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span.org. we're leaving this now. the house is coming in momentarily. also that to you again in a half-hour. for at 12:30 eastern. you'll see it in its entirety on c-span to. as the senate breaks for their party conference lunch. just recapping, the president says no to reimpose the missile programs pose a grave threat. the president also saying there is an avenue for peace for north korea. they're working to denuclearize the korean peninsula. north korean missiles could threaten the continental u.s., this comes from william lind before the senate armed services committee today. the house coming in momentarily to attend legislative work today. $106 billion for the wars in iraq and afghanistan this fiscal year. .
the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offed by our chaplain, father coughlin. chaplain coughlin: lord god, we know the truth when still hidden by our mind's eye and our hearts filled with hidden desires, we bring our needs to you in prayer. sometimes we are simply he later by hope -- elated by hope. often we are overwhelmed by the reality of daily concerns. occasionally we are totally blinded by the emotional force field around us. yet we try to clear the air with our prayer. help us, lord, to humbly admit that at times we are not fully conscious of what is our greatest need.
dealing with issues that are beyond psychological admission or sociological determination or political timing, lord, we are led to a deeper confidence that you know us better than we know ourselves. you will help us if we simply call upon your holy name and will answer our deepest needs even if we cannot name them ourselves. for you are the creative one and savior of your people 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 california, mr. herger. mr. herger: members and guests, please join me in the pledge of
allegiance. 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 requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. kucinich: we're destroying our nation's integrity with the war supplemental. instead of ending wars in iraq, afghanistan and pakistan now by appropriating only enough money to bring our troops home, congress abdicates its constitutional authority, defers to the president and asks for a report, that's right, all we're asking for is a report on when the president will end the war. there's money, too, for the i.m.f., presumably to bail out private european banks, billions for the i.m.f. so they can force low and middle income nations to
cut jobs, wages, health care and retirement security, just like corporate america does to our constituents. and there's money to incentivize the purchase of more cars, but not necessarily from the u.s. because a by america mandate was not allowed. another $106 billion and all we get is a lousy war. pretty soon that's going to be about the only thing made in america, war. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? >> yes, mr. speaker. by direction of the house republican conference i send to the desk a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: resolution, resolved that the following members are and are hereby elected to the following standing committee, committee -- >> i ask unanimous consent the resolution be considered as read. the speaker pro tempore: without
objection. without objection, the resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina rise? ms. foxx: permission to address the house for one minute, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. earlier today and in the many days before we hear our colleagues talk over and over and over again about how we have so many people in this country who do not have access to health care. that's not accurate. they have access to health care. what they're talking about is people who are uninsured. but let me talk about the numbers that make up what they're talking about as 45.7 million americans who are uninsured. that's not true either. 9.5 million of those are noncitizens, 12 million of them are eligible for public programs suched a -- such as medicaid and medicare. 7.3 million have incomes over $84,000 and choose not to purchase health insurance. 9.1 million are only temporarily
uninsured, that brings us down to 7.8 million american citizens, lower income, long-term uninsured. a much different figure from the 45 million they tout all the time. and a preliminary report by c.b.o. says that they want to spend $1 trillion on this. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana rise? >> request permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to honor a fallen hero who was laid to rest in my district earlier this month. senior airman ashton goodman was killed by a roadside bomb in afghanistan on may 26. hisality mat sacrifice is the stark reminder of the human cost of war. however, it's ashton's life that
should sign as a sample for achievement in afghanistan. while task was protecting vital reconstruction teams, ashton worked to win over the hearts and minds of the afghan people. she regularly mentored afghan women, providing them with the guidance and skills needed to stand up against oppression and violence. because of ashton, many women are now combating the economic and social conditions that breed extremism. through her exceptional support of afghan women and her sacrifice on behalf of her country, she has set a lasting example for our military and for all americans. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> request unanimous consent to address the house, revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. herger: mr. speaker, today i'm introducing legislation to address the dire situation facing my district in the state of california with respect to accumulation of force fields and the threat of catastrophic
wildfires. the california catastrophic wildfire prevention act of 2009 seeks to implement hazardous fuels reduction and other forest-thinning projects. on federal land that have been collaboratively developed and identified within a community's wildfire protection plan or county fire plan. since 2003, california's witnessed three of its worst fire seasons ever. this legislation would help address the only aspect of wildfire we can control, accumulation of forest fuels. without action, our communities remain main at risk to catastrophic wildfire. i urge my -- wildfires. i urge my colleagues to support this commonsense solution. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin rise? >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without
