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guest: that's what we hear every night on tonguer carlson. this point of view. let's start with russian oil and gas. it's more about gas. and it's correct that europe buys nearly one third of its gas, natural gas consumption from russia. but russia sells # 0% -- 20rbg ts the vote on the vote of the the gentlewoman from from florida to suspend the rules and pass home run 5577. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: a built to designate the facility of the united states postal at 3900 crown road southwest in atlanta, georgia as john r. lewis post office building. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house pass
the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. [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.] for what reason the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? the member designated by that the votes will vote yes on home run 5577, adams of north carolina, hoyer of maryland. the speaker pro tempore: for what reason the gentlewoman from indiana seek recognition? mrs.walorski: as the member designated by mr. baird of indiana, i inform the house that
mr. baird will vote yes. as the member designated by by p ms. wagner of missouri, ms. wagner will vote yes on home run 5577. the speaker pro tempore: for what reason the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. hudson pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. hudson will vote yes on home run 5577.
what reason the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? ms. velazquez: as the member designated by ms. clarke of new york, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that misclarke of new york will vote yes on home run 5577. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania? >> as the member designated by mr. crawford of arkansas, mr. crawford will vote yes on home run 5577. the speaker pro tempore: for what reason the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. jeffries: as the member designated by mr. espaillat and congressman veesy, these members will vote yes on home run 5577.
the speaker pro tempore: for what reason the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition? >> as the member designated by my members allred, porter, trahan and these members will vote on h. r. 5577. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. butterfield of north carolina, i inform the house that mr. butterfield will vote yes on h.r. 5577.
the speaker pro tempore: for what rp does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. suozzi, i inform the house that mr. suozzi will vote aye on h.r. 5577. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. jerry nadler, ms. ann kirkpatrick, mrs. bonnie watson coleman, mr. albio sires and mr. donald payne, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.r. 5577.
what reason does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by the following members, mr. trone of maryland, ms. barragan of california, mr. doggett of texas, mr. desaulnier, ms. moore of wisconsin, i inform the house that these members will be voting aye on h.r. 5577.
and pingree, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.r. 5577. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: as the member designated by ms. wilson of florida whose state reptile is the algate, ms. wilson will vote yes on h.r. 557.
as the member designated by mr. ketoing of massachusetts, i inform the house that mr. keating will vote yes on h.r. 5577. -- 5557. and as the member designated by ms. jackson lee of texas, i inform the house that ms. jackson lee will vote yes on h.r. 5577. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. bobby rush, congressman rush of chicago, i inform the house that he will vote yes on h.r. 5577. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by mr. mchenry of the state of north carolina, i inform the house that mr. mchenry will vote yea on h.r. 5577.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by the following members, napolitano of california, ruiz of california, cuellar of texas, roybal-allard of california, and vela of texas, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.r. 55 # 7. -- h.r. 5577.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. khanna, i inform the house that mr. khanna will vote aye on h.r. 5577. as the member designated by mr. cardenas, i inform the house that mr. cardenas will vote aye on h.r. 5577. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. connolly: madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. titus of nevada, i inform the house that ms. titus will vote aye on h.r. 5577.
speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise this evening along with several of my ohio colleagues to honor the life of a great ohio congressman, clarence brown jr., who sadly passed away last wednesday at the age of 94. congressman brown represented the people of ohio's seventh district with great distinction from 1963 through 1985. through 1983. as ranking member of the house energy and power subcommittee, congressman brown crafted legislation to help his constituents and the american people overcome the 1970's' energy crisis. mr. chabot: congressman brown hailed from an impressive ohio family. his father represented the seventh district for 27 years in
congress. his son, clarence brown, is an act who are appeared in many movies and is probably best known to american parents and children as the voice of mr. crabs in spongebob squarepants square pants. congressman brown's nephew currently serves on miami university of ohio's board of trustees. so, mr. speaker, i respectfully request that all members keep congressman brown's family and loved ones in their prayers as they mourn this profound loss. and i ask for a moment of silence in his honor.
thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington state seek recognition? >> thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute >> thank you, mr. speaker. you know, the word legendary gets thrown around in this place a fair amount. but back in my hometown of port angeles, washington, we have had the opportunity to see a local legend in action for seven decades. mr. kilmer: scooter chapman has been the voice of port angeles sports for decades, working at radio konp since the 1950's. he's been a sportscaster, a referee, an umpire, but he's been more than that. he's been someone who cared about young people and their success. he's been someone who built pride in our community and for every p.a. high rough rider, pride in his or her school.
back in 1992, i had the honor of presenting him a letterman's jacket on behalf of our graduating class. and in the decades since, he's racked up more honors, recognitions, hall of fame entries than you can possibly count. and now 30 years later, i'm honored to recognize scooter chapman from the floor of the united states house of representatives as he prepares to sign off from konp and hang up his microphone after 70 years at the station. scooter chapman has touched so many lives. he has made our community stronger. and, mr. speaker, he's, in a word, legendary. thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. let me make one thing clear. israel has never been and will never be an apartheid state. amnesty international's latest
report that labels israel as an apartheid state is nothing short of an outright denial of the jewish state's right to exist. this report should be condemned immediately. it is the textbook definition of anti-semitism. instead of peddling these baseless allegations, amnesty international would do well to focus on the human rights violations of the chinese communist party. america has stood side by side with israel since its creation. and our shared values remain the keystone of our strategic partnership. mr. speaker, i'm proud to stand with israel and the jewish community. they deserve our unweaverring support -- unwaiverring support -- unwavering support. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. for what purpose does -- for
what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to highlight how on-demand transit is a force multiflier for -- multiplier for public transportation. for example, via has partnered with my district to provide an on-demand transit service which provides low-cost ride shares for all residents. i saw firsthand the transformational power of on-demand transit, especially for youth, seniors and people with disabilities who gain autonomy from the service. expanding on-demand transit. this innovation kin crease economic -- can increase economic mobility and reduce our
carbon footprint. i look forward to working with the biden administration to leverage the infrastructure and jobs act to expand on-demand transit throughout massachusetts and across the country. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: mr. speaker, request 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. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate forest county sheriff bob wolfgang on his retirement. sheriff wolfgang was first elected as sheriff in 2001 and proceeded to spend two decades as the forest county sheriff. in his work as sheriff, he engaged the community and helped people turn their lives around. during his five term, sheriff wolfgang and his office worked to overhaul conceal carry and other programs aimed to engage the county's youth. from shop with a cop to a field day, sheriff wolfgang focused on
working with children to improve relationships with police and the community. he also spent time raising awareness for scams targeting senior citizens. sheriff wolfgang focused on helping the community and bag positive role model for over residents. his impact on all our community cannot be overstated. thank you, sheriff wolfgang, for your dedication and service. enjoy retirement, you deserve it. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> i rise today in memory of keith dupree. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend, will the gentleman -- is the gentleman seeking unanimous consent. >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. i apologize, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: sure. without objection. >> i rise in memory of pete dupree. better known as harmonica pete around the world he was a hero,
an advocate for veterans and an inspiration to all who heard his music. meeting him was an honor i'll never forget. neither will animy daughter elleie. they met and became pen pals. he served overseas as a u.s. army medic in some of the most important battles in world war ii. pete returned home and conned to represent our nation, traveling the globe, performing as an ambassador for the greatest generation's foundation. he earned his nickname by playing our national anthem on his harmonica at the women's soccer game against mexico, on the u.s.s. arizona memorial to commemorate the anniversary of pearl harbor, and at nursing homes worldwide and so many mores. he touched so many lives. we pray for his children, his late wife jane, and his grandchildren. and all the friends and family he touched.
