[Congressional Record Volume 156, Number 43 (Sunday, March 21, 2010)]
[Page H1820]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]


  (Ms. JACKSON LEE of Texas asked and was given permission to address 
the House for 1 minute.)
  Ms. JACKSON LEE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, over the last 2 days, human 
beings who happened to be Members of Congress have been called the N 
word, have been spat on. Just recently, someone asked me why my braids 
were so tight.
  But I know there is a better way, and I know that because members of 
the Congressional Black Caucus worshipped this morning at the Mt. Zion 
Baptist Church, and Pastor Smith said to us to call upon healing the 
land. We'll be able to heal the land by voting this evening on a health 
care bill that will help those who cannot help themselves, those single 
mothers, those people with preexisting disease.
  I have the dishonor of being a Member of Congress representing the 
State of Texas that has the highest number of uninsured. And so today, 
there will be no shame in my vote, because I will vote for those Texans 
who are not here and cannot speak for themselves and are suffering with 
no health care. And seniors will have a stronger Medicare, and 95 
percent of Americans will be able to be insured.
  This is a day that courage will be the call of the day.