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deficit spending necessarily. at a time like this, it's different policy prescription given how the economy is. we need to spend to get us out of this. host: thank you for joining us. thanks to everyone who called in this morning. we will take you to the house now. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. before -- lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, 2020.gton, d.c., may 27, i hereby appoint the honorable to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives.
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the speaker pro tempore: in no event shall debate continue 11:00 a.m. the chair recognizes the honorable gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, and still i rise. mr. speaker, ay, to speak the truth about the as it relates to african america and the united states of america. i rise to say, mr. speaker, that matter as do not much as white lives. if black lives matter as much as white lives, mr. george floyd be breathing. if black lives matter as much as lives, ahmad aubrey would have finished his jog.
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lives matter as much as white lives, christian cooper ould not have been falsely accused. not as much atter as white lives. why? tolerated and because we tolerat tolerated we allow it to be perpetuated. in this country have the power to do something about the racism that exists as it relates black people. we have tolerated it since 1619 people arrival of black in the americas. but it's time for us to do something about it. had the opportunity to do something when the chief xecutive officer of this country is a racist and a bigot, we should do something about and we had the opportunity to but we did not. it, and there was some who went so far as to justify it with some of their commentary about the
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made.ts that were being oh, he's just a jerk. lives matter, and we ought not tolerate it to the extent have.e i believe that we in the congress of the united states of a duty to do what has been done in the past. on poverty.a war we declared a war on drugs. declare a war on racism? that here and now we are not going to allow racism to continue in this country to extent that people lose their lives? what happened to some of the lost their lives as of late is almost predictable seen e we have circumstances similar occur and e have not taken aggressive action. the officers in the floyd case be arrested, y they ought to be prosecuted.
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magistrate. i know probable cause when i see it and there is probable cause those st and prosecute officers. lives matter. and those who have not allowed black lives matter movement to continue, to become the movement that could make a lives of in the people in this country, you have because you bility fought the very movement that was going to make a difference in the lives of people. have saved some lives of people. so i rise today, mr. speaker, to that we in congress have some responsibility to the we serve. and a part of that responsibility is to assure them can go jogging and return home. that if they are arrested by the won't be suffocated to the extent they lose their life. we have to make sure that we no this country in
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uncertain terms that black lives do matter. aboutnally this, it's not democrats and not about republicans. i'm not blaming the republicans happening. i'm not blaming the democrats for what's happening. hold aming people who public trust and tolerate hate and invidious discrimination. we are the people who can make a difference, and we ought to make a difference. demand that the people running for public office make public statements about how to end invidious discrimination, not how they plan to tolerate it, how they it. to manage how do you plan to end it? do you plan to end it in banking? how do you plan to end it in hiring and promotions? is our time. if we don't do it now, when will it?o no candidate should be off-limits. every one of them ought to tell us what they plan to do. finally, in my final country. i love my
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and because i love my country, i feel that i have this duty, obligation, and responsibility speak up when these kinds of injustices occur. mr. speaker, try, and i yield back the balance of my time. membersker pro tempore: are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. five minutes.r mr. mcclintock: thank you, mr. speaker. a few months ago, america enjoyed the most promising in our expansion lifetimes, lifting millions of mericans out of poverty, boosting wages for american workers, and producing the unemployment rates in 50 years. today, the american economy lies in rubble with tens of millions f americans thrown into unemployment, poverty, and
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despair. now, that damage was not done by a virus. t was done by ordering entire populations into indefinite home detention, shouldering countless and desecrating the most fundamental human rights hat our constitution commands our government to protect. now, we're told to follow the and data. that would be nice for a change. what does the science tell us about the severity of covid-19? 80% of know that about those who get it either have no symptoms at all or experience it as a mild respiratory infection. those who , 74% of just ere over age 65, and 18. were under the age of hird quarters died from underlying conditions. infected while packing
