Senate Passes Resolution Opposing Russian Offer to Question U.S. Officials, 98-0
House Session - June 1, 2011
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  • 10:02:06 AM

    MS. CHU

    YOU. I RISE TODAY TO ANNOUNCE AN ACTION TO ADDRESS AN INJUSTICE CARRIED…

    YOU. I RISE TODAY TO ANNOUNCE AN ACTION TO ADDRESS AN INJUSTICE CARRIED OUT ON THIS VERY FLOOR THAT CONGRESS HAS NEVER ATONED FOR. THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT OF 1882. A CENTURY AGO THE CHINESE CAME HERE IN SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE BUT THEY FACED HARSH CONDITIONS, PARTICULARLY IN THE HALLS OF CONGRESS. CONGRESS PASSED NUMEROUS LAWS TO RESTRICT CHINESE AMERICANS STARTING FROM THE 1882 CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT TO STOP THE CHINESE FROM IMMIGRATING, FROM BECOMING NATURALIZED CITIZENS, AND FROM EVER HAVING THE RIGHT TO VOTE. THESE WERE THE ONLY SUCH LAWS TO TARGET A SPECIFIC ETHNIC GROUP. THE CHINESE WERE THE ONLY RESIDENTS THAT HAD TO CARRY PAPERS ON THEM AT ALL TIMES. THEY WERE OFTEN HARASSED AND DETAINED. IF THEY COULDN'T PRODUCE THE PROPER DOCUMENTS, AUTHORITIES THREW THEM INTO PRISON OR OUT OF THE COUNTRY REGARDLESS OF THEIR CITIZENSHIP STATUS. POLITICAL CARTOONS AND HATEFUL BANNERS LIKE THESE WERE HUNG IN TOWNS AND CITIES AND PRINTED IN PAPERS. AT THE TIME OF THIS HATEFUL LAW, THE CHINESE WERE CALLED RACIAL SLURS, SPAT IN THE STREETS, AND EVEN BRUTALLY MURDERED. ONLY AFTER CHINA BECAME AN ALLY OF THE U.S. IN WORLD WAR II WAS THIS LAW REPEALED IN 1943, 60 YEARS AFTER ITS PASSAGE. IT HAS NEVER BEEN FORMALLY ACKNOWLEDGED BY CONGRESS AS INCOMPATIBLE WITH AMERICA'S FOUNDING PRINCIPLES. THAT IS WHY AS THE FIRST CHINESE AMERICAN WOMAN ELECTED TO CONGRESS AND WHOSE GRANDFATHER WAS A VICTIM OF THIS LAW, I STAND ON THE VERY FLOOR WHERE THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT WAS PASSED AND ANNOUNCE THAT I HAVE INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A FORMAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND EXPRESSION OF REGRET FOR THE CHINESE EXCLUSION LAWS. . WHEN THE EXCLUSION LAWS WERE INTRODUCED, THERE WAS A DEBATE IN CONGRESS OVER ITS MERITS. THE 14TH AND 15TH AMENDMENT HAD RECENTLY BEEN RATIFIED. SLAVERY HAD BEEN DEFEATED AND FREEDOM SEEMED MORE CERTAIN. THE NATIONAL ATMOSPHERE LED MANY IN CONGRESS TO STAND UP AGAINST THE DISCRIMINATORY ANTI-CHINESE LAWS. BUT OVER THE YEARS THOSE STANDING FOR JUSTICE ALMOST ALL DISAPPEARED. BY THE TIME 1882 CAME AROUND, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WERE FIGHTING OVER WHO DESERVED THE MOST CREDIT FOR GETTING THE MOST DISCRIMINATORY LAWS PASSED AND STANDING AGAINST THE MONGOLIAN HORDE. REPRESENTATIVE ALBERT SHELBY WILLIS FROM KENTUCKY PUSHED FOR THE LAWS WHEN LAMBASTING AGAINST THE CHINESE. STANDING IN THE SAME SPOT WHERE I AM STANDING NOW HE CALLED THEM ALIENS AND UN-REPUBLICAN HABITS. HE SAID THAT WE ARE CURSED WITH THE EVILS OF CHINESE IMMIGRATION AND THEY DESTROYED THE ORDER OF SOCIETY. BUT THERE WERE A BRAVE FEW, A SMALL MINORITY, WHO FOUGHT HARD AGAINST PRINCIPLES OF FREEDOM. ONE SUCH MAN WAS SENATOR GEORGE FRISBY. HE STOOD UP AGAINST ALL OF THE CHINESE LAW. HE WOULD SAY IN 1904 WHEN THE LAWS WERE MADE PERMANENT, I CANNOT AGREE WITH THE PRINCIPLE THAT THIS LEGISLATION OR ANY LEGISLATION ON THE SUBJECT RESTS. ALL RACES, ALL COLORS, ALL NATIONALITIES INCLUDE PERSONS ENTITLED TO BE RECOGNIZED EVERYWHERE AS EQUALS OF OTHER MEN. I AM BOUND TO RECORD MY PROTEST IF I STAND ALONE. AND STAND ALONE HE DID. THE FINAL VOTE AGAINST THE CHINESE IN THE SENATE WAS 76-1. WHAT SENATOR -- THE SENATOR STOOD UP FOR IS WHAT I'M ASKING FOR CONGRESS TO STAND UP TODAY, ALL PEOPLE, NO MATTER THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN OR THE NAGS OF THEIR ORIGIN ARE THE EQUALS OF EVERY OR MAN OR WOMAN. AMERICA CAME TO BE WHAT IT IS TODAY THROUGH IMMIGRANTS WHO CAME FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD. CHINESE IMMIGRANTS WERE AMONGST THEM. THEY SOUGHT A PLACE TO LIVE THAT WAS FOUNDED UPON LIBERTY AND EQUALITY. THEY CAME IN SEARCH OF THE AMERICAN DREAM, THAT IF YOU WORKED HARD YOU COULD BUILD A GOOD LIFE. IT IS WHY MY GRANDFATHER CAME TO THE UNITED STATES. BUT WHEN THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT WAS PASSED, THE TRUTH THAT THIS NATION HOLDS IS SELF-EVIDENT, THAT ALL ARE ENDOWED BY THE INALIENABLE RIGHTS BY LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS WERE DISCOUNTED BY THE VERY ONES ELECTED TO UPHOLD THEM. SO FOR A GENERATION OF OUR ANCESTORS, LIKE MY GRANDFATHER, WHO WERE TOLD FOR SIX DECADES BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT THAT WHEN LAND OF THE FREE WASN'T OPEN TO THEM IT IS LONG PAST TIME THAT CONGRESS OFFICIALLY AND FORMALLY ACKNOWLEDGES THESE UGLY LAWS THAT TARGETED CHINESE IMMIGRANTS AND EXPRESS SINCERE REGRET FOR THESE ACTIONS. WITH MY RESOLUTION CONGRESS WILL ACKNOWLEDGE THE INJUSTICE OF THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT, EXPRESS REGRET FOR THE LIVES IT DESTROYED AND MAKE SURE THAT THE PREJUDICE THAT STAINED OUR NATION IS NEVER REPEATED AGAIN AND TODAY IS A DIFFERENT DAY AND WE STAND SIDE BY SIDE FOR A STRONGER AMERICA.

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  • 10:07:27 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:07:33 AM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THIS BODY PASSED THE NATIONAL…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THIS BODY PASSED THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. AND IN DOING SO YET AGAIN IT PUT A STAMP OF APPROVAL ON MORE VIOLENT, BELLIGERENT AND MILITARYISTIC DEFENSE POLICY. WHILE MY FRIENDS IN THE MAJORITY CONTINUE TO POSTURE ABOUT FEDERAL SPENDING, THEY'RE EAGER TO AUTHORIZE BILLIONS AND PLS ON MILITARY PROGRAMS AND POLICIES THAT DON'T ACTUALLY MAKE -- BILLIONS ON MILITARY PROGRAMS AND POLICIES THAT DON'T ACTUALLY MAKE AMERICA SAFER. THEY VOTED DOWN AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE BROUGHT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FUNDING LEVELS DOWN TO THE SAME 2008 LEVELS THEY WANT TO IMPOSE ON DOMESTIC DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. OBVIOUSLY THE REPUBLICANS BELIEVE IN A BLANK CHECK FOR THE PENTAGON BUT AUSTERITY FOR EVERYONE ELSE. THEY REJECTED MY AMENDMENT TO ELIMINATE THE V-22 OSPREY, A MULTIBILLION DOLLAR AIRCRAFT WITH THE PERFORMANCE AND SAFETY RECORD SO SHODDY THAT EVEN DICK CHENEY TRIED TO ELIMINATE IT WHEN HE WAS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE. THEY ALSO REJECTED AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE PUT THE USE OF FUNDS FOR PERMANENT BASES IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN TO ANSWERED. THIS, DESPITE THE FACT THAT AN -- BASES IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN TO END. THIS, DESPITE THE FACT THAT AN ARTICLE THAT SAID, AND I QUOTE, WE'VE BECOME ADDICTED TO SPENDING. HE ADDED THAT THE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS WITH THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR CONSTUX, AND HE SAID, HAVE BEEN LIKE CRACK COCAINE FOR THE MILITARY. IT GETS WORSE, MR. SPEAKER. THE DEFENSE BILL INCLUDES ERRATICALLY EXPANDED AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE. IT COMPLETELY UNDERMINES THE WAR POWERS ACT, EMPOWERING THE PRESIDENT, WHICHEVER PRESIDENT, WHOMEVER IS IN THAT OFFICE TO DECLARE WAR REGARDLESS OF WHETHER AN ATTACK AGAINST THE UNITED STATES IS IMMINENT, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OUR NATIONAL SECURITY HAS BEEN THREATENED. THE LANGUAGE DOESN'T EVEN SPECIFY ANY GEOGRAPHIC LIMITATION. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY COULDN'T EVEN BRING THEMSELVES TO SUPPORT AN AMENDMENT THAT CALLED SIMPLY FOR A PLAN WITHIN 60 DAYS TO TRANSFER RESPONSIBILITY FOR AFGHANISTAN SECURITY TO AFGHANISTAN. A PLAN. SO WE CAN BEGIN THE PROCESS OF REDEVELOPMENT. JUST A PLAN WITHIN 60 DAYS AS OUR DISTINGUISHED DEMOCRATIC LEADER SAID HERE ON THE FLOOR LAST WEEK WHEN WE WERE DEBATING THIS, WHO COULD BE AGAINST THAT? WELL, APPARENTLY THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF HOUSE REPUBLICANS COULD BE AGAINST IT AND ARE AGAINST IT AND VOTED AGAINST IT. THEN, THEY TOPPED IT OFF BY VOTING TO ELIMINATE THE MODEST PUBLIC INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES OR THE U.S. INSTITUTE OF PEACE, AN INSTITUTE THAT CARRIES OUT WELL-RESPECTED LIFE-SAVING WORK ON PEACEFUL CONFLICT RESOLUTION AROUND THE WORLD. LAST NIGHT, THE MAJORITY PLAYED A GAME OF CHICKEN WITH THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CREDIBILITY OF THE UNITED STATES, HOLDING A VOTE ON THE DEBT CEILING THAT WAS DESIGNED TO FAIL. I CHALLENGE THEM, YOU WANT MEANINGFUL SPENDING CUTS AS A CONDITION FOR A DEBT CEILING INCREASE? THEN STOP GIVING THE PENTAGON UNLIMITED USE OF THE TAXPAYERS' A.T.M. CARD. STOP PUTTING THE FULL FAITH OF THE UNITED STATES CREDIT ON THE LINE IN ORDER TO WAGE MORE WAR. YOU BELIEVE IN FISCAL DISCIPLINE AND YOU THINK EVERYTHING SHOULD BE ON THE TABLE, THEN LET'S TALK ABOUT SAVING $10 BILLION A MONTH BY ENDING THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. AND LET'S BRING OUR TROOPS HOME FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:11:47 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. CAPPS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:11:58 AM

    MRS. CAPPS

    TODAY I RISE TO HONOR A CONSTITUENT OF MINE FROM THE 23RD DISTRICT OF…

    TODAY I RISE TO HONOR A CONSTITUENT OF MINE FROM THE 23RD DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA. HIS NAME IS MR. JACK SOUTHERLAND. MR. SOUTHERLAND SERVED HONORABLY IN THE COAST GUARD DURING WORLD WAR II. HE WAS STATIONED OFF THE CALIFORNIA COAST. MR. SOUTHERLAND'S BRAVE ACTIONS ON DECEMBER 25, 1943, RESULTED IN THE SAFE PASSAGE OF TWO ESCORT CARRIERS DOWN THE PACIFIC ALONG THE COAST AND INTO SAN DIEGO BAY. I AM VERY PROUD TO REPRESENT MR. SOUTHERLAND, AN EXAMPLE TO US ALL FOR HIS DEDICATION TO OUR COUNTRY AND FOR HIS LIFETIME OF SERVING OUR COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, THE DEBT WE OWE TO OUR NATION'S VETERANS IS IMMEASURABLE. MR. SOUTHERLAND IS NO EXCEPTION. IN FACT, HE'S AN EXAMPLE OF THOSE OF THAT GREATEST GENERATION WHO SERVED NOBLY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. HIS ACTIONS IN 1943 LEAVE ME HUMBLED AND HONORED BY HIS SACRIFICES. WE CAN NEVER REPAY HIS SERVICE, BUT WE CAN ACT HONORABLY ON HIS BEHALF AND BEHAVE IN A WAY THAT IS INDICATIVE OF A GRATEFUL NATION. SINGLING OUT EVENTS LIKE THESE ARE IMPORTANT TO REMIND US THAT ACKNOWLEDGING OUR VETERANS' WRAFERY AND SACRIFICE IS NEVER DONE -- BRAVERY AND SACRIFICE IS NEVER DONE. DESPITE THE DECADES THAT HAVE PASSED, OUR COUNTRY REMAINS INDEBTED TO THE HEROIC ACTIONS OF MR. SOUTHERLAND AND HIS MANY BROTHERS IN ARMS. IT'S ALSO IMPERATIVE TO REMEMBER THAT WE ARE STILL A NATION AT WAR, AND THAT VETERANS WHO SERVE DECADES AGO OR JUST MONTHS AGO OR ARE SAVING TODAY DESERVE OUR SUPPORT, OUR APPRECIATION AND OUR PROFOUND GRATITUDE. MR. SOUTHERLAND WAITED TOO LONG TO BE OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED, AND I'M SURE HE'D AGREE THAT ALL VETERANS DESERVE TIMELY AND GENUINE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS OF THEIR SERVICE. I'M PROUD OF THE WORK MY STAFF COMPLETED TO ASSIST MR. SOUTHERLAND ACHIEVE A FORMAL RECOGNITION FROM THE COMMANDANT OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD. JUST A FEW DAYS AGO, THE VETERANS' CLINIC IN SANTAMARIA, CALIFORNIA, HOSTED A RECEPTION AND CEREMONY WHERE THE LETTER OF RECOGNITION FROM THE COMMANDANT WAS READ AND WHERE MANY OF THE COAST GUARD IN ACTIVE DUTY STATIONED WERE PRESENT TO SEE SOMEONE OF THE GENERATION PRECEDING THEM BE ACKNOWLEDGED. I CONSIDER MY WORK ON BEHALF OF VETERANS TO BE ONE OF MY FIRST SACRED RESPONSIBILITIES AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. VETERANS LIKE MR. SOUTHERLAND REPRESENT THE BEST THIS COUNTRY HAS TO OFFER. AND ENSURING HIS WORK IS RECOGNIZED IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE. IT'S AN HONOR TO REPRESENT A MAN OF SUCH INTEGRITY, CONVICTION AND DEDICATION TO HIS COUNTRY. I AM PROUD TO INCLUDE HIS SERVICE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:14:56 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PUERTO RICO, MR. PIERLUISI. .

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  • 10:15:12 AM

    MR. PIERLUISI

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE 2010 CONSENSUS CONFIRMED HISPANICS ARE A GROWING…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE 2010 CONSENSUS CONFIRMED HISPANICS ARE A GROWING PART OF THE AMERICAN FAMILY. THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 50 MILLION LATINOS IN THE UNITED STATES, ACCOUNTING FOR MORE THAN HALF OF THE NATION'S POPULATION GROWTH BETWEEN 20 -- 2000 AND 2010. TODAY ONE IN SIX AMERICANS IS HISPANIC. THIS TREMENDOUS GROWTH ADDS TO OUR COUNTRY'S RICH DIVERSITY, BUT IT ALSO BRINGS CHALLENGES. THE NUMBER OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN OUR NATION'S SCHOOLS HAVE INCREASED BY 50% OVER THE PAST DECADE. ENGLISH LEARNERS ARE FOUND IN STATES WITH TRADITIONALLY LARGE HISPANIC POPULATIONS LIKE TEXAS AND NEW MEXICO, AND IN STATES THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED A RECENT INFLUX OF IMMIGRANTS LIKE COLORADO AND INDIANA. AND ENGLISH LEARNERS ARE FOUND IN LARGE NUMBERS IN THE U.S. TERRITORY OF PUERTO RICO. HOW WELL OUR SCHOOLS EDUCATE THOSE STUDENTS WILL DETERMINE THE FUTURE SUCCESS OF OUR NATION. AND PROVIDING A QUALITY EDUCATION MEANS ENSURING THAT THEY GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL WITH PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH. THE BENEFITS OF LEARNING ENGLISH ARE CLEAR FOR STUDENTS LIVING IN THE 50 STATES WHERE IT IS DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN MOST JOBS WITHOUT BEING FLUENT IN THE LANGUAGE, BUT LEARNING ENGLISH IS ALSO VITAL FOR STUDENTS IN PUERTO RICO. IN MY LIFE I HAVE VISITED MANY COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD AND EVERYWHERE I HAVE TRAVELED I HAVE SEEN YOUNG PEOPLE STUDYING ENGLISH WITH PASSION AND DETERMINATION. PUERTO RICO'S SONS AND DAUGHTERS PARTICULARLY AS AMERICAN CITIZENS LIVING IN A U.S. TERRITORY SIMPLY MUST BE PROFICIENT IN ENGLISH TO COMPETE EFFECTIVELY IN THE MODERN GLOBALIZED WORLD. YET FOR TOO MANY YEARS SOME IN PUERTO RICO START TO LIMIT THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH IN OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS IN A MISGUIDED APPROACH TO LIMIT OUR STATUS. IT HAS HARMED OUR CHILDREN AND OUR ISLAND. REGARDLESS OF ONE'S VIEWS ON PUERTO RICO'S STATUS, THERE CAN BE NO QUESTION THAT PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH AS WELL AS IN SPANISH IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF PUERTO RICO'S YOUTH. TO DENY OUR CHILDREN THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ENGLISH IS TO DENY THEM THE COUNTLESS OPPORTUNITIES THAT COME WITH BEING BILINGUAL. ACCORDINGLY, SINCE ARRIVING IN CONGRESS, ONE OF MY PRIMARY GOALS HAS BEEN TO IMPROVE ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION IN PUERTO RICO SCHOOLS. THAT IS WHY I HAVE INTRODUCED A BILL TO RAISE A CAP THAT RESTRICTS THE AMOUNT OF FEDERAL FUNDS THE ISLAND CAN RECEIVE TO STRENGTHEN ITS ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAMS. IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT THE CHILDREN OF PUERTO RICO HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES AS CHILDREN IN THE STATES, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE ISLAND BE TREATED FAIRLY WHEN IT COMES TO ALLOCATING FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAMS. MOREOVER, OUR SCHOOLS' SUCCESS IN TEACHING ENGLISH LEARNERS IN PUERTO RICO AND IN THE STATES WILL DEPEND ON THE NUMBER OF WELL PREPARED BILINGUAL TEACHERS AVAILABLE TO INSTRUCT THE STUDENTS. IN PUERTO RICO THE CHALLENGE HAS BEEN TO FIND ENOUGH TEACHERS WHO ARE SUFFICIENTLY PROFICIENT IN ENGLISH TO EFFECTIVELY TEACH THE LANGUAGE. AT THE SAME TIME, THE INCREASED NUMBER OF ENGLISH LEARNERS IN THE STATES HAVE LEFT SCHOOL DISTRICTS SCRAMBLING TO FIND ENOUGH TEACHERS FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGES, IN BOTH CASES SCHOOLS ARE ASKING THEMSELVES, HOW CAN I FIND AN EXPERIENCED TEACHER TO MEET THIS NEED? ONE ANSWER, TEACHER EXCHANGES. I RECENTLY INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD FUND TEACHER EXCHANGES BETWEEN SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN DIFFERENT REGIONS OF THE UNITED STATES. UNDER MY BILL, FOR EXAMPLE, A TEACHER IN PUERTO RICO COULD IMPROVE HER ENGLISH ABILITY BY SPENDING A YEAR IN THE STATES TRADING PLACES WITH A NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKING INSTRUCTOR WHO SEEKS TO IMPROVE HER SPANISH LANGUAGE SKILLS. THROUGH THIS EXCHANGE THE TEACHERS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THE STUDENTS IN EACH COMMUNITY WOULD BENEFIT. NO WONDER THAT ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTING ENGLISH TEACHERS, FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTORS, PRINCIPLES, AND SCHOOL BOARDS HAVE ALL ENDORSED MY BILL. AS CONGRESS WORKS TO REFORM THE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS WHETHER THOSE STUDENTS ARE LOCATED IN SANTA FE, SAN ANTONIO, OR SAN JUAN. OUR GOALS SHOULD BE AS SIMPLE AS IT IS AMBITIOUS. TO ENSURE EVERY STUDENT IN OUR NATION HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL AS A FLUENT ENGLISH SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:19:39 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:19:54 AM

    MR. DEFAZIO

    YESTERDAY, THE HOUSE RESOUNDINGLY REJECTED A SO-CALLED CLEAN INCREASE IN…

    YESTERDAY, THE HOUSE RESOUNDINGLY REJECTED A SO-CALLED CLEAN INCREASE IN THE DEBT LIMIT. AS IT SHOULD HAVE. BUT DIFFERENT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DRAW DIFFERENT CONCLUSIONS FROM THIS VOTE. THE REPUBLICANS WILL SAY THIS MEANS UNLIMITED SPENDING CUTS, THAT'S HOW WE'LL BALANCE THE BUDGET, AND ON MY SIDE OF THE AISLE THERE WILL BE THOSE THAT SAY, NO, THIS PUTS REVENUES BACK INTO PLAY, ACTUALLY, BOTH SHOULD BE RIGHT. THERE IS NO WAY, NO WAY -- MONEY IS COMING IN BETTER THAN EXPECTED, TO DEAL WITH THAT WITHOUT DEALING WITH BOTH SIDES OF THE EQUATION, THAT IS REVENUES AND CUTS IN SPENDING. NOW, UNFORTUNATELY AROUND HERE IT SEEMS THAT COMING TOGETHER FOR THE PROBLEMS OF THE NATION IS SOMEWHAT QUAINT AND OLD-FASHIONED. BEEN HERE LONG ENOUGH TO REMEMBER WHEN WE USED TO DO THOSE THINGS. WHEN WE HAD THE SURTAX ON MILLIONAIRES BACK WHEN BUSH THE FIRST WAS PRESIDENT. AND BROUGHT BACK SOME FISCAL SANITY. BEFORE MY TIME WHEN RONALD REAGAN RAISED TAXES THREE TIMES BECAUSE HE REALIZED SUPPLY SIDE ECONOMICS DIDN'T WORK. WE ARE NOW BACK TO SUPPLY SIDE ECONOMICS OVER HERE DOESN'T WORK AND MORE STUCTS, THEY ARE PROPOSING MORE STUCTS IN THE FACE OF DEFICITS. ABSURD. HOW ARE WE GOING TO FORCE THAT DISCUSSION? I BELIEVE WE NEED A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION. WE ACTUALLY PASSED ONE WHEN I WAS HERE IN 1995. I VOTED FOR IT. IT FAILED BY ONE VOTE IN THE SENATE. JUST THINK, HAD THAT BEEN IN PLACE WHEN IN THE LAST TWO YEARS OF THE CLINTON PRESIDENCY WE NOT ONLY BALANCED THE BUDGET WE BEGAN TO PAY DOWN DEBT FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1969. THEN CAME BUSH TWO AND HE SAID WE ARE GOING TO GIVE THAT MONEY BACK TO THE PEOPLE. EVEN WHEN WE WENT INTO DEFICIT, HE SAID WE'LL NEED MORE TAX CUTS. THAT'S WHAT WE NEED IS MORE TAX CUTS BECAUSE WE ARE RUNNING A DEFICIT NOW AND THAT'S HOW HE DEAL WITH DEFICITS IS CUT TAXES BECAUSE PEOPLE WILL, WHATEVER, SOMEHOW THAT CREATES MORE MONEY. IF WE HAD HAD THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION IN PLACE, BUSH COULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH THAT. HE COULDN'T HAVE LAUNCHED AN UNNECESSARY WAR IN IRAQ AND CUT TAXES AT THE SAME TIME. THE FIRST TIME OUR NATION HAS GONE TO WAR WHILE CUTTING TAXES. AND HE MANAGED TO DOUBLE THE DESIGNATE -- DEBT IN EIGHT SHORT YEARS. ENDING WITH THE SPECTACULAR CRASH ON WALL STREET AND THE TARP BAILOUT, WHICH MANY FORGET WAS THE BUSH TARP BAILOUT. I VOTED AGAINST THAT, TOO. NOT THE OBAMA TARP BAILOUT. ALTHOUGH OBAMA CONTINUED THOSE SAME WALL STREET FRIENDLY POLICIES. AND THEN THE OBAMA STIMULUS. 40% OF THAT WAS BUSH TAX CUTS. WHAT IS IT? WHAT IS IT WE DON'T GET THAT CUTTING TAXES IN THE WAY THAT GEORGE BUSH WANTED TO DO AND DID DO WITH TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS AND PILING UP MORE DEBT DOES NOT PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. IT'S NOT INVESTMENT. IT DOESN'T GENERATE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AND JOBS. THE THEORY IS THE RICH PEOPLE WILL HAVE SO MUCH MONEY THEY'LL INVEST IT IN MEANINGFUL WAYS. CORPORATION IS KIT SITTING ON $2 TRILLION IN CASH. WALL STREET, BILLIONAIRE HEDGE FUND MANAGERS PAY A 15% RATE OF TAX. HALF THAT OF AN ARMY CAPTAIN. ARE THEY INVESTING IN A MEANINGFUL WAY TO PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK? NO, THEY ARE SPECULATING AND DRIVING UP THE PRICE OF GAS AND SCREWING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE INTO DEPRESSING OUR ECONOMY. IT'S TIME TO GET REAL AROUND HERE AND I BELIEVE THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT WOULD FOCUS THE MINDS AND DEAL WITH THIS DEFICIT AND DEBT IN A WAY THAT IS SERIOUS. BOTH WITH DEALING WITH REVENUES AND DEALING WITH SPENDING CUTS. I VOTED EXTENDING ALL THE BUSH TAX CUTS IN DECEMBER, NOT JUST THE ONES ON THEP RICH PEOPLE. ALL OF THEM. -- ON THE RICH PEOPLE. ALL OF THEM. IT WOULD HAVE CUT THE DEFICIT IN HALF BY $5 TRILLION OVER 10 YEARS. THEN WE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN SCREAMING IN JANUARY AFTER EVERYBODY, MANY PEOPLE ON THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE, VOTED FOR EXTENDING THE BUSH TAX CUTS, THEY WERE SHOCKED, SHOCKED, SHOCKED, WE HAD A RECORD DEFICIT THIS YEAR. HUH? YOU DEW POINT VOTE TO REDUCE REVENUES -- YOU VOTED TO REDUCE REVENUES AND YOU'RE SHOCKED? HAS IT PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK? NOT MUCH IN MY DISTRICT. COME THE RYAN BUDGET, SERIOUS BUDGET. DESTROYS MEDICARE, ENDS MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. CUTS MEDICAID, MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT'S FOR POOR PEOPLE. MOST OF THE MONEY GOES TO KIDS OR SENIORS IN NURSING HOMES. THAT'S GOING TO BE KIND OF A TOUGH ONE. SO HUGE DEVASTATING CUTS. MORE TAX CUTS. MORE OF THE JOKE ECONOMIC POLICIES. LET'S CUT TAXES AND THAT WILL HELP US DEAL WITH THE DEFICIT. MORE TAX CUTS FOR RICH PEOPLE AND BIG CORPORATIONS. HE DOESN'T BALANCE THE BUDGET EVEN UNDER HIS ROSY SCENARIO WRITTEN BY THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION UNTIL 2040. THAT'S A SERIOUS ATTEMPT AT DEALING WITH OUR DEBT AND DEFICIT. THAT'S THE RYAN BUDGET. THE OBAMA BUDGET IS EVEN WORSE. DON'T KNOW IF IT GETS THERE BY 2050. NEITHER SIDE IS DEALING SERIOUSLY WITH THESE ISSUES. WE NEED TO FOCUS PEOPLE'S MINDS AND A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION IS THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT.

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  • 10:25:10 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:25:34 AM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THE SPEAKER VERY MUCH. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND ASK TO ADDRESS THE…

    THE SPEAKER VERY MUCH. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND ASK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES. IT'S IMPORTANT TO BE ABLE TO DISCUSS WITH MY COLLEAGUES JUST WHAT WE ARE DOING IN THIS HOUSE . AND WHAT IS CONSIDERED IMPORTANT AND URGENT AND WHAT IS THE IMPACT ON WHAT WE ARE DOING. AS MY FRIENDS, THE REPUBLICANS, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE NOW SPENDING TIME WITH THE PRESIDENT, I HOPE THEY WILL HAVE VISIONS OF PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN, BECAUSE IN 1983 RONALD REAGAN BEGGED AND ASKED THE CONGRESS AT THAT TIME TO RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT. THIS IS NOT A TWELVE -- 2011, 21ST CENTURY PHENOMENON NEVER TO BE HEARD OF IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY. RAISING THE DEBT LIMIT, MY FRIENDS, IS NOT EVIL OR SIN. IT IS AN ACK ACTUALITY THAT REQUIRES US TO BE RESPONSIBLE ADULTS. I WANT YOU TO EYE THIS PICTURE AND CONTINUE TO KEEP YOUR EYES ON IT, CONTINUOUSLY AS I EXPLAIN TO YOU WHAT WE ARE DOING WHEN WE ASK FOR THE DEBT LIMIT TO BE RAISED. DOES ANYONE CARE ABOUT OUR MEN AND WOMEN ON THE FRONTLINES? DO WE CARE ABOUT THEIR FAMILIES? DO WE CARE ABOUT VETERANS? WE WAVE THE FLAG, AND MANY OF US EMOTIONALLY WERE DRAWN TO COMMEMORATE AND HONOR THOSE WHO HAD FALLEN THIS PASTP MONDAY. WE ENTER RELATED WITH FAMILIES, SOME OF WHOM CAME TO ME AND ASKED ME WHY VETERANS ARE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST AND CAN'T GET WORK. OR DISABLED VETERANS ARE CHASTISED BY THEIR EMPLOYER. AND I MADE A COMMITMENT TO THEM THAT WE'LL WORK TO HAVE JOBS AND END THE DISCRIMINATION. AND THAT THE SOLDIERS WHO ARE COMING BACK 10% UNEMPLOYMENT, DO YOU REALIZE THAT? THAT THERE IS A 10% UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN'S RETURNING SOLDIERS? SOLDIERS WHO ARE IN THEIR 20'S AND 30'S OR MAYBE 40'S. SOLDIERS WHO MAY BE DISABLED, WHO MAY HAVE COME BACK FROM A CATASTROPHIC INJURY BUT THEY WANT TO WORK AND SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES. THESE VERY MEN AND WOMEN, DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE DEBT LIMIT NOT BEING LIFTED WILL DO? AND SO, YES, THIS WAS PUT ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TO MAKE MOCKERY AND A JOKE, BUT I CAME HERE TO BE A SERIOUS LEGISLATOR, AND I VOTED YES. BECAUSE IT WAS A SERIOUS STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND I COULD NOT WITHIN 24 HOURS OF BEING AROUND MILITARY FAMILIES ABANDON THEM WITH THE FRIVOLITY AND FOOLISHNESS OF PUTTING SOMETHING ON THE FLOOR JUST TO PUT IT IN THE EYE OF THE PRESIDENT. LET ME TELL YOU WHY IT PARTLY WAS DONE AS A TRICKERY. LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF A BOND DEALER, I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THEY HAD A VOTE TONIGHT, TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, OUR SENIOR GOVERNMENT BOND STRATEGIST SAID, THE ONLY REAL EVENT THAT THE MARKET IS FOCUSED ON IS A POINT AT WHICH THEY RUN OUT OF MONEY AND HAVE TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. LET ME TELL YOU, THE REASON WHY THIS WAS JUST A JOKE, EXCEPT THOSE OF US WHO VOTED YES, DIDN'T TAKE IT AS A JOKE BECAUSE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY HAS EXTENDED THE TIME TO AUGUST 2. BUT IF WE DO NOT RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT LIKE RONALD REAGAN ASKED AND OTHER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS ASKED WITH NO FANFARE, LET ME TELL YOU WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO OUR SOLDIERS. IT WILL BE 20% UNEMPLOYMENT. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MEDICARE? WE WON'T BE MAKING IT SOLVENT. WE'LL JUST END IT AND IMPLODE IT LIKE THE RYAN BUDGET WANTS TO DO. WE'LL ELIMINATE MEDICARE FOR DISABLED PERSONS AND CHILDREN AND SENIORS IN NURSING HOMES. NO, WE WON'T HAVE ANY VETERANS BENEFIT, BUT OUR CITY THAT NOW ARE GRAPPLING WITH DISASTER, THAT FUNDING WILL DRY UP AS WELL. AND WE ARE THE RAINY DAY UMBRELLA FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE? SUMMER JOBS FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO GET THEMSELVES BACK IN SCHOOL IN THE FALL. IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON, HOW -- I DON'T KNOW -- UNTHINKING CAN YOU BE WHEN YOU CLOSE DOWN CITY POOLS. THE MEAGER OPPORTUNITY AND RECREATION THAT A CHILD HAS IN AN INNER CITY AREA OR MAYBE A RURAL AREA. SUMMER POOLS. TOTALLY CLOSED DOWN. SO I GUESS WHAT -- AND PARKS. SO WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO BESIDES HAVING ONE PERSON THAT CAN MONITOR THE POOL? YOU JUST HAVE THEM RUNNING THE STREETS. WHAT SENSE DOES THAT MAKE? OR THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE STATE OF TEXAS NOW LOSING $4 BILLION, THE HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE NATION, $200 MILLION. . OR A.I.C. $30 MILLION. IT'S TIME TO WAKE UP AND UNDERSTAND TO RECOGNIZE THE RESPONSIBILITY WE HAVE, MR. SPEAKER. WE CAN END THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN, BRING THEM HOME FROM IRAQ AND DO OUR JOB AND RAISE THE DEBT CEILING. THIS IS RIDICULOUS BUT I'M NOT GOING TO BE PART OF IT. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. STEARNS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. STEARNS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    MR. STEARNS

    MR. SPEAKER. LOST MOUNTAIN HYPER BOLLIC STATEMENTS AND -- HYPERBOLIC…

    MR. SPEAKER. LOST MOUNTAIN HYPER BOLLIC STATEMENTS AND -- HYPERBOLIC STATEMENTS AND CAUSE OF DOOM, IF CONGRESS DOESN'T RAISE THE DEBT CEILING IS SOMETHING OUR NATION FACES, THE OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING THAT'S BECOME EPIDEMIC HERE IN CONGRESS. NO DOUBT A TECHNICAL DEFAULT IN AUGUST SURELY WOULD BE PROBLEMATIC. BUT MUCH WORSE WOULD BE THE RESULTS IF REPUBLICANS CAVE TO DEMOCRATS AND NO SIGNIFICANT FUNDING REFORMS IS IMPLEMENTED. TODAY, MY COLLEAGUES, 68 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR SPENT ON ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS BY THE YEAR 2025 THE GOVERNMENT WILL SPEND 100% OF EVERY DOLLAR ON REVENUES ON ENTITLEMENTS. THE UNITED STATES IS OVER $14 TRILLION IN DEBT, AND WITHOUT SPENDING CUTS AND THE DEFICIT AND OUR NATIONAL DEBT WE WILL CONTINUE TO GROW. WE MUST BEGIN TO REIN IN SPENDING AND BRING ABOUT THE FISCAL CHANGES TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM THIS GROWING BURDEN OF DEBT. MR. SPEAKER, IMPORTANTLY, MARKETS UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TECHNICAL DEFAULT IN WHICH INVESTORS MAY HAVE TO WAIT A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME FOR AN INTEREST PAYMENT AND AN ACTUAL -- AND THE DIFFERENCE WITH AN ACTUAL DEFAULT IN WHICH A COUNTRY IS UNABLE TO REPAY ITS DEBT. IF CONGRESS DOES NOT ACT APPROPRIATELY NOW, VERY SOON THE COUNTRY WILL NOT FACE MERELY A TECHNICAL DEFAULT BUT INSTEAD A REAL DEFAULT. THEN, THE CALLS OF DOOM WILL BE APPROPRIATE. INVESTORS HAVE EVERY INCENTIVE TO WANT CONGRESS TO BALANCE ITS BUDGET AND GET ITS HOUSE IN ORDER FINALLY. IF THIS MEANS INVESTORS WILL HAVE TO WAIT A FEW DAYS FOR AN INTEREST PAYMENT TO BE REPAID, THEN SO BE IT, BECAUSE FIXING THE REAL PROBLEM NOW GUARANTEES TO INVESTORS THAT THIS GOVERNMENT CAN MAKE ITS PAYMENTS 10 YEARS FROM NOW. A REALIZATION THAT WILL COMFORT INVESTORS MUCH MORE THAN PREVENTING A MILD DELAY. PARTICULARLY IF THAT MILD DELAY MEANS FUTURE DEBT LIMIT DEBATES, FUTURE POSSIBLE DEFAULTS. OF COURSE, THE BEST SOLUTION, OF COURSE, IS NO DEFAULT AT ALL, NOT TECHNICAL AND NOT ACTUAL. CONGRESS MUST QUICKLY COME TOGETHER AND MAKE SOME TOUGH DECISIONS THAT WILL FOREVER AFFECT THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY. BUT WE WILL NOT BE COERCED INTO A POSITION THAT FUELS THE SPENDING ADDICTION HAD A HAS LANDED US IN THIS SITUATION WHERE WE STAND TODAY. WE WILL NOT SUCCUMB TO A VOTE TO INCREASE THE DEBT LIMIT IF WE ARE NOT COMPENSATED WITH SIGNIFICANT SPENDING CUTS. AS OUR SPEAKER, JOHN BOEHNER, HAS SAID, QUOTE, IT'S TRUE ALLOWING AMERICA TO DEFAULT WOULD BE IRRESPONSIBLE, BUT IT WOULD BE MORE IRRESPONSIBLE TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING WITHOUT SIMULTANEOUSLY TAKING DRAMATIC STEPS TO REDUCE SPENDING AND REFORM THE BUDGET PROCESS ITSELF, END QUOTE. AND IT CAN BE DONE. WE CAN LOOK BACK TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT. SEVERAL YEARS BACK RUSSIA HAD A REAL DEFAULT. YET, WITHIN TWO OR THREE YEARS IT REACHED ALL-TIME LOW INTEREST RATES. EARLIER THIS YEAR THE HOUSE PASSED A HOUSE BUDGET RESOLUTION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012 WHICH SENT NONDISCRETIONARY SPENDING LEVELS TO BELOW 2008 FUNDING LEVELS. IT CALLS UPON REPEALING THE COSTLY AND BURDENSOME HEALTH CARE LAW AND ENVISION TO REFORM SOME ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS TO CONTAIN COSTS AND PAY DOWN THE NATIONAL BUDGET. MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE CRITICIZED PORTIONS OF THIS LEGISLATION, BUT THE QUESTION IS ASKED, WHERE IS THEIR ALTERNATIVE? THERE CAN BE NO DEBATE IF THE OTHER SIDE CANNOT PRODUCE A LOGICAL DOCUMENT THAT IS SERIOUSLY SETS OUT TO SOLVE OUR NATION'S CRISIS, THE REAL CRISIS. JUST LIKE THE SOLUTION TO A DRUG ADDICTION IS NOT TO INCREASE ONE'S INTAKE. THE SOLUTION TO OUR NATION'S SPENDING ADDICTION IS NOT TO INCREASE ONE'S CAPACITY TO CONTINUE TO ACCUMULATE DEBT. THE TIME IS NOW FOR REAL REFORM. ONLY AFTER WE HAVE CURVED THE TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF DEBT THAT WE CONTINUE TO PILE UP CAN WE THEN CONSIDER RAISING THE DEBT LIMIT.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL NOON TODAY.

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    THE HOUSE RETURNS AT NOON EASTERN TODAY TO BEGIN WORK ON HOMELAND

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    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 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SIRES.

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    MR. SIRES

    I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE…

    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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    MR. WILSON

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. WILSON

    OVER 750 DAYS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE SENATE PASSED A BUDGET. NOW, LIBERALS…

    OVER 750 DAYS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE SENATE PASSED A BUDGET. NOW, LIBERALS IN CONGRESS ARE LEADING THE CHARGE TO INCREASE THE CURRENT DEBT LIMIT. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALLY RELEASED -- REACHED ITS $14.3 TRILLION DEBT LIMIT IN MAY. AMERICA'S FINANCES ARE NOW BORROW, TAX AND SPEND, KILLING JOBS. CONGRESS SHOULD NOT RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT WITHOUT MAKING SERIOUS CHANGES IN THE WAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDS MONEY. RECKLESSLY RAISING THE DEBT CEILING WITHOUT EXERCISING FISCAL RESTRAINT WILL LEAD TO A LOWER INTERNATIONAL CREDIT RATING, HIGHER BORROWING COST AND THE RISE TO THE IMPORTS. THIS IS A THREAT FOR AMERICA'S SENIORS FOR RISKING THE VALUE OF THE DOLLAR. WASHINGTON MUST CHANGE ITS WAY WHICH IS NOW KILLING JOBS. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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    MR. BUTTERFIELD

    SPEAKER, I RISE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO DENNISON DOVER GARRETT, A TOWERING GIANT…

    SPEAKER, I RISE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO DENNISON DOVER GARRETT, A TOWERING GIANT WHO HAS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 97. A LIFE-LONG RESIDENT OF GREENVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, WE AFFECTIONATELY REFER TO MR. GARRETT AS D.D. D.D. GARRETT WAS A MAN OF GREAT COURAGE WHO LED BY EXAMPLE. HE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO ENSURE THAT THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY HAD A VOICE IN PUBLIC POLICY. THROUGH HIS WORK IN THE CHURCH IN THE PITT COUNTY BRANCH OF THE NAACP, D.D. CONSTANTLY EXPOSED INJUSTICE. HE INSISTED THAT THE AMERICAN DREAM MUST BE A REALITY TO EVERY AMERICAN, REGARDLESS OF THEIR STATION IN LIFE. AS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN COUNTY COMMISSIONER, D.D. LED THE WAY IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTICIPATION IN HIS COMMUNITY AS THE FOUNDER OF A SUBSTANTIAL INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE FIRM, D.D. WAS A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN AND MENTOR TO MANY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING THIS GREAT LIFE. WE EXTEND CONDOLENCES TO HIS WIFE, MRS. WILLIAMS GARRETT AND THEIR SONS, D.D. JR. AND MICHAEL AND THE ENTIRE GREENVILLE COMMUNITY. GREENVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, IS A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK BECAUSE OF THE ENORMOUS CONTRIBUTION OF DENNISON D. GARRETT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RISE? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RISE?

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    MR. PENCE

    MR. SPEAKER, THE ECONOMY, THE NATIONAL DEBT -- BUT TODAY I RISE TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE ECONOMY, THE NATIONAL DEBT -- BUT TODAY I RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE MARIETTA BASEBALL TEAM FOR WINNING THEIR RECORD FIFTH DIVISION III COLLEGE WORLD SERIES TITLE YESTERDAY. OUR PEOPLE HAVE SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT. THE PIONEERS WON THE DECIDING GAME IN CONVINCING FASHION WITH A VICTORY OVER CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    BY STRONG PITCHING PERFORMANCE FROM ALL-AMERICAN HONORABLE MENTION BLASKE.…

    BY STRONG PITCHING PERFORMANCE FROM ALL-AMERICAN HONORABLE MENTION BLASKE. HE EARNED TWO HITS AND ONE EARNED RUN. THE PIONEERS WERE LED BY RIGHT FIELDER HARPER WHO HAD FOUR HITS, FOUR R.B.I.'S AND A STOLEN BASE. AND JOHN SNYDER HAD TWO HITS, TWO RUNS SCORED. THE PIONEERS FINISHED THE SEASON WITH AN AMAZING RECORD OF 47 WINS AND FOUR LOSSES ON THEIR WAY TO A RECORD FIFTH NATIONAL TITLE. CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CICILLINE

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    MR. CICILLINE

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MIKE CONLEY, FOR HIS…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MIKE CONLEY, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN LAUMPLING THE VOTERS IN THE CLASSROOM INITIATIVE. VOTERS IN THE CLASSROOM IS A STATEWIDE MOCK ELECTION INITIATIVE INVOLVING NEARLY 25% OF PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS ACROSS THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND. MR. CONNOLLY'S VOTER IN THE CLASSROOM INITIATIVE IS HELPING TO PREPARE STUDENTS TO BE ENGAGED PUBLIC CITIZENS. STUDENTS IN THE VOTERS IN THE CLASSROOM PROGRAM PARTICIPATE IN MOCK STATEWIDE REFERENDUM ON IMPORTANT TOPICS, ESTABLISH VOTER PROCEDURES THROUGH CLASSROOM PROCEDURES AND ASSEMBLY AND HAVE POLLING PLACES AT THEIR SCHOOLS. I RECENTLY SAW FIRSTHAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS PROGRAM. CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS LIKE THIS IS THE KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR DEMOCRACY BECAUSE THEY INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD THAT STUDENTS WILL BE PART OF THE ELECTION PROCESS WHEN THEY BECOME OF AGE. I THANK HIM FOR THE PRESERVATION OF OUR DEMOCRACY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, SINCE THIS PRESIDENT'S TAKEN OFFICE, WE'VE HAD…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, SINCE THIS PRESIDENT'S TAKEN OFFICE, WE'VE HAD FAILED STIMULUS, OMNIBUS, TARP 2, GOVERNMENT MOTORS, GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. WELL, THE BUCK STOPS HERE. LITERALLY. HOUSE REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO GIVE THE SPENDER IN CHIEF A BLANK CHECK TO PAY FOR HIS RECKLESS WAYS. IF THE PRESIDENT EVEN WANTS TO THINK ABOUT MOVING FORWARD WITH THE DEBT LIMIT INCREASE HE NEEDS TO KNOW AMERICANS WANT CONGRESS TO DRASTICALLY CUT SPENDING. ACROSS THE NATION PEOPLE HAVE CUT BACK, STRETCHED THEIR HARD-EARNED DOLLARS IN ORDER TO MAKE IT THROUGH THESE TOUGH TIMES. THE GOVERNMENT MUST DO THE SAME. WE'RE FACING A DEBT CRISIS BECAUSE WASHINGTON SPENDS TOO MUCH AND WASTES TOO MUCH. RAISING THE DEBT LIMIT WITHOUT A DEEP SPENDING CUT AMOUNTS TO A BARACK OBAMA BIG GOVERNMENT BAILOUT. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. STOP THE OBAMA BAILOUT NOW. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE I COMMENT ON WHY I'M STANDING…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE I COMMENT ON WHY I'M STANDING NEXT TO THE BRAVE AND THE TRUE OF OUR UNITED STATES MILITARY, LET ME GIVE A MESSAGE TO SYRIA AND EXPRESS MY OUTRAGE OF THE HEINOUS KILLING OF A 13-YEAR-OLD BOY. THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE NOW AND THE UNITED NATIONS NEEDS TO VOICE ITS OPPOSITION AS THE SECRETARY OF STATE HAS INDICATED. WE NEED TO BE STANDING ALONGSIDE THOSE SEEKING FREEDOM. AND TO OUR ALLIES IN BAHRAIN WHERE OUR FLEET OF NAVY PERSONNEL ARE, WHAT A DISGRACE THAT THEY HAVE IMPLODED AND BLOWN UP MOSQUES BECAUSE THEY DISAGREE WITH THEIR PARTICULAR FAITH. THIS IS THE ARAB SPRING BUT IT WILL END IN DRYNESS IF WE DON'T STAND FOR TRUTH AND HOW MANY RIGHTS AND COMPASSION. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT AS I STAND NEXT TO THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN, SOME WHO HAVE FALLEN, BUT THOSE WHO NOW STILL FIGHT. I ASK MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, DO YOU UNDERSTAND THERE IS A 10% UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG THOSE WHO ARE COMING BACK FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN? YES, TROOPS WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR US AND FIGHTING ON OUR BEHALF, AND YET IT HAS BEEN 21 WEEKS SINCE THERE'S BEEN A JOBS AGENDA. WE NEED JOBS, CREATE JOBS. IF YOU BELIEVE IN THESE TROOPS, BUILD JOBS FOR THESE PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER, THE MORE WE LEARN ABOUT PAKISTAN THE MORE THEY SOUND LIKE THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE MORE WE LEARN ABOUT PAKISTAN THE MORE THEY SOUND LIKE THE BENEDICT ARNOLD NATION AND THE LIST OF COUNTRIES WE CALL ALLIES. FIRST, IT WAS OSAMA BIN LADEN, THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE OUTLAW, LIVING COMFORTABLY IN A MANSION IN PAKISTAN FOR YEARS. BUT PAKISTAN CLAIMS NO KNOWLEDGE OF THAT. NOW, A REPORTER IN PAKISTAN HAS BEEN MURDERED. HE HAS BEEN CRITICAL OF THE PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT. HE REPORTED THAT THE NAVAL PLACE IN KARACHI THAT WAS ATTACKED WAS DONE SO BY AL QAEDA MEMBERS OF THE NAVY OF PAKISTAN. HUMAN RIGHT WATCH SAID HE WAS ASSASSINATED BY MEMBERS OF THE PAKISTAN INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WHO PREVIOUSLY HAD THREATENED TO KILL HIM. MEANWHILE, PAKISTAN IS CHUMMING UP TO THE CHINESE. SOUNDS LIKE PAKISTAN IS PLAYING BOTH SIDES ON THE WAR ON TERROR. 7-10 AMERICANS BELIEVE WE NEED TO STOP OR DECREASE FOREIGN AID TO PAKISTAN. WE SHOULD STOP FOREIGN AID TO PAKISTAN UNTIL WE KNOW WHOSE SIDE THEY'RE ON. WE DON'T NEED TO PAY THEM TO BE UNFAITHFUL. THEY WILL DO IT FOR FREE, AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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    MR. BACA

    MR. SPEAKER, AFTER A LIFETIME OF SERVICE TO THE FAMILIES AND OUR NATION,…

    MR. SPEAKER, AFTER A LIFETIME OF SERVICE TO THE FAMILIES AND OUR NATION, AMERICAN SENIORS DESERVE THE SECURITY OF BASIC SAFETY NET LIKE MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY. SADLY, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT THE HOUSE APPROVED IN APRIL PUTS THE FUNDAMENTAL PROGRAMS AT RISK. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WILL END GUARANTEED MEDICARE COVERAGE FOR SENIORS. I STATE, END GUARANTEED MEDICARE COVERAGE FOR SENIORS. CUT BENEFITS AND TURN CONTROL OVER TO THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY. DOUBLE OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS FOR SENIORS OVER THE NEXT DECADE. FROM DAY ONE, THE REPUBLICAN PLAN TO END MEDICARE WILL COST FOUR MILLION SENIORS -- TOSS FOUR MILLION SENIORS INTO THE MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DOUGHNUT HOLE. AND THEY'LL HAVE A CO-PAY REINSTATED FOR THEIR ANNUAL WELLNESS VISIT. SENIORS IN MY DISTRICT UNDERSTAND THAT WE MUST LOWER THE DEFICIT, BUT IT SHOULD NOT BE ON THE BACK OF THE POOR OR THE DISADVANTAGED. BUT THEY ALSO KNOW THAT IT IS WRONG TO END MEDICARE SO WE CAN EXTEND THE TAX BREAKS FOR THE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. LET'S WORK TOGETHER TON A REAL BUDGET AND LOWER THE DEFICIT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT :35 A.M., ENDEAVOUR LANDED SAFELY FOLLOWING ITS FINAL…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT :35 A.M., ENDEAVOUR LANDED SAFELY FOLLOWING ITS FINAL TRIP INTO SPACE. AS ENDEAVOUR RETIRES AFTER ITS 25TH MISSION, IT LIVES ON WITH THE LEGACY. THE ONLY SPACE SHUTTLE NAMED BY CHILDREN. IN 1989, A MISSISSIPPI MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS THE WINNER TO NAME A NEW SPACECRAFT. THEIR MISSION, TO COME UP WITH A NAME THAT CAPTURED THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA'S MISSION IN SPACE.

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    MR. NUNNELEE

    AS ENDEAVOUR LAUNCHED ITS FINAL MISSION, THOSE ELEMENTARY CHILDREN ARE NOW…

    AS ENDEAVOUR LAUNCHED ITS FINAL MISSION, THOSE ELEMENTARY CHILDREN ARE NOW ADULTS AND THE SPIRIT OF THAT EXCITEMENT OF THAT FINAL FLIGHT WAS FELT MOST IN SENITOBIA, MISSISSIPPI. A BALLOON AND FILLED BY STUDENTS -- THE BALLOON BUILT AND FLOWN BY STUDENTS WAS LAUNCHED WITH SIGNATURES WISHING CONGRESSWOMAN GIFFORDS A SPEEDY RECOVERY AND CAPTURING THE BELOVED PICTURES OF THEIR SPACECRAFT ONE LAST TIME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SIRES

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST NIGHT WE SAW ONCE AGAIN GREAT DISPLAY OF POLITICAL…

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST NIGHT WE SAW ONCE AGAIN GREAT DISPLAY OF POLITICAL THEATER. MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE SCHEDULED A VOTE ON RAISING THE NATION'S DEBT LIMIT KNOWING THAT IT WOULD FAIL. THE VOTE OCCURRED SPECIFICALLY AFTER THE STOCK MARKET CLOSED BECAUSE THEY KNEW THE HARSH EFFECT THIS GAME COULD HAVE ON THE MARKET. THIS WAS SIMPLY AN EFFORT TO DISTRACT THE PUBLIC AWAY FROM THE DISASTROUS ATTEMPT TO END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. SENIORS WILL SEE AN INCREASE IN THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE. THEY KNOW LONGER WANT TO DISCUSS THE VOTE THEY TOOK TO END MEDICARE AND FORCE SENIORS IT PAY MORE FOR LESS. WE ALL AGREE THE SMART RESPONSIBLE BUDGET CUTS ARE NEEDED. THAT IS WHY DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS FROM THE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND THE ADMINISTRATION ARE WORKING TOGETHER ON A PLAN. WE SHOULD ALLOW THE NEGOTIATORS TO CONTINUE THEIR WORK IN GOOD FAITH WITH OPEN DISCUSSION ON THE FUTURE OF OUR ECONOMY AND HOW TO DECREASE OUR DEFICIT. MR. SPEAKER, NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO PLAY GAMES WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. WE MUST FOCUS ON CREATING JOBS, JOBS AND MORE JOBS AND MOVE OUR ECONOMY FORWARD.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A FORMER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A FORMER CONGRESSMAN FROM KANSAS' THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHO RECENTLY PASSED. ROBERT F. ELSEWORTH SERVED CONGRESS AND THE UNITED STATES FOR THREE TERMS. HE WAS A PROUD JAYHAWK, GRADUATING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS AND HE SERVED OUR COUNTRY ADMIRABLY IN BOTH WORLD WAR II AND THE KOREAN WAR AS AN OFFICER IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY. HE WAS KNOWN AS A CANDID AND INDEPENDENT-MINDED LEGISLATOR DURING HIS TENURE IN CONGRESS. A PERSONAL ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT NIXON AND BOB DOLE, HE ALSO SERVED AS AN AMBASSADOR TO NATO.

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    MR. YODER

    POLITICS, HE FOUNDED HAMILTON BIOVENTURES, A COMPANY FOCUSING ON…

    POLITICS, HE FOUNDED HAMILTON BIOVENTURES, A COMPANY FOCUSING ON INVESTMENT AND LIFE SCIENCE TECHNOLOGIES. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, ELEANOR, AND CHILDREN, WILLIAM AND HANNA, AS WELL AS STEP-CHILDREN. MY HEART AND THE HEART OF THE THIRD DISTRICT IS WITH HIM AND HIS FAMILY DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

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    MR. SABLAN

    IT'S GETTING RIDICULOUS. THAT'S WHAT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAID ABOUT…

    IT'S GETTING RIDICULOUS. THAT'S WHAT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAID ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S FAILURE TO ISSUE REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTING FEDERAL IMMIGRATION IN THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. AND I AGREE. IT IS GETTING RIDICULOUS. THREE YEARS SINCE THE LAW WAS ENACTED, 18 MONTHS SINCE IT TOOK AFFECT, TWO OVERSIGHT HEARINGS, LETTERS FROM CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS, MEETING AFTER MEETING AND STILL NO REGULATIONS. WORKERS DON'T KNOW WHAT THEIR STATUS WILL BE FIVE MONTHS FROM NOW. BUSINESSES CAN'T PLAN FOR THE FUTURE. IT'S PUTTING THE BREAKS -- BRAKES ON THE ECONOMY, THE CHAMBER PRESIDENT SAYS. AND WHAT DOES D.H.S. SAY? THE REGULATIONS WILL BE RELEASED WHEN THE REGULATIONS ARE RELEASED. THERE'S NO WAY FOR A FEDERAL AGENCY TO REFUSE RESPONSIBILITIES, WE'LL GET TO IT WHEN WE GET TO IT. FEDERAL IMMIGRATION WAS SUPPOSED TO BENEFIT THE MARIANAS, IMPROVE THE ECONOMY. INSTEAD IT'S MAKING THINGS WORSE. AND WE THINK ABOUT FUNDING HOMELAND SECURITY TODAY, HOMELAND SECURITY SHOULD BE EXPLAINING WHY IT ISN'T DOING ITS JOB, ISSUING THIS LONG OVERDUE REGULATIONS FOR THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE REPUBLICAN EXTREME IDEOLOGICAL WAR IS A DISTURBING TREND, USING…

    THE REPUBLICAN EXTREME IDEOLOGICAL WAR IS A DISTURBING TREND, USING NATIONAL EMERGENCIES, THE FULL FAITH AND CREDIT OF THE UNITED STATES AND OUR SENIORS' HEALTH CARE AS IF THEY'RE BARGAINING CHIPPING. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE MISSOURIANS I REPRESENT DESERVE BETTER. IT'S TIME WE COME TOGETHER LIKE ADULTS TO FIND SERIOUS SOLUTIONS TO OUR COMPLEX PROBLEMS AND IT'S TIME TO STOP THREATENING MEDICARE. IMPORTANT INSTITUTIONS, OUR NATIONAL CREDIT AND THE NATIONAL COMMITMENT TO LEND A HAND TO THOSE IN NEED AND ESPECIALLY THOSE SUFFERING THROUGH NATURAL DISASTERS. WE CAN SOLVE THIS WOUTH TRYING TO SCARE MARKETS OR SCARE SENIORS. LET'S GET SERIOUS ABOUT --

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    TO SCARE MARKETS OR SCARE SENIORS. LET'S GET SERIOUS ABOUT --

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    MR. PERLMUTTER

    AFTERNOON, MR. SPEAKER. LISTENING TO SOME OF THE REPUBLICANS THAT WERE…

    AFTERNOON, MR. SPEAKER. LISTENING TO SOME OF THE REPUBLICANS THAT WERE SPEAKING HERE EARLIER TODAY, THEY WANT TO BLAME MEDICARE, EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, GRANTS TO FIREFIGHTERS FOR THE DEBT THAT WE HAVE. WHEN EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT AT THE END OF THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION THIS COUNTRY WAS RUNNING A SURPLUS. THEN WE HAD BUSH TAX CUTS, THAT'S ABOUT $1 TRILLION, THEN WE HAVE A COUPLE WARS, THAT'S $1 TRILLION, THEN THERE'S THE COLLAPSE ON WALL STREET UNDER THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, THAT'S $2 TRILLION. THAT WILL TURN ANYBODY'S BUDGET UPSIDE DOWN. BUT THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO TAKE IT OUT OF MEDICARE. THEY WANT TO DISMANTLE MEDICARE, THEY'VE NEVER LIKED MEDICARE TO BEGIN WITH, BECAUSE IT REALLY WORKS FOR MIDDLE AMERICA, FOR OUR SENIORS. WE CAN'T LET THAT HAPPEN. WE CANNOT ALLOW THEM TO DISMANTLE MEDICARE JUST BECAUSE OF THESE OTHER THINGS. THEY WANT TO PROTECT MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES AND OIL COMPANIES, WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET THEM DO THAT AND WITH THAT I'D YIELD BACK.

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    MR. YARMUTH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE HEARD A LOT IN THE MEDIA ABOUT THE POLITICAL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE HEARD A LOT IN THE MEDIA ABOUT THE POLITICAL TEA PARTY. WE KNOW THERE'S ANOTHER KIND OF TEA PARTY. THAT'S WHERE CHILDREN PLAY WITH THEIR IMAGINARY FRIEND AND WE SAW AN EXAMPLE OF THAT KIND OF IMAGINATION LAST NIGHT IN THIS CHAMBER. WE SAW REPUBLICANS BRING A BILL TO THE FLOOR AND THEN ASK AND VOTE TO DEFEAT IT, NOT TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING, IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT THEY PASSED A BUDGET THAT WILL RAISE THE NATIONAL DEBT BY $8 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. THEY IMAGINE THAT THAT $8 TRILLION WILL MAGICALLY DISAPPEAR. ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THEIR VIVID IMAGINATION IS BELIEVING THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL SIT BACK WHILE THEY END MEDICARE, TURN OVER SENIORS' HEALTH INSURANCE OR HEALTH CARE TO INSURANCE COMPANIES AND ASK THEM TO PAY UP TO 70% OF THE COST OF THEIR HEALTH CARE. THIS WAS NOT AN IMAGINARY WORLD, THESE ARE REAL PEOPLE WITH REAL PROBLEMS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO SIT BACK WHILE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY PLAYS WITH THEIR IMAGINARY FRIENDS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ON SUNDAY, "THE NEW YORK TIMES" EDITORIAL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ON SUNDAY, "THE NEW YORK TIMES" EDITORIAL COMMENDED BILLS THAT GIVE PEOPLE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET JOBS WITHOUT BEING -- HAVE CREDIT CHECKS RUN ON THEM. IN THIS COUNTRY CREDIT CHECKS ARE RUN ON ALMOST OF 5% OF ALL JOB APPLICANTS AND ARE -- 65% OF ALL JOB APPLICANTS AND ARE USED TO DENY PEOPLE JOBS. EVEN INDUSTRY LOBBYISTS SAID THAT CREDIT CHECKS HAVE NO CORRELATION TO FRAUD IN THE WORKPLACE OR A PERSON'S ABILITY TO PERFORM A JOB. YET BECAUSE OF THE CREDIT CHECK, CREDIT INDUSTRY, CREDIT CHECKS ARE STILL CRIRED -- REQUIRED. WE HAVE A BILL IN CONGRESS, THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT FOR ALL BILL, THAT WOULD OUTLAW SUCH A PRACTICE. FIVE STATES HAVE OUTLAWED SUCH A PRACTICE AND 20 STATES ARE CONSIDERING IT. WE NEED TO CREATE JOBS AND GIVE EVERYBODY A CHANCE. MANY PEOPLE HAVE BAD CREDIT BECAUSE OF THIS ECONOMY, BECAUSE OF THE RECESSION, BECAUSE OF HEALTH CARE COSTS THAT HAVE ALMOST FORCED THEM INTO BANKRUPTCY OR HAVE. OR DIVORCES. THEY SHOULD NOT BE DENIED THE CHANCE TO HAVE A JOB. A SECOND CHANCE. WE SHOULD PASS THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT FOR ALL BILL AND GIVE ALL AMERICANS A CHANCE FOR EMPLOYMENT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. CLARKE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS ARE AT RISK, THEY'RE AT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS ARE AT RISK, THEY'RE AT RISK OF HAVING THEIR HOMES AND THEIR BUSINESSES DEMOLISHED, OF BEING INJURED AND EVEN KILLED. EITHER BY A NATURAL DISASTER SUCH AS THE TORNADOS THAT HAVE HIT US RECENTLY OR THROUGH A TERRORIST ATTACK THAT ARE MORE LIKELY COME FROM WITHIN THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO CUT THE HOMELAND SECURITY BUDGET. AND THAT'S WHY TODAY I PROPOSE TAKING MILITARY AID TO AFGHANISTAN AND REDIRECTING IT TO BETTER EQUIP AND TO HIRE MORE FIREFIGHTERS, MORE POLICE OFFICERS, MORE EMERGENCY MEDICAL PROVIDERS, BECAUSE OUR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, THEY DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO DO THAT, BECAUSE OUR HOME VALUES HAVE PLUMMETED, BECAUSE OF FORECLOSURES THAT THIS CONGRESS FAILED TO ADDRESS EFFECTIVELY. THERE'S ONE RESPONSIBILITY, THOUGH, THAT THIS CONGRESS MUST HONOR, OUR DUTY TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE DESERVE, THOSE OF US THAT LIVE IN THIS COUNTRY, WE DESERVE TO BE SAFE, RESTORE THE CUTS TO THE HOMELAND SECURITY BUDGET, WE DIRECT THE MONEY FROM AFGHANISTAN TO PROTECT AMERICANS -- REDIRECT THE MONEY FROM AFGHANISTAN TO PROTECT AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED BILL. THE CLERK WILL READ THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR AN ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF PROGRAMS UNDER…

    AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR AN ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF PROGRAMS UNDER THE SMALL BUSINESS ACT AND THE SMALL BUSINESS INVESTMENT ACT OF 1958 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    MS. SANCHEZ

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONDEMN, YES, CONDEMN THE GOVERNMENT OF…

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONDEMN, YES, CONDEMN THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM FOR CONTINUING ITS APPALLING HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD, BY CONDUCTING UNJUST TRIAL, SHAM TRIALS OF SEVEN CITIZENS WHO ASKED FOR LAND REFORM. THIS PAST WEEK THE PEOPLE'S COURT HAVE BEEN UNFAIRLY CONVICTED, SEVEN LAND RIGHTS ACTS VISITS, TO YEARS OF IMPRISONMENT AND PROBATION. MS. TRAN WAS CONVICTED TO EIGHT YEARS. OTHERS WERE IMPRISONED FOR SIX YEARS AND ANOTHER RECEIVED A SEVEN-YEAR SENTENCE SIMPLY FOR ASKING FOR THEIR LAND BACK FROM THE COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM. THIS RECENT TRIAL WAS NO DIFFERENT THAN VIETNAM'S PAST TRIALS, WHERE THERE'S NO DUE PROCESS. I HOPE THAT MY COLLEAGUES WILL LOOK AT THE RECORD OF HUMAN RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO VIETNAM AND JOIN ME IN URGING THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM TO DROP THOSE CHARGES. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ELLISON

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I REPRESENT MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, AND RECENTLY…

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I REPRESENT MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, AND RECENTLY MY DISTRICT WAS HIT BY A TORNADO. THAT TORNADO CAUSED DAMAGE TO WELL OVER 535 HOUSES AND TOOK THE LIVES OF TWO OF MY CONSTITUENTS. AND I JUST WANT TO COMMEND ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO STEPPED FORWARD TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE PEOPLE WHO WERE VICTIMS, WHETHER YOU WERE SERVING MEALS FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE PUT OUT OF THEIR HOMES, WHETHER YOU WERE MAKING GAMES FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE DISPOSSESSED TO BE ABLE TO HAVE SOME JOY IN THEIR LIVES AFTER SUCH A DIFFICULT PERIOD, OR WHETHER YOU WERE AN EMERGENCY RESPONDER, POLICE, FIRE, EMERGENCY MEDICAL, OR WHETHER YOU WERE A MEMBER OF OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT. I WANT EVERYONE IN MY DISTRICT TO KNOW, EVERYONE IN THE FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT TO KNOW THAT I'M SO PROUD OF THE WORK THAT YOU DID. I WANT FOLKS TO KNOW THAT IT IS TIME TO -- TIMES IN CRISIS LIKE THIS, THIS TORNADO, IN WHICH THE BEST OF US COMES OUT. WHEN WE FIND OUR CHARITABLE SPIRIT, WHEN WE FIND OUR COURAGE, WHEN WE FIND ALL THOSE THINGS THAT SOMETIMES ARE LACKING IN EVERYDAY LIFE AND WANT TO LET YOU KNOW, ON THE FACES OF THE CHILDREN WHO HAVE HAD A WARM PLACE TO STAY AFTER THEIR OWN HOMES WERE KNOCKED TO THE GROUND AND TREES WENT THROUGH PEOPLE'S RADIOACTIVES, THAT I WANT TO THANK ALL THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS, ALL THOSE PUBLIC SERVANTS, ALL THOSE VOLUNTEERS WHO STEPPED UP AND MADE A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER FOR EVERYONE WHO WAS INVOLVED. AND OF COURSE, MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN NEVER FORGET THOSE TWO CITIZENS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES WHEN THEY WERE HIT AND BY THIS TORNADO. IT WAS A TRAGEDY FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES AND WE WILL KEEP THEM IN OUR THOUGHTS AND IN OUR HEARTS AND IN OUR MINDS AS WE MOVE FORWARD. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE PARTISAN DEBT RESOLUTION WAS DEAD ON…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE PARTISAN DEBT RESOLUTION WAS DEAD ON ARRIVAL YESTERDAY. BUT WHAT REALLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN D.O.A. IS THE REPUBLICAN PLAN TO END MEDICARE AND TURN SENIORS OVER TO PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANIES. TODAY, DESPITE THE OUTRIGHT REJECTION OF THIS PLAN FROM SOUTH FLORIDA TO WESTERN NEW YORK AND ALL ACROSS AMERICA, REPUBLICANS WILL TRY TO DEEM AND PASS THE RECKLESS RYAN BUDGET.

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    MR. DEUTCH

    THAT'S RIGHT. THOSE WHO DECRY DEEM AND PASS DURING THE HEALTH CARE REFORM…

    THAT'S RIGHT. THOSE WHO DECRY DEEM AND PASS DURING THE HEALTH CARE REFORM DEBATE NOW SEEK TO USE IT TO END MEDICARE. IN FACT, IT WAS THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE WHO IN AN EFFORT TO STOKE FEAR OVER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT DERICIVELY LABELED DEEM AND PASS THE SLAUGHTER SOLUTION. APPARENTLY USING DEEM AND PASS TO HELP ENSURE 50 MILLION UNINSURED AMERICANS IS AN ABOMINATION, BUT USING IT TO END MEDICARE, THAT'S COURAGEOUS. WELL, WHAT WOULD TRULY BE COURAGEOUS IF IS IF NYE -- COURAGEOUS IS IF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SUPPORTED DEFICIT REDUCTION THAT ENDS GIVEAWAY TO BIG OIL AND MORE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR TAX CUTS TO MILLIONAIRES. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    LAST NIGHT'S VOTE ON RAISING THE DEBT CEILING IS FURTHER PROOF THAT THE…

    LAST NIGHT'S VOTE ON RAISING THE DEBT CEILING IS FURTHER PROOF THAT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY PLANS TO HOLD THE FULL FAITH AND CREDIT OF THE UNITED STATES HOSTAGE WHILE THEY DEMAND AS RANSOM EXTREME CUTS TO MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. NEWS FLASH, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SIMPLY WON'T SACRIFICE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND THE GUARANTEED BENEFITS THEY PROVIDE. SENIORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE SPEAKING OUT, HANDS OFF MEDICARE AND DON'T SLASH MEDICAID'S HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE BENEFITS TO PAY FOR TAX BREAKS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES, BIG OIL AND COMPANIES THAT OFFSHORE JOBS. UNLIKE THE REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS ARE SERIOUS ABOUT RESPONSIBLE AND REAL DEFICIT REDUCTION. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN ACTUALLY INCREASES UNEMPLOYMENT AND THE DEFICIT, ENDS MEDICARE, FURTHER ERODES OUR MIDDLE CLASS, HURTS POOR CHILDREN, ALLOW TO INCREASE THE FORTUNES OF OIL COMPANIES AND MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. THIS IS A PLAN THAT GOES AGAINST THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS AND WE WON'T HAVE IT.

