisan effort. this legislation which passed the house by a margin of more than 3-1 last july and again passed the house by a vote of 298-112 this last april will finally give the u.s. food and drug administration the ability to regulate the manufacturing of tobacco products and also allow them to take additional critical steps to protect the health. by putting a stop of developing programs to help adult spokers quit is the first step in prevention. tobacco is currently the number one cause of preventable death in america. it's responsible for about one in five deaths annually or 433,000 deaths per year.
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smoking-related deaths account for more deaths than aids, alcohol, cocaine, homicide, suicide, motor vehicle crashes and fires combined. approximately 8.6 million americans also suffer from chronic illnesses that are related to smoking. and yet every day more than 3,500 youth try cigarettes for the first time and another 1,000 will become new regular daily smokers. one third of these youth will eventually die prematurely as a result. america's youth face intense pressure every day from friends, fancy advertisements and irresponsible adults to make bad decisions that will affect their long-term health and their families. a 2006 study conducted by the substance abuse and mental health services administration found that 90% of all adult smokers began while they were in their teens or earlier. and 2/3 of adult smokers became regular daily smokers before
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they reached the age of 19. a shocking number of american children are at least casual smokers before they can even drive a car. as a co-sponsor of the family smoking prevention and tobacco control act i'm strongly committed to seeing this figure drastically reduced. and this bill is an important step. congress must work to help make our children's lives safer and their daily choices easier. the history of low tar cigarettes illustrates the grave danger to public health caused by fooling consumers by making false and unsubstantiated claims that one kind of cigarettes is safer than another. millions of americans switch to low tar cigarettes believing they were reducing their risk of lung cancer. many were convinced to switch instead of quit. it wasn't until decades later that we learned through the deaths of those smoking low tar cigarettes that low tar cigarettes were just as dangerous as full tar cigarettes.
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mr. speaker, as you may recall during the last debate i spoke of my fellow coloradan david hughes who as a teenager started smoking when he was a teenager and died last year at the age of 52. i spoke to his widow. he became one of colorado's fearest anti-smoking advocates. his optimism and strength never went unnoticed as he volunteered for smoke free association. he tried to prevent others were making mistakes and wrong choices that ultimately cost him his life. david and so many others of our friends, our brothers, our sisters, our cousins, our relatives personify the humanity of tobacco addiction. and this is why, mr. speaker, we must ensure that protections are put in place and this bill is passed and sent to president obama so we can fulfill david's mission and honor the way that so many others have lived and died. under this legislation by
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empowering the f.d.a. to regulate tobacco products, we will not have to wait until the deaths and millions more americans to learn whether a so-called safer cigarette is really what it claims to be. the bottom line, we have an interest in making sure our constituents know the facts, all of them, before making potentially deadly choices. america must also be made aware of the dramatic health risks associated with smokeless tobacco. many still believe that chewing tobacco and snuff are safe alternatives to smoking cigarettes. this bill will require warning labels that indicates that smokeless tobacco causes mouth and gum cancer, serious oral disease and tooth loss. a few weeks of chewing tobacco can develop lucolasty of the cheeks and gums which is the formation of leathery patches in those parts of the mouth. one in 20 develop into oral
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cancer. the american dental association, who strongly supports this legislation, calls tobacco use the number one cause of preventable disease in the united states. should be a no-brainer to responsibly regulate such a dangerous product. i also want to stress that the bill fully funds f.d.a. activity through user fees. all tobacco related f.d.a. costs are allocated among the manufacturers of cigarettes, cigarette tobacco and smokeless tobacco products that are sold in the united states based on the manufacturer's perspective share of the united states market. the congressional budget office estimates that if this bill was passed we can reduce -- we will reduce youth smoking by 11% over the next decade. and adult smoking by 2%. a small step in the right direction but there's much more work ahead of us. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from north carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker.
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i appreciate my colleague yielding time. this bill is being brought to the floor by the majority in a manner that is closed again. adding to the record number of closed rules in this and the last congress. concurring in the senate amendment blocks the minority from offering a motion to recommit. by choosing to operate in this way, the majority has cut off the minority from having any input into the legislative process and is simply not the way we should be operating in this country. i would now like to recognize my distinguished colleague and dean of the north carolina delegation, mr. coble, for such time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. coble: thank you, mr. speaker. and i thank the gentlelady from north carolina for the time. she and i share opposition to this proposal. i rise in continued opposition, mr. speaker, to the family smoking prevention and tobacco control act. during my tenure in the congress, i have consistently opposed granting the food and drug administration the authority to regulate tobacco.
