[Congressional Record Volume 169, Number 37 (Monday, February 27, 2023)]
[Page H883]
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  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentlewoman from 
Iowa (Mrs. Miller-Meeks) for 5 minutes.
  Mrs. MILLER-MEEKS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Ben Kueter 
of Iowa City who took down Hempstead's Joe Lewis in a technical fall to 
win his fourth State title in wrestling--only the 32nd time in the 
history of the Iowa State wrestling tournament.
  He is also the seventh to complete an undefeated high school career, 
with an outstanding record of 111-0 with 105 career bonus point wins.
  In addition to winning his fourth State title and shattering records 
in Iowa, Ben also holds a world title in wrestling. Just this summer, 
he represented Iowa on the world stage and won gold at the Junior Men's 
Freestyle World Championship.
  An all-star athlete and senior at Iowa City High School, Ben excels 
in more than just wrestling. He has also been a star member of the 
football, baseball, and track teams.
  Ben's proudest accomplishment, though, is being a good role model for 
future wrestlers. He always makes time to talk to and take pictures 
with younger wrestlers at tournaments and makes it a priority to keep 
things fun.

  I am proud of Ben's accomplishments, and I join all of Iowa in being 
proud that he continues to represent our State at the highest levels.
  I am also honored that he has chosen to continue his wrestling career 
in Iowa City at the University of Iowa.
  Go Hawkeyes!

                     Texas Christian University Day

  Mrs. MILLER-MEEKS. Mr. Speaker, today is also TCU or Texas Christian 
University Day at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. As an alum of Harris 
College of Nursing at TCU, I welcome TCU to Washington, D.C.
  As long as TCU is not playing an Iowa team, I can say, ``Go Frogs!''

                Healthy Healthcare Debate Among Parties

  Mrs. MILLER-MEEKS. Mr. Speaker, yesterday, February 26, The Wall 
Street Journal released another article about the origins of COVID-19. 
This time, the Department of Energy has acknowledged that most likely 
this was a lab leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
  I remember having a hearing here in the Capitol with the Select 
Committee on the Coronavirus Pandemic at which we discussed the origins 
of COVID-19. We were derided and we were ridiculed, as were other 
Members of Congress.
  I think it is important that we recognize there is such an importance 
for free speech, especially in healthcare and in medicine and science, 
that a debate is what needs to take place and that we should be careful 
in who we chastise simply because we don't like the political party 
that they represent.
  It was no conspiracy to acknowledge that there was not furin cleavage 
sites normal, that there were doubling of amino acids, and that there 
was gain-of-function research that had been funded indirectly by the 
United States Government despite a prohibition on gain-of-function 
  To this day, there has not yet been an intermediate host for SARS-
CoV-2, although there was very rapidly with both SARS and MERS.
  My point is that we need to recognize that we can have differences of 
opinion and those should not be considered to be radical or conspiracy 
theories, despite what political party that emanates from.