tv U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House Debate on Violence Against Women... CSPAN April 3, 2019 8:06pm-8:27pm EDT
we willing to pay, and when we pay it, is there a way we can have a financing mechanism that the adoption of such miracles happened quickly and we can reap the benefits and future time? that's just sort of the concept of the health care bond. so let's just take one that is near and dear to me. i'm from the desert southwest. i'm from the phoenix-scottsdale area. i live in a community called fountain hills. one part of the country. incredibly blessed for the community i get to represent and live in. but from the desert areas of alifornia through the maricopa county, phoenix, all the way down to the tucson area, we have a fun jy in the soil -- fungi in the soil. we call it valley fever. we believe one out of three people in a thank go to the hospital believing they have pneumonia actually have fun jy, have -- fungi, have valley
feever in their lungs. for a small fraction of the population, they don't just feel like they have the flu or pneumonia, for a week or two or three. they get what, something i believe the term is undifferentiated, where it breaks out and ends up in your bones. i have a neighbor, a form vietnam helicopter pilot, one of the greatest human beings you can ever meet. and his hands have been carved up for when they've had to go in and remove the fungi that's rowing in his bones. we, the leader mccarthy, kevin mccarthy, because of the community he represents, and myself in scottsdale, phoenix area, few years ago we started a value fever cause us. for those of us that -- caucus. for those of us that live in the desert, southwest. and we've had some amazing
success. we've been able to move some resources, we've gotten the folks back east here tond this very unique -- here to understand this very unique, regional disease we have. we were title of the bill move some money. and all of a sudden we now are hearing that we may be three years from a vaccine for animals. this particular disease killed my dog, charlie, a few years ago. but after the animal -- after the vaccine for our k-9's and our pets, it's only a short time after that, maybe just a handful of years, we will collect enough data that will actually have a fungi vaccine for something called valley fever, for those of us that live in the desert southwest. these are examples, though, of we believe a disease like that ultimately costs billions in our community for hospital visits, for sick days, for all the things that go with that. what is the value of a val vaccine that's being developed
-- of a vaccine that's being developed for a disease thank like that, that most folks -- like that, that most folks back east haven't even heard of? we have succeeded with moving the resources around here in congress over the last few years to start these miracles of the genomic and the other types of research that are bringing these miracles here. so back to our primary conversation. our age as a society, biggest cost driver, particularly over the next 30 years, is health care. we've done presentations here the last few weeks on the technology miracles that are coming, where you can actually manage your own health. you don't have to be part of the collective, you can manage your own health, and have incredible data. but we're going to have to break down some of the old silos, some of the old legislative barriers, some of the barriers to entry. the other half of that, how do
we continue to encourage these disruptive, biologicals, these disruptive genomic, these disruptive drugs that are curative or the like -- or like the one that was in our office a couple weeks ago talking about alcs. it's probably going to be a couple -- alzheimer's. it's probably going to be a couple shots -- a.l.s. it's probably going to be a couple shots a year, but it will freeze, basically you will hold steady. so it's not curative but it stops the regression and the progression of the disease. what's the value to that in our society? these are big deals. and so as i reach out to my republican brothers and sisters and my democrat -- help those of us who understand these cures are not republican or democrat. we as a society must come up with a mechanism that brings and out, finance them, then understand the debate here must be about what we're doing
to change the price curve of health care, at the same time our demographics are getting much older, very, very, very fast. we can do that and it's a much morelle gantt discussion than the -- more elegant discussion than the absolutely ridiculous discussion that continues to go on here because it works in our partisan format, where everything here has been weaponized now politically. of, let's have a debate on who gets to pay, how much government subsidies should you receive? let's do something really creative, let's actually start lowering the price by bringing technology, by bringing other channels of exciting new pharmaceutical -- pharmaceuticals and even down to things that are affecting the folks in my neighborhood, a disease like valley fever, where i now get to go home and say, we worked on it a few years ago, we were not optimistic. but we kept working and we kept
working and we kept working and there's brilliant people down at like the university of arizona center for excellence on valley fever, there's researchers at n.a.u., there's researchers in california that re now almost there. there should be actually joy in this body when you start to think about the cusp we're on. will congress be looked at from someone 10, 20 years from now saying, they did policy that actually made these things happen faster? or will we continue to exist in a world where the way we reimburse, the way we finance, the way we regulate, the barriers to entry of the technology, we slowed down the disruption that could have helped us lower health care costs? these are the things we're
fixated on because remember, our five points -- because remember our five points. we must have economic growth. we must have labor force participation. we must do the incentives to, if someone wishes to stay in the labor force and delay parts of their retirement, how do we reward that? we must do these others. but we also must push these technologies because our biggest fragility is the health care costs. and i think there's some great things about to happen. so, look, that's the portion of the presentation, hopefully in a couple weeks we're going to come back and do something much more technical. i'm sorry, i know that's really exciting, on some of those incentives to stay in the work force. but we need to actually understand, if you have a complicated problem and someone walks up to you and gives you a really simple solution, it's absolutely wrong. because complicated problems require complicated solutions. o, that's where we're heading.
and i see my buddy here. let me guess, need some time behind the microphone -- you need some time behind the microphone. do you want this one or down here? i yield to my friend here. ome on down. and may i ask the speaker, can you tell us the remaining time on the clock? oh, ok. in that case, let me do the -- all right. are we all done with boards? mr. speaker, i'd like to yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2019, the chair recognizes the gentleman from louisiana, mr. abraham, or 30 minutes. mr. abraham: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize april as the national donate life month.
