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folks who served on capitol hill are here to talk to you. success and from washington, independent line. caller: it is really disgusting, i don't know if i want to call myself an american. what they did caused me to have a heart attack and now i'm waiting for the sheriff to show up. i mean it doesn't even get better. it perpetuates, the same people who stole my property as i look at are the ones i can't get rental space of anything. will
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be conducted as a 15-minute vote, remaining electronic votes will be uct conduct d conducted as five-minute votes. the unfinished business is the motion by the gentleman, mr. chabot, on h.r. 429 2. the clerk: h.r. 4292, a bill tie mend chapter 9 of united states code to clarify exception to foreign sovereign immunity as set forth under such title. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill? members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: 2/3 being in the affirmative --
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2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the unfinished business is vote of the motion of the the gentlewoman from fl west virginia on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3584, a bill to amend the federal home loan bank act to authorize privately insured credit unions to become members of a federal home loan bank and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of epresentatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 393, the nays re zero.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 395, the nays are zero. 2/3 being in the affirmative,
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the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause of rule 20, the question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 253, the nays are 127. two members answering present. the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, -- mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the ouse will come to order. the house will come to order. for what purpose does the gentleman -- >> mr. speaker, the house is still not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the ouse will come to order. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to
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address the house and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, members of the house, today i rise to pay tribute to a former colleague, son of a miner, who rose to become the esteemed and respected chairman of the u.s. house committee on transportation and infrastructure. the longest serving member of congress from the great state of minnesota. my predecessor, our dear friend, congressman jim oberstar. mr. nolan: jim passed away quite unexpectedly over the weekend. my wife and i and several other members of the house were with him just on wednesday night and jim was as fit as a fiddle, as he has ever been. i commented to another couple there that jim does a thousand pushups every day in addition to riding his bike and jim laughed and said, no i only do 100 pushups every day. so he was a remarkable person.
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i'm joined here today by our colleagues from minnesota, congressman ine, peterson, paulsen, walls and ellison to join me in this brief tribute. mr. speaker, jim's respect in this house was really quite unparalleled. i recall one day last year, jim came into the well of the house here and he was spotted by some of our colleagues and someone started to applaud him and the entire house burst into spontaneous applause, democrats, republicans, conservatives, liberals, the only time i'd ever seen anything like that happen before was when hubert humphrey walk into -- walked into the house of representatives when he was on his death bed. jim had a giant intellect, spoke numerous languages, he had a big heart, he was a passionate
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public servant and a man of enormous, enormous accomplishment. there's no question there's no question our nation is truly better, more decent, nor compassioned place for every day that he served so selflessly, with such honor and dignity and good humor. we love jim dearly and we will will miss him terribly. mr. speaker, i now ask that the house of representatives observe a moment of silence to honor the incredible life of chairman jim oberstar, our friend, our colleague. thank you. hank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the
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chair lays before the house an enrolled bill. the clerk: h.r. 4120, an act to amend the national law enforcement museum to extend he termination date. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize national nurses week which is celebrated annually from may 6 through may 12. nurses all over the country serve as our first line of defense in the prevention of sickness and injury. from hospitals and care facilities to nurses offices and schools and local
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businesses, nurses play an essential role in keeping our society healthy and safe. from better educating our children about the importance of health to helping fathers and mothers better care for a newborn child, to helping seniors better manage disease or disability, our nation's nurses are indispensable. this year's national nurses week theme is nurses leading the way. during this national nurses week, we take time to give thanks to these professionals for doing just that, leading the way through the promotion and to work to bringing better care and health to our friends and families and neighbors and loved ones. thank you, mr. speaker, 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 florida seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. garcia: mr. speaker, i rise no support of national teacher day. a day when we honor our teachers who contribute so much to our students, our schools and our country.
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i am pleased to recognize mirna , miami date '-- miami-dade's teacher of the year. she and other former teachers of the year like recipient fred ingram, who now leads the united teachers at dade, are shining examples of the kind of educators who find the best in their students. my brother, gabby, and his wife, kathy, are both teachers who inspire every day with their dedication to their students. when i was a student, one of my own teachers, pat collins, helped fuel in me a passion for learning and kindled my life-long commitment to public service. all over the country teachers make a difference in the lives of their students every day. we owe them our deepest appreciation. 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 gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? ms. ros-lehtinen: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for
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one minute. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. speaker. i rise today to speak about debby's dream foundation. a nonprofit dedicated to advancing stomach ock cancer research -- stomach cancer research and it recently hosted its fifth annual dream makers gala in florida. each year the event mobilizes efforts to fight stomach cancer, a disease that will be diagnosed in more than 22,000 americans and kill almost 11,000 americans this year alone. although stomach cancer is the second most prevalent cancer killer worldwide, it receives the least amount of federal funding per death of any type of cancer. i was proud to lead a letter with my fellow floridian colleague lois frankel and 55 of our house colleagues to include stomach cancer in a list of cancers eligible for department of defense research funding. thanks to debby zellman, her incredible team, and their
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determination and perseverance, we can help debby's dream of curing stomach cancer a reality soon. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. mr. garamendi: mr. speaker, i stand on the house floor today to congratulate a star athlete from my district. an athlete who rose to national spotlight with a remarkable win, with millions of people watching on tv and in front of a crowd of more than 160,000 people. i'm talking of course about california chrome, the winner of the 2014 kentucky derby. california chrome is the resident of uba city -- yuba city where he lives with his human friends, parry and denies martin. the martins bought california
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chrome's mother for only $8,000. a bargain by horse racing standards. alifornia chrome's storybook rags to riches tale is sure to delight horse racing fans for years to come. congratulations, california chrome, his jockey, victor espinosa, and the martin family. i know my family will be watching as you, california chrome, aim to get one step closer to the triple crown at the preakness on saturday, may 17. you've made california's third congressional district proud. thank you, california chrome, 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 florida seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in recognition of lew miss awareness -- lupus awareness month. as co-chair of the congressional lupus caucus, i'm honored to raise awareness of lupus throughout the month of
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may. it's a painful and devastating auto immune disease and it's estimated that 1.5 million americans are currently living with lupus. this disease is unpredictable, difficult to diagnose, challenging to treat and especially hard to live with. unfortunately i understand these challenges all too well, as my cousin kathleen rooney, was diagnosed with lupus and died of the disease in her early 30's. mr. rooney: years later the cause of lupus is still unknown. and the cure is yet to be found. with better understanding of the disease through recent research, we developed new treatment methods that control symptoms and help to improve quality of life for individuals living with lupus. we still have a ways to go. on behalf of kathleen and those with lupus and those who have yet to be diagnosed, i urge my colleagues to support investment in research toward a cure for lupus. i also ask my colleagues to join me in helping to educate and advocate and raise