objection. >> mr. speaker, we've come to a time where it's past time. last week thursday, president obama came to green bay, wisconsin, and he didn't have to travel very far to find a health care story. at the airport restaurant is jeff and jeff is working 65 hours a week, two different jobs, and he doesn't have the health care coverage that he needs. he can't get health care coverage because he has a preexisting medical condition. it's time for this house on both sides of the aisle to understand that jeff isn't the only one who needs our help. we need to have choices, we need to have the care that we require just to get through the day and we have to have health care at a price we can all afford to pay. and we must guarantee that no citizen shall suffer from any discrimination due to any preexisting medical conditions. and i'll ask you this question, isn't it time that we have a federal standard, a standard health benefit plan that's available to each and every american citizen and legal
resident? i think it's time and so do the people of northeast wisconsin. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington rise? >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. reichert: thank you, mr. speaker. halfway across the world today, people are rioting in the streets. violence, gunshots and even death has overtaken iran's streets as citizens protest the results of their recent election. iran's security effects the entire middle east and the riots there show how fragile their government really is. recently iran successfully tested a long range missile and their intentions with their nuclear program are still unknown. the united states must utilize every diplomatic, economic and political tool at our disposal, including the further use of sanctions. ultimately our goal is peace for iran, peace now and in the future. that's why i encourage members of this body to join me in the
support of the iran petroleum sanctions act. this legislation would use sanction on refined petroleum to iran in order to convince the government to give up its nuclear ambitions. our desire, all of us, across the world is to see secure and peaceful future for the people of iran, the great of middle east and the world, but this cannot happen without some changes in iran's policies regardless of the outcome of their election. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from arizona rise? >> i request to speak to the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i'm glad to report to the house about another blow made against the drug cartels who smuggle narcotics into the united states from mexico. recently two women from michigan were arrested for driving a van filled with $1 million worth of marijuana down i-40 near
holbrooke in my district. the major crimes apprehension team k-9 unit pulled over the van for a traffic violation. and discovered two occupants from michigan carrying $1 million worth of marijuana. this case further demonstrates the important role that local law enforcement in arizona and throughout the southwest are playing in combating a national problem. i commend navajo county sheriff kasey clark and his department for yet another successful operation. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma rise? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, like many americans, i cheered when c.i.a. director recently defended the
honor of his agency against unsubstantiated charges by the speaker of the house that the c.i.a. routinely lied to americans. and to the congress of the united states. given those remarks, i was suppliesed -- surprised to see his recent remarks about vice president cheney when he said, quote, it's almost as if he wishes that this country would be attacked again in order to make his point. just as mr.py neta deserves an apology from the speaker, he owes one to the vice president of the united states. the vice president was vice president when this country was attacked. he and the president spent the next 7 1/2 years making sure it didn't happen again. they deserve our thanks and our appreciations, not cheap shots and not questions about their motives when they address the critical issues before our country. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio rise? without objection. ms. sutton: mr. speaker, i rise today to stress the importance of reforming our health care system this year.
every day americans with health concerns worry not just about getting well, but whether they can afford to get well. statistics show that the average american family already pays an extra $1,100 in premiums every year for a broken system that leaves 46 million uninsured americans and millions more who are insured without the care they need when they need it. americans spend more than any other population on health care, yet we are no healthier for the investment. president obama and this congress want to change this dynamic. we must make quality health care more affordable and accessible to every american, man woman and child -- man, woman, and child. we must enact a health care system, promote a health care system, ensure a health care system that will work for our constituents and be worthy of this great nation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. 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. can you hear me now? that phrase repeated by cell phone users across the vast prairies and wide open spations of america soon may be taxed by the feds. that's right. they want to tax citizens for their private cell phone use and use of mobile phones at work. it's a benefit they say, so they want to tax it. and don't think this new talking on the phone tax will ever leave. in 1898 congress passed temporary phone taxes to fund the spanish-american war. but teddy roosevelt and the rough riders had the war won before the tax even took effect and guess what? americans are still paying that temporary phone tax for that war 111 years ago. phone taxes never die, they don't even fade away. americans are taxed enough already. government addiction to spending should be cured cold turkey style. citizens don't need more silly taxes to fund pet projects. mr. speaker, the people are weary of taxes. can you hear them now?
