House Session - July 26, 2006
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    GOING TO TAKE YOU TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THE IRAQI…

    GOING TO TAKE YOU TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THE IRAQI PRIME MINISTER WILL BE SPEAKING IN ABOUT 40 MINUTES.

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  • 10:00:39 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER.

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  • 10:00:44 AM

    THE CLERK

    ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 26, 2006, I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE TOM…

    ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 26, 2006, I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE TOM PRICE TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY . SIGNED, J. DENNIS HASTERT, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:58 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GUEST CHAPLAIN, THE REVEREND RICHARD K. BARNARD, THE REVEREND OF THE…

    GUEST CHAPLAIN, THE REVEREND RICHARD K. BARNARD, THE REVEREND OF THE CHAPEL OF THE CROSS FROM DALLAS, TEXAS.

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  • 10:01:11 AM

    THE CHAPLAIN

    THOU, LORD GOD, KING OF THE UNIVERSE, WHO HAS TAUGHT US THROUGH THY…

    THOU, LORD GOD, KING OF THE UNIVERSE, WHO HAS TAUGHT US THROUGH THY SERVANT, DAVID, THAT THOSE WHO RULE MUST BE JUST. GRANT TO THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE AND TO ALL TO WHOM WE ENTRUST THE AUTHORITY OF GOVERNMENT THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND TRUTH. DIRECT AND PROSPER ALL THEIR CONSULTATIONS TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF THY GLORY AND TO THE SAFETY, HONOR, AND WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE THAT THERE MAY BE PEACE AT HOME AND THAT WE MAY SHOW FORTH RIGHTEOUSNESS AMONG THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH. GIVE TO THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE COURAGE FEARLESSLY TO CONTEND AGAINST EVIL AND TO GIVE NO PLACE TO OPPRESSION, AND TO THE END THAT THEY AND ALL THE PEOPLE OF THIS LAND MAY PROPERLY USE THY GIFT OF FREEDOM, HELP US TO EMPLOY IT IN THE MAINTENANCE OF JUSTICE. TO THE GLORY OF THY HOLY NAME, AMEN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AMEN. THANK YOU, REVEREND. THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST…

    AMEN. THANK YOU, REVEREND. THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE WILL BE LED TODAY BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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  • 10:02:31 AM

    MR. BURGESS

    IN OUR PLEDGE TO OUR FLAG AND COUNTRY. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF…

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

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  • 10:02:47 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:02:52 AM

    MR. BURGESS

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK PERMISSION TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. MR.…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK PERMISSION TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO WELCOME MY PASTOR, REVEREND RICHARD KEVIN BARNARD. I'M HONORED THAT FATHER BARNARD IS HERE TODAY TO LEAD US IN GLORY AND PRAISE OF OUR ALMIGHTY. HE'S SERVED AS THE RECTOR OF THE CHAPEL OF THE CROSS, A REFORMED EPISCOPAL CHURCH SINCE JULY OF 1989. HE HAS ALSO SERVED REFORMED EPISCOPAL CONGREGATIONS IN NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK. BEFORE COMING TO THE CHAPEL, FATHER WAS DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL BIBLE SOCIETY, WHICH WAS THEN LOCATED IN EAST BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY. IN THAT CAPACITY, HE WAS A REGULAR PARTICIPANT IN THE MONTHLY WHITE HOUSE FORUM FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS DURING THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION AND REPRESENTED THE BIBLE SOCIETY AT PUBLIC AND PRIVATE EVENTS, TRAVELING TO CENTRAL AMERICA, EUROPE, AFRICA, AND ASIA. FATHER BARNARD IS THE AUTHOR OF TWO BOOKS AND NUMEROUS ARTICLES AND IS ALSO A PAST MASTER OF THE MASONIC LODGE IN DALLAS. BEFORE BECOMING AN EPISCOPALIAN, HE WAS A BAPTIST PASTOR SERVING CONGREGATIONS IN MISSOURI, FLORIDA, AND TENNESSEE. HE IS A GRADUATE OF BAPTIST BIBLE COLLEGE IN SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI, AND HOLDS A MASTER OF DIVINITY DEGREE FROM COVENANTS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY IN SUMMERVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA. HE'S MARRIED TO THE FORMER MRS. PAULA ANNE HENDERSON OF FORT WORTH, TEXAS. THEY HAVE FOUR CHILDREN AND TWO GRANDCHILDREN. THEIR YOUNGEST SON, ADAM, IS CURRENTLY SERVING ABOARD THE U.S.S. LOS ANGELES STATIONED AT PEARL HARBOR. FATHER BARNARD'S GRACIOUS PRESENCE AND TRUE DEDICATION TO THE WORK AND WORD OF CHRIST IS AN INSTRUMENTAL PART OF MY LIFE. HE GUIDES HIS FLOCK DILIGENTLY AND CHALLENGES US TO REMAIN FAITHFUL TO PURSUING OUR WALK WITH CHRIST DAILY. I AM THANKFUL FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND HIS PRESENCE HERE TODAY. IT IS TRULY AN HONOR. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:04:56 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR DESIRES TO MAKE AN…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR DESIRES TO MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT. AFTER CONSULTATION AMONG THE SPEAKER AND THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS, THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THAT DURING THE JOINT MEETING TO HEAR AN ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, NOURI AL-MALIKI , ONLY THE DOORS IMMEDIATELY OPPOSITE THE SPEAKER AND THOSE ON HIS RIGHT AND LEFT WILL BE OPEN. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE WHO DOES NOT HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. DUE TO THE LARGE ATTENDANCE THAT IS ANTICIPATED, THE CHAIR FEELS THE RULE REGARDING THE PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR MUST BE STRICTLY ADHERED TO. CHILDREN OF MEMBERS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON THE FLOOR AND THE COOPERATION OF ALL MEMBERS IS REQUESTED. THE PRACTICE OF RESERVING SEATS PRIOR TO THE JOINT MEETING BY PLACARD WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. MEMBERS MAY RESERVE THEIR SEATS BY PHYSICAL PRESENCE ONLY FOLLOWING THE

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  • 12:15:37 PM

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    SOON.

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    CUSACK, MANAGING EDITOR FOR "THE HILL. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

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    IN. WE TAKE YOU THERE LIVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS PER SIDE TO ADDRESS THE…

    THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS PER SIDE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. FOXX

    WE COMMEND NOURI AL-MALIKI FOR HIS EFFORTS TO BRING PEACE AND DEMOCRACY TO…

    WE COMMEND NOURI AL-MALIKI FOR HIS EFFORTS TO BRING PEACE AND DEMOCRACY TO IRAQ. ONE SENTENCE TO DEATH AND THUS FORCED HIM TO EXILE BY SADDAM HUSSEIN'S GOVERNMENT. AL-MALIKI IS TRYING TO CURE HIS COUNTRY. I COMMEND HIS EXCELLENCY FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO REBUILDING HIS NATION ON THE PRINCIPLES OF FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY AND THE RULE OF LAW. AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO COLLABORATING WITH HIM IN THIS RECORD. I APPLAUD THE PRIME MINISTER FOR CONDEMNING THE COUNTLESS TERRORIST ATTACKS IN IRAQ AND I ENCOURAGE HIM TO CONDEMN ALL ACTS OF TROOR IN THE MIDDLE EAST, INCLUDING -- TERROR IN THE MIDDLE EAST, INCLUDING THE MOST RECENT ONES WE'VE SEEN BEGUN BY HEZBOLLAH. AS THE PRIME MINISTER ARTICULATED, WE MUST CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR LIBERTY OVER OPPRESSION AND DEMOCRACY OVER TERRORISM WHEREVER IT MAY OCCUR IN THE WORLD. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    DEFENSE ACQUISITION PROCESS, WE HAVE NO CHOICES. WE HAVE NO BARGAINING…

    DEFENSE ACQUISITION PROCESS, WE HAVE NO CHOICES. WE HAVE NO BARGAINING POSITION RELATIVE TO COST, AND THE CAPABILITY OF OUR MILITARY STAGNATES. SOME ARGUE WE MUST PROTECT OUR INDUSTRIAL BASE. I WOULD SUGGEST THE COMPETITION DOES JUST THAT. WE LIVE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY, AND WHEN THE U.S. INDUSTRY DOES NOT PRODUCE PRODUCTS, OUR ENTIRE INDUSTRIAL BASE SUFFERS. IF WE CONTINUE TO PROCURE THE BEST MILITARY EQUIPMENT FOR THE BEST VALUE, THE TAXPAYER DOLLAR CAN AFFORD, WE MUST PRESERVE THE COMPETITIVE PROCESS. IN TODAY'S GLOBAL ECONOMY, THAT MEANS WE MUST NOT SHY AWAY FROM OUR ALLIES' PARTICIPATION. AIR REFUELING IS THE KEY ENABLER TO OUR GLOBAL MILITARY MIC AND WE NEED TO GET THE COMPETITION FOR THE KC-135 REPLACEMENT PROGRAM RIGHT. OTHERWISE, WE'LL NEVER KNOW WHETHER COMPETITION WAS TRUE COMPETITION OR WHETHER OUR WAR FIGHTERS RECEIVED THE BEST POSSIBLE CAPABILITY. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 12:20:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FURMED THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

  • 12:21:39 PM

    MR. POE

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    MR. POE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. POE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK --

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    AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 12:23:03 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SAT HERE BEFORE AND LISTENED TO THE SPEECH OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SAT HERE BEFORE AND LISTENED TO THE SPEECH OF THE PRIME MINISTER -- THE IRAQI PRIME MINISTERAL-MALIKI OF IRAQ AND QUITE FRANKLY I WAS -- PRIME MINISTER AL-MALIKI OF IRAQ AND QUITE FRANKLY WE NEVER HEARD THE CONDEMNATION OF HEZBOLLAH IN THE ATTACKS AGAINST ISRAEL. I GUESS ACCORDING TO THE PRIME MINISTER TERRORISM AGAINST IRAQ IS NO GOOD BUT TERRORISM AGAINST ISRAEL IS ACCEPTABLE. I AM SORRY THAT HE DIDN'T INVOLVE HIS CRITICISM OF ISRAEL THIS WEEK OR CONDEMN THE SPEAKER OF THE PARLIAMENT OF IRAQ AND HIS VICIOUS ANTI-JEWISH TIRADE EARLIER THIS WEEK, BUT UNFORTUNATELY NONE OF THAT WAS FORT COMING. IF WE ARE -- WAS FORTHCOMING. IF WE ARE TO TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY, THEY MUST CONDEMN TERRORIST ATTACKS AGAINST IRAQ, AGAINST ISRAEL OR ANY NATION. ONLY THEN WILL I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE DEMOCRATS AND CARE ABOUT DEMOCRACY AND REALLY CARE ABOUT THE WAR ON TERROR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    ONE MINUTE. SOID THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS HOUSE IN A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS LISTENED…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS HOUSE IN A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS LISTENED TO THE NEW PRIME MINISTER OF OUR ALLY, IRAQ, EARLIER TODAY. THE PRIME MINISTER OUTLINED HIS PLAN FOR FREEDOM AND SECURITY FOR THE IRAQI PEOPLE AND FOR A FREE, SAFE AND SECURE IRAQ. AND AS AN ALLY, WE IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO SEE THIS THROUGH. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO ENSURE FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY HOWEVER IMPERFECT IT MAY BE AS FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY ALWAYS IS. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO SEE THAT THROUGH IN IRAQ TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOR YEARS TO COME. BEYOND THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL AND IRAQ HAVE THE SAME MUTUAL ENEMY. AND THOSE ARE ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS. IN OUR COUNTRY, IN ISRAEL AND IN IRAQ AND AROUND THE WORLD. AND WE HAVE TO FIGHT TOGETHER FOR FREEDOM TODAY, FREEDOM TOMORROW, FREEDOM FOREVER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    HAVE HELPED SMALL BUSINESSES TO CREATE NEW JOBS AND FOSTER ECONOMIC GROWTH…

    HAVE HELPED SMALL BUSINESSES TO CREATE NEW JOBS AND FOSTER ECONOMIC GROWTH ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I HAVE BEEN PUSHING A FIVE-POINT AGENDA TO HELP THE SMALL BUSINESSES SUCCEED. ONE, CONTINUE THE TAX CUTS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES WHICH WE PASSED THE ACT INTO LAW. TWO, WE NEED TO MAKE HEALTH CARE COSTS MORE AFFORDABLE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND THEIR EMPLOYEES. THE SENATE, LIKE THE HOUSE, NEEDS TO PASS LEGISLATION TO CREATE SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH PLANS THAT WILL LOWER PREMIUMS BY UP TO 30%. THREE, WE NEED TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. THE SENATE CAN HELP US DO THIS BY APPROVING TWO OF MY BILLS THAT HAVE BEEN OVERWHELMINGLY PASS IN THE HOUSE, TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES EARN INTEREST ON THEIR CHECKING ACCOUNTS AND GAIN INCREASE ACCESS TO CAPITAL. FOUR, THE SENATE, LIKE THE HOUSE, NEEDS TO VOTE PERMANENTLY TO END THE DEATH TAX ON FAMILY FARMS AND, FIVE, WE NEED TO STOP EXCESSIVE AND REDUNDANT RECOGNIZE LAKESES ON SMALL BUSINESSES. MR. SPEAKER HERK -- WE NEED TO PASS THIS TO HELP PREVENT FEDERAL AGENCIES FROM IMPOSING REGULATIONS THAT SUFFER SMALL BUSINESSES. MR. SPEAKER, LET'S FULLY DEMONSTRATE THIS BY PASSING THESE LEGISLATIVE SMALL BUSINESSES IN NEW YORK'S HUDSON VALLEY AND ALL OVER THE NATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE WAR IN IRAQ IS ESCALATING DAILY. IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2006, MORE…

    THE WAR IN IRAQ IS ESCALATING DAILY. IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2006, MORE THAN 350 AMERICAN SOLDIERS WERE KILLED IN ACTION AND OVER 2,400 WOUNDED. THIS MEANS THE UNITED STATES LOST THE EQUIVALENT OF FIVE BATTALION'S WORTH OF GROUND FORCES DURING THE TIME WHILE IRAQ WAS FORMING A GOVERNMENT. IT HAS MADE LITTLE DIFFERENCE IN THE DAILY LIVES OF MOST IRAQIS. VIOLENCE HAS ESCALATED AND CLAIMED -- CLAIMS MORE AND MORE IRAQI LIVES. ACCORDING TO THE U.N., OVER 14,000 IRAQI CIVILIANS WERE KILLED IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2006. INCLUDING 5,800 IN MAY AND JUNE ALONE. STATES OF EMERGENCY, CURFEWS AND MILITARY OPERATIONS HAVE NOT STABILIZED THE COUNTRY. THERE ARE MORE INSURGENTS, MORE FOREIGN FIGHTERS AND MORE ATTACKS. THE SIGNS OF SECTARIAN AND ETHNIC CLEANSING ARE EVERYWHERE. PRESIDENT BUSH HAS SAID HE'S GOING TO DEPLOY MORE TROOPS INTO BAGHDAD. MR. SPEAKER, 2006 WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A YEAR OF SIGNIFICANT TRANSITION IN IRAQ. BUT THE U.S. REMAINS ON THE DEFENSIVE CAUGHT IN A CIVIL WAR. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WAR IS A MISERABLE FAILURE. IT IS TIME FOR A NEW DIRECTION IN IRAQ.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    ADDRESS FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. WITHOUT OBJECTION HIS REQUEST…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. WITHOUT OBJECTION HIS REQUEST TO REVISE AND EXTEND IS SO ORDERED.

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    THE SCOUTS HAVE PROVIDED A WAY FOR CHILDREN FROM THE INNER CITY AND THE…

    THE SCOUTS HAVE PROVIDED A WAY FOR CHILDREN FROM THE INNER CITY AND THE COUNTRY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEMSELVES, THEIR ENVIRONMENT AND THEIR ROLE AS CITIZENS THROUGH ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT IN OUTDOOR AND SERVICE ACTIVITIESES. UNFORTUNATELY THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA WILL HINDER SCOUTING IN SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA. THEY HAVE TOLD THE COUNCIL WHICH SERVES 87,000 INNER CITY AND SUBURBAN SCOUTS TO VACATE THE HEADQUARTERS IT HAS USED RENT-FREE SINCE 1928. MAYOR STREET HAS CHOSE TO FOCUS ON THE DIFFERENCES OF OPINIONS WITH THE BOY SCOUTS RATHER THAN EMBRACING GREATER COOPERATION ON THE ISSUES WE CAN AGREE ON. THIS IS AN UNFORTUNATE TURN OF EVENTS FOR THE SCOUTING COMMUNITY IN MY DISTRICT, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE CITY IS IN CRISIS. DRUG USE IS AT ALL-TIME HIGHS. I CALL ON HIM TO WORK OUT A SOLUTION TO THEIR DISPUTE. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 1337, THE SUPPORT OUR SCOUTS ACT WHICH WILL REAFFIRM OUR GOVERNMENT'S SUPPORT FOR SCOUTING. I YIELD BACK THE REMAINLEDER OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    IS CLEAR AMERICA MUST GET SERIOUS ABOUT ALL HAZARDS PREPAREDNESS. . AND…

    IS CLEAR AMERICA MUST GET SERIOUS ABOUT ALL HAZARDS PREPAREDNESS. . AND THAT IS PREPARING FOR ALL EMERGENCIES, WHETHER THEY'RE NATURAL OR MANMADE. TODAY I'M INTRODUCING THE PREPAREDNESS FIRST ACT TO AUTHORIZE CRITICAL PROGRAMS THAT OUR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ALREADY DEPEND ON FOR ALL HAZARDS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS. THE PREMISE OF THIS BILL -- TO ENSURE THAT STATES AND LOCALITIES WILL HAVE A BASIC LEVEL OF PREPAREDNESS SO THAT THEY CAN PROTECT THEIR CITIZENS, COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER, AND WORK WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DURING ANY TYPE OF EMERGENCY FROM EARTHQUAKES TO TERRORIST ATTACKS. UNDER THIS BILL, ALL STATES WOULD RECEIVE A BASE OF PREPAREDNESS FUNDING. THIS WOULD GUARANTEE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE AN ABLE PARTNER IN EVERY STATE TO COORDINATE PREPAREDNESS ACTIVITIES. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES WOULD THEN BE MADE AVAILABLE TO ADDRESS THE UNIQUE RISK AND MANMADE DISASTERS THAT ARE POSED IN EACH AREA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND PUT ALL HAZARDS PREPAREDNESS FIRST FOR ALL AMERICANS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:32:38 PM

    MR. ROYCE

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:32:43 PM

    MR. ROYCE

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. PASCRELL

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    THE LEADER OF IRAQ, DULY ELECTED, MET AT THE WHITE HOUSE TO SAY THAT HE…

    THE LEADER OF IRAQ, DULY ELECTED, MET AT THE WHITE HOUSE TO SAY THAT HE WOULD JOIN -- HIS COUNTRY WOULD JOIN WITH OTHER ARAB STATES IN CONDEMNING TERROR. YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THE WORD "TERROR" WAS INVENTED THIS MORNING. AND FOR THE AUDACITY FOR HIM TO LOOK AT US AND SAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE SKEPTICAL ABOUT THE WAR ON TERROR, THERE'S NOBODY SKEPTICAL IN THIS HOUSE, EITHER SIDE, ABOUT THE WAR ON TERROR. BUT WHEN HIS LEGISLATURE CONDEMNS ISRAEL, WE NEED TO STOP THE ISRAELI CRIMINAL AGGRESSION, QUOTE-UNQUOTE. AND THEY VOTED ON THAT UNANIMOUSLY. AND YOU COME INTO OUR HOUSE, AS WE WOULD SAY IN THE BRONX, EVEN THOUGH I'M FROM NEW JERSEY, AND THINK THAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO FORGET EVERYTHING. THERE'S TERROR IN IRAQ AND THERE'S TERROR IN ISRAEL. AND IF YOU THINK HEZBOLLAH IS THE GUARDIAN ANGELS, YOU'RE QUITE MISTAKEN. AND WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON IN THIS HOUSE AND TURN THIS COUNTRY BACK AROUND AGAIN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    65% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAY WE'RE GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    CONTINUED THIS MORNING. THANK YOU.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:35:37 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:35:41 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THAT WE HAVE A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THAT WE HAVE A REAL CHALLENGE IN HEALTH CARE WITH OVER 45 MILLION AMERICANS WITHOUT ADEQUATE INSURANCE COVERAGE. AND WASHINGTON'S IN A LOGJAM WITH A NATIONAL SOLUTION ELUSIVE. YESTERDAY WE TOOK A GREAT STEP IN MEETING THIS CHALLENGE WITH THE INTRODUCTION BY A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF A SIGNIFICANT MEASURE TO HELP COVER THE UNINSURED. AS A PHYSICIAN, I UNDERSTAND THAT ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL DOESN'T WORK IN HEALTH CARE. OUR BIPARTISAN WORKING GROUP RESPECTS GREATLY THE PRINCIPLE OF FEDERALISM AND OUR PROPOSAL WILL EMPOWER STATES TO DEVELOP METHODS THAT BEST SUIT THEIR UNIQUE POPULATIONS. H.R. 5864, THE HEALTH PARTNERSHIP THROUGH CREATIVE FEDERALISM ACT, HOLDS REAL PROMISE TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS WITH HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE BY EMPOWERING STATES TO DEVELOP METHODS THAT BEST SUIT THEIR UNIQUE NEEDS, WE ARE PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST WHICH SHOULD BE THE FOUNDATION OF ANY REFORM. THIS BOLD INITIATIVE TAKES THIS INHERIT KNOWLEDGE INTO ACCOUNT AND GIVES STATES THE FLEXIBILITY TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO COVER THE UNINSURED. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES TO SIGN ON AS A CO-SPONSOR AND SUPPORT THIS INNOVATIVE SOLUTION.

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  • 12:36:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 12:36:51 PM

    MR. FILNER

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:36:56 PM

    MR. FILNER

    MR. SPEAKER, GAS PRICES ARE ONCE AGAIN AT RECORD HIGHS. ACCORDING TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, GAS PRICES ARE ONCE AGAIN AT RECORD HIGHS. ACCORDING TO THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S OWN ENERGY DEPARTMENT, THE AVERAGE NATIONAL PRICE AT THE PUMP IS NOW OVER $3 A GALLON. WE'RE FACING THE BIGGEST PRICE RISE SINCE HURRICANE KATRINA 10 MONTHS AGO. AND YET, THIS REPUBLICAN DO-NOTHING CONGRESS, THIS DO-NOTHING CONGRESS IS PREPARED TO LEAVE AT THE END OF THE WEEK FOR A FIVE-WEEK RECESS WITHOUT PASSING ANY LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP CONSUMERS WITH PRICES AT THE PUMP. WHAT IS THE HOLDUP BESIDES THE GIANT HIGHEST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHY WON'T REPUBLICANS HELP US HOLD BIG OIL'S FEET TO THE FIRE FOR ANY PRICE GOUGING NOW GOING ON? WHY WON'T THESE REPUBLICANS JOIN US IN REPEALING $20 BILLION IN TAX BREAKS AND SUBSIDIES THAT THEY GAVE BIG OIL LAST YEAR? WHY WON'T THEY JOIN US IN TAKING THAT MONEY AND INVESTING IN NEW ENERGIES OF THE FUTURE SO WE CAN END OUR DEPENDENCE ON FUTURE OIL? THE ANSWER I THINK HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THEIR COZY RELATIONSHIPS WITH BIG OIL. IT'S NO WONDER THAT MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT THE LETTERS G-O-P MEAN GAS, OIL, AND PETROLEUM. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS HAVE DEALT WITH HIGH GAS PRICES ALL SUMMER LONG. IT'S TIME THIS HOUSE STARTED LISTENING TO THEIR NEEDS RATHER THAN THE NEEDS OF THE SPECIAL INTERESTS IN THE GAS AND OIL INDUSTRY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:38:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    REPUBLICAN DO-NOTHING CONGRESS IS UNWILLING TO TACKLE THE ISSUES OF…

    REPUBLICAN DO-NOTHING CONGRESS IS UNWILLING TO TACKLE THE ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AT A TIME WHEN HARD-WORKING AMERICANS ARE FINDING IT MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT TO MAKE ENDS MEET, AT A TIME WHEN A WEAK ECONOMY IS CREATING VERY FEW JOBS, AT A TIME WHEN GAS PRICES ARE AT RECORD LEVELS, THE REPUBLICAN DO-NOTHING CONGRESS HAS FRITTERED AWAY SCARCE TIME ON MEANINGLESS AND DIVISIVE PROPOSALS THAT WERE NEVER EVEN INTENDED TO BECOME LAW. NO WONDER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SO DISGUSTED WITH WASHINGTON. THERE'S SO MUCH THAT THIS CONGRESS SHOULD BE DOING, AND YET THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO ACT. WE COULD RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NINE YEARS AND GIVE SEVEN MILLION AMERICANS A PAY RAISE. WE COULD GIVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THE ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ON BEHALF OF AMERICA'S SENIORS IN ORDER TO FILL THE GAP IN COVERAGE THAT MILLIONS OF SENIORS WILL SOON FACE IN THEIR DRUG COVERAGE. WE COULD FINALLY GO AFTER BIG OIL AND GUARANTEE THE AMERICAN CONSUMER IS NOT TO BE GOUGED AT THE PUMP. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS A LOT WE COULD DO. THE PROBLEM IS REPUBLICANS ARE OUT OF IDEAS. IT IS TIME WE LEAD AMERICA IN A NEW DIRECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 12:41:00 PM

    MR. BERRY

    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE AND HIS…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE AND HIS REQUEST IS SO ORDERED.

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  • 12:41:08 PM

    MR. BERRY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS STRUGGLE TO GET BUY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS STRUGGLE TO GET BUY MAKING THE LOWEST VALUE IN MINIMUM WAGE FOR 50 YEARS, REPUBLICANS IN THIS BODY ARE PREPARING TO ADJOURN THE HOUSE FOR A FIVE-WEEK SUMMER VACATION WITHOUT PROVIDING THEM WITH ANY FINANCIAL RELIEF. DESPITE NUMEROUS ATTEMPTS BY THE DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS, REPUBLICANS STILL REFUSE TO INCREASE THE MINIMUM WAGE TO A LIVING WAGE. IT IS TIME FOR A NEW DIRECTION. SIX MILLION PEOPLE WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM AN INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE DESERVE BETTER THAN A CONGRESS THAT REWARDS THE WEALTHIEST WHILE PUNISHING THOSE WHO NEED ASSISTANCE THE MOST AND ARE WILLING TO WORK FOR IT. 86% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE BECAUSE THEY KNOW, JUST AS DEMOCRATS IN THIS BODY KNOW, THAT IT IS SIMPLY WRONG FOR A FULL-TIME WORKER WITH A FULL-TIME JOB TO LIVE IN POVERTY IN THIS GREAT NATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR ON WHICH THE VOTE IS OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. RECORD VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER TODAY. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:42:33 PM

    MR. OXLEY

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5337, AS AMENDED.

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  • 12:42:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    TO ENSURE NATIONAL SECURITY WHILE PROMOTING FOREIGN INVESTMENT AND THE…

    TO ENSURE NATIONAL SECURITY WHILE PROMOTING FOREIGN INVESTMENT AND THE CREATION OF -- AND MAINTENANCE OF JOBS TO REFORM THE PROCESS BY WHICH SUCH INVESTMENTS ARE EXAMINED FOR ANY EFFECT THEY MAY HAVE ON NATIONAL SECURITY, TO ESTABLISH THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. OXLEY, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. OXLEY, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. MALONEY, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES OF THIS DEBATE. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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  • 12:43:14 PM

    MR. OXLEY

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST IS SO ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST IS SO ORDERED.

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    MR. OXLEY

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. OXLEY

    I RISE TODAY TO URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 5337, THE NATIONAL…

    I RISE TODAY TO URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 5337, THE NATIONAL SECURITY FIRST ACT, WHICH MAKES IMPORTANT REFORMS TO THE PROCESS BY WHICH THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES SCRUTINIZES PURCHASES OF U.S. BUSINESSES BY FOREIGN ONES TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS NO THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY. AS WE CONSIDER THIS LEGISLATION, WE MUST REMEMBER THAT THE RESULT OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN SPECTACULAR. U.S. SUBSIDIARIES OF FOREIGN COMPANIES EMPLOY NEARLY 5.5 MILLION AMERICANS. THE AVERAGE SALARY FOR THOSE WORKERS IS A HEALTHY $60,000, AND 1/3 OF THOSE JOBS ARE IN MANUFACTURING. IN A TIME WHEN WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT OUR BALANCE OF TRADE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT MORE THAN 20% OF U.S. EXPORTS ARE PRODUCED BY U.S. SUBSIDIARIES OF FOREIGN COMPANIES. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL KNOW WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY. CONGRESS AND THE COUNTRY WENT THROUGH A VERY DIFFICULT PERIOD THIS SPRING AFTER WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DUBAI PORTS SALE. AS A RESPONSE AND ONE OF THE BEST EXAMPLES OF BIPARTISANSHIP I'VE SEEN IN MY TENURE HERE, H.R. 5337 WAS INTRODUCED BY MAJORITY WHIP BLUNT, CHAIRWOMAN PRYCE, MRS. MALONEY, AND MR. CROWLEY, AND NOW HAS NEARLY 90 CO-SPONSORS. IT IS A VERY GOOD BILL THAT ADDRESSES -- THAT SOME SEE AS FLAWS IN THE PROCESS WITHOUT CREATING ANY NEW PROBLEMS OR BARRIERS TO INVESTMENT. I'D PARTICULARLY LIKE TO COMPLIMENT CHAIRMAN PRYCE FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS COMPLEX ISSUE AND THREE VERY THOROUGH HEARINGS IN WHICH SHE MADE CERTAIN MEMBERS WERE WELL VERSED IN THE DETAILS OF THE PROCESS BEFORE ANY LEGISLATING WAS DONE. THE RESULT WAS A UNANIMOUS 64-0 VOTE FOR PASSAGE IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. THE LANGUAGE WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY IS NEARLY IDENTICAL WITH A MANAGER'S AMENDMENT THAT MAKES ONLY A FEW CHANGES MADE TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN THE PROCESS. . AS A SECOND VICE CHAIR, THE ADDITION OF THE ENERGY SECRETARY TO THE PROCESS ITSELF AND THAT REVIEWS ARE TO BE DONE IT DETERMINE THE EFFECTS OF A TRANSITION ON NATIONAL -- TRANSACTION ON NATIONAL SECURITY, A REQUIREMENT THAT THE 30-DAY REVIEW PERIOD END WITH A ROLL CALL VOTE WITH ANY SINGLE VOTE SENDING THE TRANSACTION INTO THE 45-DAY INVESTIGATIVE PERIOD. AND FURTHER CLARIFICATION OF THE ROLE OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE PROCESS. MR. SPEAKER, WE -- WHAT WE NEED TO ACCOMPLISH IS THE STRENGTH OF NATIONAL SECURITY IN TWO WAYS, BY INCREASING ACCOUNTABILITY AND IMPROVING THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE CONGRESS TO PERFORM NECESSARY OVERSIGHT. THIS BILL DOES BOTH. THE RESULT WILL BE A PROCESS THAT STOPS WHAT SHOULD BE DISAPPROVED AND GIVES GREEN LIGHT WHAT SHOULD BE APPROVED INCLUDING ANY MODIFICATIONS NEEDED TO PROTECT AGAINST THE LOSS OF A DEFENSE, INDUSTRIAL BASE OR CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY. THERE IS A STRONG AND EFFECTIVE BILL THAT CORRECTS EXACTLY WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THE PROCESS WITHOUT OVERREACHING AND CAUSING FURTHER PROBLEMS. IT CONTINUES TO GIVE THEM THE DISCRETION. I WILL NOT SUPPORT SOME OF THE OTHER PROPOSALS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT FORWARD, SUCH AS AN ADDITIONAL TIME DELAY OR DIRECTLY INVOLVING CONGRESS IN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS. I BELIEVE WE NEED TO MAKE CLEAR OF INSERTING POLITICIAN INTO THE CONSIDERATION PROCESS AND THAT GOAL HAS BEEN ACHIEVED HERE. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST PROTECT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, THE NATIONAL SECURITY INCLUDES ECONOMIC SECURITY. LET'S REMEMBER THAT IT IS OUR ECONOMIC SECURITY AND PROSPERITY THAT GIVE US THE RESOURCES TO PROVIDE ADEQUATELY FOR OUR INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL DEFENSES. WE SIMPLY MUST NOT DRIVE OFF THOSE WHO WANT TO MAKE THE WISE INVESTMENT IN OUR GREAT ECONOMY. OUR FRIENDS IN THE OTHER BODY SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT NO BILL WOULD BE A PREFERABLE ALTERNATIVE TO A BAD BILL. WE WILL NOT SACRIFICE JOB GROWTH WHEN THERE IS NO IMPROVEMENT TO AMERICAN SECURITY. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BILL. I THINK THE CEFUS PROCESS IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY WILL BE IMPROVED BY ENACTING EXACTLY AS WRITTEN. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:47:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO HAS RERECEIVED THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO HAS RERECEIVED THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M DELIGHTED TO JOIN MY…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M DELIGHTED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES, REPRESENTATIVE OXLEY, PRYCE, CROWLEY AND MAJORITY WHIP BLUNT IN BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5337, THE NATIONAL SECURITY FIRST ACT. AFTER THE DUBAI PORTS WORLD DISASTER, IT WAS CLEAR THAT THERE WAS A PRESSING NEED TO REFORM THE PROCESS BY WHICH THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT REVIEWS FOREIGN ACQUISITIONS OF BUSINESSES IN THE UNITED STATES. FOR NATIONAL SECURITY THREATS, THE COMMITTEE FOR FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES OR CEFIUS. IT HAS RECEIVED STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE. IT ALSO REFLECTS THE INPUT OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE, ARMED SERVICES AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEES. WE HAVE ALL WORKED HARD TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE A STRONG AND SENSIBLE BILL, AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBERS AND STAFF OF THESE COMMITTEES AS WELL AS MY OWN STAFF FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND HARD WORK. H.R. 5337, THE NATIONAL SECURITY FIRST ACT IS WIDELY RECOGNIZED AS A BALANCED APPROACH WHICH PROTECTS NATIONAL SECURITY FIRST WHILE CONTINUING TO ENCOURAGE SAFE, IMPORTANT AND FOREIGN INVESTMENT TO CREATE AMERICAN JOBS AND IMPROVE OUR ECONOMY. MANY OBSERVERS, BOTH DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN, THINK OUR BILL HAS STRUCK THIS BALANCE SUCCESSFULLY. THE NATIONAL SECURITY FIRST ACT INCORPORATES AND BILLS ON A BIPARTISAN BILL I INTRODUCED EARLIER BASED ON REFORMS PROPOSED BY THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE, EVEN BEFORE DUBAI PORTS WORLD BOUGHT THIS ISSUE INTO THE SPOTLIGHT. -- BROUGHT THIS ISSUE INTO THE SPOTLIGHT. THIS RECOMMENDATION OF THE G.A.O. WERE NECESSARILY NOT KNEE JERK REACTIONS TO THE DUBAI CRISIS BUT ADDRESSED PROBLEMS IN THE CEFIUS PROCESS AND CREATED A FAR AND NEEDED BASIS FOR THIS BILL. THIS ADDRESSES THREE CORE ISSUES. ALL FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND CONTROLLED ENTITIES MUST GO THROUGH A 40-DAY RIGOROUS INVESTIGATION IN ADDITION TO THE 30-DAY REVIEW. THIS IS NECESSARY BECAUSE GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED ENTITIES COULD HAVE AGENDAS OTHER THAN PROFIT AND CAN PAY WHATEVER THEY WANT TO ACCOMPLISH THEM. PRIVATE COMPANIES WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO COMPETE. TO ENSURE GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY AND BETTER JUDGMENT, ALL REVIEWS AND INVESTIGATIONS BY CEFIUS WILL REQUIRE SIGNOFF AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS, THE SECRETARY OR DEPUTY SECRETARY OF TREASURY, HOMELAND SECURITY AND COMMERCE MUST SIGN THE CFFIUS RECOMMENDATION. THE DUBAI -- THE CEFIUS RECOMMENDATION. THE DUBAI PORTS DEAL -- THIS BILL MAKES CABINET OFFICERS RESPONSIBLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR THEIR DECISIONS. ALSO IMPORTANT, ALL REVIEWS AND INVESTIGATIONS WILL BE ANALYZED BY THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE WHOSE INPUT IS REQUIRED UNDER THE BILL. FOR THE FIRST TIME CEFIUS WILL HAVE A SET OF MANDATORY FACTORS TO CONSIDER IN ORDER TO DETERMINE IF IT WILL EFFECT NATIONAL SECURITY, INCLUDING INFRASTRUCTURE SUCH AS PORTS, ENERGY TRANSMISSION OR VOTING MACHINES. SECOND, THE BILL BILLS IN CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT BY REQUIRING TWICE ANNUAL REPORTING TO CONGRESS OF ALL COMPLETED ACTIONS BY CEFIUS. FORWARD TO -- IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT THEY DON'T REPORT TO ONE OR TWO MEMBERS, THE BILL SPESSFIES THAT BOTH MAJORITY AND MINORITY MEMBERS OF THE RELEVANT COMMITTEES WILL BE NOTIFIED. ADDITIONALLY, CONGRESS WILL BE NOTIFIED PROMPTLY OF ANY EXTENSIVE INVESTIGATION AND TRANSACTION INVOLVING A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT PURCHASE. INVOLVING CONGRESS CAN HELP THE AGENCIES BE MORE AWARE OF TRANSACTIONS THAT RAISE A RED FLAG. FOR EXAMPLE, RECENTLY I WROTE A LETTER TO SECRETARY SNOW URGING CEFIUS TO REVIEW A TRANSACTION IN WHICH A COMPANY WITH STRONG VENEZUELAN TIES. TREASURY SAYS IT IS CONDUCTING A PREREVIEW OF WHETHER THE COMPANY IS OWNED BY THE VENEZUELA GOVERNMENT AND WHETHER THE DEAL PUTS OUR ELECTORAL SYSTEM AT RISK. REGARDLESS OF THE OUTCOME, THIS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF WHY THIS BILL IS NEEDED. THE THIRD IMPACT OF THE BILL IS TO STRENGTHEN THE ENFORCEMENT AND MONITORING SYSTEMS. IN MANY CASES THE U.S. GOVERNMENT ENTERS INTO A CONTRACT WITH THE FOREIGN PURCHASER TO ENSURE U.S. GOVERNMENT CONCERNS REGARDING NATIONAL SECURITY ARE MET. IN BILL STRENGTHENS THESE CONTRACTS AND ADDS PROVISIONS TO FOLLOW UP ON WHETHER THE FOREIGN PURCHASERS ARE COMPLYING. ALSO THE BILL PROVIDES FOR GREATER OVERSIGHT OF WITHDRALLS FROM THE CEFIUS -- WITHDRAWS FROM THE CEFIUS PROCESS. THEY NOTICED A PATTERN OF AP I WILL CATS IF THEY NEEDED OR RECEIVED INDICATIONS -- APPLICATIONS IF THEY NEEDED OR RECEIVED INDICATIONS OF CONCERN AND THEN GOING AHEAD WITH THE FLAWED TRANSACTION ANYWAY WITHOUT THE APPROVAL. THESE OFFTHE RADAR DEALS CREATE INCENTIVES AND WE NEED TO ADOPT BETTER MONITORING OF THEM. IN SOME, THIS BILL IS A SENSIBLE, BALANCED APPROACH TO MAKING SURE FOREIGN ACQUISITIONS DO NOT JEOPARDIZE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY WHILE NOT CHILLING FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN OUR COUNTRY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL. 90 OF OUR COLLEAGUES ARE CO-SPONSORS. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:54:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES OF BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES OF BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED BILLS.

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  • 12:54:27 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    MR. OXLEY

    I'M PLEASED NOW TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI,…

    I'M PLEASED NOW TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, THE MAJORITY WHIP AND -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, THE MAJORITY WHIP AND THE LEAD SPONSOR.

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  • 12:54:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BLUNT

    AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MRS. MALONEY

    THREE MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE,…

    THREE MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. FRANK.

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  • 12:59:22 PM

    MR. FRANK

    GRANTED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    MR. OXLEY

    OHIO, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE WHO HAS SHOWN LEADERSHIP ON THIS…

    OHIO, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE WHO HAS SHOWN LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE.

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  • 01:02:48 PM

    MS. PRYCE

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING HIS TIME AND HIS INVALUABLE LEADERSHIP ON…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING HIS TIME AND HIS INVALUABLE LEADERSHIP ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I LED US VERY THOUGHTFULLY -- HIS LEADERSHIP LED US THOUGHTFULLY THROUGH THIS PROCESS AND WE DID NOT HAVE A KNEE JERK REACTION THAT SO OFTEN HAPPENS AROUND HERE AND YOUR VALUED EXPERIENCE AND INSIGHTS HAS MADE THIS MUCH BETTER LEGISLATION, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU. OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS WE'VE HEARD MUCH ABOUT THE CFIUS PROCESS. MEDIA REPORTS OF CFIUS TRANSACTIONS SUCH AS THE DUBAI PORTS DEAL HAVE AWAKENED CONGRESS ON THE NEED TO TAKE A STRONG POSITION ON NATIONAL SECURITY SINCE 9/11 AND THIS LEGISLATION UPSITS CFIUS FOR A WORLD WHERE NATIONAL SECURITY AND HOMELAND SECURITY NEED TO BE CONSIDERED MUCH MORE STRONGLY THAN YEARS PAST. NATIONAL SECURITY HOWEVER IS NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE OF ECONOMIC SECURITY. THIS LEGISLATION STRIVES TO ENSURE NATIONAL SECURITY WHILE PROMOTING THE CREATION AND MAINTENANCE OF JOBS. THIS LEGISLATION INSTITUTES A VICE CHAIR POSITION IN CFIUS TO BE FILLED BY THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE. WE BELIEVE IT SHOWS HOW AMERICA CONTINUES TO THINK GLOBALLY FOR INVESTMENT AND LOCALLY FOR SECURITY. WHILE STRENGTHENING OUR SECURITY, WE HAVE ALSO CONTINUED OUR WORK TO STRENGTHEN OUR RELATIONSHIPS AND OPEN MARKETS WITH NATIONS ABROAD. THESE COUNTRIES HAVE A GROWING APPETITES FOR AMERICAN PRODUCTS AND AMERICAN INVESTMENTS. AMERICAN COMPANIES AND BRAND NAMES THAT WE ALL RECOGNIZE HAVE GROWN EXPONENTIALLY BECAUSE OF THESE MARKET OPENINGS AND THIS MEANS GROWING AMERICAN JOBS. IN OHIO WE'VE SEEN THE BENEFITS OF OPEN MARKETS AND FOREIGN INVESTMENT WELCOMING IN INTO OUR COMMUNITY SEIMENS, HONDA AND MANY, MANY MORE. HONDA MOTOR CORPORATION HAS BECOME THE LARGEST AUTO PRODUCER IN OHIO BEGINNING PRODUCTION IN 1979 WITH AN INITIAL INVESTMENT OF $35 MILLION MARYSVILLE, OHIO. TODAY THEIR INVESTMENT TOPS $6.3 BILLION OVER 26 YEARS. HONDA'S NORTH AMERICAN PLANTS PURCHASE MORE THAN $6.5 BILLION IN PARTS FROM 150 DIFFERENT OHIO SUPPLIERS JUST IN 2005. HONDA'S INVESTMENT IN THE PEOPLE OF OHIO KEEPS APPROXIMATELY 8,500 PEOPLE EMPLOYED. WHEN A FOREIGN COMPANY LOOKS TO INVEST IN THE U.S. THEY'RE LOOKING TO GROW THEIR BUSINESS AND THAT EQUALS GROWING JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES. U.S. COMMERCE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT FOREIGN FIRMS DOING BUSINESS IN THE U.S. EMPLOYED NEARLY 5.3 MILLION SLIGHTLY LESS THAN ONE OUT OF EVERY 20 WORKERS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THIS PROCESS OF REFORMING CFIUS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO UNDERCUT THE UNITED STATES' LONG STANDING SUPPORT OF CAPITAL MARKET ACCESS AND FREE MOVEMENT OF CAPITAL. THANKS TO THE CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP AND A VERY THOUGHTFUL APPROACH TO THIS REFORM EFFORT, I BELIEVE THIS LEGISLATION CONTINUES TO FOCUS OUR EFFORTS ON SECURING OUR NATION WHILE REMAINING COMMITTED TO FREE TRADE AS ONE OF THE GREATEST ENGINES OF PROSPERITY. IN RECENT MONTHS THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT HAS MADE STRIDES IN CONGRESSIONAL NOTIFICATION OF PENDING DEALS THAT COULD POTENTIALLY AFFECT NATIONAL SECURITY BUT THAT'S NOT ENOUGH. THIS LEGISLATION ENSURES THAT THE DUBAI PORTS WORLD SITUATION DOES NOT HAPPEN AGAIN IN A POST-9/11 WORLD. WHEN QUESTIONS OF NATIONAL SECURITY OR FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OWNERSHIP ARISE, ACCOUNTABILITY IS CLEAR AND THE TRANSACTION IS MOVED IMMEDIATELY TO INVESTIGATION. AMERICAN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN FEEL CONFIDENT THIS LEGISLATION INSTITUTES THE OVERSIGHT AND PROTECTIONS NEEDED TO DETERMINE IF A FOREIGN INVESTMENT TRANSACTION IS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL SECURITY. IN A WORLD INTERTWINED BY GLOBAL COMPANIES IT'S IMPORTANT WE CONTINUE TO PROTECT U.S. NATIONAL AND ECONOMIC SECURITY WHILE PROMOTING FOREIGN ERPT INVESTMENT. THIS ISSUE TOUCHES EVERY AMERICAN WHO WANTS TO KNOW EACH DAY THEY ARE SAFE. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, THE RANKING MEMBER FRANK, MY GOOD FRIEND, RANKING MEMBER MALONEY, OUR WHIP, MR. BLUNT, AND EVERYONE -- AND REPRESENTATIVE CROWLEY, EVERYONE WHO WORKED SO HARD ON THIS AND I URGE SUPPORT. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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  • 01:07:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:07:07 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. CROWLEY, WHO HAS…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. CROWLEY, WHO HAS WORKED VERY HARD ON THIS BILL.

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  • 01:07:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:07:17 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST TO REVISE AND EXTEND IS SO…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST TO REVISE AND EXTEND IS SO ORDERED.

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  • 01:07:23 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    SO GRANTED.

  • 01:11:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

  • 01:11:17 PM

    MR. OXLEY

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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  • 01:11:22 PM

    MR. FOLEY

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS AS WELL AS MANY, MANY…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS AS WELL AS MANY, MANY OTHERS. WE KNOW HOW WE GOT HERE ON THIS IMPORTANT BILL. AND IT WAS THE DUBAI PORTS DEAL. IT SHOCKED AMERICA AND IT SHOCKED ME AS A MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. NOT THAT WE WERE THUMBING OUR NOSES AT INVESTORS WHO WOULD FEEL COMFORTABLE INVESTING IN THE UNITED STATES. THAT WASN'T THE QUESTION. IT WASN'T A QUESTION ABOUT OUR SUPPORT FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN THE WAR ON TERRORISM. WE SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS. BUT AS WAS STATED BY MR. CROWLEY, IT WAS A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT. AND FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS BEHAVE DIFFERENTLY THAN FOREIGN CORPORATIONS. CORPORATIONS DON'T CARE ABOUT THE POLITICS. THEY CARE ABOUT THE PROFITS. GOVERNMENTS TAKE A DIFFERENT VIEW OF THE WORLD AND HAVE TO THINK OF EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL POLITICAL CALCULATIONS. WHAT STARTLED ME ABOUT THE DEAL WAS THE FACT THAT WHEN THEN SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY JOHN SNOW APPEARED BEFORE OUR PANEL, WHEN THE NEWS FIRST BROKE ABOUT THIS TRANSACTION, WHEN I ASKED HIM WHAT WAS INVOLVED IN THE VETTING PROCESS, HE LOOKED AT ME AS IF HE HAD NO IDEA ABOUT THE TRANSACTION AT ALL. AND WE CAME TO FIND OUT MID-LEVEL MANAGERS AT THE DEPARTMENT DECIDED THIS ON THEIR OWN. THEY HADN'T PROPERLY VETTED IT THROUGH THE NECESSARY AGENCIES TO ENSURE THAT WE HAD COVERED THE GAMUT OF QUESTIONS THAT MAY HAVE AROSE FROM THIS TRANSACTION. FORTUNATELY, BASED ON THE LEADERSHIP THAT'S BEEN DISPLAYED HERE IN CRAFTING THIS BILL IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION WE WILL NOW HAVE A PROCESS BY WHICH WE CAN ANALYZE AND INVESTIGATE AND GIVE COMFORT TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THAT A TRANSACTION INVOLVING SIX STRATEGIC PORTS OR ANY OTHER FACILITY WILL HAVE THE PROPER AUTHORITIES REVIEWING THE INTRICACIES OF THE DETAILS. THEY ALWAYS SAY THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS. IN THIS TRANSACTION WE KNEW VERY LITTLE ABOUT THE INTENTIONS OF THE PORT COMPANIES. THEIR EXPANSION CAPABILITIES, THEIR LEASEHOLD INTERESTS, HOW THEY MAY BE TRANSFERRABLE TO OTHER ENTITIES. WE HAD A BLANK SLATE IN WHICH TO REVIEW THIS TRANSACTION. THIS BILL BRINGS TO THE FLOOR AND TO THE PROCESS TRANSPARENCY, CLARITY AND AN ABILITY TO TELL OUR CONSTITUENTS WE KNOW THE STRANS ACTION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:13:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

  • 01:13:44 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

    MAY I INQUIRE AS TO THE TIME REMAINING.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK HAS SEVEN MINUTES REMAINING AND THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK HAS SEVEN MINUTES REMAINING AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO HAS SEVEN MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 01:13:57 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

    THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY.

  • 01:14:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:14:04 PM

    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5337. I…

    I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5337. I WANT TO ADD SOME IMPORTANT HISTORY AND CONTEXT TO OUR DISCUSSION. THE OMNIBUS TRADE ACT OF 1988 WAS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE ON WHICH I SIT. DURING ITS CONSIDERATION OUR COMMITTEE PRODUCED THE EXXON FLORIO PROVISION WHICH DETERMINES WHAT CAN BE BOUGHT IN THE UNITED STATES BY FOREIGN ENTITIES AND IT WAS INCLUDED IN THE FINAL VERSION OF THE OMNIBUS TRADE ACT. EXON FLORIO AUTHORIZED THE PRESIDENT TO SUSPEND OR PROHIBIT THE ACQUISITION OF A U.S. CORPORATION BY A FOREIGN ENTITY. RESPONSIBILITY FOR EXECUTING EXON-FLORIO WAS DELEGATED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES, CFIUS. THE INTERAGENCY COMMITTEE FORMED TO PROTECT THE UNITED STATES' ECONOMIC WELL-BEING AND NATIONAL SECURITY. IN THE PAST, THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE HAS CONDUCTED NUMEROUS OVERSIGHT HEARINGS AGGRESSIVELY EVALUATING HOW WELL CFIUS HAS COMPLIED WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF EXON-FLORIO. . WHEN THEY PASSED THE BYRD AMENDMENT IN 1993, MEMBERS OF ENERGY AND COMMERCE WERE CONFEREES FOR THOSE PROVISIONS. WHILE I'M PLEASED THAT THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE CONDUCTED A HEARING ON CFIUS AND CONSIDERED IT AN OPEN MARKUP, AND WHILE WE SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION, WE ARE DISAPPOINTED THAT A NUMBER OF THE PROVISIONS WE ADDED TO THE BILL ARE NOT IN THE VERSION WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY. THESE ARE MATTERS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO OUR NATIONAL AND ECONOMIC SECURITY. AS WE PROVEED, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES -- PROCEED, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO BE VIGILANT. I LOOK TO CONSIDER THIS INVOLVEMENT ON THIS ISSUE AND WORKING WITH MY OTHER COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE WHO HAVE ALSO PUT MUCH THOUGHT AND EFFORT INTO THIS LEGISLATION. I'D LIKE TO YIELD BACK MY TIME TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 01:16:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WHO SEEKS TIME IN THIS DEBATE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

  • 01:16:09 PM

    MR. OXLEY

    PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. STEARNS,…

    PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. STEARNS, OF THE AFOREMENTIONED ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE.

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  • 01:16:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:16:19 PM

    MR. STEARNS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 01:16:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 01:16:25 PM

    MR. STEARNS

    SUPPORT OF H.R. 5338, THE NATIONAL SECURITY FOREIGN INVESTMENT REFORM AND…

    SUPPORT OF H.R. 5338, THE NATIONAL SECURITY FOREIGN INVESTMENT REFORM AND STRENGTHENED TRANSPARENCY. OBVIOUSLY, WE ALL AGREE THIS IS A BILL THAT WILL STRENGTHEN THE AMERICAN ECONOMY BY ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO INVEST IN AMERICA WHILE AT THE SAME TIME FORTFYING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. MYSELF AND RANKING MEMBER SCHAKOWSKY, WE HAD A HEARING DEALING WITH THIS BILL, AND IT SHOWED THE IMPORTANCE OF IT. WE HAD A VERY SMALL PART. I THINK THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE IS NOW CO-VICE CHAIR IN THE BILL, BUT I WANT TO COMMEND MR. BLUNT FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS AND ALSO FOR THE LEADERSHIP -- CONTINUING LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN OXLEY, WHO DID ALL THE VITALLY IMPORTANT WORK ON THIS. WE HAD A VERY SMALL PART ON IT, MY SUBCOMMITTEE, WHICH IS THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, CONSUMER, PROTECTION AND TRADE. WE ALL KNOW THAT OPEN INVESTMENT POLICY HAS MADE THE UNITED STATES A FAVOR DESTINATION FOR FOREIGN INVESTMENT. WITH OVER $115 BILLION INVESTED IN 2004 SUPPORTING OVER FIVE MILLION AMERICAN JOBS FOUND IN EVERY STATE OF THIS UNION. FROM CAR MANUFACTURING PLANTS IN MISSOURI TO AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION IN MY HOME STATE OF FLORIDA. THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THAT THE UNITED STATES IS AND WILL REMAIN THE WORLD'S BENCHMARK FOR OPEN TRANSPARENT INVESTMENT POLICY. THIS OPENNESS AND THIS TRANSPARENCY IN OUR VIBRANT MARKETS AT HOME HAS BASICALLY ALLOWED AMERICAN COMPANIES TO EXPORT THOSE PRINCIPLES ABROAD, PRINCIPLES THAT ULTIMATELY INCREASE PROSPERITY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY ENCOURAGE BETTER ACCEPTANCE OF THE DEMOCRATIC AND FREE MARKETS THAT FORM THE BEDROCK OF THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE. AGAIN, I SUPPORT THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO SO. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR THE TIME.

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  • 01:18:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

  • 01:18:16 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE ONE A-- ADDITIONAL SPEAKER AND SHE'S ON HER WAY. I…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE ONE A-- ADDITIONAL SPEAKER AND SHE'S ON HER WAY. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN OXLEY FOR HIS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THIS BODY AND TO THIS COUNTRY. HE HAS BEEN A VERY FINE CHAIRMAN OF FINANCIAL SERVICES ON WHICH I SERVE. AN EXAMPLE OF HIS LEADERSHIP IS THE BILL THAT IS BEFORE US TODAY, WHICH HAD VERY STRONG BIPARTISAN INPUT, WAS BALANCED, TOOK INTO CONSIDERATION CONCERNS, FIRST OF ALL, FOR NATIONAL SECURITY BUT FOR ALL -- BUT FOR THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND ALL CONCERNED. IN SUM, THE BILL HAS OVER 90 CO-SPONSORS AND IT'S A BALANCED APPROACHED, MAKING SURE THAT FOREIGN ACQUISITIONS DO NOT JEOPARDIZE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY WHILE CONTINUING TO ENCOURAGE APPROPRIATE FOREIGN INVESTMENT. I HAVE NO FURTHER -- I WOULD LIKE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME IN HOPES THAT CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS MAY GET HERE IN TIME FOR HER REMARKS.

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  • 01:19:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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  • 01:19:30 PM

    MR. OXLEY

    I'M GOING TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE ARMED…

    I'M GOING TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUNTER.

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  • 01:19:38 PM

    MR. HUNTER

    WHO SEEKS TIME? WHO SEEKS TIME IN THIS DEBATE?

  • 01:20:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WHO SEEKS TIME? WHO SEEKS TIME IN THIS DEBATE?

  • 01:21:00 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

    MR. SPEAKER, WE DO NOT -- I DO NOT HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME.…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE DO NOT -- I DO NOT HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND URGE A YES VOTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAS YIELDED BACK HER

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  • 01:21:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAS YIELDED BACK HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAS YIELDED BACK HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO TO CLOSE.

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  • 01:21:17 PM

    MR. OXLEY

    DOES THE GENTLELADY RECLAIM HER TIME?

  • 01:23:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLELADY RECLAIM HER TIME?

  • 01:23:47 PM

    MR. FRANK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO YIELDED TO ME. I AGREE WITH WHAT HE SAID. THIS IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO YIELDED TO ME. I AGREE WITH WHAT HE SAID. THIS IS NOT THE FIRST EXAMPLE OF A BILL COMING OUT OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE UNDER SUBJECT WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN VERY CONTENTIOUS BUT CAME TO THE FLOOR IN A FORM THAT REFLECTED A VERY GOOD PROCESS, A VERY OPEN PROCESS WITH HEARINGS AND SUBCOMMITTEE, COMMITTEE MARKUPS AND FULL PARTICIPATION AND AS A RESULT RECEIVED OVERWHELMING VOTES. WE SAW THIS ON THE G.S.E. BILL AND THE FACT ACT, WE'VE SEEN IT ON A NUMBER OF BILLS. THE CHAIRMAN DESERVES A GREAT -- DESERVES GREAT CREDIT FOR THIS. AS THIS CLOSES, THIS IS A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE CHAIRMAN'S WILLINGNESS TO HELP US BRING OUT THE BEST IN OURSELVES IN THIS PROCESS. AND HE IS CORRECT. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN THE SOURCE OF A LOT OF POLITICAL SNIPING, OF FRANKLY SOME DESTABILIZATION TO THE ECONOMY BECAUSE OF A NEGATIVE IMPACT A BADLY HANDLED BILL COULD HAVE BEEN. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THIS IS ONLY A SERIES OF BILLS THAT WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP TO TAKE SUBJECTS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN, AS I SAID, CONCHENIOUS AND DESTABILIZE AND HAVE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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  • 01:25:11 PM

    MR. OXLEY

    I CAN'T MATCH THE ELOQUENCE OF THE GENTLEMAN SO I YIELD BACK.

  • 01:25:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION OCCURS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL…

    THE QUESTION OCCURS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5337 AS AMENDED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR WILL SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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  • 01:25:32 PM

    MR. OXLEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I DEMAND THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 01:25:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 AND THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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  • 01:26:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 01:26:45 PM

    MR. SHADEGG

    ITS CONSIDERATION, THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

  • 01:26:49 PM

    THE CLERK

    MOTION OFFERED PURSUANT TO THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION BY ITS MAJORITY…

    MOTION OFFERED PURSUANT TO THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION BY ITS MAJORITY LEADER OR HIS DESIGNEE, IT STAND ADJOURNED UNTIL 2:00 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2006 OR UNTIL THE TIME OF ANY REASSEMBLY PURSUANT TO SECTION 2 OF THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST AND THAT WHEN THE SENATE RECESSES OR ADJOURNS ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 2006, FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2006 OR SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2006 ON A MOTION OFFERED PURSUANT TO THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION BY ITS MAJORITY LEADER OR HIS DESIGNEE, IT STAND RECESSED OR ADJOURNED UNTIL NOON ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2006 OR SUCH OTHER TIME ON THAT DAY AS MAY BE SPECIFIED BY ITS MAJORITY LEADER OR HIS DESIGNEE IN THE MOTION TO RECESS OR ADJOURN OR UNTIL THE TIME OF ANY REASSEMBLY PURSUANT TO SECTION 2 OF THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST. SECTION 2, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE AND THE MAJORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES ACTING JOINTLY WITH CONSULTATION WITH THE MAJORITY LEADER OF THE HOUSE AND THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE SHALL NOTIFY THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE RESPECTIVELY TO REASSEMBLY AT SUCH PLACE AND TIME AS THEY MAY DESIGNATE IF, IN THEIR OPINION, THE PUBLIC INTEREST SHALL WARRANT IT.

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  • 01:28:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION OCCURS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION. ALL…

    THE QUESTION OCCURS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

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  • 01:28:29 PM

    MR. FRANK

    MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    ALL THOSE IN FAVOR WILL SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEED SETION ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. -- PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 01:29:10 PM

    MR. SHADEGG

    THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2730, THE U.S.-ISRAEL…

    THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2730, THE U.S.-ISRAEL COOPERATION ACT WITH AN AMENDMENT.

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  • 01:29:21 PM

    THE CLERK

    FUNDING FOR ELIGIBLE JOINT VENTURES BETWEEN UNITED STATES AND ISRAELI…

    FUNDING FOR ELIGIBLE JOINT VENTURES BETWEEN UNITED STATES AND ISRAELI BUSINESSES AND ACADEMIC PERSONS, TO ESTABLISH THE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY ADVISORY BOARD AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 01:29:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SHADEGG AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SHADEGG AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES OF THIS DEBATE. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 01:29:46 PM

    MR. SHADEGG

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

    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 TO INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL.

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  • 01:29:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUESTED IS SO ORDERED.

  • 01:29:58 PM

    MR. SHADEGG

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

  • 01:30:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:30:03 PM

    MR. SHADEGG

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2730, THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL ENERGY…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2730, THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL ENERGY COOPERATION ACT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. . THIS ACT WILL HELP CURB OUR RELIANCE ON FOREIGN OIL AND INCREASE OUR USE OF NEW ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES. AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, THE PRICE OF GASOLINE HAS RISEN TO WELL ABOVE $3 A GALLON ACROSS AMERICA. INDEED, IT IS DRASTICALLY AFFECTING THE POCKETBOOKS OF ALL AMERICANS AND ALL AMERICAN BUSINESSES. IT AFFECTS EVERY ASPECT OF OUR ECONOMY AND INDEED, THE RISING COST OF ENERGY THREATENS THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. THAT IS AT LEAST ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL NEED TO WORK TOGETHER IN PARTNERSHIP TO LOOK FOR WAYS THAT WE CAN REDUCE OUR RELY ANSWER ON FOREIGN SOURCES OF ENERGY AND PARTICULARLY ON FOREIGN OIL. THIS BILL UTILIZES THE CRITICAL AND CLOSE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL ON A COMMON AREA OF INTEREST, THAT IS, ENERGY AND ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. BY CREATING A VEHICLE FOR INNOVATION AND SECURITY. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY AMERICAN IS AWARE THAT THE UNITED STATES IS TOO DEPENDENT ON FOREIGN SOURCES OF ENERGY. EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD REALIZE THE DANGER THIS CREATES. FOR US AS A NATION. THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PREDICTS BY 2025, AMERICA WILL IMPORT ALMOST 68% OF ITS OIL. AND INCREASINGLY, THIS OIL COMES FROM DANGEROUS PARTS OF THE WORLD. IT COMES FROM UNSTABLE AREAS, INCLUDING THE INCREASINGLY UNSTABLE MIDDLE EAST. GLOBAL FUEL CONSUMPTION HOWEVER IS PROJECTED TO INCREASE BY 100% TO 150% OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS, DRIVEN LARGELY BY THE RAPIDLY GROWING CHINESE AND INDIAN ECONOMIES. AND THIS GROWTH AND THIS INCREASE IN DEMAND WILL FORCE PRICES EVEN HIGHER. THE UNITED STATES IS TO PROTECT -- IF THE UNITED STATES IS TO PROTECT ITSELF FROM THE ECONOMIC AND THE POLITICAL THREATS CREATED BY THIS EXCESSIVE AGAINST, WE MUST REDUCE OUR RELIANCE ON FOREIGN ENERGY SOURCES AND ON FOREIGN OIL QUICKLY -- AS QUICKLY AND AS EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE. BUT THERE IS A COMMON INTEREST BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL IN THIS WORK. ISRAEL, TOO, IS TOO DEPENDENT ON FOREIGN SOURCES OF ENERGY. AND THIS LEGISLATION TAKES CARE OF THAT ISSUE. IT ALLOWS THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO INVEST UP TO $20 MILLION ANNUALLY IN JOINT ENERGY PROJECTS BETWEEN AMERICAN AND ISRAELI BUSINESSES, SCIENTISTS, AND ACADEMICS. ELIGIBLE PRODUCTS INCLUDE RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND COMMERCIALIZATION OF ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES, IMPROVED ENERGY EFFICIENCY, AND RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES. IT'S IMPORTANT, MR. CHAIRMAN, TO UNDERSTAND, MR. SPEAKER, TO UNDERSTAND THIS LEGISLATION IS NOT A HANDOUT, UNLIKE OTHER SIMILAR PROGRAMS. EVERY SINGLE RECIPIENT OF FUNDS UNDER THIS LEGISLATION IS REQUIRED BY THE TERMS OF THE LEGISLATION TO PAY BACK THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS IN PROPORTION TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S INVESTMENT ITS SHARE OF THE OVERALL INVESTMENT IN PROJECT. WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT IF A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT IS DEVELOPED AS A RESULT OF THESE FUNDS, AND IF ENERGY -- AN ENERGY SOURCE IS FOUND, ACCORDING TO RULES PROVIDED BY THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY, THE TREASURY OF THE UNITED STATES WILL BE REPAID IN PROPORTION TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S INVESTMENT IN THE RESEARCH INVOLVED OR IN THE PROJECT WHICH CREATED THIS NEW ENERGY. H.R. 2370 HAS WIDE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, INCLUDING MORE THAN 100 MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE. IT PASSED THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY. AND I BELIEVE IT IS A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND THAT THAT VIEW IS SHARED NOT ONLY BY THOSE OF US IN THIS CONGRESS BUT ALSO BY THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL. NOT LONG AGO, MR. SPEAKER, THE PRIME MINISTER, EHUD OLMERT, ADDRESSED A JOINT SESSION OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS HERE IN THIS CHAMBER. IN HIS SPEECH, TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, YOU JUST A FEW EAKS AGO, HE EXPRESSED HIS SUPPORT FOR THIS LEGISLATION STATING THAT THROUGHOUT -- THROUGH THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL ENERGY COOPERATION ACT IN COLLABORATION WITH OUR U.S. COUNTERPARTS, ISRAEL WILL INCREASE ITS EFFORTS TO FIND ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS DESIGNED TO DEVELOP NEW ENERGY SOURCES AND ENCOURAGE CONSERVATION. I SUGGEST IT'S NOT COMMON FOR THE PRIME MINISTER OF ANOTHER NATION TO CALL ON THE UNITED STATES TO JOIN THEM IN THE PASSAGE OF A SPECIFIC PIECE OF LEGISLATION WHICH WILL BENEFIT BOTH NATIONS. THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL ARE BOTH AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF RESEARCH AND ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES, BUT WE MUST DO MORE TO END OUR AGAINST ON FOREIGN ENERGY AND WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO COOPERATE. FOR EXAMPLE, IN MY OWN STATE OF ARIZONA, AN ISRAELI SCIENTIST IS WORKING WITH AN ARIZONA COMPANY ON A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT INVOLVING A VERY FAST GROWING ALGAE WHICH CAN BE USED TO POWER A BIOMASS ENERGY PLANT. BY PASSING THIS LEGISLATION, THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL ARE FOSTERING A PARTNERSHIP DEDICATED TO SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS AND IMPROVEMENTS IN ENERGY INNOVATION. THIS MODEST INVESTMENT IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH WILL HELP BOTH THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL IN OUR EFFORTS TO DEVELOP NEW ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES AND IT WILL HELP BOTH OF OUR COUNTRIES REDUCE OUR RELIANCE ON FOREIGN SOURCES OF ENERGY. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ENGEL

    MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO COMMEND MY FRIEND FROM ARIZONA FOR HIS REMARKS. I…

    MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO COMMEND MY FRIEND FROM ARIZONA FOR HIS REMARKS. I CERTAINLY CONCUR WITH EVERYTHING HE SAID, AND I RISE TODAY --, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AND I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE UNITED STATES- ISRAEL ENERGY COOPERATION ACT. AS AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION I'M PLEASED THAT CONGRESS IS MOVING IT FORWARD TODAY. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SHADEGG, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN INTRODUCING THIS BILL AS WELL AS CHAIRMAN BARTON AND RANKING MEMBER DINGELL FOR SUPPORTING IT IN OUR COMMITTEE. AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA POINTED OUT, THE BILL DID PASS THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY, WHICH SHOWS THE STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THAT IT HAS. WE'LL ALL BENEFIT FROM OUR MUTUAL COMMITMENT TO THIS LEGISLATION, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, OUR COUNTRY WILL BENEFIT. TODAY THE UNITED STATES CONSUMES NEARLY 21 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL PER DAY, DEMANDS 25% OF GLOBAL OIL PRODUCTION, AND HOLDS ONLY 3% OF THE GLOBAL SUPPLY OF OIL. THIS HAS MADE OUR NATION DANGEROUSLY DEPENDENT ON UNSTABLE AND HOSTILE NATIONS FOR FUEL AND ILLUSTRATES JUST HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR THE UNITED STATES TO CONTINUE TO BUILD UPON PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER NATIONS FOR DEVELOPING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES. SIMPLY PUT, INITIAL TITCHES LIKE THIS WILL HELP STRENGTHEN UNITED STATES NATIONAL SECURITY. ISRAEL HAS ALWAYS BEEN A CLOSE FRIEND, AN ALLY OF THE UNITED STATES. AND THIS LEGISLATION SIMPLY BUILDS UPON BOTH NATIONS' HISTORY OF INNOVATION AND COOPERATION ON SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. WE HAVE ALREADY WORKED TOGETHER ON THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL BINATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION AND THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL BINATIONAL INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION. AS SOME OF YOU MAY REMEMBER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005, I HAD A PROVISION SUCCESSFULLY ADOPTED INTO THE LAW, SECTION 986, WHICH REQUIRES THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY TO REPORT REGULARLY ON ENERGY COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL. WE RECEIVED THE FIRST REPORT IN NOVEMBER OF 2005, AND TODAY'S LEGISLATION WILL CERTAINLY EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO WORK TOGETHER ON ACHIEVING ENERGY INDEPENDENCE THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT OF ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES. AS A RESULT OF H.R. 2730, THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY WILL ESTABLISH A GRANT PROGRAM FOR JOINT VENTURES COMPOSED OF ISRAELI AND U.S. BUSINESSES AND ACADEMICS DEVOTED TO IMPROVING AND EXPANDING RESEARCH ON ALTERNATIVE ENERGY, IMPROVED ENERGY EFFICIENCY, OR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES. OUR NATION IS LONG OVERDUE FOR A NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY THAT PROVIDES RELIABLE, SECURE, AFFORDABLE PUBLIC WORKS AND ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE SUPPLIES OF ENERGY FOR OUR GROWING ECONOMY. WHILE THE SMALL GRANTS AUTHORIZED IN THIS PROGRAM CERTAINLY CANNOT ALONE WEAN US OFF OUR ADDICTION TO OIL IN THE SHORT TERM, WORKING WITH THE HIGHLY ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC SECTOR IN ISRAEL, WE CAN MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND AFFIRM OUR HOPES FOR WHAT CAN BE DISCOVERED AND CREATED THROUGH THE MUTUAL COOPERATION OF OUR TWO GREAT NATIONS. AGAIN, I WANT TO SAY THAT IT IS IMPER PIFF THAT -- IMPERATIVE THAT THE UNITED STATES TAKE STEPS TO WEAN ITSELF OFF OF ITS AGAINST ON OIL AND MIDDLE EASTERN OIL IN PARTICULAR. OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR ENERGY NEEDS ARE INTERTWINED. THIS BILL WILL GO A GREAT STEP IN MOVING IN THAT DIRECTION. SO MR. SPEAKER, I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE U.S.-ISRAEL ENERGY COOPERATION ACT AND URGE ITS ADOPTION TODAY. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    MR. SHADEGG

    I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ILEANA…

    I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SHAD HE EGG. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SHAD HE EGG. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME TIME. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL INTRODUCED BY MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, MR. SHADEGG OF ARIZONA. THIS MEASURE ESTABLISHES A GRANT PROGRAM TO FUND JOINT VENTURES BETWEEN AMERICAN AND ISRAELI BUSINESSES AND SCHOLARS AND CALLS FOR THE CREATION OF AN INTERNATIONAL ENERGY ADVISORY BOARD COMPRISED OF U.S. AND ISRAELI REPRESENTATIVES WORKING IN TANDEM TOWARD THEIR DIVERSIFICATION OF OUR SOURCES OF ENERGY. TODAY DUE TO OUR RELIANCE ON THE FOREIGN SUPPLY OF OIL, THE UNITED STATES IS IN A TROUBLING POSITION THAT IS QUICKLY ESCALATING. AS REPORTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, U.S. AGAINST ON FOREIGN OIL WILL INCREASE BY -- DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL WILL INCREASE BY 23% IN THE NEXT 20 YEARS. WHAT MAKES THE SITUATION EVEN WORSE IS THAT FREQUENTLY THE MONEY INVESTED IN FOREIGN OIL TO MEET OUR ENERGY NEEDS IS THEN MANIPULATED TO FUND TERRORISTS WHO AIM TO ATTACK US AND OUR CLOSEST ALLIES. PART OF THE SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM IS SIMPLE. ELIMINATING OUR DEPENDENCY ON MIDDLE EASTERN SOURCES OF ENERGY AND DEVELOPING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES TO MEET OUR NEEDS. ALTHOUGH DEVELOPING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES THAT IS, FORMS OF ENERGY IS FAR FROM EASY, IT IS NECESSARY FOR OUR CONTINUED SECURITY. WORKING TOGETHER WITH ISRAEL ON DEVELOPING SUCH ALTERNATIVES AND ON IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY MAKES PERFECT SENSE. ISRAEL IS A CLOSE AND MUCH-VALUED FRIEND OF THE UNITED STATES, ONE WITH WHOM WE SHARE A DEEP BOND BASED ON MUTUAL VALUES OF FREEDOM, JUSTICE, AND DEMOCRACY, AND ONE WITH WHOM WE STAND SIDE BY SIDE IN OUR STRUGGLE AGAINST TERROR. ISRAELI SCIENTISTS HAVE DEVELOPED SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY, CONTRIBUTING GREATLY TO BREAKTHROUGHS IN VITAL FIELDS. ONE OF ISRAEL'S MANY TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGHS IN THE FIELD OF RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES INCLUDES THE TECHNIQUE THAT SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASES THE EFFICIENCY OF USING SOLAR ENERGY TO GENERATE HYDROGEN FOR USE IN ENERGY CELLS. MUT COLLABORATION WOULD YIELD GREAT BENEFITS FOR BOTH THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL IN AN EFFORT TO DEVELOP TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS TO OUR ENERGY DEPENDENCY PROBLEM. BY SUPPORTING THIS BILL, THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS WILL ENHANCE THE COOPERATION BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES AND WILL JUMP-START THE CREATIVE PROCESS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO A CRITICAL ISSUE WITH DOMESTIC AND NATIONAL SECURITY IMPLICATIONS. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, THE SPONSOR, FOR HIS TIME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO SEEKS TIME IN THIS DEBATE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. ENGEL

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SHERMAN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR YIELDING. THERE IS NO GREATER…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR YIELDING. THERE IS NO GREATER PROBLEM IN THIS WORLD THAN ITS DEPENDENCE ON PETROLEUM. THERE IS NO GREATER PROBLEM FOR OUR NATION. THERE IS NO GREATER PROBLEM FOR OUR ECONOMY THAN THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TO IMPORT SO MUCH OIL, SENDING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS EVERY YEAR TO OTHER COUNTRIES, THEREBY IMPACTING OUR BALANCE OF PAYMENTS. THERE IS NO GREATER PROBLEM FOR FAMILIES THAN PAYING FOR GASOLINE AND PAYING TO COOL OR HEAT THEIR HOMES. THERE IS NO GREATER PROBLEM FOR THE ENVIRONMENT THAN THE POLLUTION CAUSED WHEN WE BURN PETROLEUM AND THERE IS NO GREATER PROBLEM FOR THE ENVIRONMENT THAN GLOBAL WARMING AND THE PRODUCTION OF CARBON MONOXIDE -- CARBON DIOXIDE AND OTHER GREENHOUSE GASES. THERE IS NO GREATER PROBLEM FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY THAN OUR RELIANCE ON FOREIGN PETROLEUM, FIRST THE PHYSICAL SECURITY OF THAT PETROLEUM AND SECOND THE FACT THAT THE REST OF THE WORLD IF NOT THE UNITED STATES FINDS IT NECESSARY IN ORDER TO ACQUIRE PETROLEUM TO GIVE MONEY TO SUCH COUNTRIES AS IRAN AND OTHERS WHO USE THAT MONEY FOR NEFARIOUS PURPOSES. THAT, THEREFORE, THERE IS NOTHING THAT WE CAN DO THAT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WEANING THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD OFF ITS DEPENDENCE OF PETROLEUM AND THE FIRST STEP IS RESEARCH. AN IMPORTANT PART OF THAT RESEARCH IS COOPERATIVE RESEARCH WITH OTHER COUNTRIES SIMILARLY DEDICATED TO FINDING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY. THERE IS PERHAPS NO BETTER PARTNER THAN ISRAEL. FOR THE PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL JUST A COUPLE MONTHS AGO AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA POINTED OUT, STOOD IN THIS HALL AND SAID BOTH ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES SHARE A DESIRE FOR ENERGY SECURITY AND THE PREVENTION OF GLOBAL WARMING. THEREFORE, THROUGH THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL ENERGY COOPERATION ACT, IN COLLABORATION WITH OUR U.S. COUNTERPARTS, ISRAEL WILL INCREASE ITS EFFORTS TO FIND ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS DESIGNED TO DEVELOP NEW ENERGY SOURCES AND ENCOURAGE CONSERVATION. . AS THE PRIME MINISTER POINTED OUT, ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES HAVE A STRONG MUTUAL INTEREST IN ADVANCED ALTERNATIVE ENERGY RESEARCH. BOTH COUNTRIES ARE ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF THIS SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH WITH MODEST INVESTMENT, WE CAN HELP STIMULATE JOINT EFFORTS BETWEEN AMERICAN AND ISRAELI PRIVATE SECTOR INSTITUTIONS AND ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS TO WORK FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNOLOGY THAT REDUCES THE WORLD'S DEPENDENCE ON PETROLEUM. IN THE 108TH CONGRESS, I INTRODUCED A VERY SIMILAR BILL TO THE ONE THAT'S BEFORE US TODAY. IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IN INTRODUCING THIS BILL LAST YEAR, AN IMPROVED VERSION OF THE BILL AND TO WORK WITH SO MANY, INCLUDING THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, TO SEE THAT THAT BILL WOULD REACH THIS FLOOR. H.R. 2733 WOULD ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO INVEST UP TO $20 MILLION ANNUALLY TO PROVIDE JOINT VENTURES BETWEEN THE U.S. AND ISRAELI BUSINESS AND ACADEMIC RESEARCHERS, BOTH FOR ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES AND FOR ENERGY CONSERVATION. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COULD RECOUP SOME OR ALL OF THE MONEY SO APPROPRIATED SINCE, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA POINTED OUT, UNDER EACH GRANT IS AN OBLIGATION FOR THE GRANTEE TO PAY THE MONEY BACK IF THE INVESTMENT IS SUCCESSFUL AND REVENUES ARE OBTAINED. NOW THIS LEGISLATION BUILDS ON EXISTING COOPERATIVE EFFORTS, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL BINATIONAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION. THESE TWO ENTITIES HAVE ALREADY MADE SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS IN A VARIETY OF FIELDS INCLUDING THE LIFE, SCIENCE, BIOENGINEERING, AGRICULTURE AND COMMUNICATIONS. NOW IT'S TIME TO REDOUBLE THESE EFFORTS AND TO FOCUS ON ENERGY. AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK POINTED OUT, WE HAVE ALREADY HAD COOPERATIVE EFFORTS WITH ISRAEL ON ENERGY AND HE HAD ADDED LANGUAGE IN A BILL PASSED LAST YEAR TO REDOUBLE THOSE EFFORTS. IT'S NOW TIME TO PASS THE U.S.-ISRAEL ENERGY COOPERATION ACT SO THAT WE WILL HAVE A VEHICLE TO MOVE FORWARD TO WORK WITH ISRAEL TO USE ITS CUTTING EDGE SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE AND OURS TO WEAN THE WORLD OFF THE NEED FOR CONSUMPTION OF PETROLEUM. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES -- WHO SEEKS TIME IN THIS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES -- WHO SEEKS TIME IN THIS DEBATE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    MR. SHADEGG

    I YIELD TIME TO -- I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO SUPPORT THIS…

    SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION FOR FOUR RUNS. WITHIN, IT STRENGTHENS OUR TIES BETWEEN OUR NATION AND ISRAEL. IT'S BENEFICIAL TIES. IT'S IMPORTANT TO STRENGTHEN THOSE TIES ON EVERY LEVEL. IT PROMOTES RESEARCH ACROSS THREE VERY BROAD AREAS. ONE, ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF ENERGY, INCREASES OUR IMPROVEMENTS TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY. ALL THREE ARE BREAKTHROUGHS IN ANY OF THESE THREE WILL HAVE A -- CAN HAVE A DRAMATIC IMPACT ON HOW WE USE FUEL. WHILE IT DOES APPROPRIATE OR -- EXCUSE ME, AUTHORIZE, $20 MILLION A YEAR OVER A SEVEN-YEAR PERIOD, THERE ARE PAYBACK OR BUYBACK PROVISIONS IN THE BILL THAT ALLOW FOR COMPANIES WHO BENEFIT FROM THESE SEED MONEY IF THEY DEVELOP COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS OF THE -- OF THIS RESEARCH, THEY'LL PAY THIS MONEY BACK. THE FOURTH IS THAT THE AUTHORS INCLUDE A SUNSET PROVISION IN THE BILL THAT AFTER SEVEN YEARS IT GOES AWAY. FOR THESE IMPORTANT REASONS I AM GOING TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AS WELL. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE CHAIRMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ENGEL

    MR. SPEAKER. I --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIRMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ENGEL

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. BERKLEY

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2730, THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL ENERGY…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2730, THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL ENERGY COOPERATION. WE NEED TO GLANCE AT TODAY'S HEADLINES AT CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND SOARING OIL PRICES TO KNOW WHY THIS LEGISLATION IS SO IMPORTANT TO THE FUTURE OF THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL, SO IMPORTANT TO THE FUTURE OF THE ENTIRE WORLD. THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE THE RESOURCES TO ENABLE TOP SCIENTISTS, ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS AND ENTREPRENEURS IN THE FIELD OF RENEWABLE ENERGY, TO DEVELOP BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGIES, BOTH IN THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL. THESE TWO ALLIES, THROUGH THIS LEGISLATION, ARE MAKING A MAJOR COMMITMENT TO BREAK OUR ADDICTION TO OIL THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF ABUNDANT, SECURE, CLEAN AND RENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY. I BELIEVE THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL ENERGY COOPERATION ACT WILL BE RECOGNIZED IN THE COMING YEARS AS A MAJOR STEPS TOWARD ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND IT WILL SERVE AS A MODEL FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION WE SO DESPERATELY NEED IF THE WORLD IS TO MOVE BEYOND OUR DANGEROUS DEPENDENCE ON OIL, AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. WHO SEEKS TIME IN THIS DEBATE? THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. WHO SEEKS TIME IN THIS DEBATE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    MR. SHADEGG

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. UPTON

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. IT PASSED IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE SOMETIME AGO. I REFER BACK TO THE ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005, SECTION 986, THE ONE WE REMEMBER SO WELL. IT DID CALL FOR A REPORT TO CONGRESS ON U.S.-ISRAEL COOPERATIVE ENERGY RESEARCH AND PROJECTS. AND THIS BILL TAKES THAT ONE STEP FURTHER AND IT FUNDS COOPERATIVE JOINT VENTURES TO PROVOTE ENERGY EFFICIENCY, RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES. WE HAVE AN ENERGY CRUNCH, A CRISIS. WE SHOULD BE WORKING TOGETHER. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. IT EXPANDS THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMPANIES AND UNIVERSITIES AND DIFFERENT BODIES IN BOTH COUNTRIES TO WORK TOGETHER TO DEVELOP NEW TECHNOLOGIES, WHETHER IT BE SOLAR OR OTHER DIFFERENT PROJECTS WHERE CONSUMERS, CITIZENS FROM BOTH COUNTRIES WILL BENEFIT. IT'S GOOD BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. I'D LIKE TO THANK WE CAN PASS IT WITHOUT DISSENT THIS AFTERNOON, MOVE IT TO THE SENATE. AGAIN, IT WAS PART OF THE ENERGY BILL THAT THE PRESIDENT SIGNED LAST YEAR. THIS IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. IT'S GOOD POLICY. THAT'S WHY THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE PASSED IT OUT ON SUCH A STRONG BIPARTISAN VOTE. I'D LIKE TO THINK WE'LL PASS IT WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU THIS AFTERNOON. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WHO SEEKS TIME IN THIS DEBATE? THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WHO SEEKS TIME IN THIS DEBATE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. ENGEL

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

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    MR. SHADEGG

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

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    MR. ENGEL

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ENGEL

    YES. I WANT TO, AGAIN, COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SHADEGG,…

    YES. I WANT TO, AGAIN, COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SHADEGG, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL. I THINK THAT ALL THE POINTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAVE BEEN VERY IMPORTANT AND VERY RELEVANT AND THAT'S WHY THIS BILL IS REALLY A NO-BRAINER. IT'S GOOD FOR THE UNITED STATES, FIRST AND FOREMOST. IT'S GOOD FOR OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE STATE OF ISRAEL. AND WE KNOW THAT TO MOVE FORWARD WE NEED TO FIND ALTERNATIVES TO OIL, AND THIS BILL GOES A LONG, LONG WAY. I AM CONVINCED THAT THE TECHNOLOGY IS OUT THERE. I AM CONVINCED THAT WE CAN BE FREE OF OUR ADDICTION TO OIL, THAT WE CAN TAKE CARE OF OUR ENERGY NEEDS WITHOUT OIL. I AM DOING EVER LEGISLATION WITH MR. KINGSTON FROM GEORGIA IN THAT REGARD. I BELIEVE THE NEXT DECADE OUR ATTENTION IS REALLY GOING TO HAVE TO BE FOCUSED ON FINDING ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF ENERGY FOR THIS COUNTRY. THIS BILL IS AN ABSOLUTE WIN FOR EVERYBODY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:54:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM HAS YIELDED BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM HAS YIELDED BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA TO CLOSE.

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  • 01:54:32 PM

    MR. SHADEGG

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I FIRST ASK…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I FIRST ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMERCE AND ENERGY COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE ON THE ISSUE OF JURISDICTION OF THIS LEGISLATION.

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  • 01:54:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST IS SO ORDERED.

  • 01:54:50 PM

    MR. SHADEGG

    I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING MR. SHERMAN AND MR. ENGEL FOR THEIR WORK ON…

    I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING MR. SHERMAN AND MR. ENGEL FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. MR. SHERMAN WAS THE LEAD CO-SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION. HE MENTIONED HE WORKED VERY HARD ON THE ISSUE. IN PRIOR CONGRESS, I AM PLEASED TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO WORK WITH THEM IN THIS CONGRESS AND NOW TO BRING IT TO FRUITION. I APPRECIATE HIS COMMENTS THAT HE FEELS THE CURRENT BILL IS AN IMPROVED VERSION AND BELIEVE IT'S AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK FOR HIS COOPERATION AND HIS SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I BELIEVE IT'S A STRONG PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP MOVE AMERICA FORWARD AND HELP MOVE ISRAEL FORWARD. IT WILL ENABLE US TO PARTNER TOGETHER AND TO ADDRESS A PROBLEM WHICH CONFRONTS BOTH NATIONS IN REGARD TO OUR EXCESSIVE DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN SOURCES OF ENERGY. I THINK IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE UNIQUE NATURE OF THIS LEGISLATION AS HAS BEEN DISCUSSED IN THE DEBATE TODAY. THAT IS THE PAYBACK PROVISION. A LOT OF TIMES THAT RESEARCH IS SUCCESSFUL BUT THE GOVERNMENT NEVER SEES AND THE TAXPAYERS NEVER SEE A PAYBACK. I AM PLEASED WE WERE ABLE TO NEGOTIATE LANGUAGE WHICH CALLS FOR -- UNDER THIS LEGISLATION, A PAYBACK PROVISION SO THAT IF ANY OF THE WORK DONE UNDER THE PROGRAMS PRODEUCES A FINANCIAL SUCCESS, THE TAXPAYERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARE REPAID -- PRODUCES A FINANCIAL SUCCESS, THE TAXPAYERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARE REPAID. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 01:56:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME HAVING EXPIRED IN THIS DEBATE, THE QUESTION OCCURS WILL THE HOUSE…

    TIME HAVING EXPIRED IN THIS DEBATE, THE QUESTION OCCURS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2730 AS AMENDED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR WILL SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE RESPONDED, HAVING 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 OF THE BILL IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 01:56:56 PM

    MR. SHADEGG

    SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R.…

    SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5611 WITH AN MEND.

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  • 01:57:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 5611, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PARTNERSHIP…

    H.R. 5611, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY AND APPROPRIATE INDUSTRY GROUPS FOR THE CREATION OF A TRANSPORTATION FUEL CONSERVATION CAMPAIGN AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 01:57:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SHADEGG, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SHADEGG, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES OF THIS DEBATE. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 01:57:30 PM

    MR. SHADEGG

    MEMBERS MAY HAVE HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND…

    MEMBERS MAY HAVE HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON THIS LEGISLATION AND TO INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL.

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  • 01:57:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST IS SO ORDERED.

  • 01:57:42 PM

    MR. SHADEGG

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 02:01:10 PM

    MR. ENGEL

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:01:19 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5611. AGAIN, I FIND MYSELF AGREEING WITH MY FRIEND…

    STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5611. AGAIN, I FIND MYSELF AGREEING WITH MY FRIEND FROM ARIZONA AND EVERYTHING THAT HE SAID WHICH IS WHY THE BILL IS HAVING STRONG SUPPORT FROM ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. MR. SPEAKER, DURING THIS TIME OF RECORD GASOLINE PRICES, OVER $3 A GALLON IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW YORK AND IN MOST STATES OF THIS UNION, WE HAVE TO BE SMARTER ABOUT THE WAY WE CONSERVE ENERGY. AS INDIVIDUALS WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE INFORMED CHOICES ABOUT WHAT WE DRIVE, HOW WE DRIVE, AND WHAT FUEL WE PUT IN OUR CARS. IN A RECENT ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE MARKUP OUR COMMITTEE CONSIDERED SEVERAL BILLS TO HELP CONSUMERS MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT HOW TO IMPROVE THE FUEL ECONOMY OF THEIR CARS. ONE OF THESE WAS 5611, THE FUEL CONSERVATION EDUCATION ACT WHICH WE'RE DEBATING TODAY, WHICH WILL DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO ESTABLISH A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP WITH INDUSTRY ON A CONSERVATION EDUCATION PROGRAM AND CAMPAIGN, TEACHING DRIVERS ABOUT SIMPLE STEPS THEY CAN TAKE TO ACHIEVE REAL RESULTS. EDUCATION IS CLEARLY A NECESSARY COMPONENT OF OUR NATIONAL COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING FUEL ECONOMY. DURING THE SAME COMMITTEE MARKUP OUR COMMITTEE CONSIDERED A BILL BY CONGRESSMAN SHIMKUS, AND CONGRESSMAN ALLEN AND MYSELF THAT WOULD ESTABLISH A NATIONAL TIRE EDUCATION PROGRAM. RIGHT NOW CONSUMERS HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING HOW EFFICIENT THEIR REPLACEMENT TIRES THEY PURCHASE ARE, OR THE PROPER MAINTENANCE OF TIRES, IF IT WILL IMPROVE THE FUEL ECONOMY OF THESE TIRES AND OF THEIR AUTOMOBILE. IT'S BEEN ESTIMATED THAT YOU CAN IMPROVE FUEL ECONOMY BY ANYWHERE FROM 1% TO 3% YEAR IF TIRES ARE KEPT PROPERLY INFLATED. THIS COULD LEAD TO SAVINGS OF ONE TO TWO BILLION GALLONS OF FUEL PER YEAR. SO IT'S ALL ABOUT EDUCATION, AND THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT. SO, MR. SPEAKER, WHILE WE MUST WORK ON LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS TO OUR ENERGY CHALLENGES THAT WILL HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON GASOLINE PRICES, WE SHOULD ALSO PROMOTE PROGRAMS IN THE SHORT TERM THAT EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS TO MAKE INFORMED CHOICES ABOUT FUEL ECONOMY. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES, AND THAT'S WHY I URGE THE ADOPTION OF H.R. 5611 TODAY AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:03:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SHADEGG, IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:03:45 PM

    MR. SHADEGG

    I YIELD EIGHT MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

    I YIELD EIGHT MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CONAWAY.

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  • 02:03:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I APPRECIATE THAT HIGH PRAISE. AND I WANT TO THANK THE CO-SPONSORS OF THE…

    I APPRECIATE THAT HIGH PRAISE. AND I WANT TO THANK THE CO-SPONSORS OF THE BILL, FRED UPTON AND RALPH HALL AND JEAN GREEN WHO HELPED TO WORK ON THIS MODEST ATTEMPT TO ADDRESS THE USE AMMING OF GASOLINE. THEY SPOKE ELOQUENTLY ABOUT THE RISING COST OF GASOLINE. YESTERDAY'S REPORT THAT IT WAS A RECORD OF $3 A GALLON AND IT SEEMS THAT WE AS CONSUMERS WILL MAKE DECISIONS AT $3 THAT WE WON'T MAKE AT $2 A GALLON, DECISIONS THAT WE OUGHT TO MAKE AT $2 A GALLON, BUT THE DECISION IS NOT IN OUR HEADS TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. AND THIS EFFORT OF AN EDUCATIONAL EFFORT HAS SHOWN RESULTS IN THE PAST AS MR. SHADEGG HAS MENTIONED. IN CALIFORNIA THE DRAMATIC RESULTS THEY HAD OF PEOPLE JUST MAKING INFORMED DECISIONS, DECISIONS AS THEY OUGHT TO MAKE DAY IN AND DAY OUT, BUT THEY DON'T. THERE'S A RECENT HEADLINE IN "USA TODAY" SAYING THAT NATURAL GAS PRICES DOWN DRAMATICALLY. LET ME READ ONE SENTENCE OUT OF THAT. PRICES HAVE FALLEN BECAUSE NATURAL GAS SUPPLIES ARE FAR ABOVE NORMAL AFTER A MILD WINTER, LOWER DEMAND, LEADING TO AN INVENTORY SURGE. HERE'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO HAVE AN EFFECT. IF EACH OF US THAT DRIVE A CAR IN AMERICA THIS COMING WEEK AND FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE WOULD USE SIMPLY ONE GALLON LESS OF GASOLINE, YOU WOULD SEE THAT IMPACT. INVENTORIES WOULD BEGIN TO SURGE AND THE PRICES WOULD COME DOWN. WHEN I'M AT TOWNHALLS AND OTHER PLACE IN THE DISTRICT, EVEN IN A DISTRICT THAT REPRESENTS MIDLAND AND ODESSA, THE CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION OF THE WORLD, MAYBE OVER THE TOP, BUT A LOT OF CRUDE OIL PRODUCED IN WEST TEXAS, EVEN THERE PEOPLE COMPLAIN ABOUT THE HIGH GASOLINE PRICES. IF ALL OF US WOULD COLLECTIVELY DO SMALL THINGS AND MR. SHADEGG MENTIONED SEVERAL OF THEM, WE WOULD HAVE AN IMPACT ON GAGS LEAN DEMAND. AND AS THOSE INVENTORIES GO UP, THE PRICES GO DOWN. AND WE WOULD HAVE TWO BENEFITS FROM THAT. ONE, THE BENEFIT WE WOULD GET DIRECTLY BY ACTUALLY SPENDING LESS MONEY ON THE GASOLINE FOR POWERING OUR CARS. AND THEN COLLECTIVELY WE WOULD BENEFIT, THE ECONOMY BENEFITS AS WELL AS THE ECOLOGY BENEFITS. 2004, THE LAST TIME WE HAD STATISTICS ON THAT, WE DROVE IN AMERICA 2,962 BILLION MILES, VEHICLE MILES. YOU ADD ALL THE CARS UP, THE REGISTERED CARS AND TRUCKS IN THIS COUNTRY, WE DIRECTIVELY DROVE THAT MANY MILES. SO MODEST REDUCTIONS OR -- MODEST REDUCTIONS IN THE USE OF GASOLINE OR THE EFFICIENCY OF THE USE OF THAT GASOLINE CAN YIELD DRAMATIC RESULTS. EACH OF US DRIVES ON AVERAGE 12,000 MILES A YEAR. 234 MILES A WEEK. AND IF WREE COULD DO THE THINGS THAT WOULD IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY WITH WHICH WE DRIVE THOSE MILES OR SIMPLY DRIVE A FEW MILES LESS, ON AVERAGE ABOUT 17 MILES PER GALLON, IF WE JUST DROVE NEXT WEEK 17 MILES LESS THAN THIS WEEK AND WE ALL DID IT, THE IMPACT THAT WE WANTED TO ACHIEVE ON THIS WOULD BEGIN TO HAPPEN. WE'LL TRY TO CONVINCE THE AMERICAN GASOLINE USERS OF THIS IDEA THROUGH MEDIA PRINT, TELEVISION, INTERNET, WEBSITES, A VARIETY OF WAYS TO COMMUNICATE THE BENEFITS OF BEING SMARTER WHEN YOU DRIVE. BENEFITS LIKE DRIVING SENSIBLY. IF YOU ARE AN AGGRESSIVE DRIVER, IF YOU ACCELERATE AGGRESSIVELY FROM STOP SIGNS, YOU WILL USE MORE GASOLINE THAN YOU NEED TO. AND SO IF YOU MAKE AN EFFORT TO KEEP YOUR TACK METER BELOW 200 R.P.M., YOU WILL SAVE GASOLINE. AND IT WOULD SAVE UP TO -- BETWEEN EIGHT AND 52 BILLION GALLONS OF GASOLINE PER YEAR. AND IF YOU WATCH YOUR SPEED LIMIT, IF YOU OBSERVE THE SPEED LIMIT, YOU COULD SAVE ECONOMY FUEL BENEFITS BETWEEN 7% AND 23%, ANOTHER 12 TO 40 BILLION GASOLINES PER YEAR. AND EXCESSIVE WEIGHT, THIS IS SMALL THINGS THAT YOU DON'T THINK ABOUT, BUT ALL OF THE STUFF THAT YOU HAUL IN YOUR CAR THAT OUGHT TO BE IN THE GARAGE, IF YOU TAKE OUT THOSE THINGS, YOU WILL IMPROVE YOUR EFFICIENCY. AND SO TAKE ALL OF THAT EXTRA WEIGHT OUT OF THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR AND YOU WILL HAVE SAVINGS THERE. IF YOU KEEP YOUR CAR TUNED AND THE FILTERS CHANGED THERE'S DRAMATIC SAVINGS IN THOSE REGARDS AS WELL. AND KEEPING THE TIRES INFLATED, OUR COLLEAGUE ON THE OTHER SIDE MENTIONED THE IMPORTANCE OF TIRES AND THE IMPACT THEY HAVE. AND SO EVERY ONE OF THESE ISSUES, EACH OF US CAN CHOOSE TO DO OUR OWN. PARTICULARLY ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE WE TALK AN AWFUL LOT ABOUT LESS GOVERNMENT RESOLUTION, YOU KNOW, FREEDOMS AND PERSONAL CHOICES, AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE. THESE ARE PERSONAL CHOICES THAT YOU AND I CAN MAKE, NOT WALKING INTO WORK, AND NOT RIDING BICYCLES AND DOING DRACONIAN THINGS THAT DON'T WORK IN THE LONG TERM, BUT SMALL THINGS TO FORM A HABIT THAT ALLOWS US TO USE A LITTLE BIT LESS GASOLINE THAN WE WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE USED AND ALSO TO KEEP MONEY THAT WE WOULD SPEND ON THAT GASOLINE. AND SO I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. IT'S A MODEST ATTEMPT TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM. THE OVERALL PROBLEM OF GASOLINE COST AND USAGE IN THIS COUNTRY IS A LONG-TERM SOLUTION, THIS IS NOT WHAT THIS IS ABOUT, THIS IS ABOUT SOMETHING WE CAN BEGIN TO DO TODAY AND TOMORROW TO EFFECT THIS PROBLEM. AND SO I APPRECIATE THE SPONSORS WHO HELPED WITH THIS BILL, AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:09:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:09:58 PM

    MR. ENK WEL

    MR. GREEN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. GREEN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 02:10:05 PM

    MR. GREEN

    A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 5611. AND I AM GLAD TO SEE THIS BILL REPORTED…

    A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 5611. AND I AM GLAD TO SEE THIS BILL REPORTED TO THE FLOOR. IT DOES TWO THINGS. ONE IT, CREATES THESE PRIVATE- PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS AND WE MAKE A LOT OF GASOLINE IN MY DISTRICT THAT FUELS OUR CARS, AND WE ALSO HAVE TO PAY THAT HIGH PRICE AT THE PUMP. AND WE CAN CONTROL OUR OWN DESTINY AND IF WE USE THESE PRIVATE-PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS THAT THIS BILL ALLOWS DWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND DIFFERENT GROUPS, IT WILL HELP TO SHOW HOW WE CAN LOWER OUR NUMBER OF MILE THAT WE NEED TO DRIVE AND DO A LOT OF OTHER THINGS, SOME OF THEM BEING DONE RIGHT NOW, BUT, AGAIN, BY MAKING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY MORE PROACTIVE ON IT, IT WILL LOWER OUR DEMAND SIDE IS AND LOWER THE INDIVIDUAL COSTS WE PAY FOR FUEL, AND IF WE LOWER DEMAND, THE PRICE WILL COME DOWN, BECAUSE, AGAIN, THE REASON WE'RE PAYING OVER $3 A GALLON, AT LEAST IN MY AREA AND SOME AREAS OF THE COUNTRY, IS BECAUSE OF THE HIGH DEMAND. THE OTHER PART OF THE BILL I THINK IS REALLY GOOD AND I'M GLAD THAT MR. CONAWAY INCLUDED IT, THE AND I DON'T THINK THAT THERE'S SECRET IN THE HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY AREA, WHERE RITA JUST BARELY MISSED US AND WENT TO THE EAST AND HIT CONGRESSMAN POE'S DISTRICT AND CONGRESSMAN BRAID'S DISTRICT, BUT WE WERE FEARED AND CONCERNED ENOUGH THAT WE HAD ALMOST TWO MILLION PEOPLE TRYING TO EVACUATE, AND SUPPLY SIDE FOR EVACUATIONS WAS JUST NOT THERE, THE PLANNING. AND NOW THE STATE OF TEXAS AND OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY IS DOING SOME PLANNING NOW IN ANTICIPATION, BUT IN HINDSIGHT IT REALLY IS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S RESPONSIBILITY TO BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THIS AND MAKE SURE THAT IN EMERGENCIES WE HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE FOR SUPPLY, FOR EVACUATIONS, BUT ALSO AFTER THE FACT, AND, AGAIN, IN MY EXPERIENCE IN THE HOUSTON AREA WE HAVE A NUMBER OF REFINERIES AND WE ACTUALLY SHUT THOSE DOWN BECAUSE WE THOUGHT THAT RITA WOULD BE IN THE HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL AND WE WOULD HAVE FIVE FEET OF WATER IN THOSE REFINERIES. AND TO GET THAT REFINING CAPACITY BACK UP, WE NEED TO HAVE ASSISTANCE AND I WANT THE D.O.E. TO BE A PARTNERSHIP IN THAT. AND I SUPPORT THE BILL AND I THANK YOU FOR -- MR. CONAWAY, FOR INTRODUCING IT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:12:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS EXPIRED. MR. SHADEGG IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:12:31 PM

    MR. SHADEGG

    THREE MINUTES TO MR. ROGERS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. ROGERSES IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 02:12:38 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    I WANT TO COMPLIMENT MR. CONAWAY FROM TEXAS FOR HIS INTRODUCTION AND…

    I WANT TO COMPLIMENT MR. CONAWAY FROM TEXAS FOR HIS INTRODUCTION AND PUSHING THIS BILL 5611 TO THE FOREFRONT. IT'S AN IMPORTANT PART WHAT WE'RE DOING IN THIS HOUSE. YOU KNOW, WE GET TO THE POINT WHERE ASIA HAS USED MORE OIL LAST YEAR THAN NORTH AMERICA, AND INDIA IS YET TO COME ONLINE FULLY IN OIL CONSUMPTION. THERE'S ONLY GOING TO BE MORE PRESSURE ON THE OIL PRODUCED AROUND THE WORLD, AND SO THIS HOUSE HAS TAKEN IMPORTANT STEPS TO STEADY OUR SUPPLY. WE HAVE POLICY CHANGES FOR EXPANSION OF OUR REFINERY CAPABILITIES AND WE HAVE INVESTED IN ALTERNATIVE FUELS, NOT ONLY IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, BUT TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE'S REFINING CAPABILITY FOR ETHANOL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND, LASTLY, WE TALK ABOUT CONSERVATION, AND I RECALL BACK TO BEING A YOUNG CHILD AND MY PARENTS COMING HOME AND TALKING ABOUT PRESIDENT NIXON'S CHALLENGE TO EVERY AMERICAN TO LOWER THEIR THERMOSTAT IN THEIR HOUSE TO HELP CONSERVE ENERGY, AND IT WORKED. WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS REALLY PRESENT SOME VERY COMMONSENSE OPTIONS FOR ALL OF US THAT WE GET TO FOLLOW. IT'S A TRUE PARTNERSHIP FROM ALL OF THE PLAYERS WHO HAVE REALLY THE MOST TO GAIN BY CONSERVATION. AND IT WILL LOWER DEMAND, NUMBER ONE, AND IT WILL REDUCE OUR DEPENDENCY ON OIL, NUMBER TWO. AND THEY ARE SMALL COMMONSENSE THINGS THAT WE CAN DO INDIVIDUALLY THAT ADD UP TO BIG SOLUTIONS. THAT'S WHAT'S IMPORTANT ABOUT THIS BILL. JUST A FEW EXAMPLES, MR. SPEAKER, IF I MAY. REPLACING YOUR CLOGGED AIR FILTER CAN IMPROVE YOUR CAR'S GAS MILEAGE BY AS MUCH AS 10%. YOU CAN IMPROVE GAS MILEAGE BY AROUND 3% BY KEEPING YOUR TIRES INFLATED TO THE PROPER PRESSURE. YOU CAN INCREASE YOUR GAS MILEAGE BY 2% BY USING THE RECOMMENDED GRADE FOR MOTOR OIL BY YOUR CAR'S MANUFACTURER. THESE ARE COMMONSENSE, SIMPLE THINGS, BUT AMERICANS NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT THOSE SMALL THINGS ARE IN ADDING UP TO BIG SAVINGS OF BARRELS OF OIL CONSUMED EVERY YEAR, WHICH MEANS AT THE END OF THE DAY, LOWER PRICES AND LESS DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL. EVERY FAMILY HAS SAT AT THE TABLE AND TALKED ABOUT THE CONSUMPTION OF THEIR BUDGET BY GAS PRICES, AND IF YOU HAVE STOPPED TO FILL UP YOUR PUMP ON THE WAY TO TAKE YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL OR TO GO TO WORK OR TO RUN AN ERRAND, YOU KNOW HOW PAINFUL IT IS TODAY. IF WE CONTINUE ON THE PATH OF THIS HOUSE WITH GOOD ENERGY POLICY AND DOMESTIC SUPPLY AND ALTERNATIVE FUELS AND INDIVIDUAL CONSERVATION, MR. SPEAKER, WE WILL ENSURE THAT WE HAVE AN ENERGY SUPPLY FOR THE FUTURE THAT IS BOTH AFFORDABLE AND MEETS THE DEMANDS OF AN AMERICAN ECONOMY THAT IS ON THE MOVE. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:15:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. ENGEL IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:15:34 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    MR. MARKEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. MARKEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:15:41 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

  • 02:22:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SHADEGG,…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SHADEGG, IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:22:14 PM

    MR. SHADEGG

    MR. UPTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. UPTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 02:22:25 PM

    MR. UPTON

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I GUESS IT WAS ABOUT TWO MONTHS OR SO THAT…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I GUESS IT WAS ABOUT TWO MONTHS OR SO THAT MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM THE GOOD STATE OF TEXAS, MR. CONAWAY, CAME UP TO ME WITH A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT HE THOUGHT WOULD REALLY HELP CONSUMERS, AN EDUCATION LAND THAT COULD PROMOTE AND SAVE A LOT OF GASOLINE. MR. CONAWAY THOUGHT THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD IDEA THAT HE WANTED TO -- OBVIOUSLY IT WAS GOING TO BE REFERRED TO THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND HE WANTED IT TO BE BIPARTISAN. AND AS A NEW MEMBER, HE WASN'T QUITE SURE HOW -- WHAT HIS RELATIONSHIP WAS WITH SOME OF THE MEMBERS ON OUR COMMITTEE, PARTICULARLY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, AND ASKED FOR SOME ADVICE. AND HE WENT AND SHOPPED THAT PIECE OF LEGISLATION BEFORE HE INTRODUCED IT, AND AS IT TURNED OUT, HE GOT EVERY PERSON THAT HE ASKED TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THE BILL. MR. TOWNS, MR. GREEN, A WHOLE NUMBER OF DIFFERENT MEMBERS. THE BILL MOVED THROUGH OUR COMMITTEE AND IT PASSED WITHOUT DISSENT. IT HAD HEARINGS AND IT PASSED WITHOUT DISSENT AND HERE IT IS TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE AN ENERGY CRISIS. WE DO. THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE, AS INDIVIDUALS, CAN DO OURSELVES TO HELP OUR OWN FAMILY BUDGET, PARTICULARLY AS IT RELATES TO THE FUEL EFFICIENCY OF OUR VEHICLES. SOME OF US KNOW SOME OF THESE THINGS ALREADY. GOING THE SPEED LIMIT, REMOVING THE EXCESS WEIGHT, BUT A WHOLE NUMBER OF DIFFERENT THINGS THAT, YES, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY HAS TALKED ABOUT ON ITS WEBSITE, I THINK WE CAN DO A BETTER JOB, AND THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT, HOW CAN WE DO BETTER? WORKING WITH INDUSTRY, WORKING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, WORKING WITH OUR CONSTITUENTS, TRYING TO PROMOTE A WHOLE NUMBER OF THINGS THAT COLLECTIVELY MAKE AN AWFUL LOT OF SENSE, BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT WE CAN SAVE PERHAPS, IF WE DID THEM ALL, IF WE WERE IN VIOLATION OF ALL OF THESE THINGS, PERHAPS SAVE US AS MUCH AS 25% OR 30% OF THE INCOME THAT WE OTHERWISE USE FOR GASOLINE. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. I ENDORSE WHOLEHEARTEDLY WHAT OUR COLLEAGUE, MR. CONAWAY, DOES AND I WOULD LIKE TO THINK WE WOULD PASS IT WITH A VERY STRONG VOTE THIS AFTERNOON. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:24:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,

  • 02:24:54 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO OUR DEMOCRATIC WHIP, MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN…

    I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO OUR DEMOCRATIC WHIP, MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER.

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  • 02:25:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. HOYER IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 02:25:04 PM

    MR. HOYER

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING THE TIME. I THINK THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING THE TIME. I THINK THIS BILL, THE FUEL CONSERVATION EDUCATION ACT IS A WORTHWHILE PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I'M GOING TO SUPPORT IT. THIS BILL CALLS FOR A PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND INDUSTRY GROUPS TO PROVIDE U.S. MOTORISTS WITH INFORMATION ABOUT MEASURES THAT THEY MAY TAKE TO CONSUME FUEL. I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT INFORMATION. MANY OF THE MEASURES FROM OBSERVING SPEED LIMITS TO KEEPING THE TIRES PROPERLY INFLATED OF COURSE ARE ALREADY WELL-KNOWN AND I BELIEVE THAT EVEN THE CO-SPONSORS OF THE BILL ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IT'S NO SUBSTITUTE, HOWEVER, FOR A REAL PROACTIVE ENERGY POLICY THAT SEEKS TO WEAN OUR NATION FROM ITS DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL. THUS, TODAY I WANT TO TAKE THIS OCCASION TO CALL THE MEMBERS' ATTENTION TO LEGISLATION THAT SEEKS TO DO PRECISELY THAT. I CALL IT THE PROGRESS ACT, THE PROGRAM FOR REAL ENERGY SECURITY. I, ALONG WITH OTHERS, UNVEILED THIS PROPOSAL YESTERDAY ALONG WITH THE DEAN OF THE HOUSE, CONGRESSMAN DINGELL, THE RANKING DEMOCRAT ON THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN OBERSTAR, AND CONGRESSMAN UDALL, HERSETH, HOLT, BLUMENAUER, AND SCHIFF. IN SHORT, THE PROGRESS ACT SEEKS TO INITIATE A ROBUST, VIGOROUS, FOCUSED NATIONAL PROGRAM AKIN TO THE MANHATTAN PROJECT. THIS ONE FOCUSED ON ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. THE PROGRESS ACT WOULD ESTABLISH A NATIONAL ENERGY SECURITY COMMISSION BRINGING TOGETHER GOVERNMENT, INDUSTRY, AND ACADEMIC LEADERS TO DEVELOP CONSENSUS, NATIONAL GOALS ON ENERGY. NOW, THAT SOUNDS VERY GOOD, ANOTHER COMMISSION, BUT IT IS, IN FACT, LIKE THE BASE CLOSURE COMMISSION, BECAUSE THEY WILL THEN SUBMIT THROUGH THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSALS AND THE CONGRESS WILL HAVE TO ACT ON THOSE IN AN EXPEDITED FASHION, AS IS TRUE WITH BASE CLOSURE. IT WOULD ESTABLISH AS WELL A NEW MANHATTAN CENTER FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY VEHICLES, SEEKING TO DOUBLE THE CURRENT AVERAGE VEHICLE'S EFFICIENCY AND TO DIVERSIFY FUEL TYPES. AMERICA, THE GREATEST INNOVATOR ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH OUGHT TO BE PRODUCING CARS THAT ARE 60, 70 MILE PER GALLON CARS AND SELLING THEM TO INDIA AND CHINA AS OPPOSED TO THE OTHER WAY AROUND. IT WOULD ESTABLISH A NATIONAL BIOFUELS INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, ESTABLISHING A GRANT PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE THAT PRIVATE SECTOR TO INVEST IN WHOLESALE AND RETAIL BIOFUEL PUMPS, TANKS, AND RELATED DISTRIBUTION EQUIPMENT. IT WILL DO US NO GOOD TO PRODUCE BIOFUELS IF WE CANNOT DELIVER THEM TO BIOFUEL CAPABLE VEHICLES. THE PROGRESS ACT CALLS FOR A STIMULUS PACKAGE TO UPGRADE THE PIPELINE FOR BIOFUELS. YOU CAN'T SHIP THEM THROUGH PIPELINES. THEY'RE A DIFFERENT CHEMICAL MAKEUP AND THEY EAT UP PIPELINES. THE FREIGHT RAIL SYSTEM, WHILE ALSO PROVIDING GRANTS TO PROMOTE CONSERVATION ALTERNATIVES SUCH AS PUBLIC TRANSIT AND COMMUTER RAIL, THE FREIGHT RAIL SYSTEMS ARE CRITICAL. THIS BILL WOULD ALSO INCREASE THE USE OF ALTERNATIVE FUELS IN FEDERAL FLEETS. FEDERAL FLEETS ARE THE LARGEST USERS OF PETROLEUM PRODUCTS IN THE WORLD, THE LARGEST SINGLE USER IN THE WORLD. MANY OF OUR VEHICLES ARE FLEX FUEL VEHICLES. THE PROBLEM IS THERE'S NO DELIVERY OF FLEX FUEL INFRASTRUCTURE IN PLACE, AND THEREFORE, THEY DO NOT USE THEM. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE MEMBERS TO REVIEW THE PROGRESS ACT. IT'S A PROGRAM FOR REAL ENERGY SECURITY WHICH WILL BE INTRODUCED TOMORROW. ENERGY INDEPENDENCE IS INEXTRICABLY LINKED TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, OUR ECONOMIC WELL-BEING, AND OUR ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRITY. SO FROM A SECURITY POINT OF VIEW ON NATIONAL SECURITY, FROM AN ECONOMICS POINT OF VIEW IN TERMS OF THE GROWTH OF OUR ECONOMY, AND FROM AN ENVIRONMENTAL STANDPOINT -- MAY I HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE?

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  • 02:30:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SHADEGG,…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SHADEGG, IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:30:33 PM

    MR. SHADEGG

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING ON EACH…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING ON EACH SIDE.

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  • 02:30:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BOTH SIDES HAVE 5 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

  • 02:30:41 PM

    MR. SHADEGG

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:30:50 PM

    MR. FITZPATRICK

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE AS ONE MEMBER OF THIS SIDE OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE AS ONE MEMBER OF THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT, IN THE PAST, HAS SUPPORTED MR. MARKEY'S CALLS FOR INCREASED FUEL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS AND VOTED FOR HIS AMENDMENTS, BUT BELIEVE THAT IT WOULD BE FOOLISH TO SO VOTE AND NOT ALSO SUPPORT THIS DEMAND-SIDE PLAN PRESENTED BY MR. CONAWAY FROM TEXAS, WHICH ALSO HAS A PROVEN TRACK RECORD. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5611, THE FUEL EDUCATION CONSERVATION ACT. I WANT TO POINT OUT ONE FACT THAT OVER ONE YEAR, CALIFORNIANS REDUCED PEAK DEMAND BY 89% AND TOTAL CONSUMPTION BY 6.7%. I WOULD SUBMIT IF THEY CAN DO IT IN CALIFORNIA WE CAN DO IT ACROSS AMERICA SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:31:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. .

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    MR. ENK EL

    THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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    MR. SHADEGG

    I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AND I BELIEVE THAT I HAVE THE RIGHT TO…

    I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AND I BELIEVE THAT I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE. SO I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:31:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

  • 02:31:56 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    SUPPORT THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. SHADEGG IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:32:11 PM

    MR. SHADEGG

    I YIELD MYSELF WHATEVER TIME I MAY CONSUME, THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:32:19 PM

    MR. SHADEGG

    AND I'M SORRY TO SAY AT LEAST AT ONE POINT IN THIS DEBATE IT WAS PROVEN…

    AND I'M SORRY TO SAY AT LEAST AT ONE POINT IN THIS DEBATE IT WAS PROVEN THAT ANY ISSUE, SADLY, ANY ISSUE THAT'S BROUGHT TO THIS FLOOR CAN BE MADE PARTISAN. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE FAMOUS QUOTE BY ROOSEVELT APPLIES HERE, AND THAT THAT IT'S ALWAYS EASY TO POINT OUT HOW THE STRONG MAN STUMBLED OR HOW THE DOER OF DEEDS MAY HAVE DONE IT BETTER. IT'S ALWAYS POSSIBLE TO SAY YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS OR YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE THAT. BUT THE CREDIT BELONGS NOT TO THE CRITIC, BUT TO THE MAN WHO IS IN THE ARENA STRUGGLING AND TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING. AND IN THIS CASE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S MY COLLEAGUE, MR. CONAWAY OF TEXAS. NOW, SOME PEOPLE SAY THIS IS ENERGY WEEK FOR THE REPUBLICANS AND THEY CRITICIZE THAT WE HAVEN'T DONE ENOUGH. I WOULD NOTE THAT SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE OPPOSE DRILLING IN ANWAR WHERE WE MIGHT FIND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND THEY PROPOSE TO DO OFFSHORE DRILLING AND THEY OPPOSE RATIONAL ABILITIES TO REFINE REFINERIES. AND I HAVE WORKED TO INCREASE HYDROELECTRIC ENERGY AND THE SAME PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE TODAY CRITICIZING THIS BILL OPPOSE THE CONSTRUCTION OF ADDITIONAL HYDROELECTRIC PRODUCTION FACILITIES. INDEED, THEY SAY THAT WE SHOULD TEAR DOWN EXISTING DAMS THAT PRODUCE HYDROELECTRIC ENERGY. ONE OF THE SPEAKERS ON THIS BILL SAID, WELL, THIS REALLY IS UNNECESSARY AND IT'S A WASTE OF TIME BECAUSE IN POINT OF FACT THERE'S ALREADY AN ENERGY OF DEPARTMENT WEBSITE WHICH TELLS CONSUMER THIS IS INFORMATION. WELL, UNFORTUNATELY, THAT MISAPPREHENDS WHAT THIS BILL DOES. THIS BILL DOESN'T JUST CREATE A WEBSITE, THIS BILL CALLS FOR A COOPERATIVE EFFORT TO ADVERTISE TO AMERICAN CONSUMERS WHAT THEY CAN DO. PERHAPS THE GENTLEMAN WHO MADE THAT ARGUMENT KNOWS THAT EVERY SINGLE PERSON RESIDING IN HIS CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT UNDERSTAND ALREADY THAT USING THEIR CRUISE CONTROL ON THE HIGHWAY CAN HELP TO MAINTAIN A CONSTANT SPEED AND SAVE GAS. PERHAPS THE GENTLEMAN UNDERSTANDS OR IN HIS CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, EVERY SINGLE CONSUMER UNDERSTANDS THAT AGGRESSIVE DRIVE CATEGORY REDUCE MILEAGE BY 33%. PRESUMABLY IN THAT PARTICULAR MEMBER'S DISTRICT, EVERY SINGLE MEMBER UNDERSTANDS THAT FOR EACH FIVE MILES PER HOUR OVER THE 60 MILES AN HOUR YOU DRIVE, YOU ARE INCREASING THE COST OF GASOLINE BY 21 CENTS A GALLON. PERHAPS, AND INDEED I ASSUME, THAT EVERY SINGLE CONSUMER IN THAT CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT UNDERSTANDS THAT A SINGLE 100 POUNDS OF EXTRA WEIGHT IN YOUR VEHICLE CAN COST YOU AN ADDITIONAL 2% EACH YEAR. PERHAPS IN THAT CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, EVERY CONSUMER UNDERSTANDS THAT FIXING A CAR THAT IS NOT TIMED PROPERLY CAN SAVE YOU 4% OF THE GASOLINE THAT YOU NEED TO CONSUME, AND INDEED, FIXING A SERIOUS MAINTENANCE PROBLEM CAN SAVE YOU 40%, AND PERHAPS EVERY CONSUMER IN THAT CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT UNDERSTANDS THAT IF YOU KEEP YOUR TIRES PROPERLY INFLATED YOU WILL SAVE 3.3%. BUT I WOULD SUGGEST THAT NOT ALL AMERICANS DO UNDERSTAND THOSE THINGS. I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THIS IS GOOD LEGISLATION. I WOULD SUGGEST THAT IT IS INDEED THE RIGHT THING TO DO TO HELP EDUCATE CONSUMERS AND I AM, QUITE FRANKLY, STUNNED THAT AN OPPONENT WOULD COME TO THE FLOOR AND SAY WE DO NOT NEED TO EDUCATE AMERICA'S CONSUMERS ON THE COST OF EXCESSIVE CONSUMPTION OF GASOLINE. I COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CONAWAY, FOR HIS EFFORT AND I APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT OF SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES FROM THE OTHER SIDE, AND I URGE THAT ALL OF THE MEMBERS PASS THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:36:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5611 AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED SAY NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 OF THOSE PRESENTED HAVING VOTED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, AND THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.

  • 02:37:11 PM

    THE CLERK

    5319, TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO REQUIRE RECIPIENTS OF…

    5319, TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO REQUIRE RECIPIENTS OF UNIVERSAL SERVICE SUPPORT FOR SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES TO PROTECT MINORS FROM COMMERCIAL, SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITES AND CHAT ROOMS.

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  • 02:37:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. UPTON AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. UPTON AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MARKEY, EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 02:37:38 PM

    MR. UPTON

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, HEARING THAT SO HEARDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, HEARING THAT SO HEARDED.

  • 02:37:48 PM

    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

  • 02:37:55 PM

    MR. UPTON

    OF THE DELETING ONLINE PREDATOR ACT OF 2006 WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY…

    OF THE DELETING ONLINE PREDATOR ACT OF 2006 WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE FITZPATRICK AND KIRK ALONG WITH REPRESENTATIVES MILLER OF MICHIGAN, WELDON OF PENNSYLVANIA, ENGLISH OF PENNSYLVANIA, DAVIS OF KENTUCKY AND CASTLE. I WOULD NOTE THAT UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN WHITFIELD AND CHAIRMAN BARDON, THE OVERSIGHT INVESTIGATION SUBCOMMITTEE HELD MULTIPLE HEARINGS EXPOSING THE APPALLING SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN ON THE INTERNET. THIS INCLUDES THE DARK UNDERSIDE OF SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITES WHICH HAVE BEEN STALKING GROUNDS FOR SEXUAL PREDATORS WHO ARE PREYING ON CHILDREN ALL ACROSS THE NATION. AND WE'VE HAD MANY SUCH CASES IN MY HOME STATE OF MICHIGAN, WAY TOO MANY. FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS DESCRIBED THE SEXUAL ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION OF OUR NATION'S YOUTH AS AN EPIDEMIC PROPAGATED BY THE UNLIMITED ACCESS OF THE INTERNET. THE STATISTICS ARE ALARMING. THE F.B.I. HAS SEEN BETTER THAN A 2,000% INCREASE IN ITS CASE LOAD OF ONLINE SEXUAL PREDATORS THE LAST 10 YEARS AND OF THE ESTIMATED 24 MILLION CHILD INTERNET USERS, ONE IN FIVE KIDS HAS RECEIVED UNWANTED SEXUAL SOLICITATIONS. IT'S ESTIMATED THAT AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT 50,000 PREDATORS ARE PROWLING FOR CHILDREN ONLINE, MANY OF WHOM ARE LURKING WITHIN SOCIAL NETWORKS. AT A MINIMUM WHAT OUR HEARINGS HAVE TAUGHT US IS THAT BOTH KIDS AND PARENTS NEED TO BE BETTER EDUCATED ABOUT THE DANGERS OF SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITES AND PARENTS NEED TO POLICE THEIR CHILDREN'S ONLINE USE AT HOME TO GUARD AGAINST SEXUAL PREDATORS. HOWEVER, TO THE EXTENT THAT THE CHILDREN ARE USING THE INTERNET OUTSIDE OF THE HOME, PARTICULARLY AT SCHOOL OR IN A PUBLIC LIBRARY, PARENTS HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO MONITOR THEIR CHILD'S ONLINE USE AND THAT IS THE SITUATION THAT H.R. 5319 IS DESIGNED TO ADDRESS. EARLIER THIS MONTH THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INTERNET SUBCOMMITTEE HELD A LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON THIS BILL AND AS A RESULT OF MANY CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS THAT WE HEARD FROM OUR WITNESSES AND MEMBERS ALIKE, PARTICULARLY THOSE REPRESENTING SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES, THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY I THINK REFLECTS MUCH IMPROVEMENT. AT ITS HEART THE BILL US TODAY WOULD REQUIRE SCHOOLS WHICH RECEIVE E-RATE FUNDING AND I AM A STRONG SUPPORTER OF E-RATE FUNDING TO ENFORCE A POLICY OF INTERNET SAFETY FOR MINORS THAT INCLUDES MONIT ARING -- MONITORING THEIR ONLINE ACCESS, AND ACCESS TO CHAT ROOMS UNLESS USED FOR AN EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE WITH ADULT SUPERVISON. THIS DILL WOULD REQUIRE LIBRARIES WHICH RECEIVE E-RATE FUNDING TO ENFORCE A POLICY OF INTERNET SAFETY THAT INCLUDES THE OPERATION OF A TECHNOLOGY PROTECTION MEASURE THAT PROTECTS AGAINST ACCESS BY MINORS TO COMMERCIAL SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITES AND CHAT ROOMS UNLESS THEY HAVE PARENT AT AUTHORIZATION AND THE LIBRARY INFORMS PARENTS THAT SEXUAL PREDATORS CAN USE THOSE WEBSITES AND CHAT ROOMS TO PREY ON KIDS. THE APPROACH TEAK TAKEN TO THIS LEGISLATION IS NOT DISSIMILAR TO THE CHILDREN'S PROTECTION ACT THROUGH WHICH CONGRESS REQUIRES SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES TO IMPOSE FILTERING DECK NOLING TO PROTECT KIDS FROM ONLINE VISUAL DEPICTION OF SEXUAL NATURE. MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THE E-RATE AND I CONTINUE TO DO SO AND I OFTEN VISIT A SCHOOL VIRTUALLY EVERY WEEK AND I HAVE SEEN THE TREMENDOUS EDUCATIONAL VALUE WHICH THE INTERNET HAS BROUGHT TO STUDENTS THROUGHOUT OUR DISTRICT AND I RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE E-RATE AT MAKING THAT A REALITY, HOWEVER, AS WITH ALL TECHNOLOGIES THE INTERNET IS A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD. AND CONGRESS DOES HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT TO THE EXTENT THAT A FEDERAL PROGRAM IS INVOLVED LIKE THE E-RATE, IT'S DOING ALL IT CAN -- AN ADDITIONAL ONE MINUTE. IT IS DOING ALL THAT IT CAN TO ENSURE THAT CHILDREN ARE PROTECTED FROM ONLINE DANGERS. THIS BILL REPRESENTS ANOTHER STEP IN MAKING SURE THAT ONLINE EXPERIENCES AT THE SCHOOL AND LIBRARIES ARE SAFE. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MR. KIRK, MR. FITZPATRICK, MS. BEAN, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND AT THIS POINT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:42:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MARKEY.

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  • 02:42:36 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:42:43 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I DO…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I DO SO SIMPLY TO MOVE THIS PROCESS ALONG AND TO INDICATE TO FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM ONLINE EXPLOITATION AND FROM CHILD PREDATORS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE THAT WARRANTS ATTENTION. THIS IS AN ISSUE UPON WHICH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS AGREE BECAUSE THESE ISSUES AFFECT FAMILIES REGARDLESS OF PARTY AFFILIATION. I DO NOT, HOWEVER, BELIEVE THAT THIS LEGISLATION WILL ACTUALLY ADEQUATELY ADDRESS THESE ISSUES, NOR DO I SUPPORT THE WAY IN WHICH THIS BILL WAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR TODAY. THE HEARING THAT WE HAD ON THIS BILL HIGHLIGHTED SEVERAL SERIOUS DEFICIENCIES AND WON'T BE EFFECTIVE IN COMBATING ONLINE PREDATORS. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FROM TEXAS, FOR EXAMPLE, TESTIFIED THAT JUST GOING AFTER SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES WOULDN'T ACHIEVE A WHOLE LOT. THE INITIAL BILL WOULD HAVE HAD THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CREATE A BLACKLIST OF FORBIDDEN WEBSITES. AND A SECURITY EXPERT TESTIFIED THAT THE BILL WOULD DO LITTLE TO PROTECT CHILDREN. SO, HOW DID THE MAJORITY REACT TO PROBLEMS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE HEARING? THEY DECIDED TO SKIP A SUBCOMMITTEE AND A FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP. THEY OPTED TO REWRITE THIS BILL WITHOUT PUBLIC INPUT OR CONSULTATION WITH THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE, AND THEY DECIDED TO RUSH IT TO THE FLOOR TODAY. NOT SURPRISINGLY, THE BILL CONTINUES TO HAVE SEVERAL FLAWS. IT REMAINS BROAD AND AMBIGUOUS. I CONTINUE TO HAVE THOUGHTS AS TO THE FEDERAL INVOLVEMENT IN THIS AREA. THAT'S BECAUSE THE E-RATE PROGRAM WAS NOT DESIGNED TO BE A COP ON THE BEAT. IN THE FRONTLINES BATTLING CHILD PREDATORS, RATHER, IT WAS DESIGNED TO ENHANCE INTERNET ACCESS AND BRIDGE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE. AS A RESULT, IT'S A PROGRAM WHICH MAY NOT HELP OR ASSIST ALL K-12 SCHOOLS AT ANY TIME OR INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS IN EVERY FUNDING CYCLE. IN OTHER WORDS, IF THE GOAL IS PROTECTING CHILDREN AND COMBATING CHILD EXPLOITATION, WHY SHOULD THESE REQUIREMENTS ONLY APPLY IN SCHOOLS RECEIVING E-RATE FUNDING? AND THIS BILL DOES NOTHING FOR FAMILIES WHEN THE KIDS ONLINE ARE AT HOME. IF THE GOAL IS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF ONLINE PREDATORS, THIS BILL PROPOSES AN INEFFECTUAL REMEDY. MOREOVER, THE WHOLE PROCESS BY WHICH THIS BILL WAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR TODAY PUTS IN JEOPARDY THE PROSPECTS OF LEGISTATING SUCCESSFULLY ON A SERIOUS ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THAT PARENTS NEED AND DESERVE BETTER EDUCATION AND TOOLS TO PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN AND THE DEMOCRATS STAND READY TO WORK WITH OUR COLLEAGUE LEAGUES WHEN THEY ARE READY TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE WITH PROPOSALS THAT ARE MEANINGFUL AND ENFORCEABLE. IN THAT SPIRIT I INTEND TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL IN ORDER TO MOVE THE PROCESS FORWARD, BUT ULTIMATELY I THINK THAT WE WILL NEED TO EXPLORE OTHER ADDITIONAL SPLUGSES AND FURTHER REVISIONS. . MR. DINGELL, RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMERCE COMMITTEE, WILL BE HERE IN A FEW MOMENTS IN ORDER TO SPEAK TO THESE ISSUES OF CONCERN AS WELL. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION. AND AT THIS POINT, I WOULD LIKE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:46:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. UPTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:46:26 PM

    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GOOD STATE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GOOD STATE OF TEXAS, MR. POE.

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  • 02:46:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. POE, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    MR. POE, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:46:36 PM

    MR. POE

    UPTON FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL . AS CO-FOUNDER OF THE VICTIMS' RIGHTS…

    UPTON FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL . AS CO-FOUNDER OF THE VICTIMS' RIGHTS CAUCUS I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BILL. OUR ATTORNEY GENERAL, GONZALEZ, SAYS THAT ONE OUT OF EVERY FIVE CHILDREN IN AMERICA ARE APPROACHED SEXUALLY ON THE INTERNET. IN RECENT MONTHS, CONGRESS AND NATIONAL NEWS MEDIA HAS PUT INTENSE FOCUS ON THE PROBLEM OF INTERNET PREDATORS. PARENTS OBVIOUSLY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO MONITOR WHAT THEIR KIDS SEE AT HOME, BUT THEY LEAVE HOME THEY GO TO SCHOOL, THEY GO TO LIBRARIES, AND THIS BILL HELPS PARENTS PARENT BETTER. SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES SUCH AS MYSPACE AND CHATROOMS HAVE ALLOWED SEXUAL PREDATORS TO SNEAK INTO HOMES AND SOLICIT KIDS AND THIS BILL REQUIRES SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES TO ESTABLISH THOSE PROTECTIONS TO PREVENT CHILDREN FROM ACCESSING MYSPACE AND CHATROOMS WHILE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES UNLESS PARENTS ARE THERE OR UNLESS THERE IS SUPERVISION. THE BILL ALSO REQUIRES THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION TO ISSUE CONSUMER ALERTS AND ESTABLISH A WEBSITE ALERTING AND EDUCATING PARENTS AND TEACHERS ABOUT INTERNET SEXUAL PREDATORS. THOSE PEOPLE LIVE AMONG US, THEY PREY ON OUR YOUNGEST, OUR CHILDREN, AND THEY WILL DO ANYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO SOLICIT THOSE CHILDREN. SO THIS RAISES THE AWARNSE AND THE -- THE AWARENESS AND THE PROTECTION OF OUR CHILDREN AND I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:47:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:48:00 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, A MEMBER OF THE…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. STUPAK.

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    MR. STUPAK

    MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT DAY, I COME TO THE FLOOR OBJECTING…

    MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT DAY, I COME TO THE FLOOR OBJECTING STRONGLY TO THE PROCESS UNDER WHICH BILLS ARE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR UNDER SUSPENSION WITHOUT PROPER CONSIDERATION. TODAY THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING TWO BILLS THAT WERE NOT PROPERLY CONSIDERED BY THE ENERGY COMMERCE COMMITTEE. BOTH THE ISRAEL-U.S. LEGISLATION ACT AND THE ONLINE PREDATORS ACT WERE REWRITTEN BEHIND CLOSED DOORS BY THE MAJORITY AND NOT MARKED UP BEFORE GOING TO THE FLOOR. ON THE OTHER HAND OUR COMMITTEE MARKED UP, AND THIS IS NOT A JOKE, TO MARK UP A BILL FROM WOOL SUITS. WE MARK UP A BILL TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM WOOL SUITS BUT NOT FROM ONLINE CHILD PREDATORS. MR. SPEAKER, I TAKE A BACK SEAT TO NO ONE WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO TRACKING DOWN AND PROSECUTING CHILD PREDATORS. I'VE HELPED LEAD THAT ISSUE IN THE HOUSE AND I'VE PARTICIPATED IN SIX HEARINGS ON THIS ISSUE. UNFORTUNATELY, CHILD PREDATORS ARE NOT THE TARGET OF TODAY'S BILL. THIS BILL WILL NOT DELETE ONLINE PREDATORS. RATHER, IT WILL DELETE LEGITIMATE WEB CONTENT FROM SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES, SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES THAT SERVE STUDENTS ARE THE TARGET OF THIS LEGISLATION. THE BILL IS AN ATTEMPT TO PROTECT CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES FROM ONLINE PREDATORS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT DURING THE SIX OVERSIGHT HEARINGS WE HAD, HEARING FROM 38 WITNESSES ON THE ISSUE, NOT ONE MENTIONED ONLINE CHILD EXPLOITATION BEING A PROBLEM AT SCHOOLS OR LIBRARIES. PERHAPS THIS IS BECAUSE THERE'S ALREADY A LAW ON THE BOOKS THAT REQUIRES SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES WHO RECEIVE E-RATE FUNDING TO MONITOR CHILDREN'S INTERNET USE AND TO EMPLOY TECHNOLOGY BLOCKING OR PREVENTING CHILDREN FROM VIEWING OBSCENE AND HARMFUL CONTENT. MANY SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES BLOCK WEBSITES ALREADY LIKE MYSPACE. THIS LEGISLATION IS LARGELY REDUNDANT AND RAISES MANY CONSTITUTIONAL CONCERNS. THE NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION OPPOSES THIS BILL SAYING, AND I QUOTE, NSBA IS CONCERNED THAT THE BILL WOULD NOT SUB STAMLY IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF STUDENTS AND WOULD PLACE AN ADDED AND UNNECESSARY BURDEN ON SCHOOLS. FURTHERMORE THE LEGISLATION DOES NOT ADDRESS THE REAL ISSUE OF EDUCATING CHILDREN ABOUT THE DANGERS OF THE INTERNET AND HOW TO PROPERLY USE IT. THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ALSO OPPOSED THIS BILL, SAYING THE BILL DENIES ACCESS TO CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED SPEECH. THIS BILL WILL NOT TACKLE THE REAL THREAT TO OUR CHILDREN. OUR COMMITTEE LEARNED FROM THE EXPERTS, THE TEENS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT THE REAL THREAT LIES IN CHILDREN USING THESE SITES IN THEIR ROOMS WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ACTUALLY DRIVE CHILDREN TO GO TO UNSUPERVISED PLACES, UNSUPERVISED SITES TO GO ONLINE, WHERE THEY WILL BECOME MORE VULNERABLE TO CHILD PREDATORS. FINALLY, AND IMPORTANTLY, THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY DOES NOTHING TO HOLD INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS ACCOUNTABLE. WE LEARNED FROM OUR HEARINGS THAT I.S.P.'S ARE USED WIDELY AND HOW THEY REPORT TO ONLINE AUTHORITIES AND HOW THEY SEEK TO BLOCK ILLEGAL CONTENT FROM THEIR NETWORKS. THE BOTTOM LINE IS MEMBERS CAN VOTE FOR THIS BILL BUT WE HAD YOU NOT GIVE PARENTS THE FALSE HOPE THIS BILL WILL KEEP THEIR CHILDREN SAFE. THIS BILL WILL INCREASE THE RISK TO CHILDREN AS WE DRIVE CHILDREN AWAY FROM SUPERVISED SITES TO UNSUPERVISED SITES. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROFOUNDLY DISAPPOINTED THAT THIS ISSUE, THAT SHOULD BE A PARTISAN ISSUE, SHOULD -- SHOULD NOT BE A PARTISAN ISSUE IS BECOMING ONE. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD THE LETTER OF OPPOSITION FROM THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME AND THE GENTLEMAN HAD ASKED THAT A LETTER BE ENTERED INTO THE RECORD. HEARING NO OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. MR. UPTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:51:56 PM

    MR. UPTON

    MINUTES TO THE RESPONSE SORE OF THE LEGISLATION, MR. FITS -- THE SPONSOR…

    MINUTES TO THE RESPONSE SORE OF THE LEGISLATION, MR. FITS -- THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, MR. FITS PATRICK FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 02:52:15 PM

    MR. FITZPATRICK

    TO CONGRATULATE MR. UPTON FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY AND…

    TO CONGRATULATE MR. UPTON FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY AND MR. KIRK AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE SUBURBAN CAUCUS FOR THE COMMITMENT THEY'VE SHOWN IN ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN FAMILIES IN THE SUBURBS. MONITORING OUR CHILDREN'S USE OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IS A HUGE TASK FOR PARENTS ACROSS THE NATION AND THE INTERNET REMAINS THE FOCUS OF MANY PARENTS' CONCERNS. THE GROWTH OF THE INTERNET HAS OPENED THE DOOR TO MANY NEW APPLICATIONS THAT TEAR DOWN THE WALLS THAT ONCE PREVENTED COMMUNICATION ACROSS VAST DISTANCES. ONE SET OF APPLICATIONS IN PARTICULAR HAS CREATED A HUGE FOLLOWING ONLINE, BUT HAVE ALSO CREATED AN EQUAL AMOUNT OF DANGER AND THEY ARE SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES. SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES BEST KNOWN BY THE POPULAR EXAMPLES OF MYSPACE, FRIENDSTER AND SPACEBOOK HAVE EXPLODED IN POPULARITY. MYSPACE HAS OVER 90 MILLION USERS AND IS GROWING EVERY DAY. WHILE IT ALLOWS USERS TO SHARE PROFILES OF THEMSELVES, THE SITES HAVE ALSO BECOME A HAVEN FOR ONLINE SEXUAL PREDATORS WHO HAVE MADE THESE CORNERS OF THE WEB THEIR OWN VIRTUAL HUNTING GROUND. THE DANGERS THESE CHILDREN ARE EXPOSED TO BY THESE SITES IS CLEAR AND COMPELLING. ACCORDING TO THE CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN, IN 1998, THERE WERE 3,2767 TIPS REPORTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. SINCE THEN IT'S RISEN TO AN ASTOUNDING 106,119 TIPS IN 2004. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE RECOGNIZES CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AS A PRECURSOR FOR PEDOPHILES AND IS OFTEN LINKED TO ONLINE PREDATORS. ACCORDING TO ATTORNEY GENERAL GONZALEZ, ONE IN FIVE CHILDREN HAS BEEN APPROACHED SEXUALLY ON THE INTERNET. MR. CHAIRMAN, ONE IN FIVE. WORSE STILL, A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN RESEARCH CENTER FOUND THAT LESS THAN ONE IN FOUR CHILDREN TOLD THEIR PARENTS ABOUT THE SEXUAL SOLICITATION THEY RECEIVED. ON THEIR FACE, THESE NUMBERS ARE STARTLING. EVEN MORE STARTLING, HOWEVER, HAS BEEN THE VISUAL EVIDENCE OFFERED TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS THROUGH THE NEWS OUTLETS LIKE NBC "DATELINE'S" TO CATCH A PREDATOR SERIES. THROUGHOUT HIS INVESTIGATIONS, CHRIS HANSEN PROVED TIME AND AGAIN WITH DISTURBING REGULARITY THAT CHILD PREDATORS ARE READY AND WILLING TO PHYSICALLY APPROACH THE PREY THEY STALK ONLINE. WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES IF THE CHILDREN THESE PREDATORS WERE TO MEET WERE NOT DECOYS AND CHRIS HANSEN WAS NOT THERE? HOW MANY ASSAULTS, RAPES, AND RUINED LIVES WOULD HAVE RESULTED IN THESE ENCOUNTERS? MR. SPEAKER, THE FACT, HOWEVER DISTURBING IT MAY BE, IS THAT CHILD PRET TORRES HAVE HARNESSED THE POWER AND AN NIMENTY THAT SOCIAL -- ANONYMITY THAT SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES PROVIDE FOR THEIR PREY. I WANT TO MAKE CLEAR THAT THIS LEGISLATION IS DIRECTED TO ACCESS TO MINORS AND SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES RECEIVING FEDERAL UNIVERSAL FUNDING. IT'S NOT DESIGNED TO INFRINGE ON SPEECH OR THE RIGHTS OF LAW ABIDING ADULTS. SCHOOLS MAY ZEABLE PROTECTION MEASURES IN ORDER TO ALLOW USE BY STUDENTS WITH ADULT SUPERVISION FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. IN ADDITION, LIBRARIES MAY DISABLE PROTECTION MEASURES TO ALLOW USE BY CHILDREN WITH PARENTAL AUTHORIZATION. NOTHING WILL EVER PREVENT ADULTS FROM USING THESE SITES IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES. MOST IMPORTANTLY, CHILDREN WOULD BE ABLE TO REMAIN TO USE THESE SITES AT HOME UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THEIR PARENTS. THIS LEGISLATION IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR PARENTAL SUPERVISION, WHICH REMAINS THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE FOR OUR CHILDREN'S SAFETY. THAT IS WHY H.R. 5319 WOULD REQUIRE THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION TO CREATE A WEBSITE AND ISSUE CONSUMER ALERTS TO INFORM PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND SCHOOL OFFICIALS ABOUT THE POTENTIAL DANGERS ON THE INTERNET, SPECIFICALLY ONLINE SEXUAL PREDATORS AND THEIR ABILITY TO CONTACT CHILDREN THROUGH SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES AND CHATROOMS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS ONLY PART OF THE SOLUTION. I FEAR THAT NO ONE LAW CAN STOP THE THREAT FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS. INSTEAD IT WILL TAKE THE COMBINED COMMITMENT OF THE CONGRESS, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, AS WELL AS STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO TRACK, INVESTIGATE, AND PROSECUTE THESE OFFENDERS. CONGRESS MUST STAND WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT TO PROVIDE THEM WITH THE TOOLS THAT THEY NEED TO ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL. FINALLY, I STOOD WITH REPRESENTATIVE NANCY JOHNSON TO ADD $3.3 MILLION TO THE F.B.I.'S INNOCENT IMAGES PROGRAM. THE F.B.I.'S ANCHOR PROGRAM FOR ITS EFFORT TO STOP ONLINE SEXUAL PREDATORS. I WROTE TO CHAIRMAN WOLF TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN TASK FORCE AND FOR THE ADDITION OF 26 NEW U.S. ATTORNEY POSITIONS TO INCREASE THE RATE OF CHILD EXPLOITATION PROSECUTIONS. I'M COMMITTED TO COMBATING THIS GROWING THREAT AND I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO HELP ME IN THIS FIGHT AND TO DO SO NOW BEFORE THE START OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:57:01 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATSON.

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    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. .

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    30 SECONDS.

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    MR. UPTON

    MORE AND MORE ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION, MR. KIRK AND MS. BEAN, WE SHARE A…

    MORE AND MORE ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION, MR. KIRK AND MS. BEAN, WE SHARE A MEDIA MARKET TOGETHER, WE IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN, AND THEY ARE IN CHICAGO, AND THE CONCERN BY SO MANY ON TALK RADIO AND IN THE NEWS IS REALLY SOMETHING ELSE, AND I HAVE TO SAY JUST A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO NO ONE KNEW ABOUT THE ONLINE PREDATORS LIKE WE DO TODAY. THAT'S WHY WE HAD A NUMBER OF MEETINGS. AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRED BY MR. WHITTFIELD AND OTHERS AND THE LEGISLATIVE HEARING WE HAD, AND AT THIS POINT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO ONE OF THE CO-AUTHORS OF THE BILL, ALONG WITH MR. FITZPATRICK OF PENNSYLVANIA, MR. KIRK FROM ILLINOIS, FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. KIRK

    THAT PARENTS CANNOT BE WITH THEIR CHILDREN ALL OF THE TIME, BUT SEXUAL…

    THAT PARENTS CANNOT BE WITH THEIR CHILDREN ALL OF THE TIME, BUT SEXUAL PREDATORORS SHOULD NOT BE WITH -- SEXUAL PREDATORS SHOULD NOT WITH THE CHILDREN ANY TIME. AMERICANS HAVE A RIGHT TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO SAFE SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES. IN LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS, WE HAVE SEEN WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN INTERNET PREDATORS MAKE CONTACT WITH CHILDREN. LAST OCTOBER, JOSEPH SIPRIANO MOLESTED A 14-YEAR-OLD BOY THAT HE MET ON THE INTERNET. SIPRIANO, A 40-YEAR-OLD MAN, ARRANGED TO MEET THE BOY IN A 7-11 PARKING LOT THROUGH AN INTERNET CHATROOM. IN JANUARY, A 20-YEAR-OLD MAN, MICHAEL BILONSKY MOLESTED A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL THAT HE MET ON MYSPACE.COM. HE NOT ONLY COMMUNICATED WITH THIS GIRL FOR TWO YEARS VIA MYSPACE, HE ADMITTED TO SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH ONE OF THE OTHER VICTIMS UNDER-AGE FRIENDS. THE PREDATORS ACT IS A COMMONSENSE PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT EMPOWERS PARENTS TO PLAY A MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN THEIR CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES ONLINE. THIS BILL CALL ON THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION TO ISSUE CONSUMER ALERTS AND TO ESTABLISH A UNIQUE WEBSITE TO BETTER EDUCATE PARENTS AS TO THE DANGERS POSED FROM INTERNET PREDATORS. PARENTS ARE THE FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST THESE PREDATORS, BUT IT IS IMPERATIVE TO ARM THEM WITH TIMELY AND ACCURATE INFORMATION TO PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN. THIS BILL ALSO REQUIRES SCHOOLS TO PREVENT CHILDREN FROM ACCESSING SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES AND CHATROOMS UNLESS THEY ARE DOING SO FOR LEGITIMATE EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES UNDER ADULT SUPERVISON. WE HAVE INVESTED HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ACROSS AMERICA IN LOCKING SCHOOL DOORS AND CONTROLLING THE ACCESS TO CHILDREN. THIS BILL TAKES THE COMMONSENSE STEP TO MAKE SURE THAT PREDATORS CANNOT SNEAK IN THROUGH THE LIBRARY COMPUTER. OUR LEGISLATION ALSO REQUIRES PUBLIC LIBRARIES TO PROVIDE THE SAME LEVELOF PROTECTION TO CHILDREN. I I BELIEVE THIS IS AN APPROPRIATE ACTION TO HELP THE PARENTS DETERMINE WHERE THEIR CHILDREN GO AND WHAT THEY DO ONLINE. IT SEEMS FOOLISH FOR THE TAXPAYER TO SUBSAY DIDE DAEZ WHAT AMOUNTS TO A LOOPHOLE THAT -- SUBSAY DIDE DAEZ WHAT AMOUNTS TO A LOOPHOLE THAT CAN BE EXPLOIDED. AND THERE'S ONE OTHER CASE THAT DEMONSTRATES THE NEED FOR THIS LEGISLATION. THEY RECENTLY FILED AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES AGAINST TWO TEACHERS WHO WERE ACCUSED OF SOLICITING AND ARRANGING TO MOLEST UNDERAGE STUDENTS AT SCHOOL WHERE THEY WERE TAUGHT. JASON GLICK AND JAMES LOBITZ ARRANGED TO ABUSE CHILDREN USING SCHOOL-OWNED COMPUTER EQUIPMENT AND RESOURCES DURING HOURS MUCH THE CASES AGAINST JASON GLICK AND JAMES LOBITZ ARE STILL PENDING BUT BY PASSING THIS BILL TODAY WE SEND A MESSAGE TO PARENTS THAT WE WILL CLOSE EVERY LOOPHOLE THAT SEXUAL PREDATORS WILL USE TO ROME THE VIRTUAL HALLS AT -- ROAM THE VIRTUAL HALLS AT SCHOOL. THIS IS THE SECOND AGENDA BILL TO PASS THE HOUSE. TOMORROW REPRESENTATIVE JON PORTER'S BILL WILL BECOME LAW, ALLOWING SCHOOLS TO CHECK FELON DATABASES BEFORE HIRING A COACH OR A TEACHER. TOMORROW WE WILL TAKE UP A THIRD SUBURBAN AGENDA ITEM, ACCELERATING THE DEPLOYMENT OF FULLY ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS FOR ALL AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, BY TOMORROW NIGHT HALF OF THE SUBURBAN AGENDA LEGISLATION WILL HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. TODAY I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN BARTON AND CHAIRMAN UPTON AND CONGRESSWOMAN MELISSA BEAN FOR THEIR HELP IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION. I ALSO WANT TO THANK HOUR ARD BATTLEMAN FOR HIS INVALUABLE ASSISTANCE, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA MR. FITZPATRICK, FOR BECOMING AN OUTSTANDING LEADER OF PROTECTING AMERICAN CHILDREN FROM ONLINE PREDATORS AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:07:31 PM

    MR. UPTON

    REMAINS ON THE TWO SIDES?

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    I HAVE ONLY ONE SPEAKER REMAINING.

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    THAT I HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS POINT AND SO I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE…

    THAT I HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS POINT AND SO I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN THE GENTLEMAN FINISHES.

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  • 03:07:55 PM

    MR. FITZPATRICK

    I YIELD MYSELF FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. DINGELL

    OF NO ONE IN THIS CHAMBER, I'M SORRY. I FORGOT, MY DEAR FRIEND FROM…

    OF NO ONE IN THIS CHAMBER, I'M SORRY. I FORGOT, MY DEAR FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED --

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    MR. INSLEE

    LEGISLATION, IT IS SUBSTANDARD LEGISLATION. AND THE REASON IS, IT IS IN…

    LEGISLATION, IT IS SUBSTANDARD LEGISLATION. AND THE REASON IS, IT IS IN EFFECT A GOOD PRESS RELEASE BUT IT'S NOT EFFECTIVE LEGISLATION TO A HUGE PROBLEM THREATENING OUR CHILDREN. IN THE -- AND THE REASON I SAY THAT IS AFTER SITTING THROUGH MANY HEARINGS IN THE COMMERCE COMMITTEE ABOUT THIS ENORMOUS PROBLEM, I REACHED ONE CONCLUSION AFTER LISTENING TO THOSE THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN WHO ARE BEING ABUSED IN THESE HORRENDOUS OCCASIONS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, I CONCLUDED THAT THIS LEGISLATION WOULD NOT SAVE ONE SINGLE CHILD, ONE SINGLE TIME. AND THE REASON IS WHAT WE LEARNED IS THAT THE PROBLEM IS NOT IN OUR SCHOOLS, THESE KIDS ARE NOT HANGING IN THE LIBRARY WITH THESE SEXUAL PREDATORS, THEY'RE HANGING AROUND IN THEIR DENS, IN THEIR BASEMENTS, IN THEIR LIVING ROOMS AND IN THEIR UPSTAIR BEDROOMS. THAT'S WHERE WE GOT TO GET TO THE PROBLEM. YOU LOOK AT THE PROBLEM HERE ON THIS CHART, AND ONLY 10% OF THE ABUSED KIDS ARE ONLINE. AND HARDLY ANY OF THEM FROM SCHOOLS. A TINY, TINY PORTION, THIS WILL NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM. NOW, THERE ARE THINGS THAT WE CAN DO AND, UNFORTUNATELY, THIS LEGISLATION DOESN'T DO A SINGLE ONE OF THEM. I USED TO PROSECUTE CASE, I KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT, I RAISED THREE KIDS, I KNOW ABOUT THE TERROR OF WORRYING ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN. BUT WHAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT DO IS THE THREE THINGS THAT WE NEED IT DO. NUMBER ONE, WE GOT TO GIVE RESOURCES TO LAW ENFORCEMENT TO PROSECUTE THESE HORRENDOUS MONSTERS, AND WE HAD DETECTIVE AFTER DETECTIVE COME TO OUR HEARING AND SAID, GIVE US SOME MONEY, WE CAN PROSECUTE THESE PEOPLE. THIS DOESN'T GIVE THEM A PENNY. NUMBER TWO, WE NEED TO PROTECT THE DATA, WHAT THE DETECTIVES TOLD US IS THAT THIS DATA, ONCE IT DISAPPEARS, THEY CAN'T FIND THESE CULPRITS. NOW WE COULD REQUIRE THE DATA TO BE MAINTAINED FOR A YEAR OR TWO LIKE WE'RE TRYING TO DO, THIS BILL DOESN'T DO THAT. THIRD, WHAT THIS BILL COULD DO IS PROVIDE SOME REAL MEANINGFUL TOOLS TO OUR SCHOOLS TO EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN. HOW TO AVOID THESE MONSTERS ON THE INTERNET. IT DOESN'T DO THAT. THE THREE EFFECTIVE THINGS THAT WE COULD DO TO REALLY SAVE OUR KIDS IS NOT DONE IN THIS LEGISLATION. NOW, WHY IS THIS SUCH A PATHETIC WEAVE WAY OF DOING SOMETHING? WHY HAS CONGRESS FAILED SO MISERABLY HERE? THERE'S A REASON FOR THAT. WE WANT PRESS RELEASES AND NOT HAVING TO DO THE HARD WORK TO DO LEGISLATION. THAT'S WHY WE DIDN'T GO THROUGH THE COMMERCE COMMITTEE TO HAVE A MARKUP ON THIS BILL, SO THEY COULD RUSH THIS THING TO THE FLOOR AND HAVE THIS SUBURBAN AGENDA. WELL, SPEAKING AS A PARENT WHO REPRESENTS 650,000 PEOPLE AND PROBABLY 200,000 PARENTS IN SUBURBIA, SUBURBAN PARENTS, URBAN PARENTS, RURAL PARENTS, BIG CITY PARENTS, LITTLE CITY PARENTS, DESERVE REAL LEGISLATION TO STOMP OUT THE MONSTROSITY THAT IS GOING ON ON THE INTERNET, NOT THESE LITTLE PRESS RELEASES. WE CAN'T GO HOME AND JUST SAY THAT WE'RE HEROS AND NOT HAVING REALLY DONE SOMETHING. WHEN I'M GOING TO GO HOME I'M GOING TO TELL MY CONSTITUENTS, YEAH, MAYBE THERE'S HEADLINES BUT THERE WASN'T REAL RELIEF. THE CONGRESS GETS DOWN TO THE NITTY GRITTY AND DOES SOMETHING ABOUT THIS TERRIBLE PROBLEM.

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    MYSELF FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVE CHOSEN TO ACT THIS WAY. GOOD LEGISLATION IS…

    ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVE CHOSEN TO ACT THIS WAY. GOOD LEGISLATION IS WITHHELD. POOR LEGISLATION IS WRITTEN, AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PEOPLE TO BE HEARD OR FOR THE LEGISLATION TO BE PROTECTED IS TOTALLY UNAVAILABLE. THE PROCESS STAKES, THE LEGISLATION IS WEAK, THE LEGISLATION WILL BE INEFFECTIVE. IT WILL ACCOMPLISH NOTHING AND WE WILL ALL WEAR RED FACES ABOUT THIS BUMBLING ENDEAVOR. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    RAPIDLY GROWING PHENOMENON IN AMERICA. OVER 25 MILLION CHILDREN HAVE THEIR…

    RAPIDLY GROWING PHENOMENON IN AMERICA. OVER 25 MILLION CHILDREN HAVE THEIR DATA ON THIS SITE. THIS IS THE NUMBER ONE SITE ON THE INTERNET. AND WE ARE APPLYING A TRIED AND TRUE PRINCIPLELE OUR JURISPRUDENCE NOW 800 YEARS OLD THAT WHEN YOU MAKE MONEY OFF OF CHILDREN, AS THESE SITES DO, WE HAVE ALWAYS RECOGNIZED A HIGHER DUTY OF CARE IN THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN. AND THAT'S THE PRINCIPLE THAT THIS LEGISLATION STANDS FOR, AND I YIELD BACK. JUPJUP I BELIEVE IT WAS OVER --

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  • 03:22:00 PM

    MR. UPTON

    I BELIEVE IT WAS OVER THE FOURTH OF JULY THAT "DATELINE" HAD THE EXPO ZEH.…

    I BELIEVE IT WAS OVER THE FOURTH OF JULY THAT "DATELINE" HAD THE EXPO ZEH. -- EXPOSE. I KNOW THAT AMERICAN PARENTS HAD THEIR CONCERN ABOUT THE DIFFERENT ONLINE SERVICES THAT WAS THERE. IF WE CAN CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES ON SCHOOLS AND LIBRARY IT WOULD BE A GOOD THING. BECAUSE OF THAT I WOULD HOPE THAT MOST MEMBERS WHEN WE VOTE ON THIS LATER THIS AFTERNOON, IN ALL LIKELIHOOD, WOULD VOTE YES ON THE BILL. AGAIN, IT'S BIPARTISAN, AND THAT'S WHY IT'S HERE BEFORE US THIS AFTERNOON. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5319 AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. 2/3 OF THOSE PRESENT HAVING VOTED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE AS YOU SPEND -- THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE WILL REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, AND THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA RISE?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE RESOLUTION H.RES. 928 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT A NATIONAL…

    EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT A NATIONAL HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WEEK SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. BOUSTANY AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. BOUSTANY AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. OWENS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE…

    CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON H.R. 928.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    CONGRATULATE THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER FROM TEXAS, BERNICE JOHNSON AND ALL…

    CONGRATULATE THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER FROM TEXAS, BERNICE JOHNSON AND ALL THE CO-SPONSORS OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I'M QUITE PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO STATE AT THIS POINT AFTER MY 23 YEARS IN CONGRESS I'LL BE RETIRING AT THE END OF THIS YEAR, THAT MY ASSOCIATION TO HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IS ONE OF THE MOST UPLIFTING EXPERIENCES OF MY CAREER. IT CAME IN 1986 EARLY, AND I'M PROUD OF THE FACT THAT AS A RESULT OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THAT THE HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WERE FUNDED FOR THE FIRST TIME BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. SO THIS DESIGNATION TODAY IS NOT EMPTY CEREMONIAL ACTION. I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THE CONGRESSIONAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THE IMPORTANCE OF HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, BUT CONGRESS ALREADY DONE SOMETHING TO HELP THESE INSTITUTIONS. THERE IS GREAT SUBSTANCE BEHIND THIS DESIGNATION. YOU KNOW, HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WILL HAVE THE BENEFIT OF BEING -- HAVING THE DESIGNATION OF SEPTEMBER 10, 2006, AS NATIONALLY HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITY WEEK AS A RESULT OF THIS LEGISLATION, BUT I JUST WANT TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT CONGRESS HAS ALREADY DONE BEFORE I YIELD TO THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL. HBCU'S CONTINUE TO SERVE, AS YOU SAID, A CRITICAL ROLE IN OUR NATION AND HBCU'S HAVE HAD THE SUPPORT OF CONGRESS OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS SINCE 1986. IN 1986, BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES FACED A TIME OF SIGNIFICANT, ALMOST DESPERATE FINANCIAL TURMOIL. SEVERAL SCHOOLS HAD BEEN SHUT DOWN BY 1986. OF THE APPROXIMATELY 4,000-SUCH INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING IN AMERICA, ALL THE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING, OF THOSE 4,000 ONLY 135, BOTH HISTORIC AND PREDOMINANTLY BLACK, BLACK-FOUNDED AND ADMINISTERED, AND ABOUT THAT TIME ONLY 107 BLACK COLLEGES EXISTED. 136 THESE COLLEGE PRESIDENTS TESTIFIED, THE OWENS TITLE 3-B AMENDMENT RECEIVED BOTH AUTHORIZATION AND APPROPRIATION IN 1986. SINCE 1986, WITH THE SUPPORT OF BOTH PARTIES, THE CONGRESS HAS PROVIDED $3.9 BILLION, I WANT TO REPEAT, $3.9 BILLION HAS FLOWED AS DIRECTED A TO THE BLACK COLLEGES. THIS IS A WISE INVESTMENT FOR A SMALL BUT VITAL SECTOR OF OUR MUCH NEEDED ACCELERATED MOBILIZATION FOR EDUCATION. LATER ON I'LL INDICATE SOME OF THE KINDS OF MONEY THAT HAS BEEN RECEIVED BY THESE COLLEGE, ONE OF TWO WHICH WOULD NOT STILL BE IN EXISTENCE WITHOUT THE FEDERAL FUNDING. AT THIS POINT I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME -- I'M SORRY, I YIELD -- I RETAIN THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RETAINS THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN RETAINS THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE PASSION HE BRINGS TO THIS DEBATE AND THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE PASSION HE BRINGS TO THIS DEBATE AND THE HARD WORK HE'S DONE TO HELP HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. WHO YIELDS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. WHO YIELDS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. MR. OWENS I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO MS. BERNICE JOHNSON.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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    MRS. JOHNSON

    I'M PLEASED TO OFFER THIS REGULATION RECOGNIZING NATIONAL HISTORICAL BLACK…

    I'M PLEASED TO OFFER THIS REGULATION RECOGNIZING NATIONAL HISTORICAL BLACK COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITIES WEEK. AND I WANT TO THANK MR. OWENS FOR ALL OF HIS EFFORTS OVER THE YEARS AND THANKS TO ALL OF THE CO-SPONSORS. OVER 170 YEARS HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES HAVE BEEN ON THE FOREFRONT OF PREPARING OUR NATION'S YOUTH FOR A BRIGHT PATH AND SUCCESSFUL FUTURE. MANY STRUGGLING, ALMOST CLOSING, AND SOME DID CLOSE BUT DETERMINED TO FINISH THEIR MISSION. ORIGINALLY FOUNDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, HBCU'S HAVE PROFOUNDLY CHANGED THE AMERICAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CLIMATE. THE FACT IS THAT UNTIL 1964, HBCU'S REPRESENTED ONE OF THE ONLY OPPORTUNITIES AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS HAD TO OBTAIN A DEGREE IN HIGHER EDUCATION. HBCU'S HAVE CHANGED THE FACE OF THIS NATION AND HAVE OPENED THE DOORS FOR MANY GENERATIONS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS. TODAY AMERICA'S HBCU'S CONTINUE TO PROVIDE EXCELLENT EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL AMERICANS. OVER 200,000 DIVERSE STUDENTS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES ATTEND HBCU'S TODAY. I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT PAUL QUINN COLLEGE, THE OLDEST HISTORICAL BLACK COLLEGE WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, FOR OVER 130 YEARS PAUL QUINN HAS PROVIDED THEIR STUDENTS WITH THE TOOLS TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL LEADERS. BECAUSE OF THEIR UNIQUE RESOURCES, HBCU'S CONTINUE TO BE EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE IN GRADUATING AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS AND PREPARING THEM TO COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. WHILE THEY MAY START BEHIND GOING INTO THE COLLEGE, THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO KEEP COMPETING ON THE GRADUATE LEVEL. HBCU GRADUATES, OVER HALF OF ALL AMERICAN PROFESSIONALS AND 50% OF ALL AFRICAN-AMERICAN SCHOOL TEACHERS GRADUATE FROM HBCU'S, AND ADDITIONALLY THE HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, REMAIN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL IN GRADUATING AFRICAN-AMERICAN PH.D'S AND SCIENTISTS. THE FACT IS THAT WE CANNOT MOVE FORWARD AS A COUNTRY UNTIL ALL OF OUR CHILDREN HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED ACADEMICALLY. EACH DAY HBCU'S HELP US BRIDGE THAT ACHIEVEMENT GAP. CELEBRATED THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 10, THE NATIONAL HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WEEK ALLOWS US TO REFLECT UPON THE IMPACT THESE INSTITUTIONS HAVE HAD ON OUR HISTORY AND TO CELEBRATE THEIR CONTINUED COMMITMENT FOR OUTSTANDING EDUCATION. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP AND THE EDUCATION WORKFORCE COMMITTEE FOR ALLOWING ME TO BRING THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR, AND I REQUEST THE SUPPORT OF ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES OF RESOLUTION 928. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR BRINGING THIS REGS RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR, AND LET ME…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR BRINGING THIS REGS RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR, AND LET ME SAY AS WE RECOVER ON THE GULF COAST, AND I MENTIONED THE HISTORICALALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN MY HOME STATE OF LOUISIANA, THAT THEY PLAYED A VITAL ROLE AND A LEADERSHIP IN HELPING US RECOVER AND SO I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS FOR BRINGING THIS VALUABLE RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVICE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. OWENS

    YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. OWENS WIB WANT TO NOTE THE FACT THAT --

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    MR. OWENS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. OWENS

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD TIME, THREE OR FOUR MINUTES TO -- THREE MINUTES,…

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD TIME, THREE OR FOUR MINUTES TO -- THREE MINUTES, WHATEVER TIME HE IS ABLE TO CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. DAVIS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND LET ME FIRST OF ALL THANK THE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND LET ME FIRST OF ALL THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR YIELDING. AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK AND COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HER -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HER SUPPORT. I WANT TO COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK BECAUSE AS LONG AS I HAVE BEEN A MEMBER OF CONGRESS HE'S BEEN THE CHIEF SPOKESPERSON FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS ON ISSUES OF HIGHER EDUCATION. MR. OWENS, YOU HAVE REPRESENTED US WELL AND DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB, AND I COMMEND YOU. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DELIGHTFUL MOMENTS THAT I'VE HAD SINCE I'VE BEEN A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, BECAUSE IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR A HISTORY-- HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE I WOULDN'T BE HERE. I LEFT HOME ON MY 16TH BIRTHDAY TO ATTEND ARKANSAS A&M COLLEGE AT PINE BLUFF WHICH IS NOW THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF. FOLLOWING ME WERE SIX OF MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO ALSO ATTENDED THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF. THREE NEPHEWS, ONE NIECE, AND A HALF DOZEN FIRST COUSINS. WE LIVED IN THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE STATE WHICH WAS A RURAL AREA IN ARKANSAS. THE MONEY THAT REPRESENTATIVE OWENS TALKED ABOUT IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE WHEN I GOT THERE I HAD $20 IN MY POCKET AND A $50 SCHOLARSHIP. THE SCHOLARSHIP, OF COURSE, WAS GOOD AS LONG AS YOU MAINTAINED A B AVERAGE, AND IF YOU EVER FELL BELOW, YOU NO LONGER HAD THE $50 SCHOLARSHIP. IT WAS NOTHING UNCOMMON FOR FRIENDS OF MINE AND MYSELF TO ACTUALLY SKIP CLASSES ON LIGHT DAYS AND GO OUT AND PICK COTTON SO THAT WE WOULD HAVE MONEY TO PURCHASE OUR BOOKS. AND SO THE HISTORICAL BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AS ALL BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES HAVE PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE, THEY PROVIDE A RICH HERITAGE AND LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR MEN AND WOMEN OF COLOR. AND W.B. DES BY WHO IS CONSIDERED THE FATHER OF SOCIOLOGY IS A PRODUCT OF THIS UNIVERSITY IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, A HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE. AND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., WITH ALL OF HIS ELOQUENCE AND ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS CAME FROM HIS -- HIS EXPERIENCES NOT ONLY IN THE BLACK CHURCH, BUT ALSO CAME FROM THE EDUCATION HE RECEIVED AT MOREHOUSE, LOCATED IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA, A HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE. AND THURGOOD MARSHALL, THE FIRST BLACK CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE UNITED STATES SUPREME IS THE PRODUCT OF LINCOLN UNIVERSITY IN CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA, WHICH IS HISTORICALLY KNOWN AS THE FIRST HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE FOUNDED IN 1854. THESE INSTITUTIONS ARE NOT ONLY NECESSARY FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO COME FROM CERTAIN ECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS, BUT THEY CONTAIN A GREAT DEAL OF THE HISTORY AND CULTURE. AND SO WHEN REPRESENTATIVE OWENS TALKS ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT THE MONEY IS THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR THEM, MANY OF THEM PROVIDE THE KIND OF NURTURING ENVIRONMENT THAT STUDENTS OFTEN CAN'T GET FROM A BIG UNIVERSITY, AND SO THEY GET THE SPECIAL HELP. THIS, MR. OWENS AND THE WORK THAT YOU HAVE DONE, AND THE INTRODUCTION OF THIS RESOLUTION BY REPRESENTATIVE EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON MAKES ALL OF THE WORK THAT WE DO TO TRY AND KEEP THESE INSTITUTIONS ALIVE AND VIBRANT, AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY CBCF INTERN WHO IS ENCOURAGE ATTENDING THIS UNIVERSITY DAHNTAY POPE AND IS WITH THE RENOWNED SINGERS WHO TRAVELED ALL OVER THE WORLD TO RAISE MONEY SO THAT IT COULD CONTINUE TO EXIST. I THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY AND I THANK ALL WHO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. OWENS

    YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. OWENS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. BROWN

    THANK YOU. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MS. JOHNSON'S BILL, HOUSE…

    THANK YOU. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MS. JOHNSON'S BILL, HOUSE RESOLUTION 92, THIS BILL WHICH EXPRESSIONS THE -- WHICH EXPRESSES THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN WHICH WE WOULD CELEBRATE A WEEK OF HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. IT'S AN OUTSTANDING TRIBUTE TO HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. THERE ARE FOUR HCBU'S IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. FLORIDA AGRICULTURE AND MECHANICAL UMPT, FAMU, WHICH I AM AN ALUM, AND A GREAT INSTITUTION IN DAYTONA BEACH. IT'S A SCHOOL I WORK VERY CLOSELY WELL. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE OUTSTANDING WORK HBCU'S DO AROUND THE COUNTRY IS MOST NOTEWORTHY. IN ADDITION TO EDUCATING AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS NATIONWIDE, THEY PROVIDE RESOURCES FOR OUR COMMUNITIES, SUCH AS MENTORING AND TUTORING PROGRAMS FOR OUR YOUTH. NATIONWIDE HCBU'S MAKE UP JUST 3% OF OUR NATION'S 4,000 INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION. HCBU'S HAVE AWARDED MASTERS DEGREES AND FIRST PROFESSIONAL DEGREES IN ONE IN EVERY SIX AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN AND AWARDED 24% OF ALL BACHELOR DEGREES EARNED BY AFRICAN-AMERICANS NATIONWIDE. I COMMEND MS. JOHNSON IN HER EFFORTS IN BEHALF OF THE HISTORICAL BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, AND I STRONGLY SUPPORT HOUSE PASSING OF THIS BILL. AND I ALSO WANT TO COMMEND YOU, MR. RANKING MEMBER AND MR. EDUCATION FOR ALL OF THE WORK THAT YOU'VE DONE TO HELP BLACK COLLEGES THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. I DO KNOW THAT THE ALPHA PHI ALPHA'S HAVE BEEN ON THE HILL TODAY. I WANT TO WELCOME THEM TO THEIR CAPITAL. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN AND I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS 30 SECONDS. 30 SECONDS LEFT.

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    MR. OWENS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, MR.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO ENSURE THAT ALL AMERICANS…

    MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO ENSURE THAT ALL AMERICANS HAVE ACCESS TO EDUCATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND THEIR GRADUATES AND TO VOTE YES ON THIS WORTHY RESOLUTION AND I I YIELD TO YEEL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RISE?

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    MR. BISHOP

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    AT ANYTIME AFTER THE ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION, THE SPEAKER MAY, DECLARE…

    AT ANYTIME AFTER THE ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION, THE SPEAKER MAY, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 5682, TO EXEMPT FROM CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS OF THE ATOMIC ENERGY ACT OF 1954, A PROPOSED NUCLEAR AGREEMENT FOR COOPERATION -- A PROPOSED NUCLEAR AGREEMENT FOR COOPERATION WITH INDIA. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POIRDS ARE WAIVED. -- ALL POINT OF ORDERS ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR. EQUAL DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. THE AMENDMENT AND THE NATURE OF THE SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL, MODIFIED BY THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF THE REPORT ON THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED IN THE HOUSE AND IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS THE ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF FURTHER AMENDMENT AND SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NOTWITHSTANDING CLAUSE 11 OF RULE 18, NO FURTHER AMENDMENT TO THE BILL AS AMENDED SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART B OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION ON THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINT OF ORDERS AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT, THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL AS AMENDED TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH FURTHER AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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    MR. BISHOP

    MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30…

    MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MIFESMIFE. -- I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY AND HOUSE RESOLUTION 947 PROVIDES FOR A STRUCTURED RULE WITH ONE HOUR OF GENERAL DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED BY THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER AND WAIVES ALL POINT OF ORDERS AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL AND PROVIDES FOR A MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. THIS RULE MAKES IN ORDER SEVERAL AMENDMENTS BROUGHT FORTH BY THE RULES COMMITTEE, TWO ARE DEMOCRATS AND TWO ARE REPUBLICANS AND TWO ARE INDEPENDENTS, SO THE BILL IS FAIR ON DEBATING ON ISSUES WHICH WILL EFFECT NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY, U.S. FOREIGN POLICY BETWEEN THE TWO WORLDS -- WORLD'S TWO LARGEST DEMOCRACIES, INDIA AND THE UNITED STATES. I ACTED IN A GREAT MANY PLAYS, ONE OF WHICH WAS THE CHILDREN'S THEATER OF "WILLIE WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY." HE SUNG A SONG CALLED "PURE IMAGINATION." THERE IS NO LIFE THAT COMPARES WITH PURE IMAGINATION. IT MAY WORK WELL FOR THE STAGE OR FOR A CHILDREN'S BOOK AFTER WHICH IT WAS BASED, BUT NOT IN THE REALITY OF OUR PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN INDIA AND THE UNITED STATES. THERE WE MUST FACE REALITY AND THE REALITY IS INDIA IS A -- HAS HAD NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY FOR FOUR DECADES, THEY ARE IN NUCLEAR POWER, THEY ARE IN THE POSSESSION OF THAT TECHNOLOGY SINCE 1974 WHEN THEY CONDUCTED THEIR FIRST NUCLEAR TEST. THEY ARE BUT NEVER SIGNED THE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION TREATY, NOR DO THEY HAVE THE IAEA SAFEGUARDS. THEY HAVE SOUGHT TO INCREASE THE DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR ENERGY TO SUPPORT THE NEEDS OF THEIR LARGE POPULATION. JUNE OF LAST YEAR, PRESIDENT BUSH ANNOUNCED AN AGREEMENT WITH THE PRIME MINISTER INCREASING COOPERATIONS ON VARIOUS FRONTS, INCLUDING CIVILIAN ENERGY PRODUCTION, WHICH WILL HOPEFULLY ENSURE THAT INDIA WILL JOIN THE REST OF THE WORLD AND THE NONPROLIFERATION MAINSTREAM. THIS UNDERLYING BILL, H.R. 4682 ARE OUTLINED IN THE PRESIDENT'S AGREEMENT WITH INDIA AND GRANTS THE PRESIDENT CERTAIN PREROGATIVES TO WAIVE THE ENERGY ACT OF 1974 TO FACILITATE TRANSFERS OF CIVILIAN NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY AND MATERIALS WHILE SPECIFICALLY PRESERVING THE RIGHT OF THE CONGRESS TO ULTIMATELY APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE BY WAIVER -- THOSE WAIVERS BY REQUIRING AN UNAMENDABLE JOINT RESOLUTION OF APPROVAL BY CONGRESS IN ORDER FOR ANY OF THE FORMAL DETAILED AGREEMENTS TO BE ENTERED INTO FORCE. IN THAT REGARD, THE COMMITTEE DID WELL IN PROTECTING THE RIGHTS AND PREROGATIVES OF CONGRESS. THE BILL ALSO INCREASES CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF NUCLEAR COOPERATION WITH INDIA BY REQUIRING DETAILED ANNUAL REPORTS ON INDIA'S ACTIVITIES. . THE LEGISLATION REQUIRES A WAIVER OF THE PRO LICKSES TO CERTIFY TO CONGRESS VERY SPECIFIC CONDITIONS MET BY INDIA WHICH WOULD INCLUDE A CREDIBLE PLAN FOR A SEPARATION OF INDIA'S CIVILIAN AND MILITARY FACILITIES, INCREASED SAFEGUARDS AND INSPECTION OF INDIA'S NUCLEAR FACILITIES, STRENGTH AND CONTROLS ON INDIA'S EXPORT OF NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY AND AGREEMENT THAT INDIA WILL WORK WITH THE UNITED STATES TOWARDS THE F.M.C. TREATY WHICH WILL SERTFY THAT THE N.S.G. HAS CONSENSUS AGREEMENT ON THE GUIDELINE MODIFICATIONS THAT WILL BE ENACTED. MR. SPEAKER, AS THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE SAID AT THE RULES COMMITTEE HEARING YESTERDAY ON THIS BILL, IT IS PERHAPS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT BILL IN THIS AREA OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THAT THIS CONGRESS WILL HAVE ACTED UPON. OUR COUNTRY HAS MUCH TO GAIN BY WORKING COOPERATIVELY WITH INDIA EXCHANGE FOR TIGHTER CONTROLS THAN BY NOT ENGAGING THEM ON THESE MARTS AT WILL. WITHOUT THIS AGREEMENT INDIA COULD MOVE INTO A NUCLEAR REALM WITHOUT OUR NATION'S CONSENT OR COOPERATION. SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, INDIA HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT IT IS AN IMPORTANT PARTNER WITH THE UNITED STATES IN COMBATING THE WAR ON TERROR. AS NATION OF STRATEGIC AND ECONOMIC INTERESTS SB AND IT IS ONE IN WHICH WE NEED TO FURTHER OUR COOPERATION WITH INDIA. ONE OF THE MOST CONCISE PERSUASIVE CONCEPTS FOR TO US CONSIDER IS WELL IS BY FACILITATING CIVILIAN NUCLEAR ENERGY, IN INDIA THROUGH COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH OUR COUNTRY, WE'LL ALSO HAVE A SIGNIFICANT INFLUENCE ON THE INTERNATIONAL IMPACT OF OIL, OF EMISSIONS AND JOBS. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE BILLS UNLIKE SOME OF THE OTHERS WE DO THAT DOES NOT EXPAND THE SCOPE OF GOVERNMENT, DOES NOT IMPOSE A MANDATE, HAS CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY AND IF YOU'RE WATCHING OR READING ONE OF THE NEWSPAPERS PASSED AROUND THE HILL TODAY WAS SUPPORTED BY EIGHT DIFFERENT VETERANS' GROUPS TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 5682 IS A BIPARTISAN BILL, IT ENJOYS A BROAD RANGE OF SUPPORT. I URGE THE ADOPTION OF THE RULE, THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP, FOR THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP, FOR THE TIME AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE U.S.-INDIA NUCLEAR COOPERATION…

    I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE U.S.-INDIA NUCLEAR COOPERATION PROMOTION ACT. AS OUR COLLEAGUE, CHAIRMAN HYDE SAID YESTERDAY IN THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE, THIS IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT HAS COME THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE THIS YEAR. AND WE MUST DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO PASS IT TODAY. INDIA, THE WORLD'S LARGEST DEMOCRACY, AND THE UNITED STATES, THE WORLD'S OLDEST DEMOCRACY, MUST COME TOGETHER AND STRENGTHEN THEIR FRIENDSHIP. AFTER CENTURIES OF AN UNSTEADY RELATIONSHIP, THERE HAS BEEN DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT STARTING WITH THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION AND CONTINUING TODAY. THIS BILL TELLS INDIA THAT WE BELIEVE IN THEM AND THAT WE WANT TO SUPPORT THEM JUST LIKE THEY HAVE CONSISTENTLY SUPPORTED US. THE CIVILIAN NUCLEAR INITIATIVE WILL DEEPEN THE U.S.-INDIA STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP. THE INITIATIVE REFLECTS U.S. TRUST IN INDIA AS A GLOBAL TACTICAL PARTNER AND INDICATES OUR ADMIRATION FOR INDIA'S DEMOCRATIC TRADITIONS, HER COMMITMENT TO TOLERANCE, AND HER COMMITMENT TO FREEDOM. I AS WELL AS MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES HAVE HAD THE GREAT PLEASURE OF TRAVELING TO THE COUNTRY OF INDIA ON SEVERAL DIFFERENT OCCASIONS. ANY PERSON WHO GOES TO INDIA RECOGNIZES THE CRUCIAL NECESSITY OF CLEAN ENERGY. THIS LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE PRODUCTION OF CLEAN ENERGY AND CAN POTENTIALLY REDUCE FURTHER POLLUTION ON THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH DECREASING THE DEPENDENCY ON FOSSIL FUELS. CIVIL NUCLEAR COOPERATION IS VITAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CLEAN AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR INDIAN FRIENDS. AS OUR DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE, THE RANKING MEMBER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, TOM LANTOS, SAID IN THE RULES COMMITTEE YESTERDAY, INDIA IS A NONNUCLEAR PROLIFERATOR. INDIA HAS PLEDGED TO IDENTIFY AND SEPARATE HER CIVIL AND MILITARY NUCLEAR FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS, AND PLACE THE CIVIL PORTIONS UNDER IAEA SAFEGUARDS. BY URGE MY COLLEAGUES THO HAVE SOME HESITANCY ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION TO PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THAT PARTICULAR PART OF THE LEGISLATION. THIS BILL WILL BRING INDIA CLOSER TO THE INTERNATIONAL NONPROLIFERATION MAINSTREAM. INDIA HAS ENSURED THAT 65% OF HER CURRENT AND PLANNED POWER REACTORS WILL COME UNDER IAEA SAFEGUARDS. THIS IN THE LEGISLATION WOULD RISE TO AS HIGH AS 90% IN FUTURE YEARS AS INDIA CONSTRUCTS NEW REACTORS. WITHOUT THIS INITIATIVE, 81% OF INDIA'S CURRENT POWER REACTORS AND ALL FUTURE POWER PROGRAMS WOULD REMAIN UNCLEAR. ENERGY POWER AND CLEAN AIR ARE NECESSITIES FOR THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE THE EXCESSIVE HARM OF GLOBAL WARMING THAT IS AFFECTING INDIA AND INDEED, THE WORLD EVERY DAY. THE AMOUNT OF CARR BONN DIOXIDE EMITTED THROUGH THE COMBUSTION OF FOSSIL FUELS, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE CARBON FOOTPRINT IS CONSTANTLY UPSETTING THIS REGION. THEIR NEED FOR ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF ENERGY IS STAGGERING. AND WE MUST PASS THIS LEGISLATION TO MAKE A CHANGE IN THIS REGION POSSIBLE. INDIA, AMERICA'S STRONGEST ALLY IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIA REGION, IS ON THE VERGE OF AN ENERGY CRISIS. ENERGY IS THE SIXTH LARGEST ENERGY CONSUMER IN THE WORLD. BUT IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THEIR STRONG ECONOMIC GROWTH, INDIA'S ENERGY CONSUMPTION WILL NEED TO INCREASE SUBSTANTIALLY. THE FACTS ARE ASTOUNDING, AND CIVILIAN NUCLEAR COOPERATION IS THE ONLY WAY INDIA'S ENERGY CAN REMAIN SECURE. ON A NOTE OF PERSONAL PRIVILEGE, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK SINAL PATEL A YOUNG WOMAN INTERNING IN MY OFFICE THIS SUMMER. SHE WORKED HARD ON THIS ISSUE AND SHE AND YOUNG OTHER YOUNG INDIAN NATIONALS WHO ARE SBERNING HERE ON THE HILL THIS -- INTERNING HERE ON THE HILL THIS SUMMER WORKED VERY ACTIVELY WITH MR. CROWLEY AND MR. PALLONE AND OTHERS TO BRING TO THE -- THE FLOOR THE LEGISLATION DEALING WITH THE CONDEMNATION OF THE HORRIBLE BOMBING INCIDENT THAT TOOK PLACE IN INDIA. THIS IS A YEAR WHERE MANY OF OUR INTERNS ARE DEMONSTRATING STAFFLIKE WORK AND CERTAINLY SHE QUALIFIES IN THAT CATEGORY. THE FACTS ARE ASTOUNDING AND CIVILIAN NUCLEAR COOPERATION IS THE ONLY WAY INDIA'S ENERGY CAN REMAIN SECURE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. BISHOP

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS WILL CONTROL THE TIME FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    YOU. AT THIS TIME I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, A…

    YOU. AT THIS TIME I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, A MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE, ONE OF THE DISTINGUISHED FORMER CO-CHAIRS OF THE HOUSE INDIA CAUCUS, MR. CROWLEY.

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    MR. CROWLEY

    SUPPORT OF THE RULE FOR THE INDIA NUCLEAR COOPERATION PROMOTION ACT. I…

    SUPPORT OF THE RULE FOR THE INDIA NUCLEAR COOPERATION PROMOTION ACT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. THIS RULE PROVIDES DEBATE FOR RELEVANT AMENDMENTS TO THE PROPOSED CIVILIAN NUCLEAR COOPERATION DEAL BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND INDIA. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AS DO MANY FORMER CLINTON ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS. FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARY RICHARD COHEN, SAID, I QUOTE, IT IS AN IMPORTANT STRIEGE AGREEMENT WE HAVE REACHED IN RECENT TIMES HAS BEEN THIS NUCLEAR AGREEMENT. FORMER ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR SOUTH ASIA SAID, I QUOTE, IT'S THE RIGHT CALL FOR US IN THE WORLD, REALLY. THIS IS A WAY TO BRING INDIA INTO A GLOBAL NONPROLIFERATION REGIME RATHER THAN LEAVING IT ON THE OUTSIDE. FORMER AMBASSADOR AND CAREER FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER SCHAEFFER SAID, I QUOTE, THE NUCLEAR SYSTEM WILL BE MUCH MOREAU BUST AND POTENTIALLY MORE EFFECTIVE WITH INDIA ON THE INSIDE THAN ON THE OUTSIDE. AND TODAY FORMER AMBASSADORS TO INDIA WROTE AN OP-ED SUPPORTING THE DEAL WHICH I WOULD LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE ADDED TO THE RECORD --

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS. AND HIS REQUEST WITHOUT OBJECTION WILL BE GRANTED.

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    MR. CROWLEY

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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    MR. BISHOP

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR.…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. BOUSTANY.

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    I THANK MR. BISHOP. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5682 AND…

    I THANK MR. BISHOP. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5682 AND THE RULE FOR THIS LEGISLATION. THE U.S. INDA -- THE U.S.-INDIA NUCLEAR COOPERATION PROMOTION ACT OF 2006. I ALSO WANT TO COMPLIMENT THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE, MR. HYDE, AND THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. LANTOS, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING FORWARD THIS IMPORTANT IMPLEMENTING LEGISLATION. I ALSO WANT TO COMMEND THE ADMINISTRATION FOR RECOGNIZING THAT WE CAN LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKES. A MISTAKE WHEREBY WE HAVE FAILED IN THE PAST TO LINK OUR FOREIGN POLICY WITH OUR ENERGY POLICY. AND THIS IS A VERY GOOD FIRST STEP TO CORRECTING SUCH MISTAKES. THIS IS A VERY FAR-REACHING AGREEMENT WHEREBY THE WORLD'S OLDEST DEMOCRACY WOULD JOIN WITH THE WORLD'S LARGEST DEMOCRACY TO WORK TOGETHER ON FOREIGN POLICY AND ENERGY POLICY. THIS IS A MODEL FOR THE FUTURE WHERE WE CAN WORK ON ENERGY COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS AND ALSO FIT WITHIN OUR STRATEGY FRAMEWORK. INDIA FOR THE PAST 32 YEARS HAS BEEN A NONPROLIFERATOR. AND WE SHOULD REWARD INDIA FOR THAT HISTORIC EFFORT. IN RECENT YEARS INDIA HAS CERTAINLY BEEN A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT ALLY IN THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR. IT HAS BEEN -- PROVEN TO BE A RELIABLE AND SECURE STATE WHEN IT COMES TO NONPROLIFERATION. WE NEED TO BUILD ON THIS RELATIONSHIP AND THIS NEW-FOUND TRUST. AND THIS IMPLEMENTING LEGISLATION THAT WILL ALLOW US TO DO THIS IS A CRITICAL FIRST STEP IN DEEPENING THIS COOPERATION. INDIA IN WORKING WITH THE IAEA TO INCREASE INSPECTIONS OF EXISTING AND FUTURE REACTORS AND MAINTAINING INDIA'S MORATORIUM ON WEAPONS TESTING AND GIVEN THEIR ASSURANCES TO WORK WITH US TO PREVENT PROLIFERATION THROUGHOUT THE REGION WILL PROVE TO BE A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE REGION TO FOLLOW. THIS IS NOT ONLY JUST A GOOD BILL FOR INDIA. IT'S ALSO GOOD FOR AMERICAN BUSINESS. IT ALLOWS US TO INCREASE ENERGY TRADE WHICH REALLY HAS NOT HAPPENED IN THE PAST THREE DECADES WITH INDIA. THIS IS GREAT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. IT HELPS US REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS BY SOME 300 MILLION TONS. MORE THAN HALF THE TOTAL OF THE TOTAL -- MORE THAN HALF OF THE TOTAL KYOTO PROTOCOLS. IT'S GOING TO REDUCE INDIA'S DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN SOURCES OF ENERGY SUCH AS NATURAL GAS, WHICH IT IS HEAVILY DEPENDENT UPON IRAN TO GET. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF FOREIGN POLICY AND ENERGY POLICY. I URGE ITS PASSAGE. I URGE PASSAGE OF THE RULE SO WE CAN MOVE FORWARD. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE ON…

    I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOT GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE UNDERLYING BILL. WE WILL DO THAT A LITTLE LATER ON TODAY. BUT INSTEAD I WANT TO TAKE A COUPLE MINUTES TO SPEAK ABOUT THE RULE AND ABOUT WHAT I BELIEVE IS A FLAWED PROCESS THAT MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE ARE FORCED TO OPERATE WITHIN. IT IS EASY IN THIS CONGRESS TO GET AS MUCH TIME AS YOU WANT TO DEBATE TRIVIAL ISSUES. WE SPEND HOURS AND HOURS HONORING SPORTS TEAMS. WE NAME POST OFFICES. WE DO ALL KINDS OF THINGS LIKE THAT. WHEN IT COMES TO SERIOUS ISSUES ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE NEVER SEEMS TO BE THE TIME. NOW, THERE WERE A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS THAT WERE PROPOSED IN THE RULES COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT. SOME WERE NOT MADE IN ORDER AND I REGRET THE FACT THOSE AMENDMENTS WERE NOT MADE IN ORDER. BUT A NUMBER OF THOSE THAT WERE MADE IN ORDER HAVE BEEN LIMITED TO 10 MINUTES, 10 MINUTES TO TALK ABOUT ISSUES DEALING WITH NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION AND ARMS CONTROL. 10 MINUTES TO TALK ABOUT ISSUES THAT IMPACT U.S. TREATY OBLIGATIONS. 10 MINUTES TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE PREVENT THIS WORLD FROM BEING EXTINGUISH IN ONE TERRIBLE NUCLEAR FLASH. THAT'S WHAT THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS HOUSE THINKS ABOUT ISSUES OF ARMS CONTROL AND NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION. 10 MINUTES. FIVE MINUTES PRO, FIVE MINUTES AGAINST. CONGRESSMAN BERMAN AND CONGRESSWOMAN TAUSCHER HAVE AN AMENDMENT TO RESTRICT EXPORTS OF NUCLEAR REACTOR FUEL TO INDIA UNTIL THE PRESIDENT DETERMINES THAT INDIA HAS HALTED THE PRODUCTION OF FISSILE MATERIAL FOR THE USE IN NUCLEAR WEAPONS. IT'S A SERIOUS ISSUE, REGARDLESS WHETHER YOU BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE PART OF THIS UNDERLYING BILL OR NOT, IT IS AN ISSUE THAT DESERVES DEBATE. THE MORE DEBATE IT GETS ON THIS FLOOR, THE MORE OF AN INDATION WE ARE GOING TO SEND TO OUR NEGOTIATORS AND TO THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA THAT THESE ISSUES ARE IMPORTANT TO THOSE OF US IN THIS CONGRESS. CONGRESSMAN MARKEY AND CONGRESSMAN UPTON HAD AN AMENDMENT THAT ESSENTIALLY WOULD REQUIRE THE PRESIDENT TO DETERMINE THAT THE U.S. HAS RECEIVED INDIA'S SUPPORT IN PREVENTING IRAN FROM ACQUIRING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. BEFORE THE U.S. NAGES IN NUCLEAR COOPERATION WITH INDIA.

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    MR. BISHOP

    MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE MY TIME.

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    MR. HASTINGS

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    MR. KUCINICH

    IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. THIS PROPOSAL WOULD…

    IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. THIS PROPOSAL WOULD THREATEN GLOBAL SECURITY AND UNILATERALLY MODIFY THE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION TREATY. THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS PURSUED CONTRADICT TORY POLICIES WITH RESPECT TO THE N.P.T., BOTH MISUSING AND DISREGARDING THE M.P.T. REGARDING IRAN FOR EXAMPLE, THE ADMINISTRATION CITED IRAN FOR MINOR BREACHES OF THE N.P.T. AND TRYING TO RALLY SUPPORT BASED THAN FOR A MILITARY ATTACK. AT THE SAME TIME THE ADMINISTRATION ITSELF UNDERMINES THE N.P.T. BY THIS PROPOSAL WHICH WOULD HELP DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THE N.P.T. REQUIRES THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS STATES KEEP THEIR WEAPONS TO THEMSELVES AND ALLOWS NONWEAPON STATES TO RECEIVE CIVILIAN NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY ONLY IN EXCHANGE FOR THEIR REFUSAL TO PRODUCE NUCLEAR WEAPONS. YET THIS DEAL, IN IN DEAL THE US LUSS PROVIDE INDIA WITH CIVILIAN NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY EVEN THOUGH INDIA IS NOT A SIGNATORY TO THE N.P.T., IS KNOWN TO POSSESS NUCLEAR WEAPONS, AND NO INTENTION OF LIMITING ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS CACHE OR PRODUCTION CAPABILITY. MOREOVER, SINCE THE U.S. WILL SUPPLY INDIA WITH URANIUM FULL -- ASK FOR HALF A MINUTE.

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    MR. KUCINICH

    SUPPLY INDIA WITH URANIUM FULL. INDIA WILL BE ABLE TO USE MORE EVER OF ITS…

    SUPPLY INDIA WITH URANIUM FULL. INDIA WILL BE ABLE TO USE MORE EVER OF ITS URANIUM RESERVES TO PRODUCE NUCLEAR WEAPONS. WE ARE GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION HERE. AT THIS TIME OF GREAT CRISIS IN THE WORLD, WE SHOULD BE LOOKING TOWARDS NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, SAVING THE WORLD NOT RAMPING UP FOR ARMA GEDON BY NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION.

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    MR. BISHOP

    FOR THE BILL PASSED OUT BY A BIPARTISAN VOTE OF 37-5, I RESERVE MY TIME.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    YOU BE KIND ENOUGH TO TELL BOTH SIDES HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS 18 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH HAS 17 MINUTES.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, AIM VERY PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, AIM VERY PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN, MR. PALLONE, ONE MINUTE.

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    RESERVES.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS NOT BEEN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS NOT BEEN MENTIONED BY ANYONE THAT I BELIEVE THAT THIS LEGISLATION WILL ASSIST IN AND THAT IS PROVIDING SAFE REACTORS . I HAVE HAD THE MISFORTUNE AND AT THE SAME TIME DISTINGUISHED PRIVILEGED TO SERVE AS THE LEAD ELECTION MONITOR OF THE ELECTIONS IN BELARUS. AND WHILE THERE I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE HORRIBLE EFFECTS OF A NUCLEAR DISASTER. SOME FOLK WHO REMEMBER CHERNOBYL THINK OF IT AS UKRAINIAN AND RUSSIAN IN TERMS OF THE DAMAGE THAT WAS DONE. BUT THE DOWNWIND ASPECTS OF THAT DISASTER FELL ON BELARUSIANS AND IT WAS DEVASTATING AND THE EFFECTS OF THAT ARE STILL SHOWY. WE HAVE HAD WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE THREE-MILE ISLAND INCIDENT IN PENNSYLVANIA EXTREMELY SAFE NUCLEAR REACTORS IN THE UNITED STATES. AND OUR TECHNOLOGY, INDEED SOME OF THE TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORLD MAY VERY WELL PROVIDE FOR EVEN SAFER REACTORS, THUS BRINGING INDIA UNDER THE AEGIS OF THE IAEA WILL ONLY ASSIST IN PROVIDING SAFE REACTORS. ADDITIONALLY AS WE WELL KNOW, INDIAN SCIENTISTS ARE EXTREMELY RESOURCEFUL. THE RESIDUAL FROM NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY HAS PRODUCED THE WASTE THAT THE WORLD NEEDS TO DETERMINE HOW BEST TO HANDLE. I BELIEVE WITHOUT KNOWING, NOR DO I THINK THIS LEGISLATION STANDING ALONE WILL CAUSE THAT TO OCCUR, BUT I BELIEVE THAT INDIAN SCIENTISTS WORKING WITH OTHERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD MAY VERY WELL ASSIST IN DEVELOPING THE TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL HANDLE THE NUCLEAR WASTE THAT IS SUCH A TREMENDOUS PROBLEM NOT ONLY FOR THIS COUNTRY BUT INDEED, THE WORLD. SO THERE ARE OTHER BENEFITS THAT MAY BE DERIVED FROM THIS LEGISLATION IN ADDITION TO CIVILIAN PURSUITS THAT WILL HELP TO REDUCE THE CARBON FOOTPRINT. MR. SPEAKER, I DID TAKE ENOUGH TIME TO LET ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES ARRIVE, AND THAT SAID, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TO MY CLASSMATE AND GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, THE DISTINGUISHED WOMAN, MS. WOOLSEY, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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    MR. BISHOP

    ILLUSTRATE WHAT THE RULES COMMITTEE ACTUALLY DID DO THERE WERE 10…

    ILLUSTRATE WHAT THE RULES COMMITTEE ACTUALLY DID DO THERE WERE 10 AMENDMENTS PROPOSED, ONE WITHDRAWN, TWO THAT WERE NOT GERMANE. THE ONE TO WHICH WAS RECENTLY REFERRED TO WAS RULED NOT GERMANE BECAUSE IT REFERRED TO ALL N.P.T.'S NOT SPECIFICALLY THIS PARTICULAR ONE. OF THE SEVEN REMAINING, SIX WERE MADE IN ORDER. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, WITHOUT FURTHER CLOSING IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT I HAVE…

    MR. SPEAKER, WITHOUT FURTHER CLOSING IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT I HAVE ALREADY, I'M PREPARED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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    MR. BISHOP

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS AND HIS PRESENTATION. I'M PROUPPED I WAS ABLE TO GO THROUGH THIS ENTIRE DISCUSSION AND I HOPE SAID NUCLEAR CORRECTLY, IT WAS THE BIGGEST FEAR I HAD. AND WITH THAT, I SUPPORT THE RULE, I URGE ALL THOSE WHO ARE SUPPORTING THIS RULE AND THE CONSIDERATION FOR H.R. 5682, AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS BEEN YIELDED. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE PREVIOUS…

    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS BEEN YIELDED. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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  • 04:35:09 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    I WOULD REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON QUESTIONS PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. SUSPENDING THE RULES ON H.R. 5337, BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. SUSPENDING THE RULES ON H.R. 5319 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. AND AGREEING TO H.RES. 947 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. OXLEY, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5337 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    PROMOTING FOREIGN INVESTMENT AND THE CREATION AND MAINTENANCE OF JOBS, TO…

    PROMOTING FOREIGN INVESTMENT AND THE CREATION AND MAINTENANCE OF JOBS, TO REFORM THE PROCESS BY WHICH SUCH INVESTMENTS FOR ANY EFFECT THEY MAY HAVE ON NATIONAL SECURITY, TO ESTABLISH THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    SUSPEND THE RULES AND ADOPT HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 456.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 456, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR A…

    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 456, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR A CORRECTION TO THE ENROLLMENT OF THE BILL, SENATE 203.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, MR. PEARCE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO.

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    MR. PEARCE

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTS THE CLERK OF THE SENATE TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTS THE CLERK OF THE SENATE TO MAKE A SIMPLE ENROLLMENT CORRECTION TO S. 203, PASSED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON MONDAY, BY AN OVERWHELMING VOTE OF 323-39. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 05:25:35 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. PALLONE

    MR. SPEAKER, THE MAJORITY HAS ALREADY EXPLAINED THE PURPOSE OF H.CON.RES.…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE MAJORITY HAS ALREADY EXPLAINED THE PURPOSE OF H.CON.RES. 456, WHICH WOULD CORRECT AN INADVERTENT ERROR IN THE HOUSE PASSED VERSION OF S. 203 INVOLVING THE NEW JERSEY COASTAL HERITAGE TRAIL ROUTE. CORRECTING THIS ERROR WOULD ENSURE PROPER ENCLUTION OF THE LANGUAGE FROM H.R. 472 INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LOBIONDO. I WAS PROUD TO JOIN THE REST OF THE NEW JERSEY CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION IN BEING AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL WHICH WOULD RE-AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE ROUTE AND REQUIRES THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO DEVELOP A STRATEGIC PLAN. -- -- THE COASTAL HERITAGE TRAIL EXTENDS FOR NEARLY 300 MILES ALONG THE DELAWARE BAY TO THE DELAWARE MEMORIAL BRIDGE. IT IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY WITH THE HELP OF OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO PRESERVE THE NATURAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THE NEW JERSEY COASTLINE. THE COASTAL HERITAGE TRAIL PROGRAM HAS DONE A GREAT DEAL TO HELP NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS AND TOURIST BETTER UNDERSTAND THE SHORE AREA AND IT IS CRITICAL THAT IT BE RE-AUTHORIZED. MR. SPEAKER, WE SUPPORT H.CON.RES. 456. I URGE ITS ADOPTION BY THE HOUSE TODAY AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. PALLONE

    I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DETERIORATE DEBATE HAS BEEN YIELDED. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 456. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 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. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 5865 WITH A SENATE AMENDMENT…

    FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 5865 WITH A SENATE AMENDMENT THERETO AND AGREE TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:27:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL AND THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    PROGRAM OF TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR UNITED STATES CITIZENS RETURNED FROM…

    PROGRAM OF TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR UNITED STATES CITIZENS RETURNED FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. SENATE AMENDMENT STRIKE OUT ALL AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE AND INSERT SECTION 1, PAYMENTS FOR TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE TO UNITED STATES CITIZENS RETURNED FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES. A, INCREASE AN AGGREGATE PAYMENTS LIMIT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2006. SECTION 1113-D OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT IS AMENDED BY INSERTING EXCEPT THAT IN THE CASE OF PHYSICAL --

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  • 05:28:49 PM

    MR. HERGER

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE SENATE AMENDMENT BE CONSIDERED AS READ AND…

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE SENATE AMENDMENT BE CONSIDERED AS READ AND PRINTED IN THE RECORD.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE ORIGINAL REQUEST OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SENATE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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    MR. HERGER

    MR. SPEAKER --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. HERGER

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL JUST PASSED.

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  • 05:29:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MR. HYDE

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

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL H.R. 5682.

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  • 05:29:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 947, AND RULE 18, THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 947, AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 5682. THE CHAIR APPOINTMENTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. .

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF UNION FOR…

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5682 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 05:30:42 PM

    THE CLERK

    BILL TO EXEMPT FROM CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS OF THE ATOMIC ENERGY ACT OF 1954…

    BILL TO EXEMPT FROM CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS OF THE ATOMIC ENERGY ACT OF 1954 A PROPOSED NUCLEAR AGREEMENT FOR COOPERATION WITH INDIA.

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  • 05:30:54 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    TO THE RULE THE BILL IS CONSIDERED READ, THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN…

    TO THE RULE THE BILL IS CONSIDERED READ, THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MR. ILLINOIS MR. HYDE AND MR. LANTOS EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MR. HYDE

    THANK YOU MR. CHAIRMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MIGHT EXTEND MY --…

    THANK YOU MR. CHAIRMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MIGHT EXTEND MY -- REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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  • 05:31:17 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. HYDE

    THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    ORDER.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE ALL CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE…

    WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE ALL CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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  • 05:31:52 PM

    MR. HYDE

    THE COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ORDERED REPORTED BY A VOTE OF…

    THE COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ORDERED REPORTED BY A VOTE OF 37-5 ON JUNE 28. THIS, THEREFORE, IS TRULY A BIPARTISAN EFFORT. THIS BILL IS BASED ON THE ADMINISTRATION'S ORIGINAL PROPOSAL, H.R. 4974, WHICH MR. LANTOS AND I INTRODUCED LAST FALL AT THE REQUEST OF SECRETARY RICE. CURRENT LAW DOES NOT PERMIT CIVIL NUCLEAR TRADE WITH INDIA. THAT LEGISLATION WOULD HAVE AUTHORIZED THE PRESIDENT TO WAIVE A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS OF THE ATOMIC ENERGY ACT OF 1954 AS AMENDED TO ALLOW HIM TO NEGOTIATE AN AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING CIVIL, NUCLEAR COOPERATION WITH INDIA. THIS AGREEMENT WILL PERMIT THE U.S. TO SELL TECHNOLOGY TO INDIA FOR A NUCLEAR POWER DEVELOPMENT. IN RETURN, INDIA WILL OPEN UP FOR INSPECTION ITS CIVILIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM TO INTERNATIONAL INSPECTIONS AND ALSO AGREE NOT TO TEST NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND ABIDE BY NUCLEAR EXPORT CONTROLS. H.R. 5682 TAKES THE PRESIDENT'S BILL AS A STARTING POINT AND AMENDS IT IN SEVERAL KEY WAYS. THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THESE IS THAT THE PROCESS OF CONGRESSIONAL CONSIDERATION HAS BEEN REVERSED, MEANING THAT THE AGREEMENT CANNOT GO INTO EFFECT UNLESS CONGRESS APPROVES IT. THIS SEEMINGLY SMALL CHANGE ACTUALLY HAS GREAT RAMIFICATIONS FOR THE ROLE OF CONGRESS AS IT ENSURES THAT WE WILL RETAIN A SUBSTANTIVE ROLE IN THE NEGOTIATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS HISTORIC AND FAR-REACHING AGREEMENT. OTHER MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS IN THIS BILL INCLUDE STRENGTHENING THE CONDITIONS WHICH THE PRESIDENT MUST CERTIFY. THE ORIGINAL VAGUE GENERALITIES HAVE BEEN MADE MORE SPECIFIC AND REQUIRE A NUMBER OF CONDITIONS TO HAVE ALREADY BEEN MET INSTEAD OF BEING OPEN-ENDED. THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THESE INCLUDE, ONE, THAT INDIA HAS PROVIDED THE UNITED STATES AND THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY WITH A CREDIBLE PLAN TO SEPARATE ITS CIVILIAN AND MILITARY FACILITIES. INDIA HAS CONCLUDED A SAFEGUARDS AGREEMENT WITH THE IAEA REGARDING ITS CIVILIAN NUCLEAR FACILITIES. INDIA AND THE IAEA ARE MAKING SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS TOWARD CONCLUDING AN ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL WHICH IS A SET OF ENHANCED SAFEGUARDS AND INSPECTION MEASURES THAT THE UNITED STATES IS URGING ALL COUNTRIES TO NEGOTIATE FOR THEMSELVES. AND INDIA AND THE UNITED STATES ARE WORKING TOWARD A MULTILATERAL FISS OIL MATERIAL CUTOFF TREATY. AND INDIA IS WORKING WITH THE UNITED STATES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF ENRICHMENT AND REPROCESSING TECHNOLOGY AND INDIA IS TAKING STEPS TO SECURE ITS NUCLEAR AND OTHER SENSITIVE MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY THROUGH ENHANCED EXPORT CONTROL LEGISLATION AND HARMONIZING ITS EXPORT CONTROL LAWS, RUSSIANS AND PROCEDURES WITH INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS. -- REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES WITH THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS. AND THE N.S.G. HAS VOTED TO CHANGE ITS GUIDELINES TO ALLOW TRADE WITH INDIA, AS MANY OF YOU KNOW THE N.S.G. IS A VOLUNTARY GROUPS OF COUNTRIES THAT EXPORT NUCLEAR MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY AND THAT COORDINATE THEIR EXPORT POLICIES REGARDING OTHER COUNTRIES. CURRENTLY THOSE GUIDELINES DO NOT PERMIT NUCLEAR TRADE WITH INDIA. IN ADDITION, THE LEGISLATION REQUIRES DETAILED ANNUAL REPORTS ON THE IMELEMENTATION OF THE U.S.-INDIA AGREEMENT -- IMPTATION OF THE U.S.-INDIA AGREEMENT WITH RESPECT TO SOUTH ASIA. THERE ARE ALSO SECTIONS ON STATEMENTS OF CONGRESS AND STATEMENTS OF POLICY THAT, ALTHOUGH CONTAINING MANY USEFUL PROVISIONS, I WON'T TAKE THE TIME TO DESCRIBE IN DETAIL NOW. BUT TAKEN TOGETHER THE COMMITTEE BELIEVES THAT THIS BILL REPRESENTS A JUDICIOUS BALANCING OF COMPETING PRIORITIES AND WILL HELP LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR AN HISTORIC AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND INDIA WHILE ALSO PROTECTING THE GLOBAL NONPROLIFERATION REGIME. HAVING ZROOD DESCRIBED THE -- HAVING DESCRIBED THE MAJOR COMPONENTS OF THE BILL LET ME TAKE A BRIEF MOMENT TO ADDRESS THE ARGUMENTS MADE BY SUPPORTERS AND OPPONENTS. I YET TO HEAR ANY OBJECTION RAISED BY ANY MEMBER REGARDING THE DESIRABILITY OF IMPROVING U.S.-INDIA RELATIONS IN GENERAL. SHE IS THE LARGEST DEMOCRACY IN THE WORLD WITH 1.1 BILLION PEOPLE. THE ANNOUNCEMENT ON JULY 18 OF LAST YEAR BY PRESIDENT BUSH AND INDIAN PRIME MINISTER SINGH OF A NEW GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES HAS BEEN UNIVERSALLY PRAISED IN THIS COUNTRY AND IS RIGHTLY REGARDED AS AN HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT, AND ONE THAT IS LONG OVERDUE. THAT PARTNERSHIP EMBRACES MANY ELEMENTS FROM COMBATING THE AIDS EPIDEMIC TO COLLABORATION ON SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, TO CLOSER COOPERATION AND ENSURING STABILITY IN SOUTH ASIA AND OTHER REGIONS. AMONG OTHER BENEFITS, THE AGREEMENT ON NUCLEAR COOPERATION THAT THIS BILL WILL MAKE POSSIBLE, WILL HELP INDIA ADDRESS ITS PRESSING ENERGY NEEDS BY ALLOWING IT TO BUILD SEVERAL NUCLEAR REACTORS TO SUPPLY ELECTRICITY AND LESSENING THE NEED FOR PETROLEUM. A MAJOR ARGUMENT IN FAVOR, HOWEVER, IS THAT A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH INDIA IS NEEDED TO OFFSET THE RISING POWER OF CHINA. THERE IS MUCH TO THIS VIEW AND IT'S CLEAR THAT THE U.S. WILL NEED TO DRAW UPON NEW RESOURCES TO HANDLE THE CHALLENGES OF THIS NEW CENTURY. IN THE END, THIS IS A GOOD DEAL FOR BOTH THE U.S. AND INDIA. WHILE THE WORLD HAS KNOWN THAT INDIA POSSESSES NUCLEAR WEAPONS, INDIA HAS NOT HAD A SEAT AT THE TABLE OF NUCLEAR STAKEHOLDERS. THE AGREEMENT CALLS FOR THE U.S. TO SELL TECHNOLOGY TO INDIA FOR NUCLEAR POWER DEVELOPMENT. IN RETURN, INDIA WILL OPEN ITS 14 CIVILIAN NUCLEAR REACTORS TO INTERNATIONAL INSPECTION, AGREE NOT TO TEST NUCLEAR WEAPONS, AND ABIDE BY NUCLEAR EXPORT CONTROLS. THIS BRINGS INDIA INTO THE MAINSTREAM WITH OTHER ACCOUNTABLE COUNTRIES GIVING RISE TO THE SAME BENEFITS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS SUCH OTHER COUNTRIES AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS DEAL WOULD IMPROVE INTERNATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY AND AT THE SAME TIME EXPAND RELATIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EMERGING NATIONS IN THE WORLD. IT WILL ENABLE INDIA TO MAKE ENERGY CHEAPER, CLEANER AND MORE ACCOUNTABLE. IT WOULD CREATE MORE CUSTOMERS FOR U.S. FIRMS AND IN THE END BOTH COUNTRIES WILL BENEFIT. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE INDISPENSEABLE COLLABORATION OF MR. LANTOS AND HIS MARVELOUS STAFF, MATCHED ONLY IN TALENT AND ZEAL BY MY MARVELOUS STAFF, AND THIS IS TRULY A PRODUCT OF VERY DESIRABLE BIPARTISANSHIP AND I SALUTE THEM FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    OF THE LEGISLATION.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LANTOS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS --

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    THE CHAIRMAN

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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  • 05:49:30 PM

    MR. HYDE

    PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA,…

    PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. BURTON.

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  • 05:49:34 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. BURTON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. BURTON

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. LANTOS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. DAVIS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. LANTOS

    SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY VERY GOOD FRIEND FROM…

    SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY VERY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE, MR. BERMAN, WHO HAS MADE INVALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS LEGISLATION.

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  • 05:51:34 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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  • 05:51:40 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. BERMAN

    THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, BOTH MR. HYDE AND…

    THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, BOTH MR. HYDE AND MR. LANTOS, AND THEIR STAFFS FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THIS BILL IS A MAJOR IMPROVEMENT OVER THE ADMINISTRATION'S LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL. AS MR. LANTOS MENTIONED. BECAUSE OF THE CHANGES THEY HAVE MADE, WE'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO APPROVE THE NUCLEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENT BY A MAJORITY VOTE AFTER THE AGREEMENT'S NEGOTIATED, AFTER WE SEE THE IAEA SAFEGUARD AGREEMENT WITH INDIA AND AFTER THE NUCLEAR SUPPLIERS GROUP HAS REACHED A CONSENSUS. NOTWITHSTANDING THAT, I DO REMAIN DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THIS NUCLEAR DEAL BECAUSE I FEAR THAT IT WILL COMPLICATE OUR EFFORTS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. NOT BECAUSE I THINK INDIA'S GOING TO BE A MAJOR PROLIFERATOR, BUT BECAUSE ONCE YOU CHANGE THE LONG ESTABLISHED NONPROLIFERATION RULES FOR THE BENEFIT OF ONE COUNTRY, EVEN A FRIENDLY DEMOCRACY LIKE INDIA, THEN IT BECOMES MUCH EASIER FOR OTHER COUNTRIES TO JUSTIFY CARVE OUT FOR THEIR SPECIAL FRIENDS. I WOULDN'T BE SO CONCERNED ABOUT SETTING A BAD PRECEDENT IF THERE WAS SOME COMPELLING NONPROLIFERATION GAIN. I JUST DON'T SEE IT HERE. LATER TODAY REPRESENTATIVE TAUSCHER AND I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE THAT MISSING PIECE OF THE PROPOSAL. OUR AMENDMENT BASED ON A PROPOSAL BY FORMER SENATOR SAM NUNN WOULD ALLOW EXPORTS OF NUCLEAR REACTORS AND OTHER TECHNOLOGY TO INDIA AFTER A NUCLEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENT HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE CONGRESS. BUT IT WOULD RESTRICT EXPORTS OF URANIUM AND OTHER NUCLEAR REACTOR FUEL UNTIL THE PRESIDENT DETERMINES THAT INDIA HAS HALTED THE PRODUCTION OF FISSILE MATERIAL FOR USE IN NUCLEAR WEAPONS. OTHERWISE WE INCENTIVIZE THIS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I COME AT THIS AS SOMEONE WHO IS UNABASHEDLY PRO-INDIA. I STRONGLY SUPPORT EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN THE U.S.-INDIA'S STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AND I ALSO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT INDIA HAS NUCLEAR WEAPONS, WILL NEVER GIVE UP THOSE WEAPONS, AND WILL PROBABLY NEVER SIGN THE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION AGREEMENT.

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  • 05:54:02 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    PLEASED TO YIELD 15 SECONDS.

  • 05:54:08 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    15 SECONDS.

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    MR. BERMAN

    NUCLEAR COOPERATION WITH INDIA AS LONG AS IT IS DONE IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY…

    NUCLEAR COOPERATION WITH INDIA AS LONG AS IT IS DONE IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY THAT DOESN'T UNDERMINE OUR CREDIBILITY AS A LEADER IN THE FIGHT AGAINST PROLIFERATION. I BELIEVE THE TAUSCHER-BERMAN AMENDMENT WILL HELP TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL. THANK YOU.

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  • 05:54:26 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

  • 05:54:29 PM

    MR. HYDE

    FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

  • 05:54:38 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION ALLOWING…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION ALLOWING FOR A NUCLEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH INDIA. THE LAST TWO ADMINISTRATIONS HAVE FORGED CLOSER TIES WITH INDIA, AND INDIA'S A NATION NOW OF OVER ONE BILLION PEOPLE. THE LAST TWO ADMINISTRATIONS, FRANKLY, HAVE OVERCOME THE CHILLY RELATIONS OF THE COLD WAR IN INDIA, AND LAST JULY'S JOINT STATEMENT COMMITTED EACH COUNTRY TO A GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP WHICH HAS ACCELERATED OUR COOPERATION ON MANY ISSUES, INCLUDING ON COUNTERTERRORISM. AS WE SAW TWO WEEKS AGO WHEN A SERIES OF COMMUTER RAIN BOMBINGS HIT NEW BY -- NEW BAY -- MUBAI KILLING OVER 200 INDIAN PEOPLE, INDIA IS A FRONTLINE STATE IN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST ISLAMIST TERRORISM. CONGRESS HAS PLAYED A LEADING ROLE PROMOTING U.S.-INDIA RELATIONS. THERE IS AN INDIA CAUCUS WHICH I CO-CHAIRED IN THE 107TH CONGRESS. IN 2001, I LED A CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO INDIA'S EARTHQUAKE SHATTERED GUJARAT REGION. OTHER MEMBERS HAVE FOCUSED ON INDIA BUT NOTHING WE HAVE DONE IS AS SIGNIFICANT AS THE CIVILIAN NUCLEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENT THAT WE ARE DEBATING TODAY. AS OUR DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN HAS NOTED, THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE HAS GIVEN THIS AGREEMENT CLOSE AND EXTENSIVE REVIEW. WE HELD FIVE HEARINGS WHICH IS CERTAINLY WARRANTED GIVEN THE HIGH STAKES. SUPPORTERS AND DETRACTORS ALIKE RECOGNIZE THE GREAT SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS POLICY SHIFT THAT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS ENGINEERED. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN HYDE. HE TOOK A WEAK ADMINISTRATION LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL, ONE DISMISSIVE OF CONGRESSIONAL PREROGATIVE, AND TURNED IT AROUND. I WANT TO COMMEND RANKING MEMBER LANTOS, TOO, FOR HIS DETAILED WORK ON THIS CHALLENGING ISSUE. WHILE NUCLEAR ENERGY IS CONTROVERSIAL IN THE UNITED STATES, IT'S NOT IN INDIA. LIKE IN SEVERAL OTHER COUNTRIES, NUCLEAR ENERGY IS WIDELY VIEWED AS A CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY, ONE CENTRAL TO UPLIFTING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF IMPOVERISHED INDIANS. SO INDIA WILL DEVELOP ITS NUCLEAR ENERGY SECRETARYOR NOT AS EASY OR AS QUICKLY WITHOUT THIS DEAL, BUT IT WILL, NONETHELESS, AND INDIA WILL NOT RELINQUISH ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS AT THIS POINT IN TIME WHICH IS UNDERSTANDABLE GIVEN ITS SECURITY SITUATION. SO RIGHT NOW MANY INDIANS VIEW THE UNITED STATES AS BLOCKING INDIA'S TECHNOLOGICAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL ASPIRATIONS BY OUR OSAMA BIN LADEN SIGNIFICANCE TO THEIR ACQUIRING NUCLEAR MATERIAL AND TECHNOLOGY. WITH ITS GROWING ECONOMY, INDIA IS CONSUMING MORE AND MORE OIL. IT IS COMPETING ON THE WORLD MARKET, COMPETING WITH AMERICAN CONSUMERS FOR LIMITED HYDROCARBON RESOURCES. THIS GIVES AMERICANS AN INTEREST IN HELPING INDIA EXPAND ITS NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY. WHICH THIS LEGISLATION DOES. IT ALSO ENCOURAGES INDIA TO MOVE AWAY FROM BURNING ITS ABUNDANCE OF HIGHLY POLLUTING COAL. BY PASSING THIS LEGISLATION WE ALSO TAKE A STEP TOWARD INTERNATIONALIZING INDIA'S NUCLEAR INDUSTRY WHICH I BELIEVE WOULD MAKE IT SAFER. YOUNG INDIAN SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS IN THE NUCLEAR FIELD ARE INTERESTED IN COLLABORATING WITH THEIR AMERICAN COUNTERPARTS. TODAY THEY ARE ISOLATED. I'D RATHER KNOW MORE THAN LESS ABOUT INDIA'S NUCLEAR WORK. SOME HAVE RAISED LEGITIMATE CONCERNS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THIS AGREEMENT UPON THE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION TREATY AND THE INDIA NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARSENAL. I'M NOT PREPARED AT THIS POINT TO CALL THIS AGREEMENT A NONPROLIFERATION PLUS AS SOME DO, BUT NEITHER IS IT THE CLEAR SETBACK SOME OPPONENTS DESCRIBE. FOR ONE THIS AGREEMENT FORCES A SEPARATION BETWEEN INDIA'S CIVILIAN AND MILITARY NUCLEAR PROGRAMS. THIS IS A GOOD STEP. THE AGREEMENT ALSO IS LIKELY TO INCREASE INDIA'S COOPERATION WITH US IN CONFRONTING COUNTRIES SEEKING TO BREAK THEIR N.P.T. COMMITMENT BY DEVELOPING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. IN MY VIEW, THIS AGREEMENT IS MORE LIKELY A WASH IN THE NONPROLIFERATION CATEGORY WHILE ITS BROAD BENEFITS, PRIMARY CULTIVATING A MORE INFLUE WATIONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH INDIA, ARE BIG PLUSES.

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  • 05:58:54 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 05:59:04 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MARYLAND, CONGRESSMAN HOYER.

  • 05:59:12 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 05:59:19 PM

    MR. HOYER

    THANK MR. LANTOS FOR YIELDING THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THIS…

    THANK MR. LANTOS FOR YIELDING THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. IT IS CRITICAL TO NOTE THAT THIS BILL CREATES A TWO-VOTE PROCESS FOR CONGRESS TO APPROVE THIS CIVILIAN NUCLEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH INDIA. WHILE THE BILL ALLOWS THE NECESSARY WAIVERS TO THE ATOMIC ENERGY ACT FOR THIS PACT, IT ALSO REQUIRES THAT THE PRESIDENT SUBMIT A FINAL AGREEMENT TO CONGRESS FOR A SECOND UP-OR-DOWN VOTE. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR GETTING US A PROCESS THAT GIVES US THAT OPPORTUNITY. IN SHORT, I BELIEVE A CIVIL NUCLEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH INDIA WILL SERVE AMERICA'S STRATEGIC INTEREST AND STRENGTHEN GLOBAL NONPROLIFERATION REGIMES BY BRINGING THE MAJORITY OF INDIA'S NUCLEAR REACTORS UNDER INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY OVERSIGHT FOR THE FIRST TIME. IN ADDITION THIS BILL WILL STRENGTHEN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OUR TWO GREAT DEMOCRACIES. . IT WILL HELP INDIA'S ECONOMY CONTINUE TO GROW AND IT WILL PROVIDE INDIA WITH A CLEAN SOURCE OF ENERGY. NOW IT IS TRUE THAT INDIA IS NOT A SIGNATURE TO THE NONPROLIFERATION TREATY, BUT IT IS ALSO TRUE THAT INDIA HAS HONORED THE SPIRIT OF THAT TREATY AND HAS BEEN A RESPONSIBLE NUCLEAR NATION FOR THE PAST 32 YEARS. UNLIKE PAKISTAN, NORTH KOREA AND IRAN, I MIGHT OBSERVE. UNDER THIS BILL, THE PRESIDENT HAS ALLOWED TO WAIVE PROVISIONS OF THE ATOMIC ENERGY ACT ONLY AFTER HE SENDS CONGRESS A DETERMINATION THAT INDIA HAS A CREDIBLE PLAN TO SEPARATE CIVIL AND MILITARY NUCLEAR FACILITIES. THE PRESIDENT MUST ALSO SEND TO CONGRESS A DETERMINATION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN INDIA AND THE IAEA REQUIRING THAT AGENCY TO SAFEGUARD IN PERPETUITY OF INDIA'S CIVIL NUCLEAR FACILITIES, MATERIALS AND PROGRAMS. IN ADDITION, THE LEGISLATION REQUIRES DETAILED ANNUAL REPORTS ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS AGREEMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THE HOUSE BILL REPRESENTS A POLICY THAT RECOGNIZES OUR INDIAN ALLIES, RESPONSIBLE ACTIONS OVER MORE THAN THREE DECADES AND OUR TWO NATIONS STRONG AND DEEPENING RELATIONSHIP. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND MR. ROYCE FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL AND RISE AS I SAID AT THE OUTSET IN SUPPORT OF IT. THANK YOU.

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  • 06:02:01 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND HAS EXPIRED. MR. ROYCE IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:02:10 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 06:02:19 PM

    MR. ROHRABACHER

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR. LANTOS AND CHAIRMAN HYDE FOR THE WORK THAT THEY PUT INTO THIS, AGAIN, DEMONSTRATING THE BIPARTISAN COOPERATION THAT'S POSSIBLE EVEN IN THE ARENA OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, WHICH SOMETIMES GETS RATHER TESTY. LET ME KNOW THAT THE UNITED STATES-INDIA RELATIONS GOT OFF TO A VERY BAD START SHORTLY AFTER INDIA BECAME INDEPENDENT OF GREAT BRITAIN. INDIA BASICALLY SIDED WITH RUSSIA IN THE COLD WAR. WELL, THE COLD WAR IS OVER, AND WE SHOULD BE MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS BILL IS ALL ABOUT. THIS IS DRAMATICALLY IN THE INTEREST OF BOTH OF OUR COUNTRIES. ECONOMICALLY, A PROSPEROUS ECONOMIC INDIA WITH A MIDDLE CLASS IS A DREAM FOR TECHNOLOGYISTS. THIS AGREEMENT IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE INDIA THE ENGINE IT NEEDS TO ACHIEVE ITS ECONOMIC GOALS BUT IN A WAY THAT WILL NOT DAMAGE AMERICA OR OTHER WESTERN DEMOCRACY'S ECONOMY BY USING HIGH POLLUTION ENERGY RESOURCES OF THEIR OWN. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE GAS REACTOR -- MY SUBCOMMITTEE HAD A HEARING ON THIS NOTING THAT THERE ARE NEW NUCLEAR ALTERNATIVES LIKE THE HIGH TEMPERATURE GAS REACTOR AND OTHER TYPE OF NUCLEAR POWER SYSTEMS THAT OFFER A SAFE METHOD OF PROVIDING INDIA THE ENERGY IT NEEDS TO UPLIFT THE STANDARD OF LIVING OF ITS PEOPLE. THIS LEGISLATION IS PROS-PROSPERITY, PRO-ENERGY. IT WILL NOT BE CONTRARY TO THE INTEREST OF THE NONPROLIFERATION MOVEMENT. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT NONPROLIFERATION REMAINS A HIGH PRIORITY FOR BOTH OF OUR COUNTRIES TOGETHER. FINALLY, LET ME NOTE, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE NEED TO HAVE A STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH INDIA, YES, WITH JAPAN AND, YES, WITH THE FORMER SOVIET UNION IF WE ARE TO HAVE PEACE IN THIS WORLD. THERE IS A DANGER LOOMING IN THE FUTURE. HOPEFULLY CHINA WILL SOMEDAY DEMOCRATIZE. UNTIL THEN WE MUST HAVE ALLIANCES WITH THE WORLD'S DEMOCRACIES LIKE INDIA IN ORDER TO PRESERVE THE PEACE OF THE WORLD.

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  • 06:04:55 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:04:59 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE, A VALUED MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE, MR. ACKERMAN.

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  • 06:05:15 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:05:17 PM

    MR. ACKERMAN

    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN.

  • 06:09:11 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    FROM CALIFORNIA.

  • 06:09:13 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    YES. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WILSON.

  • 06:09:18 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 06:09:22 PM

    MR. WILSON

    MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE AND PASS CO-CHAIR ON THE…

    MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE AND PASS CO-CHAIR ON THE NATIONAL CAUCUS ON INDIA AND INDIAN AMERICANS, THIS IS A BILL THAT I HAVE SUPPORTED. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENRY HYDE, RANKING MEMBER TOM LANTOS, CHAIRMAN ED ROYCE, CAUCUS CO-CHAIRS GARY ACKERMAN AND JOE CROWLEY AND ALL MEMBERS OF THE MEMBER WHO HAVE CRAFTED BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. SOME BELIEVE THAT THIS WILL HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON NONPROLIFERATION. IN CONTRAST IT WILL STRENGTHEN OUR CURRENT NONPROLIFERATION SYSTEM. INDIA HAS LONG BEEN OUTSIDE OF THE INTERNATIONAL NONPROLIFERATION REGIMES. UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, INDIA WILL PLACE 14 OF 2 EXISTING AND PLANNED -- 22 EXISTING AND PLANNED NUCLEAR FACILITIES UNDER IAEA SAFEGUARDS. FOR 30 YEARS, INDIA HAS PROTECTED ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAMS. IT HAS NOT ALLOWED PROLIFERATION OF ITS NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY. INDIA IS THE WORLD'S LARGEST DEMOCRACY WITH THE 11TH LARGEST ECONOMY. IT IS TREATED UNIQUELY BECAUSE OF ITS HISTORY OF MAINTAINING A SUCCESSFUL NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION REGIME. I SAW FIRST HAND ON A VISIT TO INDIA IN DECEMBER, THE VIBRANT FUTURE OF INDIA AS AMERICA'S PARTNER LED BY DAN BURTON. PASSAGE OF THIS AGREEMENT PROMOTES MEANINGFUL BENEFITS FOR INDIA AND AMERICA. SECRETARY RICE HAS NOTED THAT AS MANY AS 5,000 DIRECT JOBS AND 15,000 INDIRECT JOBS COULD BE CREATED AS A RESULT OF THIS AGREEMENT. IN ADDITION, INDIA WILL BE BETTER POSITIONED TO COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AND TRADE BETWEEN OUR COUNTRIES WILL CONTINUE TO GROW AT A RECORD PACE, SUCH AS 2005 WHEN WE RECORDED A 30% INCREASE IN EXPORTS TO INDIA. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS. WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11.

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  • 06:11:13 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

    TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:11:18 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    TWO MINUTES SO SHE MAY ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEVADA,…

    TWO MINUTES SO SHE MAY ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEVADA, MS. BERKLEY.

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  • 06:11:28 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 06:11:32 PM

    MS. BERKLEY

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. LANTOS AND MR. ROYCE FOR…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. LANTOS AND MR. ROYCE FOR ENGAGING IN THIS COLLOQUY WITH ME. I FULLY APPRECIATE THE IMPORTANCE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS HISTORIC PIECE OF LEGISLATION, HOWEVER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS TWO AMENDMENTS THAT WERE ADOPTED BY THE COMMITTEE. I AM SURE THAT YOU ARE ALL AWARE THAT FOR OVER 20 YEARS, NEVADA HAS FOUGHT TO KEEP NUCLEAR WASTE OUT OF YUCCA MOUNTAIN. THIS IS A MOST-COMPELLING ISSUE FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEVADA. I AM VERY PLEASED THAT THE COMMITTEE AGREED WITH MY ARGUMENTS THAT BEFORE WE ENTER INTO ANY AGREEMENT TO SUPPORT A PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR POWER WE SHOULD KNOW WHERE THE NUCLEAR WASTE IS GOING TO BE STORED. NEVADA CERTAINLY DOESN'T WANT TO STORE THE NUCLEAR WASTE THAT IS GENERATED IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, MUCH LESS THE NUCLEAR WASTE THAT'S GENERATED IN OUR COUNTRIES, AND THAT INCLUDES INDIA. I'M PLEASED THAT AN AMENDMENT THAT I SPONSORS IN ENSURING THAT SPENT FUEL FROM INDIA'S CIVILIAN NUCLEAR REACTORS CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED TO THE UNITED STATES WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. THAT WAS PASSED BY THE COMMITTEE. ANOTHER AMENDMENT THAT REQUIRES THE PRESIDENT TO ISSUE AN ANNUAL REPORT DESCRIBING THE DISPOSAL OF NUCLEAR WASTE FROM INDIA'S CIVILIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM WAS ALSO APPROVED BY THE COMMITTEE. I BELIEVE THESE CRITICAL -- I BELIEVE THESE ARE CRITICAL PROVISIONS THAT THE FINAL BILL SIMPLY MUST CONTAIN. BOTH OF THESE PROVISIONS PASSED WITHOUT OBJECTION DURING THE COMMITTEE MARKUP OF THIS LEGISLATION. I WOULD ASK THE CHAIRMAN WHETHER HE CAN ASSURE ME THAT HE WILL WORK TO MAINTAIN THESE PROVISIONS IN THE FINAL BILL AS THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS GOES FORWARD, AND I YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN.

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  • 06:13:24 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    YES. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I SUPPORTED THE GENTLELADY'S…

    YES. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I SUPPORTED THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT IN COMMITTEE, AND WHILE NOT NECESSARILY CONCURRING WITH ALL THE VIEWS THAT SHE EXPRESSED IN COMMITTEE, I SUPPORTED THE BILL -- HER AMENDMENT AND THE HELPFUL AMENDMENTS WHICH I WILL WORK TO MAINTAIN IN THE BILL.

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  • 06:13:46 PM

    MS. BERKLEY

    THE CHAIRMAN AND I YIELD TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE.

  • 06:13:51 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER EXCELLENT WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. I WILL DO…

    THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER EXCELLENT WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. I WILL DO MY UTMOST TO WORK TO KEEP THIS PROVISION IN THE LEGISLATION.

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  • 06:14:01 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE TIME OF THE THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE TIME OF THE THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, DO YOU SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:14:13 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    AND GO TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA.

  • 06:14:20 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LANTOS, IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LANTOS

    I'M DELIGHTED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM SOUTH CAROLINA,…

    I'M DELIGHTED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER ON OUR BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. SPRATT.

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  • 06:14:33 PM

    MR. SPRATT

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WOULD LIKE TO ENGAGE MY COLLEAGUES…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WOULD LIKE TO ENGAGE MY COLLEAGUES AND MANAGERS OF THIS BILL, MR. ROYCE, MR. LANTOS IN COLLOQUY. SECTION 129 OF THE ATOMIC ENERGY ACT PROVIDES THAT, QUOTE, NO NUCLEAR MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT OF NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY SHALL BE EXPORTED TO ANY NONNUCLEAR WEAPONS SITE THAT HAS DETONATED A NUCLEAR DEVICE. IT'S NOT UNDERSTANDING THAT SECTION 4 H -- 4-A, EFFECTIVELY ALLOWING NUCLEAR COOPERATION IN SPITE OF INDIA'S PAST NUCLEAR TESTS BUT NOT FOR ANY TESTS AFTER THAT DAY. THEREFORE, IF INDIA WERE TO TEST, CONTINUE NUCLEAR COOPERATION WOULD BE IN JEOPARDY. IS THAT AN ACCURATE ASSESSMENT? I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 06:15:32 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 06:15:51 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    I WILL YIELD.

  • 06:15:53 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    YIELD.

  • 06:15:56 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    MY FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN ROYCE, NUCLEAR TESTS BY INDIA WOULD PUT THE…

    MY FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN ROYCE, NUCLEAR TESTS BY INDIA WOULD PUT THE U.S.-INDIA COOPERATION IN SERIOUS JEOPARDY. .

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  • 06:16:08 PM

    MR. SPRATT

    I YIELD TO THE TIME.

  • 06:16:50 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED.

  • 06:16:52 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    I'M PLEASED TO --

  • 06:16:54 PM

    MR. LANTORS

    PLEASED TO --

  • 06:16:56 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 0 SECONDS.

  • 06:17:00 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    OUR UNDERSTANDING.

  • 06:17:02 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    I AGREE WITH THE INTERPRETATION.

  • 06:17:04 PM

    MR. SPRATT

    IN SAFEGUARDED CIVILIAN NUCLEAR FACILITIES SHOULD BE SIZED IN A WAY TO…

    IN SAFEGUARDED CIVILIAN NUCLEAR FACILITIES SHOULD BE SIZED IN A WAY TO MAINTAIN CONTINUED FUEL SUPPLY AS DETERRENT TO NUCLEAR TESTING?

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  • 06:17:18 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I AGREE WITH MR. ROYCE ON THIS POINT.

  • 06:17:28 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    MR. ROYCE ON THIS POINT.

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    MR. SPRATT

    I THANK MR. ROYCE AND MR. LANTOS FOR THAT CLARIFICATION. COMMEND YOU FOR…

    I THANK MR. ROYCE AND MR. LANTOS FOR THAT CLARIFICATION. COMMEND YOU FOR YOUR EXCELLENT WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:17:39 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA HAS EXPIRED. DOES THE…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA HAS EXPIRED. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LANTOS, HAVE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS?

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  • 06:17:45 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    YES. MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM A VERY PLEASED TO TEELED -- I'M VERY PLEASED TO…

    YES. MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM A VERY PLEASED TO TEELED -- I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO OUR DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM THE AMERICAN SAMOA, MY GOOD FRIEND INY FALEOMAVAEGA.

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  • 06:17:57 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN FROM AMERICAN SAMOA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 06:17:59 PM

    MR. FALEOMAVAEGA

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO EXTEND AND REVISE. UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO EXTEND AND REVISE. UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE FULL TEXT OF MY STATEMENT BE MADE PART OF THE RECORD.

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  • 06:18:06 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 06:18:08 PM

    MR. FALEOMAVAEGA

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5682, THE U.S.-INDIA NUCLEAR COOPERATION…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5682, THE U.S.-INDIA NUCLEAR COOPERATION PROMOTION ACT. I WANT TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN HENRY HYDE AND OUR RANKING MEMBER, MR. TOMORROW LANTOS, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN MOVING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD. THIS PROPOSED LEGISLATION IS CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF WHAT BIPARTISANSHIP IS ALL ABOUT. I AGAIN COMMEND OUR CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER AND THEIR STAFFS FOR THEIR STATESMANSHIP AND INITIATIVE IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION. I ALSO WANT TO COMPLIMENT MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, MR. ACKERMAN, FOR GIVING OUR COLLEAGUES A LITTLE HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE ABOUT THIS WHOLE QUESTION OF NONPROLIFERATION. AND I WANT TO SHARE WITH MY COLLEAGUES A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE WHY INDIA DID NOT AND COULD NOT SIGN THE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION TREATY. MR. SPEAKER, WHILE SOME OF OUR CRITICS MAY ARGUE THAT INDIA HAS NOT SIGNED THE N.P.T., I SUBMIT THAT HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR OUR OWN COUNTRY'S INDIFFERENCE, CALL IT DEFINE NEGLECT, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED MAY HAVE BEEN A MEMBER OF THE NUCLEAR CLUB AND OUR DISCUSSION ABOUT M.P.T. WOULD BE A MOOT POINT. IN THE EARLY 1960'S DESPITE HAVING A CIVILIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM, INDIA CALLED FOR A GLOBAL DISARMAMENT BUT NATIONS WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS TURNED A DEAF EAR. IN 1962, CHINA ATTACKED INDIA CLAIMING IT WAS RESPONDING TO BORDER PROVOCATION. THE UNITED STATES RESPONDED BY SAYING IT MIGHT, IT MIGHT PROTECT INDIA AGAINST A FUTURE ATTACK. BUT WHEN CHINA EXPLODED ITS FIRST NUCLEAR BOMB IN 1964, THE U.S. WELCOME CHINA AS A MEMBER OF THE NUCLEAR CLUB AND WE ALSO SUPPORTED CHINA BECOMING A PERMANENT MEMBER OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL. IT MAY BE OF INTEREST OUR COLLEAGUES, MR. SPEAKER, THAT INDIA HAD A CIVILIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM IN PLACE PRIOR TO THE M.P.T. BEING OPENED FOR SIGNATURES IN 1968. AND AT THE TIME INDIA WAS ONLY MONTS AWAY FROM POSSESSING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. SO WHILE CRITICS MAY ARGUE THAT INDIA HAS NOT SIGNED THE N.P.T., I AGREE WITH INDIA'S POSITION THAT THE N.P.T. IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN FLAWED AND DISCRIMINATORY. THEREFORE IT IS LITTLE WONDER THAT INDIA EXPLODED ITS FIRST NUCLEAR DEVICE IN 1974. RECENT U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT DECLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS ON U.S. FOREIGN POLICY SHOW THAT INDIA HAD LITTLE CHOICE GIVEN THE HOSTILE ATTITUDE ASSUMED BY OUR COUNTRY TOWARDS INDIA DURING THE NIXON-KISSINGER YEARS. 30 SECONDS.

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  • 06:20:27 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 06:20:30 PM

    MR. LAN TOES

    TO YIELD AN --

  • 06:20:34 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS.

  • 06:20:37 PM

    MR. FALEOMAVAEGA

    WHO WAS OUR CHIEF NEGOTIATOR IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS AGREEMENT. DID AN…

    WHO WAS OUR CHIEF NEGOTIATOR IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS AGREEMENT. DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB. AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK MR. SANJI, A GREAT LEADER IN THE INDIA COMMUNITY, FOR ALL HE'S DONE TO RALLY SUPPORT FOR THE BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION.

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  • 06:20:59 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE,

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  • 06:21:03 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 06:21:13 PM

    MR. SCHIFF

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND THE GROWING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES, THE WORLD'S OLDEST DEMOCRATCY, AND INDIA, THE WORLD'S LARGEST. THE HARD WORK BY MEMBERS AND STAFF OF THE COMMITTEE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER PRODUCED A BILL THAT BETTER ATTEMPTS TO ADDRESS LEGITIMATE NONPROLIFERATION CONCERNS AND RESPECTS CONGRESS AT AUTHORITY TO APPROVE AGREEMENTS. DURING THE MARKUP THE COMMITTEE ADOPTED AN AMENDMENT I OFFERED TO MINIMIZE THE RISK THAT OUR NUCLEAR EXPORTS WOULD ASSIST INDIA'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAMS. UNDER THIS AMENDMENT, THE PRESIDENT WOULD BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO CONGRESS A REPORT ON THE STEPS HE'S TAKING TO ENSURE OUR EXPORTS DON'T CONTRIBUTE TO INDIA'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM. IN ADDITION, MY AMENDMENT DECLARED THAT ITS U.S. POLICY TO ENCOURAGE INDIA NOT TO INCREASE ITS PRODUCTION OF FISSILE MATERIAL AND MILITARY FACILITIES. TAKEN TOGETHER WITH THE OTHER STATEMENTS OF THE ADMINISTRATION, THIS AMENDMENT MAKES CLEAR THAT IT IS U.S. POLICY TO PROMOTE THE PROMPT NEGOTIATION OF A FISSILE MATERIAL PRODUCTION CUTOFF TREATY, THAT PENDING ENTRY INTO FORCE OF SUCH A TREATY TO PRESS FOR THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE ACHIEVEMENT OF A MULTILATERAL MORATORIUM, TO ACCOMPLISH THIS PURPOSE, AND TO URGE INDIA TO REFRAIN FROM INCREASING ITS RATE OF PRODUCTION OF FISSILE MATERIALS FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE FINAL BILL MUST RETAIN THESE PROVISIONS AND I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUE AND THE MANAGER OF THE BILL, MR. ROYCE, WHETHER HE CAN ASSURE ME HE WILL WORK TO MAINTAIN THESE PROVISIONS AND STATED INTENT IN THE FINAL BILL AS THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS GOES FORWARD? I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 06:22:45 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT IN COMMITTEE. AND I'LL WORK WITH HIM TO MAINTAIN…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT IN COMMITTEE. AND I'LL WORK WITH HIM TO MAINTAIN IT IN THE FINAL BILL.

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  • 06:22:52 PM

    MR. SCHIFF

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND YIELD TO THE RANKING MEMBER.

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    MR. LANTOS

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS EXCELLENT WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. I INTEND…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS EXCELLENT WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. I INTEND TO WORK TO KEEP THIS PROVISION IN THE LEGISLATION.

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  • 06:23:02 PM

    MR. SCHIFF

    I THANK BOTH YOU GENTLEMEN. I INTEND TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION. I YIELD…

    I THANK BOTH YOU GENTLEMEN. I INTEND TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:23:08 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

  • 06:23:14 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    I'M DELIGHTED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY VERY DEAR FRIEND AND OUR MOST…

    I'M DELIGHTED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY VERY DEAR FRIEND AND OUR MOST DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE, MR. MARKEY, OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 06:23:23 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 06:23:26 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    THE CHAIRMAN. THIS AGREEMENT POURS NUCLEAR FUEL ON THE FIRE OF AN…

    THE CHAIRMAN. THIS AGREEMENT POURS NUCLEAR FUEL ON THE FIRE OF AN INDIA-PAKISTAN NUCLEAR ARMS RACE. THIS AGREEMENT WILL FREE UP 40 TO 50 BOMBS' WORTH OF NUCLEAR FUEL FOR INDIAN NUCLEAR BOMBS. AND THE CONSEQUENCE OF THAT WILL BE THAT PAKISTAN WILL RESPOND. AND PAKISTAN WILL RESPOND WITH A.Q. KHAN UNDER HOUSE ARREST RIGHT NOW IN ISLAMABAD, THE THE JOHNNY APPLESEED OF NUCLEAR WEAPON SPREAD IN IRE RAN TO LIBYA TO NORTH KOREA. HOW DO WE KNOW THAT? WE KNOW THAT BECAUSE IN MONDAY'S "WASHINGTON POST" WE LEARNED FROM AN OUTSIDE SOURCE THAT PAKISTAN IS BUILDING A FACILITY THAT CAN CREATE 50 PLUTONIUM NUCLEAR BOMBS A YEAR. WE SHOULD BE DEBATING THAT OUT HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TONIGHT. THIS HOUSE HAS TWO DAYS TO REJECT A SALE OF 36 F-16 BOMBERS THAT CAN TAKE THE 50 NUCLEAR BOMBS WHICH PAKISTAN CAN MAKE EACH YEAR WITHIN A RADIUS OF 1,500 KILOMETERS. WE ARE NOT GOING TO DEBATE THAT. WE ARE NOT GOING TO DEBATE PAKISTAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM WHICH CONGRESS WAS NOT TOLD ABOUT, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WAS NOT TOLD ABOUT. WHO WAS IN PAKISTAN? A.Q. KHAN IS IN PAKISTAN, AL QAEDA IS IN PAKISTAN. THIS AGREEMENT IS GOING TO BE FUEL AN ARMS RACE, A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA AND IT'S GOING TO SPREAD ACROSS THE WORLD. INSTEAD OF DEBATING AN F-16 DEAL, 36 OF THEM TORQUES PAKISTAN WITH THIS ABOMINATION OF A NUCLEAR PROGRAM WHICH THEY HAVE, WE HAVE INSTEAD FUELED IT WITH THIS INDIA PROGRAM WHICH PAKISTAN KNOWS IS CYNICAL BECAUSE IT WILL FREE UP 50 BOMBS' WORTH OF CIVILIAN DOMESTIC INDIAN NUCLEAR FUEL FOR THEIR BOMB PROGRAM. WE MUST HALT, WE MUST STOP THIS NUCLEAR ARMS RACE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA. WE MUST VOTE NO ON THIS PROPOSAL. IT IS ABSURD WE SHOULD BE DEBATING PAKISTAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM, PAKISTAN'S F-16 PROGRAM TONIGHT OR ELSE WE WILL LOOK BACK AT THIS AS AN HISTORIC FAILURE.

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  • 06:25:58 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

  • 06:26:02 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

  • 06:27:10 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

  • 06:27:12 PM

    MR. LEACH

    TO STRIKE WORDS AND -- TO STRIKE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 06:27:21 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. MR. LANTOS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:27:30 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    LEADER, MY FRIEND AND NEIGHBOR, CONGRESSWOMAN NANCY PELOSI.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MISS PA LOWSY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MISS PA LOWSY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. -- CALIFORNIA, MS. PELOSI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 06:27:50 PM

    MS. PELOSI

    I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING. FOR HIS…

    I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING. FOR HIS TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP IN MAKING OUR COUNTRY STRONG AND RESPECTED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. AND I'M PLEASED TO JOIN HIM IN PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, HENRY HYDE, WHAT A WONDERFUL HONOR THAT THIS BILL IS NAMED FOR HIM. HE, TOO, HAS BEEN A CHAMPION TO PROMOTE A VALUES-BASED DIPLOMACY FOR OUR COUNTRY. WE HAVE ALL FOUGHT MANY YEARS WITH HIM IN PROPERTY OF HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND IT'S VERY APPROPRIATE. THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF OUR LAST BILLS TO BE COMPLETED ON ISSUES THAT RELATE TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY AND RESPECT WITH WHICH WE ARE HELD IN THE WORLD SO APPROPRIATELY IT IS NAMED FOR MR. HYDE. THEY BOTH -- BOTH MR. HYDE AND MR. LANTOS HAVE PRESENTED THE HOUSE WITH LEGISLATION THAT IS A VAST IMPROVEMENT, FRANKLY, OVER THE BILL THAT THE PRESIDENT REQUESTED EARLIER THIS YEAR. AND IT'S TRIBUTE TO THEIR LEADERSHIP WE CAN ALL COME TOGETHER AROUND THIS LEGISLATION THIS EVENING. THE BILL BEFORE US ESTABLISHES A TWO-STEP PROCESS FOR THE INDIA NUCLEAR AGREEMENT. THE PROCESS AND THE LEGISLATION WHICH I SUPPORT ALLOWS CONGRESS TO RESERVE FINAL JUDGMENT ON THE AGREEMENT UNTIL THE SPECIFICS ARE KNOWN. REQUIRES THAT BEFORE CONGRESS VOTES ON THE AGREEMENT, INDIA AND THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY WILL HAVE HAD TO ESTABLISH A PROCESS THROUGH WHICH IAEA SAFEGUARDS WILL BE APPLIED FOREVER TO INDIA CIVILIAN NUCLEAR FACILITIES, PROGRAMS, AND MATERIALS. THEREFORE IF AN AGREEMENT IS ULTIMATELY APPROVED, CONGRESS WILL RETAIN AN ABILITY TO MONITOR IT THROUGH THE REQUIRED ANNUAL REPORTS ON U.S. NONPROLIFERATION POLICY IN SOUTH ASIA AND ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE U.S.-INDIA NUCLEAR DEAL. THIS LEGISLATION IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT RECOGNIZES THAT THE PROSPECT OF GREATER NUCLEAR COOPERATION WITH A NATION THAT HAS NOT SIGNED A NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION TREATY RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS. AS ONE WHO CAME TO CONGRESS INTENT ON IMPROVING INTERNATIONAL NONPROLIFERATION REGIMES, I APPRECIATE THOSE CONCERNS. ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT, THE ISSUE OF THE PRODUCTION OF INDIA -- OF -- BY INDIA OF FISSILE MATERIAL IS ADDRESSED BY AN AMENDMENT TO BE OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERMAN. . THE BERMAN AMENDMENT, WHICH I SUPPORT, CONDITIONS OF THE NUCLEAR FUEL BY THE U.S. ON A PRESIDENTIAL DETERMINATION THAT INDIA HAS HALTED FISS ILMATERIAL PRODUCTION. -- FISSILE MATERIAL PRODUCTION. I HOPE THAT THE AGREEMENT THAT WILL BE PRESENTED TO CONGRESS FOR APPROVAL WHEN NEGOTIATIONS ARE CONCLUDE CONTAINS A PROMISE BY INDIA TO HALT THE PRODUCTION OF FISSILE MATERIAL. IT WOULD GO A LONG WAY TO CONVINCING THOSE WHO CANNOT SUPPORT TODAY'S LEGISLATION, THAT THEIR CONCERNS HAVE BEEN HEARD AND THAT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA HAS SOUGHT TO RESPOND TO THEM. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US CLEARLY ENDORSES THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND INDIA'S NUCLEAR INITIATIVE, A JUDGMENT THAT SECURITY WOULD BE PROMOTED BY BRINGING INDIA INTO THE NUCLEAR NONPRIFFERINGS MAINSTREAM. I THANK YOU, MR. LANTOS, MR. HYDE, FOR PUTTING THAT BALANCE BY HERE. ALTHOUGH NOT BOUND BY THE N.P.T., INDIA HAS SUPPORTED NON PROLIFERATION GOALS. THEY HAVE NEVER VIOLATED THE N.P.T. INDIA HAS DEMONSTRATED BY ITS ACTIONS SAFEGUARDING NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY. THAT WILL BE STRENGTHENED BY INDIA'S ADHERENCE TO THE GUIDELINES AND THE MISSILE TECHNOLOGY CONTROL REGIME GUIDELINES AS REQUIRED BY THE NUCLEAR INITIATIVE. A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE DEMOCRATIC INDIA IS CRITICAL FOR THE UNITED STATES. THERE'S A WIDE RANGE OF SIGNIFICANT ISSUES ON WHICH OUR SHARED VALUES AND SHARED INTEREST WILL ENABLE PRODUCTIVE COLLABORATION FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE WORLD. IT REFLECTS THE STRENGTH OF OUR CURRENT RELATIONSHIP WITH INDIA AND OUR HOPES FOR ITS FUTURE. IT'S AN EXPRESSION OF TRUST ON MATTERS RELATING TO NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY BASED ON THREE DECADES OF EXPERIENCE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT, EVEN THOUGH THERE MAY BE SOME QUESTIONS IN SOME AMENDMENTS WHICH MAY PASS OR NOT PREVAIL TODAY. ON BALANCE, I BELIEVE THIS LEGISLATION, AS PRESENTED HERE, IS WORTHY OF OUR SUPPORT. I HOPE THAT THE AGREEMENT THAT COMES BACK TO US IS ONE THAT WILL BE WITHOUT CONTROVERSY AND WILL BE A REFLECTION OF THE CLOSE BOND BETWEEN INDIA AND AMERICA. A FEW -- WAS IT A WEEK AGO WHEN WE WERE ALL GATHERED HERE TO EXTEND OUR SYMPATHY TO THE PEOPLE AND THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA BECAUSE OF THE TRAGEDY AT MUMBAI? MANY OF US EXPRESSED THE LOVE THAT WE HAVE FOR INDIA AND APPRECIATION FOR THE GIFTS THAT INDIA HAS GIVEN TO AMERICA. A VIBRANT, DYNAMIC, INDEPENDENTO AMERICAN -- INDO-AMERICAN COMMUNITY. ALSO, THEY HAVE CONTRIBUTED MUCH TO US IN TERMS OF OUR OWN SOCIAL JUSTICE. WE OWE SO MUCH TO INDIA AS A SOURCE OF NONVIOLENCE, A PHILOSOPHY BY GANDHI. I SAID LAST WEEK THAT WHEN REVEREND MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND CORETTA SCOTT KING WENT TO INDIA TO STUDY NONVIOLENCE, THEY RECEIVED A GIFT FROM INDIA THAT WOULD SERVE OUR COUNTRY WELL. THE IMPORTANT AND FUNDAMENTAL TO OUR OWN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, BE IT STRENGTH -- NONVIOLENCE WAS A STRENGTH AND IMPROVED AMERICA AND FOR WHICH WE ALL SHOULD BE INDEBTED TO INDIA AND NEVER FORGET. I ALSO, PERSONALLY, JOIN MR. LANTOS BECAUSE I KNOW WITH HIS HISTORY ON THE SUBJECT AND EXPRESSING APPRECIATION FOR INDIA FOR HIS HOSPITALITY FOR HIS HOLINESS, THE DALY LAMBA, A GREAT -- THE LALI LAMA, A GREAT LEADER IN THE WORLD. I DON'T WANT TO CALL IT GOVERNMENT IN EXILE. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. WE CAN NAME THEM OVER AND OVER AGAIN, WHETHER IT'S, AGAIN, THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE INDO-AMERICAN COMMUNITY, THE PHILOSOPHY THAT SPRANG TO AMERICA, THE SUPPORT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. BUT ON TARGET FOR TODAY IS INDIA'S COMMITMENT, WHICH HAS NEVER VIOLATED TO SUPPORT THE PRINCIPLES OF THE NONPROLIFERATION TREATY, WHICH ALTHOUGH IS NOT A PARTY TO THAT TREATY, HAS BEEN A SUPPORTER TO THOSE PRINCIPLES. I HOPE THAT OUR COLLEAGUES WILL VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION SO THAT WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT STEP, AND THAT WE CAN GO INTO THE FUTURE CONTINUING ALONG AND BENEFICIAL TO ALL OF US RELATIONSHIP WITH INDIA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:35:26 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    WHO SEEKS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LANTOS.

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    MR. LANTOS

    YIELDING TIME, I WANT TO EXPRESS ALL OF MY REGRET TO MY COLLEAGUES THAT…

    YIELDING TIME, I WANT TO EXPRESS ALL OF MY REGRET TO MY COLLEAGUES THAT THE STRINGENT REQUIREMENTS WILL ENABLE ME NO MORE TO EACH OF OUR SPEAKERS. I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN.

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  • 06:35:56 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SHERMAN

    DEMOCRACY THAT UNDERSTANDS THE RULE OF THIS CONGRESS. THEY'VE NEGOTIATED A…

    DEMOCRACY THAT UNDERSTANDS THE RULE OF THIS CONGRESS. THEY'VE NEGOTIATED A DEAL THAT DRAMATICALLY LOOSENS THE CONTROLS ON THEIR NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM, AND THEY KNOW IT IS THE ROLE OF THIS CONGRESS TO MAKE THAT DEAL ONE STEP TIGHTER. OUR JOB IS TO PROTECT THE NONPROLIFERATION INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES. THE JOB OF INDIA IS TO SAY ANY AMENDMENT WE OFFER IS A KILLER AMENDMENT. DO NOT BE FOOLED. THEY KNOW AND THEY EXPECT THAT THIS CONGRESS WILL DO ITS JOB AND MAKE THIS DEAL ONE STEP BETTER WHEN IT COMES TO CONTROLLING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. INDIA DID NOT SIGN THE NONPROLIFERATION TREATY. WE SHOULD NOT PUNISH INDIA FOR BECOMING A NUCLEAR POWER. BUT THIS DEAL IN ITS PRESENT FORM FACILITATES BUILDING ADDITIONAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS BY INDIA. IT WILL ALLOW THEM TO BUILD TWICE AS MANY NUCLEAR WEAPONS PER YEAR AS THEY'RE DOING NOW. THAT'S WHY I WILL BE OFFERING AN AMENDMENT THAT WILL HELP INDIA'S CIVILIAN PROGRAM WITHOUT HELPING THE MILITARY PROGRAM.

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  • 06:37:18 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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  • 06:37:26 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. CROWLEY.

  • 06:37:31 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 06:37:40 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT FOR…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL ENERGY COOPERATION. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR. LANTOS AND MR. ROYCE. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CURRENT CHAIRS OF THE CAUCUS OF INDIA. MR. ACKERMAN FROM QUEENS AND MS. ILEANA

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  • 06:38:04 PM

    MR. ROSS

    FROM FLORIDA. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE -- MS. ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN…

    FROM FLORIDA. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE -- MS. ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN FROM FLORIDA. I WOULD LIKE TO BE CLEAR THAT THIS BILL SETS THE STAGE WITH THE ACTUAL EXCHANGE OF THE CIVILIAN COOPERATION WILL NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL CONGRESS IS PROVIDED THE DETAILS OF THE RELEVANT NEGOTIATIONS AND SECONDS A SECOND UP OR DOWN VOTE. WE WILL BE TAKING AN HISTORIC STEP BY PASSING THIS AGREEMENT. THIS IS ABOUT NUCLEAR POWER ACCESS, NOT NUCLEAR WEAPONS ENHANCEMENT. BY PASSING THIS AGREEMENT, WE WILL BE BRINGING AN INDIA THAT HAS REMAINED OUTSIDE THE NONPROLIFERATION REGIME FOR THE PAST 32 YEARS UNDER THE NONPROLIFERATION TENT. SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE ARGUED WE ARE DESTROYING THE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION TREATY, ALSO KNOWN BY THE N.P.T., BY PASSING THIS AGREEMENT. WHILE I HAVE DEEP RESPECT FOR THE TREATY AND THOSE WHO SUPPORT IT, WE MUST BE --

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  • 06:39:05 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 06:39:08 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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    MR. LANTOS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    I, TOO, WANT TO CONGRATULATE MR. HYDE, CHAIRMAN HYDE AND RANKING MEMBER…

    I, TOO, WANT TO CONGRATULATE MR. HYDE, CHAIRMAN HYDE AND RANKING MEMBER LANTOS FOR A STRONG BIPARTISAN BILL. THIS, REALLY, TALKS ABOUT -- IN THIS INITIATIVE, IT REFLECTS CONFIDENCE IN INDIA AS A GLOBAL STRATEGIC PARTNER. THE WORLD IS FLAT AND WE HAVE TO HAVE THESE PARTNERS IN THE WORLD. WHAT THIS DOES, IT SAYS TO INDIA BECAUSE IT IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST DEMOCRACY THAT WE UNDERSTAND AND WE RECOGNIZE THAT. ALSO, WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT THIS IS ABOUT CIVIL NUCLEAR POWER. INDIA HAS OVER A BILLION PEOPLE, AND WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE ARE TO MAKE SURE WE PROTECT AND PRESERVE OUR ENVIRONMENT. SO WHAT THIS DOES IN THE PRODUCTION OF CLEAN ENERGY CAN REDUCE FURTHER POLLUTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND DECREASE DEPENDENCY ON FOSSEL FUELS. IN FACT, IF YOU LOOK AT THE INDIAN CO-2 POSITION, IT WOULD RESULT IN A REDUCTION IN OVER 170 MILLION TONS ANNUALLY OR APPROXIMATELY THE TOTAL -- THE TOTAL CURRENT CO-2 EMISSIONS OF THE NETHER LANDS. I SUPPORT THIS BILL.

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  • 06:41:44 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    TWO SEEKS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

  • 06:41:47 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 06:42:05 PM

    MS. LEE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    YES. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. YOU KNOW, WHILE THE UNITED STATES IS, IN…

    YES. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. YOU KNOW, WHILE THE UNITED STATES IS, IN FACT, LEADING THE WAY ON THIS AGREEMENT, IT IS A MULTILAT EARLY AGREEMENT IN THE SENSE -- MULTILATERAL AGREEMENT IN A SENSE THAT THE 45 NATIONS MUST CONCUR WITH THIS AGREEMENT. AND CONGRESS MUST APPROVE A NUCLEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENT THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS NEGOTIATING WITH INDIA BEFORE TECHNOLOGY IS ACTUALLY TRANSFERRED. SO I ALSO WANT TO MAKE THE POINT HERE THAT CONGRESS IS GOING TO HAVE A SECOND CRACK AT THIS AGREEMENT WHEN IT COMES BACK. . HERE'S THE CHOICE THAT WE FACE. I EITHER WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO BOX IN INDIA AND HOPE FOR THE BEST, OR WE MAKE THIS MOVE, WE ENGAGE INDIA, AND WE HOPE TO USE OUR INFLUENCE TO MOVE THIS INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT COUNTRY IN OUR DIRECTION. AND THIS WILL HELP MAKE INDIA A TRUE PARTNER, A TRUE PARTNER AS WE ENTER WHAT WILL BE A DECADES LONG STRUGGLE, I FEAR, AGAINST ISLAMIST TERRORISM. THIS ISN'T AN IDEAL AGREEMENT AND THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD BE MORE AGGRESSIVELY PURSUING AN INTERNATIONAL FISSILE MATERIAL CUTOFF, BUT THIS AGREEMENT IS A GOOD ONE WHICH WORKS THROUGH A DIFFICULT NONPROLIFERATION SITUATION TO STRENGTHEN AN IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP FOR US. THAT IS WHY I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO APPROVE THIS LEGISLATION AND, FRANKLY, IT'S A CHANCE TO STRENGTHEN AN IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP FOR US AT A TIME WHEN WE NEED MORE STRONG RELATIONSHIPS, ESPECIALLY WITH REGIONAL POWERS SUCH AS INDIA. AND I'LL REMIND MY COLLEAGUES IT STRENGTHENS A RELATIONSHIP WITH A DEMOCRACY BASED ON THE RULE OF LAW, A DEMOCRACY THAT HAS A GOOD RECORD ON NONPROLIFERATION. THIS DEAL IS CONTROVERSIAL IN INDIA. THE COALITION GOVERNMENT OF PRIME MINISTER SINGH HAS COME UNDER INTENSE ATTACK FROM THE POLITICAL EXTREMES AND FROM POLITICAL OPPONENTS. HE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SELLING OUT INDIA, OPENING ITS NUCLEAR FACILITIES TO INTERNATIONAL INSPECTION, AGREEING TO CHECK INDIA'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PRODUCTION. SO FAR THE CENTER HAS HELD. LET'S NOT DELIVER INDIA'S MARXIST AND XENOPHOBIC FORCES A VICTORY. THEY'D LIKE US TO KILL THIS DEAL. LET'S PASS THIS LEGISLATION AS CHAIRMAN HYDE ARGUED AND AS THE RANKING MEMBER EXPLAINED, LET'S PASS THIS LEGISLATION, LET THE ADMINISTRATION NEGOTIATE A NUCLEAR SHARING AGREEMENT WITH INDIA AND THEN LOOK AGAIN AND DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO PROCEED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:48:05 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

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

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN THE BILL, MODIFIED BY THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 10 -599 IS ADOPTED. THE BILL AS AMENDED SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF FURTHER AMENDMENT. UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AND SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO FURTHER AMENDMENT IS IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART B OF THE REPORT. EACH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT BY A MEMBERED DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY A PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT. SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

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  • 06:49:01 PM

    THE CLERK

    MR. OBEY MOVES THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE AND REPORT THE BILL BACK TO…

    MR. OBEY MOVES THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE AND REPORT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH THE RECOMMENDATION THAT THE ENACTING CLAUSE BE STRICKEN.

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  • 06:49:11 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. OBEY

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MARKEY

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. MARKEY

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    RECLAIMING MY TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    TIME.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. ROYCE

    PROGRAM THAT IS BEING LAID OUT IN "THE WASHINGTON POST", I THINK IT WAS…

    PROGRAM THAT IS BEING LAID OUT IN "THE WASHINGTON POST", I THINK IT WAS THIS MONDAY, EXPLAINING PAKISTANIAN -- PAKISTAN'S AMBITION WAS RESPECT TO ITS NUCLEAR BUILDUP, THAT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT CAN BE CHARACTERIZED AS A REACTION TO THIS NEW INITIATIVE WITH INDIA. THE REASON I SAY THAT IS BECAUSE A CAREFUL READING OF THAT "WASHINGTON POST" REPORT SHOWS THAT THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS VERY FACILITY CITED BEGAN IN THE YEAR 2000. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE FACILITY BEGAN SIX YEARS AGO. I ALSO POINT OUT THAT THE SUPPOSITION THAT IT COULD BE USED FOR 40 TORE 50 NUCLEAR BOMBS A YEAR -- 40 OR 50 NUCLEAR BOMBS A YEAR, THE INFORMATION WE HAVE IS PROBABLY TWO OR THREE. YET THE VERY EXISTENCE OF THE FACILITY ITSELF SHOWS WHY A MISSILE CUTOFF -- A FISSILE CUTOFF IS FRANKLY NOT PRACTICAL TO ENFORCE, TO ATTEMPT TO ENFORCE ON INDIA EXCEPT THROUGH NEGOTIATION. AND I THINK LASTLY IN CONCLUSION THE ATTEMPT TO EQUATE PAKISTAN'S EFFORTS NOW SIX YEARS OLD AND TIE THAT AND SAY THAT THAT IS IN RESPONSE TO A DEAL THAT WE ARE NEGOTIATING WITH INDIA LESS THAN A YEAR OLD IS CLEARLY NOT GERMANE TO THE ARGUMENT THAT WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY. SO I OPPOSE THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:56:39 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE MOTION BEFORE THE HOUSE…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE MOTION BEFORE THE HOUSE IS A MOTION BY MR. OBEY THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE AND REPORT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH THE RECOMMENDATION THAT THE ENACTING CLAUSE BE STRICKEN. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE MOTION DOES NOT PREVAIL. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 06:57:07 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, AS THE DESIGNEE OF MR. HYDE I OFFER THE HYDE-LANTOS…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, AS THE DESIGNEE OF MR. HYDE I OFFER THE HYDE-LANTOS AMENDMENT WHICH IS MADE IN ORDER BY THE RULE.

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  • 06:57:16 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    1, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 109-599 OFFERED BY MR. ROYCE OF…

    1, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 109-599 OFFERED BY MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 06:57:27 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 947, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND A…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 947, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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  • 06:57:38 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I AM A GOING TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HYDE-LANTOS…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I AM A GOING TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HYDE-LANTOS BE MADE IN ORDER BY THE RULE BE MODIFIED IN THE FORM WHICH I HAVE CAUSED TO BE PLACED AT THE DESK.

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  • 06:57:48 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MODIFICATION.

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    THE CLERK

    MODIFICATION TO AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT…

    MODIFICATION TO AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 109-599, OFFERED BY MR. ROYCE --

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  • 06:57:58 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WAIVE THE READING, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. OBJECTION IS HEARD. THE CLERK WILL CONTINUE READING.

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    THE CLERK

    BEFORE THE FIRST INSTRUCTION INSERT THE FOLLOWING. PAGE 2, LINE 4, STRIKE…

    BEFORE THE FIRST INSTRUCTION INSERT THE FOLLOWING. PAGE 2, LINE 4, STRIKE UNITED STATES AND INSERT HENRY J. HYDE UNITED STATES. PAGE 3, LINE 12, STRIKE MAYBE AND INSERT IS. PAGE 4, BEGINNING LINE 21, STRIKE THIS SUBSECTION AND INSERT PARAGRAPH 6. PAGE 11, LINE 3 STRIKE AND AND ALL THAT FOLLOWS THROUGH LINE 8 AND INSERT A PERIOD. PAGE 15, LINE 22, INSERT NUCLEAR BEFORE COOPERATION. PAGE 16, LINE 3, AFTER VIOLATE INSERT OR BE INCONSISTENT WITH. PAGE 16 BEGINNING WITH LINE 6 --

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  • 06:58:51 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    RECLAIMING MY TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    RECLAIMING MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE MODIFICATION? HEARING NONE, THE AMENDMENT IS MODIFIED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 06:59:14 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    THIS BILL AFTER OR DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN, HENRY HYDE. THE UNDERLYING…

    THIS BILL AFTER OR DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN, HENRY HYDE. THE UNDERLYING AMENDMENT CONTAINS A SERIES OF TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING CHANGES WHICH ARE NEEDED TO ENSURE THE BILL IS PROPERLY DRAFTED. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:59:32 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

  • 06:59:36 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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    MR. MARKEY

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN VERY MUCH. IF ALL THAT THE AMENDMENT INCLUDED WAS THE…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN VERY MUCH. IF ALL THAT THE AMENDMENT INCLUDED WAS THE NAMING OF THIS LEGISLATION AFTER HENRY HYDE, THEN I WOULD BE AT THE FRONT OF THE LINE TO ENSURE THAT I WOULD BE PRAISING HIM TO THE HEAVENS. AND I WANT THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS TO UNDERSTAND THAT. HE DOES DESERVE ALL THE ACCOLADES WHICH HE IS RECEIVING. BUT THERE IS JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE IN THIS MANAGER'S AMENDMENT THAN NAMING IT AFTER THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. -- THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. THE REASON I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT IS THAT IT STRIKES SEVEN CONDITIONS PLACED ON THE INDIA NUCLEAR DEAL. NUMBER SEVEN, THE GROUP HAS DECIDED BY CONSENSUS TO SUPPLY TO INDIA OF NUCLEAR ITEMS COVERED BY THE GUIDE LAYNCE AND SUCH DECISION DOES NOT PERMIT CIVIL NUCLEAR COMMERCE -- GUIDANCE AND SUCH DECISION DOES NOT PERMIT CIVIL NUCLEAR COMMERCE AND DOES NOT HAVE IAEA, INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY, SAFEGUARDS ON ALL NUCLEAR MATERIALS UNDER ITS JURISDICTION. THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT WOULD STRIKE THE WORD, AND SUCH DECISION DOES NOT PERMIT CIVIL NUCLEAR COMMERCE WITH ANY NONNUCLEAR WEAPONS STATE THAT DOES NOT HAVE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY SAFEGUARDS IN ALL -- AND ALL NUCLEAR MATERIALS UNDER ITS JURISDICTION. THE CHANGE IN THE LANGUAGE WOULD BE TO FREE THE NUCLEAR SUPPLIERS GROUP TO ALLOW NUCLEAR COMMERCE WITH OTHER NATIONS THAT HAVE NOT AGREED TO FULL SCOPE IAEA SAFEGUARDS ON THEIR NUCLEAR FACILITIES SUCH AS PAKISTAN. I SEE ABSOLUTELY NO JUSTIFICATION FOR OPENING THE DOOR TO CHINA TO COME NOT NUCLEAR SUPPLIERS GROUP WITH A PROPOSAL TO GIVE PAKISTAN THE STATE YOUR NAME DEAL THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS PROPOSING TO GIVE INDIA. THAT IS A BAD IDEA. IT INVITES THE FURTHER WEAKENING OF THE NATIONAL NUCLEAR NON PROLIFERATION REGIME. AND IT DOES NOT PROMOTE SAFEGUARDS. WE SHOULD BE VERY CAREFUL HERE. WE SHOULD BE VERY CAUTIOUS. THE JUSTIFICATION FOR THE INITIALATION FOR THE WAR IN -- INITIATION FOR THE WAR IN IRAQ WAS THAT WE DIDN'T WANT THE NEXT FORM OF ATTACK COME IN THE FORM OF A MUSHROOM CLOUD. AS WE MAKE THESE CHANGES, THEY SEEM SLIGHT, THEY ARE NOT. THEY ARE HISTORIC. THE SAFEGUARDS WE HAVE IN PLACE IS TO MAKE SURE WE ARE SECURING THESE NUCLEAR MATERIALS. THE PROPER PROCEDURES ARE IN PLACE. THIS IS A WEAKENING AMENDMENT, AND I URGE THE MEMBERS TO OPPOSE IT.

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  • 07:03:43 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME.

  • 07:03:47 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RECLAIMS HIS TIME.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RECLAIMS HIS TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK?

  • 07:05:12 PM

    MR. ROYCE

  • 07:05:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 07:05:31 PM

    >>

    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 109-599, OFFERED BY MR. STEARNS OF…

    NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 109-599, OFFERED BY MR. STEARNS OF FLORIDA.

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  • 07:05:42 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 947, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. STEARNS…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 947, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. STEARNS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 07:05:52 PM

    MR. STEARNS

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 07:09:56 PM

    MR. STEARNS

    TO YIELD TO

  • 07:10:01 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    HIS AMENDMENT. DURING THIS CONVERSATION DURING COMMITTEE, MANY PEOPLE…

    HIS AMENDMENT. DURING THIS CONVERSATION DURING COMMITTEE, MANY PEOPLE RAISED THE CONCERNS, AND WE ADDED LANGUAGE IN THE UNDERLYING BILL TO ALLEVIATE THESE CONCERNS. I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT, A SUCCESSFUL AMENDMENT IN COMMITTEE THAT EXPLICITLY STATES THAT NOTHING IN THIS BILL SHALL VIOLATE OR ARTICLE 1 N.P.T. OBLIGATION, NOT IN ANY WAY INSIST, ENCOURAGE OR INDUCE INDIA TO MANUFACTURER OR OTHERWISE ACQUIRE NUCLEAR WEAPONS OR NUCLEAR EXPLOSIVE DEVICES. NOW, THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT FURTHER CLARIFIES THAT THE AIDING OF INDIA'S STRATEGIC PROGRAM IS NOT CONGRESS' INTENT, AND WITH THAT WE ARE QUITE PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:10:49 PM

    MR. STEARNS

    GOOD. I APPRECIATE THAT. CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION? NOWHERE IN THE BILL…

    GOOD. I APPRECIATE THAT. CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION? NOWHERE IN THE BILL DOES IT MENTION PRIVATE CORPORATIONS OR CORPORATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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  • 07:10:58 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. STEARNS

    WHO SEEKS TIME IN OPPOSITION?

  • 07:11:03 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    IN OPPOSITION?

  • 07:11:05 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    CHAIRMAN, I AM PLEASED TO ACCEPT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

  • 07:11:14 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 07:12:00 PM

    MS. WATSON

    THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN LANTOS. THE UNITED STATES HAS FEW BETTER FRIENDS…

    THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN LANTOS. THE UNITED STATES HAS FEW BETTER FRIENDS THAN INDIA. THEY ARE DESTINED TO BE GREAT PARTNERS AS THEY SEEK TO MEET THE CHALLENGES OF THE 21ST CENTURY. ONE OF THESE CHALLENGES IS THE NEED TO DEVOTE NEW -- DEVELOP NEW SOURCES OF ENERGY. THE INDIAN ECONOMY IS GROWING BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS, OFFERING NEW OPPORTUNITIES, NOT ONLY FOR INDIA ITSELF FOR FOR INDIA'S PARTNERS AS WELL. INDIA WILL NEED TO DEVELOP TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MEGAWATTS OF NEW POWER CAPACITY IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS TO MEET THIS NEED AND GET THEM UP FROM POVERTY. BUT THERE IS ANOTHER 21ST CENTURY CHALLENGE THAT INDIA AND THE UNITED STATES MUST MEET TOGETHER, AND THAT IS THE CHALLENGE OF NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION, PARTICULARLY THE THREAT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN THE HANDS OF EXTREMIST GOVERNMENTS AND TERRORIST MOVEMENTS. INDIA IS AND HAS BEEN A TRUSTED PARTNER IN MEETING THIS CHALLENGE. AS MUCH AS ANY ALLY OF THE UNITED STATES, INDIA KNOWS THE DANGERS POSED BY TERRORISM. WE WERE SO SUDDENLY REMINDED OF THIS AGAIN ONLY A FEW WEEKS AGO WHEN EXTREMISTS MURDERED OVER 200 INDIAN COMMUTERS IN FEW BUY. MY SINCERE SYMPATHIES GO OUT TO THE PEOPLE OF FEW BUY AND INDIA -- MUMBAI AND INDIA. WE NEED TO DEFEAT THE POVERTY AND IMAGINEINIZATION THAT FUELS IT. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT INDIA IS A RELIABLE STEWARD OF NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY. BUT MY CONCERNS EXTEND BEYOND INDIA. I DO NOT FEAR INDIA WITH NUCLEAR POWER. I DO FEAR A WORLD WHERE BOTH INDIA AND THE UNITED STATES MUST FACE A NUCLEAR IRAN OR A NUCLEAR NORTH KOREA. OUR KEY, TOO, FOR CONSTRAINING THE NUCLEAR DESIGN OF IRAN AND NORTH KOREA HAS BEEN THE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION TREATY. BUT I FEAR THAT THIS LEGISLATION WILL DAMAGE THE N.P.T. TO THE POINT THAT WE WILL MAKE IT HARDER TO STOP THE IRANIAN AND NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR PROGRAMS.

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  • 07:14:13 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLELADY'S TWO MINUTES HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. LANTOS

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME TO MR. ENGEL.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN AND, THANK YOU, MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. LANTOS. I WANT…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN AND, THANK YOU, MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. LANTOS. I WANT TO COMMEND YOU AND CHAIRMAN HYDE FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN THIS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT BILL. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE BILL. I SUPPORT MR. STEARNS' AMENDMENT BECAUSE I THINK IT GOES WITH THE BILL. AND I SUPPORT A NEW STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIA. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR THE UNITED STATES IN THE 21ST CENTURY. INDIA BEING THE LARGEST DEMOCRACY AND THE UNITED STATES BEING THE OLDEST DEMOCRACY HAVE SO MUCH IN COMMON, AND THIS IS A CHANCE FOR US TO PROVE IT. WE HAVE SIMILAR GEOPOLITICAL INTERESTS IN THE REGION. WE UNDERSTAND THE FACT THAT INDIA AND THE UNITED STATES HAVE MUCH IN COMMON, AND WHAT MAY HAVE KEPT US APART DURING THE COLD WAR IS NO LONGER RELEVANT. WE HAVE A STRONG INDIAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY IN THE UNITED STATES, STRENGTHENING THE TIES BETWEEN OUR TWO GREAT NATIONS, AND WE HAVE A COMMON BATTLE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM. INDIA, OF COURSE, EXPERIENCED THAT TERRIBLE BOMBING ON THE RAILROAD AND WE IN THE UNITED STATES UNDERSTAND WHAT TERRORISM IS AS WELL. INDIA IS A NUCLEAR POWER. IT'S A REALITY. IT'S A FACT OF LIFE. AND THE FACT THAT INDIA IS WILLING TO COOPERATE WITH THE UNITED STATES, WITH NUCLEAR POWER, IS A PLUS FOR US. WE SHOULD NOT TREAT FRIENDS AND ADVERSARIES ALIKE, PEOPLE WHO SAY, WELL, IF YOU'RE GOING TO HELP INDIA, HOW CAN YOU THEN TELL IRAN NOT TO HAVE NUCLEAR POWER? THAT ANALOGY IS FRANKLY RIDICULOUS, BECAUSE INDIA HAS SHOWN TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT IT'S A PEACEFUL AND LOVING NATION, WITH THE SAME INTEREST AS THE UNITED STATES, AND IRAN IS CONTINUING ITS MISCHIEF AND WE KNOW THAT IRAN AND NORTH KOREA SHOULD NOT BE TREATED THE SAME AS INDIA. AND SO I THINK WHAT MR. LANTOS AND WHAT MR. HYDE HAVE DONE WITH THEIR BILL IS A TREMENDOUS ASSET TO THIS COUNTRY'S FUTURE IN WORKING WITH INDIA. INDIA HAS MORE THAN A BILLION PEOPLE, AND INDIA IS GROWING IN LEAPS AND BOUNDS EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. THIS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WILL NOT ONLY BE WITH NUCLEAR, BUT IT WILL BE WITH ALL THINGS, BECAUSE WE WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD UP TRUST WITH INDIA, WE WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD UP A WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH INDIA, AND, AGAIN, WE DON'T HAVE WISHES TO QUARREL WITH ANY COUNTRY, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE REGION IN ASIA, INDIA HAS THE SAME CONCERNS, AND THERE ARE MANY, THAT WE DO. AND THAT'S WHY IT PAYS TO WORK WITH INDIA AND PARTICULARLY WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS. I SUPPORT MR. STEARNS AMENDMENT AND I SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL 5682, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES.

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  • 07:17:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME IS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    ALL TIME IS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. STEARNS. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR WILL PLEASE SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, SAY NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT, THE AMENDMENT IS -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN REQUESTS A RECORDED VOTE? PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER THE AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 109-599. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 07:17:59 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 07:18:01 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    PART B, AMENDMENT NUMBER 3, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 109-599,…

    PART B, AMENDMENT NUMBER 3, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 109-599, OFFERED BY MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS.

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  • 07:18:10 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 947, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, AND…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 947, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 07:18:20 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I AM PROUD TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT ALONG…

    CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I AM PROUD TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT ALONG WITH MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE, MR. BURTON OF INDIANA. I MIGHT I SAY THAT I ALSO ADD MY SUPPORT FOR THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT WHICH DRAWS UPON THE CHANGE THAT FOCUSES ON NAMING THE BILL AFTER CHAIRMAN HYDE. AND I ADD MY APPRECIATION FOR HIS SERVICE AS WELL. MR. CHAIRMAN, I ALSO RISE TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF H.R. 5682, AS I OFFER MY AMENDMENT AND OFFER THE AMENDMENT WITH MR. BURTON. AND THAT IS THAT THIS PARTICULAR LEGISLATION, THE UNITED STATES AND INDIA NUCLEAR COOPERATION PROMOTION ACT, IS AN OPPORTUNITY. IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FURTHER NEGOTIATION. IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FRIENDSHIP AND THE CONTINUATION OF THAT FRIENDSHIP. IT IS A RECOGNITION THAT EVEN THOUGH INDIA HAS NOT SIGNED THE NONPROLIFERATION AGREEMENT, IT HAS PEACEFULLY UTILIZED NUCLEAR ENERGY FOR MORE THAN HOW MANY YEARS OF ITS UTILIZATION. IT IS A DEMOCRACY. SO MY AMENDMENT SPEAKS TO THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF THE IMPORTANCE OF SOUTH ASIA AND IT SAYS THAT FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON GOT IT. WHEN WE TRAVELED WITH HIM TO THAT REGION, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, A SMALL DELEGATION OF EIGHT, WE WENT TO INDIA AND WE WENT TO PAKISTAN BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN THE COHESION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT PARTICULAR REGION. MIGHT I NOTE THAT IN PARTICULAR AS IT RELATES TO THIS LEGISLATION THE NUKEWLAR SUPPLY GROUP, N.S.G., STILL IS MAINTAINED IN THIS BILL AND THE GUIDELINES AND CONSENSUS DECISIONMAKING ARE UPHELD. AGAIN I EMPHASIZE THAT IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY. MY AMENDMENT BUILDS ON THAT OPPORTUNITY. ITS LANGUAGE IS DIRECT. WHAT IT SAYS IS THAT SOUTH ASIA IS AN IMPORTANT REGION AND THAT IT IS IN OUR NATIONAL INTEREST TO CONTINUE OUR POLICY OF ENGAGEMENT, COLLABORATION, EXCHANGES WITH AND BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN, PARTICULARLY SINCE THIS HAS SERVED THE NATION WELL. IT GOES ON TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT RELATIONSHIP. AND WHY IS THAT RELATIONSHIP IMPORTANT? BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN IN THESE LATTER YEARS THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES. PAKISTAN HAS BEEN A LOYAL AND UNWAVERING ALLY IN OUR GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR WHICH HAS PLAYED A DECISIVE ROLE IN HELPING TO REMOVE THE TALLY BAN REGIME FROM AFGHANISTAN AND THE -- TALIBAN REGIME FROM AFGHANISTAN AND THE CAPTURE OF HUNDREDS OF WANTED AL QAEDA TERRORISTS. IN ADDITION, THE FOUNDER OF PAKISTAN, DR. JENNA, PREMISED THE BASIS OF THIS COUNTRY IN DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES. THE ALLIANCE THAT WE SHOULD HAVE CONTINUES THE STRENGTH AND THE EMPHASIS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE REGION, INDIA, PAKISTAN, BANGLADESH, SOUTH ASIA IS IMPORTANT TO THE UNITED STATES. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM STATE OF INDIANA. MR. BURTON.

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  • 07:21:32 PM

    MR. BURTON

    WILL THE GENTLELADY YIELD?

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    YIELD?

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD. IS SOMEONE CLAIMING THE TIME IN OPPOSITION? I'M…

    I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD. IS SOMEONE CLAIMING THE TIME IN OPPOSITION? I'M HAPPY TO YIELD.

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  • 07:22:27 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I JUST WANTED TO SAY I THANK HER AND…

    THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I JUST WANTED TO SAY I THANK HER AND MR. BURTON FOR THEIR AMENDMENT. I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE UNITED STATES BE ENGAGED ON THE SUBCONTINENT AND I THINK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SHOULD BE COMMENDED FOR THEIR GOOD WORK ON THIS AMENDMENT AND WE ARE PREPARED TO ACCEPT THAT AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:22:52 PM

    MISS JACKSON LEE

    MY TIME. I YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE.…

    MY TIME. I YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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  • 07:22:56 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    TO COMMEND MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS FOR YET ANOTHER CONSTRUCTIVE STEP.…

    TO COMMEND MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS FOR YET ANOTHER CONSTRUCTIVE STEP. SHE MAKES SO MANY IN THIS BODY. I'M STRONGLY IN SUPPORT OF HER AMENDMENT. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO DO LIKEWISE.

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  • 07:23:09 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I THANK -- RECLAIMING MY TIME. I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN. JUST…

    I THANK -- RECLAIMING MY TIME. I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN. JUST FOR THE RECORD I KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN MENTION OF AN ARMS RACE. WE DON'T SEE AN ARMS RACE WITH INDIA. AND THE RECENT COMMENT OF THE SPOKESPERSON OF PAKISTAN INDICATED THAT WE DO NOT WANT AN ARMS RACE IN THE REGION. I WOULD SAY THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP. WE NEED TO ENGAGE. WE NEED TO WORK WITH INDIA AND PAKISTAN. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:23:37 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. DOES ANYONE CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. DOES ANYONE CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? IF NOT, THE QUESTION BEFORE THE HOUSE IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 4, PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 109-599.

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    I RISE --

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    MR. SHERMAN

    I RISE TO PRESENT AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    PART B, AMENDMENT NUMBER 4, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 109-599,…

    PART B, AMENDMENT NUMBER 4, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 109-599, OFFERED BY MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 07:24:38 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    I YIELD MYSELF 2 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MR. SHERMAN

    2 1/2 MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MR. SHERMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SHERMAN IS NOT SUPPOSED TO HELP INDIA…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SHERMAN IS NOT SUPPOSED TO HELP INDIA DOUBLE ITS PRODUCTION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THAT'S WHY THIS BILL NEEDS AN AMENDMENT. WHAT MY AMENDMENT WOULD DO IS SIMPLY REQUIRE THAT FOR THE DEAL TO GO FORWARD, INDIA KEEPS DOING WHAT IT HAS BEEN DOING -- USING 150 TONS OF ITS URANIUM FOR ITS EXISTING CIVILIAN PLANTS INSTEAD OF DIVERTING THAT 150 TONS TOWARD ITS MILITARY PRODUCTION. THAT IS TO SAY WE WOULD MAKE SURE THAT THIS DEAL DID NOT HAMPER BUT DID NOT HELP INDIA'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM. I HOPE THE AMENDMENT WILL ENJOY SUPPORT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:28:21 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE…

    I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE --

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  • 07:28:25 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE --

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA CLAIMS THE TIME IN OPPOSITION AND…

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA CLAIMS THE TIME IN OPPOSITION AND YIELDS SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE.

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  • 07:28:41 PM

    MR. HYDE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. ROYCE

    YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LANTOS.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LANTOS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. LANTOS

    I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING. I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN. .…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING. I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN. . COMMITTEE ON INTERTHIS WAS PRESENTED TO THE COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND WAS DEFEATED BECAUSE THIS WAS A KILLER AMENDMENT. IT WILL KILL THE ENTIRE NUCLEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH INDIA. LEGISLATION ALREADY PROVIDES THAT WE SHOULD BE PROCEEDING WITH A MULTILATERAL MORATORIUM OR TREATY TO BAN THE PRODUCTION OF FISSILE MATERIAL. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US ALREADY STATES THIS. THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION REQUIRES DETAILED REPORTING ON THE STEPS INDIA AND THE UNITED STATES ARE TAKING TO COMPLETE SUCH EVENT. IT ALSO REQUIRES THE REPORTS ON INDIA'S PRODUCTION OF FISSILE MATERIAL SO THAT WE CAN TRY TO CONDUCT OVERSIGHT OVER THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. THE FORTENBERRY AMENDMENT THAT THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING TODAY WILL STRENGTHEN THIS REPORTING EVEN FURTHER. IN REALITY, HOWEVER, THIS AMENDMENT IS INTENDED AS A DEAL-KILLER. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO RELY ON THE UNDERLYING TEXT, AND I FIRMLY OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:31:24 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN.

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  • 07:31:31 PM

    MR. SHERMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. MARKEY

    A GREAT AMENDMENT BECAUSE RIGHT NOW THIS IS HOW MUCH NUCLEAR MATERIAL IS…

    A GREAT AMENDMENT BECAUSE RIGHT NOW THIS IS HOW MUCH NUCLEAR MATERIAL IS NEEDED BY INDIA TO PRODUCE NUCLEAR ELECTRICITY IN THEIR COUNTRY. IT'S USED FOR ELECTRICITY. HOWEVER, ONCE WE PROVIDE THEM ALL OF THIS NUCLEAR MATERIAL FOR THEIR NUCLEAR ELECTRICITY, IT'S GOING TO FREE UP THE SAME AMOUNT TO MAKE NUCLEAR BOMBS. WE CAN GO FROM SEVEN A YEAR TO 40 OR 50 NUCLEAR BOMBS A YEAR. NOW THEY'RE SAYING THEY DON'T WANT TO DO THAT. AND THE PROPONENTS OF THIS TREATY ARE SAYING THEY ARE NOT GOING TO DO THIS. WHAT THE SHERMAN AMENDMENT SAYS, THE PRESIDENT MUST CERTIFY EACH YEAR THAT THEY DON'T DO THAT. THAT'S WHY THE SHERMAN AMENDMENT IS THE DEALMAKER BECAUSE IT PROVES THAT WHAT IS BEING SAID IS ACTUALLY THE TRUTH.

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  • 07:32:22 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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    MR. SHERMAN

    THERE'S SPEAKERS ON THE OTHER SIDE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SHERMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. KUCINICH

    THANK YOU. AS CONGRESSMAN MARKEY JUST SAID, AS THIS PROPOSAL NOW STANDS,…

    THANK YOU. AS CONGRESSMAN MARKEY JUST SAID, AS THIS PROPOSAL NOW STANDS, THERE'S NOTHING STOPPING INDIA USING MORE AND MORE OF ITS DOMESTIC URANIUM FOR THE PROGRAM. INDIA COULD PRODUCE DOZENS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS PER YEAR WHICH WOULD BE BAD. I AM IN SUPPORT OF INDIA. INDIA IS THE WORLD'S LARGEST DEMOCRACY. IT'S CONTRIBUTED REMARKABLY. THE NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT HAS NOT BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED ENOUGH IN THIS DEBATE. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE THE REST OF MY STATEMENT TO BE PUT IN THE RECORD?

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  • 07:33:23 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. SHERMAN HAS ONE MINUTE…

    OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. SHERMAN HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING.

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  • 07:33:29 PM

    MR. SHERMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    FOR A CLASSIFIED REPORT ON INDIA'S DOMESTIC URANIUM USAGE. BUT THE…

    FOR A CLASSIFIED REPORT ON INDIA'S DOMESTIC URANIUM USAGE. BUT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT WOULD MAKE SUCH A CERTIFICATION A CONDITION FOR THE DEAL. LET ME ALSO SAY THAT PEOPLE RECOGNIZE THAT INDIA HAS GREAT DEMAND FOR EXPANDING ITS ENERGY GRID TO CREATE ELECTRICITY FOR ITS PEOPLE. LET ME SAY THAT THE GENTLEMAN HAS TAKEN A UNIQUE APPROACH TO THIS ISSUE FOR WHICH HE SHOULD BE COMMENDED. WE SIMPLE THIGHS WITH HIS -- WE SYMPATHIZE WITH HIS CONCERNS. I DON'T SEE IT WORKABLE. I DON'T SEE A DETERMINATION WITH A HIGH DEGREE OF CONFIDENCE COULD EVEN BE MADE. SO I AM CONCERNED ABOUT TERMINATING THE AGREEMENT WITH INDIA ON SUCH A CERTIFICATION THAT CAN'T EVEN BE MADE WITH ANY CERTITUDE. MR. SPEAKER, FOR SOME REASON, THIS WAS DEFEATED ON A VOTE OF 10-32 WHEN IT WAS OFFERED, AND I URGE THE HOUSE TO DO THE SAME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:36:05 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION BEFORE THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION BEFORE THE HOUSE IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR WILL PLEASE SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 07:36:22 PM

    MR. SHERMAN

    A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    B, AMOUNT NUMBER 5, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 105-599 OFFERED BY MR. BERMAN…

    B, AMOUNT NUMBER 5, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 105-599 OFFERED BY MR. BERMAN OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 07:37:06 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERMAN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH…

    GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERMAN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 07:37:12 PM

    MR. BERMAN

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES.

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    SPEAKER. I THANK MR. BERMAN FOR HIS WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND I COMMEND…

    SPEAKER. I THANK MR. BERMAN FOR HIS WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND I COMMEND CHAIRMAN HYDE FOR WHOM I HAVE TREMENDOUS AFFECTION FOR HAVING THIS BILL NAMED AFTER HIM. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMENDMENT THAT MR. BERMAN AND I ARE OFFERING IS THE SINGLE STRONGEST STEP CONGRESS CAN TAKE TO ENSURE THE CIVILIAN NUCLEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH INDIA DOES NOT LEAD TO A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE IN SOUTH ASIA. OUR AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOW EXPORTS OF NUCLEAR REACTORS AND OTHER TECHNOLOGY TO INDIA, OUR GOOD FRIEND. BUT IT WOULD PREVENT THE EXPORT OF NUCLEAR REACTOR FUEL UNTIL INDIA HAS CEASED PRODUCTION OF FISSILE MATERIAL FOR USE IN NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THE UNITED STATES AND THE OTHER ORIGINAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS STATES HAVE ALL AGREED TO A VOLUNTARY MORATORIUM ON FISSILE PRODUCTION. BUT UNDER THE BILL CURRENTLY WRITTEN, INDIA WOULD RECEIVE ALL THE BENEFITS OF A NUCLEAR STATE UNDER THE NONPROLIFERATION TREATY WITHOUT BEING OBLIGATED TO HALT THE PRODUCTION OF FISSILE MATERIAL, WITHOUT HAVING TO SIGN A PRECHENSIVE TEST BAN TREATY. REQUIRING THAT INDIA COMMIT TO CEASING THE PRODUCTION OF BOMB MATERIAL IN EXCHANGE FOR ALL OF THE BENEFITS OF NUCLEAR TRADE WITHOUT ASKING FOR IT TO TAKE ANY OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES OF A NUCLEAR POWER IS THE BARE MINIMUM WE SHOULD REQUIRE. THE BILL BEFORE US MAKES DRASSIC EXCEPTIONS TO ESTABLISH NONPROLIFERATION RULES. CURRENTLY THE WEAPONS GRADE PLUTONIUM IS RESTRAINED BY THE POWER REACTORS. BUT THE CIVIL MILITARY SEPARATION PLAN OFFERED BY INDIA EXCLUDES FROM INTERNATIONAL INSPECTIONS MILITARY FACILITIES AND SPENT FUEL. THIS PROVIDES INDIA WITH A SUBSTANTIAL CAPABILITY TO INCREASE ITS NUCLEARS ARSENAL. IF THE BILL GOES AHEAD AS IS, THE FOREIGN SUPPLY OF NUCLEAR FUEL TO INDIA WOULD FREE UP THEIR EXISTING LIMITED CAPACITY IN HIGHLY ENRICHED PLUTONIUM. WE NEED TO ENSURE THROUGH THIS LEGISLATION THAT A SIMPLE PRICE OF HAVING ACCESS TO NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY INDIA DECLARE A MORE POUR IT UP -- MORATORIUM ON FISSILE MATERIAL JUST AS OTHER NUCLEAR POWERS HAVE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK TO MR. BERMAN.

