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president who has continued to make clear he would meet with the ruthless denier the of the holocaust, this totalitarian mean-spirited, unjust, unfairly elected leader? it doesn't. messages go around the world when you say you'll meet with a tyrant without preconditions. may god be with those who are trying to see that justice is done. and may our leaders be led to keep their mouth shut when it hurts others. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: are there further one-minute requests? the chair lays before the house the following personal request. the clerk: leaves of absence requested for mr. bonner of alabama for today, mr. donnelly of indiana for today, mrs. eddie
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bernice johnson of texas for today, ms. kilroy of ohio for today and ms. waters of california for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the requests are granted. for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana rise? mr. burton: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that today following legislative business and any special orders heretofore entered into, the following members may be permitted to address the house, revice and extend their remarks and include therein extraneous material. mr. inglis today for five minutes, mr. olson, june 18,er to five minutes and mr. akin, june 18, today, for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that today following legislative business and any special orders heretofore entered into, the following members may be permitted to address the house for five minutes, to revise and
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extend their remarks and include therein material. mr. spratt of north carolina for five minutes, mr. altmire of pennsylvania for five minutes, ms. woolsey of california for five minutes and ms. kaptur of ohio for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2009, and under a previous order of the house, the following members are recognized for five minutes each. mr. spratt of south carolina. mr. poe of texas. mr. poe: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to assume the gentleman's time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise this evening to announce the sad passing of dr. bob frederic. a distinguished kansan and an exceptional human being. dr. frederic served as athletic director at the university of kansas for 14 years, the second longest tenure in the school's history and a period during
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which the jayhawks experienced tremendous success. under bob's leadership, jayhawk athletics received 32 conference championships and generated 31 all-american -- academic all americans. the latter of which i'm sure meant the most to dr. frederic, as that was the kind of person he was. dr. frederic felt most concerned about the well-being of student athletes. first as a coach and later as an athletic director, dr. frederic showed that concern as he personally took an interest in the students at kansas university that were also engaged in an intense dedication that it takes to be a college athlete today. while very competitive by nature, he was as gracious in defeat and as much a class act as any athletic director ever was. for dr. frederic, the bottom line was not about winning but rather about improving and advancing the lives of young men and women. dr. frederic loved kansas. as part of the university for 30 years beginning with his
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bachelor and master's degrees and walking onto the basketball team, to his years of serving as assistant basketball coach, athletic director and finally as an administrator and assistant professor, it was clear dr. frederic and kansans were meant for each other. dr. frederic is perhaps best known for his bold hire of then unknown assistant basketball coach roadway williams -- roy williams in 1989. williams, who would achieve the winningest decade of any first-time head coach in ncaa history, said of dr. frederic, he is the finest gentleman i've ever known in my life. a basketball coach himself at russell and laurence high schools as well as coffeyville community college in kaas, dr. frederic was cherished on all sides of our state. i wish to offer this tribute to an outstanding gentleman, dr. frederic, and express my sincere condole ens to his wife and their four sons. my thoughts and prayers with their their family. i -- with are with their family.
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i yield back the balance. the speaker pro tempore: mr. altmire of pennsylvania. mr. altmire: madam speaker, to bore a catch phrase from hall of fame hockee announcer mike lang, you can buy sam a drink and get his dog one, too, lord stanley's cup is making a return visit to the city of champions. in pittsburgh now becomes the first city to ever be home to both the defending super bowl and stanley cup champions at the same time. this past friday the pittsburgh penguins won their third stanley cup and they did it the hard way, by coming from behind on the road in game seven of the finals against last years '-- year's champion, detroit red wings. regular season scoring champion won m.v.p. honors by leading all playoff scores and the goalie once again proves he belongs among the game's elite with his dominating performance in that.