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awareness for lupus during lupus awareness month by wearing purple on may 16. put on purple day. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. yesterday morning quite suddenly, billy frank jr. passed away. billy was chair of the northwest indian fisheries commission, he was our region's foremost advocate for restoration of indian fishing treaty rights, a dream he lived to realize. he was our region's foremost advocate for clean water for salmon. so powerful was his advocacy, his charisma and personality, his moral authority, that no fewer than two books have been written about him and he was the recipient of the albert switeser humanitarian award. they say a person dies twice. the first time and the second time when they stop telling stories about him. billy frank's going to live forever. there are no words i can share, however, more powerful than his
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own. so thanks to my friend, martha, who provided me with billy's words recently, i share those now with you. mr. heck: i don't believe in magic, billy once said. i believe in the sun and the stars, the water and the tides and the floods, the owls, the hawks flying, the river running and the wind talking. they tell us how healthy things are, how healthy we are. because we and they are the same. that's what i believe in. those who learn to listen to the world that sustains them can hear the message brought forth by the salmon. thank you, dear friend billy, you shall forever be missed and forever remembered. and thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania eek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i wish to rise in support and recognition of israel's
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independence day. israel is one of our closest allies in the middle east and for 66 years it has been the strong hold of democracy and a model for those who seek freedom and prosperity. the success of the jewish state makes it a target for oppressive regimes that seek the destruction of western ideals such as the advancement of women's rights. iran is chief among these threats, it has openly and repeatedly called for israel's eradcation. this threat may become a reality if iran is allowed to obtain nuclear weapons, mr. speaker. mr. perry: we simply can't allow that to happen. this administration must be clear-eyed in dealing with iran and it must do whatever is necessary to protect our vital interests in the region. including israel. and with that i offer my sincere congratulations to our israeli friends on the 66th anniversary of their country's independence and wish them a very happy and prosperous
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independence day. and with that i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. who seeks recognition? for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i also rise today to recognize the great democratic jewish state of israel. one of our strongest partners for peace and stability for its 66 years of independence. since its founding, on may 14, 1948, israel has been a beacon of democracy and prosperity and america's stalwart ally. in the often tumultuous middle east. as a historic home of the jewish people, israel has stood for hope in the face of persecution, freedom from oppression and opportunity for its dwrers population -- diverse population.
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we were the first nation to recognize israel's independence . mr. vargas: i look forward to working with my colleagues to continue building stronger bonds between the united states and israel. i am fully committed to our special relationship which is based upon our shared values and common interests. mr. speaker, on this joyous day, i am honored to congratulate israel on its 66th independence day. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. may is mental health month. a month where we step up our efforts to raise awareness for mental health and work to remove the stigma of seeking help for mental illness. this issue is very close to my heart as i worked in the new york state assembly to pass timothy's law which provides mental health coverage in my home state. we work in a very divided
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environment here, mr. speaker, in washington. but one of the few things i believe we can all agree on is the need to focus more on individuals and families that struggle with mental illness. that means providing better resources, more robust programs, enhanced coordination and a more comprehensive mental health national program. mental illness effects all ages, all races -- affects all ages, all races, tax brackets and political ideologies and our response to meble illness must be as -- mental illness must be as comprehensive as the people it affects. we can only do this by coming together to overcoming the challenges mental illnesses pose. and passing the strengthening mental health in our communities act, legislation that my colleagues and i introduced just today. with that i thank you, mr. speaker, 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 gentlewoman from florida seek recognition?
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ms. brown: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. brown: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today, i am terribly, terribly saddened by the news of the passing of my friend and former colleague, congressman james oberstar. my thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his children and grandchildren. mr. oberstar was a true transportation guru. there was no one in washington and most likely in the entire world who knew more about transportation than chairman oberstar. and he could tell you about it in several different languages. but for 36 years congressman oberstar served the people of minnesota's eighth. i traveled on many could he dells with mr. oberstar, -- codells with mr. oberstar, including a trip to haiti, where he taught english early in his career. i remember being so impressed, not just by the amount of knowledge he had about haiti,
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its history, politics and infrastructure, but that he spoke french as well as haitian. in closing, i think of paul from the bible. mr. oberstar has for a good fight, he has run the race, he finishes first. he's done a great job. god has blessed america by giving us mr. james oberstar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expire. the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leave of absence requested for mr. aderholt of alabama for today, mr. griffin of arkansas for today, mr. nunnelee of mississippi for today and mr. rush of illinois for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the requests are granted. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2013, the florida, ms. om
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fran tell is recognized for 60 minute -- ms. frankel is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. ms. frankel: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the subject of my special order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, is ordered. ms. frankel: mr. speaker, tonight's special order is meant to honor israel's 66th independence day. last year i also had the honor of leading a similar special order. much is made about the contention in the united states congress, there are it pleases me to say -- therefore it pleases me to say that the security of israel remains bipartisan never aspect. i have a number of members with us tonight who i will yield my time to to celebrate this wonderful occasion. first i'd ask and introduce,
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yield time to, my colleague from rhode island, mr. cicilline, the a distinguished member of the foreign affairs committee. mr. cicilline: i thank the gentlelady for yielding, i thank the gentlelady for her passionate support of the state of israel and it has been an honor to serve with you on the foreign affairs committee and be an active member of the jewish caucus here in the house. i thank you for the time. i rise today to celebrate 66 years of independence by the state of israel and 66 years of lasting friendship between our two nations. on may 14, 1948, under the leadership of future israeli prime minister david ben gureon, jewish leaders -- david ben gurion, jewish leaders established the state of israel. at that time, the president recognized the state and sent a strong message throughout the world that israel wouldn't face its challenges alone. since that time, israel has thrived and become a strong democracy.
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today our two nations remain closely aligned as a result of our shared values and common interests. during these 66 years, israel has overcome many challenges and the continued existence of the jewish state is a testament ott will and strength of the israeli people. as we reflect on the achievements of this great country, we must remember its modern beginnings. it was established as a safe haven for the jewish people who survived centuries of oppression. today the people of israel continue to face many threat to their way of life. there are those who believe violence is a solution to resolving their differences with the state of israel. to promote security throughout this region what the mideast needs is stability and peace. i want to take a moment to commend our president, president obama, and secretary of state john kerry for their commitment to securing a lasting piece in their work toward achieving that goal. on the 66th anniversary of the establishment of israel, we strongly affirm our commitment
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to israel as both a friend and ally and double down on efforts to bring peace to this region of the world. as president true map so eloquently noted, israel has a glorious future before it, not just as another sovereign nation but as an embodyment of the great ideals of our civilization. i know we have all had the opportunity to visit israel and to see firsthand the success of this democracy and the prosperity of this country, surviving and thriving in a very difficult neighborhood. it's been a great honor to be here in congress and to continue to support the relationship between our two great countries and ho nonthor -- honor the success of 66 years of independence, with a country that share ours values and continues to be an example to the world of a great democracy. yield back.