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    MR. REED

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 287 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 42, HOUSE RESOLUTION 287. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 42, HOUSE RESOLUTION 287. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 2017, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2012, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21 ARE WAIVED EXCEPT FOR SECTION 536. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT, THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MAY ACCORD PRIORITY IN RECOGNITION ON THE BASIS OF WHETHER THE MEMBER OFFERING AN AMENDMENT HAS CAUSED IT TO BE PRINTED IN THE PORTION OF THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD DESIGNATED FOR THAT PURPOSE IN CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 18. AMENDMENTS SO PRINTED SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. WHEN THE COMMITTEE RISES AND REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH A RECOMMENDATION THAT THE BILL DO PASS, 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. SECTION 2. A, PENDING THE ADOPTION OF A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012, THE PROVISIONS OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 34, AS ADOPTED BY THE HOUSE, SHALL HAVE FORCE AND EFFECT WITH THE MODIFICATION SPECIFIED IN SUBSECTION C IN THE HOUSE AS THOUGH CONGRESS HAS ADOPTED SUCH CONCURRENT RESOLUTION. THE ALLOCATIONS PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR ALL PURPOSES IN THE HOUSE TO BE THE ALLOCATIONS UNDER SECTION 302-A OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT OF 1974 FOR THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012. B, THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET SHALL ADJUST THE ALLOCATIONS REFERRED TO IN SUBSECTION A TO ACCOMMODATE THE ENACTMENT OF GENERAL OR CONTINUING APPROPRIATION ACTS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011 AFTER THE ADOPTION OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 34 BUT BEFORE THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION. C, FOR PROVISIONS MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011, SECTION 3-C OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 5 SHALL HAVE FORCE AND EFFECT THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2011.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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    A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST H.RES. 287 BECAUSE IT VIOLATES 426-A OF THE…

    A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST H.RES. 287 BECAUSE IT VIOLATES 426-A OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT.

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  • 12:34:37 PM

    MR. ELLISON

    IT WAIVES ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL WHICH…

    IT WAIVES ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL WHICH INCLUDES A WAIVER OF SECTION 425 OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT WHICH CAUSES A VIOLATION OF SECTION 42-A.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA MAKES A POINT OF ORDER THAT THE RESOLUTION…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA MAKES A POINT OF ORDER THAT THE RESOLUTION VIOLATES SECTION 426-A OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT OF 1974. THE GENTLEMAN HAS MET THE THRESHOLD BURDEN UNDER THE RULE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES OF DEBATE ON THE QUESTION OF CONSIDERATION. FOLLOWING DEBATE, THE CHAIR WILL PUT THE QUESTION OF CONSIDERATION AS THE STATUTORY MEANS OF DISPOSING OF THE POINT OF ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:35:22 PM

    MR. ELLISON

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES ME. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A POINT OF ORDER I'D LIKE TO…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES ME. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A POINT OF ORDER I'D LIKE TO RAISE WITH YOU AT THIS TIME. THE POINT OF ORDER IS NOT NECESSARILY OUT OF CONCERN FOR UNFUNDED MANDATES, ALTHOUGH THERE ARE LIKELY SOME IN THE UNDERLYING BILL, H.R. 2017, BECAUSE THE BILL SLASHES FUNDING FOR OUR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AS THEY PREPARE AGAINST HOMELAND SECURITY THREATS AND RESPOND TO NATURAL DISASTERS. BEFORE I BEGIN, MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL STATE HIS PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

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    MR. ELLISON

    THE RULES STATES, HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 34, IF ADOPTED BY THE HOUSE,…

    THE RULES STATES, HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 34, IF ADOPTED BY THE HOUSE, SHALL HAVE THE FORCE AND EFFECT IN THE HOUSE AS THOUGH CONGRESS HAD ADOPTED SUCH CONCURRENT RESOLUTION, UNQUOTE. DOES THIS MEAN THAT THE RULE DEEMS THAT THE SENATE WILL HAVE PASSED H.CON.RES 34?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CONTENT OF THE RULE WILL BE SUBJECT TO DEBATE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE CONTENT OF THE RULE WILL BE SUBJECT TO DEBATE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ELLISON

    I HAVE A FURTHER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. MR. SPEAKER --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    STATE THE INQUIRY.

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    MR. ELLISON

    SO VOTING YES ON THE RULE IS VOTING YES FOR H.CON.RES 34, THE RYAN BUDGET,…

    SO VOTING YES ON THE RULE IS VOTING YES FOR H.CON.RES 34, THE RYAN BUDGET, WHICH ENDS MEDICARE, IS THAT RIGHT? STOP THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS --

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  • 12:36:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS MAKING A POINT FOR DEBATE. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS MAKING A POINT FOR DEBATE. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:36:47 PM

    MR. ELLISON

    FURTHER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    STATE THE INQUIRY.

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    MR. ELLISON

    BUDGET END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS NOT STATING A PROPER PARLIAMENTARY…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS NOT STATING A PROPER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:37:04 PM

    MR. ELLISON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RAISE THIS POINT OF ORDER BECAUSE I THINK IT'S…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RAISE THIS POINT OF ORDER BECAUSE I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO DISCOVER WHETHER OR NOT THE UNDERLYING RULE FOR THE HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL ALSO DEEMS THE REPUBLICAN PLAN TO END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. IT'S THE ONLY VEHICLE WE GOT TO ACTUALLY TALK ABOUT THIS RULE, AND THIS BILL AND HOW WE ARE BEING DENIED THE ABILITY TO ACTUALLY OFFER AMOUNTS THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO, TO ELIMINATE WHAT'S ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO RAISE OUR -- ERASE OUR DEFICIT. CLAIMING TO REDUCE THE BUDGET DEFICIT ON THE BACKS OF AMERICANS WHO'VE PAID INTO THEIR RETIREMENT THEIR ENTIRE LIVES NOT ONLY HARMS AMERICA'S SENIORS BUT GOES AGAINST THE BASIC VALUES OF FAIRNESS AND SECURITY THAT AMERICANS CHERISH. AMERICA GUARANTEES A HEALTHY AND SECURE RETIREMENT FOR AMERICANS WHO PAY INTO IT THEIR WHOLE LIVES. IT REPRESENTS THE BASIC AMERICAN VALUES OF FAIRNESS AND RESPECT FOR THOSE SENIORS THAT AMERICANS CHERISH. SIDING WITH LOBBYISTS TO GIVE INSURANCE COMPANY BUREAUCRATS CONTROL OF MEDICARE DOES NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE DEFICIT, BUT IT DOES A GREAT DEAL TO REDUCE HEALTH CARE FOR OUR SENIORS. LET'S PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK AND LET'S REJECT THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL BY VOTING NO ON THIS MOTION TO RECONSIDER . I YIELD TIME NOW, TWO MINUTES TO MR. CICILLINE OF THE GREAT STATE OF RHODE ISLAND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. CICILLINE

    THANK YOU. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN…

    THANK YOU. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE WHICH ALLOWS FOR DEBATE ON FISCAL YEAR 2012 HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS. THIS BILL MAKES DANGEROUS CUTS TO THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE A PROGRAM CRITICAL TO THE URBAN AREAS THAT IS DEEMED HIGH RISKS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS. ONE OF THOSE AREAS IS PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, ALONG WITH MANY OTHER COMMUNITIES. JUST LAST YEAR THE GREATER PROVIDENCE AREA WAS ONE OF 64 CITIES THAT WAS IDENTIFIED EITHER BECAUSE OF THEIR CAPITAL OR THEIR CRITICAL ASSETS OR THEIR GEE GRAPHY AS BEING AREAS AT MOST RISK OF -- GEOGRAPHY AS BEING AREAS AT MOST RISK OF TERRORIST ATTACKS. THEY'VE RECEIVED CRITICAL FUNDING UNDER THIS PROGRAM TO SUPPORT FUNDING AND TO RESPOND TO TERRORIST ATTACKS AND OTHER EMERGENCIES. AND PROVIDENCE UNDER LEADERSHIP OF COLONEL PAT GRANGER, BECAME THE FIRST CITY IN AMERICA TO BECOME FULLY ACCREDITED OF ITS DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. FUNDING CUTS WILL CRIPPLE PROGRAMS TO EFFECTIVELY ENSURE PUBLIC SAFETY IF A TERRORIST ATTACKS OCCURS. HOW? IT WILL HINDER THESE COMMUNITIES TO ADDRESS CYBERTERRORISM, TO COMMUNICATE WITH FIRST RESPONDERS IN AN EMERGENCY AND MANY OTHER CRITICAL EMERGENCY FUNCTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATION'S DEFENSE MUST COME FIRST. WE CANNOT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE SPEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS PROTECTING PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR OWN NATIONAL SECURITY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF RESTORING FAVOR FOR THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE TIF. I YIELD BACK AND THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON, RESERVES.

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    MR. ELLISON

    I WILL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THANK YOU, MR. ELLISON, AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WILL THE ASSAULT ON…

    THANK YOU, MR. ELLISON, AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WILL THE ASSAULT ON THE WELL-BEING AND HEALTH CARE OF AMERICA NEVER END?

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  • 12:40:48 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THIS BILL IS TAKING TO ONE MORE STEP. FIRST, THE REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE…

    THIS BILL IS TAKING TO ONE MORE STEP. FIRST, THE REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT WITH PROVISIONS IN IT TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM THE REPATIENCE APPETITE OF THE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES, PROVIDING PROTECTIONS. REPUBLICANS WOULD REPEAL THAT. AND THEN THE NEXT STEP, WHICH WE JUST SAW RECENTLY IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, THE TERMINATION OF MEDICARE FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNDER 55 YEARS OF AGE. WHAT ARE THEY TO DO? AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY ON MEDICARE, A SIGNIFICANT SERIOUS REDUCTION IN THE MEDICAID PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES ESSENTIAL FUNDING FOR THOSE SENIORS IN NURSING HOMES. WILL THE ASSAULT THEN END? AND HERE IN THIS BILL TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN HOMELAND SECURITY, A DEEMING OF THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WHICH CLEARLY TERMINATES MEDICARE? IS IT NEVER GOING TO END? ARE WE NEVER GOING TO STEP FORWARD TO ACTUALLY -- TO ACTUALLY PUT IN PLACE LEGISLATION THAT WILL ASSIST AMERICANS TO GET THE AMERICA THAT THEY NEED? STEP ONE, WAY BACK. REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT. GIVE UNRAISED OPPORTUNITY TO THE INSURANCE COMPANIES TO GO AFTER MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS NATION. TERMINATING MEDICARE AND HERE ONCE AGAIN COMING BACK IN A HOMELAND SECURITY BILL, SLIPPING IN BY SLEIGHT OF HAND. A REPEAL, ONCE AGAIN OF HEALTH CARE. BY THE WAY, HOW'S IT GOING TO BE PAID FOR? WELL, YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE IT OUT OF THE SENIORS' POCKETS, BUT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT TO THE OIL COMPANIES? COME ON. NOT PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE AND AT THE SAME TIME GETTING SUBSIDIES FROM THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. IT'S TIME FOR THAT TO END. THERE ARE WAYS TO PAY FOR THE DEFICIT AND BRING IT DOWN. ONE OF THE WAYS NOT TO DO IT IS TO GO AFTER SENIORS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. ELLISON

    MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS FOR OUR SIDE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA HAS 4 1/4 MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MR. ELLISON

    RESERVE AT THIS TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:43:01 PM

    MR. REED

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE QUESTION BEFORE THE HOUSE IS,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE QUESTION BEFORE THE HOUSE IS, SHOULD THE HOUSE NOW CONSIDER HOUSE RESOLUTION 287. WHILE THE RESOLUTION WAIVES ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, THE COMMITTEE IS NOT AWARE OF ANY POINTS OF ORDER. THE WAIVER IS PROFE LACTIC IN NATURE. SPECIFICALLY, THE COMMITTEE ON RULES IS NOT AWARE OF THE VIOLATION OF THE NONFUNDING REFORM ACT, NOR HAS THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE NOTIFY THE RULES COMMITTEE OF ANY VIOLATION OF THE ACT. ADDITIONALLY, THE OPEN RULE BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY ALLOWS ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO AMEND OR STRIKE ANY PROVISION OF THE BILL WHICH IS THE ULTIMATE FAIL-SAFE. IN ORDER TO ALLOW THE HOUSE TO CONTINUE ITS SCHEDULED BUSINESS FOR THE DAY, I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE YES ON CONSIDERATION OF THE RESOLUTION. WITH THAT I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. REED, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN…

    MR. REED, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON, IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:43:55 PM

    MR. ELLISON

    AT THIS TIME WE RECOGNIZE JAN SCHAKOWSKY OF ILLINOIS FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    AND LEGALEES OF WHAT'S GOING ON TODAY. BUT THE REALITY IS WHAT THE…

    AND LEGALEES OF WHAT'S GOING ON TODAY. BUT THE REALITY IS WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO DO UNDERNEATH ALL OF THAT LANGUAGE IS TO ENSHRINE IN LAW THE REPUBLICAN RYAN BUDGET. BY VOTING FOR IT -- VOTING FOR THE RULE WHAT YOU DO IS TO PUT INTO FORCE THAT BUDGET. AND WHAT DOES THAT BUDGET DO? IT ENDS MEDICARE. NOW, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO RESENT THAT TERM. OH, NO, WE'RE REALLY GOING TO SAVE IT. WELL, I TELL YOU, WHEN YOU TAKE AWAY THE GUARANTEED BENEFITS OF MEDICARE, THAT'S WHAT SENIORS GET RIGHT NOW, FOR PEOPLE 55 AND UNDER, THEY ARE THROWN INTO THE NOT SO LOVING ARMS OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES AND THEIR COSTS WILL INCREASE OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKETS BY ABOUT $6,000. THAT'S WHAT THE BILL DOES. THE BILL ALSO TURNS MEDICAID, WHICH IS NOT ONLY THE HEALTH CARE PLAN FOR POOR CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT IT IS ALSO THE LARGEST PAIR FOR NURSING HOMES AND HOME -- PAYER FOR NURSING HOMES AND HOME HEALTH CARE, THAT'S THE BIGGEST SINGLE PART OF MEDICAID IS PAYING FOR NURSING HOME CARE AND HOME HEALTH CARE, SO ANOTHER SLAP AT THE SENIORS. THE OTHER THING THAT THE LEGISLATION DOES IS TO OFFER MORE TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS, LOWER THE TAX RATES FOR CORPORATIONS, MANY OF WHOM AREN'T EVEN PAYING ANY TAXES RIGHT NOW, A COUPLE OF WHOM GOT TAX BREAK -- GOT TAX REFUNDS FROM THE GOVERNMENT. YOU'VE GOT MAJOR COMPANIES PAYING MORE --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. ELLISON

    I YIELD THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 15 SECONDS.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AREN'T STUPID. THEY WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A --…

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AREN'T STUPID. THEY WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A -- THAT THIS IS ANOTHER DOUBLING DOWN ON CUTTING MEDICARE, IT WILL BE APPARENT BY THE END OF THIS DAY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    MR. ELLISON

    CAN RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. REED

    MR. SPEAKER, I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ELLISON

    MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD BE CREATING JOBS, NOT DESTROYING MEDICARE. WE…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD BE CREATING JOBS, NOT DESTROYING MEDICARE. WE SHOULD BE PRESERVING WHAT HAS MADE AMERICA GREAT, WHICH IS A BASIC SENSE THAT WE'RE ALL IN THIS THING TOGETHER, YES, IT'S ABSOLUTELY TRUE, PEOPLE SHOULD GO OUT INTO THE PRIVATE SECTOR, PUT -- TRY THEIR LUCK IN THE FREE MARKET, SKILL, INGENUITY, ALL, THAT BUT AMERICA HAS ALWAYS HAD A STRONG PUBLIC SECTOR WHICH HAS BEEN ESSENTIAL TO THE SURVIVAL AND THE SUCCESS OF THAT PRIVATE SECTOR. GOOD INFRASTRUCTURE, GOOD JOBS, TIMES WHERE AMERICA, LIKE DURING THE DEPRESSION, LIKE DURING THE TIME THAT INES HOUR LED TO US BUILD AND -- THAT EISENHOWER LED US TO BUILD AND CREATE INFRASTRUCTURE, AND IN 1968 WHEN WE CREATED MEDICARE, THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN AT ITS BEST. YES, THE PRIVATE SECTOR BUT ALSO A STRONG, VIBRANT PUBLIC SECTOR. WE ARE AT A POINT IN AMERICAN HISTORY TODAY WHERE AT LEAST THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS BELIEVES WE DON'T NEED A PUBLIC SECTOR. WE JUST DON'T NEED ONE. WE MAY NEED ONE MAYBE FOR MILITARY STUFF, BUT BEYOND THAT THEY DON'T SEE A PURPOSE FOR IT. I THINK AMERICANS THINK THAT THINGS LIKE MEDICARE, INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, SOCIAL SECURITY, THINGS LIKE THE G.I. BILL ARE IMPORTANT PARTS OF WHAT MAKES AMERICA AMERICA. BECAUSE IT IS HOW WE RECOGNIZE AS AMERICANS THAT WE ARE ALL IN THIS THING TOGETHER, THAT OUR SENIOR CITIZENS WILL NOT BE ABANDONED, THAT OUR G.I.'S COMING BACK WILL NOT BE LEFT BEHIND, THAT COMMUNITIES WHO NEED POLICE, FIRE AND E.M.T. SERVICES WILL NOT JUST BE LEFT TO THE RAVAGES OF OTHERS. WE NEED AN AMERICAN COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO BE ARGUING FOR TODAY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN COUNT ON THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS TO NEVER ABANDON OUR SENIORS, EVEN AS REPUBLICANS WANT TO TAKE MEDICARE APART AS A PROGRAM THAT HAS SERVED SO MANY PEOPLE SO WELL. YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING TO CHANGE MEDICARE? WHY DON'T WE LET MEDICARE NEGOTIATE DRUG PRICES? THAT COULD PROBABLY SAVE US SEVERAL BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR. AS MANY AS $53 BILLION A YEAR. REPUBLICANS DON'T WANT TO DO THAT. BECAUSE THEY GOT THEIR INTERESTS TO PROTECT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. REED, IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:49:05 PM

    MR. REED

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WILL NOTE THAT EACH OF THE COMMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WILL NOTE THAT EACH OF THE COMMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN OFFERED FROM THE OTHER SIDE ARE NOT RELEVANT TO THE POINT OF ORDER BUT IN RESPONSE TO THE COMMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN TENDERED FROM MY COLLEAGUES FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, I WOULD SAY THE REPUBLICANS ARE NOT HERE TO DESTROY MEDICARE, THEY ARE HERE TO SAVE MEDICARE. WE HAVE PUT FORTH A RESPONSIBLE PLAN THAT HAS BEEN OPENLY AND CONTINUOUSLY DEBATED IN THE PUBLIC FORUM AND IN THIS CHAMBER ABOUT HOW WE'RE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE IN MEDICARE. IT'S A PROBLEM WE CANNOT DENY. BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE KNOW THAT MEDICARE IS ON A PATH TO BANKRUPTCY. WE HAVE PUT FORTH A PLAN, WE HAVE PUT FORTH A PLAN THAT GUARANTEES THAT WE CAN DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM IN SUCH A WAY THAT THOSE THAT ARE ON MEDICARE ARE NOT IMPACTED AND THOSE WITHIN A GENERATION OF RETIRING INTO MEDICARE ARE NOT IMPACTED. BUT YET WE WANT TO BE VILLENIZED BY THE OTHER SIDE FOR ALLEGEDLY THROWING GRANDMA OFF THE CLIFF, FOR TAKING AWAY MEDICARE. THAT IS NOT BEING HONEST WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. WE WILL BE HONEST WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. WE RECOGNIZE THE PROBLEM IN MEDICARE, WE PUT FORTH A PLAN, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE NOT PUT FORTH A PLAN TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM. THEY WANT TO ENGAGE IN ELECTIONEERING, POLITICKING, LOOKING AT THE RE-ELECTION EFFORTS FOR 2012. WE'RE HERE AS MEMBERS OF THIS CAUCUS AND MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS OF AMERICA IN AN HONEST AND OPEN FASHION AND THAT'S WHAT WE WILL DO. THE HOUSE PASSED BUDGET GUARANTEES THAT SENIORS WILL HAVE COVERAGE THAT IS AFFORDABLE. THE HOUSE-PASSED BUDGET GUARANTEES SENIORS WILL BE ABLE TO FIND PLAN. IT DOES NOT END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. IT DOES NOT THROW OUR SENIORS OFF THE CLIFF. IT IS A RESPONSIBLE PLAN THAT LEADS US TO A SITUATION THAT DEALS WITH THE PROBLEM OF MEDICARE, THAT IS A KNOWN PROBLEM, AND IF WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO LIVE IN DENIAL AND NOT BE HONEST WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, THEN I TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, FOLLOW THE DEMOCRATIC PROPOSAL OF ENGAGING IN NAME CALLING RATHER THAN SITTING DOWN AND ENGAGING IN PROBLEM SOLVING. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ABOUT AND AT THIS POINT IN TIME I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONTINUE THE CONSIDERATION OF THE UNDERLYING RULE AND REJECT THIS POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE NOW…

    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE NOW CONSIDER THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 12:51:28 PM

    MR. ELLISON

    I ASK THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.] CONTINUES.

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  • 12:54:08 PM

    HOST

    WE ARE BACK WITH CONGRESSMAN PHIL GINGREY, THE REPUBLICAN OF GEORGIA. HE…

    WE ARE BACK WITH CONGRESSMAN PHIL GINGREY, THE REPUBLICAN OF GEORGIA. HE REPRESENTS MARY AT, AND HE IS A IT REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE MEMBER AS WELL. HERE IS A " SON IN THE PAPER ABOUT LAST NIGHT'S VOTE. FROM SENATOR MARK WARNER. SHTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT, YOU CAN GO TO THE 11TH AND HALF HOUR. THE CONSEQUENCES --

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  • 12:54:44 PM

    GUEST

    THAT MAY BE TRUE. OF COURSE, THAT TAKE THAT SECRETARY GEITHNER CONTINUES…

    THAT MAY BE TRUE. OF COURSE, THAT TAKE THAT SECRETARY GEITHNER CONTINUES TO GIVE CONGRESS CONTINUES TO CHANGE. THE LATEST REPORT IS AUGUST THE SECOND. IT MAY CHANGE AGAIN. BUT CERTAINLY REVENUE CONTINUES TO COME IN. WE CONTINUE TO TAX THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER AND REVENUE COMES IN ON A DAILY BASIS. OVER $200 BILLION A DAY, AND FAT. AND CERTAINLY THE INTEREST ON THE DEBT WOULD BE THE NUMBER-ONE PRIORITY. THE DEFENSE OF THE NATION, PROBABLY THE NO. 2 PRIORITY. THE SAFETY NET FOR OUR SENIORS, THAT WOULD BE NO. 3 AND NO. 4. YOU GET DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE HAT, AND MAYBE PUT OFF PANG OTHER OBLIGATIONS, BUT THIS BUSINESS OF ARMAGEDDON AND DROP DEAD AND EVERYTHING GOES TO HECK IN A HANDBASKET ON A DATE CERTAIN, AUGUST 2, I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT I TRUE. I DON'T THINK MOST MEMBERS OF CONGRESS BELIEVE THAT.

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  • 12:55:46 PM

    HOST

    THINK ABOUT POSSIBLY BEING WRONG?

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    GUEST

    ABSOLUTELY WE DO. I THINK IT IS WORTH THE RISK, BECAUSE QUITE HONESTLY,…

    ABSOLUTELY WE DO. I THINK IT IS WORTH THE RISK, BECAUSE QUITE HONESTLY, ALL MORE IRRESPONSIBLE THING AND NOT RAISING THE DEBT CEILING OR RAISING THE DEBT CEILING WOULD BE TO SAY TO RAISE IT WITHOUT HAVING ANY BUDGET PROCESS REFORM, TO SIMPLY SAY, OK, ONCE AGAIN, FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME WE WOULD GO ALONG WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WITH THIS PRESIDENT, WITH HIS TREASURY SECRETARY, AND ACCEPT WHAT STOCK AND BARREL WHAT THEY SAY, AND THE DOOMSDAY SCENARIO, THAT IT IS CORRECT AND WE WILL RAISE THE DEBT CEILING AND HOPE IN THE FUTURE WE WILL HAVE SOME BUDGET PROCESS REFORM. BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT WANT THAT. THEY DO NOT WANT TO CONTINUE DO THIS ROAD OF $14.6 TRILLION, MAYBE $16 TRILLION AFTER WE RAISE THE DEBT CEILING, WITHOUT A SIGNIFICANT COMMITMENT IN LAW WHAT WE WILL DO ABOUT REDUCING SPENDING AND OVERALL CUTTING DOWN OF THE DEBT.

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  • 12:56:54 PM

    HOST

    TALKS GOING ON WITH IS PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, WHAT YOU WANT TO COME OUT OF…

    TALKS GOING ON WITH IS PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, WHAT YOU WANT TO COME OUT OF THAT SO THAT YOU ARE A YES VOTE TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING?

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  • 12:57:05 PM

    GUEST

    MEDICARE CUTS?

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    GUEST

    MEDICARE CUTS ARE SIGNIFICANCE. IF WE DO NOT DO SOMETHING ABOUT MEDICARE,…

    MEDICARE CUTS ARE SIGNIFICANCE. IF WE DO NOT DO SOMETHING ABOUT MEDICARE, THE TREK THE REPORT SAYS THAT BY 2024, THE FUND WILL BE INSOLVENT. THAT IS NOT THAFAR AWAY. THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF BACK IN 2009, JUNE, I THINK, HE SAID THAT THE TWO BIGST DRIVER OF OUR DEBT AND DEFICIT ARE THE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID PROGRAMS. AND THEY ARE NOT SUSTAINABLE. AND YET THE PRESIDENT AND THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY, ALL THEY SEEM TO WANT TO DO IS CRITICIZE ANY IDEAS THAT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS COME FORWARD WITH A BUDGET, WITH A REASONABLE, SENSIBLE BUDGET. THEY DO NOT EVEN WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT. THEY WOULD RATHER USE IT AS A POLITICAL TOOL FOR 2012. THAT IS TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE.

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  • 12:59:48 PM

    HOST

    YOUR COLLEAGUES MAY HAVE BEEN BURNED BY THE POLITICAL FALLOUT.

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    GUEST

    POLITICAL FALLOUT WORRIES ME. I FEEL THAT MY REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS THE BEST…

    POLITICAL FALLOUT WORRIES ME. I FEEL THAT MY REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS THE BEST IDEAS IN REGARD TO RUN IN THIS COUNTRY. I WANT US TO KEEP THE MAJORITY. I WANT US TO GET THE WHITE HOUSE IN 2012, 2013. BUT I FEEL IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO WORRY ABOUT THE NEXT GENERATION IN THNEXT ELECTION. EACH MEMBER OF CONGRESS NEEDS TO HAVE THAT MIND SET FIRMLY IN PLACE. AND I REALLYELIEVE, ESPECIALLY WITH THIS NEW GROUP OF 87 FRESHMEN, REPUBLICANS AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THAT WE DO HAVE THAT MINDSET.

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  • 01:00:31 PM

    HOST

    THIS DURING THE FIRST 45 MINUTES. ONE CALLER SAID THAT LAST NIGHT'S VOTE…

    THIS DURING THE FIRST 45 MINUTES. ONE CALLER SAID THAT LAST NIGHT'S VOTE SHOWED THAT THERE IS ROOM FOR COMPROMISE. WHY NOT GO BACK TO THE TAX LEVELS DURING THE BLOW CLINTON ERA AND ALSO THE SPENDING CUTS THAT WERE PUT IN PLACE DURING THE NEGOTIATIONS WITH REPUBLICANS BACK THEN AND THE OF THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION? COULD YOU AGREE TO SOME SORT OF DEAL WITH -- INCLUDING TAX REVENUES AND SPENDING CUTS?

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  • 01:01:05 PM

    GUEST

    VOTE WAS OVERWHELMING. IT WOULD OF TAKEN A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY TO PASS A…

    VOTE WAS OVERWHELMING. IT WOULD OF TAKEN A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY TO PASS A CLEAN INCREASE IN THE DEBT CEILING. THE TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY WAS AGAINST EVEN THEN. SOME DEMOCRATS ARE PROBABLY OF THE MINDSET THAT THEY DO NOT WANT TO BE A CLEAN INCREASE. THEY WANT TIED TO INCREASE IN TAXATION. THE REPUBLICANS, MOST MEMBERS IF NOT ALL, DO NOT WANT TAX INCREASES. WE FEEL THAT WE NEED TO CUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING, WASTEFUL GOVERNMENT SPENDING. AND WE FEEL LIKE LE THE PATH TO PROSPERITY BUDGET SAID, WE WANT TO SIMPLIFY AND LOWER TAX RATES, NOT ONLY FOR INDIVIDUALS, BUT ESPECIALLY CORPORATIONS. THEN YOU HAVE A BROADER BASE OF BUSINESSES AND PEOPLE PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE AND STIMULATING THE ECONOMY. YOU HAVE MORJOB GROWTH, AND PELE, ALBEIT AT A LOWER TAX LEVEL, PAYING TAXES, AND YOU END UP WIT MORE REVENUE AND NOT LESS.

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  • 01:02:10 PM

    HOST

    CALLS. A DEMOCRAT FROM ALABAMA.

  • 01:02:16 PM

    CALLER

    ARE YOU STILL THERE? WE ARE LISTENING.

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    CALLER

    TAX RATES THAT YOU HAVE HAD IN 37 YES RIGHT NOW. AS FAR A RAISING THE DEBT…

    TAX RATES THAT YOU HAVE HAD IN 37 YES RIGHT NOW. AS FAR A RAISING THE DEBT CEILING, YOU'RE NOT RAISING THE DEBT CEILING FOR THE SPENDING. YOU'RE USING IT TO PAY FOR BILLS THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY INCURRED. TO DO ALL THIS CUTTING THAT YOU WANT TO DO WITH THE LOWER AND, YOU WILL HURT THE ECONOMY MORE. THAT IS WHAT CREATES JOBS, PEOPLE HAVING MONEY TO BUY THINGS. IT IS SUPPLY AND DEMAND.

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  • 01:03:01 PM

    GUEST

    RIGHT AND YOU ARE RIGHT AS FELL LEVEL OF TAXATION AS IT MAY HAVE BEEN IN…

    RIGHT AND YOU ARE RIGHT AS FELL LEVEL OF TAXATION AS IT MAY HAVE BEEN IN PAST YEARS. YOU MENTIONED THE CLINTON YEARS, I THINK. BUT AS EVERYBODY KNOWS, WE ARE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY. WHILE WE HAVE TO COMPARE IS NOT OUR TAX RATE TODAY 20 OR 30 OR 40 YEARS AGO, OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER WORLD WAR II WHEN WE WERE TRYING TO PAY FOR THE WAR. WE HAVE TO COMPARE TO OUR COMPETITORS ACROSS THE GLOBE TO TAX THEIR CITIZENS. THE EFFECTIVE TAX RATE IN THIS COUNTRY AT THE CORPORATE LEVEL IS SO MUCH HIGHER THAN IN IS IN MOST EU COUNTRIES. WE HAVE TO LOWER THAT TAX RATE TO STAY COMPETITIVE GLOBALLY.

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  • 01:03:49 PM

    HOST

    TAX RATES AND GET RID OF THE LOOPHOLES?

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    GUEST

    AGREE TO THAT. THAT IS I WOULD BE WILLING TO SIT DOWN WITH THE DEMOCRATS…

    AGREE TO THAT. THAT IS I WOULD BE WILLING TO SIT DOWN WITH THE DEMOCRATS AND FOR OTHER LOOPHOLES. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT BE FAIR, THAT WE DO NOT LET ONE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP LOBBY SO STRONGLY THAT THEY GET AN ADVANTAGE OVER THE COMMON MAN. IT IS IMPORTANTHAT WE BE FAIR AN BALANCED AND ELIMINATE AS MANY LOOPHOLESS WE CAN.

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  • 01:04:35 PM

    CALLER

    OF HEARING ABOUT MEDICARE WHEN WE NEED TO BE TALKING ABOUT MEDICAID. AND…

    OF HEARING ABOUT MEDICARE WHEN WE NEED TO BE TALKING ABOUT MEDICAID. AND ON THE SECTION 8 AND SOCIAL SECURITY, WHAT DO KIDSET SOCIAL SECURITY KIDS FOR ASTHMA CAUSE THEY HAVE ONE ARM LONGER THAN ANOTHER?

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  • 01:05:01 PM

    GUEST

    THE MEDICARE PROGRAM IS NOT WORKING VERY WELL. IT IS ABOUT TO BREAK ALL 50…

    THE MEDICARE PROGRAM IS NOT WORKING VERY WELL. IT IS ABOUT TO BREAK ALL 50 STATES. MANY OF THOSE STATES HAVE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS AND DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATURES. IN GEORGIA, IT IS ALL REPUBLICAN. WE ARE ALL SUFFERING FROM THE SAME PROBLEM. STATES CANNOT SPEND MORE MONEY THAN THEY TAKE IN. SO WHEN THAT AMOUNT IS CUT OR WHEN THE MANDATES FOR ADDITIONAL COVERAGE SUCH AS WAS INCLUDED IN OBAMACARE, THE 15 MILLION ADDITIONAL PEOPLE THAT WILL BE FORCED ON TO THE MEDICAID ROLLS IN THE VARIOUS STATES ARE GOING TO COST TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN STATE BUDGETS. REPUBLICAN PLAN, IRRESPONSIBLE DIGIT -- A RESPONSIBLE BUDGET. IT GIVES STATES THE CHANCE TO BE THE INCUBATORS OF NEW IDEAS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP SO THAT YOU GET BETTER HEALTH CARE TO MORE PEOPLE.

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  • 01:06:33 PM

    GUEST

  • 01:07:47 PM

    MR. HOYER

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING, UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING, UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE ON WHICH SERIOUS TIME HAS NOT BEEN ALLOTTED BECAUSE YOU PUT THIS ON SUSPENSION. THIS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE. OUR COUNTRY IS IN CRISIS FROM A FISCAL STANDPOINT. I WANTED THE GENTLEMAN TO YLD BECAUSE I DON'T THINK HE HAS ANY IDEA WHAT THE FACTS ARE. 89% INCREASE IN THE DEBT UNDER RONALD REAGAN. HE COULD HAVE VETOED EVERY ONE OF THOSE BILLS. UNDER GEORGE BUSH, 115% INCREASE IN THE DEBT. UNDER BILL CLINTON, LESS THAN 40%. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS ISSUE IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE THAT IS BEING TREATED NOT AS AN ADULT. THIS IS NOT THE ADULT MOMENT OF WHICH SPEAKER BOEHNER SPOK AND YOU DIDN'T MENTION THAT THE BUDGET YOU VOTED FOR, I PRESUME, I'M NOT SURE, INCREASED THE DEBT BY $1.9 TRILLION BETWEEN NOW A1.9 TRILLION BETWEEN NOW AND OCTOBER 1 OF THIS YEAR.

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  • 01:08:52 PM

    HOST

    AGREE TO RAISE THE DEBT UNDER THE GEORGE W. BUSH ADMINISTRATION?

  • 01:09:01 PM

    GUEST

    WHY WAS IT OK THEN?

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    GUEST

    CLEAN VOTE. THE HOUSE WOULD DEEM IF THE SENATE -- IT WOULD BE DEEMED AS…

    CLEAN VOTE. THE HOUSE WOULD DEEM IF THE SENATE -- IT WOULD BE DEEMED AS PAST. WE DID CHANGE THE RULES IN THE HOUSE TO ELIMINATE THE GEPHARDT RULING. ANYONE COULD GO BACK TO THE SAME SMOKE AND MIRROR GAMES TO RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT WITHOUT HAVING TO RAISE THEIR CONSTITUENTS.

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  • 01:10:33 PM

    HOST

    WHY WAS IT OK TO VOTE YES?

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    GUEST

    WE GO. WE KNOW THAT THE AMOUNT OF DEBT THAT WE HAVE INCURRED,14.29…

    WE GO. WE KNOW THAT THE AMOUNT OF DEBT THAT WE HAVE INCURRED,14.29 TRILLION, IS WRECKING THE ECONOMY. 20% OF THE RABBIT GOES TO PAY THE INTEREST ON THE DEAD -- 20% OF THE REVENUE GOES TO PAY THE INTEREST ON THE DEBT.

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  • 01:11:10 PM

    CALLER

    YOU THIS MORNING. UNDER GEORGE BUS HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU RAISE THE DEBT…

    YOU THIS MORNING. UNDER GEORGE BUS HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU RAISE THE DEBT CEILING?

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  • 01:11:24 PM

    HOST

    A DEMOCRATIC CALL FROM DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

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    CALLER

    I'M A FIRST-TIME CALLER AND SOMEWHAT NERVOUS. I AM IN CALLING IN REGARDS…

    I'M A FIRST-TIME CALLER AND SOMEWHAT NERVOUS. I AM IN CALLING IN REGARDS TO THE DEBT CEILING. I WANT TO PAY BACK SOME OTHER CALLERS. RAISING T DEBT CEILING IS TO PAY FOR THE CREDIT CARD THE WE HAVE ALREADY INCURRED. IT IS LIKE GOING TO THE MALL AND PAYING YOUR BILL AND THEN YOU GET THE BILL IN THE MAIL AND YOU HAVE TO PAY THAT BILL. THAT IS WHAT THE DEBT CEILING IS. IT NEEDS TO BE RAISED. PRESIDENT OBAMA DID NOT TAKE A DIME FROM MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. IT IS LIKE HMO. INSURANCE COMPANIES WERE DISPERSING THE MEDICAR ADVANTAGE. HE TOOK THE WASTE FROM THE INSURANCE COMPANY AND PUT IT BACK INTO MEDICARE TO EXPAND MEDICARE FOR AN ADDITIONAL 12 YEARS.

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  • 01:12:36 PM

    GUEST

    YOU MADE MY POINT. YOU SAID THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA DID NOT TAKE A DIME OUT…

    YOU MADE MY POINT. YOU SAID THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA DID NOT TAKE A DIME OUT OF MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. HE DID NOT TAKE A DIME.

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  • 01:14:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THEYS ARE 233.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 234, THE NOES ARE 183, THE QUESTION OF…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 234, THE NOES ARE 183, THE QUESTION OF CONSIDERATION IS DECIDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 01:16:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.…

    WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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  • 01:17:01 PM

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    SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES…

    SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY.

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  • 01:17:16 PM

    MR. REED

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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  • 01:17:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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    MR. REED

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I DID UNANIMOUS -- ASK UNANIMOUS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I DID UNANIMOUS -- ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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  • 01:17:58 PM

    MR. REED

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 287 PROVIDES FOR OPEN RULE OF CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2017.…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 287 PROVIDES FOR OPEN RULE OF CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2017. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 278, TO PROVIDE THE RULE FOR H.R. 2017, THE HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO BE MANAGING THIS RULE, THE FIRST TRULY OPEN RULE SINCE JULY 31, 2007. AN AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS BILL IN THE 110TH CONGRESS. THE 112TH CONGRESS HAS MADE IT CLEAR THAT IT'S AN OPEN PROCESS AND THIS RULE EXEMPLIFIES THIS INITIATIVE. FOR 119 MEMBERS OF THE 112TH CONGRESS, THIS IS THEIR FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH AN OPEN RULE, INCLUDING SIX MEMBERS OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. I'M PROUD TO BE PART OF THIS BODY AND THIS CONFERENCE THAT HAS ENGAGED IN THIS TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT AND THIS OPEN PROCESS. THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE 111TH CONGRESS, ONLY 810 AMENDMENTS WERE CONSIDERED. ONLY SIX MONTHS INTO THIS, THE 112TH CONGRESS, 437 AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED. THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS CONGRESS IS DIRECTLY LISTENING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR CALL FOR AN OPEN AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS. IN ADDITION, THIS BILL ALSO FOLLOWS THE PROMISE THAT WE HAVE MADE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THAT IT DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY EARMARKS, EITHER IN THE UNDERLYING BILL OR IN THE CONFERENCE REPORT. THIS COMMITMENT IS WHAT AMERICANS DESIRE AND DESERVE AND THIS WILL CONTINUE THE PROCESS IN THIS CONGRESS THAT WE HAVE COMMITTED OURSELVES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO DO. WITH THAT I YIELD -- I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:19:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

  • 01:19:38 PM

    MR. POLIS

    NOT ONLY DOES THIS RULE BEFORE THE HOUSE DRASTICALLY SHORTCHANGE…

    NOT ONLY DOES THIS RULE BEFORE THE HOUSE DRASTICALLY SHORTCHANGE HOMENTLAND SECURITY PRIORITIES BUT THIS RULE PUTS INTO FORCE, BY DEEMING AND PASSING THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET RESOLUTION. THIS RULE, SECTION 9 STATES VERY CLEARLY THAT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET RESOLUTION SHALL HAVE FORCE AND AFFECT, THAT'S A TRADITIONAL LANGUAGE OF A DEEM AND PASS. YES THIS BUDGET KEEPS -- DEEMS PASS THE ELIMINATION OF MEDICARE IN ORDER TO KEEP IN PLACE TAX CUTS FOR THE HIGHEST EARNERS AND TAX BREAKS FOR OIL. ALTHOUGH I DO THANK THE MAJORITY FOR OFFERING UP THE FIRST OPEN RULE DURING MY TENURE IN THE HOUSE, I ASK AT WHAT PRICE? WELL, I THINK THERE WOULD BE BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR AN OPEN RULE, I FOR ONE CANNOT SUPPORT A RULE THAT DEEMS PASS THE ELIMINATION OF MEDICARE. AMERICANS RESOUNDINGLY OPPOSE THE APPROACH OF DISMANTLING MEDICARE. THEY WANT US TO PUT OUR ECONOMY ON MORE SECURE FISCAL FOOTING AND DO IT WHILE STRENGTHENING OUR ECONOMY, CREATING JOBS AND MENDING, NOT ENDING, MEDICARE. I WOULD LIKE TO QUOTE FORMER MINORITY LEADER, JOHN BOEHNER, IN REFERENCE TO THE APPROACH OF DEEM AND PASS THAT WAS CONSIDERED BY THE THEN MAJORITY DEMOCRATS WITH REGARD TO THE HEALTH CARE BILL. THEN MINORITY LEADER BOEHNER SAID, THIS LEGISLATIVE TRICK HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME. BUT IT'S NEVER BEEN USED FOR A BILL SO CONTROVERSIAL AND SO MASSIVE IN SCOPE. END QUOTE. I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES, WHAT COULD BE -- I WILL NOT YIELD. WHAT COULD BE MORE MASSIVE THAN AN ELIMINATION OF MEDICARE CONTAINED IN THE RULE RATHER THAN APPROACH A SIMPLE VOTE ON APPROPRIATIONS WITH REGARD TO MEDICARE, CONSULTING MEDICARE, BILLS WITH REGARD TO MEDICARE REFORM, THIS IS THE MOST SWEEPING RULE THAT I'VE CERTAINLY EVER FACED IN MY TIME IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND I THINK MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES AGREE. THE PASSAGE OF THIS RULE ALONE WOULD SIMPLY END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT BY CONSTRUING IN THE DEEM AND PASS OF THE BILL ITSELF, THE OPERATIVE LANGUAGE, AND LET ME EXPLAIN HOW THIS WORKS FOR SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES. RULES HAVE BROAD AUTHORITY AND I KNOW THAT OUR CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. DREIER, WILL ON HIS OWN TIME BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT THIS. THE RULES COMMITTEE BY THE GOOD GRACES OF THE HOUSE WITH OUR RULES PASSING THE HOUSE HAS THE ABILITY TO ACCOMPLISH WHATEVER THE HOUSE ALLOWS TO US RULE. SO IN THIS RULE THE HOUSE WILL DEEM UNDER SECTION 9 THAT THE RYAN BUDGET, THE BUDGET THAT ENDS MEDICARE, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, SHALL HAVE FORCED AND -- AN EFFECT UNTIL A CONFERENCE REPORT PASSES AND THAT LIKELY NOT OCCUR UNLESS THE REPUBLICANS ALTER THEIR NEGOTIATING POSITION VIS-A-VIS THE SENATE AND VIS-A-VIS THE PRESIDENT. I STRONGLY URGE A NO VOTE ON ELIMINATING MEDICARE CONTAINED IN SECTION OF THIS RULE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:22:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

  • 01:22:33 PM

    MR. REED

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT IN TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT IN TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 01:22:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

  • 01:22:43 PM

    MR. DREIER

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

  • 01:22:47 PM

    MR. DREIER

    MR. SPEAKER, LET ME SAY AT THE OUTSET THAT I'M PARTICULARLY GLAD THAT…

    MR. SPEAKER, LET ME SAY AT THE OUTSET THAT I'M PARTICULARLY GLAD THAT YOU'RE IN THE CHAIR BECAUSE IT WAS A SPEECH THAT YOU DELIVERED LAST SEPTEMBER IN WHICH YOU SAID THAT WE WERE GOING TO IN FACT, IF WE WON THE MAJORITY, PUT INTO PLACE AN ENTIRE NEW STRUCTURE THAT WE HAVE SEEN UNDERNEATHER POLITICAL PARTY OVER THE PROCEEDING YEARS, THAT IS THE KIND OF OPENNESS, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SAID OVERWHELMINGLY THAT THEY WANT. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, LET ME JUST SAY TO YOU PERSONALLY HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE THE STELLAR LEADERSHIP THAT YOU PROVIDED US ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. IT IS EXTRAORDINARILY IRONIC THAT WE LAST NIGHT SAW THE MINORITY MEMBERS OF THE RULES COMMITTEE ACTUALLY VOTE NO ON THE FIRST OPEN RULE, THE FIRST OPEN RULE TO BE CONSIDERED HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AND YET OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS THEY'VE BEEN OFFERING AMENDMENT AFTER AMENDMENT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE CALLING FOR OPEN RULES AND SO WE REPORT ONE OUT AND THEY VOTE NO. NOW, THE OTHER THING THAT I THINK IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO RECOGNIZE IS THAT WE HAVE IMPORTANT CHALLENGES THAT ARE AHEAD OF US AS IT RELATES TO HOMELAND SECURITY. MY COLLEAGUE MANAGING THIS RULE WHO BY THE WAY IS ONE OF THE TWO FLOOR MANAGERS, NEITHER OF WHOM HAS BEEN ABLE TO SEE AN OPEN RULE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES UP TO THIS MOMENT, MY FRIEND DIDN'T EVEN MENTION THE VERY IMPORTANT UNDERLYING LEGISLATION THAT IS BEFORES. THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, MY FRIEND, MR. ROGERS, IS HERE. HE AND MR. ADERHOLT, MR. PRICE AND OTHERS ON THAT SUBCOMMITTEE HAVE WORKED VERY HARD TO DEAL WITH THIS PRIORITY ITEM. MR. ROGERS SERVED IN THE LEADERSHIP ON THIS SUBCOMMITTEE IN THE PAST AND CONTINUES TO HAVE A GREAT INTEREST IN IT. AND WE SHOULD NOTE THAT AS WE LOOK AT THIS NEW PROCEDURE THAT HASN'T BEEN CONSIDERED SINCE, AS MY FRIEND FROM CORNING SAID, JULY 31 OF 2007, WHAT WE HAVE IS A STRUCTURE WHEREBY MEMBERS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAND UP AND OFFER AMENDMENTS. AND I LISTENED TO MY FRIEND FROM PROVIDENCE, OUR NEW COLLEAGUE, MR. CICILLINE, WHO SAID THAT HE OPPOSES THIS BILL BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT IT MAKES A CUT THAT HE DIDN'T LIKE. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU KNOW VERY WELL, UNDER THIS RULE MR. CICILLINE OR ANY OTHER MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE WILL BE ABLE TO STAND UP AND IN IF HE CAN FIND OFFSETS -- AND IF THEY CAN FIND OFFSETS, THEY CAN HAVE A VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT ADDRESSING THEIR PARTICULAR PRIORITY. I ALSO HAVE TO SAY THAT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE OUR GOOD FRIEND FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. PRICE, WAS BEFORE US TALKING ABOUT HIS CONCERNS AND HE ASKED FOR A WAIVER FROM THE RULES COMMITTEE, NEARLY UNPRECEDENTED, THAT WOULD HAVE GONE BEYOND THE STANDARD DEFINITION OF AN OPEN RULE AND PROVIDED HIM EXTRAORDINARY PROTECTION FOR A PRIORITY WHICH HE THINKS NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, UNDER THIS OPEN AMENDMENT PROCESS MR. PRICE WILL AGAIN BE ABLE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT HE WILL BE ABLE TO, IF HE CAN FIND AN OFFSET, HAVE A VOTE ON HERE IN THE HOUSE. AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS ISSUE THAT MY FRIEND FROM BOULDER ADDRESSED JUST A FEW MOMENTS AGO AND THAT WE CONTINUE TO HEAR OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THIS SO-CALLED DEEM AND PASS. THIS IS NOT, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT A DEEM AND PASS PROVISION. I WILL REMIND MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, WE HAVE ALREADY PASSED WITH A VERY RIGOROUS DEBATE HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR THE BUDGET. WE PASSED IT ALREADY. NOW, SO THAT WE ARE ABLE TO MOVE AHEAD WITH THE IMPORTANT APPROPRIATIONS WORK WITH THE 302 ALLOCATIONS THAT NEED TO BE DONE, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE DEEM THIS BUDGET BECAUSE WE HAVE YET TO HAVE A CONFERENCE REPORT, WE HAVE YET TO SEE OUR FRIENDS IN THE OTHER BODY PASS DOWN A BUDGET. AND SO IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE DEEM, WHICH HAS BEEN DONE SINCE VIRTUALLY THE BEGINNING OF TIME, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN PROCEED WITH OUR VERY IMPORTANT WORK. TOUGH DECISIONS NEED TO BE MADE, YOU UNDERSTAND THE LEADERSHIP OF SPEAKER BOEHNER WE ARE POISED TO MAKE THOSE TOUGH DECISIONS. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE A STRONG BIPARTISAN VOTE FOR THE FIRST OF WHAT WILL BE MORE AND MORE OPEN RULES IN THE 112TH CONGRESS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS, I LOOK FORWARD TO SITTING WHERE SPEAKER BOEHNER IS RIGHT NOW, TO PRESIDE OVER THE FIRST APPROPRIATION BILL THAT WILL BE CONSIDERED UNDER AN OPEN AMENDMENT PROCESS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO A VERY RIGOROUS DEBATE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:27:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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  • 01:27:39 PM

    MR. POLIS

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO RESPOND AND OF COURSE WHILE THE UNDERLYING…

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO RESPOND AND OF COURSE WHILE THE UNDERLYING MERITS OF THE BILL ARE CRITICAL, ELIMINATING MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, HENCE THE DISCUSSION UNDER THIS RULE AS WELL. I SHID POINT -- I SHOULD POINT OUT THAT WHILE THIS IS AN OPEN RULE, I'M DEEPLY APPRECIATIVE FOR THE CHANCE TO AMEND THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL, IF THIS RULE PASSES IT WILL BE TOO LATE TO SAVE MEDICARE UNDER THE BILL. THE VERY PASSAGE OF THIS RULE ITSELF WILL DEEM PASS THE BUDGET THAT CONTAINS THE ELIMINATION OF MEDICARE AND, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MR. LEVIN.

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  • 01:28:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:28:25 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

  • 01:28:31 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. LEVIN

    FINISH. SO, INSTEAD OF A BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO SAVE IT, BY THIS RULE YOU…

    FINISH. SO, INSTEAD OF A BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO SAVE IT, BY THIS RULE YOU ARE ESSENTIALLY DEEMING THE BUDGET THAT YOU PASSED THAT ENDED MEDICARE. . SO DON'T COME AND SAY YOU'RE SAVIORS WHEN YOU ARE ELIMINATING A PROM. -- PROGRAM. STAND UP AND BE HONEST AND SAY YOU WANT TO REPLACE IT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. THAT SOMETHING ELSE IS NOT MEDICARE, IT'S TURNING OVER TO THE PRIVATE INSURANCE INDUSTRY AND SAYING TO SENIORS WHO BECOME ELIGIBLE, WHO WOULD BE, INSTEAD YOU ARE GOING TO DOUBLE YOUR COSTS. THAT'S NOT FORTHRIGHT. IF YOU VOTE AGAIN, IF YOU VOTE YES ON THE RULE, YOU ARE THE SECOND TIME VOTING TO END MEDICARE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:31:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR WILL REMIND…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR WILL REMIND MEMBERS THAT THEIR REMARKS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 01:31:25 PM

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    BEFORE I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO MAKE…

    BEFORE I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT IN OUR HOUSE-PASSED BUDGET ON PAGE 58, LINE 8 AND 9, IT IS CLEARLY ARTICULATED THERE THAT CURRENT MEDICARE BENEFITS ARE PRESERVED FOR THOSE IN AND NEAR RETIREMENT WITHOUT CHANGES.

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  • 01:31:41 PM

    MR. REED

    FOR THE RECORD TO CLARIFY AND MAKE SURE THE RECORD IS VERY CLEAR THAT THE…

    FOR THE RECORD TO CLARIFY AND MAKE SURE THE RECORD IS VERY CLEAR THAT THE BUDGET THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IS NOT GOING TO BE PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT AND ENACTED INTO LAW. WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS NOTHING ABOUT ENDING MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. AT THIS POINT IN TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE CHAIRMAN, MR. KING FROM NEW YORK, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 01:32:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:32:04 PM

    MR. KING

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AT THE OUTSET LET ME I AM PROUD TO VOTE FOR…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AT THE OUTSET LET ME I AM PROUD TO VOTE FOR THIS RULE BECAUSE IT IS AN OPEN RULE AND I COMMEND THE SPEAKER FOR DOING THIS. IT'S A REALLY IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD I BELIEVE IN THE HISTORY OF THIS HOUSE. LET ME SAY ALSO, VERY RELUCTANTLY, IN ITS CURRENT FORM I WOULD HAVE TO VOTE AGAINST FINAL PASSAGE OF THIS BILL. I SAY THIS BECAUSE WE ARE AT A STAGE NOW WHERE THE HOMELAND SECURITY THREAT LEVEL IS THE HIGHEST IT'S BEEN SINCE SEPTEMBER 11. THE KILLING OF BIN LADEN AS MADE IT WORSE. WE KNOW ALSO FROM HIS OWN RECORDS THAT HE'S AIMING AT MARITIME, HE'S AIMING AT MASS TRANSIT, AND HE'S AIMING AT OUR MAJOR CITIES. YET WE ARE CUTTING EACH OF THOSE PROGRAMS BY 50%. 50% CUT. I CAN SPEAK TO NEW YORK IN THAT I CAN TELL YOU WE HAVE 1,000 POLICE OFFICERS, LOWER MANHATTAN SECURITY INITIATIVE, RADIATION DETECTION, THE WHOLE LIST OF PROGRAMS. EVERY DOLLAR IN THOSE PROGRAMS CAN BE ACCOUNTED FOR. AND I JUST CANNOT SEE WHY AT A TIME WHEN THE THREAT LEVEL IS HIGHEST AS IT'S BEEN SINCE SEPTEMBER 11 THAT WE ARE REDUCING HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS BY 50%. THE DEPARTMENT WAS SET UP IN THE AFTERMATH OF SEPTEMBER 11 TO FIGHT TERROR. THOSE GRANTS ARE BEING REDUCED. I NOTICED THAT ISN'T WORKING, SPECIFY WHAT'S NOT WORKING. DON'T TAKE A MEAT AXE, DON'T CUT ACROSS THE BOARD. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HUMAN LIFE. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A TERRIBLE THREAT TO OUR CITIES, OUR PORTS, TERRIBLE THREAT TO MASS TRANSIT. FOR THOSE, I UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO CUT, I UNDERSTAND THAT NEED TREMENDOUSLY, HAVING SAID THAT EVEN FROM A STRICTLY BUDGETARY POINT OF VIEW, YOU HAVE ONE DIRTY BOMB GO OFF IN ONE SUBWAY IN BOSTON, NEW YORK, OR CHICAGO AND WITH THE TRAGIC LOSS OF HUMAN LIFE, APART THERE THAT, THERE WILL BE ECONOMIC DEVASTATION WHICH WILL COST BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF LOST REVENUE AND JOBS AND HAVE A TERRIBLE IMPACT. I HAVE BEEN THROUGH SEPTEMBER 11. I KNOW WHAT IT DID TO NEW YORK. I DON'T WANT ANY OTHER CITY, AREA IN THE COUNTRY TO GO THROUGH THAT AGAIN. YET WE ARE REDUCING OUR DEFENSES AT A TIME WHEN THEY ARE MOST NEEDED. WITH THAT I WOULD ASK ALL THE MEMBERS TO GIVE CHAIRMAN ROGERS THE CREDIT, GIVE CHAIRMAN ADERHOLT THE CREDIT. UNFORTUNATELY I HAVE TO VOTE AGAINST THIS.

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  • 01:34:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

  • 01:34:19 PM

    MR. POLIS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE. THIS IS NOT AN ORDINARY HOUSE RULE…

    MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE. THIS IS NOT AN ORDINARY HOUSE RULE WE'LL BE VOTING ON TODAY. THE RESOLUTION DEEMS THE PROVISIONS OF THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET TO HAVE, QUOTE, FULL FORCE AND EFFECT. IN OTHER WORDS, A VOTE ON THE RULE TODAY IS ESSENTIALLY ANOTHER VOTE ON THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PLAN THAT PROTECTS SUBSIDIES FOR THE BIG OIL COMPANIES WHILE ENDING THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE AND SLASHING INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION. THOSE WRONG-HEADED PRIORITIES WERE THOROUGHLY REJECTED IN THE RECENT SPECIAL ELECTION IN NEW YORK, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CLEARLY OPPOSE A ONE-SIDED PLAN THAT WOULD IMMEDIATELY REOPEN THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG DOUGHNUT HOLE AND TELLS SENIORS THAT IN 10 YEARS THEY WILL PAY $9,000 MORE FOR THEIR CURRENT SET OF BENEFITS, OR TAKE DEEP CUTS IN THOSE BENEFITS. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE MEDIAN INCOME OF SENIORS ON MEDICARE IS LESS THAN $21,000 A YEAR. WHAT KIND OF BUDGET SAYS WE ARE GOING TO REQUIRE SENIORS WITH MEDIAN INCOMES OF $21,000 A YEAR TO PAY $9,000 MORE IN 10 YEARS WHILE CUTTING THE RATE FOR MILLIONAIRES, THE TOP MARGINAL TAX RATE FOR MILLIONAIRES, BY 30%. WHAT KIND OF BUDGET WOULD DO IT? WELL, THE BUDGET THAT WAS PASSED BY THE REPUBLICANS A FEW MONTHS AGO AND THE ONE THEY ARE CUBBLING -- DOUBLING DOWN ON TODAY. WE HAVE TO HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET PLAN. WE HAVE TO HAVE A PLAN THAT ADDRESSES THIS FROM ALL ASPECTS, NOT A PLAN THAT THE FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE DESCRIBED AS A RADICAL PLAN THAT WAS DRIVEN BY RIGHT-WING SOCIAL ENGINEERING. IT IS VERY IRONIC THAT ON THE VERY DAY WE WILL BE SWEARING-IN THE NEXT MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM NEW YORK'S 26TH DISTRICT, THAT WE WILL BE VOTING AGAIN ON A BUDGET THAT THE PEOPLE OF THAT DISTRICT, LIKE PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY, REJECTED BECAUSE THE FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE HAD IT RIGHT. IT WAS RADICAL AND RIGHT WING AND NOT THE RIGHT PLAN FOR AMERICA.

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  • 01:36:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS.

  • 01:36:56 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE. THE QUESTION WE ARE FACING HERE IS, WHAT IS THE BEST…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE. THE QUESTION WE ARE FACING HERE IS, WHAT IS THE BEST WAY FORWARD? WE ALL UNDERSTAND WE HAVE TO HAVE A BUDGET DEFICIT PLAN THAT'S PREDICTABLE. AND ADDRESSES THAT ISSUE. BUT WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD WE ADOPT A ONE-SIDED APPROACH THAT HAS THOSE PRIORITIES THAT SAYS WE ARE GOING TO SLASH MEDICARE.

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  • 01:37:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

  • 01:37:19 PM

    MR. REED

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD JUST LIKE TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD JUST LIKE TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT THE BUDGET THAT THEY SO REFERENCED WENT THROUGH AN OPEN PROCESS. IT WAS SUBJECT TO DEBATE. IT WAS AMENDED IN THIS CHAMBER AND PASSED BY THIS BODY. IF THEY ARE SO DISINCLINED TO APPROVE THAT BUDGET OR STAND WITH THAT BUDGET, I WOULD ASK THEM TO REACH OUT TO THEIR COLLEAGUES IN THE OPPOSING CHAMBER IN THE SENATE WHO HAVE NOT PASSED A BUDGET FOR THE LAST 762 DAYS AND TAKE THE MATTER UP WITH THEM. AT THAT POINT IN TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. RYAN, CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE.

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  • 01:37:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 01:37:53 PM

    MR. RYAN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I UNDERSTAND WHY THIS MIGHT BE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I UNDERSTAND WHY THIS MIGHT BE CONFUSING TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. AFTER ALL, THEY DIDN'T BOTHER TO PASS A BUDGET LAST YEAR. OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROTUNDA IN THE SENATE DIDN'T BOTHER TO PASS A BUDGET THIS YEAR. WE HAVE A BUDGET CRISIS. WE'VE GOT A $1.5 TRILLION DEFICIT. WE'VE GOT A DEBT THAT IS GETTING OUT OF OUR CONTROL. AND WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU HAVE A PROBLEM LIKE THAT? YOU PASS A BUDGET. THE REASON WE ARE DOING WHAT WE ARE DOING TODAY IS BECAUSE OUR PARTNERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROTUNDA IN THE SENATE DIDN'T PASS A BUDGET. HOUSE REPUBLICANS DID. WE PASSED THE BUDGET. AND WE ARE ACKNOWLEDGING AND LIVING WITHIN THAT BUDGET. IF OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE BOTHERED TO PASS A BUDGET, WE WOULDN'T BE IN THE SITUATION WHERE WE ARE TODAY. NOW, LET'S DISCUSS ABOUT WHAT OUR BUDGET DOES AND WHAT IT DOES NOT DO. NUMBER ONE, BECAUSE WE HAVE A DEBT CRISIS WE THINK WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO OUR CONSTITUENTS, OUR CHILDREN, AND GRANDCHILDREN TO PUT OUR BUDGET ON A PATH TO BALANCE AND PAY OFF OUR NATIONAL DEBT. WE ALSO THINK WE NEED TO PUT OUR ECONOMY ON A PATH TO PROSPERITY SO WE CAN GET JOB CREATION. LET'S FOR A MOMENT TALK ABOUT MEDICARE. MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT IS ALREADY GONE. OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHEN THEY PASSED THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THEY STOPPED THE MEDICARE STATUS QUO. UNDER THE PRESIDENT'S NEW HEALTH CARE LAW, THAT ENDS MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. IT DOES TWO THINGS, IT RAIDS MEDICARE AND IT RATIONS MEDICARE. IT TAKES $500 BILLION FROM MEDICARE TO SPEND ON THE PRESIDENT'S NEW HEALTH CARE LAW. DOESN'T TAKE THAT MONEY TO EXTEND ITS SOLVENCY. JS LIKE PEOPLE HAVE COMPLAINED FOR YEARS WE ARE RAIDING THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND AND WE SHOULD STOP DOING THAT, THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW DOES THAT TO MEDICARE NOW. THE SECOND THING IT DOES, STARTING NEXT YEAR THE PRESIDENT WILL APPOINT 15 UNELECTABLE, UNACCOUNTABLE BUREAUCRATS TO PUT IN CHARGE OF MEDICARE. THROUGH PRICE CONTROL AND RATIONED MEDICARE FOR CURRENT SENIORS. WHAT'S WORSE IS THE PRESIDENT AND THE SENATE STILL HAVE YET TO PUT OUT A PLAN TO SAVE MEDICARE, TO PREVENT IT FROM GOING BANKRUPT. WE STOP THE RAID OF MEDICARE IN OUR BUDGET AND MAKE SURE THAT HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS STAYS WITH MEDICARE TO ADVANCE ITS SOLVENCY. I WILL NOT YIELD. NUMBER TWO, WE REPEAL THE RATIONING BOARD SO THAT WE DON'T PUT BUREAUCRATS IN CHARGE OF DETERMINING WHAT KIND OF HEALTH CARE BENEFITS SENIORS DO OR DO NOT GET. AND NUMBER THREE, WE SAVE MEDICARE. AND THE WAY IN WHICH WE DO THIS IS THIS. WE SAY THAT IF YOU'RE ON MEDICARE, IF YOU'RE 10 YEARS AWAY FROM RETIRING, 55 AND ABOVE, GOVERNMENT ALREADY MADE A PROMISE TO YOU. WE WANT GOVERNMENT TO KEEP THAT PROMISE. SO UNDER OUR BUDGET WE KEEP THAT PROMISE. WE STOP THE RAID. WE REPEAL THE RATIONING BOARD. AND FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE 54 AND BELOW, WHO HAVE A BANKRUPTCIES TELL, THAT WE RIGHT NOW CANNOT COUNT ON, WE REFORM IT SO THAT IT WORKS LIKE THE SYSTEM, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, AND FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HAVE. IT'S A SYSTEM THAT LOOKS LIKE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE WITH A DRUG BENEFIT WORKS TODAY. WHERE SENIORS GET A CHOICE OF PLANS OFFERED TO THEM BY MEDICARE, GUARANTEED COVERAGE OPTIONS, FROM WHICH THEY CAN CHOOSE AND MEDICARE SUBSIDIZES THAT PLAN. IT DOESN'T SUBSIDIZE PEOPLE AS MUCH IF THEY ARE WEALTHY, AND IT SUBSIDIZES THEM MORE IF THEY ARE LOW-INCOME, IF THEY ARE SICK. THIS SAVES MEDICARE. THIS PUTS MEDICARE ON A PATH TO SOLVENCY, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, BY SAVING IT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS, WE CAN KEEP THE PROMISE TO THE CURRENT GENERATION. WE REPEAL THE RATIONING BOARD, WE STOP THE RAID, AND WE SAVE THE PROGRAM. THAT'S WHAT OUR BUDGET PROPOSES TO DO. BUT WITH RESPECT TO THIS RULE, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PAYING THE BILLS THIS YEAR FOR ALL THOSE DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. WE SIMPLY THINK CONGRESS SHOULD FUNCTION THE WAY THE FOUNDERS ENVISIONED IT. WHEN WE ACTUALLY PASSED BUDGETS, WE ACTUALLY SCRUTINIZED SPENDING, AND WE ACTUALLY FINANCED GOVERNMENT'S FUNCTIONS AND ITS AGENCIES. WE ARE NOT DUCKING OUR RESPONSIBILITY. WE ARE PASSING OUR BUDGETS. AND BECAUSE WE ARE DEEMING THOSE NUMBERS IN THIS YEAR'S BILL, IT IS SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT NOBODY ELSE AROUND HERE SEEMS TO BE BOTHERED WITH PASSING BUDGETS. THE PRESIDENT HASN'T PUT OUT A PLAN TO FIX THE PROBLEM. AND THE SENATE HAS FOR A SECOND YEAR IN A ROW FAILED TO EVEN PASS A BUDGET. WE ARE LEADING. WE ARE SAVING MEDICARE. WE ARE GETTING THE DEBT UNDER CONTROL. AND WE ARE WORKING TO CREATE JOBS IN THIS ECONOMY. AND WE ARE GOVERNING BY ACTUALLY PAYING THE BILLS AND PASSING OUR APPROPRIATION BILLS. WITH THAT I YIELD.

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  • 01:42:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

  • 01:43:02 PM

    MR. POLIS

    YOU. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS,…

    YOU. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MARKEY.

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  • 01:43:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 01:43:10 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN VERY MUCH. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS REPUBLICAN…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN VERY MUCH. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS REPUBLICAN ATTEMPT TO DEEM THEIR BUDGET PASSED. JUST DEEM IT PASSED SO WE CAN BEGIN WITH THIS PROCESS. IT'S JUST WRONG. IT'S NOT THE WAY WE SHOULD BE CONDUCTING BUSINESS, BUT IT'S THE WAY THEY HAVE BEEN OPERATING ALL YEAR. NOW, RECENTLY RADIO EVANGELIST HAROLD CAMPING CALCULATED THE WORLD WOULD END AT PRECISELY 6:00 P.M. ON MAY 21. WELL, HE WAS WRONG. BUT MUCH LIKE HAROLD CAMPING'S WILDLY INACCURATE PREDICTIONS, THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE COME UP WITH THEIR OWN APOCALYPTIC VISION, THE REPUBLICAN RAPTURE. IT DECIDES, THIS BUDGET DECIDES WHO GETS LIFTED UP INTO THE ECONOMIC STRATOSPHERE, AND WHO GETS LEFT BEHIND. UNDER THIS SCHEME IF YOU ARE A MILLIONAIRE OR BILLIONAIRE, YOU GET RAPTURED INTO HEAVEN. WITH ALL OF YOUR TAX BREAKS. REMAINING INTACT. BUT, IF YOUR GRANDMA AND GRANDPA AND YOUR DEPENDENT -- AND YOU'RE DEPENDENT UPON MEDICARE IN ORDER TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH CARE NEEDS, YOU GET MOVED TO POLITICAL PURG TORREY. THAT'S THEIR PLAN. NOW, IF YOU'RE ONE OF THE BIG FIVE OIL COMPANIES THAT ARE REPORTING RECORD PROFITS, YOU GET RAPTURED WITH ALL OF YOUR TAX BREAKS LEFT INTACT. IN THIS BUDGET WHICH WE ARE DEBATING HERE TODAY. YOU KEEP ALL OF YOUR TAX BREAKS. BUT IF YOU'RE A COLLEGE KID HOPING TO GET A PELL GRANT, NO, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOU ARE BACK IN POLITICAL PURG TORREY. -- YOU'RE AN INSURANCE COMPANY EXECUTIVE AND YOU ARE NOW REALLY HAPPY BECAUSE OF THE PRIVATIZATION OF MEDICARE AND THE INCREDIBLY INCREASED PROFITS FOR THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY, YOU'RE UP HERE IN HEAVEN. YOU GET RAPTURE. THIS IS THE BUDGET WE'RE DEBATING RIGHT NOW. GOOD NEWS FOR ALL THESE WEALTHY PEOPLE. BUT IF YOU HAVE ALZHEIMER'S OR CANCER AND YOU'RE HOPING TO FIND MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS THEARKS CUTTING THE -- BREAKTHROUGH, THEY'RE CUTTING THE N.I.H. BUDGET TO FIND THE CURE FOR THOSE DISEASES. YOUR HOPES AND DREAM GOES TO POLITICAL PURGATORY. AND IF YOU HAVE ANY HOPES AT ALL OF HAVING MEDICARE BE SAVED, WELL, THEIR BUDGET GUARANTEES THAT MEDICARE GETS PRIVATIZED. THAT MEDICARE IS ENDED AS WE KNOW IT. AND THAT MEDICARE BUDGET IS COMPLETELY --

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  • 01:46:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

  • 01:46:23 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    IS COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY SMASHED. THERE'S YOUR DEBATE HERE TODAY, LADIES…

    IS COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY SMASHED. THERE'S YOUR DEBATE HERE TODAY, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. ARE YOU WITH BILLIONAIRES, BIG INSURANCE, BIG OIL? ARE YOU WITH GRANDMA AND GRANDPA MAKING SURE THAT MEDICARE REMAINS IN TACT FOR THE YEARS AHEAD? HONORING THE PROMISE THAT WE MADE TO THEM, FOR GIVING THUS GREAT COUNTRY THAT WE LIVE IN TODAY -- US THIS GREAT COUNTRY THAT WE LIVE IN TODAY. THAT'S THE VOTE TODAY. VOTE YES OR NO ON GRANDMA. VOTE NO ON THAT REPUBLICAN BUDGET AND PROTECT GRANDMA'S HEALTH CARE INTO THE FUTURE.

