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they have more of what they call their people coming in and overtake and outnumber white people. host: we will end the program there. the house coming in for the day, gaveling in momentarily. we will be back here tomorrow. 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. april 27, 2022. i hereby appoint the honorable bonnie watson coleman to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 10, 2022, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders
for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. with time equally allocated member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip limited to five minutes. but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:30 a.m. i'm sorry, 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arkansas, mr. wo womack, for five minutes. mr. womack: madam speaker, i rise today to recognize the retirement of one of arkansas' most admired sports journalists, clay henry. clay has retired after decades
of covering arkansas razorback athletics, notably the publisher of hogs illustrated, the weekly publication dedicated to the coverage of our beloved hogs. it was natural for clay given that he was the son of another sports legend in arkansas journalism, orville henry. i'm quite confident his introduction to razorback sports was while he was still in diapers. then later as a staff man for the arkansas gazette at the age of 14. he was produced by the best, tutored by the best, and like those before him became the best. stops along the way at publications like the log cabin democrat in conway, and the tulsa world helped prepare him for a gig in 1992 with a new arkansas magazine called, hogs illustrated. leaving the tulsa world for an
upstart might have been a tough decision for a lot of people, but with clay, it just seemed a natural pit. after all, clay was a hog not a sooner. he partered in divide the publication with a george billingsley before selling to stevens media, then later to the hussman company, waco media, which became the sole other. never step the common denominator that found its way into the mailboxes of hog fans everywhere was clay henry. lots of contributing -- contributing writers, amazing photographers, great sails men, but only one clay henry. 27 years as publisher. and now it's off to the north fork river where the trout have a full-time enemy. that is when jean ann, his bride of 45 years, doesn't have him do honey dos or assuming the razorbacks don't come calling.
congratulations my friend for a journalism career of enormous success and professionalism. the hog nation is forever grateful. madam speaker, more than a half century ago americans walked on the moon for the first time. now a new lunar mission is upon us in 2024 and the third district of arkansas will support this next step in space exploration. nasa has chosen canoe, a high-tech mobility company with announced headquarters and facilities in northwest arkansas to produce a transportation fleet for astronauts, part of the artemis program. as the crew prepares for their historic launch, they will be moved by state offart vehicles manufactured in bentonville, arkansas. a demonstration of ingenuity and the natural state's focus on
harnessing emerging technology and novel ideas, great things can be achieved when the public and private sectors work together. i'm so proud that the future of space discovery is being supported by the third district and our incredible work force. the pioneering spirit of arkansas and america will be on display as fully suited astronauts ride to their liftoff location. congratulations to canoe, you are playing a role in such an incredible moment in american history. from arkansas to the moon, eventually on to pharz. your work is driving innovation forward. i yield mack. back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california, ms. porter, for five minutes. ms. porter: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. porter: trying to cancel a subscription can take in as many circles as looking for
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cancel a subscription, you can report this fraud on the f.t.c.'s website or contact my office for help. i rise today on behalf of david lynn, my constituent, who has been imprisoned in china since 2006 on charges of contract fraud. although the chinese government has reduced david's sentence, the fact remains that david has been separated from his family for nearly 16 years. and may die in prison. he has already missed his children's graduations, his daughter's wedding, and the birth of his grandchild. at age 67, his health is declining, and he may never have the opportunity to hold his grandchildren or see his family again. recently his daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer. this is urgent. americans wrongfully detained overseas should be allowed to come home to their loved ones. i urge president biden to continue doing everything in his power to secure david's release.
orange county infrastructure is getting an upgrade because of federal funds. last week i had the opportunity to wear an orange safety vest and hardhat and join the southwest regional council of car pepters local 714 at one of their job sites. i saw firsthand how they are working to improve our freeways and keep families safe. their commitment to quality work was an inspiration. this project will improve 16 miles of the 405 in orange county. it will revamp road conditions and upgrade bridges with safer sidewalks and bike lanes. and it was paid for in part through federal funds. i was proud to support the bipartisan infrastructure law which makes additional investments to create millions of jobs and strengthen our economy. this law will make necessary infrastructure projects possible and i'll continue supporting federal legislation that brings resources back home to orange county.
