House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Speech in the House of Representatives

By | November 17, 2022

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THE SPEAKER: THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN, CHAPLAIN KIBBEN. CHAPLAIN KIBBEN: WOULD YOU PRAY WITH ME? TODAY, O GOD, WE LAY BEFORE YOU OUR PETITIONS, PRAYERS, INTERCESSIONS AND THANKSGIVING. WE REQUEST THAT YOU BESTOW UPON US THE JOY OF YOUR PRESENCE AMONG US. THAT WHEN WE LOOK UPON THE FACES OF THOSE WHO LABOR IN THESE HALLS KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, ELECTED OR EMPLOYED, WE MAY SEE YOUR IMAGE. WE PRAY FOR THE HEALTH AND WELFARE OF THIS ILLUSTRIOUS BODY, THAT AS THE SCENERY CHANGES AND THE ACTORS MOVE ON AROUND OR OFF THE STAGE, YOU WILL UPHOLD EACH ONE. GUIDE THEM IN THE ROLES YOU HAVE CALLED THEM TO FULFILL AND GRANT THEM WISDOM TO DISCERN THE WAY YOU WOULD HAVE THEM GO. LORD, MAY OUR PRAYERS SERVE AS AN INTERCESSION FOR THOSE THAT DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH COURAGE OR ST STRENGTH TO SPEAK THEIR OWN NEEDS.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T ENOUGH FAITH TO TRUST WHAT LIES AHEAD AND FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW HOW TO RECEIVE THE MERCY YOU OFFER US. THEN ACCEPT OUR OFFERINGS OF THANKSGIVING TO YOU FOR THE BOUNTY YOU LAY BEFORE US, THE GIFT TO LABOR, TO SERVE, AND CONTRIBUTE OUR ENERGIES WHEREVER YOU CALL US BUT ESPECIALLY HERE IN THIS OUR NATION’S CAPITAL. MAY OUR WORDS BE GOOD AND PLEASING TO YOU AS WE PRAY THEM IN YOUR MOST HOLY NAME. AMEN. THE SPEAKER: THANK YOU. THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY’S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCED TO THE HOUSE HER APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1 THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WILSON. MR. WILSON: EVERYONE, INCLUDING OUR GUESTS IN THE GALLERY, PLEASE JOIN IN. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND

JUSTICE FOR ALL. THE SPEAKER: THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MS. KUSTER: MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE PASSAGE OF THE SPEAK OUT ACT. AS THE CO-CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE TO END SEXUAL VIOLENCE, I’VE SEEN HOW PERPETRATORS OF WORKPLACE SEXUAL ASSAULT AND AHASMENT — HARASSMENT HIDE BEHIND NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS. THE VAST MAJORITY OF ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE GOES UNREPORTED AND MOST PERPETRATORS ARE NEVER HELD ACCOUNTABLE. IT TAKES TREMENDOUS COURAGE FOR SURVIVORS TO COME FORWARD. I AM SO PROUD THAT UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI, THIS HOUSE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED THE SPEAK OUT ACT YESTERDAY. AND WE HAVE SENT THIS COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN BILL TO

THE PRESIDENT’S DESK. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. THOMPSON: MADAM SPEAKER, REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE NOVEMBER AS NATIONAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT MONTH. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE HOUSE CAREER AND TECHNICAL CAUCUS, I INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION LAST WEEK WITH MY GOOD FRIEND, JIM LANGEVIN. NATIONAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT MONTH RAISES AWARENESS OF FUTURE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS. A HIGHLY SKILLED WORKFORCE IS A BUSINESS’ NUMBER ONE ASSET AND APPRENTICE A COMPETITIVE EDGE. IT IS A TIME — AND PROVIDES A

COMPETITIVE EDGE. THROUGHOUT THE MONTH, SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO SHOWCASE DIFFERENT CAREER PATHS THAT ALIGN WITH VARIOUS INTERESTS AND SKILLS. THESE OPPORTUNITIES WILL BETTER PREPARE STUDENTS AS THEY BEGIN TO ENTER THE WORKFORCE. AS WE DEVELOP — AS WE CONTINUE THROUGH NATIONAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT MONTH I’D LIKE TO ENCOURAGE EMPLOYERS, STUDENTS, WORKERS OF ALL AGES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CAREER DEVELOPMENT, PUTTING THEM IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT OF THEIR CAREER. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. TAKANO: MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. TAKANO: MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK.

