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chaplain kibben. chaplain kibben: would you pray with me? god of peace and author of our salvation, we pause in prayer to you for the ongoing conflict overwhelming the country of ukraine and terrorizing its people. after over 100 days of fighting, o lord, the people cry to you for deliverance. we pray to you on their behalf as their voices grow weak with exhaustion, their hope dim with each passing hour of unrelenting adversity. god, you are their refuge and their strength. do not delay your salvation from them. you are their ever-present help in time of trouble. do not deny them the strength of your abiding spirit. though the earth gives way to the aggression of their foe, give them reason not to fear. though the seas are ensnared with the adversary's worst
intentions, disrupt their chaotic plans and bring the order of your peace. may ukraine bear witness to your promises. god, you are within her. she will not fall. god, you will help her at break of day. lord almighty, you are with them, you are their fortress. we pray with ukraine by the power of your sovereign name. amen. the speaker: thank you, chaplain kibben. the journal of the last day's proceedings is approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from minnesota, mr. philips. mr. philips: 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: the chair will entertain requests for up to 15 one minutes on each side of the
aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? mr. phillips: 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 gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. phillips: madam speaker, jim ramstad represented minnesota's third congressional in district from 1991 to 2009. his widow, kathryn, a remarkable woman in her own right, wrote me last week and ask me to share her message with the country. i quote, jim voted for the 1994 crime bill and its gun control measures. he was one of only six republicans to cast what was clearly a difficult vote. but he felt so strongly about the compelling need to act and believed it was consistent with his bipartisan, pragmatic and commonsense approach to fighting crime. after so many mass shootings, i cannot understand why congress does not at the very least, show wrote, ban semiautomatic weapons like the ar-15, that's been used
in so many recent mass shootings. she continued, i feel very strongly about this and ask sincerely, what can we do to legislate reasonable legislation like in 1994? what can she do, she asks? she and the country, asks, i might add, we all know what we can do and i say let's do it. with that i yield back, madam chair. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will receive a message. the messenger: madam speaker, messages from the senate. the secretary: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary. the secretary: i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has passed s. 3499, an act -- the post-katrina repeal act, in which the concurrence of the house is requested. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to congratulate retired army master sergeant
james on the name of the salem v.a. women's health clinic in her honor. allowed to enlist by her mother, jane enlisted in the army in 1949 and after leaving in 1951 she eventually returned to the service in 1953 as an administrative specialist. though the army was still segregated at the time of her rejoining, mrs. james would help lead to the integration of her company and later was a trailblazer while serving in japan as the only african-american in the judge advocate general section of the far east command. mr. cline: by the time she retired, she completed 22 years of service. taking a well deserved year off after retirement, she took job with fema. in an article chronicling her life, master sergeant james said simply, i gave my country the best part of my life. it was great to be with ms. james last week to name the center in her honor.
she surely did give the v.a. the best part of her life and the country the best part of her life. congratulations on this well-deserved honor. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, madam speaker. in march of this year, "the washington post" published an article titled "g.o.p. lawmakers push historic wave of bills targeting rights of lgbtq teens, children, and their families." mr. lieu: in april, "washington post" published another article titled "some republicans fear party overreach on lgbtq measures." i just thought i would now recite for you what jesus christ said about homosexuality.
i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, madam chair. madam speaker, i rise today to address the heartbreak americans continue to reel from the horrible killing of 19 students and two teachers by a demented teenager in uvalde, texas. as an representative -- as a representative and a parent, i want to have solutions which includes strengthening mental
health services and school security across this country. mr. rose: democrats in congress have a choice to make. do they want to focus yet again on more gun control, which won't work and won't pass the senate, or do they want to focus on mental health and school security improvements which will help and on which we might be able to reach consensus and pass into law? madam speaker, i believe we can enhance protection for our children without throwing away any of our hard-won freedoms. the ball is in the democrats' court. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from nevada seek recognition? mrs. lee: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. lee: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today as we mark the 159th day of this year and more than 246 mass shootings. columbine, sandy hook, uvalde, parkland. we cannot pretend that we have
not been here before and we cannot fail to act yet again. i've heard from mothers in my district who are frightened for their children's safety. i've heard the horrors of the survivors of the october 1 shooting in las vegas. and survivors of domestic violence and other daily gun violence that doesn't always make the headlines. and i've heard the echoes of decades of disappointment and frustration as congress has failed over and over again to do something. this is not about politics. it is about protecting our kids. this is about doing the jobs we were elected to do. because i refuse to accept that because we may not be able to prevent all gun violence, we should not prevent any gun violence. we can act and must act, and that is why i am voting to pass the gun safety law. thank you.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> to address the house floor for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, madam speaker. gas prices across the country have reached yet another record breaking high. the pain at the pump my constituents are facing is the direct result of the administration's war on american energy. they continue to pass the blame for the crisis. in california we're suffering out-of-control prices that reached over $6.30 per gallon this week. that's nearly $1.50 higher than the national average thanks in part to the state's gas tax. central valley families are struggling to get their kids to school, get themselves to work and feed their families. any reduction will provide much-needed relief. i am asking the state to suspend
the gas tax to get these prices under control for central valley residents. mr. valadao: thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. higgins: madam speaker, in the house oversight and reform committee this morning, we heard compelling testimony from individuals that have been directly affected by gun violence. the buffalo police commissioner, joseph, and also, zeneta, provided testimony that's clear and compelling. and the buffalo shooting that took place, the shooting started at 2:30 in the afternoon. and ended two minutes and three seconds later. one shooter, one weapon of mass destruction, 13 people shot, 10 people dead.
we need sensible gun safety legislation in this country. when you look at the need for background checks, that doesn't violate anybody's constitutional rights. but it affirms the right of people to live freely, to live safely, to live in a prosperous way in our naeighborhoods and throughout the country. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: 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. mr. wilson: madam speaker, last week marked 100 tragic days since war criminal putin's war of mass murder against the sovereign country of ukraine. putin's merciless killing continues to horrify the world while the heroic fight by president volodymyr zelenskyy and the brave ukrainians continue to draw inspiration. ukrainians are on the front
lines of the rule of law as opposed to the rule of gun. i was in lithuanian last week meeting with the nato's parliamentary assembly led by gerry connolly. they wekd finland and sweden into nato which putin has unified for victory in ukraine. putin is sacrificing russian troops for his gain of oil, money, and power. president zelenskyy has said victory will be ours. america and the world support ukraine and their efforts to protect their citizens and defeat evil. in conclusion, god bless our troops who have successfully protected america for 20 years on the global war on terrorism as it continues to move from the afghanistan safe haven to america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from iowa seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, madam speaker.
madam speaker, i rise today to recognize and honor a dynamic leader from iowa's first congressional district, dr. wi. dr. wi is retiring after nearly 13 years. his passion for incluesivity ensures everyone who steps food on the nicc campus, students, educators, employees, and members of the community all felt at home. under his leadership, nicc became a space for addressing challenges in the community and the college has made great strides in promoting growth for minority owned businesses in the area. mrs. hinson: dr. wi has a smile and a kind word of encouragement for everyone he meets. his you a thntic servant -- his authentic servant leadership will be missed but i know his work to improve our community is far from over. so thank you, dr. wi, and congratulations on this exciting new chapter in your retirement.
madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. hoyer: i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hoyer: madam speaker, mr. hoyer: this week, a champion of stem education and dear friend of mine will retire from his role as the president of the university of maryland baltimore county or umbc. he's transformed stem education at umbc most notably by expand regular sources for women and students of color. umbc was 10 years old when he arrived as vice provost in 1987. he helped make umbc a nationwide leader in stem learning. a nationwide learning in
education generally as well. over the last decade, umbc has graduated more african-americans with doctorates in science and engineering than any other university in the united states. the school also produces the highest number of african-american undergraduates who go on to earn a ph.d. in the natural sciences and engineering. these achievements occurred in no small part thanks to his leadership which made a critical difference as umbc grew and expanded its academic programs. s a umbc and beyond he's dedicated his career to realizing the promise of students of color in stem and students generally as well. no matter their background can ensure access of high quality science education. in 2011, mr. speaker, he chaired the national academy's committee
that produced a key report on expanding minority participation in science. in 2012 he was tapped by president obama to serve as the chair of the inaugural president's advisory commission on educational excellence for african-americans. in the when the covid-19 pandemic hit in 2020, he sprang into action. not only did he work to ensure umbc was contributing to research and taking safety measures, he and his wife jacquelyn personally volunteered for the phase 3 moderna vaccine trial and together they campaigned to reduce vaccine hesitancy in maryland, particularly in communities of color. mr. speaker -- madam speaker, i apologize. madam speaker, one of the leadership researchers who developed the moderna vaccine, dr. corbet, was a umbc graduate and the keynote speaker at our
annual maryland fourth and fifth district black history breakfast this year. dr. zobroski has authored numerous reports on lifting up students of color so they can succeed in their careers. in a field where representation is lacking and opportunities have in the always been equitable he's been at the forefront to ensure that all students regardless of their background can pursue their dreams and ambitions. he's been recognized nationally and internationally for his impact. he was the resip dwhroafnt carnegie corporation of new york's academic leadership award in 2011, one of the highest honors for an educator in this country. he has been named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. as one of america's most impact. leaders. and as a top-tier university
president. indeed, many universities in the big ten, many universities in the ivy league, and many universities in other parts of our country have opportuned him to come and be their president. his love and commitment to umbc, however, kept him there and focused on developing it as an extraordinary institution of higher learns. i believe the last part is the one which dr. broski is most proud, that is a top-tier university president. while he's been rightfully lauded as a global leader in stem, first and foremost he's an educator. frederick douglass once wrote it's easier to build strong children than it is to repair broken men. over his long career in
education, dr. ombroski has laid the foundation for thousands of young people to become the best version of themselves. umbc today graduates a diverse group of exceptionally bright and capable students who are equipped to follow their dreams in large part because of his talent, focus, and effort. he's been working so hard to make his dream of educational opportunity and excellence a reality. and he has succeeded in many ways. his legacy will surely be cemented in the innumerable achievements of his students over the last 30 years and will surely continue to do so for decades to come. madam speaker, as he prepared to leave umbc at the end of this year, he has set the school on a path of success and continued innovation. all marylanders and all americans can be proud of his
unwavering commitment to his students, to umbc, and to his unshakeable belief in the power of young people of color to achieve and contribute to the fields of stem. the future of science, technology, engineering and math education nationwide is stronger, not only at umbc but throughout this country, as a result of his leadership. those of us fortunate enough to count him among our friends are all the better for knowing him. i hope my colleagues in the house will join me, madam speaker, in congratulating him on his retirement this week and thanking him for his ground breaking work over the last 30 years. he's retiring from umbc, madam speaker, but i'm sure that he is not retiring from his life of advocacy for those who seek opportunity and the realization of the american dream.
he is an extraordinary individual, an extraordinary speaker, an extraordinary human being. i am certain that he will, nevertheless, continue to benefit maryland and our country as an educator and a visionary for many, many years to come. godspeed, doctor. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from massachusetts -- does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. mcgovern: by direction of the committee of rules i call up house resolution 1153 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 80, house resolution 1153. resolved, that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill, h.r. 2377, to authorize the issuance of extreme risk protection orders. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived.
in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on the judiciary now printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 117-46, modified by the amendment printed in the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution, shall be considered as adopted. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto, to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the judiciary or their respective designees, and, two, one motion to recommit. section 2. upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill, h.r. 7910, to amend title 18, united states code, to provide for an increased age limit on the purchase of certain firearms,
prevent gun trafficking, modernize the prohibition on untraceable firearms, encourage the safe storage of firearms, and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on the judiciary now printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 117-48 shall be considered as adopted. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto, to final passage without intervening motion except, one, two hours of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the judiciary or their respective designees, two, proceedings under section 3 of this resolution, and, three, one motion to recommit. section 3.
the proceedings referred to in section 2 of this resolution are as follows, a, after debate pursuant to section 2 of this resolution, the chair shall put the question on retaining each title of the bill, as amended, in the order specified by the chair, b, the yeas and nays shall be considered as ordered on each of the questions under subsection a, and, c, after disposition of the questions under subsection a, the chair shall put the question on engrossment and third reading of the text comprising those portions of the bill retained pursuant to subsection a. section 4. in the engrossment of h.r. 7910, the clerk shall conform title and section numbers and make related corrections to cross-references in the event a portion of the bill is not retained pursuant to section 3 of this resolution. section 5. house resolution 1151 is hereby adopted. section 6. house resolution 1152 is hereby adopted.
