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House Session - October 24, 2011
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  • 02:00:34 PM

    THE CLERK

    ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., OCTOBER 24, 2011. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE…

    ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., OCTOBER 24, 2011. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE ADRIAN SMITH TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, JOHN A. BOEHNER, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 02:00:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CHAPLAIN, REVEREND GONZALEZ, ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH, WASHINGTON, D.C.

  • 02:01:01 PM

    THE CHAPLAIN

    OF HISTORY AND OUR FATHER, YOU HAVE ANOUNTED THIS GREAT NATION TO BE THE…

    OF HISTORY AND OUR FATHER, YOU HAVE ANOUNTED THIS GREAT NATION TO BE THE PROMOTER OF FREEDOM, JUSTICE AND THE COMMON GOOD. YOU INSPIRED OUR FOUNDING FATHERS OF THE INCEPTION OF OUR REPUBLIC TO RECOGNIZE THAT MANKIND IS ENDOWED WITH SELF-EVIDENT AND UNALIENABLE RIGHTS WOULD REFLECT OUR UNIQUE STATUS CREATED IN YOUR IMAGE AND LIKENESS. WE BESEACH YOU TODAY AND ASK YOU TO POUR OUT YOUR HOLY SPIRIT UPON THE REPUBLIC AND THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SO THAT ALL THE LIBERATIONS AND DECISIONS OF THIS GOVERNING BODY MAY BE IN CONFORMITY WITH OUR GREAT CALL TO DEFEND THESE TRANSCENDENT RIGHTS AND THEREBY HELP BUILD A CIVILIZATION OF AUTHENTIC LOVE, JUSTICE AND PEACE. WE ASK US IN YOUR MOST HOLY AND ETERNAL NAME. AMEN.

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  • 02:02:25 PM

    MR. MCKINLEY

    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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  • 02:02:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:02:48 PM

    MR. MCKINLEY

    SPEAKER, I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:02:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:02:52 PM

    MR. MCKINLEY

    MR. SPEAKER, RECENTLY THE CIVIL CLUB IN WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA, HOSTED A…

    MR. SPEAKER, RECENTLY THE CIVIL CLUB IN WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA, HOSTED A FORUM ON EMPLOYING INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES. WITH MORE THAN 50 MILLION AMERICANS LIVING WITH DISABILITIES, I APPLAUD THE EFFORTS OF THE WHEELING CLUB FOR RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES THE TOOLS NECESSARY TO BE SUCCESSFUL. PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN CALLED FOR PEOPLE TO PROVIDE UNDERSTANDING AND ENCOURAGEMENT AND OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES LEAD PRODUCTIVE AND FULFILLING LIVES. AS AN INDIVIDUAL WITH A SIGNIFICANT HEARING IMPAIRMENT AND A GRANDFATHER WITH A CHILD OF SPECIAL NEEDS, I AM VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE HARDSHIPS OF OVERCOMING THE OBSTACLES OF DISABILITIES. DISABILITIES HAVE NO BOUNDARIES. THEY CUT ACROSS THE LINES OF RACIAL, ETHNIC, EDUCATIONAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS. AND CAN OCCUR IN ANY FAMILY. I ENCOURAGE US ALL TO LEARN ABOUT THE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO HAVE DISABILITIES AND TO RECOGNIZE THAT ALL OF US HAVE TALENTS AND ABILITIES CAN MAKE THIS A BETTER PLACE IN WHICH TO LIVE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:04:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:04:17 PM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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  • 02:04:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:04:25 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    LAST WEEK SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, KATHLEEN SEBELIUS,…

    LAST WEEK SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, ANNOUNCED DESPITE HER DEPARTMENT'S BEST EFFORTS WHAT IS KNOWN AS THE CLASS ACT IS NOT FISCALLY VIABLE AND WILL NOT BE IMPLEMENTED. THE CLASS ACT WOULD HAVE CREATED A LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE OPTION FOR EMPLOYEES, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, IT HAD BEEN CALLED A PONZI SCHEME OF THE FIRST ORDER. NOT MY WORDS. NOT EVEN MY GOVERNOR'S WORDS. THOSE ARE THE WORDS OF SENATOR CONREGARD, THE DEMOCRATIC SENATOR OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF BAD POLICY THAT WAS CAUSED BY THE RUSHED APPROACH TO CREATE AND PASS THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON REDUCING THE PRICE OF LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE, THE CLASS ACT WOULD HAVE COST AMERICANS MORE MONEY FOR THE CREATION OF YET ANOTHER FEDERAL PROGRAM. NOW, INCREDIBLY, THE CLASS ACT IS BEING ABANDONED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES BUT THE PRESIDENT REFUSES TO LET IT GO. WE'LL HAVE A HEARING ON IN MY COMMITTEE LATER THIS WEEK, THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE. MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN DO BETTER. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST DO BETTER. WE NEED TO REPEAL THIS HEALTH CARE LAW AND REPLACE IT WITH COMMONSENSE, MARKET-BASED SOLUTIONS THAT ENHANCE OUR MEDICAL SYSTEM, PUT THE PATIENT AT THE CENTER OF CARE AND DRIVE DOWN THE COST OF HEALTH CARE. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 02:05:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:05:50 PM

    MR. SABLAN

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

  • 02:05:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 02:05:56 PM

    MR. SABLAN

    MR. SPEAKER, WE RECENTLY CELEBRATED AN IMPORTANT ANNIVERSARY IN THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE RECENTLY CELEBRATED AN IMPORTANT ANNIVERSARY IN THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS FOR ONE OF OUR LONGEST SERVING SPIRITUAL LEADERS. REVEREND FATHER ISAAC HAS LED THE ISLAND FAITHFUL FOR 25 YEARS. IT IS THE FIRST ORDAINED PRIEST OF THE ISLAND OF ROTA. HE SERVES TODAY OF THE CATHEDRAL AND DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP FOR THE DIOCESE. HE HAD MANY MENTORS ON HIS WAY TO THE PRIESTHOOD IN PARTICULAR TO HIS PARENTS WHO SUPPORTED HIM. IN OUR FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY, PRIESTS ARE EVER IN DEMAND. HE CONDUCTS FUEL RALE RIGHTS FOR THE RECENTLY DEPARTED. HE HELPS THOSE HOMEBOUND. HE HAS MASS. OUTSIDE THESE TRADITIONAL DUTIES, HE HAS COMMUNITY FUNCTIONS WHERE THERE IS A LARGE FAMILY GATHERING, HE'S EXPECTED TO ATTEND. WHEN SOMEONE BUILDS A NEW HOME, HE'S CALLED UPON TO BLESS IT. FOR YOUR 25 YEARS IN THE PRIESTHOOD AND AS PART OF OUR DAILY LIVES, THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:07:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

  • 02:07:28 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. THIS IS TO NOTIFY YOU FORMALLY…

    THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. THIS IS TO NOTIFY YOU FORMALLY PURSUANT TO RULE 8 OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT I HAVE BEEN SERVED WITH A DISPOSITION -- DEPOSITION SUBPOENA FOR DOCUMENTS AND TESTIMONY BY THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS TO APPEAR AS A WITNESS IN A PENDING CIVIL LAWSUIT. AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL I HAVE DETERMINED THAT THE COMPLIANCE WITH THIS SUBPOENA IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE PRECEDENCE AND PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE. SIGNED SINCERELY, BRITTANY SEBERRY, REPRESENTATIVE JOHN CULBERSON.

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  • 02:08:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

  • 02:08:11 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, THIS IS TO…

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, THIS IS TO NOTIFY YOU FORMALLY PURSUANT TO RULE 8 OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT I HAVE BEEN SERVED WITH A DEPOSITION SUBPOENA FOR THE DOCUMENTS AND TESTIMONY BY THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS TO APPEAR AS A WITNESS IN A PENDING CIVIL LAWSUIT. AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL I HAVE DETERMINED THAT COMPLIANCE WITH THE SUBPOENA IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE PRECEDENCE AND PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE. SIGN SINCERELY, JOHN CULBERSON, MEMBER OF CONGRESS.

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  • 02:08:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE HOUSE WILL STAND IN RECESS SUBJECT…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE HOUSE WILL STAND IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR.

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  • 02:08:55 PM

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    GIVE MEMBERS MORE TIME TO RETURN FROM THEIR HOME DISTRICTS.

  • 04:16:27 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 441 AS AMENDED.

  • 04:16:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:16:35 PM

    THE CLERK

    CALENDAR NUMBER 103, H.R. 441, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE…

    CALENDAR NUMBER 103, H.R. 441, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO ISSUE PERMITS FOR A MICROHYDROPROJECT IN WILDERNESS AREAS WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF DINALI NATIONAL PARK AND RESERVE FROM TOURISM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 04:17:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. NAPOLITANO, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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  • 04:17:10 PM

    MR. YOUNG

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS UNDER THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 04:17:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:17:23 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    H.R. 441, THE ACT, WILL AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO ISSUE…

    H.R. 441, THE ACT, WILL AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO ISSUE PERMITS FOR A MICROHYDRO PROJECT WITHIN THE DENALI NATIONAL PARK. IT WILL FACILITATE A SMALL LAND EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE WHICH OWNS AND OPERATES THE FACILITIES THAT WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OPPOSED MICROHYDRO PROJECT. AT THE REQUEST OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, THIS WILL ALLOW THE PARK SERVICE TO ADMIT SIMILAR PROJECTS THAT MAY EXIST IN THE FUTURE. ROUGHLY HOME SIX ACHES OF OF LAND WILL BE AFFECTED. IT'S ONE OF THE 13 ALASKA NATIONAL NATIVE REGIONAL CORPORATIONS FORMED UNDER THE ALASKA NATIVE LAND CLAIM SETTLEMENT ACT. CURRENTLY THE FACILITIES AT CAN TITCH IN A WHICH ARE LOCATED IN THE 90MAN MILE PARK ROAD ARE OPERATED OFF OF DIESEL FUEL. NOT BEING CONNECTED TO ANY GRID SYSTEM, THE ROAD HOUSE MUST PRODUCE ALL OF ITS ENERGY ON SITE. THIS MEANS TRUCKING THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF DIESEL FUEL OVER THE PARK ROAD. INJURIES CREATED BY THIS MICROHYDRO PROJECT COULD CUT THE ROAD HOUSE'S DIESEL USAGE IN HALF AND REDUCE THE NEED OF THESE TRIPS. DOWN THE ROAD AT THE NEW VISITOR CENTER, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE OPERATES A SIMILAR PROJECT TO GREAT SUCCESS AND THE ROAD HOUSE SEEMS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SIMILAR TECHNOLOGY TO RID THEIR RELIANCE ON COSTLY DIESEL FUEL. WORKING WITH BOTH THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND WE HAVE BEFORE US A BILL THAT WAS CRAFTED IN A TRULY COLLABORATIVE FASHION THAT IS A WIN-WIN THAT LOWERS THE FOSSIL FUEL USE IN THE PARK AND LOWERS THE COST FOR THE LODGE OPERATORS AND PROTECTS PARK RESOURCES. I URGE THE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:19:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:19:10 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

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

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

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  • 04:19:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:19:16 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 04:19:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED. NAP THAP THANK YOU, --

  • 04:20:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

  • 04:20:34 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    JUST URGE THE PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

    JUST URGE THE PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:20:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 04:20:43 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE SUPPORT H.R. 441 AND I ALSO SEND BACK MY TIME.

  • 04:20:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 441 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 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 UPON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:21:24 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 295 AS AMENDED.

  • 04:21:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:21:33 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO AMEND A HYDROGRAPHIC SERVICES IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 1998, TO AUTHORIZE…

    TO AMEND A HYDROGRAPHIC SERVICES IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 1998, TO AUTHORIZE FUNDS TO ACQUIRE HYDROGRAPHIC DATA AND PROVIDE HYDROGRAPHIC SERVICES SPECIFIC TO THE ARCTIC FOR SAFE NAVIGATION. DELINEATING THE UNITED STATES EXTENDED CONTINENTAL SHELF AND THE MONITORING AND DESCRIPTION OF COASTAL CHANGES.

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  • 04:21:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. NAPOLITANO, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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  • 04:22:05 PM

    MR. YOUNG

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

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNCONSIDERATION.