TRANS AMERICANS MADE HISTORY THIS YEAR BY RUNNING AND WINNING IN MORE ELECTIONS THAN EVER BEFORE. BREAK THE REPRESENTATIONS IN MEDIA HAVE LED TO HISTORIC NUMBERS OF TRANSGENDER AND NONBINARY CHARACTERS ON SCREEN. IN MANY WAYS, TRANSGENDER AMERICANS ARE MORE VISIBLE THAN EVER. AND AT THE SAME TIME, THE TRANS COMMUNITY HAS BEEN FORCED TO WITHSTAND SEVERE ATTACKS. FROM LAWS THAT WITH STRIP FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS TO DEHUMANIZING VITRIOL DEPLOYED BY ELECTED OFFICIALS AND PUBLIC FIGURES. THESE ATTACKS TREAT TRANS PEOPLE AS THREATS TO SOCIETY RATHER THAN NEIGHBORS, PARENTS, CHILDREN, FRIENDS, AND LOVED ONES. THERE ARE MORE THAN TWO MILLION PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES THAT IDENTIFY AS TRANSGENDER OR NONBINARY. TRANS AMERICANS EXIST IN ALL WALKS OF LIFE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THIS TRANSGENDER WEEK, I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO TURN AWARENESS INTO ACTION AND TO THE TRANS

COMMUNITY, YOU HAVE ALLIES IN CONGRESS. AND LET IT BE KNOWN THAT THERE’S BEEN NO GREATER FRIEND OF TRANS PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY OR LGBTQ PEOPLE THAN SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI. AND WE WILL NOT CEASE TO FIGHT TO PROTECT AND ADVOCATE FOR OUR TRANSGENDER SIBLINGS, FOUGHT JUST THIS WEEK BUT ALL YEAR LONG. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. WILSON: MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. WILSON: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I AM GRATEFUL TO RECOGNIZE THE 2022 ARMY CONGRESSIONAL FELLOW MASTER SERGEANT JOHN GARDNER FOR HIS SERVICE TO THE SECOND DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA. HIS YEAR-LONG SERVICE WITH THE OFFICE IS ENDING AND JOHN WILL BE MISSED.

NOT ONLY HAS HE BEEN AN INDISP INDISPENSABLE COORDINATOR WITH THE NDAA AND JOHN HAS HELD MANY LEADERSHIP ASSIGNMENTS THROUGHOUT HIS 20-YEAR DECORATED CAREER IN THE ARMY, INCLUDING MOST RECENTLY IN THE DEFENSE AT SHAY OFFICE IN THE AMERICAN EMBASSY IN UZBEKISTAN. JOHN HAILS FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS. HAS A MASTER’S DEGREE FROM COLORADO STATES AND HOLDS TWO GRADUATE DEGREES. HIS NEXT ASSIGNMENT IS IN THE PENTAGON WHERE JOHN WILL BE A VALUED PARTICIPANT OF PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS WHO SUCCESSFULLY PROTECTED AMERICA FOR 20 YEARS AS THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM CONTINUES, MOVING FROM THE AFGHANISTAN SAFE HAVEN TO AMERICA. GOD SPEED, SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE — FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION? >> MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT

OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. >> MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE URGENT NEED TO TACKLE THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS. THE COST OF HOUSING IS THE SINGLE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FACING THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. LAST WEEK, I HOSTED AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMITTEE WITH THE H.U.D. REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR FOR NEW ENGLAND. WE SPOKE WITH HOUSING OFFICIALS AND DEVELOPERS ACROSS THE DISTRICTS ABOUT THE PROGRAMS AND FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT. I TALKED ABOUT INCREASING PRODUCTION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING. EXPANDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS A MULTIGOVERNMENTAL EFFORT. AS THE NEXT CONGRESS APPROACHES, WE MUST RECOMMIT OURSELVES TO MAKING HOUSING MORE AFFORDABLE FOR WORKING FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM IOWA SEEK RECOGNITION? >> MADAM SPEAKER, I SEEK

UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE CHRISTINA SHOWER, A VETERAN AND NURSE FROM DUE BUICK, IOWA, WHOSE COURAGE AND DEDICATION TO SERVING OTHERS IS UNMATCHED. CHRISTINA SERVED OUR COUNTRY OVERSEAS AS A COMBAT MEDIC IN IRAQ. OUR VETERANS FACE IMMENSE CHALLENGES WHEN RETURNING HOME AND UNFORTUNATELY, OUR WOMEN VETERANS ARE OFTEN AFRAID TO SPEAK UP ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES. THEY MAY FEEL INVISIBLE OR THAT THEIR SERVICE WASN’T WORTHY. AND AS A RESULT, THEY MAY BE LESS LIKELY TO SEEK THE CARE THAT THEY HAVE EARNED. BUT CHRISTINA IS WORKING TO RIGHT THIS WRONG BY SHARING HER OWN STORY. MRS. HINSON: SHE HAS EMPOWERED HER SISTERS IN SACRIFICE TO TALK MORE ABOUT THEIR SERVICE AND TO SEEK THE HEALTH CARE AND BENEFITS THEY DESERVE. SO CHRISTINA, THANK YOU FOR YOUR

SERVICE AND YOUR COMMITMENT TO EMPOWER WOMEN VETERANS. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US. SO I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. DAVIS: MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. DAVIS: MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF MY FRIEND, KAREN SUTTON, WHO RECENTLY PASSED AWAY AFTER A LONG HARD FIGHT WITH CANCER. KAREN SPENT MUCH OF HER FIGHT IN SPRINGFIELD AND WAS A VALUED MEMBER OF OUR COMMUNITY. ALWAYS VOLUNTEERING AND ATTENDING EVENTS ALL THE WAY UP TO A FEW WEEKS BEFORE SHE PASSED. AFTER A LONG AND SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN DATA PROCESSING, KAREN RETIRED FROM THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN 2002. KAREN SPENT MUCH OF HER TIME IN

THE BOWLING ALLEY PLAYING IN MULTIPLE LEAGUES AND EVENTUALLY BECOMING THE LEAGUE SECRETARY. KAREN ALSO ENJOYED TRAVELING TO NATIONAL MUSTANG SHOWS WHERE SHE WON MANY AWARDS. THESE SHOWS PUT ON BY THE MUSTANG CLUB OF AMERICA ALLOWED KAREN TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY OF DRIVERS FROM ALL OVER THE NATION WHOM SHE GREATLY VALUED. SHE WAS ALSO PRAISED FOR HER HARD WORK IN HELPING THE JUDGING SECRETARIES DURING THESE FUN YET COMPETITIVE EVENTS. I’M GRATEFUL TO HAVE KNOWN KAREN AND HER HUSBAND, CAROL, FOR MANY YEARS. AND I’M THANKFUL FOR ALL OF HER WORK TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. KAREN IS SURVIVED BY HER HUSBAND, CAROL, DAUGHTER JULIE, AND SON, BRENT. MY CONDOLENCES TO THE ENTIRE SUTTON FAMILY DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. KAREN, MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI SEEK RECOGNITION?

>> MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FLOOR FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY, ARE A. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. >> THANK YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE MISSISSIPPI FARM BUREAU FEDERATION. MISSISSIPPI FARM BUREAU IS THE LARGEST AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION IN THE STATE AND REPRESENTS THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC INTERESTS THAT FARMERS, RANCHERS, AND RURAL COMMUNITIES. ITS STAYSWIDE GRASSROOTS STRUCTURE ALLOWS IT TO BE AN EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATION. REPRESENTING AND PROMOTING 17 COMMODITIES IN MISSISSIPPI. THE ORGANIZATION IS A VALUABLE RESOURCE ON ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO OUR FARM FAMILIES, AND IT WORKS WITH FEDERAL AND STATE LAWMAKERS TO ADVOCATE FOR THESE PRIORITIES. MR. GUST: I LOOK FORWARD — MR. GUEST: I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MISSISSIPPI FARM BUREAU ON IMPORTANT AGRICULTURE ISSUES IN THE FUTURE.