no more taxes. no talking on the phone tax and that's just the way it is. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from washington rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dicks: mr. speaker, today in seattle a memorial service is taking place for the university of washington's legendary football coach, jim owens, who passed away on june 6 leaving a legacy that extends far beyond husky stadium where he coached for 18 years. in fact, that legacy extends here to the nation's capital because i was one of the many individuals he recruited, coached, and counseled on and off the field and we remained friends for nearly 50 years. he was a remarkable leader. assuming job of head coach at the university at the age of 29. it was said he brought a work ethic and coaching style that would have intimidate add marine corps drill instructor. that was accurate. i can say that from personal experience. he had high expectations and he
could be tough. he once told me i was fine on defense as a linebacker, but i was the weakest weak guard on the team. but most of all he was a real leader. and he was successful. three years after arriving at the university he produced a rose bowl championship team, defeating wisconsin 44-8, in the 1960 rose bowl. i was proud to play for him the next year when we repeated a rose bowl victory over minnesota, 17-7. he was a great coach and though he will be missed, his lessons will endure long beyond his death. our prayers go out to the entire owens family. they have lost a wonderful husband and father and his players will never forget him. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york rise? to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. mccarthy: mr. speaker -- mrs. maloney: i rise to join with president obama and vice
president biden and all those around the world who have been expressing their most profound concern about the events in iran. and in particular about the violence being used against those people who have been peacefully dissenting in the streets of iran. er there are news reports that at least seven have been killed. others have been beaten and badly injured. both the protest and violent suppression have been spreading. it has been reported that there are instances of live fire being used by police in the cities. the iranian authorities have now indicated that they will do a limited recount of the election results. i hope they are sincere and earnest in this offer. as president obama has said to those who have used their right to dissent, the world is watching and the world is inspired. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new mexico rise?
>> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. teague: mr. speaker, during the memorial day weekend there was a solemn moment for one family of new mexico. enrique valdez was the 400th new mexican to have his name added to the vietnam memorial here in washington. he was injured during his second tour of duty in south vietnam. today i would like to say that i'm thankful for the service that sergeant valdez gave to his country. new mexico has always had a proud military history from the civil warle to the operations of enduring and iraqi freedom. new mexico's sons and daughters have always answered their nation's call. for those that serve during the vietnam war, we as a nation have been lax in our gratitude and
appreciaon. as we remember the sergeant, let us not only honor his memory and sacrifices, but the price that was paid by all who served in vietnam. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from connecticut rise? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. himes: the u.s. is facing a fiscal crisis which we must soon begin to address. this will not be easy, but there's two clear things we know we must do. first, we know we must fix the spiraling cost of our health care system. and those who would point to our federal deficits ignore the much larger numbers associated with the promises that we have made through medicare and social security that we are going to have trouble keeping if we don't take a hard look at those things. secondly, as the economy recovers, this house must put the brakes on government spending. and that's why i'm delighted that tomorrow this house will take up pay-as-you-go, legislation that would say simply, you pay for what you
spend. you either have the guts to ask the citizenry to pay for it or choose other things you don't want to spend it on. we have seen pay-go rules in place before. in the 1990's when the government ran surpluses and when we saw unrivaled prosperity. so we need to look back at that, have the discipline to pass that legislation so that we restore confidence in our economy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from hawaii rise ms. hirono: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. hirono: mr. speaker, it's time to stop playing politics and solve the health care crisis. americans deserve a choice in quality health care that is affordable. health care reform will make sure that we have the option to keep the health care insurance we have if we like it. or to choose a quality public health care option. health care reform will stop the
insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. you will also no longer be denied care because of your age. health care reform will make sure that you will have coverage that can never be denied or taken away. our families need this peace of mind. we spend almost 50% more per person on health care than the next most costly nation. but we are no healthier for it. we cannot wait any longer to make health care reform a reality. quality, affordable health care for all is long overdue. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? mr. ellison: to address the house
for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. ellison: mr. speaker, the american people don't need to be told there's a health care crisis in america. they are the ones living it every day. they are the ones who for decades have been -- have seen the price they pay out of every paycheck for health insurance skyrocket while their coverage has sha runge and been denied