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patients into nursing homes here it poses the greatest danger? nce epidemiologists began surveying populations, the virus as severe that set off the pandemic. at stanford stimated a fatality rate of 17 of 100th of 1% in santa clarita. half of 1%. so simply stated, if you get the lu, your chance of survival is 99.9%. and according to these studies, covid-19, your chance f survival is better than 99.5%. so how does this science justify throwing nearly 40 million into unemployment? does the science support lockdowns?ide upon an based
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albuquerque teenager's science aper, the bush administration proposed mass lockdowns in the event of a severe flu pandemic. leading epidemiologists warned at the time that, quote, consequences of large-scale quarantine are so extreme that this mitigation should be eliminated rom serious consideration, end quote. well, it wasn't. now, new york governor andrew 84% of mitted that covid-19 hospitalizations in new either people who are already quarantined at home or homes.nursing statistical analyses, including stanford university's michael tel aviv university stateben israel, kentucky universal's rylee, and t.j. finding no significant statistically
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inspection in the curves between those jurisdictions that destroyed heir economies and those that didn't. a study by jpmorgan found an as rse relationship economies began to open up. 1,24 a casesvolving in china found one outbreak that just ed indoors involving two cases. 80% of the outbreaks occurred in people's homes. does it follow the science to close outdoor venues people indoors? mr. speaker, it's high time we americans how many will die because of the covid-19 lockdowns. the well-being trust predicts up despair due ths of to suicide and drug and alcohol of the lockdown. in march, the epic health network warned of a 94% ecline in breast, colon, and
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ser cervical cancer screenings. network incest eported an increase of 24% increase in children calling for help. 4.5% of all that deaths in the united states are related to poverty. o how does it follow the science to destroy the livelihoods of millions of americans, cut them off from networks, force them into isolation and plunge despair? poverty and now, i don't blame public health officials. they have the luxury of ignoring their policies beyond their area of expertise. the responsibilities rests, public with the officials who failed to consider the catastrophic collateral caused.hat they have who became so drunk with power beso thenned with self-righteousness that they lost any reference to common sense or any concern for the they've done. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, ms. norton, for five minutes. norton: mr. speaker, i come rising loor to echo the chorus for a fifth coronavirus applaud three vital provisions addressed to the circumstances of the district of columbia in that bill. peaker nancy pelosi and the democrats have taken needed nitiative in introducing the act to get ahead of this virus instead of chasing it. the first four bills have proven themselves. following the c.d.c. guidelines, like the
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district of columbia, are seeing deaths decrease. across the country, careful are occurring to be sure scientists are warning of the virus unless there is more social distancing is far ing because that from universal. republican friends have called for a pause. f course, we have seen unprecedented spending. this is an unprecedented virus. virus has shut down the entire world. that republicans may be declaring the end of their after house a week passage of the heroes act. majority senate eader -- the senate majority leader said congress will probably have to pass a fifth bill. mcconnell.senator president trump said, and i'm the united i think
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states will need another round end quote., they may be following federal chairman jerome powell the aid more is needed to economy shortly after the april 14.7% showed a unemployment rate. wants to fundonly increased losses due to covid-19. whatever that means. but tailoring the next bill whether covid-19 or something else caused the losses would require an inexact itself could bog down the next bill. particularly, what i regard as most essential part of the heroes act, $1 trillion to state governments. this is -- this is the
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local ent, state and government that's closest to the people. this is the government that and first responders health care workers and local hospitals. the government that forms the workers who pick up your garbage twice a week. is the government running on fumes. people who merican eed another cash payment, an additional $1,200 for family member up er family to $600 per household and other essentials like unemployment benefits.nd housing a 15% increase in nutrition programs. during ave got to eat this crisis. . i have been able to get included a trifecta that the district must have, the $755 million in retroactive funding. republicans in the senate removed from the care act by treating the district for the first time in american history as a territory when we have
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always been treated for what we are. of course the d.c. statehood bill has enough sponsors, co-sponsors to pass this very year. we have always received funding at that level because we pay the highest federal taxes per capita in the united states. it includes money for state, county, and city funding. the first time the district has ever had to break down its funding. it's a unique jurisdiction in the united states because it operates at all three levels. it also authorizes the district to participate in the municipal liquidity facilities funding of the federal reserve if that should become necessary. the $3 trillion heroes act sent to the senate last week is a marker. it will probably not even be enough as large as it is to contain this virus.
