Watch 2006 Senate Debate on Brett Kavanaugh DC Circuit Nomination
House Session - October 7, 2002
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    over in Iraq the Iraq resolution also on some spam to me U.S. Senate..

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    also on some spam to me U.S. Senate.. Have a good day. Because

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    of the House of Representatives for such a lot of the house January twenty…

    of the House of Representatives for such a lot of the house January twenty third two thousand and two. The chair will not recognize members from a list submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning our. debate The chair alternate recognition between the parties. And each party limited to thirty minutes and other than the majority minority leaders. And a minority whip. Limited to five

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    minutes .

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    . Pursuit cost twelve rule one. The chair declares the house in recess…

    . Pursuit cost twelve rule one. The chair declares the house in recess until eleven A.M. today .

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  • 11:00:02 AM

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    Security and one other big issue is certainly up in the air and I'm not…

    Security and one other big issue is certainly up in the air and I'm not quite sure if that's going to get time.

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    issue is certainly up in the air and I'm not quite sure if that's going to…

    issue is certainly up in the air and I'm not quite sure if that's going to get time. Steve before they leave . Mark Preston the byline to hear and roll call thanks very much for joining us right thank you.

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    The U.S. House about to meet for legislative work . Members will consider…

    The U.S. House about to meet for legislative work . Members will consider more than thirty bills and resolutions. Tomorrow the House scheduled to debate a resolution allowing to use of force against Iraq. Here's live coverage of the offer but Lord God . You got all creation. Was providential care . And establish an order that governs all the ages. Here are prayer and enlightening the members of the one hundred seventh Congress . Of these United States . Throughout this week . In their deliberations . And decisions. Make them strong in their convictions . Of human rights . And in protecting this nation. Overall lead them by your grace . To be responsive to your inspiration . And take responsible action . In the cause of justice

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  • 11:01:13 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    and truth . Made those who are at peace with one another. Hold fast to the…

    and truth . Made those who are at peace with one another. Hold fast to the good will that unites them . May those who are enemies. Forget hatred and be here. And that the fruits of your kingdom may fall upon the earth . And take root in human hearts around the world . Until there is true and lasting peace. A man. Cares examine the journey of the last days . And announces the house his approval their persona clause you want to roll on the journal stands pro. Pledge allegiance to be led by the gentleman from Oregon . Thank you Mr Speaker . Please leave me in the pledge. I pledge allegiance to the flag. Of the United States. While we're literally just a chair overseeing a message. Mr Speaker. A message from the Senate. Mr Speaker Mr Secretary. I've been directed by the Senate to inform the House and the Senate has passed. With amendments H.R. fifty sixty three . The armed forces tax fairness act. Two thousand and two which the concurrence of the house as requested chair leaves before the House of communication.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    house as requested chair leaves before the House of communication. The…

    house as requested chair leaves before the House of communication. The Honorable the speaker House of Representatives serve pursuant to the remission granted and clause to each of Rule two of the rules with the U.S.

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  • 11:02:52 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    the rules with the U.S. House of Representatives . The clerk received the…

    the rules with the U.S. House of Representatives . The clerk received the following message from the secretary of the Senate on October fourth two thousand and two . At ten eighteen A.M. . That the Senate passed without amendment house concurrent resolution three eighty eight. Signs and certainly. Jeff Trendall clerk of the house.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Chair of these before the House another communication.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    The Honorable the speaker House of Representatives served pursuant to the…

    The Honorable the speaker House of Representatives served pursuant to the remission granted and clause to each of Rule two of the rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The clerk received the following message from the secretary of the Senate. On October third two thousand and two at five forty P.M.

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  • 11:03:33 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    P.M. The Senate passed without amendment House Joint Resolution one…

    P.M. The Senate passed without amendment House Joint Resolution one twelve. That

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  • 11:03:37 AM

    THE CLERK

    one twelve. That the Senate agreed to the conference report . To…

    one twelve. That the Senate agreed to the conference report . To accompany. H R twenty two fifteen . Signs and serially. Jeff Trendall. Clerk of the house. Pursuant to Clause four of Rwanda speaker signed then following in role joint resolution on Thursday October third two thousand and two counts toward resolution . One twelve making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year two thousand and three and for other purposes .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    for the fiscal year two thousand and three and for other purposes .

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    THE CLERK

    . The chair leaves before they leave before the House and roll bill H.R.…

    . The chair leaves before they leave before the House and roll bill H.R. thirty two fourteen and act to amend the charter of the M. That's organization . Pursuant to. Clause . Eight of rule twenty. Chair will postpone further proceedings today and motions to suspend the rules . On which recorded

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  • 11:04:39 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . On which recorded vote or the order. Or on which the vote is objected to…

    . On which recorded vote or the order. Or on which the vote is objected to under Clause six. Of rule twenty . Record votes and motions to spend the rules. Ordered.

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  • 11:04:50 AM

    THE CLERK

    Prior to six thirty P.M. today . May be taken today. Record votes and…

    Prior to six thirty P.M. today . May be taken today. Record votes and remaining motions to suspend the rules will be taken. Tomorrow. Purposed of the gentleman from Tennessee writes.

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  • 11:05:01 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    gentleman from Tennessee writes. Mr Speaker I move to suspend the rules…

    gentleman from Tennessee writes. Mr Speaker I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill H.R. fifty one sixty nine point four four to title of the bill.

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  • 11:05:09 AM

    THE CLERK

    to title of the bill. Union calendar number three ninety three H.R. fifty…

    to title of the bill. Union calendar number three ninety three H.R. fifty one sixty nine. A bill to amend the federal water pollution control act . To enhance the security of wastewater treatment works . Pursuant to the rule the gentleman from Tennessee Mr Duncan and the gentleman from Oregon Mr De Fazio . Each will control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Tennessee . Mr Speaker I yield myself such time as I may consume. Mr Speaker I rise in strong support of H.R. fifty one sixty nine the wastewater treatment works Security Act of two thousand and two . The terrorist attacks of September eleventh two thousand and one made the identification and protection of critical infrastructure. A national priority.

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  • 11:05:54 AM

    MR. DUNCAN

    And taught our nation to take a broader look at our vulnerabilities . A…

    And taught our nation to take a broader look at our vulnerabilities . A good

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  • 11:05:58 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . A good deal of planning and protection of our nation's crucial…

    . A good deal of planning and protection of our nation's crucial infrastructure is now under way as a result of these tragic events .

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  • 11:06:01 AM

    THE CLERK

    infrastructure is now under way as a result of these tragic events . But…

    infrastructure is now under way as a result of these tragic events . But only limited attention has been given to security issues associated with our nation's wastewater treatment plants .

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  • 11:06:11 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    wastewater treatment plants . Sewer pipes form of vast underground network…

    wastewater treatment plants . Sewer pipes form of vast underground network that can provide a terrorist with access to many public buildings . Metropolitan centers. Private businesses . Residential

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  • 11:06:22 AM

    MR. DUNCAN

    . Residential neighborhoods. Military installations transportation…

    . Residential neighborhoods. Military installations transportation systems. And urban centers . A wastewater treatment system itself. Could also be a target of an attack . With significant public health and environmental impacts. H.R. fifty one sixty nine will help communities address these security concerns about the rising two hundred million dollars for grants to waste water utilities . To conduct honorability this estimates. And implement security enhancements at their facilities. Fifteen million dollars for technical assistance to small wastewater facilities on security measures. Five million dollars for the further development and refinement of venerability a self assessment methodology . And tools for use by wastewater facilities. These authorizations are designed to help Wastewater Treatment utilities take immediate. Nessus and necessary steps to improve security . At their facilities. These authorizations do not create a new ongoing infrastructure Assistance Program or create any new federal mandates are members to support this very bipartisan bill. And I reserve the balance of my time German reserves the balance of his time. Gentleman from Oregon. The speaker . I rise in support of legislation and. You know myself such time as I may consume. Ten times reckoning . Thank you. The speaker today I rise in support of H.R. fifty one sixty nine the water treatment work Security Act of two thousand and two. This is a bipartisan bill that would authorize two hundred million dollars in grants from the E.P.A.. To states and local government entities to conduct vulnerability assessments of wastewater treatment facilities and to take steps to reduce the dent of FIDE. Vulnerabilities . Legislation is similar to the approach taken for vulnerability assessments of drinking water facilities . In the bioterrorism legislation signed into law earlier this summer. Speaker in the wake of September eleventh we have learned that the nation's wastewater treatment plants are potentially vulnerable to terrorist activities.

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  • 11:08:23 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    plants are potentially vulnerable to terrorist activities.

  • 11:08:28 AM

    MR. DEFAZIO

    activities. Many plan. Treatment redundancies but often they have single…

    activities. Many plan. Treatment redundancies but often they have single points of failure .

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  • 11:08:34 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    have single points of failure .

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    These plants . In addition to the possibility of disruption and…

    These plants . In addition to the possibility of disruption and environmental catastrophe often use. Hazardous materials. In the in the treatment process and. Those things . Certainly also need to be safeguarded. In order to alleviate these concerns under H.R. fifty one sixty nine the E.P.A. would be authorized to provide grants for three purposes conduct vulnerability assessments of publicly own treatment works . To implement certain pre-approved security enhancements that have been identified in a vulnerability assessment . And three to implement any other security and handsome measures a den of fight in a vulnerability assessment. Is legislation would authorize. Fifteen million dollars provide technical assistance a small communities those serving fewer than twenty thousand individuals. And one million dollars annually for five years for delve mint and dissemination of computer software day. Vulnerability assessment. Finally misspeak or the funding provisions for vulnerability assessments and security enhancements can in this legislation have been drafted as an amendment to the Clean Water Act with the intent of ensuring that the Davis Bacon Act would apply to any federally funded work that meets the definition of construction. This approach has been confirmed through staff conversations with representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency and certainly would urge my colleagues support this legislation Mr Speaker. We had also hoped to bring up under regular order . Legislation which would go to the . Infrastructure and the water infrastructure and security economic security particularly of our nation . The water resources. Development Act of two thousand and two . The. The bill itself is in pretty good form in terms of projects . Many members have vital infrastructure projects. Included in that bill the bill did not because of some . Controversy and concern. On the committee. Include any amendments to the current. Authority of the Corps of Engineers . To conduct these projects . And did not go to. Concerns a number of members have regarding the need for independent and. Peer review . Projects and better cost benefit analyses that Bill was scheduled to come up just prior to this legislation . Under suspension of the rules . Which would have been opposed . On this side by the minority and . I'm pleased to see that the bill has been told but hopefully it has only been told to be brought up later in the week during regular order with amendments. Allowed. From members. On the side of the aisle who have expressed concerns regarding. You know all of the. Again the peer review. And independent analysis of projects so with that . Speaker I would reserve the balance my time and energy there is a balance of his time . Gemma from Tennessee. I have no additional . Speakers but I reserve the right. To close of. If the other side has additional speakers coming from want to misspeak or. I would recognize the gentleman from Oregon Mr Bloom an hour for such time as he might consider his rock and I thank you and I appreciate my fellow Oregonians courtesy in allowing me to speak on this and I would rise first to express my appreciation for the leadership of our. Subcommittee chairman Mr Duncan. For you Mr De Fazio. For the work that has been done on our subcommittee this session. This is important work Mr Speaker . Dealing with the vast water resources of this country. The building we have before us today. H.R. fifty one sixty nine . Is an example of where we've been able to hone in on a problem.

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  • 11:12:21 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    a problem. To be able to deal with meaningful solutions.

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    MR. DUNCAN

    solutions. Advance them. In a bipartisan and expeditious fashion . I plan…

    solutions. Advance them. In a bipartisan and expeditious fashion . I plan on supporting it today. I wanted to add my voice here publicly on the floor to what I have said before our full committee. And

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    on the floor to what I have said before our full committee. And

  • 11:12:34 AM

    MR. DEFAZIO

    what I have said before our full committee. And before the subcommittee .…

    what I have said before our full committee. And before the subcommittee . Where I express

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  • 11:12:39 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    my appreciation. Mr De Fazio Chairman Duncan. For

  • 11:12:41 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    Chairman Duncan. For the way in which you've been able to bring together.…

    Chairman Duncan. For the way in which you've been able to bring together. The disparate voices . Dealing with water resources. These are areas that are not without controversy . They are complex. They are expensive. And they touch the lives and livelihoods. Of virtually every family and. Every business in America . And I think because of your good work it has been given more of the attention that it deserves. Not just in the aftermath of some horrendous . Tropical storm where maybe we've dodged a bullet or. And the course of some sad . Scandal . That appears in a newspaper where the process. Has broken down and it brings disrepute. On our system here . And you have focused the attention of the Subcommittee on how to fix the problem. I am here today not just to support the bill and to thank you. But to hope that the leadership of the full committee . And of the house. Is mindful of what you have done . Is mindful of the legislation . That is in. If you will pardon the expression . The pipeline . From the Water Resources Committee. The most significant event. Example of that is the Water Resources Development Act. Which is ninety percent. Finished. And we were promised. In subcommittee that the staff level . And at the full committee. An opportunity to bring these issues. To the floor. To have a fair and honest debate . And let the chips fall where they may. I'm absolutely convinced Mr Chairman Mr Ranking Member. That as a result of the record. That you've compiled . Before our subcommittee. As a result of the hard work that's been done. Throughout the Congress . And frankly in the outside world with our friends in the in not just in the environmental community. I've had these conversations with General Flowers and soon after his appointment. He too wants to change the way that business is done. He wants to make sure that we're respectful of the tax dollar. And of the environmental concerns. To bring forward a new era of water resources . Activities . With the Corps of Engineers. And with the federal government should but in order for that to happen. We've got to bring these issues to the floor . And we need to realign. What Congress is doing. I reject the notion that problems with water resources . Lie. Sawley at the feet of the Corps of Engineers . There's over a two hundred year history of that agency . Performing admirably . There have been problems . Some of the problems. On the floor. We're dealing with and you know again we did this with our committee last session. Dealing with the problems in the Everglades. But frankly we're putting eight and a half billion dollars in the Everglades. As a down payment . To change some of what we did to it in the first place. We need to have this discussion . We need to bring the product of our subcommittee. To the floor and be able to deal with these issues . Meaningfully. And honestly. It is time for Congress to get its act together . Because frankly. Some of what people feel. In some instances. Are scandals and problems with the Corps of Engineers. I think are a result of past practices . And the traditional. Crosscurrents they face. In no small measure . It's pressure from individual members of Congress . We need to have this discussion here. We need to. Help the Corps of Engineer . We need to be part of the solution . Not continuing to be part of the problem . I conclude. Mr Speaker by expressing again my appreciation to the subcommittee chair . The ranking member . I pledge my efforts. To continue to work with you with a group of members of Congress who have organized the core Reform Caucus . To be able to make sure that this Congress does not adjourn . Without considering the fruits of your hard work . It's time to allow that on the floor. And I look forward to working with you. So that we can have other successes. Like we have here. With H.R.. Fifty one sixty nine. I yield back the balance of my time. I mean it was back to his time German from Oregon. I have no further speakers. You'll back to balance my time in the old back this time of Tennessee Mr Speaker to conclude this let me. First of all just say that I would like to thank the gentleman from Oregon Mr Berman era for his. Kind of comments in regard to this legislation and . The word a bill that . Most of his concerns. Relate to the word of Bill the Water Resources Development Act which was pulled and it is still my hope that. That we can reach some type of consensus agreement on that bill before this session ends there are very serious and heartfelt . Concerns that. Chairman Young. Has concerning that bill and will have to say of those. Can be addressed but certainly Mr Bloom an error has been one of the most hardworking and dedicated members of our subcommittee. And I

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    hardworking and dedicated members of our subcommittee. And I

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    hardworking and dedicated members of our subcommittee. And I

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    members of our subcommittee. And I appreciate that very much and also I…

    members of our subcommittee. And I appreciate that very much and also I want to thank Chairman Young and . Mr

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  • 11:18:17 AM

    MR. DUNCAN

    I want to thank Chairman Young and . Mr Oberst. Ranking Member Oberstar…

    I want to thank Chairman Young and . Mr Oberst. Ranking Member Oberstar and also . Mr De Fazio. For their work on this legislation this is an example of. Bipartisan legislation of which. Are full committee is so proud. We have worked together to produce a very good bill a very necessary bill that will help the waste water treatment facilities and misspell these. And local governments all over this country I think this is legislation that . All of us can support . And I yield back the balance Montanan urge passage of this bill coming back as time all time is expired the question is will the house suspend the rules and passed a bill H.R. five one six nine. So many as are in favor say aye . Those opposed say no opinion it's shared two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative the rules are suspended the bill is passed and without objection. The motion to reconsider is laid on the table. Mr Speaker I ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks on H.R. fifty one sixty nine. Without objection which I would recognize the gentleman from California Mr Royce . Thank you Mr Speaker. I move to suspend the rules . And

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  • 11:19:44 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    to suspend the rules . And pass the bill H.R. one sixty three with an…

    to suspend the rules . And pass the bill H.R. one sixty three with an amended. Amendment. The clerk will report the title of the bill H.R. one sixty three a bill to amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. To exempt. Mortgage servicers from certain requirements of the act. With respect to federally related mortgage loans secured by a first lien. And for other purposes . Pursuant

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  • 11:20:07 AM

    MR. DUNCAN

    other purposes . Pursuant to the rule of Jenna from California Mr Royce…

    other purposes . Pursuant to the rule of Jenna from California Mr Royce and the gentleman from Texas Mr Benson each will control twenty minutes . The chair recognizes the gentleman from California.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Thank you Mr Speaker and I'm going to ask unanimous consent that all…

    Thank you Mr Speaker and I'm going to ask unanimous consent that all members would have five legislative days . Within which to revise and extend their remarks . And insert the extraneous materials into the record.

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  • 11:20:31 AM

    MR. ROYCE

    Without objection . Thank you Mr Speaker will I rise today. In strong…

    Without objection . Thank you Mr Speaker will I rise today. In strong support of my bipartisan legislation.

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  • 11:20:39 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    H.R. one sixty three. The mortgage. Search.

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    THE CLERK

    Service and clarification act . This carefully written legislation .…

    Service and clarification act . This carefully written legislation . Addresses a specific problem for consumers and businesses involved in the mortgage servicing. Industry. By simply clarifying the existing law governing mortgage servicing.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    servicing. This. Uncontroversial bill . It. Enjoys the support of twelve…

    servicing. This. Uncontroversial bill . It. Enjoys the support of twelve co-sponsors . Eight Democrats and four Republicans and has been approved for consideration. Under the

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  • 11:21:07 AM

    MR. ROYCE

    been approved for consideration. Under the suspension by the rules. By…

    been approved for consideration. Under the suspension by the rules. By both the chairman and the ranking member of the Financial Services Committee. Mr Speaker I introduced this build a fix a problem in the mortgage servicing industry which has hampered the ability of this industry to serve its clients. Effect

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    which has hampered the ability of this industry to serve its clients.…

    which has hampered the ability of this industry to serve its clients. Effect

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  • 11:21:22 AM

    MR. ROYCE

    industry to serve its clients. Effect effectively. And to conduct its…

    industry to serve its clients. Effect effectively. And to conduct its business. Officially for too long. Currently when a mortgage servicing company . Acquires the rights to service a portfolio of home loans. It is exempt from the unnecessary. Very strictures of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Under the creditor exemption. But that was also extended to the originator of the mortgage. The new mortgage servicer is extended this exemption because its relationship to the borrower. Is more like the relationship between a borrower and a lender. Than it is like the relationship between a borrower . And a true collections agency. The law already recognizes this reality. However in the typical loan servicing portfolio transfer. A small percentage of the loans . Acquired by a new service or. Will inevitably be delinquent or technically in default . At the time of transfer. These loans are currently treated by the law. As being subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act . And subsequently the new service or . Of these loans are required to provide certain form notices . Known as Miranda warnings. To the borrower. The law also currently requires that in every subsequent contact. Both written and oral. Whether initiated by the service or or the borrower the servicer is required to provide a shorter . Mini. Miranda notice . Disclosing that the communication. Is an attempt to collect a debt . And that any information provided by the borrower. Will be used toward that end . The purpose of these cookie cutter warnings. Is to prevent. Unscrupulous debt collectors. From using false or misleading tactics such as a phony. Winning sweepstakes claim. To trick consumers into divulging private financial information. Or personal details like their home address. Or their home phone number. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act . Has worked extremely well in preventing bad actors in the debt collection business. From using lies and deceit. To harm consumers. And this legislation would in no way . Prevent it from continuing to protect American consumers. However as I've already mentioned. Mortgage servicers. Are not like debt collectors. Their role to consumers. Is much more like that. Of a mortgage originator. And in the context of a mortgage servicing transfer. These Miranda notices. Are both detrimental to consumers and unnecessary . And inefficient. For mortgage servicers. Operations. First the notice misleads the borrower about the nature of the relationship between him or her . And the new service. Unlike true debt collectors. Mortgage servicers have a long term relationship with their client . And these harshly worded notices often have the effect of discouraging a borrower. Who is slightly late on a mortgage payment from contacting their new service or. For fear that the service or. IS A TRUE. Third Party . Debt Collector. This ends up frustrating the service or. Efforts to work with delinquent borrowers. On developing strategies to bring their loans current. And keep their credit ratings. Intact . A mortgage servicers biggest role in helping delinquent borrowers. To help themselves . Is getting them on the phone. And these threatening Miranda notices. Only contribute to that. Unnecessary fear . Without doing anything to help the borrower. Additionally the information protected by the Miranda notice . Is information already in the service or. Possession. So nothing new is truly protected by requiring these additional legal istic and threatening notices . Be provided . Finally. These warnings. Simply make consumers feel . Unnecessarily defensive. And antagonistic toward their new service or. During the first step. Of their new association which can have a chilling effect on the rest of their relationship . Mortgage servicers typically send these Miranda notices. Along with a new customers. Welcome letter. As required by the real estate. Settlement Procedures Act. And this letter also includes important consumer information about the new service or. And the borrowers. Monthly payment or. Arrangements. This preliminary contact is the first opportunity that a service or has to create a positive relationship with a new client . And the harsh language used in the Miranda Warning can create animosity between the service or. And the borrower. Where none need exist . Additionally because of the many Miranda. Is required in all subsequent contacts. They can continue for decades . Even after customers bring their loans current. And keep them that way for years. H R one sixty three resolves this problem by creating a narrow exemption from Miranda notices . For the services of federally. Related first lien mortgages. Whose primary function. Is servicing current loans. Not collecting third party. Debts. It exempts these services only from the Miranda notices. Leaving all other. Borrower protections required by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in place. This legislation is consistent with a long standing recommendation from the Federal Trade Commission. To improve the mortgage servicing process . I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. To support this bipartisan legislation to improve the mortgage servicing process for both the consumer . And for the companies who serve them . And I thank you Mr Speaker and I reserve the balance of my time on raising his balance of his time. John from Texas . A Speaker I yield myself such time as I may consume Gemma's recognize that's NASA incentivizing stem are without objection a speaker a rise of a strong support of H.R. one sixty three the mortgage servicing. Clarification act . Two thousand and one two thousand and two . As an original sponsor of the bill long with my colleague Mr Royce of California. I want to personally thank both the Financial Services Committee chairman. Mr Oxley. And the ranking member Mr befalls for their support and help in bringing this bill before the House. On an expedited basis . I believe that this is that this technical bill is necessary in order to protect both consumers and. And mortgage servicers and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act of one nine hundred seventy seven as a consumer protection statute which was established in order to protect consumers from deception and. From deceptive . And abusive practices

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . And abusive practices . By third party debt collectors under the EFF…

    . And abusive practices . By third party debt collectors under the EFF under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Debt

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  • 11:27:52 AM

    MR. BENTSEN

    under the EFF under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Debt

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Collection Practices Act. Debt

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    MR. BENTSEN

    collectors are required to give certain notices to debtors regarding the…

    collectors are required to give certain notices to debtors regarding the nature and amount of the delinquent debt . They originally

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    nature and amount of the delinquent debt . They originally

  • 11:28:00 AM

    MR. BENTSEN

    the delinquent debt . They originally ten of this notice was to ensure…

    the delinquent debt . They originally ten of this notice was to ensure that the debtor understood why the collector was calling what was why I believe that both consumers and debt collectors have benefited from this law . Is proving converse and for mortgage servicers who Dot who do not necessarily seek to call the note or debt . Under the Act collection activities by the original creditors were generally exempt from the F.T. C.P.A. However third parties such as debt collectors were generally considered to be covered in are required to provide such. Written or oral communications to consumers. These notifications . Are generally referred to as Miranda warnings. To the consumers. The reason for the bill before the House is to determine whether mortgage servicers. Would be considered as third parties . In the mortgage market . Mortgages are bought and sold on a regular basis in order to provide liquidity for lending and better rates for borrowers. In some cases originators will keep loans on their books but will decide to sell the service in rights to other parties . This legislation was developed in response to a growing concern that some mortgage servicers were unclear whether these transfers were covered by the F.T.C. P.A. and what the appropriate communication should be between the mortgage servicer and the consumer. Under current law when a mortgage servicers or a quantum mortgage servicer. Acquires. The right to service a loan. The mortgage servicers generally exempt from complying with the Fair Debt with the F.T.C. P.A.A. because the act. Extends the creditors exemption to the new services . However in the typical loan servicing transfer. A certain percentage of loans will be delinquent . Or in default at the time of the transfer. Even when good due diligence by the mortgage. Even with good due diligence by the mortgage service or there is always the possibility that a person will be in default. When their mortgage went with their mortgage. At the time of the transfer. H.R. one six three . Would resolve this problem by providing a narrow exemption from the F.T. C.P.A. by clarifying that this exemption. Only applies to a mortgage service . Service or who acquires responsibility for servicing more for servicing the mortgage by assignment sale or transfer. Under this exemption. A mortgage servicer would not be required to provide a Miranda warning to the to these those specified defaulted loans. In addition. In order to protect consumers this exemption only applies in those cases. When the loan is actually in default at the time of the transfer. This means that the exemption is narrowly drawn. So as to effect a small number of mortgages. In addition . This bill ensures that this exemption only applies to collection activities in connection with these specified loans. As a result of mortgage servicer cannot use this exemption with respect to other loans which may become. It may may become in. May be in default after the transaction occurs . I also want to point out that this legislation was modified from its original form to address. Every concern of consumer rights . As introduced. H.R. one six three would have provided an exemption for those mortgage servicers whose collection of delinquent debts is incidental to the more to the servicers primary function. Of service in federally federally. Related mortgage loans. Is interesting to note that this . Incidental to servicers primary function. Was a suggestion by the Federal Trade Commission in order to clarify that mortgage servicers . Are exempt from the F.T.C. . Had both the two thousand and two thousand and one F.T.C. annual report on the F.T.C. P.A.A. include a legislative write recommendation. With this suggested language . After discussion with consumer groups and other public policy advocates we determined that this exemption appeared. Overly broad . And as a result we agreed to amend the bill to limit the exemption to only those loans. Which were delinquent. At the time of transfer this amendment will ensure that only a small number of loans will be covered by the. By the exemption . I also want to highlight that this bill does not. Biden exemption from other substantive borrower rights . Rather this exemption is narrowly drawn to apply only to the Miranda warning which third party debt collectors are required to give to consumers. This bipartisan legislation is supported by the consumer mortgage coalition the American Financial Services Association the Mortgage Bankers Association the Financial Services Roundtable . And I urge my colleagues to support the. Support the bill. And I was over the balance of my time . And I know if there is a balance this time John from California. Thank you Mr figure I'd like to yield five minutes . To the distinguished chairman of the financial institution's subcommittee. Mr Spencer Baucus of Alabama. Someone from Alabama is recognized for five minutes. Thank you Speaker Mr Speaker for this bill which destroys his energy use has broad support . And that's bipartisan support it also has broad co-sponsorship . From both sides the how . The Bills been modified from an earlier version which was in the hundred six Congress to address concerns raised by consumer groups. Now the consumer mortgage . Coalition his indorsed the bill. As has the American financial services so she ation.

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    And the mortgage banking Association. They all

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    MR. ROYCE

    support this legislation . The bill is drafted . To be consistent with the…

    support this legislation . The bill is drafted . To be consistent with the previous recommendations by the Federal Trade Commission . To apply

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    . The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act protections. Based

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    MR. BAUCUS

    protections. Based on the nature of the overall business conducted by the…

    protections. Based on the nature of the overall business conducted by the party to be exempted. Rather than the status of individual obligations . When the Party of China . One sixty three . Is even narrower than the F.T.C. recommendation . It only exempt mortgage servicers from the round the notice is required by section eight zero sat. On one. Own original. First lane. Federal back mortgages. All other borrower protections provided by the thought. Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Remain in full force . And finally just to show you the. Bipartisan nature of this . Effort . I want to read to you a letter for just a part of a letter explaining why the Miranda warnings are clearly appropriate for third party. Debt collection activities . But that they actually put borrowers at greater risk in mortgage service transfers and impair the ability of the new mortgage servicer. To establish a strong customer relationship . And this letter is from Ken Benson. Jim Maloney. Paul Kanjorski . Carolyn Maloney Brad Sherman . Stephanie Tubbs Jones . Charles Gonzales Julia Carson . Harold Ford and and. Gregory Meeks all the while Democrats all members of the Financial Services Committee. Here's what they say about the present state of the law. And why this bill is needed . And they gave three reasons one. Present Miranda notice . Misleads the bar you're about the nature of the new services relationship. The most important thing I don't link what mortgage Bari or. Can do is call his or her service or. To discuss working out options. The harshly worded Miranda actually . Discourages borrowers from contacting their new service or. Out of fear that the company is simply another debt collector. Second reason . The notice . Quote protect Bar years from providing information that the mortgage servicer already has. And it's possession. Mortgage servicers already possessed . Detail information about the borrower in the long found out . There's no need for the service or. To engage in deceptive tactics to obtain information from the bar third . The notice. Hurts customer relationships. For the remaining term of the mortgage. The many Miranda. Is required in all so subsequent. Contacts with the bar or. Even after customers have brought about their loans car brought their loans current and maintained them that way for years . Let me simply close by saying that what this committee heard . Is many times. Your mortgage servicer which change that mortgage would be a sign and. You would get a telephone call from someone which had to identify themselves as a debt collector. Your mortgage might be got. It may be current. They would have to warn you that they were trying to collect a debt . And that they were a debt collector in fact . What they were and what they were to you. And in fact in reality they are is. They were your mortgage services and . As opposed to avoiding them. And what you ought to be doing is you ought to be talking with them . Letting them . Answer questions. And establishing a new relationship . And the original act I think it was inadvertent that. These Miranda warnings were applied to someone. Servicing your mortgage. This legislation will go a long way towards clearing up this confusion and protecting people who have mortgages . Thank you. The space. And yells back. Time someone from California . To the gentleman from Texas if you have . I have no other requests for time I go back about spam and the only back is them jumping from California . I think my colleague from Texas. Mr Ken Benson who is the co-sponsor of this legislation I also want to thank Spencer Baucus from Alabama . Again the chairman of the financial institutions subcommittee. And Mr Speaker I would just like to close by reiterating this bill. That this bill is a. Narrowly tailored bill . That enjoys strong bipartisan support. And the longtime support of the Federal Trade Commission. This legislation is a commonsense. Consumer friendly fix to the law . To the law that currently governs the mortgage servicing process that has been close . Cleared for

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    servicing process that has been close . Cleared for consideration under…

    servicing process that has been close . Cleared for consideration under the suspension of the rules . By both

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    Chairman Mike Oxley . And by the ranking member . Mr John A false

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    . Mr John A false . It does not sacrifice or alter any of the meaningful…

    . Mr John A false . It does not sacrifice or alter any of the meaningful protections afforded to consumers . By the Fair Debt

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    any of the meaningful protections afforded to consumers . By the Fair Debt

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    MR. ROYCE

    . By the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Whether it creates a narrow…

    . By the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Whether it creates a narrow exemption for mortgage servicers. Whose primary function. Is servicing current mortgage loans. Not the third party collection of debt . From having to threaten their newest and most needy customers with a legal istic and misleading pro-forma notice . The law as it is currently written. Prevents these at risk consumers . From building strong relationships with their mortgage servicers. Putting those consumers. Whose mortgages may be uncharacteristically later delinquent at the time that they are. Acquired. At a distinct disadvantage . The exemption that this legislation creates is already extended to mortgage originators and. Those loans that are current at the time they were acquired by a new service or . This legislation simply recognizes that the relationship between a mortgage servicer and a customer. More closely resembles the relationship between a mortgage originator. And a consumer in the relationship between a consumer and a third party debt collector. So Mr Speaker I urge all of my colleagues . To stand up for consumers and help to increase the efficiency of the mortgage servicing industry . By supporting this common sense . And bipartisan legislation . And I yield back the balance of my time . Back in time all time is expired the question is will the House just bend the rules and pass the bill H.R. one sixty three . As amended . So many as are in favor say aye . Those opposed say no and opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative. Rules are suspended the bill is passed without objection . The motion to reconsider is laid on the table . Purposes the gentleman from Alabama Rice. Actually I think this is Mr Benson from . I'm sorry Mr Speaker I move to suspend the Rose and pass the bill H.R. file

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    the Rose and pass the bill H.R. file clerk floor for the title of the bill…

    the Rose and pass the bill H.R. file clerk floor for the title of the bill H.R. fifty five zero seven a bill to amend the Truth in Lending Act to adjust the exempt transactions amount for inflation. Pursuant to the rule of the gentleman from Alabama Mr Baucus. And the gentleman from Texas Mr Benson . Each will control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Alabama . Thank you Mr Speaker at this time I ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days. With the end which to revise and extend their remarks . And insert extraneous material . Into the record on

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    this legislation . Without objection . Mr Speaker I rise in strong support…

    this legislation . Without objection . Mr Speaker I rise in strong support of H.R. seven the Truth in Lending inflation adjustment act . This bill

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    MR. BAUCUS

    . This bill makes a very modest change in the Truth in Lending Act as the…

    . This bill makes a very modest change in the Truth in Lending Act as the legislation . Adjust for inflation

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    . The dollar threshold for transactions that are exempt from the Truth in…

    . The dollar threshold for transactions that are exempt from the Truth in Lending Act. The

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    THE CLERK

    transactions that are exempt from the Truth in Lending Act. The Truth in…

    transactions that are exempt from the Truth in Lending Act. The Truth in Lending Act . Offers great protection . To consumers

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    . And. Under the current law all merchants need not comply with the Truth…

    . And. Under the current law all merchants need not comply with the Truth in Lending Act . For credit . And leasing

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    MR. BAUCUS

    transactions when the amount financed exceeds twenty five thousand…

    transactions when the amount financed exceeds twenty five thousand dollars. Congress set . This dollar amount at twenty five thousand and nineteen sixty eight. And in the last thirty four years inflation has eroded . The

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    . The effectiveness of the Truth in Lending Act. This

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    MR. BAUCUS

    Truth in Lending Act. This bill corrects that problem. And ensures that…

    Truth in Lending Act. This bill corrects that problem. And ensures that the Truth in Lending Act once again . A plot to most consumer credit. And leasing transactions. Raising that to seventy five thousand dollars . This bill will not result in significant new cost to financial institutions and merchants . Because most financial institutions and merchants voluntarily. Comply . What the requirements of Truth in Lending Act . Even for transactions above the current. Threshold of twenty five thousand dollars . Let me commend the gentleman from New York Mr Le faults. A member of the other party for . His sponsorship. Of this legislation . At this time our reserves of balance for my time. I do want to again command. As with the previous legislation. These two consumer protection or. Piece of legislation. Had broad bipartisan support . Once again just a demonstration of what does Congress can do when . It puts aside its differences and work together in a bipartisan why . This time I reserve the balance of my time in dollars or of the balances time. German from Texas . Thank you Mr Speaker Speaker myself such time as I may consume Germans recognize the speaker . Let me say at the outset that . I'm standing in for a mr the faults of New York . Who is traveling in his district. And could not get back here in time. This morning for this bill . And I have a statement that day that I will put into the record that actually a statement he would have made. Had he been here at this time . I rise in support of H.R. fifty five zero seven a bill to update and enhance an important consumer credit protection. In one nine hundred sixty eight Congress an act of the Truth in Lending Act to ensure that consumers receive accurate meaningful disclosure of the cost of consumer credit . Such disclosures enable American consumers to compare credit terms and make informed credit decisions. Prior

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    to nine hundred sixty eight consumers had no easy way to determine the…

    to nine hundred sixty eight consumers had no easy way to determine the true cost of their credit transactions. Nor did they

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    credit transactions. Nor did they have a basis for comparing the various…

    credit transactions. Nor did they have a basis for comparing the various creditors in the marketplace . To

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    comparing the various creditors in the marketplace . To

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    MR. BENTSEN

    . To address this problem by providing a standardized finance cost…

    . To address this problem by providing a standardized finance cost calculation. The annual percentage rate . A.P.R. . And by requiring creditors provide clear and accurate disclosures. Of all credit terms and cost. Over the past thirty years however . Key statutory protections and remedies stated in one thousand nine hundred sixty eight dollars . Have not been updated to reflect inflation. And to provide comparable protection and protections in today's dollars . The bill we are considering today H.R. fifty five zero seven. The modest in scope provides the first update of an important section of teal in thirty four years. This is clearly an overdue change in the law. Protections apply to all credit transactions. Secured by a home equity and other non-business consumer loans or leases under twenty five thousand dollars in one thousand nine hundred sixty eight. This twenty five thousand dollars limit on unsecured credit and lease transactions was considered more than adequate to ensure that most automobile credit card. And personal loan transactions would be covered . This is clearly not the case today . It is now quite common for many non mortgage credit transactions to exceed twenty five thousand dollars. H.R. fifty five zero seven insurers Attilla protections will continue to apply to most consumer credit and lease transactions. By raising the statutory exemption from twenty five thousand dollars to seventy five thousand dollars . By doing so we are providing. Updated protections. To consumers that will ensure that a broad range of transactions are covered by Teela. Though I welcome. The overdue change provided for . H.R. Provided for an H.R. fifty five zero seven. I would have preferred that the agreement. We reach with my work with my colleagues Republican on the Financial Services Committee. To schedule this bill would have also included other provisions. From the broader Teela modernization bill H.R. to one zero five four introduced by our colleague Mr befalls the ranking member of the committee . This comprehensive bill which he introduced at the outset of the hundred seventh Congress . And is known as The Truth in Lending Modernization Act of two thousand and one. And then steal it to restore important consumer protections that have been weakened by inflation . It also ensures that consumers benefit from advance . In techno. And in in accounting technology and strength in steel a civil lip. Liability and rescission. Remedies . But I nonetheless very pleased that we were able to agree on bringing up H.R. fifty five zero seven to the house today along with H.R. one six three. A bill to him in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act . In H.R. four thousand and five to make the District of Columbia. And the U.S. territories. Part of the ongoing commemorative quarters program. Mr Speaker I urge. Support for this long overdue legislation I was or the bells of my time to manuals. Reserves his time . Chairman yield back his time. I yield back the balance but I'm going to taxes. Back his time John from Alabama. Thank you Mr Baker now simply let me close by. Sort of reminiscing if you think back in one nine hundred sixty eight one nine hundred sixty eight. You could actually buy a two bedroom apartment and the community that I was raised in a modest home but you could you could buy a two bedroom home . And that community . Today. You would be a hard place to buy that for fifty or even seventy five thousand dollars. So this fact that we do pass today and hopefully the Senate will bring past . Will extend those protections which many lenders are presently voluntarily complying with.

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    lenders are presently voluntarily complying with.

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    But the ones that aren't are the ones we worry about.

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    ones that aren't are the ones we worry about. I want to commend again . Mr…

    ones that aren't are the ones we worry about. I want to commend again . Mr Le

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    MR. BACHUS

    . Mr Le faults and Mr Benson. Financial Services Committee Chairman Mike…

    . Mr Le faults and Mr Benson. Financial Services Committee Chairman Mike Oxley and. Both support this legislation it's part of a package of three bills. That will move through the House today. This bill . The mortgage servicing clarification Act which . Mr Roy sponsored and we just. And H.R. four thousand and five the District of Columbia in the United States territory. Circulation quarter dollar program Act which will extend the program. To the District of Columbia. And the territory . On behalf of Mr Oxley myself our colleagues to support. All three of these bills . Mr Speaker I yield back the balance of my time. Gemini yells back the balance of his time all time has expired. The question is will the house suspend the rules and passed a bill H.R. fifty five zero seven . So many as are in favor say aye . Those opposed to no opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative . Throws are suspended the bill is passed without objection . The motion to reconsider is laid on the table. Pursuant to clause twelve of Rule one The chair declares the house in recess. Subject to the call of the chair .

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    Saturday on Book T.V. live

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    the text of the Pledge of Allegiance including the phrase one nation under…

    the text of the Pledge of Allegiance including the phrase one nation under God . In Section three zero two of Title . Thirty

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    two of Title . Thirty six. To reaffirm the text of the national motto In…

    two of Title . Thirty six. To reaffirm the text of the national motto In God We Trust . It is an accepted legal principle that government acknowledgement of the religious heritage . Of the United

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    States is consistent with the meaning of the Establishment Clause of the…

    States is consistent with the meaning of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment . The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed this principle in its rulings. Yet on June twenty sixth two thousand and two . A three

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    two thousand and two . A three

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    member panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.…

    member panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Held unconstitutional in new doll versus U.S. Congress . A California school districts policy and practice of teacher a voluntarily . Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Going quoting the including the use of the phrase one nation under God . Violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment and the new hour ruling is probably because its analysis appears to reflect to believe that any religious preference or reference. Represents an inherent danger to individuals who hear the result of which would be the banishment of all such references from the public arena . Clearly this is inconsistent with any reasonable interpretation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Thus it is become necessary for calm. Congress to reaffirm its understanding that the text of both the pledge in our national motto. Are legally and historically consistent with a reasonable interpretation of the First Amendment . Immediately following the new ruling on June twenty seventh two thousand and two. The House of Representatives passed House Resolution four fifty nine which I under do. Expressing the sense of the House that the noodle case was erroneous Lee decided by the Ninth Circuit . And that the court should agree to rehear the ruling in bank. House Resolution four fifty nine passed the House . By a four hundred sixteen to three vote . By passing Senate. Twenty six ninety . The House will join the Senate . In reaffirming its commitment to our nation's pledge and model. And also reaffirm that the myriad of ways in which federal state and local governments. Acknowledge America's religious heritage . And its consistency with both historical practice. And legal precedent. I urge my colleagues to support this legislation and reserve the balance of my time. The gentleman from Virginia . Thank you is to speak I'm a Speaker I yield myself such time as I may consume . As Speaker I come from a state that has a long tradition in supporting religious freedom. And fact it was Thomas Jefferson of Virginia who wrote the Virginia Statute of religious freedom which priest ciggies. The First Amendment of the Constitution. Today's exercise is totally gratuitous as. Nothing we do here will. Change any underlying law. This is because we're dealing with constitutional issues which cannot be altered by statute. If the judicial branch ultimately flat finds a pledge . Or the national motto. To be constitutional. Then nothing needs to be done. If on the other hand . The courts

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    other hand . The courts ultimately find either to be unconstitutional. Then

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    MR. SCOTT

    be unconstitutional. Then no law that we passed will change that .…

    be unconstitutional. Then no law that we passed will change that . Although I tend to agree with the dissent in the noodle case involving the Pledge of Allegiance . I believe the reasoning in the majority opinion. In that case. Was sound in that case the Supreme Court . Applied. Three different tests that have been prior to three different tests that have been of. Been applied in the last fifty years in evaluating Establishment Clause cases . One test. Was whether the phrase const. The phrase under God in the pledge. Constitutes an endorsement of religion. The majority opinion says it was an indorsement. Of one view of religion. Monotheism . And therefore was an unconstitutional endorsement. Another test was whether the individual's work or into being exposed to the religious message . And the majority opinion included that the pledge was unconstitutional . Because young children. Quote may not be placed in the dilemma. Of either participating in a religious ceremony . Or protesting unquote. Finally the court applied. The Lemon test. Part of which whole set of laws violates establishment clause if it has no cycler or non . Religious purpose . For example in cases involving a moment of silence in public schools. Some of those laws have been of. Upheld . If the law allows silent prayer. As one of the many activities that can be done in silence . But courts have stricken laws in which a moment of silent prayer. Is added to existing. Moments of silence because that law . Has no secular purpose. The court concluded that the one nine hundred fifty four law which added. Under God to the existing pledge. Had no secular purpose. And therefore was unconstitutional . This instance. Mr Speaker. I indicated that I tended to agree with the dissent in the case . And the operative language. In that dissent. That persuaded me . Was and I quote. Legal world abstractions and ruminations aside. When all is said and the danger that quote under God and our Pledge of Allegiance will tend to bring about a theocracy. Or suppress someone's belief. Is so miniscule as to be de minimus. The danger that that phrase represents to our amendments. Freedoms. Is Picayune at best. As a speaker Unfortunately our actions today . May cause the courts. To review the sentiments behind on . One nation under God . OR IN GOD WE TRUST . Because if the courts look at the importance that we apparently affix to one nation under God or. The IN GOD WE TRUST . Because of this legislation . Then it diminishes the argument that the phrase. Has de minimus meaning. And increases the constitutional vulnerability that the use of that phrase in the Constitution . And the excuse me in the pledge. Furthermore the courts may look at the legislation under the limb and testify to this whole exercise has no . Secular purpose and is therefore unconstitutional. The section of the bill . Referring to In God we . Most of the national motto. Appears to be fought at the same constitutional attack. Attack . As the pledge . Under God as the phrase under God in the pledge. And those attacks but don't let a day. Because of our actions today. This is speaking to me just close with a quote from an editorial that appeared in the Christian Century non-denominational Protestant Weekly. That a good friend was kind enough to send me into reads and I quote. To the extent. Under God. Has any real religious meaning . Then it is unconstitutional . And the phrase is constitutional. To the extent that it had that it is religiously. Innocuous. Given that choice . With an uncertain with the Ninth Circuit . We see no need especially for Christians to defend hollow references to an innocuous God. For those reasons Mr Speaker I urge my colleagues to oppose this legislation. I reserve the balance of my time . Speaker. I have no further requests for time and her deal back to the gentleman from Virginia will do so. Mr Speaker I yield back the balance of my time Speaker I yield back the balance of my time . The question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill Senate. Twenty six two six nine zero. As amended. So many as are in favor say aye. Those oppose no. In the opinion of the chair. Two thirds of the presidents having voted in the affirmative . The gentleman's Wisconsin paper on that I asked for the his name is the yeas and nays are requested to all those in favor of taking this vote by. Yeas and nays will rise or might stand it until counted.

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    might stand it until counted. Official number having arisen the yeas and…

    might stand it until counted. Official number having arisen the yeas and nays are ordered.

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    MR. SCOTT

    Pursuant to Clause eight. Of rule twenty. And

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    the chairs prior announcement. For the

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    proceedings on this motion. Will be postponed. Mr Speaker. German . As…

    proceedings on this motion. Will be postponed. Mr Speaker. German . As consummate speaker I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill H.R. forty five sixty one . The federal agency Protection of Privacy Act . The coracle report. The title of the bill. Union calendar number four thirty four H.R. forty five sixty one a bill to amend title five United States code to require that agencies and problem dating rules take into consideration the impact of such rules on the privacy of individuals and for other purposes .

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    the privacy of individuals and for other purposes .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    the privacy of individuals and for other purposes . Pursuant to the rule…

    the privacy of individuals and for other purposes . Pursuant to the rule the gentleman. Gentleman from Wisconsin Mr Sensenbrenner. And the gentleman from Virginia Mr Scott. Control twenty minutes. The chair recognizes the gentleman from Wisconsin the Speaker I ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days . Within which to

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    consent that all members may have five legislative days . Within which to

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    members may have five legislative days . Within which to

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    . Within which to revise and extend their remarks and included strangeness…

    . Within which to revise and extend their remarks and included strangeness material in the bill age are four five six one currently under consideration. Without

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    consideration. Without objection. Speaker I yield myself such time as I…

    consideration. Without objection. Speaker I yield myself such time as I may consume .

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    THE CLERK

    myself such time as I may consume . The Speaker I rise in support of H.R.…

    myself such time as I may consume . The Speaker I rise in support of H.R. forty five sixty one. The federal agency Protection of Privacy Act. Throughout my tenure as chairman of the committee on the judiciary . I have work to strike a proper balance between laws designed to preserve the safety and security of Americans.

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    and security of Americans. And those which needlessly compromise our civil…

    and security of Americans. And those which needlessly compromise our civil liberties . The federal agency Protection of Privacy Act helps preserve this balance.

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    balance. H R forty five sixty one. Requires that rules noticed by federal…

    balance. H R forty five sixty one. Requires that rules noticed by federal agencies. For public comment under the Administrative Procedure Act . Be accompanied by an initial privacy impact assessment . Which

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    impact assessment . Which

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    . Which explains how the proposed rule. Will affect personal privacy. The…

    . Which explains how the proposed rule. Will affect personal privacy. The issuing agency would then receive public views on the privacy impact of the proposed rule . Any issue a final privacy impact analysis . Which explains how the federal agency will obtain . Utilize and safeguard personally identifiable information. Importantly the bill contains a judicial review provision. To ensure that federal agencies it here do its requirements in this respect age are forty five sixty one. Mirrors regulatory enhanced means for the regulatory flexibility Act which require federal agencies to consider the potential impact of proposed legislation . And regulations on small businesses. Furthermore unlike existing federal statutes which protect against the UN authorize. Is disclosure of personal information obtained by the federal government the federal agency Protection of Privacy Act. Prospectively ensures that federal agencies consider the privacy impact of proposed rules before they become binding federal regulations. This bill reflects a spirit of commitment to privacy rights . By providing the American public a mechanism which simply requires an agency to give advance notice . An opportunity to comment on how the rules should by federal agencies. Will affect their personal privacy . As such it reaffirms our fidelity to the fundamental civil liberties cherished by all Americans. It was just Baker this measure. Enjoys broad bipartisan support on the Judiciary Committee and is endorsed by as diverse . A group of organizations ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union. To the National Rifle Association . I urge my colleagues to support the bill and reserve the balance of my time . The gentleman from Virginia. Thank you Mr Speaker I give myself such time as I may consume. And I rise in support of H.R. forty five sixty one the federal agency. Of Protection of Privacy Act. I believe this legislation will improve the leg regulatory process and protect Americans from. Unjustified. Or unintended invasions of privacy . Individuals are required to provide detailed personal information while conducting a variety of everyday activities including credit card purchases. Internet usage . Medical care financial transactions and the delivery of basic government services . Public transmission of this information for the heightens the potential of identity fraud . A growing program . And a growing

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . And a growing problem . Which impacted

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    MR. SCOTT

    . Which impacted more than seven hundred thousand Americans last year .…

    . Which impacted more than seven hundred thousand Americans last year . Holiday energy theft. And assumption. Deterrence. Act of one nine hundred ninety eight . Was and acted to address this problem the F. Stated that it generally theft remains America's fastest growing . White collar crime . Under this under this legislation . Federal agencies must consider the impact of proposed regulations. On individual privacy. They will be required to include an initial. Privacy impact analysis . With proposed regulations that are circulated for private notice and. And finally privacy impact analysis that describes the steps that were taken to minimize the significance the significant privacy impact of proposed regulations . And justifies any alternative. With respect to privacy that was chosen by the agency . In addition the bill provides . Judicial review of the adequacy of the agency's final privacy impact similar to that provided by the regulatory flexibility act for small businesses. Essentially the bill requires agencies to take responsibility for privacy concerns. Of individual citizens. At a time when the din of the theft and misuse of personal information is rampant and increasing. This bill will go a long way in protecting the American . citizens From victimization . That's why it is supported by a broad bipartisan diverse. Political and philosophical organization such as the one the chairman mentioned. Support the legislation and strongly urge my colleagues to support it . Just Speaker I yield back the balance of my time. Speaker I yield back the house my time as well. The question is will the house suspend the rules and . Pass the bill H.R.. Forty five sixty one. SO MANY AS or in favor say aye. Those opposed no. In the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative . The rules are suspended . The bill is passed. And without objection the motion is. Reconsider is laid on the table .

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    The gentleman from Florida.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    The gentleman from Florida. Mr Speaker I move the house has been the rules…

    The gentleman from Florida. Mr Speaker I move the house has been the rules and agreed to house concurrent resolution. Four zero nine. The chloroquine report the title of the conference resolution . House concurrent resolution for a nine. Concurrent resolution supporting the calls and ideals of the national community role models' week . And for other purposes . Pursuant to the rule of Gentleman gentleman from Florida . Mr MILLER . And the gentleman from Illinois Mr Davis. Will age control twenty minutes . The chair recognizes the gentleman from Florida to Speaker I ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks on house Concurrent Resolution four zero nine . Without objection. You myself Self such time as I may consume.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Self such time as I may consume. Mr Speaker I am pleased to have the house…

    Self such time as I may consume. Mr Speaker I am pleased to have the house consider house Concurrent Resolution four zero nine.

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    MR. MILLER

    to have the house consider house Concurrent Resolution four zero nine. I…

    to have the house consider house Concurrent Resolution four zero nine. I commend my distinguished colleague from it. From Michigan Mr

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    distinguished colleague from it. From Michigan Mr Knollenberg for…

    distinguished colleague from it. From Michigan Mr Knollenberg for introducing this measure . And working so hard

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    THE CLERK

    this measure . And working so hard to bring it to the floor. I'm a…

    this measure . And working so hard to bring it to the floor. I'm a co-sponsor of this important resolution that expresses the support of the House of Representatives. For the goals and ideas of the national community role models week. The

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ideas of the national community role models week. The resolution…

    ideas of the national community role models week. The resolution encourages communities to adopt programs that recognize local heroes and educate children . About them . In addition this resolution recognizes an organization in southeastern Michigan . That is debt

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    MR. MILLER

    recognizes an organization in southeastern Michigan . That is debt that…

    recognizes an organization in southeastern Michigan . That is debt that has established a program to recognize outstanding community residents . And teach children

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . And teach children about work ethic. Values and

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    MR. MILLER

    ethic. Values and accomplishments. Since one thousand nine hundred eighty…

    ethic. Values and accomplishments. Since one thousand nine hundred eighty eight the recognizing achievement rewarding excellence. Or rare. Foundation of Troy Michigan . Has identified hundreds of unsung heroes. In the did in the Detroit metropolitan area. Some award winners include an entrepreneur who built a successful company that teaches moderately handicapped children people. To live on their own. Ever stepped into to create a care program for the spouses of terminal. Terminally ill employees. Any principle of an elementary school located in a poverty stricken . And drug impact a neighborhood. Who led the school to achieve the national blue ribbon award. Children need role models more today more than ever. A role model from a child's family or community. Can make a great difference in a child's life although we also often hear inspiring stories about famous individuals. We seldom publicly recognize exceptional people in our communities. Who can better relate to kids. There are many working and individuals in our local communities who are motivated every day by values such as selfishness . Compassion. Dedication. Courage and integrity . All the. Although these people could be a wonderful role model for children in their communities. Their efforts are seldom publicly recognized. And as a result people in the community cannot benefit from knowing about them. Since children learn by example as they experience on a daily basis. They need role models of from their local community . More than rock stars or sports figures . These individuals can better inspire children. To think about their personal heroes. And reflect upon their dreams and aspirations . It is essential that we validate and promote. At a local level. The exceptional values possessed by many individuals within our communities especially establishing an annual week for identifying role models in our local communities. Would remind us how each individual. No matter his or her profession. Plays a vital role in the greatness of this nation. I commend the rare foundation for establishing a program to recognize community role models. And I encourage other communities just average . Similar programs. I asked my colleagues . To support this resolution . And I reserve the balance of my time . The gentleman from Illinois. Going to speaker and I would you know most some such time as I might consume. The speaker I'm pleased to join with the gentleman from Florida . And considering. Conrad's full nine of Bill's support in the goals and ideas. Of national community role models week. And for other purpose . Mr Speaker. Each Congress for Nancy. Puts the go. Yes . Of national community role models week . And the recognition of achievement. Reward and excellence. Foundation. The rare foundation . While today's athletes and entertainers have inspiring stories of perseverance and dormice.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    perseverance and dormice.

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    MR. DAVIS

    And dedication and are indeed noteworthy individuals . They are often far…

    And dedication and are indeed noteworthy individuals . They are often far removed from the lives that young people live . High of a parents teachers nurses . Crossing guards. The so-called working stiff ordinary everyday people . All the people that interact and touch the lives of young people. On a daily basis. People they go to work every day . To earn an honest living. Provide a service . And do so in a professional manner. These are the individuals that often overlook it. But fortunately in not doing national community to role models we. These individuals are motivated every day by traditional American values such as Southwest miss. Compassion . Dedication. Courage and integrity . They embody these values in their daily work. In their communities and in their homes. Not only should these individuals . Your neighbor. Dennis. Baker shopkeeper. Sunday school teacher . Scout leader. The lady down the block who. Which is children. Young girls how to bake . How to Cook. How the so . All of these individuals should be on a do international community role models we . Because every day they touch the lives of children in a very positive and enduring way . The working stiff as they are often called the average person. Is indeed a national treasure . And should be treated as such. There are thousands and thousands of individuals throughout our country . Who give of themselves . On a daily basis in such a way as to empower In Lightened and in rich . The lives of others and especially. Of children. And when they do so . We must recognize that they are role models . And should be treated as such and so I'm pleased to join in support of this resolution. Urges passage. And you go back to balance of my time. Mr Speaker . I heard and option of house Concurrent Resolution four zero nine. This legislation supports the goals and ideas of the national community role models weak. It also commands those unsung heroes. Community role models who make a difference in the lives of children . And inspire all of us. I thank the rare foundation of tri Michigan for recognizing. Community role models and I yield back the balance of my time . The question is will the house suspend the rules and a greater house Concord Resolution four zero nine. So many as are in favor say aye . Those oppose no. And the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative.

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    MR. MILLER

    The rules are suspended. The Concord resolution is a grade two. And…

    The rules are suspended. The Concord resolution is a grade two. And without objection the motion is reconsider. To reconsider is laid on the table. And one from Florida . Mr Speaker. I move that the house suspend the rules and agree to H R twenty five seventy eight a bill to designate. The postal facility located at eighty two hundred South Vermont Avenue. In Los Angeles California. As the

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Augustus F. Hawkins. Post Office Building. The clerk or porch the title of…

    Augustus F. Hawkins. Post Office Building. The clerk or porch the title of the old charge twenty five seventy eight. A bill to read doesn't make the sell day of the United States Postal Service located at eighty two hundred South Armont Avenue and Los Angeles California. As the Augustus after Hawkins post office building into the rule of the gentleman from Florida Mr MILLER. And the gentleman from Illinois . Mr Davis will . Each control twenty minutes. The chair recognizes the gentleman from Florida. Which a speaker ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks on H.R. twenty

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    MR. MILLER

    five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks on H.R. twenty…

    five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks on H.R. twenty five seventy eight. Without objection. Mr Speaker I yield myself such time as I may consume. Mr Speaker I'm pleased to have the house consider H.R. twenty five

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    seventy eight. Introduced by our distinguished colleague from California .

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    THE CLERK

    . Maxine Waters . That designates the facility of the United States Post…

    . Maxine Waters . That designates the facility of the United States Post Office Postal Service. Located Los Angeles as the. Augustus F. Hawkins. Post Office Building. Members of the entire House delegation of the state of California . Are

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . Are co-sponsors of this legislation . This legislation author is a…

    . Are co-sponsors of this legislation . This legislation author is a former member of the house. Who preceded our colleague Miss Walters. In what was the twenty ninth Congressional District of California .

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    MR. MILLER

    the twenty ninth Congressional District of California . Congressman…

    the twenty ninth Congressional District of California . Congressman Augustus Hawkins was elected to fourteen consecutive terms to this house.

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    house.

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    MR. MILLER

    Half of the people of South Central Los Angeles. Its throat rose through…

    Half of the people of South Central Los Angeles. Its throat rose through the ranks of this body and ultimately chaired the Education and Labor Committee. In the one nine hundred eighty S.. Prior to his term in the House of Representatives. He served twenty eight years in the California State Assembly . A body in which he was the only black member for the greater part of his tenure. Mr Speaker this legislation honors a man who devoted more than five decades to public service to the people of California . For that reason I urge all members to support the adoption of H R twenty five seventy eight. And I reserve the balance of my time. The gentleman from Illinois . Thank you Speaker and I would you know myself such time as I might consume. Mr Speaker as a member of the House Committee on Government Reform I am indeed pleased to join my colleagues in consideration of H.R. twenty five seventy eight. Which names the post office in Los Angeles California . After former representative Augustus Hawkins H.R. twenty five seventy eight was introduced by the distinguished plaited from California . Representative Maxine Waters . On July nineteenth two thousand and one . And enjoys the supporting co-sponsorship of the entire California delegation . Augustus Freeman Hawkins was born in St Ford Louisiana in one thousand nine hundred seven . And moved

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . And moved with his parents to Los Angeles in one thousand nine hundred…

    . And moved with his parents to Los Angeles in one thousand nine hundred eighteen . He received a

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    MR. DAVIS

    nine hundred eighteen . He received a public school education and…

    nine hundred eighteen . He received a public school education and graduated from the University of California Los Angeles. And the University of Southern California . From one nine hundred thirty five to one nine hundred sixty two Mr Hawkins served as a member of the California State Assembly is the only important rules committee due in part of his tenure in the assembly . And began his focus on education labor and informant . Issues in one nine hundred sixty three of us to talk and was elected to Congress . As a Democrat representing the twenty ninth Congressional District in California . And one nine hundred seventy one he joined twelve African-American members of Congress . And formally established the Congressional Black Caucus . Coalition of African-American members of the house. Dedicated to achieving greater equality . For persons of African descent. Do in his tenure in Congress . Gus Hawkins chairman of the Committee on House administration . And the Committee on Education and Labor . The one nine hundred ninety all mean that the federal pollo American politics . Describe chairman Hawkins mindset . And I quote his convictions on that . Government programs. Can Help. And have help. The middle class . That aid to education has strengthened the nation. But federal job programs have made the difference between a productive life . And an idle. One. And that the government has a responsibility to give jobs to those who cannot find employment . In the private sector. To that in Chairman Hawkins. The Humphrey Hawkins . Full employment. And balanced growth . Act of one nine hundred seventy eight . Legislation designed to promote. Genuine sustainable recovery and a full employment society. Representative Hawkins also served as chairman of the Joint Committee on Brenton. And Joint Committee on the library. He retired . At the end of the one hundred and first Congress. Mr Speaker. I commend my good friend colleague . Representative Maxine Waters . For SIGINT on the chairman Augustus Freeman's Hopkins by name in the post office . After him in Los Angeles California . And would yield . To her at this moment such time as she might be mistaken members have would like to thank you for spending. Me this time . And I'm pleased that this bill is being considered today . As it has been stated . It would rename the post office had eighty two hundred ave which is California. Thirty fifth Congressional District after. Representative Augustus Hawkins. Representative Augustus hearkened represented this district for nearly thirty years . Mr Speaker and members this is a small guest. To a truly great man. Congressman Hawkins was a distinguished member of this house . He worked hard and he carried the respect of. All those who worked with him . Again he was first elected to the California State Assembly nine hundred thirty five. He

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    MS. WATERS

    nine hundred thirty five. He served in the assembly for twenty seven…

    nine hundred thirty five. He served in the assembly for twenty seven years. Most twenty eight years . And one nine hundred sixty two . He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. And he was California's first African-American member of Congress . He served a total of thirteen terms. Throughout his career . Gus focus on education labor and employment issues. He served as chairman of the House Administration Committee for four years . He also sat on the House Education and Labor Committee. However it is his work on. Money turn economic policies that he has often talked about. He teamed up with Senator Humphrey. To sponsor the full employment and balance growth Act of one nine hundred seventy eight . One aspect of the bill. Which has become known as the. Humphrey Hawkins report. Required the chairman of the Federal Reserve. To report to the House and Senate Banking Committees on. Economy. And monetary policy and. Twice a year . This report has become one of the most important speeches given by the Federal Reserve chairman . While the statue has officially expired the report is still provided to Congress and remains a benchmark for evaluating the economy. And nine hundred seventy one . Though already in office for nearly a decade . Congress when Hawkins joined twelve other African-American members of Congress. To establish the Congressional Black Caucus . Today . Only Charlie Rangle and John Conyers remain of the pyre nearing group. Remain here in the house that is over the past thirty one years the C.B.C. has grown and. Influence and in size. Today we have thirty eight members from all over the country. The C.B.C. owes much of his success to Gus Hawkins . And the other founding members. After nineteen. I guess . In one thousand nine hundred ninety one. After fourteen terms. And Congress Congressman Harkins decided to retire . And I was fortunate enough to be elected to serve in the district that he had represented . So well for so many years . Press recently. Congressman Hawkins. Partnered with Dr Veneta C. Jones. The dean of Howard University's School of Education . To form the Black Education Leadership Summit. The group is comprised of education. Civil rights nonprofit business and community groups . That seeks to remove the public education debate the young on. Rhetoric based theory . The ultimate goal of the group. Is to develop an enhanced the education . Of all African American students. I certainly appreciate the work of Congress when Augustus Hawkins. And I'm very pleased and proud to represent . The thirty fifth Congressional District . That area which he serves so admirably for so long. I'd like to just close by saying . My very strong thoughts about the length of time that I have known . Congressman Hawkins and the conversations I had with had over the years . Helped me to understand that not only do I have a responsibility to come to this body . And represent. My constituents in the absolute best way that I possibly can . But Congressman Hawkins taught me to trace the money. He came home Lawson. And he always went to City Hall . To find out what they were doing with the federal funds that we were sending down there . And I learned to pay attention to that. And because of Gus Hawkins even today . I'm tracing the dollars from the city B.G. Grant sects who want to aid loan guarantee . And other areas of government where we appropriate money that goes into the local government. To be dispersed. It was because of Gus Hawkins. That I think our city began to do a better job of making sure as Gus said that all of the money wasn't concentrated downtown. That the money got. Into the communities and. Out to the district that he represented . And certainly to the district that I now. Now represent. Again I'm pleased and proud to be a part of the effort here today . To name this post office. After a most deserving gentleman. Congressman Augustus Hawkins. And I yield back the balance of my time. The speaker. I don't believe we have any further speakers and. I would just close by indicating but. Representative Hawkins. Was in the is indeed a legend. And between the time that he spent in the California Assembly . And the time that he spent here in the halls of Congress . He must have spent well over much more. Of than half of his life. In representative. Positions. And I think that that is indeed . Rare . And it's my pleasure to urge passage of this resolution and go back the balance of my time the gentleman from Florida speak I have no OS. No

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    MR. DAVIS

    further speakers and urge all members to support this measure now you're…

    further speakers and urge all members to support this measure now you're back the balance of my time. The question is will the House spin the rules and pass the bill H.R. twenty five seventy eight. So many as are in favor say aye . Those oppose no. And the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative. The rules are suspended. The bill is passed . And without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. Mr Speaker the gentleman from Florida. I move the house bend the rules and agree to H.R. fifty three forty . A builder doesn't it does it designate the postal facility located in sin and central California as a Francis dare.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    in sin and central California as a Francis dare.

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    MR. MILLER

    as a Francis dare. Chick Hearn. Post Office Building .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    The clerical of course the title of the bill H.R. fifty three forty two…

    The clerical of course the title of the bill H.R. fifty three forty two designated for the facility and the United States Postal Service located at fifty eight o five white and Avenue . In Encino California as the Francis Dale checked her and post office pursuant to the rule of the gentleman from Florida Mr MILLER. And the gentleman from Illinois . Mr DAVIS . H.. Will control twenty minutes . The chair recognizes the gentleman from Florida.

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    MR. MILLER

    Florida. Mr Speaker rationale I must consent that all members have five…

    Florida. Mr Speaker rationale I must consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and H.R. fifty three forty. Without objection. You myself. Self such time as I make assume. Mr Speaker I'm pleased to have the house consider a char fifty three forty . Introduced by our esteemed colleague from California Brad Sherman. That

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Brad Sherman. That designates the facility of the United States Postal…

    Brad Sherman. That designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located and in Siena California as the Francis dare.

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    THE CLERK

    Postal Service located and in Siena California as the Francis dare. Check…

    Postal Service located and in Siena California as the Francis dare. Check current post office building. Mr Speaker all Americans were sad to hear of the Chick Hearn. The renowned play by play announcer of the National Basketball Association . Los Angeles

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    of the National Basketball Association . Los Angeles Lakers. Passed away…

    of the National Basketball Association . Los Angeles Lakers. Passed away in August five . Of this year . He was in question the one the most adored and distinctive sports broadcasters in American history.

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    MR. MILLER

    sports broadcasters in American history. Chick Hearns record of…

    sports broadcasters in American history. Chick Hearns record of broadcasting longevity is astonishing. Since the one nine hundred sixty S. He called

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    sixty S. He called over thirty three hundred Lakers games . Plus

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    MR. MILLER

    hundred Lakers games . Plus numerous University of Nevada Las Vegas…

    hundred Lakers games . Plus numerous University of Nevada Las Vegas basketball games . Many college and professional football games . And even the first Muhammad Ali. Joel Fraser. Boxing match . Has continued excellence earned him the nickname. The Golden Throat. It was remarkable that . Despite leaving the Lakers announcing it was last December . Because because he had to undergo heart surgery. He valiantly returned to call the Lakers playoff games. All the way through to their third consecutive N.B.A. championship this past summer . While his longevity in the broadcasting booth is well known. Me outside of California may not realize the scorer's of basketball phrases were invented. In fact invented by the colorful Chick Hearn. He made famous . Terms that are now pervasive in basketball binocular such as air ball finger all . Given gall . And even slam dunk . Mr Speaker naming a post office after Francis Dale Chick Hearn. Is a fitting tribute to a man who was as beloved and appreciated. As Chick Hearn was. Therefore I urge all members to adopt a resolution . H R fifty three forty I reserve the balance of my time. The gentleman from Illinois . Thank you a speaker. I would view myself such time as I might consume . And I'd like to yield to have this time to the sponsor of this legislation representative. Brad Sherman. The gentleman from California to recognize. I think the gentleman from Illinois for yielding time . And I thank the House of Representatives . And particularly the Government Reform Committee . For moving this bill to the House floor. In record time. We're here to honor a man who appeared to my eyes. The Spirit . The unity . And the

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    joy of life . Of living in

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    MR. DAVIS

    Southern California . A man who was the best reason to buy a transistor…

    Southern California . A man who was the best reason to buy a transistor radio . Perhaps the best reason to live in Southern California . And perhaps

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    . And perhaps the best reason to be an N.B.A.

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    MR. SHERMAN

    fan . We knew how much he meant to us. But we didn't fully know until he…

    fan . We knew how much he meant to us. But we didn't fully know until he died. Last August fifth. He had broadcast . Over three thousand three hundred thirty eight consecutive games . Between November one thousand nine hundred sixty five and December two thousand and one . Not only did he broadcast those consecutive games but his total number of games called. Reach three thousand three hundred sixty two. In addition to broadcasting those. Laker games he also broadcasts. N.C.A.A. basketball and football games N.F.L. football games U.N.L. the basketball . And the first Ali Frazier fight . He won two Emmy Awards . Three golden Michael Ward's two national sportscaster of the Year awards . Seven California sportscaster of the Year award. And a star on Hollywood Boulevard. Walk of Fame. He was also a. Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. And the American sportscasters Hall of Fame. No one in this country I think influenced . The poetry of basketball . To the extent of Chick Hearn. He invented or popularized the terms we all are familiar with . Slam dunk. Airball. Finger roll give than go. And one other phrase that I'll use at the conclusion of my remarks . Francis Dale her own was born in Buda Illinois. On November twenty seventh one thousand nine hundred sixteen. He was a talented athlete but a car accident ended his semi-pro basketball career in the one nine hundred thirty S.. While playing in a Rory Illinois. His. Affable response to a practical joy. Jokesters. Placing of a dead chicken in his locker. Won him the nickname . Chick . The name. That we all in Los Angeles . Came to know him by. He served in the army in the South Pacific during World War two. And after the war became a sportscaster in a roar and Peoria Illinois . In one nine hundred fifty six he moved to Los Angeles to cover college football and basketball for C.B.S. Radio. And N.B.C. television. He joined the Lakers in their first season in Los Angeles . And became the voice of basketball. For Southern California. Trick is survived by his wife Marge a granddaughter . And a great down granddaughter. Chicken Marge were. Residents. For many decades . In the San Fernando Valley and have lived in Encino for well over twenty years . This bill will rename. Their local post office . The. Francis Dale. Chick Hearn post-office. This legislation of course and Joyce. The support of not only the Laker organization . But the entire California delegation . I talked to Marjorie earlier today. And she asked me . What are the chances that this bill will pass . This house today. And I said . Marge. It's in the refrigerator . The doors closed the lights out. The eggs are cool and the butter is getting hard and the Jell-O. is just on your back . In my time. The gentleman from Illinois has. I'm not going to use such time as she might consume for the gentle lady from California Representative Diane Watson. That objection . Thank you very much and. Thank you Mr Speaker . I come to support . Two champions. Who will have post office. Named after them. First I'd like to support . H.R. twenty five seventy eight. And sportscaster legend. Chick Hearn. I represented . The

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    MR. DAVIS

    Lakers. For many a year in Inglewood .

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    .

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    MR. DAVIS

    While Chick Hearn was at his finest. And I feel very close to that voice.…

    While Chick Hearn was at his finest. And I feel very close to that voice. Even in death . Because

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . Because his was the voice.

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    MS. WATSON

    voice. Representing a real. Sportsman. Spirit . And he was able to…

    voice. Representing a real. Sportsman. Spirit . And he was able to educate. Train and mentor. Almost everyone who heard them . In sportsmanship . And as Congressman Brad Sherman expressed. He caught many phrases that are used today. Are younger people will grow up. Parroting those phrases and appreciating. Good sportsman. Ship and. Good women in sports as well . Are women's basketball teams played in that same . Sports Arena. While I represented. That area and I'm so very very proud of what he was able to put forth. To them in the line. Of sportsmanship and. In the line of broadcasting . What good. Sports . Was all abroad . I also. Rise in strong support of. Twenty five seventy eight. The naming of a post office. After. Gus Hawkins . And I just want to tell you this personally . My father who has long been deceased. Did the first fundraiser for Gus Hawkins they raised all of seventy five dollars . And that was a lot of money in those days . During a time or renewed interest in public service. Gus. Career and life . E.P.L. demise the importance . And the impact of serving one's fellow man for the betterment of our country . And way of life . A champion of children. Poor people working people. Senior citizens. And minorities. He expressed his views. About public service . By stating their leadership belongs not to the law was not to those who beat the drums are blow the trumpets. But to those who can. And day out. Work for the practical. Realisation of a better world. Still living. And we're so proud that he is with us. He was born in Louisiana in one thousand nine hundred seven. He moved with his family to Los Angeles when he was eleven . To excrete. Racial discrimination . He received degrees from U.C.L.A. my alma mater . And U.S.C. and began his latest. Legislative career. In one thousand nine hundred thirty five in the California Assembly. Or he served for twenty eight years. Often as its only black. Member. And to get him there in one nine hundred thirty five at seventy five dollars went a long way. Gus faithfully served. This house from one nine hundred sixty three to one nine hundred ninety one and doing. In his tenure he served as chairman of the Committee on Education and . The committee. On House administration . He is the author of more than seventeen federal laws including . The title seven . Of the Civil Rights Act . A stab of sheen. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission . The job training partnership. Act and. The School Improvement Act which. Revamped. Virtually all of Major. Elementary and Secondary Education programs because once recounted that he wanted to be remembered as one who simply. Loved children and . I will recall . A telephone call I got from him just a few months ago. He was very concerned about the Leave No Child Behind Act as he continues to open his heart. To others. Today. We open our hearts . To the grass the . Gus Hawkins . And the official name post office in Los Angeles . He is a friend . He is a mentor . And he is someone who simply. Loves children and their parents . And he is very deserving of this honor. I yield back the remainder of my time . Now. Thank you very much. Reclaiming my time speakers . The gentleman from Illinois . As a member of the House Committee on Government Reform I'm pleased to join with my colleagues in consideration of H.R. fifty three forty . Which names the post office in one single California after the late. Francis Dale . Chick her age are fifty three forty which enjoys the support the core sponsorship. Of the entire California delegation . Was indeed introduced by Representative Brad Sherman. On September the fifth two thousand and two Francis Hearn was born in the great state of Illinois. In the city of Aurora . He attended Bradley University and was given the nickname. Check . When a basketball player Heath.

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    MR. DAVIS

    Found a chicken inside a box of sneakers .

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    box of sneakers .

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    MR. DAVIS

    Chick Hearn began his career in Los Angeles California. Broadcast in the…

    Chick Hearn began his career in Los Angeles California. Broadcast in the University of Southern California football and basketball games . He went on to do nightly radio and sports winning the Emmy Awards . Along the way. And one nine hundred sixty one chick began play by play announcer and. Father Los Angeles Lakers. A job he held for over thirty years during his Lakers career Chick Hearn became one of the most recognizable voices in the industry. And the greatest basketball announcer. Of all times . His great announced and gave birth to Chick Islam . As it was called These were comments chick made while broadcast in the games. Some of his great. Comments were the muskets off the hot dog . He's in the popcorn machine. Slam dunk. ERA ball games in the refrain . A man of much commentary Chick Hearn. Earned a Cable Ace Award Best Sports play by play . In one thousand and eighty eight and a star on Hollywood Boulevard swap go insane . He was the recipient of a golden Michael Moore. Six California sports cast of The Year Awards . And three Southern California. Sports. Broadcasters Association is a war his greatest came when he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in one nine hundred ninety one. Sadly he passed on August fifth two thousand and two . From injuries suffered in a fall . SPEAKER I commend representative Sherman. First seeking to shake firm . By name in a post office. After him in California. And urge the swift passage of this bill I thank you Mr Speaker and yield back the balance of my time . Figure I are to dock for this measure on your back the balance of my time. The question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bay all H.R. fifty three forty . So many as in favor say aye . Those opposed no. And the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative . The rules are suspended . The bill is passed . And without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table from Indiana.

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    from Indiana.

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    disruptive toll.

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    narcotics not permitted by the Controlled Substances Act . The basic…

    narcotics not permitted by the Controlled Substances Act . The basic federal

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    MR. SOUDER

    narcotics not permitted by the Controlled Substances Act . The basic…

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    THE CLERK

    narcotics not permitted by the Controlled Substances Act . The basic…

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    narcotics not permitted by the Controlled Substances Act . The basic…

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    MR. SOUDER

    narcotics not permitted by the Controlled Substances Act . The basic…

    narcotics not permitted by the Controlled Substances Act . The basic federal

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    narcotics not permitted by the Controlled Substances Act . The basic…

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    MR. SOUDER

    narcotics not permitted by the Controlled Substances Act . The basic…

    narcotics not permitted by the Controlled Substances Act . The basic federal law prohibiting the use of illegal drugs . Finally I want to note that this resolution calls on all Americans to join in a united effort to fight drug use in our communities. This is especially true for parents who we want to urge to talk to their children. About the dangers and consequences of illegal drug use and encourage others to do and their families and communities . We have seen how increased vigilance . To threats to our society. And way of life. Can help make us safer. As a nation . And I hope that families and communities can do the same . With respect to parenting and drug use . I urge my colleagues to support the resolution and reserve the balance of my time. John from Illinois is recognized . you Thank speak and I will you must serve such time as. Are my consume . So as recognize for me is most times you may consume the speaker I'm very pleased to join with Chairman solver. In consideration of. H. rez five six to mine to be expressing support for the president's two thousand and two national drug control strategy to reduce illegal drug use in the United States . I also want to commend the gentleman from Indiana for his outstanding leadership on this issue and especially for the conveyance and the convene in. They feel here and . In Chicago where I live. I have appreciated. The work that you have done.

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    Just chairman. And indeed as I indicated I'm pleased to join with you in…

    Just chairman. And indeed as I indicated I'm pleased to join with you in consideration of this legislation .

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    MR. DAVIS

    in consideration of this legislation .

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    this legislation . I also asked unanimous consent .

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    MR. DAVIS

    . The speaker . If I could submit for the record. The statement. Of Mr…

    . The speaker . If I could submit for the record. The statement. Of Mr Cummins who is the ranking member . And for whom I'm actually fill in the end. And the presentation. Of this. This matter. Without objection . Thank you very much . Speaker last year the Chicago Defender published an article entitled. Cook County drug offenders lose out in drug treatment revival. Though the article focused on Cook County Illinois . It brought to the forefront . A national trend towards treatment for drug offenders . Troubled by the devastating impact of drugs on the criminal justice system . The courts are diverting more drug offenders away from presence. Mandated instead that they enroll in substance abuse rehabilitation programs. Kevin irons for example forty one year old native of suburban Chicago . I had been hooked on drugs for twenty years . When a Cook County

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    Circuit Judge gave him four years probation . On a drug

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    MR. DAVIS

    gave him four years probation . On a drug possession charge . And ordered…

    gave him four years probation . On a drug possession charge . And ordered him to twenty eight days . In a residential treatment center and set of the treatment. That was aimed at getting him to recognize the patterns of abuse in his life . And I quote . Treatment has brought me a long way to learn about my disease . And what made me do the things that I did . I see my life differently now . To society and be a productive citizen . Recovery is a beautiful thing . Unquote . Mr Speaker recovery is a beautiful thing . Which is why I am pleased to see the President Bush's two thousand and two national drug control strategy. Includes over eight hundred fifty million dollars for various drug prevention programs. And an additional one point six billion dollars over the next five years . For drug treatment programs. This money in law is sorely needed to address the devastating impact of drugs . On the criminal justice system . More and more addicts are streaming into the system . Than they can help . The problem is particularly acute. In Cook County where the drug case load has exceeded those of other Illinois counters . Cook County drug offenders are far less likely to receive drug treatment as part of their probation . Than those in Illinois the other one hundred one counties. Shown by an investigation by the Chicago report according to the Illinois Department of Corrections the number of prison sentences for drug crimes. Increased more than twelve fold from one nine hundred eighty three to one thousand nine hundred nine when thirteen thousand seven hundred sixty six drug offenders were sentenced to prison. Was discharged about forty percent of them will end up back in prison within three years. Futhermore drug users are among the most active perpetrators of other crimes. Nearly two thirds of jail inmates nationwide . Said they use drugs regularly . Prior to their arrest and about one in six committed their current offense to sustain a drug habit. Caught into a two thousand study by the Department of Justice . In response to this as the Chicago Defender reported. States are moving away from incarceration. To initiatives. Such . As drug courts. Drug courts diverted offenders to treatment but they also impose penalties for misbehavior. The drug courts program uses the course of power of the court to force abstinence and all to behavior through a combination of escalating sanctions . Mandatory drug test and treatment and strong. Aftercare programs. The two thousand and two drug strategy provides an additional two million dollars for drug court programs bringing the told to fifty two million for fiscal year two thousand and three . Calling to the one nine hundred ninety seven National. Treatment improvement evaluation study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services . Such treatment programs cut illicit drug use by forty percent . And reduce the rest rates by sixty four percent . These programs help stabilize communities by making them safer and making productive citizens out of drug offenders. I support the president's drug prevention and treatment strategy . And its continued funding. Recovery is a beautiful thing and I urge the adoption of this resolution. And once again Mr Speaker. I want to commend . My colleagues. Chairman Souter and. The ranking member Elijah Cummings for the outstanding leadership . That they both have brought in continued to bring to this issue. I think you have no further speakers in your back the balance of the time. Thank you gentlemen for banana's recognize. I am myself such times make it sound for closing. Gentleman is recognized . For as much time as he may consent to very important resolution that wait knowledge that even under this time or under a terrorist attack. That we're under chemical attack as well . In my hometown if I fall in Indiana. We seen in the past months a very gruesome murder. That has occurred to cover up another hard. Her kids run high on drugs and alcohol and . In fact not only . Beat up and then shot but then . Burned. Two of their claim to is in a field . This past week we saw another group. Murder. Appears to be gang related. Peers to be related to narcotics sales in the city of Fort Wayne.

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    related to narcotics sales in the city of Fort Wayne.

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    The principal Southside high school had to have teachers and police at the…

    The principal Southside high school had to have teachers and police at the football game . And he has been

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    police at the football game . And he has been actively reaching out and…

    police at the football game . And he has been actively reaching out and looking for prevention programs and trying to reach the kids whether it's through community churches community organizations in the classroom . To try to

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    MR. SOUDER

    community churches community organizations in the classroom . To try to…

    community churches community organizations in the classroom . To try to show the evils of narcotics and the impact that has on the community and the evils of gang warfare that often . Is closely related . We may or may not ever see terrorist attacks and Fort Wayne we may or may not see a terrorist attacks around the United States but we're certainly going to see drug abuse. And for the people in the field those who are working in the. Programs and Prevention in the schools and Prevention in the communities. Those who work with treatment it's often very discouraging. And a lot of people ask me as chairman that our ties committee why can't you just eliminate this problem. But let room. Me remind you that . At four. There are a couple of different things one is that you will never eliminate. Evil from the world you try to control it as much as possible. And this is true of rape. It's true of child abuse. It's true of spouse abuse . It's true of . Child abandonment . They've been with us for a long time as . As leaders in this country we can't say Oh . It's not working therefore we're going to abandon it. We have to redouble our efforts. For them or in the area of narcotics. We see every day. New people who heretofore we thought were invulnerable. To a narcotics attack. Whether it's young kids who are now are moving being exposed for the first time in elementary school first time . At a party in junior high or at a club scene as a high schooler who had never been exposed to narcotics before. We have to be there in prevention. Be there when they're first exposed be there for treatment. And also be there to intercept the drug. Says they're coming into this country . So we keep the prices. From going so cheap and the purity so high that when they have that exposure. They die honest an impact. It's a combine strategy. That never gives up. The understands that we're battling one soul the time to try to change. These families people who've lost work people go through a divorce people who are vulnerable at that moment. Much like they are for other types of things. We need to be working aggressively and. This resolution praises all those in the field of work with this reminds Congress and the American people that we have tens of thousands of people who lose their lives who get shot. To go to emergency rooms because of this evil narcotics . And I can. I commend this resolution of the house and hope that it passes unanimously. But that I yield back the balance of my time. Church Thanks gentlemen. The question is will the house to spend the rules and a greater House Resolution fast and so many as are in favor say aye . Those opposed . In the opinion of the chair two thirds of the present having voted in the affirmative. The rules are suspended. The resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table as the gentleman from California writes The speaker . I move to suspend the rules and pass . H.R. forty

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    and pass . H.R. forty six eighty five. As amended. A bill to amend Title…

    and pass . H.R. forty six eighty five. As amended. A bill to amend Title thirty one of the United States Code. To expand the number of federal agencies that are required to prepare . Annual audit good. Financial statements. The clerk will report the top of the bill H.R. forty six eighty five . A bill to men Title thirty one United States code to expand the types of federal agencies that are required to prepare audited financial statements. Pursuant to the role . The gentleman from California Mr Horne and the gentleman from Illinois Mr Casti each will.

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    Control twenty minutes . The chair recognizes the gentleman from…

    Control twenty minutes . The chair recognizes the gentleman from California. Mr Speaker I yield myself such time as I may consume . The gentleman is recognized

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    MR. HORNE

    time as I may consume . The gentleman is recognized for such time as he…

    time as I may consume . The gentleman is recognized for such time as he may consume. I ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks on nature forty six eighty five and two included strain ias. Material. Without objection .

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    Mr Speaker H.R.

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    THE CLERK

    forty six eighty five The proposed . Accountability of tax dollars Act of…

    forty six eighty five The proposed . Accountability of tax dollars Act of two thousand and two. Was

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    introduced on May eighth by the distinguished gentleman from Pennsylvania…

    introduced on May eighth by the distinguished gentleman from Pennsylvania . Mr Toomey this bill would expand the number of federal agencies that are required to prepare . Audited financial statements each year . At

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    MR. HORN

    . At present. Only the twenty four departments and agencies are covered by…

    . At present. Only the twenty four departments and agencies are covered by the chief financial officers act of one nine hundred ninety. As

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    chief financial officers act of one nine hundred ninety. As

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    MR. HORN

    of one nine hundred ninety. As amended. They knew. And now . Must meet…

    of one nine hundred ninety. As amended. They knew. And now . Must meet this requirement. This bill would require that. Most executive branch agencies produce annual.

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    executive branch agencies produce annual. Audited financial statements .

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    MR. HORN

    . However the Office of Management and Budget . Could exempt. Agencies…

    . However the Office of Management and Budget . Could exempt. Agencies with annual budgets . Of less than twenty five million dollars a year. However . To do so it must to term and that those agencies. Do not present . Risk factors that warrant. Audited financial statements. I expect. This waiver authority. To be used. Rarely if ever . The bill would also. Permit the Office of Management and Budget to phase in the financial statement for require mode over a two year period . This provision would give. Agencies additional time to prepare . If they needed. The Enron debacle . And similar events underscored the need for. Honest and accurate . Financial Reporting in the private sector going to sure you Mr Speaker that this need is just as critical in the federal government. The Subcommittee on Government efficiency financial management and intergovernmental relations which I chair. Has held accountable . US hearings on the prove they see financial management problems that confront . Most federal agencies. Requiring annual audited financial statements. Will not solve all of those problems. However it will bring more agencies closer to provide reliable financial information . And holding them accountable to the American taxpayers. Many agencies that are not currently required to provide audited financial statements. Recognize their value . A recent survey conducted by the General Accounting Office . Found that. Twelve such agencies were voluntarily producing annual. Audited financial statements . During our subcommittees May fourteenth hearing on a chair forty six eighty five witnesses from four or more of those agencies. Testified to the importance of. Audited financial statements in achieving greater accountability . H.R. forty six eighty five as a bipartisan and common sense bill. It has the strong support of the General Accounting Office headed by the controller general of the United States. And the Office of Management and Budget headed by the director who reports to the president . An act meant of this bill . Will help ensure. Greater accountability over the billions of sax dollars tax dollars. The federal government spends each year. I urge all of my colleagues . To support this important . Phil and I reserve the power . Balance of my time. Share and share the nice gentleman. Lady from Illinois John might have known I was recognized . Does the lady from. This isn't being here I'd like to yield back to the gentleman from California . Because I believe he wanted to yield time . To the sponsor of this legislation . From California. I give the distinguished for the really excellent job. He's been in and over . Every line and . Mr to me. Has been quite a few hours and weeks . And I now healed to him . With the money and the. Consuming. What he wants to now do . I yield to that Pennsylvanians record. As far as that sounds I'm a Christian but. Thank you Mr Speaker . And thank you Mr Chairman. I I rise they'd urge my colleagues to support. H.R. forty six eighty five the accountability for tax dollars act. I first introduced this bill actually in one hundred six Congress . As a good government measure to combat waste fraud and abuse in federal agencies. I reintroduce this legislation in this Congress . With bipartisan support the Government Reform Subcommittee on Government efficiency . Financial management and intergovernmental affairs than held a hearing . And a markup of the bill before reporting it out favorably. And I want to thank very much the subcommittee chairman. The gentleman from California Mr Horn not only for his support for this legislation . Without his help

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    . Without his help . We would not have this bill on the floor today . But…

    . Without his help . We would not have this bill on the floor today . But in addition to that help I want to thank him for here. His

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    MR. TOOMEY

    I want to thank him for here. His career long commitment to improving the…

    I want to thank him for here. His career long commitment to improving the operations of government. Improving the management and effectiveness and efficiency. As well as the accountability of government. The gentleman from California deserves to be recognized for that commitment . I decided to introduce. This legislation when I discovered. Much to my surprise . That actually a majority of federal agencies are not required by law. To prepare audited financial statements . Even though of course we mandate that publicly traded . Private enterprises. Do in fact perform such audited financial statements . This strikes me as unacceptable for several reasons . First the agencies. Themselves really need reliable financial statements in order to evaluate their own operations . And operate efficiently. But secondly. Congress has an important. Oversight responsibility over all of these agencies. And we can't conduct that oversight. Properly if we don't have reliable financial information . Thirdly the taxpayers themselves. Ought to be able to look at financial information that they can rely upon. So that they can evaluate whether their federal tax dollars are being used appropriately and efficiently. And finally. The government ought to be willing to impose upon itself . Those mandates which we are willing and able to impose on the private sector. It's a little bit ironic that federal law requires as I said that publicly traded private companies . File. Audited financial statements with with whom. With the F.C.C. The F.C.C. who ironically. Are not required to prepare. Such audits on themselves . It's interesting Congress did not formally require that any agency . Prepare audits on its financial statements until fiscal year one thousand nine hundred six . And even then we only required twenty four of the largest agencies. Those covered by the chief financial officers act. To perform these audits. The list of agencies that do not audit their financial statements includes . Large agencies charged with . Very significant regulatory and fiduciary responsibilities including the Federal Communications Commission the Securities and Exchange Commission's the commodity and Futures Trading Commission. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. And the National Labor Relations Board. Just to name a few. Well in the process of evaluating this issue I asked the General Accounting Office . To survey. Agencies which are not required to prepare. Audited financial statements . In order that we can learn a little bit about them and. Specifically to determine what degree of effort would be required for agencies to implement this requirement . And also whether. Non C.F.O. agencies that. Voluntarily do audit their financial statements and there are none that do a number that do . Whether they've realized benefits from having done so well the G.A.O. survey was very interesting. It found out that. First of all. The survey agencies reported they either achieved significant benefits or anticipated achieving. Major benefits from auditing their financial statements. Twenty one of the twenty six largest agencies that are not required to audit their financial statements . Thought that the federal agencies in fact . Should be required to audit these financial statements . All of the surveyed agencies that have voluntarily . Adopted a standard of auditing their statements . Reported significant benefits including enhanced accountability . A greater ability to identify inefficiencies and weaknesses . Improved internal controls . Compliance with statutory requirements . And better monitoring of assets and liabilities . And most probably the most convincing result of the G.A.O. survey was the fact that almost all of the agencies that do not prepare audited financial statements . Reported that the absence of a statutory requirement. Was the main reason for not doing such an audit. So what does H.R. forty six eighty five actually do while the countability of tax dollars Act of two thousand and two. Would extend the C.F.O. Act requirements. Currently imposed on the major agencies . To all federal agencies . The act then gives the Office of Management and Budget the authority to waive the audit requirement for agencies with annual budgets . Less than twenty five million dollars . And I share the chairman's hope that this provision will be seldom if ever invoked. Now to ease the transition into this new requirement. The Office of Management and Budget director. Will be given discretion for the first two years. To waive the application of this provision for those agencies where he deems it necessary . The agencies covered by this bill. Have a combined annual budget of tens of billions of dollars . Huge significant sums of money . That simply should be accounted for more rigorously . In summary. Mr Speaker in our current climate of budget constraints. A federal agency really should be able to demonstrate measurable outcomes . And demonstrate it with audited financial statements . Audits make agency transactions public . So that an agency can be evaluated on how well their programs perform . And how well they're fulfilling their mission. Rewarding the successful agencies and frankly. Withholding resources . From those who are failing. Can only be achieved if we have complete. And audited financial information on which we can rely. To make our judgments . I believe that H.R.. Forty six eighty five takes us one step closer to achieving this goal. Both the G.A.O. and the administration support this bill. It was introduced with bipartisan support and I'd like to thank my colleague from Pennsylvania Mr can for being an original co-sponsor of this bill . I also want to thank the G.A.O. for their work in. Looking into this issue and my staff for the hard work that they did in determining an appropriate response to this . I relied on the expertise of the G.A.O. and the staff. And their insights and regarding the costs and benefits . Of implementing this rule . And once again I want to thank the gentleman from California Mr Horn. For making it possible to have this bill on the floor today . I urge my colleagues to support this important. Good Government legislation . And I yield back the balance of my time. Chair Thanks gentlemen now recognizes the gentle lady from Illinois . Mr Speaker I yield myself such time as I may consume less recognize for such time she may consume. I rise in support of. H.R. forty six eighty five. It is a bill to improve the financial accountability of the executive branch. Agencies. The bill before us today extends the requirement for audited financial statements to nearly all executive branch agencies. Unfortunately this bill provides no funds to pay for those audits. The result is that the money spent to pay for these audits. Would otherwise

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    be used by the inspectors general to investigate waste fraud and abuse. I…

    be used by the inspectors general to investigate waste fraud and abuse. I believe strongly that Congress should fund. What it authorizes. I have been pleased to work with the gentleman from California on this and other financial management activities . In the Committee on Government

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    management activities . In the Committee on Government Reform.

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    We share a belief that sound financial management gives us greater…

    We share a belief that sound financial management gives us greater freedom. To

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    gives us greater freedom. To fund the many important programs designed to…

    gives us greater freedom. To fund the many important programs designed to help the public . And that shoddy financial management directly impacts every taxpayer in this country and particularly harms the most vulnerable of our citizens. Bad financial management is a double crime. First it is wrong to disregard the value of taxpayer funds . By wasting them through mismanagement . Second it denies taxpayers the services for which they have paid their taxes . Unfortunately the bill we have on the floor today is not the bill we passed out of our subcommittee. The bill we passed included a section that required the agencies. Covered under this bill to conform to the accounting standards. Set out in the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of one nine hundred ninety six . The in the administration insisted that those provisions be stripped from the bill. Or would block the bill . From coming before the House today . I signed this turn of events disappointing. I am disappointed because we're passing a weaker bill That.. Should be passed. And because we are at. Acquiescing to an unreasonable demand by the Bush administration . Our actions send a signal to the public that Congress is not serious enough. About accounting standards. If there is any time in our history that we should be demanding . Greater accountability from government agencies. It is today. Requiring agencies to follow the standards of the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act is not new. In fact. Every year as part of its financial review of the executive branch. The General Accounting Office. Reports to Congress on whether each agency is conforming within the provisions of the sacked . The Act requires agencies to put in place policies and systems. That lead to sound financial management. On a day to day basis . Frankly I'm puzzled. That the Bush administration . Opposes this kind of sound financial management. This administration talks a lot about its management initiatives and improving accountability in the government. However it is very careful to make sure that it is the Office of Management and Budget that sets the rules by which . Agencies are graded. I am afraid that the administration's opposition to the accounting standards that were in this bill is one. Just one more attempt to make sure that O.M.B. and not Congress sets the standards by which. Agencies are judged. It is very easy to claim success when you define what success is the bill before us today is not just about accounting standards the title is the accountability for tax dollars act . And I would like to speak to that topic . The chart in the well. Shows the federal deficit in surpluses for the year nine hundred eighty to two thousand and one. And projections of the deficit. Through to two thousand and ten. As you can see . After a few years of surplus at the end of the Clinton administration. We are back to the deficit spending of the Reagan and Bush Sr admin. Astray sions. I believe that is important for the American public to understand . Just who was accountable. In this situation. The administration would like the public to believe that the recession and the attacks of last September. Are responsible for these deficits . But that is not true. The second charge based on data from the Congressional Budget Office . Shows that the single biggest biggest cause of the deficits in this year and into the future . Is the Bush tax cut . When President Clinton signaled to the world that he was serious about balancing the budget. And had an important effect . International investment began to flow into the U.S. economy . And was one of the engines of the expansion of the nine hundred ninety S.. These deficits will have the opposite effect holding back the economy and taking a toll on everyone. We have already seen that happening . Last week the Department of Congress. Commerce announced that the poverty rate was up and household income was down. The last time we saw poverty go up and income go down. Was during the recession and nine hundred ninety one. Mr Speaker I support the bill before us today . However it is unfortunate that we are not also considering a bill that I've introduced. The first things first act. By Bill truly addresses the power of the problem of accountability for tax dollars . By preventing further implementation of the Bush tax cuts provisions that overwhelmingly benefit the rich and are fueling the Bush recession . My bill puts further implementation of the tax cuts for the top bracket on hold until we can pay for the needs created by the terrorist attack last year . Until we can ensure the solvent save Social Security and Medicare trust funds. Until we can provide a comprehensive prescription drug benefit under Medicare. Until we can ensure federal funding for school monetization. And hiring one hundred thousand teachers . And until we reduce the number of people who face homelessness in substandard housing . Mr Speaker I ask that my colleagues pass. The bill before us today. And I ask my colleagues to be truly accountable to the American public for their tax dollars . It is our patriotic duty to ensure that every tax dollar . Is accounted for and that agencies like the Department of Defense which cannot account for over one trillion dollars in transactions. Clean up their books. And their acts . I reserve the balance of my time is just speaker . Sure thanks John Larry Johnson California is recognized. I think the . Fine and speech of Mr Koski she's worked . And our committee. On good government made. Matters and of course she comes from Chicago. So she knows whether it's a little work up there . But I think her . Questions on the motion . And the idea of the balance of his time . I have no other requests and I don't believe . The gentleman from Illinois regular person . I would like to take a personal note. Mr Speaker. To just think. The chairman of the subcommittee of government efficiency financial management and intergovernmental relations. I want to commend him and. Thank the gentleman not only for the. Many courtesies that he has shown to me is the ranking Democrat on that committee . And not only for the. Many many things I learned from him . And how to carry out the role of chairman. With integrity and fairness. But I want to thank him for his service to the American people. He has been really LENTULUS. In his pursuit of government efficiency and financial management . He has had over a dozen hearings around the country. And our capacity to deal with meant some of the threats of the terrorist attacks . And this decent. And dedicated leader of our country will be deeply missed. As he retires. He deserves. All of our Thanks. And with that Mr Speaker I yield back the balance of my time for . Science Journal ID The question is will the house suspend the rules. And pass the bill H.R. four six eight. As amended. So many years are in favor of those opposed in the opinion of the chair or two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative. The rolls are suspended. The bill is passed. And without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table . John from Wisconsin . SPEAKER I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill H.R. . Five four six nine. As amended the clerk will report the title of the bill H.R. fifty four sixty nine . A bill to suspend for a period of six months the determination of the Librarian of Congress of July eighth two thousand and two.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    and two. Relating to rates and terms for the digital performance of sound…

    and two. Relating to rates and terms for the digital performance of sound recordings and the family role recordings. Pursuant to the role of the gentleman from Wisconsin Mr Sensenbrenner. And the gentleman from California Mr Berman . Each will control twenty minutes . The chair now recognizes the gentleman from Wisconsin. And Speaker I ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days . Within which to revise and extend their remarks including strange material. On H.R. five four six nine currently under consideration.

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    under consideration. Without objection . Speaker I yield myself such time…

    under consideration. Without objection . Speaker I yield myself such time as I may consume. John is recognized for such time as he may consume . A speaker the nine hundred ninety five digital performance right in Sound Recording Act.

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    THE CLERK

    digital performance right in Sound Recording Act. That created a…

    digital performance right in Sound Recording Act. That created a performance right as sound recordings for digital transmissions. Did not specifically address the issue of webcasting. Or internet radio broadcasts.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    broadcasts. As a result of the one nine hundred ninety eight Digital…

    broadcasts. As a result of the one nine hundred ninety eight Digital Millennium Copyright Act . Contains provisions that authorize eligible web casters to accept a compulsory license.

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    accept a compulsory license. There or by enabling them to operate over the…

    accept a compulsory license. There or by enabling them to operate over the Internet without negotiating licenses in the marketplace . A compulsory license essentially allows an individual or entity . To use

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . To use copyrighted works . Like mood music

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    . Like mood music and movies . In an

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    industry negotiated or government mandated rate .

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    mandated rate . Because Webb's. Web pastors and members of the recording…

    mandated rate . Because Webb's. Web pastors and members of the recording industry . Could not agree to a rage. A statue of Torah lay off arised arbitration panel. Called a car was convened at the U.S. copyright. Office to determine what the rate would be . The arbitrator is issued a decision on February twentieth two thousand and two. The copyright holders in the recording industry thought that the raid was too low. And the Web casters thought that the rate was too high. Pursuant to his authority under the Copyright Act. The Librarian of Congress . Based upon a recommendation by the register of copyrights. Decided on June eighth to reject the suggestions of the webcasting cart. On June twentieth he issued a final decision . Which lowered the rate further . Some web casters believe that the rate is still excessive the copyright holders maintain that this lower rate is even less for a fact of a fair market standard . That decision is now on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit. Oh a resolution to this. This boat is legally in play implementation of the decision by the library. Takes effect on October twentieth and is retroactive to nine hundred ninety eight . Unless Congress acts some web pastors will shut down. This explains the point of H.R. fifty four sixty nine is originally drafted . To suspend the implementation of the librarian's decision for six months. Effect of October twentieth. This delay would ensure that all parties would receive all of the judicial process to which they are entitled under the law. Before the raid took effect. I am happy to report that introduction of this bill. Placed the burr under the saddle of book the copyright holders in the small web castors to conclude negotiations on these matters that began last summer. Since last week the parties have negotiated around the clock. They have now arrived. A deal that sets new rates and payment terms. That will obviate the need for further legal an administrative intervention. The manager's amendment simply codified the terms of that deal . Mr Speaker this solution is fair to both sides. The small web casters as well as the copyright holders . Tales with the purpose of the copyright act in these cases. That is to encourage. Parties to develop their own agreements governing rates and terms . I am happy to report that the parties have agreed today as evidenced by the manager's amendment. I urge my colleagues to support the bill and reserve the balance my time . Chair Thanks John . Now recognizes. John in California. Thanks very much Mr Speaker and I rise in support of the manager's amendment to H.R.. Fifty four sixty nine. Last week to Chairman interviews to bill which was scheduled for the . Suspension of. File which I reacting initially to assumed was a rather ham handed effort to force the copyright owners. The recording artists . The backup musicians and vocalists to wait at least another six months before they receive the royalties they were entitled to under the performance rights we legislated in one nine hundred ninety five as amended by the. Compulsory license. In the Digital Millennium Copyright Act .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Copyright Act . I was wrong . The chairman had a method to the ham handed…

    Copyright Act . I was wrong . The chairman had a method to the ham handed and . The result of his legislative effort. Was to pull the parties together . The Web casters the recording industry and the other affected parties . And put together an excellent. Proposal which as adjusted by a few matters . Just today I think . Builds a broad base of. Short . For this proposal. The manager's amendment will greatly benefit small web casters . Under this legislation small webcast yours. Will receive a huge discount on the webcasting while to use they are required to pay. Pursuant to the July decision by the librarian of Congress from the small web cast his perspective. This legislation is particularly beneficial . Because it allows them to pay royalties as a percentage of revenue . Small web castors vehemently objected to the librarians decision. Because to require them to pay royalties. On a person per listener basis. The terms of the deal are somewhat complicated . But the basic provisions are this. Small web casters. Pay webcasting royalties . That equal eight percent of their gross revenues for the years one thousand nine hundred eight through two thousand and two or a statutory minimum. Whichever is greater in two thousand and three and two thousand and four . Small webcast hers . That will pay the greater of ten percent of their gross revenues. Under two hundred fifty thousand twelve percent of their gross revenues. Over two hundred fifty thousand or seven percent. Of expenses . Their criteria for eligibility is a small . Webcast or are reasonable and allow such webcast used to grow . And yet still obtain the royalty discount provided for by the legislation. A webcast will be eligible for the discounted royalty rate. For the past four years. If it had less than one million. In gross revenues. Over those four years . The webcast will be eligible in year two thousand and three. If it has gross revenues under five hundred thousand. For that calendar year . And in two thousand and four if it has gross revenues under one point one and a quarter million dollars. While it drastically cuts the royalties to be paid copyright owners and artists. This legislation has the support of the recording industry. The legislation also requires that artists get direct payment. Of webcasting oil teas and. Gives them something that they stated was necessary to garner their support and as a result of that the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists the American Federation of Musicians. The Screen Actors Guild. And they have of L.C. I O. are supportive of this legislation . They're courting industry. And small webcast hers are to be commended for working so hard to agree on terms . And the chairman is commended to be driving . To get be commended for driving them. To this agreement . And some this legislation provides small webcast yours with much better terms and the webcasting rate set by the librarian of Congress. As such an address is the concern that the librarians rage of might drive many small with casters. Out of Business and. Mr Chairman I was wondering if I might engage . Mr Speaker I might was going five might engage with the chairman in a colloquy. If the general heels of the gentleman will yield I'm happy to engage in California thank you Mr Speaker I'd like to take a moment to what. Section four of this bill requires that agents directed by the Copyright Office to distribute webcasting royalties . Must make direct payment of those royalties. To featured. And non featured recording artists and musicians . Section for also allows such agents to deduct their administrative and other reasonable expenses from the royalties they just tribute. These provisions are somewhat unusual so I want to confirm my understanding of their import with the distinguished chairman. It is my understanding the both provision simply codified. What is the current practice in the marketplace. Copyright Office regulations require direct payment of royalties for the years one thousand nine hundred eight to two thousand and two . And the

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    years one thousand nine hundred eight to two thousand and two . And the…

    years one thousand nine hundred eight to two thousand and two . And the only distributing agent currently designated by the copyright office . Has contracted to make direct payments . Further royalty rist Cyprian's. Have agreed to allow that distributing agent . To deduct its expenses from. Oil tease. Is that the chairman's understanding of these provisions simply codified. Those current practices. Best Speaker of the gentleman will yield Yes that is my understanding. Thank you Mr Speaker Mr Chairman I'd like to ask . Make one other point it is my understanding that these two provisions in no way interfere with the longstanding U.S. legal doctrine that parties can voluntarily assign transfer or allocate through contracts and other marketplace arrangements. The rights provided them under U.S. copyright law. I if the gentleman will yield I will add is also my understanding . I think the chairman for confirming my understanding is and I reserve the balance of my time. Chair I mean I have no further speakers on this topic of the gentlemen. California will yield back so ally . I go back the balance of my time Speaker I yield back the balance modern times gentlemen. The question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill H.R. five four six nine as amended . So many as

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    nine as amended . So many as are in favor say aye . Those opposed.

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    MR. BERMAN

    opposed. In the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having…

    opposed. In the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative. The rules are suspended. The bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table . Without objection the title is amended.

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    I'm from Wisconsin is recognized by new just suspend the rules and pass…

    I'm from Wisconsin is recognized by new just suspend the rules and pass the bill H.R.

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    MR. BERMAN

    from Wisconsin is recognized by new just suspend the rules and pass the…

    from Wisconsin is recognized by new just suspend the rules and pass the bill H.R.

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    from Wisconsin is recognized by new just suspend the rules and pass the…

    from Wisconsin is recognized by new just suspend the rules and pass the bill H.R.

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    MR. BERMAN

    fifty four twenty two.

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    twenty two. The child abduction Prevention Act is amend the clerk will…

    twenty two. The child abduction Prevention Act is amend the clerk will report the title of the bill .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    amend the clerk will report the title of the bill . And Bill to prevent…

    amend the clerk will report the title of the bill . And Bill to prevent child abduction and for other purposes . Person into the role of the gentleman from Wisconsin Mr Sensenbrenner and the gentleman from Virginia Mr Scott. Each will control twenty minutes . The chair now recognizes the John from Wisconsin. Speaker I ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days. Within which to revise and extend their remarks that include extraneous material . On the bill H.R. fifty four twenty two currently under consideration. Without objection . Speak rail myself such time as I may consume recognize was must times you may consume. Misspeak or children today are more at risk than ever for falling prey to sexual predators.

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    to sexual predators. Sexual exploitation of children . A prime motive for…

    to sexual predators. Sexual exploitation of children . A prime motive for kidnapping is on the rise . When

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . When it comes to abduction rape and murder of children . The United

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    THE CLERK

    murder of children . The United States must have a zero tolerance policy.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    policy. Our children are not statistics . And no level of abductions is…

    policy. Our children are not statistics . And no level of abductions is accessible acceptable . H R fifty four twenty two of the Child Abduction Prevention Act of two thousand and two.

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    Abduction Prevention Act of two thousand and two. Sends a clear message…

    Abduction Prevention Act of two thousand and two. Sends a clear message the child abductors will not escape justice. This legislation strengthens penalties against kidnapping. Subjects.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Those who abducted sexually exploit children to the possibility of…

    Those who abducted sexually exploit children to the possibility of lifetime SUV abrasion.

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    exploit children to the possibility of lifetime SUV abrasion.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SUV abrasion. Aids Law Enforcement to effectively prevent investigate and…

    SUV abrasion. Aids Law Enforcement to effectively prevent investigate and prosecute crimes against children.

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    investigate and prosecute crimes against children. And provides families…

    investigate and prosecute crimes against children. And provides families in communities with immediate ineffective assistance to recover a missing child . And abducted child as a parent's worst nightmare . We must assure that law enforcement has every possible tool necessary. To try and recover a missing child quickly and safely . Problem. Public alerts of an adopted child . Could be the difference between life and death for that innocent victim . To accomplish this H.R. fifty four twenty two. Establishes a national Amber Alert program . To expand the child abduction communications Warning Network. Throughout the United States. For those individuals that would harm a child . We must ensure that punishment is severe. And that sexual predators are not allowed to slip through the cracks in the system to harm other children. To this end the legislation provides a twenty year mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment for the. non Familial. Abductions of a child under the age of eighteen. Lifetime supervision for sex offenders . And mandatory life imprisonment for second time offenders. Furthermore H.R. fifty four twenty two. Removes any statute of limitations. And opportunity for pretrial release for crimes of child abduction and sex offenses. Those who have ducked children are often serial offenders who have actually been convicted of similar. Offenses. Sex offenses and child molesters are four times more likely than any other violent criminals. To recommit their crimes. This number demands attention . Especially in the light of the fact that a single child molester . On average . Destroys the lives of over one hundred children. In response H.R. fifty four twenty two. Provides judges with the discretion to impose. Lifetime supervision of such offenders. The bill also fights against an industry supporting . One of the fastest growing areas of international criminal activity. The sex tourism industry obtains its victims. Through kidnapping and trafficking of women and children. These women in. Children are then forced into prostitution . The bill addresses this problem . Passage of this legislation also increases support for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children . The nation's Resource Center for Child Protection . The center assists in the recovery of missing children . And raises public awareness on ways to protect children from adoption . Molestation and chop sexual exploitation . H R fifty four twenty two doubles the federal funds for the center to twenty million dollars by two thousand and four . In recognition of its important role in these efforts to prevent child abductions. Many of the provisions of H.R. fifty four twenty two previously passed the House in separate bills with tremendous bipartisan support this legislation. Deserves the same report. And I reserve the balance of my time. Chair Thanks gentlemen now recognizes gentleman from Virginia . Thank you Mr Speaker I feel myself first time as I may consume. John's recognize as much time as you may consider. Thank you Mr Speaker I rise in opposition to H.R. fifty four twenty two. I'd like to be able to support the Amber Alert portion of this bill. But that bipartisan. Non-controversial part of the bill has been borrowed literally behind a host of controversial sound bite. Based provisions which may do more good than harm if passed . The Amber Alert portion of the veil which is the only justification for being here today would provide grants and assistance to states and localities to establish a national system of communications and alerts . To assist in locating and returning missing and abducted children.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    The system has proven itself at the state level and could save lives and…

    The system has proven itself at the state level and could save lives and additional heartaches on a national basis . And armor

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    MR. SCOTT

    additional heartaches on a national basis . And armor Amber Alert bill has…

    additional heartaches on a national basis . And armor Amber Alert bill has already passed the Senate unanimously . And could

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    has already passed the Senate unanimously . And could

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    MR. SCOTT

    Senate unanimously . And could easily pass the House . The America Online…

    Senate unanimously . And could easily pass the House . The America Online has already implemented an Amber Alert system over its Internet. System. And the president threw the first White House counsel. White House conference on missing exploited and runaway children . Which was held last week has directed federal agencies to assist . If we had before us either the bill introduced by the gentleman from Texas Mr Frost and the gentle lady from Washington Mrs Dunn called the Amber Alert bell or the companion Senate bill which has already passed the House a few weeks ago . I would be speaking in favor of that bill and urging its passage. Instead we have additional death only provisions and more mandatory minimum penalties as if we don't have too many of both. We all know the problems we have in implementing the death penalty in this country. Over one hundred individuals on death row of been exonerated in the last decade . Until we passed the Innocence Protection Act . To shield against more innocent individuals being sentenced to death. We should not be passing more death penalties. Especially in complicating and non-controversial bills to establish a national system to protect children . Now that Innocent Protection Act has over two hundred and forty co-sponsors. So we should pass that . But in the meantime. This bill includes. More new death on base. The bill also includes. Men Dettori minimum penalties . Mandatory Minimums have been studied a man found to distort the sentencing process. Discriminate against minorities and waste the taxpayers' money . Even Chief Justice Rehnquist was no flaming liberal when it comes to crime issues . Has decried the effects of mandatory minimum sentences on the rational sentencing process . And he states that mandatory minimums are frequently the result of floormen meant to demonstrate emphatically that legislators. Want that when I just want to be tough on crime. Just as frequently. They do not involve any careful consideration of the effect they may have one sentencing guidelines as a whole. One of the worst. Examples of mandatory minimums included in the bill as a stooge. Two strikes and you're out. Bill that comes before us today which mandatory. Mandates. A life term. Without eligible. Eligibility for parole . For offenses including . Consensual sexual activity between a nineteen year old and a fifteen year old. Including those that may even be engaged to be married. Such approaches will do nothing to reduce crimes against children . And may even endanger them. Professor from the University of California law school at Berkeley and. His testimony in an earlier version of two strikes. Caution that when we punish lesser offenses such as consensual sex crimes with the same tunnel they reserved for the highest rate of murder and child sex offender would have nothing further to lose . If not an incentive to eliminate the victim who was the most important witness against them. Furthermore the two strikes going applies in cases brought in federal jurisdiction where seventy five percent of those cases will involve Native Americans on reservations . This means that. Two offenders sentenced for the same crime . In the same state. But the same for our criminal record. Could receive such a varied . Results as probation for one . And life without parole for the other. Depending on whether the crime was committed on one side of the reservation or the other . It is grossly unfair to subject one group of people to such a vastly disparate impact of law . Based on the fact that they live on a reservation. Amendments to exclude these types of consensual sex crimes . And their draconian impacts on on. Native Americans were rejected . In committee . And although this bill has passed the House . All the parts of this bill that passed the House during the last three Congresses it is small wonder why the Senate has not seen fit to take up this matter. In addition to the. Two strikes and you're out. As a lifetime for supervision. Provision sex crime wiretapping sex tourism. All parts of this bill. All of passed the House and awaiting Senate action. If the Senate has not seen fit to take any of them up. Because they do not have sufficient merit . Now or in the last three Congresses . Why would we think the Senate would see more merit in them. With more no death penalty is and Vishal mandatory minimums . And why should we jeopardize children by tying up. A clearly meritorious. Bipartisan and noncontroversial bill that could help. That can help them and . To get that into a legislative quagmire. Just for the purposes of having individuals have their little bills passed . One more time . Mr Speaker I would hope they would put aside the politics of divisive. Repetitive sound bite legislation. Defeat this bill . And take up a bill which would be the Amber Alert bill that has already passed the Senate or the House version of that bill. Just this week I hope they would defeat the motion. To suspend rules the . And defeat this legislation. I reserve your ideal back to balance my time. Never acknowledged. From Wisconsin. I'm a Speaker I yield myself the balance of the time. I mean Speaker just because the other body hasn't taken up the bill that has overwhelmingly passed this body. Is no reason why we should turn our back on trying to get a true . And another method . I believe that all of the provisions of this bill. Are very meritorious. I intend to ask for roll call and I think that most of the members of this body will agree. Now you'll back to balance my time served Thanks gentlemen. The question is will the House's plan the rules and pass the bill H.R. five four two two as amended. So many years in favor say aye. Those opposed . In the opinion of the chair are two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    present having voted in the affirmative. The rules are suspended. The bill…

    present having voted in the affirmative. The rules are suspended. The bill is passed

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    or Jennifer was caught and I asked for the as nays nays are requested. All…

    or Jennifer was caught and I asked for the as nays nays are requested. All those in favor of taking this vote by the will rise or remain standing until counted. A sufficient number having arisen as are ordered. Pursuant to Clause eight of rule twenty and . And the chairs prior announcement. Further proceedings in this motion will be postponed .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Chair. Denies is from Delaware. Thank you Mr Speaker I move that the house…

    Chair. Denies is from Delaware. Thank you Mr Speaker I move that the house suspend the rules and pass a bill H.R. four zero zero five. The clerk will report the title of the bill H.R.

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    MR. SPREN

    the bill H.R. four zero zero five. A

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    bill to provide for a circulating quarter dollar coin program to…

    bill to provide for a circulating quarter dollar coin program to commemorate the District of Columbia. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Qualms. American Samoa. The United States Virgin Islands . And the common wealth. Of the Northern Mariana Islands and for other purposes first known to the role of the gentleman from Delaware Mr Castle and a gentle lady from the District of Columbia Ms Norton . H. will control twenty minutes the chair now recognizes the gentleman from Delaware. Thank you Mr Speaker I actually now just consent that all members may have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks. On this

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    MR. CASTLE

    and extend their remarks. On this legislation and to insert. Extraneous…

    and extend their remarks. On this legislation and to insert. Extraneous material. On the bill .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Without objection.

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    THE CLERK

    Mr Speaker I yield myself. Such time as I may consume . To speak I rise in…

    Mr Speaker I yield myself. Such time as I may consume . To speak I rise in support of H.R. four zero zero five the District of Columbia and United States territory circulating. Quarter dollar act. Sponsored by the gentleman from New York Mr King. As members are aware of the fifty state quarter program that began in one thousand nine hundred nine has been a truly successful effort.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    has been a truly successful effort. I had the privilege of serving as the…

    has been a truly successful effort. I had the privilege of serving as the chairman of the then domestic and international monetary policy subcommittee at the time. The fifty state quarter bill was signed into law . The

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    MR. CASTLE

    signed into law . The program calls for the production over ten years of…

    signed into law . The program calls for the production over ten years of quarter dollar coins . With a reversed or a back of the coins depicting scenes. Representing each of the fifty states. Five are produced. Each year. This is figure that program has been wildly successful . It is not

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    program has been wildly successful . It is not uncommon for people to…

    program has been wildly successful . It is not uncommon for people to stop. And

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    MR. CASTLE

    to stop. And examine the change in their pocket before making a…

    to stop. And examine the change in their pocket before making a transaction. Perhaps saving a new quarter out of a pocket for the result has been as much as a five fold increase in the demand for quarters . But the bottom line is that every time someone looks at the back of a quarter. They learn something about the state represented at the time the fifty state quarters bill is moving through Congress. Not everyone was convinced that it would be a great success. This skepticism. Kept us from including the District of Columbia Puerto Rico. And the territories . In the program . Because the program has been a wild success . It is appropriate for us to create a SR program. For the District of Columbia Puerto Rico and the territories . The District of Columbia Puerto Rico the territories. Are not states. But they are certainly part of the United States history. In the case of the territories particularly I know we could all stand to learn a little more about them . Therefore I think it is self-evident that this program is a good idea. It creates an entirely separate program from the Fed from the state quarters program. So there is no confusion that inclusion somehow confer statehood. The gentleman from the desert to call me if it had different thoughts about that but that's the way it had to be done . By the program would run for one year when the other program finished. Issuing all six quarters and that year two thousand and nine. And if the history of the state quarters program is any guide for the D.C. and territories quarters take it out of circulation partly by collectors. Total as much as a billion dollars worth. Which would accrue to the US Treasury in the form of money deposited from the general fund . But the Speaker this is a good program. It is a difficult to H.R.. Five thousand and ten sponsor the one hundred sixth Congress by the gentleman from Alabama . Mr Vavasor and passed by the house. Three hundred seventy seven to six after a convincing hearing in the Old House Banking Committee. It is educational. It would raise a little money for the general fund as well. It deserves the support of all members. And I urge its immediate passage. And I reserve the balance of my time. Chair Thanks gentlemen now recognizes a gentle lady from the District of Columbia. I appreciate the gentleman from Arkansas. I can help as I opened by appreciate his remark about a requirement that . Be understood that this bill nye confer statehood all I can say to that. To the gentleman is that I've heard a back door legislation but I'm sure this house knows how to keep the district from becoming a state on the by the back door. Nevertheless I certainly appreciate all of the. Consideration that has been given to the district for a call and a bill that matters a great deal perhaps more than to other members to the people I represent I yield myself such time as I may consume. These recognized for as much time as you may consume.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    for as much time as you may consume. Mrs Speaker today I rise in strong…

    for as much time as you may consume. Mrs Speaker today I rise in strong support of H.R.. For all five . The District of Columbia. And United States Territories circulating for dollar program act. A bill that would give the District of Columbia and the territories a privilege the fifty states already have. Namely the ability to choose a design for the reverse side of the border Cohen in order to commemorate our history and our . Characteristics as a part of the United States. Mr Speaker we have traveled a long road to get. To this moment today with the generous assistance of each chair and ranking member of the committee and the subcommittee the actions of the District of Columbia in the territories drew our attention when the original fifty states commemorative coins program act.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    original fifty states commemorative coins program act. Came to the House…

    original fifty states commemorative coins program act. Came to the House floor in one hundred fourth Congress . I'm grateful

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    MS. NORTON

    . I'm grateful to the initiative of Congressman Mike Castle . Who has come…

    . I'm grateful to the initiative of Congressman Mike Castle . Who has come to manage the bill . And was then share of the domestic and international monetary policy subcommittee chairman castle. Immediately agreed to co-sponsor a bill with the other delegates and with me to allow the district and the four insular areas. To be just a bit in the program. With chairman Castle support . I then introduced a bill to include the district and the territories. During the hundred six Congress I again introduced a bill. About a new chair of the subcommittees Congressman. Spencer Baucus. Agreed to land. And the new chair of the subcommittee . Congressman Spencer Baucus agreed to lend his support sponsor the bill and to get to the House floor where it passed overwhelmingly by a vote of three hundred seventy seven to six. On September the eighteenth two thousand. Unfortunately because the bill was passed late in the session the Senate did . Did not act on the bill . That brings us to the current Congress and a new chair of the subcommittee yet another chair. Congressman Peter King . I want to thank Chairman hearing as I thank you's predecessors for introducing the bill and for his leadership in bringing the bill to the floor today . Also I want to thank the ranking member of the subcommittee. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney for co-sponsoring the bill and for her diligent work . And I certainly thank the chair and ranking member of full committee Congressman . Mike Oxley and Congressman John love fall . For their great to operation and helping us with this after today . Without their leadership this day. Simply would not have been possible . I want to reserve my particular gratitude. Dude . For my colleagues the delegates from the ancillary areas . Who are all co-sponsors of this bill and who have remained committed to this advert from the beginning. I must also say a special word of science to the excellent staff who work so diligently on this bill including Jo Pender. Of the majority staff and high made . Of the minority staff . Although the residents of the District of Columbia in the insulin territories . Insulin areas . Are American citizen . There are . There are some differences between us and the states. Qualification to be part of a program to redesign quarters to commemorate members home districts is not among them. There is no legal or constitutional reason why the district and the territories. Cannot be part of a popular commemorative coin program. Created to celebrate the components of our federal public. To spark interest both in the history of this nation and Newman that numismatics . And to raise funds for the Treasury. We recognize that congress. Always desires to avoid any appearance of unfairness and it is clear that the initial exclusion from the program was an oversight . With the passage of this bill. We will correct that oversight today . H.R. four thousand and five would extend the ten year commemorative coin program for an additional year . To include the District of Columbia the poor and square areas. That is. American some more glom Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands . As well as the commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands in the program. Itself in the district. I have suggested that we hold a competition to choose. The design for our quarter . Of course the bill requires that here I'm quoting the secretary. Shall not select any frivolous or inappropriate design for any quarter dollar mantid end quote . Although to some. American citizens the Commonwealth Cohen program may seem like a minor. The ability to participate in this program is important recognition to our constituents . Despite the fact that in the normal process . It has taken five years to get to this point today no damage has been done because the original common. Commemorative coin. Program. Mandate a ten year period for mentoring from members of quarters. According to the date of admission to the union. And therefore the Treasury would not have reached the districts recognizing this bill. At this point. In any case. We are very pleased by the success of the program. Nineteen states already have quarters all of whom I am certain feel pride in having a coin to commemorate their particular characteristics achievements or history. As a part of our nation. We also are pleased that this program cost the Treasury nothing. But instead because of the popularity of the coins actually brings new money . To the government totaling billions of dollars . Obvious is a patient will mean even more funds will come to our government. D.C. residents carry the flag and wave the flag . We are second per capita in federal income taxes and we serve in the armed forces in numbers disproportionately higher than the states the District for example has more residents who served in the Gulf War than forty seven states. And more casualties in Vietnam. Than each of ten states . This corn bill therefore may not mean much to the average citizen but it means a great deal . To those of us who live in the District of Columbia. The commemorative quarter will be a matter of. Particular pride to the residents of the district. We are sensitive to find ways to indicate our unity with the fifty states . I know I speak for all the delegates when I ask that is American citizens. We were appreciate being acknowledged with a call in of our own. We seek only the maximum recognition from a similar under law . H.R. four thousand and five will afford our residents a sense of particular pride as we join other Americans into memory adding our unique contributions to our shared history . I want to again thank all of my colleagues especially. Congressman Castle who initiated this effort. For their leadership on this bill . And urge its passage I reserve the balance of my time . Chair of the chair thanks jungly the now recognize John from Delaware. Thank you to you myself for just a moment such time as I may consume just to make a couple of closing comments we have no more speakers on the side . First. With respect to the gentlewoman from the District of Columbia and she has been working on this tirelessly . From the beginning of it in fact as we were getting it started she came to see before we were ready. Even to absorb this and start to talk to me about it and I saw the wisdom of it. After a couple these visits and have heartily embrace it . Ever since and I'm glad we're at that point now where it's going through the house again. And hopefully we can get it through the through the Senate. And while we're not exactly providing statehood this way we're no way hurting statehood So if they that argument persist as it will. Many years a future which she also cares deeply about I think that will be.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    about I think that will be. If anything enhanced by this not hurt by it.

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    MR. CASTLE

    anything enhanced by this not hurt by it. I would like to thank Joe Pender…

    anything enhanced by this not hurt by it. I would like to thank Joe Pender of our of the Financial Services Committee staff informally the Banking Committee staff. He has worked long and hard these issues while it's very nice to say that this program has worked so well . There was a great deal of resistance to this program when we first began it. At a whole variety of levels that it took a lot of studies and act of a lot of people having to be convinced. Before it. It could work and obviously it really has been a great success . And I just like to say finally on the economics of this because some people might wonder how does something like this make money for the millions of people who are listening to this on C.-SPAN right now. I would just point out that . It takes it costs about four cents to make a quarter . And when they're issued by the Federal Reserve to the banks they receive twenty five cents for each quarter. So there's a twenty one cent float and as long as that float is out there . It is money that could be used by the federal government which the federal government does not have to pay interest in in that sense. That money is. Able to be used to having to borrow . Other money. The reality of this program is that all these coins are being collected. So it's almost a permanent matter. Of a twenty one cent. Conversion . And so as a result. The Treasury has benefited greatly already and will continue to benefit and we talk about a billion dollars of the six new coins . That's probably a correct estimate to over some period of time so that's the economics of this in addition to the education aspect of it another reason why there's a better program that has been so . So great to be successful so I point . I'm ready to go back if the gentlewoman from the District of Columbia's. Chair. Chair recognizes the gentleman from gentlewoman from the District of Columbia. Miss speaker. I want only to say that the gentleman from Dalloway have proved prescient in his understanding of how this bill would benefit not only the individual states but our country's treasury. In fact he may well go down in history as the as the. Member who almost effortlessly. Raise billions of dollars for the United States Treasury. Had to do was wave away with it with a stroke of his pen and bring its bills to the floor. The money began to flow into the treasury. As for the people of the District of Columbia and I'm sure for the Ensign areas as well I can . I can

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    say with with deep. Sincerity that . Never has a koan meant so much to so…

    say with with deep. Sincerity that . Never has a koan meant so much to so few but that's what it means to us and we are especially appreciative of the opportunity to be included in this bill . Finally

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    MS. NORTON

    appreciative of the opportunity to be included in this bill . Finally Mr A…

    appreciative of the opportunity to be included in this bill . Finally Mr A found a moment of solemn of there . My very God has asked me to include his statement in the record . I have no further. Speakers. And with that with a science to. Mr Castle. And to those who work so hard. Chairman and past chairman and ranking members of this committee and subcommittee I yield back the balance of my time and the. Will be covered in general leave now recognize the gentleman from Delaware. You know myself the remainder of our time I think the gentleman for her kind comments . And hopefully we can speed this through the Senate as well I have no speakers either not yield. Also your back to balance of my time . Chair Thanks gentlemen. The question is will the House to spin the rules and pass the bill H.R. four zero zero five. So many years in favor say aye . Those opposed. In the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative. The rules are suspended . The bill is passed. And without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    To hear .

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    MR. CASTLE

    To hear . Marilyn Ries the speaker I move the house suspend rules the and…

    To hear . Marilyn Ries the speaker I move the house suspend rules the and agree to a thirty three forty with an amendment to the clerk will report the title of the bill H.R. thirty

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    amendment to the clerk will report the title of the bill H.R. thirty three…

    amendment to the clerk will report the title of the bill H.R. thirty three forty a bill to amend Final Five United States Code. To allow certain catch up contributions to the thrift savings plan to be made by participants. Age fifty or over to the road from Maryland . And the gentleman from Illinois . Mr Davis will control twenty minutes . The chair now recognizes a gentle lady from Maryland. I ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks on H.R. thirty three forty. Without objection . And it's to Speaker I rise today to urge support for thirty three forty. This is

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    thirty three forty. This is legislation that will help ensure the…

    thirty three forty. This is legislation that will help ensure the retirement security and independence.

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    MS. MORELLA

    ensure the retirement security and independence. Of many federal employees…

    ensure the retirement security and independence. Of many federal employees . Under the

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of two thousand and one .

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    THE CLERK

    Reconciliation Act of two thousand and one . Employer sponsored thrift…

    Reconciliation Act of two thousand and one . Employer sponsored thrift plans . Such as private sector for a one K. plans and the T.S.P.. May allow employees age fifty and older . To contribute

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . To contribute additional money toward their retirement . Due to the new…

    . To contribute additional money toward their retirement . Due to the new law . And individual. Age fifty or older. Could put an additional one thousand dollars next year into a pension plan . In

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    MS. MORELLA

    addition to regular contributions allowed by law. The following year. The

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    extra contribution would be two thousand dollars. It

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    MS. MORELLA

    would increase. Each year until the extra contribution level. Was five…

    would increase. Each year until the extra contribution level. Was five thousand dollars each year thereafter . The investor could put in an additional five thousand dollars . On top of the regular contribution. In a pension plan. However employees are not automatically entitled to make catch up contributions . Private employers must demand their plan documents to permit. Catch up contributions . And likewise Congressman. Demand title five. Of the US Code before federal employees. Can make . Catch up contributions . Thirty three forty. Makes the necessary changes to Title five. To permit federal employees to take advantage of this important opportunity to improve their retirement security . The catch up provision is particularly justifiable. For the federal plan since the T.S.P.. Was not created by law until nine hundred eighty six. The catch up contributions . Will allow workers to make up for years when they weren't employed. Didn't contribute to their plan. Or otherwise were unable to save . It's also particularly beneficial for women who return to the workforce . After taking time away to raise families . It is essential that we in Congress do as much as we can. To foster improve savings. By enhancing private and public sector pension plans. America is one of the lowest national savings rates among industrialized countries . Has fallen steadily over the last twenty years . Seriously jeopardizing Americans' security. Dream what is supposed to be their golden years . And even though Americans realize that they should be saving more. Half of all family heads in their late fifty's . Possess less than ten thousand dollars in net financial assets. With the retirement of America's baby boomers are approaching. Congress must help to encourage Americans to save more. So Mr Speaker. Thirty three forty. Furthers our goal of helping Americans increase their savings. So they can provide a better retirement for themselves and their families. In addition. Thirty three forty as amended. Reauthorizes the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board . And the Office of Special Counsel. And it would allow employees retirees . Near retirees. Of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation . To enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan. Their marriage Systems Protection Board . Is an independent Chua's a judicial agency an executive branch that adjudicates better all employees appeals from certain serious disciplinary actions including firing . And Office of Personnel Management retirement decisions . The board also adjudicates cases brought by the Office of Special Counsel . To enforce the Hatch Act. And laws against prohibited personnel practices including whistleblower cases . The amendment. Authorizes the Merit Systems Protection Board . Through two thousand and seven. The minute also. Reauthorizes the Office of Special Counsel . Through two thousand and seven. Federal investigative. And prosecutorial agency . The O S C enforces the Hatch Act and it litigated cases involving prohibited personnel practices including reprisal for whistle blowing before the Merit Systems Protection Board . And finally . Mr Speaker the amendment. Contains language . That would allow certain retirees and. Near retirees who are currently covered by a health plan. Administrate bio pic. To participate fully in the piece as a federal employee health benefit plan. All pick. Established a separate health insurance plan. Outside the one nine hundred eighty two. However since one thousand nine hundred five zero picked discontinued offering its separate plan. Due to a number of problems in maintaining a separate health care plan. This language resolves technical problems involving eligibility of retirees . And near retirees for coverage under at the H B P. And the administration's support . Says legislation. I urge my colleagues to do the same. It may sound complicated not so exciting. Pages. Very critical. For those employees. Who would be involved. And would be administered . Under this a speaker I reserve the balance of my time. Chair Thanks John lady and now recognizes gentleman from Illinois . Thank you Mr Speaker and I would you know myself such time as I might consume for such time as he may consume a great charge thirty three forty . As amended. Will enhance the retirement and health benefits of federal employees and ensure the continued operation . Of two agencies that service Guardians of the federal merit. Systems. The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Act which became law last you. Made it possible for in Rowley's fifty years of age or older. To contribute an additional one thousand dollars a year to the private sector for one K. plans . After five years with annual increases of one thousand dollars . Private sector

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    employees will be able to contribute an additional five thousand dollars a…

    employees will be able to contribute an additional five thousand dollars a year to their four one K.

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    MR. DAVIS

    a year to their four one K. plans. These changes did not apply to the…

    a year to their four one K. plans. These changes did not apply to the federal government's equivalent plan . The Thrift

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    not apply to the federal government's equivalent plan . The Thrift

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    MR. DAVIS

    Savings Plan of the T.S.P. this simply is not fair. H R thirty three forty…

    Savings Plan of the T.S.P. this simply is not fair. H R thirty three forty would amend the Federal Employees Retirement System Act. To allow federal employees like their private sector counterparts . To make additional contributions to their T.S.P.. Federal employees who were previously on able to contribute to their T.S.P.. Will be able to catch up. By making additional contributions to their planes. Another provision of the bill addresses the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. OPEC. In the one nine hundred eighty is a number of federal banking agencies including OPEC establish separate. Separate. Health insurance. Lands. Outside of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program . As health care costs have increased . It has become too costly opaque to maintain a separate health insurance plan. And they charge thirty three forty as a minute. The approximately seventy employees unrolled an opex health insurance plan . Would be allowed to transfer to the F E H B P O Pequot bear the costs associated with the transfer. Finally this legislation would reauthorize the Merit Systems Protection Board . On your mess P B. And the Office of Special Counsel. Alessi established in one nine hundred seventy eight by the Civil Service Reform Act. M.S.P. B.'s mission is to ensure that federal employees . Are protected against abuses by federal agents or management. That executive branch agencies make employment decisions in accordance with merit system principles . And that federal merit systems are kept free of prohibited. Personnel practices such as discrimination and corps . O.S.D. is an independent federal investigative prosecutorial. Agency. It safeguards the merit system by protecting federal employees and applicants from prohibited. Personnel practices. Especially reprise of software so blown away as the also serves as a safe and secure . Challenge for federal workers who wish to disclose violations. Of laws. Gross mismanagement ways to funds. And abuse of authority . This legislation will provide a variety of benefits of federal employees . And I urge its adoption . This time I can . I reserve the balance that much on the lady from Maryland joy from a misspeak or I reserve the balance of my time . Mr Speaker it is just your time to see my delegate zero zero Holmes Norton . From the District of Columbia. Chair and I recognize the gentle lady of musicians of glom here for as much time as you may consume. I thank the gentleman for yielding at the time that we began work on this bill . The markets had not imploded. This bill has assumed. Far greater importance . Sense and . I just want to spell out something of what it means . I mean we are now living in a country where people over fifty years of age have lost their shirts.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    The catastrophic effects of the market . On

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    MS. MORELLA

    . On baby boomers and older people . Is

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    MR. DAVIS

    . Is pouring out now in stories in the newspapers about people going back…

    . Is pouring out now in stories in the newspapers about people going back to work . About people selling their homes . And the rest of it . Don't think that

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    this doesn't apply as well to federal employees.

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    MS. NORTON

    employees. Allowing us. Those of us who work in the federal government to…

    employees. Allowing us. Those of us who work in the federal government to catch out. As it were with. What is already the case . In the private sector . Could not come at a more opportune time in the first place you don't have to put your money into the traditional stock market. The T.S.P. is very conservative you could put all of your money into bonds. You could in fact. Decide that this might be an important way to make up for some of the losses almost all of us have incurred in the market. Over the past year I eighty nine months . And what this means is very important in the first year. In addition to a what you already contribute . You can put in an additional one thousand dollars . The next year you can put in an additional two thousand dollars . Until of course you reach . Five thousand dollars and then you'll be able to contribute as private employees do an additional five thousand dollars a year . To the T.S.P.. Now the reason that this is important it seems to me for everybody but especially for the employees to whom this is the rectitude ploy is fifty or over . Is that there is almost no way to even begin to make up for the kinds of losses people have had and people got to begin thinking through how do you do that . We do not want to say . To what has become an investment public. Stop investing in anything . You could have happened to you what is now happening to people of all ages and backgrounds you could lose it all. There are safe investments. We are very fortunate that the tears speed. Allows us to spread our investments encourages us to do so and I believe that for those who are very numerous and I'm sure you are included among them are many government employees who want to begin to reinvest. This opportunity to reinvest in more conservative on investments. Will be a very welcome opportunity at the very least it will be unconscionable . To leave those in the public sector or the federal sector behind. What we ourselves have already granted to those in the private sector so I appreciate that the gentlewoman has brought this bill forward a bill we work very hard on and for to display a bill which. I think will be appreciated more than than when the bill was initially in committee. I thank the gentleman from. Back to balance of my time . Chair thanks the gentle lady and I'll recognize the gentle lady from Maryland. Thank you Mr Speaker . Is I said earlier. Thirty three forty with the amendment accomplishes many goals . Including catch up contributions for the T.S.P. three of saving planned concrete contributors. For you authorization of the O S C and the merit system protections board . Finally thirty three forty would allow employees retirees and near retirees. Of the overseas private investment . Investment Corporation . To enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan . I urge my colleagues to support this amendment. I yield back I don't peel back the balance of my time at this point. Because I want to. I also want to say that I introduced a bill because it was very important.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    very important. It took a lot of time. And we had the approval of the…

    very important. It took a lot of time. And we had the approval of the chairman of the committee.

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    MS. MORELLA

    chairman of the committee. Mr Burton. The ranking member Mr Waxman.…

    chairman of the committee. Mr Burton. The ranking member Mr Waxman. Chairman of the subcommittee Mr Weldon. The ranking member of the Subcommittee on civil service Mr Davis. Some great sponsors. And some great staff . That helped to move this bill forward . So I am going to reserve the balance of my time . But I am going to urge that. We have an affirmative vote and now recognizes gentleman from Illinois. Thank you the speaker we have no further speakers and I want to congratulate the gentle lady from Maryland. For the introduction process and passage of this legislation . And I'm pleased to go back to balance of our John Church Thank you John. And Mr Speaker I yield back the balance of my time energy and I and I. The question is will the House is bend the rules and passed a bill H.R. three three four zero . So many hours in favor say aye. Those opposed in the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative. The rolls are suspended from Maryland. And that I asked for the.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Requested. All those in favor of them remain standing until counted .

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    MR. DAVIS

    them remain standing until counted . A sufficient number having arisen the…

    them remain standing until counted . A sufficient number having arisen the nays are ordered . Pursuant to Clause eight of Rule twenty eight and the chairs prior announcement. Further proceedings of this motion will be postponed .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    postponed .

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    MRS. MORELLA

    .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Pursuant to gloss twelve of Rule one The chair declares the house in…

    Pursuant to gloss twelve of Rule one The chair declares the house in recess until approximately four P.M. today . The House has recessed. Our live coverage will continue

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Congress frankly because there are a lot of technical Korea . Corrections…

    Congress frankly because there are a lot of technical Korea . Corrections that

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    MR. THOMAS

    . Corrections that need to be made in the area of tariffs and duties . And…

    . Corrections that need to be made in the area of tariffs and duties . And times. Decisions that are made that in fact were in error and need to be corrected .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    and need to be corrected . A misunderstanding has taken place . A

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    THE CLERK

    has taken place . A company can more efficiently produce goods if there…

    has taken place . A company can more efficiently produce goods if there are decisions and changes made and that normally is the function of the miscellaneous.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Trade bill . To that end there tends to be requirements to be eligible to…

    Trade bill . To that end there tends to be requirements to be eligible to be placed on this bill. And that is certain dollar limit so that significant. And

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    MR. THOMAS

    significant. And expensive items would not be moved under this heading and…

    significant. And expensive items would not be moved under this heading and probably most importantly that any measure. That

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    that any measure. That

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    MR. THOMAS

    any measure. That is placed in this package. Is non controversial .…

    any measure. That is placed in this package. Is non controversial . Sometimes when we examine that. It's in the eye of the beholder but most often . There is an objective way to determine. Noncontroversial. The reason this bill is being amended is because principally. The delay in moving this bill forward . Was to wait. To determine what specific match . Yours. From the other body. Might be reasonably added to this bill. Given the time remaining the possibility of the other body taking this. From the desk. And voting on it without intervening action. Or Committee. Decisions . I do need to know though that there are two. Specific provisions. On this measure that . Had I not said that no measure. Can go on this bill if it isn't. Non-controversial. Perhaps would have raised some eyebrows . One is a qualifying. Industrial Zone provision for Turkey . And the other. Is providing a better instrument for the president. To determine whether normal trade relations . Would be resumed with Yugoslavia . I believe and I believe the gentleman from Michigan will confirm that notwithstanding the potential. Difficulties with these two provisions in the bill. That there has been extensive consultation and adjustment. Of language to present. To a very useful . In fact I might say needed. Provisions to provide good ministration. With the ability to make decisions in these areas and that they are in fact. Non-controversial. And. My assumption is that at test patients to that effect . Will be made. And with that. Mr Speaker I would reserve the balance of my time. German reserves the balance of his time. The gentleman from Michigan. Oh you . Socialist terms of interest in the Jones record . In support of this bill. As the chairman has indicated it has shown considerable attention . There are many proven. In here that clearly. Would meet under any circumstances. The criterion of. Technical or the criterion. Of miscellaneous . For the criterion. Of having a small impact in terms of dollars. Show . I won't go into length about the various provisions of this nature chip to mention the reverse customs program at the northern border.

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    reverse customs program at the northern border.

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    MR. LEVIN

    reverse customs program at the northern border.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    the northern border. Congressman Camp and Senator Levin.

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    MR. LEVIN

    Levin. My chauffeur and others in the Michigan delegation of work very…

    Levin. My chauffeur and others in the Michigan delegation of work very hard on this and. It's clearly non-controversial. I don't think that means . Substantial because it potentially could have a major impact in terms of technical corrections or understand the Senate is considering the potential truly technical corrections to the house care credits in the. T.A.A. that was passed . And we'll have to see what happens . Clearly the miscellaneous . Provisions regarding the import duties . Have the potential of helping to improve the competitiveness of domestic manufacturers. And always show to consumers as these provisions. Apply to duties where there are no competitors to . American producers and show I think clearly would meet the standard to the criterion. Of being technical and non-controversial. The chairman mentioned some other items. One. To see and I want to spend just a couple of minutes on this because in a sense its impact. Would be I think to a minimalist . But it does . Broader issues that we needed to pay attention to or which will be needed to be addressed in the future. One would . I think. Referred to or inferred about. As the chairman . And that relates to . Relationship . Or inappropriate relationship with her mean you . And we had long discussions about it and . I believe we have addressed it is effectively as we can under these circumstances is Reno there's. Presently an economic blockade of Armenia by Turkey . Heads to major impacts in Armenia. And we were very concerned about us. And the administration has now made clear. Efforts to take steps to end the blockade of Armenia by Turkey to strengthen the Armenian kind of me. Into otherwise she improves the relationship between our two countries . Yes gentleman his correct and I did not mention that because there is no. Measure in the bill that addresses that. But clearly part of the discussion. Was the production of a letter from the administration . Dispossessed. Specifically containing the substance of the gentleman mentioned and I just wanted and I thank the gentleman for allowing me to intervene. Indicate that I support wholly. Of the content of the latter. And the fact that we're moving forward on this show did no way signify that the problems that are presently there are not being looked at and hopefully. Addressed in a comprehensive and bipartisan way. And I would in the gentleman for yielding . And thank you and I think therefore both of us are making it clear that we expect the administration to follow through on the.

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    MR. THOMAS

    through on the. Commitments and. The indications that are in this letter .…

    through on the. Commitments and. The indications that are in this letter . It's a very serious matter indeed all show I wanted to mention regarding the Q U R E G program. Another aspect and that is the lack of. Conditions within it . Likely unlikely to have a major economic impact though. Involve relations between Israel and Turkey and those are important ones . Show. We're not talking in I hope everyone understands is a likely major instrumentality in terms of.

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    MR. LEVIN

    likely major instrumentality in terms of. Of trade in the near future .…

    likely major instrumentality in terms of. Of trade in the near future . And because of our. Important strategic relationship with Turkey on balance it. TO may change to let this . Proceed and allow the implementation of a Q I.C. program . But . I am very hopeful . If that occurs . And as it occurs . That our government will pay attention to the issue of criteria . In the statute we have . Criteria. Here . We don't for example is to protection of. U.S. investors as to protection of in. Intellectual property as to . Core labor standards as to environmental issues and . If they were going to become a significant factor in our relationship economically. It would be all it would be important for our government to to to to work on this in to make sure that criteria. And appropriate ones were incorporated in any further understanding. With with the Turkish government . Same applies potentially. To steal. It's unlikely that the Q. is qualified industrial zone provision . Would apply to just put . I think there's a concern that it might . And our government needs to be sensitive to it. Show . And balance I think it's wise for this to proceed with the cavity it's that I have outlined . Secondly let me just make a brief reference to . Yugoslavia that. The chairman has has discussed. Mr Carden. Had an amendment and. There now has been. I think fruitful further discussion with the administration . And it has been withdrawn from this bill. Because of the assurances that have come from. The administration to the proponents. I think these are important assurances . We need to make sure. As you view proceed. Economically as Yugoslavia. Of changed again normal trade relations . That it follows through on what has become a show or central in our relationship. And that is the pursuit of the War Crimes Tribunal proceeding. Show with that . I'll conclude my remarks. Hopes that we will pass this. With the understanding that I have outlined . I reserve the balance of my time reserves the balance of this time. Just because of my pleasure. To yield to the chairman of the trade seven way the gentleman from Illinois has as much time. As you make them so. No noise from thank the chairman for yielding. And. Mr Speaker I rise in strong support of H.R. fifty three eighty five. The miscellaneous trade and technical corrections Act of two thousand and two. Every two years Congress takes up this legislation that includes. Hundreds of trade provisions. Needless to say this is an enormous task . However this undertaking results in a set of consistent guidelines for addressing miscellaneous trade. Proposals. The duty suspensions have been publicly vetted. Cost less than five hundred thousand dollars apiece and are administered Bowl.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    and are administered Bowl. This legislation does three very important…

    and are administered Bowl. This legislation does three very important things one it enables US companies to more efficiently produce goods which allows them to be more competitive and function. More

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    MR. THOMAS

    which allows them to be more competitive and function. More

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    cost efficient late to help create jobs for American workers and three it…

    cost efficient late to help create jobs for American workers and three it reduces cost for us consumers.

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    MR. CRANE

    and three it reduces cost for us consumers. For example one bill in our…

    and three it reduces cost for us consumers. For example one bill in our package would benefit businesses such as one in Evanston Wyoming called carbon fiber technology that employs. Forty six people and manufactures a fiber used in the production of carbon fiber. Carbon fiber is used in many graphite products including the shafts of golf clubs . Since one thousand nine hundred nine finished carbon fiber has entered the U.S. duty free . Well carbon fiber technology has been paying a duty rate of eight percent . On the acrylic precursor used to make its carbon fiber . It makes no sense for an American company to pay duty on foreign imports . That go into products that compete with foreign products that enter duty free . The current structure penalizes that American company. For no reason. Suspending this duty with carbon fiber technology to remain competitive . And went back to business from overseas. There is another provision dealing with G.S. pay benefits for certain and made drugs . The bill extends C.S.P. benefits for certain handmade drugs from G S P beneficiary countries. The primary beneficiary is Pakistan . Other countries that would benefit from the bill include Turkey . Egypt and Morocco. The bill would significantly increase Pakistan's benefits under G.S.T. and provide a much needed benefit to an important ally in the war on terrorism. In addition to the various duties suspension of the bill contains a key provision . To create a qualified industrial zone for certain products coming from Turkey . To Turkey has been a key ally to the United States in the war on terrorism. These provisions will stimulate economic development in Turkey . And continue to show the rest of the world that those who stand with us in this struggle . Will be rewarded . Finally Mr Speaker I want to thank my staff who worked tirelessly for several months. In producing this important bill. And they are enjoy Ellard narrative BROADBENT. David Kavanagh Stephanie Laster and our fellow Michael Walsh . And with that. Mr Speaker I yield back the balance of my time and strongly urge my colleagues to vote I just built my colleague and. The case study that he cited is a perfect example of why we have a miscellaneous trade and tariff bell . Dealing with these peculiarities and multiple products that we have. Mr Speaker at this time I would ask unanimous consent to place in the record . The letter that has been discussed . These of the administration's understanding on the turkey. Armenia border issue . Objects be stored. And with that I would reserve the balance of my time . Reserves of John from mission . If the chairman is radio you. Back to balance my time with John when you expect. Don't see this time John. California. And I want you back to balance of my time.

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    MR. THOMAS

    All tires been the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass a…

    All tires been the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass a bill H.R. fifty three eighty five . As a mountain. So many years are in favor say aye . Those opposed no an opinion of the chair two thirds of those present who vote in the affirmative the rules are suspended the bill is passed without objection a motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. Through a person of California sic ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend the remarks and to include extraneous material on the subject of the bill just passed without objection so.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    on the subject of the bill just passed without objection so.

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    MR. THOMAS

    on the subject of the bill just passed without objection so.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    without objection so.

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    MR. LEVIN

    For what purpose of New Jersey was just a mistake recognition.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    purpose of New Jersey was just a mistake recognition.

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    MR. THOMAS

    Mr Speaker.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Mr Speaker. I move to suspend the rules and pass a bill H.R. five five…

    Mr Speaker. I move to suspend the rules and pass a bill H.R. five five three one . As amended the clerk will report the title of the bill . This is H.R. fifty

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    MR. THOMAS

    H.R. fifty five thirty want to build to facilitate famine relief efforts…

    H.R. fifty five thirty want to build to facilitate famine relief efforts with a comprehensive solution to the war in Sudan .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    comprehensive solution to the war in Sudan . Pursuant to the rule of the…

    comprehensive solution to the war in Sudan . Pursuant to the rule of the gentleman from New Jersey Mr Smith and the gentlewoman from California Miss Watson . Each will control twenty minutes in the chair recognizes the gentleman from New Jersey . Mr Speaker I actually wanted to consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and. Include.

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    MR. SMITH

    have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and.…

    have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and. Include. Extraneous material in the bill in the consideration of direction . For

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    consideration of direction . For Speaker I yield. Myself such time as I…

    consideration of direction . For Speaker I yield. Myself such time as I may consume. The Jonas records. Thank you Mr Speaker . I rise in very strong support of the student and peace act and I want to especially thank the gentleman from Colorado Mr Tom Tancredo . For introducing this very worthwhile . Legislation. This bill represents an important cause . With strong

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    THE CLERK

    . With strong bipartisan backing. I am particularly grateful to the…

    . With strong bipartisan backing. I am particularly grateful to the original co-sponsors. That

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    co-sponsors. That include. Chairman HYDE The gentleman from Illinois Mr…

    co-sponsors. That include. Chairman HYDE The gentleman from Illinois Mr Royce. From California Mr Payne from New Jersey. Mr Baucus from Alabama . Mr Lantos Mr Pence. As to MS were us late who chairs the subcommittee on international operations and human rights . Ms Lee

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    MR. SMITH

    operations and human rights . Ms Lee . Mr Fatah Mr Armey. And I myself and…

    operations and human rights . Ms Lee . Mr Fatah Mr Armey. And I myself and one of the co-sponsors as well. Mr Speaker.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Speaker. The nation of Sudan is located in the far eastern corner of…

    Speaker. The nation of Sudan is located in the far eastern corner of Africa . The National

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    MR. SMITH

    in the far eastern corner of Africa . The National

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Islamic Front is the governing power albeit a brutal dictatorship . In…

    Islamic Front is the governing power albeit a brutal dictatorship . In Sudan's capital

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    MR. SMITH

    governing power albeit a brutal dictatorship . In Sudan's capital city of…

    governing power albeit a brutal dictatorship . In Sudan's capital city of Khartoum in the vendor of two thousand and one. President Bush renewed U.S. bilateral sanctions. On the government of Sudan. According to the State Department. The government of Sudan remains a designated. State sponsor of terrorist organizations around the world today. This government is in this law mixed or extremist government. That is dedicated . Itself and its regime to manifesting. A jihad or holy war. Even against its own citizens . The war struggles in the southern part of that country. Have touched the hearts of many Americans . In a nationwide grassroots effort to raise awareness about the suffering. In Sudan. The Human Rights Caucus the Congressional Black Caucus. The church Alliance of a new Sudan. The Holocaust museums . Committee of conscience. The Commission on International Religious Freedom . In the end they are among the countless individuals and organizations across this country. Who give this cause the profile. And attention that it deserves. Sudan's civil war Mr Speaker has waged in the south for more than four decades. More than two million live . Lives have been killed . People have been killed men women and children. To war related causes. And to famine. Four million people have been forced from their homes. Into temporary shelters . The conflict. Is Africa's oldest war. Born from such complex. Causes as religion ethnicity. National identity and economic disparity. Religion is a major factor . Because of the Islamic fundamentalist regime. And agenda. Of the current government dominated by mostly Muslim. From the Arab north. The National Islamic friends government . Spragg dis of holy war . Is reflected in attacks on civilians. In the south. Southerners who are Christian and animist . Reject the Islamization of their country. And favor a secular government there respects fundamental religious freedoms. Widespread. In some instances . Instance. To to civilization. Of the holy. war Has resulted in the practice of slavery . And the mass dislocation of people in the south I would just note parents attic leave back in one nine hundred ninety five . I chaired the first hearing. Ever on slavery in the Sudan. And at that time we were met with a number of skeptics and disbelievers. Who didn't believe that chattel slavery . Continued to this day . Captured slaves are reportedly forced to attend. Quranic schools. And we heard that at that hearing then and it continues to this day . And they need to change their names as part of this do human izing process. They are indoctrinated . At times to fight against their own people . Harsh beatings and torture. Are reality some of the witnesses we heard of including. Mothers who saw. Their sons literally. Stolen from them . Kidnapped and forced into slavery. At their daughters as well . It was a horrifying hearing. And we've heard about these cases. Date Year in and year out . As we try to bring attention to this horrible . Practice of slavery. Mr Speaker the government of Sudan has one of the worst human rights records. In the world. The United States has re Pete it really condemned the cover many of GAAR in Khartoum. For its of porn violations of human rights according to the two thousand and one State Department. Human Rights Report . There were accounts. There were a count of during raids on civilian settlements. Government. Allied militias abducted persons. Particularly women and children. According to the two thousand and two. Country ports and human rights practices. Children from Christian and other non Muslim families have been captured in slave and forced to convert to Islam . Some people in government controlled. Peace camps . For the internally displaced persons I.D.P.'s. Were reportedly subjected to forced labor and at times . Pressured to convert to Islam . The Sudanese government has increased oil mining in areas inhabited by the Southern Sudanese . Thereby forcibly displacing the people. The finance a more lethal and offensive of war. I would point out to my colleagues that war is they. Is been. Has been facilitating this war. And we've got to be very clear that that. Any way that we help. Or enable the production of oil in the Sudan. Means that more innocent people will lose their lives. I would point out to my colleagues as well. That talisman oil . And there has been a nationwide campaign I'm happy to say about this. To divest . State pensions and other pensions. From the holdings of this company . A Canadian company . Which again has helped. To facilitate this horrific war in Sudan my own state of New Jersey . To its credit. Divested its. Off from. Many many shares of the oil that it owned. And thankfully other states and in this a pal of these and governments have followed suit. Madam Speaker the governor's suit of Sudan . Continues to manipulate. To its. To its everlasting shame to manipulate. Humanitarian relief efforts. Of the United Nations led operation lifeline. Sudan. In the past fourteen years as recently as September twenty seventh of this year . The regime of the National Islamic Front . Has imposed flight bans on emergency humanitarian aid delivery . To starving. Civilians in other words . By having that veto power . They have ensured that more innocent people have died . A cruel death from starvation or for lack of medicines. Many nations. Mr Speaker. Have tried and failed to end the civil war in Sudan . In one thousand nine hundred four heads of state. From the frontline states of Kenya Ethiopia Eritrea. And Uganda. Formed a mediation Committee . Under the auspices of the intergovernmental authority. For development. This committee established. The Declaration of Principles . Governing the peace process. Since the one nine hundred ninety four. The continuing contrasts between word and deed . Underlines the importance of today's consideration. Of the Sudan peace act. The aerial bombing of civilian targets. Continues to this day . The government of Sudan continues to abandon the peace process . At critical stages . As recently as July two thousand and two. The government of Sudan reached a peace agreement with the opposition forces. Known as the Sudan People's Liberation Movement. In Kenya. The United States and its European allies worked with. Egads countries to mediate the agreement . On September first of this year. The government of Sudan. Abandoned. The agreement. I strongly urge my colleagues of both parties . To support this important measure . The Sudan peace that condemns the violation of human rights on both sides. It's and denounces the government of Sudan . For using food as a weapon of war. It recognizes the important. Interests of the United States and remain a key player in the peace settlement . Among the warring parties . Secretary Powell has described Sudan. As the tragedy. That would command. His full attention and he has tried his best . In this effort. The bill establishes. Clear policy guidelines . In support of the peace prospects of the prep process . By directing the US to use all means. To pressure. And to force the government of Sudan to go she said in good faith . And to use all diplomatic and economic sanctions. To further this goal. The measure directs the president develop a contingency plan for relief delivery. If the government of Sudan opposes further bans that operation lifeline. Sudan and to their. Relief transports. It provides the president was authority. To reprogram all of the. O.L.S.. Designated funds of necessary. To bill authorizes one hundred million dollars . And humanitarian assistance for each. Fiscal years of two thousand and three four and five . To prepare the populations in opposition controlled areas of Sudan . For Peace and democratic governance in the Sudan peace act will give the administration. Some guidance . In the peace efforts while leaving it on the flexibility to lead the foreign affairs. OF THE NATION. Mr Speaker and management manager's amendment . Contains a few modifications including an emphasis in the findings that credible. Civil authority institutions play an important role in the reconstruction of post-war Sudan. And then a few other minor changes in the text of the bill I reserve the values of my time . Serves the balance of his time for the purposes only be from my California secret . I generally go for swims was reckless for twenty minutes. Mr Speaker I rise in strong support of this bill. And yield myself. As much time as I make and. Mr Speaker. I would first like to think the chairman and the ranking Democratic member of the International Relations Committee . For this important piece of legislation . This bill will increase pressure on the government of Sudan . To end its egregious nineteen year war against civilians in the south and west. Of that country. The road to peace in Sudan is a very troubled one. Just a month to call the Sudanese government . Walked away from

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . Walked away from the charcoals peace negotiations in Kenya. It also…

    . Walked away from the charcoals peace negotiations in Kenya. It also resume bombing of civilian targets. And imposed a ban on all flights carrying humanitarian assistance to southern Sudan and its estimated five million people.

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    MS. WATSON

    southern Sudan and its estimated five million people.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    We are relieved to learn that as a result of vigorous international…

    We are relieved to learn that as a result of vigorous international pressure . Over the

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    MS. WATSON

    that as a result of vigorous international pressure . Over the past few…

    that as a result of vigorous international pressure . Over the past few weeks . The Sudanese government has lifted band. On humanitarian flights and is now. Rejoining the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement . At Machakos . Peace negotiations . Mr Speaker. This bill supports them a charcoal. Process . An arson rises three million dollars per year for three years . To help create institutions of peace and democratic governments in the areas. Not controlled by the government. This includes support for civil administration . Communications infrastructure education . House. And agriculture . The Bill. Also we choir's. That the president. Certified within six months of the passage of this bill and. Every six months afterwards. That the parties are negotiating in good faith. Towards a durable and lasting peace . If the Pres. And certifies that the government. Is the obstacle to peace. He is instructed to see a U.N. Security Council resolution . To impose an arms embargo on the Sudanese government . He must also and the US executive directors to each . Internal financial institution . To continue to vote against any loans . Credits are guarantees . To the government. If the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement. Is found . Acting in bad faith . The president will pursue. No actions against the government. Mr Speaker. This bill. Sends a clear message to the world . And Sadat . That the United States stands on the side of peace in Sudan . It also underscores our commitment to ending the human suffering . That is there. By securing a just and peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict. I strongly urge my colleagues . To support this bill . And I reserve. Mr Chairman the balance of my time which is generally reserves the balance of her time trying to figure out you know such time as it may consume to the distinguished gentleman who chairs the . Africa segment . As a subcommittee of the International Action Committee Mr Royce. I think. I think the vice chairman. For yielding some time . And I rise also of support of this legislation. As has been mentioned . This bill differs from the one that the House of Representatives acted upon last year and while this Sudan piece act is not as. Maybe not as muscular. As the version . But the house. Sent to the other body . It should still manage to encourage the end of a horrific war. That has taken close to two million lives. And it has. Ruined countless others for twenty years . The Sudan peace

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    act most certainly deserves our support and I would just like to mention…

    act most certainly deserves our support and I would just like to mention that many of the members here have seen first hand .

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    MR. SMITH

    that many of the members here have seen first hand . I think . Don Payne…

    that many of the members here have seen first hand . I think . Don Payne will be joining us. I

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Payne will be joining us. I

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    MR. ROYCE

    know Frank Wolf I know. I know that our vice chairman . Chris Smith of…

    know Frank Wolf I know. I know that our vice chairman . Chris Smith of this committee. Has seen the consequences firsthand . Of this war. In my constituency . Is a pastor who has adopted two young girls . Whose mother was shot in their presence. One of those girls . Has a bullet wound in her leg . As a consequence of the terror . That has been perpetuated. On the people of southern Sudan . And I think this legislation rightly targets. The Sudanese government's. Horrendous acts. The regime in Khartoum has continued its practice of using food as a weapon. It has sustained a bombing campaign against civilian targets. Even international aid sites in southern Sudan . And many of us have seen the photographs from constituents of ours who have gone over to try to help . And have taken pictures of the. Of the sites. Of international aid camps of towns of villages that have been hit by helicopter gunships that have been shelled that have been burned. This is a government in the past that has supported slavery. And I think the Sudan . Dan Pease sack. Rightly condemns the government of Sudan for its a visible. Human rights record . While recognizing that human rights violations. Occur on all sides of this conflict . It threatens punitive measures against the Sudanese government. In less that government is constructively engaged in the ongoing peace process . And this legislation also takes the step. Of calling on the secretary of state . To collect information about incidents. That may constitute . Crimes against humanity genocide war crimes . And other such violations of international law and I'd like to note that in the previous session of Congress . The House has passed a resolution . Labeling the Khartoum's government's acts as genocide . It is important to build the record . This act. Commands The efforts also of Senator John Danforth. Dance forth a special presidential envoy to Sudan . To end this long running conflict . It recognizes that the U.S. must play a quick. Quite a cool role in promoting peace in Sudan . A reality I believe that this administration understands this legislation makes a resource commitment to build civil institutions . And assist. Suffering people in the south of Sudan . And in these ways . The Sudan peace to act is Congress's way . Of bolstering the administration's peace push in Sudan. That is why I urge. Passage. And I am going to yield back the balance of my time . Gentlemen us back . Who seeks recognition . John lady from . Mr Speaker I yield five minutes. To the gentle lady. From the District of Columbia Mr Norton recognized . The gentle lady from California for yielding up for work on this bill and certainly gentleman from New Jersey. For his continuous work on this bill I come to the floor to support the bill look with the deepest of reservations. My reservations of course flow from the fact that the engine that drove the bill which passed overwhelmingly in this house amply been removed. And that of course was access. Denial of access to capital markets . In order to get at the very or oil. That drives the.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    the. The economy . Of Sudan. I

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    MS. WATSON

    regret that Mr Paine could not be here it's a Monday when he usually would…

    regret that Mr Paine could not be here it's a Monday when he usually would not be in town . But he and

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    two thousand . Came to the floor in a

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    MS. NORTON

    special order at a time when the only record. Of concern in the house was…

    special order at a time when the only record. Of concern in the house was a joint resolution passed overwhelmingly in the house in the Senate condemning the various. Atrocities in Sudan. And Blair are pleased to see how this house has embraced the notion that . Resolutions are not enough action is all the townsmen people live on of the kind of oppression that is pervasive in Sudan. And the kind of oppression we are talking about is almost on the speakable it is a compendium of violations of. Of human rights that is on call and in most parts of the world to day slavery genocidal war . Bombings of humanitarian workers forced conversion. Of Christians on atomists to Islam. It's pretty would be pretty difficult to find a compendium of the worst of all Asians in any single country . In this house a new caucus has been form under the chairmanship of Mr Paine and Mr Wolf. All I can say for this bill . Is that it is better than nothing that just how disappointed I am . It least puts the United States Congress in the picture . And for the first time. The original act of course tried to do something that hadn't been done before if it ever was to be then surely it was to be now . When in fact already. Our corporations can't do business in Sudan. And yet you can come here and get the capital. To do business in Sudan and to the credit of this house that. This is this house had a strong bill. In the Senate where this bill was. Was so injured . And the bill does have some provisions worth noting. Our government is strongly on record that we will break . That if these efforts are now finally under way toward negotiations for peace do not succeed . Is that the United States government would stand for our it would break our diplomatic ties. As and. And this way what it's time to cut off I.M.F. World Bank money that's a little bit of irony in that not good news we can cut off the capital markets. But we're cut off money that goes . Presumably to the people at the bottom. Or they don't get any of that money anyway I don't think but obviously but the bill is trying to do something to indicate just how displeased the United States government is with all of this one hundred million dollars . Over three years . The State Department investigation of war crimes in Sudan. The more we are on the record. The more this Congress . And the administration is clear where we stand . The closer we will get to some meaningful action . I'm very concerned about. All I hear about. The continuing. Suffering of people in Sudan the notion that so many of these Southern sewage Sudanese have now come to the north. Just because you can live in the South anymore I want to quote from one . Southerner. We live in the south where there is fighting and starvation . Or we live in the north where there is discrimination and displacement camps . There is no good choice. That is no choice at all of course . And yet forty percent of Khartoum consists now of Southernness. A Southern Sudanese who of course work in the. The jobs that are at the bottom that's not the worst of it by any means. Working in a job at all I'm sure given one. These people have gone through it is all to the good. The relief camps in which the Southern Sudanese have been forced to do not get any services from the government I don't know what we would do without the non-governmental organizations. I am very pleased that Senate that the president did send an envoy to me a senator former Senator Dan both a good friend of mine. And former law school classmate I'm a fiscal priest a man who means that I have another two minutes . Only this time he speaks two more minutes to me from Washington D.C. . I thank John weighty for yielding and of course to these talks under way . They get on the way and then they get on. Underway . We get we had nineteen years of civil. Or I think Senator Dan for its efforts. Should be credited with having had something to do with these new. Talks there are under way we have a so-called sustained. Hostilities that the gov comes on and then goes off . And that's because it's not a cease fire. A permanent cease fire is what is on the agenda now what we need a permit see five a cease fire is when you have some verification. When one side or the other breaks the cease fire this bill is not one. But those of us including those who voted for this bill the great majority of the members. Wished. It is all we can get . I can

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    MS. NORTON

    . I can with great disappointment support this bill only if. With all of…

    . I can with great disappointment support this bill only if. With all of the partners with the new Sudanese. Caucus . Only if we pledged to keep pressing. To find a real way to make it to have a real effect in Sudan. I think the the gentleman from New Jersey . I thank all of those on my side who've worked so hard on this bill for keeping it alive and for continuing to press forward yield back the balance of my time . Only backgrounds for trying to join. New Jersey. Mr Speaker yield I five minutes to the distinguished gentleman from Virginia Mr was the chairman of the. Commerce Justice and State Committee and a leader . Stood me as human rights issues . Has been to Sudan four times. And a great believer . And champion. In the causes of freedom in democracy Mr Wolf. And the causes of freedom and democracy Mr Wolf. That was recognized. So I thank you for speaking to revise and extend . Also as I speak Keep in mind. That Osama bin Laden. The source of terrorism lived in Sudan from ninety one to ninety six. I rise in strong support of H.R. fifty five thirty one the Sudan peace act . That will be helpful in promoting a just peace in a war ravaged Sudan. The war in Sudan has been monumental. Over two million people mainly Christians but some Muslims. Have been killed

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    mainly Christians but some Muslims. Have been killed during the last…

    mainly Christians but some Muslims. Have been killed during the last twenty years . And the people of southern

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    MR. SMITH

    twenty years . And the people of southern Sudan a borne the brunt of the…

    twenty years . And the people of southern Sudan a borne the brunt of the pain the death and the destruction of the war. Fall off frankly the rest of the world stood by and watched the Southerners have been the victims of the government of Sudan's intentional an indiscriminate aerial bombing attacks. Government planes are repeatedly dropped bombs on Southern civilian population centers hospitals.

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    civilian population centers hospitals.

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    MR. WOLF

    hospitals. International Humanitarian offices and is that man and women…

    hospitals. International Humanitarian offices and is that man and women and children been blown apart. For no reason except that they live in Southern Sudan the Khartoum regime. What's welcome Osama bin Laden has routinely used food aid as a weapon in his war for the Southern led opposition free Peter they deny much of the needed humanitarian . And medical assistance to millions of his own countrymen. The Khartoum regime has again recently yet again. Just a couple of days ago shut down the primary. And largest international humanitarian effort . In Sudan operation lifeline Sudan. KUT in Austin hands airspace a virtually all flights in southern Sudan. This shutdown has resulted in denial of much needed food and medical assistance and millions of suffering and needy. Oil as. Mr Smith said in southern Sudan has been exploited by the Sudanese government resulted in a scorcher of death and destruction attacks occur. On sleeping villages by Russian built government flown attack helicopter gunships. That ride along the route of the pipeline and literally just gunned down the women and the children. Posses come in and raid and kill them and rape the women and take the children away the government has also use Army soldiers on foot. To attack sleeping villages . Earlier. Early in the morning. Huge humanitarian aid worker interviewed several survivors of these tax reporting on one attack . Three villages where more than six thousand Christian farmers live. Located on the border between the Southern Blue Nile and the Eastern Upper Nile in Sudan. And I quote The government set up the attack overnight. Says the inhabitants were killed at dawn. As the village awakened the soldiers reportedly has fifty caliber machine guns assault rifles and other heavy caliber automatic weapons children were gunned down as they ran away . And many wives last saw their husbands attacking the machine gun emplacements. With axes and machetes and hoes. In order to buy time for their wives to escape. Those women who made it to freedom then walk more than ten days through the bush . With only trees eat in order to reach the safety of a friendly village compound in eastern Upper Nile. They were severely malnourished so much that they could not provide the infants any of their breast milk there were no S.P.L. a soldier stationed in three villages . So they were bombing and killing civilians. This legislation and I'm not going to use my entire time so other members have a chance to speak. Brightly condemns the government state and for condoning slavery. There is slavery in Sudan. And no world. Other than the United States to a few others . Have just sat by and done . Absolutely positively no that. Nothing. In closing and summary I want to thank a number of the members that have really been involved. Mr Tancredo Mr Payne Mr Hyde Mr Lantos Mr Smith. A champion of this bill. Working on human rights Mr Baucus of Alabama who took this issue on who had a better bill . Than Just Bill . But has pursued and pushed this. Senator Brownback as Ed Royce chairman of the African Affairs Committee Senator Senator Frist . The gentle lady from . The District of Columbia and others who have been so active Also I want to thank . If it's not a violation of the rules thank President Bush for taking a personal interest in. In this as reporting on envoy. Former Senator Danforth and I want to try to thank Secretary Powell and the people the State Department for working on this and hopefully save some time with that or you know back the balance of my time you can use for the other members of time who seeks recognition of the Jones . You go for. Mr Speaker . I have no further requests for time and I yield back the balance of my time. Thank you Mr Speaker I do. How much time remains on our side. Three minutes from now as I was concerned that this debate be extended by six minutes. Equally divided between myself and and the general it is their objection. I thank you very known so or I yield to my good friend and colleague of the remainder of our time a Spencer Baucus the chairman of the financial transactions. Subcommittee who likewise . Has been in defeat a bill in promoting human rights and democracy. In Sudan. John is right thank you Mr Speaker Mr Speaker . Leisure

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . Leisure gentleman today Anderson . Sudan. Pay for given a simple choice…

    . Leisure gentleman today Anderson . Sudan. Pay for given a simple choice . There either told. To embrace a state sponsored faith or die.

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    MS. WATSON

    faith or die. That's the choice . And many of them are dying you've heard…

    faith or die. That's the choice . And many of them are dying you've heard the numbers.

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    MR. SMITH

    And several of our members have gone over there as a kind of benefit. With…

    And several of our members have gone over there as a kind of benefit. With what's

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    benefit. With what's going on they've seen it firsthand.

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    MR. SMITH

    Can the American people have done to with the tragedy that we know is…

    Can the American people have done to with the tragedy that we know is Sudan.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    know is Sudan. Yes they can .

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    MR. SMITH

    Because they receive the same hatred. The same kind of hatred was directed…

    Because they receive the same hatred. The same kind of hatred was directed at them on September the eleventh . When three thousand of our fellow Americans were killed by this same.

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    MR. BAUCUS

    Radical Islamic movement. That basically said if you don't agree with us…

    Radical Islamic movement. That basically said if you don't agree with us you're an infidel and if your ends. Will Kill You. That's what happened here . On September eleventh that's what's happening every day in Sudan. And I Chuck Colson probably summarized it better . On how Americans can imagine what's going on in Sudan and here's what he said. Said. Now imagine September eleventh happening six hundred sixty six times . And madge and two million Americans being killed . Radical Islam . Then you have an idea of what the citizens of southern Sudan . Have endured at the hands of the government in Khartoum. That's right six hundred sixty six times . If September eleventh happened another six hundred sixty six times . We would have the number of innocent people that have been killed in Sudan . Four and a half million raped. Brutalized bombed. Put in slavery . And yet it goes on and it goes on. Now we in the house and I come in the house . We offered a very strong bill which would have helped put an end to this slaughter and Sudan. But ah command. This bill. And argue to vote for this bill. Because we have to be practical We can't let the perfect be the enemy of the practical . This bill has a wonderful . Chance of passing today . It'll go over the Senate I believe it will be passed in the Senate and the president I'll sign it and. For the first time . There will be a link to my aid . Between the genocide in the slaughter in Sudan and all money . And what this legislation says. It gives President Bush. If in six months . Peace negotiations are not proceeding. There's not moving towards resolutions. He can intervene to cut off the flow of money. The Sudanese government has gone to Ukraine. Helicopters they bought all sorts of weapons from Iran . Will cut off that all money that the genocide and all its well established the Washington Post the New You. The Weekly Standard . The Birmingham News in my home state . The Financial Times of London . They all say . Cut off the all. And you have cut off the slaughter. This bill is the first step in doing that. I'd like to commend . Mr SMITH. I'd like to commend. Miss Watson. Ranking Member . Daniel Payne. I'd like to command . Congressman who's not here with us today. Like to commend Senator Brownback and Senator Frist in the Senate for King on this. And I too would like to commend President Bush. Recognize soon after he became president . That we needed to end the slaughter in Sudan. He appointed senator Dan forth. And we're working our way towards that . Close gently by saying that the U.S. Holocaust Museum here in Washington . They for the first time in sixty years. Recognize Sudan and what is going on there. As genocide and. Diane is a country of conscience and said it must be ended. And it must. No wonder that Osama bin Ladin . Found refuge . And Sudan. It's because he. And the government in Khartoum . Share the same . Twisted logic . With a vote for this build a day. We will begin to do what we can. Here today. And that slaughter. Thank you very much General A California. I reserve the balance of my time to speak the way you go back to us about that for the speakers all times of the question is will the host spend the rules and pass the bill H.R. fifty five thirty one was amended so many years are in favor say aye . Those opposed no opinion of the churches thirds of those present having voted the affirmative. The rules of the nation these nays are requests for those in favor of taking this vote by the A's nays will rise to mean standing until counted . Sufficient number having arisen years Naser order . Pursuant to cause and of rule twenty on the church's prior announcement for the proceedings arounds motion will be postponed for a person Jones from New Jersey said Mr Speaker I move to suspend the rules and concur on the Senate amendments to the bill H.R.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Mr Speaker I move to suspend the rules and concur on the Senate amendments…

    Mr Speaker I move to suspend the rules and concur on the Senate amendments to the bill H.R.

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    MS. WATSON

    concur on the Senate amendments to the bill H.R. . Twenty one twenty one…

    concur on the Senate amendments to the bill H.R. . Twenty one twenty one perk or a fourth title of the bill.

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    MR. SMITH

    fourth title of the bill. H.R. twenty

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    one twenty one an act to make available funds. Under the Foreign…

    one twenty one an act to make available funds. Under the Foreign Assistance Act of one nine hundred sixty one to expand a marker see good governance and corruption programs . In the Russian Federation. In order to promote and strengthen democratic government and civil society in that country. And to

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    MR. SMITH

    government and civil society in that country. And to

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    support independent media . Pursuant to the rule of Joan from New Jersey…

    support independent media . Pursuant to the rule of Joan from New Jersey Mr Smith from the gentlewoman from California Miss Watson each will control. Twenty minutes . Chair recognizes the gentleman from your list the speaker I asked that all members as the Habs consented all members. Have five legislative days revising stand there are marks on the bill on the consideration of tractions. This is Speaker I yield myself some such time as I may consume and.

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    MR. SMITH

    some such time as I may consume and. And just to point out. Very briefly…

    some such time as I may consume and. And just to point out. Very briefly to my colleagues the bill the Russian democracy act.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    act. Ensures that American assistance will continue to be available to…

    act. Ensures that American assistance will continue to be available to help strengthen and consolidate democracy.

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    THE CLERK

    continue to be available to help strengthen and consolidate democracy. In…

    continue to be available to help strengthen and consolidate democracy. In the Russian Federation . While this seems to be a routine measure . We should take a few minutes to know what this bill represents . The mere fact that we can talk of democracy in Russia. As a reality in the present. And not some damn prospect. In the hazy

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    future. Is one of the many wonders of the past decade that I have grown…

    future. Is one of the many wonders of the past decade that I have grown familiar . And now . Is largely taken for granted. Its existence however is a testament to the deep commitment to fundamental values.

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    MR. SMITH

    fundamental values. Mr Speaker . This bill before us represents an…

    fundamental values. Mr Speaker . This bill before us represents an important part of the. effort To continue that democratization . It focuses

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    democratization . It focuses

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    MR. SMITH

    our attention. And assistance. On many of the prerequisites of a free and…

    our attention. And assistance. On many of the prerequisites of a free and prosperous society including. The creation of a resilient civil society. The strengthening of an independent press . And the establishment of the rule of law . Is Mr Speaker I reserve the balance of our time. John reserves the balance of this time. Mr Speaker I rise in strong support of this legislation . And yield myself as much time as I may consume. True movies for. I would like to acknowledge the fine work of the ranking Democratic member. Tom Lantos . The also of the legislation who unfortunately . Cannot be on the House floor today for this debate . Appreciation also goes to our colleagues in the other body . For moving this legislation through the committee and. Onto the floor . I would also like to think my good friend from Illinois the chairman of the International Relations Committee for his consistent . Support of this legislation. Ten years ago . The U.S. Congress passed a historic act . The Freedom Support Act . That paves the way for the task of promoting democracy and market economy . In the

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    MS. WATSON

    promoting democracy and market economy . In the countries of the former…

    promoting democracy and market economy . In the countries of the former Soviet Union . Today. In the

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    MS. WATSON

    post September eleventh world . We are still concerned about the Russian…

    post September eleventh world . We are still concerned about the Russian nuclear arsenal. But we do not fear that the government of Russia . Will use it against us. Because Russia has become more Tzemach Radek and our foreign policy interests are more can grow and. However Mr Speaker has become clear to me . And many of my colleagues . That the process of process. Democracy size seen in Russia is not complete. For example. President Putin last week. Revoked adequacy that has permitted it . D R S E R E L. To maintain a bureau . In Moscow all. This decision was so excited. Shortsighted . And counterproductive. For these. Reasons. We must craft a creative and responsible policy towards Russia . That strengthens a democratic society . And a market economy . I strongly believe that the existence of a vibrant. Self-sustaining non-state on media in Russia. Is the key. To Russia's continuous integration with the West. This bill will support such media activities including . Access to the Internet. And the use of modern technologies to improve . Media outreach throughout Russia . The Russian N.G.O.s sector also needs our support . Russia does not yet have a culture of corporate philanthropy . And private donations. To make these N.G.O.s self-sustaining on the other hand . The abundance of in Geos that have sprung up in Russia. Since one nine hundred ninety one . Provides an important Democratic component to that society. So the bill before the House today. H.R. twenty one twenty four . Twenty one can promote this process and enhance the U.S. Russia bilateral relationship. By focusing U.S. assistance on the development civil society . And Russia and our free and independent media. I am also pleased that the bill includes an important provision. To provide for an endowment. To preserve the Andrew. Shark or call of . Archives. Of I got that right . Without Mr. Sacco Harv's. Contribution to peace human rights and democracy. The unprecedented change that took place in Russia in the last decade of the previous century would never have happened . Given the importance of these documents to the study of the transition from tiring me . To democracy in Russia . And by extension to other countries around the world. Mr Lantos and I believe it would be inappropriate for funds from the Foreign Assistance Act to be used for this noble undertaking . The bill also contains a very important provision. On . Burma human rights . To make sure that the UN D.P.. Assistance to Burma. Is properly used. Utilize by funding the development of civil society in Russia. And a free and independent media. H or a twenty one twenty one . Can play an affective role in developing the US Russia. Bilateral relationship . Let us not squander this unprecedented opportunity to bring Russia . Closer to the west. I urge my colleagues to support. H.R. twenty one twenty one and I will serve the balance of my time Mr Speaker . I have no further request. And I yield back. My balance that was related to her time. By self a couple of moments to conclude. First of all the science of gentle lady for her very fine remarks and for her leadership on this issue for. Chairman Hyde . And his work on it. On this bill . And especially to Mr Lantos the ranking member . For his authorship in crafting this very important bipartisan legislation . Mr Speaker the creation of democracy in Russia . Must be counted as one of the great achievements of the past century. Yet for all of its accomplishments that democracy is not yet . Firmly established. The civil society on which all democracies ultimately rest . Remains precariously week . Much of the legacy and herded from Russia's. Authoritarian past. Is still to be overcome. The institutions of democracy remain fragile. In many areas. The habits of freedom . Have not yet

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . Have not yet become universal. Given these and other concerns the…

    . Have not yet become universal. Given these and other concerns the government's stated goal of created. Creating

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    MR. SMITH

    concerns the government's stated goal of created. Creating a guide. A…

    concerns the government's stated goal of created. Creating a guide. A democracy where the parameters of permitted dissent are significantly narrowed . Is very troubling indeed. As are the patterns of clear. Gross. And uncorrected human rights violations. Associated with a continuing conflict. In Chechnya . Mr Speaker you juxtapose these problems along with the trafficking problem . Which remains a very significant problem where young Russian women are trafficked into forced prostitution . And are abused . In the United States and countries in the West as well as in Russia itself . We need to do more this bill. Advances the ball and it will be an aid and assistance to the democratic forces in Russia. It's a good bill it deserves the support of our colleagues. And I yield back the balance of my question is will the whole suspend the rules and concur in the Solomons to each other twenty one twenty one. So many years are in favor say aye. Those opposed no opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative . The rules are suspended the sentiments are agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table for one person California secret. Wish to speak or move to suspend the rules and agreed to a resolution . H. rose for sixty eight. As amended. Per quarter fourth the title of the resolution. House Resolution four sixty eight resolution . Affirming the importance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Supporting continued United States participation in NATO. Ensuring that the enlargement of NATO proceeds in a manner consistent with the United States' interests . And for other

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    manner consistent with the United States' interests . And for other…

    manner consistent with the United States' interests . And for other purposes. Pursuant to the rule of the gentleman from California Mr Gallant to me and the gentlewoman from California Miss Watson each will control twenty minutes and the chair recognizes the gentleman California Mr Gallagher. Which should be crash Dansk since that all members may have five legislative days to revise extend their remarks. And include extraneous material on the resolution under consideration . How to Objection

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    . How to Objection sort of a speaker just time I yield myself such time as…

    . How to Objection sort of a speaker just time I yield myself such time as I may consume your own strength against . Speaker on

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    your own strength against . Speaker on November the twenty first and…

    your own strength against . Speaker on November the twenty first and twenty second. The

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    THE CLERK

    heads of state and government of the nineteen members of the NATO alliance…

    heads of state and government of the nineteen members of the NATO alliance will gather in Prague and what will. Arguably be the most important meeting. Of the alliance. In a decade . At Prague the future of the alliance will thoroughly be debated . That debate will include the critical issue of whether the alliance can agree on what.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    agree on what. Threats the alliance is likely to face in the future . And…

    agree on what. Threats the alliance is likely to face in the future . And whether the alliance members will make a serious and credible commitment to the development of military capabilities necessary.

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    To meet those threats. In addition the summit well. Affirm the new…

    To meet those threats. In addition the summit well. Affirm the new relationship with Russia. And will make history and will make history by likely issuing invitations to the largest number of new members.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    issuing invitations to the largest number of new members.

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    issuing invitations to the largest number of new members.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    members. Ever. In the

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    history of the alliance . Last November when the House voted on the…

    history of the alliance . Last November when the House voted on the Solomon freedom consolidation act . We were entering the beginning of a debate within the Congress . The Bush administration. The media and among our NATO partners. Over the future of the alliance . And what kind of alliance . We would be inviting. To new members to join. As chairman of the European subcommittee. I felt it would take some time to address several of the questions being asked . Regarding the alliance. Some of those questions included . Was NATO still relevant to Euro Atlantic security . Where the alliances roles and missions in need of new definition. What was the ability of the alliance to carry out those missions . What was the rationale for adding new members and what could those new members. Provide the alliance . Finally what would the impact of an enlarged NATO on a West leaning . But still somewhat skeptical Russia be to attempt to find those answers I laid out a comprehensive plan to gather the necessary information to make an informed judgment . To present to the house . The subcommittee held several hearings on the future of NATO and enlargement . I met with numerous foreign visitors . Both alliance members . And candidates alike . I traveled to three of the candidate States to review the commitments they are making. To becoming responsible members of the alliance . Subcommittee staff attended countless meetings analyze much of the information available on the alliance and the candidate countries. And twice traveled to NATO headquarters in Brussels . All this was designed to ensure that the subcommittee subsequently. The whole house would feel comfortable supporting the NATO alliance. And endorsing. New countries wishing to join the alliance for sixty eight. Is the work product. Of the Europe subcommittee's effort to address the importance of the events. Which will. Take place in Prague. A tress. H. rez for sixty eight reaffirms the need for our commitment to the NATO alliance . This is also the view held by President Bush and Secretary Powell . As for sixty eight. Addresses the urgent need for upgrading Nato's military capabilities in order to meet today's changing threat environment . It agrees with the need for a strong NATO Russia. Cooperate of partnership . Finally it re of it it affirms that the further. Enlargement of the alliance will further this stability of Europe. Add to the security of the alliance . And is appropriate and welcome . During consideration for sixty eight. Subcommittee . I offered an amendment . Regarding enlargement. Which was unanimously adopted . That amendment endorsed the candidates . Of seven countries including bold area . Latvia Lithuania Romania. Slovakia and Slovenia. This endorsement was determined after reviewing extensive report prepared by our staff . The report address the progress the candidates. Had made in accordance with Nato's. Member. Action plan or map . The analysis focused on political economic and social development and each. With each candidate . It looked at their ability to develop a military structure capable of providing for the overall security . Of the alliance . And it reviewed the commitment to provide the resources necessary to ensure that the reforms. Continued . And that required military capability would be achieved. The analysis was no means . By no means. Exhaustive. But it was intended to provide the members an overview of what issues are important to NATO and making an end for. Assessment . Of each candidate . Overall ten candidates should be congratulated for the efforts they've made thus far. To meet the criteria for becoming a member of NATO. Progress in the candidate countries ranging from political and military reform. Resources commitment to ensuring the support of the population . Has been very impressive Mr Speaker. Each has displayed a level of enthusiasm and commitment to the alliance . As we saw demonstrated when the ambassadors of ten . Of the candidate . Countries all ten. Testified before our subcommittee. Each has already displayed their willingness to be fully part. Participating member of the alliance. Through their actions and contributions. In the Balkans . And with respect to the campaign against terrorism . Each candidate brings with it its own individual strengths . Each is a viable democracy . Which shares a pro. Euro Atlantic. View . Each is committed to market economies have embraced military reform. And each provides a unique geo political perspective. Or geo strategic location. These attributes make them all desirable members either now or in the near future . On the other hand each candidate has its weaknesses. Not all have fully mature political politically . Political systems or strong institutions. Some have weak economies with structural deficiency. Needing attention . Not all have sufficiently addressed corruption. Some need further reform of their militaries and more modern equipment. Of course all need to spend more and more money. Nevertheless it is our judgment. That each of the seven countries listed in the amendment. Thus far meet the math criteria . And a satisfactory way. And each have been judged to be a potential net contributor to the Alliance security. Does this mean. They have. Nothing left to do. Far from it Mr Speaker . Each has plenty more to be done. And that work must continue until Prague and. Beyond Prague. Whether they receive an invitation to join or they do not . To conclude Mr Speaker given the continued importance of NATO to the United States. And the importance of the upcoming Prague summit . I believe the House of Representatives should play an active role in expressing our views on NATO and its future. I believe we should also provide our input on which countries should be admitted to the alliance as guidance for the administration . Which will play a key role in determining who ultimately will be invited. And we offer our advice to our colleagues in the other body. Who as stipulated in the constitution will be called on to ratify those selections. I believe age dress. For sixty eight provides a mechanism for such . Expression of the will of the house . And I urge its adoption. And I reserve the balance of my time. John reserves of his time John Lee from California . Mr Speaker . I stand in strong support of this resolution . And yield myself as much time as I may consume. Mr Speaker I would first like to commend my colleague from California. Mr galaxy for introducing this important resolution. And Chairman Hyde for allowing it to move quickly to the House floor . The resolution before the House today endorses the expansion of NATO . And specifically supports the NATO can to see a book area . As Tonia. Latvia Lithuania . Romania.

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    Slovenia and . Slovakia. The resolution also reaffirms that NATO is the…

    Slovenia and . Slovakia. The resolution also reaffirms that NATO is the primary institution. Through which Europe and North American allies . Address

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    MS. WATSON

    security issues . And calls on NATO to strengthen national. And collective…

    security issues . And calls on NATO to strengthen national. And collective capacities . To respond to new threats .

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    MS. WATSON

    Mr Speaker. The U.S. Congress has consistently led the way . In supporting…

    Mr Speaker. The U.S. Congress has consistently led the way . In supporting NATO enlargement and a strong and robust . Role for NATO in Europe. NATO is the longest surviving. Alliance of our time. And it has endured . Because it is an alliance of free democratic nations . There could be no better indorsement. Of NATO success. And continue importance than desire . Of the newly emerging Central and East European democracies . To join this alliance. Whether all seven of these aspiring NATO members are invited to join the alliance. At the Prague summit next month or not there must be opportunities in the future . For all European states to accept the conditions of membership . To join NATO. Mr Speaker the post September eleventh . ERA has brought us. New Realities. And one of them is the crucial role . That NATO can play in the fight against terrorism. The countries which have applied to NATO. Have already joined the United States . By participating directly in the war on terrorism. And by other means such as. Sharing intelligence and cutting off. Terrorist financing . While the record of accomplishments and contributions . By the aspirant countries. Working with their membership action plans is impressive . None can afford to become complacent now . The process of reforming the NATO . Aspirant Nations . Will not and cannot end. With Prague . The process of reform must continue after membership . And clued in dealing with the problem of corruption. The treatment of minorities . Relations between the governments in opposition. And Holocaust. ERA issues . I also would like to emphasize the need for continued strong cooperation with the Russian Federation under the new NATO. Russian Council. I welcome . President Putin's new attitude towards NATO enlargement . This represents an important change in the Russian perceptions of the NATO alliance . And is a sentiment that we should continue to strongly encourage. I strongly urge my colleagues to support this legislation . And Mr Speaker. I reserve the balance of my time . Of the reserves Droste time . California. Mr Speaker we have no other speakers at this time we're prepared to go back there. Mr Speaker I have no further we close our time . And I yield back the balance of my time just to be a wheel but I don't know if when you feel that you know it's back to the question of the house suspend rules the . And agree to a House resolution for sixty eight as. Amended so many years are in favor say aye. Those opposed no pinners Charitra thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative . The Naser requested all those in favor of taking this vote by the nation will rise and remain standing until counted. Sufficient number having arisen the A's nays are ordered. So into Clause eight of rule twenty on the chairs prior announcement further proceedings on this motion . Will be

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    on the chairs prior announcement further proceedings on this motion . Will…

    on the chairs prior announcement further proceedings on this motion . Will be

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    postponed. California seek recognition to speak or I move to suspend the…

    postponed. California seek recognition to speak or I move to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution H con rez one sixteen.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I move to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution H con rez one…

    I move to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution H con rez one sixteen.

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    MS. WATSON

    resolution H con rez one sixteen. Circular for the title of the concurrent…

    resolution H con rez one sixteen. Circular for the title of the concurrent resolution . Concurrent Resolution one sixteen concurrent resolution recommending the integration of Lithuania Latvia and Estonia . Into

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    integration of Lithuania Latvia and Estonia . Into

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    integration of Lithuania Latvia and Estonia . Into the North Atlantic…

    integration of Lithuania Latvia and Estonia . Into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Pursuant to the rule of the gentleman from California Mr Galloway on the gentlewoman from California Miss Watson . Each will control twenty minutes of the chair recognizes the gentleman from California Mr Gallup.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    The Speaker I ask unanimous consent that all members of a zero five…

    The Speaker I ask unanimous consent that all members of a zero five legislative days revise extend the remarks and include extraneous material. On the resolution other consideration. Without objection so order. This time I would yield three minutes to the gentleman from New Jersey if Mr Smith. The gentleman is recognized for three minutes thanks be dissing the chairman for yield a Mr Speaker I urge my colleagues to vote in support of a scanner as one sixteen.

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    MR. GAG EGGLE

    I urge my colleagues to vote in support of a scanner as one sixteen.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Recommending the integration of Lithuania Latvia and Estonia into the…

    Recommending the integration of Lithuania Latvia and Estonia into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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    THE CLERK

    and Estonia into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. I believe that…

    and Estonia into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. I believe that these three nations have demonstrated a commitment necessary to become full fledged members of that organization . And will

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    and will prove to be valuable allies in the war against international…

    and will prove to be valuable allies in the war against international terrorism and. The effort to promote democracy human rights and the rule of law. Around the world. These are the foundation of course for peace and prosperity . And

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    they will be and. Are even now major players . Mr Speaker eleven years ago…

    they will be and. Are even now major players . Mr Speaker eleven years ago with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Soviet Union. Estonia Latvia and Lithuania . Threw

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    Lithuania . Threw off the yoke of Soviet domination and regained their…

    Lithuania . Threw off the yoke of Soviet domination and regained their independence between World War One and World War two They had been sovereign nations and respected members of the international community . And one nine hundred

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    nations and respected members of the international community . And one…

    nations and respected members of the international community . And one nine hundred

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    MR. SMITH

    nations and respected members of the international community . And one…

    nations and respected members of the international community . And one nine hundred thirty nine however . They were illegally partitioned. Between Hitler and Stalin this part of the infamous Molotov Ribbentrop . Agreement . Based on this agreement Hitler gave Stalin. The green light to seize the Baltic states. I'm proud to state and to note that the illegal incorporation of Estonia Latvia and Lithuania . Into the Soviet Union was never recognized by the United States government now has thrown a lot of the endless away any or against sovereign nations . We stick. Respected members of the international community. Desirous of joining and contributing to the most successful defense of alliance . Europe has ever known . They are working individually and among themselves . To improve their defense posture and coordination . Author. The Baltic states are major contributing forces. To the stabilization force. In Bosnia and Afghanistan and Estonia minded to acting . Team is working with our forces and their the. Bob Graham Air Force. Base They are working assiduously. Towards membership in the European Union and play a significant role in the deliberations of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe which I chair . In the early one nine hundred ninety S. there were O.S.C. emissions to a stony M. and Latvia. To assist in the resolution of the problem. Of integrating the non native populations . These missions I'm very happy to say . Have now been withdrawn . As the challenges of integration reseed. Further and further into history. I remiss However if I did not mention a rule of law concern that is relevant to this discussion . During and after the World War two. Millions of people fled. Eastern and Central Europe. To escape Nazi and communist persecution. Most of them lost everything. They and their families. Had earned and built up over generations . Including homes businesses and art work . Since the early one nine hundred ninety S. these people or their descendants. Have tried to regain. Through legal means . The properties that were confiscated. The Helsinki Commission. Again . A commission that . That seeks to implement the Helsinki Final Act as a monitor to the property restitution. And compensation efforts made by post communist governments. And this past July . We held our third hearing on that subject. Among the NATO. Candidate countries where the issue of property restitution. Has been particularly problematic. Are Lithuania. Croatia and Romania. Sensual in the East European governments have done much. Regarding . Property restitution and indeed it is for an additional minute. My friend for a minute I think they have done some very good things these. Many of these countries . However there's. Needs to be more. Done. In this area . And we would call upon him again as we encourage them to join NATO and. Are looking forward to this partnership which strengthens. And deters. Against aggression. That this issue needs to be resolved and it needs to be resolved as quickly as humanly possible . You know back to bounce over time and I thank you for . Mr Speaker I rise in strong support of this resolution . And yield myself as much time as I may consume trolleys for I came in my colleague from Illinois Mr Shimkus. For introducing this in part in resolution. Mr Speaker throughout the grim decades of Cold War the U.S. Congress

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    throughout the grim decades of Cold War the U.S. Congress

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    MR. SMITH

    Cold War the U.S. Congress consistently fought. To ensure that the…

    Cold War the U.S. Congress consistently fought. To ensure that the international community never knowledge the incorporation of the Baltic states . Estonia Latvia and Lithuania. Into the Soviet Union . Since these countries. Earned their independence in one nine hundred ninety one . Congress has consistently supported their historic transformation into. Democratic and free market societies. From the first day of independence. All three Baltic countries . Made NATO

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    MS. WATSON

    countries . Made NATO membership. A cornerstone of their foreign policy.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    policy.

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    MS. WATSON

    Regardless of which political party controlled the government. Mr Speaker…

    Regardless of which political party controlled the government. Mr Speaker . Lithuania Latvia and Estonia. Have married her to Liam efforts. To prepare themselves for NATO membership. They had built. Armed Forces modeled on Western armies . They have consistently maintain their defense budget. At around two percent of their G.D.P. doing these difficult economic times . Their people. Have consistently supported NATO membership . With all its opportunities and commitments . Listen way Mia. Latvia and Estonia. Have all sent troops to assist their European peacemaking efforts . Under NATO. The Baltic states have also joined the United States . In the war on terrorism . By offering to deploy forces to Afghanistan . As part of the danish . Contingent. These countries had some difficult legacies to overcome and. Clothing. Hala cast error issues . And dealing with Russian. Ethnic minorities . Laughing. And the still MIA have made considerable progress on minority rights issues and Lithuania. Has worked with the Jewish community . To address. Property was due to Sion and. Other Holocaust. Issues. These countries are now on the right track. Mr Speaker I strongly urge my colleagues to support this legislation . And I reserve the balance of my time. Joan lady . You reserve or we serve. She reserves for time . John Conference speaker . I would inquire Do they have any other speakers I'm prepared to close the gentle lady have any other speakers . Mr Speaker I yield five minutes . To

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Speaker I yield five minutes . To the gentleman from the state of Ohio. The

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    MS. WATSON

    the state of Ohio. The

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    of Ohio. The John Snow I was struck out on one final Hajo. Mr

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    Hajo. Mr Gissin edge. I think the gentle lady . Mr Speaker . The nations…

    Hajo. Mr Gissin edge. I think the gentle lady . Mr Speaker . The nations of. Latvia Estonia Lithuania. Have long awaited . Accession to NATO. And throughout this country . People representing various communities . Supported. Latvia Estonia Lithuania . Have been seeking for recognition . Not only for NATO but also . Recognition so that there can be a full. Involvement with the European community.

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    MS. WATSON

    European community. It is so important that this Congress recognizes the…

    European community. It is so important that this Congress recognizes the importance of Latvia Estonia and Lithuania to the world community and encourage.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Lithuania to the world community and encourage.

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    MR. KUCINICH

    encourage. Not only accession. But also encourage the full integration…

    encourage. Not only accession. But also encourage the full integration into the European community and the world community . Of these nations . These nations have much to offer in terms of their commitment to democratic values . In terms of their commitment to development of their economies their commitment to. Technological development. In terms of their friendship with the United States. I think that this resolution . Which seeks to support . Lithuania Latvia and Estonia . Is a step along the way towards rewarding those nations that not only have pursued. Democratic traditions. But also are attempting to be integrated with the economies of Europe . And of the United States . NATO accession is seen as not simply being. Participation in the defense of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization . Member states . But also it's seen as an opportunity . Towards a more fuller participation in the world community on all the economic issues. So I'm pleased to work with. My good friend Congressman Shimkus and others who are concerned that this resolution receive this attention and support . And to stand here on behalf of those citizens . In the Baltics . And Latvia Lithuania and Estonia . Who have long awaited this moment . When their nations . Would be recognized and all of their friends . In this country who have long awaited the moment . For the United States to show support . For the integration of these nations. And for accession of these nations . This is an important moment. And I'm proud to be here on the floor to join with my colleague from California and to. State to the world community . That Latvia Estonia Lithuania . Are ready. They have been willing they are able and they deserve the support of the Congress of the United States thank you gentlemen us back . Gentlemen in California. Mrs Speaker I have no further requests for the time . And I yield back the balance of my time . Gentleman from California thank you thank you Mr Speaker. I would yield. Mice. Self the remainder of the time. Mr Speaker I rise in support of H. Conrad's one sixteen which has was introduced by our colleague from Illinois Mr John Simcoe us. In light of the action taken by the European subcommittee and just now by the House which. Endorse the Baltic states . For membership in NATO I believe this resolution is complimentary to H. rez for sixty eight. And should be adopted. The resolution endorses the candidate . Candidacies of Latvia and Lithuania for NATO membership . And

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    discusses in detail why the three Baltic nations deserve to be invited…

    discusses in detail why the three Baltic nations deserve to be invited into the alliance which the speaker last year.

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    MS. WATSON

    into the alliance which the speaker last year. The Baltic nations .…

    into the alliance which the speaker last year. The Baltic nations . Celebrated the

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . Celebrated the tenth anniversary of the resumption of their independence…

    . Celebrated the tenth anniversary of the resumption of their independence after a long period of Soviet dominance.

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    of their independence after a long period of Soviet dominance. The…

    of their independence after a long period of Soviet dominance. The changes. Which have taken place in those countries have been amazing. In every aspect . In fact during the August recess. I travel to all three of the Baltic states . To see first hand what had been accomplished . And how they were preparing for NATO membership. The total political economic and social transformation they have gone through and preparation for NATO and the E.U. membership. Have been impressive . And they deserve to. He recognized for their accomplishments by being invited to the joint clients. To join the alliance . The author of this legislation . Because it has long been a supporter and spokesman for the Baltics. Serving as the chairman of the Baltic caucus. In the house. He has given tireless devotion to promoting these countries and their accomplishments. The passage of this resolution is as much about his dedication. As it is about their. Mr Speaker I do not believe there could be any better additions to the NATO alliance . In these three nations. And I urge the adoption of the resolution . And yield back the balance of my time . Question is where the house is from the rules and agreed to house concurrent resolution one sixteen. So manners are in favor say aye . Those opposed no. And if you know the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative . The rules are suspended the concurrent resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table for person. California seek recognition . SPEAKER I move to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. Aged razzed. To fifty three. As amended work will report the title of the resolution. House Resolution two fifty three resolution recommending the integration of the Republic of Slovakia. Into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Pursuant to the California Mr Geller Billiam the gentlewoman from California Miss Watson each will control.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Twenty minutes . And the chair recognizes John. When you wish to grass you…

    Twenty minutes . And the chair recognizes John. When you wish to grass you down to consent that all members have five legislative days to revise extend their remarks. And include extraneous material in the resolution out of consideration . I was how direction soared because this time I had year old the three minutes of the gentleman from New Jersey Mr Smith of New Jersey has recognized that friend Chairman gallantly. For yielding to me. Mr

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    Speaker I rise in support of age raised to five three. Right. Commanding…

    Speaker I rise in support of age raised to five three. Right. Commanding the integration of Slovakia into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization . In my years

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Organization . In my years

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    THE CLERK

    of service with the Commission on Security Cooperation in Europe. I have…

    of service with the Commission on Security Cooperation in Europe. I have observed that. Sometimes difficult transition to democracy of this. Central European country it's been very difficult for them.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    country it's been very difficult for them. It was because of savant he is…

    country it's been very difficult for them. It was because of savant he is only a far Tarion leader is most notably Vladimir. Messi are that Slovakia was rightly excluded from the ascension process . In one thousand

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    was rightly excluded from the ascension process . In one thousand nine…

    was rightly excluded from the ascension process . In one thousand nine hundred seventy. Today . Thanks to a new generation of bright and enlightened Slovak leaders. That

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    leaders. That situation. Has

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    dramatically. Been reversed . To its credit . To

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    its credit to the surrender government . Many important

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    MR. SMITH

    . Many important changes have already been undertaken. The support of the…

    . Many important changes have already been undertaken. The support of the U.S. Congress for Slovakia's admission. To NATO. Reflects the deep respected my colleagues and all of us. Have for these remarkable achievements . But let me just say to my colleagues at the reform process in Slovakia . Should not end with the Prague NATO summit. On the contrary . The long term well being of Slovakia. Requires this process continue. And indeed. Intensify. After November . In this regard there are three areas that I believe deserve particular attention first. The most recent elections clearly demonstrate. Slovakia's ability to elect. Pro-democracy pro western governments. They respect the sanctity of sacredness. And sanctity of human life. The results of the one nine hundred ninety eight elections. Were not a fluke . But an illustration of real and meaningful democratic transition . That first found its voice. In civil society . And then in the government itself . The question now is whether that maturity. Will also be found in a loyal opposition in the parliament. One that by definition . Has policy differences from time to time. From the ruling coalition . But it has also been interest is in serving. The Slovak people. Second the Slovak government must make headway in fighting corruption . Unless and until that happens. The rule of law will remain weak economic development. Will go to other countries . And justice will be elusive . And finally Slovakia . Slovak leaders must address . In earnest . The scourge of racism against the Roma. This problem as we all know is not unique to Slovakia . While other countries in the region have moved to counter the most alarming. Manifestations of hatred and intolerance. File and attacks. Slovakia has failed to bring these attacks. Under control. The NATO participation Act of one nine hundred ninety four I would remind my colleagues. Which all of us supported made clear that quote. Participants in the Partnership for Peace . Should be involved. Should be invited to become full. NATO members. If they remain committed to protecting the rights of all of their citizens. So we make a strong appeal to the Slovak leadership. Please undertake. Aggressive efforts to protect the Roma. Mr Speaker. I want to thank again my good friend for his leadership on this issue. And I yield back to him the balance of my time. If California. Mr Speaker . I rise in strong support of this resolution and yield myself. As much time as I may consume. Tremlett is ready as I first would like to commend. My good friend and colleague Mr Stupak from Michigan for introducing this in part and. Resolution. Mr Speaker just a few minutes ago we considered . H.R. . For sixty eight which in-doors his membership in NATO . For the Slavic Republic. Along with six other applicants . This resolution before us. Highlights the political economic and foreign policy accomplishments. Of the Slovak Republic . Since its velvet divorce. From the Czech Republic in one nine hundred ninety three . And specifically

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    nine hundred ninety three . And specifically

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    MS. WATSON

    endorses. Its NATO membership . Slovakia. Did not have an easy beginning…

    endorses. Its NATO membership . Slovakia. Did not have an easy beginning as an independent country.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    country. Its burst. Post

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    MS. WATSON

    burst. Post independence government stalled on political and economic…

    burst. Post independence government stalled on political and economic reforms in stark contrast to its neighbors to the north west and south. But the people Slovakia . Elected. Every foreign minded government. In one nine hundred ninety eight which quickly moved to Ankara Slovakia in the West . Made NATO membership a cornerstone of its foreign policy . And joined the Czech Republic. Hungry and Poland in a regional. Political and economic grouping. The Slavic Republic. Has not only shown progress in the area of free market economy . But also began to address different issues of the past such as Jewish. Property restitution in conversation . To the victims of the holocausts. Relations with the ethnic Hungary and minority. Have also improved. And the previous government included three ethnic can carry and as. Minister. Years . Although much more remains to be done in this area I believe that membership in NATO will reinforce the message that the just treatment of the national minorities. Is a key aspect of membership. The Slavic government has already demonstrated is interested. That it's interested and ability to join NATO first by participating in the. S F O R . And the K F all our operations and by sending its troops to Afghanistan . Mr Speaker. I would like to yield five minutes to the gentleman from Michigan . And the sponsor of this resolution Mr Stupak. Tells Michigan is recognized for five minutes. Thank you Mr Speaker and. Thank the gentleman from California for you and for this opportunity to speak in support of the expansion of the North Atlantic . North America Treaty Organization . I introduced an age resolution. To fifty three to command a Slovak Republic . For its progress towards political and economic liberty. And efforts to meet the guidelines. Of prospect of. NATO member Slovakia. Once an authoritative regime. Embrace a pro Western government in one thousand nine hundred eight . And freed its citizens . From international isolation. On September twenty first two thousand and two. The Slovak government successfully . Held the third . Free and fair elections. Since its independence .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Over seventy percent of the eligible voters turned out to express their…

    Over seventy percent of the eligible voters turned out to express their newfound democratic right. To Slovak Republic now stands ready to play and in trickle part. In

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    MR. STUPAK

    now stands ready to play and in trickle part. In defense of the free world…

    now stands ready to play and in trickle part. In defense of the free world . As a member of NATO . Slovakia would contribute to protection of member states. And significantly benefit the security and peace of Europe . And the region. As a whole. Slovakia's leaders. Value the prospect of serving in our military alliance . While its citizens align themselves with NATO as common values . And Democratic commission. The named NATO summit to discuss enlargement is scheduled for November twenty third two thousand and two. In Prague . That is why this resolution. Is sold timely. I think the chairman . Mr Hyde. Ranking Member. Lantos. Subcommittee chairman. Delegate and Ranking Member Hilliard. For moving this resolution. Forward. Because this resolution demonstrates that among the other European countries. Vying for membership . Slovakia boast. The highest gross domestic product. And a key geographic . Geographical advantage. Surrounded by other Nagel's member states . Let's send a clear message . That's full of Akio. Would make an excellent part partner. And he serves to be counted among the newest members of NATO. On a personal note. My ancestors are from Slovakia. So I was proud to present this resolution to the House of Representatives. For its consideration today . So I ask all members to support each resolution. Two fifty three. And urge our international community. To give Slovakia's bid for NATO membership. Due consideration . That Mr Speaker I yield back the balance of my time. To the gentlewoman from California challenge back to balance of time John in California. Mr Speaker I yield myself three minutes . Jones recognized. To fifty three was introduced by our previous speaker our colleague from Michigan Bart Stupak. And endorses a candidate C. of Slovakia. For NATO membership . In light of the action about to be taken by the House I believe this resolution is complimentary. For sixty eight . And elaborates the reasons why Slovakia should be included in NATO . Five years ago it was seriously under consideration for NATO membership . But was denied due to the government in power at the time . That government was subsequently replaced . But it threatened to return to power this year again. Calling into question Slovakia's.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Slovakia's. Candidacy . However Slovakia just recently held a very…

    Slovakia's. Candidacy . However Slovakia just recently held a very important national election. And

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    recently held a very important national election. And the current…

    recently held a very important national election. And the current government has been returned to office.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    has been returned to office.

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    The outcome of the elections. Or one of the keys to the status of…

    The outcome of the elections. Or one of the keys to the status of Slovakia's application to NATO. The election results did come out to everyone's satisfaction . And that has lessened the apprehensions about Slovakia's commitment to NATO . I want to congratulate the people for their strong showing in the election. Over seventy percent of the voting population actually voted. I also want to commend the work of our ambassador Ron wiser. And his entire embassy staff for their efforts . To encourage a strong voter turnout . SPEAKER I urge the adopt. Of this . Resolution and reserve the balance of my time on reserves the balance of his and the gentle lady from California to speak there I have no friends that we classify time . And I yield back the balance of my time . Lady yields back John Boehner Speaker I yield to Mr The gentleman from New York. Chairman Emeritus of the International Relations Committee. Mr been golden. Gentleman from New York is government's right. I think the tilt of the feeling in Mr Speaker I ask consent. To extend my remarks with regard to the need to enlarge from Bill that was just adopted . Mr Speaker and. Our distinguished International Relations Subcommittee Chairman the gentleman from California Mr Gallagher way . I want to thank him for his diligent work in bringing. H. . Reds for eighty six a transatlantic security and NATO enlargement.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    security and NATO enlargement. Before us. For consideration today and as a…

    security and NATO enlargement. Before us. For consideration today and as a co-sponsor of that resolution is my firm belief that NATO enlargement will not only affirm the importance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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    MS. WATSON

    affirm the importance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    affirm the importance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    Organization. But it will contribute to the stability and security of…

    Organization. But it will contribute to the stability and security of Europe . And preserve and enhance its ability to effectively combat the scorch of terrorism.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    the scorch of terrorism.

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    MR. GILMAN

    of terrorism. To be the case for NATO enlargement is stronger than ever…

    of terrorism. To be the case for NATO enlargement is stronger than ever before the September eleventh attacks reminded us of the common interests we share with our European allies .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    of the common interests we share with our European allies .

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    MR. GILMAN

    . Thus. Not only will NATO enlargement contribute to the process of…

    . Thus. Not only will NATO enlargement contribute to the process of integration itself to stabilize Europe . Over the past fifty years . But it will also help promote the development of strong new allies in our war on terrorism. Far from backing away from NATO enlargement and. We should welcome. All those European democracies whose political stability . Military contributions and commitment to NATO solidarity. Would be assets to the alliance. Each of the candidate countries have made remarkable progress in. Transitioning to Western style democracy using free market economies and while each nation's challenges differ. They share a common thread. The desire to adopt a pluralistic form of democracy the respects human and civil rights. Practices tolerance for ethnic and religious diversity and demonstrates a healthy respect for the rule of law . They should be commended for both their accomplishments and their continued pursuit of these goals and Cordingly. I wish to strongly urge my colleagues to support their support resolution. Now more than ever we must pursue a wider. Integrated nature and I thank the gentleman for yielding. And ask instead to revise and extend marmar. Spectrum of the California. Speaker we have it all for the request for time. At this point I would urge my colleagues. To support the adoption of this resolution and. I would yield back the balance of our time. Question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to a House resolution . Two fifty three as amended so many years are in favor say aye . Those opposed no. Opinion of the chair two thirds of those present have a vote in the affirmative the rules are suspended . The resolution is agreed to and without objection. The motion to reconsider is laid upon the table . Without objection the title is. Amended to one person . New Jersey secrets just makes right move that the house suspend the rules and concur and is that an amendment to H.R. forty. Eighty five thirteen reports the title of the bill.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    If you're forty eighty five an act to amend Title thirty eight United…

    If you're forty eighty five an act to amend Title thirty eight United States code to provide a cost of living increase in the rates of compensation for veterans with service connected disability .

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    compensation for veterans with service connected disability .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    compensation for veterans with service connected disability . And…

    compensation for veterans with service connected disability . And dependency and unlimited seek compensation for surviving spouses of such veterans. To expand certain benefits for veterans and their survivors . And for other purposes. Pursuant to the rule of the gentleman from New Jersey Mr Smith from the gentleman from Illinois Mr Evans each will control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the john with Beatrice Thank you Mr Speaker I yield myself such time as I may consume. Mr Speaker H U R forty eighty five the veterans compensation Cost of Living Adjustment Act of two thousand and two will provide a cost of living adjustment. To

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    MR. SMITH

    two thousand and two will provide a cost of living adjustment. To

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    two thousand and two will provide a cost of living adjustment. To disabled…

    two thousand and two will provide a cost of living adjustment. To disabled veterans and surviving spouses . The amount of the

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    THE CLERK

    increase will be calculated using the same percentage of pluggable. To…

    increase will be calculated using the same percentage of pluggable. To Social Security benefits. The percentage. Amount. Should be announced later on this week . And will be around one and a half to two percent. A part of that than of this vital legislation all veterans. Or qualified survivors of that are and who receive disability compensation . Payment

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    will receive the cola. Effect of December one. Of this year. Mr Speaker…

    will receive the cola. Effect of December one. Of this year. Mr Speaker the House originally passed this call. Legislation back in May with a number of other very important provisions . On September

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    MR. SMITH

    very important provisions . On September twenty sixth However the Senate…

    very important provisions . On September twenty sixth However the Senate struck out. Those other provisions and sent us back the bill that is before us today . While I am urging my colleagues to support. H.R. forty eighty five as amended. I want to assure them that we are continuing to work with our colleagues in the other body . To reach agreement on these other vital provisions. Specifically those provisions would authorize dependency and indemnity. Compensation benefits for the surviving spouse of a veteran who remarries after . Attaining the age of sixty five . The surviving spouses would also be eligible for supplemental V.A. sponsored. Health coverage. Education housing loan benefits to the same extent as if they had not remarried . We also saw a provision stripped out that we again will seek to get. Find another home for and. That reduce the home loan fee charges . Charge qualifying members of the Select Reserve. To the same level. Charge. Active duty veterans . We also had a provision dealing with increasing veterans Morgan's life insurance coverage from ninety thousand two hundred fifty thousand and. Authorized veterans. Over the age of seventy . To continue coverage under the veterans mortgage . Life insurance . The House bill Mr Speaker also contained a provision to authorize funding for state. Approving agencies . The entities that are responsible for certifying schools. Eligibility for participation in the Montgomery G.I. Bill . For the next three years . Because of the urgency of continuing their funding. Following consideration of H.R.. Forty eighty five . We will shortly take up legislation that provides a one year authorization . Mr Speaker as this session draws to a close. I am hopeful that we will see action completed. On these and a number of important veterans measures that the House has passed . But that have not been acted on by the other body. Among the House bills still pending. In the other body Our number one eight you are thirty to fifty three the Department of Veterans Affairs emergency preparedness Act of two thousand and two . Which would expand the department of V.A.'s role in homeland security . Creating new research centers. To counter biological chemical and radiological terrorism. H R thirty two fifty three originally passed the House I May twentieth . And was subsequently amended and approved by the Senate. On Aug one. After intensive negotiations with our colleagues. And they say. In the Senate . A compromise agreement was reached by both sides . And the House agreed to the compromise version. On September seventeenth . We are now awaiting action by the Senate. On this legislation second H.R. thirty six forty five . The veterans health care and procurement unproven Act of two thousand and two. Passed by the House on July twenty two which will reform . V.A. health care procurement practices. Expand access to V.A. health care services to Filipino veterans. World War two veterans . And provide additional. Dental services to former P.O.W. . Number three H.R. forty fifteen. The jobs for veterans Act which passed the House . On May twenty first. Would we form. Veterans Job training and placement programs in the Department of Labor. Through a new system of incentives and accountability for H R thirty four twenty three . Which would reform eligibility for burial at Arlington National Cemetery . And was passed by the House on December twentieth of last year. This legislation makes a couple of commonsense changes to recognize that reservists who die in the line of duty or. Or who would be. Would qualify for burial. But for their age at death . Deserve the honor of an our Lenten burial. Should they and their families so choose. H U R number five . H U R forty nine forty . The Arlington National Cemetery burial eligibility Act passed by the house. On July twenty second . This is the third time that the House has approved a comprehensive review. And overhaul. Of Arlington's rules. And we will continue to work with our colleagues on the other body on this major legislation . H.R. number six H.R. fifty fifty five . Legislation to authorize a memorial marker in Arlington National Cemetery . Honoring veterans who fought in the battle of the bulge that passed on July twenty second as well . We have a preliminary agreement with our Senate colleagues. On this and look forward to working with them in taking final action on that . Before. This session. Close assignee die . Number seven H.R. eleven. The Veterans Hospital Emergency Repair Act which passed the House . On March twenty seventh two thousand and one. And H U R forty five. Fourteen. The veterans major medical facilities construction Act of two thousand and two. Which passed the House on May twenty first. Are both extremely important pieces of legislation designed to protect and preserve the. Invaluable . Infrastructure of the Veterans Health Administration . But the fast several years. V.A.'s construction programs have been seriously underfunded . It is imperative that we take action. Prompt action to ensure that hospitals clinics . Research centers and other V.A. medical centers. Are properly maintained. And modernized when necessary . There's a speaker . There is still much more important work that we hope to accomplish in the waning days of the one hundred seventh Congress. There is already much that has been accomplished . Major new laws were enacted to substantially improve the G.I. Bill . Reinvigorate our nation's efforts to end homelessness among veterans . Better to better compensate service connected veterans and their survivors. As well as dramatically increased funding for veterans health care services. This has indeed been a highly productive year for veterans . Legislation in the house. And I salute all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle . For their assistance . And their cooperation and . For working in a as a team . On behalf of our nation's betters I reserve the balance of my time on reserves the balance of this time . Gentleman from Illinois Mr Evans . Mr Speaker . If you would most of such time as American sort of gentleman's recognition there are some strong support of your four hundred far . This machine is this measure of providers across the living in troops. For nation's veterans who are sure nation's veterans that the value of their benefits will not be reduced to the cost of living increases. That want to start out by a princely gentleman for New Jersey Mr Smith. To many other bills during the sessions. Because you're limited to some sort of . thing Mr Simpson the chairman of the Committee on benefits for Mr or surrendering Democratic member committee in the support of this legislation. Deserves the support of every member of this party.

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    every member of this party.

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    MR. EVANS

    Urge my colleagues to vote for this legislation.

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    Today to publicly thank a member of the committees Democratic staff.

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    MR. EVANS

    a member of the committees Democratic staff. For her exceptional service…

    a member of the committees Democratic staff. For her exceptional service to our nation's better. Executive Committee on benefits. Will be retiring twenty five years to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Committee and her career working for the. As a working for the in the House Select Committee on Assassinations . Which joins the committee staff in March of ninety seven. As a staff assistant. Going to dedicated an effective . For veterans and their families. She is highly respected by veterans service organizations in the labor and Defense has become a friend . Committee members will miss her smile. And their sense of humor . Of losing her presence in . the I want to thank you for your service for many deeply sorry for you and. Thank you for the years of service she gives this country. Reserved for a balance of this time . Gentleman from your Speaker I yield such time as you make it still does gentlemen from New York and New York is recognized. Thank the gentleman for yielding and I want to commend our veterans affairs. Chairman and Congressman Smith. For his wonderful. Diligent work on behalf of our veterans sweat our nation . They have had a great deal of reduction of benefits . Of health care . And our chairman has been continually. Keeping a lookout for. Whatever he could do to be of assistance to our veterans and he deserves a adulation. Of all of us for what he's doing. I'm pleased to rise in support of H.R. forty eighty five. It provides . Affective cost of living adjustments for the rates of our disability compensation for veterans . With

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    rates of our disability compensation for veterans . With

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    MR. SMITH

    disability compensation for veterans . With service connected disability .…

    disability compensation for veterans . With service connected disability . And to the rates

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    . And to the rates

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    MR. GILMAN

    of dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors. Of certain service…

    of dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors. Of certain service connected disabled veterans. And that percentage amounts going to be equal to the increase for benefits provided under Social Security . Something it's a long overdue. And it certainly will provide the kind of assistance it's sorely needed. By veterans who out our nation. So I want to thank our chairman once again . For watching over our veterans in his committee. And for doing whatever is needed. And I yield back the balance of my time of asking the Senate to revise and extend my remarks. Gentleman from New Jersey. Gentleman from Illinois . Thank you the speaker at this time of regulators has shown from Florida Florida for three minutes . I thank the gentleman. Gentleman is recognized. I see Mr Gilman leaving. Mr Gilman you have thanked all the members of the Veterans Committee . Because you have let us whole year and a very. Incredibly effective way and. We need to finish that year . With some positive. Legislation so . Please call on us and if we can help in any way. Clearly the compensation Cost of Living Adjustment Act is a very important piece of legislation . It's to make sure that our veterans who are receiving service connected compensation benefits . And their

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    . And their survivors who are receiving dependency and indemnity…

    . And their survivors who are receiving dependency and indemnity compensation . Do not fall further

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    MR. EVANS

    behind in their compensation . It will have the same percentage as the…

    behind in their compensation . It will have the same percentage as the increase in benefits paid to Social Security beneficiaries . Mr Speaker we know that . Ever since

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    know that . Ever since September eleventh . We have been specific…

    know that . Ever since September eleventh . We have been specific especially grateful to our veterans and our public safety officers.

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    MR. FILNER

    grateful to our veterans and our public safety officers. For their…

    grateful to our veterans and our public safety officers. For their contributions to this nation's. Contributions that make it possible for us to live and work in our democracy . But certainly this is something that we have to follow through on. Not only just as we recall September eleventh.

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    MR. GILMAN

    recall September eleventh. And when we they have become disabled in their…

    recall September eleventh. And when we they have become disabled in their service to our nation. It is

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    MR. FILNER

    in their service to our nation. It is our obligation to provide for these…

    in their service to our nation. It is our obligation to provide for these men and women. When they have fulfilled their military duty. It's important and vital that we continue to provide incentives for new recruits to our armed forces. We must let young men women and young men and women know that they too will be noticed their dedication will be provided for and a grateful nation will not forget them. The cost of housing food health care all the basics of living are increasing. So an annual cost of living increase for veterans is critically needed. And one important way that we can demonstrate our support and our thanks. So let us all vote for H.R. forty eighty five . I would like to add my thanks . Add on to Mr Evans thanks. To Beth Beth Kilger who is retiring . She has. Served of course as the executive system for our subcommittee on benefits and. Has kept us all in line . And has kept us all moving and kept us all in good humor. She knew when to make sure we got all our work done. And she rewarded us with chocolates sometimes or other. Other benefits so. I'm sure I could have another thirty seconds from the gentleman if I may have said. Gentleman and dry just need another thirty seconds to think Muskoka for her service. I've heard the words dedicated and effective . And I think that that . Summarize that she has worked for veterans. In the years. That she has been with our committee. And all the veterans of our nation I think . Can I join in thanking her for her effective service to thank you both killed for your back. Speaker I yield myself showtimes I make it so I want to join my colleagues Elaine Evans and Mr Filner and really the entire committee both sides of the aisle. And praising the long and distinguished service of. Beth killed Elizabeth killed her. Elizabeth killed preserved with the committee for almost twenty five years . I've been on the committee for twenty two years Mr Speaker and I've known her. I've I've admired her she's. She's always a positive force. She's worked with chairman and ranking members in Texas Mississippi Arizona. Harkat saw Illinois and now New Jersey. Throughout these years she has been extraordinarily helpful. Effective . And always positive perhaps something she learned at Immaculate Heart Academy in Girard built as a baby. I don't know but she certainly has brought a real sense of class. And distinction and like I said. A very very effective person. That the committee is not just been blessed. But the veterans themselves have been blessed they've been enriched by your service . We will miss you and. May God bless everything that you do going forward . Joan Rivers and downs of our time. Join us back. Mr Speaker if you would first time interview with my time . Joining us from Illinois back to balance of his time the question is will the house suspend the rules . And

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    MR. EVANS

    time the question is will the house suspend the rules . And

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    is will the house suspend the rules . And concurred in the Senate…

    is will the house suspend the rules . And concurred in the Senate amendments to H.R. four zero

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    MR. FILNER

    H.R. four zero eight five so many in favor say aye . Those opposed no. An…

    H.R. four zero eight five so many in favor say aye . Those opposed no. An opinion of the chair two thirds of those present. Having voted in the affirmative the rules are suspended . The Senate amendments are agreed to and without objection. The motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. The clerk will report. Gentleman from New Jersey. Mr Speaker

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    MR. SMITH

    I move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill or thirty seven…

    I move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill or thirty seven thirty one as a man. The clerk will report to the title of the bill H.R. thirty seven thirty one. A bill to amend Title thirty eight. United States Code . To increase amounts available to state approving agencies to ascertain the qualifications of educational institutions for furnishing courses of education. To veterans and eligible persons under the Montgomery G.I. Bill and under other programs of education and ministered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Pursuant to the rule the gentleman from New Jersey . Mr Smith and the gentleman from Illinois Mr Evans. Each control twenty minutes . The chair recognizes the gentleman from New Jersey. Mr Speaker I yield myself such time as I make it so . The gentleman is recognized to speaker is chairman of the committee I rise in strong support of H.R.. Thirty seven thirty one as amended. Which would increase funding for state. Approving agencies. From thirteen million to fourteen million for fiscal year two thousand and three . Since World

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    War two. Mr Speaker Congress has relied on the S.A.'s to ensure

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    MR. EVANS

    relied on the S.A.'s to ensure the quality of education and training .…

    relied on the S.A.'s to ensure the quality of education and training . Offered to

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    the quality of education and training . Offered to our nation's veterans .…

    the quality of education and training . Offered to our nation's veterans . And to protect the integrity of V.A. education programs . These are the agencies that determine which schools . Courses and training programs. Qualify as eligible for veterans seeking to use their G.I. Bill benefits . As a. Also provide a vital role in Occupational. Licensing and credentialing for veterans. And employer outreach. On May twenty first . Of this year.

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    MR. SMITH

    Mr Speaker. The House passed H.R. forty eighty five as amended. A bill…

    Mr Speaker. The House passed H.R. forty eighty five as amended. A bill that included increase from fourteen million.

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    Available to state approving agencies in fiscal year two thousand and two…

    Available to state approving agencies in fiscal year two thousand and two . To eighteen million

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    THE CLERK

    two thousand and two . To eighteen million for fiscal years . Two thousand…

    two thousand and two . To eighteen million for fiscal years . Two thousand and three four and five. The Senate passed a similar measure as part of S. twenty two thirty seven. On September twenty sixth but the bodies have not yet reached. Final agreement . To a compromise on the larger bill. Containing this provision . Without this legislation. Mr Speaker the S.A.A.

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    funding. Would decrease from the current funding level of fourteen million…

    funding. Would decrease from the current funding level of fourteen million . To the thirteen million dollars levels. On October first of this year. This is a stopgap measure. For fiscal year two thousand and three only.

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    MR. SMITH

    My proposal simply puts the S.A.A.

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    annual funding back . At last year's

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    MR. SMITH

    level of fourteen million. For fiscal year two thousand and three. In…

    level of fourteen million. For fiscal year two thousand and three. In order to provide the S.E.'s with the resources necessary to fulfill their responsibilities I joined. Ranking Member Elaine Evans and urging every member of the house . To support this stopgap. Bill while we work on the other legislation and I thank my good friend Mr Evans for his cooperation on this legislation we have to route this session work together on so many bills this is another one. While we work out the details with the Senate. Hopefully to significantly boost the amount of money for the state approving agencies to reserve the balance of my time jump from New Jersey reserves about also this time a gentleman from Illinois Mr Evans to search your posts most so such times with the writers and. Strong support for thirty seven thirty one. Arguing want to thank Chairman for a smooth from the leaders of erse reduce my readership. On this important issue . As a regional co-sponsor . Members to support this bill . The purpose for which provides the funding for the state of proven agencies . For fiscal years two thousand and three . Provided in fiscal year two thousand and two . Mr Speaker of the state of proven agencies will be important if an administrator of benefits under the G.I. Bill. Of benefits service members have earned . If Congress fails to move this legislation. Funding will be reduced . This would be home to . Congress has recently added responsibilities and duties the state. Approving agencies that a time when state budgets are being . Congress must make sure that these agencies have adequate resources to do their research . Support . And there's the. Members to do the same this time I reserve the balance of my time. Gentleman from Illinois I reserve the balance of this time. We pressed further. Week for us for time so I yield back the balance of our time. Gentleman from New Jersey yields back the balance of his time the gentleman from Illinois.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    of his time the gentleman from Illinois. Mr Speaker I have no request for…

    of his time the gentleman from Illinois. Mr Speaker I have no request for trying to go back to the time.

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    MR. EVANS

    request for trying to go back to the time. The gentleman from Illinois…

    request for trying to go back to the time. The gentleman from Illinois yields back about his time all time has expired the question is will the house to spend the rules. And pass the bill H.R. thirty seven thirty one. As amended. So many is in favor say aye aye . Those opposed No the chair two thirds of those present. Have voted in the affirmative . The rules are suspended the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table . Without objection the title. Is amended from New York Mr McHugh speaker I move just bend the rules that agree. To resolution H con four eleven as amended recognizing the officers and crew of the S.S. Henry bacon. United States Liberty ship . That was sunk on February twenty three nine hundred forty five. The clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution. House concurrent resolution for eleven. Concurrent resolution recognizing the exploits of the officers and crew of the S.S. Henry bacon . United States Liberty ship that was sunk on February twenty third one nine hundred forty five. In the waning days of World War two pursuant to the rule the gentleman from New York Mr McHugh. Q And a gentleman from Missouri Mr Skelton will each control twenty minutes . The chair

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    . The chair recognizes the gentleman from New York.

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    MR. SMITH

    Mr Baker thank you.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    At the outset I would. At this time yield. As much time as he may consume.…

    At the outset I would. At this time yield. As much time as he may consume. To the

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    MR. EVANS

    he may consume. To the author of this legislation and the gentleman who…

    he may consume. To the author of this legislation and the gentleman who worked very hard to ensure that we had this moment . On the for floor

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    worked very hard to ensure that we had this moment . On the for floor this…

    worked very hard to ensure that we had this moment . On the for floor this very very worthy. Proposal. And I would happily Heald to the gentleman from Virginia Mr Goodlatte. German from Virginia is recognized. Just figure I think that . Chairman. Gentleman from New York for recognizing me would also for his work to move this legislation through the Armed Services Committee and likewise I thank the gentleman from Missouri . The ranking member of the full committee Mr Skelton. For his assistance as well and I rise today to recognize the exploits of the officers and crew of the S.S.

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    MR. MCHUGH

    crew of the S.S. Henry bacon a United States Liberty ship . That was sunk…

    crew of the S.S. Henry bacon a United States Liberty ship . That was sunk on February twenty third one nine hundred forty five in the waning days of World War two during World War two the S.S. Henry Bacon was assigned the task of conveying war materials and supplies to the beleaguered Russian nation. Via the

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    nation. Via the dangerous arctic ocean passage known as the merman school.…

    nation. Via the dangerous arctic ocean passage known as the merman school. Run

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    THE CLERK

    known as the merman school. Run . In early one nine hundred forty five the…

    known as the merman school. Run . In early one nine hundred forty five the British Navy having rescued a number of Norwegian civilians. From occupied Norway. And transported them to Murmansk. Distributed them among the Henry bacon and certain other merchant ships . For transportation

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    bacon and certain other merchant ships . For transportation to England…

    bacon and certain other merchant ships . For transportation to England with nineteen of such refugees being assigned to the Henry bacon . On February seventeenth one thousand nine hundred five a convoy carrying these refugees. And consisting of thirty five ships and naval escorts.

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    MR. MCHUGH

    naval escorts. Departed Murmansk . Amid one of the worst storms. Ever…

    naval escorts. Departed Murmansk . Amid one of the worst storms. Ever registered in the Arctic Ocean . That Henry bacon with a full crew and refugees onboard. Sailing as part of that convoy . Suffered damage from the force of the storms. And from internal mechanical problems. Suffering from a loss of steering capacity. That Henry Bacon lost her place in the convoy and became a stray.

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    Unable to communicate with the convoy . And required to

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    maintain radio silence . Henry Bacon was in such dire straits that. Engine…

    maintain radio silence . Henry Bacon was in such dire straits that. Engine Room workers . Used a sledge hammer and wedge. To physically turn the ship . On February twenty third . The Henry bacon. Alone in the freezing see some fifty miles from the convoy came under attack by twenty three younger. J.-U. with eighty eight torpedo bombers of the German looks WAFA. The United States Navy armed guard on board and the ships merchant sailors fought gallantly. Against the on coming torpedo bombers. Although sinking a German pilot . Although sinking. After a German pilot succeeded in scoring a hit with a torpedo. To the ship. The crew of the Henry bacon. Fought back . Shooting down a confirmed three enemy planes and crippling at least two more . As the Henry bacon began to sink . Her captain ensured that all one thousand Norwegian refugees on board. Received a place in one of the undamaged lifeboats. When the lifeboat supply was exhausted. Crewmen made rough rafts from the railroad ties that had been used to. You're locomotives delivered to Russia. They Henry bacon went down with twenty eight members of her crew including. Captain Alfred Corinne the chief engineer Donald Havilland. Bo's'n. Holcomb Lamin Jr and the commanding officer of the United States Navy armed guard unit aboard . Lieutenant John suppose. But in its sea. Sinking. Kept the German planes from looking further . And locating the main body of the convoy. British destroyers rescued the nineteen Norwegian refugees. As well as the other survivors . Those refugees were ultimately returned to Norway. I'm pleased that one of my constituents Dr Robert a lot to offer. Authored a book . The last voyage of the S.S. Henry bacon. Along with Donald Fox documenting this heroic event . The actions of the officers and the crew of the Henry bacon. Were in the finest tradition of the United States Merchant Marine . And the United States Navy. And have been recognized by the people of Norway and Russia. But until now have not been acknowledged by their own nation. The fabric of American history . Is interwoven with countless threads of valor on the field of battle. Without which we would likely not enjoy the freedoms we have today . In recognizing these deeds. We preserve the memory of those who came before us . For generations of Americans to come . And so Mr Speaker . This resolution . Is a small way. To convey the thanks . Of a grateful nation. I thank the gentleman yield back. Chairman yields back his time. Chairman from Missouri . Mr Speaker I yield myself such time as I may consume. Chairman is recognized. Which is bigger a rise in support of the house concurrent resolution for eleven introduced by my colleague gentleman from Virginia a goodly. House concur Resolution four eleven recognize the exploits of us. The officers and crew . Of the S.S. Henry bacon a United States Liberty ship . That was sunk in the. On February the twenty third one thousand nine hundred five . In the waning days of the Second World War the US as Henry Bacon was one of over twenty seven hundred . Liberty Ships mass produced in our country . A symbol of large pre-fabricated sections this pioneering method of production allowed the Henry. Begun to be built in six weeks. And commissioned on November eleventh thousand nine hundred forty two . During the war. Liberty Ships recall ugly duckling is however the ships. Where the work horses of the Second World War the largest class . Of civilian made war ships ever built. The crews consisted of close to forty four merchant marines. And twelve to twenty five. Naval armed guards . Convoys of Liberty Ships fill the horizon as they carried cargoes of grain and Mail or an ammunition trucks and troops. Across the Atlantic . A Liberty ship can hold over nine thousand tons of cargo. In addition of planes trains and tanks that were lashed to the decks. They remake and. Was part of a convoy of thirty five ships and naval escorts that depart a man's.

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    and naval escorts that depart a man's. Russia. On February twenty eighth…

    and naval escorts that depart a man's. Russia. On February twenty eighth The seventeenth one thousand nine hundred five . On a rescue operation

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    MR. SKELTON

    seventeenth one thousand nine hundred five . On a rescue operation to save…

    seventeenth one thousand nine hundred five . On a rescue operation to save five hundred to a Norwegian childrens and adults who were left behind a star. When Nazi troops. Began to pull back. One thousand are waging refugees were bored they had three bacon. When a severe two day Gail separated the ship from the convoy. Damage from the storm and sixty miles away from the support and protection of the convoy the Henry bacon . Was attacked by German. Torpedo planes. The ship's crew valiantly fought. The attacking planes. Downing's several and exploding a number of torpedoes but a torpedo . Slipped through and struck the ship . On the starboard side . As the ship began to sink only. To undamaged lifeboats were safely launched. The crew ensure that all the Norway. Agents who are on board the lifeboat. Some crew even gave up their places to the Norwegians. According to one crew member the men just waited until all nineteen refugees. Found siege. None had to be asked or ordered to give up his seat in the lifeboat. British destroyers rescued their survival several hours later. Sadly half an hour for incur a knee and the chief engineer. Don't have a level and. And twenty seven crew members went down with the ship. House Concord Resolution four eleven recognize the heroic and valiant Denes other officers and crew of the S.S. and remaking Arjun my colleagues to join me in recognizing their deeds and sacrifices. Of that crew. Thank you Mr Speaker I reserve the balance right . Gentlemen from Missouri reserves about service time. Gentleman from New York. Mr Speaker Huling. Myself such time as and they consume I have Gentleman is recognized. I have no further speakers but before I do you'll back my time let me just say . If I might a few words. First of all my. Thanks as I mentioned earlier to the gentleman from Virginia Mr. Mr Goodlatte. The saga of Liberty ships is and World War two is particularly remarkable on and indeed I was at a a function . This past weekend in my district in the US we go to New York where they were commemorating an opening of a safe haven museum. A museum that commemorated. A place of . Shelter in that community the only place in America provided and World War two for Jewish refugees . Something that that. Community understandably is very very proud of. We had a number of refugees from that period speak during the ceremonies. And they mentioned their experience with the Liberty ship a ship called the Henry Givens who brought down. Nearly a thousand. Souls from from Italy. So on that basis alone this is a very very worthy resolution . And as my two colleagues who have spoken previously so eloquently. Underscored the exploits to her wisdom of those. Displayed on the.

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    Henry bacon were particularly extraordinary . That stood them apart from…

    Henry bacon were particularly extraordinary . That stood them apart from the accomplishments of.

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    Other extraordinary men and women. And and liberty ships as . Is the case…

    Other extraordinary men and women. And and liberty ships as . Is the case with most stories about heroism the crew members of the Henry bacon were. From all walks of life were ordinary men who met. Extraordinary challenges with incredible courage and it's. I think Mr Speaker particularly important . To Remember the heroes of past conflicts because in their stories. We find examples of courage and sacrifice that . Perhaps a few times in our nation's history are more needed than they are now to sustain us . As we go forward in the war against terrorism around the globe perhaps one of the. More eloquent and simple statements about the. Brave men aboard the Henry bacon were spoken by a historian of that era. Whose writing shortly after its of those events . Wrote quote. There is no finer instance of a merchant ship defense in the history of the North Russian. Convoys and quote. So Mr Speaker I again . Thank you to. Mr Goodlatte the gentleman from Virginia. Most of all thank you to the brave men . Of the Henry . Bacon and all that they did . At that time and . Mr Speaker with a final plea. To all of our colleagues to support this. Very very worthy an act meant to end a request that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks on the resolution under consideration . I would yield back the balance of my time. Chairman from New York yields back the balance of his time you'll be back to balance in my gentleman from Missouri yells back the balance of his time the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house concurrent resolution. For eleven as amended. So many is in favor say aye . Those oppose no in the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative. The rules are suspended. The concurrent resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table . Without objection. The title is amended. Tilman from New York. To speak I move now to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. H.J. rez sex as amended. Recognizing. Commodore John Barry is the first flag officer of the United States Navy. The clerk or report the title of the joint resolution. House Joint Resolution six. JOINT resolution recognizing Commodore John Barry as the . first Flag officer of the United States Navy. Pursuant to the rule the gentleman from New York Mr McHugh. And the gentleman from Missouri . Mr Skelton . Each will control twenty minutes . The chair recognizes the gentleman from New York. They respect her and I yield my such to myself such time as it may consume asking Adam's consent that all members of the legislative days . Wish to revise and extend their remarks on the resolution. When objections are water the gentleman is recognized the speaker as we just heard. I do arise in support of a share as six resolution recognizing Connor John Barry is the first . Flag officer of the United States Navy. Born in seven hundred forty five John Barry came to America's a young seaman . And a great

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    John Barry came to America's a young seaman . And a great

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    seaman . And a great

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    . And a great American patriot and warrior during the Revolutionary War .…

    . And a great American patriot and warrior during the Revolutionary War . After the war he was appointed the head of the United States Navy by President Washington . John Barry's contributions during the Revolutionary War . Were unparalleled. He was the first captain. To capture a British vessel on the high seas . And while in command of his favorite ship. The frigate alliance. He captured two British ships after being severely wounded during a ferocious four hours see battle. He captured over twenty ships and fought the last sea battle of the war at the home of the frigate. Alliance

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    and fought the last sea battle of the war at the home of the frigate.…

    and fought the last sea battle of the war at the home of the frigate. Alliance . And seventeen. Eighty three . Earlier in the war while waiting for a warship to be built. He also fought on the land at the battles of Trenton.

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    land at the battles of Trenton. And Princeton.

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    THE CLERK

    Princeton. Later as the head of the Navy he was so highly regarded as a…

    Princeton. Later as the head of the Navy he was so highly regarded as a teacher in visionary that his contemporaries labor. I am the

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    father of the American Navy . His legacy was soon confirmed when many…

    father of the American Navy . His legacy was soon confirmed when many officers that he had mentor became the heroes of the war of eighteen twelve.

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    Mr Speaker . Commenting as both an Irish American. And as someone whose…

    Mr Speaker . Commenting as both an Irish American. And as someone whose mother's mother's maiden name was Barry . I cannot

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    Barry . I cannot think of an American hero past or present.

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    hero past or present. That is a better example of a man that embodies the…

    hero past or present. That is a better example of a man that embodies the spirit of this great country an immigrant who is totally committed to his adopted nation . Today with this resolution and we honor Commodore John Barry is the first Navy officer authorized to fly his own kind of the story of John Barry as that Irish American hero and patriot is a lesson of far greater importance to the members of this house than all Americans who treasure. Freedom and liberty . And Mr Baker I particularly want to thank my. My friend . My house colleague in my state delegation colleague Mr King who was as I'm sure most members of this house recognize that a long supporter of . Irish causes in the House of Representatives for. Working so diligently on this particular resolution and . Laboring very very arduously to ensure that it was brought before this House today . And with those comments I would reserve the balance of my time. Gentleman from New York reserves about space time gentleman from Missouri. I feel myself such time as I may and say Mr The gentleman is recognized in support of House Joint Resolution six. Introduced by my colleagues in New York. Mr King. How strong relations six . Recognizes Commodore John Barry as the first flag officer of the United States Navy. Born in Wexford Ireland. Seven hundred forty five. The son of a poor Irish farmer rose to become the father of the American Navy . Seven hundred seventy five there's a war for independence began . Captain John Barry was given command. Of a new fourteen gun ship named. The Lexus. The commander of the Lexington Captain Barry captured the British ship and were the first American war prize. Throughout the war Kevin Barry was successful in capturing numerous enemy ships . And there and . There are vitally important cargo of food and ammunition . That were desperately needed by the . Kano Troops. Captain John Barry also added . In President George Washington's crossing of the Delaware and participate in the victorious Tretton campaign. Enemies. Also recognize . Kevin There is extraordinary skill in leadership. British General Laurent how . Offered to desert. Washington . And the patriot cause was rejected by. Captain Barry who stated . Not the value and command of the whole British fleet . Can lure me from the cause of my country or the first Congress authorized establishment of United States Navy President George Washington. Test captain John Baird to build and lead the nation's young Navy.

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    and lead the nation's young Navy. On February twenty second . Seven hundred

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    . Seven hundred ninety seven.

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    President Washington conferred upon having John bury the rank of captain.

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    John bury the rank of captain. With the first commissioned United States…

    John bury the rank of captain. With the first commissioned United States Navy commission. Number one . As commander of the first Navy squadron Commodore Barry was entitle to fly a broad tenet which made him in essence the nation's first flag officer of the United States Navy captain various served as Commodore of United States Navy under three presidents Washington. Adams and Jefferson County or berry led the Navy and tell us death. In September eighteen zero three in Philadelphia . To play a vital role in the stablish in the earliest traditions of the Navy . Faith of devotion to duty . Honoring the flying. And vigilant protection of the rights of the sovereign. United States. House Joint Resolution six . Recognizes Commodore. John Barry for his ouster . Any contributions to the Continental Navy during the American War for Independence . And its extraordinary accomplishments as the nation's first flag officer . Of the United States Navy. I urge my colleagues to adopt this resolution. Chairman reserves about as was time . I have no further. German yields back to New York. I have no further requests for time as speaker final urging to all our colleagues to support this very very worthy resolution I would yield back the balance of my To the gentleman from New York. Yields back the balance of his time the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass House Joint Resolution six as amended. So many is in favor say aye. Those opposed no in the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative . The rules are suspended . The joint resolution is passed . And without objection. The motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. Gentleman from New York . If you're . Now you'll pardon me. I moved to spend the rules and agree to the resolution H. Conrad's four five six five is and that is supporting the efforts of the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. The clerk or reports of title the concurrent resolution. House Concurrent Resolution four sixty five concurrent resolution recognizing. Applauding and supporting the efforts of the Army Aviation heritage found. Foundation a nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Georgia . To utilize a veteran aviators. Of the armed forces and former Army Aviation aircraft to inspire Americans . And to ensure that our nation's military legacy and heritage of service are never forgotten . Pursuant to the rule the gentleman from New York. Mr. Q. and A jumping from Missouri. Mr Skelton. Each control twenty minutes. The chair recognizes the gentleman from New York. Thank you Mr Speaker I yield myself such time as and they consume and I ask that all members of the legislative days in which you get to revise and extend their remarks . Without objection so

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    legislative days in which you get to revise and extend their remarks .…

    legislative days in which you get to revise and extend their remarks . Without objection so

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    legislative days in which you get to revise and extend their remarks .…

    legislative days in which you get to revise and extend their remarks . Without objection so

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    to revise and extend their remarks . Without objection so

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    ordered the gentleman is recognized Thank you Mr Speaker the United States…

    ordered the gentleman is recognized Thank you Mr Speaker the United States military that fought. Was such skill and courage during the Persian Gulf War . The Balkan

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    . The Balkan War and now in our dug. Deadly conflict with terrorism . It…

    . The Balkan War and now in our dug. Deadly conflict with terrorism . It was then is an all volunteer force . Our nation can be immensely proud that we have created and military that is second to none in the world and that we've done it by attracting the best . And the brightest to serve voluntarily. While we are rightfully proud of the success of all of our all volunteer force. There is unfortunately a downside . Since far fewer people are recruited to serve in the voluntary military .

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    people are recruited to serve in the voluntary military . The connection…

    people are recruited to serve in the voluntary military . The connection between America and its military. Is increasingly tenuous . And less personal .

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    If the gulf in understanding between the military and the American people…

    If the gulf in understanding between the military and the American people should become too pronounced.

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    THE CLERK

    American people should become too pronounced. Our national security . The…

    American people should become too pronounced. Our national security . The decision process could be affected made prone to miscalculations. House concurrent resolution for six five offers a solution for this problem. By recognizing the plotting and supporting the American aviation the Army Aviation heard his foundation the Congress can take action. To close the gulf between the American people. And the military

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    the American people. And the military . Mr Speaker . This organization…

    the American people. And the military . Mr Speaker . This organization brings to life for people across the country. Of the of the military that . So many have not experienced personally and short their army of aviation.

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    and short their army of aviation. Heritage Foundation educates the public…

    and short their army of aviation. Heritage Foundation educates the public on the history of military aviation . And

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    . And connect servicemen and servicewomen to the American family .

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    to the American family . This type of education promotes understanding of…

    to the American family . This type of education promotes understanding of and confidence in the military and yields a level of patriotism . That is essential in our effort to battle terrorism around the globe . Mr Speaker I'd certainly want to commend the gentleman from Georgia Mr Collins for sponsoring this resolution . For working with all of us to ensure that this moment on the floor to make these worthy remarks and . Very very important offering to our colleagues. Actually occurred and with that . I would reserve the balance of my time. John reserves. Coming from Missouri . Mr Speaker I rise in a strong support of House Concurrent Resolution four sixty five and it is by my colleague gentleman from Georgia Mr Collins. Sorry been noted that the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. Performs a valuable role in educating the American public on military affairs. And making the vital connection between the men and women who serve our nation in uniform . And the people in need of things and that alone is a notable endeavor. We all understand that a nation can only take pride in the past. When the citizenry understands challenges the and sacrifices. Of those who. Passed this way before that in the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation . Brings history to life. For the citizenry. Mr Speaker I want to highlight another aspect of the significant contributions of the Armenian nation . Heritage Foundation. The contributions of the service members and their families . Earlier this year the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. Was selected as the Army's nominee. To the Department of Defense. Multi Department selection panel . For the two thousand and one Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher. Distinguished citizens Humanitarian Award . This distinguished award recognizes efforts to improve the quality of life. For members of the armed forces and their families . And a lot of appreciation foundation the sector the Army General Thomas E. White offered the following commentary. The foundation's dedication. Patriotism and numerous contributions . Have left a lasting imprint on the quality of life for the service members and their families . It was my colleagues to join me in passing this resolution .

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    Yield back the balance by jumping us back down with New York. Thanking the…

    Yield back the balance by jumping us back down with New York. Thanking the speaker . I've been told that the sponsor of this legislation Mr Collins is has a right. Worth rolls . And so with all of our collective gratitude it be my pleasure to yield to the gentleman as much time as he may consent. Chair recognizes John from Georgia . I think you have. The gentleman for yielding . I think him a speaker the speaker rise and support this resolution to recognizing the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation which is based in Hampton Georgia. It's a non profit organization . Who display. Military aircraft for more war to the Korean conflict as well as. Vietnam . There are no U.S. taxpayer dollars that go into this program it's all. As I say volunteer and. Civilians and veterans to their farms and support this organization just to have a living history of Army Aviation to display in different air shows around the country . They were founded in one thousand nine hundred seven. Since the end I have devoted over one hundred fifty thousand volunteer hours and five point three million dollars in donated funds Nat craft an equipment . And I actually have participated in thirty five air shows . Viewed by some five and a half million people . They have four primary purposes Miss Baker. Wanted to educate the American public through their military head through the story of the US Army Aviation soldier and machines .

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    of the US Army Aviation soldier and machines .

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    Aviation soldier and machines . To connect the American soldier to the…

    Aviation soldier and machines . To connect the American soldier to the American people. As an active accepted and member of the American family. And to inspire patriotism . Motivate Americans everywhere toward service to the community and country by involving them in our nation's . Larger military legacy . And

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    . And preserve the authentic examples of Army Air Craft and utilizing…

    . And preserve the authentic examples of Army Air Craft and utilizing them. In

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    utilizing them. In educational living history. Demonstrations and.…

    utilizing them. In educational living history. Demonstrations and. Presentations so that the symbols of America's military legacy. May always remain in the skies for future generations. I appreciate the gentleman from the Armed Services Committee working with me only this. And also strike. Skelton for his participation . And urge that it be adopted. And I you know back my time and I would like to revise of slim down when you have that gentleman from New York speaker with a final word to praise and appreciation to the gentleman from Georgia. Mr Collins and urging of all our colleagues to join us in support of this resolution I would yield back the balance of my time. Whole time having met you back to question is will the house suspend the rules and agreed to. House Concurrent Resolution four sixty five . As amended so many years are in favor say aye . Those opposed. No In the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present. Having voted in the affirmative the rules are suspended house concurrent resolution . Is agreed to. Without objection the most. Motion to reconsider is laid on the table. For purposes of the techie right . Mr Speaker . I present a privileged report for printing. Under the rule. The clerk will report the title referred to a company H.R. fifty five fifty nine. A bill making appropriations for the Department of Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September thirtieth two thousand and three and for other purposes or to be referred to the union calendar and. In order to print of. All points of order. Are reserved. Pursuant to Clause eight Rule twenty The chair will now put the question on the motions just. To suspend the rules. On which further proceedings were postponed earlier today. Votes will be taken in the following order. H.R. thirty three forty the yeas and nays . H.R. fifty five thirty one. The yeas and nays H.R. four sixty eight the Asian names. Votes on the Senate on. S. . Twenty six ninety and H.R. fifty four twenty two will be taken tomorrow. The chair will

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    will be taken tomorrow. The chair will reduce to five minutes the time for…

    will be taken tomorrow. The chair will reduce to five minutes the time for any electronic voting . After the first

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    minutes the time for any electronic voting . After the first such vote. In…

    minutes the time for any electronic voting . After the first such vote. In this series . Then finish business is the vote on the motion from the gentleman. Gentlewoman from Maryland. Mrs Morel.

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    To suspend the rules and pass. H.R. thirty three forty as amended. On…

    To suspend the rules and pass. H.R. thirty three forty as amended. On which the Asian nays are ordered . The clerk will report the title of the bill H.R. thirty three forty eight bill to amend titles five United States code to allow certain catch up contributions to the thrift savings plan to be made by participants age fifty or over . The question is whether how suspend the rules and passed the bill as amended those in favor . Will vote

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    aye those opposed vote no. Members will record the votes by electronic…

    aye those opposed vote no. Members will record the votes by electronic device . This will be a fifteen minute vote.

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    And the first hear of three votes scheduled for tonight.

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    And the first hear of three votes scheduled for tonight. Afterwards will…

    And the first hear of three votes scheduled for tonight. Afterwards will see more debate perhaps on some other suspension bills . And possibly special order speaker's speeches where members can speak for up to an hour . On any particular topic they like to ma in the house. Morning our debate starts at nine A.M. Eastern Time. Live coverage here on C.-SPAN. Followed at ten o'clock Eastern by legislative business. Tomorrow the House takes up that resolution to authorize the use of force against . Iraq We got a little bit of a preview from a capitol reporter earlier today . Janet Hook of Los Angeles Times this week Congress debates the use of force against Iraq what are we likely to hear. Well we're going to be hearing a lot about Iraq because both the House and Senate going are to be debating. The resolution authorizing the use of force. Probably on both sides both the House and Senate will consider some alternatives although. There's not too much suspense about the outcome that. Bush will probably get the version of the resolution that he is seeking or these resolutions different in both houses of Congress. Well the aim is for the house and. The aim of the White House and it's many allies Congress in is for the same resolution to pass both the House and the Senate so they don't have to bother with . Reconciling dition. Differences in a conference committee . Version going before the House exit. It Back to the one that pushes indorsing. The Senate will have various alternatives. But they're hoping at the end of the day that the same one passes and that is . Language that effectively . Gives Bush the power to launch and unilateral preemptive attack on Iraq. If he determines that diplomatic means has failed . There some extra reporting requirements to get Congress more involved in the process than he initially proposed . But essentially he's getting the power that he was seeking . As we watch the debate what's the House resolution say and what might the debate be like there. Well what I was just describing is essentially that that's the resolution that will be before the House . Authorizing the use of force . Requires the president. To report to Congress within forty eight hours of actually using force and. At that point . The president has to justify to Congress that he feels that . Diplomatic means would no longer serve. The national interest there or to secure our national security. And secondly he also has to somehow. Persuade Congress or not persuade Congress but. Assert to congress that. Launching this attack wouldn't harm the ongoing war against terrorism . And the tenor of the House debate. In your view. Well. I think it's expected that . Bush will get. Overwhelming support . Of a vast majority of the house. I do think that there's a very strong vocal minority among the House Democrats who feel very strongly that this is the wrong course . And so it may get pretty contentious though . I don't think it'll mean that the outcome is particularly close . Which of the Senate. What's the majority leader saying and what kinds of proposals are laid those out force. The Senate majority leader Tom Daschle was the only one of the four. Congressional leaders who last week didn't immediately embrace this compromise . More. Or resolution . So that what what Daschle has said over the course of the last week has sort of evolved . He had reservations about the agreement that. Even though it was supported by his house. Counterpart Dick Gephardt the Democratic leader of the house. He had reservations he thought that he wanted . The president's war making powers to be more narrowly defined wanted more emphasis on United Nations and exhausting diplomatic options before going to war over the weekend though he did say that he. Indicate that. Even if he can't make the kinds of improvements that he wants in the resolution during the Senate debate he probably end up voting for it. But the other thing that he indicated is that it may take the Senate. A little longer than we thought to come to a conclusion on this the debate may actually extend into next week. In the. Senate There were different proposals in the Senate. With sort of the. Biden Lugar proposal maybe eleven proposal one of those about eleven has introduced and said that he will definitely . Seek a vote on his resolution which puts much much more emphasis on. Seeking multilateral. Or United Nations support for an action against Iraq. Before the United States even considers a unilateral attack . His. So his resolution is at the at the farthest end of. Sort of seeking international support before. Indorsing unilateral action . There's been talk about a Biden Lugar proposal which is sort of in between a sort of between eleven and where and where the president wants to be. There's some question. Really whether a Senator Biden or send a little over will actually offer this is a full up alternative. What their idea is is that they're focusing less on making the United Nations any kind of precondition for the United States action. They're focusing more on trying to more narrowly define what the purpose of a military strike would be their less. Their focus is on how you would that we would use force to dismantle any weapons of mass destruction that Iraq may have. Rather than focusing on regime change in toppling Saddam Hussein. Janet Hook of the Los Angeles Times thanks for Michael. And the Senate continues debate on the Iraq resolution they're back tomorrow morning at nine Eastern you can watch that over on C.-SPAN to the house meantime begins work on the Iraq resolution . But the rules committee offering over seventeen hours of debate . Putting a couple of substitutes for live coverage starts tomorrow here on C.-SPAN. At ten Eastern . Now some of the comments today on that. Iraq resolution by the House Majority Leader Dick Armey as he spoke with reporters . Well let me begin by thanking you all for coming. How make a brief statement and then we'll open up for questions . I have decided to support President Bush . And the resolution authorizing the use of force to change the current regime in Iraq. My decision follows a careful . Exhaustive review of the facts and evidence against Saddam Hussein and a series of direct count consultations with with cabinet officials and the vice president and the historical review of American foreign policy . Over the course of the past five weeks . I have approached this decision seeking to answer three fundamental questions . How real is this threat Saddam poses . How good a plan do we have to mobilize our military resources in a way that U.S. troops will complete the mission with a maximum amount of personal safety . And finally. Would such an action . Constitute a redefinition of the character of the United States. In conducting international and military affairs. America has never been an aggressor nation . That is a matter of historical fact. Is a matter of conscience for us as Americans. It's a matter of who we are who we have banned . And who we should be for the US to act first the threat must be clear and present . It is on all these points the clear correct course of action is to support the president . And these extraordinary times . An extraordinary shift in national security is necessary. No American wants to go to war. But the president's proven leadership has shown that the conflict may be our only. Our only option . To defend freedom. I will cast my vote without reservation. Every day my prayers will be with them with America's sons and daughters. Who will carry out this great. Us. Congress has an obligation to return them home safely to their families. And with a successful mission accomplished . And of course this very due to both of us this number three going your way to live with this is really just this is the American foreign policy was dead for three years . Is that is. Is indeed a new policy that the U.S. is in review to with respect to creativity . And I think from how I actually I have five could clue to that is not enough is interesting enough while I can find myself. In conclusion with the White House on the course of action I find myself in disagreement with them. On this particular question I don't see this as a preemptive action or we have had a cease fire with Saddam Hussein. Since the end of the Gulf War . He has routinely violated that in every aspect . Including shooting. On American and other aircraft charged with enforcing the fly. A no fly zone . So I don't see this is preemptive it off I used to use the analogy before . The snakes out of those hole. The staff to which he has . And is developing weapons of mass destruction. And his access to deliver them. To the United States . And to American interests . Is far greater than I thought knocked an August but I don't. And any case see this as a preemptive strike . For just an overall policy .. You You don't agree with of he not specifically. But as a United States. Again I think . I always wrestled with this question. While I accept the need for preemptive strikes. For countries like Israel . That could not survive without them . I don't consider them . I don't believe so far I've seen a condition. In the United States where a preemptive strike as. I know it would be necessary although I must say historians as well as I've been duly noted . Many historians. Refute my contention that . We have not had in the past. In any event . I don't believe the notion. Applies in this case . You know me. A lot of demonstrations over the weekend . Against the War. I think ten thousand in New York. Another five thousand or so and. The article in other places. Did you consider that it. Oh. Making a decision and have you heard from your good ones about where they're coming down on the war he said No I have not I did I guess I did notice that there were these demonstrations out there but . This was a very intense personal confrontation with the facts . By me . I had an administration that was very generous . And very professional and sharing information with me. So all the while I saw the demonstrators . There will always be there will always be those who will argue for and I dance. My decision was about my vote. All right he Nies in that . Unlike the case of Desert Storm where I had the luxury of what I thought was a luxury of making my decision in the very last minute while the floor debate was going on. I do not believe within the context of my current position that I could do that I had to make a decision over the weekend and that's basically where I finally came to terms with all of the mirrored dimensions of it is my your and your constituents only. Get calls I have not checked the calls list on this subject I feel this such a deeply. Or should I say a personal matter of conscience that I had to come to terms with it on my own business leaders. You have outlined or your reasons for going on as you are in office and change . Losses last. I know you guys were very blunt. What made you change. As it were your information is information and information . More than any other single thing I have more information than I had in August. And I'm not on every one of the questions that I posed in August . And it's been a really quite a cross-section of information . Coming professionally. And addressing all the dimensions of the. Sort of if you know we in economics. We always put a decision. Function after every item in that fashion I got more information on this essentially what lawyers are getting well I you know again I think either a llama a or a law makers will have to speak for themselves I sought . And with and received briefings on the part of. Many White House officials. Perhaps I sought more. Further than others might have. But certainly I don't believe that I am . I am exclusive in their level of briefing I've had any doubt what their heart is that these things that we are trying to do that but I have had so many top secret briefings I want to be very careful and somewhat of a bridge job just sorry I don't know what might constitute a betrayal of Porton. Guarded information so in more generic terms . The assets that Saddam has that can be destructive . To people of a weapons of mass destruction . Is greater than what I had supposed. The degree and the rate at which he is developing did. Additional assets is greater than I had supposed. His ability to deploy them . Is Greater Than I had supposed the foreign raveling in my mind of the whole question that we addressed earlier of the preemptive strike. As over and against the rule of and you're consistent. Violation of the terms of a cease fire . Or was it was a very important step over the last year at all. And finally by my own. Contention . And I'm not sure that anybody else has made this point certainly. I don't believe our Freddy may make it as strong as I make it . My creation of an AT and out attack on Israel. As an attack on America . Made it terms real and present . Much more urgent in my understanding . And the people of Israel . Are under such constant attack . The pressure is so great their courage soul . Daily that . I make a very strong equation there more so than I've heard others might serve given. Given all that you learn in this process. Do you think this armament. Of Iraq is possible without regime change in. Iran So that's I think that is in part a dispositional question if it's left to Saddam. Probably not . But I'm not sure that Saddam will have the luxury of having a love to hate anybody . But his own people I did try like to put it this way . The Allies never got Mussolini to tell you and it does that help. That helps me . Storm you know your definition there would not. There's a lot of a lot of stuff going on your programs . With money in the world. And there's actually in many cases some people who say it is a stronger al Qaeda connection to the nation of Iran. Let not your definition will not keep us from going into other places. They well they are very few things here first of all . I think we sometimes too narrowly. Equate terrorism with al Qaeda and al Qaeda long. I think Saddam Hussein's . Relationship to a large number of different terrorist organizations . Is significant. The language of the resolution which we all worked on very carefully . In my estimation clearly confines this to Iraq. So that I think answers that question . Your views on the racks. Who are suicide bombers in Israel more heavily in your just little or no. I would not say it weighs more heavy I think it may weigh more heavily with me on the question of . Immediate and present danger than it might with other people because of this equation I make between . Attacking Israel being an attack on America . But I think again this was a very complex set of information that I acquired. And and. And so I would I guess the answer is as I said no we're not in the possibility that Israel. How do you know the critics of the idea of doing this. Your rocket attack attack Israel there could be a much wider war a much broader conflict. That is that if you decide that you can accept. Possible causes or. Have you come across from a nation that is what happened. What do you think . I was I understand your representation of the critics today are saying perhaps we ought not to take action against Saddam because his. His aggression can be wider than what we immediately recognize as possible. Seems to me they just answer the question why we should we understand that Israel lives in constant danger . They know that the people of Israel have not said Do not confront Saddam Hussein . For fear of his retaliation against us they know the danger they know the throughout. They want it removed . Not only on behalf of themselves but of those as well. So there is a measure of their courage. Saddam Hussein . Retaliated. Against Israel in the desert storm even though Israel was not a participant in the action . And Israel. I believe the people of Israel . Know clearly that there are dangers. So I my guess is that we will just get generically we will be applauded by Israel for the action we take Mr Hariri. This may be out of the order here but I would like to pose that question to you John Q Citizen posed me over the weekend . In terms of . Not going to why are government leaders saying . We're going to go over here and get this guy when they can't even protect us on our own streets in light of what's going on now. And I'm very I'm going to be. How can they. Sanction doing something like that. Well how obviously I think here . Referring to the tragedy and where this crazy man down in Maryland. You know we have many actions that we have to take on many fronts for the safety and security of our folks that's why for example in homeland defense we've focused so much on the respect and resources for for first responders which are your police protection or fire protection so for. We have a tragic situation . That must be met and they will be met. But that is not the larger broader. Threat to the world that is posed by a man. That says if you will . Evil is Saddam Hussein. Having. Reference of mass destruction. Acquiring additional and having networks of distribution and deployment . At his hands. So we must meet both fronts . But I think you know again. You know I had to use the analogy should we kill the snake if. AT ALL The fact is I'm convinced the snake is out of his hole. So we have to kill him with general comments if you offer up. What's happening. Greater Washington area . Relative the violence. Some people are bound to start talking about guns and. One can just gentle on what's happening. I mean we are happily we've seen this . I have to call them crazy acts and we saw them in Colorado where a broken heart a few years ago now we're seeing this thing . In the final analysis it takes a table . Police force . To handle loudly . But it is indeed something different now. The premeditated complete conspiratorial. War against humanity that we know is terrorism that's going take different instruments different tools different focus and different information information sharing devices. Our charges to keep our children safe and protect our neighborhoods . More than two thirds of those present having voted in your firm live the rules are suspended. The bill is passed without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table . For soon to close aide rule twenty The chair will reduce to five minutes the minimum time for electronic voting on each additional know should suspend the rules . On which the chair has postponed further proceedings . The unfinished business . Is the vote on the motion for the gentleman from New Jersey Mr Smith. To suspend the rules and pass H.R. fifty five thirty one as amended. On which the order of the clerk will report to time . H.R. fifty five thirty line. A bill to the silicate. Than it really happened at a conference of something since in the war in Sudan . The question

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    . Thirty eight one hundred thirty reports titled The bill H.R. thirty one…

    . Thirty eight one hundred thirty reports titled The bill H.R. thirty one hundred . It builds on then

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    . It builds on then

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    THE CLERK

    . The Revenue Internal Code of one thousand nine hundred six to allow for…

    . The Revenue Internal Code of one thousand nine hundred six to allow for the expansion of . Areas designated as we know all communities based on two thousand census data. Their objection to the consideration is reserving the right to the reserves . And I will not

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    to the reserves . And I will not object. Especially since . Along with…

    to the reserves . And I will not object. Especially since . Along with Congressman. House and Quinn . Runnels

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    and others . I introduced this bill. It's extremely important. To enhance…

    and others . I introduced this bill. It's extremely important. To enhance the effectiveness of the renewal community. Economic revitalization program . And I thank

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    program . And I thank the gentleman who are here . And. Congressman…

    program . And I thank the gentleman who are here . And. Congressman Reynolds also for joining with me in it . In the last Congress we have acted bipartisan legislation authorizing the designation. Of forty renewal communities nationwide. And the purpose of that program . Is to offer substantial economic development tax incentives for areas which are characterized by pervasive poverty unemployment and general distress. The program works solely through tax incentives designed to revitalize these areas through tax benefits for investments and hiring of employees within these areas. Early this year how does it dated the forty renewal communities . Under a national competition . And each community was required to meet a number of objective.

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    Eligibility criteria . Related to poverty.

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    >>

    Income and unemployment . However since the designation is were made…

    Income and unemployment . However since the designation is were made before . All the two

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    . All the two thousand census data was available .

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    THE CLERK

    data was available . Eligibility requirements . Relating to poverty and…

    data was available . Eligibility requirements . Relating to poverty and population . Were made using outdated one nine hundred ninety census data . Use of such outdated eco. Nomic

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    outdated eco. Nomic data was required under the authorizing legislation .…

    outdated eco. Nomic data was required under the authorizing legislation . That was probably

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    . That was probably necessary given that the designation process. Was

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    the designation process. Was

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    MR. LAFALCE

    undertaken before . The two thousand census data became available . This…

    undertaken before . The two thousand census data became available . This bill . Significantly. Expands the . Areas of the forty. Renewal communities that have already been dated and establishes criteria for going forward. Also by using the year two thousand census data. The general program limitations would be retained any renewal community seeking to add census tracks. Would still be subject to the area requirements of the program. That the boundary of the community be continuous. Can Take that it can take us . That its total population not exceed two hundred thousand . And that the community be within the jurisdiction of one or more local governments. The effective date treatment in the bill would permit . Investment and other tax credit provisions to apply in expanded. Census tracks . As if they were part of the original application and that's extremely important to them with that understanding . I raise to serve my. I withdraw my reservation with Ross under is reservations. Will the general of New York healed. I be pleased to thank you very much will I thank you for yielding. Was Speaker this is a very simple bill which is designed to correct a problem . Was a year in rural community . A legislation. Previously passed by this Congress is going to allow the use of two thousand census data . For designation in. Areas in the renewal communities would jump out of New York you would be pleased to see neighbor and. Colleague and friend. Let me just say for the record to be quick here I want to associate myself with remarks of Mr the false as well as Mr Hartman Mr Runnels the four of us worked on this this is a question today . About fairness. About using current information. We know that renewal communities work . This question this evening makes it fair for everybody to become involved and I'm completely to associate myself with the hard work that's been done by the committee staff as well as. Both the gentleman from New York. And our friendly colleague Mr Reynolds feel better because I was drawing my reservations. I'd like to . Like to yield if I could. Three minutes to. Mr Brown. Just as the gentleman continued to reserve. I take back my reservation and I yield to the gentleman from New York is time running to say thank you gentlemen I just want to . My two colleagues from Erie County and. Representing the Niagara Frontier . As well as a distinguished gentleman. Managing the rule from the southern tier and. This piece of legislation . Does a great deal to help. The western New York area . And I just want to wash the leadership of you. Congressman the false and you.

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    Cars with points for the efforts of . Making this

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    MR. HOUGHTON

    points for the efforts of . Making this a reality today as it comes…

    points for the efforts of . Making this a reality today as it comes through the House and hopefully.

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    MR. LAFALCE

    today as it comes through the House and hopefully.

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    MR. HOUGHTON

    and hopefully. We see that support the Senate and it will greatly help our…

    and hopefully. We see that support the Senate and it will greatly help our area . Recover. And we thank the gentleman from New York Mr Reynolds for his assistance with Republican leadership . Now if you like to yield . Either one of the a large . But I can't. I yield to that. Thanks. Thank you very much .

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    MR. LAFALCE

    Gentleman withdraws his reservation. I was

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    Gentleman withdraws his reservation. I was drawn without objection the…

    Gentleman withdraws his reservation. I was drawn without objection the bill is engrossed. Read a third time and passed in the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table as. Mr Speaker. Finally I ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include any extraneous material on the bill just passed . Without objection . OK.

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    MR. LAFALCE

    A Political Report to talk the gentleman from Ohio . Mr Speaker I

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    MR. HOUGHTON

    Report to talk the gentleman from Ohio . Mr Speaker I

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Report to talk the gentleman from Ohio . Mr Speaker I

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    MR. LAFALCE

    Report to talk the gentleman from Ohio . Mr Speaker I

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    MR. REYNOLDS

    Report to talk the gentleman from Ohio . Mr Speaker I move to suspend the…

    Report to talk the gentleman from Ohio . Mr Speaker I move to suspend the rules and patch. H. rez five sixty seven . A clinical report the title of the resolution. House Resolution five sixty seven. Resolution recognizing the importance of surface transportation infrastructure to interstate and international commerce and the traveling public. And the contributions of the trucking rail and passenger transit industries to the economic well being of the United States . Pursuant to the rule the gentleman from Ohio Mr Lott wrapped in the gentlewoman from the just reach of Columbia Miss Norton.

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    MR. LAFALCE

    Mr Lott wrapped in the gentlewoman from the just reach of Columbia Miss…

    Mr Lott wrapped in the gentlewoman from the just reach of Columbia Miss Norton. Each will control twenty minutes. The chair recognizes

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    MR. HOUGHTON

    the gentleman from Ohio to speak and thank you very much I yelled myself…

    the gentleman from Ohio to speak and thank you very much I yelled myself as time as I might consume for the sole purpose of . Best create enemies

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    MR. LAFALCE

    yelled myself as time as I might consume for the sole purpose of . Best…

    yelled myself as time as I might consume for the sole purpose of . Best create enemies consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks on this piece of legislation without objection.

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    MR. HOUGHTON

    in which to revise and extend their remarks on this piece of legislation…

    in which to revise and extend their remarks on this piece of legislation without objection.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    without objection. And further the speaker would ask unanimous consent…

    without objection. And further the speaker would ask unanimous consent that all the time allotted to me. I would yield to Mr Gary Gene Miller of California and further ask that of his consent that he be permitted to yield time from that time . Not

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    MR. HOUGHTON

    . Not objection like that live in California. Thank you Mr Speaker. I rise…

    . Not objection like that live in California. Thank you Mr Speaker. I rise today in support of House rez. Five six seven . Recognizing the importance of service transportation infrastructure to interstate international commerce . And the traveling public

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    transportation infrastructure to interstate international commerce . And…

    transportation infrastructure to interstate international commerce . And the traveling public in the contributions of the transportation construction trucking. Rail inner city bus and passenger transferred into strays . To the economic well being of the United States. On October first introduced this bill along with eleven of my colleagues to show the Congress's gratitude to the men and women who continue to provide America with in the fish and reliable transportation system. Mr Speaker this bill recognizes the vital role of the transportation construction trucking.

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    construction trucking. Rail inner city bus and passenger transit…

    construction trucking. Rail inner city bus and passenger transit industries play in the United States of economic well being .

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    . The trucking industry alone as.

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    THE CLERK

    alone as. Transport more than eighty three percent of the value of trade…

    alone as. Transport more than eighty three percent of the value of trade between US and Mexico . And more than seventy three percent between the US and Canada nine hundred eighty nine. There are now six million commercial trucks and that number will increase to. Eight million by two thousand and thirteen . Between the growing number of trucks and the fact that the register of vehicles especially to increase from two hundred twenty five million to two hundred seventy five million by two thousand and twenty. We are

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    hundred twenty five million to two hundred seventy five million by two…

    hundred twenty five million to two hundred seventy five million by two thousand and twenty. We are fortunate to have such an efficient reliable transportation construction industry. Transportation instruction industry sustains two million two hundred thousand jobs. And provided us with three million nine hundred thousand miles of roadway. America's freight railroads are responsible caring seventy percent of the vehicles from domestic manufacturers. America's freight railroads also carry more than forty percent of the nation's intercity freight. For the

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    railroads also carry more than forty percent of the nation's intercity…

    railroads also carry more than forty percent of the nation's intercity freight. For the

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    the nation's intercity freight. For the rail industry has met the growing…

    the nation's intercity freight. For the rail industry has met the growing economic demand. It is also lower the cost of moving freight by twenty nine percent since one thousand nine hundred one.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    nine hundred one. Public train ridership has also grown by twenty three…

    nine hundred one. Public train ridership has also grown by twenty three percent since one thousand nine hundred five.

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    MR. MILLER

    since one thousand nine hundred five. Public transit also played a…

    since one thousand nine hundred five. Public transit also played a significant role in providing added convenience to Americans lives. Public transit as a whole helps reduce vehicular traffic congestion on roads and highways and leads to cleaner air . Inner city buses alone carry over seven hundred seventy million passengers a year in two thousand the total public expenditure to operate maintain and invest in public transportation system. Breached twenty three and a half billion dollars . I'd like to commend the Surface Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Community for the immense contributions they have made to both economic and societal levels. The service transportation community has continually better the transport of goods and services. And facilitated transit for the public. Been afraid of the public. And I like to think Chairman Young and. As well ranking member Oberstar and their staff for the hard work they've given on this measure. I know I speak about half of Congress when I commend the hardworking men and women in the surface transportation industry who are continually giving their services. To provide America with reliable transportation network without Mr Speaker over. Preserve the balance of my time . Generally from Colombia and thank you misspeak or misspeak I rise in support of age. Whereas. Five sixty seven as a vendor that recognizes the significance of the surface transportation infrastructure . To interstate and international commerce and the traveling public and recognizes the contributions of the trucking. Rail interested or bus and passenger transit industries to the economic well being of the United States as a nation moves toward a more competitive global economy the state of our surface transportation infrastructure increases and importance. The investments made in the nation's transportation infrastructure also provide good family. Wage paying jobs and contribute significantly to the nation's health. Throughout the hundred seventh Congress the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has worked diligently to advocate Adam good for adequate funding for transportation programs. Mr Speaker I cannot stand here . In Praise of surface transportation . Without drawing to the attention of the house a genuine surface transportation emergency . As we pray surface transportation and we are aiding and abetting the decline and. Worse . Of a major and dispensable component of that system. We saw this emergency . Rise just weeks ago. And we abetted it. Then

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    it was clear that. Amtrak

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    MS. NORTON

    could not continue to go forward without first emergency funding and then…

    could not continue to go forward without first emergency funding and then . An appropriation. That would guarantee that rail service in the United States of America would continue . In fact . The administration . Came forward with a . Million dollars. And long. Guarantee . Funding. Pending. Congressional consideration. Of the Amtrak . Approach procreation. Mr Speaker. The emergency is now . Upon us . And it is a. It is upon us hot and having. The House Appropriations Committee. Has just denied . Amtrak's . Request for. The one point two billion dollars that is necessary to keep the whole system running. Instead they appropriated. Seven hundred sixty two million dollars. Now. This amount. And here I'm bringing to the floor. What the Department of Transportation inspector general says . Is not enough to continue current operations which he sets at one point two billion dollars . This appropriation went down on a straight party line and both understand what we've done . These folks say they must have one point two billion to continue the intercity railway transportation of the United States which. Crisscrosses this country . We have cut it by one third and I am going to take my time to indicate what that one third means and. Who what districts in this house . Are going to wake up . Without transportation if we leave it that way. This amount is less than a half of one half of the funding for the entire national network of rail transport CAS and. your Rail Transportation that is now in place and what it means . My good colleagues is this that in order to get down to this hundred fifty million dollars . Which is all that would be allowed to be spent in all three thirteen of the eighteen long distance train routes . Would have to go. That's two point three million riders . And let me be more specific . Because I went to find out what. How does that break out . When we get down to brass tacks . How it breaks out is this. Listen for your city . Because these are the cities that are going to be without national intercity. Passenger Rail travel . Dallas. Denver. New Orleans . San Antonio. Salt Lake City. Tucson . Atlanta. Little Rock. Pittsburgh . And Houston. They would lose all . Passenger Service I'm here to sound the alarm . I have a name Washington D.C. . But I I believe I must bring to the attention . The roll call I just went through . Who is in fact. In danger. The administration . Despite its. Study after study has come forward with absolutely no federal plan instead it. Said use. The railroad to two private sector two sources one is the private sector Are you kidding. Do you know why there is an Amtrak. Because the private sector will draw and said to the federal government if you don't take over cash in your service there isn't going to be any. There wouldn't be any Amtrak. If the private sector . Could do it in an audience. With the UN subsidize. OK. Said the administration then go to the States. That's even more outrageous. More distressing . Every state in the union is facing a horrific . Deficit . Every state in the union . They are running the worst deficits in a generation . And that's because of the sad state of the national economy not because of anything the states have done. And so we're sending them to the States. The Dow Jones. Was at a five year low today my friends. Check it out today it was at a five year loan. What does that tell you about the national economy. What does that tell you about go to the States . To save Amtrak . The states will tell you at the very least I gave at the office . Because the states have already contributed one billion dollars. Whereas our contribution. Of a billion dollars. The administration came forward with something called the Amtrak Reform Council. Oh how mis named can and city be. They have indeed studied the issue and they studied it again and they're still studying it. No plan. Still. That is a bank robber strategy and my friends. If we go home with a third of the amount Amtrak needs cut. We will have a bad bank robber. Railroad System when we return . I don't even want to get into . What this means to the economies of certain sections of the country like the Atlantic mid states the northeast. And certainly the Midwest states that are going to lose all service . We subsidize. Every major form of transportation I said on the aviation committee subcommittee . We just came forward with another subcommittee bill to help if you . Just last week. Thank goodness we give billions to Boston Metro to roads that is in our tradition and I'm glad of it. Do we really expect . To provide passenger service . In the twenty first century and our country completely . Unsubsidized if we would be the only. Self-supporting rail system in the world are we not nearly that good. Nor is any other society . My friends we may be the only world power in the work world. Economic power in the world today. But if we don't take action before the hundred. And seventh Congress closes . We will be a transportation . A second class transportation power without a fully operating rail system . It would do irreparable harm to our transportation system and to our country . To let Amtrak saying. Saying . We must do more than pass cosmetic resolutions. Such as the one we passed today . I ask my colleagues to help me and to help ourselves . To save the. nation's Passenger railroad system . I reserve the balance of my time. Gentleman from California . I would like to thank Mr Gilman for his car and patience now you're back to town so much time . Excuse me. You'll back down so much on. As a general a deal back. I yield back was speaking . The question is will the house suspend the rules . And agree to House Resolution five six seven. As amended. So many as in favor say aye . Those oppose no. In the opinion that two thirds of those present haven't having voted in the affirmative the rules are suspended . And resolute and the resolution is agreed to and without objection. The motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. Through speaker. Without objection the title is amended . This gentleman from New York. I moved his bed rules to pass a bill and H.R. five forty nine. The clerk or port the title of the resolution. House Resolution five forty nine . Resolution expressing appreciation for the prime minister and Great Britain for his loyal support and leadership in the war on terrorism . And reaffirming the strong relationship between the United States and Great Britain. This is big I ask you said the bill considers being ready pursuant to the rule. Mr Speaker. Pursuant to the rule of the gentleman from New York Mr Gilman. And the gentleman from New York Mr angle. Each will control twenty minutes. The chair recognizes the gentleman from New York. Mr Speaker I ask unanimous consent all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. And including. Straightest material on the bill and or consideration that objection. Mr Speaker I want to thank the gentleman from Missouri Mr Graves for introducing eighty five forty nine expressing appreciation for the prime minister of Great Britain Tony Blair for his loyal support leadership in the war on terrorism and reaffirming our strong relationship between a people the United States and Great Britain.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    strong relationship between a people the United States and Great Britain.

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    MR. MILLER

    strong relationship between a people the United States and Great Britain.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    strong relationship between a people the United States and Great Britain.

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    MR. MILLER

    strong relationship between a people the United States and Great Britain.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    strong relationship between a people the United States and Great Britain.

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    MS. NORTON

    United States and Great Britain.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    We know who our friends are in times of need. By this measure some of our…

    We know who our friends are in times of need. By this measure some of our closest friends . Can be found in the United Kingdom. Following September eleventh our British partners or critical assistance in military deployments in Afghanistan. They crack down on terrorist activities in their territory . And are working. Side by side with our forces in Afghanistan . Our nation is also working closely with the British. With

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    MR. GILMAN

    working closely with the British. With

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    the British. With regard to intelligence sharing in taking joint action.

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    MR. GILMAN

    intelligence sharing in taking joint action. To up root terrorist…

    intelligence sharing in taking joint action. To up root terrorist organizations . Prime

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . Prime Minister Tony Blair personally has shown an exemplary level of…

    . Prime Minister Tony Blair personally has shown an exemplary level of courage and leadership . But only through

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    THE CLERK

    an exemplary level of courage and leadership . But only through his…

    an exemplary level of courage and leadership . But only through his support for our campaign against terror and Afghanistan . But our campaign to rid the region of weapons of mass destruction. And to end the tyrannical rule of Saddam Hussein.

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    MR. GILMAN

    of Saddam Hussein. Accordingly is fitting that we commend Prime Minister…

    of Saddam Hussein. Accordingly is fitting that we commend Prime Minister Blair . And

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    commend Prime Minister Blair . And the British people for their support…

    commend Prime Minister Blair . And the British people for their support and steadfastness. During these most difficult days . And I urge our adoption of this measure and I'm pleased to yield to the gentleman from Missouri Mr Graves two minutes.

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    MR. GILMAN

    to the gentleman from Missouri Mr Graves two minutes. Gentleman from…

    to the gentleman from Missouri Mr Graves two minutes. Gentleman from Missouri is recognized. I want to thank the gentleman from New York for yielding.

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    from New York for yielding. I rise today as a proud sponsor of House…

    from New York for yielding. I rise today as a proud sponsor of House Resolution five forty nine. A resolution Thank you Prime Minister Tony Blair and the British people for their support in this war on terrorism . Throughout the twentieth century the United States and Great Britain of work to ensure greater freedom . Throughout the world . From the victors World War One and Two to the collapse of the Soviet Union in the Bernal and wall. United States and Great Britain have stood shoulder to shoulder against evil and oppression . In times of war and in times of peace. The British and American people have a special bond that is unique amongst modern nations. Now the world is engulfed in yet another battle against those who seek to terrorize free people. While the face of evil is changed over the past one hundred years. Our alliance with the British has grown stronger . Through a military alliance that spanned. Both the great ocean and decades of war and peace. We have worked together to fight for freedom and restore peace to world always threatened by tyranny. The strength of our alliance has been enhanced by the strength of the leadership of both nations. Churchill proclaimed Nazi Germany and the world . That Britain would never fall to tell Terry and his of. Shortly before the United States. Tact and Pearl Harbor. Churchill proclaim to Britain and the world. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might. The enemy . On September eleventh. We all witnessed the terrible capabilities of our enemy. But with the help of Great Britain and many other devoted allies the United States refused to stand down in the face of this deadly enemy. Prime Minister Tony Blair rally just people and work tirelessly . With countries around the world. To assemble support for the cause of freedom . His

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    leadership in this war has been exemplary .

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    . The prime minister understands that this war is not about ideology or…

    . The prime minister understands that this war is not about ideology or religion. He understands that the threat posed to America is the same threat posed to his own people like America there's always the voice of opposition. But again he understands that this war is about protecting that voice. Because the voice of dissent . Is one part of the voice of freedom. From the initial horrors of September eleventh. To the new phase in the war on terrorism Prime Minister Tony Blair has stood with America. And the cause of freedom. I have personally for grateful his leadership . And I am proud to sponsor this resolution thanking him. And the British people for their sacrifices of yesterday. And their sacrifices to come with the leadership of President Bush and Prime Minister BLAIR I look forward to a future where the American and British people live in peace and a world free from tyranny. I'd like to thank the gentleman yielding for . His precious time and I yield back the balance of my time for his comments on this measure. And I'm pleased to ask unanimous consent the remainder of time on our side be controlled by the gentleman from New York Mr Runnels Without objection . Gentleman from New York . Mr Speaker I yield myself as much time as I may consume . That objection. Mr Speaker I rise in strong support of this resolution. And I would like to commend my colleague from Missouri Mr Graves . For introducing such a timely resolution. Mr Speaker a nation discovers its true friends. In times of crisis . And since the tragedy of September eleventh America has found. There is many friends around the globe. Mr Speaker we have seen that the United States has a tremendous friend and ally in the war against terrorism in Great Britain . And no head of state has been more supportive of the United States in this battle. Than British. British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Since September eleventh. British troops fought alongside U.S. forces . To liberate Afghanistan . And to root out terrorists . Britain acted as the lead nation . For the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan . Until the mission was turned over to Turkey. Humanitarian aid has flowed from Britain to Afghanistan. And the British government has an active new. Counter-terrorism legislation . In short Mr Speaker. The United Kingdom stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the war on terrorism. And the horrendous terrorist attacks of September eleventh . Britain last sixty seven of its citizens . The US

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    seven of its citizens . The US

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    has expressed its sympathies to the families of these British victims . Mr…

    has expressed its sympathies to the families of these British victims . Mr Speaker . British Prime Minister Tony Blair has shown extraordinary leadership in the war on terrorism.

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    This resolution recognizes his leadership. And expresses the appreciation…

    This resolution recognizes his leadership. And expresses the appreciation of the Congress and the American people. I urge my colleagues . To support

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    this resolution and I reserve the balance . My time

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    . John reserves the balance of his time the gentleman from New York New…

    . John reserves the balance of his time the gentleman from New York New York Mr REYNOLDS.

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    gentleman from New York New York Mr REYNOLDS. The speaker ever since a…

    gentleman from New York New York Mr REYNOLDS. The speaker ever since a young staff sergeant first climbed into an Army Air Force bomber for the first of thirty five missions. That would win him the Distinguished Flying Cross during World War two . Representative band Gilman. Has been serving his country with honor and distinction . Through a congressional career that spans three decades. And before that service in the New York State Assembly. Ben Gilman is around the national and international reputation for leadership. Fairness and compassion. Whether combat in world hunger or fighting for freedom for those on justly imprisoned . Ben Gilman has been a recognized leader in human rights and foreign affairs. Earning praise for his work from every corner of the globe. But despite his great presence on the world stage . It's evident through his tireless advocacy for those he represents. That his feet remain firmly on the ground in his home community of New York's Hudson Valley . Listing the awards and honors that Ben Gilman is earned throughout his career . Would take far more time than a lot of. But they are tremendous advocates of the finest. And the respect that Ben earned throughout his career . For most here so passionately and able to represent it as the dean of our New York delegation . Ben Gilman has been looked to for his leadership . And his counsel. On so many issues that affect not only his district . But our entire state. Our nation. And the globe. And Ben Gilman was there fighting just as hard. Just as passionately for every resident of our state. Mr Speaker on behalf of my community. My

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    community. My state. I want to extend my thanks to Ben Gilman.

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    For all he has done to make New York a better place. His Wisdom commitment…

    For all he has done to make New York a better place. His Wisdom commitment and leadership. Will be sorely missed. Mr Speaker I reserve the balance of my time . So I want to reserve the balance of his time the gentleman from New York to strangle. Mr Speaker I again and yelled myself as much time as I may consume . And I would like to take this opportunity to honor one of . My closest friends and colleagues who was announced his retirement. A great friend of us saw the gentleman from New York and I do mean gentleman. A congressman Ben Gilman's. Then Gilman. Has provided thirty years of service in the house. Representing aren't rock and Sullivan. And Westchester County is . Benjamin has a distinguished record . In the U.S. Air Force one thousand nine hundred two to forty five. As a staff sergeant in one thousand . Of the twentieth Army Air Force. Flying thirty five missions over Japan . And earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. And the Air Medal with Oakleaf clusters. Here in the house. He served as ranking minority member . On the House Post Office. And Civil Service Committee . From one thousand nine hundred nine to one thousand nine hundred three. Earning a reputation as a key spokesman for a safe. Equitable workplace. The civil service . And postal service employees . And of course. Probably the most distinguished thing that . Ben has done in the house for six years . He served as chair of the International Relations Committee and what a sterling chair . He was . He and his wife Georgia and myself and my wife. Have been friends we've taken trips. We've done so many things together . And I really . Treasure our friendship. In reapportionment districts change . And my district takes over . Some of the area that Ben has represented so ably for thirty years. And rotten County. And I just want to make my colleagues aware of what happened. About a month ago. And

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    Rockland County there was a tribute to Ben Gilman. Which was on local…

    Rockland County there was a tribute to Ben Gilman. Which was on local cable . And

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    on local cable . And I went there to offer my words of tribute. And the…

    on local cable . And I went there to offer my words of tribute. And the place was packed you couldn't even get in the. room There were so many people from so many walks of life . From both political parties from all kinds of community people going and singing their praises about Ben Gilman and. Everybody was saying the same thing. There is no more. Better person who is more dedicated who is just an all around wonderful individual who loves . His jobs. People Say. And Rockland County if there are two people in a room . Ben Gilman would be there because he realizes that it's his responsibility . And is on her to be there so when I think of the kind of representative that we all try to be. I can think of no better role model than my good friend. Congressman Ben Gilman and I want to say that. New York's losses. Certainly going to be the United States is again because we know that Ben is going to continue with public service . And have a position of even higher . Importance. As the of dean our delegation. As somebody who has worked so hard on the Republican side the dean of the Republican side . There has been no truer friend to all of us in New York . Than Congressman. GILMAN So I want to say to ban that it's been a pleasure and an honor to be his friend . To be his colleague. Will always be friends. And again. In Washington County Ben It's a very big shoes to fill . And while no one can really fill your shoes . I'm going to try just a little bit so I thank you and. I know that you are going to move on to bigger and better things. But we're going to remain close. And remain friends . Because that's the kind of person that you are and I reserve the balance of my time Mr Speaker John Boehner serves a balance of his time. Gentleman from New York. Mr Wright yield three minutes to the gentleman from California Mr Cox. General from California is recognized for three and I thank you Mr Eager . And I thank the gentleman from California Mr REYNOLDS . We're here in form. Importantly to discuss a resolution. About the prime minister of England. About Tony Blair and it's fitting . That . We are here. Paying tribute to someone who is standing with America . In tough times . Because Congressman Ben Gilman. Has always stood for America. In tough times. It's been my privilege been to serve with you for fourteen years here in Congress. But been Gilman's career. Goes back . Many more years before that . His whole life has been devoted to . Service to his country. You can see in this unique combination of good manners and high honor. On the one hand and. Toughness and courage. On matters of substance . On the other hand . That in the. The kneeling fire of combat in World War two. Been Gillman was tested and found . Completely capable of taking on the challenges of our country. He was a staff sergeant. World War two in the nineteenth Bomb Group . Of the twenty of their force he flew thirty five missions over Japan and it's.

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    over Japan and it's. During that time that.

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    He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. And as my colleague from New…

    He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. And as my colleague from New York mentioned.

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    mentioned. In addition the Air Medal with Oakley of clusters.

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    clusters. He came home from. Defending America overseas to defend America…

    clusters. He came home from. Defending America overseas to defend America at home working as. The assistant attorney general of the state of New York. He also served as counsel to the state legislature . And then went on to become a member himself. Three terms. He then went on to serve. Fifteen terms in this body. And he has attained . Every honor that this house can bestow he has been chairman of the International Relations Committee Chairman of the subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia . Vice Chair of the government form Subcommittee on criminal justice . Drug Policy. Human resources and the list goes on. When I first brought a bill to the floor of this house in one thousand nine hundred nine. It was a human rights measure to grant. Refugee status . To Ukrainian Orthodox and Ukrainian Catholics who were being persecuted in the Soviet Union . And Ben Gilman was here on the floor. Arguing in support of my bill. During my entire time here Ben and I have worked together on issues that we both care about including. The Congressional Human Rights Caucus . We've served together on the Government Reform Committee . Since one thousand nine hundred ninety four. And then has been a leadership member of the Republican Policy Committee which I chair. He chaired the speaker's working group on North Korea. On which I was privileged to serve in and brought so many of the issues of human rights abuses and. The threats of weapons of mass destruction to the world's attention. There we work together. On the speaker's advisory group on Russia. And Ben's experience and knowledge of US Russian relations has proved to be a tremendous asset in helping to shape . That report on a decade of U.S. Russia relations. Together we have co-sponsored countless bills including the Eastern European democracy act. The Taiwan security enhancements act. And the Iraqi Liberation Act . Ben and I work closely on this or Rockville frequently mentioned in newspapers these days. And around the world . It is now gaining prominence because of its emphasis on . Regime change I was honored to be the sole. Co-sponsor of that bill which passed this house. On a vote of three hundred sixty to thirty eight four years ago . On October fifth one thousand nine hundred eighty as evidence by the current debate in Washington Bens legislation calling for support for the Iraqi opposition groups that would foster regime change in Iraq was farsighted. Necessary and important . And will be the follow on policy after this current conflict . Then you know I have thirty seconds John the. General has an additional thirty seconds and when I have the utmost respect for you. You are one of the best friends that I will have . In my career. You have a knack for moving beyond partisan lines because you always stand for what is right and that always attracts followers . I hope that you and. GA and your family will now have a little bit of quiet time. Now that you're moving on from the house . But I know that. On October fifth one nine hundred ninety eight. As evidence by the current debate in Washington. Ben's legislation calling for support for the Iraqi opposition groups that would foster a regime change in Iraq was far sighted. Necessary and important. And will be the follow on policy after this current conflict . Then you know I have thirty seconds gentlemen gentlemen as an additional thirty seconds unless I have the utmost respect for you. You are one of the best friends that I will have . In my career. You have a knack for moving beyond partisan lines because you always stand for what is right and not always attract followers. I hope that you in Georgia . And your family will now have a little bit of quiet. Time now that you're moving on from the house. But I know that she won't have a whole lot more time because I know you will remain as a leader for the United States . And in all the things that. I expect that you will soon be doing. You can count on my support on your colleague's support and I wish you Godspeed. Gentleman's time has expired the speaker. Gentleman from New York to strangle. Mr Speaker I yield three minutes of a gentleman from New York the ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee and the dean of the New York delegation Mr Rangle gentleman from New York restaurant was recognized for three minutes . Of liking that his consent revise and extend. Without objection . So many times . We see Republicans coming on. Over to the Democratic side and . Democrats going on the other side and. Some of the new members wonder what is that all about . Well it's about what they call. The good old days . The days when people were like that too .

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    Represent their districts . And at

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    the same time thought that . You could

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    thought that . You could disagree without being disagreeable .

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    And if they had any problems . And trying to figure out what type of…

    And if they had any problems . And trying to figure out what type of legislator. That I'm talking

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    type of legislator. That I'm talking

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    about. I refer them to my friend my brother . My colleague

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    refer them to my friend my brother . My colleague Ben Gilbert .

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    . And I say brother because you can have a lot of problems with your…

    . And I say brother because you can have a lot of problems with your brother. Especially on some of the votes that he's being lauded for any other side. But one thing is abundantly clear that he believed in everything that he was doing . And that he would put himself out of the way. To try to listen to the problems that different people and different parts of our country. On different parts of the world. Ben and I traveled all over fighting the scourge of drugs. It was one task force that. No one really volunteered to go on. We went into the mountains the valleys we started in Colombia and saw what the rebels have done which we've known the list of people that have died in these countries fighting to drug crack of traffic as we went into Mexico. And saw just how corrupt they were and stood up against them . And I don't think and. Any of these countries . Whether anyone knew who the Democrat was and who the Republican. Was because we what they had together as Americans . We went to the United Nations as Americans. And we work. And for on so many issues that both of us are proud of. We have so many friends outside of the Congress . And indeed . I was so privileged to be a part of his wedding . To his beautiful . Georgia . I don't know . Basically what he wants for the future . And I don't even know how his political career was cut so short so fast. But I know one thing whatever he decides to do with the rest of his beautiful life . That I'm not going to allow what happened so this flow of what happens in Albany. To stop the wonderful friendship. That my family have enjoyed with bad to his family over the years . And for the new members. If you don't know what I'm talking about ask people about. But again you can do your job you can be faithful to your party you can fulfill your commitment to your constituents and your country . But you just don't have to be mean spirited about it. Ben. We love you we're going to miss you . Gentleman's time has expired . Gentlemen to New York . I yield to Mr general from New York John McHugh of North Country which I must recognize for two minutes. I thank the gentleman for yielding on the speaker I had no other appointment and I was disappointed I thought I would have a chance to be here but. I didn't want to let this opportunity to go by without joining at least for a few moments . And adding my words of. Great admiration . And best wishes to a very very dear friend. And a remarkable colleague Ben. GILMAN misspeak or as you have heard you'll continue to hear. Ben has accrued . A litany of achievements.

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    achievements. And a fraction of which would make each and every one of the…

    achievements. And a fraction of which would make each and every one of the other four hundred thirty four members of this house. Very

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    members of this house. Very very proud. During his three decades of…

    members of this house. Very very proud. During his three decades of service to his constituents and the American people.

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    to his constituents and the American people.

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    people. Ben has done so much for so many not just here at home. But as.…

    people. Ben has done so much for so many not just here at home. But as. Again we've heard through his leadership on international particularly humanitarian of veterans' . Issues . It is indeed as Mr Rangle suggested. Disappointing that . Politics beyond the control of an individual politician . Takes away from our ranks such an a la story as number . And frankly in my opinion a speaker that's the only way the Ben Gilman. Could have ever been removed because as. Former House Speaker Tip O'Neill said all politics is local and the local people of New York State. Understood . The compassion . And the great devotion that ben brought to this job and has brought. Each and every day . Former President Truman said If you need a friend in Washington get a dog. Well. I have President Truman with us today I think he'd amend that by saying or been Gillman a leader. A compassionate man. A dedicated legislator to those principles which have guided him his whole life. But to those of us who have known him perhaps best. Always a friend. Something that is . Unfortunately very very hard to find in Washington I had the honor of serving with Ben not just on the International Relations Committee. Admiring in looking in amazement at his leadership as he guided that as. Somewhat difficult committee at times to do even better things than each individual member would have envisioned unto him or herself. But also on the governor Reform Committee where . When I had the chance to serve as chairman of the Subcommittee on Postal Service Ben was there. Every minute providing guidance and. And instruction and leadership. So Ben to you in Georgia. We certainly wish you every continued success . And Godspeed. And on behalf of not just the New York State delegation your colleagues but all Americans thank you so much for your service of New York's recognize . Mr Speaker I yield . Two minutes. To the gentleman from New York. Mr Hinchey. Gentleman is recognized for two minutes. Thank you Mr Speaker I join the other members of this house and paying tribute to a great veteran in service of his country Benjamin a Gilman. It's already been mentioned how he served this country as a member of the United States Army Air Corps in the second world war. Rising to the office of Staff sergeant. And Sister serving in thirty five missions . And how he earned the Distinguished Service Cross . And service to his country . Ben Gellman also went on to serve his country in the state legislature . Of the state of New York . Serving for

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    three consecutive terms.

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    Before he was elected to the United States House of Representatives in one…

    Before he was elected to the United States House of Representatives in one thousand nine hundred seventy two.

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    two. Where he has served for three decades . An elegant

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    for three decades . An elegant and effective service to his constituents…

    for three decades . An elegant and effective service to his constituents in New York . And the people of this country. I can remember the day in one nine hundred seventy two when Ben was elected in fact. The day after he was elected. Because on that day he did something which is unusual for a successful candidate for public office. The day after he was first elected to the House of Representatives. That next morning that morning he was on the streets of Middletown. Greeting people . And thanking them for their support and electing him . To this distinguished office. And the three decades that he has served here . He has provided great service to the people of our state. And this nation . But mostly. Mostly he'll be recognized for his service . On the International Relations Committee and its predecessor . And his tenure as chairman of that committee. For three successive terms . He will be recognized as a staunch . And just defender of the state of Israel. And in addition to that he will also be recognized as one who stood. For oppressed minorities. Everywhere in the world. Ben Gilman. Is a great defender of human rights . And he hasn't cared . What the human body. In that sentence. Looked like or how they prayed. Or how they behaved. No matter what their individual circumstances. All he had to know. Was that was that they were suffering . And some way . And that way was unjust. And he was there. Rushing to their side and all corners of this globe. It is a pleasure to have served with him now for this past decade . To have known him personally as a friend. And as a colleague and to stand here this evening. With the rest of the members of this house. To pay tribute to his great service . As an outstanding veteran. And service to this country . So much time has expired the gentleman from New York . The Speaker I yield to the gentlewoman from New York . Ms Kelley The lady is recognized for two minutes to speak for two minutes . Mr Speaker I come to the floor today are to honor my friend and colleague from New York and. Our military. For New York state government and for the last thirty years here in the house. Ben Gilman has always been there for his country. And for his fellow citizens . And I'm honored to have had the opportunity to work with an individual like than who is dedicated so much of his life to public service. As we all know. As we've all heard . He has had a very distinguished career in this body and has been a great leader for us on many fronts.