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i do so based upon my philosophical beliefs and the ramification this legislation would have upon my congressional district and my state. it is my firm belief, mr. speaker, that allowing the f.d.a. to regulate tobacco in any capacity would inevitably lead to f.d.a. regulating the family farm. of course, that is the potential. this can create uncertainty for family farmers at a time when they are already struggling during the current economic downturn. i have spoken to tobacco farmers in my district, mr. speaker, and if this matter is enacted they see the door ajar and their fear is tobacco today, the family farm tomorrow. and i don't think this knee jerk reaction. i think it's realistic. i also have concerns, mr. speaker, about the -- regarding the negative impact the measure would have on tobacco
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manufacturers and their employers, retailers and wholesalers. previously, this congress has voted to implement a 62 cent tobacco tax increase to fund children's health insurance. today, we consider legislation that will create further hardship for the tobacco industry and consumers who use tobacco products. now, i've said this countless times before, mr. speaker, but i'll reiterate it today. we are talking about a product that is lawfully grown, lawfully manufactured, lawfully marketed, lawfully advertised, and lawfully consumed. mr. speaker, h.r. 1256 remains a misguided piece of legislation. it does not achieve the goals identified by the proponents of regulating tobacco content, marketing and advertising. indeed, it will further
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exacerbate an already stretched f.d.a. negatively impact manufacturers and farmers and create a strain on federal revenues to the national treasury. in my state and in my district and in the district in the state of the distinguished lady from north carolina, h.r. 1256 will result in job losses to the beleaguered tobacco manufacturing and farming interests and it will compromise an already overburdened f.d.a. i cannot in good conscience support this measure. and i thank the gentlelady again from north carolina and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves her time. the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from the virgin islands, mrs. christensen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for three minutes. mrs. christensen: thank you. mr. speaker, i rise in support of the rule and in strong
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support of h.r. 1256. i want to take this opportunity to thank chairman waxman for his many years of hard work on this legislation. we would not be here today passing this landmark bill without his and senator kennedy's unwavering commitment to have tobacco regulated and their leadership. as a physician, chair of the -- and chair of the congressional black caucus health brain trust as well as a parent and grandparent, i give my full support to the family smoking prevention and tobacco control act. today, tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in this country. it accounts for near one in five deaths each year and kills more people than aids, fires, cocaine, heroine, homicides, sue sides and car accidents combined. it's a major public health issue and a key driver of the country's high health care costs. this bill empowers states and communities to prevent aggressive tobacco marketing that has the most negative impact on our hardest hit communities.
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it bans the additives used to manufacturer favored cigarettes which are marketed to children. and while it does not ban menthol immediately, it gives the f.d.a. the authority to do so and sets up a commission to make a recommendation on this issue so important to the african-american community within a year. additionally, it speeds up the development of smoking cessation and nicotine replacement therapies which are key to helping americans overcome nicotine addiction. and so this bill that will help saves millions of lives and in doing so it will also jump-start and compliment our efforts to improve health and save millions of lives to the broader reform bill that will soon be on the president's desk. i am pleased we are taking this bold step necessary to finally address this issue in a comprehensive and thoughtful manner, a step that has not come easy nor one that has not come without controversy but a step nonthe less worth taking. i urge passage of the rule and
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h.r. 1256 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentlewoman from north carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. in many cases the titles of bills here since the democrats have been in control have been backwards from what they do. but this bill i think does have a personally appropriate title. it's called the family smoking prevention and tobacco control act. i think what it is is emblem attic -- emblematic to control every aspect of our lives. everything that we do in this country they are trying to control. they think they have the answers to everything and that what they want us to do is what should be done. so the emphasis should be on control because that's what they're trying to do is control our lives.
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we know that this legislation will have little impact on overall tobacco use. the congressional budget office has estimated that if this bill is enacted, smoking by adults will decline by only 2% after 10 years. this marginal reduction does not warrant this legislation significant intrusion on free speech rights and expansion of government-run regulatory bureaucracy. i strongly oppose this bill and this rule and urge my colleagues to vote against both of them. and now i'd like to yield 15 minutes to my colleague from indiana, mr. buyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana is recognized for 15 minutes. mr. buyer: thank you very much for yielding. herbert hoover in the last century referred to the volste


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