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capitol, where the houses is about to gavel in for general speeches. later today, members are expected to consider 11 bills, including a measure to create an amber alert like system for active shooter event. live coverage of the u.s. house, here on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker.
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the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. june 21, 2022. i hereby appoint the honorable alma s. adams to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 10, 2022, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with time equally allocated between the parties and in each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip limited to five minutes, but in no event shall debate continue beyond 1:50 p.m. the chair recognizes the the gentlewoman from iowa, mrs. miller-meeks, you are recognized, five minutes. mrs. miller-meeks: thank you, madam chair. madam speaker, i rise today to
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recognize the accomplishments of an incredible student athlete from iowa's second district. iowa high school's ben keither is a local legend in eastern iowa. he's a four sport star dominating in football, wrestling, baseball, and track. i have recognized ben on the floor of the house twice already, but as he is a dominant wrestler, three-time state champion, and currently holds a 723-0 record going into his senior -- 72-0 record going into his senior year. he earned a spot on the under 20 wrestling team and will represent the united states at the world championships in bulgaria this summer. he's an outstanding outfielder for the baseball team and ran the second leg of the distance medley relay team that took second place at the 2021 drake relays. a standout football player, ben plays both tight end and linebacker. last fall ben committed to both football and wrestling programs at the university of iowa. i look forward to watching ben
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help the little hawks win state champions next year and helping our beloved hawkeyes when he heads down college street next year. good luck, ben. go little hawks, and go hawkeyes. thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to recognize the feats of lisa, she has been an employee of first gateway credit union for over 10 years and has always gone above and beyond in customer service and ensuring that customers receive the best service and advice for their accounts. lisa's commitment to customer service paid off when an elderly woman was influenced by a scammer to withdraw a large sum of money from her retirement fund. thankfully, lisa caught the scam and prevented the scam from occurring. because of lisa's commitment to looking out for her customers, she was awarded the consumer protection hero award from the iowa state government. i can think of no one more deserving of this award than lisa. her attentiveness and quick
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thinking protected a member of her credit union, and i'm thankful there are hardworking and thoughtful people like lisa looking out for the citizens of our community. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the chair recognizes the gentleman from washington, mr. kilmer. five minutes, sir. mr. kilmer: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to honor the life and legacy of flight officer roscoe perkins. a distinguished aviation pioneer who helped pave the way for racial integration in the united states armed forces. and who is service has in-- and whose service has inspired generations of aviators. flight officer roscoe perkins served our country in world war ii. as a military pilot and was one of the first black american pilots to serve in the united states armed forces. flight officer perkins was among the nearly 1,000 men referred to as the taws key gee air --
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tuskegee airmen who trained at the army airfield in alabama. the tuskegee airmen were citizens who wanted to fight for their country. but were originally barred from doing so due to segregationist policies at the time. this led to the creation of the tuskegee institute to train black army personnel to become pilots. despite facing many obstacles, they beat the odds. even in the face of significant barriers they showed skill and patriotism. they fought valiantly in world war ii by flying more than 15,000 combat sorties over europe and north africa. for his part, roscoe perkins logged nearly 400 hours of flight during his years of service between january 31, 1944 and february 10, 1946. he flew p-47's and b-25's for the u.s. army air corps and the 332nd fighter group in the 477th
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bombardment group. congress voted in 2006 to award the tuskegee airmen with the congressional gold medal, which is the most prestigious award the federal government can award to service members. president george w. bush presented the surviving airmen with a medal at a ceremony in the u.s. capitol rotunda in march of 2007. since then congress has begun pos he'll yowsesly awarding metd medals to the airmen once they are found. flight officer perkins died in 1978. after years of effort his surviving family members obtained a bronze represent plis medal in 2017. flight officer perkins' service to our nation broke down barriers to those who followed this his footsteps and we should be inspired by his service. in a time when our world was threatened by fascism, flight officer perkins stood among the many to ward off its force. in a time when our world was
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quick to define the quality or character after person based on their skin, flight officer perkins' service demonstrated that character is about living true to your values, working toward the common good. in an a time when we were fighting in the air, flight officer perkins' service illustrated the struggle at home and need to end seg gle gaitionist -- segregationist policies. 2308g his service he was unable to become a pilot due to the color of his skin. he continued his passion for flying by getting in a cockpit any chance he could get and working as an aircraft mechanic. during his career after the military he worked from apprentice mechanic, to crew chief, to sur visor. his passion and skill for flying may have inspired an entire nation, but close to home he also inspired his family. all five of his children went to college and completed degrees.
