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party. he has a president for the center for renewing america. if i can draw on your experience for a second as budget director during the trump administration. we saw another continuing lezz -- resolution pass last week in the wake of a previous continuing resolution. what does this mean from a budgeting protect -- perspective for federal agencies, how are they able to plan ahead when they do these things just a couple of months at a time. guest: the budgeting process is completely broken. congress does not budget, the administration continues to budget >> today it is possible lawmakers will work on a 2022 defense authorization bill, to limit legislation, and health
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care provisions. live coverage of the u.s. house here on c-span. 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 rooms, washington, d.c. december 7, 2021. i hereby appoint the honorable tony cardenas 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 4, 2021, the chair will now recognize members
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from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. with time equally allotted between the parties and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip limited to five minutes. but in no event shall debate continue beyond 1:50 p.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. mr. joyce: mr. speaker, i rise to address the house and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. joyce: mr. speaker, this week we saw new data that revealed who is truly being harmed by the biden's economic crisis. the short answer is that those who can least afford it are being left behind. last month the u.s. economy added only 200,000 new jobs.
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not enough. it's not enough to sustain any sort of recovery from the covid-19 pandemic because of this poor response. because of this poor showing many industries lost workers, including manufacturers and retail stores. in november labor force participation actually declined among those with less than a high school diploma or some college education. simply stated, the biden administration's failures are leafing americans behind -- leaving americans behind at a time when the price of essential goods are skyrocketing. inof addressing the crisis that liberal policies have created, democrats are doubling down on the failed legislative ideas that threaten to raise the cost of gasoline and raise the cost of groceries. the cost of beef, the cost of vegetables, chicken, pork are on
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the rise. and real wages have actually decreased during seven out of the nine months that joe biden has been in office. this isn't effective governing. and this is not the way to get america back on track. thank you. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new york, ms. tenney, for five minutes. ms. tenney: thank you, mr. speaker. once again i rise to call for immediate action on h.r. 3733, the essential caregivers act. it is our sacred duty to protect and serve the american people and this bill is an opportunity for this body to fulfill that duty. over the course of this pandemic, thousands of our fellow americans were left isolated in long-term care facilities. they were denied access to their friends and families, alone and often confused, many suffered
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from depression and didn't receive the medical care they so desperately needed. family members were forced to watch from behind plexiglas and webcams as their loved ones' physical and mental health declined. some even died frightened and alone because of the lack of care. in one california facility, nancy's son who suffered from a massive brain hemorrhage six years ago has been bedridden ever since. contracted pneumonia three times while in isolation. later he contracted covid. his mother asks after all he's been through, don't you think he's done his time? yes, i think he's done his time. nancy's story and many others like hers are documented in the book, protecting them to death, written by one of my great constituents, carla abraham connolly who lost her mother in a long-term nursing facility. this book was written by -- was written by carla, and i shared
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some of the gut wrerching stories from this book before and will i continue to do so until the bipartisan essential caregivers act is passed. it is imperative that we, the elected representatives of the american people, stick up for the american people. the essential caregivers act would ensure the senseless, counterproductive policies that were put in place during the pandemic are never repeated. the fear mongering red to situations where as veronica puts it, a fear of covid-19 has put staff's safety ahead of resident health, well-being, and safety. close quote. veronica's father lives in nawrgs home in arkansas but was not allowed to see his family because of the anti-scientific procedures of the facility. veronica added that lack of continuity and communication play as major role in the isolation of residents because basic care and best practices are less important now than covid-19 mitigation.
