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House Session - December 12, 2011

During Morning Hour, any member was able to speak for up to five minutes on any topic. When no additional members sought recognition, Morning Hour concluded.

Speakers:
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  • 12:00:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:00:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., DECEMBER 12, 2011. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE…

    ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., DECEMBER 12, 2011. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE JEFF DENHAM TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, JOHN A. BOEHNER, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 12:01:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 02:00:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:02:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES…

    CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1 THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED.

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  • 02:02:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 02:02:27 PM

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    TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE…

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

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  • 02:02:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED.

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  • 02:02:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL PLEASE RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONE. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA,

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  • 02:03:07 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

  • 02:03:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

  • 02:03:37 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, PURSUANT TO THE…

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON DECEMBER 9, 2011, AT 10:02 A.M., THAT THE SENATE CONCUR IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES' AMENDMENT TO THE JOINT RESOLUTION, SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 22, THAT THE SENATE PASSED WITHOUT AMENDMENT H.R. 2061, THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE 1974, THAT THE SENATE AGREED TO WITHOUT AMENDMENT HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 86. WITH BEST WISHES I AM. SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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  • 02:04:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

  • 02:04:24 PM

    THE CLERK

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

    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 SUBPOENA ISSUED BY THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FOR TESTIMONY IN A CIVIL CASE. AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL I HAVE DETERMINED THAT COMPLIANCE WITH THE SUBPOENA IS CONSISTENT WITH THE PRIVILEGES AND RIGHTS OF THE HOUSE. SIGNED SINCERELY, GRANT SHIRLING, PRINCIPAL ENGINEER, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER.

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  • 02:04:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF T

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  • 02:05:09 PM

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    DEBATING EIGHT BILLS, INCLUDING A FEDERAL OIL AND

  • 04:16:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:16:27 PM

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    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE BILL 384.

  • 04:16:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:16:39 PM

    THE CLERK

    A SEMIPOSTAL TO RAISE FUNDS FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH.

  • 04:16:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ISEN AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ISEN AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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  • 04:17:11 PM

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    ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE DAY -- MR. ISEN -- -- MR.

  • 04:17:21 PM

    MR. ISSA

    THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEBLING SLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR…

    THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEBLING SLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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  • 04:17:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 04:17:33 PM

    MR. ISSA

    AMEND TITLE 39 OF THE UNITED STATES CODE TO EXTEND THE AWE TEN -- THE…

    AMEND TITLE 39 OF THE UNITED STATES CODE TO EXTEND THE AWE TEN -- THE AUTHORITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE TO ISSUE A SEMIPOSTAL TO RAISE FUNDS FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH. 64 SENATORS HAVE CO-SPONSORED IT, MY COMMITTEE VOTED IT OUT UNANIMOUSLY. SENATE BILL 384 IS VERY SIMPLE YET IMPORTANT THAT WE PASS AND PASS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. SENATE BILL 384 WILL ALLOW THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE TO CONTINUE TO SELL SPECIAL POSTAGE STAMPS THAT GENERATE FUNDS USED FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH. IN 1997, PRESIDENT CLINTON SIGNED PUBLIC LAW 105-41, KNOWN AS THE STAMP OUT BREAST CANCER ACT. THE LAW AUTHORIZES THE POSTAL SERVICE TO SELL, FOR THE FIRST TIME, A SPECIAL STAMP FOR FIRST CLASS MAIL. THUNDER ELAW, THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE SELL THIS IS STAMP AT A PRICE THAT IS ABOVE THE STANDARD FIRST CLASS MAILING RATE. BUYERS WILLINGLY BUY THIS KNOWING THAT THIS IS HEAVENING STAMP OUT BREAST CANCER. AFTER ACCOUNTING FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS, THE POSTAL SERVICE TRANSFERS SURPLUS FUNDS TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH. TODAY, THE SALE OF EACH 55-CENT STAMP GENERATES 11 CENTS TO GO TOWARD BREAST CANCER RESERM. SINCE BEING OFFERED INTO PUBLIC LAW IN 1998, NEARLY 925 -- NEARLY $925 MILLION, THAT'S RIGHT, A BILLION DOLLARS, VERY SOLD. OVER $74 MILLION OF PROCEEDS HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE N.I.H. AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, MR. CUMMINGS, AND MY COLLEAGUE HERE TODAY, MR. CLAY, FOR CHAMPIONING THIS BILL AND ITS RE-AUTHORIZATION. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK SENATOR FEINSTEIN FOR HER WORK IN MOVING THIS BILL IN THE OTHER CHAMBER IN A TIMELY FASHION. THE AUTHORIZATION FOR THIS STAMP EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 31, AND, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE ACT AND ACT TODAY IF WE ARE IN FACT GOING TO CONTINUE TO HELP THE MORE THAN 2.5 MILLION WOMEN CURRENTLY LIVELING WITH BREAST CANCER NATIONWIDE AND OVER 200,000 WOMEN DIAGNOSED WITH THIS DISEASE EACH YEAR IN OUR COUNTRY. THE FUNDS GENERATED FROM THIS STAMP ARE GREATLY NEEDED. EACH DOLLAR RAISED FOR RESEARCH INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD THAT MORE PEOPLE WILL BECOME CANCER SURVIVORS, RATHER THAN CANCER STATISTICS. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:20:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:20:17 PM