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  • 04:22:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:22:17 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    H.R. 295 WOULD USE EXISTING AUTHORIZED APPROPRIATION AND HYDROGRAPHIC…

    H.R. 295 WOULD USE EXISTING AUTHORIZED APPROPRIATION AND HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 1998 FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012 TO FUND SURVEYS AND MAPPING ACTIVITIES IN THE ARCTIC. CURRENTLY THESE HYDROGRAPHIC DATA, EXCUSE ME, CURRENTLY BASED HYDROGRAPHIC DATA IN THE ARCTIC IS INADEQUATE AND NOT SUFFICIENT TO SUPPORT FUTURE MARINE ACTIVITIES. THE LAST SURVEY HAVING OCCURRED MORE THAN 60 YEARS AGO AFTER WORLD WAR II AND WITH OTHER AREAS NOT HAVING BEEN SURVEYED SINCE THE 1800, THERE'S A LOT OF WORK TO DO. AS WE ALL KNOW, THE ARCTIC HAS BECOME THE FOCUS OF MANY OF ITS SURROUNDING NATIONS TO DETERMINE OWNERSHIP OF THE SEABED AND ANY POTENTIAL ENERGY SOURCES IN THE AREA. IN ADDITION TO A LACK OF SEA ICE, OPENING UP SHIPPING ROUTES TO VESSELS. H.R. 295 IS AN EFFORT TO MOVE THIS PROCESS FORWARD. THIS BILL IS NECESSARY TO EMPHASIZE THE NEED FOR THE EASY TO COLLECT HYDROGRAPHIC DATA AND PROVIDE HYDROGRAPHIC SERVICES IN THE ARCTIC REGION. LAST CONGRESS SIMILAR LEGISLATION PASSED OUT OF THE HOUSE BY A ROLL CALL OF 420-0 AND THIS YEAR I ALSO URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:23:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:23:32 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

  • 04:23:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:23:37 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 04:23:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:23:41 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 295 AS AMENDED WHICH WOULD…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 295 AS AMENDED WHICH WOULD AMEND THE HYDROGRAPHIC SERVICES IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 1998 TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS SPECIFICALLY FOR THE ACQUISITION OF HYDROGRAPHIC DATA IN COASTAL CHANGE ANALYSIS IN THE ARCTIC OCEAN. AGAIN, I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE FOR THIS FORWARD-LOOKING PIECE OF LEGISLATION. WE SOMETIMES IGNORE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT WILL HELP US BE ABLE TO GAUGE WHERE THE REST OF THE WORLD IS GOING TO BE IN REGARD TO CHANGES IN THE ATMOSPHERE, ETC. AND SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE DOES SHOW MELTING ARCTIC ICE SEA -- SEA ICE, SORRY, IS DRASTICALLY CHANGING THE ARCTIC LANDSCAPE. THE COLLECTION OF DATA AUTHORIZED BY THIS BILL WOULD HELP NOAA DELINEATE THE U.S. EXTENDED CONTINENTAL SHELF, MONITOR COASTAL AND ICE PACK CHANGES AND ALSO PROVIDE INFORMATION SO CRITICAL TO INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE, TO OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE AND TO OUR NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN THAT AREA. I AGAIN COMMEND AND THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN YOUNG FROM ALASKA, FOR INTRODUCING THE BILL AND I DO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:24:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:24:55 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I HAVE NO REQUESTS FOR ANY SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

    I HAVE NO REQUESTS FOR ANY SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:24:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. NAP THAP THANK…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. NAP THAP THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, SINCE I DO NOT HAVE ANY SPEAKERS.

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  • 04:25:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 295 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE OF H.R. 441 IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:25:41 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1160 AS AMENDED.

  • 04:25:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:25:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO CONVEY THE MCKINNEY LAKE…

    TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO CONVEY THE MCKINNEY LAKE NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY TO THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 04:25:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. NAPOLITANO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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  • 04:26:08 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    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 AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNCONSIDERATION.

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  • 04:26:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:26:22 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 04:26:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:26:27 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    THIS BILL WOULD TRANSFER TITLE TO 422 ACRES OF LAND FOR THE FISH AND…

    THIS BILL WOULD TRANSFER TITLE TO 422 ACRES OF LAND FOR THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, FROM THE FISH AND WILDLIFE TO THE NORTH CAROLINA WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION. THE COMMISSION HAS BEEN EFFECTIVELY MANAGED SINCE 1998, ON AN UNDERSTANDING WITH THE SERVICE. THEY HAVE BEEN PROVIDING ANGERS WITH 150,000 CATFISH EACH YEAR. BOTH THE STATE AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TESTIFIED IN SUPPORT OF THIS CONVEYANCE. I NOTE THAT CONGRESS HAS PREVIOUSLY CONVEYED 10 NATIONAL FISH HATCHERIES TO VARIOUS STATES AND KNEW MISS IT -- MUNICIPALITIES. I DO ADOPT -- URGE THE ADOPTION OF THIS MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:27:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:27:10 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

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

  • 04:27:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:27:15 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

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

  • 04:27:20 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1160, AS AMENDED, WHICH WOULD CONVEY THE…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1160, AS AMENDED, WHICH WOULD CONVEY THE MCKINNEY LAKE NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY TO THE NORTH CAROLINA WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION FOR THE PURPOSES OF FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT. THIS WOULD ALLOW FOR THE CONTINUED OPERATION OF THE HATCHERY AND THE IMPORTANT ROLE IT PLAYS IN THE STATE'S URBAN FISHING PROGRAM AND IN ADDRESSING THE RESTORATION OR RECOVERY NEEDS OF AQUATIC RESOURCES HELD IN PUBLIC TRUST. AND AS WE'VE HEARD BEFORE, WITH THE WARMING OF THE OCEANS, WE ARE IN CRITICAL NEED OF HELPING THE -- CONSERVE OUR FISHING INDUSTRY. TO ME THIS IS A CRITICAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I DO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN KISSEL FROM NORTH CAROLINA, FOR INTRODUCING HIS BILL WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY HIS STATE, HIS ADMINISTRATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:28:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:28:13 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I RESERVE -- HAVE ANOTHER SPEAKER, DO YOU NOT? I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY…

    I RESERVE -- HAVE ANOTHER SPEAKER, DO YOU NOT? I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:28:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. NAP THAP THANK…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. NAP THAP THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER --

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  • 04:28:21 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO YIELD TO MR. KISSEL FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO YIELD TO MR. KISSEL FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 04:28:27 PM

    MR. KISSELL

    TO THANK, MR. SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING TIME. I DO RISE IN…

    TO THANK, MR. SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING TIME. I DO RISE IN SUPPORT, STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1160, THE MCKINNEY LAKE NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY CONVEYANCE ACT. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, RANKING MEMBER AND STAFF OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE FOR HELPING US PUT THIS BILL TOGETHER. ALSO WANT TO COUNT -- THANK THOSE FROM THE NORTH CAROLINA WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION AND THOSE FROM THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. IT ALSO HELPED MY STAFF IN PUTTING THIS TOGETHER. IT SAID THE MCKINNEY LAKE FISH HATCHERY IS A 422 ACRES LOCATED IN SOUTH CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA , NEAR HOFFMAN, NORTH CAROLINA. IT CONSISTS OF 23 PONDS WITH THE MAIN LAKE BEING MCKINNEY LAKE. IT COVERS THE WATER RESOURCES THERE COVER 18 ACRES. THIS EFFORT WAS FIRST STARTED IN THE MID 1990'S BUT DUE TO STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS ON THE DAM OF MCKINNEY LAKE ITSELF, THE CONVEYANCE WAS UNABLE TO BE COMPLETED AND AS ALSO MENTIONED THERE'S BEEN A SERIES OF M.O.A.'S BETWEEN THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE AND THE NORTH CAROLINA WILDLIFE COMMISSION. IN THE MEANTIME, THOSE STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN SATISFIED, THEY'RE NO LONGER AN ISSUE AND WE'RE READY TO PROCEED WITH THIS. IT HAS BEEN BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, WITH 10 OF OUR COLLEAGUES FROM NORTH CAROLINA CO-SPONSORING THIS BILL AND BOTH SENATORS FROM NORTH CAROLINA HAVE SIGNED OFF ON SIMILAR LEGISLATION IN THE SENATE. THE PRIME PURPOSE AND USE OF THE FISH HATCHERY NOW IS IN THE COMMUNITY FISHING PROGRAM THAT'S SPONSORED BY THE NORTH CAROLINA WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION, TAKING FINGERLING SIZE FISH THAT ARE GROWN HERE IN THE HATCHERY THROUGHOUT NORTH CAROLINA TO PONDS AND LAKES AND COMMUNITIES AND ALLOWING PEOPLE FROM NORTH CAROLINA WHO MAY NOT HAVE ACCESS OTHERWISE TO COME IN AND ENJOY THE PLEASURES OF FISHING, ESPECIALLY PROUD OF THE EFFORTS THAT ARE MADE FOR THOSE THAT MIGHT HAVE TROUBLE WITH HANDICAPS, IT ALLOWS THEM ACCESS TO FISHING AND ALSO PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO GET OUR CHILDREN INVOLVED AND TO GROW UP KNOWING THE PLEASURES OF FISHING. ONCE AGAIN THIS IS A WIN-WIN SITUATION FOR ALL THOSE INVOLVED. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:31:05 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

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

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  • 04:31:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

  • 04:31:11 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:31:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1160, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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  • 04:31:34 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 04:31:36 PM

    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 WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED -- AND WILL REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 AND THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:32:03 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 461 AS AMENDED.

  • 04:32:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:32:14 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO CONVEY CERTAIN FEDERAL FEATURES…

    TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO CONVEY CERTAIN FEDERAL FEATURES OF THE ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM TO THE SOUTH UTAH VALLEY ELECTRIC SERVICE DISTRICT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 04:32:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. NAPOLITANO, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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  • 04:32:34 PM

    MR. YOUNG

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 04:32:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:32:48 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 04:32:52 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    H.R. 461, SPONSORED BY CONGRESSMAN JASON CHAFFETZ OF UTAH, CONVEYS THE…

    H.R. 461, SPONSORED BY CONGRESSMAN JASON CHAFFETZ OF UTAH, CONVEYS THE CONVEYANCE LINES TO A LOCAL ENTITY. IT INVOLVES AN OWNERSHIP CONFUSION THAT WILL LEAD TO MORE EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF THE PROJECT. SO-CALLED TITLE TRANSFERS IS A PROMISING ONE. THEY PLACE PROJECTS UNDER LOCAL CONTROL. THEY REDUCE FEDERAL PAPERWORK AND PROVIDE INSTANT OWNERSHIP EQUITY TO LEVERAGE PRIVATE FINANCING DOLLARS. THESE BENEFITS WILL ALL BE ACHIEVED WITHOUT A COST TO THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER. THIS BILL IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF A WIN-WIN SCENARIO. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:33:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:33:36 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

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

  • 04:33:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:33:41 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 04:33:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:33:45 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    THANK YOU, H.R. 461, AS THE MAJORITY MENTIONED, WILL TRANSFER TITLE OF AN…

    THANK YOU, H.R. 461, AS THE MAJORITY MENTIONED, WILL TRANSFER TITLE OF AN ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM BUREAU OF RECLAMATION TO THE SOUTH UTAH VALLEY ELECTRIC SERVICE. THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM ALREADY OPERATES AND MAINTAINS THE EXISTING FACILITIES. THE ACT WOULD ELIMINATE THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION'S OBLIGATIONS TO OVERSEE THE MAINTENANCE OF THIS DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND TO ADMINISTER THE ASSOCIATED LANDS. THE STRAWBERRY RECLAMATION PROJECT IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THE IMPORTANT ROLE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS PLAYED IN HELPING TO SPUR THE ECONOMY OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN THE WEST. WITHOUT RECLAMATIONS' INVOLVEMENT, YEARS AGO IT'S HIGHLY UNLIKELY THAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO TRANSFER THESE FACILITIES TO THE LOCAL ENTITIES TODAY. SO I COMMEND MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ FROM UTAH, FOR SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT HELPS THE AREA SO WELL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I'M SORRY. RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:34:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES HER TIME.

  • 04:34:49 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    AT IT THIS TIME I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    AT IT THIS TIME I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CHAFFETZ, FOR WHATEVER TIME HE MAY USE.

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  • 04:34:59 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 461, THE SOUTH UTAH VALLEY ELECTRIC…

    YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 461, THE SOUTH UTAH VALLEY ELECTRIC CONVEYANCE ACT OF 2011. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIR AND THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE FOR ADVANCING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOMPLET IT WOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT GOOD SUPPORT AND CONSIDERATION ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. FOR THAT I'M VERY GRATEFUL. THE SOUTH UTAH VALLEY ELECTRIC CONVEYANCE ACT WOULD HAVE A DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM THAT WAS SPONSORED BY THE STRAWBERRY VALLEY PROJECT. CONSTRUCTION OF THE STRAWBERRY VALLEY PROJECT BEGAN IN 1906 AND CURRENTLY INCLUDES THE STRAWBERRY DAM AND RESERVOIR, DIVERSION DAMS, CANALES AND A 206-MILE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM. SINCE 1906, LOCAL AND PRIVATE PARTNERS HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION, MANAGEMENT AND OWNERSHIP OF THE STRAWBERRY VALLEY PROJECT. CURRENTLY THE NONFEDERAL SOUTH UTAH VALLEY SPECIAL SERVICE DISTRICT OWNS THE DISTRICT. THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION CLAIMED THAT THEYRY MAINED TITLED TO THE UNITED STATES. THIS DISCREPANCY EXISTS DUE TO THE CONSTRUCTION THAT OCCURRED BEFORE AND AFTER 1940 REPAYMENT AGREEMENT. THE BUREAU HAS NOT YET QUANTIFIED HOW MUCH THIS SYSTEM HAD IT ACTUALLY OWNED BUT PREDICTED THAT AN INVENTORY WOULD TAKE MULTIPLE YEARS AND BE VERY COSTLY TO TAXPAYERS. THE SOUTH UTAH ELECTRIC CONVEYANCE ACT WOULD ALLOW TRANSFER TO ALLOW THIS OWNERSHIP UNCERTAINTY BY TRANSFERRING TITLE TO THE ENTIRE SYSTEM TO THE DISTRICT THE BUREAU WOULD DIVEST ITSELF OF FUTURE LIABILITY WHILE PROVIDING THE SERVICE WITH GREATER CERTAINTY AND AUTONOMY IN DAY-TO-DAY AND LONG-TERM OPERATIONS. TITLE TRANSFERS ARE NONCONTROVERSIAL AND COMMON PRACTICE. SINCE 1996, PORTIONS OF 26 BUREAU OF RECLAMATION PROJECTS HAD BEEN TRANSFERRED TO PRIVATE PROJECTS. THEY BENEFIT BOTH PARTIES. WHEN THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE MOVED THIS TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IT STATED, IT BENEFITS BOTH LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, END QUOTE. FURTHER, LEGISLATION IS IN LINE WITH THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION'S 1995 FRAMEWORK FOR TRANSFER OF TITLE. THIS POLICY DOCUMENTED OUTLINES CRITERIA NEEDED FOR THE TRANSFERS IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD. NUMBER ONE, THE FEDERAL TREASURY AND THE TAXPAYERS' INTEREST MISSISSIPPI BE -- MISSISSIPPI BE MAINTAINED. AGREEMENTS MUST BE PROTECTED. THE NATIVE AMERICAN TRUST RESPONSIBILITIES MUST BE MET. NUMBER FIVE, TREATY OBLIGATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS MUST BE FULFILLED. AND NUMBER SIX, THE PUBLIC ASPECTS OF THE PROJECT MUST BE PROTECTED. THE SOUTH VALLEY UTAH ELECTRIC CONVEYANCE ACT IS IN LINE WITH THE BUREAU'S FRAMEWORK. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN HASTINGS AND THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE FOR ADVANCING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR AND HELP FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THE SOUTH VALLEY ELECTRIC CONVEYANCE ACT IS BOTH BENEFICIAL TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE LOCALITIES. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:38:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA WISH TO RESERVE?

  • 04:38:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:38:14 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO SPEAKERS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 04:38:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK.

  • 04:38:20 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 04:38:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 461 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA EEK RECOGNITION? -- SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:38:54 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 818.

  • 04:38:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:39:00 PM

    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 163, H.R. 818, A BILL SDREKTSDREKT -- DRICTDRICT --…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 163, H.R. 818, A BILL SDREKTSDREKT -- DRICTDRICT -- TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO CONVEY CERTAIN FEDERAL FEATURES OF THE ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM TO THE SOUTH UTAH VALLEY ELECTRIC SERVICE DISTRICT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES -- A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO ALLOW FOR PREPAYMENT OF REPAYMENT CONTRACTS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE UINTAH WATER CONSERVANCY DISTRICT.

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  • 04:39:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. NAPOLITANO, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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  • 04:39:37 PM

    MR. YOUNG

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

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

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  • 04:39:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:39:43 PM

    MR. YOUNG

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

  • 04:39:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:39:47 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    WOULD ALOY PREPAYMENT THAT CAN BENEFIT LOCAL WATER UTILITIES BECAUSE IT…

    WOULD ALOY PREPAYMENT THAT CAN BENEFIT LOCAL WATER UTILITIES BECAUSE IT RELIEVES OF INTEREST COSTS AND SOME REGULATORY BURDENS. THIS CONCEPT IS SIMILAR TO GIVING A FAMILY TO PREPAY THEIR MORTGAGE AND OTHER DEBTS TO SAVE COMPOUNDED INTEREST COSTS. IT'S ALSO IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS SINCE IT WILL FACILITATE THE REVENUES TO THE U.S. TREASURY. I URGE THE ADOPTION OF THIS MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:40:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:40:13 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

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

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

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  • 04:40:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:40:20 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

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

  • 04:40:24 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 818 SPONSORED BY OUR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 818 SPONSORED BY OUR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN MATHESON, WOULD ALLOW THE UINTAH WATER CONSERVANCY DISTRICT IN UTAH TO PREPAY, THAT MEANS TO PAY AHEAD OF TIME, FOR ANYBODY THAT REALLY UNDERSTANDS THE PREPAY, THE DEBT OWED TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE UNIT. AT A TIME WHEN OUR COUNTRY IS WATCHING OUR DOLLARS AND CENTS, H.R. 818 IS THE LEGISLATION THAT DOES MAKE VERY MUCH CREDIBLE SENSE. THE WATER DISTRICT WOULD HAVE THE OPTION TO PAY THEIR LOAN EARLY. WHAT A NOFBLE CONCEPT. AND -- NOVEL CONCEPT. AND HAVE LOWER INTEREST RATES TO THEIR CUSTOMERS. WHAT A NOVEL CONCEPT. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD BE ABLE TO USE THAT FOR DEBT REDUCTION OR WHATEVER ELSE IS NEEDED. I DO COMMEND CONGRESSMAN MATHESON OF UTAH FOR HIS EFFORTS IN MOVING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD. IDENTICAL LEGISLATION PASSED THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY IN THE 111TH CONGRESS. I ASK THAT MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:41:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

  • 04:41:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

  • 04:41:34 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    I YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN MATHESON FROM UTAH.

  • 04:41:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:41:38 PM

    MR. MATHESON

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 818 WOULD DISTRICT THE…

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 818 WOULD DISTRICT THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO ALLOW FOR PREPAYMENT OF REPAYMENT CONTRACTS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE UINTAH WATER CONSERVANCY DISTRICT. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN HASTINGS AND MCCLINTOCK AND RANKING MEMBER HASTINGS AND NAPOLITANO FOR MOVING THIS BILL THROUGH THE RESOURCES COMMITTEE. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE BILL THAT PROMOTES COMMONSENSE RESPONSIBILITY. ALLOWING THE WATER CONSERVANCY DISTRICT TO PAY ITS DEBT OBLIGATIONS BACK EARLY AND IN A TIMELY MANNER IS WHAT WE LIKE TO CALL A WIN-WIN. IT'S FINANCIALLY BENEFICIAL TO LOCAL AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS ALIKE. IT WOULD ALLOW THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO SELF-GOVERN, BE ABLE TO PAY OFF THEIR LOAN EARLY AND SAVE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN INTEREST PAYMENTS. IT WOULD LOWER COSTS TO WATER USERS, VERY IMPORTANT AS WE GROW OUT OF THE CURRENT ECONOMIC RECESSION AND HAVE WAYS TO HAVE MUCH-NEEDED DEVELOPMENT. IT WOULD ALLOW PREPAYMENT TO THE FEDERAL TREASURY. AS WE ENCOURAGE BEST PRACTICES AND GOOD GOVERNMENT POLICIES, ALLOWING FOR PREPAYMENT IS A GOOD MODEL TO FOLLOW. IN ADDITION, I BELIEVE THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO HELP RURAL COMMUNITIES PRIORITIZE AND IMPLEMENT BEST PRACTICES TO UTILIZE SCARCE RESOURCES IN AN EFFORT TO MEET RURAL WATER DEMANDS AND A -- IN A COST-EFFECTIVE AND FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE MANNER. I'D LIKE TO POINT THERE IS PREPAYMENT FOR REPAYMENT CONTRACTS. H.R. 818 IS SIMILAR TO LEGISLATION USED BY THE CENTRAL UTAH WATER CONVERVEANSY DISTRICT WHICH ALLOW FOR REPAYMENT OF THE PREPAYMENT CONTRACTS FOR THE BONNAVILLE UNIT. IT SAVED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS, ALLOWING THEM TO CONSIDER TIME AND COST SAVINGS TO MANAGING AN IMPORTANT RESOURCE IN MY STATE. THIS BILL, H.R. 818, THE SAME BILL PASSED THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY IN THE 111TH CONGRESS. IT'S ALSO THIS CONGRESS BEEN REINTRODUCED IN THE SENATE BY MY-COUNT PARTS IN THE UTAH DELEGATION, SENATORS HATCH AND LEE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN PASSING THIS BILL ONCE AGAIN. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:43:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

  • 04:43:55 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, BUT I WOULD URGE MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, BUT I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:44:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

  • 04:44:07 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 04:44:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 818. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, AND THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:44:36 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 320.

  • 04:44:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:44:41 PM

    THE CLERK

    BILL.

  • 04:44:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. NAPOLITANO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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    MR. YOUNG

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 04:45:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. YOUNG

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. YOUNG YNG I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN --

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    MR. YOUNG

    I WANT TO THANK THE CONGRESS MOTHER FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL IN HONOR OF…

    I WANT TO THANK THE CONGRESS MOTHER FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL IN HONOR OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES WHO HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS. A NEW MEMORIAL WAS DEDICATED OCTOBER 27, 2010, AS MARSHFIELD AIR MUSEUM. WITH THE LEGISLATION THAT THE MEMORIAL WILL BE DESIGNATED AS THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS NATIONAL MEMORIAL. THIS DESIGNATION HONORS THOSE PATRIOTS AND DOES NOT REQUIRE OR PERMIT THE EXPENDITURE OF ANY FEDERAL DOLLARS. I URGE THE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:45:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. NAPOLITANO

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

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

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    MRS. NAPOLITANO

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

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    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE RECIPIENTS OF THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE RECIPIENTS OF THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS INCLUDE CAPTAIN CHARLES LINDBERG, COMMANDER RICHARD BYRD, AMELIA EARHART AND CAPTAIN MARK KELLY AND YOU MIGHT KNOW WHO CAPTAIN MARK KELLY IS BECAUSE HE HAD HIS MEDAL PINNED BY HIS WIFE, OUR DEAR COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE GABBY GIFFORDS. ALL OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE RECEIVED THIS MEDAL ARE AMERICAN HEROES AND THE MARSHFIELD AIR MUSEUM IS TO BE COMMENDED FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO ESTABLISH A MEMORIAL HONORING THESE INDIVIDUALS. ON OUR SIDE WE WOULD LIKELY SUPPORT SOME FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT BUT KNOWING OUR STATUS ON OUR BUDGETARY PROBLEMS AND OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVE WRITTEN THE BILL TO PROHIBIT FEDERAL SUPPORT. NEVERTHELESS WE DO WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT H.R. 320. I COMMEND MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR INTRODUCING THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, TO RECOGNIZE ALL OUR HEROES AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:47:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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    MR. YOUNG

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CALVERT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CALVERT

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 320, A BILL TO DESIGNATE A NATIONAL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 320, A BILL TO DESIGNATE A NATIONAL DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS MEMORIAL IN RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA. I THANK MY FRIEND, MR. YOUNG, AND MRS. NAPOLITANO, FOR MANAGING THE BILL TODAY. I'M HONORED TO REPRESENT THE EMPIRE CHAPEL TER OF THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS SOCIETY WHICH IS THE PRIMARY SPONSOR OF THIS MEMORIAL. THE MEMORIAL HONORS ALL CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES WHO HAVE AWARDED -- HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS. IN THE 111TH CONGRESS I INTRODUCED H.R. 2788 WHICH PASSED THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY AND TODAY I STAND AGAIN IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 320 WHICH WOULD DESIGNATE A MEMORIAL AT MARSHFIELD AIR MUSEUM AS THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS NATIONAL MEMORIAL. THE LEGISLATION IS SUPPORTED BY THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS SOCIETY. THE MILITARY OFFICER'S ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, THE AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION, THE AIR FORCE SERGEANT'S ASSOCIATION, THE ASSOCIATION OF NAVAL AVIATION, THE VIETNAM HELICOPTERS PILOTS ASSOCIATION, THE CHINA, BURMA, INDIAN VETERANS ASSOCIATION. I'D LIKE TO POINT OUT THE LANGUAGE IN THE BILL SPECIFICALLY STATES THAT THE DESIGNATION SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED TO REQUIRE OR PERMIT FEDERAL FUNDS TO BE EXPENDED FOR ANY PURPOSE RELATED TO THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL. FUNDS HAVE BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE RAISED THROUGH PRIVATE MEANS FOR THESE PURPOSES. THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS RECIPIENTS HAVE RECEIVED THIS PRESTIGIOUS MEDAL FOR THEIR HEROISM, EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENT, WHILE PARTICIPATING IN AERIAL FLIGHT WHILE SERVING IN ANY CAPACITY WITH THE U.S. ARMED FORCES. THERE ARE MANY WELL-KNOWN PEOPLE THAT HAVE PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN THE HISTORY OF MILITARY AVIATION AND HAVE RECEIVED THE AWARD. AS WAS PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED, THIS RENOWNED GROUP INCLUDES CAPTAIN CHARLES L. LINDBERG, FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH, BRIGADIER GENERAL JIMMY DOOLITTLE, GENERAL CURTIS LAMAY, SENATOR MCCAIN, JIMMY STEWART, ADMIRAL JIM STCKTO, JUST TO NAME A FEW. THE BASE IS ADJACENT TO THE LOCATION OF THE MEMORIAL OF MARCH AIR MUSEUM. VISITERS ARE ABLE TO WITNESS ACTIVE OPERATIONAL AIR UNITS, PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR OUR TROOPS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. WHICH IS AN APPROPRIATE SETTING THAT HONORS THE MANY AVEATERS WHO HAVE DISTINGUISHED THEMSELVES BY -- AVEATERS WHO HAVE DISTINGUISHED THEMSELVES BY THESE PERFORMED AND AERIAL FLIGHTS. I'D LIKE TO THANK THOSE WHO WORKED TIRELESSLY TO MAKE SURE THIS MEMORIAL IS BUILT AND PROPERLY DESIGNATED, IN HONOR OF THE DISTINGUISHED AVIATORS HAVE THANK HAVE SERVED THIS GREAT NATION. PARTICULARLY I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE JIM CHAPLAIN, HIS LATE WIFE TRISH, DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS SOCIETY PRESIDENT CHUCK SWEENEY AND THE SOCIETY'S HISTORIAN, DR. BARRY LAMBEN. WHO HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENT NAL THIS EFFORT. AGAIN, I HOPE YOU'LL JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE DESIGNATION OF THE NATIONAL DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS MEMORIAL AT THE MARCHFIELD AIR MUSEUM AND SUPPORT H.R. 320 AND THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:50:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA WISH TO RESERVE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA VOICED.