section 7. house resolution 188, agreed to march 8, 2021, as most recently amended by house resolution 1097, agreed to may 10, 2022, is amended by striking “june 10, 2022” each place it appears and inserting, in each instance, “june 17, 2022.” the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognize if -- recognized for one hour. mr. mcgovern: for the purposes of debate only i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentlelady from minnesota, mrs. fischbach, pending which i yield myself up such time as i may consume. all time yielded is for purposes of debate only. i ask unanimous consent that all members be given five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: yesterday the rules committee met and reported a rule, house resolution 1153,
for two measures. first it provides for consideration of h.r. 2377 under a closed rule. the rule self-executes a manager's amendment, provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by a chair and ranking member of the judiciary committee and provides one motion to recommit. second, the rule provides for consideration of h.r. 7910 under a closed rule. the rule provides two hours of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking member of the judiciary committee, provides that following debate the house will vote separately on retaining each title of the bill and provides one motion to recommit. additionally the rule deems passage of house resolution 1151 and house resolution 1152. finally the rule extends recess instruction, suspension authority and same-day authority through june 17. madam speaker, i am struggling to put into words right now the tremendous pain that so many
americans feel and the -- in the wake of the mass shootings in uvalde, texas, and buffalo, new york. pain because once again we are burying america's children. the hopes and dreams and futures of our kids. birthday parties and bar mitzvahs, summer breaks and high school graduations. stolen by a senseless, unceasing drum beat of gun violence. the lives of innocent shoppers ended in a hate-fueled rampage of white supremacy. it does not have to be this way. what kind of country are we if we let this happen and do nothing? what does that say about our values and our priorities as a society? i am so deeply disappointed and frustrated. as a member of congress, but even more as a parent. what happened in uvalde is unconscionable. for god's sake the parents had
to submit d.n.a. because the bodies of their fourth graders were unrecognizable. they had to identify them by their shoes because the exit wounds produced by an ar-15 were so large their bodies were torn apart by the bullets. 18-year-olds can't even rent a car but they can buy guns that can tear people apart. it doesn't make any sense. when i think of the trauma the parents had to go through, burying their kids, knowing that this could have been prevented if bills like the ones we are considering today were passed into law. it's beyond heartbreaking. there are no words. just sadness when i think of my kids. and then i think of all the parents who won't get to watch their own kids grow up. for uvalde, for parkland if sandy hook, for buffalo and all the mass shootings that have torn apart communities across
this country. i'm pleading with my colleagues, do not throw away this opportunity to get something done. do not let partisan talking points get in the way of reasonable gun safety measures. none of these ideas are extreme. in fact, they are what the vast majority of people in this country want us to do. this vote will unequivocally show where each and every one of us stands. on red flag laws. on raising the age to purchase a semiautomatic rifle from 18 to 21. on gun trafficking and straw purchases. on ghost guns. on the safe storage of firearms. particularly when a minor is likely to gain access to them. on bump stocks and on large capacity magazines. we will have separate votes an all of these issues. this week, there will be no excuses. really, think about that list. none of these proposals are
aimed at taking firearms away from law-abiding gun owners. they are aimed at stopping people from getting slaughtered in their schools and churches and grocery stores and homes. these bills would have stopped the shooters in buffalo and uvalde from buying their guns. i'm pleading with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to work with us, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota. >> thank you, madam speaker. mrs. miller-meeks: and i thank the gentleman from massachusetts for yielding me the customary 30 minutes and i i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. miller-meeks: let me be clear, house republicans condemned the violence in buffalo, uvalde, tulsa, and philadelphia. we stand ready to direct school safety, mental health, and the root causes of gun violence. unfortunately, the bills we are
considering today under the rule are nothing more than an attempt by democrats to try to push their anti-gun agenda. h.r. 7910 is a grab bag full of far-left proposals that will not effectively address gun violence but will severely limit america's second amendment rights. mrs. fischbach: there are few provisions i'd like to point out. the bill raises the legal age of gun ownership to 21. this provision is very likely unconstitutional. even a liberal district court in california has already determined with regard to similar restrictions. this bill broadens the definition of frame or receiver that could define multiple parts of the same gun as separate firearms. each of these parts would need its own distinct serial number or risk becoming a class 5 ghost gun. this could turn millions of legal guns into contraband and law-abiding gun owners into
felons. h.r. 2377 is another reminder the democrats fundamentally have no respect for the second amendment rights. it shows their lack of respect for the fourth amendment rights also. this bill destroys the presumption of innocence that is the bedrock of our justice system. it does away with the notion that an individual is innocent until proven guilty and instead makes anyone subject to an extreme risk protection order guilty until proven innocent with what amounts to another version of a red flag law. they also want to mandate a system for gun storage in private homes which is unconstitutional and almost impossible to enforce without stripping even more rights from law-abiding citizens. democrats are picking and choosing legal standards to deprive citizens of their constitutional rights based on how closely those rights are aligned with their political agenda. furthermore, the universe of individuals who can petition the
court for an extreme risk protection order under this bill is far too broad and it creates a process that's ripe for abuse. this bill will create an opportunity for a disgruntled ex-roommate or predatory domestic partner to use the judicial system to harass and burden an individual by requiring law enforcement to seize that individual's firearms and ammunition. federal law already prohibits dangerous and unfit individuals from purchasing or possessing firearms. an individual with a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction, an individual involuntarily committed to a mental institution or an individual who is an unlawful user of controlled substances are all prohibited from possessing or purchasing a firearm already under current law. democrats rejected an amendment that would allow for transfers of a firearm to a victim of domestic violence for
self-defense. under this bill, a friend or a neighbor trying to help the victim would be charged with gun trafficking. these bills are not only about -- are not about public safety. they are about the left's anti-gun agenda. during the judiciary committee while can he considered this bill, the chairman of the committee conceded that the strict gun laws in liberal jurisdictions don't work because criminals are able to obtain guns elsewhere illegally. a member from tennessee on that committee admitted that the democrats' bills will make it harder for law-abiding americans to exercise their second amendment rights. another member, one from new york, threatened to abolish the filibuster and pack the supreme court if any of our nation's checks and balances stood in the way of the democrats' agenda to trample the second amendment. the majority will argue these are commonsense proposals, but they fail to explain the details and the real effects of these provisions.
and what our law-abiding gun owners, what are they concerned about? they are concerned about the constitutional rights provided in the second amendment. all of us recognize the recent tragedies and our hearts goes out to the families, communities. simply attacking law-abiding gun owners will not solve the problem. addressing the causes will. house republicans stand ready to address the root cause of this senseless act of violence but not at the cost of america's constitutional rights. thank you, madam speaker, and i oppose the rule and ask members to do the same. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, the gentlelady said root cause of school safety, i ask unanimous consent to insert into the record a may 26, 2022 article from the texas tribune entitled texas hardened schools. it didn't save uvalde. madam speaker, we keep hearing
the epidemic of mass school shootings can be solved by hardening schools. guess what, robb elementary had been hardened. we can harden schools all we want. we can turn them into fortresses. unless we deal with the underlying issue, it's going to keep happening. she also said that mental health is a root cause. i ask unanimous consent to insert into the record a bloomberg article published may 27 it 2022, entitled, republican push unfounded mental health claim for gun violence. madam speaker, let me set the record straight. yes, we have people with mental health issues in america. so do other countries. only here in america do we have widespread fatal gun violence to the extent that we do. so spare us the lectures. i should say under g.o.p. governor greg abbott, texas is last in the nation for mental health access. just one final thing. we keep hearing about the inconveniences of these proposals. safe storage, background checks,
waiting lists. i get it. there may be some inconvenience here. but stack that up against the carnage. stack that up against the mass shootings, the daily killings in this country. i mean, for once can we put that first over the inconvenience of going through a background check? i mean, this is a moment i hope we can actually do something. instead, we're complaining about inconveniences. give me a break. madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, mr. bowman. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the requests are recognized. i recognize the gentleman from new york. mr. bowman: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise today in support of my resolution, h.res. 1152, to condemn the great replacement myth which is a delusional white supremacist conspiracy theory. i'm to be joined by my
co-leads, c.b.c. chairwoman beety, c.h.c. chairman ruiz, kpac chairman chu, lgbtq-plus equality caucus chair cicilline, jayapal, congressman takano, congressman raskin and buffalo, new york's representative congressman higgins. we're joined by more than 140 of our democratic colleagues as original co-sponsors. on may 14, a self-described wheat supremacist and anti-semite drove more than 200 miles to buffalo, new york, where he killed 10 people and injured three others, 11 of which were black. in a 180-page manifesto that he posted publicly online, he cites the great replacement myth as his motivation and cause to target black people.
the great replacement myth is a ra racist, anti-semitic, nativist, and hateful lie. it's 2022, and black people are still being hunted down and killed in america. the same goes for every person of color, jewish people, the lgbtq+ community, and every marginalized person in this country. we remember the lives of aaron salter, ruth whitfield, pairly young, kat massey, roberta drury, margaret morguson, all -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. mcgovern: i yield the gentleman an additional 30 seconds. mr. bowman: our history is
mourning and has been mourning since this country was founded. we can't carry on to think we cannot change. we must combat white supremacy. i reviews to be complicit in this hatred because we have failed to take a stand as a nation. i ask my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to stand together and condemn this myth as the white supremacist conspiracy theory that it is and vote yes on the rule. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota. mrs. fischbach: thank you, madam speaker. just wanted to make a couple of comments. the gentleman from massachusetts, with all due respect, he mentioned, you know, other countries. and i just wanted to point out that other countries don't have the freedoms and don't live the way we do in our great democracy, a republic, and i don't think that they -- they don't have the constitutional rights that we have under the
second amendment. and so our citizens are being asked to have that constitution respected. it's not -- i don't believe i used the word inconvenient at all. what i used is the words trampling our constitutional rights. and that is what i think is important here that we not talk about -- that we not talk about the gentleman from massachusetts mentioning these inconvenient things. i am talking about our citizens' constitutional rights under the second amendment. and with that, madam speaker, i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlewoman from north carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: i thank the gentlewoman for yielding. madam speaker, i rise today in opposition to h.r. 2377, the extreme risk protection order act. simply put, this bill tramples upon the second amendment by means of destroying the fifth. however, i'd like to direct my argument against the bill towards another amendment, the
10th, which reserves power to the states. 19 states have already enacted red flag laws in some form or another and all 31 additional states have the authority to do so. the federal government must ask itself whether this bill will add any measure of additional security that states are not already able to make for themselves. the federal government must also look to these states to gaming whether red flag laws have any effect on gun violence at all. it is certainly not the case in chicago, illinois, a city subject to state red flag laws which leads all american cities in the number of persons killed and injured in mass shootings over the past four years. red flag laws have saved no lives in chicago. this bill is redundant, not to
mention likely ineffective. americans deserve better than this. i yield back to the gentlewoman from minnesota. mrs. fischbach: reserves. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, the gentlewoman from -- the gentlelady from minnesota made a reference to the united states in comparison to other countries. i want to hold this chart up here. you may not be able to see. this is the number of gun deaths. the u.k. way down here. france, germany, denmark, switzerland. i mean, all free countries. you may not be able to see because it's so small compared to the united states. you sure as hell can see the number of gun deaths here in the united states. it is unacceptable. it is unacceptable. and it is about time that democrats and republicans all agree that it is unacceptable.
and that's what this debate is about. so, you know, we want to talk about other countries around the world that are free. lots of countries that enjoy freedom do not have the number of gun deaths and massacres. their parliaments and their congresses are not meeting to grieve over the execution and the mass killing of little children in schools like we do on a regular basis. . the only question for people here is whether we're going to do anything or if it's going to be business as usual. take the money from the gun lobby and do nothing. i yield to the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. ross. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. ross: i rise today because there's no greater moral imperative for us as representatives than protecting the safety of our children and
our residents. in recent weeks our nation has been yet again shake ton its core by the senseless attack on our most vulnerable. heart breakingly, mass shootings have become a steady drum beat in american life. striking in community after community and instilling fear in the american people as we drop our kids off at school. go to the grocery store. or enter a house of worship. after each of these terrifying events, after the vigils have been held and the news cycle has moved on, there is one thing that never fades. every person who has had a friend, neighbor, spouse, or child, madam speaker, taken by violence, carries with them the heartbreaking pain of that incomprehensible loss. so what will it take for republican leaders to join us in
taking action because so many republicans agree with us? how many kids need to die? how many families need to suffer before they finally say, enough is enough? i spent much of my public life in public service and i believe in american democracy. and i still believe in the ability of men and women in this chamber to set their differences aside, to make transformative change for the public good. my plea to my colleagues across the aisle is to stand up for what is right. let's start the hard work of building a safer america. i come from a southern state with plenty of law-abiding gun owners but people from across north carolina have been reaching out to me and my office, including several republicans and gun owners. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired.