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but at a minimum it should get us started on sensible negotiations. time, mr. speaker, is not on the side of the virus. let's beat it with hertos act. i yield back. -- heroes act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. joyce, for five minutes. mr. joyce: -- the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina. miss fox: -- miss fox: thank you, mr. speaker -- force mrs. foxx: i rise for president trump for taking action to lower drug costs for american seniors. currently 34 $2 million people have diabetes. one in every three seniors on medicare have diabetes, and over 3.3 million beneficiaries use at least one type of insulin. thanks to president trump, the out-of-pocket costs for i.n.s. plin has been cut.
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-- insulin has been cut. participating plans will cost just $35 a month per type of insulin. this is tremendous news. for far too long seniors have been subjected to escalating insulin prices. now americans will save an average of $446 on insulin costs in just a year. thank you, president trump, for continuing to put the american eople first. mr. speaker, there is no substitute for swift and decisive action. since the national outbreak of covid-19 in china, president trump and the administration have worked tirelessly to protect the american people. first president trump closed our borders and enacted a travel ban to protect the american people. this was a necessary precaution that undoubtedly saved lives. in response, the mainstream media's political pundits cried foul and claimed this was an ill-advised tactic intended to score political points that.
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could not be farther from the truth. sadly, my colleagues across the aisle and those in the media would rather search for newest outbrage du jour instead of focusing on the efforts of the president and administration to combat covid-19. it's time to correct the record and cast aside the falsehoods that democrats and mainstream media are pushing against president trump and the administration. for example, let's look at what's being done to help north carolinians during this pandemic. under the direction of president trump, fema's obligated almost $30 million for covid-19 response efforts in north carolina. from the strategy national stockpile north carolina's eceived to date, over 250, 250000 n-95 masks. over 100,000 medical gowns. over 115,000 face shields. and over 425,000 pairs of gloves. in addition, president trump approved governor roy cooper's major disaster declaration and
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then directed fema to fund 100% of the emergency assistance activities provided by the north carolina national guard. president trump and the administration are deeply committed to protecting not only north carolina yeas and nays but also americans across the -- north carolinians but also americans across the country. if my friend across the aisle would share the same in it together, they would work with us for the american people and setaside their relentless impeachment crusade. it's time to get our country back on its feet and i'm proud president trump and the administration are working day in and day out to do so. we will win this fight, and i'm certain we will emerge stronger and more resilient. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from arizona, mr. owe hal ran, for five minutes. >> i rise today to share with my colleagues in washington and all
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watching at home the dire situation code of has created in navajo nation and across our nation. first standing in this chamber today i want to recognize the nearly 100,000 lives lost thus far to the coronavirus. a staggering number that has affected families, communities, our economy, our frontline first responders, and many others. though some americans may feel they have reached a new normal, hot spots across our nation are still in the thick of this pandemic and the fear for what might come in the fall and winter is at the forefront of our thoughts. one of those hot spots is the navajo nation. per capita, the navajo nation has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any u.s. state. . r. o'halleran: my colleagues
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and i fought to include $8 billion for tribal governments to use for expenses including -- incurred during the pandemic. the first round of that funding did not freach the navajo nation until may 35. much of the -- may 5. much of the delay was because officials within the department of interior were considering allocating a portion of this $8 billion to the alaska natives corporation. a group of for-profit entities that generate billions of dollars in revenue each year in answer to individual stakeholders. i immediately joined the voices of tribes across our nation in demanding that these funds reach established tribal governments not corporations. on april 27, a u.s. district judge announced that the treasury department could begin distributing money to federally