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his daughter went on to be one of the first black flight attendants for a major airline. his great grandson is now an air force pilot. and flies an f-15 strike eagle. and before retiring, his son worked as an electrical engineer for nasa. today, madam speaker, we honor and celebrate flight officer roscoe perkins whose service to his country and to his community is greatly appreciated and will long be remembered. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa, for five minutes. mr. lamalfa: thank you, madam speaker. as we are finding -- becoming painfully aware as americans, energy independence is vital to our national security and our everyday lives. america needs to embrace a true energy policy that supports every type from natural gas, oil
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drilling, nuclear, hydroelectric, and the other renewables. we cannot simply declare that some methods of power generation are off limits like the biden administration and others have been trying to do to natural gas and oil. energy production of all kinds is important for rural economies which provide jobs, income at the farm level, and at the wildcatter level, tax revenue, etc. take california for example, we are the leading state in biomass production. our crowded forests, untended for so many years due to policies of the forest service getting sued to not do anything before or after a fire. so my northeast part of the state we have millions of tons of waste biomass just sitting on our forest floors, dry, decomposing, turning into c06789-2 waiting to be part of the next catastrophic forest fire which we see happening in over abundance. the dixie fire in my district
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last year, one million acres. when a tree fell into a power line. using biomass is a win-win-win for everybody. it brings local jobs, putting our workers in these rural towns that are suffering economically for years due to the shut down of this timber industry, basically. putting those folks back to work. tending to work that needs to be done to have forests thinner, cleaner, healthier, and less fire prone. as we towards green energy and strect carbon and environmental -- and strict carbon environmental regulations, we are seeing other forms of energy not being available, too. nuclear, nuclear energy is a serious alternative energy source. it's co-2 free. it's been around for a long time. but for some it isn't politically correct. california has one remaining nuclear reactor, not too from an
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lows abyss bow. takes up only 900 acres of land and provides 10% of california's energy portfolio. almost 10% in one power plant. they want to take it off line because it's not politically correct. of course in california responsible for 23% of our carbon-free generation, if you want to play the carbon game. in a state that faces rolling blackouts to our grid every summer, every time the wind blows because we don't want tree branches falling into power lines, we can't fair without 10% of energy provided by nuclear power which doesn't have that threat. nuclear power plants are cheaper to run than most, even accounting for managing and disposing of radioactive materials, which there are ways to deal with the leftovers, too, if we can get to them. nuclear powers consistent 24/7. unlike solar -- like solar and wind it's available all the time. not affected by the clouds or
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lack of wind. solar wind power do have their place, but we know we can't completely rely on them. you can't build enough batteries to store enough power without having mines in africa taking advantage of kids' labor to put them in place. when a wildfire rages like it has year after year, sends thick black smoke in the air, solar panels are obscured by ash and screened from direct sunlight. the solar and wind systems don't put out what they need to to have a modern grid. our state is already banned the sale of gas-power back up generators. what are pe supposed to do withe homes? what are you suppose 20 power them with? a battery. ridiculous. one of the most critical sources of renewable energy on the entire pacific northwest is hydroelectric generation.
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it's the cheapest form of reunusual energy available. about -- renewable energy available. it's about 25% the cost of using natural gas. it faces numerous obstacles as well. they want to remove the dams, calling it the largest ever dam removal project they are so proud of, it seems. up on the clam math basin -- clam math -- klammath river. they are scheduled to be removed if they have their way. that will take renewable, available, 24/7 power to over 70,000 homes off line t will have to be replaced by miles and miles of solar panels somewhere else or windmills chopping up birds someplace. why do they want to remove this? political correctness. they hope that maybe it will help the river have slightly cooler water for salmon spawning. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. lamalfa: it won't work that day because it will release all sorts of silt and hurt the
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river. one thing after another we have to find a reliable energy source. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. lamalfa: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until 2 p.m. today.
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