ms. ross ross: i support the rule and commend it to this body. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. mrs. fischbach: thank you, madam speaker. if we defeat the previous question, i will offer an amendment to the rule to immediately consider the need -- the prosecutors need to prosecute act. legislation authored by representatives mall io tau kiss and tiffany that ensures those charged with keeping our schools and streets safe. i ask unanimous consent to insert the text along with extraneous materials immediately prior to the vote. while my colleagues believe the best way tie protei violence is to strip away rights, americans stand with parents and communities in ensuring those who commit crimes are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and those who don't will be held
accountable. just last night families in san francisco ousted their -- the district attorney for failing to keep their streets free from criminals. americans are fed up with liberal prosecutors letting criminals run rampant for the sake of woke idealism. this legislation will ensure the department of justice and the american public have the data and information necessary to hold those responsible for keeping our streets safe accountable. to further explain this amendment i yield four minutes to the gentlewoman from new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. >> madam speaker, i rise today to oppose the pleves question so we can -- the previous question so we canimmediately consider my bill, h.r. 7967, the prosecutors need to prosecute act my legislation would hold prosecutors accountable and create transparency by letting the public know how many cases prosecutors are declining this prosecute, the number of offenses committed by career criminals and the number of criminals released. over the past two years we've
seen a disturbing trend in progressive district attorneys and cities across the country who are refusing to prosecute violent criminal offenders. look no further than my city of new york. where hand mat tan d.a. alvin drag released a day one memo directing his staff not to prosecute certain crimes including drug possession, driving with a suspended license, sex trading, resisting arrest and public obscenity. ms. malliotakis: he told his staff to downgrade charges filed by police, including armed robbery, weapons charges and drug dealing. worst of all his office will no longer seek life sentences without parole which means the most heinous murderers including terrorists, serial killers, cop killers and perps who kill young children in connection with sex crimes will be released back onto our streets in 20 years or less. these policies have sent a clear
message to criminals and that message is, go ahead. commit crime. break the law. because we will not enforce it. what is the point of creating laws if the ones currently on the books are not enforced? with prosecutors that refuse to prosecute, it's no surprise that crime is surging in cities across america. in boston, los angeles, if you want a designer purse, toiletries or food you can break into any store and take it no questions asked. this week, l.a.'s district attorney, george gaston, doubled down on the light sentence given to a teen driver who mowed down a mother and her newborn baby last summer. the teen only received juvenile probation which authorities say is less than military school and a little bit tougher than summer camp. in 2020, defund the police rioters and looters created chaos in my city of new york.
destroying store fronts, assaulted police officers, and they even put cars, police cars on fire. while police made hundreds of arrests, new york city district attorneys dismissed these cases, the majority of those charges filed. in the bronx, more than 60% of arrestees had their charges dropped and of the 485 rioters arrested in manhattan, 222 individuals had their charges dropped entirely while 73 received lesser counts. the same goes for federal prosecutors in portland, oregon who dismissed roughly half the cases charged in connection with violence and anti-police protests. in philadelphia, 23-year-old police corporal james o'connor was gunned down and killed in 2020 by a career felon and wanted gang banger because the t.a.'s office allowed him to freely roam the streets -- the streets. perhaps if the d.a.'s office had done its job, corporal o'connor
would be alive today. we had similar story in my city of new york as well. and in nancy pelosi's san francisco on now year's eve 2020, a man splammed a stolen car into two women crossing the street killing them both. the man, who had a lengthy criminal rap sheet, was out on parole thanks to san francisco's d.a., who is the son of a militant cop killer. vote verse had enough of the violence and crime plaguing our communities and endangering families. in fact just last night when san francisco voters recalled budin, they sent a clear message that prosecutors failed to do their job will be removed from office. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. mrs. fischbach: i yield 30 seconds.
ms. malliotakis: we have no place for rogue district attorneys who allow criminals to wreak havoc on our streets. i close with the words of late democratic senator robert kennedy. every society gets the community it deserves. and every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on. let's stop allowing them to lay idly by. i urge colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support my legislation today. it's time to support our citizen, not criminals. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, i began this debate by appealing to my colleagues to try to find common ground and come together and do something about this gun violence epidemic and then we hear the old, same old tired red state versus blue state talking points, directly from the gun lobby. but since it was brought up, i
ask unanimous consent to insert into the record an april 4, 2022 yahoo news article entitled republican controlled states have higher murder rates than democratic ones. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: and madam speaker, republicans would rather point fingers than look in the mirror but a recent study found the highest murder rates are often in conservative rural states. the states with the highest per capita murder rate, mississippi, louisiana, kentucky, alabama, missouri. all lean republican. i ask unanimous consent to insert into the record the summary of a december 16, 2021, report from everytown research entitled city dashboard murder and gun homicides. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: i want to debunk some myths. chicago, new york, los angeles, san francisco, do not have the highest gun violence rates in the country. you don't measure gun violence rates by the raw number. these are big cities, of course, they are going to have more gun deaths than other places.
you measure the rates by measuring per 100,000 people. and when you do that, these cities aren't even in the top 20. jackson, mississippi. gary, indiana. st. louis, missouri. new orleans, memphis, the list goes on and on. so find a new talking point. i also ask unanimous consent to insert into the record a february 28, 2018, piece from abc news entitled trump calls for raising minimum age to buy all guns to 21. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgon: the very person everybody on the other side of the aisle is so afraid to take on so frightened of, says we should race the age to 21. madam speaker, former president donald trump said it himself. you can't by a handgun at 18, 19, or 20, you should wait until you're 21. you can buy the weapon, meaning an ar-15, used in this shooting at 18. end quote. i mean come on.
trump said this in 2018. in 2018. and these guys here, are telling us that somehow this is a violation of the constitution? give me a break. we are here to try to save the lives of america's kids. and there should be more outrage on the other side of the aisle. not the usual talking points that we hear over and over and over again from the gun lobby. if this isn't important, nothing is. i now yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, the distinguished member of the rules committee, mr. morrelle. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. morrelle: thank you, madam speaker, and thank you to my colleague and friend, the chair of the rules committee, mr. mcgovern. i rise in support of the rule and the underlying legislation, the protecting our kids act and the federal extreme risk protection order act. it's hard to find words to descrape the despair we feel in the wake of the recent series of
senseless mass shootings in buffalo, uvalde, tulsa, and too many neighborhoods across our country. for the sake of the victims, their families and all americans, we cannot rest until we put an end to this vicious cycle. there have been more than 200 mass shootings already in 2022. that's more shootings than there have been days of the year. and according to a recent analysis published in the new england journal of medicine, firearm deaths have replaced motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of death for children in this country. i know the insurmountable pain of losing a child all too well. but losing a child to something entirely avoidable, that's a uniquely devastating kind of tragedy. june is gun violence awareness month but we are already painfully, brutally aware. what we need now is action. that's why this week we are passing legislation to strengthen red flag laws, raise
the age for semiautomatic gun purchase. ban bump stocks and high capacity magazines. and promote safe storage of firearms. this bill is on the action we have already taken for universal background checks and marks a critical step forward in keeping dangerous weapons out of the wrong hands. in the midst of so much pain and suffering it's astonishing that there are those who still refuse to act. if my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are not willing to be part of the solution then please, please, please, stand aside so you're not part of the problem. it doesn't stop here. i'll continue pushing to ban assault weapon, combat gun trafficking so we can put a stop to this devastating and maddening cycle of violence. because the absolute worst thing we can do is nothing at all. with that, madam speaker, i yelled back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota. mrs. fischbach: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from wisconsin. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman is recognized. >> thank you. i rise to oppose this rule so we can consider the prosecutors need to prosecute act. annual homicide records have been broken in at least a dozen major cities. brazen smash and grab robberies in broad daylight are a daily occurrence. killings, severe beatings, armed robberies, carjackings, sexual assaults, arson and looting have become a common feature on the evening news. yet rogue prosecutors in rogue prosecutors in los angeles, san francisco, new york city and milwaukee continue to release predators from custody almost as fast as the police can arrest them. the use of no cash bail policies, plea-bargains, and a complete refusal to put dangerous repeat offenders behind bars has demoralized our police, endangered our communities, and america's most
iconic cities resemble a third world country. i'll give you an example in my home state, milwaukee county. mr. tiffany: where we witnessed back at christmas a massacre at the waukesha county christmas parade. six people dead, 60 injured. how? with a guy that had a rap sheet that had felonies, misdemeanors, statutory rape, resisting arrest, strangulation on his sheet, and he was out on a $1,000 bail. here's the worst part, though. that district attorney, john, in milwaukee county, here's what he said years ago about his philosophy. is there going to be an individual i divert or put into treatment program president obama who is going to go out and kill somebody -- treat program who is going to go out and kill somebody? you bet.
it's guaranteed to happen. it's not going to validate the overall approach. americans are sick and tired of the lawlessness and they are demanding accountability. madam speaker, each year jurisdictions across the united states benefit from the edward burn memorial justice assistance grant program which provides funding to states, tribes, and local governments to support a range of justice related programs. if we defeat the previous question, we'll offer an amendment to the rule calling for immediate consideration of the prosecutor's need to prosecute act. it would among other things mandate that district attorneys report to congress on how often they follow through on holding criminals charged with violent crimes like murder, rape,s oron, crimes involving illegal guns, and motor vehicle left accountable. they would also be required to disclose how often they prosecute the initial charges, how often they secure convictions, whether or not those charged were already on probation or parole, and how
many offenders were released without bail. madam speaker, the american people need to know if the people they have entrusted to keep their neighborhood safe are using their tax dollars to finance this crime wave. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. tiffany: 10 seconds. mrs. fischbach: an additional 10 seconds. mr. tiffany: it is time to get rid of policies that work against hardworking americans. i urge 3450eu colleagues to stand with us for safer communities and oppose the previous question. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: the gentleman from california, mr. takano. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. takano: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in support of the rule which would deem and pass a resolution condemning great replacement theory and white supremacy. the recent mass shooting in buffalo, new york, that claimed the lives of 10 americans was committed by a self-described
white supremacist who referenced great replacement theory and a manifesto. that perpetuation of xenophobia, racism, anti-semitism by right-wing extremists who believe in a grand conspiracy theory that minorities somehow facilitated by jews are actively seeking to demippish the political power of white voters. this must be condemned. notably absent is the condemnation of our leaders on the right who refuse to speak out against this senseless violence and call for what it is -- call it what it is. hate speech meant to divide us and not unite us. this departure from logic and reason is cozying up to fear is leading people to violence and extremism in communities across this country and it must be stopped. thank you. i yield back, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota. mitts fish back: -- mrs. fischbach: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from texas . >> i thank the gentlelady for yielding. mr. burgess: we learned in the
rules committee yesterday, in fact the gentlelady from minnesota pointed it out, how republicans had little opportunity to provide any input into these bills that are going to be provided for this rule. unfortunately, the speaker has no interest in ev einvolving haf of the represent yips in this country addressing issue we care about. keeping americans safe. yesterday in the rules committee it was stated that republicans vote against all mental health bills. i don't know where that concept comes from. republicans passed into law the 21st century cures act which represents the most significant reform to the mental health system in several decades. republicans have also taken steps to reform the national instant criminal background check system of 2017 which improved reporting to the database. but unfortunately we also know the department of justice inspector general reported that
only 1% of individuals who try to purchase a firearm illegally, it's known they are trying to purchase a firearm illegally, only 1% are prosecuted. so i have introduced a bill, h.r. 194, to require the department of justice to recommence this reporting to congress so that congress can have a better idea of how many guns exist illegally in commerce and ultimately to ensure that the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms recovers these illegal firearms. republicans would have also engaged on the issue of the age of purchase. but honestly, as brought up by representative massie yesterday during the rules hearing, let's exam all the data points to determine whether the age for law enforcement officers, military service, and selective service should also be considered. but that was not on the table.