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  • 01:46:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

  • 01:46:58 PM

    MR. REED

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT SECTION 501 FOR THE RECORD AS WE SEEM TO BE COMMENTING ABOUT IT IN A GREAT EXTENT THIS AFTERNOON. I JUST WANT THE RECORD TO BE CLEAR THAT WE SUBMIT THE RECORD.

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  • 01:47:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 01:47:16 PM

    MR. REED

    THIS POINT IN TIME I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR.…

    THIS POINT IN TIME I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. NUGENT.

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    THE SPEAKER

    FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. NUGENT

    I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FRIEND FIRST OF ALL FROM NEW YORK, MR. REID, AND ALL…

    I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FRIEND FIRST OF ALL FROM NEW YORK, MR. REID, AND ALL -- REED, AND ALSO A RULES COMMITTEE MEMBER I SERVE WITH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, H.R. 2017, WHICH APPROPRIATES FUNDS FOR OUR NATION'S HOMELAND SECURITY OPERATIONS FOR 2012. JUST A COMMENT, I THOUGHT THAT'S WHAT YOU WERE YOU WERE -- WHAT WE WERE HERE TO TALK ABOUT. SO WE'RE GOING TO GO BACK ON TRACK IN REGARDS TO WHERE WE SHOULD BE. AS A MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE I'M PROUD OF THIS RULE. IT IS THE FIRST OPEN RULE IN FOUR YEARS, MR. SPEAKER. AND THAT'S BECAUSE OF YOU. IT'S A CONTINUATION OF OUR PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE'RE COMMITTED TO BRINGING OPENNESS AND FREE-FLOWING DEBATE TO THIS CHAMBER AS A SERVICE TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. IT'S JUST LIKE THE RULES THAT KEEP OUR PROMISES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, SO DOES THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, IT KEEPS OUR PROMISE TO REDUCE SPENDING, TO NARROW THE SIZE AND SCOPE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, IT ALSO KEEPS OUR PROMISE TO PROVIDE THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WORK DAY IN AND DAY OUT TO KEEP OUR NATION SAFE WITH THE TOOLS AND THE RESOURCES THEY NEED. I'VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS IN CONNECTION WITH THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, I SPENT MY ENTIRE CAREER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, I SPENT THE LAST 40 YEARS AS A COP AND THE LAST 10 OF THOSE YEARS I SERVED AS A SHERIFF OF A COUNTY IN FLORIDA. YOU DON'T NEED TO TELL ME ABOUT WHAT OUR LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS NEED, I KNOW IT FIRSTHAND, I'VE LIVED IT. AND I CAN TELL YOU THIS, WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE LOCAL EXAMPLE THAT THOSE FOLKS IN FLORIDA AND ACROSS THIS NATION AND STATES HAVE SHOWN US, OUR LOCAL POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS KNOW HOW TO DO MORE WITH LESS. IT'S ONE THING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS NEVER QUITE GRASPED. WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE MORE MONEY? SURE WE WOULD. BUT THEY UNDERSTAND OUR NATION'S IN DIRE FISCAL SITUATION AND THEY WANT MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE FOR AMERICA TO BE HERE FOR THEIR FUTURE AND THEIR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN'S FUTURE. WHEN I WAS SHERIFF I WAS FACED WITH BUDGET SHORTAGES AND I MADE TOUGH CUTS, I ELIMINATED PROGRAMS I'M SURE THAT I WOULD LOVED TO HAVE KEPT IN PLACE BUT THEY DIDN'T MEET THE CORE MISSION THAT I WAS ELECTED TO DO. THAT'S HOW LOCAL GOVERNMENT WORKS, MR. SPEAKER. AND WASHINGTON NEEDS TO LEARN FROM LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN REGARDS TO HOW TO GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER AS IT RELATES TO THE SPENDING. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2017'S A GOOD BILL AND I APPLAUD THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE FOR THE COMMITMENT TO OUR HOMELAND SECURITY. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND SUPPORT THE OPEN RULE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:50:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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  • 01:50:36 PM

    MR. POLIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, THE RANKING MEMBER ON HOMELAND SECURITY, MR. THOMPSON.

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  • 01:50:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE…

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE FOR H.R. 2017, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 201. THIS YEAR MARKS THE 10TH AN-- 2012. THIS YEAR MARKS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11 TERRORIST ATTACK. AS AMERICANS BEGAN TO PROCESS THE CARNAGE INFLICTED BY OSAMA BIN LADEN ON OUR SOIL, THEN PRESIDENT BUSH CHALLENGED US AS A NATION TO CONFRONT EVERY THREAT FROM ANY SOURCE THAT COULD BRING SUDDEN TERROR AND SUFFERING TO AMERICA. FOR NEARLY 10 YEARS WE'VE DONE JUST THAT. WE'VE MADE MAJOR INVESTMENTS IN INTELLIGENCE, BORDER SECURITY, TRANSPORTATION SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS. H.R. 2017 SUDDENLY VEERS AWAY FROM THESE INCREMENTAL EFFORTS AND AS A RESULT SET OUR NATION ON A DANGEROUSLY WRONG PATH. TO CUT HOMELAND SECURITY PREPAREDNESS GRANTS BY $2.1 BILLION AT A TIME WHEN D.H.S. IS CALLING FOR A PERIOD OF HEIGHTENED ALERT BECAUSE OF OUR SUCCESSFUL ACTIONS AGAINST BIN LADEN IS DEPLORABLE AND RECKLESS. HOW CAN WE CONTINUE THESE EFFORTS WITH AN APPROPRIATION BILL THAT FUNDS D.H.S. AT 7% BELOW WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA TELLS US THAT D.H.S. NEEDS AND IS BEYOND? THE PROBABILITY OF A TERRORIST ATTACK ON A MAJOR DOMESTIC TRANSIT SYSTEM HAS NOT SUBSIDED NOR HAS MOTHER NATURE RELENTED AND SOFTENED THE BARRAGE OF PUNISHING BLOWS TO OUR COMMUNITIES INCLUDING SUCH IN MY OWN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. THIS BILL SACRIFICES THE SECURITY OF OUR COMMUNITIES JUST TO SAVE A PENNY HERE AND A PENNY THERE. OUR FIRST RESPONDERS MUST NOT BE TREATED AS PAWNS TO A POLITICAL IDEOLOGY OF THE DAY. IT IS A DECIMATION OF THE FIRST RESPONDER GRANT PROGRAM AT THE HANDS OF THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP THAT BY FAR IS THE MOST OFFENSIVE ASPECT OF THIS BILL. THE SECOND MOST OFFENSIVE ASPECT OF THIS BILL IS THE SHENANIGANS SURROUNDING --

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  • 01:52:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL SECONDS.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    VERY MUCH. THE SECOND MOST OFFENSIVE ASPECT OF THIS BILL IS THE…

    VERY MUCH. THE SECOND MOST OFFENSIVE ASPECT OF THIS BILL IS THE SHENANIGANS SURROUNDING THE FUNDING OF DISASTER EMERGENCIES. LASTLY ENDING MEDICARE IN THIS RULE MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE. FOR THESE REASONS I OPPOSE H.R. 2017 AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN VOTING AGAINST THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:53:22 PM

    MR. REED

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODAL.

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  • 01:53:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER. AS MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE AND THE BUDGET COMMITTEE,…

    MR. SPEAKER. AS MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE AND THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, I'M EXCITED TO BE DOWN HERE TODAY. YOU TOLD US, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THIS CONGRESS BEGAN, THAT WE WERE GOING TO WITNESS ONE OF THE MOST OPEN CONGRESSES IN THIS COUNTRY'S HISTORY. AND YOU HAVE DELIVERED ON THAT EACH AND EVERY DAY AND I'M ONE OF THE NEW GUYS IN CONGRESS. I'VE ONLY BEEN HERE ABOUT 125 DAYS. BUT WHAT I SAW TALKING ABOUT BUDGETS TODAY, WHAT I SAW IN THE BUDGET PROCESS WAS THE LEADERSHIP TEAM AND THE CHAIR OF THE RULES COMMITTEE WHO SAID, BRING ME A BUDGET, ANY BUDGET, I DON'T CARE WHO YOU ARE, WHETHER YURET MOST SENIOR MEMBER OF THIS BODY OR THE MOST JUNIOR MEMBER OF THIS BODY, BRING ME A BUDGET AND WE WILL CONSIDER IT ON THE FLOOR OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. COME ON. COME ALL, GIVE US YOUR IDEAS AND WE'LL CONSIDER THEM. WE HAD THAT PROCESS, I VOTED FOR TWO BUDGETS ON THAT BUDGET VOTING DAY, I VOTED FOR THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE BUDGET WHICH I THOUGHT WAS A GREAT BUDGET AND I VOTED FOR THE BUDGET COMMITTEE'S BUDGET, I SAT ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, PAUL RYAN AND THE BUDGET COMMITTEE PUT IN A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF WORK AND THAT WAS THE BUDGET THAT ENDED UP CARRYING THE DAY. AND SO THAT'S THE BUDGET WE'RE OPERATING UNDER RIGHT HERE TODAY. HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL, FIRST BILL OUT OF THE CHUTE AND WHAT DID YOU DO, MR. SPEAKER? YOU SAID, COME ONE, COME ALL, IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA ABOUT HOW TO IMPROVE THIS APPROPRIATIONS BILL, BRING IT TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND WE'LL CONSIDER IT. BRING IT TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND WE'LL CONSIDER IT. NOW, YOU MIGHT THINK IF YOU DON'T KNOW AS MUCH ABOUT THIS HOUSE, IF YOU'RE A NEWCOMER LIKE ME, YOU MIGHT THINK IT GOES ON THAT WAY ALL THE TIME BUT IT DOESN'T BECAUSE IT'S HARD. IT'S HARD, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT YOU GET FROM FOLKS BACK HOME BECAUSE THEY PROBABLY SAY TO YOU, CLOSE DOWN THE PROCESS, PUSH A CONSERVATIVE AGENDA, DO IT YOUR WAY, MAKE PEOPLE FALL IN LINE. AND YOU SAID NO. YOU SAID THE HOUSE WORKS BEST WHEN THE HOUSE WORKS ITS WILL. YOU SAID ANY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE THAT CAN FIND 218 MEMBERS TO AGREE WITH THEM CAN WORK THEIR WILL ON THE FLOOR AND THAT'S THE PROCESS THAT WE'RE OPENING UP, NOT A REPUBLICAN PROCESS, NOT A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS, BUT AN AMERICAN PROCESS. WHERE THE POWER OF THE IDEAS OF WHAT RULES THE DAY -- ARE WHAT RULES THE DAY. THAT'S TAKEN A HUGE COMMITMENT FROM THE SPEAKER AND A HUGE COMMITMENT FROM THE RULES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN TO MAKE THIS PROCESS HAPPEN, A HUGE COMMITMENT FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS CHAIRMAN TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. BUT I'LL TELL YOU, FOR ANYBODY OUT THERE WHO IS THINKING IN PARTISAN TERMS, IT TAKES A COMMITMENT FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, OPEN RULES BREAK DOWN WHEN WE CAN'T MAKE THOSE OPEN RULES WORK TOGETHER. I SEE MY FRIEND, MR. POLIS, FROM THE RULES COMMITTEE, STRONG ADVOCATE OF THE OPEN RULES PROCESS AND HERE WE ARE, FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE JULY OF 2007, AND WE'RE GOING TO FIND OUT IF WE CAN MAKE THIS WORK TOGETHER, NEW CROWD ON YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE, NEW CROWD ON MY SIDE OF THE AISLE, WE'RE GOING TO FIND OUT IF WE CAN MAKE IT WORK TOGETHER, GOLF BALLY, I HOPE WE CAN. I HOPE WE CAN GAUZE IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO, BECAUSE I ONLY HAVE A VOICE IN THIS BODY WHEN I CAN BRING MY AMENDMENTS TO THE FLOOR, ONLY HAVE A VOICE IN THIS BODY WHEN I CAN REPRESENT THE 921,000 PEOPLE BACK HOME AND, MR. SPEAKER, YOU HAVE GIVEN THAT TO US OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND I THANK YOU.

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  • 01:56:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

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    MR. POLIS

    HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THE OPEN RULE. WHAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE A PROBLEM WITH…

    HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THE OPEN RULE. WHAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IS THE ELIMINATION OF MEDICARE WHICH IS DEEMED AND PASSED IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE RULE ITSELF AND CANNOT BE AMENDED AFTER THE PASSAGE OF THE RULE. IT'S MY HONOR TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER,

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  • 01:57:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 01:57:05 PM

    MS. PELOSI

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. REED

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST FEEL IT'S NECESSARY TO AGAIN CORRECT THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST FEEL IT'S NECESSARY TO AGAIN CORRECT THE RECORD THAT WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN THE PROPOSAL HAS JUST BEEN REFERENCED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA IS NOT TO DESTROY MEDICARE. IT'S TO SAVE MEDICARE. IT'S TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM THAT WE ALL KNOW THAT MEDICARE FACES IN AN OPEN AND HONEST WAY. AND IT CLEARLY STATES IN THE DOCUMENT, IN THE RESOLUTION THAT WAS PASSED, THAT ANYONE, ANY SENIOR WHO IS IN MEDICARE, ON MEDICARE, OR WITHIN A GENERATION OF RETIRING INTO MEDICARE, WILL NOT BE IMPACTED BY ANYTHING THAT WE DO IN THAT BUDGET. I'D ALSO REMIND MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA THAT WE STAND HERE TODAY UNDER A PROPOSED OPEN RULE, WHERE THIS BODY, THIS CHAMBER WILL BE ABLE TO EXPRESS ITS WILL IN AN OPEN AND TRADITIONAL PROCESS OF OPEN AMENDMENTS. LET ME BE CLEAR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHAT THAT MEANS. THAT MEANS ANY MEMBER OF THIS CONGRESS, ANY ELECTED MEMBER CAN COME DOWN AND SPEAK THE VOICE OF HIS OR HER CONSTITUENTS AND OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT CAN BE DEBATED ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE IN AN OPEN AND TRANSPARENT MANNER ON TV, IN THEIR LIVING ROOM SO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WHAT WE ARE DOING IN THIS CHAMBER. AND I APPLAUD YOU SPEAKER FOR HONORING THAT COMMITMENT THAT YOU SET FORTH WHEN YOU ASSUMED THAT CHAIR. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD A MINUTE TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. SOUTHERLAND.

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  • 02:02:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SOUTHERLAND

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR MY TIME. I HAVE BEEN HERE FIVE MONTHS AND A FEW MOMENTS AGO I WAS AS ANGRY AS I HAVE BEEN IN A LONG TIME BECAUSE THIS AFTERNOON WE HEARD THE INJECTION OF A JUDEO-CHRISTIAN EVENT THAT I WAS TAUGHT AS A LITTLE BOY IS PRECIOUS TO MY FAITH AND THE TENETS OF JEW CAYO CHRISTIANS -- JUDEO-CHRISTIANS AROUND THIS WORLD, AND CAN I NOT SIT AND RISE AND OBJECT AND ASK EVERYONE IN THIS BODY, PLEASE, LET'S IDENTIFY LIMITS. TO WHAT WE WILL SAY AND WHERE WE WILL GO. BECAUSE WHAT WE SAY HERE, THE WORLD LISTENS TO. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, MORE IMPORTANTLY, OK, THE GOD THAT WE PRAY TO LISTENS TO. AND SO IT BOTHERS ME GREATLY, I AM ANGERED, ANGERED AT WHAT I HEARD AND WHAT I WITNESSED. SO WE ARE TRYING TO BE IN CONTROL OF MY EMOTIONS I WOULD JUST ASK EVERYONE, PLEASE LET'S NOT INJECT RELIGIOUS EVENTS THAT MANY OF US ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN OUR FUTURE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:03:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

  • 02:03:56 PM

    MR. POLIS

    OF PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

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    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN MAY STATE HIS INQUIRY.

  • 02:04:01 PM

    MR. POLIS

    WOULD AN AMENDMENT BE GERMANE THAT WOULD RESTORE MEDICARE UNDER THE BUDGET?

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    THE SPEAKER

    THE CHAIR DOES NOT RESPOND TO HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS. THE GENTLEMAN IS…

    THE CHAIR DOES NOT RESPOND TO HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:04:16 PM

    MR. POLIS

    MY HONOR TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS.…

    MY HONOR TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SANCHEZ.

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  • 02:04:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE AND ONE HALF MINUTES.

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    MS. SANCHEZ

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SO FIVE MONTHS. ONE OF MY FRESHMEN COLLEAGUES SAID 125…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SO FIVE MONTHS. ONE OF MY FRESHMEN COLLEAGUES SAID 125 DAYS IN THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY, AND NO JOBS BILL. IN FACT, ALL YOU TRIED TO DO IS CHANGE MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. TO MAKE VULNERABLE SENIORS PAY MORE AND GET LESS. THEN YOU'RE ALSO DOING EDUCATION CUTS TO GO AFTER THE DREAMS AND ASPIRATIONS OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. THAT'S THE REPUBLICAN WAY. TODAY WE CONSIDER THIS RULE IN THE HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATION BILL WHERE YOU ACTUALLY CUT 60% OF THE MONEYS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SENDS TO OUR LOCAL CITIES. YEAH. THOSE CITIES THAT ARE STRUGGLING. THOSE CITIES THAT PROTECT US. WE DON'T PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM THE CAPITOL. THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, THE LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE LOCAL HOSPITALS. IF A TERRORIST ATTACK OR A NATURAL DISASTER HAPPENS, THE LOCAL RESPONDERS ARE THE ONES WHO FIRST HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND YOU'RE CUTTING THE MONEY. THEY ARE ALREADY UNDER ATTACK AT THE LOCAL LEVEL. THEY ARE ALREADY LETTING FIRE M.E.P. AND POLICEMEN GO, AND NOW YOU ARE TAKING AWAY 60% OF THE MONEYS THAT WE SEND TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND WHAT'S TROUBLING IS THAT YOU'RE LIMITING THE CITIES WHERE WE SEND SOME OF THIS MONEY.

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  • 02:06:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS.

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    MR. POLIS

    15 SECONDS.

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    MS. SANCHEZ

    CUTTING MONEY TO PLACES LIKE LAUGHING, ORLANDO, AND MY HOMETOWN OF ANAHEIM…

    CUTTING MONEY TO PLACES LIKE LAUGHING, ORLANDO, AND MY HOMETOWN OF ANAHEIM CALIFORNIA, WHERE DISNEYLAND IS. OUR AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVED TO BE PROTECTED, AND THIS CONGRESS SHOULD GET ITS PRIORITIES STRAIGHT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:06:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

  • 02:06:32 PM

    MR. REED

    WE'LL RESERVE AT THIS POINT IN TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    MR. POLIS

    I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,

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    THE SPEAKER

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

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    MR. TONKO

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN JUST MOMENTS FROM NOW WE WILL HAVE A NEW DEMOCRATIC…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN JUST MOMENTS FROM NOW WE WILL HAVE A NEW DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUE FROM MY HOME STATE OF NEW YORK, THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSWOMAN ELECT HAILS FROM THE MOST REPUBLICAN DISTRICT IN MY STATE, A DISTRICT THAT JOHN MCCAIN WON IN 2008. JUST ONE WEEK AGO VOTERS IN HER CONSERVATIVE LEANING DISTRICT RESOUNDINGLY REJECTED THE REPUBLICAN PLAN TO END MEDICARE. APPARENTLY THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HERE IN WASHINGTON DIDN'T GET THE MESSAGE. VOTING TO END MEDICARE ONCE WAS NOT ENOUGH FOR THEM. THE RULE VOTE THAT WE ARE ABOUT TO TAKE WILL ONCE AGAIN DEEM THE RYAN PLAN TO END MEDICARE AS ENACTED AND PUT US ON A ROAD TO RUIN WHERE SENIORS WILL SEE OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES SKYROCKET BY AT LEAST $6,000 EVERY YEAR AS MEDICARE IS ENDED SO AS TO CONTINUE TO DO THE HANDOUTS OF TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO OIL COMPANIES. IN A FEW MOMENTS, AFTER THEY FINISH VOTING TO END MEDICARE YET AGAIN, I HOPE THAT AS MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CONGRATULATE OUR NEW YORK COLLEAGUE ON HER ELECTION, THEY WILL SEE HER AS YET ANOTHER FACE AND YET ANOTHER VOICE, AN OUTSPOKEN VOICE, TO SAVE MEDICARE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:08:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO YIELDS TIME?

  • 02:08:07 PM

    MR. REED

    TO CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK CONTINUES TO RESERVE HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK CONTINUES TO RESERVE HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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  • 02:08:12 PM

    MR. POLIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IF THIS RULE PASSES, AN AMENDMENT WILL NOT BE IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IF THIS RULE PASSES, AN AMENDMENT WILL NOT BE IN ORDER TO RESTORE MEDICARE UNDER THE BILL. AGAIN, WHILE THIS IS AN OPEN RULE AND IT IS FOR PURPOSES OF DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AMENDMENTS, IT CANNOT BE AMENDED TO UNDO THE BUDGET THAT IS DEEM PASSED IN THE RULE ITSELF. WITH THAT I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. MALONEY.

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  • 02:08:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

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    MRS. MALONEY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE WHICH WILL END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. AND ALSO TO THE UNDERLYING BILL WHICH REDUCES HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS BY 50% TO OUR CITIES, TO OUR PORTS, TO OUR TRANSIT. IS THERE ANY REASON TO BELIEVE, I ASK MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, THAT THERE IS A 50% REDUCTION IN THREAT? IF ANYTHING, LAW ENFORCEMENT TELLS US THAT THE NUMBER OF THREATS ARE UP SINCE THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN. AND OUR POLICE COMMISSIONER IN NEW YORK CITY TELLS ME THAT SINCE 9/11 THERE HAVE BEEN 13 SERIOUS TERRORIST ATTEMPTS. AND SIX OF THESE WERE FOCUSED ON MASS TRANSIT WHICH HAS BEEN CUT BY 50%. WE NEED TO REMEMBER WHAT LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS TOLD US THAT OUR ANTI-TERRORIST EFFORTS HAVE TO BE RIGHT EVERY DAY, EVERY HOUR, EVERY SECOND, EVERY TIME. YET OUR TERRORIST ATTACKS, THEY HAVE JUST HAVE TO BE LUCKY ONCE. SO I ASK MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHAT WOULD BE THE IMPACT ON THE LOSS OF LIVES? ON OUR ECONOMY? IF WE WERE ATTACKED AGAIN AS THEY ARE TRYING TO DO. THE CHATTER IS UP. LAW ENFORCEMENT TELLS US THE THREAT IS UP. NOT DOWN. WHY ARE WE CUTTING IT 50%? AND MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, I SAY TO YOU, THAT YOU ARE NOT JUST GAMBLING WITH DOLLARS. YOU ARE GAMBLING WITH LIVES. AND IT IS NOT A GAMBLE --

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  • 02:10:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

  • 02:10:24 PM

    MR. REED

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. YODER

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR YIELDING TIME AND I THANK THE…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR YIELDING TIME AND I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE THAT WE ARE DEBATING HERE TODAY SO THAT WE CAN DEBATE A BILL ON HOMELAND SECURITY. THAT MIGHT COME AS A SURPRISE TO MANY WHO ARE WATCHING THIS DEBATE OR THE SPEAKER OR ANYONE ELSE IN THIS CHAMBER TODAY WE ARE ACTUALLY DEBATING A RULE THAT DEALS WITH HOMELAND SECURITY. NOW, THE FANTASY DISCUSSION GOING ON THE LEFT RIGHT NOW ON ANY TOPIC THAT COMES TO MIND MIGHT BE ENTERTAINING TO SOME, BUT FOR THE REST OF THIS COUNTRY THEY WOULD LOVE TO SEE THIS BODY ACTUALLY DEBATE ISSUES THAT WE ARE ON TOPIC, THAT ISSUE IS HOMELAND SECURITY. AGENCIES LIKE BORDER CONTROL, I.C.E. AGENTS, COAST GUARD PERSONNEL, SECRET SERVICE, FUNDING FOR ALL SORTS OF AGENCIES, $1 BILLION FOR FEMA DISASTER RELIEF FUND, ARE THESE NOT ISSUES IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO DISCUSS ON THE FLOOR TODAY? THE BILL PROHIBITS USE OF FUNDS TO REMOVE DETAINEES FROM GUATEMALA BAY. CUBA INTO THE UNITED STATES, DENIES VISA ADMISSIONS TO THE UNITED STATES. ALL SORTS OF THINGS THAT ARE KATE CAL -- CRITICAL TO HOMELAND SECURITY. PROTECTING AMERICANS FROM TERRORISM, KEEPING AMERICANS SAFE. WE ARE DOING IT UNDER AN OPEN RULE. THAT'S THE ISSUE ON THIS RULE DEBATE. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOUR YEARS WE ARE DEBATING AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT AFFECTS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. WE ARE ALLOWING EVERY SIDE TO BRING AMENDMENTS DOWN TO THE FLOOR AND DISCUSS THOSE ISSUES. THIS IS A CRITICAL MOMENT. HOW MANY TIMES THE FOLKS ON THE LEFT WANT TO COME FORWARD AND OBFUSCATE OR CHANGE THE SUBJECT. THAT'S FINE. WE CAN HAVE THOSE DEBATES AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO HAVE THOSE DEBATES. WHAT WE ARE DEBATING TODAY, A RULE THAT WILL ALLOW THIS BODY IN AN OPEN FASHION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ANYONE'S MEMORY TO DEBATE AN OPEN RULE ON HOMELAND SECURITY. IF YOU HAVE AN AMENDMENT THAT'S GERMANE TO THE BILL, BRING IT. IF IT'S FOUND WORTHY, IT WILL PASS. WE PRODUCED A GOOD PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL PROVIDE FOR THE SECURITY 69 HOMELAND. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TODAY TO BE SERIOUS AND DEBATE THE TOPIC THAT IS BEFORE US ON HOMELAND SECURITY. AND KNOW HOW MANY TIMES THE LEFT ATTEMPTS TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT FROM WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, WE KNOW THAT THE HOMELAND SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY PROTECTING US FROM TERRORISM IS A CRITICAL ISSUE AND WE WILL DEBATE IT NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES THE LEFT TRIES TO STOP US.

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  • 02:12:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

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    MR. POLIS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR YEARS WORKING AMERICANS, PAYCHECK AFTER PAYCHECK,…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR YEARS WORKING AMERICANS, PAYCHECK AFTER PAYCHECK, WEEK AFTER WEEK HAVE PAID TAXES INTO THE MEDICARE TRUST FUND. AND AFTER THEY PAID THOSE TAXES, THIS COUNTRY MADE A PROMISE TO THEM THAT MEDICARE'S GUARANTEE BENEFITS WILL BE THERE FOR THEM FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. THE ISSUE BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY IS WHETHER WE HONOR OR DISHONOR THAT PROMISE. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN TO ABANDON MEDICARE, ABANDONS THOSE GUARANTEED BENEFITS. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN TO ABANDON MEDICARE SAYS THAT RATHER THAN SENIORS AND THEIR DOCTORS DECIDING WHAT CARE THE SENIORS SHOULD GET, PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES MAKE THAT DECISION. PART OF THE PROMISE OF MEDICARE WAS THAT HEALTH CARE WOULD BE REASONABLY AFFORDABLE TO OUR SENIORS AND RETIREES. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN TO ABANDON MEDICARE VIOLATES THAT PROMISE. IT RAISES THE OUT-OF-POCKET COST OF HEALTH CARE FOR OUR SENIORS BY $6,000 A YEAR. WE AGREE THAT MEDICARE NEEDS IMPROVEMENT AND THAT MEDICARE OUTLAYS NEED TO BE RESTRAINED, THAT'S WHY WE SUPPORT GIVING THE MEDICARE ADMINISTRATION THE SAME AUTHORITY TO NEGOTIATE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES THAT THE V.A. HAS. INSTEAD OF JUST PAYING WHATEVER THE DRUG COMPANIES DEMAND. THE ISSUE IN THIS VOTE IS NOT SIMPLY THE VALUE OF MEDICARE. THE ISSUE IN THIS VOTE IS WHETHER AMERICANS CAN VALUE THE PROMISE THAT WE MADE TO THEM IN THE FUTURE. VOTE AGAINST THIS RULE, VOTE TO HONOR THE PROMISE OF MEDICARE. .E. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. REED

    FOR THE RECORD THAT THIS PROPOSED RESOLUTION WE ARE DEBATING, THIS RULE ON…

    FOR THE RECORD THAT THIS PROPOSED RESOLUTION WE ARE DEBATING, THIS RULE ON HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS, THAT'S HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING, IS BUT A SIMPLE RESOLUTION. IT IS NOT LAW. IT WILL NOT BECOME LAW. AS CLEARLY ARTICULATED IN THE PARLIAMENTARY GUIDE ENTITLED "HOW OUR LAWS ARE MADE" ON PAGE 8 AND 9. I FEEL COMPELLED TO CLARIFY THE RECORD TO ENSURE THAT THIS RULE WILL NOT END MEDICARE. AND EVEN AS OUR BUDGET CLEARLY STATES, MEDICARE UNDER OUR BUDGET WILL BE SAVED. NOT ONE SENIOR ON MEDICARE WILL BE IMPACTED BY ANY ACTION IN THAT BUDGET. AT THIS POINT IN TIME I CONTINUE TO RESERVE OUR TIME.

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

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

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    MR. POLIS

    TO DISAGREE WITH MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK. I HAVE NOT SEEN ON MY THREE…

    TO DISAGREE WITH MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK. I HAVE NOT SEEN ON MY THREE YEARS OF THE RULES COMMITTEE A DEEM AND PASS RULE. THE HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 34 SHALL HAVE FORCE AND EFFECT. AGAIN, FORCE AND EFFECT. THE TRADITIONAL LANGUAGE OF SOMETHING THAT IS DEEMED AND PASSED UNDER A RULE. THE MERE PASSAGE OF THIS RULE WILL DEEM AND PASS THE END OF MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT AS CONTAINED IN HOUSE RESOLUTION 34, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. I'D LIKE TO YIELD 1 BEHALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS,

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    MEMBERS WHO ARE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE IN THE…

    MEMBERS WHO ARE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE IN THE BASEBALL SEASON, AND YOU CAN IMAGINE A THIS RONG OF TEAMING ODD -- THRONG OF TEAMING AUDIENCE AND THEY SEE STRIKE ONE, STRIKE TWO, AND IT'S STRIKE THREE. THE WINNING SIDE, THE REPUBLICANS, OF COURSE, CHEER. BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LOSE. THEY'RE OUT. THEY'RE STRUCK OUT. MEDICARE IS GONE AS WE KNOW IT. LET'S NOT FOOL AROUND. LET'S NOT TRY TO HAVE SMOKE AND MIRRORS. THIS RULE ENDS MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. WE DON'T HAVE TO PLAY GAMES. THE DEBT RELIEF THAT WAS PUT ON THE FLOOR ENDS MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT, AND THIS BILL ON HOMELAND SECURITY IS TONE DEAF TO THE WORDS OF THE LATE OSAMA BIN LADEN THAT SAID, WE'RE LOOKING AT YOUR AIRPORT. WE'RE LOOKING AT YOUR AIRLINES. WE'RE LOCKING AT YOUR RAILS. AND THIS HOMELAND SECURITY -- WE'RE LOOKING AT YOUR RAILS. AND THIS HOMELAND SECURITY BUDGET CUTS THE PROGRAMS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. FIRST, WE THROW OUT THE SENIORS OF MEDICARE. THEY WE DON'T LET FOR T.S.A. INSPECTORS. IN MY OWN STATE THERE ARE FIRES THAT ARE BURNING RIGHT NOW, AND WE'RE TELLING FEMA THAT WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO PROVIDE FOR YOU. DID YOU SEE THE STORY ON THE NEWS THAT INDICATED THAT FIREFIGHTERS WERE LEFT WATCHING A MAN DROWN? DROWN BECAUSE THEY HAD TO RESCUE TEAM OF THAT COMMUNITY AND PEOPLE WERE CRYING. FIREFIGHTERS WHOSE FIRST JOB IS TO BE A PICTURES RESPONDER, DENIED BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE THE FUNDING TO BE ABLE TO HELP THE PEOPLE THAT THEY SERVE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    NO ON THIS RULE. STRIKE OUT THOSE FOLKS AND LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE --

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    MR. REED

    CAN I INQUIRE OF THE CHAIR HOW MUCH TIME BOTH SIDES HAVE?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS FOUR MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO HAS 5 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 02:19:02 PM

    MR. REED

    AT THIS POINT IN TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD MY GOOD FRIEND FROM GEORGIA, MR.…

    AT THIS POINT IN TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD MY GOOD FRIEND FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. WOODALL

    A SERIOUS TOPIC WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TODAY, THE HOMELAND SECURITY…

    A SERIOUS TOPIC WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TODAY, THE HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL. YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU PASS A RESPONSIBLE BUDGET AS WE DID HERE IN THE HOUSE, YOU HAVE TO MAKE TOUGH CHOICES. I LEARNED HERE AS A FRESHMAN WE DO THESE 10-YEAR BUDGET PLANS BUT ONLY ONE YEAR MATTERS BECAUSE THE NEXT CONGRESS DOES YEAR TWO, YEAR THREE AND YEAR FOUR. THE SERIOUS DECISIONS WE ARE MAKING IN THIS BUDGET IS WHAT HAPPENS IN YEAR ONE AND THAT'S THE HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT'S BEFORE US HERE TODAY. HOW ARE WE GOING TO FUND HOMELAND SECURITY FOR YEAR ONE? AND WE'RE DOWN HERE TALKING ABOUT ALL THESE ANCILLARY ISSUES, AND I TELL YOU, THIS ONE'S IMPORTANT. THIS ONE'S IMPORTANT. THIS ONE'S HAPPENING. THIS ISN'T SMOKE AND MIRRORS 10 YEARS DOWN THE ROAD. THIS HAPPENS TODAY. AND THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAVE WORKED LONG AND HARD TO CRAFT THE DELICATE BALANCE THEY COULD. 42 CENTS FOR EVERY DOLLAR WE'RE BORROWING. THIS IS NOT A STATE OF MIND. THAT'S A FACT. IT'S A FACT. AND WE CAN'T AFFORD TO SHORTCHANGE THE WORK WE'RE DOING ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL ON THESE -- I CAN'T THINK OF A KIND WORD TO SAY. I'M NOT GOING TO SAY ANYTHING AT ALL, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. POLIS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DEUTCH.

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    MR. DEUTCH

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO OTHIS RULE. FROM THE RETIREES I SERVE IN SOUTH FLORIDA, TO THE MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY OF NEW YORK, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE OVERWHELMINGLY REJECTED THE RECKLESS REPUBLICAN BUDGET. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ENDS MEDICARE AND REPLACES IT WITH A COUPON. A COUPON THAT FAILS TO EVEN APPROACH THE COST OF PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE. IT GUTS MEDICAID DEPENDED ON BY MILLIONS OF IMPOVERISHED CHILDREN, NURSING HOME PATIENTS, SENIORS WHO NEED HOME HEALTH SERVICES AND DISABLED AMERICANS. IT WILL DESFROY 2.1 MILLION JOBS WHEN WE CANNOT AFFORD HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT. THIS PLAN IS OPPOSED BY THE SENATE, THE PRESIDENT AND MOST IMPORTANT LOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. YET, TODAY REPUBLICANS WILL VOTE TO DEEM AND PASS THE RYAN BUDGET. THE DISTINGUISHED RULES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN WHO DECRIED DEEM AND PASS DURING THE HEALTH CARE REFORM DEBATE AND CLAIMED PROCESS IS SUBSTANCE HAS APPARENTLY HAD A STUNNING CHANGE OF HEART. WE WERE TOLD THAT USING DEEM AND PASS TO EXTEND HEALTH CARE COVERAGE TO THE UNINSURED IS AN ABOMINATION. APPARENTLY WE LEARNED TODAY IT SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR SLASHING BEP FITS TO SENIORS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS RULE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT A BIPARTISAN BUDGET THAT RESPONSIBLY REDUCES THE DEFICIT, CREATES NEW JOBS AND PROTECTS MEDICARE AND MEDICAID FOR DISABLED AND ELDERLY AMERICANS, NOT THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. REED

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE AT THIS POINT IN TIME SO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE AT THIS POINT IN TIME SO I'D INQUIRE OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO IF HE'S PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MR. POLIS

    THANK YOU. I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. -- 1…

    THANK YOU. I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. -- 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI. CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE SPOKE HERE A FEW MINUTES…

    THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE SPOKE HERE A FEW MINUTES AGO. HE SPOKE ABOUT A MORAL OBLIGATION. AN INTERESTING DEFINITION OF MORAL OBLIGATION, AN OBLIGATION TO MAINTAIN THE BENEFITS THAT THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY HAS, AN OBLIGATION TO MAINTAIN THE SUBSUBSIDY THAT THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER GIVES TO THE RICHEST INDUSTRY IN THE WORLD, THE OIL INDUSTRY, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR, AN OBLIGATION TO MAINTAIN THE TAX BENEFITS TO THE WEALTHIEST MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES IN THE WORLD. APPARENTLY THAT'S HIS DEFINITION OF A MORAL OBLIGATION. WE HAVE A DIFFERENT DEFINITION ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE. WE HAVE A DEFINITION ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT SAYS, IT IS THE OBLIGATION OF THIS SOCIETY TO PROVIDE MEDICAL CARE TO OUR SENIORS. OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SEE THEIR MORAL OBLIGATION AS TERMINATING, ENDING MEDICARE FOR ALL AMERICANS WHO ARE NOT YET 55 YEARS OF AGE. SAY IT ANY WAY YOU WANT, BUT THAT'S PRECISELY WHAT YOUR BUDGET DOES. IT TERMINATES MEDICARE. IS THAT YOUR MORAL OBLIGATION? IT'S NOT OURS ON OUR SIDE. OUR SIDE IS TO MAINTAIN THE PROMISE THAT WHEN A SENIOR IN THE UNITED STATES BECOMES 65 YEARS OF AGE THEY WILL HAVE MEDICARE. OUR GOOD CHAIRMAN COMES AND SAYS, WE'RE NOT CUTTING BENEFITS FOR SENIORS. THAT'S NOT TRUE. IN FACT, YOU'RE CUTTING $700 BILLION OUT OF THE MEDICAID PROGRAM, A PROGRAM WHERE 2/3 OF THE MONEY GOES TO SENIORS WHO ARE IN NURSING HOMES.

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  • 02:24:29 PM

    MR. POLIS

    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    CUT $500 BILLION OUT OF THE HEALTH CARE BILL. NO WAY. THAT WAS MONEY THAT…

    CUT $500 BILLION OUT OF THE HEALTH CARE BILL. NO WAY. THAT WAS MONEY THAT CAME OUT OF A SUBSIDY TO THE INSURANCE COMPANIES. AND YOU SAY IT'S A MORAL OBLIGATION TO LEAVE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ALONE SO THEY CAN CONTINUE -- AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA -- COLORADO IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA -- COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:25:08 PM

    MR. POLIS

    MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME.

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    MR. POLIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN ADDITION TO MOVING FORWARD THE HOMELAND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN ADDITION TO MOVING FORWARD THE HOMELAND SECURITY BILL UNDER AN OPEN RULE, WHICH WOULD HAVE STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, AND I PRAISE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE RULES COMMITTEE. I HOPE THIS IS THE FIRST OF MANY OPEN RULES. IN ADDITION TO MOVING FORWARD THE HOMELAND SECURITY BILL UNDER THE RULE, THIS RULE INCLUDES LANGUAGE DEEMING THE RYAN BUDGET PASSED. THAT'S RIGHT. WE'RE VOTING ONE AGAIN ON THE SAME PLAN THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RESOUNDEDLY REJECTED IN LAST WEEK'S SPECIAL ELECTION IN NEW YORK. IF THIS RULE PASSES THE RYAN BUDGET WHICH ENDS MEDICARE WILL BECOME FINAL AND FORCIBLE BUDGET ON THE HOUSE SIDE UNTIL A CONFERENCE REPORT IS ADOPTED WHICH IS UNLIKELY TO HAPPEN IN THIS CONGRESS, ESPECIALLY IF THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO INSIST ON THE END OF MEDICARE AS A CONDITION OF PASSING THE FINAL BUDGET. A YES VOTE ON THIS RULE IS A YES VOTE ON THE RYAN PLAN AND A YES VOTE TO ELIMINATE MEDICARE. NOW, THIS IS THE SIX TIMES IN 36 YEARS THAT THE HOUSE AND SENATE WILL FAIL TO ADOPT A BUDGET AND THE HOUSE HAS USED DEEMING RESOLUTIONS IN THE PAST. HOWEVER, NEVER HAS A DEEMING RESOLUTION BEEN USED FOR SUCH A TREMENDOUS POLICY CHANGE. NAMELY, THE ELIMINATION OF MEDICARE. AS THEN MINORITY LEADER JOHN BOEHNER SAID, THIS LEGISLATIVE TRICK HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME, BUT IT'S NEVER BEEN USED FOR A BILL SO CONTROVERSIAL AND SO MASSIVE IN SCOPE. NOW THAT, MR. SPEAKER, WAS IN REFERENCE TO THE DEMOCRATIC'S EFFORTS LAST YEAR TO PASS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THE DEEM AND PASS WAS NOT USED TO PASS THAT BILL. HERE WE ARE IN THE 112TH CONGRESS FOR THE REPUBLICANS TO SEEK TO END MEDICARE. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ENDING MEDICARE. AS THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, OUR BIPARTISAN STUDY GROUP HAS CONFIRMED, A TYPICAL BENEFICIARY WILL SPEND MORE FOR HEALTH CARE UNDER THE PROPOSAL THAN UNDER THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE'S LONG-TERM SCENARIO. SECOND, THE GOVERNMENT'S CONTRIBUTION WILL GROW MORE SLOWLY THAN HEALTH CARE COSTS LEAVING MORE FOR BENEFICIARIES TO PAY. YES, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE ELIMINATION OF MEDICARE UNDER THIS RULE. NOT EVEN UNDER A BILL WITH DEBATE ON BOTH SIDES. NOT EVEN AMENDABLE. A RULE IS NOT AMENDABLE. ALTHOUGH, THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR DEBATE OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY BILL WHICH WILL BE FAIR AND ALLOW AMENDMENTS TO BE PUT FORTH BY BOTH PARTIES UNDER IT. THE RULE IS NOT AMENDABLE, UNCHANGEABLE AND IF PASSED BY THIS BODY OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL DEEM A BUDGET PASSED THAT ELIMINATES MEDICARE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE, AND I ALSO WILL BE OPPOSING THE UNDERLYING BILL. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:27:57 PM

    MR. REED

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE HAD A SPIRITED DEBATE ON THE FLOOR OF THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE HAD A SPIRITED DEBATE ON THE FLOOR OF THIS CHAMBER OVER THIS RULE. I APPLAUD THAT DEBATE BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO DO IS TO HAVE THE DEBATE IN AN OPEN PROCESS, ON TV, IN FRONT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS RULE DOES. THIS RULE IS A TRUE OPEN RULE WHERE ANY MEMBER OF THIS CHAMBER, DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICAN, CAN COME DOWN AND SUBMIT AN AMENDMENT, DEBATE IT IN FRONT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND HAVE IT VOTED ON BY EACH AND EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE SO THAT THIS HOUSE WILL SPEAK ITS WILL. I APPLAUD OUR SPEAKER FOR ACCOMPLISHING THAT CLEAR GOAL HE SET OUT. BUT AS WE HAVE THIS CAN HE BAIT, MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND ALL MY COLLEAGUES THAT AMERICA ALSO SENT US A MESSAGE LAST NOVEMBER THAT WE NEED TO BE HONEST WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT MEANS THAT WE DO NOT PLAY GAMES IN THIS CHAMBER. AND NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH THAN THE CONSTANT ARGUMENTS THAT WE HAD TO STAND UP AND CLARIFY THAT THIS RULE KILLS MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. THIS RULE HAS NO LEGAL EFFECT. THIS RULE WILL NOT BE PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT FOR SIGNATURE AND BECOME LAW OF THE LAND. AND MIND YOU, THE REFERENCE TO THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, THE PAUL RYAN BUDGET, THE PROVISION THAT'S BEEN TALKED ABOUT HERE TO GREAT EXTENT, CLEARLY STATES THAT IT IS THE POLICY OF THIS CHAMBER, THE POLICY AS SET FORTH IN THAT BUDGET THAT ALL THOSE ON MEDICARE WILL NOT BE IMPACTED BY THAT BUDGET. ALL THOSE SENIORS WHO ARE WITHIN 10 YEARS OF RETIRING AND BECOMING ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICARE WILL NOT BE IMPACTED BY THAT BUDGET. WE ARE ACTING IN A RESPONSIBLE MANNER ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE. AND WE ARE DEALING WITH DIRE TIMES. . I WAS DISAPPOINTED WE DIDN'T HAVE MORE SPIRITED DEBATE ON THE SUBSTANCE OF THE RULE. THAT IS THE HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL. WE LIVE IN DIRE FISCAL TIMES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE ARE GOING TO BE HONEST WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SOME TOUGH CHOICES. BUT THIS SHOULD SEND A MESSAGE TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD IN AMERICA THAT THE DAYS OF RECKLESS SPENDING HAVE CAUGHT UP TO US, BECAUSE WE DO HAVE TO HAVE THE DEBATE OF WHERE WE ARE GOING TO CUT. AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT CUTS IN THE AREAS OF HOMELAND SECURITY. WE BETTER WAKE UP AS A BODY, AS A CHAMBER, AND RECOGNIZE THAT IF WE DON'T GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER, NOT ONLY WILL WE JEOPARDIZE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, WE WILL GO BANKRUPT. THAT ENDS AMERICA AS WE KNOW IT. AND ALSO IT WILL DESTROY THE AMERICAN MARKET THAT WE ARE TRYING TO IGNITE IN OUR PRIVATE SECTOR BECAUSE IF WE DO NOT SEND A MESSAGE THAT WE GOT OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER, THEN PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO INVEST IN AMERICA AND THAT WILL NOT PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND PUT PEOPLE BACK ON TO A PAYROLL. WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RULE, SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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    MR. POLIS

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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

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    THE CLERK

    THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, AFTER 30 YEARS OF SERVICE IN…

    THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, AFTER 30 YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE OFFICE OF THE LAW REVISION COUNCIL, AND OVER 34 YEARS WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, I HAVE DECIDED IT IS TIME TO RETIRE. WITH YOUR APPROVAL MY LAST DAY AS LAW REVISION COUNSEL WILL BE JUNE 1, 2011. I STARTED WITH THE OFFENSE JUST SEVEN YEARS AFTER IT WAS ESTABLISHED AS PART OF THE BOEING COMMITTEE REFORMS OF 1974. THE OFFICE WAS GIVEN THE FUNCTIONS OF CLASSIFYING NEW LAWS TO THE UNITED STATES CODE, PREPARING AND PUBLISHING THE CODE, AND DRAFTING LEGISLATION TO ENACT TITLES OF THE CODE INTO POSITIVE LAW. OVER THE YEARS I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING ON EACH OF THESE FUNCTIONS AND MY CAREER WAS GIVEN ME A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON THE CONTENT AND CODIFICATION OF FEDERAL LAW. I HAVE HAD AT LEAST A FAMILIARITY WITH PRACTICALLY EVERY LAW ENACTED DURING THE PAST 25 YEARS AND HAVE WORKED MY WAY THROUGH THOUSANDS OF LAWS, INCLUDING COUNTLESS APPROPRIATIONS, DEFENSE AUTHORIZATIONS, HEALTH REFORMS, AND OMNIBUS RECONCILIATIONS. WE IN THE OFFICE OF LAW REVISION COUNSEL REGARD THE TEXT OF THESE LAWS WITH A CERTAIN REVERENCE AS WE INCORPORATE NEW LAWS INTO THE CODE, EVERY EFFORT IS MADE TO ENSURE EACH WORD, EACH PUNCTUATION MARK, AND EACH DIRECTIVE IS GIVEN THE EFFECT INTENDED BY CONGRESS. WITH THE ASSISTANCE AND EXCELLENT STAFF WE HAVE PLACED IN THE OFFICE, I FEEL CONFIDENT THE CODE IS BEING MAINTAINED WITH HIGH DEGREE OF ACCURACY AND RELIABILITY THAT IS REQUIRED FOR THE OFFICIAL CODE. WHILE ACCURACY HAS ALWAYS BEEN OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY, WE HAVE ALSO BEEN WORKING ON IMPROVING THE TIMELESS AND USABILITY OF THE CODE. SINCE 2005 THE TIME IT TAKES TO DO AN ANNUAL UPDATE OF THE CODE HAS BEEN REDUCED BY MORE THAN 18 MONTHS. AND LAST YEAR WE INTRODUCED THE U.S.C. PRELIM ON U.S. CODE WEBSITE TO ALLOW EVEN QUICKER ALL BE IT -- ALBEIT PRELIMINARY UPDATES TO SELECTED CODE TIGHTS. AS TO USABILITY, THE CODE IS ABOUT TO GET A LOT BETTER. IN A MANNER OF DAYS WE WILL RELEASE A NEW U.S. CODE WEBSITE FEATURING A NEW SOPHISTICATED SEARCH ENGINE, IMPROVED INTERFACE, AND MATERIALS TO HELP THE PUBLIC UNDERSTAND THE USE OF THE CODE. THE LINKS WILL SOON BE FOLLOWED BY FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS, INCLUDING HYPER LINKS TO REFERENCE CODE AND STATUTE PROVISIONS AND INTEGRATION OF THE U.S.C. PRELIM AND PRIOR VERSIONS OF THE CODE INTO NEW WEB SIGHS. CONVERSION OF THE CODE DATA INTO XML IS ANOTHER ONGOING PROTECT WHICH SHOULD BEAR FRUIT IN THE NEAR FUTURE. THE OVERALL ORGANIZATION OF THE CODE REMAINS A CONCERN FOR ME BUT SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS WAS MADE DURING THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. THE CODIFICATION OF TITLE 46 SHIPPING WAS COMPLETED WITH THE ENACTMENT OF PUBLIC LAW 109-304 AND IN JUST THE PAST SIX MONTHS LAW REVISION COUNSEL BILLS TO ENACT TITLE 41, PUBLIC CONTRACTS, AND TITLE 51, NATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL SPACE PROGRAMS BECAME LAW. EACH NEW POSITIVE LAW TITLE IS A MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT, BUT THE TIME AND EFFORT IT TOOK TO GET THESE TITLES ENACTED INDICATES THE HUGE TASK THAT REMAINS BEFORE THE GOAL OF AN ENTIRELY ENACTED CODE IS REALIZED. IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THROUGHOUT MY CAREER. I HAVE ESPECIALLY ENJOYED MY ASSOCIATION WITH THE OTHER STAFF MEMBERS IN MY OFFICE AND HAVE A DEEP APPRECIATION FOR THE EXPERTISE AND DEAD CASE AND THE -- DEDICATION AND THE FINE WORK THEY DO EVERY DAY. I'M ALSO GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT AND COOPERATION OF YOUR OFFICE, THE COMMITTEES ON THE JUDICIARY AND APPROPRIATIONS, THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE, AND THE OTHER OFFICES OF THE HOUSE. RESPECTFULLY YOURS, PAUL G. LIEFEVER, LAW REVISION COUNSEL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, A STATEMENT BY THE SPEAKER IS RESERVED IN THE RECORD AT…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, A STATEMENT BY THE SPEAKER IS RESERVED IN THE RECORD AT THIS POINT. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON QUESTIONS PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 287. BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 287, IF ORDERED. AND THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON H.R. 802, 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 ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 287 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    CALENDAR NUMBER 42, HOUSE RESOLUTION 287, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

    CALENDAR NUMBER 42, HOUSE RESOLUTION 287, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 2017, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2012, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

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

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    JOURNAL" CONTINUES.

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    JACKIE SPEIER, WHO VOTED YES. WHY DID YOU VOTE YES?

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    GUEST

    INTEREST AND WANTED TO REDUCE SPENDING IS REAL AND IMPORTANT AND WE NEED…

    INTEREST AND WANTED TO REDUCE SPENDING IS REAL AND IMPORTANT AND WE NEED TO DO IT. THIS WAS A SHAM LAST NIGHT. THIS WAS ALL ABOUT PINNING THE TAIL ON THE DONKEY. WE GOT WORD ON A HOLAY AFTERNOON THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THIS VOTE. IT WAS REALLY A JOKE.

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  • 02:53:03 PM

    HOST

    WAS TO PROVE A TEST VOTE TO SHOW DEMOCRATS AND THE PRESIDENT THAT A CLEAN…

    WAS TO PROVE A TEST VOTE TO SHOW DEMOCRATS AND THE PRESIDENT THAT A CLEAN VOTE TO INCREASE THE DEBT CEILING IS JUST NOT POLITICALLY POSSIBLE. THE MAJORITY OF MORE AMERICANS TO KNOW WHAT THE DEBT CEILING INCREASE.

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    GUEST

    SPENDING CUTS. MOST DEMOCRATS WILL SAY CUTTING SPENDING IS IMPORTANT. PART…

    SPENDING CUTS. MOST DEMOCRATS WILL SAY CUTTING SPENDING IS IMPORTANT. PART OF THAT SPENDING IS PROVIDING A TAX CUT TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS IN THIS COUNTRY. WHEN YOU LOOK AT A MILLIONAIRE GETTING A 0THTHOUSAND DOLLAR $100,000 TAX CUT, THAT IS SOMETHING WE CANNOT AFFORD. IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT WE HAVE TO DO TO BE RESPONSIBLE --

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    HOST

    OF THAT RESPONSIBILITY IS LOOKING AT MEDICARE. MEDICARE MUST BE ON THE…

    OF THAT RESPONSIBILITY IS LOOKING AT MEDICARE. MEDICARE MUST BE ON THE TABLE AS WELL. WE MUST INCLUDE MEDICARE CUTS.

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  • 02:54:21 PM

    GUEST

    INTERESTING ABOUT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IS THAT THEY DID NOT GET THE…

    INTERESTING ABOUT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IS THAT THEY DID NOT GET THE DEMOCRATS AT ALL. WE ARE NOT GOING TO CUT MEDICARE. WE ARE NOT GOING TO CUT THE BENEFITS TO SENIOR CITIZENS IN THIS COUNTRY. IF WE SAY, NO LONGER WILL WE ALLOW PART D, IN WCH CONGRESS WAS TIED IN TERMS OF NEGOTIATING, THIS YOU BET WE WILL BE WILLING TO DO THIS. LOOK AT THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION AND THE KINDS OF DISCOUNTS WOULD GET FOR PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS. IT IS 2/3 OF WHAT WE'RE PAYING.

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    HOST

    SAY THAT THIS IS NOT CATASTROPHIC IF WE DO NOT RAISE THE DEBT CEILING.…

    SAY THAT THIS IS NOT CATASTROPHIC IF WE DO NOT RAISE THE DEBT CEILING. THERE IS A PROPOSAL THAT THE TREASURY COULD PAY BONDHOLDERS WITH INCOMING TAX REVENUE AND DELAY OTHER PAYMENTS PENDING A RESOLUTION AND THAT THAT WOULD BE AN OK WAY TO LET THE GOVERNMENT GO ABOUT IT.

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  • 02:55:39 PM

    GUEST

    REPUBLICAN FRESHMAN FROM TENNESSEE, AND THIS IS WHAT SHE SAID.

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    HOST

    FROM TENNESSEE, AND THIS IS WHAT SHE SAID.

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    CONGRESSWOMAN?

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    GUEST

    TELLING THE REPUBLICAN LINE. THE PRESIDENT SAID HE IS WILLING TO NEGOTIATE…

    TELLING THE REPUBLICAN LINE. THE PRESIDENT SAID HE IS WILLING TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE REPUBLICANS. I NEVER SAW PRESIDENT BUSH ENGAGE WITH THE DEMOCRATS WHEN HE WAS IN POWER. HE WILL MEET WITH THE REPUBLICANS TODAY AND THE DEMOCRATS TOMORROW. I THINK THAT IS GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY.

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  • 02:58:20 PM

    HOST

    WITH REPUBLICANS LATER IN THE WEEK. STENY OR PUT OUT A WARNING TO THE…

    WITH REPUBLICANS LATER IN THE WEEK. STENY OR PUT OUT A WARNING TO THE PRESIDENT -- STENY HOYER PUT OUT A WARNING TO THE PRESIDENT.

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  • 02:58:39 PM

    GUEST

    ARE YOU FRUSTRATED?

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    GUEST

    THE NATURE OF THE DYNAMIC. I THINK HE WILL LISTEN TO US. IN THE END, HE IS…

    THE NATURE OF THE DYNAMIC. I THINK HE WILL LISTEN TO US. IN THE END, HE IS THE LEADER OF OUR PARTY

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235 AND THE NAYS ARE 186. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235 AND THE NAYS ARE 186. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED.

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  • 03:09:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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  • 03:10:06 PM

    THE CLERK

    MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE HONORABLE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE HONORABLE KATHRYN COURTNEY HOUKLE, BE PERMITTED TO TAKE THE OATH TODAY. AS POINTED OUT, HER ELECTIONS RESULTS HAVE NOT ARRIVED BUT THERE IS NO CONTEST AND NO QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN RAISED AS TO HER ELECTION.

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  • 03:11:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION EX--- WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. WILL THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION EX--- WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. WILL THE REPRESENT-ELECT HOUKLE AND MEMBERS OF THE NEW YORK DELEGATION PRESENT THEMSELVES IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE?

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    THE SPEAKER

    MEMBERS CAN CONTINUE TO STAND AS REPRESENTATIVE-ELECT RAISE HER RIGHT HAND…

    MEMBERS CAN CONTINUE TO STAND AS REPRESENTATIVE-ELECT RAISE HER RIGHT HAND AND DO YOU SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT YOU WILL SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC? THAT YOU WILL BEAR TRUTHFULLY AN ALLEGIANCE TO THE SAME, THAT YOU TAKE THIS OBLIGATION FREELY, WITHOUT ANY MENTAL RESERVATION OR PURPOSE OF EVASION, THAT WILL YOU WELL AND FAITHFULLY DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF THE OFFICE ON WHICH YOU'RE ABOUT TO ENTER SO HELP YOU GOD? CONGRATULATIONS. YOU'RE NOW A MEMBER.

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    THE SPEAKER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

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

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    MR. RANGEL

    MR. SPEAKER. I ASK THAT KING BE GIVEN PERMISSION TO JOIN WITH ME AT THE…

    MR. SPEAKER. I ASK THAT KING BE GIVEN PERMISSION TO JOIN WITH ME AT THE TIME. IT'S A GREAT HONOR FOR US AT THIS TIME TO PRESENT TO YOU A YOUNG LADY WHO DID IT THE HARD WAY, SHE'S EARNED IT, SHE'S HERE WITH HER HUSBAND BILL, HER DAD PAT, HER DAD JACK AND HER MOM PAT, BILL AND KATIE, THE CHILDREN ARE HERE, AND THE SYMBOLIC OF WHAT A GREAT COUNTRY WE HAVE DURING THIS TIME, PEARN WITH HER CREDENTIALS, IT GOES TO SHOW THAT IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF OURS, THE PEOPLE GOVERN. IN ORDER TO GIVE HER THE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THAT SHE TRULY DESERVES, I'D LIKE TO YIELD AT THIS TIME TO MY FRIEND, PETER KING.

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    MR. KING

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. RANGEL, THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. LET ME JUST JOIN ALL…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. RANGEL, THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. LET ME JUST JOIN ALL OF YOU IN WELCOMING MS. HOCHUL TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, CONGRESSWOMAN, WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU ON BEHALF OF THE NATION AND THE STATE AND ON BEHALF OF ALL REPUBLICANS, WE WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK AND I YIELD BACK TO MR. RANGEL. MR.

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    MR. RANGEL

    TO YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN HOCHUL.

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    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. HOCHUL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. RANGEL AND MR. KING. IT IS TRULY AN HONOR AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. RANGEL AND MR. KING. IT IS TRULY AN HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE TO BE HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WHERE I WILL SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THE 26TH DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. I PROMISE TO WORK FOR THEM TIRELESSLY EVERY SINGLE DAY AND CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THEM WITH EVERY BREATH I HAVE. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH EACH OF YOU IN A SPIRIT OF BIPARTISANSHIP AND COOPERATION AS WE WORK TOWARD A BRIGHTER FUTURE AND A STRONGER AMERICA. THIS IS A PROUD DAY FOR MY FAMILY AND FOR ME TO BEGIN THIS NEW CHAPTER IN OUR LIVES. A CHANCE THAT WILL SERVE THE PEOPLE OF MY DISTRICT AND YOUR DISTRICTS. BUT BEFORE I BEGIN THIS JOURNEY, I MUST THANK THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED ME GET TO WHERE I AM TODAY. TO THE PEOPLE OF THE 26TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, I AM HUMBLED BY YOUR SUPPORT AND THE FAITH THAT YOU PUT IN ME. TO MY FAMILY, MY HUSBAND, BILL OF 27 YEARS. YOU'RE MY ROCK AND INSPIRATION, HONEY. MY SON, BILLY, MY DAUGHTER, KATIE, MY PARENTS, JACK AND PAT COURTNEY. MY BROTHERS AND MY SISTER, SHEILA, WHO WORKED TIRELESSLY THROUGHOUT THIS CAMPAIGN. A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE NEW YORK CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, BOTH OUR SENATORS AND DOZENS OF CONGRESSMEN WHO SUPPORTED US THROUGHOUT THIS ELECTION. TO MY INCREDIBLE CAMPAIGN TEAM AND THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF SUPPORTERS AND VOLUNTEERS WHO WORKED TIRELESSLY THROUGHOUT THIS ELECTION. AND TO ONE OF MY GREAT MENTORS WHO, JOHN LAFALL, WHOM I WAS HONORED TO SERVE MANY YEARS AGO. TODAY, I ENTER THESE CHAMBERS CONFIDENT THAT WE CAN TACKLE THE CHALLENGES THAT ARE PRESENTED TO US. WE CAN AND MUST FIND COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS FACING EACH OF OUR DISTRICTS AND THE COUNTRY. AS WE HAVE LEARNED, OUR CONSTITUENTS EXPECT AND DESERVE NO LESS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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    THE SPEAKER

    5-D OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE THAT IN LIGHT OF THE…

    5-D OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE THAT IN LIGHT OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE OATH TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. HOCHUL, THE WHOLE NUMBER OF THE HOUSE IS NOW 433. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 287 ON WHICH THE CHAIR WILL PUT DE NOVO. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 03:18:17 PM

    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 42, HOUSE RESOLUTION 287, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF…

    NUMBER 42, HOUSE RESOLUTION 287, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 1227, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2012, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER

    IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED,…

    IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 03:18:48 PM

    MR. POLIS

    A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER

    IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL…

    IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. THIS WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 231. THE NAYS ARE 187. THE RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 231. THE NAYS ARE 187. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MILLER, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 802, AS AMENDED, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 41. H.R. 802, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 41. H.R. 802, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO ESTABLISH A VET STAR AWARD -- VETSTAR AWARD PROGRAM.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 408, THE NAYS ARE 11, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 408, THE NAYS ARE 11, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED.