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ms. frankel: i thank the gentleman for his kind words. yield to the gentleman from north carolina. >> i thank the gentlelady for her leadership and for this time to come together to not only celebrate the 66th anniversary of israel but a time of remembrance, as important as a celebration may be each and every year we must reflect back on what brought this nation to be. mr. meadows: it was really rooted many years prior to its rth in unbelievable tragedy, grief, oppression, when almost seven million jews, moms, dads, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, were killed and terminated in a way that many of can only try to grasp why
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that could have possibly happened in this world. and yet today we see that the anti-semitic rhetoric throughout much of europe has grown to levels that we have not seen since those days of hitler. and so we must take this day and every day to make sure that we voice not only our support for israel but our support for a wish nation in which america enjoys a great partnership and friendship, but truly an unyielding resolve of brotherly affection. and so today, i thank the gentlewoman for her time and allowing me to speak on this particular issue, but it is important that we remember that even though there is, years ago
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a great tragedy, that today if we do not speak up, things can continue to happen and be a downward spiral. for right at this moment, as we speak, there's some 100,000 missiles aimed at israel. new we can live in relative peace and comfort here in america, and yet in cities and neighborhoods all across israel, they have to live in fear of a siren going off and a missile perhaps coming in and yet it is this partnership and friendship that we have with israel that must remain solid and be strong. you know, we have a country that is some 10,000 square miles in israel. surrounded by 5.2 million scare miles of oil-rich country. and yet israel has no iron, no gold, no silver, no lead, no oil to speak of and yet over and
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over again, she is attacked. and so you have to ask yourself why. why is it that so many people call israel the aggressor when the missiles are aimed toward her? so i stand today to not only thank the gentlewoman for her time but also to acknowledge the greatness of israel, our friendship that is unyielding, and to say happy 66th independence day. i yield back, mr. speaker. ms. frankel: thank you, mr. modos, for your very moving comments, i appreciate you being here with us tonight. now, mr. speaker, i'm very pleased to yield time to another one of the -- of my distinguished colleagues on the foreign affairs committee and a fellow first-term member who i ad the honor of traveling to
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israel with with our freshman the gentleman from alifornia. >> i thank the gentlewoman for inviting me, i, too, was moved by the speech from the gentleman. mr. lowenthal: we know the state of israel was born as a shining beacon of freedom and democracy. i was born just as the second world war was beginning. i remember when the state of israel was founded. my family, my mother was an immigrant. my father was the first of his family to be born in the united states from immigrant parents. and now i am so proud to be here as a member of the house of representatives and to recognize
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also that my country was the first nation to recognize israel. you know, since 1948, as i can say, it was such great pride i took when israel fought its war of independence, when israel became a state and israel has persevered against great threats, both large and small, while at the same time building a dynamic, thriving and innovative economy. today we are so proud of our unbreakable bonds with israel, built upon our common foundation of freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. israel is without question the united states' closest ally in the mideast and most likely our closest ally throughout the world. israel, the people of israel, continue to be a symbol of democratic courage in the
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mideast and throughout the world. you know, as i remember and we recall this independence and the founding of the state of israel 66 years ago, i'm reminded of the words of president john f. kennedy who said, israel was not created in order to disappear. israel will endure and flourish. it is the child of hope and the home of the brave. it can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. it carries the shield of democracy and it honors the word of freedom. hank you and i yield back. ms. frankel: thank you, mr. lowenthal, for your heartfelt comments. mr. speaker, yesterday, israel
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commemorated memorial day to onor the memory of more than 24,000 israeli men, women and children who have been killed in terror attacks and wars other the past 66 years. immediately follow memorial day, israel transitioned to independence day. when israelis and jews across the globe celebrate the modern kay re-- modern day revival of the state of israel this abrupt transition from the solemn memorial day to the celebration of independence days embodies the israel and jewish narrative resilience in the face of adversity. we recognize our suffering while we appreciate our survival. r. speaker, as commented by my colleagues who preceded me, the importance of israel as our best
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ally in a very unstable region is so significant in this united states congress that each year, each year, the first term members take a tour of israel. we visit leaders and members of civil society and i was honored to be on that trip this summer, and when we visited israel we saw a nation at the forefront of innovation, science, and technology. modern where booming day sits side-by-side in stark contrast with ancient history. 66 years ago, israel began as a modest nation of 800,000 people fighting for its very survival. today, israel's population stands at well over eight
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million. it's a thriving liberal democracy, the homeland for the jewish people, a global economic and high tech power house and maintains the region's most powerful military force. yet as my colleagues mentioned, israel still faces threats. for anyone who has ever been to the small middle eastern country, you'll immediately -- you're immediately struck by the proximity of unfriendly or unstable neighbors. . the border with syria, where war has ravaged the country for years. the border with egypt, where the largest arab nation faces great uncertainty. the border with gaza, where from an israeli kabutz that had suffered thousands of rocket
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tacks we witnessed ourselves how the good people live in fear each day. and of course there's the perpetual threat of a nuclear armed iran. for israel, an armed iran with nuclear weapons represents an unimaginable threat. iran would be able to extend its nuclear umbrella to its terrorist proxies across the including hamas and hezbollah, sitting on israel's doorstep. even more terrifying, we would see a proliferation of nuclear arsenals throughout the region. yet, mr. speaker, even in the face of these threats, israelis remain optimistic for their future and proud of their
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national identity and tonight i ant to say that we are proud as israeli allies and we join em in celebrating their 66th year of independence. mr. speaker, before i yield back my time, i do want to are the story of one of my american -- one of my citizens, constituents. his name is aaron bell. he's 85 years old. he's a proud jewish american resident of palm beach county and today he is celebrating israeli independence day. but this is more than just celebration for him. it's a memory. ron bell was born as allen bielsky. for those of you who may have seen the daniel craig's blockbuster movie "defines," you're familiar with the bielsky brothers. the jewish partisans who saved
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over 1,000 jews from death camps, building a village of defines in the forest of nazi-occupied poland. aaron was the youngest of these brothers depicted in the film. and after his traumatic survival during world war ii, aaron emigrated to british -mandate palestine, having witnessed the horrors of the holocaust. and understanding the increased urgency for jewish self-determination. in 1948, when israel declared its independence and was immediately attacked by five surrounding arab nations, aaron fought in order to protect israelis' dream of independence. aaron's journey, though remarkable, is not unique. the story of the jew ushish people -- jewish people is riddled with tragedy, jewish's
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national anthem means the hope, sings a 2,000-year-old dream to be free in a land of our own, after centuries of inquisations -- inquisitions -- inquisitions and genocide, the dream has been realized in the state of israel. and i know i speak for my colleagues on both sides of the we tonight when i say, celebrate the independence, the birth of the great state of israel. and we are here to protect and secure israel for eternity. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. under the speaker's announced the of january 3, 2013, gentleman from texas, mr. gohmert, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader.