then as if to underscore how partisan and one-sided this rule bill is today, there is a provision in the rule that deems at $1.6 trillion budget resolution for fiscal year 2023. madam speaker, i'm a member of the budget committee. during the rules committee hearing yesterday was the first time i heard about this budget resolution. it's a 9% increase over fiscal 22, and $21 billion over president biden's fiscal year 2023 budget proposal. we have a problem with inflation in this country. we have a problem with inflation because the federal government and congressional democrats and the biden administration are overspending what the economy can tolerate. yet here we are. adding a 9% increase on a resolution that's deemed passed when the -- rule is voted on. we don't even get to debate it? the pros and cons in the committee. it's just deemed passed when the rule is passed. i have to ask, when will this
partisan policymaking end? look, half the country represented by republicans deserve and have a mandate from our constituents to be part of the legislative process. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, let me remind everybody that 21 people were killed in uvalde, 19 children. 10 people killed in buffalo, and i say that because i think my colleagues need to be reminded about why we are here today. not to talk about the budget but to talk about saving lives. i also remind them that the shooter in buffalo and the shooter in uvalde went in and legally, legally purchased an ar-15 at 18 years old. our bill that we are talking about here today would have prevented that. whatever they are doing for their previous question i don't
know what it is, would not. i now yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from pennsylvania, a member of the rules committee, ms. scanlon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. scanlon: madam speaker, since the judiciary committee marked up the protecting our kids act last thursday, dozens more americans have been killed or wounded in shootings. including in philadelphia. saturday night was a beautiful summer evening in the south street entertainment district when a fist fight broke out. it ended with three deaths and 11 injured after multiple people pulled guns and fired into the bustling crowd. most of those gun owners were licensed to carry. one had a ghost gun which is the subject of our legislation today. the point scurnt approach to gun violence in this -- current approach to gun violence in this country which has encourage add flood of guns to our streets is not working. we need to do more and we need to do it now. this isn't about being pro gun or anti-gun.
gun violence is not a partisan issue. it's a sickness infecting this entire country whether philadelphia, uvalde, tulsa, buffalo, or anywhere else in between. none of us should sit idly by and watch preventible gun deaths happen every single day. i for one cannot. we are not helpless. we can change this. the needle on this issue has moved and it is not going back. the only question is whether republican members of congress and the senate will listen to their constituents or the n.r.a. our fellow americans are demanding action. there is nothing unconstitutional about the bills we consider today and they will help stop the routine slaughter of children, neighbors, teachers, doctors, seniors in our schools, neighborhoods, churches, terms of, mosques, and supermarkets. i refuse to tell our children that they must be sacrificial lambs to a radical twisted theory of armed second amendment liberty that is decoupled from personal responsibility and refuses to recognize the
overriding purposes of the constitution to ensure domestic tranquility and promote the general welfare. that also refuses to recognize that there are constitutional limits to the second amendment. our constitution is not a suicide pact. our children know as well as we do that we can do something. we have the power to pass this bill. we must. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota. mrs. fischbach: thank you, madam speaker. my colleague from massachusetts continues to use his talking points and mentions the gun lobby. i just want to point out that i hear from many of my constituents who are law-abiding gun owners and who are extremely concerned and oppose this bill. as a matter of fact i met with a group of students from my district this morning who oppose this legislation. and even the students know that this bill will do nothing to stop gun violence. but they do understand it will
trample second amendment rights. with that i yield three minutes to the gentleman from missouri. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized . >> thank you, madam speaker. today's rule is all too familiar mat pattern. legislative laziness from my democrat colleagues. mr. smith: once again washington democrats are hiding their spending from the american people. they are smuggling their spending levels to the upcoming appropriations process into a rule for a totally unrelated bill so they don't have to debate or defend their out-of-control spending habits. last year democrats did the exact same thing. the chairman of the budget committee drafts a spending resolution, he skips over his committee, and then they toss it into a rule hoping no one notices. at no point in the last four years of the majority have house
democrats actually marked up a budget in the budget committee. time and again house democrats have acted with as little sunlight as possible because they don't want to be held accountable for their record. americans know that washington spending is driving inflation. now democrats are calling for even more. last year alone house democrats voted for $7.5 trillion in new spending, including the $2 trillion so-called rescue plan that ignited the highest inflation in four decades. since president biden took office, one-party democrat control of congress in washington, inflation is up 11%. gas prices are up 110% on their watch. president biden's 2021 deficit was the second highest in history.
$517 billion more than the c.b.o. democrats, they don't want to debate budgets. they certainly don't want to debate the president's budget which would spend $73 trillion over the next decade. a 66% increase over the past decade. it would add $16 trillion in new debt as well as $1 trillion annual deficits every year. democrats don't want to talk about budgets because they are spending like they simply don't exist. if democrats won't show their cards, allow me. the resolution that is tucked away in this rule has over $1.6 trillion in discretionary spending next year. $132 billion, or a 9% increase over the most recent fiscal year 22 omnibus. it is $21 billion more in spending than even biden's budget proposal. instead of hiding i urge my
colleagues to be crystal clear with the american people about exactly what they have in store for them. tax increases, high inflation, open borders, energy dependence, and an even growing mountain of debt. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: she gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: yao got to be kidding me. the gentleman come downs for three minutes and unloads on everybody about a technical provision that doesn't spend any money. it's a technical provision to allow us to go forward with appropriations work. not a mention of the children killed in uvalde or the people killed in buffalo. not a mention. i mean, what the hell is wrong with this place? i ask unanimous consent, since the gentleman didn't have the dignity to acknowledge those who were killed, i ask unanimous consent to insert the names of those who were murdered in
uvalde and buffalo. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: and i want to respond to the jerusalem from minnesota. i ask unanimous consent to insert this business insider article entitled "house republican leaders told their members to vote against eight gun safety bills citing opposition from the n.r.a. and gun owners of america." the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from maryland, mr. raskin. mr. raskin: madam speaker, the bloodbath continues. gun violence has now become the number one cause of death of children in the united states. we have rates of gun violence and gun death 20 times higher than other industrialized nations like france, the united kingdom, japan, israel. no other nation comes close. to what we're seeing. that's 2,000% higher. than our peer countries. the american people want change
and action but the minority invites us to believe the bloody carnage piling up around the country from buffalo to uvalde from newtown to las vegas is a necessary feature of our second amendment. we are invited to believe that all of the lost sons and daughters and mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters of america are the necessary collateral damage of their fidelity to the second amendment. our family members must be sacrificed to a completely false vision of the second amendment. it's a lie. and it's a lie based on a totally bogus misreading of the second amendment and what the supreme court has actually said about it. read justice scalia in heller vs. district of columbia. no, he says, the right to guns is not an unliemented -- unlimited right. no, he says, the second amendment right is not a right
to keep or carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever for any purpose. no. the second amendment is not the only right in the bill of rights that is not subject to reasonable regulation in the interest of public safety and public security. he specifically upheld reasonable gun safety regulations including bans on carrying a concealed weapon, the possession of firearms by felons, and other people who shouldn't have guns. laws forbidding carrying firearms into schools and government buildings. laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the sale and purchase of firearms. sop hiding behind the second amendment. take responsibility for your irresponsible position. the speaker pro tempore: members are remined to direct their remarks to the chair. the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota. mrs. fischbach: madam speaker, we already have gun laws in this country and yet those laws continue to be broken.
if democrats want to talk about commonsense, how about we talk about enforcing the laws that already exist? communities across the country are making it clear that they want people to -- who commit crimes to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and yet liberal prosecutors are letting criminals go free with minimal punishment. this is not woke, this is dangerous. criminals need to be held accountable for their actions. and that is why we offer the p.q. we did. madam speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, the gentlewoman mentioned the -- our gun laws. just to demonstrate the absurdity of the gun laws that are in place right now i ask unanimous consent to insert into the record the texas parks and wildlife migratory game bird hunting methods list of regulations which is valid
september 1, 2021, through august 31, 2022. in texas, shotguns used for duck hundreding can't hold more than three shells. in order to protect the duck population in texas, shotguns cannot hold more than three shells. imagine if our republican friends could muster the same courage to protect america's children. i now yield one minute though distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. higgins. mr. higgins: thank you. i rise in support of the rule. the house to consider commonsense measures to protect our communities and kids from massacres caused by weapons of mass destruction. in buffalo, on may 14, the shooting started at 2:30 in the afternoon. in two minutes and three seconds it was over. 10 people were killed. three injured.
11 african-americans, one shooter with a weapons of mass destruction. i don't want anybody's guns but we should at least be able to be supportive of background checks to ensure that people that shouldn't have a gun possess a gun. that uplifts the integrity of gun ownership by taking a responsible position and does nothing relative to constitutional rights and represents a collective responsibility. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota. mrs. fischbach: thank you, madam speaker. why are we here debating legislation we know will never become law? and when there are completely separate from this proposal bipartisan efforts going on in the senate. we know this is not a genuine
efort by the democrats as they went right to extremes of what they know would divide this country and would not work with republicans or accept any of the reasonable amendments that were put forward in committee. this is a political ploy. being put on the democrat -- being put on by the democrats for them to use as talking points and it is at the expense of a tragedy and the heartache of so many across this country. with that, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from massachusetts, mrs. trahan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. trahan: thank you, madam speaker. many of us in this chamber have young children. for us today's vote comes down to simple questions. can you as a mom or dad imagine getting a call that your child's school was locked down because of an active shoot her can you imagine standing helplessly behind a police line as gunshots are fired near your daughter's classroom? can you imagine having to
identify the unrecognizable body of your missing baby boy by his favorite shoes? and can you imagine standing in line for a d.n.a. test praying to god that it does not come back a match. i ask those questions because that's what 19 families in uvalde just had to do. that's their reality and it's been the reality for 14 families in parkland, 20 in sandy hook, 12 in columbine and the list goes on. if you can imagine that reality, then do today what should have been done 25 years ago. pass the legislation so no parent in america ever experiences this horrific reality again. our children are counting on us and they're watching. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota. the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgon: i yield one minute to the distinguished gentlewoman from michigan, ms. tlaib. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. tlaib: it is inhumane to
allow the killing of children. i do have one more question for so many that i have asked over and over again. is doing nothing really going to save lives? is it going to actually result this change? how many more, how many more of our children have to die? how many more schoolchildren's little pink shoes will be left behind stained with blood before some of the elected in this room put the lives of people ahead of the profits of their political donors? in my district, river rouge, a 6-year-old girl was caught in cross fire and shot by high powered assault rifle. the measures protected our kids package we set to vote on today is essential and does save lives. let's just be very clear though, our kids need way more than this. they need an assault weapon ban. they need for a stricter regulation on gun -- handguns. both initiatives to reduce the number of firearms in our communities. most of all they need
accountable from us. from all of us. they need accountability from those of us who are enabling mass murder of millions of american so they can profit from our pain and that the people that enable their slaughter for profit scheme are here in our government. i look forward to supporting this and so much more because our kids deserve it. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota. the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, we have no further requests for tame on our side. i'm ready to close if the gentlewoman is ready to close. mrs. fischbach: thank you, i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. fischbach: thank you. these bills are not about keeping kids and communities safe from violent criminals. they are about furthering a
blanket anti-gun agenda. this is one size fits all gun restriction legislation that would punish law-abiding gun owners and fail to improve public safety. and my colleagues on the left know it. this was not a bipartisan effort and these bills will never make it through the senate. with very real problems to solve, why are democrats wasting precious time on something that will never make it into law? if democrats were serious about addressing gun violence, they would engage in meaningful conversation about public safety insthoafd agenda-driven political theater. the sad fact is that the democrats' approach demonstrates the -- that these bills and the issue of gun violence on the whole are nothing more than political talking points in an election year. this is designed to advance the radical democrat base that
believes no private citizen should ever be able to own a gun. they should be ashamed of themselves for putting us through this political show rather than working with republicans on a bipartisan solution to gun violence. i thank you, madam speaker, and i oppose the rules and i ask members to do the same. thank you very much and i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, how much time do i have remaining? the speaker pro tempore: two and a quarter minutes. mr. mcgovern: i want to ask unanimous consent to insert into the record "newsweek's" may 27, 2022 article entitled "more children have been shot dead in 2022 than police in the line of duty." the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: i yield myself the remainder of the time. madam speaker, will the bills before us pass the senate? i sure as hell hope so.
none of these proposals are extreme. quite the opposite, in fact, they are what the vast majority of people in this country, democrats, republicans, independents, want us to do. maybe they will get changed in the senate. but even if our senate colleagues do not take up these exact bills i will tell you what this process we are going through will absolutely do and why our efforts here are worthwhile. this process will unequivocally show where each and every one of us stand in the wake of this unspeakable tragedy. more importantly, it will demonstrate which of the sloughs we are putting forward have a majority of support in this half of the congress. as our senate colleagues discuss gun violence solutions they will have no doubt to where the house of representatives stands on red flag laws, raising the age to purchase a semiautomatic rifle from 18 to 21, gun trafficking, and straw purchases, ghost guns, safe storage of firearms, particularly when a minor is
likely to gain access. bump stocks and large capacity magazines. we will have separate votes on all of these issues. and this is on top of the background check bill and the charleston loophole bills we have already sent them. this week there'll be no excuses. we will vote on these ideas one issue at a time. none of these proposals are aimed at taking guns away from law-abiding citizen. they are aimed at stopping people from getting slaughtered in their schools, in their churches and grocery stores and in their homes. these ideas won't solve every problem or stop every shooting but no sain person can come to the conclusion that these proposals would not save lives. i know things like background checks and waiting until you're 21 to buy an ar-15 and smaller magazine capacity may seem like a -- an inconvenience to some people. but when stacked up against the carnage we have seen in this
country, i think we can all live with a little inconvenience. madam speaker, i cannot be any clearer. these bills will keep people from dying but only if they become law. you know, or if similar bill become law. i know everybody hates congress. i even hate congress sometimes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. mcgovern: don't listen to the n.r.a. or extremists on this bill, vote your conscience. i awrnlg yes vote on the previous question, i yield back, and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. quekd. mrs. fischbach: i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: the
yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, the chair will reduce to five minutes the minimum time for any electronic vote on question of the adoption of the resolution. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. calvert of california, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. calvert will vote no on the previous question. as the member designated by mrs. kim of california, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mrs. kim will vote no on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. jeffries: as the member designated by chairwoman johnson, i inform the house that chairwoman johnson will vote yea on the previous question. .