MAY GOD BLESS OUR FARMERS AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS MISSISSIPPI FARM BUREAU. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? >> SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. LAMALFA: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AS I WATCH MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA GO DOWN IN FLAMES, LITERALLY, AS WE WATCH HOW WE RUN OUT OF ELECTRICITY, WE’RE RUNNING OUT OF WATER, OUR STORE SHELVES HAVE LESS FOOD AVAILABLE, OUR FARMERS BEING PUSHED OUT OF BUSINESS, OUR FARM WORKERS BEING PUSHED OUT OF BUSINESS, AS WE SEE ALL THESE THINGS WITH MANDATES COMING DOWN THE PIPE, REQUIRING MORE ELECTRICITY HAS TO BE RENEWABLE, WHAT’S THE ANSWER IN CALIFORNIA? LET’S TEAR DOWN SOME HYDROELECTRIC DAMS IN MY DISTRICT AND MR. BENTZ’S

DISTRICT. LET’S TEAR THEM DOWN. WE’LL LOSE GREEN POWER. DO IT OVER THE OBJECTIONS OF THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE THERE AND HAVE OBJECTED BY OVER 70% TO REMOVE THESE DAMS ALL FOR AN UNPROVEN ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT. SO ENJOY EVEN LESS LIKE THAT AND LESS FOOD IN MY DISTRICT. ENJOY MORE OF THE PRICES FACING US IN RURAL AMERICA, ON OUR STORE SHELVES DUE TO MORE UNFOUNDED ENVIRONMENTAL RULES BEING FORCED UPON US TO FUND HYDROELECTRIC DAMS. THANKS A HELL OF A LOT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? MS. FOXX: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MS. FOXX: I RISE TO RECOGNIZE RANDY WHITTINGTON, GARY FOSTER, ANGELA ROGERS OF THE RETAIL SOLUTIONS GROUP IN NORTH CAROLINA. I WAS PROUD TO JOIN THEM AT A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY. IN THE LAST FEW YEARS RETAIL SOLUTIONS GROUP HAS GROWN FROM

FEWER THAN EIGHT EMPLOYEES TO NOW OVER 200. THIS IS A MAGNIFICENT ACCOMPLISHMENT. NORTH CAROLINA REMAINS A HUB FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND KNOW — INNOVATION. CONGRATULATIONS TO RETAIL SOLUTIONS GROUP ON THIS NEW AND EXCITING CHAPTER. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING ABOUT THE STRIDES YOU WILL MAKE IN THE DAYS AND MONTHS AHEAD. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION? >> I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. >> AS WE HERE IN THE HOUSE AND OUR COUNTRY COME NEAR THE CLOSE OF 2022 THE UNITED STATES HAS GONE THROUGH THE WORST FOR ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSINGS AND WE HAVE A HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY THAT TELLS US THAT THE BORDER IS SECURE. JUST THIS LAST MONTH, OVER 230,000 ILLEGALS HAVE CROSSED

THAT WE KNOW OF. ALONG WITH THIS, GAS PRICES IS OVER $4 AND THE COST OF THANKSGIVING WILL BE OVER 20%. AMERICA NEEDS A NEW COURSE, THIS HOUSE NEEDS A NEW COURSE, NEW PRIORITIES THAT STRENGTHEN AMERICA AND AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. MADAM SPEAKER, AS WE GATHER HERE WE STAND ON SACRED GROUND, THE CHAMBER OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE HEART OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE FIRST TIME I SAW THE CAPITOL. IT WAS A COLD JANUARY DAY WHEN I WAS SIX YEARS OLD, MY FATHER WAS ABOUT TO BE SWORN IN FOR HIS FIFTH TERM IN CONGRESS REPRESENTING OUR BELOVED HOMETOWN OF BALTIMORE. I WAS RIDING IN THE CAR WITH MY