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mr. gohmert: thank you, mr. speaker. i also want to thank my dear friend, colleague, mrs. frankel, for a wonderful presentation. i know having traveled with congresswoman frankel that we share a great respect and miration for the nation of israel. and we should be the best friend israel has in the world. because they believe in the hings we do. i mean, where else in the middle east do people get to vote, whether you're muslim,
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jewish, christian, except in israel? where do you have the rights if you're a woman, where are you respected as a woman and given full rights that men have except for israel? where in the middle east are homosexuals not persecuted and even killed? we ought to be israel's best friend in the world. and i'm very concerned that at times it feels like we may not be. so i join my friend in wanting to do everything we can to shore up that relationship with israel. and i thank her for her dedication. i also believe firmly that it is true, those who bless israel seem to end up being blessed. go figure. but i'm grateful for that presentation. i did want to answer or attempt
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to answer a question that i've een asked many times about media reporting and presentations and why some stories get covered by the may be stream -- by the mainstream media, particularly the three main net, with of broadcast , levision, cnn, msnbc as well and i saw a chart that was put , may have a group been called minority report. but i wasn't as interested in the group as i was finding out if the relationship set forth in the chart were actually accurate. me, i had my staff help let's find out, is this chart really accurate?
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i was really staggered by what was in the chart. and so had a chart, it's not the entire chart, but it's most , done. their chart was entitled "keeping it in the family." and it was very interesting, as you see the chart here. , cnn, the vice president deputy bureau chief in washington is virginia moseley. nides who ied to tom is the former deputy secretary f state under hillary clinton. the former secretary of state. married someone who is
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to peter orzog who was the former director of office of management and budget under the obama administration. he is e ben sherwood and the brother of dr. elizabeth sherwood-randall who is the former advisor to joe biden and also an advisor to the president. d at abc news you have ian and he is former executive producer of this week and he's married to someone named susan rice who obviously is a national security advisor to the president. efore she went to the u.n. and
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-- anyway. you have claire shipman who is married to someone named jay carney. claire shipman is a correspondent with abc news. then you have matthew jaffy, arried to katie hogan, and katie hogan is the deputy press secretary for president obama's 2012 re-election campaign and is the spokesperson for organizing for action, o.f.a., which is working hard apparently to turn texas blue, as they say. and anyway, matthew jaffy is a reporter with abc news. and then not to leave out nbc news, you have robert gibbs, the former white house press president obama.
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you have him as a contributor to nbc news. you have former senior advisor to the president, david axelrod, who is known for the massive and important advice he's given to president obama as a senior political analyst for msnbc. and -- oh, we don't want to forget over here, cbs news, you have the president of cbs news is david rhodes. david rhodes is the brother of ben rhodes who is the person that coined the phraseky netic military action instead of using the term war. he coordinated the edits apparently of the benghazi talking points.
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and of course he had a great deal to do with what was done in libya by this administration and the way that was discussed with the media. so it's not necessarily surprising that cheryl atkieson ran into the buzz shah she did at cbs news -- buzz saw she did at cbs news when the president of cbs news is the brother of someone who was helping pull the strings at the white house. in fact, some of the articles that we pulled to point out some of these rlingsships, -- relationships, article by ed morsi, april 29, 2014, talked about the newly released white house email shows rice talking points on benghazi were politically motivated. says in part in the article,
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the youtube story was designed to distract from policy failures, according to barack obama's aide, ben rhodes, or the brother to the president of cbs news. then it goes on to set out part of mr. ben rhodes' email and he says in the email, ben rhodes does, brother of david rhodes, president of cbs news, that to convey that the united states is doing everything that we can to protect our people and facilities abroad, to underscore that these protests are rooted in an internet video and not a broader failure of policy, to show that we will be resolute in bringing people who harm americans to justice and standing steadfast through these protests, to reinforce the president and administration strengthen
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steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges, and then the top line says, since we began to see protests in response to this internet video, the president has directed the administration to take a number of steps, his top priority has been the safety and security of all americans serving abroad. and indeed that was exactly what people in the administration were saying, that was what the people like parooting were since that came from the brother of the -- parrotting since that came from the brother of the cbs news president, that seemed to work pretty effectively. another article here, worldly at 35 and shaping obama's voice. an article in "the new york times" in march of 2013 by mark landler. it says, as president obama prepares to visit israel next week, he is turning as he often
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does to benjamin j. rhodes, a 35-year-old national security advisor with a soft voice, strong opinions and reputation around the white house as the man who channels mr. obama on foreign policy. but his influence extends beyond what either his title or speech-writing duties suggest, drawing on personal ties and philosophical kinship that go back to the 2008 campaign. he prided his boss to take an activist policy towards egypt and libya when those two countries erupted in 2011. the article points out that two ars ago when protestors --
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excuse me, tahrir square in cairo, mr. rhodes urged mr. obama to withdraw three decades' of support of egypt. few months later, mr. rhodes was among those agitating for the resident to back a nature -- to-backed slaughter of gaddafi. further down in the article, it says that the white house, mr. rhodes first came to prominence after he wrote mr. obama's landmark address to the muslim world in cairo in june, 2009. the speech was notable for mr. obama's assertion that government should reflect the world of the people people in dealing with gaddafi. another article from march of
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2011 by rick moran, starts out in a reference to alice wonderland when he says a war is a war is a war, right? not if you live in the rabbit hole and have to answer to alice , but byron york is quoted -- and i take this was an article in byron york and inserted in the possible, last few days, obama administration officials have faced the question, is the fighting in libya a war for military to the president himself, the answer is no. but leaves the question, but what is it? on a briefing on board air force one, deputy national security ben rhodes took a crack at an
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answer, quote, i think what we are doing is enforcing a resolution that has a clear set of goals, which is protecting the libyan people, averting a humanitarian crisis and averting a no-fly zone, that involves military action, particularly on the front end, end quote. that came from ben rhodes and the article says, what we are doing in libya is making war, whether the obama administration admits it or not. people are not being killed by anything. they are dying the old-fashioned way by being blown up. his gives a new meaning to k.i.a. other article from patrick howley, from may 11, 2013, entitled, top obama's brother
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may drop reporter over benghazi coverage. says the brother of a top obama administration official is also the president of cbs news. and the network may be days away from dropping one of its top investigative reporters, recovering the administration scandals too aggressively. it says that reporting revealed that president obama's deputy tional security adviser, ben rhodes, president of cbs president was instrumental in changing the talking points. the article further down says more about mr. rhodes being a 35-year-old new york native and the president of cbs news. it is rather amazing, but should
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be more clear to people, people wonder why the mainstream gets -- gives such favorable coverage to the obama administration -- thicker than water is one saying. in the case of our mainstream media, they totally dropped the ball on benghazi and continue to report on anything else they can . sides benghazi i am very grateful that the mainstream media on the left and right, back in the 1970's, did not drop the watergate investigation. they stayed on it until the truth came out. back in those days, the
