U.S. Senate Passes GOP Budget Resolution in 51-49 Vote
House Session - October 23, 2017

The House returns for a more legislative business and will vote at 6:30pm

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  • 11:59:35 AM

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    RECESS AT 2:00 P.M. THE HOUSE WILL RETURN FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS.…

    RECESS AT 2:00 P.M. THE HOUSE WILL RETURN FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. ANOTHER ADDRESSING THE SECURITY OF CUBA'S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. NOW TO LIVE COVERAGE OF THE U.S. HOUSE HERE ON C-SPAN. SPEAR PRO EM: HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. CH

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    SPEAR PRO EM

    SPEAR PRO EM: HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. CH LS BEFOTHE HOUSE COMMUNICATION…

    SPEAR PRO EM: HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. CH LS BEFOTHE HOUSE COMMUNICATION FROM SPEAKER. E CRK TEAKEROOM WAGTONC. OCTO 2 2017. I HRE APPOINTHE HORA ID KUTOACAS SAKER O TEMPO ON IS DAY SIGNED, L D. RYAN, SPEER HOUSE O REPRESTAVE

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  • 12:00:42 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    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 REDSKIN NATION -- RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 1:50 P.M. BEYOND 1:50 P.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 12:01:16 PM

    MR. POE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AINGEY DESCRIBED AMHERST COLLEGE AT HER SCREAM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AINGEY DESCRIBED AMHERST COLLEGE AT HER SCREAM SCHOOL. A VIBRANT AMERICAN TEENAGER SHE COULDN'T WAIT TO START HER NEW LIFE AT THE PERFECT COLLEGE. LIKE ALL UNIVERSITIES THEY HAD A POSITIVE LIGHT, GOOD REPUTATION. BUT ANGIE HAD NO WAY OF KNOWING THE DARK REALITY HIDING BEHIND A HAD NO WAY OF KNOWING THE DARK REALITY HIDING BEHIND A FACADE. HER INITIAL MEMORIES OF HER FESHMAN YEAR PLAY ALONG A FAMILIAR AND HAPPEN COLLEGE -- HAPPY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE. ON MAY 25, EVERYTHING CHANGED. THAT HAPPY NARRATIVE CAME TO A SCREECHING HALT. AND AQUAINQUINTANS OF HERS INVITED HER OVER TO WATCH A MOVIE IN HER CAMPUS DOOM ROOM. TIRED FROM CLASSES SHE DRIFTED TO SLEEP. THE NEXT THING SHE KNEW SHE WOKE UP TO FIND THIS INDIVIDUAL ON TOP OF HER SEXUALLY ASSAULTING HER. THE MORNING AFTER THE ATTACK, ANGRY FELT THAT SHE WAS IN A DAZE. AND SHE ACTED LIKE SHE WAS IN A DAZE. THE ILLUSION OF COLLEGE LIFE FILLED WITH SMILING FACE ANSWER GOOD TIMES HAD BEEN SHATTERED. MR. SPEAKER, ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, ONE IN FIVE WOMEN ARE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED DURING COLLEGE IN THE UNITED STATES. ONE IN FIVE. OF THOSE, LESS THAN 25% REPORT THE SEXUAL ASSAULT. SO ANGRY, FEARING SHE WOULD BE IGNORED, DOUBTED, AND DISMISSED, SHE CARRIED ON IN HOPELESS SILENCE. THE FOUR MONTHS FOLLOWING HER RAPE, SHE FELL DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO DEPRESSION. FINALLY, WHEN THE BURDEN BECAME TOO HEAVY TO BEAR, SHE SUMMONED ALL HER REMAINLING STRENGTH AND COURAGE AND WENT TO THE CAM PUGS COUNSELOR. BUT -- WENT TO THE CAMPUS COUNSELOR. SHE WAS SHOCKED AT THE COUNSELOR'S RESPONSE. THE COUNSELING CENTER DIDN'T BELIEVE SHE WAS SEXUAL ASSAULTED. THE COUNSELING CENTER SAID THAT SHE SHOULD FORGIVE THE RAPIST. THEY TOLD HER THERE IS NOTHING THEY COULD DO OR WOULD DO. THERE IS NO POINT IN PRESSING CHARGES. HER RAPIST WAS CLOSE TO GRADUATING ANYWAY. BUT SHE COULD NOT FORGET WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO HER. SHE COULDN'T DEAL WITH THE SEXUAL ASSAULT. MR. SPEAKER, A RAPE VICTIM CANNOT JUST FORGET WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THEM. MR. SPEAKER, I WAS A JUDGE FOR 22 YEARS AND A PROSECUTOR FOR EIGHT IN TEXAS. I SAW A LOT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS, A LOT OF THEM. THEY DEAL WITH WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM EVERY DAY. AND THEY FEEL LIKE THE RAPIST TRIED TO STEAL THE SOUL OF THE VICTIM. RAPE VICTIMS, ONE OF THEM TOLD ME ONE TIME, SHE SAID, JUDGE, RAPE IS A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH. TO A LOT OF VICTIMS THAT IS EXACTLY THE WAY THEY FEEL. IT'S WORSE THAN BEING MURDERED. THESE SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS NEED SUPPORT, UNDERSTANDING, AND CARE TO BECOME SURVIVORS. THEY FIRST NEED SOMEBODY WHO WILL LISTEN TO THEM. AMHERST FAILED ANGIE AND THAT PUSHED HER DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO DESPAIR. WHEN SHE VOICED SHE HAD BEEN HAVING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, UNIVERSITY POLICE FORCIBLY ESCORTED HER TO THE ANGIE AND THAT PUSHED HER DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO EMERGENCY ROOM AND LEFT HER THERE. THE DOCTOR THAT EXAMINED HER HAD NO TRAINING ON HOW TO DEAL WITH TRAUMATIZED RAPE VICTIMS. UTTERLY LACKING IN ANY KIND OF COMPASSION FOR WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO HER, THE DOCTOR TOLD HER THAT SHE WAS BEING IRRATIONAL AND THAT HER STORY JUST DIDN'T MAKE ANY SENSE TO THE DOCTOR. HE DIDN'T BELIEVE A SCHOOL LIKE AMHERST WOULD ALLOW HER TO BE RAPED AND HE THOUGHT SHE JUST MUST BE CRAZY. HE ORDERED SHE BE ADMIT FOOD A PSYCHIATRIC WARD AND WASHED HIS HANDS OF THE ENTIRE SITUATION. SO FOR FIVE DAYS, MR. SPEAKER, ANGIE SAT SHAKING IN A STARBLEE ROOM BEHIND LOCKED DOORS. SHE BECOMES THE PRISONER FOR THE SEXUAL ASSAULT THAT HAPPENED TO HER. A VICTIM'S PAIN AND SUFFERING SHOULD NEVER BE INCREASED BECAUSE THE HOSPITAL DOESN'T HAVE STAFF TRAINED TO PROVIDE VICTIM SERVICES OR SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS. TO ENSURE THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN TO MORE VICTIMS LIKE ANGIE, I HAVE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION WITH MY GOOD FRIEND, CAROLYN MALONEY FROM NEW YORK, THAT WOULD REQUIRE A HOSPITAL TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO A STAFFER WHO IS PROPERLY TRAINED TO PROVIDE CARE SENSITIVE TO THE TRAUMA VICTIMS AND BE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED. OR HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE TO GET THE VICTIM TO A NEARBY HOSPITAL THAT DOES. THIS IS CALLED A SAFE. THE LAW SHOULD BE CHANGED TO REQUIRE HOSPITAL TO HAVE A SAFE, A SEXUAL ASSAULT FORENSIC EXAMINER OR NURSE EXAMINER ON STAFF OR HAVE ONE AT A NEARBY HOSPITAL. THIS BILL IS NAMED FOR MEGAN RONDIDI, ANOTHER VICTIM ON SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CAMPUS. SHE WAS FROM TEXAS AND WENT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AND SHE WAS DENIED PROPER POST SEXUAL ASSAULT TREATMENT AT A HOSPITAL. AND THIS WILL ENSURE THEY GET THE CARE THEY NEED. MEGAN COULDN'T DEAL WITH WHAT HAPPENED TO HER AND SHE FINALLY COMMITTED SUICIDE. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO AS A BODY BE CONCERNED ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS AND PROVIDE THIS BASIC LEGISLATION SO UNIVERSITIES ARE TRAINED OR HAVE SOMEBODY ON STAFF NEARBY THAT CAN DEAL WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS. THAT'S THE LEAST WE CAN DO FOR PEOPLE LIKE ANGIE AND MEGAN. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:07:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:07:13 PM

