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the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the wooms, washington, d.c. november 18, 2019. i hereby appoint the honorable jimmy gomez to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2019, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour 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 kwln 50 p.m. each member other -- 1:50 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 wisconsin, mr. steal -- mr. steil for five minutes. mr. speaker, families across southeast wisconsin are concerned about the rising costs of health care, especially prescription drug costs. no parent should have to worry that they cannot afford insulin r an epipen for their child. we must work together to bring temperatures to drug prices. hold drug companies accountable. and empower patients. the stopping the pharmaceutical industry from keeping drugs expensive act, or the spike act, is a nonpartisan bill addressing drug pricing. the spike act holds drug companies accountable for their pricing of lifesaving drugs. if a drug manufacturer of insulin or epipen drastically increases its price, the
company must publicly justify its decision to do so. mr. speaker, i urge the house to bring the spike act to a ote. sfeek, november 30 marks one year since president trump agreed with mexico and canada to create the united states mexico-canada trade agreement or usmca. usmca is an improved trade agreement with wisconsin's largest trading partners, canada and mexico. mexico passed usmca. canada is ready to ratify t they are waiting on us. generations of wisconsinites have dedicated their lives to farming. our farmers need our help. our farmers need usmca now more
than ever. small dairy farms in wisconsin are closing. wisconsin farmers are struggling to cope with low milk prices and limited access to markets. usmca opens dairy markets and allows farmers to sell their milk to canada. i have addressed this chamber multiple times on the need to get usmca across the finish line. enough is enough. madam speaker, bring usmca to a ote. madam speaker, today the house is voting on the reforming disaster recovery act. this is a nonpartisan bill to help families when disaster strikes. in wisconsin we have seen our fair share of storms, tornadoes, flooding. -- flooding. when a storm hits, resources and assistance must be readily available.
that is why this bill is so important. we must have a plan in place to avoid the storm to avoid waste, fraud, and abuse. this bill does that. right now the housing and urban development department, h.u.d., does not have a codified process in place to distribute assistance to communities in need. the bill requires h.u.d. to have a clear process in place before disasters strike. madam speaker, i urge my colleagues to vote in favor of the reforming disaster recovery act. we cannot always know where a storm will strike or when it will hit, but we can take steps to be prepared in response. i yield back the balance of my ime. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes gentleman from california, mr. kosta, for five minutes. mr. costa: mr. speaker, it
saddens me once again to hear another mass shooting has occurred in our country. this time in my district. last night in fresno, california, another senseless ass shooting occurred. where four people lost their lives and six more were injured. this happened at a family gathering in a neighborhood not far from the airport near fresno. with 35 or more people gathered. children were present at this meaningless act while they were watching a football game. while none of the children were harmed, certainly their lives will be changed forever as a result of the trauma they
experienced last night. i reached out to local law enforcement and we are ready to assist in any way possible. spoken with the mayor and chief of police. and certainly our thoughts and prayers with the victims and their families are there. but as a community and a country, thoughts and prayers are just not enough. the daily tragedy of gun violence continues to inflict violence to individuals and neighborhoods across our country, and that's a fact. the threat to public safety is not normal nor should it be een as acceptable. it's unacceptable.
my office has been working with community leaders to identify resources for those affected such as counseling. mental health support. victims compensation. and community outreach. this isn't a neighborhood referred -- this is in a neighborhood referred to where a great deal of southeast asian families live, these are immigrants past and immigrants present. they came after the vietnam war where they stood shoulder to shoulder fighting with americans in that conflict. and they have been assimlating and they have been contributing to our community and-n fresno and throughout the valley. americans, members in our community, they deserve real action to keep them safe. in february the house passed meaningful bipartisan legislation, gun safety legislation, that senator mitch
mcconnell refuses to bring up in the senate. this legislation combined with state and local efforts would help make a difference. it's not a silver bullet, clearly, bad term. let me take that back. because there are way too many guns and too many bullets out there. republicans and democrats have good and different ideas on how to deal with gun violence in america. wouldn't it be refreshing if the president were to bring us together in a bipartisan effort to talk about violence in america and solutions on how we deal with violence in america because no community, no town, no hamlet, regardless of the size, is not impacted by violence and gun violence that takes place every day.