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mainstream media was so important to protecting our freedom. and protecting americans from a president who had an enmiss' list and protecting america from a president that seemed -- that seemed paranoid at times, a man, a fellow christian, just an amazing man of faith after his conversion during watergate investigation, chuck colson alked in his book "born again" after kent state and students were killed, that it turned more into basically a bunker at the white house. it was we against they. and if you were critical at all, you didn't deserve to be in the
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bunker, you were an enemy. we are very fortunate when a president began to have that kind of mentality and so afraid of anybody who is critical, were fortunate he did not understand just how far a president -- how far an administration could push the i.r.s. into going after political enemies as we've now seen that it has. ether or not the i.r.s. is weapon nizzation before the 2012 election after the president had a call to arms right here in front of the house and the senate and the cabinet members, joint chiefs of staff and supreme court sitting right re, when he mistakenly
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asserted what he believed were facts about the citizens united ruling by the supreme court. and it was so wrong to the point , shaking his lito head saying, not true. not true. not true. .he i.r.s. heard the call they paid attention and came to understand that if we -- maybe the supreme court says conservatives can run ads and get involved in political issues like union groups do, but maybe we can stop them and they effectively did that by putting
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their investigations into their tax status on hold and refusing to give them any kind of decision until well after the 2012 election, thereby silencing those. reporters who don't understand the power of the tax code, they said what difference does it make, those groups shouldn't have been applying for tax status any way, obviously showing the ignoreance of the reporters when they ask such questions because the way the internal revenue code is set up, if someone in the general population just decides, i want to get a bunch of friends together who have political bletches like i do and we are going to pool our money together and start spending it on issues to educate the american public,
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somebody's got to account for all that money. and you don't want the i.r.s. coming after you as you accumulate money to spend on political action of america. so you have to go begging to the i.r.s. so you go about begging for money as being a single individual to spend on political issues. that also is one of the reasons why we need to throw out the internal revenue code. just pass a bill that says as of a certain date, the internal revenue code will be totally void and that gives us a deadline to shoot for. i like the idea of a flat tax. there are people that i love and respect that think a fair tax is a better way to go. but by scrapping the internal
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revenue code, throwing it out on a date certain, then we would have only so long to have a new tax code figured out and serving notice to people that that's when it would change. i have heard our president say so many times that people need to pay their fair share. it doesn't look like it's going to happen until we have a flat tax where you make more, you pay more, if you make less, you payless less. that's what we ought to be doing. nd as a result of having a i.r.s. becoming weaponized -- and we do need a special brr. i have been pointing that out for quite some time. there are criminal laws that have been violated and that's why we need a special prosecutor. not the justice department. we have seen their just us
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instead of justice. we need a special prosecutor that isn't appointed buyeric holder and we need to get to the bottom of who violated the law, because it appears that laws were broken. but some wonder why the mainstream doesn't get into the i.r.s. weaponizeation more. we see the relationship between the mainstream media -- not that i'm saying cnn and misnbc on the far left are mainstream media, but they are part of the media who avoids reporting anything about this president. you need to report -- you don't need to report things negatively on your own family.
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so, mr. speaker, it explains a lot once you begin to see all of the marriages, all of the sibling relationships between this administration and people n the media, siblings in the media, people calling the shots and giving the advice in our ajor news media. mr. speaker, we also -- sometimes are a little surprised as the mainstream media tries to desperately to change the the false reports and statements that were made about benghazi that coverup that we are now finding out about
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benghazi. constantly trying to change the subject. so -- in their desperation to protect their relationships in the administration -- a guy called today and wanted me to come on the news tomorrow and talk about climate change and used to be called global warming. it isn't warming anything so we ought to call it climate change. as any real scientist know when you come up with a scientific -- there are certain facts that will prove your theory or your assertion. but when we talk about climate change, people are not doing that. whatever happens, if there are a
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lot of tornadoes, they say, see, it's climate change. if there are few tornadoes, they say, see, it's climate change. if there aren't many hurricanes, they say see, it's climate change. no matter what happens in the weather, we are told it's climate change. and the truth is. i not only believe in climate change, i know it's happening. usually most places four times a year. they're called seasons. and then we have climate changing -- i'll never forget back in the mid 1970's, it was the cover of one of the main american magazines about how we were approaching -- heading into a new ice age. i thought, well, that doesn't make sense. do i believe the bible and i don't believe the world's going
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to end in ice. that just doesn't seem right. and yet we heard scientists telling us, oh, know, -- oh, no, we're at the beginning of a new ice age. in the 1970's. we're at the beginning of a new ice age? and and they were wanting to change everything we were doing. we have to change everything we're doing about power, about fossil fuels, everything, because we're at the beginning of a new ice age. and about 10 years later people saw, well, we may be slightly warming so we better quit talking about global cooling and now we're talking about global warming. but there was an interesting article that came out today from mario lewis entitled "climb -- national climate assessment report." unrelenting doom and gloom. is article today says,
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tuesday the u.s. government's global change research program released its latest national assessment report on climate change impacts in the united states. as with previous editions, the new report is an alarmist document designed to scare people and build political support for unpopular policies such as carbon taxes, cap and trade and e.p.a. regulatory mandates. also in keeping with past practice, the latest report confuses climate risk with climate change risk. droughts, storms, floods and heat waves are all part of the natural climate. our risk of exposure to such extremes has much more to do with where we happen to live than with any gradual climate changes associated with the 1.3 fahrenheit to 1.9 degree
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fahrenheit increase in average u.s. temperature since -- i'm sorry, since the 18 0s -- since the 1880's. since immediate and total shut down of all carb docks emitting vehicles, -- carbon dioxide emitting vehicles, the u.s. would decrease global warming by .2 of a degree celsius by 2100. 85 years. even if they got everything they wanted, for 85 years, the article says it's misleading to imply, as the report does, that the obama administration's climate policies can provide any measurable protection from extreme weather events. the assessment is flat-out wrong, the -- that climate change is increasing our vubble vulnerability to heat stress as hot weather has become more frequent. people in communities have adapted to it and heat-related
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mortality in the u.s. has declined. cities with the most frequent hot weather such as tampa, florida, phoenix, arizona, have practically zero heat-related mortality. that is the most probably future for our -- probable future for our most u.s. cities in global warming continues. the report also foolishly predicts that climate change intensifies air pollution. as e.p.a.'s own data show, despite allegedly unprecedented warming, the u.s. air quality has improved decade by decade since 1970's as emissions declined. the report blames climate change for the midwest drought of 2012. but the government's own analysis concluded otherwise. neither ocean states nor human induced climate change, factors
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hat can provide long predictability, appear to play significant roles in causing severe rainfall deficits over the major corn-producing regions -- regions of central great plains. this assessment ignores substantial data and research finding no long-term increase in the strength and frequency of tropical cyclones and no trend in extreme weather-related damages, once losses are normalized or adjusted for change in population, wealth, and consumer price index. for example, the report says trends in the frequency and intensity of tornadoes are uncertain, whereas in fact there is no trend. and a new study by the university of colorado professor roger pilky finds with some certainty, quote, that the number of years with very large tornado losses has actually decreased, unquote.