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recognized tribes and not to this corporate group. delayed funds -- funding is not the only issue here. while tribes wait for the rest of the cares act money they were promised, politics in washington continued to complicate already acute public health concerns on navajo. recent reports indicate that respirator masks sent to 1/2 hoe nation hospitals through a federal contract with a former white house staffer may be faulty. i have serious concerns about the lack of oversight and accountability in this contract awarding process considering this $3 million deal was awarded to a friend of the administration with no prior federal contracting experience who had been -- only been in business for 11 days. it is unacceptable for the government to be delivering anything other than what is needed to any community much less a hard hit community like
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navajo. i have asked my colleagues here to help me launch an immediate investigation into the potentially faulty p.p.e. and make sure that the entire contracting process receives more oversight. while tribes deal with the fallout, politics have caused -- they endure other factors that have complicated this pandemic as well. critical water, sanitation, broadband projects throughout the navajo nation remain unfunded and family -- and firmly on congress' back. since coming to washington in 2017, i tried to raise the alarm about these long overlooked issues. i have worked with tribal governments, shareholders in my district, and my colleagues here on political political to find solutions to the problems faced by indian country. this public health crisis
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continues to shine a brighter light on the hurdles that many tribal families face every day. not just during a global pandemic. i hope i can count on the many who have joined me in speaking up for tribal communities, to continue to do so after this crisis because lives are at stake here. tribal communities are tired of partisan games and political spin. they need the resources they were promised so each sovereign nation can care for their people. they are resilient and they will win this fight. a report yesterday from my friend and navajo nation president jonathan nez, he noted that the navajo nation's own aggressive public health measures helped flatten the curve of covid-19 significantly. this situation could have been much worse without his leadership.
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and the region remains at a high risk if the federal government does not step up and do its part. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. joyce, for five minutes. mr. joyce: mr. speaker, for far too long the chinese communist party has taken advantage of innocent people in its own country and around the world. now america is engaged in an economic and intellectual competition with china that existed long before the coronavirus crossed our border. the current pandemic merely as exposed the communist chinese party's sinister lies and the depths to which it will reach. there is no question that we must hold this regime accountable for all of its actions. as a member of the china task force, i am committed to combating the chinese communist
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threats to our great nation, and we must be focused, focused on ourngthening and protecting supply chains to ensure that we are never beholden to this regime for critical medicines and critical supplies. americans must once again lead in innovation. we must and we will. thank you. i yield my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. defazio, for five minutes. r. defazio: i thank the chair. october, 2001. under the shadow of 9/11, with the house office buildings evacuated because of the threat of anthrax, a bill authored by chairman jim sbren and the bush white house was -- is enis enbrenner and the bush white
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house was called the u.s. patriot act. who could in the shadow of 9/11 vote against anything called the u.s.a. patriot act. i did. as did 66 other members. three republicans, 62 members, one independent. because of the unbelievably, unconstitutionally broad powers that would be granted for surveillance of all the american people in myriad ways. now, there wasn't even a copy of the bill available. i came to the floor and i said could i have a copy of the bill? sorry, there is only one. it's on the republican side. i said, well, it's not the senate, i can't fly ball, but i'll make it a long day with adjournment votes. they printed out a copy. it's rushed on this side by members on the judiciary committee who ostensibly authored the bill to try to find out what was in it. but people still voted for it. the abuses that have come under
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this are myriad and well documented. w, i credit zoe love gren -- lofgren for trying to amend the knows egregious section and my colleague, ron wyden, from oregon. senator wyden almost succeeded, short one vote. and zoe tried on the last re-authorization and this one to amend that. unfortunately, she was pressured by and forced to, since otherwise they would block her amendment, to water down her revisions to section 215. now senator wyden is opposed as to others. what's section 215? , believably broad warrantless intrusive, internet searches of everything you look at, brows online. for what -- browse-online.
