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ourths. we have had unemployment reached a low that could start to rise as a result of these strategies. the white house is walking this delicate line of telling the american people that the economy is better than when we took office according to job growth, but at the same time, there is a lot of anxiety out there in the public. president biden is also telling the american people that he hears them and understands them. going into november, this is not a good spot. it is just the bad spot right [captioning performed by thenat, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2022] >> we'll leave it this now to keep our commitment to
congressional coverage. you can continue watching this online at c-span.org. u.s. house is about to gavel in for legislative business. today members will debate 11 bills, including a measure to create an amber alert-like system for active shooter events. you're watching live coverage on the u.s. house here on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by chaplain kibben. chaplain kibben: would you pray with me. holy god, you see us as we are. our strengths, our weaknesses, our accomplishments, and our shortcomings, and still you love us with a parent's heart. god, we give you thanks for the patience you show you us time and again. despite our inclination to take things into our own hands, to fool ourselves to think that our way is the only way, to turn
from your guidance and walk away from your loving arms, nonetheless you stand beside, behind, and before us ready to righteous when we stumble and reassure us when we fail. like a hand that broods over -- hen that broods over her nest, you gather us under your wings and tend to our every need. open our eyes to your gracious care over us. call us to seek shelter in your encouraging embrace and to trust your steadying hand. we ask that you give us this day reminders of your abiding faithfulness and enduring mercy. as we stand in the light of your grace, may we see both our guilt and our acquittal. then may we find restoration and renewal to serve you as those who have been given a new chance to bask in your love and to proclaim your compassion for all people. in your merciful name we pray,
amen. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 11-a of house resolution 188, the journal of the last day's proceedings is approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from michigan, mr. bergman. mr. bergman: please join me in the pledge. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will 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 2129, an act to promote freedom and information encounter censorship and surveillance in north carolina and for other purposes which the concurrence of the house is requested. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will anti-in requests
for -- the chair will entertain requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i wish to address the house, revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. joyce: madam speaker, last week a report from moodies found that the average american is now spending an extra $460 a month on everyday items like gas and groceries. and because of the staggering inflation caused by president biden's failed policies, the average american family is being impacted. the burden of this out-of-control inflation has fallen on working families who can least afford to pay for the skyrocketing price of goods. now instead of addressing the root causes of inflation,
president biden and vice president harris are once again championing their build back broken agenda. an agenda that would pour gasoline on a fire that is already far out of control. americans cannot afford this reckless spending. we cannot afford to allow radical socialist policies to further destroy our nation's economy. it's time to return to fiscal constraint. it's time to stop spending money that we don't have. it's time to stop spending money on things that we do not need. thank you. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recog recognition? i'm sorry, michigan seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. mr.
>> thank you, madam speaker. i have spoken before about president biden's and house democrats flawed economic record. continue to hear from constituents across michigan's first district who feel cass aside by the policies of this administration. inflation is at a high of 8.6%, and this president continues to blame everyone but himself. mr. bergman: high inflation isn't an act of god, high inflation isn't solely an act of the federal reserve. and high inflation certainly isn't an act of putin, either. president biden said, the buck stops with him. but maybe he's changed his mind. don't be deceived. his stated plan to address inflation is a farce. the president and his advisors told the american people inflation was transitory, all while passing trillions in new spending. instead of taking responsibility, this president continues to push tax and spend legislation that worsens inflation while leaving working families to pick up the tab. i'm asking the president and my
colleagues to listen to the american people, stop the spending, and confront inflation head-on. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recog recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. mr. lamalfa: for months the democrats and liberal media have been intentionally falsely accusing border patrol agents of whipping illegal immigrants coming across our southern border. the media falsely mislabeled the agents' long reins, you see, which they use to control their horses. they describe them as whips. where is all the fact checkers about this information? i guess they are absent over at the "washington post" and cnn. yet the biden administration department of homeland security isn't interested in truth, either. they want to punish these border patrol agents who are doing their job and arresting illegal immigrants. following a false narrative and
special interest pressure, the d.h.s. now plans to discipline these folks that are on the horseback involved in the so-called incidents. prosecuting these law enforcement officers do nothing but already -- lower the already low morale. the biden administration opened the border and soft on crime policies have incentivized two million illegal immigrants to come across our southern border and stripped border patrol agents from having the authority to stop it. instead, they become welcome wagon workers. there is a caravan of illegal immigrants of nearly 20,000 strong awaiting the day biden fulfills his destructive promise of ending the border crisis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the house will resume proceedings on the postponed questions at a later time.
for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 7777 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 7777 a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to authorize the cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency to establish an industrial control system, cybersecurity training initiative, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. swalwell, and the gentlewoman from iowa, mrs. miller-meeks, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. swalwell: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. swalwell: madam speaker, i
yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. swalwell: thank you, madam speaker. i want to thank the chairman and ranking member of the committee on homeland security for their support for moving my bill, h.r. 7777, the industrial control systems cybersecurity training act, through committee. i want to thank the speaker and majority leader for bringing this measure to the floor today. madam speaker, h.r. 7777 is not only a winning number on a slot machine, it's a winning formula for bringing cyber hygiene to our industrial control systems across america. every day we rely on critical infrastructure to power our homes, fuel our cars, and connect us online. one essential component of critical infrastructure is industrial control systems. also known as i.c.s., which digitally manages operations of these vital systems. as congress considers legislation to address cybersecurity threats to america's interests, my legislation would help to secure
vulnerable i.c.s. at every level of our economy and government. h.r. 7777 would make permanent an existing education initiative within the cybersecurity infrastructure security agency. also known as seesa. this initiative, the i.c.s. training initiative provides free virtual and in person cybersecurity training to public and private security entities, including critical infrastructure administrators, national laboratories, and even small businesses. this training equips technology professionals across all levels with the tools and expertise necessary to secure themselves against advanced persistent threats. when threats turn into successful attacks, it impacts the lives of -- daily lives of every american. including sowing discord into our electoral processes as we have seen election after election.
shutting down our pipelines. or breaking down supply chains that provide essential food and other materials. that means virtually everything is connected to a network has a potential vulnerability. or what we would refer to as a left of boom vulnerability. the vulnerability that exists before the attack occurs. and every person, small business, or government database is a potential target. in 2021 alone, cyber crimes inflicted approximately $6 trillion in damages across the world. attacks on industrial networks account for a significant portion of that number. and it's only going to get worse in the future. these threats often emerge from sophisticated state actors like russia and china that have the ability to exploit vulnerabilities to disrupt and destroy the systems that make our way of life possible. as putin and his regime become increasingly isolated, because of a successful sanctions regime
and the effort that we are prosecuting to help keep ukraine in the fight, we should expect the kremlin to progressively target the united states and our allies with unconventional cyber attacks on our election systems and critical infrastructure. and any success that russia has in exploiting vulnerabilities will inevitably be closely watched by other countries, particularly china. in sum, we know this threat is real. and that malignant actors will persistently probe our systems, define additional weaknesses to exploit, that would cause real harms, harms to americans that would blunt innovation, steal americans' secrets, and destroy america's small businesses. in my district, cybersecurity professionals deal with threats to i.c.s. every single day. i specifically note two major federal research centers, sandia and lawrence livermore national laboratories which pli play a critical role in protecting
worldwide cyber threats and they are in the heart of my district in california. this support is leveraged every day by numerous federal agencies through cisa who sit on the frontlines of protecting our infrastructure from bad actors. here in congress we must do everything we can to equip our security protection tectors with the resources -- protectors with the resources they need to tint fight. that's what this legislation does. resources must include proactive ways to help cybersecurity focus entities retain a competitive work force. the training programs in my legislation will equip technology professionals with the skills, expertise, and resources they need to build resilience against threats to some of our most sensitive facilities. i applaud cisa for creating these trainings which h.r. 7777, which i love saying, would make permanent. this commonsense program is an easy solution to build resilience against cyber attacks for our most vulnerable systems.
with that i urge my house colleagues to support this legislation. and, madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from iowa is recognized. mrs. miller-meeks: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise today in support of h.r. 7777, the industrial control systems cybersecurity training act. in policy discussions following recent cyber incidents like solar winds and colonial pipeline, one constant area concern of congress our our cyber dpeernsd like those of the cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency, cisa, has been improving the nation's work force pipeline for cybersecurity and other stem related fields. as the interconnectivity of our daily lives continues to grow, the estimated worldwide cost of cyber crime has risen to $6 trillion annually. despite this alarming and growing threat, some estimates say that the cybersecurity work force is currently short about one million to three million
qualified professionals. a recent center for strategic and international studies, c.s.i.s. study of i.d. decisionmakers across eight countries found 82% of employers report a shortage of cybersecurity skills and 71% believe this talent gap causes direct and measurable damage to their organization. federal agencies have been working to bridge the gap in skills required to prepare a future cyber work force. cisa is collaborating closely with organizations like the national institutes of standard and technology, nist, to identify cyber knowledge deficits on a sector by sector basis. one example is is the national framework which serbs as a useful framework for directing resources into education courses. this would direct cisa provide resources into those fluent in multiple segments of the cyber
domain, not only -- also technology like industrial control system which are common place and are increasingly exposed to cyber risk. we must continue to do all we can to improve our nation's cyber posture and focus on policy to help make our government and private sector critical infrastructure operations more resilient and prepared for future events. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting h.r. 7777 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker: the gentlewoman -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman -- does the gentlewoman from iowa reserve? mrs. miller-meeks: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. swayl swell: i have no more speakers and i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman as the only time remaining.
mr. swalwell: thank you. i yield myself the plans of my time. it is important that we are ready to meet growing threats from russia, china and non-state cyber actor, that's what h.r. 7777 seeks to do by authorizing cisa's cyber security training program and directing cisa to report to congress annually about the initiative. improving the state of our i.c.s. cyber security work force will be an ongoing effort and these reports will help congress continue to strengthen this program in the future. passing this bill will help us continue moving forward and developing the cyber security work force we need to defend against the growing cyber threats that we face and in particular this will help strengthen small businesses, particularly those in critical infrastructure, who do not yet today have cyber security defense forces receive that training. with that, i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 7777 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is, will the house
suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 7777 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no in the opinion of the chair 2/3 being in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. swalwell: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 77174 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 287, h.r. 7174, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to re-authorize the national computer forensics institute of the united states
secret service and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. swalwell, and the gentlewoman from iowa, mrs. miller-meeks, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. swalwell: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. swalwell: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. swalwell: i rise in support of h.r. 7174, the national computer forensics institute re-authorization act of 2022, introduced in this house by ms. slotkin of michigan. ms. slotkin's legislation addresses ransomware threats that are on the rise and that are costing american companies and the american people millions of dollars each year. in fact, former cisco c.e.o.
john chambers that in 2022 we'll see approximately $120,000 on average in cost to 60,000 american businesses who will be victims of ransomware attacks. ransomware attacks have targeted our most critical industries if the energy sector to food processing to schools and even hospitals. state and local law enforcement are on the front lines protecting against this threat and often are the first people called when an attack occurs and they are on the ground in communities to respond. recently f.b.i. director chris wray told congress that within an hour if the business calls the f.b.i. one of his agents can respond virtually or at their doorstep to assist them. more than ever, state and local law enforcement need the training and tools to investigate and respond to ransomware and other cyber-based attacks. that's where the national computer forensics institute or n.c.i., comesin.