i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa, for five minutes. mr. lamalfa: thank you, madam speaker. we are dealing with an awful lot of grave issues and they become crises when they aren't managed correctly in this country. we are hearing a lot about inflation, and feeling the effects. especially lower income people, low-income people are being very harmed by the policies put forth the last year and a quarter. hear a lot about the americans pay more for vehicles. you can't hardly find a new vehicle. the praoeugs of used vehicles is skyrocketing. gas at the pump, do i need to talk about that? lodging. airline fairs. to get our jobs to washington, d.c. but for regular people on vacation and doing their business as well.
what does it being talked about enough? the cost of food. availability of food. inflation is hitting it hard, too. cost of inputs. my home state, lack of water. lack of water in california. why does that matter to the rest of the country? i'll tell you. farms and rafrpbs produce about $50 billion in output in california. but there needs to be water for the crops. environmental laws are forcing the release of water down the rivers and out to the oceans for could he hoe salmon, delta sphelt, etc. our ag sector in california is the most important in the united states. there are a lot of very important sectors as well. tail you this, we lead the nation in over 77 different crops, including many fruit and vegetable specialty crops. our top commodities are milk, grapes, cattle, and calves. strawberries, lettuce ,-walnuts,
rice, carrots, tang reasons to name a few. our state is the only producer which means 99% or more of arty chokes, cellry, figs, garlic, honey dew. plums, and walnuts. for california of all the domestic production 70% of global production comes from california. so it's important that the water flows to our state. that's one of the important inputs we are short of. i talked about the energy costs. on my own farm we are fortunate enough to have fairly decent water allocation where i live in my part of the state, i have neighbors to the west and south receiving in some cases zero percent allocations. zero. take trice prescription drugs, for example, it's going to be down probably by half. as a rice grower that gravely concerns me. as a food producer and all of
you as food consumers, you need to be greatly concerned. these policies can be avoided. we still have a point if we can save -- though we can save this springtime and get crops planted with water that's available presently. instead, we are watching world events here. ukraine, their farmers are dodging bombs right now. trying to get crops planted. russia's actually been somewhat of an important exporter, not so much to this country, but we import some things from them. fertilizer, some of our energy. we need to put a stop to that become self-sufficient like we can. we should have energy independence. we had that up until a year ago. so we are going to keep shorting ourselves on crops grown because of environmental laws, taking the water way, shifting it to a fish that doesn't exist in the delta tkph*eu more, the sphelt.
trillions of gallons of water going to the ocean and fields being idled. permanent crops being destroyed. trees and vines dying because there is no water for them. we are going to feel that. we are already feeling it in the stores. you can go to a major supermarket see a whole freezer section has nothing in it. in the united states of america. that blows my mind. we can grow plenty here. we always have. until these times. environmental laws' trumping what people need. bad energy policy, driving the cost of everything. some of the fertilizer have to put on my crops have over doubled in price. that has to be made up somewhere, either the farmer eats it and goes out of business or made up on the store shelves. somewhere along the chain it has to be made up for. we can produce the energy that produces fertilizer that fuels the tractors, trucks, everything it takes to bring a crop in. we can produce it here and capable of it. we are being paralyzed by
policies at the federal level and home state level as well. one of the ideas in the legislature on top of everything. on top of the $6 gas, $6 gas we have in california, is to add more gas tax on top of that. by our state legislature. not your problem. sometimes we are a comic show. it's what we do out there. we get laughed at. we won't fix it here. it needs to be fixed there. don't do what we do. rest of the country. we need to set policy here where we can in congress at the federal level that brings us energy independence and helps put putt food back object the table instead of taking the water away and raising the costs of everything. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair wreck sizes the gentlewoman from alabama, ms. sewell, for five minutes. ms. sewell: madam speaker, i rise today to honor a pioneer of
broadcaster journalism, news anchor art franklin, who will be making his departure from cbs 42 in birmingham, alabama, on friday, april 29. art franklin is a multiple emmy award winning journalist whose broadcast career has spanned more than 38 years and earned him more than 100 community and journalism awards. including two emmy awards. and most recently he was awarded an edward r. phur row -- phuro -- murrow as anchor of cbs 42's coronavirus house calls. . art currently anchors the cbs evening news at 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. after returning to -- returning to anchor the cbs news with art franklin.
