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mr. poe: request permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. poe: the most patrioticic time of the year is at hand. i love the 4th july, it's hot dogs, picnics and barbecue. and kids decorating wagons, kids sitting on dads' shoulders and john phillip sousa and stars and stripes forever and waving flags and thanking our troops. yellow ribbons tied to trees. the 4th of july is a long weekend, going to the beach and getting sand in everything, coolers and beach towels, blankets, sunscreen and salty air. big fireworks display. making circles in the air with sparklers, bolt rocket wars, black cap fire crackers. buy one, get four free. it stum -- stump speeches by
politicians, snow cones, kids, grand kids and pets all packed in the jeep. happy is everybody happy about the 4th july. nothing is sad about freedom. it's happy birthday to our country. the speaker pro tempore: any further one-minute requests? for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas rise? jackson lee zwreel permission to address the house -- ms. jackson lee: permission to address the house and revise and extend. i wish our nation a very happy birthday, but i rise in sadness to celebrate, but yet mourn the passing of michael jackson. he was full of life, was in essence a joy to many who listened and those who danced.
michael jackson loved america. he was truly a story that came from the very dreams that americans have. starting in the very bowels of the city called gary, indiana, living in a two-bedroom house, but having risen to the highest ped stalls of entertainment after. he was the king of pop and a quiet man, a man who loved to give back and a humanitarian. for those of us who remember the words of "we are the world," one of the first songs of bringing people together to be able to emphasize that we have the responsibility to others. and then the song of "man in the mirror," we can make a difference. born in 1958 in gary, indiana, he was one of the jackson 5. but he was a father, someone who
would bring a face to america. i intend to introduce a resolution in honor of michael jackson, because we believe in the good and he was good. he saw our soldiers and foult against hiv-aids. he wanted to show that he cared and he did. it is my pleasure to have hosted michael jackson on capitol hill in 2004 when he came to stand against aids and fight that devastating disease. tonight i stand and recognize that he truly was a man who loved america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? mr. gohmert: address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: no objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. gohmert: thank you, mr. speaker. just moments ago on this floor, there was cheering, there's clapping over the passing of the cap and trade bill and it's a
little tough to get excited. you know from a political standpoint, i should be overjoyed because i really believe in my heart that when the american people find out and this is just a part of it, when they find out what has been done to them, they are going to be livid and throw some people out of this body. i just know that will happen. but i care more about america than i do politics. and i know that we will be facing the single moms that we heard from last summer that can't afford the gasoline bill. they can't afford the propane. you didn't do a great thing. you hert some really decent families struggling trying to make it and this is going to be their death nil. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: any further requests for one-minutes? the gentleman from tennessee? mr. cohen: address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without
objection. mr. cohen: this is black music month and we had a resolution to introduce and pass celebrating the 30th anniversary of black music month. because of the schedule, it didn't come up and i wanted to address that today. black music month is important as it reminds people of the history of music in this country and the contributions of black americans. much of that happened in my city of memphis, tennessee, home of issac hayes, al green, willie mitchell and others. detroit and motown and father domino and many great musicians, back to kansas city, gillespie, not all from kansas city but from that jazz others. michael jackson of course passed. many great musicians whose music needs to be remembered and young people need to learn this is a great way to pass on our culture and enjoy their own life.