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ring the 1993 to 2013, compared to 1950 to 1970. similarly the u.s. is currently in the longest period on record with no major category three to five hurricane landfalls. good news is not included in the report. 2015 sessment gives short to the warning pause which it calls short-term. and the assessment, the pause -- in the assessment, the pause is depicted as running from 1998 through 2012. that's 15 years. in fact, the pause is now 17 years and eight months long. more tellingly, the assessment does not discuss the growing divergence between climate odel predictions and observations.
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the divergence now in its 34th year and accelerating due to the pause raises questions about the climate sensitivity assumptions on which dire climate change scenarios depend. climate sensitivity is an estimate of how much warming will eventually result from a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations relative to preindustrial levels. in its discussion of sensitivity, the assessment basically endorses the u.n. intergovernmental panel on climate changes 2007 likely sensitivity range of 3.6 degrees to 8.1 degrees fahrenheit and best estimate of 5.4 degrees fahrenheit. it neglects to mention that partly due to the pause and model overshoot of observed temperatures, the i.p.c.'s 2013
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report lowered the bottom end of the likely range and declined to offer a best estimate. more importantly, the assessment presents the debate over climate sensitivity as a he said-she said, as if a single paper by john fasulo and kevin trenberth balances out some 16 recent papers indicating that the i.p.c. -- ipcc climate sensitivity estimates are too hot. in other words, they're just wrong. the article says, so, despite an occasional figure leaf to hide the nakedness of its alarm message, the report does acknowledge that climate change has lengthened growing seasons, helping to make food more abundant and affordable. the assessment is unrelenting gloom and doom. its only hopeful message is that it's not too late to
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implement climate policies -- kyoto style climate policies. sorry, that's not good enough, ven for government work. it really is important to realize what's at stake here and it's something that shocked me back when we were trying in my freshman term to amend and reform the endangered species act. s that has wreaked such -- that has wreaked such havoc with our economy and continues to cause people to lose jobs. yeah, there was a reported decline in the unemployment rate from 6.7% to 6.3% and you heard all the mainstream media, in helping their family members in this administration, you know, just all a buzz -- abuzz
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and aglow with how wonderful that .4% drop was. failing completely to mention that that was only a fraction of the 800,000 who got so tired 800,000 ding work, people gave up and quit looking for work and are now considered , under statistics, to no longer be unemployed, even though they are unemployed. it doesn't account for all the people that are underemployed that are out of colonel and can't find jobs -- college and can't find jobs. the historic high unemployment rate of our veterans coming back and looking for jobs, even as this administration not only wants to cut the military back to a fraction of its former self, back to pre-world war ii
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levels, when we were not a uperpower and hatred and enocide began to reign supreme . that doesn't explain why the administration and some people here in the house, friends of mine here on the house, that are saying, you know what, let's give the few jobs left in our military to people that are not lawfully in this country and if they'll do that, even though it will displace one of the few military jobs left, after we cut the military back so far, and even though it will push them into an even growing high unemployment rate for veterans, let's go ahead and give those few jobs left to people who are not lawfully in the country. it's not a good idea.
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and after pushing for over a year and a half, for a select committee to get to the bottom of what happened to benghazi, and after we still haven't of the o the bottom department of justice's role in forcing guns, which we know they did, force guns to be sold to criminals and people that should not have had guns, that ended up with drug cartels in mexico, reports of hundreds of mexicans killed by the weapons we forced into improper and illegal criminal hands, we being the justice department of this administration, we haven't gotten answers to that. that's why even today as i stand here, the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the land stands in contempt of
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congress, although i was gratified to hear him say in answer to a question of mine that i'm not supposed to ever presume that it wasn't a big deal to him. unfortunately he said a year ago to abc news that it wasn't any kind of big deal at all because to be a big deal he would have had to have respect for the people that voted for the contempt and since he had no respect for the people who voted for the contempt, it wasn't a big deal to him. so a year ago it wasn't a big deal and this year apparently it's still a big deal but i'm not supposed to think that it's not a big deal to him. even though that's what he said. and the familiar relationships in the mainstream media continue to give cover. and as i've continued to complain about the inadequate -- stigation into the sarns
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tarns gave ain -- us twice a heads up. look out, the older brother has been radicalized. and now you've got people in the mainstream media parroting what the obama administration is saying, well, those darned old russians, they should have given us more information. no, they -- this did us a favor giving us a heads-up. we're not their friends. they gave us the heads-up anyway. and they don't even -- they purge the f.b.i. training materials so our agents don't know the proper questions to ask to find out if someone's been radicalized. they want to allow people who have spent their adult lives studying radicals i lame, people like that, like -- radical islams, people like that, they're not allowed to give a briefing to people and
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explaining what radical islam s. and then we hear people like the department of homeland security secretary at the time, janet napolitano, who seemed to take the position that, gee, you know, we're just not able to connect the dots. yet it appears that under her tch not only did she promote what egyptian muslim brother publications said were top muslim brother people into top homeland security and obama administration positions, she ave the secret clearance and there's no way it could have been after proper vetting, because proper vetting would have showed that he was a main speaker, giving tribute to the man of vision, the ayatollah
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khomeini. . who has a foundation called the freedom and justice foundation which is the same name as the muslim brother political party in egypt. who defended the convicted terrorist supporter of the head of the holy land foundation and said there was nothing wrong with what he was doing. ut i'm very proud of a senator -- i want to do a shoutout, mr. speaker, down the hall, and read a letter from a senator from kansas, was in iowa a few days ago, senator grassley's territory,
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senior senator from iowa, senator grassley. he wrote a letter to the secretary of homeland security, the new sect -- the new secretary, jay johnson and he said i received disturbing emails regarding the admitance of individuals into the united states with poning ties to terrorism. and ay, 2012 chain email u.s. customs and border protection surrounds the question of whether to admit someone who had scheduled an upcoming flight into the united states allegedly the individual was a member of the muslim brotherhood and a close associate of a supporter of quote, hamas, hezbollah and palestinian islamic jihad,
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unquote. the individual had been in secondary inspection, quote, several dozen times the several years and had not a secondary inspection since 2010. one of the responses to the initial email states, quote, the c.b.p. watch commander advised that the subject had sued c.b.p. twice in the past and he's one of the several hands-off passengers nationwide. apparently his records were removed in december of 2010 and the d.h.s. secretary was involved in the matter, unquote. the email continues. i'm puzzled how someone could be a member of the muslim brotherhood and unindicted
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co-conspirator in the holeland foundation trial, which was a trial in which people were convicted of supporting terrorism, providing financial support for terrorism, convicted and this individual mentioned as a named co-conspirator in the pleadings. the message in the email goes on, could be an associate of -- and then was redacted in the email -- say that the u.s. is staging car bombings in iraq and ok for men to beat their wives, question who was behind the 9/11 attacks and afforded the luxury of a visitor visa. it doesn't appear we'll be successful with denying him
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entry tomorrow, but maybe we could re-evaluate because the decision to delist him was made 17 months ago. senator grassley's message to secretary johnson at d.h.s. said in order to understand the events described in these emails, please provide the committee with answers to the following questions. number one, why was this individual removed from the watch list in december, 2010. two, please describe the nature, extent and reasons for the involvement of the d.h.s. secretary and her staff. what is the current watch list status of this individual. four, how many people are on the handsoff list mentioned in the email. five, what qualifies someone to receive the handsoff designation. six, does filing a lawsuit designate a handsoff.
