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the government is up and running. we are going to work as long to make sure we keep the government open and folks getting paid. host: will that request include about $50 billion in the biden administration for covid relieved? is that a component of this package? guest: we need to get it done. whether it is going to be a part of it is a bigger question. i don't really know. we have seen reports both ways. as they negotiate that, that is not something they try to keep us too much in the loop about that because they don't want to ruin any negotiations taking place. people who are fleeing war, they invade their country. we need to get that aid.
marine from dear born -- dearborn county never lost hope. this august corporal lanehart participated in the chicago paratriatholon and finished fifth. so, madam speaker, i'd like to honor corporal kelsey lanehart today for her strength in recovery and her bravery and diligence during her difficult time. mr. speaker, i rise today to honor and recognize the late peter mcdaniel. his legacy will live on in the community and lives he touched. after serving his country for four years in the marine corps, mr. mcdaniels served his community in many capacities, including 22 years with the richmond fire department. peter mcdaniels was not just a public servant, but also a son, husband, father, and grand grandfather. his selflessness and dedication will serve as an example and
legacy to uphold. we are proud to honor his life today. mr. speaker, this summer our pride and excitement rose as we beheld the events of this year's little league world series. indiana's home hagerstown in the indiana sixth district represented the great lakes region in this year's games. indiana has celebrated this team from the beginning and we couldn't be prouder for their success. mr. speaker, i'd like to simply say thank you to these outstanding young hoosiers who took their hagertown team to the 2022 little league world series. mr. speaker, i rise today to call on the speaker of the house to end proxy voting once and for all. just this sunday president joe biden took to prime time television to declare the covid-19 pandemic over.
thank god. in any other job in america if you don't show up you get fired. i could proudly say today that i never once proxy voted. it's not fair to our constituents who send us here to be their voice or to the taxpayers whose hard-earned dollars were supposed to be responsible stewards off to not show up here. we all know why proxy voting keeps getting extended, so the majority leadership can control its members and limit the effectiveness of this people's house. mr. speaker, i submit a letter stating it's time to end proxy voting, return to regular order, and get back to the work on behalf of the american people. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas, ms. garcia, for five minutes. ms. garcia: mr. speaker, i rise
today to celebrate and recognize the good-paying jobs that will be created by the historic investments democrats have recently made in america. what investments you may ask? well, let me tell you, mr. speaker, the inflation reduction act, the infrastructure investment and jobs act, and the chips act -- chips and science act. these are three laws that will power america forward by creating jobs, jobs, and, yes, better-paying jobs. since president biden took office in january, 2021, over 9.4 million jobs have been created. i'll repeat that. 9.4 million jobs. if we look closely at the numbers and reports of these
three new laws, we get a preview of how many more jobs will be created under president biden's leadership. first, the inflation reduction act. this bill has the power to create nine million new jobs over the next decade, nearly one million jobs each year. five million of these jobs will likely be new, clean energy jobs across america. second, the infrastructure investment jobs act, this act will add two million new jobs per year over the next decade. and third, the chips and science act will create more than one million construction jobs over the next six years to build america's semiconductor factories. all these laws were to create good-paying, union construction jobs for plumbers, electrical workers, steel workers, laborers, electricians, and the other trades in the -- for
working people. these are the types of jobs that residents across my district, texas 29, and millions of americans across our nation proudly work to help keep their families together, to feed their children, and to look to the future. these are the kinds of jobs that power america in its economic engine. house democrats and president biden understand that growing the middle class means creating bert paying -- better paying jobs right here in our country. that's why we passed these monumental laws. under the leadership of president biden who is the most pro-worker, pro-union president in american history we have also invested hundreds of millions of dollars in registered apresent tisships and preapprenticeships to provide new opportunities for working people to get good-paying union jobs. president biden knows it's not
only about providing opportunities for americans today, but it's also about planning for tomorrow's generation of workers and having a better life for our children. i'm proud president biden is building a better america for generations to come by putting people over politics. sadly as house democrats and the president are working to create better paying jobs, the republicans are job killers. they oppose this legislation because they are only focused on controlling women and their bodies. democrats trust women. so while republicans are focused on their own power, house democrats and president biden remain laser focused, laser focused on producing results for the american people. and democrats are delivering bigtime. thank you, madam speaker -- mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, work force development programs are spreading across the country because of organizations like be pro, be proud. in march of 2016, be pro, be proud was launched by the arkansas chamber of commerce and the associated industries of arkansas to serve foot teur leaders of america's fork -- future leaders of america's work force more effectively. thanks to be pro, be proud more young people know they can find a good-paying job and have a successful career without going to college. they have learned that there are alternatives to a baccalaureate
degree, alternatives that can produce equal, if not better, outcomes. in june of this year, i had the privilege of traveling to arkansas and attending the national be pro, be proud conference alongside representative french hill and senator john boozman. the progress that has been achieved today by this organization is remarkable. and in the realm of work force development, its gains are second to none. in february of this year, officials in north carolina signed a contract that established a be pro, be proud pilot program within the state. this is wonderful news indeed. as you can probably tell, mr. speaker, this is truly a state-led effort that is a model to other states and becoming a national movement. and one that is a force to be reckoned with. states need to know that the power is in their hands to