he first came to birmingham in 1991 and spent 12 years at wbrc tv where he was a trail blazer, becoming birmingham's first african-american male to anchor in primetime. during his career of almost four decades, art has worked as a radio announcer, radio news direct york production manager, a talk show host of both radio and television, a television news producer, host of a television public affairs show, and the producer of the national association of black journalists award show that was aired on bet. in addition to his time as a journalist, art was c.e.o. of atlanta based independent record company, 285 records. the author of a book "give it all you got," art launched in 2021 the art franklin collection a clothing line of men's tierks beau ties, shirts and custom suits. art sits on numerous boards in
the state of alabama. he's an avid cook and tennis player and he's a proud member of omega psi phi fraternity. i ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing art franklin in his extraordinary career and contributions to broadcast journalism. congratulations, art. we in birmingham are so proud of all you have done and wish you much luck in your endeavors. madam speaker, i rise today to recognize the 100th anniversary of princeton baptist medical center and baptist health systems in birmingham, alabama. for a century, the princeton baptist medical center has been dedicated to serving the most vulnerable in our communities by prioritizing community health and expanding access to health care. as a faith-based hospital,
princeton was built on the premise that it would provide services to patients regardless of their ability to pay. during its first days of operation, princeton served 39 patients with 11 more admitted by the day's end without any operating capital. since then, the princeton baptist medical center began expanding rapidly, undergoing multiple major hospital renovations. as the hospital's infrastructure grew, so did its network, expanding to meet the needs of its patient by adding new departments to meet the needs and research as well as keep a i breast of the latest maryland call research. during the 1990's, more hospitals scwoined princeton baptist to build one of our state east largest and most comprehensive network of hospitals, the brookwood baptist health. since its humble begin, princeton baptist medical center has remained active in the community, hosting several residency and mentoring
programs. it became the first health care center in the united states to implement a pastoral education program and student internship. now more than 230 physicians and additional 1,700 employees and 505 licensed hospital beds, princeton baptist medical center continues to be a center priest in our birmingham community. i am honored to be their partner in our fight to expand health care access to all alabamans. i'm proud to honor princeton baptist medical center for its profound contributions to our community as they celebrate 100 years of service. thank you to princeton baptist medical center. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. rose, for five minutes. mr. rose: madam speaker, repoforts clan december tine flights taking thes of --
thousands of illegal immigrants across the country on behalf of u.s. tax payers are extremely concerning. in his 45 years as united states senator and vice president and now president, joe biden has sworn to defend the u.s. constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic on eight separate occasions. presumably including invasions of our border. nowhere in the constitution does it describe using taxpayer dollars to transport illegal immigrants to every corner of this country. employees of the airline in question are fearful that they may be participating in human trafficking as unaccompanied minors are on many of these flights. department of homeland security secretary mayorkas must answer whether american taxpayers are paying for these secret flights and if so, why. all parties involved should be
held accountable including president biden. none of this would be an issue if we had just followed through on president trump's plan to build a wall at our southern border and secure our borders. instead, president biden seems determined to make every town in america a border town. madam speaker, i rise to recognize the late mill lard von oak lee, one of the greatest tennesseans i have ever known. his legacy will live on in our state's history for generations to come. he started life as a shoe shine on the livingston, tennessee, square and checked out as a multimillionaire chasing the excitement of the next great business deal or opportunity or challenge. he was a faithful husband, a loving father, and grandfather, an exemplary public servant and