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seven, who makes the determination that an individual should be kfered handsoff. senator grassley said i would like answers to these answers. should you have any questions to this matter and signed charles e. grassley, ranking member -- ranking member in the senate. and there is an attachment to there's so much, mr. speaker, that is redacted here, a lot of gaps, but even so, it's how serious, thursday , not quite a year before the boston bombing, this ays in the body of the email
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but as pointed out in the letter, this email was from u.s. immigration enforcement customs officer to u.s. customs and border patrol, protection. the body says, the n.t.c. watch commander advised that the subject has sued c.v.p. twice in the past and he is one of several handsoff passengers nationwide. he said he checked if there was a copy of the lawsuits filed against c.v.p. can you pass the lawsuits if they are at n.t.c.. i assume the lawsuits were against the heads of d.h.s. and presume it was a civil proceedings but who knows where it was filed since the subject lives outside the u.s. i didn't know a canadian citizen
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who lives in blank could sue d.h.s. not sure if the lawsuits were stopped frequently or his inadmissibility or both. if the lawsuits were not about that, we should proceed forward regarding that once the lawsuits are reviewed. if the lawsuits aren't readily accessible at c.v.p. and n.t.c., i can check with someone at headquarters to get them. apparently his records were removed in december, 2010 and the d.h.s. as secretary was involved in the matter. i'm puzzled how someone could be a member of the muslim brotherhood and unindicted co-conspirator in the holeland foundation trial could be an associate of and say that the
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u.s. is staging car bombings in iraq and that is ok for men to beat their wives, question, who was behind the 9/11 attacks and afforded the luxury of a visa. it doesn't appear we will be successful with denying him entry tomorrow but maybe we could re-he evaluate the situation because the decision to delist him was made 17 months ago and thanks and the name blotted out. and any way, other messages, one in response down the email chain. i spoke with c.v.p. blank, who is familiar with this traveler. charges iar that he is and when he enters the u.s. on a
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lecture speeches for organizations or for events where a registration is required or be paid he should be seeking an r-1 or o-1 visa. perhaps one of the reasons he hasn't applied is because of the terrorists-related question these forms ask that he would then be forced to answer. does n.t.c. have any background information or guidance it can share on the logs or former records this subject has had or if he has applied for any waivers of inadmissibility. does n.t.c. have objections if it denies admission to either terrorism grounds or improper nonimmigrant visa. baseded on the review of the
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subject, i think it is clear that he meets the definition of endorsing and incrithing. f he would like to enter the u.s., he could seek a waiver, but none has been sought to my knowledge. and prior email prior to that -- esterday afternoon, we it's blacked out, office, received a lead regarding blank, an egyptian-born canadian citizen who is a member of the muslim brotherhood and close associate of blank, an dividual who supports hamas, imlambic jihad. ank has -- are looked at
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inspects. e has not been secondary since 2010. blank has a reservation to depart. blank, canada at blank on this friday morning for flight to blank that stops in blank first. he is scheduled to speak at some conference in some city on some night -- all blacked out. i'm passing this right up to ank h.s.i. regarding possibility of inadmissibility grounds to terrorism charges because of potential insighting endorsing and associating with terrorists. hopefully this collection of 20 supporting open-source articles will assist with making an informed inadmissibility determination. but any way, despite all of
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those open inadmissibility issues, according to the later email, the secretary of department of homeland security or at the time janet napolitano had a hands-off list including people like this member of the muslim brotherhood, when it comes to the boston bombing, i have met some of the boston police, impressed. and i would bet if the city of boston police department had been given a heads-up by either the f.b.i. or c.i.a. that the russians say the tsarnaev guy has been radicalized, capable of murder, then it would have
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entirely changed the investigation by the boston police department into people that were killed, that were .nown to tsarnaev and i would bet you since i'm not aware of the boston police department having had their training materials purged to exclude anything that might offend the radical islamists, they may have been able to go out to the mosque and ask about tsarnaev if they had known the allege he was radicalized and may have been been able to answer questions about the type of islamic leaders that the older tsarnaev liked, that he read, that he endorsed and could have made a better decision on whether or not he had been
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radicalized than our own justice department did. that should have been shared with the boston police. if they had had that information without having had their training materials purged, they may have done a better job of protecting those people at the boston marathon. then you read emails going back and forth, people shocked that a guy who is a muslim brother, who has insighted people to hatred against the united was a named co-conspirator with people who were convicted of supporting terrorism, how it is that
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secretary of homeland security could give him a pass just as she did to a reported member of the muslim brother, reported by egyptian magazine, supportive of the muslim brotherhood, how she could just give him a secret security clearance, and even after i tell her about his downloading documents from a classified source that she gave him access to, and pointed out to her about a reporter saying he had tried to shop the two documents, she said she investigated, but i know they didn't because they never even talked to the one reporter that knew about the documents being shopped. they never checked. as far as i know, he's still giving advice at the top level of homeland security as a muslim brother, according to the egyptians.