implement strong and effective work force development programs. they need to know that they, in fact, are in the driver's seat. thank you to everyone who has worked so diligently to make be pro, be proud what it is today. the work you're doing will go on to leave a positive impact on america's future leaders for generations to come. mr. speaker, it's no wonder the american people believe that washington is out of touch. last week president biden held an event on the white house lawn to celebrate the so-called quote, inflation reduction act, end quote. he took a victory lap in front of the entire country alongside his allies on live television. but do you know who was not celebrating with president biden? hardworking taxpayers and their families who are being pum by
the president's -- pummeled by the president's inflation catastrophe and inflation tax. that same day new numbers were released showing that inflation continues to surge. mr. speaker, president biden couldn't read a room if he tried. the rising cost of goods and services will cost the average american household over $700 a month. when added up, that's over $8,000 that they'll be forced to fork out in a year. grocery prices are up 13.5%. food prices are up 11.4% since last year. this is the largest one-year increase in prices since 1979. mr. speaker, anyone who believes that these numbers are worth celebrating needs a serious reality check. the biden administration's fiscal irresponsibility put us in this mess and come november
republicans will be the ones to fix it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. and still i rise, mr. speaker. and still i rise. mr. speaker, a monumental motif of american juris preudens is the basic premise that no one is above the law. doesn't matter your station in life. doesn't matter whether you are the president of the united states, doesn't matter how much money you have, 2340 one -- no one is above the law. i would also remind us, mr. speaker, that there is a compelling corollary to this premise and it is that no one is beneath the law.
above the law, yes. but no one is beneath the law. doesn't matter how poor you are. doesn't matter what kind of job you have. whether are you a janitor. doesn't matter whether you are a sanitation worker. doesn't matter. you're not beneath the law in this country. even if you are an asylee coming here from another country, you are not beneath the law. i'm so proud, mr. i'm so proud mr. speaker, mr. speaker, to announce to my colleagues that the d.c. council will vote on a migrant bill today. seems on tuesday there would be an emergency bill to establish an office of migrant services for the thousands who are being brought here by the governors of texas and florida. these persons in washington, d.c., they are doing the righteous thing. they're trying to help lawful
asylees as they traverse their destiny. the governors of florida and texas, they would have derailed the underground railroad. they would have been the persons who were out looking those who a were out seeking freedom. i'm proud of the mayor of washington, d.c. i don't know the efficacy of the program but at least there's effort. i will commend them. i will do whatever i can to help them. it's time to realize that no one is beneath the law. asylees are not beneath the law. they're law-abiding persons. the fact they submitted themselves and seeked to have this opportunity to live in this country means that they have broken no law. so i have a question for you,
governors. governors of texas and florida, here's my question. you're spending millions to bring people out of their way and to some extent put them in harm's way. i have a question for you. how much will you spend to help them get to their hearings? how much will you spend to help them continue their journey? yours is not a righteous cause. yours is a cause to do what you can to prevent lawful, law-abiding asylees from having their day in court. history will not be kind to you. you ought to be ashamed of what you do. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refer their comments to the chair. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california,
mr. mcclintock, for five minutes. mr. mcclintock: mr. speaker, as the tensions of the civil war reached a boiling point, president lincoln vainly reached out to democrats with these words -- we are not enemies but friends. we must not be enemies. the contrast with mr. biden's sept september1 speech in philadelphia is jarring. in it and many remarks since, mr. biden clearly addresses the 74 million americans who voted for donald trump as enemies who, quote, threaten the very foundation of our republic. he condemned us as extremists who do not respect the constitution, who do not believe in the rule of law, and who refused to accept the results of a free election.
in other words, he called us semi-fascist. mr. speaker, we revere the constitution and the liberty that it was designed to protect. we don't understand how a government established under that constitution could use the f.b.i. to pressure social media platforms to censor and suppress free speech or to intimidate parents concerned about their school boards with threat tags or to instruct its field offices to regard anyone who displays our founding american flags as a political extremist. mr. president, we revere the rule of law, and our nation's premise of equal justice under law. we do not understand how our immigration laws can simply be ignored as millions of foreign nationals illegally enter our country. we do not understand how a dispute over records justifies an armed raid on a former president who is also a political rival. we do not understand how public
health officials can order our schools or businesses closed or suspend our fundamental rights to worship and assemble with no vote of the people's representatives. we do not understand how obvious influence peddling by the son of a president can be ignored for years. and mr. president, of course, we accept the results of a free election but we do not understand how the safeguards to protect the integrity of our elections can be torn down to benefit one party. replacing in-person election day voting with mail-in ballots, ballot harvesting, month-long voting, accepting ballots after election day, printing ballots on home computers, all of these changes undermine public confidence in the process that is essential to democracy. we wonder how you can call maga candidates a fundamental threat to our republic while your party suspends millions of -- spends
millions of dollars to number thought them when you believe it might help you in november. mr. president, we don't like violence. the riot at the capitol on january 6 was a disgrace and abomination that you are right to condemn and we join you in doing so. but we don't understand how you can at the same time turn a blind eye to prosecuting the political violence that burned our cities the year before or how you can refuse to enforce the laws that protect our supreme court justices from intimidation at their own homes. mr. president, we, too, fear for our democracy. we fear armed bureaucracies that seem increasingly disconnected from the results of our elections. we remember that the i.r.s. singled out ordinary americans because of their political views. yet, no one was held accountable and now we're adding 87,000 new agents to that bureaucracy.
