Read Text of Short-Term Spending Bill
Last House Session - December 7, 2017

The House is expected to consider a bill to extend federal government funding until December 22. Current funding expires Friday, December 8.

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  • 10:00:36 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

    The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.

    • 10:00:42 AM

      TEMPORE PURSUA

      PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR WILL NOW…

      PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:01:11 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE NATION OBSERVED THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE NATION OBSERVED THE NATIONAL MINERS DAY WHICH WAS DESIGNATED BY CONGRESS TO HONOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS AND SACRIFICES OF MINERS BOTH PAST AND PRESENT. MR. SPEAKER, I'M THE PROUD GRANDSON OF A PENNSYLVANIA COAL MINER, AND NATIONAL MINERS DAY DOES MARK THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORST MINING ACCIDENT IN HISTORY ON DECEMBER 6, 1907, IN WEST VIRGINIA. THE DISASTER RESULTED IN THE DEATHS OF 362 MINERS. WHILE TECHNOLOGY IN MINING HAS CONTINUED TO IMPROVE, MINING REMAINS DIFFICULT WORK. EVERY DAY OUR NATION'S MINERS WORK SO HARDESS CAN VATING MINERALS -- HARD ESCAVATTING MINERALS FOR MANUFACTURING. PARTICULARLY MY FAMILY HERITAGE, I AM PROUD OF OUR PENNSYLVANIA COAL MINERS WHO REALLY DUG THE COAL THAT FUELED THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND PROVIDED THE ENERGY FOR FUELING OUR PREPARATIONS TO WIN WORLD WAR I AND WORLD WAR II. FROM COAL TO COPPER AND FROM GOLD TO GRANITE, MINERS WORKED TO PROVIDE MATERIALS THAT PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES. AMERICAN MINERS TODAY DELIVER THE SAME COMMITMENT TO THE INDUSTRY THAT THEY HISTORICALLY HAVE. THANKS TO ADVANCEMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY, WE'RE SEEING THE INDUSTRY OPERATE SMARTER, FASTER AND MOST IMPORTANTLY SAFER. AMERICANS BENEFIT FROM THE ENERGY, METALS AND MINERALS MADE AVAILABLE TO US THANKS TO MINING. IT'S AS FUNDAMENTAL TODAY AS IT WAS CENTURIES AGO. MR. SPEAKER, TO ALL OF OUR MINERS, I SAY THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE GIVEN TO THIS IMPORTANT INDUSTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE TITUSVILLE HOSPITAL FOR OVERALL PATIENT PROTECTION. TITUSVILLE AREA HOSPITAL C.E.O. LEE CLINTON CALLED THE AWARD A TRUE HONOR AND ADDED HE'S VERY PROUD OF THE CARE PROVIDED AND THE LEVEL OF EXPERTISE OFFERED TO THE CITIZENS WHO ARE SERVED AT THE TITUSVILLE HOSPITAL. HE SAID, QUOTE, ALL OF OUR STAFF STRIVES TO PROVIDE EACH PATIENT WITH THE BEST POSSIBLE EXPERIENCE EVERY TIME. IN AWARD DEMONSTRATES OUR ABILITY TO EXCEED AS A SMALL RURAL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL, END QUOTES. MR. SPEAKER, OUR RURAL HOSPITALS FACE COMPLEX CHALLENGES. THEY RANGE FROM FINANCIAL CONCERNS TO A SHORTAGE OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS. THANKFULLY THE TITUSVILLE AREA HOSPITAL IS RECOGNIZED AS A TOP PERFORMER WHO IS INCREASING IN PATIENT SATISFACTION. I'M PROUD IT SETS THE STANDARD FOR OTHER RURAL HOSPITALS. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY CONGRATULATE C.E.O. LEE CLINTON AND ALL OF THE STAFF OF THE TITUSVILLE AREA HOSPITAL ON THIS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:04:29 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:04:34 AM

      MR. DAVIS

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MR. JAMES…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MR. JAMES THOMAS ESCO, WHO WAS BORN IN CANTON, MISSISSIPPI, IN 1942. WHICH IS HOME TO MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN BENNIE THOMPSON, WHO REPRESENTS THAT AREA. IT IS ALSO HOME OF THE CANTON SPIRITUALS, ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING GOSPEL SINGING GROUPS IN THE COUNTRY. MR. JAMES THOMAS ESCO WAS BORN A UNIQUE PERSON. HE WAS THE 29TH CHILD OF 30 IN A BLENDED FAMILY OF MR. PERCY LEE AND MRS. ERLENE ESCO. HE LOVED HIS FAMILY AND FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS WIFE'S 16 BROTHERS AND SISTERS. HE WAS MARRIED TO MRS. SAIDIE -- SAIDY PEARL ESCO -- SADIE PEARL ESCO FOR 50 YEARS. HE WAS SOLID AS A ROCK AND A HUMANITARIAN WITH THE HEART OF GOLD. HE WAS ALWAYS CONCERNED ABOUT AND LOOKED OUT FOR THE WELL-BEING OF OTHERS. HE WAS A HARD WORKER. WORKED IN A FACTORY AND DROVE A TAXI. HE BROUGHT DIGNITY TO ANY WORK TASK WHICH HE PERFORMED. HE STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION AND TAUGHT HIS CHILDREN TO GET THE BEST GRADES . HE ADORED HIS WIFE'S 16 SIBLINGS AND SUPPORTED THEM IN THEIR ENDEAVORS. HE INSTILLED IN HIS CHILDREN AND SEVEN GRANDCHILDREN TO BE KIND, RESPECTFUL OF OTHERS, WORK HARD TO GET THE THINGS YOU WANT IN LIFE, TO BE ACTIVE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, TO KNOW JESUS. THESE WORDS AND THIS BIOGRAPHY WAS PUT TOGETHER BY THE DAUGHTER OF MR. ESCO. WHAT A MAN. WHAT A DAUGHTER. WHAT A FAMILY. MR. SPEAKER, THESE ARE THE KIND OF PEOPLE THAT I AM FORTUNATE TO REPRESENT, AND I AM INDEED PLEASED TO SHARE THEM WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD WITH MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT. I AM U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DANNY DAVIS FROM THE SEVENTH DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:07:42 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES, FOR…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:07:46 AM

      MR. JONES

      MR. SPEAKER, IN 2008, I INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE HOUSE RULES…

      MR. SPEAKER, IN 2008, I INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE HOUSE RULES WHICH WOULD REQUIRE WE OPEN THE FIRST SESSION DAY OF EVERY MONTH WITH A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND HONOR THE MILITARY MEMBERS WHO HAD BEEN KILLED IN WAR. SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI GOT WORD OF MY RESOLUTION AND HER OFFICE INFORMED ME THAT AMENDING THE RULES WOULD NOT BE NECESSARY. SPEAKER PELOSI DECIDED THAT SHE AND ONLY SHE WOULD OPEN THE LEGISLATIVE MONTH WITH THAT MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE. SHE KEPT HER WORD AND MONTHLY MET HER COMMITMENT TO OUR FALLEN AMERICAN HEROES. YESTERDAY, I INTRODUCED THE SAME LEGISLATION, HOUSE RESOLUTION 643, AND CALLED ON THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TO INITIATE THIS POLICY OF HONORING THE MILITARY MEMBERS WE HAVE LOST FIGHTING FOR THIS COUNTRY. SINCE MR. RYAN BECAME SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE IN 2015, AT LEAST 165 BRAVE AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN HAVE BEEN KILLED IN SERVICE. WE IN CONGRESS HAVE NOT SUFFICIENTLY RECOGNIZED OR REMEMBERED THOSE WHO HAVE DIED FOR AMERICA. IT IS MY BELIEF THAT SINCE SPEAKER RYAN, IN THE LINE OF SUCCESSION TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF, IT IS HIS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SOLELY HIS RESPONSIBILITY TO SHOW GRATITUDE TO THOSE WHO HAVE DIED FOR THIS COUNTRY. I WROTE TO SPEAKER RYAN ON DECEMBER 5 ASKING HE BEGIN THIS TRADITION IN JANUARY OF 2018. IN CLOSING, I HOPE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF H. RESOLUTION 643. AMERICA IS AT WAR. AMERICA'S MILITARY MEMBERS ARE FIGHTING AND DYING FOR THIS COUNTRY. IT IS ONLY THROUGH REMEMBRANCE AND PRAYER THAT THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CAN TRULY SHOW THE BRAVE FAMILIES OF THOSE WE LOST THAT WE SHARE IN THEIR SADNESS. MR. SPEAKER, I ALWAYS BRING TO THE FLOOR WHEN I TALK ABOUT WAR AND I TALK ABOUT DEATH AND WAR TO SHOW THE FACES OF THE PAIN OF THOSE WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES. THE LEAST WE CAN DO IN THIS HOUSE IS ONCE A MONTH HAVE A MOMENT OF PRAYER IN REMEMBRANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE DIED FOR THIS COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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    • 10:10:32 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII, MS. HANABUSA, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII, MS. HANABUSA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:10:37 AM

      MS. HANABUSA

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIR. ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII AND THE…

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIR. ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII AND THE VETERANS OF THE PACIFIC WAR, I SPEAK TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4300, THE ADMIRAL LLOYD R. JOE VEASEY WAR COMMEMORATIVE ACT WHICH WILL ESTABLISH A PACIFIC WAR MEMORIAL AT PEARL HARBOR. PACIFIC HISTORIC PARKS, A NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION, WILL WORK IN COORDINATION WITH THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. IT WILL NOT REQUIRE FEDERAL FUNDS AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR THEIR PARTNERSHIP. MY SINCERE THANKS TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN ROB BISHOP, FOR JOINING ME IN INTRODUCTION OF THIS BILL AND WORKING WITH RANKING MEMBER RAUL GRIJALVA TO ENJOY ITS SWIFT CONSIDERATION BY THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE. MAHALO TO OUR CO-SPONSORS. I UNDERSTAND IT WILL PASS BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT LATER TODAY. 76 YEARS AGO TODAY IMPERIAL JAPAN ATTACKED PEARL HARBOR PULLING OUR COUNTRY INTO WORLD WAR II IN THE PACIFIC. THE PACIFIC THEATER WAS THE SCENE OF FIERCE FIGHTING AND MORE THAN 150,000 U.S. CASUALTIES. THE PHILIPPINES, GUAM, THE SOLOMON ISLANDS AND MANY PLACES IN BETWEEN, BRAVE AMERICANS LOST THEIR LIVES IN DEFENSE OF OUR NATION. TODAY AT PEARL HARBOR, THE U.S.S. ARIZONA SYMBOLIZES THE START OF THE WAR AND THE U.S.S. MISSOURI MARKS ITS CONCLUSION. BUT THERE IS NO MEMORIAL RECOGNIZING THE EXPERIENCES AND SACRIFICES OF THOSE WHO FOUGHT IN THE PACIFIC. ADMIRAL VEASEY SERVED ON THE U.S.S. GUNNAL DURING THE PACIFIC WAR, AND IT IS HIS VISION THAT WE ARE REALIZING WITH THIS MEMORIAL. AFTER FIGHTING FOR HIS COUNTRY, HE DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO THE PURSUIT OF PEACE IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION. IN ADDITION TO HIS SERVICE IN THE U.S. NAVY, HE FOUND THE PACIFIC FORUM CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES. CSIS. THE ADMIRAL SERVED AS SENIOR ADVISORY FOR POLICY, PACIFIC FORUM CSIS AND WAS PART OF THE STRATEGIC PLANS AND POLICIES FOR THE U.S. PACIFIC COMMAND AND SECRETARY TO THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF. THE ADMIRAL IS 100 YEARS OLD, AND HE WILL TURN 101 ON JANUARY 31, 2018 AND HE CARRIES WITH HIM THE MEMORIES OF THOSE LOST IN THE COMBAT AND THE HONOR AND RESPONSIBILITY OF THE VETERANS WHO SURVIVED. HOPEFULLY WITH PASSAGE OF 4300 THE ADMIRAL AND REMAINING SURVIVORS WILL FIND SOME PEACE KNOWING THE FALLEN SOLDIERS WILL BE PROPERLY HONORED AND FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL VISIT THE MEMORIAL AND LEARN OF THE BATTLES THAT THEY FOUGHT. WE MUST SHARE THEIR STORIES OF SACRIFICES IN THE HOPES THAT WE PREVENT FUTURE GENERATIONS FROM WAGING WAR AND PARTICIPATING IN THE HISTORICAL RACISM THAT RESULTED IN INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE AMERICANS, INCLUDING BOTH OF MY GRANDFATHERS. THIS SPIRIT OF AMERICAN HISTORY MUST NOT BE FORGOTTEN. THE LESSONS WERE HARD, BUT THEY HELPED SHAPE A BETTER NATION. THIS COUNTRY OWES ADMIRAL VEASEY AND THE MEMBERS OF THE GREATEST GENERATION A HEART-FELT MAHALO. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:14:37 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUDD, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUDD, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:14:40 AM

      MR. BUDD

      MR. SPEAKER, ON JULY 1, 2015, KATE STEINLE WAS WALKING WITH HER FATHER ON…

      MR. SPEAKER, ON JULY 1, 2015, KATE STEINLE WAS WALKING WITH HER FATHER ON A PIER IN SAN FRANCISCO. WHILE SHE WAS ON THE PIER, SHE WAS SHOT TO DEATH BY AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WHO HAD BEEN DEPORTED FIVE TIMES. HE HAD BEEN CONVICTED OF SEVEN FELONIES. BEFORE HE MURDERED KATE STEINLE, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAD ASKED THE CITY TO TURN HIM OVER SO HE CAN BE DEPORTED AGAIN. THE CITY, FOLLOWING ITS POLICY OF NOT COOPERATING WITH FEDERAL IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS, RELEASED HIM FROM JAIL. HE MURDERED KATE STEINLE THREE MONTHS LATER. A FEW DAYS AGO HER KILLER WAS DECLARED NOT GUILTY BY A SAN FRANCISCO JURY. FOR NOW THERE IS NO JUSTICE FOR KATE STEINLE. THERE IS A QUESTION IN THIS, THOUGH, FOR ALL OF US. IT'S A QUESTION WE SHOULD ASK WHEN WE'RE CONFRONTED BY A TERRORIST ATTACK CONDUCTED BY THOSE LIKE THE BOSTON BOMBINGS OR THE SAN BERNARDINO MASSACRE WHERE ONE OF THE ATTACKERS WAS IN THE UNITED STATES ON A K-1 VISA. THE QUESTION IS WHY WAS THIS PERSON IN OUR COUNTRY. IN THE CASE OF KATE STEINLE WE NOW KNOW EXACTLY WHY. THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO'S POLICY, THE CITY IS AN ACCOMPLICE TO KATE STEINLE'S DEATH, IT'S PURE AND SIMPLE. THEY DEFIED GENERAL LAW BY REFUSING TO COOPERATE WITH FEDERAL IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES AS A BLANKET POLICY. THEY DEFIED IT IN THE SPECIFIC CASE THAT LED TO THE DEATH OF KATE STEINLE. THIS IS A RADICAL POLICY AND I DON'T USE THAT WORD LIGHTLY. YOU HAVE AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CONVICTED OF MULTIPLE CRIMES, IN ADDITION TO COMING HERE ILLEGALLY FIVE TIMES. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TRIES TO SEND THE GUY HOME A SIXTH TIME AND THE CITY LETS HIM GO BECAUSE THEY IGNORE THE LAW. AND THEN HE MURDERS SOMEONE. THE RESULT OF THIS CITY IS A SHATTERED FAMILY. THE RESULT IS A FATHER WHO WILL NEVER SEE HIS DAUGHTER AGAIN. THE RESULT IS A MOTHER WHO HAS TO FACE THE WORST NIGHTMARE OF EVERY PARENT. THESE ARE THE TERRIBLE FACTS OF THIS TRAGEDY, MR. SPEAKER, AND THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN DO IN THIS BODY TO CHANGE THEM. WHAT WE CAN DO IS MOVE FORWARD TOWARDS AND IMMIGRATION POLICY THAT'S BASED ON SOUND PRINCIPLES. FOR THE RADICALS, THIS WILL BE A RADICAL CHANGE. FOR EVERYDAY AMERICANS THIS IS JUST COMMON SENSE. ON THIS FRONT THERE ARE THREE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES TO A SANE IMMIGRATION POLICIES. FIRST, AMERICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO DETERMINE WHO BECOMES CITIZENS THROUGH LAWS. IT'S RIGHT THERE IN THE CONSTITUTION, ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, PROVIDES CONGRESS WITH THE EXPLICIT AUTHORITY TO REGULATE NATURALIZATION. A COUNTRY WITHOUT BORDERS IS NOT A COUNTRY. IT'S JUST A GEOGRAPHIC DESTINATION. SECOND, WHO COMES HERE SHOULD BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF AMERICANS. THE NUMBER OF KNOWN CRIMINALS WE SHOULD BE LETTING IN IS ZERO. THE PEOPLE WHO CANNOT READ OR SPEAK ENGLISH WE SHOULD BE ADMITTING IS ZERO. THE NUMBER OF RADICAL ISLAMISTS, DRUG ADDICTS WE SHOULD BE LETTING IN IS ZERO. WE ARE WILLING TO HAVE IMMIGRATION THAT ARE HARD WORKING, FOLLOW OUR LAWS, READY TO BUILD OUR COUNTRY TOGETHER. THIRD, WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO ENFORCE OUR CHOICES THROUGH IMMIGRATION LAWS. WE SHOULD STOP SANCTUARY CITIES AND ENFORCE SANCTIONS AGAINST THOSE WHO HIRE ILLEGAL LABOR. WE SHOULD BUILD THE BORDER WALL. SOMETHING THAT HAS WORKED IN ISRAEL. MR. SPEAKER, ACCORDING TO THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER, THE POPULATION OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS INSIDE STATE, NORTH CAROLINA, HAS GONE UP 14,000% FROM 25,000 PEOPLE IN 1990 TO 350,000 IN THE YEAR 2014. WE HAVE GOT TO GET THIS UNDER CONTROL. ANY COUNTRY WHERE THE KATE STEINLE TRAGEDY CAN HAPPEN IS NOT A COUNTRY WITH A SANE IMMIGRATION POLICY. I HOPE WE NEVER AGAIN HAVE TO ASK THE QUESTION AFTER A TRAGEDY, WHY IS THIS PERSON IN OUR COUNTRY, BECAUSE I HOPE THE ANSWER WILL BE WIDELY KNOWN, THAT WE HAVE A REASONABLE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM THAT BEP FITS ALL AMERICANS AND DOES EVERYTHING WITHIN REASON NOT TO BRING IN PEOPLE WHO WILL HURT US. KATE STEINLE PROVES WE ARE NOT THERE YET, BUT I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN GET THERE ONE DAY. MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:19:30 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:19:34 AM

      MS. KAPTUR

      THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAS CAUGHT ON TO OUR…

      THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAS CAUGHT ON TO OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES' TAX SCAM. THEY KNOW THEIR BILL TAKES FROM OUR STRUGGLING MIDDLE CLASS AND REWARDS BOUNTIFULLY THE BILLIONAIRE CLASS AND TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS. THE VERY ONES THAT WILL USE THE MONEY TO SHIP MORE OF OUR JOBS OVERSEAS. IN FACT, THE ONLY PERMANENT TAX GIVEAWAYS THIS BILL WILL CAUSE ARE FOR BIG CORPORATIONS. THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION ESTIMATES THEIR BILL WILL ADD $1 TRILLION ADDITIONALLY TO OUR DEBT MINIMUM, AND THAT DOESN'T COUNT THE INTEREST. . THIS CHART SHOWS OVER TIME HOW MUCH MORE OF OUR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT WE PRODUCE EVERY YEAR IN OUR COUNTRY IS RELATED TO THE NATIONAL DEBT. THE NABBLE DEBT HAS BEEN EXPLODING OVER TIME. THEIR BILL MAKES IT WORSE. NOT BETTER. WE SHOULD NOT SO HIGHLY LEVERAGE OUR ECONOMY. THEIR BILL FLIES IN THE FACE OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, AND TO WHAT END? WELL, THE BILL WOULD DECREASE FEDERAL REVENUE BY A PROJECTED $5.5 TRILLION. TRAGICALLY, PUTTING OUR NATIONAL ECONOMIC SECURITY AT GRAVE RISK. WHAT'S ON THE TABLE FOR CUTS? SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, ALL ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK. THERE'S LITTLE IN THE REPUBLICAN BILL GOOD FOR AVERAGE AMERICANS. WITH THEIR LEGISLATION OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WILL ACTUALLY PUSH AMERICA INTO DEEPER FINANCIAL SERVITUDE TO FOREIGN INVESTORS BUYING OUR DEBT, LIKE CHINA AND SAUDI ARABIA. HOW DOES THIS MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN? FOREIGN INVESTORS WILL BE FINANCING MORE AND MORE OF U.S. DEBT. THIS CHART SHOWS HOW MUCH NOW IS BEING FINANCED BY FOREIGN INTERESTS. WAY BACK, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE USED TO BUY TREASURY SECURITIES AND WE FINANCED OUR OWN DEBT. BUT OVER TIME WHAT'S HAPPENED IS BECAUSE WE WERE LEVERAGING OUR ECONOMY TOO HIGHLY WITH DEBT, BORROWED MONEY, FOREIGN INTERESTS STARTED TO BUY OUR SECURITIES. THEY NOW OWN NEARLY HALF AND YOU KNOW WHAT? THAT MEANS WE OWE NOT JUST THE PRINCIPAL THEY BORROWED BUT INTEREST. SO OVER TIME, THE HOLE IS BEING DUG DEEPER. AND FOREIGN INTERESTS LITERALLY HAVE NOW BECOME THE LARGEST HOLDER OF U.S. DEBT. UNDER THEIR SCHEME, FOREIGN NATIONS WILL SNAP UP AND BUY MORE U.S. TREASURY SECURITY AND THIS WILL ROB FUTURE INVESTMENTS THAT WOULD BENEFIT AMERICANS BECAUSE WE ARE REQUIRED TO PAY BACK NOT JUST THE PRINCIPAL BUT THE INTEREST TO FOREIGN CREDITORS. IMAGINE IF THAT MONEY THAT WE'RE PAYING ON INTEREST TO FOREIGN CREDITORS COULD ACTUALLY BE INVESTED HERE IN AMERICA THROUGH TAX CUTS THAT ACTUALLY TARGET MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES TO INCREASE THEIR BUYING POWER. BUT WITH THIS MASSIVE DEBT THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IS SLIDING ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE, MORE BEHOLDEN TO FOREIGN CREDITORS, NOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WELL, CHINA IS NOW OUR LARGEST FOREIGN CREDITOR. IF YOU LOOK AT THE DEBT THAT WE OWE, YOU'LL SEE CHINA HAS BEEN GROWING AT AN -- AS AN OWNER OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OVER TIME, THEY ALREADY OWN $1.2 TRILLION ALONG WITH OTHER ASIAN POWERS, OR 19% OF OUR FOREIGN-OWNED DEBT. OUR TAXPAYERS PAYING CHINA PRINCIPAL PLUS INTEREST. NOT A GOOD FORMULA FOR AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE. YET CHINESE AUTHORITIES ARE NOT HESITANT TO UNDERMINE AMERICAN INTERESTS, STARTING WITH DEMOCRACY ITSELF, BUT ON ECONOMIC ISSUES, THEY DUMP STEEL. IT'S CRUSHED OUR DOMESTIC STEEL INDUSTRY. THEY MANIPULATE THEIR CURNSTOY ADVANTAGE IT AND CONTINUE TO ROB INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FROM AMERICAN COMPANIES AND UNIVERSITIES EVERY DAY. BEING IN THE POCKET OF CHINA TO FINANCE OUR DEBT IS NOT IN AMERICA'S INTEREST. OTHER TOP COUNTRIES BUYING U.S. DEBT INCLUDE, GET READY FOR THIS, THE CAYMAN ISLANDS WORK $260 BILLION AND INDIA AND SAUDI ARABIA WITH BETWEEN $135 BILLION AND $248 BILLION AND THAT'S A CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE. OEVEN RUSSIA HOLDS $86.2 BILLION OF -- OF OUR DEBT. OUR CLOSEST ALLY IN EUROPE -- AMERICA BEST BE CAREFUL, WE ARE ENDING UP IN FOREIGN SERVITUDE TO THE OWNERSHIP OF THE U.S. DEBT. DEFEATING THE REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN IS ONE WAY TO START RIGHTING THE SHIP OF STATE. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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    • 10:25:16 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:25:23 AM

      MS. FOXX

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. RECENTLY, "FORBES" MAGAZINE REPORTED SOMETHING WE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. RECENTLY, "FORBES" MAGAZINE REPORTED SOMETHING WE NORTH CAROLINIANS HAVE KNOWN FOR SOME TIME. NORTH CAROLINA IS THE NUMBER ONE STATE FOR BUSINESS. TO GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT IS DUE, THE TAR HEEL STATE'S SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS ATMOSPHERE IS IN LARGE PART DUE TO THE NORTH CAROLINA LEGISLATURE WHICH HAS CUT CORPORATE AND PERSONAL TAX RATES SINCE REPUBLICANS ASSUMED THE MAJORITY IN 2010. THIS YEAR, THE LEGISLATE CHUR ENACTED A BUDGET THAT REDUCES -- THE LEGISLATURE ENACTED A BUDGET THAT REDUCES THE STATE'S INCOME TAX FROM $5.499 TO 5.25. ELECTED OFFICIALS IN RALEIGH CREATED AN IMPRESSIVE PRO-BUSINESS POLICY AGENDA THAT REDUCED THE STATE'S CORPORATE INCOME TAX FROM.93K9 IN 2013 TO 3% IN 2017. WHICH WILL DROP TO 2.5% IN 2019 THIS PRO-GROWTH CORPORATE INCOME TAX REDUCTION HAS PLAYED A PIVOTAL ROLE IN MAKING NORTH CAROLINA ATTRACTIVE TO BUSINESSES. THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA IS A WONDERFUL PLACE TO START A BUSINESS AND TO LIVE. AND PEOPLE FROM EVERY STATES ARE MOVING TO THE STATE IN DROVES. MIGRATION RATES TO NORTH CAROLINA CONSISTENTLY RANK IN THE HIGHEST PERCENTILES IN THE NATION. OUR STATE RANKS SECOND IN LOWEST BUSINESS COST IN TERMS OF LABOR, ENERGY, AND TAXES. WITH RANKINGS LIKE THAT IT'S NO WONDER THAT BUSINESSES RIGHTLY CHOOSE TO OPERATE OUT OF NORTH CAROLINA. AS A FORMER SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, IT'S A PLEASURE TO HEAR THAT "FORBES" RECOGNIZED NORTH CAROLINA'S BUSINESS BONA FIDES. THANKS TO THE NORTH CAROLINA LEGISLATURE, BUSINESSES IN NORTH CAROLINA ARE COMPETITIVE ON A NATIONAL AND GLOBAL SCALE. OFFICIALS WORKED HARD TO MAKE SURE NORTH CAROLINA WOULD BECOME THE MOST COME TETPIVE -- COMPETITIVE STATE FOR BUSINESS IN THE COUNTRY. HERE IN WASHINGTON WE'RE BUILDING ON THE SUCCESS OF NORTH CAROLINA AND BRINGING ABOUT A TESTED POLICY RECIPE FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH. FAIRER, SIMPLER, AND LOWER TAXES. WHETHER YOU'RE AN INDIVIDUAL STRUGGLING TO MAKE SENSE OF OUR TAX BURDEN BEFORE APRIL 15, OR AN AMERICAN CORPORATION TRYING TO COMPETE WITH AMERICA'S COMPETITORS, OR A SMALL BUSINESS THAT'S FACED THE I.R.S.'S, STIFLING COMPLEXITY YOU KNOW OUR TAX CODE IS INTROKEN. I'VE HEARD ENOUGH FROM FIFTH DISTRICT FAMILIES, BUSINESSES, MILLENIALS AND OTHER BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS TO KNOW THAT CONGRESS MUST ACT NOW TO BRING ABOUT THE ECONOMIC EXPANSION THAT AMERICANS NEED AND DESERVE. THAT'S WHY I WAS SPROUD TO CAST MY SUPPORT IN FAVOR OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS BILL. THIS BILL IS CONGRESS' ANSWER TO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. IT DELIVERS MUCH NEEDED TAX RELIEF TO TAXPAYERS BY LOWERING EVERY MARGINAL TAX RATE ON THE BOOKS THAT APPLIES TO WORKING AMERICANS. IT ENABLES OUR BUSINESSES TO WIN HERE AT HOME AND EXPAND OUR NATION'S JOB GROWTH. IT WILL BOOST PAYCHECKS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. BY DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION, EVEN MORE AMERICANS WILL NO LONGER NEED TO ITEMIZE THEIR DEDUCTIONS. FOR MARRIED COUPLES FILING JOINTLY THIS TRANSLATES TO 24,000 -- TO $24,000 YEARLY THAT'S FREE FROM FEDERAL TAXES. BY LOWERING CRIPPLING TAXES ON BUSINESSES, WORKERS WILL SEE AN INCREASE IN THEIR WAGES. A REPORT FROM THE NONPARTISAN TAX FOUNDATION FOUND AED MYLE INCOME FAMILY IN NORTH CAROLINA WOULD SEE ITS AFTER TAX INCOME INCREASE BY $2,366. THE SAME FOUNDATION FOUND THAT THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL CREATE 975,000 NEW JOBS NATIONALLY AND GROW WAGES BY 4.4% FOR MIDDLE INCOME HOUSEHOLDS. AS WE'VE SEEN IN NORTH CAROLINA, WHEN GOVERNMENT SIMPLIFIES AND LOWERS TAXES, CITIZENS REAP THE REWARDS OF ECONOMIC EXPANSION, JOB GROWTH AND HIGHER WAGES. DESPITE THE HARD WORK DONE BY NORTH CAROLINA'S LEGISLATURE AND DESPITE OUR STATE BEING RATED NUMBER ONE IN WHICH TO DO BUSINESS, IT'S BEING HELD BACK BY THE FEDERAL TAX CODE. THE CURRENT TAX CODE IS LITTERED WITH TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SPECIAL INTEREST TAX BREAKS THAT HAVE HELD PEOPLE BACK. EVEN THOUGH NORTH CAROLINA'S NUMBER ONE, YOU'LL FIND THAT THE FOUR HIGHEST EARNING COUNTIES IN THE UNITED STATES ARE ALL NEAR WASHINGTON, D.C. THE SPENDING OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUELED BY THE TAX CODE AND ITS GIVEAWAYS UNDERMINE THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR ECONOMY. THESE SPECIAL INTEREST TAX CARVEOUTS ARE DRIVEN BY, YOU GUESSED IT, SPECIAL INTERESTS. IT'S TIME TO STOP REWARDING THE CLOSELY CONNECTED HERE IN WASHINGTON AND KEEP TAXPAYER DOLLARS WHERE THEY BELONG, WITH AMERICAN WORKERS, JOB CREATORS AND BUSINESSES. IT'S TIME THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STOPPED USING THE TAX CODE TO ENGINEER PEOPLE'S DECISIONS AND ALLOW AMERICANS TO LIVE THEIR LIVES BASED ON THEIR DESIRE FOR HIGHER WAGES, ENTREPRENEURISM, SERVICE AND ECONOMIC EXCHANGE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO FOLLOW NORTH CAROLINA'S LEAD AND SUPPORT THE TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT TO LOWER TAXES. INCREASE PAYCHECKS, WAGES AND JOB GROWTH. AND FIX THE TAX CODE. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    • 10:30:44 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CARTER, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CARTER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:30:49 AM

      MR. CARTER

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A VERY IMPORTANT SONG TO THE…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A VERY IMPORTANT SONG TO THE HISTORY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA, KUMBAYA. THE ORIGINAL NAME WAS COME BY HERE BUT NOW THE SONG IS INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN AS KUMBAYA. WHILE THE EXACT ORIGIN OF THE SONG IS UNKNOWN, SCHOLARS BELIEVE IT ORIGINATED WITH THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DESCENDENTS OF ENSLAVED AFRICAN-AMERICANS THAT LIVE ON THE SEA ISLANDS IN THE COASTAL REGIONS OF GEORGIA. IT IS LARGELY BELIEVED THAT THE SONG WAS A PLEA FOR GOD'S INTERVENTION FOR THIS GROUP OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS ASKING HIM TO RELIEVE THEM FROM A NUMBER OF HARD TIMES IN THE COMMUNITY, A SICK FAMILY MEMBER, OPPRESSION AND MORE. ROBERT WINSLOW GORDON, A STAFF MEMBER AND EVENTUALLY FOUNDER OF THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK SONGS, WAS TEMPORARILY LIVING IN GEORGIA IN 1926 AND TOOK THE FIRST RECORDING OF KUMBAYA ON THE WAX SILL DAR RECORDER STILL LOCATED IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS TODAY. HE RECORDED A PERSON IN THE COMMUNITY NAMED H. WILEY WHO SANG THE LYRICS. NEED YOU LORD, COME BY HERE. SOMEBODY NEEDS YOU LORD, COME BY HERE. THIS RECORDING OF KUMBAYA IS ONE OF THE EARLIEST THINGS LOCATED IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK SONG. GORDON IS BURIED NEAR THE HOME OF THE FIRST RECORDING OF KUMBAYA. THEY THOUGHT COME BY HERE SOUNDED LIKE KUMBAYA, A NONEXISTENT WORD AT THE TIME. OTHER SCHOLARS THINK THE ORIGINAL SONG WAS NOT EVEN COME BY HERE BUT INSTEAD COME BY YA. SINCE THAT TIME THE SONG HAS SPREAD THROUGHOUT OUR NATION AND THE WORLD. RECORDINGS CAN EVEN BE FOUND SUNG BY AMERICANS THROUGHOUT ALL DIFFERENT TIMES IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. THERE ARE 1930'S RECORDINGS FROM CENTRAL TEXAS AND IN FLORIDA WHILE MANY AMERICANS WERE FINDING SOLACE DURING THE JIM CROW PERIOD. IN THE 1950'S, 1960'S, KUMBAYA WAS SONG BY PETE SEEING AR. PETER, PAUL AND MARY AND JOAN BAEZ. AND IT HAS BEEN SONG IN ANGOLA SONG BY MISSIONARIES. WE SHOULD NEVER FORGET THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SONG AND WHO WE BELIEVE MADE -- MAYBE THE ORIGINAL CREATORS OF THE SONG. THEY LIVE FROM ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA, INTO THE NORTHERN MOST AREA OF WILMTON, NORTH CAROLINA. MOST PEOPLE KNOW THEM AT GULLAH. WE CALL THEM GECHE. THERE ARE MANY ASPECTS OF THE CULTURE THAT ARE UNIQUE, COMPLEX AND BEAUTIFUL. THEIR LANGUAGE IS BASED IN CREOLE AND IS THE ONLY CREE OL LANGUAGE IN THE UNITED STATES. THE GULLAH GEECHEE MAKE SWEET RICE BASKETS AS A CRAFT PASSED DOWN TO BOTH MEN AND WOMEN. ALTHOUGH THIS CULTURE AND THEIR TRADITIONS HAVE MODERNIZED SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY AND EARLY 20TH CENTURY IN AMERICA, TODAY YOU CAN SEE STILL THE GULLAH GEECHEE LIVING THEIR CULTURE IF YOU DRIVE THROUGH COASTAL GEORGIA. I CANNOT OVERSTATE THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE HAD ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF GEORGIA. AS WELL AS CREATORS OF THE SONG KUMBAYA, THEY HAVE CHANGED LIVES AND IS A SIGNIFICANT FORCE NOT ONLY IN THE SECOND DISTRICT OF GEORGIA BUT THROUGHOUT AMERICAN HISTORY. TO RECOGNIZE JUST HOW WIDESPREAD THIS SONG HAS BECOME, THE GEORGIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSED A RESOLUTION OFFICIALLY STATING THE IMPACT THIS SONG HAS HAD ON OUR STATE. I HOPE YOU ALL WILL JOIN ME IN OUR NATION'S CAPITOL BY ALSO RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS SONG, AND I AM VERY PROUD THAT IT ORIGINATED IN THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF GEORGIA, A DISTRICT THAT I HAVE THE HONOR AND PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING. IT IS ALSO AN HONOR TO HAVE MEMBERS OF THE GULLAH GEECHEE HERE AT THE CAPITOL. WELCOME TO OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR NATION'S HISTORY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:35:54 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. GREEN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I ENJOYED THE PREEMINENT…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I ENJOYED THE PREEMINENT PRIVILEGE OF SPEAKING FROM THE WELL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I AM SO HONORED TO HAVE GREAT OPPORTUNITY AND TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT ON YESTERDAY AN HISTORIC EVENT TOOK PLACE RIGHT HERE IN THIS HOUSE. MR. SPEAKER, ON YESTERDAY, 58 PERSONS VOTED TO IMPEACH DONALD JOHN TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF PLEARK. MR. SPEAKER. -- UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, 57 MORE THAN A GOOD MANY PEOPLE ANTICIPATED. AND MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE SOME WHO WOULD HAVE THE EVENT BE NOTHING MORE THAN A FOOTNOTE IN HISTORY. SOME WILL JUST HAVE IT BE A NONEVENT, BUT, MR. SPEAKER, IT WON'T HAPPEN. IT WILL NOT BE JUST A FOOTNOTE. IT WON'T BE A NONEVENT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS EVENT WILL BE LOOKED UPON BY SCHOLARS AS THEY LOOK THROUGH THE TIME TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED AT THIS TIME. THEY WILL PONDER AND THEY WILL FIND THAT 58 PERSONS WERE THE FIRST 58 TO VOTE TO IMPEACH DONALD JOHN TRUMP. THE FIRST 58. NOT THE LAST 58, MR. SPEAKER. THERE WILL BE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO REMOVE DONALD JOHN TRUMP FROM THE PRESIDENCY. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I TOOK MY VOTE YESTERDAY, I VOTED FOR A LOT OF CONSTITUENTS. I JUST WANT TO SINGLE OUT A FEW. I VOTED FOR THE MAN WHO STOOD ON A CORNER UNDER A BRIDGE, CUP IN HIS HAND ASKING FOR HELP. WHEN HE SAW ME, HE HAD A BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE. I VOTED FOR HIM BECAUSE HIS WORDS TO ME, PARAPHRASING WERE, I AM SO PROUD OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING WITH THAT IMPEACHMENT. THIS IS A MAN STANDING IN THE STREETS OF LIFE, SLEEPS IN THE STREETS OF LIFE. I VOTED FOR THE PERSON WHO WAS ON A SERVING LINE AT A CAFETERIA. I EAT IN CAFETERIAS QUITE REGULARLY, WHO SAID, RIGHT ON, KEEP ON. I VOTED FOR THE WOMAN THAT SAW ME AT CHURCH AND SAID, AL GREEN, YOU'RE A TROUBLE MAKER, BUT DON'T YOU STOP UNTIL YOU IMPEACH TRUMP. MR. SPEAKER, I VOTED FOR PEOPLE WHO WILL NEVER HAVE THIS PREEMINENT PRIVILEGE THAT THEY HAVE ACCORDED ME TO STAND HERE IN THE WELL OF THE CONGRESS. I'M NOT GOING TO LET THEM DOWN, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WAS ROUND ONE. I ASSURE YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I DON'T GIVE OUT, I DON'T GIVE UP, I DON'T GIVE IN. I KNOW THAT I'M ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. I'M GOING TO STAY THERE. HERE IS WHERE I STAND. I WILL NOT BE MOVED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:39:38 AM

      TEMPORE MEM

      FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

      FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. HOLDING, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:39:53 AM

      MR. HOLDING

      I RISE TO RECOGNIZE AND THANK AN EXCEPTIONAL NORTH CAROLINAIAN, ALICE, WHO…

      I RISE TO RECOGNIZE AND THANK AN EXCEPTIONAL NORTH CAROLINAIAN, ALICE, WHO SPENT NEARLY THREE DECADES WORKING FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. ALICE FIRST BEGAN HER CAREER WITH SENATOR JESSE HELMS BACK IN 1986 AS SPECIAL ASSISTANT. SHE WAS FRESH OUT OF COLLEGE AND CAME TO WASHINGTON AND WAS IMMEDIATELY HIRED BY THE SENATOR TO WORK FOR HIM HERE ON CAPITOL HILL. IT WAS DURING THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I FIRST MET ALICE. WE BOTH SERVED ON SENATOR HELMS STAFF TOGETHER, BRINGING CONSERVATIVE NORTH CAROLINA VALUES, AND IN ALICE'S CASE, SOUTHERN CHARM TO OUR WORK HERE AND WORK IN THE SENATE. WHEN SENATOR HELMS RETIRED IN 2003, SENATOR ELIZABETH DOLE WELCOMED ALICE TO HER STAFF IN RALEIGH TO HANDLE CONSTITUENT SERVICES. MR. SPEAKER, ALICE SPENT SIX YEARS WORKING FOR SENATOR DOLE IN THAT ROLE. DURING THAT TIME SHE BECAME WELL-KNOWN IN NORTH CAROLINA FOR HER PERSONAL ATTENTION TO CASEWORK. SHE HELPED COUNTLESS CONSTITUENTS TO NAVIGATE THE MANY PROBLEMS THAT ARISE WHEN DEALING WITH FEDERAL AGENCIES. FOLLOWING HER TIME WORKING IN THE SENATE, ALICE MOVED OVER TO THE HOUSE SIDE, SERVING ON THE STAFF OF FORMER CONGRESSWOMAN RENEE ELLMERS, AS HER CONSTITUENT SERVICES DIRECTOR. ALICE'S CARING AND COMPASSIONATE DEMEANOR MADE HER A LOGICAL CHOICE FOR THAT POSITION. THAT'S WHY, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I WAS FIRST ELECTED TO SERVE AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I COULDN'T THINK OF ANYONE BETTER SUITED TO SERVE AS MY DISTRICT DIRECTOR THAN ALICE MCCAUL. HER DEVOTION TO HER WORK AND FOR THE PEOPLE OF NORTH CAROLINA MADE HER AN EXCELLENT HIRE. THIS PAST SUMMER ALICE RETIRED AFTER ALMOST FIVE YEARS ON MY STAFF AND THE PEOPLE OF NORTH CAROLINA WERE LUCKY TO HAVE HER AS AN ADVOCATE. MY OFFICE CERTAINLY MISSES HER AND WILL NOT BE THE SAME WITHOUT HER. I ALWAYS THINK OF ALICE AS A COLLEAGUE AND A GOOD FRIEND FROM OUR TIME TOGETHER WITH SENATOR HELMS AND I WISH HER WELL AND HER FAMILY WELL AS SHE ENJOYS HER MUCH-DESERVED RETIREMENT. THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:42:07 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:42:12 AM

      MR. MARSHALL

      MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I SAY THE WORD OR THE TERM C.P.R., EVERYBODY IN THE ROOM…

      MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I SAY THE WORD OR THE TERM C.P.R., EVERYBODY IN THE ROOM KNOWS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. BUT WHEN I SAY -- MENTION STOP THE BLEED, FEW OF US KNOW WHAT IT IS. THIS PAST SUMMER I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PART IN A STOP THE BLEED TRAINING PROGRAM OFFERED FROM MY GOOD FRIENDS AND FELLOW PHYSICIANS AT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. THIS SIMPLE TRAINING TEACHES INDIVIDUALS HOW TO TREAT BLEEDING INJURIES AND HELP SAVE A LIFE. EVERY YEAR ALMOST 200,000 AMERICANS DIE FROM TRAUMATIC INJURIES SUSTAINED AS A RESULT OF EVENTS, INCLUDING VEHICLE CRASHES, FALLS, INDUSTRIAL AND FARM ACCIDENTS, SHOOTINGS AND NATURAL DISASTERS. THE MOST COMMON PREVENTABLE CAUSE OF THESE DEATHS IS LOSING TOO MUCH BLOOD IN THE MINUTES BEFORE TRAINED RESPONDERS CAN ARRIVE. THIS IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO CHANGE. THE ABILITY TO RECOGNIZE LIFE-THREATENING BLEEDING AND THE ABILITY TO INTERVENE EFFECTIVELY CAN SAVE A LIFE. WHETHER THE INJURIES IS THE RESULT OF A CAR CRASH OR HOME ACCIDENT OR A HARM ACCIDENT, ONE PERSON WHO IS THERE AT THE RIGHT TIME AND HAVE THE RIGHT SKILLS CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCES. JUST LIKE C.P.R. TRAINING, A CIVILIAN FAMILIAR WITH THIS BASIC BLEEDING CONTROL TECHNIQUE IS BETTER EQUIPPED TO SAVE A LIFE. THE EFFORT TO MAKE THIS TRAINING AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC IS DRIVEN BY THE GOAL TO REDECEMBER OR ELIMINATE PREVENTABLE DEATHS FROM BLEEDING. THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS, WORKING IN PARTNERSHIPS WITH MANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, HAS NOW MADE THE TRAINING NEEDED TO ADDRESS SUCH INCIDENTS AVAILABLE ACROSS TO THE PUBLIC, AND THROUGH NATIONWIDE ADVOCACY EFFORTS, THESE COLLEGE OF SURGEONS WILL WORK TO ENSURE ALL PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES. I WOULD LIKE TO IMPLORE, ENCOURAGE FOLKS LIKE THE BOY SCOUTS, GIRL SCOUTS, AMERICAN RED CROSS, OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT TEACH C.P.R. TO ADD IN VERY SIMPLE COURSE ON STOP THE BLEED TO THAT TRAINING COURSE PROGRAM. IT'S VERY SIMPLE. IT'S A VERY SIMPLE CONCEPT PUTTING PRESSURE WHERE THE BLEEDING IS OCCURRING OR HOW TO MAKE A QUICK TURN QUIT OUT OF YOUR -- TOURNIQUET OUT OF YOUR BELT OR PIECE OF CLOTHING. I WANT TO ASK FELLOW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO GET TRAINING IN STOP THE BLEED TODAY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:44:30 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. HIGHWAY --

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    • 10:44:40 AM

      MR. HOYER

      MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD NOT SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES.…

      MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD NOT SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. DEMOCRATS DO NOT WANT GOVERNMENT TO SHUT DOWN. IT IS, HOWEVER, NOT IN OUR HANDS. IT TAKES A MAJORITY TO PASS ANY BILL IN THIS HOUSE. 218 VOTES. OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE OTHER 240 VOTES. WE HAVE 193. SO IT'S NOT IN OUR HANDS, MR. SPEAKER. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS BEEN GIVEN THE RESPONSIBILITY AND THE DUTY TO ENACT LEGISLATION, TO ENSURE THE PROPER FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT. AS THE GOVEPBING PARTY, THEY CAN PASS WHATEVER THEY WANT TO PASS ON THIS FLOOR. INDEED, AS THE GOVERNING PARTY, THEY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO USE THEIR VOTES TO KEEP GOVERNMENT RUNNING. THEY CONTROL THE HOUSE, THEY CONTROL THE SENATE, AND THEY CONTROL THE WHITE HOUSE. ALL THE LEVERS OF POWER OF LEGISLATING ARE IN THEIR HANDS. BUT WE'RE HERE, MR. SPEAKER, ON THE VERGE OF A SHUTDOWN BECAUSE OF FAMILIAR PATTERN WHERE REPUBLICANS CANNOT UNITE AS A PARTY. THEY CANNOT AGREE AMONG THEMSELVES SPENDING PRIORITIES. AND THIS HAS HAPPENED AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. IN FACT, EACH TILE THE CONGRESS HAS SUCCESSFULLY ENACTED A FUNDING BILL SINCE THE REPUBLICANS TOOK A -- TOOK THE MAJORITY IN 2011, THEY HAD TO HAVE DEMOCRATIC VOTES TO PASS THAT LEGISLATION. EVERY SINGLE TIME. WHEN WE PASSED THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION IN SEPTEMBER, JUST ABOUT THREE MONTHS AGO, WE DID SO BECAUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERS ASKED FOR MORE TIME TO WORK. ON THE PRIORITIES THAT CONFRONT THIS COUNTRY. AND RESPONSIBLY KEEPING GOVERNMENT WORKING. THEY HAD THREE MONTHS TO DO SO. YET HERE WE ARE WITH ONE DAY REMAINING AND NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT. INSTEAD, THEY SPENT THE PAST THREE MONTHS ON PRIORITIES THAT I'LL OUTLINE IN JUST A MINUTE, WORKING ON A TAX BILL THAT'S RECKLESS, DEEPLY UNPOPULAR, AND HARMFUL TO THE LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND THE ECONOMIC WELL BEING OF OUR COUNTRY AND THAT I CALL A DEATH TAX BECAUSE IT WILL -- A DEBT TAX BECAUSE IT WILL EXPLODE THE DEBT OF THE UNITED STATES. A BILL THAT WOULD RAISE TAXES ON 78 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS HOUSEHOLDS AND KICK 13 MILLION AMERICANS OFF THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE. A BILL THAT WOULD INCREASE, AS I SAID, THE DEFICIT BY $1.5 TRILLION. INDEED, MUCH MORE THAN THAT. BECAUSE WE'LL HAVE TO PAY INTEREST ON THE MONEY WE'RE GOING TO BORROW TO DO THE TAX CUT. WHILE WE FAIL TO PAY OUR BILLS. A BILL THAT WOULD TRIGGER AN AUTOMATIC CUT OF MEDICARE BY $25 BILLION NEXT YEAR. A BILL PREMISED ON A FALSEHOOD THAT TAX CUTS MAGICALLY PAY FOR THEMSELVES. THAT'S WHAT THE PAST THREE MONTHS HAVE BEEN WASTED ON, MR. SPEAKER. NOT A SINGLE APPROPRIATIONS BILL HAS BEEN ENACTED BY THIS CONGRESS. NOT A SINGLE ONE. THERE ARE 12. AND THEY CONTROL THE HOUSE THEY CONTROL THE SENATE, AND THEY CONTROL THE PRESIDENT. NOW OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, ARE ASKING FOR TWO MORE WEEKS. TWO MORE WEEKS. TWO MORE WEEK, THEY SAY. REPUBLICANS ARE ASKING US FOR TWO MORE WEEKS BECAUSE THEY CLAIM THEY HAVEN'T HAD TIME TO WRITE A FUNDING BILL THEY CAN PASS. 90 DAYS. EVERY DEMOCRAT VOTED FOR WHAT I CALL THE NO DRAMA C.R. IN SEPTEMBER. 90 REPUBLICANS VOTED NO ON AN AGREEMENT WE HAD TO USE THE NEXT 90 DAYS TO ADDRESS THE PRIORITIES OF AMERICA. BUT 90 REPUBLICANS VOTED NO. AND THEY'VE HAD TIME WRITE AND REWRITE AND REWRITE AND REWRITE AGAIN A TAX BILL THAT ADVANTAGED THE WEALTHIEST IN AMERICA AT THE EXPENSE OF THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS. THAT, MR. SPEAKER IS HOW THEY'VE SPENT THEIR TIME. THESE PAST THREE MONTHS. WRITE A FUNDING BILL TO AVERT SHUTDOWN? NO. REACH AN AGREEMENT THAT IS RESPONSIBLE TO FUND THE PRIORITIES OF AMERICA? NO. WRITE A TAX BILL. THAT'S WHAT THEY'VE DONE FOR 90 DAYS. THEY KICKED MILLIONS OF THEIR -- OFF THEIR HEALTH COVERAGE AND RAISES TAXES ON MILLIONS MORE. THAT'S WHAT THEY CHOSE TO DO. TWO MORE WEEKS. THEY WANT TWO MORE WEEKS, THEY HAVE 240 VOTES, GIVE THEMS MORE TIME BUT I'M CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO VOTE TO GIVE THEM TWO MORE WEEKS SIMPLY TO WORK ON THE TAX BILL. WHICH THEY HAVE PLEDGED TO PASS BY CHRISTMAS. HOWEVER, IF THEY PASSED IT A YEAR FROM NOW, IT WOULD HAVE THE SAME IMPACT ON AMERICA'S TAXES. THE CRITICAL THEY HAVE IGNORED AND DELAYED. THE POLITICAL HAS BEEN THEIR SOLE FOCUS. I SAY TO MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, MR. SPEAKER, YOU WON CONTROL OF THE GOVERNMENT. GOVERN. GOVERN. BE RESPONSIBLE. FOCUS ON THAT WHICH IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. DON'T SAY YOU HAVEN'T HAD TIME TO DO THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB YOU HAD. YOU HAD TIME. WE VOTED, EVERY ONE OF US, TO GIVE YOU 90 DAYS. TO WORK EITHER IN A PARTISAN SENSE AS YOU'VE DONE SO MUCH OF THE YEAR. OR IN A BIPARTISAN SENSE WHICH WAS MUCH MORE POSITIVE AND WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH MORE PRODUCT I. LAST TWO-DO LIST, MR. SPEAKER, OF CRITICAL LEGISLATIVE ITEMS THAT THIS HOUSE HAS TO COMPLETE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. IT'S LONG AND IT'S A COMPELLING LIST. SIX OF THEM HAVE HARD DEADLINES AND MUST BE DONE BEFORE WE LEAVE FOR THE END OF THE YEAR. 90 DAYS WE DIDN'T DO THIS. NONE OF THE SIX IS A SURPRISE, EITHER. NEITHER ARE ANY OF THE OTHERS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO DO BY THE END OF THE YEAR AS WELL. THE MAJORITY HAS HAD MONTHS TO WORK ON BRINGING LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR ON EACH ONE OF THEM. MONTHS. HERE WE ARE. IN DECEMBER. PUSHED UP AGAINST THE WALL OF A FUNDING DEADLINE. REPUBLICANS WANT TWO MORE WEEKS. SO THEY CAN FOCUS ON PASSING THEIR TAX BILL BEFORE CHRISTMAS. NOT THE PRIORITIES OF AMERICA BUT A TAX BILL. A DEEPLY UNPOPULAR, APPROPRIATELY SO, TAX BILL. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME LIST WHAT WE NEED TO DO AND WHAT WE OUGHT TO DO AND WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE DONE OVER THE LAST 90 DAYS. LET ME SHARE WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO SENT US HERE WHAT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS NOT GOTTEN DONE IN ALL THE MONTHS THEY'VE HAD COMPLETE CONTROL OF THE GOVERNMENT. ONE, KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN AND FUNCTIONING. BY PASSING FUNDING BILLS AND SENDING THEM TO THE PRESIDENT FOR SIGNATURE. SECOND, RE-AUTHORIZE THELLING -- RE-AUTHORIZE THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM SO MILLIONS OF OUR CHILDREN WILL NOT LOSE HEALTH CARE INSURANCE. PROVIDE FUNDING FOR V.A. CHOICE TO HELP CARE FOR OUR VETERANS. THAT MUST BE DONE. RE-AUTHORIZE THE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM SO CRITICAL TO SO MANY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. EXTEND AN EXPIRING HEALTH PROGRAM SUCH AS COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. ON WHICH SO MANY OTHER MILLIONS RELY. RE-AUTHORIZE PORKSES OF THE INTELLIGENCE ACT TO PROTECT AMERICA'S SECURITY. THAT WILL END BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. 90 DAYS WE'VE HAD TO CONSIDER ALL THOSE ITEMS. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ALSO EXPECT US TO PROVIDE NECESSARY RESOURCES TO ADDRESS THE OPIOID ADDICTION CRISIS. 90 DAYS TO DO THAT. REACH AN AGREEMENT ON SPENDING LEVELS FOR CRITICAL PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE'RE DEALING WITH SEQUESTER. BUT WE HAVEN'T DONE THAT. PASS FUNDING TO KEEP GOVERNMENT EFFECTIVELY SERVING OUR PEOPLE. 90 DAYS TO DO THAT. HERE WE ARE. PASS THE DREAM ACT TO PROVIDE CERTAINTY FOR THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE BROUGHT HERE AS CHILDREN. AND HAVE GROWN UP AS AMERICANS. TAKE ACTION TO STABILIZE OUR HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETS. WE HAVEN'T DONE THAT. 90 DAYS. EXTEND THE EXPIRED PERKINS LOAN PROGRAM SO COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH THE MOST NEEDS CAN COMPLETE THEIR DEGREES. WE HAVEN'T DONE THAT. IN THE LAST 90 DAYS. RE-AUTHORIZE FIRE GRANTS. SO THAT OUR DOMESTIC DEFENDERS, OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, CAN HAVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED FOR TRAINING, FOR PERSONNEL, FOR EQUIPMENT, TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFE. WE HAD 90 DAYS TO DO THAT. PREVENT NEARLY A MILLION PEOPLE FROM LOSING ACCESS TO MEDICAID IN PUERTO RICO. AND I WILL END WITH, MAKING SURE THAT THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS, THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA, THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO AND THE PEOPLE OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS HAVE RESOURCES TO REBUILD AND RESTORE THEIR COMMUNITIES DEVASTATED BY HARVEY AND IRMA AND MARIA. ALL OF THIS WE NEED TO DO BY DECEMBER 31. WHAT ARE WE FOCUSED ON? A TAX BILL. WHEN WILL THAT TAX BILL TAKE EFFECT FOR TAXES IN 2018? WHEN WILL YOU PAY THOSE? BY APRIL 15, 2019. YET THAT'S WHAT WE SPEND ALL OUR TIME ON. THAT'S WHAT WE SPEND ALL OUR TIME ON. NOT THE PRIORITIES I HAVE JUST READ. BUT A TAX BILL THAT WILL HURT AMERICA. HURT ITS FINANCIAL STATUS. AND HURT ITS MIDDLE INCOME WORKERS. AND MOST OF ALL, HURT THE CHILDREN WHO WILL PAY BACK THE MONEY WE WILL BORROW TO GIVE THE WEALTHIEST IN AMERICA A TAX CUT. THOSE PEOPLE MAKING OVER $900,000 A YEAR. THAT CROWD WILL GET 62% OF THE RESOURCES. YET THE SPEAKER SAYS THAT WE NEED TO HELP THE STRUGGLING AMERICANS. THERE IS NOT A PERSON I WILL TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AT ANY ONE OF MY TOWN MEETINGS CAME UP TO ME AND WAS WORRIED ABOUT THE PEOPLE MAKING $900,000 OR MORE. MAYBE IT HAPPENED TO YOU, MR. SPEAKER, IT HASN'T HAPPENED TO ME. WHY ARE WE AT THIS POINT? BECAUSE WE HAVE A GOVERNING PARTY THAT REFUSES TO GOVERN. BECAUSE WE HAVE A MAJORITY THAT HAS FAILED TO DO THE BUSINESS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. EVEN FOR SOMETHING AS FUNDAMENTAL AS PROVIDING FOR THE OPERATIONS OF GOVERNMENT. MR. SPEAKER, WE DEMOCRATS WELCOME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIT DOWN WITH OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AND REACH A COMPROMISE AGREEMENT TO MEET OUR RESPONSIBILITIES. AND ADDRESS THE MANY OF THE PRESSING ISSUES I'VE OUTLINED EARLIER IN THIS ADDRESS. MY TIME IS ABOUT UP. HAD WE UTILIZED THE 90 DAYS THAT WE ALL VOTED, WE ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE, THE DEMS VOTED, WITH OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, ALTHOUGH 90 REPUBLICANS VOTED NO, BUT WE ALL VOTED YES. TO TAKE 90 DAYS TO MEET OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT HASN'T BEEN DONE. WE HAVE NO CONFIDENCE THAT GIVING TWO MORE WEEKS WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN. LET'S GET TO WORK RIGHT NOW. NOT ON THE TAX BILL. THAT COULD BE PASSED AT SOME POINT IN TIME, I'M AGAINST IT, I'LL VOTE AGAINST IT, I HOPE IT FAIL, IT'S A BAD BILL BUT LET'S ADDRESS THESE PRIORITIES. THAT'S NOT WHAT THE INTENT OF THIS TWO WEEKS IS, IT'S TO GIVE TWO WEEKS SO WE CAN PASS A BAD TAX BILL THAT WILL HURT AMERICA OR HURT OUR CHILDREN AND WILL HURT THE MIDDLE CLASS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. BLUMENAUER

      MR. SPEAKER, AS I LISTENED TO THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC WHIP LAY OUT THE CASE…

      MR. SPEAKER, AS I LISTENED TO THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC WHIP LAY OUT THE CASE FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, I WAS STRUCK BY HOW STARK THE CHOICES ARE. AND HOW MUCH WE ARE LOOKING AT FAILURE AT HOME AND ABROAD. WE'RE WATCHING THE RECKLESS ACTION OF TRUMP WITH HIS DECLARATION THAT WE'RE GOING TO MOVE THE U.S. EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM. FURTHER ISOLATING AMERICA. WE'RE ALONE IN THIS INSTANCE. PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE ARAB WORLD, EUROPEAN ALLIES, ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT THIS WILL HAVE A DESTABILIZING EFFECT. WE'RE WATCHING THE COUNTDOWN HERE AS WE'RE KIND OF SCRAMBLING TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPEN. WHEN FOR HEAVEN'S SAKES THESE HAVE BEEN CLEAR FOR MONTHS. AND REPUBLICANS OCCUPY ALL THE LEVELS OF POWER. WHY CAN'T THEY SIMPLY ACT TO BE ABLE TO SEND CLEAR SIGNALS SO THE APPROPRIATORS CAN WORK AND GOVERNMENT OPERATES. WE'VE WATCHED THE EXPIRATION OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH PROGRAM. WILDLY PREPONDERANCE LAR. WITH PEOPLE OF ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM. TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THIS SIGNIFICANT ENHANCEMENT OF HEALTH FOR CHILDREN IN THIS COUNTRY. EVEN MORE IMPORTANT BECAUSE OF THE REPUBLICANS' RELENTLESS ASSAULT ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND DESTABLE IDESING INSURANCE MARKETS. YET STATE AFTER STATE, INCLUDING MY HOME STATE OF OREGON, IS FACING THE DIFFICULT TASK OF SENDING OUT NOTICES TO FAMILIES THAT THEY'RE NO LONGER GOING TO HAVE ACCESS TO THIS CRITICAL HEALTH CARE. AND IN THE BACKDROP OF ALL OF THIS, WE'RE WATCHING A REPUBLICAN TAX PROGRAM WHICH WOULD BE THE LARGEST TRANSFER OF WEALTH IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY PAID FOR BY MORTGAGING THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. $1.5 TRILLION EXTRA DEBT. AND WHEN YOU PUT IN THE FACT THAT WE'LL HAVE TO PAY INTEREST ON THAT, $2.3 TRILLION TO BE ABLE TO GIVE SOME OF THE LARGEST CORPORATIONS AND THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS EVEN MORE TAX BENEFITS. AND WE ARE AND WE ARE NEGLECTING -- TAX BENEFITS TO SOME WHO DON'T NEED IT AND WE STILL DON'T HAVE AN INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN WHICH THE PRESIDENT PROMISED. $1 TRILLION OF INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING TO REBUILD AND RENEW AMERICA. WELL, I'LL TELL YOU THERE WOULD BE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR ANY REASONABLE PLAN GOING FORWARD. IN FACT, WE HAVE PEOPLE IN THE AMERICAN TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY WHO WERE SAYING RAISE OUR TAXES. THE FUEL TAX HAS BEEN RAISED IN OVER HALF THE STATES, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF RED REPUBLICAN STATES. THERE'S A DEAL TO BE HAD WHEN A.A.A. AND THE AMERICAN TRUCKERS ASSOCIATION SAY LET'S PROVIDE THE LEADERSHIP, MAKE THE INVESTMENT, PUT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS TO WORK IN WAYS THAT WILL ENHANCE THE ENVIRONMENT, IMPROVE THE ECONOMY AND GIVE PEOPLE A SENSE OF PRIDE THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY COME TOGETHER AND GET SOMETHING DONE. IT'S WAITING THERE, AND YET WE'RE SPENDING $2.3 TRILLION TO LARGELY BENEFIT THE TOP 1% AND THE LARGEST CORPORATIONS AND WE'RE IGNORING NEEDS LIKE THAT. THE TREASURY, WE'RE TOLD, HAS BEEN DOING STUDIES THAT WILL PROVE THAT THIS WILL JUST PAY FOR ITSELF, AND THE SECRETARY OF TREASURY HAS BEEN ASKED, SHOW US THE STUDIES. WHAT'S THE RESEARCH? WHERE DO YOU PICK THIS NUMBER OUT OF THE AIR THAT IS REJECTED BY VIRTUALLY EVERY INDEPENDENT ECONOMIST AS WELL AS PAST EXPERIENCE? WE SEE NOTHING. WE SEE NOTHING. THE TAX BILL IS CONSTANTLY INFLUX. THAT'S ONE OF THE PRICES THAT WE PAY BECAUSE THEY NEVER FOLLOWED REGULAR ORDER, THEY DIDN'T ATTEMPT TO WORK ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, THERE WERE NO HEARINGS HELD ON THIS BILL, AND AS A MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE I WAS SHOCKED THIS BILL CHANGED SOMETIMES HOUR BY HOUR. THEY STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY PASSED. THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT CHANGING CORPORATE TAX RATES. THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT DEALING WITH SOME OF THE DEDUCTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY LIKE FOR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES. IT'S IN A STATE OF FLUX. WHAT WE DO KNOW IS WHAT WAS PASSED IN THE HOUSE IS WILDLY UNPOPULAR. HOW DO YOU TAKE A TAX CUT THAT'S UNPOPULAR BY 75% OF THE POPULATION? IT'S BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO LOOK AT IT, AND THE CLOSER THEY LOOK, THE MORE THEY'RE GOING TO FIND IT DISTASTEFUL. I'M HOPEFUL THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO SOMEDAY COME TO OUR SENSES, WORK TOGETHER ON THINGS THAT WILL ACTUALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC RATHER THAN MAKE IT WORSE.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WORSE.

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    Recess

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      WE'RE LEAVING THIS "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" SEGMENT NOW FOR THE HOUSE SESSION.…

      WE'RE LEAVING THIS "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" SEGMENT NOW FOR THE HOUSE SESSION. THE HOUSE IS MEETING TO CONSIDER A TWO-WEEK GOVERNMENT FUNDING EXTENSION WHILE NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE ON FEDERAL SPENDING PAST DECEMBER 22. CURRENT SPENDING AUTHORITY RUNS OUT FRIDAY NIGHT. ALSO CHANGES TO THE SMALL BUSINESS MERGER ACQUISITION. LIVE COVERAGE HERE ON C-SPAN. TOWN, NEBRASKA.

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  • 12:00:02 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 7.

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      Today's prayer was offered by Reverend Steven E. Boes, Boys Town, Boys Town, Nebraska

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        YOUNG MEN AND WOMAN WHO SERVED TODAY. IN THESE TROUBLED TIMES OF FIRES,…

        YOUNG MEN AND WOMAN WHO SERVED TODAY. IN THESE TROUBLED TIMES OF FIRES, FLOODS, TERROR ATTACKS, MASS CHOOTINGS, HELP US TO RELY ON YOUR STRENGTH TO ENVISION AND BUILD A STRONGER, MORE SECURE AMERICA. GIVE US MORE VISIONARIES LIKE FATHER EDWARD FLANAGAN WHO FOUNDED ON DECEMBER 12, 100 YEARS AGO. HE WAS AN IRISH IMMIGRANT WHO LIVED THE AMERICAN DREAM AND TAUGHT US ALL THAT THE TROUBLED CHILD CAN GROW UP TO BE A USEFUL CITIZEN IF GIVEN HALF THE CHANCE. HE SAW THE BEST IN THE KIDS THAT OTHERS REJECTED AS USELESS. HELP US. ESPECIALLY EACH OF OUR REPRESENTATIVES TO SEE THE BEST IN THOSE THAT HAVE DIFFERENT POLITICAL OR SOCIAL VIEWS SO WE CAN TOGETHER BUILD AN AMERICA THAT ENABLES AND CALLS FOR THE BEST IN ITS CITIZENS. AMEN.

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        THE SPEAKER

        THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND…

        THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURN TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL

    The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day's proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Wilson (SC) demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker's approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Wilson (SC) demanded the Yeas and Nays and the Chair announced that further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the Speaker's approval of the Journal would be postponed until later in the legislative day.

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      MR. WILSON

      I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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      SPEAKER THOSE

      THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT, THE JOURNAL…

      THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      MR. WILSON

      I DEMAND THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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      THE SPEAKER

      THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS…

      THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY MR. DAVIDSON.

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    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

    The Chair designated Mr. Davidson to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

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      MR. DAVIDSON

      OUR GUESTS TO RISE AND JOIN US IN THE PLEDGE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE…

      OUR GUESTS TO RISE AND JOIN US IN THE PLEDGE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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      THE SPEAKER

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON, IS RECOGNIZED…

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      MR. BACON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO THANK AND RECOGNIZE FATHER STEVEN…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO THANK AND RECOGNIZE FATHER STEVEN E. BOES WHO JOINED US TODAY TO DELIVER THE OPENING PRAYER. HE'S THE FIFTH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BOYS TOWN WHICH IS IN NEBRASKA'S SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND IS CELEBRATING THE 100TH BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH. HE WAS ORDAINED IN 1985 FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE IN OMAHA. HE REGULARLY ATTENDS SCHOOL EVENTS AT BOYS TOWN SCHOOLS. I HAVE JOINED. THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN SERVED THROUGH BOYS TOWN ON CAMPUS FAMILY STYLE CARE AND PROGRAMS SERVING CHILDREN IN THEIR HOMES AND COMMUNITY HAS DOUBLED. THE FAMILY HOPE PROJECT STARTED IN 1974 AND SERVED 36,000 TO DATE. THE BOYS TOWN FOSTER PROGRAM HAS CARED FOR 9,000 YOUTH TO DATE. AND THE IN-HOME SERVICES PROGRAM HAS HELPED 102,600 YOUTH WITHOUT HAVING TO REMOVE THEM FROM THEIR HOMES. BOYS TOWN HAS EMERGENCY SERVICES AND HAS SERVED OVER 45,000 YOUTH. THE MAN WHO STARTED ALL THIS 100 YEARS AGO, FATHER EDWARD FLANAGAN, WAS TRULY A VISIONARY FOR CHANGING HOW AMERICA CARED FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN. HE WORKED FOR REFORMTORIES WHERE CHILDREN WERE ABUSED AND OPENING THE FATHER FLANAGAN'S BOYS HOME WHICH BECAME BOYS TOWN. HE'S MADE AN IMPACT UPON THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS. BOYS TOWN HAS NINE LOCATIONS INCLUDING NEVADA, LOUISIANA, NORTH FLORIDA, CENTRAL FLORIDA, SOUTH FLORIDA, WASHINGTON, D.C., ENGLAND, IOWA AND NEBRASKA. FOR FATHER FLANAGAN TO FATHER BOES, MANY LIVES HAVE BEEN IMPACTED. I RECOGNIZE BOYS TOWN FOR 100 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AND AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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    ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER ONE-MINUTE…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MS. ROS-LEHTINEN THANK YOU --

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      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TODAY WE BID FAREWELL TO MY SENIOR FOREIGN POLICY…

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TODAY WE BID FAREWELL TO MY SENIOR FOREIGN POLICY ADVISOR AND SUBCOMMITTEE STAFF DIRECTOR EDDIE ACEVEDO. A MIAMI NATIVE BOY AND A PART NICARAGUAN AMERICAN. FOR OVER A DECADE EDDY AND I HAVE WORKED -- HE HADIE AND I HAVE WORKED SIDE BY SIDE. EDDIE'S DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE IN POLITICAL ACKUEMEN IS ONLY ECLIPSED BY HIS PASSION AND KINDINGS. HE'S A BULLDOG WHEN IT COMES TO ADVANCING OUR CORE IDEALS LIKE THE RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE PROMOTION OF DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES. THAT IS WHY HE'S AN IDEAL FIT FOR HIS NEXT ROLE AS DEPUTY ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR AND CHIEF LEGISLATIVE STRATEGIST WITH USAID. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT WE WILL HEAR MANY GREAT THINGS FROM EDDIE IN THE FUTURE. MR. SPEAKER, EDDIE IS MORE THAN MY MOST TRUSTED ADVISOR, HE'S MY DEAR FRIEND AND HE WILL BE VERY MUCH MISSED. SO OUR STAFF AND OUR FAMILY WISH HIM AND HIS WIFE, LULI, ALL THE BEST AS THEY ENTER THIS NEXT NEW EXCITING CHAPTER OF THEIR LIFE TOGETHER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      RE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      MR. GREEN

      MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS, THIS HOLIDAY SEASON THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS BEEN…

      MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS, THIS HOLIDAY SEASON THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS BEEN WORKING OVERTIME ON A TAX PLAN THAT GIVES PERMANENT TAX CUTS TO WEALTHY FAMILIES AND CORPORATIONS AND FUNDED BY RAISING TAXES ON MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. AS THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY TRIES TO DISGUISE THIS TAX PLAN AS BEAUTIFULLY WRAPPED GIFT, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THERE ARE NEGATIVE HEALTH CARE EFFECTS HIDDEN INSIDE THE PLAN. BY PASSING THE TAX PLAN, THERE WILL BE AUTOMATIC CUTS IN MEDICARE TO THE TUNE OF $25 BILLION A YEAR. IN ADDITION, THIS PLAN COULD CAUSE AN EXTRA 13 MILLION PEOPLE TO BECOME UNINSURED. THE TAX BILL WILL EXPLODE OUR DEBT OR WILL CUT MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. IT'S BEEN MORE THAN TWO MONTHS SINCE CONGRESS HAVE RE-AUTHORIZED THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM AND THE FEDERALLY PROVIDED HEALTH CENTERS. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY THESE PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN HELD HOSTAGE TO THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. INSTEAD OF RACING TO RE-AUTHORIZE THESE BIPARTISAN PROGRAMS, THE REPUBLICANS HAVE NEGLECTED CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY SOLELY TO PROVIDE TAX CUTS TO CORPORATIONS AND WEALTHY INDIVIDUALS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS PLAN IS NOT FOR THE MANY BUT ONLY FOR THE FEW.

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    • 12:07:25 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      MR. WILSON

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND AMBASSADOR HALEY,…

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND AMBASSADOR HALEY, SOUTH CAROLINA'S FORMER GOVERNOR, FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT THE UNITED STATES WILL RECOGNIZE JERUSALEM AS THE CAPITAL CITY OF ISRAEL AND RELOCATE THE AMERICAN EMBASSY TO THE HOLY CITY WHICH PROTECTS ALL RELIGIONS. AS PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID AT THE WHITE HOUSE, QUOTE, THIS LONG OVERDUE RECOGNITION OF REALITY IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF BOTH THE UNITED STATES AND THE PURSUIT OF PEACE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS, END OF QUOTE. AMERICA'S BOND WITH ISRAEL IS UNIQUE AND THE STRENGTH THROUGH PEACE THROUGH STABILITY FOR ALL THE MIDDLE EAST PROVIDING FOR PROSPERITY FOR ALL COUNTRIES. THE PRESIDENT'S ANNOUNCEMENT STRENGTHENS THAT ALLIANCE AND I APPRECIATE HIM HONORING ANOTHER OF HIS CAMPAIGN COMMITMENTS. FRIENDS OF ISRAEL KNOW THEY HAVE A TRUE FRIEND IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHICH WAS HEART-FELT WHEN I MET LAST MONTH WITH SHELDON AND MARION HE HADDLESON AT THE WASHINGTON CONVENTION -- EDDLESON AT THE WASHINGTON CONVENTION CENTER. PEACE IS NOT BEYOND THE GRASP FOR THOSE WILLING TO REACH FOR IT. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON DECEMBER. JUST AS AMERICA RESOLVED DECEMBER 7, 1941.

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    • 12:08:47 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?…

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 12:08:57 PM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY MY DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM MAINE, MS.…

      MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY MY DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM MAINE, MS. PINGREE, HOSTED A FORUM ON THE FRUITS AND VEGETABLE PROGRAM. MANY BRIEFED CONGRESSIONAL STAFF HOW WE CAN IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES FOR THOSE LIVING IN POVERTY BY INCREASING ACCESS TO HEALTHY, FRESH PRODUCE. CURRENTLY HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AT 34 CLINICS ACROSS 10 STATES PROVIDE INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILY MEMBERS WITH PRESCRIPTIONS FOR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND $1 PER DAY PER FAMILY MEMBER TO PURCHASE THESE NUTRITIOUS FOOD. THE PROGRAM HAS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED FOOD SECURITY AMONG ITS PARTICIPANTS AND HAS ENABLED THESE FAMILIES TO INCREASE THEIR VEGETABLE CONSUMPTION BY AN ASTOUNDING 206%. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE LOCAL FARMS ACT, H.R. 3941, REPRESENTATIVE PINGREE'S BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, TO EXPAND THIS IMPORTANT EFFORT AND LET US ALL WORK TOGETHER TO END HUNGER NOW. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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      INFAMY WE RECALL MCARTHUR'S MESSAGE FROM THE PHILIPPINES. HE SAID FAMOUSLY, FROM THE FAR EAST I SEND YOU ONE SINGLE THOUGHT, ONE SOLE IDEA WRITTEN IN RED FROM EACH BED HEAD, THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR VICTORY. I ASK THE CORE CADETS AT THE MILITARY ACADEMY TO REMEMBER THAT ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD SATURDAY. GO, ARMY. BEAT NAVY.

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      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS OF…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS OF DUCKS, UNLIMITED, FOR 80 YEARS, DUCKS, UNLIMITED HAS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE WETLAND CONSERVATION PROCESS FIGHTING FOR CRITICAL CONSERVATION POLLS POL CIS.

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      CONDUCTING OUTREACH TO BRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF SPORTS MEN AND WOMEN…

      CONDUCTING OUTREACH TO BRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF SPORTS MEN AND WOMEN INTO PLAY. THEY RAISED BILLS OF DOLLARS TO CONSERVE MORE THAN 14 MILLION ACRES, AND THEY HAVE BIOLOGISTS ON THE GROUNDWORKING WITH LOCAL PARTNERS TO BRING THESE PROJECTS ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. DUCKS, UNLIMITED HAS HAD GREAT SUCCESS IN MAKING CRITICAL HABITAT IMPROVEMENTS TO WETLANDS AND SUPPORT HEALTHY FLY WAY POPULATIONS, CLEAN AIR AND WATER AND STRONG LOCAL ECONOMIES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MR. DARREN OF OHIO COUNTY IN THE…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MR. DARREN OF OHIO COUNTY IN THE FIRST DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY. DARREN WAS NAMED THE 2017 FARMER OF THE YEAR BY THE KENTUCKY FARM BUREAU AT THEIR 98TH ANNUAL MEETING HELD IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY. THROUGHOUT AN EXTENSIVE INTERVIEW PROCESS, DARREN'S STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO AGRICULTURAL MODERNIZATION, EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT SHOWN THROUGH EVERY FACET OF HIS CAREER AND PERSONAL LIFE.

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      MR. COMER

      OF EXPERIENCE IN FARM MANAGEMENT AND AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY SALES, DARREN…

      OF EXPERIENCE IN FARM MANAGEMENT AND AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY SALES, DARREN HAS NOT ONLY DOUBLED THE SIZE OF HIS FAMILY FARMING OPERATIONS BUT HAS BEEN AN OUTSTANDING LEADER IN THE OHIO COUNTY FARM BUREAU AND HIS LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. KNOWN TO THE STUDENTS AS FARMER LUCTRELL, HE'S INSPIRED THE NEXT GENERATION OF AGRICULTURE LEADERS THROUGH HIS INVOLVEMENT WITH LOCAL SCHOOLS. I'M THANKFUL FOR DARREN'S ADVOCACY FOR KENTUCKY AGRICULTURE AND I THANK THOSE DARREN HAS SERVED THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER AND WISHING HIM THE BEST OF LUCK AS HE COMPETES WITH THE SUNBELT AG EXPO FARMER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION IN GEORGIA IN 2018. I YIELD BACK. FOIP THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? --

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      MS. KAPTUR

      MR. SPEAKER, THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE HAS BANNED RUSSIA FROM…

      MR. SPEAKER, THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE HAS BANNED RUSSIA FROM THE 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS DUE TO RAMPANT AND STATE-BACKED DOPING. THE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE SAYS THAT RUSSIA'S SCALE OF CHEATING IS UNPRECEDENTED. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE THAT THE ENEMY OF DEMOCRACY KNOWS NO LIMITS UNDER THE PUTIN REGIME. RUSSIA'S GOVERNMENT AND ITS CORRUPTION, SOME SAY DEPREVIOUSITY, IT TARNISHES THE TRADITION OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES. THEY DISHONOR ATHLETES AROUND THE WORLD WHO GIVE THEIR BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS TO COMPETE. WHILE THIS DECISION RIGHTLY PENALIZES RUSSIA, RUSSIA IS LOOKING AHEAD TO HOST THE 2018 WORLD CUP IN SOCCER. PUTIN WILL RELISH THIS GLOBAL PLATFORM TO SPEW OUT HIS PROPAGANDA TO THE WORLD WHILE THOUSANDS OF UKRAINIANS ARE KILLED AND MILLIONS MORE THROUGHOUT CENTRAL EUROPE ARE STIFLED UNDER HIS REPRESSIVE THUMB. THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY MUST BE ON ALERT. WE MUST STAND FOR LIBERTY. WE MUST COUNTER RUSSIA'S CORRUPTION, INTERFERENCE AND AGGRESSION IN ALL ITS FORM, AND AS THE 2018 WORLD CUP NEARS, I CALL UPON THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO CHOOSE, AGAIN, AN HONORABLE FIELD ON WHICH THE WORLD'S ATHLETES CAN COMPETE. I YIELD BACK.

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      MR. SPEAKER, REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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      MR. THOMPSON

      MR. SPEAKER, 76 YEARS AGO TODAY OUR NATION WITNESSED THE DEVASTATING…

      MR. SPEAKER, 76 YEARS AGO TODAY OUR NATION WITNESSED THE DEVASTATING ATTACK AT A NAVAL BASE IN PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII. THAT EVENT HASTENED OUR ENTRY INTO WORLD WAR II. THE SURPRISE ATTACK BY THE JAPANESE ON THE MORNING OF DECEMBER 7, 1941, LEFT 2,403 PEOPLE DEAD. AMONG THEM WERE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. NAVY, ARMY, MARINE AND ALSO CIVILIANS. IT WAS ONE OF THE DEADLIEST ATTACKS IN AMERICAN HISTORY. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT DESCRIBED IT AS A, QUOTE, DATE WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY. ON THIS SOLEMN DAY OF COMMEMORATION WE REMEMBER AND WE REFLECT. FLAGS THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY ARE FLOWN AT HALF STAFF IN HONOR OF PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY. MR. SPEAKER, LET US REMEMBER AND HONOR THE LIVES OF THOSE BRAVE AMERICANS WHO PERISHED ON THIS DAY 76 YEARS AGO. AS PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SAID, QUOTE, NO MATTER HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE US TO OVERCOME THIS PREMEDITATED INVASION, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR RIGHTEOUS MIGHT WILL WIN THROUGH TO ABSOLUTE VICTORY AND WE DID. GOD BLESS THE PEARL HARBOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      MS. ROSEN

      TO PUT PROVISIONS THAT HILL HURT PEOPLE IN NEVADA AND ACROSS THIS COUNTRY.…

      TO PUT PROVISIONS THAT HILL HURT PEOPLE IN NEVADA AND ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. LET'S BE CLEAR. THIS MONSTROSITY OF A BILL WOULD SLAM MANY OF NEVADA'S HARD-WORKING FAMILIES AND ADDING $1 TRILLION TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT. THE SENATE VERSION OF THIS BILL WILL SPIKE HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS AND CAUSE MILLIONS TO LOSE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AND BILLIONAIRES AND GIANT CORPORATIONS CAN RECEIVE AN UNNECESSARY TAX CUT. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS CAN CLEARLY SEE THIS IS A BILL JUST TO GIVE AWAY TO WEALTHY CAMPAIGN DONORS AT THE EXPENSE OF HARD-WORKING FAMILIES. WE NEED A TAX CODE THAT PUTS MONEY BACK IN THE POCKETS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. AND CERTAINLY NOT ONE THAT PUTS PROFITS BEFORE PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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      FIELD HOCKEY TEAM ON 2017 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY. IT WAS A REMARKABLE…

      FIELD HOCKEY TEAM ON 2017 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY. IT WAS A REMARKABLE SEASON FOR THESE YOUNG WOMEN. THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY CAPPED OFF A PERFECT 28-0 SEASON. AND 23 OF THOSE VICTORIES WERE SHUTOUTS. THEY SCORED 148 GOALS AND ONLY ALLOWED FIVE. LEADING SCORERS, GABBY AND EBBONNY COMBINED FOR 64 GOALS AND 54 ASSISTS. WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS TEAM IS THEIR COMBINED G.P.A. AT 3.63. SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT THE TEAM AND ALSO ABOUT THEIR COACHES, THEIR PARENTS BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT SUCCESS LIKE THIS ISN'T ACHIEVED ALONE. I COULDN'T BE PROUDER TO REPRESENT THESE YOUNG WOMEN AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE CONTINUED SUCCESS OF THIS PROGRAM, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PENN MANOR FIELD HOCKEY TEAM, COACHES, THE FACULTY AND STUDENTS THAT HELPED MAKE THIS CHAMPIONSHIP POSSIBLE. I YIELD BACK.