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head coach dan took over in midseason when the team was out of playoff contention and led them not only to the playoffs, but to a championship. and in winning the title, sydney crosby became the youngest captain to hoist the stanley cup in the 115-year history of the trophy. and as in all successful organizations, the leadership of the penguins starts at the top. the incomparable mario will now have his name engraved on the stanley cup for the third time, this time as team owner. just as he did when he came into the league as a player, mario took control of a franchise threatened by bankruptcy and relocation. by from that he built a championship team that leads the league in television ratings, merchandise sales and sellouts. yes, madam speaker, these penguins can fly. congratulations go out to the entire organization for completing the hat trick of
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champions, winning their third straight -- third stanley cub. the 2009 pittsburgh penguins have earned their well-deserved place alongside the greatest sports legends in the city of champion shs -- champions. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: ms. woolsey of california. mr. jones of north carolina. mr. jones: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i'm pleased to announce that 290 of my colleagues in the house, from both parties, have joined me as co-sponsors of h.r. 24, legislation to redesignate the department of the navy as the department of navy and marine corps. i'm grateful for the widespread support for this change among my house colleagues and i also thank chairman ike skelton who will include the language of h.r. 24 in the national defense
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authorization act markup tomorrow. for the past seven years, the language of this bill has been part of the house version of the national defense authorization act. each year the full house of representatives has supported this change. this year i'm also grateful to have the support of senator pat roberts, a former marine, who introduced the same bill in the senate, s. 504. with his help, i'm hopeful that this will be the year the senate supports the house position and joins in bringing proper respect to the fighting team of the navy and marine corps. over the course of the marine corps history, including their present day service in afghanistan and iraq, those three words, and marine corps, have been earned through blood and sacrifice. the navy and marine corps have operated as one entity for more than two centuries and h.r. 24 would allow the name of this department to illurate that
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fact. this legislation is not about changing the responsibilities of the secretary of the department, reallocating resources and admissions. this change is all about respect and gratitude to the marine corps. as symbolic as this change might be, the marine corps has earned the right to be recognized in the department's name. over the past several years, this change has received support from three former navy secretaries, the marine corps league, veterans of foreign wars, the fleet reserve association and many other individuals and groups. in 2004 at a hearing before the house armed services committee navy admiral stanfield turner described his support for this change. he said, and i quote, i think this change title enhances the prestige and pride of the people in the marine corps and it does not necessarily take anything away from the navy in that process. i'm particularly impressed today by the degree of cooperation
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between the armed services of our country. admiral turner further stated and i quote, emphasizing that this is a navy-marine corps team is a very important part of keeping that kind of sight on the object of teamwork and combat. madam speaker, the marines who are fighting today deserve this recognition. in closing i would like to show the change. madam speaker, on this first poster is actually a letter that was sent by the secretary of the navy to a marine wife whose husband was killed. i certainly have taken out the name of the marine corps wife's name and i want to read this part to you and to those on the floor. on behalf of the department of the navy, accept the condolences in the loss of your husband, captain so and so marine. madam speaker, the important part of reading this is this, if this bill becomes law, this
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fighting team will recognize this marine family in this way, the secretary of the navy and marine corps, dear marine corps family, on behalf of the department of navy and marine corps. madam speaker, that's all that it does, but it's very important that the marine corps receive this recognition. and before closing, madam speaker, as i do frequently, i ask god to please bless our men and women in uniform, i ask god to bless the families of our men and women in uniform and i ask god in his loving arms to hold the families who have given a child dying for freedom in afghanistan and iraq, and, madam speaker, i ask three times, god, please, god, please, god, please continue to bless america and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: ms. kaptur of ohio. mr. burton of indiana. mr. burton: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for
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five minutes, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. burton: madam speaker, this last weekend i met with several auto dealers in my district and it was very interesting to find out really what all of them are going through right now. the chrysler and general motors companies are closing hundreds and hundreds of automobile dealerships across the country and after talking to these dealers, i can't figure out why. it isn't costing the automobile companies anything. they sell the cars to the dealer and the dealer sells those to the consumer. and the dealers pay for those cars. in addition, the dealers pay for the advertising, the dealers pay for the plant and equipment, their dealerships, the buildings, they pay the mechanics, they pay the salespeople and so the car company, all they do is make the car and sell it to the dealer. and so why are they closing all
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these dealerships? it seems to me as you reduce your sales force across the country you're going to reduce the amount of cars that are sold to the consumer. it just doesn't make any sense to me. but let me just tell you some of the things that these dealers are going through right now. one dealer told me that -- the a chrysler dealer -- he had a dodge dealership and the chrysler asked him a couple of years ago to buy another dealership that wasn't doing as well and they asked him to not only buy the property, but to upgrade the equipment and upgrade the property and upgrade the showroom. and so he put $3 million into buying the property and upgrading the showroom and the mechanics area, the garage area, and after he did it, just recently, right after he got it done, had invested $3 million, they closed him down. they closed him down. he lost $3 million after they asked him, the company asked him, to invest that money in
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purchasing and upgrading this other store. now that's terrible. he put $3 million in it, as the company requested, and then they cut the legs out from under him and he loses $3 million. i talked to a chevrolet dealer who was negotiating with a g.m.c. dealer across the street. the g.m.c. dealer and the chevrolet dealer were right across the street from one another and general motors said, why don't you two combine? so the two companies were negotiating with one another on who would buy the other out. and it was a $3 million to $5 million purchase. well, they couldn't reach agreement before the deal with general motors took place and they were going to close a whole bunch of dealerships and so what they did is they decided to close the dealership of the chevrolet dealer down even though he was very profitable. and what that means simply is that the g.m.c. dealer across the street is going to get this chevrolet dealership that would have sold for $3 million to $5 million to him for nothing.