BROTHERS AND WERE THRILLED AND JUMPING UP AND DOWN AND SAID NANCY, LOOK, THERE’S THE CAPITOL. I WOULD SAY I DON’T SEE ANY CAPITOL, WAS IT A CAPITAL A, CAPITAL B OR CAPITAL C AND TIMELY I SAW IT. A STUNNING WHITE BUILDING WITH A MAGNIFICENT DOME, I BELIEVED THEN AS I BELIEVE TODAY THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BUILDING IN THE WORLD BECAUSE OF WHAT IT REPRESENTS. THE CAPITOL IS A TEMPLE OF OUR DEMOCRACY, OF OUR CONSTITUTION, OF OUR HIGHEST IDEALS. ON THAT DAY, I STOOD WITH MY FATHER ON THIS FLOOR AS HE TOOK THE SACRED OATH TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST ALL ENEMIES AND — FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. ALL OF US WHO SERVED IN THIS HOUSE HAVE TAKEN THE HALLOWED OATH OF OFFICE AND IT IS THE OATH THAT STITCHES US TOGETHER IN A LONG AND STORIED HERITAGE, COLLEAGUES WHO SERVED BEFORE US. COLLEAGUES LIKE ABRAHAM LINCOLN, DANIEL WEBSTER, SHIRLEY CHIC OM, PATSY MINK AND OUR BELOVED JOHN

LEWIS. IT BINDS ME AS A COLLEAGUE WITH MY FATHER, A PROUD NEW DEAL AS A CONGRESSMAN AND ONE OF THE EARLIEST ITALIAN AMERICANS TO SERVE IN THE CONGRESS. IT LINKS US WITH THE HIGHEST ASPIRATIONS OF THE AGES. IN THIS ROOM, OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS HISTORY HAVE ABOLISHED SLAVERY, GRANTED WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE, ESTABLISH SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE, OFFER A HAND TO THE WEAK, CARE FOR THE SICK, EDUCATION TO THE YOUNG AND HOPE TO THE MANY. INDEED, IT IS HERE UNDER THE GAZE OF OUR PAT TRY ARC, GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE PEOPLES’ HOUSE THAT WE HAVE DONE THE PEOPLES’ WORK. MY COLLEAGUES, I STAND BEFORE YOU AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, AS A WIFE, A MOTHER, A GRANDMOTHER, A DEVOUT CATHOLIC, A PROUD DEMOCRAT AND PATRIOTIC AMERICAN, A CITIZEN OF THE GREATEST REPUBLIC IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. WHICH PRESIDENT LINCOLN CALLED THE LAST BEST HOPE ON EARTH. INDEED IN THE WORDS ATTRIBUTED TO ANOTHER OF OUR COLLEAGUES, THE LEGENDARY DANIEL WEBSTER, HE

SAID HOLD ON MY FRIENDS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF YOUR COUNTRY AND THE GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHED UNDER IT. MIRACLES DO NOT CLUSTER, THAT WHICH HAS HAPPENED BUT ONCE IN 6,000 YEARS CANNOT BE EXPECTED TO HAPPEN OFTEN. INDEED AMERICAN DEMOCRACY IS MAJESTIC, BUT IT IS FRAGILE. MANY OF US HERE WITNESSED IT FIRSTHAND TRAGICALLY IN THIS CHAMBER. SO DEMOCRACY MUST BE FOREVER DEPENDENT FROM FORCES THAT WISH IT HARM. LAST WEEK, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SPOKE AND VOICES WERE RAISED IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY, OF THE RULE OF LAW AND OF DEMOCRACY ITSELF. WITH THESE ELECTIONS, THE PEOPLE STOOD IN THE BREACH AND REPELLED THE ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY AND REJECTED VIOLENCE AND INSURRECTION AND GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE. AND NOW WE OWE TO THE AMERICAN MEMBER OUR VERY BEST TO DELIVER ON THEIR FATE AND REACH FOR THE MORE PERFECT UNION, THE GLORIOUS HORIZON THAT OUR FOUNDERS PROMISED. THE QUESTIONS BEFORE THIS