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      MR. GABBARD

      WE ARE COMMEMORATING THE 76TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACKS ON PEARL HARBOR…

      WE ARE COMMEMORATING THE 76TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACKS ON PEARL HARBOR AND THOSE WHO PAID THE PRICE ON THAT DAY AND THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO WERE CALLED TO SERVE INCLUDING TWO OF OUR FORMER OUR SENATORS. REMEMBER THE FAMED GO FOR BROKE 42ND INFANTRY REGULAR MEANT, MADE UP OF YOUNG MEN DESPITE BEING FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS BEING SENT OFF INTO INTERNMENT CAMPS STILL VOLUNTEERED TO SERVE PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR THEIR COUNTRY. THEY BECAME THE MOST HIGHLY DECORATED UNIT IN ALL OF THE U.S. ARMY'S HISTORY. WE MUST NEVER FORGET WHAT HAPPENED AT PEARL HARBOR, THE LESSONS LEARNED AND THE SACRIFICES OF THOSE WHO SERVED. THE GREATEST GENERATION WILL LIVE ON FOREVER IN THE HEARTS OF A GRATEFUL NATION. I YIELD BACK.

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      CALM, COOL, SUNDAY MORNING SUNRISE WHEN THE PLANES CAME OVER FROM THE…

      CALM, COOL, SUNDAY MORNING SUNRISE WHEN THE PLANES CAME OVER FROM THE HORIZON. THEY WERE CARRYING THE EMBLEM OF THE RISING SUN, THE SYMBOL OF THE IMPERIALIST REGIME OF THE KINGDOM OF JAPAN AND HEADED FOR A SURPRISE ATTACK ON A PLACE CALLED PEARL HARBOR. IT WAS DECEMBER 7, 1941. MEANWHILE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., HYPOCRITICAL DIPLOMATS FROM JAPAN WERE TALKING PEACE WITH THE UNITED STATES. THE JAPANESE PLANES BOMBED AMERICAN BATTLE SHIPS IN THE HARBOR. THEY BOMBED AMERICAN AIRCRAFT ON THE GROUND. AND AFTER THE DESTRUCTION WAS OVER, 2,403 AMERICANS LAID DEAD MURDERED BY THE IMPERIALIST KINGDOM. IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF AMERICA'S ENTRY INTO WORLD WAR II. OVER 116,000 AMERICANS WERE KILLED IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR. VICTORY OVER JAPAN HAPPENED ON AUGUST 14, 1945. WE HONOR AND REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR AND ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE GREATEST GENERATION WHO SERVED IN THAT WAR. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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      AGAINST THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION PROPOSAL TO REPEAL NET…

      AGAINST THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION PROPOSAL TO REPEAL NET NEUTRALITY RULES.

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      MS. LEE

      IT PROTECTS AMERICANS' ACCESS TO A FREE, OPEN AND FAIR INTERNET. REPEALING…

      IT PROTECTS AMERICANS' ACCESS TO A FREE, OPEN AND FAIR INTERNET. REPEALING THEM WOULD BE UNDEMOCRATIC AND VERY DANGEROUS. WHAT'S WORSE, WE KNOW GUTTING NET NEUTRALITY WOULD HAVE A DETRIMENTAL IMPACT FROM ENTREPRENEURS TO SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCATES. THE INTERNET HAS BEEN A FAUFRL TOOL FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR TO HELP DRAW ATTENTION TO INJUSTICES IN OUR SOCIETY. BUT THIS NEW PROPOSAL WILL ESSENTIALLY KILL THIS FREE EXPRESSION AND INNOVATION. IT'S RIDICULOUS. WE CAN'T ALLOW DEMOCRACY AND ACCESS TO THE INTERNET TO BE RESTRICTED IN THE NAME OF CORPORATE PROFITS. REJECT THIS PLAN AND STAND WITH THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WHO WANT TO KEEP THE INTERNET OPEN AND FREE.

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      RISE TODAY IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR AND MEMORIAL OF…

      RISE TODAY IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR AND MEMORIAL OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES. TODAY MARKS 76 YEARS SINCE THE SURPRISE ATTACK ON PERLT HARBOR.

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      MR. YODER

      MANY YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THAT DAY AND THERE ARE FEWER AND FEWER…

      MANY YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THAT DAY AND THERE ARE FEWER AND FEWER SURVIVORS OF THE ATTACK LEFT WITH US. WE MUST NOT LET THEIR MEMORY FADE. A GROUP OF VIEWER SIFERSE HAVE DEDICATED THEMSELVES OF PRESERVING THE MEMORY. THE CITY OF MISSION, KANSAS OBSERVES A MEMORIAL. ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS IS A PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR AND PLAYED A KEY ROLE. I HAVE ATTENDED THIS CEREMONY IN THE PAST AND I APPLAUD ON CONTINUING ON THIS IMPORTANT TRADITION. LET US NEVER FORGET THE FALLEN AND THE SURVIVORS AND WORK TO HONOR THEIR MEMORY AND SACRIFICE.

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      MR. KILDEE

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WELL THE REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO RUSH THEIR TAX…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WELL THE REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO RUSH THEIR TAX SCAM THROUGH CONGRESS RAISING TAXES ON TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, BORROWING OVER A TRILLION DOLLARS JUST TO GIVE MASSIVE TAX BREAKS TO THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP OF THE ECONOMY. AND FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS SINCE WE PASSED THE TEMPORARY SPENDING BILL, WHAT HAS BEEN THEIR FOCUS? HAS IT BEEN TO DEAL WITH THE LACK OF RE-AUTHORIZATION AND FULL FUNDING FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH? NOPE. HAVE THEY FOCUSED AT ALL ON THE NEED TO DEAL WITH THE DREAM ACT WITH THOSE DREAMERS WHO ARE HERE AND KNOW NO OTHER PLACE THAN THE UNITED STATES? HAVE THEY DONE ANYTHING ON THAT? NOPE. OBSESSION ON ONE THING, TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST. HAVE THEY DONE ANYTHING AT ALL TO DEAL WITH THIS OPIOID CRISIS? THE PRESIDENT TALKED ABOUT IT AND DECLARED AN EMERGENCY. WHAT HAVE WE SEEN FROM THE OTHER SIDE? NOTHING. NOTHING EXCEPT AN OBSESSION TO GIVE TAX BREAKS TO THE PEOPLE AT THE TOP. FOR THREE MONTHS SINCE WE PASSED THAT TEMPORARY SPENDING BILL, THAT'S BEEN THE SINGULAR OBSESSION OF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY. THAT IS NOT WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR. THAT'S NOT WHAT THEY SENT US HERE TO DO. WE SHOULD DO THE WORK OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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      MR. SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICAN CORPORATE TAX CUT BILL IS A MASSIVE TAKE-AWAY FROM MIDDLE AMERICA AND MASSIVE GIVE AWAY TO CORPORATE AMERICA.

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      MR. HIGGINS

      NEWS FLASH FOR THE TREASURY SECRETARY, TAX CUTS DON'T PAY FOR THEMSELVES,…

      NEWS FLASH FOR THE TREASURY SECRETARY, TAX CUTS DON'T PAY FOR THEMSELVES, THEY NEVER HAVE NOT ONCE IN HUMAN HISTORY. WHAT DOES PAY FOR ITSELF ARE FEDERAL HISTORIC TAX CREDITS AND HISTORIC TAX CREDITS ARE USED TO RENEW HISTORIC BUILDINGS, $1.20 OF EVERY DOLLAR THAT IS GENERATED. WHEN HISTORIC BUILDINGS ARE RENEWED, MAIN STREETS ACROSS AMERICA ARE RESTORED, JOBS ARE CREATED, NO BUSINESS, INCOME AND PROPERTY TAX RECEIVE NEWS ARE GENERATED. AND THE FEDERAL TAX CREDIT DOES IN FACT PAY FOR ITSELF AND MORE BY HELPING CITIES AND COMMUNITIES TO BECOME ECONOMICALLY INDEPENDENT AND SELF-SUFFICIENT. I YIELD BACK.

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      THE AUTHOR OF "JOYS OF YIDDIKH DEFINES CHUTZPAH WHO ROSE HIMSELF ON THE…

      THE AUTHOR OF "JOYS OF YIDDIKH DEFINES CHUTZPAH WHO ROSE HIMSELF ON THE MERCY OF THE COURT. YESTERDAY, SPEAKER RYAN RECONFIRMED AFTER PUSHING THROUGH A TAX SCAM THAT HAS $1.5 TRILLION TO THE DEFICIT BY GIVING TAX CUTS TO THE RICHEST, REPUBLICANS WILL INSIST ON SLASHING MEDICARE AND MEDICAID TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT. HE SAID WE HAVE TO GET BACK NEXT YEAR AT ENTITLEMENT REFORM WHICH IS HOW YOU TACKLE THE DEBT AND THE DEFICIT, UNQUOTE. THIS IS NOT JUST CHUTZPAH, BUT ACTUALLY CRUELTY AND CARELESSNESS SO I ASK MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES DID YOU REALLY COME TO CONGRESS TO TAKE HEALTH CARE AND LONG-TERM CARE FROM CHILDREN, PREGNANT WOMEN, FROM DISABILITIES, FROM FAMILIES AND SENIORS, WHO ARE YOU? AND I YIELD BACK.

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      MR. SPEAKER, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHO CONTROL THE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE ARE ON THE VERGE OF ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN THAT BROUGHT US TO THAT BRINK AND NOW THEY ARE ASKING FOR MORE TIME TO GET THEIR WORK DONE. WHY? WE HAVE SEEN THIS COMING AND GRANTED ONE EXTENSION, BUT INSTEAD OF WORKING WITH DEMOCRATS TO AVOID A SHUTDOWN, THEY HAVE BEEN RUSHING THROUGH A TAX SCAM. THEY HAVE BEEN OBSESSED WITH THIS REVERSE ROBIN HOOD SCHEME TO TAKE MONEY FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS AND GIVE IT TO THE TOP 1%. WE NEED TO KEEP THE V.A. OPEN AND RESTORE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE AND COMMUNITY CENTERS. WE NEED TO PROVIDE WILDFIRE VICTIMS IN CALIFORNIA AND THE VICTIMS OF DISASTROUS HURRICANES . THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES. EACH OF THESE PRIORITIES HAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. INSTEAD OF WORKING TOGETHER ON THESE BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS, A UNIFIED REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN FOCUSED SOLELY ON FURTHER RIGGING THE SYSTEM TO BENEFIT SPECIAL INTERESTS AND BILLIONAIRES. NO MORE EXTENSIONS. LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN AND ADDRESS REAL PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      >>

      I COME DOWN HERE AGAIN FINDING MYSELF IN A POSITION NOT PLANNING ON…

      I COME DOWN HERE AGAIN FINDING MYSELF IN A POSITION NOT PLANNING ON SPEAKING. I CAME DOWN HERE TO SPEAK ON A BIPARTISAN BILL I HAVE ON THE FLOOR BUT CAN'T HELP ADDRESS WHAT I'M HEARING FROM THE OTHER SIDE. YOU ARE HEARING THIS IS GETTING RUSHED THROUGH, WE NEED TO SLOW THIS DOWN, WE NEED TO BE THOUGHTFUL. I RAN IN 2010 TALKING ABOUT TAX REFORM. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES RAN IN 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, TALKING ABOUT TAX REFORM AND THE NEED FOR IT.

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    • 12:30:42 PM

      MR. HUIZENGA

      TO 20%, WHY, BECAUSE WE ARE UNCOMPETITIVE AS A COUNTRY AND YOU ARE HEARING…

      TO 20%, WHY, BECAUSE WE ARE UNCOMPETITIVE AS A COUNTRY AND YOU ARE HEARING THE OTHER SIDE SAYING WE HAVE TO SLOW THE WHOLE TRAIN DOWN. THEY WANT TO PROTECT THE STATUS QUO, WHICH I BELIEVE IS UNACCEPTABLE. WE KNOW THAT THERE'S GREAT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE HOUSE VERSION AND THE SENATE VERSION, DELIVERING $24,000 ON A STANDARD DEDUCTION, WHICH IS GOING TO BRING REAL TAX RELIEF TO WORKING FAMILIES AND MAKING SURE THE SMALL BUSINESSES AND S CORPORATIONS AND L.L.C. AND SOLE PROPORTIONATE TORE SHIP. AND HERE WE ARE ON THE CUSP THAT WE ADVANCE. AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY. .

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    • 12:31:41 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE? WITHOUT…

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 12:31:51 PM

      MS. ADAMS

      PROTESTERS HAVE TAKEN TO THE HALLS OF CONGRESS. I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING…

      PROTESTERS HAVE TAKEN TO THE HALLS OF CONGRESS. I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. THE AMERICANS KNOW THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM IS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS PIECES OF LEGISLATION TO COME BEFORE THIS BODY. THIS LEGISLATION ADDS TRILLIONS TO THE DEFICIT, CUTS MEDICAID AND INCREASES HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS. IT'S AN UNPOPULAR BILL PUSHED BY AN UNPOPULAR PRESIDENT AND AN UNPOPULAR CONGRESS. MR. PRESIDENT, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T WANT YOUR BILL. THEY WANT HEALTH CARE, MEDICAID, MEDICARE. THEY WANT CHIP AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. TRUMP-RYAN-MCCONNELL, THEY'RE BANKRUPTING THE AMERICAN PRIORITIES TO KEEP TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY. THEIR BILL IS WELFARE FOR WALL STREET. IN THE PAST YEAR REPUBLICANS HAVE ATTACKED OUR HEALTH CARE, IGNORED OUR GUN CRISIS, ABANDONED OUR DREAMERS, FAILED TO PASS A LONG-TERM BUDGET, AND NOW THIS. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. TIME FOR REPUBLICANS TO START WORKING FOR THEIR CONSTITUENTS, NOT THEIR DONORS. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:32:49 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WOULD ASK MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THEIR…

      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WOULD ASK MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED 1. -- THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 12:33:06 PM

      MS. WATERS

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS. I JUST HEARD A MEMBER FROM…

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS. I JUST HEARD A MEMBER FROM THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE COME TO THE FLOOR TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. I'M ONLY TALKING ABOUT TAX AND SPEND REPUBLICANS. CAN YOU BELIEVE THE REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE BEEN SINGING THE SONG OF CONSERVATISM FOR YEARS, THEY CALLED US OLD TAX AND SPEND LIBERALS AND THEY TALK ABOUT THE DEFICIT? THINK EVEN RUN SIGNS TALKING ABOUT HOW MUCH IT'S COSTING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC EVERY MINUTE. BUT GUESS WHAT, THEY ARE CREATING A DEFICIT OF $1.5 TRILLION IN THIS TAX SCAM THAT THEY'RE PASSING. I RISE TO EXPRESS MY OUTRAGE OVER THIS HARMFUL TAX SCAM LEGISLATION PASSED BY TAX-AND-SPEND REPUBLICANS. THAT'S WHAT I'M SAYING. TAX-AND-SPEND REPUBLICANS. BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS EXPLODE THE DEFICIT BY OVER $1 TRILLION, AND RAISE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS IN ORDER TO SPEND ON TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY. AFTER 10 YEARS, THOSE MAKING $75,000 OR LESS WOULD SEE A TAX INCREASE, WHILE THOSE MAKING $1 MILLION OR MORE WOULD SEE THEIR TAXES DECREASE. UNDER THE HOUSE BILL, TENS OF MILLIONS OF WORKING FAMILIES NATIONWIDE WOULD EXPERIENCE A TAX INCREASE BY 2027. I HOPE THAT THE TAX AND SPEND REPUBLICANS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WILL COME TO THEIR SENSES BEFORE SENDING A FINAL BILL TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK.

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    • 12:34:40 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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      MS. WATERS

      OVER A $1 TRILLION, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

      OVER A $1 TRILLION, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 12:34:46 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 12:34:56 PM

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      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE AGAIN IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1, THE SO-CALLED…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE AGAIN IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1, THE SO-CALLED TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT.

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    • 12:35:04 PM

      MR. EVANS

      WHEN THEY EXERT THEIR RULE. THIS SHOULD BE CALLING THE JOB KILLING TAX CUT…

      WHEN THEY EXERT THEIR RULE. THIS SHOULD BE CALLING THE JOB KILLING TAX CUT ACT. A PROGRAM FIGHTING TO COMBAT HUNGER, FEEDING AMERICANS, HAVE SAID THAT H.R. 1 WOULD UNDERMINE EFFORTS TO ASSIST THOSE STRUGGLING TO GET ADEQUATE FOOD ACCESS. THE G.O.P. LEADERSHIP HAS YET TO TAKE UP THE CHIP BILL. THIS IS WRONG. LET'S STOP THE GAME AND GET SOMETHING DONE. WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO SACRIFICE THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS FOR ONE OF THE POPULATIONS OVER ANOTHER. THAT'S WHAT THIS DIVISIVE G.O.P. BILL DOES. IT PUTS OUR CHILDREN, SENIORS AT RISK BY PUTTING THEIR NEEDS AGAINST ONE ANOTHER. HEALTH CARE IS NOT A CHOICE, IT'S A RIGHT. THE KIDS IN OUR COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA WHO RELY ON CHIP FOR THEIR BASIC HEALTH CARE NEEDS DESERVES MORE THAN THIS FOOLISH GAME OF POLITICS. WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER, ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES AND DO THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR KIDS AND NOT ENGAGE IN THE SHAM VERSION OF THIS TAX SCAM. I'M ASKING MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE TO ENGAGE IN TRUTH IN ADVERTISING CALLING THE BILL A TRUE TAX SCAM. I OPPOSE THIS BILL BECAUSE IT'S UNNECESSARY. GROWING THE NATIONAL DEBT THAT'S GIVING TO BIG CORPORATIONS AND THE WEALTHY AND TAKE AWAY --

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    • 12:36:22 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

    • 12:36:24 PM

      MR. EVANS

      KEEP IN MIND WE NEED JOBS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

    • 12:36:26 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?…

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 12:36:36 PM

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      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THIS DEFICIT EXPLODING TAX CUT…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THIS DEFICIT EXPLODING TAX CUT FOR THE WEALTHY AND BIG CORPORATIONS. THIS BILL WILL RAISE TAXES ON MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT ON LONG ISLAND AND ADD TRILLIONS TO THE DEFICIT, AND MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WANT TO PAY FOR IT WITH CUTS TO EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY.

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    • 12:36:56 PM

      MISS RICE

      THEY SEEM TO THINK THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN AMERICA IS THAT CORPORATIONS AND…

      THEY SEEM TO THINK THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN AMERICA IS THAT CORPORATIONS AND MILLIONAIRES ARE STRUGGLING TO PAY THEIR TAXES, BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT I'M HEARING FROM MY CONSTITUENTS. MY CONSTITUENTS ARE ASKING, WHEN WILL TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT THE DREAMERS? WHEN WILL WE RE-AUTHORIZE CHIP? WHEN WILL WE TAKE UP THE INFRASTRUCTURE BILL THAT THE PRESIDENT PROMISED WOULD BE A PRIORITY? INSTEAD OF SOLVING THOSE REAL URGENT PROBLEMS, REPUBLICANS SPENT THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THE YEAR TRYING TO TAKE AWAY PEOPLE'S HEALTH CARE AND THE NEXT THREE TRYING TO CUT TAXES FOR CORPORATIONS ON THE BACKS OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ONCE AGAIN TO REJECT THIS RIDICULOUS TRICKLED DOWN FANTASY, STOP THE BACK DOOR ASSAULTS ON HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY AND WORK WITH US TO SOLVE REAL PROBLEMS FOR THE PEOPLE WE SERVE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:37:40 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE AN ENROLLED…

      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE AN ENROLLED BILL.

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    • 12:37:47 PM

      THE CLERK

      AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO ENTER INTO…

      AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS WITH NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO INVESTIGATE MEDICAL CENTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.

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    • 12:37:59 PM

      Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 647 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 477) to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to exempt from registration brokers performing services in connection with the transfer of ownership of smaller privately held companies; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3971) to amend the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 to modify the requirements for community financial institutions with respect to certain rules relating to mortgage loans, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 123) making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes."

      • 12:38:03 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 12:38:07 PM

        MR. WOODALL

        MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE…

        MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 647 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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      • 12:38:14 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

      • 12:38:16 PM

        THE CLERK

        HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 108. HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

        HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 108. HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 477, TO AMEND THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 TO EXEMPT FROM REGISTRATION BROKERS PERFORMING SERVICES IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP OF SMALLER PRIVATELY HELD COMPANIES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-43 SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES, TWO, THE FURTHER AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION, IF OFFERED BY THE MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, WHICH SHALL BE IN ORDER WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE SEPARATELY DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR A DIVISION OF THE QUESTION, AND THREE, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2, UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 3971, TO AMEND THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT AND THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT OF 1974 TO MODIFY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WITH RESPECT TO CERTAIN RULES RELATING TO MORTGAGE LOANS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-44 SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES, TWO, THE FURTHER AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART B OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION, IF OFFERED BY THE MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, WHICH SHALL BE IN ORDER WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE SEPARATELY DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR A DIVISION OF THE QUESTION, AND THREE, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 3, UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE JOINT RESOLUTION, HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 123, MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION ARE WAIVED. THE JOINT RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE JOINT RESOLUTION ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE JOINT RESOLUTION AND ON ANY AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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  • 12:41:52 PM

    DEBATE

    The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 647.

    • 12:41:58 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

    • 12:42:02 PM

      MR. WOODALL

      I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS…

      I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, MS. SLAUGHTER, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    • 12:42:17 PM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

    • 12:42:18 PM

      MR. WOODALL

      MR. SPEAKER, I'D ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL OF MY…

      MR. SPEAKER, I'D ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO SPEAK ON THIS RULE HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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    • 12:42:27 PM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE YOU WERE LISTENING AS THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE YOU WERE LISTENING AS THE READING CLERK WAS GOING THROUGH THIS RULE, BECAUSE THERE WAS A LOT OF MEAT IN THIS RULE TODAY. ORDINARILY, AND IN FACT HISTORICALLY WE WILL DO A BILL AND WE'LL DO A RULE, WE'LL DO A RULE AND WE'LL DO A BILL, THIS RULE FOOD MAKES THREE BILLS IN ORDER, THREE IMPORTANT BILLS IN ORDER, AND I'M PROUD TO BE CARRY TO CARRY THIS -- ABLE TO CARRY THIS RULE TODAY. THE RULE PROVIDES A STRUCTURED RULE FOR THE DEBATE OF TWO BILLS OUT OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. ONE IS H.R. 477, MR. SPEAKER, THE SMALL BUSINESS MERGERS, ACQUISITIONS, SALES AND BROKE RADGES ACT OF 2017. THE OTHER IS THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT. THE RULE ALSO PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF A CONTINUING RESOLUTION, H.J.RES. 123, WHICH PROVIDES APPROPRIATIONS THROUGH DECEMBER 22 AS FINAL YEAR DECISIONMAKING AND NEGOTIATING GOES ON. IT ALSO ALLOWS THE CENTER FOR MEDICARE SERVICES, C.M.S., TO REALLOCATE EXISTING FUNDS FOR THE CHIP PROGRAM THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2017. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO START OFF TALKING ABOUT THE FINANCIAL SERVICES BILLS. WE'LL HAVE SOME MEMBERS FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE COME DOWN, AND THEY CAN TALK ABOUT IT IN DETAILS THAT I CANNOT, BUT IT WAS A FASCINATING HEARING WE HAD IN THE RULES COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAD THE CHAIRMAN, MR. HENSARLING, OUT OF TEXAS. WE HAD THE RANKING MEMBER, MS. WATERS, AND IT WAS A CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW WE PROTECT PEOPLE, HOW DO WE SERVE PEOPLE BETTER. NOW, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT, MR. SPEAKER, IS THE RESULT OF SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS, LOCAL CREDIT UNIONS SAYING WE'RE HAVING A TOUGH TIME PROVIDING MORTGAGES TO OUR MEMBERS BECAUSE THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU HAS CREATED RULES DESIGNED TO PROTECT CONSUMERS THAT ARE PROTECTING THEM RIGHT OUT OF ACCESS TO A MORTGAGE AT ALL. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS A LEGITIMATE DISAGREEMENT THAT WE HAVE HERE FROM TIME TO TIME ABOUT HOW TO PROTECT PEOPLE BEST, ABOUT HOW TO LOVE PEOPLE BEST, BUT IT'S THE RIGHT KIND OF CONVERSATION TO BE HAVING. IF WE PASS THIS RULE TODAY, WE'LL BE ABLE TO GET INTO DEBATE ON THAT UNDERLYING BILL. THE DEBATE WILL NOT BE ABOUT, SHOULD WE PROTECT PEOPLE, BUS WE ALL AGREE THAT WE SHOULD. THE DEBATE WILL BE ABOUT, HOW SHOULD WE PROTECT THOSE PEOPLE, AN ISSUE WHICH LEGITIMATE, WELL-INTENTIONED, THOUGHTFUL MEN AND WOMEN CAN DISAGREE. I LOOK FORWARD TO THIS BODY WORKING ITS WILL. THE SECOND BILL, MR. SPEAKER, FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, H.R. 477, WAS INTRODUCED BY A CLASSMATE OF MINE, AND THAT'S THE BIG CLASS OF 2011, MR. HUIZENGA FROM MICHIGAN, AND HE'S WORKED THIS BILL THROUGH THE PROCESS, ONE STEP AT A TIME TRYING TO BUILD CONSENSUS SO THAT, MR. SPEAKER, AS WE WERE IN THE RULES COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT, THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER WAS, HEY, IF WE CAN MAKE ONE MORE AMENDMENT IN ORDER, ONE MORE AMENDMENT THAT MR. HUIZENGA AND MR. SHERMAN HAVE WORKED OUT TOGETHER, IF WE CAN MAKE ONE MORE ROUND OF CHANGES, WE BELIEVE WE CAN GET THIS THROUGH ON A BIG BIPARTISAN MAJORITY COMING OUT OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, SERVICES COMMITTEE. THE NEWSPAPER WILL BE FILLED WITH DISCORD COMING OUT OF THIS CITY TOMORROW MORNING BUT IT GIVES ME GREAT PROVIDED BRINGING FORWARD THESE BILLS THAT ARE NOT GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD OVERNIGHT, BUT MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR REAL PEOPLE FACING REAL CHALLENGES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. MY EXPERIENCE IS IF WE DO A LITTLE BIT TODAY, LITTLE BIT TOMORROW, THE NEXT DAY, WE WAKE UP A YEAR FROM NOW FINDING OUT WE HAVE DONE A WHOLE LOT TOGETHER ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION, I'M NOT A FAN OF CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. I WANT TO TELL YOU, I HAVE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT MY ENTHUSIASTIC PART OF THIS RULE. WE AREN'T SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION BUSINESS AND YOU KNOW FROM YOUR LEADERSHIP AND THE TWO GENTLEMEN FROM MICHIGAN HERE ON THE FLOOR, THIS HOUSE PASSED ON TIME, AHEAD OF SCHEDULE THE FUNDING BILLS TO FUND THE PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. FOLKS SAID WE COULDN'T GET IT DONE. FOLKS SAID WE COULDN'T DO IT ALL. WE DID AND WE DID. AND WE SENT THAT TO THE SENATE, MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR, WHICH IS BACK ON SEPTEMBER 30. THE SENATE HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO TAKE IT UP YET, MR. SPEAKER. THE SENATE HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO DEBATE IT YET, MR. SPEAKER. I DON'T KNOW IF THE SENATE IS GOING TO GET IT DONE IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. BUT THERE ARE FOLKS IN THIS INSTITUTION WHO SAY WE COULDN'T GET IT DONE IN THE SENATE OVER THE LAST TWO MONTHS SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND PASS A CONTINUING RESOLUTION FOR ALL OF FISCAL 2018 AND CONTINUING RESOLUTION FOR FOLKS WHO DON'T FOLLOW THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS, WELL, IF IT WORKED LAST YEAR, DO THE SAME THING NEXT YEAR. THAT IS AWFUL PUBLIC POLICY. WE CAME TOGETHER DEBATING ALMOST 500 AMENDMENTS HAVING MOVED EVERY SINGLE APPROPRIATIONS BILL THROUGH THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. WE CAME TOGETHER NOT JUST IN A BIPARTISAN WAY IN THE COMMITTEE. WE CAME TOGETHER HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, DEBATED THESE ISSUES, GRAPPLED WITH THESE ISSUES AND PRODUCED A WORK PRODUCT WHICH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN TAKE PROVIDED. I DON'T WANT TO GIVE UP OR SETTLE FOR THE WAY THINGS HAVE BEEN. I BELIEVE WE CAN DO BETTER. SO BYPASSING A TWO-WEEK RESOLUTION TODAY, WE ENSURE THAT AGENCIES CONTINUE TO FUNCTION AND WE PROVIDE ANOTHER WINDOW FOR THE SENATE TO COME TOGETHER AND PASS THOSE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AS WE HAVE DONE HERE IN THE HOUSE. I'M OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THAT COMING TO FRUITION. I BELIEVE WE CAN GET THAT DONE. WE CAN TAKE UP THESE BIPARTISAN EFFORTS FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. WE CAN TAKE UP THIS IMPORTANT EFFORT TO CONTINUE THE FUNDING OF THE GOVERNMENT IF WE PASS THIS RULE TODAY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND I RESERVE.

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    • 12:49:13 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY…

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 12:49:22 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES AND YIELD…

      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    • 12:49:29 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

    • 12:49:31 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HAVE GREAT FONDNESS FOR MR. WOODAL, HE IS ONE OF…

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HAVE GREAT FONDNESS FOR MR. WOODAL, HE IS ONE OF THE MOST PLEASANT PERSONS ON THE RULES COMMITTEE AND BUT I HAVE TO TAKE ISSUE WITH HIM. I HAVE TO TAKE ISSUE WITH THE CLAIM THAT REPUBLICANS COMPLETED THEIR APPROPRIATION WORK ON TIME. I HAVE A TIMETABLE OF THE BUDGET PROCESS THAT CAME FROM THE WEB SITE OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE MAJORITY ON WHICH MY COLLEAGUE, MR. WOODALL SERVES. LET'S REVIEW THE MOST IMPORTANT DEADLINES. FIRST, THE PRESIDENT MUST SUBMIT HIS BUDGET TO CONGRESS BY THE FIRST MONDAY IN FEBRUARY. TRUTH, THIS YEAR, THE ADMINISTRATION RELEASED WHAT THEY CALLED A SKINNY BUDGET ON MARCH 16 AND DIDN'T RELEASE THE FULL BUDGET UNTIL MAY 23. FROM OUR RECKONING, THAT'S FOUR MONTHS LATE. SECOND, THE CONGRESS MUST COMPLETE ACTION ON THE BUDGET BY APRIL 15. THE TRUTH, THIS YEAR, REPUBLICANS WEREN'T ABLE TO GET THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 BUDGET THROUGH CONGRESS UNTIL OCTOBER 26, OVER SIX MONTHS LATE AND NEARLY A MONTH INTO THE NEW FISCAL YEAR. HERE'S ANOTHER DEADLINE, AGAIN AVAILABLE ON THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET COMMITTEE'S WEBSITE. THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE IS SUPPOSED TO COMPLETE THEIR WORK BY JUNE 10. THE TRUTH, THIS YEAR, THEY DIDN'T REPORT OUT ANY APPROPRIATIONS BILLS UNTIL AFTER THAT DEADLINE HAD PASSED. ANOTHER DEADLINE, THE HOUSE IS SUPPOSED TO COMPLETE ACTION ON ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS BILLS BY JUNE 30. THE TRUTH, NOT ONLY DID THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY FAIL TO MEET THAT DEADLINE, THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO PASS ANY OF THEM, NOT ANY OF THEM SEPARATELY AT ALL. INSTEAD, THEY LUMPED FOUR BILLS TOGETHER AND PASSED THEM ON JULY 27 AND THEN PASSED AN OMNIBUS WITH ALL 12 BILLS TOGETHER ON SEPTEMBER 14, LEAVING TWO WEEKS ONLY FOR THE HOUSE AND SENATE TO WORK OUT THEIR DIFFERENCES, BUT THE LAW SAID THEY SHOULD HAVE THREE MONTHS TO DO IT. SO I WOULDN'T BRING THIS UP BUT I KNOW MR. WOODALL BELIEVES WHAT HE IS SAYING IS RIGHT. THAT LEADS ME TO THE FINAL DEADLINE. FISCAL YEAR 2018 BEGAN OCTOBER 1. HERE WE ARE, MORE THAN TWO MONTHS LATER ON DECEMBER 7, REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS STILL FAILED TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN TOO BUSY WORKING TO KILL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND GIVE BIG TAX BREAKS TO CORPORATIONS AND BILLIONAIRES. ON TIME, MR. SPEAKER? ANY SCHOOL CHILD WOULD TELL YOU THAT YOU DON'T GET CREDIT FOR AN ASSIGNMENT THAT'S TWO MONTHS LATE. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD THE TIMETABLE OF THE BUDGET PROCESS FROM THE WEB SITE OF THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE MAJORITY.

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    • 12:52:45 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

    • 12:52:48 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      THE MAJORITY STOOD BEFORE US TODAY, TWO-WEEK CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO FUND…

      THE MAJORITY STOOD BEFORE US TODAY, TWO-WEEK CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH DECEMBER 22. I HAVE HEARD SOME QUESTION WHY ANYONE WOULD TAKE ISSUE WITH THIS APPROACH. MR. SPEAKER, THE QUESTION THAT SHOULD BE ASKED IS WHAT IS THE MAJORITY ACTUALLY WILLING TO GET DONE OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS? BECAUSE IT HAS NOW BEEN MORE THAN TWO MONTHS SINCE VITAL NATIONAL PRIORITIES HAVE LAPSED UNDER THEIR LEADERSHIP. THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, WHICH PROVIDES HEALTH CARE TO MORE THAN NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS THIS NATION EXPIRED ON SEPTEMBER 30. SO DID THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, WHICH SERVE MORE THAN 25 MILLION PEOPLE. NOW THIS EXPIRATION HAS PUT 2,800 CENTERS IN DANGER OF CLOSURE AND NINE MILLION PEOPLE AT RISK FOR LOSING THEIR ACCESS TO THEIR HEALTH CARE. THE PERKINS LOAN PROGRAM, WHICH MANY LOW-INCOME STUDENTS RELY ON FOR THEIR EDUCATION WAS ALLOWED TO EXPIRE BY THE MAJORITY WITH NO RE-AUTHORIZATION IN SIGHT. THIS DESPITE A BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR A BILL TO DO JUST THAT. UNFORTUNATELY, THE MAJORITY HAS BEEN UNWILLING EVEN TO BRING IT UP FOR A VOTE. ARE THEY NOW READY TO TAKE MEANINGFUL ACTION TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN, OUR STUDENTS AND OUR PUBLIC HEALTH AND OUR NATION? DEMOCRATS HAVEN'T BEEN FIGHTING TO RE-AUTHORIZE PROGRAMS THAT EXPIRED TWO MONTHS AGO, BUT WE ARE TRYING TO ADDRESS THE PRIORITIES THAT WE KNOW OUR NATION WILL FACE IN THE WEEKS AHEAD. THAT INCLUDES HURRICANE RELIEF FUNDING TO HELP THE FAMILIES THAT ARE RECOVERINGING FROM THIS HORRENDOUS HURRICANE SEASON AND ALL OF US ARE FEARFUL OF AND SAD ABOUT, CALIFORNIA IS BURNING ONCE AGAIN AND RE-AUTHORIZING SECTION 702 OF THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT, WHICH IS DUE TO EXPIRE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, THE FISA COURT HELPS TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE. IF PAST IS PROLOGUE, THIS MAJORITY WILL BE MISSING IN ACTION TWO WEEKS FROM NOW. JUST CONSIDER FOR A MOMENT HOW THEY HAVE SQUANDERED THIS YEAR TRYING TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT UNTIL PERSUADED BY THEIR CONSTITUENTS THAT THEY DID NOT WANT THAT DONE. IT REMAINS THE LAW OF THE LAND TODAY AFTER THE PUBLIC OVERWHELMINGLY DEMANDED THE MAJORITY STOP THAT CRUSADE AND NOW TRYING TO PASS A TAX CUT FOR THE WEALTHY TO REPRESENT ONE OF THE LARGEST TRANSFERS OF WEALTH FROM WORKING FAMILIES TO THE WEALTHY THAT OUR NATION HAS EVER SEEN. I WANT EVERYBODY TO PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THIS BECAUSE IT IS PROOF POSITIVE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THIS MAJORITY. ACCORDING TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION AND THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, UNDER THE MAJORITY'S PLAN, THOSE MAKING $40,000 TO $50,000 WOULD PAY AN ADDITIONAL $5.3 BILLION IN TAXES COMBINED OVER THE NEXT DECADE. NOW REMEMBER, THEY ARE GOING TO PAY MORE TO THE TUNE OF $5.3 BILLION. AT THE SAME TIME, ATTENTION, AMERICA, AT THE SAME TIME, THOSE EARNING A MILLION OR MORE WOULD SAY A ZWHRRS 5.8 BILLION CUT. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANYTHING AS CUT AND DRY? THEY WANT TO TAKE FROM THE POOR TO GIVE TO THE RICH, ROBIN HOOD IN REVERSE. SO WE ARE TWO MONTHS INTO THE FISCAL YEAR AND THE MAJORITY HAS BEEN PREOCCUPIED WITH THE SPECIAL INTERESTS THAT WE HAVEN'T PASSED A FUEL YEAR APPROPRIATION. THIS IS ROBBING OUR ECONOMY THE CERTAINTY IT NEEDS. THE MAJORITY STILL CAN'T GET ANYTHING DONE. WHEN DEMOCRATS SEE A CONTINUING RESOLUTION FOR TWO WEEKS, WE DON'T SEE A SIMPLE EXPANSION OF THE STATUS QUO, WE SAY IT IS FOR WHAT IT IS, KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD IN ORDER TO PURSUE RECKLESS POLITICS AND NOT TACKLE THE MAJOR ISSUES THAT FACE THE NATION TODAY. LET ME REMIND OUR COLLEAGUES HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR BOTH PARTIES TO WORK TOGETHER BECAUSE IN THIS PROCESS IN THE C.R. AND TAX BILL, THERE ARE NO DEMOCRAT FINGERPRINTS ON ANY OF IT. A LOT OF THIS HAS BEEN NO COMMITTEE ACTION. BUT DEMOCRATS HAVE HELPED THE MAJORITY PASS EVERY MAJOR FUNDING BILL, EVERY ONE, SINCE THEY ASSUMED CONTROL IN 2011. THAT IS THE RESULT OF BIPARTISANSHIP. BUT THIS TIME THE MAJORITY DECIDED NOT TO COMPROMISE WITH US TO REACH A DEAL. LET'S SEE IF THEY CAN COBBLE TOGETHER THE VOTES OVER THE FINISH LINE. EVEN IF IT PASSES, WE WILL BE BACK HERE LATER THIS MONTH TO CONSIDER ANOTHER SHORT-TERM RESOLUTION AND WE HAVE NO IDEA WHETHER THIS BILL COULD EVEN PASS THE SENATE. THIS IS NO WAY TO RUN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE LIVES OF OUR COUNTRYMEN ARE HANGING IN THE BALANCE AND ALL WE DO UNDER THIS MAJORITY IS TO LURCH FROM ONE SELF-INFLICTED CRISIS TO THE NEXT. OUR CONSTITUENTS DESERVE MUCH BETTER THAN THIS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 12:58:41 PM

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      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

    • 12:58:45 PM

      MR. WOODALL

      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I DON'T DISAGREE WITH WRA A LOT…

      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I DON'T DISAGREE WITH WRA A LOT MY COLLEAGUE HAD TO SAY. WHEN IT COMES TO THE FACTS, I DISAGREE WITH THE CONCLUSIONS THAT ARE REACHED THERE, MR. SPEAKER. WE DO NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB OF WORKING TOGETHER. NOW SOMETIMES THAT MEANS REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AND THAT MEANS THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND THAT MEANS THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE CONGRESS. WE NEED TO HOLD EACH OTHER ACCOUNTABLE, BUT WE ALSO NEED TO GIVE EACH OTHER CREDIT FOR OUR SUCCESSES. THE GENTLELADY TALKED ABOUT IMPORTANT ISSUES RELATING TO EDUCATION AND IMPROVING WORK FORCE. WE PASSED TOGETHER IN THIS INSTITUTION A CONTINUATION OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FUNDING. WE RE-AUTHORIZED THAT PROGRAM LED BY MR. THOMPSON AND CHAIR FOXX AND RANKING MEMBER SCOTT. WE GRAPPLED WITH THAT ISSUE TOGETHER AND WE DID IT TOGETHER BECAUSE IT WAS THE RIGHT THING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND NOW IT SITS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE WITHOUT ACTION. WE CAME TOGETHER AND WE FUNDED THE GOVERNMENT. WE GRAPPLED LINE BY LINE, SECTION BY SECTION, WE DID IT TOGETHER AND NOW IT SITS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT NEEDS TO BE SAID, ONE CAN DESCRIBE IT AS REPUBLICAN INCOMPETENCE, ONE CAN DESCRIBE IT AS DEMOCRAT INCOMPETENCE. AND WHY THE SENATE CANNOT BECAUSE IT REQUIRES 60 VOTES. IN ORDER TO HAVE 60 VOTES, YOU HAVE TO HAVE DEMOCRAT VOTES. IF THE SENATE CHANGED ITS RULES AND MADE IT A REPUBLICAN MAJORITY INSTITUTION, THEY COULD MOVE ALL OF THESE BILLS WITHOUT DELAY. FAR, FAR FROM BEING A REFLECTION OF INCOMPETENCE BUT A REFLECTION TO A COMMITMENT OF BIPARTISAN EFFORT ON THE SENATE SIDE. AND WE CAN POKE THEM AND POKE THEM AND POKE THEM AND FOLKS MAY GET THEIR WISH AND MIGHT MAKE IT A REPUBLICAN STREAMLINE PROCESS OVER THERE. BUT BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. . WE DON'T HAVE TO KICK EACH OTHER IN THE SHINNINGS OVER HERE, WE HAVE SUCCESS AFTER SUCCESS AFTER SUCCESS. AMONG THOSE SUCCESSES IS THE BILL I MENTIONED EARLIER FROM THE GENTLEMAN, MR. HUIZENGA. WITH THAT, I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN FOUR MINUTES TO TALK ABOUT THE HARD WORK AND EFFORT AND THE SUCCESS HE'S BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IN A BIPARTISAN WAY.

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    • 01:01:42 PM

      MR. HUIZENGA

      I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FRIEND AND CLASSMATE FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, FOR…

      I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FRIEND AND CLASSMATE FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE. MORE AN MORE BABY BOOMERS RETIRE EVERY DAY. IT'S BEEN ESTIMATED THAT $10 TRILLION, TRILLION WITH A T, DOLLARS OF SMALL AND PRIVATELY OWNED FAMILY OWNED BUSINESSES WILL BE CLOSED OR SOLD TO A NEW GENERATION OF ENTREPRENEURS IN THE COMING YEARS. BROKERS PAY A CRITICAL ROLE IN TRANSFERRING OWNERSHIP OF THESE SMALLER, PRIVATELY HELD COMPANIES. HOWEVER TODAY'S ONE SIZE FITS ALL REGULATION OF BROKE OF -- BROKER-DEALER REGULATION BURDENS THEM WITH PASS-THROUGH OF HEAVY REGULATORY COMPLIANCE COSTS THAT DO NOT PROVIDE INCREMENTAL BENEFITS IN M.N.A. TRANSACTIONS. TODAY, FEDERAL SECURITIES REGULATIONS REQUIRE LOCAL MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS BROKERS TO BE REGISTERED AND REGULATED BY THE SAME BOARDS AS WALL STREET INVESTMENT BANKERS. THOSE BANKERS ARE TRYING TO SELL OR BUY PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANIES. ANY BROKERING THE SALE OF A SMALL TOWN BUSINESS IN YOUR DISTRICT OR MINE MUST BE FEDERALLY REGISTERED AND REGULATED AS A SECURITIES BROKER DEALER. IN ADDITION TO STATE LAW REQUIREMENTS, REGARDLESS OF THE SIZE OF THE BUSINESS OR THE SALE TRANSACTION. FEDERAL SECURITIES REGULATION WAS PRIMARILY DESIGNED TO PROTECT PASSIVE INVESTORS IN PUBLIC SECURITIES MARKETS. PRIVATELY NEGOTIATED MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS TRANSACTIONS FACILITATED BY SMALL BUSINESS BROKERS ARE VASTLY DIFFERENT AND DO NOT TYPICALLY RELATE TO THE TRANSACTIONS MEANT TO BE PROTECTED BY THE F.C.C. AND FIN RAH REGISTRATION AND -- AND FINRA REGISTRATION. THAT'S WHY I CONTINUED TO INTRODUCE SMALL BUSINESS ACQUISITION SIMPLIFICATION ACT, CREATE A SIMPLITY FIED SYSTEM FOR BROKERS PERFORMING TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP OF SMALLER, PRIVATELY HELD COMPANIES. I'D LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVES SHERMAN AND MALONEY ALONG WITH SHARME HENSARLING AND RANKING MEMBER WATERS. AS MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA POINTED OUT, NOT EVERY DAY DO WE HAVE TO KEEP KICKING EACH OTHER IN THE SHINS, WE CAN WORK TOGETHER. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF DOING THAT SO THIS IMPACT OF THIS LEGISLATION WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE TRANSACTION COSTS, PROMOTE COMPETITION AMONG SMALL BUSINESS BROKERS AND FACILITATE PRIVATE BUSINESSES AND ACQUISITIONS OF THESE SMALL TOWN BUSINESSES. THIS INITIATIVE PROMOTES ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THESE SALES AND THERE IS REALLY SUBSTANTIAL RELIEF OF REGULATORY BURDENS ON SMALL BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS WHO SERVE THESE SMALLER BUSINESS OWNERS. BUSINESS BROKERAGE SERVICES ARE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO ENTREPRENEURS WHO START, BUILD, AN EVENTUALLY WANT TO SELL THEIR PRIVATE COMPANIES. SIMILARLY THE SERVICES HELP NEW ENTREPRENEURS ACQUIRE THESE BUSINESSES WHILE HELPING EXISTING COMPANIES GROW. THUS PRESERVING AND CREATING JOBS IN THE COMMUNITIES WE ALL SERVE. WE WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE AND THIS HAS BEEN A MULTI, NOT JUST MULTIYEAR BUT MULTICONGRESS EFFORT OVER THE LAST FEW DIFFERENT CONGRESSES AND I'M JUST PLEASED TODAY THAT WE CAN SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE POSITIVE AND EFFECTIVE BIPARTISAN WORK THAT IS COMING TOGETHER. IT'S LEGISLATION LIKE H R. 477 THAT DEMONSTRATES FRANKLY THAT CONGRESS CAN ACT IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO POSITIVELY IMPACT THE LIVES OF AMERICANS. I URGE SWIFT CONSIDERATION OF PASSAGE OF THIS IMPORTANT BILL AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 01:05:28 PM

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 01:05:33 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR.…

      I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE.

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    • 01:05:39 PM

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      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 01:05:42 PM

      MR. KILDEE

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY, THE RANKING…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY, THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING AND I THANK MR. WOODALL FOR HIS COMMENTS. HE AND I WORKED TOGETHER ON ISSUES IN THE PAST, WE WORKLED TOGETHER TO TRY TO PROTECT OUR SOLAR MANUFACTURERS IN THIS COUNTRY. SO THERE ARE AREAS OF AGREEMENT WE COME TO. I THINK WE ALSO AGREE, I NOW HEAR, ON THIS QUESTION OF CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. WE BOTH DON'T LIKE THEM. AND I THINK WE DO HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND THAT TODAY, WE'RE 48 HOURS FROM GOVERNMENT CLOSING SO I WON'T ADDRESS ANY OTHER SUBJECT THAN THAT QUESTION AND THE PROCESS THAT HAS LED US TO THIS MOMENT WHERE WE'RE LOOKING AT ANOTHER CONTINUING RESOLUTION FOR TWO WEEKS. I WON'T ADDRESS THE SMALL BUSINESS MERGERS ACQUISITION SALES AND BROKERAGE SIMPLIFICATION ACT, WHILE IT MAY BE AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION, IT'S DIFFICULT TO FORGET WHAT HAS BROUGHT US TO THIS MOMENT WHERE WE'RE 48 HOURS FROM THE GOVERNMENT SHUTTING DOWN. WHAT'S INTERESTING TO ME ABOUT IT IS, IT IS TRUE THAT THE REPUBLICANS HOLD THE MAJORITY IN THIS HOUSE AND SET THE AGENDA HERE. HOLD THE MAJORITY IN THE SENATE, SET THE AGENDA THERE. YOU HAVE YOUR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT. THE LEADER OF YOUR PARTY, YOUR LEADER, WHO SETS THE AGENDA FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. YOU'VE HAD THE ENTIRE YEAR TO GET A PACKAGE OF SPENDING BILLS TO THE FLOOR AND THROUGH TO THE PRESIDENT. AND HERE WE ARE, TWO DAYS AWAY FROM A SHUTDOWN BECAUSE TWO AND A HALF MONTHS AGO, AFTER NEARLY A YEAR, THE PROCESS CAME TO A HALT IN THIS BODY TO APPROVE A 2 1/2 MONTH EXTENSION BECAUSE WE COULDN'T GET THE WORK DONE. NOW INSTEAD OF OVER THE LAST TWO AND A HALF MONTHS COMING UP WITH A FULL PLAN TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT AND PROVIDE THE CERTAINTY AND SECURITY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND OUR ECONOMY DEPEND UPON AFTER TWO AND A HALF MONTH, BEST WE CAN DO IS PROMISE THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY AND OUR ECONOMY 14 MORE DAYS. WHY ARE WE HERE? IN THE LAST TWO AND A HALF MONTHS HAVE WE SEEN ANY ACTION? NO. NOT ON DISASTER RELIEF FOR THOSE PLACES THAT ARE STRUGGLING. THROUGH THE WORST MOMENTS THEY'VE EXPERIENCED. IN THE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE HEALTH CARE, HEALTH INSURANCE, WHICH WAS A BIPARTISAN PROGRAM, THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN. ANYTHING. NO. SO THE DREAMERS AREN'T DEPORTED, PEOPLE WHO ONLY KNOW THIS COUNTRY? AND THINK ABOUT THIS. SINCE THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF, AND THIS IS AN AREA WHERE WE HAVE SOME AGREEMENT, DECLARED THAT WE HAVE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY, OUR PEOPLE, OUR CHILDREN, ARE DYING DUE TO THIS OPIOID CRISIS, WHERE IS THE SOLUTION THERE? WHERE IS THE DEBATE THERE? WHERE IS THE EFFORT ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TO DEAL WITH THESE BIG, PRESSING PROBLEMS THAT OUR COUNTRY FACES? WE'VE HAD THE LAST TWO AND A HALF MONTHS WE COULD HAVE DONE IT IN THAT PERIOD. WHAT HAS BEEN THE FOCUS? A SINGULAR OBSESSION. AROUND A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT IS PURPORTED TO BE TAX REFORM BUT A CLOSE EXAMINATION BY JUST ABOUT ANY SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIST, DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS AND INDEPENDENTS, IS THE GREATEST, MOST SIGNIFICANT MASSIVE SHIFT OF HARD-EARNED WEALTH FROM WORKING AMERICANS TO PEOPLE WHO MAKE MORE THAN $900,000 A YEAR. THE NOTION THAT WITH ALL THE DIFFICULTY WE'RE FACING IN THIS COUNTRY, WITH ALL THE STRUGGLES WE'RE HAVING, WITH DISASTERS YET TO BE CORRECTED, WITH AN OPEN YID CRISIS YET TO BE ATTACKED, WITH DREAMERS WHO HAVE UNCERTAINTY, WITH CHILDREN, WITH NO CERTAINTY OF HEALTH CARE, THAT THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PRIORITY IS NOT FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT BUT ENSURING THAT PEOPLE WHO MAKE MORE THAN THOSE SUFFERING PEOPLE WHO MAKE MORE THAN $900,000 A YEAR GET MORE, THAT'S NOT A REFLECTION OF THE PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THAT IS WHY IT IS SO DIFFICULT FOR US WHO ARE READY, HONESTLY READY TO WORK HAND IN GLOVE, KNOWING WE'RE NOT GOING TO WIN EVERY FIGHT, GIVE US A CHANCE TO SIT AT THE TABLE AND HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT WHERE WE MIGHT FIND SOME COMMON GROUND. AND WE DO FROM TIME TO TIME. IT'S NOT IMPOSSIBLE. EVEN WITH MY FRIENDS IN THIS CHAMBER RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE FOUND WAY TOTS WORK TOGETHER. BUT WE CANNOT DO IT. WE CANNOT DO IT UNLESS THERE'S A COMMITMENT TO DO THE WORK OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE HAVE NOT SEEN THAT. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 01:11:02 PM

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      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 01:11:08 PM

      MR. WOODALL

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'D BE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'D BE INTERESTED SOMETIME, MR. SPEAKER, IN HAVING A TEAM BUILDING EXPERT TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF OUR PROCEEDINGS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AND SEE IF THEY THINK THE CONVERSATIONS THAT HAPPEN HERE BRING US CLOSER TO WORKING TOGETHER ON SERIOUS SOLUTIONS OR PUSH US FURTHER AWAY. I AFRY -- I AGREE WITH MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, WE NEED TO GET ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT IS NOT FIGURING OUT WHO TO BLAME BUT FIGURING OUT HOW TO FIX THICKS. TO CONTINUE TO PUT OUT THE MESSAGE THAT WE DON'T COLLABORATE ON THOSE ISSUES IS TO DO OUR BOSSES, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, A DISSERVICE. ON BILL AFTER BILL TO COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, WE HAVE COME TOGETHER. WE'VE SENT THEM TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE. ON BILL AFTER BILL ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING WE HAVE COME TOGETHER, WE'VE PASSED THOSE BILLS, SENT THOSE THTH SENATE. I'VE BEEN IN THIS CONGRESS SINCE 2011, I GOT TO VOTE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME ON FUNDING THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL, WHICH SITS RIGHT IN MY BACKYARD IN THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA, I GOT TO VOTE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME ON FUNDING THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH WHICH DO SUCH AMAZING RESEARCH BETH FOR OUR SENIORS AND FOR OUR CHILDREN. THE KIND OF TALENT THAT WE HAVE THERE, MR. SPEAKER, BOGGLES THE MIND. WE CAME TOGETHER AND WE FUNDED THOSE INSTITUTIONS IN THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. NOW WE CAN SPEND OUR TIME TOGETHER TALKING ABOUT WHO HATES CHILDREN AND WHO HATES OLD PEOPLE AND WHY IT IS EVERYBODY IS AN UNTALENTED BUFFOON OR WE CAN RECOGNIZE THAT ON ISSUE AFTER ISSUE WE COME TOGETHER AND GET ABOUT THE BUSINESS THAT OUR BOSSES SENT US TO GET ABOUT. I DON'T THINK ANY OF US ARE GOING TO BE REWARDED BY FIGURING OUT WHO TO BLAME. I THINK WE'RE GOING TO BE REWARDED BY GETTING IT FIXED. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, MS. TENNEY, WHO HAS WORKED THROUGH THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AGAIN IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO DEAL WITH LOCAL, COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND LOCAL HOME BUYERS WHO ARE GETTING SHUT OUT OF THE PROCESS BY AN OVERLY BURDENSOME CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU. WITH THAT, FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. TENNEY.

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    • 01:13:39 PM

      MS. TENNEY

      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND HIS GREAT COMMENTS ABOUT…

      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND HIS GREAT COMMENTS ABOUT BIPARTISANSHIP. OVER THE LAST 10 YEAR, ECOMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTION INDUSTRY HAS UNDERGONE A DRAMATIC TRANSFORMATION. SINCE 2006, MORE THAN 1,500 BANKS HAVE FAILED. HAVE BEEN ACQUIRED, OR HAVE MERGED DUE TO ECONOMIC FACTORS AND THE OVERWHELMINGLY EXPENSIVE REGULATION BROUGHT FORTH BY THE PASSAGE OF DODD-FRANK. DURING THAT SAME PERIOD THERE'S BEEN A DROUGHT IN DE NOVO BANKS. IN FACT, ONLY FIVE NEW BANK CHARTERS AND 16 NEW CREDIT UNIONS HAVE CHARTERED SINCE THAT TIME. TODAY, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 125 YEARS, THERE ARE FEWER THAN 6,000 BANKS AND ROUGHLY 6,000 CREDIT UNIONS SERVING ALL CONSUMERS IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS PROOF THAT COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS NEED SMART, COMMONSENSE REGULATORY RELIEF SO THEY CAN PROPERLY SERVE LOCAL COMMUNITIES BY ASSISTING THEM WITH SMALL BUSINESS STARTUP AND CONSUMER CREDIT, PARTICULARLY IN A REGION LIKE MINE IN UPSTATE NEW YORK. IT'S IMPORTANT WE PASS THIS RULE TODAY TO CONSIDER MY BILL H.R. 3971, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT. THIS BIPARTISAN MEASURE WOULD OFFER REAL ERELIEF FOR INSTITUTIONS THAT ARE BARELY SURVIVING IN AN EXCESSIVELY REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SHERMAN, FOR ASSISTING US IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO BRING THIS BILL FORWARD AND TO MAKE IT EVEN BETTER THAN WE ORIGINALLY CONCEIVED IT. H.R. 3971, WHICH WOULD EXEMPT SMALL COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONS FROM MANDATORY ESCROW REQUIREMENTS AND WOULD PROVIDE RELIEF FROM NEW REGULATIONS THAT HAVE NEARLY DOUBLED THE COST OF SERVICING WITH DIRECT IMPACT ON THE CONSUMER FOR THE COST OF MORTGAGE CREDIT. I KNOW THE I KNOW INSTITUTIONS WISH TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO THEIR CONSUMERS. UNDER THIS PROVISION, THEY ARE WELCOME TO DO THAT. HOWEVER, FOR THE SMALLER INSTITUTIONS LIKE G.P.O. FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, THAT RELY ON RELATIONSHIP BANKING, CUSTOMERS THAT WALK IN THE DOOR AND KNOW WHO YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE AND KNOW WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE AND WHOSE CHILDREN SERVE ON THE SPORTS TEAMS AND GO TO THE SAME SCHOOLS, THIS BILL WILL GREATLY HELP THEM AND HELP OUR CONSUMERS CONTINUE WITH THAT RELATIONSHIP. BY MANDATING THAT ALL INSTITUTIONS FOLLOW ESCROW REQUIREMENTS, IT RAISES THE COST OF CREDIT TO BORROWERS WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD IT AND HARMS SMALL LOCAL INSTITUTIONS WHO CAN BARELY AFFORD TO STAY ALIVE. THIS IS A GREAT COMMONSENSE BILL AND BIPARTISAN SINCE ANY BILL I HAVE PROPOSED. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA. AND I URGE EVERYONE TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE BILL TO HELP OUR SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 01:16:46 PM

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    • 01:16:49 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE.

    • 01:16:54 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 01:16:57 PM

      MS. LEE

      LET ME THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING AND YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP…

      LET ME THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING AND YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP ON SO MANY ISSUES ESPECIALLY ON THE RULES COMMITTEE. AS A MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS AND BUDGET COMMITTEE, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL, H H.J.RES. THE 2017 CONTINUING RESOLUTION. THIS BILL KICKS THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD FOR TWO WEEKS JUST SO REPUBLICANS CAN CONTINUING FOCUS ON THE GREATEST TAX SCAM IN HISTORY. NOW AS RANKING MEMBER LOWEY HAS SAID, WHAT DO REPUBLICANS THINK THEY CAN ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS THAT THEY HAVEN'T ACCOMPLISHED IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS? WELL, I SAY, EXCEPT, OF COURSE, TRYING TO GIVE TAX BREAKS TO THEIR WEALTHY DONORS, MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS AND RAISING TAXES ON MIDDLE-INCOME AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. THIS RECKLESS SHORT-TERM RESOLUTION IGNORES MANY OF OUR CRITICAL YEAR-END PRIORITIES LIKE PASSING A CLEAN DREAM ACT, A TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE STATUS PROVISION WE NEED IN THE C.R. RAISING BUDGETARY CAPS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING DISASTER FOR HURRICANES AND WILDFIRES. CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAMS, COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. I COULD GO ON AND ON. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DEBATING AND SHOULD BE IN THIS RESOLUTION. NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR CONGRESS TO BE ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL. WE NEED ACTION, MR. SPEAKER AND NEED IT NOW. DESPITE THE FACT THAT REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE, ONCE AGAIN, THEY REFUSE TO DO THEIR JOBS. IT IS SO WRONG TO STRING PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES OUT, NOT KNOWING WHETHER THEIR GOVERNMENT WILL FUNCTION OR STAY OPEN. HOW IRRESPONSIBLE CAN YOU GET? WE NEED TO FULLY FUND THE GOVERNMENT. ACROSS THE COUNTRY, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE LIVING ON THE EDGE. 40 MILLION AMERICANS ARE LIVING IN POVERTY. MILLIONS MORE ARE STRUGGLING TO KEEP A ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD. MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL ONE MINUTE?

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    • 01:19:11 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      YOU CAN HAVE AN ADDITIONAL TWO MINUTES.

    • 01:19:15 PM

      MS. LEE

      THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. WE ARE PASSING A SHORT-TERM FUNDING BILL THAT…

      THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. WE ARE PASSING A SHORT-TERM FUNDING BILL THAT UNDERFUNDS EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE TRAINING AT A TIME THAT AMERICANS NEED IT THE MOST. INSTEAD, ONCE AGAIN, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? YOU ARE TAKING TIME TO GIVE TAX CUTS TO CORPORATIONS TO SEND JOBS OVERSEAS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO CREATE JOBS, TO STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY, TO PROVIDE A BASIC STANDARD OF LIVING FOR ALL. AND WITH THE SEQUESTER CUTS LOOMING, IT'S PAST TIME THAT WE FOCUS ON OUR SPENDING HERE AT HOME AND STOP THESE INCREASES TO A BLOATED MILITARY BUDGET WHICH REALLY DOES NOTHING FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. INSTEAD OF BRINGING OUR NATION TO THE BRINK OF SELF-INFLICTED CRISES, REPUBLICANS SHOULD WORK WITH US TO MEET THE NEED OF OUR NATION AND A STRONG NATIONAL SECURITY WHICH REQUIRES RESISTING THESE CUTS TO OUR STATE DEPARTMENT AND FOREIGN ASSISTANCE. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS TWO-WEEK CONTINUING RESOLUTION, THIS DOES JUST THE OPPOSITE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS RULE AND NO ON THE UNDERLYING BILL AND LET'S DO OUR JOB AND LET'S DO WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO DO AND THAT IS FULLY FUND THE GOVERNMENT AND LOOK OUT FOR THEM IN TERMS OF NOT GIVING TAX CUTS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES AND RAISING TAXES. THEY DESERVE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 01:20:46 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 01:20:54 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 01:20:56 PM

      MR. WOODALL

      I OPENED WITH A DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW WE ALL CARE ABOUT THESE AMERICAN…

      I OPENED WITH A DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW WE ALL CARE ABOUT THESE AMERICAN HOMEOWNERS WHO ARE TRYING TO GET INTO THEIR FIRST HOMES AND HOW IT IS THAT WE PROTECT THEM BETTER. WE DISAGREED ABOUT HOW TO PROTECT THEM. YOU DO IT THROUGH THE CFPB AND FEDERAL REGULATION OR HOMETOWN INSTITUTIONS BEING GOVERNED BY THEIR NEIGHBORS. WE AGREED ON WHAT THE NEED WAS. WE DISAGREED ON HOW TO GET THERE. WHAT IS SO FRUSTRATING TO ME, I STILL FEEL LIKE A NEW MEMBER OF THIS INSTITUTION, I GUESS I'M NOT ANY LONGER, BUT WE SEEM TO HAVE ONE STANDARD WHEN WE ARE IN THE MAJORITY AND COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STANDARD WHEN THE OTHER GUY TAKES OVER THE INSTITUTION. PRINCIPLES SHOULD BE PRINCIPLES IRRESPECTIVE OF WHO SITS IN YOUR CHAIR. THE VERY FIRST BIG VOTE THAT I TOOK WHEN I GOT HERE IN 2011 WAS TO FUND THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IN FEBRUARY. WHY? BECAUSE WHEN DEMOCRATS RAN EVERY SINGLE FACET OF GOVERNMENT, THEY CONTROLLED THE HOUSE, THEY CONTROLLED THE SENATE AND THEY CONTROLLED THE WHITE HOUSE, THEY DIDN'T GET IT DONE. AND COULDN'T GET IT DONE. IT'S HARD TO DO, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL TAKE YOU BACK, YOU WEREN'T IN THIS INSTITUTION, THE YEAR IS 2010, THE FIRST C.R. THEY PASSED WENT FROM OCTOBER 1 TO DECEMBER 3, ABOUT THE SAME LENGTH OF TIME THAT WE PASSED. WEREN'T UP TO ANYTHING NEFARIOUS AND I RESENT THE APPLICATION. THEY NEEDED EXTRA TIME. THEY THEN WENT AND PASSED A TWO-WEEK C.R., A TWO-WEEK C.R. FROM DECEMBER 4 TO DECEMBER 18. THEY PASSED ONE FOR TWO MORE WEEKS TO GIVE THEMSELVES A LITTLE MORE TIME. THEY STILL WEREN'T ABLE TO GET IT DONE IN THOSE TWO WEEKS. SO THEIR NEXT C.R. WENT FROM DECEMBER 19 TO DECEMBER 21. THREE DAYS IS WHAT THEY FOUND TO BE THE RIGHT NUMBER TO EXTEND FUNDING OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SO THEY COULD CONTINUE TO GET THEIR WORK DONE, MR. SPEAKER. AND WHEN THAT DIDN'T WORK, THEY THEN PUNTED ALL TOGETHER AND WHEN MY FRESHMAN CLASS CAME IN 2011 AND WE TOOK OVER AND FUNDED THE GOVERNMENT INSTEAD. MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN DESCRIBE WHAT HAPPENED WHEN MY FRIENDS LAST CONTROLLED THIS INSTITUTION AS AN ABOMINABLE FAILURE OR WE CAN DESCRIBE IT AS A FRUSTRATING FAILURE BUT SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS IN THIS INSTITUTION, IT HAPPENS WHEN MY FRIENDS RAN IT, WE NEED ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO GET ON A BETTER TRACK. LET ME ASK MY FRIENDS TO STIPULATE THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME WE ARE ON A BETTER TRACK BECAUSE WE CAME TOGETHER IN THIS INSTITUTION AND WE GOT OUR WORK DONE. THE SENATE HASN'T AND I'M FRUSTRATED BY IT. BUT I WANT TO GIVE THEM MORE TIME. AND FOR MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN WHO ASKED THE QUESTION WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES TWO WEEKS MAKE? I WOULD ASK ANYONE WHO HAS THAT QUESTION TO GOOGLE CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. IF YOU THINK CONTINUING TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT ONE DAY AT A TIME WITH THE PENDING RESOLUTION OR 12 MONTHS OF THE TIME, IF YOU THINK THAT IS THE DEFINITION OF SUCCESS, GOOGLE CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. EVERY SINGLE DAY WE FAIL TO TAKE UP IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE THE LARGE FULL YEAR FUNDING APPROPRIATIONS BILL, WE DO A DISSERVICE TO EVERY SINGLE MAN AND WOMAN IN UNIFORM. AND IF WE HAVE A CHOICE HERE BETWEEN DOING THAT DISSERVICE TO THOSE MEN AND WOMEN FOR TWO WEEKS, SIX WEEKS, EIGHT WEEKS, I CHOOSE TWO. IF YOU WONDER WHAT DIFFERENCE IT MAKES, ASK ANY MAN OR WOMAN IN UNIFORM. THERE'S A REASON, MR. SPEAKER, AS HARD AS THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS IS, YOU AND I TOOK UP THE DEFENSE PORTION, THE HOMELAND SECURITY PORTION, THE NATIONAL SECURITY PORTION, ALL THE WAY BACK IN THE SUMMER AND PASSED IT OUT OF THIS HOUSE BEFORE THE END OF JULY BECAUSE WE KNEW HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS AND HOW MISSION CRITICAL IT WAS AND GIVE THE SENATE THE MOST TIME WE POSSIBLY COULD. I AM FRUSTRATED, TOO. BUT LET US NOT DESCRIBE THESE FAILURES AS PARTISAN FAILURES, AS AN EFFORT BY ONE SIDE OR ANOTHER TO SUBVERT THE PROCESS. THESE ARE FAILURES. BUT TWO WEEKS, MR. SPEAKER, IS GOING TO BE LESS OF A FAILURE FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM THAN WOULD BE THREE WEEKS, FOUR WEEKS, OR 12 MONTHS. I'M SORRY WE ARE HERE, BUT THIS IS THE BEST CIRCUMSTANCE THAT WE CAN CREATE TO ALLOW OUR SENATE TIME TO SUCCEED. AND THEY CANNOT SUCCEED ALONE. REPUBLICANS CAN'T SUCCEED ALONE. IT REQUIRES A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY. LET US NOT PRETEND THIS IS A PARTISAN PROBLEM. THIS IS AN AMERICAN CHALLENGE AND I BELIEVE WE'RE UP FOR IT. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS REMAINING AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN SHE IS.

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    • 01:26:39 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN IS PREPARED TO CLOSE AND RESERVES.

    • 01:26:43 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      I MUST TAKE FOR A SECOND OF TIME OR MINUTE AND A HALF TO ADDRESS THE LAST…

      I MUST TAKE FOR A SECOND OF TIME OR MINUTE AND A HALF TO ADDRESS THE LAST STATEMENT THAT YOU MADE, BECAUSE YOU SAID YOU NEED THE DEMOCRATS. YOU MUST BE AWARE THAT YOU ONLY NEED US WHEN THE VOTES COME. THERE IS NOT A DEMOCRAT FINGERPRINT ON THAT TAX BILL. WE HAD NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT ANY OF IT. AND WHILE WE HAVE BEGGED ALMOST ON OUR HANDS AND KNEES TO BE A PART OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING, WE'RE NOT. AND IT ALWAYS SOUNDS GOOD WHEN WE HEAR ON THE FLOOR, BIPARTISANSHIP, LOOK, WE WANT TO WORK, BUT OFTENTIMES, AS YOU KNOW, BILLS THAT COME TO THE RULES COMMITTEE WITH NO COMMITTEE ACTION WHATSOEVER AND NO POSSIBLE DESCRIPTION TO BE BIPARTISAN. BUT LET ME GO INTO MY CLOSING OR FOR YEARS WE ENDURED RELENTLESS REPUBLICAN ATTACKS ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT INCLUDING JUST LAST WEEK IN THE SENATE'S DISASTROUS TAX BILL. BY REPEALING THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE, THE SENATE BILL HAS KNOCKED OFF 13 MILLION PEOPLE FROM THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. I MUST HAVE ASKED 20 TIMES WHEN WE WERE DOING THOSE 60 TIMES TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WHY DO YOU WANT TO TAKE HEALTH CARE AWAY FROM PEOPLE? I HAVE NEVER TO THIS DAY GOTTEN AN ANSWER THAT SO MUCH THAT THEY DESPISE, A HEALTH CARE BILL THAT IS WORKING AND LITERALLY INSURED MORE AMERICANS THAN HAVE EVER BEEN INSURED BEFORE. AND SUDDENLY ON A WHIM, ONE PARTY DECIDES THAT THE ONE THAT HAS BEEN FIGHTING OVER AND OVER AGAIN DECIDES THAT THEY WILL COME AT IT PIECEMEAL AND BY TAKING AWAY TO SAY IT'S TIME TO SIGN UP AGAIN, I THOUGHT IT WOULD DO GRIEVOUS HARM. AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE CAME OUT TO SIGN UP AGAIN BECAUSE HEALTH CARE IS ONE OF THE MOST CRITICAL NEEDS FOR ANY AMERICAN FAMILY. SO TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, THE BILL ALSO REPEALS MOST OF THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTIONS. THAT'S A DEDUCTION THAT HELPS MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES IN MY STATE OF NEW YORK. NEW YORK ON AVERAGE GIVES BACK TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES $40 BILLION. MONEY THAT WE SEND TO WASHINGTON AND GET NOTHING BACK FOR IT. AND THE WAY WE ARE REWARDED FOR THAT, -- I DON'T THINK THAT WILL BE HAPPENING ANYMORE SINCE THE TAXES ARE GOING TO GO UP SO MUCH HIGHER ON THE PEOPLE IN MY STATE UNLESS THEY DO AWAY WITH WHAT IS ABSOLUTELY ONE OF THE MOST ATROCIOUS THINGS I EVER SEEN THEM DO. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S EVIDENT THIS WAS NOT DESIGNED TO HELP MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES PUT FOOD ON THEIR TABLE BUT TO LINE THE POCKETS OF THEIR SHARE HOLDERS. I HAVE YET TO SEE THE SENATE TAX BILL BUT I UNDERSTAND THERE ARE GIFTS IN THERE WHO OWN JET PLANES PFMENT TAKING CARE OF THE RICH AND THE FIGURES THAT I SUPPORTED IN MY SPEECH A WHILE AGO, JUST SHORT OF $60 PILLION, PEOPLE MAKING $40,000 TO THE RICH PEOPLE, ALMOST THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR. BUT YOU DON'T NEED TO HEAR IT FROM ME. REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN MARK SANFORD RECENTLY SAID, IN A MOMENT OF GREAT CANDOR, FROM A TRUTH AND ADVERTISING STANDPOINT, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A LOT SIMPLER IF WE JUST ACKNOWLEDGED REALITY ON THIS BILL, WHICH IS IT IS FUNDAMENTALLY A CORPORATE TAX REDUCTION AND A RESTRUCTURING BILL, PERIOD. END QUOTE. THERE IS NO TINY SIN TILLA OF REFORM IN THIS BILL. IT IS SIMPLE AS A WAY TO LOWER THE CORPORATE TAX AND TAKE CARE OF EXTRAORDINARILY WEALTHY IN THIS COUNTRY WHO DON'T NEED IT. . MR. SPEAKER, I WISH WE COULD PROVIDE HELP FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. WHICH I THINK IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT THINK HE IS DID. HE KEEPS SAYING THERE'S NOTHING IN THERE THAT WILL HELP HIM. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'LL BRING FORTH AN AMENDMENT THAT PROHIBITS ANY BILL THAT PROHIBITS OR REPEALS THE A.C.A. AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT -- INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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    • 01:31:51 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

    • 01:31:53 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME TAKE A MOMENT AND REMIND EVERYONE WATCHING…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME TAKE A MOMENT AND REMIND EVERYONE WATCHING OF THE IMPACTS OF THE MAJORITY'S LAST SHUTDOWN IN 2013. THE IMPACTS ON OUR ECONOMY WERE SIGNIFICANT. WE LOST $24 BILLION IN THOSE JUST TWO WEEKS. THE IMPACTS ON OUR ECONOMY AS I SAID WERE VERY SIGNIFICANT. FEDERAL LOANS TO SMALL BUSINESSES, HOMEOWNERS, AND FAMILIES WERE BROUGHT TO A HALT. BANKS AND OTHER LENDERS WERE UNABLE TO ACCESS GOVERNMENT VERIFICATION SERVICES WHICH DELAYED PRIVATE SECTOR LENDING TO SMALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS ALIKE. FEDERAL PERMITTING WAS BROUGHT TO A STANDSTILL, WHICH DELAYED JOB-CREATING PROJECTS IN THE TRANSPORTATION AND ENERGY SECTORS. EXPERTS HAVE ESTIMATED THAT ALL TOLD, THE 16-DAY SHUTDOWN COST OUR ECONOMY AN ESTIMATED $24 BILLION. SO DURING THIS SHUTDOWN, AGAIN, VITAL SERVICES WERE PUT ON HOLD. AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, HUNDREDS OF PATIENTS WERE UNABLE TO ENROLL IN POSSIBLY LIFE-SAVING CLINICAL TRIALS. FEDERAL AGENCIES LIKE THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY WEREN'T ABLE TO CONDUCT HEALTH AND SAFETY INSPECTIONS. FEDERAL SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH WAS HALTED AND WE LOST A LOT OF SCIENTISTS. SCIENTISTS IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE OF ALL THAT. FIVE NOBLE PRIZE WINNING SCIENTISTS WHO WORKED FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT THAT TIME, THE SHUTDOWN LAID OFF FOUR OF THE FIVE. THIS IS ALL ACCORDING TO A REPORT ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. THE PUBLIC KNOW HOUSE DEVASTATING ANOTHER SHUTDOWN COULD BE. ACCORDING TO A POLL CONDUCTED BY MORNING CONSULT AND POLITICO, RELEASED THIS WEEK, THERE'S BIPARTISAN OPPOSITION. 68% OF DEMOCRATS, 62% OF REPUBLICANS, 61% OF INDEPENDENTS OPPOSE A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. AND I FORGOT TO MENTION SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS AND THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION THAT CAME TO A HALT. SO THAT'S WHAT MAKE THIS IS FRUSTRATING. I AGREE WITH MR. WOODALL,S THAT FRUSTRATING PART OF WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO HERE. EVERY DAY, IT SEEMS, WE GET UP AND WE FACE SOME KIND OF NEW DISASTER. WE COULD HAVE CRAFTED A BIPARTISAN BILL. WE SURE COULD HAVE. THAT WOULD HAVE REMOVED ANY QUESTION OF WHETHER A CONTINUING RESOLUTION WOULD PASS THE HOUSE AND SENATE. JUST AS WE COULD HAVE RE-AUTHORIZED THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, PERKINS LOANS AND MORE. MONTHS AGO. IF ONLY THE MAJORITY WAS WILLING TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATS. INSTEAD, BIPARTISANSHIP IS ALL TOO OPEN, OFTEN BECOME THE DIRTY WORD UNDER THE MAJORITY. AND I SADLY SAY IT IS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LEFT TO PAY THE PRICE. SO I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, THE RULE, AND THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 01:34:57 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 01:35:02 PM

      MR. WOODALL

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK FOR HELPING ME TO…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK FOR HELPING ME TO BRING THE RULE TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE IN TRUTH IN ADVERTISING. AND OF ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU HEARD THE READING CLERK READ WHEN HE WENT THROUGH WORD FOR WORD FOR WORD FROM THIS RULE YOU HEARD NOT ONE WORD ABOUT TAXES TODAY. WHY? BECAUSE WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT TAXES TODAY AT ALL. BECAUSE NOTHING THAT WE'RE DOING TODAY HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH TAXES AT ALL. BECAUSE OF ALL THE SUCCESSES THAT WE'RE DOWN HERE TO PARTNER ON TODAY, TAX IS NOT ONE OF THEM. WHAT SON THE LIST TODAY? WELL IN THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH IN ADVERTISING, SHUTDOWNS AREN'T ON THE LIST EITHER. IN FACT, THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE. IF WE PASS THIS RULE TODAY, WE WILL FUND THE GOVERNMENT. WE WILL PRIORITIZE KEEPING THE DOORS OPEN. MR. SPEAKER, HABITS ARE HARD THINGS TO BREAK. THEY'RE HARD THINGS TO BREAK. WE'RE IN TWO VERY BAD HABITS IN THIS INSTITUTION. ONE IS FAILING TO SEE THE MERIT IN WHAT THE OTHER SIDE IS OFFERING. WE HAVE TWO FINANCIAL SERVICES BILLS TODAY THAT BREAK THAT PATTERN, THAT SEE THE MERIT IN WORKING TOGETHER, IN COLLABORATING TOGETHER, BRING TWO BILLS TO THE FLOOR THAT THIS ENTIRE INSTITUTION CAN BE PROUD OF. WE HAVE ANOTHER BAD HABIT OF ASCRIBING TO THE OTHER SIDE MOTIVES THAT I BELIEVE ARE NOT WORTHY OF THIS INSTITUTION AT ALL. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WOULD BE ONE OF THOSE THINGS. WE ARE IN GOOD FAITH WORKING TOGETHER, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, HOUSE AND SENATE, CONGRESS AND WHITE HOUSE, TO GET ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND IT'S HARD. IT'S HARD. BUT IT'S WORTH DOING AND WORTH DOING RIGHT. IF I HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN FAST AND RIGHT, I CHOOSE RIGHT. WE'VE GOT A CHANCE TODAY WITH THE PASSAGE OF THIS RULE TO BRING UP TWO BILLS THAT OUR COLLEAGUES IN BIPARTISAN WAYS HAVE WORKED THROUGH ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE THAT WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE TO FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES ACROSS THIS NATION. AND WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TODAY IF WE PASS THIS RULE TO BRING UP A CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT GUARANTEES TO EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN THAT THE DOORS ARE OPEN, THE LIGHTS ARE ON, AND WE CONTINUE AND HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SENATE TO MOVE FINAL LEGISLATION. I WANT MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE. I WANT MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL. MR. SPEAKER, MORE THAN ANYTHING, I WANT MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE PRIDE IN THE SUCCESSES THAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED HERE TODAY. CHIP FUNDING, CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE FUNDING, IS AT RISK BUT NOT BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T SUCCEEDED, WE HAVE. ALL WE NEED IS ONE MORE SIGNATURE FROM THE SENATE. C.D.C. FUNDING MAY BE AT RISK BUT NOT BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T SUCCEEDED, WE HAVE, WE JUST NEED THE BILL TO GET ACROSS THE FLOOR TO THE SENATE. OUR TROOPS ARE ON THE CUSP OF RECEIVING A WELL-DESERVED PAY RAISE. WHY? WE CAME TOGETHER AND PASSED IT HERE, WE NEED TO GET ACROSS THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE. AND THERE'S NOT ONE OF THOSE ITEMS OR A DOZEN MORE I COULD LIST, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WILL MOVE ACROSS THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE? ANYTHING BUT A BIPARTISAN WAY. YOU WANT BIPARTISANSHIP, IF YOU WANT COOPERATION, IF YOU WANT SUCCESS, WE HAVE OUR CHANCE TODAY. OH VOTE YES ON THIS RULE, MR. SPEAKER. VOTE YES ON THE UNDERLYING BILLS. AND LET'S GET TOGETHER AND GET THE SENATE ACROSS THE FINISH LINE AS WELL. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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    • 01:38:46 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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    • 01:38:59 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      ON THAT, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

    • 01:39:03 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

      THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTING RESOLUTION -- HOUSE RESOLUTION 647 IF ORDERED, SUSPENDING THE RULES AND ADOPTING HOUSE RESOLUTION 259, AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    • 01:39:05 PM

      On ordering the previous question Roll Call 665 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

    • 02:05:36 PM

      House Vote 665 - On Ordering the Previous Question

      Passed (236 - 190)
      Yea
      Nay

      Vote Details: Yea - 236
      Republican - 236

      Vote Details: Nay - 190
      Democratic - 189
      Republican - 1

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 6
      Republican - 2
      Democratic - 4

      • 02:12:11 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 238 THE NAYS ARE 188. THE RESOLUTION IS…

        ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 238 THE NAYS ARE 188. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 259 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    • 02:12:12 PM

      House Vote 666 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

      Passed (238 - 188)
      Yea
      Nay

      Vote Details: Yea - 238
      Republican - 237
      Democratic - 1

      Vote Details: Nay - 188
      Democratic - 187
      Republican - 1

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 6
      Republican - 1
      Democratic - 5

      • 02:12:13 PM

        Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

        • 02:12:43 PM

          Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 259 — "Expressing concern and condemnation over the political, economic, social, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela."

          • 02:12:44 PM

            THE CLERK

            RESOLUTION EXPRESSING CONCERN AND CONDEMNATION OF THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC,…

            RESOLUTION EXPRESSING CONCERN AND CONDEMNATION OF THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN VENEZUELA.

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          • 02:12:54 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION…

            QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION AEAND -- AS AMENDED? MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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        • 02:12:55 PM

          On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Roll Call 667 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

          • 02:19:35 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 419. THE NAYS ARE EIGHT. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 419. THE NAYS ARE EIGHT. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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      • 02:19:41 PM

        House Vote 667 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Agree, as Amended

        Expressing concern and condemnation over the political, economic, social, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

        Passed (419 - 8)
        Yea

        Vote Details: Yea - 419
        Republican - 229
        Democratic - 190

        Vote Details: Nay - 8
        Republican - 8

        Vote Details: Not Voting - 5
        Republican - 2
        Democratic - 3

        • 02:19:47 PM

          Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

        • 02:19:52 PM

          UNFINISHED BUSINESS

          The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on question on the Speaker's approval of the Journal which had been postponed.