a passionate believe for the his small town and the surrounding region. if you took a trip to overton county, tennessee, you wouldn't have to look far to find someone directly blessed by mill lard von oak lee. -- millard von oakley. that is me. we come from opposing parties, i'm a republican and he was a southern democrat, having served as state commissioner under a democratic governor. that never impeded his willingness to encourage me or hear me out. our debates and disagreements were always cordial. there was never a time when i did not glean something valuable from a conversation i had with him. he cared and believed in me and that meant the world. countless tennesseans would say the same about this mighty man. there was not a person in the
town who mr. oakley did not endeavor to know. whether you were the gas station clerk, a sheriff's deputy, or a student, you mattered to millard von oakley. what i will always miss is his most sincere compassion. he gave life to the dreams of many. his generosity will live on through the numerous funds and scholarships to multiple schools and foundations. as you venture down interstate 40 in cookville and exit to state route 111 you'll find yourself on millard von oakley parkway, the entrance into the town of the -- of the town so dearly loved by this tennessean. up that state route yowl find an impressive public library giving children and adults access to thousands of books and a new magnificent county building, each made possible by the
generous i have to mr. and mrs. oak lee. -- mr. and mrs. oakley. there's no replacing millard von oakley, only honoring him by doing better and leaving this world a little better in memory of a great tennessean who did it better than anyone i have ever known. i pray we'll all take up the mantle and leave our communities a little better than we found them. thank you, madam speaker and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from connecticut, mr. larson, for five minutes. mr. larson: thank you, madam speaker. i rise to address the body for five minutes and revise and extend my remarks. madam speaker, i'm here this morning to talk about social security and want to start with commending chairman neal of the ways and means committee and especially for his formation of the racial equity committee that was head up by one of the previous speakers, terri sewell
and steven horsford and jimmy gomez. our great colleague john lewis said that social security would be the next civil rights movement. john had probably no idea about what the pandemic would bring but what the pandemic has done as underscored the plight and the need of all of our fellow americans. what i mean by that is this. this pandemic has hit the country hard. it's turning everybody's lives upside down. there's close to a until people in our country that have perished during this pandemic because of covid-19. but 740,000 plus are over the age of 65. in that same group over the age of 65 are, of course, the recipients of social security. those recipients also are the people who are on fixed income.
people on fixed income are hurt the hardest by the inflationary times that we're in. that's why we have proposed social security 2100 a sacred trust that is currently in the process of being marked up in the ways and means committee. it's being marked up so that we can address what martin luther king best described as the fierce urgency of now. what is that fierce urgency? for every member of this body, to go home and look at your brothers and sisters, co-workers, the people you go to church and worship with and understand that it's been more than 50 years since congress enhanced any benefit in social security. a gallon of milk was 71 cents
back in 1971. look at the cost of milk, look at the cost of gas, look at the cost of heating and cooling your home, look at the cost of groceries and prescription drugs, and for congress to be negligent and not address this issue, this is not something, madam speaker, that can be done through executive order. nor is the supreme court going to adjudicate. this is the direct responsibility of the united states congress and the last time it did something was in 1983. ronald reagan was the president. bob dole was the senate leader. tip o'neill the speaker. they made the program more solid then but they did it by cutting benefits. the last of which just went into effect this january with raising the age to 67. now it sounds good when you say, well, people are living longer so we've got to raise the age. but consider the logic.