CONGRESS AND AT THIS MOMENT ARE URGENT, QUESTIONS ABOUT THE IDEALS THAT THIS HOUSE IS CHARGED BY THE CONSTITUTION TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT, ESTABLISH JUSTICE, ENSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY, PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE AND SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY TO OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY, OUR POSTERITY, OUR CHILDREN. BABIES BORN TODAY WILL LIVE INTO THE NEXT CENTURY AND OUR DECISIONS WILL DETERMINE THEIR FUTURE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. WHILE WE HAVE OUR DISAGREEMENTS ON POLICY, WE MUST REMAIN FULLY COMMITTED TO OUR SHARED FUNDAMENTAL MISSION. TO HOLD STRONG TO TREASURED DEMOCRATIC IDEALS AND CHERISH THE SPARK OF DIFFERENCE KNIT AND ALWAYS PUT OUR COUNTRY FIRST. IN ITS INFINITE WISDOM, OUR FOUNDERS GAVE US THEIR GUIDANCE, FROM MANY, ONE. THEY COULD NOT HAVE IMAGINE HOW LARGE OUR COUNTRY WOULD BECOME OR HOW DIFFERENT WE ARE FROM ONE ANOTHER BUT THEY KNEW WE HAD TO BE UNITED AS WELL. WE THE PEOPLE, ONE COUNTRY, ONE DESTINY.

IT HAS BEEN MY GREAT PRIDE TO SEE THIS BODY GROW REFLECTIVE OF OUR NATION, OUR BEAUTIFUL NATION. WHEN I CAME TO THE CONGRESS IN 1987, THERE WERE 12 DEMOCRATIC WOMEN. NOW THERE ARE OVER 90, AND WE WANT MORE. THE NEW MEMBERS OF OUR DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS WILL BE 75% OF WOMEN, PEOPLE OF COLOR AND LGBTQ AND BROUGHT MORE VOICES TO THE DECISION MAKING TABLE. WHEN I ENTERED LEADERSHIP IN 2002, THERE WERE EIGHT OF US, TODAY THERE ARE 17 MEMBERS OF THE LEADERSHIP. WHEN I FIRST CAME TO THE FLOOR AT SIX YEARS OLD, NEVER WOULD I HAVE THOUGHT THAT DISAS I WOULD GO FROM HOME MAKER TO HOUSE SPEAKER. AND I NEVER INTENDED TO RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE. MOMMY AND DADDY TAUGHT US THROUGH THEIR EXAMPLE THAT PUBLIC SERVICE IS A NOBLE CALLING AND WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP OTHERS AND OUR FAMILIAR — MY BROTHER BECAME MAYOR OF BALTIMORE AND WE FORGED PROGRESS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND I HAVE ENJOYED

WORKING WITH WITH THREE PRESIDENTS ACHIEVING INVESTMENTS WITH CLEAN ENERGY WITH PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH. TRANSFORMING HEALTH CARE REFORM WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA. AND FORGING THE FUTURE FROM INFRASTRUCTURE TO HEALTH CARE TO CLIMATE ACTION WITH PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN. NOW WE MUST MOVE BOLDLY INTO THE FUTURE GROUNDED BY THE PRINCIPLES THAT HAVE PROPELLED US THUS FAR AND OPEN TO FRESH POSSIBILITIES FOR THE FUTURE. SCRIPTURE TEACHES US FOR EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON, A TIME FOR EVERY PURPOSE UNDER HEAVEN. MY FRIENDS, NO MATTER WHAT TITLE YOU HAVE BESTOWED UPON ME, SPEAKER, LEADER, WHIP, THERE IS NO GREATER OFFICIAL HONOR FOR ME THAN TO STAND ON THIS FLOOR AND TO SPEAK FOR THE PEOPLE OF SAN FRANCISCO. THIS I WILL CONTINUE TO DO AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE SPEAKING FOR THE PEOPLE OF SAN FRANCISCO, SERVING THE GREAT STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND DEFENDING OUR CONSTITUTION. AND WITH GREAT CONFIDENCE IN OUR CAUCUS, I WILL NOT SEEK