          • 02:21:39 PM

            On approving the Journal Roll Call 668 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

            • 02:26:42 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 212 AND THE NAYS ARE 205. WE HAVE TWO PRESENT.…

              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 212 AND THE NAYS ARE 205. WE HAVE TWO PRESENT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. PLEASE TAKE YOUR COMMUNICATIONS OUTSIDE. ORDER IN THE HOUSE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR COMMUNICATIONS OUTSIDE OR IN THE LAKE-COOK ROOM. -- OUTSIDE OR IN THE CLOAKROOM. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS IN THE CLOAKROOM. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 02:26:51 PM

          House Vote 668 - On Approving the Journal

          Passed (212 - 205)
          Yea
          Nay

          Vote Details: Yea - 212
          Republican - 137
          Democratic - 75

          Vote Details: Nay - 205
          Democratic - 107
          Republican - 98

          Vote Details: Not Voting - 13
          Republican - 3
          Democratic - 10

          Vote Details: Present - 2
          Republican - 1
          Democratic - 1

          • 02:27:33 PM

            Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 647. H.J. Res. 123 — "Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes."

            • 02:27:38 PM

              Provides for consideration of H.R. 477 and H.R. 3971 under structured rules with one hour of debate, one motion to recommit with or without instructions on each measure. Also provides for consideration of H.J. Res. 123 under a closed rule, with one hour of debate and one motion

              • 02:28:03 PM

                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE…

                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IN THE CONSIDERATION OF H.J.RES. 123.

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              • 02:28:16 PM

                TEMPORE WITHOUT

                WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY…

                WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              • 02:28:21 PM

                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, I CALL UP HOUSE JOINT…

                MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, I CALL UP HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 123 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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              • 02:28:31 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION.

              • 02:28:33 PM

                THE CLERK

                RESOLUTION 123, JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS…

                RESOLUTION 123, JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              • 02:28:43 PM

                TEMPORE PURSUANT

                TO THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED AS READ.…

                TO THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. LOWEY, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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          • 02:28:47 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.J. Res. 123.

            • 02:28:57 PM

              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT H.J. RESOLUTION 123, A CONTINUING…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT H.J. RESOLUTION 123, A CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT MAINTAINS FUNDING FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS AND PREVENTS A SHUTDOWN. CURRENT FUNDING LEGISLATION EXPIRES TOMORROW, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8. CONGRESS MUST ACT NOW TO PREVENT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND PRESERVE VITAL FEDERAL PROGRAMS THAT AMERICANS RELY ON. THIS ACTION IS CRITICAL TO OUR NATION'S STABILITY, OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, OUR ECONOMIC HEALTH, AND THE WELL-BEING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS SIMPLE CLEAN EXTENSION OF FUNDING PROVIDES THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 FUNDING FOR GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS THROUGH DECEMBER 22. AN ADDITIONAL TWO WEEKS, AND WILL ALLOW TIME FOR THE LEADERSHIP TO REACH A DEAL ON AN OVERALL TOP LINE SPENDING LEVELS FOR THE 2018 FISCAL YEAR. I WOULD NOTE THAT THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH SUPPORTS ADOPTION OF THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION. YESTERDAY'S STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY SAYS, AND I QUOTE, THIS LEGISLATION FUNDS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT CURRENT SPENDING LEVELS WITHOUT EXTRANEOUS PROVISIONS, END OF QUOTATION MARKS, AND CONCLUDES, ADVISORS WOULD RECOMMEND THE PRESIDENT SIGN THE BILL INTO LAW. MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK CONSENT TO SUBMIT DECEMBER 6 STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY REGARDING HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 123 FOR THE RECORD.

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            • 02:30:25 PM

              TEMPORE WITHOUT

              WITHOUT OBJECTION. .

            • 02:30:39 PM

              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

              FISCAL BILLS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY A DECADE THIS INCLUDED IMPORTANT…

              FISCAL BILLS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY A DECADE THIS INCLUDED IMPORTANT FUNDING FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE AND OTHER IMPORTANT MATTERS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE COULD NOT PROCEED WITHOUT AN AGREEMENT WITH THE SENATE ON OVERALL FUNDING LEVELS. THE REALITY IS WE'RE RUNNING INTO A DEADLINE THIS WEEK AND THIS RESOLUTION IS OUR BEST AND ONLY OPTION AT THIS TIME. ONCE A BROADER BUDGET AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED, WHICH I HOPE WILL BE SHOON -- WILL BE SOON, THE COMMITTEE WILL CONTINUE ITS WORK TO COMPLETE FINAL NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SENATE ON ALL 12 REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS THAT WILL FULLY FUND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH SEPTEMBER OF NEXT YEAR. IN OUR COMMITTEE -- OUR COMMITTEE IS ALSO MOVING QUICKLY TO MOVE ON A THIRD EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING BILL TO HELP COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION RECOVER FROM RECENT MAJOR DISASTERS. IN THE MEANTIME, CONGRESS MUST DO ITS JOB AND PASS THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. AND THEN ANOTHER ONE INTO THE NEW YEAR TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN AND ENSURE THAT ALL IMPORTANT FEDERAL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO ALL AMERICANS. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS NECESSARY AND RESPONSIBLE LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:31:54 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:32:01 PM

              MS. SLAUGHTER

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IT IS EXTREMELY…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IT IS EXTREMELY REGRETTABLE THAT WE FIND OURSELVES HERE TODAY --

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            • 02:32:18 PM

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              MR. CHAIRMAN, IT IS EXTREMELY EGREATABLE THAT WE FIND OURSELVES HERE…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, IT IS EXTREMELY EGREATABLE THAT WE FIND OURSELVES HERE TODAY. REPUBLICANS HAVE -- DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE PRIORITIES ARE CRITICAL TO OUR SAFETY AND PROSPERITY.

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            • 02:32:35 PM

              MRS. LOWEY

              THE MAJORITY FAILED TO ENGAGE ALL YEAR, CHOOSING INSTEAD TO PASS PARTISAN…

              THE MAJORITY FAILED TO ENGAGE ALL YEAR, CHOOSING INSTEAD TO PASS PARTISAN APPROPRIATION BILLS THAT CAN NEVER BE SIGNED INTO LAW. MORE THAN TWO MONTHS AGO, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS STRUCK AN AGREEMENT TO AVOID A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. AND BUY TIME FOR NEGOTIATIONS ON NEW SPENDING CAPS THAT WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO ENACT A RESPONSIBLE, BIPARTISAN, FULL-YEAR SPENDING LAW. PRECIOUS LITTLE HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED SINCE THEN. NOW HERE WE ARE AGAIN WITH THE MAJORITY ASKING FOR SUPPORT FOR A TWO-WEEK STOPGAP CONTINUING RESOLUTION. SO I ASK THE MAJORITY, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS THAT WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS? I WANT TO REPEAT THAT. I'D REALLY LIKE TO KNOW WHAT YOU EXPECT TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS WHEN WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS. THE RATIONALE TO SUPPORT A SHORT-TERM, STOPGAP CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS THAT THE PARTIES ARE ENGAGED IN GOOD FAITH NEGOTIATIONS TO DEVELOP A RESPONSIBLE, BIPARTISAN SPENDING PACKAGE. NEGOTIATIONS ARE ON A POSITIVE TRAJECTORY AND ADDITIONAL TIME IS SIMPLY NEEDED TO SEAL A DEAL. AND ANYONE -- CAN ANYONE IN THIS CHAMBER CLAIM THAT THIS IS THE CASE TODAY? THE PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO IRRESPONSIBLY THREATEN A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND LAUNCH ADD HOMINEM ATTACKS. -- AND LAUNCH AD HOMINEM ATTACKS. MAJORITY LEADERSHIP IS PLAYING GAMES WITH THIS AND FUTURE CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. NEGOTIATIONS ON NEW SPENDING CAPS FOR DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE INVESTMENT ARE STALLED AN THE MAJORITY IS GRASPING FOR EXCUSES AS TO WHY THEY HAVE FAILED TO PROTECT 700,000 YOUNG AMERICANS FROM DEPORTATION. RE-AUTHORIZE THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM OR MOVE EXPEDITIOUSLY ON CRITICAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE. IS THERE ANY EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER THAT THIS MAJORITY INTENDS TO FULFILL THESE VITAL RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. GIVEN THESE FAILURE, I BELIEVE IT IS INCUMBENT ON MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO SAY, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SICK OF THE GAMES, THEY WANT RESULTS. IT'S TIME FOR THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP AND PRESIDENT TRUMP TO GET SERIOUS, ENGAGE WITH DEMOCRATS. WE STAND READY AND WILLING TO HELP DEVELOP A FRAMEWORK FOR RESPONSIBLE, BIPARTISAN SPENDING AGREEMENT AND TO NEGOTIATE THE DETAILS OF A FULL YEAR SPENDING PACKAGE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:35:47 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED. NEW…

              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED. NEW JERSEY.

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            • 02:35:53 PM

              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE FOREIGN…

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE FOREIGN OPERATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, MY COLLEAGUE, MR. HAL ROGERS OF KENTUCKY.

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            • 02:36:02 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:36:06 PM

              MR. ROGERS

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME TIME. I RISE IN FULL SUPPORT OF THE…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME TIME. I RISE IN FULL SUPPORT OF THE SECOND FISCAL YEAR 2018 CONTINUING RESOLUTION THIS YEAR, WHICH WILL FUND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH DECEMBER 22 OF THIS YEAR. THIS BILL IS A NECESSARY MEASURE TO CONTINUE VITAL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES. IT ALSO PREVENTS UNCERTAINTY AND HARM IN A SHUTDOWN. THIS YEAR, THE COMMITTEE WORKED AT A HISTORIC PACE TO PRODUCE AND THEN PASS ALL 12 BILLS TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT. AND CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED FOR THIS FEAT OF LEADERSHIP. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE EVENTUALLY SEND THESE BILLS TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE AND FOREIGN OPERATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT THE FUNDING PROVIDED IN OUR BILL SUPPORTS CONTINUED LEADERSHIP BY THE U.S. AND ADVANCES OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND ECONOMIC INTERESTS. THIS FUNDING IS CRITICAL TO ADDRESSING THE MANY CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE AROUND THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, WHILE C.R.'S ARE NEVER OUR PREFERRED COURSE OF ACTION, THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY WILL GIVE US MORE TIME TO COMPLETE OUR WORK WITH THE SENATE AND PUT TOGETHER A FINAL BILL THAT WILL SUPPORT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. OUR CURRENT CONTINUING RESOLUTION EXPIRES TOMORROW SO WE MUST ACT TODAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE C.R. AND I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:37:50 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZE -- THE…

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZE -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 02:37:58 PM

              MRS. LOWEY

              FROM OHIO, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE, MS.…

              FROM OHIO, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE, MS. KAPTUR.

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            • 02:38:05 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:38:08 PM

              MS. KAPTUR

              I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, CONGRESSWOMAN LOWEY OF NEW YORK, FOR THE…

              I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, CONGRESSWOMAN LOWEY OF NEW YORK, FOR THE PHENOMENAL JOB SHE'S DONE THIS YEAR AND COMMEND CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR TRYING TO HERD CATTLE ON A VERY VAST RANGE. HERE WE ARE AGAIN, MERE HOURS AWAY FROM A NEEDLESS SHUTDOWN, A CLIFF CREATED BY THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY. ALREADY WE ARE THREE MONTH INTO THE 2018 FISCAL YEAR AND CONGRESS IS NO CLOSER TO FINALIZING AMONG OUR CHIEF CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES, AND THAT IS FUNDING THE DEPARTMENTS OF OUR NATION TO DO THEIR JOB. FOR A NATION AT WAR, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, LARGEST DEPARTMENT IN THIS BILL, CAN'T LET CONTRACTS BECAUSE OF THIS ADOLESCENT DALLYING BY CONGRESS. I RISE WITH FRUSTRATION TODAY AS THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE SUBCOMMITTEE DID THEIR JOB OVER THE LAST YEAR. THEY TOILED AWAY FOR MONTHS, CHIPPING AWAY IN EACH SUBCOMMITTEE BILL. BUT THAT PROVED TO BE A FRUITLESS EFFORT SINCE WE HAD NO AGREED UPON BUDGET CAPS WITHIN WHICH TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY PRODUCED NO BUDGET. THERE'S SIMPLY NO GOOD REASON WHY WE ARE HERE AGAIN KICKING DECISIONS DOWN THE ROAD AND FOR TWO WEEKS? LET ME REMIND MY COLLEAGUES, WE WERE OVER SEVEN MONTHS LATE LAST FISCAL YEAR BEFORE WE FULLY FUNDED OUR GOVERNMENT. THIS FITS AND STARTS, FITS AND STARTS, SURELY, IS NOT WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE. FOR EXAMPLE WELL, KNOW A MILLION PEOPLE, OUR FELLOW OUR FELLOW CITIZENS IN PUERTO RICO, STILL DON'T HAVE ENERGY AND POWER AND VAST, VAST NUMBERS THIS DISRUPTION FOR MANAGING HEALTH CARE AS AN UNNECESSARY BURDEN YOU SHOULD THE CIRCUMSTANCES THEY CONFRONT DAILY. MANY STATES ARE PREPARING TO SHUT DOWN THEIR CHIP PROGRAM IN CASE CONGRESS DOESN'T ACT. HOW IS THAT FOR A CHRISTMAS OR HANUKKAH PRESENT TO THE CHILDREN OF AMERICA. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITIES -- MAJORITY'S ARE OUT OF LINE, NO WORKING WITH -- NO LEADERSHIP TO FINALIZE GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR THE ENTIRE 2018 FISCAL YEAR WHICH BEGAN THREE MONTHS AGO. UNACCEPTABLE. INSTEAD REPUBLICANS CHOOSE TO AVOID DOING WHAT IS CRITICAL AND RATHER THAN PASS A TAX BILL THAT REWARDS THE WEALTHIEST IN OUR COUNTRY AND WREAKS HAVOC ON AMERICA'S HARDWORKING CLASS, THEY OUGHT TO DO THE DUTIFUL WORK OF MANAGING THE FUNDS TO OPERATE THE DEPARTMENTS THAT SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WORRIED, MR. SPEAKER. AND THE MAJORITY HAS ABDICATED THEIR LEADERSHIP. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO KEEP THEIR -- ON ANY HASTY VOTE ON THIS BILL AND DEMAND THE MAJORITY COME TO THE TABLE TO FINALIZE THE F.Y. 2018 SPENDING PLAN. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:41:37 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:41:40 PM

              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

              TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AGRICULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE ON…

              TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AGRICULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, MR. ADERHOLT OF ALABAMA.

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            • 02:41:49 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:41:52 PM

              MR. ADERHOLT

              I RISE ALSO IN SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 123, WHICH OBVIOUSLY…

              I RISE ALSO IN SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 123, WHICH OBVIOUSLY WOULD EXTEND FUNDING FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. WE HAVE HAD A HIGHLY CONDENSED SCHEDULE THIS YEAR, BUT THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS MADE PRETREMENDOUS PROGRESS IN AN OPEN AND -- AS HEAD TREMENDOUS PROGRESS IN AN OPEN AND DELIBERATE PROCESS AS WE MOVED FORWARD. THE AGRICULTURE SPROPINGSES -- APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE WHICH I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO CHAIR RECEIVED INPUT FROM OVER 350 INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS AND WE PRODUCED OUR BILL IN LESS THAN TWO MONTHS. JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO, AS MOST OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE KNOW, WE THE HOUSE TOOK UP AND -- TOOK UP AND WE PASSED 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. THE CHAIRMAN DELIVERED ON THE PROMISE THEY WOULD DO. SO NOW WE'RE COMING TO THE END OF THE YEAR. THERE'S FINAL NEGOTIATIONS TO BE DONE AND I AND MY COLLEAGUES AGREE THAT A C.R. IS NOT THE BEST OPTION, HOWEVER, I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE BASIC SERVICES THAT CONTINUE FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS UNTIL WE HAVE THE FINAL TIME TO PLEAT OUR WORK. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:43:02 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:43:08 PM

              MRS. LOWEY

              TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, THE RANKING MEMBER…

              TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIR COMMITTEE, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ.

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            • 02:43:22 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:43:24 PM

              MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

              I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS…

              I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION, WHICH IS YET AGAIN A COMPLETE ABDICATION OF OUR RESPONSIBILITIES. INSTEAD OF ADOPTING FULLY FUNDED APPROPRIATIONS BILLS OR AN OMNIBUS WITH AN ACTUAL CHANCE OF PASSING THIS CONGRESS, WE REMINE -- REMAIN MIRED IN THIS UNBREAKABLE HABIT OF PASSING CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. THIS NOT ONLY CREATES NEEDLESS UNCERTAINTY, IT COST OURS GOVERNMENT BILLIONS IN WASTED TAXPAYER DOLLARS. MOREOVER, THIS ABDICATION REFLECTS THE LEADERSHIP'S ABANDONMENT AND NEEDS OF OUR CONSTITUENTS. FOR ONE, WE HAVE YET TO PASS THE DREAM ACT DESM SPITE WIDESPREAD SUPPORT NATIONALLY AND THE GROWING FEAR OF DEPORTATIONS THIS CONGRESS HAS IGNORED THE 122 DREAMERS WHO LOSE THEIR PROTECTED STATUS EVERY DAY. THESE ARE AMERICANS. BY ANY DEFINITION. AND THIS IS THEIR HOME. I WILL NOT STAND BY AS THIS PRESIDENT CRUELLY THREATENS TO SEND THESE BRAVE YOUNG PEOPLE BACK TO COUNTRIES ABOUT WHICH THEY HAVE NO MEMORY. AND WHEN WILL THIS BODY FULLY ADDRESS THE DISASTERS THAT HAVE RAVAGED FLORIDA, TEXAS, PUERTO RICO, THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AN CALIFORNIA? COUNTLESS COMMUNITIES INCLUDING MY OWN ARE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING VIE CALL RECOVERY ASSISTANCE THAT ONLY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN PROVIDE. THESE ABDICATIONS ARE SIMPLY IMMORAL. AND IT DOESN'T END THERE. CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO RENEW THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. STATES AND FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA ARE SCRAMBLING TO FIND REPLACEMENT FUNDS AND HEALTH CARE ALTERNATIVES FOR THEIR CHILDREN. WHEN DID CHIP AND PROTECTING THE HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN BECOME A PARTISAN ISSUE? MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WANT TO ADD MORE THAN $1 TRILLION TO THE DEFICIT FOR TAX CUTS FOR BIG CORPORATIONS AND THE TOP 1%. BUT THEN THEY SAY WE CAN'T AFFORD TO SPEND A FRACTION OF THAT ON HEALTH CARE FOR CHILDREN? THESE PRIORITIES ARE BACKWARD AND MORALLY INDEFENSIBLE. AND INSTEAD OF PROTECTING AMERICANS FROM THE SCOURGE OF GUN VIOLENCE, REPUBLICANS ARE WEAKENING OUR ALREADY FEEBLE GUN LAWS BY PASSING LEGISLATION THAT ENSURES MORE DEADLY GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR TUN TOWNS AND CITIES. WE NEED TO PASS AN OMNIBUS BUDGET THAT DOESN'T THREATEN PROGRAMS FOR OUR VETERANS AND CHILDREN OR MAKE DRASTIC CUTS TO THE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID PROGRAMS THAT OUR SENIORS RELY UPON. INSTEAD OF HANDING MASS I TAX CUTS TO MILLIONAIRES, WE SHOULD PASS A BUDGET THAT SUPPORTS EDUCATION, EXPANDS WOMEN'S HEALTH AND PROVIDE -- PROVIDES REAL ECONOMIC RELIEF TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. IN SHORT, WE HAVE TO BREAK THIS BODY'S OBSESSION WITH PROMOTING THE INTEREST OF THE WELLOFF AND SPECIAL INTERESTS AND IGNORING THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN, DREAMERS, SENIORS THE MIDDLE CLASS THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION DOES NOTHING MORE THAN PROVIDE ANOTHER SHORT-TERM FIX FOR THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP'S UNHEALTHY ADDICTION. IT IS A I BOMB NABBLE, IT IS IRRESPONSE -- IT IS ABOMINABLE, IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND WE SHOULD SET IT ASIDE AND FOCUS ON MAKING LONG-TERM DECISIONS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:46:26 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. .

            • 02:46:33 PM

              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

              I YIELD TO MS. GRANGER FROM TEXAS.

            • 02:46:36 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:46:38 PM

              MS. GRANGER

              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF…

              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION. OUR MOST SOLEMN RESPONSIBILITY AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IS TO PROVIDE FOR OUR NATION'S SECURITY. THE WORLD IS MORE DANGEROUS AND UNSTABLE THAN AT ANY TIME IN RECENT HISTORY. THE THREAT FROM NORTH KOREA GROWS EACH DAY. RUSSIA CONTINUES TO CREATE INSTABILITY IN THE UKRAINE, THE BALKANS. CHINA IS MILITARIZING THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND MEANWHILE ISSA AND AL QAEDA CONTINUE TO SPREAD THEIR PERVERTED VERSION OF ISLAM ACROSS EUROPE, AFRICA, ASIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST. WE MUST SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO OUR ADVERSARIES THAT OUR MILITARY IS PREPARED TO CONFRONT ANYONE WHO THREATENS US AT ANYTIME. A SHUTDOWN OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WILL ONLY EMBOLDEN OUR ADVERSARIES AND THREATEN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. OUR MILITARY NEEDS STABLE, PREDICTABLE AND TIMELY FUNDING TO ENSURE IT IS PREPARED TO MEET THE THREATS WE FACE NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. MEMBERS DEMONSTRATED THEIR COMMITMENT TO REBUILDING OUR MILITARY THIS PAST SUMMER BY PASSING THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, WHICH INCLUDED THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. ONLY A BUDGET AGREEMENT THAT GIVES OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM THE FUNDING THEY NEED AND REMOVES THE THREAT OF SEQUESTRATION WILL PROVIDE THEM THAT CERTAINTY. THE HOUSE MUST PASS THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO ALLOW TIME FOR OUR AGREEMENT TO BE REACHED THAT WILL FULLY FUND OUR NATION'S DEFENSE. SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT AN OPTION. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:48:27 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

            • 02:48:30 PM

              MRS. LOWEY

              FROM NEW YORK.

            • 02:48:43 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              MS. DELAURO. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:48:46 PM

              MS. DELAURO

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO COMMENT ON THIS CONTINUING…

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO COMMENT ON THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND ON THE PAST YEAR OF THIS CONGRESS. THE BIGGEST ECONOMIC CHALLENGE OF OUR TIME IS THAT PEOPLE ARE IN JOBS THAT DO NOT PAY THEM ENOUGH TO LIVE ON. WAGES ARE NOT KEEPING UP WITH RISING COSTS FOR HEALTH CARE, CHILDCARE AND HOUSING, AND TOO MANY FAMILIES STRUGGLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET. LET ALONE PUT MONEY IN A COLLEGE FUND OR GO ON VACATION. THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON. WE OUGHT TO BE CREATING JOBS AND RAISING WAGES. YET, FOR THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, THIS CONGRESS ATTEMPTED AGAIN AND AGAIN TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WHICH WOULD HAVE RAISED PREMIUMS AND DEDUCTIBLES, THROW MILLIONS OFF INSURANCE AND MADE HEALTH CARE UNAFFORDABLE. THEN, WE SPENT OUR ENTIRE FALL ON THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM. BIG CORPORATIONS, MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES WRITE WRITE THIS TO MAKE THE GOVERNMENT WORK FOR THEM. AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE RIGGING -- SENATOR ORRIN HATCH SAID, AND I QUOTE, I HAVE A ROUGH TIME SPENDING BILLIONS AND BILLIONS AND TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS TO HELP PEOPLE THAT WON'T HELP THEMSELVES, WON'T LIFT A FINGER AND EXPECT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO EVERYTHING. GET OUT OF THE SENATE CHAMBER. UNDERSTAND WHAT PEOPLE'S LIVES ARE ABOUT TODAY. WALK IN THEIR SHOES AND UNDERSTAND THEIR STRUGGLE. BUT THIS IS THE UGLY TRUTH OF THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL. THIS IS WHAT THE VOTE WAS ABOUT. THESE ARE THEIR VALUES ON DISPLAY. THIS TAX SCAM IS GOING TO RAISE THE DEFICIT, AND THE REPUBLICANS WILL USE IT AS AN EXCUSE TO CUT VITAL SOCIAL SAFETY NET PROGRAMS, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY, LIHEAP, TANF, EDUCATION PROGRAMS, SNAP, FOOD SNAPS. RIGHT NOW FUNDING IS INSUFFICIENT TO PROVIDE CHILDCARE ASSISTANCE TO ALL WHO IS ELIGIBLE. YET, IF WE PASS THIS TAX BILL WE WILL BE UNDER INTENSE PRESSURE TO CUT THIS ASSISTANCE. THAT IS WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. THIS IS WRONG. NOW WE ARE PUNTING ONE OF OUR CORE OBLIGATIONS AS A CONGRESS. FUNDING OUR GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. IT'S A DISTURBING PATTERN AND IT'S UNSUSTAINABLE. WE SHOULD BE NEGOTIATING SPENDING LEVELS FOR 2018. THE MAJORITY CAN NEVER AGAIN SPEAK ABOUT REGULAR ORDER. THIS YEAR HAS BEEN ONE PARTISAN ATTEMPT AFTER ANOTHER TO HARM WORKING CLASS AND MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS SO THEY COULD FULFILL THEIR CAMPAIGN PROMISES. WE HAVE NO BUDGET AGREEMENT. WE HAVE NO RESOLVE ON CHILDREN'S INSURANCE PROGRAM. WE HAVE NO RESOLVE ON A MYRIAD OF PROGRAMS THAT PEOPLE RELY ON, TO LIVE THEIR LIVES EVERY DAY. THERE'S NO RESOLVE ON THE DREAMERS. WHY WOULD WE NEED ANOTHER TWO WEEKS WHEN THEY'VE HAD ALL THIS TIME TO WORK ON THESE ISSUES? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. I SAY SHAME ON THIS CONGRESS AND VOTE NO ON THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION EXTENSION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:52:08 PM

              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO TWO MINUTES TO MIKE SIMPSON OF IDAHO.

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              MR. SIMPSON

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FIRST, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FIRST, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN. UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP THE COMMITTEE REPORTED AND THE WHOLE HOUSE CONSIDERED AND PASSED ALL 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. THIS YEAR IS THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2010 THAT THE HOUSE PASSED ALL 12 APPROPRIATION BILLS. I WOULD HOPE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WOULD LISTEN FOR JUST A MINUTE. IN 2010, THE DEMOCRATS CONTROLLED BOTH THE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE. GUESS WHAT, THEY PASSED ALL THE APPROPRIATION BILLS ON TIME. YOU KNOW WHAT THEY ALSO DID? THEY PASSED A C.R. UNTIL JANUARY 19 -- UNTIL FEBRUARY -- EXCUSE ME -- UNTIL DECEMBER 19 WHEN THEY HADN'T COMPLETED THEIR WORK YET EVEN THOUGH THEY HAD PASSED ALL 12 APPROPRIATION BILLS IN THE HOUSE. THEY PASSED ANOTHER C.R. UNTIL THE 22ND. WHEN THEY HAD COMPLETED THEIR WORK, THEY PASSED A C.R. IN JANUARY. WHEN WE GOT THE MAJORITY WE FINISHED UP THE APPROPRIATION PROCESS. SO THEIR OUTRAGE IS A LITTLE BIT MISPLACED. NOW WE NEED TO FINISH THE FINAL DETAILS WITH OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE AND WE MUST DO THIS TO ENSURE THIS GOVERNMENT STAYS OPEN. CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS OF ANY LENGTH IS NOT ANYONE'S IDEAL SOLUTION TO FUNDING OUR GOVERNMENT. IDEALLY THAT APPROPRIATION BILLS WOULD BE PASSED BY OCTOBER. IT PROVIDES THE MOST STABILITY FOR AGENCIES TO CARRY OUT THESE PROGRAMS IN AN EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE MANNER. BUT WHEN WE NEED MORE TIME TO COMPLETE THOSE NEGOTIATIONS SUPPORTING A C.R. TO KEEP OUR GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONING IS THE ONLY RESPONSIBLE VOTE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY, FOR OUR ECONOMY AND FOR THE GENERAL WELFARE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE, I AM AWARE OF THE POSITIVE IMPACT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS IN EACH OF THESE AREAS. WHETHER IT'S THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S MAINTAINING OUR NUCLEAR WEAPONS STOCKPILE, THE CORPS OF ENGINEERING DREDGING OUR PORTS AND WATERWAYS SO GOODS AND MATERIALS CAN MOVE FREELY OR THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION PROVIDING TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WITH WATER. WE MUST AVOID DISRUPTIONS. WILL WE GET ALL OUR WORK DONE BY JANUARY 22? I DON'T KNOW. BUT ONE THING I CAN GUARANTEE, WE WILL NOT GET IT DONE BY TOMORROW. AND A VOTE AGAINST THIS RESOLUTION IS A VOTE TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. SO IF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WANT TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT, ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS VOTE NO. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              MRS. LOWEY

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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              MS. JACKSON LEE

              I THANK YOU. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, I REALLY RISE ON BEHALF OF THE…

              I THANK YOU. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, I REALLY RISE ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND ALL IT TAKES IS A SIMPLE PEN AND COOPERATION BETWEEN APPROPRIATORS TO GET THE JOB DONE. JUST A FEW DAYS AGO I LISTENED TO REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CITY OF HOUSTON. THEY'RE ONLY A SAMPLE OF THE HURTING PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUFFERED AFTER HURRICANES, ONE OF THE TOUGHEST HURRICANE SEASONS IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. THEY INDICATED THAT THERE ARE 300,000 SINGLE FAMILY HOMES AND MULTIFAMILY HOMES STILL UNDER. IN MY DISTRICT ALONE, AMONG OTHER DISTRICTS, FROM ONE PART OF THE STATE TO THE NEXT, THERE ARE PEOPLE LIVING IN SHELLS OF A HOUSE. WE HAVE YET HAD A RESPONSE TO BE ABLE TO HELP THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO'VE EITHER MAXED OUT, DON'T HAVE THE INSURANCE BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT IN A FLOOD ZONE. THAT REQUIRES US TO NOT DO A C.R. BUT TO WORK ON THE APPROPRIATION. I'VE GOT HEALTH CLINICS WHO ARE COMING TO ME EVERY DAY AND THE TEXAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL WONDERING ABOUT THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE HURTING. YOU KNOW, I'M NOT TRYING TO OPPOSE A BILL FOR MYSELF. I'M OPPOSING A BILL THAT DOESN'T HAVE THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT DOESN'T HAVE HEALTH CARE IN IT. IT DOESN'T HAVE THE HURRICANE FUNDING IN IT. IT DOESN'T HAVE THE FUNDING WE NEED FOR THE ARMY CORPS FOR PENDING PROJECTS TO STOP THE MAJOR CATASTROPHIC FLOODING IN HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY. AND IT HAS LOW, NONDEFENSE SPENDING, AND LET ME BE VERY CLEAR. I WANT A PREPARED MILITARY. I WANT THEM TO HAVE THE TRAINING AND THE EQUIPMENT THAT THEY NEED. IT DOESN'T HAVE THAT AS WELL. SO, FRANKLY, I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE TO STAND AGAINST A WAR ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. A TAX BILL THAT'S MOVING ALONG BUT THE APPROPRIATIONS IS NOT. $1.4 TRILLION TAKEN OUT OF THE FAT THAT DOES NOT EXIST SO THE BONES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S BUDGET SO THAT A TAX CUT CAN GO TO THE TOP 62% AND 80% BUT WE CAN'T HAVE THE FUNDING --

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              MS. JACKSON LEE

              THIS IS A WAR ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND FOR ONE, MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE --

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              MS. JACKSON LEE

              FIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. CULBERSON FROM TEXAS.

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            • 02:57:19 PM

              MR. CULBERSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE AND LOOK…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE AND LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING HER VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION BECAUSE SHE IS COMMITTED, AS I AM, TO EVERYONE IN TEXAS IS COMMITTED TO MAKE SURE THE MONEY CONTINUES TO FLOW, TO THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANE HARVEY TO HURRICANE IRMA AND MARIA. AS CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE KNOWS, IF THIS C.R., IF THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS DEFEATED, IF SHE VOTES AGAINST IT, SHE'S VOTING TO STOP THE FLOW OF MONEY TO THE HURRICANE VICTIMS IN HOUSTON AND I KNOW SHE DOESN'T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN. THAT'S ONE OF THE MANY REASONS WHY I RISE TODAY IN THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION, -- FOR THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION, BECAUSE WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THE MILITARY HAS THE FUNDS IT NEEDS TO OPERATE. I WANT TO ENSURE THE F.B.I. AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAVE THE FUNDS THEY NEED TO CONTINUE TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA AGAINST TERRORISM, TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE. TO STOP THE SCOURGE OF OPIOID TRAFFICKING AND ABUSE. AND TO STOP THE INTERNATIONAL DRUG CARTELS FROM POURING THEIR DRUGS INTO THIS COUNTRY. I AM PROUD OF THE WORK OF MY SUBCOMMITTEE, THE JUSTICE, SCIENCE, JUSTICE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, TO ENSURE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE THE FUNDS THEY NEED, TO ENSURE THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, AND NASA HAVE THE FUNDS THEY NEED TO MAKE SURE AMERICA CONTINUES TO BE THE WORLD LEADER IN SCIENTIFIC AND SPACE EXPLORATION. MY COLLEAGUES ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WORKING ALONG WITH THE HOUSTON DELEGATION, INCLUDING MS. JACKSON LEE, WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER ARM IN ARM WITH THE FLORIDA DELEGATION TO CREATE A HURRICANE RELIEF PACKAGE THAT WILL ENSURE THAT THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS AND FLORIDA AND PUERTO RICO ARE ADEQUATELY COMPENSATED FOR THEIR LOSSES, THAT WE REPAIR THE DAMAGE TO OUR FLOOD CONTROL INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT THIS IS GOING TO TAKE TIME, MR. SPEAKER. THE SENATE HAS NOT PASSED ANY APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. WHILE THE HAS -- HOUSE HAS PASSED ALL 12 OF THEM. WE HAVE NOT AGREED FOR DEFENSE SPENDING LEVELS. WE MUST CONTINUE THE HURRICANE PACKAGE. I URGE MS. JACKSON LEE AND THE ENTIRE HOUSE TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THE C.R. TO MAKE SURE OUR HURRICANE VICTIMS ARE TAKEN CARE OF AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTINUES. THANK YOU.

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              MRS. LOWEY

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO

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              MS. JACKSON LEE

              MY FRIEND HAS SPOKEN ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO…

              MY FRIEND HAS SPOKEN ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM AND STANDING AGAINST ANY LEGISLATION THAT DOES NOT PROVIDE HURRICANE HARVEY FUNDING AND THE C.R. DOES NOT. THERE'S NOTHING IN THE C.R. THAT HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING WITH HOUSES THAT ARE IN DISREPAIR OR DESTROYED AND AS WELL OTHER ITEMS, ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEER ITEMS AND THAT'S WHY I STAND READY, NOT TO BE IN A DISPUTE, BUT TO REALLY RAISE THE ISSUE WITH MY COLLEAGUES OF HOW URGENT IT IS TO MOVE TO THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. I MENTIONED IN MY REMARKS THAT I'M CONCERNED AS MUCH ABOUT MILITARY PREPAREDNESS AS I AM ABOUT NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. I WANT EVERYBODY TO BE HELPED. I WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO BE HELPED. AND SO MY VOTE, WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE, IS GOING TO BE TO DRIVE THIS ENGINE FORWARD TO MAKE SURE RESOURCES GET DOWN TO HARRIS COUNTY, HOUSTON, CORPUS, AND ALL THE PARTS OF TEXAS THAT ARE IN NEED AND MY FELLOW BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN PUERTO RICO, THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND FLORIDA. I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO DO BY WORKING TOGETHER. I YIELD BACK.

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              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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            • 03:00:57 PM

              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE, JUDGE JOHN CARTER FROM TEXAS.

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              MR. CARTER

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS TWO-WEEK CONTINUING RESOLUTION. THIS SHORT-TERM C.R. IS A NECESSARY STOPGAP TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPERATING UNTIL WE FINALIZE AN AGREEMENT FOR THE TOP LINE NUMBERS AND FINISH OUR WORK ON ALL 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. AS SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE NOTED, THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE COMPLETED ITS WORK SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, PASSING ALL 12 OF THE BILLS OUT OF THIS CHAMBER BACK IN SEPTEMBER. ABOUT 80 DAYS AGO. THE OTHER CHAMBER HAS NOT MADE THE SAME PROGRESS. AND THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US TODAY WILL BUY US A LITTLE TIME TO NEGOTIATE WITH OUR COUNTERPARTS WHO ARE BEHIND. ONCE WE -- OUR BUDGET DEAL IS DONE, WE WILL BE ABLE TO BEGIN THOSE NEGOTIATIONS AND I'M CONFIDENT WE'LL BE ABLE TO QUICKLY FINISH OUR WORK. I CANNOT OVERSTATE THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING ALL 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS CONFERENCED ACROSS THE LINE. BUT I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DID NOT EMPHASIZE THE CRITICAL THINGS FUNDED IN MY BILL. THE FINAL F.Y. 2018 BILL FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS NECESSARY TO ENSURE OUR NATION IS SAFE, SECURE, AND RESILIENT AGAINST TERRORISM AND OTHER THREATS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COUNT ON US TO GET THE JOB DONE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE SHORT-TERM C.R., TO AVERT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN TO ALLOW US TO COMPLETE OUR WORK. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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            • 03:02:55 PM

              MRS. LOWEY

              I RESERVE.

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              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. CALVERT OF CALIFORNIA.

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              MR. CALVERT

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION OF THE C.R. I WANT TO…

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION OF THE C.R. I WANT TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND THE STAFF FOR THEY WORK ON THIS WHICH PROVIDES FOR CONTINUITY THROUGH DECEMBER 22. THIS WILL PROVIDE TIME TO WORK ON A COMPREHENSIVE BUDGET AGREEMENT WHICH IS NECESSARY FOR KUOK TO COMPLETE ITS WORK ON THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 BUDGET. THE HOUSE PROPINGS COMMITTEE HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY THIS YEAR. EACH OF THE SUBCOMMITTEES HELD NUMEROUS OVERSIGHT HEARINGS, MARKED UP INDIVIDUAL BILLS IN SUBCOMMITTEE AND FULL COMMITTEE AND EACH OF THOSE BILLS CAME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR WHERE THEY ARE -- THEY WERE AMENDED AND PASSED IN THE FULL HOUSE. IN THE CASE OF INTERIOR COMMITTEE, WHICH I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO SERVE AS CHAIRMAN, 80 AMENDMENTS WERE OFFER BY BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS PRIOR TO FINAL PASSAGE. THIS IS A DEMONSTRATION THAT THE HOUSE APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE CONTINUES TO BE THE WORKHORSE COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE. EVEN WITH ALL THIS WORK COMPLETED A GREAT DEAL OF WORK REMAINS. THIS C.R. PROVIDES A BRIDGE NECESSARY TO GIVE OUR LEADERSHIP THE TIME IT NEEDS TO DETERMINE THE TOP LINE NUMBER IN BOTH DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. ONCE THAT AGREEMENT IS IN PLACE, MY INTERIOR SUBCOMMITTEE AND OTHER SUBCOMMITTEES WILL GET TO WORK NEGOTIATING A COMPREHENSIVE, FISCAL YEAR 2018 BUDGET. IT'S IMPORTANT WE COMPLETE THIS WORK. ANOTHER REASON WHY I SUPPORT THIS SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS SO WE HAVE TIME OTO DETERMINE THE NEEDS TO ENSURE THE SUFFICIENT FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE TO RESPOND TO FIRES BURNING IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA. THERE ARE THREE MAJOR FIRES BURNING TODAY, LOS ANGELES, VENTURA COUNTY TERK THE THOMAS FIRE ALREADY BURNED 96,000 ACRES. EARLY THIS MORNING IT WAS ONLY 5% CONTAINED. ALL CALIFORNIANS KNOW ABOUT THE INFAMOUS SANTA ANA WINDS. THEY ARE BLOWING NOW. THESE HOT WINDS MIXED WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES, LOW HUMIDITY, WE ARE EXPERIENCING IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THEY MAKE FOR DANGEROUS CONDITIONS.

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            • 03:05:15 PM

              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

              I YIELD 15 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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              MR. CALVERT

              JUST ONE SPARK CAN RESULT IN DEVASTATING WILDFIRE, PUTTING LIFE AND…

              JUST ONE SPARK CAN RESULT IN DEVASTATING WILDFIRE, PUTTING LIFE AND PROPERTY AT RISK. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE PASSAGE OF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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            • 03:05:40 PM

              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LABOR-HHS-HEALTH…

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LABOR-HHS-HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE FROM OKLAHOMA.

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              I RISE TO URGE SUPPORT FOR THE SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION. I WANT TO…

              I RISE TO URGE SUPPORT FOR THE SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION. I WANT TO BEGIN MY REMARKS BY CONGRATULATING THE CHAIRMAN.

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            • 03:06:05 PM

              MR. COLE

              BILL IN APRIL THAT'S FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT TODAY. A MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS…

              BILL IN APRIL THAT'S FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT TODAY. A MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR THAT IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE, A MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS VOTED FOR IT, THE PRESIDENT SIGNED IT. UNDER THE CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP, ALL 12 PASSED WELL BEFORE THE DEADLINE TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT OF SEPTEMBER 30. HE'S BEEN PREPARED TO NEGOTIATE FOR 80 DAYS. HE HASN'T BEEN SITTING AROUND IN THOSE 80 DAYS. HE ALSO PASSED TWO DISASTER RELIEF BILLS AND IS WORKING ON A THIRD ONE NOW. I THINK WE HAVE THE HARDEST WORKING CHAIRMAN AND COMMITTEE IN CONGRESS. THE REST OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE SENATE IN PARTICULAR, NEED TO CATCH UP WITH US. TO THEIR CREDIT, THEY ARE SITTING DOWN WITH THE PRESIDENT TODAY AND WE'RE BEGINNING TO SEE SOME PROGRESS. WE NEED THIS ADDITIONAL TIME TO ALLOW US TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT. MY FRIENDS WHO OPPOSE IT, WHAT'S YOUR ALTERNATIVE? SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT? I KNOW THEY DON'T WANT TO DO THAT. THEY'VE ALWAYS ARGUED AGAINST IT, I ALWAYS THOUGHT THEY WERE RIGHT WHEN THEY ARGD AGAINST IT. IF WE FOLLOW THEIR ADVICE AND REJECT THIS AMENDMENT, THE GOVERNMENT WILL SHUT DOWN ON FRIDAY THAT DOESN'T DO ANY AMERICAN ANY GOOD THE CHAIRMAN OFFERED THE RESPONSIBLE ALTERNATIVE HERE. I URGE ITS PASSAGE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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            • 03:07:22 PM

              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND H.U.D.…

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND H.U.D. SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. DIAZ-BALART FROM FLORIDA.

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            • 03:07:30 PM

              MR. DIAZ-BALART

              FIRST THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR BRINGING THE 12 BILLS ONCE AGAIN. THIS IS…

              FIRST THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR BRINGING THE 12 BILLS ONCE AGAIN. THIS IS JUST A SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION. IT'S A CLEAN, DATE EXTENSION. THIS C.R. WILL GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD QUICKLY, BY THE WAY, TOWARD FINALIZING APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT FOR EXAMPLE IN THE TRANSPORTATION AND H.U.D. BILL WE CONSIDERED 22 AMENDMENTS IN COMMITTEE, 39 AMENDMENTS HERE ON THE FLOOR. YOU SEE THIS HAS BEEN AN OPEN AND FAIR PROCESS THE ENTIRE WAY. BUT NOW WE MUST. WE MUST MOVE QUICKLY TO FINISH THE JOB AND CONFERENCE ALL 12 OF THESE BILLS. IN THE MEANTIME, HOWEVER, WE MUST KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN AND FUNDED. THIS IS ESPECIALLY, BY THE WAY, IMPORTANT, NOW THIS OUR COMMUNITIES ARE PULLING TOGETHER TO RECOVER FROM THREE DEVASTATING HURRICANES AS WELL AS THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES THREATENED BY RAGING WILDFIRES IN CALIFORNIA. WE CAN'T TAKE THE RISK OF SHORTCHANGING OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. OUR MILITARY. GIVEN THE NATURAL DISASTERS AT HOME AND THE THREATS FROM OUR ADVERSARIES ABROAD. A VOTE AGAINST THIS C.R. WOULD DO JUST THAT. SO AGAIN, JUST FOR THE TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING, SEGMENT THIS WILL SUPPORT ONGOING TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY MISSIONS, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, HOUSING FOR AS A RULE COMMERCIAL -- VULNERABLE CITIZENS INCLUDING OUR VETERANS. I STRONGLY URGE A YES VOTE ON THE C.R., WE CANNOT LET THOSE FOLKS DOWN, WE CANNOT SHUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT ALLOWS US TO FINISH THE JOB AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS STEADFAST LEADERSHIP. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 03:09:04 PM

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            • 03:09:11 PM

              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THIS THE VETERANS…

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THIS THE VETERANS AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. DENT OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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            • 03:09:19 PM

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            • 03:09:21 PM

              MR. DENT

              I TOO RISE TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN URGING THE HOUSE TO PASS THE…

              I TOO RISE TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN URGING THE HOUSE TO PASS THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION BEFORE US. THIS IS NOT THE COURSE OF ACTION ANY OF US WOULD PREFER OBVIOUSLY BUT THE HOUSE PASSED ALL 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AND IT WAS ON THE PATH TO COMPLETE ACTION ON APPROPRIATIONS BEFORE THE START OF FISCAL YEAR 2018 BUT OUR AMBITION WAS OVERTAKE BIN EVENTS. WHETHER YOU WANT TO BLAME THE PONDEROUS PACE OF THE SENATE OR TIME DEVOTED TO IMPORTANT ISSUES LIKE OBAMACARE OR TAX REFORM, IN ANY EVENT WE NEED TO PASS THIS SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO PREVENT DISRUPTION OF IMPORTANT GOVERNMENTAL PROGRAMS AND CREATE A WINDOW IN WHICH BUDGET CAP DISCUSSIONS CAN OCCUR. ALL OF US STAND READY TO CONFERENCE OUR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS ONCE THE DEBATE ON BUDGET CAPS IS RESOLVED. I WANT TO EMPHASIZE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO PASS EACH OF THE 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. IT'S PRNT THAT EACH BE ENACTED RATHER THAN CHERRY PICKING A FEW THAT MAY HAVE THE BROADEST SUPPORT. IT'S DANGEROUS TO ALLOW ANY PART OF THE GOVERNMENT TO RUN ON A C.R., OR AUTO PILOT FOR A FULL YEAR WHEN WE HAVE WORKED HARD TO INCLUDE OVERSIGHT PROVISIONS AND TARGETED FUNDING REDUCTIONS IN OUR BILLS. ALL THESE WOULD BE LOST WITH A YEAR-LONG C.R. SPEAKING ABOUT THE PROGRAMS AND MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, V.A. BILL, WHICH I CHAIR A FULL YEAR C.R. PREVENTS D.O.D. FROM STARTING 204 NEW PROJECTS. S THE CORE OF OUR MILCON PROGRAM. EACH YEAR WE APPROPRIATE FUNDING FOR HUNDREDS OF NEW PROJECTS. D.O.D. CAN MANAGE IN A SHORT-TERM C.R. BUT A FULL-YEAR C.R. WOULD BE DE-STATING. WHILE SOME PROGRAMS ARE ADVANCE FUNDED TO PREVENT CUTTING OFF SERVICES TO VETERANS, THERE ARE NEW ACTIVITIES THAT WOULD BE BLOCKED BY A FULL-YEAR C.R., LIKE THE NEW ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD FOR ITS SUCCESSOR FOR CARE OUTSIDE THE V.A. SYSTEM. I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE YES FOR THIS SHORT-TERM MEASURE TO GIVE US TIME AND TOOLS WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD ON PASSAGE OF ALL 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AND ALSO TO AVERT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. SO AGAIN, I URGE AN AFFIRMATIVE VOTE ON THE C.R.

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            • 03:11:24 PM

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            • 03:11:30 PM

              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

              TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND…

              TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE,

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            • 03:11:37 PM

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            • 03:11:39 PM

              MR. WALDEN

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE FROM NEW JERSEY FOR HIS GREAT WORK ON THIS AND SO MANY OTHER ISSUES. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND HIGHLIGHT A VERY IMPORTANT SHORT-TERM PROVISION IN HERE THAT PROVIDES CERTAINTY FOR CHILDREN, FAMILIES, AND STATES THAT RELY ON THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM KNOWN AS CHIP. THIS ADJUSTMENT, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY MR. COSTELLO OF PENNSYLVANIA, MR. EMMER OF MINNESOTA, WILL PROVIDE THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES WITH GREATER FLEXIBILITY OF EXISTING DOLLARS SO THEY CAN ASSURE CHIP PROGRAMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY INCLUDING NOW IN MY HOME STATE OF OREGON CAN CONTINUE TO HAVE VITAL FEDERAL FUNDING THEY NEED THIS MONTH TO CONTINUE CHIP. THIS EMERGENCY FUNDING WILL HELP FAMILIES AND STATES WHILE CONGRESS FINISHES THE JOB OF PROVIDING FUNDING FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE. PUBLIC HEALTH PRIORITIES. OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. MEDICARE EXTENDERS THAT SEEPORS RELY ON. ALL THAT WORK NEEDS TO GET DONE. IT'S PRNT TO NOTE, WE DID NOT ARRIVE AT THIS PLACE OF NEEDING A STOPGAP FUNDING RESOLUTION BECAUSE THIS HOUSE FAILED TO ACT. WE ACTED. WE DID OUR PART. WE DID OUR PART. I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT THE HOUSE HAS PASSED CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS ACT, PASSED THIS HOUSE WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, YET TO BE HAMMERED OUT IN THE SENATE. OVER THERE THEY NEED 60 VOTES TO GET ANYTHING DONE. A MINORITY OF THE MINORITY CAN LOCK THINGS UP, WHICH THEY'VE DONE. WHAT MAKES THE INACTION ON CHIP EVEN MORE FRUSTRATING IS THE HOUSE-PASSED BILL MIR MOR -- MIRROR -- ANYWHERE RORS THE BIPARTISAN POLICY FRAMEWORK VETTED -- VOTED OUT OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE TWO MONTHS AGO. UNFORTUNATELY, THOUGH, AGAIN, DEMOCRATS OVER THERE FAIL TIDE GREE ON HOW TO FUND THESE PROGRAMS. THAT'S DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE DID. HERE IN THE HOUSE A CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS ACT DELIVERS HIGH QUALITY HEALTH CARE, PEACE OF MIND TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, PROVIDING FIVE YEARS OF FUNDING FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAMS, ONE OF THE LONGEST EXTENSIONS EVER FOR THE PROGRAM. IT WOULD MEAN CONTINUED ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR APPROXIMATELY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT ARE ENROLLED IN CHIP, ANOTHER 122,700 IN OREGON ALONE. OUR HOUSE BILL WAS FULLY FUNDED. WE DID THE HEAVY LIFT. WE FUNDED IT THROUGH RESPONSIBLE REFORMS LIKE ASKING SENIORS WHO MAKE 40,000 A MONTH, $480,000 A YEAR, TO PAY ABOUT $135 MORE FOR THEIR MEDICARE. RICH SENIORS PAY A LITTLE MORE. I'M SURE THESE GRANDMOTHERS AND GRANDFATHERS WOULD DO THAT TO HELP KIDS AFFORD THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. WE PAID IT. IT'S READY TO GO. WE NEED THE SENATE TO ACT. I COMMEND THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND THE LEADERSHIP THERE FOR PUTTING THIS PROVISION IN SO WE WON'T LET KIDS FALL THROUGH THE GAP. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:14:32 PM

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            • 03:14:39 PM

              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

              GENTLEMAN IN THE HEALTH AND COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE, DR. BURGESS OF TEXAS.…

              GENTLEMAN IN THE HEALTH AND COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE, DR. BURGESS OF TEXAS. TWO MINUTES.

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            • 03:14:49 PM

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            • 03:14:52 PM

              MR. BURGESS

              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I MUST CONFESS, MR. SPEAKER, I MUST…

              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I MUST CONFESS, MR. SPEAKER, I MUST CONFESS, TODAY I WAS ASTONISHED TO READ AN ARTICLE IN ONE OF THE ONLINE MAGAZINES, HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP ASKED THEIR MEMBERS TO VOTE AGAINST THIS STOPGAP FUNDING BILL BECAUSE OF THE STALEMATE OVER THE FUNDING ON THE STATE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM WE JUST HEARD THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE DETAIL THE WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE ON THIS BILL AND LET ME ASSURE THIS CONGRESS, THERE ARE PROBABLY PEOPLE IN HERE SAYING, WHAT DO YOU MEAN? WE VOTED ON THIS BILL. WE VOTED THIS BILL OUT OF THE HOUSE WEEKS AGO. IT WAS OFFSET, IT WAS EVERYTHING THE SENATE ASKED FOR. THEY WERE DELIVERED THE FIVE-YEAR TIME FRAME, THE FUNDING LEVELS THE SENATE ASKED FOR, THEY GOT EVERYTHING THEY WANTED. YES IT WAS OFFSET IN A RESPONSIBLE FASHION BUT NOW WE'RE TOLD HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP SAYS VOTE NO ON THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION BECAUSE WE DON'T LIKE THE STOPGAP FUNDING FOR THE STATE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. WHAT IN THE DEVIL DO THEY WANT TO HAPPEN? WE DID OUR WORK. WE DID OUR WORK AND DID OUR LEGISLATIVE WORK. WE DID DELAY THINGS UNFORTUNATELY, THERE WAS A SHOOTING AT THE HOUSE BASEBALL GAME THAT CAUSED US SOME DELAY AND CAME BACK TWO WEEKS LATER AND GOT OUR WORK DONE AND RESPONSIBLE BILL AND REFLECTIVE OF EVERYTHING REQUESTED BY THE SENATE AND WAS OFFSET AS REQUESTED BY A NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF THIS BODY AND LANGUISHED IN THE SENATE SINCE THE EARLY PART OF OCTOBER. IT IS TIME FOR THE SENATE TO TAKE UP AND PASS THAT BILL SO WE DON'T HAVE TO HAVE THIS CONTINUED DISCUSSION. THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT STOPS A PROBLEM THAT SOME OF OUR STATES ARE GOING TO FACE. THE OTHER BODY COULD FIX IT AND THEY SHOULD. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 03:16:39 PM

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              THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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            • 03:16:47 PM

              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

              I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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              I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. IN MY…

              I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. IN MY HOME STATE OF MINNESOTA, THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM KNOWN AS CHIP PROVIDES COVERAGE FOR THOUSANDS OF LOW-INCOME PREGNANT WOMEN AND NEW MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN. WHEN FUNDS FOR MY STATE'S CHIP PROGRAM RAN OUT, THEY WERE WONDERING THE FATE OF THEIR HEALTH CARE. WE TEAMED UP WITH REPRESENTATIVE RYAN COSTELLO, CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR BURGESS TO INTRODUCE THE CHIP STABILITY ACT TO BRING CERTAINTY AND STABILITY TO MILLIONS OF FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I'M SO GRATEFUL THAT OUR SOLUTION IS INCORPORATED INTO THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION TODAY. LET ME BE CLEAR, THIS IS NOT ENOUGH. WHEN THE HOUSE PASSED THE CHAMPIONING THE HEALTHY KIDS ACT, WE PUT POLITICS ASIDE AND AMERICA'S MOST VULNERABLE FIRST. IT IS MY HOPE THAT THE SENATE WILL DO THE SAME VERY SOON. I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION SO CHIP RECIPIENTS ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE THE COVERAGE THEY NEED. AND I YIELD BACK.

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES.

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            • 03:18:21 PM

              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

              I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE. DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:18:30 PM

              MRS. LOWEY

              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO CLOSE. I REITERATE THE…

              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO CLOSE. I REITERATE THE DEMOCRATS HAVE SAID ALL YEAR, THERE MUST BE A DEAL TO RAISE SPENDING CAPS IN ORDER TO ENACT APPROPRIATION BILLS. INSTEAD OF HEEDING THAT ADVICE, THE MAJORITY IS ONCE AGAIN STUMBLING FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS TRYING TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT TWO WEEKS AT A TIME. WITHOUT A PATH FORWARD TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SECURE AND MAKE INVESTMENTS TO GROW OUR ECONOMY, WE SHOULD IMMEDIATELY LIFT THE CAPS ON DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE SPENDING. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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            • 03:19:16 PM

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            • 03:19:19 PM

              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

              THIS RESPONSIBLE AND NECESSARY LEGISLATION. LET'S KEEP THE FEDERAL…

              THIS RESPONSIBLE AND NECESSARY LEGISLATION. LET'S KEEP THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPEN FOR BUSINESS TO SERVE OUR CONSTITUENTS ACROSS THE NATION. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:19:33 PM

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              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS, ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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            • 03:19:34 PM

              The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

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                THE CLERK

                JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR…

                JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

                THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT --

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              • 03:20:10 PM

                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                THE GENTLEMAN REQUESTS THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED.…

                THE GENTLEMAN REQUESTS THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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          • 03:20:16 PM

            POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

            At the conclusion of debate on H.J. Res. 123, the Chair put the question on passage of the bill, and announced by voice vote that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Frelinghuysen demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of passage until later in the legislative day.

            • 03:21:16 PM

              Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 647. H.R. 477 — "To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to exempt from registration brokers performing services in connection with the transfer of ownership of smaller privately held companies."

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              Provides for consideration of H.R. 477 and H.R. 3971 under structured rules with one hour of debate, one motion to recommit with or without instructions on each measure. Also provides for consideration of H.J. Res. 123 under a closed rule, with one hour of debate and one motion

              • 03:21:25 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                I CALL UP H.R. 477 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                THE CLERK

                THE BILL.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                COMPANIES THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT…

                COMPANIES THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-14 IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS ADOPTED IS CONSIDERED READ AND SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE. AFTER ONE HOUR, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER FURTHER AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-143 IF OFFERED BY THE MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT WHICH SHALL BE CONSIDERED READ AND SEPARATELY DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PRO IN THE EVENT AND NOT SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR THE DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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          • 03:22:35 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 477.

            • 03:22:45 PM

              MR. HENSARLING

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO…

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND SUBMIT EX TRAINOUS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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            • 03:22:55 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 03:22:56 PM

              MR. HENSARLING

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 03:22:59 PM

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              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:23:01 PM

              MR. HENSARLING

              IF IT WASN'T FOR THE LAST MOMENT, A LOT OF THINGS WOULDN'T GET DONE IN…

              IF IT WASN'T FOR THE LAST MOMENT, A LOT OF THINGS WOULDN'T GET DONE IN LIFE, BUT LAST EVENING, THE RANKING MEMBER AND I CAME TO A MEETING OF THE MINDS ON A PATH FORWARD FOR H.R. 477, SO FOR EFFICIENCY OF TIME FOR THE HOUSE, I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HER WILLINGNESS TO WORK ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO MOVE THIS BILL FORWARD. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, OUR SMALL BUSINESSES LABOR UNDER A TON OF REGULATIONS, SOME OF WHICH ARE QUITE GOOD AND QUITE HELPFUL BUT THEY CAN BE -- VERY HEAVY BURDEN AND COST UPON OUR SMALL BUSINESSES. ONE IS AN UNNECESSARY REGISTRATION SYSTEM FOR SMALL BUSINESS BROKERS AND SO I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A SIMPLIFIED REGISTRATION REGIME AND HELP OUR SMALL BUSINESSES AS THEY ARE ENGAGING IN SALES. IT'S A GOOD BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR WORKING ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. AND I RESERVE.

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            • 03:24:11 PM

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              THE THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

              THE THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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            • 03:24:17 PM

              MS. WATERS

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH I YIELD MYSELF FIVE MINUTES.

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              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:24:38 PM

              MS. WATERS

              THIS SEEKS TO PROVIDE A STATUTORY EXEMPTION WITH THE SECURITIES AND…

              THIS SEEKS TO PROVIDE A STATUTORY EXEMPTION WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION FOR CERTAIN BROKERS WHO FACILITATE THE MERGER OR ACQUISITION OF SMALL BUSINESSES KNOWN AS M&A BROKERS. WHEN CONGRESS FIRST CONSIDERED THIS EXEMPTION DURING THE 113TH CONGRESS, OUR GOAL WAS TO PROMPT THE F.C.C. TO PROVIDE REGULAR BROKERS DESIGNED FOR PERSONS HELPING PERSONS TO FACILITATE CAPITAL. WE SUCCEEDED. TWO WEEKS AFTER THE HOUSE PASSED THAT BILL, THE S.E.C. HAD STAFFS' VIEW IF AN M.A.A. BROKER COMPLIED IT WOULD RECOMMEND THAT THE S.E.C. NOT TAKE ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST THAT BROKER FOR FAILING TO REGISTER WITH THE COMMISSION. SPECIFICALLY, THE NO ACTION LETTER REQUIRED THE M&A BROKER TO ABIDE BY RESTRICTIONS TO PROVIDE SUCH AN EXEMPTION FROM BEING MISUSED TO RAISE CAPITAL OR BEING ABUSED BY BAD ACTORS. H.R. 477 IS STILL NECESSARY TO PROVIDE LEGAL CERTAINTY SINCE THE NO ACTION LETTER IS MERELY THE NONBINDING OPINION OF S.E.C. STAFF. I UNDERSTAND THEIR CONCERNS. HOWEVER THE BILL OWE MYTHS SEVERAL OF THE CONDITIONS CONTAINED IN THE NO ACTION LETTER THAT PROTECTS SMALL BUSINESSES AND THEIR INVESTORS. I'M PLEASED THAT THIS CONGRESS REPRESENTATIVES SHERMAN AND HUIZENGA HAVE WORKED ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO ADD THESE PROTECTIONS BACK AND THROUGH AN AMENDMENT. IF SO AMENDED, I WILL SUPPORT H.R. 477, WHICH WOULD STRIKE THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN REGULATORY RELIEF AND THE PROTECTION OF SMALL COMPANIES AND THEIR INVESTORS. IN PARTICULAR, THE AMENDED BILL WOULD REQUIRE AN M&A BROKER TO PROVIDE THEM WITH CLEAR WRITTEN DISCLOSURES AND CONTAIN THEIR CONSENT TO THEIR CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, PROHIBIT MMP AND A BROKERS TO RAISE CAPITAL RATHER THAN TRANSFER OWNERSHIP OF SMALL BUSINESSES, PROHIBIT SHELL COMPANIES FOR USING IT AS A BACK-DOORWAY TO FOSTER OTHER BAD ACTORS FROM USING THE EXEMPTION. THE BILL WOULD NOT CHANGE THE STATUTORY DEFINITION OF PROBINGER AND PRESERVING THE S.E.C.'S ABILITY TO BRING ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE ANTI-FRAUD PROVISIONS. THE BILL WOULD LIMIT THE RELIEF TO MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS INVOLVING COMPANIES INVOLVING LESS THAN $250 MILLION IN ANNUAL GROSS RECEIVE NEWS WHICH IS THE TOTAL INCOME OF THE COMPANY OR $25 MILLION IN ANNUAL EARNINGS WHICH IS THE AMOUNT OF INCOME MINUS EXPENSES. THE AMENDMENT WOULD PROVIDE THE S.E.C. TO MODIFY THESE THRESHOLDS AS NECESSARY OR APPROPRIATE IN THE PUBLIC INTERESTS FOR THE PROTECTION OF INVESTORS. AS OUR NATION'S BABY BOOMERS HEAD INTO RETIREMENT AND LOOK TO SELL THEIR BUSINESSES TO A NEW GENERATION OF FLOWERS. IT IS IMPORTANT THEY ARE ABLE TO DO IT. IF AMENDED H.R. 477 WOULD ALLOW THEM TO DO JUST THAT. AND SO I WOULD SUPPORT THE BILL. WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND THANK MR. HENSARLING AND THANK MR. SHERMAN. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BILL FOR ALL OF US. WE ARE ALL SO SUPPORTIVE OF OUR BUSINESSES AND WANT THEM TO DO WILL AND NOT BE HINDERED BY UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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            • 03:28:37 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

            • 03:28:41 PM

              MR. HENSARLING

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE SMALL…

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT.

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            • 03:28:51 PM

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              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:28:53 PM

              MR. CHABOT

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 477 AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND…

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 477 AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND CHAIRMAN HUIZENGA. WHILE WE ARE SEEING IMPROVEMENTS IN OUR ECONOMY, WE WILL NOT EXPERIENCE ITS FULL POTENTIAL UNTIL WE FULLY UNLEASH SMALL BUSINESSES. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, I HEAR FROM SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS THAT REGULATIONS ARE PREVENTING THEIR GROWTH AND EXPANSION. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY ADDRESSES ONE OF THE MANY REGULATORY HURDLES THAT STAND IN THE WAY OF DEVELOPMENT. THIS WOULD DECREASE THE BURDENS ON SMALL BUSINESSES THAT ARE GOING THROUGH THE NEXT PHASE OF THEIR GROWTH INCLUDING TRANSITIONS IN OWNERSHIP. THIS SHOULD BE A TIME OF EXPANSION AND INCREASED OPPORTUNITIES, NOT HIGHER COSTS AND BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE. LET'S WORK TOGETHER ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION'S SMALL BUSINESSES SO THEY CAN CONTINUE TO GROW TODAY AND CREATE THE JOBS OF TOMORROW. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 03:29:49 PM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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            • 03:29:55 PM

              MR. HENSARLING

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, THE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON MARKETS, SECURITIES AND INVESTMENT, MR. HUIZENGA.

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            • 03:30:09 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

            • 03:30:12 PM

              MR. HUIZENGA

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS. THE MISSION OF THE…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS. THE MISSION OF THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION IS TO PROTECT INVESTORS AND MAINTAIN ORDERLY MARKETS AND FACILITY MARKET FORMATION. IT WAS MANDATED BY LAW TO CONDUCT A FORUM FOCUSING ON SMALL BUSINESS CAPITAL FORMATION. THE GOVERNMENT FORUM HAS HIGHLIGHTED THE MERGER AND ACQUISITION BROKER PROPOSAL AS ONE OF ITS TOP RECOMMENDATIONS TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES. THE PROPOSAL WOULD ADDRESS BUSINESS BROKERS AND MERGER AND ACQUISITION ADVISERS IN THE BUSINESS OF FACILITATING THE PURCHASE AND SALE OF PRIVATELY HELD SMALL COMPANIES. THE PROPOSAL WOULD REDUCE THE FEDERAL REGULATION COMPLIANCE COST WHICH CAN EXCEED $150,000 FOR A BROKER AND AFTER THAT COSTS $75,000 PER ADDITIONAL YEAR. THE S.E.C. HAS NEVER ACTED ON THIS DESPITE THE RECOMMENDATION. AND AS WE SEE BABY BOOMERS RETIRE, THERE IS AN ESTIMATED $10 TRILLION OF EQUITY LOCKED UP IN THESE SMALL FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESSES. THE FEDERAL SECURITIES REGULATIONS REQUIRE A BROKER TO BE REGISTERED AND REGULATED BY THE S.E.C. LIKE A WALL STREET INVESTMENT BANKER PUBLICLY TRADING. ANYONE WHO IS SELLING A BUSINESS LIKE A HARDWARE STORE, A JEWELRY STORE OR PIZZA PARLOR HAS TO BE TREATED THEY ARE BEING SOLD OR BOUGHT BY A WALL STREET INVESTMENT BANK. REGARDLESS OF THEIR SIZE. WE DON'T THINK THAT'S RIGHT. THIS LEGISLATION REDUCES COSTS AND FACILITATES PRIVATE BUSINESS MERGER ACQUISITIONS AND SALES OF SMALL BUSINESSES THIS SMALL BUSINESS INITIATIVE PROMOTES ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT. SO WE'VE WORKED VERY CLOSELY ACROSS THE AISLE WITH OUR COLLEAGUES AND I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU EVEN IN TODAY'S POLITICALLY CHARGED ENVIRONMENT THAT WE HAVE, IT'S NICE TO SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY DO SOME POSITIVE, EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE INITIATIVES WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. AND I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, REPRESENTATIVE POSEY, HIGGINS, SHERMAN, MALONEY, AS WELL AS CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND RANKING MEMBER WATERS FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO REACH A BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS AND GET THE IMPORTANT LEGISLATION ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS NOW FOR THREE CONGRESSES. WE BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE A VERY POSITIVE SPOT HERE WHERE WE CAN ALL SUPPORT THIS AND I WANT TO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT AND VOTE FOR H.R. 477, DEMONSTRATE THAT CONGRESS CAN ACTUALLY WORK IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER AND GET SOME THINGS DONE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SO I URGE SWIFT CONSIDERATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:33:09 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

            • 03:33:14 PM

              MR. HENSARLING

              TIME, MR. SPEAKER?

            • 03:33:19 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              25 MINUTES.

            • 03:33:23 PM

              MR. HENSARLING

              I WILL CONCLUDE BY SAYING THAT AGAIN THIS IS A COMMONSENSE REFORM, IT IS A…

              I WILL CONCLUDE BY SAYING THAT AGAIN THIS IS A COMMONSENSE REFORM, IT IS A BALANCED REFORM, IT'S GOOD FOR SMALL BUSINESS, IT IS BIPARTISAN, I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO ADOPT H.R. 477 AND AGAIN, THANK YOU RANKING MEMBER AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP TO WORK ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:33:45 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE ON THE BILL HAS EXPIRED.…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE ON THE BILL HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 03:33:54 PM

              >>

              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

            • 03:33:55 PM

              An amendment, offered by Mr. Sherman, numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 115-443 to make several changes that provide additional protections for investors and small businesses. Specifically the amendment includes provisions that would prohibit passive buyers in the M&A transaction, prohibit M&A brokers from binding a party to a transfer of ownership, prohibit M&A brokers from providing financing for the transfer, and require M&A brokers that represent both the buyer and seller to disclose that to both parties and receive written consent.

              • 03:33:56 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

              • 03:33:59 PM

                THE CLERK

                AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-444, OFFERED BY…

                AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-444, OFFERED BY MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA.

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              • 03:34:08 PM

                TEMPORE PURSUAN

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN, AND THE MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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              • 03:34:18 PM

                MR. SHERMAN

                THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TO OFFER AN…

                THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO H.R. 477, THE SMALL BUSINESS MERGERS ACQUISITIONS SIMPLIFICATION ACT OF 2017. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH HIM ON THIS BILL OVER A PERIOD OF THREE CONGRESSES. AND WITH THE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT, THE BILL WILL BE IN A FORUM -- A FORM THAT WILL SECURE SUPPORT FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, NOT ONLY MY SUPPORT, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THE RANKING MEMBER'S SUPPORT. IN THE 113TH CONGRESS, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTED A SIMILAR BILL TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO THE M&A COMMUNITY FOR PROVIDING THAT IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, A SMALL BUSINESS MERGER OR ACQUISITION BROKER WOULD NOT HAVE TO REGISTER. AS A RESULT OF THAT ACTION BY THE HOUSE, WHICH WAS NOT MATCHED BY ACTION IN THE SENATE, THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION UNDERSTOOD THE WISDOM OF THIS HOUSE AND INTRODUCED A NO ACTION LETTER DATED JANUARY, 2014, PROVIDE THE SAME LEVEL OF RELIEF REQUESTED BY THE HOUSE. IN THEIR NO ACTION LETTER, HOWEVER, THE S.E.C. PLACED SEVERAL LIMITATIONS ON THE EXEMPTION FROM LEGISLATION THAT WERE NOT INCLUDED IN THE HOUSE BILL BUT WITH THIS AMENDMENT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THIS YEAR'S BILL. THESE LIMITATIONS PROVIDED ADDITIONAL PR TECHES FOR INVESTORS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. IT EXCLUDED BAD ACTORS AND SHELL COMPANIES, PROHIBITED PASSIVE BUYERS IN AN M&A TRANSACTION TO ASSURE THEY CAN'T USE THIS EXEMPTION AS A CAPITAL RAISING MECHANISM. PROHIBITED AN M&A BROKER FOR PROVIDING FINANCING FOR THE TRANSFER. PROHIBITED M&A BROKERS FROM BINDING A PARTY TO A TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP AND I THINK THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT REQUIRING THAT TO BE ELIGIBLE -- ELIGIBLE, A BROKER WOULD HAVE TO DISCLOSE TO BOTH PARTIES AND GET THEIR CONSENT IF THEY'RE BEING PAID BY BOTH PARTIES. SO THERE'S BOTH A SILLER'S COMMISSION AND BUYER'S COMMISSION, YOU HAVE TO TELL THE BUYER, YOU HAVE TO TELL THE SELLER. NOW, THOSE WHO WANT TO STEP OUTSIDE THE SAFE HARBOR CAN SIMPLY REGISTER. BUT THOSE WILL BE EXEMPT FROM REGISTRATION NEED TO COMPLY WITH THIS -- WITH THESE SIX ELEMENTS. THE SMALL BUSINESS MERGERS ACQUISITION SALES AND BROKERAGE SIMPLIFICATION ACT WILL CODIFY THE S.E.A. NO ACTION LETTER AND PROVIDE CERTAINTY TO THE SMALL BUSINESS AND MERGER ACQUISITION BROKERS. IN THE LAST CONGRESS I OPPOSED THE BILL BECAUSE IT INCLUDED ONLY TWO OF THE SIX RESTRICTIONS INCLUDED BY THE S.E.C. WITH THIS AMENDMENT THE BILL WILL INCLUDE ALL RESTRICTIONS. S THAT BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT AND INCLUDES ALL THE LIMITATIONS OF THE S.E.C. NO ACTION LETTER, IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN ON IT. IN ADDITION, OUR AMENDMENT PROVIDES THAT THE S.E.C. HAS THE RULE MAKING AUTHORITY TO DETERMINE THE CORRECT THRESHOLDS OF GROSS REVENUES AND OF EBITDA, EARNINGS OF A COMPANY BEFORE INTEREST, TAXES, DEPRETIONUATION AND AMORTIZATION, IN DETERMINING WHETHER A COMPANY QUALIFIES THURN BILL. THE S.E.C. IS THE AGENCY WITH THE EXPERTISE TO DO THIS. I ENCOURAGE NEM TO EXAMINE THIS ISSUE CLOSELY AND ENSURE THAT ANY THRESHOLD IN PLACE IS EVIDENCE-BASED. AND I ENCOURAGE THEM IN FUTURE YEARS TO INFLATION ADJUST WHATEVER LIMITATION DOLLAR FIGURES THEY HAVE IN THEIR REGULATIONS. I AM PLEASED TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT WITH MY COLLEAGUE, MR. HUIZENGA, WHO I MAY HAVE PREVIOUSLY IDENTIFIED AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. AND I OFFER IT ALSO WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE RANKING MEMBER. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT AS IT WILL ASSURE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THE BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 03:34:22 PM

            DEBATE

            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 647, the House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Sherman amendment No. 1.

            • 03:38:12 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN…

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 03:38:17 PM

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              I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT EVEN THOUGH I AM NOT…

              I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT EVEN THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED.

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            • 03:38:21 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:38:24 PM

              >>

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE AMENDMENT AND THE WORK OF MR. SHERMAN, MRS. MALONEY, RANKING MEMBER AND OBVIOUSLY OUR CHAIRMAN AS WELL.

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            • 03:38:37 PM

              MR. HUIZENGA

              I DO AGREE AND ACCEPT THIS AMENDMENT AS A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT. IT DOES…

              I DO AGREE AND ACCEPT THIS AMENDMENT AS A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT. IT DOES CONFIRM WHAT THE NO ACTION LETTER HAS PUT IN PLACE. I BELIEVE IT PROPERLY MAKES SURE THAT THE S.E.C.'S ROLE IS PRESERVED BUT THEY -- BUT THAT CONGRESS HAS ITS IMPRIMATUR ON THIS AS WELL AND IT ALIGNS THE BILL WITH THE PRINCIPLES IN THE NO ACTION LETTER. I THINK THIS IS A GOOD AMENDMENT. REASONABLE AMENDMENT. AND PLEASED TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AS WELL AND GLAD THAT WE COULD GET THIS SETTLED AND OUT IN A TIMELY MANNER. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:39:24 PM

              The previous question was ordered on the amendment and the bill without objection

              • 03:39:27 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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              • 03:39:30 PM

                MR. SHERMAN

                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN AND YIELD BACK.

          • 03:39:32 PM

            On agreeing to the Sherman amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

            • 03:39:33 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ON THE BILL AS -- AS AMENDED AND ON THE AMENDMENT…

              THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ON THE BILL AS -- AS AMENDED AND ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN. THE SQUONE THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPT AGREED. TO THE QUESTION IS ON THE ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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            • 03:40:00 PM

              THE CLERK

              REGISTRATION BROCKERS WORKING N WITH THE TRANSFER OF SMALLER, PRIVATELY…

              REGISTRATION BROCKERS WORKING N WITH THE TRANSFER OF SMALLER, PRIVATELY HELD COMPANIES.

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            • 03:40:13 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

              THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION --

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            • 03:40:21 PM

              >>

              ON THAT, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

            • 03:40:23 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              NAYS.

          • 03:40:29 PM

            POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

            At the conclusion of debate on H.R. 477, the Chair put the question on passage of the bill, and announced by voice vote that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Hensarling demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of passage until later in the legislative day.

            • 03:40:32 PM

              Recess

              The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

              • 04:14:45 PM

                Reconvened

                The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 7.

                • 04:15:16 PM

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                  BACK NOW TO THE HOUSE, GAVELING BACK IN QUICKLY. A FINAL SERIES OF VOTES…

                  BACK NOW TO THE HOUSE, GAVELING BACK IN QUICKLY. A FINAL SERIES OF VOTES FOR THE DAY. PASSING OF H.R. 477, PASSAGE OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 123, AND THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2658. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 477 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                • 04:15:41 PM

                  Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 477 — "To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to exempt from registration brokers performing services in connection with the transfer of ownership of smaller privately held companies."

                  • 04:15:46 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 318, H.R. 477, A BILL TO AMEND THE SECURITIES…

                    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 318, H.R. 477, A BILL TO AMEND THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 TO EXEMPT FROM REGISTRATION BROKERS PERFORMING SERVICES IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP OF SMALL PRIVATELY HELD COMPANIES.

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                • 04:16:02 PM

                  On passage Roll Call 669 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                  • 04:16:03 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY…

                    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                  • 04:41:09 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 426. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 426. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 123 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION.

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              • 04:41:12 PM

                House Vote 669 - On Passage

                Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017

                Passed (426 - 0)
                Yea

                Vote Details: Yea - 426
                Republican - 238
                Democratic - 188

                Vote Details: Not Voting - 6
                Republican - 1
                Democratic - 5

                • 04:41:14 PM

                  Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

                  • 04:41:35 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    RESOLUTION 123, JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS…

                    RESOLUTION 123, JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                • 04:41:40 PM

                  Considered as unfinished business. H.J. Res. 123 — "Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes."

                  • 04:41:45 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

                    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                • 04:41:51 PM

                  On passage Roll Call 670 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                  • 04:48:53 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235RKS THE NAYS ARE 193. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235RKS THE NAYS ARE 193. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR SEE THES. THE HOUSE WILL COME -- TAKE THEIR SEATS. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PROCEEDINGS WILL START WHEN THE HOUSE IS IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              • 04:48:57 PM

                House Vote 670 - On Passage

                Passed (235 - 193)
                Yea
                Nay

                Vote Details: Yea - 235
                Republican - 221
                Democratic - 14

                Vote Details: Nay - 193
                Democratic - 175
                Republican - 18

                Vote Details: Not Voting - 5
                Republican - 1
                Democratic - 4

                • 04:48:58 PM

                  Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

                  • 04:50:32 PM

                    MR. MCCARTHY

                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR THE PURPOSE…

                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAKING A SCHEDULING ANNOUNCEMENT.

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                  • 04:50:37 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 04:50:39 PM

                    MR. MCCARTHY

                    MR. SPEAKER, I FIRST WANT TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS FOR THEIR FLEXIBILITY…

                    MR. SPEAKER, I FIRST WANT TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS FOR THEIR FLEXIBILITY IN COMING BACK TO TOWN THIS PAST MONDAY. AS SUCH, MEMBERS ARE ADVISED THAT VOTES ARE NO LONGER EXPECTED IN THE HOUSE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8. MEMBERS ARE FURTHER ADVISED TO BE PREPARED FOR THE HOUSE TO BE IN SESSION THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 18. FIRST VOTES OF THAT WEEK WILL BE EXPECTED AT 6:30 P.M. ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 18. WE ALL KNOW WE HAVE IMPORTANT WORK TO DO, INCLUDING PASSING HISTORIC TAX CUTS AND JOB ACT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. -- AND JOBS ACT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I THINK THAT WILL BE AN EXCELLENT CHRISTMAS PRESENT. IF THERE ARE ANY FURTHER CHANGES TO OUR SCHEDULE, I'LL BE SURE TO LET ALL MEMBERS KNOW.

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                  • 04:51:24 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

                  • 04:51:26 PM

                    MR. HOYER

                    MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. I CAN'T HEAR.

                  • 04:51:28 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

                  • 04:51:34 PM

                    MR. MCCARTHY

                    IF THERE'S ANY FURTHER CHANGES TO THE SCHEDULE, I'LL BE SURE TO LET ALL…

                    IF THERE'S ANY FURTHER CHANGES TO THE SCHEDULE, I'LL BE SURE TO LET ALL MEMBERS KNOW. I'LL YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                  • 04:51:42 PM

                    MR. HOYER

                    I THANK THE MAJORITY LEADER FOR YIELDING. NORMALLY, OF COURSE, WE WOULD…

                    I THANK THE MAJORITY LEADER FOR YIELDING. NORMALLY, OF COURSE, WE WOULD HAVE A SCHEDULING DISCUSSION TOMORROW. AT THE END OF BUSINESS. BUT IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT WE ARE NOT MEETING TOMORROW, WE WILL NOT HAVE THAT COLLOQUY. ACCOUNT LEADING GIVE US SOME INDICATION OF -- CAN THE LEADER GIVE US SOME INDICATION OF WHAT MIGHT BE CONSIDERED NEXT WEEK? AS WE KNOW, THERE ARE NUMEROUS ITEMS THAT NEED TO BE RESOLVED BEFORE WE LEAVE HERE THIS YEAR. AND WE NEED TO OBVIOUSLY HAVE SOME B.C.A., THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT, NUMBERS ARRIVED AT SO THAT THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE CAN MOVE FORWARD EITHER ON AN OMNIBUS OR APPROPRIATION BILLS. WE NEED TO DO FLOOD INSURANCE. WE NEED TO DO FISA SECTION 702. WE NEED TO DO OBVIOUSLY CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. AND OTHER MATTERS. CAN THE LEADER WHO HAS JUST SAID THAT WE WILL BE IN -- IS HE ANTICIPATING FOUR DAYS NEXT WEEK? FOUR DAYS NEXT WEEK? AND PRESUMABLY FOUR DAYS OR FIVE THE FOLLOWING WEEK? SO LET'S SAY WE HAVE NINE LEGISLATIVE DAYS. CAN THE LEADER GIVE US SOME IDEA OF HOW WE MIGHT ACCOMPLISH THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN THAT TIME FRAME? AND I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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                  • 04:53:00 PM

                    MR. MCCARTHY

                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I WILL MISS THE COLLOQUY TOMORROW.…

                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I WILL MISS THE COLLOQUY TOMORROW. I DO LOOK FORWARD TO THAT. ALWAYS SPEAKING WITH MY FRIEND. AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, THE RULES COMMITTEE HAVE MET, SO YOU WILL SEE THE FINANCIAL SERVICE BILL THAT THEY MET UPON. YOU WILL ALSO GET A LIST OF ALL THE SUSPENSIONS. THEY WILL BE AT CLOSE OF BUSINESS TOMORROW. BUT THE GENTLEMAN IS RIGHT. THERE IS A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE. WE HAVE PASSED CHIP GOING FORWARD. AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, IN THIS, THE BILL THAT WE JUST VOTED ON, FOR THOSE WHO VOTED YES, IT CONTINUED FUNDING FOR THEM AS IT WENT THROUGH THE YEAR, FOR THE REST OF THIS YEAR. AND AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, THIS HOUSE HAS PASSED ALL 12 APPROPRIATION BILLS. SO WE HAVE MORE WORK TO GET DONE. NOW, KNOWING MY FRIEND IS CONCERNED COMING FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AS WELL , I'D HOPE YOU'D JOIN WITH US. WE WOULD LIKE THE SENATE TO TAKE SOME ACTION. I KNOW OUR LEADERSHIP HAS JUST VISITED WITH THE PRESIDENT, WITH BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. I HOPE WE CAN COME TO AN AGREEMENT SO WE CAN FINISH THIS OUT. I ALSO HOPE THE GENTLEMAN WOULD JOIN WITH ME IN ENCOURAGING THE SENATE, JUST NOT ON THE APPROPRIATION BILL, BUT THE 352 BILLS THAT WE HAVE OUT OF THIS HOUSE SITTING OVER THERE. AND THE PART THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MUST KNOW, MOST OF THAT BILL HAD VERY BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. SO I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO A BUSY NINE DAYS. IT WILL NOT COME UP NEXT WEEK. BUT IF IT COULD, I WOULD BRING IT UP AS SOON AS WE COME OUT OF CONFERENCE. BECAUSE I DO BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR A TAX CUT AND A JOBS ACT TO CONTINUE WHAT WE'VE GONE THROUGH. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 04:54:40 PM

                    MR. HOYER

                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE.