if you're living longer, how is it that you can sustain a cut in social security? it hasn't been enhanced in more than 51 years. it's congress' responsibility. 10,000 baby boomers a day become eligible for social security. it affects our rural communities more than it affect ours urban communities. and in doing so who has it impacted? close to five million of our fellow americans who get below poverty level checks from the federal government at a time we're passing out tax cuts to the wealthiest 1% in this country. if indeed black lives matter is more than just a slogan, we will be voting on this issue on this floor, to send a message to the more than 65 million social security recipients that help is on the way. no one will ever work all their lives and then retire into poverty because we're going to
create a new floor that will be 125% of what the poverty level is. with that, madam speaker, i want to urge the body to take a look at social security 2100 a sacred trust. this is bipartisan. if you look at the data, 80% of democrats, 75% of independents, 69% of republicans agree that these benefits need to be enhanced. it's a commonsense, practical way in this pandemic to both deal with inflation and give long overdue relief to our senior citizens. social security is the number one anti-poverty program for the elderly. it's the number one anti-poverty program for children. and our veterans utilize social security disability more than the v.a. it's long overdue for this body to do one simple requirement that we all take an oath of office for. and that is to vote.
and vote on increasing and enhancing social security and its ben fits, something that hasn't been done in this body for more than 50 years. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, for five minutes. mr. fitzpatrick: madam speaker, i rise today to recognize the tremendous accomplishment of the 2020penn ridge high school very many's varsity soccer team. at a time when our schools were just reopening, the soccer team seized a moment and went on to win their first piaa class 4-a title on november 21 of 2020. this victory was years in the making. following a 2018 overtime loss in the final tournament game. thanks to the visionary leadership of the coach, the
women's -- penn ridge women's varsity team pushed past the vadders it and clinched the championship win. with both teams battling through a contentious 80 minutes of regulation and 27 minutes of overtime, freshman forward flipped a pass to a junior to score a game winner with a few minutes remaining. madam speaker, i'm proud to recognize these champions today for their leadership and their outstanding efforts in their 2020 season. and i formally will be reading their names and entering their names into the head. head coach anderson. assistant coach law letter. assistant coach stevenson. captain lindsey. captain lea. captain mahdi. captain emily. sierra. katie. anna. zoe. liv. riley. tori.
cara. casey. brill. jess. joey. lauren. lavy. lindsey. reyna. sofia. aubrey. avery. denay. lauren. maggie. ryan. sammy. sam. and phia. madam speaker, along with that victory it is with a heavy heart i recognize the team's assistant coach who recently passed away. robert lee miller. anyone who had the privilege of knowing robert knows that he could always be found on the soccer field lending his strengths and gifts to coach dozens of teams and mentor thousands of youth players. as our bucks county community
mourns his loss and remembers his passion for the game, i would like to offer a moment of silence for robert miller. madam speaker, we are incredibly grateful for the inspiration and impact the coaches, entire penn ridge women's soccer team, and of course the team's parents have had on our community. they are a tremendous asset. we are very, very proud of all of them. i look forward to seeing them all and presenting them with flags individually that were flown over the u.s. house of representatives. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. burr shut -- burchett, for five minutes. mr. burchett: thank you, madam speaker. might i say that is a wonderful outfit you are wearing today. thank you. i seek unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. burchett: thank you, ma'am. madam speaker, i rise today to
congratulate the powell panthers football team for winning its first ever tennessee secondary school athletic association state championship in 2021. on december 3, 2021, the panthers defeated the page high school patriots by a final score of 42-34 at chattanooga's finley stadium to win the class 5-a. blue cross bowl championship. that's the efiflent to our state championship. this victory was significant for all the players and coaches, including the panthers' head coach. back in 2011 coach lowe was a freshman player on the football team when the panthers lost in a heartbreaker state championship game to henry county high school. a decade later, he led his alma mater to a championship that brought pride to every student. and the student community. it was not an easy win for the panthers. the patriots were exet throughout all four quarters. but the panthers claimed title.