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he's giving access to our classified -- he's given access to our classified documents. and then we see that same homeland security secretary that gave him access to classified documents, that he reportedly -- and according to somebody i trust he had shopped them, trying to get a national news media to publish them. they didn't even look into it. they didn't even investigate that properly. how safe can america be when homeland security is creating hands-off lists that put us at risk? ith that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule
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1, the house will stand in recess subject >> later this week, possible work on a resolution that would create a new select committee to investigate the 2012 and ghazi attacks. tomorrow'se about house session, we spoke earlier today with a wall street journal reporter.
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>> the house this week will take up two resolutions on the irs targeting of conservative groups can be john mckinnon has been covering this story for the wall street journal. what will the house vote on this week? >> there are two things they will vote on. one is the resolution to hold a former irs official, lois lerner, in contempt of congress him and another is a resolution urging the department of justice to appoint a special prosecutor in the irs matter. her reaction,en not only to the citation, but in general to the committee? >> she continues to maintain her innocence, that is something she has been doing since about a year ago, and that's part of the reason why she is in the fix that she is in now. she has also steadfastly refused to talk to the particular committee that has demanded that
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she testify. >> you wrote a piece in the wall street journal last week with a headline about her attorney's reaction. the headline said lois lerner's longer holding her in contempt would be un-american. what did the attorney mean by that? >> that is an interesting reference. he is harking back to the mccarthy era of the 1950's when congress would bring people in to testify before committees who didn't want to testify. seek to invoke their fifth amendment privilege, as ms. lerner is doing now. in some occasions, congress would hold them in contempt or try to hold them in contempt, and there were a lot of court cases that resulted from that. attorney is trying to compare it to mccarthyism. >> so the house will vote on this resolution this week, this contempt of congress resolution.
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assuming it passes in the house, what does that mean for it ms. lerner, and is this something the senate would have to take up as well? >> no, this is something that each chamber basically gets to control. , the contemptn resolution would go to the department of justice, and the justice department is basically required by statute to present this matter to a grand jury. doesn't saytute anything about whether the grand jury would actually have to do anything or whether the justice department would have to do anything, so it could be that this is as far as it goes, at least publicly. but the house also has other ways of getting this matter before a court. they could go to court themselves and try to get some relief from a court. it's unclear whether they will try to pursue that remedy. basically it gets pretty gray from here. >> on the other issue, the
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from jim jordan of ohio calling on the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor, a special investigator for this irs case. what is likely to happen there? >> i think it's hard to predict what the agency is going to do with that demand. thatlicans are concerned one of the prosecutors who has been working on this matter so not insignificant amounts of money to president obama's election campaigns in the past. so they have some leg to stand also did aut they fair amount of investigative issues that some had not previously been brought to public attention, particularly ms. lerner's efforts to get other officials
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at the irs to deny an application for tax-exempt status by crossroads gps, which is the very big republican leaning nonprofit organization that was very active in the 2012 election cycle, spending a lot of money on campaign ads. so republicans feel they have new evidence here that they are trying to showcase, but whether any of that will rise to the level that the justice department would have to act on, that's really a difficult mix of legal and political questions that we cannot really answer. >> john mckinnon is on twitter. on can follow his reporting twitter or online. thank you for the update. >> you are welcome. >> so the house will hold that vote on the contempt of congress resolution against former irs official lois lerner.
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it will also be a resolution whether to appoint a special counsel to investigate the irs. we will have live coverage of that tomorrow afternoon here on c-span. the house armed services committee will debate and mark up its $521 billion 2015 defense programs bill tomorrow. we will have live coverage at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span3. today, buck mckeon spoke about defense spending at the heritage foundation. >> through smart planning am a rear management of capital resources, targeted cuts and reduction of some bureaucracy, we have been able to shield our military from a crippling blow. this is the last year we will be able to triage the pain. next year, unless something happens, it's really going to hurt. this year's defense bill is $45 billion less than the 2014
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request. that's what the white house asked for, and that is the limit set by earlier budget deals. we are funding $521 billion for the base defense budget and $79 billion for the war in afghanistan. the $79 billion for afghanistan is a placeholder because frankly, the president still has not decided on the final mission there. so now we have to start making some hard choices. given the failing security situation abroad, it's the height of stupidity that we even have to make these choices in the first place. >> we will have live coverage of the house armed services committee markup of the 2015 defense programs bill chaired by buck mckeon tomorrow morning at .0:00 eastern on c-span3 secretary of state john kerry spoke to reporters today about what is happening in nigeria,
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offering to send a team of americans to support the nigerian government's response to the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by an islamist military group. hasetary kerry said he spoken to nigerian president goodluck jonathan and offer to send a coordination cell that would include u.s. military personnel and law enforcement officials with expertise in hostage negotiations. a reuters story has a picture protester standing outside the nigerian image see here in washington. we will have secretary kerry's remarks in just over an hour here on c-span. the white house released a new assessment on global climate change. the report called for more action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. here is a portion.
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>> good afternoon, everybody. i am president obama science advisor and director of the white house office of science and technology policy. it is my honor to be able to welcome you all to the white this and to launch extraordinary event. we are here, of course, to talk the thirdrelease of national assessment of climate change impacts on the united states. the 20 pagehis is overview, this is the 140 page highlights, the 840 page whole document is live on www folks are invited to go there, but not while today's speakers
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are talking. the assessment we are launching by layingistinguished out with unprecedented comprehensiveness, this aggregation, detail, and clarity, how the climate is changing across the united states. disaggregated by eight geographic regions and also by crucial sectors of the economy. agriculture, fisheries, the oceans, energy, and so on. it basically is leading americans know how climate is changing where they work and live, what impact that is having on things they value, and how this picture is expected to evolve going forward, and of course a very substantial emphasis on what can be done about it. we are providing what john podesta earlier this morning called actionable science. this is the theme the president has also emphasized come information that people can use to take appropriate action to
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reduce their vulnerability to climate change and to participate in the actions that reduce the emissions that are driving climate change around the world. ofhink that the findings this extraordinary report about which we will be saying considerably more are really the loudest alarm bells to date, signaling the need for urgent action, so that we can combat the threats and the risks we face from global climate change in this country. as i think you all know, president obama has long recognized the urgency of this june in a and last speech at georgetown university on a sweltering hot day, appropriately enough, the president launched his climate action plan. carbon-part plan cutting pollution in america, preparing our communities for changes in climate that already are ongoing, and leading international efforts to address the challenge.
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now almost a year later, a lot has happened in executing on the commitments made in and the department of interior has announced its permitting of the 50th renewable energy project on federal lands during this administration, and the department of energy has issued multiple, new energy efficiency standards. the department of agriculture has announced seven new hubs to adapt operations to a change in climate, and the administration launched in this room and not very long ago a climate data initiative, bringing together open data and design competitions with strong commitments from the private and philanthropic communities in order to develop data-driven planning and resilience tools for communities, and i should say the climate data initiative and the results of this tr


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