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something that will not be tolerated and if he continues, we will continue tightening the screws. some of the efforts in seizing assets of oligarchs, seizing some of his hidden assets and putting sanctions on some of the indirect connections to vladimir putin will have to continue to be done. russia is on the cost of faulting on some of their debt and this is hopefully where you see some of this domino effect or cascading of russia deteriorating and we have to continue helping that to happen in order to influence vladimir putin to do the right thing and stop this ridiculousness. host: representative garret graves, republican of louisiana, representative of the climate crisis committee, the reiki member. we are just about to -- the ranking member. we are just about to go into health coverage. we now take you to the house.
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. march 18, 2022. i hereby appoint the honorable gwen moore to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer this morning will be covered by chaplain kibben. chaplain kibben: would you pray with me. fair and merciful god you love the just and you will not forsake the faithful. inspired and encouraged by your love, may we turn from our inclination to serve ourselves,
to disadvantage others, and to do what is good in your eyes and honorable in your sight. the mouths of the righteous utter wisdom and their tongues speak with equity. lord of our lives, guard and guide our speech today that it would reflect your goodness and uphold your justice. may our decisions align with your law and our feet never step from your path. for our hope is in you. even as the wicked lie in wait to pounce on the innocent, even as their intentions are set on destroying those who wish only to live in peace and security, you, o lord, will not leave or forsake them. make firm the steps of those who delight in you, whose hearts are pure. lift up those who stumble and uphold those who share generously your gift of grace. we offer our prayer in the
strength of your name. amen. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 11-a of house resolution 188, the journal of the last day's proceedings is approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from alabama, mr. aderholt. mr. aderholt: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to five requests for one minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the
house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to recognize the 90th anniversary of a houston area community staple, the houston livestock show and rodeo. ms. garcia: anyone who lives in and around houston knows about the houston rodeo. outside of their legendary fried oreos, incredibly tasty brisket, and impressive livestock show and rodeo, it's a family friendly place where neighbors and communities across the region learn about agriculture. the houston rodeo has a special place in my heart, madam speaker. as it does to many texans. growing up on a farm i still remember my first trip to houston was to attend the houston rodeo. today it's the world's largest rodeo with attendance surpassing
two million people. money raised at the rodeo goes to scholarships. this year alone 350 four-year scholarships will be awarded. this is a houston gem, a texas gem, the houston rodeo congratulations for 90 years. we look forward to the next 90. i yield back, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> to 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, madam speaker. u.s. customs and border patrol information confirms what we know. the biden border crisis is getting worse. there are 164,000 illegal alien encounters in february of this year. up 63% from february, 2021. you know what else is up? fentanyl seizures.
also what's up is illegal aliens with criminal backgrounds. mr. keller: what's down is the deportations. when we are seeing record increases in people coming across our border illegally, deportations are down. what else is down is it morale of customs and border patrol agents. i know this because i traveled with them on a ride along. and they told me that it's down because the current administration is making them out to be the bad guys. that's their words. we need to support our customs and border patrol agents to secure our southern border. we need to give them the tools to do their job. it's time for the president of the united states to make sure he does his job and keeps america safe and secure our southern border. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from illinois seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady from illinois is recognized for one minute. >> during the covid-19 pandemic,
vulnerabilities that have existed in our domestic sly chains for years were put to the test. ms. kelly: the vulnerabilities of our supply chain resulted in consumers being faced with empty shelves at stores and small businesses struggling to reach consumers. we must act now to restore our supply chain and ensure that our economy's prepared for the next crisis. the house took the first step in passing the america competes act. as the house and senate resolve differences, we must include the supply chain provisions in the final house bill so we can repair these supply chain vulnerabilities. the supply chain provisions included in the supply chain act, which i led with reps bourdeaux and kinzinger, we need an office of supply chain resilience and crisis response at the department of commerce to monitor critical supply chains and encourage partnerships between the federal government and industry. it's time to repair our supply chains and protect our economy. i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from alabama is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise this morning to recognize the six teams from alabama's fourth congressional district who recently won the state titles in high school basketball. there were a total of 14 that were up for grabs, and schools from the fourth congressional district, which i have the privilege to represent, won almost half of them. the girls finals, marion county high won the state title 1-a. deschler high school won the state 4-a title. and gunnersville high school won the state 5-a championship. over on the boys side, convenant christian won the 1-a title.
plain view high school won the state 3-a championship. coleman high school won the state 6-a title. mr. aderholt: i congratulate all these teams. all the schools. and all the communities. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. espaillat: madam speaker, i rise today to honor the life an- the speaker pro tempore: is the gentleman seeking recognition? mr. espaillat: i seek recognition to address the floor for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. espaillat: madam speaker, i rise today to honor the life and legacy of maristani, an eastar lem after free throw photographer whose work is an art to the beloved neighborhood of la barrio and the latino
community as a whole. he was the official photographer, a pork rican activist group inspired by the black panthers and a lifelong resident. he helped found a paragrapho in 1969. cure rating the official language department and later serving as the director from 1974 to 1977. he was always giving back to his community in east harlem. serving as a mentor to young people and as a photographer who understood the importance of self-preservation and the power. he knew his photos were political, representing elbarrio from the perspective of our residents filled with love and pride. i am thankful our community has the work and people showcased with respect and dignity. may his memory and his art live on to inspire all of us. madam speaker, i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. carter: ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from georgia is recognized for one minute. mr. carter: madam speaker, i rise today to recognize a good friend of mine, mr. danny powers, on his selection to serve as the grand marshall of savannah georgia's 198th st. patrick's day parade. the parade is the third largest celebration in the entire country. we will be expecting around 400,000 spectators to attend the signature event. since 1824, savannah has been the home of this fabulous celebration of the rich irish heritage of our city. the grand marshall was an honor that recognizes members of our community for their great service and danny is well deserving of that. danny has been the tax commissioner for 27 years, since
1995. during his tenure he's boosted property tax collection rates, integrated online technology to improve accessibility, and has added satellite offices for vehicle tag renewals. he has been an integral and influential femme member of the savannah community for many years, we are so grateful to have him. congratulations on this tremendous honor, danny. congratulations, my friend. you have earned it. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from missouri seek recognition? >> i seek recognition to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady from missouri is recognized for one minute. ms. bush: thank you, madam speaker. st. louis and i rise today in honor of a beloved member of our community. core faith walker was truly a one of a kind leader. she constantly found innovative
ways to advocate for those in your communities who had the most need. no matter the role she was called to serve in, cora was unwavering in her commitment to uplifting those around her. above all else, she always stood for what's right. for herself, for her loved ones, for her neighbors for st. louis and for missouri. her warmth and genuine spirit translated seamlessly to her legislative leadership and she relentlies advocated for at-risk women, children, and families. she has left an indelible mark on me and on our district. though we deeply mourn this painful untimely loss, st. louis and i celebrate her beautiful life. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from minnesota is recognized for one
minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to honor the hermantown boys hockey team, the 2022 class a minnesota state hockey champions. minnesota is the state of hockey, and northern minnesota hockey is not just a proud tradition of ours, for the players, coaches, and families and fan it is truly a way of life. it brings me great joy to see these athletes represent some of the best parts of our great eighth district as state champions. this group of hardworking young players has shown what dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment can accomplish. it is a true example of american exceptionalism. i would like to honor the coaches for being outstanding role models and leaders to them this entire season. the head coach and assistant coaches guided the team to not only the school's fourth state championship, but also a winning season concluding with 29 wins with only two losses.
the hawks secured the championship with an exciting 3-2 win over war road. mr. stauber: congratulations to every player, coach, and fan who lifted the hawks to victory. you have made our district so proud and i wish every team member the best as they continue their hockey careers. madam speaker, i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: who seeks recognition? for what purpose does the gentlelady from iowa seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady from iowa is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to recognize some incredible students from iowa's second district. on saturday, march 12, the central dewitt high school
earned a silver medical. at the mid winter tournament in iowa city. the special olympics iowa showcases the amazing skills and talents of our athletes. m mrs. miller-meeks: healthy athletes screenings are also provided to athletes by health care professionals, for dental, hearing, overall fitness and more. organizations like the special olympics strive to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people. through the power of sports, these athletes discover new strengths, confident, abilities, f fulfillment and success. they learn perseverance, teamwork, and most importantly, having fun. special olympics has changed the lives of so many amazing athletes and i'm proud to have them in iowa. i'm proud of the athletes from
central dewitt who are already making their mark on the world. go, sabres. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler, seek recognition? mr. nadler: madam speaker, pursuant to house resolution 979, i call up h.r. 2116, the creating a respectful and open world for natural hair act of 2022, or the crown act of 2022, and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 182, h.r. 2116, a bill to prohibit discrimination based on
an individual's texture or style of hair. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 979, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on the judiciary printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 117-36, is adopted, and the bill, as amended, is considered as read. the bill, as amended, shall be debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the judiciary, or their respective designees. the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler, and the gentleman from ohio, mr. jordan, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i ask
unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, the creating a respectful and open world for natural hair act, or the crown act, is a critically important civil rights bill that would explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of hair texture or hairstyles, commonly associated with a particular race or national origin. it would do so in areas of the law where discrimination on the basis of race or national origin is already prohibited, such as employment, education, and housing. although republicans blocked passage of this bill a few weeks ago, there are arguments -- their arguments have just as little merit now as they did then. that's why we're here again to advance this important legislation. among the arguments that we heard previously was that this
bill was not needed because the law already protects people from hair-based discrimination. well, i agree existing civil rights statutes, if properly read, already makes such discrimination unlawful, several federal courts -- several federal courts have erroneously rejected this interpretation, leaving the state of the law unclear at best. far from being duplicative, this legislation is absolutely essential to remove any ambiguity from the law and to fix these court's misinterpretation of federal civil rights laws. rrps also argue -- republicans also argue this legislation could undermine employers to maintain workplace safety standards. but nothing could be further from the truth. this bill does nothing to prohibit employers from addressing safety concerns, and the long standing provisions under the civil rights laws that enable employers to ensure workplace safety would remain
firmly in place. since neither of these arguments holds up to scrutiny, it's important to step back and understand why the crown act is so urgently needed. according to a 2019 study conducted by the joy collective, black people are, quote, disproportionately burdened by policies and practices in public places, including the workplace, that target, profile, or single them out for natural hairstyles, closed quote, and other hairstyles traditionally associated with their race like braids, locs, and twists. this has real consequences for real people. students have been sent home from school or told they could not walk at graduation. employees have been told to change their hair because it violated their employer's dress code. some people have even been denied jobs altogether because of their hairstyles. in view of these disturbing facts, 14 states have enacted statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of an individual's natural
hairstyle. in every case, there's bipartisan support, and sometimes even with the unanimous support of both parties. i am disappointed we did not see such bipartisan support when we brought this bill up a few weeks ago, but my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have another chance today to do the right thing. this is a matter of basic justice that demands a national solution by congress. that's why i strongly support the crown act and urge all my colleagues, including my republican colleagues, to do so as well. i thank the gentlewoman from new jersey, representative bonnie watson coleman, for her leadership, and for introducing this important bill this congress. i urge all members to support this legislation, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. joe biden inherited a relatively stable and calm world. and in 14 months we have complete chaos.
