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the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, reverend shawn comb, zion of evangelical lutheran church, wyoming. the chaplain: gracious heavenly father, who is ever watchful and atentive to the needs of this country and has promised to satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love that we may be glad all our days. i implore you to provide for the people of this land, honest and productive industry. preserve us from famine, disasters and disease. grant us courage and steadfastness in times of testing. restrain unrest within and
without our borders. and keep safe those who watch over and protect us at every level of life. give us compassion and open hearts in times of want and need. and finally, for this assembly who is charged with the responsibility of representing the people of this nation, bestow wisdom and courage as laws are crafted and enacted. to you, o father, i give thanks and praise with the son and holy spirit. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house her approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise?
mr. wilson: madam speaker, pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, i demand a vote on the speaker's approval of the journal. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the speaker's approval of the journal. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise seek recognition? mr. wilson: i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from colorado, congressman perlmutter. mr. perlmutter: 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 receive a message. the messenger: madam speaker, a message from the senate. the secretary: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary.
the secretary: i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has agreed with s.con.res. 30, commending the bureau of labor statistics on the occasion of its 125th anniversary in which the concurrence of the house has requested. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman from wyoming, congresswoman aluminum miss, is recognized for one -- congresswoman lumm simbings, is recognized for one minute. mrs. lummis: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mrs. lummis: i rise in support of pastor shawn kumm. he's joining us from laramie, wyoming, where he's part of the zion evangelicallet ran church. he settled in wyoming in 1996. he held two offices, first as secretary to the board of directors, followed by his nomination in 2003 to vice president of the senate, a position which he currently holds. pastor kumm and his wife,
barbie, have two children. his son nikolai and daughter alexandria who is here today. he's provided invaluable help to his church and my constituency. i thank him for his positive impact, leadership and service to the community and wish him the best as his congregation continues to grow with god's blessing. i also want to acknowledge representative jeff fortenberry who joins me here today, and pastor kumm's parents reside in representative fortenberry's district. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair will entertain up to 15 further win-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland rise? mr. hoyer: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute.
mr. hoyer: thank you, madam speaker. on monday evening, as millions of americans were making their daily commute home, tragedy struck in our nation's capital. the collision outside of the station in northeast washington, the worst in the 33-year history of washington's metro system, claimed the lives of nine people and left more than 80 injured. among those lost were anna fernandez of hyattsville and another one from tacoma from my state of maryland. our thoughts are with the loved ones as we are dealing with the sudden loss caused by this tragedy. this includes the controler, mary doolittle, dennis hawkins and ann worley and her husband, major general david f. worley jr. let me extend my gratitude to the first responders and medical professionals whose
work at the scene was critical to preventing further tragedy. while the cause of this accident is unknown at this time we do know this, the safety of our citizens is our highest priority, and we must take every precaution to make sure this loss of life does not occur again. in the very near future i will be joining with my colleagues from my region in introducing the final measure required to authorize $3 billion in dedicated federal and local funding for metro. millions and millions of tourists from throughout this nation ride on this system as well as tens of thousands of the employees who work for this country. we received formal notice from the governors of maryland, the district of columbia, that the jurisdictions to enable such funding just last week. i hope we can move quickly to pass this legislation critical to meeting metro's capital and maintenance needs. we don't know that that was the cause, but certainly it is a
consideration. hundreds of thousands of people rely on the washington metro system every day. from the federal employees who keep our government running to the visitors from every corner of the country who come to our nation's capital. let it be our tribute to those we mourn today to ensure america's subway is safe from all who use it. and i know my colleagues join me in expressing our sympathy and prayers to all those who were struck by tragedy the other night. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise? >> to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. kirk: thank you, madam speaker. our government will attempt to borrow $104 billion just this week, a world record. as congress accelerates spending, treasury has borrowed $560 billion in january, $707 billion in february, $750 billion in march, $665 billion in april, and $773 billion in may.