established in 2008 by the u.s. secret service, ncfi is recognized as a pre-eminent facility to receive cyber security training. at ncfi, the secret service trains state, local, tribal and territorial officers, prosecutors and judges in cyber crime informations and cyber incident response. to date, because of this train, more than 18,000 law enforcement officers prosecutors and judges across all 50 states and territories have received training at ncfi's center in hoover, alabama. ms. slotkin's h.r. 7174 as introduced would ereintroduce n sering cfi through #u 32. i know this the importance of training for law ep forcement, prosecutors and judicial officer. before a case ever reaches the trial stage, dozens of law enforcement officers have poured over -- pored over shreds of
evidence to ensure justice is served. since evidence today is increasingly digital and more and more meticulous to review, it's imperative that law enforcement, prosecutors and judicial officers from communities across the country have access to necessary training on emerging and digital technologies like a.i. and equipment to put that training in action. that's what ms. slotkin's bill will do. h.r. 7174 will ensure that ncfi's operation for 10 more years and better notion institute for success. the bill strengthens its operations by requiring privacy, civil right, and civil liberty protections be integrated into training. it authorizes the ncf toirvetion engage in research and development of different approaches for training and investigations involving ransom ware and threats involving the use of emerging digital assets. and it requires the secret service director to report on the demand for training at ncfi,
the institute's ability to meet that demand and whether to expand further ncfi facilities and training opportunities. ncfi's authority to continue its training wig end in november of this year but we know that cyber actors, nation state and nonnation state, their efforts will not. which makes h.r. 7174 swift passage so important. the house authorized the ncfi by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote in the 115th congress. and the homeland security committee passed the bipartisan bill by unanimous vote by voice last month. it has 17 bipartisan co-sponsors. i urge my colleagues to support the measure once again. madam speaker, i request unanimous consent to include in the record an exchange of letters between the chairman of the committees on the judiciary and homeland security regarding consideration of ms. slotkin's h.r. 7174. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.
mr. swalwell: thank you. again i urge swift passage of ms. slotkin's legislation and reserve the plans of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from iowa is recognized. mrs. miller-meeks: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself as much time as i may consume. i rise today in support of h.r. 7174, the national can computer forensics institute re-authorization act. our nation is facing an increase many cyber threats stemming from multiple angles. these range from critical infrastructure vulnerabilities to child exploitation online. previous cyber attacks have highlighted the need for preventive measures and law enforce. support at every level including federal, state, local, tribal and territorial. many recent attacks and exploitive vulnerabilitied have severely impacted the american people and economy. adding to this, with the ongoing war in ukraine, the intelligence community is warning of the heightened cyber threat from russia. the national computer forensic institute in hoover, alabama, is operated by the united states secret service.
ncfi pr vids essential education and training to state, local, tribal and territorial law enforcement prosecutors and judges on how to mitigate, detect and respond to cyber threats. since opening in 2008, ncfi has continuously worked to equip its students with the necessary tools and knowledge needed to prevent cyber crime. now more than ever, as we are facing cyber attacks from malicious actors like russia, china and iran, in addition to other criminal may haver online like child important position phi, bolstering training is imperative. congress officially authorized the ncfi for five years in 2017. this bill re-authorizes ncfi for 10 years and updates its mission, functions and curriculum. in addition, the bill requires an annual report on ncfi's impact and activities, it requires analysis for its potential expansion and a process to receive feedback from
participating jurisdictions. cyber security has never been more important to homeland security and it is important to train our state and local law enforcement to train to face this threat head on. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting h.r. 7174 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. swalwell: thank you, madam speaker. i have no more speakers and i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. swalwell: thank you. i yield myself see balance of my time. ncfi training and education program is too important to expire. it will do so in november. i appreciate the gentlelady from iowa and her side's support for this legislation. with that, i urge my -- i urge swift passage of h.r. 7174 and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the
bill h.r. 7174 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair 2/3 being in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. roy: request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to hoeighth -- pursuan8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. swalwell: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5274. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 286, h.r. 5274, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to provide training for united states customs and border protection personnel on the use of containment devices to prevent secondary exposure to
fentanyl and other potentially lethal substances and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. swalwell, and the gentlewoman from iowa, mrs. miller-meeks, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. swalwell: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on the measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. swalwell: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. swalwell: i mys today in support of h.r. 5274, the prevent exposure to markets and toxics act, introduced by my friend and colleague, representative joyce of ohio. i see that he's here so to let him speak on his bill, i'll follow up shortly, i urge my colleagues to support this bill and for now i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from iowa is recognized.
mrs. miller-meeks: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 5274, the prevent exposure to markets and toxics act, introduced by my friend and colleague, david joyce. this bill addresses the important issue of protecting our frontline customs and border protection personnel from the dangerous and illicit drugs they ebb counter every day. this is especially important as the situation at our southern border continues to worsen by the day under this administration. in fiscal year 2021, customs and border protection officers and agents seized more than 914,000 pounds of illicit markets and so far this fiscal year, c.b.p. is on track to seize a similar amount of illegal drugs. unfortunately, in 2019, the department of homeland security's office of the inspector general issued a report that found c.b.p. personnel were not adequately protected and were at greater risk of secondary exposure while handling illicit drugs such as
fentanyl and methamphetamine. c.b.p. frontline personnel often work in challenging and dangerous environments as a risk ex-show powe sure to these drugs korea inhalation, skin contact and contact with needles. h.r. 5274 will require the c.b.p. commissioner to issue containment device, critical tools that provide protection against secondary exposure to fentanyl and other chemicals to help protect frontline officers and agents. i strongly encourage all members to support this bill to protect our dedicated frontline law enforcement at the border. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman is -- the gentleman is recognized. mr. swalwell: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from iowa is recognized. mrs. miller-meeks: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from ohio, mr. joyce. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. joyce: madam speaker, with over 108,000 americans dying from a drug overdose last year,
all of us are aware of what the opioid crisis is ravaging our country. similarly americans have watched as the crisis at our southern border has turned into a catastrophe. there is a threat that both these crises pose and it's gone unaddressed for far too long. secondary exposure to fentanyl. secondary exposure occurs when an individual's unintentionally exposed to fentanyl and the drug enters the bloodstream through accidental absorption. this happened in ohio a police officer overdosed after brushing fentanyl off his uniform. the threat of secondary exposure is faced by one group in particular, customs and border protection agents. c.b.p. officers have seized over 440,000 pounds of drug this year including 5,300 pounds of fentanyl. that's enough to kill 2.4 billion people. so today i'm calling on my colleagues to pass my bill to better protect those working to secure our borders, h.r. 5274,
the prevent exposure to narcotics and toxic act. known as the prevent act by bill will require c.b.p. to issue containment guyses to all frontline border security personnel and provide training on their proper use. congress already requires c.b.p. to provide narcan to all officers at risk of secondary exposure, making this legislation a simple but necessary extension of the tools we provide those who defend our borders. containment devices are a critical safety technology that allows first responders to safely store fentanyl and other dangerous substances in a secure device. they not only protect agents from secondary exposure, but also better preserve narcotics for forensic analysis, improving integrity of investigations, and further illegal action against illegal traffickers. the crisis at our southern border has exploded to unprecedented levels and with it we have seen a shocking rise in the amount of fentanyl flowing into the united states. while while those of us in congress differ how we believe this crisis should be solved, we
can agree the men and women working to stop deadly drugs from reaching our communities deserve to be protected on the job. the prevent act provides them with that protection. madam speaker, i'm proud to have introduced this bill and always have the backs of the c.b.p. agents working to keep our country safe. these men and women put their lives on the line every day. at least congress can ensure what they have to do their jobs as safely as possible. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california is recognized mr. swalwell: -- is recognized. mr. swalwell: thank you. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i want to thank my colleague across the aisle, mr. joyce, a former prosecutor, someone who understands the importance of having the backs of law enforcement as they are on the frontlines and dealing with this deadly, deadly toxin. i, too, want to commend c.b.p. for the hard work that they do every single day and the drugs that they are interdicting to protect our communities. no doubt fentanyl and other toxins have taken thousands of
american lives, and i can speak personally that in my family we have had seen a family member suffer through a fentanyl addiction. if i could waive a wand -- wave a wand and get rid of the fentanyl, i would do it. mr. joyce's legislation makes sure we are not exposing more people unnecessarily to touch the centers for disease control and prevention estimates that 107,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2021, an increase of 15% from 2020. most of these originate overseas. primarily from china, who is not doing enough to stop the fenltal leaving its -- fentanyl leaving its borders. the hero of u.s. customs and border protection interdict and seize drugs at our borders before they make their way into american communities. we know their exposure is extremely dangerous and could be fatal. when detecting or seizing opioids, frontline c.b.p. personnel are at high risk of
exposure to she's substances through inhalation, ingestton, and skin contact. one way to prevent accidental contact is through mr. joyce's legislation that would provide the use of containment devices. this legislation protects c.b.p. officers and agents by ensuring that those at risk of exposure have access to containment devices and most importantly understand how to use them. last congress this body enacted congresswoman clarke's synthetic opioid exposure prevention and training act to protect c.b.p. personnel from exposure to synthetic opioids. that law required a framework to protect personnel from exposure to synthetic opioids. and congressman higgins' act to ensure c.b.p. implements a strategy to detect synthetic opioids at lower purity levels. together these measures responded to concerns raised by the department of homeland
security's office of i spect -- inspector general about the risk of accidental narcotics exposure to frontline c.b.p. personnel. consideration of h.r. 5274 is particularly timely as c.b.p.'s fentanyl seizures continue to increase. i request also, madam speaker, unanimous consent to include in the record an exchange of letters between the chairman of the committees on ways and means and homeland security regarding consideration of h.r. 5274. with that i urge my colleagues to support -- thank you. with that i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 5274 and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from identify is recognized -- from iowa is recognized. mrs. miller-meeks: certainly h.r. 5274 is a small step we can take in managing the crisis at our southern border. in addition to emphasizing border security. i want to thank representative joyce for his very astute observation that our law
enforcement is at risk and for his bill to help protect those who protect and serve us. i have no further speakers. i urge members to support this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. swalwell: madam speaker, i have no more speakers. i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. swalwell: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i thank mr. joyce. i thank the other side for their bipartisan interest in this legislation. as i said as the son of a police officer, brother to a number of police officers we are a law enforcement family. i see every day and hear from my family about the exposure they face particularly those on the southern border and seek swift passage of this legislation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5274. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the -- for
what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8. yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from georgia seek recognition? mrs. greene: madam speaker, i seek recognition for a question of permanent privilege. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has been made aware of a video basis for the gentlewoman's point of personal privilege. the gentlewoman from georgia is recognized for one hour. mrs. greene: thank you. madam speaker, i would like to address the house and talk about how i have been mistreated as a freshman member of congress and how crimes have been committed against me. they have been caught by the capitol police. they have been sent to the
department of justice. the department of justice is refusing to prosecute these crimes. this is another example of the two-tiered justice system we are living under right now under the biden department of justice and democrat leadership. i'd like to go back to the beginning. these come on many news articles that have come out just on the news that this has happened to me. i would like to remind the house that starting on february 4 as a freshman member of congress i was kicked off committees by the democrat majority and 11 of my republican colleagues, unfortunately. so i serve here as a member of congress without committees representing by district. but i continue to work hard. i would also like to remind the house that on february 24 after we had voted on the equality act and we had been debating back and forth, hi made many
statements -- i had made many statements based on my beliefs, based on biblical truth, based on the beliefs of my district that i represent that there are only two genders, male and female. i stand firm on that. but yet it was my democrat colleague across the hall placed a trans flag across the hall from my office to, apparently, maybe shame me for my vote. that had happened. then in response to that i simply put up a sign outside my office, responding to the flag. but it continued on. there was also another incident on june 29 where one of my democrat colleagues screamed at me in the cannon tunnel yelling and screaming at me for having a mask pulled down to my chin while i was walk talking on a facebook live video. so all of it was caught on
video. that member then went to the speaker and claimed that hi attacked her and -- i had attacked her and able to get her office moved because she apparently claimed she was a threat to her, where i was not. and she was given a security detail for her protection. then even there were 73 democrat colleagues introduced a resolution to expel me from congress, let me let you know what that says. it simply says that representative marjorie taylor greene be and she hereby is expelled from the house of representatives. giving no reason whatsoever for this resolution. but yet there is -- it is sponsored by one of my democrat colleagues and co-sponsored by 73 other of my democrat
colleagues. yet i have done nothing wrong. what else happened? well, let's go a little further. i have over $100,000 in mask fines and then when i went before the ethics committee on my house on these mask fines, four of the five democrats on the house ethics committee also have their names on this resolution to expel me from congress. i asked them to recuse themselves and they refused. therefore, that wasn't very fair. that's not fair treatment. i have even had my character attacked on the house floor, calling me horrendous names. horrible names. insulting names that aren't true about me at all. accusing me of things that i have never done, especially involving january 6. then there was even an effort recently to remove my name off of the ballot so that the people of my district couldn't even
stroat for -- vote for me. and that came from a democrat left wing group that was funded by democrats. i beat that in court. but all of this time with all of these things happening the media has promote the all of -- promoted all of it. because of this i have had nearly 60 official death threats, 21 death threats, direct death threats, direct ones, and there is a man from new york currently on trial for threatening to kill me. 19 indirect threats. this is -- these are basically death wishes and harassment, and eight sexually related threats, individuals that have made threats of sexual assaults against myself and members of my family. i'll give you a few examples. in quotes, one person said, i need to f-ing kill you. another one said, marjorie greene should find a bullet in her head.
