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speaker, i yield myself one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, we meet >> mr. speaker we meet at a challengingth time in the community this session will be different than most when we come together and reach outge our hands and thanks for their collegial work with us on the people's business. people who can see the chamber now will see that we are keeping a distance from one another. not out of hostility but out of love for one another that we may keep one another healthy and safe. it will therefore be an
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unusual session but critical. mr. speaker, this legislation represents a bipartisan and resolve to meet the coronavirus challenge head on. it represents a focusnt on families and workers with the objective to make them safer and economically supported. that will protect workers as we all doo our part to flatten the curve. public health officials have made it clear the only chance we have c to prevent our system to be overwhelmed with the pandemic it is threatened to be for his as many americans to stay home as possible. it is however necessary for us to be here, to pass legislatio legislation, to
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respond on behalf of the american people through this daunting challenge. the closure the large parts of the economy must be temporarily shutec down cause severe disruption for businesses and workers we saw the impact of this yesterday when new unemployment insurance claims increased by more than 3 million people 3 million individuals. those that rely on them for support of their families and children. today the house is taking action on phase three of the response to the unprecedented challenge initially we responded with an eight.$3 billion of appropriations to meet the immediate health needs of our people a little over two weeks
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ago to show that economic and health needs of our people was phase two of this bill mr. speaker is phase three of the effort will increase on insurance benefits while expanding eligibility with the self employed workers to send checks to most americans to help them get through this difficult. mr. speaker i am personally disappointed the senate republicans insisted on shortchanging the 700,000 people in the district of columbia by $700 million as a territory and not as a state for stabilization funds as is so often the case this jeopardizes the entire national capital region as we
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work together to prevent the spread of coronavirus we will work with colleagues to enact legislation to write this and just as i look forward to working on both sides of the aisle to accomplish that objective. as the caseas rises 85000 and continues to increase exponentially we must take swift action to ensure that people can stay home to slow the spread of the deadly virus in the economy can be supported so the rebound when the medical experts and scientists say it is safe to do so. i want to thank the speaker and committee chairs who have worked tirelessly to bring the agreement to fruition including the chairwoman
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maxine waters as well as others who have participated to forge the legislation with a bipartisan coalition of the senate.tates i want to think as well the extraordinary staff working around the clock in a very short period of time knowing full well what confronts us in that time is of the essence thank you. [applause] the members of the committee and the leadership of all of those entities and the members working around the clock literally mr. speaker around the clock for the priorities.
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the house continues to take additional steps when and as needed to win the battle for the safety and health of the people and nation democrats and republicans together we americans will work together to do our part to fight against the coronavirus. mr. speaker, all of us stand in awe and deep gratitude to the millions of americans who have shown courage and commitment at the dangerous and challenging time doctors nurses firefighters and emergency medical response
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pharmacies grocery stores and gas stations and other critical facilities open, so many in the private and public sector who are showing up to serve the needs of their neighbors and fellow citizens. mr. speaker to reflect the best of the home of the brave. in times like these we remind the world and ourselves we are truly one nation under god indivisible. working together to overcome the greatest challenge with the greatest resolve and i reserve the balance of my time. >> t we gather to battle the
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coronavirus medically and economically. today is about saving lives and to keep workers on the job to help those to preserve main street businesses to ride out the crisis and rebound strongly. the economy has taken a hit like we have rarely seen in american history due to the president and americans and on and - - in congress america has the strongest economy in the world. aggressively and together to stem the economic damage unfortunately the bill was delayed for days using the crisis to drive the political agenda it failed that the senate found unanimous but if not perfect common ground this
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is on with tax rebates of $1200 per person and $500 per child also make it easier for americans to access their savings penalty free those over 70 to keep savings intact unprecedented health unemployment expanded by $250 billion for the self-employed the contractor freelancer and the for load that we were driving all have a lifeline to ride this out temporally increasing the size of unemploymentpo checks and lengthening if more time is needed to get on your feet unprecedented action main street business has a cash flow problem cash will has disappeared and now face a cascading sequence of layoffs and closures. through temporary tax relief
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and lending it injects cash directly into local businesses small and large to stop the cash flow crisis. we focus on preserving business and jobs to get them through the nextxt few weeks businesses can keep their payroll taxes in their account to quickly turn those losses into tax relief so they have more cash on hand these two actions alone keep $500 billion in the local economy for small businessesal guaranteed loans to your local banker if you promise you keep them on payroll that will be forgiven. the largest and most distressed that we provide loans to knowing that your survival is crucial to millions of american workers. given with oversight and repayment those who did nothing wrong but to suffer collateral damage as a result
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of the virus. finally with a new worker retention credit for businesses closed are partially closed due to government order seeing their income drop by 50 percent or more if you pay half of the worker salary we will pay the other half up to $10000 through the criers the sooner we lockdown the coronavirus the sooner we unlock the economy hospitals nonprofits and providers on the front lines hundred $40 billion of new resources and flexibility to telehealth reimbursements for coronavirus treatment and accelerate medicare funding give patients more flexibility to use health savings account. mr. speaker while no one will agree with every part of the
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rescue bill, we face the challenge rarely seen we must act now or the toll on lives and livelihoods will be farfa greater. i strongly urge its passage i reserve the balance of my time. >> i yield to my friend. >> you are recognized we have been i blessed with one of the great challenges of the lifetime usually we talk about brackets in march but this is clear about the health of the american people and economic security of the family which is not about corruption or conflict and certainly not about malfeasance. our country is weathering the unprecedented public healthic
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crisis that demands the unprecedented response from the united states government i'm proud of the critical solutions of ways and means colleagues contributed to this legislation. it could be called the family health and economic security stabilization act because that is what we are doing is providing stability healthcare workers of the frontlines are pushed to their limits financially and physically they need more ventilators and beds too combat this legislation will help secure these resources with $100 billion of funding for hospitals and healthcare system. as we work to protect the health of all americans also focused on the health of our economy just yesterday we learned the unemployment claims skyrocketed by over 1000 percent looking at this economic challenge and the benefits to cover essential expenses likess foo
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food, rent, medication at the beginning of this crisis ways know that expanding unemployment benefits must be a top $priority. an additional $600 per week we fought for is a least we couldas do for those who no fault of their own find themselves without a p paycheck the direct infusion of $1200 of cash for american adults will help families through theseh challengingal times we fought to include provisions to shore up the financial help of small businesses strugglingst employers and adamant about the employee retention credit because we know the american economy will bounce back and employers that take action to keep them on payroll should be rewarded. this is the product of twosi different sides protecting the health of financial security of all americans in the face of the crisis. thank you too many members on both sides who have worked to getl us to this bill this
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morning. also thank you to the committee staff who are working around the clock to provide the committee and the congress they deserve our appreciation we are facing this grave enemy with covid-19 in dark and uncertain times we witness today but that is why we are here. and to prioritize health and economic well-being with a responsibility to take the bold action this morning so the economy will keep going to give them the peace of mind they can depend upon to keep them whole in the crisis that's what we did in thisis bill. there will be a phase for that is real stimulus so we wish our colleagues in the american people the best to take care of one another but i fully support this legislation to be passed in a timely manner and
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that means this morning. >> the gentleman from texas is recognize. >> i'm pleased to yield to have minutes the top republican of energy and commerce committee. ve>> this package is not the first response to covid-19 or will it be the last. american people set up one - - expect us to set aside partisanship to do what's best for constituents and that is what we are doing today. on the front lines back home to have that personal protective equipment that they need and medical devices to save the life of their patients those that losts. their jobs and helping small businesses keep their workforce together and making record investments helping state and local governments we
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are all in this together with tosident trumps leadership do this as fast as medically possible it can collapse as the weight of the virus has unprecedented support for the nation's health care providers including $100 million for increased reimbursement for treating covid-19 patience. we provide liability protection respirator manufacturers including $16 billion for the strategic national stockpile such as personal protective equipment ventilators and all 11 billion with the diagnostics and other items to address the preparedness need with the national laboratories for research and analysis we hope the epa expedite the ability to get disinfectants into the market more quickly to protect
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the public and prevent further spread and then the volatile oil market that has a mandatory 20 twenties sale of oil from the strategic petroleum reserve to be included and have access to care through telehealthe including 200 million for telehealth services and expansion of the medicare t program. it expands public health programs and community health centers among others. er medical services during the public health crisis and by standing up the ready reserve. and we take steps to protect our medical supply chain, something i hope congress will continue to work on after we pass this legislation today. today's phase three approach is the most comprehensive and robust response to covid-19. together we're going to win this war and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the
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balance of his time. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i now yield four minutes to the gentlelady from connecticut, one of the leaders in this congress on protecting families and children, ms. rosa delauro. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized for four minutes. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i rise in support of this historic bill. this is the biggest economic and health crisis the country has ever faced. nurses and doctors are in intensive care units trying to save our humanity against this awful pandemic. and this is the biggest governmental response the country has ever seen to rescue people, the economy, and our health care system. it is necessary. the united states is now the epicenter of a global pandemic. cases of the coronavirus are rising exponentially. and to slow the spread of the contagion, serious measures of social distancing are under way. schools are closing. businesses are shuttering. and last week more than three million filed for unemployment.
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so the hour is dark. but today the congress is ready to help get families, workers and the country to the dawn of recovery. and for that i want to commend speaker nancy pelosi and appropriations chair nita lowey and all of the appropriations subcommittee chairs, their leadership has been crucial in the progress that we were able to make for the people. had we passed our house bill, things would be different. but we managed to shape this package in a fundamental way. we secured a large investment in hospitals, health systems, state and local governments. a profound increase in unemployment insurance benefits. a significant expansion for support for small businesses. we made rent, mortgage and utility costs eligible for s.b.a. loan forgiveness. as chair of the labor, health and human services and education subcommittee, i'm proud of the investments we've made for working people. for public health, for our teachers and students. for health, we secured $140 billion, for the department of
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health and human services. $4.3 billion for centers for disease control and prevention, to respond to the pandemic. $945 million for the n.i.h. to support research. $127 billion for medical response effort. important increases for seniors, those living with disabilities, and for those struggling with mental health. in education, $30 billion for the department of education. billions for elementary and secondary education. and billions to help colleges and universities confront the immediate effects of the pandemic. while this funding is crucial, let me be clear. it's a start. for working people and families, we secured $3.5 billion for the child care development block grant. $360 million for programs at the department of labor. i'm proud of the increases that other appropriations subcommittee chairs have secured. millions to ensure the economic injury disaster loans. millions to assist firefighters
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and our first responders, to secure personal protective equipment. $25 billion for public transit, to protect passengers and operators as they access essential services. $5 billion for the community development block grant program to help communities respond to economic and housing impacts. emergency funding for child nutrition programs. $4 billion for homeless grants. $45 billion for fema disaster relief, providing assistance to every single state who has declared an emergency. and we have provided relief to our tribal organizations and to our territories. so i embrace this historic bill. i know the speaker, appropriations chairman lowey, the committee chairs fought to include paid sick days, paid leave for all, increased food assistance, and a strengthened and fully refundable child tax credit, and a young child tax
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credit. and soon, soon duty will call on us to take the next major bold steps in this crisis. and i call on the house of representatives to support the relief that americans need. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: yes, mr. speaker. i'm proud to yield 2 1/2 minutes to the republican leader of the small business council, -- or committee, the gentleman from ohio, mr. chabot. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for how much time? mr. brady: 2 1/2. the speaker pro tempore: for 2 1/2 minutes. mr. chabot: i thank the gentleman for yielding. this is a critical time in our nation's history. people are worried about their health and that of their loved ones. they're wondering how long this new way of life will last. but people across our great nation are coming together. i've seen the response in my own district, where yesterday would have been opening day in the cincinnati reds season. from the bold leadership of ohio's governor, mark dewine, and to the brave health care
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workers on the front lines of facilities like the university of cincinnati medical center, and the local companies who have volunteered to produce much-needed personal protective equipment, these men and women are heroes, risking their lives and livelihoods so that their fellow citizens may continue to live as comfortably and as normally as possible during this trying time. as a ranking member of the house small business committee, i want to single out the contribution of this nation's small businesses. for those that have had the temp -- had to temporarily closed or who have bravely stayed open to provide life-sustaining supplies, i want you to know that there's help hep in this bill. we have -- there's help in this bill. we have come together in this legislation to help our entrepreneurs who so urgently need. it small businesses and their employees often rise before the sun and retire under the stars to ensure that their customers' needs are met and often exceeded. along the way, the small business administration or s.b.a. is charged with assisting the nation's smallest firms. when disasters strike, the s.b.a. helps businesses get back
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on their feet. as we face the unprecedented challenge of the covid-19, we must ensure that small businesses have the resources needed to weather that storm. they are being forced to make tough choices, to protect themselves, their employees and their customers. they're laying off staff who are like family to them. cutting hours when workers need them most, and closing their doors after years or even decades of successful operation. to alleviate these enormous pressure, the care act, this legislation, creates a new program specifically designed to respond to the current crisis. that program, the paycheck protection program, provides $350 billion for 100% federally guaranteed loans for up to eight weeks of assistance. these loans can be forgiven when used for payroll, interest on mortgage, rent and utilities. the care act also creates a deferment payment on current 7-a loans. the s.b.a. will pay all principal, interest and fees for those small businesses for up to six months. these payment obligations will
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be completely forgiven and removed from a borrowers' books. finally, the bill permits small business owners who have applied for a disaster loan to request in advance $10,000. thank you for helping small businesses in this act. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i thank each and one of the chairs. none have worked harder than mr. defazio from the state of oregon country's f this experts on transportation and the movement of goods and services. critical to our economy and so critical to the health of our people. to yield to mr. defazio four minutes. mr. defazio: i thank the gentleman. the speaker pro tempore: the oregon is rom recognized for four minutes. mr. defazio: this is an the cedented challenge to health and economic well-being of the united states of america and i'm proud to be a member of he house today here to address this. there are numerous provisions in this bill which i disagree and i know there are numerous
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provisions that my republican colleagues disagree with. put a little bit in perspective with. in 9/11 we bailed out the airlines. they got a bunch of cash. did they do then? they declared bankruptcy and their assets. they screwed their employees. they lost their pensions. stock options. they lost their jobs. i remember talking to a employee.d flight being flying 25 years. now i have to fly 10 years to guaranteed pension of he -- of what i could have gotten. us and lsen came to said, give me the key to the and i'll do this. we stayed strong, defeated that. two days later we came back with something a little bit better but nowhere near adequate. e need to learn from those mistakes. that was supposed to save people's homes and jobs. millions lost their homes, their jobs, their pensions but, wall
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street, hey, they prospered. never again. a week ago with secretary mnuchin proposing the that hank paulsen proposed. they all come from wall street. ago.now, a couple decades the democrats, we fought back. no, it's going to be orkers, workers, and families first. this is a different kind of recovery package. ultimate bipartisan product, passed the senate it emphasizes d payrolls maintaining payrolls, maintaining benefits. it's going to get help to small businesses, individual owners, larger businesses. it's going to target people with extended and enhanced unemployment benefits. in the gig economy and wouldn't be getting anything. out.lly
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there are good things in this bill. ae aviation section should be mod odel who gets the funds that mnuchin distributes. one is a payroll pass-through. keep the people working. keep their benefits. pay.their nd the other part is heavily conditioned loans. o stock buy-backs, no dividends, no executive bonus, no bankruptcy for a year after loans.e these keep the industry intact. vital. and $3 billion to the contract workers, the service workers, people in the industry, the ones you never see who keep the plane clean, load food, you move your bag, do everything else, push the wheelchair. rotten pay. they get assistance in this bill. keep the framework of this industry alive. we're battling
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now, but we've been battling something else in our economy long time -- corporate greed, wall street demands that people, $2 over trillion in tax cuts that went to the people at the top. working peoplehe of this country have been ignored. not this time. time.is we need a system that always puts workers and families first, not just in an emergency, and ot when it's politically convenient. i am ready at any time to roll up my sleeves for that fight, balance of back the my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i'm very proud to lead 2 1/2 minutes to the republican leader of the administration committee, the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman from illinois is recognized for 2 1/2 minutes. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. s the ranking member of house administration, i want all of my colleagues to make sure that efore we leave this floor today, after hopefully passing
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this piece of legislation, that every member that works for the house, that makes sure that makes s clean, sure that this house operates, they're here sitting there in well. they are here in our hallways. they are doing the job to allow do our job. and on behalf of everyone here, thank you thank you, for what you do every single day. it is important. the first vote that i ofk on this house floor, one the first, was for superstorm sandy relief. friend, mr. van drew, sitting next to me here, i'm sure he had more of a frontline as a state senator in new jersey at the time. what kind of impact that assistance had on the ground to those americans who hurting, and i went back and i took criticism from many media and in my own
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party. we as e's one job that congress should do and do well is help americans recover from a ask for.they didn't we are in the midst of the worst economic disaster that we've lifetime. we were in ago, economy, economic growth, sustained unemployment that we promised the american people we would deliver together. 3 1/2 weeks, this economic disaster has hit many industries. you as i flew out this morning from st. louis to washington reagan national there were two members of congress on the plane. think that industry is on the brink of collapse? you, you will see. it's our main street businesses, it's our main street companies line the street of every represent and i
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they are hurting the most. it's their economic disaster. they're being told they are not operate. we need to do better. we need to pass this bill. give them the revenue and the cash flow to the get through this so we can get through this as americans and, chance to ou get a defer your loan payments. nd what is great is when these businesses recover, they now have the recovery to tax-free help you pay your student debt. these are the things that will together ande work pass this bill. it's not about social media today. it's about helping the american people. let's do it. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i thank the speaker, the gentleman h from illinois, this is about all of us as americans. and s republicans democrats. helping those who are challenged is.ll of our country i now yield want to yield to my dear friend from new york city, of this e epicenters challenge, who has led the small with ss committee extraordinary ability and
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passion about making sure that small business men and women of america are helped and and i ed in this bill yield to my friend, nydia four uez of new york for minutes. the speaker pro tempore: four minutes, the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. s. velazquez: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, majority leader, for yielding. ur nation faces an unprecedent unprecedented crisis. with one in three americans eing told to stay home to flatten the curve, the american economy has essentially been off. restaurants, hotels, bars, etail stores, barbershops, dance, yoga studios, gyms, of theally every segment small business sector is suffering immeasurably. brooklyn, new york, or brooklyn, wisconsin, small heart of are the america's main streets. nfortunately, many entrepreneurs are now facing
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impossible decisions about their future. his bill is about assisting these main street small businesses and their workers. ot wall street banks or big corporations. we have taken a that wasn-written bill weighted to big companies and reshape it to prioritize small businesses, heir workers, and their families. this emergency package channels enterprises now. more than $377 billion in relief for struggling firms to help them pay workers doors open.ir allocates $300 low-cost r forgive, loans for businesses to continue paying their employees. me be clear. hese loans are fully
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forgivable -- forgive if firms doors open during this crisis. since the crisis began, i have debt-free ting for ways to get capital to small firms. accomplish that goal. the new paycheck protection program is designed to help workers weather the public health crisis, remain we finally defeat his awful virus, resume growth quickly. beyond this fully forgive loan, fought for emergency grants. i'm proud to say working with my senate, we in the have secured $10 billion for .b.a. to provide grants to sma small businesses. for the first time in its history. must assist we those who have loan payments due
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soon. providing every 7-a and 504 loan with payment months.or six this deferment will also be open help them owers to stay afloat. s.b.a. with vides not million in funding to only hire new staff and equipment but also to ensure services are being delivered in languages other than english. least, not entrepreneurial development million will get $265 for counseling and training related to covid-19. note, this bill is not perfect. painstaking ult of compromise. as with any compromise, no one wanted. everything they or now, however, small firms need to stop the bidding and
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economic provides an tourniquet. i am proud of the work we accomplished in this package. cardin, enators shaheen, coons, and rubio, and the house bers of small business committee that this bill as on member, he ranking steve chabot, and the amazing staff who worked long hours to us here. i yield back and i ask everyone to support this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. is gentleman from texas recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i'm very proud to yield two minutes to he leading republican on the homeland security committee, the gentleman from alabama, mr. rogers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama is minutes.d for two mr. rogers: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of our in deadly defeat virus. this bill will help people that this rting because of outbreak. for those from rural districts ike mine, our hospitals cannot handle the onslaught of
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patients. hospitals in my district face a as it's been ire in my 18 years in congress. there.acity just isn't before covid-19 outbreak, most hospitals in alabama's third were ssional district operating on less than 1/3 profit margin. helps those rural hospitals by enabling them to uy essential supplies, build needed infrastructure for broadband and telehealth and flowing so they can remain able to help patients. that's the good news. as ranking member of the i eland security committee, want to acknowledge the hard working personnel at the department of homeland security. and women interact with the public daily, whether it's transportation and security administration, c.b.p., i.c.e. others. they are putting themselves in harm's way. say thank you for ensuring the safety of our homeland. this bill provides d.h.s. with a requests to help
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against this deadly virus and i'm thankful for that. couldn't eason we provide fit to get the full requested by c.b.p. and i.c.e. to deal with this virus. money to t dedicated get personal protective equipment for c.b.p., for example, or i.c.e. professionals work face-to-face with migrants and they deserve better. this won't be the last time has to act to mitigate the impact of this virus on america. want to thank president trump for his leadership and the willingness of republicans and to crats to come together put americans' needs first. be more legislation. this legislation must pass and i colleagues to vote yes and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i thank the speaker and i you know yield to my friend from virginia, -- i now yield to my friend from virginia, my neighbor from across the river, from virginia, who is the chairman of the
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education and labor committee, and who has done yeoman's service on working to create this legislation and to improve this legislation and to make it friendly for our workers and for our families, mr. scott from the state of virginia. the speaker pro tempore: how much time? mr. hoyer: four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for four minutes. mr. scott: thank you. thank you, mr. speaker. i want to say to the majority leader, the hard work that we've done is to a large extent due to the hardworking staff who have been up late at night doing this work that usually takes months. it's been just days they've been able to put this bill together. mr. speaker, i rise with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support the cares act. as a result of the significant changes made over the past few days, this legislation now takes important steps to give students, workers and families the support they need during this public health emergency. many of the provisions of the bill fall within the jurisdiction of the committee on education and labor.
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for example, our most -- one of our most important challenges is to help workers maintain their income because losing a paycheck exposes workers and families to so many other problems. yesterday the new unemployment claims sored to over three million and -- soared to over three million and that's four times more than the previous record. the cares act responds to our challenge by dramatically increasing unemployment insurance by an additional $600 a week for up to four months. the emergency unemployment insurance program also extends the self-employed workers, so-called gig employees, many of whom are not currently eligible for unemployment compensation because they're often misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees. and to my colleagues who have expressed concern that these benefits are more generous than paychecks earned by many low-income workers, i would say that the problem is not with the bill, the problem is with the federal minimum wage, which has not been increased for more than
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a decade. the cares act also maintains access to health care. the bill specifically makes a $200 billion investment in hospitals, health systems and health research. it also includes the requirement that all insurance policies cover the full cost of future vaccines within 15 days of the vaccine being officially approved. it also helps people maintain their insurance if they're laid off. finally, the bill maintains students' access to education. the cares act now has more than $30 billion in relief for students, educators, schools and institutions of higher learning. for institutions of higher learning, it will provide financial relief to colleges and universities and also support grants to displaced students. the k-12 will provide help to educators to adapt to long-term closures, fund purchases of education technology for online learning, and provide equitable access to education for students
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with disabilities. the cares act moves us in the right direction. but it's important to recognize that the legislation is only a down payment, the relief our communities will need in the weeks and months ahead. we must immediately start work on a fourth package that reflects the unprecedented scale of this crisis. next package must include safety protections for frontline health care workers and emergency responders who are risking their lives every day. next package must expand emergency paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave without exceptions so workers can take care of themselves and their loved ones without having to sacrifice their paychecks. next package has to ensure that americans who were fighting the disease are not hit with costly medical bills afterwards. establish package, we no-cost covid-19 testing. this next package that we have should expand the coverage to
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covid-19 treatment as well. mr. speaker, it's critical for all of us to understand that the cares act is not a stimulus package. it's a disaster leaf effort. which must -- relief effort. which must continue for as long as it takes to ensure that students, workers and families can survive this crisis. i call on all of my colleagues to support the legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: yes, thank you, mr. speaker. i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from kentucky, mr. comer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized for one minute. comb comb my message to the american people -- mr. comer: my message to the american people affected by the coronavirus is simple. help is on the way. this is not a perfect bill and i.a.p. concerned about the $2 -- and i'm concerned about the $2 trillion price tag. but the american people need help and this response to the present crisis had put money into the pockets of struggling workers and families. this response provides help for small business owners who are the lifeblood of our economy. and we are responding to rising
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health care needs with more supplies and financial aid for our struggling hospitals. i will cast a yes vote for this package in support of the medical personnel on the front lines of this current crisis. that includes heroes like the more than 200 medical personnel from the fort campbell military base in my district. who are in new york to provide medical support. i support this bill to help repair the damage caused by the coronavirus to our workers and small businesses. but any additional relief measures must focus on assisting main street businesses and working americans. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i'm now pleased to yield one minute to the distinguished chair of the intelligence committee and a member of the promingses committee as well, mr. -- appropriations committee as well, mr. adam schiff from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. schiff: my fellow citizens, let no one doubt that this is a difficult and dangerous effort on which we have set out.
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no one can foresee precisely what course it will take or what costs or casualties will be incurred. many months of sacrifice and self-discipline lie ahead. months in which both our patients and our will will be tested. months in which many threats and denunciations will keep us aware of our dangers. these were the words of john f. kennedy during the cuban missile crisis. they are equally true today. we cannot see what course this virus will take. not precisely. many months of sacrifice and self-discipline will lie ahead for the american people. we will be tested. and we will prevail. america will rise to meet this challenge or any other. our health care workers already are. in this bill, we give them the tools to do the job and we give families the financial support they need to get by. until this time of trial and tribulation is over. let us support this bill and
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help put our people and our country on the road to recovery. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: yes, mr. speaker. i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized for one minute. mr. hill: i thank the ranking member. i thank the chairman. i rise in support of h.r. 748, the coronavirus aid relief and economic -- aid, leaf and economic security act. this will provide much-needed leaf to arkansas' families, hospitals and -- relief to arkansas' families, hospitals and businesses during this unprecedented time. i've spent much of the last two weeks in constant conversation with the arkansas governor and his team, as well as representatives and workers from almost every industry in our state. i want to thank them for their compassionate and hard work. i want to thank them for their perseverance. you know, mr. speaker, honorary american winston churchill said, you can always count on the americans to do the right thing after they've tried everything else. so i'm thankful that we rejected
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irrelevant ideas and both sides finally set aside their differences and came to an agreement that will help our families in these trying times. may god bless the state of arkansas and god bless the united states of america. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman. thank you, mr. speaker. i now yield to the gentleman from california, the chairman of the veterans' affairs committee, mr. takano. four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for four minutes. mr. takano: thank you, majority leader hoyer. mr. speaker, i rise in support of the senate amendment to h.r. 48, the cares act. 571 veterans in the v.a.'s health care system have tested positive for coronavirus. we have already lost nine veterans to this virus. 120 veterans have been admitted to v.a. hospitals. 185 v.a. employees, including
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doctors and nurses providing life-saving health care to veterans with coronavirus, have also been infected. because of the lack of widespread testing due to supply chain challenges, like low levels of reagents, shortages of swabs and testing kits, a dwindling supply of masks to protect health care workers, understaffed v.a. hospitals without providers to administer the tests, and a two to seven-day lag time for veterans to receive results, we know that the magnitude of this public health emergency and the number of veterans sickened by this deadly virus are underreported. it will only become more severe in the weeks to come. providing nearly $20 billion to v.a. to combat this virus is vital. this funding will save veterans' lives, protect v.a.'s health care providers and first
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responders. and give v.a. the resources it needs to serve as the nation's backup health care system in communities where local hospitals are overwhelmed with coronavirus patients. this relief package provides nearly $16 billion in funding for v.a. to provide health care to veterans. including the purchase of essential medical supplies like ventilators. v.a. will have the funds to purchase more covid-19 testing kits, n-95 masks, gowns, face shields and glove, personal protective equipment to keep health care providers and staff at v.a. hospitals safe. health care providers and workers caring for veterans in their homes, at v.a.-run nursing homes, community living centers and state veteran homes will also receive personal protective equipment. $100 million is allocated for emergency management. so v.a. first responders have the resources they need to help
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veterans and communities during this public health emergency. $590 million is set aside for veterans most vulnerable to covid-19. homeless veterans and elderly veterans in community living centers and assisted living facilities. over $2 billion is provided to support v.a.'s i.t. systems and strengthen v.a.'s telework capabilities. greater telework capacity reduces the risk of coronavirus transmission in v.a.'s work force and keeps the department running. over $600 million is set aside for v.a. to retrofit its hospitals and clinics, to increase the number of beds and treatment rooms to care for veterans with covid-19 and deploy mobile treatment units. over $2 billion is appropriated for veterans who need urgent or emergency care in the community for covid-19. finally, this funding ensures the v.a. health care providers putting their lives on the line to treat veterans are paid for their overtime work hours that
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they work. now, this relief package also makes veteran-owned small businesses -- small business owners eligible for loans to pay their employees and keep their businesses afloat and prevents veterans from losing their homes due to foreclosure. it ensures veterans who receive stimulus checks remain eligible for a pension and means-based v.a. benefits. now, this package is far from perfect. but there's so much in this legislation that is critical to helping veterans and ordinary americans survive this pandemic. i expect that there will be more legislation to ensure that no veterans or americans are left behind. i urge my colleagues to support this and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: yes, mr. speaker. very proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from michigan, mr. mitchell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for one minute. mr. mitchell: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the ranking member. our country faces a public health and economic challenge unlike any we've experienced in 100 years. we must protect the health of
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the american people while also ensuring our economy is able to bounce back as the coronavirus subsides. i urge at every opportunity that congress assist americans with income support while also providing a critical lifeline to businesses. especially small businesses. the curious act achieves those objectives through direct checks to american households, improved unemployment compensation, and back loans to businesses. this bill is certainly not perfect. rarely do we see perfect in this chamber. and certainlyly not in these circumstances -- certainly not in these circumstances. however, we cannot delay, we cannot waiver. we must ensure this aid is delivered to the american people as soon as possible. the american people are looking to us to lead at this moment and we must do so now. so i rise to support the cares act, i urge my colleagues to do the same. and move this to the president's desk. thank you, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for his comments.
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and now i'm pleased to yield to the former mayor of providence, rhode island, mayors deal with it every day on the street, face to face. they know how critical this problem is and i'm pleased to yield to our friend, the chairman of our policy committee, one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. cicilline from roiled. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island -- -- mr. cicilline from rhode island. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized. mr. cicilline: since day one of this pandemic, house democrats have been focused on two things. saving lives and supporting families, workers and small businesses. that's why we moved swiftly in recent weeks to pass two bipartisan relief packages that provided billions of dollars for medicine, protective gear and lab test, low-interest loans for small business, emergency paid leave and free coronavirus testing. yet we understood more needed to be done for working families. but mitch mcconnell still tried to use this third package to put huge corporations first. but democrats fought to make this bill about the folks who
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really need help. and thanks to the leadership of speaker pelosi and our extraordinary committee chairs, that's what this bill does. for health care workers on the front lines of this fight, the working folks and small business owners struggling to get by, that's why this bill provides $130 billion for hospitals to treat patients and to protect workers. $360 billion in relief for small businesses, $250 billion in direct cash payments to workers and families, and an average of four months of full pay for workers who are laid off because of this crisis. let's pass this bill now. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. steil. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for one minute. mr. steil: mr. speaker, and american lth jobs are being attacked by an nvisible virus, and this house is called upon to respond today. americans need our help.
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countless stories of people struggling. spoke to a young woman from kenosha worried about losing her job and caring for her young children. to a doctor from desperately needs protective masks. people are fighting a public crisis and an economic crisis. while far from perfect, the cares act provides needed testing, supplies for hospitals, protections for orkers' paychecks, and assistance to those who've lost their jobs. does lea his bill eave -- leaves much to be desired. a $25 million is for a theater.n, d.c., however, the senate did their job. president trump continues to do job. now, the house must do ours. we must not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i thank the speaker.
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now yield one minute to my friend from colorado, the president of the freshman class, joe neguse. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is for one minute. mr. neguse: one of the people in class.lented freshman thank you for your leadership pelosi's leadership or this incredibly important bill. this bill is far from perfect. thing.be clear about one the american people need relief now. not tomorrow, not next week, not month. now. and so the question before this chamber is very simple. step up for the american people? will we step up for the health workers, sacrificing their own health to save the lives of to the millions of unemployed across our country in each of our states struggling to to pay their rent, to be able to feed their small s, to the
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businesses in boulder and fort of ins on the brink collapse, to the skooinss at c.s.u. and ists at n.i.h. working on a vaccine to pandemic.19 i pray and i hope that -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. neguse: let's pass this bill today. let's get it done. let's meet this moment. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. speaker.: yes, mr. i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from kansas, mr. marshall. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kansas is minute.ed for one mr. marshall: i thank the gentleman for yielding. ast sunday, the senate announced a bipartisan framework to help individuals and small the chinese rough coronavirus crises. fray.politics entered the in the five days that followed, coronavirus cost hundreds of lives.ns their over 40,000 infections have occurred and millions of jobs have been lost. goodness, cooler, more pragmatic heads have now prevailed. want to thank our president
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for his leadership, for halting travel from china, and i want to thank the president for reaching to private enterprise to solve the testing challenges. these are decisions that lives.y saved and finally, i want to thank the president for his constant message of hope and believing in for us that we will develop cures nd vaccines that we can and will rebuild this economy. as a physician, i want to remind mericans to follow the president's 15-day guidelines. let's flatten the curve, not let up. let's beat this virus. as one nation under god, this prevail.al nation will thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. speaker, at this time i yield to the gentlelady suburbs, ms. hia susan wild from pennsylvania. one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is for one minute. ms. wild: thank you, mr. speaker. s the representative of pennsylvania's seventh district, just an hour and a half from new
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ork city, i have a unique perspective on this crisis. the two world-class hospital community, the lehigh valley network and st. uke's university network, are also the biggest employers in my district. hey anxiously await the spread of this disease to our frontlines. community, our nurses, ab teches, p.a.'s, physicians, and custodial and cafeteria staff have worked tirelessly to patient.every despite their concern for their own well-being and despite often gear to protect themselves, they put the most vulnerable ahead of themselves. the pride of my community. the actions of health care the country say o us, we are all in this together. our response cannot be fend for yourself. do our part and provide them with enough personal protective equipment
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for their ventilators patients. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. speaker.: yes, mr. i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from arizona, mr. biggs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is minute.ed for one mr. biggs: i thank the gentleman. the vote we take today may be monumental vote during our tenure in congress. the amount of money we're epic, ing is in itself and i heard folks from both sides and particularly the other about this is all for the families and the working people. and yet, i mind myself saying, that's the case, we might have produced a bill that would have funding for the kennedy enter, n.p.r., smithsonian, library services, national endowment of arts, and humanities. we have done this without strengthening the hand of unions sector?rivate sure. we give $88 for the peace corps thousands 10 days ago. hundreds more to the i.r.s., election security, the
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education.of these may be worthy or not, but they certainly have no place in package.ic relief it's a shame that they're in here. the president is rightly curerned about whether the here -- economic procurement may sickness.an the we incentivize small businesses to keep their employees -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. maryland is from recognized. r. hoyer: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from nevada, mr. horsford. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nevada is recognized for one minute. mr. horsford: thank you, mr. speaker. leader, my chairman, chairman neal. today this body is here to send message to the american people, help is on the way. yesterday, the department of released devastating numbers revealing that 3.28 in america filled unemployment claims in the past week. alone state of nevada saw 182% increase in claims. job loss.precedented
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american families need to address d relief it. an important provision in the amilies first coronavirus package laid the groundwork for expanding unemployment benefits. the care act, we are going above and beyond for our ountry's workers, providing an additional $600 per week for the next four months. this country should worry about putting food on the table or paying their bills to keep themselves, their families, or their neighbors safe. pain and uncertainty hat losing a job or facing a furlough causes, and that's why help is on the way. my body to pass this bill. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. to proud to yield one minute the gentleman from utah, mr. curtis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah is recognized for one minute. mr. curtis: thank you. speaker, i rise in support of the cares act, the largest economic disaster recovery
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in our nation's history. given the size and scope of this price tagit's a hefty that must be paid. but i challenge my colleagues to the me in dealing with consequences of spending money we don't have. t's time to get our financial house in order before it becomes our next crisis. that has a a state balanced budget and a rainy day fund. we do it on a state level, and it on a federal level. i've heard stories of the covid-19.ng effects of one of the most important unique parts of utah's culture is the one we take in serving another, especially in a time of crisis. coupled with the targeted stream of resources, designed to keep money in the and people healthy, will e the key ingredients to ensuring communities across the state can fully heal from this unprecedented crisis. will weather this storm together. i yield my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i now to my friend, e r. o'halleran, from state of arizona, but a former uniformed police officer on the streets of one the largest cities in america. firsthand the challenges of our first responders. i yield to mr. o'halleran. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is one minute.or mr. o'halleran: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of the cares act. and businesses across america and arizona are struggling and health care first responders are being asked to perform their mportant work without proper protective gear. with a high ng amount of covid-19 cases. cases ine 71 confirmed the community as of last night. his bill allocates over $1 billion to the indian health care service and to tribal care providers and over $400 million to tribal equipment. for
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i urge my fellow colleagues to ote for this legislative package that will provide relief to struggling american families and ensure the tribal overlooked.are not there is no excuse for our health care professionals to not protected and our first responders. you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: yes, mr. speaker. minute toto yield one the gentleman from kansas, mr. estes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kansas is for one minute. mr.essest: thank you -- speaker, i'm inspired by the strength and generosity of kansans and across nation. however, we know the coronavirus outbreak has impacted hardworking kansans, their and their friends and relatives across the country. area, we've already been hit hard by the grounding due to the 737 max issues. small businesses are facing uncertainty as kansans have been asked to stay at home,
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when they can resume operations again. today, i rise on behalf of the families in kansas who need congress to get this right. every minute we spend trying to this crisis wastes official time and hurts americans. e should focus on what really matters -- offering stability to families that need it and getting america back open for again.s the cares act assists small businesses and distressed ndustries, giving families and unemployed workers the financial means to make it to the other side of this crisis and ensures creators are positioned to keep paying their workers and rehire those who have been laid when we recover. kansans and americans across the country are -- the peaker pro tempore: gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i now minute to a gentleman who has served his country on of battle in the defense of freedom, jason crow from colorado. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is recognized for one minute. mr. crow: thank you, mr. speaker.
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our country and the american crisis.re in it requires our action now. is not a r, this perfect bill, but it is the bill today.erica needs it will provide immediate relief, direct cash payments to illions of americans to pay rent, to buy food, and to pay their mortgages. small 70 billion to our businesses in immediate grants and loans. there is much more that needs to done. we will work together to do it and improve moving forward. through this challenging time as a country because that is what america does. come at our best when we together and meet our common challenges, and that is exactly what we will do. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: yes, mr. speaker, i'm proud to yield one minute to the entleman from idaho, mr. fulcher. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho is recognized for one minute. mr. fulcher: mr. speaker, the of america is at war. it's an invisible foe and it's
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coronavirus. having a virus is not a new precedent for america. the 20th ned twice in century called spanish flu and polio. slow this ttempt to outbreak, we did set a new precedent. or the first time in history, we mandated the economy shutdown by law. the we don't yet know benefits of that, but we do know the cost. trillion. $2 one must ask, what is the cost of not acting? . here's a game changer for me, when the government shut down the economy, it assumed the responsibility for bringing it back. this virus may threaten our health, but 98% or more will survive that. we will not allow the virus to take away our livelihoods. mr. speaker, i'll be supporting the bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. speaker, i
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misspoke and elevated mr. neguse from colorado who is on the leadership and the freshman representative to the leadership. now i'm really recognizing the president of the freshman class, extraordinary woman who has been in the federal government to rescue our automobile industry, and i thank her for her service, haley stevens from the state of michigan. the speaker pro tempore: for one minute. the representative from michigan is recognized for one minute. ms. stevens: thank you, madam speaker. i rise before you today in this chamber during this critical time in the united states of america. where our country faces a battle with the pandemic. the biggest battle we have faced as a nation together in generation amidst uncertainty we work to keep americans alive by stopping the spread of covid-19. in these times heroes will be made and not selected. we are in a clobal pandemic. many americans may perish unexpectedly and suddenly. in unfair circumstances. these are not pleasant words to
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hear. treatments and cures are needed. they will take time. economic security must be guaranteed. the outbreak of covid-19 has spread throughout our land. listen to the scientists and doctors who have spent a lifetime in this space. listen to dr. fauci, this is not a moment to provide the false comforts of times past. we are so proud of americans who are sacrificing so much right now. our students gone from their beloved classrooms and classmates. we beam for our manufacturers who have -- i request 30 more seconds because i rise before you adorning these -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. ms. stevens: not for personal attention. i rise for every american who is scared right now. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady will suspend. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. the gentlelady is out of order. mr. hoyer: i yield the gentlelady 30 additional
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seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for 30 addition at seconds. ms. stevens: sharing in the profession with those who have not come before you. similar times of trying medical needs. wars and flus past. you will see darkness. you will be -- and our society needs you to stand together at this time. our country loves you. to our doctors and our nurses i wear these latex gloves -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland is recognized reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. the gentleman from texas is recognized. the gentlelady from michigan is ut of order. the gentlelady from michigan is out of order. the gentlelady from michigan is o longer recognized. the gentlelady from michigan is o longer recognized.
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the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm proud to restore bipartisan work and yield for one minute to the gentleman from south carolina, mr. wilson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, ranking member kevin brady. i rise in support of the legislation. this week star parker provided insights saying staying free and faithful in a pandemic in the daily signal. the coronavirus creates and presents challenges to us as a nation and individuals. there are principles we should keep in mind. we have a constitution that assigns limited defined powers to the federal government and leaves the rest to the states and individuals. trump acted with deliberation, shutting down flights from china. we know this virus is most lethal to the elderly. there are large vare yaugses among the states. the answer is we should maximize local responsibility. there are two other things to keep in mind.
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life is unpredictable. that's why socialists from the national planning and always result in failure and freedom is important. only through freedom is responsibility focused on individuals. faith is critical. faith keeps us human. faith binds us together. unique individuals. faith will play a key flole helping our nation through this crisis and emerge better for t i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i now have the privilege of yielding to the gentlelady from queens, one of the epy septemberers of is challenge to our country, miss cortez. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. ocasio-cortez: i represent one of the hardies hit communities in the hardies hit city in this country. queens new york, 13 dead in a night in elm hurst hospital alone. our community's reality is this country's future if we don't do
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anything. hospital workers do not have protective equipment. we don't have the necessary ventilators. but we have to go into this vote eyes wide open. the senate majority fight for? one of the largest corporate bailouts with a as few strings as possible in american history. shameful. the greed of that fight is wrong for crumbs, for our families and the option that we have is to either let them suffer with nothing or to allow this greed and billions of dollars which will be leveraged in trillions of dollars to contribute to the largest income inequality gap in our future. there should be shame about what was fought for in this bill and the choices that we have to make. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland reserves. gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from virginia, mr. riggleman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for one minute.
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mr. riggleman: thank you, mr. speaker. it wasn't so long ago that our country experienced an event that would bring americans together to fight a common enemy and help those in need. on seven, 2001, america experienced the worst act of terrorism in its history. the resolve and patriotism i felt that day as a war fighter is so very similar to the resolve and patriotism i feel today. government can do some things for the american people. the cares act is not perfect. but it provides much needed funds for medical equipment, support for small businesses, and additional tools to fight the crisis. this bill is a step forward. and when combined with the same american spirit that brought us through 9/11 and crises past, we can come out of this stronger. the true strength of our great nation is what people do for each other. rugged individualism turns into compassion sacrifice. the charity of american spirit expands and vfls all others. we see those in need. we act, we volunteer, we, lead, we step into the breach. almost nothing perfect comes out of government.
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service, however, demands we put forth a perfect effort to do the best we can. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i now have the privilege of yielding to a gentlelady from northwest illinois, the heartland of our country, and one of the leaders of our party, cheri bustos from illinois. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman illinois is recognized for one minute. mrs. bustos: two. the speaker pro tempore: two minutes. mrs. bustos: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of the cares act. yesterday the united states became the country with the most known covid-19 cases in the world. and we are all concerned. for our families, for our friends, for our farmers, for our futures. today we have the opportunity to take a step forward. to come together even as we must stand apart to help our fellow americans. to strengthen our communities, and to face this threat as one. illinois workers are afraid they will lose their jobs if they have not already.
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small businesses are making hard decisions between keeping staff or closing their doors. and our farmers who have already endured so much pain are worried sick about what is ahead this year. not only because of this worldwide pandemic, but also because of the threats of more flooding. that is why i join my colleagues on the floor today to cast my vote for the most significant relief package in american history. this vital legislation will help struggle americans make ends meet, it will expand unemployment insurance to help those who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. it will help small businesses secure precious dollars to keep their employees and communities afloat. and it will help our farmers who have always stood with us to provide much needed resources to feed the world. this bill is not perfect, no bill ever is. but it is the strong medicine we need to defeat this invisible enemy. let us come together today to pass this bill and declare that no virus will ever tear this
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country apart w that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: yes, mr. speaker. i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from washington, mr. newhouse. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington is recognized for one minute. mr. newhouse: mr. speaker, i rise to support this unprecedented economic relief package in response to these unprecedented times. it is clear this pandemic is having a profound impact on the american people. it is our job to make sure that this impact is not a lasting one. especially clear is just how devastating this crisis is hitting rural communities like those in central washington. this bill provides desperately needed relief to rural hospitals. many of which are the only health care provider for a great number of my constituents. it will support the agricultural industry to ensure hardworking farmers and ranchers can continue to provide food security for our nation. and it will provide stability for workers and small business owners who are the backbone of
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our local economies. mr. speaker, this is a 9/11 moment. a time to put partisan differences aside, policy goals aside, and work together as americans for the people of our nation. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i yield to the gentleman from california, mr. cisneros, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. cisneros: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. as you-all know our country is in a crisis and the american people are looking for congress for action and leadership. that is why i stand in support of the cares act which provides our workers, small businesses, health care corks, and so many more in california's 39th district, the relief they need. whether it's to provide p.p.e. and medical equipment to our health care workers, financial support for our workers without jobs, or resources for our small businesses congress is taking significant steps to help our communities. at the same time, we are
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enforcing strict oversight to prevent secret bailouts and ensure those on the frontlines of our global epidemic come first. while the cares act throws a lifeline to our workers and economy, we will need to do more. there is not a single community across the united states that hasn't been affected by the coronavirus in some way. that's why our next stimulus package must provide direct funding for our cities and towns with less than 500,000 residents. although we have had to be physically apart, our community and our country have come together with the -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentlelady from puerto rico, miss gonzalez-colon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from puerto rico is recognized for one minute. miss gonzalez-colon: thank you, spreak. the care act ensures all citizens in puerto rico are treated equally under the federal grants and benefits incorporated in this bill which i strzokly support.
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puerto rico has been in a lockdown since march 15 and more than 48,000 people lost their jobs already. this bill will help our small businesses, as well as the health industry to tackle those issues. puerto rico's ready because we have the infrastructure of great pharmaceutical and skilled work force that stands ready to ramp up and deliver medications, devices when backed up by the defense production act. we need to rebuild our american work force in a domestic territory. that's the reason i thank the president, the leadership of the senate and house for putting together this economic health package to give our colleagues the resources to tackle this crisis affecting our nation so we can focus on staying safe and healthy. i encourage my colleagues to vote in favor. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, can i inquire of the time that is left for both sides? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland has 52
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1/2 minutes. the gentleman from texas has 63 minutes. mr. hoyer: thank you. i now yield to the former chairman of our campaign can committee, extraordinary candidate for the united states senate in new mexico, my friend, ben ray lujan of new mexico, two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new mexico is recognized for two minutes. mr. lujan: i thank my friend, the majority leader. mr. speaker, i rise today in strong support of legislation before us. we are living in uncertain times. this virus has drastically reshaped each one of our communities and there is likely more change to come. today americans need us. they need the support and resources provided by this bipartisan legislation. they need access to protective equipment of personal safety net and economic assistance. workers need assurances that their economic security is paramount because it is the american worker at the cornerstone of our economy.
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in this bill i fought so that trade workers and engineers employed at new mexico's national labs can continue protecting our national security mission. we cannot let them down. . e must pass this bill for nurses, doctors, health care professionals, and first esponders who haven't slept as they provide for the sick. we must pass this bill for rural communities who need the lifeline to ensure seniors are access individuals can health care when the nearest doctor is hundreds of miles away. e must pass this for everyone who is fighting to keep one another safe, healthy, and afloat. them down.et the reality we wake up to each day may change, but what remains we face this crisis together. like every crisis we have faced we will get through this together. passage of this legislation is
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step, but i want every new mexican and every thiscan know we understand uncertain time demands an extraordinary response. nd together, we will not let each other down, and we will meet that challenge. thank you and i yield back the time.e of my the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. speaker.: yes, mr. i'm proud to yield one minute to texas, leman from west mr. arrington. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. greek ington: the physician said for extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure are most suitable, and this medicine will have some short-term side effects, it's our best hope for curing crisis. our nation is fighting a global pandemic, and the prospects of a national disaster. while i have serious concerns with some bad policies, partisan provisions, and the overall price tag of this legislation, 'm more concerned about inaction. delaying support for millions of
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hurting americans and the threat of an even costlier recession for our country. has national emergency wreaked havoc on our country and p-ended every aspect of our lives. we must provide temporary relief frontline families, health care professionals. mr. speaker, this is unchartered territory. crisis.an unprecedented extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures. with my nited colleagues and my countrymen in these difficult days. back.d the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. have yer: mr. speaker, i the privilege of yielding one minute to the distinguished virginia, mr. connolly. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for one minute. r. connolly: i thank the speaker, and i thank my good friend from maryland, the majority leader. bleeding. america is in deep suffering. anxiety.deeper t counts on its congress to
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respond with alack rit and alacrity and thoughtfulness and action. we have no time to diter. en -- dither.e to we have no time to engage in pi pity political partisan fights. one.ountry needs us as 3.28 million people filed for unemployment last week. n my state, that translated nto a 17-fold increase in one week. the number of coronavirus victims quadrupled in that time in my state. and those figures are reflected throughout the country. is the time to come together. now is the time to show our countrymen, we can rise o this occasion and reinstill in them the hope and confidence that will come. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. is gentleman from texas recognized. mr. brady: yes, thank you, mr. speaker. i'm proud to yield one minute to
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ohio, dr. an from wenstrup. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized for one minute. thank you, mr. chairman. thank you, mr. speaker. americans are suffering. they're suffering in the face of an unseen enemy, a natural disaster that we can only defeat together. i spent hours on the phone with ohioans and national leaders, researchers, elected officials, business and community leaders listening to hat they are doing to help us through this crisis and asking what they need. this bill is not perfect, but it does provide emergency relief legislation that helps our health care workers, our our businesses with liquidity and helps our workers payroll as on the well as helping americans most in need. we see businesses retooling industry. we see groups donating supplies and others seeking cures. we're learning many lessons, inding many flaws that we must fix, so we have the opportunity to come back even stronger and
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than ever.sible we need to pass this bill. unprecedented.ry let's get it done and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from texas reserves. he gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i now ield to one of the senior members of the congress of the united states, a member of the energy and commerce committee the committee, the distinguished jan schakowsky illinois.go, the speaker pro tempore: how much time? mr. hoyer: four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for four minutes. ms. schakowsky: thank you, mr. speaker. a member to be here as of the energy and commerce i rise, as we all know, during one of the most challenging moments in the our country and i would say the world. hurting, and families are suffering. coming to my are office -- and i'm sure yours too -- are just heartbreaking,
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today we will pass a bill that will provide critical to begin the healing in our communities. say, the e, i have to failure of leadership from our resident, congress has in fact stepped up. and thanks to the unity of house democrats, we pushed proposal ican initial from corporate -- from corporate families and workers first. for and won $100 billion investment in hospitals systems that our octors and nurses on the frontline are fighting with the coronavirus, often without the they need, and i fully the president to invoke the defense production ct so that our frontline
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workers will have the protective gear that they need and right getting.ot the cares act will also provide ouble the unemployment insurance benefits that proposed.s initially this will help countless workers and small business employees who call my and say, we need help. thanks to democrats, the small owners in my district will now be able to make payroll with their mortgages and utility costs, eligible for small usiness administration loan forgiveness. isn't all sn't -- that it could be. i am deeply disturbed that my colleagues are trying planned e local parenthood clinics from the financing.ess
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nd especially since they are the -- these clinics are helping people every single day to be get the health care they need. and i'm also really disappointed this opportunity therrelevantly add to this, hyde amendment. especially take the time to thank the people that and i'm glad day, to be here among you doing just that. seeing people that here, the capitol police, people that are helping environment, that people that are now working at my like the people in grocery store. in my ell food store neighborhood where the people bagging my groceries, who are
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are ng my shelves, who taking my money in order to buy he food that all the people in my community need, they are isking their lives, too, and deserve the kind of thanks. want to thank my governor, governor pritzker, who has actually created a respond fund money into t community organizations and not peoplefits that can help that aren't covered here, that need to be covered in the next bill. i am talking about immigrants, undocumented people -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland reserves. ms. schakowsky: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i'm very proud to yield three minutes to republican the conference, the gentlelady from wyoming, ms. cheney. the peaker pro tempore: gentlelady from wyoming is recognized for three minutes. ms. cheney: thank you very much, mr. speaker. ago peaker, 67 years yesterday, dr. stalk announced
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had the united states successfully tested a vaccine to prevent polio, a dreaded virus afflicted tens of thousands of americans. mr. speaker, we have beaten diseases before, and we will again. 9/11, were attacked on our heroes are the firefighters and police officers who ran burning buildings. the citizens who stormed the who put f flight 93 their own lives at risk. mr. speaker, we have those same today. today, they are the thousands of nurses and doctors and countless other health care professionals, and their staff who work in our and tals and clinics provide the greatest care anywhere in the world. deepest em our gratitude. mr. speaker, we also owe them very tool, every piece of equipment, and every resource they need to save lives. mr. speaker, we also have a duty o our parents and our
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grandparents. in this greatest nation on earth, we protect the sick and vulnerable. we owe all we have to our others and our fathers, to the generations who came before, and e must do all we can now to protect them. all of us, mr. speaker, are of this to the service blessed nation at this time of hallenge, not as democrats or republicans, but as americans. not recognizedoes party lines, and no partisan it.tion will defeat neither will the government acting alone. t will take all the ingenuity and innovation of the american private sector working with our and local ate, governments. his is not a time for cynicism or second-guessing. this is a time to remember that greatest izens of the nation on earth, that we have
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overcome every challenge we have faced, and we will overcome this one. mr. speaker.tion, we should all be rooting for our president to succeed. new york governor cuomo to succeed. for california governor newsom succeed. for wyoming's governor mark gordon to succeed. everything wet do can to help every state and great overnor in our union. the bill we are voting on today is a crucial step. sunday after 9/11, my evergreen hipped at chapel at camp david with the families of cabinet officials were rvice members who assigned there. many of whom would go on to erve overseas in the following years. that morning, as our nation testing, her time of the chaplain urged us -- the speaker pro tempore: the expired.an's time has the gentleman from texas -- mr. brady: mr. speaker, i yield an additional 30 seconds.
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the peaker pro tempore: gentlelady is recognized has an additional 30 seconds. ms. cheney: that morning as our time of ced another testing, the chaplain said, work on you,erything depends because it does, and pray because everything depends on it does.se we will defeat this virus. we will restore our economy. nation.heal our we are americans. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. the gentleman from texas reserves. he gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i'll yield myself 10 seconds. thank the gentlelady from wyoming for her remarks. i'm sure that all of us on this to them and scribe accordingly. i thank her for her remarks. to congresswoman dina titus. the speaker pro tempore: how much time? one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from nevada is recognized for one minute. economy : whenever our is hurting, my congressional district and the heart of las
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egas is always among the hardest hit. this time is no different. the people who work at chinatown, clean hotel rooms on the strip, and entertain visitors downtown are to pay rent and feed their children. i want them to know that this was put package together with them in mind. it will provide direct payments most americans, expand unemployment insurance, and give small businesses increased access to low interest loans. oversight to re corporate borrowing while helping make sure that southern job to will have a return to when this is over. the bill will also send more make ces to hospitals to sure that our heroic health care workers on the frontlines of the resourceshave they need. we've all been inspired by the this e they've set in difficult time. i thank them. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. he gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: yes, mr. speaker. i'm proud to yield one minute to
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montana, mr. from gianforte. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from montana is recognized for one minute. mr. gianforte: mr. speaker, last night we learned that a montanan died from covid-19, the first in our state. our hearts are heavy back home. montanans are concerned, they're concerned about the health of their families and communities. they're concerned about the fallout from this outbreak. they're concerned they may have businesses and lay off their workers. they're concerned they may not see their tomorrow or next paycheck. we're addressing many of these in the cares act. it helps families and workers so bills and putheir food on the table. provides loans and grants to small businesses so they can open.heir doors it boosts funding to support those on the front lines from health care providers to c.d.c. and the v.a. clinics. mr. speaker, i encourage my to vote for the cares relief provide emergency
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to american people facing this crisis. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i now yield to a retired navy ontline herself and knows what the for what purpose doesline is all about. miss laura from the state of virginia. the speaker pro tempore: for one minute? mr. hoyer: one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from virginia is recognized for one minute. miss laura: thank you, mr. speaker. -- miss lauria:00 thank you. i rise in support of this afpblgt this is a necessary step in providing relief to families and small businesses throughout coastal virginia and across america. this bill provides critical funding in helping our communities thrive exen gwen when this crisis passes. as we prepare to provide relief for the american people amid this national emergency, i'm reminded of the words that president kennedy would have spoken were it not for his untimely loss on november 22,
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1963. this is a time for courage and a time for challenge. neither conform it or complacency will do. neither the fanatics or faint-hearted are need. let us not be petty when our cause is so great. let us not karl amongst ourselves when our nation's future is at stake. let us stand together with renewed confidence in our cause. united in our heritage of the past, and our hopes for the future and determine if this land we love -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from pennsylvania, dr. joyce. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mr. joyce: thank you, mr. speaker. as a member who has voted against a number of large spending bills in the past, i have to admit this legislation has given me significant pause. but we as a nation face the
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largest threats that i have seen in my career as a doctor and certainly during the short time i have spent in congress. the president has declared a national emergency. governors are instituting shelter in place orders nationwide and consumers have been told not to consume because businesses have been told to shut their doors and not conduct business. if government is forcing them to shutter their doors, then our responsibility is to help them out. the american dream cannot be shut down by a virus. and that is why i will support this legislation, mr. speaker. it is time to put political gamesmanship aside. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: thank you, mr. speaker. at this point in time i yield one minute to the distinguished lady representing the virgin
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islands, miss stacey last the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from virgin islands is recognized for one minute. ms. plaskett: our nation faces the worst pan democrat knick our lifetime. we are in unprecedented times. like the rest of the nation and countries around the world, the virgin islands' life has significantly been altered. americans need urgent action of this body, the congress, to address this threat to the lives and livelihood of american people. we do so with passage of this bill. it's not a perfect bill, but this short-term action will go a long way to save lives, help the economy, and pave a path to recovery. aside from support to health care and economy, one of the most important measures in this bill in the care act is the support and investment we make in our children. the $30 billion in educational funds as well as the $14 billion in allocated higher education will do that. the foresight and fortitude of the speaker and democratic
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leadership to ensure that small businesses, local government, and american workers and families -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. meuser. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mr. meuser: thank you, chairman. mr. speaker, this is not a crisis caused by a specific industry or weak economy. it is a voluntary shut down of our economy in order to save lives. as a result, our government needs to support the families and businesses directly feeling the pain of this national emergency. the cares act will buy the needed resources for our hospitals and health care providers to safely care for the sick. ensure that hardworking americans receive income. and increased unemployment benefits during the crisis. extend emergency loans to small businesses which are forgivable for retaining their employees
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during this crisis. and establish a stabilization fund for other stressed businesses and to maintain liquid it in our economy. -- liquidity in our economy. this bill not perfect but it is a necessary response to an unprecedented crisis. with these policies, coupled with the efforts of the private sector anti-american people, we will defeat the virus. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, at this time i yield to the chair of the financial services committee, senior member of the congress of the united states, maxine waters from the state of california. the speaker pro tempore: how much time? high pressure four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for four minutes. ms. waters: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i rise in support of the senate amendment to h.r. 748, now referred to as the coronavirus aid relief and economic security act or cares act. congress must take action to
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provide relief and assistance to the millions of people across the nation who are struggling in the midst of this national public health and economic emergency. with 3.3 million americans filing for unemployment last week, a million californians filing for unemployment in the last two weeks, and many families struggling to make ends meet, it is our duty as elected officials to step up and help them. several weeks ago as the chair of the financial services committee, i led the democratic members on the financial services committee in devising a comprehensive plan to address the financial services aspects of the coronavirus crisis. i am pleased that today's bill includes some elements of this plan. the legislation before us takes important steps to protect and provide relief for consumers, renters, homeowners, and people experiencing homelessness. the bill would address the
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shortage of key medical supplies and equipment that providing $1 billion appropriation to the defense authorization act fund. it would support small businesses and local territory and state governments and ensure that any federal aid to corporations has conditions and independent oversight. the bill provides $4 billion to help combat the outbreak of this disease among the homeless community. most importantly, building upon my proposal, most individuals and families across the country will receive a check or direct deposit for $1,200 for each adult and $500 for each child to help our families who are struggling during this unprecedented crisis. while i'm pleased that the legislation includes these provisions, the democrats fought for, while i support the bill's passage i must make it clear that the legislation is far from comprehensive and that there are
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issues that leaves unaddressed in areas where it false short. h.r. 748 -- falls short. h.r. 748 does not prohibit negative credit reporting during the crisis, but gives student loan debt, suspend all consumer credit payments, among other concerns. however, despite these shortcomings, this bill is the most consequential piece of legislation that many of us will ever vote on. the american people need help and they need it now and this bill represents a down payment on that relief. i look forward to working with the speaker, my committee colleagues, the senate, and others on the next phase of relief. while it is clear that congress must pass a fourth package to address these and other for thecomings, the passage of today's bill -- shortcomings, the passage of of today's bill is critical for all communities. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. the gentleman from maryland
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reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: yes, mr. speaker. i'm proud to yield one minute to the top republican on the budget committee, the gentleman from arkansas, mr. womack. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized for one minute. mr. womack: thank you, mr. speaker. we have a responsibility to the people we serve and the moment is now to mitigate the damage to our people and our economy. for those who question the price tag, for those who question certain features in the bill, think of the images we have all seen that are unprecedented in our lifetimes. the senior citizen, only able to see family members through a window. worse yet, americans dying alone . the frontline medical professional fighting an invisible disease, risking their very lives, to bring hope to a frightened public. the businessman fighting to stay solvent to keep a work force and live to see another day. the scientists and engineers
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desperately searching for an answer. who among us can question the crisis we are in and the needs of the people we serve? by midday today, mr. speaker, let us be remembered for taking the actions necessary to put aside our policies -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. mr. womack: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i now yield to the gentlelady from virginia, abigail spanberger, who also has seen challenge up front and personal. i yield to her one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from virginia is recognized for one minute. mr. spanberger: thank you, mr. speaker. i will be voting for this bill for the children who are forgoing their school and the millions of children for whom that means they are losing the stability and nutritional support that comes with it. i will be voting for this bill for my family members and my friends and constituents who have lost their jobs in the past two weeks because of this pandemic. i will be voting for this bill
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so that we may deliver support to the small business owners and restaurateurs throughout central virginia who have closed their doors in order to stop this pandemic and keep their neighbors safe. and i will be voting for this bill for the health care workers in my district horrificing their lives to make our community safer. and i'm grateful to the sanitation worker, mail carriers, ups workers, grocery store workers, those who work in our nursing homes and facilities across our district and accost -- across our country. i thank them for adding stability to our country during this difficult time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, may i inquire as to the time remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the entleman has 53 1/2 minutes. the gentleman from maryland has 39 minutes.
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the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr.le brady: proud to-to-yield one minute to my fellow texan, mr. -- mr. brady: proud to yield one minute to my fellow texan, mr. flores. mr. flores: we presented a bold bipartisan action to help hardworking americans to deal with our current challenges. this plan puts much needed resources where they are most feed kneaded. our families, our health care system, our small businesses, other businesses affected by this crisis, and our state and local governments. one of the things that we found out during this crisis is that our health care system supply chain relies far toosm on foreign sources like communist china. we can never allow this to happen again. in order to fix that problem, i am pleased that senate and house negotiators included my request to fund $3.5 billion to utilize three existing centers in innovation for advanced development manufacturing. one of these is part of the texas a&m university system
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which i represent. hese public-private cia-dm partnerships are positioned to develop research and vaccines and therapeutics to mitigate pandemics and do it right here. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i am pleased to yield one minute to my friend, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. perry. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mr. perry: mr. speaker, the coronavirus emanated from china is here. we can't stop that. we can't go back. but i am distressed by the hobson's choice that we have. it is ravaging our communities. it is ravaging our health care system. it is ravaging our economy. and we should be solely focused on healing our communities and saving small businesses, the big businesses and commit that makes america great. so as we discuss this and also
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discuss a fourth, yet another package, no more hobson's choice. no more billion dollar bailouts for things that are unrelated. no more policies that are long-standing for short standing issue that needs our critical attention. mr. speaker, whatever we do, let's do no harm. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm proud to yield one minute to my fellow texan, dr. burgess. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. burgess: i thank the gentleman for the recognition. our country is in a war, a crisis unlike anything that's been seen in over 100 years. but there are heroes. we know our doctors and nurses, we know what heroes they are. but you know, mr. speaker, not all heroes wear capes. certainly our doctors and nurses don't wear capes. i've got a furniture manufacturer in my district who
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called me last weekend and said she wanted to transition her furniture manufacturing to manufacture personal protective equipment and she's doing so. i had an aircraft manufacturer who said they wanted to manufacture ventilators and they're changing their room and hiring engineers so they can do that. we do have heros in this country. they don't always wear capes. i also want to recognize the hard work done by the health subcommittee staff, kristen, hristian, caleb, and on my staff, elizabeth, kasey, rachel and my chief of staff, james, who are all over in the office right now making certain that this goes smoothly. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland. reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i am proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from maryland, dr. harris. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is
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recognized for bhin. harris -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for one minute. mr. harris: mr. speaker, we are here two weeks late. because too many in the congressional swamp felt that you never let a serious crisis go to waste. filling this important bill with pork and earmarks, like $25 million to the kennedy center, $75 million to n.p.r., $75 million to the national endowment of the humanities. instead of more masks and ventilators. but, mr. speaker, many americans do need our thanks. thank you to the front line health care workers who selflessly and compassionately care for victims of the wuhan virus. thank you to president trump for his leadership and for his transparency with the american people in this time of crisis. thank you to my anesthesiologist colleagues who have stepped up to the challenge, they're trained in intensive care and the ventilators on their machines could prove critical if this fight escalates. finally, thank you to all those americans who have followed the president's recommendation on 15
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days to slow the spread. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. the gentleman from maryland reserves. mr. hoyer: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from kentucky, mr. guthrie. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized for one minute. mr. guthrie: thank you, mr. speaker. as all of our colleagues came in yesterday and this morning and make an effort to get back, it is important that we were all home last week. i was home last week and got to talk to a barber. he has his own shop. had to close down because of the order. now he's going to have an income. i talked to a businessman who said, i'm going to have to lay people off for the first time in 40 years of business and almost in tears. after this bill passes, he will not have to do that. or the businesswoman that says i have a rent payment due at the end of the month. after this bill passes, she'll be able to pay her rent. mr. speaker, i'm humbled that today i'm going to vote for the largest bill in american history.
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i think it should make us all a little nervous. but it is after being home, listening to the stories of those in our communities, it is the right thing to do. i encourage my colleagues to support our communities and support those making our country better, and i'm here to say i'm going to support this bill and i encourage my colleagues to do so as well. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland. mr. hoyer: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. pleased to yield one minute to our gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. lamalfa: i thank the gentleman for yielding. this bill is indeed historic. the largest disaster relief package in american history. i'm disappointed, as many of my constituents are, that much of this bill is not directly related or targeted at emergency relief but that's the cost of doing business in a divided government, in such divided times. indeed, much that was on the last-minute ideology wish list has been removed and returned to the virus and its economic
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effect. a colleague said it's much like a 9/11 moment. it's up to us today. highlights include helped for our revered veterans, nearly $20 billion for their medical care, homeless veterans and modernizing v.a. telehealth. expansion of telehealth in rural america, like my own district. $350 billion in guaranteed s.b.a. loans, cushioning the blow and providing much stability for small businesses so that their employees will have jobs waiting when the all-clear signal finally sounds. it's my hope and prayer this act hits the targets and brings certainty that i hope most of us in this room desire and, importantly, meet the needs -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the former county executive in long island, tom suzie of new york -- tom swawsy of new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. souzzi: my father was born in italy. he would say, what a country. my grandfather at family
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weddings would give advice to the new couples and say -- [speaking foreign language]. you can't have a rose without the thorns. right now we mourn the thorns in our country. so many people are suffering because of their health, because of their sickness, because they're worried about their families' finances. and because of the deaths that have taken place. but today we also celebrate the roses. those essential workers that are working for the common good every single day. the grocery workers. the postal workers. the health care workers. the people that are out on the front lines every single day looking out foress us every single day. i want to celebrate the roses of life of democrats and republicans coming together for the common good. putting aside ideological purity and working together to try and help people that are facing these desperate times. mr. speaker, god bless this country. and god bless all of our american people. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: yes, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from indiana, mr. pence. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana is recognized for one minute. mr. pence: thank you, mr.
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speaker. yesterday i got my -- in my car and drove to washington, d.c., from columbus, indiana, on behalf of the voters in the indiana sixth district. i'm here to support president trump and be a voice for hoosiers who need relief from this virus now. i've been fully engaged in making sure that this package preserves the health and livelihood of americans. we need to protect the health of americans and get them back to work. congress has come together to provide relief and support for hospitals, families, workers and small businesses. i came here to fight for hoosiers' prosperity and the american dream. we can't afford to wait another minute for relief. let's do our job and get it done. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i now yield one minute to mr. swalwell from the state of california. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. swalwell: thank you, mr. speaker. we will get through this. that's who we are. that's what we do. throughout our country's history, with leadership and resources, the american people have shown resilience to overcome every crisis we faced. this will be no different. as we meet here in this chamber across america, from eden hospital in castro valley, california, to hospitals in new york city, our health workers, our doctors, our nurses, our receptionists, the janitors who support them, are toiling away to heal the sick. we see you, we hear you. we need you. and this bill, more than for anyone else, is for you. this relief package also helps the next generation. student borrowers, people who are working their first jobs and paying off their student loan debt, and without a paycheck, find themselves in financial quick sand. this allows to you cancel your payments through the end of the fall. and also suspends the accrual of interest. we will get through this. it's just who we are. and it's what we do.
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and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: yes, mr. speaker. i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from michigan, reverend walberg. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for one minute. mr. walberg: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in strong support of the coronavirus aid re-- aid, relief and economic security act and our president. this pandemic has upended life for everyone. i've heard from workers living from paycheck to paycheck who face an uncertain future. i've heard from struggling farmers, i've heard from small business owners who suddenly can't make payroll or rent. i've heard from courageous health care professionals and first responders who desperately need personal protective equipment to continue to care for the sick. these are incredibly trying times. while the cares act won't solve every unique challenge, health is on the way -- help is on the way. america has faced periods of
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profound adversity in the past. each time we prevailed together as americans. we will do so again. but may we remember that while our nation is locked down, our creator, god, is wide open to our prayers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, at this time i'm very proud to yield to one of the first two native american women to serve in the congress of the united states, and this bill, of course, reaches out to our tribal communities to make sure that they're whole. i yield to ms. haaland from new mexico. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. haaland: mr. speaker, this global crisis causes us to ask, how do we value the workers who grow andujar vest our food? how -- and harvest our food? how do we value health care workers who risk their own lives for our loved ones?
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how do we value the people who educate and care for our children? democrats fought hard to make sure this bill includes comprehensive support for health care workers. it also creates a $150 billion relief fund so that state, local and tribal governments can fight this pandemic. i know what it's like to live paycheck to paycheck. this stimulus package provides direct payments to working families so they can pay bills. the small business rescue plan will aid small businesses and nonprofits in new mexico to maintain their existing work force and pay rent. yet still congress must continue to act. even after we stop the spread of this virus, we must ensure our families have the help they need. i support the coronavirus, aid, -- coronavirus aid, relief and economic security act, because we must battle this threat together. and i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: yes, mr. speaker. i'm proud to yield one minute to
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the gentleman from ohio, mr. gonzalez. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized for one minute. mr. gonzalez: thank you, mr. speaker. covid-19 is hitting our country hard and fast. but americans across our country and in my home district in northeast ohio are rallying together to confront and overcome this latest challenge. in ohio's 16th district, we have seen restaurants with empty dining rooms making free meals for students and we have seen businesses like a grocer do everything they can to prevent layoffs and support employees who come to work every day to ensure their shelfs are stocked for those who need. it our hospitals are bracing for impact -- need it. our hospitals are bracing for impact. but we've seen our health care providers working their hardest to innovate through this crisis by developing their own tests and launching drive-through testing facilities. our great governor is setting the gold standard of leadership and response to this crisis. he's taking decisive action to flatten the curve and save lives in the buckeye state. this bill provides critical resources for those who need it
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most. our heroic health care workers, our small businesses, the unemployed and our local leaders who are fighting this virus on the front lines. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from staten island, who himself has been on the front lines fighting for freedom and now fighting for our people, max rose. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. mr. rose: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of this bill, because each and every day new yorkers, people in my own community, are dying. i rise today in support of this bill because our front line soldiers of this war are nurses and our doctors need masks. i rise today because days from now, weeks from now, new yorkers will need thousands of more ventilators. i rise today because hundreds of thousands of new yorkers have been laid off. and i rise today in support of
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this bill because this virus doesn't see party affiliation. and today we rise as americans, not democrats or republicans, and lastly, i rise today in support of this bill because this is just the beginning. more work will need to be done. new york needs more help. but we're americans and we can get the job done. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas sizz -- is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from florida, mr. dunn. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for one minute. mr. dunn: i thank the gentleman. i rise in strong support of the cares act. covid-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, has seriously impacted our country. both medically and economically. during this unprecedented time, it's imperative that we not only take proper precautions, but react in an effective manner. this bill is not perfect. it has a very large price tag. however, a crisis of this
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magnitude requires congress to act swiftly and decisively. this bill represents a bipartisan compromise that can make this happen. we have single household incomes, seniors on fixed incomes and small business owners who need relief right now. my constituency is still rebuilding after hurricane michael and i intend it to do whatever it takes -- intend to do whatever it takes to get them the help they need right away. this is an excellent opportunity for us all to come together and support our constituents. please join me in supporting this stimulus package. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. . mr. hoyer: i yield one minute to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. malinowski: . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for one minute. mr. malinowski: i'm proud to stand here today and say to my constituents in dover and clark and others who are out of work and restaurant owners in summerville, to our nurses and doctors at overlook at hunterton
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medical, help is on the way. this does not mean we are done. there is so much more to do for our local governments, for example. for our hospitals and health care system. congress must keep working. let's use technology. let's use remote voting. let's have virtual hearings to make sure this money we are approving goes out the door quickly and to the right people. let's remember we are not here today rescuing the economy because of a virus. we are rescuing the economy because of our failure as a nation to test for that virus. so congress will do our job. we will take care of the economy. i implore the president to work with us, republicans and democrats, to fix the supply chain for masks, ventilators, test kits. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland reserves. gentleman from texas is recognized. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm proud to yield one minute to
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the gentleman from arizona, mr. schweikert. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized for one minute. mr. schweikert: thank you, mr. speaker. doesn't it feel like it was just yesterday the federal reserve chairman was telling us we were in the goalielocks economy? the wage growth, particularly wage growth for the working poor was the best in modern economic times. i will argue we need to find a path back to that. that economic growth was moral. it was amazing thing. good things were happening. and then we hit this black swan. this is ripping my heart out because there are things in this bill that just don't belong there. i consider them -- i can't say that word in front of a microphone. but we all have these moments in our political lives where we walk in front of this microphone and say i'm going to have to vote for something that has things in it that brick my heart -- break my heart, but we must do the right thing. we must get back to that economic growth. we must get back to that
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prosperity that was enveloping this country. hopefully we'll look back, understand -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to my friend from massachusetts, mr. steve lynch. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized for one minute. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of this bill and i want to associate myself with the remarks of the gentlelady from wyoming. although in recounting the heroes of 9/11 she forgot the united states postal service workers. we have forgotten them in this bill. during 9/11, the united states postal service workers continued to deliver the mail despite the anthrax attacks, and they continued to deliver medical supplies and medicines to every home and business in america today, six days a week, yet they receive no benefits in this bill. a eed them also to execute
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delivery by mail system, a vote by mail system in this crisis to preserve our democracy as this crisis continues. so we need to fix that in the upcoming -- in the next bill that we consider for this type of relief. we have to remember the united states postal workers and the great job they have done on behalf of our country. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from indiana, dr. bucshon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana is recognized for one minute. mr. bucshon: mr. speaker, these unprecedented times call for unity to help hoosiers and all americans struggling medically and/or financially through no fault of their own. this relief package puts americans first with aid for families, workers, small businesses, and companies that employ millions of people. there is assistance for health care providers who are on the frontlines working tirelessly to
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save our friends, neighbors, and family members from covid-19. in addition to their usual duties. i'm proud to see the two provisions i helped author are included in this package. these bipartisan policies will ensure patients have timely and affordable access to covid-19 preventive care such as vaccines and testing. and make clear, doctors who provide volunteer medical services have liability protections. special interest the past week talking to hospitals in indiana and it could not be clearer they need our help. just as we need their help, to defeat the virus and keep our loved ones safe. i urge my colleagues to support this package so we can provide relief americans desperately need. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i yield 30 seconds to my friend from new jersey, mr. norcross. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. norcross: thank you. i rise today in favor of this bill. but also to say thank you to my brothers and sisters who are on the for what purpose doesline.
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yes, those who work in the superintendent markets, who are delivering the mail, who keep the lights on, who keep the water running. we are thanking them because they are making the sacrifices today. we have always been tough. americans are special. and we will rise to this occasion. fate calls us. we will answer and we want to say thank you to everyone here and to all those serving america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i'm proud to yield one minute to the former chairman of the energy committee, the gentleman from michigan, mr. upton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for one minute. mr. upton: thank you, mr. speaker. let's face it. coronavirus has totally disrupted our lives. across the country in every community and certainly around the globe. to all of us it's frightening. it's a nightmare. this bill is a partial response to end that disruption. it provides our medical workers and hospitals, small businesses
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and virtually every family needed assistance. so to you who oppose this bill, please, please stand down. we can't wait another day to help. don't add to this disruption by, in fact, being a disrupter. be a leader. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, again i have the opportunity to yield to one of our most senior members, the gentlelady from texas, sheila jackson lee. one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: i join my friend from michigan. there should be no one that rises to object in spite of the fact that we know there are challenges in this bill. i hear these words. we are scared, we are stressed. the words of an emergency room doctor. these are the one that is are on the for what purpose doeslines right now today. when we have -- on the
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frontlines right now today. when we have over 1,100 dead. now we have $500 billion for industries with oversight. $350 billion for small businesses that include the microbusinesses, the gig economies, and nonprofits. i will fight to make sure all of our nonprofits get it. all for direct payments for individuals as well as $100 billion for hospitals. i watched as the memorial medical center gave out over 1 sks 100 tests, a small hospital, putting themselves on the frontline of the here's my words, mr. speaker. no man is an island. each man's death diminishes me. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. the gentlelady is no longer recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. hudson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. hudson: mr. speaker, these
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are challenging times for our country. yet throughout our history america has risen to every challenge. and today is no different. i want to thank our president, donald trump, for strong leadership during this crisis. i don't like everything in this bill. while we kept out dangerous provisions like union bailouts, the green new deal, and election schemes, it still has items i don't agree with and worry about the price tag. however, families, hospitals, and small businesses need immediate relief. i am atalking about small business in concord where the owner is doing his best but still had to furlough many of his 30 employees. he told me can he put most of them back on the payroll using the s.b.a. 7-a loan program in this bill. it's workers and small business like this one that are counting on this legislation. it's not perfect, but i urge my colleagues to support this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is
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recognized. yield er: mr. speaker, i 30 seconds to the gentlelady from ohio, joyce beatty. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from hoif is recognized -- ohio is recognized for 30 seconds. mrs. beatty: the world's touchdown trillion aid is relief and economic security for all americans. we worked hard to provide health care disaster needs and to ensure americans and workers and families come first. $350 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses, independent contractors, like barber shops and beauty salons and more. first time funding for not for profits and churches mi which we must include minority-led and minority-serving not for profits. $1,200 in direct payment to individuals and couples. $500 to children. the nation -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: yes, mr. speaker. please to yield one minute to
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gentleman from north carolina, dr. murphy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. murphy: thank you, mr. speaker. as a member of congress i have spoken with constituents, business owners, and community leaders over the last few weeks who are apprehensive about their health and financial security. as a practicing physician, i spoke with numerous infectious disease physicians, scientist, epidemiologists about the present covid-19 threat. while there are certain several provisions in this bill that are not necessary, i rather not dwell on imperfections and will support it. instead i'd like to thank house and senate members as well as secretary mnuchin and president trump for negotiating a bipartisan deal in a timely manner to provide relief to the american people. the cares act provides desperately needed funding to those who need it in this unprecedented time in this nation's history. families, small businesses, churches, community institutions will receive the funding they need to stay viable while we continue to fight the outbreak of covid-19.
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i would like to urge employers to keep their employees employed and access the benefits that this bill provides to keep them financially afloat. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. gentleman from maryland is recognized. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i now yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from california, mr. brad sherman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for 30 second. mr. sherman: this virus is a machine gun. machine-gunning america. this bill provides $2 trillion to bandage some of the wounds. we must stop the machine gun. less than 1% of this bill goes for medical research. our economic system provides significant incentives to the private sector to research patented drugs, but we should do more. the next bill should provide $5 billion to the n.i.h. to evaluate every reasonable research alternative, particularly those compounds that the private sector will --
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. kustoff. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for one minute. mr. kustoff: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of the cares act. we all know that the covid-19 pandemic has greatly affected the health and livelihoods of people around the globe. mr. speaker, this bill, it's not perfect. but it's a solid step forward to providing the relief needed to revive our economy. there is no doubt that as a nation we have endured tough times in our history. but we have always come back stronger and more resilient. i'm proud today to be here representing west tennessee during this trying time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlelady from texas, ms. garcia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized for one minute.
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ms. garcia: mr. speaker, we never faced a public health threat of this magnitude. hardworking people have lost their jobs and are on the edge of making rent or putting food on the table. that's why our rescue efforts have been focused on people. this bill offers additional unemployment benefits, injects billions into our health care system, provides billions to small businesses to keep their workers on payroll, and gives every eligible adult, $1,200 check or $500 for every eligible child. however this bill isn't perfect. it leaves out immigrants who contribute to our economy, pay taxes, and are also on the frontlines of the -- this pandemic. this virus does not discriminate based on immigration status or race. and our response shouldn't, either. however, despite that, in this shortcoming, i do plan to vote for this bill and urge all my colleagues to do the same.
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hardworking families are at risk . they need help now. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. -- the gentlelady's time has expired. gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. . mr. brady: yes, mr. speaker. i would like to yield to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. fleischmann. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for one minute. flisheflishe thank you, mr. speaker -- mr. fleischmann: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of this bill. to my colleagues in this great house, the people's house, we have been here in times of triumph and in times of tragedy. this is the latter. it is a time for civility, it is a time for unity, and it is a time for us to serve the american people and pass this bill. let our resolve be. to defeat this virus, no -- be to defeat this virus. nothing will erode this great republic. god bless us all, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i yield to another former member of the
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armed forces who has seen combat face to face, and knows what risis we have today, mikie cheryl from the state of new jersey -- sherrill from the state of new jersey. ms. sherrill: thank you. i rise today with an incredible amount of pride to speak for the people of new jersey. to speak for the heroes in health care who have labored around the clock to provide the best care in the nation. i rise for those workers and for the first responders who are running out of personal protective equipment. i rise for the brave men and women who are going through these tough times to help us. grocery store workers, delivery people, volunteers bringing food to the elderly and the sick. i rise for our manufacturers, our researchers, our state and local officials and i rise for everyday families. small business owners and laborers who are losing their jobs and not sure what the future holds. i rise for everyone in my great
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state to tell you that together we will beat this. in congress i will continue to work to get you the relief you need. and this nation, we as a people have always come together in a crisis and i've seen firsthand that this time is no different. and so i rise today to ask that god bless this house, god bless the state of new jersey, and god bless the united states of america. thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from florida, mr. spano. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for one minute. mr. spano: i rise to speak in favor of the cares act with optimism. on one hand, cautious optimism because we face unprecedented challenges. but on the other, confident optimism of what can be accomplished when we work together. we come together for those who bravely work on the front lines of the fight, our nurses and doctors, at lakeland regional, brandon regional, south lake hospital, one of the many other medical providers across my district. we come together for families like the single mom who worked two jobs in florida's tourism
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industry to keep food on the table but now doesn't know when her next paycheck will come. we come together to support the backbone of our economy, small business. i spoke to many small business owners this week who are desperately trying to figure out how to keep their employees. as a form small business owner myself, i understand the decisions that you are facing. as a fiscal conservative, i'm cautious about this bill. but i understand the cost our country would pay without it. when we face adversity, we rise to confront the threat head-on. for those in florida's 15th district and around the country, we remain optimistic because we will win this fight together. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to my colleague from maryland, david trone. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for one minute. mr. trone: mr. speaker, our nation has never seen anything like the coronavirus outbreak. at a time when our american businesses are forced to close and american families face fear
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and uncertainty, we do what americans do best. we come together and support one another. my background is business. i run a small business and a large organization. this bill puts workers first. it's good for the american business. puts workers first, additional $600 a week in unemployment insurance. puts families first, funneling $1,200 directly into the pockets of americans. supports small business with $377 billion in fusion for fast relief grants and loans. this bill is what the american people and the american economy need. it's time to come together as one nation, united, against this outbreak. i urge support for this bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentleman from texas is
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recognized. mr. brady: yes, mr. speaker. pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. roe. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for one minute. mr. roe: -- mr. rose: a month ago our nation stood on the highest mountain top. marveling at the supposed limitlessness of our domain. today barely three weeks later, a wakening from an abundance-induced stupor, we find ourselves deep in the valley. peering perilously into the abyss. i hope that the safety net we are attempting to purchase today with our nation's scarce treasury doesn't dull too much the alarm that this crisis has sounded for our country to reform its ways. i pray that from this low point we will seek out a great revival of faith in our almighty god, and a renewed commitment to the principles of freedom, liberty and self-reliance. for those in this congress who have used this crisis to loot
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the public treasury and serve special interests above the common good, i trust that our people and history will judge you as harshly as you deserve. and today i give thanks for our president -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. >> mr. speaker, it gives me great pleasure to yield one minute to our distinguished colleague from maine. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maine is recognized for one minute. mr. golden: thank you. thousands of mainers are staying home to do their part to bend the curve against the coronavirus. thousands of health care professionals, ship builders, grocery store employees and many others, deemed essential, got up this morning and went to work. they'll do their jobs in had this difficult time, despite the risks, because people depend on them. congress shouldn't be any different. we're about to vote on a bill in response to the pandemic sweeping through our nation and the growing economic crisis that follows it. nearly 900 pages long. my office received the text a little over 24 hours ago.
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i'll be honest, many of us are still working to understand this bill in full. portions drafted by lobbyists with loopholes you might drive a mack truck through. only time will tell whether this will fully deliver on its economic promises. it won't fully stop the deepening recession. only the loosening of the tourniquet will let the blood flow back into our economy but that's not yet an option. i will however support this relief act. it's not a stimulus. it's an emergency relief act, providing $100 billion to hospitals -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from ohio, mr. johnson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized for one minute. mr. johnson: mr. speaker, we're here today debating a massive stimulus bill, not by choice, but by duty. the coronavirus is an unseen enemy that threatens countless american lives. a nuclear bomb to our economy. yesterday we learned a record $3 million-plus americans have filed for -- a record three
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million-plus americans have filed for unemployment. small businesses are hurting. thousands of americans are sick. health experts tell us we have several more weeks of this collective suffering ahead. but there is good news. lots of it. americans from coast-to-coast are pitching in to help the cause. businesses are changing their production lines to make ventilators and hand sanitizer. surgical masks are being donated by the millions and we're lining up to give blood. health care workers are being cheered like rock stars during shift changes. americans are pulling together. everyday heroes are emerging. teachers teaching their classes over the internet. doctors and nurses working superhuman shifts, while friends and neighbors step up to provide child care for them. we're seeing the best of america. now the house must do its part. vote yes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i now yield to the gentlelady from pennsylvania, ms. scanlon, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: one minute. the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. scandal scandal thank you, mr. speaker.
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i rye -- ms. scanlon: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to support the cares act, and we know it's not the last. this bill will help protect the health, safety and economic security of all americans. i want to say that i'm so grateful to our state and local officials, our first responders and health care workers, our postal and grocery workers, all of whom are fighting for our communities. and i'm grateful to our friends and neighbors for listening to our medical experts and staying home to slow the spread of the coronavirus. but they can't do it alone. as the numbers of patients and deaths are mounting, our doctors and nurses are telling us they're working without the protective gear and medical equipment they need. we need to end the disconnect between what the president is saying and what is really happening in america. we need the president to use the defense production act to produce and distribute the medical supplies we need. i'm so grateful to our colleagues for moving quickly to pass this bill and help the american people. and i urge the president to do the same. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is ecognized. >> the great state of texas. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. bilbray: thank you very much, mr. speaker. this is a historic moment in the u.s. house. we need to pass an unprecedented economic package that will prevent financial disaster for millions of americans. we must get people working again. this bill funds programs for small businesses, including independent contractors and nonprofits. it provides up to $1,200 for taxpayers who earn $75,000 or lells. as well as $500 per child. additionally, seniors and disabled veterans are also eligible for checks. these payments will not be considered taxable income for 2020, mr. speaker. most importantly, critical funding to provide personal equipment and test kits for
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health care professionals is on the way. for sure, this is a spending bill, i'm not happy with everything, but i will vote yes to save the lives and livelihoods of my constituents. i ask for swift passage, as soon as possible, mr. speaker. i appreciate it very much. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i am pleased to yield one minute to the distinguished lady from michigan, ms. slotkin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for one minute. ms. slotkin: think about the most iconic images from 9/11. just after the attacks, people running away from the towers as our first responders were running towards the flames. it was a generational event. today, as so many stay home, those who are running toward the crisis are our health care workers, our first responders, they are on the front lines. our supermarket workers, our truck drivers, our border agents
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and task force agents. right now we are sending them into the fight without the gear that they need. we owe them our passion, we owe them to work together, democrats and republicans. and above all, we owe them a plan. meanwhile, americans are doing their best. michigan understanders are coming together -- michiganders are coming together from ways i could hardly imagine, trying to fill the gaps. today here we must do our part. we must pass the cares act. it is imperfect. it is the third appropriation. i hope there will be a fourth. but it is our duty to come together and pass it. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from -- the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. van drew. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for one minute. mr. van drew: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, the pain being felt in south jersey and in this nation is real. i have listened and heard the stories.
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what we're doing today will soothe some of the pain. but it's just the beginning. america was founded and has thrived with the idea that we are an exceptional nation. we are exceptional. not because of our differences, but because of what unites us in times of adversity. this legislation is a testament to our strength that we show in that uniny -- unity. while we must maintain a physical distance from one another to slow the curve of our hidden enemy, we must remain closer than ever in our hearts and in our souls to one another. i stand with my colleagues ready to fight this disease, fight for our families, fight for their jobs, and fight to keep our nation. may god bless america and may god bless all of us as we go forward with our work. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i yield
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one minute to the gentlelady from michigan, mrs. lawrence. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from michigan voids for one minute. mrs. lawrence: i rise today in support of the cares act. at this time our country needs this congress to act with a bipartisan commitment to ensuring the safety and the well-being of our constituents. although this package is not perfect, we must support our postal workers, we must ensure our municipalities have the funding to survive. but it will provide immediately workers, families and health professionals and first responders the resources that they need. today we can provide direct cash infusion into our economy and we will provide more than $170 billion to support and purchase the needed p.p.e.'s and give our hospitals grants to offset the revenue and losses. however, i want -- our work is not done. as confirmed cases in michigan
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and across the country continue to rise, i will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address the outstanding issues and i want to say, god bless america. and we need to do our work. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brandy: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from kentucky, mr. barr. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. barr: i'm 3r0ud to -- mr. brady: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from kentucky, mr. barr. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. barr: this shutdown is a serious problem. because of the spirit of the american people it is also an opportunity. it's an opportunity to support the heroic work of america's hospitals and health care workers and doctors and give them the resources they need to stay safe and take care of the sick. it's an opportunity to go to war
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against this virus and unleash the creative energies of america's private sector and help our scientist and researchers find therapies, vaccine an cure. it's an opportunity to give american workers, small business owners and families the cash flow they need to get back to work. it's an opportunity to provide liquidity and financial support tour markets to fuel economic recovery. it's an opportunity to come together as a narkse not as republicans or democrat bus as americans to rise to the occasion as we have done so many times before. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman ease time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserve , the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, can i get the time remaining for both sides. the speaker pro tempore: yes, the majority leader has 22 minutes and the opposing, the other side has 31 minutes. mr. hoyer: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is ecognized.
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mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from michigan, mr. huizenga. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. huizenga: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise on behalf of the people of west michigan for the individuals and family who was seen their world turned upside down by covid-19. our neighbors, friends and family members are losing their income, small businesses are closing their doors, and manufacturers big and small are shuttering their facilities. all this is happening not because of bad business decisions or personal choices but because of a virus. the cares act will deliver critical relief to west michigan residents, small businesses, and our medical professionals. this package will help tens of thousands of constituents in my district stay employed. while i don't agree with every proposal included in this bill the vast majority of it will
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work directly to provide relief to the people who need it most. communities across the nation expect this body to act today. finally, i want to say thank you to the first responders, nurses and doctors who are serving our communities on the front lines. thank you for the farmers, the food processors the truck drivers and those stocking the shelves to make sure goods are available in this time of need. we're all in this together, mr. speaker. god bless america -- god mess america. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i reserve. sfloip gentleman from texas is recognized. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: i'm pleased to yield one min to the gentleman from colorado mr. buck. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one inute. mr. buck: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i rise today to oppose the cares act. i agree we are facing unprecedented emergency, one tied directly to china's nefarious actions. however as president trump said, we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself. the president has shown strong leadership, seeking to help struggling families and small businesses. congress must do the same. but we can't do so at the expense of our children and grandchildren's future. the truth is, this bill will spend $6 trillion, not $2 trillion. even that cost fails to include the cost of borrowing this money. there is no attempt by congress to reduce spending elsewhere in the budget to pay for this bill. the sad truth is that most of this money in this bill is unrelated to fighting the coronavirus. we believe that the fight against the virus will take six to eight weeks yet this bill spends money decades into the future. while it is clearly necessary to do something to help our country fight this disease, this bill is not the answer.
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our country needs help. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, at this time i yield one minute to the gentleman from california, mr. pa net tasm the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. panetta: mr. leader, mr. speaker, at this time like i said last week, i say it again this week. the covid-19 pandemic will get worse before it gets better. it will get worse for our public health and will get worse for our financial health. that's why i rise in support of the cares act. with these shelter in place orders, we are continuing to flatten, trying to flatten, the corona curve. when we do that figuratively we are putting our economy in a medically induced coma. a step that as we have seen this week has led to one of the worst employment rates in our history. that's why we need one of the biggest stimulus packages in our
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history. the cares act will expand unemployment insurance for restaurant, retail and hotel workers on the central coast of california. it will assist my specialty crop farmers in the is a lad and berry bowls of the world and provide small businesses across the couldn'ty ry with the loans necessary to survive. with this bruising pandemic, we are asking our constituents to do something that's not normal, to stand down, to stay inside, to separate from one another. they are relying on us to do the right thing. and support the cares act. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. brady: i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from florida, mr. walz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. walz: as a fissdal conservative, $2.2 trillion of our grandchildren's money is a tough pill to swallow. but this is a two-front war. on our economy and on public health. on the economic front, we must provide a lifeline to individuals, businesses, seniors
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that are suffering collateral damage. on the health front we must send reinforcements to our health care workers. this morning i spoke with a physician and family member heading into the emergency room in manhattan. she said she's scared. like combat, i told her you have to take a deep breath, stay focused and do what you're trained to do. these hospitals are the omaha beach of this war. colleagues, in the foxhole, nobody cares about race, religion, creed, sose yo economic background, they certainly don't care about republican or democrat. it's about mission, it's about country. we have a duty to provide these soldier what is they need. we have a duty to support this bill. i yield my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves, the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from indiana, mr. banks.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. banks: over the last 10 days i've seen the very best of america. i've seen restaurants like umi's seafood and lucille's barbecue in fort wayne deliver thousands of meals to those who need id. i've seen t&t floral shop deliver flowers over the nursing home resident in my county. i've seen many lining up to donate blood. i've seen so many health care professionals put themselves in harm's way on the frontlines. mr. speaker, it's time for congress to join them and bring relief to our neighbors who needed it yesterday. the cares act will keep the lights on in america. it will put cash in the hands of americans who need help to pay their bills and put food on the table. it will give a lifeline to small businesses when they need it most. this is by no means a perfect bill. but it gets help to the people who need it most. and i hope we will come back and make changes as needed in the near future.
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mr. speaker, in this time of national crisis, we must continue working together and with president trump to keep our country -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has exnimplede gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland reserve , the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. mcclintock: thank you, mr. speaker. covid-19 didn't kill our economy. government policies, however well intentioned, did that in just a few weeks they derailed the most promising and prosperous economy of our lifetimes and put us in imminent danger of permanently destroying millions of american jobs. the unprecedented spending in this bill threatens to destabilize the fiscal structure of our federal government and suppress future economic growth. but in order to deal with those issues we must first arrest the damage caused by the actions
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that have plunged us into a recession. temporary job losses will soon p become permanent job losses without federally guaranteed loans to preserve those jobs and a way for families to recoup their financial losses. is bill does so although inefficiently, wastefully and at enormous cost. despite all its flaws, passage of this bill is therefore imperative. but it is no substitute for getting americans back to work. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from virginia is ecognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. it gives me pleasure to yield one minute to our distinguished colleague from massachusetts. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. chairman. since day one of this congress democrats have committed themselves to a for the people ayen da. today is no different. the covid-19 pan democrat sick impacting people across the
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world, our country, my district. and it is for the people that we stand here today to assist families, uplift workers whose basic livelihoods have been threatened, strengthen our community hospitals and support our frontline health care workers. we are here to deliver relief to people like the own ore of a community bookstore in andover, massachusetts, whose business has been crushed. to keep our end of the bargain for hospital workers who are putting their lives on the line each day. we are here for the families who are worried about their basic health and safety. this bill delivers for them. this is a time for bold action and much more needs to come. for families struggling with the harsh realities of this situation know we'll keep protecting you. we'll take our lessons in courage from our frontline workers from the families banding together to care for loved ones if the acts of kindness we are seeing all over the country i -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expyred. the gentleman from texas
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recognized. mr. brady: may i inquire how much time remaining on both sides. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 26 minute , the minority has 20 minutes. mr. brady: pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from south carolina, mr. nor map. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute mr. norman: during times like this it brings out the best and the worst. the best has been a president working nonstop, the best have been those business who are -- businesses who are protchigse masks and things we need. the best has been the churches praying nontop. the -- nonstop. the worst has been the price tag thend worst has been the things added to this that had nothing to do with the coronavirus. a $25 million for the kennedy center, $75 million for the national arts. this has nothing do with the coronavirus. this nation shall survive and in the words of winston churchill, times when doing our best isn't good enough we'll do what is required in spite of. this i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. connolly: i yield one minute to our friend from florida, mr. desoto. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker as i rise here today the united states has more coronavirus cases than any nation on the planet. this is an unprecedented crisis that requires an unprecedented response. this bipartisan bill is a promise that help son the way. that help son the way for families with $1,200 checks and $ 2,400 for married families, for food assistance for the unemployed. help is on the way if $600 in unemployed -- unemployment benefits on top of state benefits. help on the way for seniors and veterans with financial assistance. help son the way with small businesses through payroll grants and other costs. first responders and hospitals, help is on the way to confront this crisis. to our farmers and students, help son the way.
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it's time to pass this bipartisan bill and send a message to central florida and every american across every corner of the nation that there is help because help an hope are on the way. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is reck correct, the house is not in order. members are asked to take conversations off the floor. the gentleman from texas may proceed. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from oklahoma mr. hearn. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, it is unfortunate that this bill was delayed and pursues certain wasteful provisions that have nothing to do with the coronavirus. with that said i'm thankful that the vast majority of this bill rightfully focuses on the needs of americans. it will save small businesses in my district, provides much needed funds for the hospitals
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on the front thrivepbs fight and provides a safety net for those who lose their jobs due to no fault of their own. america is hurting. the american people need us now more than ever. thanks to leader mccarthy and president trump and the members involved for the relenting -- unrelenting work on this to the american people, it is much later than anyone wanted but help son the way. i urge a yes vote. may god bless us all. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognize. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. cox: i rise in support of is a s bill which bipartisan, good-faith effort to begin to provide relief to illions of american families and workers. while not perfect, it's a good start. spoke last few weeks, i with thousands of my central valley neighbors. last week i had a town hall constituents called
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in. they're scared. they're worried. but they're looking for guidance leadership. and today, they're looking for relief. go merican should have to between paying rent and putting food on their table. without immediate assistance, is exactly the choice they'll have to make. top representative of the ag district in the top ag state, this bill shores up vital safety net programs for armers, ranchers and their families. i'm disappointed about this bill's glaring shortcomings remedied in a future bill. this bill punishes mixed staff denies some d american benefits they deserve. it does not put a penny into the -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. -- mr. y: the gentleman speaker, pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. grothman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for one minute. mr. grothman: we've gone from a affected barely
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americans three weeks ago to a $2 trillion bill today. too high, but the crisis and response to experts may be right and may be wrong who said, don't fly, don't eat out, don't go to school. held up by ident irresponsible democrats and too many irresponsible republicans spending?ive yes. we must act to calm the panic and move back to normalcy. flew here yesterday on the only southwest flight from passengers.th five usually they are two almost full flights. employees are laid off. is right to act and stand up to the purists who let businesses go under or don't understand that even the greatest of presidents have had to compromise. i'm concerned about the benefits going over $900 a week, more than most wisconsin people make. to help americans laid off, but this provision delays he recovery and i hope
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americans don't bite on it. stand with the president. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i yield to the istinguished member from california -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. we had two obligations in pandemic. to this first to move quickly and put tly and second to science ahead of partisan politics. neither of these two things bill is a stepis forward. it helps all the workers who have lost their jobs. helps the businesses that are struggli struggling with customers not showing up and staying home. helps the frontline nurses, octors, first responders who need more equipment. there is more to do. bill, wes we pass this need to keep working to make sure we're expanding paid leave, expand access to health care,
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and to make sure that we continue to protect each and person who is out there as a first responder. but until then, i want to thank both sides of the aisle for working to get this done and i urge us to pass it as possible. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from texas, mr. gohmert. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. gohmert: thank you, mr. speaker. interesting hearing all this talk about, we got to do it now, got to do it now. delayed since last weekend because of our friends across the aisle. the bill we arding previously passed, it exempted the big corporations. now hearing is so evil. we need to get our story here.tent thank goodness the president put a travel ban in while some were conspire, spy, impeach, but he kept being persistent and as a result, people with the
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disease. vastly too lion is much money, but i spent much of the night reviewing all the sunsets in the bill. i'm satisfied that most of them most of the waste, but there's some projects in to turn backs time to the god that so many have the d from and then use tools we've got to help those that have been put in jeopardy. bill. vote for the i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from texas reserves. he gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i now privilege of yielding to the distinguished democratic mr. jim clyburn of south carolina. the speaker pro tempore: how much time? mr. hoyer: one minute. the peaker pro tempore: gentleman from south carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. clyburn: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for time.ng me the i just want to take a moment to colleagues for
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esponding to what is an unprecedented event in the history of this country. many of us who studied history full well that the country's been here before, and recovered.ays that oblem is, many times recovery is uneven, and what we have done with this legislation the opportunity to recovery e equitable taking place and i thank you all that.ing the fact of the matter is, this does reat country which not have to be made great again. hat we have to do is make this country's greatness accessible to all americans. this legislation makes an attempt to do that and i hope as upon forward we will build it. and when we come back, which we anek -- we l have
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equitable society for all. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. way, mr. : by the speaker, you're doing a fine job thank you. the speaker pro tempore: you all are doing a fine job. you. mr. brady: pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from north dakota, mr. armstrong. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman from north dakota is recognized for one minute. mr. armstrong: mr. speaker, throughout our history, the have mobilized in extraordinary and of ecedented ways in times national crisis. but the enemy we face today has response. different to defeat covid-19, we have asked most americans to do what so unnaturally to them, stay home. we've asked businesses to employees to stop going to work, and churches to close. ntire industries have lost their consumer base overnight. the american people didn't cause but are responding the way they always do, by being smart,
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tough, compassionate. to give them hem this support. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas reserves. he gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i yield 30 seconds to the gentlelady minnesota, ms. omar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from minnesota is seconds.d for 30 mdz omar -- ms. omar: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of this bill, it's perfect or even sufficient, but because the livelihoods of americans are at risk, and so his bill provides immediate cash assistance. it allows for unemployment benefits. puts direct money in the hands of the small businesses who are struggling in my district. it creates $100 million in assistance to hospitals, omething minnesota hospitals are desperately in need of. billion in 150 necessary funding for -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves.
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he gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from north bishop., mr. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. bishop: mr. speaker, i'm vote yes enthusiastically. but the big bill, american people are bigger. the presentspond to thre threat, as americans have always challenges, as free men and women with deep reservoirs of strength, and when summoned, duty and confidence. t's the duty of some to mobilize this government to b k backstop the economy. to blunt the contagion. duty of some to face the risk pending the afflicted. americans, the duty the rest of us to mobilize the unstoppable force of the economy, to provide supplies, innovate technologies health care capacities to meet the needs of help, this god's
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virus is no match for the united states of america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the yields.n the gentleman from texas reserves. gentleman maryland is recognized. speaker, one time because we're getting towards the end, can you give us the side has?each the speaker pro tempore: the majority has -- the gentleman from maryland has 15 1/2 minutes. texas has 20 from minutes. mr. hoyer: i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman from maryland reserves. he gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, pleased the eld one minute to gentleman from west virginia, mr. mooney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from west virginia is recognized for one minute. mr. mooney: thank you, mr. speaker. there are good parts of this bill. the things president trump asked or at the very beginning like tax relief for employers, help for those who lost their jobs, funding for the medical responders.d first i thank president trump for his excellent leadership. i'd like tole ideas offer as amendments to this bill but this is a closed process. members of congress can't
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offer amendments. that's not the way we're make legislation, especially when it spends $2 trillion. amtrak, money for national public radio and the rts, but we don't talk how we're going to pay for it, $2 trillion. how do you pay for it? it from to borrow china, borrow it from russia? are we going to print the money devalue our current currency? already half a trillion dollars every year going forward. we could use that money to pay epidemics like this and fund our troops. so going forward we need to talk about balancing our budget and things.or thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from texas reserves. maryland.man from mr. hoyer: reserves. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from alabama, mr. byrne. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama is recognized for one minute. r. byrne: mr. speaker, last
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week, 3.3 million americans filed for unemployment. small businesses around this country are shuttering. millions of americans and their at home practicing social distancing, a term few two weeks ago. countless others are on the frontlines in our hospitals, offices, pharmacies, or simply checking us out at the grocery store. i spoke to many small businesses in my district on a call. hope.asked to give them to the american people who are watching, there is hope, and way.is on the there are many things in this bill i do not like. here are portions that i think are a mistake. but colleagues, this is our time action. do not hold this bill up. we owe it to the citizens of country who are struggling. today, ction for them and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from texas reserves. he gentleman from maryland is
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recognized. mr. hoyer: i yield one minute to the gentleman from virginia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for one minute. thank you, mr. speaker. the last pandemic, i want to draw attention to the research act.tments in the cares the department of energy has funds for the high-end computing capabilities. the national science foundation research.lecular nist will have the reliability of the testing. research on ll do the risk of transmission. mr. speaker, my grandfather lost son in the first flu epidemic in 1919. is -- yet, this is not the last novel virus. with a bold, sustained science, we can make covid-19 the last pandemic. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. maryland man from reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. one minute toield the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is
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minute.ed for one mr. carter: mr. speaker, our country finds ourself in waters.red none of us have ever experienced anything like this before. for the past two weeks i've been home in the first district of georgia visiting with individuals, with small business owners. i've seen something i've never seen before. i've seen people who are concerned. health, d about their concerned about their future. mr. speaker, this is something to address. i've also seen something i've never seen before either and is people pulling together. people doing for each other. other.caring for each volunteering at food banks. volunteering at service organizations. workers health care putting their own health at risk to deliver services. best of america as well. mr. speaker, it is our here, our responsibility to help these people to deliver to them. is not a perfect bill. if i had an opportunity i'd change a number of things in it, to do, s what we need
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mr. speaker. and mr. speaker, more than anything, what we need to do is pray.d to we need to pray to the god -- the speaker pro tempore: the entleman from maryland is recognized. seconds toi yield 30 the gentleman from michigan, dan kildee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is 30 seconds.or mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. this is an important moment for our country, it's important that congress respond in a way consistent with this threat. we differences about this bill. there are things in it many of us don't like. this moves us forward. this gives the american people the support they need in order to follow the medical advice they are given without putting their families at risk. it supports small businesses, it puts money in the hands of americans, so that they can take care of their families financially while they're taking care of the health of their families. i support this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from texas is is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from michigan, general bergman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. bergman: i rise in support of the coronavirus aid relief and economic security act. this legislation takes major steps to support american workers and families during this unprecedented time. it provides increased funding to get our health care workers essential supplies and equipment. it also helps small businesses who have been asked to close their doors an sacrifice their livelihoods for everyone's health and safety. this bill is not perfect. i'm disappointed that we're paying for things that don't have anything to do with covid-19. and i am concerned about inadvertent damage we may be doing to our seasonal businesses by incentivizes people to stay at home rather than go back to work once shelter in place restrictions are lifted. small seasonal businesses are the lifeblood of michigan's first district an as we implement this policy i'll do everything i can to prevent
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unintended consequences from happening. the people of michigan's first district are resilient. we have survived hardships before and we will again. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield back. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i yield 30 seconds to the gentlelady from new hampshire, ms. kuster. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. tufter: i rise to support this un-- ms. kuster: i rise to support thun precedented emergency relief for the american people my colleague and i have spoken with tens of thousands of our constituents through telephone town halls and conference calls with hospitals. i want to support the support for our people who have lost their jobs, for our small miss, but most importantly, for our frontline health care workers in our rural hospitals. we need supplies. we need support. thank you for vetting yes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas.
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mr. brady: pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from texas, mr. crenshaw. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. crenshaw: businesses large and small through no fault of their own are failing. we told them to shut down and workers are losing their jobs. let me clear something up for everyone. a lost job is a lost job. whether from a large business or a small business. and it's devastating for families. americans need help. thankfully this bill covers it all from direct aid to accelerated loans. but when every day counts in a crisis this bill was delayed by democrats unnecessarily for totally unrelated progressive wish list. i don't get mad but this made me mad. in the end, the final bill today is barely different than last weekend's. the record will show that. but we have it now and we should pass it now. it will soften the upcoming
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hardship but we must not be complacent for we have more difficult decisions ahead how much will we balance the opening of society with the pandemic. it's a tough question and we won't be able to answer that question if the antics of this week continue. the country will move forward together -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland is ecognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. meeks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. meeks: my home state of new york has become the ep center of the terrible pandemic. this bill brings financial support to increase the number of hospital beds, equip our brave doctors, nurses, e.m.t.'s and other medical providers who are our frontline of defense and who should not be asked to risk their lives to save others. this crisis will pass. our economy will recover but american tam liss an workers who ost their jobs by the millions desperately need this financial
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support now. this bill provides important grants an loans to small business which is will be critical to our economic recovery. there's more for us to do but this bill is an important first step to secure america's families. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expyre. the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: thank you, mr. proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. burr chet. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> when i was five or six i had a sunday schoolteacher tell me a story that relates to what we're doing right now. a small child went missing in the plains states. the community went 100 different directions and didn't find the child. they finally came together, prayed to god, asked him for wisdom. they ended up holding hands an walking across the prairie. mr. speaker, they found that child. this country needs to remember that in -- and this body needs to remember that i think we need to put our partisanship aside. we need to quit bickering and ask almighty god for wiz dopped and do what's right. thank you, you're doing a fine job. the speaker pro tempore: thank
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you. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i yield 30 seconds to the gentlelady from illinois, ms. underwood. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. uns wood: i rise today in strong support of the cares act. over 2,500 illinoisans have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. 26 of whom have died. countless more are in need of testing an thousands of our frontline health care workers are desperate for p.p.e. just this month, over 130,000 illinoisans have lost their jobs. the cares act provides economic he re-leaf to individuals, and improved unemployment protection. it will help state lorks call governments and health care systems meet the enormous hallenges. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from new jersey, the head of the pro-life caucus, mr. smith. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman is recognized mr. smith: as of today in my state alone, 6,800 people have been tested positive with 81 deaths and in one family alone four members of the family have died. containing the pandemic, developing and deploying reliable therapeutics and a safe, effective vaccine must be our highest priority no matter the cost. those on the frontlines in health care, first responders, are heroically meeting the challenge often at great personal cost. the $2.2 trillion cares act is comprehensive and absolutely needed. it provides unprecedented support to taxpayers, small businesses, grants to hospitals, help state and local government, boost unemployment and security. special thanks to all of those on the house and senate side, the leadership for their cooperation in this bill and to president trump, the vice president, doctor birx, dr. fauci and many others who have brought their expertise to
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confronting this huge challenge. yield back. mr. hoyer: i yield 30 seconds though gentleman from missouri, mr. clay. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. clay: i rise in support of the cares act. i'm so proud of the emergency housing priorities including a temporary moratorium on evictions, foreclosures of home owners and federally backed mortgages. there's $4 billion for emergency grants, for homelessness, $5 billion for cbdg and $1 billion for project based assistance. we are in this fight together and we will not be broken. viruses come and go but the courage of the american people -- the speaker pro tempore: the time of the gentleman has expired. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. proud to yield one minute to the
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chairman of the values action team, the gentlelady from missouri, mrs. hartzler. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. hartzler: we are at war against an unseen enemy our world has never faced before. we are battling on two fronts, the health care front and the economic front. thousands of people are sick with courageous health care workers battling on the frontlines. meanwhile, millions of americans have lost their jobs because of the virus. imperiling family budgets and devastating our economy. today's bill sends needed battle reinforcements to both fronts. it provides pounds purchase more medical supplies and to support our hospitals while also sending much-needed help to businesses so they can make payroll and keep the doors open. it sends money directly to almost every household and supports those who have lost their job due to the covid crisis. most importantly it give this is nation hope. hope that we will get through this by supporting our health care workers, enabling businesses to stay open, and
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sending americans funds needed to get them through. while this bill is far from perfect and the price tag is sobers, i believe we are in an unprecedented battle and it is imperative we win this war. i will be voting yes and i invite all americans to join me. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired . the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. the gentleman from maryland. mr. hoyer: i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. espaillat: i rise in support of the cares act. mr. speaker, it would be criminal to not support billions of dollars for our hospitals and health care workers. it would be criminal not to support millions of dollars for small businesses that will be struggling. it would be criminal to not support help for working families, $1,200 for individuals, $500 per child. but it's crit ka to leave out immigrants. they clean our houses and take care of our children and
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elderly. -- criminal to leave out this is our future. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: proud to yield one minute to the yell from florida, mr. mast. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mast: mr. speaker, i would rather die than see my country stumble or fall. and by god, i mean that and i i don't think i'm the only one in this body that feels this way. i'm worried that as a result of a virus that was born in the disgusting market in wuhan, china, that was hidden from the world that our country may stumble. but i can tell you that that worry has subsided quickly for me as i looked around my own community and realized again that americans are a salty group of tough s.o.b.'s that are defeated by absolutely nothing. this isn't going to defeat us either. there's parts of this bill that i don't like but i'm proud that when americans wake up tomorrow
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they're going to continue to know that ewith wake up here not as victims but as people with a greater opportunity than anybody across the world, 50 stars, 13 red and whide stripes, we get to decide for ourselves that today is better than yesterday this week is better than next week this month is better than last month and next year and so on. nobody else gets to decide that for us. that hasn't changed and will never change. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from pennsylvania, connor lamb. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. lamb: i know a firefighter going into sick people's homes, still today work no mask. we all talk like this is war. but george marshal, a western pennsylvanian, wait for u.s. steel to join the war effort in their own good time? no. he used to say, you cannot fight
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against the problem, you have to decide it. we have given this government money. we cannot give it leadership. now is the time to decide this problem. take this money, buy the masks, build the ventilators, protect our people now. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves, the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: proud to yield one minute to the gentlelady from american samoa, ms. raid wagen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. radewagen: i rise in overwhelming support of this bipartisan legislation. the country meeds and american is a meawowa desperately needs it. american samoa has unique challenges. so far my constituents are without any coronavirus testing at all as nbc recently reported. the army corps has report our l.b.j. hospital needs over $100
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million in minimum improvements to meet compliance standards. i want to thank the president for his leadership and i thank my colleagues for including my request that the pacific territories and the freely associated states are in the definition of state so all pandemic unemployment assistance programs apply us to. our people are strong and their faith is strong. let's get this funding to work and provide testing in america samoa. thank you, mr. speaker. may god bless us all. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland. mr. hoyer: i yield 30 seconds to the gentlelady from new york, again, the epicenter, who know this is firsthand, ms. clarke. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. clarke: thank you, mr. speaker. as vice chair of the energy and commerce committee i rise in support of the cares act my colleagues have spoken about the provisions of this bill and although it's not perfect it is a necessary one. we must now protect our
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constituents in the ninth district of new york, the epicenter and all americans across this country. new yorkers have been through 9/11, the financial meltdown, superstorm sandy and now we're in the midst of covid-19. in my city, noverbingt, we're not just fatesing -- fatesing economic ruin but also a genuine health crisis. that's why it's so critical that donald trump use the defense production act. i yield back the balance of my time the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: may i inquire as to the time remaining on both sides. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from heather has 10 1/2 minutes. the gentleman from maryland has 11 minutes. mr. brady: i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentlelady from indiana, mrs. brooks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. brooks: mr. speaker, i urge strong support for the cares act. for years, my colleague from across the aisle anne shoo, have worked to pass the pandemic all
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hazardness preparedness act. that was signed into law j june of 2019. for years we have said it was not a matter of if we would have a pandemic but when we would have a pandemic. that when is now. . time to place blame. now is not the time to look back. time to act and to look forward. ow is the time to restore confidence in this body. this acte time to pass for those health care workers who are staying at the hospital they're begging us to stay home. now is the time for all those watching dren who are this body, thinking about and learning about this body, to them we can come together and govern. now is the time to pass the act. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. from maryland is
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recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i now ield to mr. sablan, who represents the northern an anas, and he does such excellent job. thank you very much. i yield 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman from the northern marianas is recognized for 30 seconds. r. sablan: mr. speaker, the legislation we are considering to stop the coronavirus is not perfect. ever is, and we but even work to do, n mid crisis, we should not forget to say thank you. speaker pelosi responded the coronavirus to give health care providers resources, families financial workers and rt businesses. and throughout this unprecedented time, always the and her leadership remember the united states of of ica includes the people the northern mariana islands. for that i'm grateful. the speaker pro tempore: the expired.'s time has
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the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: yes, mr. speaker, i'm to theo yield one minute gentlelady from new york, ms. stefanik. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized for one minute. stefanik: new york is the epicenter of the coronavirus i want to thank our nurses, our doctors, e.m.s., teachers, nders, and ers and -- grocers truckers. the better angels. making to saratoga. to emergency bill needed pass yesterday. it needed to pass last week. new yorkers and this nation need for our ef immediately hospitals, health care heroes and hardworking families. country is a resilient nation, from the revolution to pandemic war to the flu to 9/11, we will overcome this. congress needs to step up, do rescue pass this package today for new york state and for the american people. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
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yields back. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. it now r: mr. speaker, gives me great honor to yield to the chairman of the democratic the gentleman from new york, again, the epicenter of as achallenge that we have country, hakeem jeffries. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is one minute.or mr. jeffries: america is the wealthiest country in the history of the world. assembled the mightiest military, but you annot judge the greatness of america based on our wealth or our military might. we should only judge the america based on left stand up for the behind. the cares bill is legislation that will help and provide the most vulnerable amongst us. it will provide relief to everyday americans. relief to small businesses. it will provide relief to workers. the coronavirus is a silent targeted the s
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american people, but we are a resilient nation. great ated the depression, we defeated nazi germany, we defeated jim crow. will defeat covid-19 as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from maryland reserves. texas is man from recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, may i nce again inquire as to the time? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas has 8 1/2 minutes. he gentleman from maryland has 9 1/2 minutes. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. one minute to the gentleman from illinois, mr. bost. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized for one minute. mr. ost: thank you, speaker. i rise today in strong support of the cares act. rural southern illinois, there are 27 cases in my district. cotogether ed to am in a bipartisan manner with this with -- we need to to deal with the business businesses where they need to go it's a work, whether
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small business or a large business. this bill does that. is it perfect? no. step forward that we need to do and do today and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. he gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i yield our distinguished vice chair of our caucus, katherine clark from massachusetts. the speaker pro tempore: the massachusetts is recognized for one minute. ms. clark: mr. speaker, i rise support of the cares act. mericans are facing a public health crisis that's unprecedented threat to the our h and safety of communities. hospitals are struggling to care or our communities and get the protective equipment they need. the pandemic has brought businesses, and whole states to a standstill, state of my home massachusetts. mericans are calling for help, and today we will vote to bring them relief and offer them a ifeline, but it won't be the
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end of our support. to those on the frontlines, workers, cashiers, childcare providers, truck rivers, cleaners and postal workers and to all americans, we see you. we appreciate and are grateful for your sacrifice, and we will to fight for the people. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from virginia, mr. wittman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is minute.ed for one mr. wittman: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today on behalf of the district f the first of virginia to say that half a's glass is still full. while we face this unprecedented across our e see nation the resolve and the spirit of america. alive and well. while this is a challenge for us congress to show the
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same spirit and resolve, to get he job done for the american people. while this bill is far from perfect, it will demonstrate together and me show what we have -- sew what we the days past what's going on across america. folks, america's best days are come, and we continue to be the greatest nation the world has ever known. bless our tinue to great united states of america. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. he gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. chairman, now i'd yield to the distinguished gentleman from texas, mr. green. tempore: the o gentleman from texas is recognized for 30 seconds. r. green: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, the american people want to know that their there for will be them. they want to know that their tax ollars will pay dividends for them. they want to know that we will romote the general welfare as extolled from the preamble to
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the constitution. they want to know that we will to become he perfect the enemy of the good. this is not a perfect bill. it is a good bill. i will support it. the american people need certainty. that we will now be there for them. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from maryland reserves. is gentleman from texas recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. pleased to yield one minute to he gentleman from kansas, mr. watkins. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kansas is watkins: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise on behalf of the people of eastern kansas. analogy has been thrown out a lot. as a man that went to war and years, i can tell you it's not all inaccurate. n both cases people are frightened. in both cases people die. in both cases, people discover of. it is they're made and when war, just like now, people need to come together. his bill is an example of having done just that. it's not perfect, but it's what got. it's got my vote.
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i urge my colleagues to do the same. i yield my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. he gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: thank you, mr. chairman. i would now like to yield to a member of the house and a debbie from florida, wasserman schultz for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is minute.ed for one ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, mr. speaker. as a proud floridian, i rise to workers, health professionals, small businesses and veterans from this grave face. we senate republicans drafted a corporate friendly bill that failed to meaningfully support who are losing their jobs. instead, democrats secured a invests $2 trillion in families, hospitals, and small businesses. massive ill get investments in unemployment benefits and added 13 weeks of benefits which republicans deny. to
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working class families will get as much as $3,400 for a family of four. mall businesses will get help to make payroll, rent, and utility costs. i'm proud that the ppropriations committee spearheaded nearly $20 billion to ensure veterans' health needs re met, whether at the v.a. or local e.r. and clinics. appropriators have also worked o ensure our v.a.'s can assist our local communities if they reach full capacity. this package is not perfect, and help will be needed, but our families, small businesses, nd hospitals need this help desperately. i ask my colleagues to give them this lifeline against this invisible enemy. in this together. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from maryland reserves. texas is man from recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. we also reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i am yield to the former president of the university of wisconsin, president of the miami, and f secretary of department of health, one of our most about geable members issues of families and workers,
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secretary, ished donna shalala, congresswoman from florida. the speaker pro tempore: for how time? mr. hoyer: one minute. excuse me, 30 seconds. we have a lot of people going here. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. shalala: mr. speaker, today, cares act to the president to provide the people in my community with the needed the devastation of this pandemic. i'm here for the first esponders, the health care workers, and all of those who are risking their lives. they are our heroes. we need to support this bill now because we must. with no has left us choice. but my hope is that after we have starved this virus, we will a national commitment to permanently rebuild our public infrastructure. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. r. hoyer: mr. speaker, i'm
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now -- another member of south florida, all three of them have indicating the importance of the crisis that debbie measure murcasal sayal poul -- powell. the peaker pro tempore: gentlelady is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. mucarsel-powell: over 1,200 have lost their lives. 2,300 ida alone we have cases, 652 in miami-dade county, monroe county. south florida is quickly becoming another epicenter of this pandemic. watching how numbers for unemployment are skyrocketing. closing.inesses are it's a tough reality to face, but we in congress can do something. come together. set aside our ideological and help people now and that's why i support this bill. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman from maryland is
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recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, at this the i'd like to recognize gentlelady from iowa, ms. finck for 30 -- finkenauer, 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 30k seconds. finkenauer: i found out we lost another two iowans to coronavirus, all in my district.nal today, we are grieving losses ll over the country and the globe. we are --cation came too late. the package we're considering perfect.not it will not bring folks left that we lost, but it will give much-needed relief to our system and workers on the frontlines and to our across the lies country. god bless the united states of america. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. he gentleman from maryland is
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recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, can i have the time check? the peaker pro tempore: gentleman from maryland has 5 1/2 minutes, 5 1/2 minutes. the gentleman from texas has 6 minutes. mr. hoyer: the gentleman from texas -- you have 6 1/2 minutes left. i yield 30 seconds to colin allred from texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. allred: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to speak to the people of north texas, many of whom are under stay home, stay safe orders like those from dallas county judge clay jenkins and others. many of you are frightened, you're warred about your family's health and your business. we are on your side, we will not let this great country fail, we'll defeat this virus in a way that leaves no one bind. we should fol throw the examples of our great first respoppeders.
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we can best honor their service by staying home if you can. i yealed back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from ohio, mr. davidson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio has one minute. mr. davidson: i don't think anyone is happy about the present situation but the free market did not close the economy. governments chose that response to an exceptional risk to public health. the various governments made up in our country need to make sure individuals, families and businesses affected by their unprecedented decisions remain solvent and as many people as possible remain employed. like any war, the enemy votes too but the sooner we can get lower risk americans back to work the safer most people will feel in our -- will feel. in our response, we must defend our values and the way of life that makes america the world of opportunity. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves .
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the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i yield 30 seconds to mr. chuy garcia of chicago. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. garcia: i rise in support of the cares act even though it doesn't protect everyone i wish it would, including all immigrants. however it represents a bold, unprecedented step in protecting workers and bolstering our health care system and in stabilizing our economy,est pellly our small businesses. that's why i will vote aye. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the yellow light from maryland reserves. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i now yield to the gentlelady from pennsylvania, madeleine dean, for 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. dean: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you to the leader. the coronavirus pandemic is a reminder of our common humanity and our interconnectedness. i stand today to say montgomery
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county, pennsylvania, burks county, pennsylvaniaing, my home district have been particularly hard hit. there's suffering and courage in my community. we have had three deaths. i rise in support of this cares act, it is unprecedented, it is a monumental bill to send relief and confidence to those who are suffering. to our workers. to our families. to our chirp, to our business owners. i'm proud to support this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expire thsmed egentleman from texas is ecognized. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i'm proud to yield one minute to the leader of the republican conference, the gentleman from california, mr. mccarthy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mccarthy: mr. speaker, i want to thank you for the job you have done in the chair today, we thank you for the work you are doing. before i begin i want to say to everyone watching at home right
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now, we hear your concern. we feel your anxiety. we know what we need to do. when this year began, americans were enjo -- enjoying a level of peace and prosperity unheard of in modern times. the economy was at record highs. unemployment for american workers was at record lows. take home pay was rising. business closures were falling. and our brave men and women in uniform were protecting us from threats across the globe. but a few weeks ago, we learned about an invisible enemy from a distant land. an enemy like we've never faced before. now the virus is here. we didn't invite it. e didn't ask for it. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend the house is not in order.
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members take your conversations to the hallway. the gentleman may proceed. mr. mccarthy: now the virus is here. we did not invide it. we did not ask for it. we did not choose it. but we will fight it together until we win together. we will win because we have the best of our country on the front lines. we will win because of the other people in uniform, our doctors, our nurses, our lab technicians. and hospital volunteers. take one moment and imagine, where would we be without their fortitude? they have the toughest jobs in the world. but they are truly the best in the world. our medical professionals are our heroes. we, this entire body of members of congress, salute you. we will always win because of
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our truck drivers, grocery store clerks, postal workers, farmers and warehouse workers. you're working night and day. you're making a meaningful, measurable difference in the lives of everyone you serve. you are the foundation of everything we will do today. and we will win because of our scientists. their bright minds an faster cures should give every american peace of mind. we are developing a victory vaccine, faster than ever in the history of any virus. on behalf of all americans, on behalf of all members of congress, i want to thank those on the front lines for their professionalism and dedication. another critical front in our war against this virus is the home front, literally. to slow the spread, the government is asking and in some cases requiring millions of
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small businesses and families to put their daily lives on pause and remain at home. i'm overjoyed that so many have taken the imperative of social distancing so seriously. flattening the curve is the most important activity any american citizen can do today. it is even more important now that the virus has arrived in full force. we are asking you to continue to remain at home as much as possible. i know this action carries substantial circumstances. we all saw that tragic news just this week. 3.3 million americans filed for unemployment benefits. we have never experienced that before in our lives. not even in the great depression. that many. so what can we do for the hard
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working taxpayers, their families and small businesses? the pillars of the american life who are doing their part but facing economic disaster through no fault of their own. first we can recognize that -- recognize their sacrifice is an invaluable service tour fellow citizens. they deserve our gratitude and prayers. second we can give them our financial support now, today, so they can weather this brutal storm in the weeks ahead. which brings me to the rescue package before us today. the cares act. the developing tests and dreams and vaccines is america's new arsenal of democracy. the cares act is our modern day all american marshall plan. it is the largest assistance measure in "american idol" history. and it is going directly in the pockets of hard working taxpayers they families and small businesses.