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for what? who knows. they gather so much data they don't know what to do with it. what's the legal standard? a presumption of relevant to an investigation. a presumption of relevance to investigation. isn't that a laughable standard? you could presume relevance to virtually anything in the world. -r at any time. . even if the bill comes up today, it's questionable whether it will. government by tweet on that side of the aisle. jump, and, jump, they last night, trump said, i'm against this. ven though it has a special provision in the bill for president trump because of the carter page abuses. it says the attorney general, in way, it means any even yor official in the justice department, would have to sign ff on targeting officials or candidates or, you know, for office.
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why should those people be exempt if they're engaged in terrorist activities presumptive relevance of activities? but, again, attorney general with this laughable clown in the general's office who jumps even higher than they do i n the president tweets, don't think so. just think how they could use politically. not for intelligence purposes. and it does nothing to reform 702, which is, you know, door ntal, back you know.on of data, there are many documented abuses 202.ction you know, it does finally do away with what was revealed by snowden. the call -- the massive all phone records. again, what are they going to do with it? records.of millions of
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o effective algorithmings -- algorithms, no way to figure what it was about. were still massive compliance and errors. even he administration -- .s.a. said, nah, we can't do anything with it anymore. but the administration asked for it to continue. anything toesn't do continue it. one of the so-called reforms of this bill. deserve does not passage. it does not undo the damage of created in the shadows of 9/11. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman lamalfa, ornia, mr. for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. in that we do have other things country besides
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the virus, we do have a crisis up on the border of california and oregon going on right now. farmers up there are owners project which was created approximately 100 years to farmllow the ability crops, to returning world war i at world war ii veterans, that point. hose growers own the right to approximately 350,000 acre-feet clamath lake, water created by the project, which would not exist without of the project. this year, after many years of pirated away ater from them, their allocation lesser water rainfall and snowfall season was 140,000 acre-feet, they were told on april 1. the second worst allocation they
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had, only rivalled by 2001 acre-feet ot zero allocated to them. 40,000 acre-feet, they were told. so as farmers do, i'm a farmer, i get it. go out, we start the process of planting, tilling the ground, and ing up your fertilizer your seed, applying the fertilizer. nd then finally seeding the ground. well, lo and behold, a few weeks was decided to release that lake -feet from in order to help suppress a clamath ther down the chasta feet s the hich was a damage to the salmon, not endangered in other areas of the country. the heels of the end of that 50,000 acre-foot release chasta sea virus, for the
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there's now decided not enough water in the lake. he incoming water supply was misestimated. so they were told they were going to have to cut back from acre-feet, 140,000 they were going to cut back approximately 60,000 acre-feet that. leaving them with about 80,000 acre-feet for the entire season. crops already spent -- he cost already incured to be put in the -- incurred to be put in the ground. ply is expected to last until approximately june 15. 16 to september, they're going to be in a very way. they're going to be out of wa r water. with the investment in the ground. devastated as 2001 is, this will break many, many farms up clamath basin. there.crops they grow up
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mint, radishes, potatoes, many others. as well as the refuge that sits at the far end of that system flow eeds the water to through those irrigation districts so we will have a duck wildlife., so we have it's extremely important, not but the the area, entire state kra and the entire -- california and the entire west coast. endire duck population will be bad. we had a hutatch and good population. that will be devastated. arming is the only major economic industry, really, in the region, other than some tourism. 12,000 farms in that clamath basin. million have $75 been spent putting those crops in. as it's being estimated right now, the total effect on the region, if this not 's taken away and restored by somewhere around 15, $200 million, $300
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million more coming out of that area. crisis up there. law -- this water, by law, not -- to the irgators, to tor -- irrigators, not the endangered species act. they spend $30 million to if it's and operate, actually operating the project. they still have to pay that bill. the endangered species act is being interpreted to require that doesn't belong to the government, to be taken and to keep the lake fuller for the sucker fish or in order to stream allegedly help the salmon. science. there's argument out there that it doesn't help those two keep doing it