we fear arbitrary changes in our election laws calculated to skew results. we fear an executive branch that's increasingly taking over the legislative powers of congress and the judicial powers of the courts. and we fear the powers of government wielded by officials who view half of our people as dangers, threats, and extremists. your words, mr. president. lincoln spoke at the mystic chords of memory tracing back to the founding of our nation that must hold us together as americans. as friends and not enemies. yet, we see these chords increasingly strained by an alien ideology that seems hostile to the flag, the principles and the heritage of our nation. we have only one president, mr. president, and that is you. i didn't vote for you and i won't vote for you again, but you're still my president. and the 74 million americans who voted for donald trump are still your fellow citizens.
as a person most responsible for the policies we now live with and the future that's unfolding before us, i ask you to engage us as a friend and not an enemy. we must not be enemies. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are, again, reminded to address their remarks to the chair and not to a perceived viewing audience. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. ruiz, for five minutes. mr. ruiz: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the communities affected by the fairview fire and thank the first responders who heroically battled the flames. the fairview fire started on september 5, and within a matter of hours, residents of hemmit were forced to evacuate their homes. since then the fire burned over 28,300 acres, caused two deaths, and destroyed at least 36 homes or commercial structures, proving to be one of the largest and most destructive fires our local communities have ever
seen. to the families who have lost a loved one, our neighbors who had to leave behind their homes and students that missed school know that i'm with you and stand ready to support you in any way i can. in the last 15 days we've faced much devastation. we had experienced uncertainty, grief, and fear. and we have seen the havoc wildfires can rake on our families, environment, and livelihoods. we've also been moved by the resiliency of our communities. through it all, i have been touched by the kindness and strength exhibited by every neighbor, firefighter, law enforcement officer, and volunteer who has pitched in to help keep us safe. to our first responders from the hemet fire department, cal fire riverside, riverside county sheriff's county, u.s. forest service, bureau of land management, the bureau of indian affairs, thank you for your
immense heroism. it is because of each and every one of you, the men and women fighting the fire who have put your lives on the line that the fairview fire is now almost completely contained. 856 responders and 22 crews from these departments stepped up without hesitation. for their responsiveness and work to keep local families informed throughout the fairview fire, i especially want to acknowledge the fairview fire unified command, the fire chief, cal fire chief, riverside county sheriff's department, and the u.s. forest service chief. i also want to thank cal fire inc incident commander. cal fire incident team six commander. and riverside county fire department chief. at the fire's highest point, nearly 38,000 individuals were
under threat and forced to evacuate and i'm incredibly grateful to them for their leadership as well as every volunteer who pitched in at evacuation sites from hemet to temecula. with everyone at the emergency county department, american red cross who contributed to evacuation and prevention efforts, thank you for all that you've done. your actions have helped families know when it was time to evacuate and helped our most at risk find shelter. in this disaster, there have been countless heroes, many who will go unnamed. the neighbor who texted their friend to make sure they saw the evacuation alert. the mother who pitched in that extra $10 to a local evacuation center. and the many nonprofits, volunteers and local leaders who did whatever they could without seeking honor or recognize nation. the -- recognition. the list goes on and on. as a community we can never forget the heroes who stepped up throughout the fire, big or
small. and as a nation, i encourage each of us to follow the example set by the people of hemet to come together in a time of crisis and to always lend a helping hand to a neighbor in need. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from nebraska, mr. bacon, for five minutes. mr. bacon: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of my friend and former congressman brad ashford who passed away april 19, 2022. brad began his career in politics by faithfully serving in the nebraska state legislature for 16 years. focusing on ways to solve problems in education, labor, and urban affairs. after being elected to represent the second congressional district of nebraska, brad worked hard to advance multiple bills in support of veterans. he was a co-sponsor of the border jobs for veterans act of 2015 which helped veterans find sustainable employment and apply their skills to work for customs
and border patrol. he also co-sponsored the wounded warriors federal leave act of 2015 which allowed veterans with a service-related disability to take an increased amount of time to seek treatment and heal as needed. but brad will most be remembered when people drive by the nearly two-year-old amp latory clinic at the v.a. hospital. this facility was largely the result of brad's efforts to craft and pass the chip in for vets act in 2016. this innovative legislation was the first of its kind that enables the use of federal funds to be matched with privately raised donations. brad and i became friends after 2016. we worked together to see the project come to fruition. this past september i was humbled to carry on his legacy by passing the re-authorization of this important legislation. it was brad's mission to ensure all constituents of the nebraska community were well represented. throughout his tenure in congress, brad to sought to go
across the aisle highlighting that representatives are not only capable of working together but must do so to advance our nation. and we do this regardless of ideology or political party. he was a problem solver and a man of action. over after his time in congress he continued to advocate and engage youth, including our last project together, finding pathways to careers that could reintegrate them as productive members of our community and reduce recidivism. i salute him for his leadership, friendship, mentorship. it is my hope we'll carry on brad's legacy of civility, compassion, and cooperation. i personally will miss the optimistic and hopeful conversations with my friend that we frequently enjoyed. my heart goes out to his wife, ann, his children, john, he willy, and tom. his granddaughter, rosie, and his many loved ones. we're internally grateful for all that brad has done for our nation. mr. speaker, i rise today in honor of native american