    MR. MARSHALL

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL CO-OP MONTH ANTI-MANY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL CO-OP MONTH ANTI-MANY CO-OPS OF THE BIG FIRST DISTRICT MR. A HISTORY STAND SPANNING BACK TO THE 18TH CENTURY, CO-OPS SHAPED WAIT AMERICAN PRODUCERS AND CONSUMERS DO BUSINESS AND IN DOING SO THESE VENTURES HAVE BECOME AN INVALUABLE PART OF OUR BUSINESS IN OUR OWN NATION FROM PEARN STANDPOINT I REMEMBER MY VIRS ADVENTURE TO A CO-OP AS A 6 OR 7-YEAR-OLD KANSAS. WITH BOY ON A WEED FARM IN KANSAS. MY UNCLES WOULD LET ME TAG ALONG RIDING IN OUR 1952 CHEVY TRUCK AND TAKE THAT WHEAT TO THE BURNS CO-OP. WHEN I WAS THERE I GOT TO TASTE MY FIRST ORANGE CRUSH POP. IT WAS THE BIGGEST TREAT OF THE WHOLE HARVEST FOR ME WAS GETTING TO GO TO THAT CO-OP AND GETTING A BOTTLE OF POP. OVER TIME THEY HAVE GROWN FAR BEYOND AGRICULTURE. WE HAVE CO-OPS ACROSS OUR DISTRICT WORKING IN BROADBAND, ELECTRIC AND GAS SERVICE, HOUSING NEEDS, AND SO MANY MORE. RUN BY THE PEOPLE WHO OWN AND USE THEM, THESE CO-OPS FROM KANSAS TO KENTUCKY, FROM ALABAMA TO ARKANSAS, TO ALASKA, THREES CO-OPS ARE VOLUNTARY AND SELF-DIRECTED ORGANIZATIONS. THE BENEFITS ARE APPARENT. TAKE FOR EXAMPLE M.K.C., ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING CO-OPS IN MY STATE, WHICH HAS C.B.O. NATED MORE THAN $500,000 IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS. NATIONAL CO-OP MONTH BRINGS FIND THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION THAT GOES INTO PROVIDING YOU AND I WITH ITEMS AND SERVICES WE TAKE FOR GRANTED EVERY DAY. GOING FORWARD I URGE MY COLLEAGUES AND FELLOW MEMBERS TO CONTINUE TO WORK AND SUPPORT OUR FARMERS AND RANCHERS, OUR CO-OPS, AND THEIR VITAL WORK FOR ALL AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF TRADE IN KANSAS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY. I RECENTLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TOUR A NUMBER OF LOCAL MANUFACTURING COMPANIES AS PART OF MY MANUFACTURING DAY TOUR IN KANSAS AND WAS ABLE TO HEAR OW THESE COMPANIES ARE WORKING TO MEET BOTH LOCAL AND GLOBAL DEMANDS FOR OUR PRODUCTS. THESE COMPANIES IN HUTCHISON KANSAS, AND MOUNTAIN RIDGE, KANSAS, SHOWED ME HOW THEY PARTNER WITH LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO RECRUIT AND TRAIN EMPLOYEES AS WELL AS INNOVATE TO IMPROVE THEIR OWN PROCESSES. THEY REPEATEDLY EMPHASIZE HOW IMPORTANT TRADE IS TO MANUFACTURING IN KANSAS. WHEN IT COMES TO TRADE, NAFTA, NAFTA REMAINS A CRITICAL IMPORTANCE TO THE KANSAS ECONOMY. NEARLY 40% OF THE MANUFACTURING EXPORTS PRODUCED IN KANSAS GO TO CANADA AND MEXICO. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. 40% OF THE GOODS MANUFACTURED IN KANSAS GO TO CANADA AND MEXICO AT A VAL YOU A OF NEARLY $3 BILLION EACH YEAR. AS WE WORK THROUGH THE PROCESS OF UPDATING AND MODERNIZING OUR FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS, OUR GOAL MUST BE TO EXPAND NEW MARKETS TO AMERICAN EXPORTERS SO WE CAN GROW OUR ECONOMIES AND PUT AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:09:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, FOR…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 12:10:08 PM