another one said, i can't wait till you get raped. until you are dead. and another threat said i'll come see you and your children, and it went on and on. now, all during this time i have requested for protection. saying i need help. i need protection. i don't feel safe in these buildings. i don't feel safe at all. and all of that has been denied. but i have watched many of my colleagues across the aisle in the majority party receive a lot of protection and help. but i have gotten none. but just recently i want to go through some things that happened. this sign seems to upset people so much, but it's a simple truth that is an example of what i believe based on my christian faith, based on what the bible says in genesis that god created us in his image, male and female, he created us.
and this is also the majority belief of the people from georgia's 14th district. this sign has been attacked repeatedly. it's been attacked 11 times. nine times it's been vandalized. nine time it was vandalized, twice it's been stolen. there's been a series of specific events, seven of these. january 25 of 2022 was the first report of this tithe destruction. and this is where instead of people writing on it or stealing the sign, this was where someone decided to put a sticker on the sign with -- using bible verses to attack my christian faith. and covering mostly the word female. you can take that one down. then the sign destruction continued. each time we'd replace it, the
same thing would happen again. i want to remind everyone, this is when our house offices were still closed to the public. so it was apparent that it was someone working, a staff member somewhere in our office building. so again, it showed up. another sticker attacking my christian faith. mostly over the word female. it happened on february 1, 202, then february 2, 2022, then february 22, you can put up another one. on february 28. so each time the stickers were placed on the sign attacking my christian faith, even if i wrote something back it didn't matter, another sticker would appear.
and every single attack had to do with a bible verse. it was directed at me. maybe even saying a sticker of a picture of jesus that said, i never knew you m.t.g. that was on the previous one. so my staff and i, we had been communicating with the house sergeant at arms multiple times but were never getting a response. and i had requested cameras multiple times but not getting any cameras. until finally the house sencht at arms came to -- the house sergeant at arms came to my office and talked to them in the hallway, was very loud in the hallway about my need for surveillance cameras, i have nothing to hide. i'm perfectly fine with all the cameras in this build, all the cameras in longworth where my office is. my staff and i have nothing to
hide, clearly other people do. i was demanding surveillance cameras because this entire time this has been going on, at this point it had been over a year. the person that was continually attacking the sign is also attacking me and is angry at moe. i did not know if this was a person that i got in the elevator with alone. i did not know if this person was someone that i may be on an escalator with, passing in the hallway, passing on the stairwell. i didn't know if this was a american that maybe personally knew me or someone i had never talked to in my life. what i did know is the attacks kept coming, they would not stop, there was someone that worked in the building, and they clearly hated me. and i felt -- i felt very unsafe. i felt my life was in danger. especially with the amount of death threats that i receive against myself and my family. and the complete refusal from the sergeant at arms,
leadership, provide many with any kind of security or protection. but finally, finally, they put surveillance cameras up. and that was installed by the house sergeant at arms on march 4. but guess what. additional destruction continued. it happened again on march 10. how about that. six days after the camera went up. the sign was attacked again. and of course against my christian faith. attacking my religion. and always making sure it was somewhere covering the word female on the sign. attacking my gender. so -- but this time on march 10, there happened to be a camera installed. so the suspect was caught on camera on march 10. and again the -- he was caught on camera on march 11. two times in one week.
he was caught. but you know what? they didn't tell me who it was. they refused to tell me who this person was. they caught him on camera. they issued an arrest warrant to the department of justice. of the u.s. attorney's office on march 15. for destruction of public or private property you should the d.c. code 22-3312.01. so they had caught him. they had it on video. knew who it was. and they still refused to tell me. no one would tell me who this person is. so i'm still living in fear of who is this person? why are they doing this? and are they possibly one of the people threatening my life? and then to my extreme disappointment i received a phone call from the u.s. attorney's office who i thought for sure when i got on the phone and it was a woman, i thought
she might have some sympathy to what i'm going through. but she let me know that the u.s. attorney's office is declining to pursue any kind of -- to prosecute any kind of charges against this person and they would not be following through. even though they have it on video. they know exactly who he is. and he's clearly broken the law. but they didn't want to prosecute it. this is from our department of justice. the same department of justice that is not prosecuting people that are harassing our supreme court justices. breaking federal law. the same department of discuss justice that is not keeping our border safe. the same department of justice that is supposed to uphold all of our federal laws for our country, not stopping the fentanyl crisis and prosecuting, the same department of justice that isn't prosecuting crime apparently anywhere because crime south of control.
they don't care about crime here in this place, in congress, in the capitol complex, but they only care about the people that definitely came in and walk around on january 6. if you're one of those people they are prosecuting you to the hilt. and some of them are rotting in the d.c. jail now. if you're a republican member of congress, and someone is stalking hark rasing, attacking your gender, attacking your religion, they drop the charges. you see that is a two-tiered justice system. and i can't imagine why we're allowing that to happen. all of the american people are paying their taxes. the department of justice is receiving their full budget. the department of justice son-in-law prosecuting crimes to matter to half the country. that's a two-tiered justice system. in order to have a justice system that is fair and good and one that the american people can
trust, it should be a justice system that prosecutes crime just because it's a crime. not based on a political party. not based on does it match up with the ideas or policies they agree with or the president that is in the white house or whoever is speaker of the house or whoever is in leadership. it should matter that it's a crime. and they should prosecute these crimes. but unfortunately, that's not happening. i did find out who the person. is it's reported in the news. i found out it's representative jake audiocassette enclose's chief of staff. his chief of -- jake auchincloss's chief of staff. his chief of staff is targeting me. this isn't an intern or a low-level staffer. that is a chief of staff that's had quite a career here.
working in this institution. who knows better. as a matter of fact, he fully believes that you shouldn't harass anyone over their religion or their gender or their sex or any of these things. he definitely believes in hate crimes because previously when he worked in another member use office, when he was chief of staff in that office, there was a man that yanked down their pride flag outside their office, yanked it down, and mistreated it. well, tim heisman, the chief of staff at jake awe chin closs' office, was so offended -- and jake auchincloss's office, was so offended he chased that man down the hall, they wanted him prosecuted. but yet the chief of staff for jake auchincloss feels
completely above the law and feels and says that my sign saying there's only two genders, male and female, he says it's a statement of hate. and therefore he's entitled to attacking me for it. you see that is complete hypocrisy. that is not the way this works. why is one above the other? it shouldn't be. i thought in america aren't we all equal? aren't all our belief prospected? isn't our speech protected? why is my religion under attack? why is christianity under attack? why is my belief in defending women and girls' privacy rights in sport whierks is that wrong but yet it's ok for him to defend the pride flag and be angered and upset and want to arrest and prosecute someone when they attack it. two-tiered justice system. this is a man that i don't know. he doesn't know me. i didn't know who he was until a
few weeks ago. i had no idea. and you know, for a time, i've been in my office building, many times late at night. but i don't go there by myself anymore because of this man right here. i don't know if he's one of the death threats that have comaild office. i don't know if he's one of the people that mail in disgusting, horrible things to me in my office. i don't know what else he would do buzz he feel he's above the law and beyond reproach. i also don't understand why his boss, representative jake auchincloss, still has him employed. because i'll tell you right now, if anyone in my office, if any of my staff, twor do what he has been doing to another member of congress they would be fired. and my staff would never do it. since early, early on in our term, when my colleague across the hall from me, attacked me on
twitter by starting on my name plate and turning the camera to herself where she planted the transflag, no one in my office, none of my staff, has touched her flag. nor would we. because we respect her freedom of speech and her right to have it there. we would not touch it. but that's not how i have been treated. i've been treated much differently. i've been attacked over and over and over and over and then finally, when i got video surveillance cameras, the capitol police did a great job. they caught him. they issued a warrant for his arrest. and they sent it to the department of justice. but the department of justice doesn't care. why? probably because i'm a republican. we don't have a republican white house. we don't have a republican-controlled congress. so why should republican
congresswoman marjorie taylor green matter? apparently i don't matter my safety doesn't matter and the beliefs of my district don't matter. not to the department of justice. they have no interest in prosecuting tim heissam for attacking me seven times. twice caught on video. no. they don't care. because half of the country doesn't care to them. but let's go a little bit further. there's been more things that have happened. i mean, i feel like it's almost like high school mean girl behavior. but this is supposed to be congress. well, we also had a situation on june 16, just last week. there was a certain film crew that works for stephen colbert had been basically stalking me all day long, going throughout, following us around here. my staff was very helpful in
putting me in the car and keeping me away from them. they ended up outside my office. my staff took me somewhere else so i didn't have to go there. but then, now we find out that it was a certain democrat member who is serving on the january 6 committee who let them in the buildings. and then when the capitol police threw them out it also happened to be congressman jake auchincloss and tim heissam's staff that let them back in late at night. do you know whose office they were going to? mine. my office. so this is more behavior where i feel -- i don't feel safe. i feel like my life is constantly threatened. i'm constantly harassed. and this is no way for anyone to have to do work here. this place should not be run like this. this shouldn't be allowed. now while the january 6
committee is currently accusing one of my colleagues, representative barry loudermilk of giving tours which is a lie about him, they are lying about him, saying he did something he did not do, they at the same time were letting these people in -- all in our office buildings, we don't even know where all they went but they know. and the capitol police know. they they were allowing them to go everywhere as if they were doing some sort of insurrection. and why do they have the tours and attacking members' offices? but then we get accused of something horrible. this is wrong. you know what people care about? they care about inflation. they care about groceries and mothers can't find baby formula or tampons and people are so
upset about crime and no one cares that we even have a border, these are the things that people care about. and don't care about the petty ridiculous garbage that happens in this place. but this is what we are dealing with, because the department of justice will not prosecute any of these crimes and it's all about politics. aren't politics disgusting? i'm so sick and tired of politics. the reason i ran for congress is because i was upset we are a nation in debt that we will never repay and i have three children and i hope to god i have grandchildren and i don't know what's going to happen to their lives. i was upset because our economy is so fragile and at risk of crumbling. i was upset that our nation was shut down over a virus and
shouldn't never have been shut down. we have the greatest country in the world but it's this place that doesn't respect it. and the american people i respect them far more than this institution because the american people work their tails. and but here, we play political games. we are chiefs of staff who know better attack women over our religious beliefs and we refuse to back down about their only being two genders. what is that going to end up being? if that's a comment of hate, am i go go to end up being locked away in jail. if so, put me in the dungeon and i will scream it from the pits in the bunkon of the jail.