heritage month. i rise to recognize senator tom brewer, a veteran, including six tours to afghanistan, two purple hearts and a bronze star. he showed resilience and patriotism as he holds the first senator of native american dissent to serve in the nebraska's unicameral. he represents the 13 counties of district 43 and the nebraska sandhills. senator tom brewer is a member of the lakota sioux and attended the college in creek on an rotc scholarship and continued his service internationally as he fought on behalf of our freedoms in afghanistan. although grateful wounded in his final he did not let his injury prevent him from fighting for his country through public service. after serving four decades he retired from the army and elected to the nebraska
unicameral. his inclusion represents how far we have come as a state, as well as the ways the people can come together in the future to uphold the proposition that all men are created equal. since his time in office, he's worked on legislation that proves veterans' affairs and agriculture policy to have all nebraskans. he continues to advocate for farmers and br ranchers, service men and women, and fights to protects our constitutional rights. he penalties two months in ukraine providing humanitarian relief. he's used his experiences to create new stands in nebraska's government. we thank him for his service and honor him for -- for wai pavinge way for all native americans. i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from the virgin islands, ms. plaskett, for five minutes. ms. plaskett: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute for five minutes. and revise and extend.
the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman from virgin islands is recognized. ms. plaskett: thank you, mr. speaker. first, i want to offer my prayers and the prayers of the people of the virgin islands for the people of puerto rico after the devastation of hurricane fiona. my colleague across the aisle, congresswoman gonzalez-colon, knows like so many other issues she has my support. mr. speaker, like many virgin islanders, september is a month forever etched in my mind. five years ago on september 6 hurricane irma relentlessly pummeled the territory and virgin islanders watched in mute shock as a category 5 storm shredded roofs, uprooted trees, and shattered lives. then two weeks after hurricane irma, five years ago today, hurricane maria made landfall. for hours that stretched into the early morning another
category 5 hurricane rocked destruction across parts of the island that had not been shredded by irma. the compounded impact of two category 5 hurricanes is unfathomable. virgin islanders undeterred by the dramatic scale of devastation rallied in the face of tragedy and proceeded to rebuild their lives and our community. virgin islanders banded together to deliver food and medical supplies, organize cleanup initiatives, and volunteered to transport people and goods between the multiple islands and puerto rico. the response of this body, the house of representatives, from leadership chairs, rank and file members was extraordinary. ultimately the dialogues and relentless advocacy were crucial to securing extraordinary funding and a significant change
to the stafford act for the virgin islanders and puerto rico to not only provide the necessary funding to rebuild but to rebuild with with resiliency. to rebuild not as things were, but as things should have been. despite the tremendous bipartisan funding, however, recovery stalled during the trump administration. due to, frankly, a belief by that administration, that the funding was too much for the people of the virgin islands and not the financial responsibility of the federal government. money was slow walked. additionally, with the changes in law made by this congress to allow the virgin islands to rebuild to prevailing industry standard, h.u.d., and especially fema, have had difficulty at the regional and local lefs in accepting -- levels in accepting and implementing the changes in standards. in view of this and unnecessary government bureaucracy i
co-authored the expediting disaster recovery act, a bipartisan disaster relief bill with my colleague, representative garret graves, which expedites the allocation of additional funds and assistance to cover unmet needs. our isolation from the mainland and relatively small size created difficulty in obtaining supplies and workers and the decision to report into puerto rico added another layer of bureaucracy, further hindering the speed of rebuilding. i must be transparent by recognizing that unfortunately local government exacerbated the slow pace of rebuild. the unprecedented funding was not met with sufficient microplanning. we did not use the first years after the storm and still have not sufficiently built capacity. training individuals while paying them to make construction and project management demands, developing integrated fund and project management systems,
aggressively recruiting experienced virgin islanders to return home to advance the rebuild. and educating the people to be prepared for spending the massive funding. unfortunately, there is a window of opportunity to jump-start this rebuild while democrats remain in the majority, our president prioritizes resiliency in underserved areas particularly vulnerable to climate change and our local and federal elected officials maintain transparency and cooperation. to advance this once in a generation opportunity to transform the virgin islands. i'm continually encouraged by the grit and heroism imibted -- exhibit bide my people, the people of the virgin islands -- by my people, the people of the virgin islands, who face the task of rebuilding their lives with shear tenacity and determination. together we have a shared responsibility to safeguard the fuhr of these islands -- future
of these islands by ensuring the virgin islands remain stronger even more resilient of the twin tragedies of back-to-back category 5 storms. the opportunity that lies to us is too great and meaningful to let pass by. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter, for five minutes. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today in recognition of state senator sheila mcneal who is retired after being excellent years in service to the city of brunswick and to the state of georgia. senator mcneal is a long time supporter of our country's armed forces having served for two years educating citizens and elected officials on the importance of sea power as the first woman to ever lead the navy league. but her support for america's sailors didn't stop there. in 1996 senator mcneal played a key role in establishing
st. mary's submarine museum, the largest of its kind in the south. during her tenure as a state senator, she sponsored legislation to fight georgia's human trafficking crisis, the pernicious effects of homelessness, and sponsored countless bills to improve our state's educational pras -- infrastructure. she will be retiring at the end of her term this year to support her husband of over six decades. we thank her for everything she has done for our armed forces, for students, and for the many georgians she has served over the years. her career has been a long and impressive one and we are so lucky to have such a talented woman fighting for such important causes. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the bravery of ian gallagher. a police officer who stepped up when help was needed most. on a bright morning this june, the city was hosting their
annual let freedom ring parade i was proud to be part of. a crowd of hundreds of people were gathered along either side of the parade route to watch the spectacle. around this time officer gallagher heard calls over the radio that the roadblock, which had been set up, had been breached by an err radically driving car. he looked and saw an s.u.v. speeding down the route only just missing onlookers including myself. shouting to those along the road to back up to save. knowing that he must do something to stop the driver, he kept his patrol car behind the fire truck. just before the suspect's car passed him, he pulled out directly into his path, stopping the driver in a head-on collision. his act of selfless bravey and split second heroism undoubtedly saved many lives that day. while this head-on collision was dangerous and surely jarring, both officer gallagher and his k-nine officer who was with him at the time of the incident, are on their way to a full recovery.
he has recently been awarded the medal of valor, the nation's highest award of valor for a public safety official. i alongside the people of the first congressional district of georgia thank him for his service and his selflessness. madam speaker, i rise today in honor of ron and sandra elliott, owners of game changers running company. since the stoar's founding in 2012, game changers has been so much more than just a play to get your running shoes. under the leadership of ron and sandra, it has been committed to the health and fitness of georgia's coastal region. as a physical therapist owned establishment, game changers understands the importance of community health and wellness. they have heavily invested in their community through various educational programs and running clinics, as well as financial contributions to local sha shairts -- charities. since their doors first opened, game changers have been able to donate over $250,000 to local organizations to help transform
coastal georgia's mind set about running and physical well-being. their service to their community and country began long before game changers opened its doors, having both served in the military. ron and sandra, thank you for what you have done for our community through game changers. you have more than earned a relaxing and restful retirement. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize and honor my good friend, don hogan, as he retires from public service. don graduate interested georgia southern utah and then attended the university of georgia, graduating with a master's degree in education. he committed himself to a career in the rehabilitation field where he specialized in mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities. in brunswick, he has been known as a leader. during his two-year term on the board of comilingsers, he served as both vice chairman and chairman. most recently he served in the georgia state house of
representatives, representing the 179th district. additionally, his passions have impacted his community in ways that will be felt for years. he's served as area commissioner for boy scouts of america, as well as on the advisory council of the coastal area planning and development commission, good will industries, and glen county school special instructions. the sacrifice that every public service makes alongside their family is admirable and has no small impact on their life. i am very grateful for the inspirational leadership and servitude don has displayed throughout his life. i on behalf of the great people in the first congressional district of georgia take this moment to honor representative don hogan and his leggacy thank you, mr. speaker -- legacy. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california, ms. porter for 2350eu6 minutes. ms. porter: mr. speaker, this month californians have faced one of the hottest and longest heat waves on record.
from sacramento to san diego, families have suffered triple digit temperatures. these extreme temperatures put an enormous strain on our electrical grid. it's urgent that americans increase the energy efficiency of our homes. fortunately the inflation reduction act makes this transition easier and cheaper. thanks to this new law which i helped pass, families can get new tax credits and rebates for installing energy efficient products in their homes, including windows, water heaters, and heating and cooling systems. i recently welcomed energy secretary-general i ever granholm to visit an orange county family saving money on utilities with efficient appliances. as the climate crisis continues to harm communities, the inflation reduction act delivers relief. we can conserve energy and save families' money at the same time. mr. speaker, i rise today to
champion protecting our seniors. wall street shouldn't get to decide if older americans can age with dignity. but across the country private equity firms are spending billions to turn nursing homes into commodities. when private equity firms take over nursing homes, they cut costs and cut corners. they lay off trusted staff, and they stretch care workers too thin to provide the care and attention older americans need. quality of care declines and deaths among residents rise dramatically. we cannot entrust our loved ones to these bad actors. they focus on maximizing returns for investors at the expense of delivering protected care to seniors, their patients. i have long pushed to hold private equity accountable and to end corporate abuse in health care. the health and well-being of our seniors is not for sale.