i ask my colleagues to join me in remembering pete dupree. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? >> i'd like to ask unanimous consent to speak for a minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you. i'd like to encourage the body to pass the senior independence act. when i was back home over the last week, as i toured my businesses, wherever i went, be it in agriculture, tourism, transportation, be it in manufacturing, be it in retail, business all had the same problem. they couldn't find enough people to work. one of those reasons that they suggest i look at is currently under social security law, kind of a mistake that franklin roosevelt made, a reason social security is great but a questionable reason in the original way it was proposed, we, as soon as you make $19,500
you wind up losing $1 for every additional $2 you earn. this is causing people who would like to work more to stop working because the tax rate is just too high. it's time to pass the senior independence act and move toward the point where you can make up to $30,000 before they take away your money. allowing more independence for our seniors and more labor for our businesses. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to express my profound appreciation that the house is expected to consider this week h.r. 4521, the america competes act of 2022. indiana's first congressional
district is home to an incredible manufacturing, steel, and industrial work force. these workers can compete with anyone in the world when they are provided with a level playing field. they can thrive in our global economy. i am pleased that the american compete -- america competes act will take historic strides to defend the american worker, our manufacturing base, and grow our economy. together, we can take action in this legislation to address supply chain vulnerabilities, increase the production of american-made semiconductor, and improve our ability to defend against illegally traded goods. i commend all the leaders for advancing this legislation and i look forward to its prompt consideration on the house floor. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. under the speaker's announced policy of january 4, 2021, the gentleman from illinois,
mr. davis is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. mr. davis: 60 minutes? are you sure? you really want me up here? mr. speaker, i appreciate the opportunity to be here tonight. it's actually bittersweet because here here to honor a friend, a longtime friend to many, even to some sitting here in this institution. because vicki dixon was an institution here in washington, d.c., not in a bad way but in a way where she touched so many lives in such a positive manner. i'm going to go ahead and save my comments about vicki until later because we've got some friends that got to know vicki over the years like i did and got to not only become friends, but just to see the wholesome,
genuine, kind individual that victoria sands dixon was. her career is -- her career was encapsulated by helping so many people here in congress get thing dons. and her passing is bittersweet to all of us. but one good friend of vicki and a very good friend of mine is the ranking member on the committee on veterans affairs. so mr. bost, i yield to you. mr. bost: mr. speaker, i thank my good friend rodied davis for yielding time to me and for -- rodney davis for yielding time to me and for organizing this special order. tonight you'll hear several words from our colleagues that will echo the same resounding words and that's vicki dickson -- dixon should be recognized for all she did in her life. but most of all she was kind. she was a friend.
when the delegation got together she was always there to welcome new comers to d.c. that she may have known from the time in illinois. you know she dedicated her life to serving our country. which she loved deeply. in her 30-plus years here in washington, d.c., she worked for several members of congress as well as seven cabinet secretaries. vicki will be keeply missed. by those of us who knew her. whether in illinois, washington, florida, where she just retired to in the fall. you know she left our capitol community and our nation better off than it was before. she was loved. she will be missed tremendously. whether in -- you know, when the illinois delegation got together over at the club it was always amazing how quick she would come up to greet everyone, show the friendship and kindness, give
you some advice new and -- now and again with how to deal with this place, as crazy as it is at times. both tracy and i send our prayers to her mother, peggy, her sister cristie and all of her many nieces and nephews and we want to say a special thank you for how she's touched each one of our lives. with that, i yield back. mr. davis: thank you to my good friend, mr. bost, for those heart felt words. now i'd like to recognize another good friend to vicki, our good friend, mr. lahood. mr. lahood: thank you, congressman davis. i echo the comments of both congressman bost and congressman davis. it is bittersweet to be here tonight to honor the life of vicki dixon who was a friend to many in illinois, here in washington, d.c., and she passed away too early. but i'm glad we have the opportunity tonight to pay tribute to her wonderful career