                  • 04:54:44 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 04:54:46 PM

                    MR. HOYER

                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I HEAR THE MAJORITY LEADER'S HOPE THAT WE'LL MOVE…

                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I HEAR THE MAJORITY LEADER'S HOPE THAT WE'LL MOVE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS ON THE SENATE SIDE. OBVIOUSLY ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO WORK ON FOR THE LAST 90 DAYS, MR. LEADER, HAS BEEN TRYING TO GET TO AN AGREEMENT ON THE NUMBERS THAT WILL REPLACE THE SEQUESTER NUMBERS THAT CERTAINLY MANY PEOPLE ON YOUR SIDE DON'T WANT FOR THE DEFENSE SIDE OF THE BUDGET. AND OBVIOUSLY WE BELIEVE THAT WE HAD AN AGREEMENT OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS FOR PARODY IN SPENDING. WE WOULD HOPE THAT WE CAN REACH AN AGREEMENT SIMILAR TO THAT AGREEMENT. AND FURTHERMORE, MR. LEADER, I AM SURE THAT MR. MCCONNELL, THE MAJORITY LEADER, COULD BRING APPROPRIATION BILLS TO THE FLOOR. HE HAS NOT DONE THAT. WE DON'T CONTROL THE SENATE. THOSE BILLS HAVE NOT BEEN BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. YOU CAN'T PASS THEM IF THEY AREN'T BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. FURTHERMORE, MR. SPEAKER, THEY NEED TO BE BIPARTISAN BILLS BECAUSE THE HISTORY IS THAT THE MAJORITY PARTY, MR. SPEAKER, HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET A MAJORITY OF VOTES. YOU DID TODAY. BUT THE HISTORY IS, SINCE 2011, THAT HAS NOT HAPPENED. AND THEREFORE FAILING THAT, YOU NEED TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION, MR. SPEAKER. THE SENATE DOES. IN ORDER TO GET THESE BILLS DONE. IN ADDITION, I WON'T GO INTO ALL THE PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT ARE PENDING, THAT NEED TO PASS FOR THE WELFARE OF OUR COUNTRY AND THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY. AND THE ASSISTANCE TO OUR PEOPLE. SO I WOULD HOPE THAT WE COULD PROCEED AND PROCEED NOW. AND FRANKLY, I'M AVAILABLE TOMORROW, MR. LEADER. AND I'M SURE OTHERS ARE, TO START TALKING ABOUT HOW WE REACH AGREEMENT ON THESE CRITICAL ISSUES. BECAUSE NINE DAYS, AS WE ALL KNOW, IS NOT VERY MUCH TIME. WE'VE HAD 90 DAYS. WE UNANIMOUSLY VOTED FOR CONTINUING C.R.. 90 OF YOUR MEMBERS VOTED AGAINST IT. IT PASSED BECAUSE OF OUR --

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                  • 04:56:59 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR.

                  • 04:57:11 PM

                    MR. HOYER

                    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

                  • 04:57:59 PM

                    MR. MCCARTHY

                    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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                    MR. HOYER

                    I'D BE GLAD TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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                    MR. MCCARTHY

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RIGHT. WE HAVE A GREAT DEAL AMOUNT OF WORK. WE JUST VOTED…

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RIGHT. WE HAVE A GREAT DEAL AMOUNT OF WORK. WE JUST VOTED ON A BILL THAT I WILL GUARANTEE YOU 221 MEMBERS ON THIS SIDE THAT CARRIED IT WAS NOT THE BILL THEY WERE SEEKING. THEY DO NOT WANT TO LOOK AT THE TROOPS AND SAY THEY'RE NOT FUNDED AND THEY'RE NOT GETTING THEIR PAY RAISE THAT WE VOTED ON EARLIER. AND THE GENTLEMAN, MY FRIEND, HAS TOLD ME TIME AND AGAIN, FUNDING GOVERNMENT IS NOT A GAME. THERE WAS NOTHING IN THE BILL THAT WE JUST PASSED THAT BOTH SIDES COULD NOT SAY THAT IT WAS A BIPARTISAN BILL. THERE WAS NOTHING ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT WE PUT INTO THAT BILL THAT WOULD GIVE ANYBODY ON EITHER SIDE HEARTACHE. BUT IT WAS NOT A BILL THAT WE SHOULD HAVE TO HAVE VOTED ON ON THIS FLOOR. WE DID 12 APPROPRIATION BILLS. WE SHOULD NOT BE VOTING FOR CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. THAT'S NOT WHY WE'RE ELECTED. SO LET'S DO THIS. AS WE --

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                  • 04:59:08 PM

                    >>

                    FRIEND.

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                    TO SOME OF YOUR MEMBERS

                  • 04:59:11 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    SIT BACK AND WE CAN REHASH HOW

                  • 04:59:13 PM

                    MR. MCCARTHY

                    SIT BACK AND WE CAN REHASH HOW

                  • 04:59:45 PM

                    MR. HOYER

                    SIT BACK AND WE CAN REHASH HOW

                  • 05:02:46 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    SIT BACK AND WE CAN REHASH HOW

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                    MR. MCCARTHY

                    SIT BACK AND WE CAN REHASH HOW MANY TIMES WE MET ABOUT SCHIP. WE CAN…

                    SIT BACK AND WE CAN REHASH HOW MANY TIMES WE MET ABOUT SCHIP. WE CAN REHASH COMING TO YOU SAYING, TELL ME WHERE YOU WANT TO GO AT THE END OF THE DAY. WE CAN REHASH WHERE YOUR RANKING MEMBER ASKED US TO PULL BACK ON THE MARKUP AND WE DID, BUT THEY STILL NEVER CAME. I DON'T NEED TO REWRITE HISTORY, AND I DON'T NEED TO WALK AWAY FROM WHERE WE TRIED TO GET TO. I'M PROUD OF THE FACT THAT WE WERE ABLE TO PASS IT WITH OR WITHOUT YOU BUT WE WANTED YOU WITH US. YOU MADE THE DECISION NOT TO BE WITH US, AND THAT'S OK. THAT'S YOUR DECISION. BUT TODAY WHEN YOU TALKED AND BRAGGED ABOUT ALL THE OTHER TIMES YOU WERE THERE, MY ONLY QUESTION IS, WHAT'S DIFFERENT TODAY? LET'S NOT MAKE TODAY CONTINUE FOR THE FUTURE. LET'S FIND THE WAY THAT WE WORK TOGETHER, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WHEN THEY LOOK BACK IN HISTORY, THERE WILL BE 221 ON THIS SIDE, THERE WILL BE 175 ON THE OTHER SIDE THAT SAID GOVERNMENT SHOULD SHUT DOWN AND I DON'T THINK THAT'S RIGHT. I YIELD BACK AND HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND.

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                  • 05:04:11 PM

                    MR. HOYER

                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING BACK. I DIDN'T HEAR -- I DIDN'T HEAR --

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE…

                    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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                  • 05:04:20 PM

                    MR. HOYER

                    MR. SPEAKER, I DIDN'T HEAR MY FRIEND SAYING THAT WHEN JOHN BOEHNER --

                  • 05:04:24 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 05:04:26 PM

                    MR. HOYER

                    ASKED FOR VOTES TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPEN. THEY GOT 84 OF THEIR COLLEAGUES…

                    ASKED FOR VOTES TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPEN. THEY GOT 84 OF THEIR COLLEAGUES ON YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE TO JOIN THEM, MAKING A TOTAL OF 87, AND THE MAJORITY OF YOUR MEMBERS VOTED AGAINST YOUR OWN LEADERSHIP ON THE BILL THAT THEY WERE PROPOSING. SO DON'T LECTURE ME ABOUT VOTING NO. I VOTED NO BECAUSE I THINK WE SHOULD NOT HAVE HAD A C.R. I VOTED NO BECAUSE THERE ARE TOO MANY THINGS LEFT UNDONE. I VOTED NO BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO GET OUR WORK DONE, NOT TO TWIDDLE OUR THUMBS WHILE ROME IS BURNING. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 05:05:22 PM

                  Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2658 — "To provide humanitarian assistance for the Venezuelan people, to defend democratic governance and combat widespread public corruption in Venezuela, and for other purposes."

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE CHAIR WILL REMIND ALL MEMBERS TO DIRECT THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR…

                    THE CHAIR WILL REMIND ALL MEMBERS TO DIRECT THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO EACH OTHER. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2658 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.

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                  • 05:05:45 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    H.R. 2658, A BILL TO PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR THE VENEZUELAN…

                    H.R. 2658, A BILL TO PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE TO DEFEND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE AND COMBAT WIDESPREAD PUBLIC CORRUPTION IN VENEZUELA AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                  • 05:05:57 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, AS…

                    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, AS AMENDED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                • 05:05:57 PM

                  On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 671 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 387. THE NAYS ARE 29. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 387. THE NAYS ARE 29. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED --

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                  • 05:12:39 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 388, THE NAYS ARE 29. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 388, THE NAYS ARE 29. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              • 05:12:43 PM

                House Vote 671 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

                Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act of 2017

                Passed (388 - 29)
                Yea

                Vote Details: Yea - 388
                Republican - 206
                Democratic - 182

                Vote Details: Nay - 29
                Republican - 29

                Vote Details: Not Voting - 15
                Republican - 4
                Democratic - 11

                • 05:12:44 PM

                  Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

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                    MR. BISHOP

                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE…

                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 4300 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                • 05:12:59 PM

                  Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 4300 — "To authorize Pacific Historic Parks to establish a commemorative display to honor members of the United States Armed Forces who served in the Pacific Theater of World War II, and for other purposes."

                  • 05:12:59 PM

                    Mr. Bishop (UT) asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker's table and consider.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.

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                      THE CLERK

                      UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 332, H.R. 4300, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE PACIFIC HISTORIC…

                      UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 332, H.R. 4300, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE PACIFIC HISTORIC PARKS TO ESTABLISH A COMMEMORATIVE DISPLAY FOR THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES WHO SERVED DURING THE PAMBING THEATER IN WORLD WAR II, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES -- DURING THE PACIFIC THEATER IN WORLD WAR II, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                • 05:13:30 PM

                  On passage Passed without objection.

                  • 05:13:31 PM

                    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

                    • 05:13:34 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS READ A THIRD TIME,…

                      IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS READ A THIRD TIME, PASSED AND IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 05:13:46 PM

                      MR. BISHOP

                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURNS TO MEET ON MONDAY NEXT AND WHEN IT SHALL CONVENE AT NOON FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE AND 2:00 P.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS.

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                    • 05:13:59 PM

                      TEMPORE WITHOUT

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE…

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS, TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  • 05:14:03 PM

                    Mr. Bishop (UT) asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Thursday, December 7, 2017, it adjourn to meet at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, December 11, 2017, for morning-hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Agreed to without objection.

                  • 05:14:24 PM

                    ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                    The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                    • 05:15:02 PM

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                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDINA HIGH…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDINA HIGH SCHOOL. EVERY YEAR THE CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO CREATE AN ORIGINAL APP BY WRITING COMPUTER CODE. THE COMPETITION INSPIRES STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO EXPLORE COMPUTER SCIENCE, STEM FIELDS, IT FOSTERS INNOVATION AND PROMOTES INVOLVEMENT BY SOME WHO ARE HISTORICALLY UNDER-REPRESENTED IN TECH FIELDS.

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                    • 05:15:27 PM

                      MR. PAULSEN

                      JACK WON THIS YEAR'S COMPETITION BY DESIGNING AN APP CALLED A TIME THAT…

                      JACK WON THIS YEAR'S COMPETITION BY DESIGNING AN APP CALLED A TIME THAT ARE BLOCKS DISTRACTING WEBSITES ON THE USER'S COMPUTER FOR SHORT PERIODS OF TIME. I'D ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MADILLA WHO WON RUNNER-UP FOR CREATING AN APP THAT HELPS YOUNG PEOPLE, YOUNG ADULT, FIND JOBS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. AND ZAR AND OMAR -- ZARA AND OMAR WERE BOTH HONORABLE MENTIONS FOR THEIR APPS. MR. SPEAKER, THESE STUDENTS HAVE SHOWN INGENUITY, IMAGINATION, INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY AND THEIR INCENTIVE TALENT WILL TAKE THEM FAR. I CONGRATULATE THEM ON THEIR ACHIEVEMENT AND WISH THEM THE BEST IN THEIR FUTURE ACADEMICS. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 05:16:05 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION ?…

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION ? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                    • 05:16:25 PM

                      MR. PAYNE

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?…

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                    • 05:17:38 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                    • 05:17:47 PM

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                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PLEAD ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY FOR IMMEDIATE…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PLEAD ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY FOR IMMEDIATE SENATE ACTION ON THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT OF 2017. THE HOUSE PASSED THIS BIPARTISAN BILL ON NOVEMBER 1, FOLLOWING A RECORD WILDFIRE SEASON, WITH MILLIONS OF ACRES GOING UP IN SMOKE AND ASH. JUST THIS WEEK FIRES HAVE FLARED UP AGAIN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WITH MORE THAN 110,000 ACRES CURRENTLY BURNING AND MORE THAN 200,000 INDIVIDUALS FORCED FROM THEIR HOMES. MANY SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED, RESIDENTS HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY ARE ADVISED TO STAY INDOORS TO AVOID THE SMOKE AND MORE URGENTLY LIVES AND PROPERTY ARE AT RISK ACROSS LOS ANGELES AND VENTURA COUNTIES. THE TIME FOR THE SENATE TO ACT WAS TWO YEARS AGO WHEN THEY FAILED TO ACT ON SIMILAR LEGISLATION. WE CAN'T AFFORD FOR THE SENATE TO CONTINUE TO DO NOTHING. PASS THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT, GIVE THE FOREST SERVICE THE TOOLS IT NEEDS TO PREVENT AND COMBAT CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES. FIRES ARE RAGING, LIVES ARE IN DANGER AND THE SITUATION WILL GET WORSE IN THE FUTURE IF THE SENATE CONTINUES TO FAIL TO ACT.

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                    • 05:18:53 PM

                      MR. WESTERMAN

                      AND I YIELD BACK.

                    • 05:18:55 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                    • 05:19:10 PM

                      MR. MCEACHIN

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO HONOR A FELLOW VIRGINIAN, RICHARD,…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO HONOR A FELLOW VIRGINIAN, RICHARD, WHO IS IN THE MIDST OF TRANSITIONING HIS LAW PRACTICE INTO, QUOTE, BECOMING ONE OF THE BOYS, CLOSED QUOTE, AGAIN. RICHARD IS A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT WHO HAS SERVED OUR GREAT COMMONWEALTH IN DIFFERENT CAPACITIES DURING HIS LONG STANDING CAREER AT BOTH THE FEDERAL AND STATE LEVELS. HE WAS RAISED IN STANTON, VIRGINIA, LOCATED IN OUR STATE'S SHENANDOAH VALLEY, AND COMPLETED HIS EDUCATION AT UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND'S T.C. WILLIAMS SCHOOL OF LAW WHERE HE SERVED AS THE EDITOR IN CHIEF OF THE SCHOOL'S LAW REVIEW. RICHARD BEGAN HIS CAREER AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL WITH FORMER CONGRESSMAN BUTLER OF THE SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. HE CONTINUED TO SERVE VIRGINIANS AT THE STATE LEVEL WHERE HE WAS APPOINTED IN 1991 AS THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA. RICHARD ALSO SERVED AT THE STATE LEVEL FROM 1997 TO 1998 AS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF VIRGINIA. HE IS A VIRGINIAN'S VIRGINIAN WHO VALUES HIS COMMUNITY. ON BEHALF OF OUR GREAT COMMONWEALTH, WE THANK RICHARD FOR HIS CONTINUED SERVICE AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 05:20:21 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION?…

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                    • 05:20:31 PM

                      MS. CHENEY

                      MR. SPEAKER, ON THIS HISTORIC DAY IN THIS CHAMBER, WHERE PRESIDENT…

                      MR. SPEAKER, ON THIS HISTORIC DAY IN THIS CHAMBER, WHERE PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT APPEARED THE DAY AFTER THE PEARL HARBOR ATTACK, I RISE TO HONOR A WORLD WAR II VETERAN AND PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR, MR. CLARENCE BARROWS, WHO WILL TURN 100 THIS WEEKEND. BORN ON DECEMBER 10, 1917, MR. BAROWS HAS SERVED OUR COUNTRY AND STATE IN MANY WAYS. AS A MEMBER OF THE U.S. NAVY, MR. BAROWS FOUGHT THROUGH AND SURVIVED THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR. HE RISKED HIS LIFE IN THE DEFENSE OF FREEDOM AS A GUNNAR ON THE U.S.S. HYDE, TRANSPORT MAGAZINE ARE INS IN THE PACIFIC THEATER -- TRANSPORTING MARINES IN THE PACIFIC THEATER. HE WENT ON TO DEDICATE 30 YEARS OF HIS LIFE TO THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR ALL HE'S CONTRIBUTED TO OUR GREAT NATION AND STATE. HIS SACRIFICE, BRAVERY AND GRIT ARE AN EXAMPLE TO US ALL AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONGRATULATING MR. BAROWS IN PERSON AT CELEBRATIONS IN HIS HONOR THIS WEEKEND IN CHEYENNE. I'D LIKE TO SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MR. BAROWS AND THANK YOU FOR HIS SERVICE. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 05:21:35 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT…

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                    • 05:21:45 PM

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                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO ONCE AGAIN VIGOROUSLY AND UNRELENTINGLY OPPOSE…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO ONCE AGAIN VIGOROUSLY AND UNRELENTINGLY OPPOSE OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION IN THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO. I KNOW THIS IS AN IMPERFECT GRAPHIC, BUT WHAT I'VE GOT HERE IS A MAP OF THE GULF OF MEXICO SHOWING THE MILITARY MISSION LINE, LONGITUDE 86 DEGREES, 41 MINUTES. WHERE THE MILITARY DOESN'T WANT OFFSHORE DRILLING EAST OF IT AND NEITHER DO WE CITIZENS OF FLORIDA. THIS BIG BLOB HERE IS WHERE THE OIL COMPANIES WANT TO GO GET OIL AND GAS AND TEAR UP OUR GULF OF MEXICO. AND CHANGE OUR COAST FROM HIGH QUALITY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT TO THINGS LIKE THIS. HUGE OFFSOURCE -- STEEL-SOURCED VESSELS. THIS IS SANTA BELL LIGHTHOUSE. WE DON'T WANT TO SEE A COMMERCIAL VESSEL LIKE THIS IN SANTA BELL LIGHTHOUSE. FOR THIS DO WE WANT TO SEE ONE IN THE GORDON RIVER OF NAPLES SURROUNDED BY BEAUTIFUL HOMES, TREES, SECOND HOMES OF RETIREES THAT HAVE COME TO NAPLES TO MAKE IT THEIR HOME. THIS SCENE COULD BE REPLICATED IN FORT MYERS AS WELL. WE CAN'T LET OUR COAST BE CHANGED IRREPARABLY BY INDUSTRIALIZATION TO SUPPORT UNNECESSARY OFFSHORE DRILLING. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                    • 05:23:00 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT…

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                    • 05:23:07 PM

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                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR JOE GEORGE, A SAILOR WHO…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR JOE GEORGE, A SAILOR WHO SHOWED EXCEPTIONAL BRAVERY DURING THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR. JOE DEFIED DIRECT ORDERS FROM HIS SUPERIOR OFFICER AND SAVED THE LIVES OF SIX MEN TRAPPED ON THE EMBATTLED U.S.S. ARIZONA. MR. SPEAKER, FOR YEARS JOE'S FAMILY AND TWO VETERANS HE SAVED HAVE PETITIONED THE NAVY TO ACKNOWLEDGE HIS BRAVERY. I FIRST HEARD HIS STORY FROM WAR SAW, INDIANA, MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS -- WARSAW, INDIANA, MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THEIR ADVISOR REGARDING THE NATIONAL HISTORY DAY PROJECT. I INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION THAT HIGHLIGHTS JOE'S COURAGE AND CALLS FOR THE NAVY TO RECOGNIZE HIS SELFLESS ACTIONS DURING THE ATTACK. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED THAT THE NAVY HAS RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THAT JOE GEORGE WILL BE POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE BRONZE STAR FOR HIS HEROISM.

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                    • 05:24:03 PM

                      MR. BANKS

                      JOE GEORGE IS AN AMERICAN HERO AND A SHINING EXAMPLE OF THE COURAGE OF THE…

                      JOE GEORGE IS AN AMERICAN HERO AND A SHINING EXAMPLE OF THE COURAGE OF THE GREATEST GENERATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 05:24:11 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ARE THERE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? HEARING NONE,…

                      ARE THERE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? HEARING NONE, UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GARRETT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                  • 05:24:20 PM

                    SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

                    The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

                    • 05:24:32 PM

                      MR. GARRETT

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THIS…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THIS CHAMBER AND INDEED AMERICA ABOUT THE CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE AT THIS TIME IN OUR COUNTRY. THERE ARE MANY, SOME EXIST WITHIN THIS NATION, SOME EXIST OVERSEAS, AND SOME HAVE MANY ANSWERS BEING BATTED AROUND IN WASHINGTON, WHEREAS OTHERS HAVE NEARLY NONE. ONE OF THOSE CHALLENGES THAT HAS HAMSTRUNG OUR YOUNG ESTROGEN RATION IS THE MASSIVE -- YOUNGEST GENERATION IS THE MASSIVE CLOUD OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT. WHEN OUR COLLEAGUE, SENATOR SANDERS, FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ADDRESSED STUDENT LOAN DEBT DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN LAST YEAR, HE WAS CORRECT IN IDENTIFYING A PROVEPBLET THE WAY HE CHOSE TO ADDRESS IT I WOULD DISAGREE WITH. AS HE SUGGESTED THAT WE SHOULD PROVIDE FOR PEOPLE SOMETHING FROM THE GOVERNMENT, AND I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THE PEOPLE SHOULD PROVIDE FOR THEMSELVES. THERE ARE TWO SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT. ONE THAT THE GOVERNMENT RELIES -- ONE, THAT THE GOVERNMENT -- OR THAT THE PEOPLE RELY ON THE GOVERNMENT AND ONE, THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD RELY ON THE PEOPLE. HOW DO YOU ADDRESS DREAST THIS MASSIVE BLACK CLOUD -- HOW DO YOU THIS MASSIVE BLACK CLOUD OF STUDENT DEBT? THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'VE STARTED TO DO TODAY WITH THE FILING OF H.R. 4584RKS THE STUDENT SECURITY ACT. SO I SPEAK TO YOU TONIGHT, TO SPEAK ABOUT A BRIGHTER FUTURE, A FUTURE WHERE INDIVIDUALS ARE EMPOWERED TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES AND WHERE THEY CAN ESCAPE THIS LOOMING CLOUD OF DEBT SO THEY MIGHT BE FREE TO DO THINGS THAT WE HAVE HERE TAKEN FOR GRANTED IN THIS COUNTRY. LIKE BUY A NEW CAR. LIKE START A FAMILY. IN THE WORDS OF FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HILLARY CLINTON, MOVE OUT OF MOM AND DAD'S BASEMENT. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT THEY'RE NOT ABLE TO DO BECAUSE OF THE BLACK CLOUD OF DEBT THAT FACES THEM, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SUBMIT IS HARNESS THE CREATIVITY AND THE ENERGY THAT IS EMBODIED BY THEIR IDEAS. THIS IS A NATION OF IDEAS. AND CERTAINLY WHEN YOU ARE ENCUMBERED WITH OVER $40,000 OF LOAN DEBT PER PERSON ON AVERAGE, YOU'RE NOT ABLE TO GET THAT SMALL BUSINESS LOAN. YOU'RE NOT ABLE TO START THAT NEW BUSINESS. BUT THOSE IDEA -- PUT THOSE IDEAS INTO ACTION AND CREATE JOBS. IN FACT, A RECENT POLL LAST MONTH INDICATED THAT THE MAJORITY OF MILLENNIALS WOULD SACRIFICE THEIR VERY FRANCHISE, THAT IS THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE IN EXCHANGE FOR RELIEF FROM THEIR STUDENT LOAN DEVELOPMENT AND ALL TOO OFTEN THE WORDS STUDENT DEBT IN THE HALLS OF WASHINGTON HAVE SCARED UP IMAGES OF FREE COLLEGE. ANYONE KNOWS. EVEN MR. SANDERS KNOWS THAT NOTHING IS FREE. SOMEONE PAYS. BUT THAT'S NO EXCUSE TO IGNORE THE PROBLEM. WHY NOT ALLOW VIDS THE OPTION AND OPPORTUNITY TO PAY THEIR OWN DEBT? OVER 40 MILLION AMERICANS, MYSELF INCLUDED, ARE PAYING BACK $1.3 TRILLION IN STUDENT DEBT. AND YET WE'VE DONE NOTHING REALISTIC TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM. AND HOW DO YOU ADDRESS NEW PROBLEMS? YOU MUST ADDRESS NEW PROBLEMS WITH NEW IDEAS. AND SO IT IS H.R. 4584, THE STUDENT SECURITY ACT, THAT IS JUST THAT. LET'S TAKE A MOMENT TO THINK, A YOUNG MAN, ELIOTT HARDING, A STUDENT OR A RECENT STUDENT FROM CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, WHO CAME TO ME WITH THE IDEA, THIS IDEA. SAID, WHAT DO WE DO AS A NATION IF WE LOSE THE CREATIVITY OF AN ENTIRE GENERATION BECAUSE OF THIS BURDENSOME DEBT? BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ON THE PRECIPICE OF. I CONTEMPLATED IT AND DECIDED THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I WASN'T ABLE TO LET HAM ON -- HAPPEN ON MY WATCH. RESULT, I WAS ALL YEARS -- EARS AS HE EXPLAINED THE IDEA THAT BECAME STUDENT SECURITY AND IT IS AS FOLLOWS. RIGHT NOW WE KNOW THAT THE SOCIAL SECURITY PLAN THAT OUR SENIORS, INDEED MY VERY MOTHER, RELY UPON TO GET BY ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS IS FACING AN IMMINENT BANKRUPTCY. THAT SOLVENCY IS IN QUESTION. AND THAT BY 2034, ACCORDING TO MOST ESTIMATES, THERE WILL BE NO SOLVENCY. THAT'S A PROBLEM TOO. MANY OF YOU AT HOME ARE WONDERING HOW I MOVE FROM STUDENT LOAN DEBT TO SOCIAL SECURITY AND THAT IS THE BEAUTY OF THIS IDEA. TO EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES AND ADDRESS THESE VERY REAL CHALLENGES, THE STUDENT SECURITY ACT WOULD ALLOW A STUDENT TO WRITE OFF $550 OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT FOR EVERY MONTH THAT THEY WERE WILLING TO VOLUNTARILY FOREGO A SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT. THE TIME VALUE OF MONEY, MY FRIENDS. WE HAVE FORCED NO ONE TO DO ANYTHING. WE HAVE IN NO WAY, SHAPE OR FORM CHANGED ONE SCINTILLA OF THE PROMISE THAT IS SOCIAL SECURITY, THAT WE'VE MADE FOR GENERATIONS TO OUR SENIORS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME WE HAVE PROVIDED AN 11% INCREASE OF THE SOLVENCY OF THAT PROGRAM. EXTENDING THE LIFE OF THAT PROMISE, WITHOUT RAISING TAXES AND WITHOUT FORCING A SINGLE SOUL TO DO A SINGLE THING AGAINST THEIR WILL. THAT WOULD TRANSLATE INTO $6,600 PURSUANT TO PER YEAR THAT THEY WERE WILLING TO VOLUNTARY FOREGO RECEIPT OF SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS. THE BILL WOULD CAP AT A MAX MUSM $40,150 IN DEBT RELEASE. THIS WOULD CORRESPONDENT TO A SIX-YEAR DELAY IN RECEIPT OF SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS AND, AGAIN, NO ONE WOULD BE FORCED TO DO A THING. BUT STUDENTS WHO SOUGHT TO REMOVE FROM THEIR LIVES THE BLACK CLOUD OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT WOULD BE EMPOWERED TO, AT THEIR OWN DISCRETION, MAKE THIS DECISION FOR THEMSELVES. AND AS THEY SAY IN THE TV WORLD, BUT WAIT. THERE'S MORE. WE RAN THIS WE RAN THIS PROGRAM PASSED THE BUDGET OFFICE AND THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION. WHAT WOULD THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL SECURITY BE OF EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES? AND BY THE WAY, HOW WOULD WE DEFRAY THE COST AS TO PEOPLE WHO ARE YOUNG NOW AND WON'T INVEST INTO SOCIAL SECURITY LATER VERSUS THE FACTS THEY ARE STUDENTS NOW? THE NUMBERS ARE NOT GOOD, THEY ARE GREAT. WE WOULD ALLOW THEM TO AVAIL THEIR GRANDCHILDREN OR CHILDREN OF THESE BENEFITS SHOULD THEY CHOOSE TO DEFER, SHOULD THEY CHOOSE TO DEFER SOCIAL SECURITY AMOUNT BEN FITS TO THE AMOUNT OF $40,150 -- BENEFITS TO THE AMOUNT OF $40,150. THAT WOULD IMMEDIATELY BEGIN. THAT WOULD SAVE THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION $700 BILLION WHILE ALSO ADDRESSING WITH THE VERY REAL NEEDS OF AMERICAN STUDENTS CURRENTLY HAMSTRUNG BY A BROKEN COLLEGE FINANCE SYSTEM. SO WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE STUDENT SECURITY ACT? WE'RE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME CONGRESSMAN FERGUSON, CONGRESSMAN BRAT, ROKITA, MESSER. WE INVITE OUR COLLEAGUES FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO LOOK AT THIS JOUDS THE BOX DYNAMIC NEW WAY TO ADDRESS THE SOLVENCY OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND THE INSOLVENCY OF OUR YOUNGEST, MOST CREATIVE GENERATION. THE DATA SAYS WE WOULD EXTEND THE VIABILITY OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAM OF 11% WHAT'S MADE TO BE WHOLLY SOLVENT FOR PERPETUITY. THAT WOULD BE THE EQUIVALENT OF A.3% IN THE PAYROLL INCREASE WITHOUT A PAY INCREASE AND WITHOUT TAKING ANYTHING FROM ANYONE WITHOUT THEIR VOLUNTARY ENTRY INTO THE PROGRAM. IT WOULD LIFT THE BLACK CLOUD OF STUDENT LOAN DEATH TO THE TUNE OF OVER $40,000 PER PERSON IN THE WORLD WHERE 90% OF DEBTORS HAVE LESS THAN $40,000 IN DEBT AND IT WOULD RETURN TO THE COFFERS OF THIS INDEBTED NATION BY THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION'S ESTIMATES $700,000,,000,,000,.7 -- $700,000, THOUSAND, THOUSAND. .7%. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE SHOULD RELY ON GOVERNMENT OR GOVERNMENT SHOULD RELY ON PEOPLE? DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THIS COUNTRY CAN HARNESS THE IDEAS AND THE VISION AND THE ENERGY OF WHAT IS INHERENTLY THE MOST CREATIVE GENERATION, ALWAYS? IF WE ARE ABLE TO FREE THESE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM BURDENSOME DEBT THAT STOPS THEM FROM ENGAGING IN KEY LIFE EVENTS, LIKE BUYING A HOME AND BUYING A CAR AND GETTING MARRIED AND STARTING A BUSINESS, AND DO YOU BELIEVE WE NEED TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX TO ENSURE WE KEEP THE PROMISE THAT IS SOCIAL SECURITY THAT HAS BEEN MADE IN THIS COUNTRY FOR GENERATIONS? IF YOU, LIKE ME, BELIEVE THIS AND YOU ARE A MEMBER, I INVITE YOU TO JOIN AS A PATRON ON H.R. 4584, REGARDLESS OF YOUR PARTY AFFILIATION OR IDEOLOGY. IF YOU, LIKE ME, AS A CITIZEN BELIEVE THIS IS A GOOD IDEA, I INVITE YOU TO SPEAK TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY NOT ONLY TO CHANGE HOW WE DO BUSINESS BUT TO EMPOWER PEOPLE TO EMPOWER THEMSELVES, TO CREATE GREATER OPPORTUNITY AND PROSPERITY IN THIS COUNTRY BY HARNESSING THE ENERGY AND IDEAS OF OUR YOUNGEST AND LARGEST LIVING GENERATION AND TO KEEP THE PROMISE THAT WE'VE MADE FOR GENERATION AFTER GENERATION TO PEOPLE LIKE MY MOTHER THAT SOCIAL SECURITY WILL REMAIN RELYABLE AND SOLVENT. AGAIN -- RELIABLE AND SOLVENT. AGAIN, I INVITE YOU TO JOIN ON THIS LEGISLATION OR CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO. H.R. 4584, THE STUDENT SECURITY ACT, IS A NEW WAY OF ADDRESSING AN OLD PROBLEM THAT RELIES ON THE OLDEST SOLUTION AND THAT IS INDIVIDUALS EMPOWERED TO WORK FOR THEMSELVES. WITH THAT I'D YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 05:34:43 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN…

                      UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                      MR. RASKIN

                      MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY KINDLY. I'M DELIGHTED TO BE HERE ON BEHALF OF…

                      MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY KINDLY. I'M DELIGHTED TO BE HERE ON BEHALF OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CONGRESS OVER THIS WEEK, AND WE'RE GOING TO FOCUS ON THE PROPOSED TAX LEGISLATION. WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN WITH THE VICE CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS, CONGRESSWOMAN JAYAPAL FROM THE GREAT STATE OF WASHINGTON AND SHE'S GOING TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS PLAN MEANS FOR WORKING PEOPLE IN AMERICA.

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                      MS. JAYAPAL

                      THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. RASKIN, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, YOUR CONTINUED…

                      THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. RASKIN, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, YOUR CONTINUED LEADERSHIP IN OUR CAUCUS. IT'S SUCH A PLEASURE TO SERVE NEXT TO YOU ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO AND IT'S REALLY TERRIFIC TO BE ABLE TO DO IT WITH YOU TO TALK ABOUT THE TAX PLAN. I DON'T THINK THIS IS A TAX PLAN. I THINK IT'S A TAX SCAM. I THINK IT'S A HEIST. I THINK THAT THE MIDDLE CLASS IN THIS COUNTRY IS NOT GOING TO BENEFIT FROM THIS. MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS THAT ARE HOPING FOR A TAX BREAK FOR THE HOLIDAYS ARE GOING TO BE SORELY DISAPPOINTED. MAYBE A FEW LUMPS OF COAL THAT THEY GET. AND IN FACT, POLLING SHOWS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT THIS IS THE SINGULARLY MOST UNPOPULAR BILL THAT CONGRESS HAS CONSIDERED IN A VERY LONG TIME. 75% OF AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY DON'T THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA, AND YOU KNOW, THEY'RE NOT FOOLED BY THE PROMISES THAT ARE BEING MADE ABOUT WHAT THIS BILL DOES. LET'S REALLY TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS BILL DOES. WE KNOW THAT THE WEALTHIEST WILL BENEFIT. THE WEALTHIEST 1% WILL RECEIVE 50% OF THE TAX CUTS. AND IN 2019, 18% OF THE TAX CUTS IN THIS BILL WILL GO TO THE WEALTHIEST 1%. BUT BY 2027, THAT NUMBER CLIMBS TO 62% WITH AN AVERAGE TAX CUT OF $33,000. WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW ABOUT THIS BILL? WE KNOW THAT THE LARGEST CORPORATIONS WILL BENEFIT. TO PAY FOR THIS MASSIVE TAX CUT FOR CORPORATIONS, THE SENATE TAX BILL WOULD REPEAL THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE PART OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, SOMETHING THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE TRIED TO DO OVER AND OVER AGAIN THIS YEAR. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN UP AND SAID, NO, WE KNOW THAT HEALTH CARE IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE. WE WANT OUR HEALTH CARE. WE KNOW THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS NOT PERFECT, BUT IT HAS DONE MUCH TO PROTECT THE HEALTH CARE OF PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AND YET IN SPITE OF THAT, NOW THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE, THE REPEAL OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE HAS BEEN PUT INTO THE SENATE TAX BILL, AND IT WOULD RESULT IN 13 MILLION PEOPLE MORE BEING UNINSURED. IT WOULD ALSO RESULT IN A 10% INCREASE IN PREMIUMS FOR AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. AND WE KNOW ALSO THAT THIS BILL IS WHOLLY FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE. AND IT'S FUNNY, FOR YEARS REPUBLICANS HAVE YELLED AND SCREAMED ABOUT DEFICIT. THE HUGE DEFICITS THAT WE HAVE, AND YET THIS BILL WOULD ADD BETWEEN $1 TRILLION AND $1.5 TRILLION IN DEFICITS TO WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE. AND THAT WOULD LEAD TO A MANDATORY CUT IN CRITICAL PROGRAMS. BUT LET'S JUST TALK FOR A MINUTE ABOUT WHAT EXACTLY THIS TAX SCAM WILL MEAN FOR ORDINARY AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN ORDER TO PAY FOR THE TAX CUTS THAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT FOR THE WEALTHIEST AND THE LARGEST CORPORATIONS, IT MEANS THAT MILLIONS OF WORKING FAMILIES AND POOR FOLKS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY ARE GOING TO END UP PAYING MORE. NOT ONLY THAT, THERE ARE INCENTIVES IN THIS BILL THAT WOULD ACTUALLY CREATE AN INCENTIVE FOR AMERICAN COMPANIES TO TAKE JOBS OFF OF MAIN STREET, CLOSE FACTORIES HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, AND MOVE THOSE JOBS OVERSEAS. IT WILL MAKE IT HARDER FOR FAMILIES TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THE SENATE BILL WOULD RAISE TAXES ON 78 MILLION MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES, AND MILLIONS OF FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WOULD LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE. IN MY DISTRICT ALONE, NEARLY 31,000 CONSTITUENTS WOULD LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE. THIS BILL WOULD ALSO PUT REAL ROADBLOCKS IN THE WAY OF YOUNG PEOPLE LOOKING TO GET AHEAD. YOU KNOW, TWO OF THE ELIMINATIONS OF TAX EXEMPTIONS IN THIS TAX BILL THAT OFFEND ME THE MOST AND SHOULD OFFEND ALL AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE, NUMBER ONE, THERE'S ESSENTIALLY A TAX ON BEING SICK. THERE'S A TAX ON LONG-TERM CARE FOR AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. RIGHT NOW IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER WHO'S IN LONG-TERM CARE OR HAS A SERIOUS ILLNESS, THE EXPENSES THAT YOU PAY FOR THAT INDIVIDUAL, FOR THAT FAMILY MEMBER, YOU CAN DEDUCT THOSE MEDICAL EXPENSES. WITH THIS TAX SCAM, THE TAX HEIST THAT'S BEING PROPOSED, YOU WOULD NO LONGER BE ABLE TO DEDUCT THOSE MEDICAL EXPENSES. SO YOU'RE BEING TAXED FOR BEING ILL OR FOR NEEDING CARE AS YOU GET OLDER. BUT IN ADDITION, WE'RE TAXING EDUCATION. WE ALREADY KNOW THAT THERE'S $1.4 TRILLION IN STUDENT LOAN DEBT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. MORE THAN EVEN CREDIT CARD DEBT IN THIS COUNTRY. YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE TO MAKE THESE TERRIBLE CHOICES ABOUT WHETHER THEY'RE GOING TO GO INTO DEBT $80,000 OR WHETHER THEY'RE GOING TO GET -- WHETHER THEY'RE JUST NOT GOING TO GO AND GET A HIGHER EDUCATION. THAT IS WRONG, AND THIS BILL, THIS TAX BILL WOULD ACTUALLY TAKE AWAY SOME OF THE TAX BENEFITS THAT WE GIVE TO GRADUATE STUDENTS, FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN THEY GET HELP TO BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THEIR GRADUATE EDUCATION. IT WOULD TAKE AWAY THE EXEMPTION THAT CURRENTLY EXISTS. IF YOU'RE A TEACHER AND YOU BUY PENCILS OR PAPER OR SUPPLIES FOR YOUR CLASSROOM, THAT IS CURRENTLY A DEDUCTIBLE EXPENSE. IT WOULD TAKE THAT AWAY FOR TEACHERS BUT NOT FOR CORPORATIONS. IF CORPORATIONS BUY SUPPLIES, THAT'S TAX DEDUCTIBLE BUT NOT IF YOU'RE A TEACHER. THAT IS JUST CRAZY. IT PRIORITIZES THE WEALTHY BY ALLOWING WEALTHY FAMILIES TO AVOID THE ESTATE TAX. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE ESTATE TAX FOR JUST A MINUTE. THE ESTATE TAX IS 5,400 FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT PAY THAT. VERY, VERY SMALL NUMBER OF THE WEALTHIEST FAMILIES, BUT IN FACT WHAT THIS DOES IS IT SAYS, NO, THAT'S EVEN TOO MUCH. WE'RE GOING TO DOUBLE THE EXEMPTION, SO NOW $11 MILLION, EVEN FEWER FAMILIES WILL PAY THAT, BUT IT WILL COST MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES A COUPLE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS IN REVENUE. THE EXPERTS ACROSS THE SPECTRUM ARE ARRIVING AT THE SAME CONCLUSION. THIS BILL IS BAD FOR REGULAR WORKING FAMILIES. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS HAS SAID THIS -- THE SENATE TAX BILL PUTS HOME VALUES AT RISK AND DRAMATICALLY UNDERCUTS THE INCENTIVE TO OWN A HOME. OUR ESTIMATES SHOW THAT HOME VALUES STAND TO FALL BY AN AVERAGE OF MORE THAN 10% AND EVEN GREATER IN HIGH-COST AREAS. HOW ABOUT THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE? THE F.O.P. IS VERY CONCERNED THAT THE PARTIAL OR TOTAL ELIMINATION OF THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION, SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT TO MY STATE, MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON, WOULD ENDANGER THE ABILITY OF OUR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO ACTUALLY FUND THESE AGENCIES AND RECRUIT THE MEN AND WOMEN WE NEED TO KEEP US SAFE. THAT'S A QUOTE FROM THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE. THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION HAS SAID THIS -- AS A RESULT, WE'RE DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT AT A TIME WHEN POSTSECONDARY DEGREES AND CREDENTIALS HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT TO INDIVIDUALS, THE ECONOMY AND OUR SOCIETY, THE TAX REFORM PROPOSAL APPROVED BY THE SENATE COULD MAKE COLLEGE MORE EXPENSIVE AND UNDERMINE THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OF HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE A PLAN, AND THAT PLAN, IT'S LIKE A LITTLE THREE-STEPDANCE. FIRST, TRANSFER TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF WEALTH FROM MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND THE POOREST AMONGST US TO THE WEALTHY CORPORATIONS WHO ARE NOT ALREADY PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE. SECOND, WHEN YOU DO THAT TRANSFER EXPLODE THE DEFICIT. SO THE ESTIMATES ARE $1.4 TRILLION, $1.5 TRILLION WOULD BE ADDED TO THE DEFICIT. AND THEN FINALLY, USE THE FACT THAT YOU'RE EXPLODING THE DEFICIT TO ACTUALLY CUT PROGRAMS THAT ARE CRITICAL TO AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY -- MEDICARE, MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY. WE KNOW THAT AS WRITTEN THIS BILL WOULD TRIGGER MANDATORY SPENDING CUTS TO MEDICARE AND MEDICAID OF SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS. SO THE REALITY IS THAT WE ARE IN A SITUATION WHERE THIS IS INCREDIBLY UNPOPULAR. THE POLLING SHOWS RIGHT NOW THAT AMERICANS ARE NOT BUYING THIS TAX SCAM. 68% SAY THAT THE TAX BILL HELPS THE WEALTHIEST. 54% SAY THE TAX BILL FAVORS BIGGEST REPUBLICAN DONORS. 61% SAY THAT MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY CUTS WOULD ULTIMATELY END UP BEING THE VEHICLE THAT'S USED TO PAY FOR THESE TAX CUTS TO THE WEALTHIEST. AND 68% SAY THAT CHANGES TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SHOULD NOT BE IN THIS TAX BILL. SO HERE'S WHERE WE ARE. THE HOUSE PASSED ITS BILL ON NOVEMBER 16 AND IN THE EARLY HOURS OF DECEMBER 2, JUST LAST FRIDAY, THE SENATE PASSED ITS VERSION. SO WE'RE GOING INTO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE NOW, WHICH MEANS A GROUP OF LEGISLATORS FROM THE HOUSE AND A GROUP OF LEGISLATORS FROM THE SENATE GET TOGETHER AND THEY TRY TO WORK OUT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO BILLS AND THEN ULTIMATELY WHATEVER THAT COMPROMISE IS, IF IT'S WORKED OUT, WOULD COME BACK FOR A VOTE TO THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. SO NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED THE VOICES OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO CALL AND TO TALK ABOUT THE CONCERNS THAT WORKING PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY HAVE. WE DO NEED A REAL REFORM OF THE TAX SYSTEM, TO SIMPLIFY IT, TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE, BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THIS IS. . THIS IS A TAX SCAM. IT'S A HEIST. IT'S A TRANSFER OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF FAMILIES TO WEALTHIEST WHO DO NOT NEED THAT MONEY. THE HEALTH IS THAT -- THE REALITY IS THAT WE NEED TO BE INVESTING IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE NEED TO BE INVESTING IN JOBS, IN EDUCATION, WE NEED TO BE MAKING SURE THAT MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES ARE GETTING A BREAK. THAT THEY CAN ACTUALLY THINK ABOUT A GENERATION FOR THEIR -- A FUTURE FOR THEIR KID, FOR THE NEXT GENERATION THAT IS BETTER THAN THE ONE THEY HAVE. SO WE HAVE VERY LITTLE TIME. BUT REPRESENTATIVE RASKIN, I'M VERY SURE THAT WE IN THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS AND WE IN THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO FIGHT FOR WORKING PEOPLE, FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US, AND TO PROTECT THINGS LIKE CHIP. THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. TO PROTECT -- TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS FOR IMMIGRANTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. TO MAKE SURE WE'RE PASSING A CLEAN DREAM ACT. THESE ARE THE KINDS OF PRIORITIES WE SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON. NOT LINING THE POCKETS OF THE WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS. AND TRANSFERRING JOBS FROM THE UNITED STATES TO TAX HAVENS ELSEWHERE. SO WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO TO MAKE SURE THAT IN THIS VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME PEOPLE SPEAK UP AND SPEAK OUT AND MAKE SURE THAT WE DO NOT PASS THIS BILL, MAKE SURE THAT WE INSTEAD WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY FOR A TAX REFORM THAT IS ACTUALLY BENEFICIAL TO WORKING FAMILIES. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK TO YOU AND AGAIN THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS.

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                    • 05:47:26 PM

                      MR. RASKIN

                      THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL REMARKS AND YOUR TERRIFIC LEADERSHIP HERE ON…

                      THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL REMARKS AND YOUR TERRIFIC LEADERSHIP HERE ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF WASHINGTON AND ON BEHALF OF MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING CLASS AMERICANS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, MAY I TROUBLE YOU JUST TO ASK HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE LEFT?

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                    • 05:47:43 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN HAS 47 MINUTES REMAINING.

                    • 05:47:46 PM

                      MR. RASKIN

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS GREATLY…

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS GREATLY APPRECIATES THIS TIME TO TALK WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. FOR ME IT'S ALWAYS ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOMENTS IN THE TREMENDOUSLY BUSY WEEKS THAT WE'VE GOT HERE ON CAPITOL HILL AND IN CONGRESS. I REPRESENT THE 800,000 PEOPLE IN MARYLAND'S EIGHTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WHICH INCLUDES MONTGOMERY COUNTY, FREDERICK COUNTY AND CAROL COUNTY. AND I HAVE THE HONOR OF GOING TO WORK FOR THEM. ESSENTIALLY SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, I LIVE JUST ABOUT 25 MINUTES FROM CAPITOL HILL. AND I TAKE THE METRO OR DRIVE TO WORK, COME BACK HOME. AND I GET TO SPEND PRETTY MUCH EVERY DAY BOTH WITH MY DISTRICT AND WITH MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN CONGRESS. BUT THIS IS A SPECIAL TIME OF THE WEEK FOR ME BECAUSE SO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ARE ON AIRPLANES OR ON TRAINS GOING BACK TO WHERE THEY COME FROM. AND THEY SPEND A LOT OF THEIR TIME ON MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS TRAVELING. AND HE GET TO BE HERE -- AND I GET TO BE HERE AND I GET TO WORK AND I HAVE A LITTLE MORE TIME TO THINK, MR. SPEAKER. BECAUSE WE'RE SO BUFFETED BY EVENTS AND TWEETS AND CONFLICTS AND CONTROVERSIES. WE DON'T VALLS TIME TO THINK -- WE DON'T ALWAYS HAVE TIME TO THINK. AND I GET TO HAVE TIME ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAY NIGHTS AND FRIDAYS TO BE A LITTLE BIT MORE REFLECTIVE AND DELIBERATIVE ABOUT WHAT IT IS WE'RE DOING HERE IN WASHINGTON. I WANTED TO START JUST BY BRINGING EVERYBODY UP TO DATE ABOUT AN ALARMING NEW LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENT, BEFORE I GET BACK TO THE TAX BILL, WHICH WILL BE NEXT WEEK'S PROBLEM. YESTERDAY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED SOMETHING THAT THEY CALL THE CONCEALED CARRY RECIPROCITY ACT OF 2017. THE ENTIRE BILL IS FRAUDULENT, BEGINNING WITH ITS NAME. BECAUSE IT ASSERTS THAT IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH RECIPROCITY. BUT IT DOESN'T. RIGHT NOW ANY STATE THAT HAS A LAW GOVERNING THE ISSUANCE OF CONCEALED CARRY PERMITS TO ITS CITIZENS CAN DECIDE TO WORK WITH ITS NEIGHBOR TO ALLOW A RECIPROCAL ARRANGEMENT. ABOUT HALF OF THE STATES HAVE DONE THAT. THEY'VE GOT DEALS WITH THEIR NEIGHBORS. BUT THIS ACT WOULD WIPE ALL OF THE RECIPROCITY AGREEMENTS OUT. IT WOULD IMPOSE ONE NATIONAL STANDARD ON EVERYBODY IN AMERICA , REDUCING EVERYBODY TO THE LOWEST, MOST PERMISSIVE STATES IN THE UNION. IN TERMS OF CONCEALED CARRY. IN MY STATE, IN MARYLAND, WE HAVE A NUMBER OF VERY SERIOUS HURDLES TO GET OVER BEFORE YOU GET THE RIGHT TO CARRY A LOADED CONCEALED WEAPON. YOU CAN'T BE MENTALLY UNSTABLE ORDAINING ROUSE. CAN'T BE A DOMESTIC OFFENDER. YOU CAN'T BE A VIOLENT CRIMINAL CONVICT, A FELON OR HAVE A MISDEMEANOR. YOU HAVE TO SHOW THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO USE WEAPONRY. AND SO ON. WE TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY. SEVERAL DOZEN STATES HAVE SIMILAR LAWS. OTHERS HAVE MUCH LAXER AND MUCH LOOSER LAWS. AND THAT'S FEDERALISM. EVERYBODY DECIDES FOR THEMSELVES. BUT THIS LEGISLATION THAT THEY PASSED YESTERDAY WOULD WIPE OUT THE STATE LAWS OF EVERY STATE IN THE COUNTRY AND DRAG US DOWN TO THE BOTTOM. IT'S NOT A RACE TO THE BOTTOM. IT'S A PLUNGE TO THE BOTTOM. BECAUSE THEY SAY, IF YOU CAN GET A CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT IN ANY STATE, AND IN SOME STATES LIKE FLORIDA THERE'S 1.7 MILLION PEOPLE WITH CONCEALED CARRY, YOU CAN GO ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY. IT'S A PASSPORT TO OVERRIDE THE LAWS OF EVERY OTHER STATE IN THE UNION. AND THERE ARE MORE THAN 14 MILLION CONCEALED CARRY PERMITS IN THE UNITED STATES AND SUDDENLY THAT'S 14 MILLION MORE PEOPLE WITH GUNS THAT CAN COME TO YOUR STATE, OVER YOUR STATE LAWS. WHEN YOU DON'T WANT IT. OH, AND GUESS WHAT ELSE THEY'VE SNUCK IN HERE. THE PEOPLE WHO CLAIM NOT TO LIKE LITIGATION, THEY'VE CREATED A WHOLE NEW CAUSE OF ACTION. THEY CAN SUE THE POLICE OFFICERS IF THEY FEEL THE POLICE OFFICERS HAVE DETAINED THEM TOO LONG. BUT OF COURSE THE POLICE OFFICERS ARE GOING TO DETAIN THEM TOO LONG BECAUSE THEY'VE GOT TO FIGURE OUT WHETHER THEY'VE GOT A RIGHT TO THE GUN. -- WHETHER OR NOT THEY'VE GOT A RIGHT TO THE GUN. IN THE NATIONALIZATION OF CONCEALED CARRY, HAVE THEY CREATED A BUREAUCRACY, A COMPUTER WHERE WE'RE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT WHETHER SOMEONE IS CARRYING A REAL CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT OR A FAKE I.D. CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT? NO, NOT AT ALL. THAT'S PUT UPON YOU. YOUR STATE. TO TRY TO FIGURE IT OUT. IF YOU HOLD THE PERSON TOO LONG, THEY CAN SUE YOU. AND GUESS WHAT, ATTORNEYS' FEES FOR THE POLICE OFFICER, ATTORNEYS' FEES AWARDED AGAINST THE SHERIFFS. ATTORNEYS' FEES AGAINST OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FOR TRYING TO KEEP US SAFE AND ENFORCE OUR STATE LAWS. NOW, WE'VE GOT TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO STOP THIS. ONE IS IN THE U.S. SENATE. I ALREADY SPOKE TO ONE SENATOR WHO WAS ABSOLUTELY DUMBFOUNDED AND AMAZED THAT SUCH LEGISLATION WOULD EVEN BE INTRODUCED AFTER MORE THAN TWO CENTURIES OF THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, SOMEBODY WOULD PUT IN A BILL TO TRY TO EXTINGUISH THE STATE CONCEALED CARRY LAWS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND GIVE OTHER PEOPLE WHO WOULDN'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO GET A GUN IN YOUR STATE THE RIGHT TO COME THERE. AND THIS AFTER SOME OF THE WORST FIREARMS MASSACRES AND DISASTERS IN OUR HISTORY. THE LAS VEGAS ATTACK, WHICH LED TO THE DEATHS OF 59 OF OUR COUNTRY MEN AND COUNTRY WOMEN. THE ATTACK IN SGGET SUTHERLAND SPRINGS IN TEXAS -- IN SUTHERLAND SPRINGS IN TEXAS, WHICH KILLED DOZENS OF PEOPLE. THE GUN VIOLENCE IS EVEN -- HAS EVEN COME HERE TO WASHINGTON AND TO THE CAPITOL AND TO THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS -- CAPITAL AND TO THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS OURSELVES, AND STILL WE HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING. WE DON'T TAKE UP A UNIVERSAL CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK TO CLOSE THE INTERNET LOOPHOLE, TO CLOSE THE PRIVATE FAIL LOOPHOLE. PEOPLE SELLING GUNS IN THE PARKING LOT AT A GAS STATION. SO WE CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES THAT MAKE US AN ABSOLUTE OUTLIAR IN TERMS OF THE CIVILIZED WORLD. WE DON'T TAKE THAT UP. WE DON'T TAKE UP LEGISLATION TO BAN MILITARY STYLE ASSAULT WEAPONS LIKE THE ONES THAT WERE USED IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT, TO ASSASSINATE 20 SCHOOLCHILDREN AT POINT BLANK RANGE. WE DON'T TAKE UP THAT LEGISLATION. WE DON'T EVEN TAKE UP LEGISLATION THAT THEY PROMISED. WE THOUGHT THAT THEY WANTED TO DO, WHICH IS GET RID OF THE BUMP STOCKS. NO. THAT FADED AWAY TOO. INSTEAD THEY BRING US THIS PROPOSAL TO DRIVE US DEEPER INTO THE CYCLES OF GUN VIOLENCE AND MISERY. THAT THE N.R.A. AND THE G.O.P. HAVE TAKEN US TO IN AMERICA. SO, TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO STOP THIS MADNESS. ONE IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. BUT THE OTHER IS THIS. THE PRETENDED CHAMPIONS OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION ARE VIOLATING THE CONSTITUTION. THEY'RE TRAMPLING THE CONSTITUTION. WHY? WELL, THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES IS AN INSTITUTION WITH LIMITED IMNUMERATED POWER. WE DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO WHATEVER WE WANT AS CONGRESS. WE HAVE TO EXERCISE A REAL POWER. WELL, WHAT POWER IS BEING EXERCISED HERE? WELL, THERE'S ONLY A COUPLE OF POSSIBLE CANDIDATES. ONE THEY SAY WE'RE REGULATING COMMERCE. BUT THAT'S ABSURD. THERE'S NO COMMERCE THAT'S BEING REGULATED IN ANY WAY AT ALL. DOESN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT BUSINESS, DOESN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT MONEY. THERE'S NO COMMERCE. AND THE SUPREME COURT AUTHORITY IS VERY CLEAR ABOUT THAT. THAT'S WHY THE SUPREME COURT STRUCK DOWN THE GUN-FREE SCHOOL ZONES ACT. WHICH MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WERE TOTALLY OPPOSED TO. AND THEY SAID, THAT'S GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH COMMERCE. THE POSSESSION OF A GUN WITHIN A SCHOOL ZONE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COMMERCE. YOU HAVE TO STRIKE IT DOWN. EQUALLY THE POSSESSION OF YOUR CONCEALED CARRY WEAPON HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COMMERCE EITHER. SO THAT DOESN'T HELP THEM. THEN THEY WOULD SAY, WELL, REALLY WHAT WE'RE DOING IS WE ARE VINDICATING THE SECOND AMENDMENT. THE SECOND AMENDMENT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO DO IT. WELL, THERE'S A COUPLE ODD THINGS ABOUT THAT. ONE IS THAT IF THE SECOND AMENDMENT GAVE YOU THE RIGHT TO TAKE A CONCEALED CARRY GUN ANYWHERE YOU WANT IN THE COUNTRY, WHY IS NO COURT EVER -- WHY HAS NO COURT EVER SAID THAT? AND WHY AREN'T THEY JUST BRINGING LAWSUIT? BECAUSE THE FEDERAL COURTS ACROSS THE LAND HAVE BEEN OVERWHELMINGLY CLEAR. THAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT DOES NOT GIVE YOU A RIGHT TO CARRY A LOADED CONCEALED GUN. YOU DON'T GET THAT RIGHT UNDER THE SECOND AMENDMENT. IF YOU HAD THAT RIGHT, YOU GET IT FROM YOUR STATE GOVERNMENT. I THOUGHT THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE BELIEVED IN. FEDERALISM AND STATE POWERS AND STATE RIGHTS. BUT NO. THEY WOULD SAY, WELL, HERE, THIS IS AN ENFORCEMENT OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT. I SUPPOSE. THE SUPREME COURT ALSO STRUCK DOWN THAT BIT OF TRICKERY. IN A CASE CALLED CITY OF BERNIE VERMONT FLORES, WHICH TELL THE IT -- -- VS. FLORES, WHICH DEALT WITH THE FREEDOM OF RELIGIOUS ACT. CONGRESS SAID WE ARE GOING TO OVERRULE ESSENTIALLY THE LAWS OF THE STATES AND SAY THAT ANY BURDEN ON PEOPLE'S RELIGIOUS FREE EXERCISE IS PRESUMPTIVELY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. UNLESS YOU CAN SHOW THAT THERE'S A COMPELLING INTEREST. IN YOUR STATE AGAINST IT. AND THE SUPREME COURT SAID, WAIT, WHERE DOES CONGRESS GET THE POWER TO DO THAT? AND CONGRESS SAID, WELL, WE'RE JUST ENFORCING PEOPLE'S RELIGIOUS FREE EXERCISE RIGHTS. AND THE SUPREME COURT SAID, YOU DON'T ENFORCE PEOPLE'S RIGHTS BY CHANGING THE MEANING OF THE RIGHT. SIMILARLY, YOU DON'T ENFORCE THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT, WHICH UNDOUBTEDLY EXISTS UNDER THE HELLER DECISION, 2018, WHICH SAID YOU'VE GOT A RIGHT TO HANDGUN FOR SELF-DEFENSE, YOU HAVE A RIFLE FOR PURPOSES OF HUNTING AND RECREATION. BUT YOU DON'T EXTEND THOSE RIGHTS, CHANGE THE MEANING OF THOSE RIGHTS, IN THE NAME OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT, AND THEN SAY THAT'S WHERE CONGRESS GETS ITS POWER. ON THAT THEORY, THE SUPREME COURT SAID IN THE CASE, STRIKING DOWN THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT TO APPLY TO STATE, THE COURTS SAID THERE WOULD BE NO LIMIT AT ALL TO FEDERAL POWER AND THAT CAN'T BE RIGHT. MY FRIENDS CELEBRATED YESTERDAY, HAVING PASSED AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL BILL, UNCONSTITUTIONAL. WE HAVE NO POWER TO TRAMPLE THE HANDIWORK OF THE STATES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. THE STATE LEGISLATURES HAVE THE POWER UNDER THE 10TH AMENDMENT AND CONGRESS LACKS THE POWER IN ARTICLE I TO DEFINE WHAT CONCEALED CARRY POLICY IS GOING TO BE. IN THE STATES. THAT'S UP TO THE STATES. SO IF THEY WANT TO BECOME THE ABSOLUTE ENEMIES OF THE STATE LEGISLATURES AND STATE POWER AND STATE RIGHTS, BE MY GUEST. BUT WHAT THEY'VE GOT IS AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION AS WELL. A DEEPLY DANGEROUS AND ILL THOUGHT-OUT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AND THE LAST THING I WANT TO SAY ABOUT IT IS, LIKE ALMOST EVERYTHING ELSE THEY BRING TO US NOW, THERE WERE NO HEARINGS ON IT. THINK ABOUT THAT. HERE WE ARE, ONE OF THE GREATEST LEGISLATIVE BODIES ON THE PLANET EARTH. ABRAHAM LINCOLN SAT IN THIS BODY. JOHN F. KENNEDY SAT IN THIS BODY. SOME OF THE GREATEST LEGISLATORS WHO EVER EXISTED WERE HERE AND THEY ARE PASSING BILLS WITHOUT SO MUCH AS A SINGLE HEARING. THEY JUST BRING IT UP FOR A VOTE. SO WE WHIP OUT OUR PHONES AND WE'RE TRYING TO GOOGLE, TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE ISSUE. THAT'S HOW I FOUND OUT, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT MORE THAN 1,100 PEOPLE CARRYING CONCEALED CARRY WEAPONS HAD COMMITTED HOMICIDES OR MASS SHOOTINGS OR KILLING OF POLICE OR SUICIDES WITH THEIR GUNS. AND NOW THEY WANT OPEN SEASON. IF YOU WANT TO ALLOW ANYBODY IN YOUR STATE TO GET A CONCEALED CARRY WEAPON, BE OUR GUEST. DON'T IMPOSE THAT RULE ON THE PEOPLE OF MARYLAND. WE DON'T WANT IT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE'VE ALREADY DECIDED WHAT WE'VE GOT. AND THAT'S TRUE OF STATE LEGISLATURES ALL ACROSS THE LAND. THEIR SO-CALLED RECIPROCITY LEGISLATION IS ACTUALLY A DEMOLITION OF RECIPROCITY BECAUSE LOTS OF STATES HAVE ENTERED INTO AGREEMENTS THAT WILL BE EXTINGUISHED BY THEIR LAW. SO, WITHOUT WITHOUT A HEARING AND WITHOUT REALIZEING THEY ARE VIOLATING THE CONSTITUTION, THEY GO AHEAD AND PASS THIS LAW. ALL RIGHT. THAT IS A DISTRACTION FROM THE MAIN ORDER OF BUSINESS THIS MONTH WHICH IS DEMOLITION OF AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS AND I'M SORRY TO PUT IT IN COMPRESSED TERMS BUT NO OTHER WAY TO DESCRIBE WHAT THE "NEW YORK TIMES" THE WORST PIECE OF TAX LEGISLATION EVER INTRODUCED IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. NOW AMERICA'S GOTTEN THE POINT ABOUT THE G.O.P. TAX PLAN AND IT IS A HIGHWAY ROBBERY AND THE RICHEST PEOPLE WILL BENEFIT AND IT IS AN OUTRAGEOUS DECISION TO DRIVE THE COUNTRY INTO MORE DEFICIT, MORE DEBT, ALL TO ENRICH THE ROBBER BARRONS AND CYBER BARRONS. AND CUT CORPORATE TAXES FROM 35% TO 20% AT A TIME OF RECORD PROFITS, AND WHY? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? THEY SAY THAT IF WE BESTOW THIS EXTRAORDINARY WINDFALL, BONUS, PRESENTS ON CORPORATE AMERICA, WE WILL GET MORE JOBS OUT OF IT. WAIT A SECOND, IF ALL THEY NEEDED WAS MORE PROFITS, MORE DIVIDENDS TO CREATE JOBS, THEN WE WOULD BE SEEING THEM RIGHT NOW AND WE ARE AT A TIME OF ECONOMIC GROWTH AND ANY ECONOMIST YOU ASK THAT IS NOT IN THE PAY OF THE THE PROPONENTS SAID IT IS A DERANGED THING TO DO TO CUT IT. WHY WOULD WE DO THAT? THEY SAY IT WILL LEAD TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. NONSENSE. SHOW ME WHERE IT WORKS. IT DOESN'T WORK. YOU GIVE MORE MONEY TO PEOPLE AT THE TOP OF SOCIETY, THEY POCKET IT AND SEND IT OVERSEAS TO THEIR SWISS BANK ACCOUNTS OR CAME AND ISLANDS. IF YOU WANT ECONOMIC GROWTH YOU DO WHAT PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT DID, YOU INVEST IN THE MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING PEOPLE. BUSINESS GROWTH COMES FROM DEMAND AND DEMAND COMES FROM A STRONG MIDDLE CLASS THAT IS ABLE TO BUY STUFF. YOU STARVE THE MIDDLE CLASS, THERE IS NO DEMAND. THAT'S WHAT THEY DO AND DONALD TRUMP HAS STAYED IN BUSINESS. THE RUSSIAN OLIGARCHES HAVE BEEN RENTING OUT HIS CONDOS AND THE TRUMP HOTEL AND EXPORTING FROM RUSSIA GOING RIGHT INTO THE TRUMP ENTERPRISE AND NOW OUR OLIGARCHES DO THE SAME THING. YOU WANT STRONG GROWTH AND YOU WANT FAIRNESS, YOU WANT A DOMESTIC SOCIETY, YOU INVEST IN THE MIDDLE CLASS, NOT THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY. NOW, THERE IS A STRONG LINK HERE TO OUR CAMPAIGN FINANCE REGIME AND EVERY PUBLIC POLL SHOWS. YOU THINK YOU CAN FOOL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? YOU CANNOT. AMERICANS KNOW THIS TAX BILL IS A GREAT DEAL IF YOU GOT YOUR OWN LOBBY. GREAT DEAL. YOU GOT YOUR OWN POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE. IF YOU ARE IN THE TRUMP CABINET, AND THIS IS UTOPIA. THIS IS ABSOLUTE UTOPIA. RUN YOUR OWN P.A.C., WATCH OUT. WATCH OUT IN THIS BILL. BOSTON GLOBE THERE WAS A GREAT ARTICLE WITH THE TITLE THE COKE BROTHERS AND THEIR FRIENDS WANT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TAX CUT VERY BADLY. QUOTE, TIM PHILLIPS, AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY, SAYING IT IS THE MOST WE HAVE EVER TAKEN ON. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE KOCH BROTHERS AND GET THEIR OWN SIGNATURE TAX BILL AND ALL THE G.O.P. POLITICIANS ARE SAYING THE SAME THING. CHECK IT OUT. THEY ARE SAYING THE SAME THING. CALLING UP THE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES AND THEY SAY, YOU DELIVER US THAT TAX BILL FIRST. YOU GET NOTHING FROM US UNTIL YOU DELIVER US THAT TAX BRAND. YOU GUYS HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING IN WASHINGTON, THEY SAY. HAVEN'T BEEN THROWN 30 MILLION PEOPLE OFF THEIR HEALTH CARE. YOU DELIVER US THAT TAX BILL. WE -- THAT'S WHAT WE WANT. TRUMP'S CABINET NEEDS NO OUTSIDE PUSH EVEN FROM THE CAMPAIGN DONORS AND THE WEALTHIEST CABINET IN U.S. HISTORY. IT'S $20 MILLION, $50 MILLION. THE TRUMP CABINET IS WORTH $4.3 BILLION. $4.3 BILLION IS WHAT THEIR CABINET IS WORTH AND ALL LOVE THE TAX PLAN AND SHOULD, YOU KNOW WHY? THEY WROTE IT. THEY THEY ARE GOING TO ABOLISH THE WEALTHIEST CUTS. AND ONLY THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE WHO PAY THE ESTATE TAX NOW AND NOW WANT TO WIPE IT OUT AND COSTING US $70 BILLION. AND WANT TO COLLIDE AND CONTRADICT AND -- AN ESSENTIAL PRINCIPLE WHICH IS OPPOSITION TO HEARD TEAR GOVERNMENT LIKE KINGS AND OPPOSITION TO HEARD TEAR WEALTH. THE FOUNDERS LIKE BEN FRANKLIN AND TOM PAYNE AND ALEXANDER HAMILTON, THEY KNEW THAT THE INTERGENERATIONAL TRANSMISSION OF HUGE FOR THE TUNES WAS A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY. AT A CERTAIN POINT, PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO JUST BUY A BIGGER HOUSE OR ANOTHER HOUSE OR A THIRD HOUSE OR FOURTH HOUSE, BUT THEY WANT TO BUY A GOVERNORSHIP AND A U.S. SENATE SEAT AND BUY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. WHAT IS AT STAKE NOT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SEMBLANCE IN THE U.S. ECONOMY, IT'S BAD ENOUGH WE HAVE ONE OF THE MOST UNEQUAL ECONOMIES ON THE EARTH TODAY, BUT THEY WANT THE GOVERNMENT THAT RESPONDS ONLY TO THE WEALTHIEST CLASS IN THE SOCIETY. SO THEY WANT TO ABOLISH THE ESTATE TAX AND THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. THAT'S THE ONLY REASON DONALD TRUMP PAID TAX IN THE ONE YEAR WE KNOW HE PAID ANY TAX IN THE LAST TWO DECADES. AND OF COURSE, THEY WANT TO GET RID OF THAT. FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS, WELL, NO BREAKS THERE. THEY WANT TO GET RID OF THE COLLEGE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION. IF YOU GO TO COLLEGE, YOU GET A DEDUCTION TO THE COLLEGE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST, GONE. HEALTH CARE EXPENSES, YOU SPEND MORE THAN 10% OF YOUR INCOME, LONG-TERM CARE, SOMEONE IN YOUR CARE HAS ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE OR A COMMILED WHO HAS AUTISM, YOU CAN NOW DEDUCT THAT. THEY WANT TO GET RID OF THAT. THEY WANT TO GET RID OF SALT. TARGETED RIGHT AT THOSE STATES LIKE MARYLAND, CONNECTICUT, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA, ILLINOIS THAT INVESTS IN EDUCATION. THIS ANOTHER SNAKE RISING IN THE GRASS OF THIS TERRIBLE BILL, THEY WANT TO REPEAL THE JONGSON AMENDMENT. THIS IS NAMED AFTER LYNDON JOHNSON WHEN HE WAS A SENATOR AND TAKE YOU BACK TO THE 1950'S AND 1960'S AND IT WAS A VERY SIMPLE AMENDMENT THAT IS ESSENTIALLY A LOGICAL TO THE FREE EXERCISE CLAUSE AND IT WAIST SAY THAT 501-C-3 ORGANIZES, CHURCHES, UNIVERSITIES, NOT-FOR-PROFIT AGENCIES CANNOT ENGAGE IN POLITICAL CAMPAIGNING AND GUESS WHAT THE KOCH BROTHERS AND THE MERE SERSVILLE TALKED INTO THIS ONE. THEY ARE GOING TO GET RID OF THE JOHNSON AMENDMENT, SO THE KOCH BROTHERS WANT TO SPEND A BILLION DOLLARS TRYING TO DEFINE AMERICAN POLITICS, NOW IT WILL BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE AND CAN SPEND WHATEVER THEY WANT BUT THEY HAVE TO PAY FOR IT. NOW THEY PUT IT INTO A CHURCH OR TO CHURCHES, THE CHURCH OF THE GOLDEN AND THEN DEDUCT IT AND THE CHURCH CAN NOW BE INVOLVED IN POLITICS AND SPEND MONEY IN POLITICS AND ENDORSE CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE, OK, AND IT REMAINS A TAX EXEMPT ENTITY. THE SMART CHURCHES, WHICH IS MOST CHURCHES, HAVE OPPOSED IT. THE NEXT STEP, PEOPLE WILL SAY WAIT A SECOND, WHY ARE WE GETTING TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS IN CHURCHES, WHY ARE WE GETTING INVOLVED IN POLITICS LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE, AND THAT WILL BE THE LOGICAL QUESTION. INDEED, IT THREATENS THE VERY EXISTENCE OF THE 501-C-3 BY TEARING DOWN THAW WALL OVER TAX EXEMPT CONTRIBUTIONS THAT THE KOCH BROTHERS WANT SO BADLY. THEIR DIFFERENCE VINE LOOPHOLE AND FIND A WAY THEY CAN CONTROL OUR POLITICS AND DEDUCT IT FROM OUR TAXES AND CORRUPT THE ENTIRE NOT FOR PROFIT SECTOR, THE CHURCHES, THE SYNAGOGUES AND THE MOSQUES AND SO ON. I WISH I COULD LEAVE YOU WITH CHIEFIER NEWS TONIGHT BUT THE U.S. CONGRESS IS ON THE VERGE OF PASSING THIS, THE WORST TAX PROPOSAL IN AMERICAN HISTORY THAT OFFENDS EVERY VALUE THAT WE CHERISH. AND WHY? THE PEOPLE WHO ARE PUSHING IT, WHO ARE DOING BACK FLIPS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT TO HIDE IT FROM US, YOU KNOW IT TOOK US 2 YEARS AND 10 MONTHS TO PASS THE BIPARTISAN TAX LEGISLATION. THIS IS HAPPENEDY WORK BEHIND THE SCENES, SPEED OF LIGHT, DARK OF NIGHT, THE WHOLE THING. WHY ARE THEY WILLING TO DO IT EVEN THOUGH IT IS REJECTED BY 2-1. PEOPLE UNDERSTAND, IT'S HIGHWAY ROBBERY. WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN TO THEM. THE WORST TO HAPPEN, IF THEY LOSE AND GO TO WORK FOR THE KOCH BROTHERS AND THE MERCERS AND THE HIGHWAY ROBBERY IS COMPLETE. NOW POPULAR PROTESTS STOPS THE PLAN TO THROW TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE OFF THEIR HEALTH CARE, THE G.O.P. CONTROLS THE WHITE HOUSE, SENATE AND HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND POPULAR PROTESTS STOPPED IT. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT COULD STOP US NOW BECAUSE SO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE DECIDED TO WALK THE PLANK FOR THE KOCH BROTHERS AND THE BILLIONAIRE CABINET AND THROW IN WITH THE AMERICAN OLIGARCHES. SO POPULAR PROTESTS, PEOPLE SPEAKING OUT AND CONTACTING THEIR MEMBERS WILL BE OUR ONLY HOPE OF SHOWING THAT THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE INSULT AND AFRONT TO AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. NOT JUST AMERICAN ECONOMICS, ECONOMICS FOR EVERYBODY, BUT DEMOCRATIC POLITICS, POLITICS FOR EVERYBODY, NOT JUST THE ELITE. SO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR GRANTING US THIS TIME TO ALLOW US TO EXPRESS OUR INTENSE ANXIETY ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN NEXT WEEK. AND WE WISH A GOOD WEEKEND AND I HOPE EVERYONE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSIDER THE IMPLICATIONS OF WHAT IS TAKING PLACE. I YIELD BACK.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

                    • 06:15:02 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, FOR 30 MINUTES.

                    • 06:15:11 PM

                      MR. GOHMERT

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. A LOT OF BIG THINGS GOING ON. MORE THINGS WILL BE…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. A LOT OF BIG THINGS GOING ON. MORE THINGS WILL BE COMING OUT. WE'VE HAD AN INTERESTING DAY OF IT TODAY. HOPEFULLY THE HOUSE AND SENATE -- I THINK WE'RE GOING TO GET A TAX CUT BILL DONE. I THINK IT'S UNFAIR TO JUST CALL IT A TAX REFORM BECAUSE IT DOESN'T EXPLAIN -- WE DID TAX CUTS FOR EVERYBODY. WE DIDN'T CHANGE THE PERCENTAGE ON THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. AND I UNDERSTAND THE THINKING. LOOK, IF WE AS REPUBLICANS CHANGE, WE LOWER ALL THE TAX RATES, THEN THE DEMOCRATS WILL SAY, SEE, YOU'RE DOING A BIG TAX CUT FOR THE WEALTHY. SO I GET IT. BUT AS THE OLD SAYING IN WASHINGTON GOES, THE MORE -- NO MATTER HOW CYNICAL YOU GET, IT'S NEVER ENOUGH TO CATCH UP. NOT IN WASHINGTON. SO, OK. SO WE DIDN'T CHANGE THE TOP PERCENTAGE RATED TAX ON THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS, ONLY ONE WE DIDN'T CHANGE. SO WHAT HAS HAPPENED? OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE SAID, SEE, THIS IS A TAX CUT TO HELP THE RICH. THAT'S THE ONE TAX RATE WE DIDN'T CHANGE. SO IT WOULDN'T HAVE MATTERED. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE JUST SEEN, ALL RIGHT, WE'RE GETTING RID OF ALL THE THEE THESE -- THESE TAX RATES. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE ONE TAX RATE. AND I WOULD LOVE IT TO BE THE TAX RATE THAT THE BIBLE SUGGESTS IN THE SYNAGOGUE OR CHURCH AND THAT'S 10% OF YOUR PROCEEDINGS. WHY NOT 10% TO THE GOVERNMENT, AFTER THE 10% OF THE FIRST FRUITS TO THE CHURCH OR SYNAGOGUE, IF THOSE ARE YOUR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS? LET'S SEE. I FORGET WHICH CANDIDATE, ONE OF THE CANDIDATES USED TO SAY, HEY, IF 10%'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR GOD, WHY SHOULDN'T IT BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE GOVERNMENT? BUT ANYWAY. THIS IS A NICE THOUGHT. BUT WE'RE STILL DOING A LITTLE BIT OF SOCIAL ENGINEERING. TRYING APPARENTLY IN THE TAX BILL TO GIVE A LOT OF HELP TO THE FOLKS THAT NEED IT. THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT I HOPE WILL RETURN -- I'VE HEARD FROM FOLKS IN MY DISTRICT, SOME ACCOUNTANTS THAT HAVE CLIENTS THAT THEY DO PAY ENOUGH IN MEDICAL EXPENSES, IF THEY DON'T GET TO DEDUCT THAT, THEY'RE GOING TO BE BANKRUPT. SO, HOPEFULLY THAT WILL BE SOMETHING THAT COMES BACK AND GETS PUT IN OUR VERSION. THE LAST PEOPLE WE NEED TO HARM ARE THE PEOPLE THAT THEY GOT NO OTHER PLACE TO GO. THEY'RE ON SOCIAL SECURITY. THEY'RE HEADING TOWARD THE END OF LIFE ON THIS PLANET AND THEN THE GOVERNMENT STABS THEM IN THE BACK. I MEAN, THAT'S WHAT BILL CLINTON DID BACK IN 1993. NOT ONLY DID HE PUT A TAX ON THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY IN 1993, HE MADE IT RETROACTIVE. SO IT WASN'T JUST TAXING SOCIAL SECURITY FOR THE FUTURE, IT MADE IT RETROACTIVE. THAT WAS TERRIBLY TRAGIC. I WISH WE WERE MAKING OUR TAX CUTS RETROACTIVE SO THAT THE WORKING POOR WOULD GET THE HELP MUCH QUICKER. BUT EVERYBODY IN AMERICA IS GOING TO GET SOME HELP WITH REDUCTION, MASSIVE REDUCTION OF THE LARGEST TARIFF THAT ANY INDUSTRIALIZED NATION PUTS ON ITS OWN GOODS WHEN THEY'RE PRODUCED. IT'S CALLED A CORPORATE TAX. AND THEY MAKE YOU THINK, OH, THESE GREEDY CORPORATIONS, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE PAYING THAT TAX. THEY DON'T PAY THAT TAX. JUST LIKE WARREN BUFFETT. WARREN BUFFETT, ALTHOUGH HE KEEPS SAYING PUBLICLY HE WOULDN'T MIND PAYING MORE TAXES, HIS ACTIONS SEEM TO INDICATE THAT THEY'RE PAYING MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF MONEY TO LAWYERS TO KEEP HIS COMPANY FROM PAYING THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT I'M TOLD IS OWED. BUT ANYWAY. WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS THERE. BUT I'M VERY HOPEFUL THAT WE ARE GOING TO GET A TAX DEAL DONE AND WE'RE GOING TO BRING IT TO THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE AND WE'RE GOING TO PASS IT AND WE'LL SING GOD BLESS KEVIN BRADY AND THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. AT LEAST THESE WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE, MADE IT HAPPEN -- AT LEAST THOSE WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE, MADE IT HAPPEN. AND PAUL RYAN HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL IN MOVING THAT DIRECTION ON THE TAX BILL. SO THAT WILL BE A GREAT THING, IF WE CAN GET IT DONE. I'M ALSO GRATEFUL TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TODAY FOR THE HEARING THAT HE REQUIRES THAT WE HAVE. WE HAD THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR RAY, COME OVER AND TESTIFY IN FRONT OF US. I'M OPTIMISTIC WITH DIRECTOR RAY . OF COURSE, I WAS OPTIMISTIC WITH DIRECTOR COMEY WHEN I FIRST GOT TO QUESTION HIM. BECAUSE I SAW COMEY, OH, THIS IS GREAT. FINALLY WE'VE GOTTEN RID OF MUELLER AND ALL THE DAMAGE HE'S DONE TO THE F.B.I.. AND AS I POINTED OUT TO DIRECTOR RAY TODAY, HE TOOK OVER A VERY WEAKENED F.B.I. FROM THE ONE THAT HE TOOK OVER AS F.B.I. DIRECTOR UNDER BUSH. BECAUSE WHEN DIRECTOR MUELLER TOOK OVER, AS F.B.I. DIRECTOR, I'VE TRIED TO FIGURE OUT WHY HE WOULD DO THIS. AND THE ONLY THING I CAN FIGURE IS HE WANTED A BUNCH OF YOUNG YES PEOPLE WORKING FOR HIM. BECAUSE IT GOES, YOU KNOW, PRETTY COMMON SENSE THAT PEOPLE WITH THE MOST EXPERIENCE ARE GOING TO BE IN A POSITION TO TELL YOU AS THE NEW F.B.I. DIRECTOR WHEN YOU'RE CHOOSING TO GO DOWN A ROAD THAT'S GOING TO CREATE PROBLEMS. THERE ARE F.B.I. AGENTS THAT HAVE BEEN THERE FOR 25 YEARS, LIKE SO MANY OF OURS WERE, HAD BEEN. THEY'RE AN ODDITY NOW. BUT THAT WAS BECAUSE MUELLER WANTED YOUNG, FRESH, SALUTING YES MEN THAT WOULD SALUTE THE FLAG, SALUTE HIM. AND NOT BE IN A POSITION TO SAY, WELL, DIRECTOR, COULD I MAKE A SUGGESTION, SIR? YOU KNOW, WE DID EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE SUGGESTING BACK IN 1996 OR 1993 OR 1988, 1986. WE DID THAT BACK THEN AND HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED, SO IF YOU WOULD YOU A LOW -- WOULD ALLOW ME, SIR, I'D RECOMMEND THAT WE LOOK AT THIS, THAT OR THE OTHER. APPARENTLY DIRECTOR MUELLER DIDN'T WANT THOSE KIND OF PEOPLE IN THE F.B.I. SO HE STARTED A FIVE-YEAR UP AND OUT -- UP OR OUT PROGRAM. OUR THOUSANDS OF F.B.I. AGENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, IN THE HUNDREDS OF OFFICES THAT ARE APPARENTLY AROUND, THE FIVE-YEAR UP OR OUT PROGRAM IS BASICALLY THIS. IF YOU'RE IN A SUPERVISORY POSITION ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD FOR FIVE YEARS, AT THE END OF THE FIVE YEARS, YOU EITHER MUST GET OUT OF THE F.B.I., OR THE WAY IT WAS INTERPRETED BY SO MANY F.B.I. AGENTS, OR YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO COME RIDE A CUBICLE UP HERE IN WASHINGTON. AND PEOPLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND WORLD THAT WERE WORKING FOR THE F.B.I. SAID, I'M NOT TAKING MY FAMILY TO WASHINGTON, D.C., AND WITH ALL MY TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE GOING TO RIDE A CUBICLE SOMEWHERE. I NEED TO BE OUT PROTECTING PEOPLE, HELPING PEOPLE. AND SO AS THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL" POINTED OUT IN AN ARTICLE THAT DIDN'T SEEM LIKE IT WAS ALL THAT FAR INTO HIS 10 YEARS, ACTUALLY IT TURNED INTO 12 I BELIEVE, DIRECTOR MUELLER HAD IN DEVASTATING THE F.B.I., AND HE MADE SOME HUGE MISTAKES. COST MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. WHETHER IT'S SOFTWARE PROGRAM, THIS PROGRAM, THIS PROGRAM. HE HAD ALL THESE IDEAS AND THERE WERE PLENTY OF PEOPLE THAT HAD HAD ENOUGH EXPERIENCE, THE DIFFERENT AREAS, THAT IF HE HADN'T RUN THEM OFF COULD HAVE SAID, THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA, SIR, IF I COULD SUGGEST -- HE DIDN'T WANT TO HEAR FROM THOSE PEOPLE. HE RAN THEM OFF. THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE. HE RAN THEM OFF. BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT THE AVERAGE AGE OF THE F.B.I. AGENTS WERE WHEN HE LEFT COMPARED TO WHEN HE STARTED. I REALIZE THERE'S SOME OLD GET TOS THAT GET LONG IN THE TOOTH -- OLD GOATS THAT GET LONG IN THE TOOTH. BUT YOU DON'T RUN THEM OFF BECAUSE THEY'RE OLDER. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE MOST VALUABLE PEOPLE YOU CAN HAVE. THE ONLY REASON YOU SHOULD RUN ANYBODY OFF IS IF THEY'VE JUST BEEN SO CANTAKEROUS THAT IT'S A PROBLEM. THEY'RE NOT DOING THEIR JOB. BUT HE RAN THEM OFF BECAUSE THEY HAD BEEN IN A SUPERVISORY POSITION FOR FIVE YEARS. SO, YOU KNOW, YOU'D SEE OFFICES THAT HAD AN AGENT IN CHARGE, 20, 25, 26 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. AND THEY'D FINISH THEIR FIVE YEARS AND SAY, I'M GETTING OUT. I DIDN'T WANT TO GET OUT. I WANTED TO SERVE MY COUNTRY. EVEN THOUGH I MAKE A LOT LESS IN THE F.B.I.. BUT YOU'RE FORCING ME OUT. SO, I'LL GO MAKE A WHOLE LOT MORE MONEY. WISH I COULD STILL BE HERE. BUT THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR MUELLER HAD OTHER IDEAS. I YIELD TO THE SPEAKER.