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year after year after year, at least 20 years. so at this point of the foodtainty of our nation's supply, from the farm gate to is what we this have going on to farmers up there having their property right taken. we must take immediate action. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman jersey, mr. malinowski, for five minutes. speaker, fori: mr. the last three months, tens of millions of our fellow americans chosen to make painful acrifices to keep one another safe. they made that choice before any governor of any state told them they had to. did what they thought was right, what was decent, what was responsible. and overwhelmingly, the american people still believe that social our ncing to protect neighbors is the right thing to do. lifted re states have
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stay-at-home orders. you wouldn't know this by the ing the news because news dwells on conflict, not consensus. the loudest voices say we open now.thing yes, people will die, but people cancer, r crashes, of of heart disease. we don't stay home for that. voices say, go to the grocery store, throw off make them call the police. they pretend to be brave. slogans t childish bout liberty as if liberty is meant to endanger the lives of convenience.r own on social media, they are trying to make this pandemic partisan. s if you're a republican or democrat should determine what medicines you should take or whether you should wear a mask. plenty of countries where everything is made to be olitical, where everything is made to be tribal. i never thought i would see of le in the united states
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america trying to make our country like that. not r. speaker, america is like that. the vast majority of us, republicans and democrats, still say that, of course, we should do what is needed to protect others. we are still a country that cares whether people live or die the than we care about stock market. in new jersey this year, we've 177 road fatalities. thus far, we have lost more than 11,000, 11,000 people to the coronavirus. and that number would be vastly if not for the lockdowns. our nobody is rushing to state capitol with guns keep our economy closed. no one loudly clamors for self-sacrifice. but the majority say we -- the vast majority still want to be we only have to do this once and, therefore, we have to do it right. a lot of i get
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questions back home about when things are going to reopen. but the most urgent question i do we reopen but how are you going to help us reopen? what are you doing about that? nd right now, the only responsible answer is that we must vastly expand contact for the nd testing coronavirus so that people can go back to normal life knowing safe. unfortunately, the administration's plan for just received,we basically states to the states around our country, oh, yeah, give you some supplies, but otherwise you're on your own. abdication of responsibility. at this point, i'm done with expecting better from our president. we are on our own in new jersey, n michigan, in ohio, in california. so let's at least give our state and local governments the thisrces they need to bear burden that our national government will not. would provide $75
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billion to help our states conduct the testing and contact we need if we want to go back to work and school safely. heroes act also provides the funding our state and local overnments have been pleading for to make up for revenues lost because of coronavirus. i speaker, in my district, represent 75 small towns. we have more republican mayors towns than democrats, but this is not partisan in my district. rather e of them would spend money to pay our cops and our firefighters and our do their jobs than spend money to pay for their unemployment. who are sage to those stepping down from responsibility is at least help are help those who stepping up. you want to go to the beach, to to hold e, you want political rallies, fine. so do i. elp the people who are risking their lives to make it safer for us to do those things. working,people who are
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who never stopped working to getting iberty without us death. that's what the heroes act does. if the senate has a better plan, then let's hear it, let's negotiate it, let's find our common ground. therwise, let's send it to the president and get this job done. and i yield the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentleman from south carolina, cunningham, for five minutes. mr. cunningham: thank you, mr. speaker. today, i rise to bring attention land and water conservation fund, otherwise the families across the low country re turning to green spaces to cope during this pandemic, and it's clear that we need more cans and trails where folks get outside with social distancing. nd that's exactly what lwcf does for communities. andregion relies on tourism outdoor recreation, sectors that are making a major -- taking a