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my friends, this is not how americans care for their fellow citizens. all across the country from my home state of new york all wait to california -- all the way to california families were cut off from their loved ones living in long-term care facilities. these decisions to isolate long-term care facility residents were fatal that will have long-term lasting impacts. think of the damage that has been caused by people -- to people like melody stark of california whose husband had been living in a nursing home for five years prior to the pandemic. in march of 2020, melody was on her way to the nursing home for her usual friday night dinner date when she got a phone call informing her that nonessential visitors were no longer allowed in due to covid-19 lockdowns. who could be more essential than one's lifelong partner and spouse? melody recounted that, quote, what we thought would be a couple of weeks turned into months and months. there were no virtual or window
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visits facilitated and it felt as if everyone except families were wholly unaware of the impact of isolation, depression, lack of psycho social support, close quote. melody continued by saying, my usually optimistic husband sounded increasingly sad and said things like, this is no way to live. and he would cry. over time this led to drastic decline that affected his physical health as well as his mental health. by november -- november 22, 220 -- 2020. did he not die from dough individual bye failure to thrive due to isolation in long-term care. the last time i hugged my husband was when i carried his ashes from the car to the church. mr. speaker, melody's husband might still be with us today if he had been allowed to access -- allowed access to an essential caregiver. that is why we must take action on h.r. 3733.
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i'm urging all of my colleagues both democrats and republicans, to join me because this is not a partisan issue. it's an issue of compassion. doing the right thing for our fellow americans who so desperately need our help. again, i'm grateful to my co-sponsor, representative larsen, who has so graciously come onboard and so many other members in bipartisan way. you heard me share these stories before, and will i continue to share them until the bipartisan essential caregivers act is passed. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. mcclain, for five- five minutes. mrs. mcclain: thank you, mr. speaker. we have all been forced to suffer through four years of hearing the democrats spreading falsehoods regarding petroleump's middle class tax cuts.
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president trump's middle class tax cuts. will little fact check interesting their allies in the mainstream media that the bill was the tax giveaway to the rich. the speaker not trying to be outdone by her colleagues' exaggeration claiming that the bill was armageddon, but of course as with many claims from democratic colleagues, this runs in contradiction to the actual facts. and i'll say it again. what government needs is truth, transparency, and consistency from its leaders. the i.r.s.' own data shows the democrats have been shamelessly lying about a bill that led middle class families keeping more of their hard-earned money and creating more family sustaining jobs. the data also, the data also shows that millions of middle class americans received tax cuts ranging from anywhere from
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16% to 26% in 2018. we saw employers nationwide provide bonuses to their employees up and down the pay scale. medium household incomes were on the rise. and the i.r.s. collected more revenue. i'm going to say it again. the i.r.s. collected more revenue in 2019 than ever before. our economy was thriving. now the democrats are in charge, they want to reverse the most successful middle class tax reform in our nation's history. they don't just want to return our country to high uncompetitive tax rates, they actually want to provide a massive tax cut to their elite coastal friends. they are trying to provide a tax
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break to the same wealthy people in the likes of senator sanders and speaker pelosi who they rail against. president biden promised all americans last year in his land would go after the evil wealthy. so i ask this, does this tax break for only the limousine liberals and those living in the mcmansions sound like president biden fulfilling his promise? or does it once again sound like president biden's deceiving the american people? but let's not let the facts get in the way of a really good story. i'm confident the american people are able to see behind the democrats' deceit and will be outraged by their giveaways to the rich elite friends. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded not to engage in personalities attacks on the president. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new mexico, ms. herrell. ms. herrell: thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise to honor a great friend of mine, a true patriot in new mexico, representative dianne hamilton, who passed away very recently at the age of 87 after serving for 18 years in the new mexico house. she was more than a representative, she was truly my mentor, a colleague, a friend, and a person who everyone looked up to and aspired to be. when i say looked up to, she was over six feet tall, but she had an incredible personality. very quick witted. and i tell you what her gift was was serving. she was a military wife. so working for our veterans was something that was -- was held
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very deep in her heart. she also had an interest in the people in the communities that she served. and she opened up the first domestic violence shelter. so this will be something that lives on in her memory. and i cannot tell you the number of stories that would take up more than the time allotted today to share with you about what an inspiration she was. what was very unique about dianne is she was a radio host before she got into the house of representatives. and she had a knack for making everybody feel important. whether they were a student that had shown an animal at the local fair or she was meeting with the governor or somebody beyond. and she was worthy of every award she was ever given, which was things like outstanding new mexican woman. governors a -- governor's award. she was given citizen of the year from her respective
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counties. but the world needs more dianne hamiltons because truly her gift was her heart. her gift was helping people like me pioneer the way to public service where we could learn from a true champion. where we learned how to work across the aisle. we learned how to carry bills and negotiate and get what we wanted. she is an inspiration and will continue to be even after her life because her family is beautiful and she was an inspiring mom, but she is a woman of such great character. i can't sit here and say enough about her because there just isn't enough time to really give you all the aspects and all the benefits of having somebody like dianne hamilton not only as a friend, but also someone who served and served with purpose. and again she pioneered the way for people like me to come up behind her.