altogether. they have seen the increasing co-pays and premiums. but we can give every american a choice. we can offer an alternative to the mountains of medical debt that so often lead to bankruptcy. we can offer an alternative to the fear or -- that they or their children might be denied a doctor visit simply because it is more profitable to deny them coverage than to see them get well. i want to encourage all americans to stand up to the same fear mongering attacks that have prevented them from getting -- the health care they deserve for decades. we can offer a public option that helps all americans. i implore the american people to remember that we are not the country of no we can't. we are
america. the country of yes we can. thank you, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california rise? >> request permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. speier: mr. speaker, while we are often focused on the things that make us different from other cultures, the recent
news in iran illustrates there are far more things that bind us than divide us. freedom of speech, democracy, and respect for basic fairness are not uniquely american or western values. they are hard wired into all of us. as elemental to the human experience as the need for food, water, or love. we will likely have political differences with the government of iran for years to come. despite this, let us all remember that the iranian people want many of the same things that americans do. they want their voices be to be heard just like us. they want their government to be just, open, and accessible just like us. they want their economy to be strong and their country to work towards greater peace and understanding around the world. just like us. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. arcuri: mr. speaker, the
health care crisis in our nation is real. we need to step forward and take action to provide quality and affordable care for those who need it. with 46 million americans uninsured in this country, there is no time to waste to offer our hardworking families the option of health insurance while infusing competition into the health care market which desperately needs it. our broken health care system also happens to be the most expensive health care system in the world. if we don't act now, the cost of health care in this country in 10, 20, or 30 years will bog down our economy. reforming our health care system now makes economic sense. proposed health care reform is all about options. if you are happy with your current plan and your current providers, keep them. the choice to have health insurance and the choice to get the best medical care they can possibly get is up to you. health care should be right for every american and our current health care system in this country is broken. it is time for congress to take the lead and make the tough
choice that is we were sent to washington to make. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey rise? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. payne: mr. speaker, today i rise to recognize the day of the african child. which has been celebrated on june 16 each year since 1991. when it was initiated by the organization of african unity, the predecessor to the african union. this year the african union has designated child survival as the theme of this year's day of the african child. according to the united nations children's fund, sub-saharan africa remains the most difficult place in the world for the child to survive. each year 1.2 million children, babies, die each year in the first month of their life. roughly one in six children fail to reach their fifth birthday. in response to these shocking statistics, the african union made child survival the theme of
the 15th meeting coming up in 2010. the top five killers of children under age five include neonato calls such as respiratory infections, h.i.v. and aids. mr. chairman we encourage the legislators to support this. i join in solidarity with uni self for the africa child -- unicef for the african child. for what purpose does -- the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. richardson: america cannot afford to wait for health care reform. right now more than three out of four americans are dissatisfied with the total cost of health care. that is why congress is working hard to craft legislation to fix the health care system for american families, american businesses, future generations, and of course our own fiscal survival.
since 2000 wages have only increased 3% while health insurance has increased more than 50%. this has caused many families to delay visits to the doctor, skip treatments, and to allow their health coverage to lapse. despite having the most expensive health care system in the world, americans are no healthier than many of our global partners. president obama and this congress are working together to provide adequate, accessible, and affordable health care now. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mccotter: there is a question of health care for americans. we have heard about how important it is our fellow americans to have access to quality affordable health care. and we hear that government is the answer. we hear if we spend $1 trillion
we may be able to ensure 1/3 of our fellow citizens, extrapolate interesting that that means to insure all of the uninsured it would cost $3 trillion. we hear this must be done by august. government hayes -- haste makes taxpayer waist. we must do this properly and correctly. we cannot do it properly or correctly with an arbitrary deadline set by people who have to date passed bills they have not read, that have yet to work for the american people whose number one concern right now is keeping a job or finding one. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or on which the vote incurs objection under clause 6 of rule 20. record votes on postponed questions will be taken later. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york rise? mrs. maloney: i ask unanimous consent that