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hit these days. that's why i stand up for calls on that congress to pass the bipartisan reat american outdoors act to fully fund lwcf and restore our parks. our seafood, our beaches, the opportunities to fish, access to nature is one reason the low country is so special. let's keep it that way by investing in conservation that and our our health economy. with that i yield back, mr. speaker.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee, for five minutes. ms. jackson lee: thank you for your indulgence. we are in the backdrop of commemorating memorial day just two days ago when the nation bowed their heads to honor the fallen. e did that without question, without equivocation, but we
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also acknowledged, and i stand here today, acknowledging the sacrifice of those heroes. acknowledging that 1,000 veterans as well have lost their life in covid-19, and i stand here today to say to america, almost 100,000 of our fellow americans, our fellow residents, our mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, loved ones and neighbors, dear friends, classmates, and all around us have been the victims of covid-19. so i speak for the overwhelming number of americans who say yes to the heroes act, and i ask those in the other body and in the administration have you ever seen a headline that said, when
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a city tried to do its best, 15 million in rental assistance runs out in 90 minutes in my hometown of houston. thank you to the mayor. thank to you the county judge. they are trying. have you ever seen someone who's never had to beg for food or ask for food stand in the hot sun in their car for seven hours? i have. to be able to get groceries for their children. have you ever seen folk line up to be tested because they should have been tested in february or march but there were no kits, so working in a public-private partnership with ummc i opened seven testing sites, the first one opened before any governmental site was opened. so i tell you today that is why i'm on the floor supporting $75 billion in testing. $1 trillion in making sure the brave municipal workers, firefighters, teachers and all
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those who do our work every day, , and others are standing and supporting the community. that's why i'm supporting the payment because chairman powell of the fed said we have to go big. this is going to ultimately maybe be 36 million people unemployed. that's why i'm supporting rental assistance and mortgage assistance. that's why i'm supporting food assistance. mr. speaker, has anybody seen the faces of payment because th? do you not understand the pain of what they are going through? that's why i'm here on the floor dealing with the support of the heroes act that must be signed by the president and passed by the other body, the u.s. senate. i want to pause for a moment and now come to this that has soaked by very d.n.a. in my soul, and that is that a young man by the
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cannot jog d aubrey in georgia and be left to his constitutional rights. they were denied and he was gunned down for absolutely no reason whatsoever. it must be addressed. there must be a trial. and there must be justice, justice will render not his life back to his family but it will render truth. as a member of the judiciary committee i have written letters and i look forward to us organizing a response that i have asked for in terms of hearing from the victims and their various representatives. brianna taylor was going to be a nurse, mr. aubrey was going to be an electrician. he was doing what americans do, sleeping, getting ready for work the next day, and lo and behold he was bombarded, he was invaded , and she was the wrong house and wrong person, and that
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person was in custody already. we must demand justice. when you have the color of law and when you have those who you look to for sanctity and can respect them when they are doing their work, you must also, and i ask my fellow lawmakers and also law upholders, stand together. now i was up until 2:00 in the morning with the pain of the video. george floyd, his family, he was raised in houston in my district, went to jackie h. high school. there are people mourning in houston, texas. he lived there for 40 years, a gentle giant. he was taken away from us by a knee on his neck crying for his momma. there must be charges. they must be brought to justice, even if they wear a uniform, in order for law and order to be upheld. everyone is watching that. i have had fellow officers send me messages outrageous, my heart
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is burning, my heart is hurting, i am crying when i heard him say momma, momma, momma! and his brothers and sisters have the pain of hearing that over and over again, and people were asking, good samaritans saying, please, take your knee off his neck. you are choking him. you are killing him. how can this be? i quietly say, mr. speaker, as i close, god is on our side. we are nation of laws in the constitution. and all i ask for these families, all i ask, is fairness, simple justice, and mercy for these families. may they rest in peace those who have gone on and others at the hands of those that should not have brought them death. god bless you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house
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