REELECTION TO DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP IN THE NEXT CONGRESS. FOR ME IT IS TIME TO LEAVE THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS THAT I SO DEEPLY RESPECT AND I’M GRATEFUL THAT MANY ARE WILLING AND READY TO SHOULDER THIS AWESOME RESPONSIBILITY. MADAM SPEAKER, I’M GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF LIFE’S BLESSINGS. MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WHOSE COURAGE AND COMMITMENT AND SUPPORT FROM YOUR FAMILIES HAVE MADE THESE ACCOMPLISHMENTS POSSIBLE THAT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN DONE WITHOUT YOU. FOR MY DEAR HUSBAND PAUL, WHO WAS MY BELOVED PARTNER AND PILLAR OF SUPPORT. THANK YOU, WE ARE ALL GRATEFUL FOR THE PRAYERS AND WELL WISHES AS HE CONTINUES HIS RECOVERY. THANK YOU SO MUCH. FOR OUR DARLING CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN, THEY ARE THE JOYS OF OUR LIVES FOR WHOM — AND WE ARE SO VERY, VERY PROUD OF THEM AND A COMFORT TO US AT THIS TIME. AND FOR MY BRILLIANT, DEDICATED, AND PATRIOTIC STAFF, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF TERRY MCCULLOUGH, WORKING TOGETHER THE FINEST

GROUP OF PUBLIC SERVANTS THE HOUSE HAS EVER KNOWN, THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND AGAIN, FOR THOSE WHO SENT ME HERE FOR THE PEOPLE OF SAN FRANCISCO FOR ENTRUSTING ME WITH THE HIGH HONOR OF BEING THEIR VOICE IN CONGRESS. AND THIS CONTINUED WORK, I WILL STRIVE UNDER THE PATRON SAINT OF OUR CITY, ST. FRANCIS, LORD, MAKE ME AN INSTRUMENT OF THY PEACE. IN THIS HOUSE, WE BEGIN EACH DAY WITH A PRAYER AND A PLEDGE TO THE FLAG. AND EVERY DAY I AM IN AWE OF THE MAJESTIC MIRACLE THAT IS AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. AS WE PARTICIPATE IN THE HALLMARK OF OUR REPUBLIC, THE PEACEFUL ORDERLY TRANSITION FROM ONE CONGRESS TO THE NEXT, LET US CONSIDER THE WORDS OF, AGAIN, PRESIDENT LINCOLN, SPOKEN DURING ONE OF AMERICA’S DARKEST HOURS. HE CALLED UPON US TO COME TOGETHER, TO SWELL THE COURSE OF THE UNION, WHEN ONCE AGAIN TOUCHED AS SURELY THEY WILL BE BY THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE. THAT, AGAIN, IS THE TASK AT HAND.

A NEW DPA IS DAWNING — A NEW DAY IS DAWNING ON THE HORIZON AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE UNFOLDING STORY OF OUR NATION, A STORY OF LIGHT AND LOVE, OF PATRIOTISM AND PROGRESS, OF MANY BECOMING ONE. AND ALWAYS AN UNFINISHED MISSION TO MAKE THE DREAMS OF TODAY THE REALITY OF TOMORROW. THANK YOU, ALL. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES AND MAY GOD BLESS — CONTINUE TO BLESS OUR VETERANS AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THANK YOU, ALL, SO MUCH. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. I I. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS CAN TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON WHICH YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR VOTES OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME

PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA SEEK RECOGNITION? >> I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL S.3095 AS AMENDED. — 3092 AS AMENDED. THE CLERK: SENATE 3092 AN AMENDMENT TO THE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE ACT OF CERTAIN DISASTER ASSISTANCE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. PURSUANT

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