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  • 03:34:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER. I ASK FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MY HAVE FIVE…

    MR. SPEAKER. I ASK FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 2017 AND THAT I MAY INCLUDE MATERIAL ON THE SAME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 287 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 287 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2017. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DREIER, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2017 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FOR THE…

    BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2012, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED READ THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. ARD HOLT, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. PRICE, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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  • 03:35:40 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

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

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    HONOR TO PRESENT THE FISCAL YEAR 2012 APPROPRIATION BILL FOR THE…

    HONOR TO PRESENT THE FISCAL YEAR 2012 APPROPRIATION BILL FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, THE…

    THE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR SEATS. AND WITH DISCUSSIONS RETIRE TO THE CLOAKROOM. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    THANK YOU. IT IS NYE HONOR TO PRESENT THE FISCAL YEAR -- IT IS MY HONOR TO…

    THANK YOU. IT IS NYE HONOR TO PRESENT THE FISCAL YEAR -- IT IS MY HONOR TO PRESENT THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THIS BILL BEFORE US TODAY, PERHAPS MORE THAN ANY OTHER BILL, EXEMPLIFIES THE DIFFICULT CHOICES THAT NEED TO BE MADE IN ORDER TO ADDRESS OUR NATION'S FISCAL CRISIS. THIS BILL DEMONSTRATES HOW WE CAN FULLY FUND VITAL SECURITY PROGRAMS WHILE ALSO REDUCING SPENDING OVERALL. FURTHERMORE THIS BILL DOES NOT REPRESENT A FALSE CHOICE BETWEEN FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SECURITY. BOTH ARE NATIONAL SECURITY PRIORITIES AND BOTH ARE VIGOROUSLY ADDRESSED IN THIS BILL. I'M UNDER NO ILLUSION THAT EVERYONE HERE IN THIS CHAMBER WILL AGREE WITH THE SPENDING REDUCTIONS INCLUDED IN THIS LEGISLATION. BUT NOW MORE THAN EVER OUR GOVERNMENT NEEDS FISCAL DISCIPLINE AND THIS BILL TAKES THE NECESSARY STEPS TOWARD THAT GOAL. THE BOTTOM LINE, MORE MONEY AND MORE GOVERNMENT DO NOT EQUAL MORE SECURITY. SO IN THIS TIME OF SKYROCKETING DEBT AND PERSISTENT THREATS, WE MUST GET OUR HOMELAND SECURITY PRIORITIES RIGHT. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY PROVIDES $40.6 BILLION IN DISCRETIONARY FUNDING OR ALMOST $3 BILLION WHICH IS 7% BELOW THE REQUEST AND $1.1 BILLION OR ALMOST 3% BELOW THE F.Y. 2011 LEVEL. IN ADDITION, THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES $1 BILLION IN OFFSETS, EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING FOR FEMA'S DISASTER RELIEF FUND IMMEDIATELY UPON ENACTMENT. THERE ARE NO EARMARKS THAT ARE SET OUT IN THIS BILL OR THE ACCOMPANYING REPORT. THE BILL PLACES PRIORITY ON FUNDING OUR NATION'S GREATEST SECURITY NEEDS. FULLY FUNDING ALL FRONTLINE PERSONNEL SUCH AS BORDER SECURITY, C.B.P. OFFICERS, I.C.E. OFFICERS, COAST GUARD, MILITARY PERSONNEL AND SECRET SERVICE AGENTS AND FULLY FUNDING ALL INTELLIGENCE, WATCH LISTING AND THREATS TARGETING FUNCTIONS. IN ADDITION THE BILL PROVIDES FUNDING FOR THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAVE FAILED. THIS BILL MAKES UP FOR NEARLY $650 MILLION SHORTFALL HANDED TO US BY THE DEPARTMENT THROUGH PHONY, UNAUTHORIZED FEE COLLECTIONS. IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO SUBMIT A BUDGET BASED ON AN ILLUSION THAT CONGRESS IS GOING TO RAISE TAXES OR FEES UNDER THE CURRENT ECONOMY. THIS BILL ALSO ADDRESSES THE INADEQUATE REQUEST FOR DISASTER RELIEF FUNDING AND PROVIDES THE RESOURCES TO HELP OUR COMMUNITIES RECOVER FROM NATURAL DISASTERS. LIKE THE UNPRECEDENTED FLOODING ACROSS THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY, THE TORNADOS THAT DEVASTATED MY HOME STATE OF ALABAMA A FEW WEEKS AGO AND OF COURSE THE HORRIFIC TORNADO THAT DESTROYED MUCH OF JOPLIN, MISSOURI, JUST A LITTLE OVER A WEEK AGO. HOWEVER, PROGRAMS THAT HAVE BEEN UNDERPERFORMING AND FAILING TO EXECUTE THEIR BUDGETS OR WHICH HAVE REPEATEDLY IGNORED CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTIVES TO MEASURE THE RESULTS ARE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED. IN SHORT, THIS BILL PLACES A PRIORITY ON THE TAXPAYERS' LIMITED DOLLARS TOWARD THE SECURITY PROGRAMS THAT WILL HAVE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT UPON OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND RESPONSIBLY REDUCE SPENDING WHEREVER POSSIBLE. THE BILL IS CONSTRUCTED AROUND THREE CORE PRINCIPLES. NUMBER ONE, FISCAL DISCIPLINE. NUMBER TWO, TARGET INVESTMENTS AND SECURITY OPERATIONS AND DISASTER RELIEF. AND NUMBER THREE, MEANINGFUL, HARD-HITTING OVERSIGHT. FIRST, ON FISCAL DISCIPLINE, THE BILL GOES FURTHER THAN SIMPLY CUTTING SPENDING. THIS BILL INSISTS UPON REAL REFORM. REFORM IN HOW THE DEPARTMENT JUSTIFIES ITS BUDGET, REFORM ON HOW FEMA MANAGES FIRST RESPONDER GRANTS AND REFORM ON HOW FEMA, THE DEPARTMENT AND THE ADMINISTRATION BUDGET FOR THE COST OF DISASTER RELIEF. NUMBER TWO, ON SECURITY THE BILL INCLUDES NEARLY $150 MILLION WORTH OF TARGETED INVESTMENTS ABOVE THE BUDGET REQUEST FOR SECURITY OPERATIONS. THE FRONTLINE PROGRAMS THAT ARE AMONG THE MOST CRITICAL AT KEEPING OUR NATION SECURE AND THESE ACTIVITIES THAT DIRECTLY COUNTER RECENT TERRORIST ATTACKS AND ADDRESS KNOWN THREATS. ON DISASTER RELIEF I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND WHAT NATURAL DISASTERS CAN DO OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT MY CONSTITUENTS IN ALABAMA ARE EXPECTING FEMA TO GET IT RIGHT. SO THIS BILL PICKS UP WHERE WHERE WE LEFT OFF -- UP FROM WHERE WE LEFT OFF AND PROVIDES AN INCREASE OF $850 MILLION ABOVE THE REQUEST AND WITHIN THE BUDGET FOR FEMA'S DISASTER RELIEF FUND TO ADDRESS THE KNOWN AND EXPECTED COST OF DISASTERS IN F.Y. 2012. AND AS WE ADDED WITH UNANIMOUSLY IN OUR FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP OF THE BILL LAST WEEK, WE ADDED $1 BILLION IN OFFSET EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING, PROVIDED TO FEMA TO ENSURE THAT DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS STAY ON TRACK THIS YEAR AND WELL INTO 2012. AND, THREE, FINALLY, OVERSIGHT. OUR SUBCOMMITTEE HAS A LONG TRADITION OF INSISTING UPON RESULTS FOR EACH AND EVERY TAXPAYER DOLLAR THAT IS APPROPRIATED. THIS IS A TESTAMENT TO THE PREVIOUS LEADERSHIP ON THIS SUBCOMMITTEE THAT WAS EXHIBITED BY OUR FOUNDING CHAIRMAN OF THIS SUBCOMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN ROGERS, AND ALSO MY PREDECESSOR AND NOW THE RANKING SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER, MR. PRICE. THIS BILL CONTINUES THE DEDICATION TO FRONTLINE SECURITY PROGRAMS AND ROBUST OVERSIGHT BY INCLUDING NUMEROUS SPEND PLAN REQUIREMENTS. REPORTING REQUIREMENTS AND OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS SUCH AS BORDER PATROL STAFFING LEVELS AND INCREASE TO I.C.E. CAPACITY. I KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN SOME CRITICISM ON THE FUNDING LEVEL THIS BILL IS RECOMMENDING FOR FEMA'S FIRST RESPONDER GRANTS. LET ME EMPHASIZE THAT THERE IS MORE THAN $13 BILLION IN THE PIPELINE THAT HAS NOT BEEN SPENT. BUT FEMA HAS YET TO ESTABLISH A CREDIBLE METHOD FOR MEASURING THE IMPACT OF THESE GRANTS. SO THIS BILL TAKES BOLD STEPS TO GET FEMA'S FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER, REQUIRING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR EVERY DOLLAR SPENT, REQUIRING A PLAN FOR DRAWING DOWN THE ENORMOUS UNEXPENDED BALANCES AND CONSOLIDATING DUPLICATIVE GRANT PROGRAMS. PUTTING PRIORITY ON HIGH-RISK NEEDS, REWARDING PROGRAMS LIKE THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE GRANTS THAT ACTUALLY SPEND THEIR FUNDS WITESLY -- WISELY AND ARE WILLING TO MEASURE THEIR RESULTS. I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT FIRST RESPONDERS ARE TO THIS NATION, WE SEE IT EVERY DAY. BUT WE SIMPLY CANNOT KEEP ON THROWING MONEY INTO A CLOGGED PIPELINE WHEN OUR DEBT IS SOARING OUT OF CONTROL. I BELIEVE IT'S OUR DUTY TO REFORM THESE GRANT PROGRAMS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS BILL IS ABOUT PUTTING A PRIORITY ON LIMITED DOLLARS AND ROBUSTLY SUPPORTING THE MOST ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WITH ALL ITS CRITICAL MISSIONS IS NOT IMMUNE FROM FISCAL DISCIPLINE. THAT MEANS THE DEPARTMENT HAS TO FIND THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE WAY TO MEET ITS MISSION REQUIREMENTS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DEMANDING NO LESS. IN CLOSING, LET ME THANK RANKING MEMBER PRICE, ALTHOUGH WE HAVE CERTAINLY HAD A TURBULENT YEAR HE HAS BEEN A STATESMAN AND A TRUE PARTNER AS WE WORKED ON THIS VITAL BILL. I SINCERELY THANK HIM FOR HIS INPUT AND HIS CONTRIBUTIONS THAT HE HAS MADE ON THIS BILL. IN ADDITION, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBERS OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND RANKING MEMBER DICKS. AS MUCH AS WE HAVE HAD TO MAKE DIFFICULT CHOICES AND TRADEOFFS AT SUBCOMMITTEE LEVEL, I KNOW THAT BOTH OF THESE GENTLEMEN HAVE HAD TO MAKE MUCH MORE DIFFICULT DECISIONS DEALING WITH ALL 12 SUBCOMMITTEE BUDGETS. FINALLY I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK THE COMMITTEE STAFF FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS BILL. NAMELY STEPHANIE GUPTA AND PAUL COX ON THE MINORITY STAFF. JEFF ASHFORD, CHRIS MALLARD, KATHY CRENGER, REBECCA ORR, ANN MARIE AND BILL AND BEN NICHOLSON WHO IS THE CLERK OF THIS COMMITTEE ON THE MAJORITY SIDE. I BELIEVE THIS BILL REFLECTS OUR BEST EFFORTS TO ADDRESS OUR NATION'S MOST URGENT NEEDS, SECURITY AND FISCAL DISCIPLINE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:44:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM ALABAMA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    FROM ALABAMA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 03:44:58 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MIGHT UTILIZE. I'M PLEASED THAT WE'RE…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MIGHT UTILIZE. I'M PLEASED THAT WE'RE CONSIDERING THE FISCAL YEAR 2012 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL IN A TIMELY FASHION AND UNDER AN OPEN RULE. CHAIRMAN ALDER --ED AER HOLET -- ADERHOLT HAS BEEN A TRUE PROFESSIONAL IN THE DRAFTER OF THIS BILL AND CERTAINLY WANT TO SHARE IN HIS COMMENDATION OF ALL OF OUR STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, OVERALL FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WILL DROP. IT IS BELOW THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST AND RETURNS THE FUNDING TO THE 2009 LEVEL WHICH IS CONCERNING TO MANY PEOPLE, INCLUDING MYSELF. THIS ALLOCATION HAS REQUIRED CHAIRMAN ADERHOLT TO MAKE SOME TOUGH DECISIONS. HE'S BEEN ABLE TO RETAIN ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR THE FRONT LINE EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONTINUE TO CONDUCT CRITICAL OPERATIONS ALONG OUR BORDERS, TO PROTECT OUR NATION'S AIRPORTS AND SEA PORTS AND TO RESPOND TO THE WAVES OF NATURAL DISASTERS THAT OUR COUNTRY HAS EXPERIENCED THIS SPRING. THE SAME, HOWEVER, IS NOT TRUE, UNFORTUNATELY, OF HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT PROGRAMS, WHICH ARE CUT RADICALLY. PROVIDING A TOTAL OF $1 BILLION FOR ALLSTATE AND LOCAL GRANTS OR 65% BREAUX THE PRESIDENTS A REQUEST AND PROVIDING $350 MILLION FOR FIREFIGHTER ASSISTANCE GRANTS. THAT'S ALMOST 50% BELOW AN ALREADY REDUCED REQUEST. BREAKS FAITHS WITH THE STATES AND LOCALITIES THAT DEPEND ON US AS PARTNERS TO SECURE OUR COMMUNITIES. THESE CUTS WILL BE ESPECIALLY HARMFUL AS OUR STATES AND MUNICIPALITIES ARE BEING FORCED TO SLASH THEIR OWN PROGRAMS. FOR EXAMPLE, ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS, 650 FEWER FIRE IRETS WILL BE ON THE JOB IF THESE CUTS IN THIS BILL ARE ENACTED. I CAN'T SEE ANY DEFENSIBLE ARGUMENT FOR CUTS OF THIS MAGNITUDE. CUTS ON CUTS ALREADY MADE IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2011 APPROPRIATIONS. THEY WILL DO GREAT DAMAGE TO LOCAL PREPAREDNESS, TO EMERGENCY RESPONSE IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND TO THE RECOVERING ECONOMY. THESE GRANT PROGRAMS EQUIP OUR STATE AND LOCAL PARTNERS TO BE READY FOR A DASTER SO THEY CAN MITIGATE ITS IMPACT AND RESPOND EFFECTIVELY. WHILE THIS BILL RIGHTLY SEEKS TO HELP STATES AND LOCALITIES REMR. AFTER A DISASTER STRIKES, IT DECIMATES THE -- THAT EXPOSES OUR COMMUNITY TO GREATER RISK AND POTENTIALLY RAISES THE COST OF DISASTERS WHEN THEY OCCUR. AND WE SHOULDN'T IGNORE THE COST OF LAYOFFS ON OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY. THIS BILL RECOMMENDS OTHER SDRASTIC REDUCTIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, CUTTING -- DRASTIC REDUCTIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, CUTTING RESEARCH IN HALF. THEY WOULD HAVE AVIATION SECURITY AND EXPLOSIVE DETECTION DEVICES AND TWO CUTTING EDGE NEAR-TERM RESEARCH PROJECTS, BUT OTHER CRITICAL RESEARCH UNDER WAY, INCLUDING RESEARCH ON CYBERSECURITY, DISASTER RESILIENCEY, THE DETECTION OF CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL THREATS, THIS RESEARCH SIMPLY WOULDN'T BE FUNDED IN 2012, IF EVER. THE BILL ALSO GREATLY REDUCES FUNDS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY NEEDS AND CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES. IT INCLUDES NO FUNDING FOR THE NEW D.H.S. HEADQUARTERS THAT'S ALREADY UNDER CONSTRUCTION, AND THE RELATED LEASE CONSOLIDATION EFFORTS. WE'VE BEEN TOLD REPEATEDLY BY THE ADMINISTRATION THAT DEFERRING THESE INVESTMENTS WILL ULTIMATELY AFFECT FRONT LINE OPERATIONS AND COST US MORE MONEY IN THE FUTURE AND I BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. NOW, I RECOGNIZE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION BUDGET LEFT CHAIRMAN ADERHOLT SOME HOLES TO FILL, BUT THE REAL PROBLEM HERE IS THE BILL'S ALLOCATION IN THE BUDGET RESOLUTION. THAT'S THANKS TO A COMMEETLY UNREALISTIC SPENDING -- COMPLETELY UNREALISTIC SPENDING CAP SET FORTH BY THE ADMINISTRATION. WE'RE SEEING THE RESULTS OF THAT DEEPLY FLAWED PLAN. WE CAN'T FUND OUR DUAL RESPONSIBILITY TO RESPOND TO ALL HAZARDS. THE MAJORITY FURTHER EXACERBATED THE INQUATSES BY ADDING $850 MILLION IN DISASTER RELIEF BEYOND THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST DUE TO FLOODING. NOW, CONTRARY TO BIPARTISAN TRADITION, THE ADDITIONAL SPENDING WAS NOT DESIGNATED AS AN EMERGENCY FOR BUDGET PURPOSES. AND AS A RESULT, THESE DISASTER FUNDS COME OUT OF THE HIDE OF FIRST RESPONDER FUNDING. WE GAVE THE MAJORITY TWO CHANCES TO CORRECT THIS FLAW BY DESIGNATING THE FUNDING INCREASE, THAT IS THE INCREASE BEYOND THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST AS AN EMERGENCY. ONCE IN LAST WEEK'S APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE MARKUP AND YESTERDAY IN THE RULES COMMITTEE. UNFORTUNATELY THE MAJORITY REFUSED AND PASSED UP THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET US TO A POINT WHERE BOTH PARTIES MIGHT BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I WANT TO CLOSE BY REITERATING MY APPRECIATION FOR THE CHAIRMAN'S EFFORTS, FOR THE STAFF'S EFFORTS TO WORK WITH US ON MANY, MANY ISSUES IN THIS BILL, AND FOR THEIR VALIANT EFFORTS TO SUSTAIN OUR FRONT LINE FEDERAL HOMELAND SECURITY OPERATIONS. BUT THE BILL DOES FALL SHORT OF OUR OBLIGATIONS IN CRITICAL ASPECTS. THE INADEQUATE ALLOCATION MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO REPAIR THIS BILL. BUT I AND OTHER MEMBERS WILL BE OFFERING AMENDMENTS TO MOVE IT IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:51:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, RISE?

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  • 03:51:14 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

  • 03:51:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY ABOUT SOME OF THE…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY ABOUT SOME OF THE ANTI-TERRORISM STANDARDS. THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE HAS VOTED BY MORE THAN 2/3 TO FAVORABLY REPORT TO THE HOUSE A BILL TO EXTEND AUTHORIZATION FOR IT THROUGH FISCAL 2017.

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  • 03:51:38 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    CONTAINS AUTHORIZATIONS FOR APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FULL SEVEN YEARS AND…

    CONTAINS AUTHORIZATIONS FOR APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FULL SEVEN YEARS AND THAT PROVISION CONFORMS TO THE MAJORITY LEADER'S CUT-GO PROTOCOLS. I UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO FUND THE CHEMICAL PLANTS FOR FIVE YEARS. WE NEED TO GET THE JOB DONE ON THIS MANNER, MR. ADERHOLT.

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  • 03:52:02 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    TO. I WANT TO THANK THEM ON THE EXPEDITED BASIS THIS YEAR. WE DO HOPE AND…

    TO. I WANT TO THANK THEM ON THE EXPEDITED BASIS THIS YEAR. WE DO HOPE AND EXPECT THAT CFAT WILL BE UNDER REGULAR ORDER PRIOR TO THE START OF THE NEW FISCAL YEAR. HOWEVER, IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT WE INCLUDED FUNDING FOR THE 2012 APPROPRIATION BILL FOR CFATS AND WE DO NOT WANT THAT LINE ITEM TO APPEAR TO BE IN CONFLICT WITH THE SUNSET DATE OF OCTOBER 4, 2011. I LOOK FORWARD TO A LONG-TERM AUTHORIZATION EXTENSION SO THAT THESE CHEMICAL FACILITIES AND THE PEOPLE WHO WORK IN THEM CAN HAVE A LONG-RANGE CERTAINTY WITH RESPECT TO ANTI-TERRORISM PLANS AND INVESTMENTS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO A GOOD AUTHORIZING BILL BECOMING LAW AND TIME TO GUIDE OUR FINAL 2012 AGREEMENTS ON THE CFATS' FUNDING.

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  • 03:52:52 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 03:52:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

  • 03:53:08 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF OUR FULL…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF OUR FULL COMMITTEE, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. DICKS.

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  • 03:53:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM WASHINGTON, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, IS…

    FROM WASHINGTON, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MEN'S.

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  • 03:53:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 03:53:28 PM

    MR. DICKS

    WORKED LONG DAYS AND MANY LATE NIGHTS TO PRODUCE THE BILL FOR…

    WORKED LONG DAYS AND MANY LATE NIGHTS TO PRODUCE THE BILL FOR CONSIDERATION TODAY. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND THE MAJORITY'S EFFORT TO ACCOMMODATE MANY OF THE CONCERNS FROM MEMBERS ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND ADERHOLT OF BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR THROUGH REGULAR ORDER AND WORKING WITH US TO BRING IT TO THE FLOOR WITH A RULE THAT ALLOWS MEMBERS TO OFFER THEIR AMENDMENTS. AT THE OUTSET I WANT TO STATE FOR THE RECORD THAT THE ALLOCATION FOR THIS BILL IS TOO LOW. IT IS ABOUT $1.1 BILLION BELOW THE F.Y. 2012 ENACTED LEVEL AND -- F.Y. 2011 ENACTED LEVEL. IT WOULD REPRESENT THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR OF A DECLINING HOMELAND SECURITY BUDGET. SOME PARTS OF THIS BILL ARE VERY GOOD. AND I COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN FOR PROVIDING ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR THE FRONT LINE EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONTINUE TO CONDUCT CRITICAL OPERATIONS ALONG OUR BORDERS, PROTECT OUR AIRPORTS AND SEA PORTS AND TO RESPOND TO THE SERIES OF NATURAL DISASTERS WE HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS SPRING. HOWEVER, SOME SERIOUS GAPS REMAIN. MY COLLEAGUE, MR. PRICE, HAS ALREADY DESCRIBED IN GREAT DETAIL THE DANGEROUS REDUCTIONS IN OUR SUPPORT FOR THE NATION'S FIRST RESPONDERS. ALSO SLASHED IN THIS BILL IS THE BUDGET FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES AT THE DEPARTMENT. THE BILL APPROVED BY THE FULL COMMITTEE PROVIDES LESS THAN $400 MILLION FOR THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DIRECTATES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OPERATION ACCOUNT, A CUT OF MORE THAN 40%. AT THIS LEVEL FOR 2012 S&T HAS INFORMED US THAT MANY CRITICAL RESEARCH EFFORTS ALREADY UNDER WAY ON CYBERSECURITY, DISASTER RESILIENCEY AND DETECTION OF CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL THREATS WOULD BE HALTED. AMERICA'S TECHNOLOGICAL EDGE IS ONE OF OUR GREAT ASSETS, AND IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM I BELIEVE IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE TO RETREAT FROM THE AGGRESSIVE PURSUIT OF NEW SOLUTIONS. I ALSO WANT TO BRING MY COLLEAGUES' ATTENTION TO ANOTHER DISTURBING PRECEDENT-SETTING PROVISION OF THIS BILL. IT WOULD REQUIRE THE PRESIDENT TO SEND A BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR ADDITIONAL DISASTER RELIEF FUNDING THREE MONTHS BEFORE THE BALANCE OF AVAILABLE FUND REACHES $800 MILLION AND WOULD REQUIRE THESE ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO BE FULLY OFFSET FROM DISCRETIONARY BUDGET ACCOUNTS. CERTAINLY DEMOCRATS AS WELL AS REPUBLICANS WOULD LIKE TO SEE LESS RELIANCE ON SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS TO FUND KNOWN DISASTER RELIEF NEEDS. BUT WHEN DISASTERS STRIKE, VICTIMS NEED HELP, AND THEY NEED HELP QUICKLY. WE SHOULD NOT RISK DELAYING DISASTER RELIEF BECAUSE OF PARTISAN BATTLES OVER PROPOSED ASSETS, NOR SHOULD WE CREATE A MECHANISM THAT WOULD TIE UP THE RELIEF PROCESS BECAUSE A DISASTER DID NOT DO US THE COURTESY OF PROVIDING THREE MONTHS' NOTICE. DURING OUR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THESE AND OTHER SERIOUS FLAWS AND I AM HOPEFUL WE WILL BE ABLE TO DO SO. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:56:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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  • 03:56:42 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL…

    YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE,

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  • 03:56:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. ROGERS, IS…

    THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. ROGERS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 03:56:53 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THANK CHAIRMAN ADERHOLT FOR THE TIME. MORE…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THANK CHAIRMAN ADERHOLT FOR THE TIME. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THANK HIM FOR THE GREAT WORK THAT HE HAS DONE IN PERFECTING THIS BILL AND BRINGING IT TO THE FLOOR, ALONG WITH THE ACCOLADES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN SAID ABOUT THE STAFF AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE. SO, MR. SPEAKER -- MR. CHAIRMAN, I, OF COURSE, RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. WHEN I BECAME CHAIRMAN OF THIS COMMITTEE, I PROMISED TO RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER OPEN RULES AND THE COMPLETION OF AS MANY APPROPRIATION BILLS AS POSSIBLE PRIOR TO THE AUGUST RECESS. AND I INTEND TO STICK BY THAT PROMISE, AND I APPRECIATE THE COOPERATION OF MY RANKING MEMBER, MR. DICKS, WHO HAS BEEN VERY, VERY HELPFUL IN THIS PROCESS ALREADY. I LOOK FORWARD TO AN OPEN AMENDMENT PROCESS, LIVELY DEBATE OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS. I ALSO VOW, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE WOULD CUT SPENDING WHEREVER POSSIBLE TO HELP BALANCE OUR BUDGETS. THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE IS DEDICATED TO THE CAREFUL STEWARDSHIP OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS, AND YOU'LL SEE THAT IN EACH OF THESE BILLS, THESE 12 BILLS THAT WE PUT OUT THIS YEAR, THAT THAT WILL BE A HALLMARK, CAREFUL STEWARDSHIP OF MONEY. WE THEN MAKE THE MOST OF OUR VERY LIMITED RESOURCES IN OUR LIMITED GOVERNMENT, AND THAT INCLUDES THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. WE BEGIN THIS YEAR WITH THE HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL BECAUSE WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. EVERY DAY OUR CITIZENS WORRY ABOUT CONSTANT TERRORIST THREATS, THE SECURITY OF OUR AIR AND SEAPORTS AND THE DEFENSE OF OUR RAIL SYSTEMS. BUT WE ALSO FACE THE VERY REAL DANGERS OF UNCONTROLLED SPENDING AND SKYROCKETING DEBT. AMERICANS DESERVE TO LIVE AND WORK IN A COUNTRY THAT WILL PROTECT NOT ONLY THEIR PHYSICAL SAFETY BUT ALSO THEIR ECONOMIC LIVELIHOOD. THE BILL MAINTAINS THE ABILITY TO KEEP OUR AMERICANS SAFE WHILE ALSO REINING IN THE OUT-OF-CONTROL DEFICIT SPENDING, PROVIDING $40.6 BILLION IN TOTAL NONEMERGENCY FUNDING FOR THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS WITHIN D.H.S. THIS IS A DECREASE OF $1.1 BILLION BELOW LAST YEAR'S LEVEL. IT FUNDS THE CRITICAL FRONT LINE PERSONNEL, OPERATIONS AND PROGRAMS NEEDED TO UPHOLD THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF NATIONAL SECURITY. WITHIN THIS BILL WE BOLSTERED OUR IMMIGRATION AND BORDER SECURITY EFFORTS, FUNDED THE MARITIME AND SECURITY ACTIVITIES OF THE COAST GUARD AND BOOSTED SECURITY EFFORTS TO ADDRESS AIR CARGO THREATS. THE BILL ALSO ADDRESSES THE PRESIDENT'S OVERTLY INADEQUATE REQUEST FOR KNOWN DISASTER RELIEF COSTS. IT CAN BE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE, IN FACT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE, TO PLAN FOR ACTS OF GOD. BUT OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS MOTHER NATURE HAS WREAKED HAVOC ACROSS OUR MIDWEST AND SOUTH AND OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. DEMONSTRATING THE NEED FOR SUFFICIENT DISASTER RELIEF FUNDING. I'M PROUD THAT WE HAVE ADDED $1 BILLION TO THE DISASTER RELIEF FUND WHILE COMPLETING OFFSETTING THIS INCREASE BY TAKING UNUSED FUNDING FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. WE'VE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED OR ELIMINATED INEFFECTIVE AND WASTEFUL PROGRAMS WHILE REQUIRING REFORMS IN UNDERPERFORMING PROGRAMS THROUGH HEIGHTENED OVERSIGHT TO GET THE MOST OUT OF EACH AND EVERY TAX DOLLAR. THIS INCLUDES LONG OVERDUE REFORM ON THE STATE AND LOCAL GRANT PROGRAM UNDER THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY WHICH HAS BEEN PLAGUED BY INEFFICIENCY. THESE GRANTS OFTEN REMAIN IN FEDERAL COFFERS FOR YEARS TO COME. RIGHT NOW, AS YOU HEARD, THERE'S A BACKLOG OF MORE THAN $13 BILLION IN UNSPENT GRANT FUNDS. WHY SHOULD WE PACK A CLOGGED PIPE, AS CHAIRMAN ADERHOLT HAS SAID, AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE STRAPPED FOR MONEY AS WE ARE? THIS BILL REDUCES FUNDING FOR THAT PROGRAM BY $2.1 BILLION, CHANGING THE STRUCTURE AND REQUIRING INCREASED MEASUREMENT AND REPORTING AND GETTING THE MONEY OUT OF THE PIPELINE AND INTO THE HANDS OF OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND STATES. THIS BILL DOES NOT INCLUDE FUNDING FOR ADDITIONAL ADVANCED INSPECTION TECHNOLOGY BODY SCANNERS --

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  • 04:08:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH…

    FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 04:08:14 PM

    MR. PRICE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO ASK TO RESERVE AS THE CHAIRMAN HAS FURTHER…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO ASK TO RESERVE AS THE CHAIRMAN HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS.

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  • 04:08:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE HOMELAND…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY'S APPROPRIATIONS BILL. AS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE FROM A 9/11 STATE, I WORK DAILY TO ENSURE THAT OUR STATE AND NATION ARE PREPARED TO MEET ANY AND ALL POTENTIAL HOMELAND SECURITY THREATS, WHETHER THOSE THREATS COME FROM NATURAL EVENTS OR FROM ACTIVITIES OF VIOLENT INTERNATIONAL EXTREMISTS. ONE MONTH AFTER OSAMA BIN LADEN WAS BROUGHT TO JUSTICE, WE CANNOT IGNORE THE FACT THAT TERRORISTS ARE PLOTTING AND PLANNING AT THIS VERY MOMENT TO HARM AMERICANS EVERYWHERE. THEY'RE WAITING FOR US TO LET DOWN OUR GUARD SO THEY CAN ATTACK OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR NEIGHBORS. MR. CHAIRMAN, IT REMAINS A DANGEROUS WORLD, WE MUST REMAIN VIGILANT. HOWEVER, WE MUST ALSO REMEMBER THAT ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS OUR GROWING $14.3 TRILLION NATIONAL DEBT. WE'VE HEARD THAT FROM OUR CIVILIAN AND MILITARY LEADERS. CONSEQUENTLY OUR SUBCOMMITTEE HAS CAREFULLY EXAMINED THE PRESIDENT'S $43.5 BILLION REQUEST AND WE'VE HAD TO MAKE SOME HARD CHOICES AND I CONGRATULATE CHAIRMAN ADERHOLT AND MR. PRICE FOR MAKING THOSE CHOICES. IN THIS CONTEXT I MUST SAY FOR THE RECORD I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE EXTENT OF THE REDUCTIONS TO FEMA'S STATE AND LOCAL GRANT PROGRAMS INCLUDED IN THE BILL. A LOT MORE COULD BE SAID. I ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT WE HAVE ALREADY MADE SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENTS IN THESE IMPORTANT AREAS FOR OVER NINE YEARS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORT THE CHAIRMAN'S INTENT TO FORCE THE DEPARTMENT TO MAKE TOUGH DECISIONS ON SPENDING. IT'S IMPERATIVE AT A DEPARTMENT WITH OVER 230,000 EMPLOYEES AND DOZENS OF AGENCIES AND DIRECTORATES UNDER ITS JURISDICTION THAT THEY MAKE THE HARD CHOICES. THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THAT THE DEPARTMENT IS ACCOUNTABLE FOR TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS. WE'VE WITNESSED THE INFUSIONS OF MANY MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS, WE'VE WITNESSED OVER THE LAST NINE YEARS. AND LASTLY, AS ONE OF THE THREE APPROPRIATORS THAT ARE LIAISON TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, I NOTE THAT THE BILL FULLY FUNDS THE PRESIDENT'S REQUESTED FUNDING INCREASES FOR INTELLIGENCE GATHERING ACTIVITIES AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. I SUPPORT THE BILL AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:10:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES --

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. PRICE

    CHAIRMAN, I WOULD ASK TO CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

  • 04:11:09 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. DENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM ALABAMA YIELDS TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA,

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    MR. DENT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2017, THE HOMELAND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2017, THE HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012. AS WE ALL KNOW WE'RE CLOSING IN ON THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS AND THIS WEEK MARKS THE ONE-MONTH -- MARKS ONE MONTH SINCE THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN. IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND PARTICULARLY IN ALABAMA, AS ABLY REPRESENTED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, AND MISSOURI, ARE REALING FROM SOME OF THE MOST DEVASTATING STORMS AND -- REELING FROM SOME OF THE MOST DEVASTATING STORMS AND TORNADOS IN THEIR HISTORY. I'M PLEASED THAT THE BILL IS THE FIRST OF THE F.Y. 2012 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS TO BE CONSIDERED ON THE FLOOR THIS AFTERNOON. H.R. 2017, THIS LEGISLATION TACKLES BOTH FISCAL DISCIPLINE AND NATIONAL SECURITY. BOTH OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. WITH REGARD TO FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, H.R. 2017 PROVIDES $40.6 BILLION IN DISCRETIONARY FUNDING OR ALMOST $3 BILLION OR 7% BELOW THE REQUEST AND $1.1 BILLION OR 3% BELOW THE FISCAL YEAR 2011 LEVEL. AS FOR NATIONAL SECURITY, ALL OF OUR FRONTLINE PERSONNEL INCLUDING BORDER PATROL AGENTS, C.B.P. OFFICERS, I.C.E. AGENTS AND COAST GUARD MILITARY PERSONNEL ARE FUNDED TO SUSTAIN THEIR FORCES AND MEET MISSION OBJECTIVES. OBVIOUSLY WE WISH WE COULD DO MORE IN THIS LEGISLATION BUT I THINK THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT START, WE SHOULD MOVE THIS PROCESS FORWARD. FURTHERMORE, THIS BILL, 2017, DOES NOT SHY AWAY FROM OVERSIGHT TO ENSURE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS A GOOD STEWARD OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC'S TAX DOLLARS. FOR INSTANCE, THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, T.S.A., WILL BE REQUIRED TO CAP THEIR FULL TIME SCREENERS AND GENERATE PLAN TO IMPROVE THE INTEGRATION OF SCREENING TECHNOLOGY AND THE DEPLOYMENT OF ITS EXISTING WORK FORCE. HAVING SERVED ON THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE FOR SIX YEARS, I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THIS INITIATIVE AND PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THESE T.S.A. ISSUES OVER THE YEARS. I DO BELIEVE THAT THIS BILL WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY IS TIMELY AND SPECIFICALLY TARGETS OUR NATION'S SECURITY NEEDS AND I KNOW WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A ROBUST DEBATE ON SOME OF THESE AMENDMENTS THAT CAN FURTHER ENHANCE THIS LEGISLATION. FINALLY I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ADERHOLT FOR HIS HARD WORK AND HIS LEADERSHIP AS WELL AS THE MINORITY STAFF. AT THIS TIME I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:13:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KING, FOR TWO…

    I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KING, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 04:13:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, MR. KING, IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 04:13:50 PM

    MR. KING

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR YIELDING AND LET ME JUST SAY AT THE OUTSET…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR YIELDING AND LET ME JUST SAY AT THE OUTSET COMMEND HIM TO FOR HIS PROFESSIONALISM AND COURTESY AND ALSO FOR THE EFFORT THAT HE MADE TO PRESERVE TO SECURE THE CITY'S PROGRAM IN THE HOMELAND SECURITY BILL. HAVING SAID THAT I MUST OPPOSE THE BILL IN ITS CURRENT FORM. MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN, THE THREAT LEVEL IS THE HIGHEST IN OUR COUNTRY SINCE 9/11. THAT IS ONLY INCREASED SINCE THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN. OSAMA BIN LADEN SPECIFICALLY STATED, WE FIND IN HIS DOCUMENT, THAT HE WANTS TO ATTACK MASS TRANSIT, MARITIME SHIPPING, YET WE ARE REDUCING MASS TRANSIT SECURITY FUNDING BY 50%, WE ARE REDUCING OUR PORT SECURITY FUNDING BY 50%. WE ARE REDUCING OVERALL AID FOR HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS WHICH WAS THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH THE DEPARTMENT WAS CREATED, WE'RE REDUCING THAT BY 50%. THIS, I BELIEVE, IS PUTTING US AT RISK. I CAN SPEAK FOR INSTANCE, FOR NEW YORK. WE HAVE FIVE MILLION PEOPLE, FIVE MILLION PASSENGERS EVERY DAY IN OUR SUBWAY SYSTEM. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS ON THE COMMUTER LINES, YET WE'RE CUTTING SECURITY BY 50%. WE HAVE 1,000 POLICE OFFICERS WORKING ON COUNTERTERRORISM, COUNTING OUT A FEDERAL PURPOSE. DOING NOT WHAT THEY WERE DOING BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11 BUT WORKING ENTIRELY ON COUNTERTERRORISM AND INTELLIGENCE. YET THEIR FUNDING WILL BE SIGNIFICANTLY CUT. WE HAVE THE MANHATTAN SECURITY INITIATIVE WHICH WILL PROVIDE A CAMERA SYSTEM OF PROTECTION IN THE LOWER MANHATTAN AREA AND I CAN GO THROUGH PROGRAM AFTER PROGRAM, EVERY PENNY, EVERY PENNY IS ACCOUNTED FOR. AND I WOULD SAY THAT, AS WE GO FORWARD, AS WE LOOK TO THE FUTURE, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT CITIES AND GOVERNMENTS HAVE SOME SENSE OF CONTINUITY OF WHERE THE FUNDING WILL COME FROM AS THEY PUT THEIR PROGRAMS IN PLACE, TO HAVE A 50% CUT THIS YEAR IS GOING TO PUT US AT A SEVERE DISADVANTAGE AND AS WE DO APPROACH THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11, DO WE REALLY WANT TO CUT OUR POLICE DEPARTMENTS, COUNTERTERRORISM UNITS, OUR INTELLIGENCE UNITS, MASS TRANSIT SECURITY, OUR PORT SECURITY BY 50%? TO ME THIS IS AN INVITATION TO AN ATTACK. WE CANNOT PUT OURSELVES IN THAT POSITION AND BECAUSE OF THAT, DESPITE MY GREAT REGARD FOR THE CHAIRMAN, I MUST OWE POSE THIS LEGISLATION -- OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION.

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  • 04:16:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 04:16:24 PM

    >>

    I BELIEVE WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS SO I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

  • 04:16:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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    >>

    OF MY TIME. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR…

    OF MY TIME. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT, THE CHAIR MAY ACCORD PRIORITY AND RECOGNITION TO A MEMBER OFFERING AN AMENDMENT HAS CAUSED IT TO BE PRINTED IN THE DESIGNATED PLACE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, THOSE AMENDMENTS WILL BE CONSIDERED READ. THE CLERK WILL REREAD.

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  • 04:16:58 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    COULD THE GENTLEMAN SEND HIS AMENDMENT TO THE DESK? THE CLERK WILL REPORT…

    COULD THE GENTLEMAN SEND HIS AMENDMENT TO THE DESK? THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:18:21 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. LATOURETTE OF OHIO, PAGE 2, LINE 10, AFTER THE DOLLAR…

    OFFERED BY MR. LATOURETTE OF OHIO, PAGE 2, LINE 10, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT --

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  • 04:18:31 PM

    MR. LATOURETTE

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE AMENDMENT BE CONSIDERED AS READ?

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    THE CHAIR

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE AMENDMENT IS CONSIDERED AS READ.…

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE AMENDMENT IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:18:43 PM

    MR. LATOURETTE

    ACTUALLY, HE'S IN THE OFFICE NEXT DOOR, MR. PASCRELL OF NEW JERSEY. THIS…

    ACTUALLY, HE'S IN THE OFFICE NEXT DOOR, MR. PASCRELL OF NEW JERSEY. THIS DEALS WITH FIRE AND SAFETY GRANT PROGRAMS. I HAVE NOTHING BUT RESPECT FOR THE FULL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AND SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN WHO HAVE BEEN DEALT A BAD HAND WITH THE 302B ALLOCATIONS AS THEY FACE THE AWESOME RESPONSIBILITY OF FUNDING THE PROGRAMS THAT DEFEND OUR COUNTRY. HOWEVER, THE CHAIR, I THINK, MAY REMEMBER IN THE DISCUSSION OF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION IN H.R. 1 THAT THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT FUNDING LEVELS WERE APPROPRIATE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011 FOR THESE TWO GRANT PROGRAMS WHICH AID OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. IN THE ONE ITERATION OF H.R. 1, THERE WAS SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF A 70% TO 57 -- TO 75% REDUCTION FROM THESE FUNDS. THOSE FUNDS WERE RESTORED BY OVERWHELMING VOTES OF THE WHOLE BODY, OVER 300 MEMBERS SUPPORTED MR. PASCRELL'S AMENDMENT TO PUT THE LEVEL BACK UP AT $ 20 MILLION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011, AND JUST SHY OF 260 MEMBERS SUPPORTED MR. PRICE OF NORTH CAROLINA'S AMENDMENT THAT DEALT WITH HOW THOSE FUNDS COULD BE UTILIZED AND SPENT. NOW AGAIN, FACED WITH A DIFFICULT -- WITH THE DIFFICULT DECISIONS THAT THE CHAIRS FIND THEMSELVES IN, THE AVERAGE REDUCTION, AND THIS ISN'T A BILL THAT CAME TO THE FLOOR WITH ACROSS THE BOARD CULTS, BUT THE AVERAGE REDUCTION IN -- ACROSS THE BOARD CUTS, BUT THE AVERAGE REDUCTION IN SPENDING IS ABOUT 14% FOR THE BILLS BEING CONSIDERED. YET THESE FUNDS HAVE GONE FROM THE $820 MILLION TO $350 MILLION. WHICH IS ON THE ORDER OF ABOUT A -- WELL, 60% REDUCTION. THE AMENDMENT THAT I OFFER WITH MR. PASCRELL WOULD TRANSFER FUNDS OUT OF THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY AND EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT, THE OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT AND THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER TO RESTORE THOSE FUNDS, NOT TO THE $820 MILLION THAT 300 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE INDICATED SHOULD BE SPENT IN THE LAST FISCAL YEAR BUT RESTORES THEM TO $670 MILLION, EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THE TWO PROGRAMS I'VE INDICATED. AT THAT LEVEL, THESE FUNDS WILL STILL RECEIVE A 19% REDUCTION. FROM FISCAL YEAR 2011. AND AGAIN, CITING MY GREAT RESPECT FOR THE CHAIRS OF THE COMMITTEE ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION I'VE HEARD IT REMARKED THAT THIS IS A NATIONAL SECURITY BILL AND THERE NEEDS TO BE FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL PURPOSE, THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE IN THE BUSINESS OF FUNDING EVERY LOCAL OR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT IN THE NATION. AND I AGREE WITH THAT SENTIMENT. HOWEVER, I CAN TELL YOU THAT FACED WITH AMAZING BUDGET PRESSURES BACK IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY, WHEN THE GRAND RIVER IN GAINESVILLE, OHIO, FLOODED A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, IT WASN'T FEMA OR THE COAST GUARD OR THE NATIONAL GUARD THAT PLUCKED THESE FOLKS OUT OF THEIR HOMES AND PLUCKED THEM OUT OF THE RIVER AND SAVED THEIR LIVES AND SAVED THEIR PROPERTIES. IT WAS OUR FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS. AND SO IF WE MAKE A DETERMINATION AS A CONGRESS THAT WE ARE IN THE FEMA BUSINESS THAT IS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BUSINESS, AN WE WILL PROVIDE FUNDS TO HELP REBUILD AND RESHAPE AND FORTIFY AND ALL THE OTHER THINGS, THEN WE NEED TO BE IN ALL PARTS OF THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BUSINESS AND THAT INCLUDES THE FIRST RESPONDER PORTION OF THAT. THEREFORE, I KNOW THAT WE HAVE ATTEMPTED TO COME TO SOME AGREEMENT ON THIS AMENDMENT TO TRY AND GET ALL PARTIES ON BOARD, SADLY WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT, NOT FOR LACK OF TRYING ON THE PART OF THE CHAIRMAN, BUT WE FIND OURSELVES NOW WITH THIS SIMPLE AMENDMENT THAT TRANSFERS FUNDS FROM THE BUREAUCRACY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND RESTORES IT TO OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. AGAIN, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO THANK MR. PASCRELL FOR HIS CO-SPONSORSHIP, I URGE SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:23:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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    TO RELUCTANTLY OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    FOR THE NATION'S SECURITY AND MOVE FUNDING TO GRANT.

  • 04:23:40 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    ALREADY CUT THE HEADQUARTERS MANAGEMENT AT HISTORIC LEVELS. THE BILL…

    ALREADY CUT THE HEADQUARTERS MANAGEMENT AT HISTORIC LEVELS. THE BILL REDUCES FUNDING FOR THESE ACTIVITIES 21% OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT REQUESTED HIMSELF THIS INCLUDES WE HAVE ZEROED OUT THE DEPARTMENT'S NEW HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., ZEROED OUT THE FUNDING FOR THE DATA CENTER MIGRATION, AND WE SLASHED OTHER INITIATIVES WE CANNOT AFFORD AT THIS TIME. MANY CUTS WERE UNAVOIDABLE BECAUSE OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WAS FILLED WITH PHONY OFFSETS. SINCE 9/11, CONGRESS HAS PROVIDED $6.7 BILLION FOR THIS PROGRAM AND FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS HAS INCLUDED A WAIVER FOR THE COST SHARE REQUIREMENTS WITH LOCAL GOLVETS. GIVEN OUR NATION'S DIRE FISCAL SITUATION WE MUST TAKE A STAND THAT IS NOT THE -- IT'S NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S JOB TO BAIL OUT EVERY MUNICIPAL BUDGET OR SERVE AS FIRE MARSHAL FOR EVERY CITY AND TOWN ACROSS THE NATION. IN TODAY'S PHYSICALLY CONSTRAIN -- FISCALLY CONSTRAINED ENVIRONMENT, WHAT WE HAVE INCLUDED HERE IS A LOT OF MONEY. WHILE I SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S INTENTIONS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:24:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. DO OTHER MEMBERS SEEK RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    YIELDS BACK. DO OTHER MEMBERS SEEK RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

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  • 04:25:00 PM

    MR. PASCRELL

    TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 04:25:05 PM

    MR. PASCRELL

    THANK MR. LATOURETTE, AS USUAL, TAKING ON A VERY, VERY EXQUISITE SUBJECT…

    THANK MR. LATOURETTE, AS USUAL, TAKING ON A VERY, VERY EXQUISITE SUBJECT HERE AND NOT COMING LATE TO THE FIGHT. SO I'M PROUD TO RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT. I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OHIO. FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND WILLINGNESS TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. TO THOSE WHO SAY THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BEARS NO RESPONSIBILITY ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY, THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY WRONG. ON ONE SIDE OF OUR MOUTH WE SAY WE MUST PROTECT AND DEFEND OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. THE OTHER SIDE OF OUR MOUTH, WE SAY THAT WE HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY WHATSOEVER IN TALKING ABOUT OUR FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS. THAT'S WHY JUST A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME AGO, IN 2011 C.R., BOTH SIDES CAME TOGETHER THE MAJORITY OF BOTH PARTIES SUPPORTED PUTTING MONEY BACK INTO THE BUDGET. WE'RE DEBATING A BILL CALLED THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL. IT'S AN IRONIC TITLE. THIS LEGISLATION, AS WRITTEN, FAILS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND FAILS THE VERY PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE FRONT LINES OF OUR HOMELAND SECURITY. IT IS OUR FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS WHO WILL RESPOND TO A NATIONAL TRAGEDY BEFORE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THIS IS WHAT WE SAID IN 9/11 AND THIS IS WHAT WE SAID IN EVERY YEAR SINCE 9/11 AND IT HAS NOT CHANGED. WE UNDERSTAND THE FINANCIAL REALITY THIS IS COUNTRY FACES. I'M PREPARED TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE TO FIND COMMON SOLUTIONS AS WE DID SIX MONTHS AGO. BUT WHAT WE CANNOT AFFORD IS TO SACRIFICE OUR COUNTRY'S SECURITY AT THE ALTAR OF SPENDING CUTS AND THAT'S PRECISELY WHAT THE BILL AS WRITTEN NOW DOES. THE FIRE AND SAFER PROGRAMS, THESE PROGRAMS SUPPORTED BY BOTH DEMOCRATS AN REPUBLICANS, REACHED ACROSS THE LINES, ACROSS THAT CENTER AISLE THAT GOES DOWN BETWEEN US, AND SAID, LET'S WORK TOGETHER ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THIS COUNTRY. REMEMBER, THE FIRE ACT WAS WRITTEN BEFORE 9/11 WHEN PLACES IN THE FAR WEST HAD TO PUSH THEIR EQUIPMENT TO A FIRE. SIMPLY PUT, THAT'S NOT ACCEPTABLE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. AND WHEN WE ASK OUR FIRST RESPONDERS TO BE READY TO PROTECT US, PROTECT THE COMMUNITY, WE NEED TO KNOW THAT THEY HAVE THE RESOURCES NECESSARY AND AS YOU KNOW, NOT ONLY IN THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS HAVE OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES BEEN UNABLE, SMALL AND LARGE COMMUNITIES, TO HAVE ALL OF THOSE RESOURCES AT THEIR HANDS, NOW IT'S EVEN MORE DIFFICULT. WHAT YOU'RE ASKING HERE IS A CUT OF 57% COMPARED TO THE 2010 AND 2011 BUDGET. UNACCEPTABLE. I SUPPORT ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR ALL THE AGENCIES. FUNDED IN THIS BILL. BUT WE'RE SHORTCHANGING THE VERY PEOPLE WHO RAN INTO THE BURNING BUILDINGS ON SEPTEMBER 11. YOU CAN'T TELL ME THOSE FOLKS WEREN'T ON THE FRONT LINES THAT DAY. I DON'T BELIEVE YOU IF THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE TELLING ME. I KNOW YOU DON'T MEAN THAT, BUT THEN DON'T SAY IT. THE FIRE ACT WAS SIGNED BY PRESIDENT CLINTON BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT BASIC EQUIPMENT NEEDS FOR OUR FIRE DEPARTMENTS TO PROTECT ALL OF OUR CONSTITUENTS AND HASN'T THAT CHANGED SINCE 9/11? WHAT THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES ARE, WHAT THEY NEED TO RESPOND TO, IS MUCH DIFFERENT THAN BEFORE 9/11. SEPTEMBER 11 CHANGED THE RELATIONSHIP WE HAVE WITH OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. SOLIDIFIED OUR DECISION THAT NO LONGER WOULD THIS FUNDING BE A SOLELY LOCAL ISSUE. FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND ENSURING THEY WERE WELL STAFFED AND EQUIPPED WOULD BE PARTLY A FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITY. SINCE THEN, -- SINCE THEY WERE ORIGINALLY OFFERED BACK -- AUTHORIZED BACK IN 2000, THEY HAVE PROVIDED NEARLY $7 BILLION FOR OUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN NEVER EVERY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN IN THIS COUNTRY. THE FACT IS FIREFIGHTERS RELY ON THIS FUNDING FOR EQUIPMENT, TRAINING, PERSONNEL, ESPECIALLY IN THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES. INDEPENDENT EVALUATION OF THE FIRE PROGRAM, MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER, PUBLISHED BY THE U.S. FIRE ADMINISTRATION, CONCLUDED IT WAS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE IN IMPROVING THE READINESS AND THIS IS THE MOST EFFICIENT FEDERAL PROGRAM IN THE ENTIRE FEDERAL BUDGET. HEAR ME.

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  • 04:30:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 04:30:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. PRICE

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT. THE BILL BEFORE US, MORE THAN -- THE…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT. THE BILL BEFORE US, MORE THAN -- THE BILL BEFORE US MORE THAN HALVES THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF FUNDING FOR FIREFIGHTER ASSISTANCE GRANTS COMPARED TO 2011 AND 2010. IF THIS BILL IS ADOPTED AS WRITTEN THE HIRING GRANTS KNOWN AS SAFER GRANTS ARE GOING TO BE CUT BY 63% BELOW 2011 AND EQUIVALENT GRANTS WILL BE CUT BY 51%. THAT IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. THESE CUTS WOULD RESULT IN THOUSANDS OF FEWER FIREFIGHTERS ON THE JOB. IT WOULD LEAVE FEWER DEPARTMENTS ABLE TO MAINTAIN SAFE STAFFING LEVELS. IT WOULD PREVENT MANY FIRE DEPARTMENTS FROM PURCHASING EQUIPMENT, PURCHASING BREATHING APP RAT -- APPARATUS AND PROTECTING GREER THAT OUR FIREFIGHTERS DEPEND ON -- GEAR THAT OUR FIREFIGHTERS DEPEND ON DURING A TIME OF EMERGENCY. THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT PROVIDES $320 MILLION TO RESTORE THIS FUNDING TO THE PRESIDENT'S REQUESTED LEVEL. MIND YOU, THAT'S STILL BELOW THE 2011 LEVEL. BUT IT COMES AT LEAST TO THE PRESIDENT'S REQUESTED LEVEL AND IT WOULD DIVIDE THE FUNDS BETWEEN SAFER AND EQUIPMENT GRANTS AS WE'VE BEEN URGED TO DO BY THE VARIOUS FIRE ASSOCIATIONS. RETAINING THIS FUNDING WHEN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE CUTTING FIREFIGHTER BUDGETS WILL HELP PRESERVE PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. THIS AMENDMENT WILL HELP KEEP THOUSANDS OF FIREFIGHTERS ON THE JOB. AND THE NOTION THAT WE'RE TALKING HERE ABOUT SOME KIND OF FEDERAL TAKEOVER OF LOCAL SECURITY RESPONSIBILITIES, I THINK EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER KNOWS THAT THAT IS NOT AN ACCURATE CHARACTERIZATION OF WHAT'S GOING ON HERE. OF COURSE THESE EXPENDITURES ARE STILL MAINLY OCCURRING AT THE LOCAL LEVEL. BUT WE'RE IN A WORLD WHERE OUR FIRE DEPARTMENTS ARE BEING ASKED TO EQUIP THEMSELVES IN NEW WAYS, TO TRAIN THEMSELVES IN NEW WAYS, TO MEET NEW KINDS OF THREATS AND HAZARDS AND THESE FIRE GRANTS, THE PERSONNEL GRANTS AND THE EQUIPMENT GRANTS HAVE BEEN A CRITICAL WAY OF ESTABLISHING A PARTNERSHIP WHEREBY OUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS CAN DO WHAT THEY NEED TO DO IN THIS NEW ERA, WHEN THEY CONFRONT ALL KINDS OF NEW HAZARDS. NOW, I DON'T BELIEVE THE OFFSETS IN THIS AMENDMENT ARE WORKABLE AT THE END OF THE DAY. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT. BUT THE INADEQUATE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ALLOCATION COMBINED WITH THE DECISION TO TRANSFER $850 MILLION FROM FIRST RESPONDER GRANTS TO DISASTER RELIEF AND TO REFUSE EMERGENCY DESIGNATION FOR DISASTER RELIEF LEAVES MY COLLEAGUE NOES GOOD PLACE TO CUT, NO GOOD -- COLLEAGUES NO GOOD PLACE TO CUT, NO GOOD OPTIONS TO FIND OFFSETS FOR THESE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL RESTORING OF THESE GRANTS TO FIREFIGHTERS. SO I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. BUT I WORK DILIGENTLY TO RESTORE THESE FUNDING CUTS AS THE BILL PROGRESSES AND WE'LL GET DOWN AT THE END OF THE DAY, I TRUST, TO RESPONSIBLE BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:33:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 04:33:59 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO SUPPORT THE LATOURETTE-PASCRELL AMENDMENT AND…

    LEE: MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO SUPPORT THE LATOURETTE-PASCRELL AMENDMENT AND I TOO RECOGNIZE THE CHALLENGES THAT MR. ADERHOLT AND MR. PRICE FACED IN THE CONFINES OF TRYING TO ADDRESS SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. BUT AS A MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, I BELIEVE IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE LOOK AT THE REALITY OF THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE. AN ARTICLE DATED APRIL 24, 2011, OUT OF THE STATE OF TEXAS READS, HUNDREDS OF WEARY FIREFIGHTERS WERE RACING AGAINST THE CLOCK ON SUNDAY, PUSHING BACK MASSIVE BRUSHFIRES THAT HAVE DESTROYED NEAR RECORD SWATCHES OF TEXAS COUNTRYSIDE. FIREFIGHTERS WERE HOPING TO MAKE AS MUCH PROGRESS AS POSSIBLE BEFORE LOW HUMIDITY AND STRONG WINDS SET THE STAGE FOR MORE POTENTIAL FLARE-UPS LATE MONDAY AND TUESDAY. FIRES ARE STILL BURNING IN TEXAS . FIREFIGHTERS ARE STILL BEING CALLED UPON. CITIES AND STATES ACROSS AMERICA ARE LAYING OFF FIREFIGHTERS AND WE'RE REMINDED OF THE NEEDS, IF YOU WILL, THAT WERE ADDRESSED ON 9/11 WHEN FIREFIGHTERS FROM THE CITY OF NEW YORK RUSHED IN TO SAVE THEIR FELLOW NEW YORKERS AND OTHERS AND MANY OF THEM, MANY OF THEM PERISHED. THEY ARE IN FACT FIRST RESPONDERS AND I BELIEVE IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE MAKE THE SACRIFICE. WE FIND THE ADEQUATE OFFSET AND WE SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I'M ALSO REMINDED OF A STORY THAT MANY OF YOU MAY HAVE HEARD, IT'S A SAD STORY, IT AIRED ON LOCAL TELEVISION WHERE FIREFIGHTERS FROM SOME LOCALITY WATCHED WHILE A MAN DROWNED AND COULD NOT SAVE HIM. THE REASONING WAS THAT THE PARTICULAR TEAM THAT WOULD HAVE HAD THE SKILLS AND THE EQUIPMENT TO SAVE THIS DROWNING MAN IN WHAT HAP HAS BEEN CALLED THE MOST POWERFUL -- IN WHAT HAS BEEN CALLED THE MOST POWERFUL NATION IN THE WORLD WAS FIRED, LAID OFF, ELIMINATED AND THEREFORE FROM THE SHORELINE, MANY LOOKED IN HORROR AS THIS PARTICULAR MAN DROWNED. IS THIS WHAT AMERICA'S COME TO? I BELIEVE THIS AMENDMENT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. ONE, TO BE ABLE TO SHOW APPRECIATION TO THE FIREFIGHTERS ACROSS AMERICA WHO COME TO THE AID OF THOSE IN NEED FROM DIFFERENT STATES WHEN A CRISIS OR TRAGEDY OCCURS. I HEARD SOMEONE MENTION, IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN MR. LATOURETTE, THAT WHO IS IT THAT FLUCKS YOU OUT OF A BURNING HOUSE OR RESCUES YOU WHEN THEY DO HAVE THE RESOURCES AND THE TEAM OUT OF A PREDICAMENT WHERE YOU ARE STRAINED -- STRANDED IN SOME CRISIS, WHETHER IT IS DROWNING, WHETHER IT'S A FIRE, WHETHER IT IS AN EMERGENCY HEALTH CONDITION OR WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE CONFRONTING A TERRORIST ACT, FIREFIGHTERS ARE TRULY OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON THEY'RE CONSIDERING CLOSING OUT OR SHUTTING DOWN 600-PLUS POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS HAVE THE SAME CONCERNS. SO I THINK IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE OWN UP TO OUR DUTIES AND AS I MENTIONED IN A METAPHOR BEFORE, LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BE WINNERS TODAY, LET THE FIREFIGHTERS BE PRESENT AND ACCOUNTED FOR AND LET US BE REMINDED OF THEIR GREAT HEROIC ACTS OF 9/11. THIS 10TH YEAR AND ANNIVERSARY, LET US NOT SAY THANK YOU IN THE WAY THAT WE DENY THEM FUNDING BUT LET US SAY THANK YOU IN THE WAY THAT WE PROVIDE THEM WITH THE FUNDING THAT THEY NEED. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:38:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

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  • 04:38:15 PM

    >>

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD, MR. CHAIR.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    >>

    YOU, MR. CHAIR. I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AS WELL, FOR SEVERAL REASONS.

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    MR. CLARKE

    ONE, IT'S VERY OBVIOUS. OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, OUR FIREFIGHTERS, THEY'RE…

    ONE, IT'S VERY OBVIOUS. OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, OUR FIREFIGHTERS, THEY'RE THE FIRST THERE TO TAKE CARE OF THE PUBLIC WHEN A NATURAL DISASTER SUCH AS THESE TORNADOS THAT HAVE HIT OUR COUNTRY DEMOLISH HOMES AND INJURE PEOPLE. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY IT'S THIS, OUR LOCAL UNITS OF GOVERNMENT RIGHT NOW, THEY DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO PROPERLY EQUIP AND STAFF THEIR FIREFIGHTERS AND HERE'S WHY. THEIR PROPERTY VALUES THAT THEY DEPEND ON FOR THEIR FUNDING, WELL, THEY'VE BEEN DIMINISHED BECAUSE OF THE FORECLOSURE CRISIS, A CRISIS THAT THIS CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO EFFECTIVELY ADDRESS. SO THERE'S ONE DUTY, HOWEVER, THAT WE CAN'T TURN OUR BACK ON AND THAT'S THE SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THAT'S WHY I URGE YOU, AT LEAST PARTIALLY RESTORE FUNNING FOR THESE IMPORTANT FIREFIGHTER GRANTS AND WHILE I MAY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE FUNDING SOURCE OF THIS AMENDMENT, I'LL TELL YOU THE APPROPRIATE WAY TO FUND OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL PROVIDERS, TAKE A SHARE OF THE MILITARY AID THAT'S GOING TO AFGHANISTAN RIGHT NOW. BIN LADEN IS GONE, WE NEED TO REASSESS OUR MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN AND REDIRECT SOME OF THAT MONEY TO PROTECT AMERICANS RIGHT HERE AT HOME. LET'S PUT SOME OF THAT MONEY IN THE HOMELAND SECURITY BUDGET, IT'S OUR FIRE FIGHTS THAT ARE ARE OUR FIRST DEFENSE AGAINST A TERRORIST ATTACK. I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. WE HAVE THE MONEY, WE JUST NEED TO ALLOCATE IT RIGHT. WE'VE DONE ENOUGH IN AFGHANISTAN, LET'S TAKE SOME OF THAT MONEY AND PUT IT RIGHT HERE TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, SUPPORT HOMELAND SECURITY BECAUSE THE NEXT THREAT THAT WE LIKELY WILL GET FROM A TERRORIST WILL COME FROM WITHIN OUR BORDERS. LET'S TAKE CARE OF OUR PEOPLE RIGHT NOW. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR AND I -- MR. CHAIR, AND I YIELD MY TIME.

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  • 04:40:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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    >>

    TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    >>

    IN SUPPORT OF THE LATOURETTE-PASCRELL AMENDMENT TO THE HOMELAND SECURITY…

    IN SUPPORT OF THE LATOURETTE-PASCRELL AMENDMENT TO THE HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL, TO RESTORE FUNDING FOR THE ASSISTANCE FOR FIREFIGHTERS AND STAFFING FOR ADEQUATE FIRE AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE GRANT PROGRAMS.

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  • 04:40:37 PM

    MR. ALTMIRE

    THE PROGRAMS ARE ESSENTIAL TO OUR PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. THESE…

    THE PROGRAMS ARE ESSENTIAL TO OUR PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. THESE PROGRAMS IMPROVE THE READINESS OF OUR NATION'S FIREFIGHTERS, ENSURING THAT THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERY DAY FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITIES ARE PREPARED WITH THE EQUIPMENT THEY NEED TO CONTINUE PROTECTING AND SERVING OUR COMMUNITIES SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY. THESE GRANTS PROVIDED BY THE A.F.G. AND SAFER PROGRAMS ARE THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT SOURCE OF FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS. THEY HELP FIRE DEPARTMENTS EQUIP, TRAIN AND MAINTAIN THEIR PERSONNEL SO THEY ARE PREPARED TO RESPOND TO ALL EMERGENCIES. THESE PROGRAMS ARE ABLE TO ADDRESS THE IMMEDIATE AND INDIVIDUALIZED NEEDS OF FIRE DEPARTMENTS EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY BECAUSE FUNDING IS AWARDED DIRECTLY TO FIRE DEPARTMENTS INSTEAD OF BEING FUNDED THROUGH OTHER LAYERS OF GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACIES. AS A RESULT OF THE RECENT ECONOMIC DOWNTURN AND BUDGET CONSTRAINTS AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT, MANY FIRE DEPARTMENTS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO CUT PERSONNEL AND SERVICES, WITHOUT ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR A.F.G. AND SAFER, THOUSANDS OF FIREFIGHTERS COULD BE LAID OFF AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY COULD BE PUT FURTHER AT RISK. THERE ARE MORE THAN 150 FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN MY DISTRICT ALONE AND EACH ONE PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE IN KEEPING LOCAL COMMUNITIES SAFE. MANY OF THESE FIRE DEPARTMENTS HAVE BENEFITED FROM A. DEPMPLET G. FUNDING -- A.F.G. FUNDING, SOME FIRE DEPARTMENTS ARE JUST A FEW OF THE MAN THAT HAVE USED THE GRANTS TO PURCHASE -- OF THE MANY THAT HAVE USED GRANTS TO PURCHASE NEW EQUIPMENT OR TRAIN ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL. JUST THIS YEAR BERKLEY HILLS FIRE DEPARTMENT USED AN A.F.G. GRANT TO PURCHASE AN AERIAL LADDER FRIAR TRUCK THAT WILL HELP THE DEPARTMENT BETTER -- FIRE TRUCK THAT WILL HELP THE DEPARTMENT BETTER PROTECT BUILDINGS IN THE TOWNSHIP. ANOTHER FIRE VOLUNTEER COMPANY RECEIVED A GRANT LAST YEAR THAT ALLOWED THE FIRE COMPANY TO REPLACE OUTCATED EQUIPMENT WITH A NEW -- OUTDATED EQUIPMENT WITH A NEWPORTBLE RADIO AND DEFIBRILLATORS. THESE UPGRATES WILL NOT ONLY INCREASE FIREFIGHTER SAFETY, THEY WILL IMPROVE THE SERVICES PROVIDED TO THE COMMUNITIES THOSE FIRE DEPARTMENTS SERVE. ENACTING THE GRANTS TO THE A.F.G. AND SAFER PROGRAMS IN THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION WILL ONLY MAKE IT HARDER FOR FIRE DEPARTMENTS TO AVOID LAYOFFS AND PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. BY ADEQUATELY FUNDING A.F.G. AND SAFER PROGRAMS, WE CAN HELP VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS NATIONWIDE OBTAIN THE EQUIPMENT AND PERSONNEL THEY NEED TO EFFECTIVELY RESPOND TO EMERGENCIES. ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS, OVER 1,600 FIREFIGHTERS COULD LOSE THEIR JOBS AS A RESULT OF THE FUNDING CUTS THAT ARE IN THIS BILL. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT FIREFIGHTERS IN THEIR DISTRICTS AND VOTE IN FAVOR OF INCREASED FUNDING FOR FIREFIGHTERS AND SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT OF MR. LATOURETTE AND MR. PASCRELL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:43:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 04:43:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 04:43:48 PM

    >>

    ME TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE LATOURETTE AND PASCRELL AMENDMENT, TO…

    ME TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE LATOURETTE AND PASCRELL AMENDMENT, TO RESTORE FUNDING FOR FIRE AND SAFER GRANTS.

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  • 04:43:53 PM

    MS. RICHARDSON

    LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSMAN LATOURETTE AND CONGRESSMAN PASCRELL FOR OFFERING…

    LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSMAN LATOURETTE AND CONGRESSMAN PASCRELL FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT WHICH ENJOYS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT WHICH I STRONGLY SUPPORT. THE YAWN SLOT OF NATURAL DISASTERS THAT WE HAVE SEEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE SHOWN THAT THE NEELED FOR FIRST RESPONDERS HAS INCREASED, NOT DECREASED. MANY OF US HAVE BEEN STRONG ADVOCATES FOR THIS PROGRAM AND RECOGNIZE THE INHERENT VALUE OF MAKING SURE OUR NATION'S FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE THE PEOPLE AND THE EQUIPMENT THAT THEY NEED IN ORDER TO ENSURE OUR SAFETY IN ALL OF OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. I SUPPORT THESE PROGRAMS. WHY? BECAUSE THEY WORK. AFTER AN INDEPENDENT EVALUATION OF THE FIRE GRANT PROGRAM WAS IMPLEMENTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, IT CONCLUDED, IT CONCLUDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, THAT THIS PROGRAM WAS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE IN IMPROVING THE READINESS AND CAPABILITIES OF FIREFIGHTERS ACROSS THE NATION. ADDITIONALLY, AT A TIME WHEN MANY LOCAL, STATE -- WHEN MANY LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO MAKE DRASTIC CUTS TO THEIR EMERGENCY STAFF AND PERSONNEL, THE SAFER PROGRAM HAS BEEN THE ONLY RESOURCE FIRE DEPARTMENTS HAVE HAD TO ENSURE THAT THEIR COMMUNITIES WOULD BE READY IF THEY NEEDED TO RESPOND. IN THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE REPORT, IT MENTIONS THAT FEMA SHOULD MAINTAIN ALL HAZARDS FOCUS IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT FEMA CONCENTRATES ITS EFFORTS ON WHERE IT IS NEEDED MOST. I STRONGLY AGREE WITH THIS SENTIMENT, WHICH IS WHY I THINK THIS AMENDMENT IS CRITICAL TO ACHIEVING OUR GOALS. AS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE 37TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE, I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A FULLY STAFFENED A -- STAFFED AND EQUIPPED FIRE DEPARTMENT. 24E SAN MIGUEL FIRE THE WORST FIRE IN CALIFORNIA'S HISTORY, BURNED THROUGH 900 ACRES OF LAND AND COST BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, HOWEVER THIS GRANT PROGRAM MADE SURE NO LIVES WERE LOST. UNFORTUNATELY, FIRES ARE NOT SOMETHING WE CAN ALWAYS PLAN AHEAD FOR, WE HAVE TO RESPOND, DO THE RESCUE AND THEN THE RECOVERY. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THIS AMENDMENT BE FOUND IN ORDER TO ELIMINATE THE BURDEN THAT FIREFIGHTERS FEEL IN HAVING TO DO MORE ON WHAT OF THE DO -- WHAT THEY CAN'T DO WITH LESS.

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  • 04:46:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 04:46:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN ASKS FOR A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18,…

    THE GENTLEMAN ASKS FOR A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO WILL BE POSTPONED. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND RISE?

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  • 04:47:18 PM

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

  • 04:47:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND. PAGE 2, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT…

    OFFERED BY MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND. PAGE 2, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT --

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  • 04:47:32 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SU SPEND THE READING OF THE AMENDMENT.

  • 04:47:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT WILL BE CONSIDER CANNED AS…

    OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT WILL BE CONSIDER CANNED AS READ. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:47:48 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    THIS AMENDMENT IS OFFERED BY MYSELF AND OTHERS. IT WILL AUTHORIZE FUNDING…

    THIS AMENDMENT IS OFFERED BY MYSELF AND OTHERS. IT WILL AUTHORIZE FUNDING FOR STATE AND LOCAL GRANTS FOR THE URBAN INITIATIVES. THIS BILL MAKES DANGEROUS CUTS TO THE URBAN AREAS SECURITY INITIATIVES, THE UASI PROGRAM A PROGRAM CRITICAL TO SECURITY OF I CITIES DEEMED AT HIGH RISK OF ATTACK. ONE OF THOSE CITIES IS PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, ALONG WITH 50 OTHER CITIES. JUST LAST YEAR, PROVIDENCE WAS ONE OF 54 CITIES IDENTIFIED AS BEING MOST AT-RISK OF BEING TARGETED BY TERRORISTS. AS A RESULT THE CITY OF PROVIDENCE AND OTHER COMMUNITIES HAVE RECEIVED CRITICAL FEDERAL FUNDING UNDER UASI TO SUPPORT EFFORTS TO PREVENT AND RESPOND TO TERRORIST ATTACKS AND OTHER EMERGENCIES. AS A RESULT OF THIS, PROVIDENCE ALSO BECAME THE FIRST CITY IN AMERICA TO HAVE AN ACCREDITED EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT. HOWEVER, THE CUT PROSS POSED IN THIS LEGISLATION WILL CRIPPLE THE ABILITY OF CITIES TO EFFECTIVELY ENSURE PROPER SAFETY, SHOULD AN ATTACK OCCUR. THE ELIMINATION OF THESE UASI FUNDS MEAN STAFF WON'T BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN CRITICAL TRAINING OR PURCHASE EQUIPMENT NECESSARY TO BE PREPARED. THOUSANDS OF DWITESES -- DEVICES LIKE SECURITY CAMERAS, RADIO, PROMPTS SUCH AS PORT SIRENS AND WATER CRAFT WON'T BE MAINTAINED. EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTERS WON'T ABLE TO BE CONSTRUCTED OR MAINTAINED. THESE ARE URGENT PRIORITIES FOR OUR CITIES. WE CANNOT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE SPEND BILLION PROTECTING PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR OWN SECURITY. I URGE MEMBERS TO ADOPT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK. -- I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM RHODE ISLAND,

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  • 04:49:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM RHODE ISLAND, THE AUTHOR OF THE AMENDMENT, MUST REMAIN ON HIS FEET…

    FROM RHODE ISLAND, THE AUTHOR OF THE AMENDMENT, MUST REMAIN ON HIS FEET DURING THE YIELDING OF TIME. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:50:04 PM

    MR. LANGEVIN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO ECHO HIS SENTIMENTS. I RISE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO ECHO HIS SENTIMENTS. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY JOINT AMENDMENT WITH CONGRESSMAN CICILLINE TO RESTORE $337 MILLION TO THE URBAN AREAS SECURITY INITIATIVES GRANT PROGRAM WHICH WOULD FUND THE PROGRAM AT THE F.Y. 2010 LEVEL. THE FUNDS SUPPORT RESPONSE EFFORTS ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. A LEVEL 1 TRAUMA CENTER AND THE PORT OF PROVIDENCE ARE ALSO CRITICAL ASSETS. THESE ARE IN JEOPARDY DUE TO CUTS TO THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVES IN THIS BILL. THEY WERE DESIGNED TO MAKE SURE THAT DENSELY POPULATED AREAS WERE ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND PROTECTED. BECAUSE OF THE CUTS IN THIS PROGRAM, THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT I BELIEVE ARE AN IRRESPONSIBLE AND ARBITRARY APPROACH TO BUDGET CUTTING THAT JEOPARDIZES SAFETY THROUGHOUT THE REGION IN CASE OF AN ATTACK OR NATURAL DISASTER. I APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUE AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE CICILLINE-LANGEVIN AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:51:19 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    MR. ELLISON FOR A REQUEST.

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    MR. ELLISON

    SKI UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PUT A STATEMENT IN THE RECORD IN SUPPORT OF THE…

    SKI UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PUT A STATEMENT IN THE RECORD IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:51:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE STATEMENT WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD.

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    MR. CICILLINE

    YIELD A MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    MUST REMAIN ON HIS FEET.

  • 04:51:50 PM

    MS. HIRONO

    IF THE GENTLEMAN -- THE GENTLEMAN -- I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD BACK HIS TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    THE MOVE BEFORE US TODAY WAS BORN OUT OF NEED FOR REFORM. IT PROVIDES FOR…

    THE MOVE BEFORE US TODAY WAS BORN OUT OF NEED FOR REFORM. IT PROVIDES FOR THE SECRETARY, IT PROVIDES FOR REQUIREMENTS FOR SPENDING LANGUISHING DOLLARS. IT PROVIDES $1.7 BILLION FOR HOMELAND SECURITY FIRST RESPONDER GRANTS. HOWEVER, AS WE ARE ALL AWARE, NOT ALL PROGRAMS ARE FUNDED AT THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S LEVEL. THE CONSOLIDATION IN THIS BILL FORCES THE SECRETARY TO EXAMINE THE INTELLIGENCE AND RISK AND PUT SCARCE DOLLARS WHERE THEY ARE MOST NEEDED, WHETHER IT IS PORT, WHETHER IT'S RAIL, SURVEILLANCE OR ACCESS PROJECTS OR WHETHER IT'S HIGH-RISK URBAN AREAS OR TO STATES AS OPPOSED TO REVERSE ENGINEERING PROMPTS TO FILL THE AMOUNT DESIGNATED FOR ONE OF THE MANY PROGRAMS. ADDITIONALLY, AS NOTED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, THE BILL LIMITS THE URBAN AREAS SECURITY INITIATIVE GRANTS TO THE TOP HIGHEST -- 10 HIGHEST CITIES. AGAIN, THIS PUTS SCARCE DOLLARS WHERE THEY'RE MOST NEEDED THIS DOES NOT MEAN LOWER RISK CITIES WILL LOSE ALL FUNDING. IT WILL JUST MEAN THE FUNDS WILL COME FROM OTHER PROGRAMS SUCH AS HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS THAT ARE AT RISK AND FORMULA BASED. THESE -- THAT ARE RISK AND FORMULA BASED. THESE CUTS WILL NOT BE EASE YOU BUT THEY ARE LONG OVERDUE AND NECESSARY TO ADDRESS OUT OF CONTROL FEDERAL SPENDING. FURTHERMORE, THE OFFSET PROPOSED BY THE GENTLEMAN IS UNACCEPTABLE. A REDUCTION TO THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND TECHNOLOGY ACCOUNT WOULD, NUMBER ONE, IMPACT OPERATION AND MAIN NANCE ON THE BORDER FENCE. NUMBER TWO, REDUCE INVESTMENTS IN CRITICAL BORDER SECURITY COMMUNICATIONS, AND THIRD, AFFECT THE BORDER PATROL'S ABILITY TO PROCURE PROVEN TECHNOLOGIES TO INCREASE BORDER SECURITY IMMEDIATELY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT FISCAL DISCIPLINE AROUND I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS EAFMENT

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  • 04:54:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, THE…

    YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE RISE?

