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Last House Session - April 24, 2018
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  • 12:00:02 PM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 12:00:11 PM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Bruce Poliquin to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 12:00:12 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        SPEAKER.

      • 12:00:24 PM

        THE CLERK

        THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE…

        THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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    • 12:00:36 PM

      The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 2325 and H.R. 4300.

      • 12:00:38 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 12:00:40 PM

        THE MESSENGER

      • 12:00:43 PM

        THE SECRETARY

      • 12:00:45 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 12:00:46 PM

        THE SECRETARY

      • 12:01:03 PM

        TEMPORE PURSUANT

        ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT…

        ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE 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 RECOGNIZES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MISS BORDALLO -- MS. BORDALLO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 12:01:04 PM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

    The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 2:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.

    • 12:01:49 PM

      MS. BORDALLO

      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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    • 12:03:21 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 12:03:26 PM

      MR. MARSHALL

      RISING OUT OF THE EARTH LITERALLY. PARTIALLY BECAUSE OF THAT ELEVATION AND…

      RISING OUT OF THE EARTH LITERALLY. PARTIALLY BECAUSE OF THAT ELEVATION AND THE MANY HOT DRY DAYS THERE, THE FARMERS HAVE STRUGGLED FOR DECADES ON A GREAT CROP. BUT ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO ONE OF MY GOOD FRIENDS, ALLEN TOWNSON, AND THE FARMERS WHO MAKE UP THE 21ST CENTURY BEAN COMPANY STARTED GROWING PINTO BEANS. THEY HAD SOME SUCCESS AND THEY STARTED GROWING BLACK EYED PEAS AND GARBANZOS AS WELL. TODAY THEY GROW 40 MILLION POUNDS OF BEANS EVERY DAY. THEY HAD SUCCESS AT THAT. THEY SAID YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE WE CAN TO? WE CAN PROCESS THESE HERE AND PACKAGE THEM. SO THEY FORMED A PROCESSING PLANT, HIRED MORE EMPLOYEES. THAT WAS A SUCCESS SO EVENTUALLY THEY HIRED A TRUCKING COMPANY. THEY HAD THEIR OWN TRUCKING COMPANY TO SHIP THOSE. TODAY, EVERY DAY, THE 21ST CENTURY BEAN COMPANY SHIPS OUT ENOUGH BEANS TO FEED A MILLION PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AND THE GREAT THING IS, THEIR MAIN CUSTOMER IS FOOD BANKS ACROSS THIS GREAT COUNTRY AS WELL. I'M SO PROUD THAT WE MADE FOOD BANKS SUCH A PRIORITY IN THIS YEAR'S NUTRITION BILL, THE FARM BILL. THIS YEAR WE'RE GOING TO INCREASE THE SPENDING FROM $15 MILLION TO $06 MILLION FOR FOOD BANKS. SOME OTHER SIGNIFICANT PRODUCTS COMING OUT OF THIS NUTRITION BILL IS THAT WE'RE GOING TO MAKE ACCESS TO NUTRITION EASIER FOR THE ELDERLY, FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY, AND WHAT I'M ESPECIALLY PROUD OF, WE'RE REWARDING CHILDREN FOR MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES. LIKE FRESH VEGETABLES, FRESH FRUIT, AS WELL AS THE GREATEST DRINK KNOWN TO MANKIND, WHOLESOME MILK. MR. SPEAKER, AS AN OB-GYN FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS, I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT NUTRITION IS FROM PRECONCEPTION, DURING PREGNANCY, TO BREAST-FEEDING MOMS, AND ALL WAIT TO THE LAST DECADES OF LIFE. AND I'M SO PROUD THAT THIS BILL IS MADE A PRIORITY HELPING PROTECT THOSE ON THE EDGES OF LIFE, THE NEWBORN AS WELL AS THE ELDERLY. I'M PROUD OUR COUNTRY SPENDS $115 BILLION EVERY YEAR TO HELP THOSE WHO NEED FOOD ASINCE AND ANOTHER $3 BILLION OF NUTRITION ASSISTANCE ACROSS THE WORLD. WHAT I'M REALLY PROUD OF IS THAT THIS BILL GIVES EVERYBODY ON FOOD STAMPS, NUTRITION ASINCE A CHANCE, OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME TYPE OF WORK TRAINING. I THINK THERE'S NOT GREATER GIFT WE COULD GIVE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED THAN TEACHING THEM HOW TO FISH, AS WELL AS GIVING THEM FISH WHEN THEY ARE IN NEED AS WELL. I THINK THAT THIS IS A GREAT THING TO DO. I THINK IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO PEOPLE. OVER 80% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE IN THIS POLICY. I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS NOT A PUNISHMENT BUT RATHER AN OPPORTUNITY WE GIVE TO PEOPLE AND I STAND SO PROUDLY BEHIND THE NUTRITION COMPONENT OF THIS FARM BILL, WHICH WE HAVE STRIVED SO HARD TO IMPROVE. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:06:33 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      CASTOR: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR.

    • 12:06:37 PM

      MS. CASTOR

      SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR JUDGE PAUL DANAHY, A LEADER OF DISTINCTION…

      SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR JUDGE PAUL DANAHY, A LEADER OF DISTINCTION FROM TAMPA, FLORIDA, AND PART OF FLORIDA'S GREATEST GENERATION. THE JUDGE IS CELEBRATING HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK. HE WAS ONE OF THE LONGEST SERVING MEMBERS OF THE FLORIDA'S SECOND DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS. THE JUDGE MAY ALSO WISH TO BE REMEMBERED FOR WORKING HIS WAY THROUGH COLLEGE AT THE LEGENDARY TAMPA VALINCEO RESTAURANT AS THE ONLY ANGELO MEMBER OF THE SPANISH WAITERS FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. WHEREVER THE JUDGE WORKED AND SERVED, HE EARNED A REPUTATION OF WORKING TIRELESSLY AND GAINING THE RESPECT OF ALL WITH WHOM HE WORKED. BORN IN MASSACHUSETTS, HE WAS DRAWN TO TAMPA TO PLAY BASKETBALL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA. HE FOUND BOTH THE A NEW HOMETOWN AND THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE, GEORGIA. THE JUDGE ENLISTED IN THE ARMY DURING THE KOREAN WAR AND WAS -- HAD A VERY UNIQUE MILITARY RECORD, INCLUDING THREE HONORABLE DISCHARGES FROM TWO BRANCHES OF THE MILITARY. THE MARINE RESERVES, THE U.S. ARMY INFANTRY, AND FINALLY FROM THE SERVICE IN THE ARMY COUNTERINTELLIGENCE CORPS, A PRECURSOR TO THE C.I.A. UPON RETURN FROM MILITARY SERVICE, HE FOUND HIS TRUE CALLING AND EARNED HIS LAW DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IN 1957. HE BECAME AN INFLUENTIAL MEMBER OF THE FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SERVING FROM 1966 TO 1974. AND TRUE TO FORM, HE PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE AS PART OF WHAT MANY BELIEVE TO BE TAMPA'S GREATEST LEGISLATIVE DELEGATIONS DURING THE 1960'S AND 1970'S. THERE MONKS OTHER PROGRESSIVE POLICIES HE DRAFTED AND CHAMPIONED THE FIRST ETHICS LAW IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, WHICH CONTINUES IN FORCE TO THIS DAY AND IS NOW FLIRM ENSCONCED IN FLORIDA'S CONSTITUTION. THE FLORIDA THAT WE KNOW AND LOVE TODAY WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE JUDGE AND HIS PARTNERS IN FLORIDA'S GREATEST GENERATION. AFTER LEAVING THE LEGISLATURE, HIS SERVICE WAS ONLY BEGINNING. HE WAS APPOINTED TO THE SECOND DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS IN 1977 AND SAT ON THE BENCH A RECORD SHATTERING 33 YEARS. SERVING AS CHIEF JUDGE FROM 1986 TO 1988. IN HIS 30TH YEAR AT THE COURT, HE RECEIVED A KNITTING -- FITTING RECOGNITION, THE LARGEST CONFERENCE ROOM AT THE TAMPA BRANCH WAS NAMED AFTER HIM. THIS RECOGNITION NOT ONLY HONORED HIS RECORD OF SETTING TIME ON THE BENCH BUT ALSO HIS LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS. HE WAS LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING THE LEGISLATIVE FUNDING TO BRING THE BRANCH TO TOMORROW -- TAMPA. IT GIVES ME GREAT PRIDE TO HONOR AND SEND MY WISHES TO A GREAT MAN, PART OF FLORIDA'S GREAT GENERATION OF LEADERS, JUDGE PAUL W. DANEHY JR. ON HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY. HIS LENS. LESSONS AND BELIEFS WILL ECHO FOR THE YEARS TO COME. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:10:04 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 12:10:09 PM

      MR. LAMALFA

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS ALREADY HAVING AN INCREDIBLY POSITIVE IMPACT ON OUR ECONOMY. HUNDREDS OF COMPANIES HAVE ALREADY OFFERED BILLIONS AND BONUSES AND RAISES TO THEIR EMPLOYEES. FAR FROM THE CRUMENTS PREDICT BIDE SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ON -- CRUMBS PREDICTED BY SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES. THE BEST PART, THIS IS JUST BEGINNING AS THE LAW WON'T EVEN TAKE FULL EFFECT UNTIL NEXT YEAR WHEN WE RETIRE MUCH OF THE CURRENT TAX CALCULATION PROCESS AND BURDENS OF IT. THAT'S WHEN TAXPAYERS WILL NOTICE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE WHEN FILING THEIR TAX RETURNS. DESPITE THESE EARLY POSITIVE SIGNS, SOME INDIVIDUALS CLAIM PEOPLE SHOULD PAY MORE IN TAXES STILL. THEY THINK THEMSELVES SHOULD PAY MORE LIKE OUR FRIEND, BILL GATES. HE SAYS, I NEED TO PAY HIGHER TAXES. I HAVE PAID MORE THINK TAXES OVER -- THAN ANYONE ELSE. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD REQUIRE PEOPLE IN MY POSITION TO PAY SIGNIFICANTLY HIRE TAXES. INTERESTING. NOT TO BE OUTDONE, MR. GAETZ FELL BILLIONAIRE BUDDY, WARREN BUFFETT, HAS OFFERED SIMILAR IDEAS. BUT THE SOCIAL SECURITY ESTABLISHED BY PEOPLE LIKE THIS IS FAR FROM THE MAINSTREAM AMERICANS AND WHAT THEY EARN THEMSELVES. BEFORE THEY HAD AMASSED THEIR CURRENT FORTUNES, WHERE THEY AS CONSIDERABLY OUTSPOKEN FOR THE NEED OF PROGRESSIVE TAXATION, LONG BEFORE ESTABLISHING THEM 70'S AS SOME OF THE RICHEST MEN IN THE WORLD? I DON'T THINK SO. INDEED, THESE DAYS, MUCH OF THEIR FUNDS ARE STASHED AWAY IN FOUNDATIONS AND NOT VOLUNTARILY PAID FORWARD TO TAXES TO THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. FIND THAT INTERESTING. IN SHORT, NO AMOUNT OF TAXATION WOULD TRULY IMPACT THEIR LIVES AS IT WOULD FOR MAINSTREAM MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS. IT DOES IMPACT EVERYONE ELSE. WHAT'S MORE, I DO HEAR SOME PEOPLE IN THE MAINSTREAM SAYING THEY WOULDN'T MIND PAYING MORE IN TAXES FOR THIS, FOR THAT. WHAT I DON'T GET IS WHY DO THEY DEMAND THAT THEIR NEIGHBOR DOES SO, TOO? ? AMERICA, MANY MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES ENJOY LOWER RATES AND DO QUESTION HOW WELL THEIR GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING AND MANAGING WHAT THEY TAX FROM THEM NOW. FOR THEM, THE GOVERNMENT REPORT CARD ISN'T SO GOOD. THEY DON'T WISH TO ENTRUST GOVERNMENT WITH MORE OF THEIR EARNINGS, MORE OF THEIR HARD WORK, SWEAT OF THEIR BROW, TO AN INEFFICIENT BUREAUCRACY. EVEN IF THEIR NEIGHBORS DEMAND THAT THEY DO. OR THAT THE GOVERNMENT DEMANDS IT BY ITS POWER OF TAXATION FROM THEM. WHAT I'M PROPOSING IS A BILL WITH MY COLLEAGUE, MAJORITY WHIP, STEVE SCALISE, GOING TO INTRODUCE THE BILL CALLED THE DONATE EXTRA MONEY AGAINST NATIONAL DEBT, OR THE DEMAND ACT. FOR THOSE WHO DEMAND TO PAY MORE. THIS BILL STEVE SCALISE, WILL ALLOW THOSE THAT WANT TO PAY MORE THAN REQUIRED TO SIMPLY CHECK A BOX ON THEIR TAX RETURN AND DONATE AS MUCH MONEY TO THE TREASURY AS THEY'D LIKE. OUR BILL WOULD ADD TO THE 1040 TAX FORM A TAX BOX AND LINE STATING BY CHECKING HERE I SIGNIFY THAT IN ADDITION TO MY TAX LIABILITY, I WOULD LIKE TO DONATE THE INCLUDED PAYMENT TO BE USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF PAYING DOWN THE NATIONAL DEBT. BEFORE THERE WAS NO SIMPLE OR OBVIOUS WAY TO ACCOMPLISH THIS. THIS MAKES IT EASY AND OBVIOUS IN HOW TO DO SO. THIS WAY ANYONE WHO FEELS THAT THE NEED TO PAY MORE IN TAXES HAS AN EASY WAY TO DO SO. FOR MILLIONS OF OTHER HARDWORKING AMERICANS AND BUSINESS OWNERS WHO SUFFERED UNDER OUR PREVIOUS TAX CODE AND TAX LAW, THEY WILL NOT BE FORCED TO DO SO UNDER THAT CODE ANY LONGER. THIS BILL, INDEED, SOMEONE OF THOSE RARE WIN-WINS. BILL GATES AND WARREN BUFFETT OR ANYONE WHO FEELS THEY ARE NOT PAYING ENOUGH CAN DONATE AS MUCH MONEY TO THE TREASURY AS THEY LIKE. EVERYDAY AMERICAN BUSINESS ALSO THRIVE IN A PRO BUSINESS AND PRO GROWTH CLIMATE. ALL THIS WITHOUT CONGRESS DEMANDING MORE OR PEOPLE HARANGUING THEIR NEIGHBORS TO PAY MORE IN TAXES. AFTER ALL, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS ALREADY WORKING. U.S. COMPANIES ARE ALREADY PAYING OUT MORE THAN $4 BILLION IN BONUS, WHILE OVER FOUR MILLION AMERICAN WORKERS HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED A PAY RAISE, BONUS, OR OTHER FINANCIAL I.N.S. VESTMENTS. EVEN WARREN BUFFETT RECENTLY REFERRED TO THE NEW TAX LAW AS BEING A HUGE TAILWIND FOR AMERICAN BUSINESS. AS MUCH AS SENATOR SCHUMER OR MINORITY LEADER PELOSI WOULD LIKE TO TRUMP TAX REFORM IS UNPOPULAR OR BAD FOR THE ECONOMY OR ARMAGEDDON OR JUST CRUMBS FOR PEOPLE, THEY ARE MISSING THE POINT. TAX REFORM GROWS MORE POPULAR EACH DAY, ESPECIALLY AS MORE AND MORE AMERICANS SEE MORE IN THEIR PAYCHECKS BEGIN TO REALIZE HOW THEY STAND TO BENEFIT UNDER THIS NEW LAW. ESPECIALLY WHEN THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW HASN'T BEEN FELT YET UNTIL NEXT YEAR. INSTEAD OF TAKING AWAY THESE SAVINGS, THE MAJORITY WHIP AND I ARE GIVING PEOPLE WHO FEEL SO STRONGLY TO PAY DOWN THE DEFICIT VOLUNTARILY. I APPLAUD THE WORK OF MR. GAETZ AND BUFFET AND OTHERS LIKE THAT. THE DEMAND ACT DOESN'T FORCE ANYONE TO DO ANYTHING. ALLOW CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS WHO GHAND TO PAY MORE IN TAXES TO PUT THEIR MONEY WHERE THEIR MOUTH IS. SNARD BIDEN A FEW YEARS AGO --

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    • 12:16:10 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 12:16:12 PM

      MR. LAMALFA

      MR.

    • 12:16:19 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      JEFFRIES: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS ANOTHER

    • 12:16:24 PM

      MR. JEFFRIES

      EGREGIOUS MISREPRESENTATION COMING FROM YOU KNOW WHO. HOW DARE ANYONE…

      EGREGIOUS MISREPRESENTATION COMING FROM YOU KNOW WHO. HOW DARE ANYONE REFER TO AN OVERPRICED, LUXURY GOLF COURSE AS THE SOUTHERN WHITE HOUSE? LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT SOMETHING. THE CIVIL WAR IS OVER. JEFFERSON-DAVIS FAILED. THE CONFEDERACY LOST. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE SOUTHERN WHITE HOUSE. THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS DIED ON THE BATTLEFIELD AND SHED BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT IN THIS COUNTRY, ONLY ONE INSTITUTION CONNECTED TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH STOOD IN THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE. THAT INSTITUTION IS LOCATED RIGHT HERE IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. THE ADDRESS IS 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE. IT WAS BUILT BY SLAVES. THE WHITE HOUSE DOES NOT BELONG TO THE GHOSTS OF THE CONFEDERACY. THE WHITE HOUSE DOES NOT BELONG TO VLADIMIR PUTIN OR HIS INDIGENOUS COLLABORATORS. THE WHITE HOUSE DOES NOT BELONG TO A PRIVATELY OWNED REAL ESTATE CARTEL TO BE USED AND ABUSED AS A PROP FOR AN INFOMERCIAL. WE ARE A GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE. THE WHITE HOUSE BELONGS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:18:19 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR.

    • 12:18:25 PM

      MS. FOXX

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 12:22:13 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      SPEAKER, ME LEFT NENT -- ME NEVADA LENT ACTIONS HAVE PEOPLE RISE TO HEROIC…

      SPEAKER, ME LEFT NENT -- ME NEVADA LENT ACTIONS HAVE PEOPLE RISE TO HEROIC ACTIONS.

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    • 12:22:16 PM

      MR. COHEN

      AMERICA IS A COUNTRY FAMILIAR WITH HEROES. AND A SAD AND AWFUL EVENT THIS…

      AMERICA IS A COUNTRY FAMILIAR WITH HEROES. AND A SAD AND AWFUL EVENT THIS WEEKEND IN NASHVILLE, DAVIDSON COUNTY, AT A WAFFLE HOUSE, WHERE FOUR INDIVIDUALS WERE KILLED AND FOUR MEMBERS WERE INJURED WITH A CRAZED INDIVIDUAL WITH AN AR-15, A MAN NAMES JAMES SHAW JR. RALLIED ALL OF HIS COURAGE AND STRENGTH TO RISE TO THE OCCASION OF HEROICS TO GET THE ASSAILANT AND TO TAKE HIS GUN FROM HIM AND TO SAVE HIS LIFE AND OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES. JAMES SHAW JR. IS A LAUGHTIME NASHVILLIAN. DIDN'T PLAN TO BE A HERO THAT DAY BUT HE ROSE TO THE OCCASION. I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO HIM AND COMMEND HIS ACTIONS ON SAVING OTHER LIVES. JUST A WEEK OR SO EARLIER, WE HAD A SOUTHWEST AIRLINES PLANE THAT ALMOST -- WOULD HAVE CRASHED IF IT WEREN'T FOR A GREAT PILOT, POSSIBLY. A PLANE THAT TRAGICALLY HAD A PIECE OF THE WING COME OFF AND FLY INTO THE AIRPLANE AND CAUSE THE DEATH OF A PASSENGER AND CHAOS ON THE PLANE. BUT THE PILOT, A TRAINED NAVY FIGHTER PILOT STAYED CALM AND BROUGHT THAT PLANE IN SAFELY WITHOUT ANY OTHER LIFE OR INJURIES. SHE IS A SULLYBERGER. WE ALL HONORED SULLY, AS WE SHOULD, AND SHOULD HAVE. WE NEED TO HONOR TAMMY JOE SCHULTZ IN THE SAME WAY. SHE IS A HERO. AND JAMES NASH JR. OF NASHVILLE IS OF THE SAME DIMENSION AND SAVED MANY LIVES. THOSE ACTS NEED TO BE REMEMBERED, REFLECTED ON AND HONORED. AND I DO SO TODAY AND I KNOW OTHER MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE DO AS WELL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM INDIANA, MRS. BROOKS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 12:24:55 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 12:25:01 PM

      MRS. BROOKS

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. PAULSEN, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. PAULSEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 12:26:44 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 12:26:48 PM

      MR. PAULSEN

      EMILY WAS BORN ON SEPTEMBER 11, 1993, AND SHE JOKED SHE HAD THE UNLUCKIEST…

      EMILY WAS BORN ON SEPTEMBER 11, 1993, AND SHE JOKED SHE HAD THE UNLUCKIEST BIRTHDAY BUT HER MOM ALICIA WAS QUICK TO REPLY, NO, IT WAS THE LUCKIEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES. EMILY WAS A 19-YEAR-OLD SOPHOMORE AT KALAMAZOO COLLEGE IN MICHIGAN WHEN SHE CONTRACTED MENINGITIS B AND ON JANUARY 31, 2013, EMILY CALLED HOME, COMPLAINING OF A HEADACHE. AND THEN SHE WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR JUST 36 HOURS AND THEN SHE PASSED AWAY. EMILY HAD A RARE STRAIN OF MENINGITIS FOR WHICH THERE WAS NO APPROVED VACCINE YET IN THE UNITED STATES. IT WAS A SHOCK, OF COURSE, TO THE STILLMAN FAMILY THAT THEIR YOUNG DAUGHTER WHO WAS SO VIBRANT AND FULL OF LIFE WAS TAKEN AWAY AT YOUNG AGE. AND A LITTLE LATER THE VACCINE WAS MADE AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES AFTER I AND SEVERAL OTHER OF MY COLLEAGUES HAD BEEN ADVOCATING FOR ITS APPROVAL. YET, EVEN TODAY, FEWER THAN 10% OF YOUNG PEOPLE RECEIVE THE MEN B VACCINE. EMILY'S MOTHER ALICIA WHO IS IN THE GALLERY WITH US TODAY, FOUNDED THE EMILY STILLMAN FOUNDATION TO HELP PRESERVE HER DAUGHTER'S MEMORY AND ALSO ADVOCATE BOTH FOR VACCINATION AND ORGAN DONATION. MR. SPEAKER, ALSO, PETTY LOST HER 17-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER KIM BERLE IN 2012. PETTY IS JNING US IN THE HOUSE GALLERY HERE TODAY. HER DAUGHTER, KIMBERLY, COFFEE, WAS A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR IN LONG ISLAND, WHEN SHE WAS 17 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE CONTRACTED MENINGITIS B. HER PARENTS WERE BLINDSIDED THINKING SHE WAS VACCINATED. AFTER HOURS BEING HOSPITALIZED SHE WENT INTO CARDIAC ARREST AND HER ORGANS BEGAN TO FAIL. HER MOTHER HAD TO MAKE THAT AGONIZING DECISION TO ACTUALLY REMOVE HER FROM LIFE SUPPORT AND TO HONOR KIMBERLY MEMORY, SHE FOUNDED A FOUNDATION TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE VACCINATION OF MENINGITIS B. THE RESOLUTION I'M INTRODUCING TODAY WILL HELP EDUCATE OTHER PEERNTS AND OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT THE DANGERS OF MEN GIANTS AND ABOUT THE IMPORTANT NEED FOR -- MENINGITIS AND ABOUT THE IMPORTANT NEED FOR VACCINATION. THEY ALREADY KNOW ALERTING FAMILIES ABOUT A SIMPLE VACCINE CAN PREVENT A TRAGEDY. IT'S TIME ALSO, FOR US, MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, TO BROADEN AWARENESS SO THEY ARE NOT JUST DOING THIS ON THEIR OWN. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:29:45 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      POE: THANK YOU, MR.

    • 12:29:50 PM

      MR. POE

      SPEAKER. HAVE COURAGE AND BE KIND, THESE WERE THE WORDS MEGAN RON DEANY…

      SPEAKER. HAVE COURAGE AND BE KIND, THESE WERE THE WORDS MEGAN RON DEANY LEFT BEHIND -- RONDENI LEFT BEHIND ON A WHITE BOARD. AT A SEXUAL ASSAULT FORUM AT RICE UNIVERSITY IN TEXAS, MEGAN'S FATHER, MIKE, SPOKE THESE WORDS. HE'S FROM AUSTIN. HE TRIES TO LIVE BY THESE WORDS EVERY DAY. MEGAN WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED WHILE A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA IN 2015. DOING EVERYTHING A SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM SHOULD DO, MEGAN IMMEDIATELY CALLED THE POLICE AND WENT TO THE HOSPITAL. . BUT THE HOSPITAL DID NOT HAVE A FORENSIC EXAMINER ON STAFF. MEANING NO ONE WAS THERE TRAINED TO PROPERLY DEAL WITH A SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM OR PROPERLY COLLECT D.N.A. EVIDENCE FOR A RAPE KIT. AS A FORMER PROSECUTOR AND JUDGE, I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE TRAUMA AND PAIN THAT RAPE CAUSES VICTIMS. SOMETIMES THAT PAIN WITH A NEVER GOES AWAY. THE HOSPITAL'S FAILURE TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE CARE LEFT MEGAN FEELING HOPELESS AND ALONE. AFTER THE HOSPITAL, SHE WENT TO THE POLICE STATION AND THERE SHE WAS TREATED WITH DISDAIN. THE POLICE DIDN'T BELIEVE HER AND INSTEAD READ HER THE VICTIM, GET THIS, THE MIRANDA WARNINGS. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? RAPE IS NEVER THE FAULT OF THE VICTIM. WHEN MEGAN SOUGHT COUNSELING AT THE UNIVERSITY, THE COUNSELOR ABRUPTLY INTERRUPTED HER AND TOLD HER, SHE WAS CLOSE TO THE FAMILY OF THE RAPIST AND PROMPTLY TURNED MEGAN AWAY PROVIDING NO OTHER COUNSELOR. MEGAN WAS COMPLETELY FAILED WAS THE SYSTEM, BY THE RAPIST AND PROMPTLY TURNED MEGAN AWAY UNIVERSITY, THE HOSPITAL, AND THE POLICE. MR. SPEAKER, NOT LONG AFTER SHE TOOK HER LIFE. MEGAN'S STORY IS HEARTBREAKING, BUT HER MEMORY REMINDS US WE MUST BE TENACIOUS IN FIGHTING SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CAMPUS AND EVERYWHERE ELSE. THE UNFORTUNATE REALITY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT STORIES LIKE MEGAN UNIVERSITY, THE HOSPITAL, ARE COMMON. CONGRESSMAN OLSON AND CULBERSON, AND I JOINED TOGETHER AT THE FORUM YESTERDAY AND WE HAVE ALL HEARD STORIES ABOUT THIS FIRSTHAND FROM VICTIMS. IT'S ALWAYS PERSONAL. WHEN VICTIMS ARE IGNORED AND REJECTED, THEY FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN ABANDONED AND IN MANY CASES THEY HAVE BEEN. THEY ARE FORCED TO THEY ARE FORCED TO RELIVE THEIR ATTACK OVER AND OVER AGAIN. LAST YEAR I INTRODUCED ALONG WITH MY FRIEND, CAROLYN MALONEY, THE BIPARTISAN MEGAN RONDINI ACT, A BILL THAT WOULD REQUIRE HOSPITALS TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO A SAFE OR PLAN IN PLACE TO GET A VICTIM TO A NEARBY HOSPITAL THAT CAN PROVIDE FORENSIC MEDICAL SERVICES. PROFESSOR AND PROFESSIONAL ASSAULT NURSE EXAMINER FROM TEXAS A&M TESTIFIED YESTERDAY, BY PROVIDING THIS TO RAPE VICTIMS A HOSPITAL CAN DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE A VICTIM'S CHANCE TO RECOVER EMOTIONALLY AND MEDICALLY FROM THE ATTACK. IN ADDITION, CAROLYN MALONEY AND I HAVE ALSO INTRODUCED BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE COLLEGES TO HAVE A SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM ADVOCATE ON STAFF TO ASSIST AND ADVISE SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS. THERE SHOULD BE NO MORE SCHOOL COUNSELORS THAT TURN VICTIMS AWAY. THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC POLICY FOR TEXAS ASSOCIATION AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT ALSO TESTIFIED AND HE TALKED ABOUT HOW THE ASSOCIATION AND OTHER ASSOCIATIONS ARE WORKING ON MANY LEVELS TO PROVIDE A CULTURE OF CHANGE WITHIN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE ATTITUDE OF PEACE OFFICERS REGARDING THIS TYPE OF CRIME. AND ALSO MORE REPORTING TO BE REQUIRED. TREATING VICTIMS LIKE CRIMINALS IS NEVER OK. REMEMBER, MR. SPEAKER, RAPE IS NEVER THE FAULT OF A VICTIM. AS WE BECOME MORE AWARE OF THIS DASTARDLY CRIME, SOME SCHOOLS LIKE RICE UNIVERSITY, HAVE MADE EXCELLENT STRIDES TO ADDRESS SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CAMPUS. THE RICE DEAN OF UNDERGRADUATE, AND FORMER RICE STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT BOTH TESTIFIED ABOUT THE MANY POSITIVE PROACTIVE STEPS RICE HAS TAKEN. A GUIDE FOR OTHER UNIVERSITIES. THE UNIVERSITIES REQUIRE ALL STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN A STUDENT DRIVEN SIX-WEEK COURSE THAT TEACHES YOUNG COLLEGE STUDENTS TO NOTICE THE SIGNS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND WORK TO CHANGE THE CULTURE THAT ALLOW SEXUAL ASSAULT TO OCCUR ON CAMPUS. IT'S WORKED LIKE THIS THAT WILL HELP FOSTER A CULTURE CHANGE WHERE SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT WILL FEEL SUPPORT BIDE OUR COMMUNITY. SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CAMPUS MUST END. WE MUST CHANGE CULTURE TO PREVENT THIS CRIME. WE MUST GIVE VICTIMS SUPPORT TO RECOVER AND BECOME SURVIVORS. AND WE MUST LET OFFENDERS KNOW THEY WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTS AND THEY WILL MEET THE LAW. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD FOLLOW THE WORDS OF MEGAN RON DEANY. HAVE -- RONDINI, HAVE COURAGE AND BE KIND. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:35:07 PM

    Recess

    The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.

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      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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      GUEST

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      HOST

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      GUEST

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      HOST

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      >>

      THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN,…

      THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN, FATHER CONROIFMENT --CONROY.

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  • 02:00:03 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 24.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      ETERNAL GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. WE PAUSE IN…

      ETERNAL GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. WE PAUSE IN YOUR PRESENCE TO ASK GUIDANCE FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE PEOPLE'S

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    • 02:00:05 PM

      Today's prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.

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        CHAPLAIN CONROY

        HOUSE. ENABLE THEM, O GOD, TO ACT ON WHAT THEY BELIEVE TO BE RIGHT AND…

        HOUSE. ENABLE THEM, O GOD, TO ACT ON WHAT THEY BELIEVE TO BE RIGHT AND JUST AND TO DO SO IN WAYS THAT SHOW RESPECT FOR THOSE WITH WHOM THEY DISAGREE. IN THIS MAY THEY GROW TO BE MODELS AND GOOD EXAMPLES IN A TIME WHEN SO MANY IN OUR WORLD ARE UNABLE TO ENGAGE GRACEFULLY WITH THOSE WITH WHOM THEY ARE AT ODDS. BLESS US THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY AND MAY ALL THAT IS DONE WITHIN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORRY. AMEN -- GLORY. AMEN.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        MADAM SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING…

        MADAM SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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    SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL

    The Chair announced that she had examined the Journal of the last day's proceedings and had approved it. Ms. Ros-Lehtinen 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. Ms. Ros-Lehtinen objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker's approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.

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      >>

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

      NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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    • 02:01:35 PM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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      TEMPORE PURSUANT

      SABLAN.

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      MR. SABLAN

      THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT…

      THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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  • 02:02:04 PM

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

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      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

      The House proceeded with one minute speeches.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        >>

        LAMALFA: MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND PASSING OF…

        LAMALFA: MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND PASSING OF HAROLD K. GRAVES JR.

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        A NATIVE OF KENTUCKY WHO LATER LIVED IN OKLAHOMA AND THEN FINALLY MOVED TO…

        A NATIVE OF KENTUCKY WHO LATER LIVED IN OKLAHOMA AND THEN FINALLY MOVED TO CALIFORNIA AT A VERY YOUNG AGE.

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      • 02:02:35 PM

        MR. LAMALFA

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS SEEK…

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS SEEK RECOGNITION.

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      • 02:04:34 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        SABLAN: MADAM SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS HAVE RELENTLESSLY TRIED TO UNDERMINE…

        SABLAN: MADAM SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS HAVE RELENTLESSLY TRIED TO UNDERMINE THE PILLARS OF AMERICANS' RETIREMENT SECURITY. THE TRUMP BUDGET ALONE CALLS FOR $500 BILLION IN CUTS TO MEDICARE, ALMOST $1.5 TRILLION CUTS TO MEDICAID, AND $72 BILLION CUTS IN SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY. DEMOCRATS WILL KEEP OUR PROMISE TO OUR SENIORS HONORARY

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      • 02:04:38 PM

        MR. SABLAN

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

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        MR. SABLAN

        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 THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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      • 02:05:40 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

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        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

        HE'S TAKEN PAGE OUT OF THE CASTRO AND MADURO PLAYBOOK AND UNLEASHED HIS…

        HE'S TAKEN PAGE OUT OF THE CASTRO AND MADURO PLAYBOOK AND UNLEASHED HIS NATIONAL POLICE TO KILL MORE THAN 30 YOUNG NICARAGUANS OVER THIS WEEKEND AND INJURE MANY OTHERS. HE'S PRESENTING A FALSE NARRATIVE THAT THE PROTESTS ARE POLITICAL MAN NUFERINGSE -- MANEUVERINGS BY THE OPPOSITION. THIS GIVES HIM THE EXCUSE TO SENSE YOUR ALL INDEPENDENT MEDIA WHILE HIS PEOPLE BEAT, JAIL, AND KILL STUDENTS FIGHTING FOR THEIR BASIC RIGHTS. ORTEGA HAS CHANGED PRESIDENTIAL TERM LIMITS. HE'S DISMANTLED DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. HE'S COMMITTED ELECTORAL FRAUD. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS IS A COUNTRY THAT HAS ENDURED TWO DICTATORSHIPS AND CIVIL WAR. WE MUST DEMONSTRATE OUR SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF NICARAGUA. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO PASS MY ACT TO CUT FUNDING TO ORTEGA AND I URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO SANCTION MORE ORTEGA OFFICIALS WHO ARE COMMITTING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. WE MUST NOT ALLOW ORTEGA'S ACTIONS TO GO UNPUNISHED. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        MR. KILDEE

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S WRONG THAT REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO PURSUE…

        THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S WRONG THAT REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO PURSUE POLICIES THAT CLEARLY BENEFIT ONLY THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S WRONG THAT. LARGE CORPORATIONS IN PARTICULAR, AND LEAVING MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS BEHIND. THEY HAVE UNDERMINED OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, RAISING PREMIUMS IN EFFECT ON AMERICANS AND INCREASING THE COSTS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THAT'S THE IMPACT WHAT THIS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS DONE. AT A TIME WHEN WE SEE MORE AMERICANS CONCERNED ABOUT RISING HEALTH CARE COST, WE OUGHT TO BE FIGURING OUT WAYS TO WORK TOGETHER. I KNOW DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS COULD DO THAT.

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      • 02:07:33 PM

        MR. KILDEE

        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. KILDEE

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        TEMPORE PURSUANT

        APPROXIMANOT ALLOW US TO CONCLUDE

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      Recess

      The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 3:30 P.M. today.

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        GUEST

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        HOST

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        GUEST

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        HOST

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        >>

        AND TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 -- OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 206789 THE…

        AND TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 -- OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 206789 THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POST POBED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME -- POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 03:37:31 PM

      Reconvened

      The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 24.

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        The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.

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          Mr. Poe (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 447 — "To require reporting on acts of certain foreign countries on Holocaust era assets and related issues."

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            MR. POE

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          Considered under suspension of the rules.

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            THE CLERK

            MR. SPEAKER.

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        DEBATE

        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 447.

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          TEMPORE PURSUANT

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          >>

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          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

          YES.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. ENGEL

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          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 TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL INTO THE MEASURE.

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        • 03:38:40 PM

          MR. POE

          MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO GRANT ONE HALF OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

          MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO GRANT ONE HALF OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT HE BE ALLOWED TO CONTROL THOSE 10 MINUTES.

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        • 03:38:52 PM

          TEMPORE WITHOUT

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          MR. POE

          OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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          TEMPORE WITHOUT

          POE: MR. SPEAKER, AS THE NAZIS RAVAGED EUROPE, CONFISCATION OF PROPERTY…

          POE: MR. SPEAKER, AS THE NAZIS RAVAGED EUROPE, CONFISCATION OF PROPERTY WAS JUST ONE OF THE MANY INJUSTICES HOLOCAUST VICTIMS ENDURED. IN THE ALMOST 75 YEARS SINCE WORLD WAR II ENDED, HELPING TO REPAIR THE WRONGS INFLICTED BY THE NAZIS BY RESTORING THE PROPERTY OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO HAD THEIR LIVES TORN APART HAS PROVEN A DIFFICULT, CHALLENGING PROBLEM.

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          MR. POE

          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS NOW RECOGNIZED.

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        • 03:40:40 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ROS-LEHTINEN: THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DO SOMETHING THAT I…

          ROS-LEHTINEN: THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DO SOMETHING THAT I NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT I WOULD DO IN MY TIME IN CONGRESS.

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        • 03:40:45 PM

          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

          I'M HERE TO STAND IN OPPOSITION TO A BILL THAT PURPORTS, PURPORTS TO SEEK…

          I'M HERE TO STAND IN OPPOSITION TO A BILL THAT PURPORTS, PURPORTS TO SEEK JUSTICE FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS. ANYONE WHO KNOWS JUST THE SLIGHTEST BIT ABOUT MY

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        • 03:40:51 PM

          TEMPORE WITHOUT

          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS…

          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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          MR. ENGEL

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. ENGEL

          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          NEVER MIND THE TITLE. IT MAY BE VIGILANCE, BUT THERE WILL BE NO JUSTICE…

          NEVER MIND THE TITLE. IT MAY BE VIGILANCE, BUT THERE WILL BE NO JUSTICE SERVED FOR A SINGLE SURVIVOR, WHEN THIS BODY PASSES THIS BILL AND SENDS IT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S SOMETHING EVEN WORSE THAN NOT PROVIDING JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS. AND THAT IS DEPRIVING THEM OF JUSTICE. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT ONE OF THE PRINCIPLES IN THIS BILL, THAT WHILE ON THE FACE OF IT MIGHT READ LIKE IT'S SIMPLE -- OF IT, IT MIGHT READ LIKE IT'S A SIMPLE PRINCIPLE, PERHAPS IT SOUNDS GOOD, COMMONSENSE, AND THIS IS WHAT IT DOES. THE BILL DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO CONGRESS THAT ASSESSES AN DESCRIBES THE NATURE AND EXTENT THAT CERTAIN COUNTRIES HAVE GONE TO IN ORDER TO MEET THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE 2009 HOLOCAUST ERA ASSETS CONFERENCE. AGAIN, SOUNDS REASONABLE.

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          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

          THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

          THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. POE

          ROYCE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA,…

          ROYCE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, THE CHAIRMAN EMERITUS OF OUR COMMITTEE. LET ME THANK HER FOR HER TIRELESS WORK ADVOCATING ON BEHALF OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS.