to cover increased borrowing, the fed is now electronically printing money to cover our debts. their records show they have printed $152.7 billion in -- to cover our mounting debt. we are quickly running out of other people's money. printing dollars electronically will accelerate inflation next year. remember inflation is the enemy of senior citizens on a fixed income. president obama was right when he said, quote, we are out of money. our policies here in the congress should reflect that sober assessment. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio rise? >> request permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from ohio is recognized for one minute. mr. kucinich: science tells us we must begin to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions in the next five to 10 years. but according to an analysis by offsets expert and stanford law
professor, it is possible that we could see no reduction of co-2 emissions until the year 2040 because of offsets and unlimited banking of allowances in the new energy and environment bill. the bill allows $2 billion -- two billion tons of carbon dioxide a year. supporters of the bill point out that coal use will increase by 2020 because electric utilities will continue to use dirty coal, the prime source of pollution. with two billion tons of offsets per year, we're told that it will reduce carbon emissions at places other than their generating plants. so they really don't have to decrease their emissions and coal fired co-2 emissions will increase through 2025. no wonder there are 26 active coal plant applications. increased co-2 emissions will be our gift to the next generation. apparently the planet is not melting. with this bill it's just
getting better for polluters. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana rise? mr. 234re78ing: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. fleming: madam speaker, abc network will be known as the all barack channel. democrats and republicans agree that our health care system needs reforming and we essentially agree on how with one very important exception. a government-run plan is not the solution. our current medicare system is a microcosm of what the proposed public plan would look like. medicare's propped up by the privately insured as it is and still on a course for bankruptcy. within 10 years. our president says he can make a government-run system lower cost. then why hasn't anybody been
able to do that with medicare in 50 years? creating a public option like medicare will progressively increase private insurance cost due to cost shifting and eventually drive private insurers out of business. besides the damage it would do to the private sector, the government does not have the money to pay the $1.6 trillion price tag. as a physician i say we need to reform to bring down cost and increase access to private insurance. we do not need the government in the exam room. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon rise? mr. defazio: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. defazio: ure peaans have had a market-based cap and trade system and it has failed. the last recorded year $60 billion in trades, that is added cost, and higher greenhouse gas emissions. now the house of representatives wants to bring thature peaian system here to the united states of america.
despite its failures. why? the market-based approach is only a failure if your objective is meaningful and predictable real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. perhaps something else is afoot. europe already has a carbon offset futures derivative market complete with credit default swap insurance. is it a.i.g. and mortgages all over again? but now with carbon. we are going to bring that here to the united states. wall street is tingling with excitement. $1 trillion speculative market. listen to this, carbon will be the world's biggest commodity market and it could become the world's biggest market overall, bar clays. -- barclay's. was wloffs this sow. a brand new wall street bubble on something as essential as energy? deja vu all over again. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired.
for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia rise? >> madam speaker, qui permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. nye: i rise today to express my sincere congratulations to caroline county, virginia, recipient of the 2009 all america city award for its outstanding civic accomplishments. this recognition is well deserved and rightly honors caroline county which has long been dedicated to meeting the needs of its community. established by the national civic league in 1949, the all-america city award wreck are nieses localities for community projects involving grass root civic engagement and cooperation between public-private and nonprofit sectors that best illustrate community-based problem solving. each year the civic league honors 10 communities throughout the country for addressing the most critical challenges facing america's communities. caroline county submitted three community-based projects including the dawn rehabilitation project, the caroline lie brarery, and the caroline dental program. these projects blend
public-private, and civic resources to address specific challenges of the community. i am proud to see our citizens and local government work in concert to meet community needs. caroline county was the only city or county from virginia in a field of 32 finalists from across the country. caroline county delegation traveled to florida to a panel of experts, and i'm proud to recognize them as a wonderful and unique community of virginia's first congressional district for receiving the 2009 all-america city award. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. polis: madam speaker, i rise today in strong support of the american clean energy and security act. we are in the verge of a historic step that we have a responsibility and opportunity to take for the health of our environment, our economy, and our nation. opponents simply don't comprehend the magnitude of the problem of global warming or the opportunities that come with the solution. the u.s. is currently losing
clean energy jobs and market share to china, germany, and korea. u.s. consumers continue to spend $400 billion a year to places like the middle east and venezuela every time we fill up our gas tanks. madam speaker, we have a responsibility to enact swift and strong climate change legislation. it's absolutely false to suggest this legislation would cost americans. it would cost us more if we don't act. with the consumer protections and increases efficiency this bill puts in place, american families will face hundreds of dollars each over the next decade. saving consumers money is hardly a tax. allowing american to stagnant while we address that pollution that is a tax the american people are tired of paying and have paid for far too long. the democratic plan declares energy independence and puts america on a path to economic recovery. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? mr. wilson: i ask permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute.