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  • 04:54:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    LET ME STATE IT VERY PLAINLY. WE NEED TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR URBAN AREA…

    LET ME STATE IT VERY PLAINLY. WE NEED TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR URBAN AREA SECURITY GRANTS TO A MINIMUM OF THE 2011 LEVEL OF $725 MILLION. I OFFERED AMENDMENTS IN FULL COMMITTEE AND ASKED FOR A WAIVER FROM THE RULES COMMITTEE IN ORDER TO DO JUST THAT.

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  • 04:54:41 PM

    MR. PRICE

    HAS TAKEN OVER $2.2 BILLION IN THESE GRANT PROGRAMS, HAS CONSOLIDATED THEM…

    HAS TAKEN OVER $2.2 BILLION IN THESE GRANT PROGRAMS, HAS CONSOLIDATED THEM INTO A BLOCK GRANT OF $1 BILLION. IF YOU TAKE THAT $1 BILLION, THAT INCLUDES ALL THESE STATE AND LOCAL GRANTS AND THEN REDUCE THAT FOR THE STATUTORY CARVE OUTS, AND THEN YOU REDUCE IT AGAIN, ASSUMING THE MINIMUM STATUTORY FUNDING FOR THE STATES, WHAT'S GOING TO BE LEFT? THERE'S GOING TO BE ONLY HALF A MILLION DOLLARS LEFT FOR UASI, IF PORTS, FOR RAIL, FOR TRANSIT AND FOR OTHER GRANTS ALTOGETHER -- ALL TOGETHER. THIS IS SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH. UP FORTUNATELY, THE PROPOSED OFFSET IS ALSO UNACCEPTABLE. THIS BILL JUST LIKE THE 2011 FINAL C.R. GREATLY REDUCED BORDER SECURITY. FENCING. INFRASTRUCTURE AND TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS TO SECURE OUR BORDERS. WHILE SOME OF THIS REDUCTION IS DUE TO A TERMINATION OF THE S.B.I. NET CONTRACT, THIS PROPOSED CUT WOULD PREVENT C.B.P. FROM ACQUIRING OFF THE SHELF TECH NOTHING FOR BORDER PATROL ON THE SOUTHWEST BORDER SYSTEM OF THE OFFSET WOULD BE INDEED A DAMAGING REDUCTION. BUT THIS SIMPLY ILLUSTRATES THE IMPOSSIBLE DILEMMA POSED BY THIS BILL. THE ROOT PROBLEM IS AN INADEQUATE ALLOCATION AND IT'S COMPOUNDED BY THE REFUSAL TO CALL AN EMERGENCY AN EMERGENCY. SO I COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND FOR HIS INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS THE DANGEROUS GAP LEFT BY THE MINORITY'S BILL WHEN IT COMES TO PROTECTING THE NATION'S URBAN AREAS.

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  • 04:56:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    MS. HIRONO

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. HIRONO

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. THE INTENTION OF THE AMENDMENT IS TO…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. THE INTENTION OF THE AMENDMENT IS TO RESTORE FUNDING TO THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE, UASI. IN MY DISTRICT OF SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA --

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  • 04:57:00 PM

    MS. MATSUI

    GIVING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS THE TOOLS AND TRAINING TO…

    GIVING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS THE TOOLS AND TRAINING TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY. SACRAMENTO IS THE CAPITAL OF CALIFORNIA, THE MOST POPULOUS STATE IN THE UNION AND THE SEVENTH LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD. IT IS CRITICAL TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE ANTI-TERRORIST WORK BEING DONE THERE AND IT IS UNACCEPT TO BELIEVE LEAVE THIS REGION WITHOUT APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR PROTECTION. WITH POTENTIAL TARGETS LIKE THE FULL SOME DAM WHICH IS -- LIKE THE FOLSOM DAM WHICH IS UPSTREAM FROM THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO, KEY TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS AND NUMEROUS STATE AND CITY FACILITIES, THE UASI GRANTS PROVIDES PROTECTION AND COOPERATION AMONG LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LEVELS. NOT RECEIVING THE FUNDS WOULD DEVASTATE ONE OF THE NATION EAST MOST EFFICIENT READINESS TASK FORCES, LOCATED IN THE FORMER AIR FORCE BASE AT MY DISTRICT THIS FACILITY CREATES GREATER COLLABORATION AN COMMUNICATION AMONG STATE AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AN FIRST RESPONDERS. MR. CHAIRMAN THIS AMENDMENT WILL BOLSTER OUR NATION'S SECURITY BY GIVING OUR COMMUNITIES THE TOOLS AND TRAINING NECESSARY TO KEEP US SAFE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:58:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES VISIT. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 04:58:37 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN REQUESTS A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO -- PURSUANT TO --…

    THE GENTLEMAN REQUESTS A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO -- PURSUANT TO -- PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18 --

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  • 04:58:54 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    I WITHDRAW THE REQUEST.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WITHDRAWS THE QUESTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN WITHDRAWS THE QUESTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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  • 04:59:04 PM

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    I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 04:59:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 04:59:15 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 04:59:27 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 04:59:33 PM

    THE CLERK

    YOU WERE IN 2, PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MR. ROYCE…

    YOU WERE IN 2, PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 04:59:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:59:47 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    THAT. THIS IS AN AMENDMENT SUPPORTED BY CHAIRMAN LAMAR MIST, CHAIRMAN OF…

    THAT. THIS IS AN AMENDMENT SUPPORTED BY CHAIRMAN LAMAR MIST, CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. THE REASON HE AND I ARE IN SUPPORT OF THIS IS BECAUSE THIS AMENDMENT REDUCES THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY AND EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT BY $1 MILLION AND INCREASES FUNDING FOR IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT BY $1 MILLION IN ORDER TO FACILITATE NEW AGREEMENTS URN THE 287-J PROGRAM THIS BILL THIS AMENDMENT WILL PROVIDE FOR BETTER ENFORCEMENT OF OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS. 287-G HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL, IT ALLOWS STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO COOPERATE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAW, IT WAS ENACTED BACK IN 1996 AND CONGRESS IMPLEMENTED THIS PROGRAM TO GIVE LOCAL COMMUNITIES HELP WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN THEIR AREA. A COUPLE OF POINTS I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE, MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE ARE A MAYBE 5,000 OR 6,000 I.C.E. AGENTS IN THE UNITED STATES. THERE ARE 650,000 STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. 650,000. SO THE 10 MILLION TO 12 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS IN THE COUNTRY ARE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT THAN THEY ARE WITH AN I.C.E. AGENT. AND FOR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THEY BE PROPERLY TRAINED SO THAT THEY DON'T PROFILE, DON'T DISCRIMINATE BUT PROPERLY IDENTIFY THOSE HERE ILLEGALLY WHO ARE BREAKING OUR LAWS. NOW, THERE IS A BACKLOG OF CITIES THAT WANT 287-G AGREEMENTS, AND WHAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES IS ASSIST IN COVERING THAT PROBLEM. ONE OF THE REASONS SO MANY CITIES WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS IS BECAUSE CRIMINAL ALIEN GANGS GENERALLY VICTIMIZE PEOPLE IN THE CITIES OFTEN VICTIMIZING OTHER IMMIGRANTS, OFTEN VICTIMIZE LEGAL IMMIGRANTS. AND FRANKLY LAW ENFORCEMENT SHOULD BE TRAINED IN HOW TO IDENTIFY AND REMOVE CRIMINAL ALIENS. AND THIS ASSISTS IN THAT. IT'S A GREAT FORCE MULTIPLIER FOR I.C.E. IT PROVIDES I.C.E. WITH ASSISTANCE SUCH AS FOLLOWING UP ON LEADS, PROVIDING RESEARCH AND SURVEILLANCE, IT HAS HAD A POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON THE WORKLOAD FOR I.C.E. FOR IDENTIFYING REMOVABLE ALIENS AND IT GIVES I.C.E. IN DIRECTING THE IMMIGRATION RESOURCES. I WANT TO MAKE A POINT HERE. THE C.B.O. SCORES THIS AMENDMENT AS COSTING ZERO IN BUDGET AUTHORITY. ALSO, I THINK WE SHOULD REFLECT ON THE FACT THAT GIVEN THAT ONE OF THE 9/11 HIJACKERS, MOHAMED ATTA, WAS PULLED OVER IN TRAFFIC TWO DAYS BEFORE THE 9/11 ATTACK, THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT TO CHECKING THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF ALL INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ARRESTED. HAD THE OFFICER INQUIRED ABOUT ATTA HE THEN COULD HAVE FOUND OUT THAT ATTA WAS IN THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY AND MAY WELL HAVE PREVENTED HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE ATTACKS. THAT IS ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF HAVING LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINED IN THIS AREA. I ALSO WANTED TO MAKE AN ADDITIONAL POINT. THIS BRINGS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO HELP ENFORCE OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS. THERE ARE NOW 70 JURISDICTIONS WITH THESE AGREEMENTS, BUT MANY MORE COMMUNITIES WANT HELP. THE 287-G PROGRAM ALSO PROVIDES TRAINING TO STATE AND LOCAL POLICE GIVING THEM ADDITIONAL TOOLS THEY CAN USE TO PROSECUTE CRIMES COMMITTED BY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, ESPECIALLY GANG VIOLENCE AND DOCUMENT FRAUD. OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS THE OPEN BORDERS LAW HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING THE ADMINISTRATION TO CURTAIL THE USE OF THIS PROGRAM. WHILE THE 287-G PROGRAM IS A SOLID IMPROVEMENT IN TERMS OF ENFORCING IMMIGRATION LAWS, PARTICULARLY WITH THE GANG ACTIVITY WE HAVE TODAY, WITH THE DRUG LORDS SENDING LOCAL GANGS ACROSS THE BORDER IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN CRIMES HERE, IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT WE NEED THIS KIND OF A PROGRAM, AND BEFORE IT WAS CREATED MANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS STOPPED BY STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WENT FREE. IMMIGRATION LAWS WERE NOT ENFORCED. SINCE THE PROGRAM WAS DEVELOPED, IT'S HELPED THE STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT NOT ONLY FIGHT CRIME, AS I'VE INDICATED, BUT TO GET THE GANG LEADERS, TO GET THE SERIOUS CRIMINALS OFF THE STREETS AND ENFORCE OUR LAWS. SO INSTEAD OF CURTAILING THE PROGRAM WE SHOULD BE PROMOTING THE EXPANSION OF IT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO ENFORCE OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS.

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  • 05:04:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES -- THE QUESTION IS ON THE -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 05:04:49 PM

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    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 05:04:54 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THE BILL BEFORE US PROVIDES FULL FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT'S REQUEST FOR…

    THE BILL BEFORE US PROVIDES FULL FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT'S REQUEST FOR THE 287-G PROGRAM AND $1 MILLION SIMPLY IS NOT NEEDED. THE INCREASED PROPOSAL OF THE GENTLEMAN COMES AT THE EXPENSE OF THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY, AN ACCOUNT WHICH IS SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED IN THIS BILL AND WILL LIKELY BE REDUCED FURTHER BASED ON AMENDMENTS WE HAVE SEEN ALREADY. FURTHER CUTS IN THESE ACCOUNTS WOULD ELIMINATE KEY STAFFING POSITIONS, LIMITING THE DEPARTMENT'S ABILITY TO RESPOND TO NATIONAL EMERGENCIES AND TO PROVIDE FOR A STABLE LEADERSHIP IN THE EVENT OF A LARGE DISASTER OR A TERRORIST ATTACK. I SHOULD ALSO NOTE THAT WHILE THIS BILL FLASHES FUNDING FOR MANY WORTHWHILE AND NEEDED HOMELAND SECURITY PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT FIRST RESPONDERS, IT CUTS HOMELAND SECURITY RESEARCH, MUCH-NEEDED RESEARCH. BUT THE BILL PILES MORE FUNDING ON THE IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT. IN FACT, IT ADDS $28 MILLION IN UNREQUESTED FUNDING FOR IMMIGRATION DETENTION AND REMOVAL. NOW, THE BILL PROVIDES FULL FUNDING FOR THE FULL SECURITIES PROGRAM. TO CONTINUE EXPANDING THIS PROGRAM ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ALLOWING THE IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT, OR I.C.E., TO IDENTIFY ALIENS IN LOCAL CUSTODY. I BRING THIS UP BECAUSE IT ACCOMPLISHES THE 287-G PROGRAM BUT MUCH MORE EFFICIENTLY AND WITHOUT DEP UE TIESING LOCAL POLICE TO ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAW, A PROPOSITION THAT IS RITE WITH POTENTIAL ABUSES. SO IF WE ARE REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT DEFICIT REDUCTION AND EFFICIENCY, WE WOULD TELL I.C.E. TO TRANSITION OUT OF THIS DUPLICATIVE PROGRAM, 287-G, AND TO CONCENTRATE ON MAKING SECURE COMMUNITIES WORK EFFICIENTLY AND FAIRLY AND WELL TO IDENTIFY AND REMOVE CONVICTED CRIMINAL ALIENS. I'D ALSO LIKE TO NOTE FOR MY COLLEAGUES THAT G.A.O. AND THE INSPECTOR GENERAL HAVE REFUTED THE 287-G PROGRAM. IN SOME CASES AT OUR SUBCOMMITTEE'S REQUEST. AND THEY FOUND SERIOUS FLAWS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROGRAM AND IN I.C.E.'S ABILITY TO OVERSEE ITS OPERATION IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES. THE I.G. FOUND 33 MAJOR DEFICIENCIES IN 287-G LAST YEAR AND HAVE FOUND 16 MORE WHEN IT RECENTLY REASSESSED THE PROGRAM. SO THIS IS AN UNWISE AND UNNEEDED AMENDMENT, AND I URGE ITS REJECTION.

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  • 05:07:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE QUESTION -- AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 05:07:48 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    ON THAT I'D LIKE TO ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 05:07:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 05:08:03 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT. $234,940.

  • 05:08:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 05:08:21 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HER AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:08:40 PM

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    CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEWOMAN'S AMENDMENT.

  • 05:08:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES A POINT OF ORDER. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I'VE SERVED ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE TRAGICALLY…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I'VE SERVED ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE TRAGICALLY SINCE THE FORMATION OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE AND ULTIMATELY THE FULL COMMITTEE. FOR MANY OF US WHO WERE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND WATCHED THE PLANES ATTACK THE PENTAGON AND ULTIMATELY VISITED GROUND ZERO IN THE EARLY STAGES ARE WELL AWARE OF THE NEED TO PROTECT AMERICA. AS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY COMMITTEE, WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALABAMA AS THE CHAIRMAN, WE WELL RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES AND MODES. FOR SOME REASON, TERRORIST ARE ATTRACTED TO AIRLINES AND FREEWAYS AND TRAINS. AND SO THIS AMENDMENT IS A VERY SIMPLE AMENDMENT THAT I BELIEVE PROVIDES SECURITY TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. IT WAS NO DOUBT THAT AFTER THE KILLING OF OSAMA BIN LADEN DISCOVERED PAPERS SUGGESTED HAD A AL QAEDA OPERATIVES WERE CONSIDERING ATTACKING THE U.S. RAIL SYSTEM ON THE 10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS. YES, IT WAS 2010, BUT IF WE RECALL WE WERE UNAWARE THAT WE WERE GOING TO BE ATTACKED ON 9/11. LOS ANGELES M.T.A. PLANNED SECURITY UPGRADES IN RESPONSE TO BIN LADEN'S KILLING AND DISCOVERY OF RAIL ATTACK PLANS. THAT IS THE AMERICAN PUBLIC'S SENSITIVITY THAT WE MUST PROTECT OUR MODES OF TRANSPORTATION. MY AMENDMENT IS A SIMPLE AMENDMENT THAT RESTORES $5 MILLION TO THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ACCOUNT AT THE PRESIDENT'S SUBMITTED REQUEST BY REDUCING THE OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT AND TRANSPORTATION THREAT ASSESSMENT AND CREDENTIALING. SINCE THE DEMISE OF OSAMA BIN LADEN HAS COME TO LIGHT, THAT AL QAEDA HAD AMBITIOUS PLANS TO LAUNCH ATTACKS AGAINST OUR NATION'S MASS TRANSIT SYSTEMS AND THEIR RIDERS, OUR CONSTITUENTS. NOW MORE THAN EVER WE MUST ENSURE THAT OUR MASS TRANSIT AND SURFACE TRANSPORTATION ARE SECURE BY DEVELOPING RISK-BASED POLICIES AND PROGRAMS THAT DEVELOP APPROPRIATE RESOURCES TO SECURING THESE SYSTEMS AGAINST TERRORIST ATTACKS. THIS AMENDMENT WO INCREASE THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY -- WOULD INCREASE THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ACCOUNT BY $5 MILLION BRINGING THE ACCOUNT IN LINE WITH THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST FOR F.Y. 2012. AND WASHINGTON -- IN WASHINGTON, $5 MILLION MAY NOT SOUND ENOUGH BUT IT IS AN INCREASE TO THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ACCOUNT AT T.S.A. WHICH HAS HISTORICALLY BEEN UNDERFUNDED. THIS ACCOUNT FUNDS FRONT LINE PERSONNEL IN THE FORM OF SURFACE TRANSPORTATION INSPECTORS WITH, WHO IN ADDITION TO REVIEWING COMPLIANCE, IMPROVING SECURITY TRANSPORTATION AND OPERATIONAL PROTOCOLS. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, WHETHER IT'S AMTRAK OR LONG-DISTANCE RAIL, NEED OUR INVOLVEMENT. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO DIMINISH THE PROTECTION OF OUR RAIL LINES WHERE GRANDMOTHERS AND GRANDCHILDREN, COLLEGE STUDENTS, COMMUTERS USE. THIS IS A SMART INVESTMENT AT A CRITICAL TIME. BE REMEMBERED, BE REMINDED, WE GOT NO NOTICE ABOUT 9/11, AND WE WILL GET NO NOTICE ABOUT ATTACKS ON OUR RAIL SYSTEM. THE FUND IS REDUCED BY $2.5 MILLION FROM TWO DIFFERENT ACCOUNTS. THIS IS A WISE DECISION AT THIS TIME TO HELP OUR COMMUNITIES AND MITIGATE THE TERRORIST THREAT THAT OUR LOCAL TRANSIT SYSTEMS AS WELL AS FOR IMPROVING SECURITY FOR PASSENGER AND FREIGHT RAIL. BE THE COMMUNITY THAT WOULD BE IMPACTED BY A TERRORIST ATTACK, WHETHER IT'S THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF HOUSTON, WHETHER IT'S IN LOS ANGELES OR THE MIDWEST, ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND CONSTITUENTS ARE SERVICED BY SOME FORM OF TRANSPORTATION OR MASS TRANSIT. AND AS WE HAVE SEEN ABROAD, THIS MODE OF TRANSPORTATION IS VULNERABLE TO TERRORIST ATTACKS. FROM SPAIN TO LONDON, THEY KNOW THE TRUTH, AND WE MUST STAND VIGILANT TO PROVIDING THIS INCREASED FUNDING FOR OUR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION INSPECTORS IS A WISE INVESTMENT ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:13:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, SEEK…

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:13:26 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WITHDRAW MY RESERVATION BUT I RISE IN OPPOSITION.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WITHDRAWS HIS RESERVATION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR…

    THE GENTLEMAN WITHDRAWS HIS RESERVATION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 05:13:39 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    THE BILL ALREADY REDUCES THE OFFICE OF UNDERSECRETARY SUBSTANTIALLY. 6%…

    THE BILL ALREADY REDUCES THE OFFICE OF UNDERSECRETARY SUBSTANTIALLY. 6% BELOW THE REQUEST AND 26% BELOW THE F.Y. 2011 C.R. IT INCLUDES NO FUNDING TO CONTINUE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HEADQUARTERS. THE BILL HAS REDUCED MANAGEMENT TO A BARE MINIMUM WITH REDUCTION OF 29% TO LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT OFFICES. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS AN AGENCY OF 230,000 EMPLOYEES. THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN OSCM IS 00 OR LESS THAN A THIRD OF A PERCENT. AND FUNDING PROVIDED IS ALSO A THIRD OF A PERCENT FOR THE TOTAL D.H.S. BUDGET. THIS IS EXTREMELY SMALL FOR ASSETS NEED TO MANAGE A MAJOR SECURITY DEPARTMENT. ADDITIONAL REDUCTIONS WOULD PREVENT FILLING KEY STAFFING POSITIONS AND THUS LIMIT THE ABILITY OF THE DEPARTMENT TO RESPOND TO NATIONAL EMERGENCIES AND PROVIDE STABLE LEADERSHIP TO THE PUBLIC AND THE NATION IN THE EVENT OF A LARGE DISASTER OR TERRORIST EVENT. THESE REDUCTIONS ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH RUNNING A CABINET AGENCY. NO OTHER FEDERAL DEPARTMENT HAS ASKED TO MANAGE SUCH LARGE RESPONSIBILITIES AND OPERATING COMPONENTS WITH SUCH A SMALL AND STRETCHED HEADQUARTERS ELEMENT. THEREFORE, I URGE THE MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:14:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 05:15:05 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. PRICE

    LIKE TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS SO SHE CAN RESPOND TO THE LAST…

    LIKE TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS SO SHE CAN RESPOND TO THE LAST SPEAKER.

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  • 05:15:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN MUST REMAIN ON HIS FEET AS HE CONTROLS THE TIME. AND THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN MUST REMAIN ON HIS FEET AS HE CONTROLS THE TIME. AND THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:15:19 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER. AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT I LISTEN TO THE…

    I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER. AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT I LISTEN TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. ADERHOLT, LIST A LOT OF NUMERICAL AND FACTUAL POINTS ABOUT PERSONNEL. LET ME BE VERY CLEAR, AS SENATOR LIEBERMAN SAID, ALL OF OUR SISTERS NEED TO BE ON HIGH ALERT AND ALL OF OUR CITIZENS NEED TO BE ON HIGH ALERT AS WE APPROACH THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11. . IT IS CLEAR, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND OUR COLLEAGUES, THAT SOMETHING IS AWRY WITH AL QAEDA. AL QAEDA IS INTERESTED IN TRANSPORTATION MODES AND THEY'RE INTERESTED IN OUR RAIL SYSTEMS. THEY HAVE ALREADY DONE MUMBAI, THEY HAVE DONE LONDON AND THEY HAVE DONE MADRID. AND THEREFORE, THEY ARE LOOKING AT THE UNITED STATES. NO, WE DON'T HAVE SPECIFICS, BUT WE DO HAVE THE POTENTIAL OF OUR RAIL LINES CROSSING AMERICA, BEING RIPE TARGETS FOR AL QAEDA. THIS IS A VERY SMALL AMOUNT THAT WOULD ALLOW US TO HAVE SURFACE INSPECTORS WHO ARE TRULY CRUCIAL TO THE PROTECTION OF THE NATION'S MASS TRANSIT, FREIGHT, AND LONG-DISTANCE RAIL. EVERY STATE IS IMPACTED FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE TO FLORIDA. TO THE MIDWEST, TO THE WEST, TEXAS, HOUSTON HAS AS ITS CITY INSIGNIA A RAIL. WHY? BECAUSE TRAINS CRISSCROSS OUR COMMUNITY. AND THEREFORE, I THINK IT BEHOOVES US TO BE BIPARTISAN AND TO ACTUALLY SUPPORT AN AMENDMENT THAT PROVIDES A CUSHION OF PROTECTION AND A CUSHION AND AN ARMOR, IF YOU WILL, AGAINST THE THOUGHTS AND THE MINDSET OF AL QAEDA. YES, THEY ARE FRANCHISED, THEY ARE SPLINTERED, BUT THAT MAKES IT ALL THE EASIER FOR THEM TO FIND THEIR WAY HERE TO THE UNITED STATES. I REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT PREVENTION, PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE. AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER THE SMALL INVESTMENT IT WOULD TAKE TO BE ABLE TO SECURE THE NATION'S RAILWAYS. AND AS A MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE, I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT WE ARE SEEING THESE KINDS OF THREATS IN TERMS OF THE VASTNESS OF OUR SYSTEM, AND WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT OUR SYSTEM. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 05:17:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. THE CLERK WILL READ. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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  • 05:18:15 PM

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT BEING OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA.

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    MR. BROUN

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    MR. BROUN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT WE DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

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    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED AS HAVING BEEN READ.…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED AS HAVING BEEN READ. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 05:18:38 PM

    MR. BROUN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 2717.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 2717. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY CUTS $600,000 FROM THE OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND PLACES THOSE FUNDS IN THE DEFICIT REDUCTION ACCOUNT. DURING THIS ECONOMIC EMERGENCY, WE MUST FIND CUTS WHEREVER WE CAN, ESPECIALLY WHEN A DEPARTMENT IS NOT BEING A GOOD STEWARD OF THE FINDING THAT CONGRESS PROVIDES IT. IF YOU LOOK AT THIS BILL, THE SECRETARY HAS BEEN ALLOCATED NEARLY $127 MILLION OF WHICH $6 MILLION GOES TO THE OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS. I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD AGREE WITH ME THAT $6 MILLION IS A LOT OF MONEY FOR POLITICAL APPOINTEES WHO REFUSE TO DO THEIR JOB AND PARTICIPATE IN THE OVERSIGHT PROCESS. ON SEVERAL OCCASION THIS IS YEAR, MR. SPEAKER, THE DEPARTMENT HAS EITHER REFUSED TO SIT ON THE SAME PANEL AS OTHER WITNESSES OR IS OUTRIGHT REFUSED TO APPEAR BEFORE VARIOUS HOUSE COMMITTEES AND SUBCOMMITTEES. IN FACT, AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATIONS AND OVERSIGHT, I HELD A HEARING ON BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES SECURITY WITH THE GOAL OF UNDERSTANDING HOW SCIENCE INFORMED THE DEVELOPMENT OF T.S.A. SPOT PROGRAM. THE DEPARTMENT REFUSED MY REQUEST FOR A WITNESS FROM T.S.A. FOR THEIR OWN PROGRAM, AND I'M NOT THE ONLY CHAIRMAN WHO HAS RECEIVED SUCH SHABBY AND UNACCEPTABLE TREATMENT. THIS PATTERN OF ARROGANCE MAKES FULFILLING OUR OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH VERY DIFFICULT, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE. IN THE END, IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, LOSE -- IF ITS GOVERNMENT CANNOT PERFORM ITS MOST BASIC CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES. IF THE DEPARTMENT IS NOT GOING TO MEET ITS OBLIGATIONS OF APPEARING BEFORE CONGRESS WHEN REQUESTED, IT IS PRUDENT TO APPLY THE FUNDS RESCINDED IN THIS, MY AMENDMENT, TO MORE CONSTRUCTIVE USES SUCH AS REDUCING OUR DEFICIT. IF 10% IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE LORD, I THINK THE OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS CAN PART WITH 10% OF THEIR FUNDING TO AID IN OUR EFFORTS OF REDUCING THE BURDEN OF OUR DEBT ON OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. I CAN THINK OF NO HIGHER PRIORITY THAN REDUCING THE DEFICIT. AND CREATING JOBS IN AMERICA. AND I WOULD URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT TODAY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:21:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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  • 05:21:25 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 05:21:31 PM

    MR. PRICE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED 35. -- THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. PRICE

    AT LENGTH BUT I SIMPLY DON'T BELIEVE THE CASE HAS BEEN MADE FOR A FURTHER…

    AT LENGTH BUT I SIMPLY DON'T BELIEVE THE CASE HAS BEEN MADE FOR A FURTHER REDUCTION. THE SUSPICION PASSENGER, THE OBSERVATION TECHNIQUE PROGRAMS THAT HAVE BEEN CITED AREN'T EVEN UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE UNDERSECRETARY BEING CUT, AND THE BILL ALREADY CUTS $4,993,000 OFF THE FISCAL 2011 LEVEL FOR THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT. AND IT CUTS $14,118,000 OFF THE ADMINISTRATION'S REQUEST. NOW, MR. CHAIRMAN, I KNOW THIS IS AN EASY TARGET, WHO KNOWS EVEN WHAT THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT DOES. IT'S A VERY COMMON TECHNIQUE AROUND HERE TO GO AFTER THESE ACCOUNTS, THESE ADMINISTRATIVE AND FRONT-OFFICE ACCOUNTS JUST FOR THE SAKE OF CUTTING OR MAYBE TO PAY FOR SOMETHING ELSE THAT SOUNDS GOOD. BUT I DON'T THINK IT'S WISE, I DON'T THINK IT'S RESPONSIBLE, AND I WOULD URGE REJECTION OF THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:22:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:23:11 PM

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    CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE ORIGINAL NUMBER IS 124.

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    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT 124. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 05:23:25 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT 8 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. POE OF…

    AMENDMENT 8 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. POE OF TEXAS.

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  • 05:23:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:23:36 PM

    MR. POE

    THE CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT TAKES $10 MILLION FROM THE OFFICE OF THE…

    THE CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT TAKES $10 MILLION FROM THE OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY OF MANAGEMENT OF D.H.S. AND MOVES IT TO THE BORDER SECURITY FENCING, INFRASTRUCTURE, AND TECHNOLOGY ACCOUNT WITH THE PURPOSE OF BEING USED FOR BORDER CELL PHONE COMMUNICATIONS, TO HELP BORDER RESIDENTS TO DISSEMINATE BORDER SECURITY INFORMATION TO BORDER PATROL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR THE PROTECTION OF THEIR LIVES AND THEIR BORDER. I APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT OF CONGRESSMAN ALTMIRE FROM PENNSYLVANIA IN THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT REALLY IS THE IDEA OF CONGRESSWOMAN GABBY GIFFORDS FROM ARIZONA. AFTER HAVING BEEN TO THE BORDER OF ARIZONA WITH HER STAFF, I LEARNED FIRSTHAND THE PROBLEMS OF TEXAS AND OTHER STATES, THAT ARIZONA SPECIFICALLY HAS WITH COMMUNICATION WHEN RANCHERS ARE ON THEIR PROPERTY. ON MARCH 27, 2010, RANCHER BOB KRENTZ OF ARIZONA WAS MURDERED 20 MILES NORTH OF THE BORDER IN MEXICO IN AN ISOLATED AREA OF ARIZONA. THE LACK OF COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY MADE KRENTZ MORE VULNERABLE THAN HE WOULD HAVE BEEN OTHERWISE AND COMPLICATED THE SEARCH FOR THE ASSAILANTS. HIS WIFE BELIEVES IT WAS IN A CELL PHONE DEAD ZONE HE WAS KILLED AND THAT HE WAS TRYING TO CALL FOR HELP BUT HIS CELL PHONE WOULD NOT WORK. SINCE THAT TIME, CONGRESSMAN GIFFORDS HAS BEEN WORKING DILIGENTLY ON THIS ISSUE, AND I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH HER ON OTHER BORDER SECURITY ISSUES AS WELL AS THIS ONE. THESE DEAD ZONES ARE SO COMMON THAT OFTENTIMES BORDER RANCHERS IN ARIZONA AND TEXAS RELY ON SHORT-WAVE RADIOS TO COMMUNICATE AND CALL FOR HELP WHEN THEY ARE IN TROUBLE OR THEY SEE ILLEGAL CROSSINGS INTO THEIR PROPERTY. THE INABILITY OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT TO SECURE THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER CREATES PUBLIC SAFETY HAZARDS FOR RESIDENTS OF BORDER AREAS AND THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTS WHO PATROL THEM. MANY BORDER AREAS ARE RURAL AND LACK WIRELESS COMMUNICATION CAPABILITIES LIKE PHONE SERVICE AND EXACERBATE THE BORDER RELATED PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERN. ONCE AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN GIFFORDS AND HER STAFF FOR THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD WHICHEVER TIME -- HOW MUCH TIME HE WISHES TO SPEND TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ALTMIRE.

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  • 05:25:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ALTMIRE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. AND WE ARE JOINING IN THE OFFICE OF…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. AND WE ARE JOINING IN THE OFFICE OF CONGRESSWOMAN GIFFORDS IN OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY LAST WEEK TO TRAVEL TO CONGRESSWOMAN GIFFORDS' DISTRICT IN THE 114-MILE BORDER THAT SHE HAS ALONG THE MEXICAN BORDER AND HER DISTRICT, AND WHEN YOU SEE, AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS KNOWS, THESE RANCHERS AND THE TERRITORY THAT THEY HAVE TO COVER, AND WE HAVE A NATIONAL COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN NOW, IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. WHILE THESE ARE AREAS WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE THE COMMUNICATIONS, EVEN IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, THERE'S NO ONE TO TELL. THERE'S NO WAY TO GET THAT MESSAGE OUT. SO WHAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS TRYING TO DO WITH THIS AMENDMENT IS MAKE SURE THAT THE EQUIPMENT IS THERE SO THAT THESE RANCHERS AND COMMUNITY CITIZENS, IF THEY SEE SOMEBODY COMING ACROSS THE BORDER, IF THEY SEE SOMETHING THAT IS ALARMING TO THEM, THEY'RE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE IT. RIGHT NOW THAT TECHNOLOGY DOES NOT EXIST. THEY ARE LITERALLY IN THE DARK AS FAR AS COMMUNICATING. THERE IS A PUBLIC SAFETY ASPECT TO THIS AMENDMENT, AND THERE IS A BORDER PATROL ASPECT, THE ABILITY OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL TO COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER AND COMMUNICATE WITH THE LOCAL CITIZENS WHO IN SOME CASES ARE OUT MILES AND MILES AWAY FROM ANY FORM OF MOBILE COMMUNICATION. SO I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN OFFERING IT. AND I THANK CONGRESSWOMAN GIFFORDS AND HER OFFICE FOR LEADING THE CHARGE ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGY, AND I WOULD YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 05:27:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

  • 05:27:36 PM

    MR. POE

    LIKE TO CLOSE, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. POE

    MONEY IS NECESSARY SO PEOPLE WHO LIVE ON BORDER AREAS CAN COMMUNICATE WITH…

    MONEY IS NECESSARY SO PEOPLE WHO LIVE ON BORDER AREAS CAN COMMUNICATE WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT. CELL PHONE SERVICE A BASIC NECESSITY FOR SECURITY. IT IS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. IT IS A HOMELAND SECURITY ISSUE. AND IT IS A BORDER SECURITY ISSUE. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:27:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RELUCTANTLY RISE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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    CHAIRMAN, I RELUCTANTLY RISE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    THIS PROPOSAL WOULD FURTHER CREATE CUTS TO THE DEPARTMENT'S MANAGEMENT…

    THIS PROPOSAL WOULD FURTHER CREATE CUTS TO THE DEPARTMENT'S MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONS BELOW WHAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR NATION'S SECURITY. THE COMMITTEE HAS ALREADY CUT THE DEPARTMENT'S HEADQUARTERS AND MANAGEMENT HISTORIC LEVELS. AS I HAD MENTIONED EARLIER, THEY INCLUDE THE ZEROING OUT OF THE FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT'S NEW HEADQUARTERS. IT ZEROS OUT FUNDING FOR THE DATA CENTER MIGRATION, IT SLASHES OTHER INITIATIVES WE CANNOT AFFORD AT THIS TIME. THE DEPARTMENT MUST STILL HAVE ROBUST FUNDING TO MANAGE THE MANY ORGANIZATIONS UNDER ITS AUTHORITY. THE DEPARTMENT WAS CREATED FOR NEARLY TWO DOZEN AGENCIES AND STILL FACES CHALLENGES IN ACHIEVING THE UNIFIED HOMELAND SECURITY ENTERPRISE. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT PROPOSES THE DEPARTMENT PAY FOR CELL TOWERS TO PROVIDE PHONE SERVICES TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. I'M VERY SYMPATHETIC TO THE NEEDS OF RURAL COMMUNITIES. I'M FROM A RURAL COMMUNITY. AND CERTAINLY I'M SYMPATHETIC TO REMOTE RANCHERS AS WELL. BUT THIS IS NOT A CAUSE THE HOMELAND -- COST THE HOLDS CAN COST THE HOLE LAND SECURITY CAN BEAR AT THIS TIME. I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:29:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 05:29:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT --

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    MS. HOMES NORTON

    I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT --

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    THE CHAIR

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    THE READING OF THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED AS HAVING BEEN READ.…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED AS HAVING BEEN READ. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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  • 05:30:27 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    TIME OF THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE CHAIRMAN OF…

    TIME OF THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE RISE?

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  • 05:35:53 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    DOES THE GENTLELADY WITHDRAW HER AMENDMENT?

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    MS. NORTON

    YES. I MUST SAY UNLESS SOMEONE WANTS TO SPEAK ON THIS AMENDMENT I AM…

    YES. I MUST SAY UNLESS SOMEONE WANTS TO SPEAK ON THIS AMENDMENT I AM PREPARED TO WITHDRAW IT.

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  • 05:36:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEWOMAN HAS WITHDRAWN HER AMENDMENT.

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    MS. NORTON

    UNLESS SOMEONE WANTS TO SPEAK ON IT.

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    MR. PRICE

    THE GENTLEMAN --

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    MR. PRICE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA CONSIDER TO RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER…

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA CONSIDER TO RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT?

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  • 05:36:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. PRICE

    THANK YOU. I WANT TO COMMEND OUR COLLEAGUE FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA…

    THANK YOU. I WANT TO COMMEND OUR COLLEAGUE FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FOR HER PERSISTENT ADVOCACY OF THIS HEADQUARTERS CONSOLIDATION AND CONSTRUCTION AND ALSO FOR THE HISTORY SHE'S RECOUNTED FOR US TODAY. I THINK IT'S TIME WELL SPENT TO UNDERSTAND HOW BOTH THE BUSH AND OBAMA ADMINISTRATIONS AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS THROUGH BOTH PARTIES' LEADERSHIP HAVE UNTIL NOW SUPPORTED THIS PROJECT. THE BILL BEFORE US, HOWEVER, PROVIDES NO FUNDING FOR THE NEW D.H.S. HEADQUARTERS OR FOR THE CONSOLIDATION OF LEASED PROPERTY IN 2012. THAT'S A PENNY-WISE AND POUND FOOLISH DECISION. BASED ON THE DELAY AND FINALIZING THE 2011 BILL AND THE RESOURCES PROVIDED IN THAT BILL FOR D.H.S. HEADQUARTERS CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES THE COST OF THE HEADQUARTERS HAS GROWN. IT'S GROWN BY $20 MILLION FROM A COST OF $3.4 BILLION TO $3.6 BILLION. THE DECISION TO DENY ANOTHER $159.6 BILLION IN 2012 TO FINALIZE CONSTRUCTION OF THE FIRST PHASE OF THE NEW HEADQUARTERS PROJECT AND TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION ON THE SECOND PHASE WILL RESULT IN YET HIGHER COSTS. IN THE OUTYEARS. AND DELAY BY AT LEAST TWO YEARS. WHEN THE COAST GUARD CAN MOVE INTO ITS NEW HEADQUARTERS FACILITY, WHICH IS ALREADY UNDER CONSTRUCTION. SIMILARLY, THE BILL DOESN'T PROVIDE $55.6 BILLION REQUESTED FOR LEASE CONSOLIDATION ACTIVITIES. LAST YEAR THIS SUBCOMMITTEE HELD A VERY INFORMATIVE HEARING WITH D.H.S. AND THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION ON THIS ACTIVITY. WE HEARD TESTIMONY ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL BENEFITS OF REDUCING THE NUMBER OF LEASES D.H.S. HAS FROM 70 BUILDINGS ACROSS 46 LOCATIONS IN THE GREATER D.C. AREA TO SIX TO EIGHT BUILDINGS. WITNESSES TESTIFIED THAT THIS MASSIVE FOOTPRINT DISRUPTS THE EFFECTIVENESS AND THE COHESIVENESS OF DEPARTMENTAL OPERATIONS AND ADDS NEEDLESS LAYERS OF COSTS AND COMPRECKSITIES TO FACILITIES' MANAGEMENT. ADDITIONALLY, THE LEASES WILL CONSUME INCREASINGLY LARGER SHARE OF THE DEPARTMENT'S BUDGET THROUGH OVERHEAD COSTS IN THE COMING YEARS. IN THE TIME OF FISCAL CONSTRAINT THE DEPARTMENT WILL NOT HAVE EXTRA DOLLARS TO PAY FOR ALL THESE LEASE INCREASES WITHOUT SHORTCHANGING FRONT LINE AND MISSION ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS. SO, MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THE TIME WHEN REAL ESTATE PRICES CONTINUE TO BE LOW IN THE GREATER WASHINGTON, D.C., AREA, AND CONSTRUCTION AND MATERIAL COSTS ARE RELATIVELY LOW AS WELL, THIS IS THE TIME TO MAKE THIS KIND OF INVESTMENT. FUNDING THIS ACTIVITY WOULD SAVE TAXPAYERS MONEY FOR YEARS TO COME. WITH THAT I, AGAIN, COMMEND THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED -- COMMEND THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR HER ARGUMENT ON THIS POINT AND YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:39:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA CONTINUE TO RESERVE HIS POINT OF ORDER?

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  • 05:39:24 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    TO RESERVE.

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    MS. NORTON

    THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK AND I WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN WITHDRAWS HER AMENDMENT. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE AMENDMENT…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN WITHDRAWS HER AMENDMENT. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE AMENDMENT OF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IS WITHDRAWN. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, RISE?

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  • 05:39:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. POE OF TEXAS.

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS…

    FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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  • 05:39:58 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES A POINT OF ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES A POINT OF ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:40:06 PM

    MR. POE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CULBERSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS -- I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS -- I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT, AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND THE VERY CAPABLE STAFF IN PUTTING STRONG LANGUAGE IN THE BILL ENCOURAGING THE IMMIGRATIONS AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT OFFICE TO FILL AS MANY BEDS AS POSSIBLE. WE'VE GIVEN THE AGENCY AN UNPRECEDENTED AMOUNT OF MONEY AND LEEWAY AND GUIDANCE IN THIS BILL TO FILL EVERY AVAILABLE BED, PUBLIC, PRIVATE, COUNTY, STATE BED WITH INDIVIDUALS THAT CROSS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY, WITH INDIVIDUALS RELEASED FROM COUNTY AND STATE PRISONS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DEPORTED CRIMINALLY. THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGALS CROSSING THE BORDER, THE GUNS, THE GANGS, THE DRUGS, THE CRIME IS NOT COMPLICATED. IT'S CALLED LAURMENT. WE WANT TO ENFORCE EXISTING LAW WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. WE HAVE VERY STRONG SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITIES ON THE BORDER. IN FACT, WE ARE ENFORCING EXISTING LAW WHICH IS SIX MONTHS OF JAIL IF YOU CROSS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY. WITH GREAT SUCCESS IN THE DEL RIO SECTOR. IT'S BEING PUT IN THE LAREDO SECTOR. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH OUR GOOD FRIEND, HENRY CUELLAR, TED POE AND I WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, THE LOCAL PROSECUTORS, THE BORDER PATROL, THE PROSECUTORS, GREAT SUCCESS. AND IF I COULD I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD BRIEFLY TO MY FRIEND, MR. CUELLAR, TO TALK ABOUT THE SUCCESS.

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  • 05:43:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, CONTROLS THE TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CUELLAR

    I WANT TO THANK BOTH OF MY COLLEAGUES FROM TEXAS. IT'S A PROGRAM THAT'S…

    I WANT TO THANK BOTH OF MY COLLEAGUES FROM TEXAS. IT'S A PROGRAM THAT'S WORKED. WE'VE GONE FROM LAREDO, WE'VE SEEN IT WORK IN THE DEL RIO AREA. WE'RE NOW WORKING IN LAREDO. IN FACT, THE LAST TIME WE SAT WITH THE CHIEF WE TALKED ABOUT HOW WE COULD MAKE THIS WORK. THEY DO NEED SOME SPACE. CERTAINLY WANT TO WORK WITH BOTH MY COLLEAGUES TO MAKE SURE WE GET MORE OF THAT SPACE, MORE OF THE BEDS TO MAKE SURE IT WORKS. ALL WE'RE DOING IS ENFORCING A 1954 LAW THAT'S ON THE BOOKS ALREADY. NOTHING NEW EXCEPT ENFORCING THE LAW. SUPPORT WHAT YOU'RE DOING. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:44:04 PM

    MR. POE

    I WOULD URGE THIS AMENDMENT TO BE ADOPTED. WHAT IT DOES IS PROVIDE MORE…

    I WOULD URGE THIS AMENDMENT TO BE ADOPTED. WHAT IT DOES IS PROVIDE MORE SPACE SO WE CAN DETAIN PEOPLE AND DEPORT THEM BACK WHERE THEY CAME FROM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:44:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:44:18 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THE AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO AMEND PORTIONS OF THE BILL NOT YET…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THE AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO AMEND PORTIONS OF THE BILL NOT YET READ.

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  • 05:44:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OF ORDER? RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER? MR.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN STATE HIS POINT OF ORDER?

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    THE AMENDMENT PROCESS NOT YET READ. THE AMENDMENT MAY MOTT BE CONSIDERED…

    THE AMENDMENT PROCESS NOT YET READ. THE AMENDMENT MAY MOTT BE CONSIDERED EN BLOC UNDER CLAUSE 2-F OF RULE 21 BECAUSE THE AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO INCREASE THE LEVEL OF OUTLAYS IN THE BILL AND I ASK A RULING FROM THE CHAIR.

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  • 05:44:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TO BE HEARD IN OPPOSITION TO THE POINT OF ORDER? IF NOT THE CHAIR IS…

    TO BE HEARD IN OPPOSITION TO THE POINT OF ORDER? IF NOT THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RULE. AN AMENDMENT MUST NOT PROPOSE TO INCREASE THE LEVELS OF BUDGET AUTHORITY OR OUTLAYS IN THE BILL. BECAUSE THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS PROPOSES A NET INCREASE IN THE LEVEL OUTLAYS IN THE BILL AS ARGUED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, IT MAY NOT AVAIL ITSELF OF CLAUSE 2-F TO ADDRESS PORTIONS OF THE BILL NOT YET READ. . THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE? DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION? DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 05:45:48 PM

    >>

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, NUMBER 11.

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    I ASK TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

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    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED AS HAVING BEEN READ. FOR WHAT…

    OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED AS HAVING BEEN READ. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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  • 05:46:19 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER FOR THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    WE'VE NOT SEEN THE AMENDMENT.

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    MR. PRICE

    SEEN THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTS BY THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AS…

    OBJECTS BY THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AS PROPOUNDED AS HAVING NOT BEEN READ. THE CLERK WILL READ THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:46:40 PM

    THE CLERK

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN…

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA CONTINUES TO RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER.

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  • 05:46:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA CONTINUES TO RESERVE A POINT OF…

    RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA CONTINUES TO RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER.

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  • 05:47:04 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE CHAIR

    AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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    MR. MCCALL

    IT SUPPORTS OUR AGENTS ON THE GROUND ALLOWING C.V.P. TO DEPLOY FEWER IN…

    IT SUPPORTS OUR AGENTS ON THE GROUND ALLOWING C.V.P. TO DEPLOY FEWER IN THE AREA. THE MARINE CURRENTLY OPERATES SEVEN U.A.V.'S AND INTEND TO GROW THE TREAT FROM 18 TO 24 BY 2016. I HAVE SEEN THE BENEFITS OF THESE MISSIONS PERSONALLY ALONG WITH MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, WHO I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. DD

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  • 05:47:44 PM

    MR. MCCAUL

    TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. DD

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    >>

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBERS FOR WHAT THEY'VE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBERS FOR WHAT THEY'VE DONE.

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  • 05:48:28 PM

    MR. CUELLAR

    TO HAVE THE U.M. AND U.A.V.'S -- WE'VE BEEN DOWN TO CORPUS AND THINK…

    TO HAVE THE U.M. AND U.A.V.'S -- WE'VE BEEN DOWN TO CORPUS AND THINK THEY'VE DONE A GREAT JOB. WHAT THEY DO IS FLY EYES ON THE SKIES FLYING AT 8,000 FEET AND CAN SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING AND PROVIDE THE INTELLIGENCE TO THE STATE AND FEDERAL AND LOCAL AND CERTAINLY SOMETHING I SUPPORT AND I WANT TO THANK YOU AGAIN TO MY FRIEND MR. MCCAUL FOR THE WORK YOU'VE DONE ON THIS AMENDMENT. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:49:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    ON MY POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED WILL STATE HIS POINT OF ORDER.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    EN BLOC UNDER CLAUSE 2-F OF RULE 21 BECAUSE OF OUTLAYS IN THE BILL. I ASK…

    EN BLOC UNDER CLAUSE 2-F OF RULE 21 BECAUSE OF OUTLAYS IN THE BILL. I ASK FOR RULING FROM THE CHAIR.

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  • 05:49:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WISH TO BE RECOGNIZED TO THE OPPOSITION OF THE POINT OF ORDER? IF NOT THE…

    WISH TO BE RECOGNIZED TO THE OPPOSITION OF THE POINT OF ORDER? IF NOT THE CHAIR IS REP -- PREPARED TO RULE, SIMILAR TO THE LAST RULING CONSIDERED TO BE EN BLOC CURRENT TO CLAUSE 2-F OF RULE 1 AN AMENDMENT MUST NOT PROPOSE TO INCREASE THE LEVELS OF BUDGET AUTHORITIES OR OUTLAYS IN THE BILL. BECAUSE THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS PROPOSES A NET INCREASE IN THE LEVEL OF OUTLAYS IN THE BILL AS ARGUED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, IT MAY NOT AVAIL ITSELF OF CLAUSE 2-F TO ADDRESS PORTIONS OF THE BILL NOT YET READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAVE ADDITIONAL AMENDMENTS?

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  • 05:50:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MCCAUL OF TEXAS. PAGE 3, LINE 9, AFTER THE DOLLAR…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MCCAUL OF TEXAS. PAGE 3, LINE 9, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT REDUCE BY $10 MILLION, PAGE 45, LINE 18, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT INCREASE BY $10 MILLION. PAGE 47, LINE 10, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT INCREASE BY $10 MILLION.

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  • 05:50:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    A POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE POINT OF ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE POINT OF ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT. MR.

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  • 05:50:51 PM

    MR. MCCAUL

    YOU. IT WILL INCREASE FUNDING BY OPERATION STONE GARDEN BY $10 MILLION.…

    YOU. IT WILL INCREASE FUNDING BY OPERATION STONE GARDEN BY $10 MILLION. WHILE THE UNDERLYING BILL INCREASES IT TO $55 MILLION IT IS NOT ENOUGH. OPERATION SUN GUARDEN IS A GRANT PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES FUNDING TO COUNTY LEVEL GOVERNMENTS ALONG THE BORDER TO PREVENT, PROTECT AGAINST AND RESPOND TO BORDER SECURITY ISSUES AS WELL AS ENHANCE COOPERATION AND COORDINATION BETWEEN FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES. AT THE LAST HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING SHERIFF GONZALEZ'S ZAPATA COUNTY AND SHERIFF DEAVER OF ARIZONA EXPLAINED THE NEED FOR DRASTIC INCREASES IN THE FUNDING. WHILE $55 MILLION IS WOEFULLY INADEQUATE WHEN SPREAD AROUND, I BELIEVE AN ADDITIONAL $10 MILLION WOULD ADVANCE THE CAUSE AND WITH THAT I YIELD AGAINST MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR.

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  • 05:51:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CUELLAR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK HIS TIME?

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK HIS TIME?

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    THE AMENDMENT PROSES --

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN INSIST ON HIS POINT OF ORDER? THE GENTLEMAN WILL STATE…

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN INSIST ON HIS POINT OF ORDER? THE GENTLEMAN WILL STATE HIS POINT OF ORDER.

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  • 05:52:50 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED ENBLOCK UNDER RULE 2-F OF 21 BECAUSE IT PROPOSES TO…

    MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED ENBLOCK UNDER RULE 2-F OF 21 BECAUSE IT PROPOSES TO INCREASE THE OUTLAYS IN THE BILL AND I ASK FOR A RULING FROM THE CHAIR.

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  • 05:52:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THE POINT OF ORDER? THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

    TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THE POINT OF ORDER? THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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  • 05:53:08 PM

    MR. MCCAUL

    JUST A QUESTION FOR MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ALABAMA. IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING…

    JUST A QUESTION FOR MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ALABAMA. IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THESE MONEYS ARE ACTUALLY OFFSET BY THE UNDERSECRETARY OF MANAGEMENT'S OFFICE. THERE'S NOT AN INCREASED OUTLAY.

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  • 05:53:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA WISH TO BE HEARD FURTHER?

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    PROPOSES TO INCREASE THE LEVEL OF OUTLAYS IN THE BILL. I INSIST ON MY…

    PROPOSES TO INCREASE THE LEVEL OF OUTLAYS IN THE BILL. I INSIST ON MY POINT OF ORDER.

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  • 05:53:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAVE FURTHER AMENDMENTS?

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    MR. MCCAUL

    AMENDMENT AT THE DESK NUMBER 14.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MCCAUL OF TEXAS, PAGE 3, LINE 9, AFTER THE DOLLAR…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MCCAUL OF TEXAS, PAGE 3, LINE 9, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCE BY $10 MILLION. PAGE 16, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT, INCREASED BY $10 MILLION.

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  • 05:54:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    A POINT OF ORDER ON THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES A POINT OF ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES A POINT OF ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:54:37 PM

    MR. MCCAUL

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CUELLAR

    MR. CHAIR. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS AND AGAIN I WANT TO…

    MR. CHAIR. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS AND AGAIN I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR ALL THE WORK THAT THEY'VE DONE FOR BORDER SECURITY. THE BEST PROGRAM IS A PROGRAM THAT WORKS. BASICALLY WHAT IT DOES IS COORDINATE STATE, FEDERAL, LOCAL AND ALSO THE INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS BOTH CANADA TO MEXICANS TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE ABLE TO FOCUS ON THE SAME THING AND THAT IS BY TRANSNATIONAL CRIME. IT'S AN IDEA THAT WORKED VERY WELL, IN FACT GOT STARTED IN LAREDO, TEXAS, AND HAS EXPANDED TO THE NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN PART OF THE UNITED STATES, AND I CERTAINLY SUPPORT MY FRIEND TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WORK AND MAKE SURE THE BEST PROGRAM GETS STRONGER AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:56:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS -- MR.

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    MR. MCCAUL

    I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA INSIST…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA INSIST ON HIS POINT OF ORDER?

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  • 05:56:11 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    ON POINT OF ORDER.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED EN BLOC UNDER CLAUSE 2-F OF RULE 21 BECAUSE THE…

    MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED EN BLOC UNDER CLAUSE 2-F OF RULE 21 BECAUSE THE AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO INCREASE THE LEVEL OF OUTLAYS IN THE BILL. I ASK FOR A RULING FROM THE CHAIR.

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  • 05:56:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THE POINT OF ORDER? IF NOT, THE CHAIR IS…

    TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THE POINT OF ORDER? IF NOT, THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RULE. FOR THE REASONS STATED BY THE CHAIR IN THE PREVIOUS RULINGS, THE AMENDMENT MAY NOT AVAIL ITSELF OF CLAUSE 2-F OF RULE 21 TO ADDRESS PORTIONS OF THE BILL NOT YET READ. THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAVE ADDITIONAL AMENDMENTS?

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  • 05:56:49 PM

    MR. MCCAUL

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT THE DESK NUMBER 10.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT AMENDMENT NUMBER 10.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MCCAUL OF TEXAS, PAGE 3, LINE 9, AFTER THE DOLLAR…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MCCAUL OF TEXAS, PAGE 3, LINE 9, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCE BY $10 MILLION. PAGE 7, LINE 13, AFTER THE FIRST DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT INCREASE BY $10 MILLION. PAGE 12, LINE 6, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT INCREASE BY $10 MILLION.

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  • 05:57:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE INNOCENTS IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT. --…

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE INNOCENTS IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT. -- FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT. MR.

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  • 05:57:27 PM

    MR. MCCAUL

    BY $10 MILLION FOR A SECURED BORDER. THE INITIATIVE DELAYS THE DEPLOYMENT…

    BY $10 MILLION FOR A SECURED BORDER. THE INITIATIVE DELAYS THE DEPLOYMENT OF TECHNOLOGY TO SECURE IT.

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  • 05:57:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER FOR THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S RESERVATION IS NOT TIMELY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S RESERVATION IS NOT TIMELY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:57:48 PM

    MR. MCCAUL

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE BACKBONE OF THE PROPOSED NEW SYSTEM TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE BACKBONE OF THE PROPOSED NEW SYSTEM TO INTEGRATED SIX TOWERS WILL NOT BE IN PLACE UNTIL JANUARY 13, IN PLACE OF IT, THE NEW BORDER TECHNOLOGY PLAN HAS BEEN DEVELOPED THAT ABANDONS THE FIXED SENSOR TOWER, THE ORIGINAL S.B.I. PLAN AND REPLACES IT WITH MULTIPLE TECHNOLOGIES. THE NEW PLAN CONSISTS OF A REDUCED NUMBER OF SENSOR TOWERS AND VISIONS IN THE S.B.I. NET PLAN AND IN THEIR PLACE LOWER COST TECHNOLOGIES SUCH AS MOUNTED RADAR AND CAMERA SYSTEMS, AFFORDABLE IMAGE SYSTEMS AND THERMAL IMAGING DEVICES. THE SECRETARY SAID THAT TECHNOLOGY WILL NOT BE DEPLOYED TO COVER THE ENTIRE SOUTHERN BORDER UNTIL THE YEAR 2025. I BELIEVE THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. THIS AMENDMENT PROVIDES FUNDING FOR READILY AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY THAT WE CAN DEPLOY QUICKLY TO SECURE THE BORDER BEFORE THAT TIME FRAME. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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  • 05:58:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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  • 05:58:55 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    I OPPOSE BECAUSE OF BRIDGE AND OUTLAYS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    I -- MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS WILL BREACH OUTLAYS AND I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND…

    I -- MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS WILL BREACH OUTLAYS AND I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE -- AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK HIS TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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    MR. PRICE

    THE CHAIRMAN IN THIS INSTANCE AND URGE REJECTION OF THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:59:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. PAGE 16 AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASE BY $20 MILLION. PAGE 18, LINE 23, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT INCREASED BY $10 MILLION.

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  • 06:00:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    A POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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    MR. MCCAL

    AMENDMENT WILL INCREASE FUNNING FOR IMMIGRATIONS AND CUSTOM OFFICE. WHILE…

    AMENDMENT WILL INCREASE FUNNING FOR IMMIGRATIONS AND CUSTOM OFFICE. WHILE THE BILL DOES INCREASE FUNDING BY $26 MILLION, WE NEED MORE. THIS PROVIDES MONEY FOR I.C.E. THEY ARE SEVERELY UNDERRESOURCED. THEY DO NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO DO THEIR JOB. I.C.E. STATED REPEATEDLY THEY DON'T HAVE THE POWER AND RESOURCES TO DEPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS THIS RESPONSIBILITY AND NEEDS TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:01:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    ON MY POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL STATE HIS POINT OF ORDER.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    THE AMENDMENT MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED EN BLOC UNDER CLAUSE 2-F OF RULE 21…

    THE AMENDMENT MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED EN BLOC UNDER CLAUSE 2-F OF RULE 21 BECAUSE THE AMENDMENT PROPOSED INCREASES THE LEVEL OF OUTLAY.

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    THE CHAIR

    WISHING TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THE POINT OF ORDER? IF NOT, THE CHAIR IS…

    WISHING TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THE POINT OF ORDER? IF NOT, THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RULE. DUE TO THE REASONS CITED, THE POINT OF ORDER OF SUSTAINED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. MCCAL OF TEXAS, PAGE 3, LINE 9 AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT,…

    OFFERED BY MR. MCCAL OF TEXAS, PAGE 3, LINE 9 AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCED BY $10 MILLION. PAGE 16, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT INCREASED BY $10 MILLION. PAGE 7, LINE 10, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT INCREASED BY $10 MILLION.

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  • 06:02:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE RISE?

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  • 06:02:32 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCALL IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. MCCAUL

    THIS AMENDMENT WILL TRIPLE THE AM OF FUNDING FOR THE POPULAR 287-G PROGRAM…

    THIS AMENDMENT WILL TRIPLE THE AM OF FUNDING FOR THE POPULAR 287-G PROGRAM WHICH AUTHORIZED THE SECRETARY TO AUTHORIZE OFFICERS TO AP REHEPPED OR INVESTIGATE ALIENS IN A TIME FRAME AND UNDER FEDERAL SUPERVISION BY I.C.E. IT IS AN IMPORTANT FORCE MULTIPLIER FOR I.C.E. ALLOWING THEM TO APPREHEND AND REMOVE ILLEGAL ALIENS FOUND DURING THE COURSE OF THEIR DUTIES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:03:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN INSIST ON HIS…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN INSIST ON HIS POINT OF ORDER?

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  • 06:03:24 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    I INSIST ON THE POINT OF ORDER.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    THE AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO INCREASE THE LEVEL OFOUT LAYS IN THE BILL. I ASK…

    THE AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO INCREASE THE LEVEL OFOUT LAYS IN THE BILL. I ASK FOR A RULING ON THE POINT OF ORDER.

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  • 06:03:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE REASONS STATED BY THE CHAIR IN THE PREVIOUS RULE THE AMENDMENT MAY NOT…

    THE REASONS STATED BY THE CHAIR IN THE PREVIOUS RULE THE AMENDMENT MAY NOT AVAIL ITSELF OF CLAUSE 2-F OF RULE 21 TO ADDRESS PORTIONS OF THE BILL NOT YET READ. THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED.

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  • 06:03:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WE RESERVE.

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    THE CHAIR

    YES I DO.

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN WISH TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT UH OFFERED BY MR. CUELLAR OF TEXAS, PAGE 3, LINE 9, AFTER THE…

    AMENDMENT UH OFFERED BY MR. CUELLAR OF TEXAS, PAGE 3, LINE 9, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INCEST REDUCED DELIRS 16 MILLION. PAGE 14, LINE 2, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT INCREASED BY $32 MILLION. PAGE 63, INSERT REDUCED BY $16 MILLION.

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  • 06:04:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS…

    FROM TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 06:04:52 PM

    MR. CUELLAR

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER MR. PRICE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER MR. PRICE FOR ALL THE WORK THEY'VE DONE FOR BORDER SECURITY. THIS IS AN AMENDMENT SIMILAR TO MR. MCCAUL'S, THAT ADDS $32 MILLION TO THE MARINE INTERDICTION AND RECRUITMENT AND TAKES $60 MILLION AWAY FROM THE OFFICE OF UNDERSECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT AND ANOTHER $60 MILLION FROM THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT ADMINISTRATION. AGAIN THIS IS TO PURCHASE AT LEAST TWO ADDITIONAL U.A.V.'S, AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE THE OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:05:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MAY NOT RESERVE THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK?

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    MR. CUELLAR

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM ALABAMA INSIST ON HIS POINT OF ORDER?

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    MR. ADER HOLT

    MY RESERVATION BUT OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK?

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK?

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. PRICE

    ABOUT THIS, THE OFFCELTS ARE MAYBE EASY FOR WHOM THIS LOOKS LIKE JUST AN…

    ABOUT THIS, THE OFFCELTS ARE MAYBE EASY FOR WHOM THIS LOOKS LIKE JUST AN ABSTRACT FRONT OFFICE EXPENDITURE BUT IN FACT THEY CARRY REAL COSTS. I URGE REJECTION OF THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 06:06:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME?

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    THE CHAIR

    IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR…

    IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 06:07:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 06:07:34 PM

    THE CLERK

    PAGE 3, LINE 20, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER. $50,860,000,…

    PAGE 3, LINE 20, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER. $50,860,000, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER, $261,300,000, OF WHICH $155,800,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. ANALYST AND OPERATIONS, $344,368,000 OF WHICH $58,757,000 SHALL REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013. OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL, $124 MILLION.

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  • 06:08:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND READING. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18,…

    THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND READING. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEED WRGS POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. AN AMENDMENT BY MR. LATOURETTE OF OHIO, AN AMENDMENT BY MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND, AN AMENDMENT -- AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 BY MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 BY MR. POE OF TEXAS. AND AMENDMENT -- AN AMENDMENT BY MR. CUELLAR OF TEXAS. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO MINUTES THE TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE AFTER THE FIRST VOTE IN THE SERIES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. LATOURETTE, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEED WRGS POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. K4R0EU7 AMENDMENT OFFERED BY

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  • 06:09:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 06:37:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ARE 87 AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. OH THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE…

    ARE 87 AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. OH THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEED WRGS POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. CLERK WILL DERES. -- REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 06:37:37 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND.

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    THE CHAIR

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF TAKING A RECORDED…

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF TAKING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 06:43:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YEAS ARE 15 , THE NAYS ARE 266, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. THE…

    YEAS ARE 15 , THE NAYS ARE 266, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 2, PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 06:43:47 PM

    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 2, PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MR. ROYCE OF…

    NUMBER 2, PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 06:43:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    THE CHAIR

    ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS VOTE THE WAYS ARE 268, THE NAY 1S51. THE…

    ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS VOTE THE WAYS ARE 268, THE NAY 1S51. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT 8 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERGD -- THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 06:47:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF A REQUESTED VOTE WILLIZE. A…

    HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF A REQUESTED VOTE WILLIZE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    THE CHAIR

    ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 327, THE NAYS ARE 93,…

    ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 327, THE NAYS ARE 93, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR 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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  • 06:50:45 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. CUELLAR OF TEXAS.

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    THE CHAIR

    HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF TAKING THIS BY RECORDED DEVICE…

    HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF TAKING THIS BY RECORDED DEVICE WILL RISE. EVIDENTLY A A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THOSE IN FAVOR WILL VOTE AYE. THOSE OPPOSED WILL VOTE NO. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTE BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 06:54:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 162, THE NAYS ARE 256.…

    ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 162, THE NAYS ARE 256. AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. ADERHOLT, RISE?

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  • 06:55:18 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    CHAIR, I MOVE THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM ALABAMA, MR. ADERHOLT -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM, MR. ADERHOLT, SEEK…

    FROM ALABAMA, MR. ADERHOLT -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM, MR. ADERHOLT, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:55:31 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    MOVE THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT IS ON THE MOTION TO RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

    THE AMENDMENT IS ON THE MOTION TO RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE EYES HAVE IT. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES. THE AYES HAVE IT, ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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  • 06:56:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    COMMITTEE ON THE WHOLE HOUSE UNDER THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD UNDER…

    COMMITTEE ON THE WHOLE HOUSE UNDER THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 2017 DIRECTS ME TO SUPPORT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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  • 06:56:28 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 H.R. 2017 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREIN. -- THEREON. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES FOR FILING…

    TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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  • 06:56:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 288, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION…

    TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 288, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL. R. 2055, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 06:57:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN…

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 287 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2017. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DOYLE, KINDLY TAKE THE CHAIR? WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DOLD, KINDLY TAKE THE CHAIR.

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  • 06:58:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER…

    THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 2017. WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 06:58:28 PM

    THE CLERK

    MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FOR THE…

    MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2012, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 06:58:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR, HAD BEEN DISPOSED OF, AND THE BILL HAD BEEN READ THROUGH PAGE 6, LINE 22. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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  • 06:58:56 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD AND YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR THE…

    TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD AND YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY.

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  • 06:59:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I WANT TO THANK MR. ADERHOLT, MY GOOD FRIEND FROM…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I WANT TO THANK MR. ADERHOLT, MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ALABAMA, FOR QUEELING FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS COLLOQUY. I COMMEND YOU FOR BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR AND FOR YOUR HARD WORK DURING THIS DIFFICULT BUDGET TIMES. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE WITH SO AUTHORIZING JURISDICTION OVER THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION IN THE HOUSE, I WELCOME OUR CONTINUED COLLABORATION ON TRANSPORTATION AND SECURITY ISSUES, SPECIFICALLY TODAY I WANT TO DISCUSS WITH YOU THE NEED TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF EXPLOSIVE DETECTION CANINES WITHIN T.S.A. FOR AVIATION AND SERVICE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY. WITHIN THE AREA OF PASSENGER SCREENING, WE ALL KNOW THAT EXPLOSIVE DETECTION CANINES ARE ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE SCREENING MEANS AND DO IT WITHOUT MANY OF THE CONCERNS AND COSTS OF OTHER TYPES OF DETECTION TECHNOLOGY. THEY DO NOT IMPEDE THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC AND AVOID PRIVACY CONCERNS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT COME IN DIRECT CONTACT WITH PASSENGERS. WE KNOW THE MILITARY CANINE UNITS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN CAN WE DETECT EXPLOSIVE DEVICES WITH AN 80% RATE. MUCH HIGHER THAN 50% EXPECTED FROM THOSE UNITS WITH OTHER TECHNOLOGIES.

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  • 07:00:11 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    GOOD THAT CANINES DO, THEY DO IT IN A BETTER -- AT A BETTER PRICE THAN…

    GOOD THAT CANINES DO, THEY DO IT IN A BETTER -- AT A BETTER PRICE THAN OTHER TECHNOLOGIES. . IF THERE'S A BETTER, MORE COST EFFECTIVE WAY THAN CANINES, I'M ALL FOR IT, BUT IT'S BEEN REPORTED THAT THE LEADER OF THE GROUP THAT WENT AFTER BIN LADEN HAD AT LEAST ONE CANINE WITH HIM. IF IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR THEM, SURELY IT'S GOOD ENOUGH TO DETECT BOMBS HERE AT HOME. I YIELD TO CHAIRMAN ADERHOLT.

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  • 07:00:57 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    I TOO LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK ON THIS ISSUE INVOLVING THE…

    I TOO LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK ON THIS ISSUE INVOLVING THE T.S.A. I AGREE THAT THE EXPLOSIVE DETECTION CANINES ARE A COST EFFECTIVE, PROVEN, CRITICAL PART OF T.S.A. CURT IS. AS WE CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER ON APPROPRIATIONS AND RE-AUTHORIZING AND TRANSFORMING T.S.A., I LOOK FORWARD TO EXPLORING ALL THE POTENTIAL OPTIONS TO UTILIZE DETECTION CANINES TO PATROL OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK IN MAKING OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS MORE SECURE AND I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 07:01:34 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    CHAIRMAN, AND I WANT TO THANK MR. CHABOT FOR HIS WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND MY…

    CHAIRMAN, AND I WANT TO THANK MR. CHABOT FOR HIS WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE SHEILA JACKSON LEE AS WELL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:01:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER SEEK RECOGNITION? THE CLERK…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER SEEK RECOGNITION? THE CLERK WILL RE-- WILL READ.

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  • 07:01:54 PM

    THE CLERK

    TOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION SALARIES AND EXPENSES. $,769,518,000.

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    THE CHAIR

    MR. CHAIRMAN.

  • 07:02:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 07:02:27 PM

    MR. KING

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 07:02:35 PM

    THE CLERK

    BY MR. KING OF YEA, PAGE 7, LINE 13, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT THE…

    BY MR. KING OF YEA, PAGE 7, LINE 13, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, REDUCED BY $1 MILLION, INCREASED BY $1 MILLION.

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  • 07:02:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM IOWA IS RECOGNIZED IN FARE OF HIS AMENDMENT.