    MR. CLAY

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:20:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:20:23 PM

    MR. CLAY

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASE TO -- PLEASED TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 384,…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASE TO -- PLEASED TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 384, ALONG WITH MY CHAIRMAN, MR. ISSA OF CALIFORNIA, OF THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR AND THIS BILL S. 384 WILL EXTEND THE AUTHORITY OF THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE TO ISSUE THE POPULAR SEMIPOSTAL STAMP THAT HELPS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH. THE MEASURE BEFORE US, S. 384, SPONSORED BY OUR SENATE COLLEAGUE, SENATOR DIANE FEINSTEIN AND HERE IN THE HOUSE, REPRESENTATIVE JOBA KA, ALSO FROM CALIFORNIA, WHO INTRODUCED THE COMPANION VERSION OF THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, CANCER IS ONE OF THE SCOURGES OF OUR SOCIETY AND MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A TRULY BIPARTISAN BILL. THAT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN A COST EFFICIENT MANNER. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL WITHOUT RESERVATION. THIS BILL ALLOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO CONTINUE CONTRIBUTING TO THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER AND CANCER IN GENERAL FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:21:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:21:52 PM

    MR. ISSA

    PACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 04:21:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

  • 04:22:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 04:22:30 PM

    MR. ISSA

    MR. SPEAKER. I OBJECT TO THE VOTES ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT…

    MR. SPEAKER. I OBJECT TO THE VOTES ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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  • 04:22:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEED OPTION THE QUESTION WILL…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEED OPTION THE QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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  • 04:22:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 04:22:50 PM

    MR. ISSA

    MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 3220. THE…

    MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 3220. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: DOES THE GENTLEMAN CALL UP H.R.

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  • 04:22:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN CALL UP H.R. 3220.

  • 04:23:03 PM

    MR. ISSA

    CORRECT. I CALL UP H.R. 3220.

  • 04:23:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:23:13 PM

    THE CLERK

    BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED…

    BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 170 EVERGREEN SQUARE SOUTHWEST IN PINE CITY, MINNESOTA, AS THE MASTER SERGEANT DANIEL L. FEDER POST OFFICE.

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  • 04:23:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SY ISSA, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SY ISSA, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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  • 04:23:38 PM

    MR. ISSA

    I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND…

    I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 04:23:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 04:23:48 PM

    MR. ISSA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RECOGNIZE MYSELF FOR SUCH TIME AS I MASON UM --…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RECOGNIZE MYSELF FOR SUCH TIME AS I MASON UM -- CONSUME.

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  • 04:23:58 PM

    MR. ISSA

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 3220, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA WHO WILL…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 3220, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA WHO WILL SHORTLY SPEAK, MR. CRAVAACK, WOULD DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 170 EVERGREEN SQUARE SOUTHWEST IN PINE CITY, MINNESOTA, FOR MASTER SERGEANT DANIEL L. FEDDER. THE BILL IS CO-SPONSORED BY THE ENTIRE MINNESOTA STATE DELEGATION AND HAS BEEN FAVORABLY REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE. ADDITIONALLY, THE MASTER SERNLT DIED TRAGICALLY IN AUGUST OF LAST YEAR WHILE HE WAS BASED OUT OF CAMP PENDLETON, WITHIN MY DISTRICT, AND WAS SERVING HONORABLY IN OUR THEATER OF OPERATION. MR. SPEAKER, THE POSTAL NAMING IS SOMETHING THAT OUR COMMITTEE TAKES SERIOUSLY. WE REQUIRE THAT ALL POST OFFICES HAVE UNANIMOUS SUPPORT IN ORDER TO BE NAMED AND UNDER THIS YEAR'S RULES, WE REQUIRE THAT IT BE FOR INDIVIDUALS BEFITTING OF THE HONOR OF HAVING A POST OFFICE NAMED AFTER THEM AND VIRTUALLY EVERY POSTAL NAMING THIS YEAR HAS BEEN AFTER ONE OF OUR FALLEN HEROES. WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, FOR THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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  • 04:25:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:25:23 PM