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          TEMPORE WITHOUT

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          MR. ROYCE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS…

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. ENEL

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. CROWLEY

          SPEAKER, I RISE IN FULL SUPPORT TODAY OF S. 447, THE JUSTICE FOR…

          SPEAKER, I RISE IN FULL SUPPORT TODAY OF S. 447, THE JUSTICE FOR UNCOMPENSATED SURVIVORS ACT. THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE HAS ALREADY UNANIMOUSLY PASSED THE SENATE. SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN HAS WORKED HARD ON THIS ISSUE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, AND I'M PROUD TO HAVE INTRODUCED THE HOUSE VERSION, AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED, ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH. I APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS OF THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER HERE IN BRINGING THE BILL TO THE FLOOR. I WAS FIRST APPROACHED BY THE LACK OF JUSTICE STILL FACING HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS BY A GENTLEMAN FROM QUEENS, NEW YORK. YAHUTA. I AM SORRY HE CAN'T BE HERE TO WATCH THIS DEBATE AS HE SPENT A LIFETIME HELPING THOSE WHO ENDURED THE TRAGEDIES DURING THE HOLOCAUST. YAHUTA HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE CAMPAIGNER FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND HIS WIFE WHO LIVED IN THE GHETTO UNDER FALSE IDENTIFICATION AND JOINED OTHERS IN HIDING WITH RESISTANCE FIGHTERS. IT WAS YAHUTA AND THE WORLD JEWISH RESTITUTION ORGANIZATION WHO SHARED WITH ME AN DOWNGOING INDIGNITY THAT HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS STILL FACE TO THIS VERY DAY, THE INABILITY TO RECLAIM PROPERTY UNLAWFULLY SEIZED DURING THE HOLOCAUST. THIS IS PROPERTY THAT IF RESTORED COULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT FOR THE FAR TOO MANY HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS LIVING IN POVERTY TODAY. IT MAY SHOCK SOME TO HEAR THAT HEAR IN THE UNITED STATES 1/3 OF THE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS, 1/3 LIVE AT OR UNDER THE POVERTY LINE. THAT'S DEPICTABLE. SOME SURVIVORS ARE SO POOR THEY SOMETIMES HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN FOOD AND MEDICINE. THEIR STORIES PUT IN STARK RELIEF THE LIFE-LONG IMPACT THE HOLOCAUST HAD ON AN ENTIRE GENERATION OF SURVIVORS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THAT'S WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT IN 2009 THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL, AND 45 OTHER COUNTRIES SIGNED THE DECLARATION ON HOLOCAUST-ERA ASSETS AND RELATED ISSUES. IN THAT IMPORTANT MEASURE, COUNTRIES PLEDGED TO TAKE STEPS TO RETURN ASSETS LOOTED BY THE NAZI GOVERNMENT AND OTHERS. NINE YEARS LATER, THIS IS STILL WORK TO BE DONE. THE JUST ACT URGES COUNTRIES TO KEEP THEIR COMMITMENTS TO REST TUITT WRONGLY TAKEN HOLOCAUST-ERA ASSETS AND IT WILL CONTINUE TO SHINE A LIGHT ON THE ONGOING STRUGGLE OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS TO RECLAIM THE PROPERTY THAT IS RIGHTFULLY THEIRS. IF YOU WALK OUT THE FRONT DOOR OF THIS BUILDING AND HEAD DOWN THE STREET, YOU'LL FIND YOURSELF AT THE UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM. IT'S A POWERFUL INSTITUTION AND ONE THAT REMINDS US NOT ONLY OF THE HEROIC ROLE PLAYED BY THE UNITED STATES DURING WORLD WAR II BUT ALSO THE TREMENDOUS SUFFERING FACED BY THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ALL VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST. FOR ME IT IS ALSO A REMINDER THAT IF WE CAN TAKE STEPS TO TRY TO RIGHT MORE OF THE WRONGS COMMITTED DURING THE HOLOCAUST WE SHOULD TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO. I BELIEVE THIS BILL IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. I HAVE THE UTMOST AND UTMOST RESPECT FOR THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MR. SPEAKER, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN. SHE KNOWS MY AFFECTION FOR HER. WE HAVE BEEN FRIENDS FOR OVER 20 YEARS, AND I RESPECT HER OPPOSITION TO THIS BECAUSE I KNOW SHE DOES WANT JUSTICE FOR THE VICTIMS. THAT IS HER GOAL. BUT I JUST FOR THE RECORD WANT TO JUST INCLUDE IN THE RECORD THAT THIS BILL IS SUPPORTED BY THE WORLD JEWISH RESTITUTION ORGANIZATION, THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE, THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE, JEWISH FEDERATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA, REFUGEE ASSISTANCE ORGANIZATION, NATIONAL COALITION SUPPORTING YEAR ASIAN JEWELRY, UNION KWON FOR RELIGIOUS ACTION CENTER AND THE -- OF THE ORTHODOX UNION. MR. SPEAKER, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THOSE ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE IN FULL SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO A WOMAN I HAVE TREMENDOUS RESPECT FOR. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 04:05:55 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          I RECOGNIZE MYSELF FOR AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 04:06:12 PM

          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

          COURTS TO RECOVER THE LOOTED ARTWORK AND OTHER POSSESSIONS. SO THEY CAN…

          COURTS TO RECOVER THE LOOTED ARTWORK AND OTHER POSSESSIONS. SO THEY CAN HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT, AND I'M GLAD FOR IT. IF YOU LOST A FAMOUS PAINTING AND THERE HAD BEEN MOVIES AND BOOKS WRITTEN ABOUT THEM, YOU CAN HAVE YOUR DAY IN COURT. THAT'S WONDERFUL. BUT SINCE HEAR WAS PASSED, THE HOLOCAUST EXPROPRIATED ART RECOVERY ACT, HEAR, IT HAS ALREADY BEEN CITED IN SEVERAL CASES AND HAS BEEN APPLIED BY THE NINTH CIRCUIT COURT TO REVIVE A PREVIOUSLY DISMISSED NAZI-ERA ART CASE. IT'S GREAT. SO WHY NOT TAKE ACTION TO ALLOW THE SAME PROCESS TO TAKE PLACE FOR SURVIVORS TO HOLD INSURANCE COMPANIES AVAILABLE -- ACCOUNTABLE? SO IF YOU HAD YOUR ARTWORK LOOTED BY THE NAZIS, YOU CAN HAVE YOUR DAY IN COURT. BUT IF THE NAZIS HAVE DESTROYED YOUR LIFE AND YOU HAD AN INSURANCE COMPANY POLICY, YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE THAT CASE TO COURT. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. SO MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE HERE TODAY TO DEBATE JUSTICE FOR UNCOMPENSATED SURVIVORS OF THE HOLOCAUST. A SIMPLE REPORTING REQUIREMENT ISN'T GOING TO DO THAT. WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO BE TAKING SUCH ACTION, UNFORTUNATELY, BUT BECAUSE CERTAIN GOVERNMENTS HAVEN'T LIVED UP TO THEIR OBLIGATIONS AND BECAUSE THESE INSURANCE COMPANIES AND OTHERS COMPLICIT, COMPLICIT IN NAZI-ERA CRIME STILL MANAGE TO EVADE ACCOUNTABILITY. WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO STEP INTO ACTION. AND THAT'S THE MESSAGE THAT I AM GIVING TO MY COLLEAGUES. IF WE WANT TO PASS THE JUST ACT, SO BE IT. BUT LET'S ALSO VOW HERE AND NOW TO TAKE MORE CONCRETE ACTION TO REALLY GIVE JUSTICE FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS. LET'S TAKE THAT NEXT BIG STEP. TIME IS RUNNING OUT. TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR ALL OF THESE SURVIVORS, AND WE NEED ACTION YESTERDAY, NOT TODAY, BUT TODAY WILL DO. SO I'M ASKING MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND I'M ASKING FOR THIS BODY, MR. SPEAKER, TO BRING THE HOLOCAUST INSURANCE ACCOUNTABILITY ACT TO THE FLOOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT WE CAN TAKE A MEANINGFUL STEP, A CONCRETE STEP, AN ACTION ITEM TOWARD JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS. AND THEN ALL OF THOSE LOFTY WORDS THAT ARE LAID UPON THE TABLE ON THIS BILL, THAT DON'T REALLY APPLY, WOULD REALLY APPLY TO THIS BILL, THE HOLOCAUST INSURANCE ACCOUNTABILITY ACT. WE OWE IT TO THE SURVIVORS. WE OWE IT TO THEIR FAMILIES. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 04:10:07 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DEUTCH, WHO IS A VERY WELL-RESPECTED MEMBER OF OUR FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE.

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        • 04:10:20 PM

          MR. ENGEL

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 04:10:33 PM

          MR. DEUTCH

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

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

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        • 04:13:35 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ROYCE: IF THERE ARE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. MR.

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          MR. ROYCE

          ENGEL: I'LL CLOSE IF THAT'S APPROPRIATE.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 04:13:45 PM

          MR. ROYCE

          ENGEL: THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

        • 04:13:47 PM

          MR. ENGEL

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ENG REALLY ARE THIS LEGISLATION IS CRITICAL TO ENSURING HOLOCAUST…

          ENG REALLY ARE THIS LEGISLATION IS CRITICAL TO ENSURING HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND THEIR HEIRS ARE COMPENSATED. RESTITUTION AND RETURN WILL REPRESENT ANOTHER STEP MOVING PAST THIS HEINOUS CHAPTER OF HUMAN HISTORY.

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        • 04:13:54 PM

          MR. ENGEL

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND GOOD FRIEND, CHAIRMAN ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR…

          I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND GOOD FRIEND, CHAIRMAN ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR HER POWERFUL REMARKS THIS AFTERNOON AND FOR HER LEADERSHIP FOR SO MANY YEARS IN FIGHTING FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS. I'VE MET MANY OF HER CONSTITUENTS AND MANY OF MY OWN WHO REMAIN ENGAGED IN THIS PROLONGED BATTLE FOR JUSTICE. I AM A CO-SPONSOR OF CONGRESSWOMAN ROS-LEHTINEN'S LEGISLATION, AND I PROUDLY SUPPORT HER IN THESE EFFORTS. AND I DO HOPE THAT HER BILL WILL COME TO THE FLOOR AS WELL. I ALSO SUPPORT THIS BILL, CONGRESSMAN CROWLEY AND SMITH, AS WELL AS SENATORS BALDWIN AND RUBIO, IN THE EFFORT TO ENSURE PROPERTY IS RESTITUTED AND RETURNED THROUGH THE JUST ACT. THIS LEGISLATION HAS ALREADY PASSED THE SENATE SO WHEN WE PASS IT HERE IT WILL GO RIGHT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK FOR SIGNING. WITH THIS VOTE WE CAN PUSH IT ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 04:15:11 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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          MR. ROYCE

          BEEN CONTACTED ON BEHALF OF THE JUST ACT BY A NUMBER OF ORGANIZATIONS IN…

          BEEN CONTACTED ON BEHALF OF THE JUST ACT BY A NUMBER OF ORGANIZATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE SENATE

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        • 04:15:23 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 04:15:26 PM

          MR. ROYCE

          BILL. THE MAJOR ORGANIZATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL, THE ANTI-DEFAMATION…

          BILL. THE MAJOR ORGANIZATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL, THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE, THE HIGHEST REFUGEE ASSISTANCE ORGANIZATION, THE UNION FOR REFORMED JUDAISM, ORTHODOX UNION, WORLD JEWISH RESTITUTION AND OTHERS HAVE ARGUED THAT THE JUSTICE FOR UNCOMPENSATED SURVIVORS ACT, OR JUST ACT AS THE SENATE CALLS IT IS A MEASURE THAT WILL HAVE AN OUTSIZED IMPACT IN ENCOURAGING COUNTRIES TO CONTINUE WORKING TO MAKE AMENDS, MAKE AMENDS FOR THE EVILS OF THE HOLOCAUST. THAT'S WHAT DROVE THE SENATE TO PASS THIS BILL. NOW, JUST TO GO INTO THE DETAILS AGAIN A LITTLE BIT, IT WAS IN 2009 THAT REPTIVES OF THIS COUNTRY AND 40 OTHER COUNTRIES AGREED TO A SET OF PRINCIPLES TO ADDRESS THE WELFARE OF SURVIVORS, ADDRESS HOLOCAUST EDUCATION, AND TO ADDRESS RESTITUTION FOR SEIZED PROPERTY, AMONG OTHER ISSUES. THAT'S WHAT THESE 40 NATIONS COMMITTED TO. SO 10 YEARS HAVE PASSED, APPROXIMATELY, AND IT'S TIME WE TAKE STOCK OF THE WORK UNDER WAY. BECAUSE WHILE A NUMBER OF THESE PARTNER COUNTRIES HAVE MADE GREAT STRIDES TO UPHOLD THEIR COMMITMENTS UNDER THE AGREEMENT, YOU AND I KNOW, EVERYBODY HERE KNOWS, THAT SOME COUNTRIES HAVE FALLEN SHORT. AND THIS LEGISLATION WHICH CHARGES THE STATE DEPARTMENT WITH A RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS IMPORTANT REPORT AND LET'S CALL IT NAMING AND SHAMING, THAT'S BASICALLY WHAT IS INTENDED HERE, IT GIVES THE UNITED STATES ANOTHER TOOL TO SEEK JUSTICE FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVE YOSS, TO SEEK JUSTICE FOR THE FAMILIES OF HOLOCAUST VICTIMS, AND IT IS OUR HOPE THAT PASSING THIS BILL WILL MOTIVATE IMPROVEMENTS EVEN BEFORE THE REPORT IS PENNED. ALREADY, WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THESE COUNTRIES OVERSEAS RENEW THEIR ENGAGEMENT ON THIS ISSUE AND THAT'S THE LEVERAGE THAT WE WANT TO DEPLOY. YOU KNOW, IT IS A DEVASTATING ISSUE TO EVEN BEGIN A DISCUSSION BECAUSE WE CAN NEVER COMPENSATE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS TRULY FOR THE UNBELIEVABLE HORROR AND DEVASTATION THAT THEY SUFFERED. BUT FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF MOST OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE TALKED TO US ABOUT THE BILL, THEIR POINT WOULD BE, WE CAN TRY, WE CAN TRY TO RESTORE WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY THEIRS, AND PART OF THE TRYING, FROM THEIR STANDPOINT IS TO SHED LIGHT ON THE EFFORTS, OR LACK THEREOF. THAT OTHER COUNTRIES ARE MAKING. AND THIS BILL DOES THAT. IT UNANIMOUSLY PASSED THE SENATE FOR THAT REASON. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND THANK ALL OF THE MEMBERS HERE WHO PARTICIPATED HERE IN THE DEBATE OVER THIS VERY DIFFICULT ISSUE.

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        • 04:19:11 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4744 AS AMENDED.

      • 04:19:40 PM

        On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.

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

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            MR. ROYCE

            SANCTIONS WITH RESECT TO -- WITH RESPECT TO SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES OF…

            SANCTIONS WITH RESECT TO -- WITH RESPECT TO SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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          • 04:19:54 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 04:19:57 PM

            THE CLERK

            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR.

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          Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4744 — "To impose additional sanctions with respect to serious human rights abuses of the Government of Iran, and for other purposes."

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            TEMPORE PURSUANT

            ROYCE: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE…

            ROYCE: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THIS MEASURE.

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        • 04:20:17 PM

          Considered under suspension of the rules.

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            MR. ROYCE

            I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD EXCHANGES OF LETTERS…

            I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD EXCHANGES OF LETTERS WITH OTHER COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION.

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      • 04:20:19 PM

        DEBATE

        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4744.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

        • 04:20:30 PM

          MR. ROYCE

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ROYCE: IN JANUARY, BODY CAME TOGETHER, IT WAS A NEAR UNANIMOUS VOTE, TO…

          ROYCE: IN JANUARY, BODY CAME TOGETHER, IT WAS A NEAR UNANIMOUS VOTE, TO SUPPORT THE IRANIAN PEOPLE WHO WERE ENGAGED IN HE JATE MAT PROTESTS AGAINST A VERY OPPRESSIVE

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        • 04:20:38 PM

          MR. ROYCE

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. ROYCE

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. ENGEL

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. ENGEL

          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. ROYCE

          MCCAUL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO URGE SUPPORT FOR MY BILL…

          MCCAUL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO URGE SUPPORT FOR MY BILL TO HOLD THE IRANIAN REGIME ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS CONTINUED HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. I INTRODUCED THE IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS AND HOSTAGE TAKING ACCOUNTABILITY ACT WITH CONGRESSMAN DEUTCH, AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL'S SUPPORT IN THIS EFFORT. THE IRANIAN REGIME CONTINUES TO PERPETRATE GROSS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST ITS OWN PEOPLE. THEY CONTINUE TO SUPPRESS AND CENSOR THEIR PEOPLE'S CALLS FOR DEMOCRATIC REFORM. THEY RECKLESSLY USE THEIR NATION'S RESOURCES TO EXPAND THEIR DESTABILIZING INFLUENCE AND SUPPORT OF TERRORISM. THEY CONTINUE TO ENGAGE IN CORRUPT PRACTICES, AND THEY CONTINUE TO ILLEGALLY DETAIN AND IMPRISON OUR CITIZENS WITHOUT JUST CAUSE. THIS IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. MR.

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        • 04:30:50 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. MCCAUL

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

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

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        • 04:33:51 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          DEUTCH, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND…

          DEUTCH, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE.

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        • 04:33:54 PM

          MR. ENGEL

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 04:34:08 PM

          MR. DEUTCH

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 04:38:55 PM

          MR. ROYCE

          ROS-LEHTINEN: THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR…

          ROS-LEHTINEN: THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS KINDNESS AND HIS LEADERSHIP AND RANKING MEMBER ELIOT, MY FAVORITE MENCH, FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK AND CONGRATULATE MICHAEL MCCAUL, AND MY SOUTH FLORIDA COLLEAGUE AND DEAR FRIEND, TED DEUTCH, FOR THEIR WORK IN AUTHORING THIS IMPORTANT BILL. THE REGIME IN IRAN, AS WE HAVE HEARD FROM MY COLLEAGUES, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SOME OF THE MOST DESPICABLE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IMAGINABLE. THE REGIME IS ALSO NOTORIOUS FOR ITS HOSTAGE-TAKING TACTICS. HOPING TO GET

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        • 04:39:04 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 04:39:06 PM

          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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

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        • 04:41:30 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. ENGEL

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. ROYCE

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. POE

          H.R. 4744, INTRODUCED BY MY FRIEND, CHAIRMAN MCCAUL. THE MULEAS IN TEHRAN…

          H.R. 4744, INTRODUCED BY MY FRIEND, CHAIRMAN MCCAUL. THE MULEAS IN TEHRAN ARE THE MOST BRUTAL. WE HAVE SEEN THIS ON DISPLAY AS THEY CONTINUE TO MERCILESSLY CRUSH DISSENT FROM THEIR OWN PEOPLE. INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION HAS FADED BUT THE IRANIAN PEOPLE ARE STILL IN THE STREETS DEMANDING THEIR RIGHTS, WHETHER THEY BE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, ACCESS TO WATER, RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, OR GENDER EQUALITY. SO IN RESPONSE THE REGIME HAS MURDERED DOZENS AND LOCKED UP THOUSANDS AS IT HAS DONE SO MANY TIMES BEFORE WITHOUT PUNISHMENT FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD. THIS IS NOTHING NEW FOR THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC. LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE 1988 MASSACRE WHERE 30,000 OF IRANIANS' POLITICAL PRISONERS WERE SYSTEMATICALLY MURDERED BY THE REGIME. THIS BARBARIC MASS EXECUTION OCCURRED BY PUBLIC HANGINGS, FIRING SQUADS, INCLUDING TEENAGERS AND PREGNANT WOMEN WHO REFUSED TO RENOUNCE THEIR POLITICAL AFFILIATIONS. INCLUDING MANY OF THE M.E.K. 'S, TODAY'S LEADING IRANIAN DISSIDENT GROUP. SO HORRIFIC WAS THE ACT THAT THE DEPUTY TO IRAN'S RULER AT THE TIME AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI, CALLED IT, QUOTE, THE GREATEST CRIME COMMITTED WITHIN THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC WHICH HISTORY WILL CONDEMN US AND, YES, WE CONDEMN THEM FOR THESE ACTS OF MURDER. THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE THAT COMMENDATION AND CALL FOR INVESTIGATION INTO THIS CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. IT ALSO URGES OUR GOVERNMENT TO WORK WITH PARTNERS TO INVESTIGATE OTHER HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES SUCH AS THE DOZENS MORE KILLED DURING PROTESTS IN 1999, 2009, AND 2017, AND SANCTION THOSE RESPONSIBLE. IN ALL CASES THE FAMILIES OF THOSE MURDERED BY THE REGIME WERE NEVER TOLD WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR LOVED ONES' REMAINS. THIS IMPORTANT BILL WILL PRESSURE THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT TO DISCLOSE WHERE THE FINAL RESTING PLACE OF THE MISSING IS SO THEIR FAMILIES MAY HAVE A SMALL BIT OF PEACE. MR. SPEAKER, NOW IS THE DAY OF RECKONING FOR THE IRANIAN REGIME, AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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        • 04:44:29 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WELL, I'LL CLOSE AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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          MR. ROYCE

          ENGEL: MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NO SECRET THAT THE UNITED STATES AND IRAN'S…

          ENGEL: MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NO SECRET THAT THE UNITED STATES AND IRAN'S LEADERS ARE AT ODDS ON A HOST OF ISSUES. IRAN HAS KILLED AMERICANS IN IRAQ. ITS PROXIES SEEK TO HARM OUR CITIZENS AND OUR INTERESTS AROUND THE WORLD. BUT LET ME BE CLEAR.

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        • 04:44:42 PM

          MR. ENGEL

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 04:44:47 PM

          MR. ENGEL

          THE UNITED STATES HAS NO QUARREL WITH THE IRANIAN PEOPLE. THIS LEGISLATION…

          THE UNITED STATES HAS NO QUARREL WITH THE IRANIAN PEOPLE. THIS LEGISLATION SEEKS TO PROTECT THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE IRANIAN PEOPLE AND AMERICANS WHO ARE UNFAIRLY DETAINED IN IRAN. THIS BILL SIGNIFIES AND SIGNALS OUR SOLIDARITY WITH THE PROTESTERS AND DEMONSTRATORS TO IRAN'S RULERS, ANY ACTION THAT VIOLATES THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF AMERICANS WILL BE MET WITH SEVERE CONSEQUENCES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MR. POE JUST MENTIONED THE 1988 MASSACRE, THAT WAS HORRENDOUS AND THERE WERE MANY, MANY MORE. THIS BRUTAL REGIME HAS BLOOD ON ITS HAND AND -- ON ITS HANDS AND IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE UNITED STATES TO CALL THEM OUT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL THIS BIPARTISAN BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 04:45:54 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ROYCE: IN CLOSING, I WOULD AGAIN LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CHAIRMAN…

          ROYCE: IN CLOSING, I WOULD AGAIN LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CHAIRMAN MCCAUL AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP TO HOLD IRAN ACCOUNTABLE.

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        • 04:46:00 PM

          MR. ROYCE

          TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR BRUTALITY. THEIR BRUTALITY IN THE 1988…

          TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR BRUTALITY. THEIR BRUTALITY IN THE 1988 MASSACRES, THEIR BRUTALITY IN TERMS OF THE WAY THEY'RE TREATING THEIR RELIGIOUS MINORITIES TODAY. AND WE KNOW THAT AMERICANS FORMERLY IMPRISONED BY IRAN DESCRIBE BEING SUBJECTED TO ELECTRIC SHOCK AND WHIPPING, WE'VE HEARD THAT BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE. WE'VE HEARD THEM SAY THAT THEY WERE DENIED MEDICAL CARE. TODAY U.S. CITIZENS SUCH AS BUCKER NAMAZR AND U.S. PERMANENT RESIDENT NAZR ZACA, ARE ALL SITTING IN IRANIAN JAILS ON BOGUS ACCUSATIONS OF -- ON BOGUS ACCUSATIONS OF COLLABORATING IN ESPIONAGE AND U.S. CITIZEN ROBERT LEVINSON IS STILL MISSING MORE THAN 10 YEARS AFTER HE WENT MISSING IN IRAN. OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THESE VICTIMS, OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THEIR FAMILIES AS WE CALL FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ALL U.S. CITIZENS AND PERMANENT RESIDENTS HELD IN IRAN. WITH THIS WE WILL IMPOSE TOUGH SANCTIONS ON THE REGIME AND WE DO THAT FOR ITS CORRUPTION, FOR ITS ATTACKS ON INNOCENT AMERICANS AND ITS ATTACKS ON IRANIANS ALIKE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 04:47:37 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ON THAT, QUESTION THE YEAS AND NAYS. -- ON THAT, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND…

          ON THAT, QUESTION THE YEAS AND NAYS. -- ON THAT, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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        • 04:48:00 PM

          MR. ROYCE

          THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THE VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. AND…

          THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THE VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL

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        • 04:48:07 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4681 AS AMENDED.

        • 04:48:11 PM

          At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

          • 04:48:29 PM

            Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4681 — "To limit assistance for areas of Syria controlled by the Government of Syria or associated forces, and for other purposes."

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              MR. ROYCE

              4681, A BILL TO LIMIT ASSISTANCE FOR AREAS OF SYRIA CONTROLLED BY THE…

              4681, A BILL TO LIMIT ASSISTANCE FOR AREAS OF SYRIA CONTROLLED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF SYRIA OR ASSOCIATED FORCES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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            • 04:48:43 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            • 04:48:48 PM

              THE CLERK

              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

          • 04:48:48 PM

            Considered under suspension of the rules.

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            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4681.

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              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IN THE RECORD.

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            • 04:49:09 PM

              MR. ROYCE

              I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF…

              I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS WITH THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES.

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            • 04:49:17 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              MR.

            • 04:49:19 PM

              MR. ROYCE

              THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

            • 04:49:25 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            • 04:49:27 PM

              MR. ROYCE

              AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF DEVASTATING SILL WAR, THE DESTRUCTION INFLICTED ON…

              AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF DEVASTATING SILL WAR, THE DESTRUCTION INFLICTED ON THE SYRIAN PEOPLE BY THE ASSAD REGIME AND ITS ALLIES IS CATASTROPHIC.

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            • 04:49:30 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            • 04:49:32 PM

              MR. ROYCE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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              MR. ENGEL

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            • 04:53:17 PM

              MR. ENGALE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              ROYCE: HE IS THE PRIMARY REPUBLICAN CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER.…

              ROYCE: HE IS THE PRIMARY REPUBLICAN CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER. MR.

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            • 04:57:16 PM

              MR. ROYCE

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              KINZINGER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK YOU, I WANT TO THANK…

              KINZINGER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK YOU, I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER ENGEL AND THE CO-CHAIR OF THE SYRIA CAUCUS WITH ME, REPRESENTATIVE BOYLE. IN THE START OF THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR IN 2011, WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE PEACEFUL. SINCE THEN 500,000 SYRIANS ARE DEAD, 50,000 OF WHICH ARE CHILDREN, AT THE HANDS OF THE ASSAD REGIME. ASSAD AND HIS REGIME AND RUSSIA AND IRAN HAVE COMMITTED GENOCIDE ACROSS SYRIA, TARGETED HOSPITALS AND SCHOOLS AND DESTROYED CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WITH INDISCRIMINATE BAFRLE BOMBS AND AIR STRIKES. THEY REDUCED MUCH OF THE COUNTRY TO RUBBLE.

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            • 04:57:23 PM

              MR. ROYCE

            • 04:57:29 PM

              MR. KINZINGER

              AND AS LONG AS ASSAD IS IN POWER THEY SHOULD BE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR…

              AND AS LONG AS ASSAD IS IN POWER THEY SHOULD BE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR REBUILDING. THE NO ASSISTANCE FOR ASSAD ACT WOULD PLACE CONDITIONS ON AMERICAN NONHUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE IN SYRIAN TERRITORIES CONTROLLED BY THE ASSAD REGIME OR THEIR ALLIES. BY LIMITING OUR RECONSTRUCTION ASSISTANCE TO ASSAD WE SEND A STRONG MESSAGE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT SUPPORT ANY EFFORTS TO LEGITIMIZE OR BOLSTER THE BARBARIC ASSAD REGIME. A REGIME THAT USES CHEMICAL WEAPONS ON ITS OWN (music)(music) CIVILIANS AS WE SAW ESPECIALLY RECENTLY. WE HAVE SEEN FAR TOO MANY HORRIFYING IMAGE OS THEY HAVE BLOODIED AND BEJIEGED CHILDREN ACROSS SYRIA SUFFERING AT THE HANDS OF AN EVIL WAR CRIMINAL. AS OF JANUARY, 2018, THE UNITED STATES HAS PROVIDED MORE THAN $7.7 BILLION IN HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA. WE'LL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE INNOCENT VICTIMS WITH THE EMERGENCY FOOD, SAFE DRINKING WATER, SHELTER AND OTHER VITAL RESOURCES THEY DESPERATELY NEED. THIS LEGISLATION PLACES STRICT CONDITIONS ON THE NONHUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR THINGS LIKE EARLY RECOVERY, STABILIZATION AND RECONSTRUCTION AND ASSAD -- IN ASSAD-CONTROLLED SYRIAN TERRITORIES. THE RELEASE OF ALL APRIL PRISONERS AND PROVIDING FULL ACCESS TO SYRIAN PRISONERS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS INVESTIGATIONS AND REMOVING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS FROM POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY ARE JUST TWO OF THE CONDITIONS INCLUDED IN THIS BILL. THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT MUST ALSO END ALL ATTACKS AGAINST SIEVALL -- CIVILIANS AND HALT THE DEPLOYMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF BALLISTIC AND CRUISE MISSILES. WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN NOW TO PRETCHT THE NEXT GENERATION OF TERRORISTS DOWN THE ROAD. WITHOUT HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY, THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA AND THOSE ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST WILL BECOME PRIME CRUTES FOR GROUPS LIKE ISIS, HEZBOLLAH AND OTHERS THIS EUNITED STATES OF AMERICA MUST TAKE A STAND AGAINST GENOCIDE IN SIR YASM THE INHUMANE WAR CRIMES AGAINST THE INNOCENT PEOPLE OF SYRIA AND THE OPPRESSIVE STRONGMEN, THOSE LIKE ASSAD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 4681, THE NO ASSISTANCE FOR ASSAD ACT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              ENGEL: IF THERE'S NOBODY ELSE I'LL CLOSE. ONE MORE. I RESERVE.

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              MR. ENGEL

              ROYCE: I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE,…

              ROYCE: I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON NONPROLIFERATION AND TRADE.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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              MR. ROYCE

              POE: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. ALSO WANT TO THANK AND EXPRESS MY…

              POE: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. ALSO WANT TO THANK AND EXPRESS MY SUPPORT FOR RANKING MEMBER ENGEL'S BILL, 4681, NO ASSISTANCE TO ASSAD ACT. AND AS HE SAID, ASSAD IS A BUTCHER, A BUTCHER OF HIS OWN PEOPLE.

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            • 05:00:43 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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              MR. POE

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

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

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            • 05:02:52 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              ENGEL: RECONSTRUCTION AND STABILIZATION OF A POST-ISIS SYRIA IS ESTIMATED…

              ENGEL: RECONSTRUCTION AND STABILIZATION OF A POST-ISIS SYRIA IS ESTIMATED TO COST IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF $300 BILLION. BY THE WAY, I WISH I COULD SAY A POST-ASSAD SYRIA, BECAUSE HE'S THE ONE THAT REALLY SHOULD GO. THE SYRIAN REGIME HAS SPENT THE LAST SIX YEARS DESTROYING CIVILIAN INFRASTRUCTURE AND DRIVING PEOPLE FROM THEIR HOMES. IT IS SIMPLY NOT THE ROLE OF THE UNITED STATES TO SUPPORT RECONSTRUCTION IN SYRIA, ESPECIALLY IF THE ASSAD REGIME CONTINUES TO OPPRESS THE SYRIAN PEOPLE AND THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY FOR HIS WAR CRIMES. AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE CONSIDERING INVESTING IN SYRIAN RECONSTRUCTION IN ASSAD-CONTROLLED TERRITORIES, JUST KNOW THAT SYRIA IS ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPT COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD.

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            • 05:02:56 PM

              MR. ENGEL

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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              MR. ENGEL

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 05:04:32 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              MR. ROYE

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            • 05:04:44 PM

              MR. ROYCE

              ELIOT ENGEL HAS BEEN THIS BODY'S CONSCIOUS ON THE ISSUE -- CONSCIENCE ON…

              ELIOT ENGEL HAS BEEN THIS BODY'S CONSCIOUS ON THE ISSUE -- CONSCIENCE ON THE ISSUE OF SYRIA PASSING THE CESAR SYRIA PROTECTION ACT TWICE, ANOTHER SUPPORTING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TRIBUNAL IN SYRIA TO TRY ASSAD'S WAR CRIMES, ANOTHER MEASURE WE HAD PASSED. WHILE WE HAVE MADE IMPORTANT PROGRESS IN THE MILITARY CAMPAIGN AGAINST ISIS, THERE IS NO END IN SIGHT TO THE MISERY INFLICTED ON THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA ABOUT ASSAD AND HIS PROXIES. NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO TURN AWAY. AS WE ENGAGE, WE CANNOT LET U.S. TAXPAYER MONEY TO REWARD WAR CRIMES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 05:05:55 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE CONCURRENT…

              I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 111 AS AMENDED.

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          • 05:06:25 PM

            On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

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

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                MR. ROYCE

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                THE CLERK

                ASSOCIATION, FIFA, WORLD CUP COMPETITION TO CANADA, MIX CORKS AND THE…

                ASSOCIATION, FIFA, WORLD CUP COMPETITION TO CANADA, MIX CORKS AND THE UNITED STATES.

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            • 05:07:00 PM

              Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Con. Res. 111 — "Recognizing and supporting the efforts of the United Bid Committee to bring the 2026 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup competition to Canada, Mexico, and the United States."

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                Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Con. Res. 111.

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                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

                  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 INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THIS MEASURE.

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                • 05:07:16 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                  MR. ROYCE

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                  MR. ROYCE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 05:09:10 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  ENGEL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST, LET ME THANK CONGRESSMAN LAHOOD FOR…

                  ENGEL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST, LET ME THANK CONGRESSMAN LAHOOD FOR AUTHORING THIS BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION AND CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR BRINGING IT TO THE FLOOR.

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                • 05:09:17 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                • 05:09:20 PM

                  MR. ENGEL

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

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

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                  MR. ROYCE

                  LAHOOD: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE. MR.…

                  LAHOOD: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.CON.RES 111, RECOGNIZING AND SUPPORTING THE EFFORTS OF THE UNITED BID COMMITTEE TO BRING THE 2026 FIFA WORLD CUP SOCCER COMPETITION TO THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AND MEXICO.

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                • 05:11:12 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                • 05:11:15 PM

                  MR. LAHOOD

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                • 05:13:56 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                  MR. ENGEL

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                • 05:14:18 PM

                  MS. CASTOR

                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 05:17:26 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  ENGEL: I'LL CLOSE, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY…

                  ENGEL: I'LL CLOSE, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                • 05:17:32 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  ENGEL: THE TIES BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES, MEXICO AND CANADA ARE…

                  ENGEL: THE TIES BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES, MEXICO AND CANADA ARE LONGSTANDING AND DEEP.

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                • 05:17:37 PM

                  MR. ENGEL

                  AND I'M PLEASED THAT THE UNITED STATES CAN CONTINUE TO COME TOGETHER IN…

                  AND I'M PLEASED THAT THE UNITED STATES CAN CONTINUE TO COME TOGETHER IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR FRIENDS FROM BOTH THOSE COUNTRIES ON THE UNITED BID COMMITTEE TO TRY TO BRING THE 2026 WORLD CUP TO NORTH AMERICA. I STAND READY TO SUPPORT THE NORTH AMERICAN BID IN ANY WAY THAT I CAN. IT WOULD REALLY BE TERRIFIC TO GET IT. AND I KNOW WE ALL FEEL THE SAME WAY. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 05:17:41 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                  MR. ENGEL

                  MR.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  MR. ROYCE

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                • 05:18:26 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  SO I URGE UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FOR THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

                  SO I URGE UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FOR THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 05:18:55 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  ROYCE: MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                  MR. ROYCE

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2809, THE…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2809, THE AMERICAN SPACE COMMERCE FREE ENTERPRISE ACT, AS AMENDED.

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                • 05:19:22 PM

                  At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

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                    Mr. Smith (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2809 — "To amend title 51, United States Code, to provide for the authorization and supervision of nongovernmental space activities, and for other purposes."

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                      MR. SMITH

                      2809. A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 51, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE…

                      2809. A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 51, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE AUTHORIZATION AND SUPERVISION OF NONGOVERNMENTAL SPACE ACTIVITIES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      THE CLERK

                      BERA, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

                      BERA, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR.

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                  • 05:20:16 PM

                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                    DEBATE

                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2809.

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                      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                      SMITH: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R.

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                    • 05:20:37 PM

                      MR. SMITH

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                      TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                      MR. SMITH

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE BIPARTISAN AMERICAN SPACE COMMERCE FREE ENTERPRISE ACT. THE COMMERCIAL…

                      THE BIPARTISAN AMERICAN SPACE COMMERCE FREE ENTERPRISE ACT. THE COMMERCIAL SPACE INDUSTRY IS POISED TO BEGIN A MAJOR NEW VEHICLE FOR DISCOVERIES IN SPACE AND NATIONAL ECONOMIC GROWTH. IT REPRESENTS HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN INVESTMENTS AND THE CREATION OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.

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                    • 05:20:55 PM

                      MR. SMITH

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA. BERBER MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MY --

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                    • 05:25:57 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      BERA: I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2809, THE AMERICAN SPACE COMMERCE…

                      BERA: I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2809, THE AMERICAN SPACE COMMERCE FREE ENTERPRISE ACT. AS A RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON SPACE, I SUPPORT A ROBUST AND SUCCESSFUL COMMERCIAL SPACE INDUSTRY. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON POLICIES THAT FACILITATE OUR NATION'S CONTINUED GROWTH AND LEADERSHIP IN SPACE. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, H.R. 2089, WOULD PROVIDE A REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR U.S.

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                    • 05:26:02 PM

                      MR. BERA

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 05:26:07 PM

                      MR. BERA

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                    • 05:29:35 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 05:29:40 PM

                      MR. SMITH

                      AT THIS POINT I'M GOING TO YIELD EIGHT MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

                      AT THIS POINT I'M GOING TO YIELD EIGHT MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SPACE SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BABIN.

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                    • 05:30:12 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 05:30:16 PM

                      MR. BABIN

                      THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD AN OP-ED I WROTE IN JANUARY…

                      THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD AN OP-ED I WROTE IN JANUARY CALLED, A ONE STOP SHOP FOR SPACE EXPLORATION IN THE RECORD, WITHOUT OBJECTION, IF THAT'S POSSIBLE.

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                    • 05:30:44 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      OF H.R. -- IN FAVOR OF H.R. 2809.

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                      MR. BABIN

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, RESERVES HIS TIME. AND THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                    • 05:36:52 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. BERA

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 05:37:14 PM

                      MR. PERLMUTTER

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 05:40:46 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      AND, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD A LETTER EXCHANGED…

                      AND, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD A LETTER EXCHANGED BETWEEN THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE AND THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE.

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                    • 05:40:52 PM

                      MR. SMITH

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                      TEMPORE WITHOUT

                    • 05:41:07 PM

                      MR. SMITH

                      ROHRABACHER: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2809. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN…

                      ROHRABACHER: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2809. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH FOR THE GREAT JOB THAT HE'S BEEN DOING.

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                    • 05:41:17 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 05:41:20 PM

                      MR. ROHRABACHER

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. AND…

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 05:43:57 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 05:44:02 PM

                      MR. BERA

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                      MR. SMITH

                      I THINK YOU'VE SEEN THE GENUINE ENTHUSIASM ABOUT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS…

                      I THINK YOU'VE SEEN THE GENUINE ENTHUSIASM ABOUT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS AND ALL AMERICANS ABOUT SPACE. IT IS IN THAT SPIRIT OF NATIONAL PRIDE IN AMERICAN LEADERSHIP I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS BILL AND, AGAIN, TO CONTINUE TO FOSTER AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN SPACE AND MEET THAT GOAL THAT MY COLLEAGUE, MR.

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                    • 05:44:10 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 05:44:13 PM

                      MR. BERA

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 05:44:54 PM

                      MR. SMITH

                      2809, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED,

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

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

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 05:45:43 PM

                      Mr. Webster (FL) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5086 — "To require the Director of the National Science Foundation to develop an I-Corps course to support commercialization-ready innovation companies, and for other purposes."

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                        5086, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION TO…

                        5086, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION TO DEVELOP A COURSE TO SUPPORT COMMERCIALIZATION READY INNOVATION COMPANIES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                    • 05:45:52 PM

                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      • 05:45:57 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        LIPINSKI, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

                        LIPINSKI, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEBSTER.

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                  • 05:46:08 PM

                    DEBATE

                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5086.

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                      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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                      MR. WEBSTER

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                      TEMPORE WIT

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                      MR. WEBSTER

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 05:46:45 PM

                      MR. WEBSTER

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 05:48:51 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 05:48:56 PM

                      MR. LIPINSKI

                      5086, THE INNOVATORS TO ENTREPRENEURS ACT OF 2018. THE BILL THAT I…

                      5086, THE INNOVATORS TO ENTREPRENEURS ACT OF 2018. THE BILL THAT I INTRODUCED TO SPUR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND TURN AMERICAN INNOVATION INTO JOBS. I WANT TO THANK MR.

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                    • 05:48:59 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 05:49:03 PM

                      MR. LIPINSKI

                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 05:54:04 PM

                      MR. WEBSTER

                      SMITH: MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEBSTER, A…

                      SMITH: MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEBSTER, A VALUED MEMBER OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE, FOR YIELDING ME TIME. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R.