women and girlts are under attack. we have no more rights because any man who decides that calls himself a woman that can invade our spaces and any man when we stand up against it can attack it and the department of justice will do knowing about it. what kind of congress is that? aren't we supposed to be the body that legislate the laws and creates the budget and funds the department of justice? we are supposed to be. but no, we're doing things like this. so i -- i'm here at work this week. the chief of state for representative auchincloss. representative adam schiff who is currently on the january 6 committee whrieg about republicans, who let in stephen colbert gaining of 7.
i don't have committees. this isn't how people should be treated. this isn't right. and here's the other thing. not just me that feels this way. there are tens of millions of americans that agree. we are tired of it. sick and tired of it. so while this institution is making a mockery with its january 6 committee, the department of justice refused to prosecute all of the b.l.n. rioters. their charges got dropped and everyone who did come in here and riot, i didn't like it at all. it scared me a lot. but those people, oh, they have been charged, the department of justice will do that. but they won't prosecute this man and his boss won't fire him. he gets to keep his job.
again, i want to remind you, if my staff, imagined had attacked my colleague across the hall and attacked her transflag, i can't imagine. not only would i have fired them, they would have been arrested and probably would still be in jail and their lives and every detail of their life would be spread and people would know where they went to elementary school and would know their address, they would have their phone number and text message and it would all be out there. that's not how it works for us. and that is a two-entired justice system. and the reason why i bring this up, the way i have been treated, mistreated, really, since i have come here as a treasure man member of congress and i want to remind everyone, i have never been arrested and i have always
paid my taxes and i have not broken the law. i have done nothing wrong. it's the majority party that doesn't like my speech. that's it. so i have been kicked off committees and routinely attacked. i have been lied about. my character has been completely destroyed not only by people in here, but the media helps them. i have so many death threats and i had to pay for my own personal security and now the department of justice will not prosecute someone when they are caught committing a crime against me, against my gender and my religion, attacking me over and over and over again. you know something, the way this place treats me is exactly the way conservatives, republican voters and many americans feel treated. they feel mistreated. this place only cares about
itself. this place cares about what happens here. and so disconnected to farmers who are about to go out of business and mothers who can't find baby formula or feminine products and the borders, the towns overrun. they try to help people so much, they can't help any more. the crime that is increasing, the billions in a we are sending over for a proxy war with russia but we won't protect ouron. the american people feel mistreated, the same way i feel mistreated. and it is completely wrong. it needs to change. you see, this is a place where we should be working together. shouldn't be hard for republicans and democrats to go over the budget that serves our country and shouldn't be hard to work together to fund the
department of justice that prosecutors crimes in america and crimes against members of congress. that is something we care about. it shouldn't be complicated and somehow it is complicated and all complicated because of the disgusting industry called politics, and that needs to change. we are going to hit a point one day where the american people, they are so sick of us, they are sick of congress and sick what happens here. and go to go hit a point where the american people, not only are they sick of us but won't trust us anymore. and you won't to know something? i don't blame them one single bit. madam speaker, i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 7072, n.d.o. fairness act as amended. the clerk: a bill to amend title 18 united statescode to modify, delayed notice requirements and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuan t to the rule, the gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilline and the gentleman from ohio, mrl control 20 minutes. mr. cicilline: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include material. i yield myself such time as i may consume. as a proud co-sponsor, i rise in strong support of h.r. 7072 crucial bipartisan surveillance reform legislation that passed
out of the judiciary committee on a voice vote. this legislation would accomplish important guardrails when the government seeks to access electronic communications without that person's knowledge. the they can search and prosecutors must compel the provider. to avoid having to turn around the customer about the search, they can have a nondisclosure order as a gag order. there is no time limit to these orders. all the government needs to do is cite that no showing is necessary and the court may grant the request. this requires the government to show and the secrecy order is needed rather than allowing to check the box activity. gag orders would be granted for a shorter period of time with the opportunity for extensions only as necessary and when the
order expire, the government would have to provide to the customer, the warrant. details regarding the search and information disclosed. prosecutors seek these records where there is no need and where the government alone benefits and the person has the right to dispute the warrant and they can keep the subject in the dark. in the 21st century, prosecutors tont have to show up but raid your have iter ole office. it would do away with that rubber stamp that they supply to government requests explaining reasons. by timing these orders raising the review and ensuring they have establishing when they objected and inserts transparency, reason and balance into a system that far too long has been a free-for-all.
if history has taught us anything, we can't trust the department of justice to police itself. the house of representatives will ensure that our laws are keeping pace with rapidly technology. i thank the chairman and leadership and our friends senator leahy and senator lee. vote yes on this bill and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield myself such the speaker pro tempore: scrarkd scrord gored the nncht d.o. discusses the government's overreach and nondisclosure orders. it obtains a court order to demand secret communications from apple, google, microsoft and verizon. the government blocks these customers that the government is
looking through their phone records. in other words, you don't get to know. the government uses these orders to demand information is shocking. one company received 2400 to 3500 every year between 2016 and 2021. that is 7 to 10 orders every day, every single day. some of them don't contain an expiration and they can spy on americans' private information indefinitely. you may never know that the government accessed and snooped on your information. these nondisclosure orders are approved by a rubber stamp process without any real showing of the need foresee crest shy. this -- foresee creasy. and the bill requires courts to issue written zigs as to why
orders are necessary and sets a 60-day limit and allows providers to challenge unjustified orders in a court of law. madam speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentleman from rhode island. mr. cicilline: i have no further witnesses. . mr. jordan: i have no further speakers, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. mr. cicilline: this will insert due process pr texts into a system too often abused. the government often has no obligation to tell you that they've requested access to your email records, and it can prohibit your service member from informing you of the search even if you contact -- even if your contract with the provider requires such notice. the n.d.o. fairness act will require that the government show a need for a gag order, installs commonsense protections to
ensure such orders are time limit and subject to scrutiny for renewal. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 7072 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3285, the 21st century president act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3285, a bill to amend jeaneddered terms in federal law relating to the president and the president's spouse. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from rhode island, mrn
from ohio, mr. jordan, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from rhode island. mr. cicilline: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on h.r. 3285. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cicilline: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cicilline: i rise in strong support of h.r. 3285, the 21st century president act. a century ago, women had only just won the right to vote. now we have the first female vice president, female speaker of the house and record numbers of women running for public office. though we have a long way to go our country's government is growing closer to finally representing our nation's brilliant diversetism our laws must reflect that our president and their spouse could be of any gender. that concept may have seemed impossible a few decades ago but today it is a true and real possibility. today the code defines the
spouse of a former president as a wife or a widow, implying the spouse must be female and the president must be male to be protected. i am proud of this bill which passed out of the chamber on the voice vote. i urge us to support equality in our highest branch. i thank you to my colleague, congressman pocan, for introducing this bill and being such a strong advocate for it. i look forward to seeing it made law. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. jordan: the bill is simple. under current law it's a threat to issue threats to former presidents, immediate family and other persons. this replaces the words wife and widow with spouse and surviving spouse both major parties have had women run for president and this change makes sense.
but while we are dedicating floor time to consider this minor technical change, president biden's inflation is hitting a 40-year high. his border crisis has left our nation woefully unsecured. and left wing defund the police actions have contributed to a crime wave plierg cities. this bill -- of course this bill makes sense and it should be a crime to threaten the president and first family, no one disagrees, but this body needs to get its priorities straight. what's the legislation to address the crisis at the border or the crime wave or any do anything meaningful about the inflation or the price at the pump. i the democrats will spend some time addressing the real issues that face the american people. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island. mr. cicilline: i yield to the gentleman from wisconsin, the author of the legislation, mark pocan, three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pocan: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today in support of the 21st century president act, a bipartisan bill this i am glad to have offered and introduced.
federal law hasn't caught up to where progress in this couldn't are is, specifically when it comes to who a future president can be. this bill would change federal law that refers to a president's spouse. sections that currently refer to a president's wife or widow would be changed to spouse in recognition of the fact that in the 21st century the president could be a woman or a person from the lgbtq community. without this change to the u.s. code, for example, the law that makes it a crime to threaten, kill, kidnap or inflict bodily harm upon the president or the president's family would fail to include a future female or gay president and their potential spouse. this change is long overdue. someday there could be a president cam a la harris or elizabeth warren or amy klobuchar or tammy baldwin or pete gut gig or president niki hey lee or liz cheney. the words in law matter. it is critically important that law recognizes that we could
have a president who is not a man or even a straight man and that they and their families deserve equal protection under the law. i am glad that this bill passed the house by voice vote last congress ands that its has now been voted out of judiciary twice on a voice vote. i would like to thank chairman nadler and the judiciary committee for their support of this bipartisan bill and urge my colleagues to once again support the 21st century president act. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman reserves. and the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: we yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from rhode island is recognized. mr. cicilline: h.r. 3285, the 21st century president act takes our criminal code into the 2 1*s century by removing jeaneddered terms and assumptions about who can be president from our criminal code. it passed on a voice vote last congress. i ask my colleagues to again stand with me in supporting this legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3285 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 6538, the active shooter alert of 2022 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 290, h.r. 6538, a bill to create an active shooter alert communications network and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from rhode island, mrn from ohio, mr. jordan, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from rhode island. mr. cicilline: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all
members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 6538. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cicilline: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cicilline: i rise in strong support of this bill, h.r. 6538, the active shooter alert act, bipartisan legislation which i introduced with congressman upton and 16 other original republican and democratic co-sponsors. , to help keep our community safer in the event of an active shooter. between 2000 and 2020 there were close to 400 active shooter events, include40g in 2020 and 61 such incidents in 2021 alone. in 2016, in congressman upton's backyard, we saw a michigan uber driver go on a shooting rampage and then continue picking up passengers. in 2019 a shooter drove around a community in texas, killing seven and wounding 25. in 2021 a shooter travel 30d miles, murdering eight people at various atlanta area spas.