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and so this dealer is going out of business, it's going to cost him $3 million to $5 million because they closed his dealership and he sold as many cars as they asked him to sell, he was up to snuff on his payments and everything else that was requested by the company and they knocked the legs out from under him as well and it cost him $3 million to $5 million. there was a g.m. deal that are came to me at this meeting the other day and he had eight dealerships and they closed one of them down. it's going to cost him several million dollars but he can't complain publicly because g.m. is going to be closing other dealerships down in the future and he's afraid if he says anything, he's afraid if he says anything they'll close some of his other dealerships down and cost him more money. . i don't understand, we have the government, car czar, if you will, taking control of the auto industry. they are forcing the executives of the companies out of office
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and replacing them with handpicked people by our government through the car czar and the auto task force. so the government is taking over the auto industry and closing these dealerships, putting hundreds of thousands of people out of work, closing thousands of dealerships across the country, and actually hurting the american auto industry's ability to sell cars when they are in competition car companies around the world. it just doesn't make any sense to me. so once again here we have the government taking over an industry, socializing the auto industry, and really killing an awful lot of the people who work in it. not to mention the restaurants and stores that surround these car dealerships who have been in business for years as well. it's going to cost them jobs. government involved in the private sector, government control of the private sector just destroys the private sector. and they want to now take over our health care industry, they are taking over the banks, they want to take over the energy industry with cap and trade
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which is going to cost every family in this country, $3,000 to $4,000 more per year for energy. we don't need social nism this country. we certainly don't need it -- here's an example. the car industry, what happens when government takes over. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. inglis of south carolina. the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. inglis: thank you. thank you, madam speaker. today i had an interesting discussion in greenville and spartanburg, south carolina. they were entitled what's wrong with cap and trade, what's right with using free enterprise to solve the challenge that we have. so what's wrong with cap and trade, we came to pretty solid agreement on that, madam speaker. it's a massive tax increase in the midst of a recession. it's a wall street trading scheme that really would make any trader on wall street that
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led us into this recent debacle blush, and it's really a proposal that's going to end up decimating american manufacturing because the tax on energy would be applied just domestically, wouldn't be applied to imported goods. the result is we would export productive capacity from the united states to other countries that don't have price on carbon. it's a real problem. it's something we've got to stop in order to get to the better. the better that we discussed is a proposal that actually a bipartisan proposal at this point, that jeff flake and dan lipinski and i are supporting which is a plan to basically do a revenue neutral tax swap. it involves changing what we tax and causing free enterprise to fix the problem that some are
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trying to fix with cap and trade. but as i just pointed out there are real problems with cap and trade. the way this would work, the revenue neutral tax swap would work, we would reduce taxes on something we want more of of, which is payroll, by reducing the payroll tax. that's 6.2% from the employer, 6.2% from the employee on the first $106,800 worth of income. we would reduce that and then an equal amount swap the tax, if you will, in the equal amount put a tax on carbon dioxide emissions. the result would be no additional take to the government. it's revenue neutral. it just free up from taxation something you want more of which is income and labor and industry, and impose a tax on something you want less of which is carbon dioxide. the point i was taking today is even if you think climate change is a bunch of hooey and there is
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no need to reduce carbon dioxide, i think conservatives can jumpp at the opportunity to reduce taxes serb serb jump at the -- jump at the opportunity to reduce taxes on income. you free up employers to employ more people and free up the employee to have more of their own money. this is something conservatives should be very excited about. even if we were switching to a tax on sweet gum balls or sycamore balls or acorns, it would be better than taxing payroll. the problem with taxing payroll is you're punishing work. so what we do is free up from taxation payroll and impose a tax on carbon dioxide and watch the free enterprise system with that price signal change where we are. such that we would fix a national security problem we have which is great exposure to opec and its control of our oil
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markets. we would also create jobs by creating new industries in new kinds of technologies. and we'd clean up the air. the point that i was making in these meetings in greenville and spartanburg, even if you think climate change is hooey, still the small paragraph particular cue lats in coal would cause you to want to take action. the cleaner alternative of nuclear power will come to the market when the market says, oh, coal is now paying the full freight of its cost. if it is, nuclear becomes possible and we start building nuclear power plants. madam speaker, the key to this is getting the economics right. if we do that, we can fix this problem. but it starts with stopping this cab and trade because cap and trade isn't the way to fix this problem. the free enterprise system is the way to fix it and win the triple play this american century, we can improve the national security of the united states, we can create jobs, and we can clean up the air.