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    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I JUST WANT TO URGE OUR -- BOTH SIDES TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I JUST WANT TO URGE OUR -- BOTH SIDES TO SUPPORT H.R. 320 BUT AT THE SAME TIME I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK OUR MAJORITY AND OUR MINORITY -- NOT ONLY OUR MEMBERS BUT THE STAFF, THEY'VE DONE A VERY WONDERFUL JOB IN HELPING US PUT THIS STUFF TOGETHER. AND PUTTING UP WITH US. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:50:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 320. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED.

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  • 04:51:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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    MR. YOUNG

    MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I DEMAND THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE IN QUESTION -- ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE IN QUESTION -- ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THE VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18

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  • 04:52:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2594.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 151, H.R. 2594, A BILL TO PROHIBIT OPERATIONS OF…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 151, H.R. 2594, A BILL TO PROHIBIT OPERATIONS OF CIVIL AIRCRAFT OF THE UNITED STATES FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE EUROPEAN UNION'S EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 04:52:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. PETRI, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. PETRI, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. BROWN, WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 04:52:47 PM

    MR. PETRI

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL BEFORE US, H.R. 2594.

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  • 04:52:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. PETRI

    SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD…

    SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD THE EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE CONCERNING H.R. 2594.

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  • 04:53:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. PETRI

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. PETRI

    RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL BEFORE US, H.R. 2594, THE EUROPEAN UNION…

    RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL BEFORE US, H.R. 2594, THE EUROPEAN UNION EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME PROHIBITION ACT OF 2011. STARTING IN JANUARY OF 2012 THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL BEGIN TO UNILATERALLY APPLY ITS EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME TO CIVIL AVIATION OPERATORS LANDING IN OR DEPARTING FROM ONE OF THE E.U. MEMBER STATES. UNDER THE EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME, E.U. MEMBER STATES WILL REQUIRE INTERNATIONAL AIR CARRIERS TO -- AND OPERATORS TO PAY FOR EMISSION ALLOWANCES AND IN SOME CASES PENALTIES FOR CARBON EMISSIONS. THE SCHEME WILL APPLY TO THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE FLIGHT, INCLUDING THOSE PARTS OF THE FLIGHT OUTSIDE THE E.U. AIR SPACE. FOR INSTANCE, A FLIGHT LEAVING LOS ANGELES FOR LONDON, TAXES WOULD BE LEV IDEA NOT JUST ON THE PORTION OF THE FLIGHT OVER THE UNITED NATIONS, BUT ALSO -- UNITED KINGDOM, BUT ALSO FOR THE PORTIONS OF THE FLIGHT OVER THE UNITED STATES SOVEREIGN SOIL AND THE HIGH SEAS. ON SEPTEMBER 30, 21 COUNTRIES, INCLUDING THE U.S., SIGNED A JOINT DECLARATION AGAINST THE E.U. EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME IN NEW DELHI, INDIA. DESPITE SERIOUS LEGAL ISSUES OF OBJECTIONS BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, THE E.U. IS PRESSING AHEAD WITH ITS PLANS. THE BILL BEFORE US WILL PROHIBIT U.S. AIRCRAFT OPERATORS FROM PARTICIPATING IN THIS ILLEGAL SCHEME PUT FORWARD UNILATERALLY BY THE E.U. THE EUROPEAN UNION'S UNILATERAL APPLICATION OF THE SCHEME ONTO U.S. FLAG OPERATORS WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT RAISES SIGNIFICANT LEGAL CONCERNS UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW, INCLUDING VIOLATIONS OF THE CHICAGO CONVENTION AND THE U.S.-E.U. AIR TRANSPORTATION AGREEMENT. THERE ARE ALSO CONCERNS THAT THE EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME IS NOTHING MORE THAN A REVENUE RAZOR FOR E.U. MEMBER STATES, SO THERE'S NO REQUIREMENT THAT E.U. MEMBER STATES MUST USE THE FUNDS FOR ANYTHING RELATED TO THE REDUCTION OF CARBON DIOXIDE PROJECTION BUT I -- BY THIS CIVIL AVIATION SECTOR. THE EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME WILL EXTRACT MONEY FROM THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY THAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE INVESTED IN NEXTGEN TECHNOLOGIES AND THE PURCHASE OF NEW AIRCRAFT. JUST TWO PROVEN METHODS FOR IMPROVING ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE. IN ADDITION, THE SCHEME WOULD INTRODUCE A NEW COMMODITIES MARKET INTO THE COST STRUCTURE FOR AIRLINES. GIVEN THE HAVOC, FLUCTUATING OIL MARKETS HAVE PLAYED ON THE U.S. AIRLINE INDUSTRY, DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO SUBJECT THE STRUGGLING AIRLINE INDUSTRY TO ANOTHER COMMODITIES MARKET THAT IS VULNERABLE TO SPECULATION. ACCORDING TO THE AIR TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATIONS TESTIMONY BEFORE THE AVIATION SUBCOMMITTEE THIS JULY, THE EXTRACTION OF CAPITAL FROM THE AVIATION SYSTEM IS ENVISIONED UNDER THE E.U. ADMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME COULD THREATEN AS MANY AS 78,000, -- 78,500 U.S. JOBS. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. FINALLY, THERE ARE CONSIDERABLE CONCERNS ABOUT THE PROLIFERATION OF E.U. MEMBER STATES' ECOCHARGES BEING PUT IN PLACE ON TOP OF THE EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME. QUESTIONS HAVE ARISEN AS TO WHETHER THE ECOCHARGES ARE CONSISTENT WITH U.S. MEMBER STATES' OBLIGATIONS UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW AND WHETHER SOME OF THESE CHARGES MAY IN EFFECT BE DOUBLE CHARGES FOR THE SAME EMISSIONS THE E.U. INTENDS TO REGULATE UNDER THE EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME. GIVEN ALL OF THESE CONCERNS, WE BELIEVE THAT THE EUROPEAN UNION NEEDS TO SLOW DOWN, CAREFULLY WEIGHING THEIR PLANS TO INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION IN THEIR EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME. WE BELIEVE A BETTER APPROACH IS TO WORK WITHIN THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION COMMUNITY THROUGH THE U.N. INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANIZATION, TO ESTABLISH CONSENSUS-DRIVEN EMISSIONS TO REDUCE EMISSIONS. HOWEVER, BECAUSE THE E.U. HAS SHOWN NO INTEREST IN WORKING WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO ADDRESS THEIR CONCERNS AND OBJECTIONS AND TO SEEK A GLOBAL APPROACH TO CIVIL AVIATION EMISSIONS, WE'RE MOVING THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION FORWARD TO ENSURE U.S. OPERATORS WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN THEIR UNILATERAL AND QUESTIONABLE SCHEME. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HERE IN THE HOUSE HAVE RECOGNIZED THE TROUBLED APPROACH TAKEN BY THE EUROPEANS AND HAVE EXPRESSED ARDENT OPPOSITION. THIS LEGISLATION IS ONE OF MANY AVENUES THE UNITED STATES CAN TAKE, CONCURRENT WITH OTHERS, TO RESOLVE THIS CONFLICT. TO BE SURE, THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WILL USE ALL TOOLS AT ITS DISPOSAL TO HOLD OUR AVIATION INTERESTS HARMLESS FROM THE EUROPEAN'S UNFAIR AND ILLEGAL SCHEME. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:58:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:58:08 PM

    MS. MOORE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2594, A BILL THAT WILL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2594, A BILL THAT WILL PROTECT U.S. AIRLINES, THEIR EMPLOYEES AND THEIR PASSENGERS FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION'S PLAN TO UNFAIRLY CHARGE U.S. AIRLINE FOR EMISSIONS IN U.S. AIR SPACE. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS TAKEN A STRONG STAND AGAINST THE E.U. EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME -- SCAM ON THE GROUNDS THAT IT IS INCONSISTENT WITH INTERNATIONAL AVIATION LAW AND PRACTICE. ADDITIONALLY AIRLINES AND LABOR GROUPS OPPOSED IT BECAUSE IT WOULD IMPOSE NEW AND UNJUSTIFIABLE COSTS ON THE INDUSTRY AND DESTROY AMERICAN JOBS. CLIMATE CHANGE IS A GLOBAL PROBLEM THAT REQUIRES A GLOBAL SOLUTION. WORKING THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIC AVIATION ORGANIZATION, THE UNITED STATES HAVE COMMITTED TO FIND A GLOBAL SOLUTION TO ADDRESS AVIATION EMISSIONS BASED ON AGREEMENT AND COOPERATIONS. HOWEVER THE E.U. HAS DECIDED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH A GO-IT-ALONE APPROACH THAT IS CONTRARY TO INTERNATIONAL LAW AND VIOLATES U.S. SOVEREIGNTY BY CHARGING U.S. AIRLINES FOR ALL EMISSIONS FROM FLIGHTS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE. EVEN THE PORTION OF FLIGHTS OVER OUR OWN AIR SPACE AND RETURN THE REVENUE TO EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WITHOUT ANY SPECIFIC ASSURANCES REGARDING HOW THE REVENUE WILL BE USED. THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. THIS BILL WILL PROTECT U.S. AIRLINES FROM UNJUST LIABILITY UNDER THE E.U. EMISSIONS TRADING SYSTEM. IT SENDS A STRONG MESSAGE FROM CONGRESS THAT WE DO NOT SUPPORT WHAT THE E.U. IS DOING FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS. THE UNITED STATES IS FAR FROM ALONE IN EXPRESSING STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE E.U. PROPOSAL. LAST MONTH 25 OTHER COUNTRIES JOINED THE UNITED STATES IN SIGNING A JOINT DECLARATION IN INDIA THAT CALLS UPON THE E.U. NOT TO IMPOSE THE EMISSIONS TRADING SYSTEM ON NON-EUROPEAN AIRLINES AND THEY URGE E.U. MEMBERS AND COUNTRIES TO INSTEAD ADDRESS AVIATION EMISSIONS THROUGH I.K.O. WHERE PROGRESS ALREADY IS BEING MADE. THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS STAND READY AND WILLING TO WORK TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE CONSTRUCTIVELY THROUGH THE PROPER INTERNATIONAL FRAMEWORK. WE RIGHTFULLY PECTS BOTH GOVERNMENTS AND THE AIRLINES TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF THE GOVERNMENT. IN FACT, THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION AND THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY HAVE INVESTED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN NEXTGEN AIR TRAFFIC UPGRADES AND THE F.A.A. PLANS TO REDUCE EMISSIONS BY 2% THROUGH THESE IMPROVEMENTS. FURTHER, U.S. IMPROVED FUEL EFFICIENCY BY APPROXIMATELY 111% SINCE 1978 FROM 2000 TO 2009, U.S. CARRIERS REDUCED FUEL BURN AND CARBON EMISSIONS BY 15% WHILE CARRYING 7% MORE PASSENGERS AND CARGO. AT A MEETING LAST WEEK, I ALONE WITH CHAIRMAN MICA AND SEVERAL OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE MET WITH EUROPEAN UNION REPRESENTATIVES TO EXPRESS OUR WILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH OUR FRIENDS TO COME TO A MORE EQUITYIBLE SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM, AND -- EQUITABLE SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM AND I BELIEVE THE MEETING WAS VERY PRODUCTIVE. WE MADE IT QUITE CLEAR THAT THE E.U. MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY APPROACH WAS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE AND WE WILL TAKE EVERY ACTION NECESSARY TO PREVENT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THESE UNNECESSARY AND DANGEROUS -- AND WE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE CONGRESS WILL STAND UP AND DEFEND THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE UNITED STATES. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:02:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 05:02:28 PM

    MR. PETRI

    I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO OUR COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA,…

    I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO OUR COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BILL SHUSTER.

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  • 05:02:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:02:38 PM

    MR. SHUSTER

    AND I COULDN'T AGREE MORE WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, MS. BROWN, ON…

    AND I COULDN'T AGREE MORE WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, MS. BROWN, ON HER SUPPORT FOR H.R. 2594, AND TO MY COLLEAGUES WATCHING OR LISTENING TO THIS DEBATE TONIGHT, I'D URGE YOU TO LISTEN CLOSELY BECAUSE THIS IS A SERIOUS SITUATION THAT'S GOING TO OCCUR AND IT'S UP TO CONGRESS TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE EUROPEAN CAPITALS OF THE WORLD THAT THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS. THIS WILL BE A TERRIBLE BURDEN FOR NOT ONLY OUR CARRIERS BUT FOR AVIATION AIRLINES, AIR TRAVEL, COMMERCIAL TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD. THERE'S NEVER BEEN A MORE ILL-CONCEIVED PROGRAM THAN WHAT THE EUROPEAN UNION IS PUTTING FORTH IN THIS EMISSIONS TRADING SCREAM. THEY'RE GOING FORTH WITH THIS, FIRST OF ALL, I BELIEVE IT'S VIOLATING INTERNATIONAL LAW, THE CHICAGO CONVENTION WHICH WAS SIGNED IN THE MID 1940'S WHICH SIGNED UP I.K.O., WHICH IS A CIVIL ORGANIZATION, WHICH COORDINATES AND ALLOWS FOR TRANSPORTATION, COMMERCIAL TRANSPORTATION, AVIATION TRANSPORTATION AROUND THE WORLD TO GO FORTH IN A WAY THAT IS ORDERLY. WE COME TOGETHER AT THIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE -- THIS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION AND BUILD ON CONSENSUS WITH RULE MAKINGS AND REGULATIONS THAT HELP US TO NOT ONLY BUILD OUR AIRPLANES BUT TO FLY THEM AROUND THE WORLD. AND WHAT THE EUROPEANS ARE DOING IS WANT TO IMPOSE A TAX ON AMERICAN AIR CARRIERS, ON ALL AIR CARRIERS FROM THEIR POINTS OF DEPARTURE SO IN OUR SOVEREIGN NATION AND SOVEREIGN NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD THEY'RE GOING TO TAX US TO FLY FROM, FOR INSTANCE, LOS ANGELES TO PARIS, WHICH I BELIEVE, AGAIN, IS A VIOLATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT. AND I BELIEVE IT'S GOING TO THROW THE AVIATION, INTERNATIONAL AVIATION INTO AN UNCERTAIN TIME PERIOD AND MAY CAUSE TREMENDOUS DISRUPTION IN THE FLOW OF COMMERCE THROUGH THE AIR. THE AIR TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY WORLDWIDE ACCOUNTS FOR 8% OF GLOBAL G.D.P. BUT ONLY ACCOUNTS FOR 2% OF THE CO-2 EMISSIONS AND AVIATION INDUSTRY, THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY HAS A GREAT INCENTIVE TO DECREASE THE AMOUNT OF FUEL IT HAS. IT'S NOT ONE BUT MAYBE THE LARGEST EXPENSE. THE AIRLINERS WE BUILD TODAY WITH THE WAY WE CONTROL OUR AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL PATTERNS TODAY, WE WERE ABLE TO REDUCE CO-2 EMISSIONS OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS SIGNIFICANTLY AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT BECAUSE IT'S AN INCENTIVE -- THE INCENTIVE IS THERE FOR THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY IN AMERICA TO USE LESS FUEL, NOT MORE FUEL. IT'S BETTER FOR THEIR BOTTOM LINES. ONCE AGAIN, THIS TRADING SCREAM, THIS EMISSION TRADING -- SCHEME, THIS EMISSION TRADING SCHEME IS GOING TO IMPOSE A TAX ON OUR CARRIERS. THEY ESTIMATE IT'S $2 A TICKET. OUR AIRLINE INDUSTRY BELIEVES IT WILL BE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN $2.50 AND $4 A TICKET. IT'S NOT CERTAIN. IF YOU LOOK AT THE LAST 10 YEARS AT THE AVIATION INDUSTRY IN THIS COUNTRY WE HAVE LOST $2.80 PER TICKET SOLD. SO YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT AN INDUSTRY THAT'S NOW RECOVERING, AN INDUSTRY THAT SEEMS TO BE MAKING PROFITS. IF THE EUROPEANS ARE ALLOWED TO IMPOSE A $2 TAX, IT WILL PROBABLY WIPE OUT THE ENTIRE PROFITS OF OUR AIRLINE INDUSTRY. SO WE CAN'T LET IT STAND. ALSO, IT'S A COUNTERPRODUCTIVE MEASURE. THE EUROPEANS SAY THEY WILL REDUCE EMISSIONS BY THIS. I BELIEVE IT WILL DO THE OPPOSITE. WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IS THESE PLANES, NOT THE NEW PLANES BUT THE OLD ONES, REFURBISHED ONES, WILL GO THROUGH OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD AND THESE PLANES DO PRODUCE CO-2. AFRICA, THE ONES THAT CAN'T AFFORD THE BOEING REBUST PLANES WILL BE SPEWING MORE CO-2 EMISSIONS IN THE AIR. IT'S COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. IF YOU WANT THEM TO INVEST IN FUEL-EFFICIENT AIRLINERS, YOU HAVE TO MAKE A PROFIT. THEY NEED WAYS TO REDUCE EMISSIONS COMING FROM THESE AIRLINERS SO IT'S COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. IT ALSO -- IF THE EUROPEANS WANT TO REDUCE EMISSIONS, WHICH THEY HAVE NOT IN THEIR AIRLINE INDUSTRY OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, ONE OF THE THINGS THEY COULD DO, A HUGE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, IS TO CREATE A SINGLE EUROPEAN AIRSPACE. AND THEY'VE BEEN UNABLE TO DO THAT. AND TODAY WHEN YOU FLY INTO THE UNITED STATES, BECAUSE WE'RE SO MUCH MORE EFFICIENT THAN THE EUROPEANS, OUR PLANES LAND QUICKER. THAT MEANS THEY ARE NOT UP IN THE ATMOSPHERE PUTTING OUT CO-2 EMISSIONS. IN THE EUROPEAN THEATER, WHAT YOU HAVE ARE 25 OR 30 DIFFERENT AIRSPACES SO WHAT YOU TEND TO DO, IS PLANES CIRCLE AROUND THE AIRPORT FOR LONGER PERIOD OF TIMES EMITTING MORE CO-2. SO IF THE EUROPEANS ARE REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT THIS, INSTEAD OF JUST DOING THE EASY THING AND TAX THE AMERICANS OR TAX THE CHINESE OR TAX THE RUSSIANS, THEY SHOULD LOOK AT SERIOUSLY TURNING THEIR 30 DIFFERENT AIRSPACES INTO A SINGLE EUROPEAN AIRSPACE. THAT WOULD HAVE TREMENDOUS IMPROVEMENT, TREMENDOUS IMPROVEMENT ON THE AMOUNT -- HAVE TREMENDOUS REDUCTION IN THE CO-2 THAT THEY'RE PUTTING OFF INTO THE AIR. SO MY COLLEAGUES, IF YOU'RE LISTENING TO THIS TONIGHT, I URGE YOU -- I URGE YOU STRONGLY TO SUPPORT THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA AND MYSELF AND OTHERS IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO SEND A STRONG VOTE, A STRONG MESSAGE TO THE EUROPEANS TO DON'T GO DOWN THIS PATH. LET'S SIT DOWN AT THE TABLE, LET'S WORK TOGETHER. WE CAN DO SOMETHING THAT REDUCES CO-2 WITHOUT TAXING AMERICAN CARRIERS AND DISRUPTING AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION THAT'S BEEN SO POSITIVE AND SO VITAL TO COMMERCE IN THIS WORLD. SO WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:08:52 PM

    MS. BROWN

    TWO MINUTES TO MR. HOLDEN FROM PHILADELPHIA.

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    MS. HOLDEN

    SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. OF THAT ORGANIZATION COMMISSION…

    SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. OF THAT ORGANIZATION COMMISSION THERE ARE 36 VOTES, 26 OF THE VOTING NATIONS HAVE IN WRITING EXPRESSED THEIR DISAPPROVAL OF WHAT THE EUROPEANS ARE APPROVING. THE ONLY 10 COUNTRIES IN APPROVAL ARE EIGHT EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AND AUSTRALIA AND CANADA. WE BELIEVE THAT THIS CLEARLY VIOLATES ARTICLE 1 OF CHICAGO CONVENTION OF 1944. ARTICLE 1 STATES THAT ALL SIGNATURE COUNTRIES TO THIS AGREEMENT SHALL HAVE CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN AIRSPACE. IF THE EUROPEAN UNION WANTS TO PUT THIS SCHEME INTO PLACE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION THEY'RE WELCOMED TO DO THAT BUT THEY CAN'T TELL AIRCRAFT LEAVING O'HARE OR LOGAN OR DULLES THAT THEY HAVE TO START PAYING TAXES THERE. AND THE EXPLANATIONS FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION DOESN'T PASS THE LAST TEST. THEY SAY THE EUROPEAN UNION MEMBER STATES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR 1944 AGREEMENT BECAUSE THE EUROPEAN UNION WAS NOT IN EXISTENT IN 1944. WELL, THEIR MEMBER STATES WERE NEXTISTENS AND THEY ARE SIGNATURES TO THE AGREEMENT AND THEY ARE BOUND BY IT. AND IF THE EUROPEAN UNION CONTINUES TO MOVE DOWN THIS PATH THEY KNOW IN I.K.O. THERE ARE REMEDIES AND REMEDIES THAT WILL BE SOUGHT. I URGE THIS BODY TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION TODAY AND I EVEN MORE URGE THE EUROPEANS TO PUT THIS ASIDE, COME BACK TO THE I.K.O. ORGANIZATION, A VISION THAT F.D.R. HAD IN 1944 TO CONTROL INTERNATIONAL AVIATION TO HAVE A GLOBAL SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM THAT WE FACE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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    MS. BROWN

    SPEAKER, HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT ON BOTH SIDES, PLEASE?

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    THE GENTLELADY HAS 14 MINUTES REMAINING. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN HAS NINE.

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  • 05:10:56 PM

    MS. BROWN

    SIR, I RESERVE MY TIME.

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    MR. PETRI

    WE'D RESERVE AT THIS TIME.

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

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  • 05:11:07 PM

    MS. BROWN

    YES, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MR. MARKEY FROM MASSACHUSETTS. MR. MARKEY.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MARK -- FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. MARKEY

    THANK THE GENTLELADY. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION. IF IT WERE…

    THANK THE GENTLELADY. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION. IF IT WERE TO PASS THE HOUSE, WE LAWMAKERS WOULD BE DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION TO TELL U.S. AIRLINES NOT TO FOLLOW THE LAW. IF WE PROHIBIT OUR COMPANIES FROM COMPLYING WITH LAWS IN OTHER COUNTRIES WE SHOULD EXPECT OTHER COUNTRIES TO DO THE SAME WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR COMPANIES COMPLYING WITH U.S. LAW. IF AN EFFORT TO PROTECT U.S. AIRLINES, THIS BILL MIGHT ACTUALLY UNDERMINE AIRLINE SECURITY. THE U.S. CURRENTLY REQUIRES INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES TO COMPLY WITH A WIDE RANGE OF U.S. LAWS WHEN IT COMES TO PASSENGER, BAGGAGE AND CARGO SECURITY IN ORDER TO DO BUSINESS IN OUR COUNTRY. IF WE LEGISLATE OUR COMPANIES OUT OF EUROPE'S ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, OUR HOMELAND SECURITY COULD BE ADVERSELY IMPACTED. IF EUROPEAN COUNTRIES DECIDE TO WITHHOLD THEIR COOPERATION IN RESPONSE WITH REGARD TO SCREENING OF BAGGAGE FOR BOMBS ON PLANES FLYING INTO THE UNITED STATES. WHEN IT COMES TO POLLUTION FROM THE TRANSPORTATION SECTOR, THE UNITED STATES WAS THE FIRST TO PASS A LAW REQUIRING ANYONE IN THE WORLD INTERESTED IN COMING TO OUR SHORES TO FOLLOW OUR ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS. IN 1990, CONGRESS PASSED THE OIL POLLUTION ACT IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE EXXON VALDEZ OIL SPILL. IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE RISK OF AN OIL SPILL IT REQUIRED ALL TANKERS OPERATING IN U.S. WATERS TO BE DOUBLE HULLED BY 2015 NO MATTER WHAT COUNTRY'S FLAG A TANKER IS FLYING, IT WILL HAVE TO DOUBLE HULL TO SAIL INTO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO PROTECT US FROM THEIR POLLUTION. WE ACTED UNILATERALLY TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY FROM THE CARBON POLLUTION ASSOCIATED WITH AN OIL SPILL 21 YEARS AGO. NOW, AFTER YEARS OF TRYING TO FORGE AN INTERNATIONAL AVIATION AGREEMENT, THE EUROPEAN UNION IS ACTING TO PROTECT ITSELF FROM THE CARBON POLLUTION ASSOCIATED FROM AIRLINE TRAVEL. LAST WEEK, AN INDEPENDENT TEAM OF SCIENTISTS AT BERKLEY RELEASED THEIR -- BERKELEY RELEASED THEIR ANALYSIS OF SURFACE RECORDS GOING BACK TO 1900. THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN NOAA AND NASA HAD PREVIOUSLY SHOWN THAT TEMPERATURES WERE INCREASING. ONCE AGAIN, SCIENTISTS HAVE CONFIRMED THAT GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL. NOW, THAT INDEPENDENT SCIENTISTS HAVE VALIDATED THIS DEAD ROCK FACT, PERHAPS MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE QUESTIONED THE SCIENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE WILL BE WILLING TO GIVE CLIMATE SCIENTISTS THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT THAT THE REST OF THEIR FINDINGS ARE ACCURATE. AND THOSE FINDINGS HAVE SOBERING CONSEQUENCES FOR THE UNITED STATES. MORE HEAT WAVES, RISING SEA LEVELS, DECLINING SNOW PACT OR FREQUENT DROUGHT, MORE FREQUENT PRESCRIPTION WHEN IT DOES RAIN, TO NAME JUST A FEW. 2011 HAS BEEN A RECORD-BREAKING YEAR FOR EXTREME WEATHER IN THE UNITED STATES. IT LEFT UNCHECKED -- IF LEFT UNCHECKED, CLIMATE CHANGE COULD MAKE A YEAR LIKE THIS SEEM NORMAL. THE EUROPEANS ARE TAKING CLIMATE CHANGE SERIOUSLY. WE SHOULDN'T UNDERMINE THEIR EFFORTS BY LEGISLATING THAT OUR AIRLINES BREAK THE LAW. I WOULD URGE A NO VOTE ON H.R. 2954, AND JUST REMEMBER THAT ALL OF THE OTHER LAWS THAT WE EXPECT THEM TO ABIDE IN TERMS OF THE PROTECTION OF AMERICAN ENVIRONMENT AND AMERICAN SECURITY BECOME JEOPARDIZED WHEN WE QUESTION LEGITIMATE LAWS THAT THE EUROPEANS PUT ON THE BOOKS IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR PLANET. AND SO I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS BILL.