just this past april a shooter attacked a subway station full of people in brooklyn and was then on the run for 24 hours before police finally detained him. such active shooter situations have become ubiquitous so frequent that some of these horrific events barely make headlines. this is not normal, we cannot let it become normalized. we cannot become numb to these events. we need to act now to make our communities safer and that includes providing law enforcement with every tool they need to do so. law enforcement has asked for ways to better alert their communities when active shooter incidents arise. this legislation answers that call. the active shooter alert creates an amber alert like program for active shooter events. this bill will provide law enforcement with cutting edge technology, to send notifications to our smart phones and let community nose fls an active shoot for the a certain area so they stay away. the bill will also consult with
police safety expert who was responded to these incidents to develop best practices and protocols for sending out these alerts. this will allow law enforcement to learn from each other as they adapt to the needs of the communities if they so choose. developing this kind of technology and infrastructure and developing best practices would be a massive undertaking for many local police departments and some communities. simply don't have the resources to do it on their own. however we already have these resources at the federal level. this legislation simply gives every law enforcement agency across the country the option to access the federal alert system so they can send alerts in their area. nothing in this bill is mandatory for law enforcement agencies to adopt but it will provide access to an important tool for law enforcement departments across the country, regardless of their syces or location. and it's sadly becoming more and more necessary to have these protocols in place. as we have seen time and time again when there's an active shooter situation, law enforcement does all they can to keep people in the surround
airinga safe, including door-to-door to evacuate or tell people to shelter in place that. takes time, time that could lost lives. more than anyone, law enforcement understands the strain an active shooter puts on a community in crisis. in these stressful life or death situations, law enforcement officers are too often relying on social media to communicate with surrounding communities so no one accidently walk into the line of fire including other members of law enforcement. law enforcement needs and deserves the best tools available, certainly better than twitter to communicate with their community. if you look at the after action reports, so many incidents, they all recognize it should have been so helpful to have a way to quickly and safely communicate with other members of law enforcement or the local community about an active shooter. i'm proud this bill has the endorsement of law enforcement organizations across the country at the national, state and local levels and that it's resoundingly bipartisan effort. thank you to all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who have supported this commonsense measure and to mr. upton for leading this
effort with me. i encourage a yes vote. just to be clear this isn't legislation endorsed by this national sheriff's association, the fraternal order of police, the national police foundation, national association of police organizations, major cities chiefs soccers, national district attorneys associations and many other local law enforcement agent sis. men and women protecting our communities are saying they need this. it's bipartisan. i urge everyone to vote for it. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i yield such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. jordan: the active shooter alert act is unnecessary. it gives more authority to the biden justice department, the most political justice department in history. states already utilize emergency ealert systems to warn the public about natural and human made disasters, extreme weather events, active shooter situation and other emergencies.
federal, state and local officials already use the integrated public alert and warning system to send alerts to mobile tuitions and to alert -- mobile dwietses and to alert media. every state has at least one alerting authority and there are more than 1,400 alerting authorities across the country. if the states are already using an alerting system to notify the public about imflent threats what does this bill to? what does this bill -- what is this bill really about? it's creating a new federal job at the biden d.o.j. to encourage state and local governments to issue alerts any time a firearm is used to threaten anyone, anywhere. don't take my word for it. during the markup, congressman jones admitted that quote, this bill would be most effective at reminding us that the threat of gun violence exists around us but does little to protect us from it. this bill would be most effective in reminding us that the threat of gun violence exists all around us but it does little to actually protect us from it.
that's right. this bill is about democrat fear mongering that guns are ever-present threat and we cannot be safe until big government, big government rounds up every last gun. in fact, congressman jones went further and called on the committee to consider another bill that would ban assault weapons. the democrat chair of the committee followed up by voicing his support far very concept. no wonder the democrats want to push forward a bill that will create a reminder that, quote, the threat of gun violence exists all around us. they want to create a culture of fear so they can achieve their ultimate goal which is getting rid of the second amendment. if they really wanted to improve emergency alerts for active shooters we would be moving a bill for wireless emergency alerts sent to mobile devices. g.a.o. stated local alerting officials had expressed concerns about the ability to target we a alerts with acura is making them reluctant to use the system. so let's improve the system not
have legislation that is about ultimately undermining the second amendment. we could have had hearings. could have received expert testimony. could have been able to fully vet this initiative. this legislation is simply another failed attempt by democrats to quote do something about the surge in violence and crime across the country. if we need to do something we should start by supporting law enforcement and the rule of law instead of demonizing our police and actively encouraging illegal entry into this country. i reserve the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized. mr. cicilline: i yield two minutes to the gentlelady from pennsylvania, an important member of the judiciary committee, ms. dean. ms. dean: like many of you, i am struggling as we see more lives lost to gun violence. on sunday, a 15-year-old boy was killed and three member shot in
a mass shooting 15 minutes from where we stand right now. on monday, after midnight, a college student was killed in the hail of gun fire. last week in the judiciary committee, i talked about the three young men who were killed and 11 wounded in the single biggest shooting in philadelphia in seven years. are we safe in this country anymore? we are determined to fight for radical change to combat dangerous obsession with guns and gun violence. we voted for extreme risk protection orders. republicans voted no. we voted to raise the age of semi-automatics to 21. republicans voted no. we voted to safely store guns. republicans said no. we voted to get rid of ghost guns. republicans said no. we voted for background checks,
republicans said no. and we are trying to pass text alerts, i am thankful this measure has some bipartisan support yet some republicans support guns so much they will find a way to say no and hide behind the 2nd amendment. i'm inspired by the overwhelming number of americans who are demanding action, democrats, republicans, gun owners, non-gun owners. this is a sad yet important step and i thank the chairman for bringing it forward. i urge my colleagues to wake up. our children's lives are at stake every day. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: we are not trying to hide behind the 2nd amendment. we are defending it. it is an important part of our
bill of rights and no better defender of the 2nd amendment, the co-chair of the 2nd amendment caucus, mr. massie. i yield him four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. massie: you know, i find interesting that all across the country, democrats are moving to defund the police and we have a bill called the active shooter alert act of 2022. if they defund the police, the more appropriate title is you are on your own act. nobody is coming to help you because we have defunded the police. what does this bill do? if it were anything other than an attempt to demonize guns, it would cover things like stabbing, car violence. it would cover all violence but chosen to single out the 2nd
amendment and firearms. the technology already exists to do this and the states have already done it and campuses who want to do it have implemented this a decade ago. why are we doing this at the federal level? what is the purpose to take what would have been good ideas at the state level and bring them up here and then tell the states how they have to do it although they are doing it in many cases. what good does a one size fits all. rural kentucky is like urban chicago. if you hear a gun off in rural kentucky, your first instinct is not to panic. if your phone tells you to panic, you might be inclined. when you hear a gun go off in kentucky, target practicing or
hunting. neighbor somebody a poaching a deer but nothing to panic about. but that's what they want. different to hear. can you turn this system off in chicago? is anybody going to be able to sleep in a democrat-controlled city where crime is rampant and moving to defund the police. how do you get to bed? every few hours there is violence in chicago or pick your big city where they have the strongest gun bans. they have more violence than anywhere else? can you turn it off. that is my first question with those poor folks in chicago that have to deal with the public policy that democrats have advanced. one of the questions that came up, is this going to tell you after the fact, after the shooting has happened or will
alert you to one they think is about to happen. i asked the bill's sponsor multiple times, does it do that or tell you something after it has happened. i doubt he will give us a straight answer today. what good is it it's going to tell you after it has happened? here's what you have to wonder. every time there is a bill in congress, it has a great name and sounds like a great idea and when you dig into it, somebody has already done it and already done at the state level. for instance, there are a couple of other bills they passed a couple of weeks ago that are already being done. they passed a bill that would ban gun trafficking. that's already banned. what you have to do is dig down and why are they passing. what does this bill do that the
other one. well, it prosecutors domestic violence victims if they require protection from a neighbor. that doesn't sound like a a good neighbor and the name of the bill sounded good. same thing for red flag, 50 states have one. but the difference is due process. why are they doing a shooter alert bill here -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. massie: why they passing a law to do something that already been done. they want federal control. they want to panic and scare the general public so with their phones, everyone has one today. oh, no. be afraid of a gun. here's another alert and that's so they can ban all guns and
effectively repeal the 2nd amendment. and i yield back. mr. jordan: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized. mr. cicilline: i yield myself such time as i may consume. a couple of points quickly. this legislation has nothing to do with limitations on the 2nd amendment or red flag laws, nothing to do about defunding the police and police departments have been cutting led by republican mayors and governors. this is a simple provision that will save lives. with all due respect to my colleagues who claim they understand what this legislation is about, i trust the judgment of the men and women going into active shooters. i don't think there is a single member who is responsible to responding to a single shooting
incident. and the men and women of law enforcement are pleading for this legislation to keep them safe. i won't be so present sum shoes that i have a better judgment on that. and they have endorsed this bill. mr. massie that this question wasn't answered, i'll answer it again. the standards are established by law enforcement. active shooters are established in some states. there are a set of protocols. they don't wait until the shooting has concluded. they use their own standards that when they see with a gun that is expressing an intention to use it. to alert the community. this is common sense. the problem is there are a lot of small departments that don't have the ability to access this system or understand best practices or to see the research about how it is used most
effectively. not a single jurisdiction who doesn't want to use it is required to. no federal government. if you decide as a local law enforcement agency or a state, you don't want to use it, you don't have to. this will save lives. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: democrats lecturing republicans on law enforcement and respect for law enforcement. this from the party who spent appear entire summer who talked about defunding the police who had elected first in this body, democrats in this body who had money. and who were attacking police and now going to lecture republicans on respect for law enforcement. you can't make it up. and this is how the democrats operate today. i would yield three minutes to
the gentleman from michigan, mr. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized up up i thank my colleague. a few years ago in this building, u.s. capitol, i was here. tragically, he killed two brave capitol police officers as he tried to hunt down tom delay. we were in session. the shooter was just down the stairs. and during that rampage, the house adjourned for the end of the week and every week, just like last week, a lot of us got in our cars, raced to the airport to get home to our districts. we had no clue what was going on down the hall in the capitol. when i got to d.c.a., i was shocked to see how close this shooter got to really all of us particularly if he stood at the
bottom of the stairs and just sprayed us as we were coming down. we had no clue what was going on. and we had no information from our phones or from our beepers in terms of what was going on. but time has changed. we have that capability today. every major law enforcement organization supports this bill. this helps an active shooter alert system so that potential victims can be alerted when there is an active shooter. and i would just note in the last two hours, all of us here got four messages from the capitol police saying there was a suspicious package outside of the cannon office building and independence was shut down and closed to all traffic because of the alerts we were able to get. shouldn't our constituents enjoy the same technology that we have here in our own congress?
you know, madam speaker, this simple bill will support law enforcement and keep our communities safe, period. in 2016 in my district, an uber driver spent five hours one night picking up riders, killing them, picking up another rider, killing them, until he was finally apprehended. and when that rampage was over, six people died and another two injured. there was no that could inform the people in kalamazoo. reports of mass shootings since columbine in 1999 have all recommended a system like this. this bill was the top request from tens of thousands of police officers who attended police week just a couple of weeks ago. this bill has nothing to do with
the 2nd amendment. doesn't take away guns nor should it. it protects innocent people whether it be our kids, loved ones and fellow citizens. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from rhode island is recognized. mr. cicilline: i thank the gentleman from michigan for his thoughtful words. some of my colleagues earlier said creating this is going to create a fear of shooting and that's what the democrats are up to. can i ask one question, when we created the amber alert to help children and families find a family, or silver alert, it didn't create a fear. so that is a spacious argument and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio.