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madam speaker, i say we come together and get that done after we stop cap and trade. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: mr. akin of missouri. mr. akin: thank you, madam chair. i rise to address the house for five minutes. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. akin: thank you. madam speaker, i rise today to congratulate the winner the of the 2009 keystone center leadership award for leadership in industry, mr. hugh grant, chairman, president, and c.e.o. of monsanto corporation. keystone awardees have contributed to society in ways that respect the -- reflect the spirit and mission of the keystone center and demonstrated a history of achievement with a strong sense of vision, of
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proven ability to motivate others, dedication to teamwork and consensus in the drive and ability to initiate fundamental and long-term positive change. i commend mr. grant's exemplary leadership and the 20,000 strong monsanto team for their extraordinary award efforts and positive influence on american agriculture. technological innovation, and generous contributions to international health, development, and their continued commitment to combating hunger. monsanto under grant's leadership proves that free enterprise is the most effective way to solve seemingly intractable problems like hunger in sub-saharan africa. not only has monsanto provided a sustainable food source for hundreds of millions of people, but they have given hope to people who have been denied a
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future for far too long. i ask my colleagues to join me in congratulating hugh grant and say thank you to the entire monsanto team. you put the power ever innovation and enterprise to work for the world's poorest peoples and demonstrate true american compassion. thank you, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2009, the gentlewoman from the virgin islands, mrs. christensen, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mrs. christensen: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the subject of this many congressional black caucus' special order this evening. the speaker pro tempore: without
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objection. mrs. christensen: thank you. madam speaker, i'm honored to rise today along with my other colleagues in honor of caribbean american heritage month. this month marks the fourth anniversary of officially recognizing caribbean american heritage month and i want to thank and applaud you, madam speaker, the chair of the congressional black caucus, for introducing the legislation and getting it passed in february of 2006. president bush officially proclaimed it for the very first time in june of that year. the efforts to get us to that point began long before, though, at the institute for caribbean studies which started observing june as caribbean american heritage month in 1999. so i want to also take this opportunity to applaud the work and leadership of its president, dr. claire nelson of jamaican heritage. i also want to recognize the caribbean news foundation for its work over the years to bring caribbean and united states leaders together to discuss issues of common interest over
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the past 14 years. they filled an important gap. recent attempts officially bridge this gap began in 1997 when president clinton traveled to barbados with a bridgetown declaration was crafted. this important declaration affirmed our common resolve to fight crime, violence, corruption, drug and illegal drug trafficking while as president clinton said, i quote, promoting open and fair trade, protecting the environment, strengthening education, straight aheading telecommunications, and helping caribbean countries diversify their economies and become more competitive as well. upon his return, he submitted the caribbean trade enhancement act which congress passed. the cooperation was further affirmed with the historic meetings held in june of 2007 between the heads of caribbean governments and the bush-cheney administration and this congress. this commitment was renewed and reinvigorated at the summit of the americas held in the nation
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of trinidad and tobago in april of this year with the active participation and leadership of our president, barack obama, who set a new tone for our relationship with the region. but it's even predated the birth of this nation. in 1751 our very first president, george washington, reported to have had family connections in barbados travel there with his brother for a health related matter in november of 1751. they stayed two months and he is said to have been enchanted by the island and the caribbean. over the years many congressional black caucus members have worked tirelessly to raise awareness and keep us focused and invested on ongoing affairs in the caribbean. we have done this through chairman rangel's efforts with the caribbean basin legislation and other initiatives. congresswoman waters who worked so hard to save the banana industry and then chair of the congressional black caucus. she and i traveled to barbados in 1997 for that meeting. i also want to recognize a
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special work done by congressman donald payne who was the founding chair of the friends of the caribbean caucus and congressman kendrick meek, congressman gregory meeks, and of course congresswomany vet clarke. truly all the members are champions of the causes of the caribbean. last year one of our great achievements led by congressman donald payne and you, madam speaker, congresswoman lee, in one of those great efforts pepfar was extended to all of the caribbean for the very first time. two months ago health ministers and caricom leaders met to draft a five-year plan which would build on the pan cap, the pan caribbean partnership to ah.i.v. and aids in this region. the shirley chisholm exchange act of 2009 introduced again by congressional black caucus chairwoman and madam speaker
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lee, is now working its way through congress. it will help to build a stronger caribbean work force and promote greater collaboration between the united states and the caribbean, as well as a sharing of values and culture. madam speaker, i do have a few colleagues here with me this evening and i'd like to yield some time to themp so that they may bring some remarks about the special month that we are celebrating in which we are recognizing the contributions of people from the caribbean to the united states. so at this time i will yield such time as she might consume to congresswoman yvette clarke. ms. clarke: i'd like to thank the gentlelady for yielding and i'd like to associate myself with your comments, remarks, and historical context for this congressional black caucus' c.b.c. hour commemorating caribbean american history month. i want to thank you, my colleague, donna christensen, for all


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