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                    • 06:26:32 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      HE WASN'T PUNISHED OR FIRED.

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                      THE MESSAGER

                      HE WASN'T PUNISHED OR FIRED.

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                      THE SECRETARY

                      HE WASN'T PUNISHED OR FIRED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      HE WASN'T PUNISHED OR FIRED.

                    • 06:26:44 PM

                      The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.J. Res. 123.

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                        THE SECRETARY

                        HE WASN'T PUNISHED OR FIRED.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        HE WASN'T PUNISHED OR FIRED.

                      • 06:27:00 PM

                        MR. GOHMERT

                        HE WASN'T PUNISHED OR FIRED.

                  • 06:27:15 PM

                    SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

                    The House resumed Special Order speeches.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                    • 06:45:52 PM

                      MR. GOHMERT

                      I APPRECIATE YOUR INDULGENCE, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

                    • 06:45:55 PM

                      Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.

                      • 06:45:57 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                      • 06:46:00 PM

                        MR. GOHMERT

                        I MOVE WE DO NOW HEREBY ADJOURN.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  • 06:46:07 PM

                    On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

                    • 06:46:08 PM

                      Adjourned

                      The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on December 11, 2017.

                      • 10:00:42 AM

                        TEMPORE PURSUA

                        PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR WILL NOW…

                        PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                      • 10:01:11 AM

                        MR. THOMPSON

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE NATION OBSERVED THE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE NATION OBSERVED THE NATIONAL MINERS DAY WHICH WAS DESIGNATED BY CONGRESS TO HONOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS AND SACRIFICES OF MINERS BOTH PAST AND PRESENT. MR. SPEAKER, I'M THE PROUD GRANDSON OF A PENNSYLVANIA COAL MINER, AND NATIONAL MINERS DAY DOES MARK THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORST MINING ACCIDENT IN HISTORY ON DECEMBER 6, 1907, IN WEST VIRGINIA. THE DISASTER RESULTED IN THE DEATHS OF 362 MINERS. WHILE TECHNOLOGY IN MINING HAS CONTINUED TO IMPROVE, MINING REMAINS DIFFICULT WORK. EVERY DAY OUR NATION'S MINERS WORK SO HARDESS CAN VATING MINERALS -- HARD ESCAVATTING MINERALS FOR MANUFACTURING. PARTICULARLY MY FAMILY HERITAGE, I AM PROUD OF OUR PENNSYLVANIA COAL MINERS WHO REALLY DUG THE COAL THAT FUELED THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND PROVIDED THE ENERGY FOR FUELING OUR PREPARATIONS TO WIN WORLD WAR I AND WORLD WAR II. FROM COAL TO COPPER AND FROM GOLD TO GRANITE, MINERS WORKED TO PROVIDE MATERIALS THAT PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES. AMERICAN MINERS TODAY DELIVER THE SAME COMMITMENT TO THE INDUSTRY THAT THEY HISTORICALLY HAVE. THANKS TO ADVANCEMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY, WE'RE SEEING THE INDUSTRY OPERATE SMARTER, FASTER AND MOST IMPORTANTLY SAFER. AMERICANS BENEFIT FROM THE ENERGY, METALS AND MINERALS MADE AVAILABLE TO US THANKS TO MINING. IT'S AS FUNDAMENTAL TODAY AS IT WAS CENTURIES AGO. MR. SPEAKER, TO ALL OF OUR MINERS, I SAY THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE GIVEN TO THIS IMPORTANT INDUSTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE TITUSVILLE HOSPITAL FOR OVERALL PATIENT PROTECTION. TITUSVILLE AREA HOSPITAL C.E.O. LEE CLINTON CALLED THE AWARD A TRUE HONOR AND ADDED HE'S VERY PROUD OF THE CARE PROVIDED AND THE LEVEL OF EXPERTISE OFFERED TO THE CITIZENS WHO ARE SERVED AT THE TITUSVILLE HOSPITAL. HE SAID, QUOTE, ALL OF OUR STAFF STRIVES TO PROVIDE EACH PATIENT WITH THE BEST POSSIBLE EXPERIENCE EVERY TIME. IN AWARD DEMONSTRATES OUR ABILITY TO EXCEED AS A SMALL RURAL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL, END QUOTES. MR. SPEAKER, OUR RURAL HOSPITALS FACE COMPLEX CHALLENGES. THEY RANGE FROM FINANCIAL CONCERNS TO A SHORTAGE OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS. THANKFULLY THE TITUSVILLE AREA HOSPITAL IS RECOGNIZED AS A TOP PERFORMER WHO IS INCREASING IN PATIENT SATISFACTION. I'M PROUD IT SETS THE STANDARD FOR OTHER RURAL HOSPITALS. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY CONGRATULATE C.E.O. LEE CLINTON AND ALL OF THE STAFF OF THE TITUSVILLE AREA HOSPITAL ON THIS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 10:04:29 AM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, FOR FIVE…

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                      • 10:04:34 AM

                        MR. DAVIS

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MR. JAMES…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MR. JAMES THOMAS ESCO, WHO WAS BORN IN CANTON, MISSISSIPPI, IN 1942. WHICH IS HOME TO MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN BENNIE THOMPSON, WHO REPRESENTS THAT AREA. IT IS ALSO HOME OF THE CANTON SPIRITUALS, ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING GOSPEL SINGING GROUPS IN THE COUNTRY. MR. JAMES THOMAS ESCO WAS BORN A UNIQUE PERSON. HE WAS THE 29TH CHILD OF 30 IN A BLENDED FAMILY OF MR. PERCY LEE AND MRS. ERLENE ESCO. HE LOVED HIS FAMILY AND FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS WIFE'S 16 BROTHERS AND SISTERS. HE WAS MARRIED TO MRS. SAIDIE -- SAIDY PEARL ESCO -- SADIE PEARL ESCO FOR 50 YEARS. HE WAS SOLID AS A ROCK AND A HUMANITARIAN WITH THE HEART OF GOLD. HE WAS ALWAYS CONCERNED ABOUT AND LOOKED OUT FOR THE WELL-BEING OF OTHERS. HE WAS A HARD WORKER. WORKED IN A FACTORY AND DROVE A TAXI. HE BROUGHT DIGNITY TO ANY WORK TASK WHICH HE PERFORMED. HE STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION AND TAUGHT HIS CHILDREN TO GET THE BEST GRADES . HE ADORED HIS WIFE'S 16 SIBLINGS AND SUPPORTED THEM IN THEIR ENDEAVORS. HE INSTILLED IN HIS CHILDREN AND SEVEN GRANDCHILDREN TO BE KIND, RESPECTFUL OF OTHERS, WORK HARD TO GET THE THINGS YOU WANT IN LIFE, TO BE ACTIVE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, TO KNOW JESUS. THESE WORDS AND THIS BIOGRAPHY WAS PUT TOGETHER BY THE DAUGHTER OF MR. ESCO. WHAT A MAN. WHAT A DAUGHTER. WHAT A FAMILY. MR. SPEAKER, THESE ARE THE KIND OF PEOPLE THAT I AM FORTUNATE TO REPRESENT, AND I AM INDEED PLEASED TO SHARE THEM WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD WITH MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT. I AM U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DANNY DAVIS FROM THE SEVENTH DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 10:07:42 AM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES, FOR…

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                      • 10:07:46 AM

                        MR. JONES

                        MR. SPEAKER, IN 2008, I INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE HOUSE RULES…

                        MR. SPEAKER, IN 2008, I INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE HOUSE RULES WHICH WOULD REQUIRE WE OPEN THE FIRST SESSION DAY OF EVERY MONTH WITH A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND HONOR THE MILITARY MEMBERS WHO HAD BEEN KILLED IN WAR. SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI GOT WORD OF MY RESOLUTION AND HER OFFICE INFORMED ME THAT AMENDING THE RULES WOULD NOT BE NECESSARY. SPEAKER PELOSI DECIDED THAT SHE AND ONLY SHE WOULD OPEN THE LEGISLATIVE MONTH WITH THAT MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE. SHE KEPT HER WORD AND MONTHLY MET HER COMMITMENT TO OUR FALLEN AMERICAN HEROES. YESTERDAY, I INTRODUCED THE SAME LEGISLATION, HOUSE RESOLUTION 643, AND CALLED ON THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TO INITIATE THIS POLICY OF HONORING THE MILITARY MEMBERS WE HAVE LOST FIGHTING FOR THIS COUNTRY. SINCE MR. RYAN BECAME SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE IN 2015, AT LEAST 165 BRAVE AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN HAVE BEEN KILLED IN SERVICE. WE IN CONGRESS HAVE NOT SUFFICIENTLY RECOGNIZED OR REMEMBERED THOSE WHO HAVE DIED FOR AMERICA. IT IS MY BELIEF THAT SINCE SPEAKER RYAN, IN THE LINE OF SUCCESSION TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF, IT IS HIS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SOLELY HIS RESPONSIBILITY TO SHOW GRATITUDE TO THOSE WHO HAVE DIED FOR THIS COUNTRY. I WROTE TO SPEAKER RYAN ON DECEMBER 5 ASKING HE BEGIN THIS TRADITION IN JANUARY OF 2018. IN CLOSING, I HOPE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF H. RESOLUTION 643. AMERICA IS AT WAR. AMERICA'S MILITARY MEMBERS ARE FIGHTING AND DYING FOR THIS COUNTRY. IT IS ONLY THROUGH REMEMBRANCE AND PRAYER THAT THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CAN TRULY SHOW THE BRAVE FAMILIES OF THOSE WE LOST THAT WE SHARE IN THEIR SADNESS. MR. SPEAKER, I ALWAYS BRING TO THE FLOOR WHEN I TALK ABOUT WAR AND I TALK ABOUT DEATH AND WAR TO SHOW THE FACES OF THE PAIN OF THOSE WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES. THE LEAST WE CAN DO IN THIS HOUSE IS ONCE A MONTH HAVE A MOMENT OF PRAYER IN REMEMBRANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE DIED FOR THIS COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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                      • 10:10:32 AM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII, MS. HANABUSA, FOR FIVE…

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII, MS. HANABUSA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                      • 10:10:37 AM

                        MS. HANABUSA

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIR. ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII AND THE…

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIR. ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII AND THE VETERANS OF THE PACIFIC WAR, I SPEAK TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4300, THE ADMIRAL LLOYD R. JOE VEASEY WAR COMMEMORATIVE ACT WHICH WILL ESTABLISH A PACIFIC WAR MEMORIAL AT PEARL HARBOR. PACIFIC HISTORIC PARKS, A NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION, WILL WORK IN COORDINATION WITH THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. IT WILL NOT REQUIRE FEDERAL FUNDS AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR THEIR PARTNERSHIP. MY SINCERE THANKS TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN ROB BISHOP, FOR JOINING ME IN INTRODUCTION OF THIS BILL AND WORKING WITH RANKING MEMBER RAUL GRIJALVA TO ENJOY ITS SWIFT CONSIDERATION BY THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE. MAHALO TO OUR CO-SPONSORS. I UNDERSTAND IT WILL PASS BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT LATER TODAY. 76 YEARS AGO TODAY IMPERIAL JAPAN ATTACKED PEARL HARBOR PULLING OUR COUNTRY INTO WORLD WAR II IN THE PACIFIC. THE PACIFIC THEATER WAS THE SCENE OF FIERCE FIGHTING AND MORE THAN 150,000 U.S. CASUALTIES. THE PHILIPPINES, GUAM, THE SOLOMON ISLANDS AND MANY PLACES IN BETWEEN, BRAVE AMERICANS LOST THEIR LIVES IN DEFENSE OF OUR NATION. TODAY AT PEARL HARBOR, THE U.S.S. ARIZONA SYMBOLIZES THE START OF THE WAR AND THE U.S.S. MISSOURI MARKS ITS CONCLUSION. BUT THERE IS NO MEMORIAL RECOGNIZING THE EXPERIENCES AND SACRIFICES OF THOSE WHO FOUGHT IN THE PACIFIC. ADMIRAL VEASEY SERVED ON THE U.S.S. GUNNAL DURING THE PACIFIC WAR, AND IT IS HIS VISION THAT WE ARE REALIZING WITH THIS MEMORIAL. AFTER FIGHTING FOR HIS COUNTRY, HE DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO THE PURSUIT OF PEACE IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION. IN ADDITION TO HIS SERVICE IN THE U.S. NAVY, HE FOUND THE PACIFIC FORUM CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES. CSIS. THE ADMIRAL SERVED AS SENIOR ADVISORY FOR POLICY, PACIFIC FORUM CSIS AND WAS PART OF THE STRATEGIC PLANS AND POLICIES FOR THE U.S. PACIFIC COMMAND AND SECRETARY TO THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF. THE ADMIRAL IS 100 YEARS OLD, AND HE WILL TURN 101 ON JANUARY 31, 2018 AND HE CARRIES WITH HIM THE MEMORIES OF THOSE LOST IN THE COMBAT AND THE HONOR AND RESPONSIBILITY OF THE VETERANS WHO SURVIVED. HOPEFULLY WITH PASSAGE OF 4300 THE ADMIRAL AND REMAINING SURVIVORS WILL FIND SOME PEACE KNOWING THE FALLEN SOLDIERS WILL BE PROPERLY HONORED AND FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL VISIT THE MEMORIAL AND LEARN OF THE BATTLES THAT THEY FOUGHT. WE MUST SHARE THEIR STORIES OF SACRIFICES IN THE HOPES THAT WE PREVENT FUTURE GENERATIONS FROM WAGING WAR AND PARTICIPATING IN THE HISTORICAL RACISM THAT RESULTED IN INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE AMERICANS, INCLUDING BOTH OF MY GRANDFATHERS. THIS SPIRIT OF AMERICAN HISTORY MUST NOT BE FORGOTTEN. THE LESSONS WERE HARD, BUT THEY HELPED SHAPE A BETTER NATION. THIS COUNTRY OWES ADMIRAL VEASEY AND THE MEMBERS OF THE GREATEST GENERATION A HEART-FELT MAHALO. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 10:14:37 AM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUDD, FOR FIVE…

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUDD, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                      • 10:14:40 AM

                        MR. BUDD

                        MR. SPEAKER, ON JULY 1, 2015, KATE STEINLE WAS WALKING WITH HER FATHER ON…

                        MR. SPEAKER, ON JULY 1, 2015, KATE STEINLE WAS WALKING WITH HER FATHER ON A PIER IN SAN FRANCISCO. WHILE SHE WAS ON THE PIER, SHE WAS SHOT TO DEATH BY AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WHO HAD BEEN DEPORTED FIVE TIMES. HE HAD BEEN CONVICTED OF SEVEN FELONIES. BEFORE HE MURDERED KATE STEINLE, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAD ASKED THE CITY TO TURN HIM OVER SO HE CAN BE DEPORTED AGAIN. THE CITY, FOLLOWING ITS POLICY OF NOT COOPERATING WITH FEDERAL IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS, RELEASED HIM FROM JAIL. HE MURDERED KATE STEINLE THREE MONTHS LATER. A FEW DAYS AGO HER KILLER WAS DECLARED NOT GUILTY BY A SAN FRANCISCO JURY. FOR NOW THERE IS NO JUSTICE FOR KATE STEINLE. THERE IS A QUESTION IN THIS, THOUGH, FOR ALL OF US. IT'S A QUESTION WE SHOULD ASK WHEN WE'RE CONFRONTED BY A TERRORIST ATTACK CONDUCTED BY THOSE LIKE THE BOSTON BOMBINGS OR THE SAN BERNARDINO MASSACRE WHERE ONE OF THE ATTACKERS WAS IN THE UNITED STATES ON A K-1 VISA. THE QUESTION IS WHY WAS THIS PERSON IN OUR COUNTRY. IN THE CASE OF KATE STEINLE WE NOW KNOW EXACTLY WHY. THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO'S POLICY, THE CITY IS AN ACCOMPLICE TO KATE STEINLE'S DEATH, IT'S PURE AND SIMPLE. THEY DEFIED GENERAL LAW BY REFUSING TO COOPERATE WITH FEDERAL IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES AS A BLANKET POLICY. THEY DEFIED IT IN THE SPECIFIC CASE THAT LED TO THE DEATH OF KATE STEINLE. THIS IS A RADICAL POLICY AND I DON'T USE THAT WORD LIGHTLY. YOU HAVE AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CONVICTED OF MULTIPLE CRIMES, IN ADDITION TO COMING HERE ILLEGALLY FIVE TIMES. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TRIES TO SEND THE GUY HOME A SIXTH TIME AND THE CITY LETS HIM GO BECAUSE THEY IGNORE THE LAW. AND THEN HE MURDERS SOMEONE. THE RESULT OF THIS CITY IS A SHATTERED FAMILY. THE RESULT IS A FATHER WHO WILL NEVER SEE HIS DAUGHTER AGAIN. THE RESULT IS A MOTHER WHO HAS TO FACE THE WORST NIGHTMARE OF EVERY PARENT. THESE ARE THE TERRIBLE FACTS OF THIS TRAGEDY, MR. SPEAKER, AND THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN DO IN THIS BODY TO CHANGE THEM. WHAT WE CAN DO IS MOVE FORWARD TOWARDS AND IMMIGRATION POLICY THAT'S BASED ON SOUND PRINCIPLES. FOR THE RADICALS, THIS WILL BE A RADICAL CHANGE. FOR EVERYDAY AMERICANS THIS IS JUST COMMON SENSE. ON THIS FRONT THERE ARE THREE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES TO A SANE IMMIGRATION POLICIES. FIRST, AMERICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO DETERMINE WHO BECOMES CITIZENS THROUGH LAWS. IT'S RIGHT THERE IN THE CONSTITUTION, ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, PROVIDES CONGRESS WITH THE EXPLICIT AUTHORITY TO REGULATE NATURALIZATION. A COUNTRY WITHOUT BORDERS IS NOT A COUNTRY. IT'S JUST A GEOGRAPHIC DESTINATION. SECOND, WHO COMES HERE SHOULD BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF AMERICANS. THE NUMBER OF KNOWN CRIMINALS WE SHOULD BE LETTING IN IS ZERO. THE PEOPLE WHO CANNOT READ OR SPEAK ENGLISH WE SHOULD BE ADMITTING IS ZERO. THE NUMBER OF RADICAL ISLAMISTS, DRUG ADDICTS WE SHOULD BE LETTING IN IS ZERO. WE ARE WILLING TO HAVE IMMIGRATION THAT ARE HARD WORKING, FOLLOW OUR LAWS, READY TO BUILD OUR COUNTRY TOGETHER. THIRD, WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO ENFORCE OUR CHOICES THROUGH IMMIGRATION LAWS. WE SHOULD STOP SANCTUARY CITIES AND ENFORCE SANCTIONS AGAINST THOSE WHO HIRE ILLEGAL LABOR. WE SHOULD BUILD THE BORDER WALL. SOMETHING THAT HAS WORKED IN ISRAEL. MR. SPEAKER, ACCORDING TO THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER, THE POPULATION OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS INSIDE STATE, NORTH CAROLINA, HAS GONE UP 14,000% FROM 25,000 PEOPLE IN 1990 TO 350,000 IN THE YEAR 2014. WE HAVE GOT TO GET THIS UNDER CONTROL. ANY COUNTRY WHERE THE KATE STEINLE TRAGEDY CAN HAPPEN IS NOT A COUNTRY WITH A SANE IMMIGRATION POLICY. I HOPE WE NEVER AGAIN HAVE TO ASK THE QUESTION AFTER A TRAGEDY, WHY IS THIS PERSON IN OUR COUNTRY, BECAUSE I HOPE THE ANSWER WILL BE WIDELY KNOWN, THAT WE HAVE A REASONABLE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM THAT BEP FITS ALL AMERICANS AND DOES EVERYTHING WITHIN REASON NOT TO BRING IN PEOPLE WHO WILL HURT US. KATE STEINLE PROVES WE ARE NOT THERE YET, BUT I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN GET THERE ONE DAY. MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 10:19:30 AM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, FOR FIVE…

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                      • 10:19:34 AM

                        MS. KAPTUR

                        THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAS CAUGHT ON TO OUR…

                        THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAS CAUGHT ON TO OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES' TAX SCAM. THEY KNOW THEIR BILL TAKES FROM OUR STRUGGLING MIDDLE CLASS AND REWARDS BOUNTIFULLY THE BILLIONAIRE CLASS AND TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS. THE VERY ONES THAT WILL USE THE MONEY TO SHIP MORE OF OUR JOBS OVERSEAS. IN FACT, THE ONLY PERMANENT TAX GIVEAWAYS THIS BILL WILL CAUSE ARE FOR BIG CORPORATIONS. THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION ESTIMATES THEIR BILL WILL ADD $1 TRILLION ADDITIONALLY TO OUR DEBT MINIMUM, AND THAT DOESN'T COUNT THE INTEREST. . THIS CHART SHOWS OVER TIME HOW MUCH MORE OF OUR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT WE PRODUCE EVERY YEAR IN OUR COUNTRY IS RELATED TO THE NATIONAL DEBT. THE NABBLE DEBT HAS BEEN EXPLODING OVER TIME. THEIR BILL MAKES IT WORSE. NOT BETTER. WE SHOULD NOT SO HIGHLY LEVERAGE OUR ECONOMY. THEIR BILL FLIES IN THE FACE OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, AND TO WHAT END? WELL, THE BILL WOULD DECREASE FEDERAL REVENUE BY A PROJECTED $5.5 TRILLION. TRAGICALLY, PUTTING OUR NATIONAL ECONOMIC SECURITY AT GRAVE RISK. WHAT'S ON THE TABLE FOR CUTS? SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, ALL ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK. THERE'S LITTLE IN THE REPUBLICAN BILL GOOD FOR AVERAGE AMERICANS. WITH THEIR LEGISLATION OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WILL ACTUALLY PUSH AMERICA INTO DEEPER FINANCIAL SERVITUDE TO FOREIGN INVESTORS BUYING OUR DEBT, LIKE CHINA AND SAUDI ARABIA. HOW DOES THIS MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN? FOREIGN INVESTORS WILL BE FINANCING MORE AND MORE OF U.S. DEBT. THIS CHART SHOWS HOW MUCH NOW IS BEING FINANCED BY FOREIGN INTERESTS. WAY BACK, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE USED TO BUY TREASURY SECURITIES AND WE FINANCED OUR OWN DEBT. BUT OVER TIME WHAT'S HAPPENED IS BECAUSE WE WERE LEVERAGING OUR ECONOMY TOO HIGHLY WITH DEBT, BORROWED MONEY, FOREIGN INTERESTS STARTED TO BUY OUR SECURITIES. THEY NOW OWN NEARLY HALF AND YOU KNOW WHAT? THAT MEANS WE OWE NOT JUST THE PRINCIPAL THEY BORROWED BUT INTEREST. SO OVER TIME, THE HOLE IS BEING DUG DEEPER. AND FOREIGN INTERESTS LITERALLY HAVE NOW BECOME THE LARGEST HOLDER OF U.S. DEBT. UNDER THEIR SCHEME, FOREIGN NATIONS WILL SNAP UP AND BUY MORE U.S. TREASURY SECURITY AND THIS WILL ROB FUTURE INVESTMENTS THAT WOULD BENEFIT AMERICANS BECAUSE WE ARE REQUIRED TO PAY BACK NOT JUST THE PRINCIPAL BUT THE INTEREST TO FOREIGN CREDITORS. IMAGINE IF THAT MONEY THAT WE'RE PAYING ON INTEREST TO FOREIGN CREDITORS COULD ACTUALLY BE INVESTED HERE IN AMERICA THROUGH TAX CUTS THAT ACTUALLY TARGET MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES TO INCREASE THEIR BUYING POWER. BUT WITH THIS MASSIVE DEBT THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IS SLIDING ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE, MORE BEHOLDEN TO FOREIGN CREDITORS, NOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WELL, CHINA IS NOW OUR LARGEST FOREIGN CREDITOR. IF YOU LOOK AT THE DEBT THAT WE OWE, YOU'LL SEE CHINA HAS BEEN GROWING AT AN -- AS AN OWNER OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OVER TIME, THEY ALREADY OWN $1.2 TRILLION ALONG WITH OTHER ASIAN POWERS, OR 19% OF OUR FOREIGN-OWNED DEBT. OUR TAXPAYERS PAYING CHINA PRINCIPAL PLUS INTEREST. NOT A GOOD FORMULA FOR AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE. YET CHINESE AUTHORITIES ARE NOT HESITANT TO UNDERMINE AMERICAN INTERESTS, STARTING WITH DEMOCRACY ITSELF, BUT ON ECONOMIC ISSUES, THEY DUMP STEEL. IT'S CRUSHED OUR DOMESTIC STEEL INDUSTRY. THEY MANIPULATE THEIR CURNSTOY ADVANTAGE IT AND CONTINUE TO ROB INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FROM AMERICAN COMPANIES AND UNIVERSITIES EVERY DAY. BEING IN THE POCKET OF CHINA TO FINANCE OUR DEBT IS NOT IN AMERICA'S INTEREST. OTHER TOP COUNTRIES BUYING U.S. DEBT INCLUDE, GET READY FOR THIS, THE CAYMAN ISLANDS WORK $260 BILLION AND INDIA AND SAUDI ARABIA WITH BETWEEN $135 BILLION AND $248 BILLION AND THAT'S A CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE. OEVEN RUSSIA HOLDS $86.2 BILLION OF -- OF OUR DEBT. OUR CLOSEST ALLY IN EUROPE -- AMERICA BEST BE CAREFUL, WE ARE ENDING UP IN FOREIGN SERVITUDE TO THE OWNERSHIP OF THE U.S. DEBT. DEFEATING THE REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN IS ONE WAY TO START RIGHTING THE SHIP OF STATE. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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                      • 10:25:16 AM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR…

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                      • 10:25:23 AM

                        MS. FOXX

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. RECENTLY, "FORBES" MAGAZINE REPORTED SOMETHING WE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. RECENTLY, "FORBES" MAGAZINE REPORTED SOMETHING WE NORTH CAROLINIANS HAVE KNOWN FOR SOME TIME. NORTH CAROLINA IS THE NUMBER ONE STATE FOR BUSINESS. TO GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT IS DUE, THE TAR HEEL STATE'S SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS ATMOSPHERE IS IN LARGE PART DUE TO THE NORTH CAROLINA LEGISLATURE WHICH HAS CUT CORPORATE AND PERSONAL TAX RATES SINCE REPUBLICANS ASSUMED THE MAJORITY IN 2010. THIS YEAR, THE LEGISLATE CHUR ENACTED A BUDGET THAT REDUCES -- THE LEGISLATURE ENACTED A BUDGET THAT REDUCES THE STATE'S INCOME TAX FROM $5.499 TO 5.25. ELECTED OFFICIALS IN RALEIGH CREATED AN IMPRESSIVE PRO-BUSINESS POLICY AGENDA THAT REDUCED THE STATE'S CORPORATE INCOME TAX FROM.93K9 IN 2013 TO 3% IN 2017. WHICH WILL DROP TO 2.5% IN 2019 THIS PRO-GROWTH CORPORATE INCOME TAX REDUCTION HAS PLAYED A PIVOTAL ROLE IN MAKING NORTH CAROLINA ATTRACTIVE TO BUSINESSES. THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA IS A WONDERFUL PLACE TO START A BUSINESS AND TO LIVE. AND PEOPLE FROM EVERY STATES ARE MOVING TO THE STATE IN DROVES. MIGRATION RATES TO NORTH CAROLINA CONSISTENTLY RANK IN THE HIGHEST PERCENTILES IN THE NATION. OUR STATE RANKS SECOND IN LOWEST BUSINESS COST IN TERMS OF LABOR, ENERGY, AND TAXES. WITH RANKINGS LIKE THAT IT'S NO WONDER THAT BUSINESSES RIGHTLY CHOOSE TO OPERATE OUT OF NORTH CAROLINA. AS A FORMER SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, IT'S A PLEASURE TO HEAR THAT "FORBES" RECOGNIZED NORTH CAROLINA'S BUSINESS BONA FIDES. THANKS TO THE NORTH CAROLINA LEGISLATURE, BUSINESSES IN NORTH CAROLINA ARE COMPETITIVE ON A NATIONAL AND GLOBAL SCALE. OFFICIALS WORKED HARD TO MAKE SURE NORTH CAROLINA WOULD BECOME THE MOST COME TETPIVE -- COMPETITIVE STATE FOR BUSINESS IN THE COUNTRY. HERE IN WASHINGTON WE'RE BUILDING ON THE SUCCESS OF NORTH CAROLINA AND BRINGING ABOUT A TESTED POLICY RECIPE FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH. FAIRER, SIMPLER, AND LOWER TAXES. WHETHER YOU'RE AN INDIVIDUAL STRUGGLING TO MAKE SENSE OF OUR TAX BURDEN BEFORE APRIL 15, OR AN AMERICAN CORPORATION TRYING TO COMPETE WITH AMERICA'S COMPETITORS, OR A SMALL BUSINESS THAT'S FACED THE I.R.S.'S, STIFLING COMPLEXITY YOU KNOW OUR TAX CODE IS INTROKEN. I'VE HEARD ENOUGH FROM FIFTH DISTRICT FAMILIES, BUSINESSES, MILLENIALS AND OTHER BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS TO KNOW THAT CONGRESS MUST ACT NOW TO BRING ABOUT THE ECONOMIC EXPANSION THAT AMERICANS NEED AND DESERVE. THAT'S WHY I WAS SPROUD TO CAST MY SUPPORT IN FAVOR OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS BILL. THIS BILL IS CONGRESS' ANSWER TO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. IT DELIVERS MUCH NEEDED TAX RELIEF TO TAXPAYERS BY LOWERING EVERY MARGINAL TAX RATE ON THE BOOKS THAT APPLIES TO WORKING AMERICANS. IT ENABLES OUR BUSINESSES TO WIN HERE AT HOME AND EXPAND OUR NATION'S JOB GROWTH. IT WILL BOOST PAYCHECKS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. BY DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION, EVEN MORE AMERICANS WILL NO LONGER NEED TO ITEMIZE THEIR DEDUCTIONS. FOR MARRIED COUPLES FILING JOINTLY THIS TRANSLATES TO 24,000 -- TO $24,000 YEARLY THAT'S FREE FROM FEDERAL TAXES. BY LOWERING CRIPPLING TAXES ON BUSINESSES, WORKERS WILL SEE AN INCREASE IN THEIR WAGES. A REPORT FROM THE NONPARTISAN TAX FOUNDATION FOUND AED MYLE INCOME FAMILY IN NORTH CAROLINA WOULD SEE ITS AFTER TAX INCOME INCREASE BY $2,366. THE SAME FOUNDATION FOUND THAT THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL CREATE 975,000 NEW JOBS NATIONALLY AND GROW WAGES BY 4.4% FOR MIDDLE INCOME HOUSEHOLDS. AS WE'VE SEEN IN NORTH CAROLINA, WHEN GOVERNMENT SIMPLIFIES AND LOWERS TAXES, CITIZENS REAP THE REWARDS OF ECONOMIC EXPANSION, JOB GROWTH AND HIGHER WAGES. DESPITE THE HARD WORK DONE BY NORTH CAROLINA'S LEGISLATURE AND DESPITE OUR STATE BEING RATED NUMBER ONE IN WHICH TO DO BUSINESS, IT'S BEING HELD BACK BY THE FEDERAL TAX CODE. THE CURRENT TAX CODE IS LITTERED WITH TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SPECIAL INTEREST TAX BREAKS THAT HAVE HELD PEOPLE BACK. EVEN THOUGH NORTH CAROLINA'S NUMBER ONE, YOU'LL FIND THAT THE FOUR HIGHEST EARNING COUNTIES IN THE UNITED STATES ARE ALL NEAR WASHINGTON, D.C. THE SPENDING OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUELED BY THE TAX CODE AND ITS GIVEAWAYS UNDERMINE THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR ECONOMY. THESE SPECIAL INTEREST TAX CARVEOUTS ARE DRIVEN BY, YOU GUESSED IT, SPECIAL INTERESTS. IT'S TIME TO STOP REWARDING THE CLOSELY CONNECTED HERE IN WASHINGTON AND KEEP TAXPAYER DOLLARS WHERE THEY BELONG, WITH AMERICAN WORKERS, JOB CREATORS AND BUSINESSES. IT'S TIME THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STOPPED USING THE TAX CODE TO ENGINEER PEOPLE'S DECISIONS AND ALLOW AMERICANS TO LIVE THEIR LIVES BASED ON THEIR DESIRE FOR HIGHER WAGES, ENTREPRENEURISM, SERVICE AND ECONOMIC EXCHANGE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO FOLLOW NORTH CAROLINA'S LEAD AND SUPPORT THE TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT TO LOWER TAXES. INCREASE PAYCHECKS, WAGES AND JOB GROWTH. AND FIX THE TAX CODE. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                      • 10:30:44 AM

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                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CARTER, FOR FIVE…

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CARTER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                      • 10:30:49 AM

                        MR. CARTER

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A VERY IMPORTANT SONG TO THE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A VERY IMPORTANT SONG TO THE HISTORY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA, KUMBAYA. THE ORIGINAL NAME WAS COME BY HERE BUT NOW THE SONG IS INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN AS KUMBAYA. WHILE THE EXACT ORIGIN OF THE SONG IS UNKNOWN, SCHOLARS BELIEVE IT ORIGINATED WITH THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DESCENDENTS OF ENSLAVED AFRICAN-AMERICANS THAT LIVE ON THE SEA ISLANDS IN THE COASTAL REGIONS OF GEORGIA. IT IS LARGELY BELIEVED THAT THE SONG WAS A PLEA FOR GOD'S INTERVENTION FOR THIS GROUP OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS ASKING HIM TO RELIEVE THEM FROM A NUMBER OF HARD TIMES IN THE COMMUNITY, A SICK FAMILY MEMBER, OPPRESSION AND MORE. ROBERT WINSLOW GORDON, A STAFF MEMBER AND EVENTUALLY FOUNDER OF THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK SONGS, WAS TEMPORARILY LIVING IN GEORGIA IN 1926 AND TOOK THE FIRST RECORDING OF KUMBAYA ON THE WAX SILL DAR RECORDER STILL LOCATED IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS TODAY. HE RECORDED A PERSON IN THE COMMUNITY NAMED H. WILEY WHO SANG THE LYRICS. NEED YOU LORD, COME BY HERE. SOMEBODY NEEDS YOU LORD, COME BY HERE. THIS RECORDING OF KUMBAYA IS ONE OF THE EARLIEST THINGS LOCATED IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK SONG. GORDON IS BURIED NEAR THE HOME OF THE FIRST RECORDING OF KUMBAYA. THEY THOUGHT COME BY HERE SOUNDED LIKE KUMBAYA, A NONEXISTENT WORD AT THE TIME. OTHER SCHOLARS THINK THE ORIGINAL SONG WAS NOT EVEN COME BY HERE BUT INSTEAD COME BY YA. SINCE THAT TIME THE SONG HAS SPREAD THROUGHOUT OUR NATION AND THE WORLD. RECORDINGS CAN EVEN BE FOUND SUNG BY AMERICANS THROUGHOUT ALL DIFFERENT TIMES IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. THERE ARE 1930'S RECORDINGS FROM CENTRAL TEXAS AND IN FLORIDA WHILE MANY AMERICANS WERE FINDING SOLACE DURING THE JIM CROW PERIOD. IN THE 1950'S, 1960'S, KUMBAYA WAS SONG BY PETE SEEING AR. PETER, PAUL AND MARY AND JOAN BAEZ. AND IT HAS BEEN SONG IN ANGOLA SONG BY MISSIONARIES. WE SHOULD NEVER FORGET THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SONG AND WHO WE BELIEVE MADE -- MAYBE THE ORIGINAL CREATORS OF THE SONG. THEY LIVE FROM ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA, INTO THE NORTHERN MOST AREA OF WILMTON, NORTH CAROLINA. MOST PEOPLE KNOW THEM AT GULLAH. WE CALL THEM GECHE. THERE ARE MANY ASPECTS OF THE CULTURE THAT ARE UNIQUE, COMPLEX AND BEAUTIFUL. THEIR LANGUAGE IS BASED IN CREOLE AND IS THE ONLY CREE OL LANGUAGE IN THE UNITED STATES. THE GULLAH GEECHEE MAKE SWEET RICE BASKETS AS A CRAFT PASSED DOWN TO BOTH MEN AND WOMEN. ALTHOUGH THIS CULTURE AND THEIR TRADITIONS HAVE MODERNIZED SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY AND EARLY 20TH CENTURY IN AMERICA, TODAY YOU CAN SEE STILL THE GULLAH GEECHEE LIVING THEIR CULTURE IF YOU DRIVE THROUGH COASTAL GEORGIA. I CANNOT OVERSTATE THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE HAD ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF GEORGIA. AS WELL AS CREATORS OF THE SONG KUMBAYA, THEY HAVE CHANGED LIVES AND IS A SIGNIFICANT FORCE NOT ONLY IN THE SECOND DISTRICT OF GEORGIA BUT THROUGHOUT AMERICAN HISTORY. TO RECOGNIZE JUST HOW WIDESPREAD THIS SONG HAS BECOME, THE GEORGIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSED A RESOLUTION OFFICIALLY STATING THE IMPACT THIS SONG HAS HAD ON OUR STATE. I HOPE YOU ALL WILL JOIN ME IN OUR NATION'S CAPITOL BY ALSO RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS SONG, AND I AM VERY PROUD THAT IT ORIGINATED IN THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF GEORGIA, A DISTRICT THAT I HAVE THE HONOR AND PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING. IT IS ALSO AN HONOR TO HAVE MEMBERS OF THE GULLAH GEECHEE HERE AT THE CAPITOL. WELCOME TO OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR NATION'S HISTORY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 10:35:54 AM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                      • 10:35:58 AM

                        MR. GREEN

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I ENJOYED THE PREEMINENT…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I ENJOYED THE PREEMINENT PRIVILEGE OF SPEAKING FROM THE WELL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I AM SO HONORED TO HAVE GREAT OPPORTUNITY AND TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT ON YESTERDAY AN HISTORIC EVENT TOOK PLACE RIGHT HERE IN THIS HOUSE. MR. SPEAKER, ON YESTERDAY, 58 PERSONS VOTED TO IMPEACH DONALD JOHN TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF PLEARK. MR. SPEAKER. -- UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, 57 MORE THAN A GOOD MANY PEOPLE ANTICIPATED. AND MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE SOME WHO WOULD HAVE THE EVENT BE NOTHING MORE THAN A FOOTNOTE IN HISTORY. SOME WILL JUST HAVE IT BE A NONEVENT, BUT, MR. SPEAKER, IT WON'T HAPPEN. IT WILL NOT BE JUST A FOOTNOTE. IT WON'T BE A NONEVENT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS EVENT WILL BE LOOKED UPON BY SCHOLARS AS THEY LOOK THROUGH THE TIME TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED AT THIS TIME. THEY WILL PONDER AND THEY WILL FIND THAT 58 PERSONS WERE THE FIRST 58 TO VOTE TO IMPEACH DONALD JOHN TRUMP. THE FIRST 58. NOT THE LAST 58, MR. SPEAKER. THERE WILL BE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO REMOVE DONALD JOHN TRUMP FROM THE PRESIDENCY. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I TOOK MY VOTE YESTERDAY, I VOTED FOR A LOT OF CONSTITUENTS. I JUST WANT TO SINGLE OUT A FEW. I VOTED FOR THE MAN WHO STOOD ON A CORNER UNDER A BRIDGE, CUP IN HIS HAND ASKING FOR HELP. WHEN HE SAW ME, HE HAD A BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE. I VOTED FOR HIM BECAUSE HIS WORDS TO ME, PARAPHRASING WERE, I AM SO PROUD OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING WITH THAT IMPEACHMENT. THIS IS A MAN STANDING IN THE STREETS OF LIFE, SLEEPS IN THE STREETS OF LIFE. I VOTED FOR THE PERSON WHO WAS ON A SERVING LINE AT A CAFETERIA. I EAT IN CAFETERIAS QUITE REGULARLY, WHO SAID, RIGHT ON, KEEP ON. I VOTED FOR THE WOMAN THAT SAW ME AT CHURCH AND SAID, AL GREEN, YOU'RE A TROUBLE MAKER, BUT DON'T YOU STOP UNTIL YOU IMPEACH TRUMP. MR. SPEAKER, I VOTED FOR PEOPLE WHO WILL NEVER HAVE THIS PREEMINENT PRIVILEGE THAT THEY HAVE ACCORDED ME TO STAND HERE IN THE WELL OF THE CONGRESS. I'M NOT GOING TO LET THEM DOWN, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WAS ROUND ONE. I ASSURE YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I DON'T GIVE OUT, I DON'T GIVE UP, I DON'T GIVE IN. I KNOW THAT I'M ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. I'M GOING TO STAY THERE. HERE IS WHERE I STAND. I WILL NOT BE MOVED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 10:39:38 AM

                        TEMPORE MEM

                        FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

                        FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. HOLDING, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                      • 10:39:53 AM

                        MR. HOLDING

                        I RISE TO RECOGNIZE AND THANK AN EXCEPTIONAL NORTH CAROLINAIAN, ALICE, WHO…

                        I RISE TO RECOGNIZE AND THANK AN EXCEPTIONAL NORTH CAROLINAIAN, ALICE, WHO SPENT NEARLY THREE DECADES WORKING FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. ALICE FIRST BEGAN HER CAREER WITH SENATOR JESSE HELMS BACK IN 1986 AS SPECIAL ASSISTANT. SHE WAS FRESH OUT OF COLLEGE AND CAME TO WASHINGTON AND WAS IMMEDIATELY HIRED BY THE SENATOR TO WORK FOR HIM HERE ON CAPITOL HILL. IT WAS DURING THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I FIRST MET ALICE. WE BOTH SERVED ON SENATOR HELMS STAFF TOGETHER, BRINGING CONSERVATIVE NORTH CAROLINA VALUES, AND IN ALICE'S CASE, SOUTHERN CHARM TO OUR WORK HERE AND WORK IN THE SENATE. WHEN SENATOR HELMS RETIRED IN 2003, SENATOR ELIZABETH DOLE WELCOMED ALICE TO HER STAFF IN RALEIGH TO HANDLE CONSTITUENT SERVICES. MR. SPEAKER, ALICE SPENT SIX YEARS WORKING FOR SENATOR DOLE IN THAT ROLE. DURING THAT TIME SHE BECAME WELL-KNOWN IN NORTH CAROLINA FOR HER PERSONAL ATTENTION TO CASEWORK. SHE HELPED COUNTLESS CONSTITUENTS TO NAVIGATE THE MANY PROBLEMS THAT ARISE WHEN DEALING WITH FEDERAL AGENCIES. FOLLOWING HER TIME WORKING IN THE SENATE, ALICE MOVED OVER TO THE HOUSE SIDE, SERVING ON THE STAFF OF FORMER CONGRESSWOMAN RENEE ELLMERS, AS HER CONSTITUENT SERVICES DIRECTOR. ALICE'S CARING AND COMPASSIONATE DEMEANOR MADE HER A LOGICAL CHOICE FOR THAT POSITION. THAT'S WHY, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I WAS FIRST ELECTED TO SERVE AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I COULDN'T THINK OF ANYONE BETTER SUITED TO SERVE AS MY DISTRICT DIRECTOR THAN ALICE MCCAUL. HER DEVOTION TO HER WORK AND FOR THE PEOPLE OF NORTH CAROLINA MADE HER AN EXCELLENT HIRE. THIS PAST SUMMER ALICE RETIRED AFTER ALMOST FIVE YEARS ON MY STAFF AND THE PEOPLE OF NORTH CAROLINA WERE LUCKY TO HAVE HER AS AN ADVOCATE. MY OFFICE CERTAINLY MISSES HER AND WILL NOT BE THE SAME WITHOUT HER. I ALWAYS THINK OF ALICE AS A COLLEAGUE AND A GOOD FRIEND FROM OUR TIME TOGETHER WITH SENATOR HELMS AND I WISH HER WELL AND HER FAMILY WELL AS SHE ENJOYS HER MUCH-DESERVED RETIREMENT. THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 10:42:07 AM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, FOR FIVE…

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                      • 10:42:12 AM

                        MR. MARSHALL

                        MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I SAY THE WORD OR THE TERM C.P.R., EVERYBODY IN THE ROOM…

                        MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I SAY THE WORD OR THE TERM C.P.R., EVERYBODY IN THE ROOM KNOWS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. BUT WHEN I SAY -- MENTION STOP THE BLEED, FEW OF US KNOW WHAT IT IS. THIS PAST SUMMER I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PART IN A STOP THE BLEED TRAINING PROGRAM OFFERED FROM MY GOOD FRIENDS AND FELLOW PHYSICIANS AT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. THIS SIMPLE TRAINING TEACHES INDIVIDUALS HOW TO TREAT BLEEDING INJURIES AND HELP SAVE A LIFE. EVERY YEAR ALMOST 200,000 AMERICANS DIE FROM TRAUMATIC INJURIES SUSTAINED AS A RESULT OF EVENTS, INCLUDING VEHICLE CRASHES, FALLS, INDUSTRIAL AND FARM ACCIDENTS, SHOOTINGS AND NATURAL DISASTERS. THE MOST COMMON PREVENTABLE CAUSE OF THESE DEATHS IS LOSING TOO MUCH BLOOD IN THE MINUTES BEFORE TRAINED RESPONDERS CAN ARRIVE. THIS IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO CHANGE. THE ABILITY TO RECOGNIZE LIFE-THREATENING BLEEDING AND THE ABILITY TO INTERVENE EFFECTIVELY CAN SAVE A LIFE. WHETHER THE INJURIES IS THE RESULT OF A CAR CRASH OR HOME ACCIDENT OR A HARM ACCIDENT, ONE PERSON WHO IS THERE AT THE RIGHT TIME AND HAVE THE RIGHT SKILLS CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCES. JUST LIKE C.P.R. TRAINING, A CIVILIAN FAMILIAR WITH THIS BASIC BLEEDING CONTROL TECHNIQUE IS BETTER EQUIPPED TO SAVE A LIFE. THE EFFORT TO MAKE THIS TRAINING AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC IS DRIVEN BY THE GOAL TO REDECEMBER OR ELIMINATE PREVENTABLE DEATHS FROM BLEEDING. THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS, WORKING IN PARTNERSHIPS WITH MANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, HAS NOW MADE THE TRAINING NEEDED TO ADDRESS SUCH INCIDENTS AVAILABLE ACROSS TO THE PUBLIC, AND THROUGH NATIONWIDE ADVOCACY EFFORTS, THESE COLLEGE OF SURGEONS WILL WORK TO ENSURE ALL PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES. I WOULD LIKE TO IMPLORE, ENCOURAGE FOLKS LIKE THE BOY SCOUTS, GIRL SCOUTS, AMERICAN RED CROSS, OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT TEACH C.P.R. TO ADD IN VERY SIMPLE COURSE ON STOP THE BLEED TO THAT TRAINING COURSE PROGRAM. IT'S VERY SIMPLE. IT'S A VERY SIMPLE CONCEPT PUTTING PRESSURE WHERE THE BLEEDING IS OCCURRING OR HOW TO MAKE A QUICK TURN QUIT OUT OF YOUR -- TOURNIQUET OUT OF YOUR BELT OR PIECE OF CLOTHING. I WANT TO ASK FELLOW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO GET TRAINING IN STOP THE BLEED TODAY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 10:44:30 AM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, FOR FIVE…

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. HIGHWAY --

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                      • 10:44:40 AM

                        MR. HOYER

                        MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD NOT SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES.…

                        MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD NOT SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. DEMOCRATS DO NOT WANT GOVERNMENT TO SHUT DOWN. IT IS, HOWEVER, NOT IN OUR HANDS. IT TAKES A MAJORITY TO PASS ANY BILL IN THIS HOUSE. 218 VOTES. OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE OTHER 240 VOTES. WE HAVE 193. SO IT'S NOT IN OUR HANDS, MR. SPEAKER. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS BEEN GIVEN THE RESPONSIBILITY AND THE DUTY TO ENACT LEGISLATION, TO ENSURE THE PROPER FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT. AS THE GOVEPBING PARTY, THEY CAN PASS WHATEVER THEY WANT TO PASS ON THIS FLOOR. INDEED, AS THE GOVERNING PARTY, THEY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO USE THEIR VOTES TO KEEP GOVERNMENT RUNNING. THEY CONTROL THE HOUSE, THEY CONTROL THE SENATE, AND THEY CONTROL THE WHITE HOUSE. ALL THE LEVERS OF POWER OF LEGISLATING ARE IN THEIR HANDS. BUT WE'RE HERE, MR. SPEAKER, ON THE VERGE OF A SHUTDOWN BECAUSE OF FAMILIAR PATTERN WHERE REPUBLICANS CANNOT UNITE AS A PARTY. THEY CANNOT AGREE AMONG THEMSELVES SPENDING PRIORITIES. AND THIS HAS HAPPENED AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. IN FACT, EACH TILE THE CONGRESS HAS SUCCESSFULLY ENACTED A FUNDING BILL SINCE THE REPUBLICANS TOOK A -- TOOK THE MAJORITY IN 2011, THEY HAD TO HAVE DEMOCRATIC VOTES TO PASS THAT LEGISLATION. EVERY SINGLE TIME. WHEN WE PASSED THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION IN SEPTEMBER, JUST ABOUT THREE MONTHS AGO, WE DID SO BECAUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERS ASKED FOR MORE TIME TO WORK. ON THE PRIORITIES THAT CONFRONT THIS COUNTRY. AND RESPONSIBLY KEEPING GOVERNMENT WORKING. THEY HAD THREE MONTHS TO DO SO. YET HERE WE ARE WITH ONE DAY REMAINING AND NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT. INSTEAD, THEY SPENT THE PAST THREE MONTHS ON PRIORITIES THAT I'LL OUTLINE IN JUST A MINUTE, WORKING ON A TAX BILL THAT'S RECKLESS, DEEPLY UNPOPULAR, AND HARMFUL TO THE LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND THE ECONOMIC WELL BEING OF OUR COUNTRY AND THAT I CALL A DEATH TAX BECAUSE IT WILL -- A DEBT TAX BECAUSE IT WILL EXPLODE THE DEBT OF THE UNITED STATES. A BILL THAT WOULD RAISE TAXES ON 78 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS HOUSEHOLDS AND KICK 13 MILLION AMERICANS OFF THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE. A BILL THAT WOULD INCREASE, AS I SAID, THE DEFICIT BY $1.5 TRILLION. INDEED, MUCH MORE THAN THAT. BECAUSE WE'LL HAVE TO PAY INTEREST ON THE MONEY WE'RE GOING TO BORROW TO DO THE TAX CUT. WHILE WE FAIL TO PAY OUR BILLS. A BILL THAT WOULD TRIGGER AN AUTOMATIC CUT OF MEDICARE BY $25 BILLION NEXT YEAR. A BILL PREMISED ON A FALSEHOOD THAT TAX CUTS MAGICALLY PAY FOR THEMSELVES. THAT'S WHAT THE PAST THREE MONTHS HAVE BEEN WASTED ON, MR. SPEAKER. NOT A SINGLE APPROPRIATIONS BILL HAS BEEN ENACTED BY THIS CONGRESS. NOT A SINGLE ONE. THERE ARE 12. AND THEY CONTROL THE HOUSE THEY CONTROL THE SENATE, AND THEY CONTROL THE PRESIDENT. NOW OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, ARE ASKING FOR TWO MORE WEEKS. TWO MORE WEEKS. TWO MORE WEEK, THEY SAY. REPUBLICANS ARE ASKING US FOR TWO MORE WEEKS BECAUSE THEY CLAIM THEY HAVEN'T HAD TIME TO WRITE A FUNDING BILL THEY CAN PASS. 90 DAYS. EVERY DEMOCRAT VOTED FOR WHAT I CALL THE NO DRAMA C.R. IN SEPTEMBER. 90 REPUBLICANS VOTED NO ON AN AGREEMENT WE HAD TO USE THE NEXT 90 DAYS TO ADDRESS THE PRIORITIES OF AMERICA. BUT 90 REPUBLICANS VOTED NO. AND THEY'VE HAD TIME WRITE AND REWRITE AND REWRITE AND REWRITE AGAIN A TAX BILL THAT ADVANTAGED THE WEALTHIEST IN AMERICA AT THE EXPENSE OF THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS. THAT, MR. SPEAKER IS HOW THEY'VE SPENT THEIR TIME. THESE PAST THREE MONTHS. WRITE A FUNDING BILL TO AVERT SHUTDOWN? NO. REACH AN AGREEMENT THAT IS RESPONSIBLE TO FUND THE PRIORITIES OF AMERICA? NO. WRITE A TAX BILL. THAT'S WHAT THEY'VE DONE FOR 90 DAYS. THEY KICKED MILLIONS OF THEIR -- OFF THEIR HEALTH COVERAGE AND RAISES TAXES ON MILLIONS MORE. THAT'S WHAT THEY CHOSE TO DO. TWO MORE WEEKS. THEY WANT TWO MORE WEEKS, THEY HAVE 240 VOTES, GIVE THEMS MORE TIME BUT I'M CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO VOTE TO GIVE THEM TWO MORE WEEKS SIMPLY TO WORK ON THE TAX BILL. WHICH THEY HAVE PLEDGED TO PASS BY CHRISTMAS. HOWEVER, IF THEY PASSED IT A YEAR FROM NOW, IT WOULD HAVE THE SAME IMPACT ON AMERICA'S TAXES. THE CRITICAL THEY HAVE IGNORED AND DELAYED. THE POLITICAL HAS BEEN THEIR SOLE FOCUS. I SAY TO MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, MR. SPEAKER, YOU WON CONTROL OF THE GOVERNMENT. GOVERN. GOVERN. BE RESPONSIBLE. FOCUS ON THAT WHICH IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. DON'T SAY YOU HAVEN'T HAD TIME TO DO THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB YOU HAD. YOU HAD TIME. WE VOTED, EVERY ONE OF US, TO GIVE YOU 90 DAYS. TO WORK EITHER IN A PARTISAN SENSE AS YOU'VE DONE SO MUCH OF THE YEAR. OR IN A BIPARTISAN SENSE WHICH WAS MUCH MORE POSITIVE AND WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH MORE PRODUCT I. LAST TWO-DO LIST, MR. SPEAKER, OF CRITICAL LEGISLATIVE ITEMS THAT THIS HOUSE HAS TO COMPLETE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. IT'S LONG AND IT'S A COMPELLING LIST. SIX OF THEM HAVE HARD DEADLINES AND MUST BE DONE BEFORE WE LEAVE FOR THE END OF THE YEAR. 90 DAYS WE DIDN'T DO THIS. NONE OF THE SIX IS A SURPRISE, EITHER. NEITHER ARE ANY OF THE OTHERS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO DO BY THE END OF THE YEAR AS WELL. THE MAJORITY HAS HAD MONTHS TO WORK ON BRINGING LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR ON EACH ONE OF THEM. MONTHS. HERE WE ARE. IN DECEMBER. PUSHED UP AGAINST THE WALL OF A FUNDING DEADLINE. REPUBLICANS WANT TWO MORE WEEKS. SO THEY CAN FOCUS ON PASSING THEIR TAX BILL BEFORE CHRISTMAS. NOT THE PRIORITIES OF AMERICA BUT A TAX BILL. A DEEPLY UNPOPULAR, APPROPRIATELY SO, TAX BILL. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME LIST WHAT WE NEED TO DO AND WHAT WE OUGHT TO DO AND WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE DONE OVER THE LAST 90 DAYS. LET ME SHARE WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO SENT US HERE WHAT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS NOT GOTTEN DONE IN ALL THE MONTHS THEY'VE HAD COMPLETE CONTROL OF THE GOVERNMENT. ONE, KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN AND FUNCTIONING. BY PASSING FUNDING BILLS AND SENDING THEM TO THE PRESIDENT FOR SIGNATURE. SECOND, RE-AUTHORIZE THELLING -- RE-AUTHORIZE THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM SO MILLIONS OF OUR CHILDREN WILL NOT LOSE HEALTH CARE INSURANCE. PROVIDE FUNDING FOR V.A. CHOICE TO HELP CARE FOR OUR VETERANS. THAT MUST BE DONE. RE-AUTHORIZE THE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM SO CRITICAL TO SO MANY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. EXTEND AN EXPIRING HEALTH PROGRAM SUCH AS COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. ON WHICH SO MANY OTHER MILLIONS RELY. RE-AUTHORIZE PORKSES OF THE INTELLIGENCE ACT TO PROTECT AMERICA'S SECURITY. THAT WILL END BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. 90 DAYS WE'VE HAD TO CONSIDER ALL THOSE ITEMS. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ALSO EXPECT US TO PROVIDE NECESSARY RESOURCES TO ADDRESS THE OPIOID ADDICTION CRISIS. 90 DAYS TO DO THAT. REACH AN AGREEMENT ON SPENDING LEVELS FOR CRITICAL PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE'RE DEALING WITH SEQUESTER. BUT WE HAVEN'T DONE THAT. PASS FUNDING TO KEEP GOVERNMENT EFFECTIVELY SERVING OUR PEOPLE. 90 DAYS TO DO THAT. HERE WE ARE. PASS THE DREAM ACT TO PROVIDE CERTAINTY FOR THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE BROUGHT HERE AS CHILDREN. AND HAVE GROWN UP AS AMERICANS. TAKE ACTION TO STABILIZE OUR HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETS. WE HAVEN'T DONE THAT. 90 DAYS. EXTEND THE EXPIRED PERKINS LOAN PROGRAM SO COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH THE MOST NEEDS CAN COMPLETE THEIR DEGREES. WE HAVEN'T DONE THAT. IN THE LAST 90 DAYS. RE-AUTHORIZE FIRE GRANTS. SO THAT OUR DOMESTIC DEFENDERS, OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, CAN HAVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED FOR TRAINING, FOR PERSONNEL, FOR EQUIPMENT, TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFE. WE HAD 90 DAYS TO DO THAT. PREVENT NEARLY A MILLION PEOPLE FROM LOSING ACCESS TO MEDICAID IN PUERTO RICO. AND I WILL END WITH, MAKING SURE THAT THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS, THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA, THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO AND THE PEOPLE OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS HAVE RESOURCES TO REBUILD AND RESTORE THEIR COMMUNITIES DEVASTATED BY HARVEY AND IRMA AND MARIA. ALL OF THIS WE NEED TO DO BY DECEMBER 31. WHAT ARE WE FOCUSED ON? A TAX BILL. WHEN WILL THAT TAX BILL TAKE EFFECT FOR TAXES IN 2018? WHEN WILL YOU PAY THOSE? BY APRIL 15, 2019. YET THAT'S WHAT WE SPEND ALL OUR TIME ON. THAT'S WHAT WE SPEND ALL OUR TIME ON. NOT THE PRIORITIES I HAVE JUST READ. BUT A TAX BILL THAT WILL HURT AMERICA. HURT ITS FINANCIAL STATUS. AND HURT ITS MIDDLE INCOME WORKERS. AND MOST OF ALL, HURT THE CHILDREN WHO WILL PAY BACK THE MONEY WE WILL BORROW TO GIVE THE WEALTHIEST IN AMERICA A TAX CUT. THOSE PEOPLE MAKING OVER $900,000 A YEAR. THAT CROWD WILL GET 62% OF THE RESOURCES. YET THE SPEAKER SAYS THAT WE NEED TO HELP THE STRUGGLING AMERICANS. THERE IS NOT A PERSON I WILL TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AT ANY ONE OF MY TOWN MEETINGS CAME UP TO ME AND WAS WORRIED ABOUT THE PEOPLE MAKING $900,000 OR MORE. MAYBE IT HAPPENED TO YOU, MR. SPEAKER, IT HASN'T HAPPENED TO ME. WHY ARE WE AT THIS POINT? BECAUSE WE HAVE A GOVERNING PARTY THAT REFUSES TO GOVERN. BECAUSE WE HAVE A MAJORITY THAT HAS FAILED TO DO THE BUSINESS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. EVEN FOR SOMETHING AS FUNDAMENTAL AS PROVIDING FOR THE OPERATIONS OF GOVERNMENT. MR. SPEAKER, WE DEMOCRATS WELCOME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIT DOWN WITH OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AND REACH A COMPROMISE AGREEMENT TO MEET OUR RESPONSIBILITIES. AND ADDRESS THE MANY OF THE PRESSING ISSUES I'VE OUTLINED EARLIER IN THIS ADDRESS. MY TIME IS ABOUT UP. HAD WE UTILIZED THE 90 DAYS THAT WE ALL VOTED, WE ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE, THE DEMS VOTED, WITH OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, ALTHOUGH 90 REPUBLICANS VOTED NO, BUT WE ALL VOTED YES. TO TAKE 90 DAYS TO MEET OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT HASN'T BEEN DONE. WE HAVE NO CONFIDENCE THAT GIVING TWO MORE WEEKS WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN. LET'S GET TO WORK RIGHT NOW. NOT ON THE TAX BILL. THAT COULD BE PASSED AT SOME POINT IN TIME, I'M AGAINST IT, I'LL VOTE AGAINST IT, I HOPE IT FAIL, IT'S A BAD BILL BUT LET'S ADDRESS THESE PRIORITIES. THAT'S NOT WHAT THE INTENT OF THIS TWO WEEKS IS, IT'S TO GIVE TWO WEEKS SO WE CAN PASS A BAD TAX BILL THAT WILL HURT AMERICA OR HURT OUR CHILDREN AND WILL HURT THE MIDDLE CLASS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE…

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                        MR. SPEAKER, AS I LISTENED TO THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC WHIP LAY OUT THE CASE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, AS I LISTENED TO THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC WHIP LAY OUT THE CASE FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, I WAS STRUCK BY HOW STARK THE CHOICES ARE. AND HOW MUCH WE ARE LOOKING AT FAILURE AT HOME AND ABROAD. WE'RE WATCHING THE RECKLESS ACTION OF TRUMP WITH HIS DECLARATION THAT WE'RE GOING TO MOVE THE U.S. EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM. FURTHER ISOLATING AMERICA. WE'RE ALONE IN THIS INSTANCE. PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE ARAB WORLD, EUROPEAN ALLIES, ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT THIS WILL HAVE A DESTABILIZING EFFECT. WE'RE WATCHING THE COUNTDOWN HERE AS WE'RE KIND OF SCRAMBLING TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPEN. WHEN FOR HEAVEN'S SAKES THESE HAVE BEEN CLEAR FOR MONTHS. AND REPUBLICANS OCCUPY ALL THE LEVELS OF POWER. WHY CAN'T THEY SIMPLY ACT TO BE ABLE TO SEND CLEAR SIGNALS SO THE APPROPRIATORS CAN WORK AND GOVERNMENT OPERATES. WE'VE WATCHED THE EXPIRATION OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH PROGRAM. WILDLY PREPONDERANCE LAR. WITH PEOPLE OF ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM. TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THIS SIGNIFICANT ENHANCEMENT OF HEALTH FOR CHILDREN IN THIS COUNTRY. EVEN MORE IMPORTANT BECAUSE OF THE REPUBLICANS' RELENTLESS ASSAULT ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND DESTABLE IDESING INSURANCE MARKETS. YET STATE AFTER STATE, INCLUDING MY HOME STATE OF OREGON, IS FACING THE DIFFICULT TASK OF SENDING OUT NOTICES TO FAMILIES THAT THEY'RE NO LONGER GOING TO HAVE ACCESS TO THIS CRITICAL HEALTH CARE. AND IN THE BACKDROP OF ALL OF THIS, WE'RE WATCHING A REPUBLICAN TAX PROGRAM WHICH WOULD BE THE LARGEST TRANSFER OF WEALTH IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY PAID FOR BY MORTGAGING THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. $1.5 TRILLION EXTRA DEBT. AND WHEN YOU PUT IN THE FACT THAT WE'LL HAVE TO PAY INTEREST ON THAT, $2.3 TRILLION TO BE ABLE TO GIVE SOME OF THE LARGEST CORPORATIONS AND THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS EVEN MORE TAX BENEFITS. AND WE ARE AND WE ARE NEGLECTING -- TAX BENEFITS TO SOME WHO DON'T NEED IT AND WE STILL DON'T HAVE AN INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN WHICH THE PRESIDENT PROMISED. $1 TRILLION OF INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING TO REBUILD AND RENEW AMERICA. WELL, I'LL TELL YOU THERE WOULD BE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR ANY REASONABLE PLAN GOING FORWARD. IN FACT, WE HAVE PEOPLE IN THE AMERICAN TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY WHO WERE SAYING RAISE OUR TAXES. THE FUEL TAX HAS BEEN RAISED IN OVER HALF THE STATES, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF RED REPUBLICAN STATES. THERE'S A DEAL TO BE HAD WHEN A.A.A. AND THE AMERICAN TRUCKERS ASSOCIATION SAY LET'S PROVIDE THE LEADERSHIP, MAKE THE INVESTMENT, PUT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS TO WORK IN WAYS THAT WILL ENHANCE THE ENVIRONMENT, IMPROVE THE ECONOMY AND GIVE PEOPLE A SENSE OF PRIDE THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY COME TOGETHER AND GET SOMETHING DONE. IT'S WAITING THERE, AND YET WE'RE SPENDING $2.3 TRILLION TO LARGELY BENEFIT THE TOP 1% AND THE LARGEST CORPORATIONS AND WE'RE IGNORING NEEDS LIKE THAT. THE TREASURY, WE'RE TOLD, HAS BEEN DOING STUDIES THAT WILL PROVE THAT THIS WILL JUST PAY FOR ITSELF, AND THE SECRETARY OF TREASURY HAS BEEN ASKED, SHOW US THE STUDIES. WHAT'S THE RESEARCH? WHERE DO YOU PICK THIS NUMBER OUT OF THE AIR THAT IS REJECTED BY VIRTUALLY EVERY INDEPENDENT ECONOMIST AS WELL AS PAST EXPERIENCE? WE SEE NOTHING. WE SEE NOTHING. THE TAX BILL IS CONSTANTLY INFLUX. THAT'S ONE OF THE PRICES THAT WE PAY BECAUSE THEY NEVER FOLLOWED REGULAR ORDER, THEY DIDN'T ATTEMPT TO WORK ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, THERE WERE NO HEARINGS HELD ON THIS BILL, AND AS A MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE I WAS SHOCKED THIS BILL CHANGED SOMETIMES HOUR BY HOUR. THEY STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY PASSED. THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT CHANGING CORPORATE TAX RATES. THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT DEALING WITH SOME OF THE DEDUCTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY LIKE FOR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES. IT'S IN A STATE OF FLUX. WHAT WE DO KNOW IS WHAT WAS PASSED IN THE HOUSE IS WILDLY UNPOPULAR. HOW DO YOU TAKE A TAX CUT THAT'S UNPOPULAR BY 75% OF THE POPULATION? IT'S BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO LOOK AT IT, AND THE CLOSER THEY LOOK, THE MORE THEY'RE GOING TO FIND IT DISTASTEFUL. I'M HOPEFUL THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO SOMEDAY COME TO OUR SENSES, WORK TOGETHER ON THINGS THAT WILL ACTUALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC RATHER THAN MAKE IT WORSE.

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                        WE'RE LEAVING THIS "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" SEGMENT NOW FOR THE HOUSE SESSION.…

                        WE'RE LEAVING THIS "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" SEGMENT NOW FOR THE HOUSE SESSION. THE HOUSE IS MEETING TO CONSIDER A TWO-WEEK GOVERNMENT FUNDING EXTENSION WHILE NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE ON FEDERAL SPENDING PAST DECEMBER 22. CURRENT SPENDING AUTHORITY RUNS OUT FRIDAY NIGHT. ALSO CHANGES TO THE SMALL BUSINESS MERGER ACQUISITION. LIVE COVERAGE HERE ON C-SPAN. TOWN, NEBRASKA.

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                        YOUNG MEN AND WOMAN WHO SERVED TODAY. IN THESE TROUBLED TIMES OF FIRES,…

                        YOUNG MEN AND WOMAN WHO SERVED TODAY. IN THESE TROUBLED TIMES OF FIRES, FLOODS, TERROR ATTACKS, MASS CHOOTINGS, HELP US TO RELY ON YOUR STRENGTH TO ENVISION AND BUILD A STRONGER, MORE SECURE AMERICA. GIVE US MORE VISIONARIES LIKE FATHER EDWARD FLANAGAN WHO FOUNDED ON DECEMBER 12, 100 YEARS AGO. HE WAS AN IRISH IMMIGRANT WHO LIVED THE AMERICAN DREAM AND TAUGHT US ALL THAT THE TROUBLED CHILD CAN GROW UP TO BE A USEFUL CITIZEN IF GIVEN HALF THE CHANCE. HE SAW THE BEST IN THE KIDS THAT OTHERS REJECTED AS USELESS. HELP US. ESPECIALLY EACH OF OUR REPRESENTATIVES TO SEE THE BEST IN THOSE THAT HAVE DIFFERENT POLITICAL OR SOCIAL VIEWS SO WE CAN TOGETHER BUILD AN AMERICA THAT ENABLES AND CALLS FOR THE BEST IN ITS CITIZENS. AMEN.

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                        THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND…

                        THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURN TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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                        THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT, THE JOURNAL…

                        THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        I DEMAND THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS…

                        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY MR. DAVIDSON.

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                        MR. DAVIDSON

                        OUR GUESTS TO RISE AND JOIN US IN THE PLEDGE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE…

                        OUR GUESTS TO RISE AND JOIN US IN THE PLEDGE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON, IS RECOGNIZED…

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                        MR. BACON

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO THANK AND RECOGNIZE FATHER STEVEN…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO THANK AND RECOGNIZE FATHER STEVEN E. BOES WHO JOINED US TODAY TO DELIVER THE OPENING PRAYER. HE'S THE FIFTH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BOYS TOWN WHICH IS IN NEBRASKA'S SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND IS CELEBRATING THE 100TH BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH. HE WAS ORDAINED IN 1985 FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE IN OMAHA. HE REGULARLY ATTENDS SCHOOL EVENTS AT BOYS TOWN SCHOOLS. I HAVE JOINED. THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN SERVED THROUGH BOYS TOWN ON CAMPUS FAMILY STYLE CARE AND PROGRAMS SERVING CHILDREN IN THEIR HOMES AND COMMUNITY HAS DOUBLED. THE FAMILY HOPE PROJECT STARTED IN 1974 AND SERVED 36,000 TO DATE. THE BOYS TOWN FOSTER PROGRAM HAS CARED FOR 9,000 YOUTH TO DATE. AND THE IN-HOME SERVICES PROGRAM HAS HELPED 102,600 YOUTH WITHOUT HAVING TO REMOVE THEM FROM THEIR HOMES. BOYS TOWN HAS EMERGENCY SERVICES AND HAS SERVED OVER 45,000 YOUTH. THE MAN WHO STARTED ALL THIS 100 YEARS AGO, FATHER EDWARD FLANAGAN, WAS TRULY A VISIONARY FOR CHANGING HOW AMERICA CARED FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN. HE WORKED FOR REFORMTORIES WHERE CHILDREN WERE ABUSED AND OPENING THE FATHER FLANAGAN'S BOYS HOME WHICH BECAME BOYS TOWN. HE'S MADE AN IMPACT UPON THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS. BOYS TOWN HAS NINE LOCATIONS INCLUDING NEVADA, LOUISIANA, NORTH FLORIDA, CENTRAL FLORIDA, SOUTH FLORIDA, WASHINGTON, D.C., ENGLAND, IOWA AND NEBRASKA. FOR FATHER FLANAGAN TO FATHER BOES, MANY LIVES HAVE BEEN IMPACTED. I RECOGNIZE BOYS TOWN FOR 100 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AND AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER ONE-MINUTE…

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MS. ROS-LEHTINEN THANK YOU --

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                        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TODAY WE BID FAREWELL TO MY SENIOR FOREIGN POLICY…

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TODAY WE BID FAREWELL TO MY SENIOR FOREIGN POLICY ADVISOR AND SUBCOMMITTEE STAFF DIRECTOR EDDIE ACEVEDO. A MIAMI NATIVE BOY AND A PART NICARAGUAN AMERICAN. FOR OVER A DECADE EDDY AND I HAVE WORKED -- HE HADIE AND I HAVE WORKED SIDE BY SIDE. EDDIE'S DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE IN POLITICAL ACKUEMEN IS ONLY ECLIPSED BY HIS PASSION AND KINDINGS. HE'S A BULLDOG WHEN IT COMES TO ADVANCING OUR CORE IDEALS LIKE THE RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE PROMOTION OF DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES. THAT IS WHY HE'S AN IDEAL FIT FOR HIS NEXT ROLE AS DEPUTY ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR AND CHIEF LEGISLATIVE STRATEGIST WITH USAID. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT WE WILL HEAR MANY GREAT THINGS FROM EDDIE IN THE FUTURE. MR. SPEAKER, EDDIE IS MORE THAN MY MOST TRUSTED ADVISOR, HE'S MY DEAR FRIEND AND HE WILL BE VERY MUCH MISSED. SO OUR STAFF AND OUR FAMILY WISH HIM AND HIS WIFE, LULI, ALL THE BEST AS THEY ENTER THIS NEXT NEW EXCITING CHAPTER OF THEIR LIFE TOGETHER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                        MR. GREEN

                        MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS, THIS HOLIDAY SEASON THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS BEEN…

                        MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS, THIS HOLIDAY SEASON THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS BEEN WORKING OVERTIME ON A TAX PLAN THAT GIVES PERMANENT TAX CUTS TO WEALTHY FAMILIES AND CORPORATIONS AND FUNDED BY RAISING TAXES ON MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. AS THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY TRIES TO DISGUISE THIS TAX PLAN AS BEAUTIFULLY WRAPPED GIFT, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THERE ARE NEGATIVE HEALTH CARE EFFECTS HIDDEN INSIDE THE PLAN. BY PASSING THE TAX PLAN, THERE WILL BE AUTOMATIC CUTS IN MEDICARE TO THE TUNE OF $25 BILLION A YEAR. IN ADDITION, THIS PLAN COULD CAUSE AN EXTRA 13 MILLION PEOPLE TO BECOME UNINSURED. THE TAX BILL WILL EXPLODE OUR DEBT OR WILL CUT MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. IT'S BEEN MORE THAN TWO MONTHS SINCE CONGRESS HAVE RE-AUTHORIZED THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM AND THE FEDERALLY PROVIDED HEALTH CENTERS. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY THESE PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN HELD HOSTAGE TO THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. INSTEAD OF RACING TO RE-AUTHORIZE THESE BIPARTISAN PROGRAMS, THE REPUBLICANS HAVE NEGLECTED CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY SOLELY TO PROVIDE TAX CUTS TO CORPORATIONS AND WEALTHY INDIVIDUALS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS PLAN IS NOT FOR THE MANY BUT ONLY FOR THE FEW.

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                        MR. WILSON

                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND AMBASSADOR HALEY,…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND AMBASSADOR HALEY, SOUTH CAROLINA'S FORMER GOVERNOR, FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT THE UNITED STATES WILL RECOGNIZE JERUSALEM AS THE CAPITAL CITY OF ISRAEL AND RELOCATE THE AMERICAN EMBASSY TO THE HOLY CITY WHICH PROTECTS ALL RELIGIONS. AS PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID AT THE WHITE HOUSE, QUOTE, THIS LONG OVERDUE RECOGNITION OF REALITY IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF BOTH THE UNITED STATES AND THE PURSUIT OF PEACE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS, END OF QUOTE. AMERICA'S BOND WITH ISRAEL IS UNIQUE AND THE STRENGTH THROUGH PEACE THROUGH STABILITY FOR ALL THE MIDDLE EAST PROVIDING FOR PROSPERITY FOR ALL COUNTRIES. THE PRESIDENT'S ANNOUNCEMENT STRENGTHENS THAT ALLIANCE AND I APPRECIATE HIM HONORING ANOTHER OF HIS CAMPAIGN COMMITMENTS. FRIENDS OF ISRAEL KNOW THEY HAVE A TRUE FRIEND IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHICH WAS HEART-FELT WHEN I MET LAST MONTH WITH SHELDON AND MARION HE HADDLESON AT THE WASHINGTON CONVENTION -- EDDLESON AT THE WASHINGTON CONVENTION CENTER. PEACE IS NOT BEYOND THE GRASP FOR THOSE WILLING TO REACH FOR IT. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON DECEMBER. JUST AS AMERICA RESOLVED DECEMBER 7, 1941.

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                        MR. MCGOVERN

                        MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY MY DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM MAINE, MS.…

                        MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY MY DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM MAINE, MS. PINGREE, HOSTED A FORUM ON THE FRUITS AND VEGETABLE PROGRAM. MANY BRIEFED CONGRESSIONAL STAFF HOW WE CAN IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES FOR THOSE LIVING IN POVERTY BY INCREASING ACCESS TO HEALTHY, FRESH PRODUCE. CURRENTLY HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AT 34 CLINICS ACROSS 10 STATES PROVIDE INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILY MEMBERS WITH PRESCRIPTIONS FOR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND $1 PER DAY PER FAMILY MEMBER TO PURCHASE THESE NUTRITIOUS FOOD. THE PROGRAM HAS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED FOOD SECURITY AMONG ITS PARTICIPANTS AND HAS ENABLED THESE FAMILIES TO INCREASE THEIR VEGETABLE CONSUMPTION BY AN ASTOUNDING 206%. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE LOCAL FARMS ACT, H.R. 3941, REPRESENTATIVE PINGREE'S BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, TO EXPAND THIS IMPORTANT EFFORT AND LET US ALL WORK TOGETHER TO END HUNGER NOW. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                        INFAMY WE RECALL MCARTHUR'S MESSAGE FROM THE PHILIPPINES. HE SAID…

                        INFAMY WE RECALL MCARTHUR'S MESSAGE FROM THE PHILIPPINES. HE SAID FAMOUSLY, FROM THE FAR EAST I SEND YOU ONE SINGLE THOUGHT, ONE SOLE IDEA WRITTEN IN RED FROM EACH BED HEAD, THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR VICTORY. I ASK THE CORE CADETS AT THE MILITARY ACADEMY TO REMEMBER THAT ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD SATURDAY. GO, ARMY. BEAT NAVY.

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                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS OF…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS OF DUCKS, UNLIMITED, FOR 80 YEARS, DUCKS, UNLIMITED HAS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE WETLAND CONSERVATION PROCESS FIGHTING FOR CRITICAL CONSERVATION POLLS POL CIS.

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                        MR. THOMPSON

                        CONDUCTING OUTREACH TO BRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF SPORTS MEN AND WOMEN…

                        CONDUCTING OUTREACH TO BRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF SPORTS MEN AND WOMEN INTO PLAY. THEY RAISED BILLS OF DOLLARS TO CONSERVE MORE THAN 14 MILLION ACRES, AND THEY HAVE BIOLOGISTS ON THE GROUNDWORKING WITH LOCAL PARTNERS TO BRING THESE PROJECTS ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. DUCKS, UNLIMITED HAS HAD GREAT SUCCESS IN MAKING CRITICAL HABITAT IMPROVEMENTS TO WETLANDS AND SUPPORT HEALTHY FLY WAY POPULATIONS, CLEAN AIR AND WATER AND STRONG LOCAL ECONOMIES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MR. DARREN OF OHIO COUNTY IN THE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MR. DARREN OF OHIO COUNTY IN THE FIRST DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY. DARREN WAS NAMED THE 2017 FARMER OF THE YEAR BY THE KENTUCKY FARM BUREAU AT THEIR 98TH ANNUAL MEETING HELD IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY. THROUGHOUT AN EXTENSIVE INTERVIEW PROCESS, DARREN'S STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO AGRICULTURAL MODERNIZATION, EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT SHOWN THROUGH EVERY FACET OF HIS CAREER AND PERSONAL LIFE.

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                        MR. COMER

                        OF EXPERIENCE IN FARM MANAGEMENT AND AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY SALES, DARREN…

                        OF EXPERIENCE IN FARM MANAGEMENT AND AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY SALES, DARREN HAS NOT ONLY DOUBLED THE SIZE OF HIS FAMILY FARMING OPERATIONS BUT HAS BEEN AN OUTSTANDING LEADER IN THE OHIO COUNTY FARM BUREAU AND HIS LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. KNOWN TO THE STUDENTS AS FARMER LUCTRELL, HE'S INSPIRED THE NEXT GENERATION OF AGRICULTURE LEADERS THROUGH HIS INVOLVEMENT WITH LOCAL SCHOOLS. I'M THANKFUL FOR DARREN'S ADVOCACY FOR KENTUCKY AGRICULTURE AND I THANK THOSE DARREN HAS SERVED THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER AND WISHING HIM THE BEST OF LUCK AS HE COMPETES WITH THE SUNBELT AG EXPO FARMER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION IN GEORGIA IN 2018. I YIELD BACK. FOIP THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? --

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                        MS. KAPTUR

                        MR. SPEAKER, THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE HAS BANNED RUSSIA FROM…

                        MR. SPEAKER, THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE HAS BANNED RUSSIA FROM THE 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS DUE TO RAMPANT AND STATE-BACKED DOPING. THE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE SAYS THAT RUSSIA'S SCALE OF CHEATING IS UNPRECEDENTED. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE THAT THE ENEMY OF DEMOCRACY KNOWS NO LIMITS UNDER THE PUTIN REGIME. RUSSIA'S GOVERNMENT AND ITS CORRUPTION, SOME SAY DEPREVIOUSITY, IT TARNISHES THE TRADITION OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES. THEY DISHONOR ATHLETES AROUND THE WORLD WHO GIVE THEIR BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS TO COMPETE. WHILE THIS DECISION RIGHTLY PENALIZES RUSSIA, RUSSIA IS LOOKING AHEAD TO HOST THE 2018 WORLD CUP IN SOCCER. PUTIN WILL RELISH THIS GLOBAL PLATFORM TO SPEW OUT HIS PROPAGANDA TO THE WORLD WHILE THOUSANDS OF UKRAINIANS ARE KILLED AND MILLIONS MORE THROUGHOUT CENTRAL EUROPE ARE STIFLED UNDER HIS REPRESSIVE THUMB. THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY MUST BE ON ALERT. WE MUST STAND FOR LIBERTY. WE MUST COUNTER RUSSIA'S CORRUPTION, INTERFERENCE AND AGGRESSION IN ALL ITS FORM, AND AS THE 2018 WORLD CUP NEARS, I CALL UPON THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO CHOOSE, AGAIN, AN HONORABLE FIELD ON WHICH THE WORLD'S ATHLETES CAN COMPETE. I YIELD BACK.