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she taught me how to do things to make relationships happen and to be successful as now a u.s. representative and before, a state representative. the world, the world needs more dianne hamiltons. she was a patriot. she was a mom who gave everything to her loving family. . . . diane hamilton is a woman's woman, a person i will dearly miss. i know her family and her community will miss her as well. and i just will always take with me the two -- two biggest pieces of advice she ever gave me. first, she said, never let anybody see you cry, fight for what you believe in, and do it
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with all of the character and class that you can. and number two, never leave your house or your office without your lipstick. those are the important thing i'll always remember. i am forever indebted to her, her family, and we will miss her. and mr. speaker, with that, i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to celebrate claire barton, the founder of the american red cross. december 25 will be claire's 200th birthday. claire is one of the most honored women in american history. from a young age, she was dedicated to service and helping others. claire started her career in washington, d.c. as one of the first women to work in the
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federal government. she was in d.c. at the start of the civil war and while residents in the capital were alarmed and confused, claire recognized the immediate need to help these newly recruited troops. claire spent nearly -- spent the early days of the war collecting food and splice for the union -- supplies for the union army. she knew despite her efforts in washington there was more work left to be done. she lobbied leaders in the government and the union army to give her passes to bring her voluntary services to the battlefield. from that moment on, claire and her volunteers risked their lives heading to the scenes of battle and field hospitals to volunteer their time and deliver needed medical services. following her volunteer service in the civil war, claire visited europe and was introduced to the red cross in geneva, switzerland. there she learned of the geneva treaty, an international agreement to protect the treaty
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and sick during wartime. without respect to -- for societies to give aid voluntarily on a neutral basis. claire was a woman of action. when she saw a need, she found practical ways to address it. after learning of this global red cross network, claire returned to the united states and would fight for the ratification of this treaty by the united states. in 1881, claire founded the american red cross. in 1882, the united states would sign the geneva convention treaty. the american red cross received their first congressional charter in 1900. for 20 years, claire would lead the red cross on countless service missions to towns and cities around the united states in need of emergency assistance. mr. speaker, i am honoring claire barton because of the historic connection to pennsylvania's 15th congressional district. in 1889, claire barton and 50
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red cross volunteers arrived in jouncetown -- johnstown, pennsylvania, to help those of the flood which led to over 2,000 deaths. today, the headquarters of the red cross and claire's mission in johnstown still stands on main street. this home is a piece of history in johnstown and residents are in the process of restoring it. claire barton continued her service up until her passing in 1912. today, over 140 years later, the red cross continues its service through its strong network of volunteers, donors, and partners. they continue to serve those in need by mobilizing the power of volunteers in times of emergencies. mr. speaker, claire barton's passion for service is an example for us all. herselflessness and determine -- her selflessness and determination continues to inspire us today. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my
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time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until 2:00 p.m. today. >> also today it's possible lawmakers will work on the 2022 defense authorization bill. debt limit legislation, and health care provisions. when the house returns we'll have live coverage here on c-span. >> we are funded by these television companies and more. including mediacom. >> the world changed in an instant. mediacom was ready. internet tracking soared and we
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