mr. wilson: madam speaker, house democrats plan to vote on their national energy tax legislation this week. it defies common sense when the american people are faced with losing jobs and families making hard decisions about how to weather this tough economy. the democrat's priority is to impose a new tax. this cap and tax proposal will lead to job loss, higher gas prices, and increased electricity rates on american families. with $3,128 of new taxes for each family each year. moreover, it's also unnecessary when there are positive alternatives to promote clean energy technology. and all of the above energy policy would achieve the goals of a cleaner environment while promoting oil and natural gas exploration in america. investing in innovative new technologies and encouraging consequence vation and smarter energy use. above all, it would be no new tax on american families nor would it punish small businesses. taxing american families is not
the answer to our needs. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we'll never forget september 11. and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. walz: thank you, madam speaker. reforming medicare formulas so that they reward quality and value is one of the things changes that must be part of any discussion on health care reform. the congressional budget office recognizes the problem of a simple fee-for-service payment system regardless of the quality of care our patients receive. that means we pay doctors for doing more tests and ineffective treatments n my home district of southern minnesota, the mayo clinic is a model of providing high quality care at low prices, but because of the way medicare payments are figured today, the mayo clinic is penalized for that. we must reward those that save money and at the same time provide the highest quality of care. this can be done by creating an index within the medicare position fee formula to simply
measure quality. i urge my colleagues to support the inclusion of this sort of provision in the final health care reform package. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas rise? mr. tiahrt: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. tiahrt: madam speaker, this administration and the democrat congress are pushing us towards aure peaian socialism through more government control. this week it's the energy economy. this week we are scheduled to consider the waxman-markey cap and tax scheme that will cap our growth and tax all of us. in 2005, theure peaians implemented the emissions trading scheme or e.t.s. it has increased household energy cost by 16%, and industrial energy cost by 32% in just four years. with no measurable effect on greenhouse gases. the heritage foundation projects waxman-markey impact on america will be a 74% increase in electric prices, a 90% increase in energy prices, and at least $ -- 850,000 jobs
lost every year. the energy bill for the average american household will go up over $3,000. that's exactly what the authors want. president obama recently stated in the only cap and tax scheme that it will work in this way. he's quoted as saying it has to have higher energy costs. they have to quote-unquote, skyrocket. i urge my colleagues to reject this bill that is all economic pain and no environmental gain and instead join me for supporting the american energy act that promotes and develops domestic energy source, encourages conservation, and advances renewable technologies while pursuing america's competitive edge. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. speier: -- ms. sanchez: thank you, madam speaker. today i come to the floor to honor an individual who has sacrificed over 42 years of his
life for this great nation. brigadier general james p. coal ms has proudly and gallantly served his country on foreign so in the countries of vietnam, afghanistan, and iraq. he was appointed commander of our joint forces training base in california on november 1 of 2005. general colmes retired from federal service on october 1 of 2007. at which time governor schwarzenegger assigned him in a state active duty position to remain as the base commander. on july 4, 2009, in just a little over a week, general colmes will retire from the united states armed forces. on behalf of those who had the honor to serve with him and a grateful nation, i commend him on his numerous accomplishments, his outstanding leadership, and his incredible military career.
brigadier general james p. colmes will always remain a soldier's soldier and a true american hero. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back 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. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. poe: madam speaker, this country has lost nearly three million jobs just this year. that's over a million more than the two million men, women, children, and illegals living within the fourth largest city in the united states, namely houston, texas. we are still buying oil from dictators who don't like us because the enviro elites are dead set on the energy plan, no oil, no gasoline, no nuclear, no drilling, and that means no natural gas. just what do they expect to use to power the nation's cities and industries? the taxo contracts -- taxocrats plan is simple, tax energy consumption. according to the national black chamber of commerce, the
national energy tax will cost another 2.5 million jobs in america. america cannot afford any more of this change. the cap and trade bill will cost jobs, raise taxes, raise the cost of energy, and according to the congressional budget office won't even significantly help the climate. the bill is bad for everybody except the enviro elites to get more government control over the rest of of us. what we need to do is cap the taxocrats and trade them for offshore riggs in the -- rigs in the gulf of mexico. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman fruse for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. teague: thank you, madam speaker. i want to congrat late tullah rosa high school for receiving a bronze medal in "u.s. news and world reports" annual report of the best high schools in america. this award shows that tullah
rosa high school is serving all its students well regardless of their backgrounds. also this means that the school is performing well on a broad range of indicators not just one or two. and that the students learning there are getting the training that they need to do well in college. tullah rosa high school not only performed well against its peers in new mexico but competed with schools across the united states. schools like them achieve such great distinctions because of the hard work and dedication of the teachers, staff, and administration. their students also deserve to be commended for fully taking advantage of all the students provided to them at tullah rosa high school. it takes a team of hardworking folks to make this type of progress. i'm honored to have schools like them in my district. i commend their achievement and wish them luck in replicating it again. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlen