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the capsule. how much they learned from the explosion. so it's risky but it's worth it i think. nasa has received some confusing direction out of the white house because they began in 2017 by saying we want to go back to the moon and then just about eight weeks ago donald trump said why are we going back to the moon. they told himse to do it. they even hired an assistant director to oversee that project. lasted i think less than a month. host: we have to end it there because the house is coming in for the day. we will take you there live now for gavel-to-gavel coverage and we will be back here tomorrow morning. house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. july 16, 2019.
i hereby appoint the honorable henry cuellar to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2019, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority leader and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. all time shall be equally allocated between the parties and in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from south carolina, r. norman, for five minutes.
mr. norman: mr. norman: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to celebrate the life after truly great american, mary phillips white gettis. who will turn 99 on august 6 of this year. she was born in chester california in 1920 which was the same year women gained voting rights. she graduated from chester high school where she was valedictorian of her senior class. she enrolled in erskine college and graduated in 1941 with a degree in music. her first job was teaching high school in anderson, south carolina, and later joined waves, which stands for women accepted for volunteer emergency service in 1943. she began her training at mount holyoke college in massachusetts where she specialized in communications. while studying at smith college in north hampton, massachusetts . she was assigned to the communications office in the norfolk navy yard in portsmouth, virginia. after achieving the rank of
lieutenant, she was tasked with the complicated task of coding and decoding communications received and sent by the naval command. her duties included delivering urgent nt top secret -- top secret messages. in 1946, she left the navy and began working for aaa, american automobile association, located in shar local, north carolina. in 19-- charlotte, north carolina. in 1947 she met tom gettis whom she would become engaged two after three weeks, and married three months after their engagement. little did she know she would become the lifelong partner of a man who has successfully become the fifth district congressman from south carolina where he would serve for five terms until retiring in 1974. they returned to his hometown of rock hill, south carolina,
where they would raise two daughters, julia martin gettis, and sarah elizabeth gettis. they were married for 56 years until the death of congressman gettis in 2003. mary phillips gettis is a true leader and received many awards including woman of the year from the first a.r.p. church where she faithfully attended. the cross of niltary service from the united daughter of the confederacy in 2001. the quilt of valor award in 2015 presented by the quilts of valor foundation force veterans touched by car. the national award in 2017 presented from d.a.r., the daughters of the american revolution, for women in american history. mary phillips gettis is the proud and devoted grandmother of six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. she is the epitome of a gracious and charming southern lady and by her life she has
demonstrated a love for her god, a love for her family, the love for her fellow man, and the love of her great country. she is a true american patriot who always has a smile on her face and has lived her life in true service to her fellow man. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. and still i rise. because i love my country i rise. and i rise today to ask a question of all people of good will. i rise today to pose a question what do you do when the leader
, what do you ld do when the leader of the country that extols liberty and justice for all, government of the people, by the people, for the people all persons are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. what do you do when the leader of the free world is a racist? what do you do? ell, here's what you do. u file a resolution, a resolution condemning the president for racist comments. directed at members of congress. hat do you do? you file articles of impeachment impeaching the
president of the united states f america. these two things are not mutually exclusive. we can do this, condemn for the comments that have been made, and we can do this, impeach for the harm that the comments are causing to the -- our society. both of these things can be done and neither will interfere with this, the mueller report. the mueller report, some 90 days now the president has been above the law since the mueller report was made public. what do you do? you pass this resolution. i intend to support it and i thank the gentleman who filed it for doing so. i believe it is a good resolution.
one of the statements in this resolution that has been reported widely is that the esident presented racist comments that have .egitimatized fear and hatred i will salute and support the resolution. but you also will hear this resolution. to impeach. i'd like to read to you what it says in part. impeaching donald john trump, president of the united states, en it goes on to read, the aforementioned donald john trump has by his statements brought the high office of president of the united states in contempt, ridicule, disgrace, and disrepute and has sown discord among the people of the united states, has demonstrated he is unfit to be president, and has betrayed his
trust as president of the united states to the manifest injury of the people of the united states. and has committed a high misdemeanor in office. therefore, donald john trump by causing such harm to the society of the united states is unfit to be president and warrants impeachment trial and removal from office. those who tolerate bigotry perpetuate bigotry. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today in recognition of the impressive career and technical education students in the pennsylvania's 15th congressional district. career and technical education
helps learners of all ages gain valuable skills that have the potential to lead to good-paying jobs and rewarding careers. it all starts with our nation's most valuable resource, our people. hardworking men and women and the dedicated students who have chosen to pursuit a technical career are the backbone of our economy. as co-chair of the bipartisan house career and technical education caucus, i couldn't be happyier to congratulate jacob dixon of indiana county, pennsylvania, on recently winning a gold metal for his work with sheet metal at the skills u.s.a. national leadership and skills conference. the 56th annual event took place in louisville, kentucky, and hosted upwards of 6,500 students to compete in more than 100 different skills-based competitions. jacob will be a senior this fall in the heating, ventilation air conditioning program at the indiana career and technology center. additionally, in cambria,
county, pennsylvania, northern cambria middle school celebrated their pack back-to-back national championships in the 41st annual technology student association national conference in washington, d.c., earlier this month. more than 8,500 students from across the country competed in 70 different events including wood working, robots, debate, and more. every student from northern cambria middle school that competed in the conference achieved national recognition as a top 10 finalist. chris, payton, and braidon -- braiden became national championships in the mechanical engineering competition, a category they have also won in the commonwealth state of pennsylvania. additionally, chris and his classmate, caleb, placed third in the nation in structural design and engineering, and garrett lane placed ninth in the nation for flight
endurance. i'm proud of jacob and the students of northern cambria middle school and many students like them across the commonwealth and the country who have chosen to pursue a skills-based education. a skills-based career in such a competitive work force. students like these are in high demand. more than 80% of manufacturers claim talent shortages prevent them from keeping up with customer demand. and 40% of employers say they have difficulty finding talent, particularly in the skilled trades. career and technical education prepares students to be career ready by providing core academic skills, employibility skills, and technical jobs specific skills through hands-on learning opportunities. we need more students like garrett, ey, chris, john. the value they'll add to the american work force cannot be
overstated. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from alabama, mr. brooks, for five minutes. the president is commander in chief, his highest constitutional duty is protecting american lives. as of 2016, so-called refugee admissions from the middle east, near east, south asia, and africa accounted for 80% of so-called refugee admissions into america. i say so-called refugees because the united nations states no country is obligated by international law to take refugees from a country in which they are already protected. the result of america's flawed
policy, america is the world's top refugee resettlement country on the planet. in a 2015 breitbart interview, i opposed these dangerous refugee policies and stated, quote, barack obama wants to endanger americans by importing people, some of whom undoubtedly will resort to terrorism and killing americans at some point in the future, end quote. consistent with my view that importing unvetted people from terrorist laden countries threatens american lives, the house in 2015 passed a law requiring a full f.b.i. background investigation for alleged iraq or syria refugees. the birl died in the senate while under an obama veto threat. in 2017, a newly elected president trump stated, quote, in order to protect america-e americans the united states must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and
its founding principles. the united states cannot and should not admit those who do not support the constitution or those who would place violent ideologies over american law. in addition, the united states should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred, including honor killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own. end quote. . as expected, social democrats and their fake news allies called president trump names rather than support policies that save american lives. for example, house speaker nancy pelosi said, quote, this week i join my colleagues on the steps of the supreme court to fight the president's reprehensible order. the values illustrated were in stark contrast with the president's unconstitutional, immoral and dangerous ban on
refugees and citizens of muslim countries coming into the united states, end quote. predictably, a radical leftist judge restrained president trump from protecting american lives. fortunately, a later president trump refugee and travel policy was approved by the supreme court as, quote, squarely within the scope of presidential authority, end quote. as would be expected, this decision was ridiculed with hysterical headlines from the left. nbc news stated, quote, the supreme court's travel ban decision adds to its legacy of legitimizing racism, end quote. protecting americans from terrorism is reprehensible, immoral, racism? this is all ignorant and baseless socialist democrat and fake news media slander intended to stifle rational debate. the truth eventually wins out.
recently, an unvetted, so-called syrian refugee who entered america three years ago was charged with terrorism. according to an affidavit filed in pittsburgh federal court, quote, the f.b.i. investigation of mustafa revealed he planned to bomb a little union baptist church located on the north side of pittsburgh using -- planned a bomb at a church located on the north side of pittsburgh using the name of isis, end quote. fortunately, the f.b.i. told him from blowing up a church and slaughtering innocent american christians. unfortunately, american lives are still at risk from terrorists masquerading as
refugees. mr. speaker, i ask -- how many dead americans does it take to to e open borders advocates secure our borders and protect american lives? unfortunately, no one knows because socialist democrats have shown there is no amount of american blood on their hands that will cause them to protect american lives by securing america's borders. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize rose marie, an accomplished artist from bristol, pennsylvania. in addition to receiving numerous awards throughout her career, her most recent acrylic painting entitled "the passage" was recognized as best in show at the 70th festival last week.
her abstract painting, combining vibrant colors and masterful strokes stood out from the more than 180 artists at the festival. in addition to her artistic talent and success, she's tirelessly advocated for local artists in the bucks county area. one of most notable accomplishments was her work to establish an exhibit at the lower bucks community church to have rotational pieces from local artists. it opened in 2015 and has highlighted up and coming local artists since that time. she has earned a spot in the center for the arts hall of fame in bristol in 2016. i'd like to congratulate rose maria on her accomplished career and extend to her the best of luck in her future endeavors. her work has improved opportunities for young artists in our community for which we owe her many thanks.
mr. speaker, i rise today to commend the brave and lifesaving actions of police officer ryan bunda of the police department. on july 11, 2019, officer bunda observed a white pickup truck rolling slowly down a busy roadway. an act of incredible bravery ran alongside the car, opened the door of the car and used his hand to press the brake, bringing the car to a halt. the driver of the truck was suffering from a seizure and officer bunda, with the help of a local firefighter, who was passing on the other side of the road, removed the victim from the vehicle and administered lifesaving aid on the side of the road. in addition to the e.m.t.'s who arrived shortly afterwards, officer bunda saved the victim as well as protecting the safety of other drivers on the roadway. this act of bravery on behalf
of officer bunda shows us a debt of gratitude we owe to the incredibly brave and selfless public servants in law enforcement. i'd like to thank officer bunda for his brave actions and his career of service and would like to extend the thanks of all first responders and law enforcement officials across bucks county and across our country. mr. speaker, today i rise with a heavy heart to honor the life and memory of troy perrera of falls township, pennsylvania. a graduate of pennsbury high school. e held a career as a warehouse logistic specialist for h&m in burlington. he was part of the babe ruth baseball team and morrisville bulldog team. also a member of the championship men's volleyball
team which qualified for the state volleyball championship in 2013. athletics aside, troy is remembered as a generous and kind soul who is deeply loved by all who met him. my heart goes out to his parents, matthew and kathleen, and her husband, jeffrey, his brother, kyle, and sister, chelsey. troy's life was taken from us too soon. in the short time he was with us, troy was leading an example of the importance of community engagement. may he now enjoy his eternal reward for life he spent serving others. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. spano, for five minutes. mr. spano: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the 50th anniversary of the apollo moon landing. 50 years ago, neil armstrong,
buzz aldrin and michael collins launched from florida's coast at kennedy space center with a goal of being the first to step foot on the moon. on july 20, 1969, neil armstrong accomplished what was only a short time prior believed to be impossible. he became the first man to set foot on the word uttering the famous words, that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. those words ring through history, but it's important we also recognize the hundreds of scientists, engineers, mathematicians and support staff who worked tirelessly to ensure mission success, but do not receive the public recognition they deserve for their contributions. one example of this is susan finley. she began her career as a computer programmer at nasa's jelt propulsion laboratory and wrote software for the deep space network. that software made it possible to hear the transmissions from
the moon that showed the world what was possible when the united states committed to achieving the impossible. i'm also incredibly proud that 50 years after this accomplishment, florida remains at the forefront of space exploration. today, the new crew capsules designed to launch astronauts into space are being built, and i hope by the end of this year in which we are celebrating the first moon landing that we will begin see american astronauts climb into american built capsules and launch into space from florida's shores. we have relied on russian spacecraft for too long, and this will inspire a new generation of american children to develop a passion for exploration and pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education just as the apollo program did 50 years ago when neil armstrong and buzz aldrin became the first to
step foot on the moon. president bush said mankind is drawn to the heavens for the same reasons we were drawn into unknown lands and across the open sea. we choose to explore space because doing so improves our lives and lifts our national spirit, so let us continue the journey. yield back. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman yield back? mr. spano: i ask for one more minute, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman continues to be recognized. mr. spano: thank you, sir. mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate mikayla mclain on her crowning achievement of being named miss florida for 2019. mikayla, a graduate from east ridge high school in clear month, florida, and daughter of two -- clairemont, florida, and daughter of two citrus growers, as she was named miss citrus. to win this latest competition,
she was able to show her skills as a dance major, a talent she uses to express her dreams and her struggles. she has plans now to use her other college major of public relations to help promote florida's economic and cultural strengths. mikayla will promote brave and beautiful, which encourages women to live healthy habits. brave and beautiful already launched conferences in multiple schools in central florida and made strides in kenya, guatemala and the dominican republic. mikayla, i'm proud of hearing how you're using your many gifts to transform lives and i applaud your efforts. you are wonderful role model for our young ladies. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recessmore of your phone calt
a second. you can keep calling it. another place you can go to read a lot of news is the rollcall newspaper, rollcall.com. kathleen is a staff writer there and joins us on the phone to cover a couple aspects of the story. first, on the legislation that got teed up last night that will be voted on the floor today to condemn the president's tweets and statements, can you talk us through whha