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                    • 05:54:10 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 05:54:13 PM

                      MR. SMITH

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 05:56:11 PM

                      MR. LIPINSKI

                    • 05:56:14 PM

                      MR. WEBSTER

                    • 05:56:15 PM

                      MR. LIPINSKI

                      -- FOR THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WEBSTER FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. WE KNOW THAT THIS NOT ONLY…

                      WEBSTER FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. WE KNOW THAT THIS NOT ONLY ADVANCED OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD, BUT ALSO CREATES JOBS AND PRODUCTS THAT FUEL OUR ECONOMY IS A GOAL THAT ALL OF US CAN AGREE UPON. AND I KNOW AS A FORMER UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR, I KNOW THAT IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WE TEACH IN PH.D. PROGRAMS.

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                      MR. LIPINSKI

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                      MR. LIPINSKI

                      WE HAVE THE GREATEST RESEARCHERS IN THE WORLD HERE IN THE UNITED STATES,…

                      WE HAVE THE GREATEST RESEARCHERS IN THE WORLD HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, WE SPEND SO MUCH, WE INVEST SO MUCH IN FEDERAL RESEARCH AND FEDERAL DOLLARS FOR RESEARCH. THIS IS A SIMPLE PROGRAM, LOW COST, THAT HELPS GET THE BIGGEST THING FOR OUR -- BANG FOR OUR BUCK, HELPS CREATE JOBS AND KEEPS AMERICA ON THE LEADING EDGE OF INNOVATION IN THE WORLD. IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE NEED FOR TODAY AND FOR OUR FUTURE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 05:57:27 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WEBSTER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

                      WEBSTER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MR.

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                    • 05:57:36 PM

                      MR. WEBSTER

                      LIPINSKI AND CHAIRMAN SMITH AND ALL OF THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE OF HOUSE,…

                      LIPINSKI AND CHAIRMAN SMITH AND ALL OF THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE OF HOUSE, SPACE, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. IT'S A GOOD BILL AND IT WILL SPUR THE CREATION OF NEW BUSINESSES AND NEW JOBS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 05:58:03 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WEBSTER: MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                    • 05:58:17 PM

                      MR. WEBSTER

                    • 05:58:19 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      POSTPONED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATION.

                    • 05:58:32 PM

                      At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

                      • 05:58:35 PM

                        The House received a communication from the Honorable Paul Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell submitted his resignation from the Committee on Education and the Workforce. The resignation was accepted without objection.

                        • 05:58:43 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          CONGRESS.

                    • 05:59:16 PM

                      Recess

                      The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. today.

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                        SANCTION BILL. THE HOUSE GAVELING BACK IN MOMENTARILY. THOSE WILL BE…

                        SANCTION BILL. THE HOUSE GAVELING BACK IN MOMENTARILY. THOSE WILL BE COMING UP IN A MOMENT OR SO. WE WILL HAVE IT LIVE. THE SENATE IS DONE FOR THE DAY AFTER APPROVING THE NOMINATION OF KYLE DUNCAN TO BE U.S. CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT. LIVE FOR THE HOUSE FLOOR FOR VOTES HERE ON C-SPAN. WL BE TAKEN IN THE FOOWING ORDER. SUSPENDING THE RULES AND AGREEING TO H.CON.RES. 111, SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 5086, AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL IF ORDERED. 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 THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 111 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

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                    • 06:30:14 PM

                      Reconvened

                      The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 24.

                      • 06:30:24 PM

                        UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                        The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on motions to suspend the rules, which were debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                        • 06:30:48 PM

                          Considered as unfinished business. H. Con. Res. 111 — "Recognizing and supporting the efforts of the United Bid Committee to bring the 2026 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup competition to Canada, Mexico, and the United States."

                          • 06:30:58 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            2026 FED FIFA WORLD CUP COMPETITION TO CANADA, MEXICO AND THE UNITED…

                            2026 FED FIFA WORLD CUP COMPETITION TO CANADA, MEXICO AND THE UNITED STATES.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE YEAS ARE 392 AND…

                            HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE YEAS ARE 392 AND THE NAYS ARE 3. THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED IS VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR.

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                        • 06:31:14 PM

                          On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Roll Call 148 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                          • 06:57:30 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WEBSTER, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5086 ON WHICH THE THE YEAS AND…

                            WEBSTER, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5086 ON WHICH THE THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

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

                          • 06:57:38 PM

                            Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5086 — "To require the Director of the National Science Foundation to develop an I-Corps course to support commercialization-ready innovation companies, and for other purposes."

                            • 06:57:50 PM

                              On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 149 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                              • 06:57:52 PM

                                THE CLERK

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

                                ISM 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. ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: ON THIS VOTE, THE YEASRE 379, THE NAYS ARE 16. 2/3 BEING ITHE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULESRE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASD AND WITHOUT OBJECTION A MOTION TO RONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE

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                              • 07:07:33 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

                          • 07:07:39 PM

                            House Vote 149 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

                            Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2018

                            Passed (379 - 16)
                            Yea

                            Vote Details: Yea - 379
                            Republican - 199
                            Democratic - 180

                            Vote Details: Nay - 16
                            Republican - 16

                            Vote Details: Not Voting - 33
                            Republican - 20
                            Democratic - 13

                            • 07:07:40 PM

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

                            • 07:07:59 PM

                              UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                              The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker's approval of the Journal and put the question de novo.

                              • 07:08:18 PM

                                On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                  PEER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT REPRESENTATIVE CLAY HIGGINS OF…

                                  PEER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT REPRESENTATIVE CLAY HIGGINS OF LOUISIANA BE REMOVED AS CO-SPONSOR OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 817.

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                                • 07:08:51 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  THEPEAKER PRO TEMPOR WITHO OBJECTION. MR. GREEN THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.…

                                  THEPEAKER PRO TEMPOR WITHO OBJECTION. MR. GREEN THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HOUSE WILL COME T ORDER. PLASE REMOVE YO CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSEOES THE GENTLEMAN FROSOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECGNITION?

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                                • 07:09:26 PM

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                                • 07:09:34 PM

                                  THEPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  OBJECTION. THE HOUSE WILLCOME TO ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS…

                                  OBJECTION. THE HOUSE WILLCOME TO ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPE ES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  M SPEAKER, I ASK UNANOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURN TODAY IT…

                                  M SPEAKER, I ASK UNANOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURN TODAY IT ADJOURN TOEET AT 9:0A.M.OMORROW.

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                                • 07:10:48 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER P TEMPORE

                                • 07:10:49 PM

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                              • 07:10:52 PM

                                Mr. Hurd asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on April 25. Agreed to without objection.

                                • 07:11:02 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  BUSH.

                              • 07:11:02 PM

                                Mr. Hurd asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

                                • 07:11:06 PM

                                  THE CRK

                                • 07:11:14 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM…

                                  TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FOR. THE HOUSE WI COME TO ORDER. THHOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVESATIONS FROM T FLOOR

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                              • 07:11:17 PM

                                Considered by unanimous consent. H. Res. 838 — "Honoring the life of First Lady Barbara Bush."

                              • 07:11:19 PM

                                On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

                                • 07:11:22 PM

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

                                  • 07:12:47 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?…

                                    ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              • 07:12:55 PM

                                ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

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                                • 07:13:40 PM

                                  MR. WILLIAMS

                                  MAY GOD BLESS THE BUSH FAMILY AND MAY GOD BLESS THIS NATION THAT'S BETTER…

                                  MAY GOD BLESS THE BUSH FAMILY AND MAY GOD BLESS THIS NATION THAT'S BETTER FOR HER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:14:39 PM

                                  MR. WILLIAMS

                                  RECOGNITION? WITHOUT

                                • 07:14:46 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  OBJECTION.

                                • 07:15:01 PM

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                                  KRISHNAMOORTHI: WHEN STUDENTS MOVE TO A NEW CAMPUS, OFTEN IN A NEW STATE,…

                                  KRISHNAMOORTHI: WHEN STUDENTS MOVE TO A NEW CAMPUS, OFTEN IN A NEW STATE, HAVING NEVER VOTED OR EVEN RENG IS IT -- REGISTERED TO VOTE, THEY LACK THE INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT TO HELP THEM NAVIGATE THE VOTING PROCESS.

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                                • 07:15:09 PM

                                  MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                • 07:16:16 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 07:16:21 PM

                                  MR. POE

                                  OBJECTION.

                                • 07:16:26 PM

                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                • 07:16:31 PM

                                  MR. POE

                                  OTHER OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A CALL.

                                • 07:16:40 PM

                                  ANITA

                                  APPROACHING THE HOUSE, THE OFFICERS WERE CAUTIOUS AND RIGHTFULLY. SO AFTER…

                                  APPROACHING THE HOUSE, THE OFFICERS WERE CAUTIOUS AND RIGHTFULLY. SO AFTER ALL, MR. SPEAKER, 22% OF POLICE OFFICERS THAT ARE SHOT OCCUR DURING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALLS.

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                                • 07:16:42 PM

                                  ANITA

                                  SUDDENLY THE OUTLAW DASHED OUT OF THE HOUSE WITH HIS GUNS BLAZING. THE…

                                  SUDDENLY THE OUTLAW DASHED OUT OF THE HOUSE WITH HIS GUNS BLAZING. THE DEPUTIES RETURNED FIRE, BUT WITH LITTLE OR NO AREA TO TAKE COVER, TWO-YEAR VETERAN OF THE FORCE, DEPUTY CONSTABLES GAINS, WAS SHOT IN THE ABDOMEN AT POINT BLANK RANGE WITH A SHOTGUN. GAINS' WIFE EVEN HEARD THE SHOTS FROM THEIR NEARBY HOME. GAINS' FELLOW OFFICERS RUSHED HIM TO THE HOSPITAL AND PUT HIM DIRECTLY INTO SURGERY. GAINS' ONLY THOUGHTS WERE OF HIS WIFE AND 4-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER. THANKS TO THE GOOD LORD AND THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AT MEMORIAL HERMAN, ZOE'S DAD IS ALIVE. AFTER SPEAKING WITH HIM, HE TOLD ME HE IS IN HIGH SPIRITS AND EXPECTED TO RECOVER. HE'S ALREADY TALKING ABOUT RETURNING TO WORK. MR. SPEAKER, DEPUTY CHRISTOPHER GAINS IS ONE OF THE RARE BREED OF THE AMERICAN LAWMEN THAT ALWAYS STAND READY TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE REST OF US FROM EVIL DOERS. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:17:56 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                • 07:18:15 PM

                                  MR. PAYNE

                                  CLEAR ROADS, BROADBAND TO SCHOOLS, WATER INFRASTRUCTURE, ENERGY GRIDS AND…

                                  CLEAR ROADS, BROADBAND TO SCHOOLS, WATER INFRASTRUCTURE, ENERGY GRIDS AND TRANSIT. THAT'S WHAT MY CONSTITUENTS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:19:33 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 07:19:36 PM

                                  MR. PAYNE

                                • 07:19:47 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                  ROONEY: AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, THEY VOTED MASSIVELY FOR DEMOCRATS IN 2016.…

                                  ROONEY: AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, THEY VOTED MASSIVELY FOR DEMOCRATS IN 2016. THAT'S THE BLUE. AND WOULD HAVE LEFT AN ELECTORAL COLLEGE OF 504 DEMOCRATS, 23 REPUBLICANS. ACROSS THE BUSINESS WORLD WHERE I COME FROM, EMPLOYERS ARE RESPONDING TO THE MILLENNIALS' LACK OF CONCERN FOR SENIORITY, REFUSAL TO WAIT THEIR TURN, AND UNQUESTIONING -- AND QUESTIONING DEFERENCE TO AUTHORITY. I'M NOT MAKING A VALUE JUDGMENT. I'M TELLING YOU, THAT'S THE WAY THEY ARE AND IF YOU WANT EMPLOYEES AND GOOD PEOPLE, YOU GOT TO DEAL WITH THEIR CONCERNS.

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                                • 07:20:47 PM

                                  MR. ROONEY

                                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                                • 07:21:22 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 07:21:24 PM

                                  MR. ROONEY

                                • 07:21:35 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  TONKO: MR. SPEAKER, LAST YEAR THIS CHAMBER RAMMED THROUGH A TAX CUT FOR…

                                  TONKO: MR. SPEAKER, LAST YEAR THIS CHAMBER RAMMED THROUGH A TAX CUT FOR BILLIONAIRES AND WEALTHY CORPORATIONS.

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                                • 07:21:39 PM

                                  MR. TONKO

                                  PAID FOR ON THE BACKS OF AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS. YOU DON'T HEAR THEM TALK…

                                  PAID FOR ON THE BACKS OF AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS. YOU DON'T HEAR THEM TALK ABOUT IT MUCH ANYMORE, THOUGH. BECAUSE IT WAS A VERY BAD DEAL.

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                                • 07:21:44 PM

                                  TEMPORE WITHO

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

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

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                                • 07:22:50 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  FROM GLASGOW, KENTUCKY, FOR HIS INDUNKS INTO THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY…

                                  FROM GLASGOW, KENTUCKY, FOR HIS INDUNKS INTO THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY COLLEGE -- INDUNKS INTO THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY COLLEGE HALL OF DISTINCTION. HE

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                                  GRADUATED FROM -- AND HAS 50 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING. 35…

                                  GRADUATED FROM -- AND HAS 50 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING. 35 YEARS AGO HE STARTED HIS OWN COMPANY WITH ONLY TWO EMPLOYEES IN GLASGOW.

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                                • 07:23:23 PM

                                  MR. GUTHRIE

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                • 07:23:57 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO EMPORE

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                                • 07:24:04 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  ARMENIANS. ON APRIL 24, 1915, THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE BEGAN TO SYSTEMICALLY…

                                  ARMENIANS. ON APRIL 24, 1915, THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE BEGAN TO SYSTEMICALLY DEPORT AND KILL 1 1/2 MILLION ARMENIANS, SENDING THEM TO THEIR DEATH.

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                                • 07:24:36 PM

                                  MR. COSTA

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

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

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                                • 07:25:30 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THOSE LIVES LOST IN THE ARMENIAN…

                                  SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THOSE LIVES LOST IN THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE MORE THAN 1 EARS -- 100 YEARS AGO.

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                                  FROM 1915 TO 1923 THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE ENGAGED IN THE SYSTEMIC AND ORGANIZED…

                                  FROM 1915 TO 1923 THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE ENGAGED IN THE SYSTEMIC AND ORGANIZED DEPORTATION AND EXTERMINATION OF OVER TWO MILLION MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN FROM ARMENIA. TODAY THESE HORRIFIC EVENTS HAVE BECOME KNOWN AS THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE.

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                                • 07:26:05 PM

                                  MR. VALADAO

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                • 07:27:04 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  KAPTUR: MR. SPEAKER, -- FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS GREEDY CORPORATE CHIEF…

                                  KAPTUR: MR. SPEAKER, -- FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS GREEDY CORPORATE CHIEF DANES ENABLED BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAVE CHIPPED CHIRNINGSED, CHIPPED AWAY AT WORKERS' RIGHTS, DECENT WAGES AND SECURE PENSION BENEFITS. IN FACT, THEY'VE EVEN MOVED CORPORATIONS TO PENNY-WAGE ENVIRONMENTS, ALL IN THE NAME OF PREVENTING WORKERS FROM IMPROVING THEIR LIVES HERE AND THE LIVES OF THEIR FAMILIES. OUR LATEST FIGHT IS TO ENSURE PENSION SECURITY FOR RETIREES WHO ALREADY PAID INTO THEIR EARNED BENEFITS. SINCE 2014, WE FOUGHT TO PROTECT MILLIONS OF MULTIEMPLOYER PENSIONERS AT RISK OF INSOLVENCY.

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                                • 07:27:07 PM

                                  MS. KAPTUR

                                • 07:27:11 PM

                                  E WITHOUT

                                • 07:27:13 PM

                                  MS. KAPTUR

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                • 07:28:35 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 07:28:39 PM

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                                  TENNEY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A DEAR FRIEND,…

                                  TENNEY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A DEAR FRIEND, JENNIFER O'BRIEN OF BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK, SHE WAS RECENTLY DESIGNATED AS THE 2018 NEW YORK MOTHER OF THE YEAR. JENNIFER HAS DEDICATED HER LIFE TO HELPING OTHERS AND ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN LESS FORTUNATE. JENNIFER IS THE MOTHER OF TWO BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN, BOTH WHOM HAVE CEREBRAL PALSY.

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                                • 07:28:45 PM

                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                • 07:28:49 PM

                                  MS. TENNEY

                                  ALONG WITH HER FULL-TIME JOB AT HEALTH PROCESSES, JENNIFER SERVES AS THE…

                                  ALONG WITH HER FULL-TIME JOB AT HEALTH PROCESSES, JENNIFER SERVES AS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LIFE IS WASHABLE AND AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AMERICAN SPECIAL HOCKEY ASSOCIATION. THROUGH LIFE IS WASHABLE, JENNIFER HAS IMPLEMENTED INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS WHICH HAVE ALLOWED CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS TO PLAY SPORTS AND PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY EVENTS WITH THEIR FAMILIES. IN ADDITION TO SERVING OVER 50,000 PEOPLE WITH THESE PROGRAMS, JENNIFER SERVES OVER 3,000 MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN SPECIAL HOCKEY ASSOCIATION. SHE'S ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE LARGEST ACCESSIBLE PLAYGROUND IN NEW YORK STATE KNOWN AS OUR SPACE IN BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING JENNIFER O'BRIEN'S OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A WIFE, A MOTHER AND AN ADVOCATE. JENNIFER IS ONE OF THOSE RARE INDIVIDUALS WHO POSSESSES ENDLESS ENERGY, INTEGRITY, COURAGE, TENACITY AND COMPASSION. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:30:07 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR NO MORE THAN ONE MINUTE.

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

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A TIME NOT TO EXCEED ONE MINUTE.

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                                • 07:31:32 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  SPEAKER, APRIL 29 THROUGH MAY 5 IS NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK. RECENT…

                                  SPEAKER, APRIL 29 THROUGH MAY 5 IS NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK. RECENT STUDIES AND SURVEYS SHOW THAT SMALL BUSINESS OPTIMISM IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH AND I'VE SEEN THAT FIRSTHAND WITH THE BUSINESSES I'VE MET THROUGHOUT THE BIG FIRST DISTRICT IN KANSAS. MR.

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                                  MARSHALL: TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE HARD WORK AND PERSEVERANCE OUR…

                                  MARSHALL: TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE HARD WORK AND PERSEVERANCE OUR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS HAVE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR CRITICAL ROLE IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES.

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                                • 07:32:00 PM

                                  MR. MARSHALL

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

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

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                                • 07:33:02 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF PATRICIA "PATTY"

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                                  MESTES. SHE WAS A MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER AND GREAT GRANDMOTHER.

                                • 07:33:31 PM

                                  MR. KIHUEN

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                • 07:34:12 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER OF THE…

                                  FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORK FORCE STAFF WHO IS RETIRING AFTER MORE THAN 29 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE.

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                                • 07:34:16 PM

                                  MS. FOXX

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 07:34:23 PM

                                  MS. FOXX

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                • 07:35:44 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  BUSTOS: I MET A HOME CARE NURSE WHO LIVES NEAR ME. SHE WORKS FULL TIME,…

                                  BUSTOS: I MET A HOME CARE NURSE WHO LIVES NEAR ME. SHE WORKS FULL TIME, HER HUSBAND WORKS FULL TIME TOO. THEY WANT TO GIVE THEIR TWO KIDS THE BEST CHILDHOOD THEY POSSIBLY CAN BUT THEY CAN'T EVEN AFFORD TO TAKE THEIR KIDS TO THE MOVIES. BECAUSE TICKETS AND POPCORN AND SODA ARE JUST A LITTLE TOO MUCH.

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                                  MRS. BUSTOS

                                  SO WHEN I ASKED WHAT THEY DID FOR FUN SHE SAID THEY HAVE CABLE TELEVISION.…

                                  SO WHEN I ASKED WHAT THEY DID FOR FUN SHE SAID THEY HAVE CABLE TELEVISION. SO HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO EXPLAIN TO A FAMILY LIKE THIS WHO CAN ONLY GIVE THEIR KIDS THE DISNEY CHANNEL, INSTEAD OF DISNEY WORLD, THAT THE MAJORITY IN CONGRESS JUST GAVE A $3.5 BILLION TAXPAYER FUNDS TO THE SIX LARGEST BANKS ON WALL STREET? THAT'S A RAW DEAL AND IT'S WRONG. INSTEAD, WE SHOULD FIGHT EVERY SINGLE DAY TO GIVE A BETTER DEAL BUILT ON A FOUNDATION OF BETTER JOBS, BETTER WAY, AND A BETTER FUTURE FOR ALL AMERICANS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:37:04 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF MR. JOE BILL DICKERSON WHO…

                                  SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF MR. JOE BILL DICKERSON WHO PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 24 AT THE AGE OF 88. MR.

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                                  DICKERSON WAS RAISED IN HOMERVILLE, GEORGIA, IN GEORGIA'S FIRST…

                                  DICKERSON WAS RAISED IN HOMERVILLE, GEORGIA, IN GEORGIA'S FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND TRULY WORKED HARD THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE TO MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE.

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                                • 07:39:01 PM

                                  MR. CARTER

                                  MR. DICKERSON SERVED IN MANY LEVELS OF PHARMACY HE WORKED IN…

                                  MR. DICKERSON SERVED IN MANY LEVELS OF PHARMACY HE WORKED IN PHARMACEUTICAL SALES, AT A HOSPITAL, THE LOCAL PHARMACY AND EVEN BECAME A PHARMACY PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA. TODAY, PHARMACISTS LIKE MYSELF WORK THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF GEORGIA AND LEARN THEIR CRAFT UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE OF AN EXPERIENCED MR. JOE BILL DICKERSON. HIS EXPERTISE, COLORFUL PERSONALITY AND DEDICATION TO THE BETTERMENT OF OTHERS WILL TRULY BE MISSED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:39:51 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              • 07:40:29 PM

                                SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

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                                  MR. GARAMENDI

                                  FORWARD AND HOW OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE REALLY TAKING US IN…

                                  FORWARD AND HOW OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE REALLY TAKING US IN THE WRONG DIRECTION, I WANT TO PUT THIS UP FOR US TO TAKE A LOOK AT. I SUSPECT I CAUGHT YOUR ATTENTION HAVING IT UPSIDE DOWN. DID THAT ON PURPOSE. I OFTEN START THESE DISCUSSIONS WITH THIS. IT'S FROM F.D.R. ONE OF HIS GREAT SPEECHES. HE SAID THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE ADD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH, IT IS WHETHER WE PROVIDE ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. I KEEP COMING TO THIS BECAUSE IT'S A STATEMENT OF VALUES. IT'S A STATEMENT OF DIRECTION, IT'S A STATEMENT OF WHAT I BELIEVE WE SHOULD BE DOING AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND AS LEADERS OF THIS NATION. THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE ADD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH, IT IS WHETHER WE PROVIDE ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES AND I TAKE THIS TO HEART. AND WE TRY TO STRUCTURE OUR POLICIES, OUR PROGRAMS, THE DIRECTIONS IN WHICH WE WANT OUR COUNTRY TO GO, ALONG THIS LINE. TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE IN OUR NATION, THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITY, THOSE IN OUR STATES, AND EVEN WITHIN OUR FAMILIES, THAT THEY HAVE ENOUGH. ENOUGH OF THE WEALTH OF THIS NATION, SO THAT THEY CAN ENJOY THE FRUTES OF THEIR WORK. SO THAT AS THEY LABOR, THAT THEIR EIGHT HOURS, OR 10, OR 12 HOURS A DAY THAT THEY PUT IN, PROVIDES THEM WITH ENOUGH INCOME SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE WHAT WE LEARNED FROM OUR FOUNDING FATHERS, HAPPINESS. THAT'S NOT WHERE WE ARE TODAY. THAT'S NOT WHAT'S HAPPENING TODAY. YES, THE ECONOMY IS MOVING. YES, THE EMPLOYMENT RATE, UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, IS DOWN. BUT THIS CONGRESS HAS JUST PASSED A MONUMENTAL TAX SCAM. BACK IN DECEMBER. PRESUMABLY TO GROW THE ECONOMY. BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT, IT'S NOT A BETTER DEAL. WHICH IS WHAT WE DEMOCRATS WANT FOR AMERICA. WE WANT A BETTER DEAL. ONE IN WHICH HEALTH CARE COSTS COME UNDER CONTROL. WHERE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS CAN BE AVAILABLE. WHERE WE HAVE A REAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM THAT ACTUALLY WILL BUILD THE SANITATION SYSTEM THE WATER SYSTEMS, DEALING WITH THOSE COMMUNITIES. LIKE THOSE IN MICHIGAN. THAT HAVE CONTAMINATED WATER. THOSE IN MY STATE OF CALIFORNIA WHERE THE WELLS GO DRY AND IF THEY'RE NOT DRY, THOSE WELLS ARE CONTAMINATED. WE WANT A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA. SO THAT THE MINIMUM WAGE ACTUALLY PROVIDES SUFFICIENT INCOME SO THAT A FAMILY CANNOT ONLY SURVIVE, BUT BE ABLE TO PAY THE RENT, BE ABLE TO EDUCATE THEIR KIDS. BE ABLE TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE AND MAYBE EVEN HAVE A VACATION. WE WANT A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA. WE WANT A COUNTRY THAT IS INTERNATIONALLY COMPETITIVE. WE WANT A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA'S MARINERS, NOT WHERE THE MARITIME INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO DECLINE AS IT HAS FOR THE LAST 20, 30 YEARS. BUT RATHER WHERE IT IS BUILT UP. LEGISLATION SUCH AS I PROPOSED THAT WOULD REQUIRE THAT A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE, A SMALL PERCENTAGE, OF THE NATURAL GAS, ONE OF OUR VITAL NATIONAL RESOURCES AND OUR OIL AND OTHER VIE -- ANOTHER VITAL NATIONAL RESOURCE, THAT IT BE SHIPPED OVERSEES -- OVERSEAS ON AMERICAN SHIPS WITH AMERICAN SAILORS,, BUILT, SAILORS WHO ARE -- WHO CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY SUPPORT FOR OUR MILITARY SO THAT OUR SHIP YARDS CAN BUILD THOSE L.N.G. CONTAINER SHIPS AS WELL AS THE OIL SHIPS. WE WANT A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA. . THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE FOR. SO MANY THINGS. HOW ABOUT AN EDUCATION? WHY, WHY SHOULD IT BE THAT HERE IN AMERICA THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROVIDES STUDENT LOANS, NOT AT THE LOWEST POSSIBLE INTEREST RATE, WHICH WOULD BE THE BORROWING RATE FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, PLUS MAYBE HALF A PERCENT FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PURPOSES, BUT OH, NO, OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CHARGES MAYBE TWICE AS MUCH AS WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COULD ACTUALLY BORROW MONEY FOR. SO THE MARKUP IS LIKE 100%. THAT'S A RAW DEAL FOR AMERICA. AND WE TRY TO CHANGE THAT WITH POLICY CHANGES THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR THE REFINANCING OF STUDENT LOANS. WE WANT A BETTER DEAL FOR THOSE STUDENTS AS THEY COME OUT OF SCHOOL, NOT BURDENED BY HEAVY DEBT, BUT RATHER ABLE TO START A FAMILY, BUY A CAR, BUY A HOME , START A SMALL BUSINESS. BUT OH, NO. SOMEHOW OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WON'T CONSIDER REFINANCING STUDENT LOANS. THEY'RE ABLE TO -- AMERICANS ARE ABLE TO REFINANCE THEIR HOMES, BUT NOT THEIR STUDENT LOANS. SOMETHING'S WRONG HERE. WE WANT A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA. SO MANY POLICIES. WE WANT A STRONG, CAPABLE MILITARY. BUT WE ALSO WANT A SMART MILITARY. WE WANT A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL PROTECT US FROM CYBERHACKING. LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENED TO AMERICA. WE BASICALLY HAVE ALLOWED THE RUSSIANS TO HACK INTO OUR ENERGY SYSTEMS, INTO OUR POWER GRIDS. THAT'S NOT A GOOD DEAL FOR AMERICA. SO WHERE'S THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STOPPING THAT? WHAT ACTIONS HAS THE PRESIDENT TAKEN? TO PROTECT OUR ELECTORATE, TO PROTECT OUR POLICIES? ONE RAW DEAL AFTER ANOTHER, WHEN WE OFFER A BETTER DEAL. AN ACTIVE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT WILL PROTECT US IN CYBERSECURITY. THAT'S WHAT WE WANT. WE CAN'T GET IT. WE CAN'T DO THAT NOW. BECAUSE OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE CONTROLLING THE HOUSE. AND WHAT THEY OFFERED US WAS A TAX SCAM THAT IS LEADING TO ONE RAW DEAL AFTER ANOTHER RAW DEAL. LET'S UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE WITH THIS TAX POLICY. PERHAPS WE COULD SEE IT BEST HERE. THE TAX SCAM. G.O.P. GIVES TO THE RICH AND MAKES EVERY OTHER AMERICAN PAY FOR IT. THEY DO IT IN JUST THREE EASY STEPS. FIRST OF ALL THEY CUT TAXES FOR THE RICH. I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT THIS TAX DEAL THAT PASSED WITH GREAT FANFARE JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND THE PRESIDENT WENT DOWN TO MAR-A-LAGO JUST AFTER HE SIGNED IT, TALKED TO ALL HIS RICH BUDDIES AND SAID, I HAVE MADE YOU SO MUCH MORE WEALTHY. INDEED, HE DID. $1.5 TRILLION, PLUS MORE THAN THAT, TAX CUTS. WHO GOT THEM? 83% OF ALL OF THAT MONEY WENT TO AMERICAN CORPORATIONS AND TO THE TOP 1%. A TRILLION DOLLARS AND MORE. A RAW DEAL FOR AMERICANS. A TAX SCAM OF UNPRECEDENTED PROPORTIONS. FOISTED UPON THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AS THOUGH SOMEHOW IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR THEM. THAT'S STEP ONE. THEY SAID THIS TAX BILL WILL PAY FOR ITSELF. THE ESSENCE OF TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS IS WHAT IT WAS. AND SO WHAT'S THE NEXT THICK THAT HAPPENS? -- THING THAT HAPPENS? WELL, WHEN THEY PASSED THIS BILL THERE WASN'T A DEFICIT HAWK TO BE FOUND ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THIS HOUSE. NOT ONE WORD DID I HEAR FROM THE DEFICIT HAWKS AS THEY RAMMED THROUGH THIS TAX SCAM WITHOUT ONE PUBLIC HEARING HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. NO ACCOUNTANT CAME IN, NO TAX LAWYER CAME IN ON A PUBLIC HEARING. SLAM, BANG, DONE. YEAH. IT WAS DONE. DONE IN FOR AMERICANS. OH. THE DEFICIT HAWKS WEREN'T EXTERMINATED. THEY'RE NOT AN ENDEANINGERED SPECIES. THEY SIMPLY MIGRATED -- ENDANGERED SPECIES. THEY SIMPLY MIGRATED OUT OF TOWN. GUESS WHAT, THEY'RE BACK. THE DEFICIT HAWKS ARE BACK AND THEY'RE BACK WITH A VENGEANCE AND THEY'RE BACK WITH A PLAN THAT WILL RIP THE GUTS OUT OF PROGRAMS THAT AMERICANS DEPEND UPON. SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, FOOD STAMPS. OH, YES. THEY'RE BACK. BECAUSE THEY EXPLODED THE DEFICIT. THEY EXPLODED THE DEFICIT. WE WILL HAVE CLOSE TO A TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT THIS YEAR. STARTED AT $440 BILLION BEFORE THE GREAT TAX SCAM. AND NOW ADDED ONTO IT -- ON TO IT. NEXT YEAR, LET'S JUST TAKE A LOOK. PEOPLE SAY, YOU'RE JUST A POLITICIAN, YOU'RE JUST UP HERE TALKING. HERE'S SOME REAL NEWS. NOT FAKE NEWS. REAL NEWS. AND THIS COMES FROM, WELL, LET'S SEE. THE REPUBLICAN TAX CUTS TO FUEL HISTORIC DEFICITS. CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. REPORTED BY REUTERS, APRIL 9, 2018. DEFICITS TO TOP $1 TRILLION PER YEAR BY 2020. CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SAYS. REPORTED IN "THE WASHINGTON POST." APRIL 9, 2018. COBB, G.O.P. POLICIES -- C.B.O., G.O.P. POLICIES ADD NEARLY $1.6 TRILLION TO THE DEFICIT. APRIL 10, 2018. HERE'S ONE FROM THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL." WIDER THAN PREVIOUSLY EXPECTED DEFICITS AND MOSTLY TEMPORARY SPURT IN ECONOMIC GROWTH. REAL NEWS, NOT FAKE NEWS. SO THE DEFICITS EXPLODED AND SO THE DEFICIT HAWKS RETURN TO TOWN. AND WHAT DO THEY WANT? WELL, NOW THEY DEMAND BIG CUTS. BIG, BEAUTIFUL CUTS. TO MEDICARE, OVER HALF A BILLION. SOCIAL SECURITY -- EXCUSE ME, MEDICARE, NEARLY $1 TRILLION. SOCIAL SECURITY, HALF A BILLION. HALF A TRILLION, RATHER. EDUCATION, MEDICAID. THAT'S WHAT THE DEFICIT HAWKS WANT. BECAUSE THEY'VE COME TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEIR BIG, BEAUTIFUL TAX SCAM REALLY IS SENDING THIS COUNTRY INTO A HUGE DEFICIT FOR THE YEARS TO COME. SO, HERE'S WHAT THEY PROPOSE TO DO. REPUBLICANS WILL CUT SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID TO PAY FOR THEIR TAX SCAM. SAYS WHO? SAYS THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE. SPEAKER RYAN SAYS, REPUBLICANS TO TARGET WELFARE, MEDICARE, MEDICAID IN 2018. HIS WORDS REPORTED IN THE "THE WASHINGTON POST," DECEMBER 6, 2017. TOP REPUBLICANS ARE ALREADY TALKING ABOUT CUTTING MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY NEXT. REPORTED BY FOX NEWS, DECEMBER 20, TWENT. HOUSE -- 2017. HOUSE G.O.P. BUDGET PLAN CUTS MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY, "THE ATLANTIC. " TRUMP PROPOSES TO CUT MEDICARE AND SPENDING BIG ON WALL STREET AND DEFENSE HIRKS BUDGET. YOU HEARD SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES -- DEFENSE, HIS BUDGET. YOU HEARD SOME MIGHT HAVE COLLEAGUES TALK ABOUT THIS EARLIER. SO WHAT DID THE TAX SCAM BRING US? A RAW DEAL. A RAW DEAL. FOR MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. WE WANT TO DO IT BETTER. WE WANT A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICANS. WE CAN CONTROL PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. IF WE HAD THE VOTES. WE COULD ALLOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO NEGOTIATE PRICES FOR DRUGS GIVEN TO OR PROVIDED FOR MEDICARE RECIPIENTS, MEDICAID RECIPIENTS AND OTHERS. WE COULD DO IT. SIMPLE LAW. WE CAN DO AN EXPANSION, WE CAN MAINTAIN THE EXPANSION OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SO THAT SOME 16 MILLION, 18 MILLION AMERICANS COULD STAY ON MEDICAID AROUND THE COUNTRY. IN CALIFORNIA, 3 1/2 MILLION AMERICANS ARE POTENTIALLY GOING TO LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE INSURANCE IF THE REPUBLICANS HAVE THEIR WAY WITH MEDICAID CUTS. THAT'S A LOT OF PEOPLE, FOLKS. THAT'S A LOT OF FAMILIES. THEY'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE INSURANCE. AND THE MAJORITY OF CHILDREN NOW BORN IN CALIFORNIA AND IN MANY OTHER STATES ARE ON MEDICAID WE CALL IT MEDI-CAL IN CALIFORNIA. SO WHAT HAVE THEM? WHAT OF THOSE CHILDREN? WHAT KIND OF A HEALTHY START WILL THEY HAVE? SPEAKING OF HEALTHY START, ONE OF THE PROGRAMS THAT THE PRESIDENT PROPOSED BE CUT. WHAT SENSE DOES THAT MAKE? ALL SO THAT THE TAX SCAM CAN GIVE A TRILLION DOLLARS, A TRILLION AND A HALF DOLLARS TO AMERICAN CORPORATIONS AND TO THE 1%. TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS. OH, THEY SAY IT WORKS. REALLY? THEY SAY IT WORKS, DOES IT REALLY WORK? LET'S TAKE AN EXAMPLE. I TALKED A MOMENT AGO ABOUT DRUGS. THE MOST EXPENSIVE ILLNESS IN THIS NATION IS DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER'S. ONE OUT OF EVERY $5 SPENT BY MEDICARE TODAY IS SPENT FOR THAT. AND AS THE BABY BOOM POPULATION GROWS AS A PERCENTAGE OF OUR POPULATION, GROWS INTO THEIR LATTER YEARS, ALZHEIMER'S IS GOING TO BUST THE BANK. NOW, ONE OF THE GREAT AMERICAN DRUG COMPANIES, PFIZER, HAD A MAJOR ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH PROGRAM UNDER WAY TO LOOK FOR THAT MIRACLE DRUG. TO UNDERSTAND WHAT ALZHEIMER'S IS ALL ABOUT. HOW THE BRAIN WORKS OR DOESN'T WORK. SO, THEY RECEIVED $3 BILLION, $4 BILLION TAX REDUCTION IN THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM. IMMEDIATELY TURNED AROUND, TERMINATED THE ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH PROGRAM THAT THEY WERE CONDUCTING, AND SPENT THE MONEY ON STOCK BUYBACKS. AND INCREASED DIVIDENDS. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT DOES? A STOCK BUYBACK WILL INCREASE THE PRICE PER SHARE, BECAUSE THERE ARE FEWER SHARES OUTSTANDING. YOU KNOW WHO BENEFITS? YOU GOT IT, THE CORPORATE EXECUTIVES. BECAUSE THEIR PAY IS BASED UPON AN INCREASE IN THE VALUE OF THE STOCK. NOT IN MORE AND BETTER DRUGS. NOT IN HIRING MORE PEOPLE. NOT IN MORE RESEARCH. ONLY BY MANIPULATING THE PRICE OF THE STOCK, EARNINGS PER SHARE. THAT'S WHAT THE TAX SCAM DID. AND IT IS REPEATED ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. OH, I KNOW, THEY PROMISED A ONE-TIME BONUS. NOT AN INCREASE OVER THE YEARS IN THE SALARIES AND THE WAGES PAID TO WORKERS, BUT A ONE-TIME BONUS. LESS THAN 13% OF THE REDUCED TAX BENEFIT TO CORPORATIONS HAS GONE TO PAY FOR SALARIES AND WAGES. THAT'S WHAT THE TAX SCAM DID. IT IS THE ULTIMATE TRICKLE-DOWN. THE DEMOCRATS WANT A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA. WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH RAW DEALS. WE KNOW THERE IS A POSSIBILITY SHOULD OUR PROPOSALS ON INFRASTRUCTURE BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY BY OUR REPUBLICAN MAJORITY. PROGRAMS SUCH AS PETER DEFAZIO'S, A PENNY FOR PROGRESS. SERIOUS INFRASTRUCTURE. OVER TIME, PUTTING 16 MILLION PEOPLE TO WORK. PROGRAMS SUCH AS I PROPOSED DEALING WITH THE EXPORT OF NATURAL GAS AND OIL THAT IT BE ON AMERICAN SHIPS. NOT ALL OF IT, BUT A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF IT. WE COULD BUILD 50 TO 100 SHIPS AND PROVIDE THE NECESSARY OCEAN TRANSPORT FOR OUR MILITARY. WE NEED REAL MAKE IT IN AMERICA POLICIES, NOT SOMETHING SOFT AND FLUFFY, BUT REAL, STRONG, MAKE IT IN AMERICA POLICIES. IF WE ARE GOING TO SPEND YOUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS, THOSE TAXPAYER DOLLARS WOULD BE SPENT ON GOODS AND SERVICES MADE IN AMERICA. SO, HOW MANY YEARS HAVE I BEEN UP HERE TALKING ABOUT MAKE IT IN AMERICA POLICIES? OUR EFFORTS -- WE WERE ABLE TO INCREASE A LITTLE BIT, THE PERCENTAGE OF MADE IN AMERICA FOR THE HIGHWAY DOLLARS. WE'RE NOT WHERE WE OUGHT TO BE. WE OUGHT TO PROP IT UP TO 80%, 90%, 100, SO WE CAN MANUFACTURE IN AMERICA. THE PRESIDENT DOESN'T DEAL WITH THIS UNLESS YOU WRITE A LAW UNLESS YOU SAY YOUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS WILL BE SPENT NOT ON STUFF IMPORTED FROM CHINA. NO. NO. WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO PUSH THE MAKE IT IN AMERICA POLICY TO MAKE IT A BETTER DEAL, A REAL DEAL, NOT A RAW DEAL. YOU ARE GOING TO HEAR A LOT ABOUT THIS IN THE DAYS TO COME. YOU'LL HEAR A LOT ABOUT THIS IN THE DAYS TO COME. BECAUSE WE BELIEVE WHAT FRANKLIN DELL NOR ROOSEVELT SAID, WHEN HE SAID THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE ADD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH, A TEST, A DECEMBER OF PROGRESS, AN F-GRADE GIVEN TO THE PRESIDENT AND THE G.O.P. AND MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHEN THEY PASSED THE GREAT TAX SCAM OF 2017 AND GAVE TRILLION DOLLARS-PLUS TO THE SUPERWEALTHY, TO THE WALL STREET BANKERS AND TO AMERICA'S BIG WEALTHY CORPORATIONS, WHO HAD SO MUCH GAS, THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH IT BEFORE THERE WAS A TAX CUT. SO THEY GAVE IT BACK TO WALL STREET. THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE ADD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH . HERE'S WHERE WE ARE AS DEMOCRATS. IT IS WHETHER WE PROVIDE ENOUGH. THOSE YOUNG MOTHERS OUT THERE WHO NEED MATERNITY CARE, WHO WILL DELIVER A BABY, ON THE MEDICAID PROGRAMS ACROSS THIS NATION. THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT. WE WANT YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO HAVE A GOOD EDUCATION. I'M SURE THE SUPERWEALTHY CAN TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. THEY DON'T NEED A PELL GRANT. THEY DON'T NEED MORE. BUT I WILL FELL YOU THAT A CHILD -- LET'S SAY THAT CHILD IS 16, 17, READY TO GO TO COLLEGE AND HIS FATHER IS EARNING A MINIMUM WAGE, THERE IS NO WAY THAT FAMILY CAN SUPPORT THAT KID IN COLLEGE. HE'LL TAKE OUT A LOAN AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL RIP HIM OFF WITH AN INTEREST RATE TWICE. BUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN BORROW MONEY FOR. THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS WHAT WE DO FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. THAT'S OUR MANTRA AND THAT'S HOW WE SEE A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICANS. F.D.R. WAS RIGHT. AND WE'LL WORK TO SEE THAT IT HAPPENS IN AMERICA. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WILSON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY…

                                  WILSON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                                • 08:05:31 PM

                                  MR. WILSON

                                  PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE MARQUEE DE LAFAYETTE AND THERE IS LOVE…

                                  PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE MARQUEE DE LAFAYETTE AND THERE IS LOVE AND AFFECTION FOR AMERICA'S FIRST ALLY AND HOW EXCITED HE HAS ARRIVED HERE IN WASHINGTON AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE JOINT SESSION AS HE SPEAKS TO CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TOMORROW MORNING. LAST YEAR, HOUSE REPUBLICANS MADE HISTORY BYPASSING THE FIRST MEANINGFUL TAX CUTS IN 32 YEARS. THE LAST TIME OUR TAX CODE WAS UPDATED, TOP GUN WAS THE TOP MOVIE, OPRAH WIN FREE FIRST AIRED ACROSS THE NATION AND THE DOW JONES ENDED THE YEAR AT 1 ,895. FOR CONTEXT, THE AVERAGE IS OVER 24,000 POINTS WHICH IS AN INCREASE OF NEARLY 8,000 POINTS, WHICH IS NEARLY 20% INCREASE SINCE THE DAY THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ELECTED. FROM THAT DAY, THE SFOCK MARKET HAS HAD A REMARKABLE INCREASE BECAUSE OF FAITH IN HIS COMBISS ABILITY, IS ACUMEN AND THE REPUBLICANS HAVE CUT TAXES AND CREATE JOBS. DESPITE HOW MUCH OUR ECONOMY HAS CHANGED, WE ARE OPERATING ON A TAX STRUCTURE DESIGNED IN 1986. BUT LAST YEAR, HOUSE AND SENATE REPUBLICANS CAME TOGETHER IN SPITE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP TO MAKE THE TAX CODE MORE FAIR, MORE SIMPLE AND LESS BURDENSOME FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS, WHICH THEN YIELDS TO THE INCREASE IN THE STOCK MARKET WHICH BENEFITS ALL AMERICANS. I'M GRATEFUL THAT FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA TODAY ARE ALREADY SEEING THE DIRECT BENEFITS OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR CHAIRMAN OF WAYS AND MEANS, KEVIN BRADY, THE EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE OF SPEAKER PAUL RYAN, OUR LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY AND OUR SECRETARY OF THE CONFERENCE, VIRGINIA FOXX OF NORTH CAROLINA. THE JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED IN SUCH A REMARKABLE WAY THAT AFRICAN-AMERICAN UNEMPLOYMENT IS THE LOWEST SINCE THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS STARTED TRACKING IN 1972. IT IS THE LOWEST THAT HAS EVER BEEN RECORDED. THE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT FOR AMERICAN WOMEN IS AT THE LOWEST RATE IN 20 YEARS. AND 14 STATES HAVE RECORDED RECORD LOW UNEMPLOYMENT DUE TO NEW JOBS BY REDUCING REGULATIONS AND TAXES, A POSITIVE AGENDA. WE ARE HERE TO HIGHLIGHT STORIES ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA AND SOUTH CAROLINA OF EVERY DAY FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS GETTING TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR OWN HARD-EARNED INCOME. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN RALPH NORMAN WHO REPRESENTS THE 5TH DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA. HE WAS JUST ELECTED IN A SPECIAL ELECTION LAST YEAR, BUT ALREADY HE HAS BEEN HERE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND THE UNITED STATES. WITH HIS BACKGROUND AS A REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER, HE HAS PROVEN HOW TO BUILD A BUSINESS AND CREATE JOBS. CONGRESSMAN RALPH NORMAN.