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                        MR. THOMPSON

                        MR. SPEAKER, REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                        MR. THOMPSON

                        MR. SPEAKER, 76 YEARS AGO TODAY OUR NATION WITNESSED THE DEVASTATING…

                        MR. SPEAKER, 76 YEARS AGO TODAY OUR NATION WITNESSED THE DEVASTATING ATTACK AT A NAVAL BASE IN PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII. THAT EVENT HASTENED OUR ENTRY INTO WORLD WAR II. THE SURPRISE ATTACK BY THE JAPANESE ON THE MORNING OF DECEMBER 7, 1941, LEFT 2,403 PEOPLE DEAD. AMONG THEM WERE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. NAVY, ARMY, MARINE AND ALSO CIVILIANS. IT WAS ONE OF THE DEADLIEST ATTACKS IN AMERICAN HISTORY. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT DESCRIBED IT AS A, QUOTE, DATE WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY. ON THIS SOLEMN DAY OF COMMEMORATION WE REMEMBER AND WE REFLECT. FLAGS THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY ARE FLOWN AT HALF STAFF IN HONOR OF PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY. MR. SPEAKER, LET US REMEMBER AND HONOR THE LIVES OF THOSE BRAVE AMERICANS WHO PERISHED ON THIS DAY 76 YEARS AGO. AS PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SAID, QUOTE, NO MATTER HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE US TO OVERCOME THIS PREMEDITATED INVASION, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR RIGHTEOUS MIGHT WILL WIN THROUGH TO ABSOLUTE VICTORY AND WE DID. GOD BLESS THE PEARL HARBOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        MS. ROSEN

                        TO PUT PROVISIONS THAT HILL HURT PEOPLE IN NEVADA AND ACROSS THIS COUNTRY.…

                        TO PUT PROVISIONS THAT HILL HURT PEOPLE IN NEVADA AND ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. LET'S BE CLEAR. THIS MONSTROSITY OF A BILL WOULD SLAM MANY OF NEVADA'S HARD-WORKING FAMILIES AND ADDING $1 TRILLION TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT. THE SENATE VERSION OF THIS BILL WILL SPIKE HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS AND CAUSE MILLIONS TO LOSE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AND BILLIONAIRES AND GIANT CORPORATIONS CAN RECEIVE AN UNNECESSARY TAX CUT. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS CAN CLEARLY SEE THIS IS A BILL JUST TO GIVE AWAY TO WEALTHY CAMPAIGN DONORS AT THE EXPENSE OF HARD-WORKING FAMILIES. WE NEED A TAX CODE THAT PUTS MONEY BACK IN THE POCKETS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. AND CERTAINLY NOT ONE THAT PUTS PROFITS BEFORE PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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                        FIELD HOCKEY TEAM ON 2017 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY. IT WAS A REMARKABLE…

                        FIELD HOCKEY TEAM ON 2017 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY. IT WAS A REMARKABLE SEASON FOR THESE YOUNG WOMEN. THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY CAPPED OFF A PERFECT 28-0 SEASON. AND 23 OF THOSE VICTORIES WERE SHUTOUTS. THEY SCORED 148 GOALS AND ONLY ALLOWED FIVE. LEADING SCORERS, GABBY AND EBBONNY COMBINED FOR 64 GOALS AND 54 ASSISTS. WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS TEAM IS THEIR COMBINED G.P.A. AT 3.63. SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT THE TEAM AND ALSO ABOUT THEIR COACHES, THEIR PARENTS BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT SUCCESS LIKE THIS ISN'T ACHIEVED ALONE. I COULDN'T BE PROUDER TO REPRESENT THESE YOUNG WOMEN AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE CONTINUED SUCCESS OF THIS PROGRAM, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PENN MANOR FIELD HOCKEY TEAM, COACHES, THE FACULTY AND STUDENTS THAT HELPED MAKE THIS CHAMPIONSHIP POSSIBLE. I YIELD BACK.

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                        MR. GABBARD

                        WE ARE COMMEMORATING THE 76TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACKS ON PEARL HARBOR…

                        WE ARE COMMEMORATING THE 76TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACKS ON PEARL HARBOR AND THOSE WHO PAID THE PRICE ON THAT DAY AND THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO WERE CALLED TO SERVE INCLUDING TWO OF OUR FORMER OUR SENATORS. REMEMBER THE FAMED GO FOR BROKE 42ND INFANTRY REGULAR MEANT, MADE UP OF YOUNG MEN DESPITE BEING FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS BEING SENT OFF INTO INTERNMENT CAMPS STILL VOLUNTEERED TO SERVE PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR THEIR COUNTRY. THEY BECAME THE MOST HIGHLY DECORATED UNIT IN ALL OF THE U.S. ARMY'S HISTORY. WE MUST NEVER FORGET WHAT HAPPENED AT PEARL HARBOR, THE LESSONS LEARNED AND THE SACRIFICES OF THOSE WHO SERVED. THE GREATEST GENERATION WILL LIVE ON FOREVER IN THE HEARTS OF A GRATEFUL NATION. I YIELD BACK.

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                        MR. POE

                        CALM, COOL, SUNDAY MORNING SUNRISE WHEN THE PLANES CAME OVER FROM THE…

                        CALM, COOL, SUNDAY MORNING SUNRISE WHEN THE PLANES CAME OVER FROM THE HORIZON. THEY WERE CARRYING THE EMBLEM OF THE RISING SUN, THE SYMBOL OF THE IMPERIALIST REGIME OF THE KINGDOM OF JAPAN AND HEADED FOR A SURPRISE ATTACK ON A PLACE CALLED PEARL HARBOR. IT WAS DECEMBER 7, 1941. MEANWHILE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., HYPOCRITICAL DIPLOMATS FROM JAPAN WERE TALKING PEACE WITH THE UNITED STATES. THE JAPANESE PLANES BOMBED AMERICAN BATTLE SHIPS IN THE HARBOR. THEY BOMBED AMERICAN AIRCRAFT ON THE GROUND. AND AFTER THE DESTRUCTION WAS OVER, 2,403 AMERICANS LAID DEAD MURDERED BY THE IMPERIALIST KINGDOM. IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF AMERICA'S ENTRY INTO WORLD WAR II. OVER 116,000 AMERICANS WERE KILLED IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR. VICTORY OVER JAPAN HAPPENED ON AUGUST 14, 1945. WE HONOR AND REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR AND ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE GREATEST GENERATION WHO SERVED IN THAT WAR. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                        AGAINST THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION PROPOSAL TO REPEAL NET…

                        AGAINST THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION PROPOSAL TO REPEAL NET NEUTRALITY RULES.

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                        MS. LEE

                        IT PROTECTS AMERICANS' ACCESS TO A FREE, OPEN AND FAIR INTERNET. REPEALING…

                        IT PROTECTS AMERICANS' ACCESS TO A FREE, OPEN AND FAIR INTERNET. REPEALING THEM WOULD BE UNDEMOCRATIC AND VERY DANGEROUS. WHAT'S WORSE, WE KNOW GUTTING NET NEUTRALITY WOULD HAVE A DETRIMENTAL IMPACT FROM ENTREPRENEURS TO SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCATES. THE INTERNET HAS BEEN A FAUFRL TOOL FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR TO HELP DRAW ATTENTION TO INJUSTICES IN OUR SOCIETY. BUT THIS NEW PROPOSAL WILL ESSENTIALLY KILL THIS FREE EXPRESSION AND INNOVATION. IT'S RIDICULOUS. WE CAN'T ALLOW DEMOCRACY AND ACCESS TO THE INTERNET TO BE RESTRICTED IN THE NAME OF CORPORATE PROFITS. REJECT THIS PLAN AND STAND WITH THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WHO WANT TO KEEP THE INTERNET OPEN AND FREE.

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                        RISE TODAY IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR AND MEMORIAL OF…

                        RISE TODAY IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR AND MEMORIAL OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES. TODAY MARKS 76 YEARS SINCE THE SURPRISE ATTACK ON PERLT HARBOR.

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                        MR. YODER

                        MANY YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THAT DAY AND THERE ARE FEWER AND FEWER…

                        MANY YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THAT DAY AND THERE ARE FEWER AND FEWER SURVIVORS OF THE ATTACK LEFT WITH US. WE MUST NOT LET THEIR MEMORY FADE. A GROUP OF VIEWER SIFERSE HAVE DEDICATED THEMSELVES OF PRESERVING THE MEMORY. THE CITY OF MISSION, KANSAS OBSERVES A MEMORIAL. ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS IS A PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR AND PLAYED A KEY ROLE. I HAVE ATTENDED THIS CEREMONY IN THE PAST AND I APPLAUD ON CONTINUING ON THIS IMPORTANT TRADITION. LET US NEVER FORGET THE FALLEN AND THE SURVIVORS AND WORK TO HONOR THEIR MEMORY AND SACRIFICE.

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                        MR. KILDEE

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WELL THE REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO RUSH THEIR TAX…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WELL THE REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO RUSH THEIR TAX SCAM THROUGH CONGRESS RAISING TAXES ON TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, BORROWING OVER A TRILLION DOLLARS JUST TO GIVE MASSIVE TAX BREAKS TO THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP OF THE ECONOMY. AND FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS SINCE WE PASSED THE TEMPORARY SPENDING BILL, WHAT HAS BEEN THEIR FOCUS? HAS IT BEEN TO DEAL WITH THE LACK OF RE-AUTHORIZATION AND FULL FUNDING FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH? NOPE. HAVE THEY FOCUSED AT ALL ON THE NEED TO DEAL WITH THE DREAM ACT WITH THOSE DREAMERS WHO ARE HERE AND KNOW NO OTHER PLACE THAN THE UNITED STATES? HAVE THEY DONE ANYTHING ON THAT? NOPE. OBSESSION ON ONE THING, TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST. HAVE THEY DONE ANYTHING AT ALL TO DEAL WITH THIS OPIOID CRISIS? THE PRESIDENT TALKED ABOUT IT AND DECLARED AN EMERGENCY. WHAT HAVE WE SEEN FROM THE OTHER SIDE? NOTHING. NOTHING EXCEPT AN OBSESSION TO GIVE TAX BREAKS TO THE PEOPLE AT THE TOP. FOR THREE MONTHS SINCE WE PASSED THAT TEMPORARY SPENDING BILL, THAT'S BEEN THE SINGULAR OBSESSION OF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY. THAT IS NOT WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR. THAT'S NOT WHAT THEY SENT US HERE TO DO. WE SHOULD DO THE WORK OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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                        MR. SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICAN CORPORATE TAX CUT BILL IS A MASSIVE TAKE-AWAY…

                        MR. SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICAN CORPORATE TAX CUT BILL IS A MASSIVE TAKE-AWAY FROM MIDDLE AMERICA AND MASSIVE GIVE AWAY TO CORPORATE AMERICA.

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                        MR. HIGGINS

                        NEWS FLASH FOR THE TREASURY SECRETARY, TAX CUTS DON'T PAY FOR THEMSELVES,…

                        NEWS FLASH FOR THE TREASURY SECRETARY, TAX CUTS DON'T PAY FOR THEMSELVES, THEY NEVER HAVE NOT ONCE IN HUMAN HISTORY. WHAT DOES PAY FOR ITSELF ARE FEDERAL HISTORIC TAX CREDITS AND HISTORIC TAX CREDITS ARE USED TO RENEW HISTORIC BUILDINGS, $1.20 OF EVERY DOLLAR THAT IS GENERATED. WHEN HISTORIC BUILDINGS ARE RENEWED, MAIN STREETS ACROSS AMERICA ARE RESTORED, JOBS ARE CREATED, NO BUSINESS, INCOME AND PROPERTY TAX RECEIVE NEWS ARE GENERATED. AND THE FEDERAL TAX CREDIT DOES IN FACT PAY FOR ITSELF AND MORE BY HELPING CITIES AND COMMUNITIES TO BECOME ECONOMICALLY INDEPENDENT AND SELF-SUFFICIENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 12:26:58 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                        MS. SCHAKOWSKY

                        THE AUTHOR OF "JOYS OF YIDDIKH DEFINES CHUTZPAH WHO ROSE HIMSELF ON THE…

                        THE AUTHOR OF "JOYS OF YIDDIKH DEFINES CHUTZPAH WHO ROSE HIMSELF ON THE MERCY OF THE COURT. YESTERDAY, SPEAKER RYAN RECONFIRMED AFTER PUSHING THROUGH A TAX SCAM THAT HAS $1.5 TRILLION TO THE DEFICIT BY GIVING TAX CUTS TO THE RICHEST, REPUBLICANS WILL INSIST ON SLASHING MEDICARE AND MEDICAID TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT. HE SAID WE HAVE TO GET BACK NEXT YEAR AT ENTITLEMENT REFORM WHICH IS HOW YOU TACKLE THE DEBT AND THE DEFICIT, UNQUOTE. THIS IS NOT JUST CHUTZPAH, BUT ACTUALLY CRUELTY AND CARELESSNESS SO I ASK MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES DID YOU REALLY COME TO CONGRESS TO TAKE HEALTH CARE AND LONG-TERM CARE FROM CHILDREN, PREGNANT WOMEN, FROM DISABILITIES, FROM FAMILIES AND SENIORS, WHO ARE YOU? AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 12:28:16 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                        MR. SPEAKER, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHO CONTROL THE HOUSE, THE SENATE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHO CONTROL THE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE ARE ON THE VERGE OF ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN THAT BROUGHT US TO THAT BRINK AND NOW THEY ARE ASKING FOR MORE TIME TO GET THEIR WORK DONE. WHY? WE HAVE SEEN THIS COMING AND GRANTED ONE EXTENSION, BUT INSTEAD OF WORKING WITH DEMOCRATS TO AVOID A SHUTDOWN, THEY HAVE BEEN RUSHING THROUGH A TAX SCAM. THEY HAVE BEEN OBSESSED WITH THIS REVERSE ROBIN HOOD SCHEME TO TAKE MONEY FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS AND GIVE IT TO THE TOP 1%. WE NEED TO KEEP THE V.A. OPEN AND RESTORE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE AND COMMUNITY CENTERS. WE NEED TO PROVIDE WILDFIRE VICTIMS IN CALIFORNIA AND THE VICTIMS OF DISASTROUS HURRICANES . THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES. EACH OF THESE PRIORITIES HAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. INSTEAD OF WORKING TOGETHER ON THESE BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS, A UNIFIED REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN FOCUSED SOLELY ON FURTHER RIGGING THE SYSTEM TO BENEFIT SPECIAL INTERESTS AND BILLIONAIRES. NO MORE EXTENSIONS. LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN AND ADDRESS REAL PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 12:29:48 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA -- FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                        I COME DOWN HERE AGAIN FINDING MYSELF IN A POSITION NOT PLANNING ON…

                        I COME DOWN HERE AGAIN FINDING MYSELF IN A POSITION NOT PLANNING ON SPEAKING. I CAME DOWN HERE TO SPEAK ON A BIPARTISAN BILL I HAVE ON THE FLOOR BUT CAN'T HELP ADDRESS WHAT I'M HEARING FROM THE OTHER SIDE. YOU ARE HEARING THIS IS GETTING RUSHED THROUGH, WE NEED TO SLOW THIS DOWN, WE NEED TO BE THOUGHTFUL. I RAN IN 2010 TALKING ABOUT TAX REFORM. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES RAN IN 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, TALKING ABOUT TAX REFORM AND THE NEED FOR IT.

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                      • 12:30:42 PM

                        MR. HUIZENGA

                        TO 20%, WHY, BECAUSE WE ARE UNCOMPETITIVE AS A COUNTRY AND YOU ARE HEARING…

                        TO 20%, WHY, BECAUSE WE ARE UNCOMPETITIVE AS A COUNTRY AND YOU ARE HEARING THE OTHER SIDE SAYING WE HAVE TO SLOW THE WHOLE TRAIN DOWN. THEY WANT TO PROTECT THE STATUS QUO, WHICH I BELIEVE IS UNACCEPTABLE. WE KNOW THAT THERE'S GREAT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE HOUSE VERSION AND THE SENATE VERSION, DELIVERING $24,000 ON A STANDARD DEDUCTION, WHICH IS GOING TO BRING REAL TAX RELIEF TO WORKING FAMILIES AND MAKING SURE THE SMALL BUSINESSES AND S CORPORATIONS AND L.L.C. AND SOLE PROPORTIONATE TORE SHIP. AND HERE WE ARE ON THE CUSP THAT WE ADVANCE. AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY. .

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                      • 12:31:41 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE? WITHOUT…

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 12:31:51 PM

                        MS. ADAMS

                        PROTESTERS HAVE TAKEN TO THE HALLS OF CONGRESS. I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING…

                        PROTESTERS HAVE TAKEN TO THE HALLS OF CONGRESS. I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. THE AMERICANS KNOW THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM IS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS PIECES OF LEGISLATION TO COME BEFORE THIS BODY. THIS LEGISLATION ADDS TRILLIONS TO THE DEFICIT, CUTS MEDICAID AND INCREASES HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS. IT'S AN UNPOPULAR BILL PUSHED BY AN UNPOPULAR PRESIDENT AND AN UNPOPULAR CONGRESS. MR. PRESIDENT, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T WANT YOUR BILL. THEY WANT HEALTH CARE, MEDICAID, MEDICARE. THEY WANT CHIP AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. TRUMP-RYAN-MCCONNELL, THEY'RE BANKRUPTING THE AMERICAN PRIORITIES TO KEEP TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY. THEIR BILL IS WELFARE FOR WALL STREET. IN THE PAST YEAR REPUBLICANS HAVE ATTACKED OUR HEALTH CARE, IGNORED OUR GUN CRISIS, ABANDONED OUR DREAMERS, FAILED TO PASS A LONG-TERM BUDGET, AND NOW THIS. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. TIME FOR REPUBLICANS TO START WORKING FOR THEIR CONSTITUENTS, NOT THEIR DONORS. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 12:32:49 PM

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                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WOULD ASK MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THEIR…

                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WOULD ASK MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED 1. -- THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                        MS. WATERS

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS. I JUST HEARD A MEMBER FROM…

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS. I JUST HEARD A MEMBER FROM THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE COME TO THE FLOOR TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. I'M ONLY TALKING ABOUT TAX AND SPEND REPUBLICANS. CAN YOU BELIEVE THE REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE BEEN SINGING THE SONG OF CONSERVATISM FOR YEARS, THEY CALLED US OLD TAX AND SPEND LIBERALS AND THEY TALK ABOUT THE DEFICIT? THINK EVEN RUN SIGNS TALKING ABOUT HOW MUCH IT'S COSTING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC EVERY MINUTE. BUT GUESS WHAT, THEY ARE CREATING A DEFICIT OF $1.5 TRILLION IN THIS TAX SCAM THAT THEY'RE PASSING. I RISE TO EXPRESS MY OUTRAGE OVER THIS HARMFUL TAX SCAM LEGISLATION PASSED BY TAX-AND-SPEND REPUBLICANS. THAT'S WHAT I'M SAYING. TAX-AND-SPEND REPUBLICANS. BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS EXPLODE THE DEFICIT BY OVER $1 TRILLION, AND RAISE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS IN ORDER TO SPEND ON TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY. AFTER 10 YEARS, THOSE MAKING $75,000 OR LESS WOULD SEE A TAX INCREASE, WHILE THOSE MAKING $1 MILLION OR MORE WOULD SEE THEIR TAXES DECREASE. UNDER THE HOUSE BILL, TENS OF MILLIONS OF WORKING FAMILIES NATIONWIDE WOULD EXPERIENCE A TAX INCREASE BY 2027. I HOPE THAT THE TAX AND SPEND REPUBLICANS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WILL COME TO THEIR SENSES BEFORE SENDING A FINAL BILL TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK.

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                        THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                        MS. WATERS

                        OVER A $1 TRILLION, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

                        OVER A $1 TRILLION, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 12:34:46 PM

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                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE AGAIN IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1, THE SO-CALLED…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE AGAIN IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1, THE SO-CALLED TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT.

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                        MR. EVANS

                        WHEN THEY EXERT THEIR RULE. THIS SHOULD BE CALLING THE JOB KILLING TAX CUT…

                        WHEN THEY EXERT THEIR RULE. THIS SHOULD BE CALLING THE JOB KILLING TAX CUT ACT. A PROGRAM FIGHTING TO COMBAT HUNGER, FEEDING AMERICANS, HAVE SAID THAT H.R. 1 WOULD UNDERMINE EFFORTS TO ASSIST THOSE STRUGGLING TO GET ADEQUATE FOOD ACCESS. THE G.O.P. LEADERSHIP HAS YET TO TAKE UP THE CHIP BILL. THIS IS WRONG. LET'S STOP THE GAME AND GET SOMETHING DONE. WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO SACRIFICE THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS FOR ONE OF THE POPULATIONS OVER ANOTHER. THAT'S WHAT THIS DIVISIVE G.O.P. BILL DOES. IT PUTS OUR CHILDREN, SENIORS AT RISK BY PUTTING THEIR NEEDS AGAINST ONE ANOTHER. HEALTH CARE IS NOT A CHOICE, IT'S A RIGHT. THE KIDS IN OUR COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA WHO RELY ON CHIP FOR THEIR BASIC HEALTH CARE NEEDS DESERVES MORE THAN THIS FOOLISH GAME OF POLITICS. WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER, ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES AND DO THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR KIDS AND NOT ENGAGE IN THE SHAM VERSION OF THIS TAX SCAM. I'M ASKING MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE TO ENGAGE IN TRUTH IN ADVERTISING CALLING THE BILL A TRUE TAX SCAM. I OPPOSE THIS BILL BECAUSE IT'S UNNECESSARY. GROWING THE NATIONAL DEBT THAT'S GIVING TO BIG CORPORATIONS AND THE WEALTHY AND TAKE AWAY --

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                        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                        MR. EVANS

                        KEEP IN MIND WE NEED JOBS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?…

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THIS DEFICIT EXPLODING TAX CUT…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THIS DEFICIT EXPLODING TAX CUT FOR THE WEALTHY AND BIG CORPORATIONS. THIS BILL WILL RAISE TAXES ON MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT ON LONG ISLAND AND ADD TRILLIONS TO THE DEFICIT, AND MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WANT TO PAY FOR IT WITH CUTS TO EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY.

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                      • 12:36:56 PM

                        MISS RICE

                        THEY SEEM TO THINK THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN AMERICA IS THAT CORPORATIONS AND…

                        THEY SEEM TO THINK THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN AMERICA IS THAT CORPORATIONS AND MILLIONAIRES ARE STRUGGLING TO PAY THEIR TAXES, BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT I'M HEARING FROM MY CONSTITUENTS. MY CONSTITUENTS ARE ASKING, WHEN WILL TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT THE DREAMERS? WHEN WILL WE RE-AUTHORIZE CHIP? WHEN WILL WE TAKE UP THE INFRASTRUCTURE BILL THAT THE PRESIDENT PROMISED WOULD BE A PRIORITY? INSTEAD OF SOLVING THOSE REAL URGENT PROBLEMS, REPUBLICANS SPENT THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THE YEAR TRYING TO TAKE AWAY PEOPLE'S HEALTH CARE AND THE NEXT THREE TRYING TO CUT TAXES FOR CORPORATIONS ON THE BACKS OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ONCE AGAIN TO REJECT THIS RIDICULOUS TRICKLED DOWN FANTASY, STOP THE BACK DOOR ASSAULTS ON HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY AND WORK WITH US TO SOLVE REAL PROBLEMS FOR THE PEOPLE WE SERVE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 12:37:40 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE AN ENROLLED…

                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE AN ENROLLED BILL.

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                      • 12:37:47 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO ENTER INTO…

                        AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS WITH NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO INVESTIGATE MEDICAL CENTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.

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                      • 12:38:03 PM

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                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                      • 12:38:07 PM

                        MR. WOODALL

                        MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 647 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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                        THE CLERK

                        HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 108. HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

                        HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 108. HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 477, TO AMEND THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 TO EXEMPT FROM REGISTRATION BROKERS PERFORMING SERVICES IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP OF SMALLER PRIVATELY HELD COMPANIES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-43 SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES, TWO, THE FURTHER AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION, IF OFFERED BY THE MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, WHICH SHALL BE IN ORDER WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE SEPARATELY DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR A DIVISION OF THE QUESTION, AND THREE, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2, UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 3971, TO AMEND THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT AND THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT OF 1974 TO MODIFY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WITH RESPECT TO CERTAIN RULES RELATING TO MORTGAGE LOANS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-44 SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES, TWO, THE FURTHER AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART B OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION, IF OFFERED BY THE MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, WHICH SHALL BE IN ORDER WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE SEPARATELY DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR A DIVISION OF THE QUESTION, AND THREE, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 3, UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE JOINT RESOLUTION, HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 123, MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION ARE WAIVED. THE JOINT RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE JOINT RESOLUTION ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE JOINT RESOLUTION AND ON ANY AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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                      • 12:41:58 PM

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                      • 12:42:02 PM

                        MR. WOODALL

                        I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS…

                        I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, MS. SLAUGHTER, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                      • 12:42:18 PM

                        MR. WOODALL

                        MR. SPEAKER, I'D ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL OF MY…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I'D ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO SPEAK ON THIS RULE HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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                      • 12:42:27 PM

                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE YOU WERE LISTENING AS THE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE YOU WERE LISTENING AS THE READING CLERK WAS GOING THROUGH THIS RULE, BECAUSE THERE WAS A LOT OF MEAT IN THIS RULE TODAY. ORDINARILY, AND IN FACT HISTORICALLY WE WILL DO A BILL AND WE'LL DO A RULE, WE'LL DO A RULE AND WE'LL DO A BILL, THIS RULE FOOD MAKES THREE BILLS IN ORDER, THREE IMPORTANT BILLS IN ORDER, AND I'M PROUD TO BE CARRY TO CARRY THIS -- ABLE TO CARRY THIS RULE TODAY. THE RULE PROVIDES A STRUCTURED RULE FOR THE DEBATE OF TWO BILLS OUT OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. ONE IS H.R. 477, MR. SPEAKER, THE SMALL BUSINESS MERGERS, ACQUISITIONS, SALES AND BROKE RADGES ACT OF 2017. THE OTHER IS THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT. THE RULE ALSO PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF A CONTINUING RESOLUTION, H.J.RES. 123, WHICH PROVIDES APPROPRIATIONS THROUGH DECEMBER 22 AS FINAL YEAR DECISIONMAKING AND NEGOTIATING GOES ON. IT ALSO ALLOWS THE CENTER FOR MEDICARE SERVICES, C.M.S., TO REALLOCATE EXISTING FUNDS FOR THE CHIP PROGRAM THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2017. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO START OFF TALKING ABOUT THE FINANCIAL SERVICES BILLS. WE'LL HAVE SOME MEMBERS FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE COME DOWN, AND THEY CAN TALK ABOUT IT IN DETAILS THAT I CANNOT, BUT IT WAS A FASCINATING HEARING WE HAD IN THE RULES COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAD THE CHAIRMAN, MR. HENSARLING, OUT OF TEXAS. WE HAD THE RANKING MEMBER, MS. WATERS, AND IT WAS A CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW WE PROTECT PEOPLE, HOW DO WE SERVE PEOPLE BETTER. NOW, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT, MR. SPEAKER, IS THE RESULT OF SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS, LOCAL CREDIT UNIONS SAYING WE'RE HAVING A TOUGH TIME PROVIDING MORTGAGES TO OUR MEMBERS BECAUSE THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU HAS CREATED RULES DESIGNED TO PROTECT CONSUMERS THAT ARE PROTECTING THEM RIGHT OUT OF ACCESS TO A MORTGAGE AT ALL. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS A LEGITIMATE DISAGREEMENT THAT WE HAVE HERE FROM TIME TO TIME ABOUT HOW TO PROTECT PEOPLE BEST, ABOUT HOW TO LOVE PEOPLE BEST, BUT IT'S THE RIGHT KIND OF CONVERSATION TO BE HAVING. IF WE PASS THIS RULE TODAY, WE'LL BE ABLE TO GET INTO DEBATE ON THAT UNDERLYING BILL. THE DEBATE WILL NOT BE ABOUT, SHOULD WE PROTECT PEOPLE, BUS WE ALL AGREE THAT WE SHOULD. THE DEBATE WILL BE ABOUT, HOW SHOULD WE PROTECT THOSE PEOPLE, AN ISSUE WHICH LEGITIMATE, WELL-INTENTIONED, THOUGHTFUL MEN AND WOMEN CAN DISAGREE. I LOOK FORWARD TO THIS BODY WORKING ITS WILL. THE SECOND BILL, MR. SPEAKER, FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, H.R. 477, WAS INTRODUCED BY A CLASSMATE OF MINE, AND THAT'S THE BIG CLASS OF 2011, MR. HUIZENGA FROM MICHIGAN, AND HE'S WORKED THIS BILL THROUGH THE PROCESS, ONE STEP AT A TIME TRYING TO BUILD CONSENSUS SO THAT, MR. SPEAKER, AS WE WERE IN THE RULES COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT, THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER WAS, HEY, IF WE CAN MAKE ONE MORE AMENDMENT IN ORDER, ONE MORE AMENDMENT THAT MR. HUIZENGA AND MR. SHERMAN HAVE WORKED OUT TOGETHER, IF WE CAN MAKE ONE MORE ROUND OF CHANGES, WE BELIEVE WE CAN GET THIS THROUGH ON A BIG BIPARTISAN MAJORITY COMING OUT OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, SERVICES COMMITTEE. THE NEWSPAPER WILL BE FILLED WITH DISCORD COMING OUT OF THIS CITY TOMORROW MORNING BUT IT GIVES ME GREAT PROVIDED BRINGING FORWARD THESE BILLS THAT ARE NOT GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD OVERNIGHT, BUT MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR REAL PEOPLE FACING REAL CHALLENGES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. MY EXPERIENCE IS IF WE DO A LITTLE BIT TODAY, LITTLE BIT TOMORROW, THE NEXT DAY, WE WAKE UP A YEAR FROM NOW FINDING OUT WE HAVE DONE A WHOLE LOT TOGETHER ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION, I'M NOT A FAN OF CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. I WANT TO TELL YOU, I HAVE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT MY ENTHUSIASTIC PART OF THIS RULE. WE AREN'T SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION BUSINESS AND YOU KNOW FROM YOUR LEADERSHIP AND THE TWO GENTLEMEN FROM MICHIGAN HERE ON THE FLOOR, THIS HOUSE PASSED ON TIME, AHEAD OF SCHEDULE THE FUNDING BILLS TO FUND THE PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. FOLKS SAID WE COULDN'T GET IT DONE. FOLKS SAID WE COULDN'T DO IT ALL. WE DID AND WE DID. AND WE SENT THAT TO THE SENATE, MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR, WHICH IS BACK ON SEPTEMBER 30. THE SENATE HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO TAKE IT UP YET, MR. SPEAKER. THE SENATE HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO DEBATE IT YET, MR. SPEAKER. I DON'T KNOW IF THE SENATE IS GOING TO GET IT DONE IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. BUT THERE ARE FOLKS IN THIS INSTITUTION WHO SAY WE COULDN'T GET IT DONE IN THE SENATE OVER THE LAST TWO MONTHS SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND PASS A CONTINUING RESOLUTION FOR ALL OF FISCAL 2018 AND CONTINUING RESOLUTION FOR FOLKS WHO DON'T FOLLOW THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS, WELL, IF IT WORKED LAST YEAR, DO THE SAME THING NEXT YEAR. THAT IS AWFUL PUBLIC POLICY. WE CAME TOGETHER DEBATING ALMOST 500 AMENDMENTS HAVING MOVED EVERY SINGLE APPROPRIATIONS BILL THROUGH THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. WE CAME TOGETHER NOT JUST IN A BIPARTISAN WAY IN THE COMMITTEE. WE CAME TOGETHER HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, DEBATED THESE ISSUES, GRAPPLED WITH THESE ISSUES AND PRODUCED A WORK PRODUCT WHICH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN TAKE PROVIDED. I DON'T WANT TO GIVE UP OR SETTLE FOR THE WAY THINGS HAVE BEEN. I BELIEVE WE CAN DO BETTER. SO BYPASSING A TWO-WEEK RESOLUTION TODAY, WE ENSURE THAT AGENCIES CONTINUE TO FUNCTION AND WE PROVIDE ANOTHER WINDOW FOR THE SENATE TO COME TOGETHER AND PASS THOSE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AS WE HAVE DONE HERE IN THE HOUSE. I'M OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THAT COMING TO FRUITION. I BELIEVE WE CAN GET THAT DONE. WE CAN TAKE UP THESE BIPARTISAN EFFORTS FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. WE CAN TAKE UP THIS IMPORTANT EFFORT TO CONTINUE THE FUNDING OF THE GOVERNMENT IF WE PASS THIS RULE TODAY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND I RESERVE.

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                      • 12:49:13 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY…

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 12:49:22 PM

                        MS. SLAUGHTER

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES AND YIELD…

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                      • 12:49:29 PM

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                      • 12:49:31 PM

                        MS. SLAUGHTER

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HAVE GREAT FONDNESS FOR MR. WOODAL, HE IS ONE OF…

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HAVE GREAT FONDNESS FOR MR. WOODAL, HE IS ONE OF THE MOST PLEASANT PERSONS ON THE RULES COMMITTEE AND BUT I HAVE TO TAKE ISSUE WITH HIM. I HAVE TO TAKE ISSUE WITH THE CLAIM THAT REPUBLICANS COMPLETED THEIR APPROPRIATION WORK ON TIME. I HAVE A TIMETABLE OF THE BUDGET PROCESS THAT CAME FROM THE WEB SITE OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE MAJORITY ON WHICH MY COLLEAGUE, MR. WOODALL SERVES. LET'S REVIEW THE MOST IMPORTANT DEADLINES. FIRST, THE PRESIDENT MUST SUBMIT HIS BUDGET TO CONGRESS BY THE FIRST MONDAY IN FEBRUARY. TRUTH, THIS YEAR, THE ADMINISTRATION RELEASED WHAT THEY CALLED A SKINNY BUDGET ON MARCH 16 AND DIDN'T RELEASE THE FULL BUDGET UNTIL MAY 23. FROM OUR RECKONING, THAT'S FOUR MONTHS LATE. SECOND, THE CONGRESS MUST COMPLETE ACTION ON THE BUDGET BY APRIL 15. THE TRUTH, THIS YEAR, REPUBLICANS WEREN'T ABLE TO GET THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 BUDGET THROUGH CONGRESS UNTIL OCTOBER 26, OVER SIX MONTHS LATE AND NEARLY A MONTH INTO THE NEW FISCAL YEAR. HERE'S ANOTHER DEADLINE, AGAIN AVAILABLE ON THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET COMMITTEE'S WEBSITE. THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE IS SUPPOSED TO COMPLETE THEIR WORK BY JUNE 10. THE TRUTH, THIS YEAR, THEY DIDN'T REPORT OUT ANY APPROPRIATIONS BILLS UNTIL AFTER THAT DEADLINE HAD PASSED. ANOTHER DEADLINE, THE HOUSE IS SUPPOSED TO COMPLETE ACTION ON ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS BILLS BY JUNE 30. THE TRUTH, NOT ONLY DID THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY FAIL TO MEET THAT DEADLINE, THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO PASS ANY OF THEM, NOT ANY OF THEM SEPARATELY AT ALL. INSTEAD, THEY LUMPED FOUR BILLS TOGETHER AND PASSED THEM ON JULY 27 AND THEN PASSED AN OMNIBUS WITH ALL 12 BILLS TOGETHER ON SEPTEMBER 14, LEAVING TWO WEEKS ONLY FOR THE HOUSE AND SENATE TO WORK OUT THEIR DIFFERENCES, BUT THE LAW SAID THEY SHOULD HAVE THREE MONTHS TO DO IT. SO I WOULDN'T BRING THIS UP BUT I KNOW MR. WOODALL BELIEVES WHAT HE IS SAYING IS RIGHT. THAT LEADS ME TO THE FINAL DEADLINE. FISCAL YEAR 2018 BEGAN OCTOBER 1. HERE WE ARE, MORE THAN TWO MONTHS LATER ON DECEMBER 7, REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS STILL FAILED TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN TOO BUSY WORKING TO KILL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND GIVE BIG TAX BREAKS TO CORPORATIONS AND BILLIONAIRES. ON TIME, MR. SPEAKER? ANY SCHOOL CHILD WOULD TELL YOU THAT YOU DON'T GET CREDIT FOR AN ASSIGNMENT THAT'S TWO MONTHS LATE. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD THE TIMETABLE OF THE BUDGET PROCESS FROM THE WEB SITE OF THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE MAJORITY.

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                      • 12:52:45 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      • 12:52:48 PM

                        MS. SLAUGHTER

                        THE MAJORITY STOOD BEFORE US TODAY, TWO-WEEK CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO FUND…

                        THE MAJORITY STOOD BEFORE US TODAY, TWO-WEEK CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH DECEMBER 22. I HAVE HEARD SOME QUESTION WHY ANYONE WOULD TAKE ISSUE WITH THIS APPROACH. MR. SPEAKER, THE QUESTION THAT SHOULD BE ASKED IS WHAT IS THE MAJORITY ACTUALLY WILLING TO GET DONE OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS? BECAUSE IT HAS NOW BEEN MORE THAN TWO MONTHS SINCE VITAL NATIONAL PRIORITIES HAVE LAPSED UNDER THEIR LEADERSHIP. THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, WHICH PROVIDES HEALTH CARE TO MORE THAN NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS THIS NATION EXPIRED ON SEPTEMBER 30. SO DID THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, WHICH SERVE MORE THAN 25 MILLION PEOPLE. NOW THIS EXPIRATION HAS PUT 2,800 CENTERS IN DANGER OF CLOSURE AND NINE MILLION PEOPLE AT RISK FOR LOSING THEIR ACCESS TO THEIR HEALTH CARE. THE PERKINS LOAN PROGRAM, WHICH MANY LOW-INCOME STUDENTS RELY ON FOR THEIR EDUCATION WAS ALLOWED TO EXPIRE BY THE MAJORITY WITH NO RE-AUTHORIZATION IN SIGHT. THIS DESPITE A BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR A BILL TO DO JUST THAT. UNFORTUNATELY, THE MAJORITY HAS BEEN UNWILLING EVEN TO BRING IT UP FOR A VOTE. ARE THEY NOW READY TO TAKE MEANINGFUL ACTION TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN, OUR STUDENTS AND OUR PUBLIC HEALTH AND OUR NATION? DEMOCRATS HAVEN'T BEEN FIGHTING TO RE-AUTHORIZE PROGRAMS THAT EXPIRED TWO MONTHS AGO, BUT WE ARE TRYING TO ADDRESS THE PRIORITIES THAT WE KNOW OUR NATION WILL FACE IN THE WEEKS AHEAD. THAT INCLUDES HURRICANE RELIEF FUNDING TO HELP THE FAMILIES THAT ARE RECOVERINGING FROM THIS HORRENDOUS HURRICANE SEASON AND ALL OF US ARE FEARFUL OF AND SAD ABOUT, CALIFORNIA IS BURNING ONCE AGAIN AND RE-AUTHORIZING SECTION 702 OF THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT, WHICH IS DUE TO EXPIRE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, THE FISA COURT HELPS TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE. IF PAST IS PROLOGUE, THIS MAJORITY WILL BE MISSING IN ACTION TWO WEEKS FROM NOW. JUST CONSIDER FOR A MOMENT HOW THEY HAVE SQUANDERED THIS YEAR TRYING TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT UNTIL PERSUADED BY THEIR CONSTITUENTS THAT THEY DID NOT WANT THAT DONE. IT REMAINS THE LAW OF THE LAND TODAY AFTER THE PUBLIC OVERWHELMINGLY DEMANDED THE MAJORITY STOP THAT CRUSADE AND NOW TRYING TO PASS A TAX CUT FOR THE WEALTHY TO REPRESENT ONE OF THE LARGEST TRANSFERS OF WEALTH FROM WORKING FAMILIES TO THE WEALTHY THAT OUR NATION HAS EVER SEEN. I WANT EVERYBODY TO PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THIS BECAUSE IT IS PROOF POSITIVE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THIS MAJORITY. ACCORDING TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION AND THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, UNDER THE MAJORITY'S PLAN, THOSE MAKING $40,000 TO $50,000 WOULD PAY AN ADDITIONAL $5.3 BILLION IN TAXES COMBINED OVER THE NEXT DECADE. NOW REMEMBER, THEY ARE GOING TO PAY MORE TO THE TUNE OF $5.3 BILLION. AT THE SAME TIME, ATTENTION, AMERICA, AT THE SAME TIME, THOSE EARNING A MILLION OR MORE WOULD SAY A ZWHRRS 5.8 BILLION CUT. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANYTHING AS CUT AND DRY? THEY WANT TO TAKE FROM THE POOR TO GIVE TO THE RICH, ROBIN HOOD IN REVERSE. SO WE ARE TWO MONTHS INTO THE FISCAL YEAR AND THE MAJORITY HAS BEEN PREOCCUPIED WITH THE SPECIAL INTERESTS THAT WE HAVEN'T PASSED A FUEL YEAR APPROPRIATION. THIS IS ROBBING OUR ECONOMY THE CERTAINTY IT NEEDS. THE MAJORITY STILL CAN'T GET ANYTHING DONE. WHEN DEMOCRATS SEE A CONTINUING RESOLUTION FOR TWO WEEKS, WE DON'T SEE A SIMPLE EXPANSION OF THE STATUS QUO, WE SAY IT IS FOR WHAT IT IS, KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD IN ORDER TO PURSUE RECKLESS POLITICS AND NOT TACKLE THE MAJOR ISSUES THAT FACE THE NATION TODAY. LET ME REMIND OUR COLLEAGUES HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR BOTH PARTIES TO WORK TOGETHER BECAUSE IN THIS PROCESS IN THE C.R. AND TAX BILL, THERE ARE NO DEMOCRAT FINGERPRINTS ON ANY OF IT. A LOT OF THIS HAS BEEN NO COMMITTEE ACTION. BUT DEMOCRATS HAVE HELPED THE MAJORITY PASS EVERY MAJOR FUNDING BILL, EVERY ONE, SINCE THEY ASSUMED CONTROL IN 2011. THAT IS THE RESULT OF BIPARTISANSHIP. BUT THIS TIME THE MAJORITY DECIDED NOT TO COMPROMISE WITH US TO REACH A DEAL. LET'S SEE IF THEY CAN COBBLE TOGETHER THE VOTES OVER THE FINISH LINE. EVEN IF IT PASSES, WE WILL BE BACK HERE LATER THIS MONTH TO CONSIDER ANOTHER SHORT-TERM RESOLUTION AND WE HAVE NO IDEA WHETHER THIS BILL COULD EVEN PASS THE SENATE. THIS IS NO WAY TO RUN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE LIVES OF OUR COUNTRYMEN ARE HANGING IN THE BALANCE AND ALL WE DO UNDER THIS MAJORITY IS TO LURCH FROM ONE SELF-INFLICTED CRISIS TO THE NEXT. OUR CONSTITUENTS DESERVE MUCH BETTER THAN THIS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 12:58:41 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

                      • 12:58:45 PM

                        MR. WOODALL

                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I DON'T DISAGREE WITH WRA A LOT…

                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I DON'T DISAGREE WITH WRA A LOT MY COLLEAGUE HAD TO SAY. WHEN IT COMES TO THE FACTS, I DISAGREE WITH THE CONCLUSIONS THAT ARE REACHED THERE, MR. SPEAKER. WE DO NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB OF WORKING TOGETHER. NOW SOMETIMES THAT MEANS REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AND THAT MEANS THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND THAT MEANS THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE CONGRESS. WE NEED TO HOLD EACH OTHER ACCOUNTABLE, BUT WE ALSO NEED TO GIVE EACH OTHER CREDIT FOR OUR SUCCESSES. THE GENTLELADY TALKED ABOUT IMPORTANT ISSUES RELATING TO EDUCATION AND IMPROVING WORK FORCE. WE PASSED TOGETHER IN THIS INSTITUTION A CONTINUATION OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FUNDING. WE RE-AUTHORIZED THAT PROGRAM LED BY MR. THOMPSON AND CHAIR FOXX AND RANKING MEMBER SCOTT. WE GRAPPLED WITH THAT ISSUE TOGETHER AND WE DID IT TOGETHER BECAUSE IT WAS THE RIGHT THING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND NOW IT SITS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE WITHOUT ACTION. WE CAME TOGETHER AND WE FUNDED THE GOVERNMENT. WE GRAPPLED LINE BY LINE, SECTION BY SECTION, WE DID IT TOGETHER AND NOW IT SITS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT NEEDS TO BE SAID, ONE CAN DESCRIBE IT AS REPUBLICAN INCOMPETENCE, ONE CAN DESCRIBE IT AS DEMOCRAT INCOMPETENCE. AND WHY THE SENATE CANNOT BECAUSE IT REQUIRES 60 VOTES. IN ORDER TO HAVE 60 VOTES, YOU HAVE TO HAVE DEMOCRAT VOTES. IF THE SENATE CHANGED ITS RULES AND MADE IT A REPUBLICAN MAJORITY INSTITUTION, THEY COULD MOVE ALL OF THESE BILLS WITHOUT DELAY. FAR, FAR FROM BEING A REFLECTION OF INCOMPETENCE BUT A REFLECTION TO A COMMITMENT OF BIPARTISAN EFFORT ON THE SENATE SIDE. AND WE CAN POKE THEM AND POKE THEM AND POKE THEM AND FOLKS MAY GET THEIR WISH AND MIGHT MAKE IT A REPUBLICAN STREAMLINE PROCESS OVER THERE. BUT BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. . WE DON'T HAVE TO KICK EACH OTHER IN THE SHINNINGS OVER HERE, WE HAVE SUCCESS AFTER SUCCESS AFTER SUCCESS. AMONG THOSE SUCCESSES IS THE BILL I MENTIONED EARLIER FROM THE GENTLEMAN, MR. HUIZENGA. WITH THAT, I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN FOUR MINUTES TO TALK ABOUT THE HARD WORK AND EFFORT AND THE SUCCESS HE'S BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IN A BIPARTISAN WAY.

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                      • 01:01:38 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN HAS FUR MINUTES.

                      • 01:01:42 PM

                        MR. HUIZENGA

                        I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FRIEND AND CLASSMATE FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, FOR…

                        I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FRIEND AND CLASSMATE FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE. MORE AN MORE BABY BOOMERS RETIRE EVERY DAY. IT'S BEEN ESTIMATED THAT $10 TRILLION, TRILLION WITH A T, DOLLARS OF SMALL AND PRIVATELY OWNED FAMILY OWNED BUSINESSES WILL BE CLOSED OR SOLD TO A NEW GENERATION OF ENTREPRENEURS IN THE COMING YEARS. BROKERS PAY A CRITICAL ROLE IN TRANSFERRING OWNERSHIP OF THESE SMALLER, PRIVATELY HELD COMPANIES. HOWEVER TODAY'S ONE SIZE FITS ALL REGULATION OF BROKE OF -- BROKER-DEALER REGULATION BURDENS THEM WITH PASS-THROUGH OF HEAVY REGULATORY COMPLIANCE COSTS THAT DO NOT PROVIDE INCREMENTAL BENEFITS IN M.N.A. TRANSACTIONS. TODAY, FEDERAL SECURITIES REGULATIONS REQUIRE LOCAL MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS BROKERS TO BE REGISTERED AND REGULATED BY THE SAME BOARDS AS WALL STREET INVESTMENT BANKERS. THOSE BANKERS ARE TRYING TO SELL OR BUY PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANIES. ANY BROKERING THE SALE OF A SMALL TOWN BUSINESS IN YOUR DISTRICT OR MINE MUST BE FEDERALLY REGISTERED AND REGULATED AS A SECURITIES BROKER DEALER. IN ADDITION TO STATE LAW REQUIREMENTS, REGARDLESS OF THE SIZE OF THE BUSINESS OR THE SALE TRANSACTION. FEDERAL SECURITIES REGULATION WAS PRIMARILY DESIGNED TO PROTECT PASSIVE INVESTORS IN PUBLIC SECURITIES MARKETS. PRIVATELY NEGOTIATED MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS TRANSACTIONS FACILITATED BY SMALL BUSINESS BROKERS ARE VASTLY DIFFERENT AND DO NOT TYPICALLY RELATE TO THE TRANSACTIONS MEANT TO BE PROTECTED BY THE F.C.C. AND FIN RAH REGISTRATION AND -- AND FINRA REGISTRATION. THAT'S WHY I CONTINUED TO INTRODUCE SMALL BUSINESS ACQUISITION SIMPLIFICATION ACT, CREATE A SIMPLITY FIED SYSTEM FOR BROKERS PERFORMING TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP OF SMALLER, PRIVATELY HELD COMPANIES. I'D LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVES SHERMAN AND MALONEY ALONG WITH SHARME HENSARLING AND RANKING MEMBER WATERS. AS MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA POINTED OUT, NOT EVERY DAY DO WE HAVE TO KEEP KICKING EACH OTHER IN THE SHINS, WE CAN WORK TOGETHER. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF DOING THAT SO THIS IMPACT OF THIS LEGISLATION WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE TRANSACTION COSTS, PROMOTE COMPETITION AMONG SMALL BUSINESS BROKERS AND FACILITATE PRIVATE BUSINESSES AND ACQUISITIONS OF THESE SMALL TOWN BUSINESSES. THIS INITIATIVE PROMOTES ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THESE SALES AND THERE IS REALLY SUBSTANTIAL RELIEF OF REGULATORY BURDENS ON SMALL BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS WHO SERVE THESE SMALLER BUSINESS OWNERS. BUSINESS BROKERAGE SERVICES ARE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO ENTREPRENEURS WHO START, BUILD, AN EVENTUALLY WANT TO SELL THEIR PRIVATE COMPANIES. SIMILARLY THE SERVICES HELP NEW ENTREPRENEURS ACQUIRE THESE BUSINESSES WHILE HELPING EXISTING COMPANIES GROW. THUS PRESERVING AND CREATING JOBS IN THE COMMUNITIES WE ALL SERVE. WE WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE AND THIS HAS BEEN A MULTI, NOT JUST MULTIYEAR BUT MULTICONGRESS EFFORT OVER THE LAST FEW DIFFERENT CONGRESSES AND I'M JUST PLEASED TODAY THAT WE CAN SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE POSITIVE AND EFFECTIVE BIPARTISAN WORK THAT IS COMING TOGETHER. IT'S LEGISLATION LIKE H R. 477 THAT DEMONSTRATES FRANKLY THAT CONGRESS CAN ACT IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO POSITIVELY IMPACT THE LIVES OF AMERICANS. I URGE SWIFT CONSIDERATION OF PASSAGE OF THIS IMPORTANT BILL AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 01:05:28 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      • 01:05:33 PM

                        MS. SLAUGHTER

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR.…

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE.

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                      • 01:05:39 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 01:05:42 PM

                        MR. KILDEE

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY, THE RANKING…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY, THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING AND I THANK MR. WOODALL FOR HIS COMMENTS. HE AND I WORKED TOGETHER ON ISSUES IN THE PAST, WE WORKLED TOGETHER TO TRY TO PROTECT OUR SOLAR MANUFACTURERS IN THIS COUNTRY. SO THERE ARE AREAS OF AGREEMENT WE COME TO. I THINK WE ALSO AGREE, I NOW HEAR, ON THIS QUESTION OF CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. WE BOTH DON'T LIKE THEM. AND I THINK WE DO HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND THAT TODAY, WE'RE 48 HOURS FROM GOVERNMENT CLOSING SO I WON'T ADDRESS ANY OTHER SUBJECT THAN THAT QUESTION AND THE PROCESS THAT HAS LED US TO THIS MOMENT WHERE WE'RE LOOKING AT ANOTHER CONTINUING RESOLUTION FOR TWO WEEKS. I WON'T ADDRESS THE SMALL BUSINESS MERGERS ACQUISITION SALES AND BROKERAGE SIMPLIFICATION ACT, WHILE IT MAY BE AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION, IT'S DIFFICULT TO FORGET WHAT HAS BROUGHT US TO THIS MOMENT WHERE WE'RE 48 HOURS FROM THE GOVERNMENT SHUTTING DOWN. WHAT'S INTERESTING TO ME ABOUT IT IS, IT IS TRUE THAT THE REPUBLICANS HOLD THE MAJORITY IN THIS HOUSE AND SET THE AGENDA HERE. HOLD THE MAJORITY IN THE SENATE, SET THE AGENDA THERE. YOU HAVE YOUR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT. THE LEADER OF YOUR PARTY, YOUR LEADER, WHO SETS THE AGENDA FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. YOU'VE HAD THE ENTIRE YEAR TO GET A PACKAGE OF SPENDING BILLS TO THE FLOOR AND THROUGH TO THE PRESIDENT. AND HERE WE ARE, TWO DAYS AWAY FROM A SHUTDOWN BECAUSE TWO AND A HALF MONTHS AGO, AFTER NEARLY A YEAR, THE PROCESS CAME TO A HALT IN THIS BODY TO APPROVE A 2 1/2 MONTH EXTENSION BECAUSE WE COULDN'T GET THE WORK DONE. NOW INSTEAD OF OVER THE LAST TWO AND A HALF MONTHS COMING UP WITH A FULL PLAN TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT AND PROVIDE THE CERTAINTY AND SECURITY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND OUR ECONOMY DEPEND UPON AFTER TWO AND A HALF MONTH, BEST WE CAN DO IS PROMISE THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY AND OUR ECONOMY 14 MORE DAYS. WHY ARE WE HERE? IN THE LAST TWO AND A HALF MONTHS HAVE WE SEEN ANY ACTION? NO. NOT ON DISASTER RELIEF FOR THOSE PLACES THAT ARE STRUGGLING. THROUGH THE WORST MOMENTS THEY'VE EXPERIENCED. IN THE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE HEALTH CARE, HEALTH INSURANCE, WHICH WAS A BIPARTISAN PROGRAM, THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN. ANYTHING. NO. SO THE DREAMERS AREN'T DEPORTED, PEOPLE WHO ONLY KNOW THIS COUNTRY? AND THINK ABOUT THIS. SINCE THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF, AND THIS IS AN AREA WHERE WE HAVE SOME AGREEMENT, DECLARED THAT WE HAVE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY, OUR PEOPLE, OUR CHILDREN, ARE DYING DUE TO THIS OPIOID CRISIS, WHERE IS THE SOLUTION THERE? WHERE IS THE DEBATE THERE? WHERE IS THE EFFORT ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TO DEAL WITH THESE BIG, PRESSING PROBLEMS THAT OUR COUNTRY FACES? WE'VE HAD THE LAST TWO AND A HALF MONTHS WE COULD HAVE DONE IT IN THAT PERIOD. WHAT HAS BEEN THE FOCUS? A SINGULAR OBSESSION. AROUND A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT IS PURPORTED TO BE TAX REFORM BUT A CLOSE EXAMINATION BY JUST ABOUT ANY SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIST, DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS AND INDEPENDENTS, IS THE GREATEST, MOST SIGNIFICANT MASSIVE SHIFT OF HARD-EARNED WEALTH FROM WORKING AMERICANS TO PEOPLE WHO MAKE MORE THAN $900,000 A YEAR. THE NOTION THAT WITH ALL THE DIFFICULTY WE'RE FACING IN THIS COUNTRY, WITH ALL THE STRUGGLES WE'RE HAVING, WITH DISASTERS YET TO BE CORRECTED, WITH AN OPEN YID CRISIS YET TO BE ATTACKED, WITH DREAMERS WHO HAVE UNCERTAINTY, WITH CHILDREN, WITH NO CERTAINTY OF HEALTH CARE, THAT THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PRIORITY IS NOT FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT BUT ENSURING THAT PEOPLE WHO MAKE MORE THAN THOSE SUFFERING PEOPLE WHO MAKE MORE THAN $900,000 A YEAR GET MORE, THAT'S NOT A REFLECTION OF THE PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THAT IS WHY IT IS SO DIFFICULT FOR US WHO ARE READY, HONESTLY READY TO WORK HAND IN GLOVE, KNOWING WE'RE NOT GOING TO WIN EVERY FIGHT, GIVE US A CHANCE TO SIT AT THE TABLE AND HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT WHERE WE MIGHT FIND SOME COMMON GROUND. AND WE DO FROM TIME TO TIME. IT'S NOT IMPOSSIBLE. EVEN WITH MY FRIENDS IN THIS CHAMBER RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE FOUND WAY TOTS WORK TOGETHER. BUT WE CANNOT DO IT. WE CANNOT DO IT UNLESS THERE'S A COMMITMENT TO DO THE WORK OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE HAVE NOT SEEN THAT. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 01:11:02 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      • 01:11:08 PM

                        MR. WOODALL

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'D BE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'D BE INTERESTED SOMETIME, MR. SPEAKER, IN HAVING A TEAM BUILDING EXPERT TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF OUR PROCEEDINGS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AND SEE IF THEY THINK THE CONVERSATIONS THAT HAPPEN HERE BRING US CLOSER TO WORKING TOGETHER ON SERIOUS SOLUTIONS OR PUSH US FURTHER AWAY. I AFRY -- I AGREE WITH MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, WE NEED TO GET ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT IS NOT FIGURING OUT WHO TO BLAME BUT FIGURING OUT HOW TO FIX THICKS. TO CONTINUE TO PUT OUT THE MESSAGE THAT WE DON'T COLLABORATE ON THOSE ISSUES IS TO DO OUR BOSSES, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, A DISSERVICE. ON BILL AFTER BILL TO COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, WE HAVE COME TOGETHER. WE'VE SENT THEM TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE. ON BILL AFTER BILL ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING WE HAVE COME TOGETHER, WE'VE PASSED THOSE BILLS, SENT THOSE THTH SENATE. I'VE BEEN IN THIS CONGRESS SINCE 2011, I GOT TO VOTE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME ON FUNDING THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL, WHICH SITS RIGHT IN MY BACKYARD IN THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA, I GOT TO VOTE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME ON FUNDING THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH WHICH DO SUCH AMAZING RESEARCH BETH FOR OUR SENIORS AND FOR OUR CHILDREN. THE KIND OF TALENT THAT WE HAVE THERE, MR. SPEAKER, BOGGLES THE MIND. WE CAME TOGETHER AND WE FUNDED THOSE INSTITUTIONS IN THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. NOW WE CAN SPEND OUR TIME TOGETHER TALKING ABOUT WHO HATES CHILDREN AND WHO HATES OLD PEOPLE AND WHY IT IS EVERYBODY IS AN UNTALENTED BUFFOON OR WE CAN RECOGNIZE THAT ON ISSUE AFTER ISSUE WE COME TOGETHER AND GET ABOUT THE BUSINESS THAT OUR BOSSES SENT US TO GET ABOUT. I DON'T THINK ANY OF US ARE GOING TO BE REWARDED BY FIGURING OUT WHO TO BLAME. I THINK WE'RE GOING TO BE REWARDED BY GETTING IT FIXED. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, MS. TENNEY, WHO HAS WORKED THROUGH THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AGAIN IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO DEAL WITH LOCAL, COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND LOCAL HOME BUYERS WHO ARE GETTING SHUT OUT OF THE PROCESS BY AN OVERLY BURDENSOME CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU. WITH THAT, FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. TENNEY.

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                      • 01:13:37 PM

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                      • 01:13:39 PM

                        MS. TENNEY

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND HIS GREAT COMMENTS ABOUT…

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND HIS GREAT COMMENTS ABOUT BIPARTISANSHIP. OVER THE LAST 10 YEAR, ECOMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTION INDUSTRY HAS UNDERGONE A DRAMATIC TRANSFORMATION. SINCE 2006, MORE THAN 1,500 BANKS HAVE FAILED. HAVE BEEN ACQUIRED, OR HAVE MERGED DUE TO ECONOMIC FACTORS AND THE OVERWHELMINGLY EXPENSIVE REGULATION BROUGHT FORTH BY THE PASSAGE OF DODD-FRANK. DURING THAT SAME PERIOD THERE'S BEEN A DROUGHT IN DE NOVO BANKS. IN FACT, ONLY FIVE NEW BANK CHARTERS AND 16 NEW CREDIT UNIONS HAVE CHARTERED SINCE THAT TIME. TODAY, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 125 YEARS, THERE ARE FEWER THAN 6,000 BANKS AND ROUGHLY 6,000 CREDIT UNIONS SERVING ALL CONSUMERS IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS PROOF THAT COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS NEED SMART, COMMONSENSE REGULATORY RELIEF SO THEY CAN PROPERLY SERVE LOCAL COMMUNITIES BY ASSISTING THEM WITH SMALL BUSINESS STARTUP AND CONSUMER CREDIT, PARTICULARLY IN A REGION LIKE MINE IN UPSTATE NEW YORK. IT'S IMPORTANT WE PASS THIS RULE TODAY TO CONSIDER MY BILL H.R. 3971, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT. THIS BIPARTISAN MEASURE WOULD OFFER REAL ERELIEF FOR INSTITUTIONS THAT ARE BARELY SURVIVING IN AN EXCESSIVELY REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SHERMAN, FOR ASSISTING US IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO BRING THIS BILL FORWARD AND TO MAKE IT EVEN BETTER THAN WE ORIGINALLY CONCEIVED IT. H.R. 3971, WHICH WOULD EXEMPT SMALL COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONS FROM MANDATORY ESCROW REQUIREMENTS AND WOULD PROVIDE RELIEF FROM NEW REGULATIONS THAT HAVE NEARLY DOUBLED THE COST OF SERVICING WITH DIRECT IMPACT ON THE CONSUMER FOR THE COST OF MORTGAGE CREDIT. I KNOW THE I KNOW INSTITUTIONS WISH TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO THEIR CONSUMERS. UNDER THIS PROVISION, THEY ARE WELCOME TO DO THAT. HOWEVER, FOR THE SMALLER INSTITUTIONS LIKE G.P.O. FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, THAT RELY ON RELATIONSHIP BANKING, CUSTOMERS THAT WALK IN THE DOOR AND KNOW WHO YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE AND KNOW WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE AND WHOSE CHILDREN SERVE ON THE SPORTS TEAMS AND GO TO THE SAME SCHOOLS, THIS BILL WILL GREATLY HELP THEM AND HELP OUR CONSUMERS CONTINUE WITH THAT RELATIONSHIP. BY MANDATING THAT ALL INSTITUTIONS FOLLOW ESCROW REQUIREMENTS, IT RAISES THE COST OF CREDIT TO BORROWERS WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD IT AND HARMS SMALL LOCAL INSTITUTIONS WHO CAN BARELY AFFORD TO STAY ALIVE. THIS IS A GREAT COMMONSENSE BILL AND BIPARTISAN SINCE ANY BILL I HAVE PROPOSED. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA. AND I URGE EVERYONE TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE BILL TO HELP OUR SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 01:16:46 PM

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                      • 01:16:49 PM

                        MS. SLAUGHTER

                        I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE.

                      • 01:16:54 PM

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                      • 01:16:57 PM

                        MS. LEE

                        LET ME THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING AND YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP…

                        LET ME THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING AND YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP ON SO MANY ISSUES ESPECIALLY ON THE RULES COMMITTEE. AS A MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS AND BUDGET COMMITTEE, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL, H H.J.RES. THE 2017 CONTINUING RESOLUTION. THIS BILL KICKS THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD FOR TWO WEEKS JUST SO REPUBLICANS CAN CONTINUING FOCUS ON THE GREATEST TAX SCAM IN HISTORY. NOW AS RANKING MEMBER LOWEY HAS SAID, WHAT DO REPUBLICANS THINK THEY CAN ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS THAT THEY HAVEN'T ACCOMPLISHED IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS? WELL, I SAY, EXCEPT, OF COURSE, TRYING TO GIVE TAX BREAKS TO THEIR WEALTHY DONORS, MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS AND RAISING TAXES ON MIDDLE-INCOME AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. THIS RECKLESS SHORT-TERM RESOLUTION IGNORES MANY OF OUR CRITICAL YEAR-END PRIORITIES LIKE PASSING A CLEAN DREAM ACT, A TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE STATUS PROVISION WE NEED IN THE C.R. RAISING BUDGETARY CAPS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING DISASTER FOR HURRICANES AND WILDFIRES. CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAMS, COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. I COULD GO ON AND ON. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DEBATING AND SHOULD BE IN THIS RESOLUTION. NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR CONGRESS TO BE ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL. WE NEED ACTION, MR. SPEAKER AND NEED IT NOW. DESPITE THE FACT THAT REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE, ONCE AGAIN, THEY REFUSE TO DO THEIR JOBS. IT IS SO WRONG TO STRING PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES OUT, NOT KNOWING WHETHER THEIR GOVERNMENT WILL FUNCTION OR STAY OPEN. HOW IRRESPONSIBLE CAN YOU GET? WE NEED TO FULLY FUND THE GOVERNMENT. ACROSS THE COUNTRY, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE LIVING ON THE EDGE. 40 MILLION AMERICANS ARE LIVING IN POVERTY. MILLIONS MORE ARE STRUGGLING TO KEEP A ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD. MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL ONE MINUTE?

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                      • 01:19:11 PM

                        MS. SLAUGHTER

                        YOU CAN HAVE AN ADDITIONAL TWO MINUTES.

                      • 01:19:15 PM

                        MS. LEE

                        THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. WE ARE PASSING A SHORT-TERM FUNDING BILL THAT…

                        THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. WE ARE PASSING A SHORT-TERM FUNDING BILL THAT UNDERFUNDS EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE TRAINING AT A TIME THAT AMERICANS NEED IT THE MOST. INSTEAD, ONCE AGAIN, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? YOU ARE TAKING TIME TO GIVE TAX CUTS TO CORPORATIONS TO SEND JOBS OVERSEAS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO CREATE JOBS, TO STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY, TO PROVIDE A BASIC STANDARD OF LIVING FOR ALL. AND WITH THE SEQUESTER CUTS LOOMING, IT'S PAST TIME THAT WE FOCUS ON OUR SPENDING HERE AT HOME AND STOP THESE INCREASES TO A BLOATED MILITARY BUDGET WHICH REALLY DOES NOTHING FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. INSTEAD OF BRINGING OUR NATION TO THE BRINK OF SELF-INFLICTED CRISES, REPUBLICANS SHOULD WORK WITH US TO MEET THE NEED OF OUR NATION AND A STRONG NATIONAL SECURITY WHICH REQUIRES RESISTING THESE CUTS TO OUR STATE DEPARTMENT AND FOREIGN ASSISTANCE. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS TWO-WEEK CONTINUING RESOLUTION, THIS DOES JUST THE OPPOSITE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS RULE AND NO ON THE UNDERLYING BILL AND LET'S DO OUR JOB AND LET'S DO WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO DO AND THAT IS FULLY FUND THE GOVERNMENT AND LOOK OUT FOR THEM IN TERMS OF NOT GIVING TAX CUTS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES AND RAISING TAXES. THEY DESERVE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 01:20:46 PM

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                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 01:20:54 PM

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                      • 01:20:56 PM

                        MR. WOODALL

                        I OPENED WITH A DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW WE ALL CARE ABOUT THESE AMERICAN…

                        I OPENED WITH A DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW WE ALL CARE ABOUT THESE AMERICAN HOMEOWNERS WHO ARE TRYING TO GET INTO THEIR FIRST HOMES AND HOW IT IS THAT WE PROTECT THEM BETTER. WE DISAGREED ABOUT HOW TO PROTECT THEM. YOU DO IT THROUGH THE CFPB AND FEDERAL REGULATION OR HOMETOWN INSTITUTIONS BEING GOVERNED BY THEIR NEIGHBORS. WE AGREED ON WHAT THE NEED WAS. WE DISAGREED ON HOW TO GET THERE. WHAT IS SO FRUSTRATING TO ME, I STILL FEEL LIKE A NEW MEMBER OF THIS INSTITUTION, I GUESS I'M NOT ANY LONGER, BUT WE SEEM TO HAVE ONE STANDARD WHEN WE ARE IN THE MAJORITY AND COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STANDARD WHEN THE OTHER GUY TAKES OVER THE INSTITUTION. PRINCIPLES SHOULD BE PRINCIPLES IRRESPECTIVE OF WHO SITS IN YOUR CHAIR. THE VERY FIRST BIG VOTE THAT I TOOK WHEN I GOT HERE IN 2011 WAS TO FUND THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IN FEBRUARY. WHY? BECAUSE WHEN DEMOCRATS RAN EVERY SINGLE FACET OF GOVERNMENT, THEY CONTROLLED THE HOUSE, THEY CONTROLLED THE SENATE AND THEY CONTROLLED THE WHITE HOUSE, THEY DIDN'T GET IT DONE. AND COULDN'T GET IT DONE. IT'S HARD TO DO, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL TAKE YOU BACK, YOU WEREN'T IN THIS INSTITUTION, THE YEAR IS 2010, THE FIRST C.R. THEY PASSED WENT FROM OCTOBER 1 TO DECEMBER 3, ABOUT THE SAME LENGTH OF TIME THAT WE PASSED. WEREN'T UP TO ANYTHING NEFARIOUS AND I RESENT THE APPLICATION. THEY NEEDED EXTRA TIME. THEY THEN WENT AND PASSED A TWO-WEEK C.R., A TWO-WEEK C.R. FROM DECEMBER 4 TO DECEMBER 18. THEY PASSED ONE FOR TWO MORE WEEKS TO GIVE THEMSELVES A LITTLE MORE TIME. THEY STILL WEREN'T ABLE TO GET IT DONE IN THOSE TWO WEEKS. SO THEIR NEXT C.R. WENT FROM DECEMBER 19 TO DECEMBER 21. THREE DAYS IS WHAT THEY FOUND TO BE THE RIGHT NUMBER TO EXTEND FUNDING OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SO THEY COULD CONTINUE TO GET THEIR WORK DONE, MR. SPEAKER. AND WHEN THAT DIDN'T WORK, THEY THEN PUNTED ALL TOGETHER AND WHEN MY FRESHMAN CLASS CAME IN 2011 AND WE TOOK OVER AND FUNDED THE GOVERNMENT INSTEAD. MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN DESCRIBE WHAT HAPPENED WHEN MY FRIENDS LAST CONTROLLED THIS INSTITUTION AS AN ABOMINABLE FAILURE OR WE CAN DESCRIBE IT AS A FRUSTRATING FAILURE BUT SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS IN THIS INSTITUTION, IT HAPPENS WHEN MY FRIENDS RAN IT, WE NEED ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO GET ON A BETTER TRACK. LET ME ASK MY FRIENDS TO STIPULATE THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME WE ARE ON A BETTER TRACK BECAUSE WE CAME TOGETHER IN THIS INSTITUTION AND WE GOT OUR WORK DONE. THE SENATE HASN'T AND I'M FRUSTRATED BY IT. BUT I WANT TO GIVE THEM MORE TIME. AND FOR MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN WHO ASKED THE QUESTION WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES TWO WEEKS MAKE? I WOULD ASK ANYONE WHO HAS THAT QUESTION TO GOOGLE CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. IF YOU THINK CONTINUING TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT ONE DAY AT A TIME WITH THE PENDING RESOLUTION OR 12 MONTHS OF THE TIME, IF YOU THINK THAT IS THE DEFINITION OF SUCCESS, GOOGLE CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. EVERY SINGLE DAY WE FAIL TO TAKE UP IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE THE LARGE FULL YEAR FUNDING APPROPRIATIONS BILL, WE DO A DISSERVICE TO EVERY SINGLE MAN AND WOMAN IN UNIFORM. AND IF WE HAVE A CHOICE HERE BETWEEN DOING THAT DISSERVICE TO THOSE MEN AND WOMEN FOR TWO WEEKS, SIX WEEKS, EIGHT WEEKS, I CHOOSE TWO. IF YOU WONDER WHAT DIFFERENCE IT MAKES, ASK ANY MAN OR WOMAN IN UNIFORM. THERE'S A REASON, MR. SPEAKER, AS HARD AS THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS IS, YOU AND I TOOK UP THE DEFENSE PORTION, THE HOMELAND SECURITY PORTION, THE NATIONAL SECURITY PORTION, ALL THE WAY BACK IN THE SUMMER AND PASSED IT OUT OF THIS HOUSE BEFORE THE END OF JULY BECAUSE WE KNEW HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS AND HOW MISSION CRITICAL IT WAS AND GIVE THE SENATE THE MOST TIME WE POSSIBLY COULD. I AM FRUSTRATED, TOO. BUT LET US NOT DESCRIBE THESE FAILURES AS PARTISAN FAILURES, AS AN EFFORT BY ONE SIDE OR ANOTHER TO SUBVERT THE PROCESS. THESE ARE FAILURES. BUT TWO WEEKS, MR. SPEAKER, IS GOING TO BE LESS OF A FAILURE FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM THAN WOULD BE THREE WEEKS, FOUR WEEKS, OR 12 MONTHS. I'M SORRY WE ARE HERE, BUT THIS IS THE BEST CIRCUMSTANCE THAT WE CAN CREATE TO ALLOW OUR SENATE TIME TO SUCCEED. AND THEY CANNOT SUCCEED ALONE. REPUBLICANS CAN'T SUCCEED ALONE. IT REQUIRES A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY. LET US NOT PRETEND THIS IS A PARTISAN PROBLEM. THIS IS AN AMERICAN CHALLENGE AND I BELIEVE WE'RE UP FOR IT. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS REMAINING AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN SHE IS.

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                      • 01:26:39 PM

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                      • 01:26:43 PM

                        MS. SLAUGHTER

                        I MUST TAKE FOR A SECOND OF TIME OR MINUTE AND A HALF TO ADDRESS THE LAST…

                        I MUST TAKE FOR A SECOND OF TIME OR MINUTE AND A HALF TO ADDRESS THE LAST STATEMENT THAT YOU MADE, BECAUSE YOU SAID YOU NEED THE DEMOCRATS. YOU MUST BE AWARE THAT YOU ONLY NEED US WHEN THE VOTES COME. THERE IS NOT A DEMOCRAT FINGERPRINT ON THAT TAX BILL. WE HAD NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT ANY OF IT. AND WHILE WE HAVE BEGGED ALMOST ON OUR HANDS AND KNEES TO BE A PART OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING, WE'RE NOT. AND IT ALWAYS SOUNDS GOOD WHEN WE HEAR ON THE FLOOR, BIPARTISANSHIP, LOOK, WE WANT TO WORK, BUT OFTENTIMES, AS YOU KNOW, BILLS THAT COME TO THE RULES COMMITTEE WITH NO COMMITTEE ACTION WHATSOEVER AND NO POSSIBLE DESCRIPTION TO BE BIPARTISAN. BUT LET ME GO INTO MY CLOSING OR FOR YEARS WE ENDURED RELENTLESS REPUBLICAN ATTACKS ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT INCLUDING JUST LAST WEEK IN THE SENATE'S DISASTROUS TAX BILL. BY REPEALING THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE, THE SENATE BILL HAS KNOCKED OFF 13 MILLION PEOPLE FROM THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. I MUST HAVE ASKED 20 TIMES WHEN WE WERE DOING THOSE 60 TIMES TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WHY DO YOU WANT TO TAKE HEALTH CARE AWAY FROM PEOPLE? I HAVE NEVER TO THIS DAY GOTTEN AN ANSWER THAT SO MUCH THAT THEY DESPISE, A HEALTH CARE BILL THAT IS WORKING AND LITERALLY INSURED MORE AMERICANS THAN HAVE EVER BEEN INSURED BEFORE. AND SUDDENLY ON A WHIM, ONE PARTY DECIDES THAT THE ONE THAT HAS BEEN FIGHTING OVER AND OVER AGAIN DECIDES THAT THEY WILL COME AT IT PIECEMEAL AND BY TAKING AWAY TO SAY IT'S TIME TO SIGN UP AGAIN, I THOUGHT IT WOULD DO GRIEVOUS HARM. AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE CAME OUT TO SIGN UP AGAIN BECAUSE HEALTH CARE IS ONE OF THE MOST CRITICAL NEEDS FOR ANY AMERICAN FAMILY. SO TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, THE BILL ALSO REPEALS MOST OF THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTIONS. THAT'S A DEDUCTION THAT HELPS MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES IN MY STATE OF NEW YORK. NEW YORK ON AVERAGE GIVES BACK TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES $40 BILLION. MONEY THAT WE SEND TO WASHINGTON AND GET NOTHING BACK FOR IT. AND THE WAY WE ARE REWARDED FOR THAT, -- I DON'T THINK THAT WILL BE HAPPENING ANYMORE SINCE THE TAXES ARE GOING TO GO UP SO MUCH HIGHER ON THE PEOPLE IN MY STATE UNLESS THEY DO AWAY WITH WHAT IS ABSOLUTELY ONE OF THE MOST ATROCIOUS THINGS I EVER SEEN THEM DO. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S EVIDENT THIS WAS NOT DESIGNED TO HELP MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES PUT FOOD ON THEIR TABLE BUT TO LINE THE POCKETS OF THEIR SHARE HOLDERS. I HAVE YET TO SEE THE SENATE TAX BILL BUT I UNDERSTAND THERE ARE GIFTS IN THERE WHO OWN JET PLANES PFMENT TAKING CARE OF THE RICH AND THE FIGURES THAT I SUPPORTED IN MY SPEECH A WHILE AGO, JUST SHORT OF $60 PILLION, PEOPLE MAKING $40,000 TO THE RICH PEOPLE, ALMOST THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR. BUT YOU DON'T NEED TO HEAR IT FROM ME. REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN MARK SANFORD RECENTLY SAID, IN A MOMENT OF GREAT CANDOR, FROM A TRUTH AND ADVERTISING STANDPOINT, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A LOT SIMPLER IF WE JUST ACKNOWLEDGED REALITY ON THIS BILL, WHICH IS IT IS FUNDAMENTALLY A CORPORATE TAX REDUCTION AND A RESTRUCTURING BILL, PERIOD. END QUOTE. THERE IS NO TINY SIN TILLA OF REFORM IN THIS BILL. IT IS SIMPLE AS A WAY TO LOWER THE CORPORATE TAX AND TAKE CARE OF EXTRAORDINARILY WEALTHY IN THIS COUNTRY WHO DON'T NEED IT. . MR. SPEAKER, I WISH WE COULD PROVIDE HELP FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. WHICH I THINK IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT THINK HE IS DID. HE KEEPS SAYING THERE'S NOTHING IN THERE THAT WILL HELP HIM. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'LL BRING FORTH AN AMENDMENT THAT PROHIBITS ANY BILL THAT PROHIBITS OR REPEALS THE A.C.A. AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT -- INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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                      • 01:31:51 PM

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                      • 01:31:53 PM

                        MS. SLAUGHTER

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME TAKE A MOMENT AND REMIND EVERYONE WATCHING…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME TAKE A MOMENT AND REMIND EVERYONE WATCHING OF THE IMPACTS OF THE MAJORITY'S LAST SHUTDOWN IN 2013. THE IMPACTS ON OUR ECONOMY WERE SIGNIFICANT. WE LOST $24 BILLION IN THOSE JUST TWO WEEKS. THE IMPACTS ON OUR ECONOMY AS I SAID WERE VERY SIGNIFICANT. FEDERAL LOANS TO SMALL BUSINESSES, HOMEOWNERS, AND FAMILIES WERE BROUGHT TO A HALT. BANKS AND OTHER LENDERS WERE UNABLE TO ACCESS GOVERNMENT VERIFICATION SERVICES WHICH DELAYED PRIVATE SECTOR LENDING TO SMALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS ALIKE. FEDERAL PERMITTING WAS BROUGHT TO A STANDSTILL, WHICH DELAYED JOB-CREATING PROJECTS IN THE TRANSPORTATION AND ENERGY SECTORS. EXPERTS HAVE ESTIMATED THAT ALL TOLD, THE 16-DAY SHUTDOWN COST OUR ECONOMY AN ESTIMATED $24 BILLION. SO DURING THIS SHUTDOWN, AGAIN, VITAL SERVICES WERE PUT ON HOLD. AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, HUNDREDS OF PATIENTS WERE UNABLE TO ENROLL IN POSSIBLY LIFE-SAVING CLINICAL TRIALS. FEDERAL AGENCIES LIKE THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY WEREN'T ABLE TO CONDUCT HEALTH AND SAFETY INSPECTIONS. FEDERAL SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH WAS HALTED AND WE LOST A LOT OF SCIENTISTS. SCIENTISTS IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE OF ALL THAT. FIVE NOBLE PRIZE WINNING SCIENTISTS WHO WORKED FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT THAT TIME, THE SHUTDOWN LAID OFF FOUR OF THE FIVE. THIS IS ALL ACCORDING TO A REPORT ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. THE PUBLIC KNOW HOUSE DEVASTATING ANOTHER SHUTDOWN COULD BE. ACCORDING TO A POLL CONDUCTED BY MORNING CONSULT AND POLITICO, RELEASED THIS WEEK, THERE'S BIPARTISAN OPPOSITION. 68% OF DEMOCRATS, 62% OF REPUBLICANS, 61% OF INDEPENDENTS OPPOSE A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. AND I FORGOT TO MENTION SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS AND THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION THAT CAME TO A HALT. SO THAT'S WHAT MAKE THIS IS FRUSTRATING. I AGREE WITH MR. WOODALL,S THAT FRUSTRATING PART OF WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO HERE. EVERY DAY, IT SEEMS, WE GET UP AND WE FACE SOME KIND OF NEW DISASTER. WE COULD HAVE CRAFTED A BIPARTISAN BILL. WE SURE COULD HAVE. THAT WOULD HAVE REMOVED ANY QUESTION OF WHETHER A CONTINUING RESOLUTION WOULD PASS THE HOUSE AND SENATE. JUST AS WE COULD HAVE RE-AUTHORIZED THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, PERKINS LOANS AND MORE. MONTHS AGO. IF ONLY THE MAJORITY WAS WILLING TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATS. INSTEAD, BIPARTISANSHIP IS ALL TOO OPEN, OFTEN BECOME THE DIRTY WORD UNDER THE MAJORITY. AND I SADLY SAY IT IS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LEFT TO PAY THE PRICE. SO I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, THE RULE, AND THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 01:34:57 PM

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                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 01:35:02 PM

                        MR. WOODALL

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK FOR HELPING ME TO…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK FOR HELPING ME TO BRING THE RULE TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE IN TRUTH IN ADVERTISING. AND OF ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU HEARD THE READING CLERK READ WHEN HE WENT THROUGH WORD FOR WORD FOR WORD FROM THIS RULE YOU HEARD NOT ONE WORD ABOUT TAXES TODAY. WHY? BECAUSE WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT TAXES TODAY AT ALL. BECAUSE NOTHING THAT WE'RE DOING TODAY HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH TAXES AT ALL. BECAUSE OF ALL THE SUCCESSES THAT WE'RE DOWN HERE TO PARTNER ON TODAY, TAX IS NOT ONE OF THEM. WHAT SON THE LIST TODAY? WELL IN THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH IN ADVERTISING, SHUTDOWNS AREN'T ON THE LIST EITHER. IN FACT, THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE. IF WE PASS THIS RULE TODAY, WE WILL FUND THE GOVERNMENT. WE WILL PRIORITIZE KEEPING THE DOORS OPEN. MR. SPEAKER, HABITS ARE HARD THINGS TO BREAK. THEY'RE HARD THINGS TO BREAK. WE'RE IN TWO VERY BAD HABITS IN THIS INSTITUTION. ONE IS FAILING TO SEE THE MERIT IN WHAT THE OTHER SIDE IS OFFERING. WE HAVE TWO FINANCIAL SERVICES BILLS TODAY THAT BREAK THAT PATTERN, THAT SEE THE MERIT IN WORKING TOGETHER, IN COLLABORATING TOGETHER, BRING TWO BILLS TO THE FLOOR THAT THIS ENTIRE INSTITUTION CAN BE PROUD OF. WE HAVE ANOTHER BAD HABIT OF ASCRIBING TO THE OTHER SIDE MOTIVES THAT I BELIEVE ARE NOT WORTHY OF THIS INSTITUTION AT ALL. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WOULD BE ONE OF THOSE THINGS. WE ARE IN GOOD FAITH WORKING TOGETHER, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, HOUSE AND SENATE, CONGRESS AND WHITE HOUSE, TO GET ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND IT'S HARD. IT'S HARD. BUT IT'S WORTH DOING AND WORTH DOING RIGHT. IF I HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN FAST AND RIGHT, I CHOOSE RIGHT. WE'VE GOT A CHANCE TODAY WITH THE PASSAGE OF THIS RULE TO BRING UP TWO BILLS THAT OUR COLLEAGUES IN BIPARTISAN WAYS HAVE WORKED THROUGH ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE THAT WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE TO FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES ACROSS THIS NATION. AND WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TODAY IF WE PASS THIS RULE TO BRING UP A CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT GUARANTEES TO EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN THAT THE DOORS ARE OPEN, THE LIGHTS ARE ON, AND WE CONTINUE AND HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SENATE TO MOVE FINAL LEGISLATION. I WANT MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE. I WANT MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL. MR. SPEAKER, MORE THAN ANYTHING, I WANT MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE PRIDE IN THE SUCCESSES THAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED HERE TODAY. CHIP FUNDING, CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE FUNDING, IS AT RISK BUT NOT BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T SUCCEEDED, WE HAVE. ALL WE NEED IS ONE MORE SIGNATURE FROM THE SENATE. C.D.C. FUNDING MAY BE AT RISK BUT NOT BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T SUCCEEDED, WE HAVE, WE JUST NEED THE BILL TO GET ACROSS THE FLOOR TO THE SENATE. OUR TROOPS ARE ON THE CUSP OF RECEIVING A WELL-DESERVED PAY RAISE. WHY? WE CAME TOGETHER AND PASSED IT HERE, WE NEED TO GET ACROSS THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE. AND THERE'S NOT ONE OF THOSE ITEMS OR A DOZEN MORE I COULD LIST, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WILL MOVE ACROSS THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE? ANYTHING BUT A BIPARTISAN WAY. YOU WANT BIPARTISANSHIP, IF YOU WANT COOPERATION, IF YOU WANT SUCCESS, WE HAVE OUR CHANCE TODAY. OH VOTE YES ON THIS RULE, MR. SPEAKER. VOTE YES ON THE UNDERLYING BILLS. AND LET'S GET TOGETHER AND GET THE SENATE ACROSS THE FINISH LINE AS WELL. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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                      • 01:38:46 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS…

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                      • 01:38:59 PM

                        MS. SLAUGHTER

                        ON THAT, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                      • 01:39:03 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

                        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTING RESOLUTION -- HOUSE RESOLUTION 647 IF ORDERED, SUSPENDING THE RULES AND ADOPTING HOUSE RESOLUTION 259, AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                      • 02:12:11 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 238 THE NAYS ARE 188. THE RESOLUTION IS…

                        ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 238 THE NAYS ARE 188. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 259 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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                      • 02:12:44 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        RESOLUTION EXPRESSING CONCERN AND CONDEMNATION OF THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC,…

                        RESOLUTION EXPRESSING CONCERN AND CONDEMNATION OF THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN VENEZUELA.