internationally. think about last summer. think about that video last summer where you had people trying to jump on the wheel of the plane as it was taking off in afghanistan. that situation there where the debacle that was the exit in afghanistan, think about what's going on in ukraine today. here at home, in 14 months -- in 14 months, we went from a secure border to complete chaos. over two million illegal immigrants coming in this country in one year. we went from relatively safe streets to record levels of crime in every major urban area in the country. we went from stable prices to record high inflation. 40-year high inflation. and, of course, we went from energy independence to $5 gas. and the president of the united states begging iran and venezuela to increase production. in 14 months. from stability to chaos. and today, what are the
democrats bringing to the floor? a bill that is titled "creating a respectful and open world for natural hair -- "creating a respectful and open world for natural hair act of 2022." that's what we're focusing on today. how about a world where there is no $5 a gallon? how about a world where inflation isn't at a 40-year high? how about a world where we were actually energy independence? that's the things we should be focused on today. the democrats today, march 18, 2022, with chaos all over the place, this is what they're focused on. this is what they're focused on. madam speaker, i would hope -- and as the chairman of the judiciary committee just said, we have the civil rights law to cover this kind, to cover any kind of discrimination. it's covered. it's wrong if it happens.
this is what the democrats are focused on. 14 months of chaos and we're doing a bill on hair. i think the american people expect more from their congress, expect more from their elected representatives, and i hope -- i hope we can actually focus on the things that matter to the american people. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler, is recognized. mr. nadler: thank you, madam speaker. i said this was covered by the law, but several federal circuit courts disagree. and therefore, it's not covered in those circuits. and that's why we need this bill. i now yield four minutes to the distinguished the gentlelady from gentlelady from new jersey, mrs. watson coleman. mrs. watson coleman: thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new jersey, the author of the bill, is recognized for four minutes.
mrs. watson coleman: thank you, madam speaker. i guess my desire to move on from this is just overcoming my recognition of the decorum and i thank you for being patient with me. and i thank the gentleman, who is the chairman of our judiciary committee, for recognizing me. i really do wish we could concentrate on other issues as well and i think that we are and i think the creating of 6.5 million jobs, of unionity around the world -- unity around the world, restoring dignity and respect among our people, trying to put our attention onto things as important as build back better, and taking care of the economy recognizes that joe biden, this administration, this democratic majority in the house of representatives can chew gum and walk at the same time. and if my colleagues don't think this is worthy of a debate, then they should have gone on and did what they did two years ago and vote on the bill a couple weeks ago. but here we are today.
here we are today standing on behalf of those individuals, whether my colleagues on the other side recognize it or not, are discriminated against as children in school, as adults who are trying to get jobs, individuals who are trying to get housing, individuals who simply want access to affordable -- to public accommodations and to be beneficiaries of federally funded programs. and why are they denied these students? because there are folks in this society who get to make those decisions who think because your hair is kinky, it is braided, it is in knots, or it is not straight and blond and light brown that you somehow are not worthy of access to those issues. well, that's discrimination.
there's no logical reason that anyone should be discriminated against on any level because of the texture of their hair or the style of their hair. now, i understand that my colleagues on the republican side don't get the vast array of discriminatory practices because they spend so much time trying to perpetuate an all-white society here in the most diverse country in the world. but nonetheless, this bill is vitally important. it is important to the young girls and the young boys who have to cut their hair in the middle of a wrestling match in front of everyone because some white referee says that your hair is inappropriate to engage in your match. that young man engaged in his match and he won it. it's inappropriate for our girls to be sent home disciplined or
pushed out simply because they got braids in their hair. and it doggone sure discriminatory to deny someone employment, housing, our public accommodations because of the way they're wearing their hair. that's why we're standing here today. it is unfortunate that we have to but we do, and with that in mind, i thank the chairman of the judiciary committee for giving me this opportunity to speak on behalf of a bill that i think is vitally important, that represents movement and understanding in the 21st century what discrimination can look like and what it can do to people. and i urge all of my colleagues, including those on the republican side, that voted for it a couple weeks ago, that they will do so today. and with that i thank you and i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman reserve? mr. nadler: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 27 1/2 minutes and he reserves. the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler, is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield two minutes to the distinguished gentlelady from missouri, a member of the judiciary committee, ms. bush. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from missouri is recognized. two minutes. ms. bush: madam speaker, st. louis and i rise today in support of the crown act. as a black woman who loves my braids, i know what it's like to feel isolated because of how i wear my hair. this is the last time we say no more to black people being demeaned and discriminated against for the same hairstyles that corporations profit from. no more to black people being
made to feel like we have to cut our locks just to be -- just to get a job. this is the last time we say no more to black people being made to feel like we have to straighten our hair to be deemed professional. no more to black children being suspended from school because their hair doesn't align with the school's dress code. this is a thing. we are american. and we stand up. and we say no more for the last time. we are american. black hair is not to be policed. i commend my colleagues for their work on the crown act. i urge my colleagues to support it. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york, mr. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the distinguished majority leader of the house, representative hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the majority leader, the gentleman from maryland, is recognized for one minute.
mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for yielding. we are going to talk about hair, but this bill is about discrimination. this bill is about equality. this bill is about individual integrity. that's what this bill is about. madam speaker, i rise in strong support of this bill. i thank my friend from new jersey, representative watson coleman, for putting it forward. this bill as i just said is not about hair. it is about hair, of course, but it's about the reaction, the inequality, the discrimination, the you're not welcome here if your hair texture is different than you have to or want to fix it in a certain way. it's about the ability of every person in our country to have access to education, economic advancement, and opportunities to get ahead. this is an issue of civil
rights. the legislation before us would prohibit discrimination based on a person's hair texture or hairstyle. if that style or texture is commonly associated with a particular race or national origin. my hair is different than barbara lee, neither one of us had anything to do with that. i had no way to have the texture of my hair any way other than my genetic makeup was, nor did barbara lee. why, therefore, should there be any thought that anybody would be able to discriminate on that basis? too often styles such as locs, corn rows, twists, braids, and after free throws are wrongly perceived as unkempt or unprofessional. in fact, for many of those styles not only central to one's culture and heritage, also based
upon convenience. based upon a way to have an easier time. for a long time and still today expectations about what hairstyles are considered appropriate or professional as the previous speaker said have created immense pressure to conform to a beauty standard of straight hair that requires considerable time, effort, and cost. this burden falls disproportionately on black americans, particularly black women and girls. at the same time, enforcing this standard sends a terrible message to young people about their belonging in society and can harm their very self-esteem. survey commissioned by the dove company found that black women were 80% more likely to change their natural hair to fit into an office setting and 1.5 times more likely to be sent home from
the workplace due to their hair than nonblack women. for children and teenagers in school spending time conforming their hair to a different standard takes away from their time spent doing homework or getting enough sleep. i hope i never get so old that i don't remember that i really cared about did i look like the other kid in school or did i look different? was there something -- i happened to have been really skinny as a kid. i was self-conscious about that. when you are kid being self-conscious is really pai painful. and you feel put off if somehow you're different. for children and teenagers in school spending time conforming their hair to different standard takes away from time spent doing homework or getting enough sleep, much more importantly, their psychological well-being.
this legislation recognized that natural hair, natural hair, natural hair, none of us made our nature, it was made for us. should not be a cause for discrimination or denial of opportunities. it would treat this discrimination in the same way as we already treat discrimination based on race. nobody decides the color of their skin. it is who you are. it is what you have. and as martin luther king told us, it's really irrelevant. the content of character is what's -- not the hue of skin but how i treat others and how others treat me. that's what we meant by all men are created equal. they are not created the same. we are different. but it is the character and conduct that ought to govern how
we are accepted and treated. this is similar to the title 6, title 7 of the civil rights act of 1964, the fair housing act, and other civil rights laws. nationwide protection is necessary so that no one is denied the simple dignity of being one's awe theptic self- authentic self in america while having access to all opportunities this country offers. character and conduct. our military took steps to end hair discrimination last year. if anybody thinks this isn't a real issue. obviously the military thought it was an issue. it was important enough issue they took action. the house passed this legislation in 2020 with bipartisan support. frankly, it is disappointing that 188 republicans opposed
this legislation last week when we brought it to the floor under a expedited process. under suspension. this should be something that all of us as americans, as people who honor the declaration of independence and that statement that reverberated around the world of a very central premise that is america, we hold these truths to be self-evident that all, we said men because we were limited in our thought pattern at that point in time, as we have grown we expanded it. men and women of all different types and colors and, yes, sexual orientation. are equal. not the same. but deserving because god has given them, god has created them, deserving of our respect and our equal treatment.
i'm bringing this bill back to the floor, madam speaker, under rule so we can pass it with bipartisan support today. i think it will be bipartisan. this really ought to have unanimous support since its about fairness and -- i know that some people, oh, this is going to cause some people problems because somebody will claim you violated my rights. yes, that's america. that's why the constitution says you have the right to redress of grievances. yes, it may have some court. you can get around it quickly. don't discriminate. treat people based upon their conduct and character. we must act to ensure everyone can get a job, succeed in school or work, find housing, and obtain economic security without facing discrimination simply because of their hair. again, i want to thank my friend, bonnie watson coleman, for her leadership on this bill.
i urge my colleagues to make america a little fairer, a little more hewing to that basic premise of which i just spoke. let's pass this bill. let's make america a little more american. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. the majority leader just said the bill is not about hair. the bill is about discrimination. i would say he's wrong on both counts. because the disparate treatment cannot be raced or race, color, natural origin. that's already the law. that's constitutional. he's wrong on that statement. and the bill is definitely about hair. here's the title of the bill. creating a respectful and open world for natural hair. so he's wrong on both counts.
so the bill's about hair. what the bill is not about, what the bill is not about is dealing with crazy energy situation we find ourselves in today. the bill's not about opening up anwr. the bill's not about increasing domestic production of energy so we don't have $5 gas. the bill is not about dealing with the inflation problem. the 40-year high inflation problem that this country faces. the problem that's impacting moms and dads and families across this country every single day, the bill's not about that. it's definitely about hair. it is not about that. not about dealing with the border situation. 165,000 illegal encounters on the border last month alone. it's not about that. not about that. the majority leader was wrong when he said this bill was not about hair. that's all it's about. i would yield as much time as the gentleman from north carolina, my friend and member of the judiciary committee, mr. bishop, as much time as he
wants to use. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. bishop: thank you, madam speaker. to mr. jordan's point we are beset with problems. two of the most significant are that the producer price index is at 10%. we face a cost environment that is unsustainable and that affects every american's livelihood every time they visited a gas pump or go to the store. we face an employment environment where americans have been disincentivized to work. every time i speak to people in my district -- maybe different in the last couple weeks, when the catastrophes we have seen,
but certainly until then the leading concern is the availability of people who are inclined to work in order to fulfill job opportunities. the judiciary committee's report on this legislation points out that i and representative bents from oregon raise the question about that legislation in the markup that it may prevent employers from regulating hairstyles for workplace safety reasons. if one of the cases involved i believe was about long dreadlocks that could become ensnared in machinery on a workplace floor. let me tell you what the judiciary committee's report by the majority says is the answer to that problem. they say that concern is misplaced. because under the long-standing burden shifting scheme applied by courts in title 7 cases, an employer may defeat a
discrimination claim by asserting that workplace safety was a legitimate nondiscriminatory reason for taking an adverse employment action against an employee with the burden then shifting to the employee to prove that the asserted reason was a pretext for discrimination. assuming the employee cannot demonstrate -- demonstrate that it was pretextual, the employer would prevail against an employment discrimination claim. how extraordinarily comforting. if the employee wants to wear dreadlocks and an employer is legitimately concerned for the health and safety of the employee that his scalp might be ripped off by a machine, then the employer can enter into the litigation and certainly couldn't be arbitrated. we took care of that yesterday, right, on the floor of the house. we have to have litigation,
we'll have expensive lawyers, we'll start -- get the complaint filed, answer filed, maybe a motion to dismiss, denied, we'll get into the discovery process, we'll send out the interrogatories and document request, we'll ask for the other occasions where somebody's been fired, examine the process, practices of the employer for the last decade. we'll get experts in. we have to have some experts to come in and testify. the likelihood that the long dreadlocks are going to get caught in the machinery. . we'll have conflicting experts on each side. they'll disagree. and then the court will receive a motion for summary judgment. is there enough evidence to submit the case to trial? the court will go -- the judge will have 130-page opinion that will examine the burden-shifting scheme and the initial burden and then the response burden and the burden shifts to the
employee to show pretext. and the inflation rate creeps higher. and the folks willing to enter into jobs seem to be less and less. and the catastrophes keep coming. but this is a top priority. i don't think we need to drive lawsuits between americans. i think in the main, americans well understand the rules of the road. as the judiciary committee reports, courts even recognized that hairstyle, the extent it's associated with race, has the basis for decisions on employment or the like is already unlawful. the eeoc's own manual says that discriminating on the basis of, for example, afros, is unlawful.