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by linda sanchez, jimmy gomez, and chairwoman waters, all of california, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the previous question. thank you, madam speaker.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. sewell of alabama, i inform the house that ms. sewell of alabama will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. albio sires, mr. donald payne, ms. ann kirkpatrick, mr. paul tonko, mr. josh gottheimer, mr. peter welch, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. cawthorn of north carolina, i inform the house that mr. cawthorn will
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. guest of mississippi, mr. brooks of alabama, and mr. loudermilk of georgia, i inform the house that mr. guest, mr. brooks and mr. loudermilk will all vote nay on the previous question. thank you.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from delaware seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. bass of california, mr. torres of new york, and mr. bam of -- and mr. lamb of pennsylvania, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois wish to be recognized? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. johnson of south dakota, i inform the house that mr. johnson will vote no on the previous question.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina wish to be recognized? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. price, i inform the house that mr. price will vote yea on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida wish to be recognize? ms. wasserman schultz: as the member designated by mr. crist and ms. frankel of florida, i inform the house that these members will vote yea on the previous question.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. beyer: as the member designated mr. mceachin of virginia, i inform the house that mr. mceachin will vote yes on ordering the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recog recognition? mr. takano: madam speaker, as the member designated by representatives strickland and vargas, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the previous question.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida sook recognition? seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. mace of south carolina, i inform the house that ms. mace will vote no on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. swawwell of california -- swalwell of california, i inform the house that mr. swalwell will vote yea on the previous question.
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 217. the nays are 205. the previous question is ordered. the question is on the adoption of the resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentleman from texas investigated. mr. burgess: on that i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas wish to be recognized? ms. garcia: madam speaker, as the member designated by chairwoman waters,
representative sanchez, and representative gomez, all of california, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.res. 1153. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california wish to be recognized? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. calvert of california, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. calvert will vote no on h.res. 1153. as the member designated by mrs. kim of california, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mrs. kim will vote no on h.res. 1153. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. sewell of alabama, i inform the house that ms. sewell will vote yes on h.res. 1153. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mrs. walorski of indiana and mrs. spartz of indiana, i inform the house that both mrs. walorski and mrs.
spartz will vote no on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. mace of south carolina, i inform the house that ms. mace will vote no on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? mr. fleischmann: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. brooks of alabama, mr. guest of mississippi, and mr. loudermilk of georgia, i inform the house that mr. brooks, mr. guest, and mr. loudermilk will all vote nay on the rule. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member
designated by mr. cawthorn of north carolina, i inform the house that mr. cawthorn will vote no on the measure. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. van taylor, i'd like to inform the house that mr. van taylor will be voting nay on the rule. thank you.or for what purpose does the gentlewoman from delaware seek recognize mission? -- recognition? ms. blunt rochester: madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. bass of california, mr. toress of new york, and mr. -- mr. torres of new york, mr. lamb of pennsylvania, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.res. 1153. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. beyer: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. evans, ms. barragan, mr. ryan,
mr. suozzi, ms. moore, mr. sherman, mr. mceachin, mr. lowenthal, i inform the house that these eight members will vote yes on h.res. 1153. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. johnson of south dakota, i inform the house that mr. johnson will vote no on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. soto: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. cardenas, i inform the house that mr. cardenas will vote yea on h.res. 1153. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey -- excuse me -- new york seek recognition? mr. jeffries: as the member designated by chairwoman eddie bernice johnson, i inform the house that chairwoman johnson will vote yea on h.res. 1153. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? dr. walensky: madam speaker, as
the member designated by -- ms. wasserman schultz: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. crist and ms. frankel of florida, i inform the house that these members will vote yea on h.res. 1153. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: madam speaker, as the member designated by representatives vargas and strickland, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on house resolution 1153. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. correa: madam speaker, as the member designated by representatives -- representatives raul ruiz and sarah jacobs, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.res. 1153.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? mrs. beatty: as the member designated by ms. shontel brown, i inform the house that she will vote yea on h.res. 1153. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. swalwell of california, i inform the house that mr. swalwell will vote yea on house res. 1153. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: madam speaker, as the member designated by m mr. albio sires, mr. donald
payne, mrs. ann kirkpatrick, mr. peerl welch, i inform the house that these -- mr. peter welch, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.res. 1153. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. price, i inform the house that mr. price will vote yea on h.res. 1153.
house resolution 1153, i call up h.r. 7910, the protecting our kids act, 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 260, h.r. 7910. a bill-to-mend title 18 united states code to provide for an increased age limit on the purchase of certain firearms, prevent gun trafficking, modernize the prohibition on untraceable firearms, encourage the safe storage of firearms, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: purr soont to house resolution 11353, 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 117-48, is adopted, and the bill as amended is considered as read. the bill as amended shall be debatable for two hours equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on
judiciary or their respective designees. the gentleman from new york, mrn from ohio, mr. jordan, will each control one hour. the house will come to order. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. 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. 7910. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished speaker of the house, madam pelosi. the speaker pro tempore: the speaker of the house is recognized. the speaker: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding and commend him for his leadership in bringing this important legislation to the floor. protecting our kids, what could be more important than that? and i thank you for channeling the ideas and enthusiasms of so many members on both sides of
the aisle and to bring this bipartisan legislation to the floor. thank you, thank you, mr. nadler, for your leadership. i thank the task force that mr. mike thompson of california for his important work advancing the background check part pa party -- bipartisan legislation as well as mr. clyburn. that's already over on the senate side. today, today we are doing more. today we were called to action by our colleague, lucy mcbath, who told us that today we must take history. to protect the children. and we are going to make history by making progress. so i thank all of our members, so many members who have been so important to this legislation. i want to thank you on behalf of the courageous survivors of gun violence who have spoken out, out of respect for those who lost their lives, and with appreciation for the graphity --
gravity of this issue that we come and be at this floor. madam speaker, as the families in buffalo and uvalde, bury their loved ones. just last weekend americans watched in horror at least 13 mass shootings unfolded across the country from philadelphia, to chattanooga, phoenix, and grand rapids. the data shows the challenge of gun violence goes further than these mass killings. every night on our streets americans are being killed on gun crimes and every day our nation loses americans to suicides and accidents. this is a tragic daily massacre which rarely makes the headlines or evening news, but it is there. here we are for the children. when those who were advocating gun violence or perpetrating it went into the classrooms, they crossed a line.
it was terrible the gun violence we have in our country. but that they would go into n newtown and shoot little children who were barely out of diapers, and again now in texas, these beautiful children in elementary school and everything that happened in between, it was an assault on the culture of our country that our children would not be able to go to school without fear or concern about their safety. our children are, as president kennedy said, our greatest resource and best hope for the future. they are our precious treasure. and everything we do is for the children. and for the children we must stop this gun violence in our coucountry and restore their
confidence and their safety wherever they may be. so we are on a crusade for the children and sadly now, by the children. children testifying in committee. children coming to our events i had last week a fifth grader coming to our -- wear orange rally that we had in california where she said she lost both her mother and her father in separate gun violence incidences. fifth grade. speaking at the podium so courageously. children turning their grief, their experience now, not just -- which would be enough to end the violence of losing a loved one, but to witness it and be a victim of it in the classroom.
a crusade for the children, by the children, and of the children in terms of our motivation to stop this for our precious children. indeed, america had lost more children from gun violence than any other cause. does that embarrass you? to think that in our country more children have died from gun violence than any other cause? these stories are tragically all too common in america today. countless morse who died were forever changed by the horrors of gun violence they saw firsthand or that they experience the in their families. in their families. it's sickening that our children are forced to live in this constant fear. make no mistake, these gunmen who choose to shoot innocent
children are desecrating, again, our culture, a culture where all of us, all of our kids must and should feel safe. whether at school, church, the movies, or any other place. protecting our children can and must be a unifying mission for our nation because they are are, as i said, our national treasure. that is why under the unyielding leadership of our chairman, mr. nadler, the house will pass protecting -- protecting our children's act today. this bold package includes commonsense measures that will make an enormous difference to save lives. who wouldn't vote to raise the age from 18 to 21 for a person to have a weapon of war? who wouldn't vote to raise the age to take weapons of war out of the hands of teenagers? who wouldn't vote to get illegal guns off our streets by cracking
down gun trafficking which is a danger to people, but also to law enforcement. who wouldn't vote for background checks on ghost gun purchases, which our law enforcement tells us is a major concern out there. who wouldn't vote to protect children from stolen weapons or accidental shootings with safe storage requirements? safe storage requirements. who wouldn't vote to ban bump stocks, that was president trump's executive order. bump stocks for civilian use were outlawing high capacity magazines designed for massacres not for killing varmints. these measures will not only help stem the tide of mass murder, but address the equally urgent and wide range of daily gun deaths. let us salute the many members who have worked persistently to craft this strong legislation, written to earn bipartisan support that the american people
expect and deserve. today's package is just one step in the house's relentless fight to stop the blood shed. our democratic majority, as i mentioned earlier, has twice passed bipartisan pack ground checks and enhanced background checks act which together would put our nation on a path toward universal background checks. tomorrow, thanks again to congresswoman mcbath and congressman carbajal, we'll pass the federal extremist protection order act, otherwise known as the red flag act. this will help keep guns out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves or others. soon we'll vote for mr. cicilline's active shooter alert act to create an am bert alight style note have i case during a mass shooting. a measure widely supported by law enforcement. and the house will continue to consider additional actions we can take that have a proven record of saving lives. when i talk about these different things, people say,
well, what difference -- the cumulative effect is a big one. we know that there are negotiations going on in the senate, and we are prayerful. we are prayerful about those. and hopefully we can make some advancement. because for all of us who have met again and again and again with the survivors of gun violence, some coming time and again to check up on what's happening, others knew, knew -- new to that horrible club that none of us wants to be a member of, they just want something to happen. . when i met with the survivors of pulse i said -- what can we do to alleviate you, to be a comfort to you? they said, just make sure it doesn't happen to someone else. that's what they said. they didn't say, i need this. i need that.