    MR. CRAVAACK

    THANK YOUING MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CHAIRMAN ISSA FOR THE INTRODUCE. --…

    THANK YOUING MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CHAIRMAN ISSA FOR THE INTRODUCE. -- INTRODUCTION. I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF MASTER SERGEANT DANIEL FEDDER BY RENAMING THE POST OFFICE IN HIS HOMETOWN AS THE MASTER SERGEANT DANIEL L. FEDER POST OFFICE. HE DIED ON AUGUST 27, 2010, WHILE SUPPORTING OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN AS PART OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. WHILE WORKING AS AN ORDNANCE DISPOSAL TECHNICIAN, HE WAS KILLED BY THE BLAST OF AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE. HE WAS A 16-YEAR VETERAN -- OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS WITH COMPLETED DEPLOYMENTS IN IRAQ, 2004, 2006, AN OVERSEAS DEPLOYMENT WITH THE 11TH EXPEDITIONARY UNIT IN 2007. HE WAS ON HIS FIRST COMBAT TOUR IN AFGHANISTAN BUT WAS A VERY DECORATE MAD REIN WITH SEVERAL MILITARY AWARDS, INCLUDING THE PURPLE HEART, TWO NAVY MARINE CORPS COMMENDATION MEDALS AN AN ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL. HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE SEVENTH ENGINEERING SUPPORT BATTALION, FIRST MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE-OUT OF CAMP PENDLETON, CALIFORNIA HE GREW UP IN PINE CITY, MINNESOTA. HE'S SURVIVED BY HIS PARENTS, ROBERT AND JACKIE MCKELLER WHO STILL RESIDE IN THE AREA. HE IS FURTHER SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, DIANA, AND FORMER SPOUSE, SUSAN FEDDER AND THEIR TWO CHILDREN, DAUGHTER, DANIELLE AND SON STROM. A SCHOLARSHIP HAS BEEN CREATED IN HIS NAME GIVING SUPPORT TO GRADUATING SENIORS FROM PINE CITY HIGH SCHOOL, WHERE HE ATTENDED HE SPENT HIS CAREER IN SERVICE FOR HIS COUNTRY AND ENDED UP MAKING THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE WHILE WORKING TO PROTECT HIS FELLOW AMERICANS IN AFGHANISTAN AND AT HOME. DANIEL FEDDER IS A TRUE AMERICAN HERO AND I AM PRIVILEGED AND HUMBLED BY THE OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR HIS LIFE, SACRIFICE AND LEGACY BY DESIGNATING THE LOCAL POST OFFICE OF HIS HOMETOWN IN HIS NAME. IT IS MY HOPE THAT THIS POST OFFICE WILL STAND AS A REMINER TO TANL'S FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND THE CITIZENS OF PINE CITY, MINNESOTA, OF MY APPRECIATION, THE APPRECIATION OF HIS CONSTITUENTS IN MINNESOTA'S EIGHTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND AMERICA'S APPRECIATION FF MASTER SERGEANT FEDDER AND OTHERS LIKE HIM WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED IN COMBAT OPERATIONS WHILE SERVING OUR COUNTRY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:28:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:28:09 PM

    MR. CLAY

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 04:28:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:28:14 PM

    MR. CLAY

    JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN THE CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL. H.R. 3220 DESIGNATES…

    JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN THE CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL. H.R. 3220 DESIGNATES THE FACILITY OF THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 170 EVERGREEN SQUARE SOUTHWEST IN PINE CITY, MINNESOTA, AS THE MASTER SERGEANT DANIEL L. FEDDER POST OFFICE HE MEASURE BEFORE US WAS FIRST INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE CHIP CRAVAACK, OF MINNESOTA, ON OCTOBER 14, 2011. BEFORE SERVING IN AFGHANISTAN, MASTER SERGEANT FEDDER HAD RECEIVE HEAD THE PURPLE HEART A NAVY MARINE CORPS COMMENDATION MEDAL AND JOINT SERVICE ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL, AMONG MANY OTHERS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THAT WE RECOGNIZE AND HONOR THE HEROIC ACTIONS AND THE LIFE OF SERVICE OF MASTER SERGEANT DANIEL L. FEDDER AND PASS THE UNDERLYING BILL WITHOUT RESERVATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:29:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 04:29:26 PM

    MR. ISSA

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:30:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:31:03 PM

    MR. CLAY

    TO CLOSE BY URGING ADOPTION OF THIS BILL, H.R. 3220 RENAMES THE POST…

    TO CLOSE BY URGING ADOPTION OF THIS BILL, H.R. 3220 RENAMES THE POST OFFICE IN PINE CITY, MINNESOTA, AFTER MASTER SERGEANT FEDDER WHO GAVE HIS LIFE IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM AND SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:31:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:31:25 PM

    MR. ISSA

    IN CLOSING I JOIN MY COLLEAGUE IN THIS BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO NAME THE POST…

    IN CLOSING I JOIN MY COLLEAGUE IN THIS BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO NAME THE POST OFFICE AFTER MASTER SERGEANT DANIEL L. FEDDER. AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:31:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3220. 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 --

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  • 04:31:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:31:50 PM

    MR. ISSA

    ON THAT I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 04:31:52 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 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. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:32:10 PM

    MR. ISSA

    SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3246.

  • 04:32:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:32:21 PM

    THE CLERK

    3246, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE…

    3246, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 15455 MANCHESTER ROAD IN BALLWIN, MISSOURI, AS THE SPECIALIST PETER J. NAVARRO POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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  • 04:32:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ISSA, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ISSA, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 04:32:45 PM

    MR. ISSA

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. 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 UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 04:32:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MEMBER -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MEMBER -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:32:59 PM

    MR. ISSA

  • 04:33:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:33:18 PM

    MR. AKIN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 3246, A BILL I INTRODUCED TO HONOR THE LIFE OF PETER J. NAVARRO. BY DESIGNATING THE POST OFFICE IN BALLWIN, MISSOURI, AS THE SPECIALIST PETER J. NAVARRO POST OFFICE BUILDING. A RESIDENT OF WILDWOOD, MISSOURI, SPECIALIST PETER J. NAVARRO WAS PART OF COMPANY A, SECOND BATTALION, 70TH ARMORED REG MEANT, THIRD BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM AND THE FIRST ARMORED DIVISION. ON DECEMBER 13, 2005, SPECIALIST NAVARRO WAS ONE OF FOUR SOLDIERS KILLED WHEN A ROADSIDE BOMB DETONATED NEAR THEIR HUMVEE DURING COMBAT OPERATIONS IN TAJI, IRAQ. A GRADUATE OF LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL, PETER DECLINED HIS ACCEPTANCE AT TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY SO THAT COULD HE JOIN THE ARMY RIGHT AFTER HIS GRADUATION. WHEN PETER RETURNED HOME FOR HIS YOUNGER BROTHER'S FUNERAL, HE WAS FACED WITH THE UNDENIABLE RISKS OF SERVING HIS COUNTRY. HOWEVER HE RETURNED TO IRAQ, TELLING FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT WITHOUT HIM THEY WOULD BE A MAN SHORT. THEY NEED ME THERE. PETER WAS A DESSTATE -- DEDICATED SOLDIER, WILLING TO GIVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE TO PROTECT HIS COUNTRY AND THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO RESIDE THERE. AS PETER'S FATHER, RETIRED CHIEF PETTY OFFICER JOSE NAVARRO SAID, HE CARED FOR THE SOLDIERS HE WORKED WITH. HE WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR HIS FRIENDS AND HE TOLD ME HE BELIEVED IN WHAT THE MISSION WAS. AS A FATHER OF THREE MARINES, I HAVE WATCHED MY BOYS DEPLOY TO IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. AS SUCH IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO STAND HERE TODAY TO HONOR ONE OF OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS. PETER'S COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION TO HIS COUNTRY IS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF HOW OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN ARE THE FINEST OUR NATION HAS TO OFFER. HE AND HIS FAMILY'S SACRIFICE WOULD SERVE AS A REMINDER TO ALL OF US THAT FREEDOM WE ENJOY AS AMERICANS IS NOT FREE, BUT IT'S THE RESULT OF TREMENDOUS BRAVERY . AND SELFLESS SERVICE OF MEN AND WOMEN WILLING TO PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY FOR FREEDOM'S CAUSE. OUR NATION WILL BE FOREVER INDEBTED TO SPECIALIST PETER NAVARRO. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THAT MY COLLEAGUES JOIN ME TODAY IN HONORING PETER. VOTE YES ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 3246. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CLAY

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CLAY

    SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF THE DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON…

    SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF THE DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM, I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3246. THIS BILL DESIGNATES THE FACILITY OF THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 15455 MANCHESTER ROAD IN BALLWIN, MISSOURI, AS THE SPECIALIST PETER J. NAVARRO POST OFFICE BUILDING. THE MEASURE BEFORE US WAS FIRST INTRODUCED BY MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE TODD ACHE EVER OF MISSOURI, ON OCTOBER -- AKIN OF MISSOURI, ON OCTOBER 24, 2011. IN ACCORDANCE WITH COMMITTEE REQUIREMENTS, THE ENTIRE MISSOURI DELEGATION SERVES AS CO-SPONSORS TO THE BILL. A RESIDENT, PETER J. NAVARRO, A RESIDENT OF WILDWOOD, MISSOURI, A GRADUATE OF LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL AND AN IN HONOR OF HIS SERVICE, SPECIALIST NAVARRO HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL, THE PURPLE HEART AND THE BRONZE STAR. HE WAS A DEDICATED SOLDIER WILLING TO GIVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE TO PROTECT HIS COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THAT WE RECOGNIZE SPECIALIST NAVARRO'S LIFE AND PASS THE UNDERLYING BILL WITHOUT RESERVATION. PASSAGE OF H.R. 3246 IS BUT A SMALL TOKEN OF APPRECIATION FOR THE FAITHFUL SERVICE OF AN OUTSTANDING AMERICAN SOLDIER AND I URGE ITS IMMEDIATE ADOPTION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ISSA

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I JOIN WITH…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUES FROM MISSOURI ON THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT, THAT WE ARE UNITED BY THE NAMING OF THIS POST OFFICE ON BEHALF OF OUR FALLEN HERO. FEW UNITES US IN CONGRESS LIKE A RECOGNITION THAT MEN AND WOMEN TODAY ARE STILL PAYING THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR OUR FREEDOM. KNOWING THE RISK, SERVING A LONG TIME, PETER NAVARRO KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING WHEN HE WENT BACK TO IRAQ AND HE DID SO KNOWING THE RISK THAT HE TOOK. MANY YOUTH IN AMERICA TAKE RISKS AND THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO AND THEY LOSE THEIR LIFE. BUT THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE ARMED FORCES KNOW THE RISK AND PARTICULARLY WHEN THEY'VE ALREADY BEEN IN COMBAT, RETURNED HOME AND GO AGAIN. SADLY MORE AND MORE ARE GOING AGAIN FOR THEIR SECOND, THIRD AND FOURTH TIME AND PETER WAS NO EXCEPTION. SO TODAY AS WE NAME THIS POST OFFICE ON BEHALF OF ONE FALLEN HERO FROM MISSOURI, HOPEFULLY WE'LL TAKE TIME TO REFLECT ABOUT THE MANY FROM MISSOURI WHO WILL NOT HAVE SOMETHING NAMED AFTER THEM BUT SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN FOR THEIR SACRIFICE AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE FREEDOMS WE ENJOY. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CLAY

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS AND I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. LET…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS AND I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. LET US JOIN TOGETHER AND SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3246, IN HONOR OF SPECIALIST PETER J. NAVARRO. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3246. 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 --

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    MR. ISSA

    MR. SPEAKER, I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. ISSA

    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2158.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED…

    BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 14901 ADELFA DRIVE IN LA MIRADA, CALIFORNIA, AS THE WANE GRISHAM POST OFFICE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ISSA, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ISSA, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. ISSA

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ISSA

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ISSA

    2158 , INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    2158 , INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SANCHEZ, WOULD DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 14901 ADELFA DRIVE IN LA MIRED AA, CALIFORNIA, AS THE WANE GRISHAM POST OFFICE. THIS BILL ENJOYS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. IN FACT, EVERY MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA DELEGATION SUPPORTS IT. ALL 53. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS FITTING AND PROPER THAT WANE GRISHAM, MAN WHO DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO PUBLIC SERVICE, BE RECOGNIZED. BORN IN 1923, MR. GRISHAM SERVED AS A FIGHTER PILOT IN WORLD WAR II AND WAS SHOT DOWN OVER GERMANY, EARNING A PURPLE HEART. AFTER HIS SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN REAL ESTATE, MR. GRISHAM WAS ELECTED TO THE LA MIRADA CITY CONSULT WHERE HE SERVED FOR EIGHT YEARS. IN 1978 HE WAS ELECTED TO SERVE AS A MEMBER OF THIS BODY, REPRESENTING CALIFORNIA'S 33RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. HE SERVED FOR TWO TERMS. IN 1983 HE WAS APPOINTED BY THEN PRESIDENT REAGAN TO SERVE AS A DIRECTOR OF THE PEACE CORPS IN KENYA. AFTER HIS SERVICE IN KENYA, MR. GRISHAM WAS ELECTED TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY. IN 1984 WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL 1998. SADLY, MR. SPEAKER, ON JANUARY OF THIS YEAR MR. GRISHAM DIED AT THE AGE OF 88. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE OF 66 YEARS, HIS SON, DAUGHTER AND FIVE GRANDCHILDREN. AFTER HIS DEATH HE WAS DESCRIBED BY THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. DREIER, WHO MR. GRISHAM LOST TO IN A 1982 RE-ELECTION BID, AS BEING THE MODEL OF CIVILITY AND A TRUE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, WE DON'T HEAR THAT VERY MUCH IN THIS BODY. I'LL REPEAT IT. AS THE MODEL OF CIVILITY AND A TRUE GENTLEMAN. I URGE MEMBERS TO JOIN WITH ME IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION IN HONORING A TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CLAY

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CLAY

    MR. SPEAKER, I JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2158 WHICH WOULD RENAME THE U.S. POST ALPHA SILT AT 14901 ADELFA DRIVE IN LA MIRADA, CALIFORNIA, AS THE WANE GRISHAM POST OFFICE -- WAYNE GRISHAM POST OFFICE. THIS BILL WAS FIRST INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE LINDA SANCHEZ, OF CALIFORNIA. THE BILL IS WIDELY SUPPORTED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE CALIFORNIA DELEGATION AND HAS BEEN PROPERLY VETTED AND APPROVED BY THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE. AND AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, MS. SANCHEZ, AS SHE MIGHT CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MS. SANCHEZ

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2158, A BILL WHICH WOULD DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 14901 ADELFA DRIVE IN LA MIRADA, AS THE WAYNE GRISHAM POST OFFICE. WE COULD NOT BE HONORING A MORE DESERVING MEMBER OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY. WAYNE GRISHAM DEDICATE THE HIS LIFE TO HIS -- DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO OUR COUNTRY AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. HE VALIANTLY SERVED AS A FIGHTER PILOT DURING WORLD WAR II AND WAS HELD AS A PRISONER OF WAR. MR. GRISHAM WAS AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART AND AIR MEDAL FOR HIS COURAGEOUS SERVICE. AFTER THE WAR, WAYNE RETURNED HOME TO WITTIER COLLEGE WHERE HE EARNED A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN ECONOMICS AND WENT ON TO TEACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN LONG BEACH. EVENTUALLY AN ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT LED MR. GRISHAM TO OPEN A REALTY BUSINESS. A SELF-DESCRIBED CONSERVATIVE DO-GOODER, HIS DEDICATION TO OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY WAS TRULY REMARKABLE. MR. GRISHAM PROUDLY SERVED THE CITY OF LA MIRADA FOR OVER TWO DECADES BEGINNING IN 1970 WHEN HE WAS ELECTED TO THE CITY COUNCIL. HE LATER WENT ON TO BE THE MAYOR OF THAT CITY. WAYNE ONCE SAID, QUOTE, I THINK OF MYSELF AS AN AVERAGE GUY AND I THINK IT WAS THE AVERAGE GUY WHO ELECTED ME. IT WAS THAT CONNECTION WITH THE COMMUNITY THAT GUIDED WAYNE THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER. MR. GRISHAM CONTINUED HIS SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY WITH HIS ELECTION TO CONGRESS IN 1978 AND THE CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY IN 1984. HE ALSO LENT HIS TALENTS TO THE PEACE CORPS, SERVING AS DIRECTOR IN KENYA. MORE IMPORTANT THAN HIS DEDICATION TO HIS LOCAL COMMUNITY WAS HIS DEDICATION TO HIS LIFE AS A HUSBAND, FATHER AND GRANDFATHER HE MARRIED HIS HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART IN 1944 AND HAD THREE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN, KATHY, RANDY AND KELLY. HE WAS BLESSED WITH SEVEN GRANDCHILDREN. HIS DAUGHTER KELLY RECENTLY REMEMBERED HER FATHER THIS WAY. HE WAS ALWAYS SMILING AND ALWAYS HAD A KIND WORD HE LOVED -- LOVED WHEN HE COULD HELP PEOPLE HE TOOK GREAT PRIDE IN THE WORK HE DID FOR THE CITY OF LA MIRADA, THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND HIS COMMUNITY HE BELIEVED IN TREATING EVERYONE WITH RESPECT. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN HONORING THE SERVICE AND MEMORY OF THIS DEDICATED CIVIC LEADER. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK TO MY COLLEAGUE.

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    MR. CLAY

    I RESERVE THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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    MR. ISSA

    HONOR TO YIELD SUCH TIME HEAS MAY CONSUME TO A FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE WHO…

    HONOR TO YIELD SUCH TIME HEAS MAY CONSUME TO A FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ON HIS BEHALF, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LEWIS.

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    MR. LEWIS

    I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUES RECOGNIZING THE SERVICE OF OUR DEAR FRIEND,…

    I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUES RECOGNIZING THE SERVICE OF OUR DEAR FRIEND, WAYNE GRISHAM. IN MY EARLY DAYS IN CONGRESS, WE SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF TIME WITH WAYNE AND MILLY, WE TRAVELED TOGETHER AND TALKED OFTEN OF OTHER TRIPS TO TAKE TRIPSING TO. OUR FAVORITE PLACE IN THE WEST WAS CATALINA ISLAND. WE PLANNED TO SPEND AT LEAST ONE WEEKEND THERE TOGETHER. IT'S WITH GREAT REGRET THAT I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF HIS PASSING IN JANUARY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:47:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    MR. ISSA

    HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CLAY

    NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2158 WHICH…

    NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2158 WHICH RENAMES THE POST OFFICE AFTER MR. WAYNE GRISHAM. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H R. 2158. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H R. 2158. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. POSEFOSE -- THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED.

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    MR. ISSA

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL DOWNED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN THIS EYEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:48:31 PM

    MR. ISSA

    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2767.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED…

    BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 8 WEST SILVER STREET IN WESTFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, AS THE WILLIAM T. TRANT POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ISSA, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ISSA, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. ISSA

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN VECK NICED.

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    MR. ISSA

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ISSA

    2767 INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. OLVER, WOULD DEZ…

    2767 INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. OLVER, WOULD DEZ IG TATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 8 WEST SILVER STREET IN WESTFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, AS THE WILLIAM T. TRANT POST OFFICE BUILDING. THIS BILL IS CO-SPONSORED BY THE ENTIRE MASSACHUSETTS DELEGATION AND IS FAVORABLY REPORTED UNANIMOUSLY FROM OUR COMMITTEE IN NOVEMBER. MR. SPEAKER, WILLIAM TRANT WAS A MAN TRULY DEDICATED TO SERVING BOTH HIS COUNTRY AND HIS COMMUNITY. IN 1943, HE ENLISTED IN THE ARMY AND SAW COMBAT IN EUROPE, SUFFERING WOUNDS AT BOTH NORMANDY AND RYANLAND. FOR HIS SERVICE, HE WAS AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART AS WELL AS NUMEROUS OTHER SERVICE MEDALS. AFTER RETURNING FROM WAR, MR. TRANT BEGAN HIS CAREER WORKING FOR THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE, THERE IN WESTFIELD. FOLLOWING A SHORT STINT WITH THE NEW YORK GIANTS -- GIANTS' MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM, MR. TRANT RETURNED TO HIS CAREER AT THE POSTAL SERVICE. AS WE KNOW IN GOVERNMENT, IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE A BACKUP JOB IF YOU'RE GOING TO PITCH. WHERE HE WOULD CONTINUE TO SERVE FOR 32 YEARS. MR. TRANT ROSE TO THE RANK OF POST MAST EFF -- POSTMASTER OF THE POST OFFICE HE SERVED IN. HE ALSO DID MANY COMMUNITY WORKS INCLUDING SERVING ON THE WESTFIELD CITY COUNCIL FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS AND IN 1962,AL SERVED AS ACTING MAYOR. IT IS FITTING THAT WE NAME THE WESTFIELD POST OFFICE AFTER ITS POSTMASTER. IN 1967, HE SERVED AS PROCUREMENT OFFICER IN SPRING FIELD POST OFFICE AS WELL AS A PROCUREMENT DIRECTOR OF SERVICES IN NORTHEAST POSTAL DISTRICT IN HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT. SADLY, MR. SPEAKER, IN 2002, MR. TRANT PASSED AWAY. HE IS REMEMBERED BY MANY IN WESTFIELD AS BOTH AN EXEMPLARY CITIZEN AND A PERSON OF CHARACTER. I URGE ALL MY MEMBERS TO JOIN MANY SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION TO HONOR THE TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CLAY