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                                • 08:09:29 PM

                                  MR. NORMAN

                                  IT IS WORKING FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WHO ARE SEEING MORE MONEY IN…

                                  IT IS WORKING FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WHO ARE SEEING MORE MONEY IN THEIR PAYCHECKS EACH MONEY AND WORKING FOR THE COMPANIES WHO ARE INVESTING THE SAVINGS FROM TAX REFORM INTO THE EMPLOYEES. OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS, I HAVE SPOKEN WITH AND VISITED THE BUSINESSES OF SOUTH CAROLINA THAT ARE PUTTING THESE SAVINGS RIGHT BACK INTO THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES. EARLIER THIS MONTH, L.P.L. FINANCIAL ANNOUNCED THEY WILL BE INVESTING SAVINGS INTO THEIR EMPLOYEES BY INCREASING ITS 401K MATCH BY 75% AND THIS WILL BE FOR SIX MONTHS. AS CONGRESSMAN WILSON SAID, THIS PERSONALLY TOUCHES 2,000 CONSTITUENTS IN THE 5TH DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA. THAT IS 2,000 MORE FAMILIES THAT NOW HAVE A GREATER OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE AND SEE THE LIGHT OF A BRIGHTER FUTURE AHEAD. MR. SPEAKER, JUST TODAY, I VISITED A U.P.S. STORE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. BECAUSE OF TAX REFORM, U.P.S. HAS ANNOUNCED OVER $12 BILLION INVESTMENTS AND INCREASE IN PENSION FUNDING. DURING MY U.P.S. VISIT, I PUT ON A UNIFORM AND ASSISTED A DELIVERY DRIVER DURING THE RIDE. I HEARD DIRECTLY FROM THE HARD-WORKING EMPLOYEES ABOUT HOW THIS NEWS WILL IMPACT THEM AND THEIR LOVED ONES. I DON'T THINK I SPEAK JUST FOR MYSELF WHEN I SAY WE WANT TO -- THE JOBS TO COME IN AND STAY IN AMERICA. WE WANT BUSINESSES TO EXPAND AND HIRE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. BY REDUCING TAX RATES AND SIMPLIFYING THE TAX CODE, WE ARE ALLOWING COMPANIES TO MAKE THESE INVESTMENTS IN THEIR EMPLOYEES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES AND IN GROWING THEIR BUSINESSES. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUED OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN, SEE AND TALK ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF THIS TAX REFORM. WE PROMISED FAIRER TAXES, HIGHER WAGES AND MORE JOBS. AND AS CONGRESSMAN WILSON SAYS, WE HAVE DELIVERED. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 08:11:43 PM

                                  MR. WILSON

                                  AND I FOUND OUT SOMETHING, THE EMPLOYEES ARE REMARKABLE PEOPLE DELIVERING…

                                  AND I FOUND OUT SOMETHING, THE EMPLOYEES ARE REMARKABLE PEOPLE DELIVERING A PRODUCT, AMERICAN-MADE PRODUCTS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHAT WONDERFUL COMPANIES THESE ARE AND WONDERFUL EMPLOYEES THEY ARE. I WOULD LIKE TO GO OVER THE SPECIFIC POSITIVE CHANGES TO OUR TAX CODE THAT OCCURRED UNDER THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. A MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILY IN SOUTH CAROLINA WILL SAVE THANKS TO THE TAX CUTS. THE CHILD TAX CREDIT WAS DOUBLED AND I WANT TO GIVE CREDIT, THE REASON IT WAS DOUBLED BECAUSE OF THE GREAT WORK OF OUR U.S. SENATOR TIM SCOTT WORKING WITH IVANKA TRUMP KUSHNER AND THIS WAS TO MAKE CHILD FRIENDLY, FAMILY FRIENDLY AND LOOKING OUT FOR PERSONS WHO ARE SINGLE-PARENT HOUSEHOLDS AND THE CHILD TAX CREDIT WAS DOUBLED FROM $1,000 TO 2,000 MAKING IT EASIER FOR NEW FAMILIES TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR CHILDREN. THE BILL REMOVED THE MANDATE THAT REQUIRED YOU TO BUY TO BUY OR PAY A PENALTY. PEOPLE ARE NOT BEING PEN LIESED. THIS STANDARD DEDUCTION DOUBLED TO $24,000 FOR MARRIED COUPLES FILING JOINTLY. THIS MAKES IT SIMPLER FOR COUPLES TO FILE THEIR TAXES BECAUSE THEY WILL USE THE STANDARD DEDUCTION AND WON'T ITEMIZE. CORPORATIONS THAT CREATE JOBS, SAW THEIR TAX CUTS DROP FROM 35% TO 21%. I HAVE HEARD FROM BUSINESS OWNERS WHO PLANNED TO USE THEIR EXTRA INCOME TO CREATE JOBS, PROVIDE BONUSES AND RAISE WAGES. WHEN TAXES ARE LOW, BUSINESSES THRIVE. AND JOBS ARE CREATED IN THE REAGAN TRADITION. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF SPEAKER PAUL RYAN, HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS CHAIRMAN KEVIN BRADY ALONG WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP TO DELIVER TAX RELIEF TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY DESERVE IT. LOCAL SUCCESS WAS FIRST HERALDED IN THE 12ND DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THE CENTRAL DISTRICT BY LOU AND BILL KENNEDY. ANNOUNCING 125 NEW JOBS IN A 5% PAY INCREASE. THEY SAID THAT THEY MADE THIS DECISION AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE TAX BILL. IN FACT, I'M GRATEFUL THAT LOU PUT TOGETHER A BARBECUE WHEN I WAS PRESENT WITH THE GOVERNOR AND SHE MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE BARBECUE TO THE EXTRAORDINARY EMPLOYEES OF THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY. THEY MAY HAVE BEEN THE FIRST BUT THEY ARE NOT THE LAST. SOMETHING THAT I WAS SO GRATEFUL. I WAS GOING THROUGH WALGREENS TO PICK UP SOME PICTURES I WAS HAVING DEVELOPED AND I RAN INTO BILL. HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND CAME UP AND ANNOUNCED, JOE, BECAUSE OF THE TAX SAVINGS, OUR BUSINESS, OUR AUTO REPAIR SHOP IS GOING TO ADD A NEW BAY, CREATE NEW JOBS. AND I SAID, HEY, BILL, BECAUSE YOU ANNOUNCED THIS TO ME, YOU VOLUNTEERED FOR A PRESS CONFERENCE AND I WAS GRATEFUL THAT WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE WITH THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES LED BY BEN. NFIB IS THE LARGEST SMALL BUSINESS ORGANIZATION IN AMERICA AND BOMBS UP. THE LEADERSHIP REALLY FOLLOWS THE DIRECTIONS OF THEIR LOCAL MEMBERS. SO ALL OF US TRULY APPRECIATE NFIB. . A RECYCLING FACILITY IN AKIN, SOUTH CAROLINA. I TOOK THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON HIS EXPANSION, RESULTING FROM THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. HE OPENED A THIRD BUSINESS LAST YEAR DUE TO THE CONFIDENCE IN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP. ALL THREE OF HIS SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THRIVING AND PROVIDING MUCH-NEEDED NEW JOBS. THAT DAY I ALSO MET WITH CLANCY KIPKILA, PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF SO LARA ENERGY HOSPITALITY OF THE AREA. THEY'RE PROVIDING BONUSES FOR THEIR HOTEL HOURLY SOCIETIES THANKS TO THE -- ASSOCIATES THANKS TO THE TAX CUTS. IN ORANGEBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA, SOUTH BANK PROVIDED A $1,000 BONUS TO THEIR EMPLOYEES. AND A RURAL AREA LIKE ORANGEBURG, $1,000 BONUS CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES. IT CAN PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FAMILIES TO BUY EXTRA SCHOOL PLY SPLIEPARKSE DOWN DEBT, MAKE AN INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE, START OR ADD TO AN EMERGENCY FUND OR TAKE A MUCH-NEEDED FAMILY VACATION. NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THIS DISTINGUISHED CONGRESSMAN, ROBERT PITENINGER -- PITTINGER, WHO REPRESENTS THE BEAUTIFUL NINTH DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA, WHICH INCLUDES A SUBSTANTIAL EXTRAORDINARY CITY OF CHARLOTTE, WHICH IS SUCH A CREATION -- A CENTER FOR JOB CREATION OF THE CAROLINAS.

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                                • 08:17:07 PM

                                  MR. PITTENGER

                                  YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I LIVED IN WASHINGTON, D.C. , IN 1980, CAME…

                                  YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I LIVED IN WASHINGTON, D.C. , IN 1980, CAME OUT OF THE MALAISE OF AN ECONOMY THAT WASN'T GROWING, NO JOBS, NO OPPORTUNITY. AND RONALD REAGAN HAD A VISION FOR A DIFFERENT AMERICA. AND I WORKED HARD ON HIS CAMPAIGN. AND HE CHANGED THE WHOLE STRUCTURE OF OUR TAX CODE, REDUCED REGULATIONS THAT MOVED THIS ECONOMY FORWARD. UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH IN JOBS, 18 MILLION JOBS CAME OUT OF THAT ECONOMY. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS VISION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THIS CONGRESS IS ABOUT TODAY. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT A YEAR AGO, JUST A YEAR AGO, THAT AMERICA WOULD BE EXPERIENCING WHAT IT IS TODAY? COMPANIES LIKE APPLE REINVESTING $350 BILLION, EXXONMOBIL, $50 BILLION. YOU HAVE UNEMPLOYMENT PLUMMETED TO A 49-YEAR LOW. U.S. MANUFACTURING IS EXPANDING AT THE FASTEST RATE IN 14 YEARS. AND CONSUMER CONFIDENCE AT A 17-YEAR HIGH. WAGES ARE UP. OPPORTUNITIES ARE UP. I HAD A GENTLEMAN COME TO ME JUST THIS LAST WEEK WHO OWNS TWO RESTAURANTS IN CHARLOTTE. HE SAID, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TAX CUT. I'M NOW GOING TO EXPAND AND BUILD ANOTHER RESTAURANT OUT AT THE LAKE. AND I CAN DO THAT BECAUSE I'VE GOT THE CAPITAL TO GO REINVEST. WE HAVE CONSTRAINED THIS ECONOMY BECAUSE -- AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY THESE BURDENSOME TAX RATES THAT ARE NOT COMPETITIVE. COMPANIES HAVE BEEN GOING TO THE REST OF THE WORLD, IRELAND, U.K. , GERMANY, AND LEAVING AMERICA BECAUSE WE WEREN'T COMPETITIVE WITH OUR TAX CODE. NOW THEY'RE COMING BACK. NOW COMPANIES IN AMERICA ARE EXPANDING. YOU TAKE JUST AN INDIVIDUAL. I HAD A LADY AT THE GAS STATION THE OTHER DAY, I WAS GETTING MY GAS AND SHE WAS PUMPING HER GAS AND SHE SAID, ARE YOU CONGRESSMAN PITTINGER? I SAID, YES, MA'AM. SHE SAID, THANK YOU. SHE SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M A SINGLE MOM. I'VE GOT THE LITTLE BABY IN THE BACK SEAT. AND WHAT YOU'VE DONE FOR ME IS GIVE ME ANOTHER $150 A MONTH AND I REALLY CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'RE DOING. 82% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET A PAY RAISE, ARE GETTING IT RIGHT NOW. AND THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE. THE PROOF IS IN THE PAYCHECK. AMERICANS KNOW THAT. REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE LEFT SAYS, THE MEDIA SAYS OR ANYONE ELSE. THE REALITY IS THERE, THE JOBS ARE EXPANDING. PAYCHECKS ARE GOING UP. PEOPLE ARE GETTING BONUSES IN CHARLOTTE ALONE. WE HAVE BANK OF AMERICA GIVING OUT BONUSES, WE HAVE CHARLOTTE PIPING FOUNDRY, AMERICAN AIRLINES SO, MANY. 500 COMPANIES IN THIS COUNTRY -- AIRLINES, SO MANY. 500 COMPANIES IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE GIVEN OUT BONUSES AND PROBABLY MORE WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT. I WANT TO COMMEND YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, CHAIRMAN WILSON. THANK YOU FOR MAKING SURE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WHAT IS YET TO COME. WE'VE JUST SCRATCHED THE SURFACE ON THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE GROWTH, THE JOBS THAT WILL BE THERE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK. RUSSELL WILSON THANK YOU VERY MUCH --

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                                • 08:20:29 PM

                                  MR. WILSON

                                  AND HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS AND HOW IT ENABLES FAMILIES TO HAVE A BETTER…

                                  AND HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS AND HOW IT ENABLES FAMILIES TO HAVE A BETTER LIFE AND -- FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY, HOW POSITIVE THIS IS. SO THANK YOU FOR REITERATING THAT POINT. THE BUSINESS ROUND TABLE IN ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA'S LARGEST EMPLOYERS IS REPORTING THAT TAX REFORM HAS ALREADY PRODUCED WAGE INCREASES, BONUSES, INCREASED MATCHES FOR RETIREMENT SAVINGS, LOWER PLACES FOR CONSUMERS -- PRICES FOR CONSUMERS, INVESTMENTS IN FACILITIES AND TENSES OF THOUSANDS OF NEW AMERICAN JOBS -- TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW AMERICAN JOBS AS A DIRECT RESULT OF TAX REFORM. AS I INDICATED, WE HAVE THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG AFRICAN-AMERICANS EVER. WE HAVE THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG HISPANICS SINCE IT'S EVER BEEN DETERMINED. AND IT'S SO EXCITING. 14 STATES HAVE THE LOWEST LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT IN RECORDED HISTORY AND THEN AMONG WOMEN, WE HAVE THE LOWEST LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT IN 20 YEEMPLETS EVERYBODY BENEFITS -- YEARS. EVERYBODY BENEFITS FROM THE TAX CUTS. THIS IS SO POSITIVE. THE ROUND TABLE ALONE HAS PROVIDED $445 MILLION IN WAGE INCREASES TO 1. 6 MILLION WORKERS, ALONG WITH $1.2 BILLION IN CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS. AND ACCORDING TO THE TAX FOUNDATION, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER MARGINAL TAX RATES AND THE COST OF CAPITAL, WHICH WOULD LEAD TO A $1.-- 1. 7% INCREASE IN THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OVER THE LONG TERM. 1. 5% HIGHER WAGES AND AN ADDITIONAL 339,000 FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT JOBS. THEY ALSO SAY IT WILL SPUR AN ADDITIONAL $1 TRILLION IN FEDERAL REVENUE FROM ECONOMIC GROWTH, WITH APPROXIMATELY $600 BILLION COMING FROM THE BILL'S PERMANENT PROVISIONS AND APPROXIMATELY $400 BILLION FROM THE BILL'S TEMPORARY PROVISIONS OVER THE BUDGET WINDOW. NOW I HAVE THE HONOR TO YIELD TO CHAIRWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX WHO REPRESENTS THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA. CONGRESSWOMAN FOXX IS SECRETARY OF THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE, SHE IS A REMARKABLY DETERMINED FORMER COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENT, AND SHE IS ALSO VERY MUCH APPRECIATED AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EDUCATION WORK FORCE COMMITTEE AND THEN SHE'S PARTICULARLY FORTUNATE, SHE LIVES AND HAS A BEAUTIFUL HOME IN GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA, SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS IN THE WORLD, OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA. CONGRESSWOMAN FOXX.

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                                • 08:23:05 PM

                                  MS. FOXX

                                  YOU KNOW, LAST WEEK TAX DAY WAS FOR ONCE AN OCCASION TO CELEBRATE. BECAUSE…

                                  YOU KNOW, LAST WEEK TAX DAY WAS FOR ONCE AN OCCASION TO CELEBRATE. BECAUSE THIS WAS THE LAST TIME AMERICANS FILED UNDER THE BROKEN 32-YEAR-OLD TAX CODE. NEXT TAX SEASON THEY'LL FILE UNDER THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT PASSED BY THIS CONGRESS LAST DECEMBER. ACROSS THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT HAS ALREADY RELIEVED NORTH CAROLINIANS WHO ARE CASHING BIGGER PAYCHECKS AND BENEFITING FROM THE COUNTRY'S LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SINCE 2000. ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, NORTH CAROLINA ADDED 9,000 JOBS THIS FEBRUARY ALONE. AND THANKS TO LOWER RATES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL BUSINESSES UNDER THE NEW CODE, NORTH CAROLINIANS ARE KEEPING MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY. AS YOU POINT OUT, CONGRESSMAN WILSON, IT'S THEIR MONEY, NOT THE GOVERNMENT'S MONEY. THIS YEAR MARRIED COUPLES IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT WHO TAKE THE NEW STANDARD DEDUCTION COULD RECEIVE A TAX CUT TO THE TUNE OF $1,834. FOR THE OVER 52,000 TAXPAYERS OF THE FIFTH DISTRICT WHO HAVE SMALL BUSINESS INCOME, THESE TAX SAVINGS ARE NOT CRUMBS. AS MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE FALSELY ASSERT. A RESTAURANT OWNER IN -- OWNER RECENTLY TOLD ME THAT ALLOWING IMMEDIATE CAPITAL EXPENSING UNDER THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT EMPOWERED HER TO PURCHASE A NEW $20,000 PIECE OF EQUIPMENT FOR HER BUSINESS. YOU SPOKE OF THE BUSINESS ROUND TABLE. THE BUSINESS ROUND TABLE REPORTS 68% OF BUSINESS LEADERS SIMILARLY EXPECT THEIR CAPITAL SPENDING IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS TO BE AT ITS HIGHEST IN 15 YEARS. THIS INCREASED PURCHASING POWER FOR THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY IS EVIDENCE THAT PRO-GROWTH TAX CUTS WORK. CONTINUED GROWTH IS ALSO EXPECTED BY THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. THE C.B.O. ESTIMATES FOR EVERY 1/10 PERCENT INDEMREES G.D.P., NEARLY -- INCREASE IN G.D.P., NEARLY $270 BILLION IS ADDED TO REVENUE OVER 10 YEARS. AFTER YEARS OF MALAISE UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, EVEN MODEST INCREASES IN G.D.P. GROWTH CAUSED BY THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL SUBSTANTIALLY CONTRIBUTE TO A LEVELING OFF OF THE DEFICIT. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2008, THE C.B.O. 'S BUDGET AND ECONOMIC OUTLOOK REVISES UPWARD ECONOMIC POTENTIAL FOR 2018. UNDER CURRENT CONDITIONS, IT NOTES THAT 3. 5% GROWTH IS POSSIBLE. IN FURTHER GOOD NEWS, FIFTH DISTRICT BUSINESSES SHARE THIS OPTIMISM AND ARE INVESTING MORE IN THEIR EMPLOYEES AND COMMUNITIES. JUST LAST WEEK AS PART OF ITS INITIATIVE TO INVEST IN COMMUNITY HEALTH WITH ITS TAX SAVINGS, BLUE CROSS-BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA GAVE $1 MILLION TO WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY'S NURSING SCHOOL. NORTH CAROLINA IS PROJECTED TO HAVE THE SECOND LARGEST NURSE SHORTAGE IN THE NATION. THIS INVESTMENT WILL DEVELOP THE FIFTH DISTRICT'S MEDICAL WORK FORCE AND INCREASE ACCESS TO HIGH-QUALITY HEALTH CARE, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AREAS. THIS IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY EXAMPLES THAT ILLUSTRATES HOW PHILANTHROPY IS FOSTERED AND COMMUNITIES ARE DEVELOPED WHEN THE GOVERNMENT SCALES BACK. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED THAT HOUSE REPUBLICANS KEPT OUR PROMISE TO BRING ABOUT MORE JOBS, FAIRER TAXES, AND BIGGER PAYCHECKS FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS. BUT I AM MORE PROUD OF THE HARD WORKING MEN AND WOMEN IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT WHO ARE SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITIES UNLEASHED BY THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT TO CREATE WEALTH AND SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES. AGAIN, CONGRESSMAN WILSON, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS SPECIAL ORDER AND FOR ALLOWING US TO CORRECT THE RECORD THAT'S BEEN DISTORTED ABOUT THIS BILL, AND BRING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE FACTS ABOUT THIS WONDERFUL TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT. AND I YIELD BACK TO YOU.

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                                • 08:28:04 PM

                                  MR. WILSON

                                  I SINCERELY HOPE THAT AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY KNOW THAT REPUBLICANS…

                                  I SINCERELY HOPE THAT AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY KNOW THAT REPUBLICANS WILL CONTINUE TO DO ALL THAT WE CAN TO INCREASE TAKE-HOME PAY TO FAMILIES, REDUCE THE TAX BURDENS ON SENIORS, AND CREATE MORE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS FOR YOU AND PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF AMERICA. I NOW ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE TOPIC OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 08:29:19 PM

                                  TEMPORE WITHO

                                  2017, THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CURBELO,…

                                  2017, THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CURBELO, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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                                • 08:29:37 PM

                                  MR. CURBELO

                                  GAETZ. I'M VERY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE IN THE COMING DAYS, I WILL BE JOINING…

                                  GAETZ. I'M VERY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE IN THE COMING DAYS, I WILL BE JOINING THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. BOB GOODLATTE IN INTRODUCING LEGISLATION THAT ENJOYS SUPPORT FROM ACROSS THE IDEOLOGICAL SPECTRUM AND WILL DO SEVERAL IMPORTANT THINGS. IT WILL INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GROWING GRADE CANNABIS AND END THE GAG RULE AT THE V.A. THAT PRECLUDES PHYSICIANS TO CONSULT AND SPEAK WITH THEIR PATIENTS ABOUT THE LAWS IN THEIR PARTICULAR STATES. THIRD, IT WILL CREATE A SAFE HARBOR SO SOME OF THE FINEST MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS AND UNIVERSITIES IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY WILL BE ABLE TO RESEARCH AND PARTNER WITH PRIVATE SECTOR ENTITIES TO DISCUSS THER POTENTIAL. AND FINALLY, THIS LEGISLATION WILL END THE PROHIBITION FROM HAVING COMMERCIAL FOR-PROFIT ENTITIES WORKING IN CONCERT AND COLLABORATION WITH SOME OF THOSE VERY UNIVERSITIES AND MEDICAL INSTITUTION. IT'S MY HOPE BY FOCUSING ON THE ISSUES THAT BRING US TOGETHER, WE WILL BE ABLE TO ADVANCE LEGISLATION TO DEMOCRATIZE CAN BUSINESS RESEARCH AND UNLOCK CURES THAT SHOULDN'T BE LIED TO ABOUT THE POTENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I YIELD BACK TO HIM.

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                                • 08:31:48 PM

                                  MR. CURBELO

                                  AND I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE ONE OF THE ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS OF MR. GAETZ…

                                  AND I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE ONE OF THE ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS OF MR. GAETZ LEGISLATION AND ONE OF THE GREAT LEADERS ON THIS INSTITUTION FOR MANY YEARS, MR. BLUMENAUER OF OREGON, AS AN EDUCATING COLLEAGUE AND AMERICAN PUBLIC ON CANNABIS AND TONIGHT I'M PLEASED TO BE JOINED WITH HIM ON THE FLOOR AND YIELD TO HIM.

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                                • 08:32:22 PM

                                  MR. BLUMENAUER

                                  IT IS TRUE I CO-SPONSORED THE LEGISLATION THAT THAT MR. GAETZ REFERENCED.…

                                  IT IS TRUE I CO-SPONSORED THE LEGISLATION THAT THAT MR. GAETZ REFERENCED. I HAVE BEEN INTRODUCING LEGISLATION LIKE THIS FOR YEARS. IN FACT, MY VETERANS' ACCESS AMENDMENT ACTUALLY PASSED BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE LAST CONGRESS, ONLY TO FALL VICTIM BEHIND THE SCENES OF, I THINK MISGUIDED ACTION ON THE PART OF LEADERSHIP. I AM PLEASED THAT WE HAVE BENDING ABLE TO RETAIN THE ROIRK -- ROHRABACHER-BLUMENAUER AMENDMENT AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUE BECAUSE I KNOW YOU WANT TO EXTEND THOSE PROTECTIONS TO ALL STATE LEGAL EFFORTS. AND I SAY THAT SOMEONE WHO HAS SPENT A LOT OF TIME WORKING ON THESE STATE CAMPAIGNS AND WORKING WITH THE INDUSTRY AND WORKING WITH ADVOCATES, I APPRECIATE YOUR ADVOCACY AND MOVING OUT OF YOUR DISTRICT AND BEING INVOLVED IN THIS AND LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO STRENGTHEN THE POSITION ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. WE ARE IN A SITUATION NOW, MR. SPEAKER, WHERE WE HAVE VIRTUALLY EVERY DEMOCRAT, WHO NOW SUPPORTS THESE SIMPLE COMMONSENSE REFORMS AND IN NO SMALL MEASURE TO MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA'S PERSUASIVE EFFORTS, THAT THERE ARE SEVERAL DOZEN REPUBLICANS AND THAT NUMBER IS SURE TO GROW EITHER BEFORE OR AFTER THE NEXT ELECTION. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT WE HAVE WATCHED SLOWLY TAKE SHAPE. I WAS IN THE OREGON LEGISLATURE WHEN WE THE FIRST STATE TO DECRIMINALIZE BACK IN THE 1970'S, BUT THERE WAS A HIGH HIATUS FOR 20 YEARS. THERE WAS RICHARD NIXON UNFORTUNATE AND UNFAIR WAR OR DRUGS. THE SCHEDULE-1 CAT GORIZATION OF MARIJUANA. IF WE WERE DOING IT OVER AGAIN, IT PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE SCHEDULED AT ALL. BUT TOBACCO WOULD BE SCHEDULE 1 BECAUSE IT IS DEADLY AND ADDICTIVE. WE HAVE WATCHED WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE STATE LEVEL ACCELERATE. MEDICAL MARIJUANA SINCE 19996 BUT STARTING IN 2012 WITH COLE, MARKS, WE HAD INITIATIVES IN ALASKA, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. WE HAD NINE STATES VOTE IN 2016 AND EIGHT OF THEM APPROVED REFORMS. I AM EXCITED TO WATCH THIS ACCELERATED PROGRESS. IN FACT, I THINK WHAT WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE LAST SIX WEEKS IS UNPRECEDENTED. AND WATCHING PEOPLE IN BOTH PARTIES TO IDENTIFY THINGS THEY CAN GET BEHIND AND MOVE FORWARD. WE SEE SURVEY RESEARCH DEMONSTRATING THAT IS NO LONGER A HIGHLY DIVISIVE ISSUE. THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT LEGALIZING ADULT USE, INCREASINGLY, THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT MAJORITY OF TRUMP VOTERS SUPPORT THAT USE. MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS LIKE THE 4TH OF JULY. AND IT IS ALMOST UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED AND THE VOTING IN FLORIDA WAS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTED. NOW IS THE TIME FOR US TO MOVE FORWARD. WE HAVE A BIPARTISAN CANNABIS CAUCUS AND I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN PARTICIPATING AND LEADING IN THIS. WE HAVE ALMOST THREE DOZEN PIECES OF LEGISLATION. WE HAD THIS LAST WEEK, A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT WERE RATHER NOTEWORTHY. THE FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, JOHN BOEHNER, WHO OPPOSED OUR EFFORTS, HAS NOW EVOLVED ON THIS THIS ISSUE AND HAS JOINED THE ADVISORY BOARD OF A FIRM IN MASSACHUSETTS. BOTH OF US ARE FAMILIAR WITH THEM, LOOKING AT THE LEADERSHIP AND INDUSTRY. WE HAVE WATCHED DONALD TRUMP IN THE LAST 10 DAYS SORT OF CLARIFY THAT WHAT HE SAID ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL IN 2016, THAT THE STATES OUGHT TO BE FREE TO DO THIS, HE'S RE-AFFIRMING THAT AND UNDERCUTTING THE FEAMENT BY HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS TO CAST A PAL OVER THE STATE S' LEGAL EFFORTS. WE WATCHED MR. SCHUMER COME OUT SUPPORTING COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION. I WOULD NOTE FOR THE RECORD, VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT MY COLLEAGUE IN THE SENATE, ON THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, RON WYDEN AND I INTRODUCED LAST YEAR. THAT'S GREAT. THE MORE THE MERIER. WHAT WE WANT TO DO, THIS CONGRESS IS TO BE ABLE TO DO SOME SIMPLE THINGS. THE LEGISLATION WE HAVE WORKED ON TOGETHER TO ALLOW STATE LEGAL MARIJUANA ENTERPRISES TO GET RID OF THE PERMITS TO GET RID OF THEIR EXPENSES. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S LEADERSHIP. AND THERE IS ROBUST MEDICAL RESEARCH ON CANNABIS. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INTERFERES. NO LONGER FOR ANY REASON ON THAT. AND IN WORKING ON THIS LITERALLY FOR DECADES, I HAVE NEVER MET A SINGLE HUMIDITY BEING WHO THINKS THERE IS ANYTHING TO BE SERVED BY FORCING STATE LEGAL MARIJUANA ENTERPRISES TO BE CONDUCTED ON AN ALL-CASH BASES. THESE ARE THINGS WE CAN CHANGE WHETHER PEOPLE WANT FORMAL LEGALIZATION. THIS ARE COMMONSENSE STEPS THAT HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. AND WE WILL TAKE IT TO THE PEOPLE. WE WILL BE VOTING ON IT IN MICHIGAN, PROBABLY IN MISSOURI AND A BALLOT MEASURE IN UTAH, OTHER STATES ARE LOOKING. I THINK THE MOMENTUM IS BUILDING AND I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH HOW MUCH I HAVE ENJOYED WORKING WITH THE GENTLEMAN ON THESE ISSUES. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUESING THAT PARTNERSHIP, SO THE SIMPLE COMMONSENSE PROVISIONS THAT ARE ACTUALLY SUPPORTED BY A MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE ARE ALLOWED TO BE VOTED ON. AND I HOPE THAT HE CAN WORK HIS PERSUASIVE WAYS WITH THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TO ELIMINATE THOSE ROADBLOCKS AND ALLOW THE HOUSE TO WORK ITS WILL. AMERICA WILL BE BETTER FOR IT. AMERICANS WILL BE FREER AND THERE WILL BE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, HEALTH OPPORTUNITIES AND LESS DESTRUCTION OF LIVES WITH ILL-CONCEIVED EFFORTS TO CRIMINALIZE BEHAVIOR OF OTHERWISE LAW-ABIDING ADULTS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS SPONSORSHIP OF THIS CONVERSATION AND PERMITTING ME TO BE A PART OF IT. AND HIS PARTNERSHIP, I LOOK FORWARD TO ACCELERATING THOSE EFFORTS IN THE MONTHS AHEAD SO WE CAN MARK SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS YET IN THIS CONGRESS AND NEXT CONGRESS, GET IT ALL TAKEN CARE OF. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                • 08:40:11 PM