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    MS. MOORE

    I HAVE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. DO YOU HAVE A SPEAKER AT THIS TIME?

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    MR. YOUNG

    YOU HAVE THE TIME, YOU MAY HAVE YOUR --

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    MR. PETRI

    IF YOU HAVE THE TIME YOU MAY HAVE YOUR SPEAKERS.

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    MS. MOORE

    YES, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. WAXMAN, PLEASE.

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    MR. WAXMAN

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TO ME AND, MR. CHAIRMAN, I ALSO RISE…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TO ME AND, MR. CHAIRMAN, I ALSO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION. I THINK MR. MARKEY MADE AN ARTICULATE CASE AND A COMPELLING CASE. IF WE EXPECT EUROPEAN COMPANIES TO COMPLY WITH U.S. LAWS WHEN THEY DO BUSINESS IN OUR COUNTRY , WHETHER THE E.U. COUNTRIES AGREE WITH OUR LAWS OR NOT, WE HAVE TO RESPECT THEIR LAWS. BUT THIS BILL, H.R. 2594, PROHIBITS U.S. AIRLINES FROM COMPLYING WITH THE LAWS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION. WORLDWIDE AVIATION IS ESTIMATED TO PRODUCE ABOUT 3% OF THE TOTAL MANMADE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND THESE EMISSIONS ARE RISING RAPIDLY. IN AN EFFORT TO ADDRESS AVIATION'S UNCONTROLLED CONTRIBUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE, THE E.U. HAS ADOPTED A CAP ON GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS FROM THE AVIATION SECTOR. THE E.U. PROGRAM SETS MODEST AND ACHIEVABLE EMISSION LIMITS. IT IS FLEXIBLE AND MARKET ORIENTED AND THERE IS NO VIABLE ALTERNATIVE APPROACH BASED ON REGULATING ONLY THOSE EMISSIONS THAT OCCUR IN A COUNTRY'S OWN AIR SPACE. THE E.U. PROGRAM ALSO SHOULD BENEFIT U.S. AIRCRAFT AND ENGINE MANUFACTURERS SUCH AS BOEING WHICH ARE BUILDING MORE EFFICIENT ENGINES TODAY. THE PROGRAM WILL ENCOURAGE AIRLINES TO PURCHASE NEW AIRCRAFT WITH LOWER FUEL COSTS, BOOSTING THE ECONOMY AND POTENTIALLY SAVING CONSUMERS MONEY. I JUST GOT OFF A PLANE, AS A MATTER OF FACT, TODAY FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION AND I WOULD HATE TO THINK THAT WHEN I TRAVEL ON AN AMERICAN AIRLINE THEY WILL NOT RESPECT THE LAWS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION OR THE EUROPEAN UNION MIGHT DECIDE THEY DON'T HAVE TO RESPECT OUR LAWS. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA. BROWN BROWN --

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    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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    MR. PETRI

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO AGAIN STAND UP IN SUPPORT OF WHAT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO AGAIN STAND UP IN SUPPORT OF WHAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM WISCONSIN AND FROM FLORIDA HAVE SAID OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THIS IS ABOUT SOVEREIGNTY, AS WELL AS DOING WHAT'S RIGHT FOR AMERICAN TRAVELING PUBLIC. MR. MARKEY FROM CALIFORNIA, HIS -- HE REPRESENTS LOS ANGELES, OR NO, EXCUSE ME, MR. WAXMAN. FOLKS FROM THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY, AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA SAID, WILL PROBABLY SEE DIRECT FLIGHTS NO LONGER EXIST BECAUSE IF YOU START OFF FROM LOS ANGELES AND FLY TO PARIS, IT'S GOING TO COST YOU MORE MONEY. SO I CON SEED -- CAN SEE THE AIRLINES TRYING TO SAVE MONEY BY STOPPING IN PHILADELPHIA OR STOPPING IN NEW YORK SO THEY CAN DECREASE THE TAX THAT'S GOING TO BE IMPOSED UPON THEM. AND AS MR. PETRI HAS SAID, THEY'RE IMPOSING IT ON THE AIR SKY -- THE AIR OVER AMERICA. IF THEY WANT TO IMPOSE A TAX IN EUROPE ON PEOPLE DOING BUSINESS IN EUROPE, THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THAT. BUT TO DO IT AND START IT OVER AMERICAN AIR SPACE, OVER AMERICAN DEPARTURE, IT'S A WRONG THING TO DO. AND EUROPEANS KNOW IT, YOU ALREADY HAVE THE ITALIANS AND THE DUTCH ARE ALREADY SAYING THEY'RE QUESTIONING THE WISDOM OF DOING THIS SO I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO SEE PEOPLE IN EUROPE STARTING TO CHANGE THEIR ATTITUDE AND TONIGHT IS GOING TO SEND A VERY, VERY STRONG SIGNAL TO EUROPE THAT AMERICA'S NOT GOING TO ALLOW THE EUROPEANS TO IMPOSE A TAX ON US ON OUR SOVEREIGN AIR SPACE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. PETRI

    SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND…

    SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, MR. MICA. OH, OK. WE'LL RESERVE AT THIS POINT AND -- SO THAT MR. MICA CAN CLOSE.

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  • 05:23:03 PM

    MS. BROWN

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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    MR. PETRI

    GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA WHETHER YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS?

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    MS. BROWN

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

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    MR. PETRI

    I YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF CLOSING TO MR. MICA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL…

    I YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF CLOSING TO MR. MICA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE.

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    MR. MICA

    THANK YOU BOTH, RANKING MEMBER BROWN OF THE RAIL SUBCOMMITTEE WHO'S…

    THANK YOU BOTH, RANKING MEMBER BROWN OF THE RAIL SUBCOMMITTEE WHO'S LEADING THIS LEGISLATION ON THE FLOOR TONIGHT, AND CHAIRMAN PETRI, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AVIATION SUBCOMMITTEE, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. AND ALSO DIRECTING IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER THIS LEGISLATION THAT WE BROUGHT FORTH FROM OUR COMMITTEE, WITH VERY, VERY STRONG SUPPORT, MEMBERS AGAIN FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. I KNOW THAT THERE ARE SOME FOLKS THAT HAVE RAISED SOME CONCERNS AND I'LL ADDRESS THEM. BUT VERY SIMPLY WHAT THIS -- WHAT IS TAKING PLACE HERE IS THAT THE EUROPEAN UNION IS TRYING TO IMPOSE IN JANUARY AN EMISSIONS TAX, AIR EMISSIONS TAX, AND THEY'RE GOING TO START THE CLOCK RUNNING, THEY WANT TO START IT RUNNING JANUARY 1. THE METER WILL START AND AMERICAN AIRLINES WILL GET THE BILL AND -- IN 2013. NOW, YOU HEARD SOME COMMENTS HERE THAT WE DON'T WANT FOLKS TO FOLLOW THE LAW OR OPERATING -- THERE WAS AN EXAMPLE OF DOUBLE HULL SHIPS OPERATING IN U.S. WATERS. WELL, WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT, AGAIN, ANYTHING THAT'S EVEN SIMILAR TO WHAT'S BEING PROPOSED HERE. WHAT THEY'RE PROPOSING IS SAY FROM LOS ANGELES OR CHICAGO OR NEW YORK, ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES, TO ANYWHERE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION, THE TAX AND THE METER STARTS RUNNING THE MINUTE THE PLANE DEPARTS FROM ANY POINT IN THE UNITED STATES, UNTIL IT REACHES EUROPE. AND THE SAME THING WHEN IT DEPARTS EUROPE BACK TO THE UNITED STATES. NOT ONLY DOES THIS VIOLATE INTERNATIONAL TREATIES, THE CHICAGO CONVENTION, WE'VE NEVER HAD ANYTHING LIKE THIS IMPOSED OR PROPOSED BEFORE. IT IS NOT FLEXIBLE, WE HEARD THE TERM USED IT'S FLEXIBLE. IT'S NOT FLEXIBLE. THE OTHER THING, TOO, IS WE'RE TRYING TO WORK WITH OTHERS AND WORK WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION AND MANY STATES HAVE NOW JOINED THE UNITED STATES, IN FACT THEY'VE TAKEN THE LEAD ON SOME OF THIS, BOTH IN CONFERENCE IN NEW DELHI AND IN MEETINGS IN OSLO. AND THEY SAID THIS IS UNFAIR. SO IT'S NOT JUST THE UNITED STATES THAT'S SAYING THIS, THIS IS UNFAIR. NOW, IF THE EUROPEAN UNION CHOOSES TO IMPOSE A TAX WITHIN ITS BOUNDARIES OR LIKE WE SAY WITHIN OUR WATERS YOU DO CERTAIN THINGS LIKE DOUBLE HAUL IF YOU WANT THAT SHIP TO GO THERE, THAT'S FINE WITH US. IF THEY WANT TO IMPROVE EMISSIONS IN THEIR AIR SPACE, THAT'S FINE WITH US. BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THEY'RE DOING HERE AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE THIS OPPOSITION. THE SECOND POINT IS, IF YOU REALLY CARE AND I DON'T WANT TO GET INTO THE CLIMATE DEBATE, BUT IF YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT ELIMINATING EMISSIONS, AND I KNOW THE AIRLINES DO BECAUSE THE MORE EMISSIONS THEY ELIMINATE AND THE MORE THEY CAN CONSERVE FUEL, THAT'S THEIR BOTTOM LINE AND IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO THEM. BUT THAT BEING SAID, AGAIN, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT POINTS OF ALL OF THIS IS THAT, AGAIN, THIS MONEY THAT THEY'RE COLLECTING, AND IT'S A TAX GRAB BY THE EUROPEAN UNION, THAT THIS MONEY THAT THEY'RE GETTING DOESN'T NECESSARILY HAVE TO GO INTO -- THERE'S NO REQUIREMENT THAT IT GOES INTO ELIMINATING EMISSIONS FROM AIRCRAFT. IN FACT, THEY TOLD US THAT YOU CAN BUY YOUR WAY OUT OR YOU CAN BUY SOME OTHER TRADE FOR SOME OTHER INDUSTRY. SO IT DOESN'T SET UP TO DO WHAT , AGAIN, IS BEING FORECAST OR DEMONSTRATED. IN FACT, THEY'RE VERY UNCLEAR AS TO HOW THIS WOULD BE TOTALLY INSTITUTED. IT'S WHAT'S CALLED AN ARTICLE 25 PROVISION WITHIN THEIR CURRENT LAW. AND THIS IS, AS I'VE CHECKED, OCTOBER, ALMOST THE END OF OCTOBER THIS GOES INTO EFFECT IN JANUARY, AND THEY CAN'T TELL US, THEY COULDN'T TELL US ON FRIDAY AND THEY COULDN'T TELL US HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OR IN BRUSSELS WHAT THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 25 AND EXACTLY HOW THEY WILL IMPLEMENT THIS. SO I THINK THAT WHAT WILL HAPPEN HERE IS WE SEND A STRONG MESSAGE. YES, WE'RE FOR PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT. WE HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION TAKING MEASURES WITHIN THEIR BORDERS. OUR AIRLINES SHOULD COMPLY AND OTHER CARRIERS SHOULD COMPLY. BOTH DEPARTING AND ARRIVING, THEY CAN DO THAT. BUT WHEN YOU STOP AND THINK THAT THIS WOULD IMPOSE THE EUROPEAN TAX OVER THE SKIES OF THE UNITED STATES, NEVER HEARD OF ANYTHING LIKE THAT BEFORE. SO, AGAIN, WE ARE WILLING TO WORK WITH OUR EUROPEAN COUNTERPARTS. WE BELIEVE THAT NOVEMBER 2 WE WERE INFORMED WHEN WE WERE IN MONTREAL MEETING WITH I.K.O. REPRESENTATIVES THAT THIS WILL BE BROUGHT UP BEFORE THAT INTERNATIONAL BODY, THAT'S THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANIZATION. IT SETS ALL THE PROTOCOLS, THE STANDARDS, SECURITY SAFETY PROVISIONS. AND WE WILL WIN IN THAT BODY A LEGITIMATE VOTE BY A VERY WIDE MARGIN. THE EUROPEANS WILL BE LEFT BEHIND ON THIS ISSUE. BUT WE ANNAPOLIS ALL WANT TO WORK WITH THEM -- BUT WE ALL WANT TO WORK WITH THEM. THEY'RE OUR FRIENDS. THIS SHOULDN'T LEAD TO A TRADE WAR. IT SHOULD LEAD TO A RESOLUTION THAT DOES IMPROVE OUR ENVIRONMENT, THAT DOES ALLOW THE EUROPEAN UNION TO DO WHAT THEY NEED TO DO AND ALSO THEN IF YEAR GOING TO IMPOSE THIS, THAT WE HAVE SOME -- THAT IF WE'RE GOING TO IMPOSE THIS THEN WE HAVE SOME UNDERSTANDING OF HOW WE CAN DO BETTER IN REDUCING AIR EMISSIONS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND…

    ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2594. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 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 UPON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS

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    REFERRED TOLL HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDER PRINTED.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE, REMAINING VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE FIRST VOTE IS ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 220.