and her yen rossty and support of so many. thank you, congressman davis, for doing this. when you think about vicki dixon and her career you can't help but think about illinois. she was a native of shelbyville, illinois. she felt called to service at a young age from 1979 to 1989, vicki worked for then-illinois congressman dan crain and then went on to work for mr. dewinceky at the department of veterans affairs before serving at the entireor department until she retired in 2016. served for many, many different secretaries at the department of interior. vicki was a proud illinois republican. she always supported the party back there. and many of our candidates and elected officials. she was integral in the development of something dhaid lincoln series. the lincoln series was a leadership program for young republican women in illinois dedicated to inretessing the nowmples young republican women
serving in government and in political positions. that lincoln series would not have happened without vicki dixon. there's many people that graduated from the lincoln series so we owe a debt of gratitude to so many people that vicki helped touch by that program. just one of many things that she did that was impact. on so many different folks. vicki was known to many of us here in the halls of congress for her work specifically at the department of interior and at the capitol hill club. many of us got to know her, she was a very involved with the capitol hill club and many of our activities over there. she was always kind and generous, had a smile on her face, and was willing to help. she will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her here in d.c. and of course back home in illinois. my prayers remain with vicki's family and may she rest in peace. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. mr. davis: thank you for those great words, congressman lahood. i didn't know she was one of the
folks who started the lincoln series. that's great. that's a great program. and it makes me -- makes me see the influence of vicki dixon even more. a lot of great people have gone through that program. and now i know why it's a great program, because of people like her. thank you. another good friend of vicki dixon, there's vicki talking. just knocked it down. she's like shush, quit saying so many nice things about us. another good friend of vicki is a colleague from the state of washington. you and your wife were very close to vicki and i know after her passing, we exchanged phone calls to try and find out what happened. dan newhouse and what's your wife's name again? mr. newhouse: you always have trouble with that.
mr. davis: tell joan i said hi. it's now in the congressional record i acted like i didn't know her name. in all seriousness, dan, why don't you tell the american people about our friend vicki. mr. newhouse: thank you, mr. davis. let me say thank you very much for organizing this moment that we honor vicki here on the house floor. it true truly is something that she deserves. because she truly, you know, this institution of congress, she held in high regard as you know. so it's -- it's an honor for me to be able to stand here and honor her, her life, i call her a friend. victoria lin "vicki" sands dixon. i only had the pleasure of knowing her for about the last five years but i've got to tell you it soon became clear after meeting vicki that she's one of those people that you could
really call an angel on earth. she treated her friends just like family. and honestly she would do anything, anything for her friends. as you mentioned, she was a really close friend of my wife, joan. she's going to kill me for saying this but for over 42 years. in fact, vicki was even the maid of honor at our wedding. that's how close she was to us. she was considerate, she was thoughtful, gracious and funny, generous to a fault, and always first to lend a helping hand. i can't tell you how many times vicki even -- not even being asked came to the rescue. one time joan and i had just moved into a new house, middle of winter, and the gas hadn't
been turned on yet. we couldn't get the gas company to respond. vicki, before the end of the night, when the house temperature got down into the 40's, we had no less than six little heaters trying to keep that house warm. that's the kind of person she was. she was always there to help. i i know you've heard from some ofory friends tonight -- from some of our friends tonight. there are so many people who would agree with that. that she truly was a friend. she was more than that, too. she was a dedicated american. she was faithful to her country. certainly proud of her party. proud of her home state of illinois. as you heard, devoted public servant. it truly is a loss, as we lose vickie. but if there's anyone that i can think of, anyone, worthy of
moving on to a better place, it's her. vicki is someone we should all try to emulate. her family and her community continue to be blessed by her memory. may she rest in peace with her beloved bob michael. mr. davis: thank you. feel free to stick around. if any other thoughts on vicki's life come to mind. make sure we let the world know. i do want to share a note i got from people who were very close to vicki. this epitomizes the influence vicki had on so many here. and i think this note speaks for so many p.p.p. it says, i'm -- people. it says, i'm still devastated, just like everyone who knew her.