                                  MR. CURBELO

                                  SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH, TO MY COLLEAGUE, FOR SPENDING A LITTLE TIME WITH…

                                  SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH, TO MY COLLEAGUE, FOR SPENDING A LITTLE TIME WITH US THIS EVENING AND ALSO FOR HIS WORK OVER MANY YEARS. BECAUSE AS HE SAID, MANY IN THIS INSTITUTION ARE COMING AROUND ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, BUT IT'S MR. BLUMENAUER, WHO, FOR A LONG TIME, LED THESE EFFORTS, AND IT WAS NOT ALWAYS AN ISSUE OF CONSENSUS AS IT IS TODAY. THANK YOU. NINE STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAVE LEGALIZED THE RECKCREATIONAL USE AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS LEGAL IN 29 STATES. OVER 70% SUPPORTED THE USE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN THE 2016 ELECTION INCLUDING 808. 3% AND 68. 3% IN THE TWO COUNTIES I REPRESENT, MONROE AND MIAMI-DADE RESPECTIVELY. THEMENT WAS IN MONROE COUNTY ON THURSDAY AND MANY PEOPLE GREETED HIM IN THE STEETS. MANY OF THOSE ARE SUPPORTERS, CONSIDERING 80% SUPPORT OF THAT DISTRICT OF THIS ISSUE. ON FRIDAY, LAST WEEK, A REPORT PUBLISHED BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA REGISTRY HAS RISEN TO A DRAMATIC INCREASE TO THE 23 THOURK 350 PATIENTS REGISTERED IN JUNE OF 2017. THIS MILESTONE HAPPENS TO COULD INSIDE WITH MIAMI BEACH'S FIRST MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY. DESPITE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FROM THE PUBLIC, LEGITIMATE BUSINESSES FACE FINANCIAL AND UNCERTAINTY BECAUSE OF A WITCH HUNT OPENED UP BY ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS LAST YEAR. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, HE IS HAMSTRINGING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH TO ANALYZE THE MEDICAL APPLICATIONS OF CANNABIS. MY COLLEAGUES HAVE TAKEN AN APPROACH TO IMPROVING OUR COUNTRY'S IRRESPONSIBLE AND ILL-ADVISED LAWS ON CANNABIS. WE ARE ADDRESSINGS THE TAX BURDEN THROUGH THE SMALL BUSINESS TAX EQUITY ACT, LEGISLATION WHICH PROVIDES TAXPAYER TO MARIJUANA BUSINESSES OPERATING IN COMPLIANCE WITH STATE LAW. I'M WORKING WITH CONGRESSMAN GARRETT TO URGE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO ORDER THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION TO IMMEDIATELY APPROVE ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION FOR THE BULK MANUFACTURE OF CANNABIS FOR FEDERALLY APPROVED RESEARCH PURPOSES. COMPLIANT MANUFACTURERS ARE ATTEMPTING TO PROVIDE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WITH FACT-BASED RESEARCH ON CANNABIS, BOTH ADVERSE AND THERAPEUTIC BUT THEIR APPLICATIONS AREN'T BEING ASSESSED. IT'S DIFFICULT FOR ME TO COMPREHEND THE LOGIC TO OLYMPICING THE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH TO ANALYZE THE MEDICAL APPLICATION OF CANNABIS BECAUSE I THINK IT IS CRITICAL TO HAVE DATA ON ALTERNATIVE FOR ANXIETY, POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND EP LEADERSHIP SI. WE OWE IT TO AMERICAN PATIENTS TO OPEN UP THE FIELD OF RESEARCH. NOW, THE ONLY LOGICAL EXPLANATION I CAN THINK OF IS THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL KNOWS THE FIELD OF THIS RESEARCH WON'T SUPPORT HIS POLICIES OR THE WITCH HUNT HE AND HIS DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN CONDUCTING ON LEGAL STATE-REGULATED OPERATORS. ACCORDING TO THE SEPTEMBERERS OF DISEASE CONTROL, THERE ARE 68,000 LIVES THROUGHOUT THE UNINGS IN 2017 ALONE WITH OVER 45,000 OF THOSE AS A RESULT OF OPIOID LEGAL DRUGS. AND AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED THIS MORNING BY CNN WHICH THE DOCTOR DETAILS THE RESULTS OF HIS STUDY. AFTER DEDICATING COUNTLESS HOURS OF BOTH PATIENTS AND SCIENTISTS GATHERED. DR. GUPTA BEGAN TO VIEW THE PLANT IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT AS A SOURCE FOR HEALING. AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE DOCTOR'S EXAMINATION, HE CAME TO THE DEDUCTION THAT NOT ONLY CAN CANNABIS WORK FOR A VARIETY OF CONDITIONS SUCH AS EPILEPSY, M.S. AND PAIN, SOMETIMES, IT IS THE ONLY THING THAT WORKS. . RESEARCHERS FROM THE RAND CORPORATION, AND SUPPORTED BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE, WHICH SHOWS AN APPROXIMATE MATED 20% DECLINE -- APPROXIMATED 20% DECLINE IN OPIOID DEATHS IN STATES WITH LEGALIZED MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND FUNCTIONING DISPENSERIES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS ANALYSIS IS SIMILAR TO COUNTLESS OTHERS I'VE HEARD THAT PROVE CANNABIS CAN QUELL BOTH THE DISEASE OF ADDICTION AND THE PAINS ASSOCIATED WITH IT. NOW SOME MAY VIEW THIS INVESTIGATION AND OTHERS AS IF THEY'RE ANECDOTAL. AND TO THEM SAY I, LET'S FIND OUT -- THEM I SAY, LET'S FIND OUT. LET'S STOP HAMSTRINGING FEDERAL RESEARCH OF THE ISSUE AND LET'S LET THE FACTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. AS I'VE SAID BEFORE IN THIS CHAMBER, MR. SPEAKER, THE BEST ALLY THAT ILLEGAL OPERATORS LIKE DRUG CARTELS AND DRUG TRAFFICKERS WHO DO NOT PAY TAXES, WHO TARGET CHILDREN, WHO HAVE NO SAFETY STANDARDS FOR THEIR PRODUCTS, THE BEST ALLY THEY HAVE ARE THE POLICIES THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS EMBRACED. BECAUSE BY CONTINUING TO HAMSTRING FEDERAL RESEARCH AND STOKE UNCERTAINTY, LEGALLY OPERATING BUSINESSES THAT ARE STATE REGULATED, THAT PAY TAXES, THAT ARE HELPING PATIENTS WHO ARE SUFFERING CAN NO LONGER COMPETE. AND WHEN THESE BUSINESSES CAN NO LONGER COMPETE, PEOPLE TURN TO THE BLACK MARKET. SO INADVERTENTLY, I HOPE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S ACTUALLY DOING A GREAT FAVOR TO THE CRIMINALS OPERATING OUTSIDE THE LAW BY PUNISHING LAW-ABIDING AMERICANS TRYING TO CONTROL THIS SUBSTANCE AND MAKE IT SAFER. SO I'M HERE TODAY TO ONCE AGAIN CALL UPON THIS ADMINISTRATION TO NOT JUST ALLOW BUT ENCOURAGE MEANINGFUL REFORM ON OUR NATION'S CANNABIS POLICIES. ON THIS ISSUE WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REINFORCE THE 10TH AMENDMENT AND ENSURE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT OVERSTEP ITS BOUNDARIES AND SUPERSEDE THE WILL OF THE STATES. ON THIS ISSUE WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO AFFORD BUSINESSES SELLING LEGAL PRODUCTS THE CHANCE TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR ECONOMY. AND CREATE JOBS WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY CRIPPLING THE CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES EMPOWERED AND PROSPERING UNDER THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S POLICIES. AND PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE AND POSSIBLY EVEN SAVE THE LIVES OF AMERICANS SUFFERING FROM OPIOID ADDICTION AND OTHER DISEASES AND CONDITIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE A LOT OF COLLEAGUES IN THIS CHAMBER WHO SAY PEOPLE SHOULD BE TITLE OF THE BILL BUY WHATEVER HEALTH INSURANCE OR GET WHATEVER KIND OF HEALTH COVERAGE THEY WANT. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD INTERFERE AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE. AND I AGREE. BUT ON THIS ISSUE THERE SEEMS TO BE A HYPOCRISY. AND MANY COLLEAGUES WANT TO IMPOSE A FEDERAL VIEW OR A FEDERAL PERSPECTIVE ON STATES, ON THE PEOPLE OF STATES LIKE FLORIDA WHO HAVE ALREADY DECIDED EXPLICITLY AND CLEARLY AND OVERWHELMINGLY. SO I THANK MY COLLEAGUES WHO JOINED ME HERE TONIGHT AND I TRULY LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY WHERE THIS INSTITUTION CAN LEGISLATE IN A WAY THAT RESPECTS THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA, RESPECTS THE PEOPLE OF OREGON, RESPECTS THE PEOPLE OF COLORADO AND AMERICAN CITIZENS IN 36 STATES IN THE UNION WHO HAVE SPOKEN LOUD AND CLEAR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 08:49:27 PM

                                Recess

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

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  SPEAKER.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE…

                                  THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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                                  THE MESSENGER

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                                  THE SECRETARY

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  THE SECRETARY

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                                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                  ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT…

                                  ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE 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 RECOGNIZES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MISS BORDALLO -- MS. BORDALLO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                  MS. BORDALLO

                                  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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                                • 12:03:21 PM

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                                  MR. MARSHALL

                                  RISING OUT OF THE EARTH LITERALLY. PARTIALLY BECAUSE OF THAT ELEVATION AND…

                                  RISING OUT OF THE EARTH LITERALLY. PARTIALLY BECAUSE OF THAT ELEVATION AND THE MANY HOT DRY DAYS THERE, THE FARMERS HAVE STRUGGLED FOR DECADES ON A GREAT CROP. BUT ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO ONE OF MY GOOD FRIENDS, ALLEN TOWNSON, AND THE FARMERS WHO MAKE UP THE 21ST CENTURY BEAN COMPANY STARTED GROWING PINTO BEANS. THEY HAD SOME SUCCESS AND THEY STARTED GROWING BLACK EYED PEAS AND GARBANZOS AS WELL. TODAY THEY GROW 40 MILLION POUNDS OF BEANS EVERY DAY. THEY HAD SUCCESS AT THAT. THEY SAID YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE WE CAN TO? WE CAN PROCESS THESE HERE AND PACKAGE THEM. SO THEY FORMED A PROCESSING PLANT, HIRED MORE EMPLOYEES. THAT WAS A SUCCESS SO EVENTUALLY THEY HIRED A TRUCKING COMPANY. THEY HAD THEIR OWN TRUCKING COMPANY TO SHIP THOSE. TODAY, EVERY DAY, THE 21ST CENTURY BEAN COMPANY SHIPS OUT ENOUGH BEANS TO FEED A MILLION PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AND THE GREAT THING IS, THEIR MAIN CUSTOMER IS FOOD BANKS ACROSS THIS GREAT COUNTRY AS WELL. I'M SO PROUD THAT WE MADE FOOD BANKS SUCH A PRIORITY IN THIS YEAR'S NUTRITION BILL, THE FARM BILL. THIS YEAR WE'RE GOING TO INCREASE THE SPENDING FROM $15 MILLION TO $06 MILLION FOR FOOD BANKS. SOME OTHER SIGNIFICANT PRODUCTS COMING OUT OF THIS NUTRITION BILL IS THAT WE'RE GOING TO MAKE ACCESS TO NUTRITION EASIER FOR THE ELDERLY, FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY, AND WHAT I'M ESPECIALLY PROUD OF, WE'RE REWARDING CHILDREN FOR MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES. LIKE FRESH VEGETABLES, FRESH FRUIT, AS WELL AS THE GREATEST DRINK KNOWN TO MANKIND, WHOLESOME MILK. MR. SPEAKER, AS AN OB-GYN FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS, I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT NUTRITION IS FROM PRECONCEPTION, DURING PREGNANCY, TO BREAST-FEEDING MOMS, AND ALL WAIT TO THE LAST DECADES OF LIFE. AND I'M SO PROUD THAT THIS BILL IS MADE A PRIORITY HELPING PROTECT THOSE ON THE EDGES OF LIFE, THE NEWBORN AS WELL AS THE ELDERLY. I'M PROUD OUR COUNTRY SPENDS $115 BILLION EVERY YEAR TO HELP THOSE WHO NEED FOOD ASINCE AND ANOTHER $3 BILLION OF NUTRITION ASSISTANCE ACROSS THE WORLD. WHAT I'M REALLY PROUD OF IS THAT THIS BILL GIVES EVERYBODY ON FOOD STAMPS, NUTRITION ASINCE A CHANCE, OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME TYPE OF WORK TRAINING. I THINK THERE'S NOT GREATER GIFT WE COULD GIVE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED THAN TEACHING THEM HOW TO FISH, AS WELL AS GIVING THEM FISH WHEN THEY ARE IN NEED AS WELL. I THINK THAT THIS IS A GREAT THING TO DO. I THINK IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO PEOPLE. OVER 80% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE IN THIS POLICY. I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS NOT A PUNISHMENT BUT RATHER AN OPPORTUNITY WE GIVE TO PEOPLE AND I STAND SO PROUDLY BEHIND THE NUTRITION COMPONENT OF THIS FARM BILL, WHICH WE HAVE STRIVED SO HARD TO IMPROVE. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                  CASTOR: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR.

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                                  MS. CASTOR

                                  SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR JUDGE PAUL DANAHY, A LEADER OF DISTINCTION…

                                  SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR JUDGE PAUL DANAHY, A LEADER OF DISTINCTION FROM TAMPA, FLORIDA, AND PART OF FLORIDA'S GREATEST GENERATION. THE JUDGE IS CELEBRATING HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK. HE WAS ONE OF THE LONGEST SERVING MEMBERS OF THE FLORIDA'S SECOND DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS. THE JUDGE MAY ALSO WISH TO BE REMEMBERED FOR WORKING HIS WAY THROUGH COLLEGE AT THE LEGENDARY TAMPA VALINCEO RESTAURANT AS THE ONLY ANGELO MEMBER OF THE SPANISH WAITERS FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. WHEREVER THE JUDGE WORKED AND SERVED, HE EARNED A REPUTATION OF WORKING TIRELESSLY AND GAINING THE RESPECT OF ALL WITH WHOM HE WORKED. BORN IN MASSACHUSETTS, HE WAS DRAWN TO TAMPA TO PLAY BASKETBALL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA. HE FOUND BOTH THE A NEW HOMETOWN AND THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE, GEORGIA. THE JUDGE ENLISTED IN THE ARMY DURING THE KOREAN WAR AND WAS -- HAD A VERY UNIQUE MILITARY RECORD, INCLUDING THREE HONORABLE DISCHARGES FROM TWO BRANCHES OF THE MILITARY. THE MARINE RESERVES, THE U.S. ARMY INFANTRY, AND FINALLY FROM THE SERVICE IN THE ARMY COUNTERINTELLIGENCE CORPS, A PRECURSOR TO THE C.I.A. UPON RETURN FROM MILITARY SERVICE, HE FOUND HIS TRUE CALLING AND EARNED HIS LAW DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IN 1957. HE BECAME AN INFLUENTIAL MEMBER OF THE FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SERVING FROM 1966 TO 1974. AND TRUE TO FORM, HE PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE AS PART OF WHAT MANY BELIEVE TO BE TAMPA'S GREATEST LEGISLATIVE DELEGATIONS DURING THE 1960'S AND 1970'S. THERE MONKS OTHER PROGRESSIVE POLICIES HE DRAFTED AND CHAMPIONED THE FIRST ETHICS LAW IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, WHICH CONTINUES IN FORCE TO THIS DAY AND IS NOW FLIRM ENSCONCED IN FLORIDA'S CONSTITUTION. THE FLORIDA THAT WE KNOW AND LOVE TODAY WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE JUDGE AND HIS PARTNERS IN FLORIDA'S GREATEST GENERATION. AFTER LEAVING THE LEGISLATURE, HIS SERVICE WAS ONLY BEGINNING. HE WAS APPOINTED TO THE SECOND DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS IN 1977 AND SAT ON THE BENCH A RECORD SHATTERING 33 YEARS. SERVING AS CHIEF JUDGE FROM 1986 TO 1988. IN HIS 30TH YEAR AT THE COURT, HE RECEIVED A KNITTING -- FITTING RECOGNITION, THE LARGEST CONFERENCE ROOM AT THE TAMPA BRANCH WAS NAMED AFTER HIM. THIS RECOGNITION NOT ONLY HONORED HIS RECORD OF SETTING TIME ON THE BENCH BUT ALSO HIS LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS. HE WAS LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING THE LEGISLATIVE FUNDING TO BRING THE BRANCH TO TOMORROW -- TAMPA. IT GIVES ME GREAT PRIDE TO HONOR AND SEND MY WISHES TO A GREAT MAN, PART OF FLORIDA'S GREAT GENERATION OF LEADERS, JUDGE PAUL W. DANEHY JR. ON HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY. HIS LENS. LESSONS AND BELIEFS WILL ECHO FOR THE YEARS TO COME. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 12:10:04 PM

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                                  MR. LAMALFA

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS ALREADY HAVING AN INCREDIBLY POSITIVE IMPACT ON OUR ECONOMY. HUNDREDS OF COMPANIES HAVE ALREADY OFFERED BILLIONS AND BONUSES AND RAISES TO THEIR EMPLOYEES. FAR FROM THE CRUMENTS PREDICT BIDE SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ON -- CRUMBS PREDICTED BY SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES. THE BEST PART, THIS IS JUST BEGINNING AS THE LAW WON'T EVEN TAKE FULL EFFECT UNTIL NEXT YEAR WHEN WE RETIRE MUCH OF THE CURRENT TAX CALCULATION PROCESS AND BURDENS OF IT. THAT'S WHEN TAXPAYERS WILL NOTICE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE WHEN FILING THEIR TAX RETURNS. DESPITE THESE EARLY POSITIVE SIGNS, SOME INDIVIDUALS CLAIM PEOPLE SHOULD PAY MORE IN TAXES STILL. THEY THINK THEMSELVES SHOULD PAY MORE LIKE OUR FRIEND, BILL GATES. HE SAYS, I NEED TO PAY HIGHER TAXES. I HAVE PAID MORE THINK TAXES OVER -- THAN ANYONE ELSE. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD REQUIRE PEOPLE IN MY POSITION TO PAY SIGNIFICANTLY HIRE TAXES. INTERESTING. NOT TO BE OUTDONE, MR. GAETZ FELL BILLIONAIRE BUDDY, WARREN BUFFETT, HAS OFFERED SIMILAR IDEAS. BUT THE SOCIAL SECURITY ESTABLISHED BY PEOPLE LIKE THIS IS FAR FROM THE MAINSTREAM AMERICANS AND WHAT THEY EARN THEMSELVES. BEFORE THEY HAD AMASSED THEIR CURRENT FORTUNES, WHERE THEY AS CONSIDERABLY OUTSPOKEN FOR THE NEED OF PROGRESSIVE TAXATION, LONG BEFORE ESTABLISHING THEM 70'S AS SOME OF THE RICHEST MEN IN THE WORLD? I DON'T THINK SO. INDEED, THESE DAYS, MUCH OF THEIR FUNDS ARE STASHED AWAY IN FOUNDATIONS AND NOT VOLUNTARILY PAID FORWARD TO TAXES TO THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. FIND THAT INTERESTING. IN SHORT, NO AMOUNT OF TAXATION WOULD TRULY IMPACT THEIR LIVES AS IT WOULD FOR MAINSTREAM MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS. IT DOES IMPACT EVERYONE ELSE. WHAT'S MORE, I DO HEAR SOME PEOPLE IN THE MAINSTREAM SAYING THEY WOULDN'T MIND PAYING MORE IN TAXES FOR THIS, FOR THAT. WHAT I DON'T GET IS WHY DO THEY DEMAND THAT THEIR NEIGHBOR DOES SO, TOO? ? AMERICA, MANY MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES ENJOY LOWER RATES AND DO QUESTION HOW WELL THEIR GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING AND MANAGING WHAT THEY TAX FROM THEM NOW. FOR THEM, THE GOVERNMENT REPORT CARD ISN'T SO GOOD. THEY DON'T WISH TO ENTRUST GOVERNMENT WITH MORE OF THEIR EARNINGS, MORE OF THEIR HARD WORK, SWEAT OF THEIR BROW, TO AN INEFFICIENT BUREAUCRACY. EVEN IF THEIR NEIGHBORS DEMAND THAT THEY DO. OR THAT THE GOVERNMENT DEMANDS IT BY ITS POWER OF TAXATION FROM THEM. WHAT I'M PROPOSING IS A BILL WITH MY COLLEAGUE, MAJORITY WHIP, STEVE SCALISE, GOING TO INTRODUCE THE BILL CALLED THE DONATE EXTRA MONEY AGAINST NATIONAL DEBT, OR THE DEMAND ACT. FOR THOSE WHO DEMAND TO PAY MORE. THIS BILL STEVE SCALISE, WILL ALLOW THOSE THAT WANT TO PAY MORE THAN REQUIRED TO SIMPLY CHECK A BOX ON THEIR TAX RETURN AND DONATE AS MUCH MONEY TO THE TREASURY AS THEY'D LIKE. OUR BILL WOULD ADD TO THE 1040 TAX FORM A TAX BOX AND LINE STATING BY CHECKING HERE I SIGNIFY THAT IN ADDITION TO MY TAX LIABILITY, I WOULD LIKE TO DONATE THE INCLUDED PAYMENT TO BE USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF PAYING DOWN THE NATIONAL DEBT. BEFORE THERE WAS NO SIMPLE OR OBVIOUS WAY TO ACCOMPLISH THIS. THIS MAKES IT EASY AND OBVIOUS IN HOW TO DO SO. THIS WAY ANYONE WHO FEELS THAT THE NEED TO PAY MORE IN TAXES HAS AN EASY WAY TO DO SO. FOR MILLIONS OF OTHER HARDWORKING AMERICANS AND BUSINESS OWNERS WHO SUFFERED UNDER OUR PREVIOUS TAX CODE AND TAX LAW, THEY WILL NOT BE FORCED TO DO SO UNDER THAT CODE ANY LONGER. THIS BILL, INDEED, SOMEONE OF THOSE RARE WIN-WINS. BILL GATES AND WARREN BUFFETT OR ANYONE WHO FEELS THEY ARE NOT PAYING ENOUGH CAN DONATE AS MUCH MONEY TO THE TREASURY AS THEY LIKE. EVERYDAY AMERICAN BUSINESS ALSO THRIVE IN A PRO BUSINESS AND PRO GROWTH CLIMATE. ALL THIS WITHOUT CONGRESS DEMANDING MORE OR PEOPLE HARANGUING THEIR NEIGHBORS TO PAY MORE IN TAXES. AFTER ALL, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS ALREADY WORKING. U.S. COMPANIES ARE ALREADY PAYING OUT MORE THAN $4 BILLION IN BONUS, WHILE OVER FOUR MILLION AMERICAN WORKERS HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED A PAY RAISE, BONUS, OR OTHER FINANCIAL I.N.S. VESTMENTS. EVEN WARREN BUFFETT RECENTLY REFERRED TO THE NEW TAX LAW AS BEING A HUGE TAILWIND FOR AMERICAN BUSINESS. AS MUCH AS SENATOR SCHUMER OR MINORITY LEADER PELOSI WOULD LIKE TO TRUMP TAX REFORM IS UNPOPULAR OR BAD FOR THE ECONOMY OR ARMAGEDDON OR JUST CRUMBS FOR PEOPLE, THEY ARE MISSING THE POINT. TAX REFORM GROWS MORE POPULAR EACH DAY, ESPECIALLY AS MORE AND MORE AMERICANS SEE MORE IN THEIR PAYCHECKS BEGIN TO REALIZE HOW THEY STAND TO BENEFIT UNDER THIS NEW LAW. ESPECIALLY WHEN THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW HASN'T BEEN FELT YET UNTIL NEXT YEAR. INSTEAD OF TAKING AWAY THESE SAVINGS, THE MAJORITY WHIP AND I ARE GIVING PEOPLE WHO FEEL SO STRONGLY TO PAY DOWN THE DEFICIT VOLUNTARILY. I APPLAUD THE WORK OF MR. GAETZ AND BUFFET AND OTHERS LIKE THAT. THE DEMAND ACT DOESN'T FORCE ANYONE TO DO ANYTHING. ALLOW CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS WHO GHAND TO PAY MORE IN TAXES TO PUT THEIR MONEY WHERE THEIR MOUTH IS. SNARD BIDEN A FEW YEARS AGO --

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                                  MR. LAMALFA

                                  MR.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  JEFFRIES: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS ANOTHER

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                                  MR. JEFFRIES

                                  EGREGIOUS MISREPRESENTATION COMING FROM YOU KNOW WHO. HOW DARE ANYONE…

                                  EGREGIOUS MISREPRESENTATION COMING FROM YOU KNOW WHO. HOW DARE ANYONE REFER TO AN OVERPRICED, LUXURY GOLF COURSE AS THE SOUTHERN WHITE HOUSE? LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT SOMETHING. THE CIVIL WAR IS OVER. JEFFERSON-DAVIS FAILED. THE CONFEDERACY LOST. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE SOUTHERN WHITE HOUSE. THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS DIED ON THE BATTLEFIELD AND SHED BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT IN THIS COUNTRY, ONLY ONE INSTITUTION CONNECTED TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH STOOD IN THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE. THAT INSTITUTION IS LOCATED RIGHT HERE IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. THE ADDRESS IS 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE. IT WAS BUILT BY SLAVES. THE WHITE HOUSE DOES NOT BELONG TO THE GHOSTS OF THE CONFEDERACY. THE WHITE HOUSE DOES NOT BELONG TO VLADIMIR PUTIN OR HIS INDIGENOUS COLLABORATORS. THE WHITE HOUSE DOES NOT BELONG TO A PRIVATELY OWNED REAL ESTATE CARTEL TO BE USED AND ABUSED AS A PROP FOR AN INFOMERCIAL. WE ARE A GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE. THE WHITE HOUSE BELONGS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR.

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                                  MS. FOXX

                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN, FOR FIVE…

                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  SPEAKER, ME LEFT NENT -- ME NEVADA LENT ACTIONS HAVE PEOPLE RISE TO HEROIC…

                                  SPEAKER, ME LEFT NENT -- ME NEVADA LENT ACTIONS HAVE PEOPLE RISE TO HEROIC ACTIONS.

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                                  MR. COHEN

                                  AMERICA IS A COUNTRY FAMILIAR WITH HEROES. AND A SAD AND AWFUL EVENT THIS…

                                  AMERICA IS A COUNTRY FAMILIAR WITH HEROES. AND A SAD AND AWFUL EVENT THIS WEEKEND IN NASHVILLE, DAVIDSON COUNTY, AT A WAFFLE HOUSE, WHERE FOUR INDIVIDUALS WERE KILLED AND FOUR MEMBERS WERE INJURED WITH A CRAZED INDIVIDUAL WITH AN AR-15, A MAN NAMES JAMES SHAW JR. RALLIED ALL OF HIS COURAGE AND STRENGTH TO RISE TO THE OCCASION OF HEROICS TO GET THE ASSAILANT AND TO TAKE HIS GUN FROM HIM AND TO SAVE HIS LIFE AND OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES. JAMES SHAW JR. IS A LAUGHTIME NASHVILLIAN. DIDN'T PLAN TO BE A HERO THAT DAY BUT HE ROSE TO THE OCCASION. I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO HIM AND COMMEND HIS ACTIONS ON SAVING OTHER LIVES. JUST A WEEK OR SO EARLIER, WE HAD A SOUTHWEST AIRLINES PLANE THAT ALMOST -- WOULD HAVE CRASHED IF IT WEREN'T FOR A GREAT PILOT, POSSIBLY. A PLANE THAT TRAGICALLY HAD A PIECE OF THE WING COME OFF AND FLY INTO THE AIRPLANE AND CAUSE THE DEATH OF A PASSENGER AND CHAOS ON THE PLANE. BUT THE PILOT, A TRAINED NAVY FIGHTER PILOT STAYED CALM AND BROUGHT THAT PLANE IN SAFELY WITHOUT ANY OTHER LIFE OR INJURIES. SHE IS A SULLYBERGER. WE ALL HONORED SULLY, AS WE SHOULD, AND SHOULD HAVE. WE NEED TO HONOR TAMMY JOE SCHULTZ IN THE SAME WAY. SHE IS A HERO. AND JAMES NASH JR. OF NASHVILLE IS OF THE SAME DIMENSION AND SAVED MANY LIVES. THOSE ACTS NEED TO BE REMEMBERED, REFLECTED ON AND HONORED. AND I DO SO TODAY AND I KNOW OTHER MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE DO AS WELL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM INDIANA, MRS. BROOKS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                  MRS. BROOKS

                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. PAULSEN, FOR FIVE…

                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. PAULSEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                  MR. PAULSEN

                                  EMILY WAS BORN ON SEPTEMBER 11, 1993, AND SHE JOKED SHE HAD THE UNLUCKIEST…

                                  EMILY WAS BORN ON SEPTEMBER 11, 1993, AND SHE JOKED SHE HAD THE UNLUCKIEST BIRTHDAY BUT HER MOM ALICIA WAS QUICK TO REPLY, NO, IT WAS THE LUCKIEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES. EMILY WAS A 19-YEAR-OLD SOPHOMORE AT KALAMAZOO COLLEGE IN MICHIGAN WHEN SHE CONTRACTED MENINGITIS B AND ON JANUARY 31, 2013, EMILY CALLED HOME, COMPLAINING OF A HEADACHE. AND THEN SHE WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR JUST 36 HOURS AND THEN SHE PASSED AWAY. EMILY HAD A RARE STRAIN OF MENINGITIS FOR WHICH THERE WAS NO APPROVED VACCINE YET IN THE UNITED STATES. IT WAS A SHOCK, OF COURSE, TO THE STILLMAN FAMILY THAT THEIR YOUNG DAUGHTER WHO WAS SO VIBRANT AND FULL OF LIFE WAS TAKEN AWAY AT YOUNG AGE. AND A LITTLE LATER THE VACCINE WAS MADE AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES AFTER I AND SEVERAL OTHER OF MY COLLEAGUES HAD BEEN ADVOCATING FOR ITS APPROVAL. YET, EVEN TODAY, FEWER THAN 10% OF YOUNG PEOPLE RECEIVE THE MEN B VACCINE. EMILY'S MOTHER ALICIA WHO IS IN THE GALLERY WITH US TODAY, FOUNDED THE EMILY STILLMAN FOUNDATION TO HELP PRESERVE HER DAUGHTER'S MEMORY AND ALSO ADVOCATE BOTH FOR VACCINATION AND ORGAN DONATION. MR. SPEAKER, ALSO, PETTY LOST HER 17-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER KIM BERLE IN 2012. PETTY IS JNING US IN THE HOUSE GALLERY HERE TODAY. HER DAUGHTER, KIMBERLY, COFFEE, WAS A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR IN LONG ISLAND, WHEN SHE WAS 17 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE CONTRACTED MENINGITIS B. HER PARENTS WERE BLINDSIDED THINKING SHE WAS VACCINATED. AFTER HOURS BEING HOSPITALIZED SHE WENT INTO CARDIAC ARREST AND HER ORGANS BEGAN TO FAIL. HER MOTHER HAD TO MAKE THAT AGONIZING DECISION TO ACTUALLY REMOVE HER FROM LIFE SUPPORT AND TO HONOR KIMBERLY MEMORY, SHE FOUNDED A FOUNDATION TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE VACCINATION OF MENINGITIS B. THE RESOLUTION I'M INTRODUCING TODAY WILL HELP EDUCATE OTHER PEERNTS AND OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT THE DANGERS OF MEN GIANTS AND ABOUT THE IMPORTANT NEED FOR -- MENINGITIS AND ABOUT THE IMPORTANT NEED FOR VACCINATION. THEY ALREADY KNOW ALERTING FAMILIES ABOUT A SIMPLE VACCINE CAN PREVENT A TRAGEDY. IT'S TIME ALSO, FOR US, MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, TO BROADEN AWARENESS SO THEY ARE NOT JUST DOING THIS ON THEIR OWN. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  POE: THANK YOU, MR.

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                                  MR. POE

                                  SPEAKER. HAVE COURAGE AND BE KIND, THESE WERE THE WORDS MEGAN RON DEANY…

                                  SPEAKER. HAVE COURAGE AND BE KIND, THESE WERE THE WORDS MEGAN RON DEANY LEFT BEHIND -- RONDENI LEFT BEHIND ON A WHITE BOARD. AT A SEXUAL ASSAULT FORUM AT RICE UNIVERSITY IN TEXAS, MEGAN'S FATHER, MIKE, SPOKE THESE WORDS. HE'S FROM AUSTIN. HE TRIES TO LIVE BY THESE WORDS EVERY DAY. MEGAN WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED WHILE A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA IN 2015. DOING EVERYTHING A SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM SHOULD DO, MEGAN IMMEDIATELY CALLED THE POLICE AND WENT TO THE HOSPITAL. . BUT THE HOSPITAL DID NOT HAVE A FORENSIC EXAMINER ON STAFF. MEANING NO ONE WAS THERE TRAINED TO PROPERLY DEAL WITH A SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM OR PROPERLY COLLECT D.N.A. EVIDENCE FOR A RAPE KIT. AS A FORMER PROSECUTOR AND JUDGE, I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE TRAUMA AND PAIN THAT RAPE CAUSES VICTIMS. SOMETIMES THAT PAIN WITH A NEVER GOES AWAY. THE HOSPITAL'S FAILURE TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE CARE LEFT MEGAN FEELING HOPELESS AND ALONE. AFTER THE HOSPITAL, SHE WENT TO THE POLICE STATION AND THERE SHE WAS TREATED WITH DISDAIN. THE POLICE DIDN'T BELIEVE HER AND INSTEAD READ HER THE VICTIM, GET THIS, THE MIRANDA WARNINGS. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? RAPE IS NEVER THE FAULT OF THE VICTIM. WHEN MEGAN SOUGHT COUNSELING AT THE UNIVERSITY, THE COUNSELOR ABRUPTLY INTERRUPTED HER AND TOLD HER, SHE WAS CLOSE TO THE FAMILY OF THE RAPIST AND PROMPTLY TURNED MEGAN AWAY PROVIDING NO OTHER COUNSELOR. MEGAN WAS COMPLETELY FAILED WAS THE SYSTEM, BY THE RAPIST AND PROMPTLY TURNED MEGAN AWAY UNIVERSITY, THE HOSPITAL, AND THE POLICE. MR. SPEAKER, NOT LONG AFTER SHE TOOK HER LIFE. MEGAN'S STORY IS HEARTBREAKING, BUT HER MEMORY REMINDS US WE MUST BE TENACIOUS IN FIGHTING SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CAMPUS AND EVERYWHERE ELSE. THE UNFORTUNATE REALITY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT STORIES LIKE MEGAN UNIVERSITY, THE HOSPITAL, ARE COMMON. CONGRESSMAN OLSON AND CULBERSON, AND I JOINED TOGETHER AT THE FORUM YESTERDAY AND WE HAVE ALL HEARD STORIES ABOUT THIS FIRSTHAND FROM VICTIMS. IT'S ALWAYS PERSONAL. WHEN VICTIMS ARE IGNORED AND REJECTED, THEY FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN ABANDONED AND IN MANY CASES THEY HAVE BEEN. THEY ARE FORCED TO THEY ARE FORCED TO RELIVE THEIR ATTACK OVER AND OVER AGAIN. LAST YEAR I INTRODUCED ALONG WITH MY FRIEND, CAROLYN MALONEY, THE BIPARTISAN MEGAN RONDINI ACT, A BILL THAT WOULD REQUIRE HOSPITALS TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO A SAFE OR PLAN IN PLACE TO GET A VICTIM TO A NEARBY HOSPITAL THAT CAN PROVIDE FORENSIC MEDICAL SERVICES. PROFESSOR AND PROFESSIONAL ASSAULT NURSE EXAMINER FROM TEXAS A&M TESTIFIED YESTERDAY, BY PROVIDING THIS TO RAPE VICTIMS A HOSPITAL CAN DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE A VICTIM'S CHANCE TO RECOVER EMOTIONALLY AND MEDICALLY FROM THE ATTACK. IN ADDITION, CAROLYN MALONEY AND I HAVE ALSO INTRODUCED BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE COLLEGES TO HAVE A SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM ADVOCATE ON STAFF TO ASSIST AND ADVISE SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS. THERE SHOULD BE NO MORE SCHOOL COUNSELORS THAT TURN VICTIMS AWAY. THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC POLICY FOR TEXAS ASSOCIATION AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT ALSO TESTIFIED AND HE TALKED ABOUT HOW THE ASSOCIATION AND OTHER ASSOCIATIONS ARE WORKING ON MANY LEVELS TO PROVIDE A CULTURE OF CHANGE WITHIN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE ATTITUDE OF PEACE OFFICERS REGARDING THIS TYPE OF CRIME. AND ALSO MORE REPORTING TO BE REQUIRED. TREATING VICTIMS LIKE CRIMINALS IS NEVER OK. REMEMBER, MR. SPEAKER, RAPE IS NEVER THE FAULT OF A VICTIM. AS WE BECOME MORE AWARE OF THIS DASTARDLY CRIME, SOME SCHOOLS LIKE RICE UNIVERSITY, HAVE MADE EXCELLENT STRIDES TO ADDRESS SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CAMPUS. THE RICE DEAN OF UNDERGRADUATE, AND FORMER RICE STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT BOTH TESTIFIED ABOUT THE MANY POSITIVE PROACTIVE STEPS RICE HAS TAKEN. A GUIDE FOR OTHER UNIVERSITIES. THE UNIVERSITIES REQUIRE ALL STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN A STUDENT DRIVEN SIX-WEEK COURSE THAT TEACHES YOUNG COLLEGE STUDENTS TO NOTICE THE SIGNS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND WORK TO CHANGE THE CULTURE THAT ALLOW SEXUAL ASSAULT TO OCCUR ON CAMPUS. IT'S WORKED LIKE THIS THAT WILL HELP FOSTER A CULTURE CHANGE WHERE SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT WILL FEEL SUPPORT BIDE OUR COMMUNITY. SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CAMPUS MUST END. WE MUST CHANGE CULTURE TO PREVENT THIS CRIME. WE MUST GIVE VICTIMS SUPPORT TO RECOVER AND BECOME SURVIVORS. AND WE MUST LET OFFENDERS KNOW THEY WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTS AND THEY WILL MEET THE LAW. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD FOLLOW THE WORDS OF MEGAN RON DEANY. HAVE -- RONDINI, HAVE COURAGE AND BE KIND. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN,…

                                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN, FATHER CONROIFMENT --CONROY.

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                                  ETERNAL GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. WE PAUSE IN…

                                  ETERNAL GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. WE PAUSE IN YOUR PRESENCE TO ASK GUIDANCE FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE PEOPLE'S

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                                  CHAPLAIN CONROY

                                  HOUSE. ENABLE THEM, O GOD, TO ACT ON WHAT THEY BELIEVE TO BE RIGHT AND…

                                  HOUSE. ENABLE THEM, O GOD, TO ACT ON WHAT THEY BELIEVE TO BE RIGHT AND JUST AND TO DO SO IN WAYS THAT SHOW RESPECT FOR THOSE WITH WHOM THEY DISAGREE. IN THIS MAY THEY GROW TO BE MODELS AND GOOD EXAMPLES IN A TIME WHEN SO MANY IN OUR WORLD ARE UNABLE TO ENGAGE GRACEFULLY WITH THOSE WITH WHOM THEY ARE AT ODDS. BLESS US THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY AND MAY ALL THAT IS DONE WITHIN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORRY. AMEN -- GLORY. AMEN.

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                                  MADAM SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING…

                                  MADAM SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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                                  NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

                                  NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                                  MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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                                  THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT…

                                  THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                                  LAMALFA: MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND PASSING OF…

                                  LAMALFA: MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND PASSING OF HAROLD K. GRAVES JR.

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                                  A NATIVE OF KENTUCKY WHO LATER LIVED IN OKLAHOMA AND THEN FINALLY MOVED TO…

                                  A NATIVE OF KENTUCKY WHO LATER LIVED IN OKLAHOMA AND THEN FINALLY MOVED TO CALIFORNIA AT A VERY YOUNG AGE.

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                                  MR. LAMALFA

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS SEEK…

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                                  SABLAN: MADAM SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS HAVE RELENTLESSLY TRIED TO UNDERMINE…

                                  SABLAN: MADAM SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS HAVE RELENTLESSLY TRIED TO UNDERMINE THE PILLARS OF AMERICANS' RETIREMENT SECURITY. THE TRUMP BUDGET ALONE CALLS FOR $500 BILLION IN CUTS TO MEDICARE, ALMOST $1.5 TRILLION CUTS TO MEDICAID, AND $72 BILLION CUTS IN SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY. DEMOCRATS WILL KEEP OUR PROMISE TO OUR SENIORS HONORARY

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                                  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 THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                                  MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                  HE'S TAKEN PAGE OUT OF THE CASTRO AND MADURO PLAYBOOK AND UNLEASHED HIS…

                                  HE'S TAKEN PAGE OUT OF THE CASTRO AND MADURO PLAYBOOK AND UNLEASHED HIS NATIONAL POLICE TO KILL MORE THAN 30 YOUNG NICARAGUANS OVER THIS WEEKEND AND INJURE MANY OTHERS. HE'S PRESENTING A FALSE NARRATIVE THAT THE PROTESTS ARE POLITICAL MAN NUFERINGSE -- MANEUVERINGS BY THE OPPOSITION. THIS GIVES HIM THE EXCUSE TO SENSE YOUR ALL INDEPENDENT MEDIA WHILE HIS PEOPLE BEAT, JAIL, AND KILL STUDENTS FIGHTING FOR THEIR BASIC RIGHTS. ORTEGA HAS CHANGED PRESIDENTIAL TERM LIMITS. HE'S DISMANTLED DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. HE'S COMMITTED ELECTORAL FRAUD. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS IS A COUNTRY THAT HAS ENDURED TWO DICTATORSHIPS AND CIVIL WAR. WE MUST DEMONSTRATE OUR SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF NICARAGUA. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO PASS MY ACT TO CUT FUNDING TO ORTEGA AND I URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO SANCTION MORE ORTEGA OFFICIALS WHO ARE COMMITTING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. WE MUST NOT ALLOW ORTEGA'S ACTIONS TO GO UNPUNISHED. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S WRONG THAT REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO PURSUE…

                                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S WRONG THAT REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO PURSUE POLICIES THAT CLEARLY BENEFIT ONLY THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S WRONG THAT. LARGE CORPORATIONS IN PARTICULAR, AND LEAVING MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS BEHIND. THEY HAVE UNDERMINED OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, RAISING PREMIUMS IN EFFECT ON AMERICANS AND INCREASING THE COSTS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THAT'S THE IMPACT WHAT THIS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS DONE. AT A TIME WHEN WE SEE MORE AMERICANS CONCERNED ABOUT RISING HEALTH CARE COST, WE OUGHT TO BE FIGURING OUT WAYS TO WORK TOGETHER. I KNOW DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS COULD DO THAT.

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                                  MR. KILDEE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                  APPROXIMANOT ALLOW US TO CONCLUDE

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                                  AND TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 -- OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 206789 THE…

                                  AND TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 -- OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 206789 THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POST POBED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME -- POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  YES.

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                                  MR. ENGEL

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                                  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 TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL INTO THE MEASURE.

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                                  MR. POE

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO GRANT ONE HALF OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO GRANT ONE HALF OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT HE BE ALLOWED TO CONTROL THOSE 10 MINUTES.

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                                  OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                                  POE: MR. SPEAKER, AS THE NAZIS RAVAGED EUROPE, CONFISCATION OF PROPERTY…

                                  POE: MR. SPEAKER, AS THE NAZIS RAVAGED EUROPE, CONFISCATION OF PROPERTY WAS JUST ONE OF THE MANY INJUSTICES HOLOCAUST VICTIMS ENDURED. IN THE ALMOST 75 YEARS SINCE WORLD WAR II ENDED, HELPING TO REPAIR THE WRONGS INFLICTED BY THE NAZIS BY RESTORING THE PROPERTY OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO HAD THEIR LIVES TORN APART HAS PROVEN A DIFFICULT, CHALLENGING PROBLEM.

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                                  MR. POE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS NOW RECOGNIZED.

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                                  ROS-LEHTINEN: THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DO SOMETHING THAT I…

                                  ROS-LEHTINEN: THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DO SOMETHING THAT I NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT I WOULD DO IN MY TIME IN CONGRESS.