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    leader for us on many fronts. As chairman of the International Relations…

    leader for us on many fronts. As chairman of the International Relations Committee.

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    Relations Committee. But I also want to say something about. Beds…

    Relations Committee. But I also want to say something about. Beds dedication to the interests of his constituents in the Hudson Valley . Those of us in

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    the Hudson Valley have been particularly fortunate to have been here in…

    the Hudson Valley have been particularly fortunate to have been here in Congress.

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    been here in Congress. He's been a tireless advocate for focusing federal…

    been here in Congress. He's been a tireless advocate for focusing federal resources on the areas needs. And he has been a tremendous partner. And he's been a teacher . It for me in working to improve . And of the region and to bring forth the. Work on the important issues of our area. The Hudson Valley has benefited greatly because a Ben Gilman service in this body . And Ben I want to thank you today for your service to the Hudson Valley . To the state of New York . And to this nation . Thank you so much for being the person that we all so admire for what you've done . For all of us . Gentle ideals back. The gentleman from New York to strangle Mr Speaker I yield to three minutes to the gentleman from New York Mr Ackerman. Gentleman is recognized for three minutes . Now understand to revise them or objection. To speak I just like to point out to our colleagues and. The American people who might be listening that we're talking about somebody who is alive and well. These kinds of speeches are usually made about somebody who has passed from the scene but then gentleman is a. Is an actual living legend. Here in the Congress. And in this great land of ours . I have been privileged . The years that I've been serving here in the Congress . To have served just about my entire congressional career on the international ations Committee . With Mr

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    congressional career on the international ations Committee . With Mr

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    Gilman. And we sit on opposite sides of the aisle and we've done that…

    Gilman. And we sit on opposite sides of the aisle and we've done that throughout our careers . And I have to tell

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    our careers . And I have to tell

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    you there's nobody that has more respect than does Ben . On both

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    than does Ben . On both

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    sides of the aisle. And within the ranks of our committee. We don't always…

    sides of the aisle. And within the ranks of our committee. We don't always agree on every single issue . But you have to respect them for the positions he takes in the things that he fights for. Many of which is not. Ninety nine percent of them I associate myself with. I want to point out to some of the members especially some of the younger members of the house . That some of the most important things that you can do here because especially with the dimension of our world is taking today is to travel and I have had the pleasure of going . On quite a number of trips together with Mr Gilman. Both when our party was in the majority . And when his party was in the majority and he was the chairman . And you learn so much on those trips not just about each other which is very very important . But about the rest of the world. And then didn't travel to those parts of the world where people think you've got to because the luxurious and their vacation spots . I remember once we went to India together and. We flew over there courtesy of the Air Force and we got there one of the things we're going to do besides visiting people of all kinds . Is to meet with His Excellency the Dalai Lama. There had been a tremendous typhoon that had come through the night before . The Air Force thought it might be dangerous. And then figured out that indeed. Our Air Force plane could not go up to the mountain where the Dalai Lama was . Ben was able to talk to the people within the government of India they provided us with a flying boxcars that could actually get up there and land. And we did that it must have been one hundred twenty close to one hundred twenty degrees in that plane. Without Windows our launch. Melted . And yet . Ben was so determined that we meet with his actual and see the Dalai Lama. That we made that trip . Very very difficult trip. We've. We've gone up mountains together been we've done that in Colombia. Where in meeting to fight the scourge of drugs something in which you have been a leader in. For three decades now recognising that problem. Way before. Almost anybody else in this House of Representatives. It took close to fifteen hundred . Of the national police of that country. To protect us when we stood overnight there . Against the drug lords and Carter Hanna. So many trips so memorable. Some with our wives when they were not as dangerous as others. You don't seem centered on the minute Mr angle. Are you know the additional minute. Thank you. Just on. On a on a on a personal note. To give you the dynamics of this man's career . I've been serving in the house for twenty years . I was not born . When Ben Gilman was flying those missions in World War two in the Army Air Corps . Serving with my dad . That's how long Ben has been serving this country . When I grew up as a little boy. Sharing a religion and a tradition that Benjamin does. One that is really a very small percentage a small minority in this country. There were very few people of my face. To look up to as role models . In the business of politics. Elected office. In America. In those days . And my mom told me that there was this guy. In our state in New York. Named Ben Gilman. Who was a great American who stood for great principles and great values . And he was somebody that we can all look up to. And indeed I did . And it was a blessing . Day that I was elected to be able to serve side by side with SPEND THE OMEN . And to fight with him for so many of the causes that all of us believe in and for Ben and. Then I have to tell you for that . All of us are very very grateful. And we thank you for your great service. Gentleman's time has expired the gentleman from New York . The Speaker I yield to the senior member from the western part of the state. Distinguished gentleman from New York. Mr how . There was very much. How much time . How much of this place. Gemma's recognize for two minutes. Then how do you feel about all these nice words being said about you just don't it hello . Well I'd like to do a little more personal approach that has had a distinguished career he's been here for thirty years been sharing International Relations Committee. Been on many Codell as . He is the cochairman of the New York State delegation has been absolutely wonderful but more importantly than that . I'd

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    . I'd like to say something to Ben. He's been a mentor . To best

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    . To best friends I've had in this chamber but Hamilton Fish and Ben…

    . To best friends I've had in this chamber but Hamilton Fish and Ben Gilman. Hamilton is no longer with us . And along

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    . And along with his lovely wife Georgia. They've been wonderful friends…

    . And along with his lovely wife Georgia. They've been wonderful friends to preserve us and mine. But more importantly when you come . Here and I didn't

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    MR. HOUGHTON

    importantly when you come . Here and I didn't

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    know anything about politics I've never been in politics before . Ben took

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    MR. HOUGHTON

    politics before . Ben took me under is as willing and . Was always there…

    politics before . Ben took me under is as willing and . Was always there for me you know they always they all say a friend in need is a past . Never been. He was always there always honest always leading always inclusive. Then I can't tell you how much I appreciate that friendship. And I trust the. Hope that will continue . And so Mr Chairman . Charlie. My great friend. SERGEANT. We're going to miss you. Thank you so much. Gentlemen from New York restaurant. Mr Speaker I reserve the balance of my time . Gentleman reserves a balance of this time the gentleman from New York Mr REYNOLDS. Speaker I yield. Two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from Hamburg New York Mr Quinn from New York for two minutes. Gemma's recognized Actually minutes ago appreciative gentleman from our western New York yielding time and. Mr Speaker I actually animists consent that . My full statement be entered into the record. Without objection. And then for a minute I'm going to read off the script . Because what I want to say . Comes from here. Not from the paper. I'm a former educator former teacher before I came to Congress without any political experience much like Mr Horton. And a lot of people teach. Things in a lot of different ways you teach . In the classroom

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . In the classroom . You teach through books you teach through.

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    MR. ENGEL

    you teach through. Lecture . But you also

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    teach through example. And I've only been here for five terms but.

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    MR. REYNOLDS

    terms but. But I want you to know that from a perspective of a newer…

    terms but. But I want you to know that from a perspective of a newer member . You

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    are teaching. You were helping . You

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    MR. QUINN

    . You were advising and you probably didn't even know . For people like me…

    . You were advising and you probably didn't even know . For people like me . And some of the

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    younger guys who were here . And men and

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    MR. QUINN

    women who are here . We look around and say we our staff will tell us to…

    women who are here . We look around and say we our staff will tell us to get some dear colleagues signed our staff will tell us to go out and call some people to get them supportive of a bill. Either side of the aisle . And the example they always tell were next door neighbors in the Rayburn building the example my staff always says is go do it the way Ben Gilman does it. And for someone to have served that length of time here . And to still approach the job that way . With the vim in the vigor and the vitality. Of a freshman . Says a lot for you in the way you approach your work in this chamber. And it doesn't go unnoticed . It hasn't gone unnoticed . And I speak for many not only in our delegation but in the house on both sides of the aisle. That's a real teacher that's a real friend . For all of us here. And I want to say is that. On behalf of the people in western New York as you've touched people all across your district in the state the country the world for that matter on behalf of the New Yorkers. In western New York State. I want to say thanks to you and your wife for the job you've done for all of us not only as constituents . But the way we've learned as members to do the job the right way. Thank you Jill desk back . Gentleman from New York Mr REYNOLDS. Speaker I yield to Mr The gentleman from share excuse Mr Walsh from New York . Gentleman is recognized for three minutes . Thank you Mr Chairman. But I thank the gentleman from New York for the for. Along with a time to speak. You know every. Everyone who has spoken so far from our delegation in New York about Ben Gilman mentioned that they that ben was here . When we came to one of the remarkable traditions of any great. Society is is the oral tradition. The. The intelligence and the . Traditions in the history of the Congress have been handed down from . Benjamin's

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Generation to our generation. When I came.

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    MR. REYNOLDS

    Ben took me under his wing immediately because he served with my father.…

    Ben took me under his wing immediately because he served with my father. And he still asks about my dad to this day that's the kind of man that Benjamin is.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    man that Benjamin is. But he he he took time for everyone not just his…

    man that Benjamin is. But he he he took time for everyone not just his colleagues here in the Congress but for his constituents . For the people who came

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    MR. WALSH

    colleagues here in the Congress but for his constituents . For the people…

    colleagues here in the Congress but for his constituents . For the people who came to him from around the world looking for help . To support their not sent. Democratic movement. They always had a listener and band gentleman. He was a. He's been is a legislator . Chairing one of the most important committees in the Congress . But he stopped . To deal with other members on issues that were. Germane and important to his own constituency. When there was a disaster . In his district for onion farmers because of bad weather. Every single day I saw him on the floor he reminded me. Not to forget the onion farmers. He always had a letter under a czar . Looking for dear colleagues to support. Constituencies throughout the world in Ireland where he's been such a great leader such remarkable leader . And I hope he stays engaged because their troubles are not behind them yet. And Israel . Another country that has seen more trouble than its share Ben has always been a friend . I guess that's the best way I can find to describe him . A friend. When you look Benjamin in the eye . You see a lot of things. You see sincerity . You see a man who's lived a joyous life . But mostly what you see. Is kindness. Kindness for anyone who reaches out to him. He returns it . One hundred fold . And I thank him for his friendship and I thank him for his kindness and I thank him for his service to the country. And I yield back channel when the U.S. backed so much New York Mr REYNOLDS. Bush figure you've heard from the speakers tonight and. Many members of the New York delegation on both sides of the aisle. The ranking member has turned back and yield his time . I would now Mr Speaker and I salute to his rather than Gilman the dean of our delegations wife Georgia who's in the balcony . I would like to yield the balance of my time back to the dean of the New York delegation of his closing remarks on the timely manner . Does the gentleman from New York press triangles. Yield back the balance of his time. Yes I will in and out thirty seconds Mr Speaker I just want to say. Because it's been said so many. Times before. If you've gone on trips with bendy only There's been no one who works harder than that on these trips.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    who works harder than that on these trips. And I just want to say.

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    MR. REYNOLDS

    After ground zero all of us that as New Yorkers after September eleventh .…

    After ground zero all of us that as New Yorkers after September eleventh . A few days later . We all went to ground zero when President Bush went there. I think it was three days after the tragedy . And. Ben was just going around to the fire men and the policemen and all the people there . Consoling them and speaking with them. People from his district who will now be in in my district . That's

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    in in my district . That's just the kind of person he hears and family I…

    in in my district . That's just the kind of person he hears and family I want to say.

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    MR. ENGEL

    and family I want to say. Ben has for long and hard and there is no better…

    and family I want to say. Ben has for long and hard and there is no better friend of the state of Israel . Than Ben Gilman. And then . I think you've heard all your colleagues. Saying all the things about you that we all feel from the bottom of our heart. We love you and I yield back the balance of my time . I reserve. Oh I'm sorry . Someone else just came I'm wondering if I can hear two minutes . To a gentle lady from Ohio Mr captor . I thank the gentleman from New York and wish to join my colleagues this evening in paying special tribute to our. Dear And . Able and incredibly hard working . MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE . Congressman Dan Gilman. Of New York . And ambassador for our country at home and abroad. Someone who's now age is unparalleled . And as I said recently to the governor of New York . When the day comes for . Ben Gilman to cast his last vote here I would hope that there would be a way for him to become an ambassador at large . I give him without portfolio . And I give him the toughest problems in the world.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    in the world. We sure got a couple of those right now. Because I know that…

    in the world. We sure got a couple of those right now. Because I know that I would have a completely honest. Extraordinarily knowledgeable . Very experienced diplomat. Someone who understands the Congress . And who has dedicated his life . To building peace . To building understanding. To building alliances and maintaining those alliances . Understanding the importance of those alliances and. Knows world leaders on a first name basis . There isn't a corner of the world where he can't go and be received . And so . I think it's important for the American people to know. That the institutional memory that exists with this man is unparalleled in the executive branch. I can't find one person over there. Regardless of administration or can compare to what this man has done. And so I wanted to add my words of commendation this evening. To urge the Bush administration. To give band of very brief sabbatical. And then give him a really hard job and. He would have entree here in the Congress . Whenever he would choose to come back . And I want to thank him for his deep friendship on both sides of the his wife Georgia . Who is his constant companion. To his family . Thank you to the citizens of New York. For sending this incredibly gifted man. To serve in this house . And I yield back my reign. Many time and thank the gentleman for yielding . Joan from New York a strangle. Mr Speaker I agree that we ought to give them the hardest job and to handle it very easily and I have no further requests for time. And I yield back the balance of space. Gentlemen yells back just a few I actually gentleman to consider that he might yield this time to Mr Gilman . As I will do for whatever balance is remaining on the opportunity for Rob. The dean of the delegation . Make any remarks he made choose in the time this left . Absolutely if it's permissible I'll certainly yield the balance of my time to Mr Gilman . I as well Mr Speaker will yield the balance of my time for his closing remarks. Without objection . Gentlemen from New York his rights to speak right as could sentry was the extent my remarks I want to thank Mr Reynolds for.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    for. Cherry this time and Mr Angel for his kind remarks and for all of my…

    for. Cherry this time and Mr Angel for his kind remarks and for all of my colleagues who were so kind in their expressions of support . Is

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    MR. LENGLE

    so kind in their expressions of support . Is

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    MR. ENGEL

    so kind in their expressions of support . Is

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . Is the House finishes its work for this year . And one hundred

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    MR. REYNOLDS

    its work for this year . And one hundred seventh Congress draws to a close…

    its work for this year . And one hundred seventh Congress draws to a close . It's with deep regret that due to my involuntary retirement as a result of redistricting. I will not be returning to Washington in January for the opening of the next Congress.

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    MR. ENGEL

    for the opening of the next Congress. I came to Washington .

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    MR. REYNOLDS

    . Thirty years ago and I had the honor and privilege . To

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . To represent our Hudson Valley region of New York state nation. During

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    MR. GILMAN

    nation. During that period of time in its forded me the opportunity to…

    nation. During that period of time in its forded me the opportunity to witness in a participant in a great number of significant events in our history . From Watergate and Vietnam war . To the fall of the Berlin Wall . The end of the Cold War. During the eighty's and ninety's to presidential impeachments. The go for . And most recently. The World Trade Center attacks in our war on terrorism . And I'm particularly proud to be part of reorganizing our State Department . Helping to free some political prisoners in Mozambique in Cuba. The Soviet Union and other nations . Fighting our war against drugs accounting for M.I.A.'s and P.O.W.'s. Working to eliminate world hunger extraditing criminals from foreign lands and establishing our international scholarships program . And looking back it's been especially gratifying to see how much along with many of my colleagues instead . How much we've accomplished in promoting peace in Northern Ireland in Afghanistan and India and Pakistan . Sherlock in the Middle East in knowing that after I leave here. My colleague's good work is going to continue in those directions . And knowing that our work here is not done I look ahead with optimism for opportunities which may arise. For me to be able to contribute to make a difference. And I thank my staff many of whom have been with me for more than a decade. For their dedication and their hard work. They've been invaluable to Georgia and to me through our years of service . And I wish them all success in their future endeavors and I hope that my colleagues will look out for them when they are seeking new positions. It's hope that somehow we've motivated our young people to recognize that an average young person from any small town. With enough determination and perseverance . Can become a leader or a congressman have the opportunity to make a difference in our world and I've always held the position of Congress when the highest regard . And try to do my best to serve our constituents . And our neighbors with the dignity of it's befitting of this office. When I announced my candidacy for the House of Representatives back in seventy two . It was beyond my wildest imagination. That I would still be here . After those many years . Working on behalf of our constituents. And I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for your warm friendship. And your brotherhood. It is been a privilege to serve alongside all of you. And with heavy hearts. George and I have to say goodbye to this great body. At the end of this session. God bless you all and I thank you for your kind words . And I yield back to my son. Thank . Thank you as well. The chair will remind all members that it is not in order to refer to guests in the gallery. The question is will the house suspend the rules and agree the House Resolution five four nine . So many as are in favor say aye aye . Those opposed. No In the opinion of the chair two stewards of the present of those present having voted in the affirmative speaker. The gentleman from Ohio the speaker and then I demand the A's and A's the it is Naser been requested all those in favor of taking the Ne Ne's. Will Rise make out of a sufficient number having risen the A's nays are ordered. Pursuant to clause a group of rule twenty . And the chairs prior

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . And the chairs prior announcement. Further proceedings on this motion…

    . And the chairs prior announcement. Further proceedings on this motion will be postponed . Gentleman from Ohio . Mr Speaker I move this is bend the rules and pass H.R. fifty three thirty five. The clerk will report the title of the bill .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    House calendar number two twenty three fifty three thirty five and Bill's…

    House calendar number two twenty three fifty three thirty five and Bill's the designated federal building and United States courthouse located at two hundred West second Street in Dayton Ohio as the Tony Hall federal building and United States courthouse. Pursuant to the rule the gentleman from Ohio Mr March rep. And the

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    gentleman from Oregon. Mr De Fazio. Will each control twenty minutes. The…

    gentleman from Oregon. Mr De Fazio. Will each control twenty minutes. The chair recognizes gentleman from Ohio . Thank you Mr Speaker

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    and first I want to yield to for such time as they might consume to the…

    and first I want to yield to for such time as they might consume to the gentleman from Ohio the author of the legislation Mr Hobson The Springfield Ohio gentleman's recognized Thank you Mr Chairman are the legislation cited use has been co-sponsored by every member of the our congressional delegation . You

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    THE CLERK

    would permit me the Dayton Ohio federal building in honor of our good…

    would permit me the Dayton Ohio federal building in honor of our good friend and just recently . Former colleague Tony Hawk's. Tony Hall is a gentleman. He's made Ohio . And this country better by a service here. And he's moved on to make the world a better place.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    place. As United Nations ambassador for hunger. I would urge every member…

    place. As United Nations ambassador for hunger. I would urge every member of Congress to support this piece of legislation . And I will be submitting a more detailed statement for the record show you will hire.

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    show you will hire. Back to bounce my time. Mr Speaker. I thank the…

    show you will hire. Back to bounce my time. Mr Speaker. I thank the gentleman from Springfield it's a personal honor today. And I

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    yield myself such time as I might do so it's a personal honor that I rise…

    yield myself such time as I might do so it's a personal honor that I rise today that bring this legislation forward to honoring our former colleague and distinguished Ohio and Tony Hall . To the floor.

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    MR. HOBSON

    former colleague and distinguished Ohio and Tony Hall . To the floor. H.R.…

    former colleague and distinguished Ohio and Tony Hall . To the floor. H.R. fifty three thirty five designates the federal building in United States court house. Located at two hundred West second Street in Dayton Ohio . As the Tony Hall federal building in United States courthouse. For over forty years. Tony Hall has dedicated his life to helping others and serving this nation. When Tony graduated from Venice and university in one thousand nine hundred sixty five as a little all American running back. He began his public service by joining the Peace Corps . Where he spent

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    one hundred sixty six in one nine hundred sixty seven. Teaching English in…

    one hundred sixty six in one nine hundred sixty seven. Teaching English in Thailand and I noted that the markup that we. Had

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    in Thailand and I noted that the markup that we. Had their full committee…

    in Thailand and I noted that the markup that we. Had their full committee that . Mr Oberstar a ranking member of the full committee also engaged in such a public service. Upon his return to his native Dayton Tony was drawn to a career in public service . At the age of twenty six put himself up as a candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives. An election he won despite . Facing an experienced opponent. Tony ably served in the Ohio House from one thousand nine hundred sixty eight one nine hundred seventy two before being elected to and serving in the House Senate. From one nine hundred seventy two to one thousand nine hundred seventy eight in one thousand nine hundred seventy eight Tony was elected for his first of twelve terms in this body . During his tenure here Tony was a tireless and outspoken advocate for combat in world hunger. Protecting human rights . And promoting humanitarian causes including basic education adult literacy immunization and other child survival programs. And sustainable agriculture in developing countries. He served as chairman of the House Select Committee on hunger from thousand one nine hundred nine until it was abolished in one thousand nine hundred three in protest of this decision Tony engaged the hunger strike that lasted twenty two days . Only ending after the creation of the congressional hunger center . Which he chaired from its inception . Until he left the Congress. Tony also served with distinction on the Rules Committee in addition to new numerous other committee and caucus assignments . In two thousand and two Tony resigned his seat . To accept a presidential appointment as United States ambassador to the United Nations food mega culture agencies . This is an appropriate honor. To a dedicated public assistant. I would like to can graduate my fellow all high on a distinguished career this far . And I'm sure we all wish him great success as he moves on to a new position from which he can continue to work . His work . To help others as Mr Hobson indicated. It's indeed that I think a fitting tribute and sometimes a fractious and. Partisan body that. Every member of the Ohio delegation whether Republican or Democrat. As a co-sponsor of this legislation it's my honor to be a co-sponsor . Colleagues to work . To adapt this matter. And reserve the balance of my time. Mark Morgan . I think German gentleman . Mr Speaker I rise in strong support of this legislation and. I have a statement which I did sort of this morning the record . And I will yield as to such time as she may consume to the gentlewoman for a while . Ms Kaptur. Limit of Moyles for economics. Yes I'd like to thank the distinguished gentleman from Oregon for yielding and. Offer my strong support of this wonderful wonderful resolution . That was entered initially by. Tony Hall Congressman Tony Hall Ambassador Tony Hall's neighbor. Dave Hobson with the strong support of the Ohio delegation in the full cooperation of Congressman Steve La Tourette . And the

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Congressman Steve La Tourette . And the

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    . And the entire. Ohio delegation . And to say that. How fitting it is…

    . And the entire. Ohio delegation . And to say that. How fitting it is that two hundred West second Street. The federal building . And courthouse in Dayton. Well now permanently be named in honor of this really incredible Ohio one who has traveled the world. On behalf of the most downtrodden people . Those who are starving

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    downtrodden people . Those who are starving

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    MS. KAPTUR

    . Those who are starving . Those who live in undemocratic places. Those…

    . Those who are starving . Those who live in undemocratic places. Those whose futures are truly bleak. And has tried to be a voice for them . In the world community in the United States at the United Nations and now as U.N. ambassador. Do the food Nagra cultural. Organization. I think it is so magnificent that . Congressman Hall . As from a part of Ohio. That understands agriculture well. And yet he was a city boy . And I walked with him many times to the food banks across this city. Across the city of Dayton. And across this country . I can remember when he and Bill Emerson and Mickey Leland traveled together . Across the world . And began. The germ of the idea of a Hunger Caucus here inside the Congress. Of the United States bringing young people here . To learn about. Not just America's needs . And the food pantries needs of our country . But indeed . The starving people of the world . And I know that the people of Dayton are justly proud . In that they have sent their favorite son . In service to the nation and. Not just in the Peace Corps . In one country. But in the cause of peace globally. And so I wish to thank Congressman Hobson. Congressman De Fazio Congressman La Tourette . On behalf of the entire Buckeye delegation here . For so properly. Recognizing the historic work . Of congressmen and Ambassador. Tony Hall. I would like to yield back any meaning time. I might have and say that I will have some additional. Remarks to place in the record permanently. Thank you for the by Mr Speaker the gentleman from Oregon that I have no additional speakers and if he's well and he'll back and prepared to close quickly. We have no additional speakers on the side of the background. Want to speak I yield myself the balance of my time only to say that only my colleague Mr Hobson But also my colleague . Miss Kaptur from Toledo. For. Being here this evening and and. I think all members would recognize that the mark of a member. It's easy if you're a Republican to be elected from a safe Republican seat . It's easy to be elected as a Democrat if you come from a safe Democratic seat . Tony Hall seat was marginally Republican . And the people. Continue do elect him and re-elect him because of his outstanding work not only for his community. But for the nation in the world Mr Speaker I yield back the balance of my time in our support of the resolution . The question is

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    . The question is will the House has been the rules of pass house.

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    house. Resolution fifty three thirty five .

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    . So many are in favor say aye aye. Those opposed in a period of a cheer…

    . So many are in favor say aye aye. Those opposed in a period of a cheer two thirds of those present being voted in the firm of the rules were suspended . The bill is passed. Without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the . What purpose of the germ of moral was. Mr Speaker I mean with the house to spend the rules and pass the bill H.R. five three three one John the general education provisions act. To clarify the definition of a student . Regarding family educational and privacy rights when of course.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    privacy rights when of course. H.R. fifty three thirty one a bill to amend…

    privacy rights when of course. H.R. fifty three thirty one a bill to amend the general education for visions act to clarify the definition of a student regarding. Family Educational and privacy rights or certain rules of them who are you wishing to be ruined the doom woman from job before new digital control twenty minutes. That your reckon I was doomed . Morrow . Mr Speaker I ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend the remarks on H.R. fifty three thirty

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    legislative days in which to revise and extend the remarks on H.R. fifty…

    legislative days in which to revise and extend the remarks on H.R. fifty three thirty one . Without objection . Mr Speaker I yield to the gentleman from Minnesota. And author of this legislation .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Mr Kennedy for such time as he may consume .

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    THE CLERK

    . Don't recognize. I think my colleague from Ohio. For yielding. And I…

    . Don't recognize. I think my colleague from Ohio. For yielding. And I speak today on behalf of this very important bill . I want to

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    begin by thanking Chairman Boehner and his staff for their cooperation…

    begin by thanking Chairman Boehner and his staff for their cooperation their leadership on gaining a hearing for this very important legislation that were scheduled here today . This is a very simple but very important piece of legislation . It further in shrines in the law that we will treat all students. Equally

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    MR. TIBERI

    the law that we will treat all students. Equally . And that we will…

    the law that we will treat all students. Equally . And that we will protect . Family privacy. The problem stems stems from uncertainty in the family and educational rights and protection act . Confusion about who is covered under the Act has led to the private information of many nonpublic students.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    nonpublic students.

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    MR. KENNEDY

    students. Being treated as public information . This is cause confusion in…

    students. Being treated as public information . This is cause confusion in Minnesota. And in other states across the nation . Well the law is being a problem. Applied. Appropriately for most students. Many homeschoolers . And private school students. Have face problems with their personal information being released to the public. I don't believe that was the intent of the law. We should fix it. And we should make sure that all students. Have the same protection of privacy under the law . The common sense solution. Simply clarifies the definition of a student regarding privacy rights. And ensures that all students . Private information is protected. I urge my colleagues to vote for this bill. And I yield back my time you lose. California . This Speaker I yield myself as much time as I may consume. Mr Speaker H.R. fifty three thirty one. Would ensure that the educational records of homeschooled students are provided the same protection. As it cation records of non homeschooled students . This legislation. Even see the playing field and we have no objection to its passage . However I am concerned that this house. Has the time to debate this legislation . Yet has been unable to pass the labor. H.H.S. education appropriations bill H.R. fifty three thirty one focuses on protecting the edge an educational records of.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    educational records of. Home schooled students .

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    . Unfortunately by. Our inaction on the education budget . We have failed…

    . Unfortunately by. Our inaction on the education budget . We have failed to provide vital funding. That benefits the remaining ninety nine percent of our children. Those who attend public schools. President Bush's fiscal year two thousand and three budget . Provides for the smallest . Increase in education funding. In the past seven years . His budget . Provides only. A two point eight percent increase. Mr Speaker. Congress has increased the education budget. By fifteen percent annually . Over the past seven years . President Bush's proposal. Is absolutely unacceptable . When our time today . Could be much better spam. If we address that issue . Instead of an issue that we all agree on. Mr Speaker I support passage of this legislation . But believe that the American people would be better served by the passage of an education budget. I reserve the balance of my time to move more of Mario . Thank you Mr Speaker I yield to myself as much time as of a case of . Disrespect Or again I want to reiterate what the sponsor of this legislation . Congressman Kennedy from Minnesota . Has already said . And that is H.R. fifty three thirty one makes a technical correction. To first to ensure that the records of home school students are treated in the same manner as all other. Public school students today . H.R. fifty three thirty one requires local school districts to trade. The records of all students. In the same manner and protect the privacy rights of all students are urged his house to pass the Kennedy.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Sponsored bill H.R. . Fifty three thirty one . At this

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    . At this time Mr Speaker I have no further requests for time and you'll…

    . At this time Mr Speaker I have no further requests for time and you'll back the balance of my time. The question is will have I'm sure all of the journalism California recognized . I thought you'd used to call John. Thank you Mr Speaker in closing I'd like to remind my colleagues. That the president had a bipartisan vote on a bill called Leave No Child Behind . It was a good bill. But what he forgot. Is that you have to fund . Good bills. And he is leaving. Ninety nine percent of our children behind by not including. Full funding for his. Bill. In this budget. And I yield back the remainder of my time .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    But object to the question is will they have suspend the rules and pass…

    But object to the question is will they have suspend the rules and pass H.R. far as far through three one. So many and. More in favor say

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    and. More in favor say aye . Those pose no . An opinion of the chair two…

    and. More in favor say aye . Those pose no . An opinion of the chair two thirds of those present every voter in the affirmative. The rules of suspended. The bill is passed without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    For the gentleman from Illinois Russ. Mr Speaker I move that the House has…

    For the gentleman from Illinois Russ. Mr Speaker I move that the House has been the rules and pass the bill H.R. fifty five forty two . The black long consolidation of Ministre to Responsibility Act as amended . The clerk record in time of the bill H.R. fifty five forty two a bill to consolidate all black long benefit responsibility under a single official and for other purposes . Certain rule of journalism is no more than the spigot. And a gentlewoman from California Ms muesli. Each will control twenty minutes. The chair recognizes the gentleman from Illinois . Mr Speaker I ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous myth. Information and

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous myth. Information…

    revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous myth. Information and . H.R. fifty five forty two . But I'll just. Mr Speaker I yield myself such time as I may consume .

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  • 08:49:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . Mr Speaker I rise today in support of H.R. fifty five forty two a bill…

    . Mr Speaker I rise today in support of H.R. fifty five forty two a bill to consolidate all of the administrative responsibilities we related to the black long benefits program within the Department of Labor . By eliminating

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    THE CLERK

    black long benefits program within the Department of Labor . By eliminating

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    overlapping and duplicated responsibilities between agencies the bill will…

    overlapping and duplicated responsibilities between agencies the bill will improve efficiency and ensure a continued high level of customer service for all beneficiaries . Currently the

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    black lung. Benefits Program is administered by the Division of coal miner…

    black lung. Benefits Program is administered by the Division of coal miner workers' compensation in the United States Department of Labor. The bill provides monetary and medical benefits to former. Coal

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    former. Coal Miner workers who are completely disabled by new mold called.

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    disabled by new mold called. Connie always always has a crippling…

    disabled by new mold called. Connie always always has a crippling respiratory condition . When the program was enacted in one nine hundred sixty nine the Social Security Administration S.S.A. was given the initial responsibility for processing and paying claims. In one thousand nine hundred two however amendments to the act transferred . Responsibility for all new claims to the Department of Labor . Then under an one thousand nine hundred seven Memorandum of Understanding between. D O L and S.S.A.. All claims including those filed with S.S.A. prior to July first one nine hundred seventy three. Became the responsibility of the Department of Labor. The bill we consider today will formalize what has been the current practice and procedures since one nine hundred ninety seven. And I want to point out that this program enjoys a high level of customer satisfaction . In fact recent surveys result . Results in joint audits by the office. Offices of the inspector general of S.S.A. and Dio Well. Confirm the quality of services provided to program. Beneficiaries . Resulting in eliminating the confusion that can result when the administrative responsibilities are divided between the two agencies the legislation will ensure that the beneficiaries continue to receive the highest quality of service. The legislation also implements a long standing recommendation by the inspector generals of S.S. A and D. Oh well that the administrative responsibility for the program should be consolidated with Dio Well . It's important to note . Mr Speaker that the legislation would retain all the regulations currently applicable to the beneficiaries and title months in addition to their specific provisions regarding the transfer . The legislation provides that the director of the Office of Management and Budget . In consultation with the heads of S.S.A. and A.O.L. is authorized to make such determinations as may be necessary to accomplish the purposes of the bill. I would like to commend my colleagues in the sponsor of this bill. Congresswoman Hart from Pennsylvania for her work on this legislation . And I would you reserve the balance of my time to lose California. Mr Speaker I yield myself. As such time as I may consume . Mr Speaker I rise in support of H.R. fifty five forty two. The sole purpose of which is to consolidate the responsibility for the administration of the back black lung. Benefits Program and of the partner of labor. Historically the Social Security administration has handled claims filed . Prior to nine hundred seventy three. While the Department of Labor. Has handled claims filed. Since one thousand nine hundred seventy three. As the population served by the Social Security Administration has decreased . Because of age . The Department

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . The Department of Labor has pursuant to a memorandum of understanding .

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    memorandum of understanding . Undertaken increased responsibility for the…

    memorandum of understanding . Undertaken increased responsibility for the program . At this point it makes sense to consolidate responsibility for the program in the Department of Labor. Mr Speaker. While I support this bill . I am disappointed that we are failing to deal with other issues. Issues that would be more meaningful . And benefit. American workers . We have failed to increase . And inadequate. Minimum wage. We have failed to protect workers from abuses by managed care companies . We are impoverishing families who have exhausted their unemployment benefits . By failing to provide extended benefits . In short Mr Speaker we are not taking the steps we need to take in order to protect . Working Americans . While we should be doing. Much more . I have no objections to this very modest bill. And I do urge the adoption of H.R.. Fifty five forty two and reserve the balance of my time in leading . Thank you Mr Speaker . At this time I would like to to yield to the gentlewoman from Pennsylvania . And I was woman heart . At the sponsor of this bill for such time as she may consume movies like thanks generally from Illinois and. My colleagues who are in support of H.R. fifty five forty two . I'm pleased to be the sponsor of the Blackall and consolidation. Of administrative responsibilities act on behalf of the administration and on behalf of the Department of Labor. Initially outlined in the president's two thousand and three budget for the Department of Labor. This legislation will consolidate as was said earlier all of the responsibility for the ministration. Of

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ministration. Of

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    black lung benefits . Under one agency. The black lung benefits program…

    black lung benefits . Under one agency. The black lung benefits program was and acted as part of the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of one hundred sixty nine. The first comprehensive . Federal legislation to regulate health and safety . In the coal industry

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  • 08:55:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    regulate health and safety . In the coal industry . The law created a…

    regulate health and safety . In the coal industry . The law created a temporary system . To compensate victims

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    MS. HART

    temporary system . To compensate victims of dust exposure. In the mines…

    temporary system . To compensate victims of dust exposure. In the mines with public funds in mystery by the SO Security Administration. In one nine hundred seventy two when the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act was amended to require the use of simplified interim eligibility for all claims filed with the SO Security Administration . And to transfer new claims to the partner of labor in one thousand seventy three. The office of workers' compensation programs in the Department of Labor . Assumed responsibility for the processing and the paying of these new claims. On July first one hundred seventy three. Most of the claims filed. Prior to that date. Remained in the jurisdiction of the Social Security Administration until one thousand nine hundred seven . On September twenty sixth of one thousand nine hundred seventy fishes from the Social Security Administration. And the Department of Labor. Signed a memorandum of understanding . Transferring the responsibility for managing all active Social Security Administration blackline claims to the Department of Labor. This change was aimed at eliminating any can. Fusion . About which federal agency. Should handle the claims. And also enhancing customer service to black lung beneficiaries. At present the Department of Labor. Manages all federal Blackwing claims. While formal appeals on Part B. claims are currently furred. Refer to the Security Administration. Mr Speaker there are a number of people who are beneficiaries of this program . And number in Pennsylvania West Virginia and states surrounding mine. In fact I am a descendant of coal miners and. There are many in western Pennsylvania who are. And the goal for us is to make sure that this program continues to be administered in a very efficient way . The black lung consolidation of ministry of Responsibilities Act would simply transfer all the responsibilities for the administration of claims . Under part B. . Of the act. To the Department of Labor. For retaining all regulations currently applicable to the beneficiaries and title mints. Besides improved improving is Ministry of efficiency. This transfer of responsibilities will ensure the continuation of a high level of customer service and beneficiaries. Joint audits by the Office of Inspector General of the so Security Administration and the Department of Labor and is generally from Illinois stated earlier. Have confirmed the cry quality of claims related services provided by the Department of Labor. Hillary make says Mr Speaker. To consolidate these services. Out of the Department of Labor. Last year in fact the University of Michigan. Released the results of a customer satisfaction survey. Of beneficiaries. Receiving the services. Under the Department of Labor . And found the highest level of customer satisfaction of any federal benefits program surveyed. Finally the legislation implements. A longstanding recommendation. By the inspector generals of the Department of Labor. And the so Security Administration at the administrative responsibility for the black lung benefits act. Should be consolidated . Within the Department of Labor. This change would ensure the continuation of this high level of service. To program beneficiaries. Many of whom are elderly and unwell. While limited in confusion and duplication of ministry to functions it will also make sure that these beneficiaries continue to receive a high level of service . The blackline consolidation in this race of responsibilities act . Is simply common sense and good government . In times like these we find our budget is tight. And we need to be very careful about our spending. This measure will continue to help us achieve that my colleagues to support this legislation on a yield back the balance of my time . You know move to California . Mr Speaker. I'd like to remind my colleagues. That although this is a good thing we're doing for Pennsylvania and coworkers. That there are steps we are taking to protect American workers . First of all we haven't in adequate minimum wage. We also are failing to reform . Managed care . And we have exhausted . Unemployment benefits . For many many of our workers who are part of this horrific economy that we're faced with. We must deal with the big picture. Also And I yield back the balance of my time there lived a little more.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    there lived a little more.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    Thank you Mr Speaker and. I have no further requests for time and in…

    Thank you Mr Speaker and. I have no further requests for time and in closing I would just like. Again to come in my colleague and sponsor of. Of this bill the gentlewoman from Pennsylvania for her work on the legislation and. To thank the chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee . And I urge my colleagues to support this common sense. Sense Bill. And I would yield back the balance of my time. The question is will the house suspend the rules and pass more. to As amended. So many as are in favor say aye . Those opposed no.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    opposed no. An opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having…

    opposed no. An opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative.

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative. Mr…

    chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative. Mr Speaker and that I demand that yes the names of the a's and days are requested all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise or remain standing until counted . A sufficient number having risen the yeas and nays are ordered pursued to the clause A TO RULE twenty in the chairs prior announcement. For the

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    proceeding of this motion will be postponed .

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    MRS. BIGGER

    It was a gentleman from Georgia Ron is . The speaker I

  • 09:01:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    It was a gentleman from Georgia Ron is . The speaker I move the house to…

    It was a gentleman from Georgia Ron is . The speaker I move the house to spend the rules and pass the bill House Joint Resolution one one three. Recognizing the contributions of patsy to make O. make. As amended the court reporter talking of the joint resolution . House Joint Resolution one thirteen joint resolution recognizing the contributions of Patsey timi. Pursuit to the rules of Jim from Georgia. Mr Argus and the gentleman from California . Each will control twenty minutes the chair recognizes gentleman from Georgia. Misspeak or I ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks on House Joint Resolution one one three. But on

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  • 09:02:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    one three. But on objection. The Speaker I rise in support of the speaker…

    one three. But on objection. The Speaker I rise in support of the speaker I used. You know myself

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  • 09:02:22 PM

    MR. LINDER

    support of the speaker I used. You know myself this time as I may consume.…

    support of the speaker I used. You know myself this time as I may consume. The Speaker I rise in support of House Resolution one one three to recognize the many contributions of Patsey me . That's the

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    contributions of Patsey me . That's the

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    THE CLERK

    main provided a great service to Congress and the nation as a whole. As…

    main provided a great service to Congress and the nation as a whole. As she always represented her constituents . GRACE. Commitment . And absolutely

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . And absolutely with determination . That's the make was a trailblazer as…

    . And absolutely with determination . That's the make was a trailblazer as of. The first woman of color . To win national office . She was truly a person of honor .

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    MR. ISAKSON

    Patsy Mink stood by her word and did not step away from controversy zero…

    Patsy Mink stood by her word and did not step away from controversy zero or difficult issues. She never made decisions based on what was politically easy . She made

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  • 09:03:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . She made decisions based on what was right.

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    MR. ISAKSON

    based on what was right. I am honored to have worked with her and to have…

    based on what was right. I am honored to have worked with her and to have had the opportunity to know the Dr. Dedication and devotion to her home state. And to our constituency. A tribute to our former colleague and the legacy that she leaves behind is most appropriate . That's the makes passing is a significant loss to all of us and offer my heartfelt condolences to her family . And to her constituents . And on a personal note. Mr Speaker I first met . Patsy Mink for. Years ago when I was elected to the Congress the United States. She had served many years before I came . And her career before my Alexion was far more important than any election of me. She had broken the glass ceiling for women. And why she had been an outspoken leader. Patsey and I were of a different sex . A different ethnicity. A different generation . And a different political party. But as goes so often on reported in this body . But is so often reality. Those of us regardless of our differences come together for what's right and what's best for the American people. It should not go on noted on this evening . That it was Patsy Mink as a member of the working group of H.R. one. No Child Left Behind . Who articulated and fought for her beliefs . Found common ground and allowed this Congress and this country to address the needs of America's most needy and deserving students . While it is easy for all of us to find fault from time to time . About which we in this house have not done . We must always recognize that which on countless thankless hours . Have been accomplished by dedicated leaders. Of commitment . And perseverance . Patsy Mink was a lady . She was a friend. She was a member of this Congress. And she will be missed. And I reserve the balance of my time . Knowledge from California. Mr Speaker I rise. And yield myself such time as I may consume. I'm proud to be an original co-sponsor of. H.J. Raz one thirteen which recognizes the many contributions that. Congresswoman Patsy talked Comodo Minke from Hawaii . Made to the people of this country. Particularly to girls . Women . That is why it is fitting that this resolution . Renames Title Nine of the Higher Education Act . Amendments of one nine hundred seventy two . The patsy. Talk Comodo mink. Equal opportunity in education act .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    In the early ninety's seventy's Patsy played. The

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    key role in the next month of Title nine. Which prohibits. Gender…

    key role in the next month of Title nine. Which prohibits. Gender discrimination by federally funded institutions . Where most people think of title mind they think of women's sports. And the impact of title mine. On women's sports can clearly be seen . In fact in one nine hundred seventy two. Scholarships for women's sports. Nationally. Added up to one hundred thousand dollars . And in one thousand nine hundred eighty seven. The scholarships . Equaled over two hundred million dollars . Did she make a difference. You bet she did . We can see the impact of Title nine. In the impressive accomplishments of American female athletes at the Olympics and. When we turn on the T.V. to watch professional women's basketball or soccer . But we shouldn't forget that Title nine. Has also been a major tool for increasing women's participation . In other aspects of education as well as we stand here on the floor to day. Title Nine ensures that girls have equal access to classes that lead to high wage jobs . So that women can support themselves and their families as well as their male counterparts . But Title Nine has only. Was only one of Patsy's contribution to girls and women of America . She also authored the women's educational equity act known as . We are in one thousand nine hundred seventy four . We are remains the primary resource for teachers and parents . Seeking information . On proven methods to ensure gender equity in schools and communities. We are. Represents the federal commitment to ensuring that girls future choices. And successes are determined not by their gender . But by their own interests . Aspirations and abilities . Mr Speaker there's been no stronger voice in Congress for girls and women and minorities . Than Patsy. Talk of Moto mink. And I will do call it will and it was do . Congress proud. To remember her and honor her . By passing. H.J. Rose . One one three . And renaming title. Take. Nine. The patsy. Talk of Moto mink. Asked Mr Speaker I reserve the remainder of my time soon for both have no further requests I reserve the balance of our time the right to close . This is Speaker I yield back that my time to speak or I would just close by acknowledging all of the accomplishments as recited by Miss Wellesley and. On behalf of all the colleagues in the Congress United States our deep sense of the family of Patsy Macon of the people of Hawaii but. The great joy all of us should have in recognizing her accomplishments on behalf of her state. On behalf of all women in America . And on behalf of this Congress . And I urge all my colleagues to vote unanimously for this resolution . Commending a great woman. And a great member of Congress and I yield back the balance my time . And I thank you Joe from

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . And I thank you Joe from Georgia. The question is will the House has…

    . And I thank you Joe from Georgia. The question is will the House has been the rules and passed the House Joint Resolution one thirteen . As amended

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    MR. ISAKSON

    the rules and passed the House Joint Resolution one thirteen . As amended

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    one thirteen . As amended . So many as are in favor say aye . Those

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    MR. ISAKSON

    are in favor say aye . Those opposed know what does that leave me. Mr…

    are in favor say aye . Those opposed know what does that leave me. Mr Speaker. Tear two thirds of those president voted in the affirmative. What purpose of the gentle lady from California rise . Mr Speaker I would ask for the a's and nays. The A's and days are requested. All those in favor of taking this vote by the usual news will rise and remain standing into account it. It's a vision of her having risen the use in those who ordered. Pursued to close a the rule twenty . And it years

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    prior announcement for the proceedings of this motion will be more per…

    prior announcement for the proceedings of this motion will be more per Moraz. Mr Speaker move disciplined the rules and pass H.R. five four to

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    seven . The court will report to Talk of the H.R.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    H.R. fifty four twenty seven of build to designate a federal building…

    H.R. fifty four twenty seven of build to designate a federal building located at first and Richardson avenues in Roswell New Mexico as the. Jones scheme federal building to the rules of German market will miss the Mark Rich. And a gentleman from Oregon Mr The Fonz you. Huge will control twenty minutes . The chair recognizes the gentleman from Ohio . I thank you Mr Speaker in a myself such time as I might consume . Mr Speaker H R five four two seven designates the federal building in Roswell New Mexico . As the Joe Skeen federal building . After twenty two years of distinguished service in this body . Our colleague from

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  • 09:10:58 PM

    MR. LATOURETTE

    service in this body . Our colleague from New Mexico Joe Skeen is retiring…

    service in this body . Our colleague from New Mexico Joe Skeen is retiring . I want to

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  • 09:11:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    recognize the hard work of the bill's sponsor. Representative Heather…

    recognize the hard work of the bill's sponsor. Representative Heather Wilson from New Mexico's first district.

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  • 09:11:07 PM

    THE CLERK

    from New Mexico's first district. In bringing this measure to the floor…

    from New Mexico's first district. In bringing this measure to the floor with the support of over two hundred co-sponsors . Congressman Skeen was born in Roswell New Mexico.

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  • 09:11:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Well spare him of saying the year of his birth since he's still with us in…

    Well spare him of saying the year of his birth since he's still with us in this body . He served in the United States Navy for a one year and less meat and later in the United States Air Force Reserves from one nine hundred forty nine until one nine hundred fifty two.

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    Reserves from one nine hundred forty nine until one nine hundred fifty…

    Reserves from one nine hundred forty nine until one nine hundred fifty two. Congress and skiing graduated from Texas A and M. University . With his bachelor's in science degree. And agricultural engineering. After graduation he worked as a soil and water engineer for the Zuni and Rama Navajo Indians . He later purchased the family sheep ranch. Congressman skin was first elected to public office in one nine hundred sixty . When he served the New Mexico State Senate until one nine hundred seventy. For the last six years of his time in the state senate he served as a minority leader in one nine hundred eighty Congressman skein was elected to serve New Mexico second district. In the United States House of Representatives. He was first elected as a write in candidate. And served for eleven succeeding Congress his boss serving in the House Joe was known and has known for his commitment to prop. He writes. Balancing the federal budget. And increased tax relief. He may have been the most influential as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on agriculture and Hansing the agriculture viability in New Mexico and is chairman on the subcommittee on interior dealing with natural resources and public land use . This is an appropriate building designation to a dedicated public servant. I want to congratulate Congressman Skeen on such an admirable and distinguished career . And wish him all the best and great happiness . As he returns to his family . And the family ranch. I support this bill as my colleagues to do the same and reserve the balance of my time . Morgan the speaker yield myself such time as I may consume. Ok human right I guess . Speaker I rise in support of this legislation and ask unanimous consent to answer my remarks at this point the record I would yield . Such time as he might consume to the gentleman from New Mexico Mr you know the object. Thank you Mr Speaker. It is a great honor and privilege to have the opportunity just speak today in support of H.R. fifty four twenty seven . The Joe Skeen federal building designation at the honor of speaking in support of this bill however pales in comparison to the honor of having the opportunity to serve as a member of Congress with Joe . It's

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    difficult to capture with words the impact and significance. Joe

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    impact and significance. Joe has mad . Man not only to Mexicans but to the…

    impact and significance. Joe has mad . Man not only to Mexicans but to the citizens of the United States. And the

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  • 09:13:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    of the United States. And the

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    States. And the institution of the U.S. Congress as well. It is no secret…

    States. And the institution of the U.S. Congress as well. It is no secret secret that he has been an incredibly effective legislator . On behalf of his constituents and that. And that he has been an incredible asset . To his party

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    incredible asset . To his party

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    MR. UDALL

    . And the entire Congress. No doubt my colleagues will list many of his…

    . And the entire Congress. No doubt my colleagues will list many of his legislative accomplishments and accolades he has earned during his remarkable wife. The list is impressive . But these are but a small part of the fabric of Joe's character. Throughout his years of service he has been a model of integrity and truth. He has always done what he believed in his heart to be true and he's always worked in a bipartisan way to accomplish important work. During a time of increasing cynicism towards politics and politicians. By the media and the electorate is a man who exemplifies what is good and what is right in our political system . Joe thank you for your service to New Mexico and to our country . But most of all thank you for your friendship . You will be sorely missed by all and I would yield back to Representative De Fazio any remaining time . You know why you. As a speaker at this time it's my pleasure Neal such time as you might consume to the Bills author. Represented Heather Wilson of New Mexico object. Thank you Mr Speaker it's really an honor to be here this evening to share some time with the House and to explain why were they Mia building in Roswell New Mexico after a guy named Josephine . Just King was born in Roswell New Mexico . And he is a rancher . Most of us . Most of us around here know that because when he was the chair of the Agriculture Committee in appropriations he never let us forget it. And it wasn't just a ranch he was a sheep ranch. And Joe managed to put up. Photographs of New Mexico around the Appropriations Subcommittee room. Of sheep

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    around the Appropriations Subcommittee room. Of sheep

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    room. Of sheep everywhere so no one would know one would forget that this…

    room. Of sheep everywhere so no one would know one would forget that this was that this was an Appropriations Subcommittee.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    That was chaired by a sheep rancher he purchased his family ranching…

    That was chaired by a sheep rancher he purchased his family ranching operation from his grandmother . And is currently

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  • 09:15:40 PM

    MRS. WILSON

    purchased his family ranching operation from his grandmother . And is…

    purchased his family ranching operation from his grandmother . And is currently being run by Joe and his wife Mary and his son Mike . He also has a daughter Lisa. And three grandsons . You really can't think of Joe without also thinking of marriage she is an absolute stalwart a wonderful woman. A woman. One of those women of Western . Western women of strength . Who radiates warmth and friendship kind of . The kind of. The woman walks into a room . Just lights up the place . And lights up Joe's eyes too. And you can see that steel. In their relationship. Having been married these many years . Joe was also known quite a bit for his sense of humor around here . In fact. Fact Tom I think probably . Probably only mode all exceeds him and his appreciation for the importance of humor. And public life. It's kind of a dry western. Sense of humor . He talks about being the minority leader of the state Senate in New Mexico . And people. You know introduced in that way is a proud accomplishment . And he always points out to them that that and that at the time that he was the minority leader . They had their caucus meetings in the phone booth. Because there were so few mean Republicans in the state Senate. And then he began to build the Republican Party. And the representation of Republicans in the state senate followed him . He was first elected to the House of Representatives as a write in candidate nine hundred eighty . Very unusual in fact use only the third person . In American history to ever be elected to this body . As a write in candidate . It was an extraordinary effort and an unusual time and I remember Mary telling me that on that night. Election night in one nine hundred eighty. When they got the reports in from the precincts that it was ALIVE AND o'clock at night . The polls had already been closed and seven. But people were still waiting in line. They knew then that they were going to win . It was an unusual moment in American history. Participated in by a very unusual . And wonderful man. Joe has been an effective leader. And an outstanding representative for New Mexico's second district over twenty years . During his time Joe. Has sown in his commitment to public service . And to his constituents . His staff many of whom have been with them for twenty two years talk about when he used to work in that. Federal Building down in Roswell . And he'd go. We'd go out to take a little break. And they would be back. For half an hour an hour or more. And he'd found some constituent to chat with some constituent that. Needed help with the social security shack or veterans benefits . That was the kind of guy that Joe was as a public servant. During his tenure. Here he's had a powerful influence in this Congress has served seventeen years. On the House Appropriations Committee . He's been a champion of states' rights. And the idea that decisions made closest to the people are those that are best . He's also known around here for his sense of humor whenever whenever anyone walks into those office from New Mexico you ask about the weather. Yes weather is rain get. Usually the answer of course is no since we don't get much rain. And Joe always says with that. Perfect timing. That I can't even begin to imitate. You know . There are twelve year olds in New Mexico I've never even seen rain . His staff is very familiar with that story. But every constituent gets a big laugh out of Josephine. And his appreciation for the Western. Sense of humor. After eleven terms in the United States Congress Joe's decided to return to his ranch. A place that he describes as being at the center of my upbringing . And what shaped my character . And its principles. He leaves behind a proud tradition of public service . In which he's been a positive influence on many people's lives including mine . One of Joe's actions when he first took office in one thousand nine hundred one was to introduce legislation to name the federal building in last Christmas . After the man he replaced Congressman Harold Runnels. I believe it's appropriate . Twenty two years later. To return the favor . And I yield the balance of my time to move Morgan . I have no record of further requests for time and I would yield back to balance my time. Well just you know . Well I know the speaker idea less of the balance of our time and indicate that I want to congratulate Representative Wilson for not only introducing this legislation but. Also that moving testimony to a fine individual who serve this institution well. I think Mr you'd offer his kind words urge passage of the bill. And yield back the balance of our time. The question is will the House has been the rules. And passed bill H.R. took fifty four twenty seven . So many as are in favor say aye . Those opposed. And opinion of the chair two thirds of those present only voted in the affirmative.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    two thirds of those present only voted in the affirmative.