wow. you can look around this city, you can look around this capitol and you can see what vicki dixon meant. it didn't matter if you were a republican or a democrat, she worked for both administrations. this is the person who was able to help navigate people in the right direction to get things done. she's the perfect example of a career public servant who did not work for the public attention but for the sake of our country. she loved the united states of america. through her kindness and professionalism, she won the hearts of many, from the highest positions here in washington, to the hubless positions here in washington. i hope, i know that -- i hope when we all leave, that we can say the same thing. that our best friends weren't just those who walked into the
best offices in this complex, but that our best friends were those who made sure the lights worked in these offices. that our friends were those who would make washington work for all of us. just like vicki dixon did. one of my favorite memories of vicki is actually getting to meet her. it was with my great friend, my former boss, former chief of staff, craig roberts, who introduced me to her. and then i got reintroduced by my former colleague, my mentor and my friend and former boss, john shimkus, congressman shimkus. you know, that brings up a great memory that i have of vicki and leader michael sitting right behind home plate. i could tell if the game was
going well because vicki was very much smiles when i would chase a ball back to the back stop. the game wasn't going well, she probably wouldn't look at me while i was going back, making another error maybe. possibly. and yes, historically. but i can remember vicki sitting there with leader michael in a cubs jersey. look, i'm from illinois. i am not a cubs fan. and neither was john shimkus. he was a much more rabid fan of the cardinals than many. vicki dixon was the only one that could wear a cubs jersey around congressman john shimkus because she was vicki dixon. from 199 until -- 1989 until her retirement in 2016, she served secretaries of the interior under both republicans and
democrats. that's where i got a chance to see what she meant to people. the constituents i used to work for, when i worked for congressman john shimkus, got v.i.p. tours of the monuments because vicki dixon realized that when constituents come to washington, they want to see their nation's capitol. and she did everything she could to make that happen. so much so when i became a member of congress she continued to help us allow our constituents to see the monuments under her direction at the department of interior. i remember a good friend of hers used to work with her at the department of interior under president bush. and i have exchanged texts with lori yates, my good friend, over the last few weeks, upon vicki's passing. lori, vicki knew you were a great friend too. she knew that that friendship mattered. and understands vicki's in a
better place. she's with her friends and those she loved the most, in a place where there's no pain. in a place like washington, d.c., she will be missed. you know, she worked for the office of secretary, the bureau of land management, as an expert in external affairs. and before interior, she worked for congressman dan crane and she also worked for the veterans affairs secretary. as my colleagues mentioned, she's a native of shelbyville, illinois. vicki attended the lakeland college. i can remember one day, my wife and i were driving around our hometown of taylorville and we just so happened to drive by vicki's mom's house, because vicki's mom, peggy, lived in my hometown for some time. and who do i see standing out in the driveway of her mom's house in taylorville, illinois, but vicki dixon. so of course she flagged us down and we stopped.
and i got to know her mom even after that meeting. and i know her mother peggy's devastated by her loss. vicki moved from d.c. to naples where she, again, quickly made new friends. but on january 8, one of those days where you exchange phone calls with colleagues and friends, you hate to have that discussion. just so everybody knows, vicki passed peacefully in her sleep. unexpected. in naples. i can't tell you how devastated we all are to know that vicki's not going to be able to enjoy that house, that time that she wanted to enjoy in naples. vicki lived one of the fullest lives i think we could ever wish for. vicky's mom, peggy, and her family are devastated and we know that.
and i hope you know that our prayers are with them all. i would urge anyone watching tonight to say a quick prayer for vicki's mom and vicki's family. vicki's resting in peace. vicki's, again, in a place, experience nothing pain -- experiencing no pain. i believe there's a god that allows her to be able to experience that peace with those she loved the most. vicki, we know you're resting in peace. d.c.'s not resting with you right now. d.c. is honoring you tonight. and there's not a person that i think deserves it more than victoria dixon, to be honored by an institution that she loved so much. god bless vicki and her memory and those who knew her and let's all use her as an example. mr. speaker, i yield back the
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