they said, just make sure it doesn't happen to someone else. right now in the eyes of survivors and indeed all americans, their eyes are on us and the congress to see whether we have the courage, the commitment and the conviction to protect the children. for some of congress, a moment of silence, it's good enough for them. a moment of silence, as mr. higgins said when he talked about buffalo, he said, a moment of silence now but action after. and now we are taking that action. so many of our colleagues -- so many of our colleagues have talked about incidents in their district, personal experiences shared by people who have been victims of gun violence. mr. espaillat talked about what happened in his district. again, so many of you have come
with the horror of it all and every time it happens, it's as if it's happened for the first time because the horror is so fresh. but it's not the first time for the victims who have to relive so much of the experience. so to those who when a moment of silence is good enough because you don't have the courage to take a vote to protect the children, i would say your political survivor is totally insignificant to the survivor of our -- compared to the survivor of our children. i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come together with a strong aye vote on all provisions in the bill for the final package. to do so, as part of a crusade of, by, and for the children, i urge an aye vote on the protect
our kids legislation and yield back the balance of my time. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. jordan montgomery thank you, madam speaker -- mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. what happens -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you. what happened in uvalde, buffalo, tulsa is as wrong as wrong could be and our hearts go out to those communities and those families who have been impacted in such a terrible way. but the answer is not to destroy the second amendment. but that is exactly where the democrats want to go. you don't have to take my word for it. just look what they said. president of the united states said last week he wants to get rid of the most popular handgun in the country. michael moore, democrat, not a member of congress, but said it's time to repeal the second amendment. during our 10-hour markup last thursday in the committee hearing, representative jackson lee says if this bill passes,
we're not finished. representative jones said, if this bill doesn't pass, we will end the filibuster, we'll expand the supreme court, we'll do whatever we can get to get law-abiding americans' guns. today we have this hodgepodge six bills thrown together. many of the elements in these bills are unconstitutional. even the ninth circuit said it's unconstitutional what they want to do with the age limit. these bills would say, when you can buy a firearm what kind of firearm you can go and where and how you have to store that firearm in your own dorn home. -- darn home. of course, tomorrow, tomorrow they're bringing the red flag law, so-called red flag law to the floor. someone who doesn't like you can file a complaint within 24 hours. there is a hearing that you're not allowed to be at. you can't confront your accuser and they can take away your second amendment liberty. that's the bill they're going to
pass tomorrow. frankly, this shouldn't surprise us. shouldn't surprise us. for 18 months, democrats have assaulted the first amendment. shouldn't surprise us now they're coming after the second. every right we enjoy as americans under the first amendment, your right to practice your faith, your right to assemble, your right to petition your government, freedom of the press. in fact, some calls for out-lawing certain networks. and -- outlawing certain networks. and freedom of speech, the biden administration tried to put together the disinformation gove governance board. oh, my goodness. the attacks on the first amendment have been sustained. they have been going on for 18 months. and now here -- here they come going after law-abiding citizens' second amendment liberties. the speaker started by saying this bill is about protecting our kids. that is important. sure is. that's what she said, protecting our kids is important. yes, it is. but this bill doesn't do it. what this bill does is take away
second amendment rights, god-given rights, protected by our constitution from law-abiding american citizens. that's what this legislation does, and that's why we should oppose it. madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman reserve? mr. jordan: my time, i reserve our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. 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, our nation has been through trying times these last few weeks as we have tried to process the mass shootings in buffalo, uvalde, tulsa, and all too many cities. just this past weekend we learned of yet another horrific incident in philadelphia and yet more carnage in tennessee, arizona, virginia, south carolina. and those are just the stories we saw in the news. day after day we see more lives lost to gun violence in our schools, on our streets, in our houses of worships, our homes, touching every region of the country. and we hear from our constituents crying out for us to take action.
today we heed that call. h.r. 7910, the protecting our kids act, is comprehensive legislation to address the scourge of gun violence, a blythe that killed nearly 45,000 americans in 2020 alone. it builds on the work of several of our colleagues, including anthony brown's raise the age act, which would raise the lawful age to purchase an ar-15 style semi automatic from 18 to 21 years ago. representative kelly's act. straw purchasing. david cicilline's untraceable firearms act which means ghost guns have laws. rosa delauro's ethan's law. slotkin's safe gun kids act. and kimberly vaughn safe storage act which would establish storage regulations that keeps guns out of the hands of children and awards grants for firearm storage laws. and bump stock loophole act
which would ban the manufacture, sale, possession of bump stock for civilian act. and ted deutch keep americans safe act which would ban the sale, manufacture, illegal possession of gun magazines that hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition. i want to thank each of them for their contributions to this bill and for making this country safer for all americans. madam speaker, all of us in this chamber were shaken by the images of parents in uvalde standing in line to match their d.n.a. to the remains of their 9 and 10-year-old children. parent who should be picking up their children from school right now but who are instead picking up the pieces of their lives shattered by this unimaginable loss. but the question today is, who among us will have the courage to do something about it? who will be able to tell mothers and fathers that their children need not go to school in a fortress just to keep them safe? who will be able to tell children they did all they could today to ensure their parents will return safely from the
supermarket or their office or an evening out? who will be able to tell their constituents they stood with them and not with the gun lobby? americans are watching. they are begging us to protect them and their loved ones from gun violence. who among us will answer their call? i urge all my colleagues to join me in supporting the protecting our kids act and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i yield three minutes to the gentleman from ohio, mr. chabot. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. chabot: thank you, madam speaker. this legislation represents an unfortunate missed opportunity. after witnessing the horrible tragedy that occurred at robb elementary school in uvalde, texas, we should be coming together and working in a bipartisan manner to take every constitutionally permissive step -- that's what we did after the tragic shooting in parkland, florida. back in 2018, congressman john
rutherford, a former sheriff, led a bipartisan group of members, myself included, in re authorizing the cops secure our schools grant program. it increases federal funding for school security and expanded the safety measures for which the money could be used. as a result, the department of justice announced over $125 million in grants last year to help improve security at local schools. overall, it's a good program that will benefit millions of students and teachers, but there's always room for improvement. and that's why we should be looking for ways to get more money to schools to increase security. but the legislation before us today contains nothing that will really help make our schools safer. in fact, efforts to add school security provisions to the bill were rejected by the majority. for example, during the judiciary committee markup i offered an amendment to encourage the hiring of retired police officers and honorably
discharged military personnel as school resource officers. after all, no one is better trained and better prepared to protect our schools. unfortunately, the majority rejected this commonsense proposal to help improve safety and security at schools across the country. then, at rules committee, i offered an amendment to allow unspent american rescue plan funds to be used on school security programs. billions set aside for schools under that legislation hasn't been spent. and could be lost forever if schools don't meet certain deadlines. while we do or did need to protect students and teachers from covid, more children under 11 died at robb elementary in one hour than have died from covid in the entire state of texas this year. and yet, we have $100 billion, billions with a b, in unspent education funds to fight covid while only $125 million, million with an m, available for school
security. it seems logical that we should allow these unspent funds to be spent to protect our children and our teachers. the money could be used for metal detectors, to adapt security plans, to train school officials, to hire school resource officers, including as i mentioned retired police officers, and to help identify students with mental health issues and get those students the treatment that they need. and yet, this commonsense amendment, too, was rejected by the majority. instead of school security measures, we unfortunately have a bill full of likely unconstitutional provisions that won't pass the senate anyway. the crux of my agent against this legislation -- argument against this legislation, the majority is acting quickly when they should be doing the right thing. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield two minutes to the distinguished gentlelady from texas, a co-sponsor of the bill and member of the judiciary committee, ms. jackson lee.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. ms. jackson lee: no 9-year-old should be sentenced to a death sentence. no grandmother shopping at a grocery store should get a death sentence. and no mother who testified today should lose her son. vicious gun violence that has no rhyme and no reason. yes, i am excited about this historic moment, h.r. 7910, the protecting our kids act, is in fact a solution to horrible and vicious problems. it is clear as i stand next to the children, they should not have died. as i stand next to those from buffalo, they should not have died. as we know about those who are
seeking medical care in tulsa, they should not have died. and so i have no problem saying we build on this. and as ronald reagan said to us at the time saw no reason for an ak-47 to be used for hunting or defending one's home. then, dr. guerrero, pediatrician, said he raced to the hospital. as he raced to the hospital to find parents outside yelling children's name in desperation, sobbing as they begged for their news of their related children. or the mother who ran barefooted all the way to robb elementary school begging and crying for her child, micah, who had the wherewithal to watch as she watched her teacher die, put blood on herself. these americans, our loved ones said this should not happen again. so this bill that has a package
of storage bills, it has a package of munitions, deals with the age, deals with a number of items, trafficking, ghost guns, bump action, this is a way to go. and i hope as we go in the future we are not afraid of a seven-day waiting period or an assault weapons ban. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i grant the gentlelady another 15 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized this is a way to go. i thank the chairman and chairman thompson and chairman nadler. this is the way to go. should they be given a death sentence? where is the responsible gun owner that can stand with me and declare that they should live? you're out there. republicans and democrats, humanity. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. mr. jordan: i yield two minutes to the the gentlemanfrom florida, mr. gaetz.
mr. gaetz: speaker pelosi said she is on a crews aid for the children but the crews aids did not end well when they were driven by emotion and riddled with poor planning. this is no crusade for the children. if it were, you wouldn't leave our children as sitting ducks. speaker says we need action. we are for action. how about the action of my bill to create a national stand your ground law or richard hudson's bill or any number of proposals republicans have offered to unlock the safe and secure environment when we have our military veterans and members of law enforcement to carry a firearm responsibly in school to respond to these acts of violence. their version of action is more gun control, raising the age to buy certain firearms.
on november 25, 2021, a man with a cruised lunatic assaulted a woman with a knife. he wrapped his liefl and killed. in 2017, a gunman opened fire and a citizen grabbed his a.r.-15. in 2019, broken arrow, oklahoma, a 19-year-old killed three would-be burglars. these significances happen every day and there would be more death and bloodshed if we accept these proposals from the democrats. the second amendment isn't about hunting or self-defense but about power, it is power that reserved in the citizenry to cure ate a balance so americans are not overrun by tyranny and haven't used the second
amendment when our founders. and that power belongs to the people not to the democrats trying to take their rights away and make schools less safe. mr. nadler: i yield two minutes a co-sponsor of the bill, the chairman of the gun violence task force, mr. thompson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. thompson: i rise in strong support of this bill protecting our kids act and i point out that every argument we have heard against it so far is nonsense. every student did he serves to feel safe in school and every parent should know that their child is safe when they walk out of their house in the morning. after each mass shooting, too many people are content to offer their thoughts and prayers. the protecting our kids act is more than thoughts and prayers. i was proud to work on this bill with chairman nadler and chairwoman jackson lee and all of our colleagues who have
contributed that have made this bill the important bill that it is. as a life-long hunter and combat veteran, i believe in law-abiding citizens' ability to own firearms. as a gun owner, all responsible gun owners have that responsibility to support efforts to help keep our schools, streets and communities safe from mass shootings and from the every day gun violence that goes unreported by the media. each provision in this bill helps reduce gun violence and saves lives. raising the age to buy an assault weapon saves lives. limiting magazine capacity saves lives. going after traffickers keeps guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them and saves lives. safe storage keeps kids safe at home and school and saves lives.
unregulated sale of bump stocks and ghost guns is tearing up our communities. regulating ghost guns and bump stocks saves lives. this bill respects the second amendment and protects our communities from the epidemic of gun violence. none of our careers are worth more than the live of the children in this country. we need to pass this bill. and i hope we do it with a strong bipartisan support. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: the previous speaker said it is nonsense, it is not nonsense to protect our second amendment and we can protect ourselves our property and our freedom. that is not nonsense. that is essential and part of the constitution. critical part of the constitution.
i yield four minutes to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. hudson. mr. hudson: as the father of an elementary school child i'm devastated every time we have a school shooting. to stop these tragedies is so important. there are two gun safety bills. both were republican bills passed by republican majority and signed by a republican president. the democrats mantra is do something but we know that the american people expect us to do something that matters. i introduced h.r. 7966 the stop too, secure every school and protect our nation's children and builds on the stop school violence act and redirects covid-19 funding to provide $1 billion to hire school resource officers and provides $1 billion to hire mental health guidance
counselors. they are wonderful caring people stretched too thin. they may not have the time to reach all the children who need help. $5 billion do harden schools, expand active shooter training and provide training to intervene before someone reaches a breaking point. schools can apply for threat assessment to identify weaknesses in security and mental health services. and share best practices for school safety. my stop school act is one of 12 bills that republicans are solving problems and actually save lives without threatening the second amendment rights. if gun control worked, chicago would be one fort safest cities in america. but my colleagues have refused to work with us where there is common grouped on this issue.
they know the bills we are considering today have no chance of becoming law. but i ask my colleagues across the law to set aside this partisan agenda and help me to harden schools and intervene with students before they reach a breaking point. imagine the impact we could have gotten the high this young man needed. help me protect our children and teachers and make sure tragedies never happen again. if we adopt the motion to recommit we will ask the can committee to consider my amendment to provide needed resources to schools for safety and mental health intervention and counseling and insert the text in the amendment immediately prior to the vote on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield one minute
to the distinguished the gentleman from tennessee, mr. cohen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. cohen: i rise in strong support of this bill and would like to see a bill that is even stronger but there is no question that children and that's what they are, should not be buying a.r.-15's before they are 21. i don't think they should be buying them at all. but until they are 21, they shouldn't be buying them. it has been proven that the male brain has not developed to a certain point to be trusted at that time with that type of weapon. those are weapons of war. those weapons tore apart those children, decap tated them and made them unidentifiable. that is the purpose of those weapons. there is no reason for that to occur. the opinion in 2008 that gave the right to carry a gun was not unlimited and said you could have reasonable restrictions and
that's what scalia said. as far as mr. hudson, i have great respect for him. but one of the teachers who was hit and lost 11 children, we train. there is no training that can prepare you for this and nothing you can be prepared for. if you get more school counselors does this help people in movie theaters or columbine. movie theaters and churches. this country is wild with guns and we need tory strict them. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. gohmert. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. gohmert: difficult in debate last week and even today to be told that we have no courage, that democrats -- we were told in debate last week, don't want to hear anymore about social media, violent video games,
hollywood, mental illness and don't want to hear about prayers and they are disgusted about prayers, fatherlessness, maybe if we heard from prayers instead of taking god's name in vein, we wouldn't have the mass killings like we didn't have before prayer was eliminated from school. and it's not like we are not willing to consider the best way to stop mass shootings, but if you look at the plans being proposed in the bills, you can find these things in cities controlled by democrats. if you look at the 16 cities that were hit with record homicide rates, they all had democrats at the top controlling things. if you look at philadelphia, 524 murders last year, austin, texas had a record 88.