mr. jordan: i yield four minutes to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. bishop. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bishop: i often think it is helpful to think what mr. bishop: i often find it help to feel think what americans are thinking when they watch this on the floor. i'm sure americans are thinking, as mr. massie suggested and as i was thinking in our markup, aren't we already doing this? aren't there alert systems that go out all the time for times when someone's child has been abducted? a -- an elderly person has gone missing? all sorts of things. yeah, sure enough. federal, state and local officials already use the integrated public alert and warning system, ipaws, alert the public to emergency situations. government officials use the ipaws wireless emergency alert, the wea, lots of acronyms, sure,
there are, it's government. to send emergency alerts to mobile devices and use the emergency alert system, e.a.s., to alert media platforms. according to fema, quote, imminent threat alerts include natural or human made disasters, extreme weather, active shooters and other fleetenning emergencies that are current or emerging. so wait a minute. active shooters are already specifically covered by fema under the existing aletter system? so what's going on? a hint emerged in our committee markup when the representative -- the gentleman from california, darrel issa, offered an amendment to broad then name of the bill. not just to cover active shooters.
the gentleman from rhode island opposed the amendment not only opposed it, but he turned to mrs proposal offensive. now we're getting to it. ms. dean from pennsylvania, the gentlewoman who spoke a moment ago she called it gun legislation. an alert system is gun legislation? it come downs to another messaging opportunity, doesn't it. the jern to sensationalize and admitly awful problem. but i've got to say to my fell he members of the house of representatives, sensationalizing this problem is not a solution to it. the examples given by ms. dean on the floor today, she herself said reflected her desire for radical change. but all of her examples of avoided the topic at hand this
alerting system. how will it, a redundant emergency alerting system of national scope, have impacted the juneteenth day shooting on 14th street here in the district of columbia? or, the shooting last week, a gang-related shooting in philly? how would an alerting system have changed that? and here's what i'd say to the members on the other side. you're still not grappling with the real issue. the juneteenth shooting did not occur because the existing public alerting systems were inadequate. nor because, in fact, guns are available or prevalent as they have always been in the united states. since its founding. and if you do not address what has changed, your efforts will only grow government and reduce
freedom. mr. cicilline just said, well, small police departments don't have the resources to access alerting systems or to learn about best practices. really? i was in the state legislature in north carolina. i know what resources we made available. we would never fail to make available -- we would never fail to make available -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bishop: thank you, madam speaker. we would never fail to make available and it is not beyond the resources of any state in this union to make public alerting systems available and to consider such issues as whether or not we wish to activate vigilantes who might respond to such an alert. this makes no sense. you're not grappling with the issue. and for that reason, this is not the answer. and it should be defeated. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman yields back. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from rhode island reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: -- mr. cicilline: i seek recognition. i want to respond briefly to the last speaker suggesting that somehow this isn't going to solve all the proives gun violence. no one suggested it is. this is a simple bill that is introduced to protect law enforcement and members of -- when an active shooter happens. we can continue to fight about how we should address gun violence but when it occurs it will save lives. it's not intended to be the solution, the big answer to everything. it's intended to save lives. i will repeat again with all due respect to my republican colleagues who think they're experts in policing, who they they -- who think they know better than law enforcement what they need when they run into
danger, easy to say that when you're in the house chamber where you're protected by capitol police and get alerts. you raise what happened on 14th street. a young man who works for me received noticed 35 minutes after the scene was cleared through his ring security system in his building that there was an active shooter. had there been one in place he would have been notified and not walked into danger. so you know, when you have national sheriffs' association, f.o.p., i want to read to you. these are people responsible for keeping people safe, unlike anyone who spoke on the republican side. they say this will be very helpful to us. it will help us keep communities safe. c.e.o. of the national sheriff's association, this alert system will be another excellent tool for law enforcement to do its job. that's a quote. ryan porter from the national district attorneys' association. this bipartisan legislation creates a new alert system for law enforcement to alert the
public when there are active shooters and will also provide resources as our members work to keep our communities safe, end quote. jerry williams, president of the majors chiefs association. this will undoubtedly be a valuable tool and resource for law enforcement agencies. bill johnson, national association of police associations. active shooter alert act will assist in alerting citizens of an active shooter situation in their vicinity, keeping them away from the incident and maintaining their safety. finally the national president of the fraternal order of police says this bill will help improve the ways officers and agencies communicate with the public about active threats. i could read 10 more quotes from people who actually do this work. and the north carolina state chiefs of police have also endorsed this bill which i think should be important to mr. bishop who just spoke. but look, these are men and women who do the job every day. and they're saying they need this. it will be useful.
it doesn't solve all the problems, but it works and the notion that well, you can just do it, it's redundant, it's just not true. this bill has provisions that will provide development of protocols, sharing of best practice, a law enforcement advisory, thins that will make sure the active shooter alert works even better and is made available to communities that may not have the resources to support the implementation of this system. can anyone say that every single american doesn't deserve to get this information and every member of law enforcement doesn't deserve to get this information so they don't go into a dangerous situation? i know it's difficult because you somehow have it in your head that democrats are up to something. i don't think fred upton, victoria spartz, peter meijer, nancy mace, don bacon, jefferson van drew, jenniffer gonzalez-colon, brian fitzpatrick, tom rice, michael mccaul, david mckinley and julia letlow, those are all republican
original co-sponsors. do you think they're up to something too? just trying to keep their communities safer and give law enforcement the tools they need. we can argue about what's the underlying cause of crime, i'm happy to have that debate. this bill is not about that. it's about protecting people when an active shooting incident happens. the final thing i would say is, if you look at the after action reports that are done after active shootings, almost without exception they all reference, it would have made a real difference if we had a good communication system. the situation that mr. upton talked about in kalamazoo, in their after action report they said neither the kalamazoo department of public safety or sheriff's office had a strong social media presence which hampered their ability to update the community on the progression of the incident, notify them when the arrest was made and reassure them when they were safe from further violence. in the columbine shoot, in the after action report they say our school's greatest vulnerabilities because of policy and strategies such as
effective communications and notification systems. in broward county incident in the hollywood airport in 2017, they write in their after action report, review and budget for improvements to public notification systems including visual page, overhead announcements and mass notification systems would be helpful. it was noted during the events, airport patrons lost personal items except one, their cellular phone. the ability to reach every cell 230e7b with messengers enables law enforcement to provide instant information to victims. it goes on and on. police are asking for. this the after action reports underscore the need for it. set aside the fact that the elite -- the lead sponsor is me. 15 other democrats, 15 other republicans, very bipartisan. and i haven't heard any argument why we shouldn't give law enforcement what was identified as one of their top priorities during police week. so with that, i reserve so i can close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves.
the gentleman from -- i apologize. members are reminded to address their remarks to the chair. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: we're prepared to close. ok. i would urge my colleagues, madam speaker, i would urge my colleagues to vote no first as the gentleman from north carolina said, this bill is redundant. there are 1,400 alerting authorities across the country that already alert citizens in those communities to an active shooter. so it's redundant. second, it does seek to undermine the second amendment. don't take my word for it. take one of the deems supporters of the legislation on the judiciary committee, here's what he said. this bill would be most effective at reminding us that the threat of gun violence exists all around us. but it does little to actually protect us. so this is all in this -- you've
got to view it in context. the last four week, all democrats have talked about, all they've talked about is take away people's second amendment liberties. we got this big, huge debate going on in the senate right now red flag laws. where you have no due process. someone doesn't like you comes and says, we're going to take away so and so's firearm, goes to a judge, law enforcement, there's a heark they take it away, you've got to go get it back. your fundamental liberty. taking your property, your rights from you. this is the context with which they bring this legislation. maybe the third most reason is, i don't know who in their right mind would want to give the department of justice more authority in light of what we've seen from this department of justice. frankly i don't know why you'd give any democrat-run department of justice more authority. after what we've seen from the obama justice department and what we see from the biden justice department. obama adthus department spied on a presidential campaign. the biden justice department is treating moms and dads as triflts using domestic
counterterrorism, the patriot act against parents. we know that because we've had multiple, multiple fab agent -- f.b.i. agents come forward as whistleblowers and tell us about the over two dozen investigation into parents, one of those parents investigationed simply because they owned a firearm. so that's the context and why we have concerns with this legislation. so i hope we vote no on this. i hope we do. and more importantly i hope the senate doesn't pass this package they're talking about which would certainly undermine liberties of law-abiding american citizens and with that, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from rhode island is recognized. mr. cicilline: i -- if i were a classroom teacher right now i'd say to the gentleman from ohio, focus. focus. pay attention to what we're talking about. what we're talk about is an active shooter alert. we're not talking about a red flag bill or any effort to undermine the second amendment. we're not talk about education
policy. we're talking about one thing. can we help keep people safe. this isn't redundant. while it's being used by 1,400 cities and towns around the country there are thes -- thousands and thousands who have not used it because they can't access because they don't have the resources, protocols, best practices. if we save one life, if because of the active shooter we save one child. one police officer. it will have been worth it zoism urge my colleagues to vote yes on 6538, give our law enforcement men and will women, the brave men and women who keep our communities safe, every tool they need to keep themselves safe and keep the communities they serve safe. don't take my word for it. take theirs. they've all endorsed it. they're asking for a yes. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 6538 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the
rules are suspended -- for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? mr. jordan: 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. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1934 promoting u.s. national in the 5g act as amended. the clerk: h.r. 1934 a bill to direct the federal government to provide assistance and technical expertise to enhance leadership of the united states to international standard setting bodies that set standards for virtually networks that support this and virtue and mobile telecommunications systems and for other purposes.
the speaker pro tempore: pursuan t to the rule, the gentlewoman from north carolina and the gentlewoman from california each will control 20 minutes. ms. manning: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise today in support of h.r. 1934, the promoting united states international leadership and 5g act. let me thank ranking member mccaul who is an important advocate in advancing u.s. leadership in telecom and 5g technologies. countering china's is critical in protecting our national security and i thank him for his
bipartisan work in furtherance of these ends. the big part of advancing u.s. 5g leadership is ensuring that america and allied countries are leading the charge to set next generation technology standards. a new organization is more critical to that process than a little known u.n. organization called the international telecommunication union or i.t.u. for years, china and russia have quietly quieted the i.t.u. as central battleground to advance their technology interests. they have sought to use the i.t.u. to unfairly advantage their telecom companies giving putin and p.r.c. power over critical infrastructure worldwide. for the past eight years, a chinese national has searched as
secretary general of the i.t.u. china has used this perch to favor its own companies and make the rules of the digital road more favorable to authoritarians. the secretary general has defended huawei against critics against the road and belt campaign. beijing has worked to unfairly promote chinese companies' technical standards. now a pivotal is set to take place in september between a fantastic american candidate and former huawei executive whom china and russia back. should the united states and its allies across the world fail to win this election, the i.t.u.'s
technical integrity would be endangered and authoritarian governments would be empowered. it would extend putin's ability to exert influence in the rules-based international system for which he has shown the utmost contempt. this bill is important because the u.s. must increase its engagement at the i.t.u. and work with our allies and partners to counter russia and china's influence. this bill would do just that by forming a working group to align our strategy with allies and monitor china's influence in the organization and would strengthen much needed coordination with congress so we can be supportive partners in this strategic competition. we cannot be complacent.