the climate crisis is a the climate crisis is a health crisis. high temperatures threatened the well-being of californians. for some it was a matter of life or death. in the past decade alone, extreme heat has killed 3,900 californians. we know who dies from extreme heat -- older americans die in homes they can't afford to keep cool. workers die in the sun doing jobs they can't afford to lose. after years of ignoring the climate crisis, our nation has finally directed resources to fighting climate change. green investments in the inflation reduction act will help older adults live longer and avoid heat-related health emergencies. they will protect our children from wildfire smoke that causes chronic breathing conditions. and by contributing to a healthier workforce, they will keep our economy strong.
the ability to shop for the best deal is fundamental to a free market economy. yet, for years many people in apartment and office buildings have been stuck with only one option for internet. service providers have unfairly locked out competitors by securing exclusivity agreements with landlords. tenants are trapped into one choice for broadband, whether they're getting a fair deal or whether they're getting ripped off. allowing big corporations to gatekeep the market is not healthy capitalism. i previously pushed for the federal communications commission to crack down on abusive internet service providers. i'm pleased that the paf.c.c. unanimously adopted new rules this year to end these predatory agreements. strengthening competition for broadband is proven to lower
costs, improve service, and promote innovation. americans should have the freedom to choose the internet plan that's best for them. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new york, ms. malliotakis, for five minutes. ms. malliotakis: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to discuss the crisis at our southern border and to call for this body to immediately take up the border security act of america that will restore order, that will enhance technology, and give our border patrol agents the tools that they're begging for. a year ago last march i went and -- i actually went where the president and our vice president refused to go, to the southern border, rio grande. and if you talk to the c.b.p. agents there, they will tell you exactly what is going on. we're seeing our southern border
overrun by the drug cartels. we are seeing human trafficking take place. we're seeing and hearing from children who are being abused along the journey. and the amount of fentanyl and other drugs that are streaming over our border and killing americans at record levels. it could be stopped today. but this administration and this congress refuse to do it. the issue of public safety and national security is one we just discussed last week. september 11 we said we'll never forget, but yet, here we have policies in place that make us less safe and could potentially cause something catastrophic to happen. we need to be wise. we need to be reasonable. we are a nation of immigrants. we are a compassionate nation. my mother is a cuban refugee.
my father is a greek immigrant. it's not about that. it's about having laws. it's about having policies in place and making sure they're being followed. we know that 66 suspected terrorists were apprehended attempting to cross our border. we also know that at a time like this we face threats from russia, from china, and iran straight out said they plan attacks on the united states soil. when you have 3.2 million people crossing into our country illegally and thousands of got-aways from 63 different countries, we run a risk of being in danger. think about that. almost four times the population of the president's home state of delaware. now, it's having also a financial impact on our
constituents. it's now costing american taxpayers $20 billion a year, something completely unsustainable as u.s. debt approaches $31 trillion. americans are struggling right now to get by. they're trying to keep roofs over their own heads. they're trying to pay their utility bills. they're trying to put food on the table for their children. and now you want them to pick up this additional cost for this unsustainable policy. my own mayor is saying that it's having an impact on new york city. it's at a breaking point. he's complaining about the governors who are busing individuals into new york city but hasn't said a peep about the president who has been flying them in over the past two years. the bottom line is in my mayor or anyone else has an issue with what is happening in their cities, they need to hold the president accountable. and this congress accountable. to make sure we pass the laws that make sense. we need to bring up the border security for america act before we leave next week.
if not, we're doing a great disservice to the people of this country. we are continuing to increase our debt. we're continuing to make our cities less safe. and we are continuing to put our nation at risk in the future. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. cardenas, for five minutes. mr. cardenas: thank you, mr. speaker. today, i rise to honor the heritage, culture, and imminence and amazing contributions of latinos to the united states by introducing a bicameral resolution recognizing september 15 through october 15 as hispanic heritage month. when you walk into my office, both in my washington, d.c., office, and the san fernando valley office where i represent, you'll notice a very important picture of two hardworking
gentlemen. two generations of mexican immigrants. my father and my mother's father. smiling while crouching down picking potatoes in the very hot stockton, california, sun. no matter how exhausted, how busy and how much pain they endured, they never complained. and they took the time to pause and smile. because they were so proud to be able to do a hard day's work, an honest day's work right here in the united states of america. that same grit and positivity that they demonstrated in that photo are values carried by latinos throughout our country's history. farm workers, astronauts, scientists, many amazing contributors to our great country. latinos who've helped keep our country operating before the pandemic, through the pandemic, and still till this day.
and it's those same values and stories, many of them immigrants, who encompass an unwavering spirit of perseverance, these are the true stories that will be told at the national hew seem of the american -- museum of the american latino. latinos have been in what is now the united states for hundreds of years. so that current and future generations have the opportunity to visit the national mall and experience our beautiful history, culture, and contributions that make us the greatest nation in the world. yes, that's right, ladies and gentlemen. the beautiful national mall will soon have a latino museum on it so that people all over the world can appreciate the amazing contributions that latinos have been making to this great country and this continent for hundreds and hundreds of years. i urge my colleagues in the house to join me in recognizing these amazing contributions of latinos of the united states and
to encourage everyone to recognize that we are a great country. we are an eclectic country and we do have much to be proud of. we, as americans from every part of this world who have made this country their home, to people who are latinos who it's sad to hear that just a few minutes ago that even members of congress will say derogatory things about the southern border and make people believe that you should be afraid of immigrants who come to this country who seek a better life. people who come to this country and do the jobs that most americans, including me, really don't want to do but need to be done. if you're a senior of the united states of america, it's very likely as you get older and you need somebody to help you on
your day-to-day life, it's probably somebody with an accent. and yes, i smile when i say that. somebody who gives their love and commitment to that person who deserves the dignity of being cared for. many, many times, it's an immigrant. and many, many times, they speak spanish. like my grandfather who came to this country, my mother who came to this country, and my father who came to this country. my grandfather had no formal education. my mother and father, first and second grade education. why did they come to the united states? because they knew that this was a country of opportunity. and although they suffered many indignities of racism and derogatory comments toward them or what have you, they raised 11
american-born citizens. in what some people would call a very tough neighborhood. i say a beautiful, challenged neighborhood but a beautiful neighborhood at that. and now their youngest son, i get to be a united states congressman to contribute to this country as a u.s. citizen and a representative of the community i was born and raised in, yet, at the same time to advance what is good about our country and to be an example to every single one of us. we live in a great country, the united states of america. and latinos have always made contributions. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will ask the gentleman to provide a translation for part of his remarks. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. lynch, for five minutes. mr. lynch: good morning, mr. speaker. as a 50-year member of the
massachusetts building trades, as former president of ironworkers local 7 in boston, and as a proud member of the committee on transportation and infrastructure here in congress, i rise in support of and in acknowledgment of the success and benefits to our states, cities, and towns of president biden's transformational infrastructure investment and jobs act, better known as the bipartisan infrastructure law. signed by president biden this past november, this landmark legislation continues to provide critical investments in our nation's infrastructure and transportation systems, including $550 billion in new funding to repair and modernize america's roads, bridges, public transit systems, passenger, and freight rail ports, airports, high-speed internet and water systems. importantly, the bipartisan infrastructure law also stands as a testament to what we can
accomplish together on behalf of the american people when we set as aside part sanship and -- partisanship and divisiveness to collaboration to address the most important needs of the american people. in my own state of massachusetts, the eighth congressional district i represent, we are already putting historic federal funding delivering -- delivered by the bipartisan infrastructure law into use. we have older infrastructure in massachusetts, especially the city of boston and city of brockton and city of quincy. over $8.5 billion will be allocated to massachusetts to support that infrastructure, to rebuild it over the next five years. in fact, this year alone, $2 billion in new federal funding has been announced for our state to date, including more than $1.7 billion identified for key
transportation and infrastructure projects considering that 472 of our state bridges and more than 1,100 miles of massachusetts highway has been declared deficient or in poor condition. this funding will not only be used for structural repairs but also serve to reinforce our coastal infrastructure against the devastating impacts of climate change. our state has already received nearly $190 million in bipartisan infrastructure law funding this year to support lead pipe replacement and other clean and safe water improvements. this funding will be critical to some of our older historic cities like the city of brockton that struggle with toxic chemicals in their water supply. as it does in all 50 states, the bipartisan infrastructure law has already allocated approximately $534 million this
year for massachusetts to improve our public transportation systems. this funding could not be timelier for the residents of massachusetts in view of the ongoing safety incidents, personnel shortages, and service reductions at the mbta, one of the oldest transit systems in the country. earlier this year, we also broke ground at a new electric bus maintenance facility in quincy, massachusetts, that will serve to accommodate a modern electric fleet of buses and alleviate the ca carbon footprint of our public transportation that exacerbates the incidents of asthma and respiratory. . just this month or state delegation joined president biden at logan airport to recognize the 62 million in bipartisan infrastructure law funding that will be used to modernize and increase the climate resilience of our international terminal and surrounding roadways. that project is expected to
create almost 6,000 jobs. mr. speaker, the bipartisan infrastructure law is supporting similar projects and job creation across this great country. to the enormous benefit of the american people. it is also, i want to remind my colleagues, a worthwhile example of what democrats and republicans can do here in congress when we work together. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from pennsylvania, ms. scanlon, for five minutes. ms. scanlon: thank you, mr. speaker. every september we observe recovery month to celebrate the millions of americans in recover from substance use disorders and reaffirm our commitment to passing policies to combat the impact of addiction in our communities. the impact of addiction is
tragically far-reaching, tending far beyond the individual suffering. impacting entire families, especially children. the opioid epidemic has forced increasing numbers of kinship caregivers, most of whom are grandparents, to take over the role of primary caregivers for children impacted by the crisis. grandparents like susan, a grandmother i spoke with recently at the opioid awareness vigil who stepped up to be her grandchildren's primary caregiver, but is struggling to make ends meet. unable to access services that would be available if her grandchildren were placed in foster care. i introduced the help grant families prevent child abuse act to help ensure grand families like susan's have access to the critical services and support needed to keep kids safe and keep them with their own families. combating addiction will take all of us working together to support our loved ones and community members.