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    affirmative. The rules are suspended. The bill is passed . Without…

    affirmative. The rules are suspended. The bill is passed . Without objection the

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    . Without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    table. Joe Morrow as speaker I move to spend the rules and pass H.R. five…

    table. Joe Morrow as speaker I move to spend the rules and pass H.R. five zero eight three . The court reporter thought of the boom House calendar number two twenty two H.R. fifty three. A bill to designate the United States court house at South federal pleases Santa Fe New Mexico . As the

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . As the Santiago week. United States courthouse to the rule. Maru was…

    . As the Santiago week. United States courthouse to the rule. Maru was moved through it. And the gentleman from Oregon Mr Before it was you will control twenty minutes. That your reckon I was doing more harm. I thank you very much Mr Speaker and yelled myself such time as I might consume. H R fifty eight three as the clerk has indicated designates the United States court house at South federal place the Santa Fe New Mexico . As a

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    South federal place the Santa Fe New Mexico . As a Santiago our campus…

    South federal place the Santa Fe New Mexico . As a Santiago our campus United States court house. A

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    native of New Mexico judge Campos served in the United States Navy . From…

    native of New Mexico judge Campos served in the United States Navy . From one thousand

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    THE CLERK

    served in the United States Navy . From one thousand nine hundred forty…

    served in the United States Navy . From one thousand nine hundred forty one nine hundred forty six . Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy Judge Campos. Earned his undergraduate degree from the Central College in Fayette Missouri . And his law degree from the University of New Mexico. In one nine hundred fifty three. Where he graduated first in his class . From one nine hundred

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    in his class . From one nine hundred fifty four to one nine hundred fifty…

    in his class . From one nine hundred fifty four to one nine hundred fifty seven Judge compos served as an assistant state attorney general. And then is the first assistant state attorney general.

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    assistant state attorney general. After a period of time in private…

    assistant state attorney general. After a period of time in private practice judge campus was elected as a district judge for the first judicial district of the state of New Mexico . Until his appointment to the federal bench . Judge Campos served in the federal bench with distinction for over twenty two years of his appointment in one thousand nine hundred seventy eight by President Carter. Until December of two thousand and one . Just one month before his death in January of this year. Judge Campos was the first Hispanic to serve as a federal judge in New Mexico . And the first to service chief judge of the district court in the Mexico . This bill has the support of the New Mexico state legislature which passed a joint memorial. Requesting the name of this courthouse . As well as the unanimous support of the judges. Making up. The tenth Circuit Court of Appeals . And the district court. Of New Mexico . This is a fitting tribute to a dedicated public servant I support the bill. Urge my colleagues to do the same for graduate Mr Udall for bringing this fine piece of legislation . Before us and reserve the balance of my time more and more in Speaker I rise and says support a bill in your myself. Such time as I may consume . Thank misspeak or . I rise in strong support of this legislation congratulate the gentleman from New Mexico . Miss you all for his work and to bring this bill. Quickly through committee and to the floor of the house . And at this point . I would yield . Such time as he might consume. To the gentleman. To New Mexico mistreat all very new and regular. Thank you Mr Speaker and I very much thank the distinguished gentleman from Oregon. Mr Speaker is Speaker I rise today . To express my support for H.R. fifty eighty three a bill which I introduced which will name the United States courthouse in Santa Fe New Mexico as the Santiago e-com posts. United

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Fe New Mexico as the Santiago e-com posts. United

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    Fe New Mexico as the Santiago e-com posts. United

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    States courthouse . I would like to thank

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    Chairman Young . Ranking Member Oberstar. And the committee for favor…

    Chairman Young . Ranking Member Oberstar. And the committee for favor Barry. Reporting this bill to the floor. I would also like to thank the eight members of the Hispanic Caucus who lent their names as original co-sponsors of this bill. Born on Christmas of one nine hundred twenty six in Santa Rosa New Mexico. Santiago camos composts served in the United States Navy . And eventually

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    camos composts served in the United States Navy . And eventually

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    MR. UDALL

    served in the United States Navy . And eventually received his law degree…

    served in the United States Navy . And eventually received his law degree from the University of New Mexico one thousand nine hundred fifty three . Graduating first . In his class . From one thousand nine hundred forty nine hundred fifty seven . Santiago worked . As the assistant and first assistant attorney general for the state of New Mexico . In one thousand nine hundred seventy eight Santiago compas was appointed to the federal bench by President Jimmy Carter. He held the title of chief U.S. district judge from February fifth one thousand . Eighty seven . To December thirty first one thousand nine hundred nine and took senior status. December twenty sixth one thousand nine hundred two . Judge compost stood as a pillar both in the community and on the bench. And was the moving for some reviving the federal courthouse in Santa Fe The judge accomplice worked closely with the General Services Administration in Fort Worth Texas. And with the Santa Fe historical preservation office. To transform the Santa Fe U.S. courthouse . Into the Beautiful active place. It is today. Judge composts . Dedication and fairness. Were widely recognized throughout the state of New Mexico . As the first Hispanic in New Mexico . To be appointed to the federal bench. Judge compost broke barriers and became a role model to aspiring lawyers . Especially Hispanic lawyers. Throughout the state. His colleagues remember him as a supportive friend . A cheerful mentor . And a first class . Judge . As a federal prosecutor . I argued cases before Judge compas on a number of occasions . He was very active in his courtroom and often became more involved in his cases than other judges. While still allowing a lawyer to try his own case. And just as he balance the scales of justice. He balance the scales . Of life . Never void. Of humor. Courage. Humility and respect. Even when Judge compas was diagnosed with cancer. He continued to fight. He fought with the reason. And he fought with laughter. He remained resolute. Until his death in January two thousand and one . To judge accomplices daughters . Tina McCalla and Rebecca. I would like to say that your father's name will never be forgotten . To his wife Patsy. Your husband's legacy will live on through this courthouse bearing his name . To his grandchildren and great grandchildren is my. I hope that your generation will continue to uphold the ideals standards and compassion of Judge composts. Mr Speaker. It was a great privilege and honor for me to introduce this legislation which received the N.A.I.S. unanimous indorsement. Of the judges of the Tenth Circuit District Judges of the gesture Court of New Mexico . And a bipartisan group of New Mexico State Legislators. Mr Speaker like the clerks who served with him. The lawyers who argued cases in front of them. And his friends and family. I look forward to seeing the name of Judge Santiago a compas inscribed in the stone of the U.S. courthouse in Santa Fe. I urge my friends to support this bill and I urge my colleagues here to support this bill and I thank you Mr Speaker and I yield back. Any remaining time to the. Distinguished Gentleman from Oregon Mr De Fazio. Joe from Oregon. I would have no further requests for time . And I would yield back the balance by time to do more as speaker urged the support of the Belial back to balance for a time. The question is will the House has been the rules and pass the bill . A char of five away three. So maybe . As are in favor say aye aye . Those opposed an opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative. The rules are suspended the bill is passed without objection the motion is to can reconsider is laid on the table. Joe from Ohio. As Speaker I move to suspend the rules and pass H.R.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    move to suspend the rules and pass H.R.

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    two six seven to. The court reporter top of the house calendar number one…

    two six seven to. The court reporter top of the house calendar number one forty nine H.R. twenty

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    H.R. twenty six seventy two a bill to designate the United States court…

    H.R. twenty six seventy two a bill to designate the United States court house to be constructed that they are new and Mills street.

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    court house to be constructed that they are new and Mills street.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    In Eugene Oregon as the way in Lyman Morse United States court house.…

    In Eugene Oregon as the way in Lyman Morse United States court house. Pursuant to the rule the germ of. Are you just move through it and the gentleman from Oregon Mr the farms you. Twenty minutes. That your recognize Jim morrow . I thank you Mr Speaker in the old myself such time as I might consume. H R twenty six seventy two designates the United States. Courthouse to be constructed at eight the avenue in Mill Street in Eugene Oregon . As the way

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    Street in Eugene Oregon . As the way in Lyman Morse United States…

    Street in Eugene Oregon . As the way in Lyman Morse United States courthouse . Born in one thousand nine hundred in danger County Wisconsin . Senator Morse

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    County Wisconsin . Senator Morse

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    THE CLERK

    graduated from the University of Wisconsin in one nine hundred twenty four…

    graduated from the University of Wisconsin in one nine hundred twenty four from the law the partment at the University of Minnesota in one nine hundred twenty eight . And from Columbia University Law School in one thousand eight hundred thirty two . Senator Morse was a professor of law and later dean at the University of Oregon law school until election . To United States

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    until election . To United States Senate in one thousand nine hundred four…

    until election . To United States Senate in one thousand nine hundred four early in his career . Senator Morse witnessed. America's wrapper of urban and industrial development. Specifically its effects on the rural lives of the farmers in his home state of Wisconsin . Influenced by

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    lives of the farmers in his home state of Wisconsin . Influenced by such…

    lives of the farmers in his home state of Wisconsin . Influenced by such progressive change Senator Morris work to maintain a balance connection between political democracy . And the citizens of that democracy. Upholding the belief that this country's true wealth its people. Would flourish in such an environment. Throughout his career Senator Morse held the conviction of principle over politics . Made evidence by a serving as a Republican and independent . And as a Democrat . For fire prior to his defeat. In the election of one thousand nine hundred sixty eight. Senator Morse died while campaigning for a return to the Senate in one nine hundred seventy four . The designation of this courthouse as a fitting tribute to a dedicated public servant. And I want to congratulate the sponsor the bill Mr De Fazio of our committee. Mr De Fazio is not known as one of the more retiring members of our body and it doesn't matter whether it's right as disparate. User fees in the national forest service on behalf of his constituents. Or this particular piece of legislation I had the pleasure of being in the full committee markup on other matters last week. And this bill was a. Not only particular interest to Mr De Fazio but he fought hard . With the leadership of our committee. And receive the acclamation of the leadership of our committee in convincing the leadership of this Congress. To put this piece of legislation on the floor tonight. And it says tenacity which I'm sure . His constituents not only appreciate. But for which they were rewarded him with consistent reelection and reserve the balance of my time zone for more work. Speaker rise and support legislation. Myself sometimes I might consume. I think the gentleman. For his generous remarks and say that my tenacity and outspoken nature about a mere shadow of. That of a whale Morse like. Actually the highest compliment that any of my older constituents who remember . Wayne Morse can pay me is to say you know that reminds me of Wayne Morse . You seem a lot like him. There could be virtually no more appropriate time to bring this bill forward not only because this month will mark the one hundredth anniversary of Wayne Morse his birth or Ned Wisconsin one thousand nine hundred . Raise the populist progressive in a tradition that focused on the democratic rights of the working class and disenfranchised the first moved to Oregon and nine hundred thirty one became a law professor with a nine months . He was Dean

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    nine hundred thirty one became a law professor with a nine months . He was…

    nine hundred thirty one became a law professor with a nine months . He was Dean

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    nine hundred thirty one became a law professor with a nine months . He was…

    nine hundred thirty one became a law professor with a nine months . He was Dean

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    became a law professor with a nine months . He was Dean . And he served…

    became a law professor with a nine months . He was Dean . And he served until one nine hundred forty three and was elected the United States Senate in one nine hundred forty four . And he served there till nine hundred sixty eight . He was often known for lonely stands he took on a number of issues . He changed from Republican independent fifty to Democrat fifty five. Now why I feel this is a particularly important time is because one of Wayne Morse's. Most famous moments . Was his lengthy speech in opposition and adamant opposition to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution one of only two votes in the United States Senate. And one of only two to oppose that war as. Unwise as. This house is rushing to . And the Senate is rushing to rubber stamp in extraordinarily broad grant of power to the president. That eerily. Echoes. The Gulf of Tonkin resolution . With even fewer underpinnings and in fact this time . Marking a preemptive war . Perhaps unilateral preemptive war by the United States the first in our history and I think if Wayne Morse were still with us. Even if he were with us at the age of one hundred his voice . Would be heard loud and clear . Expressing concern about this resolution than this . This new. Rush to war by the Congress. He also was known as the one who exercised. An extraordinary independence of judgment on many issues in fact . There's the Wayne Morris pledge which I have posted my office and. I have hope that it will be incorporated its appropriate place . Into into the new courthouse . In the pledge was I will exercise an independence of judgment. On the basis of facts and evidence as I find the money each issue . Away the views of my constituents of my party. But I'll cast my vote free of political pressure and unmoved by threats of laws a political support. If I do not do the bidding of some pressure group . If only . If only we had more. Members of Congress like that today this would be a much different place. And the policies of this country. Would be very different. President Truman. Who wants actually offered to make a Wayne Morse. Attorney General said. Wayne Morris is one of the great dissenters . And we need dissenters not only in the Senate. We ought to have them in the house. We should have them in the legislatures the various states many of the great things. We have were voted down by the majority and finally had to be adopted for the benefit and welfare of the people. You may not agree with Senator Morse you don't have to agree with him when he's right. What do you have a. KATES usually becomes. What the people want. And then finally when . Senator Morris left. The Republican Party he told a reporter from the Droid prefer a free press. I sometimes wonder if I'm going at all this too hard. But then I think of all the men and women who wish there was just one politician in Washington who would speak his mind and cast his vote on a sleigh and freely with only his conscience to guide him . Maybe it's a bit brash to assume that I'm that me and believe me . I'm trying to be. That was Wayne Morse . And that's something I try to be every day. In representing the district . For which he was elected to the United States Senate. So with that . Mr Speaker. I would hope that the house. Would unanimously endorse. The naming of the new federal courthouse in Eugene Oregon I believe there could be no more appropriate on or. In the memory of Wayne Morse in the hundredth anniversary of his birth. But that I yield back the balance of my time. To jump Moyo. Mr Speaker I yield myself the balance of my time again congratulate the gentleman from Oregon for his that all his legislation but his first floor statement. Urge passes of the bill Neil back the balance of our time to do more than. OK. But the question is Will House has been the rules and passed the bill H.R. twenty six seventy two. So many are in favor say aye. Those opposed in opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative . The rules are suspended the bill is passed without objection the motion is reconsider is laid on the table.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Dr Mario.

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    Speaker I ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative…

    Speaker I ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on H.R. fifty four twenty seven. H.R. fifty three thirty five. H.R. five zero eight three and H.R. twenty six seventy two.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    The matter is just considered by the house . Without objection. Thank the…

    The matter is just considered by the house . Without objection. Thank the speaker . Joe from North Carolina . Mr Speaker I ask unanimous consent the Committee on Energy comest commerce be allowed to fall a supplemental report on H.R. thirty five eighty . The clerk will report . Mr Speaker I move that the house suspend the rules and pass a bill H.R. thirty

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    five eighty with an amendment to the court record to Talk of the bill H.R.…

    five eighty with an amendment to the court record to Talk of the bill H.R. thirty five eighty a bill to amend the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act to make improvements on the regulation of medical devices and for other purposes. Pursuant to the rules of Joan from North Carolina Mr Byrd the gentleman from Ohio .

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    of Joan from North Carolina Mr Byrd the gentleman from Ohio .

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    gentleman from Ohio . Mr Brown. Each will control twenty minutes.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    twenty minutes. The chair recognizes him from North Carolina . Mr Speaker…

    twenty minutes. The chair recognizes him from North Carolina . Mr Speaker I ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks on this legislation and.

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    MR. KIRK

    which to revise and extend their remarks on this legislation and. To…

    which to revise and extend their remarks on this legislation and. To insert extraneous material in the bill. What object.

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    Mr Speaker I yield myself such time as I may consume.

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    time as I may consume. Mr Speaker I rise today in strong support of H.R.

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    THE CLERK

    thirty five eighty . The medical device user fee and modernization act .…

    thirty five eighty . The medical device user fee and modernization act . This bill

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    THE CLERK

    modernization act . This bill represents a bipartisan agreement reached…

    modernization act . This bill represents a bipartisan agreement reached after months of negotiation. I commend the sponsors of this legislation Mr Greenwood miss a shoe.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    As well as Chairman toes and chairman Bill Iraq as Mr Dingell Mr Brown and…

    As well as Chairman toes and chairman Bill Iraq as Mr Dingell Mr Brown and Mr Waxman. For their efforts efforts in reaching an agreement on this very important legislation . Further I'd like to think . Are highly

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    MR. BARR

    . Are highly skilled legislative council Pete Goodloe force tireless work…

    . Are highly skilled legislative council Pete Goodloe force tireless work in drafting this bill . The medical

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    MR. BURR

    drafting this bill . The medical device industry is one of the most…

    drafting this bill . The medical device industry is one of the most innovative industries regulated by the Food and Drug Administration . Whereas

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    . Whereas other regulated industries have products with life cycles…

    . Whereas other regulated industries have products with life cycles measured in decades . The

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    MR. BARR

    industries have products with life cycles measured in decades . The life…

    industries have products with life cycles measured in decades . The life cycles for medical devices. Are measured in many cases in months. In this industry. The rule is simply innovate. Or Die. When an industry is innovative . We need to ensure that their devices receive an efficient. Review by the Food and Drug Administration. The best ways we can help us to provide the agency with more resources. This bill will do just that by providing the F.D.A.. With more than two hundred million dollars over the next five years . With this new money . The agency will be able to hire more reviewers and update. Information on technology. The user fee approach used in this bill is similar to the initial version of the very successful . Prescription Drug User Fee Act. Under this proposal. The industry will pay application fees to the F.D.A. and exchange for the F.D.A. is promised to meet. Performance goals . We've also built in protections for smaller businesses. Exempting many from fees for their first. Pre-market application. Also included in the bill are needed regulatory reforms . The most important of which is the creation of a third party. Inspection. Under third party inspection. Companies with good inspection records will be able to select an independent. F.D.A. accredited. Third party to perform their F.D.A. inspection . This will provide F.D.A. with more inspection all information . Further by adopting this approach . We empower companies to schedule their various international inspections . Along with their F.D.A. inspections . By allowing third party inspections. We're sending a signal to the rest of the world. That they are an acceptable alternative . Hopefully leading to a more mutual recognition . Importantly this provision also requires F.D.A. to maintain their current level of effort . For F.D.A. inspections. Finally this bill includes medical device processing reforms which ensure that device. In users always know . If the devices they use. Have been reap. Processed. Let me be perfectly clear . There is absolutely no hard evidence that reprocessing devices. Are unsafe or ineffective. Nonetheless . Because these devices can be different than original devices . We empower the F.D.A. to collect better data . It's good policy . Good public policy . And it deserves the support of this house . Just as it has the support of the affected manufacturers. And the hospitals. Again I would urge my colleagues a strong. Yeah a vote on . In favor of this bipartisan legislation . The spirit of this bill . Reflects the house. At its finest. Mr Chairman . I would reserve the balance of my time . Thank you speaker. You know myself much times may consume . The medical device legislation we're considering today as a product of lengthy bipartisan negotiations it's a good compromise bill. I appreciate the majority's willingness to work with us to ensure the legislation promotes timely access to medical devices without compromising F.D.A. ability to do its job . That is to ensure medical products both drugs and devices . Are safe and effective for their intended uses and. Are to make sure these products are promoted to the medical community and of the public. In an accurate manner . And for the benefit of the F.D.A. as General Consul. Who

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    has repeatedly questioned F.D.A. as authority to regulate the advertising.

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    MR. BROWN

    Associated with drugs and devices . When I say promoted in an accurate…

    Associated with drugs and devices . When I say promoted in an accurate manner I mean accurate labeling. And accurate balanced advertising . After all a product is no longer safe and effective . If it's being marketed as something it is not . I mention Dan Troy. Who is not unlike other Bush appointees. To F.D.A. H.H.S. . Oh him be a former drug company employees . People I can Marie Lanch who was with pharma now as a deputy assistant of H.H.S. Mitch Daniels. In the cabinet O.M.B. a former executive with Eli Lilly. Linda square Dany a deputy commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration. All people from pharma all people from the big drug industry . Who are who are positioned throughout this administration. Unfortunately making drug policy. And frankly turning an F.D.A.. Turning the F.D.A. into a little bit too cozy an agency in its relationship with drug companies when it's supposed to be protecting the public interest . But that's a story in a battle for another day. I want to thank Chairman toes and chairman Bill rocket's ranking member. Member Dingell. Mr Greenwood . My friend from California Seshu for their work on this bill . A speck stand a special thanks to Brant Omani and Steve Chilton with the majority and John Ford and David Nelson . On our staff . It's clearly in the public's interest for Congress to promote timely access to safe and effective medical devices . This bill advances that goal this legislation establishes a user fee. To provide F.D.A. added funds for the review of medical devices . It's no secret that resource shortfalls of hindered the review process . In the past an additional resources are crucial to ensure the timeliness and quality. And quality of device reviews . However as we learn a person the Prescription Drug User Fee Act. It's crucial to conduct a couple expedited review of new medical products with effect if Post market surveillance of these products . When we speed up approval of medical processes. Medical Products be they prescription drugs or medical devices. We owe it to the people of this country the users. Of these products. The medical devices the prescription drugs to make sure these products are watch for safety and effectiveness problems after approval. Again under the Bush administration under Republican control of F.D.A. We've seen an agency that's gotten close. We are with the industry. From its statements to our committee from its public statements and most importantly from the appointees to that agency. From the industry. And it's particularly important we have this post market. Surveillance so we can see how these drugs and medical devices . Operate once. In the general population . Well I believe a portion of the device user fee . Should be used to support post market surveillance activities . I appreciate the majority's willingness to try to accommodate the underlying concern . By establishing an increased authorization. Specifically for post market surveillance activities. This legislation initiates third party inspection of medical device facilities . Allowing device manufacturers to pay. Private parties to carry out required inspections of their plants . Rather than be inspected by the F.D.A. is controversy all . Like the user fee program. It raises again with an F.D.A. that's a little bit too cozy with industry. Could raise a significant conflict of interest issues. Ideally F.D.A. would be given sufficient resources to carry out its review and inspection responsibilities. Without needing to rely on either user fees or delegation of its responsibilities . To private parties . I recognize however that F.D.A. has not received sufficient resources. To carry out all the responsibilities that we've given it. And the absolute absence of adequate appropriations. The agencies not conduct is not conducting required . Inspections in a timely manner nor meeting statutory deadlines for some device reviews. Given this reality it's appropriate to explore alternatives. While Congress and F.D.A. will need to carefully monitor the user fee and third party inspection programs. To ensure that the public is being well served by them. It makes sense to give these programs a chance. I urge my colleagues support for the bill and I reserve the balance of my time . And Sam of North Carolina . Gentlemen record recognize them so for as much time as I may consume. Appreciate the remarks from the gentleman from Ohio . I think that. Clearly there will be a continuing debate in Washington . Between whether. We fund. Agencies . Adequate level. The reality is that agencies have the determination to do to decide where they put their funding. And in many cases it's our responsibility to make sure that we bring them focused back on their core mission . And in the case of the F.D.A.. It's on food safety . It's on the approval of pharmaceutical applications. And it's on

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    the approval of medical devices . And I think we enhance that likelihood .…

    the approval of medical devices . And I think we enhance that likelihood . With the passage of this bill and I would reserve the balance my time.

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    MR. BURR

    Jennifer MOHAI Oh Madam Speaker I yield three minutes to the gentle way…

    Jennifer MOHAI Oh Madam Speaker I yield three minutes to the gentle way for California session . So I'm going to thank you Madam Speaker . And I thank our breaking member of the Health and Environment Subcommittee. I'm so pleased. I'm really very excited . That the House is considering this evening H.R. thirty five eighty . Legislation which I introduced with my wonderful colleague from Pennsylvania Mr Greenwood and worked with so many others on. And it has been over a long period of time. Not a short period of time so I think that's why we're very excited that we have finally made it to the floor . And the culmination

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    of our work . It's a bipartisan

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    MR. BROWN

    bill . And it really is ultimately about patients patients in our country.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    patients patients in our country. About making sure that patients are able…

    patients patients in our country. About making sure that patients are able to safely benefit from the wonders of medical technology . In a very timely

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    MS. ESHOO

    benefit from the wonders of medical technology . In a very timely manner .…

    benefit from the wonders of medical technology . In a very timely manner . As medical technologies have become more advanced . It takes more government resources to ensure that these products are safe and effective . And that falls. To a federal agency and that's the. Food and Drug Administration . They regulate medical devices . And they have been overwhelmed by the volume of new products . That they must review. So number one . Under this bill. And for the very first time in the history of our country. The medical device . Industry has agreed . And will pay fees to the F.D.A.. For every product they propose to market . It's a very important. Change something that was fought . Several years ago . But the industry has now moved to this position . And I think that it's a wise one. The fees will help the F.D.A. hire additional staff and purchase. Needed equipment . So that they can review the products on a timely basis . Number two. The bill also increases. Resources for additional inspections. Of manufacturing plants and facilities and . I would just like to take a moment. To say to my distinguished colleague from Ohio . That in terms of third party and spec sions. These are not private sector people that. Companies. Just go out and choose. In other words put the fox in charge of the chicken coop . Not so . The F.D.A. will create the pool. Of inspectors. Who then will be available . To companies . And that's what we call third party inspection in the bill . And I think there's a huge difference between the two . The bill also creates an office of combination products . To shepherd advanced. Products such as devices. With drug coating. Through the approval process . So this new. Administrative flexibility. Allows the F.D.A.. To devote its resources to the devices. That patients need . Most. Number three and finally the bill creates a way to regulate. Reprocess devices. I have felt pretty strongly about this I offer the bill in the Congress. Some time ago. On it. These are products such as needles. They I have another thirty seconds . They're two minutes ago that's wonderful. Thank you I think. Gentlemen. I'll try not to use it all because I know it's getting late . These products that are needles and catheters. And I think most people don't realize that this is done . Are often used a second third or fourth time in patients. After they've been. Reprocessed. That does raise. Safety concerns . And so the bill requires that reprocessed. Products. Undergo additional scrutiny . By the F.D.A. . And that they be held to the highest standards. The F.D.A. can apply. And I think that this is a real achievement I've been after the F.D.A. to do this for some time. And the bill accomplishes that . And I think it's a win for the American people. It also requires that doctors who are often. Unaware that they're using reprocessed devices. Be informed about the reuse device . So they in turn can advise their patients. Now I want to close by saying. My thanks to Mr Greenwood. To Chairman Tauzin and to Chairman Bill Iraq is. To Mr Dingell the ranking member of the Commerce Committee . To Mr Waxman . Certainly to Mr Brown who is the ranking member of our subcommittee. For their highly cooperative work. Over the last six months . I also want to single out my own . Legislative director and Wilson. And Wilson his literally spent hundreds of hours . On this issue. She has negotiated on weekends. She's gone to meetings at night. Gotten home in the morning. And then come into the office . I think that. It is fair to say that we wouldn't be here this evening . Or it not for the extraordinary work that Ann has done. And we're all grateful to or I also would like to thank Pat Morrissey. Brant Delmonte. And Steve Tilton. Of Chairman toes and. Staff. Jenny Hansen. Of Mr burrs office. My friend . Mr Berger . Alan Eisenberg of Mr Greenwood's office . John Ford. Of Mr dangles office. And wit. Of Mr Waxman's office. And Jeremy Sharpe of Mrs Capps office. This is an important bill. And it wouldn't have been completed. Without the kind of work that we've all underscored this evening. I think we've come a long way. Madam Speaker . And I think we've created something that will serve the American people well. And I urge the entire house. To support this important legislation. Thank you Jan with North Carolina . Madam Speaker I would inquire of. My good friend from Ohio if he has additional space or should we have no more speakers . It's a gentleman ready to yield back time I which I will back down so my time Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker let me add. Before I yield back my time of the. Fabulous commitment that message has made to this bill. As well as Mr Greenwood on our side. I think . The gentle lady from California stated it very well. It was the ability of those who work staff and members of the Commerce Committee to stay focused on patients. And ultimately

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    the advantages to those patients that are successful . And to this

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    MR. BURR

    that are successful . And to this legislation might bring to the approval…

    that are successful . And to this legislation might bring to the approval process on the medical devices . That

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    MR. BROWN

    medical devices . That

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    MR. BURR

    means that. Tonight. This bill will pass the House of Representatives. And…

    means that. Tonight. This bill will pass the House of Representatives. And for

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    MR. BROWN

    the House of Representatives. And for that Mr SU I'm grateful.

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    MR. BURR

    Mr SU I'm grateful. With that I yield back the balance of my time. The…

    Mr SU I'm grateful. With that I yield back the balance of my time. The question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill H.R. thirty five eighty. As amended. So many as are in favor say aye those opposed to no. I now . And the opinion of the chair . Two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative . The rules are suspended. The bill is passed and without objection . Motion to reconsider is laid on the table. Not of Space or. I would ask Mr Carolina. I would ask for a roll call vote the yeas and nays are requested. All those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise . And remain standing until counted. As efficient never having risen . The gaze

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    efficient never having risen . The gaze and nays are ordered pursuant to…

    efficient never having risen . The gaze and nays are ordered pursuant to class eight of rule twenty and the chairs prior announcement. Further proceedings on this motion will be postponed . For what purposes the gentleman arise from Illinois . Madam Speaker I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill H.R. five five five seven the armed forces tax fairness act of two thousand and two.

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    MR. BURR

    The clerk will report the title of the bill H.R. fifty

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    five fifty seven to build a woman the Revenue Internal Code of one nine…

    five fifty seven to build a woman the Revenue Internal Code of one nine hundred eighty six . To provide a special rule for members of the uniform services in foreign service . In determining the exclusion of gain from the sale of a principal residence . And to restore the tax exempt status of death gratuity payments. To members of the uniform services . And for other purposes . Pursuant to the rule the gentleman from Illinois Mr Weller and the gentleman from California Mr to Sarah. Each will control twenty minutes . The chair recognizes

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    MR. WELLER

    . The chair recognizes the gentleman from Illinois. Thank you Madam…

    . The chair recognizes the gentleman from Illinois. Thank you Madam Speaker I yield myself such time as a. As I may consume.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Madam Speaker on July ninth two thousand and two the House of…

    Madam Speaker on July ninth two thousand and two the House of Representatives passed H.R.

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    THE CLERK

    of Representatives passed H.R. five zero six three the armed forces tax…

    of Representatives passed H.R. five zero six three the armed forces tax fairness act of two thousand and two. By a unanimous bipartisan vote of four hundred thirteen. To zero that legislation contained two important provisions every store equity . To the tax code for members of the armed services. The Senate expanded the bill by adding other provisions and passed . H.R. five

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    and passed . H.R. five zero six three by unanimous consent on October…

    and passed . H.R. five zero six three by unanimous consent on October third. The bill before us today H.R. five five five seven . Combines the

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    MR. WELLER

    . Combines the House and Senate passed bills. To provide several important…

    . Combines the House and Senate passed bills. To provide several important tax benefits. To members of our nation's military . First H.R. five five five seven. Fixes an inequity in the law relating to the capital gains exclusion. On home sales . Under the present law the first two hundred fifty thousand . Again from the sale of a home . Is not subject to capital gains tax. If the individual lived in the home for two. Of the past five years . The exclusion is five hundred. Isn't for married couples . Members of the military in the foreign service officer not meet this residency requirement. If they're transferred. On extended duty as a result military personnel. Through no fault of fault of their own . As a result military personnel through no fault of their own. Cannot take advantage of the tax relief when they sell their homes. The armed forces tax Fairness Act two thousand and two fixes this inequity by suspending the five year ownership test when a member of the military or foreign service. Is transferred on extended duty. More than one hundred fifty miles from home. The second provision of the bill provides tax free treatment for good. Gratuity death payments. Paid to survivors a military personnel . Under present law survivors of the members of the armed forces. Receive a six thousand dollars death gratuity payment . But only half of this payment is tax free . H R five zero six three updates the tax code. Code by providing tax free treatment for the entire and full six thousand dollar amount. Third Madam Speaker the bill provides of payments under the homeowners assistance program are tax free. These payments are made to compensate members of the armed forces . They suffer decline in home value. Because of a military base closure. A realignment. Forth. The bill clarifies that dependent care benefits provided on or military dependent care assistance program. Are excludable. From income. As a result the value of employer provided dependent care . Is not taxed . Fifth . The definition of a qualified veterans organization . Has expanded so that more organizations qualify under the law . And finally the Billick stands several tax filing extensions to individuals. Serving in a contingency operation . These benefits are already provided to individuals. Serving in a combat zone. Madam Speaker . These provisions are non-controversial. And they're fair. I hope the House will join me in supporting this legislation today . And I hope that the other body of the Senate will quickly take up the bill and send it to the president's desk for his signature. Before we adjourn. And this Congress . Madam Speaker I reserve the balance of my time . Time in from California . Thank you man . Man a speaker of the House passed . H.R. fifty sixty three the. Arms forces tax fairness act of two thousand and two back on July ninth two thousand and two by a vote of four hundred thirteen to zero. Last Thursday October third. The Senate approved. H.R. fifty sixty three . With an amendment. By unanimous consent and returned. The same bill to the house . The bill before us . Is nearly identical to the Senate pass version of H.R. fifty sixty three. With two key differences as my friend and colleague from Illinois has mentioned. Even with these differences. Which I will explore.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Or even with some differences in the bill that the Senate passed . Which I…

    Or even with some differences in the bill that the Senate passed . Which I will explore. In just a few moments in more detail in my remarks . I feel

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    detail in my remarks . I feel it is again important for us to support our…

    detail in my remarks . I feel it is again important for us to support our military and pass. H.R. five five five seven. During these times when we depend on our men and women in uniform to for to perform the highest levels of service . And we place them in harm's way. And I need not remind people that today we have troops remaining in Afghanistan. We have National Guard troops who are patrolling our borders. And indeed in the days ahead. We will be debating the merits of the president's call for the use of force against Iraq. But given all of that. These benefits that we're trying to provide under this legislation . Should go to our men and women in uniform . Without delay . The talk of war quickly reminds us of the unwillingness or excuse me the willingness of our military men and women . To place their lives at risk for each of us. And for our country. The families of these men and women deserve all the support and help . That we can provide . First this bill provides much needed relief to members of our military through favorable tax treatment . To death benefits that are paid on behalf of military personnel who die in the line of duty. Now while the death for two to benefit received by spouses is six thousand dollars . Only half of that amount. Three thousand. Is currently excluded from. Income for tax purposes . The other three thousand dollars in death benefits. In Congress Lee. Gets taxed. Under this bill the full six thousand dollars that . The surviving spouse . Of that man or woman who served our country . Would receive in death benefits. Would be excluded from. Taxes are Sunni from income for tax purposes. Secondly the bill would ensure the military families do not lose the current law principal residence capital gains exclusion. Because of extended military assignments away from home. Under current law . Any American who is a taxpayer . Receives an exclusion from taxes. Of up to two hundred fifty thousand dollars as an individual . Or if you're married. And you file jointly up to five hundred thousand dollars . Of any gain that's realized on the sale or exchange of your person or a principal residence . So if. Jane Smith. Were to purchase a home today for one hundred thousand dollars. And something more than two years were to have the good fortune to sell it for three hundred fifty thousand dollars. Jane Smith . Under our current tax law . Would not have to pay. Any taxes . On the two hundred fifty dollars two hundred fifty thousand dollars profit on the sale of her principal residence . Many of our military personnel. Cannot receive . This same tax benefit . Because they are stationed away from home for an extended tour of duty . By being away from their . Home. They feel they fail to meet one of the criteria for qualifying for this tax exclusion. One of the requirements of our tax law . Is that the taxpayer must have lived. Own or used his residence . As the principal residence. For at least two of the previous five years. Prior to the sale or exchange of the property. H R fifty five fifty seven addresses this inequity and extends appropriate consideration in tax treatment . To our men and women in uniform . Man speaker as I've said this bill includes several positive changes from the original House passed bill . That were added by the Senate. Unfortunately to important Senate pass provisions. Are not included in this bill and I'd like to mention them because they also affect the livelihood of our men and women in uniform. First the Senate had included an above the line deduction for overnight travel expenses. Of National Guard and Reserve members . In their version of the bill. This provision. Would have benefited men and women who do not itemize in their tax filing. Whether it's a ten forty a ten forty. Easy form. The for those men and women in uniform. In the National Guard. Who do not take the time . Or don't have enough . Deductions. To fill out an itemized those deductions . Those individuals. Would not be able to benefit . As a result of this legislation because the provision which had been included by the Senate. To allow for an above the law. Duction for these. Overnight travel expenses of National Guard and Reserve members . Has been excluded from this final version of the bill. Many of these men and women . Who would have benefited happen to be modest income soldiers. Often with family . And they would have benefited most from the extra money in their pocket. The Senate by the way. Passed this provision by unanimous consent . And unfortunately as I said it was not included in this version of the House bill. The second . Provision I'd like to mention. Would have been the provision that would have paid for the cost of this legislation . We know from the Congressional Budget Office that. We are projected to have. Somewhere in the order of a three hundred billion dollars deficit not just this year. But for several years to come. If you look at what we're doing these days to Social Security and Medicare . And how we're beginning to use those monies from the trust fund . Because of the fact that we're now in deficit . It makes you wonder why we would want to put forward bills that are not paid for because every time we do that we take the chance of having to take out money from Social Security and from the Medicare trust funds. And that is not fair for those who are retired or preparing to retire . We should be responsible and pay for these bills that we have before us . Especially this one because I believe every member of this house would agree that we should do this for our men and women in uniform . A significant. Provision to pay for the cost of this legislation which was included by the Senate. But dropped by this house . Would have really been something that I think most Americans would have agreed with . Almost immediately. And that would have been a provision that would have taken what we have in current law that says that an individual who relinquishes . His or her U.S. citizenship or terminates. His or her U.S. residency. For the purpose of avoiding U.S. income tax. A state or give taxes. Right now is allowed to do that. But under the Senate provision. We would have said to anyone who wish to become an expatriate for the purposes of avoiding taxes . That he or she would not be able to escape is her responsibility . While we have men and women today . Whether in Afghanistan. Or on our borders trying to protect us . Who are willing to put their life. In Harm's Way. We should not have individuals who are trying to relinquish their U.S. citizenship. Simply to avoid paying U.S. taxes . To help us pay for the costs of providing our men and women. The best equipment. The best training that they need in order to protect us. The provision that the Senate had included . Would have raised over six hundred fifty million dollars. Over the next ten years . From these . Expatriates who are trying to evade US taxation . By giving up relinquishing. Their U.S. citizenship. That would have been more than two times the amount of money necessary. To pay for the cost of providing these benefits to our men and women in uniform which we would all agree. Are good to provide . At the very time that we're asking our military to be prepared to defend America. It seems. Wholly inconsistent . To allow those people who should help us pay for the cost of supporting our men and women. To escape any taxation. And to go abroad. By relinquishing their. U.S. citizenship . And avoid that tax. And Speaker. It's important that we again . Look at this legislation. And pass it as quickly as possible. The armed forces tax fairness act . Is something that we must do. Now . We will send this bill to the Senate . And we hope we get quick signature from the president. I join. My colleague Mr Weller from Illinois . And I believe every member who would have an opportunity to speak on this legislation to say that it is time that we do this. I joined some of my colleagues and also expressing some dismay that we are not paying for this legislation . As much as we need it. We should be responsible and pay for it. But what we should do is pass it now . And for those those reasons Madam Speaker . I to stand in support of this legislation . And urge my colleagues . To also vote for it. With that and speaker I reserve the balance of my time. Examine from Illinois . Thank you Madam Speaker may I inquire from the. My colleague on the other side of the aisle if he has an additional speakers . And speaker at this time we have no additional speakers . I would be prepared to close if my Mr Mercer would either conclude his remarks or. Yield back as time. At this time as speaker I will go back to balance of my time. Thank you and I Madam Speaker. This is important legislation are. Our nation is making very tough decisions in this Congress is making very tough decisions and we have military men and . And women who are currently in combat in Afghanistan. This is important legislation that protects their personal interest while we ask them to go overseas and put their lives at risk for our freedom.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    As well as in our efforts to win the war on terrorism.

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    MR. WELLER

    terrorism. As we all know . The war on terrorism will neither begin and…

    terrorism. As we all know . The war on terrorism will neither begin and end . In Afghanistan. Nor

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    MR. BECERRA

    will it end in a few short months but is expected to last years.

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    MR. WELLER

    years. This legislation deserves bipartisan support. In . Quick reaction…

    years. This legislation deserves bipartisan support. In . Quick reaction to my friend and colleagues comments I would note that there are no funds at all none.

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    MR. BECERRA

    there are no funds at all none. No funds taken from so Security or…

    there are no funds at all none. No funds taken from so Security or Medicare to to provide for this legislation to help our military men and women. And

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    provide for this legislation to help our military men and women. And

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    MR. WELLER

    provide for this legislation to help our military men and women. And we…

    provide for this legislation to help our military men and women. And we are not touching sole Security or Medicare . But I do want to ask for a strong bipartisan support for this legislation. It's important for our military men and women that we stand in strong bipartisan support . Of what they do when we ask them to take the risks that they do . As I noted earlier this legislation has. Has a six provisions that benefit. Working men and women who serve in the military . And I ask for and I vote. And I yield back the balance of my time. The question is will the house to spend the rules and pass the bill H.R. five five five seven . So many as are in favor say aye . Those opposed . No. In the opinion . And the opinion of the chair two thirds of those who present having voted in the Madam Speaker . Examine from Illinois on that vote I demand the A's and they said the yeas and nays are requested all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing Intel counted as sufficient number having risen. The yeas and nays are ordered. Pursuant to clause. Eight of rule twenty in the chairs prior announcement further proceedings on this motion will be postponed down until I met him Speaker I ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and to occlude. To

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and to…

    five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and to occlude. To include extraneous material on the subject of the bill just passed without objection. Thank you Madam Speaker . The chair lays before the House the following personal requests .

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    MR. WELLER

    chair lays before the House the following personal requests .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . Lose of absence requested for Mr Billow rackets of Florida for today on…

    . Lose of absence requested for Mr Billow rackets of Florida for today on October eighth until seven P.M.. Ms Carson of Indiana for today Mr Foley of Florida for today . Mr Kanjorski of Pennsylvania for today. Mr Lewis of California for today and tomorrow. MS So lease of Gullah fornia for today .

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    MR. WELLER

    And Mr Underwood of Guam for today in the balance of the week. Without…

    And Mr Underwood of Guam for today in the balance of the week. Without objection the requests are granted . The gentleman from Ohio.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Yes a man of Speaker I ask unanimous consent that. Day

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    MR. WELLER

    following legislative business in a special order standard. Into here for…

    following legislative business in a special order standard. Into here for the following members may be permitted to address the house revise and extend their remarks. And include their extraneous material Miss Norton for five minutes Mr Green of Texas for five minutes . Mr

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Miss Norton for five minutes Mr Green of Texas for five minutes . Mr…

    Miss Norton for five minutes Mr Green of Texas for five minutes . Mr Filmer for five minutes Mr McNulty for five minutes Mr De Fazio. For five

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    THE CLERK

    Mr McNulty for five minutes Mr De Fazio. For five minutes and Miss Kaptur…

    Mr McNulty for five minutes Mr De Fazio. For five minutes and Miss Kaptur for five minutes. Abjection. Gems Millet I thank you Madam Speaker I ask unanimous consent that today following legislative business in a special way are special orders here too for entered into the following members. May be permitted to address the house revise and extend their remarks and include their and extraneous material .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Miss Ross Leighton ten October eighth ninth tenth and eleventh . For five

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    minutes each. And Mr Osborne. Today for

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    MS. KAPTUR

    Osborne. Today for five minutes . Without objection . And the speakers…

    Osborne. Today for five minutes . Without objection . And the speakers announce policy January third two thousand and one . And under a previous order of the house the following members are recognized for five minutes each. Ms Norton . Of the District of Columbia.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Mr Jones of North Carolina .

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    MR. WELLER

    Mr Green of Texas . Mr Osborne of Nebraska . Mr Filner of California . Mr…

    Mr Green of Texas . Mr Osborne of Nebraska . Mr Filner of California . Mr McNulty of New York. Mr Me. To Fazio of Oregon. Miss Kaptur of Ohio .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    This captured. The jelly from Ohio is recognized for five minutes . I…

    This captured. The jelly from Ohio is recognized for five minutes . I thank you Madam Speaker . This evening I would like to insert several articles into the record . Dealing with the issue of war . Again in the. Against Iraq and in the Gulf. And I wanted to remind those who are listening. That indeed if you look at the foreign policy of the United States over the last thirty years or so we've had more Americans killed at home and abroad . As a result of rising terrorism than of. The first one hundred eighty seven years. Of our country. And so you have to begin to ask the question. Why are we losing so many Americans in this way why is Washington becoming more barricaded . Why can't you go and ride in front of the White House anymore in your car. Why are there bomb searches all over this city. Why are American embassies being built like bunkers all around the world.

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    MS. CAPTUR

    around the world. And I would like to submit the following. If you think…

    around the world. And I would like to submit the following. If you think back to the time . When President George Bush Sr. Prior to his election as president was director of the CIA that was about nine hundred seventy seven the mid seventy's before President Jimmy Carter . Became president of the United States and. At the time . You might recall that the Shah of Iran was deposed in the late seventy's I think it was one nine hundred seventy nine and many American hostages were taken including. Terry Anderson . At the moment that Jimmy Carter's presidency . Reverted to. Ronald Reagan after the election of one nine hundred eighty the hostages were returned home President Carter worked very very hard on that as history will record . But then when the. Reagan Bush administration the new administration took over. They essentially made a deal. Between our country and the Gulf states . To go after Ayatollah Khomeini the new leader. In those days. Of Iran. Who had taken. Our hostages and who did they hire . To do the dirty work. For them. They hired . None other than Saddam Hussein. They gave him weapons. Through the government. Of the United States and indeed . If you look back and I'm trying to find the exact set of hearings right now in the Banking Committee. Of the House of Representatives a hearing was held . Regarding the extension of Treasury tax credits agricultural tax credits to Saddam Hussein . In order to buy . Fertilisers in quotes with chemicals. From our country at the same time in our country's history when we wouldn't even make those same extensions of credit to our farmers . Companies in Solon Ohio and Bedford Ohio . Were being asked by our treasury to sell those same chemicals. To Iraq . And indeed. It was done. Now the Gulf states . And the United States were afraid perhaps that the Ayatollah Khamenei at that time. Might. Bomb Mecca. Or try to spread his revolution throughout the Middle East and. Get control of the oil fields. And so. Saddam Hussein was promised. Access. Better access from Iraq which is landlocked. To a waterborne commerce. Through Kuwait. A slip of land which. In the end. He never did get . And ultimately. He invaded . In order to get that access . And then of course if you look back to the nineteen. Early one nine hundred ninety S.. The United States went to war to defend the U.S.. The Iraqi a Kuwaiti border . But in fact the. Very monster that we haue to create. At that point. Was trying to fulfill. What he had been promised . As a result of U.S. assistance. All through that period. Especially when the Reagan and Bush administration took office and then President Bush himself elect. In one nine hundred eighty eight. And taking us into the Gulf War. Now it's really important to remember and to ask ourselves the question. Who encouraged. Saddam Hussein. Who encouraged him to take on Iran. Who encouraged him to try to depose. The ayatollah . And who gave him the weapons and the credits to our Treasury Department to finance those initial actions inside of Iraq. That created the monster that the president of the United States. The son of the first George Bush talked about on the television tonight . You might also think about the fact . Who armed. Osama bin Laden . To fight. Inside Afghanistan . Against the then Soviet army . Who did that. Who is president the United States when that happened. George Bush Sr was president of the United States. When that happened. And of course the Russians went to certain defeat in Afghanistan after a long period of time and. Where did al Qaeda. Learn some of those fighting techniques . Who helped them do that where did they get those rifles. So I just wanted to put that on the record I know there are other historians out there that will add to this. But I also wanted to read from a veteran who wrote an editorial to the New York Times last week Wednesday . I'll call it. Entitled fighting the first Gulf War and. The last sentence and I will end with this reads . I watched the fallout from the burning oil wells coat my uniform . And I knew that I was breathing into my lungs . The crude oil . I was fighting for America. Think about it . I yield back . My remaining talent as time has expired . For purposes Jenna from Ohio writes Yes I met him Speaker I do now move to adjourn the house. The question is on the motion to adjourn those in favor say aye. Those opposed now . The ayes have it. The motion is agreed to Accordingly the House stands adjourned until nine A.M. tomorrow for morning our debates. Tomorrow the House will begin with morning hour. Where members may give short speeches . That starts at nine A.M. Eastern. Legislative work begins at ten members are scheduled to debate a resolution authorizing use of force against Iraq. Live coverage here on C.-SPAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    C.-SPAN. Earlier tonight in Cincinnati Ohio. President Bush discussed his…

    C.-SPAN. Earlier tonight in Cincinnati Ohio. President Bush discussed his agenda for U.S. policy towards Iraq. And the case for military action. When we're done showing you this half hour speech . Will open up our phone

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  • 10:22:02 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    half hour speech . Will open up our phone lines to get your reaction to it.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    reaction to it. Ladies and gentlemen the president of the United States .…

    reaction to it. Ladies and gentlemen the president of the United States . You will .

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