    MR. FITZPATRICK

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF TWO AMAZING…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF TWO AMAZING BUCKS COUNTYIANS, ALECTION AND BOBBY. THEY HAVE AWARDED THE TRISH COIL AWARD TO ELIE MCNELL LIST -- MCNELLIS, PRESIDENT OF THE BUCKS LABOR UNION WOMEN. SHE SERVES AS A BUCKS COUNTY CROSSING GUARD AND COMMITTED TO STRENGTHENING THE ROLE OF MEMBER AND UNIONS AND INSCRESSING THE INVOLVEMENT OF WOMEN IN THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. THE LABOR COUNCIL HAS ALSO AWARDED BOBBY WITH THEIR MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD. BOBBY SERVES AS A BUSINESS MANAGER FOR THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS LOCAL 542. BOBBY AND HIS TEAM ARE COMMITTED TO PRODUCING THE MOST SKILLED AND EFFICIENT HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS IN THE INDUSTRY. IT'S MY HONOR TO RECOGNIZE THESE DISTINGUISHED INDIVIDUALS FOR THEIR SERVICE TO THEIR FELLOW WORKING FAMILIES AND TO OUR ENTIRE BUCKS COUNTY COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, AS THE SON AND BROTHER OF BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS, I UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT OF THIS DISEASE ON FAMILIES THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITY. EACH YEAR ABOUT 200,000 WOMEN ARE DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER AND MORE THAN 40,000 AMERICAN WOMEN WILL DIE OF THIS DISEASE. IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THIS WAY, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH I'M PROUD TO BE WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN DELAURO, IN ADVOCATING FOR INCREASED ACCESS TO INFORMATION ABOUT BREAST CANCER. THAT ALLOWS WOMEN AND THEIR DOCTORS TO MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS POSSIBLE. THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER IS ONE THAT TRANSCENDS POLITICS. BY WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN PASS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION THAT INCREASE THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND CARE FOR PATIENTS AND ULTIMATELY PUT AN END TO THIS AWFUL DISEASE. MR. SPEAKER, NEARLY 70% OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ABUSE PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATION GET THEM FROM THEIR FRIENDS OR FAMILY. AS OUR COMMUNITY CONTINUES TO GRAPPLE WITH THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, IT IS CRUCIAL WE TAKE EVERY STEP POSSIBLE TO STOP PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS FROM FALLING INTO THE WRONG HANDS. INCLUDING THE COLLECTING AND SAFELY DISPOSING OF UNUSED OR EXPIRED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. MY COMMUNITY IN BUCKS COUNTY HAS COLLECTED OVER 40 TONS OF UNUSED MEDICATIONS. THE MOST IN PENNSYLVANIA. AS PART OF OUR SUCCESSFUL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK PROGRAM. THIS COLLABORATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN LOCAL GOVERNMENT, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS IS CRUCIAL IN THE BATTLE AGAINST THIS CRISIS. I COMMEND THOSE VOTCHED AND URGE ALL RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR NEXT TAKE BACK DAY. AND TO UTILIZE THE PERMANENT DROP BOXES LOCATED THROUGHOUT OUR REGION.

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  • 12:13:20 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL THROUGHOUT OUR 2:00 P.M. TODAY. WE WILL HAVE MORE LIVE HOUSE

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