we can't let our families fight this fight alone. mr. speaker, as i walked up to the capitol steps this morning, i was stopped by a reporter who wanted to know if it was a priority for the democratic party to pass the presidential election reform act, which we'll consider in the house this week. i was stunned by the assumption in that question that protecting the peaceful transfer of power in the united states of america could ever be a partisan issue. and, in fact, the legislation under consideration is a bipartisan bill. i don't care if you are a democrat, a republican, a conservative, liberal, independent if you love this country and believe in a government by the people, for the people, of the people we all have an obligation to confront the dangers posed by radical extremists who would undermine our elections, abandon the
peaceful transfer of power, and the rule of law, for their own personal or political gain. i look forward to working with my colleagues of all political stripes to strengthen the guardrails of our democracy and to support and defend our constitution. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair wreck 23450euzs -- recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize celebrate community week. last week congressman jimmy panetta from california and i introduced a resolution to designate the week of september 11 through september 17 celebrate community week. in commemorating the efforts of local service organizations across the country. mr. panetta and i are co-chairs of the bipartisan congressional service organization caucus. the resolution recognizes the role of service organizations
and promoting community humanitarian assistance while also instilling the value of giving back in our youth. we specifically applauded the lions club international, optimists international, and rotary international for encouraging and promoting community service and humanitarian assistance through their local chapters. the celebrate community week resolution highlights the critical work of our community service organizations. volunteer service is a cornerstone of a successful, strong, and healthy community and is an important staple of american life. i commend our community service organization like the lions club international, rotary international, kiwanis international, and optimist international for everything they do to help our communities flourish. mr. speaker, i rise today because over the weekend we celebrated constitution day. on september 17 we commemorate the signing and adoption of the
u.s. constitution in 1787 in philadelphia, pennsylvania. this day where we celebrate our constitution originated in 1953. when the senate passed a resolution designating september 17 threw the 23rd -- through the 23rd as constitution week n2004 congress made a constitution day and citizenship day a federal holiday. congress also required all publicly funded agencies and schools provide information on the constitution on this day. in 2017, president trump proclaimed september 17 as constitution day and citizenship day. constitution day serves as a celebration of our american system as well as a reminder that our government exists to soift people and their freedom. for 235 years congress has been given the responsibility by the people to represent their interests. we should behave like every day is constitution day and remember congress should always serve the people as outlined in the preamble.
mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize september 16 as p.o.w.-mia recognition day. last friday we remember the men and women of our armed forces who served honorably and have not returned home. at this time almost 82,000 service men and women have not returned home from the battlefield. this include those who served in world war ii, korean war, vietnam war, cold war, and both wars in iraq. those who serve in uniform have sacrificed greatly to give us the opportunity to live our lives in freedom and in peace. we thank those who served and return home, but most importantly we remember those who served and never returned. last may i introduced the prisoners of war and missing in action trade agreement resolution. this resolution would urge our mutually beneficial trade agreements to include a commitment from our trade partners to continue to search for and recover our missing
servicemembers. mr. speaker, on this pow-nia recognition day -- mia i urge my colleagues to support in resolution and honor our commitment to bring our service men and women home. mr. speaker, sunday marked the 21st anniversary of september 11 terror attacks. i rise today to remember the innocent lives lost. at 8:46a.m. american flight 11 flew into tower 1 of the world trade center. not long afterrer flight 175 roared over lower manhattan into tower two. while americans around the country were grappling with the events that just transpired, a third plane, 234r50eu9s 77 -- flight 77 crashed into the pentagon. in southwest pennsylvania the fourth flight, united 93, was high jacked and made the abrupt turn towards washington, d.c. because of the brave passengers and crew members that crashed
into a field in shanksville, pennsylvania. in the days, weeks, months, and now more than two decades that follow september 11, our country joined together to face the very evil which attempted to take us down. we will forever be indebted to our service men and women who joined the fight to protect our freedoms. while today's world has grown no less dangerous, we as americans are resilient. we will never forget. not 21 years late, not ever. may god continue to watch over our first responders, our men and women in uniform. and all those who keep us safe. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon today.