another solution to a problem that doesn't exist, in any significant scope in this country, and the result being inflation that gets higher, more supply constriction that drives inflation higher, more animosity and obstacles between employees and employers, between merchants and customers to drive more lawsuits, to pay more lawyers, to make the quality of life in america so much better, that's where we are. that's where we are today on the floor of the house. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler, is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i would point out, again, because some of my republican colleagues seem not to hear it, that this is the law, as they say, but that several circuit courts say it isn't the law. so all this bill is doing is
reaffirming what the law is, despite several circuit courts. and we see the law in those states where the circuit courts have upheld it properly has not resulted in any of the catastrophes that we just heard. madam speaker, i now yield -- >> if the gentleman will yield? mr. nadler: yes. mr. hoyer: is it not correct, mr. chairman, the reason this bill is on the floor is because republicans voted against the suspension? mr. nadler: yes. mr. hoyer: which could easily pass to say we are against discrimination. and because 188 republicans voted no, this bill needed to come forward. because, as the chairman just pointed out, the law is in doubt because courts have taken different positions. i thank the chairman for yielding. mr. nadler: i thank the gentleman. i now yield two minutes to the gentlelady from california, ms. lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california, ms.
lee, is recognized for two minutes. ms. lee: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in strong support of h.r. 2116, the creating a respectful and open world for natural hair act, commonly known as the crown act. i'd like to thank speaker pelosi, chairman nadler, and, of course, congresswoman bonnie watson coleman for bringing this bill to the floor. and let me just first say, we all know -- and you heard the debate this bill will take aim of prohibiting race-based hair discrimination. let me tell the other side, i am an american, and it is very important to me and to millions of americans. your arguments, you know, they're outrageous, but they're not surprising that republicans every step of the way try to diminish the humanity of black and brown people, trying to uphold white supremacy every step of the way. just listen what you're saying in terms of arguing against this bill. for decades, black and brown people have been penalized for
wearing hairstyles, natural hairstyles deemed as messy, unruly, unprofessional. we've seen students humiliated and unfairly disciplined because their braided hair extensions or locs were considered a violation of the dress code. in the workplace, people with braids, twists, locs, no hair are often perceived with less professional than people with straightened hair which negatively impacts their ability to get promoted or get raises. yes, personally, i've always worn my hair however i've chose. i've worn it straight, braided, spiked, i've worn it curley. i've been -- curly. i've worn it big, natural. you name it. people need to be able to do it without fear of repercussion. it is rooted in systemic racism. i've been fighting to end this discriminatory practice for
years. in 2014, the women of the congressional black caucus urged the army to rescind army regulation 671, which prohibited many hairstyles worn by african-american women and other women of color. and i led an amendment in the fiscal year 2015 defense appropriations bill to ban funding for this discriminatory -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady will suspend. ms. lee: may i have 30 seconds. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds. ms. lee: we put this in the defense appropriations bill to ban funding for this discriminatory rule. the military understood it. due to our advocacy, a few years later, the u.s. navy removed their discriminatory policy, allowing women, especially women of color, to wear their hair in dreadlocks, large buns, braids, and ponytails. we owe it to ourselves and future generations to take action here in congress to break down these barriers. everyone should be able to show up as their authentic selves and passing the crown act is a major
step in that direction. i urge my colleagues to vote yes, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio, mr. jordan, is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i just want to point out the majority leader just three minutes ago said the reason the bill is on the floor today is because of the minority. that can't happen. we don't schedule the floor. the reason the bill is on the floor today is because the majority is bringing it to the floor. i mean, i would love to bring -- i'd love to be able to have the power as a minority to bring legislation to the floor because if we could, i tell you what, it wouldn't be this bill. it would be a bill dealing with energy. a bill trying to bring down the price of gasoline which is at $5 a gallon in some states. it would be a bill trying to deal with the border situation. i wish we could schedule the floor. now, let's hope the american people are going to make a change this fall and put us in position where we can schedule
the floor. if we do, if we get that power, we will focus on those kind of issues. the majority -- the majority leader of the house of representatives just said the reason the bill is on the floor today is because of the minority. that cannot happen. i wish it could but it can't. those are the kind of arguments we're getting. we should be focused on the issues the american people want us to focus on right now. families across this country, all families want us to focus on certain things, but not the democrats. they're going to focus on the hair bill. they're going to focus -- i yield to the gentleman from north carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is -- for how much time, sir? mr. jordan: as much time as he wants. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. mr. jordan, to the point just made, it does strike me that what is being described, even by the majority leader, by the chairman of the judiciary committee, is that some courts in the hundreds of federal courts that we have -- i am not
sure they are all federal they're describing but i assume so -- have decided that this is not an issue that's covered under one of the more of these laws. what usually happens is, the congress waits for the court system to it work this out to the united states supreme court and when there's a decision there, if the decision is contrary to the extent of congress, then congress responds. mr. bishop: in terms of picking up something that's unnecessary, that's what the majority is doing. it's not republicans who bring the bill to the floor. it's not republicans who pick a fight over something that most wouldn't even disagree about except in circumstances of safety and then the question becomes one of the degree of burden imposed on employers. whether you want to drive lawsuits. as you said, if we -- i was thinking, as mr. jordan was speaking, it would be nice to
bring -- since the minority can get issues to the floor. i didn't know that. i've been here since 2019. we've been in the minority the whole time. i think of things we can bring to the floor. we should bring a floor to unleash american energy independence. we really need that right now. not just a bill cutting off imports from russia. not just a bill driving prices higher so americans will not only be paying $4 and $5 thanks to joe biden at the pump, but will soon be paying $6, $7 at the pump. we can bring a bill to the floor, if the minority could do it, we'll bring a bill to the floor to open up the ability to drill. let's encourage the energy industry in america to produce the energy that the world needs so prices will be low. and americans across the board -- not just a few who -- who have these handful of cases out of the whole federal court system and which the result did
not turn it out the way we would like it to turn out, let's worry about the millions of americans who have to pay $7 at the pump every day soon. $4, $5 now. that would be what i would do if the minority could bring something to the floor. with that i yield back, mr. jordan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i just want to point out that we don't need new drilling legislation. there are 6,000 leases which have been granted by the federal government which the oil companies are not drilling. they can drill. i now yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from tennessee, a member of the judiciary committee, mr. cohen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cohen: thank you, madam speaker. thank you, mr. nadler. i rise in strong support of h.r. 2116, the crown act. no one should be deprived of equal rights under the law because of their hair texture or
style. or a person should be denied the ability to participate in school sports or sent home because of what their hair looks like. a wrestling coach who had his -- a wrestler, an african-american wrestler to cut his hair to perform. he wasn't allowed on the wrestling team unless his hair was cut because the wrestling coach didn't like it. the wrestling coach was ignorant of the fact that that should have been his choice. he couldn't rise to understand it. now, mr. bishop and i, we share something in common. we both don't have a wonderful crown with glorious locks, and sometimes when people, particularly people who aren't too smart get mad at me, and i imagine mr. bishop, too, they'll say you bald-headed whatever. i have no choice in the fact i am bald-headed. i had a lot of hair when i was young. i had more hair than jordan.
mr. bishop: do you think anyone has discriminated against you because you're bald? mr. cohen: i am just as good a human being and just as smart and effective and caring with or without hair. and the fact is it's discrimination and it's ignorance. and african-americans have been discriminated against in many ways because of their hairstyle. it's a natural thing for african-americans and they should not be penalized in the workplace, in sports, in sdool, or in any other ways so i stand here -- in school, or in any other ways so i stand here in support of the crown act. introduced by cedric richmond. i had seen problems in tennessee as a state senator and supported bills that protected braids or whatever. i hope people will rise up, vote yes, and understanding of other people and think beyond themselves. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman reserves.
the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield two minutes to the gentlelady from wisconsin, ms. moore. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. moore: i thank you so much, mr. chairman. and thank you, madam speaker. just let me say that unfortunately, i've never taken psychology during my college preparation. but i do know certain things. avoidance behavior is, i tell you, the message discipline on that side is just perfect. you talk about the southern border and inflation and all of that to avoid a very, very, you know -- the topic of discrimination. sit down. i have the floor, sir. i -- you're avoiding the fact. and i know personally, as a
person with my hair, that i have had people tell my employer that i was an embarrassment sitting in the front office because of the way my hair looked. and so to avoid a deep conversation about discrimination that has an impact, particularly on african-americans, you talk about everything else. it's wrong. you're not engaging. and quite frankly, you're not being honest. and i would yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: direct all remarks to the chair. the gentleman from new york -- the gentleman from ohio reserves. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. avoiding? sounds to me like the democrats are avoiding the issues the american people care about. that's our point. i'm focused on what the families in the fourth district of ohio come to me and talk to me about.
they are talking to me about $5 gas, guarantee it. my guess it's the same in all you your districts as well. they are talking to me about the border, our southern border that has been complete chaos for 14 months. they are definitely talking to me about -- they are talking to me about the price of eggs and milk and butter. about everything because we are at a 40-year high inflation. they are -- avoidance? the people who are avoiding the issue is the american people care about are on that side. to get lectured, and using that is so wrong. so out of touch with the american people. avoiding. you got to be kidding me. we want to focus on the issues the american people care about. that's the whole darn point. be happy to yield to my friend from north carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. bishop: it's not a question of avoidance, it's a question of
priority. here's a priority. in 2020 homicides across america increased 30%. from 16,5,000 to 21,500 an additional 5,000 homicides. even if you want to view it through a racial lens, that seems tonight subject, 55% of homicides are suffered by black americans even though they make up 13% of the population. of the increase i just described, black americans suffer 65%. so we could have, if the minority were capable of bringing a bill to the floor, we could bring a bill that would address the rising crime in america. the historically exceptional, unprecedented, i believe, i saw something since maybe 1900 or
1902, don't know the circumstances were then, but since then the most -- the highest increase of homicides in a single year in the history of the united states. grossly disproportionately borne by black americans. driven by rhetoric about defunding police. we could prioritize that. that wouldn't be avoidance. and yet we do not. because, indeed, we are in the minority. and the priorities are being set not by the minority but the majority. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from texas, mr. green. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. mr. green: and still i rise, madam speaker.