and the awareness one louisiana family has brought to organ donation through the tragic loss of their son. on may 5, 2015, the perry family from monorowe welcomed twin babies. ellaclark and el la -- and to this world. all was fine and well until john clark was given the diagnosis of a brain bleed shortly after their six-month checkup. 2015, john clark passed away at only 6 months old. before his death, his parents, jonathan and holly, were approached about donating john clark's organs, to which they agreed. meanwhile, 400 miles away, at auburn, alabama, the bosswell family faced a similarly heartbreaking situation. their son, davis, who was born
n june, 2015, had been diagnosed with a virus infection that attacked his heart. his only chance at survival was an improbable heart transplant. on a sunday night in november, davis' parents, amanda and tucker, received a call saying that a match had been found and that davis would receive a heart. on june 29, 2015, davis underwent a successful heart transplant. a few days later, amanda and holly were connected by a mutual friend on facebook. and realized that davis had probably received john clark's heart, a fact confirmed by the hospital. in april, 2015, the bosswells nd perries met at an event
raising awareness for organ donation. the two families have continued to meet at the annual auburn l.s.u. football game, turning the rivalry game into an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for organ donations cross the country. while this sequence of events could have only been hand crafted by god, organ donations save lives across the country on a daily basis. n 2018, 36,528 organ transplants were performed. a record high for the sixth consecutive year. on average, one organ donor can save up to eight lives. through organ donation, john clark saved two children's lives. mr. speaker, today i recognize the unspeakable tragedy that the perrys faced and their
incredibly brave decision to donate john clark's organs. through this heartbreaking decision, john clark became a hero. today,clark is remembered by his family for his big blue eyes and sweet smile, a smile his parents say grew wider every time the l.s.u. tigers and the new orleans saints were on tv. like so many donor, john clark is no longer with us but his legacy lives on in the bodies of those who received his organs. throughout the month of april i'll be thinking of john clark, the spire perry family and all those who have gift -- the entire perry family and all those who have gifted the gift of organ donation as a final act of compassion. mr. speaker, i rise today to
recognize and honor mason andrews, an 18-year-old from monroe, louisiana, who was recently recognized by the guiness book of world records as the yuckest pilot to -- youngest pilot to circumnavigate the globe. nathan is a junior at louisiana tech university who set off on his trip around the world on july 22 and returned october 6 of 2018. he flew for 76 days in the spirit of louisiana, a 1976 hyper lance pa-32 single engine aircraft. mason made over 20 stops around the world, include duge buy, paris and taiwan. his longest leg of his journey was the 14-hour, 2,150 mile stretch from japan to alaska. mason flew not only to break a
world record, but to raise aware of unds for the met camps louisiana. it's a free summer camp for children with varying disabilities or illnesses such as autism, spina bifida, and down syndrome. mason has served as a camp counselor for three years and has raised over $30,000 for the camp during his flight. to raise these funds and break the world record, mason overcame all obstacles he faced, including a sand storm over saudi arabia and two category 5 typhoons that kept him grounded for the better part of september. i am proud of what mason was able to accomplish and how he has represented the great state of louisiana.
from one pilot to another, i congratulate mason on his incredible achievement and look forward to what he will accomplish next. mr. speaker, i rise today about something that's really been weighing on my mind and that is the disturbing push for late term abortions we've been seeing around the country. i'm a doctor by trade. i've delivered many babies myself. i've seen babies in the womb on ultra sound wince in pain. i've seen them comforted by their mother's voice. that baby is every bit alive as he or she is when a mother gets to hold her or him for the first time. i do believe that life begins at conception. i believe adoption is always
better than abortion. and i certainly believe that delivering a baby in the third trimester is a far better for both the mother and the baby than the late term abortion. which brings me back to why i wanted to speak tonight. the disturbing trend of codifying protexts for late term abortions must stop. and it will take federal action to ban it across the entire country. we see what's happening at the state level, new york has passed a law that allows abortions at any time. at any time. that is outrageous, especially considering that many babies can live outside the womb around 20 weeks. virginia tried to pass a similar law, virginia governor ralph northam, a democrat, argued that babies could be killed after birth if the mother had preferred to abort it rather than to birth it.
he said, and i quote, the infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated if that's the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physician and the mother, end quote. that's disgusting. that is an endorsement of a murder of a helpless child and we cannot stand for that. i am a proud co-sponsor of the born alive survivor protection act. which requires that babies who do survive abortions be given the same standard of care as any erson in medical need. this is a commonsense approach because a baby is a person. doctors are sworn to help those in need and i cannot fathom how any medical provider could watch a helpless baby struggling
outside the womb after she survives an abortion. even still, democrats are standing in the way of ending this heinous practice. republicans have tried nearly 30 times to bring to the floor a vote on the born alive survivor protection act. and democrats have blocked it every single time. thankfully, my colleague steve scalise from my great state of louisiana and ann wagner have introduced a discharge petition to go around the democratic leadership and force a vote on this important bill. i signed the petition and my prayer is that the chamber can come together in a bipartisan way to stay firm -- to state firmly that the united states of america does not believe in killing babies, especially after they are born. critics say that it's a woman's choice and that politicians are interfering. if a baby is crying and he's
crying out for help, in an operating room that is a person. an individual who is entitled to the same life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness that every erican is entwiteled -- is entwiteled -- entitled to. only an individual can decide that path forward for themselves. it's not the choice of anyone else and a living, breathing baby deserves the chance to live. they can say the bill is unnecessary because it's already law, pointing to the 2002 born alive infants protection act which codified into law that any person born alive in any stage of development is a legal person. since that time, however, there have been cases where abortion providers did not consider a baby born if it survives an abortion.
the born alive survivor protection act further protects babies who survive abortions. the born alive survivor protection act is a literal matter of life and death. it is about the core values of what we as americans and even -- and every single politician in state and federal government should clearly and definitely know where we stand on this important bill. my position is clear. i stand with the babies. i stand with life. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. does the gentleman have a motion? mr. abraham: i make a motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly te