tv U.S. House of Representatives Condemning Rep. King R-IA White Supremacy CSPAN January 16, 2019 4:21am-5:18am EST
national security council, and the state department. representative haley stevens started her career working for the obama administration's auto industry bailout. she later worked on ways for small and midsized manufacturers to a docked digital manufacturing methods, including job training methods. her colleagues elected her as one of the two copresidents of the house freshman democrat class. new congress, new leaders. . watch it all on c-span >> there was bipartisan support tuesday in the house for a resolution condemning white supremacy and comments made by iowa representative steve king, who reportedly questioned in a new york times interview how white nationalists and white supremacists have become offensive terms. next, a look at house members debating the resolution before the vote. this is 50 minutes. r pro tempore: without objection. mr. nadler: thank you. madam speaker, i yield myself
such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. nadler: this resolution stands for one very simple proposition. white nationalism and white supremacy are hateful expressions of intolerance that have no place in the united states of america. unfortunately, what should be an obvious statement in 2019 has been challenged in recent days and not for the first time by one of our own colleagues. as those elected to represent all of america, members of congress should be the first to condemn white nationalism and white supremacy which are the source of so much violence, so much hatred, and so much divisiveness throughout our nation's history. these hateful ideologies are die metcally -- diametrically opposed to what america is supposed to be. as the "new york times" reported last week, mr. king of iowa was quoted as saying, white supremacist, white nationalist, western civilization how did
that become offensive? end quote. ill tell him. and anyone else confused. his language has always been offensive, we fought a civil war to establish this that. but this language persisted, it motivated the ku klux klan to terrorize african-americans, it sparked jim crow laws that hurt african-americans through laws, it sparked the murder of 11 jewish worshippers in a pittsburgh synagogue and inspired racist anti-' mites and other assorted bigots at the unite the right rally in sharltsburg, virginia that spret hatred, fear, and ultimately violence in support of white supremacy. these hateful ideologies are dangerous not just because they too often lead to violence. these noxious views can infect the policies that govern our nation, tsao manager division and leading to more injustice in our society. .
when we try to build walls to keep out those who do not look like us a reverse a half century of voting process on civil rights and civil rights, we put these hateful view noose action a. i thank the distinguished majority whip, the gentleman from south carolina, mr. clyburn, for bringing this resolution forward. he knows from his experience both as a leader in the civil rights movement and as a member of congress whose own constituents were recently targeted in a vicious attack motivated by white supremacy, when we see bigotry and hatred expressed in any form, we must condemn it. loudly and force fully. we can pretend these sentiments do not exist in our country, congress, or white house. we can try to sweep them under the rug and convince ourselves we have moved past our shameful history on race. but we ignore white supremacy at our peril. if we do not speak out now,
collectively as a congress, clearly and without reservation, we will send a message that these views are acceptable, and they will continue to fester in communities across the country. generating more hatred, more repression, and more violence in their wake. i call upon all my colleagues, republican and democrat alike, to reject the hateful ideology of white nationalism and white supremacy, the policies that flow from such hatred, and anyone who would espouse those views. vote yes on this important resolution. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. the resolution resolves that the house of representatives once again that we're talking about here rejects white nationalism and white supremacy as hateful exprepses of inle to against contradictory to the values that define the people of the united states w that i a agree. as ranking member of the judiciary committee, i'd like to use my time to consider with my colleagues how firmly america has stood and continues to stand
against white supremacy. it is a basic human flaw that our eyes open to truth too slowly and close on wickedness quickly. today we have the opportunity to renew our gaze at the truth about our fellow men and women and each of them is created with untold dignity and worth. as a result, we recognize that white supremacy and white nationalism peddles lives about our brothers and sisters indignity and stand on shoulders of americans who have gone before us in rejecting white supremacy and racism. as martin luther king jr. observed, when the architects of our republic wrote those magnificent words of the constitution in the declaration of independence p, they were signing a promissory note to which every american was to follow hare. this note was a promise to all men, yes black men as well as white, guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. dr. king's words are historical fact rooted in universal truth. america's founders gave us an incredible inheritance in the
declaration of independence which they said all men are created equal. this declaration helped the founders and all americans who lived after them identify the many ways that we dishonor that equality, recognizing and rectify it and set a more just path forward. in 1807, president thomas jefferson himself a slave owner public-l supported the abolition of a slave trade. imploring congress to withdraw the citizens of the united states from all further participation in those violations of human rights which have been so long continuing on the unoffending inhabitants of africa. george washington said there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than do i to see a a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery. john adams wrote every measure of prudence therefore ought to be assumed for the eventually total expiration of slavery in the united states and i have through my whole life held the practice of slavery in abhor reince. benjamin grangely believed slanchery to be a debasement. alexander hamilton cited
prejudice. and james madison wrote we have seen the mere distinction of color made the most -- in the most p enlightened period of time a ground for the most oppressive dominion exercised by man over man. the words of our founders indict anyone who would believe white supremacy or actions born out that have world view is in any way defensible. it is all americans good to revisit our path out of darkness that feeds racial injustice so we never find ourselves slipping back. but rather moving forward knowing that we're all created equal and all are created in god's image. at the beginning of the american revolution, slavery existed in all 13 original states and the slave trade with africa was carried on unconstrained. official actions to abolish slavery fwan in 1774 before independence was declared. this gained substantial ground oferte next 35 years. delegates to the first continental congress in 1774 pledged to stopt importation of
slaves into america and by 1798 every state had outlaw the slave importation. during the finding year as eight states either to abolish slavery either gradually or immediately, were they good steps? yes. were they enough? certainly not. congress passed the northwest ordnance in 1887 preventing slavery where future states would be established. this law proved to be decisive in ending slavery in america. in the 1850's abraham lincoln cited the northwest ordnance frequently to show the founders opposed slavery. in the 1860's, these states along with others, formed the coalition that elected president, won the civil war, and abolished slavery nationwide. the all men are created equal and fundamental right to have liberty gave the emancipation movement its foundation. as madison wrote in the federalist papers, the constitution grounded on the fundamental principles of the revolution, namely the tran sendant laws of nature and
nature's god, and the rights of humanity announced in the declaration of independence. our first republic president, lincoln, understood this well. when he was a a young man he said the founders established political institutions conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty than any of which the history of former times tell us. in the gettysburg address, president lincoln explained that america was conceived in liberty, dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. a as lincoln argued to his opponents, stephen douglas, this equality applies to all human beings, regardless of race. when president lincoln spoke of america's earlier days, he mind mr. douglas and this audience, while mr. jefferson was the owner of slaves, in speaking upon this subject he used the strong language he trembled for this nation when he remembered that god was just. mr. speaker, from my faith background, i will tell you god is just. and i do tremble when i consider
his justice. i tremble when any person, in any way pretends that white supremacy has an affinity with the christian faith or its heritage. frankly very offended when that is brought up. the bible is clear on the equality of all people. white people are entitled to no special privilege on this earth and will have no unique standing in heaven. in fact, my bible tells me we will all give account for what we do. heaven is a place where every person there is united in bowing before god who made us equal. knowing this we understand that we should use this life to honor our brothers and sisters without exception. as james tells us, if you really fulfill the royal law according to zripture, you should love your neighbor as yourself. you are doing well f you show partiality, you are committing sin. partiality is unacceptable in god's economy and racial prejudice finds no sherlt among american values. favoritism rooted in racism is evil in all its forms, including
white supremacy and white nationalism. today, madam speaker, is a day like many others. today like every day the world is watching america to see if we still believe in equality, if we still elevate human dignity every return. if we reject hypocrisy whenever it tries to take root among us. today our fellow citizens are watching to see their leaders live out the american principles alongside them. today i stand here with colleagues to reaffirm these values, reject white supremacy as both dangerous and foolish. it's tenets are as ridiculous as americans' democracy is remarkable. today, madam speaker, our message is as it ever was, that every person is created equal in value and that the hill of equality is one that americans will not -- will stand tall to defend and, yes, even die to he defend. we're all, madam speaker, created in god's wonderful image. he made us, he breathed life into us. we're the very essence of his
beloved creation. there is not a person you will find today, madam speaker, no one, i challenge you from the depths of any prison to the sidewalks of any major city, anywhere in this country, white, black, any color imaginable, any race, any place they come from, male or female, there is not one person you will find today when you look into their eyes they are not deeply beloved by their god who created them. and how can can can we choose any different? any ideology that comes in face-to-face confrontation with god's creation is an abomination and that's exactly what this ideology is. with that, madam speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i i now yield four minutes to the distinguished majority whip, mr. clyburn. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized. mr. clyburn: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman for
yielding me the time. i want to say to my colleague, mr. collins, that i wish a socialate myself with the sentments you expressed here today. however -- is enments you expressed here today. however, i also rise today to seek of how the tar heel of -- tale of two cains have brought us to this moment in history. f he had been allowed to live, today would have been the 90th birthday of martin luther king jr. today this august body stands ready to vote to disapprove of representative steve king's recent comments and condemn the evil concepts of white nationalism and white supremacy. white supremacy and white nationalism are evils.
they are insidious. and are clear and present dangers to our great republic. reported hate crimes rose 17% last year. which is the third consecutive year we have seen an increase in this insidiousness. this is appalling and unacceptable. when elected representatives give cover and conflict to those who spread racial divisiveness, we embolden those on the fringes of our society. and we have seen some of the results. the massacre of nine parishioners in historic charleston's a.m.e. church, emanuel a.m.e. church at the hands of a young man who
believed he would be, in his words, rescued by white nationalists after they took over the government, end of quote. the murder of 11 jewish worshipers at the tree of life synagogue in pittsburgh by a a gunman who believed the jews were, in his words, waging a propaganda war against western civilization. the other term used by mr. king in his comments to "the new york times." charlottesville, virginia, at the white nationalist united the right where they chanted, the nazi phrase, and i quote, blood and soil.
some have questioned the timing of this resolution. why now? they ask. my guidance, madam speaker, comes from dr. king who wrote in his letter from the birmingham ail, time itself is neutral. it can be used either destructively or constructively. more and more i feel, continued dr. king, that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. and then he closed his thoughts with these words -- we must use time creatively in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.
now is the time to do right. we have reached a tipping point. racial divisiveness is a fault line that's ripping our nation apart. this body must speak out against this evil. the time has come to condemn those of ill will and say that no part in our great nation can one d by -- may i have more minute? mr. nadler: does the gentleman want another minute? mr. clyburn: yes. mr. nadler: i yield one more minute. r. clyburn: one observed its greatness and set out to find the genius that made it so. he wrote in his book, "democracy in america," that, and i quote, the greatness of
america lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation but rather in her bility to repair her thoughts. white supremacy and white nationalism are false that cannot be repaired but must be removed. white supremacy and white nationalism should be condemned by this body, and i call upon my colleagues to join me in doing so. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i yield five minutes to the gentleman from iowa, mr. king. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. king: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman from georgia for yielding me time to address this issue. i understand and recognize the
gravity of this issue that's before us. i can hear it in the voice of the gentleman from georgia. i can hear it from mr. clyburn and mr. nadler and all of you. i thought you all knew me well. but i began to read this resolution, madam speaker, and i started with the first whereas and i'm going to read it as it's here. whereas on january 10, 2019, representative steve king was quoted as asking, quote, white nationalists, white supremacist, western civilization -- there is a dash in there, a pause -- how did that language become offensive, closed quote. i understand how you interpreted my words when you read them this way. there is no tape for this interview that i did. it was 56 minutes long. there are some notes on the other end, but there is no tape. there's no way to go back and listen but i can tell you this. that ideology never shows up in
my head. i don't know how it could possibly come out of my mouth. so i am going to tell you that the words are likely what i said. but i want to read it to you the way i believe i said it. and that's this. white nationalists, white supremacists, western civilization, how did that language become offensive? why did i sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and civilization -- that's the end of the quote -- just to watch western civilization become a derogatory term in political discourse today? that's what i believe happened. and it's 13 minutes, ironically, that's caused this firestorm. and, again, i regret that we are in this place. i read all of the rest of the resolutions that are here. number two, i rejected ideology -- the statement is true, mr. clyburn. number three, same story.
i reject the ideology that's noted in here. statement is true. as i read number four, number five, all the way through these resolutions -- all the whereases in this resolution, i agree with all of them. i agree with every word you have put in this. it's an honest and direct resolution put together to address the subject that has been too long before the public dialogue in this country. and when i look down at the resolve -- that's usually the meat of these. resolved, that the house of representatives once again rejects white nationalism and white supremacy as hateful expressions of intolerance -- s contradictory to the well, i agree with that. just a couple weeks ago i stood on this floor with the bible in my hand and i took an oath to support and defend the constitution of the united states. that bible wasn't just a regular bible picked up somewhere. that was the shirt pocket-sized
leather bible that my great uncle john richardson carried in his shirt pocket for three years in the civil war. i come from a family of abolitionists. maybe i would have some artifacts from his can i seein, five times great grandfather, that hadn't been killed. this means something to me. the be a -- the be a lism to make sure all men and now all women are created equal and we are endowed by our creator with certain uninalienable rights and that is life, liberty, pursuit of happiness. it's in my heart, work, soul. by the fruits you shall know them. but "the new york times" has a different version of this. they make a habit of attacking the president, as a matter of fact. and i look at this language that's here. this resolution that the house of representatives once again rejects white nationalism and
white supremacy and hateful expressions of intolerance that's contradictory to the values that define the people of the united states. i agree with that language, i said, but i will add to it the language i used on this floor in this very place last friday afternoon when i said, i would strengthen it by adding my previous statements, which not only correctly rejects white nationalism and white supremacist as evil ideologies but also condemn anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology that saw in its ultimate expression the systematic murder of six million innocent jewish lives. that's where i stand. that's what i believe. so i want to compliment the gentleman from south carolina for bringing this resolution, and i've carefully studied every word in this resolution and even though i'd add some more that are stronger language, i agree with the language in it. so i want to ask my colleagues on both sides of the aisle,
let's vote for this resolution. i'm putting up a yes on the board here because what you state here is right and it's true and it's just. and so is what i have stated here on the floor of the house of representatives. thank you, madam speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, how much time do i have left? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 11 1/2 minutes. 11 1/2 minutes. mr. nadler: thank you, madam speaker. i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from texas, ms. jackson lee. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentleman. i beg to differ from my friend from iowa. i do believe we are created equal with certain inalienable rights. what i would say to him western civilization is all what we are. there is no denigrating of western civilization. it is what america is. we are the greatest leader of western civilization.
we are the greatest leader of the free world. but what we are speaking about is, of course, the words, white nationalism and white supremacy. for it is clear that the f.b.i. makes a direct point between dehumanizing and derogatory comments, which come from white nationalists and white supremacists to the idea that generates, as you have heard here on the floor of the house, it generates the death of dr. martin luther king. it generates charlottesville. it generates charleston, south carolina. it generates hateful acts that result in death. this is the kind of intolerance or the tolerating this that we cannot suffer and the intolerance we cannot suffer because the idea of white nationalism as superior to others and white supremacy in the case of somebody else might die. this resolution is an important resolution to affirm this
congress and this nation that we believe that we are all created equal and as dr. king, we shall overcome, and someday we shall overcome. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i am pleased to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from west virginia, the gentlelady. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. miller: i rise to speak out against white supremacy. as a christian, i live my life by the guidance and teaching of jesus christ, and by the many great lessons in the bible. matthew 7:12 tells us, so whatever you wish that others would do to you do also to them. this is the golden rule that we treat every person as we wish to be treated.
this is why i stand here today to say that there is no place for white supremacy, anti-semitism, racism, or bigotry of any kind in congress. thank you and i yield back my time to the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: thank you, madam speaker. i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from tennessee, a member of the judiciary committee, mr. cohen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cohen: thank you, madam speaker. thank you, mr. nadler. i want to thank mr. clyburn for bringing this resolution and i want to thank the republican leadership, mr. mccarthy and company, who have condemned sprists, white nationalist language. it's important we come together and condemn this language because unfortunately in charlottesville, virginia, we d ku klux klans people and
neonazis saying jews will not replace us in blood and soil. and our president said they were fine people on both sides. e must condemn bigotry and racial superiority and hate whenever it raises its ugly head so it will not come back to bite us once again. so today, hopefully in the house, we have done that. and i commend my republican colleagues and mr. collins and i hope when hatred and bigotry once again surfaces, raises its head, that we will stand together as americans to condemn it and not see fine people on both sides. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. at this point in time i recognize the gentleman from utah, mr. stewart, for three
minutes. mr. stewart: i rise in support of this resolution, again, rejects white nationalism and white supremacy that is contradictory to our values that define the people of the united states. and i call on my colleagues, both republicans and democrats, to denounce racial and religious bigotry in all shapes. and like many, i do have some personal insight into this problem. it doesn't come as a surprise to many that being from utah i am a mormon and my church, as many know, is founded in new york in the early 1800's and we were driven further and further west as members of my church were targeted and killed for their sincerely held religious and our leader was killed. they lost their freedom and some cases they lost their lives. unfortunately, such hatred still exists today. three years ago we witnessed a tragedy in charleston where a
deranged individual shot and killed nine black worshipers and injured many others. in charlottesville, a white nationalist struck and killed a white woman. but the problems are more widespread than these individuals that abdicate for white supremacy. we need to condemn anti-semitism, anti-zionism. a perpetrator shot and killed 11 jewish worshipers at the tree of life synagogue in pittsburgh, which we all remember. all of these should be condemned by all of us in this body, black, white, rich, poor, muslim, christian, jewish, we are all i believe children of the same god and i hope the majority and their sincere in ushering this resolution to the floor, not just an opportunity to shame one party, as irredeemably racist, but as a united statement against bigotry. when bigotry goes unchallenged.
it festers and rears its ugly head. slavery and other types of racial and religious intolerance did. this is something that must unite this body. i hope that it does. i believe that it will. and with that, madam speaker, i yield back. mr. collins: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilline. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. . mr. cicilline: i rise today in support of this resolution. congressman steve king's comments of asserting white supremacist should be acceptable have rightly drawn strong condemn from both sides of the aisle. these comments are part of a well documented history of embracing the far right. i also know more and a more people are feeling emboddened today to publicly voice bigetted
-- bigoted views like this. we shaw the discussions around charlottesville, current debate on criticism, and football players silently protesting police brutality. america was founded on the simple but powerful idea that all are created equal and worthy of dignity and respect. white nationalism and white supremacy are a vial assault on that magnificent ideal. these views belong on the ash heap of history that is exactly where this resolution will put them. i urge my colleagues to vote yes. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: at this time, it's my pleasure to yield two minutes to one of our new freshmen from california. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today in support of house resolution 41. a resolution rejected white nationalism and white supremacy. mr. reschenthaler: i was devastated by the shooting that
killed 11 jewish worshipers and wounded six others at the tree of life synagogue in pittsburgh, pennsylvania, on october 27, 2018. this despicable act of domestic terrorism reminded us that evil is alive in this world. it must be confronted in the spirit of courage. the day after this cowardly act of violence, i stoot in solidarity with americans of all religions, all race, all ethniesities at a vigil honoring the victims of this heinous crime. there is no place for this kind of thinking in our country. when the rights of any community are under attack, all of our rights are under attack. we must come together as a nation to stand up against hatred, white nationalism, and bigotry in our country. i commend the leadership of my party for their strong response to any comments that divide our country. and i thank my colleague from south carolina for introducing this important resolution and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized.
mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from florida, mrs. demings. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. demings: madam speaker, it is surely a shame that it's necessary in the year 2019 for the u.s. congress to denounce white nationalism in congress. as a police officer, i worked white supremacist rallies. the words alone hurt enough. but as a police officer i also saw vicious acts of violence by those inspired by those hateful words. words do have consequences. and if you promote hateful, ignorant beliefs, you will be held accountable. and certainly congress should lead the way. this week the ignorance of white nationalism was defended by one of my colleagues. today as we recognize dr. king's birthday, i am reminded that dr. king called on all americans to enlist in a crusade finally to
end the race question and make it an ugly relic of a dark past. still we know hate crimes are on the rise. we understand why. madam speaker, if we're who we say we're, a great nation, one nation, with liberty and justice for all, then we all must exercise our power and take a stand so strong that even the white supremacist cannot ignore. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from -- mr. collins: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from washington, miss jay gentleman paul. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. jayapal: it has been an open secret for too long that representative steve king of iowa has made a trade in saying and pushing fundamentally racist and unacceptable ideas. and while i'm glad that my
colleagues on the other side are speaking out and have taken this important act of stripping mr. king of his committees, let us be very clear that those of us who have served with mr. king on the judiciary committee, those of us who are african-american, latino, immigrants grant, those of us who are awe case and steeped in our history -- country's history of slavery and racism, we all know that the record of these kinds of comments is long. in 2013 mr. king said that for ever dreamer who is a valedictorian, there are another 100 undocumented immigrants who have calves the size of cantaloupes because they are hauling 75 pounds of drugs across the border. in 2017 he said we couldn't restore civilization with quote, somebody else's babies. madam speaker, how dare he? i was born in india. i am somebody else's baby. and i am a proud american. and just last year mr. king met with members of a nazi-linked party in austria.
a member of congress continue usely making these comments that cause the deepest of harm to real people. physical harm in the form of hate crimes and psychological crimes. 30 seconds? mr. nadler: 30 seconds. ms. jayapal: all of us whether african-american, people of color, immigrants we're not other categories of people. we're not somebody else. we're america. all of us. and the terrible ruth is racism and xenophobia escalates -- truth is racism and xenophobia he case late when it's permitted here in congress able the way up to the white house to be issues with both sides. there are no both sides when it comes to white supremecy. and so, madam speaker, i hope that this is just the start of a definitive party wide turn away from racism for all of us on both sides. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: how much time do i have left? the speaker pro tempore: six minutes. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from california, mr. swalwell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. swal well: -- swawell: i rise to jeekt white nationalism, white supremecy, and anyone who supports these immoral ideas. i reject steve king. so does america. and you know what? so do the people of iowa's fourth congressional district. how do i know that? because i was born there. to a police officer as a father and mom who raised four boys. and the way that they raised us is the way that every family in cities like ames and algona
raise their kids. to love each other. to love god. to work together. and to believe that in a community we come together and that love always conquers. they reject the bigotry that they hear day after day from their representative. i want to make sure that every person in the united states knows that what was expressed by our colleague is an exception and does not define the hardworking people of western iowa. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from -- mr. collins: could i inquire of the time left in the debate? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia has three minutes. the gentleman from new york has five minutes. mr. collins: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: thank you, madam speaker. i yield one minute to the
distinguished gentlelady from california, ms. lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. lee: thank you very much. thank you, madam speaker. thank you, chairman nadler, for yielding. i also want to thank majority whip clyburn for his leadership in putting this resolution together. i rise in strong support of this resolution which sends a clear message that we will not ack a except hate or bigotry within this house. let me be clear, while congressman king's comments condoning white supremacy were abhorrent, they were not a surprise to many of us. in years past congressman king has implied the dreamers are drug dealers. he's endorsed far right authoritarian and neo-nazi sympathizers. and he's repeatedly reiterated the belief that multicultural communities are a threat to our societies. these racist beliefs, they should not be expoused by anyone, let alone a united states congressman. i grew up in the jim crow south,
madam speaker. i know that racism and discrimination don't just cause pain. when these beliefs become policies, which congressman king votes on and writes, they institute -- institutionalize a vicious system that people of color have to deal with as it relates to being denied equal rights and equal respect. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. lee: these are the consequences of white supremecy. 30 seconds? mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds. ms. lee: these are the consequences of white supremacy. i ask my colleagues in both parties to vote today on what would have been dr. king's 90th birthday to condemn white nationalism and white supremacy. i urge a yes on this resolution. yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore:
gentleman from georgia reserves. gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from california, ms. chu. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. chu: as chair of the congressional asian pacific american caucus, i rise to reject white nationalism and white supremacy. these philosophies divide us, teach fear, and lead to violence. they are to blame for the worst of american history. from slavery and jim crow, to the fatal shooting of sikhs at an oak creek church and jews at the tree of life synagogue. white nationalism led to the chinese exclusion act forcing chinese like my grandfather to be condemned to life as a a second class citizen. today his granddaughter stands here as the first chinese american woman in congress. and i am not alone. this is the most diverse and representative congress in our history. the message is clear. diversity has a place in congress. prejudice does not. white nationalism is finding a
home in politics once again through racist rhetoric and zone phobic misinformation aimed at immigrants and others. any attempt by politicians at any level to encourage fear of those who look different must be rejected. i urge support for this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from south carolina, mr. cunningham. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cunningham: thank you, chairman nadler, madam speaker. i rise to support house resolution 41, rejecting white nationalism and white supremacy. today on what would have been dr. martin luther king jr.'s 90th birthday, i'm honored to join minority whip clyburn in
denouncing the reracist remarks of representative steve king and condemning white supremacy and white nationalism in all forms. hatred and bigotry should have no home in america and certainly not one in the halls of congress. dr. king was one of the finest citizens this country has produced. a champion for justice and a fearless crusader for equality. today and every day, we must honor the life and legacy of dr. king while also acknowledging the work which remains. we must strongly condemn hateful expressions of intolerance wherever and whenever we see them. america is strongest when we stand together. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. cunningham: i believe today is a promising start. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: gentleman from new york
reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: thank you, madam speaker. i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from ohio, mr. ryan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. ryan: i thank the gentleman from new york. i rise in support of this resolution, but i also believe that the house of representatives should go one step further and i believe we should institute a censure for mr. king to signal to this country and to our children that this behavior is unacceptable. in the underlying premise is that we have had leaders at the highest levels down the street from here condone and continue to perpetuate race baiting, white supremacist language that is not good for this country. we need to come together.
we're a weaker country today because we're so divided. and what this is all about is whether the united states is going to move forward saying that we're a united country. that we respect diversity, and not only respect it, but recognize that our diversity in this country is our greatest strength. it's our greatest cultural strength, and our greatest economic strength. this house needs to take this resolution one step further. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: reserves. the speaker pro tempore: reserves. the gentleman from new york, you're recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i ask that the gentleman from exas, mr. allred, be recognized for a unanimous consent request. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. allred: i ask unanimous
consent to support the resolution against white nationalism and against white supremacy. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: does the gentleman -- we have no further -- i have one further speaker who will close. mr. collins: ok. if the gentleman is prepared to close i'm ready to close. mr. nadler: we're prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: and the time we have left, madam speaker? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has three minutes. mr. collins: three minutes. madam speaker, we have heard from many here today and i think we all come to a common theme and the common theme is that everybody we meet goes back to the simple rule that most of us would have learned growing up and we heard it reference here today but maybe as simple in kindergarten, you hold hands, you look after each other, you treat people with with respect no matter where they come from, what the color of their skin is, what gender they may be or what religion they may practice. what is true on the floor today
and what should be true in the hearts of every american but not just americans but those around the world, we realize we have been given a gift by god. that we have been given the strength by god. we've been given the hope by god to treat each other with dignity, respect, and love. when we understand that, then it takes away, but we also, madam speaker, today have also realized when we as members speak, people pay attention and people hold us accountable. and we talked about that in many ways and that cannot continue in the way we have seen it. white supremacy is wrong. white nationalism is wrong. anti-semitism is wrong. when we divide ourselves and classify ourselves against each other, we bring ourselves down, not those that we go after. and as long as we ever have anyone in this country that believes that they can climb to the top on the backs of others because they make fun of their race, their gender, ethnicity or any other thing, then we value and deval the very breath that god gives us.
-- devalue the very breath that god gives us. madam speaker, there is not anyone we face today, anyone we come in contact today that is not inherently and deeply loved by god. and it's pretty simple. he breathe life into them. i believe it with all that i am here. if i cannot believe -- if i can believe that god created each and every person that i see in everything we see around us, how cannot i value that reation, how can i not stand -- if there is someone to take and say this is a christian value, i ask them there is a judgment, it's already written down that no man stands that way. so today, it's pretty simple. place a yes vote on the floor. we support this resolution because it's not an american value. it's not what we stand for. and that, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back.
the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: thank you, madam speaker. i now yield to close the debate on our side the remainder of our time to the gentleman from -- mr. , mr. crish no krishnamoorthi. mr. krishnamoorthi: i applaud both sides for taking up this resolution and support in rejecting white nationalism. i ask the question, where does president trump stand on this resolution? will president trump do as we are doing and reject white supremacy in all its forms? so far we have heard nothing but silence. i ask him to act and do the same. rejecting white supremacy and white nationalism today. thank you.
second day to consider the nomination of william barr to be the next attorney general. that gets underway at 9:30 a.m. eastern. pennsylvania's midterms include a number of special elections to fill the seats of members who left congress early. new district names and the addition of four women, all democrats, to a delegation that previously had been all male. two of those women entered the house in november slightly ahead of the rest of their colleagues. representative mary gay scan lon's race included a special election to represent the seventh district in the last month and a half of the 115th congress. she was previously an attorney in private practice and has served on her local school board and representative susan wild's
race included a special election to represent the 15th distribute and a general election to represent the newly constituted seventh. prior to running for congress, she was the first woman to be solicitor for allentown, pennsylvania. earlier in her career she was an attorney. voters in the fourth district elected madeline dean. representative dean began her professional life as an attorney but later turned into academia teaching english and writing at lasalle university. congresswoman chrisy high school n now represents -- hoolihan represents the sixth district. she served three years in the u.s. air force. hugheser was the head of the state's tax office and prior to that an executive in his family's company that
manufactures scooters and other home medical equipment. the 15th district elected representative john joyce. he is a medical doctor who has a dermatology practice with his wife. and congressman guy represents pennsylvania's 14th district. he was previously a state nator and a judge in state magisterial court. new congress, new leaders. watch it all on c-span. >> a partial government shutdown just entered its 26th day. the house yesterday considered a resolution. they received only support democrats and six republicans. meanwhile senate democrats continued to take up other
funding legislation passed by the house but continues to say any bill to be considered must have the support of president trump. if an agreement to reopen the government is not reached by this weekend, congressional leaders say they will keep the house and senate in session next ek despite a priestley schedule -- previously cycled work period for members to go back home. >> up next on c-span president trump's pick for attorney general's confirmation hearing. and then "washington journal" with your phone calls and a look at today's headlines. announcer: attorney general nominee william barr said the special investigation led by robert mueller would be able to continue under his super vision. the russian probe was a frequent
topic. members over the senate judiciary committee questioned him about a memo he wrote last year that was critical of the investigation. he was also asked how much of robert mueller's final report would be made public when it was released. mr. barr sa lawyer who previously served as attorney general during the george h.w. bush administration.