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                      • 02:12:54 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION…

                        QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION AEAND -- AS AMENDED? MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                      • 02:19:35 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 419. THE NAYS ARE EIGHT. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 419. THE NAYS ARE EIGHT. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                      • 02:26:42 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 212 AND THE NAYS ARE 205. WE HAVE TWO PRESENT.…

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 212 AND THE NAYS ARE 205. WE HAVE TWO PRESENT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. PLEASE TAKE YOUR COMMUNICATIONS OUTSIDE. ORDER IN THE HOUSE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR COMMUNICATIONS OUTSIDE OR IN THE LAKE-COOK ROOM. -- OUTSIDE OR IN THE CLOAKROOM. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS IN THE CLOAKROOM. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 02:28:03 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IN THE CONSIDERATION OF H.J.RES. 123.

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                      • 02:28:16 PM

                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY…

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 02:28:21 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, I CALL UP HOUSE JOINT…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, I CALL UP HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 123 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                      • 02:28:31 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION.

                      • 02:28:33 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        RESOLUTION 123, JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS…

                        RESOLUTION 123, JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                      • 02:28:43 PM

                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

                        TO THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED AS READ.…

                        TO THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. LOWEY, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      • 02:28:57 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT H.J. RESOLUTION 123, A CONTINUING…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT H.J. RESOLUTION 123, A CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT MAINTAINS FUNDING FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS AND PREVENTS A SHUTDOWN. CURRENT FUNDING LEGISLATION EXPIRES TOMORROW, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8. CONGRESS MUST ACT NOW TO PREVENT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND PRESERVE VITAL FEDERAL PROGRAMS THAT AMERICANS RELY ON. THIS ACTION IS CRITICAL TO OUR NATION'S STABILITY, OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, OUR ECONOMIC HEALTH, AND THE WELL-BEING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS SIMPLE CLEAN EXTENSION OF FUNDING PROVIDES THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 FUNDING FOR GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS THROUGH DECEMBER 22. AN ADDITIONAL TWO WEEKS, AND WILL ALLOW TIME FOR THE LEADERSHIP TO REACH A DEAL ON AN OVERALL TOP LINE SPENDING LEVELS FOR THE 2018 FISCAL YEAR. I WOULD NOTE THAT THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH SUPPORTS ADOPTION OF THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION. YESTERDAY'S STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY SAYS, AND I QUOTE, THIS LEGISLATION FUNDS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT CURRENT SPENDING LEVELS WITHOUT EXTRANEOUS PROVISIONS, END OF QUOTATION MARKS, AND CONCLUDES, ADVISORS WOULD RECOMMEND THE PRESIDENT SIGN THE BILL INTO LAW. MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK CONSENT TO SUBMIT DECEMBER 6 STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY REGARDING HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 123 FOR THE RECORD.

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                      • 02:30:25 PM

                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. .

                      • 02:30:39 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        FISCAL BILLS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY A DECADE THIS INCLUDED IMPORTANT…

                        FISCAL BILLS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY A DECADE THIS INCLUDED IMPORTANT FUNDING FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE AND OTHER IMPORTANT MATTERS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE COULD NOT PROCEED WITHOUT AN AGREEMENT WITH THE SENATE ON OVERALL FUNDING LEVELS. THE REALITY IS WE'RE RUNNING INTO A DEADLINE THIS WEEK AND THIS RESOLUTION IS OUR BEST AND ONLY OPTION AT THIS TIME. ONCE A BROADER BUDGET AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED, WHICH I HOPE WILL BE SHOON -- WILL BE SOON, THE COMMITTEE WILL CONTINUE ITS WORK TO COMPLETE FINAL NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SENATE ON ALL 12 REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS THAT WILL FULLY FUND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH SEPTEMBER OF NEXT YEAR. IN OUR COMMITTEE -- OUR COMMITTEE IS ALSO MOVING QUICKLY TO MOVE ON A THIRD EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING BILL TO HELP COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION RECOVER FROM RECENT MAJOR DISASTERS. IN THE MEANTIME, CONGRESS MUST DO ITS JOB AND PASS THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. AND THEN ANOTHER ONE INTO THE NEW YEAR TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN AND ENSURE THAT ALL IMPORTANT FEDERAL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO ALL AMERICANS. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS NECESSARY AND RESPONSIBLE LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 02:31:54 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 02:32:01 PM

                        MS. SLAUGHTER

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IT IS EXTREMELY…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IT IS EXTREMELY REGRETTABLE THAT WE FIND OURSELVES HERE TODAY --

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                      • 02:32:18 PM

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                        MR. CHAIRMAN, IT IS EXTREMELY EGREATABLE THAT WE FIND OURSELVES HERE…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, IT IS EXTREMELY EGREATABLE THAT WE FIND OURSELVES HERE TODAY. REPUBLICANS HAVE -- DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE PRIORITIES ARE CRITICAL TO OUR SAFETY AND PROSPERITY.

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                      • 02:32:35 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        THE MAJORITY FAILED TO ENGAGE ALL YEAR, CHOOSING INSTEAD TO PASS PARTISAN…

                        THE MAJORITY FAILED TO ENGAGE ALL YEAR, CHOOSING INSTEAD TO PASS PARTISAN APPROPRIATION BILLS THAT CAN NEVER BE SIGNED INTO LAW. MORE THAN TWO MONTHS AGO, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS STRUCK AN AGREEMENT TO AVOID A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. AND BUY TIME FOR NEGOTIATIONS ON NEW SPENDING CAPS THAT WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO ENACT A RESPONSIBLE, BIPARTISAN, FULL-YEAR SPENDING LAW. PRECIOUS LITTLE HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED SINCE THEN. NOW HERE WE ARE AGAIN WITH THE MAJORITY ASKING FOR SUPPORT FOR A TWO-WEEK STOPGAP CONTINUING RESOLUTION. SO I ASK THE MAJORITY, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS THAT WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS? I WANT TO REPEAT THAT. I'D REALLY LIKE TO KNOW WHAT YOU EXPECT TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS WHEN WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS. THE RATIONALE TO SUPPORT A SHORT-TERM, STOPGAP CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS THAT THE PARTIES ARE ENGAGED IN GOOD FAITH NEGOTIATIONS TO DEVELOP A RESPONSIBLE, BIPARTISAN SPENDING PACKAGE. NEGOTIATIONS ARE ON A POSITIVE TRAJECTORY AND ADDITIONAL TIME IS SIMPLY NEEDED TO SEAL A DEAL. AND ANYONE -- CAN ANYONE IN THIS CHAMBER CLAIM THAT THIS IS THE CASE TODAY? THE PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO IRRESPONSIBLY THREATEN A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND LAUNCH ADD HOMINEM ATTACKS. -- AND LAUNCH AD HOMINEM ATTACKS. MAJORITY LEADERSHIP IS PLAYING GAMES WITH THIS AND FUTURE CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. NEGOTIATIONS ON NEW SPENDING CAPS FOR DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE INVESTMENT ARE STALLED AN THE MAJORITY IS GRASPING FOR EXCUSES AS TO WHY THEY HAVE FAILED TO PROTECT 700,000 YOUNG AMERICANS FROM DEPORTATION. RE-AUTHORIZE THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM OR MOVE EXPEDITIOUSLY ON CRITICAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE. IS THERE ANY EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER THAT THIS MAJORITY INTENDS TO FULFILL THESE VITAL RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. GIVEN THESE FAILURE, I BELIEVE IT IS INCUMBENT ON MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO SAY, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SICK OF THE GAMES, THEY WANT RESULTS. IT'S TIME FOR THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP AND PRESIDENT TRUMP TO GET SERIOUS, ENGAGE WITH DEMOCRATS. WE STAND READY AND WILLING TO HELP DEVELOP A FRAMEWORK FOR RESPONSIBLE, BIPARTISAN SPENDING AGREEMENT AND TO NEGOTIATE THE DETAILS OF A FULL YEAR SPENDING PACKAGE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 02:35:47 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED. NEW…

                        THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED. NEW JERSEY.

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                      • 02:35:53 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE FOREIGN…

                        I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE FOREIGN OPERATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, MY COLLEAGUE, MR. HAL ROGERS OF KENTUCKY.

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                      • 02:36:02 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 02:36:06 PM

                        MR. ROGERS

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME TIME. I RISE IN FULL SUPPORT OF THE…

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME TIME. I RISE IN FULL SUPPORT OF THE SECOND FISCAL YEAR 2018 CONTINUING RESOLUTION THIS YEAR, WHICH WILL FUND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH DECEMBER 22 OF THIS YEAR. THIS BILL IS A NECESSARY MEASURE TO CONTINUE VITAL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES. IT ALSO PREVENTS UNCERTAINTY AND HARM IN A SHUTDOWN. THIS YEAR, THE COMMITTEE WORKED AT A HISTORIC PACE TO PRODUCE AND THEN PASS ALL 12 BILLS TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT. AND CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED FOR THIS FEAT OF LEADERSHIP. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE EVENTUALLY SEND THESE BILLS TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE AND FOREIGN OPERATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT THE FUNDING PROVIDED IN OUR BILL SUPPORTS CONTINUED LEADERSHIP BY THE U.S. AND ADVANCES OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND ECONOMIC INTERESTS. THIS FUNDING IS CRITICAL TO ADDRESSING THE MANY CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE AROUND THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, WHILE C.R.'S ARE NEVER OUR PREFERRED COURSE OF ACTION, THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY WILL GIVE US MORE TIME TO COMPLETE OUR WORK WITH THE SENATE AND PUT TOGETHER A FINAL BILL THAT WILL SUPPORT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. OUR CURRENT CONTINUING RESOLUTION EXPIRES TOMORROW SO WE MUST ACT TODAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE C.R. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 02:37:50 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZE -- THE…

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZE -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      • 02:37:58 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        FROM OHIO, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE, MS.…

                        FROM OHIO, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE, MS. KAPTUR.

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                      • 02:38:05 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 02:38:08 PM

                        MS. KAPTUR

                        I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, CONGRESSWOMAN LOWEY OF NEW YORK, FOR THE…

                        I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, CONGRESSWOMAN LOWEY OF NEW YORK, FOR THE PHENOMENAL JOB SHE'S DONE THIS YEAR AND COMMEND CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR TRYING TO HERD CATTLE ON A VERY VAST RANGE. HERE WE ARE AGAIN, MERE HOURS AWAY FROM A NEEDLESS SHUTDOWN, A CLIFF CREATED BY THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY. ALREADY WE ARE THREE MONTH INTO THE 2018 FISCAL YEAR AND CONGRESS IS NO CLOSER TO FINALIZING AMONG OUR CHIEF CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES, AND THAT IS FUNDING THE DEPARTMENTS OF OUR NATION TO DO THEIR JOB. FOR A NATION AT WAR, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, LARGEST DEPARTMENT IN THIS BILL, CAN'T LET CONTRACTS BECAUSE OF THIS ADOLESCENT DALLYING BY CONGRESS. I RISE WITH FRUSTRATION TODAY AS THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE SUBCOMMITTEE DID THEIR JOB OVER THE LAST YEAR. THEY TOILED AWAY FOR MONTHS, CHIPPING AWAY IN EACH SUBCOMMITTEE BILL. BUT THAT PROVED TO BE A FRUITLESS EFFORT SINCE WE HAD NO AGREED UPON BUDGET CAPS WITHIN WHICH TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY PRODUCED NO BUDGET. THERE'S SIMPLY NO GOOD REASON WHY WE ARE HERE AGAIN KICKING DECISIONS DOWN THE ROAD AND FOR TWO WEEKS? LET ME REMIND MY COLLEAGUES, WE WERE OVER SEVEN MONTHS LATE LAST FISCAL YEAR BEFORE WE FULLY FUNDED OUR GOVERNMENT. THIS FITS AND STARTS, FITS AND STARTS, SURELY, IS NOT WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE. FOR EXAMPLE WELL, KNOW A MILLION PEOPLE, OUR FELLOW OUR FELLOW CITIZENS IN PUERTO RICO, STILL DON'T HAVE ENERGY AND POWER AND VAST, VAST NUMBERS THIS DISRUPTION FOR MANAGING HEALTH CARE AS AN UNNECESSARY BURDEN YOU SHOULD THE CIRCUMSTANCES THEY CONFRONT DAILY. MANY STATES ARE PREPARING TO SHUT DOWN THEIR CHIP PROGRAM IN CASE CONGRESS DOESN'T ACT. HOW IS THAT FOR A CHRISTMAS OR HANUKKAH PRESENT TO THE CHILDREN OF AMERICA. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITIES -- MAJORITY'S ARE OUT OF LINE, NO WORKING WITH -- NO LEADERSHIP TO FINALIZE GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR THE ENTIRE 2018 FISCAL YEAR WHICH BEGAN THREE MONTHS AGO. UNACCEPTABLE. INSTEAD REPUBLICANS CHOOSE TO AVOID DOING WHAT IS CRITICAL AND RATHER THAN PASS A TAX BILL THAT REWARDS THE WEALTHIEST IN OUR COUNTRY AND WREAKS HAVOC ON AMERICA'S HARDWORKING CLASS, THEY OUGHT TO DO THE DUTIFUL WORK OF MANAGING THE FUNDS TO OPERATE THE DEPARTMENTS THAT SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WORRIED, MR. SPEAKER. AND THE MAJORITY HAS ABDICATED THEIR LEADERSHIP. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO KEEP THEIR -- ON ANY HASTY VOTE ON THIS BILL AND DEMAND THE MAJORITY COME TO THE TABLE TO FINALIZE THE F.Y. 2018 SPENDING PLAN. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 02:41:37 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 02:41:40 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AGRICULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE ON…

                        TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AGRICULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, MR. ADERHOLT OF ALABAMA.

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                      • 02:41:49 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 02:41:52 PM

                        MR. ADERHOLT

                        I RISE ALSO IN SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 123, WHICH OBVIOUSLY…

                        I RISE ALSO IN SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 123, WHICH OBVIOUSLY WOULD EXTEND FUNDING FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. WE HAVE HAD A HIGHLY CONDENSED SCHEDULE THIS YEAR, BUT THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS MADE PRETREMENDOUS PROGRESS IN AN OPEN AND -- AS HEAD TREMENDOUS PROGRESS IN AN OPEN AND DELIBERATE PROCESS AS WE MOVED FORWARD. THE AGRICULTURE SPROPINGSES -- APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE WHICH I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO CHAIR RECEIVED INPUT FROM OVER 350 INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS AND WE PRODUCED OUR BILL IN LESS THAN TWO MONTHS. JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO, AS MOST OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE KNOW, WE THE HOUSE TOOK UP AND -- TOOK UP AND WE PASSED 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. THE CHAIRMAN DELIVERED ON THE PROMISE THEY WOULD DO. SO NOW WE'RE COMING TO THE END OF THE YEAR. THERE'S FINAL NEGOTIATIONS TO BE DONE AND I AND MY COLLEAGUES AGREE THAT A C.R. IS NOT THE BEST OPTION, HOWEVER, I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE BASIC SERVICES THAT CONTINUE FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS UNTIL WE HAVE THE FINAL TIME TO PLEAT OUR WORK. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 02:43:02 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 02:43:08 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, THE RANKING MEMBER…

                        TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIR COMMITTEE, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ.

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                      • 02:43:22 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 02:43:24 PM

                        MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                        I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS…

                        I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION, WHICH IS YET AGAIN A COMPLETE ABDICATION OF OUR RESPONSIBILITIES. INSTEAD OF ADOPTING FULLY FUNDED APPROPRIATIONS BILLS OR AN OMNIBUS WITH AN ACTUAL CHANCE OF PASSING THIS CONGRESS, WE REMINE -- REMAIN MIRED IN THIS UNBREAKABLE HABIT OF PASSING CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. THIS NOT ONLY CREATES NEEDLESS UNCERTAINTY, IT COST OURS GOVERNMENT BILLIONS IN WASTED TAXPAYER DOLLARS. MOREOVER, THIS ABDICATION REFLECTS THE LEADERSHIP'S ABANDONMENT AND NEEDS OF OUR CONSTITUENTS. FOR ONE, WE HAVE YET TO PASS THE DREAM ACT DESM SPITE WIDESPREAD SUPPORT NATIONALLY AND THE GROWING FEAR OF DEPORTATIONS THIS CONGRESS HAS IGNORED THE 122 DREAMERS WHO LOSE THEIR PROTECTED STATUS EVERY DAY. THESE ARE AMERICANS. BY ANY DEFINITION. AND THIS IS THEIR HOME. I WILL NOT STAND BY AS THIS PRESIDENT CRUELLY THREATENS TO SEND THESE BRAVE YOUNG PEOPLE BACK TO COUNTRIES ABOUT WHICH THEY HAVE NO MEMORY. AND WHEN WILL THIS BODY FULLY ADDRESS THE DISASTERS THAT HAVE RAVAGED FLORIDA, TEXAS, PUERTO RICO, THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AN CALIFORNIA? COUNTLESS COMMUNITIES INCLUDING MY OWN ARE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING VIE CALL RECOVERY ASSISTANCE THAT ONLY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN PROVIDE. THESE ABDICATIONS ARE SIMPLY IMMORAL. AND IT DOESN'T END THERE. CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO RENEW THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. STATES AND FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA ARE SCRAMBLING TO FIND REPLACEMENT FUNDS AND HEALTH CARE ALTERNATIVES FOR THEIR CHILDREN. WHEN DID CHIP AND PROTECTING THE HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN BECOME A PARTISAN ISSUE? MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WANT TO ADD MORE THAN $1 TRILLION TO THE DEFICIT FOR TAX CUTS FOR BIG CORPORATIONS AND THE TOP 1%. BUT THEN THEY SAY WE CAN'T AFFORD TO SPEND A FRACTION OF THAT ON HEALTH CARE FOR CHILDREN? THESE PRIORITIES ARE BACKWARD AND MORALLY INDEFENSIBLE. AND INSTEAD OF PROTECTING AMERICANS FROM THE SCOURGE OF GUN VIOLENCE, REPUBLICANS ARE WEAKENING OUR ALREADY FEEBLE GUN LAWS BY PASSING LEGISLATION THAT ENSURES MORE DEADLY GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR TUN TOWNS AND CITIES. WE NEED TO PASS AN OMNIBUS BUDGET THAT DOESN'T THREATEN PROGRAMS FOR OUR VETERANS AND CHILDREN OR MAKE DRASTIC CUTS TO THE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID PROGRAMS THAT OUR SENIORS RELY UPON. INSTEAD OF HANDING MASS I TAX CUTS TO MILLIONAIRES, WE SHOULD PASS A BUDGET THAT SUPPORTS EDUCATION, EXPANDS WOMEN'S HEALTH AND PROVIDE -- PROVIDES REAL ECONOMIC RELIEF TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. IN SHORT, WE HAVE TO BREAK THIS BODY'S OBSESSION WITH PROMOTING THE INTEREST OF THE WELLOFF AND SPECIAL INTERESTS AND IGNORING THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN, DREAMERS, SENIORS THE MIDDLE CLASS THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION DOES NOTHING MORE THAN PROVIDE ANOTHER SHORT-TERM FIX FOR THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP'S UNHEALTHY ADDICTION. IT IS A I BOMB NABBLE, IT IS IRRESPONSE -- IT IS ABOMINABLE, IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND WE SHOULD SET IT ASIDE AND FOCUS ON MAKING LONG-TERM DECISIONS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        I YIELD TO MS. GRANGER FROM TEXAS.

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                        MS. GRANGER

                        I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF…

                        I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION. OUR MOST SOLEMN RESPONSIBILITY AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IS TO PROVIDE FOR OUR NATION'S SECURITY. THE WORLD IS MORE DANGEROUS AND UNSTABLE THAN AT ANY TIME IN RECENT HISTORY. THE THREAT FROM NORTH KOREA GROWS EACH DAY. RUSSIA CONTINUES TO CREATE INSTABILITY IN THE UKRAINE, THE BALKANS. CHINA IS MILITARIZING THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND MEANWHILE ISSA AND AL QAEDA CONTINUE TO SPREAD THEIR PERVERTED VERSION OF ISLAM ACROSS EUROPE, AFRICA, ASIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST. WE MUST SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO OUR ADVERSARIES THAT OUR MILITARY IS PREPARED TO CONFRONT ANYONE WHO THREATENS US AT ANYTIME. A SHUTDOWN OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WILL ONLY EMBOLDEN OUR ADVERSARIES AND THREATEN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. OUR MILITARY NEEDS STABLE, PREDICTABLE AND TIMELY FUNDING TO ENSURE IT IS PREPARED TO MEET THE THREATS WE FACE NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. MEMBERS DEMONSTRATED THEIR COMMITMENT TO REBUILDING OUR MILITARY THIS PAST SUMMER BY PASSING THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, WHICH INCLUDED THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. ONLY A BUDGET AGREEMENT THAT GIVES OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM THE FUNDING THEY NEED AND REMOVES THE THREAT OF SEQUESTRATION WILL PROVIDE THEM THAT CERTAINTY. THE HOUSE MUST PASS THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO ALLOW TIME FOR OUR AGREEMENT TO BE REACHED THAT WILL FULLY FUND OUR NATION'S DEFENSE. SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT AN OPTION. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        MRS. LOWEY

                        FROM NEW YORK.

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                        MS. DELAURO

                        I THANK THE GENTLELADY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO COMMENT ON THIS CONTINUING…

                        I THANK THE GENTLELADY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO COMMENT ON THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND ON THE PAST YEAR OF THIS CONGRESS. THE BIGGEST ECONOMIC CHALLENGE OF OUR TIME IS THAT PEOPLE ARE IN JOBS THAT DO NOT PAY THEM ENOUGH TO LIVE ON. WAGES ARE NOT KEEPING UP WITH RISING COSTS FOR HEALTH CARE, CHILDCARE AND HOUSING, AND TOO MANY FAMILIES STRUGGLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET. LET ALONE PUT MONEY IN A COLLEGE FUND OR GO ON VACATION. THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON. WE OUGHT TO BE CREATING JOBS AND RAISING WAGES. YET, FOR THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, THIS CONGRESS ATTEMPTED AGAIN AND AGAIN TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WHICH WOULD HAVE RAISED PREMIUMS AND DEDUCTIBLES, THROW MILLIONS OFF INSURANCE AND MADE HEALTH CARE UNAFFORDABLE. THEN, WE SPENT OUR ENTIRE FALL ON THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM. BIG CORPORATIONS, MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES WRITE WRITE THIS TO MAKE THE GOVERNMENT WORK FOR THEM. AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE RIGGING -- SENATOR ORRIN HATCH SAID, AND I QUOTE, I HAVE A ROUGH TIME SPENDING BILLIONS AND BILLIONS AND TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS TO HELP PEOPLE THAT WON'T HELP THEMSELVES, WON'T LIFT A FINGER AND EXPECT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO EVERYTHING. GET OUT OF THE SENATE CHAMBER. UNDERSTAND WHAT PEOPLE'S LIVES ARE ABOUT TODAY. WALK IN THEIR SHOES AND UNDERSTAND THEIR STRUGGLE. BUT THIS IS THE UGLY TRUTH OF THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL. THIS IS WHAT THE VOTE WAS ABOUT. THESE ARE THEIR VALUES ON DISPLAY. THIS TAX SCAM IS GOING TO RAISE THE DEFICIT, AND THE REPUBLICANS WILL USE IT AS AN EXCUSE TO CUT VITAL SOCIAL SAFETY NET PROGRAMS, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY, LIHEAP, TANF, EDUCATION PROGRAMS, SNAP, FOOD SNAPS. RIGHT NOW FUNDING IS INSUFFICIENT TO PROVIDE CHILDCARE ASSISTANCE TO ALL WHO IS ELIGIBLE. YET, IF WE PASS THIS TAX BILL WE WILL BE UNDER INTENSE PRESSURE TO CUT THIS ASSISTANCE. THAT IS WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. THIS IS WRONG. NOW WE ARE PUNTING ONE OF OUR CORE OBLIGATIONS AS A CONGRESS. FUNDING OUR GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. IT'S A DISTURBING PATTERN AND IT'S UNSUSTAINABLE. WE SHOULD BE NEGOTIATING SPENDING LEVELS FOR 2018. THE MAJORITY CAN NEVER AGAIN SPEAK ABOUT REGULAR ORDER. THIS YEAR HAS BEEN ONE PARTISAN ATTEMPT AFTER ANOTHER TO HARM WORKING CLASS AND MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS SO THEY COULD FULFILL THEIR CAMPAIGN PROMISES. WE HAVE NO BUDGET AGREEMENT. WE HAVE NO RESOLVE ON CHILDREN'S INSURANCE PROGRAM. WE HAVE NO RESOLVE ON A MYRIAD OF PROGRAMS THAT PEOPLE RELY ON, TO LIVE THEIR LIVES EVERY DAY. THERE'S NO RESOLVE ON THE DREAMERS. WHY WOULD WE NEED ANOTHER TWO WEEKS WHEN THEY'VE HAD ALL THIS TIME TO WORK ON THESE ISSUES? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. I SAY SHAME ON THIS CONGRESS AND VOTE NO ON THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION EXTENSION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO TWO MINUTES TO MIKE SIMPSON OF IDAHO.

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                        MR. SIMPSON

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FIRST, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FIRST, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN. UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP THE COMMITTEE REPORTED AND THE WHOLE HOUSE CONSIDERED AND PASSED ALL 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. THIS YEAR IS THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2010 THAT THE HOUSE PASSED ALL 12 APPROPRIATION BILLS. I WOULD HOPE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WOULD LISTEN FOR JUST A MINUTE. IN 2010, THE DEMOCRATS CONTROLLED BOTH THE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE. GUESS WHAT, THEY PASSED ALL THE APPROPRIATION BILLS ON TIME. YOU KNOW WHAT THEY ALSO DID? THEY PASSED A C.R. UNTIL JANUARY 19 -- UNTIL FEBRUARY -- EXCUSE ME -- UNTIL DECEMBER 19 WHEN THEY HADN'T COMPLETED THEIR WORK YET EVEN THOUGH THEY HAD PASSED ALL 12 APPROPRIATION BILLS IN THE HOUSE. THEY PASSED ANOTHER C.R. UNTIL THE 22ND. WHEN THEY HAD COMPLETED THEIR WORK, THEY PASSED A C.R. IN JANUARY. WHEN WE GOT THE MAJORITY WE FINISHED UP THE APPROPRIATION PROCESS. SO THEIR OUTRAGE IS A LITTLE BIT MISPLACED. NOW WE NEED TO FINISH THE FINAL DETAILS WITH OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE AND WE MUST DO THIS TO ENSURE THIS GOVERNMENT STAYS OPEN. CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS OF ANY LENGTH IS NOT ANYONE'S IDEAL SOLUTION TO FUNDING OUR GOVERNMENT. IDEALLY THAT APPROPRIATION BILLS WOULD BE PASSED BY OCTOBER. IT PROVIDES THE MOST STABILITY FOR AGENCIES TO CARRY OUT THESE PROGRAMS IN AN EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE MANNER. BUT WHEN WE NEED MORE TIME TO COMPLETE THOSE NEGOTIATIONS SUPPORTING A C.R. TO KEEP OUR GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONING IS THE ONLY RESPONSIBLE VOTE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY, FOR OUR ECONOMY AND FOR THE GENERAL WELFARE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE, I AM AWARE OF THE POSITIVE IMPACT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS IN EACH OF THESE AREAS. WHETHER IT'S THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S MAINTAINING OUR NUCLEAR WEAPONS STOCKPILE, THE CORPS OF ENGINEERING DREDGING OUR PORTS AND WATERWAYS SO GOODS AND MATERIALS CAN MOVE FREELY OR THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION PROVIDING TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WITH WATER. WE MUST AVOID DISRUPTIONS. WILL WE GET ALL OUR WORK DONE BY JANUARY 22? I DON'T KNOW. BUT ONE THING I CAN GUARANTEE, WE WILL NOT GET IT DONE BY TOMORROW. AND A VOTE AGAINST THIS RESOLUTION IS A VOTE TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. SO IF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WANT TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT, ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS VOTE NO. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        MRS. LOWEY

                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                        I THANK YOU. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, I REALLY RISE ON BEHALF OF THE…

                        I THANK YOU. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, I REALLY RISE ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND ALL IT TAKES IS A SIMPLE PEN AND COOPERATION BETWEEN APPROPRIATORS TO GET THE JOB DONE. JUST A FEW DAYS AGO I LISTENED TO REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CITY OF HOUSTON. THEY'RE ONLY A SAMPLE OF THE HURTING PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUFFERED AFTER HURRICANES, ONE OF THE TOUGHEST HURRICANE SEASONS IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. THEY INDICATED THAT THERE ARE 300,000 SINGLE FAMILY HOMES AND MULTIFAMILY HOMES STILL UNDER. IN MY DISTRICT ALONE, AMONG OTHER DISTRICTS, FROM ONE PART OF THE STATE TO THE NEXT, THERE ARE PEOPLE LIVING IN SHELLS OF A HOUSE. WE HAVE YET HAD A RESPONSE TO BE ABLE TO HELP THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO'VE EITHER MAXED OUT, DON'T HAVE THE INSURANCE BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT IN A FLOOD ZONE. THAT REQUIRES US TO NOT DO A C.R. BUT TO WORK ON THE APPROPRIATION. I'VE GOT HEALTH CLINICS WHO ARE COMING TO ME EVERY DAY AND THE TEXAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL WONDERING ABOUT THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE HURTING. YOU KNOW, I'M NOT TRYING TO OPPOSE A BILL FOR MYSELF. I'M OPPOSING A BILL THAT DOESN'T HAVE THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT DOESN'T HAVE HEALTH CARE IN IT. IT DOESN'T HAVE THE HURRICANE FUNDING IN IT. IT DOESN'T HAVE THE FUNDING WE NEED FOR THE ARMY CORPS FOR PENDING PROJECTS TO STOP THE MAJOR CATASTROPHIC FLOODING IN HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY. AND IT HAS LOW, NONDEFENSE SPENDING, AND LET ME BE VERY CLEAR. I WANT A PREPARED MILITARY. I WANT THEM TO HAVE THE TRAINING AND THE EQUIPMENT THAT THEY NEED. IT DOESN'T HAVE THAT AS WELL. SO, FRANKLY, I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE TO STAND AGAINST A WAR ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. A TAX BILL THAT'S MOVING ALONG BUT THE APPROPRIATIONS IS NOT. $1.4 TRILLION TAKEN OUT OF THE FAT THAT DOES NOT EXIST SO THE BONES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S BUDGET SO THAT A TAX CUT CAN GO TO THE TOP 62% AND 80% BUT WE CAN'T HAVE THE FUNDING --

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                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                        THIS IS A WAR ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND FOR ONE, MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE --

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                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                        FIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. CULBERSON FROM TEXAS.

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                        MR. CULBERSON

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE AND LOOK…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE AND LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING HER VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION BECAUSE SHE IS COMMITTED, AS I AM, TO EVERYONE IN TEXAS IS COMMITTED TO MAKE SURE THE MONEY CONTINUES TO FLOW, TO THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANE HARVEY TO HURRICANE IRMA AND MARIA. AS CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE KNOWS, IF THIS C.R., IF THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS DEFEATED, IF SHE VOTES AGAINST IT, SHE'S VOTING TO STOP THE FLOW OF MONEY TO THE HURRICANE VICTIMS IN HOUSTON AND I KNOW SHE DOESN'T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN. THAT'S ONE OF THE MANY REASONS WHY I RISE TODAY IN THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION, -- FOR THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION, BECAUSE WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THE MILITARY HAS THE FUNDS IT NEEDS TO OPERATE. I WANT TO ENSURE THE F.B.I. AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAVE THE FUNDS THEY NEED TO CONTINUE TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA AGAINST TERRORISM, TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE. TO STOP THE SCOURGE OF OPIOID TRAFFICKING AND ABUSE. AND TO STOP THE INTERNATIONAL DRUG CARTELS FROM POURING THEIR DRUGS INTO THIS COUNTRY. I AM PROUD OF THE WORK OF MY SUBCOMMITTEE, THE JUSTICE, SCIENCE, JUSTICE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, TO ENSURE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE THE FUNDS THEY NEED, TO ENSURE THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, AND NASA HAVE THE FUNDS THEY NEED TO MAKE SURE AMERICA CONTINUES TO BE THE WORLD LEADER IN SCIENTIFIC AND SPACE EXPLORATION. MY COLLEAGUES ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WORKING ALONG WITH THE HOUSTON DELEGATION, INCLUDING MS. JACKSON LEE, WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER ARM IN ARM WITH THE FLORIDA DELEGATION TO CREATE A HURRICANE RELIEF PACKAGE THAT WILL ENSURE THAT THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS AND FLORIDA AND PUERTO RICO ARE ADEQUATELY COMPENSATED FOR THEIR LOSSES, THAT WE REPAIR THE DAMAGE TO OUR FLOOD CONTROL INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT THIS IS GOING TO TAKE TIME, MR. SPEAKER. THE SENATE HAS NOT PASSED ANY APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. WHILE THE HAS -- HOUSE HAS PASSED ALL 12 OF THEM. WE HAVE NOT AGREED FOR DEFENSE SPENDING LEVELS. WE MUST CONTINUE THE HURRICANE PACKAGE. I URGE MS. JACKSON LEE AND THE ENTIRE HOUSE TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THE C.R. TO MAKE SURE OUR HURRICANE VICTIMS ARE TAKEN CARE OF AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTINUES. THANK YOU.

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                        MRS. LOWEY

                        I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO

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                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                        MY FRIEND HAS SPOKEN ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO…

                        MY FRIEND HAS SPOKEN ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM AND STANDING AGAINST ANY LEGISLATION THAT DOES NOT PROVIDE HURRICANE HARVEY FUNDING AND THE C.R. DOES NOT. THERE'S NOTHING IN THE C.R. THAT HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING WITH HOUSES THAT ARE IN DISREPAIR OR DESTROYED AND AS WELL OTHER ITEMS, ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEER ITEMS AND THAT'S WHY I STAND READY, NOT TO BE IN A DISPUTE, BUT TO REALLY RAISE THE ISSUE WITH MY COLLEAGUES OF HOW URGENT IT IS TO MOVE TO THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. I MENTIONED IN MY REMARKS THAT I'M CONCERNED AS MUCH ABOUT MILITARY PREPAREDNESS AS I AM ABOUT NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. I WANT EVERYBODY TO BE HELPED. I WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO BE HELPED. AND SO MY VOTE, WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE, IS GOING TO BE TO DRIVE THIS ENGINE FORWARD TO MAKE SURE RESOURCES GET DOWN TO HARRIS COUNTY, HOUSTON, CORPUS, AND ALL THE PARTS OF TEXAS THAT ARE IN NEED AND MY FELLOW BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN PUERTO RICO, THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND FLORIDA. I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO DO BY WORKING TOGETHER. I YIELD BACK.

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                        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE, JUDGE JOHN CARTER FROM TEXAS.

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                        MR. CARTER

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS…

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS TWO-WEEK CONTINUING RESOLUTION. THIS SHORT-TERM C.R. IS A NECESSARY STOPGAP TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPERATING UNTIL WE FINALIZE AN AGREEMENT FOR THE TOP LINE NUMBERS AND FINISH OUR WORK ON ALL 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. AS SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE NOTED, THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE COMPLETED ITS WORK SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, PASSING ALL 12 OF THE BILLS OUT OF THIS CHAMBER BACK IN SEPTEMBER. ABOUT 80 DAYS AGO. THE OTHER CHAMBER HAS NOT MADE THE SAME PROGRESS. AND THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US TODAY WILL BUY US A LITTLE TIME TO NEGOTIATE WITH OUR COUNTERPARTS WHO ARE BEHIND. ONCE WE -- OUR BUDGET DEAL IS DONE, WE WILL BE ABLE TO BEGIN THOSE NEGOTIATIONS AND I'M CONFIDENT WE'LL BE ABLE TO QUICKLY FINISH OUR WORK. I CANNOT OVERSTATE THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING ALL 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS CONFERENCED ACROSS THE LINE. BUT I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DID NOT EMPHASIZE THE CRITICAL THINGS FUNDED IN MY BILL. THE FINAL F.Y. 2018 BILL FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS NECESSARY TO ENSURE OUR NATION IS SAFE, SECURE, AND RESILIENT AGAINST TERRORISM AND OTHER THREATS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COUNT ON US TO GET THE JOB DONE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE SHORT-TERM C.R., TO AVERT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN TO ALLOW US TO COMPLETE OUR WORK. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                        MRS. LOWEY

                        I RESERVE.

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                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. CALVERT OF CALIFORNIA.

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                        MR. CALVERT

                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION OF THE C.R. I WANT TO…

                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION OF THE C.R. I WANT TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND THE STAFF FOR THEY WORK ON THIS WHICH PROVIDES FOR CONTINUITY THROUGH DECEMBER 22. THIS WILL PROVIDE TIME TO WORK ON A COMPREHENSIVE BUDGET AGREEMENT WHICH IS NECESSARY FOR KUOK TO COMPLETE ITS WORK ON THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 BUDGET. THE HOUSE PROPINGS COMMITTEE HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY THIS YEAR. EACH OF THE SUBCOMMITTEES HELD NUMEROUS OVERSIGHT HEARINGS, MARKED UP INDIVIDUAL BILLS IN SUBCOMMITTEE AND FULL COMMITTEE AND EACH OF THOSE BILLS CAME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR WHERE THEY ARE -- THEY WERE AMENDED AND PASSED IN THE FULL HOUSE. IN THE CASE OF INTERIOR COMMITTEE, WHICH I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO SERVE AS CHAIRMAN, 80 AMENDMENTS WERE OFFER BY BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS PRIOR TO FINAL PASSAGE. THIS IS A DEMONSTRATION THAT THE HOUSE APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE CONTINUES TO BE THE WORKHORSE COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE. EVEN WITH ALL THIS WORK COMPLETED A GREAT DEAL OF WORK REMAINS. THIS C.R. PROVIDES A BRIDGE NECESSARY TO GIVE OUR LEADERSHIP THE TIME IT NEEDS TO DETERMINE THE TOP LINE NUMBER IN BOTH DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. ONCE THAT AGREEMENT IS IN PLACE, MY INTERIOR SUBCOMMITTEE AND OTHER SUBCOMMITTEES WILL GET TO WORK NEGOTIATING A COMPREHENSIVE, FISCAL YEAR 2018 BUDGET. IT'S IMPORTANT WE COMPLETE THIS WORK. ANOTHER REASON WHY I SUPPORT THIS SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS SO WE HAVE TIME OTO DETERMINE THE NEEDS TO ENSURE THE SUFFICIENT FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE TO RESPOND TO FIRES BURNING IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA. THERE ARE THREE MAJOR FIRES BURNING TODAY, LOS ANGELES, VENTURA COUNTY TERK THE THOMAS FIRE ALREADY BURNED 96,000 ACRES. EARLY THIS MORNING IT WAS ONLY 5% CONTAINED. ALL CALIFORNIANS KNOW ABOUT THE INFAMOUS SANTA ANA WINDS. THEY ARE BLOWING NOW. THESE HOT WINDS MIXED WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES, LOW HUMIDITY, WE ARE EXPERIENCING IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THEY MAKE FOR DANGEROUS CONDITIONS.

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                      • 03:05:15 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        I YIELD 15 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN.

                      • 03:05:20 PM

                        MR. CALVERT

                        JUST ONE SPARK CAN RESULT IN DEVASTATING WILDFIRE, PUTTING LIFE AND…

                        JUST ONE SPARK CAN RESULT IN DEVASTATING WILDFIRE, PUTTING LIFE AND PROPERTY AT RISK. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE PASSAGE OF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:05:33 PM

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                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      • 03:05:40 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LABOR-HHS-HEALTH…

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LABOR-HHS-HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                        I RISE TO URGE SUPPORT FOR THE SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION. I WANT TO…

                        I RISE TO URGE SUPPORT FOR THE SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION. I WANT TO BEGIN MY REMARKS BY CONGRATULATING THE CHAIRMAN.

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                      • 03:06:05 PM

                        MR. COLE

                        BILL IN APRIL THAT'S FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT TODAY. A MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS…

                        BILL IN APRIL THAT'S FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT TODAY. A MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR THAT IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE, A MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS VOTED FOR IT, THE PRESIDENT SIGNED IT. UNDER THE CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP, ALL 12 PASSED WELL BEFORE THE DEADLINE TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT OF SEPTEMBER 30. HE'S BEEN PREPARED TO NEGOTIATE FOR 80 DAYS. HE HASN'T BEEN SITTING AROUND IN THOSE 80 DAYS. HE ALSO PASSED TWO DISASTER RELIEF BILLS AND IS WORKING ON A THIRD ONE NOW. I THINK WE HAVE THE HARDEST WORKING CHAIRMAN AND COMMITTEE IN CONGRESS. THE REST OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE SENATE IN PARTICULAR, NEED TO CATCH UP WITH US. TO THEIR CREDIT, THEY ARE SITTING DOWN WITH THE PRESIDENT TODAY AND WE'RE BEGINNING TO SEE SOME PROGRESS. WE NEED THIS ADDITIONAL TIME TO ALLOW US TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT. MY FRIENDS WHO OPPOSE IT, WHAT'S YOUR ALTERNATIVE? SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT? I KNOW THEY DON'T WANT TO DO THAT. THEY'VE ALWAYS ARGUED AGAINST IT, I ALWAYS THOUGHT THEY WERE RIGHT WHEN THEY ARGD AGAINST IT. IF WE FOLLOW THEIR ADVICE AND REJECT THIS AMENDMENT, THE GOVERNMENT WILL SHUT DOWN ON FRIDAY THAT DOESN'T DO ANY AMERICAN ANY GOOD THE CHAIRMAN OFFERED THE RESPONSIBLE ALTERNATIVE HERE. I URGE ITS PASSAGE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:07:14 PM

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                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      • 03:07:22 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND H.U.D.…

                        I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND H.U.D. SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. DIAZ-BALART FROM FLORIDA.

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                      • 03:07:28 PM

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                      • 03:07:30 PM

                        MR. DIAZ-BALART

                        FIRST THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR BRINGING THE 12 BILLS ONCE AGAIN. THIS IS…

                        FIRST THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR BRINGING THE 12 BILLS ONCE AGAIN. THIS IS JUST A SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION. IT'S A CLEAN, DATE EXTENSION. THIS C.R. WILL GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD QUICKLY, BY THE WAY, TOWARD FINALIZING APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT FOR EXAMPLE IN THE TRANSPORTATION AND H.U.D. BILL WE CONSIDERED 22 AMENDMENTS IN COMMITTEE, 39 AMENDMENTS HERE ON THE FLOOR. YOU SEE THIS HAS BEEN AN OPEN AND FAIR PROCESS THE ENTIRE WAY. BUT NOW WE MUST. WE MUST MOVE QUICKLY TO FINISH THE JOB AND CONFERENCE ALL 12 OF THESE BILLS. IN THE MEANTIME, HOWEVER, WE MUST KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN AND FUNDED. THIS IS ESPECIALLY, BY THE WAY, IMPORTANT, NOW THIS OUR COMMUNITIES ARE PULLING TOGETHER TO RECOVER FROM THREE DEVASTATING HURRICANES AS WELL AS THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES THREATENED BY RAGING WILDFIRES IN CALIFORNIA. WE CAN'T TAKE THE RISK OF SHORTCHANGING OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. OUR MILITARY. GIVEN THE NATURAL DISASTERS AT HOME AND THE THREATS FROM OUR ADVERSARIES ABROAD. A VOTE AGAINST THIS C.R. WOULD DO JUST THAT. SO AGAIN, JUST FOR THE TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING, SEGMENT THIS WILL SUPPORT ONGOING TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY MISSIONS, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, HOUSING FOR AS A RULE COMMERCIAL -- VULNERABLE CITIZENS INCLUDING OUR VETERANS. I STRONGLY URGE A YES VOTE ON THE C.R., WE CANNOT LET THOSE FOLKS DOWN, WE CANNOT SHUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT ALLOWS US TO FINISH THE JOB AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS STEADFAST LEADERSHIP. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 03:09:04 PM

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                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE…

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      • 03:09:11 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THIS THE VETERANS…

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THIS THE VETERANS AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. DENT OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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                      • 03:09:19 PM

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                      • 03:09:21 PM

                        MR. DENT

                        I TOO RISE TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN URGING THE HOUSE TO PASS THE…

                        I TOO RISE TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN URGING THE HOUSE TO PASS THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION BEFORE US. THIS IS NOT THE COURSE OF ACTION ANY OF US WOULD PREFER OBVIOUSLY BUT THE HOUSE PASSED ALL 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AND IT WAS ON THE PATH TO COMPLETE ACTION ON APPROPRIATIONS BEFORE THE START OF FISCAL YEAR 2018 BUT OUR AMBITION WAS OVERTAKE BIN EVENTS. WHETHER YOU WANT TO BLAME THE PONDEROUS PACE OF THE SENATE OR TIME DEVOTED TO IMPORTANT ISSUES LIKE OBAMACARE OR TAX REFORM, IN ANY EVENT WE NEED TO PASS THIS SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO PREVENT DISRUPTION OF IMPORTANT GOVERNMENTAL PROGRAMS AND CREATE A WINDOW IN WHICH BUDGET CAP DISCUSSIONS CAN OCCUR. ALL OF US STAND READY TO CONFERENCE OUR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS ONCE THE DEBATE ON BUDGET CAPS IS RESOLVED. I WANT TO EMPHASIZE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO PASS EACH OF THE 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. IT'S PRNT THAT EACH BE ENACTED RATHER THAN CHERRY PICKING A FEW THAT MAY HAVE THE BROADEST SUPPORT. IT'S DANGEROUS TO ALLOW ANY PART OF THE GOVERNMENT TO RUN ON A C.R., OR AUTO PILOT FOR A FULL YEAR WHEN WE HAVE WORKED HARD TO INCLUDE OVERSIGHT PROVISIONS AND TARGETED FUNDING REDUCTIONS IN OUR BILLS. ALL THESE WOULD BE LOST WITH A YEAR-LONG C.R. SPEAKING ABOUT THE PROGRAMS AND MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, V.A. BILL, WHICH I CHAIR A FULL YEAR C.R. PREVENTS D.O.D. FROM STARTING 204 NEW PROJECTS. S THE CORE OF OUR MILCON PROGRAM. EACH YEAR WE APPROPRIATE FUNDING FOR HUNDREDS OF NEW PROJECTS. D.O.D. CAN MANAGE IN A SHORT-TERM C.R. BUT A FULL-YEAR C.R. WOULD BE DE-STATING. WHILE SOME PROGRAMS ARE ADVANCE FUNDED TO PREVENT CUTTING OFF SERVICES TO VETERANS, THERE ARE NEW ACTIVITIES THAT WOULD BE BLOCKED BY A FULL-YEAR C.R., LIKE THE NEW ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD FOR ITS SUCCESSOR FOR CARE OUTSIDE THE V.A. SYSTEM. I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE YES FOR THIS SHORT-TERM MEASURE TO GIVE US TIME AND TOOLS WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD ON PASSAGE OF ALL 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AND ALSO TO AVERT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. SO AGAIN, I URGE AN AFFIRMATIVE VOTE ON THE C.R.

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                      • 03:11:24 PM

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                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE…

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      • 03:11:30 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND…

                        TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE,

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                      • 03:11:37 PM

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                      • 03:11:39 PM

                        MR. WALDEN

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE FROM NEW JERSEY FOR HIS GREAT WORK ON THIS AND SO MANY OTHER ISSUES. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND HIGHLIGHT A VERY IMPORTANT SHORT-TERM PROVISION IN HERE THAT PROVIDES CERTAINTY FOR CHILDREN, FAMILIES, AND STATES THAT RELY ON THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM KNOWN AS CHIP. THIS ADJUSTMENT, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY MR. COSTELLO OF PENNSYLVANIA, MR. EMMER OF MINNESOTA, WILL PROVIDE THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES WITH GREATER FLEXIBILITY OF EXISTING DOLLARS SO THEY CAN ASSURE CHIP PROGRAMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY INCLUDING NOW IN MY HOME STATE OF OREGON CAN CONTINUE TO HAVE VITAL FEDERAL FUNDING THEY NEED THIS MONTH TO CONTINUE CHIP. THIS EMERGENCY FUNDING WILL HELP FAMILIES AND STATES WHILE CONGRESS FINISHES THE JOB OF PROVIDING FUNDING FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE. PUBLIC HEALTH PRIORITIES. OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. MEDICARE EXTENDERS THAT SEEPORS RELY ON. ALL THAT WORK NEEDS TO GET DONE. IT'S PRNT TO NOTE, WE DID NOT ARRIVE AT THIS PLACE OF NEEDING A STOPGAP FUNDING RESOLUTION BECAUSE THIS HOUSE FAILED TO ACT. WE ACTED. WE DID OUR PART. WE DID OUR PART. I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT THE HOUSE HAS PASSED CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS ACT, PASSED THIS HOUSE WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, YET TO BE HAMMERED OUT IN THE SENATE. OVER THERE THEY NEED 60 VOTES TO GET ANYTHING DONE. A MINORITY OF THE MINORITY CAN LOCK THINGS UP, WHICH THEY'VE DONE. WHAT MAKES THE INACTION ON CHIP EVEN MORE FRUSTRATING IS THE HOUSE-PASSED BILL MIR MOR -- MIRROR -- ANYWHERE RORS THE BIPARTISAN POLICY FRAMEWORK VETTED -- VOTED OUT OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE TWO MONTHS AGO. UNFORTUNATELY, THOUGH, AGAIN, DEMOCRATS OVER THERE FAIL TIDE GREE ON HOW TO FUND THESE PROGRAMS. THAT'S DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE DID. HERE IN THE HOUSE A CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS ACT DELIVERS HIGH QUALITY HEALTH CARE, PEACE OF MIND TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, PROVIDING FIVE YEARS OF FUNDING FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAMS, ONE OF THE LONGEST EXTENSIONS EVER FOR THE PROGRAM. IT WOULD MEAN CONTINUED ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR APPROXIMATELY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT ARE ENROLLED IN CHIP, ANOTHER 122,700 IN OREGON ALONE. OUR HOUSE BILL WAS FULLY FUNDED. WE DID THE HEAVY LIFT. WE FUNDED IT THROUGH RESPONSIBLE REFORMS LIKE ASKING SENIORS WHO MAKE 40,000 A MONTH, $480,000 A YEAR, TO PAY ABOUT $135 MORE FOR THEIR MEDICARE. RICH SENIORS PAY A LITTLE MORE. I'M SURE THESE GRANDMOTHERS AND GRANDFATHERS WOULD DO THAT TO HELP KIDS AFFORD THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. WE PAID IT. IT'S READY TO GO. WE NEED THE SENATE TO ACT. I COMMEND THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND THE LEADERSHIP THERE FOR PUTTING THIS PROVISION IN SO WE WON'T LET KIDS FALL THROUGH THE GAP. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:14:32 PM

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                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE…

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      • 03:14:39 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        GENTLEMAN IN THE HEALTH AND COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE, DR. BURGESS OF TEXAS.…

                        GENTLEMAN IN THE HEALTH AND COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE, DR. BURGESS OF TEXAS. TWO MINUTES.

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                      • 03:14:49 PM

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                      • 03:14:52 PM

                        MR. BURGESS

                        I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I MUST CONFESS, MR. SPEAKER, I MUST…

                        I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I MUST CONFESS, MR. SPEAKER, I MUST CONFESS, TODAY I WAS ASTONISHED TO READ AN ARTICLE IN ONE OF THE ONLINE MAGAZINES, HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP ASKED THEIR MEMBERS TO VOTE AGAINST THIS STOPGAP FUNDING BILL BECAUSE OF THE STALEMATE OVER THE FUNDING ON THE STATE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM WE JUST HEARD THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE DETAIL THE WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE ON THIS BILL AND LET ME ASSURE THIS CONGRESS, THERE ARE PROBABLY PEOPLE IN HERE SAYING, WHAT DO YOU MEAN? WE VOTED ON THIS BILL. WE VOTED THIS BILL OUT OF THE HOUSE WEEKS AGO. IT WAS OFFSET, IT WAS EVERYTHING THE SENATE ASKED FOR. THEY WERE DELIVERED THE FIVE-YEAR TIME FRAME, THE FUNDING LEVELS THE SENATE ASKED FOR, THEY GOT EVERYTHING THEY WANTED. YES IT WAS OFFSET IN A RESPONSIBLE FASHION BUT NOW WE'RE TOLD HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP SAYS VOTE NO ON THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION BECAUSE WE DON'T LIKE THE STOPGAP FUNDING FOR THE STATE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. WHAT IN THE DEVIL DO THEY WANT TO HAPPEN? WE DID OUR WORK. WE DID OUR WORK AND DID OUR LEGISLATIVE WORK. WE DID DELAY THINGS UNFORTUNATELY, THERE WAS A SHOOTING AT THE HOUSE BASEBALL GAME THAT CAUSED US SOME DELAY AND CAME BACK TWO WEEKS LATER AND GOT OUR WORK DONE AND RESPONSIBLE BILL AND REFLECTIVE OF EVERYTHING REQUESTED BY THE SENATE AND WAS OFFSET AS REQUESTED BY A NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF THIS BODY AND LANGUISHED IN THE SENATE SINCE THE EARLY PART OF OCTOBER. IT IS TIME FOR THE SENATE TO TAKE UP AND PASS THAT BILL SO WE DON'T HAVE TO HAVE THIS CONTINUED DISCUSSION. THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT STOPS A PROBLEM THAT SOME OF OUR STATES ARE GOING TO FACE. THE OTHER BODY COULD FIX IT AND THEY SHOULD. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 03:16:39 PM

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                        THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

                        THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      • 03:16:47 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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                        I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. IN MY…

                        I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. IN MY HOME STATE OF MINNESOTA, THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM KNOWN AS CHIP PROVIDES COVERAGE FOR THOUSANDS OF LOW-INCOME PREGNANT WOMEN AND NEW MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN. WHEN FUNDS FOR MY STATE'S CHIP PROGRAM RAN OUT, THEY WERE WONDERING THE FATE OF THEIR HEALTH CARE. WE TEAMED UP WITH REPRESENTATIVE RYAN COSTELLO, CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR BURGESS TO INTRODUCE THE CHIP STABILITY ACT TO BRING CERTAINTY AND STABILITY TO MILLIONS OF FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I'M SO GRATEFUL THAT OUR SOLUTION IS INCORPORATED INTO THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION TODAY. LET ME BE CLEAR, THIS IS NOT ENOUGH. WHEN THE HOUSE PASSED THE CHAMPIONING THE HEALTHY KIDS ACT, WE PUT POLITICS ASIDE AND AMERICA'S MOST VULNERABLE FIRST. IT IS MY HOPE THAT THE SENATE WILL DO THE SAME VERY SOON. I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION SO CHIP RECIPIENTS ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE THE COVERAGE THEY NEED. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 03:18:10 PM

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                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY…

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES.

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                      • 03:18:21 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE. DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS?

                      • 03:18:27 PM

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                        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 03:18:30 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO CLOSE. I REITERATE THE…

                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO CLOSE. I REITERATE THE DEMOCRATS HAVE SAID ALL YEAR, THERE MUST BE A DEAL TO RAISE SPENDING CAPS IN ORDER TO ENACT APPROPRIATION BILLS. INSTEAD OF HEEDING THAT ADVICE, THE MAJORITY IS ONCE AGAIN STUMBLING FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS TRYING TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT TWO WEEKS AT A TIME. WITHOUT A PATH FORWARD TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SECURE AND MAKE INVESTMENTS TO GROW OUR ECONOMY, WE SHOULD IMMEDIATELY LIFT THE CAPS ON DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE SPENDING. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                      • 03:19:16 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

                      • 03:19:19 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        THIS RESPONSIBLE AND NECESSARY LEGISLATION. LET'S KEEP THE FEDERAL…

                        THIS RESPONSIBLE AND NECESSARY LEGISLATION. LET'S KEEP THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPEN FOR BUSINESS TO SERVE OUR CONSTITUENTS ACROSS THE NATION. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:19:33 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS…

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS, ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                      • 03:19:52 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR…

                        JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                        THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

                        THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT --

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                      • 03:20:10 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN REQUESTS THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED.…

                        THE GENTLEMAN REQUESTS THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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                      • 03:21:18 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                      • 03:21:25 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        I CALL UP H.R. 477 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                        THE CLERK

                        THE BILL.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        COMPANIES THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT…

                        COMPANIES THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-14 IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS ADOPTED IS CONSIDERED READ AND SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE. AFTER ONE HOUR, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER FURTHER AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-143 IF OFFERED BY THE MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT WHICH SHALL BE CONSIDERED READ AND SEPARATELY DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PRO IN THE EVENT AND NOT SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR THE DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                      • 03:22:45 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO…

                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND SUBMIT EX TRAINOUS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                      • 03:22:55 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                      • 03:22:56 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                      • 03:22:59 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 03:23:01 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        IF IT WASN'T FOR THE LAST MOMENT, A LOT OF THINGS WOULDN'T GET DONE IN…

                        IF IT WASN'T FOR THE LAST MOMENT, A LOT OF THINGS WOULDN'T GET DONE IN LIFE, BUT LAST EVENING, THE RANKING MEMBER AND I CAME TO A MEETING OF THE MINDS ON A PATH FORWARD FOR H.R. 477, SO FOR EFFICIENCY OF TIME FOR THE HOUSE, I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HER WILLINGNESS TO WORK ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO MOVE THIS BILL FORWARD. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, OUR SMALL BUSINESSES LABOR UNDER A TON OF REGULATIONS, SOME OF WHICH ARE QUITE GOOD AND QUITE HELPFUL BUT THEY CAN BE -- VERY HEAVY BURDEN AND COST UPON OUR SMALL BUSINESSES. ONE IS AN UNNECESSARY REGISTRATION SYSTEM FOR SMALL BUSINESS BROKERS AND SO I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A SIMPLIFIED REGISTRATION REGIME AND HELP OUR SMALL BUSINESSES AS THEY ARE ENGAGING IN SALES. IT'S A GOOD BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR WORKING ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. AND I RESERVE.

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                        THE THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

                        THE THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                      • 03:24:17 PM

                        MS. WATERS

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH I YIELD MYSELF FIVE MINUTES.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        MS. WATERS

                        THIS SEEKS TO PROVIDE A STATUTORY EXEMPTION WITH THE SECURITIES AND…

                        THIS SEEKS TO PROVIDE A STATUTORY EXEMPTION WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION FOR CERTAIN BROKERS WHO FACILITATE THE MERGER OR ACQUISITION OF SMALL BUSINESSES KNOWN AS M&A BROKERS. WHEN CONGRESS FIRST CONSIDERED THIS EXEMPTION DURING THE 113TH CONGRESS, OUR GOAL WAS TO PROMPT THE F.C.C. TO PROVIDE REGULAR BROKERS DESIGNED FOR PERSONS HELPING PERSONS TO FACILITATE CAPITAL. WE SUCCEEDED. TWO WEEKS AFTER THE HOUSE PASSED THAT BILL, THE S.E.C. HAD STAFFS' VIEW IF AN M.A.A. BROKER COMPLIED IT WOULD RECOMMEND THAT THE S.E.C. NOT TAKE ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST THAT BROKER FOR FAILING TO REGISTER WITH THE COMMISSION. SPECIFICALLY, THE NO ACTION LETTER REQUIRED THE M&A BROKER TO ABIDE BY RESTRICTIONS TO PROVIDE SUCH AN EXEMPTION FROM BEING MISUSED TO RAISE CAPITAL OR BEING ABUSED BY BAD ACTORS. H.R. 477 IS STILL NECESSARY TO PROVIDE LEGAL CERTAINTY SINCE THE NO ACTION LETTER IS MERELY THE NONBINDING OPINION OF S.E.C. STAFF. I UNDERSTAND THEIR CONCERNS. HOWEVER THE BILL OWE MYTHS SEVERAL OF THE CONDITIONS CONTAINED IN THE NO ACTION LETTER THAT PROTECTS SMALL BUSINESSES AND THEIR INVESTORS. I'M PLEASED THAT THIS CONGRESS REPRESENTATIVES SHERMAN AND HUIZENGA HAVE WORKED ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO ADD THESE PROTECTIONS BACK AND THROUGH AN AMENDMENT. IF SO AMENDED, I WILL SUPPORT H.R. 477, WHICH WOULD STRIKE THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN REGULATORY RELIEF AND THE PROTECTION OF SMALL COMPANIES AND THEIR INVESTORS. IN PARTICULAR, THE AMENDED BILL WOULD REQUIRE AN M&A BROKER TO PROVIDE THEM WITH CLEAR WRITTEN DISCLOSURES AND CONTAIN THEIR CONSENT TO THEIR CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, PROHIBIT MMP AND A BROKERS TO RAISE CAPITAL RATHER THAN TRANSFER OWNERSHIP OF SMALL BUSINESSES, PROHIBIT SHELL COMPANIES FOR USING IT AS A BACK-DOORWAY TO FOSTER OTHER BAD ACTORS FROM USING THE EXEMPTION. THE BILL WOULD NOT CHANGE THE STATUTORY DEFINITION OF PROBINGER AND PRESERVING THE S.E.C.'S ABILITY TO BRING ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE ANTI-FRAUD PROVISIONS. THE BILL WOULD LIMIT THE RELIEF TO MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS INVOLVING COMPANIES INVOLVING LESS THAN $250 MILLION IN ANNUAL GROSS RECEIVE NEWS WHICH IS THE TOTAL INCOME OF THE COMPANY OR $25 MILLION IN ANNUAL EARNINGS WHICH IS THE AMOUNT OF INCOME MINUS EXPENSES. THE AMENDMENT WOULD PROVIDE THE S.E.C. TO MODIFY THESE THRESHOLDS AS NECESSARY OR APPROPRIATE IN THE PUBLIC INTERESTS FOR THE PROTECTION OF INVESTORS. AS OUR NATION'S BABY BOOMERS HEAD INTO RETIREMENT AND LOOK TO SELL THEIR BUSINESSES TO A NEW GENERATION OF FLOWERS. IT IS IMPORTANT THEY ARE ABLE TO DO IT. IF AMENDED H.R. 477 WOULD ALLOW THEM TO DO JUST THAT. AND SO I WOULD SUPPORT THE BILL. WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND THANK MR. HENSARLING AND THANK MR. SHERMAN. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BILL FOR ALL OF US. WE ARE ALL SO SUPPORTIVE OF OUR BUSINESSES AND WANT THEM TO DO WILL AND NOT BE HINDERED BY UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 03:28:37 PM

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                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                      • 03:28:41 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE SMALL…

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT.

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                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        MR. CHABOT

                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 477 AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND…

                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 477 AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND CHAIRMAN HUIZENGA. WHILE WE ARE SEEING IMPROVEMENTS IN OUR ECONOMY, WE WILL NOT EXPERIENCE ITS FULL POTENTIAL UNTIL WE FULLY UNLEASH SMALL BUSINESSES. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, I HEAR FROM SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS THAT REGULATIONS ARE PREVENTING THEIR GROWTH AND EXPANSION. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY ADDRESSES ONE OF THE MANY REGULATORY HURDLES THAT STAND IN THE WAY OF DEVELOPMENT. THIS WOULD DECREASE THE BURDENS ON SMALL BUSINESSES THAT ARE GOING THROUGH THE NEXT PHASE OF THEIR GROWTH INCLUDING TRANSITIONS IN OWNERSHIP. THIS SHOULD BE A TIME OF EXPANSION AND INCREASED OPPORTUNITIES, NOT HIGHER COSTS AND BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE. LET'S WORK TOGETHER ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION'S SMALL BUSINESSES SO THEY CAN CONTINUE TO GROW TODAY AND CREATE THE JOBS OF TOMORROW. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 03:29:49 PM

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                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                      • 03:29:55 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, THE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, THE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON MARKETS, SECURITIES AND INVESTMENT, MR. HUIZENGA.

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                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                        MR. HUIZENGA

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS. THE MISSION OF THE…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS. THE MISSION OF THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION IS TO PROTECT INVESTORS AND MAINTAIN ORDERLY MARKETS AND FACILITY MARKET FORMATION. IT WAS MANDATED BY LAW TO CONDUCT A FORUM FOCUSING ON SMALL BUSINESS CAPITAL FORMATION. THE GOVERNMENT FORUM HAS HIGHLIGHTED THE MERGER AND ACQUISITION BROKER PROPOSAL AS ONE OF ITS TOP RECOMMENDATIONS TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES. THE PROPOSAL WOULD ADDRESS BUSINESS BROKERS AND MERGER AND ACQUISITION ADVISERS IN THE BUSINESS OF FACILITATING THE PURCHASE AND SALE OF PRIVATELY HELD SMALL COMPANIES. THE PROPOSAL WOULD REDUCE THE FEDERAL REGULATION COMPLIANCE COST WHICH CAN EXCEED $150,000 FOR A BROKER AND AFTER THAT COSTS $75,000 PER ADDITIONAL YEAR. THE S.E.C. HAS NEVER ACTED ON THIS DESPITE THE RECOMMENDATION. AND AS WE SEE BABY BOOMERS RETIRE, THERE IS AN ESTIMATED $10 TRILLION OF EQUITY LOCKED UP IN THESE SMALL FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESSES. THE FEDERAL SECURITIES REGULATIONS REQUIRE A BROKER TO BE REGISTERED AND REGULATED BY THE S.E.C. LIKE A WALL STREET INVESTMENT BANKER PUBLICLY TRADING. ANYONE WHO IS SELLING A BUSINESS LIKE A HARDWARE STORE, A JEWELRY STORE OR PIZZA PARLOR HAS TO BE TREATED THEY ARE BEING SOLD OR BOUGHT BY A WALL STREET INVESTMENT BANK. REGARDLESS OF THEIR SIZE. WE DON'T THINK THAT'S RIGHT. THIS LEGISLATION REDUCES COSTS AND FACILITATES PRIVATE BUSINESS MERGER ACQUISITIONS AND SALES OF SMALL BUSINESSES THIS SMALL BUSINESS INITIATIVE PROMOTES ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT. SO WE'VE WORKED VERY CLOSELY ACROSS THE AISLE WITH OUR COLLEAGUES AND I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU EVEN IN TODAY'S POLITICALLY CHARGED ENVIRONMENT THAT WE HAVE, IT'S NICE TO SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY DO SOME POSITIVE, EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE INITIATIVES WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. AND I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, REPRESENTATIVE POSEY, HIGGINS, SHERMAN, MALONEY, AS WELL AS CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND RANKING MEMBER WATERS FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO REACH A BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS AND GET THE IMPORTANT LEGISLATION ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS NOW FOR THREE CONGRESSES. WE BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE A VERY POSITIVE SPOT HERE WHERE WE CAN ALL SUPPORT THIS AND I WANT TO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT AND VOTE FOR H.R. 477, DEMONSTRATE THAT CONGRESS CAN ACTUALLY WORK IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER AND GET SOME THINGS DONE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SO I URGE SWIFT CONSIDERATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:33:09 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                        MR. HENSARLING

                        TIME, MR. SPEAKER?

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        25 MINUTES.

                      • 03:33:23 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        I WILL CONCLUDE BY SAYING THAT AGAIN THIS IS A COMMONSENSE REFORM, IT IS A…

                        I WILL CONCLUDE BY SAYING THAT AGAIN THIS IS A COMMONSENSE REFORM, IT IS A BALANCED REFORM, IT'S GOOD FOR SMALL BUSINESS, IT IS BIPARTISAN, I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO ADOPT H.R. 477 AND AGAIN, THANK YOU RANKING MEMBER AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP TO WORK ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:33:45 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE ON THE BILL HAS EXPIRED.…

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE ON THE BILL HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 03:33:54 PM

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                        I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                      • 03:33:59 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-444, OFFERED BY…

                        AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-444, OFFERED BY MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA.

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                      • 03:34:08 PM

                        TEMPORE PURSUAN

                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN, AND THE MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                        MR. SHERMAN

                        THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TO OFFER AN…

                        THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO H.R. 477, THE SMALL BUSINESS MERGERS ACQUISITIONS SIMPLIFICATION ACT OF 2017. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH HIM ON THIS BILL OVER A PERIOD OF THREE CONGRESSES. AND WITH THE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT, THE BILL WILL BE IN A FORUM -- A FORM THAT WILL SECURE SUPPORT FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, NOT ONLY MY SUPPORT, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THE RANKING MEMBER'S SUPPORT. IN THE 113TH CONGRESS, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTED A SIMILAR BILL TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO THE M&A COMMUNITY FOR PROVIDING THAT IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, A SMALL BUSINESS MERGER OR ACQUISITION BROKER WOULD NOT HAVE TO REGISTER. AS A RESULT OF THAT ACTION BY THE HOUSE, WHICH WAS NOT MATCHED BY ACTION IN THE SENATE, THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION UNDERSTOOD THE WISDOM OF THIS HOUSE AND INTRODUCED A NO ACTION LETTER DATED JANUARY, 2014, PROVIDE THE SAME LEVEL OF RELIEF REQUESTED BY THE HOUSE. IN THEIR NO ACTION LETTER, HOWEVER, THE S.E.C. PLACED SEVERAL LIMITATIONS ON THE EXEMPTION FROM LEGISLATION THAT WERE NOT INCLUDED IN THE HOUSE BILL BUT WITH THIS AMENDMENT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THIS YEAR'S BILL. THESE LIMITATIONS PROVIDED ADDITIONAL PR TECHES FOR INVESTORS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. IT EXCLUDED BAD ACTORS AND SHELL COMPANIES, PROHIBITED PASSIVE BUYERS IN AN M&A TRANSACTION TO ASSURE THEY CAN'T USE THIS EXEMPTION AS A CAPITAL RAISING MECHANISM. PROHIBITED AN M&A BROKER FOR PROVIDING FINANCING FOR THE TRANSFER. PROHIBITED M&A BROKERS FROM BINDING A PARTY TO A TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP AND I THINK THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT REQUIRING THAT TO BE ELIGIBLE -- ELIGIBLE, A BROKER WOULD HAVE TO DISCLOSE TO BOTH PARTIES AND GET THEIR CONSENT IF THEY'RE BEING PAID BY BOTH PARTIES. SO THERE'S BOTH A SILLER'S COMMISSION AND BUYER'S COMMISSION, YOU HAVE TO TELL THE BUYER, YOU HAVE TO TELL THE SELLER. NOW, THOSE WHO WANT TO STEP OUTSIDE THE SAFE HARBOR CAN SIMPLY REGISTER. BUT THOSE WILL BE EXEMPT FROM REGISTRATION NEED TO COMPLY WITH THIS -- WITH THESE SIX ELEMENTS. THE SMALL BUSINESS MERGERS ACQUISITION SALES AND BROKERAGE SIMPLIFICATION ACT WILL CODIFY THE S.E.A. NO ACTION LETTER AND PROVIDE CERTAINTY TO THE SMALL BUSINESS AND MERGER ACQUISITION BROKERS. IN THE LAST CONGRESS I OPPOSED THE BILL BECAUSE IT INCLUDED ONLY TWO OF THE SIX RESTRICTIONS INCLUDED BY THE S.E.C. WITH THIS AMENDMENT THE BILL WILL INCLUDE ALL RESTRICTIONS. S THAT BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT AND INCLUDES ALL THE LIMITATIONS OF THE S.E.C. NO ACTION LETTER, IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN ON IT. IN ADDITION, OUR AMENDMENT PROVIDES THAT THE S.E.C. HAS THE RULE MAKING AUTHORITY TO DETERMINE THE CORRECT THRESHOLDS OF GROSS REVENUES AND OF EBITDA, EARNINGS OF A COMPANY BEFORE INTEREST, TAXES, DEPRETIONUATION AND AMORTIZATION, IN DETERMINING WHETHER A COMPANY QUALIFIES THURN BILL. THE S.E.C. IS THE AGENCY WITH THE EXPERTISE TO DO THIS. I ENCOURAGE NEM TO EXAMINE THIS ISSUE CLOSELY AND ENSURE THAT ANY THRESHOLD IN PLACE IS EVIDENCE-BASED. AND I ENCOURAGE THEM IN FUTURE YEARS TO INFLATION ADJUST WHATEVER LIMITATION DOLLAR FIGURES THEY HAVE IN THEIR REGULATIONS. I AM PLEASED TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT WITH MY COLLEAGUE, MR. HUIZENGA, WHO I MAY HAVE PREVIOUSLY IDENTIFIED AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. AND I OFFER IT ALSO WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE RANKING MEMBER. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT AS IT WILL ASSURE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THE BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:38:12 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN…

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT EVEN THOUGH I AM NOT…

                        I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT EVEN THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED.

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                      • 03:38:21 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 03:38:24 PM

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                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE AMENDMENT AND THE WORK OF MR. SHERMAN, MRS. MALONEY, RANKING MEMBER AND OBVIOUSLY OUR CHAIRMAN AS WELL.

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                      • 03:38:37 PM

                        MR. HUIZENGA

                        I DO AGREE AND ACCEPT THIS AMENDMENT AS A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT. IT DOES…

                        I DO AGREE AND ACCEPT THIS AMENDMENT AS A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT. IT DOES CONFIRM WHAT THE NO ACTION LETTER HAS PUT IN PLACE. I BELIEVE IT PROPERLY MAKES SURE THAT THE S.E.C.'S ROLE IS PRESERVED BUT THEY -- BUT THAT CONGRESS HAS ITS IMPRIMATUR ON THIS AS WELL AND IT ALIGNS THE BILL WITH THE PRINCIPLES IN THE NO ACTION LETTER. I THINK THIS IS A GOOD AMENDMENT. REASONABLE AMENDMENT. AND PLEASED TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AS WELL AND GLAD THAT WE COULD GET THIS SETTLED AND OUT IN A TIMELY MANNER. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:39:27 PM

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                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                      • 03:39:30 PM

                        MR. SHERMAN

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN AND YIELD BACK.

                      • 03:39:33 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ON THE BILL AS -- AS AMENDED AND ON THE AMENDMENT…

                        THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ON THE BILL AS -- AS AMENDED AND ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN. THE SQUONE THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPT AGREED. TO THE QUESTION IS ON THE ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                      • 03:40:00 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        REGISTRATION BROCKERS WORKING N WITH THE TRANSFER OF SMALLER, PRIVATELY…

                        REGISTRATION BROCKERS WORKING N WITH THE TRANSFER OF SMALLER, PRIVATELY HELD COMPANIES.

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                      • 03:40:13 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

                        THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION --

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                        ON THAT, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        NAYS.

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                        BACK NOW TO THE HOUSE, GAVELING BACK IN QUICKLY. A FINAL SERIES OF VOTES…

                        BACK NOW TO THE HOUSE, GAVELING BACK IN QUICKLY. A FINAL SERIES OF VOTES FOR THE DAY. PASSING OF H.R. 477, PASSAGE OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 123, AND THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2658. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 477 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                      • 04:15:46 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 318, H.R. 477, A BILL TO AMEND THE SECURITIES…

                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 318, H.R. 477, A BILL TO AMEND THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 TO EXEMPT FROM REGISTRATION BROKERS PERFORMING SERVICES IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP OF SMALL PRIVATELY HELD COMPANIES.

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                      • 04:16:03 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY…

                        THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                      • 04:41:09 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 426. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 426. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 123 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION.

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                      • 04:41:35 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        RESOLUTION 123, JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS…

                        RESOLUTION 123, JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                      • 04:41:45 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

                        THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                      • 04:48:53 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235RKS THE NAYS ARE 193. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235RKS THE NAYS ARE 193. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR SEE THES. THE HOUSE WILL COME -- TAKE THEIR SEATS. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PROCEEDINGS WILL START WHEN THE HOUSE IS IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 04:50:32 PM

                        MR. MCCARTHY

                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR THE PURPOSE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAKING A SCHEDULING ANNOUNCEMENT.

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                      • 04:50:37 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 04:50:39 PM

                        MR. MCCARTHY

                        MR. SPEAKER, I FIRST WANT TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS FOR THEIR FLEXIBILITY…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I FIRST WANT TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS FOR THEIR FLEXIBILITY IN COMING BACK TO TOWN THIS PAST MONDAY. AS SUCH, MEMBERS ARE ADVISED THAT VOTES ARE NO LONGER EXPECTED IN THE HOUSE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8. MEMBERS ARE FURTHER ADVISED TO BE PREPARED FOR THE HOUSE TO BE IN SESSION THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 18. FIRST VOTES OF THAT WEEK WILL BE EXPECTED AT 6:30 P.M. ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 18. WE ALL KNOW WE HAVE IMPORTANT WORK TO DO, INCLUDING PASSING HISTORIC TAX CUTS AND JOB ACT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. -- AND JOBS ACT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I THINK THAT WILL BE AN EXCELLENT CHRISTMAS PRESENT. IF THERE ARE ANY FURTHER CHANGES TO OUR SCHEDULE, I'LL BE SURE TO LET ALL MEMBERS KNOW.

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                      • 04:51:24 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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                        MR. HOYER

                        MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. I CAN'T HEAR.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

                      • 04:51:34 PM

                        MR. MCCARTHY

                        IF THERE'S ANY FURTHER CHANGES TO THE SCHEDULE, I'LL BE SURE TO LET ALL…

                        IF THERE'S ANY FURTHER CHANGES TO THE SCHEDULE, I'LL BE SURE TO LET ALL MEMBERS KNOW. I'LL YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                        MR. HOYER

                        I THANK THE MAJORITY LEADER FOR YIELDING. NORMALLY, OF COURSE, WE WOULD…

                        I THANK THE MAJORITY LEADER FOR YIELDING. NORMALLY, OF COURSE, WE WOULD HAVE A SCHEDULING DISCUSSION TOMORROW. AT THE END OF BUSINESS. BUT IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT WE ARE NOT MEETING TOMORROW, WE WILL NOT HAVE THAT COLLOQUY. ACCOUNT LEADING GIVE US SOME INDICATION OF -- CAN THE LEADER GIVE US SOME INDICATION OF WHAT MIGHT BE CONSIDERED NEXT WEEK? AS WE KNOW, THERE ARE NUMEROUS ITEMS THAT NEED TO BE RESOLVED BEFORE WE LEAVE HERE THIS YEAR. AND WE NEED TO OBVIOUSLY HAVE SOME B.C.A., THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT, NUMBERS ARRIVED AT SO THAT THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE CAN MOVE FORWARD EITHER ON AN OMNIBUS OR APPROPRIATION BILLS. WE NEED TO DO FLOOD INSURANCE. WE NEED TO DO FISA SECTION 702. WE NEED TO DO OBVIOUSLY CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. AND OTHER MATTERS. CAN THE LEADER WHO HAS JUST SAID THAT WE WILL BE IN -- IS HE ANTICIPATING FOUR DAYS NEXT WEEK? FOUR DAYS NEXT WEEK? AND PRESUMABLY FOUR DAYS OR FIVE THE FOLLOWING WEEK? SO LET'S SAY WE HAVE NINE LEGISLATIVE DAYS. CAN THE LEADER GIVE US SOME IDEA OF HOW WE MIGHT ACCOMPLISH THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN THAT TIME FRAME? AND I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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                      • 04:53:00 PM

                        MR. MCCARTHY

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I WILL MISS THE COLLOQUY TOMORROW.…

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I WILL MISS THE COLLOQUY TOMORROW. I DO LOOK FORWARD TO THAT. ALWAYS SPEAKING WITH MY FRIEND. AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, THE RULES COMMITTEE HAVE MET, SO YOU WILL SEE THE FINANCIAL SERVICE BILL THAT THEY MET UPON. YOU WILL ALSO GET A LIST OF ALL THE SUSPENSIONS. THEY WILL BE AT CLOSE OF BUSINESS TOMORROW. BUT THE GENTLEMAN IS RIGHT. THERE IS A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE. WE HAVE PASSED CHIP GOING FORWARD. AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, IN THIS, THE BILL THAT WE JUST VOTED ON, FOR THOSE WHO VOTED YES, IT CONTINUED FUNDING FOR THEM AS IT WENT THROUGH THE YEAR, FOR THE REST OF THIS YEAR. AND AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, THIS HOUSE HAS PASSED ALL 12 APPROPRIATION BILLS. SO WE HAVE MORE WORK TO GET DONE. NOW, KNOWING MY FRIEND IS CONCERNED COMING FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AS WELL , I'D HOPE YOU'D JOIN WITH US. WE WOULD LIKE THE SENATE TO TAKE SOME ACTION. I KNOW OUR LEADERSHIP HAS JUST VISITED WITH THE PRESIDENT, WITH BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. I HOPE WE CAN COME TO AN AGREEMENT SO WE CAN FINISH THIS OUT. I ALSO HOPE THE GENTLEMAN WOULD JOIN WITH ME IN ENCOURAGING THE SENATE, JUST NOT ON THE APPROPRIATION BILL, BUT THE 352 BILLS THAT WE HAVE OUT OF THIS HOUSE SITTING OVER THERE. AND THE PART THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MUST KNOW, MOST OF THAT BILL HAD VERY BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. SO I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO A BUSY NINE DAYS. IT WILL NOT COME UP NEXT WEEK. BUT IF IT COULD, I WOULD BRING IT UP AS SOON AS WE COME OUT OF CONFERENCE. BECAUSE I DO BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR A TAX CUT AND A JOBS ACT TO CONTINUE WHAT WE'VE GONE THROUGH. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 04:54:40 PM

                        MR. HOYER

                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 04:54:44 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 04:54:46 PM

                        MR. HOYER

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I HEAR THE MAJORITY LEADER'S HOPE THAT WE'LL MOVE…

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I HEAR THE MAJORITY LEADER'S HOPE THAT WE'LL MOVE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS ON THE SENATE SIDE. OBVIOUSLY ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO WORK ON FOR THE LAST 90 DAYS, MR. LEADER, HAS BEEN TRYING TO GET TO AN AGREEMENT ON THE NUMBERS THAT WILL REPLACE THE SEQUESTER NUMBERS THAT CERTAINLY MANY PEOPLE ON YOUR SIDE DON'T WANT FOR THE DEFENSE SIDE OF THE BUDGET. AND OBVIOUSLY WE BELIEVE THAT WE HAD AN AGREEMENT OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS FOR PARODY IN SPENDING. WE WOULD HOPE THAT WE CAN REACH AN AGREEMENT SIMILAR TO THAT AGREEMENT. AND FURTHERMORE, MR. LEADER, I AM SURE THAT MR. MCCONNELL, THE MAJORITY LEADER, COULD BRING APPROPRIATION BILLS TO THE FLOOR. HE HAS NOT DONE THAT. WE DON'T CONTROL THE SENATE. THOSE BILLS HAVE NOT BEEN BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. YOU CAN'T PASS THEM IF THEY AREN'T BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. FURTHERMORE, MR. SPEAKER, THEY NEED TO BE BIPARTISAN BILLS BECAUSE THE HISTORY IS THAT THE MAJORITY PARTY, MR. SPEAKER, HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET A MAJORITY OF VOTES. YOU DID TODAY. BUT THE HISTORY IS, SINCE 2011, THAT HAS NOT HAPPENED. AND THEREFORE FAILING THAT, YOU NEED TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION, MR. SPEAKER. THE SENATE DOES. IN ORDER TO GET THESE BILLS DONE. IN ADDITION, I WON'T GO INTO ALL THE PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT ARE PENDING, THAT NEED TO PASS FOR THE WELFARE OF OUR COUNTRY AND THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY. AND THE ASSISTANCE TO OUR PEOPLE. SO I WOULD HOPE THAT WE COULD PROCEED AND PROCEED NOW. AND FRANKLY, I'M AVAILABLE TOMORROW, MR. LEADER. AND I'M SURE OTHERS ARE, TO START TALKING ABOUT HOW WE REACH AGREEMENT ON THESE CRITICAL ISSUES. BECAUSE NINE DAYS, AS WE ALL KNOW, IS NOT VERY MUCH TIME. WE'VE HAD 90 DAYS. WE UNANIMOUSLY VOTED FOR CONTINUING C.R.. 90 OF YOUR MEMBERS VOTED AGAINST IT. IT PASSED BECAUSE OF OUR --

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                      • 04:56:59 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR.