i'm pleased this is the 30th anniversary of black music month and we need to enjoy music and soothe the soul. the speaker pro tempore: any further requests for one minutes? the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does texas rise? mr. conaway: i ask unanimous consent that today following legislative business and special orders heretofore entered into, the following members may be permitted to address the house, revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material, mcclintock today for five minutes, conaway today for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. for what purpose does the gentleman from rise? >> i ask unanimous consent that today following legislative business and any special orders entered into, the following members may be permitted to
address the house for five minutes to revise and extend their remarks and include therein extraneous material. mr. george miller from california, mr. peters from michigan, mr. schiff from california, mr. spratt from south carolina, mr. doggett from texas and ms. jackson lee from texas. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. 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. ms. woolsey of california. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for five minutes. without objection. the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. >> i rise today to celebrate the albanyan organization of southeast michigan and raise a concern they expressed to me. respect for people of diverse cultures has made our nation
great. our national heritage reflects the cultural contributions of a wide range of ethnic groups. i'm fortunate to represent the 9th district of michigan, a district rich in religious and ethnic diversity and includes families from the ball can region. as a congressman of the 9th district, i have developed a strong bond with the community. this is a people that strongly values community service, family and education. these are the values we can all admire and strive to instill in our children. the albanyan american community of southeast michigan is really new. most are first or second generations, however this community has established strong routes in michigan, establishing churches, community centers and small businesses. these places preserve and celebrate their culture and help enrich the lives of fellow americans and the broader
community alike. st. paul's church in rochester hills, michigan a city in my district, boasts nearly 5,000 members and is a shining example of how they have taken root in southeast michigan. these roots are nourished by the community's focus on family, a value embedded in their culture and one that i greatly respect. with many new immigrant communities, the entrepreneurial spirit runs deep. our nation has provided many with their first opportunity for business success. members of the community have embraced these opportunities and worked tirelessly for the success of their endeavors, helping to grow our economy and create jobs in our region. the community's affinity for entrepreneurship is coupled with a deep appreciation for education. they recognize the invaluable
return on education that educational achievement brings to the next generation. i am particularly proud of the community's patriotism, love for america and participation in the american democratic process. albanyan americans are true participants in the american democratic system. they understand that a democracy is active engagement. their unwavering dedication to democracy does not stop at our borders. the community is working tirelessly to bring attention to the needs of the emerging democracies in the ball can region. i'm proud of the relationship of the city of rochester hills has formed. the organizations in rochester hills has supplied school supplies to a city in alban
yeah. they are aware of the efforts to assist refugees, it is important to highlight the important work still being performed by this community. they continue to seek further recognition for the republic of cow sofa and helpful in helpful. the recent independence and the flukes of the country is a testament to the community's progress. the community in michigan remains concerned with events and issues affecting their families overseas. some particular concerns of my constituents i want to raise today relate to recent reports of inequities in the justice system. reputable human rights organizations like amnesty international have reported
several citizens convicted in connection with the eagles flight case have been subject to torture and physical abuse. these incidents and reports have caused tremendous anxiety and uncertainty in their community. it is my hope that the government will work diligently to protect human rights and the rule of law in the exercise of justice in the future. whether fighting for justice, advancing democracy, supporting our schools or working hard to strengthen our economy, albnians in my district are helping to make our nation even greater. it is an honor to represent a prominent community here in the united states congress. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? i apologize.
>> i ask to speak out of order the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mccotter: i thank the speak speaker. from the streets voices rise to pray for deliver rans of liberty. others argue for apiecement and neutrality. we must choose wisely between these voices and visions, less we betray our allegiance to liberty. support of iran and democracy harms their cause and strengthens the regime, increases the repression and once the freedom seekers are slaughtered precludes quote good relations. their song is wrong. despite pronouncements america has not intervened. the illegitimate puppet ahmadinejad demands our pros tration at the regime's feet and all the while the regime butchers innocents. cnn recorded a call from a terrified girl who said dem
administrators were being shot or thrown from bridges. she pleaded, quote, you should stop this. he should help the people of iran who demand freedom. you should help us. it's time to act. she was pleading to america. she was pleading to us. once another generational chance was seized, i quote, we developed our own language to communicate with each other between the walls of our cells. we had to develop new communication methods to pass on this great impossible news. reagan dared to call the great soviet union an evil empire. that moment made it impossible for anyone in the west to continue closing their eyes to the real nature of the soviet union. it was one of the most important freedom affirming declarations and we knew it. that marked the end for them and beginning for us, the beginning of a new revolution, a freedom revolution.