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  • 07:39:44 PM

    MR. BERMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. HYDE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I ANNOUNCE MY DIFFICULTY IN OPPOSING MY GOOD…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I ANNOUNCE MY DIFFICULTY IN OPPOSING MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. BERMAN, AND MRS. TAUSCHER. THEY'RE BOTH VERY LEARNED IN THIS FIELD, HOWEVER, THIS AMENDMENT IS VERY SIMILAR TO MR. SHERMAN'S AMENDMENT AND SHOULD BE DEFEATED FOR VIRTUALLY THE SAME REASONS. INDIA ALREADY POSSESSES NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND IS VERY UNLIKELY TO DISPOSE OF THEM OR BE DIVESTED OF THEM. THIS IS A RESTRICTION THAT THE U.S. IMPOSES ON NO OTHER NUCLEAR POWER. THEREFORE, INSTEAD OF PROLIFERATING GOOD WILL, IT WOULD PROLIFERATE BAD WILL TO IMPOSE THIS ON INDIA. THIS IS THE PROVERBIAL DEAL-KILLER, AS THE SHERMAN AMENDMENT WAS. A VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT IS A VOTE TO KILL THE AGREEMENT, EVEN IF THE BILL PASSES. AND SO WITH CONSIDERABLE REGRET, I MUST URGE THE DEFEAT OF THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK TO MR. ROYCE.

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  • 07:41:22 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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    MR. ROYCE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LANTOS, ONE MINUTE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LANTOS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. LANTOS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERMAN.

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    MR. BERMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINING TIME.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINING TIME.

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    MR. BERMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS EXPIRED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS EXPIRED.

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    MR. ROYCE

    TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO HENRY HYDE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HYDE

    WHILE YOU'RE LOOKING FOR PATTERNS OF CONDUCT, THINK OF THE LIBYA EXAMPLE.…

    WHILE YOU'RE LOOKING FOR PATTERNS OF CONDUCT, THINK OF THE LIBYA EXAMPLE. MR. QADDAFI. THEY MIGHT TURN IN THEIR WEAPONS, THAT IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE.

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  • 07:45:49 PM

    MR. BERMAN

    NOT BECAUSE WE GAVE LIBYA CIVILIAN NUCLEAR COOPERATION. BUT I WOULDN'T…

    NOT BECAUSE WE GAVE LIBYA CIVILIAN NUCLEAR COOPERATION. BUT I WOULDN'T COMPARE LIBYA AND INDIA, THEY'RE VERY DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND THE GAIN FOR INDIA WAS GREAT GAIN FOR NONPROLIFERATION, I AGREE, BUT NOW WE'RE IN A DIFFERENT SITUATION, THINK OF CHINA, THINK OF PAKISTAN, THINK OF IRAN, AND THINK OF NORTH KOREA.

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  • 07:46:14 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN --

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    MR. ROYCE

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD ON THAT ISSUE?

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    MR. BERMAN

    I WILL YIELD.

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    MR. ROYCE

    STATES WILL NOT SUPPORT A CONTENTIOUS POSITION THAT ALLOWS

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    MR. BERMAN

    STATES WILL NOT SUPPORT A CONTENTIOUS POSITION THAT ALLOWS OTHER COUNTRIES…

    STATES WILL NOT SUPPORT A CONTENTIOUS POSITION THAT ALLOWS OTHER COUNTRIES TO SEND NUCLEAR FUEL TO INDIA.

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  • 07:48:36 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA MR. BERMAN. SO MANY ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 07:48:51 PM

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    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS, A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 109-599, OFFERED BY MR. FORTENBERRY OF NEBRASKA.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 947, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. FORTENBERRY AND A…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 947, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. FORTENBERRY AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA.

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  • 07:49:37 PM

    MR. FORTENBERRY

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT

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    THE CLERK

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WAIVE THE READING.

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    MR. FORTENBERRY

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WAIVE THE READING.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE MODIFICATION? HEARING NONE,…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE MODIFICATION? HEARING NONE, THE AMENDMENT IS MODIFIED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 07:50:19 PM

    MR. FORTENBERRY

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:50:24 PM

    MR. FORTENBERRY

    I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 07:50:28 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

  • 07:50:33 PM

    MR. FORTENBERRY

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    >>

    YIELD?

  • 07:53:23 PM

    MR. FORTENBERRY

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

  • 07:53:26 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 07:53:47 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    I WILL YIELD.

  • 07:53:50 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I RECLAIM MY TIME. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

  • 07:53:52 PM

    MR. FORTENBERRY

    MY TIME. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

  • 07:53:56 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    TO ACCEPT HIS AMENDMENT, IT STRENGTHENS THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION AND I…

    TO ACCEPT HIS AMENDMENT, IT STRENGTHENS THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT.

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  • 07:54:05 PM

    MR. FORTENBERRY

    THE GENTLEMAN AND I APPRECIATE HIS HARD WORK AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

    THE GENTLEMAN AND I APPRECIATE HIS HARD WORK AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:54:11 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    DOES ANYONE CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? HEARING NONE, THE…

    DOES ANYONE CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? HEARING NONE, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. FORTENBERRY. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR PLEASE SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED WILL SAY NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 109-599 ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED. BE AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 BY MR. STEARNS OF FLORIDA, AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 BY MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA, AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 BY MR. BERMAN OF CALIFORNIA. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS A REQUEST FOR RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 109-599 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. STEARNS ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE YEAS PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:55:28 PM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE REPORT 109-599, OFFERED BY MR. STEARNS OF FLORIDA.

  • 07:55:33 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL ARISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED AND THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE AMENDMENT WILL VOTE AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING

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  • 08:17:52 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    NAYS ARE 0, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS PRINTED…

    NAYS ARE 0, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS PRINTED IN PART B OF 109-599 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA MR. SHERMAN ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 08:18:19 PM

    THE CLERK

    IN HOUSE REPORT 109-599, OFFERED BY MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    ON THIS VOTE THERE'S 1 55 AYES AND 268 NAYS AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THERE'S 1 55 AYES AND 268 NAYS AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE 109-59 THE BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA MR. BERMAN ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 08:28:36 PM

    THE CLERK

    PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 109-599 OFFERED BY MR. BERMAN OF CALIFORNIA.

  • 08:28:41 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

  • 08:36:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. AN.

  • 08:36:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. AN.

  • 08:36:33 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL H.R. 5682, AND…

    THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL H.R. 5682, AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 947, I REPORT THE BILL AS AMENDED PURSUANT TO THAT RESOLUTION BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH SUNDRY AND FURTHER AMENDMENTS ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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  • 08:37:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

    THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL H.R. 5682, AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION NUMBER 947, REPORTS THE BILL AS AMENDED PURSUANT TO THE RESOLUTION BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH THE SUNDRY FURTHER AMENDMENTS ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. NEWLY, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. -- UNDER THE RULE, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON ANY AMENDMENT? IF NOT THE CHAIR WILL PUT THEM ENGROSS. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENTS. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENTS ARE ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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  • 08:37:54 PM

    THE CLERK

    ATOMIC ENERGY ACT OF 1954 A PROPOSED NUCLEAR AGREEMENT FOR COOPERATION…

    ATOMIC ENERGY ACT OF 1954 A PROPOSED NUCLEAR AGREEMENT FOR COOPERATION WITH INDIA.

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  • 08:38:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE MEMBER FROM MASSACHUSETTS RISE?

  • 08:38:07 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    SPEAKER, MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR COMMUNICATIONS OFF THE…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR COMMUNICATIONS OFF THE FLOOR, TO THE AISLES, TAKE THEIR SEATS. IT'S THE FIFTH INNING. IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

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  • 08:38:36 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

  • 08:38:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

  • 08:38:43 PM

    THE CLERK

    OF MASSACHUSETTS MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL H.R. 5682 TO THE COMMITTEE ON…

    OF MASSACHUSETTS MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL H.R. 5682 TO THE COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATION WAS INSTRUCTIONS TO --

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  • 08:38:49 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    CONSENT THAT THE READING OF THE RECOMMITTAL MOTION BE DISPENSED WITH.

  • 08:38:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. ONCE AGAIN FOR…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. ONCE AGAIN FOR THE NEXT FIVE MINUTES WILL GENTLEMEN AND LADIES AND MEMBERS ON THE FLOOR PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS, REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR SO THE GENTLEMAN CAN BE HEARD AND WE CAN CARRY ON WITH THE BUSINESS AT HAND. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 08:39:25 PM

    MR. MARKEY

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

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. AGAIN, THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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  • 08:41:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. THE GENTLEMAN MAY RECLAIM HIS…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. THE GENTLEMAN MAY RECLAIM HIS TIME AFTER ONE MINUTE.

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  • 08:41:42 PM

    MR. UPTON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T OFTEN SPEAK OR VOTE FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T OFTEN SPEAK OR VOTE FOR MOTIONS TO RECOMMIT, BUT OCCASIONALLY THEY DO PASS AND I WOULD NOTE IF THIS AMENDMENT DOES -- IF THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT DOES PASS, THE BILL STILL COMES TO US IN ITS FINAL FORM. MR. MARKEY AND I TRIED TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE AND I MUST SAY IN OUR TESTIMONY IN THE RULES COMMITTEE UPSTAIRS YESTERDAY, I THOUGHT WE HAD PRETTY GOOD SUPPORT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THIS AMENDMENT FROM THOSE THAT WERE THERE. IRAN IS A BAD PLAYER. THIS BILL HELPS INDIA. WHY DON'T WE HAVE INDIA ON OUR SIDE AS WE WORK AGAINST IRAN IN THE WORLD COMMUNITY? THAT'S WHAT THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT SAYS. IT SAYS THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS TO CERTIFY THAT INDIA IS ON OUR SIDE AS THEY WORK FOR NUCLEAR CAPABILITY IN THE WORLD COMMUNITY AND TO KEEP IRAN ON THE OTHER SIDE. WHY AREN'T WE WORKING TOGETHER, INDIA AND THE UNITED STATES, AS WE LOOK AT IRAN IN TERMS OF THE MISCHIEF THEY ARE PROMOTING AROUND THE WORLD? I'M FINISHED. THANK YOU.

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  • 08:42:56 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LANTOS.

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  • 08:43:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

  • 08:43:03 PM

    MR. LANTOS

    MR. SPEAKER, I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS MOTION. IN COMMITTEE DELIBERATIONS WE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS MOTION. IN COMMITTEE DELIBERATIONS WE HAVE MADE IT CLEAR TO INDIA THAT THEY MUST MAKE A CHOICE BETWEEN TEHRAN AND WASHINGTON. THEY HAVE DONE SO TWICE AT VOTES AT VIENNA AT THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY. THIS RECOMMITTAL MOTION DRAMATICALLY STRENGTHENS THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR IT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:43:34 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. COULD I ASK THE CHAIR HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING?

  • 08:43:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS HAS 1 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING OF THE FIVE.

  • 08:43:42 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN…

    I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAVE POINTED OUT, THERE HAS BEEN A SERIES OF STATEMENTS MADE BY THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT THAT HAVE LEFT A GREAT DEAL OF AMBIGUITY WITH REGARD TO HOW STRONG THEY WILL STAND WITH US IN OUR EFFORT TO TAKE IRAN TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL. TO ENSURE THAT IRAN DOES NOT USE ITS URANIUM AND PLUTONIUM PROGRAMS IN ORDER TO DEVELOP A CLANDESTINE NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM. THE AMENDMENT, THE RECOMMITTAL MOTION THAT I AM PROPOUNDING HERE THIS EVENING JUST FOLLOWS UP ON THE STATEMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE OUT OF THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT SO THAT THEY CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT WE EXPECT FROM THEM. AND WE WILL SEND A SIGNAL FROM THIS CONGRESS TO OUR NEGOTIATORS AS TO WHAT WE EXPECT FROM THEM. I HOPE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT THIS IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM IS THE VERY TOP FOREIGN POLICY AND DEFENSE THREAT NOT ONLY TO OUR COUNTRY BUT TO COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST AND I URGE AN AYE VOTE ON THE RECOMMITTAL MOTION.

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  • 08:44:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 08:44:59 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I RISE TO OPPOSE THE MOTION.

  • 08:45:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:45:06 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    CHAIRMAN, DURING THE COURSE -- MR. SPEAKER, DURING THE COURSE OF THE…

    CHAIRMAN, DURING THE COURSE -- MR. SPEAKER, DURING THE COURSE OF THE COMMITTEE'S FIVE HEARINGS ON THIS AGREEMENT, MEMBERS CLOSELY SCRUTINIZED THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INDIA AND IRAN. . AND I THINK IT'S FAIR TO SAY THAT OUR COMMITTEE HELPED INFLUENCE INDIA'S THINKING ON IRAN, AND I THINK THAT WE SHOULD ALL REMEMBER THAT WE ARE GETTING INDIA'S COOPERATION ON IRAN. WE GOT TWO IAEA VOTES OUT OF INDIA, INCLUDING A CRITICAL VOTE TO GET THE IRAN FILE TO NEW YORK. THAT'S THE FACT ABOUT COOPERATION. WE SHARE THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN ABOUT IRAN, BUT OUR POINT IS THAT INDIA IS COOPERATING ON IRAN, AND AS WE CONTINUE TO ENGAGE INDIA IN THIS UNDERLYING AGREEMENT, THIS AGREEMENT IS ABOUT INDIA'S GROWING ENERGY NEEDS AS WE ENGAGE INDIA, WE MOVE THEM AWAY FROM STATES LIKE IRAN. REJECTION OF THE AGREEMENT ITSELF, FRANKLY, COULD PUSH INDIA THEORETICALLY BACK TOWARDS COUNTRIES LIKE IRAN. ALSO, WE HAVE MR. MARKEY'S THEME IN THE BILL ITSELF, THE BILL ITSELF SAYS TO SECURE INDIA'S FULL AND ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE UNITED STATES EFFORTS TO DISSUADE, ISOLATE, AND IF NECESSARY SANCTION AND CONTAIN IRAN FOR ITS EFFORTS TO ACQUIRE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, INCLUDING A NUCLEAR WEAPONS CAPABILITY, AND THE MEANS TO DELIVER WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. IF INDIA BREAKS THIS AGREEMENT, WE IN THE UNITED STATES WILL BREAK OUR AGREEMENT WITH INDIA. AND I THINK THAT ALSO IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT INDIA AND THE ADMINISTRATION BOTH SAY THAT THEY ARE COOPERATING ON IRAN QUIETLY BEHIND THE SCENES. WHY? BECAUSE THIS IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO DO IT. AND WE HAVE SEEN THE POSITIVE RESULTS. BUT DIPLOMACY CAN'T BE CERTIFIED. THE PURPOSE OF THIS AGREEMENT IS TO HELP TO ESTABLISH BROAD COOPERATION, TO ESTABLISH A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN INDIA AND THE UNITED STATES. YOU DON'T COMPEL A PARTNER TO COOPERATE. SO THIS AMENDMENT IS BOTH UNWORKABLE AND CONTRARY TO THE SPIRIT OF THE NEW RELATIONSHIP WE'RE TRYING TO ESTABLISH WITH INDIA. HOW IMPORTANT IS THAT RELATIONSHIP? WELL, WE'VE HAD TWO ADMINISTRATIONS. THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION AND THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION FORGE CLOSER TIES WITH INDIA AND OVERCOMING WHAT WE REMEMBER ONLY TOO WELL, THE CHILLY RELATIONS OF THE COLD WAR. AND LAST JULY'S JOINT STATEMENT COMMITTED EACH COUNTRY TO A GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP WHICH HAS ACCELERATED OUR COOPERATION ON MANY ISSUES, INCLUDING COUNTERTERRORISM, INCLUDING IRAN. THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE HAVE GIVEN THIS AGREEMENT CLOSE AND EXTENSIVE REVIEW. WHILE NUCLEAR ENERGY IS CONTROVERSIAL IN THE UNITED STATES, IT'S NOT IN INDIA. LIKE IN SEVERAL OTHER COUNTRIES, NUCLEAR ENERGY IS WIDELY VIEWED AS A CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY FOR THEIR ELECTRICITY. ONE CENTRAL TO UPLIFTING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF IMPOFFISHED INDIAN, SO THEY WILL INCLUDE THEIR NUCLEAR SECTOR, AND IT WILL NONETHELESS, SO THIS DEAL NEEDS TO GO FORWARD. WITH ITS GROWING ECONOMY, INDIA IS CONSUMING MORE AND MORE OIL, IT'S COMPETING ON THE WORLD MARKET, COMPETING FOR LIMITED HYDROCARBON RESOURCES. THIS GIVES AMERICANS AN INTEREST IN HELPING INDIA EXPAND ITS NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY, WHICH THIS LEGISLATION DOES. AND IT ALSO ENCOURAGES INDIA TO MOVE AWAY FROM BURNING ITS HIGHLY POLLUTING COAL WHICH IS IN OUR INTEREST. BY PASSING THIS LEGISLATION WE TAKE A STEP TOWARD INTERNATIONALIZING NUCLEAR'S NUCLEAR INDUSTRY WHICH I BELIEVE IT MAKE IT SAFER. AND THE AGREEMENT IS ALSO LIKELY TO INCREASE INDIA'S COOPERATION WITH US IN CONFRONTING COUNTRIES SEEKING TO BREAK THEIR COMMITMENT BY DEVELOPING NUCLEAR WEAPONS AS IT ALREADY HAS WITH IRAN. INDIA MUST TAKE SUMMER MORE STEP, INCLUDING DWPPING A CREDIBLE PLAN TO SEPARATE THEIR FACILITIES UNDER THE AGREEMENT. CONGRESS MUST APPROVE A NUCLEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENT THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS NEGOTIATING WITH THE INDIANS BEFORE THE TECHNOLOGY IS ACTUALLY TRANSFERRED. AND AS I SAID, SHOULD INDIA BREAK THE CONDITIONS OF THE AGREEMENT, THE U.S. BREAKS OFF THE AGREEMENT ITSELF. SO EITHER WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO BOX IN INDIA AND HOPE FOR THE BEST OR WE MAKE THIS MOVE AND WE ENGAGE INDIA AND HOPE TO USE OUR INFLUENCE TO MOVE THIS INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT COUNTRY IN OUR DIRECTION, MAKING INDIA A TRUE PARTNER AS WE ENTER WHAT WILL BE A DECADE'S LONG STRUGGLE AGAINST ISLAMMIST TERRORISM. THAT IS WHY I ASK MY COLLEAGUES PLEASE OPPOSE THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT, AND PLEASE VOTE FOR THE U.S.-INDIA COOPERATION PROMOTION ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:50:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE MOTION IS TO RECOMMIT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSEDOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT, THE MOTION IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 08:50:35 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 09:08:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS QUESTION THE YEAS ARE 192, THE NAYS ARE 235. THE MOTION IS NOT…

    ON THIS QUESTION THE YEAS ARE 192, THE NAYS ARE 235. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON FINAL PASSAGE OF THE BILL. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF FINAL PASSAGE WILL SAY AYE. OTHERS, NAY. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 09:09:13 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 09:09:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 09:17:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 359, THE NAYS ARE 68. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 359, THE NAYS ARE 68. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE AN ENROLLED BILL.

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  • 09:18:13 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO AMEND SECTION 1113 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT, TO TEMPORARILY INCREASE…

    TO AMEND SECTION 1113 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT, TO TEMPORARILY INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE PROGRAM OF TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR UNITED STATES CITIZENS RETURNED FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 09:18:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

  • 09:18:35 PM

    MR. PRICE

    MR. SPEAKER. I ASK THAT MEMBERS HAVE UNTIL FRIDAY, AT 5:00 P.M. TO FILE A…

    MR. SPEAKER. I ASK THAT MEMBERS HAVE UNTIL FRIDAY, AT 5:00 P.M. TO FILE A REPORT ON H.R. 5637 INSURANCE REFORM ACT OF 2006.

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  • 09:18:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 09:19:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED OR…

    THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED OR WHICH THE VOTE WAS OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. RECORDED VOTES WILL BE TAKEN TOMORROW. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA RISE?

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  • 09:19:35 PM

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    TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO H. COMPLETRESS 400 AS A-- H.CON.RES 400…

    TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO H. COMPLETRESS 400 AS A-- H.CON.RES 400 AS AMENDED.

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  • 09:19:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MOVING ON TO SUSPENSIONS. IF YOU HAVE…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MOVING ON TO SUSPENSIONS. IF YOU HAVE CONVERSATIONS, PLEASE TAKE THEM OFF THE FLOOR. THOSE MEMBERS ON THE FLOOR TO TAKE YOUR SEATS. -- THOSE MEMBERS ON THE FLOOR, PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS. AGAIN, THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

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  • 09:20:17 PM

    THE CLERK

    GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA SHOULD ACTIVELY SUPPORT STRATEGIES FOR ENSURING…

    GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA SHOULD ACTIVELY SUPPORT STRATEGIES FOR ENSURING SECURE AIRPORT FACILITIES THAT MEET INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATIONS TO PREVENT TRAFFICKING OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, NARCOTICS AND LAUNDERED MONEY.

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  • 09:20:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. BURTON AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. BURTON AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. DELAHUNT WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.

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  • 09:20:47 PM

    MR. BURTON

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 09:20:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 09:21:00 PM

    MR. BURTON

    WILL YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MACK, TWO MINUTES.

  • 09:21:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:21:08 PM

    MR. MACK

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION THAT'S IN FRONT OF US. HUGO CHAVEZ, EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, HAS GONE AGAINST THE GRAIN WHEN IT COMES TO THE IDEALS THAT WE BELIEVE IN AS NEARNS. THE IDEALS OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY, LIBERTY, THE RULE OF LAW, AND THE TRUSTING OF PEOPLE. HUGO CHAVEZ, FROM THE BEGINNING, HAS TRIED TO MAKE AN ENEMY OF THE UNITED STATES. IN HIS OWN WORDS, HE TALKS ABOUT ANTI-AMERICAN, ANTI-FREEDOM, IN HIS OWN WORDS, OUT OF HIS OWN MOUTH. TODAY'S RESOLUTION IS ABOUT DRUG TRAFFICKING. OVER 30% OF THE COCAINE THAT COMES INTO THE UNITED STATES COMES THROUGH VENEZUELA. THAT IS A HUGE NUMBER. WE CAN NO LONGER ALLOW HUGO CHAVEZ TO MANIPULATE THE MINDS AND THE HEARTS AND THE DREAMS OF NOT ONLY HIS OWN PEOPLE BUT THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. MR. CHAIRMAN, WHETHER IT IS SIDING WITH IRAN IN TRYING TO PURCHASE MILITARY AIRCRAFT AND WEAPONS, HIS DESIRE FOR NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY, TRYING TO INTIMIDATE THE MEDIA IN HIS OWN COUNTRY, HUGO CHAVEZ IS NOT A FRIEND OF THE UNITED STATES. IN FACT HE'S DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN TO TURN AWAY FROM FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION IN FRONT OF US. I HOPE THAT HUGO CHAVEZ WILL WAKE UP AND UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S BETTER TO BE A FRIEND WITH THE UNITED STATES, IT'S BETTER TO BE A FRIEND AND BELIEVER IN THE IDEALS OF FREEDOM, SECURITY AND PROSPERITY. I HOPE ONE DAY THAT HE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT HE HAS MADE MAJOR MISTAKES AND THAT IT'S TIME TO COME BACK TO ONCE A VENEZUELA THAT BELIEVED IN FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. THANK YOU.

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  • 09:23:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

  • 09:23:23 PM

    MR. DELAHUNT

    YES, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RESOLUTION. WHILE I HAVE…

    YES, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RESOLUTION. WHILE I HAVE DISAGREEMENTS WITH SOME OF THE PROVISIONS IN THE PREAMBLE AND WITH THE TONE OF SOME OF THE RESOLVES, CLAWSES, WHAT OCCURRENCE ME MOST -- CLAUSES, WHAT CONCERNS ME MOST IS THE TIMING OF THE CONSIDERATION BECAUSE A DRAFT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE VENEZUELAN ANTI DRUG OFFICE HANGS IN THE BALANCE. NOW THERE'S BEEN CONSIDERABLE TIME AND EFFORT INVESTED BY BOTH SIDES. IN THIS INITIATIVE, WHICH I BELIEVE AND I KNOW OTHERS DO, WOULD BE MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL TO BOTH VENEZUELA AND THE UNITED STATES. BUT THE PASSAGE OF THIS RESOLUTION PUTS THAT AT RISK. BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT WHAT WE DO HERE TONIGHT WILL BE INTERPRETED IN VENEZUELA TO EMBARRASS THE CHAVEZ GOVERNMENT. THAT'S SIMPLY THE REALITY. AND TO THINK OTHERWISE WOULD BE NAIVE IN THE EXTREME. LET'S BE CANDID, AND MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA TOUCHED ON MANY ASPECTS OF THE RELATIONSHIP. BUT EVERYONE ON THE PLANET KNOWS THAT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES AND VENEZUELA IS POOR. PRIOR TO THE COUPE IN 2002 IT WAS PRACTICALLY NONEXISTENT. BUT WHEN IT APPEARED TO THE VENEZUELANS THAT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION APPEARED TO COUPE, THAT RELATIONSHIP APPEARED TO DETERIORATE THAT IT COULD ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS BITTER AS HOSTILE. THE RHETORIC HAS BECOME INSENDARY AND INSULTING, AND ACTION ON EITHER SIDE IS BY HOSTILITY AND POLITICAL CALCULATION. THE UNFORTUNATE RESULT IS THAT WHAT HAS INVOLVED IS A RELATIONSHIP THAT IS HARDENED INTO PROFOUND MUTUAL ANIMOSITY THAT IS HAVING LONG-LASTING AND REAL WORLD IMPLICATIONS, WHETHER IT IMPLICATES TERRORISM OR DRUGS OR ENERGY. WE ALL KNOW THAT WHILE THIS RESOLUTION WILL BE HARDLY NOTICED IN THIS COUNTRY, ITS LANGUAGE CONDEMNING THE CHAVEZ GOVERNMENT WILL PROVOKE HEADLINES IN VENEZUELA THAT WILL BE USED BY CHAVEZ'S OPPONENTS IN THE FORTHCOMING PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN AND UNDOUBTEDLY THERE WILL BE A REACTION FROM THE CHAVEZ GOVERNMENT. WITHOUT A WORKING TRANSPARENT AND VIABLE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY AND VENEZUELA THERE WILL BE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES TO BOTH COUNTRIES. AND AS I JUST SAID, I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT WHAT WE DO HERE TODAY WILL BE INTERPRETED IN VENEZUELA AS YET ANOTHER INSULT, WHICH WILL PROVOKE MORE INFLAMMATORY RHETORIC. AND MAKE ANY POTENTIAL CONSTRUCTIVE RELATIONSHIP ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE. NOW, LET ME BE VERY CLEAR. I KNOW THAT THAT IS NOT THE INTENTION OF THE CHAIRMAN WHO HAS AUTHORED THIS RESOLUTION. BUT I'M ALSO CONFIDENT, AND I HOPE I'M WRONG THAT THIS DRAFT AGREEMENT WILL BE THE VICTIM OF THIS POISONOUS RELATIONSHIP AND ATMOSPHERE THAT EXISTS. AND LET ME EMPHASIZE. I'M NOT GIVING UP ON THE AGREEMENT. EARLIER TODAY I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, REPRESENTATIVE MEEKS, AND WE AGREED THAT THIS IS SIMPLY TOO IMPORTANT, THIS AGREEMENT IS SIMPLY TOO IMPORTANT NOT TO MAKE A FINAL EFFORT. AND WE WILL GO DOWN AND WE WILL ENCOURAGE THE GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA TO FINALLY SIGN THE AGREEMENT. WHICH HOPEFULLY WILL RESTORE A WORKING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE D.E.A. AND THE ANTI-DRUG OFFICE IN VENEZUELA. BUT I'M NOT HOPEFUL. BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT THE LANGUAGE IN THIS RESOLUTION, WHETHER IT'S INTENDED OR NOT, WILL EXACERBATE THE TENSION THAT CLEARLY EXISTS. AND THE TRAGEDY IS THAT THE PEOPLE IN BOTH COUNTRIES WILL PAY A PRICE, AND THAT IS SAD. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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    MR. BURTON

    I YIELD TO MY ADVICE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE. LET ME JUST MAKE A COUPLE…

    I YIELD TO MY ADVICE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE. LET ME JUST MAKE A COUPLE OF POINTS. FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE HIGH REGARD FOR MY DEMOCRATIC FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS. HE AND I ARE FRIENDS. WE HAVE A STRONG DISAGREEMENT ON THIS ISSUE. LET ME MAKE A COUPLE OF POINTS. FIRST OF ALL, WE WERE TOLD BY THE VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT AND THE D.E.A. WAS TOLD BY THE VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT THAT THEY WERE GOING TO WORK TO REACH AN AGREEMENT ON THIS DRAFT AGREEMENT SOMETIME AGO. THEN THEY ASKED FOR AN EXTENSION TO JULY 8. . WE DECIDED WE'LL WAIT UNTIL JULY 8. MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MEEK'S ASKED ME TO HOLD UP ON THIS, I THINK MR. MEEK ASKED. I CAN'T REMEMBER MR. DELAHUNT DID. WE HELD THE RESOLUTION UNTIL JULY 8. WE PULLED IT OFF THE CALENDAR AND HELD IT UNTIL JULY. JULY 8 CAME AND WE WERE TOLD BY THE D.E.A. THEY REFUSED TO SIGN IT AND HUGO CHAVEZ SAID THAT HE WAS NOT GOING TO GIVE US A TIME FRAME WITHIN WHICH HE WOULD EVEN CONSIDER SIGNING IT. SO THEY ASKED FOR MORE TIME. WE GAVE THEM MORE TIME. WHEN THE TIME CAME THEY REFUSED TO SIGN IT AND THEY WON'T GIVE US A DATE TO SIGN IT NOW. WE ARE NOT TRYING TO EMBARRASS THE GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA. BUT THEY HAVE DONE SUCH THINGS AS ACCUSED OUR D.E.A. AGENTS WHO ARE FIGHTING THE DRUG WAR FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY OF BEING SPIES FOR THE UNITED STATES. THEY HAVE DONE EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO HAMPER THE D.E.A.'S OPERATION DOWN THERE. AND THERE HAVE BEEN $100 MILLION OF COCAINE THAT WAS CONFISCATED AT THE MEXICAN AIRPORT THAT CAME FROM THE VENEZUELA AIRPORT. SO WE HAVE NOT HAD ANY COOPERATION WHATSOEVER. I DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT WHAT KIND OF PUBLICITY THIS IS GOING TO GENERATE IN VENEZUELA. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS MR. CHAVEZ NEEDS TO BE PUT ON NOTICE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO STAND IDLY BY AND THAT VENEZUELA BE A TRANSIT POINT FOR DRUGS INTO THIS COUNTRY AND KILLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE, MR. WELLER, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. WELLER

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.CON.RES. 400…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.CON.RES. 400 AND COMMEND MY CHAIRMAN, MR. BURTON, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION EXPRESSES THIS CONGRESS' CONCERN AND FRUSTRATION ABOUT THE RISING PROLIFERATION OF NARCOTICS FROM VENEZUELA AND REAFFIRMS THE UNITED STATES' COMMITMENT TO STABILITY AND FREEDOM IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. VENEZUELA HISTORICALLY HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE A KEY ALLY IN THE GLOBAL WAR AGAINST THE NARCOTICS TRADE. HOWEVER ITS GOVERNMENT IS NOT STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE. ACCORDING TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT APPROXIMATELY 150 METRIC TONS OF COCAINE AND INCREASING QUANTITIES OF HEROIN MOVED THROUGH ITS TERRITORY ANNUALLY. MR. SPEAKER, VENEZUELA'S BECOME A SAFE HAVEN FOR THE DRUG TRADE AND THOSE WHO PROFIT FROM IT. CORRUPTION IS A GROWING PROBLEM IN THE VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT AND THE AIRPORTS ARE NOT IMMUNE. THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS BECOMING A HAVEN FOR CRIME. WHERE PERSONAL PROPERTY, THEFT, MUGGINGS, AND EXPRESS KIDNAPPINGS HAVE BECOME THE NORM. ONE OF THE NATION'S MAIN TRANSPORTATION HUBS THIS AIRPORT HAS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF NARCOTICS FLOWING THROUGH IT ANNUALLY. IN THE PAST YEAR AN ESTIMATED 90% OF THE COCAINE AND HEROIN TRAFFICKED THROUGH THIS AIRPORT HAVE NOT BEEN INTERCEPTED. THESE ILLICIT DRUGS ARE HEADING TO LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT OUR HEMISPHERE AND POSES A SIGNATURE THREAT TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF U.S. CITIZENS. THE GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA'S FAILED TO ADHERE TO ITS OBLIGATIONS UNDER INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS AGREEMENTS AND DESPITE CREDIBLE EVIDENCE THAT THE AIRPORT IS A TRANSIT POINT FOR THE TRADE, THEY HAVE NOT TAKEN ANY UNILATERAL STEPS ON THEIR PART TO PROSECUTE CORRUPT AIRPORT OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN DRUG TRAFFICKING. MR. SPEAKER, THE GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA HAS PREETEDLY ASSURED US THEY WOULD SIGN THE NEW D.E.A. IMPLEMENTING ACCORD, AN AFFIRMATION THAT VENEZUELA ANTI-U.S. LAW ENFORCEMENT WOULD COOPERATE TO COMBAT TRAFFICKING AND DISTRIBUTION OF NARCOTICS. THE SIGNING DATE FOR THIS ACCORD HAS COME AND GONE WITH NO SATISFACTORY EXPLANATION AND NO NEW FIRM SIGNING DATE. WITH THIS RESOLUTION WE ARE EXPRESSING OUR APPREHENSION OVER THE LACK OF LAW ENFORCEMENT COOPERATION, THE GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA WILL ALOW, AND OUR CONCERN ABOUT THE GROWING USE OF VENEZUELAN TERRITORY AS A TRANSIT ROUTE FOR DRUG TRADE IN OUR HEMISPHERE. MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK FOR AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS.

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    MR. DELAHUNT

    AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE WHO SERVES ON…

    AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE WHO SERVES ON THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE SUBCOMMITTEE AND HAS SPENT CONSIDERABLE TIME IN VENEZUELA, FAMILIAR WITH THE NUANCES OF THE RELATIONSHIP, MY FRIEND, MR. MEEKS.

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    MR. MEEKS

    MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. DELAHUNT. I UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS OF THE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. DELAHUNT. I UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS OF THE CHAIRMAN AND I BELIEVE I UNDERSTAND HIS INTENT FOR INTRODUCING THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING HERE AND THE REAL DEAL HERE IS NOT ABOUT THE CHATTER BETWEEN PRESIDENT CHAVEZ AND PRESIDENT BUSH AND THE STATEMENTS BACK AND FORTH. THE BOTTOM LINE HERE IS WHAT DO WE DO TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE STOPPING THE FLOW OF DRUGS? AND WHILE WE ARE HERE DEBATING THE MERITS OF THIS RESOLUTION, THE EXPERTS ARE STILL IN VENEZUELA COMPLETING THE SPECIFICS OF AN AGREEMENT THAT WOULD RE-ESTABLISH THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY AND THE APPROPRIATE VENEZUELAN AUTHORITIES. THE FACT THAT WE ARE DEBATING IT ON THE FLOOR TODAY AS MR. DELAHUNT SAYS, IT REALLY THREATENS OUR RELATIONSHIP AND MAKES IT SO THAT THE POSSIBILITY OF GETTING THIS THING DONE BECOMES REMOTE AT BEST. WE HAVE TO -- WE DON'T NEED TO CONTINUE TO POLITICIZE THIS ISSUE, BUT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE STAYING OUT OF IT, ACTUALLY, AND ALLOWING THE EXPERTS TO REALLY SIT DOWN TO WORK TO COMPLETE THEIR JOB. THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE'S BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AFFAIRS OF 2006 REPORTED AND IDENTIFIED IT -- IDENTIFIED 20 COUNTRIES AS MAJOR DRUG TRANSIT OR MAJOR ILLICIT DRUG-PRODUCING COUNTRIES DESPITE INCREASED DRUG SEIZURES DURING THE PAST FOUR YEARS. IN AN EFFORT -- THESE ARE THE REAL FACTS, TO REDUCE THE PROLIFERATION OF DRUGS THROUGHOUT THE REGION AND TO THE UNITED STATES, THE PRESIDENT OF VENEZUELA AND COLOMBIA HAVE STARTED A PROCESS OF MILITARY MODERNIZATION TO SHORE UP THE FIX AMONG THEIR COUNTRY'S BORDERS, AND VENEZUELA HAVE EXTRADITED A NUMBER OF LEADING ARMED ACTIVISTS FROM THE E.L.N. AND THE PARK -- FARC TO COLOMBIA. I SPOKE WITH D.E.A. OFFICIALS IN MY OFFICE AND I KNOW THEY WANT THIS AGREEMENT SIGNED SO THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE TO DO THEIR JOBS. I ALSO HAVE BEEN IN COMMUNICATION WITH THE VENS WAILANS AND THEY HAVE EXPRESSED, I BELIEVE, A SINCERE DESIRE TO FINALLY GET THIS AGREEMENT SIGNED. OUR ACTIONS TODAY CONDEMNING THE VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT FOR BEING COMPLICIT IN EFFORTS TO SECURE AIRPORT FACILITIES TO PREVENT TRAFFICKING OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, NARCOTICS, AND LAUNDERED MONEY DOES NOT FIT THE ACTION OF NEGOTIATING IN GOOD FAITH TO FINALIZE THIS AGREEMENT. WE CANNOT PLAY INTO THE HANDS OF BEING SOMEWHAT OBSTRUCTIONIST AND WIDEN THE GAP BETWEEN OUR TWO GOVERNMENTS WHICH ALREADY HAS A VERY STRAINED RELATIONSHIP. IN THE RESOLUTION ITSELF, MR. SPEAKER, IT URGES VENEZUELA TO SUPPORT STRATEGIES FOR ENSURING SECURE AIRPORT FACILITIES THAT MEET INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATIONS TO PREVENT TRAFFICKING OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES AND NARCOTICS AND LAUNDERED MONEY. HOWEVER WHEN THE DATA SHARING AGREEMENT IS SIGNED, ACCORDING TO THE D.E.A. MANDATE, TITLE 21, CHAPTER 13, SUBCHAPTER 1, PART E, THIS CONCERN WILL BE ADDRESSED AND COVERED. SO PASSAGE OF THIS RESOLUTION WILL EITHER PREVENT OR SUBSTANTIALLY DELAY THIS AGREEMENT FROM BEING SIGNED. AND THE RESOLUTION ALSO -- THERE'S SOME TRUTH, BUT SOMETIMES THE TRUTHS ARE HALF TRUTHS. IT STATES, DRUG TRAFFICKING THROUGH VENEZUELA SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED IN 2005. WHEN IN FACT OVER 25% OF DRUG SEIZURES OCCURRED AT THE AIRPORT IN 2005 AND 2005 ALSO WITNESSED A 58% INCREASE IN DRUG SEIZURES COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS YEAR. IN ADDITION, DRUG SEIZURES ARE UP IN VENEZUELA COMPARED TO THIS TIME LAST YEAR BY AS MUCH AS 30%. THE RESOLUTION FURTHER IDENTIFIES THAT ON APRIL 11 OF THIS YEAR A COMMERCIAL PLANE ORIGINATING IN VENEZUELA WAS SEIZED IN MEXICO AT THE AIRPORT CARRYING 5.6 TONS OF COCAINE WITH AN ESTIMATED STREET VALUE OF $100 MILLION. MR. SPEAKER, THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS ACCORDING TO THE MEXICO'S DEFENSE DEPARTMENT THE ARMY WAS WAITING FOR THE PLANE ON MONDAY AT THE AIRPORT, 550 MILES EAST OF MEXICO CITY, AFTER RECEIVING INFORMATION FROM THE VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT. AND THIS IS ACCORDING TO A MEXICAN ARMY GENERAL. AND I HAVE A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PRESENT TO -- FOR THE RECORD INDICATING THE VERY SAME WITH QUOTATIONS FROM THE GENERAL. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE ALSO TOLD THAT STATISTICS ON DRUG DESURE IN THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN CAN A CUSS ARE NOT AVAILABLE. -- CAN RACK CUSS -- KARACUS. I CALLED AND ASKED FOR THE INFORMATION AND THEY PROVIDED ME WITH THE FOLLOWING. I HAVE A CHART IDENTIFYING WHERE SEIZURES TOOK PLACE IN 2005. TWO CHARTS HOW MUCH COCAINE AND HEROIN WAS SEIZED AT THE AIRPORT. AND AT SANTIAGO AIRPORT SINCE 2002. I HAVE A CHART IDENTIFYING NATIONAL OF INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED IN DRUGS THAT HAVE BEEN CAUGHT SINCE 2002. AND I HAVE SEVERAL CHARTS IDENTIFYING THE TYPE OF DRUGS AND THE QUANTITY CONFISCATED IN VENS WAIL WHY IN 2005. THE NUMBER OF SECURITY AGENCIES AND PERSONNEL INVOLVED IN DRUG CONFISCATION THROUGHOUT VENEZUELA. PERSONS IN VENEZUELA ARRESTED ON DRUGS AND A NUMBER OF FOREIGNERS ARRESTED FOR DRUGS IN VENEZUELA. I HAVE ALL OF THESE THAT I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SUBMIT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD. THEIR INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE. THEY HAVE BEEN SHARING THIS WITH US. THIS RESOLUTION FURTHER THREATENS THE DELICATE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES AND CONSEQUENTLY FOR ME, WHY I'M REALLY CONCERNED, I HAPPEN TO REPRESENT AN AIRPORT. INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, J.F.K., JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING DRUGS OUT. AND TO ME THAT'S WHAT THE BOTTOM LINE IS. THIS IS NOT US AGAINST THEM. FOR ME IT'S ABOUT SECURING OUR COUNTRY SO WE CAN KEEP THE DRUGS FROM COMING IN AND DOING WHAT WE HAVE TO DO. AND THE RESOLUTION BASICALLY I THINK AND I HOPE I'M WRONG AS MR. DELAHUNT SAID, WHAT IT WILL DO, IT WILL ASSURE WE WON'T HAVE AN AGREEMENT. AND IF WE DON'T HAVE AND AGREEMENT, THEN WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED IS THERE CAN BE MORE DRUGS GETTING INTO THIS CONTRY. WE HAVE TO DO JUST THE OPPOSITE. WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE MAKE -- WE DO EVERYTHING THAT WE POSSIBLY CAN TO SECURE AND TO PREVENT DRUGS FROM ENTERING INTO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I THINK THAT THIS IS THE WRONG WAY OF DOING IT. SO THEREFORE I WILL OPPOSE THIS RESOLUTION AND ASK ALL MEMBERS IF YOU TRULY WANT TO STOP DRUGS, WE NEED TO GET AN AGREEMENT WITH VENEZUELA, AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME. I YIELD BACK TO MR. DELAHUNT.

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    MR. BURTON

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. ROYCE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. DELAHUNT

    TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, BUT I'M GLAD THAT MY FRIENDS RAISED…

    TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, BUT I'M GLAD THAT MY FRIENDS RAISED THE ISSUE OF IRAN AND AT THE RAIN. -- TEHRAN, BECAUSE THE GENTLEMAN WHO SPOKE HERE TODAY, THAT SPOKE IN THIS -- TO THIS HOUSE IN THIS INSTITUTION HAS YET TO DENOUNCE THE MILITARY COOPERATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN IRAN AND IRAQ THAT EXISTS AS WE SPEAK. LET ME REMIND MY FRIENDS, TOO, THAT THE FOREIGN MINISTER, THE FOREIGN MINISTER OF IRAQ MADE THIS STATEMENT TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, WE SHOULDN'T PRESS TEHRAN ABOUT THEIR NUCLEAR PROGRAM BECAUSE THEY TELL US THAT IT'S FOR PEACEFUL PURPOSES. WE DON'T NEED A GUARANTEE. LET'S JUST SIMPLY ACCEPT, ACCEPT WHAT THEY SAY. I'M REALLY GLAD YOU BROUGHT UP TEHRAN BECAUSE WHAT I'M BEGINNING TO SEE IS AN EMERGING RELATIONSHIP, IF NOT AN ALLIANCE, BETWEEN IRAQ AND IRAN. IT'S CLEAR THAT THERE IS HUGE IRANIAN INFLUENCE IN IRAQ TODAY, A PLACE WE HAVE LOST OVER 2,500 MEN AND WOMEN, WHERE WE HAVE SPENT HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, AND YET WHAT DO WE HEAR? NOTHING ABOUT IRAN. WE HAVE NO CONDEMNATION OF HEZBOLLAH, NONE WHATSOEVER. I'M GLAD YOU BROUGHT UP IRAN. GO BACK AND CHECK ABOUT THAT BILATERAL MILITARY COOPERATION AGREEMENT. I DON'T THINK ONE EXISTS BETWEEN -- I KNOW ONE DOES NOT CURRENTLY EXIST BETWEEN IRAN AND VENEZUELA, BUT IT DOES BETWEEN OUR FRIENDS IN IRAQ AND IRAN. I ASK, WE HAVE REALLY CREATED A HEGOMEN IN THE MIDDLE EAST, IRAN. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT, BECAUSE THE CHAIRMAN SPOKE ABOUT THE D.E.A., AND I'M SURE THEY HAVE GONE THROUGH AND I UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE VERIFIED OR HAVE HAD SERIOUS CONSULTATIONS. AS A MATTER OF RECORD, IF THE CHAIRMAN TELLS ME, I WILL ACCEPT IT, DOES THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION BELIEVE THAT THE PASSAGE OF THIS RESOLUTION WILL ACCELERATE THE A-- THE SIGNING OF THIS AGREEMENT? TO MY FRIEND.

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    MR. BURTON

    ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION, I DON'T THINK ANYTHING WILL ACCELERATE THIS UNTIL…

    ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION, I DON'T THINK ANYTHING WILL ACCELERATE THIS UNTIL MR. CHAVEZ DECIDES WHAT HE WANTS TO DO. MR. CHAVEZ WAS GIVEN -- IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL LET ME FINISH -- MR. CHAVEZ AND YOU, MY GOOD FRIEND, ASKED FOR US TO GIVE THEM AN EXTENSION TO JULY 8. WE DID THAT. AND ON JULY 8 THEY DIDN'T SIGN IT AND THEY WOULDN'T GIVE US A DATE AFTER THAT. YOU KNOW THAT. SO WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS POINT OUT TO THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE THAT THEY RENEGED ON THEIR COMMITMENT.

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    MR. DELAHUNT

    THEIR TIME. THERE WAS AND I WILL REMIND MY FRIEND THAT THERE WAS A VERY…

    THEIR TIME. THERE WAS AND I WILL REMIND MY FRIEND THAT THERE WAS A VERY TENSE ISSUE BETWEEN VENEZUELA AND THE UNITED STATES REGARDING AIR TRAFFIC BETWEEN OUR COUNTRIES. DIPLOMACY, PATIENCE, RESTRAINT, RESULTING IN THE RESOLUTION OF THAT PROBLEM SO THAT TODAY BETWEEN VENEZUELA AND THE UNITED STATES THERE IS AIR TRAVEL. IT'S WORKING. SO ACCORDS CAN HAPPEN. I SHARE THE FRUSTRATION OF MY FRIEND FROM INDIANA. I KNOW THAT HE IS SOMEONE WHO IS A VERY CAN-DO KIND OF GUY. AND THERE ARE TIMES ONE MIGHT DESCRIBE HIS INPUTOUS, UNFORTUNATELY DIPLOMACY DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY. I UNDERSTAND, TOO, THAT THE STATE DEPARTMENT I.N.L. HAD THIS TO SAY, HAD THIS TO SAY. I'M QUOTING FROM OUR OWN STATE DEPARTMENT. THIS IS AFTER ALL OF THE PROBLEMS THAT YOU DESCRIBED BETWEEN THE D.E.A. AND THE ANTI-DRUG OFFICE OF VENEZUELA. THIS IS A QUOTE, MR. CHAIRMAN, IN SPITE OF THE POLITICAL TENSIONS, D.E.A. CONTINUED WORKING WITH ITS LAW ENFORCEMENT CONTACTS, DEVELOPING INFORMATION AND LEADS THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTED -- LISTEN CAREFULLY -- HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO RECORD SEIZURES BY VENEZUELAN LAW ENFORCEMENT. BY VENEZUELAN LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE D.E.A. IS ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THERE HAVE BEEN RECORD SEIZURES. ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN OFFICIAL REPORT, THE I.N.L., AFTER DESSERTIFICATION, POLITICAL SNIPING FADED AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS EXPRESSED RENEWED WILLINGNESS TO COOPERATE. THE GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA LINKED IT TO A SIGNING OF A NEW BILATERAL COUNTERNARCOTICS WORKING AGREEMENT. THAT'S WHAT WE ALL WANT. AND IF WE CAN ACHIEVE THAT WE'VE DONE SOMETHING POSITIVE. WE KNOW THE RHETORIC IS GOING TO FLY BACK AND FORTH. WE KNOW THERE IS GOING TO BE FINGER-POINTING AND ALL KINDS OF NASTY WORDS SPOKEN ON EITHER SIDE, BUT WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT, WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT IS THAT WE PROTECT OUR OWN CHILDREN. I THINK IT THE DESSERT IF I CAN I CATION -- DESSERTIFICATION PROCESS, IN THE LAST SIX YEARS, HAVE WE TAKEN STEPS TO ADEQUATELY DECLINE, TO ADEQUATELY REDUCE THE DEMAND THAT FUELS THE NARCOTICS COMING IN TO THIS COUNTRY? AND WITH THAT I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MY FRIEND FROM OHIO.

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    MR. KUCINICH

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE RESOLUTION AND IT SAYS IN…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE RESOLUTION AND IT SAYS IN PART, STEPS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE TAKEN TO RESTORE BILATERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT COOPERATION BETWEEN VENEZUELA AND THE UNITED STATES DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION, I THINK EVERYONE IN THIS CONGRESS WOULD READILY AGREE WITH THAT. BUT THE LANGUAGE OF CONDEMNATION ACTUALLY SEPARATES US FROM THAT GOAL. AND I THINK THIS IS A CONSISTENT PROBLEM THAT WE FACE HERE IN THE CONGRESS. WE DESIRE A CERTAIN TYPE OF BEHAVIOR FROM ANOTHER GOVERNMENT AND THEN WE TEAR THEM TO SHREDS WITH OUR RHETORIC. SO IT MAY BE THAT WE NEED TO THINK AGAIN ABOUT OUR APPROACH TOWARDS DIPLOMACY AND THE APPROACH WE TAKE IN THESE RESOLUTIONS. I UNDERSTAND THE INTENTION OF MY FRIEND FROM INDIANA WHO IS A GOOD MAN AND WHO HAS BEEN CONSISTENT IN CHALLENGING ILLEGAL DRUG TRAFFICKING INTO THIS COUNTRY, BUT I ALSO UNDERSTAND WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE APPROACH WE'RE TAKING AND SEE IF THIS RESOLUTION WILL BE MOST EFFECTIVE. AND ECHOING WHAT MR. DELAHUNT SAID, WE NEED TO TAKE A LOOK DEEP INTO OUR SOULS ABOUT WHAT'S DRIVING THIS DEMAND IN THIS COUNTRY FOR COCAINE.

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    MR. BURTON

    I YILED -- HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NEED?

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    YIELD THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    WOULD MY FRIEND YIELD?

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    MR. DELAHUNT

    I THINK MY TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. ROYCE

    HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. BURTON

    MUCH TIME IS THERE ON EACH SIDE, MR. SPEAKER?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS?

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    MR. BURTON

    ABOUT THAT. I'VE LISTENED TO GREAT REDICK COMING FROM THE OTHER SIDE. NOW…

    ABOUT THAT. I'VE LISTENED TO GREAT REDICK COMING FROM THE OTHER SIDE. NOW I INTEND TO GET TO THE FACTS OF THE MATTER. -- I'VE LISTENED TO GREAT RHETORIC COMING FROM THE OTHER SIDE. NOW I INTEND TO GET THE FACTS OF THE MATTER. I HOPE MY FRIEND WILL LISTEN TO ME AS TENTIVELY AS I'VE LISTENED TO HIM. FIRST OF ALL, LET ME JUST SHOW -- AND I WANT TO ENTER THIS IN THE RECORD, MR. SPEAKER -- WE HAVE HERE A MAP FROM THE MARITIME AUTHORITIES, THE JOINT INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE SHOWING FROM JANUARY TO DECEMBER 31 -- 1 TO DECEMBER 31, 2005, THE NUMBER OF MARITIME TRIPS INVOLVING DRUG ACTIVITY ORIGINATING IN VENEZUELA. AND IT'S 385 TIMES. SUSPECTED AIR ACTIVITY FROM JANUARY 1 TO DECEMBER 31, 2005, AGAIN, FROM THE JOINT INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE, 137 TRIPS INVOLVING DRUG TRAFFICKING ORIGINATING IN VENEZUELA. NOW LET ME GO THROUGH SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT ARE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT TO THIS DEBATE. FIRST OF ALL, D.E.A. AGENTS IN AUGUST OF 2005 WERE ACCUSED OF BEING SPIES FOR THE UNITED STATES AND NOT DOING THEIR JOB AS D.E.A. AGENTS. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THAT WAS NOT THE CASE. NOBODY HAS PROVEN OR REALLY INDICATED WITH ANY DEGREE OF AUTHORITY THAT OUR D.E.A. AGENTS WERE DOING ANYTHING MORE THAN TRYING TO INTERDICT DRUGS COMING INTO THE UNITED STATES. WE RECEIVED CREDIBLE REPORTS THAT TRAFFICKERS ARE PAYING CREDIBLE -- CREDIBLE REPORTS THAT TRAFFICKERS ARE PAYING VENEZUELAN AIRPORT AUTHORITIES THE MONEY. FURTHERMORE, THE GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA HAS NOT TAKEN ANY STEPS UNILATERALLY TO PROSECUTE ANY CORRUPT AIRPORT OFFICIALS. THERE IS AN ESTIMATE THAT AS MUCH AS 200 KILOGRAMS OF CREANS AND HEROIN WERE -- COCAINE AND HEROIN WERE SEIZED. AND 20 TIMES THE AMOUNT OF HEROIN AND 10 TIMES THE AMOUNT OF COCAINE COULD BE SEIZED THROUGH THAT AIRPORT. THE VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT DOESN'T TRACK THOSE STATISTICS. INFORMATION REGARDING ANY SEIZURES AT THE AIRPORT WERE NOT SHARED BY THE VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT WITH THE D.E.A. LAST YEAR. ON APRIL 11, 2006, A COMMERCIAL PLANE, WHICH WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER, ORIGINATING IN CARACAS WAS SEIZED IN MEXICO CARRYING 5.6 TONS, TONS OF COCAINE WITH AN ESTIMATED TREAT VALUE OF $100 MILLION. COUNTERNARCOTICS EXPERTS WHO WE CONSULTED AGREE A 5.6 TON LOAD OF COCAINE IS NOT A TEST RUN. WE CAN'T EXPLAIN HOW THIS WAS EXPLOITED BY TRAFFICKERS PREVIOUSLY. HOW MANY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND HOW MANY TONS OF COCAINE WENT THROUGH THAT ROUTE. AND WE KNOW, AS I SAID, THERE WERE 137 TRIPS ON THAT ROUTE LAST YEAR. THE VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT HAS CLAIMED THAT THE INTERDICTION IN MEXICO WAS A RESULT OF A VENEZUELAN TIP-OFF. THAT'S WHAT THEY SAID. WE CHECKED. WE RECEIVED ASSURANCE FATHERS OUR INTELLIGENCE SOURCES AND OTHER INTELLIGENCE SOURCES THAT THOSE CLAIMS ARE FALSE. THE MEXICAN POLICE AND GOVERNMENT FOUND THAT WHEN THAT PLAN LANDED. THEY WERE NOT TIPPED OFF BY ANYBODY IN VENEZUELA. . THE BRIEF IS THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE WORKING AT THE AIRPORT WERE INVOLVED IN THE TRANSPORT OF THESE DRUGS AMOUNTING TO $100 MILLION. IT IS WIDELY REPORTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA IS PROVIDING SAFE HAVEN TO MEMBERS OF THE REVOLUTIONARY ARMED FORCES OF COLOMBIA, THE FARC GUERRILLAS, DESIGNATED AS A FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION AND WAS IN 1997. AND THERE'S STRONG EVIDENCE THE VENEZUELANS ARE SUPPORTING THE REVOLUTIONARY ARMED FORCES OF COLOMBIA, THE FARC, WITH AMMUNITION, SAFE HOUSES, DOCUMENTATION, TRAINING, AND WEAPONS. THERE IS NO FORMAL MECHANISM TO DESIGNATE ENTITIES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION. BUT LINKS BETWEEN THE FARC AND DRUG TRAFFICKING WERE EVIDENT AS FAR BACK AS THE MID TO LATE 1980'S, ACCORDING TO OUR STATE DEPARTMENT. IT IS PRECISELY THROUGH THIS SUPPORT FOR THE FARC THAT WE HAVE SPIMENTS OF AS MUCH AS HALF OF THE COLOMBIAN COCAINE MOVING TO THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE IS PASSING THROUGH VENEZUELA. ALMOST HALF OF THE COCAINE COMING INTO THIS COUNTRY IS COMING THROUGH VENEZUELA. YOU KNOW, I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY WITH MR. DELAHUNT AND MR. MEEKS TO GO DOWN AND MEET WITH PRESIDENT CHAVEZ IN VENEZUELA AND IN -- AT THE U.N. IN NEW YORK. HE'S A VERY ENGAGING FELLOW. HE'S CLINTON-ESQUE, YOU -- IF YOU WILL, HE'S VERY ENGAGING. I WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE FELLOW. WHEN WE TALKED TO HIM ABOUT TONING DOWN THE RHETORIC THAT WOULD LEAD TO A BETTER RELATIONSHIP OR A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND VENEZUELA, HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO DO THAT. BUT HE DIDN'T. EVERY WEEK ON TELEVISION FOR FIVE HOURS, AND I WATCHED THE TAPES, AND I HAVE LISTENED TO THE TRANSLATIONS, HE MALIGNS AND BEATS UP ON NOT ONLY THE PRESIDENT BUT THE SECRETARY OF STATE. HE SAYS VERY DEMEANING THINGS ABOUT CONDOLEEZZA RICE, OUR SECRETARY OF STATE. IT'S THINGS THAT DOESN'T LEAD TO ANY KIND OF A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN US AND THE VENEZUELAN LEADERSHIP. IN ADDITION TO THAT, HE'S TIED IN VERY CLOSELY, CONSIDERED FIDEL CASTRO A COMMUNIST LEADER WHO WANTED TO REVOLUTIONIZE ALL OF SOUTH AMERICA. HE SENT SIKH DOWN THERE IN THE 1980'S AND HE WAS KILLED. NOW CHAVEZ'S MENTOR IS FIDEL CASTRO. HE'S ALSO TIED IN WITH DANIEL ORTEGA AND MR. MORALES OF BOLIVIA. ALL OF THESE PEOPLE WANT TO MOVE THE CONTINENT TO THE LEFT. THE SOUTH AMERICAN CONTINENT TO THE LEFT. AND THIS IS THINGS THAT WE CAN'T TOLERATE. THE DRUG TRAFFICKING IS ONLY PART OF IT. REGARDING THE CHAVEZ'S CURRENT TRIP HE'S GOING TO NORTH KOREA, HE'S GOING TO TEHRAN, AND HE'S MEETING WITH WHAT WE CONSIDER THE CABAL OF TERRORISTS. AND HE'S MAKING -- HE'S ALSO INVITED THESE PEOPLE TO VISIT HIM IN VENEZUELA. IN ADDITION AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA SAID A WHILE AGO, HE'S BUYING ALL KINDS OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT WHICH REALLY ISN'T NECESSARY BECAUSE THERE'S NO BIG THREAT TO HIM DOWN THERE, ALL KINDS OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT TO BUILD UP A HUGE MILITARY OPERATION IN SOUTH AMERICA AND VENEZUELA. WE'VE GOT BIG PROBLEMS DOWN THERE. WE WANT TO TALK TO MR. CHAVEZ. WE WANT TO WORK WITH MR. CHAVEZ. BUT WHEN WE SAY TO HIM WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT THAT WE WILL WORK OUT -- HIS PEOPLE HAMMERED OUT THE AGREEMENT WITH US, HE SAID HE NEEDED MORE TIME, UNTIL JULY 8, YOU ASKED ME FOR MORE TIME --

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    MR. DELAHUNT

    WOULD YIELD. MR. BURTONON --

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    MR. BURTONON -- MR. BURTON

    JULY 8 CAME AND THEY DIDN'T SIGN THE AGREEMENT. WE WANT TO HAVE PEACE IN…

    JULY 8 CAME AND THEY DIDN'T SIGN THE AGREEMENT. WE WANT TO HAVE PEACE IN OUR HEMISPHERE. WE WANT TO WORK WITH ALL THE PRESIDENTS IN OUR HEMISPHERE AND WE DON'T WANT REVOLUTION, AND WE CERTAINLY DON'T WANT DRUGS COMING THROUGH VENEZUELA INTO THE UNITED STATES DAMAGING AMERICAN WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND HURTING THEIR FAMILIES. WITH THAT -- I YIELD FOR ONE QUESTION.

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    MR. DELAHUNT

    OF ALL MY FRIEND MAY A MISSTATEMENT ABOUT CHAVEZ GOING TO NORTH KOREA.…

    OF ALL MY FRIEND MAY A MISSTATEMENT ABOUT CHAVEZ GOING TO NORTH KOREA. THAT'S IRRELEVANT TO THE RESOLUTION THAT IS --

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  • 10:04:40 PM

    MR. BURTON

    NOT GOING TO NORTH KOREA?

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    MR. DELAHUNT

    HE'S BEEN TO TEHRAN LIKE MR. CHALABI, ALL OF THE FRIENDS OF THE…

    HE'S BEEN TO TEHRAN LIKE MR. CHALABI, ALL OF THE FRIENDS OF THE NEOCONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT. THEY HAVE LIVED IN TEHRAN FOR CONSIDERABLE PERIOD OF TIME. LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS TODAY. THE RHETORIC THAT WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT HE'S A TERRORIST. HE'S ABOUT THIS. IS NOT WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF THIS THING. I HAVE TO TELL YOU SOMETHING. WHEN THIS PLAYS DOWN IN CARACAS, IN MY OPENING REMARKS, IT'S JUST GOING TO MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE. I BELIEVE --

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  • 10:05:20 PM

    MR. BURTON

    MY TIME. I WANT TO SAY THIS. IF THERE IS A PROBLEM THAT HAS EVOLVED OUT OF…

    MY TIME. I WANT TO SAY THIS. IF THERE IS A PROBLEM THAT HAS EVOLVED OUT OF THIS DISCUSSION TONIGHT, IT LAYS AT THE FEET OF HUGO CHAVEZ. IT LAYS AT HIS FEET BECAUSE THERE WAS AN AGREEMENT THAT WAS HAMMERED OUT BETWEEN HIS PEOPLE AND THE D.E.A. HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. HE ASKED FOR MORE TIME. WE GAVE THEM MORE TIME. HE WOULDN'T SIGN IT. NOR WOULD HE GIVE US A DATE CERTAIN WHEN HE WOULD SIGN IT. AND HOW LONG DO YOU WAIT, HOW LONG DO YOU WAIT FOR DRUGS TO CONTINUE TO COME INTO THE UNITED STATES BEFORE WE GET --

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  • 10:05:52 PM

    MR. DELAHUNT

    26TH OF JULY, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE 26TH OF JULY. YOU KNOW THAT MYSELF AND…

    26TH OF JULY, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE 26TH OF JULY. YOU KNOW THAT MYSELF AND HOPEFULLY ACCOMPANIED BY OTHERS WERE GOING TO GO TO CARACAS THIS AUGUST, HAVE A CONVERSATION, AND COME BACK WITH A SIGNED AGREEMENT. THAT'S THE HOPE. BUT THIS LANGUAGE IN THIS PARTICULAR RESOLUTION I WILL TELL YOU WHAT WE HAVE DONE. WE HAVE BURIED THAT AGREEMENT. AND THAT'S A TRAGEDY BECAUSE DRUGS WILL COME INTO THIS COUNTRY. THAT'S THE SADNESS.

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  • 10:06:24 PM

    MR. BURTON

    YIELD ANYMORE TIME TO MY COLLEAGUE. HE STARTED TALKING. THAT'S ALL RIGHT.…

    YIELD ANYMORE TIME TO MY COLLEAGUE. HE STARTED TALKING. THAT'S ALL RIGHT. I HAVE A HIGH REGARD FOR HIM. WILL HE ME -- LET ME SAY ONCE AGAIN WE HAVE GONE THE EXTRA MILE ON THIS AGREEMENT WITH MR. HAD A VEZZ. HE WOULDN'T SIGN IT NOR WOULD HE GIVE US A DATE CERTAIN WHEN HE WOULD SIGN IT. WE AHEERED TO MY COLLEAGUE AND OTHER PEOPLES' REQUEST WE EXTEND THE TIME PERIOD. HE WOULDN'T SIGN IT. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE THIS RESOLUTION TONIGHT. I DON'T KNOW HOW IT'S GOING TO PLAY IN CAN A CUSS. ALL I CAN SAY IS -- CARACAS, ALL I CAN SAY IT'S TIME TO GET AN AGREEMENT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 400 AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 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. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 10:07:29 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5877.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. DELAHUNT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 10:08:12 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. DELAHUNT

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. KUCINICH

    COMMITTEE CONTINUES ON THIS PAST , THIS TEMPORARY RE-AUTHORIZATION, I…

    COMMITTEE CONTINUES ON THIS PAST , THIS TEMPORARY RE-AUTHORIZATION, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A FEW REFLEXES. THIS IS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORIGINAL SANCTIONS LAW AND I THINK IT WOULD BEWHO HAVE US TO ASK WHAT THOSE SANCTIONS HAVE ACCOMPLISHED. THIS LEGISLATION SEEKS TO RENEW FOR A PERIOD OF TWO MONTHS A CONFUSING, INEFFECTIVE, AND AT BEST COUNTERPRODUCTIVE, AT WORST COUNTERPRODUCTIVE SANCTIONS POLICY AGAINST IRAN. IRAN JUSTLY REMAINS A FOCAL POINT OF SECURITY CONCERNS FOR OUR NATION. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THOSE WHO USE VIOLENCE AS A MEANS OF SETTLING POLITICAL DISPUTES. IT'S THREATENING RHETORIC WITH RESPECT TO ISRAEL. WORLD CONCERNS ABOUT ITS DESIRE TO RAMP UP NUCLEAR PRODUCTION. ALL THESE THINGS IN MY JUDGMENT MAKES IT MANDATORY THE UNITED STATES SEEK IMMEDIATE TALKS WITH IRAN. WE MUST REACH OUT TO PARTIES IN THE REGION TO BEGIN TO NEGOTIATE AN END TO THE VIOLENCE AND THE BEGINNING OF A PEACE PROCESS LEADING TO A PERMANENT RESOLUTION. OUR LEADERS HAVEN'T TAKEN THAT APPROACH. THEY ARE SEEKING TO ISOLATE IRAN. AND INSTEAD WE ARE STARTING TO ISOLATE OURSELVES. THESE SANCTIONS ARE INDIRECT. THEY ARE NOT TARGETED AT OBJECTIONAL BEHAVIOR. ACCORDING TO ANTHONY WANE WAYNE, THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, TESTIFYING BEFORE THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS ON JANUARY 28, 2001, TALKING ABOUT THE LIBYA AND IRAN SANCTIONS ACT, HE SAYS, THAT IF FOCUSES ON INVESTMENT IN ORDER TO LIMIT REVENUE RATHER THAN FOCUSING DIRECTLY ON ACTIONS BY IRAN TO PROCURE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND SUPPORT TERRORISM. IT GOES ON TO SAY THAT -- IT GOES AGAINST SOME OF THE FRIENDLY COUNTRIES WHOSE COOPERATION WE NEED IN WORKING TOWARDS NONPROLIFERATION AND COUNTERTERRORISM GOALS. SO THESE SANCTIONS HAVEN'T BEEN EFFECTIVE. THERE'S A QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER ANY SANCTIONS ARE GOING TO BE EFFECTIVE HERE. THESE SANCTIONS ADD TO THE PRICE OF GASOLINE IN THE UNITED STATES. WE ARE PAYING FOR THESE FAILED SANCTIONS EVERY TIME WE FILL UP OUR TANK. IRAN HAS THE THIRD LARGEST OIL RESERVES AFTER SAUDI ARABIA AND CANADA, ACCORDING TO THE U.S. ENERGY ADMINISTRATION EQUALLY 102.5 BILLION BARRELS. THEY HAVE THE SECOND LARGEST NATURAL GAS RESERVES AFTER RUSSIA QUEALING 16% OF THE WORLD'S RESERVES. THE ADMINISTRATION HASN'T DONE ANYTHING MEANINGFUL TO BREAK OUR COUNTRY OF ITS DEPENDENCE ON PETROLEUM SO THE REALITY IS SANCTIONS AGAINST INVESTMENTS IN IRAN'S OIL AND GAS FIELDS WILL CAUSE U.S. CONSUMERS TO PAY HIGHER PRICES FOR GASOLINE AND NATURAL GAS. HIGH PRICES PROTECTED THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT FROM ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF DECREASED INVESTMENT. A MILITARY STRIKE AGAINST IRAN WHICH THIS COMPANY SEEMS TO BE NODDING TOWARDS COULD SEND OIL TO $130 PER BARREL ACCORDING TO CNN MAKING $3 A GALLON CURRENTLY LOOK LIKE THE GOOD OLD DAYS. NOW, WE HAVE TO TAKE A NEW DIRECTION. THE SAME GENIUSES WHO BOUGHT US THE WAR IN IRAQ WHO ARE STANDING BY WHILE VIOLENCE OVERWHELMS THE MIDDLE EAST, THESE SAME GENIUSES HAVE THIS PLAN TO KEEP SANCTIONS ON IRAN WHICH WILL DRIVE UP THE PRICE OF OIL SO IRAN CAN MAKE MORE MONEY SELLING THEIR OIL TO OTHER COUNTRIES, AND THE OTHER INDUSTRY IN THE U.S. ISN'T COMPLAINING ABOUT IT BECAUSE THEY ARE MAKING RECORD PROFITS. WE NEED TO TAKE A NEW APPROACH. THAT APPROACH IS TO ENGAGE IRAN DIRECTLY AND TO STOP ISOLATING THEM AND TO BRING THEM TO A PEACEFUL RESOLUTION OF THE ISSUES THAT ARE CURRENTLY INFLAMING SO MUCH OF THE WORLD. THIS IS A TIME FOR US TO TAKE A NEW DIRECTION. I DON'T THINK THAT WE ARE HEADED THAT WAY, BUT I THINK THAT WHEN WE ARE LOOKING AT RENEWAL OF A SANCTIONS REGIME, WE OUGHT TO BE TALKING ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT IT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE -- OF THIS COUNTRY TO TAKE THE DIRECTION WE ARE TAKING.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. .

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    MR. DELAHUNT

    I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUEST FOR TIME AND I YIELD BACK THE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUEST FOR TIME AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. SPEAKER.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 844 AS…

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 844 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 844, CONGRATULATING THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS VACCINE…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 844, CONGRATULATING THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS VACCINE INITIATIVE ON 10 YEARS OF SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT IN THE SEARCH FOR AN HIV-AIDS VACCINE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 10:16:31 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:16:42 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TONIGHT TO…

    MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TONIGHT TO REQUEST THE SUPPORT OF MY COLLEAGUES FOR HOUSE RESOLUTION 844, A RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS VACCINE INITIATIVE ON 10 YEARS OF ACHIEVEMENT IN ADVANCING THE SEARCH OF THE H.I.V. VACCINE. SINCE EMERGING IN 1981, HIV-AIDS HAS VICIOUSLY SPREAD ACROSS THE GLOBE, COMPROMISING STABILITY IN COUNTRIES AND TAKING THE LIVES OF OVER 25 MILLION MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN. THE COST OF HIV-AIDS HAS BEEN STAGGERING. THANKFULLY, THE GLOBAL RESPONSE HAS ACCELERATED. FROM THE BEGINNING, COUNTLESS ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS TOOK UP THE BATTLE AGAINST HIV-AIDS, COMMITTING EXTENSE OF RESOURCES AND GIVING DEEPLY TO FIGHT AN EPIDEMIC WHICH WOULD BE A FORMIDABLE FOE. UNTIL 1996, HOWEVER, INSUFFICIENT ATTENTION AND RESOURCES WERE BEING DEVELOPED TO END A PLAGUE THAT HAS DEVASTATED MUCH OF OUR WORLD FOR A QUARTER CENTURY. IT WAS THIS REALIZATION, MR. SPEAKER, THAT LED TO THE FOUNDING OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS VACCINE INITIATIVE IN 1996. FOUNDED AS A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP, THE INITIATIVE'S MISSION IS A DEVELOPMENT OF A SAFE, EFFECTIVE AND ACCESSIBLE H.I.V. VACCINE, ESPECIALLY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WHERE THE NEED IS GREATEST. WITH A PHILOSOPHY THAT HAS GALVANIZED SCIENTISTS, ACADEMICS, NONPROVE ORGANIZATIONS, GOVERNMENTS AND FAITH COMMUNITIES -- NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, GOVERNMENTS AND FAITH COMMUNITIES. IT HAS OPENED A CORE CLINICAL LABORATORY AND LABORATORIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRIES HIT WORST BY HIV-AIDS, CONDUCTING NUMEROUS VACCINE TRIALS IN COUNTRIES SUCH AS KENYA, INDIA AND SOUTH AFRICA. AS A TESTAMENT TO THEIR VITALITY, ACTIVISM AND COMMITMENT, THE MAJORITY OF NEW H.I.V. VACCINE CANDIDATES ARE DUE IN LARGE PART TO THE EFFORTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS VACCINE INITIATIVE. WE ARE REMINDED THAT HIV-AIDS IS A GLOBAL OBSTACLE WHICH CONTINUES TO CHALLENGE OUR COLLECTIVE GOAL OF A FREE, PROSPEROUS AND PEACEFUL WORLD. IN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST THIS DISEASE, WHICH INEFFECTS NEARLY 14,000 PEOPLE A DAY, THE INITIATIVE'S WORK IS OF TREMENDOUS IMPORTANCE AND THE PROGRESS HAS BEEN NOTABLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, TO EXTEND THE HOUSE'S CONGRATULATIONS TO THE AIDS VACCINE INITIATIVE ON 10 YEARS OF ACHIEVEMENT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. ENGEL

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. ENGEL

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:20:01 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    I'M PLEASED THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL HONOR THE 10TH…

    I'M PLEASED THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL HONOR THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS VACCINE INITIATIVE. THIS IMPORTANT NONPROFIT, SCIENTIFIC AND ADVOCACY PROGRAM FOUNDED IN 1996 IS WORKING TO DEVELOP SAFE, EFFECTIVE AND ACCESSIBLE H.I.V. VACCINES FOR USE AROUND THE WORLD, BUT ESPECIALLY FOR USE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. IT IS HEADQUARTERED IN NEW YORK WITH OFFICES IN NAIROBI, JOHANESSBURG, NEW DELHI AND AMSTERDAM AND HAS ACTIVITIES IN A TOTAL OF 23 COUNTRIES. AS YOU ARE WELL AWARE, THE HIV-AIDS PANDEMIC CONTINUES TO DECIMATE LIVES AND FAMILIES WORLDWIDE. AIDS HAS CLAIMED THE LIVES OF 25 MILLION AND THERE ARE CURRENTLY NEARLY 40 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV-AIDS TODAY. THE UNITED STATES HAS DEMONSTRATED OUR COMMITMENT TO FIGHTING THE AIDS CRISIS BY SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASING FUNDING FOR TREATMENT AND CARE FOR THE WORST EFFECTED COUNTRIES. ULTIMATELY, HOWEVER, A VACCINE TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THIS DISEASE WILL HAVE A GREATER EFFECT TO SLOW AND HALT NEW INFECTIONS. THE WORK FOCUSES ON FOUR AREAS, ACCELERATING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ON AN AIDS VACCINE, MOBILIZING PUBLIC SUPPORT THROUGH ADVOCACY AND EDUCATION, ENHANCING AND ENCOURAGING INDUSTRIAL INVOLVEMENT IN AIDS VACCINE DEVELOPMENT AND ASSURING RAPID GLOBAL ACCESS TO A VACCINE. THIS RESOLUTION IS TIMELY BECAUSE IN A FEW WEEKS AN ESTIMATED 20,000 SCIENTISTS, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERS, JOURNALISTS, GOVERNMENT, NONGOVERNMENTAL AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL REPRESENTATIVES AND PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV-AIDS WILL MEET IN THE 16TH INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE HELD THIS YEAR IN TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA. WITH OVER 400 SESSIONS, MEETINGS AND WORKSHOPS DEDICATED TO EXPLORING THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN H.I.V., SCIENCE, POLICY AND PRACTICE, THIS IS SURE TO PROVIDE A MEANINGFUL DISCOURSE ON GLOBAL AIDS CRISIS. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO HONOR THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS VACCINE INITIATIVE'S 10 YEARS OF OUTSTANDING WORK. I URGE THE ADOPTION OF THIS MEASURE, AND IT'S A PLEASURE TO ONCE AGAIN SPONSOR THIS AND SPEAK ON THIS WITH MY GOOD FRIEND AND PARTNER, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, WITH WHOM I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE ON WORKING ON SO MUCH LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUEST FOR TIME AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

  • 10:22:48 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    YIELDBACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. -- I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 10:22:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 844 AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 OF THOSE PRESENT HAVING VOTED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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  • 10:23:07 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THAT I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL RIGHT. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR TAKING THE…

    ALL RIGHT. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR TAKING THE VOTE ON THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. F RULE 20 AND THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:23:35 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:23:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:23:57 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

  • 10:23:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    WOOLSEY: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING…

    WOOLSEY: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY SPECIAL ORDERS HERE TO FOR ENTERED, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS MAY BE PERMITTED TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES, TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE THEREIN EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS, MR. EMANUEL OF ILLINOIS, MS. WATERS OF CALIFORNIA, MS. MCCRARTY OF NEW YORK, MR. -- MRS. MCCARTHY OF NEW YORK, MR. BROWN, OHIO, MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA, MR. WEINER NEW YORK, MR. MCDERMOTT OF WASHINGTON.

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  • 10:24:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUEST.

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  • 10:24:46 PM

    THE CLERK

    ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MRS. CAPITO OF WEST VIRGINIA FOR TODAY FROM 3:00…

    ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MRS. CAPITO OF WEST VIRGINIA FOR TODAY FROM 3:00 UNTIL 8:00 P.M. AND FOR MS. JOANNE DAVIS OF VIRGINIA FOR TODAY.

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  • 10:24:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 10:25:09 PM

    MS. WATERS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:25:15 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I COME BEFORE THE HOUSE TONIGHT TO CELEBRATE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE UMA…

    I COME BEFORE THE HOUSE TONIGHT TO CELEBRATE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE UMA CLINIC -- COMMUNITY CLINIC UPON THE OCCASION OF ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY. THE UMA COMMUNITY CLINIC IS A COMMUNITY HEALTH FACILITY THAT SERVES UNINSURED AND COMBOFFERISHED FAMILIES IN MY -- IMPOVERISHED FAMILIES IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. IT WAS FOUNDED BY STUDENTS AT UCLA WHO WANTED TO PUT THEIR FAITH AND PATRIOTISM INTO ACTION BY SERVING THEIR COMMUNITY AND THEIR COUNTRY. UMA IS AN ACRONYM FOR THE UNIVERSITY MUSLIM MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. IN ARABIC, THE WORD UMA MEANS COMMUNITY. AN APPROPRIATE NAME FOR THIS EXTRAORDINARY INSTITUTION. THE STUDENTS WHO FOUNDED UMA WERE INPIRED BY THEIR ISLAMIC FAITH, A FAITH -- INSPIRED BY THEIR ISLAMIC FAITH, A FAITH THAT TOLD THEM TO HELP THEIR NEIGHBOR, A FAITH THAT TOLD THEM IF THEY SAW SOMETHING WRONG THEY MUST FIX IT. AND TODAY, THE UMA CLINIC IS FIXING PEOPLE'S LIVES WITH ITS HEALING HANDS EVERY DAY QUIETLY AND TIRELESSLY. WHEN THE UMA CLINIC OPENED 10 YEARS AGO, IT WAS THE FIRST CHARITABLE MEDICAL FACILITY IN THE UNITED STATES FOUNDED BY MUSLIM AMERICANS. AT A TIME WHEN MUSLIM AMERICANS FACE UNFAIR DISCRIMINATION AND SCRUTINY, THE UMA CLINIC ALLOWS MUSLIMS TO PUT THEIR FAITH INTO ACTION THROUGH SERVICE, SELFLESSNESS AND COMPASSION. THE UMA CLINIC PROVIDES MUSLIM AMERICANS WITH AN INSTITUTION IN WHICH THEY CAN TAKE PRIDE. ONE THAT ENRICHES THE COMMUNITY WITH SERVICES THAT SAVES LIVES. THE UMA CLINIC SERVES AS A PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SOURCE. FOR OVER 15,000 CHILDREN AND ADULTS IN SOUTH LOS ANGELES, MANY OF WHOM OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE NO ACCESS TO PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SERVICES. IT HAS ITS PATIENT CLIENTELE FROM EVERY CONCEIVABLE FAITH, CULTURE AND BACKGROUND. OVER 95% OF THE BENEFICIARIES OF THE SERVICES ARE NOT MUSLIM. UMA TAKES A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO HEALTH CARE. AT THE UMA CLINIC, PATIENTS CAN SEE A REGULAR FAMILY DOCTOR WHO KNOWS THEM AND WHO CARES ABOUT THEM. THEY CAN RETURN AGAIN AND AGAIN TO THE SAME FAMILY DOCTOR WHO HELPS THEM STAY ONE STEP AHEAD OF ILLNESS BY ENCOURAGING THEM TO EAT PROPERLY AND LIVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AND MAKING CERTAIN THAT THEY ALL GET THEIR PHYSICALS, VACCINATIONS, LAB TESTS, MAMMOGRAMS AND OTHER HEALTH SCREENINGS. THE UMA CLINIC HAS RECEIVED FUNDING AND SUPPORT FROM SEVERAL OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING KAISER, THE CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT AND ISLAMIC RELIEF. UMA HAS ALSO BECOME A COMMITTED ADVOCATE FOR THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF ALL CITIZENS TO HAVE ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE SERVICES REGARDLESS OF THEIR RACE, RELIGION OR SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS. THE UMA CLINIC IS ONE OF THE MANY WAYS THAT MUSLIM AMERICANS SERVE THEIR COUNTRY. THEY HAVE MADE CONTRIBUTIONS IN MANY DIFFERENT FIELDS. THEY ARE CLERKS AND LABORERS, DOCTORS AND LAWYERS, OUR TEACHERS AND RESEARCHERS. THEY WORK IN OUR GOVERNMENT AND THEY SERVE HONORABLY IN OUR MILITARY. UMA REPRESENTS THE BEST OF THE MUSLIM AMERICAN COMMUNITY. IT EMBODIES HIGH ETHICS AND MORAL STANDARDS AND IT WAS FOUNDED AS A RESULT OF THE OBLIGATION MUSLIM AMERICANS FILLED TO ENSURE THE WELL-BEING OF EVERYONE IN SOCIETY. IF YOU WANT TO SEE WHAT MUSLIM AMERICANS TRULY REPRESENT, GO TO THE UMA COMMUNITY CLINIC IN MY DISTRICT AND YOU WILL SEE IT THERE. CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE UMA CLINIC CANNOT SOLVE THE NATION'S HEALTH CRISIS ALONE, BUT THEIR EFFORTS ARE MAKING A CONTRIBUTION BY HEALING COUNTLESS PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN RELEGATED TO SOCIETY'S MARGINS. I'M PROUD TO CONGRATULATE THE UMA COMMUNITY CLINIC UPON ITS 10TH AFERTE FOR THE HEALTH SERVICES IT PROVIDES TO THE MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED IN LOS ANGELES. I SALUTE THE CLINIC AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO RUN IT. AND I SALUTE THE MUSLIM AMERICAN COMMUNITY FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE. I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS AND, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD SEVERAL OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE UMA COMMUNITY CLINIC AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE AFFILIATED WITH THE CLINIC. THESE INDIVIDUALS MET WITH ME TODAY, YESTERDAY. THEY HAVE BEEN IN MY OFFICE. THEY HAVE BEEN HERE IN THE CAPITOL TO DISCUSS THE WORK THEY ARE DOING.

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  • 10:30:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED.

  • 10:30:31 PM

    MS. WATERS

    THANK YOU, VERY MUCH. I WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT THESE NAMES TO GO THE…

    THANK YOU, VERY MUCH. I WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT THESE NAMES TO GO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, ALONG WITH THESE REMARKS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKE OBJECTION. AND THE LADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    I --

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    THE CLERK

    TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 951, RESOLUTION WAIVING A REQUIREMENT OF…

    TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 951, RESOLUTION WAIVING A REQUIREMENT OF CLAUSE 6-A OF RULE 13 WITH RESPECT TO CONSIDERATION OF CERTAIN RESOLUTIONS REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES. . RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4157, TO AMEND THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT TO ENCOURAGE THE DISSEMINATION, SECURITY, CONFIDENTIALITY, AND USE FULLNESS OF HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S

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  • 10:31:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 4, 2005, AND UNDER A PREVIOUS ORDER OF THE HOUSE, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ARE RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES EACH. WILL MOW OF POE -- MR. POE OF TEXAS.

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  • 10:31:43 PM

    MR. SHAYS

    THE REQUEST IS GRANTED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE REQUEST IS GRANTED.

  • 10:31:49 PM

    MR. SHAYS

    A GROUNDBREAKING EVENT ON FARM ANIMAL WELFARE. MEMBERS OF THE CAUCUS WERE…

    A GROUNDBREAKING EVENT ON FARM ANIMAL WELFARE. MEMBERS OF THE CAUCUS WERE JOINED BY A DISTINGUISHED AND ADVERSE PANEL OF SPEAKERS, REPRESENTATIVES OF THREE MAJOR ANIMAL PROTECTION ORGANIZATIONS A. NOTED LEGAL SCHOLAR, A FAMILY FARMER, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE RELIGIOUS AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITIES. THE WAY A SOCIETY TREATS ITS ANIMALS SPEAKS TO THE CORE VALUES AND PRIORITIES OF ITS CITIZENS. PETER DEFAZIO AND I RECENTLY INTRODUCED LEGISLATION H.R. 5557, THE FARM ANIMAL STEWARDSHIP ACT WHICH WE HOPE WILL LEAD TO MORE HUMANE TREATMENT OF FARM ANIMALS RAISED FOR CONSUMPTION. ADDITIONALLY I AM DEVELOPING BILLS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES OF LABELING AND ANIMAL CRUELTY THAT EXISTS IN AMERICA. SOME SPECIES HAVE BECOME OUR COMPANIONS. SOME PLAY IMPORTANT ROLES IN SENSITIVE ECOSYSTEMS. AND SOME ARE RAISED FOR FOOD. IT IS OUR DUTY TO PROTECT AND CARE FOR ALL OF THESE ANIMALS. MATTHEW SCULLY, FORMER SPECIAL ASSISTANT AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SPEECHWRITING, TO PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, WAS UNABLE TO ATTEND BUT HE SUBMITTED HIS ARTICLE FEAR FACTORS, THE CASE FOR COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATISM FOR ANIMALS, WHICH WAS PUBLISHED IN THE MAY 23, 2005, ISSUE OF THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE. HE ASKS THAT IT BE INCLUDED AS A SUMMARY OF HIS VIEWS ON THIS SUBJECT. BEFORE ENDING MY COMMENTS, LET ME HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY MATH EWE SCULLY BECAUSE IT EXPRESSES WHAT I BELIEVE. MR. SCULLY STATES, QUOTE, PERSISTENT ANIMAL WELFARE QUESTIONS OF OUR -- THE PERSISTENT ANIMAL WELFARE QUESTIONS OF OUR DAY CENTER ON INSTITUTIONAL CRUELTIES ON THE VAST AND SYSTEMATIC MISTREATMENT OF ANIMALS THAT MOST OF US NEVER SEE. ALL OF FACTORY FARMING PROCEEDS BY A MASSIVE DENIAL OF REALITY. THE REALITY THAT PIGS AND OTHER ANIMALS ARE NOT JUST PRODUCTION UNITS TO BE ENDLESSLY EXPLOITED, BUT LIVING CREATURES WITH NATURES AND NEEDS. HE CONTINUES, CONSERVATIVES ARE SUPPOSED TO REVERE TRADITION. FACTORY FARMING HAS NO TRADITION, NO RULES, NO CODES OF HONOR, NO LITTLE DECRENCIES TO SPARE FOR A FELLOW CREATURE. THE WHOLE THING IS AN ABANDONMENT OF RURAL VALUES AND BETRAYAL OF HONORABLE ANIMAL HUSBANDRY. HE FURTHER CONTINUES BY SAYING, QUOTE, WE CANNOT JUST TAKE FROM ES, WE MUST GIVE THEM SOMETHING IN RETURN. WE OWE THEM A MERCIFUL DEATH AND WE OWE THEM A MERCIFUL LIFE. AND WHEN HUMAN BEINGS CANNOT DO SOMETHING HUMANELY WITHOUT DEGRADING BOTH CREATURES AND OURSELVES, THEN WE SHOULD NOT DO IT AT ALL, END OF QUOTE. THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS ISSUE IS EVIDENT AS OVER 100 PEOPLE ATTENDED THE HEARING TO EXAMINE THE ISSUE OF THE HUMANE TREATMENT OF FARM ANIMALS. THE FRIENDS OF ANIMAL CAUCUS WILL CONTINUE TO WORK ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO HELP PROTECT ANIMALS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:34:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. EMANUEL FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. EMANUEL FROM ILLINOIS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE LADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 10:35:05 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    I ASK TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER.

  • 10:35:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE LADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:35:12 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    FILM CALLED THE GROUND TRUTH. IT WAS ABOUT MARINES IN THE INFANTRY WHO HAD…

    FILM CALLED THE GROUND TRUTH. IT WAS ABOUT MARINES IN THE INFANTRY WHO HAD BEEN SENT TO IRAQ. THESE MARINES WERE FROM ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT BEGAN INTRODUCING INDIVIDUAL MARINES, INDIVIDUAL SOLDIERS AND THESE INDIVIDUALS WERE KNOWING -- THEY KNEW WHY THEY WERE -- UNLESS THEY HAD IT LISTED, THEY WERE TRUSTING THEIR DECISION, THEY WERE FEELING COMFORTABLE THAT THEY KNEW WHO THEIR ENEMY WAS, AND THEIR ENEMY WAS -- OUR ENEMY WAS DANGEROUS AND THE DANGER WAS TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THEY ALSO KNEW THAT JOINING WAS THEIR WAY OUT, OUT OF THEIR TOWNS, OUT OF THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS, OUT OF CURRENT DEAD-END SITUATIONS OR UP FOR TRAINING AND EDUCATION THAT WOULD NOT BE AVAILABLE TO THEM OUTSIDE OF THE MILITARY. THEIR EYES WERE CLEAR. THEIR VOICES WERE FIRM. THEIR RESOLVE WAS INTACT. THEY WENT OFF TO BOOT CAMP. BOOT CAMP GAVE THEM THE STEEL THEY NEEDED IN THEIR BACK BONES. THEY GAVE THEM THE PRACTICE THEY NEEDED SO THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO KILL, KILL THEIR ENEMY. THEN THEY KNEW THAT THAT ENEMY WAS DANGEROUS TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THEIR HEADS WERE SHAVED, THEIR VOICES WERE HARD, THEIR ANGER WAS STIRRED, THEY KNEW THEIR ENEMY, AND THEY WERE READY TO FIGHT. SO OFF THEY WENT TO WAR. THEY WENT TO IRAQ OR THEY WENT TO AFGHANISTAN. THEY GOT THERE, THEY WENT INTO BATTLE AGAINST PEOPLE, IRAQI PEOPLE, RECRUITS LIKE THEMSELVES WHO THEY DIDN'T QUESTION THAT WERE CLEARLY THEIR ENEMY, BUT THEN THEY FOUND THEMSELVES KILLING CHILDREN, RUNNING OVER THEM WITH THEIR VEHICLES ON COMMAND FIRING ON CHILDREN, BURNING CHILDREN, AND WOMEN? ONE MARINE TOLD THE STORY OF MISTAKINGLY SHOOTING A WOMAN JUST BEFORE SHE WAVED A WHITE HANDKERCHIEF TO SHOW SHE WAS NOT AN ENEMY. AND MEN, MEN WHO COULD HAVE BEEN OR NOT PART OF THE INSURGENCY NEVER CLEAR IF THEY WERE KILLING INNOCENT OR IF THEY WERE FIGHTING THE ENEMY. THEIR EYES BECAME CONFUSED, THEIR VOICES BECAME UNCERTAIN, THEIR RESOLVE QUESTIONING. AND WHILE THEY ARE MOVING THROUGH THESE EMOTIONS FROM CERTAINTY TO UNCERTAINTY, THEY AND THEIR BUDDIES WERE BEING PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY WOUNDED. THOSE WHO WEREN'T KILLED OR INJURED WERE LIKELY TO BECOME VICTIMS OF PTSD, POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. BUT THEY DID COME HOME IF THEY WEREN'T KILLED. THEY CAME HOME WITH SAD, SAD EYES. THEY CAME HOME FEELING LIKE OUTSIDERS IN THEIR HOMES, IN THEIR COMMUNITIES BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T SHARE WHAT THEY HAD BEEN LIVING WITH THE LAST NINE MONTHS TO A YEAR AND A HALF. THEY WERE CONFUSED AND THEY WERE ASHAMED BY WHAT THEY HAD DONE. THEY WERE QUESTIONING THEIR MISSION. THEY WERE EMBARRASSED BECAUSE THEIR FAMILIES THOUGHT THEY WERE HEROES AND THEY SAW THEMSELVES AS PRETTY BAD PEOPLE. THESE MEN AND THESE WOMEN, MR. SPEAKER, WERE VICTIMS. THEY DID WHAT THEY WERE TRAINED AND COMMANDED TO DO. IN FACT ONE INFANTRY MAN TOLD IN THE FILM THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY THOSE WHO HADN'T KILLED THAT DAY WERE CHIDED BY THE OTHERS IN THEIR UNIT. OF COURSE, MR. SPEAKER, YOU CAN BE CERTAIN THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WERE IN DESPERATE NEED OF HELP. PHYSICAL WHICH IS OBVIOUS. AND MENTAL, WHICH IS HARDER TO ASSESS. BECAUSE THEIR NEEDS WERE LABELED BEHAVIOR DISORDERS. SO THESE INDIVIDUALS JOINED THE MILITARY, DID THEIR JOBS,, NO LONGER LIKE THEMSELVES WHEN THEY CAME HOME BUT CAME HOME IN GREAT NEED OF HELP. IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT AND SOMETIMES ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE TO GET THE HELP THEY NEEDED. ONE SOLDIER HUNG HIMSELF. OTHERS DRANK OR USED DRUGS, ACTED OUT IN DANGER, MADE LIFE IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEIR LOVED ONES UNTIL THEY BEGAN TO PATCH THEMSELVES UP. AND THEIR LIVES BACK TOGETHER AGAIN. OR DIDN'T. MR. SPEAKER, THESE ARE ONLY A FEW EXAMPLES OF WHAT WAR DOES TO THOSE WHO ARE TRAINED TO KILL. WHO DO THEIR JOB AND ARE LEFT FEELING GUILTY. WE MUST END ALL WAR. WE DON'T WANT TO PUT OTHER INDIVIDUALS THROUGH THIS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:40:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. OSBORNE FROM NEBRASKA. FOR WHAT…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. OSBORNE FROM NEBRASKA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

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  • 10:40:46 PM

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    ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:40:57 PM

    MR. FRANKS

    A TYRANNICAL GOVERNMENT CARES NOT ABOUT THE FATE OF AN INDIVIDUAL CITIZEN.…

    A TYRANNICAL GOVERNMENT CARES NOT ABOUT THE FATE OF AN INDIVIDUAL CITIZEN. BUT IN A FREE COUNTRY, TO MURDER A SINGLE INNOCENT CITIZEN IS TO PROVOKE A FIGHT WITH THE ENTIRE NATION. THIS IS ONE OF THE GREAT DIFFERENTIATIONS BETWEEN HEZBOLLAH AND ISRAEL. WHILE DESPERATELY TRYING TO RETRIEVE TWO OF HER SOLDIERS WHO WERE ABDUCTED BY HEZBOLLAH TERRORISTS, ISRAEL TAKES GREAT LENGTHS TO MINIMIZE CIVILIAN CASUALTIES. CONVERSELY, HEZBOLLAH TAKES GREAT LENGTHS TO MAXIMIZE CIVILIAN CASUALTIES IN ISRAEL WHILE MAKING BREATHING BARRICADES OUT OF THE INNOCENT WOMEN, AND CHILDREN IN LEBANON. TIME AND AGAIN ISRAEL HAS MADE EFFORTS FOR PEACE. ISRAEL FULLY WITHDREW FROM LEBANON. THEN SHE UPROOTED FROM GAZA. SHE WAS THANKED WITH ROCKETS, MAYHEM, AND BLOODBATH. THE RECENT KIDNAPPING AND MURDER OF ISRAELI CITIZENS AND SOLDIERS WERE DEFINITIVE ACTS OF WAR. HEZBOLLAH TERRORISTS ALONG WITH THE NATIONS OF SYRIA AND IRAN WHO SUPPORT THEM ARE THE AGGRESSORS, MR. SPEAKER. AND NOW AS ISRAEL HAS RISEN UP TO DEFEND HERSELF, ALONG WITH EACH OF THE INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS WHOM SHE LOVES, WE HEAR CRIES FROM THE U.N. AND OTHER QUARTERS FOR ISRAEL TO RESTRAIN HERSELF. WHAT IF ON 9/111, MR. SPEAKER, THE OUTCRY WAS FOR THE UNITED STATES TO RESTRAIN OURSELVES? OR WHAT IF ISRAEL HAD LISTENED TO SUCH CALLS FOR RESTRAINT 15 YEARS AGO WHEN SHE LEARNED THAT SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS BUILDING A NUCLEAR REACTOR? THE UNITED STATES AND OUR COALITION FORCES WOULD HAVE FACED TERRORISTS WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS WHEN WE LIFT THE THE IRON HAND OF SADDAM HUSSEIN IN 2003. YOU SEE, MR. SPEAKER, ISRAEL UNDERSTANDS THAT THE ENTIRE WORLD FACES AN EVIL POISONOUS IDEOLOGY THAT CAUSES MOTHERS TO LEAP FOR JOY WHEN THEIR CHILDREN BLOW THEMSELVES TO PIECES IN ORDER TO KILL OTHER INNOCENT HUMAN BEINGS. ISRAEL UNDERSTANDS THAT A DARK, IDEOLOGY LIKE THAT MUST NEVER BE ALLOWED TO GAIN NUCLEAR WEAPONS. WHY DOES THE REST OF THE WORLD NOT SEEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT? THIS IS THE SAME IDEOLOGY THAT MURDERED OLYMPIC ATHLETES IN 1972, THAT TOOK AMERICAN HOSTAGES IN IRAN, THAT MURDERED MARINES IN THEIR BARRACKS IN 1983, THAT BOMBED THE WORLD TRADE CENTER IN 1993, RIYADH IN 1995, THE KHOBAR TOWERS IN 1996, THE EMBASSIES IN 1998, AND THE U.S.S. COLE IN 2000. THEN, MR. SPEAKER, THIS MURDEROUS IDEOLOGY MASSACRED NEARLY 3,000 AMERICANS ON SEPTEMBER 11. AND TODAY THIS IS THE SAME IDEOLOGY THAT IS LAUNCHING ROCKETS INTO ISRAEL TO KILL INNOCENT CIVILIANS. MR. SPEAKER, LEST WE FORGET IT IS THE SAME IDEOLOGY THAT IS WORKING FEVERISHLY TO GAIN NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO TERRORIZE THE WESTERN WORLD IN WAYS THAT WE CANNOT GET IMAGINE -- YET IMAGINE. SEVEN DECADES AGO, MR. SPEAKER, ANOTHER MURDEROUS IDEOLOGY AROSE IN THE WORLD. THE DARK SHADOW OF THE SWASTIKA FELL FIRST UPON THE JEWISH PEOPLE OF GERM NIFMENT BECAUSE THE WORLD DID NOT RESPOND, IT BEGAN TO SPREAD ACROSS EUROPE UNTIL IT LIT THE FIRES OF WORLD WAR II'S HELL ON EARTH WHICH SAW ATOMIC BOMBS FALL UPON CITIES AND OVER 50 MILLION PEOPLE DEAD WORLDWIDE. ALL BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER, THE WORLD'S FREE PEOPLE DID NOT RESPOND IN TIME. HISTORY HAS TAUGHT US THAT EVIL IDEOLOGIES MUST ULTIMATELY BE DEFEATED IN THE MINDS OF HUMAN BEINGS. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, IN THE MEANTIME, MR. SPEAKER, THEY MUST OFTEN BE DEFEATED UPON THE BATTLEFIELD. THE BATTLE ISRAEL FIGHTS IN THESE DAYS IS A BATTLE TO PROTECT ALL OF HUMANITY FROM AN EVIL IDEOLOGY THAT HAS NO RESPECT FOR INNOCENT HUMAN LIFE ANYWHERE ON THE EARTH. THAT IS WHY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT ISRAEL'S WAR IS OUR WAR. AND IF THERE IS HOPE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM IN THIS WORLD, FREE PEOPLES ACROSS THIS WORLD MUST UNITE TO DEFEAT THIS HELLISH IDEOLOGY OF TERRORISM. THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST NOT WAIT TOO LONG. . SO MANY OF THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL TAKE OWING THAT AMERICA STANDS WITH YOU. MAY YOU FIND VICTORY AND MAY THE LIGHT OF GOD'S PEACE SHINE DOWN UPON THE STREETS OF JERUSALEM FOREVER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:45:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE REMAINING PORTION OF HIS TIME. MRS. MCCARTHY…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE REMAINING PORTION OF HIS TIME. MRS. MCCARTHY OF NEW YORK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:45:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    I RISE TONIGHT IN CONCERN OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION $5 MILLION ARMS SALE…

    I RISE TONIGHT IN CONCERN OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION $5 MILLION ARMS SALE TO PAKISTAN. I BELIEVE THE PLAN IS MISGUIDED. CONSIDERING THE RECENT LINKAGE TO THE MUMBAI BOMBING TO PAKISTAN, THIS SALE MAY HALT A TWO-YEAR PEACE PROCESS. THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA HAS MADE A STRONG COMMITMENT OF FIGHTING AGAINST TERRORISM. LIKE THE UNITED STATES, NOTHING HAS DETER THEIR POLICY TO FIGHT THIS MENACE. UNFORTUNATELY, PAKISTAN HAS NOT YET FIGURED A DAY TO DETER TERRORIST CELLS FROM GROWING WITHIN THEIR BORDERS. WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WHERE WE ARE SENDING SUCH HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED WEAPONRY. WHILE PAKISTAN HAS BEEN AN ALLY ON THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR, THE GOVERNMENT HAS WATCHED AS TERRORIST GROUPS COMMITTED TERRORIST ACTS IN JAMU AND KASHMIR AND OTHER PARTS OF INDIA. ITS ACTIONS WITHIN ITS OWN COUNTRY PROVED THEMSELVES NOT FIT FOR RECEIVING THESE ARMS. MR. SPEAKER, FOREIGN MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO PAKISTAN HAS BEEN USED AGAINST INDIA IN THE PAST. THIS NEW U.S. POLICY OF MILITARY SALES TO PAKISTAN WILL CONTRIBUTE TO INCREASING SECURITY CONCERNS THROUGHOUT SOUTH ASIA, PARTICULARLY IN INDIA. THIS MATERIAL IS NOT BEING USED AGAINST AL QAEDA, BUT THERE IS A POTENTIAL THAT IT WOULD BE USED IN A WAR AGAINST INDIA. WE DON'T NEED TO AWARD PAKISTAN FOR BEING THE FRIEND FOR THE WAR ON TERRORISM BY GIVING THEM SYSTEMS THAT WILL NOT BE USED IN THAT EFFORT. PAKISTAN HAS ALSO FAULTED ON PROLIFERATION IN THE PAST. LAST WEEK, PAKISTAN ANNOUNCED THAT IT WAS INCREASING ITS CAPACITY TO PRODUCE NUCLEAR FUEL. A MOVE WHICH SIGNALS A MAJOR EXPANSION OF THE COUNTRY'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS CAPABILITIES. THESE REACTORS, PAIRED WITH SOME OF MOST HIGHLY TECHNOLOGICAL JETS AND MATERIALS, COULD BE DISASTROUS TO THE REGION. MR. SPEAKER, WE MAY BE SUPPORTING THE PAKISTANI MILITARY, BUT WE MAY ALSO BE INCREASING THE RIFT IN PEACE RELATIONS BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN AND IN THE SOUTH ASIA REGION. MR. SPEAKER, ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE IS CERTAINLY NECESSARY TO REFORM PAKISTAN'S SCHOOLS, PROVIDE HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS AND SUPPORT ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING THAT WILL STOP PAKISTAN FROM BEING A BREEDING GROUND FOR TERRORISTS. BUT ALLOWING THE SALES SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE OF INDIA. I FEAR IT WILL MEAN A STEP BACKWARDS IN U.S.-INDIA RELATIONS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. NCAA, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:48:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    TALK TO MY COLLEAGUES ABOUT THE BILL 5856. THIS IS A BILL THAT WILL REPEAL…

    TALK TO MY COLLEAGUES ABOUT THE BILL 5856. THIS IS A BILL THAT WILL REPEAL THE S.G.R., THE FORMULA BY WHICH PHYSICIANS ARE PAID UNDER MEDICARE AND REPLACE IT WITH A MORE SUSTAINABLE, MORE MARKET-FRIENDLY MEDICARE ECONOMIC INDEX, WHICH, IN FACT, REFLECTS THE ACTUAL COST OF INPUT FOR THE PHYSICIAN DELIVERING THE CARE. MR. SPEAKER, THE MEDICARE PHYSICIAN PAYMENT REFORM AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2006 HAS FOUR MAIN GOALS, TO ENSURE THAT PHYSICIANS RECEIVE FULL AND FAIR PAYMENT FOR SERVICES RENDERED, SECOND, TO CREATE QUALITY PERFORMANCE MEASURES. THIRDLY, TO IMPROVE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT ORGANIZATIONS ACCOUNTABILITY AND THEIR FLEXIBILITY. AND, FOURTH, TO FIND REASONABLE METHODS FOR PAYING THESE BENEFITS. CURRENT LAW CAL COULD YOU LATES AN ANNUAL -- CURRENT LAW CALCULATES AN ANNUAL UPDATE ON S.G.R. AS WELL AS THE MEDICARE ECONOMIC INDEX AND THE ADJUSTMENT TO BRING THE M.E.I. IN LINE TO THE S.G.R. TARGET. WHEN EXPENDITURES FALLS SHORE, THE UPDATE FOR FUTURE YEARS IS INCREASED. THIS BEING AN ECONOMIC INCENTIVE FOR PHYSICIANS TO LIMIT HEALTH CARE SPENDING. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, THE SYSTEM SIMPLY DOESN'T WORK. HEALTH CARE SPENDING CONTINUES TO GROW AND PHYSICIANS, SEED THEIR TARGET EXPENDITURES EVERY YEAR. SUBSEQUENTLY, MEDICARE REIMBURSES THEM LESS AND LESS. THE NET RESULT IS THAT PATIENTS HAVE LESS AND LESS ACCESS TO THEIR PHYSICIANS IN THOSE PATIENTS COVERED BY MEDICARE ARGUABLY ARE OUR NATIONS MOST FRAIL AND COMPLEX PATIENTS. THIS BILL JUST INTRODUCED ENDS THE APPLICATION OF THE S.G.R. JANUARY 1, 2007. INSTEAD WE PROPOSE USING A SINGLE CONVERSION FACTOR FOR MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT, THE M.E.I., MEDICARE ECONOMIC INDEX, MINUS 1%. THIS ELIMINATES THE NEGATIVE FEEDBACK LOOP THAT CONSTANTLY CREATES A DEFICIT IN HEALTH CARE FUNDING AND INTRODUCES A MORE MARKET-SENSITIVE SYSTEM. REGARDING QUALITY MEASURES, THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AND OTHER PHYSICIAN ORGANIZATIONS HAVE BEEN WORKING TO CREATE RELEVANT -- IRRELEVANT EVALUATION SYSTEM FOR OUTPATIENT HEALTH CARE. IN CONJUNCTION WITH THESE ORGANIZATIONS, WE PROPOSE CREATING A VOLUNTARY SYSTEMS OF EVIDENCE-BASE QUALITY MEASURES. PHYSICIANS WILL HAVE THEIR MEASURES, WHICH THEY WILL SUBMIT TO A CONSENSUS BILL ORGANIZATION. THESE MEASURES SHOULD PROVIDE A BALANCED OVERVIEW OF THE PERFORMANCE. THEY WILL ALLOW PATIENTS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE QUALITY OF THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS THEY CHOOSE AND BE A FAIR ASSESSMENT TO REDUCE HEALTH CARE DISPARITIES ACROSS GROUPS AND REGIONS. THIS WILL ARM PATIENTS WITH CRITICAL INFORMATION RELATED TO QUALITY OF CARE, GIVING -- AND GIVE PHYSICIANS A YARDSTICK TO MEASURE THEIR OWN PERFORMANCE AND MAKE IMPROVEMENTS. ADDITIONALLY, THESE PROVISIONS LARGELY FOLLOW THE SPIRIT OF AN AGREEMENT BROKERED BETWEEN MEDICINE AND LEADERS ON THE HILL WHEN FINALIZING NEGOTIATIONS ON THE DEFICIT REDUCTION ACT. TO OFFSET THE COST OF THESE CHANGES, WE ARE LOOKING AT MULTIPLE OPTIONS, REDIRECTING THE STABILIZATION FUND FROM THE MEDICARE MODERNIZATION ACT, PROVIDE SOME FUNDS, ALSO MEDICARE CURRENTLY PAYS FOR INDIRECT COSTS OF MEDICAL EDUCATION TWICE, DIRECTLY AND BY INFLATING PAYMENTS TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS BY PAYING ONLY ONCE WE CAN FIND ADDITIONAL MONEY. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SUBMIT THAT THERE ARE OTHER COST- ASURES THAT CAN BE EMPLOYED AND WE ARE CERTAINLY ENCOURAGING MANY GROUPS ACROSS THE HEALTH CARE SPECTRUM TO PARTNER WITH US ON THIS. A RECENT ARTICLE IN "C.Q. HEALTH BEAT NEWS" FROM JANUARY 25, TALKED ABOUT THE CHANGES THAT MIGHT OCCUR IN THE S.G.R. WE HAD A HEARING ON TUESDAY. THE ARTICLE SAYS, TUESDAY'S HEARING MAY HAVE MARKED PROGRESS OF SORTS BECAUSE NOT ONLY WERE LAWMAKERS TALKING ABOUT WHAT WAS SEEMINGLY AN ATTRACTABLE ISSUE BUT THEY OFFERED IDEAS FOR A DOWNPAYMENT ON A LONG-TERM FIX, OFFERING A ROAD MAP ON THE ISSUE WAS LEGISLATION H.R. 5866 THAT WOULD ERASE THE SCHEDULED PAYMENT CUTS WHILE ARMING MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES WITH MORE INFORMATION ON THE QUALITY OF PHYSICIAN CARE. THE BILL WOULD LOWER THE M.E.I. BY ONE PERCENTAGE POINT, WHICH IN 2007 WOULD MEAN A PAYMENT INCREASE OF 2.7%. THE MEDICARE PAYMENT ADVISORY COMMISSION CALLED FOR AN UPDATE BASED ON THE M.E.I. OF 3.7% IN 2007 MINUS ADJUSTMENT FACTOR OF 9.7%, ESSENTIALLY THE SAME NUMBER. THE BILL WOULD ENACT RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE TO INCLUDE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT ORGANIZATIONS WHICH WOULD IMPROVE QUALITY OF CARE UNDER THE PROGRAM. THE BILL WOULD MAKE THE QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS AVAILABLE TO ALL PROVIDERS, REQUIRE -- AND A REQUIRE REVIEW OF THEIR RESOURCES WHEN THE ORGANIZATION'S DUTIES ARE EXPANDED. MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THIS IS A WORTHWHILE BILL. I THINK THIS CONGRESS OWES IT TO THE PATIENTS AND THE PHYSICIANS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT DEPEND UPON THE MEDICARE SYSTEM. WE'VE DONE SOME GREAT THINGS FOR EXPANDING THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM, BUT IT'S TIME TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE SHORTCOMINGS OF THE PROGRAM. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR INDULGENCE AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. MILLER FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BROWN FROM OHIO, MR. WEINER FROM NEW YORK,…

    MR. MILLER FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BROWN FROM OHIO, MR. WEINER FROM NEW YORK, MR. MCDERMOTT FROM WASHINGTON. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 4, 2005, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. GINGREY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR HALF THE REMAINING TIME UNTIL MIDNIGHT AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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    MR. GINGREY

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY WAS AN HISTORIC DAY ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR WHEN WE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY WAS AN HISTORIC DAY ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR WHEN WE HEARD IN A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS FROM THE PRIME MINISTER OF IRAQ, NEU NEU -- NOURI AL-MALIKI. THE IRAQI PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN, AND THEIR PRIME MINISTER HAS SPOKEN. LAST NIGHT DURING OUR SPECIAL HOUR, MR. SPEAKER, TWO OF MY COLLEAGUES FROM GEORGIA TALKED ABOUT THE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY OF THIS COUNTRY AND HOW WELL WE HAVE DONE UNDER THE POLICIES OF THIS PRESIDENT AND THIS REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP, AND THEY TERM THAT HOUR THE TRUTH HOUR AS PRESENTED BY THE TRUTH SQUAD TO MAKE SURE THE FACTS ARE PRESENTED TO OUR COLLEAGUES AND TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE TREW FACTS. AND WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THIS SHORT TIME THAT WE HAVE TONIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, IS TO TALK ABOUT THE TRUE FACTS IN REGARD TO IRAQ AND THE IRAQI PEOPLE AND WHY WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THEM AND NOT CONSIDER FOR A MOMENT TO BAIL OUT THESE DIFFICULT TIMES THAT THEY ARE CONTINUING TO GO THROUGH. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO JUST TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE PROGRESS THAT WE HAVE MADE, AND I'VE GOT A COUPLE OF SLIDES HERE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT. FIRST, JUST TALKING ABOUT THE SECURITY IN IRAQ. IRAQ'S BRUTAL FORMER DICTATOR, SADDAM HUSSEIN, AS WE ALL KNOW IS BEHIND BARS AND HAS BEEN FOR THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS. JUST IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS, MR. SPEAKER, THE INFAMOUS, THE NOTORIOUS, ABU MUSAB AL-ZARQAWI, THE LEADER OF AL QAEDA IN IRAQ, WAS ELIMINATED BY UNITED STATES TROOPS WITH THE HELP, I MIGHT ADD, MR. SPEAKER, OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE FROM ACTIONABLE INTELLIGENCE THAT WE OBTAINED FROM THEM. THE IRAQI SECURITY FORCES NOW NUMBER OVER 260,000 AND THEY ARE PARTICIPATING IN MORE THAN 90%, 90% OF ALL SECURITY OPERATIONS IN THEIR NATION. THE IRAQI CITIZENS ARE COMING FORTH, AS I SAY, WITH TIPS ABOUT INSURGENTS LIKE ALZARQAWI AND TERRORIST ACTIVITIES, MORE THAN 4,500 TIPS IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR ALONE. AND, OF COURSE, MR. SPEAKER, THIS INFAMOUS PHOTOGRAPH OF ZARQAWI IS RECOGNIZED BY EVERY MEMBER IN THIS CHAMBER. AND LISTEN TO HIS QUOTE, AMERICANS ARE THE MOST COWARDLY OF GOD'S CREATURES. THEY ARE AN EASY QUARRY, PRAISE BE TO GOD. WE ASK GOD TO ENABLE US TO KILL AND CAPTURE THEM. THIS WAS A LETTER TO AL QAEDA IN FEBRUARY OF 2004. THANK OUR GOD THAT THIS INFAMOUS ZARQAWI NO LONGER EXISTS AND IS NO LONGER A THREAT TO THE IRAQI PEOPLE AND TO OUR BRAVE MILITARY IN A ARE FIGHTING IN IRAQ. LET ME JUST SPEAK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT DEMOCRACY AND, OF COURSE, THE PRIME MINISTER SPOKE TO THAT SO WELL TODAY. PRIME MINISTER MALIKI SERVES AS A DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED PRIME MINISTER OF IRAQ. MORE THAN 70% OF IRAQ'S CITIZENS VOTED IN A SERIES OF FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS. THE IRAQI CITIZENS RATIFIED A CONSTITUTION AND THEY ELECTED THE IRAQI NATIONAL UNITY GOVERNMENT. FOR THE FIRST TIME, WOMEN ARE PART OF THE POLITICAL PROCESS HOLDING 31% OF THE ASSEMBLY SEATS. THE NUMBER OF JUDGES HAS INCREASED SEVENFOLD. NOW LET'S SPEAK JUST A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE SOCIETY IN IRAQ. MR. SPEAKER, THIS SHOWS -- THIS SLIDE SHOWS A PICTURE, THAT FAMOUS PICTURE OF AN IRAQI WOMAN HOLDING UP THAT VICTORY SIGN WITH THAT BLUE INK ON HER FINGER SIGNIFYING THAT SHE HAS VOTED, HAVING STOOD IN LINE ALL DAY LONG. LOTS O TERRORIST ATTACKS THAT DAY, YET THE IRAQI PEOPLE VOTED IN A HIGHER PERCENTAGE THAN WE AMERICANS VOTE IN A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION YEAR. . THE IRAQI PEOPLE CAN NOW WATCH COMMERCIAL TELEVISION AND READ INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS, SIGNS OF A GROWING FREEDOM OF SPEECH. PRIMARY SCHOOL ENROLLMENT HAS INCREASED BY NEARLY THREE MILLION CHILDREN. IRAQI MEDICAL SCHOOLS ARE GRADUATING 2,250 DOCTORS EACH YEAR. UNEMPLOYMENT IS DOWN DRAMATICALLY AND IN THE PAST THREE YEARS IRAQ'S G.D.P. PER CAPITA HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED. MORE THAN 40 COUNTRIES AND INTERNATIONAL GROUPS HAVE ESTABLISHED EMBASSIES OR MISSIONS IN IRAQ TO ASSIST THE DEVELOPING DEMOCRACY. LISTEN, MR. SPEAKER, TO SOME OF THE EXCERPTS OF THE PRIME MINISTER'S SPEECH TO CONGRESS TODAY ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE. AS HE THANKED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND I QUOTE, IRAQ WILL NOT FORGET THOSE WHO STOOD WITH HER AND WHO CONTINUE TO STAND WITH HER IN TIMES OF NEED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED RESOLVE IN HELPING US FIGHT THE TERRORISTS PLAGUING IRAQ WHICH IS A STRUGGLE TO DEFEN OUR NASCENT DEMOCRACY AND OUR PEOPLE WHO ASPIRE TO LIBERTY, DEMOCRATCY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND THE RULE OF LAW -- DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND THE RULE OF LAW. ALL OF THOSE ARE NOT JUST WESTERN VALUES, THEY ARE UNIVERSAL VALUES FOR HUMANITY. THERE IS MUCH FOR ME THE PINNACLE EMBODIMENT OF MY FAITH AND RELIGION AND THEY ARE FOR ALL FREE SPIRITS. AND I QUOTE FURTHER, TODAY IRAQ IS A DEMOCRACY WHICH STANDS FIRM BECAUSE OF THE SACRIFICES OF ITS PEOPLE AND THE SACRIFICES OF ALL THOSE WHO STOOD WITH US IN THIS CRISIS. AND THAT'S WHY I THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THEM VERY MUCH FOR ALL THEIR SACRIFICES. AGAIN, THIS IS THE PRIME MINISTER SPEAKING TODAY FROM THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND HE GOES ON. THE JOURNEY HAS BEEN PERILOUS AND THE FUTURE IS NOT GUARANTEED. YET MANY AROUND THE WORLD WHO UNDERESTIMATED THE RESOLVE OF IRAQ'S PEOPLE AND WERE SURE THAT WE WOULD NEVER REACH THIS STAGE, FEW BELIEVED IN US, BUT YOU, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, DID AND WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THIS. I WANT TO JUST GO ON BRIEFLY BEFORE I CALL ON ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING, WHO HAS JOINED ME AND WOULD ALSO LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE SUCCESS THAT WE HAVE HAD IN IRAQ AND WHY WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO STAY THE COURSE. THE PRIME MINISTER FURTHER SAID, I KNOW SOME OF YOU HERE QUESTION WHETHER IRAQ IS PART OF THE WAR ON TERROR. LET ME BE VERY CLEAR THIS IS A BATTLE BETWEEN TRUE ISLAM FOR WHICH A PERSON'S LIBERTY AND RIGHTS CONSTITUTE ESSENTIAL CORNER STONES AND TERRORISM WHICH WRAPS ITSELF IN A FAKE ISLAMIC CLOAK. IN REALITY, WAGES A WAR ON ISLAM AND MUSLIMS AND VALUES AND SPREADS HATRED BETWEEN HUMANITY. THAT QUOTE FROM PRIME MINISTER AL-MALIKI TODAY. THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT. HE CONTINUES BY SAYING, WHEREVER HUMANKIND SUFFERS, A LOSS AT THE HAND OF TERRORISTS, IT IS A LOSS FOR ALL HUMANITY. IT IS YOUR DUTY AND OUR DUTY TO DEFEAT THIS TERROR. IRAQ IS THE FRONTLINE IN THIS STRUGGLE AND HISTORY WILL PROOF -- PROVE THAT THE SACRIFICES OF IRAQIS FOR FREEDOM WILL NOT BE IN VAIN. IRAQIS ARE YOUR ALLIES IN THE WAR ON TERROR. SO, MR. SPEAKER, LET'S PUT TO REST THIS QUESTION OF DOUBT OF THE RESOLVE OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE AND THEIR COMMITMENT. SURE, WE HAVE MADE TREMENDOUS SACRIFICES IN THE 2,600 OF OR SOLDIERS WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED AND PROBABLY 12,000 TO 14,000 THAT HAVE BEEN SEVERELY INJURED IN TRYING TO FIGHT THIS GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM AND BRING A FORM OF DEMOCRACY TO THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE STRIVING SO HARD FOR THE PRINCIPLES OF FREEDOM. WE HAVE PAID A SACRIFICE BUT THEY HAVE PAID A TREMENDOUS SACRIFICE. AND THE ESTIMATE COULD BE AS MANY AS 40,000 KILLED IF NOT MORE. MANY OF THEM INNOCENT IRAQI CITIZENS AND MANY OF THEM WOMEN AND CHILDREN. SO, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT TIME TODAY ON THE HEELS OF THE PRIME MINISTER'S VISIT AND SPEECH TO THE CONGRESS TODAY THAT WE TALK ABOUT THIS TONIGHT. YES, ONCE AGAIN THE TRUTH SQUAD NEEDS TO SPEAK LOUDLY ON THIS ISSUE. WITH THAT I WOULD LIKE TO CALL ON MY COLLEAGUE FROM IOWA, MR. KING, FOR HIS REMARKS.

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    MR. KING

    MR. GINGREY, FOR LEADING THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR TONIGHT AND FOR STEPPING…

    MR. GINGREY, FOR LEADING THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR TONIGHT AND FOR STEPPING UP FRONT TO STAND UP FOR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, FOR THE IRAQI PEOPLE. AND ONE DAY I HOPE AND PRAY IT'S FOR ALL PEOPLE ON THIS PLANET. IF THERE IS A THEME THAT CAME OUT OF PRIME MINISTER AL-MALIKI'S SPEECH TODAY IT WAS THAT THEME. THAT THEME OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY AN THAT THEME THAT TIES US TOGETHER WHEN HE TOLD US FREEDOM IS NOT AN AMERICAN VALUE BUT A VALUE GOD GIVES TO ALL HUMANITY. ONE OF THE STATEMENTS HE MADE, I'M NOT SURE IF YOU MIGHT HAVE ALREADY MADE THIS STATEMENT, MR. GINGREY, I WANT TO EMPHASIZE IT, AND THIS IS ONE THAT GRIPPED ME WHEN I HEARD IT SAID THIS AFTERNOON. PRIME MINISTER AL-MALIKI, THE FATE OF OUR COUNTRY AND YOURS IS TIED. SHOULD DEMOCRACY BE ALLOWED TO FAILED IN IRAQ AND TERROR PERMITTED TO TRIUMPH, THEN THE WAR ON TERROR WILL NEVER BE WON ELSEWHERE. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST WIN THIS BATTLE AND THIS GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR. THIS BATTLEGROUND THAT IS IRAQ. THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE BUT VICTORY. AND IN FACT WE ARE MOVING DOWN THIS PATH AND A SUCKFUL -- IN A SUCCESSFUL FASHION. YOU JUST CAN'T SIMPLY EVERY DAY TAKE A MEASURE OF IT. IT'S LIKE GOING ON A DIET IN THE MORNING AND WEIGHING YOURSELF AT NOON AND DECIDE YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR DIET. YOU NEED TO LOOK AT MILESTONES. THERE HAVE BEEN MILESTONES AFTER MILESTONES THAT HAVE FLOWED OUT OF IRAQ. THERE HAVE BEEN THREE ELECTIONS WITH 70% OF THE PEOPLE GOING TO THE POLLS. MORE PEOPLE GOING TO THE POLLS IN SOME OF THE ELECTIONS THAT CAME TO THE POLLS IN THE U.S. NATIONAL ELECTION. THAT OUGHT TO TELL YOU WHERE THEIR COMMITMENT IS. THE PICTURE OF THE LADY WITH THE PURPLE FINGERS IN VICTORY, THAT SAYS WHAT'S GOING ON THERE. IT'S A VERY PROUD THING THEY STEP UP TO FREEDOM. WHEN I ASK THEM, THE IRAQIS, ARE YOU FIRST AN IRAQI OR FIRST A KURD OR SUNNI OR SHIIA? INVARIABLY THEY WILL SAY I'M AN IRAQI FIRST. THEY WANT TO HAVE A UNIFIED NATION. THEY WANT TO HAVE A FREE NATION. THEY WANT TO BE A FREE PEOPLE. PART OF THE REST OF THE SPEECH WAS, AS AL-MALIKI SAID, THIS TERRORIST FRONT IS A THREAT TO EVERY FREE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD AND THEIR CITIZENS. WHAT IS AT STAKE IS NOTHING LESS THAN OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY CONFRONTING AND DEALING WITH THIS CHALLENGE IS A RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERY LIBERAL DEMOCRACY THAT VALUES ITS FREEDOM. IRAQ IS THE BATTLE THAT WILL DETERMINE THE WAR. IF IN CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP WE HAVE THE STRENGTH OF MIND AND COMMITMENT TO DEFEAT THE TERRORISTS AND THEIR IDEOLOGY IN IRAQ, THEY WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO RECOVER. WHICH BRINGS ME TO MIND AS MEETING THAT I HAD IN IRAQ MY LAST TIME THERE WITH GENERAL CASEY AND GENERAL ABIZAID WHEN GENERAL CASEY MADE THE STATEMENT , THE ENEMY CANNOT WIN IF THE POLITICIANS STAY IN THE FIGHT. THAT MEANS THE PEOPLE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THE POLITICIANS ALL ACROSS AMERICA, IT MEANS THE POLITICIANS IN WESTERN EUROPE AND ALL ACROSS THE WORLD, AND IT MEANS THE POLITICIANS IN IRAQ AS WELL. IF ALL -- WE ALL HAVE TO STAY IN THIS FIGHT. WHEN I LOOK THESE SOLDIERS IN THE EYE OVER THERE IN THAT 125, 130-DEGREE HEAT TODAY, THEY'LL SAY TO ME I'M PROUD TO SERVE MY COUNTRY. I'M PROUD TO STAND HERE AND I'M WILLING TO PUT MY LIFE ON THE LINE FOR A YEAR OR MORE IF NECESSARY. WHY DO I HAVE TO FIGHT THE UNITED STATES NEWS MEDIA, TOO? NO SOLDIER OR MARINE SHOULD HAVE TO DO THAT. IN FACT, THAT'S OUR JOB. WE TAKE THAT ON AND WE PUT THE FACTS OUT HERE ON THIS FLOOR AND WE DO SO IN PRESS CONFERENCES. THAT'S WHY -- IT'S OUR WAY OF FIGHTING THIS WAR. THE OBJECT OF WAR IS TO DESTROY THE ENEMY'S WILL AND ABILITY TO CONDUCT WAR. THE OBJECT OF WAR ACCORDING TO STEVE KING IS WAR IS OVER WHEN THE LOSING SIDE REALIZES THEY HAVE LOST. AND IF VOICES COME OUT OF THIS CONGRESS THAT SEEK TO CONVINCE THEM OTHERWISE, THAT WORKS AGAINST THE CAUSE. IT DOESN'T SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. AND IN THE END IT COSTS AMERICAN LIVES. AND THAT HAS HAPPENED AND THE CEMETERIES HAVE BRAVE AMERICANS THAT WOULD EARWISE BE LIVING A NORMAL LIFE AND HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES FOR FREEDOM THAT WOULDN'T HAVE HAD TO IF WE STUCK TOGETHER AS THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT A CORE OF US ARE TOGETHER. A MAJORITY OF US, A VAST MAJORITY OF US ARE TOGETHER AND WE WILL STICK THIS OUT. I'D RATHER BE ON THIS SIDE OF THE THING AS I LISTEN TO THE PESSIMISM THAT COMES FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAN I WOULD BE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS BATTLE IN IRAQ. I WOULD RATHER BE ON THE SIDE OF FREEDOM, ON THE SIDE OF THE IRAQI MILITARY AND COALITION TROOPS THAN I WOULD BE ON THE SIDE OF AL QAEDA AND THE TERRORISTS IN IRAQ. AND JUST TO STATE THAT, I BELIEVE IT WAS A YEAR AGO, MUST HAVE BEEN APRIL OF 2004 WHEN ZARQAWI WROTE A LETTER, ABOUT A 17-PAGE LETTER FULL OF LAMENTATIONS, HE SAID THEN THIS WASN'T LIKE VIETNAM. THEY DIDN'T HAVE MOUNTAINS OR FORESTS TO HIDE IN. THE ONLY PLACE THEY COULD HIDE WAS IN THE HOMES OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE THAT WOULD BE WILLING TO TAKE THEM IN. AND THE IRAQIS WILLING TO HIDE AL QAEDA WERE, AND I QUOTE, AS RARE AS RED SULFUR. I'M GOING TO RESUME THAT RED SULFUR IS QUITE RARE. MAYBE LIKE CHICKEN' TEETH. I HAVEN'T SEEN RED SULFUR OVER THERE. I'M SURE HE MEANT IT WAS HARD TO FIND A PLACE TO GET DOWN AND GET REST IN THE COUNTRY LIKE IRAQ WHEN THE PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO TAKE IN AL QAEDA. THAT WAS A CUPPLE YEARS AGO. NOW HE'S GONE ON TO MEET HIS ETERNAL REWARD JUSTLY SO. I HAVE VISIONS OF WHAT THAT MIGHT BE LIKE FOR HIM. RATHER THAN PAINT THOSE ON THIS FLOOR AND PERHAPS BE GAVELED DOWN, MR. SPEAKER, I POINT OUT WHAT IT LOOKS TODAY LIKE FOR THE SURVIVORS THAT ARE STILL ON THE SIDE OF AL QAEDA. HOW BAD MUST IT BE OVER THERE TO TRY TO FIND OPTIMISM WHEN YOU'RE LOSING AS BADLY AS THEY ARE? OTHER FOLKS WOULD LIKE TO CONVINCE US WE ARE LOSING. THERE'S NOTHING THAT SPORTS THAT. HOW BAD ARE THEY LOSING? WELL, ONE OF THE LATEST BLOWS TO AL QAEDA IN IRAQ, THIS IS AN EXCERPT FROM A MAY 8, 2006, ASSOCIATED PRESS, COULDN'T GET MORE CREDIBLE THAN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, ABOUT DOCUMENTS CAPTURED DURING MID APRIL'S RAID SOUTH OF BAGHDAD THAT HIGHLIGHTS THE DISORGANIZATION THAT ALREADY EXISTED IN IRAQ AND THE DIGS ORGANIZATION FOR AL QAEDA AND THE TERRORIST THAT IS CONTINUES TO THIS DAY. EVERY YEAR IS WORSE THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THAT'S A QUOTE FROM CAPTURED DOCUMENTS OF AL QAEDA AND THE TERRORISTS. EVERY YEAR IS WORSE THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. QUOTE, THE STRATEGY DOCUMENT COMPLAINS -- THE STRATEGY DOCUMENT COMPLAINS THAT, QUOTE, THE STRENGTH OF THE BROTHERS IN BAGHDAD IS BASED MOSTLY ON CAR BOMBS AND GROUPS OF ASSASSINS LACKING ANY ORGANIZED MILITARY CAPABILITIES. CLOSE QUOTE. GO ON WITH THE A.P. ARTICLE, THE WRITER COMPLAINS THAT THE AMERICANS AND IRAQI GOVERNMENT FORCES WERE ABLE TO ABSORB OUR PAINFUL BLOWS, RAISE NEW RECRUITS, AND TAKE CONTROL OF BAGHDAD AS WELL AS OTHER AREAS ONE AFTER ANOTHER. THIS IS WHY EVERY YEAR IS WORSE THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR AS FAR AS THE MUJAHEDIN'S CONTROL AND INFLUENCE OVER BAGHDAD, ACCORDING TO THE DOCUMENT THAT WAS COMPANY TURED. THAT SHOULD GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A SENSE OF WHAT IT IS LIKE ON THE OTHER SIDE, THE LOSING SIDE. IF WE SANG FROM THE HYMNAL, SANG THE SAME CHORUS, CARRIED FORTH THE SAME MESSAGE WHICH IS WE ARE IN THIS THING FOR VICTORY, IRAQ IS A BATTLEGROUND AND A GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR, WE WILL STICK THIS THING OUT NOT ONLY TO PUT THIS ISSUE AWAY AND BEHIND US AND MAKE SURE THERE IS A PLATFORM AND CLIMATE FOR FREEDOM FOR THE IRAQI PEOPLE, BUT AS FAR AND AS LONG AS WE HAVE TO GO SO WE ASK SECURE THE SAFETY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND FREEDOM LOVING PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE. TODAY WE ARE WATCHING ABOUT THE 14TH OR 15TH DAY OF THE BATTLEGROUND IN ISRAEL. WHERE THEY WERE ATTACKED FROM BOTH SIDES, FROM THE SOUTH IN GAZA AND THE NORTH OUT OF LEBANON, BY HAMAS IN THE SOUTH AND HEZBOLLAH IN THE NORTH. AT THE DIRECT ORDER I BELIEVE OF THE MULLAHS IN IRAN AND AHMADINEJAD BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT ON THE UNITED NATIONS' PRESSURE ON IRAN FOR VIOLATING A NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION AGREEMENTS AND U.N. RESOLUTION 1559. SO THEY STARTED A WAR ON THEIR NUMBER ONE ENEMY, THE PEOPLE, THAT AHMADINEJAD SAID SHOULD BE WIPED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT'S THEIR COMMITMENT, MR. SPEAKER, TO DO THAT. IRAN HAS BEEN FOMENTING VIOLENCE IN IRAQ FOR YEARS. AND WE HAVE TOLERATED IT FAR MORE THAN WE SHOULD. AND I DON'T KNOW THAT WE CAN RESOLVE THE ISSUE IN IRAQ AS LONG AS IRAN IS SENDING MUNITIONS, SUPPLIES, AND MONEY, AND -- TRAINING FOR TERRORISTS TO GO INTO IRAQ. IT'S HAPPENING. IT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS, PERHAPS THREE YEARS. THERE'S BEEN A BIG PRICE PAID FOR THAT. SYRIA ALSO TO A LESSER EXTENT. I DON'T KNOW ANYBODY THAT BELIEVES IF YOU COULD HAVE TAKEN SYRIA AND IRAN OUT OF THIS EQUATION WITH IRAQ, IF THE BORDER ESSENTIALLY HAD BEEN SEALED AND THEY STAYED OUT OF THAT INVOLVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW ANYBODY THAT BELIEVES THE ISSUE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN RESOLVED IN IRAQ, THAT THERE WOULDN'T BE PEACEFUL -- PEACE THERE AND A SOLID AND STABLE GOVERNMENT AND THIS ECONOMY THAT'S GROWING TO THE POINT WHERE THEY DOUBLED THEIR G.D.P. SINCE THE TIME OF LIBERATION WOULD HAVE BEEN GREATER THAN TODAY. THE OIL SUPPLIES WOULD BE GREATER. ELECTRICAL PRODUCTION WOULD BE GREATER A LOT OF THAT PROGRESS THAT WAS NOT YET MADE IN IRAQ HAS BEEN HELD BACK BY THE TERRORISTS THAT ARE TRAINED AND FUNDED AND SUPPORTED BY IRAN. . AND I REMEMBER WHAT OUR PRESIDENT SAID, IF YOU ARE A TERRORIST, YOU ARE AN ENEMY. IF YOU SUPPORT A TERRORIST, HOUSE A TERRORIST, TRAIN A TERRORIST, YOU ARE AN ENEMY. DOESN'T MARE WHAT YOU ARE, WHERE YOU ARE. IRAN FITS IN THAT CATEGORY -- DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU ARE, WHERE YOU ARE. IRAN FITS IN THAT CATEGORY. SYRIA FITS IN THAT CATEGORY. NOW IMAGINE, IMAGINE A FREE IRANIAN PEOPLE, A VEE EYE RAIN RAN PEOPLE, NEXT -- IRANIAN PEOPLE, NEXT MONTH WILL BE CELEBRATING A CONSTITUTION THAT WAS ESTABLISHED HOWEVER BRIEFLY 100 YEARS AGO THAT DEFENDS THEIR FREEDOM AND THEIR RIGHTS THE SAME WAY THAT OUR RIGHTS AND OUR FREEDOM ARE DEFENDED BY OUR CONSTITUTION. I'LL SAY CLOSE TO THAT. THEY HAVE SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE. AND AS THAT CENTENNIAL ROLLS AROUND ON THE FIFTH OF AUGUST, NEXT MONTH, I'M HOPEFUL THAT THAT WILL BE AN INSPIRATION FOR THE IRANIAN PEOPLE THAT ONE DAY SOON THEY CAN RISE UP AND THEY CAN GRAB AHOLD OF THE CONTROLS OF IRAN AND, AGAIN, BE A FREE PEOPLE INSPIRED BY THAT CONSTITUTION FROM A CENTURY AGO, INSPIRED BY A FREE IRAQI AND A PROSPEROUS IRAQI PEOPLE AND INSPIRED BY THE POTENTIAL FOR A WORLD ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST WHO ARE ALL -- WHERE ALL PEOPLE BREATHE FREE. IF THAT HAPPENS, THAT HAS CURED THE TYPE OF HABITAT THAT BREEDS TERROR. FREEDOM DOESN'T BREED TERROR. FREE PEOPLE DOESN'T GO TO WAR AGAINST FREE PEOPLE. FREEDOM CAN ECHO ACROSS THOSE ARAB COUNTRIES THE SAME WAY IT ECHOED ACROSS EASTERN EUROPE WHEN THE WALL WENT DOWN IN 1989. THAT'S MY PRAYER AND THAT'S MY HOPE, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING ME AND I APPRECIATE HIS PRESENTATION. I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:16:58 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    I WANT TO SAY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, JUST A BRIEF COLLOQUY WITH HIM AND,…

    I WANT TO SAY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, JUST A BRIEF COLLOQUY WITH HIM AND, OF COURSE, THANKING HIM FOR BEING WITH US TONIGHT. I'M SURE THAT HE WOULD AGREE THAT OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF NEEDS TO RELY ON THE COMBATANT COMMANDERS -- TODAY, OF COURSE, IS GENERAL CASEY. BEFORE THAT GENERAL SANCHEZ. BEFORE THAT, GENERAL FRANKS. TO LET HIM KNOW HOW MANY TROOPS NEED TO BE ON THE GROUND AND WHERE THEY NEED TO BE POSITIONED AND HOW LONG THEY NEED TO STAY. AND I KNOW THAT WE'VE HEARD A LOT FROM MEMBERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, PARTICULARLY CALLING FOR A DATE CERTAIN FOR A TROOP WITHDRAW OR REDUCTION OR REDEPLOYMENT 6,000 MILES AWAY OR WHATEVER. MR. SPEAKER, I, AND I'M SURE MY COLLEAGUE FROM IOWA WOULD AGREE, THIS IS A CALL THAT WE NEED TO LEAVE TO THE COMBATANT COMMANDERS TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS. I KNOW THAT BECAUSE OF THE INSURGENCY, THE UPTICK IN THE INSURGENTS AS THESE ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE IN THEIR DEATH THROWS POST-ZARQAWI, THIS IS GOING TO BE TOUGH TIMES. THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT THE TIME TO GIVE THEM THEIR PLAYBOOK. WOULD YOU NOT AGREE WITH THAT, MR. KING?

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  • 11:18:28 PM

    MR. KING

    AGREE. PRETTY SOON FOOTBALL PRACTICE WILL START. I CAN'T IMAGINE A…

    AGREE. PRETTY SOON FOOTBALL PRACTICE WILL START. I CAN'T IMAGINE A FOOTBALL COACH LETTING ANOTHER COACH COME IN AND WATCH YOUR PLAY DRILLS. HERE'S MY PLAYS AND HERE'S HOW WE CALL THEM. HE WOULD NEVER DO IT. YOU WOULD NOT PLAY A POKER GAME AND PLAY WITH YOUR FACE CARDS UP. WHEN YOU ARE AT WAR, INTELLIGENCE IS A BIG PART OF IT. TO BE ABLE TO TIP YOUR HAND AND SAY, NO, WE ARE GOING TO PULL OUT OF HERE ON SUCH AND SUCH DATE. THE ENEMY CAN GO UNDERGROUND AND USE THAT PERIOD OF TIME TO STORE MORE WEAPONS, MORE AMMUNITION, JUST STAY OUT OF COMBAT. WHEN THAT MOMENT COMES, COME BACK OUT OF THEIR HOLES IN THE GROUND AND TURN AROUND AND ATTACK AMERICANS AND COALITION TROOPS AND IRAQIS. AND YOU KNOW, THIS IS SUCH A SOLID CONCEPT THAT YOU ARE ADDRESSING HERE, MR. GINGREY. IT'S SUCH A SOLID CONCEPT THAT I'M SURPRISED THAT THERE'S ANYBODY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT PROMOTES SUCH A THING. ABOUT A WEEK AGO, PRESIDENT CLINTON STOOD WITH YOU ON THIS ISSUE AND ME ON THIS ISSUE ON HOW RIDICULOUS IT WOULD BE TO ESTABLISH A DATE CERTAIN TO PULL OUT OF IRAQ. AND YOU ILLUSTRATED THAT FIRST HERE SOME MONTHS AGO THE STATEMENT WAS MADE THAT WE SHOULD PULL TROOPS BACK TO THE HORIZON. NOW I ENVISIONED THAT TO BE KIND OF BACK THERE WHERE THE SUN SETS ON THE HILL OR RISES ON THE HILL. THE HORIZON WAS OKINAWA. I DON'T THINK THE HORIZON WOULD MEAN OKINAWA AND I WOULD YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 11:20:02 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    MR. GOODE HAS JOINED AT AT THIS LATE HOUR. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO…

    MR. GOODE HAS JOINED AT AT THIS LATE HOUR. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO CALL ON HIM FOR HIS REMARKS CONCERNING THE IRAQI SITUATION.

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  • 11:20:13 PM

    MR. GOODE

    THANK YOU, MR. GINGREY. I WOULD LIKE TO RESTATE SOME OF THE COMMENTS THAT…

    THANK YOU, MR. GINGREY. I WOULD LIKE TO RESTATE SOME OF THE COMMENTS THAT WE HEARD EARLIER TODAY FROM THE NEW PRIME MINISTER OF IRAQ, AND MAKE SOME OF THE POINTS HE SAID ABOUT HOW IRAQ OF TODAY IS DIFFERENT THAN WHAT THE IRAQ OF A FEW YEARS AGO WAS. HE SAID, WE HAVE GONE FROM A SMALL ONE-PARTY STATE RULED BY A DICTATOR AND A SMALL ELITE TO A MULTIPARTY SYSTEM WHERE POLITICS IS PART OF EVERY CITIZEN AND PARTIES COMPETE AT EVERY LEVEL. WHAT USED TO BE A STATE-CONTROLLED MEDIA IS NOW COMPLETELY FREED AND UNCENSORED, SOMETHING IRAQ HAS NEVER WITNESSED SINCE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A MOD TURN STATE AND SOMETHING WHICH REMAINS ALIEN TO MOST OF THE REGION. WHAT USED TO BE A COMMAND ECONOMY IN IRAQ, WE ARE RAPIDLY TRANSFORMING IT TO A FREE MARKET ECONOMY. IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, OUR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT PER CAPITA HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED, AND IF IS EXEXPECTED -- AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT OUR ECONOMY WILL CONTINUE TO GROW. HE WENT ON TO SAY, WHILE SMALL SECTIONS OF CENTRAL IRAQ ARE UNSTABLE, LARGE SECTIONS HAVE REMAINED PEACEFUL BUT IGNORED FOR FAR TOO LONG. THEY WERE THE MOST DEPRIVED AREAS OF IRAQ UNDER THE PREVIOUS REGIME AND HAD BEEN THE MOST VALIANT IN IRAQ'S STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM. WE NEED TO MAKE AN EXAMPLE OUT OF THESE AREAS FOR MODELS FOR REST OF THE COUNTRY. RECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN THESE AREAS WILL TACKLE UNEMPLOYMENT WHICH WILL WEAKEN THE TERRORIST. THEY WILL BECOME PROTOTYPES FOR OTHER MORE VOLATILE REGIONS TO ASPIRE TO BE. UNDOUBTEDLY RECONSTRUCTION IN THESE AREAS WILL FUEL ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SHOW WHAT A PROSPEROUS, STABLE, DEMOCRATIC AND FEDERAL IRAQ WOULD LOOK LIKE. TODAY, SADDAM HUSSEIN IS IN PRISON, WAITING THE END OF HIS TRIAL. ZARQAWI, THE LEADER OF THE AL QAEDA IN IRAQ, WAS ELIMINATED BY UNITED STATES TROOPS. IRAQI SECURITY FORCES NOW NUMBER OVER 265,000 AND ARE PARTICIPATING IN MORE THAN 90% OF ALL SECURITY OPERATIONS IN THE COUNTRY. IRAQI CITIZENS ARE COMING FORTH WITH TIPS ABOUT INSURGENTS AND TERRORIST ACTIVITIES. MORE THAN 70% OF IRAQI CITIZENS VOTED IN A SERIES OF FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS. THOSE FIGS ARE SOME THAT -- THOSE FIGURES ARE SOME THAT THOSE OF US IN THIS COUNTRY COULD BE ENVYOUS OF. -- ENVIOUS OF. THE PRICE IN IRAQ IS WITHOUT COST. THIS PAST WEEK, A CITIZEN OF THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA FROM GREEN COUNTY, THE LITTLE COMMUNITY OF ROCKERSVILLE WAS KILLED BY AN I.E.D. HE WAS CORPORAL ADAM FARGO. HE WENT TO WILLIAM MONROE HIGH SCHOOL. HE VOLUNTEERED FOR SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY. HE, LIKE SO MANY OF US WHO HAVE VOLUNTEERED ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY HAVE MADE THE POSITIVE STATISTICS AND THE STATEMENTS AND THE CHANGES AN IRAQ POSSIBLE. BUT IT'S NOT JUST FOR THE COUNTRY OF IRAQ. IT'S FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE HAVE INDEED BEEN FORTUNATE IN THIS COUNTRY. OVER THE LAST 200 AND SOME-ODD YEARS SINCE OUR NATION WAS FOUNDED, THERE WERE FEW ATTACKS ON OUR HOMELAND. MOST OF THE ATTACKS IN WORLD WAR II WERE ABROAD. MOST OF THE WORLD WAR I FIGHTING WAS ABROAD. IN KOREA, THE FIGHTING WAS ABROAD. IN VIETNAM, THE FIGHTING WAS IN ASIA. AND NOW WHEN WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE EAST BACK IN THE GULF WAR OF 1990, 1991, THE FIGHTING WAS THERE. WE LIBERATED KUWAIT. AND NOW TODAY FOLLOWING SEPTEMBER 11 WHEN WE WERE HIT ON OUR OWN SOIL, IN AFGHANISTAN, MEN AND WOMEN IN OUR ARMED FORCES ARE STANDING UP FOR AMERICA. AND SOME HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES, HAVE GIVEN THEIR ALL FOR OUR NATION. AND OUR NATION IS A BEACON ON A HILL. IT'S THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE BECAUSE OF THOSE PERSONS LIKE ADAM FARGO WHO HAVE STOOD BY OUR COUNTRY AND MADE THOSE OF US WHO ARE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FAR SAFER AND GIVEN US THE ABILITY TO ENJOY DEMOCRACY AND THE GREATEST FREEDOM IN THE WORLD. WE NEED TO THANK ALL OF OUR TROOPS AND PARTICULARLY THOSE FOR WHOM WE CAN NEVER EXPRESS ENOUGH GRATITUDE FOR THEY HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES SO THAT ALL OF US MAY BE FREE AND THAT OUR DEMOCRACY CAN BE A SHINING LIGHT FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:26:02 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. I DON'T THINK ANYONE COULD POSSIBLY…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. I DON'T THINK ANYONE COULD POSSIBLY SAY IT ANY BETTER. WE MUST NOT BREAK FAITH WITH THOSE WHO HAVE DIED FOR THIS CAUSE AND THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SEVERELY INJURED AND THEIR FAMILIES. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO THEM AND TO THE IRAQI PEOPLE. AND I KNOW ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WERE COMFORTED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TODAY TO HEAR FROM THE IRAQI PRIME MINISTER AND TO HAVE HIM ANSWER SOME OF THESE TOUGH QUESTIONS IN REGARD TO THEIR COMMITMENT AS WELL AS OUR COMMITMENT BECAUSE AS HE SAID, WE'RE FREEDOM-LOVING PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. AND THEY FEEL THE SAME ABOUT LIBERTY AS WE DO, AND THEIR COMMITMENT TO IT IS THERE AND THEIR DEEP APPRECIATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE LEADERSHIP FOR GIVING US THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND ABOUT 30 MINUTES WITH OUR COLLEAGUES. AND NOW WE'LL TURN IT OVER TO OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR TIME AND THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT.

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  • 11:27:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 4, 2005, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MEEK, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINING TIME UNTIL MIDNIGHT AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 11:27:25 PM

    MR. MEEK

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S AN HONOR TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE TONIGHT, AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S AN HONOR TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE TONIGHT, AND THE 30-SOMETHING WORKING GROUP IS ALWAYS PREPARED TO COME TO THE FLOOR, NOT ONLY TO SHARE WITH THE MEMBERS BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT SOME OF THE ISSUES WE WOULD LOVE TO -- FOR THE ENTIRE CONGRESS TO WORK ON, MR. SPEAKER, IF WE WORKED IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO JUST FINISHED TALKING ABOUT IRAQ, THE BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUT OUR DEMOCRACY IS THAT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOICE OUR OPINION AND THE WAY WE SEE IT. I THINK IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT FOR US TO REALIZE WHAT THE REALITY IS, NOT ONLY HERE IN AMERICA BUT IN IRAQ AND IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND WHAT'S GOING ON RIGHT HERE IN THE MIDWEST, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, WHAT'S NOT GOING ON AS IT RELATES TO INVESTING IN THE MIDWEST, MAKING SURE THAT WE INVEST IN AMERICA USING COAL FOR ENERGY INNOVATION AND ALSO MAKING SURE THAT WE CAN WORK WITH OUR FARMERS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO DEPEND ON MIDDLE EAST OIL AND WE DON'T HAVE TO SEND OUR MEN AND WOMEN INTO HARM'S WAY TO MAKE SURE WE ARE ABLE TO PUT GAS IN OUR TANKS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. AS YOU KNOW IN OUR INNOVATION AGENDA AND ALSO ENERGIZING AMERICA AGENDA IN OUR NEW DIRECTION FOR AMERICA HERE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE, WE ARE FOR INVESTING IN THE UNITED STATES, WE ARE FOR MAKING SURE THAT WE CAN CUT OUR DEPENDENCY ON MIDDLE EAST OIL SO THAT WE DON'T FIND OURSELVES IN THE MIDDLE OF THESE CONFLICTS THAT WE ARE IN RIGHT NOW. AS YOU KNOW, WE'VE BEEN TALKING FOR SEVERAL WEEKS ABOUT OUR NEW DIRECTION FOR AMERICA. I'M GLAD MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ IS HERE, AGAIN, TONIGHT AS SHE ALWAYS IS. AND IT'S GREAT. IT'S LIKE OLD TIMES. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING TOGETHER FOR, I KNOW 12 YEARS SINCE I'VE BEEN ELECTED. YOU'VE BEEN AN ELECTED OFFICIAL FOR 14 YEARS. I MET YOU WHEN I CAME INTO THE FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MR. SPEAKER. MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ WAS THE CHAIR OF THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE WHEN I SHOWED UP IN THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE. I NOTICED SHE'S GOING TO HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. BUT I CAN TELL YOU WHAT THE GOOD NEWS IS IS THAT WE HAVE THE WILL AND DESIRE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE TO STAND UP ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MAKING SURE WE RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR WORKING FAMILIES AND THOSE THAT GO TO WORK EVERY DAY, PUNCH IN AND PUNCH OUT, KNOWS WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE A 15-MINUTE BREAK IN THE MORNING AND A 15-MINUTE BREAK IN THE EVENING. FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS WORKING THE MIDNIGHT SHIFT, I MEAN, WE'RE WITH THEM, WE'RE WITH THOSE FAMILIES. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE LIVING A LIVEABLE WAGE. WHEN WE RAISE THOSE -- THE MINIMUM WAGE, THOSE MAKING $9, $10 AN HOUR, THOSE INDIVIDUALS IN BIG CORPORATE AMERICA IS GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT THEY ARE PAYING THEM, MR. SPEAKER, IF WE RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE. WELL, THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, AND I THINK AS LONG AS THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS IN PLACE, THAT THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. IF I CAN, BEFORE I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE AND AS A TRUE GOOD FRIEND, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, OUR DISTRICTS ARE RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. WE HAVE WORKED, LIKE I SAID, MR. SPEAKER, A NUMBER OF YEARS OF GIVING THE AMERICA PEOPLE WHAT WE'VE RECEIVED. WHAT WE'VE RECEIVED HERE ON THIS FLOOR AND WHAT WE CALL -- WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE OURSELVES RAISES. . WE DON'T HAVE TO PETITION THE CONGRESS TO RECEIVE A RAISE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT A RAISE. THOSE HOURLY WORKERS THAT ARE OUT THERE, THEY WANT A RAISE. AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT TONIGHT, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, IN A NUMBER OF ISSUES THAT ARE PHASING. WE'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT IRAQ AND THE REALITIES OF IRAQ. MEMBERS CAN COME TO THE FLOOR, GOD BLESS THEM, AND GIVE THEIR OPINION OF THEIR VIEW OF WHAT THEY THINK IS GOING ON IN IRAQ AND OTHER PARTS OF THIS WORLD. BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO JUST AS SIMPLE AS PICKING UP THE PAPER OR WATCHING THE NEWS OR TALKING TO OUR CONSTITUENTS THEY'RE SAYING, CONGRESSMAN, CONGRESSWOMAN MY SON IS GOING OFF TO WAR ON HIS FOURTH OR FIFTH DEPLOYMENT OR MY DAUGHTER IS GOING OFF TO WAR ON THE FOURTH OR FIFTH DEPLOYMENT AND YOU'RE SAYING ON THE MAJORITY SIDE AND FROM THE WHITE HOUSE STAY THE COURSE, STAY THE COURSE TO DO WHAT? AND WHERE'S THE PLAN? LET ME JUST GET BACK TO WHAT I WAS SAYING ABOUT HOW WE GIVE OURSELVES RAISES HERE IN THIS HOUSE. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS MADE IT ABUNDANTLY CLEAR THAT THEY DON'T HAVE THE WILL NOR THE DESIRE TO GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHAT THEY HAVE GIVEN THEMSELVES. AND THE GOOD THING, MR. SPEAKER, ABOUT THIS SIDE AND THE REASON WHY I CAN SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER AND THAT I CAN COME TO THIS FLOOR WITH A STRAIGHT FACE, AND ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES, REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS, AND WIN INDEPENDENT WE HAVE IN THIS HOUSE, I CAN BOLDLY SAY HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT VETERANS HAVE FOUGHT FOR US TO SALUTE ONE FLAG. THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE IN ARLINGTON CEMETERY RIGHT NOW THAT ALL WE HAVE IS THEIR MEMORY AND THEIR COMMITMENT TO THIS COUNTRY, THAT IF WE HAVE THE AUDACITY TO GIVE OURSELVES RAISES, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY LEADING THE EFFORT TO GIVE RAISES TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, AND VOTE NO TO ALLOW INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE WORKING FOR $5 AND PENNIES EVERY DAY, PUNCHING IN AND PUNCHING OUT, ALL THE GAS PRICES, ALL THE ISSUES, THE PRICE OF MILK, THE PRICE OF BREAD, THE PRICE OF COLLEGE TUITION, WE ARE ABLE TO DO BETTER FOR OUR KIDS AND OUR FAMILY BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY SAID, HEY, THAT'S FINE. WE CAN GIVE OURSELVES A RAISE BUT NOT THE OTHER FOLK. LET ME JUST SAY THIS. THOSE OTHER FOLKS ARE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OF THE SINCE 1997 THERE HAS NOT BEEN A FEDERAL INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE. HERE ARE THE FACTS. THAT'S WHY WE COME TO THE FLOOR, MR. SPEAKER, TO JUST GIVE THE FACTS TO THE MEMBERS. AND THIS IS A CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT, APRIL 18, 2006. ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS, DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICAN, INDEPENDENT, AMERICAN THAT IS PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT WE ARE SAYING RIGHT NOW CAN GO ON HOUSEDEMOCRATS.GOV AND GET THIS INFORMATION. 1989 -- 1998 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS RECEIVED $3,100 IN A RAISE. MINIMUM WAGE WORKERS, ZERO. 2000, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, $4,600 RAISE THAT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS GIVEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. MINIMUM WAGE WORKERS, ZERO. 2001, $3,800 FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS PAY INCREASE. WE CALL COST OF LIVING. IT'S A NICE WAY TO DRESS IT UP. MINIMUM WAGE WORKERS, ZERO. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN 2002, $4,900 INCREASE, JUST GOT IN 2001 A $,00 RAISE, $4,900 RAISE. MINIMUM WAGE, ZERO. 2003, $4,700, MINIMUM WAGE WORKERS, ZERO. $2004, $3,400, MINIMUM WAGE WORKERS, ZERO. 2005, $4,000, JUST RECEIVED A $,400 RAISE, MINIMUM WAGE WORKERS, ZERO. 2006, $3,1 -- $3,100 2006 IN THE PRESENT YEAR. MINIMUM WAGE WORKERS, ZERO. AND THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS PRETTY MUCH SAID OVER OUR YOU KNOW WHAT BODY WE WILL NOT GIVE MINIMUM WAGE WORKERS AN INCREASE. MEANWHILE, HERE IN THE HOUSE THEIR PLANS ARE ALREADY DRAWN FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN 2007 IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ALLOW IT TO HAPPEN AND NOT EVALUATE EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS, BECAUSE EVEN IF YOU DON'T MAKE THE MINIMUM WAGE, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CONSCIENCE ABOUT, WELL, WE HAVE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE OUT THERE. GAS PRICES HAVE GONE UP. IF YOU MAKE $8, $10, $12, EVEN $18 AN HOUR YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CONSCIENCE ABOUT THESE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE TO PAY THE SAME PRICE THAT YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR GAS, HAVE TO PAY THE SAME PRICE YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR HEALTH CARE. IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING, IMAGINE WHAT SOMEONE THAT IS MAKING $5 AND PENNIES HAVE TO GO THROUGH. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT AND IT'S VERY PIVOTAL THAT WE ARE HERE AT 11:56 -- 11:36 EASTERN STANDARD TIME AFTER OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE GONE BACK TO THEIR HOMES, EITHER RESTING, WITH THEIR FAMILIES, AND IN THEIR OFFICE. WE ARE HERE CARRYING ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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  • 11:36:40 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE MOVE THIS COUNTRY IN A NEW DIRECTION. AMERICANS…

    IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE MOVE THIS COUNTRY IN A NEW DIRECTION. AMERICANS ARE BEGGING US TO TAKE US OFF THE COURSE THAT WE ARE ON NOW AND -- IT'S SUCH A PRIVILEGE TO BE HERE WITH YOU. WE HAVE BEEN GOOD FRIENDS FOR MORE THAN A DOZEN YEARS NOW IS JUST A PRIVILEGE TO SHARE A COMMUNITY WITH YOU TO SHARE CONSTITUENTS WHO REALLY HAVE BEEN CLAMORING NOT JUST IN SOUTH FLORIDA WHERE WE LIVE, BUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. YOU AND I TRAVELED THE COUNTRY TALKING TO AMERICANS IN SO MANY PLACES, AND IT DOESN'T MATTER, WHAT I FOUND, I KNOW YOU HAVE, TOO, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT WALK OF LIFE THEY COME FROM. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER THEY ARE WEALTHY OR MIDDLE CLASS OR LOWER INCOME. NO ONE THAT I HAVE SPOKEN TO SAYS, DEBBIE, YES, YES. LET'S KEEP IT RIGHT THE WAY WE ARE GOING. JUST KEEP ON GOING IN THE SAME DIRECTION BECAUSE EVERYTHING'S GREAT. I MEAN IT'S ALMOST LAUGHABLE TO SAY THAT. THE MINIMUM WAGE IS A PERFECT THING TO HIGHLIGHT IN TERMS OF THE EXAMPLE THAT WE NEED TO THROW OUT THERE TO SHOW WHERE OUR PRIORITIES WOULD BE IF WE WERE IN CONTROL, AND WE KNOW WE ARE NOT, VERSUS WHERE THE REPUBLICANS' PRIORITIES ARE. WE TRY TO USE THIRD PARTY VALIDATORS HERE SO IT'S NOT JUST THE KEN DRI MEEK AND TIM RYAN BILL. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE USE LEGITIMATE REFERENCES TO DEMONSTRATE AND BACK UP THE THINGS WE SAY. LET'S -- SOMETIMES WHAT WE TALK ABOUT HERE CAN SEEM LIKE INSIDE BASEBALL, THE TERMINOLOGY WE USE CAN SEEM A LITTLE ESSO TAREK. WE TRY TO ALSO BOIL IT DOWN FOR FOLKS. LET'S TAKE THE MINIMUM WAGE. YOU TALKED ABOUT THE MINIMUM WAGE HISTORICALLY AND WHAT IT MEANS IN TERMS OF REAL DOLLARS TODAY. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE MINIMUM WAGE AND THE FACT THAT IT HASN'T BEEN RAISED IN NINE YEARS, WHAT THAT IMPACT IS ON THE AVERAGE FAMILY IN TERMS OF THE DIFFERENCE OF WHAT THINGS COST IN THE LAST NINE YEARS. IF YOU LOOK AT THIS CHART, THIS IS WHAT REAL ECONOMIC CHANGE UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH HAS BEEN LIKE. WHILE WE HAVEN'T INCREASED THE MINIMUM WAGE SINCE 1997, AS YOU REFERRED TO A FEW MINUTES AGO, THERE ARE PLENTY OF THINGS THAT HAVE INCREASED IN COST. OVER ON THE LEFT-HAND PART OF THE CHART THE MINIMUM WAGE HASN'T INCREASED AT ALL. YET WHOLE MILK HAS INCREASED 24% SINCE 1997. BREAD, 25%. A FOUR-YEAR PUBLIC COLLEGE EDUCATION HAS INCREASED 77%. HEALTH INSURANCE HAS INCREASED 97%. AND THAT'S IF YOU CAN EVEN GET IT BECAUSE THERE'S 46 MILLION AMERICANS WHO DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. AND MILLIONS OF SMALL BUSINESS EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE TO DROP THEIR INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES BECAUSE IT'S REACHED THE POINT OF UNAFFORDABLE -- UNAFFORDABILITY. LET'S LOOK AT THE PRICE OF REGULAR GAS. IT'S GOB UP WHILE THE MINIMUM WAGE HAS NOT 136%. SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? SOMETIMES PEOPLE CAN'T GET THEIR MIND AROUND PERCENTAGES. AND WHAT THOSE MEAN. SO LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT AMERICANS ARE PAYING FOR IN TERMS OF GAS PRICES. AMERICANS NOW ARE PAYING 100% MORE FOR GAS THAN WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH FIRST TOOK OFFICE. AND HE HAS THE NERVE TO STAND IN THIS CHAMBER AND TO GIVE SPEECHES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY TALKING ABOUT HOW HE THINKS THAT AMERICA'S ADDICTED TO FOREIGN OIL AND WE NEED TO GET A HANDLE ON HOW WE ARE GOING TO EXPAND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY RESOURCES. REALLY? WITH WHAT FUNDING? WHERE'S THE INITIATIVE? WHERE'S THE PROPOSAL? WHERE'S THE LEGISLATION? BECAUSE ALL OF IT JUST GETS RUBBER-STAMPED HERE WHEN WE PROPOSE ANY OF THOSE THINGS AS SOLUTIONS AS DEMOCRATS, WHAT DO REPUBLICANS DO? THEY VOTE NO. NO. NO, MR. PRESIDENT. YES, MR. PRESIDENT. JUST A BOBBLE HEAD REPUBLICANS DO WHATEVER IS ASKED OF THEM. IT'S CERTAINLY NOT TO EXPAND THE OPPORTUNITY TO INVEST IN THE MIDWEST IN TERMS OF OUR ENERGY RESOURCES VERSUS THE MIDDLE EAST. IF YOU LOOK AT THE PRICE OF A GALLON OF GAS, WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH BEGAN HIS TERM, JANUARY 20, 2001, THE AVERAGE PRICE OF A GALLON OF GAS WAS $1.45. AND TODAY IT'S $3.01. NOW, WHAT I HAD FIGURED THAT -- WHAT I ATTRIBUTE THIS SEEMING INDIFFERENCE ON THE PART OF THE REPUBLICANS AND THEIR LEADERSHIP HERE TOWARDS THIS PROBLEM, IT'S GOT TO BE -- BECAUSE THERE'S NO OTHER EXPLANATION -- THAT THEY ARE NOT FILLING THEIR OWN GAS TANKS. IT'S REALLY GOT TO BE THAT THEY AREN'T THE ONES THAT ARE ACTUALLY PUTTING THE GAS IN THEIR CAR THEMSELVES. BECAUSE IF THEY WERE THEY WOULD REALIZE THAT NOW INSTEAD OF PENNIES -- REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE YOUNGER AND OUR PARENTS WOULD FILL THE GAS TANK AND THE FASTEST NUMBER THAT CONTROLLED ON THE GAS TANK ITSELF WAS A PENNY? NOW IT'S DIMES. BECAUSE THAT'S HOW MUCH PRICES HAVE INCREASED IN TERMS OF GAS. THE ONLY THING I CAN THINK OF, MR. MEEK, AND MR. SPEAKER, THAT I CAN ATTRIBUTE THE INDIFFERENCE OF REPUBLICANS TOWARDS THE ENERGY CRISIS AND THE GAS PRICES THAT AMERICANS ARE FACING IS THAT THEY HAVEN'T FILLED THEIR CARS WITH GAS SINCE GAS PUMPS LOOKED LIKE THIS. THIS IS A GAS PUMP, OR AT LEAST AN EXAMPLE OF A GAS PUMP AND WHAT ONE LOOKED LIKE IN THE 1950'S. AND PERHAPS IT'S JUST THAT -- IT WAS SO LONG AGO THAT THEY FILLED THEIR GAS TANKS THEMSELVES -- I'M NOT SURE WHO IS FILLING THEIR GAS TANKS, MAYBE THEY HAVE DRIVERS. THEY ONLY FOCUS ON THE NEEDS OF THE WEALTHY. PERHAPS PEOPLE ARE DRIVING THEM AROUND, THAT REALLY FOR ME IS THE ONLY EXPLANATION. I REALLY FAIL TO UNDERSTAND WHY THEY CONTINUE TO ALLOW OIL COMPANIES THE AIN'T TO NOT PAY ROYALTIES -- THE ABILITY TO NOT PAY ROYALTIES TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN EXCHANGE FOR UTILIZING OUR OIL RESERVES, THE ABILITY AND THE RIGHT TO DRILL INTO THE OCEAN FLOOR, AND DRAW UP OIL THAT IS ON LAND OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT IS SUPPOSED TO PAY SUBSIDIES AND ROYALTIES. WE PASSED LEGISLATION ON AT LEAST TWO OCCASIONS SINCE I HAVE BEEN HERE, I'M ONLY A FRESHMAN, THAT HAVE ESSENTIALLY FORGIVEN THOSE ROYALTIES AND GIVEN MULTIPLE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BACK TO THE OIL COMPANIES AND INTO THE POCKETS OF THE C.E.O.'S AND THE WEALTHIEST FEW PEOPLE. IT'S JUST -- IT'S ABSOLUTELY MIND-BOGGLING TO ME. WE AS DEMOCRATS HAVE THE PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE STRAIGHT. WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE NEED TO MOVE THE COUNTRY IN A NEW DIRECTION, MR. SPEAKER. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE EXPAND ACCESS TO ARKANSAS. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ACTUALLY INVEST IN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY RESOURCES SO THAT WE CAN TRULY WITHIN 10 YEARS BECOME INDEPENDENT OF FOREIGN OIL RESOURCES AND INVEST IN THE MIDWEST INSTEAD OF IN THE MIDDLE EAST. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN GET A HANDLE ON THIS DEFICIT. MR. MEEK, YOU AND I HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN AND RIGHT NOW IF WE STAY THE COURSE AND CONTINUE IN THE DIRECTION THAT THIS PRESIDENT AND THIS REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS TAKING, OUR CHILDREN AND OUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN WILL BE SADDLED WITH THE DEFICIT AND THE NATION'S DEBT THAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS MIRED US IN ALL BY HIMSELF WITH HIS REPUBLICAN RUBBER STAMP COLLEAGUES THAT WE WORK IN THIS CHAMBER WITH. IF SOMETHING ISN'T DONE, OUR CHILDREN, I REALLY -- I FEAR FOR THE WORLD THAT THEY GROW UP IN. NOT JUST IN TERMS OF FOREIGN POLICY, BUT IN TERMS OF DOMESTIC POLICY. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO OUR KIDS WHEN THEY GROW UP IN A WORLD WHERE WE ARE UNDERFUNDING EDUCATION, WHERE THEY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE, WHERE GAS PRICES ARE SO OUT-OF-CONTROL AND THERE IS NO MASS TRANSIT FOR THEM TO USE AS AN ALTERNATIVE THAT THEY CAN'T GET TO WORK? WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO IN A WORLD WHERE THE DEFICIT IS CONTINUING TO SKYROCKET AND WE ARE GOING FURTHER AND FURTHER IN DEBT TO OUR COUNTRIES? HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE ABLE TO GET THIS COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK AFTER THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS. . I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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  • 11:45:31 PM

    MR. MEEK

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 11:52:06 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 11:52:07 PM

    MR. MEEK

    I WILL DEFINITELY YIELD, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ.

  • 11:52:11 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    PRIORITIES OF THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HERE ARE COMPLETELY OUT OF STEP…

    PRIORITIES OF THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HERE ARE COMPLETELY OUT OF STEP WITH THE PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SO INSTEAD WHAT THE REPUBLICANS HERE HAVE ATTEMPTED TO DO IS SHIFT THE FOCUS AND ATTENTION AWAY FROM WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON AND ENGAGING IN THE POLITICS OF DISTRACTION. NOW THIS THAT I HAVE IN MY HAND IS ABOUT TO BECOME A SCARITY. IT'S A SOCIAL STUDIES TEXTBOOK. AN AMERICAN HISTORY TEXTBOOK WHICH, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ARGUE IN OUR HIGH SCHOOLS WILL SOON BE OBSOLETE. WE WON'T HAVE ANY REASON TO USE THESE ANYMORE. PARTICULARLY THE SECTION ON HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW, BECAUSE LAST WEEK WE ACTUALLY BROUGHT A BILL TO THE FLOOR THAT WAS DEFEATED IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, A BILL THAT RELATED TO COURT STRIPPING, STRIPPING THE COURTS OF THE RIGHT TO REVIEW CASES RELATED TO THE PLEDGE OF ALENALANCE AND WHERE "UNDER GOD" WAS CONSTITUTIONAL OR NOT. NOW THAT QUESTION CAN BE DEBATED ALL DAY AND THERE ARE VARYING DEGREES OF OPINION ON THAT. NOW WE TEACH THE STUDENTS THE CONCEPT OF HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW AS CREATED BY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS, THE SEPARATION OF POWERS. AND BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS ARE MOVING THIS COUNTRY IN THE WRONG DIRECTION AND DON'T SHARE THE PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THEY HAVE HAD TO DEFLECT ATTENTION AWAY FROM WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON HERE AND FOCUS ON THINGS LIKE THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, GAY MARRIAGE, FLAG BURNING. IT'S JUST -- THE LIST -- TODAY IN JUDICIARY, WE LITERALLY SPENT, MR. MEEK, 6 1/2 HOURS ON ONE BILL AND ONE AMENDMENT RELATED TO THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. NOW, MR. MEEK, DO YOU THINK -- AND WHEN YOU GO HOME, DO YOUR CONSTITUENTS -- DOES THE FATHER OF FOUR WHO LEAVES FOR WORK IN THE MORNING, WHEN YOU SEE HIM ON THE STREET, DOES HE STOP YOU AND SAY, KENDRICK, I REALLY WANT YOU TO GO TO THE CONGRESS AND FOCUS ON THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE? OR DO YOU THINK IT'S MORE LIKELY -- AND IN YOUR EXPERIENCE, DO THEY TELL YOU, YOU KNOW, I JUST WASN'T SURE HOW I WAS GOING TO FILL MY GAS TANK TODAY? AND HOW ABOUT THE PARENTS OF KIDS WHO ARE FIGHTING OVER IN IRAQ, DO YOU THINK THEY'RE REALLY WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER WE AMEND THE CONSTITUTION TO BAN GAY MARRIAGE? ARE THEY AT THE TOP OF THOSE PARENTS' LISTS? OR IS IT THAT THEIR BABY COMES HOME TO THEM? WHERE -- WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?

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  • 11:55:00 PM

    MR. MEEK

    ABSOLUTELY.

  • 11:55:02 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    ABSOLUTELY.

  • 11:55:03 PM

    MR. MEEK

    WE HAD OVER 1,000.

  • 11:55:32 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    WE HAD OVER 1,000.

  • 11:55:33 PM

    MR. MEEK

    I'M GLAD YOU CORRECTED ME, BECAUSE WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE GIVE FACTS, NOT…

    I'M GLAD YOU CORRECTED ME, BECAUSE WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE GIVE FACTS, NOT FICTION. AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE MAKE AN IMPORTANT NOTE HERE. AND I'M ASKING THE MEMBERS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER , TO VOTE PRINCIPLE OVER POLITICS. YOU HAVE TO VOTE PRINCIPLE OVER POLITICS. I MEAN, IF -- I WILL SAY THIS. IF THERE'S A DEMOCRAT --

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  • 11:56:02 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    SCHULTZ: MR. MEEK, FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN HERE, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE FOR THESE…

    SCHULTZ: MR. MEEK, FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN HERE, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE FOR THESE PEOPLE.

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  • 11:56:07 PM

    MR. MEEK

    POINT HERE, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. THIS IS TO THE MEMBERS TO PLACE ON…

    POINT HERE, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. THIS IS TO THE MEMBERS TO PLACE ON THEIR CONSCIOUS OF WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MAY VERY WELL THINK, OK? IF I'M A DEMOCRAT AND I'M A VOTER AND I'M PAYING MORE FOR GAS, THERE'S A WAR GOING ON THAT MY LEADERS ARE TELLING ME TO STAY THE COURSE, NO PLAN, ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND INNOVATION IS NOT A PRIORITY. IF WE WERE IN THE MAJORITY -- LET'S SAY, FOR INSTANCE, WE WERE IN THE MAJORITY AND IT'S NOT HAPPENING, I'M A VETERAN AND I HAVE TO WAIT IN RURAL AMERICA FOR A CLINIC THAT'S ONLY OPEN THREE DAYS A MONTH, THEN I HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THE PRINCIPLE OVER POLITICS. MAYBE I WANT TO VOTE FOR THE OTHER PERSON THIS TIME, BECAUSE MY FAMILY IS SUFFERING. MAYBE MY KIDS ARE NOT GETTING WHAT THEY NEED TO GET AS IT RELATES TO EDUCATION. CAN I GET THAT CHART ON EDUCATION, DEFICIT AND VETERANS? MAYBE THAT'S NOT IN LINE WITH WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE. AS YOU POINT THIS OUT, I THINK THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE TO THINK THIS TIME. I TOLD YOU, I'VE GIVEN UP ON THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY. THEY'VE HAD ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD TO DO WHAT THEY HAD TO DO. LOOK AT WHAT WE'RE PAYING ON THE DEBT BECAUSE OF IRRESPONSIBLE SPENDING OF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY AND GIVING TAX CUTS TO BILLIONAIRES AND MILLIONAIRES. LOOK AT THE DEBT WE'RE PAYING BECAUSE WE BORROWED THAT MONEY FROM ALL THE COUNTRIES. LOOK WHAT WE'RE DOING IN EDUCATION. LOOK HOW FAR DOWN FOR EVERY TEACHER, MOTHER, GRANDFATHER, WHAT HAVE YOU WHO WANTS TO SEE THEIR GENERATION, CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN HAVE A BETTER OPPORTUNITY WHAT THEY HAD. LOOK AT WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS INVESTING IN THEIR EDUCATION. LOOK AT HOMELAND SECURITY. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, THE MAJORITY SIDE CAN BURN ALL KIND OF FEDERAL JET FUEL AT TAXPAYERS' EXPENSE TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY'RE TOUGH. LOOK AT WHAT THEY'RE DOING FOR HOMELAND SECURITY. THOSE THAT MADE THE SACRIFICES, AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILY. LOOK AT WHAT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS INVESTING IN THEIR FUTURE AND WHAT THEY SAID THEIR PROMISE OF PROVIDING HEALTH CARE AND OTHER BENEFITS. LOOK AT WHAT THEY'RE INVESTING VERSUS WHAT WE'RE PAYING ON THE DEBT. JUST BECAUSE, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, AS I YIELD BACK TO YOU BEFORE WE CLOSE, JUST BECAUSE THEY SAY IT DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEANS THAT'S TRUE. I'LL YIELD AND THEN WE'LL CLOSE AFTER IN A.

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  • 11:58:34 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS. THIS MAY BE THE LAST EVENING WE SPEND AS THE…

    LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS. THIS MAY BE THE LAST EVENING WE SPEND AS THE 30-SOMETHING WORKING GROUP UNTIL WE COME BACK FROM THE AUGUST RECESS. THE 30-SOMETHING WORKING GROUP HAS AN OPPORTUNITY EACH NIGHT TO TALK ABOUT THE DIRECTION WE WANT TO MOVE THIS COUNTRY ON BEHALF OF DEMOCRATS AND THE NEXT GENERATION. ALL OF THE CHARTS AND INFORMATION THAT WE TALKED ABOUT TONIGHT ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE, HOUSEDEMOCRATS.GOFF/30-SOMETHING . WE APPRECIATE THE PRIVILEGE THAT THE LEADER GIVES US EACH MONTH TO TALK ABOUT THE PRIORITIES OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS. IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO BE HERE WITH YOU ONCE AGAIN.

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  • 11:59:07 PM

    MR. MEEK

    THANK YOU, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. IT'S GOOD TO COME BACK TO THE FLOOR WITH…

    THANK YOU, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. IT'S GOOD TO COME BACK TO THE FLOOR WITH YOU. AS THE 30-SOMETHING WORKING GROUP, WE MEET EVERY WEEK. WE HAVE STAFF EVALUATE THINGS WITH FACTUAL PURPOSES. I'M GLAD WE'RE COMING TO THE LEVEL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER -- YES, MR. SPEAKER, WE WOULD LIKE TO HONOR TIM FRIEDMAN WHO HAS WORKED HERE IN THE DEMOCRATIC CLOAKROOM FOR 30 YEARS AND WE APPRECIATE HIS CONTRIBUTIONS, ALL THAT HE'S DONE. WE HAD A GREAT RECEPTION. MEMBERS, BIPARTISAN, WENT DOWN HERE IN THE CAPITOL AND HONORED HIM. WE APPRECIATE HIM AND HIS FAMILY FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, WE YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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  • 11:59:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION.

  • 11:59:50 PM

    MR. MEEK

    MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE NOW DO ADJOURN.

  • 11:59:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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