winning the championship was the goal all season long and nothing was going to stand in their way. the team kept its eye on the prize and gave it their all to capture the first state championship in the end. the panthers worked hard and supported each other the entire season. and it paid off with a state title. congratulations to all the players. head coach, the team support staff, and entire powell high school opportunity on this great victory. madam speaker, i rise today to sing the praises of a man who i feel is probably the greatest legal mind in america. my good friend albert harp. he's been an attorney in east tennessee since the 1980's. he will retire from practicing law this spring. i rise to celebrate his distinguished career. alberterned both his grund undergraduate and law degrees from the university of tennessee. he went to work for the firm hodges, dowdy, and carson in 1984. he has been employed by the firm
ever since and throughout the years east tennessee has sought out albert's legal expertise in commercial litigation, construction law, product liability, personal injury, domestic -- and domestic litigation and occasional divorce. he also provides legal services for business transactions, corporate law, and wrongful death suits. organizations such as the best lawyers in america, best lawyers consumer guide, who's who of american law, and mid south super lawyers have recognized him for his excellent representation in the fields of commercial litigation and personal injury. and the knoxville news sentinal a noted politician was quoted as saying he was the best legal mind in america. additionally he's consistently recognized by city view magazine, one of knoxville's top lawyers for personal injury and construction law. outside of practicing lawrks he's engaged with the knoxville community, when west high school mock trial team won the state -- tennessee state championship. he mentored the students by serving as their attorney coach.
he held leadership position was wdvx, and the ramala club of knoxville. albert and his wife, are parents to ashley, nichlas, and knoll. and have several grandchildren. thank you for your dedicated legal representation to east tennesseans. i wish you the best in your retirement. congratulations on achieving up sownl status. madam speaker, i rise today to celebrate lucy and ray hand. two of my all time favorite people and two incredibly amazing people who helped me through one of the toughest periods of that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks life. they were recently recognized by the junior achievement of east tennessee as knoxvilleians of the year. when i was going through a particularly tough time in my life, hi a lot of bad press, i received on a tuesday i always recall i received a call from lucy hand and she said, kick off for the u.t. game is this saturday at noon. i expect to see you in the sky box with us. i asked if she had seen what painter was saying about me, she
said, timmy, kick off is at noon, don't make me send raymond after you. you know it's serious business, madam speaker, when lucy brings up ray. i went to the game and the hands were gracious hosts to me as always, as they always are. at halftime i decided to go to the lower section to check out some renovations that were recently completed and see the statue. when i got there, i heard the most beautiful noise in the world. it was the sweetest little 4-year-old girl i think i had ever seen. she was wearing some unbelievably little cool red shoes and they were sparkling and she was spinning around. i can see it in my mind's eye right now. after i saw her, i looked to my left it was the most beautiful woman i had ever seen. her name was kelly and she would later become my wife and idz bell would become my daughter. that day changed my life. lucy and ray hand were there for that moment just like when my parents died, when i married kelly, when i adopted my isabelle. they were also here in washington in 2019 when i was
sworn into congress. i remember when they were standing in line and the capitol policeman asked me if they were my family because they were escorting family through, i looked at him and said yes, they are my family. madam speaker, they are my family. i want to thank them for being my friend and thank you for bringing kelly and isabelle and me together. and create add wonderful family for me -- created a wonderful family for me. congratulations. thank you, madam speaker. i yield the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from south carolina, mr. wilson, for five minutes. mr. wilson: thank you, madam speaker. we appreciate your million dollar smile. living legend sean han it of fox news is now officially the longest running prime time cable news host in television history passing the former record of larry king. i especially appreciate his professionalism having myself minored in journalism an being
editor my-to-my college and high school newspapers and reporter for the daily paper of charleston, south carolina. he is a champion for freedom. and he cites each day has passed of honoring the 13 dead americans in kabul. he also points out sadly the americans left behind in afghanistan. he stands with the heroes of ukraine, fighting war criminal putin as president zelenskyy inspires live free or die. as aptly written in an april 21 fox news story by brian flood, han knit, who has -- ha nity has host add prime time program on fox news for 25 consecutive years, six months, 15 days. sean's authenticity and insightful commentary have created one of the most enduring connections for our audience and it's been an honor to watch him over the years. a fox news original, he has