                      • 04:57:11 PM

                        MR. HOYER

                        WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

                      • 04:57:59 PM

                        MR. MCCARTHY

                        WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

                      • 04:58:01 PM

                        MR. HOYER

                        I'D BE GLAD TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

                      • 04:58:03 PM

                        MR. MCCARTHY

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RIGHT. WE HAVE A GREAT DEAL AMOUNT OF WORK. WE JUST VOTED…

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RIGHT. WE HAVE A GREAT DEAL AMOUNT OF WORK. WE JUST VOTED ON A BILL THAT I WILL GUARANTEE YOU 221 MEMBERS ON THIS SIDE THAT CARRIED IT WAS NOT THE BILL THEY WERE SEEKING. THEY DO NOT WANT TO LOOK AT THE TROOPS AND SAY THEY'RE NOT FUNDED AND THEY'RE NOT GETTING THEIR PAY RAISE THAT WE VOTED ON EARLIER. AND THE GENTLEMAN, MY FRIEND, HAS TOLD ME TIME AND AGAIN, FUNDING GOVERNMENT IS NOT A GAME. THERE WAS NOTHING IN THE BILL THAT WE JUST PASSED THAT BOTH SIDES COULD NOT SAY THAT IT WAS A BIPARTISAN BILL. THERE WAS NOTHING ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT WE PUT INTO THAT BILL THAT WOULD GIVE ANYBODY ON EITHER SIDE HEARTACHE. BUT IT WAS NOT A BILL THAT WE SHOULD HAVE TO HAVE VOTED ON ON THIS FLOOR. WE DID 12 APPROPRIATION BILLS. WE SHOULD NOT BE VOTING FOR CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. THAT'S NOT WHY WE'RE ELECTED. SO LET'S DO THIS. AS WE --

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                      • 04:59:08 PM

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                        FRIEND.

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                        TO SOME OF YOUR MEMBERS

                      • 04:59:11 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        SIT BACK AND WE CAN REHASH HOW

                      • 04:59:13 PM

                        MR. MCCARTHY

                        SIT BACK AND WE CAN REHASH HOW

                      • 04:59:45 PM

                        MR. HOYER

                        SIT BACK AND WE CAN REHASH HOW

                      • 05:02:46 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        SIT BACK AND WE CAN REHASH HOW

                      • 05:02:48 PM

                        MR. MCCARTHY

                        SIT BACK AND WE CAN REHASH HOW MANY TIMES WE MET ABOUT SCHIP. WE CAN…

                        SIT BACK AND WE CAN REHASH HOW MANY TIMES WE MET ABOUT SCHIP. WE CAN REHASH COMING TO YOU SAYING, TELL ME WHERE YOU WANT TO GO AT THE END OF THE DAY. WE CAN REHASH WHERE YOUR RANKING MEMBER ASKED US TO PULL BACK ON THE MARKUP AND WE DID, BUT THEY STILL NEVER CAME. I DON'T NEED TO REWRITE HISTORY, AND I DON'T NEED TO WALK AWAY FROM WHERE WE TRIED TO GET TO. I'M PROUD OF THE FACT THAT WE WERE ABLE TO PASS IT WITH OR WITHOUT YOU BUT WE WANTED YOU WITH US. YOU MADE THE DECISION NOT TO BE WITH US, AND THAT'S OK. THAT'S YOUR DECISION. BUT TODAY WHEN YOU TALKED AND BRAGGED ABOUT ALL THE OTHER TIMES YOU WERE THERE, MY ONLY QUESTION IS, WHAT'S DIFFERENT TODAY? LET'S NOT MAKE TODAY CONTINUE FOR THE FUTURE. LET'S FIND THE WAY THAT WE WORK TOGETHER, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WHEN THEY LOOK BACK IN HISTORY, THERE WILL BE 221 ON THIS SIDE, THERE WILL BE 175 ON THE OTHER SIDE THAT SAID GOVERNMENT SHOULD SHUT DOWN AND I DON'T THINK THAT'S RIGHT. I YIELD BACK AND HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND.

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                      • 05:04:11 PM

                        MR. HOYER

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING BACK. I DIDN'T HEAR -- I DIDN'T HEAR --

                      • 05:04:16 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE…

                        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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                      • 05:04:20 PM

                        MR. HOYER

                        MR. SPEAKER, I DIDN'T HEAR MY FRIEND SAYING THAT WHEN JOHN BOEHNER --

                      • 05:04:24 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 05:04:26 PM

                        MR. HOYER

                        ASKED FOR VOTES TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPEN. THEY GOT 84 OF THEIR COLLEAGUES…

                        ASKED FOR VOTES TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPEN. THEY GOT 84 OF THEIR COLLEAGUES ON YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE TO JOIN THEM, MAKING A TOTAL OF 87, AND THE MAJORITY OF YOUR MEMBERS VOTED AGAINST YOUR OWN LEADERSHIP ON THE BILL THAT THEY WERE PROPOSING. SO DON'T LECTURE ME ABOUT VOTING NO. I VOTED NO BECAUSE I THINK WE SHOULD NOT HAVE HAD A C.R. I VOTED NO BECAUSE THERE ARE TOO MANY THINGS LEFT UNDONE. I VOTED NO BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO GET OUR WORK DONE, NOT TO TWIDDLE OUR THUMBS WHILE ROME IS BURNING. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:05:24 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CHAIR WILL REMIND ALL MEMBERS TO DIRECT THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR…

                        THE CHAIR WILL REMIND ALL MEMBERS TO DIRECT THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO EACH OTHER. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2658 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.

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                      • 05:05:45 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        H.R. 2658, A BILL TO PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR THE VENEZUELAN…

                        H.R. 2658, A BILL TO PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE TO DEFEND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE AND COMBAT WIDESPREAD PUBLIC CORRUPTION IN VENEZUELA AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                      • 05:05:57 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, AS…

                        THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, AS AMENDED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                      • 05:12:02 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 387. THE NAYS ARE 29. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 387. THE NAYS ARE 29. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED --

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                      • 05:12:39 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 388, THE NAYS ARE 29. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 388, THE NAYS ARE 29. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 05:12:59 PM

                        MR. BISHOP

                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 4300 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                      • 05:13:09 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.

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                        THE CLERK

                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 332, H.R. 4300, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE PACIFIC HISTORIC…

                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 332, H.R. 4300, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE PACIFIC HISTORIC PARKS TO ESTABLISH A COMMEMORATIVE DISPLAY FOR THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES WHO SERVED DURING THE PAMBING THEATER IN WORLD WAR II, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES -- DURING THE PACIFIC THEATER IN WORLD WAR II, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                      • 05:13:34 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS READ A THIRD TIME,…

                        IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS READ A THIRD TIME, PASSED AND IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 05:13:46 PM

                        MR. BISHOP

                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURNS TO MEET ON MONDAY NEXT AND WHEN IT SHALL CONVENE AT NOON FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE AND 2:00 P.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS.

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                      • 05:13:59 PM

                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE…

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS, TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      • 05:15:02 PM

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                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDINA HIGH…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDINA HIGH SCHOOL. EVERY YEAR THE CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO CREATE AN ORIGINAL APP BY WRITING COMPUTER CODE. THE COMPETITION INSPIRES STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO EXPLORE COMPUTER SCIENCE, STEM FIELDS, IT FOSTERS INNOVATION AND PROMOTES INVOLVEMENT BY SOME WHO ARE HISTORICALLY UNDER-REPRESENTED IN TECH FIELDS.

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                      • 05:15:27 PM

                        MR. PAULSEN

                        JACK WON THIS YEAR'S COMPETITION BY DESIGNING AN APP CALLED A TIME THAT…

                        JACK WON THIS YEAR'S COMPETITION BY DESIGNING AN APP CALLED A TIME THAT ARE BLOCKS DISTRACTING WEBSITES ON THE USER'S COMPUTER FOR SHORT PERIODS OF TIME. I'D ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MADILLA WHO WON RUNNER-UP FOR CREATING AN APP THAT HELPS YOUNG PEOPLE, YOUNG ADULT, FIND JOBS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. AND ZAR AND OMAR -- ZARA AND OMAR WERE BOTH HONORABLE MENTIONS FOR THEIR APPS. MR. SPEAKER, THESE STUDENTS HAVE SHOWN INGENUITY, IMAGINATION, INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY AND THEIR INCENTIVE TALENT WILL TAKE THEM FAR. I CONGRATULATE THEM ON THEIR ACHIEVEMENT AND WISH THEM THE BEST IN THEIR FUTURE ACADEMICS. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 05:16:05 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION ?…

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION ? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 05:16:25 PM

                        MR. PAYNE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?…

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 05:17:38 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 05:17:47 PM

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                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PLEAD ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY FOR IMMEDIATE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PLEAD ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY FOR IMMEDIATE SENATE ACTION ON THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT OF 2017. THE HOUSE PASSED THIS BIPARTISAN BILL ON NOVEMBER 1, FOLLOWING A RECORD WILDFIRE SEASON, WITH MILLIONS OF ACRES GOING UP IN SMOKE AND ASH. JUST THIS WEEK FIRES HAVE FLARED UP AGAIN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WITH MORE THAN 110,000 ACRES CURRENTLY BURNING AND MORE THAN 200,000 INDIVIDUALS FORCED FROM THEIR HOMES. MANY SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED, RESIDENTS HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY ARE ADVISED TO STAY INDOORS TO AVOID THE SMOKE AND MORE URGENTLY LIVES AND PROPERTY ARE AT RISK ACROSS LOS ANGELES AND VENTURA COUNTIES. THE TIME FOR THE SENATE TO ACT WAS TWO YEARS AGO WHEN THEY FAILED TO ACT ON SIMILAR LEGISLATION. WE CAN'T AFFORD FOR THE SENATE TO CONTINUE TO DO NOTHING. PASS THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT, GIVE THE FOREST SERVICE THE TOOLS IT NEEDS TO PREVENT AND COMBAT CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES. FIRES ARE RAGING, LIVES ARE IN DANGER AND THE SITUATION WILL GET WORSE IN THE FUTURE IF THE SENATE CONTINUES TO FAIL TO ACT.

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                      • 05:18:53 PM

                        MR. WESTERMAN

                        AND I YIELD BACK.

                      • 05:18:55 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 05:19:10 PM

                        MR. MCEACHIN

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO HONOR A FELLOW VIRGINIAN, RICHARD,…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO HONOR A FELLOW VIRGINIAN, RICHARD, WHO IS IN THE MIDST OF TRANSITIONING HIS LAW PRACTICE INTO, QUOTE, BECOMING ONE OF THE BOYS, CLOSED QUOTE, AGAIN. RICHARD IS A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT WHO HAS SERVED OUR GREAT COMMONWEALTH IN DIFFERENT CAPACITIES DURING HIS LONG STANDING CAREER AT BOTH THE FEDERAL AND STATE LEVELS. HE WAS RAISED IN STANTON, VIRGINIA, LOCATED IN OUR STATE'S SHENANDOAH VALLEY, AND COMPLETED HIS EDUCATION AT UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND'S T.C. WILLIAMS SCHOOL OF LAW WHERE HE SERVED AS THE EDITOR IN CHIEF OF THE SCHOOL'S LAW REVIEW. RICHARD BEGAN HIS CAREER AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL WITH FORMER CONGRESSMAN BUTLER OF THE SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. HE CONTINUED TO SERVE VIRGINIANS AT THE STATE LEVEL WHERE HE WAS APPOINTED IN 1991 AS THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA. RICHARD ALSO SERVED AT THE STATE LEVEL FROM 1997 TO 1998 AS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF VIRGINIA. HE IS A VIRGINIAN'S VIRGINIAN WHO VALUES HIS COMMUNITY. ON BEHALF OF OUR GREAT COMMONWEALTH, WE THANK RICHARD FOR HIS CONTINUED SERVICE AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 05:20:21 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION?…

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 05:20:31 PM

                        MS. CHENEY

                        MR. SPEAKER, ON THIS HISTORIC DAY IN THIS CHAMBER, WHERE PRESIDENT…

                        MR. SPEAKER, ON THIS HISTORIC DAY IN THIS CHAMBER, WHERE PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT APPEARED THE DAY AFTER THE PEARL HARBOR ATTACK, I RISE TO HONOR A WORLD WAR II VETERAN AND PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR, MR. CLARENCE BARROWS, WHO WILL TURN 100 THIS WEEKEND. BORN ON DECEMBER 10, 1917, MR. BAROWS HAS SERVED OUR COUNTRY AND STATE IN MANY WAYS. AS A MEMBER OF THE U.S. NAVY, MR. BAROWS FOUGHT THROUGH AND SURVIVED THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR. HE RISKED HIS LIFE IN THE DEFENSE OF FREEDOM AS A GUNNAR ON THE U.S.S. HYDE, TRANSPORT MAGAZINE ARE INS IN THE PACIFIC THEATER -- TRANSPORTING MARINES IN THE PACIFIC THEATER. HE WENT ON TO DEDICATE 30 YEARS OF HIS LIFE TO THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR ALL HE'S CONTRIBUTED TO OUR GREAT NATION AND STATE. HIS SACRIFICE, BRAVERY AND GRIT ARE AN EXAMPLE TO US ALL AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONGRATULATING MR. BAROWS IN PERSON AT CELEBRATIONS IN HIS HONOR THIS WEEKEND IN CHEYENNE. I'D LIKE TO SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MR. BAROWS AND THANK YOU FOR HIS SERVICE. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 05:21:35 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT…

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 05:21:45 PM

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                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO ONCE AGAIN VIGOROUSLY AND UNRELENTINGLY OPPOSE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO ONCE AGAIN VIGOROUSLY AND UNRELENTINGLY OPPOSE OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION IN THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO. I KNOW THIS IS AN IMPERFECT GRAPHIC, BUT WHAT I'VE GOT HERE IS A MAP OF THE GULF OF MEXICO SHOWING THE MILITARY MISSION LINE, LONGITUDE 86 DEGREES, 41 MINUTES. WHERE THE MILITARY DOESN'T WANT OFFSHORE DRILLING EAST OF IT AND NEITHER DO WE CITIZENS OF FLORIDA. THIS BIG BLOB HERE IS WHERE THE OIL COMPANIES WANT TO GO GET OIL AND GAS AND TEAR UP OUR GULF OF MEXICO. AND CHANGE OUR COAST FROM HIGH QUALITY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT TO THINGS LIKE THIS. HUGE OFFSOURCE -- STEEL-SOURCED VESSELS. THIS IS SANTA BELL LIGHTHOUSE. WE DON'T WANT TO SEE A COMMERCIAL VESSEL LIKE THIS IN SANTA BELL LIGHTHOUSE. FOR THIS DO WE WANT TO SEE ONE IN THE GORDON RIVER OF NAPLES SURROUNDED BY BEAUTIFUL HOMES, TREES, SECOND HOMES OF RETIREES THAT HAVE COME TO NAPLES TO MAKE IT THEIR HOME. THIS SCENE COULD BE REPLICATED IN FORT MYERS AS WELL. WE CAN'T LET OUR COAST BE CHANGED IRREPARABLY BY INDUSTRIALIZATION TO SUPPORT UNNECESSARY OFFSHORE DRILLING. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                      • 05:23:00 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT…

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 05:23:07 PM

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                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR JOE GEORGE, A SAILOR WHO…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR JOE GEORGE, A SAILOR WHO SHOWED EXCEPTIONAL BRAVERY DURING THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR. JOE DEFIED DIRECT ORDERS FROM HIS SUPERIOR OFFICER AND SAVED THE LIVES OF SIX MEN TRAPPED ON THE EMBATTLED U.S.S. ARIZONA. MR. SPEAKER, FOR YEARS JOE'S FAMILY AND TWO VETERANS HE SAVED HAVE PETITIONED THE NAVY TO ACKNOWLEDGE HIS BRAVERY. I FIRST HEARD HIS STORY FROM WAR SAW, INDIANA, MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS -- WARSAW, INDIANA, MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THEIR ADVISOR REGARDING THE NATIONAL HISTORY DAY PROJECT. I INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION THAT HIGHLIGHTS JOE'S COURAGE AND CALLS FOR THE NAVY TO RECOGNIZE HIS SELFLESS ACTIONS DURING THE ATTACK. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED THAT THE NAVY HAS RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THAT JOE GEORGE WILL BE POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE BRONZE STAR FOR HIS HEROISM.

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                      • 05:24:03 PM

                        MR. BANKS

                        JOE GEORGE IS AN AMERICAN HERO AND A SHINING EXAMPLE OF THE COURAGE OF THE…

                        JOE GEORGE IS AN AMERICAN HERO AND A SHINING EXAMPLE OF THE COURAGE OF THE GREATEST GENERATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 05:24:11 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ARE THERE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? HEARING NONE,…

                        ARE THERE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? HEARING NONE, UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GARRETT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                      • 05:24:32 PM

                        MR. GARRETT

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THIS…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THIS CHAMBER AND INDEED AMERICA ABOUT THE CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE AT THIS TIME IN OUR COUNTRY. THERE ARE MANY, SOME EXIST WITHIN THIS NATION, SOME EXIST OVERSEAS, AND SOME HAVE MANY ANSWERS BEING BATTED AROUND IN WASHINGTON, WHEREAS OTHERS HAVE NEARLY NONE. ONE OF THOSE CHALLENGES THAT HAS HAMSTRUNG OUR YOUNG ESTROGEN RATION IS THE MASSIVE -- YOUNGEST GENERATION IS THE MASSIVE CLOUD OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT. WHEN OUR COLLEAGUE, SENATOR SANDERS, FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ADDRESSED STUDENT LOAN DEBT DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN LAST YEAR, HE WAS CORRECT IN IDENTIFYING A PROVEPBLET THE WAY HE CHOSE TO ADDRESS IT I WOULD DISAGREE WITH. AS HE SUGGESTED THAT WE SHOULD PROVIDE FOR PEOPLE SOMETHING FROM THE GOVERNMENT, AND I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THE PEOPLE SHOULD PROVIDE FOR THEMSELVES. THERE ARE TWO SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT. ONE THAT THE GOVERNMENT RELIES -- ONE, THAT THE GOVERNMENT -- OR THAT THE PEOPLE RELY ON THE GOVERNMENT AND ONE, THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD RELY ON THE PEOPLE. HOW DO YOU ADDRESS DREAST THIS MASSIVE BLACK CLOUD -- HOW DO YOU THIS MASSIVE BLACK CLOUD OF STUDENT DEBT? THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'VE STARTED TO DO TODAY WITH THE FILING OF H.R. 4584RKS THE STUDENT SECURITY ACT. SO I SPEAK TO YOU TONIGHT, TO SPEAK ABOUT A BRIGHTER FUTURE, A FUTURE WHERE INDIVIDUALS ARE EMPOWERED TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES AND WHERE THEY CAN ESCAPE THIS LOOMING CLOUD OF DEBT SO THEY MIGHT BE FREE TO DO THINGS THAT WE HAVE HERE TAKEN FOR GRANTED IN THIS COUNTRY. LIKE BUY A NEW CAR. LIKE START A FAMILY. IN THE WORDS OF FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HILLARY CLINTON, MOVE OUT OF MOM AND DAD'S BASEMENT. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT THEY'RE NOT ABLE TO DO BECAUSE OF THE BLACK CLOUD OF DEBT THAT FACES THEM, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SUBMIT IS HARNESS THE CREATIVITY AND THE ENERGY THAT IS EMBODIED BY THEIR IDEAS. THIS IS A NATION OF IDEAS. AND CERTAINLY WHEN YOU ARE ENCUMBERED WITH OVER $40,000 OF LOAN DEBT PER PERSON ON AVERAGE, YOU'RE NOT ABLE TO GET THAT SMALL BUSINESS LOAN. YOU'RE NOT ABLE TO START THAT NEW BUSINESS. BUT THOSE IDEA -- PUT THOSE IDEAS INTO ACTION AND CREATE JOBS. IN FACT, A RECENT POLL LAST MONTH INDICATED THAT THE MAJORITY OF MILLENNIALS WOULD SACRIFICE THEIR VERY FRANCHISE, THAT IS THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE IN EXCHANGE FOR RELIEF FROM THEIR STUDENT LOAN DEVELOPMENT AND ALL TOO OFTEN THE WORDS STUDENT DEBT IN THE HALLS OF WASHINGTON HAVE SCARED UP IMAGES OF FREE COLLEGE. ANYONE KNOWS. EVEN MR. SANDERS KNOWS THAT NOTHING IS FREE. SOMEONE PAYS. BUT THAT'S NO EXCUSE TO IGNORE THE PROBLEM. WHY NOT ALLOW VIDS THE OPTION AND OPPORTUNITY TO PAY THEIR OWN DEBT? OVER 40 MILLION AMERICANS, MYSELF INCLUDED, ARE PAYING BACK $1.3 TRILLION IN STUDENT DEBT. AND YET WE'VE DONE NOTHING REALISTIC TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM. AND HOW DO YOU ADDRESS NEW PROBLEMS? YOU MUST ADDRESS NEW PROBLEMS WITH NEW IDEAS. AND SO IT IS H.R. 4584, THE STUDENT SECURITY ACT, THAT IS JUST THAT. LET'S TAKE A MOMENT TO THINK, A YOUNG MAN, ELIOTT HARDING, A STUDENT OR A RECENT STUDENT FROM CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, WHO CAME TO ME WITH THE IDEA, THIS IDEA. SAID, WHAT DO WE DO AS A NATION IF WE LOSE THE CREATIVITY OF AN ENTIRE GENERATION BECAUSE OF THIS BURDENSOME DEBT? BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ON THE PRECIPICE OF. I CONTEMPLATED IT AND DECIDED THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I WASN'T ABLE TO LET HAM ON -- HAPPEN ON MY WATCH. RESULT, I WAS ALL YEARS -- EARS AS HE EXPLAINED THE IDEA THAT BECAME STUDENT SECURITY AND IT IS AS FOLLOWS. RIGHT NOW WE KNOW THAT THE SOCIAL SECURITY PLAN THAT OUR SENIORS, INDEED MY VERY MOTHER, RELY UPON TO GET BY ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS IS FACING AN IMMINENT BANKRUPTCY. THAT SOLVENCY IS IN QUESTION. AND THAT BY 2034, ACCORDING TO MOST ESTIMATES, THERE WILL BE NO SOLVENCY. THAT'S A PROBLEM TOO. MANY OF YOU AT HOME ARE WONDERING HOW I MOVE FROM STUDENT LOAN DEBT TO SOCIAL SECURITY AND THAT IS THE BEAUTY OF THIS IDEA. TO EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES AND ADDRESS THESE VERY REAL CHALLENGES, THE STUDENT SECURITY ACT WOULD ALLOW A STUDENT TO WRITE OFF $550 OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT FOR EVERY MONTH THAT THEY WERE WILLING TO VOLUNTARILY FOREGO A SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT. THE TIME VALUE OF MONEY, MY FRIENDS. WE HAVE FORCED NO ONE TO DO ANYTHING. WE HAVE IN NO WAY, SHAPE OR FORM CHANGED ONE SCINTILLA OF THE PROMISE THAT IS SOCIAL SECURITY, THAT WE'VE MADE FOR GENERATIONS TO OUR SENIORS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME WE HAVE PROVIDED AN 11% INCREASE OF THE SOLVENCY OF THAT PROGRAM. EXTENDING THE LIFE OF THAT PROMISE, WITHOUT RAISING TAXES AND WITHOUT FORCING A SINGLE SOUL TO DO A SINGLE THING AGAINST THEIR WILL. THAT WOULD TRANSLATE INTO $6,600 PURSUANT TO PER YEAR THAT THEY WERE WILLING TO VOLUNTARY FOREGO RECEIPT OF SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS. THE BILL WOULD CAP AT A MAX MUSM $40,150 IN DEBT RELEASE. THIS WOULD CORRESPONDENT TO A SIX-YEAR DELAY IN RECEIPT OF SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS AND, AGAIN, NO ONE WOULD BE FORCED TO DO A THING. BUT STUDENTS WHO SOUGHT TO REMOVE FROM THEIR LIVES THE BLACK CLOUD OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT WOULD BE EMPOWERED TO, AT THEIR OWN DISCRETION, MAKE THIS DECISION FOR THEMSELVES. AND AS THEY SAY IN THE TV WORLD, BUT WAIT. THERE'S MORE. WE RAN THIS WE RAN THIS PROGRAM PASSED THE BUDGET OFFICE AND THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION. WHAT WOULD THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL SECURITY BE OF EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES? AND BY THE WAY, HOW WOULD WE DEFRAY THE COST AS TO PEOPLE WHO ARE YOUNG NOW AND WON'T INVEST INTO SOCIAL SECURITY LATER VERSUS THE FACTS THEY ARE STUDENTS NOW? THE NUMBERS ARE NOT GOOD, THEY ARE GREAT. WE WOULD ALLOW THEM TO AVAIL THEIR GRANDCHILDREN OR CHILDREN OF THESE BENEFITS SHOULD THEY CHOOSE TO DEFER, SHOULD THEY CHOOSE TO DEFER SOCIAL SECURITY AMOUNT BEN FITS TO THE AMOUNT OF $40,150 -- BENEFITS TO THE AMOUNT OF $40,150. THAT WOULD IMMEDIATELY BEGIN. THAT WOULD SAVE THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION $700 BILLION WHILE ALSO ADDRESSING WITH THE VERY REAL NEEDS OF AMERICAN STUDENTS CURRENTLY HAMSTRUNG BY A BROKEN COLLEGE FINANCE SYSTEM. SO WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE STUDENT SECURITY ACT? WE'RE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME CONGRESSMAN FERGUSON, CONGRESSMAN BRAT, ROKITA, MESSER. WE INVITE OUR COLLEAGUES FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO LOOK AT THIS JOUDS THE BOX DYNAMIC NEW WAY TO ADDRESS THE SOLVENCY OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND THE INSOLVENCY OF OUR YOUNGEST, MOST CREATIVE GENERATION. THE DATA SAYS WE WOULD EXTEND THE VIABILITY OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAM OF 11% WHAT'S MADE TO BE WHOLLY SOLVENT FOR PERPETUITY. THAT WOULD BE THE EQUIVALENT OF A.3% IN THE PAYROLL INCREASE WITHOUT A PAY INCREASE AND WITHOUT TAKING ANYTHING FROM ANYONE WITHOUT THEIR VOLUNTARY ENTRY INTO THE PROGRAM. IT WOULD LIFT THE BLACK CLOUD OF STUDENT LOAN DEATH TO THE TUNE OF OVER $40,000 PER PERSON IN THE WORLD WHERE 90% OF DEBTORS HAVE LESS THAN $40,000 IN DEBT AND IT WOULD RETURN TO THE COFFERS OF THIS INDEBTED NATION BY THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION'S ESTIMATES $700,000,,000,,000,.7 -- $700,000, THOUSAND, THOUSAND. .7%. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE SHOULD RELY ON GOVERNMENT OR GOVERNMENT SHOULD RELY ON PEOPLE? DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THIS COUNTRY CAN HARNESS THE IDEAS AND THE VISION AND THE ENERGY OF WHAT IS INHERENTLY THE MOST CREATIVE GENERATION, ALWAYS? IF WE ARE ABLE TO FREE THESE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM BURDENSOME DEBT THAT STOPS THEM FROM ENGAGING IN KEY LIFE EVENTS, LIKE BUYING A HOME AND BUYING A CAR AND GETTING MARRIED AND STARTING A BUSINESS, AND DO YOU BELIEVE WE NEED TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX TO ENSURE WE KEEP THE PROMISE THAT IS SOCIAL SECURITY THAT HAS BEEN MADE IN THIS COUNTRY FOR GENERATIONS? IF YOU, LIKE ME, BELIEVE THIS AND YOU ARE A MEMBER, I INVITE YOU TO JOIN AS A PATRON ON H.R. 4584, REGARDLESS OF YOUR PARTY AFFILIATION OR IDEOLOGY. IF YOU, LIKE ME, AS A CITIZEN BELIEVE THIS IS A GOOD IDEA, I INVITE YOU TO SPEAK TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY NOT ONLY TO CHANGE HOW WE DO BUSINESS BUT TO EMPOWER PEOPLE TO EMPOWER THEMSELVES, TO CREATE GREATER OPPORTUNITY AND PROSPERITY IN THIS COUNTRY BY HARNESSING THE ENERGY AND IDEAS OF OUR YOUNGEST AND LARGEST LIVING GENERATION AND TO KEEP THE PROMISE THAT WE'VE MADE FOR GENERATION AFTER GENERATION TO PEOPLE LIKE MY MOTHER THAT SOCIAL SECURITY WILL REMAIN RELYABLE AND SOLVENT. AGAIN -- RELIABLE AND SOLVENT. AGAIN, I INVITE YOU TO JOIN ON THIS LEGISLATION OR CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO. H.R. 4584, THE STUDENT SECURITY ACT, IS A NEW WAY OF ADDRESSING AN OLD PROBLEM THAT RELIES ON THE OLDEST SOLUTION AND THAT IS INDIVIDUALS EMPOWERED TO WORK FOR THEMSELVES. WITH THAT I'D YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:34:43 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN…

                        UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                      • 05:34:55 PM

                        MR. RASKIN

                        MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY KINDLY. I'M DELIGHTED TO BE HERE ON BEHALF OF…

                        MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY KINDLY. I'M DELIGHTED TO BE HERE ON BEHALF OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CONGRESS OVER THIS WEEK, AND WE'RE GOING TO FOCUS ON THE PROPOSED TAX LEGISLATION. WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN WITH THE VICE CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS, CONGRESSWOMAN JAYAPAL FROM THE GREAT STATE OF WASHINGTON AND SHE'S GOING TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS PLAN MEANS FOR WORKING PEOPLE IN AMERICA.

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                      • 05:35:39 PM

                        MS. JAYAPAL

                        THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. RASKIN, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, YOUR CONTINUED…

                        THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. RASKIN, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, YOUR CONTINUED LEADERSHIP IN OUR CAUCUS. IT'S SUCH A PLEASURE TO SERVE NEXT TO YOU ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO AND IT'S REALLY TERRIFIC TO BE ABLE TO DO IT WITH YOU TO TALK ABOUT THE TAX PLAN. I DON'T THINK THIS IS A TAX PLAN. I THINK IT'S A TAX SCAM. I THINK IT'S A HEIST. I THINK THAT THE MIDDLE CLASS IN THIS COUNTRY IS NOT GOING TO BENEFIT FROM THIS. MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS THAT ARE HOPING FOR A TAX BREAK FOR THE HOLIDAYS ARE GOING TO BE SORELY DISAPPOINTED. MAYBE A FEW LUMPS OF COAL THAT THEY GET. AND IN FACT, POLLING SHOWS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT THIS IS THE SINGULARLY MOST UNPOPULAR BILL THAT CONGRESS HAS CONSIDERED IN A VERY LONG TIME. 75% OF AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY DON'T THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA, AND YOU KNOW, THEY'RE NOT FOOLED BY THE PROMISES THAT ARE BEING MADE ABOUT WHAT THIS BILL DOES. LET'S REALLY TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS BILL DOES. WE KNOW THAT THE WEALTHIEST WILL BENEFIT. THE WEALTHIEST 1% WILL RECEIVE 50% OF THE TAX CUTS. AND IN 2019, 18% OF THE TAX CUTS IN THIS BILL WILL GO TO THE WEALTHIEST 1%. BUT BY 2027, THAT NUMBER CLIMBS TO 62% WITH AN AVERAGE TAX CUT OF $33,000. WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW ABOUT THIS BILL? WE KNOW THAT THE LARGEST CORPORATIONS WILL BENEFIT. TO PAY FOR THIS MASSIVE TAX CUT FOR CORPORATIONS, THE SENATE TAX BILL WOULD REPEAL THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE PART OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, SOMETHING THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE TRIED TO DO OVER AND OVER AGAIN THIS YEAR. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN UP AND SAID, NO, WE KNOW THAT HEALTH CARE IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE. WE WANT OUR HEALTH CARE. WE KNOW THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS NOT PERFECT, BUT IT HAS DONE MUCH TO PROTECT THE HEALTH CARE OF PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AND YET IN SPITE OF THAT, NOW THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE, THE REPEAL OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE HAS BEEN PUT INTO THE SENATE TAX BILL, AND IT WOULD RESULT IN 13 MILLION PEOPLE MORE BEING UNINSURED. IT WOULD ALSO RESULT IN A 10% INCREASE IN PREMIUMS FOR AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. AND WE KNOW ALSO THAT THIS BILL IS WHOLLY FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE. AND IT'S FUNNY, FOR YEARS REPUBLICANS HAVE YELLED AND SCREAMED ABOUT DEFICIT. THE HUGE DEFICITS THAT WE HAVE, AND YET THIS BILL WOULD ADD BETWEEN $1 TRILLION AND $1.5 TRILLION IN DEFICITS TO WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE. AND THAT WOULD LEAD TO A MANDATORY CUT IN CRITICAL PROGRAMS. BUT LET'S JUST TALK FOR A MINUTE ABOUT WHAT EXACTLY THIS TAX SCAM WILL MEAN FOR ORDINARY AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN ORDER TO PAY FOR THE TAX CUTS THAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT FOR THE WEALTHIEST AND THE LARGEST CORPORATIONS, IT MEANS THAT MILLIONS OF WORKING FAMILIES AND POOR FOLKS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY ARE GOING TO END UP PAYING MORE. NOT ONLY THAT, THERE ARE INCENTIVES IN THIS BILL THAT WOULD ACTUALLY CREATE AN INCENTIVE FOR AMERICAN COMPANIES TO TAKE JOBS OFF OF MAIN STREET, CLOSE FACTORIES HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, AND MOVE THOSE JOBS OVERSEAS. IT WILL MAKE IT HARDER FOR FAMILIES TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THE SENATE BILL WOULD RAISE TAXES ON 78 MILLION MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES, AND MILLIONS OF FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WOULD LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE. IN MY DISTRICT ALONE, NEARLY 31,000 CONSTITUENTS WOULD LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE. THIS BILL WOULD ALSO PUT REAL ROADBLOCKS IN THE WAY OF YOUNG PEOPLE LOOKING TO GET AHEAD. YOU KNOW, TWO OF THE ELIMINATIONS OF TAX EXEMPTIONS IN THIS TAX BILL THAT OFFEND ME THE MOST AND SHOULD OFFEND ALL AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE, NUMBER ONE, THERE'S ESSENTIALLY A TAX ON BEING SICK. THERE'S A TAX ON LONG-TERM CARE FOR AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. RIGHT NOW IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER WHO'S IN LONG-TERM CARE OR HAS A SERIOUS ILLNESS, THE EXPENSES THAT YOU PAY FOR THAT INDIVIDUAL, FOR THAT FAMILY MEMBER, YOU CAN DEDUCT THOSE MEDICAL EXPENSES. WITH THIS TAX SCAM, THE TAX HEIST THAT'S BEING PROPOSED, YOU WOULD NO LONGER BE ABLE TO DEDUCT THOSE MEDICAL EXPENSES. SO YOU'RE BEING TAXED FOR BEING ILL OR FOR NEEDING CARE AS YOU GET OLDER. BUT IN ADDITION, WE'RE TAXING EDUCATION. WE ALREADY KNOW THAT THERE'S $1.4 TRILLION IN STUDENT LOAN DEBT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. MORE THAN EVEN CREDIT CARD DEBT IN THIS COUNTRY. YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE TO MAKE THESE TERRIBLE CHOICES ABOUT WHETHER THEY'RE GOING TO GO INTO DEBT $80,000 OR WHETHER THEY'RE GOING TO GET -- WHETHER THEY'RE JUST NOT GOING TO GO AND GET A HIGHER EDUCATION. THAT IS WRONG, AND THIS BILL, THIS TAX BILL WOULD ACTUALLY TAKE AWAY SOME OF THE TAX BENEFITS THAT WE GIVE TO GRADUATE STUDENTS, FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN THEY GET HELP TO BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THEIR GRADUATE EDUCATION. IT WOULD TAKE AWAY THE EXEMPTION THAT CURRENTLY EXISTS. IF YOU'RE A TEACHER AND YOU BUY PENCILS OR PAPER OR SUPPLIES FOR YOUR CLASSROOM, THAT IS CURRENTLY A DEDUCTIBLE EXPENSE. IT WOULD TAKE THAT AWAY FOR TEACHERS BUT NOT FOR CORPORATIONS. IF CORPORATIONS BUY SUPPLIES, THAT'S TAX DEDUCTIBLE BUT NOT IF YOU'RE A TEACHER. THAT IS JUST CRAZY. IT PRIORITIZES THE WEALTHY BY ALLOWING WEALTHY FAMILIES TO AVOID THE ESTATE TAX. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE ESTATE TAX FOR JUST A MINUTE. THE ESTATE TAX IS 5,400 FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT PAY THAT. VERY, VERY SMALL NUMBER OF THE WEALTHIEST FAMILIES, BUT IN FACT WHAT THIS DOES IS IT SAYS, NO, THAT'S EVEN TOO MUCH. WE'RE GOING TO DOUBLE THE EXEMPTION, SO NOW $11 MILLION, EVEN FEWER FAMILIES WILL PAY THAT, BUT IT WILL COST MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES A COUPLE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS IN REVENUE. THE EXPERTS ACROSS THE SPECTRUM ARE ARRIVING AT THE SAME CONCLUSION. THIS BILL IS BAD FOR REGULAR WORKING FAMILIES. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS HAS SAID THIS -- THE SENATE TAX BILL PUTS HOME VALUES AT RISK AND DRAMATICALLY UNDERCUTS THE INCENTIVE TO OWN A HOME. OUR ESTIMATES SHOW THAT HOME VALUES STAND TO FALL BY AN AVERAGE OF MORE THAN 10% AND EVEN GREATER IN HIGH-COST AREAS. HOW ABOUT THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE? THE F.O.P. IS VERY CONCERNED THAT THE PARTIAL OR TOTAL ELIMINATION OF THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION, SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT TO MY STATE, MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON, WOULD ENDANGER THE ABILITY OF OUR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO ACTUALLY FUND THESE AGENCIES AND RECRUIT THE MEN AND WOMEN WE NEED TO KEEP US SAFE. THAT'S A QUOTE FROM THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE. THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION HAS SAID THIS -- AS A RESULT, WE'RE DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT AT A TIME WHEN POSTSECONDARY DEGREES AND CREDENTIALS HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT TO INDIVIDUALS, THE ECONOMY AND OUR SOCIETY, THE TAX REFORM PROPOSAL APPROVED BY THE SENATE COULD MAKE COLLEGE MORE EXPENSIVE AND UNDERMINE THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OF HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE A PLAN, AND THAT PLAN, IT'S LIKE A LITTLE THREE-STEPDANCE. FIRST, TRANSFER TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF WEALTH FROM MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND THE POOREST AMONGST US TO THE WEALTHY CORPORATIONS WHO ARE NOT ALREADY PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE. SECOND, WHEN YOU DO THAT TRANSFER EXPLODE THE DEFICIT. SO THE ESTIMATES ARE $1.4 TRILLION, $1.5 TRILLION WOULD BE ADDED TO THE DEFICIT. AND THEN FINALLY, USE THE FACT THAT YOU'RE EXPLODING THE DEFICIT TO ACTUALLY CUT PROGRAMS THAT ARE CRITICAL TO AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY -- MEDICARE, MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY. WE KNOW THAT AS WRITTEN THIS BILL WOULD TRIGGER MANDATORY SPENDING CUTS TO MEDICARE AND MEDICAID OF SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS. SO THE REALITY IS THAT WE ARE IN A SITUATION WHERE THIS IS INCREDIBLY UNPOPULAR. THE POLLING SHOWS RIGHT NOW THAT AMERICANS ARE NOT BUYING THIS TAX SCAM. 68% SAY THAT THE TAX BILL HELPS THE WEALTHIEST. 54% SAY THE TAX BILL FAVORS BIGGEST REPUBLICAN DONORS. 61% SAY THAT MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY CUTS WOULD ULTIMATELY END UP BEING THE VEHICLE THAT'S USED TO PAY FOR THESE TAX CUTS TO THE WEALTHIEST. AND 68% SAY THAT CHANGES TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SHOULD NOT BE IN THIS TAX BILL. SO HERE'S WHERE WE ARE. THE HOUSE PASSED ITS BILL ON NOVEMBER 16 AND IN THE EARLY HOURS OF DECEMBER 2, JUST LAST FRIDAY, THE SENATE PASSED ITS VERSION. SO WE'RE GOING INTO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE NOW, WHICH MEANS A GROUP OF LEGISLATORS FROM THE HOUSE AND A GROUP OF LEGISLATORS FROM THE SENATE GET TOGETHER AND THEY TRY TO WORK OUT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO BILLS AND THEN ULTIMATELY WHATEVER THAT COMPROMISE IS, IF IT'S WORKED OUT, WOULD COME BACK FOR A VOTE TO THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. SO NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED THE VOICES OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO CALL AND TO TALK ABOUT THE CONCERNS THAT WORKING PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY HAVE. WE DO NEED A REAL REFORM OF THE TAX SYSTEM, TO SIMPLIFY IT, TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE, BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THIS IS. . THIS IS A TAX SCAM. IT'S A HEIST. IT'S A TRANSFER OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF FAMILIES TO WEALTHIEST WHO DO NOT NEED THAT MONEY. THE HEALTH IS THAT -- THE REALITY IS THAT WE NEED TO BE INVESTING IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE NEED TO BE INVESTING IN JOBS, IN EDUCATION, WE NEED TO BE MAKING SURE THAT MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES ARE GETTING A BREAK. THAT THEY CAN ACTUALLY THINK ABOUT A GENERATION FOR THEIR -- A FUTURE FOR THEIR KID, FOR THE NEXT GENERATION THAT IS BETTER THAN THE ONE THEY HAVE. SO WE HAVE VERY LITTLE TIME. BUT REPRESENTATIVE RASKIN, I'M VERY SURE THAT WE IN THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS AND WE IN THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO FIGHT FOR WORKING PEOPLE, FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US, AND TO PROTECT THINGS LIKE CHIP. THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. TO PROTECT -- TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS FOR IMMIGRANTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. TO MAKE SURE WE'RE PASSING A CLEAN DREAM ACT. THESE ARE THE KINDS OF PRIORITIES WE SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON. NOT LINING THE POCKETS OF THE WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS. AND TRANSFERRING JOBS FROM THE UNITED STATES TO TAX HAVENS ELSEWHERE. SO WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO TO MAKE SURE THAT IN THIS VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME PEOPLE SPEAK UP AND SPEAK OUT AND MAKE SURE THAT WE DO NOT PASS THIS BILL, MAKE SURE THAT WE INSTEAD WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY FOR A TAX REFORM THAT IS ACTUALLY BENEFICIAL TO WORKING FAMILIES. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK TO YOU AND AGAIN THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS.

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                      • 05:47:26 PM

                        MR. RASKIN

                        THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL REMARKS AND YOUR TERRIFIC LEADERSHIP HERE ON…

                        THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL REMARKS AND YOUR TERRIFIC LEADERSHIP HERE ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF WASHINGTON AND ON BEHALF OF MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING CLASS AMERICANS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, MAY I TROUBLE YOU JUST TO ASK HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE LEFT?

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                      • 05:47:43 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN HAS 47 MINUTES REMAINING.

                      • 05:47:46 PM

                        MR. RASKIN

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS GREATLY…

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS GREATLY APPRECIATES THIS TIME TO TALK WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. FOR ME IT'S ALWAYS ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOMENTS IN THE TREMENDOUSLY BUSY WEEKS THAT WE'VE GOT HERE ON CAPITOL HILL AND IN CONGRESS. I REPRESENT THE 800,000 PEOPLE IN MARYLAND'S EIGHTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WHICH INCLUDES MONTGOMERY COUNTY, FREDERICK COUNTY AND CAROL COUNTY. AND I HAVE THE HONOR OF GOING TO WORK FOR THEM. ESSENTIALLY SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, I LIVE JUST ABOUT 25 MINUTES FROM CAPITOL HILL. AND I TAKE THE METRO OR DRIVE TO WORK, COME BACK HOME. AND I GET TO SPEND PRETTY MUCH EVERY DAY BOTH WITH MY DISTRICT AND WITH MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN CONGRESS. BUT THIS IS A SPECIAL TIME OF THE WEEK FOR ME BECAUSE SO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ARE ON AIRPLANES OR ON TRAINS GOING BACK TO WHERE THEY COME FROM. AND THEY SPEND A LOT OF THEIR TIME ON MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS TRAVELING. AND HE GET TO BE HERE -- AND I GET TO BE HERE AND I GET TO WORK AND I HAVE A LITTLE MORE TIME TO THINK, MR. SPEAKER. BECAUSE WE'RE SO BUFFETED BY EVENTS AND TWEETS AND CONFLICTS AND CONTROVERSIES. WE DON'T VALLS TIME TO THINK -- WE DON'T ALWAYS HAVE TIME TO THINK. AND I GET TO HAVE TIME ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAY NIGHTS AND FRIDAYS TO BE A LITTLE BIT MORE REFLECTIVE AND DELIBERATIVE ABOUT WHAT IT IS WE'RE DOING HERE IN WASHINGTON. I WANTED TO START JUST BY BRINGING EVERYBODY UP TO DATE ABOUT AN ALARMING NEW LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENT, BEFORE I GET BACK TO THE TAX BILL, WHICH WILL BE NEXT WEEK'S PROBLEM. YESTERDAY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED SOMETHING THAT THEY CALL THE CONCEALED CARRY RECIPROCITY ACT OF 2017. THE ENTIRE BILL IS FRAUDULENT, BEGINNING WITH ITS NAME. BECAUSE IT ASSERTS THAT IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH RECIPROCITY. BUT IT DOESN'T. RIGHT NOW ANY STATE THAT HAS A LAW GOVERNING THE ISSUANCE OF CONCEALED CARRY PERMITS TO ITS CITIZENS CAN DECIDE TO WORK WITH ITS NEIGHBOR TO ALLOW A RECIPROCAL ARRANGEMENT. ABOUT HALF OF THE STATES HAVE DONE THAT. THEY'VE GOT DEALS WITH THEIR NEIGHBORS. BUT THIS ACT WOULD WIPE ALL OF THE RECIPROCITY AGREEMENTS OUT. IT WOULD IMPOSE ONE NATIONAL STANDARD ON EVERYBODY IN AMERICA , REDUCING EVERYBODY TO THE LOWEST, MOST PERMISSIVE STATES IN THE UNION. IN TERMS OF CONCEALED CARRY. IN MY STATE, IN MARYLAND, WE HAVE A NUMBER OF VERY SERIOUS HURDLES TO GET OVER BEFORE YOU GET THE RIGHT TO CARRY A LOADED CONCEALED WEAPON. YOU CAN'T BE MENTALLY UNSTABLE ORDAINING ROUSE. CAN'T BE A DOMESTIC OFFENDER. YOU CAN'T BE A VIOLENT CRIMINAL CONVICT, A FELON OR HAVE A MISDEMEANOR. YOU HAVE TO SHOW THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO USE WEAPONRY. AND SO ON. WE TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY. SEVERAL DOZEN STATES HAVE SIMILAR LAWS. OTHERS HAVE MUCH LAXER AND MUCH LOOSER LAWS. AND THAT'S FEDERALISM. EVERYBODY DECIDES FOR THEMSELVES. BUT THIS LEGISLATION THAT THEY PASSED YESTERDAY WOULD WIPE OUT THE STATE LAWS OF EVERY STATE IN THE COUNTRY AND DRAG US DOWN TO THE BOTTOM. IT'S NOT A RACE TO THE BOTTOM. IT'S A PLUNGE TO THE BOTTOM. BECAUSE THEY SAY, IF YOU CAN GET A CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT IN ANY STATE, AND IN SOME STATES LIKE FLORIDA THERE'S 1.7 MILLION PEOPLE WITH CONCEALED CARRY, YOU CAN GO ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY. IT'S A PASSPORT TO OVERRIDE THE LAWS OF EVERY OTHER STATE IN THE UNION. AND THERE ARE MORE THAN 14 MILLION CONCEALED CARRY PERMITS IN THE UNITED STATES AND SUDDENLY THAT'S 14 MILLION MORE PEOPLE WITH GUNS THAT CAN COME TO YOUR STATE, OVER YOUR STATE LAWS. WHEN YOU DON'T WANT IT. OH, AND GUESS WHAT ELSE THEY'VE SNUCK IN HERE. THE PEOPLE WHO CLAIM NOT TO LIKE LITIGATION, THEY'VE CREATED A WHOLE NEW CAUSE OF ACTION. THEY CAN SUE THE POLICE OFFICERS IF THEY FEEL THE POLICE OFFICERS HAVE DETAINED THEM TOO LONG. BUT OF COURSE THE POLICE OFFICERS ARE GOING TO DETAIN THEM TOO LONG BECAUSE THEY'VE GOT TO FIGURE OUT WHETHER THEY'VE GOT A RIGHT TO THE GUN. -- WHETHER OR NOT THEY'VE GOT A RIGHT TO THE GUN. IN THE NATIONALIZATION OF CONCEALED CARRY, HAVE THEY CREATED A BUREAUCRACY, A COMPUTER WHERE WE'RE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT WHETHER SOMEONE IS CARRYING A REAL CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT OR A FAKE I.D. CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT? NO, NOT AT ALL. THAT'S PUT UPON YOU. YOUR STATE. TO TRY TO FIGURE IT OUT. IF YOU HOLD THE PERSON TOO LONG, THEY CAN SUE YOU. AND GUESS WHAT, ATTORNEYS' FEES FOR THE POLICE OFFICER, ATTORNEYS' FEES AWARDED AGAINST THE SHERIFFS. ATTORNEYS' FEES AGAINST OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FOR TRYING TO KEEP US SAFE AND ENFORCE OUR STATE LAWS. NOW, WE'VE GOT TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO STOP THIS. ONE IS IN THE U.S. SENATE. I ALREADY SPOKE TO ONE SENATOR WHO WAS ABSOLUTELY DUMBFOUNDED AND AMAZED THAT SUCH LEGISLATION WOULD EVEN BE INTRODUCED AFTER MORE THAN TWO CENTURIES OF THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, SOMEBODY WOULD PUT IN A BILL TO TRY TO EXTINGUISH THE STATE CONCEALED CARRY LAWS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND GIVE OTHER PEOPLE WHO WOULDN'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO GET A GUN IN YOUR STATE THE RIGHT TO COME THERE. AND THIS AFTER SOME OF THE WORST FIREARMS MASSACRES AND DISASTERS IN OUR HISTORY. THE LAS VEGAS ATTACK, WHICH LED TO THE DEATHS OF 59 OF OUR COUNTRY MEN AND COUNTRY WOMEN. THE ATTACK IN SGGET SUTHERLAND SPRINGS IN TEXAS -- IN SUTHERLAND SPRINGS IN TEXAS, WHICH KILLED DOZENS OF PEOPLE. THE GUN VIOLENCE IS EVEN -- HAS EVEN COME HERE TO WASHINGTON AND TO THE CAPITOL AND TO THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS -- CAPITAL AND TO THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS OURSELVES, AND STILL WE HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING. WE DON'T TAKE UP A UNIVERSAL CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK TO CLOSE THE INTERNET LOOPHOLE, TO CLOSE THE PRIVATE FAIL LOOPHOLE. PEOPLE SELLING GUNS IN THE PARKING LOT AT A GAS STATION. SO WE CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES THAT MAKE US AN ABSOLUTE OUTLIAR IN TERMS OF THE CIVILIZED WORLD. WE DON'T TAKE THAT UP. WE DON'T TAKE UP LEGISLATION TO BAN MILITARY STYLE ASSAULT WEAPONS LIKE THE ONES THAT WERE USED IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT, TO ASSASSINATE 20 SCHOOLCHILDREN AT POINT BLANK RANGE. WE DON'T TAKE UP THAT LEGISLATION. WE DON'T EVEN TAKE UP LEGISLATION THAT THEY PROMISED. WE THOUGHT THAT THEY WANTED TO DO, WHICH IS GET RID OF THE BUMP STOCKS. NO. THAT FADED AWAY TOO. INSTEAD THEY BRING US THIS PROPOSAL TO DRIVE US DEEPER INTO THE CYCLES OF GUN VIOLENCE AND MISERY. THAT THE N.R.A. AND THE G.O.P. HAVE TAKEN US TO IN AMERICA. SO, TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO STOP THIS MADNESS. ONE IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. BUT THE OTHER IS THIS. THE PRETENDED CHAMPIONS OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION ARE VIOLATING THE CONSTITUTION. THEY'RE TRAMPLING THE CONSTITUTION. WHY? WELL, THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES IS AN INSTITUTION WITH LIMITED IMNUMERATED POWER. WE DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO WHATEVER WE WANT AS CONGRESS. WE HAVE TO EXERCISE A REAL POWER. WELL, WHAT POWER IS BEING EXERCISED HERE? WELL, THERE'S ONLY A COUPLE OF POSSIBLE CANDIDATES. ONE THEY SAY WE'RE REGULATING COMMERCE. BUT THAT'S ABSURD. THERE'S NO COMMERCE THAT'S BEING REGULATED IN ANY WAY AT ALL. DOESN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT BUSINESS, DOESN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT MONEY. THERE'S NO COMMERCE. AND THE SUPREME COURT AUTHORITY IS VERY CLEAR ABOUT THAT. THAT'S WHY THE SUPREME COURT STRUCK DOWN THE GUN-FREE SCHOOL ZONES ACT. WHICH MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WERE TOTALLY OPPOSED TO. AND THEY SAID, THAT'S GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH COMMERCE. THE POSSESSION OF A GUN WITHIN A SCHOOL ZONE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COMMERCE. YOU HAVE TO STRIKE IT DOWN. EQUALLY THE POSSESSION OF YOUR CONCEALED CARRY WEAPON HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COMMERCE EITHER. SO THAT DOESN'T HELP THEM. THEN THEY WOULD SAY, WELL, REALLY WHAT WE'RE DOING IS WE ARE VINDICATING THE SECOND AMENDMENT. THE SECOND AMENDMENT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO DO IT. WELL, THERE'S A COUPLE ODD THINGS ABOUT THAT. ONE IS THAT IF THE SECOND AMENDMENT GAVE YOU THE RIGHT TO TAKE A CONCEALED CARRY GUN ANYWHERE YOU WANT IN THE COUNTRY, WHY IS NO COURT EVER -- WHY HAS NO COURT EVER SAID THAT? AND WHY AREN'T THEY JUST BRINGING LAWSUIT? BECAUSE THE FEDERAL COURTS ACROSS THE LAND HAVE BEEN OVERWHELMINGLY CLEAR. THAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT DOES NOT GIVE YOU A RIGHT TO CARRY A LOADED CONCEALED GUN. YOU DON'T GET THAT RIGHT UNDER THE SECOND AMENDMENT. IF YOU HAD THAT RIGHT, YOU GET IT FROM YOUR STATE GOVERNMENT. I THOUGHT THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE BELIEVED IN. FEDERALISM AND STATE POWERS AND STATE RIGHTS. BUT NO. THEY WOULD SAY, WELL, HERE, THIS IS AN ENFORCEMENT OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT. I SUPPOSE. THE SUPREME COURT ALSO STRUCK DOWN THAT BIT OF TRICKERY. IN A CASE CALLED CITY OF BERNIE VERMONT FLORES, WHICH TELL THE IT -- -- VS. FLORES, WHICH DEALT WITH THE FREEDOM OF RELIGIOUS ACT. CONGRESS SAID WE ARE GOING TO OVERRULE ESSENTIALLY THE LAWS OF THE STATES AND SAY THAT ANY BURDEN ON PEOPLE'S RELIGIOUS FREE EXERCISE IS PRESUMPTIVELY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. UNLESS YOU CAN SHOW THAT THERE'S A COMPELLING INTEREST. IN YOUR STATE AGAINST IT. AND THE SUPREME COURT SAID, WAIT, WHERE DOES CONGRESS GET THE POWER TO DO THAT? AND CONGRESS SAID, WELL, WE'RE JUST ENFORCING PEOPLE'S RELIGIOUS FREE EXERCISE RIGHTS. AND THE SUPREME COURT SAID, YOU DON'T ENFORCE PEOPLE'S RIGHTS BY CHANGING THE MEANING OF THE RIGHT. SIMILARLY, YOU DON'T ENFORCE THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT, WHICH UNDOUBTEDLY EXISTS UNDER THE HELLER DECISION, 2018, WHICH SAID YOU'VE GOT A RIGHT TO HANDGUN FOR SELF-DEFENSE, YOU HAVE A RIFLE FOR PURPOSES OF HUNTING AND RECREATION. BUT YOU DON'T EXTEND THOSE RIGHTS, CHANGE THE MEANING OF THOSE RIGHTS, IN THE NAME OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT, AND THEN SAY THAT'S WHERE CONGRESS GETS ITS POWER. ON THAT THEORY, THE SUPREME COURT SAID IN THE CASE, STRIKING DOWN THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT TO APPLY TO STATE, THE COURTS SAID THERE WOULD BE NO LIMIT AT ALL TO FEDERAL POWER AND THAT CAN'T BE RIGHT. MY FRIENDS CELEBRATED YESTERDAY, HAVING PASSED AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL BILL, UNCONSTITUTIONAL. WE HAVE NO POWER TO TRAMPLE THE HANDIWORK OF THE STATES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. THE STATE LEGISLATURES HAVE THE POWER UNDER THE 10TH AMENDMENT AND CONGRESS LACKS THE POWER IN ARTICLE I TO DEFINE WHAT CONCEALED CARRY POLICY IS GOING TO BE. IN THE STATES. THAT'S UP TO THE STATES. SO IF THEY WANT TO BECOME THE ABSOLUTE ENEMIES OF THE STATE LEGISLATURES AND STATE POWER AND STATE RIGHTS, BE MY GUEST. BUT WHAT THEY'VE GOT IS AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION AS WELL. A DEEPLY DANGEROUS AND ILL THOUGHT-OUT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AND THE LAST THING I WANT TO SAY ABOUT IT IS, LIKE ALMOST EVERYTHING ELSE THEY BRING TO US NOW, THERE WERE NO HEARINGS ON IT. THINK ABOUT THAT. HERE WE ARE, ONE OF THE GREATEST LEGISLATIVE BODIES ON THE PLANET EARTH. ABRAHAM LINCOLN SAT IN THIS BODY. JOHN F. KENNEDY SAT IN THIS BODY. SOME OF THE GREATEST LEGISLATORS WHO EVER EXISTED WERE HERE AND THEY ARE PASSING BILLS WITHOUT SO MUCH AS A SINGLE HEARING. THEY JUST BRING IT UP FOR A VOTE. SO WE WHIP OUT OUR PHONES AND WE'RE TRYING TO GOOGLE, TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE ISSUE. THAT'S HOW I FOUND OUT, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT MORE THAN 1,100 PEOPLE CARRYING CONCEALED CARRY WEAPONS HAD COMMITTED HOMICIDES OR MASS SHOOTINGS OR KILLING OF POLICE OR SUICIDES WITH THEIR GUNS. AND NOW THEY WANT OPEN SEASON. IF YOU WANT TO ALLOW ANYBODY IN YOUR STATE TO GET A CONCEALED CARRY WEAPON, BE OUR GUEST. DON'T IMPOSE THAT RULE ON THE PEOPLE OF MARYLAND. WE DON'T WANT IT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE'VE ALREADY DECIDED WHAT WE'VE GOT. AND THAT'S TRUE OF STATE LEGISLATURES ALL ACROSS THE LAND. THEIR SO-CALLED RECIPROCITY LEGISLATION IS ACTUALLY A DEMOLITION OF RECIPROCITY BECAUSE LOTS OF STATES HAVE ENTERED INTO AGREEMENTS THAT WILL BE EXTINGUISHED BY THEIR LAW. SO, WITHOUT WITHOUT A HEARING AND WITHOUT REALIZEING THEY ARE VIOLATING THE CONSTITUTION, THEY GO AHEAD AND PASS THIS LAW. ALL RIGHT. THAT IS A DISTRACTION FROM THE MAIN ORDER OF BUSINESS THIS MONTH WHICH IS DEMOLITION OF AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS AND I'M SORRY TO PUT IT IN COMPRESSED TERMS BUT NO OTHER WAY TO DESCRIBE WHAT THE "NEW YORK TIMES" THE WORST PIECE OF TAX LEGISLATION EVER INTRODUCED IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. NOW AMERICA'S GOTTEN THE POINT ABOUT THE G.O.P. TAX PLAN AND IT IS A HIGHWAY ROBBERY AND THE RICHEST PEOPLE WILL BENEFIT AND IT IS AN OUTRAGEOUS DECISION TO DRIVE THE COUNTRY INTO MORE DEFICIT, MORE DEBT, ALL TO ENRICH THE ROBBER BARRONS AND CYBER BARRONS. AND CUT CORPORATE TAXES FROM 35% TO 20% AT A TIME OF RECORD PROFITS, AND WHY? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? THEY SAY THAT IF WE BESTOW THIS EXTRAORDINARY WINDFALL, BONUS, PRESENTS ON CORPORATE AMERICA, WE WILL GET MORE JOBS OUT OF IT. WAIT A SECOND, IF ALL THEY NEEDED WAS MORE PROFITS, MORE DIVIDENDS TO CREATE JOBS, THEN WE WOULD BE SEEING THEM RIGHT NOW AND WE ARE AT A TIME OF ECONOMIC GROWTH AND ANY ECONOMIST YOU ASK THAT IS NOT IN THE PAY OF THE THE PROPONENTS SAID IT IS A DERANGED THING TO DO TO CUT IT. WHY WOULD WE DO THAT? THEY SAY IT WILL LEAD TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. NONSENSE. SHOW ME WHERE IT WORKS. IT DOESN'T WORK. YOU GIVE MORE MONEY TO PEOPLE AT THE TOP OF SOCIETY, THEY POCKET IT AND SEND IT OVERSEAS TO THEIR SWISS BANK ACCOUNTS OR CAME AND ISLANDS. IF YOU WANT ECONOMIC GROWTH YOU DO WHAT PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT DID, YOU INVEST IN THE MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING PEOPLE. BUSINESS GROWTH COMES FROM DEMAND AND DEMAND COMES FROM A STRONG MIDDLE CLASS THAT IS ABLE TO BUY STUFF. YOU STARVE THE MIDDLE CLASS, THERE IS NO DEMAND. THAT'S WHAT THEY DO AND DONALD TRUMP HAS STAYED IN BUSINESS. THE RUSSIAN OLIGARCHES HAVE BEEN RENTING OUT HIS CONDOS AND THE TRUMP HOTEL AND EXPORTING FROM RUSSIA GOING RIGHT INTO THE TRUMP ENTERPRISE AND NOW OUR OLIGARCHES DO THE SAME THING. YOU WANT STRONG GROWTH AND YOU WANT FAIRNESS, YOU WANT A DOMESTIC SOCIETY, YOU INVEST IN THE MIDDLE CLASS, NOT THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY. NOW, THERE IS A STRONG LINK HERE TO OUR CAMPAIGN FINANCE REGIME AND EVERY PUBLIC POLL SHOWS. YOU THINK YOU CAN FOOL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? YOU CANNOT. AMERICANS KNOW THIS TAX BILL IS A GREAT DEAL IF YOU GOT YOUR OWN LOBBY. GREAT DEAL. YOU GOT YOUR OWN POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE. IF YOU ARE IN THE TRUMP CABINET, AND THIS IS UTOPIA. THIS IS ABSOLUTE UTOPIA. RUN YOUR OWN P.A.C., WATCH OUT. WATCH OUT IN THIS BILL. BOSTON GLOBE THERE WAS A GREAT ARTICLE WITH THE TITLE THE COKE BROTHERS AND THEIR FRIENDS WANT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TAX CUT VERY BADLY. QUOTE, TIM PHILLIPS, AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY, SAYING IT IS THE MOST WE HAVE EVER TAKEN ON. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE KOCH BROTHERS AND GET THEIR OWN SIGNATURE TAX BILL AND ALL THE G.O.P. POLITICIANS ARE SAYING THE SAME THING. CHECK IT OUT. THEY ARE SAYING THE SAME THING. CALLING UP THE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES AND THEY SAY, YOU DELIVER US THAT TAX BILL FIRST. YOU GET NOTHING FROM US UNTIL YOU DELIVER US THAT TAX BRAND. YOU GUYS HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING IN WASHINGTON, THEY SAY. HAVEN'T BEEN THROWN 30 MILLION PEOPLE OFF THEIR HEALTH CARE. YOU DELIVER US THAT TAX BILL. WE -- THAT'S WHAT WE WANT. TRUMP'S CABINET NEEDS NO OUTSIDE PUSH EVEN FROM THE CAMPAIGN DONORS AND THE WEALTHIEST CABINET IN U.S. HISTORY. IT'S $20 MILLION, $50 MILLION. THE TRUMP CABINET IS WORTH $4.3 BILLION. $4.3 BILLION IS WHAT THEIR CABINET IS WORTH AND ALL LOVE THE TAX PLAN AND SHOULD, YOU KNOW WHY? THEY WROTE IT. THEY THEY ARE GOING TO ABOLISH THE WEALTHIEST CUTS. AND ONLY THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE WHO PAY THE ESTATE TAX NOW AND NOW WANT TO WIPE IT OUT AND COSTING US $70 BILLION. AND WANT TO COLLIDE AND CONTRADICT AND -- AN ESSENTIAL PRINCIPLE WHICH IS OPPOSITION TO HEARD TEAR GOVERNMENT LIKE KINGS AND OPPOSITION TO HEARD TEAR WEALTH. THE FOUNDERS LIKE BEN FRANKLIN AND TOM PAYNE AND ALEXANDER HAMILTON, THEY KNEW THAT THE INTERGENERATIONAL TRANSMISSION OF HUGE FOR THE TUNES WAS A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY. AT A CERTAIN POINT, PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO JUST BUY A BIGGER HOUSE OR ANOTHER HOUSE OR A THIRD HOUSE OR FOURTH HOUSE, BUT THEY WANT TO BUY A GOVERNORSHIP AND A U.S. SENATE SEAT AND BUY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. WHAT IS AT STAKE NOT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SEMBLANCE IN THE U.S. ECONOMY, IT'S BAD ENOUGH WE HAVE ONE OF THE MOST UNEQUAL ECONOMIES ON THE EARTH TODAY, BUT THEY WANT THE GOVERNMENT THAT RESPONDS ONLY TO THE WEALTHIEST CLASS IN THE SOCIETY. SO THEY WANT TO ABOLISH THE ESTATE TAX AND THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. THAT'S THE ONLY REASON DONALD TRUMP PAID TAX IN THE ONE YEAR WE KNOW HE PAID ANY TAX IN THE LAST TWO DECADES. AND OF COURSE, THEY WANT TO GET RID OF THAT. FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS, WELL, NO BREAKS THERE. THEY WANT TO GET RID OF THE COLLEGE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION. IF YOU GO TO COLLEGE, YOU GET A DEDUCTION TO THE COLLEGE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST, GONE. HEALTH CARE EXPENSES, YOU SPEND MORE THAN 10% OF YOUR INCOME, LONG-TERM CARE, SOMEONE IN YOUR CARE HAS ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE OR A COMMILED WHO HAS AUTISM, YOU CAN NOW DEDUCT THAT. THEY WANT TO GET RID OF THAT. THEY WANT TO GET RID OF SALT. TARGETED RIGHT AT THOSE STATES LIKE MARYLAND, CONNECTICUT, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA, ILLINOIS THAT INVESTS IN EDUCATION. THIS ANOTHER SNAKE RISING IN THE GRASS OF THIS TERRIBLE BILL, THEY WANT TO REPEAL THE JONGSON AMENDMENT. THIS IS NAMED AFTER LYNDON JOHNSON WHEN HE WAS A SENATOR AND TAKE YOU BACK TO THE 1950'S AND 1960'S AND IT WAS A VERY SIMPLE AMENDMENT THAT IS ESSENTIALLY A LOGICAL TO THE FREE EXERCISE CLAUSE AND IT WAIST SAY THAT 501-C-3 ORGANIZES, CHURCHES, UNIVERSITIES, NOT-FOR-PROFIT AGENCIES CANNOT ENGAGE IN POLITICAL CAMPAIGNING AND GUESS WHAT THE KOCH BROTHERS AND THE MERE SERSVILLE TALKED INTO THIS ONE. THEY ARE GOING TO GET RID OF THE JOHNSON AMENDMENT, SO THE KOCH BROTHERS WANT TO SPEND A BILLION DOLLARS TRYING TO DEFINE AMERICAN POLITICS, NOW IT WILL BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE AND CAN SPEND WHATEVER THEY WANT BUT THEY HAVE TO PAY FOR IT. NOW THEY PUT IT INTO A CHURCH OR TO CHURCHES, THE CHURCH OF THE GOLDEN AND THEN DEDUCT IT AND THE CHURCH CAN NOW BE INVOLVED IN POLITICS AND SPEND MONEY IN POLITICS AND ENDORSE CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE, OK, AND IT REMAINS A TAX EXEMPT ENTITY. THE SMART CHURCHES, WHICH IS MOST CHURCHES, HAVE OPPOSED IT. THE NEXT STEP, PEOPLE WILL SAY WAIT A SECOND, WHY ARE WE GETTING TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS IN CHURCHES, WHY ARE WE GETTING INVOLVED IN POLITICS LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE, AND THAT WILL BE THE LOGICAL QUESTION. INDEED, IT THREATENS THE VERY EXISTENCE OF THE 501-C-3 BY TEARING DOWN THAW WALL OVER TAX EXEMPT CONTRIBUTIONS THAT THE KOCH BROTHERS WANT SO BADLY. THEIR DIFFERENCE VINE LOOPHOLE AND FIND A WAY THEY CAN CONTROL OUR POLITICS AND DEDUCT IT FROM OUR TAXES AND CORRUPT THE ENTIRE NOT FOR PROFIT SECTOR, THE CHURCHES, THE SYNAGOGUES AND THE MOSQUES AND SO ON. I WISH I COULD LEAVE YOU WITH CHIEFIER NEWS TONIGHT BUT THE U.S. CONGRESS IS ON THE VERGE OF PASSING THIS, THE WORST TAX PROPOSAL IN AMERICAN HISTORY THAT OFFENDS EVERY VALUE THAT WE CHERISH. AND WHY? THE PEOPLE WHO ARE PUSHING IT, WHO ARE DOING BACK FLIPS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT TO HIDE IT FROM US, YOU KNOW IT TOOK US 2 YEARS AND 10 MONTHS TO PASS THE BIPARTISAN TAX LEGISLATION. THIS IS HAPPENEDY WORK BEHIND THE SCENES, SPEED OF LIGHT, DARK OF NIGHT, THE WHOLE THING. WHY ARE THEY WILLING TO DO IT EVEN THOUGH IT IS REJECTED BY 2-1. PEOPLE UNDERSTAND, IT'S HIGHWAY ROBBERY. WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN TO THEM. THE WORST TO HAPPEN, IF THEY LOSE AND GO TO WORK FOR THE KOCH BROTHERS AND THE MERCERS AND THE HIGHWAY ROBBERY IS COMPLETE. NOW POPULAR PROTESTS STOPS THE PLAN TO THROW TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE OFF THEIR HEALTH CARE, THE G.O.P. CONTROLS THE WHITE HOUSE, SENATE AND HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND POPULAR PROTESTS STOPPED IT. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT COULD STOP US NOW BECAUSE SO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE DECIDED TO WALK THE PLANK FOR THE KOCH BROTHERS AND THE BILLIONAIRE CABINET AND THROW IN WITH THE AMERICAN OLIGARCHES. SO POPULAR PROTESTS, PEOPLE SPEAKING OUT AND CONTACTING THEIR MEMBERS WILL BE OUR ONLY HOPE OF SHOWING THAT THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE INSULT AND AFRONT TO AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. NOT JUST AMERICAN ECONOMICS, ECONOMICS FOR EVERYBODY, BUT DEMOCRATIC POLITICS, POLITICS FOR EVERYBODY, NOT JUST THE ELITE. SO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR GRANTING US THIS TIME TO ALLOW US TO EXPRESS OUR INTENSE ANXIETY ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN NEXT WEEK. AND WE WISH A GOOD WEEKEND AND I HOPE EVERYONE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSIDER THE IMPLICATIONS OF WHAT IS TAKING PLACE. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:14:05 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

                      • 06:15:02 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, FOR 30 MINUTES.

                      • 06:15:11 PM

                        MR. GOHMERT

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. A LOT OF BIG THINGS GOING ON. MORE THINGS WILL BE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. A LOT OF BIG THINGS GOING ON. MORE THINGS WILL BE COMING OUT. WE'VE HAD AN INTERESTING DAY OF IT TODAY. HOPEFULLY THE HOUSE AND SENATE -- I THINK WE'RE GOING TO GET A TAX CUT BILL DONE. I THINK IT'S UNFAIR TO JUST CALL IT A TAX REFORM BECAUSE IT DOESN'T EXPLAIN -- WE DID TAX CUTS FOR EVERYBODY. WE DIDN'T CHANGE THE PERCENTAGE ON THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. AND I UNDERSTAND THE THINKING. LOOK, IF WE AS REPUBLICANS CHANGE, WE LOWER ALL THE TAX RATES, THEN THE DEMOCRATS WILL SAY, SEE, YOU'RE DOING A BIG TAX CUT FOR THE WEALTHY. SO I GET IT. BUT AS THE OLD SAYING IN WASHINGTON GOES, THE MORE -- NO MATTER HOW CYNICAL YOU GET, IT'S NEVER ENOUGH TO CATCH UP. NOT IN WASHINGTON. SO, OK. SO WE DIDN'T CHANGE THE TOP PERCENTAGE RATED TAX ON THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS, ONLY ONE WE DIDN'T CHANGE. SO WHAT HAS HAPPENED? OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE SAID, SEE, THIS IS A TAX CUT TO HELP THE RICH. THAT'S THE ONE TAX RATE WE DIDN'T CHANGE. SO IT WOULDN'T HAVE MATTERED. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE JUST SEEN, ALL RIGHT, WE'RE GETTING RID OF ALL THE THEE THESE -- THESE TAX RATES. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE ONE TAX RATE. AND I WOULD LOVE IT TO BE THE TAX RATE THAT THE BIBLE SUGGESTS IN THE SYNAGOGUE OR CHURCH AND THAT'S 10% OF YOUR PROCEEDINGS. WHY NOT 10% TO THE GOVERNMENT, AFTER THE 10% OF THE FIRST FRUITS TO THE CHURCH OR SYNAGOGUE, IF THOSE ARE YOUR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS? LET'S SEE. I FORGET WHICH CANDIDATE, ONE OF THE CANDIDATES USED TO SAY, HEY, IF 10%'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR GOD, WHY SHOULDN'T IT BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE GOVERNMENT? BUT ANYWAY. THIS IS A NICE THOUGHT. BUT WE'RE STILL DOING A LITTLE BIT OF SOCIAL ENGINEERING. TRYING APPARENTLY IN THE TAX BILL TO GIVE A LOT OF HELP TO THE FOLKS THAT NEED IT. THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT I HOPE WILL RETURN -- I'VE HEARD FROM FOLKS IN MY DISTRICT, SOME ACCOUNTANTS THAT HAVE CLIENTS THAT THEY DO PAY ENOUGH IN MEDICAL EXPENSES, IF THEY DON'T GET TO DEDUCT THAT, THEY'RE GOING TO BE BANKRUPT. SO, HOPEFULLY THAT WILL BE SOMETHING THAT COMES BACK AND GETS PUT IN OUR VERSION. THE LAST PEOPLE WE NEED TO HARM ARE THE PEOPLE THAT THEY GOT NO OTHER PLACE TO GO. THEY'RE ON SOCIAL SECURITY. THEY'RE HEADING TOWARD THE END OF LIFE ON THIS PLANET AND THEN THE GOVERNMENT STABS THEM IN THE BACK. I MEAN, THAT'S WHAT BILL CLINTON DID BACK IN 1993. NOT ONLY DID HE PUT A TAX ON THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY IN 1993, HE MADE IT RETROACTIVE. SO IT WASN'T JUST TAXING SOCIAL SECURITY FOR THE FUTURE, IT MADE IT RETROACTIVE. THAT WAS TERRIBLY TRAGIC. I WISH WE WERE MAKING OUR TAX CUTS RETROACTIVE SO THAT THE WORKING POOR WOULD GET THE HELP MUCH QUICKER. BUT EVERYBODY IN AMERICA IS GOING TO GET SOME HELP WITH REDUCTION, MASSIVE REDUCTION OF THE LARGEST TARIFF THAT ANY INDUSTRIALIZED NATION PUTS ON ITS OWN GOODS WHEN THEY'RE PRODUCED. IT'S CALLED A CORPORATE TAX. AND THEY MAKE YOU THINK, OH, THESE GREEDY CORPORATIONS, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE PAYING THAT TAX. THEY DON'T PAY THAT TAX. JUST LIKE WARREN BUFFETT. WARREN BUFFETT, ALTHOUGH HE KEEPS SAYING PUBLICLY HE WOULDN'T MIND PAYING MORE TAXES, HIS ACTIONS SEEM TO INDICATE THAT THEY'RE PAYING MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF MONEY TO LAWYERS TO KEEP HIS COMPANY FROM PAYING THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT I'M TOLD IS OWED. BUT ANYWAY. WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS THERE. BUT I'M VERY HOPEFUL THAT WE ARE GOING TO GET A TAX DEAL DONE AND WE'RE GOING TO BRING IT TO THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE AND WE'RE GOING TO PASS IT AND WE'LL SING GOD BLESS KEVIN BRADY AND THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. AT LEAST THESE WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE, MADE IT HAPPEN -- AT LEAST THOSE WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE, MADE IT HAPPEN. AND PAUL RYAN HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL IN MOVING THAT DIRECTION ON THE TAX BILL. SO THAT WILL BE A GREAT THING, IF WE CAN GET IT DONE. I'M ALSO GRATEFUL TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TODAY FOR THE HEARING THAT HE REQUIRES THAT WE HAVE. WE HAD THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR RAY, COME OVER AND TESTIFY IN FRONT OF US. I'M OPTIMISTIC WITH DIRECTOR RAY . OF COURSE, I WAS OPTIMISTIC WITH DIRECTOR COMEY WHEN I FIRST GOT TO QUESTION HIM. BECAUSE I SAW COMEY, OH, THIS IS GREAT. FINALLY WE'VE GOTTEN RID OF MUELLER AND ALL THE DAMAGE HE'S DONE TO THE F.B.I.. AND AS I POINTED OUT TO DIRECTOR RAY TODAY, HE TOOK OVER A VERY WEAKENED F.B.I. FROM THE ONE THAT HE TOOK OVER AS F.B.I. DIRECTOR UNDER BUSH. BECAUSE WHEN DIRECTOR MUELLER TOOK OVER, AS F.B.I. DIRECTOR, I'VE TRIED TO FIGURE OUT WHY HE WOULD DO THIS. AND THE ONLY THING I CAN FIGURE IS HE WANTED A BUNCH OF YOUNG YES PEOPLE WORKING FOR HIM. BECAUSE IT GOES, YOU KNOW, PRETTY COMMON SENSE THAT PEOPLE WITH THE MOST EXPERIENCE ARE GOING TO BE IN A POSITION TO TELL YOU AS THE NEW F.B.I. DIRECTOR WHEN YOU'RE CHOOSING TO GO DOWN A ROAD THAT'S GOING TO CREATE PROBLEMS. THERE ARE F.B.I. AGENTS THAT HAVE BEEN THERE FOR 25 YEARS, LIKE SO MANY OF OURS WERE, HAD BEEN. THEY'RE AN ODDITY NOW. BUT THAT WAS BECAUSE MUELLER WANTED YOUNG, FRESH, SALUTING YES MEN THAT WOULD SALUTE THE FLAG, SALUTE HIM. AND NOT BE IN A POSITION TO SAY, WELL, DIRECTOR, COULD I MAKE A SUGGESTION, SIR? YOU KNOW, WE DID EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE SUGGESTING BACK IN 1996 OR 1993 OR 1988, 1986. WE DID THAT BACK THEN AND HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED, SO IF YOU WOULD YOU A LOW -- WOULD ALLOW ME, SIR, I'D RECOMMEND THAT WE LOOK AT THIS, THAT OR THE OTHER. APPARENTLY DIRECTOR MUELLER DIDN'T WANT THOSE KIND OF PEOPLE IN THE F.B.I. SO HE STARTED A FIVE-YEAR UP AND OUT -- UP OR OUT PROGRAM. OUR THOUSANDS OF F.B.I. AGENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, IN THE HUNDREDS OF OFFICES THAT ARE APPARENTLY AROUND, THE FIVE-YEAR UP OR OUT PROGRAM IS BASICALLY THIS. IF YOU'RE IN A SUPERVISORY POSITION ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD FOR FIVE YEARS, AT THE END OF THE FIVE YEARS, YOU EITHER MUST GET OUT OF THE F.B.I., OR THE WAY IT WAS INTERPRETED BY SO MANY F.B.I. AGENTS, OR YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO COME RIDE A CUBICLE UP HERE IN WASHINGTON. AND PEOPLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND WORLD THAT WERE WORKING FOR THE F.B.I. SAID, I'M NOT TAKING MY FAMILY TO WASHINGTON, D.C., AND WITH ALL MY TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE GOING TO RIDE A CUBICLE SOMEWHERE. I NEED TO BE OUT PROTECTING PEOPLE, HELPING PEOPLE. AND SO AS THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL" POINTED OUT IN AN ARTICLE THAT DIDN'T SEEM LIKE IT WAS ALL THAT FAR INTO HIS 10 YEARS, ACTUALLY IT TURNED INTO 12 I BELIEVE, DIRECTOR MUELLER HAD IN DEVASTATING THE F.B.I., AND HE MADE SOME HUGE MISTAKES. COST MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. WHETHER IT'S SOFTWARE PROGRAM, THIS PROGRAM, THIS PROGRAM. HE HAD ALL THESE IDEAS AND THERE WERE PLENTY OF PEOPLE THAT HAD HAD ENOUGH EXPERIENCE, THE DIFFERENT AREAS, THAT IF HE HADN'T RUN THEM OFF COULD HAVE SAID, THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA, SIR, IF I COULD SUGGEST -- HE DIDN'T WANT TO HEAR FROM THOSE PEOPLE. HE RAN THEM OFF. THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE. HE RAN THEM OFF. BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT THE AVERAGE AGE OF THE F.B.I. AGENTS WERE WHEN HE LEFT COMPARED TO WHEN HE STARTED. I REALIZE THERE'S SOME OLD GET TOS THAT GET LONG IN THE TOOTH -- OLD GOATS THAT GET LONG IN THE TOOTH. BUT YOU DON'T RUN THEM OFF BECAUSE THEY'RE OLDER. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE MOST VALUABLE PEOPLE YOU CAN HAVE. THE ONLY REASON YOU SHOULD RUN ANYBODY OFF IS IF THEY'VE JUST BEEN SO CANTAKEROUS THAT IT'S A PROBLEM. THEY'RE NOT DOING THEIR JOB. BUT HE RAN THEM OFF BECAUSE THEY HAD BEEN IN A SUPERVISORY POSITION FOR FIVE YEARS. SO, YOU KNOW, YOU'D SEE OFFICES THAT HAD AN AGENT IN CHARGE, 20, 25, 26 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. AND THEY'D FINISH THEIR FIVE YEARS AND SAY, I'M GETTING OUT. I DIDN'T WANT TO GET OUT. I WANTED TO SERVE MY COUNTRY. EVEN THOUGH I MAKE A LOT LESS IN THE F.B.I.. BUT YOU'RE FORCING ME OUT. SO, I'LL GO MAKE A WHOLE LOT MORE MONEY. WISH I COULD STILL BE HERE. BUT THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR MUELLER HAD OTHER IDEAS. I YIELD TO THE SPEAKER.

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                        I APPRECIATE YOUR INDULGENCE, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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