  • 07:03:01 PM

    MR. KING

    STRIKES $1 MILLION AND PUTS OUT $ MILLION, FOR THE PURPOSE OF TAKE OUGHT…

    STRIKES $1 MILLION AND PUTS OUT $ MILLION, FOR THE PURPOSE OF TAKE OUGHT THE LOOKOUT POINTS FORMED BY DRUG SMUGGLERS ON THE U.S. SIDE OF THE BORDER BETWEEN PRIMARILY ARIZONA AND MEXICO. I'VE BEEN DOWN TO THE BORDER TO REVIEW THESE SPOTTER LOCATIONS. ON CERTAIN OCCASIONS, I'VE CLIMBED TO THE TOP OF THOSE SMALL MOUNTAINS WHERE THEY OVERLOOK THE TRANSPORTATION LINKS WE HAVE, THE INTERSECTION, AND THE DRUG SMUGGLERS HAVE TAKEN PARAMILITARY POPPINGSES ON TOP OF THESE MOUNTAINS, OVERLOOKING U.S. TRANSPORTATION, FOR THE PURPOSES OF BEING ABLE TO WARN THEIR DRUG AND PEOPLE SMUGGLERS WHEN THE BORDER PATROL AND OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE COMING ALONG THE WAY. I'VE GONE TO THE TOP OF THESE MOUNTAINS WITH BORDER PATROL AND SHADOW WOLVES AND FLOWN TO THE TOP OF SOME OF THE THESE -- SOME OF THESE MOUNTAINS TO TAKE THE POSITION TAKEN BY THE SPOTTERS. THIS IS SOMETHING CONGRESS HAS SPOKEN TO BEFORE THIS AMENDMENT HAS PASSED IN THE PAST, IT DIRECTS THE BORDER PATROL AND SECURITY PERSONNEL TO TAKE THOSE LOCATIONS OUT, NOT TO CONCEDE THESE TACTICAL LOCATIONS INSIDE THE UNITED STATES THAT GO AS FAR UP AS TUCSON AND ON NORTH TOWARD PHOENIX. ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO, I AND A COUPLE OF OTHERS PUT TOGETHER A MAP OF THESE LOCATIONS. I STOOD WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL AND SAID, SHOW ME WHERE ON THE MASM THEY STARTED DRAWING X OSE ON THE MAP, WE TOOK IT ALONG THE ARIZONA BORDER, AND WHEN WE WERE DONE, I HAD 70% OF MOUNTAINTOPS THAT WERE MANNED. THIS CONGRESS CAN'T TOLERATE THOSE KIND OF LOCATIONS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND I URGE THE ADOPTION OF MY AMENDMENT WHICH DIRECTS LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL TO USE THE MILLION DOLLARS TO TAKE OUT THE SPOTTERS, THE LOOKOUT THOPES MOUNTAINS AND LET SMUGGLING -- THAT LET SMUGGLING HAPPEN IN THE UNITED STATES. I URGE ADOPTION AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:05:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 07:05:10 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    HAVE NO OBJECTION AND ACCEPT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

  • 07:05:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION? SEEING NONE, THE QUESTION IS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT…

    OBJECTION? SEEING NONE, THE QUESTION IS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE JILT FROMI. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 07:05:41 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. BORDER SECURITY, FENCING…

    TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. BORDER SECURITY, FENCING INFRASTRUCTURE AND TECHNOLOGY. $500 MILLION TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014.

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  • 07:06:11 PM

    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 07:06:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE HIS AMENDMENT…

    WILL -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE HIS AMENDMENT CONSIDERED OUT OF ORDER AT THIS POINT?

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  • 07:07:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION IS HEARD. THE CLERK WILL READ.

  • 07:07:04 PM

    THE CLERK

    PAGE 16, LINE 19, U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT SALARIES AND…

    PAGE 16, LINE 19, U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT SALARIES AND EXPENSES. $5,522,474,000.

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  • 07:07:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 07:07:24 PM

    MR. KING

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT ON PAGE 12.

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    THE CHAIR

    IOWA SHOULD BE ADVISED THE CLERK HAS PASSED THAT POINT IN THE READING.…

    IOWA SHOULD BE ADVISED THE CLERK HAS PASSED THAT POINT IN THE READING. DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE AN AMENDMENT TO THE THIS PORTION OF THE READING?

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  • 07:07:42 PM

    MR. KING

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE UP THE AMENDMENT ON PAGE 12.…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE UP THE AMENDMENT ON PAGE 12. THE READING WAS FASTER THAN I WAS PREPARED FOR HERE.

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  • 07:07:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR HEARS OBJECTION. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE AN AMENDMENT TO THIS…

    THE CHAIR HEARS OBJECTION. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE AN AMENDMENT TO THIS PORTION OF THE BILL?

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  • 07:08:02 PM

    MR. KING

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 07:08:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 07:08:08 PM

    MR. KING

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT THAT GOES TO PAGE 16, LINE 24. I HOPE IT'S IN ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 07:08:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    >>

    A POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:08:37 PM

    MR. KING

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN THIS AMENDMENT IS AN AMENDMENT THAT STRIKES $1…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN THIS AMENDMENT IS AN AMENDMENT THAT STRIKES $1 MILLION AND PUTS $1 MILLION BACK IN. IT'S BEEN BEFORE THE CONGRESS BEFORE. IT'S ONE THAT SUPPORTS THE SHADOW WOLVES AND THE SHADOW WOLVES ARE A PART OF C.B.P. THEY ARE STATIONED IN ARIZONA, WITHIN MOSTLY THE RESERVATION, THEY'RE NATIVE AMERICANS THAT DEFEND OUR BORDER AND INTERACT CULTURALLY AND REGIONALLY IN THAT AREA. THEY'VE BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE. THEIR NUMBERS HAVE GONE UP, APPROACH 20G, BUT THEIR NUMBERS HAVE DIMINISHED DOWN TO ONLY FIVE SHADOW WOLVES LEFT. THEY'VE BEEN EXCELLENT ABOUT TRACKING SMUGGLERS THROUGH THE DESERT. THEY'VE BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. THEY'VE BEEN SHRIFTED -- SHIFTED BACK AND FORTH FROM BORDER PATROL TO CUSTOM BORDER PROTECTION IN THE PAST. BUT STILL THEIR NUMBERS HAVE BEEN REDUCED. THIS $1 MILLION DIRECTS THEM TO GO FORWARD AND GROW THE SHADOW WOLVES AN SUSTAIN THEM. I THINK IT'S A TESTAMENT TO THE NATIVE AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THE SUPPORT THEY PROVIDE ON THE BORDER. I'VE WATCHED THEM IN ACTION, PARTICIPATED WITH THEM IN ACTION, IT WAS WITH SHADOW WOLVES THAT WE DID A TRAIN WITH BLACKHAWKS ON THE LOOKOUTS THAT I SPOKE ABOUT PREVIOUSLY. THIS AMENDMENT WILL ENCOURAGE THOSE FIVE SHADOW WOLVES CONTINUE AND HELP THEM GROW. IF THEY GO TO LESS THAN FIVE, THEY ARE PROBABLY GONE FOREVER. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 07:10:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I WITHDRAW THE POINT OF ORDER AND ACCEPT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

  • 07:10:23 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    I WITHDRAW THE POINT OF ORDER AND ACCEPT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

  • 07:10:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE RESERVATION IS WITHDRAWN. ARE THERE OTHER MEMBERS SEEKING TIME ON THIS…

    THE RESERVATION IS WITHDRAWN. ARE THERE OTHER MEMBERS SEEKING TIME ON THIS AMENDMENT? IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AYES HAVE IT, THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:10:54 PM

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    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 07:10:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 07:11:01 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. BARROW OF GEORGIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. BARROW

    A TRIP TO OUR SOUTHERN BORDER AT THE INVITATION OF OUR COLLEAGUE,…

    A TRIP TO OUR SOUTHERN BORDER AT THE INVITATION OF OUR COLLEAGUE, GABRIELLE GIFFORDS. WHILE I THINK IT'S SAFE TO SAY CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE SINCE MY TRIP IN 2007, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO REPORT THAT SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES REMAIN. SUCCESSFUL BORDER SECURITY REQUIRES A MULTIPRONGED STRATEGY. WE NEED THE PHYSICAL STRATEGY OF BOOTS ON THE GROUNDS AND WE NEED TO DENY BENEFITS TO THOSE HERE ILLEGALLY AND IDENTIFY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO MAY POSE A SERIOUS RISK TO PUBLIC SAFETY OR NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEPORT THEM. ONE OF OUR MAIN TOOLS IN IDENTIFYING THOSE RISKS IS THE LAW ENFORCEMENT SUPPORT CENTER OR L.E.S.C. THE LESC IS A CLEARING-HOUSE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS TO PROVIDE REALTIME INFORMATION ON ILLEGAL IMGRANTS ARRESTED OR SUSPECTED OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. IN 2010, THEY FIELDED OVER ONE MILLION REQUESTS FROM LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND RECENT CHANGES TO STATE LAW WAIL INCREASE THOSE REQUESTS. MY AMENDMENT SHOWS THE INTENT OF CONGRESS TO FUND THIS.

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  • 07:12:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 07:12:32 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    I HAVE NO JACKSONS OTT -- OBJECTIONS TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN. THOSE IN…

    THE THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. CLERK WILL RAZE.

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  • 07:12:51 PM

    THE CLERK

    AND -- $236 MILLION TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2016.…

    AND -- $236 MILLION TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2016. SECURITY, $2,245 MILLION, 560,000, OF WHICH $1,565 MILLION WILL REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL 2016. TRANSPORTATION THREAT ASSESSMENT AND CREDENTIALING. $183,954,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013. TRANSPORTATION SECURITY SUPPORT, $1,0 32,790,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013. FEDERAL AIR MARSHALS. $961,375,000. COAST GUARD, OPERATING EXPENSES. $7,071,061,000. ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE AN RESTORATION. $10,198,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2016. RESERVE TRAINING. $131,778,000. ACCUSATION CONSTRUCTION AND IMPROVEMENT. $1,151 -- $1,151,653,000 OF WHICH $4 1 MILLION SHALL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 TO ACQUIRE OR IMPROVE VESSELS OF WHICH $328,900,000 SHALL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014, OR IMPROVED AIRCRAFT OF WHICH $171,140,000 SHALL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014, FOR OTHER EQUIPMENT OF WHICH $116 MILLION SHALL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2016, FOR AIDS TO NAVIGATION FACILITIES OF WHICH $4 MILLION MAY BE DERIVE FLED COAST GUARD HOUSING FUND OF $ 470 MILLION SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR PERSONAL COMPENSATION BENEFITS AND RELATED COSTS. RESERGE DEVELOPMENT TESTS AND EVALUATION, $12,779,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2016. RETIRED PAY, $1,440,157,000. UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE SALARIES AND EXPENSES, $1,6 -- $1,066,000,000 OF WHICH $6 MILLION SHALL BE FOR INVESTIGATIONS OF MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN AND SHALL REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013. ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION IMPROVEMENTS AND RELATED EXPENSES, $6,780,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2016. TITLE 3, PROTECTION PREPAREDNESS RESPONSE AND RECOVERY, NATIONAL PROTECTION AND PROGRAMS, DIRECTORATE MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION. $42,511,000. INFRASTRUCTURE, PROTECTION, INFORMATION SECURITY, $891,243,000. FEDERAL PROTECTIVE SERVICE, REVENUES AND COLLECTIONS, CREDITED TO THIS ACCOUNT SHALL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL EXPENDED FOR EXPENSES RELATED TO THE PROTECTION OF FEDERALLY OWNED BUILDINGS, UNITED STATES VISITOR AND IMMIGRANT STATUS INDICATOR TECHNOLOGY, $297,402,000. OFFICE OF HEALTH AFFAIRS, $165,949,000. FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION, $707,298,000. STATE AND LOCAL PROGRAMS, $1 BILLION.

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  • 07:17:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, IT'S A RICHARDSON AMENDMENT…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, IT'S A RICHARDSON AMENDMENT NUMBER 2.

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  • 07:17:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 07:17:23 PM

    THE CLERK

    FROM TEXAS.

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    THE CHAIR

    --

  • 07:17:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WILL THE GENTLELADY SUSPEND? THE CLERK HAS NOT REPORTED THE AMENDMENT YET.

  • 07:17:43 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. RICHARDSON OF CALIFORNIA, PAGE 47, LINE 10, AFTER…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. RICHARDSON OF CALIFORNIA, PAGE 47, LINE 10, AFTER HEADING, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, AT LEAST $10 MILLION SHALL BE FOR BUFFER ZONE PROTECTION PLAN GRANTS, $50 MILLION SHALL BE FOR PORT SECURITY GRANTS, $100 MILLION SHALL BE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ASSISTANCE AND RAILWAY -- RAILROAD SECURITY ASSISTANCE, $50 MILLION SHALL BE FOR INOPERABLE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS, $42,337,000 SHALL BE FOR METROPOLITAN MEDICAL RESPONSE SYSTEMS.

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  • 07:18:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. CARTER

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEWOMAN'S AMENDMENT.

  • 07:18:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    A POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HER AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:18:30 PM

    MS. RICHARDSON

    AS FORMER CHAIR AND CURRENT RANKING MEMBER ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY…

    AS FORMER CHAIR AND CURRENT RANKING MEMBER ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS SUBCOMMITTEE AND MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, I OFFERED THIS AMENDMENT IN GOOD FAITH TO SAVE LIVES AND TO PROTECT AMERICAN CITIZENS. LIKE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUE, CHAIRMAN KING, I HAVE A STRONG CONCERN WITH THE CURRENT APPROPRIATIONS BILL IN ITS CURRENT FORM WHICH IN AND OF IT SELF COULD POTENTIALLY CAUSE DANGEROUS THREATS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BY DRASTICALLY CUTTING VITAL RESPONSE AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS, LEAVING AMERICANS AND THEIR VISITORS VULNERABLE WHEN WE ARE MOST IN TIME OF NEED. MY AMENDMENT WILL MAKE GREAT STRIDES TO REMEDY THIS DANGER BY ENSURING THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY ALLOCATES $50 MILLION FOR PORT SECURITY PROGRAMS, $100 MILLION FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ASSISTANCE AND RAILROAD SECURITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS, $50 MILLION FOR INNER OPERABLE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS GRANT PROGRAMS, $10 MILLION FOR THE BUFFER ZONE PROTECTION PROGRAM AND $42.3 MILLION FOR THE METROPOLITAN MEDICAL RESPONSE SYSTEM. THE RICHARDSON AMENDMENT DEDICATES $252 MILLION OF THE $1 BILLION AUTHORIZED ALL WHILE STILL PRESERVING THE CHAIRMAN'S ORIGINAL INTENT BY ALLOWING 50% OF THOSE DOLLARS TO REMAIN FLEXIBLE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF WHAT THE COMMITTEE HAD ORIGINALLY PROVIDED. AND ALSO STILL MAINTAINING THE $247 MILLION THAT THE COMMITTEE DESIGNATED FOR THE STONE GARDEN AND FOR TRAINING. MR. CHAIRMAN, EACH AND EVERY DAY AMERICANS FACE THREATS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. CERTAINLY THE MOST WELL KNOWN ARE THE THREATS TO OUR PORTS AND OUR TRANSIT SYSTEMS WHICH I HAVE PARTICULARLY BEEN FOCUSED ON GIVEN THE FACT THAT MY DISTRICT COVERS TWO OF THE LARGEST PORTS IN THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES. HOWEVER, THESE PROGRAMS THAT I'VE MENTIONED SO FAR GO BEYOND THE L.A. AREA. WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE RECENT TORNADOS IN ALABAMA AND MISSOURI, THE FLOODS IN TENNESSEE AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS AND LARGE SCALE EMERGENCY SITUATIONS FACING OUR NATION, STRONG AND EFFECTIVE SECURITY AND RESPONSE PROGRAMS ARE VITAL TO THE LIVES OF ALL AMERICANS COAST-TO-COAST. IT SEEMS COUNTERINTUITIVE TO UNDERMINE PORT AND RAIL SECURITY, MEDICAL RESPONSE AND COMMUNICATIONS EFFORTS BY CUTTING THE GRANT PROGRAMS OR SHOULD I SAY NOT ENSURING THAT THESE PARTICULAR CATEGORIES HAVE SUFFICIENT FUNDS IN THIS THEM. MY AMENDMENT ENSURES THAT THE FUNDS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PORT AND RAIL SECURITY ASSISTANT GRANT PROGRAMS. NOW, DESPITE THE RECENT STRIDES THAT WE HAVE MADE ON THE WAR ON TERROR, WE RECENTLY FOUND THROUGH THE KILLING OF BIN LADEN IN HIS DIARY, WE LEARNED THAT ALREADY HE WAS IN THE PROCESS OF HAVING DISCUSSIONS ABOUT ATTACKING OUR TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEM. AT HEART OF THE AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURE AND FUNDAMENTAL TO OUR SUCCESS IN OUR ECONOMY IS CLEARLY PROTECTING OUR PORTS AND OUR RAIL SYSTEM. THESE SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO BE TARGETED IN THE PAST. ALL WE HAVE TO THINK OF IS MADRID, LONDON AND TOKYO. ACROSS THE COUNTRY, PORT AND TRANSIT SECURITY FORCES ARE ALREADY STRETCHED TO THE LIMITS AND THANKS TO THE SUBSTANTIAL CUTS THAT WERE ALREADY MADE VIA THE END OF THE YEAR APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011 THEIR JOBS WERE MADE EVEN MORE DIFFICULT AND ARE EXPECTED TO DO IT WITH LESS. THE SAME IS TRUE FOR OTHER IMPORTANT STATE AND LOCAL GRANT PROGRAMS LIKE THE METROPOLITAN MEDICAL RESPONSE SYSTEM THAT AIDS EMERGENCY MEDICAL FIRST RESPONDERS AND INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATION GRANTS THAT ARE SO IMPORTANT TO OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. FINALLY I ALSO WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE BUFFER ZONE GRANTS THAT WERE AVAILABLE. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHEN I FIRST -- WHEN YOU THINK OF BUFFER YOU THINK MAYBE A SEA AREA. ACTUALLY, WHAT IT IS IS A REGIONAL ASSESSMENT DONE TO DETERMINE IF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE IS PROPERLY PROTECTED. AND IF IT'S NOT, THOSE GRANTS GO OUT OF THAT PARTICULAR AREA TO FIX IT. THUS WHILE PRIORITIZING AND DEDICATED 25% OF THE FUNDS TO FUND PORT AND RAIL TRANSIT GRANTS, MEDICAL RESPONSE AND EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION EFFORTS, MY AMENDMENT PRESERVES THE SECRETARY'S FLEXIBILITY AS THE COMMITTEE HAD INITIALLY DIRECTED. THEREFORE I URGE THE CHAIR TO PLEASE WITHDRAW THEIR POINT OF ORDER AND TO FIND MY AMENDMENT IN ORDER WHILE STILL NOT CUTTING OTHER PROGRAMS THAT HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED AND ALSO NOT ADDING TO THE DEFICIT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS AMENDMENT AND PROVIDE THESE KEY ELEMENTS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND FUNDING THAT WE NEED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND I DO HAVE A SECOND AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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  • 07:23:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

  • 07:23:22 PM

    MR. CARTER

    I UNDERSTAND THE GENTLELADY'S ARGUMENT AND I'M SYMPATHETIC BUT I MUST…

    I UNDERSTAND THE GENTLELADY'S ARGUMENT AND I'M SYMPATHETIC BUT I MUST INSIST UPON MY POINT OF ORDER.

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  • 07:23:33 PM

    MR. CARTER

    OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT PROVIDES AN APPROPRIATION FOR AN…

    OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT PROVIDES AN APPROPRIATION FOR AN UNAUTHORIZED PROGRAM AND THEREFORE VIOLATES CLAUSE 2, RULE 21, CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21 STATES IN PERTINENT PART, AN APPROPRIATION MAY NOT BE IN ORDER AS AN AMENDMENT FOR AN EXPENDITURE NOT PREVIOUSLY AUTHORIZED BY LAW. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR AN IRAQI -- EARMARK, THAT IS NOT AUTHORIZED. THIS AMENDMENT THEREFORE VIOLATES CLAUSE 2, RULE 21, AND I ASK FOR A RULING FROM THE CHAIR.

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  • 07:24:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER? SEEING NONE, THE CHAIR WILL…

    MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER? SEEING NONE, THE CHAIR WILL RULE. THE AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO EARMARK CERTAIN FUNDS IN THE BILL, SUCH AN EARMARKING MUST BE SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY LAW. THE BURDEN OF ESTABLISHING AUTHORIZATION RESTS WITH THE PROPONENT OF THE AMENDMENT. FINDING THAT THIS BURDEN HAS NOT BEEN CARRIED, THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:24:38 PM

    MS. RICHARDSON

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK AND IT'S THE RICHARDSON…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK AND IT'S THE RICHARDSON AMENDMENT NUMBER 3.

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  • 07:24:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MS. RICHARDSON OF CALIFORNIA AFTER STONE GARDEN, INSERT --

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    THE CHAIR

    I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER.

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    MR. CARTER

    I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. RICHARDSON OF CALIFORNIA, PAGE 47, LINE 10, AFTER…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. RICHARDSON OF CALIFORNIA, PAGE 47, LINE 10, AFTER STONE GARDEN, INSERT $50 MILLION SHALL BE FOR INTEROPERABLE EMERGENCY GRANTS.

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  • 07:25:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HER AMENDMENT.

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    MS. RICHARDSON

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FOR ALLOWING ME TO EXPLAIN MY AMENDMENT TO H.R.…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FOR ALLOWING ME TO EXPLAIN MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 2017. THE RICHARDSON AMENDMENT DIRECTS $50 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR INTEROPERABLE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS GRANTS PROGRAMS. WHILE THE AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE, IT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND THAT BEING ABLE TO CONNECT IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH. IN THIS INFORMATION AGE, IT SEEMS INCONCEIVABLE THAT THIS BILL IS SUGGESTING THAT WE WOULD NOT INVEST IN THE TECHNOLOGY TO ALLOW OUR FIRST RESPONDERS TO COMMUNICATE WITH ONE ANOTHER. HOW MANY LIVES WOULD HAVE BEEN SAVED ON 9/11 HAD NEW YORK FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS BEEN ABLE TO COMMUNICATE? IN JOP LYNN, MISSOURI, IN ALABAMA, EVERY DAY THAT PASSES WITHOUT INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS WE PUT AMERICAN LIVES AT RISK. THOSE WHO ARE SERVING AND THOSE WHO ARE BEING SERVED. NOW IS THE TIME FOR THIS INVESTMENT. WE SIMPLY CAN'T AFFORD TO DELAY. THE RICHARDSON AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 WILL HELP TO ENSURE THAT PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES WOULD HAVE THE RESOURCES NEEDED TO COMMUNICATE WITH ONE ANOTHER ACROSS JURISDICTIONS AND ACROSS DISCIPLINE. HENCE, BEING ABLE TO PREVENT THE UNNECESSARY LOSS OF LIFE LIE -- LIVES AND PROPERTY IN THE EVENT OF A DISASTER. WHETHER IT'S NATURAL OR MAN-MADE. MY AMENDMENT RECOGNIZES THE IMMENSE IMPORTANCE OF THE INTEROPERABLE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS GRANT PROGRAM AND THE WORK STILL THAT IS REQUIRED TO ESTABLISH A NATIONWIDE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR RELIABLE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS. MR. CHAIRMAN, WHEN I TALK ABOUT INTEROPERABLE EQUIPMENT, I'M LOOKING TO PRESERVE THAT WHEN WE HAVE A FIRST RESPONDER WHO PICKS UP HIS OR HER RADIO, THAT THEY'LL BE ABLE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE APPROPRIATE PEOPLE TO GAIN CRITICAL INFORMATION WHEN IT MATTERS MOST. THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTERS, EMERGENCY TECHNICIANS, PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS AND OTHERS OFTEN CANNOT COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY WITH ONE ANOTHER. EVEN WITHIN THE SAME JURISDICTION OR WITH OTHER PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES AT THE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL WHEN RESPONDING TO EMERGENCIES. AS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS, PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE, I'VE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO ENSURE THAT OUR COMMUNITIES' FIRST RESPONDERS ARE EQUIPPED WITH THE BEST POSSIBLE EQUIPMENT. INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS ALLOWS OUR NATION'S FIRST RESPONDERS TO COMMUNICATE IN REALTIME, IN AN EMERGENCY. IT HAS BEEN WELL DOCUMENTED, INCLUDING THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT, THAT THE LACK OF SUFFICIENT HANDHELD COMMUNICATIONS DEVICES MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE DEATHS OF 343 FIREFIGHTERS IN NEW YORK CITY ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. WHEN POLICE COULD NOT COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY WITH FIREFIGHTERS PRIOR TO THE COLLAPSE OF THE TWIN TOWERS. SIMILARLY THE LACK OF ADEQUATE EQUIPMENT EXASPERATED THE DIFFICULTIES IN EVACUATING PEOPLE DURING HURRICANE KATRINA WHERE MANY COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED IF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT WERE AVAILABLE. NOT ONLY FOR PUBLIC SAFETY WORKERS, BUT TO TRANSIT AUTHORITIES AND OTHERS WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THAT EVACUATION. MORE RECENT NATIONAL CATASTROPHES INCLUDING THE FLOODS, TORNADOS, TSUNAMIS AND BEYOND CLEARLY CONTINUE TO MAKE THAT ARGUMENT. MR. CHAIRMAN, I SEEK THE EFFORT ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRMAN ON THE OTHER SIDE THAT OUR AMENDMENT WOULD BE FOUND IN ORDER AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN PUTTING PUBLIC SAFETY FIRST. OVER POLITICS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:28:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    MR. CARTER

    I MUST INSIST UPON MY POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL STATE HIS POINT OF ORDER.

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    MR. CARTER

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT PROVIDES AN APPROPRIATION FOR AN UNAUTHORIZED PROGRAM AND THEREFORE VIOLATES CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21. CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21 STATES IN PART, AN APPROPRIATION MAY NOT BE IN ORDER AS AN AMENDMENT FOR AN EXPENDITURE NOT PREVIOUSLY AUTHORIZED BY LAW. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR A PROGRAM THAT IS NOT AUTHORIZED BY LAW. THE AMENDMENT THEREFORE VIOLATES CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21 AND I ASK FOR A RULING OF THE CHAIR.

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  • 07:29:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER? SEEING NONE, THE CHAIR IS…

    MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER? SEEING NONE, THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RULE. AS PREVIOUSLY RULED BY THE CHAIR, THE PROPONENT OF THE AMENDMENT IS NOT EARNED THE BURDEN OF PROOFING THAT THE APPROPRIATION IN THE AMENDMENT IS SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY LAW AND THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 07:30:01 PM

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    YOU. I PLACE AN AMENDMENT ON THE DESK.

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    MR. CLARKE

    PAGE 45 OF THE BILL.

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    THE CHAIR

    REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. CLARK OF MICHIGAN, PAGE 45RKS LINE 18, AFTER $1 BILLION,…

    OFFERED BY MR. CLARK OF MICHIGAN, PAGE 45RKS LINE 18, AFTER $1 BILLION, INSERT --

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  • 07:30:20 PM

    MR. CLARKE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. CARTER

    POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES A POINT OF ORDER ON THE AMENDMENT. THE GENTLEMAN IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES A POINT OF ORDER ON THE AMENDMENT. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 07:30:51 PM

    MR. CLARKE

    FUNDING OF THIS PROGRAM TO FISCAL YEAR 2010 LEVELS. WE'VE GOT TO DO THIS.…

    FUNDING OF THIS PROGRAM TO FISCAL YEAR 2010 LEVELS. WE'VE GOT TO DO THIS. AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE AT RISK RIGHT NOW. THEY'RE AT RISK OF HAVING THEIR HOMES AND BUSINESSES DEMOLISHES, OF BEING INJURED AND EVEN KILLED, EITHER BY A NATURAL DISASTER AS OCCURRED IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS AS A TORNADO SWEPT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY OR BY A TERRORIST ATTACK WHICH IS MORE LIKELY TO COME FROM WITHIN OUR BORDERS. SO WE NEED THIS FUNDING TO HIRE NEW FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, EMERGENCY MEDICAL PROVIDERS AND TO PROPERLY EQUIP THEM AND TO PROVIDE THE RADIO AN COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS THAT ALLOW OUR FIRST RESPONDERS TO COMMUNICATE WITH THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS. THE PROBLEM IS THIS, OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE STATE -- OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, OUR STATE GOVERNMENTS, DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO FUND HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTMENTS. THAT'S IN PART BECAUSE THIS CONGRESS CHOSE NOT TO EFFECTIVELY ADDRESS THE FORECLOSURE CRISIS. THE PROPERTY VALUE UPON WHICH OUR LOCALS ARE DEPENDING TO FUND FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE FALL SON DRAMATICALLY, THEY DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES TO DO THIS. IT'S UP TO US, THIS CONGRESS, IT'S OUR DUTY. TO SECURE THE SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND MY AMENDMENT WILL DO SO BY TAKING A PORTION OF THE MONEY THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WE SPEND OVERSEAS IN AFGHANISTAN, TO PROVIDE THAT COUNTRY'S SECURITY, I SAY LET'S TAKE A PORTION OF THAT, REDIRECT IT BACK HOME TO PROTECT AMERICANS RIGHT HERE IN OUR COUNTRY BECAUSE IT'S AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS IN THE FIRST PLACE, MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT AND I URGE THIS COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:32:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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    MR. CARTER

    CONTINUE TO RESERVE MY POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE HIS POINT OF ORDER. DOES ANYONE ELSE…

    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE HIS POINT OF ORDER. DOES ANYONE ELSE SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 07:33:05 PM

    MR. CARTER

    MR. CHAIRMAN, IN TOTAL THIS BILL PROVIDES $1.7 BILLION FOR HOMELAND…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, IN TOTAL THIS BILL PROVIDES $1.7 BILLION FOR HOMELAND SECURITY, FIRST RESPONDERS GRANTS. OF THAT, THE BILL PROVIDES $1 BILLION, MILLIONS FOR -- $1 BILLION FOR THE SECRETARY TO PROVIDE A PROGRAM THAT ADDRESSES THE HIGHEST NEED AND RISK. HOWEVER, AS WE ARE ALL AWARE, NOT ALL PROGRAMS ARE FUNDED AT PREVIOUS YEARS' LEVELS. SEVERAL ISSUES DROVE THESE REDUCTIONS. FIRST, AS OF TODAY, ALMOST A DECADE AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF D.H.S., THERE'S NO METHOD OF MEASURES WHAT OUR NATION IS RECEIVING FOR THE $38 BILLION INVESTMENT IN D.H.S. GRANTS. THERE ARE NO METRICS THAT INDICATE HOW MUCH SAFER WE ARE TODAY, OR MUCH SAFER WE WILL BE IF WE PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FUNDS. THIS LACK OF QUALITATIVE MEASUREMENT, QUANTITATIVE MEASUREMENT IS INTOLERABLE. PARTICULARLY IN TODAY'S TIGHT ECONOMIC TIMES. SECOND, GRANT RECIPIENTS ARE NOT SPENDING THE FUNDS THAT HAVE BEEN PROVIDED. OF THE $38 BILLION PROVIDED FOR THE FIRST RESPONDER GRANTS, $13 BILLION REMAIN UNSPENT. IN THESE TRYING TIMES, WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LEAVE FUNDS SITTING ON THE TABLE WHEN OTHER PROGRAMS NEED ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND THE DEBT SKYROCKETS. THESE CUTS WILL NOT BE EASY, BUT THEY'RE LONG OVERDUE AND NECESSARY TO ADDRESS THE OUT OF CONTROL FEDERAL SPENDING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS MOMENT AND NOW I MUST INSIST UPON MY POINT OF ORDER.

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  • 07:34:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL STATE HIS POINT OF ORDER.

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    MR. CARTER

    DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER? THE…

    DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 07:35:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    POINT OF ORDER? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. CLARKE

    MY AMENDMENT MAY NOT BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RULE. BUT I KNOW ONE THING.…

    MY AMENDMENT MAY NOT BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RULE. BUT I KNOW ONE THING. IT'S IN ACCORDANCE WITH WHAT WE NEED IN THIS COUNTRY. WE NEED TO TAKE A SHARE OF WHAT WE'RE SPENDING IN AFGHANISTAN TO SECURE THOSE PEOPLE AND OUR PEOPLE HERE BACK HOME. THAT MONEY YOU SAY IS NOT BEING SPENT, GIVE IT TO ME, THE CITY OF DETROIT, WE'LL SPEND THAT MUP, WE NEED FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS --

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  • 07:36:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN MUST CONFINE HIS REMARKS TO THE POINT OF ORDER.

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    MR. CLARKE

    I WILL DO SO. I MOVE TO WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT AND I WILL OFFER SEPARATE…

    I WILL DO SO. I MOVE TO WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT AND I WILL OFFER SEPARATE LEGISLATION, TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE NEED TO BRING THAT MONEY BACK HOME, IT'S OUR MONEY IN THE FIRST PLACE.

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  • 07:36:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. CLARKE

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I OFFER ANOTHER AMENDMENT, AMENDING PAGE 47 OF H.R. 2017.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. CLARKE OF MICHIGAN, PAGE 47, BEGINNING AT LINE 14…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. CLARKE OF MICHIGAN, PAGE 47, BEGINNING AT LINE 14 -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 07:37:02 PM

    MR. CARTER

    POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    PAGE 47, BEGINNING AT LINE 14, STRIKE BEGINNING --

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    THE CLERK

    14, STRIKE BEGINNING --

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    MR. CLARKE

    I MOVE TO WAIVE THE READING REQUIREMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION? SEEING NONE, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINS IN…

    OBJECTION? SEEING NONE, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINS IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:37:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES IS REMOVE THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES IS REMOVE THE RESTRICTION THAT THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE FUNDING SHOULD BE RESTRICTED TO THE TOP 10 URBAN AREAS BY RISK. YOU SEE, THERE ARE OTHER METROPOLITAN AREAS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT I BELIEVE ARE AT SIMILAR OR EVEN HIGHER RISK OF TERRORIST ATTACK OR DAMAGE THROUGH ANY OTHER TYPE OF CATASTROPHE. THE METRO DETROIT AREA IS ONE OF THOSE. THAT AREA, THE AREA I REPRESENT, HAS THE BUSIEST BORDER CROSSING IN ALL OF NORTH AMERICA. IT HAS AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, IT HAS A HUGE METROPOLITAN POPULATION CENTER, IT HAS THE RURAL HEADQUARTERS OF GENERAL MOTORS. WE'RE AT HIGH RISK OF AN ATTACK YET RIGHT NOW, ACCORDING TO HOMELAND SECURITY RISK MATRIX, WE'RE NOT RATED IN THE TOP 10. WE SHOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS FUNDING AS WELL AS OTHER METROPOLITAN AREAS. HERE'S THE POINT. EVEN THOUGH BIN LADEN IS NOW GONE, WE ARE STILL AT RISK OF A TERRORIST ATTACK IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT IT'S MORE THAN LIKELY THAT THAT TERRORIST WILL LIKELY COME FROM WITHIN THE BORDERS. SO THE FIRST DEFENSE WE HAVE AGAINST TERRORISM OR ANY OTHER NATURAL DISASTER IS OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. WE NEED MORE FIREFIGHTERS, MORE POLICE OFFICERS, MORE EMERGENCY MEDICAL PROVIDERS, THEY NEED TO BE PROPERLY TRAINED AND HAVE THE EQUIPMENT, THE RADIOS AND COMMUNICATION DEVICES TO COMMUNICATE TO EACH OTHER. THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS, IT'S NOT SPENDING IT ONLY OVERSEAS, ALL OF OUR TAX DOLLARS, BUT INVESTING IT HERE RIGHT AT HOME. THIS AMENDMENT WILL MAKE SURE THAT URBAN AREAS WHO ARE AT HIGH RISK OF AN ATTACK, SUCH AS METRO DETROIT, GET THE FUNDS THAT THEY NEED. THE BOTTOM LINE POINT IS THIS, THE REASON WHY WE SHOULD STEP IN AND SUPPORT OUR LOCAL UNITS OF GOVERNMENT IS BECAUSE THIS CONGRESS IN THE PAST DID NOT EFFECTIVELY ADDRESS THE FORECLOSURE CRISIS WHICH IS REALLY -- WHICH HAS ROBBED THE LOCAL UNITS OF GOVERNMENT OF THEIR POWER TO FUND FIRST RESPONDERS. THE PROPERTY VALUES DROP SOD LOW THE MONEY ISN'T THERE. I'M ASKING CONGRESS NOW, DON'T TURN YOUR BACK ON THIS OBLIGATION TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LET'S REDIRECT MONEY TO HOMELAND SECURITY BUDGET, TO OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, OUR PEOPLE THAT ARE THERE AT THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST AN ATTACK FROM A TERRORIST OR AGAINST ANY TYPE OF NATIONAL -- NATURAL DISASTER THAT COULD IMPACT OUR PEOPLE. MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE THIS COMMITTEE'S SUPPORT FOR THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:40:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. CARTER

    MY RESERVATION ON THE POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE RESERVATION IS WITHDRAWN. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE RESERVATION IS WITHDRAWN. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 07:40:22 PM

    MR. CARTER

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. CARTER

    BEFORE US TODAY IS BORN OUT OF THE NEED FOR REFORM. IT CONSOLIDATES…

    BEFORE US TODAY IS BORN OUT OF THE NEED FOR REFORM. IT CONSOLIDATES DISPARTY GRANT PROGRAMS AND PROVIDES DISCRETION TO THE SECRETARY. THESE REFORMS INCLUDE FUNDING REDUCTIONS, REQUIREMENTS FOR MEASUREMENT, AND REQUIREMENTS FOR SPENDING LANGUISHING DOLLARS. THE CONSOLIDATION IN THIS BILL FORCES THE SECRETARY TO EXAMINE THE INTELLIGENCE AND RISK AND PUTS SCARE DOLLARS WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED MOST. WHETHER IT'S A PORT, RAIL, SURVEILLANCE, OR ACCESS TO HARDENING -- ACCESS AND HARDENING OF PROJECTS, OR WHETHER IT IS TO HIGH-RISK URBAN AREAS OR TO STATES, AS OPPOSED TO REVERSE ENGINEERING PROJECTS TO FILL THE AMOUNT DESIGNATED FOR -- OF MANY PROGRAMS OR GRANTING FUNDS TO LOWER RISK. ADDITIONALLY, AS NOTED BY THE GENTLEMAN, THE BILL LIMITS URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE GRANTS TO THE TOP 10 HIGHEST CITIES. AGAIN, PUTS SCARE DOLLARS TO WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED MOST. THAT MEANS THAT CITIES LIKE NEW YORK ARE FUNDED AT SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER LEVELS THAN OTHER CITIES BECAUSE THEY ARE THE HIGHEST THREAT URBAN AREA. I DON'T THINK ANYONE HERE CAN ARGUE WITH THAT. THIS DOES NOT MEAN LOW RISK AREAS WILL LOSE ALL FUNDING. IT JUST MEANS FUNDS WILL COME FROM OTHER PROGRAMS SUCH AS STATE HOMELAND GRANTS THAT ARE RISK AND FORMULA BASED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT FISCAL DISCIPLINE BY ALIGNING FUNDING WITH THE AREAS OF HIGHEST RISK AND VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:42:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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    THERE IS CURRENTLY AN AMENDMENT PENDING.

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    THE CHAIR

    THERE IS CURRENTLY AN AMENDMENT PENDING.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    OUR AMENDMENT WOULD ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY BY STRIKING THE PROVISION IN THE…

    OUR AMENDMENT WOULD ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY BY STRIKING THE PROVISION IN THE BILL THAT WOULD LIMIT PARTICIPATION IN THE URBAN AREA SECURITY PARTICIPATION -- PROGRAM TO JUST 10 CITIES. SECRETARY NAPOLITANO SAID THE HOMELAND SECURITY BEGINS IN THE HOMELAND. THIS PROTECTS THE HOMETOWN BY ALLOWING FIRST RESPONDERS AND EMERGENCY OFFICIALS TO PRACTICE COORDINATING RESPONSE SCENARIOS AGAINST ACROSS JURISDICTIONAL LINES. UNTIL RECENTLY, THEY SUPPORTED THESE ACTIVITIES IN 64 COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING MY OWN. JUDGED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO BE VULNERABLE TO TERRORIST ATTACK. THAT WAS UNTIL WE DECIMATED THE PROGRAM BY CUTTING 20% OF ITS FUNDING IN THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. RATHER THAN ALLOW ALL COMMUNITIES TO SUFFER CUTS PROPORTIONATELY, THE DEPARTMENT MADE MATTERS WORSE BY DECIDING TO ELIMINATE HALF OF THE 64 COMMUNITIES FROM THE PROGRAM, INCLUDING ALL COMMUNITIES, ALL FOUR COMMUNITIES IN UPSTATE NEW YORK. LET US NOT MAKE THE THIRD MISTAKE THIS YEAR BY LIMITING PARTICIPATION THAT IMPORTANT PROGRAM TO EVEN FEWER URBAN AREAS. MR. CHAIRMAN, MY COMMUNITY OF WESTERN NEW YORK INCLUDES FOUR BRIDGE CROSSINGS, THE LARBLINGEST ELECTRICITY PRODUCERS IN NEW YORK STATE AND THE HOMEGROWN AL QAEDA TERRORIST CELL. IT SITS ALONG TWO GREAT LAKES WHICH CONTAIN THE LARGEST FRESHWATER SUPPLY IN THE WORLD AND IT IS WITHIN 500 MILE RADIUS OF 55% OF THE AMERICAN POPULATION AND 62% OF THE CANADIAN POPULATION. FOR EIGHT YEARS, THE DEPARTMENT EVALUATED WESTERN NEW YORK TO BE A HIGHLY VULNERABLE AREA AND THUS ELIGIBLE FOR THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE. NOW THIS YEAR, THE DEPARTMENT WANTS TO ELIMINATE US IF THE PROGRAM AND THIS BILL WOULD CODIFY THAT DECISION. WHY? WHAT HAS CHANGED? WE ARE STILL VULNERABLE, ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT. -- THE DEPARTMENT'S OWN ASSESSMENT, AND WE STILL NEED THE RESOURCES TO PREVENT AND RESPOND TO ATTACKS. MR. CHAIRMAN THIS BODY SHOULD NOT PREVENT MY COMMUNITY OR THE OTHER 54 COMMUNITIES THE DEPARTMENT HAS JUDGED TO BE VULNERABLE FROM THIS ESSENTIAL HOMELAND SECURITY PROGRAM. I OPPOSE THIS PROVISION OF THE BILL AND URGE ADOPTION OF OUR AMENDMENT. MR. CHAIRMAN, FINALLY, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CO-SPONSORS OF THIS AMENDMENT, REPRESENTATIVE REICHERT, TONKO, ELLISON, MOORE, WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, CAPPS, SLAUGHTER, CUELLAR, FUDGE AND WILSON. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA, MS. BERKLEY.

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  • 07:45:27 PM

    MS. BERKLEY

    MR. HIGGINS. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT TO ELIMINATE A PROVISION…

    MR. HIGGINS. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT TO ELIMINATE A PROVISION IN THIS BILL THAT WOULD HARM LAS VEGAS, PHOENIX, DENVER, MIAMI, BALTIMORE, DETROIT AND A DOZEN MORE CITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY. THIS BILL BEFORE US WOULD ELIMINATE ANY FUNDING FOR THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE FOR ALL BUT THE TOP 10 HIGHEST RISK URBAN AREAS, LEAVING OVER 50 U.S. CITIES OFF THE LIST, INCLUDING MY OWN CITY OF LAS VEGAS, ONE OF THE GREATEST TOURIST DESTINY -- DESTINATIONS IN THE WORLD, WITH OVER 37 MILLION VISITORS A YEAR. FOR ALMOST A DECADE UASI PROGRAM HAS WORKED TO HELP CITIES PREVENT ACTS OF TERRORISM. NOT TOO LONG AGO, OVER 60 U.S. CITIES RECEIVED FUNDING TO HELP THEM PURCHASE EQUIPMENT, DEVELOP RECOVERY PLANS AND IMPLEMENT COUNTERTERRORISM STRATEGIES. IN MY HOME CITY OF LAS VEGAS, FOR EXAMPLE, WE'VE CREATE CREATHED THE SOUTHERN NEVADA COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER WHERE 18 STATE, LOCAL AND FEDERAL AGENCIES ALL WORK TOGETHER TO DETECT AND PREVENT TERRORIST AND OTHER HOMELAND SECURITY-RELATED EVENTS. THIS KIND OF FUSION CENTERS BASED ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION TO HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES COMMUNICATE MORE EFFECTIVELY SO THEY CAN PUT THE PIECES TOGETHER THAT COULD PREVENT ATTACKS. UASI FUNDING HAS BEEN AN AESSENTIAL PART THAT HAVE CENTER AND CUTTING OFF FUNDING TO THAT CENTER NOW WOULD PUT THEIR EXCELLENT AND POSSIBLY LIFE SAVING WORK AT RISK. SOUTHERN NEVADA IS HOME TO AN AIR FORCE BASE AND HOOVER DAM AND SOME OF THE LARGEST HOTELS ON THE PLANET. WE KNOW THAT SOME OF THE 9/11 TERRORISTS VISITED LAS VEGAS BEFORE THE HORRIFIC ATTACK ON OUR NATION. MR. SPEAKER, AFTER THE CAPTURE AND KILLING OF OSAMA BIN LADEN WE ALSO KNOW THAT TERRORISTS ARE INCREASINGLY FOCUSING THEIR INTERESTS ON MIDSIZED CITIES RATHER THAN LARGE CITIES. MANY OF THOSE WHO WILL NOW NOT BE RECEIVING FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THIS PROVISION TO BECOME LAW. THIS IS BEING DONE WHEN THE RISK OF RETALIATION BY BOTH HOMEGROWN TERRORISTS AND AL QAEDA AND AL QAEDA AFFILIATES IS VERY HARD. I IMPLORE MY COLLEAGUES NOT TO LEAVE SOME OF AMERICA'S GREAT OF THE CITIES VULNERABLE AND WITHOUT THE NECESSARY FUNDING TO PROTECT THEMSELVES. AT A TIME WHEN STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE STRUGGLING TO BALANCE THEIR BUDGETS, WE NEED HELP MORE THAN EVER TO PREVENT AND PREPARE AGAINST TERRORIST ATTACKS. THIS PROVISION WOULD BE SALT TO THE WOUNDS. I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE CHAIR

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    ORIGINALLY DISTRIBUTED TO SEVEN METROPOLITAN AREAS, UASI BALLOONED TO 64…

    ORIGINALLY DISTRIBUTED TO SEVEN METROPOLITAN AREAS, UASI BALLOONED TO 64 REGIONS IN F.Y. 2010, MANY OF WHICH WERE NEITHER HIGH THREAT NOR HIGH DENSITY. BY INCREASING THE NUMBER OF UASI RECIPIENTS WITHOUT ADDITIONAL FUNDING, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD DEPLETE RESOURCES FOR CITIES MOST AT RISK FOR TERRORIST ATTACKS. WITH INTELLIGENCE ABOUT INTENT TO ATTACK THE UNITED STATES AROUND THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11, WHICH IS FAST APPROACHING, NOW IS THE TIME TO FOCUS OUR RESOURCES WHERE THEY ARE MOST NEEDED, NOT SPREAD THE WEALTH. EVERY REGION, HOWEVER, I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR TO MY COLLEAGUE, EVERY REGION IS ENTITLED TO FEDERAL SECURITY RESOURCES. AND THAT'S WHY THE STATE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM PROVIDES FUNDING TO EACH STATE AND TERRITORY. HOWEVER, IN ADDITION CONGRESS HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO ALLOCATE FUNNING TO ADDRESS UNIQUE NEEDS AND UASI WAS INTENTIONALLY DESIGNED TO PROTECT THOSE DENSELY POPULARITIED -- POPULATED AREAS MOST AT RISK. THE 9/11 COMMISSION SAID IT BEST AND I QUOTE, FEDERAL HOMELAND SECURITY ASSISTANCE SHOULD NOT REMAIN A PROGRAM FOR GENERAL REVENUE SHARING. IT SHOULD SUPPLEMENT STATE AND LOCAL RESOURCES BASED ON THE RISKS, VULNERABILITIES THAT MERIT ADDITIONAL SUPPORT. CONGRESS SHOULD NOT USE THIS MONEY AS A PORK BARREL, END QUOTE. SO, I WANT TO MAKE A COUPLE OF OTHER POINTS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS. FOR EXAMPLE, BASED ON PROJECTIONS RECENTLY RECEIVE -- RELEASED BY FEMA FOR F.Y. 2011, NEW YORK STATE WILL RECEIVE MORE THAN $1441 MILLION IN D.H.S. FUNDS SEPARATE FROM UASI. BUFFALO WILL BE ONE OF FIVE CITIES IN NEW YORK TO RECEIVE FUNDING FROM THE METROPOLITAN MEDICAL RESPONSE SYSTEM, THAT'S $1.4 MILLION FOR THESE CITIES. FURTHER, BUFFALO IS SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $1.4 MILLION FROM THE PORT SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM AND F.Y. 10 ERIE COUNTY ALSO RECEIVED $940,000 FROM THE INTEROPERABLE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS GRANT PROGRAM. A PROGRAM WHICH HAD A LITTLE BIT TO DO TO CREATE. LASTLY THE POWER PLANT WAS PREVIOUSLY AWARDED A BUFFER ZONE PROTECTION GRANT IN F.Y. 2007, ONLY 58% OF WHICH HAS BEEN SPENT. SO I WANT TO MAKE IT VERY CLEAR, I CAN GO ON. MICHIGAN GOT $21,468,166 AND WE HAVE A WHOLE LIST OF WHAT OTHER CITIES HAVE GOTTEN AND STATES BECAUSE THEY DESERVE THAT MONEY. EVERY STATE, REGION AND COMMUNITY IS ENTITLED TO FEDERAL RESOURCES FOR HOMELAND SECURITY. HOWEVER, UASI WAS A PROGRAM THAT WAS NOT INTENDED TO SPREAD THE WEALTH AMONG EVERY REGION AND OTHER D.H.S. INITIATIVES BETTER ADDRESS THE NEEDS IN MOST AREAS OF THE COUNTRY. SO, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MRS. LOWEY

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED WHO SEEKS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED WHO SEEKS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    YOU, MR. CHAIR. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY COLLEAGUE…

    YOU, MR. CHAIR. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY COLLEAGUE REGARDING THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE.

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    MR. TONKO

    NEW YORKERS WE KNOW FIRSTHAND THE CRITICAL ROLE THAT OUR STATE AND LOCAL…

    NEW YORKERS WE KNOW FIRSTHAND THE CRITICAL ROLE THAT OUR STATE AND LOCAL POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS PLAY IN PREVENTING AND RESPONDING TO ATTACKS ON THE AMERICAN HOMELAND. THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE ADMINISTERED OR UASI ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS A PROGRAM FOCUSED ON ENHANCING REGIONAL PREPAREDNESS IN HIGH RISK AREAS, BY FOSTERING BETTER COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION AMONGST LOCAL FIRE RESPONDERS. GIVEN THE STRUGGLES WE HAVE FACED SIN THE CRISIS ON WALL STREET, THESE ARE COMMUNITIES THAT INCREASINGLY CANNOT AFFORD TO PROVIDE THEIR CITIZENS, OUR CITIZENS WITH THE SAME LEVEL OF PROTECTION THAT UASI ENABLES. THIS BILL AS WRITTEN ARBITRARILY RESTRICTS UASI TO ALLOW ONLY 10 URBAN AREAS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM AND ITS FUNDING, DOWN FROM MORE THAN 60 IN PREVIOUS YEARS. NO ONE HERE TODAY WOULD ARGUE THAT MANHATTAN AND LOS ANGELES ARE UNDERSERVE -- UNDESERVING OF PRIORITY ASSISTANCE. HOWEVER, WITH THIS ARBITRARY CAP WE WILL ENDANGER THE PROGRESS THAT MANY OTHER HIGH RISK URBAN AREAS HAVE MADE TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS FROM ATTACKS AND CRISES. WE WILL THREATEN THE ABILITY OF THESE COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING MY COMMUNITY IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, TO SAFEGUARD OUR CITIZENS. WE ARE MAKING THESE CUTS AT HOME WHILE WE PAY HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR FOR OUR MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX TO FIGHT AN INCREDIBLY EXPENSIVE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN, WITH THE AIM OF PREVENTING TERROR ATTACKS IN AMERICA. WE ARE GOING TO SPEND MORE THAN $12 BILLION THIS YEAR TO BUILD UP AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES WHILE OUR OWN SECURITY FORCES IN ALBANY AND THE CAPITAL REGION AND 50 OTHER CITIES ACROSS AMERICA ARE STRIPPED OF THEIR FUNDING UNDER UASI. IT IS OUR STRATEGIC THINKING THAT BACKWARDS OR IS IT JUST MORE LUCRATIVE TO BUILD A MULTIBILLION-DOLLAR ARMY HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD THAN TO HELP OUR POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS HERE AT HOME PROTECT AND DEFEND OUR CONSTITUENTS? I WOULD PROPOSE TO TAKE $1 BILLION OF THAT $12 BILLION AND PUT IT BACK INTO A DESERVING AND NECESSARY PROGRAM LIKE UASI. BUT ACCORDING TO THE RULES SET BY THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP, THAT IS NOT ALLOWED. SO I STAND HERE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND IN SUPPORT OF NEW YORK IN MY HOME DISTRICT IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, THE ALBANY URBAN AREA WORKING GROUP HAS USED UASI GRANTS TO MAKE GREAT STRIDES FORWARD IN BOOSTING THE LOCAL COOPERATION AND COORATIVE PLANNING. THIS US PA FROM ALBANY, SARATOGA, AND OTHER COUNTIES AROUND A COMMON GOAL OF PROTECTING A REGION CRITICAL TO THE SECURITY OF NEW YORK STATE AND THE STABILITY OF AMERICA. FROM BUILDING A TRULY INTEROPERABLE REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK TO SECURING THE CAPITAL REGION'S CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, THE WORK OF THIS GROUP IS ABSOLUTELY VITAL TO PROTECTING THE EMPIRE STATE. WHETHER THREATENED BY NATURAL OR MAN-MADE DISASTERS, IT IS CLEAR THAT NEW YORK IS AND SHOULD BE AT THE TOP OF OUR PRIORITY LIST TO PROTECT. I REPRESENT NEW YORK'S CAPITAL REGION, AN AREA THAT BEARS TREMENDOUS ECONOMIC AND SYMBOLIC IMPORTANCE, 35 MILLION PEOPLE LIVE WITHIN A 200-MILE RADIUS OF OUR STATE CAPITAL IN ALBANY. ALBANY ALSO HOUSES NEW YORK'S MOST VITAL STATE GOVERNMENT FACILITIES AND MORE THAN 11,000 STATE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES THAT KEEP THE EMPIRE STATE UP AND RUNNING. THESE FUNCTIONS ARE VITAL, NOT ONLY TO OUR AREA, BUT ALSO TO OUR FELLOW NEW YORKERS, DOWN STATE AND ACROSS OUR STATE AND TO AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WHO DO BUSINESS IN, WITH AND THROUGH NEW YORK. THE CAPITAL REGION IS ALSO HOME TO THE THIRD FASTEST GROWING HUB FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY JOBS IN OUR NATION. THAT PROJECTED CLUSTERING ALONGSIDE HIGH PROFILE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SECTORS ADD TO THE VITAL IMPORTANCE OF THIS REGION TO AN AMERICAN ECONOMY THAT NEEDS MORE LEADERS IN INNOVATION. IN ALBANY WE HOST A WORLD RENOWNED NANOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH CENTER WHERE 250 INDUSTRY LEADERS PARTNER WITH THE UNITED STATES ARMY TO PUSH US PAST THE CURRENT BOUNDS OF SCIENCE. WE HOST G.E.'S RENEWABLE ENERGY HEADQUARTERS. OUR RESERVOIR PROVIDES A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF NEW YORK CITY'S WATER SUPPLY. WE HAVE A ONE-OF-A-KIND ARMY ARSENAL AND JUST A FEW MILES AWAY WE HOST AN ATOMIC POWER LABORATORY DOING WORLD CLASS R&D FOR THE UNITED STATES NAVAL NUCLEAR PROPULSION PROGRAM. NEARBY IS A FACILITY THAT WILL SOON BE THE MOST ADVANCED CHIP FABRICATION PLANT IN THE WORLD. THE HOMETOWN HEROES WHO PROTECT ALL OF THESE FACILITIES AND MORE WILL LOSE THEIR FUNDING THROUGH UASI ENTIRELY IF THIS BILL PASSES IN ITS CURRENT FORM. AND SO IN SUPPORT OF NEW YORK'S CAPITAL REGION AND SIMILAR AREAS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT, THIS AMENDMENT THAT WILL REMOVE AN ARBITRARY 10-CITY RESTRICTION ON THE UASI PROGRAM FROM THIS BILL. THIS WILL NOT ADD ONE DOLLAR TO THE DEBT OR DEBT SIFF -- DEFICIT. THIS WILL NOT COST US ONE SINGLE DOLLAR BUT WILL RATHER PROVIDE US A COMMONSENSE APPROACH. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIR, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    I RISE TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN,…

    I RISE TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CLARKE. I REPRESENT COLUMBUS, OHIO, WHICH HAS BEEN ONE OF THE TWO CITIES THAT'S RECEIVED URBAN SECURITY INITIATIVE FUNDS AND THE CURRENT VERSION OF THIS BILL WOULD RESTRICT URBAN SECURITY INITIATIVE FUNDS TO ONLY TIER-ONE CITIES WHICH WOULD BE THE TOP 10 RISKIEST CITIES. THE PROBLEM IS, THE RISKS DON'T STOP AT NUMBER 10. AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT CLEAR THAT THERE'S ANY SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN RISK BETWEEN THE 10TH RISKIEST CITY AND THE 11TH RISKIEST CITY. THIS IS AN ARBITRARY DECISION AND THE CLARKE AMENDMENT ENDS THE ARBITRARY 10-CITY RESTRICTION AND ALLOWS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO HAVE DISCRETION IN FUNDING RISKS. IT DOES NOT INCREASE FUNDING ONE CENT. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE CLARKE AMENDMENT AND, YOU KNOW, I'D JUST LIKE TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS AMENDMENT IS TO REMOVE AN ARBITRARY RESTRICTION AND GIVE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY THE ABILITY TO FUND WHERE THE RISKS ARE.

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  • 07:58:34 PM

    MR. STIVERS

    THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT ADD A DIME TO THE COST AND IT JUST REMOVES -- OR…

    THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT ADD A DIME TO THE COST AND IT JUST REMOVES -- OR INCREASES FLEXIBILITY AND IT WON'T NECESSARILY COST CITIES LIKE NEW YORK OR ANY OTHER CITY ANY FUNDS, ALL IT DOES IS ALLOWS CITIES TO BE ELIGIBLE SO THAT IF THERE'S REAL RISK THERE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CHOOSES TO FUND THAT CITY, THEN THEY CAN FUND IT. SO IT'S A COMMONSENSE APPROACH, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE CLARKE APPROACH AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:59:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY COLLEAGUE REGARDING…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY COLLEAGUE REGARDING UASI.

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    MS. CHU

    AMENDMENT WILL BETTER ENSURE THAT ALL CITIES AND LOCALITIES WILL BE…

    AMENDMENT WILL BETTER ENSURE THAT ALL CITIES AND LOCALITIES WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR CRITICAL UASI FUNDING, NOT JUST THOSE UNDER THE ARBITRARY CAP THAT ARE IN THE UNDERLYING BILL. UASI FUNDING IS CRITICAL TO MY DISTRICT OF SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER MAJOR AMERICAN CITIES. IT HAS HELPED CREATE AND DEVELOP ONE OF THE NATION'S FOREMOST COUNTERTERRORISM AND READINESS TASK FORCES LOCATED AT THE FORMER AIR FORCE BASE IN MY DISTRICT. THIS FACILITY HAS GREATLY ENHANCED THE COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION AMONGST LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND FIRST RESPONDERS.

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    MS. MATSUI

    FROM THERE OFFICIALS ARE BETTER ABLE TO PREVENT ATTACKS BY TRAINING,…

    FROM THERE OFFICIALS ARE BETTER ABLE TO PREVENT ATTACKS BY TRAINING, SHARING INFORMATION AND COORDINATING INVESTIGATIONS. AND IN THE UNTHINKABLE SCENARIO IN WHICH AN ATTACK DOES OCCUR, THIS FACILITY, FUNDED BY UASI DOLLARS, WILL BETTER HELP THE FIRST RESPONDERS TO REACT AND RESPOND TO AN ATTACK. THE COORDINATION AND COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS AT THIS FACILITY ARE CRITICAL AND WILL HELP LIMIT FURTHER HARM. LIMITING OR CUTTING UASI FUNDING COULD DEVASTATE THIS COUNTERTERRORISM AND READINESS TASK FORCE AND NE NEGATIVELY IMPACT THE WORK THEY HAVE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE BETTER COORDINATION AND COMMUNICATION AMONGST LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS. . ONE COMPELLING LESSON LEARNED FROM 9/11, WAS THAT EMERGENCY OFFICIALS NEED TO HAVE STREAMLINE COMMUNICATION AND COMMAND AND CONTROL INFRASTRUCTURES. THIS FACILITY IS THE EMBODIMENT OF THAT LESSON. THE THREAT TO SACRAMENTO SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN LIGHTLY. SACRAMENTO IS A CAPITAL OF CALIFORNIA, THE MOST POPULIST STATE IN THE UNION AND THE SEVENTH LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD. IT IS CRITICAL TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE ANTI- AND COUNTER TERRIFIC WORK BEING DONE THERE. IT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO LEAVE THIS REGION WITHOUT APPROPRIATE FUNDING TO ENSURE ITS PROTECTION AS SACRAMENTO AND THE REGION HAVE IMPORTANT SECURITY NEED. A MERE 30-MINUTE DRIVE UPSTREAM FROM SACRAMENTO ALONG THE AMERICAN RIVER LIES THE FULSOME DAM WHICH HOLDS WATER BACK FROM HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF HOMES, THE STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES, AND THOUSANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES. A TERRORIST ATTACK THERE HAS THE PONINGS OF 6 HAS THE POTENTIAL TO DEVASTATE THE REGION WITH MASSIVE FLOODING. AMONG THE HUMAN TOLL WHICH IS UNTHINKABLE IT WOULD HAVE A CRIPPLING EFFECT ON CALIFORNIA AND THE STATE AS A WHOLE. SACRAMENTO IS HOME TO SEVERAL FEDERAL AGENCIES AND GOVERNMENT FACILITIES ARE HIGH PROFILE TARGETS AND REQUIRE VIGILANT PROTECTION AND FURTHER HIGHLIGHT THE NEED FOR UASI FUNDING IN MY DISTRICT. ANY DISTRICT IS ALSO HOME TO A NUMBER OF TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS FROM LIGHT RAIL TO PASSENGER RAIL TO COMMERCIAL FREIGHT RAIL. AN ATTACK COULD, AGAIN, ASIDE FROM THE HUMAN TOLL, GREATLY HAMPER NATIONWIDE COMMERCE AND IMPAIR THE NATIONAL ECONOMY. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT WILL BOLSTER OUR NATION'S SECURITY BY BETTER PROVIDING MORE COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION WITH THE TOOLS AND TRAINING NECESSARY TO KEEP US SAFE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CLARBG -- THE CLARKE AMENDMENT AND HAVE…

    CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CLARBG -- THE CLARKE AMENDMENT AND HAVE A SIMILAR AMENDMENT FILED AT THE DESK I WON'T NEED TO BRING FORWARD BECAUSE THIS AMENDMENT ACCOMPLISHES THE SAME THING. WHAT THE AMENDMENT SAYS IS ALL THOSE CITIES, THE 54 CITIES THAT WERE ARBITRARILY REMOVED FROM ELIGIBILITY SHOULD HAVE THAT SAME OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE FOR THESE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS. MR.

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    MR. SCALISE

    ARE WE LIMITING OUR THREAT ASSESSMENT CITIES TO 10 CITIES WHEN MANY OTHER…

    ARE WE LIMITING OUR THREAT ASSESSMENT CITIES TO 10 CITIES WHEN MANY OTHER CITIES HAVE EXPOSURE TO RISK. IF WE JUST LOOK AT WHAT WE FOUND SO FAR FROM THE RAID OF OSAMA BIN LADEN'S COMPOUND, THEY LOOKED THROUGH AND FOUND SOME OF THE THINGS THESE TERROR CELLS MAY BE GOING AFTER, AND IN FACT SOME OF THE VERY TERRORIST THREATS WERE TARGETING AREAS THAT ARE INCLUDED IN SOME OF THESE CITIES THAT HAVE ARBITRARILY BEEN REMOVED FROM ELIGIBILITY FOR THESE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS. ALL WE'RE SAYING IS LIKE IN CITIES IN NEW ORLEANS AND YOU LOOK AT THE CORRIDOR BETWEEN NEW ORLEANS AND BATON ROUGE, AND NEW ORLEANS AND BATON ROUGE WERE ARBITRARILY REMOVED FROM ELIGIBILITY. BETWEEN THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS AND ALL THE SHIPPING TRANSPORT THAT'S DONE THERE AS WELL AS ALL THE OIL AND GAS INFRASTRUCTURE FOR OUR COUNTRY THAT'S LOCATED IN THAT REGION, ALL THE CHEMICAL PLANTS THAT ARE LOCATED IN THAT REGION. THEY ARE PART OF THAT TERRORIST ASSESSMENT THAT WERE DETERMINED IN THE DATA THAT WE'VE RETRIEVED FROM OSAMA BIN LADEN'S COMPOUND, INCLUDING THE THREAT TO OIL TANKERS AND SHIPS. SOME OF THE VERY COMMERCE THAT MOVES THROUGH THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS AND YET THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS IS REMOVED FROM ELIGIBILITY. THIS AMENDMENT DOESN'T GUARANTEE THAT THEY WILL GET ANY OF THESE -- ANY ACCESS TO THESE GRANTS, BUT WHAT IT DOES SAY IS THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO COMPETE IF THE TERRORIST THREAT IS DETERMINED TO BE HIGH ENOUGH THEY SHOULD GET FUNDING FROM THOSE GRANTS BECAUSE OUR TERROR THREATS CHANGE FROM DAY TO DAY TO YEAR TO YEAR. WE GET MORE INFORMATION AS WE'VE RECENTLY GOTTEN A TREASURE-TROVE OF NEW INFORMATION OF WHERE THOSE THREATS ARE, WHY SHOULD WE ARBITRARILY REMOVE SOME OF THE VERY CITIES THAT MAY RISE TO THE TOP OF THAT LIST? SO THIS GIVES THE FLEXIBILITY BACK TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO ALLOW THOSE OTHER CITIES TO COMPETE WHERE THERE ARE REAL TERROR THREATS. THAT'S WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES. I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE ABLE TO GET THIS LANGUAGE ADDED BACK IN AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    CORRECTS A PROVISION THAT ARBITRARILY LIMITS UASI ELIGIBILITY TO THE TOP…

    CORRECTS A PROVISION THAT ARBITRARILY LIMITS UASI ELIGIBILITY TO THE TOP 10 HIGH RISK CITIES. THIS LIMITATION WOULD REDUCE LOW CALLS ELIGIBLE FOR -- LOCALES ELIGIBLE FOR UASI GRANTS TO MORE THAN 50 CITIES AS COMPARED TO LAST YEAR, EXCLUDING CITIES SUCH AS CLEVELAND FROM RECEIVING THESE GRANTS.

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  • 08:05:56 PM

    MS. FUDGE

    GRANTS PROVIDE UNIQUE EQUIPMENT, PLANNING AND TRAINING TO HELP LOCAL…

    GRANTS PROVIDE UNIQUE EQUIPMENT, PLANNING AND TRAINING TO HELP LOCAL AUTHORITIES, FIRST RESPONDERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND AGENCIES. THIS PROGRAM SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSES THE NEEDS IN HIGH THREAT URBAN AREAS TO HELP THESE COMMUNITIES PREPARE, PREVENT AND PROTECT AND RECOVER FROM A TERRORIST ATTACK AND OTHER DISASTERS. LARGE CITIES ARE NOT THE ONLY TARGETS FOR TERRORIST ATTACKS. WE KNOW NOW OSAMA BIN LADEN URGED HIS FOLLOWERS TO PLOT ATTACKS IN SMALLER U.S. CITIES, SMALLER CITIES WERE TO BE USED AS STAGING GROUNDS TO PLAN AND TEST ATTACKS IN LARGER CITIES AND THAT'S WHY UASI IS VERY IMPORTANT. UASI FUNDING HAS BEEN UTILIZED TO EQUIP, TRAIN AND EXERCISE FIRST RESPONDERS AND SAFETY PERSONNEL FOR AND IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES AND W.M.D. SPECIFIC EVENTS. IF FUNDING IS COMPLETELY CUT, THE LIVES OF FIRST RESPONDERS AND THE PUBLIC WILL BE PLACED IN GRAVE DANGER DUE TO THE LACK OF EQUIPMENT, TRAINING, AND EXERCISES. THE CITY OF CLEVELAND LAUNCHED THE PUBLIC SAFETY SYSTEMS AUTOMATION PROJECT UTILIZING UASI FUNDING TO ENHANCE THE CLEVELAND DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY INFORMATION SYSTEMS. THIS EFFORT AIDED THE CITY IN ITS MODERNIZATION OF PUBLIC SAFETY SYSTEMS. THE NEW INFORMATION SYSTEMS INCLUDE MOBILE COMPUTING SYSTEMS THAT CONNECT PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS TO FEDERAL, STATE AND COUNTY INFORMATION IN THEIR VEHICLES. AND COMPUTER AIDED DISPATCH WHICH FACILITATES THE TRANSMISSION OF FIRE, E.M.S., AND POLICE AND AUTOMATED VEHICLE LOCATION. THESE SYSTEMS ASSIST IN MITIGATING EMERGENCIES, PROTECTING SAFETY PERSONNEL AND IMPROVING THE PROTECTION OF LIFE AND PROPERTY. CLEVELAND HAS APPLIED ITS ALLOTTED PORTION OF DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY MONEY TO 1,400 PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT ITEMS, W.M.D. TRAINING TO OVER 1,700 SAFETY PERSONNEL. NIMS, I.C.S. TRAINING, HOMELAND SECURITY TRAINING, PERSONNEL, SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT FOR AREAS OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. COMPUTER AIDED DISPATCH FOR FIRE AND E.M.S. AND THE NORTHEAST OHIO REGIONAL FUSION CENTER. HOMELAND SECURITY PLANNING PERSONNEL ARE ESSENTIAL TO STRENGTHEN THE CITY OF CLEVELAND'S PREPAREDNESS PLANNING ACTIVITIES. THEY HAVE OUTLINED THE DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLAN, INCLEMENT WEATHER PLAN, EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN, AND THE CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS PLAN WHICH PROVIDE IMPORTANT SUPPORT TO CITIZENS DURING THE EVENT OF A DISASTER. WITHOUT THE PLANNING PERSONNEL, THE CITY'S EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT RESPONSE CAPABILITIES WOULD BE SEVERELY LIMITED AND THE LIVES OF FIRST RESPONDERS AND THE PUBLIC WOULD BE IN SEVERE DANGER. MR. CHAIR, THESE FUNDS ARE NECESSARY TO ADDRESS THE SECURITY NEEDS OF OUR NATION. I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF IT. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    SEEKS TIME? THE GENTLELADY FROM WISCONSIN?

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    MUCH, MR. CHAIR. I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. -- THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED…

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. -- THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THIS AMENDMENT. IN FACT, I HAD IDENTICAL AMENDMENT TO STRIKE THE…

    THIS AMENDMENT. IN FACT, I HAD IDENTICAL AMENDMENT TO STRIKE THE RESTRICTED LANGUAGE WITH RESPECT TO THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE. IN FISCAL YEAR 2010 OVER 60 URBAN AREAS INCLUDING MY OWN CITY OF MILWAUKEE WERE ELIGIBLE FOR FORMULA ASSISTANCE UNDER THIS GRANT BECAUSE THEY MET THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITIES RISK ASSESSMENT ANALYSIS.