i rise today reminded that dr. king addressed this very issue decades ago. he addressed it when he shared his poem with us, fleecy locs and black complexion cannot forget nature's claim. though skin may differ, affection dwells in black and white the same. and where as the tallest to reach the pole on the grasp of an ocean i must be measured by my soul because the mind is the standard of the man and woman. i have lived long enough now at 74 years to have seen a time when black people would bleach their skin, the product was called bleach and glow. so that they could be as white as they could get. i've lived long enough to see them process their hair so that they could make it as straight as they could get it.
i have lived long enough now, however, having to see black people decided they are going to be themselves, they are going to wear their hair as they choose, and they are not going to allow themselves to be discriminated against it. because of it. i've lived long enough now to understand that it's not the color of skin or the texture of hair, it's the character within that determines the worth of men and women. i've lived long enough to understand that black people are american people, too. when you say the american people don't want it, you cannot exclude black people. black people would have this be on the floor. this is a kitchen table issue. and black households. when johnny comes home and he's been fired because of his hair, that's a kitchen table issue. that's unemployment. that impacts unemployment.
we have a duty and obligation to do what we are doing. i yield back the balance of my time with the understanding that we are going to be ourselves. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: reserve, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield two minutes to the gentlelady from massachusetts, ms. pressley. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from massachusetts is recognized for two minutes. ms. pressley: thank you to my distinguished colleague, house judiciary committee chairman nadler. i rise today on the floor of the house of representatives, the people's house, to declare that black girls with our braids, locs, afros, all forms of natural hairstyles, yes even our smooth al low peeshian bald heads belong everywhere. today we take an important step towards codifying this fact into law by passing the crown act legislation. i'm so proud to partnership with
representatives watson coleman, moore, lee and omar. for too long black girls have gun discriminated against for the hair that grows on our heads an the way we move through this world. in my home state the commonwealth of mass marks two twin sisters, high school students, were disciplined for showing up with braids. they were given numerous detentions, kicked off the track team, banned from prom solely for their hairstyle. in their own words these sch scholars and athletes were judged more for their heritage than homework. no more. for those sisters and thousands of other students who face discrimination based on their hair, the crown act is for you. for recent graduates who fear they must change their hair or cut their locs to secure a job, the crown act is for you. for our elders who vis fad and fought this racism for generations, the crown act is for you. just yesterday the massachusetts state legislature made history by passing similar legislation. by passing the crown act today we affirm, say it out, black is
beautiful and so is our hair. whether you are a student in a classroom, an employee in the workplace, or the next supreme court justice or the speaker pro tempore, you deserve to show up as your full self, rocking your crown with your head held high. i urge a yes vote for every person who has been asked to shrink or to apologize simply for the beautiful way with which god made them. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield three minutes to the distinguished gentlelady from texas, a member of the judiciary committee, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: ms. jackson lee from texas is recognized for three minutes. ms. jackson lee: so many years ago with a bush as big as a bush
on my head, an afro, of which i was enormously proud, young, fragile ego, probably not that strong in my frame, someone would say skinny legs and high heels. an early teen. trying to express the pain that i felt, living in a segregated world, trying to assert the prominence of my community, my race, my people. trying to associate belatedly with the foot soldiers and the battering and the insults that they received, trying to come to grips with the assassination of dr. martin luther king, bobby kennedy, malcolm x.
i wore this bush, which hi to de things for the original style as was done to young girls is processed. it burned beyond recognition. i went out with my grandmother, a woman of tradition, and fearful for me she asked me to go back because she couldn't walk with me with an afro. the reason, of course, was her fear what an afro signified. what it would do. how i would be harmed. those were the conflicts and strife that black people went through trying to come to grips with their identity. my good friend, mr. jordan, we never encounter each other because we have mutual respect, as i do for you, and you do for
sheila jackson lee, we don't get into it because we know we are the kind of folk that stand down from each other. but i enjoy engaging with you. i enjoy your leadership. and your constituents have every right to be concerned about gas prices. my constituents are concerned about eating. being able to pay the rent. and i believe we can walk and chew gum at the same time. let's get together about gas prices and paying rent and people eating and having jobs and ending discrimination. why can't we do that together? because you have not walked in my skin. you have to understand what it means when we are talking about a report that has been given in 2019, the joy collective, the crown act coalition disproportionately burdened by policies, black people are,
practices in public places, including the workplace, that target, profile, signaling them out for their natural hairstyles. the crown study found that black women's hair is more policed in the workplace -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. nadler: an additional 30 seconds. ms. jackson lee: contributing to the climate of group control. black women more likely to receive formal grooming policies. 80% of black women believe they had to change their hair to be in the workplace. imagine, just imagine the beauty of these hairstyles. mr. jordan, the beauty of these hairstyles. this is what we are talking about. people who are severely discriminated against, young boys, young girls, little girl in a catholic school could not wear her hair, had to go home. or the fabulous serena, who gives joy to all of us and yet these are the locs she is
wearing. i thank you for recognizing -- mr. nadler: i grant 15 seconds. ms. jackson lee: i thank the chairman very much. this young boy, who like me, was felt diminished because someone thought it was wrong for me, an afro for him, his i -- braided hair. we have engaged in the lot, mr. jordan, will i not stand dodown on the crown act. wear your hair as you desire. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. mr. nadler: i yield two minutes -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i now yield two minutes to the gentlelady from georgia, ms. williams. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from georgia is recognized for two minutes. ms. williams: madam speaker, i
rise today in support of the crown act because all hair is professional hair. while serving in the georgia state senate, a colleague greeted me with what she thought was a compliment. after spending most of the legislative session in braids, i had my natural hair pressed straight. she told me, nikema, you should keep your hair that way. it looks better, more professional. more like a state senator. remarks like this are all too familiar for black women and girls. unacceptable on their own, but the outright discrimination that flows from them is worse. if i didn't work for the people in congress, i know that i could be fired simply for wearing my hair in braids. nothing about this is ok. so i make it a point to create an environment where my team feels comfortable wearing their crowns in every texture. everybody deserves this level of safety, no matter where they work. our hair is an expression of our
authenticselves. braids, locs, all hair is professional hair. discrimination has no place in america. that includes discriminating against black hair. the crown act would make race-based hair discrimination a thing of the past once and for all. and that's why we should pass it today. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, we're prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam speaker, for all the reasons we've talked about and what we should focus on, i urge a no vote on the legislation and hope my colleagues do the same and with that we yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back.
all time has expired. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, while racism and discrimination sometimes appear in overt forms, they can also manifest themselves in more subtle ways. one way is through discrimination based on natural hairstyles and textures associated with people of a particular race or national origin. this crown act would make explicit that civil rights law prohibits such discrimination. this is a matter of basic fairness and justice. this bill passed the house last congress unanimously. i hope we will do so again today. all the arguments we've heard about everything else are interesting and important, but not relevant to this bill. this bill is purely about discrimination, purely about protecting people from discrimination. we ought to pass it. i urge all members to support
this important legislation. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time for debate has expired. pursuant to house resolution 979, the previous question is ordered on the bill, as amended. the question is on the amendment -- on engrossment and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: a bill to prohibit discrimination based on an individual's texture or style of hair. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on passage of the bill. those in favor will say aye. those opposed will say no. the ayes have it. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? mr. jordan: i ask for a roll call. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by rosa delauro of connecticut and jared golden of maine, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina rise? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. carter of texas, i inform the house that mr. carter will vote nay on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from michigan rise? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by the amazing marcy kaptur of the midwest, i inform the house that she will vote yes
on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee rise? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by harsh barger of tennessee -- harshbarger of tennessee, i inform the house that she will vote nay on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by mr. waltz of florida, i inform
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island rise? mr. cicilline: madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. titus of nevada, the first state to ratify the 15th amendment, which gave african-americans the right to vote, i inform the house that ms. titus will vote yes on h.r. 2116. as the member designated by ms. wilson of florida, birthplace of arianna grande, bob ross, sidney poitier, and pitbull, i inform the house that ms. wilson will vote yes on h.r. 2116. as the member designated by mr. larson of connecticut, the constitution state, i inform the house that he will vote yes on h.r. 2116. as the member designated by mrs. dingell of michigan, the state that has more freshwater miles of shoreline, i inform the house that mrs. dingell will vote yes on h.r. 2116.
mr. correa: madam speaker, as the member designated by hank johnson, henry cuellar, and john garamendi, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida rise? mrs. cammack: thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by mrs. wagner of missouri, i inform the house that mrs. wagner will vote nay on h.r. 2116.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. louie gohmert from the great state of texas, i inform the house that mr. gohmert will vote nay on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. calvert of california, i inform the house that mr. calvert will vote no on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york rise.
>> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. deutch of florida, i inform the house that mr. deutch will vote yes on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. g garbarino fm new york, i inform the house that mr. garbarino will vote nay on 2116.
of massachusetts, mr. swasy of new york, mr. trone of maryland, mr. harder of california, mr. desaulnier of california, mr. kind of wisconsin i inform the house that these six members will vote yes on h.r. 2160. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? >> thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by ms. salazar of florida, i inform the house that ms. salazar will vote nay on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from illinois rise? >> good morning, madam speaker, as the member designated by congressman troy carter, i inform the house that mr. carter will vote yes on h.r. 2116.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. norman of south carolina, i inform the house that mr. norman will vote no on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise? >> madam speaker, as the member designated mr. bowman of new york, i inform the house that he will vote yes on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york rise? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. van drew of new jersey, i inform the house that mr. van drew will vote nay on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentleman from new york -- from california rise. >> madam speaker, as the member designated by representative kim schrier, i inform the house that ms. schrier will vote yes on
house resolution 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from west virginia rise? mrs. miller: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. lahood of illinois, i inform the house that mr. lahood of illinois will vote no on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? mr. evans: madam speaker, as the member designated for the following members, lawson of florida, rush of illinois, and doyle of pennsylvania they all vote yes on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by representative lloyd smucker of pennsylvania, i inform the house that mr. smucker will vote no on h.r.
2116. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentleman from colorado rise? mr. perlmutter: to say hello to the speaker. and as the as the member designated joe neguse of colorado and mr. tim ryan of ohio, i inform the house that mr. neguse and mr. ryan will vote yes on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida rise? ms. wasserman schultz: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. crist of florida and mrs. maloney of new york, i inform the house that both members will vote yea on h.r. 2116.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by my friend, mr. upton from michigan, i inform the house that mr. upton will vote no on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from utah rise? >> thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by mr. kur tifs utah, i inform the house that mr. curtis will vote nay on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentleman from michigan rise? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. fortenberry of nebraska, i inform the house that mr. fortenberry will vote
no on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from west virginia rise? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mrs. lesko of arizona, i inform the house that mrs. lesko of arizona will vote no on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky rise? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. barr of kentucky, i inform the house that mr. barr will vote nay on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from mississippi rise?
>> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. lamalfa of california, i inform the house that mr. lamalfa will vote nay on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentleman from florida rise? madam speaker, as the member designated by miss cathy mcmorris rodgers, i inform the house that miss rodgers will vote nay on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas rise? ms. escobar: madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. roybal-allard, i inform the house that ms. roybal-allard will vote yes on h.r. 2116.
what purpose does the the gentleman from new jersey rise? mr. pallone: thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by mr. sires, mr. welch, mrs. kirkpatrick, mr. kim, mr. pascrell, mr. payne, and mre that these members will vote yes on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> madam speaker, thank you very much. as the member designated by mr. dan crenshaw, mr. van taylor, mr. cawthorn, mr. nehls i i inform the house all four of these members will vote nay -- nay on h.r. 2116. thank you coach. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from virginia rise? ms. wexton: madam speaker, as
the member designated by members connolly, frankel, mceachin, and porter i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama rise? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. brooks, i inform the house that mr. brooks will vote no on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentleman from michigan rise? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. kinzinger of ill now, i inform the house that mr. kinzinger will vote yea on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise?
>> madam speaker, as the member designated by michelle steel of california, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that congresswoman steel will vote no on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. bergman of the state of michigan, i inform the house that mr. bergman will vote no on h.r. 2116.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? -- the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: madam speaker, as the member designated by representative karen bass, i inform the house that representative bass will vote yes on h.r. 2116. the speaker pro tempore: for
the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from michigan seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to extend and revise my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, we need to protect the american people from corporate greed and abuse. the fair act is one of those protections. corporations use force arbitration clauses to deny americans their right to seek accountability and justice in despites with private companies. they eliminate any -- disputes with private companies. they eliminate any -- from employee handbooks to bank
accounts to documents to college admi admission paperwork, companies include forced arbitration clauses as the main form of dispute resolution so they can rig the rules and appoint them themselves judge and jury in the arbitration process. ms. tlaib: it is a private secretive system without any enforceable standards or legal protections for our residents. there is no public disclosure of proceedings or any rule for them to follow the law. so madam speaker, forced arbitration makes it virtually impossible for anti-discrimination laws, disability rights laws, and so many important laws to be enforced at the federal level. to put it simply, this is unjust and has failed the american public for far too long. earlier this year, president biden signed a law ending forbesed arbitration for cases involving sexual assault and sexual harassment. so i urge the senate to pass this legislation and send it to the president's desk so we can protect consumers and workers from corporations that seek to exploit them. thank you and i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: thank you. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> i rise today to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you. thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to honor the life of mr. ralph ahn, a pioneer in the korean american community who exefrp find the american dream. ralph was the youngest child and he joined the united states navy and bravely served during our country -- fighting during world war ii. he eventually started acting. following the footsteps of his older brother, philip ahn, who was one of the first asian american actors. ralph made his film debut as ko korean prisoner in "battered circus" before taking on the
roles of "the hook", "it takes two", "the golden girls" and now train on "new girl." mrs. kim: while i'm sad that the last generation of the korean american leaders have passed, i know that their legacy will continue to live on, and i offer my deepest condolences to his beautiful rife, a -- wife, ann, and his family. with that i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: flops the gentlewoman from minnesota seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i rise today to remember the former president of the minnesota afl-cio who passed a -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady will suspend. does the gentlelady ask for unanimous consent to address the house. >> yes, i do. thank you for that correction, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: without
objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise to remember the former president of minnesota afl-cio who passed away last month. she was a bridge builder, trail blazer, and mentor. she was a lifelong advocate for workers in st. pause and minnesota. the first woman to lead the men marriage penalty afl-cio. she mentored women in the labor movement and urged them to run for leadership. she was a strong booster for pro-women labor supporters seeking public office. her early and steadfast support and encouragement was instrumental in me helping to run for congress in advance -- and advance our common values together. ms. mccollum: hosting her for president obama's first state of the union address in washington, d.c. was a privilege. please allow me to enter into the record february 22, 2022 article from the union advocate newspaper in st. paul paying tribute to her. the speaker pro tempore: without
objection. ms. mccollum: i'm thankful for the opportunity to work with her, call her a friend. her presence will be missed. her legacy lives on. with that i yield back, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to speak for one minute, revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, thank you. inflation is a thief. many of us believe that the federal reserve is behind the curve in fighting that thief, inflation. history's repeating itself, madam chair, and jay powell is fighting and facing precisely what his predecessor, arthur burns, called the anguish of central banging -- banking in 1979. sustained stagflation, high current inflation, growing high inflationary expectation, now a commodity shock. these are the problems that chair burns faced in the 1970's. mr. hill: why i welcome the fed's action to shrink the balance sheet and start with the
25 basis for increase in short-term rate targets, this process should have started in 2020. in my view thu they should have been more aggressive this week. it's time for congress to reassess and debate the central bank's mandate n my view the fed should have sangle mandate focused on containing inflation and keeping prices in check for americans at the pump, at the grocery store, and whenever they pull out their wallet. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. garcia: madam speaker, i seek unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. garcia: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to celebrate the passage of this year's omnibus spending bill. and to express my excitement for the community project funding the fourth district of illinois will receive. these crucial funds totaling over $10 million will expand
affordable housing, improve access to health care, support violence prevention and counseling, and even build an closure around a community swimming pool. an absolute must-have in the windy city. working class immigrant neighborhoods like mine have never gotten that kind of investment and resource that is other neighborhoods have -- resources that other neighborhoods have. i started as an activist to change that to bring resources to my community and i'm proud to announce this vital funding package will transform countless lives. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from minnesota seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to recognize todd and louise malecca, the 2022 winners of the farm journal's top producer of the year award. mrs. fischbach: located in the
heart of minnesota's seventh district, it is a multigenerational family-run dairy mumping -- pumping and custom work operation. they both grew up on dairy farms and five of their seven children are in the family business. louise loves being able to see the next generation getting involved in taking up the reins. their company values include integrity, trust, and a commitment to constant and never-ending improvement. with values like that, it's no wonder they receive such a prestigious award. congratulations to them for this impressive achievement. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from georgia seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the atlanta spa spooting. ms. bourdeaux: across our country the asian american community has been under attack
because of misinformation and xenophobia that wrongly blamed them for the covid-19 pandemic. on march 16, 2021, one year ago in atlanta, eight innocent people, six of whom were women of asian descent. were senselessly murdered. the victims of this attack included mothers and grandmothers, fathers and sons, teachers and veterans. these are lives that cannot be restored leaving pain that cannot be forgetten. these attacks were a wake-up call for the public to the reality of the -- reality of anti-american hate and what the asian american community is facing each and every day. acts of violence like these demonstrate why we must always call out bigotry and hate whenever or wherever we see it. we must all speak out against it. i would like to thank capac chair chu for her leadership on this issue and encourage my colleagues to continue to speak out as we stand together with the asian american community. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition?
>> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, the biden administration has a backup plan to address rising gas prices. if their secretary of transportation's comical recommendation for every american to buy an electric car doesn't pan out. unfortunately, the plan includes secret talks with venezuela, led by corrupt dictator maduro, about lifting sanctions on importing venezuelan oil into the united states. of course if that doesn't work out, there is always saudi arabia and the organization of president trump exporting countries, other wise known as poe tech. mr. rose: surely, begging an oil cartel to make a deal to increase oil production could never go wrong. what's next? buying oil from iran the world's leading exporter of terrorism? this begs the question is this all the biden administration has
to offer the american people in a time of crisis? buy oil from corrupt dictators or buy a costly electric vehicle you can't afford. these are not the ideals on which america was built, but regrettably this is president biden's america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recog recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask one minute to address the house with unanimous consent. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. costa: madam speaker, vladimir putin atoaments to drape the iron curtain over russia once again, i stress the importance of working together with our european alleys to support ukraine's sovereignty and democracies around the world. make no mistake about it. this is the test of our time. as a co-chair of the trans-atlantic legislators dialogue, i work closely with my european co-chair. congress and the european parliament have taken steps to deal with this pariah putin.
congress has passed $36.6 billion -- $13.6 billion last week for ukraine, and support humanitarian aid, military assistance, and economic resolve. american allies such as poland and other european countries are doing a great deal to deal with the refugee problem. president biden separately provided an additional $800 million to stinger missiles and other antiaircraft, anti-armor weapons to help the vallian brave ukrainians. members of the european parliament have done their part with another $500 million in assistance. nato toyed today is stronger than any time -- madeo today is stronger than -- nato today is stronger than any time before the word. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. costa: as president zelenskyy reminded us the cost of freedom is not free. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman
from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarksment. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, several weeks ago we witnessed a very unfortunate milestone. the 80th anniversary of the signature of an executive order by the president of the united states to incarcerate over 100,000 japanese americans during world war ii. this was a direct violation of the founding principles of our country that say that no one should be deprived of their liberty without just cause. that's why i was so proud to see this body pass my bill, h.r. 6434 this week that would create a historic network of sites linked to the incarceration of japanese americans during world war ii. 2 obernolte: the power of history is to gain perspective and learn from the mistakes of the past. i'm in hopes this network will call attention to this unjust
imprisonment and ensure that this injustice never occurs in the united states again. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey -- california seek recognition? >> to -- i request to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. democrats are building a better america for the people. last year we passed the american rescue plan that has helped to create $74. million jobs in 13 months, the most in u.s. history under the biden administration wages are up, jobs are up, and unemployment is down. what are republicans do? mr. lieu: don't know. do i know two of them attend add white nationalist conference last month. attended a white nationalist conference last month. let me tell you all the actions house republican leadership took against these two republican
members who attended and spoke at a white nationalist conference last month. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> madam 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. >> madam speaker, congressman vargas and i rise today to celebrate the incredible life of francine maieke and indelible mark she left on san diego. francine was an artist and advocate, a journalist, motivational speaker, and as
some in san diego knew her, a public servant. as district director in the california state assembly, francine made sure that san diegans had access to the resources they needed and deserved. even after her cancer diagnosis in 2019, francine kept working to serve our community while also becoming a powerful add voa dat tore cancer research. mr. jacobs: francine was a proud advocate for san diego's filipino and asian american communities, she served as the president of the filipino american chamber of commerce of san diego county and proudly highlighted the experience across the country and around the world. last month francine passed away after her battle with cancer. congressman vargas and i joined so many from across san diego in sending our condolences to francine's family, friends, and loved ones. may her memory be a blessing. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i request
permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i have been asked many times this week about my thoughts on the address to congress by president of ukraine, i was moved and inspired by his commitment to the definance of his -- defense of his stricken nation and people. his remarks reminded me of another time when a courageous and determined leader sought the aid of america in defefns his nation -- defense of his nation as it was being threatened by the armed might of hitler's nazi forces. on february 9, 1941, winston churchill addressed the british parliament in a speech broadcast by the bbc. he spoke to parliament, but he was speaking to the united states and in particular to president delano roosevelt. at the end of that speech churchill said this. put your confidence in us. give us your faith and blessing and under providence all will be
well. he concluded his message to parliament and to america by saying, give us the tools and we will finish the job. that is what i heard president zelenskyy saying to congress of the united states. madam speaker, it is time to listen to the people who are face-to-face with the enemy fighting for their country. they know better. mr. palmer: may i extend it 10 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the chair cannot entertain that request. mr. palmer: thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. ms. jackson lee: to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized. ms. jackson lee: as president zelenskyy said, we are the leaders of peace. thank you, president biden, for recognizing the pillage and
slawght for the ukraine, let us stand together but a i am fighting for as much to be able to fight to solve the ukraine crisis as i am for peace. let me also acknowledge the remembering of those killed in atlanta that exhibited the worst kind of asian hate. let us stand together against such hate and stand together for what is right. let me also mention the fighters at the pleasantville village senior citizen housing. they have been fighting against eviction, against disrespect, and against the complete altering of their living quarters. they determined and they should have quality of life housing. i'm asking the new owner to stand down and to allow this housing project on this housing facility to be for seniors in their later lives so they can have a better quality of life. i will continue to fight to ensure they have a place to live that is safe and best for. the i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman
from new jersey seek recognition? >> madam 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. the speaker pro tempore: madam speaker, from war in europe to pandemic around the world, to potential crisis in asia, one of the lessons were leering is that america should never be dependent on strategic adversaries like chinad on russia for the goods most critical to our national security, whether it's p.p.e. or pharmaceutical ingredients or microchips or the advanced battery technologies that will power the future, we must bring our supply chains home. we can do this by enacting into the that part of the america competes act. this bill which i helped write is the biggest move now nation's history. it's been endorsed think bithe
yined steelworkers, national defense industry association, more than 20 organizations and the list is growing each day. i urge that any competitiveness bill that goes to the president for his signature include these important provisions in the america competes act. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri seek recognition? >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. last friday marked the one year anniversary of the biden bailout bill. this $2 trillion package has directly led to worker shortages, billions in waste and the worst inflation in 40 years. the biden bailout didn't rescue our economy. it ruined a recovery that was already under way. $500 billion spent to incentivize business kilo sharks
lockdowns and anti-science masking policies. billions wasted, misused or repurposed for projects unrelated to the pandemic. florida golf course, checks for prisoners and japanese citizen, trees for new york, libraries in the president's home state, the list goes on. and as a result, american families are finding it harder to put food on their table, clothes on their backs and gasoline in their car. president biden sold the american people a covid package that spent less than 9% for fighting covid. he created a massive -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. smith: ince gated the highest inflation in a generation, that's his legacy. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from washington seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute.