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    THE CLERK

    55, A BILL TO DESIGNATE A DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS MEMORIAL IN…

    55, A BILL TO DESIGNATE A DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS MEMORIAL IN RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA.

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    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL.…

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL. 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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  • 06:53:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 392, THE NAYS ARE ONE. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 392, THE NAYS ARE ONE. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE BILL IS -- THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE TO BILL IS PASSED, WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE, WITHOUT OBJECTION THE TITLE IS AMENDED. THE VOTE IS ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN ON THIS THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED.

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  • 06:54:07 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO ASSIGN THE FISH HATCHERY TO NORTH…

    TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO ASSIGN THE FISH HATCHERY TO NORTH CAROLINA AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 06:54:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL…

    THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 07:00:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 395, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 395, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 07:01:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BE REMOVED AS A CO-SPONSOR FROM H.R. 2966.

  • 07:01:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:01:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL OF THE HOUSE.

  • 07:01:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO ENTERTAIN ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS. MEMBERS WILL…

    THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO ENTERTAIN ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR AND CLEAR THE WELL OF THE HOUSE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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  • 07:02:14 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 07:02:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 07:02:22 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT WAS REPORTED TODAY THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA IS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT WAS REPORTED TODAY THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA IS TURNING OUT A NEW SLOGAN ON HIS ROAD TRIP. THE SLOGAN IS WE CAN'T WAIT. THIS SLOGAN IS AN ODD CHOICE ESPECIALLY COMING FROM THE PRESIDENT AND HIS PARTY. 15 DIFFERENT HOUSE-PASSED JOBS BILL IS HINDERING SMALL BUSINESSES AND STUCK IN THE SENATE AWAITING ACTION. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT IS RIGHT. WE CAN'T WAIT. WE CAN'T WAIT FOR THE PRESIDENT AND THE DEMOCRATS TO JOIN US IN ELIMINATING EXCESSIVE GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS, STOPPING WASHINGTON FROM SPENDING MONEY IT DOESN'T HAVE AND FIXING THE TAX CODE FOR FAMILIES AND JOB CREATORS. WE CAPTAIN WAIT FOR THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO END THE DELAYS TO CREATE DOMESTIC ENERGY REGULATION AND AWAIT FOR THE SENATE TO PASS JOBS BILLS. AMERICANS SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WAIT FOR WASHINGTON TO GET OUT OF THE WAY. TIME FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA TO PUT ASIDE POLITICS AND WORK WITH THE HOUSE ON THESE COMMONSENSE IDEAS. WE CAN'T WAIT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:03:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    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 NEW YORK RISE? THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 07:03:52 PM

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    THE MEMORY OF A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE WESTERN NEW YORK COMMUNITY.…

    THE MEMORY OF A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE WESTERN NEW YORK COMMUNITY. DR. HUPTMANN WORKED FOR THE MEDICAL FOUNDATION AND AWARDED THE NOBODY ELL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY IN 1985 FOR HIS WORK IN THE DETERMINING THE STRUCTURES OF CRYSTALIZED MATERIALS. HIS STUDIES THIS AREA PROVIDED A NEW WAY TO LOOK AT CHEMISTRY THAT BENEFITS SCIENCE IN SOCIETY TODAY. AFTER EARNING THE PRIZE, THE MEDICAL FOUNDATION WAS RENAMED IN HIS HONOR. TODAY, THE LOBBY OF THE MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE SHOWS THE STRUCTURES HAUPTMA NMP N INTRODUCED TO THE WORLD. HIS CONTRIBUTIONS HELP LAY THE GROUNDWORK FOR THE COMMUNITY IN BUFFALO AND WESTERN NEW YORK. I INVITE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF A SCHOLAR. I YIELD BACK.

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    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. POE

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. THE HOUSE PASSED FIVE ENERGY BILLS…

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. THE HOUSE PASSED FIVE ENERGY BILLS MONTHS AGO AND THEY WILL CREATE AMERICAN-ENERGY JOBS RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA AND WILL ALLOW MORE DEVELOPMENT IN GULF OF MEXICO AND ALASKA. ONE BILL REQUIRES THE ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE A DECISION ABOUT THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE WHICH WILL PUT MORE CITIZENS TO WORK. WHAT'S THE DELAY? THESE FIVE BIPARTISAN BILLS ARE IN THE SENATE WITH NO VOTE IN SIGHT. THE SENATE JUST WON'T VOTE. TO MY FRIENDS DOWN THE HALLWAY IN THE SENATE, HOW ABOUT VOTING ON THESE BILLS? DOING NOTHING DOESN'T CREATE ENERGY OR JOBS. DOING NOTHING MAINTAINS UNEMPLOYMENT AND SHOWS INABILITY TO MAKE A DECISION. TIME FOR THE SENATE TO PICK A HORSE AND RIDE IT, BUT PICK SOMETHING. GET IN THE RACE, BEING A SPECTATOR IS NOT AN OPTION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED THE JOBS AND WE NEED THE ENERGY. WE JUST CAN'T WAIT. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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  • 07:06:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    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 GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? . WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 07:06:37 PM

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    SPEAKER. OUR NATION IS FACING A CRISIS WITH RESPECT TO PUBLIC SAFETY. OVER…

    SPEAKER. OUR NATION IS FACING A CRISIS WITH RESPECT TO PUBLIC SAFETY. OVER 1,100 BRIDGES IN NEW YORK STATE, MY STATE ALONE, ARE CONSIDERED CRITICAL. FRACTURE CRITICAL BRIDGES CAN COLLAPSE IF ONE OF THEIR FUNCTIONS FAILS AND THERE ARE 82 BRIDGES. 21 MILLION CARS IN MY STATE CROSS STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES. AS A FORMER COUNTY CLERK RESPONSIBLE FOR PUTTING VEHICLES AND PEOPLE ON THE ROADS, THIS IS PERSONAL TO ME. I FEEL COME MELD TO FIGHT FOR MONEY FROM WASHINGTON TO FIX OUR BRIDGES AND ROADS AND BRING THEM UP TO PAR. THERE IS A SOLUTION, MR. SPEAKER, AND THAT IS THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT WHICH INCLUDES MONEY FOR CRITICALLY NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURE TO REPAIR THESE BRIDGES SO OUR DRIVING PUBLIC CAN TRAVEL SAFELY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ME IN SUPPORTING THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT AND GETTING OUR COUNTRY BACK TO WORK IN MAKING THE PUBLIC SAFER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:07:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 07:07:57 PM

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    I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF MEETING WITH JOB CREATORS AND WORKERS ACROSS…

    I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF MEETING WITH JOB CREATORS AND WORKERS ACROSS ILLINOIS' 10 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. AS I LISTENED TO THE IDEAS THEY HAD TO BRING JOBS TO THE REGION, I WAS ENCOURAGED. TOGETHER WE CAN AND MUST FIND COMMON GROUND THAT ALLOWS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO CREATE JOBS. I JOINED WITH LAKE COUNTY PARTNERS AND ANNOUNCED A NEW INNOVATION IN NORTH CHICAGO. THEY ARE EXPERIENCING HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AND THE CREATION WILL BRING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER SO WE CAN FIND WAYS TO RE-INVEST IN THE AREA AND CREATE NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORKERS. I WAS ALSO ABLE TO WORK WITH LOCAL LABOR LEADERS TO MOVE FORWARD ON THE REPAIRS THAT ARE NEEDED SO DESPERATELY IN WAUKEGAN HARBOR. WE MUST MOVE FORWARD. THIS HARBOR IS KEY TO BOLSTERING THE ECONOMY. WHEN WE WORK TO PRESERVE OUR PRECIOUS RESOURCES, WE WILL ENCOURAGE BUSINESSES TO EXPAND AND CREATE ADDITIONAL JOBS HERE AT HOME.

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  • 07:09:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:09:18 PM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    SPEAKER. AND GOD BLESS AMERICA AND TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO SAY A SPECIAL…

    SPEAKER. AND GOD BLESS AMERICA AND TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO SAY A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE MANY BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT FOR THEIR SERVICE IN THE MILITARY, BUT PARTICULARLY TO THE MARINES AND THE MARKET POINT MARINES ARE VISITING WITH US IN THE CAPITOL. AND MANY YEARS BEFORE JACKIE ROBINSON AND BEFORE ROSA PARKS, THESE HEROES JOINED THE MARINES DID THEIR JOBS. I APPLAUD THEM FOR THEIR COMMITMENT. TOMORROW THE HOUSE WILL DEBATE AND VOTE TO SEND A RESOLUTION TO THE SENATE AND TIME FOR THE MARINES 236TH BIRTHDAY ON NOVEMBER 10. WHEN THE COMMANDER AND I DISCUSSED WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION, WE AGREE YOU GET IT DONE. WE WILL PASS THIS BILL IN THE HOUSE. I WANT TO THANK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES. YOU CAN STILL SIGN ONTO THE BILL. YOU HAVE UNTIL THE END OF TOMORROW. YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF MAKING HISTORY. I WANT TO ONCE AGAIN THANK THE MARINES FOR THEIR SERVICE. AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. THANK YOU.

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  • 07:10:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:10:40 PM

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    I REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 07:10:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, I RISE TODAY WITH CONCERN, CONCERN ABOUT AN…

    GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, I RISE TODAY WITH CONCERN, CONCERN ABOUT AN INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED AT THE UNITED STATES PENITENTIARY IN LEE COUNTY, VIRGINIA, NINTH DISTRICT. THIS INCIDENT OCCURRED FRIDAY NIGHT AND THE ONLY GOOD NEWS IS, NO ONE WAS KILLED. AN OFFICER THERE WAS ASSAULTED BY AN INMATE WHO WAS CARRYING A SH INCH VE AND HE WAS ABLE TO KICK OFF A PHONE THAT SENT OFF A SILENT ALARM. AND IT WAS RESPONDED TO BY SEAN JONES WHO WAS INJURED IN THE ASSAULT. BOTH OF THESE MEN ACTED PROPERLY AND BRAVELY. WHAT DID THEY HAVE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES WITH? NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. OUR REGULATIONS AND RULES DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO HAVE PEPPER SPRAY OR A BATON TO DEFEND THEMSELVES. H.R. 1175 INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN CARDOZA, WOULD GET US A PILOT PROJECT TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. I URGE THAT WE PASS THIS.

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  • 07:12:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING HAPPY, AND…

    VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING HAPPY, AND THAT IS THE HAPPY-SAD PILLOW THAT IS MADE BY THE PARENTS OF AVONCE. THEY CAN TEACH NUMBERS, EMOTIONS, SOCIAL SKILLS, MOTOR SKILLS AND TEXTURES. I WAS WITH THEM TODAY. THEY HAVE A VERY HEALTHY HEAD START PROGRAM AND WE WERE ABLE TO GIVE THEM $8 MILLION IN STIMULUS TO BUILD A NEW BUILDING AND $3.2 MILLION GRANT FOR A PROGRAM THAT HELPS PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS TO RAISE OUR CHILDREN WHO ARE PRE-SCHOOLED. THE CHILDREN THAT GO TO THIS PROGRAM TEST HIGHER SCORES THAN THOSE WHO DO NOT. AND IT EVIDENCE DENSES THAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN BE A PRIVATE-PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP. WE CAN CREATE JOBS AND IMPROVE THE EDUCATION AND LAY OUT A PATHWAY FOR OUR CHILDREN. NOTHING WRONG WITH THE GOVERNMENT BEING PRODUCTIVE AND FORCEFUL AND WORKING ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TO THE CONGRESS HERE, AND MY COLLEAGUES, LET'S WORK TOGETHER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:13:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:13:37 PM

    MR. WILSON

    I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE. I'M GRATEFUL TO CONGRATULATE 2011…

    I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE. I'M GRATEFUL TO CONGRATULATE 2011 U.N. INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER AWARD RECIPIENT, WHO IS A NATIVE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. THE DOCTOR IS A GENERAL PRACTITIONER IN FIGI AND FOUNDER AND MEDICAL DIRECTOR. HE PROVIDES MEDICAL CARE AND ACCESS TO THE MOST UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS OF FIJI AND PROVIDING TABLES, CHAIRS AND FREE MEDICATION. DUE TO HIS LEADERSHIP, 200 TO 400 PATIENTS A WEEK ARE BEING TREATED IN THE MOST REMOTE COMMUNITIES. CONGRATULATIONS TO MY LIFELONG FRIEND, HIS PARENTS WHO ARE COMMUNITY LEADERS OF THE MID-STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. INDIAN AMERICANS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE AROUND THE GLOBE, ENCOURAGED BY THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICIANS OF INDIAN ORIGIN. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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  • 07:14:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ARE THERE ANY FURTHER…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ARE THERE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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  • 07:15:05 PM

    THE CLERK

    ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MS. BURKLE, MR. DAVIS OF ILLINOIS FOR TODAY, MR.…

    ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MS. BURKLE, MR. DAVIS OF ILLINOIS FOR TODAY, MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA FOR TODAY, MR. SESSIONS OF TEXAS FOR TODAY AND MS. SEWELL OF ALABAMA FOR TODAY.