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                                  I'M HERE TO STAND IN OPPOSITION TO A BILL THAT PURPORTS, PURPORTS TO SEEK…

                                  I'M HERE TO STAND IN OPPOSITION TO A BILL THAT PURPORTS, PURPORTS TO SEEK JUSTICE FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS. ANYONE WHO KNOWS JUST THE SLIGHTEST BIT ABOUT MY

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                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                  MR. ENGEL

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                                  MR. ENGEL

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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                                  NEVER MIND THE TITLE. IT MAY BE VIGILANCE, BUT THERE WILL BE NO JUSTICE…

                                  NEVER MIND THE TITLE. IT MAY BE VIGILANCE, BUT THERE WILL BE NO JUSTICE SERVED FOR A SINGLE SURVIVOR, WHEN THIS BODY PASSES THIS BILL AND SENDS IT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S SOMETHING EVEN WORSE THAN NOT PROVIDING JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS. AND THAT IS DEPRIVING THEM OF JUSTICE. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT ONE OF THE PRINCIPLES IN THIS BILL, THAT WHILE ON THE FACE OF IT MIGHT READ LIKE IT'S SIMPLE -- OF IT, IT MIGHT READ LIKE IT'S A SIMPLE PRINCIPLE, PERHAPS IT SOUNDS GOOD, COMMONSENSE, AND THIS IS WHAT IT DOES. THE BILL DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO CONGRESS THAT ASSESSES AN DESCRIBES THE NATURE AND EXTENT THAT CERTAIN COUNTRIES HAVE GONE TO IN ORDER TO MEET THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE 2009 HOLOCAUST ERA ASSETS CONFERENCE. AGAIN, SOUNDS REASONABLE.

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                                  MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  ROYCE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA,…

                                  ROYCE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, THE CHAIRMAN EMERITUS OF OUR COMMITTEE. LET ME THANK HER FOR HER TIRELESS WORK ADVOCATING ON BEHALF OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS.

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                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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                                  MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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                                  MR. ENEL

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                                  MR. CROWLEY

                                  SPEAKER, I RISE IN FULL SUPPORT TODAY OF S. 447, THE JUSTICE FOR…

                                  SPEAKER, I RISE IN FULL SUPPORT TODAY OF S. 447, THE JUSTICE FOR UNCOMPENSATED SURVIVORS ACT. THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE HAS ALREADY UNANIMOUSLY PASSED THE SENATE. SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN HAS WORKED HARD ON THIS ISSUE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, AND I'M PROUD TO HAVE INTRODUCED THE HOUSE VERSION, AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED, ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH. I APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS OF THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER HERE IN BRINGING THE BILL TO THE FLOOR. I WAS FIRST APPROACHED BY THE LACK OF JUSTICE STILL FACING HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS BY A GENTLEMAN FROM QUEENS, NEW YORK. YAHUTA. I AM SORRY HE CAN'T BE HERE TO WATCH THIS DEBATE AS HE SPENT A LIFETIME HELPING THOSE WHO ENDURED THE TRAGEDIES DURING THE HOLOCAUST. YAHUTA HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE CAMPAIGNER FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND HIS WIFE WHO LIVED IN THE GHETTO UNDER FALSE IDENTIFICATION AND JOINED OTHERS IN HIDING WITH RESISTANCE FIGHTERS. IT WAS YAHUTA AND THE WORLD JEWISH RESTITUTION ORGANIZATION WHO SHARED WITH ME AN DOWNGOING INDIGNITY THAT HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS STILL FACE TO THIS VERY DAY, THE INABILITY TO RECLAIM PROPERTY UNLAWFULLY SEIZED DURING THE HOLOCAUST. THIS IS PROPERTY THAT IF RESTORED COULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT FOR THE FAR TOO MANY HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS LIVING IN POVERTY TODAY. IT MAY SHOCK SOME TO HEAR THAT HEAR IN THE UNITED STATES 1/3 OF THE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS, 1/3 LIVE AT OR UNDER THE POVERTY LINE. THAT'S DEPICTABLE. SOME SURVIVORS ARE SO POOR THEY SOMETIMES HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN FOOD AND MEDICINE. THEIR STORIES PUT IN STARK RELIEF THE LIFE-LONG IMPACT THE HOLOCAUST HAD ON AN ENTIRE GENERATION OF SURVIVORS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THAT'S WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT IN 2009 THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL, AND 45 OTHER COUNTRIES SIGNED THE DECLARATION ON HOLOCAUST-ERA ASSETS AND RELATED ISSUES. IN THAT IMPORTANT MEASURE, COUNTRIES PLEDGED TO TAKE STEPS TO RETURN ASSETS LOOTED BY THE NAZI GOVERNMENT AND OTHERS. NINE YEARS LATER, THIS IS STILL WORK TO BE DONE. THE JUST ACT URGES COUNTRIES TO KEEP THEIR COMMITMENTS TO REST TUITT WRONGLY TAKEN HOLOCAUST-ERA ASSETS AND IT WILL CONTINUE TO SHINE A LIGHT ON THE ONGOING STRUGGLE OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS TO RECLAIM THE PROPERTY THAT IS RIGHTFULLY THEIRS. IF YOU WALK OUT THE FRONT DOOR OF THIS BUILDING AND HEAD DOWN THE STREET, YOU'LL FIND YOURSELF AT THE UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM. IT'S A POWERFUL INSTITUTION AND ONE THAT REMINDS US NOT ONLY OF THE HEROIC ROLE PLAYED BY THE UNITED STATES DURING WORLD WAR II BUT ALSO THE TREMENDOUS SUFFERING FACED BY THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ALL VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST. FOR ME IT IS ALSO A REMINDER THAT IF WE CAN TAKE STEPS TO TRY TO RIGHT MORE OF THE WRONGS COMMITTED DURING THE HOLOCAUST WE SHOULD TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO. I BELIEVE THIS BILL IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. I HAVE THE UTMOST AND UTMOST RESPECT FOR THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MR. SPEAKER, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN. SHE KNOWS MY AFFECTION FOR HER. WE HAVE BEEN FRIENDS FOR OVER 20 YEARS, AND I RESPECT HER OPPOSITION TO THIS BECAUSE I KNOW SHE DOES WANT JUSTICE FOR THE VICTIMS. THAT IS HER GOAL. BUT I JUST FOR THE RECORD WANT TO JUST INCLUDE IN THE RECORD THAT THIS BILL IS SUPPORTED BY THE WORLD JEWISH RESTITUTION ORGANIZATION, THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE, THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE, JEWISH FEDERATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA, REFUGEE ASSISTANCE ORGANIZATION, NATIONAL COALITION SUPPORTING YEAR ASIAN JEWELRY, UNION KWON FOR RELIGIOUS ACTION CENTER AND THE -- OF THE ORTHODOX UNION. MR. SPEAKER, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THOSE ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE IN FULL SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO A WOMAN I HAVE TREMENDOUS RESPECT FOR. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  I RECOGNIZE MYSELF FOR AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                  MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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                                  MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                  COURTS TO RECOVER THE LOOTED ARTWORK AND OTHER POSSESSIONS. SO THEY CAN…

                                  COURTS TO RECOVER THE LOOTED ARTWORK AND OTHER POSSESSIONS. SO THEY CAN HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT, AND I'M GLAD FOR IT. IF YOU LOST A FAMOUS PAINTING AND THERE HAD BEEN MOVIES AND BOOKS WRITTEN ABOUT THEM, YOU CAN HAVE YOUR DAY IN COURT. THAT'S WONDERFUL. BUT SINCE HEAR WAS PASSED, THE HOLOCAUST EXPROPRIATED ART RECOVERY ACT, HEAR, IT HAS ALREADY BEEN CITED IN SEVERAL CASES AND HAS BEEN APPLIED BY THE NINTH CIRCUIT COURT TO REVIVE A PREVIOUSLY DISMISSED NAZI-ERA ART CASE. IT'S GREAT. SO WHY NOT TAKE ACTION TO ALLOW THE SAME PROCESS TO TAKE PLACE FOR SURVIVORS TO HOLD INSURANCE COMPANIES AVAILABLE -- ACCOUNTABLE? SO IF YOU HAD YOUR ARTWORK LOOTED BY THE NAZIS, YOU CAN HAVE YOUR DAY IN COURT. BUT IF THE NAZIS HAVE DESTROYED YOUR LIFE AND YOU HAD AN INSURANCE COMPANY POLICY, YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE THAT CASE TO COURT. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. SO MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE HERE TODAY TO DEBATE JUSTICE FOR UNCOMPENSATED SURVIVORS OF THE HOLOCAUST. A SIMPLE REPORTING REQUIREMENT ISN'T GOING TO DO THAT. WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO BE TAKING SUCH ACTION, UNFORTUNATELY, BUT BECAUSE CERTAIN GOVERNMENTS HAVEN'T LIVED UP TO THEIR OBLIGATIONS AND BECAUSE THESE INSURANCE COMPANIES AND OTHERS COMPLICIT, COMPLICIT IN NAZI-ERA CRIME STILL MANAGE TO EVADE ACCOUNTABILITY. WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO STEP INTO ACTION. AND THAT'S THE MESSAGE THAT I AM GIVING TO MY COLLEAGUES. IF WE WANT TO PASS THE JUST ACT, SO BE IT. BUT LET'S ALSO VOW HERE AND NOW TO TAKE MORE CONCRETE ACTION TO REALLY GIVE JUSTICE FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS. LET'S TAKE THAT NEXT BIG STEP. TIME IS RUNNING OUT. TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR ALL OF THESE SURVIVORS, AND WE NEED ACTION YESTERDAY, NOT TODAY, BUT TODAY WILL DO. SO I'M ASKING MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND I'M ASKING FOR THIS BODY, MR. SPEAKER, TO BRING THE HOLOCAUST INSURANCE ACCOUNTABILITY ACT TO THE FLOOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT WE CAN TAKE A MEANINGFUL STEP, A CONCRETE STEP, AN ACTION ITEM TOWARD JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS. AND THEN ALL OF THOSE LOFTY WORDS THAT ARE LAID UPON THE TABLE ON THIS BILL, THAT DON'T REALLY APPLY, WOULD REALLY APPLY TO THIS BILL, THE HOLOCAUST INSURANCE ACCOUNTABILITY ACT. WE OWE IT TO THE SURVIVORS. WE OWE IT TO THEIR FAMILIES. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DEUTCH, WHO IS A VERY WELL-RESPECTED MEMBER OF OUR FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE.

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                                  MR. ENGEL

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                                  MR. DEUTCH

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

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

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  ROYCE: IF THERE ARE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. MR.

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                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  ENGEL: I'LL CLOSE IF THAT'S APPROPRIATE.

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                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  ENGEL: THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                  MR. ENGEL

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  ENG REALLY ARE THIS LEGISLATION IS CRITICAL TO ENSURING HOLOCAUST…

                                  ENG REALLY ARE THIS LEGISLATION IS CRITICAL TO ENSURING HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND THEIR HEIRS ARE COMPENSATED. RESTITUTION AND RETURN WILL REPRESENT ANOTHER STEP MOVING PAST THIS HEINOUS CHAPTER OF HUMAN HISTORY.

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                                • 04:13:54 PM

                                  MR. ENGEL

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND GOOD FRIEND, CHAIRMAN ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR…

                                  I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND GOOD FRIEND, CHAIRMAN ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR HER POWERFUL REMARKS THIS AFTERNOON AND FOR HER LEADERSHIP FOR SO MANY YEARS IN FIGHTING FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS. I'VE MET MANY OF HER CONSTITUENTS AND MANY OF MY OWN WHO REMAIN ENGAGED IN THIS PROLONGED BATTLE FOR JUSTICE. I AM A CO-SPONSOR OF CONGRESSWOMAN ROS-LEHTINEN'S LEGISLATION, AND I PROUDLY SUPPORT HER IN THESE EFFORTS. AND I DO HOPE THAT HER BILL WILL COME TO THE FLOOR AS WELL. I ALSO SUPPORT THIS BILL, CONGRESSMAN CROWLEY AND SMITH, AS WELL AS SENATORS BALDWIN AND RUBIO, IN THE EFFORT TO ENSURE PROPERTY IS RESTITUTED AND RETURNED THROUGH THE JUST ACT. THIS LEGISLATION HAS ALREADY PASSED THE SENATE SO WHEN WE PASS IT HERE IT WILL GO RIGHT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK FOR SIGNING. WITH THIS VOTE WE CAN PUSH IT ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  BEEN CONTACTED ON BEHALF OF THE JUST ACT BY A NUMBER OF ORGANIZATIONS IN…

                                  BEEN CONTACTED ON BEHALF OF THE JUST ACT BY A NUMBER OF ORGANIZATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE SENATE

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                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  BILL. THE MAJOR ORGANIZATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL, THE ANTI-DEFAMATION…

                                  BILL. THE MAJOR ORGANIZATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL, THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE, THE HIGHEST REFUGEE ASSISTANCE ORGANIZATION, THE UNION FOR REFORMED JUDAISM, ORTHODOX UNION, WORLD JEWISH RESTITUTION AND OTHERS HAVE ARGUED THAT THE JUSTICE FOR UNCOMPENSATED SURVIVORS ACT, OR JUST ACT AS THE SENATE CALLS IT IS A MEASURE THAT WILL HAVE AN OUTSIZED IMPACT IN ENCOURAGING COUNTRIES TO CONTINUE WORKING TO MAKE AMENDS, MAKE AMENDS FOR THE EVILS OF THE HOLOCAUST. THAT'S WHAT DROVE THE SENATE TO PASS THIS BILL. NOW, JUST TO GO INTO THE DETAILS AGAIN A LITTLE BIT, IT WAS IN 2009 THAT REPTIVES OF THIS COUNTRY AND 40 OTHER COUNTRIES AGREED TO A SET OF PRINCIPLES TO ADDRESS THE WELFARE OF SURVIVORS, ADDRESS HOLOCAUST EDUCATION, AND TO ADDRESS RESTITUTION FOR SEIZED PROPERTY, AMONG OTHER ISSUES. THAT'S WHAT THESE 40 NATIONS COMMITTED TO. SO 10 YEARS HAVE PASSED, APPROXIMATELY, AND IT'S TIME WE TAKE STOCK OF THE WORK UNDER WAY. BECAUSE WHILE A NUMBER OF THESE PARTNER COUNTRIES HAVE MADE GREAT STRIDES TO UPHOLD THEIR COMMITMENTS UNDER THE AGREEMENT, YOU AND I KNOW, EVERYBODY HERE KNOWS, THAT SOME COUNTRIES HAVE FALLEN SHORT. AND THIS LEGISLATION WHICH CHARGES THE STATE DEPARTMENT WITH A RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS IMPORTANT REPORT AND LET'S CALL IT NAMING AND SHAMING, THAT'S BASICALLY WHAT IS INTENDED HERE, IT GIVES THE UNITED STATES ANOTHER TOOL TO SEEK JUSTICE FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVE YOSS, TO SEEK JUSTICE FOR THE FAMILIES OF HOLOCAUST VICTIMS, AND IT IS OUR HOPE THAT PASSING THIS BILL WILL MOTIVATE IMPROVEMENTS EVEN BEFORE THE REPORT IS PENNED. ALREADY, WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THESE COUNTRIES OVERSEAS RENEW THEIR ENGAGEMENT ON THIS ISSUE AND THAT'S THE LEVERAGE THAT WE WANT TO DEPLOY. YOU KNOW, IT IS A DEVASTATING ISSUE TO EVEN BEGIN A DISCUSSION BECAUSE WE CAN NEVER COMPENSATE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS TRULY FOR THE UNBELIEVABLE HORROR AND DEVASTATION THAT THEY SUFFERED. BUT FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF MOST OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE TALKED TO US ABOUT THE BILL, THEIR POINT WOULD BE, WE CAN TRY, WE CAN TRY TO RESTORE WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY THEIRS, AND PART OF THE TRYING, FROM THEIR STANDPOINT IS TO SHED LIGHT ON THE EFFORTS, OR LACK THEREOF. THAT OTHER COUNTRIES ARE MAKING. AND THIS BILL DOES THAT. IT UNANIMOUSLY PASSED THE SENATE FOR THAT REASON. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND THANK ALL OF THE MEMBERS HERE WHO PARTICIPATED HERE IN THE DEBATE OVER THIS VERY DIFFICULT ISSUE.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4744 AS AMENDED.

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                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  SANCTIONS WITH RESECT TO -- WITH RESPECT TO SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES OF…

                                  SANCTIONS WITH RESECT TO -- WITH RESPECT TO SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR.

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                                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                  ROYCE: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE…

                                  ROYCE: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THIS MEASURE.

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                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD EXCHANGES OF LETTERS…

                                  I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD EXCHANGES OF LETTERS WITH OTHER COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                  MR. ROYCE

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  ROYCE: IN JANUARY, BODY CAME TOGETHER, IT WAS A NEAR UNANIMOUS VOTE, TO…

                                  ROYCE: IN JANUARY, BODY CAME TOGETHER, IT WAS A NEAR UNANIMOUS VOTE, TO SUPPORT THE IRANIAN PEOPLE WHO WERE ENGAGED IN HE JATE MAT PROTESTS AGAINST A VERY OPPRESSIVE

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                                • 04:20:38 PM

                                  MR. ROYCE

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. ROYCE

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

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. ENGEL

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. ENGEL

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  MCCAUL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO URGE SUPPORT FOR MY BILL…

                                  MCCAUL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO URGE SUPPORT FOR MY BILL TO HOLD THE IRANIAN REGIME ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS CONTINUED HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. I INTRODUCED THE IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS AND HOSTAGE TAKING ACCOUNTABILITY ACT WITH CONGRESSMAN DEUTCH, AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL'S SUPPORT IN THIS EFFORT. THE IRANIAN REGIME CONTINUES TO PERPETRATE GROSS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST ITS OWN PEOPLE. THEY CONTINUE TO SUPPRESS AND CENSOR THEIR PEOPLE'S CALLS FOR DEMOCRATIC REFORM. THEY RECKLESSLY USE THEIR NATION'S RESOURCES TO EXPAND THEIR DESTABILIZING INFLUENCE AND SUPPORT OF TERRORISM. THEY CONTINUE TO ENGAGE IN CORRUPT PRACTICES, AND THEY CONTINUE TO ILLEGALLY DETAIN AND IMPRISON OUR CITIZENS WITHOUT JUST CAUSE. THIS IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. MR.

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                                  MR. MCCAUL

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

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

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  DEUTCH, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND…

                                  DEUTCH, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE.

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                                  MR. ENGEL

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. DEUTCH

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  ROS-LEHTINEN: THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR…

                                  ROS-LEHTINEN: THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS KINDNESS AND HIS LEADERSHIP AND RANKING MEMBER ELIOT, MY FAVORITE MENCH, FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK AND CONGRATULATE MICHAEL MCCAUL, AND MY SOUTH FLORIDA COLLEAGUE AND DEAR FRIEND, TED DEUTCH, FOR THEIR WORK IN AUTHORING THIS IMPORTANT BILL. THE REGIME IN IRAN, AS WE HAVE HEARD FROM MY COLLEAGUES, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SOME OF THE MOST DESPICABLE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IMAGINABLE. THE REGIME IS ALSO NOTORIOUS FOR ITS HOSTAGE-TAKING TACTICS. HOPING TO GET

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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

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                                  MR. ENGEL

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. ROYCE

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                                  MR. POE

                                  H.R. 4744, INTRODUCED BY MY FRIEND, CHAIRMAN MCCAUL. THE MULEAS IN TEHRAN…

                                  H.R. 4744, INTRODUCED BY MY FRIEND, CHAIRMAN MCCAUL. THE MULEAS IN TEHRAN ARE THE MOST BRUTAL. WE HAVE SEEN THIS ON DISPLAY AS THEY CONTINUE TO MERCILESSLY CRUSH DISSENT FROM THEIR OWN PEOPLE. INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION HAS FADED BUT THE IRANIAN PEOPLE ARE STILL IN THE STREETS DEMANDING THEIR RIGHTS, WHETHER THEY BE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, ACCESS TO WATER, RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, OR GENDER EQUALITY. SO IN RESPONSE THE REGIME HAS MURDERED DOZENS AND LOCKED UP THOUSANDS AS IT HAS DONE SO MANY TIMES BEFORE WITHOUT PUNISHMENT FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD. THIS IS NOTHING NEW FOR THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC. LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE 1988 MASSACRE WHERE 30,000 OF IRANIANS' POLITICAL PRISONERS WERE SYSTEMATICALLY MURDERED BY THE REGIME. THIS BARBARIC MASS EXECUTION OCCURRED BY PUBLIC HANGINGS, FIRING SQUADS, INCLUDING TEENAGERS AND PREGNANT WOMEN WHO REFUSED TO RENOUNCE THEIR POLITICAL AFFILIATIONS. INCLUDING MANY OF THE M.E.K. 'S, TODAY'S LEADING IRANIAN DISSIDENT GROUP. SO HORRIFIC WAS THE ACT THAT THE DEPUTY TO IRAN'S RULER AT THE TIME AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI, CALLED IT, QUOTE, THE GREATEST CRIME COMMITTED WITHIN THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC WHICH HISTORY WILL CONDEMN US AND, YES, WE CONDEMN THEM FOR THESE ACTS OF MURDER. THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE THAT COMMENDATION AND CALL FOR INVESTIGATION INTO THIS CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. IT ALSO URGES OUR GOVERNMENT TO WORK WITH PARTNERS TO INVESTIGATE OTHER HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES SUCH AS THE DOZENS MORE KILLED DURING PROTESTS IN 1999, 2009, AND 2017, AND SANCTION THOSE RESPONSIBLE. IN ALL CASES THE FAMILIES OF THOSE MURDERED BY THE REGIME WERE NEVER TOLD WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR LOVED ONES' REMAINS. THIS IMPORTANT BILL WILL PRESSURE THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT TO DISCLOSE WHERE THE FINAL RESTING PLACE OF THE MISSING IS SO THEIR FAMILIES MAY HAVE A SMALL BIT OF PEACE. MR. SPEAKER, NOW IS THE DAY OF RECKONING FOR THE IRANIAN REGIME, AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WELL, I'LL CLOSE AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  ENGEL: MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NO SECRET THAT THE UNITED STATES AND IRAN'S…

                                  ENGEL: MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NO SECRET THAT THE UNITED STATES AND IRAN'S LEADERS ARE AT ODDS ON A HOST OF ISSUES. IRAN HAS KILLED AMERICANS IN IRAQ. ITS PROXIES SEEK TO HARM OUR CITIZENS AND OUR INTERESTS AROUND THE WORLD. BUT LET ME BE CLEAR.

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                                  MR. ENGEL

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. ENGEL

                                  THE UNITED STATES HAS NO QUARREL WITH THE IRANIAN PEOPLE. THIS LEGISLATION…

                                  THE UNITED STATES HAS NO QUARREL WITH THE IRANIAN PEOPLE. THIS LEGISLATION SEEKS TO PROTECT THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE IRANIAN PEOPLE AND AMERICANS WHO ARE UNFAIRLY DETAINED IN IRAN. THIS BILL SIGNIFIES AND SIGNALS OUR SOLIDARITY WITH THE PROTESTERS AND DEMONSTRATORS TO IRAN'S RULERS, ANY ACTION THAT VIOLATES THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF AMERICANS WILL BE MET WITH SEVERE CONSEQUENCES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MR. POE JUST MENTIONED THE 1988 MASSACRE, THAT WAS HORRENDOUS AND THERE WERE MANY, MANY MORE. THIS BRUTAL REGIME HAS BLOOD ON ITS HAND AND -- ON ITS HANDS AND IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE UNITED STATES TO CALL THEM OUT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL THIS BIPARTISAN BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  ROYCE: IN CLOSING, I WOULD AGAIN LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CHAIRMAN…

                                  ROYCE: IN CLOSING, I WOULD AGAIN LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CHAIRMAN MCCAUL AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP TO HOLD IRAN ACCOUNTABLE.

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                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR BRUTALITY. THEIR BRUTALITY IN THE 1988…

                                  TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR BRUTALITY. THEIR BRUTALITY IN THE 1988 MASSACRES, THEIR BRUTALITY IN TERMS OF THE WAY THEY'RE TREATING THEIR RELIGIOUS MINORITIES TODAY. AND WE KNOW THAT AMERICANS FORMERLY IMPRISONED BY IRAN DESCRIBE BEING SUBJECTED TO ELECTRIC SHOCK AND WHIPPING, WE'VE HEARD THAT BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE. WE'VE HEARD THEM SAY THAT THEY WERE DENIED MEDICAL CARE. TODAY U.S. CITIZENS SUCH AS BUCKER NAMAZR AND U.S. PERMANENT RESIDENT NAZR ZACA, ARE ALL SITTING IN IRANIAN JAILS ON BOGUS ACCUSATIONS OF -- ON BOGUS ACCUSATIONS OF COLLABORATING IN ESPIONAGE AND U.S. CITIZEN ROBERT LEVINSON IS STILL MISSING MORE THAN 10 YEARS AFTER HE WENT MISSING IN IRAN. OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THESE VICTIMS, OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THEIR FAMILIES AS WE CALL FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ALL U.S. CITIZENS AND PERMANENT RESIDENTS HELD IN IRAN. WITH THIS WE WILL IMPOSE TOUGH SANCTIONS ON THE REGIME AND WE DO THAT FOR ITS CORRUPTION, FOR ITS ATTACKS ON INNOCENT AMERICANS AND ITS ATTACKS ON IRANIANS ALIKE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  ON THAT, QUESTION THE YEAS AND NAYS. -- ON THAT, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND…

                                  ON THAT, QUESTION THE YEAS AND NAYS. -- ON THAT, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THE VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. AND…

                                  THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THE VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL

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                                • 04:48:07 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4681 AS AMENDED.

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                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  4681, A BILL TO LIMIT ASSISTANCE FOR AREAS OF SYRIA CONTROLLED BY THE…

                                  4681, A BILL TO LIMIT ASSISTANCE FOR AREAS OF SYRIA CONTROLLED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF SYRIA OR ASSOCIATED FORCES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IN THE RECORD.

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                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF…

                                  I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS WITH THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  MR.

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                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 04:49:27 PM

                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF DEVASTATING SILL WAR, THE DESTRUCTION INFLICTED ON…

                                  AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF DEVASTATING SILL WAR, THE DESTRUCTION INFLICTED ON THE SYRIAN PEOPLE BY THE ASSAD REGIME AND ITS ALLIES IS CATASTROPHIC.

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                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. ENGEL

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. ENGALE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  ROYCE: HE IS THE PRIMARY REPUBLICAN CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER.…

                                  ROYCE: HE IS THE PRIMARY REPUBLICAN CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER. MR.

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                                • 04:57:16 PM

                                  MR. ROYCE

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  KINZINGER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK YOU, I WANT TO THANK…

                                  KINZINGER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK YOU, I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER ENGEL AND THE CO-CHAIR OF THE SYRIA CAUCUS WITH ME, REPRESENTATIVE BOYLE. IN THE START OF THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR IN 2011, WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE PEACEFUL. SINCE THEN 500,000 SYRIANS ARE DEAD, 50,000 OF WHICH ARE CHILDREN, AT THE HANDS OF THE ASSAD REGIME. ASSAD AND HIS REGIME AND RUSSIA AND IRAN HAVE COMMITTED GENOCIDE ACROSS SYRIA, TARGETED HOSPITALS AND SCHOOLS AND DESTROYED CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WITH INDISCRIMINATE BAFRLE BOMBS AND AIR STRIKES. THEY REDUCED MUCH OF THE COUNTRY TO RUBBLE.

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                                • 04:57:23 PM

                                  MR. ROYCE

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                                  MR. KINZINGER

                                  AND AS LONG AS ASSAD IS IN POWER THEY SHOULD BE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR…

                                  AND AS LONG AS ASSAD IS IN POWER THEY SHOULD BE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR REBUILDING. THE NO ASSISTANCE FOR ASSAD ACT WOULD PLACE CONDITIONS ON AMERICAN NONHUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE IN SYRIAN TERRITORIES CONTROLLED BY THE ASSAD REGIME OR THEIR ALLIES. BY LIMITING OUR RECONSTRUCTION ASSISTANCE TO ASSAD WE SEND A STRONG MESSAGE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT SUPPORT ANY EFFORTS TO LEGITIMIZE OR BOLSTER THE BARBARIC ASSAD REGIME. A REGIME THAT USES CHEMICAL WEAPONS ON ITS OWN (music)(music) CIVILIANS AS WE SAW ESPECIALLY RECENTLY. WE HAVE SEEN FAR TOO MANY HORRIFYING IMAGE OS THEY HAVE BLOODIED AND BEJIEGED CHILDREN ACROSS SYRIA SUFFERING AT THE HANDS OF AN EVIL WAR CRIMINAL. AS OF JANUARY, 2018, THE UNITED STATES HAS PROVIDED MORE THAN $7.7 BILLION IN HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA. WE'LL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE INNOCENT VICTIMS WITH THE EMERGENCY FOOD, SAFE DRINKING WATER, SHELTER AND OTHER VITAL RESOURCES THEY DESPERATELY NEED. THIS LEGISLATION PLACES STRICT CONDITIONS ON THE NONHUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR THINGS LIKE EARLY RECOVERY, STABILIZATION AND RECONSTRUCTION AND ASSAD -- IN ASSAD-CONTROLLED SYRIAN TERRITORIES. THE RELEASE OF ALL APRIL PRISONERS AND PROVIDING FULL ACCESS TO SYRIAN PRISONERS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS INVESTIGATIONS AND REMOVING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS FROM POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY ARE JUST TWO OF THE CONDITIONS INCLUDED IN THIS BILL. THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT MUST ALSO END ALL ATTACKS AGAINST SIEVALL -- CIVILIANS AND HALT THE DEPLOYMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF BALLISTIC AND CRUISE MISSILES. WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN NOW TO PRETCHT THE NEXT GENERATION OF TERRORISTS DOWN THE ROAD. WITHOUT HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY, THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA AND THOSE ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST WILL BECOME PRIME CRUTES FOR GROUPS LIKE ISIS, HEZBOLLAH AND OTHERS THIS EUNITED STATES OF AMERICA MUST TAKE A STAND AGAINST GENOCIDE IN SIR YASM THE INHUMANE WAR CRIMES AGAINST THE INNOCENT PEOPLE OF SYRIA AND THE OPPRESSIVE STRONGMEN, THOSE LIKE ASSAD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 4681, THE NO ASSISTANCE FOR ASSAD ACT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  ENGEL: IF THERE'S NOBODY ELSE I'LL CLOSE. ONE MORE. I RESERVE.

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                                  MR. ENGEL

                                  ROYCE: I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE,…

                                  ROYCE: I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON NONPROLIFERATION AND TRADE.

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                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  POE: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. ALSO WANT TO THANK AND EXPRESS MY…

                                  POE: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. ALSO WANT TO THANK AND EXPRESS MY SUPPORT FOR RANKING MEMBER ENGEL'S BILL, 4681, NO ASSISTANCE TO ASSAD ACT. AND AS HE SAID, ASSAD IS A BUTCHER, A BUTCHER OF HIS OWN PEOPLE.

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                                  MR. POE

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

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

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  ENGEL: RECONSTRUCTION AND STABILIZATION OF A POST-ISIS SYRIA IS ESTIMATED…

                                  ENGEL: RECONSTRUCTION AND STABILIZATION OF A POST-ISIS SYRIA IS ESTIMATED TO COST IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF $300 BILLION. BY THE WAY, I WISH I COULD SAY A POST-ASSAD SYRIA, BECAUSE HE'S THE ONE THAT REALLY SHOULD GO. THE SYRIAN REGIME HAS SPENT THE LAST SIX YEARS DESTROYING CIVILIAN INFRASTRUCTURE AND DRIVING PEOPLE FROM THEIR HOMES. IT IS SIMPLY NOT THE ROLE OF THE UNITED STATES TO SUPPORT RECONSTRUCTION IN SYRIA, ESPECIALLY IF THE ASSAD REGIME CONTINUES TO OPPRESS THE SYRIAN PEOPLE AND THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY FOR HIS WAR CRIMES. AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE CONSIDERING INVESTING IN SYRIAN RECONSTRUCTION IN ASSAD-CONTROLLED TERRITORIES, JUST KNOW THAT SYRIA IS ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPT COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD.

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                                • 05:02:56 PM

                                  MR. ENGEL

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. ENGEL

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                • 05:04:32 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. ROYE

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 05:04:44 PM

                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  ELIOT ENGEL HAS BEEN THIS BODY'S CONSCIOUS ON THE ISSUE -- CONSCIENCE ON…

                                  ELIOT ENGEL HAS BEEN THIS BODY'S CONSCIOUS ON THE ISSUE -- CONSCIENCE ON THE ISSUE OF SYRIA PASSING THE CESAR SYRIA PROTECTION ACT TWICE, ANOTHER SUPPORTING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TRIBUNAL IN SYRIA TO TRY ASSAD'S WAR CRIMES, ANOTHER MEASURE WE HAD PASSED. WHILE WE HAVE MADE IMPORTANT PROGRESS IN THE MILITARY CAMPAIGN AGAINST ISIS, THERE IS NO END IN SIGHT TO THE MISERY INFLICTED ON THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA ABOUT ASSAD AND HIS PROXIES. NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO TURN AWAY. AS WE ENGAGE, WE CANNOT LET U.S. TAXPAYER MONEY TO REWARD WAR CRIMES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 05:05:55 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE CONCURRENT…

                                  I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 111 AS AMENDED.

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                                • 05:06:36 PM

                                  MR. ROYCE

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 05:06:45 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                  ASSOCIATION, FIFA, WORLD CUP COMPETITION TO CANADA, MIX CORKS AND THE…

                                  ASSOCIATION, FIFA, WORLD CUP COMPETITION TO CANADA, MIX CORKS AND THE UNITED STATES.

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                                • 05:07:04 PM

                                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                  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 INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THIS MEASURE.

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                                • 05:07:16 PM

                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                  MR. ROYCE

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 05:07:28 PM

                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                • 05:09:10 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  ENGEL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST, LET ME THANK CONGRESSMAN LAHOOD FOR…

                                  ENGEL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST, LET ME THANK CONGRESSMAN LAHOOD FOR AUTHORING THIS BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION AND CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR BRINGING IT TO THE FLOOR.

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                                  MR. ENGEL

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

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

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                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  LAHOOD: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE. MR.…

                                  LAHOOD: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.CON.RES 111, RECOGNIZING AND SUPPORTING THE EFFORTS OF THE UNITED BID COMMITTEE TO BRING THE 2026 FIFA WORLD CUP SOCCER COMPETITION TO THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AND MEXICO.

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                                • 05:11:15 PM

                                  MR. LAHOOD

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                • 05:13:56 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. ENGEL

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 05:14:18 PM

                                  MS. CASTOR

                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  ENGEL: I'LL CLOSE, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY…

                                  ENGEL: I'LL CLOSE, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                • 05:17:32 PM

                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  ENGEL: THE TIES BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES, MEXICO AND CANADA ARE…

                                  ENGEL: THE TIES BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES, MEXICO AND CANADA ARE LONGSTANDING AND DEEP.

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                                • 05:17:37 PM

                                  MR. ENGEL

                                  AND I'M PLEASED THAT THE UNITED STATES CAN CONTINUE TO COME TOGETHER IN…

                                  AND I'M PLEASED THAT THE UNITED STATES CAN CONTINUE TO COME TOGETHER IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR FRIENDS FROM BOTH THOSE COUNTRIES ON THE UNITED BID COMMITTEE TO TRY TO BRING THE 2026 WORLD CUP TO NORTH AMERICA. I STAND READY TO SUPPORT THE NORTH AMERICAN BID IN ANY WAY THAT I CAN. IT WOULD REALLY BE TERRIFIC TO GET IT. AND I KNOW WE ALL FEEL THE SAME WAY. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. ENGEL

                                  MR.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. ROYCE

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 05:18:26 PM

                                  MR. ROYCE

                                  SO I URGE UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FOR THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

                                  SO I URGE UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FOR THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  ROYCE: MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                  MR. ROYCE

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2809, THE…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2809, THE AMERICAN SPACE COMMERCE FREE ENTERPRISE ACT, AS AMENDED.

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                                  MR. SMITH

                                  2809. A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 51, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE…

                                  2809. A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 51, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE AUTHORIZATION AND SUPERVISION OF NONGOVERNMENTAL SPACE ACTIVITIES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  BERA, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

                                  BERA, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR.

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                                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                                  SMITH: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R.

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                                  MR. SMITH

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                  MR. SMITH

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE BIPARTISAN AMERICAN SPACE COMMERCE FREE ENTERPRISE ACT. THE COMMERCIAL…

                                  THE BIPARTISAN AMERICAN SPACE COMMERCE FREE ENTERPRISE ACT. THE COMMERCIAL SPACE INDUSTRY IS POISED TO BEGIN A MAJOR NEW VEHICLE FOR DISCOVERIES IN SPACE AND NATIONAL ECONOMIC GROWTH. IT REPRESENTS HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN INVESTMENTS AND THE CREATION OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.

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                                • 05:20:55 PM

                                  MR. SMITH

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA. BERBER MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MY --

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                                  BERA: I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2809, THE AMERICAN SPACE COMMERCE…

                                  BERA: I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2809, THE AMERICAN SPACE COMMERCE FREE ENTERPRISE ACT. AS A RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON SPACE, I SUPPORT A ROBUST AND SUCCESSFUL COMMERCIAL SPACE INDUSTRY. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON POLICIES THAT FACILITATE OUR NATION'S CONTINUED GROWTH AND LEADERSHIP IN SPACE. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, H.R. 2089, WOULD PROVIDE A REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR U.S.

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                                  MR. BERA

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. BERA

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                  MR. SMITH

                                  AT THIS POINT I'M GOING TO YIELD EIGHT MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

                                  AT THIS POINT I'M GOING TO YIELD EIGHT MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SPACE SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BABIN.

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                                • 05:30:16 PM

                                  MR. BABIN

                                  THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD AN OP-ED I WROTE IN JANUARY…

                                  THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD AN OP-ED I WROTE IN JANUARY CALLED, A ONE STOP SHOP FOR SPACE EXPLORATION IN THE RECORD, WITHOUT OBJECTION, IF THAT'S POSSIBLE.

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                                • 05:30:44 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  OF H.R. -- IN FAVOR OF H.R. 2809.

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                                  MR. BABIN

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, RESERVES HIS TIME. AND THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                  MR. BERA

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                                • 05:37:14 PM

                                  MR. PERLMUTTER

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  AND, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD A LETTER EXCHANGED…

                                  AND, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD A LETTER EXCHANGED BETWEEN THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE AND THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE.

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                                • 05:40:52 PM

                                  MR. SMITH

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                  MR. SMITH

                                  ROHRABACHER: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2809. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN…

                                  ROHRABACHER: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2809. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH FOR THE GREAT JOB THAT HE'S BEEN DOING.

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                                  MR. ROHRABACHER

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. AND…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. BERA

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                                  MR. SMITH

                                  I THINK YOU'VE SEEN THE GENUINE ENTHUSIASM ABOUT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS…

                                  I THINK YOU'VE SEEN THE GENUINE ENTHUSIASM ABOUT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS AND ALL AMERICANS ABOUT SPACE. IT IS IN THAT SPIRIT OF NATIONAL PRIDE IN AMERICAN LEADERSHIP I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS BILL AND, AGAIN, TO CONTINUE TO FOSTER AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN SPACE AND MEET THAT GOAL THAT MY COLLEAGUE, MR.

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                                  MR. BERA

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. SMITH

                                  2809, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED,

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  5086, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION TO…

                                  5086, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION TO DEVELOP A COURSE TO SUPPORT COMMERCIALIZATION READY INNOVATION COMPANIES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  LIPINSKI, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

                                  LIPINSKI, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEBSTER.

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                                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

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                                  MR. WEBSTER

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                  TEMPORE WIT

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                                  MR. WEBSTER

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. WEBSTER

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. LIPINSKI

                                  5086, THE INNOVATORS TO ENTREPRENEURS ACT OF 2018. THE BILL THAT I…

                                  5086, THE INNOVATORS TO ENTREPRENEURS ACT OF 2018. THE BILL THAT I INTRODUCED TO SPUR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND TURN AMERICAN INNOVATION INTO JOBS. I WANT TO THANK MR.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. LIPINSKI

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. WEBSTER

                                  SMITH: MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEBSTER, A…

                                  SMITH: MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEBSTER, A VALUED MEMBER OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE, FOR YIELDING ME TIME. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. SMITH

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. LIPINSKI

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                                  MR. WEBSTER

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                                  MR. LIPINSKI

                                  -- FOR THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WEBSTER FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. WE KNOW THAT THIS NOT ONLY…

                                  WEBSTER FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. WE KNOW THAT THIS NOT ONLY ADVANCED OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD, BUT ALSO CREATES JOBS AND PRODUCTS THAT FUEL OUR ECONOMY IS A GOAL THAT ALL OF US CAN AGREE UPON. AND I KNOW AS A FORMER UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR, I KNOW THAT IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WE TEACH IN PH.D. PROGRAMS.