>> thank you. i rise today as a member of the washington state delegation to honor the service and sacrifice of pierce county sheriff's deputy don kalada. he was killed in the line of duty after pursuing a man wanted for second degree assault. i'm told he has had a tireless work ethic and went above and beyond his commitment to our community and our nation. in addition to his role as a deputy he was also in the national guard and previously served in the u.s. army. he and his family's commitment to the community doesn't stop there. he was also an organ donor. it is just one more way he and his family have stepped up to support others in need. he is nothing short of a hero. his loss is a devastating blow tour community and i'm thinking and praying for the pierce county sheriff's office, his family friends and loved ones. i hope all of us in this house will take a moment to remember deputy kalada and his contributions to our community and our nation. thank you, madam speaker, i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 4, 2021, the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. grothman is recognized for 0 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. mr. grothman: thank you. i'd like to comment a lit bit on some of the issue that was been out there this weak, issues that are important issues but for whatever reason i don't think the public hass been adequately informed as to what is going on. the first issue i'd like to talk about concerns the bill yesterday regarding trade relations are russia and an earlier bill with regard to oil exports from russia and that is an incredibly important provision in that bill that has been not discussed in in the mainstream media, an amendment of something called the global magnitsky human rights accountability act. today, before that bill is signed, the u.s. president can
sanction foreign leaders or foreign -- i guess pretty much any foreign person, certainly any foreign elected officialings, if they -- elected official, if they violated any human rights. and the definition of human rights is fairly narrowly defined. when we think of horrible foreign leaders, we think of murder, we think of kidnapping, we think of holding people without trial for excessive periods of time. and we think if somebody is going to be sanctioned they should be responsible for those human rights abuses. in this bill, we change the definition of human rights to be open-ended. whatever the president thinks human rights are. and furthermore we allow sanctioning of people who are indirectly responsible for violating human rights. already the united states weighs
in when countries try to preserve laws that were the laws the united states not long ago. i'll say this with regard to two arias. lgbtq agenda and abortion. already when you talk to people from eastern europe, the caribbean, the dominican republic in particular, central and south america, people are mad because the united states throws around its substantial economic weight to fight the christian beliefs of these countries. now, these bills were signed to become law, if the senate does not amend them, the president will have a new tool in his toolbox if he wants to force other countries to adapt the views of abortion and the views of lgbtq that are the views, quite frankly of course the left
wing of the democrat party. the president will be able to threaten the parliaments or for all i know lobbyists, demonstrators in foreign country, by saying you can't get a visa to the united states because we don't like your stand on abortion. we don't like your stand on lgbtq. they can take assets in the united states and we're told this was something that was threatened at least the visa thing was threatened with regard to elected officials in the dominican republic if you don't follow the u.s. party line, you are not going to get a visa to the united states. we're going to take your assets in the united states, take your bank accounts. you know, john adams said that our constitution was made for a moral and religious country. this is kind of going toe the opposite way. we hold contempt with people, religious people, and say we are going to weigh in with all the gifts we have been given, the
financial gifts we have been given, we're going to weigh in as a country and say that we are going to use those assets to punish foreign leaders who had christian beliefs that not so long ago were held by the vast majority of americans. i hope the press reports on this later -- latest power grab of the president. i hope the public wakes up and makes sure that when these bills come back from the senate, and that is to say bills with regard to trade, bills with regard to oil, that they are not -- they do not include this great increased power of the president to punish, quite frankly, christian countries. i don't think that's been adequately addressed. i think most newspaper articles it was not addressed at all. now i'm going to address something else. i'm going to talk a little bit about inflation. a lot has been said about
inflation recent laism lot of it focuses on the price of gas but there's high inflation everywhere. i have a very large manufacturing district. i tour my manufacturers all the time. it is not unusual to find manufacturers whose costs for metals are up 400%, 500% well before there was invasion of ukraine. every manufacturer i talk to tells me that they expect big inflation in the next year. and again that was before the invasion. i want to draw your attention to the graph here of the m-2 monetary supply. you can look, we begin down around 1970, 1965. the amount year over year that the monetary supply goes up. and it sometimes goes up 6% or 7% per year. those were in the bad old kays of the 1970's and the inflation that kind of hit its peak during jimmy carter. it kind of went up and down.
we went through a lot of years in which inflation was low historically, 1% or 2%. then look at the last couple of years. some of this was due toover spending on the covid. but more recently we also have the american rescue plan. in which apparently financial literates felt the way to benefit the economy was to have the federal reserve print as much money as it can. look at this graph. look what an aberration we're in at this time. where the money supply is going up year over year over 35%. you don't need to be a ph.d. in economics to know what's going to happen. the cost of everything is going to go through the roof. oil being one of those thing that's going to go through the roof. but the cost of food. the cost of any manufactured goods. i talked to farms for the my district, the cost of fertilizer, cost of any other chemicals, through the roof. they're going to have to pass that on. so before you say that this
inflation had anything to do with ukraine, you look at what the m-2 money supply was like even before ukraine. this is such an aberration from anything else we've experienced in the united states. and it comes from people who have convinced themselves that you can spend unlimited on anything and there's no cost to pay. i hope that the press in this country gets ahold of a graph like this and gives it to the american people so they can see where we are and why costs of everything is through the roof. i really think the volve the dollar -- the value of the dollar, not only the last couple of months, but over the next few years, is going to go downhill like nothing we've ever seen before. i think since we switched to the federal reserve system, whenever that was, 1916, 1917, we are in
uncharted territory. some people say we should never have paper money because congress won't be able to risk destroying the value of the nation's currency. well, it hasn't happened until now. but wow. as amazing as it is, as horrible as these numbers are, the majority party talks about still trying to pass a build back better bill that will make this go up even more rapidly. so i beg the press corps to pay attention to the monetary supply and connect the dots as to why we have such inflation. thank you. now there's another issue that's going on and i think to a certain extent, because of ukraine, it's been push entad the background but it's still a vitally important issue and that is what's going on on the border. just because kamala harris is
appointed the border patrol czar and does absolutely nothing as far as we can tell doesn't mean we should stop talking about that huge tragedy. in february, we had 165,000 encounters with the border patrol, up 63% over last year. there were about 72,000 people let into the country and they can guess, the figures aren't out there, guess that i.c.e. let in another 19,000 more. of that amount, 9,000 of that amount are 9,000 unaccompanied minors. if they turn up at the southern border, we don't turn them back to the parents, we send them off to their aunt and uncle, whoever could be just a friend, whatever. that's just par for the course. we pay to put the child on the airplane, ship them somewhere, maybe not their parents, maybe just friends.
whatever. if you want to talk about divided families or breaking up families, you look at the current system where every month 9,000 kids who are younger than age 18 are let in this country without their parents. then i had a staffer go down there because we had to work late last week, but i'll be down there next week, there were some other observations as far as what it's like on the border. gangs play music on the mexican side of the border as people march across. it's a festive atmosphere. nobody even pretends that the united states cares about what's going on at their border. the drug gangs make $3 billion a year, we believe, transporting people here. from $2,000 to $20,000 is what the charges are to come here because they run that border.
we have -- it's not just lack of leadership from our vice president, the california highway patrol can't report illegals they find to i.c.e. because of the -- i would almost call it treasonous behavior of one of our states. increasingly we are getting people coming here who not only -- they don't speak spanish, they speak an indigenous language from southern mexico or more likely from central america. which is obviously very difficult to process. you have to wonder about the wisdom of letting people in this country where nobody can speak their language. we are getting people from iran, iraq, uzbekistan. these people, which of course are breeding grounds for terrorism, are paying up to $20,000 a head to come into this country. doesn't that concern anybody?
the hotels, the airlines in mexico obviously know this is going on. because people take airlines from, for example, cancun to mexicali, hotels south of the border. we know these are being used by illegal immigrants. because it's becoming so common, it is built into the mexican economy. obviously when we do so little to prevent this illegal immigration, morale from the border patrol is low. how would you like it if you are taking a job, sometimes recently they have been shot at, taking a dangerous job like that and getting as little support from the executive branch as you can imagine. i did notice in the recent budget, not budget bill, appropriation bill that passed last week, we are putting a lot more money into monitoring the border patrol and making sure they are mistreating people.