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CLAY

    I AM PLEASED TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2767. THIS BILL WOULD DESIGNATE…

    I AM PLEASED TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2767. THIS BILL WOULD DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 8 WEST SILVER STREET IN WESTFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, AS THE WILLIAM T. TRANT POST OFFICE BUILDING. THE MEASURE WAS FIRST INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE JOHN OLVER, OF MASSACHUSETTS, ON AUGUST 1, 2011, THE ENTIRE MASSACHUSETTS DELEGATION SUPPORTS THE BILL, HAVING MET ALL OF THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE'S REQUIREMENTS, H.R. 3004 RUZZ RE-- WAS REPORTED FAVE ARE -- FAVORABLY BY THE COMMITTEE ON NOVEMBER 3, 2011. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME, I WOULD YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS MAY CONSUME, MR. OLVER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. OLVER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI FOR YIELDING ME TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI FOR YIELDING ME TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT H.R. 2767, A BILL THAT WOULD EZZD -- DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE AT 8 WEST SILVER STREET IN WESTFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, AS THE WILLIAM T. TRANT POST OFFICE BUILDING. WILLIAM TRANT WAS AN EXEMPLARY CITIZEN, A SOLDIER, A FATHER, A PUBLIC SERVICE AND PILLAR OF HIS COMMUNITY. BORN AND RAISED IN WESTFIELD, HE ENLISTED IN THE U.S. ARMY IN 1943 AND PARTICIPATED IN FIVE OF THE GREAT CAMPAIGNS OF WORLD WAR II. INCLUDING THE INVASION OF NORMANDY. HE WAS DECORATED WITH SEVERAL MILITARY HONORS, INCLUDING THE EUROPEAN-AFRICAN-MIDDLE EASTERN CAMPAIGN MEDAL WITH FIVE BRONZE STAR THE GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL THND ME PURPLE HEART WITH OAK LEAF CLUSTER FOR WOUNDS SUSTAINED AT NORMANDY AND RHINELAND. AFTER BEING DISCHARGED AT THE END THEY HAVE WAR, MR. TRANT RETURNED HOME TO WORK FOR THE POST OFFICE IN WEST FIELD, LEAVING BRIEFLY TO PITCH ON A BASEBALL TEAM AFILL KUWAITED WITH THE NEW YORK GIANTS. HE SERVED AS ACTING MAYOR IN WESTFIELD IN 1962 FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF WESTFIELD'S INCUMBENT MAYOR. THROUGH HIS SERVICE HE BECAME FRIENDS WITH MANY MASSACHUSETTS POLITICAL FIGURES FROM BOTH PARTIES, INCLUDING PRESIDENT JOHN KENNEDY -- KENNEDY, SENATOR ED KENNEDY, CONGRESSMAN CONTE AND HOUSE SPEAKER TIP O'NEILL. 2341967, MR. TRANT WAS APPOINTED POSTMASTER AT THE WESTFIELD POST OFFICE. A TITLE WHICH HE PROUDLY HELD WHILE SERVING AS -- FOR MANY YEARS. MR. TRANT WAS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN SPORTS PROGRAMS FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF WESTFIELD, INCLUDING THE WESTFIELD LITTLE LEAGUE, WESTFIELD BABE RUTH AND WESTFIELD AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL HE AND HIS WIFE MARY WERE DEVOTED PARENTS TO NINE CHILDREN, HE PASS AID WAY IN 2002, HAVING LIVED A LIFE THAT IS AN EXAMPLE AND INSPIRATION FOR ALL WHO KNEW HIM. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE PASS ABBLING OF H.R. 2767 AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN HONORING WILLIAM TRANT'S SERVICE TO HIS COUNTRY AND COMMUNITY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:55:18 PM

    MR. CLAY

    SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ISSA

    NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IF HE HAS…

    NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IF HE HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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  • 04:55:29 PM

    MR. CLAY

    WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

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    MR. ISSA

    TO CLOSE BUT HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

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    MR. CLAY

    WE RECOGNIZE THE LONG LIFE AND HEROIC SERVICE OF WILLIAM T. TRANT AND PASS…

    WE RECOGNIZE THE LONG LIFE AND HEROIC SERVICE OF WILLIAM T. TRANT AND PASS THE UNDERLYING BILL WITHOUTRES.ER NATION -- RESERVATION. HAVING NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:55:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ISSA