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                                • 05:56:24 PM

                                  MR. LIPINSKI

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                                  MR. LIPINSKI

                                  WE HAVE THE GREATEST RESEARCHERS IN THE WORLD HERE IN THE UNITED STATES,…

                                  WE HAVE THE GREATEST RESEARCHERS IN THE WORLD HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, WE SPEND SO MUCH, WE INVEST SO MUCH IN FEDERAL RESEARCH AND FEDERAL DOLLARS FOR RESEARCH. THIS IS A SIMPLE PROGRAM, LOW COST, THAT HELPS GET THE BIGGEST THING FOR OUR -- BANG FOR OUR BUCK, HELPS CREATE JOBS AND KEEPS AMERICA ON THE LEADING EDGE OF INNOVATION IN THE WORLD. IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE NEED FOR TODAY AND FOR OUR FUTURE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WEBSTER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

                                  WEBSTER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MR.

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                                • 05:57:36 PM

                                  MR. WEBSTER

                                  LIPINSKI AND CHAIRMAN SMITH AND ALL OF THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE OF HOUSE,…

                                  LIPINSKI AND CHAIRMAN SMITH AND ALL OF THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE OF HOUSE, SPACE, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. IT'S A GOOD BILL AND IT WILL SPUR THE CREATION OF NEW BUSINESSES AND NEW JOBS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WEBSTER: MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                  MR. WEBSTER

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  POSTPONED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATION.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  CONGRESS.

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                                  SANCTION BILL. THE HOUSE GAVELING BACK IN MOMENTARILY. THOSE WILL BE…

                                  SANCTION BILL. THE HOUSE GAVELING BACK IN MOMENTARILY. THOSE WILL BE COMING UP IN A MOMENT OR SO. WE WILL HAVE IT LIVE. THE SENATE IS DONE FOR THE DAY AFTER APPROVING THE NOMINATION OF KYLE DUNCAN TO BE U.S. CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT. LIVE FOR THE HOUSE FLOOR FOR VOTES HERE ON C-SPAN. WL BE TAKEN IN THE FOOWING ORDER. SUSPENDING THE RULES AND AGREEING TO H.CON.RES. 111, SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 5086, AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL IF ORDERED. 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 THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 111 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  2026 FED FIFA WORLD CUP COMPETITION TO CANADA, MEXICO AND THE UNITED…

                                  2026 FED FIFA WORLD CUP COMPETITION TO CANADA, MEXICO AND THE UNITED STATES.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE YEAS ARE 392 AND…

                                  HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE YEAS ARE 392 AND THE NAYS ARE 3. THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED IS VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WEBSTER, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5086 ON WHICH THE THE YEAS AND…

                                  WEBSTER, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5086 ON WHICH THE THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

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                                  THE CLERK

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

                                  ISM 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. ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: ON THIS VOTE, THE YEASRE 379, THE NAYS ARE 16. 2/3 BEING ITHE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULESRE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASD AND WITHOUT OBJECTION A MOTION TO RONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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                                  PEER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT REPRESENTATIVE CLAY HIGGINS OF…

                                  PEER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT REPRESENTATIVE CLAY HIGGINS OF LOUISIANA BE REMOVED AS CO-SPONSOR OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 817.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  THEPEAKER PRO TEMPOR WITHO OBJECTION. MR. GREEN THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.…

                                  THEPEAKER PRO TEMPOR WITHO OBJECTION. MR. GREEN THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HOUSE WILL COME T ORDER. PLASE REMOVE YO CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSEOES THE GENTLEMAN FROSOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECGNITION?

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                                  THEPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  OBJECTION. THE HOUSE WILLCOME TO ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS…

                                  OBJECTION. THE HOUSE WILLCOME TO ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPE ES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  M SPEAKER, I ASK UNANOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURN TODAY IT…

                                  M SPEAKER, I ASK UNANOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURN TODAY IT ADJOURN TOEET AT 9:0A.M.OMORROW.

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                                  THE SPEAKER P TEMPORE

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  BUSH.

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                                  THE CRK

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM…

                                  TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FOR. THE HOUSE WI COME TO ORDER. THHOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVESATIONS FROM T FLOOR

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                                • 07:12:47 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?…

                                  ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. WILLIAMS

                                  MAY GOD BLESS THE BUSH FAMILY AND MAY GOD BLESS THIS NATION THAT'S BETTER…

                                  MAY GOD BLESS THE BUSH FAMILY AND MAY GOD BLESS THIS NATION THAT'S BETTER FOR HER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:14:39 PM

                                  MR. WILLIAMS

                                  RECOGNITION? WITHOUT

                                • 07:14:46 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  OBJECTION.

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                                  KRISHNAMOORTHI: WHEN STUDENTS MOVE TO A NEW CAMPUS, OFTEN IN A NEW STATE,…

                                  KRISHNAMOORTHI: WHEN STUDENTS MOVE TO A NEW CAMPUS, OFTEN IN A NEW STATE, HAVING NEVER VOTED OR EVEN RENG IS IT -- REGISTERED TO VOTE, THEY LACK THE INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT TO HELP THEM NAVIGATE THE VOTING PROCESS.

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                                  MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. POE

                                  OBJECTION.

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                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                  MR. POE

                                  OTHER OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A CALL.

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                                  ANITA

                                  APPROACHING THE HOUSE, THE OFFICERS WERE CAUTIOUS AND RIGHTFULLY. SO AFTER…

                                  APPROACHING THE HOUSE, THE OFFICERS WERE CAUTIOUS AND RIGHTFULLY. SO AFTER ALL, MR. SPEAKER, 22% OF POLICE OFFICERS THAT ARE SHOT OCCUR DURING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALLS.

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                                  ANITA

                                  SUDDENLY THE OUTLAW DASHED OUT OF THE HOUSE WITH HIS GUNS BLAZING. THE…

                                  SUDDENLY THE OUTLAW DASHED OUT OF THE HOUSE WITH HIS GUNS BLAZING. THE DEPUTIES RETURNED FIRE, BUT WITH LITTLE OR NO AREA TO TAKE COVER, TWO-YEAR VETERAN OF THE FORCE, DEPUTY CONSTABLES GAINS, WAS SHOT IN THE ABDOMEN AT POINT BLANK RANGE WITH A SHOTGUN. GAINS' WIFE EVEN HEARD THE SHOTS FROM THEIR NEARBY HOME. GAINS' FELLOW OFFICERS RUSHED HIM TO THE HOSPITAL AND PUT HIM DIRECTLY INTO SURGERY. GAINS' ONLY THOUGHTS WERE OF HIS WIFE AND 4-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER. THANKS TO THE GOOD LORD AND THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AT MEMORIAL HERMAN, ZOE'S DAD IS ALIVE. AFTER SPEAKING WITH HIM, HE TOLD ME HE IS IN HIGH SPIRITS AND EXPECTED TO RECOVER. HE'S ALREADY TALKING ABOUT RETURNING TO WORK. MR. SPEAKER, DEPUTY CHRISTOPHER GAINS IS ONE OF THE RARE BREED OF THE AMERICAN LAWMEN THAT ALWAYS STAND READY TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE REST OF US FROM EVIL DOERS. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                  MR. PAYNE

                                  CLEAR ROADS, BROADBAND TO SCHOOLS, WATER INFRASTRUCTURE, ENERGY GRIDS AND…

                                  CLEAR ROADS, BROADBAND TO SCHOOLS, WATER INFRASTRUCTURE, ENERGY GRIDS AND TRANSIT. THAT'S WHAT MY CONSTITUENTS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. PAYNE

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                  ROONEY: AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, THEY VOTED MASSIVELY FOR DEMOCRATS IN 2016.…

                                  ROONEY: AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, THEY VOTED MASSIVELY FOR DEMOCRATS IN 2016. THAT'S THE BLUE. AND WOULD HAVE LEFT AN ELECTORAL COLLEGE OF 504 DEMOCRATS, 23 REPUBLICANS. ACROSS THE BUSINESS WORLD WHERE I COME FROM, EMPLOYERS ARE RESPONDING TO THE MILLENNIALS' LACK OF CONCERN FOR SENIORITY, REFUSAL TO WAIT THEIR TURN, AND UNQUESTIONING -- AND QUESTIONING DEFERENCE TO AUTHORITY. I'M NOT MAKING A VALUE JUDGMENT. I'M TELLING YOU, THAT'S THE WAY THEY ARE AND IF YOU WANT EMPLOYEES AND GOOD PEOPLE, YOU GOT TO DEAL WITH THEIR CONCERNS.

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                                • 07:20:47 PM

                                  MR. ROONEY

                                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. ROONEY

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  TONKO: MR. SPEAKER, LAST YEAR THIS CHAMBER RAMMED THROUGH A TAX CUT FOR…

                                  TONKO: MR. SPEAKER, LAST YEAR THIS CHAMBER RAMMED THROUGH A TAX CUT FOR BILLIONAIRES AND WEALTHY CORPORATIONS.

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                                • 07:21:39 PM

                                  MR. TONKO

                                  PAID FOR ON THE BACKS OF AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS. YOU DON'T HEAR THEM TALK…

                                  PAID FOR ON THE BACKS OF AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS. YOU DON'T HEAR THEM TALK ABOUT IT MUCH ANYMORE, THOUGH. BECAUSE IT WAS A VERY BAD DEAL.

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                                  TEMPORE WITHO

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

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

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                                • 07:22:50 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  FROM GLASGOW, KENTUCKY, FOR HIS INDUNKS INTO THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY…

                                  FROM GLASGOW, KENTUCKY, FOR HIS INDUNKS INTO THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY COLLEGE -- INDUNKS INTO THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY COLLEGE HALL OF DISTINCTION. HE

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                                  GRADUATED FROM -- AND HAS 50 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING. 35…

                                  GRADUATED FROM -- AND HAS 50 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING. 35 YEARS AGO HE STARTED HIS OWN COMPANY WITH ONLY TWO EMPLOYEES IN GLASGOW.

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                                • 07:23:23 PM

                                  MR. GUTHRIE

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO EMPORE

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  ARMENIANS. ON APRIL 24, 1915, THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE BEGAN TO SYSTEMICALLY…

                                  ARMENIANS. ON APRIL 24, 1915, THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE BEGAN TO SYSTEMICALLY DEPORT AND KILL 1 1/2 MILLION ARMENIANS, SENDING THEM TO THEIR DEATH.

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                                  MR. COSTA

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

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

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                                • 07:25:30 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THOSE LIVES LOST IN THE ARMENIAN…

                                  SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THOSE LIVES LOST IN THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE MORE THAN 1 EARS -- 100 YEARS AGO.

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                                  FROM 1915 TO 1923 THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE ENGAGED IN THE SYSTEMIC AND ORGANIZED…

                                  FROM 1915 TO 1923 THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE ENGAGED IN THE SYSTEMIC AND ORGANIZED DEPORTATION AND EXTERMINATION OF OVER TWO MILLION MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN FROM ARMENIA. TODAY THESE HORRIFIC EVENTS HAVE BECOME KNOWN AS THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE.

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                                • 07:26:05 PM

                                  MR. VALADAO

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  KAPTUR: MR. SPEAKER, -- FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS GREEDY CORPORATE CHIEF…

                                  KAPTUR: MR. SPEAKER, -- FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS GREEDY CORPORATE CHIEF DANES ENABLED BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAVE CHIPPED CHIRNINGSED, CHIPPED AWAY AT WORKERS' RIGHTS, DECENT WAGES AND SECURE PENSION BENEFITS. IN FACT, THEY'VE EVEN MOVED CORPORATIONS TO PENNY-WAGE ENVIRONMENTS, ALL IN THE NAME OF PREVENTING WORKERS FROM IMPROVING THEIR LIVES HERE AND THE LIVES OF THEIR FAMILIES. OUR LATEST FIGHT IS TO ENSURE PENSION SECURITY FOR RETIREES WHO ALREADY PAID INTO THEIR EARNED BENEFITS. SINCE 2014, WE FOUGHT TO PROTECT MILLIONS OF MULTIEMPLOYER PENSIONERS AT RISK OF INSOLVENCY.

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                                • 07:27:07 PM

                                  MS. KAPTUR

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                                  E WITHOUT

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                                  MS. KAPTUR

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  TENNEY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A DEAR FRIEND,…

                                  TENNEY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A DEAR FRIEND, JENNIFER O'BRIEN OF BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK, SHE WAS RECENTLY DESIGNATED AS THE 2018 NEW YORK MOTHER OF THE YEAR. JENNIFER HAS DEDICATED HER LIFE TO HELPING OTHERS AND ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN LESS FORTUNATE. JENNIFER IS THE MOTHER OF TWO BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN, BOTH WHOM HAVE CEREBRAL PALSY.

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                                • 07:28:45 PM

                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                  MS. TENNEY

                                  ALONG WITH HER FULL-TIME JOB AT HEALTH PROCESSES, JENNIFER SERVES AS THE…

                                  ALONG WITH HER FULL-TIME JOB AT HEALTH PROCESSES, JENNIFER SERVES AS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LIFE IS WASHABLE AND AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AMERICAN SPECIAL HOCKEY ASSOCIATION. THROUGH LIFE IS WASHABLE, JENNIFER HAS IMPLEMENTED INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS WHICH HAVE ALLOWED CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS TO PLAY SPORTS AND PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY EVENTS WITH THEIR FAMILIES. IN ADDITION TO SERVING OVER 50,000 PEOPLE WITH THESE PROGRAMS, JENNIFER SERVES OVER 3,000 MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN SPECIAL HOCKEY ASSOCIATION. SHE'S ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE LARGEST ACCESSIBLE PLAYGROUND IN NEW YORK STATE KNOWN AS OUR SPACE IN BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING JENNIFER O'BRIEN'S OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A WIFE, A MOTHER AND AN ADVOCATE. JENNIFER IS ONE OF THOSE RARE INDIVIDUALS WHO POSSESSES ENDLESS ENERGY, INTEGRITY, COURAGE, TENACITY AND COMPASSION. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:30:07 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR NO MORE THAN ONE MINUTE.

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

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A TIME NOT TO EXCEED ONE MINUTE.

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                                • 07:31:32 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  SPEAKER, APRIL 29 THROUGH MAY 5 IS NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK. RECENT…

                                  SPEAKER, APRIL 29 THROUGH MAY 5 IS NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK. RECENT STUDIES AND SURVEYS SHOW THAT SMALL BUSINESS OPTIMISM IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH AND I'VE SEEN THAT FIRSTHAND WITH THE BUSINESSES I'VE MET THROUGHOUT THE BIG FIRST DISTRICT IN KANSAS. MR.

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                                  MARSHALL: TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE HARD WORK AND PERSEVERANCE OUR…

                                  MARSHALL: TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE HARD WORK AND PERSEVERANCE OUR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS HAVE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR CRITICAL ROLE IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES.

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                                • 07:32:00 PM

                                  MR. MARSHALL

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

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

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF PATRICIA "PATTY"

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                                  MESTES. SHE WAS A MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER AND GREAT GRANDMOTHER.

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                                  MR. KIHUEN

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER OF THE…

                                  FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORK FORCE STAFF WHO IS RETIRING AFTER MORE THAN 29 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE.

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                                • 07:34:16 PM

                                  MS. FOXX

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MS. FOXX

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  BUSTOS: I MET A HOME CARE NURSE WHO LIVES NEAR ME. SHE WORKS FULL TIME,…

                                  BUSTOS: I MET A HOME CARE NURSE WHO LIVES NEAR ME. SHE WORKS FULL TIME, HER HUSBAND WORKS FULL TIME TOO. THEY WANT TO GIVE THEIR TWO KIDS THE BEST CHILDHOOD THEY POSSIBLY CAN BUT THEY CAN'T EVEN AFFORD TO TAKE THEIR KIDS TO THE MOVIES. BECAUSE TICKETS AND POPCORN AND SODA ARE JUST A LITTLE TOO MUCH.

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                                  MRS. BUSTOS

                                  SO WHEN I ASKED WHAT THEY DID FOR FUN SHE SAID THEY HAVE CABLE TELEVISION.…

                                  SO WHEN I ASKED WHAT THEY DID FOR FUN SHE SAID THEY HAVE CABLE TELEVISION. SO HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO EXPLAIN TO A FAMILY LIKE THIS WHO CAN ONLY GIVE THEIR KIDS THE DISNEY CHANNEL, INSTEAD OF DISNEY WORLD, THAT THE MAJORITY IN CONGRESS JUST GAVE A $3.5 BILLION TAXPAYER FUNDS TO THE SIX LARGEST BANKS ON WALL STREET? THAT'S A RAW DEAL AND IT'S WRONG. INSTEAD, WE SHOULD FIGHT EVERY SINGLE DAY TO GIVE A BETTER DEAL BUILT ON A FOUNDATION OF BETTER JOBS, BETTER WAY, AND A BETTER FUTURE FOR ALL AMERICANS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:37:04 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF MR. JOE BILL DICKERSON WHO…

                                  SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF MR. JOE BILL DICKERSON WHO PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 24 AT THE AGE OF 88. MR.

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                                  DICKERSON WAS RAISED IN HOMERVILLE, GEORGIA, IN GEORGIA'S FIRST…

                                  DICKERSON WAS RAISED IN HOMERVILLE, GEORGIA, IN GEORGIA'S FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND TRULY WORKED HARD THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE TO MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE.

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                                  MR. CARTER

                                  MR. DICKERSON SERVED IN MANY LEVELS OF PHARMACY HE WORKED IN…

                                  MR. DICKERSON SERVED IN MANY LEVELS OF PHARMACY HE WORKED IN PHARMACEUTICAL SALES, AT A HOSPITAL, THE LOCAL PHARMACY AND EVEN BECAME A PHARMACY PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA. TODAY, PHARMACISTS LIKE MYSELF WORK THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF GEORGIA AND LEARN THEIR CRAFT UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE OF AN EXPERIENCED MR. JOE BILL DICKERSON. HIS EXPERTISE, COLORFUL PERSONALITY AND DEDICATION TO THE BETTERMENT OF OTHERS WILL TRULY BE MISSED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:39:51 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                • 07:41:11 PM

                                  MR. GARAMENDI

                                  FORWARD AND HOW OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE REALLY TAKING US IN…

                                  FORWARD AND HOW OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE REALLY TAKING US IN THE WRONG DIRECTION, I WANT TO PUT THIS UP FOR US TO TAKE A LOOK AT. I SUSPECT I CAUGHT YOUR ATTENTION HAVING IT UPSIDE DOWN. DID THAT ON PURPOSE. I OFTEN START THESE DISCUSSIONS WITH THIS. IT'S FROM F.D.R. ONE OF HIS GREAT SPEECHES. HE SAID THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE ADD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH, IT IS WHETHER WE PROVIDE ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. I KEEP COMING TO THIS BECAUSE IT'S A STATEMENT OF VALUES. IT'S A STATEMENT OF DIRECTION, IT'S A STATEMENT OF WHAT I BELIEVE WE SHOULD BE DOING AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND AS LEADERS OF THIS NATION. THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE ADD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH, IT IS WHETHER WE PROVIDE ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES AND I TAKE THIS TO HEART. AND WE TRY TO STRUCTURE OUR POLICIES, OUR PROGRAMS, THE DIRECTIONS IN WHICH WE WANT OUR COUNTRY TO GO, ALONG THIS LINE. TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE IN OUR NATION, THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITY, THOSE IN OUR STATES, AND EVEN WITHIN OUR FAMILIES, THAT THEY HAVE ENOUGH. ENOUGH OF THE WEALTH OF THIS NATION, SO THAT THEY CAN ENJOY THE FRUTES OF THEIR WORK. SO THAT AS THEY LABOR, THAT THEIR EIGHT HOURS, OR 10, OR 12 HOURS A DAY THAT THEY PUT IN, PROVIDES THEM WITH ENOUGH INCOME SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE WHAT WE LEARNED FROM OUR FOUNDING FATHERS, HAPPINESS. THAT'S NOT WHERE WE ARE TODAY. THAT'S NOT WHAT'S HAPPENING TODAY. YES, THE ECONOMY IS MOVING. YES, THE EMPLOYMENT RATE, UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, IS DOWN. BUT THIS CONGRESS HAS JUST PASSED A MONUMENTAL TAX SCAM. BACK IN DECEMBER. PRESUMABLY TO GROW THE ECONOMY. BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT, IT'S NOT A BETTER DEAL. WHICH IS WHAT WE DEMOCRATS WANT FOR AMERICA. WE WANT A BETTER DEAL. ONE IN WHICH HEALTH CARE COSTS COME UNDER CONTROL. WHERE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS CAN BE AVAILABLE. WHERE WE HAVE A REAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM THAT ACTUALLY WILL BUILD THE SANITATION SYSTEM THE WATER SYSTEMS, DEALING WITH THOSE COMMUNITIES. LIKE THOSE IN MICHIGAN. THAT HAVE CONTAMINATED WATER. THOSE IN MY STATE OF CALIFORNIA WHERE THE WELLS GO DRY AND IF THEY'RE NOT DRY, THOSE WELLS ARE CONTAMINATED. WE WANT A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA. SO THAT THE MINIMUM WAGE ACTUALLY PROVIDES SUFFICIENT INCOME SO THAT A FAMILY CANNOT ONLY SURVIVE, BUT BE ABLE TO PAY THE RENT, BE ABLE TO EDUCATE THEIR KIDS. BE ABLE TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE AND MAYBE EVEN HAVE A VACATION. WE WANT A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA. WE WANT A COUNTRY THAT IS INTERNATIONALLY COMPETITIVE. WE WANT A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA'S MARINERS, NOT WHERE THE MARITIME INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO DECLINE AS IT HAS FOR THE LAST 20, 30 YEARS. BUT RATHER WHERE IT IS BUILT UP. LEGISLATION SUCH AS I PROPOSED THAT WOULD REQUIRE THAT A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE, A SMALL PERCENTAGE, OF THE NATURAL GAS, ONE OF OUR VITAL NATIONAL RESOURCES AND OUR OIL AND OTHER VIE -- ANOTHER VITAL NATIONAL RESOURCE, THAT IT BE SHIPPED OVERSEES -- OVERSEAS ON AMERICAN SHIPS WITH AMERICAN SAILORS,, BUILT, SAILORS WHO ARE -- WHO CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY SUPPORT FOR OUR MILITARY SO THAT OUR SHIP YARDS CAN BUILD THOSE L.N.G. CONTAINER SHIPS AS WELL AS THE OIL SHIPS. WE WANT A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA. . THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE FOR. SO MANY THINGS. HOW ABOUT AN EDUCATION? WHY, WHY SHOULD IT BE THAT HERE IN AMERICA THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROVIDES STUDENT LOANS, NOT AT THE LOWEST POSSIBLE INTEREST RATE, WHICH WOULD BE THE BORROWING RATE FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, PLUS MAYBE HALF A PERCENT FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PURPOSES, BUT OH, NO, OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CHARGES MAYBE TWICE AS MUCH AS WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COULD ACTUALLY BORROW MONEY FOR. SO THE MARKUP IS LIKE 100%. THAT'S A RAW DEAL FOR AMERICA. AND WE TRY TO CHANGE THAT WITH POLICY CHANGES THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR THE REFINANCING OF STUDENT LOANS. WE WANT A BETTER DEAL FOR THOSE STUDENTS AS THEY COME OUT OF SCHOOL, NOT BURDENED BY HEAVY DEBT, BUT RATHER ABLE TO START A FAMILY, BUY A CAR, BUY A HOME , START A SMALL BUSINESS. BUT OH, NO. SOMEHOW OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WON'T CONSIDER REFINANCING STUDENT LOANS. THEY'RE ABLE TO -- AMERICANS ARE ABLE TO REFINANCE THEIR HOMES, BUT NOT THEIR STUDENT LOANS. SOMETHING'S WRONG HERE. WE WANT A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA. SO MANY POLICIES. WE WANT A STRONG, CAPABLE MILITARY. BUT WE ALSO WANT A SMART MILITARY. WE WANT A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL PROTECT US FROM CYBERHACKING. LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENED TO AMERICA. WE BASICALLY HAVE ALLOWED THE RUSSIANS TO HACK INTO OUR ENERGY SYSTEMS, INTO OUR POWER GRIDS. THAT'S NOT A GOOD DEAL FOR AMERICA. SO WHERE'S THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STOPPING THAT? WHAT ACTIONS HAS THE PRESIDENT TAKEN? TO PROTECT OUR ELECTORATE, TO PROTECT OUR POLICIES? ONE RAW DEAL AFTER ANOTHER, WHEN WE OFFER A BETTER DEAL. AN ACTIVE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT WILL PROTECT US IN CYBERSECURITY. THAT'S WHAT WE WANT. WE CAN'T GET IT. WE CAN'T DO THAT NOW. BECAUSE OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE CONTROLLING THE HOUSE. AND WHAT THEY OFFERED US WAS A TAX SCAM THAT IS LEADING TO ONE RAW DEAL AFTER ANOTHER RAW DEAL. LET'S UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE WITH THIS TAX POLICY. PERHAPS WE COULD SEE IT BEST HERE. THE TAX SCAM. G.O.P. GIVES TO THE RICH AND MAKES EVERY OTHER AMERICAN PAY FOR IT. THEY DO IT IN JUST THREE EASY STEPS. FIRST OF ALL THEY CUT TAXES FOR THE RICH. I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT THIS TAX DEAL THAT PASSED WITH GREAT FANFARE JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND THE PRESIDENT WENT DOWN TO MAR-A-LAGO JUST AFTER HE SIGNED IT, TALKED TO ALL HIS RICH BUDDIES AND SAID, I HAVE MADE YOU SO MUCH MORE WEALTHY. INDEED, HE DID. $1.5 TRILLION, PLUS MORE THAN THAT, TAX CUTS. WHO GOT THEM? 83% OF ALL OF THAT MONEY WENT TO AMERICAN CORPORATIONS AND TO THE TOP 1%. A TRILLION DOLLARS AND MORE. A RAW DEAL FOR AMERICANS. A TAX SCAM OF UNPRECEDENTED PROPORTIONS. FOISTED UPON THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AS THOUGH SOMEHOW IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR THEM. THAT'S STEP ONE. THEY SAID THIS TAX BILL WILL PAY FOR ITSELF. THE ESSENCE OF TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS IS WHAT IT WAS. AND SO WHAT'S THE NEXT THICK THAT HAPPENS? -- THING THAT HAPPENS? WELL, WHEN THEY PASSED THIS BILL THERE WASN'T A DEFICIT HAWK TO BE FOUND ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THIS HOUSE. NOT ONE WORD DID I HEAR FROM THE DEFICIT HAWKS AS THEY RAMMED THROUGH THIS TAX SCAM WITHOUT ONE PUBLIC HEARING HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. NO ACCOUNTANT CAME IN, NO TAX LAWYER CAME IN ON A PUBLIC HEARING. SLAM, BANG, DONE. YEAH. IT WAS DONE. DONE IN FOR AMERICANS. OH. THE DEFICIT HAWKS WEREN'T EXTERMINATED. THEY'RE NOT AN ENDEANINGERED SPECIES. THEY SIMPLY MIGRATED -- ENDANGERED SPECIES. THEY SIMPLY MIGRATED OUT OF TOWN. GUESS WHAT, THEY'RE BACK. THE DEFICIT HAWKS ARE BACK AND THEY'RE BACK WITH A VENGEANCE AND THEY'RE BACK WITH A PLAN THAT WILL RIP THE GUTS OUT OF PROGRAMS THAT AMERICANS DEPEND UPON. SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, FOOD STAMPS. OH, YES. THEY'RE BACK. BECAUSE THEY EXPLODED THE DEFICIT. THEY EXPLODED THE DEFICIT. WE WILL HAVE CLOSE TO A TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT THIS YEAR. STARTED AT $440 BILLION BEFORE THE GREAT TAX SCAM. AND NOW ADDED ONTO IT -- ON TO IT. NEXT YEAR, LET'S JUST TAKE A LOOK. PEOPLE SAY, YOU'RE JUST A POLITICIAN, YOU'RE JUST UP HERE TALKING. HERE'S SOME REAL NEWS. NOT FAKE NEWS. REAL NEWS. AND THIS COMES FROM, WELL, LET'S SEE. THE REPUBLICAN TAX CUTS TO FUEL HISTORIC DEFICITS. CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. REPORTED BY REUTERS, APRIL 9, 2018. DEFICITS TO TOP $1 TRILLION PER YEAR BY 2020. CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SAYS. REPORTED IN "THE WASHINGTON POST." APRIL 9, 2018. COBB, G.O.P. POLICIES -- C.B.O., G.O.P. POLICIES ADD NEARLY $1.6 TRILLION TO THE DEFICIT. APRIL 10, 2018. HERE'S ONE FROM THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL." WIDER THAN PREVIOUSLY EXPECTED DEFICITS AND MOSTLY TEMPORARY SPURT IN ECONOMIC GROWTH. REAL NEWS, NOT FAKE NEWS. SO THE DEFICITS EXPLODED AND SO THE DEFICIT HAWKS RETURN TO TOWN. AND WHAT DO THEY WANT? WELL, NOW THEY DEMAND BIG CUTS. BIG, BEAUTIFUL CUTS. TO MEDICARE, OVER HALF A BILLION. SOCIAL SECURITY -- EXCUSE ME, MEDICARE, NEARLY $1 TRILLION. SOCIAL SECURITY, HALF A BILLION. HALF A TRILLION, RATHER. EDUCATION, MEDICAID. THAT'S WHAT THE DEFICIT HAWKS WANT. BECAUSE THEY'VE COME TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEIR BIG, BEAUTIFUL TAX SCAM REALLY IS SENDING THIS COUNTRY INTO A HUGE DEFICIT FOR THE YEARS TO COME. SO, HERE'S WHAT THEY PROPOSE TO DO. REPUBLICANS WILL CUT SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID TO PAY FOR THEIR TAX SCAM. SAYS WHO? SAYS THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE. SPEAKER RYAN SAYS, REPUBLICANS TO TARGET WELFARE, MEDICARE, MEDICAID IN 2018. HIS WORDS REPORTED IN THE "THE WASHINGTON POST," DECEMBER 6, 2017. TOP REPUBLICANS ARE ALREADY TALKING ABOUT CUTTING MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY NEXT. REPORTED BY FOX NEWS, DECEMBER 20, TWENT. HOUSE -- 2017. HOUSE G.O.P. BUDGET PLAN CUTS MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY, "THE ATLANTIC. " TRUMP PROPOSES TO CUT MEDICARE AND SPENDING BIG ON WALL STREET AND DEFENSE HIRKS BUDGET. YOU HEARD SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES -- DEFENSE, HIS BUDGET. YOU HEARD SOME MIGHT HAVE COLLEAGUES TALK ABOUT THIS EARLIER. SO WHAT DID THE TAX SCAM BRING US? A RAW DEAL. A RAW DEAL. FOR MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. WE WANT TO DO IT BETTER. WE WANT A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICANS. WE CAN CONTROL PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. IF WE HAD THE VOTES. WE COULD ALLOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO NEGOTIATE PRICES FOR DRUGS GIVEN TO OR PROVIDED FOR MEDICARE RECIPIENTS, MEDICAID RECIPIENTS AND OTHERS. WE COULD DO IT. SIMPLE LAW. WE CAN DO AN EXPANSION, WE CAN MAINTAIN THE EXPANSION OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SO THAT SOME 16 MILLION, 18 MILLION AMERICANS COULD STAY ON MEDICAID AROUND THE COUNTRY. IN CALIFORNIA, 3 1/2 MILLION AMERICANS ARE POTENTIALLY GOING TO LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE INSURANCE IF THE REPUBLICANS HAVE THEIR WAY WITH MEDICAID CUTS. THAT'S A LOT OF PEOPLE, FOLKS. THAT'S A LOT OF FAMILIES. THEY'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE INSURANCE. AND THE MAJORITY OF CHILDREN NOW BORN IN CALIFORNIA AND IN MANY OTHER STATES ARE ON MEDICAID WE CALL IT MEDI-CAL IN CALIFORNIA. SO WHAT HAVE THEM? WHAT OF THOSE CHILDREN? WHAT KIND OF A HEALTHY START WILL THEY HAVE? SPEAKING OF HEALTHY START, ONE OF THE PROGRAMS THAT THE PRESIDENT PROPOSED BE CUT. WHAT SENSE DOES THAT MAKE? ALL SO THAT THE TAX SCAM CAN GIVE A TRILLION DOLLARS, A TRILLION AND A HALF DOLLARS TO AMERICAN CORPORATIONS AND TO THE 1%. TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS. OH, THEY SAY IT WORKS. REALLY? THEY SAY IT WORKS, DOES IT REALLY WORK? LET'S TAKE AN EXAMPLE. I TALKED A MOMENT AGO ABOUT DRUGS. THE MOST EXPENSIVE ILLNESS IN THIS NATION IS DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER'S. ONE OUT OF EVERY $5 SPENT BY MEDICARE TODAY IS SPENT FOR THAT. AND AS THE BABY BOOM POPULATION GROWS AS A PERCENTAGE OF OUR POPULATION, GROWS INTO THEIR LATTER YEARS, ALZHEIMER'S IS GOING TO BUST THE BANK. NOW, ONE OF THE GREAT AMERICAN DRUG COMPANIES, PFIZER, HAD A MAJOR ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH PROGRAM UNDER WAY TO LOOK FOR THAT MIRACLE DRUG. TO UNDERSTAND WHAT ALZHEIMER'S IS ALL ABOUT. HOW THE BRAIN WORKS OR DOESN'T WORK. SO, THEY RECEIVED $3 BILLION, $4 BILLION TAX REDUCTION IN THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM. IMMEDIATELY TURNED AROUND, TERMINATED THE ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH PROGRAM THAT THEY WERE CONDUCTING, AND SPENT THE MONEY ON STOCK BUYBACKS. AND INCREASED DIVIDENDS. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT DOES? A STOCK BUYBACK WILL INCREASE THE PRICE PER SHARE, BECAUSE THERE ARE FEWER SHARES OUTSTANDING. YOU KNOW WHO BENEFITS? YOU GOT IT, THE CORPORATE EXECUTIVES. BECAUSE THEIR PAY IS BASED UPON AN INCREASE IN THE VALUE OF THE STOCK. NOT IN MORE AND BETTER DRUGS. NOT IN HIRING MORE PEOPLE. NOT IN MORE RESEARCH. ONLY BY MANIPULATING THE PRICE OF THE STOCK, EARNINGS PER SHARE. THAT'S WHAT THE TAX SCAM DID. AND IT IS REPEATED ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. OH, I KNOW, THEY PROMISED A ONE-TIME BONUS. NOT AN INCREASE OVER THE YEARS IN THE SALARIES AND THE WAGES PAID TO WORKERS, BUT A ONE-TIME BONUS. LESS THAN 13% OF THE REDUCED TAX BENEFIT TO CORPORATIONS HAS GONE TO PAY FOR SALARIES AND WAGES. THAT'S WHAT THE TAX SCAM DID. IT IS THE ULTIMATE TRICKLE-DOWN. THE DEMOCRATS WANT A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA. WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH RAW DEALS. WE KNOW THERE IS A POSSIBILITY SHOULD OUR PROPOSALS ON INFRASTRUCTURE BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY BY OUR REPUBLICAN MAJORITY. PROGRAMS SUCH AS PETER DEFAZIO'S, A PENNY FOR PROGRESS. SERIOUS INFRASTRUCTURE. OVER TIME, PUTTING 16 MILLION PEOPLE TO WORK. PROGRAMS SUCH AS I PROPOSED DEALING WITH THE EXPORT OF NATURAL GAS AND OIL THAT IT BE ON AMERICAN SHIPS. NOT ALL OF IT, BUT A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF IT. WE COULD BUILD 50 TO 100 SHIPS AND PROVIDE THE NECESSARY OCEAN TRANSPORT FOR OUR MILITARY. WE NEED REAL MAKE IT IN AMERICA POLICIES, NOT SOMETHING SOFT AND FLUFFY, BUT REAL, STRONG, MAKE IT IN AMERICA POLICIES. IF WE ARE GOING TO SPEND YOUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS, THOSE TAXPAYER DOLLARS WOULD BE SPENT ON GOODS AND SERVICES MADE IN AMERICA. SO, HOW MANY YEARS HAVE I BEEN UP HERE TALKING ABOUT MAKE IT IN AMERICA POLICIES? OUR EFFORTS -- WE WERE ABLE TO INCREASE A LITTLE BIT, THE PERCENTAGE OF MADE IN AMERICA FOR THE HIGHWAY DOLLARS. WE'RE NOT WHERE WE OUGHT TO BE. WE OUGHT TO PROP IT UP TO 80%, 90%, 100, SO WE CAN MANUFACTURE IN AMERICA. THE PRESIDENT DOESN'T DEAL WITH THIS UNLESS YOU WRITE A LAW UNLESS YOU SAY YOUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS WILL BE SPENT NOT ON STUFF IMPORTED FROM CHINA. NO. NO. WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO PUSH THE MAKE IT IN AMERICA POLICY TO MAKE IT A BETTER DEAL, A REAL DEAL, NOT A RAW DEAL. YOU ARE GOING TO HEAR A LOT ABOUT THIS IN THE DAYS TO COME. YOU'LL HEAR A LOT ABOUT THIS IN THE DAYS TO COME. BECAUSE WE BELIEVE WHAT FRANKLIN DELL NOR ROOSEVELT SAID, WHEN HE SAID THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE ADD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH, A TEST, A DECEMBER OF PROGRESS, AN F-GRADE GIVEN TO THE PRESIDENT AND THE G.O.P. AND MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHEN THEY PASSED THE GREAT TAX SCAM OF 2017 AND GAVE TRILLION DOLLARS-PLUS TO THE SUPERWEALTHY, TO THE WALL STREET BANKERS AND TO AMERICA'S BIG WEALTHY CORPORATIONS, WHO HAD SO MUCH GAS, THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH IT BEFORE THERE WAS A TAX CUT. SO THEY GAVE IT BACK TO WALL STREET. THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE ADD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH . HERE'S WHERE WE ARE AS DEMOCRATS. IT IS WHETHER WE PROVIDE ENOUGH. THOSE YOUNG MOTHERS OUT THERE WHO NEED MATERNITY CARE, WHO WILL DELIVER A BABY, ON THE MEDICAID PROGRAMS ACROSS THIS NATION. THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT. WE WANT YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO HAVE A GOOD EDUCATION. I'M SURE THE SUPERWEALTHY CAN TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. THEY DON'T NEED A PELL GRANT. THEY DON'T NEED MORE. BUT I WILL FELL YOU THAT A CHILD -- LET'S SAY THAT CHILD IS 16, 17, READY TO GO TO COLLEGE AND HIS FATHER IS EARNING A MINIMUM WAGE, THERE IS NO WAY THAT FAMILY CAN SUPPORT THAT KID IN COLLEGE. HE'LL TAKE OUT A LOAN AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL RIP HIM OFF WITH AN INTEREST RATE TWICE. BUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN BORROW MONEY FOR. THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS WHAT WE DO FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. THAT'S OUR MANTRA AND THAT'S HOW WE SEE A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICANS. F.D.R. WAS RIGHT. AND WE'LL WORK TO SEE THAT IT HAPPENS IN AMERICA. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WILSON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY…

                                  WILSON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                                  MR. WILSON

                                  PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE MARQUEE DE LAFAYETTE AND THERE IS LOVE…

                                  PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE MARQUEE DE LAFAYETTE AND THERE IS LOVE AND AFFECTION FOR AMERICA'S FIRST ALLY AND HOW EXCITED HE HAS ARRIVED HERE IN WASHINGTON AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE JOINT SESSION AS HE SPEAKS TO CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TOMORROW MORNING. LAST YEAR, HOUSE REPUBLICANS MADE HISTORY BYPASSING THE FIRST MEANINGFUL TAX CUTS IN 32 YEARS. THE LAST TIME OUR TAX CODE WAS UPDATED, TOP GUN WAS THE TOP MOVIE, OPRAH WIN FREE FIRST AIRED ACROSS THE NATION AND THE DOW JONES ENDED THE YEAR AT 1 ,895. FOR CONTEXT, THE AVERAGE IS OVER 24,000 POINTS WHICH IS AN INCREASE OF NEARLY 8,000 POINTS, WHICH IS NEARLY 20% INCREASE SINCE THE DAY THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ELECTED. FROM THAT DAY, THE SFOCK MARKET HAS HAD A REMARKABLE INCREASE BECAUSE OF FAITH IN HIS COMBISS ABILITY, IS ACUMEN AND THE REPUBLICANS HAVE CUT TAXES AND CREATE JOBS. DESPITE HOW MUCH OUR ECONOMY HAS CHANGED, WE ARE OPERATING ON A TAX STRUCTURE DESIGNED IN 1986. BUT LAST YEAR, HOUSE AND SENATE REPUBLICANS CAME TOGETHER IN SPITE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP TO MAKE THE TAX CODE MORE FAIR, MORE SIMPLE AND LESS BURDENSOME FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS, WHICH THEN YIELDS TO THE INCREASE IN THE STOCK MARKET WHICH BENEFITS ALL AMERICANS. I'M GRATEFUL THAT FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA TODAY ARE ALREADY SEEING THE DIRECT BENEFITS OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR CHAIRMAN OF WAYS AND MEANS, KEVIN BRADY, THE EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE OF SPEAKER PAUL RYAN, OUR LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY AND OUR SECRETARY OF THE CONFERENCE, VIRGINIA FOXX OF NORTH CAROLINA. THE JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED IN SUCH A REMARKABLE WAY THAT AFRICAN-AMERICAN UNEMPLOYMENT IS THE LOWEST SINCE THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS STARTED TRACKING IN 1972. IT IS THE LOWEST THAT HAS EVER BEEN RECORDED. THE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT FOR AMERICAN WOMEN IS AT THE LOWEST RATE IN 20 YEARS. AND 14 STATES HAVE RECORDED RECORD LOW UNEMPLOYMENT DUE TO NEW JOBS BY REDUCING REGULATIONS AND TAXES, A POSITIVE AGENDA. WE ARE HERE TO HIGHLIGHT STORIES ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA AND SOUTH CAROLINA OF EVERY DAY FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS GETTING TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR OWN HARD-EARNED INCOME. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN RALPH NORMAN WHO REPRESENTS THE 5TH DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA. HE WAS JUST ELECTED IN A SPECIAL ELECTION LAST YEAR, BUT ALREADY HE HAS BEEN HERE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND THE UNITED STATES. WITH HIS BACKGROUND AS A REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER, HE HAS PROVEN HOW TO BUILD A BUSINESS AND CREATE JOBS. CONGRESSMAN RALPH NORMAN.