it's not a big concern for us apparently when an illegal immigrant shoots at a border patrol agent, but we have to put mlts of dollars more -- millions of dollars more into people to make sure the border patrol is not breaking the law. no wonder the border patrol does not feel good about their situation right now. another example of the brazenness of the illegals coming here. right now migrants aren't afraid to call 9-1-1 and get escorted with a ride to where they want to go. and we just taxi them in if they are wandering around, make a 9-1-1 call. they show up. nothing wrong with them. no health care problem. we just use our local emergency services as an escort service. we still have a situation which people don't have to be tested for covid. ok. but it's kind of strange that american citizens say if you
work for a hospital are required to get a vaccine, and we don't even test you if you are trying to come in this country. what are the priorities here? special interest, people coming in from what we call special interest countries are going up. be it pakistan, yemen, iraq countries like this. in any event i encourage the press, that encourages the so-called conservative press, or the balanced press to report to america when we are having 80,000 or 90,000 people cross the border every month. report what type of people are coming here. report on the mass decrease of the number of deportations as even people who have committed crimes are removed at a much lower rate than they were by donald trump. because i do think if we look
back at america 10 years from now and say how did the policies of 2022 affect america, still the number one damaging thing is that we ignored our border. i'll point out one more thing about ignoring the border. we right now do have a crisis in the ukraine. hopefully we are not going to have a similar crisis in taiwan. i have felt all along that an effect of not enforcing our border is to tell foreign leaders who don't like us that we have kind of a wimpy ineffective, incompetent government in charge right now. other normal countries do not let 90,000 to 100,000 people a month cross into their country. and leaders around the world look at that and they, quite fraikly -- frankly, think the current executive branch of this country is not as serious elected official, and they
challenge somebody who is not a serious elected official. there is no doubt in my mind if we had been enforcing that border and taking a tougher stance other places around the world, we wouldn't be in this mess in ukraine like we are today. the next issue that i think has disappeared a little bit is with regard to the covid. we are now in a dip in new people getting covid. but i think in the last week we are still around 5,000 people who died of the covid. so far the last four people i know died of covid haven't had a lot else wrong with them. maybe nothing else wrong with them. and i think there are a couple things that have been underreported or not focused on. i have railed for almost two years here on vitamin d. there was a study out of israel,
it was released fairly recently, that said if you were deficient in vitamin d, the study they say deficient being 20 nanograms per milligram, you would be 11 times more likely to die of the covid. now, given all the massive amount of ink, they still use ink, and the massive amount of time that has been spent educating the public on how to avoid covid, or avoid dying from covid, i would think a little bit more time would be spent by the public health establishment looking at the effects of vitamin d. 11 times more likely to die if you are under 20 nanograms. what can we do about that? first of all it ought to be publishized. publicized. it should be par for the course that particularly if you are older and go in for a checkup that your doctor gives you a vitamin d test.
right now your ream imbursement levels for that -- reimbursement levels for that test might not be up to the cost. we all know the medical establishment in america today, particularly the hospitals, are so obsessed with money. people are dying out there. and if you test somebody for vitamin d and they are down around 15 or 17 nanograms, you can alert that person and perhaps save a life. there are all sorts of people walking around with insufficient vitamin d levels. they don't even know t they don't know the importance of it -- know it. they don't know the importance of it. i would also point out that they should especially point out the value of vitamin d to people of color. we know people of color are more likely to have low levels of vitamin d. and therefore the incompetence or the failure of the public
health establishment not to educate people on vitamin d has way disproportionately affected people of color. they talk about people of color a lot in this institution, and i think a lot of times they talk about prejudice that's not there, but here you have something in which people are dying overwhelmingly, and for whatever reason the public health establishment does not ring the alarm as far as how much darker skin increases the possibility that you are going to get serious covid. so i beg the c.d.c. and the public health establishment to focus a little bit more on vitamin d. i will also point out that different doctors have different opinions as how you should treat somebody for vitamin d. and i have no problem finding doctors who find that drugs like identify ver mektism -- identify
ver mek tisch or:will save lives. or others will save lives. i believe remedies veer, apparently the hospitals, largely the drug companies getting the money, but are you going to get build out over $3,000 a day tore treatment. the treatment for ivermectin is smaller. i talk to doctors, nart doctors, well published, who tell they they could have saved tens of thousands, maybe over 100,000 lives if doctors could give the drugs that were originally prescribed for another purpose. but the doctors aren't allowed to by the hospitals they work for. this is a potential scandal.
i would think normally the press would be a little bit inquisitive when we say one drug is worth $3200 a day and one drug is under $50 a day. and smart doctors feel the drug for $50 a day is nor effective. for whatever reason we don't talk about it. the reason we don't talk about it, something wrong is going on around here, the reason they are able to get away with wrong things going on is because the press doesn't highlight it. the reason why the hospitals are not giving drugs that some doctors feel are more effective is directives from the n.i.h. and, again, i think drug companies have too much power in this town. but it is something that should be looked into by the media. it surprises me that some people still aren't aware of this. the final thing that we'll focus on here a little bit as far as
what's going on in the ukraine. i still feel that for whatever reason we have not done enough, i have talked about it here, we haven't done enough to discuss the starvation of four million eu vain krans -- ukrainians in the early 1930's by the communist document. at the time it was underreported in the united states because at that time, for reasons unknown to me, i wasn't around at the time, it's a mystery today, "the new york times" is perceived to be the paper of record, "the new york times" decide the not to talk about the starvation. he decided to keep it secret. probably because at the time the intellectuals, the type of people who work at the big news papers, like to look upon the left favorably. because it was communists who were starving people, it's not something they like to talk about. i do not know how you can
intelligently talk about the relationships between ukraine and russia without talking about the -- that's the lowest, other people talk about 15 million. without talking about the four million ukrainians who were starved to death by the communist marxist government that ran the soviet union at that time. i would again ask that our press run special features on the starvation that took place 90 years ago. first of all when four million people are starved it should be something every american school child knows about anyway, but secondly, when you look at the animosity of the ukrainians towards the russians, that certainly plays a big role. i have a sneaking suspicion we don't talk about it is because it is one more embarrassment to the atheistic totalitarian left that some power people in this
country like to look up to. so again, i wish that the newspapers would cover the holodomor, and i wish that the schools would cover it because no school child should be able to graduate from high school without knowing about this. . it's also important so they can be on the lookout for big government atheists wherever they are, and you have to understand what the big government atheists did so you can understand why we fought in korea and in vietnam. but america's schoolchildren, quite frankly, well older than schoolchildren, are blissfully ignorant of what can happen if you let a bunch of atheist totalitarian types take over the government. i have before thanked president biden for giving a state of the state speech and not talking
about racism. but i still think one of the problems we have with high crime in this country, and my district borders the city of milwaukee, the city of milwaukee for the second time last year had the highest murder rate they've ever had. when i was a child the city of milwaukee was the safest of the biggest cities in the country but we've gone downhill. i think a lot of that is the police have been beat up. they're called racists. and they are afraid to do their job. they are afraid for being a complaint filed against them. we still have a bill floating around congress saying it should be easier to sue police. and as a result we do get these high murder rates. in addition to the high murder rates, we have, together with our lax policy at the border, 100,000 people dying every year from drug overdoses. that again, it was 45,000 seven
years ago, that was high. i think whether it's 45,000 or 100,000 people, eyes glaze over, if it was your child, your sibling who died of a drugover dose maybe your eyes wouldn't glaze over but the media in this country, their eyes have glazed over and we continue to let people die. so in conclusion, in any event, my final ask here is that president biden who has done what he can to fan the flames of saying police are racist, police are racist, i think would do a lot toward improve, making it easier to hire police around the country and easier to be an effective policeman if he would publicly apologize to the police of the country for their -- for his slandering them and his come patriots slandering them and tell them what a imad job they're doing.
so those are some of the issues that i hope the press would pick up on. in conclusion, i will make one more comment with regard to the ukraine. this is a disaster for ukraine. it's a horrible thing. we all are so -- all feel so good about how brave they are. about the fight they've put up. eventually that war has got to end. and i never feel, when i'm dealing with members of this administration or congress in general, quite frankly, that there's enough focus on ending the war. their newspaper -- there are newspaper reports that say israel may be getting involved in trying to negotiate an end. but the yates is still the most important, power. country in the world. and i wish the administration would take late bit more time negotiating, trying to negotiate an end to that conflict. thank you very much.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. under the speaker's announced policy of january 4, 2001, the gentleman from florida, mr. soto, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. soto: madam speaker, the republicans lost the majority and the presidency because of their incompetence on covid and the economy. and passed a tax cut for the rich that exploded the deficit by $400 billion and the debt by $4 trillion. so forgive me if i won't stand here and be lectured about fiscal responsibility from folks who took their only moment in charge to give windfalls to the wealthiest americans. and now they're desperate to paint a sad picture of america, they're invested in our nation's failure solely as a desperate move to try to get back to power. meanwhile, we democrats are delivering. first, we defended democracy.
i was up there in the chamber on january 6 when a violent insurrection attempted to stop the democratic, peaceful transfer of power. this violent insurrection was stoked by my republican colleagues. they don't want to talk about that now. but that's too bad. they attacked our democracy. they desecrated this chamber by stoking extremism, yet we got back here and they voted no and we voted yes to make sure that american voters were heard and certified joe biden's election as president and yes some brave republicans joined us because they realized it was treason. we will defend democracy and hold those responsible accountable through the january 6 committee. second, we got the pandemic under control. we passed the american rescue plan. put shots in arms. money in pockets.
got kids back to school and families back to work. every american had access to the vaccine, every american. and life is getting back to normal. we stopped a great recession back in florida where we both have the honor of representing. we stopped a foreclosure crisis that knocked in half people's wealth, thrurt through the -- hurt through the generations so many home ones for the florida and across the nation. unemployment is down to 4% nationally and under 4% in florida. yet no republicans voted for it. third, we passed the largest infrastructure law in our nation's history. the infrastructure plan will upgrade america. roads and bridges. clean air and water. airports and ports. high speed internet access for all americans include -- including rural americans left behind before. and brownfield restoration and
other environmental restoration. 10 republicans voted for it, we applaud them. but they were ridiculed by their own partyer for voting for infrastructure. what is wrong with the minority leader in this chamber? if they're going to attack their own members for investing in america. i would have voted for it under then president trump for an infrastructure package. they failed to do it. we got it done. then democrats led this house to pass a bipartisan national defense authorization act. that is to protect the homeland. fund our military. support our troops. we passed a bipartisan budget just last week to meet the needs of the american people. jobs. health care, education. the environment. local projects. yes, supporting robust immigration system and making sure that we can meet all the needs of the american people. we also had bipartisan support for the war in ukraine, the relentless and disgraceful
invasion by russia of ukraine. we have supplied them with military weapons, train, humanitarian relief, and we will defend democracy in europe with that $14 billion we passed in a bipartisan fashion here. and yes, we need to still continue to address covid-19 related inflation. first, by getting covid-19 under control, our economy is finally producing more goods again. thicks are more efficient now. people are buy manager services again to balance that out. second, our infrastructure law. willup grade our port, our airports, and our highways to improve supply chains. third, we are addressing price gouging of companies taking advantage particularly in gas and grocers. fourth we're boosting dmes exoil production to compensate for the russian oil ban which was very popular and demand upon by my constituents and others. and in the long-term we're investing in renewable energy.