reagan's revolution. . he warns, how a government treats its own people cannot be separated from how that government could be expected to treat other countries. how did the regime treat the family of neda, the student shot in the streets? her state executioners refused to tender her body to her family, buried her without a funeral, banned all signs of mourning and forced her family to flee from their tehran home. to defeat such a regime, this is the example, quote, ronald reagan had the moral clarity to understand the truth and the courage both to speak the truth and to do what needed to be done to support it. what concrete actions can we take today to aid the iranian people's march to freedom? we must increase funding for democracy building programs to
provide the iranian people with the free flow of information and communications in their struggle to be free. the president must use his full authority under the iran sanctions act to deter companies from investing in iran's energy sector. we must place -- pass the global online freedom act to prevent american companies from assisting foreign governments, including iran, from sensoring and monitoring their people on the internet. we must pass the iran refined petroleum sanctions act and the iran threat reduction act to reduce the flow and increase the pressure on the regime. we must prohibit regime members from entering the united states of america, we must seek a united nations security council resolution denouncing the regime, demanding a monitored election and tightening the sanctions against said regime until the selection occurs in its outcome's integrity verified. we must work with labor organizations to establish a support fund for iranian workers
striking in protest of the regime. finally, we must link all of our relations with iran and with those nations abetting the regime's defines of its people's freedom to human rights. if we fail to take these measures, we will be haunted by the cries abandoned to preserve our neutrality in this time of moral crisis. but when we act, we will expand freedom to be oppressed and enslaved and ensure it for our children and ourselves. only then will we have honorably performed our duty of liberty to generations of americans and iranians. we are free. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a communication.
the clerk: the speaker, house of representatives, dear madam speaker, this letter is to alert you that i have sent a letter to governor ar naled schwartz nager of california resigning for the 10th congressional district of california effective immediately. in may, i have the distinguished honor of being nominated by president obama to serve as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security. keeping nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists, making sure other countries do not obtain them and one day i hope ridding the world of these terrible weapons has become my passion and i hope my life's work. it has been an immense pleasure working with you, madam speaker, i owe you and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle a debt of gratitude for your leadership, guidance and dedication. i eagerly await the opportunity to work with you in my new role with the obama administration.
signed, sincerely, ellen taucher, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: the chair announces to the house that in light of the resignation of the gentlewoman from california, mrs. tauscher, the whole number of the house is 433. mr. miller of california. mr. jones of north carolina. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio rise? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. request unanimous consent to speak out of order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. boccieri: thank you, mr. speaker. there are difference makers among us. there are difference makers among us. i rise today to honor a man who committed his life to public service and put his life on the line working to save people in our community. just a few short weeks ago james
martin hall, city of canton, ohio, firefighter captain of 15 years sacrificed and died in the line of duty after suffering a fatal heart attack just hours after serving a volunteer fire shift at the greentown volunteer fire department. captain hall was a member of the city of canton's fire force for more than 20 years. captain hall clearly moved our community. joining the thousands of friends and neighbors and loved ones who lined the streets of canton for his funeral procession deeply moved me. this man was a respected member of our city who touched and saved many lives, including a child he performed c.p.r. on after rescuing him from a burning home in canton. captain hall's peers called and said to him as they bid him farewell, if you needed to be rescued, captain hall and his crew would be the crew you wanted coming for you. captain hall was a hero in our community and in his home.
being a father of four small children, it was exceptionally emotional to witness his three daughters stand up at his funeral and say, we're going to miss you, daddy. their words should remind each of us that our time on earth here is limited and that we must live freshly and fully each day. captain hall's passing shocked our community. he without a doubt will forever remain one of our community heroes. my prayers and deepest condolences go out to his family as they grieve this tragic loss. captain hall's family and our community reflect on his service both in the military and as a firefighter. today i take this moment to honor his life and his service to our country. we thank you, marty, for your service. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: mr. jones of north carolina. for what purpose does mr. souder
rise? >> unanimous consent. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. souder: this is a sad day for america and i don't mean because of the death of michael jackson because of this legislation we just passed in energy were to become law, tens and hundreds of thousands of people would lose their jobs. in my district we're already getting green jobs, we'll have thousands of green jobs. but we're going to lose tens of thousands of other jobs. my congressional district in northeast indiana is the number-one manufacturing district in the united states. one county has 57% of the people working in manufacturing. i heard on this floor that, oh, we don't have any manufacturing jobs left in america anymore. oh, yes we do in my district, we have 30,000 jobs related to the recreational vehicle area. we have 40,000 jobs related to auto and truck. we make boats, we have tire factories, we have exal factories, we have wind shield factories. we are the manufacturing center along with joe donnelly's
district and pete advice clockky's. we -- visclosky's in indiana. we have a base. the most efficient steel factories in america, two big steel dynamics factories that were run roughly $1 billion each to build, five new corps facility, the only two steel companies in america that haven't lost must because they've cut their costs 75%, that they have their labor costs down yet we're looking at energy costs that could go up 80% to 100 because you know what? you can't power a steel plant in indiana with solar panels. you cannot do this with wind mills. manufacturing takes an incredible amount of energy. now, let me be honest, i admire the amish. my great-greatgrandpa was one of the first amish. he left in 1880. the fine if you want to be amish with no electricity and wind mills and ride around on a horse and buggy, but that should be a
choice, not pronounced on you by the federal government. for people who want to come to the notre dame games in south bend, i worry that in a couple of years you can go over to one of the largest amish settlements and go, oh, look, there's no electricity, they're riding around in a buggy but it won't be amish, it will be everyone everybody in the area because that's the count that -- county that has 57% manufacturing. a county where the president went in and said, this is the high un-- highest unemployment rate in the united states and we're bringing death to manufacturing. i don't understand. maybe my district should introduce legislation to make it a national historical industrial park area. where people could go and see what steel mills used to look like. they could go and see what axel companies used to look like, what it looked like to make the silverado and the sierra pickup truck before we drove them to china, before we moved the last companies out. you can see -- and in between you can see soybean and corn farms which apparently we made
some change here but it's amazing we had to make this change, that soybean, ethanol and sow diesel, drafe us was worried that in the original draft of this bill they were going to be put out because they were cutting down trees to plant soybean and corn for ethanol except our trees are already cut down. oh, you mean they were going to cut down trees in brazil. well, not our companies but because we're internationalists and trying to be one world, if we grow soybean in indiana then we have to offset it with trees in other places and now maybe we won't have to offset it and maybe we won't wipe out sowy diesel and ethanol. what kind of joke is this? i honestly did not think that this house could pass this bill. he these are hard working blue collar workers. many in my area, if note most union members. they're not necessarily big fans of mark sauder or republicans. it's -- souder or republicans. it's their constituency they're putting out of work. people who didn't necessarily
have a college degree who worked in steel mills and auto places, who got up early in the morning and went in and worked a hard day and thought they could make it in america. but, no, we're shipping their jobs away from america because now they're dirty, even now they'll go to other countries where it will be dirtier air. what about farmers who get up and now -- they work hard all day and six days, seven-days a week in the peak season and now they're going to be told that their energy costs are going to go up, the remc's in my area which are huge, when i've got to -- gone to their meetings, 1,400, they say it's going to be 60 -- $60 to $80 minimum a month on each of their people who are working hard every day and trying to figure out now with the 15% average unemployment in my district, that they're supposed to take this kind of a heating bill, plus if their employer can stand. i mean, i do not understand this. if you don't have steel, how do you have a military? we're going to build our big aircraft carriers out of bamboo? what are we going to do here? maybe we could have china build the steel for our military.
that will work real well. they're our good buddies. before when we heard the day of infamy we at least had a manufacturing base to respond. this day of infamy, if this bill becomes law, we won't have a manufacturing base to respond. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: mr. moran from kansas. >> i ask unanimous consent to claim the gentleman's time, to address the house for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: if there's no objection, so ordered. >> thank you. mr. speaker, i had a strange sense of deja vu as i stood here on the floor of the house and watched all of the self-glattory rhetoric a few minutes -- minutes ago on the passage of
the cap and trade bill and i feel the need to rise to issue an urgent warning from the left coast. you see, i stood on the floor of the senate of california three years ago and watched a very similar bill adopted and watched the same sort of self-gone grattory celebrations we saw here and i have watched over those years as that measure has dramatically deepened california's recession. it uses a slightly different mechanism than cap and trade but the objective is exactly the same. to force a dramatic reduction in carb -- carbon dioxide emissions. up until that bill took affect, california's unemployment numbers tracked very closely with the national unemployment rate. but then in january of 2007 california's unemployment rate began a steady upward divergeance from the national jobless figures until today california's unemployment rate is more t