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                                • 08:09:29 PM

                                  MR. NORMAN

                                  IT IS WORKING FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WHO ARE SEEING MORE MONEY IN…

                                  IT IS WORKING FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WHO ARE SEEING MORE MONEY IN THEIR PAYCHECKS EACH MONEY AND WORKING FOR THE COMPANIES WHO ARE INVESTING THE SAVINGS FROM TAX REFORM INTO THE EMPLOYEES. OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS, I HAVE SPOKEN WITH AND VISITED THE BUSINESSES OF SOUTH CAROLINA THAT ARE PUTTING THESE SAVINGS RIGHT BACK INTO THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES. EARLIER THIS MONTH, L.P.L. FINANCIAL ANNOUNCED THEY WILL BE INVESTING SAVINGS INTO THEIR EMPLOYEES BY INCREASING ITS 401K MATCH BY 75% AND THIS WILL BE FOR SIX MONTHS. AS CONGRESSMAN WILSON SAID, THIS PERSONALLY TOUCHES 2,000 CONSTITUENTS IN THE 5TH DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA. THAT IS 2,000 MORE FAMILIES THAT NOW HAVE A GREATER OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE AND SEE THE LIGHT OF A BRIGHTER FUTURE AHEAD. MR. SPEAKER, JUST TODAY, I VISITED A U.P.S. STORE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. BECAUSE OF TAX REFORM, U.P.S. HAS ANNOUNCED OVER $12 BILLION INVESTMENTS AND INCREASE IN PENSION FUNDING. DURING MY U.P.S. VISIT, I PUT ON A UNIFORM AND ASSISTED A DELIVERY DRIVER DURING THE RIDE. I HEARD DIRECTLY FROM THE HARD-WORKING EMPLOYEES ABOUT HOW THIS NEWS WILL IMPACT THEM AND THEIR LOVED ONES. I DON'T THINK I SPEAK JUST FOR MYSELF WHEN I SAY WE WANT TO -- THE JOBS TO COME IN AND STAY IN AMERICA. WE WANT BUSINESSES TO EXPAND AND HIRE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. BY REDUCING TAX RATES AND SIMPLIFYING THE TAX CODE, WE ARE ALLOWING COMPANIES TO MAKE THESE INVESTMENTS IN THEIR EMPLOYEES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES AND IN GROWING THEIR BUSINESSES. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUED OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN, SEE AND TALK ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF THIS TAX REFORM. WE PROMISED FAIRER TAXES, HIGHER WAGES AND MORE JOBS. AND AS CONGRESSMAN WILSON SAYS, WE HAVE DELIVERED. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  MR. WILSON

                                  AND I FOUND OUT SOMETHING, THE EMPLOYEES ARE REMARKABLE PEOPLE DELIVERING…

                                  AND I FOUND OUT SOMETHING, THE EMPLOYEES ARE REMARKABLE PEOPLE DELIVERING A PRODUCT, AMERICAN-MADE PRODUCTS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHAT WONDERFUL COMPANIES THESE ARE AND WONDERFUL EMPLOYEES THEY ARE. I WOULD LIKE TO GO OVER THE SPECIFIC POSITIVE CHANGES TO OUR TAX CODE THAT OCCURRED UNDER THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. A MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILY IN SOUTH CAROLINA WILL SAVE THANKS TO THE TAX CUTS. THE CHILD TAX CREDIT WAS DOUBLED AND I WANT TO GIVE CREDIT, THE REASON IT WAS DOUBLED BECAUSE OF THE GREAT WORK OF OUR U.S. SENATOR TIM SCOTT WORKING WITH IVANKA TRUMP KUSHNER AND THIS WAS TO MAKE CHILD FRIENDLY, FAMILY FRIENDLY AND LOOKING OUT FOR PERSONS WHO ARE SINGLE-PARENT HOUSEHOLDS AND THE CHILD TAX CREDIT WAS DOUBLED FROM $1,000 TO 2,000 MAKING IT EASIER FOR NEW FAMILIES TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR CHILDREN. THE BILL REMOVED THE MANDATE THAT REQUIRED YOU TO BUY TO BUY OR PAY A PENALTY. PEOPLE ARE NOT BEING PEN LIESED. THIS STANDARD DEDUCTION DOUBLED TO $24,000 FOR MARRIED COUPLES FILING JOINTLY. THIS MAKES IT SIMPLER FOR COUPLES TO FILE THEIR TAXES BECAUSE THEY WILL USE THE STANDARD DEDUCTION AND WON'T ITEMIZE. CORPORATIONS THAT CREATE JOBS, SAW THEIR TAX CUTS DROP FROM 35% TO 21%. I HAVE HEARD FROM BUSINESS OWNERS WHO PLANNED TO USE THEIR EXTRA INCOME TO CREATE JOBS, PROVIDE BONUSES AND RAISE WAGES. WHEN TAXES ARE LOW, BUSINESSES THRIVE. AND JOBS ARE CREATED IN THE REAGAN TRADITION. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF SPEAKER PAUL RYAN, HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS CHAIRMAN KEVIN BRADY ALONG WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP TO DELIVER TAX RELIEF TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY DESERVE IT. LOCAL SUCCESS WAS FIRST HERALDED IN THE 12ND DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THE CENTRAL DISTRICT BY LOU AND BILL KENNEDY. ANNOUNCING 125 NEW JOBS IN A 5% PAY INCREASE. THEY SAID THAT THEY MADE THIS DECISION AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE TAX BILL. IN FACT, I'M GRATEFUL THAT LOU PUT TOGETHER A BARBECUE WHEN I WAS PRESENT WITH THE GOVERNOR AND SHE MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE BARBECUE TO THE EXTRAORDINARY EMPLOYEES OF THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY. THEY MAY HAVE BEEN THE FIRST BUT THEY ARE NOT THE LAST. SOMETHING THAT I WAS SO GRATEFUL. I WAS GOING THROUGH WALGREENS TO PICK UP SOME PICTURES I WAS HAVING DEVELOPED AND I RAN INTO BILL. HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND CAME UP AND ANNOUNCED, JOE, BECAUSE OF THE TAX SAVINGS, OUR BUSINESS, OUR AUTO REPAIR SHOP IS GOING TO ADD A NEW BAY, CREATE NEW JOBS. AND I SAID, HEY, BILL, BECAUSE YOU ANNOUNCED THIS TO ME, YOU VOLUNTEERED FOR A PRESS CONFERENCE AND I WAS GRATEFUL THAT WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE WITH THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES LED BY BEN. NFIB IS THE LARGEST SMALL BUSINESS ORGANIZATION IN AMERICA AND BOMBS UP. THE LEADERSHIP REALLY FOLLOWS THE DIRECTIONS OF THEIR LOCAL MEMBERS. SO ALL OF US TRULY APPRECIATE NFIB. . A RECYCLING FACILITY IN AKIN, SOUTH CAROLINA. I TOOK THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON HIS EXPANSION, RESULTING FROM THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. HE OPENED A THIRD BUSINESS LAST YEAR DUE TO THE CONFIDENCE IN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP. ALL THREE OF HIS SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THRIVING AND PROVIDING MUCH-NEEDED NEW JOBS. THAT DAY I ALSO MET WITH CLANCY KIPKILA, PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF SO LARA ENERGY HOSPITALITY OF THE AREA. THEY'RE PROVIDING BONUSES FOR THEIR HOTEL HOURLY SOCIETIES THANKS TO THE -- ASSOCIATES THANKS TO THE TAX CUTS. IN ORANGEBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA, SOUTH BANK PROVIDED A $1,000 BONUS TO THEIR EMPLOYEES. AND A RURAL AREA LIKE ORANGEBURG, $1,000 BONUS CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES. IT CAN PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FAMILIES TO BUY EXTRA SCHOOL PLY SPLIEPARKSE DOWN DEBT, MAKE AN INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE, START OR ADD TO AN EMERGENCY FUND OR TAKE A MUCH-NEEDED FAMILY VACATION. NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THIS DISTINGUISHED CONGRESSMAN, ROBERT PITENINGER -- PITTINGER, WHO REPRESENTS THE BEAUTIFUL NINTH DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA, WHICH INCLUDES A SUBSTANTIAL EXTRAORDINARY CITY OF CHARLOTTE, WHICH IS SUCH A CREATION -- A CENTER FOR JOB CREATION OF THE CAROLINAS.

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                                • 08:17:07 PM

                                  MR. PITTENGER

                                  YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I LIVED IN WASHINGTON, D.C. , IN 1980, CAME…

                                  YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I LIVED IN WASHINGTON, D.C. , IN 1980, CAME OUT OF THE MALAISE OF AN ECONOMY THAT WASN'T GROWING, NO JOBS, NO OPPORTUNITY. AND RONALD REAGAN HAD A VISION FOR A DIFFERENT AMERICA. AND I WORKED HARD ON HIS CAMPAIGN. AND HE CHANGED THE WHOLE STRUCTURE OF OUR TAX CODE, REDUCED REGULATIONS THAT MOVED THIS ECONOMY FORWARD. UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH IN JOBS, 18 MILLION JOBS CAME OUT OF THAT ECONOMY. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS VISION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THIS CONGRESS IS ABOUT TODAY. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT A YEAR AGO, JUST A YEAR AGO, THAT AMERICA WOULD BE EXPERIENCING WHAT IT IS TODAY? COMPANIES LIKE APPLE REINVESTING $350 BILLION, EXXONMOBIL, $50 BILLION. YOU HAVE UNEMPLOYMENT PLUMMETED TO A 49-YEAR LOW. U.S. MANUFACTURING IS EXPANDING AT THE FASTEST RATE IN 14 YEARS. AND CONSUMER CONFIDENCE AT A 17-YEAR HIGH. WAGES ARE UP. OPPORTUNITIES ARE UP. I HAD A GENTLEMAN COME TO ME JUST THIS LAST WEEK WHO OWNS TWO RESTAURANTS IN CHARLOTTE. HE SAID, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TAX CUT. I'M NOW GOING TO EXPAND AND BUILD ANOTHER RESTAURANT OUT AT THE LAKE. AND I CAN DO THAT BECAUSE I'VE GOT THE CAPITAL TO GO REINVEST. WE HAVE CONSTRAINED THIS ECONOMY BECAUSE -- AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY THESE BURDENSOME TAX RATES THAT ARE NOT COMPETITIVE. COMPANIES HAVE BEEN GOING TO THE REST OF THE WORLD, IRELAND, U.K. , GERMANY, AND LEAVING AMERICA BECAUSE WE WEREN'T COMPETITIVE WITH OUR TAX CODE. NOW THEY'RE COMING BACK. NOW COMPANIES IN AMERICA ARE EXPANDING. YOU TAKE JUST AN INDIVIDUAL. I HAD A LADY AT THE GAS STATION THE OTHER DAY, I WAS GETTING MY GAS AND SHE WAS PUMPING HER GAS AND SHE SAID, ARE YOU CONGRESSMAN PITTINGER? I SAID, YES, MA'AM. SHE SAID, THANK YOU. SHE SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M A SINGLE MOM. I'VE GOT THE LITTLE BABY IN THE BACK SEAT. AND WHAT YOU'VE DONE FOR ME IS GIVE ME ANOTHER $150 A MONTH AND I REALLY CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'RE DOING. 82% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET A PAY RAISE, ARE GETTING IT RIGHT NOW. AND THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE. THE PROOF IS IN THE PAYCHECK. AMERICANS KNOW THAT. REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE LEFT SAYS, THE MEDIA SAYS OR ANYONE ELSE. THE REALITY IS THERE, THE JOBS ARE EXPANDING. PAYCHECKS ARE GOING UP. PEOPLE ARE GETTING BONUSES IN CHARLOTTE ALONE. WE HAVE BANK OF AMERICA GIVING OUT BONUSES, WE HAVE CHARLOTTE PIPING FOUNDRY, AMERICAN AIRLINES SO, MANY. 500 COMPANIES IN THIS COUNTRY -- AIRLINES, SO MANY. 500 COMPANIES IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE GIVEN OUT BONUSES AND PROBABLY MORE WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT. I WANT TO COMMEND YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, CHAIRMAN WILSON. THANK YOU FOR MAKING SURE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WHAT IS YET TO COME. WE'VE JUST SCRATCHED THE SURFACE ON THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE GROWTH, THE JOBS THAT WILL BE THERE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK. RUSSELL WILSON THANK YOU VERY MUCH --

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                                • 08:20:29 PM

                                  MR. WILSON

                                  AND HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS AND HOW IT ENABLES FAMILIES TO HAVE A BETTER…

                                  AND HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS AND HOW IT ENABLES FAMILIES TO HAVE A BETTER LIFE AND -- FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY, HOW POSITIVE THIS IS. SO THANK YOU FOR REITERATING THAT POINT. THE BUSINESS ROUND TABLE IN ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA'S LARGEST EMPLOYERS IS REPORTING THAT TAX REFORM HAS ALREADY PRODUCED WAGE INCREASES, BONUSES, INCREASED MATCHES FOR RETIREMENT SAVINGS, LOWER PLACES FOR CONSUMERS -- PRICES FOR CONSUMERS, INVESTMENTS IN FACILITIES AND TENSES OF THOUSANDS OF NEW AMERICAN JOBS -- TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW AMERICAN JOBS AS A DIRECT RESULT OF TAX REFORM. AS I INDICATED, WE HAVE THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG AFRICAN-AMERICANS EVER. WE HAVE THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG HISPANICS SINCE IT'S EVER BEEN DETERMINED. AND IT'S SO EXCITING. 14 STATES HAVE THE LOWEST LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT IN RECORDED HISTORY AND THEN AMONG WOMEN, WE HAVE THE LOWEST LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT IN 20 YEEMPLETS EVERYBODY BENEFITS -- YEARS. EVERYBODY BENEFITS FROM THE TAX CUTS. THIS IS SO POSITIVE. THE ROUND TABLE ALONE HAS PROVIDED $445 MILLION IN WAGE INCREASES TO 1. 6 MILLION WORKERS, ALONG WITH $1.2 BILLION IN CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS. AND ACCORDING TO THE TAX FOUNDATION, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER MARGINAL TAX RATES AND THE COST OF CAPITAL, WHICH WOULD LEAD TO A $1.-- 1. 7% INCREASE IN THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OVER THE LONG TERM. 1. 5% HIGHER WAGES AND AN ADDITIONAL 339,000 FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT JOBS. THEY ALSO SAY IT WILL SPUR AN ADDITIONAL $1 TRILLION IN FEDERAL REVENUE FROM ECONOMIC GROWTH, WITH APPROXIMATELY $600 BILLION COMING FROM THE BILL'S PERMANENT PROVISIONS AND APPROXIMATELY $400 BILLION FROM THE BILL'S TEMPORARY PROVISIONS OVER THE BUDGET WINDOW. NOW I HAVE THE HONOR TO YIELD TO CHAIRWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX WHO REPRESENTS THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA. CONGRESSWOMAN FOXX IS SECRETARY OF THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE, SHE IS A REMARKABLY DETERMINED FORMER COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENT, AND SHE IS ALSO VERY MUCH APPRECIATED AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EDUCATION WORK FORCE COMMITTEE AND THEN SHE'S PARTICULARLY FORTUNATE, SHE LIVES AND HAS A BEAUTIFUL HOME IN GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA, SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS IN THE WORLD, OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA. CONGRESSWOMAN FOXX.

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                                • 08:23:05 PM

                                  MS. FOXX

                                  YOU KNOW, LAST WEEK TAX DAY WAS FOR ONCE AN OCCASION TO CELEBRATE. BECAUSE…

                                  YOU KNOW, LAST WEEK TAX DAY WAS FOR ONCE AN OCCASION TO CELEBRATE. BECAUSE THIS WAS THE LAST TIME AMERICANS FILED UNDER THE BROKEN 32-YEAR-OLD TAX CODE. NEXT TAX SEASON THEY'LL FILE UNDER THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT PASSED BY THIS CONGRESS LAST DECEMBER. ACROSS THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT HAS ALREADY RELIEVED NORTH CAROLINIANS WHO ARE CASHING BIGGER PAYCHECKS AND BENEFITING FROM THE COUNTRY'S LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SINCE 2000. ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, NORTH CAROLINA ADDED 9,000 JOBS THIS FEBRUARY ALONE. AND THANKS TO LOWER RATES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL BUSINESSES UNDER THE NEW CODE, NORTH CAROLINIANS ARE KEEPING MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY. AS YOU POINT OUT, CONGRESSMAN WILSON, IT'S THEIR MONEY, NOT THE GOVERNMENT'S MONEY. THIS YEAR MARRIED COUPLES IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT WHO TAKE THE NEW STANDARD DEDUCTION COULD RECEIVE A TAX CUT TO THE TUNE OF $1,834. FOR THE OVER 52,000 TAXPAYERS OF THE FIFTH DISTRICT WHO HAVE SMALL BUSINESS INCOME, THESE TAX SAVINGS ARE NOT CRUMBS. AS MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE FALSELY ASSERT. A RESTAURANT OWNER IN -- OWNER RECENTLY TOLD ME THAT ALLOWING IMMEDIATE CAPITAL EXPENSING UNDER THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT EMPOWERED HER TO PURCHASE A NEW $20,000 PIECE OF EQUIPMENT FOR HER BUSINESS. YOU SPOKE OF THE BUSINESS ROUND TABLE. THE BUSINESS ROUND TABLE REPORTS 68% OF BUSINESS LEADERS SIMILARLY EXPECT THEIR CAPITAL SPENDING IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS TO BE AT ITS HIGHEST IN 15 YEARS. THIS INCREASED PURCHASING POWER FOR THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY IS EVIDENCE THAT PRO-GROWTH TAX CUTS WORK. CONTINUED GROWTH IS ALSO EXPECTED BY THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. THE C.B.O. ESTIMATES FOR EVERY 1/10 PERCENT INDEMREES G.D.P., NEARLY -- INCREASE IN G.D.P., NEARLY $270 BILLION IS ADDED TO REVENUE OVER 10 YEARS. AFTER YEARS OF MALAISE UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, EVEN MODEST INCREASES IN G.D.P. GROWTH CAUSED BY THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL SUBSTANTIALLY CONTRIBUTE TO A LEVELING OFF OF THE DEFICIT. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2008, THE C.B.O. 'S BUDGET AND ECONOMIC OUTLOOK REVISES UPWARD ECONOMIC POTENTIAL FOR 2018. UNDER CURRENT CONDITIONS, IT NOTES THAT 3. 5% GROWTH IS POSSIBLE. IN FURTHER GOOD NEWS, FIFTH DISTRICT BUSINESSES SHARE THIS OPTIMISM AND ARE INVESTING MORE IN THEIR EMPLOYEES AND COMMUNITIES. JUST LAST WEEK AS PART OF ITS INITIATIVE TO INVEST IN COMMUNITY HEALTH WITH ITS TAX SAVINGS, BLUE CROSS-BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA GAVE $1 MILLION TO WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY'S NURSING SCHOOL. NORTH CAROLINA IS PROJECTED TO HAVE THE SECOND LARGEST NURSE SHORTAGE IN THE NATION. THIS INVESTMENT WILL DEVELOP THE FIFTH DISTRICT'S MEDICAL WORK FORCE AND INCREASE ACCESS TO HIGH-QUALITY HEALTH CARE, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AREAS. THIS IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY EXAMPLES THAT ILLUSTRATES HOW PHILANTHROPY IS FOSTERED AND COMMUNITIES ARE DEVELOPED WHEN THE GOVERNMENT SCALES BACK. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED THAT HOUSE REPUBLICANS KEPT OUR PROMISE TO BRING ABOUT MORE JOBS, FAIRER TAXES, AND BIGGER PAYCHECKS FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS. BUT I AM MORE PROUD OF THE HARD WORKING MEN AND WOMEN IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT WHO ARE SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITIES UNLEASHED BY THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT TO CREATE WEALTH AND SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES. AGAIN, CONGRESSMAN WILSON, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS SPECIAL ORDER AND FOR ALLOWING US TO CORRECT THE RECORD THAT'S BEEN DISTORTED ABOUT THIS BILL, AND BRING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE FACTS ABOUT THIS WONDERFUL TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT. AND I YIELD BACK TO YOU.

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                                • 08:28:04 PM

                                  MR. WILSON

                                  I SINCERELY HOPE THAT AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY KNOW THAT REPUBLICANS…

                                  I SINCERELY HOPE THAT AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY KNOW THAT REPUBLICANS WILL CONTINUE TO DO ALL THAT WE CAN TO INCREASE TAKE-HOME PAY TO FAMILIES, REDUCE THE TAX BURDENS ON SENIORS, AND CREATE MORE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS FOR YOU AND PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF AMERICA. I NOW ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE TOPIC OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 08:29:19 PM

                                  TEMPORE WITHO

                                  2017, THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CURBELO,…

                                  2017, THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CURBELO, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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                                • 08:29:37 PM

                                  MR. CURBELO

                                  GAETZ. I'M VERY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE IN THE COMING DAYS, I WILL BE JOINING…

                                  GAETZ. I'M VERY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE IN THE COMING DAYS, I WILL BE JOINING THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. BOB GOODLATTE IN INTRODUCING LEGISLATION THAT ENJOYS SUPPORT FROM ACROSS THE IDEOLOGICAL SPECTRUM AND WILL DO SEVERAL IMPORTANT THINGS. IT WILL INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GROWING GRADE CANNABIS AND END THE GAG RULE AT THE V.A. THAT PRECLUDES PHYSICIANS TO CONSULT AND SPEAK WITH THEIR PATIENTS ABOUT THE LAWS IN THEIR PARTICULAR STATES. THIRD, IT WILL CREATE A SAFE HARBOR SO SOME OF THE FINEST MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS AND UNIVERSITIES IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY WILL BE ABLE TO RESEARCH AND PARTNER WITH PRIVATE SECTOR ENTITIES TO DISCUSS THER POTENTIAL. AND FINALLY, THIS LEGISLATION WILL END THE PROHIBITION FROM HAVING COMMERCIAL FOR-PROFIT ENTITIES WORKING IN CONCERT AND COLLABORATION WITH SOME OF THOSE VERY UNIVERSITIES AND MEDICAL INSTITUTION. IT'S MY HOPE BY FOCUSING ON THE ISSUES THAT BRING US TOGETHER, WE WILL BE ABLE TO ADVANCE LEGISLATION TO DEMOCRATIZE CAN BUSINESS RESEARCH AND UNLOCK CURES THAT SHOULDN'T BE LIED TO ABOUT THE POTENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I YIELD BACK TO HIM.

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                                • 08:31:48 PM

                                  MR. CURBELO

                                  AND I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE ONE OF THE ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS OF MR. GAETZ…

                                  AND I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE ONE OF THE ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS OF MR. GAETZ LEGISLATION AND ONE OF THE GREAT LEADERS ON THIS INSTITUTION FOR MANY YEARS, MR. BLUMENAUER OF OREGON, AS AN EDUCATING COLLEAGUE AND AMERICAN PUBLIC ON CANNABIS AND TONIGHT I'M PLEASED TO BE JOINED WITH HIM ON THE FLOOR AND YIELD TO HIM.

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                                • 08:32:22 PM

                                  MR. BLUMENAUER

                                  IT IS TRUE I CO-SPONSORED THE LEGISLATION THAT THAT MR. GAETZ REFERENCED.…

                                  IT IS TRUE I CO-SPONSORED THE LEGISLATION THAT THAT MR. GAETZ REFERENCED. I HAVE BEEN INTRODUCING LEGISLATION LIKE THIS FOR YEARS. IN FACT, MY VETERANS' ACCESS AMENDMENT ACTUALLY PASSED BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE LAST CONGRESS, ONLY TO FALL VICTIM BEHIND THE SCENES OF, I THINK MISGUIDED ACTION ON THE PART OF LEADERSHIP. I AM PLEASED THAT WE HAVE BENDING ABLE TO RETAIN THE ROIRK -- ROHRABACHER-BLUMENAUER AMENDMENT AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUE BECAUSE I KNOW YOU WANT TO EXTEND THOSE PROTECTIONS TO ALL STATE LEGAL EFFORTS. AND I SAY THAT SOMEONE WHO HAS SPENT A LOT OF TIME WORKING ON THESE STATE CAMPAIGNS AND WORKING WITH THE INDUSTRY AND WORKING WITH ADVOCATES, I APPRECIATE YOUR ADVOCACY AND MOVING OUT OF YOUR DISTRICT AND BEING INVOLVED IN THIS AND LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO STRENGTHEN THE POSITION ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. WE ARE IN A SITUATION NOW, MR. SPEAKER, WHERE WE HAVE VIRTUALLY EVERY DEMOCRAT, WHO NOW SUPPORTS THESE SIMPLE COMMONSENSE REFORMS AND IN NO SMALL MEASURE TO MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA'S PERSUASIVE EFFORTS, THAT THERE ARE SEVERAL DOZEN REPUBLICANS AND THAT NUMBER IS SURE TO GROW EITHER BEFORE OR AFTER THE NEXT ELECTION. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT WE HAVE WATCHED SLOWLY TAKE SHAPE. I WAS IN THE OREGON LEGISLATURE WHEN WE THE FIRST STATE TO DECRIMINALIZE BACK IN THE 1970'S, BUT THERE WAS A HIGH HIATUS FOR 20 YEARS. THERE WAS RICHARD NIXON UNFORTUNATE AND UNFAIR WAR OR DRUGS. THE SCHEDULE-1 CAT GORIZATION OF MARIJUANA. IF WE WERE DOING IT OVER AGAIN, IT PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE SCHEDULED AT ALL. BUT TOBACCO WOULD BE SCHEDULE 1 BECAUSE IT IS DEADLY AND ADDICTIVE. WE HAVE WATCHED WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE STATE LEVEL ACCELERATE. MEDICAL MARIJUANA SINCE 19996 BUT STARTING IN 2012 WITH COLE, MARKS, WE HAD INITIATIVES IN ALASKA, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. WE HAD NINE STATES VOTE IN 2016 AND EIGHT OF THEM APPROVED REFORMS. I AM EXCITED TO WATCH THIS ACCELERATED PROGRESS. IN FACT, I THINK WHAT WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE LAST SIX WEEKS IS UNPRECEDENTED. AND WATCHING PEOPLE IN BOTH PARTIES TO IDENTIFY THINGS THEY CAN GET BEHIND AND MOVE FORWARD. WE SEE SURVEY RESEARCH DEMONSTRATING THAT IS NO LONGER A HIGHLY DIVISIVE ISSUE. THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT LEGALIZING ADULT USE, INCREASINGLY, THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT MAJORITY OF TRUMP VOTERS SUPPORT THAT USE. MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS LIKE THE 4TH OF JULY. AND IT IS ALMOST UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED AND THE VOTING IN FLORIDA WAS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTED. NOW IS THE TIME FOR US TO MOVE FORWARD. WE HAVE A BIPARTISAN CANNABIS CAUCUS AND I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN PARTICIPATING AND LEADING IN THIS. WE HAVE ALMOST THREE DOZEN PIECES OF LEGISLATION. WE HAD THIS LAST WEEK, A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT WERE RATHER NOTEWORTHY. THE FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, JOHN BOEHNER, WHO OPPOSED OUR EFFORTS, HAS NOW EVOLVED ON THIS THIS ISSUE AND HAS JOINED THE ADVISORY BOARD OF A FIRM IN MASSACHUSETTS. BOTH OF US ARE FAMILIAR WITH THEM, LOOKING AT THE LEADERSHIP AND INDUSTRY. WE HAVE WATCHED DONALD TRUMP IN THE LAST 10 DAYS SORT OF CLARIFY THAT WHAT HE SAID ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL IN 2016, THAT THE STATES OUGHT TO BE FREE TO DO THIS, HE'S RE-AFFIRMING THAT AND UNDERCUTTING THE FEAMENT BY HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS TO CAST A PAL OVER THE STATE S' LEGAL EFFORTS. WE WATCHED MR. SCHUMER COME OUT SUPPORTING COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION. I WOULD NOTE FOR THE RECORD, VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT MY COLLEAGUE IN THE SENATE, ON THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, RON WYDEN AND I INTRODUCED LAST YEAR. THAT'S GREAT. THE MORE THE MERIER. WHAT WE WANT TO DO, THIS CONGRESS IS TO BE ABLE TO DO SOME SIMPLE THINGS. THE LEGISLATION WE HAVE WORKED ON TOGETHER TO ALLOW STATE LEGAL MARIJUANA ENTERPRISES TO GET RID OF THE PERMITS TO GET RID OF THEIR EXPENSES. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S LEADERSHIP. AND THERE IS ROBUST MEDICAL RESEARCH ON CANNABIS. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INTERFERES. NO LONGER FOR ANY REASON ON THAT. AND IN WORKING ON THIS LITERALLY FOR DECADES, I HAVE NEVER MET A SINGLE HUMIDITY BEING WHO THINKS THERE IS ANYTHING TO BE SERVED BY FORCING STATE LEGAL MARIJUANA ENTERPRISES TO BE CONDUCTED ON AN ALL-CASH BASES. THESE ARE THINGS WE CAN CHANGE WHETHER PEOPLE WANT FORMAL LEGALIZATION. THIS ARE COMMONSENSE STEPS THAT HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. AND WE WILL TAKE IT TO THE PEOPLE. WE WILL BE VOTING ON IT IN MICHIGAN, PROBABLY IN MISSOURI AND A BALLOT MEASURE IN UTAH, OTHER STATES ARE LOOKING. I THINK THE MOMENTUM IS BUILDING AND I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH HOW MUCH I HAVE ENJOYED WORKING WITH THE GENTLEMAN ON THESE ISSUES. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUESING THAT PARTNERSHIP, SO THE SIMPLE COMMONSENSE PROVISIONS THAT ARE ACTUALLY SUPPORTED BY A MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE ARE ALLOWED TO BE VOTED ON. AND I HOPE THAT HE CAN WORK HIS PERSUASIVE WAYS WITH THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TO ELIMINATE THOSE ROADBLOCKS AND ALLOW THE HOUSE TO WORK ITS WILL. AMERICA WILL BE BETTER FOR IT. AMERICANS WILL BE FREER AND THERE WILL BE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, HEALTH OPPORTUNITIES AND LESS DESTRUCTION OF LIVES WITH ILL-CONCEIVED EFFORTS TO CRIMINALIZE BEHAVIOR OF OTHERWISE LAW-ABIDING ADULTS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS SPONSORSHIP OF THIS CONVERSATION AND PERMITTING ME TO BE A PART OF IT. AND HIS PARTNERSHIP, I LOOK FORWARD TO ACCELERATING THOSE EFFORTS IN THE MONTHS AHEAD SO WE CAN MARK SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS YET IN THIS CONGRESS AND NEXT CONGRESS, GET IT ALL TAKEN CARE OF. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                • 08:40:11 PM

                                  MR. CURBELO

                                  SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH, TO MY COLLEAGUE, FOR SPENDING A LITTLE TIME WITH…

                                  SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH, TO MY COLLEAGUE, FOR SPENDING A LITTLE TIME WITH US THIS EVENING AND ALSO FOR HIS WORK OVER MANY YEARS. BECAUSE AS HE SAID, MANY IN THIS INSTITUTION ARE COMING AROUND ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, BUT IT'S MR. BLUMENAUER, WHO, FOR A LONG TIME, LED THESE EFFORTS, AND IT WAS NOT ALWAYS AN ISSUE OF CONSENSUS AS IT IS TODAY. THANK YOU. NINE STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAVE LEGALIZED THE RECKCREATIONAL USE AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS LEGAL IN 29 STATES. OVER 70% SUPPORTED THE USE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN THE 2016 ELECTION INCLUDING 808. 3% AND 68. 3% IN THE TWO COUNTIES I REPRESENT, MONROE AND MIAMI-DADE RESPECTIVELY. THEMENT WAS IN MONROE COUNTY ON THURSDAY AND MANY PEOPLE GREETED HIM IN THE STEETS. MANY OF THOSE ARE SUPPORTERS, CONSIDERING 80% SUPPORT OF THAT DISTRICT OF THIS ISSUE. ON FRIDAY, LAST WEEK, A REPORT PUBLISHED BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA REGISTRY HAS RISEN TO A DRAMATIC INCREASE TO THE 23 THOURK 350 PATIENTS REGISTERED IN JUNE OF 2017. THIS MILESTONE HAPPENS TO COULD INSIDE WITH MIAMI BEACH'S FIRST MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY. DESPITE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FROM THE PUBLIC, LEGITIMATE BUSINESSES FACE FINANCIAL AND UNCERTAINTY BECAUSE OF A WITCH HUNT OPENED UP BY ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS LAST YEAR. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, HE IS HAMSTRINGING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH TO ANALYZE THE MEDICAL APPLICATIONS OF CANNABIS. MY COLLEAGUES HAVE TAKEN AN APPROACH TO IMPROVING OUR COUNTRY'S IRRESPONSIBLE AND ILL-ADVISED LAWS ON CANNABIS. WE ARE ADDRESSINGS THE TAX BURDEN THROUGH THE SMALL BUSINESS TAX EQUITY ACT, LEGISLATION WHICH PROVIDES TAXPAYER TO MARIJUANA BUSINESSES OPERATING IN COMPLIANCE WITH STATE LAW. I'M WORKING WITH CONGRESSMAN GARRETT TO URGE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO ORDER THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION TO IMMEDIATELY APPROVE ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION FOR THE BULK MANUFACTURE OF CANNABIS FOR FEDERALLY APPROVED RESEARCH PURPOSES. COMPLIANT MANUFACTURERS ARE ATTEMPTING TO PROVIDE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WITH FACT-BASED RESEARCH ON CANNABIS, BOTH ADVERSE AND THERAPEUTIC BUT THEIR APPLICATIONS AREN'T BEING ASSESSED. IT'S DIFFICULT FOR ME TO COMPREHEND THE LOGIC TO OLYMPICING THE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH TO ANALYZE THE MEDICAL APPLICATION OF CANNABIS BECAUSE I THINK IT IS CRITICAL TO HAVE DATA ON ALTERNATIVE FOR ANXIETY, POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND EP LEADERSHIP SI. WE OWE IT TO AMERICAN PATIENTS TO OPEN UP THE FIELD OF RESEARCH. NOW, THE ONLY LOGICAL EXPLANATION I CAN THINK OF IS THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL KNOWS THE FIELD OF THIS RESEARCH WON'T SUPPORT HIS POLICIES OR THE WITCH HUNT HE AND HIS DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN CONDUCTING ON LEGAL STATE-REGULATED OPERATORS. ACCORDING TO THE SEPTEMBERERS OF DISEASE CONTROL, THERE ARE 68,000 LIVES THROUGHOUT THE UNINGS IN 2017 ALONE WITH OVER 45,000 OF THOSE AS A RESULT OF OPIOID LEGAL DRUGS. AND AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED THIS MORNING BY CNN WHICH THE DOCTOR DETAILS THE RESULTS OF HIS STUDY. AFTER DEDICATING COUNTLESS HOURS OF BOTH PATIENTS AND SCIENTISTS GATHERED. DR. GUPTA BEGAN TO VIEW THE PLANT IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT AS A SOURCE FOR HEALING. AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE DOCTOR'S EXAMINATION, HE CAME TO THE DEDUCTION THAT NOT ONLY CAN CANNABIS WORK FOR A VARIETY OF CONDITIONS SUCH AS EPILEPSY, M.S. AND PAIN, SOMETIMES, IT IS THE ONLY THING THAT WORKS. . RESEARCHERS FROM THE RAND CORPORATION, AND SUPPORTED BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE, WHICH SHOWS AN APPROXIMATE MATED 20% DECLINE -- APPROXIMATED 20% DECLINE IN OPIOID DEATHS IN STATES WITH LEGALIZED MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND FUNCTIONING DISPENSERIES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS ANALYSIS IS SIMILAR TO COUNTLESS OTHERS I'VE HEARD THAT PROVE CANNABIS CAN QUELL BOTH THE DISEASE OF ADDICTION AND THE PAINS ASSOCIATED WITH IT. NOW SOME MAY VIEW THIS INVESTIGATION AND OTHERS AS IF THEY'RE ANECDOTAL. AND TO THEM SAY I, LET'S FIND OUT -- THEM I SAY, LET'S FIND OUT. LET'S STOP HAMSTRINGING FEDERAL RESEARCH OF THE ISSUE AND LET'S LET THE FACTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. AS I'VE SAID BEFORE IN THIS CHAMBER, MR. SPEAKER, THE BEST ALLY THAT ILLEGAL OPERATORS LIKE DRUG CARTELS AND DRUG TRAFFICKERS WHO DO NOT PAY TAXES, WHO TARGET CHILDREN, WHO HAVE NO SAFETY STANDARDS FOR THEIR PRODUCTS, THE BEST ALLY THEY HAVE ARE THE POLICIES THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS EMBRACED. BECAUSE BY CONTINUING TO HAMSTRING FEDERAL RESEARCH AND STOKE UNCERTAINTY, LEGALLY OPERATING BUSINESSES THAT ARE STATE REGULATED, THAT PAY TAXES, THAT ARE HELPING PATIENTS WHO ARE SUFFERING CAN NO LONGER COMPETE. AND WHEN THESE BUSINESSES CAN NO LONGER COMPETE, PEOPLE TURN TO THE BLACK MARKET. SO INADVERTENTLY, I HOPE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S ACTUALLY DOING A GREAT FAVOR TO THE CRIMINALS OPERATING OUTSIDE THE LAW BY PUNISHING LAW-ABIDING AMERICANS TRYING TO CONTROL THIS SUBSTANCE AND MAKE IT SAFER. SO I'M HERE TODAY TO ONCE AGAIN CALL UPON THIS ADMINISTRATION TO NOT JUST ALLOW BUT ENCOURAGE MEANINGFUL REFORM ON OUR NATION'S CANNABIS POLICIES. ON THIS ISSUE WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REINFORCE THE 10TH AMENDMENT AND ENSURE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT OVERSTEP ITS BOUNDARIES AND SUPERSEDE THE WILL OF THE STATES. ON THIS ISSUE WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO AFFORD BUSINESSES SELLING LEGAL PRODUCTS THE CHANCE TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR ECONOMY. AND CREATE JOBS WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY CRIPPLING THE CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES EMPOWERED AND PROSPERING UNDER THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S POLICIES. AND PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE AND POSSIBLY EVEN SAVE THE LIVES OF AMERICANS SUFFERING FROM OPIOID ADDICTION AND OTHER DISEASES AND CONDITIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE A LOT OF COLLEAGUES IN THIS CHAMBER WHO SAY PEOPLE SHOULD BE TITLE OF THE BILL BUY WHATEVER HEALTH INSURANCE OR GET WHATEVER KIND OF HEALTH COVERAGE THEY WANT. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD INTERFERE AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE. AND I AGREE. BUT ON THIS ISSUE THERE SEEMS TO BE A HYPOCRISY. AND MANY COLLEAGUES WANT TO IMPOSE A FEDERAL VIEW OR A FEDERAL PERSPECTIVE ON STATES, ON THE PEOPLE OF STATES LIKE FLORIDA WHO HAVE ALREADY DECIDED EXPLICITLY AND CLEARLY AND OVERWHELMINGLY. SO I THANK MY COLLEAGUES WHO JOINED ME HERE TONIGHT AND I TRULY LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY WHERE THIS INSTITUTION CAN LEGISLATE IN A WAY THAT RESPECTS THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA, RESPECTS THE PEOPLE OF OREGON, RESPECTS THE PEOPLE OF COLORADO AND AMERICAN CITIZENS IN 36 STATES IN THE UNION WHO HAVE SPOKEN LOUD AND CLEAR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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