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  • 08:09:36 PM

    MS. MOORE

    LEGISLATION BEFORE US WOULD ARBITRARILY TIE THE SECRETARY'S HANDS FROM…

    LEGISLATION BEFORE US WOULD ARBITRARILY TIE THE SECRETARY'S HANDS FROM DISTRIBUTING THESE FUNDS TO ANY CITIES THAT FALL OUTSIDE THE TOP 10 SO-CALLED MOST VULNERABLE. THE CITY OF MILWAUKEE AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES -- THAT SURROUND MILWAUKEE, OSAKA, RACINE, AND WAUKESHA HAVE $4 MILLION IN THE UASI FUNDING TO ENHANCE THE SAFETY OF OVER TWO MILLION RESIDENTS. EVEN THOUGH THIS ASSISTANCE HAS BEEN SMALL, WE'RE VERY, VERY PROUD OF WHAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IN TERMS OF SECURING OUR AREA. FOR EXAMPLE, IN MILWAUKEE, MY CONSTITUENTS ARE SAFER BECAUSE WE'VE USED THIS ASSISTANCE TO TRAIN EMERGENCY MEDICAL TEAMS, TRAIN AND EQUIP HAZARDOUS MATERIAL AND BOMB SQUADS, CREATE CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS PLANS AND TO ANALYZE INTELLIGENCE. IT ALSO HELPS TO FUND OUR INTELLIGENCE FUSION CENTER, A PLACE TO COLLECT AND EXCHANGE INFORMATION FROM GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY, PRIVATE SECTOR AT ALL LEVELS OF ENFORCELE. AND I HAVE HEARD CONCERNS FROM OUR MAYOR, POLICE CHIEF, FIRE CHIEF ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN CONTINUE TO MANAGE DISASTER FUNDING WITHOUT THIS FUNDING. AND THE FUND -- THE CONCERNS AREN'T JUST LIMITED TO BEING PREPARED TO ACTS OF TERRORISM. THE LOSS OF THIS FUNDING WOULD DISABLE US FROM BEING PREPARED TO RESPOND TO LARGE-SCALE EMERGENCIES SUCH AS FLOODING OR TORNADOS. I CAN TELL YOU IT IS PENNYWISE AND POUND-FOOLISH TO SIMPLY ARBITRARILY LIMIT THIS FUNDING. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO GO BACKWARDS. YOU HAVE HEARD OFFICIALS RECORD ED OSAMA BIN LADEN'S DOCUMENTS EVEN SCHOOLED HIS FOLLOWERS TO AVOID U.S. COUNTERTERRORIST DEFENSES. HE SAID DON'T LIMIT ATTACKS TO NEW YORK CITY, CONSIDER OTHER AREAS OR SMALLER CITIES, SPREAD OUT THE TARGETS. WE JUST MIGHT AS WELL FAX AL QAEDA THE LIST OF URBAN AREAS THAT WOULD LOSE FEDERAL SUPPORT, AREAS LIKE PHOENIX, ANAHEIM, SANTA ANA, RIVERSIDE, DENVER, MIAMI-DADE, FORT LAUDERDALE, PALM BEACH, TAMPA, ATLANTA, BALTIMORE, DETROIT, TWIN CITIES, LAS VEGAS, CHARLOTTE, CINCINNATI, CLEVELAND, PORTLAND, TUCSON, BAKERSFIELD, SACRAMENTO, BRIDGE FORTH, HONOLULU, INDIANAPOLIS, LOUISVILLE, BATON ROUGE, NEW ORLEANS, KANSAS CITY, OMAHA, ALBANY, BUFFALO, SYRACUSE, ROCHESTER, COLUMBUS, OKLAHOMA CITY, TULSA, SAN JUAN, PROVIDENCE, MEMPHIS, NASHVILLE, AUSTIN, EL PASO, SAN ANTONIO, SALT LAKE CITY, RICHMOND AND MILWAUKEE. THIS AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE, BUDGET NEUTRAL, AND GIVES THE ADMINISTRATION POWER, ADMINISTRATIVE POWER BACK TO THE EXPERTS WHO ARE THERE SOLELY TO KEEP OUR CITIES AND COUNTRIES SAFE, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:12:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. WHO SEEKS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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    TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 08:12:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    SINCE ITS CREATION IN 2003 THE EXTENT OF THE UASI PROGRAM HAS BEEN TO…

    SINCE ITS CREATION IN 2003 THE EXTENT OF THE UASI PROGRAM HAS BEEN TO ENHANCE REGIONAL PREPAREDNESS IN AND AROUND MAJOR METROPOLITAN AREAS AND ASSIST PARTICIPATING INJURES DICKS IN DEVELOPING INTEGRATED REGIONAL SYSTEMS FOR PREVENTION, PROTECTION, RESPONSE, AND RECOVERY. SETTING AN ARBITRARY LIMIT ON LOCATIONS ELIGIBILITY TO RECEIVE FUNDING IS CONTRARY TO THE INTENT OF THE PROGRAM AND CONTRARY TO OUR EFFORTS TO ADDRESS THE GROWING AND EVOLVING EFFECTS OF HOMEGROWN TERRORISM. MOREOVER, THIS RESTRICTION IS DANGEROUS. LOCALITIES WITH THE HIGHEST RISK OF BEING ATTACKED ARE OFTEN NOT THE LOCALITY WHERE THOSE ATTACKS ARE BEING PLANNED AND CAN BE STOPPED. IN MY DISTRICT, THE LOSS OF UASI FUNDING WOULD COMPLETELY DERAIL A MAJOR ENTER AGENCY COMMUNICATIONS PROJECT. IN ADDITION, MUCH OF THE COUNTERTERRORISM WORK UNDERWAY IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED IN PHASES. A REDUCTION IN FUNDS AT THIS POINT WILL EFFECTIVELY WASTE THE WORK THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE. THE RISK TO MY CONSTITUENTS ARE VERY REAL. MY DISTRICT'S PROXIMITY TO NEW YORK CITY NOT ONLY INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD OF A TERRORIST ATTACK BUT ALSO INCREASES THE POTENTIAL THAT SOMEONE IN OUR AREA WILL PLAN AN ATTACK WITH THE INTENTION OF INFLICTING THE ATTACK ON NEW YORK CITY. WE HAVE SEEN THIS TIME AND TIME AGAIN. . AFTER LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS HELPED TO CAPTURE THE TIMES SQUARE BOMBER LAST YEAR, HE WHO HAD OPERATED IN HIGH MIE DISTRICT, IT IS UNFATHOMABLE TO THINK THAT THEIR WORK WOULD BE DEEMED NONESSENTIAL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM. AND JUST TWO WEEKS AGO ON MAY 19, A BRIDGEPORT RESIDENT ACCUSED OF MAKING AND SELLING PIPE BOMBS WAS ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTING TO SELL EIGHT OF THESE EXPLOSIVE CYLINDERS IN THE BRONX. WELL, WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT SHARED SACRIFICE IS REQUIRED TO BRING OUR FEDERAL DEFICIT UNDER CONTROL, I CANNOT SUPPORT CUTS TO A NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAM WHICH HAS PROVEN TO BE NOT JUST EFFECTIVE BUT ALSO ESSENTIAL TO OUR SAFETY. THIS IS A TIME FOR OUR COMMUNITIES TO STAY VIGILANT WITHOUT THE PROPER RESOURCES -- STAY VIGILANT. WITHOUT THE PROPER RESOURCES, OUR COMMUNITIES CANNOT MAINTAIN THE PROPER LEVEL OF READINESS AND CANNOT ENSURE THAT OUR COMMUNITIES ARE PROPERLY SECURED. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:13:47 PM

    MR. HIMES

    YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 08:16:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? THE…

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    AND YIELD MY TIME TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. LOWEY.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:16:31 PM

    MRS. LOWEY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I'D LIKE TO RISE FOR CLARIFICATION. WITH GREAT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I'D LIKE TO RISE FOR CLARIFICATION. WITH GREAT RESPECT FOR MY COLLEAGUES AND UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF HOMELAND SECURITY DOLLARS, I AM VERY CONCERNED THAT THIS SEEMS TO BE A MISUNDERSTANDING. I WOULD LIKE TO READ AGAIN THE QUOTE FROM THE 9/11 COMMISSION. QUOTE, FEDERAL HOMELAND SECURITY ASSISTANCE SHOULD NOT REMAIN A PROGRAM FOR GENERAL REVENUE SHARING. IT SHOULD SUPPLEMENT STATE AND LOCAL RESOURCES BASED ON THE RISKS OF VUBBLENERBLET THAT MERIT ADDITIONAL SUPPORT. CONGRESS SHOULD NOT USE THIS MONEY AS A PORK BARREL. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO REMIND MY GOOD FRIENDS THAT UNDER THE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM THERE ARE MANY OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDING FOR THESE COMMUNITIES. CALIFORNIA, FOR EXAMPLE, IS GETTING $153 MILLION,-- $153,953,988, CONNECTICUT IS GETTING OVER $12 MILLION, NEVADA IS GETTING OVER $10 MILLION, ETC., ETC. SO THERE SEEMS TO BE SOME MISUNDERSTANDING THAT THE UASI PROGRAM SHOULD COVER ALL THE HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING FOR THESE STATES. WE BELIEVE STRONGLY THAT THERE ARE REASONS FOR FUNDING CERTAINLY BY FORMULA AND THAT'S THE WAY THIS BILL IS WRITTEN. ALMOST EVERY CITY, OVER 50 CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT THE UASI FUNDING IS SPECIFICALLY TARGETED TO THOSE AREAS SUCH AS NEW YORK THAT ARE POINTED TO BY THE TERRORISTS. I DON'T WANT TO MENTION BIN LADEN, BUT OTHERS. THEY CLEARLY ARE THE MOST AT RISK AND IF YOU'RE NUMBER ONE THERE CLEARLY SHOULD BE A RATIONALE FOR GETTING THE FUNDING. SO THOSE 10 CITIES WILL BE GETTING THE FUNDING BECAUSE THEY'RE MOST AT RISK BUT THE OTHER HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING WILL BE DIVIDED BY FORMULA TO ALL THE OTHER REPRESENTATIVES OF STATES THAT ARE HERE TODAY. SO I RESPECT YOUR NEEDS, I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT AND THERE IS MONEY IN THIS BILL THAT WOULD COVER THE NEEDS WHICH SO YOU ARTICULATELY DISCUSSED TODAY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:19:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. CHAIR, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN…

    MR. CHAIR, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, CONGRESSMAN HIGGINS, THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE IS ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY.

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  • 08:19:19 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    IT'S A CRITICAL PROGRAM FOCUSED ON ENHANCING REGIONAL PREPAREDNESS IN…

    IT'S A CRITICAL PROGRAM FOCUSED ON ENHANCING REGIONAL PREPAREDNESS IN HIGH-RISK AREAS BY FOSTERING BETTER COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION AMONG LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS. THESE GRANTS PROVIDE LOCAL AUTHORITIES, FIRST RESPONDERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO PREPARE FOR, PREVENT AND RECOVER FROM ATTACKS AND OTHER DISASTERS IMPACTING COMMUNITIES ACROSS AMERICA. THIS HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL IS DANGEROUS AS IT RESTRICTS THE INITIATIVE TO ALLOW ONLY 10 URBAN AREAS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM AND ITS FUNDING. THIS WOULD CAUSE MORE THAN 50 CITIES, INCLUDING ATLANTA, TO LOSE FUNDS. MR. CHAIR, AS WE ALL KNOW, TERRORISTS DO NOT LIMIT THEIR ATTACK TO ONLY 10 CITIES. WE SHOULD NOT LEAVE AMERICANS WHO DO NOT LIVE IN THESE 10 CITIES UNNECESSARILY AND ARBITRARILY VULNERABLE TO DISASTER. MY HOME STATE OF GEORGIA GREATLY BENEFITS FROM THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE GRANTS. IN 2010 THE ATLANTA URBAN AREA RECEIVED $13.5 MILLION IN GRANTS . ATLANTA, ONE OF THE MOST POPULOUS AND FAST GROWING CITIES IN THE REGION AND HOME TO THE WORLD'S BUSIEST AIRPORT AND ALREADY THE SCENE OF ONE TERRORIST ATTACK DURING THE 1996 OLYMPICS, WOULD LOSE CRITICAL FUNDING UNDER THIS BILL. THE FUSION CENTER IN ATLANTA NOT ONLY BENEFITS THE METROPOLITAN AREA BUT THE ENTIRE STATE OF GEORGIA. THE FUSION CENTER IS AN INFORMATION HUB FOR THE STATE. LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OFFICIALS COLLECT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORTS AND SEND THEM TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT -- TO FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS. IN THE FOURTH DISTRICT OF GEORGIA, A RESCUE CORPS RECENTLY RECEIVED AN URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE GRANT FROM FEMA WHICH WOULD ENABLE IT TO OPERATE A MOBILE CAN TEEN REHAB UNIT THAT SUPPLIES FOOD AND BEVERAGES FOR FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS DURING LENGTHY EMERGENCY INCIDENTS. THE FUNDS HAVE ALSO BEEN USED TO SUPPORT CITIZENS' CORPSES AND COMMUNITY EFFORTS TOWARD PREPAREDNESS AND COMMUNITY RESPONSE EFFORTS. THESE FUNDS ARE CRITICAL TO HELPING GEORGIA DEVELOP A REGIONAL EXERCISE PLAN, DEVELOP ANNEXES TO INCLUDE TECHNICAL OPERATIONS FOR USE DURING AN EVACUATION AND FOR EMERGENCY PUBLIC INFORMATION. MR. CHAIRMAN, I STAND HERE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD REMOVE THIS ARBITRARY RESTRICTION ON THIS PROGRAM FROM THIS BILL. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD NOT ADD ONE PENNY TO THE DEBT OR DEFICIT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:22:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANYBODY ELSE SEEK…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANYBODY ELSE SEEK TIME? SEEING NONE, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 08:22:45 PM

    MR. CLARKE

    RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN WILL BE POSTPONED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA.

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    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:23:00 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. HECK OF NEVADA, PAGE 47, LINE 17, STRIKE 10 AND…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. HECK OF NEVADA, PAGE 47, LINE 17, STRIKE 10 AND INSERT 25.

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  • 08:23:12 PM

    MR. HECK

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT TO RESTORE FUNDING TO THE…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT TO RESTORE FUNDING TO THE TOP 25 CITIES UNDER THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE. THIS ISSUE IS PERSONAL TO ME. I SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF MY CAREER IN THE ANTITERRORISM FIELD. I'VE DEVELOPED THREAT ASSESSMENTS AND PLANS FOR TERRORISM COUNTERMEASURES AND PREVENTION ON THE LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LEVELS. I OVERSAW MEDICAL RESPONSE OPERATIONS TO THE EMBASSY BOMBINGS IN EAST AFRICA IN 1998 AND THE BOMBING OF THE U.S.S. COLE IN 2000 AND I WAS A FIRST RESPONDER TO THE WORLD TRADE CENTERS. I FELT THE HEAT FROM THE PILE AS IT MELTED FIREFIGHTERS' BOOTS, I BREATHED THE DUST AND CHAOS INTO MY LUNGS AS WE WORKED AROUND THE CLOCK. I'VE SEEN TERRORISM FIRSTHAND. AND I WILL, WE MUST DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO PREVENT ANOTHER ATTACK ON THIS U.S. HOMELAND. ONE OF THE FAILURES IDENTIFIED AFTER THE 9/11 ATTACKS WAS THE LACK OF COORDINATION BETWEEN LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS AND FEDERAL COUNTERTERRORISM SPECIALISTS. THE UASI GRANT FILLS THIS VACUUM. IF THIS AMENDMENT DOESN'T PASS, KEY AREAS TERRORISM READINESS FUNDING WILL GO AWAY. I UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO PRIORITIZE SCARCE RESOURCES. BUT LIMITING FUNDING TO A CAP OF 10 CITIES THREATENS OUR OVERALL NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT INCREASE COSTS BUT EXPANDS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CITIES UNDER CONSIDERATION TO AT LEAST 25. LET ME TELL BUT MY DISTRICT, MY AREA, LOS ANGELES AND CLARK COUNTY. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, WE HAVE 221 ELEMENTS OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND KEY RESOURCES. WE INCLUDE THE HOOVER DAM WHICH SUPPLIES POWER TO OVER 500 MILLION HOMES AND THE NEW DAM BYPASS BRIDGE WHICH IS THE SECOND HIGHEST BRIDGE IN THE UNITED STATES. WE HAVE AN AIR FORCE BASE AND THE WORLD FAMOUS LOS ANGELES STRIP. -- LAS VEGAS STRIP. THE LAS VEGAS AREA IS ALSO HOME TO 17 OF THE WORLD'S 20 LARGEST HOTELS WITH ALMOST 149,000 ROOMS. AT THE CORNER OF LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD AND DROP QANA BOULEVARD, THERE ARE MORE HOTEL ROOMS THAN IN THE ENTIRE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO. AND WE HAVE SEEN THAT THE HOSPITALALITY AND TOURISM INDUSTRY HAS BECOME THE SOFT TARGET OF CHOICE SINCE 9/11, WITH NINE ATTACKS AGAINST INTERNATIONAL HOTEL RESORTS OVER THE LAST NINE YEARS. INCLUDING THE COORDINATED ATTACKS IN MUMBAI IN 2008. TWO WEEKS AGO I TOURED THE FUSION CENTER, OUR STATE'S PRIMARY FUSION CENTER. THESE CENTERS FACILITATE GREATER COOPERATION BETWEEN LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS AND FEDERAL COUNTERTERRORISM SPECIALISTS AND ARE SUPPORTED BY UASI FUNDING. NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO RECREATE THE VACUUM THAT EXISTED PRIOR TO THE UASI PROGRAM. NOW IS THE TIME TO STAND BEHIND THOSE WHO STAND ON THE FRONT LINES, PROVIDING THE BLANKET OF PROTECTION UNDER WHICH WE REST AT NIGHT. IT IS FOR THESE REASONS THAT I OFFER THIS REASONABLE AND MEASURED AMENDMENT THAT INCREASES THE NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE CITIES TO 25 AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:26:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:26:23 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    US TODAY WAS BORN OUT OF THE NEED FOR REFORM. IT CONSOLIDATES VARIOUS…

    US TODAY WAS BORN OUT OF THE NEED FOR REFORM. IT CONSOLIDATES VARIOUS GRANT PROGRAMS AND PROVIDES DISCRETION TO THE SECRETARY. THESE REFORMS INCLUDE FUNDING REDUCTIONS, REQUIREMENTS FOR MEASUREMENT AND REQUIREMENTS FOR SPENDING LANGUISHING DOLLARS. THE CONSOLIDATION OF THIS BILL FORCES THE SECRETARY TO EXAMINE THE INTELLIGENCE AND RISK AND PUTS SCARCE DOLLARS WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED MOST. WHETHER IT IS PORT, RAIL, SURVEILLANCE OR WHETHER IT IS HIGH RISK URBAN AREAS OR TO STATES. AS OPPOSED TO REVERSE ENGINEERING PROJECTS TO FILL THE MOUNT DESIGNATED FOR ONE OF THE MANY PROGRAMS GRANTING FUNDS TO LOWER RISK AREAS. ADDITIONALLY, AS NOTED BY THE GENTLEMAN, THE BILL LIMITS URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE GRANTS TO THE TOP 10 HIGHEST CITIES. AGAIN, THIS PUTS SCARCE DOLLARS TO WHERE THEY ARE MOST NEEDED. THAT MEANS CITIES LIKE NEW YORK ARE FUNDED AT A SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER LEVELS THAN OTHER CITIES BECAUSE THEY'RE THE HIGHEST THREAT TO URBAN AREAS. I DON'T THINK ANYONE HERE CAN ARGUE WITH THAT. THIS DOES NOT MEAN LOWER RISK AREAS WILL LOSE ALL FUNDING, IT JUST MEANS THE FUNDS WILL COME FROM OTHER PROGRAMS SUCH AS STATE HOMELAND GRANTS THAT ARE RISK AND FORMULA BASED. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT FISCAL DISCIPLINE BY ALIGNING FUNDING WITH AREAS OF HIGHEST RISK AND VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:27:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER SEEK TIME? SEEING NONE, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT BUFFER -- ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. CHAIRMAN, AS WE APPROACH THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 ATTACKS, WE ARE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, AS WE APPROACH THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 ATTACKS, WE ARE REMINDED THAT A KEY RECOMMENDATION OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION IS STILL NOT COMPLETELY ADDRESSED.

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  • 08:28:14 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    THAT IS THE SECURITY OF THE MOST COMMONLY USED FORM OF IDENTIFICATION OF…

    THAT IS THE SECURITY OF THE MOST COMMONLY USED FORM OF IDENTIFICATION OF THE UNITED STATES, DRIVER'S LICENSE. ALL BUT ONE OF THE 9/11 HIJACKERS CARRIED SOME FORM OF GOVERNMENT-ISSUED I.D., MOSTLY STATE DRIVER'S LICENSE, MANY OF WHICH WERE OBTAINED ON FRAUDULENT MANNERS. DURING THE PLANNING STAGES OF THE ATTACKS, THESE DOCUMENTS WERE USED TO RENT VEHICLES, AEE VADE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS AND ENROLL IN FLIGHT SCHOOL AND BOARD AIRPLANES IN 2005 CONGRESS PASSED AND THE PRESIDENT SIGNED THE REAL I.D. ACT TO ADDRESS THE SECURITY GAP AND REQUIRES STATES TO MEET CERTAIN SECURITY STANDARDS FOR THE ISSUANCE OF DRIVER'S LICENSES AND IDENTIFICATION CARDS. DESPITE THAT ACTION SIX YEARS AGO REAL I.D. HAS YET TO BE FULLY IMPLEMENTED. MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR. SMITH, HAS SOME VIEWS TO OFF ON -- OFFER ON THIS IMPORTANT TOPIC AND I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 08:29:08 PM

    MR. SMITH

    CHAIRMAN, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR YIELDING. HE IS…

    CHAIRMAN, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR YIELDING. HE IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, AMERICANS WERE ATTACKED BY FOREIGN NATIONALS WHO WERE ABLE TO EXPLOIT OUR LAWS AND LIVE UNNOTICED IN THE UNITED STATES. THE 19 HIJACKERS OBTAINED 17 DRIVER'S LICENSES FROM ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA AND FLORIDA AND 13 STATE-ISSUED I.D.'S FROM FLORIDA, VIRGINIA AND MARYLAND. WITH THESE LICENSES AND IDENTIFICATION CARDS, THEY BOARDED THE PLANES THEY USED TO MURDER OVER 3,000 INNOCENT AMERICANS. THE 9/11 COMMISSION RECOMMENDED THAT, QUOTE, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD SET STANDARDS FOR THE ISSUANCE OF BIRTH CERTIFICATES AND SOURCES OF IDENTIFICATION SUCH AS DRIVER'S LICENSES. FRAUD AND IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS IS NO LONGER JUST A PROBLEM OF THEFT. MANY ENTRY POINTS TO VULNERABLE FACILITIES INCLUDING AIRCRAFT, SOURCES OF IDENTIFICATION ARE THE LAST OPPORTUNITY TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE ARE WHO THEY SAY THEY ARE AND TO CHECK WHETHER THEY ARE TERRORISTS, END QUOTE. CONGRESS PAID ATTENTION AND PASSED THE REAL I.D. ACT, THE LAW IS CRITICAL TO NATIONAL SECURITY. . THIS ADMINISTRATION AND UNDERMINED THE I.D. ACT. IT EXTENDED THE COMPLIANCE MOST RECENTLY LAST MONTH. SO STATES DON'T HAVE TO BE I.D. COMPLIANT UNTIL JANUARY 13, 2013. THAT IS 11 1/2 YEARS AFTER THE 9/11 ATTACKS. SECRETARY NAPOLITANO CONSISTENTLY PUSHES FOR REPEAL OF REAL I.D. INSTEAD OF COMPLIANCE. MOST RECENTLY DURING A MARCH 9, 2011 SENATE JUDICIARY HEARING SHE URGED CONGRESS TO TAKE A FRESH LOOK AT LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ACTUALLY REPEAL THE REAL I.D. ACT. STATES ARE MAKING PROGRESS ON REAL I.D. IN FACT, AS OF MARCH 29, 2011, MARYLAND, TENNESSEE, CONNECTICUT, SOUTH DAKOTA, AND DELAWARE HAVE SUBMITTED FULL COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATION PACKAGES TO D.H.S. 23 OTHER STATES ARE COMPLIANT AND/OR ISSUING COMPLIANT DOCUMENTS. FOUR ADDITIONAL STATES HAVE ENHANCED DRIVER'S LICENSE PROGRAMS COMPARABLE TO REAL I.D. GUIDELINES. FOR THESE REASONS, CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT, INCLUDING FUNDING, IS CRITICAL TO REAL I.D. IMPLEMENTATION. I AM CONCERNED THAT H.R. 2017'S GRANT REFORM INITIATIVE MAY GIVE THE IMPRESSION THAT CONGRESS NO LONGER SUPPORTS REAL I.D. FUNDING, SO I ASK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THAT CONCERN?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING BACK.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE REAL I.D. IMPLEMENTATION. REAL I.D. IS THE LAW. THE…

    I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE REAL I.D. IMPLEMENTATION. REAL I.D. IS THE LAW. THE DEPARTMENT HAS AN OBLIGATION TO SUPPORT THE STATES AND MOVING FORWARD TO FULL COMPLIANCE WITH ENHANCED DRIVER'S LICENSE SECURITY. CONGRESS HAS APPROPRIATED A STEADY STREAM OF FUNDING FOR REAL I.D. SINCE 2006. $295 MILLION TO BE EXACT. ADDITIONALLY DRIVER'S LICENSE SECURITY IS AN ALLOWABLE EXPENSE UNDER THE STATE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM. SO THE ACTIONS TAKEN IN THIS BILL SHOULD IN NO WAY BE TAKEN AS A SIDE OF -- SIGN OF DIMINISHING SUPPORT FOR REAL I.D. IMPLEMENTATION.

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  • 08:32:28 PM

    MR. SMITH

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THAT STATEMENT AND I ASK HIM IF HE WOULD YIELD…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THAT STATEMENT AND I ASK HIM IF HE WOULD YIELD FOR ANOTHER MINUTE.

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  • 08:32:34 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 08:32:37 PM

    MR. MYTH

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE REMARKS FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA AND…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE REMARKS FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA AND HIS ENDORSEMENT OF THE REAL I.D. ACT. THE RISK TO NOT IMPLEMENTING REAL I.D. IS GREAT.

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  • 08:32:49 PM

    MR. SMITH

    WAS MORE EVIDENCED BY THE FACT OF THE ARREST OF THE BOMBER WITH POTENTIAL…

    WAS MORE EVIDENCED BY THE FACT OF THE ARREST OF THE BOMBER WITH POTENTIAL USE OF A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION. ACCORDING TO THE AFFIDAVIT WHEN THE F.B.I. SEARCHED HIS RESIDENCE THEY FOUND HIS JOURNAL OF WHICH HE WROTE THE NEED TO OBTAIN A FORGED U.S. BIRTH CERTIFICATE, MULTIPLE DRIVER'S LICENSE AND A U.S. PASSPORT. HE PLANNED TO USE THOSE DRIVER'S LICENSES TO RENT SEVERAL CARS EACH WITH A DIFFERENT LICENSE SPECIFICALLY TO AVOID DETECTION. SO TERRORISTS ARE STILL PLANNING TO EXPLOIT THE WEAKNESSES IN OUR DRIVER'S LICENSE ISSUANCE PROCESSES IN ORDER TO ATTACK US. IF WE DON'T DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POW TORE PREVENT THAT BY HAPPENING BY FULLY IMPLEMENTING REAL I.D., WE SET OURSELVES UP FOR ANOTHER ATTACK. MR. CHAIRMAN, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA AS THIS BILL MOVES FORWARD AND ON FUTURE APPROPRIATION BILLS TO SUPPORT STATES AS THEY MOVE TOWARD FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF REAL I.D. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:33:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK…

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

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  • 08:33:58 PM

    >>

    I WITHDRAW ANY ACTION RIGHT NOW.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN WITHDRAWS.

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    THE CLERK

    10, FIREFIGHTER ASSISTANCE GRANTS. $350 MILLION OF WHICH $200 MILLION…

    10, FIREFIGHTER ASSISTANCE GRANTS. $350 MILLION OF WHICH $200 MILLION SHALL BE AVAILABLE TO CARRY OUT SECTION 33 OF THAT ACT, SHALL BE AVAILABLE TO CARRY OUT SECTION 34 OF THAT ACT --

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  • 08:34:23 PM

    >>

    AT THE DESK BEFORE I ASK TO WAIVE THE READING.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY HAS AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO…

    THE GENTLELADY HAS AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WAIVE THE READING.

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  • 08:34:34 PM

    MRS. LOWEY

    AND I RISE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 08:34:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MR. CHAIRMAN?

  • 08:34:40 PM

    THE CLERK

    LINE 9, BEFORE THE PERIOD INSERT PROVIDED FURTHER --

  • 08:34:46 PM

    MS. LOWEY

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT FALLS WITHIN THE PREVIOUS…

    WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT FALLS WITHIN THE PREVIOUS PARAGRAPH. IS THE GENTLELADY SEEKING UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO RETURN TO THE PREVIOUS PARAGRAPH?

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  • 08:35:07 PM

    MRS. LOWEY

    IS THERE OBJECTION?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA OBJECTS.

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    MRS. LOWEY

    TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD, THEN.

  • 08:35:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:35:28 PM

    MRS. LOWEY

    THE TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 08:39:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MR. CHAIRMAN?

  • 08:39:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. PRICE

    WANT TO EXPRESS MY SUPPORT, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR THE INTENT OF MY COLLEAGUE…

    WANT TO EXPRESS MY SUPPORT, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR THE INTENT OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK IN CALLING ATTENTION TO THE MAJOR DEFICIENCY IN THIS BILL. BUT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I FEEL COMPELLED ALSO TO EXPRESS MY EXTREME DISAPPOINTMENT OF WHAT'S JUST OCCURRED ON THIS FLOOR. OUR COLLEAGUE WAS ON HER FEET READY TO OFFER HER AMENDMENT. SHE WAS ON HER FEET READY TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT, SOMEBODY MAY HAVE THOUGHT THAT SHE WAS A COUPLE OF SECONDS LATE IN DOING THAT, BUT EVEN IF THAT WERE TRUE -- MR.

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  • 08:39:56 PM

    MR. PRICE

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 08:40:13 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD. MR. AILEDER --

  • 08:40:20 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    ARE TRYING TO WORK SOMETHING OUT ON THIS.

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    MR. PRICE

    GOOD. I'M GLAD TO HEAR THAT. LET ME SAY SOMETHING ABOUT MY COLLEAGUE'S…

    GOOD. I'M GLAD TO HEAR THAT. LET ME SAY SOMETHING ABOUT MY COLLEAGUE'S INTENT, BECAUSE THERE IS A MAJOR DEFICIENCY IN THIS BILL, AND WE NEED TO ADDRESS THIS, ALTHOUGH IT'S EXTREMELY HARD TO ADDRESS WITHOUT THE PRESENCE OF VIABLE OFFSETS. STATE AND LOCAL GRANTS IN THIS LEGISLATION ARE 55% BELOW THE ENACTED 2011 LEVEL. THEY ARE 70% BELOW THE ENACTED 2010 LEVEL. MOREOVER, THE STATE AND LOCAL GRANTS ARE BLOCK GRANTED. INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMS SUCH AS STATE GRANTS AND URBAN AREA GRANTS AND PORT GRANTS AND TRANSIT AND RAIL GRANTS COULD BE CUT EVEN FARTHER BECAUSE AT THE SECRETARY'S DISCRETION, SHE IS GOING TO HAVE TO CHOOSE WITHIN THIS BLOCK GRANT AS TO WHAT KIND OF MONEY GOES TO INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMS. THE FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP OF THIS BILL, CONGRESSMAN LATOURETTE AND I OFFERED A VERY SIMILAR AMENDMENT TO WHAT MRS. LOWEY PUT FORWARD TO RESTORE FUNDING TO THESE PROGRAMS. NOW, WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT LAVISH FUNDING HERE, BY NO MEANS WOULD THE FUNDING BE LAVISH BUT SIMPLY BE EQUAL TO THE ALREADY REDUCED FISCAL YEAR 2011 LEVELS. BUT WE, UNFORTUNATELY, WERE NOT ALLOWED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE OFFSET THAT I'VE EARLIER DISCUSSED HAVING TO DO WITH THE MISLABELING, WE BELIEVE, OF EMERGENCY FUNDS. SO IN ANY CASE, WE'RE FACED WITH THE THREAT OF TERRORISM LOOMING LARGER AND MASSIVE CUTS TO FIRST RESPONDERS AND STATE AND LOCAL PREPAREDNESS. WE'RE IGNORING KEY INVESTMENTS IN THIS BILL THAT WOULD MAKE COMMUNITIES SAFER. LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE OUR FIRST RESPONDERS TO TERROR ATTACKS TO NATURAL DISASTERS AND OTHER EMERGENCIES, LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE, EMERGENCY, MEDICAL AS WELL AS COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH AND OTHER PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ON THE GROUND RESPONSE AND RECOVERY ACTION. LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN ADDITION OWN, OPERATE AND SECURE ESSENTIAL ASPECTS OF OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE SUCH AS OUR PORTS, TRANSIT SYSTEMS, WATER SUPPLIES AND SCHOOLS AND HOSPITAL. SO PLAINLY PUT, MR. CHAIRMAN, THESE CUTS ARE SHORTSIGHTED. I'M VERY PLEASED OUR SUBCOMMITTEE COLLEAGUE MRS. LOWEY HAS MADE SUCH PERSISTENT EFFORTS TO CORRECT THIS BILL'S DEFICIENCIES AND KEEP FAITH WITH THE PARTS OF OUR COUNTRY THAT WE KNOW ARE IN THE GREATEST PERIL. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:42:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. WHO SEEKS TIME?

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    TO WORK OUT AN AGREEMENT WITH THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. SO IF YOU…

    TO WORK OUT AN AGREEMENT WITH THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. SO IF YOU WOULD JUST GIVE US A MINUTE TO WORK THIS OUT, WE'LL TRY TO PROVIDE --

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  • 08:43:43 PM

    MS. LOWEY

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE IT. YOU HAVE BEEN VERY, VERY HELPFUL, THANK YOU.

  • 08:44:20 PM

    MRS. LOWEY

    I'D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO --

  • 08:44:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA YIELD BACK?

  • 08:44:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 08:44:33 PM

    MRS. LOWEY

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CONSIDER MY AMENDMENT OUT OF ORDER.

  • 08:44:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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    THE CHAIR

    NO OBJECTION HEARD. THE AMENDMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED AT THIS POINT.

  • 08:44:56 PM

    MS. LOWEY

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO --

  • 08:45:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ADERHOLT: I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER FOR THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT.

  • 08:45:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE POINT OF ORDER IS OBSERVED. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    THE POINT OF ORDER IS OBSERVED. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 08:45:08 PM

    MRS. LOWEY

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN STILL INSIST ON HIS POINT OF ORDER?

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN STILL INSIST ON HIS POINT OF ORDER?

  • 08:48:51 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    YES, MR. CHAIRMAN, I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT PROPOSED,…

    YES, MR. CHAIRMAN, I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT PROPOSED, IT PROPOSES TO AMEND PORTIONS OF THE BILL NOT YESTERDAY READ, SECTION 17, CHAPTER 2 OF THE HOUSE PRACTICE BOOK STATES IN PART, IT IS NOT IN ORDER TO STRIKE OR OTHERWISE AMEND PORTIONS OF A BILL NOT YET READ FOR AMENDMENT. I ASK FOR A RULING FROM THE CHAIR.

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  • 08:49:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PREPARED TO RULE. TO BE CONSIDERED EN BLOC PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-F OF RULE…

    PREPARED TO RULE. TO BE CONSIDERED EN BLOC PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-F OF RULE 21 AN AMENDMENT MUST PROPOSE ONLY TO TRANSFER APPROPRIATIONS AMONG OBJECTS IN THE BILL BECAUSE THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK PROPOSES ONLY TO INCREASE CERTAIN ACCOUNTS IN THE BILL, IT MAY NOT AVAIL ITSELF OF CLAUSE 2-F TO ADDRESS PORTIONS OF THE BILL NOT READ. THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 08:49:52 PM

    MS. RICHARDSON

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, IT'S THE RICHARDSON…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, IT'S THE RICHARDSON AMENDMENT NUMBER 4.

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  • 08:50:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE READING HAS NOT YET PROGRESSED TO THAT POINT. THE CLERK WILL READ.

  • 08:50:06 PM

    THE CLERK

    EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE GRANTS, $350 MILLION. RADIOLOGICAL…

    EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE GRANTS, $350 MILLION. RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM, AGGREGATE CHARGES WILL NOT BE LESS THAN 100% OF THE AMOUNTS ANTICIPATED BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR ITS RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY PREPARED -- PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR. THE UNITED STATES FIRE ADMINISTRATION, $42,538,000. DISASTER RELIEF INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS, $2,650,000,000.

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  • 08:50:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS THE GENTLELADY CALIFORNIA OFFERING AN AMENDMENT?

  • 08:50:46 PM

    MS. RICHARDSON

    YES, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK --

  • 08:50:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:50:54 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. RICHARDSON OF CALIFORNIA. PAGE 53, LINE 5, AFTER…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. RICHARDSON OF CALIFORNIA. PAGE 53, LINE 5, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCE BY $100 MILLION, INCREASE BY $100 MILLION.

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  • 08:51:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HER AMENDMENT.

  • 08:51:07 PM

    MS. RICHARDSON

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK ON THIS DISASTER RELIEF…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK ON THIS DISASTER RELIEF FUNDING. MY AMENDMENT IS DESIGNED TO SUPPORT RESPONSE, RESCUE AND RECOVERY. IN FISCAL YEAR 2011, THE DISASTER RELIEF FUND WAS FUNDED AS $2.65 BILLION. I WAS PLEASED TO SEE ONLY FINALLY AFTER GREAT EMBARRASSMENT THAT WE RESTORED THE FUNDING OF WHAT IT WAS PREVIOUSLY IN FULL YEAR 2011 AFTER THE DISASTER THAT WE HAD IN JOPLIN, MISSOURI. THIS EAMENT OF FUND SOMETHING NOT ENOUGH. AND WE SHOULD JUST BE HONEST WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IN TERMS OF THE BUDGET OF WHAT THE REAL COSTS ARE. HURRICANE SEASON HAS NOT YET STARTED BUT FEMA HAS ALREADY MADE 37 MANGE DISASTER DECLARATIONS, SEVEN EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS AND 54 FIRE MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE DECLARATIONS ALREADY THIS YEAR. JUST OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS, 142 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN JOPLIN, MISSOURI, DURING THE TORNADO THAT STRUCK THE CITY ON MAY 22, 2011. THIS DISASTER IS THE HIGHEST RECORDED DEATH TOLL FROM A TORNADO IN U.S. HISTORY. THE JOPLIN TORNADO DESTROYED AN ESTIMATE OF 2,500 HOMES AND DAMAGED 10,000 OTHERS. IN MAY FLOODING IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, DEVASTATED 1,300 HOMES AND CAUSED THOUSANDS TO BE DISPLACED. IN APRIL, A POWERFUL STORM SYSTEM SPAWNED TORNADOS ACROSS SOUTHERN -- SEVEN SOUTHERN STATES, RESULTING IN OVER 300 DEATHS, IN ALABAMA, MISSISSIPPI, GEORGIA, ARKANSAS, VIRGINIA AND KENTUCKY. WITHOUT DISASTER RELIEF FUNDING OR NOT HAVING A SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF IT, MANY OF THESE COMMUNITIES WOULD NOT BE SAFE. THESE FUNDS ARE USED TO BE ABLE TO REBUILD LIVES AND COMMUNITIES. THE DISASTER RELIEF FUND IS MANAGED THROUGH FEMA. WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE ARE NOT WAITING ON CONGRESS TO DEBATE BUT IN FACT CONGRESS IS RESPONDING WITH THE APPROPRIATE RESOURCES. THIS OTHER APPROACH IS WRONG. WE SHOULD NEVER HOLD RELIEF FUNDS HOSTAGE AND ALLOW CITIZENS TO SUFFER FROM A DISASTER WHILE CONGRESS DEBATES. I THINK IT'S UNCONSCIONABLE THAT WE WOULD NOT IMMEDIATELY ALLOW FEMA THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE THE ASSISTANCE THAT IS NEEDED TO HELP REBUILD OUR COMMUNITIES. NOW LET ME SHOW YOU A MORE RECENT PICTURE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN JOPLIN, AND YOU'LL SEE IN THIS PICTURE THAT IT APPEARS A MAN IS HOLDING A CHILD, HE DOESN'T EVEN HAVE SOCKS AND SHOES. SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT WHETHER IT'S IDEOLOGICALLY WE BELIEVE IN CUTTING THE BUDGET, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE'RE CUTTING IN THE RIGHT PLACES AND NOT IN PLACES LIKE THIS. SINCE 1989, CONGRESS HAS APPROPRIATED ROUGHLY $292 BILLION FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE IN 35 APPROPRIATION BILLS. PRIMARILY AS SUPPLEMENTALS. TWO SIGNIFICANT CATASTROPHES HAVE OCCURRED. THE MEAN ANNUAL RANGE THAT WE'VE HAD TO DO AS A SUPPLEMENTAL IS ANYWHERE BETWEEN $8.3 BILLION AND $13.3 BILLION. TODAY WE ARE CONSIDERING ONLY $2.65 BILLION. CLEARLY HISTORY TELLS US IT'S NOT ENOUGH AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WAIT EACH TAME THAT WE DEBATE WHEN WE KNOW THAT WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT TODAY IS NOT ENOUGH. MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE THE COMMITTEE CHAIR, MY COLLEAGUES, TO SUPPORT THE RICHARDSON AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:54:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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  • 08:54:45 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:54:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:54:56 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    I MUST CLARIFY THAT THE BASE BILLING INCLUDES $2.65 BILLION AND INCLUDES…

    I MUST CLARIFY THAT THE BASE BILLING INCLUDES $2.65 BILLION AND INCLUDES AN ADDITIONAL $1 BILLION IN SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDS AND THAT'S A TOTAL OF $1.18 BILLION ABOVE THE REQUEST AND SO I WOULD LIKE TO POINT THAT OUT TO THE GENTLELADY. BUT WE WILL ACCEPT HER AMENDMENT.

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  • 08:55:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. IS THERE ANYBODY ELSE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. IS THERE ANYBODY ELSE WISHING TO BE HEARD ON THIS AMENDMENT? SEEING NONE THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT'S ADOPTED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 08:55:34 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 08:56:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 08:56:31 PM

    >>

    CHAIRMAN. I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:56:38 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. HONDA OF CALIFORNIA, PAGE 60, BEGINNING ON LINE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. HONDA OF CALIFORNIA, PAGE 60, BEGINNING ON LINE 15, STRIKE AND OF WHICH NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED FOR GRANTS FOR IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION.

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  • 08:56:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT. HONHON THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I -- HONDHOND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I THANK --

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  • 08:56:59 PM

    MR. HONDA

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS A STRAIGHTFORWARD AMENDMENT THAT WOULD REMOVE…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS A STRAIGHTFORWARD AMENDMENT THAT WOULD REMOVE LANGUAGE IN THE BILL THAT TARGETS IMMIGRATION INTEGRATION GRANTS. WHAT ARE IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION GRANTS AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT? EVERY YEAR IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION GRANTS PROVIDE FUNDING TO LOCAL CHURCHES, SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY CENTERS ACROSS THE NATION, FROM CATHOLIC CHARITIES IN DALLAS TO UKRAINIAN COMMUNITY CENTER OF WASHINGTON STATE, TO WEST GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE, TO PREPARE LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS FOR CITIZENSHIP. LET ME REPEAT, MR. SPEAKER, THESE GRANTS ARE FOR LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS OR CITIZENS IN WAITING LIKE MANY OF OUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS WHO CAME TO AMERICA NOT SPEAKING A WORD OF ENGLISH OR KNOWING THE GREAT HISTORY IN CIVICS OF OUR COUNTRY. CITIZENSHIP INSTRUCTION THROUGH THESE GRANTS MUST INCLUDE U.S. HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT LESSONS AND CIVICS FOCUSED ENGLISH LESSONS. WE OFTEN HEAR FROM THE OTHER SIDE THAT IMMIGRANTS COME TO THIS COUNTRY SHOULD LEARN ENGLISH AND THEY SHOULD. THESE GRANTS PROVIDE A WAY FOR IMMIGRANTS TO DO EXACTLY THAT. IT IS PERHAPS FORTUITOUS THAT IT IS SPELLED FORTUITOUS, THAT WE ARE DEBATING THIS AMENDMENT AS THE 2011 SCRIPTS THE NATIONAL SPELLING BEE STARTS ITS ANNUAL COMPETITION THIS WEEK. AS ONE GOES ON THE LIST OF THE 275 YOUNG STUDENT SPELLERS, IT IS WORTH NOTING THAT AND POINTING OUT THAT MANY OF THEM HAVE PARENTS WHO ARE IMMIGRANTS OR ARE IMMIGRANTS THEMSELVES. EIGHT OF THE PAST 12 CHAMPIONS OF THE NATIONAL SPELLING BEE WERE FOREIGN-BORN OR HAD PARENTS WHO WERE FOREIGN-BORN. RENOWNED LINGUIST BEN ZIMMER POINTS OUT THE CONNECTION BETWEEN IMMIGRANT FAMILIES AND THE SPELLING BEE IN THIS WEEK'S NPR STORY AND ON THE TOPIC HE SAYS, NPR, HE TELLS NPR, THESE KIDS ARE SPENDING SOMETIMES A FEW HOURS A DAY GOING THROUGH WORD LISTS TO LEARN THE MOST DIFFICULT WORDS IN ENGLISH. VERY OFTEN THERE ARE YOUNGSTERS COMING FROM IMMIGRANT FAMILIES THAT REALLY PRIZE LEARNING ENGLISH AS PART OF BECOMING -- ASSIMILATED INTO AMERICAN CULTURE. SO MY HAT'S OFF TO ALL THESE YOUNG SPELLERS. MR. SPEAKER, THE IMMIGRANTS WHO RELY ON INTEGRATION GRANTS ARE OFTEN THE PARENTS OF THESE SUCCESS STORIES. THEY'RE THE MOTHER AT THE HEBREW IMMIGRANT AID SOCIETY IN NEW YORK OR THE FATHER AT THE LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES SOUTH DAKOTA WHO AFTER WORKING TWO JOBS IN A DAY STILL FIND THE ABILITY TO MAKE IT TO A NIGHT CLASS WHERE THEY CAN LEARN ENGLISH AND ABOUT OUR NATION'S HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT. THE ENERGY THAT DRIVES THESE PARENTS IS THE SAME ENERGY THAT DROVE OUR IMMIGRANT PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS. THE IDEA THAT THEIR HARD WORK WOULD GIVE THEIR CHILDREN A CHANCE TO A BETTER LIFE IN AMERICA AND WHILE ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER POPULATIONS IS OFTEN CHARACTERIZED AS SOLELY IMMIGRANT, THE REALITY IS THAT THE NATIVE-BORN, U.S.-BORN ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING POPULATION NEARLY DOUBLED BETWEEN THE YEAR 2000 AND 2005. AND IS INCREASING AT A HIGHER RATE THAN IMMIGRANT POPULATIONS. BETWEEN 2010 AND 2030, THESE FIRST AND SECOND GENERATION IMGRANTS ARE EXPECTED TO ACCOUNT FOR ALL GROWTH IN THE U.S. LABOR FORCE. BETTER PREPARING THIS WORK FORCE WILL UNITE AND STRENGTHEN OUR COUNTRY. THE NOTION THAT WE AS A NATION SHOULDN'T FUND PROGRAMS LIKE INTEGRATION GRANTS FLIES IN THE FACE OF WHAT THIS COUNTRY IS ALL ABOUT. THESE IMMIGRANTS ARE NOT LOOKING FOR AN EASY RIDE, THEY'RE LOOKING FOR THE CHANCE TO LEARN ENGLISH, LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THEIR NEW HOME, LEARN OBJECT THE HISTORY OF THEIR ADOPTED HOME, THEIR CHOICE OF A NEW HOME AND INTEGRATE INTO THE FABRIC OF AMERICA. THERE SHOULD BE A DIRECT SOURCE OF IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION GRANTS WHICH THIS BILL TAKES AWAY. AT THE VERY LEAST, THERE SHOULD NOT BE RESTRICTIONS ON HOW THEY CAN FUND THE GRANTS IN THIS BILL. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS STRAIGHTFORWARD AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:01:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES ANYBODY SEEK TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES ANYBODY SEEK TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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  • 09:01:26 PM

    >>

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA'S VIEWS.

  • 09:01:31 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    WE ACCEPT THIS AMENDMENT. HOWEVER, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY FOR THE RECORD THAT…

    WE ACCEPT THIS AMENDMENT. HOWEVER, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY FOR THE RECORD THAT THE $132 MILLION THAT'S APPROPRIATED FUNDS PROVIDED IN THIS BILL WOULD NOT FUND IMMIGRANT I WANT GRATHES GRANTS. THEY ARE PROVIDED FOR VERIFICATION PROGRAMS, BOTH EVERIFY AND SAVE AND THESE ARE CRITICAL PROGRAMS TO THE FUND. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:01:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. PRICE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    OF THIS AMENDMENT. INTEGRATING IMMIGRANT INTO OUR NATION MAKES US A…

    OF THIS AMENDMENT. INTEGRATING IMMIGRANT INTO OUR NATION MAKES US A STRONGER NATION. HAVING PROGRAMS IN PLACE TO QUICKLY INTEGRATE NEW CITIZEN INTO OUR NATIONAL FABRIC IS AND SHOULD REMAIN AN IMPORTANT POINT FOR OUR GOVERNMENT THIS SHOULD NOT BE A SOLELY REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT ISSUE. IT HAS HAD STRONG SUPPORT FROM LEADERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH CREATED THE OFFICE OF CITIZENSHIP IN HIS PRESIDENCY BECAUSE HE RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF HELPING NEW CITIZENS EMBRACE THEIR NEW HOME.

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  • 09:03:06 PM

    MS. CHU

    THE OFFICE OF CITIZENSHIP PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN INTEGRATION IMMIGRATION BY…

    THE OFFICE OF CITIZENSHIP PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN INTEGRATION IMMIGRATION BY LADING INITIATIVES TO PROMOTE CITIZENSHIP AWARENESS, PROVIDING GRANTS TO NATIONAL COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS THAT PREPARE IMMIGRANTS FOR CITIZENSHIP, PREPARING MATERIALS FOR CITIZENS AND TRYING TO EXPAND INTEGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP IN COMMUNS AND PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS PICKED UP THE TORCH FROM HIS PREDECESSOR WITH A PROGRAM THAT HELPS GREEN CARDHOLDERS WHO ARE ALL LEGAL IMMIGRANT GET READY TO BECOME ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS IN OUR DEMOCRACY. THEY HELP LEGAL RESIDENTS NAVIGATE THROUGH THE NATURALIZATION PROCESS, TEACH THEM ABOUT OUR NATION'S HISTORIES AND GOVERNMENT AND TEACHES THEM ENGLISH. THESE PROGRAMS BENEFIT REAL PEOPLE, IMMIGRANTS WHO CAME TO AMERICA FOR A BETTER LIFE. LIKE PHYLLIS, A 74-YEAR-OLD GRANDMOTHER WHO TOOK A CITIZENSHIP CLASS IN MARYLAND. ONCE A WEEK FOR EIGHT WEEKS, SHE AND HER 20 CLASSMATES SPENT TWO HOURS LEARNING THE BASICS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT AND INTERVIEW SKILLS FOR NATURALIZATION TEST. PHYLLIS MOVES TO THE FRUST SRI LANKA TO TAKE CARE OF HER THREE GRANDSONS. BEING A GOOD CITIZEN, KNOWING OUR LAWS AND SPEAKING THE LANGUAGE WILL HELP THOSE YOUNG BOYS GROW UP TO BE STRONG CITIZENS THEMSELVES. IMMIGRANT WHORS INTEGRATED INTO SOCIETY GO ON TO BECOME ENTREPRENEURS AND JOB CREATORS. WHETHER THEY COME ON FAMILY OR EMPLOYMENT VISAS, THROUGH THE ASYLUM OR REFUGEE PROGRAMS OR OTHER SMALLER IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS, LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS COME TO THIS COUNTRY WITH THE DREAM OF BECOMING U.S. CITIZENS AND GIVING BACK TO THEIR ADOPTED HOME. IN THE LAST TWO FISCAL YEARS, CONGRESS HAS DIRECTLY APPROPRIATED $11 MILLION FOR INTEGRATION GRANT BUS THIS BILL DOESN'T PROVIDE DIRECT APPROPRIATIONS. INSTEAD, IT PULLS THE FUNDS OUT OF THE EXAMINATION FEES ACCOUNT. AND IT FOES A STEP FURTHER, PROHIBITING DIRECT FUNDING FOR GRANTS. BUT I THINK WE SHOULD PROVIDE DIRECT APPROPRIATIONS FOR THESE GRANTS BECAUSE IT SHOULD BE A NATIONAL PRIORITY. BETH SIDES AGREE THAT LEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO WANT TO BECOME PART OF SOCIETY AND LEARN OUR LAWS AND LANGUAGE SHOULD BE ABLE TO BECOME CITIZENS. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THESE FUNDS DO. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT TO HELP OUR NATION AND ALL ITS CITIZENS NO MATTER WHERE THEY WERE BORN SO THAT WE CAN BOOST HUMAN POTENTIAL AND MAKE THIS A STRONGER NATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:05:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. DOES ANYONE ELSE SEEK RECOGNITION? IF…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. DOES ANYONE ELSE SEEK RECOGNITION? IF NOT, THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AYES HAVE IT, AND THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 09:06:21 PM

    THE CLERK

    3, FEDERAL TRAINING SALARIES, $337,960,000, OF WHICH SOME SHALL REMAIN…

    3, FEDERAL TRAINING SALARIES, $337,960,000, OF WHICH SOME SHALL REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014, FOR SUPPORT COSTS OF FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT BASIC TRAINING. ACQUISITIONS CONSTRUCTION IMPROVEMENTS AND RELATED EXPENSES. $456,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL 2016. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION, $140,565,000. RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT ACQUISITION AND OPERATIONS. $398,213,000, OF WHICH $196,713,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. AND OF WHICH $201,305,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR CONSTRUCTION OF LABORATORY FACILITIES.

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  • 09:07:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    REMAIN -- RECEIVE INFORMATION ABOUT SECTION 514.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE READING HAS NOT PROGRESSED TO THAT POINT YET. THE CLERK WILL CONTINUE…

    THE READING HAS NOT PROGRESSED TO THAT POINT YET. THE CLERK WILL CONTINUE TO READ.

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  • 09:07:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR IS WAITING FOR THE AMENDMENT TO ARRIVE.

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    THE CHAIR

    CLERK WILL READ THE REMAINDER OF SECTION 514.

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    THE CLERK

    FUNDS MAY BE USED TO FUND THE COMPETITION.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    SESSIONS OF TEXAS, STRIKE SECTION 514.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    ACCORDING TO RECENT MEDIA REPORTS, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS…

    ACCORDING TO RECENT MEDIA REPORTS, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS THE TOP AGENCY CONDUCTING INSOURCING, CONVERTING CONTRACTOR SERVICES TO GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES. MY AMENDMENT WOULD STRIKE SECTION 514 OF THIS LEGISLATION WHICH AS DRAFTED WOULD PREVENT ANY FUNDS IN THIS BILL FROM BEING USED TO CONDUCT PUBLIC-PRIVATE COMPETITIONS OR DIRECT A-76 CONVERSIONS FOR ANY PROGRAM, PROJECT, OR ACTIVITY WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THE A-76 PROCESS HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE SINCE 1966. THE ORIGINAL INTENT WAS TO REQUIRE THE GOVERNMENT TO USE PRIVATE SECTOR SERVICES WHEN OBTAINING GOODS OR SERVICES AND ASSIST WITH SERVICES FROM WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT. I BELIEVE THAT THE A-76 PRODUCES QUALITY COMPETITION THAT LEADS TO GREAT SERVICE AND MORE COST EFFICIENCY RESULTS FOR THE TAXPAYER. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, MADAM CHAIRMAN, IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT NEED TO PERFORM ALL THE GOODS AND SERVICES THAT MIGHT BE IN THE YELLOW PAGES. THAT'S FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO DO. A-76 COMPETITIONS BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR BRINGS THE BEST VALUE TO THE TAXPAYER. ACCORDING TO AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM, THE AVERAGE COST OF EACH NEW FEDERAL EMPLOYEE FOR SALARY BENEFITS AND TENSIONS TOTALS $2.47 MILLION. WITHOUT COMPETITION, GOVERNMENT-RUN MONOPOLIES DUPLICATE AND PRICE OUT THE PRIVATE SECTOR, RESULTING IN INEFFICIENT EXPENDITURES OF TAXPAYER MONEY. THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION HAS REPORTED THAT SUBJECTING FEDERAL EMPLOYEES -- FEDERAL EMPLOYEE POSITIONS WHICH ARE COMMERCIAL IN NATURE TO A PUBLIC-PRIVATE COST COMPARISON GENERATE ON AVERAGE A 30% COST SAVINGS REGARDLESS OF WHICH SECTOR WINS THE COMPETITION. EVEN A RECENT OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET STUDY STATES THAT THE ACT OF PUBLIC OF PRIVATE CORP. DECISION SQUEN RATES COSTS SAVINGS FROM 10% TO 40% ON AVERAGE. DURING THIS TIME OF STRETCHED BUDGETS AND BLOATED FEDERAL SPENDING, CONGRESS SHOULD DO ALL THEY CAN DO TO FIND TAXPAYER SAVINGS AND REDUCE THE COST OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMON SENSE TAXPAYER FIRST AMENDMENT AND TO ENSURE COST SAVING COMPETITION IS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:14:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN CANNOT RESERVE HIS TIME. FOR WHAT…

    THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN CANNOT RESERVE HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 09:14:46 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. PRICE

    MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, THIS AMENDMENT, MR. SESSIONS' AMENDMENT, FRANKLY HAS…

    MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, THIS AMENDMENT, MR. SESSIONS' AMENDMENT, FRANKLY HAS BEEN KNOWN TO US ONLY A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME AND WE'RE NOT CERTAIN THAT ALL MEMBERS WHO MIGHT HAVE AN INTEREST IN THIS HAVE BEEN ALERTED. I WONDER IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD TO A QUESTION OR TWO ON THIS. MR. SESSIONS, WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO YIELD?

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  • 09:15:16 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    I DID NOT HEAR THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. PRICE

    YOU'D YIELD FOR A QUESTION ON YOUR AMENDMENT.

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    MR. PRICE

    MY RECOLLECTION IS THIS AMENDMENT WAS PLACED IN THE BILL SOME YEARS AGO…

    MY RECOLLECTION IS THIS AMENDMENT WAS PLACED IN THE BILL SOME YEARS AGO WHEN THERE WAS AN ACTIVE DISPUTE ABOUT CONTRACTING OUT SOME SERVICES AT C.I.S. WHAT IS THE -- COULD YOU TELL US WHAT IS THSH WHAT PRECIPITATES YOUR TRYING TO REMOVE THIS LANGUAGE YOU? -- NOW? AS I UNDERSTAND IT, YOUR AMENDMENT WOULD NOT REQUIRE THE CONTRACTING OUT BUT REMOVE THE PROHIBITION, IS THAT RIGHT?

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  • 09:15:51 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    CORRECT. TODAY IT'S PROHIBITED THAT THIS MAY BE ALLOWED IN FAVOR OF THE…

    CORRECT. TODAY IT'S PROHIBITED THAT THIS MAY BE ALLOWED IN FAVOR OF THE GOVERNMENT HIRING SERVICES THROUGH A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE. . IT DRIVES ME TO COME TO THE FLOOR AS I'VE BEEN 15 YEARS, I BELIEVE THERE ARE INHERENTLY GOVERNMENTAL FUNCTIONS A GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE MUST PERFORM. HOWEVER, WHEN THERE'S SOMETHING LIKE CHANGING OIL FOR A FLEET OF TRUCKS, MOWING GRASS, COMING IN AND CLEANING A BUILDING, PERFORMING FUNCTIONS THAT CAN BE DONE MORE EFFICIENTLY, PERHAPS IT'S WITH COMPUTERS, PERHAPS IT'S WITH DATA SYSTEMS, PERHAPS IT'S PROFESSIONAL SERVICES THAT CAN BE DONE BETTER RATHER THAN FLYING EMPLOYEES IN FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BUT WHEN THEY CAN BE MORE COST-EFFECTIVE, THEN A PROCESS IS GONE THROUGH. THIS PROCESS IS CALLED THE A-76 PROCESS, AND IT'S WHERE THE LOCAL MANAGEMENT WOULD LOOK AT THE FUNCTIONS UP TO AND INCLUDING LOADED COSTS FOR WHAT IT TAKES TO PERFORM THE DUTIES THAT MIGHT BE DONE. AND GENERALLY SPEAKING, THERE'S A 30% CHEAPER VALUE OR COST TO THE GOVERNMENT WHEN IT'S DONE BY AN OUTSIDE CONTRACTOR AS OPPOSED TO A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE.

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  • 09:17:09 PM

    MR. PRICE

    MY TIME. I UNDERSTAND THE OPERATION OF THE A-76 PROCESS, AND I ALSO…

    MY TIME. I UNDERSTAND THE OPERATION OF THE A-76 PROCESS, AND I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE TIMES WHEN CONTRACTING OUT MAKES SENSE AND OTHER TIMES WHEN IT DOES NOT. BUT GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE GENTLEMAN IS NOT MANDATING ANY PARTICULAR APPROACH TO ANY PARTICULAR JOBS BUT IS SIMPLY REMOVING A PROHIBITION LEAVING THIS ESSENTIALLY TO THE JUDGMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT, I WILL NOT OBJECT TO THIS. I DO WISH THERE HAD BEEN A BETTER OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS WHO HAD AN INTEREST IN THIS, PROBABLY HAD A STAKE IN THIS TO BE HERE AND RESPOND. BUT WITH THE GENTLEMAN'S EXPLANATION, I WILL NOT OBJECT.

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  • 09:17:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN…

    YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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    WOULD ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY…

    TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 09:18:31 PM

    THE CLERK

    5, SECTION 515, WITHIN 45 DAYS AT THE END OF EACH MONTH THE CHIEF…

    5, SECTION 515, WITHIN 45 DAYS AT THE END OF EACH MONTH THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER SHALL SUBMIT TO THE COMMITTEES A MONTHLY BUDGET WHICH INCLUDES TOTAL OBLIGATIONS FOR EACH OFFICE. SECTION 516, FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR OR TRANSFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION THAT ARE RECOVERED SHALL BE AVAILABLE ONLY FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF EXPLOSIVE DETECTION SYSTEMS. SECTION 517, ANY FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO COAST GUARD ACQUISITION CONSTRUCTION AND IMPROVEMENTS FOR FISCAL YEARS 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, AND 2006 FOR THE 110 TO 123-FOOT PATROL BOAT CONVERSION THAT ARE RECOVERED SHALL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL EXPENDED FOR THE FAST RESPONSE CUTTER PROGRAM. SECTION 518, SECTION 532-A OF PUBLIC LAW 109-295 AS AMENDED BY STRIKING 2010 AND INSERTING 2012. SECTION 519, THE FUNCTIONS OF THE FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING CENTER INSTRUCTOR STAFF SHALL BE CLASSIFIED AS INHERENTLY GOVERNMENTAL. SECTION 520, NONE OF THE FUND APPROPRIATED IN THIS OR ANY OTHER ACT TO THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY AND EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT MAY BE OBLIGATED FOR A GRANT OR CONTRACT FUNDED. SECTION 521, NONE OF THE FUNDS PROVIDED SHALL BE USED TO FUND ANY POSITION DESIGNATED AS A PRINCIPAL FEDERAL OFFICIAL OR ANY EVENT THAT IS DECLARED A MAJOR DISASTER OR EMERGENCY. SECTION 522, NONE OF THE FUND MADE AVAILABLE MAY BE USED TO ENFORCE SECTION 40251 OF THE INTELLIGENCE REFORM AND TERRORISM PREVENTION ACT, PUBLIC LAW 108-458 UNLESS THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY REVERSES THE DETERMINATION THAT BUTANE LIGHTERS ARE NOT A SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO CIVIL AVIATION SECURITY. SECTION 523, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE MAY BE USED TO CARRY OUT SECTION 872 OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002. SECTION 524, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE MAY BE USED BY THE UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES TO GRANT AN IMMIGRATION BENEFIT UNLESS BACKGROUND CHECKS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED BY UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES AND RESULTS DO NOT PRECLUDE THE GRANTING OF THE BENEFIT. SECTION 525, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE MAY BE USED TO DESTROY ANY HORSE OR OTHER EQUINE THAT HAS BECOME UNFIT FOR SERVICE UNLESS THE TRAINER IS FIRST GIVEN THE OPTION TO TAKE POSSESSION OF THE EQUINE. SECTION 526, ACTION 831 AS AMENDED. SECTION 527, THE SECRETARY SHALL REQUIRE ALL CONTRACTS THAT PROVIDE WORD FEES, LINK SUCH FEES TO SUCCESSFUL ACQUISITION OUTCOMES. SECTION 528, NONE OF THE FUND MADE AVAILABLE MAY BE EXPENDED FOR ANY NEW HIRES THAT ARE NOT VERIFIED THROUGH THE EVERIFY PROGRAM. SECTION 529, NONE OF THE FUND MADE AVAILABLE MAY BE USED TO PREVENT AN INDIVIDUAL NOT IN THE BUSINESS OF IMPORTING A PRESCRIPTION DRUG FROM IMPORTING A PRESCRIPTION DRUG FROM CANADA THAT COMPLIES WITH THE FEDERAL FOOD, DRUG AND COSMETIC ACT. SECTION 530, THE SECRETARY SHALL NOTIFY THE COMMITTEES OF ANY PROPOSED TRANSFERS OF FUNDS AVAILABLE TO ANY AGENCY WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT. SECTION 531, NONE OF THE FUND MADE AVAILABLE MAY BE USED FOR PLANNING, TESTING, PILOTING OR DEVELOPING A NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION CARD. SECTION 532, IF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY DETERMINED THAT AN AIRPORT DOES NOT NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE E-VERIFY PROGRAM THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY SHALL CERTIFY TO THE COMMITTEE NO SECURITY RISKS WILL RESULT FROM SUCH NONPARTICIPATION. SECTION 533, 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE ON WHICH THE PRESIDENT DETERMINES TO DECLARE A MAJOR DISASTER, THE ADMINISTRATOR SHALL SUBMIT TO THE COMMITTEES A REPORT WHICH SHALL SUMMARIZE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT INFORMATION. SECTION 534, IF THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY DETERMINES THAT THE NATIONAL BIOAND AGRI DEFENSE FACILITY BE LOCATED AT A SITE OTHER THAN PLUM ISLAND, NORKS, -- NEW YORK, THE SECRETARY SHALL ENSURE THE ADMINISTRATOR SELL ALL REAL OR RELATED PERSONAL PROPERTY. SECTION 535, ANY OFFICIAL REQUIRED TO REPORT TO THE COMMITTEES MAY NOT ELL -- DELEGATE SUCH AUTHORITY UNLESS SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED HEREIN. SECTION 536, SECTION 550-B OF THE DEPARTMENT IS FURTHER AMENDED BY STRIKING 2011 AND INSERTING 2012. SECTION 537, NONE OF THE FUNDS APPROPRIATED MAY BE USED TO TRANSFER, RELEASE, OR ASSIST IN THE TRANSFER OR EXTENDING IMMIGRATION BENEFITS TO KHALID SHEIK MOHAMMED OR ANY OTHER DETAINEE. SECTION 538, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE MAY BE USED FOR FIRST-CLASS TRAVEL BY THE EMPLOYEES OF AGENCIES FUNDED BY THIS ACTION. SECTION 539, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE MAY BE USED TO PROPOSE A DISCIPLINARY OR ADVERSE ACTION TO ANY EMPLOYEE WHO ENGAGES REGULARLY WITH THE PUBLIC IN THE PERFORMANCE OF OFFICIAL DUTIES BECAUSE THAT EMPLOYEE ELECTS TO UTILIZE PROTECTED EQUIPMENT OR MEASURES. SECTION 540, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE MAY BE USED TO EMPLOY WORKERS DESCRIBED IN SECTION 274-A-H-3 OF THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT . SECTION 541, ANY COMPANY THAT COLLECTS PERSONAL INFORMATION FROM ANY INDIVIDUAL IN THEIR REGULAR TRAVELER PROGRAM SHALL SAFEGUARD AND DISPOSE OF SUCH INFORMATION. SECTION 542, NONE OF THE FUNDS APPROPRIATED MAY BE USED TO PAY, AWARD OR INCENTIVE FEES FOR CONTRACTOR PERFORMANCE THAT IS JOURNALED TO BE BELOW SATISFACTORY PERFORMANCE. SECTION 543, NOT LATER THAN 180 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF THE ENACTMENT OF THIS ACT, THE CITY SECRETARY SHALL SUBMIT TO THE COMMITTEE'S REPORT THAT EITHER ONE, CERTIFIES THE REQUIREMENT FOR SCREENING ALL AIR CARGO ON PASSENGER AIRCRAFT BY THE DEADLINE HAS WITHIN MET -- BEEN MET OR TWO, INCLUDES A STRATEGY TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS. SECTION 544, IN DEVELOPING ANY PROCESS TO SCREEN AVIATION PASSENGERS AND CREWS, THE SECRETARY SHALL ENSURE ALL SUCH PROCESSES TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION SUCH PASSENGERS AND CREWS' PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES. SECTION 544, IN DEVELOPING ANY PROCESS TO SCREEN AVIATION PASSENGERS AND CREWS, THE SECRETARY SHALL ENSURE ALL PROCESSES TAKE INTO SUCH CONSIDERATION SUCH CREWS' PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES. SECTION 545, SECTIONS 13 A AND 1319 OF THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE ACT OF 1968 MAY BE AMENDED BY STRIKING SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 AND INSERTING SEPTEMBER 30, 2012. SECTION 546, FUNDS DEPOSITED IN THE IMMIGRATION EXAMINATION FEES ACCOUNT, $8,500,000 IS AVAILABLE TO UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES PROVIDING AN IMMIGRATION INTEGRATION TO GRANTS PROGRAM. SECTION 547, THE SECRETARY --

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  • 09:26:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING RISE?

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. LOOMIS OF WYOMING, PAGE 89, LINE 14, STRIKE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. LOOMIS OF WYOMING, PAGE 89, LINE 14, STRIKE SECTION 547.

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  • 09:26:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:26:38 PM

    MS. LOOMIS

    MADAM CHAIRMAN. MY ACTION WOULD STRIKE ACTION 547 WHICH WOULD DIVERT…

    MADAM CHAIRMAN. MY ACTION WOULD STRIKE ACTION 547 WHICH WOULD DIVERT BORDER SECURITY DOLLARS TO ENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION ALONG THIS COUNTRY'S SOUTHERN BORDER. THE BORDER PATROL HAS UNLIMITED ACCESS TO PRIVATE PROPERTY, BUT THE BORDER PATROL CANNOT ALWAYS PATROL FEDERAL LAND, EVEN IF IT IS A KNOWN CORRIDOR FOR ILLEGAL TRAFFIC, INCLUDING TRAFFICKING OF HUMANS AND TRAFFICKING OF DRUGS. MS.