indianapolis, 258. albuquerque, 107. columbus, ohio, 179. and atlanta, georgia, 150. if you look at the speaker's own states, a.r. hawkins said this week, f.b.i. report on shooting incidents in 2021 shows california with the number one state for such incidents with six incidents out of the 12 that met the definition of mass killing. california has universal background checks, assault weapons ban, high capacity ban, 10-day waiting period, red flag laws, gun registration, and what is the response we got in debate last week about, you ought to have due process. we are told they get due process. look at the bill.
what the democrats call due process is just like the january 6 committee. it's not die process. it's not bipartisan. they have only one side that's heard at the hearing and the people that want to take away your gun, they don't get to be there so the husband can rush in and claim the battered wife is a threat. that's enough to get her eliminated from being able to use a weapon or have a weapon. these are not the ways to fix things and for people that are ok with late-term abortions and ripping the arms and legs off of children that feel the pain and crushing the skulls is deep sense advertising and not well received. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to a member of the judiciary
committee, the gentleman from georgia, mr. johnson. mr. johnson: how free are we as americans if we are holed up in our homes shell shocked by gun violence? we should not have to live like that. we shouldn't have to live tormented by the need to buy yet another gun more powerful than the one our purchased last week. that's not freedom. and our kids deserve better. the old and tired n.r.a. republican party philosophy which is the only way to stop a bad guy is a good guy with a gun has not and will not work. in uvalde, 19 good guys with guns didn't stop the killer of 19 school kids and two teachers. we have done it the republican
way for far too long now. for the sake of the kids, it's time to do something different. today the good guys in the house will stand up to the n.r.a. and pass commonhe sense protecting our kids act and i yield back. . mr. nadler: ski to submit -- i ask to submit into the record an article. the evidence doesn't lie. california's rate of firearm mortality is among the nation's lowest, with 8 1/2 gun deaths per 100,000 people, compared to 13.7 per 100,000 nationally and 14.2% per 100,000 in texas. gun safety laws work. it's that simple. i now yield one minute to the distinguished majority leader of the house, mr. hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the majority leader is recognized for one minute.
mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for yielding. this is an emotional debate. it's an emotional debate because we lose on a daily basis family members, neighbors, friends, fellow citizens to a bullet. or multiple bullets. killed by a gun. i do not subscribe to the theory that some promote that the more guns we have, the safer we'll be. i believe that is somewhat like the ok corral theory. if you have a faster gun, that you will be safe. eventually somebody will have a
faster, bigger, more surprising gun than we. madam speaker, like all americans, i found the mass shooting at uvalde, texas, heart wrenching, tragic and unacceptable. although the news was excruciating to watch, it was anything but surprising, given our history with deadly firearms. sadly, we didn't even have time to mourn the 19 children and two teachers who were killed in uvalde before news broke of another mass shooting. over and over and over and over and over and over again. at some point these statistics
have to move us to respond in an effective way. my friend from north carolina suggested hardening the schools. we have hardened this chamber over the objections of some. when we know no gun should be in this capitol other than those possessed by law enforcement, capitol police. according to the nonpartisan gun violence archive, there have been as many as 33 mass gun violence incidents in the 14 days since the attack on rob elementary.
we have more guns in this country than any other nation on earth. the second amendment guarantees that we have a right to a gun but the supreme court said there are limitations to that right. i strongly support an individual american's right to have a gun in his or her home. their home. to protect themselves. in their business. but the court said, be reasonable. in the past week alone we have seen mass shootings in chattanooga, tennessee. past week, seven-days in philadelphia, pennsylvania, and tulsa, oklahoma. not even 10 days before the shooting at uvalde, a domestic terrorist killed 13 people at a grocery store in buffalo, new york. in every corner of this country, americans are begging, begging
congress to protect our kids and our people. many of us like to say this is the people's house. the people are speaking to us and crying out for action. a gentleman who spoke before me said something about saying prayers. i believe in prayer. but i also believe when john kennedy said, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking his blessing and his help. but knowing that here on earth god's work must truly be our o
own, our own, today, in this house, the people us a house -- people's house, we need to act to protect the people. i want to address your attention to this chart again. look at the numbers. hundreds of deaths. in addition to the unconscionable trauma these attacks inflicted on the patients -- parent, children, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters and other loved ones of the victims, they have one thing in common. the perpetrator got the gun legally. in tulsa, oklahoma, the perpetrator got the gun approximately three hours before he shot dr. mitchell. filled obviously with passion
and hate and anger, at the pain he apparently was suffering physically and perhaps emotionally. so what did he do? he went down, quickly got a gun, an ar-15, to be exact, and went and shot not only dr. mitchell but three other people in the process. 285 deaths we could have prevented if we had commonsense gun laws in place. of the 45,000 people who died from gun violence last year alone, we talked about making people safe, 45,000 deaths are not safe. how many would have also been spared had our laws been stronger? frankly, i would favor myself re-instituting the 1994 assault weapons ban for which i voted. and i lamented the fact that when my republican colleagues
were in charge of the house, senate and the presidency, they allowed that law to go out of existence. none of us can speculate what the cost of that was. but there's no doubt in my mind there was a cost. in fact, that bill reduced mass shootings then and it would do so again now. there's. i believe we ought to do -- there's much i believe we ought to do as the representatives of the people in this house. the house has already taken action on two critical gun safety measures, supported by nine out of 10 americans. we don't have nine out of 10 americans that are democrats in this country. neither side does. but if you have any credence in polling data that says what americans think, nine out of 10
think that comprehensive background checks should be the law of the land. i don't know the commonsense argument against that. we passed the charleston loophole. this gentleman who bought that gun three hours before he killed dr. mitchell, or thereabouts, would have had a time to cool off -- would have had time to cool off, to perhaps have second thoughts, to perhaps have saved the life of a doctor whose job it was to save lives. we sent those bills over and the senate republicans, however, have refused to allow even debate on either of these bills. even debate on either of these bills. that are overwhelmingly supported by the american people. i know that my republican colleagues are as disturbed by the murder of children as democrats are. i believe that. i hope that's the case.
but i believe it. but i am confounded by the unwillingness to respond in an effective way, even on asking that everybody get checked so they're not criminally insane or a felon or an abuser or on the terrorist list. but no. comprehensive background checks, just to see if somebody is a danger to themselves or others. i know that our colleagues across the aisle shed tears when their constituents die from gun violence. as we do. this sured not be -- this should not be a democratic or a republican issue, but an issue of our common humanity and our common sense. if we work together, we can
achieve a safer america. we've seen promising signs from the senate that a bipartisan agreement may be possible. i surely hope it is. but this house will not, should not wait to act. that's why we're voting on this protect the kids act today. this legislation is, in my view, long overdue. i participated in a sit-in on this floor to try to galvanize the congress. it didn't work. sadly, it didn't work. to the disappointment of the american people, it didn't work. this comprehensive bill is the product of tireless efforts by many of our colleagues to address issues that contribute to our gun violence epidemic. i want to thank robin kelly and the protecting our kids act, crack down on gun traffickers who take guns where? into the big cities and spread
them around. they sell them, they don't give them for free. but it's the traffickers that break the laws, not of chicago, but perhaps don't break the laws of those where they bought multiple guns for those who can't buy guns. similarly, representative cicilline and espaillat pushed for provisions that would regulate illusive ghost guns. the committee that oversaw the alcohol, tobacco and firearms division, we couldn't even make sure that ordinance, bullets, could be traced. because the n.r.a. was opposed. representative titus ensured that it would ban bump stocks, a weapon component that allowed a gunman to kill 60 people in las vegas in 2016 and wound hundreds more. was he a hunter?
was he a sportsman? additionally, this bill would restrict high capacity magazines, which enables shooters to inflict maximum destruction in the minimum amount of time. thanks to language included by representative deutch. because of chairwoman delauro, chairwoman jackson lee and representative slotkin, this bill also protects our kids from gun violence at home, by implementing gun storm safety standards -- storage safety standards. common sense, common purpose, protecting our kids. this act also includes representative anthony brown's measure to raise the legal age for purchasing assault weapons and shotguns from 18 to 21. you can buy an ar-15, apparently, or some other multiple-shot, quick shot weapon, but you can't buy a
drink. in many jurisdictions. is that common sense? this legislation never would have come together without the leadership of chairman nadler. thank you, chairman, for your leadership. and i thank the committee for their work on this bill. chairwoman jackson lee of the subcommittee on crime, terrorism and homeland security, chairman thompson of the gun violence task force. thank you, chairman thompson. this bill, as well as additional legislation from representatives mcbath and carbajal, that will be considered subsequently on thursday takes major steps forward to make our communities and our children safer. is it perfect? will it stop allle killings -- stop all the killings? it won't. we know that. is there a perfect answer? no. is making schools safer bad? no. we support that. i don't know that we support
making them into armed camps, as some would suggest. because i think that would make them less safe in many respects. so i urge all of my colleagues to put our country, our constituents and our kids first. let us rise above party and partisanship and special interests, as we seek to do what is right and what is necessary and what an overwhelming majority of the american people are looking to congress to achieve. isn't that what we're supposed to do? represent the people? i'm hopeful we can find a bipartisan path forward to eact long overdue reforms -- to enact long overdue reforms to make our communities safer from gun violence. because a bullet doesn't care about your race, your faith, your age, your orientation or any other factor. and, yes, people do care about those things and manifest it in the worst way possible. but they do it with an instrument that will allow them
to kill a lot of people very quickly. the american people care what we do here today. the american people care that their congress is doing everything possible to keep them safe, to keep our children safe. the american people care. each of us today has a chance to show that we care. god's work on earth must truly be our own before this bill. make our kids and communities and people safer. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i now yield one minute to a member of the judiciary committee, the gentleman from new york,
mr. jeffries. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. jeffries: america is in the midst of a shocking gun violence epidemic that should shock the conscience of everyone and devastated children, families and communities. we must address it with the fierce urgency, but there are some in this chamber bury their heads in the sand and act like it is ok. not ok that black folks were gunned in buffalo because of the color of their skin and not memberships of the jewish community were gunned down in pittsburgh simply because of their religious beliefs. it is not ok that children were gunned down in uvalde, texas, by an 18-year-old who never should have had access to a weapon of war. not ok that mass murder is a way
of life in the united states of america. that is why we must pass comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation. address this epidemic decisively and allow america to be the best version of itself. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: i yield four minutes to the gentleman from kentucky, mr. massie. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for four minutes. mr. massie: today, we are debating six gun control provisions in one. why are there six bills in here? none of them work. you can't take six bills and make them together and make them. these are unconstitutional and most troubling, dangerous. six titles in this bill and all suffer the same inherent problem that gun control suffers when we pass it here in these legislatures and that problem is that criminals do not obey the
law. they are being go to love some of these laws, though. take the safe storage provisions in here. home invaders are going to love the fact that congress has now told you you need to lock your gun in your house. how are you going to defend yourself when your guns are locked up. it is unconstitutional court ruled in heller that it is unconstitutional to require heller his gun disassembled and unloaded in his house. think about raising the age to 21 to buy a long gun, not just a handgun. this is unconstitutional and immoral. why is it immoral? because we are telling 18, 19 and 20-year-olds to register for the draft. you can die and we expect you to defend us but not give you the tools to defend yourself and
your family. i offered an amendment in committee that would let the spouse of somebody in the armed services serving overseas acquire the means of self-defense while her husband is serving overseas. just because she is 18, 19 or 20, she shouldn't be defenseless. the democrats voted it down. i offered an amendment that says we won't domestic violence victims as traffickers if they got a gun from a neighbor instead of the gun store. everyone democrat voted against protecting domestic violence victim. someone in my office watched her husband. she had a license legislation steered firearm and in a moment she regrets to this day and left it in her car pause she said the
law not to bring it in there and her stalker wasn't going to have a gun. criminals don't follow the law. let's do the one serious thing. why must children keep dying? let's quit advertising our schools as soft targets and that these gun-free zones. 1990, congress did another nye-jerk reaction and called the 1990 did you know-free school zone act. fortunately some states and school districts have had the wisdom to override this provision. and guess what? we don't have to guess. does hardening our schools work? does let teachers carry. we know it does. in every single school district and allowed them to carry, there
hasn't just know mass shootings but a single shooting. why? because these insane individuals they seek some twisted version of glory which involves a body count and will not achieve it if they walk into the school and first thing they see is a staff member who is armed and trained and they die. that is what they deserve. put three of those on the news and you can stop this. we should quick advertising our schools and making it the federal default that they are sitting ducks. i urge --[the gentleman's time s expired. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i now yield two minutes to a member of the judiciary committee, distinguished the gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilline. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cicilline: almost six years ago, i sat down right here on
this floor with the late great john lewis and so many colleagues to protest the republicans unness to take up gun safety legislation after the orlando pulse nightclub shooting. we said we would deliver on gun safety legislation we expanded criminal background checks to ensure criminals can't buy firearms and today we will pass legislation to address gun violence and the epidemic of gun violence. it is the crisis of this generation. isn't a person in this country that isn't affected. you don't have to be rich or poor or young or old, we are a text message away. in the last 159 days alone, more than 240 mass shootings, 19,000 dead from guns and 27 school shootings. children killed in you valid's,
parkland and sandy hook and many other places. enough is enough. it's time to do something. every minute we wait, every minute we fail to act, we sentence more americans and more children to death by guns in this country. the protect our kids act is a smart, commonsense package that will save lives. i urge my colleagues to take this first step and help reduce gun violence in this country. protect your constituents from the gun violence that is ravaging communities all across america. we can't stop here. this is a great bill and make certain that kids and members of our community are safe. but have the courage to stand up, it doesn't take a lot of courage, do your job. protect your constituents from these horrific acts of gun
violence. vote yes on this legislation. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are directed to direct their remarks to the chair. mr. jordan: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from arizona, mr. biggs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. biggs: i oppose the latest gun control effort. supporters of this bill do not want to protect second amendment rights because they don't care. instead of addressing the societal issues caused by left-win policies that have assaulted the american family and american society, they want to ban guns and many of the cities with the most restrictive gun control laws have the highest levels of crime. they simply do not acknowledge that they don't believe in the second amendment. let's talk about what republicans have proposed because republicans have proposed many efforts. you heard from mr. massie.