the fact remains that too many americans and too many communities are forced to live in fear. know, i live near this downtown community where nightly you can hear guns going off. last night one of the neighbors said, they are fearful of even working on their car in front of their home. or when people go and drive by. americans should not be forced to live in that kind of fear in their neighborhoods. it's not right. the senate must allow a vote on a bipartisan commonsense gun violence prevention program. the house acted on that legislation 260 days ago. 260 days ago. so, we must come together in
our community in fresno. i spoke with the mayor and talked about figuring out ways to bring our community together with local law enforcement agencies and community organizations to help us heal. so the question is, how many more american lives must be lost to this senseless violence before action is taken? that's the question we must ask. i will do everything i can to promote -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. costa: saved in our neighborhoods. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from kansas, mr. marshall, for five minutes. mr. marshall: thank you, mr. speaker. this past weekend i had the pleasure of joining agriculture secretary perdue in kansas city to celebrate relocation of usda's research agencies to the heart lavepbd. this move will save the country's taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in rent over the next decade. it will place the agriculture research center within a three
hour drive of 19 land grant colleges. creating synergy and efficiencies in research thus giving more research to our ag producers more quickly. from colombia, missouri, to kansas city, to manhattan kansas, to lincoln, nebraska over 300 animal and pet health related companies dot the landscape. this area is known worldwide as the manal health corridor and accounts for over 50% of the total worldwide animal health diagnostics and pet food sales. by relocating the department of agriculture's ag research agencies to the certainty of the animal health corridor, and with construction in manhattan kansas near completion, the kansas, missouri partnership will truly be the leading corridor for agriculture research as well this. places usda research where it belongs, in the heart of the world's agriculture industry and close to our land grant colleges which all fuel and modernize the agriculture
industry. i often brag that i represent the largest ag producing district in america. a brag that i'm going to keep saying until someone knocks me off that hill. but today i want to emphasize how important agriculture is to metropolitan areas like kansas city. in the kansas city metro area, agriculture, food, and food processing supports over 100,000 jobs, or 7% of the entire work force in the area. these industries provide a total economic contribution of 22% $29 billion, roughly of the throl kansas city metro economy. as an example, the importance of agriculture to the area, i can point to the bnsf facility where we export 10 million pounds of protein every week. also the delong company elevator exports nearly 300,000 tons of soybeans and dried distillers grain yearly. guess what? all these commodities, all these products are grown in my home district, the big first district of kansas.
the kansas city metro area is home to international grain trading companies. seaboard food calls kansas city its home as well. a big thanks to secretary perdue for his leadership for all he does for agriculture, for being a voice of hope to all agriculture producers, and fighting to keep new markets opened. and a big thanks to president trump for his leadership for his faith in the heartland for making this bold move. kansas and missouri will make this agriculture research corridor for the world. hank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, kansas is known as the air capital of the world, manufacturing up to 70% of the world's embedded aircraft fleet while crate creating 50,000 jobs. growing up just outside of wichita i was well affair of the -- well aware of the impact aviation had in my state.
today as a congressman i had the pleasure of seeing the evolution of the aerospace industry in kansas anti-continued impact this sector has on our district and the entire state. this week our office is celebrating america's superiority in the aerospace sector and kansas' role in that industry. from the manufacturing of 747's by spirit aerosystems, the aviation safety polytechnic in salina, they have been fitted from the past,
present, and future needs of the aerospace industry. sevens the inception they have been a wrled leader in aviation research and innovation. other countries are rapidly gaining speed. it's essential we maintain our competitive advantage not only for continued economic growth but for our national security and the sustained evolution of space and science technologies. i have seen the impact this sector's had on my state and proud to support the many people, businesses, and organizations involved in making the aerospace industry so dynamic and innovative. mr. speaker, thanksgiving's only a week away and it's good to be a reminder for myself and everyone to take a moment to recognize the many bless eggs we enjoy as americans. our founding fathers bestowed upon us a constitution, bill of rights unlike anything any other country has created. americans enjoy not only freedom to worship our god but enjoy the protections of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. this country has allowed a kansas farm kid like me to lift american dream. no not only go to college and medical school but raise a wonderful family and enjoy a career practicing medicine, serving in our nation's military, and now serving our nation in my hometown and home state in our capital. america is a contry of opportunities, self-determination, and freedom to choose your own path. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. calvert, for five minutes. calvert: mr. speaker, i rise today to honor and pay tribute heroes who went above and beyond to save the life of one of my district staff. it's important to note that my district office is located at city hall, a detail that was vital in the ehaven'ts that transpired. 4, 2019, at 1:50 p.m., a member of my staff medical event that required immediate attention. as the ansing, known event and brought it to the ttention of the other district staff who responded quickly and responded. while jackie provided immediate staffer, to the kathleen called 911. hurried to a number of offices in city hall to find onsite medical personnel.
at the same time, shawna who ted our intern, noah, had previously received c.p.r. administrator -- administer chest compressions. a volunteer at city hall who shawna knew was also a fire department volunteer. kerry assisted noah in c.p.r. but quickly realized she needed a defibrillator. sprinted off to secure one at the city hall's a.e.d.'s. taking place, ryan cortez, a corona city e.m.t. and an off-duty was in a meeting with the city manager's office when he pulse d an alert on the point respond app. this app notifies certified of a medical emergency near them. hile ryan rushed downstairs to respond, kerry and noah administered first a.e.d. shock. rerifle -- revival, shawna
stabilized the staff member. at 1:56 p.m., the firemen arrived. was able to explain to the firemen exactly what transpired brief them on the a.e.d. readings. i'm very grateful to say that of my staff, who's been a dedicated and instrumental part of my team for years, is recovering and doing well. very ay may have ended differently if not for the quick actions of my staff and the ifesaving techniques administered by noah ritter, kerry lee smith, and ryan cortez. to those three individuals, the ntire calvert team sends their heart-felt gratitude. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess
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