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  • 09:27:11 PM

    MS. LUMMIS

    WHICH ARE REQUIRED TO BE ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR TO THE…

    WHICH ARE REQUIRED TO BE ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FOR BORDER PATROL TAKE MONTHS TO APPROVE. OTHERS ARE NOT GRANTED AT ALL. BUT WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, OUR BORDER PATROL IS GIVEN ACCESS, FEDERAL LAND MANAGERS FORCE THE BORDER PATROL TO FORK OVER MONEY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS THAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE CONSTITUTIONAL ONLY DIVISIONS -- OBLIGATIONS OF OUR BORDER PATROL. MADAM CHAIRMAN, THESE ARE AMERICAN TAXPAYER DOLLARS. AND MORE THAN THAT, THEY'RE DOLLARS FOR BORDER SECURITY WHICH I AGAIN REPEAT IS A CONSTITUTIONALLY DELINEATED FUNCTION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. BUT UNDERSTAND -- BUT UNDER SECTION 547, THESE TAX DOLLARS ARE PAYING FOR THE UNREASONABLE DEMANDS PLACED ON THE BORDER PATROL BY FEDERAL LAND MANAGERS. ONE DEPARTMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, TAKING DOLLARS FROM ANOTHER, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, FOR A FUNCTION THAT IS REQUIRED OF THE CONSTITUTION BY THE BORDER PATROL. I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN'S STAFF TAKING TIME TO TRY TO WORK OUT THIS WITH MY OFFICE AND WITH THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE. THE STANDING COMMITTEE THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SUPERVISORY CONTROL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. I REGRET WE WERE NOT ABLE TO COME TO A RESOLUTION OF THIS ISSUE BEFORE FLOOR CONSIDERATION, SO I'M MOVING TO STRIKE THIS PROVISION WITH THE HOPE THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO WORK WITH CHAIRMAN SIMPSON WHO IS THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND THE ENVIRONMENT AND CHAIRMAN HASTINGS, WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE, TO COME UP WITH A BETTER APPROACH TO SOLVING THIS PROBLEM OF BORDER PATROL ACCESS TO FEDERAL LANDS. MADAM CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:29:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 09:29:31 PM

    MR. PRICE

    RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT AND MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORDS.

  • 09:29:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. PRICE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S AMENDMENT STRIKES LANGUAGE PERMITTING THE USE OF…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S AMENDMENT STRIKES LANGUAGE PERMITTING THE USE OF PREVIOUSLY APPROPRIATED AND SPECIFICALLY DESIGNATED D.H.S. FUNDS FOR LAND ACQUISITION ALONG THE SOUTHWEST BORDER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION. I FEEL I NEED TO TAKE A MOMENT JUST TO PROVIDE A BIT OF CONTEXT. SINCE 2006, OUR SUBCOMMITTEE, WHICH I CHAIRED FROM 2007 TO 2010, HAS INCREASED FUNDING FOR BORDER SECURITY BY OVER $2 BILLION ANNUALLY. . NOW FOR CONCERNS ABOUT SUCH A MASSIVE UPSIDE TAKE, MUCH OF IT ON ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE LANDS, CONGRESS HAS TAKEN STEPS TO MITIGATE THESE CONSEQUENCES. $50 MILLION IN FISCAL 2009 AND $50 MILLION IN 2010. SOME OF THIS MITIGATION EFFORT REQUIRES BUYING LAND FROM WILLING SELLERS AS A BUFFER ZONE FOR HABITATS, PRINCIPALLY ALONG THE RIO GRANDE IN TEXAS. SINCE THE DEPARTMENT DOESN'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ACQUIRE LAND FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATION, WE CAME TO AN AGREEMENT OVER AN OMNIBUS 2011 BILL TO ALLOW LIMITED AUTHORITY TO TRANSFER THESE SPECIFIC FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF SUPERIOR FOR LAND ACQUISITION. INTERIOR HAS THE STATUTORY AUTHORITY TO ACQUIRE LAND FOR THIS PURPOSE. SO LET ME, MADAM CHAIRMAN, LET ME READ THE SECTION OF THE CHAIRMAN'S REPORT SO EVERYONE KNOWS HOW NONCONTROVERSIAL THIS PROVISION IS THAT MRS. LUMMIS SEEKS TO STRIKE. I'M QUOTING. IN ORDER FOR THEM TO STRIKE AGREEMENTS, THE COMMITTEE INCLUDES A GENERAL PROVISION, SECTION 547 IN THE BILL, PERMITTING THE TRANSFER OF PREVIOUSLY APPROPRIATED ENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION FUNDS UNDER BIZFIT TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR TO CARRY OUT THIS PURPOSE. THE AUTHORITY IS NARROWLY TAILORED AND CONTROLED TO ENSURE THAT FUNDS WILL ONLY BE TRANSFERRED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE A WRITTEN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SECRETARIES OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND INTERIOR, WHERE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR SUBMITTED AN EXPENDITURE PLAN 15 DAYS IN ADVANCE, DETAILING THE ACTIONS PROPOSED TO BE TAKEN WITH AMOUNTS TRANSFERRED, WHERE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TESTIFIES THAT THE ACTIONS OUTLINED CAN IN THE BE LEGALLY EXECUTED UNDER THE AUTHORITIES OF C.P.B. OR ANY OTHER COMPONENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE ACTIONS ARE DETERMINED TO BE NECESSARY FOR THE MITIGATION OF CONSTRUCTION OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE ACTIVITY RELATED TO BORDER SECURITY, END OF QUOTE. MADAM CHAIRMAN, AS A GOVERNMENT, WE HAVE MANY RESPONSIBILITIES AND PRIORITIES, INCLUDING SECURING OUR BORDERS, IT ALSO INCLUDES PROTECTING OUR NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES. THE SORT OF INTERAGENCY AGREEMENT THAT HOMELAND SECURITY AND INTERIOR HAVE ENTERED INTO FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION IS EXACTLY WHAT WE SHOULD BE ENCOURAGES, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE THIS ARRANGEMENT IS EXPLICIT THAT INTEAROR CANNOT TAKE ANY ACTION THAT C.B.P. DOES NOT FIRST A GREE TO. LET ME REPEAT, THEY CAN'T TAKE ANY ACTION THAT C.B.P. DOESN'T APPROVE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:33:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND I MOVE TO STRIKE THE REQUISITE…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND I MOVE TO STRIKE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS

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    THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN --

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    MR. DICKS

    WANT TO COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL AND THIS…

    WANT TO COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL AND THIS PROVISION. I HAVE BEEN DOWN TO THE BORDER AND HAVE SEEN THE VERY LARGE FENCES WE HAVE CREATED THERE. WHICH DO HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON SOME OF THE SPECIES IN THAT AREA WHO IN THE PAST WOULD GO BACK AND FORTH FROM TEXAS OR ARIZONA INTO MEXICO AND BACK. THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR COULD HAVE RAISED OBJECTIONS TO THIS PROJECT AND REQUIRED DETAILED ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS AND POSSIBLY COULD HAVE BROUGHT ACTIONS UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. BUT BECAUSE THIS WAS WORKED OUT BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR, THAT WAS AVOID SOD THAT WE COULD GO AHEAD AND BUILD THE FENCES IN A VERY TIMELY WAY. SO I THINK THAT TAKING THIS AMENDMENT OUT IS A MISTAKE. IT IS NOT CONSIDERATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT WHICH WE SHOULD BE TRYING TO PROTECT AND THERE ARE MANY PROBLEMS DOWN ON THE BORDER BECAUSE OF THESE FENCES. SO I URGE THAT WE DEFEAT THE LUMMIS AMENDMENT AND GO ALONG WITH WHAT THE COMMITTEE HAS ARTFULLY WORKED OUT AND IT'S A GOOD COMPROMISE AND SHOULD REMAIN IN THE BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:35:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MADAM CHAIR, I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    MADAM CHAIR, I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. BISHOP

    MOST PEOPLE ARE CLEARLY NOT AWARE THAT NATIONAL SECURITY ON OUR BORDER IS…

    MOST PEOPLE ARE CLEARLY NOT AWARE THAT NATIONAL SECURITY ON OUR BORDER IS ACCOMPLISHED ON PUBLIC LAND THAT HAVE THE ABILITY TO DENY AGENTS ACCESS TO THOSE LANDS. MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT AWARE THAT WE ARE PUTTING MONEY IN FOR HOMELAND SECURITY ONLY TO SEE IT'S TRANSFERRED OVER TO ANOTHER AGENCY WITHOUT CONGRESS SEEING OR UNDERSTANDING WHAT THAT TRANSFER IS OR WHERE. WE HAVE HAD TRANSFERRED OF AT LEAST $9 MILLION, THOUGH THE NUMBERS ARE NOT CLEAR. IF YOU ADD UP WHAT HOMELAND SECURITY SPENDS, WE MAY UP TO $15 MILLION SPENT ON THIS PROGRAM THIS MONEY CAN BE USED FOR LAND ACQUISITION. IF WE REALLY WANT LAND SOUTH CAROLINAATION -- ACQUISITION, WE PUT THIS MONEY IN THE INTERIOR WHERE IT BELONGS, SO WE KNOW WHY IT IS THERE AN CAN TRACK FOR WHAT IT IS USED. THIS BECOMES A SECRET SLUSH FUND FROM HOMELAND SECURITY TO INTERIOR AND CONGRESS HAS NO IDEA OR CLUE HOW THIS MONEY IS BEING USED. LET ME GIVE YOU A SPECIFIC EXAMPLE. BORDER PATROL WANTED TO PUT SURVEILLANCE TOWERS ON A STRATEGIC LOCATION ON THE ARIZONA BOARER. UNFORTUNATELY, THE LAND MANAGER WOULD NOT ALLOW THEM IN A PARTICULAR AREA SO THEY HAD TO BE MOVED AT LEAST FOUR MILES AWAY, CREATING SPECIFIC BLACKOUT AREAS ON THAT PARTICULAR SITUATION. SECURITY GAP. IT WAS A FOUR-MILE -- IT WAS FOUR MILES OF HEAVILY TRAFFICKED AREA. THEN BECAUSE THERE HAPPENED TO BE A BAT IN THAT AREA, OF THEIR OWN SOURCES, HOMELAND SECURITY HAD TO MONITOR THE AMOUNT OF BATS THAT MAY FLY INTO THE TOWERS FOR FIVE YEARS AFTER THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TOWERS WERE PUT IN THERE AT THE COST OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO MONITOR AND COUNT BATS AND IF THEY CAME ACROSS A PRONG HORNED ANTELOPE, HOMELAND SECURITY HAD TO BACK AWAY, WITHOUT TURNING ITS BACK ON THE PRONG HORNED, AT A SPEED NO GREATER THAN 15 MILES PER HOUR UNTIL IT WAS A CERTAIN DISTANCE AWAY FROM THAT SITUATION. WE'VE ALREADY BEEN TOLD OF SITUATION WHERE MITIGATION FUNDS HAVE BEEN SPENT ON A SPECIES THAT HAS NOT EXISTED IN THAT AREA FOR THE LAST DECADE. WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS SPEND OUR MONEY WISELY. WE NEED TO CURTAIL THIS PRACTICE UNTIL AT LEAST CONGRESS HAS THE ABILITY OF COMPLETELY UNDERSTANDING WHERE THIS MITT GATION MONEY IS GOING AND CAN APPROVE IT AHEAD OF TIME. MADAM CHAIRMAN, MOST OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION IS TAKING PLACE ON OUR SOUTHERN BORDER, ESPECIALLY IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA. IT'S NOT BEING DONE BY THE BORDER PATROL. IT'S BEING DONE BY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT THE DRUG CARTELS, HUMAN TRAFFIC EVERS, POTENTIAL TERRORISTS COMING IN WITH NO DESIGN AND NO CARE ABOUT THE ECOLOGY OF THE AREA. IF WE TRULY WANT TO IMPROVE THE ECOLOGY AND IMPROVE OUR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ON THAT BORDER, PUT EVERY DIME YOU CAN INTO BORDER PATROL, LET THEM HAVE THE ACCESS THEY NEED TO DO THEIR QUOBS BECAUSE BY STOPPING THE ILLEGALS, THE BAD GUYS COMING ACROSS, IS THE ONLY WAY WE'LL EVER HAVE A TRUE ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTION ON THAT PARTICULAR BORDER. SO FAR WE DO NOT KNOW HOW THIS MONEY IS SPENT. IT IS WRONG. THIS IS INDEED THE RIGHT APPROACH TO TAKE ON THIS PARTICULAR -- ON THIS PARTICULAR PROBLEM. I YIELD BACK, MADAM CHAIRMAN.

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  • 09:39:19 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE LEFT?

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. BISHOP

    I'LL GIVE YOU 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. PRICE

    I'D LIKE TO CALL THE GENTLEMAN'S ATTENTION TO SECTION D ON PAGE 90 AND ASK…

    I'D LIKE TO CALL THE GENTLEMAN'S ATTENTION TO SECTION D ON PAGE 90 AND ASK FOR HIS ASSESSMENT OF THIS, WE WORKED IT OUT CAREFULLY WITH THE CHAIRMAN IN A COOPERATIVE WAY AND IT ADDRESSES DIRECTLY THE QUESTION OF ACCOUNTABILITY, THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY SHALL SUBMIT TO THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS NOT LATER THAN 15 DAYS BEFORE ANY PROPOSED TRANSFER UNDER THIS SECTION AN EXPENDITURE PLAN THAT DESCRIBES IN DETAIL THE ACTIONS PROPOSED TO BE TAKEN WITH THE AMOUNT TRANSFERRED. DOES THAT NOT MEET THE STANDARDS OF ACCOUNTABILITY?

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    HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. BISHOP

    IT SOUNDS GOOD ON PAPER BUT IT DUVENT WORK IN REALITY. THE MITIGATION…

    IT SOUNDS GOOD ON PAPER BUT IT DUVENT WORK IN REALITY. THE MITIGATION MONEY IS NOT GOING TO THE AREA WHERE THE MITIGATION THESE TO BE DONE. IF YOU CARE ABOUT THAT ENVIRONMENT AND WANT TO SOLVE THE MITIGATION EFFORT, BUT THE -- PUT THE MONEY INTO THE BORDER PATROL, NOT INTO THE SLUSH FUND TO MOVE MONEY FROM HOMELAND SECURITY INTO INTERIOR FOR THE ACQUISITION OF LAND AND PROPERTY. IT IS UNREALISTIC.

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  • 09:40:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM UTAH'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ANY OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN -- WITHOUT…

    FROM UTAH'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ANY OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN -- WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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  • 09:40:54 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    YOU'VE GOT 30 SECONDS, GO FOR IT.

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    MR. PRICE

    WHAT WE SHOULD DO. DO BOTH. STOP ALL THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS COMING ACROSS…

    WHAT WE SHOULD DO. DO BOTH. STOP ALL THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS COMING ACROSS --

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  • 09:41:06 PM

    MR. DICKS

    ALL THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS COMING ACROSS, BUT ALSO DO THE MITIGATION TO…

    ALL THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS COMING ACROSS, BUT ALSO DO THE MITIGATION TO PROTECT THE SPECIES IN THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY. WE CAN DO THEM BOTH. WE DON'T HAVE TO BE LIMITED TO ONE OR ANOTHER. THE GENTLEMAN RAISES A FALSE CHOICE.

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  • 09:41:23 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    IF I COULD CLAIM BACK MY LAST 30 SECONDS, I'LL DO THIS AS QUICKLY AS I CAN…

    IF I COULD CLAIM BACK MY LAST 30 SECONDS, I'LL DO THIS AS QUICKLY AS I CAN THAT SHOULD BE THE ROLE OF THE INTOOROR APPROPRIATION BECAUSE THERE'S NO OVERSIGHT THAT TAKES PLACE HERE. WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN BERATED ON HOW LITTLE WE ARE SPENDING ON HOMELAND SECURITY. SPEND HOMELAND SECURITY MONEY ON HOMELAND SECURITY DO NOT CREATE A SLUSH FUND WE HAVE CREATED IN THE PAST SO MONEY GOES TO INTERIOR. IF YOU WANT TO DO IT, GO TO INTERIOR WHERE THE MONEY SHOULD BE SPENT IN THE FIRST PLACE AND DO IT THE RIGHT WAY. APPARENTLY I'M YIELDING BACK MY TIME.

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  • 09:41:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 09:42:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD?

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR WORKING WITH US AND I APPRECIATE THE…

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR WORKING WITH US AND I APPRECIATE THE CONCERNS SHE HAS RAISED AND ALSO THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH HAS RAISED. THE COMMITTEE HAS ATTEMPTED TO ADDRESS BOTH TO ADDRESS BOTH REQUESTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE INTEREST OF THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND DRAFTING SECTION 547. IT WAS NARROWLY TAILORED TO ADDRESS ONLY THE MOST NARROW ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITIES RELATED TO BORDER SECURITY AND MAINTENANCE. IT INCLUDED STRICT CONTROLS ON THE TRANSFER OF FUNDS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR. ONLY WHERE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY CERTIFIES THE TRANSFER IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOR BORDER SECURITY AND THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO CARRY OUT THE NECESSARY ACTIVITY. FURTHER, THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR MUST PROVIDE A DETAILED PLAN WITH ADVANCED NOTIFICATION, ALLOWING THE ECONOMY TO REJECTION THE PLAN. THE COMMITTEE'S INTEREST WAS A BORDER SECURITY, UNFORTUNATELY, WE'RE NOT ABLE TO BALANCE THE VIEWS AND VIEWPOINTS AND CONCERNS TO FIND A COMPROMISE IN THIS PROCESS. FOR THAT REASON, I SUPPORT THE LUMMIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:43:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    CHAIR. FEDERAL PUBLIC LANDS --

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    MR. POE

    FEDERAL PUBLIC LANDS HAVE BECOME THE CHOSEN PATH FOR DRUG SMUGGLERS AND…

    FEDERAL PUBLIC LANDS HAVE BECOME THE CHOSEN PATH FOR DRUG SMUGGLERS AND ILLEGALS ENTERING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE HAS CONFIRMED THAT CERTAIN ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS SUCH AS THE WILDERNESS ACT AND ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT LIMIT THE BORDER PATROL'S ACCESS AND EXPOSE GREAT AREAS OF THE BORDER TO SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE DUE TOIL LEGAL TRAFFIC COMING INTO THE UNITED STATES. IN CERTAIN AREAS, BORDER PATROL AGENTS ARE LIMITED TO PALE TOING ON FOOT OR HORSEBACK, EVEN IF THE DRUG RUNNERS HAVE A.T.V.'S, FOUR BY FOUR TRUCKS OR EVEN HUMVEES. A RECENT G.A.O. REPORT REREELED THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR IS TAKING MONTHS TO APPROVE SIMPLE PERMITS THAT ARE NECESSARY FOR THE BORDER PATROL TO DO ITS JOB, PROTECT THE BORDER. THE G.A.O. REPORT REVEALED THAT SOME PERMITS ARE NEVER GRANTED AT ALL. WHEN PERMITS ARE GIVEN TO THE BORDER PATROL FOR SUCH THINGS AS PLACING MONITOR EQUIPMENT, THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR NEGOTIATES MITIGATION PACKAGES WITH THE BORDER PATROL. BUT THESE ARE FORCING THE BORDER PATROL TO FORK OVER MONEY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES. THE OBVIOUSLY IS BEING MISSED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENTIRE -- THE OBVIOUS IS BEING MISSED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR, THAT THE ILLEGAL ACTIVITY ITSELF DESTROYS THE ENVIRONMENT THEY'RE TRYING TO PRESERVE. I RECOMMEND ADOPTION OF THE LUMMIS AMENDMENT. I YELLED BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:45:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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    I ASK FOR A ROLL CALL VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING WILL BE…

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING WILL BE POSTPONED. . THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 09:45:50 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    SECTION 548, OF THE FUNDS TRANSFERRED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND…

    SECTION 548, OF THE FUNDS TRANSFERRED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, THE FOLLOWING FUNDS ARE RESCINDED FROM THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS IN THE SPECIFIED AMOUNTS, $20,997,225 FROM THE U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS SALARIES AND EXPENSES. TWO, $5494,945,000 FROM VIOLENT CRIME REDUCTION PROGRAMS. SECTION 549, UNOBLIGATED BALANCES AVAILABLE FOR HOMELAND SECURITY, IMMIGRATION, AND ENFORCEMENT CONSTRUCTION, $11,300,000 IS RESCINDED.

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  • 09:46:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA RISE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA?

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    A POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    WE'LL LET THE GENTLEMAN FIRST OFFER THE AMENDMENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    WE'LL LET THE GENTLEMAN FIRST OFFER THE AMENDMENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA RISE?

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    DID THE GENTLEMAN SUBMIT THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT?

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    THE CHAIR

    DID THE GENTLEMAN SUBMIT THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT?

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    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    A POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE OTHER RICHMOND…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE OTHER RICHMOND AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:47:50 PM

    THE CLERK

    MADAM CHAIR?

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    I RESPECTFULLY RESERVE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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    THE CLERK

    I REQUEST WE SUSPEND THE READING.

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    THE READING.

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    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS…

    OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 09:48:41 PM

    MR. RICHMOND

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK?

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK?

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    MR. RICHMOND

    BACK, YES.

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    UPON A POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN WILL STATE HIS POINT OF ORDER.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT PROPOSES CHANGING…

    MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT PROPOSES CHANGING EXISTING LAW AND CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION IN AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND THEREFORE VIOLATES CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21. THE RULE STATES IN PERTINENT PART, AN AMENDMENT TO A GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL SHALL NOT BE IN ORDER IF CHANGING EXISTING LAW GIVES AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN EFFECT. I ASK FOR A RULING FROM THE CHAIR.

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  • 09:50:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER? IF NOT, THE CHAIR…

    ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER? IF NOT, THE CHAIR WILL RULE. THE CHAIR FINDS THAT THIS AMENDMENT INCLUDES LANGUAGE IMPARTING DIRECTION. THE AMENDMENT THEREFORE CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION IN VIOLATION OF CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21. THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT NO ORDER. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 09:51:20 PM

    THE CLERK

    SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING FOR DISASTER RELIEF, INCLUDING RECISION AND TRANSFER…

    SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING FOR DISASTER RELIEF, INCLUDING RECISION AND TRANSFER OF FUNDS. SECTION 601, EFFECTIVE ON THE DATE OF THE ENACTMENT OF THIS ACT, UNOBLIGATED BALANCES REMAINING AVAILABLE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, $500 MILLION, IS RESCINDED AND $1 BILLION IS HEREBY TRANSFERRED TO DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY DISASTER RELIEF. TITLE 7, SPENDING REDUCTION ACCOUNT, SECTION 701, THE AMOUNT BY WHICH THE APPLICABLE ALLOCATION OF NEW BUDGET AUTHORITY MADE BY THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS UNDER SECTION 302-B OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT OF 1974 EXCEEDS THE AMOUNT PROPOSED IN THE BUDGET AUTHORITY IS ZERO DOLLARS.

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  • 09:52:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MADAM CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT.

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    AT THE GENTLEMAN SUBMITTED THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    AT THE GENTLEMAN SUBMITTED THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE AMENDMENT HAS BEEN SUBMITTED.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN SPECIFY THE NUMBER OF THE AMENDMENT?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE.

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    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. CARTER

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

  • 09:55:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

  • 09:56:01 PM

    MR. PRICE

    MADAM CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND ASK TO STRIKE…

    MADAM CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND ASK TO STRIKE THE LAST WORDS.

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  • 09:56:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:56:12 PM

    MR. PRICE

    CHAIRMAN, I WAS INTRIGUED WITH THIS AMENDMENT, DIDN'T QUITE UNDERSTAND THE…

    CHAIRMAN, I WAS INTRIGUED WITH THIS AMENDMENT, DIDN'T QUITE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORT OF IT, SO I HAVE DONE A LITTLE RESEARCH, TALKED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ABOUT THE EXTENT OF THEIR ACTIVITIES WITH THIS TASK FORCE, AND WHAT THE EFFECT OF THIS AMENDMENT MIGHT BE. SO I'D LIKE TO OFFER A LITTLE REALITY CHECK HERE AND SUGGEST THAT THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT MERITED. THIS AMENDMENT, FOR STARTERS, WILL NOT SAVE ANY MONEY AND SIMPLY PROHIBITS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND ITS EMPLOYEES FROM IN ANY WAY PLANNING FOR THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. NOW, THE DEBATE ISN'T ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT ONE BELIEVES THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS BEING CAUSED BY HUMAN BEINGS. THE FACT IS THAT WHATEVER THE CAUSE, CLIMATE CHANGE IS OCCURRING IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE WORLD. BOTH THE U.S. COAST GUARD AND THE NAVY HAVE TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES THAT THEIR OPERATIONS ARE GREATLY AFFECTED, PARTICULARLY IN THE ARCTIC REGION. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS IDENTIFIED OTHER SPECIFIC CLIMATE CHANGE RELATED IMPACTS ON D.H.S. MISSIONS. THESE INCLUDE, AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT, DISASTER RESPONSE ACTIVITIES AND THE PROTECTION OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. NOW, GIVEN THE HISTORIC FLOODING THAT'S OCCURRED ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI, AS WELL AS THE WORST TORNADO SEASON WE'VE EXPERIENCED SINCE 1950 WITH OVER 1,200 TORNADOS AND 500 DEATHS, IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE THAT D.H.S. MIGHT JUST WANT THE BEST AVAILABLE INFORMATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE. NOW, I WANT TO CLARIFY ANY MISINFORMATION HERE. THERE ARE NO D.H.S. EMPLOYEES, NOR ARE ANY D.H.S. FUNDS DEDICATED FULL TIME TO CLIMATE CHANGE. ONE PERSON AT THE DEPARTMENT HAS SPENT A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME REPRESENTING D.H.S. AT THESE TASK FORCE MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES. ONE PERSON. SO PROHIBITING FUNDS GOING TOWARDS THIS EFFORT IS NOT GOING TO SAVE ANY MONEY. BUT THERE ARE SEVERAL D.H.S. COMPONENTS, INCLUDING FEMA AND THE COAST GUARD THAT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LEVERAGE CROSS-GOVERNMENT EXPERTISE FROM THE TASK FORCE ON BOTH CLIMATE ISSUES AND ON LONG-RANGE PLANNING GENERALLY. I WOULD THINK THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THEY SHOULD DO. SO WHAT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD DO, RATHER THAN SAVING ANY MONEY, IT WOULD SIMPLY PREVENT D.H.S. PERSONS FROM MEETING OR EVEN TALKING TO EACH OTHER REGARDING THE TASK FORCE. NOW, IT'S PRUDENT AND NECESSARY FOR D.H.S. TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH ITS PARTNER AGENCIES TO PLAN FOR THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THEIR MISSIONS. AND IT'S PROPER AND IMPORTANT THAT OUR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES BE ABLE TO TALK TO EACH OTHER ABOUT THE CHANGES THEY ARE WITNESSING. AND THE ACCOMMODATIONS TO THEIR MISSIONS THAT MIGHT NEED TO BE MADE. SO MADAM CHAIRMAN, AGAIN, THE CARTER AMENDMENT WILL NOT SAVE ONE DOLLAR. INSTEAD, IT WILL PREVENT D.H.S. FROM ENGAGING IN CONTINGENCY PLANNING WITH PARTNER AGENCIES ACROSS GOVERNMENT. THIS IS A DEBATE, IF IT'S ABOUT ANYTHING, IT'S ABOUT ENSURING GOOD GOVERNMENT, INTELLIGENT PLANNING AND RESPONSIBLE COORDINATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:59:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE?

  • 09:59:42 PM

    MR. DICKS

    IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND STRIKE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS.

  • 09:59:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. DICKS

    I BELIEVE HE SAID --

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    MR. CARTER

    BELIEVE HE SAID IT HAD GONE TO THE TASK FORCE INCLUDING FEMA AND THE TASK…

    BELIEVE HE SAID IT HAD GONE TO THE TASK FORCE INCLUDING FEMA AND THE TASK FORCE, IS THAT WHAT YOU SAID?

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  • 10:01:28 PM

    MR. CARTER

    FEMA AND THE COAST GUARD PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY? IF…

    FEMA AND THE COAST GUARD PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY? IF IT'S SO NEGLIGIBLE AND OF NO CONSEQUENCE, WHY -- I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY YOU WON'T ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT?

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  • 10:01:45 PM

    MR. DICKS

    IT WOULD BAR THE DEPARTMENT FROM DISCUSSING IT WITH ANYBODY. IT'S SO…

    IT WOULD BAR THE DEPARTMENT FROM DISCUSSING IT WITH ANYBODY. IT'S SO SHORTSIGHTED. THIS IS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. THE NAVY IS NOW LOOKING AT THE COASTAL AREAS AS THE SEAS RISE, IT'S GOING TO AFINGT NAVY INSTALLATIONS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. I BRUGGET IN THE PARK SERVICE WHEN I WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE INTERIOR, THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, THEY ALL SEE THE AFFECTS. WE'VE GOT A LONGER FIRE SEASON. THIS IS SOMETHING YOU CAN'T IGNORE. THIS IS A NATIONAL ISSUE THAT IS SIGNIFICANT AND -- THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY THAT ISN'T GOING TO LOOK AT THE CONSEQUENCES OF CLIMATE CHANGE AFTER WHAT WE'VE SEEN THIS YEAR IS JUST RIDICULOUS ON THE FACE OF IT.

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  • 10:02:35 PM

    MR. CARTER

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD.

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    MR. CARTER

    I DO NOT ASK THAT THE DEPARTMENT NOT LOOK INTO CLIMATE CHANGE. SKI THAT WE…

    I DO NOT ASK THAT THE DEPARTMENT NOT LOOK INTO CLIMATE CHANGE. SKI THAT WE TAKE ANY FUNDS ALLOCATED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION TASK FORCE, THERE IS -- IF THERE IS NO SUCH TASK FORCE -- I BELIEVE THERE IS, BUT IF THERE IS NONE, THERE IS NONE. I KNOW TWO AGENCIES THAT ARE CLOSE TO $15 BILLION THAT ARE IN CLY HAT CHANGE. YOU NAMED THE NAVY AND OTHER AGENCIES LOOKING INTO IT. THEY ARE ALL GETTING MONEY, WHY CAN'T WE GET INFORMATION FROM THOSE PEOPLE? WHY DO WE HAVE TO GO AND SPEND MONEY WE DESPERATELY NEED ON OUR BORDERS TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM THE REAL TERRIBLE VIOLENCE THAT'S SLAUGHTERING PEOPLE ON THE MEXICAN BOARD HER WHY DO WE HAVE TO SPEND MONEY ON SOMETHING THAT -- YOU CAN NAME FIVE DIFFERENT GROUPS STUDYING IT AND I NAMED TWO ADDITIONAL.

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  • 10:03:41 PM

    MR. DICKS

    WHY CAN'T HOMELAND SECURITY WITH THE COAST GUARD AND FEMA AND ALL THESE…

    WHY CAN'T HOMELAND SECURITY WITH THE COAST GUARD AND FEMA AND ALL THESE ORGANIZATIONS BE PART OF THE INTERAGENCY EFFORT? THEY'RE NOT WASTING MONEY ON THIS. THIS IS IMPORTANT RESEARCH.

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  • 10:03:57 PM

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    LESS EFFICIENT TO SHUT OFF THIS KIND OF INTERAGENCY DISCUSSION, SAY THE…

    LESS EFFICIENT TO SHUT OFF THIS KIND OF INTERAGENCY DISCUSSION, SAY THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM FEMA OR THE COAST GUARD CAN'T PARTICIPATE, THEY HAVE TO REINVENT THE WHEEL?

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  • 10:04:10 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE RATIONALE FOR SAYING WHEN INTERAGENCY WORK IS GOING…

    I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE RATIONALE FOR SAYING WHEN INTERAGENCY WORK IS GOING ON THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO INFORM HOMELAND SECURITY'S WORK WHY THEY SHOULDN'T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT?

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  • 10:04:22 PM

    MR. CARTER

    I DON'T HAVE ANY TIME.

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    MR. DICKS

    FEMA RESPOPPEDS TO WEATHER DISASTERS. THEY'VE GOT TO BE INVOLVED IN THE…

    FEMA RESPOPPEDS TO WEATHER DISASTERS. THEY'VE GOT TO BE INVOLVED IN THE TASK FORCE LOOKING AT CLIMATE CHANGE. IT'S JUST -- I MEAN -- I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THAT NO ONE WANTS TO DO THIS.

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  • 10:04:38 PM

    MR. CARTER

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD, IT'S THE WEATHER BUREAU. THAT'S THE WEATHER…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD, IT'S THE WEATHER BUREAU. THAT'S THE WEATHER FOLKS STUDYING THIS THING. THEY'VE GOT $5.6 BILLION TO STUDY IT. I'M NOT ASKING FOR THE WORLD. I'M JUST SAY, WHY DON'T WE -- WE ALSO, LAST TIME YOU WERE IN CHARGE, TOOK A SPY SATELLITE OR TWO, TOOK THEM OUT OF AFGHANISTAN AND PUT THEM OVER THE POLES TO STUDY THE POLES.

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  • 10:05:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 10:05:08 PM

    MR. DICKS

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS ABOUT EXPIRED, TOO. THANK YOU.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.…

    THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 10:05:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, MARKED NUMBER 9.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MR. POE OF TEXAS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM --…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:06:22 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR…

    THE POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:06:29 PM

    MR. POE

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. IT'S RECENTLY COME TO LIGHT THAT ACCORDING TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. IT'S RECENTLY COME TO LIGHT THAT ACCORDING TO THE U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTED DEFERRED ACTION TO OVER 12,000 ILLEGAL ALIENS IN F.Y. 2010. DEFERRED ACTION IS A TECHNICAL TERM WHICH MEANS THAT A PERSON IS SUBJECT TO DEPORTATION BUT OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE ADMINISTRATION, DECIDES NOT TO DEPORT THEM AT ALL, CALLING IT DEFERRED ACTION. THIS NUMBER IS A DRAMATIC INCREASE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS. IT'S MUCH HIGHER THAN THE LESS THAN 900 NUMBER THAT WAS RECENTLY QUOTED BY SECRETARY NAPOLITANO IN TESTIMONY IN A SENATE JUDICIARY HEARING. THESE NUMBERS ALSO SEEM TO BE DRASTICALLY -- OR THEY DRASTICALLY CONTRADICTION STATEMENTS BY THE ADMINISTRATION THAT DEFERRED ACTION WOULD NOT BE USED TO PROVIDE BACK DOOR AMNESTY TO ILLEGAL AIL GENERALS. IN SHORT, IT'S PART OF PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION, AND THAT DISCRETION IS NOT TO PURSUE REMOVAL FROM THE UNITED STATES OF A SPECIFIC INDIVIDUAL FOR A PERIOD OF TIME. IT IS ONLY INTENDED TO BE USED IN SPECIAL OCCASIONS BUT NOW OVER 12,000 PEOPLE A YEAR ARE GIVEN THIS DEFERRED ACTIONFUL OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IN THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES TO ALLOW HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN EACH YEAR. INCREASINGLY, DEFERRED ACTION IS BEING USED AS AN EASY WAY FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO AVOID ENFORCING THE LAW FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE ARRESTED AND CAUGHT IN THE UNITED STATES ILLEGALLY. QUITE SIMPLY IT IS ILLEGAL TO BE IN THIS COUNTRY WITHOUT PERMISSION AND IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO EBB FORE-- ENFORCE THE IMMIGRATION LAWS OF THIS CLINT AT ALL TIMES, NOT TO PICK AND CHOOSE WHEN TO ENFORCE CERTAIN LAWS, ESPECIALLY IMMIGRATION LAWS. THIS AMENDMENT STATES THAT NO MONEY FROM THIS BILL MAY BE USED TO GRANT DEFERRED ACTION OR PAROLE TO ANY PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES FOR ANY REASON THAN A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS FOR TWO REASONS, ONE, URGENT HUMANITARIAN REASONS, OR, SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC BENEFIT. THIS PREVENTS THE ADMINISTRATION FROM GOING ARN CORNING AN THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY GRANTING ADMINISTRATIVE AMNESTY CALLED DEFERRED ACTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:09:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:09:15 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 9.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENTFUL

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    THE CHAIR

    BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE…

    BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE

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  • 10:09:31 PM

    THE CLERK

    BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE…

    BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO A STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ENTITY OR OFFICIAL THAT IS IN VIOLATION OF SECTION 642-A OF THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION REFORM AND IMMIGRANT RESPONSIBILITY ACT OF 1996, 8 UNITED STATES CODE 1373-A.

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  • 10:09:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM INTEAM RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:10:04 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    I RESERVE MY POINT OF ORDER.

  • 10:10:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL STATE HIS POINT OF ORDER.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER?

  • 10:10:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER?

  • 10:10:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. POE

    THIS IS THE AMENDMENT I MENTIONED TO THE MAJORITY I WAS GOING TO INTRODUCE…

    THIS IS THE AMENDMENT I MENTIONED TO THE MAJORITY I WAS GOING TO INTRODUCE AT THIS TIME. IT IS IN ORDER, IT IS NUMBER 9 WHICH WAS STATED TO ME BY THE CLERK AS NUMBER 9. SO IT IS IN ORDER.

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  • 10:11:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 AND THE CHAIR WILL RULE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 9. THE…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 AND THE CHAIR WILL RULE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 9. THE CHAIR FINDS THAT THIS AMENDMENT INCLUDES LANGUAGE IMPARTING DIRECTION. THE AMENDMENT THEREFORE CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION IN VIOLATION OF CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21, THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 10:11:32 PM

    MR. POE

    HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 10:11:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SPECIFY THE NUMBER OF THE AMENDMENT.

  • 10:11:42 PM

    MR. POE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT AMENDMENT NUMBER 10.

  • 10:11:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT AMENDMENT NUMBER 10.

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    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:11:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:12:00 PM

    MR. POE

    I'D LIKE THE AMENDMENT READ.

  • 10:12:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CLERK WILL READ THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AT THE ENOF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING,…

    AT THE ENOF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED IN CONTRAVENTION OF SECTION 642-A OF THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION REFORM ACT OF 1996, 8 UNITED STATES CODE 1373-A.

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  • 10:12:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:12:30 PM

    MR. POE

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. OVER THE PAST YEARS, THE NUMBER OF AIL YEPS WHO…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. OVER THE PAST YEARS, THE NUMBER OF AIL YEPS WHO UNLAWFULLY RESIDE IN THE UNITED STATES HAS GROUP SIGNIFICANTLY FROM AN ESTIMATED THREE MILLION TO 1986 TO ABOUT 11 MILLION TO 2005 AN SOME PUT THOSE ESTIMATES TODAY AT 2010 AT 20 MILLION. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 400,000 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ENTERED OUR COUNTRY LAST YEAR. EVEN MODEST ESTIMATES WITH THE COST OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT OVER $29 BILLION. THAT'S ROUGHLY THE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE ENTIRE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO HAVE THIS CONTINUE. SOME JURISDICTIONS HAVE ASSISTED FEDERAL AUTHORITIES IN APPREHENDING AND DETAINING VIOLATORS. UNDER THIS, STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES CAN CARRY OUT VARIOUS FUNCTIONS. I COMMEND THESE JURES DICKS. HOWEVER THERE ARE SOME JURISDICTIONS THAT CONTINUE TO MANDATE THAT THEIR EMPLOYEES NOT COMMUNICATE WITH I.C.E. WHEN THEY COME ACROSS SOMEONE IN THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY. THESE JURES DICKS ARE KNOWN AS SANCTUARY CITIES AND ARE LOCATED THROUGHOUT THE -- THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. IT IS IN VIOLATION OF CURRENT LAW, 8 U.S.C. 1373. HOWEVER, DESPITE THE LAW, MANY CITIES AND LOCALITIES STILL PLACE THE RESICS ON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND OTHER EMPLOYEES. 8 U.S.C. 1373 STATES, AND I QUOTE, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL LAW, A FEDERAL, STATE, OR LOCAL ENTITY OR OFFICIAL MAY NOT PROHIBIT OR IN MY WAY RESTRICTION ANY GOVERNMENT ENTITY OR OFFICIAL FROM SENDING TO OR RECEIVING FROM THE IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE NOW CALLED I.C.E. INFORMATION REGARDING THIS CITIZENSHIP OR IMMIGRATION STATUS, LAWFUL OR UNLAWFUL, OF ANY INDIVIDUAL. ONCE AGAIN, MADAM CHAIR, THIS IS CURRENT U.S. FEDERAL LAW. THIS AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE. IT SAYS THAT NO FUNDS FROM THIS ACT CAN BE USED TO CONTRADICTION U.S. LAW WHICH I JUST READ. THIS AMENDMENT SHOULD PASS UNANIMOUSLY BECAUSE IT'S INTENS THE LAW FOR CITIES AND OTHER JURES DICKS. IT WILL PREVENT EMPLOYEES FROM SHARING INFORMATION WITH I.C.E. THIS AMENDMENT IS SAYING THAT NO MONEY WILL SUPPORT AN ALREADY ILLEGAL ACTIVITY. IT'S A COMMON SENSE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:15:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN STRIKE THE LAST WORD?

  • 10:15:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN STRIKE THE LAST WORD?

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    LAST WORDS. THIS AMENDMENT SUPPORTS EXISTING LAW AND WE ACCEPT THIS…

    LAST WORDS. THIS AMENDMENT SUPPORTS EXISTING LAW AND WE ACCEPT THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:15:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM YIELDS BACK? DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD? THE QUESTION IS…

    FROM YIELDS BACK? DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD? THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE 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 LOUISIANA RISE?

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  • 10:16:12 PM

    MR. RICHMOND

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 10:16:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    BY MR. RICHMOND OF LOUISIANA. AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT…

    BY MR. RICHMOND OF LOUISIANA. AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING --

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  • 10:16:25 PM

    MR. RICHMOND

    IS THERE OBJECTION?

  • 10:16:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:16:34 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    A POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE POINT OF ORDER IS OBSERVED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING OF THE…

    THE POINT OF ORDER IS OBSERVED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING OF THE AMENDMENT IS SUSPENDED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:16:47 PM

    MR. RICHMOND

    MADAM CHAIR AND TO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND ON THE…

    MADAM CHAIR AND TO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE AISLE AS I AM, I RISE TODAY TO DO TWO THINGS. ONE IS TO THANK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THANK CONGRESS, AND THANK TWO PRESIDENTS FOR THE ASSISTANCE THEY GAVE TO THE GULF COAST AFTER HURRICANES KATRINA AND RITA AND EVEN AFTER THE B.P. OIL SPILL. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I RISE BECAUSE JUST IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ISSUED 27 DISASTER AND EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS ACROSS 18 STATES, AND THE FACT THAT THIS CONGRESS AND THE LAST CONGRESS WAS ABLE TO HELP THE CITIZENS OF THE GULF COAST GAVE GREAT COMFORT TO AMERICANS TO KNOW THAT THIS GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT LET THEM FEND FOR THEMSELVES WHEN A NATURAL DISASTER HITS. HOWEVER, UNDER THE POLICIES OF THIS CONGRESS, WE'VE DECIDED THAT ANY DISASTER ASSISTANCE WOULD REQUIRE A PAY-FORWARD AND THAT WOULD LEAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF OUR AMERICAN TAXPAYER CITIZENS OUT TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES WHEN THEY SIMPLY CAN'T DO IT. SO WHEN WE LOOK AT THE TORNADOS AND WE LOOK AT THE FLOODING THAT'S OCCURRED IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT STATES LIKE MINNESOTA, TENNESSEE, ARKANSAS, GEORGIA, MISSOURI, MISSISSIPPI, LOUISIANA, I THINK IT SHOULD BE THE POLICY OF THIS BODY THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE WHEREVER OUR CITIZENS NEED US. AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE FUND WHICH FEMA USES TO PAY FOR DISASTER RESPONSE, RECOVERY AND MITIGATION PROJECTS, IT'S FACING A $1 BILLION SHORTFALL THIS FISCAL YEAR. AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE ENTIRE WHOLE, IT'S MUCH BIGGER. YOU'RE TALKING AT LEAST A $3 BILLION HOLE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 201. THAT DOES NOT EVEN INCLUDE ESTIMATES OF THE INCIDENTS AND DISASTERS I TALKED ABOUT EARLIER, THE MANY TORNADOS AND THE MASSIVE FLOODING WE'VE INJURED -- INCURRED IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS. THAT'S WORRISOME. BUT LET'S TAKE A STEP FURTHER. LET'S ASSUME THAT -- OR EVEN NOT ASSUME, BUT THERE'S A POSSIBILITY THAT WE WOULD SEE ANOTHER EVENT SIMILAR TO THE FLOODING, SIMILAR TO A HURRICANE. HURRICANE SEASON STARTED JUNE 1. AND I THINK IT IS ABSOLUTELY IRRESPONSIBLE FOR US TO TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, IT'S DISENGINEOUS, IT'S WRONG AND SINFUL TO SAY WE'RE NOT GOING TO HELP YOU IF WE DON'T CUT THE BUDGET SOMEWHERE ELSE. WE'VE NOT DONE THAT IN THE PAST AND I DON'T THINK THAT WE SHOULD DO IT. THE GREAT THING FOR ME TODAY, I GET TO STAND UP HERE AS A PERSON WHOSE DISTRICT BENEFITED TREMENDOUSLY FROM THE FACT THAT WE HAVE WATER DIVERSIONS ON THE MISSISSIPPI. AND IN ORDER TO SAVE BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA, AND NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, WE OPENED THOSE DIVERSIONS WHICH FLOODED SMALL TOWNS, SMALL FARMERS, AND THAT HAPPENED UP AND DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. SO I STAND HERE TODAY AS A BENEFICIARY OF OTHER PEOPLE'S FLOODING AND OTHER PEOPLE'S DESTRUCTION THAT THEY SUFFERED. AND I STAND HERE TODAY AS SOMEONE WHO HAS NOT SUFFERED A LOT SAYING THE GOVERNMENT WAS THERE FOR ME WHEN KATRINA AND RITA HIT, AND THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE THERE FOR THE PEOPLE IN MISSISSIPPI, MINNESOTA, GEORGIA, MISSOURI, TEXAS, LOUISIANA, AND EVERYWHERE THE TORNADOS HIT. SO THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY DOES WHAT I THINK IS THE FAIR THING TO DO, A CONSISTENT THING TO DO, AND SOMETHING THAT'S DEEPLY ROOTED IN OUR AMERICAN HISTORY, AND THAT IS TO HELP PEOPLE THAT CAN'T HELP THEMSELVES, AND I WOULD JUST SIMPLY ASK BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO JOIN TOGETHER IN UNITY AND LET THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY KNOW THAT IF A TORNADO KNOCKS DOWN YOUR HOUSE THROUGH NO FAULT OF YOUR OWN, WE'RE GOING TO BE THERE TO HELP YOU NO MATTER IF OTHER ADMINISTRATIONS HAVE SQUANDERED AND SPENT MONEY THAT HAS LEFT US IN A DEFICIT, WE WILL STILL BE THERE TO HELP YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:20:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    I INSIST MY POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL STATE HIS POINT OF ORDER.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    I MAKE AN AMENDMENT AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT CONSTITUTES…

    I MAKE AN AMENDMENT AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION IN AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND THEREFORE VIOLATES CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21. THE RULE STATES IN PERTINENT PART, AN AMENDMENT TO A GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL SHALL NOT BE IN ORDER IF CHANGING EXISTING LAW CHANGES THE APPLICATION OF EXISTING LAW, AND I ASK FOR A RULING FROM THE CHAIR.

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  • 10:21:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO SPEAK ON THE POINT OF ORDER? THE CHAIR WILL…

    DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO SPEAK ON THE POINT OF ORDER? THE CHAIR WILL RULE. THE CHAIR FINDS THAT THIS AMENDMENT CHANGES THE APPLICATION OF EXISTING LAW. THE AMENDMENT, THEREFORE, CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION IN VIOLATION OF CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21. THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. POE

    MADAM CHAIR. WHAT IS TAKING PLACE IS UNDER THE GUISE OF GRANTING DEFERRED…

    MADAM CHAIR. WHAT IS TAKING PLACE IS UNDER THE GUISE OF GRANTING DEFERRED ACTION. DEFERRED ACTION IS A PROCEDURE, AN ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE BY THE ADMINISTRATION THAT IS USED WHEN A PERSON IS DETAINED WHO IS ILLEGALLY IN THE UNITED STATES. AND THAT PERSON'S ACTION, THE CRIMINAL ACTION, OR THE ACTION TO DEPORT THAT INDIVIDUAL, RATHER, IS DEFERRED TO SOME UNKNOWN DATE. THE PERSON IS RELEASED, AND WHAT OCCURS IS THAT PERSON IS NEVER DEPORTED AND NEVER HAS A HEARING. IT STARTED -- THIS PROCEDURE STARTED YEARS AGO WITH A FEW HUNDRED PEOPLE A YEAR. BUT LAST YEAR IN 2010, OVER 12,000 PEOPLE HAD THEIR IM GRATION DEPORTATION HEARINGS DEFERRED TO AN UNKNOWN DATE. AND WHAT OCCURRED WAS THEY WERE RELEASED, AND THEIR ACTION AGAINST THEM WILL NEVER BE TAKEN. SOME CALL THIS A FORM OF AMNESTY, ADMINISTRATIVE AMNESTY. YOU CAN CALL IT WHATEVER YOU WANT, BUT THOSE PEOPLE STAY IN THE UNITED STATES. WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES IS PROHIBIT THE ADMINISTRATION FROM USING UNDER THE GUISE OF DEFERRED ACTION THIS PROCEDURE TO NOT HAVE HEARINGS ON AN INDIVIDUAL WHICH ALLOWS THEM TO END UP STAYING IN THE UNITED STATES, AND NO FUNDS CAN BE USED TO IMPLEMENT DEFERRED ACTION EXCEPT IN TWO CASES. ONE IS UNDER HUMANITARIAN REASONS, AND THE SECOND WOULD BE SOME SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC BENEFIT TO THE UNITED STATES. OTHERWISE, NO DEFERRED ACTION, NO GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD FOR PEOPLE ON A DISCRIMINATORY BASIS DONE BY THE ADMINISTRATION OR ANY OF ITS AGENCIES. AND I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:24:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    CHAIR?

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    ACCEPT THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS' AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN ACCEPTS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED -- FOR…

    GENTLEMAN ACCEPTS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 10:24:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. PRICE

    RESTATES THE DEPARTMENT'S BROAD DISCRETIONARY AUTHORITY TO GRANT RELIEF OR…

    RESTATES THE DEPARTMENT'S BROAD DISCRETIONARY AUTHORITY TO GRANT RELIEF OR DEFERRED ACTION TO DESERVING INDIVIDUALS. THE AUTHORITY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO EXERCISE DISCRETION IN DECIDING WHAT CASES TO INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE UNDER EXISTING CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LAW, INCLUDING IMMIGRATION LAW IS FUNDAMENTAL TO THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM. AND SINCE THIS AMENDMENT RECOGNIZES THIS ESSENTIAL EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO RELIEF FOR HUMANITARIAN PURPOSES OR WHEN IT SERVES THE PUBLIC'S INTEREST, I RECOMMEND THAT MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:25:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    MR. PRICE

    THE CLERK WILL READ.

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    THE CLERK

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE READING BE DISPENSED WITH.

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    MR. PRICE

    READING BE DISPENSED WITH.

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    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION, THE READING BILL BE DISPENSED WITH.

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    MR. PRICE

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. PRICE

    MADAM CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD WAIVE CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS ATTACHED TO…

    MADAM CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD WAIVE CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS ATTACHED TO THE FIRE GRANTS AND THE SAFER GRANTS, AND THIS AMENDMENT IS NECESSITATED BY THE AMENDMENT PASSED EARLIER THIS EVENING. MEMBERS ARE AWARE THAT H.R. 2107 REDUCES FUNDING FOR FIREFIGHTER HIRING GRANTS, ALSO KNOWN AS SAFER GRANTS, BY $255 MILLION, OR 63% BELOW 2011. FORTUNATELY, THE HOUSE RESOUNDINGLY OVERTURNED THAT ILL-ADVISED MOVE EARLIER TODAY AND ADOPTED AN AMENDMENT BY FROM LATOURETTE AND MR. PASCRELL TO RESTORE THE FUNDING TO THE PRESIDENT'S REQUESTED LEVEL. BUT MY COLLEAGUES SHOULD ALSO BE AWARE THAT FUNDING IS ONLY PART OF THE PROBLEM WITH THIS BILL WHEN IT COMES TO THE SAFER PROGRAM. THE UNDERLYING BILL ALSO NEGLECTS TO MAINTAIN PROVISIONS ENACTED IN FISCAL YEARS 2009-2011 THAT ALLOWS FIRE DEPARTMENTS TO USE THESE GRANTS TO HIRE AND LAY OFF FIREFIGHTERS AND PREVENT OTHERS FROM BEING LAID OFF IN THE FIRST PLACE. THE LAW TRADITIONALLY PERMITS SAFER GRANTS ONLY TO BE USED TO HIRE NEW STAFF. NOW, THAT PROVISION MAKES SENSE WHEN OUR ECONOMY IS BOOMING AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE IN A POSITION TO HIRE NEW WORKERS. BUT WHEN THE RECOVERY IS STILL FRAGILE AND LOCAL BUDGETS ARE ACTUALLY CONTRACTING AND WORKERS ARE BEING LAID OFF, FEMA NEEDS THE FLEXIBILITY TO USE THESE GRANTS TO KEEP FIREFIGHTERS FROM BEING CUT IN THE FIRST PLACE. SECRETARY NAPOLITANO AND ADMINISTRATOR FUGATE TESTIFIED TO THIS NEED EARLIER THIS YEAR IN OUR APPROPRIATIONS HEARINGS. I AM PROPOSING A WAIVER AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD SAVE THOUSANDS OF FIREFIGHTER JOBS. RIGHT NOW THE REAL CHALLENGE TO COMMUNITY SAFETY IS NOT THE RELUCTANCE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO HIRE NEW FIRE PERSONNEL, IT'S THE POTENTIAL AND ACTUAL LAYOFFS OF PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL WHICH MEANS FEWER FIRST RESPONDERS, LONGER RESPONSE TIMES, AND MORE LIVES BEING PUT AT RISK. THIS AMENDMENT ALSO CONTINUES THE PROVISION THAT WAIVES CERTAIN BUDGETARY REQUIREMENTS LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS HAVE TO FILL IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A GRANT. THESE INCLUDE NOT ALLOWING A FIRE DEPARTMENT'S OVERALL BUDGET TO DROP BELOW A CERTAIN LEVEL, NOT REDUCING STAFF OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS EVEN IF BUDGETS CONTINUE TO SUFFER, AND PROVIDING LOCAL MATCHING FUNDS. AGAIN, THESE PROVISIONS ARE FINE WHEN LOCAL COFFERS ARE HEALTHY BUT WE ALL KNOW HOW STRAPPED OUR CITIES AND COUNTIES ARE RIGHT NOW. SO IN THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT, THE CURRENT ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT, VERY FEW MUNICIPALITIES WOULD BE ABLE TO MEET THESE REQUIREMENTS, JOBS WOULD GO UNFILLED AND FIREFIGHTER AND PUBLIC SAFETY WOULD BE PLACED AT A GREATER RISK. FINALLY, TO ADDRESS CONCERNS THAT THESE WAIVERS HAVE GONE ON WELL BEYOND WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY ANTICIPATED, THE FIRE ORGANIZATIONS TELL ME THAT 2012 WILL BE LIKELY THE LAST YEAR THAT THEY WILL NEED THESE WAIVERS. WHEN COLLEAGUES ARE WEIGHING THIS AMENDMENT, MADAM CHAIRMAN, I ENCOURAGE THEM TO CONSIDER THE INTENT OF THE SAFER PROGRAM, ENSURING THAT WE HAVE A SAFE LEVEL OF STAFFING OF OUR NATION'S PREEMINENT FIRST RESPONDERS, THE FIREFIGHTERS. WE'VE ALREADY OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTED FUNDING FOR THE FIREFIGHTER JOBS BY ADDING FUNDING BACK TO THE SAFER PROGRAM, SO IF MEMBERS REALLY SUPPORT THESE JOBS, THEY NEED TO TAKE THIS ADDITIONAL STEP. WE SHOULD VOTE TO ALLOW THESE FUNDS TO BE USED IN THE MOST FLEXIBLE WAY POSSIBLE TO KEEP FIREFIGHTERS ON THE STAFF. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:29:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    I RISE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES ANY MEMBER WISH TO SPEAK ON THE AMENDMENT? THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

    DOES ANY MEMBER WISH TO SPEAK ON THE AMENDMENT? THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA RISE?

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  • 10:32:23 PM

    MR. RICHMOND

    MADAM CHAIR I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK REGARDING TRANSPORTATION…

    MADAM CHAIR I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK REGARDING TRANSPORTATION WORKER CREDENTIALS.

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  • 10:32:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WILL READ THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL READ AMENDMENT 28.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. SCALISE OF INDIANA. AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. SCALISE OF INDIANA. AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOLLOWING SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE UNDER THIS ACT MAY BE USED TO REQUIRE AN APPROVED TRANSPORTATION WORKER I'D CREDENTIAL APPLICANT TO PERSONALLY APPEAR IN A DESIGNATED ENROLLMENT CENTER FOR THE PURPOSE OF TWIC RENEWAL OR ACTIVATION.

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  • 10:33:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. CAME LEASE

    YOU, MADAM --

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    MR. SCALISE

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. WHAT I BRING FORWARD IS ADDRESSING THE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. WHAT I BRING FORWARD IS ADDRESSING THE BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE AND INEFFICIENCY THAT'S CAUSING OVER A MILLION AMERICAN WORKERS TO MAKE MULTIPLE TRIPS TO GET A DOCUMENT THAT THEIR WORKERS REQUIRE, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REQUIRES THEM TO HAVE, IT'S A TRANSPORTATION WORKER I'D CREDENTIAL AND IT'S AN IMPORTANT DOCUMENT TO HAVE BUT WAS CREATED BACK IN 2007 WITH THE FIVE-YEAR LIMITATION AND HAS TO BE RENEWED. A WORKER HAS TO GO IN A REGISTERED OFFICE AND GO AND GET THEIR FINGERPRINT TAKEN, THEY'VE GOT TO GET THEIR PICTURE TAKEN, PRESENT CREDENTIALS TO GET THE CARD. THE PROBLEM WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION IS THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN REQUIRING THESE WORKERS TO GO BACK MULTIPLE TIMES TO GET THE CARD WHEN IN FACT IF YOU LOOK AT A PASSPORT, EXAMPLE, HOW IT IS ISSUED, YOU CAN GO IN AND FILL OUT THE PAPERWORK AND THEN THEY SEND YOU THE PASSPORT. IT WORKS THAT WAY FOR MOST FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION. BUT FOR WHATEVER REASON IN THIS PROGRAM THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN REQUIRING MULTIPLE TRIPS. THE REASON IT'S A BIG ISSUE FOR ALL OF THESE WORKERS, THERE'S 1.8 MILLION AMERICANS WHO ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A TWID CARD TO DO THESE JOBS. UNDER THESE CURRENT RULES THEY HAVE TO GO AND MAKE MUM TIM TRIPS AND IN SOME CASES IT'S NOT AN OFFICE DOWN THE STREET BUT AN OFFICE OVER A HUNDRED MILES AWAY. I HAVE A LETTER FROM THE PASSENGER VESSEL ASSOCIATION FROM THIS AMENDMENT AND THEY POINT OUT THE ENROLLMENT CENTER IS HUNDRED OF MILES AWAY FROM A MARINER'S HOME NECESSITATING TWO ROUND TRIPS OF MANY HOURS IN DURATION AND IT'S NOT UNCOMMON FOR THE MARINER TO BE FORCED TO STAY OVERNIGHT DURING EACH ROUNDTRIP AND OF COURSE THE EMPLOYEE HAS TO PAY FOR THESE ROUNDTRIPS, HAS TO PAY FOR THE OVERNIGHT AND HAS TO BE AWAY FROM THEIR JOB AND FOR NO VALID REASON. IN FACT, THE DEPARTMENT HASN'T EVEN IMPLEMENTED RULES TO PROPERLY UTILIZE THESE CARDS BUT YET ARE MAKING THE EMPLOYEES GO WITH THESE MULTIPLE TRIPS, IF YOU IMAGINE A STATE LIKE ALASKA WHERE YOU MIGHT HAVE TO SPEND DAYS TO GET THE CARD AND YOU HAVE TO FIRST GO SPEND DAYS TO GO FILE FOR THE CARD AND THEN YOU HAVE TO SPEND DAYS TO GO GET THE CARD. THIS IS UNNECESSARY. AND IT IS AN INCREDIBLE BURDEN ON OUR WORK FORCE AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN ADDRESS BY PREVENTING THE FUNDS FROM BEING USED BY IMPLEMENTING THIS POLICY. IT GIVES THEM BROAD DISCRETION TO IMPLEMENT A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM BUT UNLIKE OTHER FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION, OVER 1.8 MILLION WORKERS SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO JUMP THROUGH THESE BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE HOOPS THAT ARE COSTING THEM MONEY THAT THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO SPEND ON THEIR FAMILY. SO WITH THAT I WOULD ASK FOR SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:36:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. DOES ANYONE SEEK RECOGNITION TO SPEAK ON THE AMENDMENT? FOR…

    YIELDS BACK. DOES ANYONE SEEK RECOGNITION TO SPEAK ON THE AMENDMENT? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE?

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  • 10:36:40 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    HE CAN CONFIRM THIS AMENDMENT REQUIRES THE APPLICANTS TO BIMETRICALLY…

    HE CAN CONFIRM THIS AMENDMENT REQUIRES THE APPLICANTS TO BIMETRICALLY ENROLL IN PERSON.

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  • 10:36:56 PM

    MR. SCALISE

    IF THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS, YES.

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    MR. SCALISE

    THEY'D HAVE TO GO TO THE CENTER AND HAVE TO APPLY. IN FACT, IN THE…

    THEY'D HAVE TO GO TO THE CENTER AND HAVE TO APPLY. IN FACT, IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE AMENDMENT IT REFERS TO AN APPROVED TRANSPORTATION WORKER IDENTIFICATION CREDENTIAL. SO THEY WOULD HAVE TO ACTUALLY GO AND BE APPROVED BECAUSE EVEN IF THEY WENT AND LET'S SAY THEY WERE REJECTED, THEN THEY WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO GET THE CARD. BUT IF THEY WENT TO THE CENTER AND GOT APPROVED, THEN THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE TO GO BACK AGAIN TO GET THE CARD SO IT DOES REQUIRE THEY WOULD HAVE TO GO IN PERSON, TAKE THE PHOTO I.D. AND IMPLEMENT THE BIMETRIC DATA BUT MAKE SURE THEY DON'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THESE CONTINUOUS BUREAUCRATIC HURDLES TO GET THE CARD AND I YIELD BACK. MR.

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  • 10:37:41 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    MADAM CHAIR, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND BASED ON THE…

    MADAM CHAIR, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND BASED ON THE REQUIREMENT THE APPLICANTS BIMETRICALLY ENROLL WE'LL ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:37:58 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE AMENDMENT IS OFFERED BY…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE AMENDMENT IS OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    THE DESK DESIGNATED AS SHERMAN A.

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    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA. AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE…

    OFFERED BY MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA. AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOLLOWING. SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE WAR POWERS RESOLUTION, 50 UNITED STATES CODE, 1541ED A SEQITOR.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SHERMAN

    I HAD THE CLERK READ THE WHOLE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT'S JUST ONE SENTENCE…

    I HAD THE CLERK READ THE WHOLE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT'S JUST ONE SENTENCE AND IT'S VERY SIMPLE. IT SAYS NONE OF THE MONEY IN THIS ACT CAN BE USED DELIBERATELY BY THE PRESIDENT TO VIOLATE THE LAW. IN PARTICULAR, THE WAR POWERS RESOLUTION OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE WAR POWERS ACT WHICH IS FOUND IN TITLE 50 OF THE UNITED STATES CODE. SO MANY HAVE EMBRACED THE IDEA OF AN IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY, HAVE EMBRACED THE IDEA A UNITED STATES PRESIDENT CAN SEND OUR FORCES INTO BATTLE FOR AN UNLIMITED DURATION, UNLIMITED SCOPE AND FOR WHATEVER PURPOSES THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH FINDS WORTHY. THE WAR POWERS ACT IS THE LAW OF THIS LAND. AND IT SAYS THAT A PRESIDENT MAY INDEED COMMIT OUR FORCES, BUT MUST SEEK CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION AND MUST WITHDRAW IN 60 DAYS IF THAT AUTHORIZATION IS NOT PROVIDED BY THE VOTE OF BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS. BUT THIS PRESIDENT, LIKE SOME OTHERS, BELIEVES HE DOESN'T HAVE TO FOLLOW THE LAW. AND IN FACT IN THIS CASE IN LIBYA, WE AND OUR ALLIES WERE NOT ATTACKED BUT RATHER A VERY IMPORTANT PURPOSE OR THOUGHT TO BE IMPORTANT BY THE PRESIDENT PRESENTED ITSELF AND SO HE COMMITTED OUR FORCES. THE RESPECT THE NATIONAL BRANCH FOR CONGRESS IS CALLED UPON THEM TO HIDE THEIR CONTEMPT FOR THE LAW. AND SO THEY'VE IMPLIED WITHOUT STATING IT THERE ARE SUBSTITUTES FOR A CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION. THEY'VE IMPLIED RESOLUTIONS BY THE UNITED STATES, THE ARAB LEAGUE OR NATO IS A SUBSTITUTE FOR CONGRESSIONAL ACTION. AND THEY'VE IMPLIED THAT CONSULTING WITH CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS, A LUNCH WITH LEADERSHIP IS A SUBSTITUTE FOR AN AFFIRMATIVE VOTE ON THE FLOORS OF BOTH HOUSES. IT IS TIME FOR US TO STAND UP AND SAY NO, MR. PRESIDENT, YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO FOLLOW THE LAW. THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN THE LAW WE'LL DEAL WITH. WE SHOULD TRY TO ACT NOW. IN ADDITION, THIS AMENDMENT OUGHT TO BE PUT ON EVERY APPROPRIATIONS BILL WE PASS THIS YEAR. OTHERWISE, WE INVITE A PRESIDENT WHO SEES THIS AMENDMENT ONLY ON THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL TO TRY TO FIND CREATIVE WAYS TO TRANSFER MONEY FROM THE COAST GUARD ACCOUNT TO THE NAVY OR TRANSFER A SHIP TO THE NAVY TO THE COAST GUARD OR COAST GUARD TO THE NAVY ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. WE SHOULD NOT INVITE AN UNPRODUCTIVE LOOPHOLE HUNT. WE SHOULD HAVE THE SAME RESTRICTION ON EVERY APPROPRIATIONS BILL. NOW, IF WE CAN PASS THIS AMENDMENT BY A SIGNIFICANT VOTE, THE PRESIDENT WILL, I HOPE REQUEST AN AUTHORIZATION FOR THE ACTION HE WANTS TO TAKE IN LIBYA. AND HE WILL HAVE TO ACCEPT AN AUTHORIZATION THAT WILL BE LIMITED IN TIME AND SCOPE. PERHAPS IT WILL BE LIMITED TO AIR FORCES AND NOT GROUND FORCES AND PERHAPS REQUIRE RENEWAL EVERY SIX MONTHS INSTEAD OF BEING PERMANENT. THERE MAY BE CONDITIONS SUCH AS WHY ARE WE FUNDING THIS OUT OF TAXPAYER MONEY AND NOT THE $33 BILLION OF GADDAFI MONEY HE WAS STUPID ENOUGH TO INVEST IN THE UNITED STATES IN WAYS THAT WE COULD FIND OUT ABOUT AND FREEZE. AND WHY HAS THE TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT IN BENGHAZI REFUSED TO DISASSOCIATE ITSELF FROM THE AL QAEDA FIGHTERS AND THE LIBYAN ISLAMIC FIGHTING GROUP FIGHTERS IN THEIR MIDST. AND WHY SHOULDN'T WE SUPPORT THOSE WHO HAVE BLOOD ON THEIR HAND. THIS IS AN ISSUE OF DERELICTION IN CONGRESS. BECAUSE, YES, WE'D LIKE TO AVOID TOUGH VOTES, PARTICULARLY THOSE THAT DIVIDE OUR CONSTITUENTS AND EVEN THE CONSTITUENTS WE HAVE FROM WITHIN OUR OWN PARTY. BUT THIS IS OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY. THE WAR POWERS RESOLUTION IS THE LAW OF THE LAND. WHATEVER YOUR VIEWS ARE ON OUR ACTIVITIES IN LIBYA, YOU OUGHT TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. I FOR ONE COULD SUPPORT AN AUTHORIZATION TO USE FORCE WHICH WAS CAREFULLY TAILORED AND SEVERELY LIMITED. . THIS VOTE IS NOT ABOUT DEMOCRACY AND THE RAUL OF LAW IN LIBYA. THIS VOTE IS ABOUT DEMOCRACY AND THE RULE OF LAW IN THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 10:44:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    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 ALABAMA RISE?

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  • 10:44:14 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. I RISE KNOPP SIGS TO THE AMENDMENT. IT'S…

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. I RISE KNOPP SIGS TO THE AMENDMENT. IT'S NOTTER IS MAIN TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL. IT'S BETTER ADDRESSED WITHIN THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION OR DEFENSE APPROPRIATION BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:44:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORDS.

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    >>

    LAST WORDS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:44:45 PM

    MR. PRICE

    TO JOIN CHAIRMAN ADERHOLT IN THIS. MEMBERS WOULD NOT WANT TO VOTE TO…

    TO JOIN CHAIRMAN ADERHOLT IN THIS. MEMBERS WOULD NOT WANT TO VOTE TO CONTRAVENE THE LAW IN ANYTHING WE TO. BUT WE HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THIS IS NOTTIER MAIN TO THIS BILL AND THE RHETORIC THAT HAS ATTENDED THE INTRODUCTION OF THIS AMENDMENT CONTAINS, JUST TO PUT IT MILDLY, INSINUATIONS AND CHARGES. THIS IS NOT THE PLACE TO EBB GAUGE IN A FULL DEBATE SO I'LL RESTRICT MYSELF TO SAYING THAT I DO THINK THAT THIS IS INAPPROPRIATE FOR THIS BILL.

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  • 10:45:37 PM

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    I SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S POSITION AND RISE IN OPPOSITION.

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    MR. PRICE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NO HAVES IT. FURTHER PROCEEDINGS OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

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  • 10:46:22 PM

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    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE TABLE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN PLEASE STATE THE…

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN PLEASE STATE THE TITLE OF THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 10:46:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA. AT THE THOACHED BILL INSERT THE…

    OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA. AT THE THOACHED BILL INSERT THE FOLLOWING. NO PART OF THIS ACT MAY BE USED UNDER THE CODE KNOWN AS THE DAVIS-BACON ACT.

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  • 10:47:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. GO SAR

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT THAT WOULD EXEMPT ALL CONSTRUCTION…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT THAT WOULD EXEMPT ALL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS FROM THE INFLATIONARY AND UNWISE DAVIS-BACON ACT. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE ARE STEWARDS OF PUBLIC TREASURY. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO SPEND TAXPAYER MONEY WISELY. THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT EARN MONEY, THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT GENERATE WEALTH. THE GOVERNMENT TAKES MONEY FROM THOSE WHO WORK HARD FOR A LIVING. IN ORDER TO JUSTIFY THAT ACT, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION AT A MINIMUM TO SPEND THIS MONEY WISELY. THE DAVIS-BACON ACT ADDS UNNECESSARY COSTS. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT THE DAVIS-BACON ACT IMPOSES COSTS 22% ABOVE MARKET WAGES. EVERY DOLLAR WASTED IS A DOLLAR WE CAN'T USE ON OTHER PROJECTS. IN MOST CITY THE DAVIS-BACON ACT PROPOSES WAGES THAT BEAR NO RESEMBLANCE TO MARKET WAGES. I ASK FOR EVERYONE'S SUPPORT ON THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 10:48:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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  • 10:48:21 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT AND MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.