helped innovate the industry and we are incredibly proud of his extraordinary success. fox news media c.e.o. said in a statement. his program has been one of the most watched cable news programs on a regular basis. he's finished number one in its time slot for 13 consecutive years. among both viewers and the advertiser demographic of adults 25 to 54. sirches since launching as a so of lo hour in january of 2009. according to neilsen media research. i'm grateful to fox news media and to our loyal dead gate kateed viewers who i am proud to serve every night he said. before landing a solo program, he was one half of the popular hannity and combs. last year he joined fox and friends to discuss the network's 25th anniversary. it was to be a bold innovation. everybody laughed. nobody thought it would be
successful. not only did we quickly become number one, we have been able to maintain that number one position for a very long time. sean said. fox news finished the first quarter of 2022 as the basic cable's most watched network. crushing cnn and msnbc. for the 81st consecutive quarter during a busy news cycle that included russia's hideous invasion of ukraine and sadly the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and round-the-clock political news. over the last 25 years, he has interviewed newsmakers including former president donald trump, former vice president mike pence, former prime minister benjamin netanyahu, and most recently award winning actor and director sean penn. he's also the author of for "new york times" best-selling books. congratulations, sean. thank you for providing america with news we can trust by telling the truth. then i have another personal interest.
our family really appreciates newscasters. my oldest son, alan, the attorney general of something s. married the leading newscaster of south carolina, jennifer of wis television. because he married over his head, he was elected the youngest attorney general in the united states. as i conclude, as the co-chair of the french caucus, congratulations to president ma kron -- macron on re-election. america appreciates our first alley with extraordinary representation by the ambassador. we stand together for the people of ukraine and with president zelenskyy. i yield back. the messenger: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from florida, mrs. cherfilus-mccormick, for five minutes. mrs. cherfilus-mccormick: thank you. madam speaker, i rise to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. cherfilus-mccormick: this week i host add seniors town hall in my district in which many had concerns about their access to long-term care, the price of prescription drugs, and their social security benefits.
every day 10,000 americans turn 65 years old. that's 65 years of raising families, paying their taxes, protecting our country, and building our communities. after six decades of working hard for this country, they have the right to the benefits and resources they have earned for retirement. we do not need to cut benefits, but instead expand access to full range of long-term care services that help seniors within their communities. unfortunately, it has become far too expensive for middle class friends and families to care for our seniors. prescription drug prices are a major component of the overall cost of caring for the elderly. while medicare part d pays for some medications for those enrolled in the plan, it is reported that over 65% of our seniors' prescription drugs costs are out of pocket. no american should ever have to break the bank to pay for lifesaving care. today too many americans are
forced to make the decision between paying their bills or buying their pills. democrats have been fighting to bring down health care costs and lower prescription drugs prices by holding insurance companies and drug companies accountable and strengthening the social security and medicare and medicaid. in his state of the union address, president biden announced an initiative to improve quality long-term care for our nation's beloved seniors and people with disabilities. . the announcement uplift what is i have long thought that every american deserves to be able to age with respect and access to quality health care. these actions will be part of long overdue reform to protect the safety and rights of seniors and people with disabilities living in nursing homes. our country and our economy are stronger and healthier when every american has access to quality, affordable health care and long-term care.
i look forward to working with my colleagues to make sure these issues are addressed and that we support and look out for our nation's seniors. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house >> thank you for the opportunity
to discuss this important matter with you. i would be pleased to answer any questions. >> thank you for your testimony. i recognize myself for five minutes. attorney general healy, your investigation revealed that mckenzie helped drug companies increase opioid sales and fight against meaningful regulation of opioids. based on your investigation did mckenzie advise perdue to undermine federal drug safety measures, and if so how? >> thank you, congresswoman. the answer to that is quite simply absolutely. it is infuriating. it spannedded many years. if you go back to 2008, there was a time when the f.d.a. was actually trying to create a safety program for oxycontin tphepb and impose stricter standards -- and impose stricter standards. at that time mckenzie was actively