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for everyone affected by this virus, we will be your voice. for those battling the virus, or lost your job, or do not know if you'll have one a month or two from now, i want you to know we're listening, we hear you, and we are working for you. i want to give leader mcconnell a lot of credit. from the beginning, he was committed to a bottom up, bipartisan and bicameral process. he non-- he honored his commitment and it shows. the senate passed this bill by unanimous vote. every republican, every democrat. it is bold. truly bipartisan. and targeted to achieve the mission at hand. our top priority is to keep americans at work. so we aim the efforts to keep americans employed through two measures. for small businesses and nonprofits, the bill provides
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100% federally guaranteed loans for eight weeks. if that loan is used to pay your employee or pay your rent or pay your utilities, it's no longer a loan, it's a grant because we know what government has asked you to do. other business gets retention credit to keep employees on. if, unfortunately, american workers find themselves out of work, this bill offers an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance. and dramatically expands eligibility. it also makes benefits more generous by adding another $600 across the board payment. through the end of july. the care act also expands unemployment insurance to cover gig workers and self-employed and nonprofit employees. additionally for american families that might need a little extra support, you will start receiving and seeing those
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checks in three weeks. you won't have to wait for months for financial help. payments will be as much as $1,200 for an individual taxpayer and $500 per child. finally this legislation provides critical resources to american health care workers and hospitals. over $140 billion in appropriations to support our ealth systems. it we just talk about give them the equipment to save lives and tools they need to protech themselves. the reason for this legislation is to protect american workers prork tect american jobs, and protect hard working american taxpayers. we are providing targeted temporary and timely relief to main street, not wall street. we're not underwriting bad business practices or priming the pump.
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ultimately we are laying the foundation for rapid economic recovery. this bill is not only a rescue package, it is a commitment. a commitment that your government and the people whom you elected to serve will do everything we can to limit the harm and hardship you face, both now and in the foreseeable future. to the american public if you do your part, i promise we will do ours. mr. speaker, as i said earlier it is our responsibility to act. to put aside our differences and do what's right for the american public. d must be robust, rapid, and resilient just like its recipients. we are going to help americans through this. we are going to do this together. in the end, we are going to be
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healthier, stronger, and more united than ever before. because as americans that's who we are. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i yield 30 seconds to mr. cohen from tennessee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. cohen: thank you, mr. speaker. words above the speaker's head at the top of this chamber from daniel webster, he says, may in our day and generation, may we not perform something worthy to be remembered. today we have something worthy before us and something to be remembered. we should all vote aye. i am here to vote aye and encourage the president to use the defense production act for everyone and to continue talking to the president of china because this is a worldwide pandemic. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas is recognized. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from maryland is
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recognized. mr. hoyer: i now have the privilege of yielding to the speaker of the house who has been so critical in putting this piece of legislation together and focusing on workers and families, i yield to speaker nancy pelosi of california. the speaker pro tempore: the speaker of the house is recognized. the speaker: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i thank the distinguished democratic leader mr. hoyer for yielding and the manner which -- manner in which he has enable sod many of our members to participate in the debate today. thank you for your leadership on the legislation and also for leading us today. i thank mr. brady for his leadership as well. for facilitating this conversation. i thank you, mr. speaker, for keeping us reasonably on time as much as possible for congressional members. thank you for the strength of your authority.
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, the speaker pro tem today. -- of your authority, the speaker pro tem today. i thank all members on both sides of the aisle for the seriousness with which we have all taken this important hallenge. mr. speaker, last week his holiness pope francis said, in his world prayer, he said, enlighten those responsible for the common good so that they might know how to care for those entrusted to their responsibility. that is his holiness' quote. and that is the responsibility that we all have. today, as we have all acknowledged, our nation faces an economic and health emergency of historic proportions due to the coronavirus pandemic, the worst pandemic in over 100 years. as i proceed with my remarks, i
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want to say to our colleagues, who are watching this -- the proceedings from their chambers in the house, to come forward and come to the -- come to the gallery and listen from here. so that when the time comes, we will be prepared to proceed. the distinguished leader on the republican side, mr. mccarthy, and mr. hoyer, have sent a communication to all of you to that effect. but it is very important that you come now. the sooner you come, the shorter y remarks will be. and i want to thank the distinguished leader on the republican side for his leadership throughout all of this to achieve a bipartisan legislation and to do so as expeditiously as possible in the house. in the house. so that the message will be clear to the american people that whatever concerns we may
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have and whatever we want to do next, right now we're going to pass this legislation. and that is because so many american families have been touched by this crisis. more than 82,000 americans so far have fallen sick. a number certain to surge as testing goes forward. which is already the most in the world. we've gone past china and italy. more than 1,200 americans have tragically died. it gives you chills just to think of it. millions of workers are losing their paychecks, including more than, as has been mentioned on both sides of the aisle, 3.2 million americans who filed for unemployment last week alone. a staggering record-shattering figure. countless health care workers, first responders and others fighting on the front lines in this crisis are at great
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personal risk. the american people deserve a government-wide, visionary, evidence-based response to address these threats to their lives and their livelihoods, and they need it now. again, i acknowledge the bipartisanship in which we -- on which we bring this legislation to the floor. late wednesday night, as the leader acknowledged, the senate unanimously passed legislation which transformed, in our view, since you acknowledged, leader mcconnell, i will acknowledge our distinguished chairman on our side, which they transformed a republican corporate-focused bill into a democratic workers-first focus. and we salute our chairs, working in a bipartisan way, and in a bicameral way, across the aisle, across the capitol, we are able to dramatically expand
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unemployment insurance and defeated attempts on the senate side to claw back the $600 per week added benefits that would provide essential relief to the record number of americans losing their jobs. and i salute chairman neal and scott for the work that he did on this. i know this is the work -- work that they did on this. i know this is the work of the ways and means committee. and successfully achieve full-direct payment for workers, this is so important, ensuring that working class american families will be eligible to receive as much as $3,400 for a family of four. i thank again mr. neal and -- madam chair of the financial services committee, maxine waters, who -- both of them had bigger proposals. but nonetheless advocating for all this. by the way, i would suggest, instead of saying it's going to take a few weeks for the checks to get there, that the administration electronically transfer those direct payments
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immediately. we ensured in the bill that any taxpayer dollars given to industry goes first and foremost to workers. workers' paychecks and benefits, not used to pay c.e.o. bonuses, stocks, fund buybacks or dividends and the rest. and i thank -- and we have secured robust special oversight that will hold the administration accountable for this. and i thank the distinguished chair of the -- where did he go? energy and -- the infrastructure and transportation committee, mr. defazio. for his leadership in that regard. i will not try to find all of you because you may be in the gallery as we are encouraging members to come. here we go. we're also proud -- again, i want to salute the congresswoman waters for the work, for the holding -- having the oversight provisions in the bill for the count that is going to be spending money out.
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we're also proud to have secured truly historic investment of hundreds of billions of dollars in hospitals, health systems, state and local governments, ensuring that they have the tools they need to combat the virus. i salute chairman pallone, congress -- chairwoman lowey of the appropriations committee, and chairwoman delauro for making so much of all of that possible. and when we talk about state and local government, i want to express pride in our own governor, gavin newsom. he was on the front line of attacking this, as well as my own mayor who has disciplined us to shelter in place. for small businesses, thank you -- madam chair velazquez, and working in a bipartisan way, we want fast relief for those in need, including by securing $10 billion for s.b.a. emergency grants of up to $10,000, and making payroll costs, rent, mortgage interest and utility costs eligible for s.b.a. loan
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forgiveness. and for the first time, we have grants from the s.b.a. and thanks to secretary mnuchin, he has facile -- he is facilitating this by not just all of the loans going through the s.b.a., but going through banks with the s.b.a. which makes this all go much faster. for our students, we've passed payments for -- paused payments for federal student loan borrowers, paused the payments and suspended wage garnishment and negative credit reporting during this time for that and for so many other things relating to our students. i thank bobby scott, our chairman of energy -- education and work force. and labor. and for our veterans. you heard earlier all of these chairmen make these presentations. for our veterans we secured nearly $20 billion in funding to improve v.a.'s readiness with equipment, tests and additional 571 veterans and 185
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employees have now tested positive. i thank chairman takano and others on the committee for their leadership. for our homeowners, renters and homeless creditors again, i thank -- and consumers, i thank chairwoman waters for her leadership there. since the beginning of this crisis, we have fought to ensure that our nation's response puts families first. as we go through this. so the first two bills that we worked in a bipartisan way on were about addressing the emergency. the first bill was about testing, testing, testing. to ensure that everyone in the country would have access to free testing. among other things. it had in there issues that relate to research for vaccines, research for a cure, but many other things, addressing the emergency. in the second bill, which also focused on the emergency, we
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have masks, masks, masks and many other provisions focused on the emergency. but taking us to this bill today, which is about mitigation . the distinguished mr. defazio would say, first we had emergency, then we had mitigation. doesn't mean we're finished with emergency. but it's moving on to mitigating, -- mitigating some of the economic and health damage caused by it this pandemic. next we'll to move recovery and hopefully that will be soon. always, though, addressing the emergency and the mitigation needed. how are we coming, mr. leaders? how are we coming with our gallery? >> the house is not in order. the speaker: as we have all said universally, and we say it almost all the time that we come to the floor, no bill is perfect. no bill is perfect. but we want to make sure that at least it comes part of the way
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to being sufficient. i do think that we should -- when we're considering a bill -- appreciate for what is in the bill rather than judge it for what is not in the bill. but we do know that we must do more. there's been a constant communication among all of our members, i'm sure on both sides of the aisle, when you're at home or here, with doctors, health care providers, laborers, small businesses, nonprofits, faith groups and scientists on the daily needs and developments in your communities. the on-the-ground reports and clear-identify thinking we have are essential to crafting our approach to all of this. so, again, listening to members on both sides of the aisle and the comments here today, as well as the input you have been giving in the legislative process we know that this cannot be our final bill. yet this bill, again, -- i think
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bobby scott called it a down payment. we must advance a fourth bill to address the continued needs. for our fight against the coronavirus, our state and local governments will need vastly more support for preventing, preparing for and responding to the crisis. our hospitals and health systems still need vast infusions of funding so they can treat those in need. we must do more for our health care workers. and this has been a current theme on both sides of the aisle. our gratitude for our health care workers. they are our heroes. we're thankful and grateful to them. we pray for them. but we need to do more for them than just to say those word. our front line health care workers, and whether they're emergency need, our firefighters, our law enforcement, face a dire lack of medical and personal protective equipment.
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p.p.e. personal protective equipment. that's the reference when you see p.p.e., that's what it is. we must ensure that the president uses the defense production act to its full extent to provide the tools that we need to combat this crisis. all workers are risking their lives on the front lines of this fight and need stronger osha protections to keep them safe. thank you, mr. scott. this week, for example, for example, and you probably all have examples, this week we learned of the tragic death of a nurse manager in new york who died in the line of duty from coronavirus. he and his fellow nurses risked their lives without proper protective equipment because the hospital supply simply did not have enough. nurses were given a single plastic protective gown to use for an entire shift.
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when protocol called for a change of gowns between interactions, with patients. other nurses were forced to resort to tying bandanas over their faces in place of proper equipment. and still others even began tying plastic garbage bags around, disposable scrubs they were given in place of proper scrubs for extra protection. as mr. kelly's sister said, his death could have been prevented. i'm angry. he was healthy. and now our nurses, doctors, health care workers and first responders need action. we have to make sure they know that help is not only on the way, but it is a priority for all of us. these people risk their lives trying to save other people's lives. hen they take home what they
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interacted with in an infected environment -- take home. this is just asking far too much. our family, our workers, our retirees still need more money in their pockets to protect their income security, with increased snap. one thing we couldn't get in the bill was the increased -- the 15% increasing in food stamps for our children, for our seniors, for those who qualify. bigger direct payments, i hope that we'll be in agreement. i know that ritchie and maxine d the idea of ongoing direct payments, so bigger direct payments. pension protections. we had a protection in the legislation. it was supported by everyone. the president of the united states supported it. but senator mcconnell said he would save it for the next bill. so that's why i'm mentioning it. for the next bill. and then we need more expanded
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family and medical leave. let me give you an example. come on, my colleagues. to the gallery. let me give you an example. if your parent is sick or had an ongoing caregiver in the home or went to a senior center on a daily basis, and because of the virus that care giver couldn't come or that health center was closed, you would be able to give -- you would be able to take family and medical leave. however, as in the case of many members here, if your mom or your dad are healthy, and they contract the coronavirus, you would not be able to take family and medical leave. . for those who cannot air r care for themselves -- -- who cannot care for themselves. it doesn't make any sense n any case we need that and without exception. and all americans need free
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coronavirus treatments so they don't have to fear the high cost of a hospital stay . when we said the tests were free, it didn't mean the test was free but the visit to the doctor is not. in the days and wooks to come democrats will continue to advance legislation to meet an urgent needs of all affected by the coronavirus. i keep saying the coronavirus because in this -- people say how come we didn't do this or that? because this is specific to the coronavirus challenge that we have. i just want to say a word about our children as i close. so many of our children -- i want them if they are paying attention, distinguished congresswoman brooks mentioned the children. we are so sad for them that they cannot be fully engaged in school as they were. some have access to remote learning and the rest. and this has had a deep impact on american lives as it affects our children as well. graduationshat some
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have been canceled and hopefully not so many more, and they -- the mother of five, grandmother of nine personally, but officially in my leadership role i have seen hundreds of thousands of graduates. and what's exciting about it personally and officially is to see the excitement of the families when their child graduates. but when that family happens to have someone on the stage who is the first in the family to graduate, the pride, the joy, the patriotism is so exuberant and many of them will be deprived of that experience of seeing that child walk across the stage. let's try to get this. e had the best minds working 24/7, all hands on deck to find a cure. let's make sure that we give
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them the resources they need to do so. but at the same time that will we obey the science that says shelter in place or whatever it happens to be. as we go forward, let us pray, let us remember what his holiness told us, what he told us was we have a responsibility for the common good. let us prepare for all the one who is have lost family members and others struggling with the illness now. let's pray for our heroic health care workers and first responders who are risking their lives to care for the sick every day. the men and women in our factories making more medical supplies and personal protective equipment. the farmers, produces, grocery workers keeping food on the shelves, our truck drivers, postal workers, everybody who is contributing to the effort. and the sciences, as i say, all hands on deck, 24/7 for a solution. congress must show the same courage, same resilience, same
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strength and with a great unity and urgency to put families and workers first. let me again thank everyone who had any -- anything to do with this, and that means almost everybody in this room. let me thank the senate democrats and leader schumer for his work as you acknowledge leader mcconnell. let us again return to the words hits holiness, pope francis. may we enlighten those responsible for the common good so that they may know now to care for their -- those entrusted to their responsibility. with that i hope we have the biggest possible vote for the american people to show them that congress' heart and the country's heart is full of love for the american people. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yield. the gentleman from maryland reserves. and the gentleman from texas is recognized.
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thank you, mr. speaker. i have no other speakers and prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. brady: i yield myself such time as i may consume. thank you, leader mccarthy, for your strong and relentless leadership. thank you for allowing each of us to bring to the table the pro-growth policies that brought about the strongest economy on the planet as we headed into this challenge. thanks to our house leader, to our ranking members, and all the key committees representative granger and fox, representatives walden, mchenry, cole, and chabot these members who engaged in this historic agreement. and to the professional teams who practice every moment night nd day in this endeavor.
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i want to thank our democratic colleagues for working with us on this bipartisan bill. to our republican colleagues in the senate. i especially want to thank secretary mnuchin, the point man for president trump op these negotiations. as well as -- president trump on these negotiations. squells the white house economic team. i especially want to thank president trump for his strong and results oriented leadership at a time of unprecedented crisis for this great country. in times of challenge i lean on this proverb. fear not, faith answered, no one was there. coronavirus has knocked at america's door and with it fear. faith is answering. we answer with faith in
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ourselves and our ability, faith in our free enterprise system, faith in our amazing health care system, and, yes, faith that when the chips are down congress can come together with our president to help hardworking families and businesses when they need it most. we answer that door at this crucial moment with faith in our creators and faith in our great american spirit. this is the challenge of a lifetime. but if we keep pulling together, we pass this bill today without delay, we take another step toward that day when we answer the door and fear is in longer there. on behalf of president trump and the republican congress, we urge support for this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields back the billion of his time -- balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, as i
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id, america has faced many threats. ome in the nature of attack by enemies. some in the nature of natural disasters. whether they be hurricanes or tornadoes or floods. americans have responded. and overcome those threats. we now have a threat that some have mentioned is unseen but has a great effect. and is having a great effect today as we debate this bill. in america. today we'll vote not as democrats or republicans, we will vote as americans. who have been september here to represent our country and our people. -- sent here to represent our country and our people. to promote the general welfare. certainly the general welfare
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has been put at risk by this virus. we have in a very short time passed three major pieces of legislation. two that generated in this house, one generated in the senate. we will pass this bill today. i want to thank the majority leader -- excuse me the minority, i'm the majority leader, right? you can't have it. while we enjoy a little levity, we understand the graphity of this -- gravity of this situation. people will die today as a result of this virus. we have come together as democrats and republicans from every region of this country to respond in a way sufficient for the challenge. and we know we'll need to do more. but this day let us hope that like the united states senate we
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come together each and every one of us not for partisan advantage but for the advantage and defense of our people. merica has been blessed by god and by our people. let us respond this hour to their need in their defense so that america will go forward stronger and better and more ready to face future challenges. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. all time for debate has expired. pursuant to house resolution 911, the previous question is ordered op the motion. the question is on adoption of the motion. so many as are in favor say aye.
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those opposed, no. the ayes have it. >> mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i came here to make sure our republic doesn't die by unanimous consent and empty chamber and i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise and remain standing until counted. an insufficient number has risen, a recorded vote is refused. for what purpose does the gentleman reckedsvecked? mr. massie: i object on the basis a quorum is not present and make a point of order a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will count for a quorum. counted for a quorum, a quorum is present. the motion is adopted. without objection, a the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. pursuant to section 7-b of house resolution 891, the house stands
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adjourned until 3:00 p.m. on tuesday, march 31, 2020.
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