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  • 07:15:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. .

  • 07:15:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM IS THE THE VIR JUDGE ISLANDS, MS. KRISTENSON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES.

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  • 07:15:44 PM

    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I EXPECT TO BE JOINED BY A FEW COLLEAGUES, BUT I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I EXPECT TO BE JOINED BY A FEW COLLEAGUES, BUT I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER FOR ALLOWING THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS TO CONTROL THIS HOUR OF SPECIAL ORDERS. HERE WE ARE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, 10 MONTHS INTO THIS CONGRESS AND NOT ONE JOB-CREATING BILL HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. I KNOW THE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT ARE SUFFERING AS ARE CONSTITUENTS IN ALL OF OUR DISTRICTS AND WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT TO HELP THEM, NOT NEXT YEAR, BUT NOW. AS A PHYSICIAN, IT AMAZES ME THAT IT'S EVEN AFFECTING PEOPLE'S HEALTH. IT'S INCREASING VIOLENCE AND CRIME IN SOME OF THE HARDEST HIT COMMUNITIES. WHEN WE WERE HERE A FEW -- A FEW WEEKS AGO, I WAS REMARKING ON AN ARTICLE THAT SHOWED HOW THE MORTGAGE CRISIS WAS AFFECTING PEOPLE'S HEALTH ADVERSELY. BUT OF COURSE JOBLESSNESS IS. PEOPLE DON'T HAVE INSURANCE THEY DON'T HAVE MONEY TO BUY THEIR MEDICATIONS, THEY'RE PUTTING OFF NEEDED HEALTH CARE TO TRY TO SAVE MONEY FOR OTHER THINGS TO PROVIDE A ROOF OVER THEIR FAM LIP'S HEAD AND FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND SO THIS LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT IS AFFECTING PEOPLE'S HEALTH. IT'S ESPECIALLY HARD -- ESPECIALLY HARD IN THOSE COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN DISTRESSED FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME BEFORE THIS RECESSION. WITH NO MOVEMENT FROM THE LEADERSHIP OF THE BODY TO BRING THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT TO THE FLOOR WHERE WE CAN HAVE IT DEBATED AND VOTED ON, THE PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO LOSE HOPE, TO THE EXTENT THAT SOME HAVE NOT YET LOST HOPE IT'S BECAUSE THEY SEE PRESIDENT OBAMA, THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, AND THE OCCUPY WALL STREET AND OCCUPY OTHER AREAS WHERE THOSE PROTESTS ARE BEING HELD WORKING ON THEIR BEHALF. TODAY THE PRESIDENT IS ROLLING OUT NEW PROPOSALS TO ADDRESS THE CRISIS. THE CRISIS THAT ADDRESSED THIS IN THE FIRST PLACE. I UNDERSTAND THE THEME IS, WE CAN'T WAIT. WHAT WE CAN'T WAIT HERE IN THIS HOUSE EITHER PAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WAITING ON US FOR HELP AND THEY CAN'T AND SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WAIT ANY LONGER. I HOPE THAT MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE WOULD ALSO ADD A STRONG DOSE OF COMPASSION TO THEIR PASSION FOR REDUCING THE DEFICIT. AT THIS TIME, IN ADDITION TO REDUCING COME -- IN ADDITION TO COMPASSION, GETTING JOBS FOR OUR COMMUNITY IS WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN. IT'S NOT CUT ACCOUNTS, IT'S NOT REPEALING THE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. IT'S NOT STOPPING REGULATION TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND WELT OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS CRUNT AN IT'S NOT DESTROYING THE SAFETY NETS THAT ALLOW THE POOR TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE WITH A CHANCE TO LIFT THE POOR AND THEIR FAMILIES OUT OF POVERTY. WE SHOULD BE ASHAMED THAT THIS COULDN'T I-- COUNTRY'S WEALTH IS CONCENTRATED IN THE TOP 1% WHILE OTHERS ARE GOING HOMELESS AND HUNGRY. I WANT TO FOCUS FOR A MOMENT ON HEALTH CARE JOBS, ESPECIALLY SINCE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, A JOB CREATOR, IS ON THE REPUBLICAN CHOPPING BLOCK. IF IT WAS REPEALED, IT WOULD NOT ONLY SET HEALTH CARE BACK BUT PLACE A HEAVY BURDEN ON AN ALREADY HARD-HIT ECONOMY. WE KNOW THAT THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR IS THE ONLY ONE WHERE JOBS ARE BEING CREATED AND ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS OVER THE NEXT DECADE, THE 30 FASTEST GROWING JOBS, 17 OF THEM, MORE THAN HALF OF THEM, WILL BE HEALTH CARE RELATED. THEY ALSO REPORT THAT DURING THE RECESSION, WHILE MOST INDUSTRIES LOST JOBS, HEALTH CARE ADDED OVER 600,000 JOBS. WITH AN ANTICIPATED COVERAGE OF OVER -- OVER 30 MILLION NEW INDIVIDUALS, IT ISN'T ROCKET SCIENCE TO SEE HOW THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT DOESN'T KILL JOBS, BUT WILL BE THE SECTOR TO BRING THIS ECONOMY BACK TO LIFE. THE PROVISIONS IN THAT ACT ARE EXPECTED TO CREATE MORE THAN FOUR MILLION JOBS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. WHAT WE NEED TO BE DOING NOW IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT CALLED FOR, IMPROVING MATH AND SCIENCE IN OUR SCHOOLS, THEN WE SHOULD BE PROVIDING EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR THOSE JOBS ON ALL LEVELS FROM THE COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS TO DOCTORS, NURSES AND ALLIED HEALTH TO THE MOST TECHNICAL JOBS IN RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY AND MANY OF THOSE JOBS ARE AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW. THEY WILL JUST INCREASE OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. I WANT TO READ FROM HEALTH CARE EMPLOYMENT -- FROM "HEALTH CARE EMPLOYMENT SET TO EXPLODE" PUBLISHED IN "HEALTH CARE" ON OCTOBER 20 OF THIS YEAR. I'M QUOTING HERE. IT READS, AMID HEALTH CARE REFORM CHANGES TO PROMOTE HEALTH CARE INTEGRATION AN NATIONAL DEFICIT REDUCTION TO SAVE HEALTH CARE JOBS, OUR F ARE PROJECTED TO SOAR ACCORDING TO A REPORT BY BIPARTISAN POLICY CENTER, HEALTH PROFESSIONAL WORK FORCE INITIATIVE, WITH THE DELOIT WORK FORCE INITIATIVE RELEASED ON TUESDAY OF THAT WEEK. HEALTH CARE EMPLOYMENT IS EXPECTED TO RISE TO 11.9% IN 2018 AND THAT MEANS THE TOTAL HEALTH CARE EMPLOYMENT WILL JUMP FROM 15.8 MILLION, WHERE IT WAS IN 2008 TO 19. MILLION IN 2018, ACCORDING TO THAT REPORT -- TO TO 19.8 MILLION IN 2018 ACCORDING TO THAT REPORT. DURING THAT TIME, HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS WILL SEE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES IN JOBS GROWTH. REGISTERED NURSES WILL GROW BY 22.2%. LICENSED PRACTICAL AND LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSES WILL GROW BY 20.7%. HOME HEALTH AIDES WILL GROW BY 50%. NURSING AIDES, ORDERLIES, AND ATTENDANTS WILL GROW BY 28%. PERSONAL AND HOME CARE AIDES WILL GROW BY 28% AND PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS BY 21.8%. THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY MISREPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE BILL FROM ITS OPPONENTS BOTH INSIDE OF CONGRESS AND OUT. IT'S NOT FAIR TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WHO AT THE LEAST, VERY LEAST, OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO DEPEND ON THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION AND THEN THEY OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO EXPECT US TO ACT ON THAT ACCURATE INFORMATION. THERE ARE SOMEAGE CEASE THAT SUGGEST THAT THE EFFECT ON THE ECONOMY WILL BE MINIMAL. EVEN THOUGH I DO NOT AGREE, I WANT TO READ FROM THE CONCLUSION OF ONE SUCH PAPER AND THAT PAPER IS ENTITLED HOW WILL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AFFECT JOBS A TIMELY ANALYSIS OF IMMEDIATE HEALTH POLICY ISSUES, WRITTEN BY JOHN HOLLOHAN AND A BOWEN GARRETT. I THINK IT HELPS TO DISPEL ERRONEOUS REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT WHAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WOULD OR WOULD NOT DO. IN ITS CONCLUSION THEY WRITE, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS UNLIKELY TO HAVE MAJOR AGGREGATE AFFECTS ON THE U.S. ECONOMY, BUT THEY ALSO SAY THE INCREASED SPENDING BECAUSE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WILL INCREASE DEMAND FOR HEALTH SERVICES AND DEMAND FOR LABOR IN THE HEALTH SECTOR. CUTS IN MEDICARE AND VARIOUS COST CONTAINMENT PROVISION, SUCCESSFUL, AS PROPOSED BY THE RYAN PLAN, WOULD HAVE JUST THE OPPOSITE EFFECT. IT WOULD KILL JOBS. THE NEW TAXES ON MEDICAL DEVICES COULD HAVE ADVERSE EFFECTS ON THOSE INDUSTRIES, EXCEPT FOR THE FACT THAT COVERAGE EXPANSION WOULD PROVIDE NEW REVENUES WELL IN EXCESS OF ANY NEW TAX OBLIGATION. COST CONTAINMENT EFFORTS, IF SUCCESSFUL, WILL HAVE THE OPPOSITE EFFECT. REDUCING GROWTH AND SPENDING ON MEDICARE AND MEDICAID FOR COST CONTAINMENT EFFORTS IF SUCCESSFUL WILL HAVE SOMEWHAT OPPOSITE EFFECTS, REDUCING GROWTH IN SPENDING ON MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, REDUCING TAXES OR BORROWING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE TO UNDERTAKE. COST CONTAINMENT THEN THAT REDUCES THE FEDERAL BUDGET DEFICIT WOULD RESULT IN FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH, MORE EMPLOYMENT AND HIGHER FAMILY INCOMES. COST CONTAINMENT WOULD ALSO FREE UP PRIVATE DOLLARS TO BE SPENT IN NONHEALTH AREAS OF THE ECONOMY. THUS STIMULATING THE ECONOMY IN MANY WAYS. THEY ALSO GO ON TO SAY THAT CONCERN OVER THE IMPACT OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND SMALL BUSINESSES IS MISPLACED. SMALL BUSINESSES WITH FEWER THAN 50 WORKERS WILL BE EXEMPT FROM THE ASSESSMENT. MOST LARGER FIRMS ALREADY PROVIDE INSURANCE TO THEIR WORKERS AND ARE UNLIKELY TO FACE ASSESSMENTS UNDER THE NEW LAW. SMALL BUSINESS THEY GO ON TO SAY, SHOULD BENEFIT FROM THE AVAILABILITY OF LOWER COST PLANS AND THE EFFORTS TO INCREASE COMPETITION AND CONTAIN COSTS WITHIN THE EXCHANGE. I HOPE THAT BEGINS TO CLEAR SOME OF THE MISREPRESENTATIONS UP ABOUT HOW THAT BILL WOULD HURT THE ECONOMY BECAUSE IT WOULD NOT KILL JOBS, IT WOULD NOT HURT SMALL BUSINESSES AND IT'S NOT LIKELY TO HAVE A GREAT IMPACT ON THE LARGER BUSINESSES EITHER. THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS COMING TO THE FLOOR EVERY MONDAY NIGHT THAT WE'RE IN SESSION IS TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE ISSUES WE KNOW ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR CONSTITUENTS AND IMPORTANT TO AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. THE PRIMARY ONE IS -- ONE IS JOBS BUT ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE IS NOT FAR BEHIND AN WE OUGHT TO SUPPORT RATHER MISREPRESENT AND TRY TO APPEAL, WE SHOULD SUPPORT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, A GOOD BILL THAT'S GOOD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY AND GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY AND WE'RE ONCE AGAIN CALLING ON THIS BODY TO PASS THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT. THE FACT THAT IT COMES FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA SHOULD NOT BE A REASON TO DISMISS IT AND DECLARE IT DEAD ON ARRIVAL AS SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE SAID. MANY PROPOSALS COME DIRECTLY OUT OF BILLS THEY THEMSELVES HAVE PROPOSED. I WOULD SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES, PLEASE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SOISK THE POLITICS, THEY'RE SICK OF THE BICKERSERING -- BICKERING, THEY IMMEDIATE JOBS NOW, THEY CAN'T WAIT, WE SHOULD NOT WAIT, LET'S PASS THE JOBS ACT NOW. I DON'T SEE THAT I HAVE ANY OF MY OTHER COLLEAGUES JOINING ME THIS EVENING. SO I AM READY TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:28:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS RISE?

  • 07:28:32 PM

    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW AD JOURN, MR. SPEAKER.

  • 07:28:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE HOUSE

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