the battle for influence playing out at the i.t.u. is one we cannot afford to lose. and this is an essential tool for advancing u.s. leadership in this powerful organization. i urge my colleagues to support this effort by voting for this legislation today. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. mrs. kim: i rise in promoting u.s. national leadership in 5g act. the chinese communist party does not hide the fact that they do whatever it takes to become the come in the event global power. the c.c.p.'s intellectual
property and cyber hacking threaten our national security and our competitiveness in the international community. allowing the c.c.p. to establish the global standards for 5g and push countries to adapt 5g and haw way will increase the amount of control and influence that the c.c.p. this bill provides increased cooperation between the united states to identify and counter cyber risks. in addition, the bill requires the state department to develop a diplomatic strategy to engage with partners at the international standards-setting bodies such as the international telecommunications union which sets standards such as 5g.
there is an important upcoming election at the i.t.u. which will decide the future of telecommunications for years to come. it is imperative that will we pass this bill today so that the united states and our allies can put up a united front against the russian and c.c.p. candidates for secretary general of the i.t.u. russia's campaign to elect a russian national who is a former huawei executive is indicative of china's and russia's efforts to use the international organizations to promote their interests and malign influence. the united states should ensure that we are coordinated in driving support for the united states candidate for the secretary general of the i.t.u., but the state department should
be engaging on the important down-ballot races at the i.t.u. there are four other posts within the i.t.u. leadership structure including the director of the development sector, itud. it plays a vital role in supporting cooperation for its fair and open interest governance through trustworthy deployment of technologies in the developing world. the united states must be doing everything we can to ensure russian and chinese maligned influence does not grow. this bill will help. and i urge my colleagues to support it. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. manning: i have no further speakers and i reserve.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. mrs. kim: in closing, i thank ranking member mccaul for his work on this legislation. this bill will help ensure that the united states is doing all we can to stop russian and chinese maligned influence. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. manning: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1934 as amended. those in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. , say no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being -- for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek
recognition? >> ask for a recorded vote. pivment pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? ms. manning: mr. speaker, i move the house russ send the rules and agree to condemn the october 25, 2022 and standing with the people of sudan. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: house con concurrent resolution 58 october 25, 2021 military coupe and standing with the people in sudan. pursuant to the rule, the
gentlewoman from north carolina and the gentlewoman from california each will control 20 minutes. ms. manning: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h. con. res. october 25, 2021 military coupe in sudan and i ask to include -- the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. manning: i ask to include exchange of letters between chairman meeks on h. con. res. 59. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. without objection. ms. manning: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. manning: i rise in support of h. con. res. 59. i would first like to thank chairman meeks, for drafting this important resolution. on october 25, 2021, sudan's
military leaders launched a coupe that dissolved two years of progress towards establishing a transitional-led government that would be accountable to the people of sudan. the military has undertaken a campaign including the unlawful detention of the recognized prime minister and senior government officials and members of civil society. civilian protestors have been maimed, detained and killed arbitrarily. the military junta has aligned itself and allowed putin to its mining sector when russia is seeking funds to wage its own brutal illegal war in ukraine. for these reasons, congress needs to send a message to sudan's military junta by
strongly condemning the military coupe. this resolution will also signal to the world that the international community must take a stand against the anti-democratic trends sweeping sudan and the region wevment must championing efforts to and clearly imperfect, the u.n. process to advance the transition and re-establish the path to peace could be viable with the right leadership and inclusive representation. in passing this resolution in a companion resolution passed by our colleagues in the senate, i ask you to support this call with the people of sudan and urge sudan's military junta to restore the civilian-led
transition for the best hope and peace and prosperity. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. mrs. kim: i rise in strong support of house concurrent resolution 59. i want to thank chairman meeks, ranking member mccaul and chairwoman bass and ranking member smith of the africa subcommittee. the people of sudan have worked tirelessly for freedom and democracy since theous ing of 30-year dictator. unfortunately, the path towards civilian-led when military junta leaders took over the government last fall. this undermines prog. military leaders, like the
generals, have once again prior tietzed power as well as personal and financial gain over the will of the people. while i'm glad congress is sending an important and united message condemning the october 25 kowp, more must be done. that is why i am leading the sudan democracy act which passed out of the committee earlier this year. the same military junta that overthrew the transition of government and are undermining peace and stability in sudan are also some of the same individuals implicated in gross violations of human rights, corruption and illicit financial scams. i urge the administration to utilize all existing sanctions authority to demand accountability for these actions. while we continue to work here
in congress to find a path forward for new, important sanctions authority. i stand firmly behind the people of sudan or anyone else in the world where people are fighting for freedom and democracy. i urge all my colleagues to support this important measure. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from -- the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. manning: mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. mrs. kim: thank you. i'm ready to close. and in closing -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. kim: thank you. in closing i want to thank my colleagues in the foreign affairs committee and the africa subcommittee for offering this important resolution. last month the senate unanimously passed an identical resolution and congress is speaking clearly with one voice in support of the people of sudan and their tireless fight for democracy.
the united states should continue to support human rights defenders, journalists and civil society leaders in sudan who are standing up for democracy. but it is also critical that the biden administration rethink any foreign assistance intended for sudan under this new military junta leadership. prior appropriations bills provided over $700 million to solidify a pledgeling civilian-led transitional government. unfortunately that government is no longer in power and precious taxpayer resources should not be beholden to this unfortunate new reality in sudan. i again commend the people of sudan for their steadfast support of democracy and i'm proud that today the united states congress sends a strong message of solidarity. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time.
the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. manning: i yield myself as much time as i may consume for the purpose of closing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. manning: mr. speaker, the october 25 military coup in sudan represents a dark day for the people of sudan. it put sudan and part-times on a regressive path that has eroded their human rights and their aspirations for a civilian-led transition. this transition, with historic support from the united states, augerred peace, stability and democratic governance in sudan for the first time in decades. instead the military junta decided to seize power without regard for the will of sudan's people. this resolution will echo the voice of the international community by condemning the coup, standing up for sudan's people and calling for full accountability for the junta's
leaders who abuse their power and their people. the passage of this concurrent resolution is a step in the right direction. i again thank chairman meeks for his leadership on this resolution and urge all my colleagues to join us by voting in the affirmative. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house concurrent resolution 59. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i'd like to call for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? ms. manning: mr. speaker, i move
that the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 720, calling for stability and the cessation of violence and condemning isis-affiliated terrorist activity in northern mozambique, including the cab o'dell goodo province -- cabo delgado province and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 720. resolution calling for stability and the cessation of violence and condemning isis-affiliated terrorist activity in northern mozambique, including the cabo delgado provincement and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: -- province and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, each side will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina. ms. manning: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on house resolution 720, calling for stability and cessation of violence in condemning isis-affiliated terrorist activity in northern
mozambique, including the cabo delgado province and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. manning: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. manning: mr. speaker, i rise in support of house resolution 720, calling for stability and the cessation of violence and condemning isis-affiliated terrorist activity in northern mozambique, including the cabo delgado province, and for other purposes. let me start by thanking representative sara jacobs for her work on this critical resolution. since 2017, terrorists operating under the isis banner have laid waste to a large part of cabo delgado province in northern mozambique, killing thousands of civilians, displacing millions, and grinding almost all economic activity in the region to a halt. the devastation these terrorists inflicted on the people spurred
an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in northern mozambique that continues to unfold. with the support of the united states, rwanda, the european union, south africa and other southern african development community members, the terrorist threat in northern mozambique has been largely neutralized. there is more work to do, including those efforts under way to stabilize the region, return refugees and i.d.p.'s to their homes, and revitalize livelihoods and regional -- and the regional economy. to effectively address these issues, including the underlying drivers of violent extremism, the government of the republican of mozambique -- republic of mozambique must spear head a strong, comprehensive plan to implement a national security strategy and establish an inclusive process for economic growth and development in the north. the united states remains
committed to supporting mozambique's efforts to strengthen democracy, improve transparency and other good governance measures and stimulate its economy. this resolution condemns the violence against civilians in the cabo delgado province, including the terrorist attacks carried out by isis mozambique, and calls on the government of the republic of mozambique to end the conflict and increase its humanitarian support effort. the united states stands with the people of mozambique and will continue to counter the spread of violent extremism there and around the world. and with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. mrs. kim: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in strong support of house resolution 720 that i'm co-leading alongside my colleague, representative sara jacobs.
i want to thank chairman meeks and ranking member mccaul for their support as well. this resolution calls for a cessation of violence and condemns isis-affiliated terrorists in northern mozambique. since 2017, isis-affiliated extremists launched an armed insurgency in northern mozambique and have brutalized communities, displaced civilians and attacked schools, homes and hospitals. last year terrorist elements took over the town of parma, further causing chaos, displacement and gruesome civilian casualties. the largest private u.s. investment on the continent, a natural gas project, was forced to halt work and temporarily withdraw. i strongly condemn these violent attacks and i commend the government of mozambique's efforts to dedicate resources to addressing this threat and early steps to partner with the united
states and allies, to build the capacity and professionalization of security forces, bolster the justice system, and ensure services to communities in previously marginalized areas of cabo delgado province. i also commend the troop deployment by the southern african development community to stable ietz the region -- to stabilize the region. we have seen this elsewhere, where the early days of isis in syria or boko haram in northeast nigeria. terrorist insurgency movements cannot be left unaddressed and early steps to address the root causes of such movements can prevent costly interventions and massive loss of human life later on. the united states has key economic, security and diplomatic interests in urgently addressing this terrorist threat. so i urge my colleagues to support this resolution and i
reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. manning: i yield four minutes to the representative from california, the vice chair of the international development, international organizations and global corporate social impact subcommittee, the honorable sara jacobs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized. mr. jacobs: jake thank you, mr. speaker. and thank you -- ms. jacobs: thank you, mr. speaker. and thank you to chairman meeks and chairwoman bass and my friend, congresswoman kim, for partnering with me on this important effort. i rise today in support of my resolution on mozambiquing which calls for -- mozambique which calls for stability and the is he seation of violence in -- cessation of violence in northern mozambique. it calls for a new strategy and a new approach for how the u.s. engages with mozambique to address conflict and violent extremism. and part of why passing this resolution today is so important is because we need to raise awareness in this body and in this country about the dire
humanitarian situation in mozambique. since 2017, isis mozambique has inflicted violence on communities in northern mozambique. these insurgents have brutalized people and targeted siffians through -- civilians through mass beheadings of men and boys, and attacks against key civilian infrastructure. this violence, combined with the government response to it, has killed over 1,700 civilians in cabo delgado province alone. the international community, particularly the south african development community, forces and rwanda's forces, have responded with troop deployments to secure areas and shield civilians from continued violence. but let's be clear. we know that a military-led response will not be enough. that's why i was so supportive of the biden administration's recent designation of mozambique as a priority country under the global fragility act. so that we can better align resources among the interagency and work to address the key drivers of this violence and
other forms of instability in the country. and as we craft our strategy for mozambique, we must be clear-eyed about the underlying grievance and what it will really take to make a difference in preventing new violence from occurring. we know that terrorism and violent extremism are often fueled by perceptions of state repression, human rights abuses and socioeconomic and political marginalization. we know that these factors exist in mozambique and in the state response to isis mozambique. we need to be honest about the challenges impacting the mozambiquan people in order to get serious about preventing future terrorist recruitment. we also need to ensure we're helping the mozambiquan government support development goals of cabo delgado and northern mozambique that will allow all sectors of society to thrive. that's why i'm looking forward to the united states' parnship with the mozambique -- partnership with the mozambique government and people and to ensure our strategy is shaped by lessons learned from our counterterrorism missions around the world that have consistently
fallen short. this resolution has strong support from across the ideological spectrum. i'm proud to lead the passage of this important resolution and i urge my colleagues to support it. thank you, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. manning: i'm prepared to close. in closing this resolution -- mrs. kim: this condemns the attack d.m. anand: i'm pleased that the administration's sleghted month saddam beak as a country to implement a 10-year strategy for u.s.-diplomatic engagement. this type of long-term interagency planning in ensuring the most effective use of resources to target the resources of terrorism.