yes, the federal reserve will do their part to help make sure we can aggress -- we can address covid related and ukraine war related inflation and we need to do this together. rather than politicize it. and next we're turning the corner to go to the america competes act, madam speaker. bringing american manufacturing jobs back home. something that people have talked about for years. we will get this done. we've had bipartisan support in the senate. we had some bipartisan support in the house. we'll now go to conference and what will that mean? bringing back home more microchip manufacturing which has made it harder to get cars and trucks onto american car lots. we can make it here at home. we can make it in america. we'll bring back personal protective equipment and other health care manufacturing to help out like we saw in the pandemic where it was a huge issue. we'll bring back from the telecommunications equipment. we invent telecommunications
equipment but so much of it, all of it is madeover seas. with china spying on us, we need to make sure we have our domestic production ready to go. and pharmaceutical production. biosimilar production. aerospice space production like we do in east orange county as well as space production, having the bussiest space port in the world, 70% of space flights going through there at cape canaveral, something we beam with pride about in florida. so as we hear about the mistakes of the past and trying to invest in failure by many republicans in this chamber, the democratic majority is defending democracy, we have gotten covid under control, we have passed a major infrastructure package, we have passed bipartisan bills for the budget, for our military, for the war in ukraine, and now we go on next to bring american jobs home with the american competes -- the america competes act. the future is bright if we work
together, madam speaker. in honor of women's history month i would like to recognize ashley marie wright. ashley marie wright is a mother, dynamic visionary, and results-oriented leader. she founded wright on the time educational services in 2006 which provides customized educational solutions to communities that desire to open a school. solve an educational problem, or require management services. w.o.t. focuses on developing innovative learning environments that cultivate the entire student in a way that empowers them to be impact. leaders of tomorrow. as the founder of new beginnings high school in 2011, ashley successfully implemented a unique educational model that
provides an innovative and nurturing educational experience which is available to all students in central florida. thousands of students who were once unsuccessful in traditional public school model are now thriving, graduating from high school and pursuing postgrj watt opportunities due to ashley's unparalleled work. before her role as founder of nbhs, ashley established herself as an education professional by being an exceptional teacher and ultimately climbing the career ladder to become principal at the age of 25. as a rule of her modus operandi, she is widely acclaimed as a business leader who genuinely cared about the growth of each child. her ability to effectively raise student's academic produce prowess and self-escheme helps bolster their performance amidst any present challenges they may have. today she builds and operates schools utilizing her education ethos to replicate her success.
ms. wright graduated from florida state university in 2003, gave birth to a beautiful and precocious victoria marie in 2007, and starred her own charter system in 2010. her passion, upbringing and love for empowering others through education laid the framework for her unique education and management methodology. building on her patients' legacy, award winning educators clint and debra wright, ashley changes lives for the better one community at a time. for this and more, ashley marie wright, we honor you. in honor of women's history month, i would like to recognize asma patel. asma pate slrvetion a board certified community tern.
ms. patel holds dual degrees with honors in psychology and legal studies as well as a j.d. degree. during her law school career she was a student ambassador, mentor and the president of muslim law school association at her alma mater. she honed her dispute resolution skills by competing in and ultimate winning first place in an international law school mediation tournament. during this time, she continued to demonstrate her dedication to serving her community as a guardian add litem fellow. in this vole she played a crucial role as support for abandoned children. she has spearheaded initiatives aimed at ending domestic violence, as a certified domestic abuse victim advocate she assisted victims in crisis by providing resources and support. in an effort to create awarend she hosed family empower.
seminars and events aimed at tackling nesting abuse. through mentorship, extensive networking and volunteerism, msh marginalized and vulnerable communities striving to bring light and change to the social injustices that plague them. most recently she has begun to help the issue of inaccessibility to feminine hygiene products by providing these products to local title i schools. ms. patel's bridge the gap initiative in osceola county is inspired by her desire to take action that empowers women to be courageous in the pursuit of creams of dreams. for this and more, ms. asma patel we honor you i would like to recognize deputy chief betty holland is a veteran of the law enforcement profession. she currently works for the
kissimmee police department. before coming to the police department in 2018, she worked for the polk county sheriff's office for 30 years. she has held several prominent supervisory position go including strategic investigations lieutenant in overseeing the criminal justice academy as captain. she received her bachelor of science in business and professional relationship from southeastern university and master in public administration from troy university. she is a graduate of the southern police institutes administrative officers' course from the university of louisville and a graduate of public certified public manager program at florida state university. did deputy chief holland of law enforcement surfaced at age 15.
this quickly -- this interest developed into a passion and when she graduated from high school she accepted a position at the polk county sheriff's office. her goals include becoming chief of police with the city of kissimmee police department and continuing to build relationships with the community. she is passionate about lowering crime rates, holding public servants to higher standards and creating more open lines of communication between officers and civilians. her actions regarding these objectives remain a consistent measure of her interest in the betterment of the field of law enforcement. for this and more deputy chief betty holland, we honor you. in honor of women's history month i would like to reek
nieces ms. cindy lewis. she has dedicated her career at the kissimmee, osceola chamber of commerce. she is the second daughter of johnny and annette wim beerily and has called central florida her home for her entire life and cindy began her career with the chamber of commerce as administrative assistant in 1989. she was promoted to office manager in 1994 and executive vice president this in 2008. in her time see chamber, she was recognized as chamber professional of the year by the florida association of chamber professionals and received her certification as florida certified chamber professional
and fourth year at the institute of organization and management, a professional development program of the u.s. chamber foundation of which she will graduate in june of this year. during her ten your at kissimmee ons yowl -- osceola chamber, cindy is a graduate of leadership osceola. cindy has been married for 32 years. they own a ranch filled with cattle, chickens, cats and two spoiled dogs. when she is not working or ranching, she enjoys boating and learning new recipes and vacationing in the florida keys. for this and more ms. cindy
lewis, we honor you. in honor of women's history month i would like to recognize doris moore bailey. her marketing skills for national youth organization inspired her to develop middle school and teen mom initiatives in four florida counties and 24 schools to provide services for 1,000 students yearly. an experienced professor and ymca program direct tore she believes no one achieves a successful life without positive mentoring. she was appointed to the southwest florida water management district and participated in the peace river florida's manatee river that flows into the gulf of mexico to tampa bay.
florida's largest storage facility with 1, 1478 with new whales in polk county and established the african-american chamber of commerce and historical museum of lakeland and organized polk county usct re-enactors and found and friend of only buffalo soldier and advocates for the rights of voters. through her work she strierves and enhances community resources. in 2022 she organized the african-american historical museum lynching remembrance project of the 56 of selma
crossing humanity march. she is executive producer of "our voices." the she and her husband and parents and grandparents. she organized florida's first juneteenth observance and member of the a.m.e. church and a cartered member of the past member of a sort chapter in lakeland and offered voices of unsunk immortal sons. for this and moore bailey, we honor you. in honor of women's history month i would like to recognize dr. lynn marshall. dr. lynn marshall's journey in public health began when she worked as an education and
coordinator for healthy start coalition. she joined the florida healthy babies' committee and led a subcommittee that consisted of the following partners, lakeland regional health hospital, the florida department of health, healthy start coalition, sunshine health and spirit life ministries. in 2019, dr. marshall and a handful of community partners held community event at lakeland regional health pavillion for women and children. in august of 2019, dr. marshall incorporated and served as the president of families matter and received proclamations from the polk county board of commissioners and winter haven's mayor. and these government officers have recognized and declared the month of march to be families
matter month and continues to host families matter health panels and community events that are opened to the public at no cost. in addition to providing education to the polk county community, she heads a distribution bank. during this time when care packages, educational materials, clothing and food and play items for babies and children are provided to families in need at no cost. as a community advocate, dr. marshall has served as a guest speaker on the following platforms, 100 national coalition of black women, polk state college women's history month panel discussion, the empowered women, our voices live radio broadcast and more. dr. marshall is the wife of dr. l. marshall and have two beautiful daughters.
for this and more, dr. marshall, we honor you. in honor of women's history month i would like to recognize loudy camper was born in puerto rico. through a 25-year professional trajectory in government and nonprofits she continues to build organizations, create participates and implement outreach services for the community. her career started as a communication specialist and became an english teacher and gained experience in federal grant manager. as a public relations for the vega alpha city she hosted a radio community to connect the community with the local government. she moved with her family to orlando where she has been a noteworthy player in hispanic
relations. as a spanish language teacher, she acquired valuable insight. her passion for community work was at the orange county appraiser and city of orlando. a sector rich in diversity and community pride where she helped people of different nationalities. her work on the trust act policy, which has approved unanimously by the orlando city council and helps victims of crime. in 2019, she was named deputy director for the his andic federation, florida, the nation's latino proper h profit and directed the voter registration during the pandemic. she became h.f. florida state director and spearheaded an
effort to vac vaccinate 13,000 individuals and foresaw $1 million in financial aid. she advocates for affordable housing, immigration, and justice and has been recognized by the 2021 tech for her work in digital inclusion. for this and more loudy cam poe we honor you. i would like to recognize sarah johnston. she serves as the president of development of the boys and girls club of central florida. she began her career in the development field of 2002.
her goal has been to obtain a leadership position that challenges her abilities to maximize results and build strong relationships and honor her commitment president to innovation and community. she is a mission-driven professional with over 20 queers of experience in building relationships with a measurable track record of success. through her experience, she has demonstrated expertise by utilizing a stray teague collaborative and results-oriented mind-set. her team's responsibility is to serve as a connector for individuals in the and children of promise. sarah's favorite part of her role in building bridges and sharing the potential impact they can have through the
stories of club members she serves. she believes there is nothing more important than telling a child that you believe in them and regardless of the zip code or economic status of their family, they deserve a chance to realize their dreams. sarah raised $25 million in hope and opportunity. she is driven every day by the bravery of the club members she serves who have overcome obstacles and the success they achieve through mentors and club programming. for her watching a club member to be the first in their family to receive a high school diploma and pride light up in their eyes believes every day is the opportunity to be great. for this and more, sarah johnston, we honor you. in honor of women's history mark
in honor of women's history month, i would like to honor ms. she works at polk state college where she listens to, learns from and encourage peoples from all walks of life to achieve their dreams. bell is a strong leader who does not seek the spotlight and prefers to work in the background providing guidance and support that fosters student success. born and raised in bartow, florida, bell was a teen parent who overcame obstacles to achieve her diploma and provide for her family. her perseverance resulted in the achievement of an associate's degree from polk community college, a bachelor's degree from warner university and a master's degree from webster university, all while raising two sons. the she first served polk county public schools, followed by positions with the florida department of children and families and fainlly polk state college. she was the first in her family to achieve a college diploma,
providing her with an understanding of the challenges students of color and first generation in college students face as they navigate education. higher education. she is a leader on campus. serving as an adviser to the black student union, a founder of sisters, strong, independent cysters that encourage respect and survive, and a mentor for polk state stem club students. she also invests time as a member of the organizing committee for the city of winter haven juneteenth celebration, serving on the city of winter haven's martin luther king committee, volunteering as the neighborhood service center and participating in lift lakeland to improve race relations and expand economic, education and zivic involvement. bell lives maya angelo's quote, people will forget what you said, people will forget what you kid, but people will never
forget how you made them feel. as she plays an important role in supporting students and celebrating their achievements. for this and more ms. yolanda bell we honor you. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. pursuant to section 11-b of house resolution 188, the house stands adjourned until 1:00 p.m. on monday, march 21,
>> extraordinary qualify kaigs, deep experience and intellect and a rig rus judicial record to the court. >> i am truly humbled by the extraordinary honor of this nomination. and i am especially grateful for the care that you have taken in discharging your constitutional duty in service of our democracy with all that is going on in the world today. >> president biden nominates judge ketanji brown jackson for the u.s. court of appeals to succeed justice steven breyer. if confirmed she'd become the first african-american woman to
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commission on the need for more u.s. assistance. they talked about russian president putin's intentions in the region and requested additional funding for defense. as well as an increase in u.s. troop presence. on as well as an increase in u.s. troop presence. >> this hearing will come to order. thank you all.