here's what you don't hear. i listened very carefully to the majority leader, he was enumerating through polls. guess what, the majority of americans believe schools would be safer if teachers were given options to carry a firearm. the latest economy poll last week, a similar rasmussen poll, 62% are safer with an armed guard. utah allows teachers to carry a concealed happen. they have never had a shooting cyst that law has been in place. justice scalia said that the very text of the second amendment implicitly recognizes the preexistence of the second amendment right and it shall not be infringed. this is not a right granted by the constitution or dependant upon that instrument. the second amendment simply
declares that it shall not be infringed but that is what your bills do. the republicans said let's harden the schools, $122 billion for covid relief. 90% of it remains unused and you said we don't want to talk about doors. we hide behind doors because they work. you can harden schools and make them work and arm guards and make them work and make children safer. we all condemn the acts of violence but the answer cannot be restricting america's right to protect themselves. every day americans use guns to protect themselves and their families. this bill will make it harder for americans to do this. that is a fact that my colleagues choose not to address. democrats claimed that good guys
with guns do not stop. congressman massie read a long list to stop bad guys. i'll give you one. in charleston, west virginia, a woman with a nine millimeter stopped a shooter with an ar-15. the speaker pro tempore: jabs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to a member of the judiciary committee, mr. lieu. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. lieu: when i served in the u.s. military, i was trained on firearms. let me tell you what a bullet from an ar-15, it leaves the
muzzle at a speed three times higher than that of a handgun. the energy is so strong and will shatter your bone. a person looks like a grenade exploded in their body and the bullet causes your human flesh to ripple violently and if it misses your artery, the ripples can burst arteries. little kids were decap tated and faces blown off. a person under 21 cannot buy a budweiser and not let a person under 21 buy a weapon of war. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i now yield one minute to a member of the
judiciary committee, ms. jayapal. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. jayapal: the protecting our kids act is about saying no more to mass shootings. no more to children murdered in schools. no more to black people murdered at the grocery store. no more to doctors being murdered in hospitals, no more to losing our children, our fathers, mothers, siblings and friends in this uniquely american epidemic of gun violence. the families who have lost loved ones know that these deaths are not inevitable. we need to act now. this bill has effective. raise the minimum age to buy a semi-automatic rifle. prohibit gun trafficking
require safe storage and crack down on ghost guns and bumpstocks. have these protections been enacted in 1999, they would have stopped at least 35 recent mass shootings and saved over 400 lives. today we can choose to mean it when we say never again. vote yes, save lives, save children, save our communities. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from ohio. >> we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to a member of the judiciary committee, mrs. demings. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. mrs. demings: madam speaker, as a police officer chief i was expected -- police chief, i was expected to get things done. to do everything in my power to keep people safe. offering thoughts and prayers is fine. my grandchildren do that. but if that was all i did as a police chief after mass shootings, no one would have let me get away with that.
well, there is an expectation for congress too. to do more. madam speaker, what is painfully wrong with this tragic moment in our history are the people who want the power of the position but not really the responsibility. congress failed that little girl who could only be identified by her green tennis shoes. congress failed the loved ones in buffalo, at pulse night club and newtown. after the parkland shooting in florida, republican legislators helped pass red flag laws and other meaningful legislation to keep guns out of the hands of the dangerous people. will we do something? haven't we had enough? or is it just too scary to do the right thing? madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. >> we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i
yield one minute to a member of the judiciary committee, the distinguished gentleman from california, mr. correa. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. correa: madam speaker, i rise in strong support of the protecting our kids act. over the last 20 years we've lost thousands of lives, thousands of lives to mass shootings. gun violence is now the leading cause of death of children in america. let me repeat. gun violence is now the top cause of deaths of children in america. this legislation is not perfect. but if we can save one, two, three lives by passing this legislation, then it is worth our effort. it is our obligation to pass this legislation. our thoughts and prayers are not enough. we have to act and act now. and i call my colleagues to join us in voting in favor of protecting our kids. thank you and i yield.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to a member of the judiciary committee, the distinguished gentlelady from texas, ms. garcia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. garcia: madam speaker, i rise today in strong support of h.r. 7910, the protecting our kids act, and h.r. 2377, the federal risk act. in texas, our souls are crushed and our hearts are still broken. we stand in solidarity with our friends and neighbors in uvalde and community as i cross the nation -- communities across the nation mourning the lives of those who have lost their lives to gun violence. empathy, love and morality are calling upon us to pass this bill -- these bills that are commonsense legislation to reduce gun violence and save childrens' lives -- children's
lives. let's not be deceived by the absurd proposition to armour teachers in schools -- to arm our teachers in schools. let our schools be schooled. a teacher should be armed with books, not guns. children need to focus on learning the a- b-c's, not how to dodge bullets. i urge my colleagues across the aisle to consult our conscience, not the n.r.a., and vote yes on these measures. thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, how much time does each side have remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york has 40 1/2 minutes. the gentleman from ohio has 38 1/2 minutes. mr. nadler: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i now yield one minute to a member of the judiciary committee, the distinguished gentleman from
california, mr. any ghouls. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is -- mr. neguse. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. neguse: i rise today to offer the words of a brave coloradan. tom's son daniel was murdered at columbine high school in 1999. he was 15 years old. same age as me. tom shared with me that in the weeks before his death, daniel asked him, dad, did you know there are loopholes in the brady bill. at 15 years old daniel was able to see the gaping holes in our nation's gun laws and tragically so were the two 18-year-old killers, teenagers that saw loopholes big enough to drive a truck through. as tom said to me today, what has congress really done to protect our precious children from gun violence in those 23 years? shamefully, nothing. it is time for congress to do its job, it is time to act and to demonstrate that you give a damn about our children. tom is right. i beg my colleagues, support
this commonsense bill. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: thank you. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. fitzgerald. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. fitzpatrick: i rised to -- mr. fitzgerald: i rise today in opposition of this bill i thought i'd do a fact check -- bill. i thought i'd do a fact check. my democratic colleagues will often claim there are loopholes in the current background check system, sometimes specifically citing the charleston loophole. this is simply not true. federal firearms licensees cannot transfer a firearm without performing a background check on the purchaser. the f.b.i. is notified immediately if a prohibited person attempts to purchase a weapon and the f.b.i. has three days to follow up. the three days for follow-up prevent the f.b.i. from sitting on their hands and not following through with background checks
as a way to deny a person a firearm by bureaucracy. and therefore take away their second amendment rights. another claim frequently made by my colleagues is that banning so-called assault weapons, a term they rarely define, would reduce mass shootings. despite automatic weapons already being illegal to the general public, the left uses the term assault weapon to describe scary looking guns, regardless of the actual characteristics of the firearm. even weapons mischaracterized as assault weapons are used in less than 1% of all homicides. many of my colleagues claim mandating so-called safe storage of firearms is a commonsense approach to reducing gun violence. not only does it a requirement to keep a firearm within the home unloaded or locked up not comply with the supreme court precedent, it is also -- it also puts them at a disadvantage.
if you want to accomplish something today, pass what many states have done and that's make resources available to secure schools. $100 million in over 1,300 wisconsin schools have removed themselves from the list of the most vulnerable with state dollars. let's do that today and really accomplish something. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the vice chair of the judiciary committee, the gentlelady from pence veilvania -- pennsylvania, ms. dean. ms. dean: thank you, madam speaker. and thank you, mr. chair. you know, it is said that a civilized society that can no longer feel outrage can no longer be civilized. 10 people slaughtered in their grocery store. 19 children and two teachers massacred in their school. only to have parents who had dropped their children off in
the morning wait in some horror line to offer d.n.a. samples. at least 15 people murdered in mass shootings just this weekend, including in my home city, philadelphia. outrage, we must feel the outrage. do these tragedies from guns in the hands of bad actors sound like the well-regulated militia explicitly mentioned in the second amendment? of course not. it's outrageous. we want to save our children. we want to save our babies. we want to save our families. the elderly who live in constant fear. and yet, did you hear, madam speaker, the argument on the other side of the aisle? a god-given right for an 18-year-old to slaughter children in a school? enough is enough. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from ohio. the gentleman from new york.
mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to a member of the judiciary committee who knows the tragic violence of gun violence personally, mrs. mcbath of georgia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. mrs. mcbath: thank you, madam speaker. and thank you, chairman nadler. i rise today in support of protecting our kids act. a chance for us to keep our families healthy and whole and safe. day after day, hour after hour, the american people have felt the pain and the horror and the despair of yet another mass shooting, another family torn apart, another community broken. i know that feeling. you know my story. my son jordan was just 17 years old when he was shot by a man who simply didn't like the loud music he was playing in his car. how long do we let the american families in this country keep suffering this pain?
that's why we must pass this commonsense legislation, why we must take this step towards ensuring that we are creating true progress for the next generation. americans deserve better. and shame on us if we do not take action. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: i reserve, madam chair. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to a distinguished member of the judiciary committee, the gentlelady from texas, ms. escobar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. escobar: scoa madam speaker, on -- ms. escobar: madam speaker, on august 23, a white supremacist massacred 23 innocent people at wal-mart, a red flag bill might have saved them. on august 31, 2019, eight people were killed in midland, odessa, but by a man who failed his background check and purchased a
gun through private sale. our bill on private firearm sales might have saved them. at santa fe high school, a 17-year-old used his father's gun to kill 10 people. our safe storage bill might have saved them. and in uvalde, parents are burying their babies today after an 18-year-old purchased an ar-15-style rifle and slaughtered 21 individuals. our bill raising the age to 21 might have saved them. these are just the recent texas mass shootings. it's not the teachers, the schools or the doors. it's the guns. we can't save every life, but, my god, shouldn't we try? america, we hear you and today in the house we are taking the action you are demanding. take note of who is with you and who is not. i am proud to remain el paso strong. thank you, madam chair. i yield back, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to a distinguished member of the judiciary committee, the
gentleman from new york, mr. jones. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. jones: madam speaker, i rise because we find ourselves on a path that we have traveled before. a path that the american people were promised they would never have to meet again. after columbine. after sandy hook. after parkland. and now after uvalde. for two decades, two decades republicans bought by the n.r.a. have blocked every attempt to pass legislation that would stop children from being massacred in their classrooms. why? because nothing is mauricey than buying -- more easy than buying an ar-15 in this country. except buying a republican member of congress. today democrats in the house will pass the protecting our
kids act. and we need the senate to abolish the filibuster to do the same. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield two ms. kelly: for years i have heard that tired argument that gun violence prevention legislation won't work, just look at chicago. they say where they have the strictest gun laws. the reason for gun violence is gun trafficking, 60% of guns used in chicago come from out of state and not the only city where this happens. according to the a.t.f. from 2016 to 20, one-third of the more than
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