this measure cannot wait and must implement the requirements of this without further delay. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california yields. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. manning: mr. speaker, the terrorist activity that has destabilized parts of northern mozambique is the symptom of a larger issue at hand. the united states is working with the government to help address the drivers of terrorist recruitment by supporting gompance reforps and providing humanitarian assistance and providing other stabilization efforts. this resolution underscores that commitment and to create a centralized and comprehensive strategy to counter violent extremism. i again thank representative
jacobs for her leadership on this resolution and i urge my colleagues to join us by voting in the affirmative. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina yields. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 720. those in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair -- for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> ask for a recorded vote pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? ms. manning: i move the house suspend the rules and agree to
h. con. res. 45 expressing the sense of congress regarding the execution-style murders of united states citizens ylli, agron and mehmet by particulary in the republic of serbia. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 45, concurrent resolution expressing the sense of congress regarding the execution-style murder of ylli, ag groan and mehmet by particulary in the republic of serbia pursuant to the rule, ms. manning and the gentlewoman from california, ms. kim, each will control 20 minutes. ms. manning: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to include extraneous material on h. con. res. 45. the speaker pro tempore: without objection
ms. manning: i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i rise in support of h. con. res. 45, a resolution condemning the execution-style murders of the u.s. by particulary brothers in the republic of serbia in july of 1999. let me thank lee zeldin for his bipartisan work in bringing their murderers to justice. these three brave brothers whose family hales from could so faro were trying to help a family find safety outside of could so faro. after 15 days of jail they were taken by the serbian ministry of internal and lost their lives. the brothers were in the early 20's. their bodies were not found
until two years later, buried on top of mass grief of kosovo civilians. the united states has been promised that justice will be delivered and yet not one person has been found guilty of their murder. this measure would call on the serbian government to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of their murderers and on united states to devote the resources necessary to assist in bringing them to justice. the 116th congress passed this resolution and it is my hope that this congress does the same. these three young men deserve justice and accountability. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. mrs. kim: i rise in support of house concurrent resolution 45 and i thank representative
zeldin for championing this important resolution. as the world focuses on the horrors of the war crimes being committed by putin forces in ukraine we must not forget of the past war crimes. ylli, agron and mehmet by particulary were three american brothers who were killed in july 1999. after disappearing and while in the custody of special police, they were executed, shot in the head with their hands tied behind their backs. their bodies were discovered in a mass grave at a training compound. serbian secret police. 23 years later, there still has not been a full investigation into their deaths and the bytyqi
brothers have yet to be brought to justice. this is the to resolve outstanding war crime investigations. holding those who covered up the murder of these brothers is critical to continue to strengthen bilateral relations between united states and belgrade. i urge my colleagues to join me. congress must be on the record calling on serbian authorities to once and for all deliver justice for the by particulary brothers a and their families. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. >> mr. speaker, 23 years is too
long for their brothers and family to go without justice and bringing justice to all victims of war crimes committed in the wars that will followed the breakup of former yugoslavia is needed to ensure peace throughout the region. mr. zeldin urged this and i urge belgrade to commit to a proper investigation and full accountability for these three americans so this resolution does not have to be re-introduced next congress. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. manning: i yield myself such time to close. h. con. res. 45 will ensure that the united states is doing everything in our power to bring the murderers of united states
citizens to justice. i thank representative lee zeldin for his leadership and i urge my colleagues to vote in the affirmative. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to h. con. res. 45. those in favor, say aye. thoad. 2/3 being in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> ask for a recorded vote. >> pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? ms. manning: i move the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 892 calling on
the government of the republic of rwanda to release paul rusesabagina on humanitarian grounds as amended. the clerk: resolution calling on the government of the republic of rwanda to release paul rusesabagina on humanitarian grounds pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from north carolina and the gentlewoman from california itch will control 20 minutes. ms. manning: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and stepped their remarks and include extraneous material on h. res. 892 calling on the government of the republic of rwanda to release paul rusesabagina on humanitarian grounds. i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i rise in support
of h. res. 892, which calls on the release of paul rusesabagina on humanitarian grounds. first, i would like to thank my colleague, chairman castro, for drafting this important measure. nearly 30 years ago, paul rusesabagina, a belgian citizen and permanent resident of the united states risked his life to protect more than 1,000 people during the 1994 rwanda genocide. in honor of his are actions during one of the worst human rights crisis, he was give yep the presidential medal of freedom. in august of 2020, paul rusesabagina boarded a plane in the u.a.e. that he believed was headed to barundi and was
arrested by rwandan under terrorist-related charges. despite look of due process and trial, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. he had been placed in solitary confinement and charged with numerous crimes. the unlawful actions including the extra judicial transfer of mr. rusesabagina from the u.a.e. to rwanda and his deteriorating medical condition is of great concern. the department of state has determined that he was wrongfully dwaind due to the hostage taking accountability. this calls for the immediate release and return of
mr. rusesabagina on humanitarian grounds. the administration has to raise the case in all interactions with the rwandan government and continue to press for his relies on humanitarian grounds. and with that, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina reserves. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. mrs. kim: i rise in strong support of house resolution 892 calling for the release of paul rusesabagina or humanitarian grounds and i am proud to co-lead this on behalf of representative castro. he is a legal permanent resident of the united states who was awarded presidential medal of freedom. in august of 2020, he was extra jishally transferred from to rwanda by the united arab
emirates before the republic of rwanda acknowledged his detention. he underwent terrorism proceedings and the american bar association has determined that his fair trial rights have been violated. pursuant to the robert levin son hostage recovery and the department of state has determined that mr. rusesabagina was wrongfully detained. i urge rwandan government to work with authorities to secure a path forward for his release and return to the united states and it is critically that the government of rwanda get u.s.-based doctor. i urge my colleagues to support this important resolution and
efforts to bring rusesabagina home to his family. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california reserves. ms. manning: i yield five minutes, the honorable joaquin castro. mr. castro: thank you. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 892, calling for the republic of rwanda to release paul rusesabagina on humanitarian grounds. paul was a hero of the rwandan genocide and a permanent resident of san antonio, texas. last year a rwandan court sentenced paul to 25 years in prison on politically motivated charges. paul is 68 years old. and for him, that's a life sentence. congresswoman young, kim and i have been closely following this case for several years and we were proud to introduce house
resolution 892 in february of this year. paul's story begins in rwanda, the country of his birth. nearly three decades ago, he was serving as assistant general manager of a luxury hotel in rwanda when the rwandan genocide began. the genocide, which led to the deaths of an estimated 800,000 people over a three-month period, targeted mostly members of the ethnic tootsie minority -- tutsi minority. paul was a member of the majority but he was determined not to see his tutsi countrymen die on his watch. as genocidal killing squads roamed through ran wanda, paul sheltered more than 1,200 people in his row hotel, saving their -- his hotel, saving their lives. they later ended up in san antonio. in 2005, president george w. bush presented paul with the presidential medal of freedom, our nation's highest civilian
honor. since the 1994 genocide, the government of ran wanda has made -- rwanda has made tremendous strides in economic development and stability. however, the country's government is still plagued by corruption, abusive power and human rights issues that amount to violations of international law. including enforced disappearanceses. at home and abroad, paul rusesabagina has used his voice and elevated platform to call attention to the need for change in rwanda. in response, the rwandan government launched an extraordinary campaign of persecution against him. in august, 2020, paul was transferred from texas to rwanda by way of the united arab emirates and arrested on trumped-up charges. the ran want dan government did not -- rwandan government did not acknowledge his detention for three days during which he was reportedly subject to torture. in september, 2021, paul was found guilty and sentenced in a trial that the european union
described as, quote, marred by numerous violations of his fair trial rights. he's a cancer survivor who lives with serious cardiovascular issues and rwandan authorities have not provided him with the care he needs in prison. i have my children here on the floor with me and my heartbreaks for paul's family -- heart breaks for peal paul's family who can only speak to him once a week for five minutes. it's long past time for rwanda to release paul and allow him to come home to san antonio. my colleagues and i on both sides of the aisle have raised our concerns previously. in december, 2020, we sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to the rwandan president. we spoke out about the way paul was taken, against his will, to rwanda, which for all intents and purposes was a kidnapping by the regime. in june, 2021, my colleagues and i wrote to secretary of state anthony blinken, urging him to use all diplomatic means at his
disposal to ensure paul's safe return to the united states. we're not the only ones who are concerned. last year the american bar association center for human rights issued a report that found that paul's right to confidential communication, his right to the presumption of innocence and his right to prepare his defense have all been violated. in an october, 2021, the european parliament adopted a resolution denouncing paul's illegal arrest. the resolution strongly condemns the conviction, which it said was, quote, exemplary of a human rights violations in rwanda. paul is a permanent resident of the united states and we must work just as hard as our european allies to bring him home. in may, the state department announced a determination that paul was, quote, wrongfully detained. noting that the determination took into account the totality of the circumstances, notably the lack of fair trial guarantees in his trial.
i appreciate the support of the state department which has been working with paul's family and congress on this issue. and i'm especially pleased that paul's case is now under the purview of the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, ambassador. rwanda's president wants to be seen as a global leader and a reliable partner of the united states, including on issues including climate change. but paul's unlawful detention is a blight on rwanda's international reputation. i urge my colleagues, both republican and democrat, to support this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from north carolina reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. mrs. kim: thank you, mr. speaker. i urge my colleagues to support this resolution offered by representative castro and myself, and i want to recognize paul's family, especially his
wife and children, who have tirelessly advocated for his release. and i yield back the balance of my time. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california yields. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. manning: i yield myself as much time as i may consume for the purpose of closing. the speaker pro tempore: you are recognized. ms. manning: mr. speaker, paul rusesabagina's history and circumstances as a war hero, wrongfully detained and denied adequate medical care, is one that we cannot ignore. congress must stand with paul rusesabagina's family who have not wavered in championing his legacy and calling attention to his plight, to call for his immediate release and return to the united states on humanitarian grounds. i again thank chairman castro for his leadership on this resolution and i urge all my colleagues to join us by voting in the affirmative. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentlewoman from north carolina yields. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 892. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. -- as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until approximately 6:30 p.m. today.
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