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rise for the prayer for the dead. will be given by cantor tom king, followed by a survivor of the holocaust from romania. [singing] >> our coverage continues live online at we have to leave it here to join the u.s. house representatives, about to gavel in for general speeches come and members will take up legislative work at 2:00 each in time. there are eight bills on the calendar of the house today, including a measure on famine in recorded votesd
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will take place at 6:30. you can watch the senate live on c-span2. u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., april 25, 2017. i hereby appoint the honorable luke messer to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2017, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour
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debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. all time shall be equally allocated between the parties and in no event shall debate continue beyond 1:p.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. dunn, for five minutes. mr. nn: thank you, speaker. rise today to wish mr. ryan zimms, american students at arnold high school for their upcoming advanced placement exams. i was impressed by their articulate questions understanding our system of government. of course, understanding our system of government means understanding the u.s. constitution. it's the greatest gift left to us by the founders and it has
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stood the test of time. the success of the constitution is due to its carefully designed system of checks and balances. by separating the powers of government into separate but equal branches and guaranteeing individual rights, the constitution has been, as james madison suggested, the guardian of true liberty. mr. speaker, please join me in wishing these bright young students good luck on their a.p. exam and in their college applications. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. sherman, for five minutes. mr. sherman: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. last saturday was
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earth day and tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of people across this country had to march in favor of science because not since galileo was condemned by the inquisition for asserting that the earth orbits the sun, not since galileo was condemned by the inquisition have science deniers had such powerful friends. r species went 1,000 years without science. we call those years in retrospect the dark ages. my time in this congress has convinced me that we should be uided by scientific consensus, by scientific facts, not alternative facts.
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scientific fact -- climate change is real and predominantly manmade, and if we don't reduce our emission of greenhouse gases, then we're going to lose our ports, our beaches, our health and entire untries like the maldive islands. another scientific fact -- donald trump can't stop global warming only by admitting impressive volumes of hot air. let me say that again. donald trump can't stop global emitting an by impressive volume of hot air. now, a week earlier, we had tax day, and millions of americans across this country, including in los angeles, needed to demonstrate to try to get
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donald trump to reveal his tax returns. now, every president since richard nixon has released their tax returns. donald trump told us in may of 2014, if i decide to run for office, i will produce my tax returns. and he said it again a year later. and then he said it during the republican debate in 2016. he said, oh, i'll release my tax returns, but they're under audit. well, according to donald trump, his 2011 and 2012 returns aren't under audit. he ought to release those. but he ought to release all of his tax returns, and this idea that they're under audit is absolutely absurd. the i.r.s. has made it clear, any taxpayer can release their tax return whether they're under audit or not, and everyone in the tax world -- i headed the second largest tax agency in this country for several years.
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m a c.p.a., etc., knows that you can release your tax returns whether you're under audit or not. now, i understand that you to release information to your adversary and if you're being audited, the i.r.s. is your adversary, but donald trump knows that the i.r.s. already has his tax returns. so who is the adversary from is h donald trump withholding information? the american people are the adversary that cannot see his tax return that the i.r.s. already has. ut it's not enough to just see donald trump's form 1040. cause he tells us he has 532 private businesses, secret businesses in the sense that they do not report their financial information to the
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s.e.c., over 532 of those business endity investments. we need to see the tax returns of every business entity that trump controls. over 100 of those investments are in foreign countries. we need to see the tax returns of trump panama hotel, l.l.c., trump korea, l.l.c., d.t. dubai golf course, l.l.c., and all the business entities that he has that are doing business in saudi arabia, qatar and china. finally, donald trump ran as a populist, especially on corporate issues, but now he wants to allow corporate inversions that provide tax benefits to corporate benedict arounds who betray our -- arnolds who betray our country.
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he refuses to say that china is a currency manipulators even though he said during his rallies he would do just that and he refuses to do anything about chinese requirements regarding coal production. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. seruman: he's -- mr. sherman: he's governing like goldman sachs. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from indiana, mr. messer, for five minutes. mr. messer: thank you, mr. speaker. for generations, our nation has celebrated the american dream. i call it the american promise, the simple idea that if you work hard you will be rewarded. the american promise means that if you show up for work every morning and play by the rules, you'll be able to take care of
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your family and over time your life will improve. unfortunately for many americans, that promise no longer rings true today. before the election of donald trump, more than 50% of americans saw our economic nditions worsening, and 50 than 50% of americans saw our economic conditions worsening, and 50% of any lynnials think the american dream is dead. when it comes to economic security for low and middle-income workers we flatline, paychecks are frozen and american families are having a harder, harder time making ends meet. as an uncle of mine used to say, when it came to the end of the month it seems like you got month -- more month than money to pay your bills. we need a renewed focus on improving the lives of everyday working americans. that's why the republican policy committee, which i
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chair, launched the task force on the american worker, and our first hearing is today. it's time to start delivering for the american worker and restoring the american promise. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana yields back. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until >> famine in south sudan and a pair of bills dealing with the use of the capitol grounds for special events you can watch live house cooverage when the gavel comes back down here on c-span. earlier this month the president of egypt met with prum and talked about relations between
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the two countries. today former state department officials will testify on usaid o egypt. you can watch live coverage from the appropriations subcommittee at 2:15 p.m. eastern. we'll have that for you on c-span3. also follow the hearings streaming live at or listen live on the c-span radio app. join c-span saturday for the annual white house correspondentents association dinner. our live coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. eastern and senior daily show correspondent mminhaj attends the diener. prum says he will not attend. it was back to ronald reagan who did not attempt since he was recovering from a assassination attempt. in a statement the president says the whca takes note of president drum's announcement on twitter that he does not plan to attend the dinner which has been and will continue to be a


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