    I JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUE AND MOVE THAT WE SUPPORT UNANIMOUSLY THE WILLIAM…

    I JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUE AND MOVE THAT WE SUPPORT UNANIMOUSLY THE WILLIAM TRANT POST OFFICE NAMING AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AN PASS H.R. 2767? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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  • 04:56:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:56:23 PM

    MR. ISSA

    VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT OF ORDER…

    VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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  • 04:56:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE QUESTION WILL…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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  • 04:57:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA MOVES TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA MOVES TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2667.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FRURM DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2668.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 98, H.R. 2668 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE STATION OF THE…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 98, H.R. 2668 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE STATION OF THE UNITED STATES BORDER PATROL LOCATED AT 2136 SOUTH NACO HIGHWAY IN BISBEE, ARIZONA, AS THE BRIAN A. TERRY BORDER PATROL STATION.

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  • 04:58:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. CUMMINGS WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 04:58:36 PM

    MR. DENHAM

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H R. 2668.

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  • 04:58:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, ORDERED.

  • 04:58:45 PM

    MR. DENHAM

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:58:53 PM

    MR. DENHAM

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?

  • 05:00:44 PM

    MR. DENHAM

    THE GENTLEMAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    THE LIFE AND SACRIFICE OF U.S. BORTER PATROL AGENT BRIAN TERRY AND I…

    THE LIFE AND SACRIFICE OF U.S. BORTER PATROL AGENT BRIAN TERRY AND I APPLAUD MR. ISSA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS. ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEDNESDAY ON DECEMBER 14, 2010, AS ON SO MANY PREVIOUS NIGHTS, AGENT TERRY AND HIS AGENTS WERE DEFENDING THIS COUNTRY. TRAGICALLY THAT NIGHT HE DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A GUN FIGHT. HE UPHELD HIS OATH TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY. HE WAS ONLY 40 YEARS OLD AND WAS DAYS AWAY FROM TAKING THE TRIP BACK HOME TO MICHIGAN FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY. EVEN BEFORE HE JOINED THE UNITED STATES CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION AS A BORDER PATROL AGENT, AGENT TERRY DISPLAYED AN EXEMPLARY RECORD OF PUBLIC SERVICE. HE JOINED THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS UPON HIS GRADUATION FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND SERVED A TOUR OF DUTY IN IRAQ. HE WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED IN 1994. UPON COMPLETING HIS MILITARY SERVICE, HE RETURNED HOME TO MICHIGAN AND COMPLETED A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE. HE THEN SERVED AS A POLICE OFFICER IN LINCOLN PARK, MICHIGAN. IN 2007 HE JOINED THE UNITED STATES CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION AND BECAME A MEMBER OF THE ELITE BORDER PATROL TACTICAL UNIT. THIS UNIT RESPONDS TO SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS THREATS AGAINST OUR NATION'S HOMELAND WHICH PERFECTLY SUITED HIS COURAGE, PATRIOTISM. HE WAS STATIONED IN KNOW GALLES BORDER PA -- NOGALES BORDER PA TROTION STATION IN ARIZONA. HE TOOK GREAT PRIDE IN SERVING AND DEFENDING HIS COUNTRY. HE WORKED TIRELESSLY DAY AFTER DAY. CONFRONTING DANGER ALONG THE SOUTHWEST BORDER. THOSE WHO KNEW HIM SDWRIBED HIM AS A STRONG, HANDSOME, CORAGEOUS, FUNNY AND INCREDIBLY PATRIOTIC AMERICA WHO'S ALSO PROUD TO SERVE AS A FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENT. I MET AGENT TERRY'S FAMILY AND I SUPPORT THE ONGOING EFFORTS TO SEEK ANSWERS FOR THEM. OTHERS AT THE F.B.I. AND THE U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE ARE WORKING TO BRING HIS KILLERS TO JUSTICE. I JOIN WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN ISSA, IN URGING THAT THE HOUSE ADOPT H.R. 2668, THE BRIAN TERRY -- A. TERRY MEMORIAL ACT WHICH RECOGNIZES HIS LIFE AND SERVICE AND NAMES IN HIS HONOR A BORDER PATROL STATION IN BUSY BEE, ARIZONA. I -- IN BISBEE, ARIZONA. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 05:03:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. DENHAM

    I YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN, MR. ISSA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ISSA

    BRIAN TERRY WAS IN FACT A SPECIAL HUMAN BEING WHO DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO…

    BRIAN TERRY WAS IN FACT A SPECIAL HUMAN BEING WHO DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO PUBLIC SERVICE. FIRST IN THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, THEN, IN LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, THEN, AT THE BORDER PATROL. HIS AMBITION, HIS ONLY AMBITION WAS TO BE A FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVANT. HE LEFT BEHIND A FAMILY ASKING A GREAT MANY QUESTIONS BECAUSE JUST 10 DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS A YEAR AGO HE WAS GUNNED DOWN. IN FACT, WE STILL DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS. THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. CUMMINGS, AND I CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR THOSE ANSWERS. WE LEARNED ONLY LAST WEEK THAT THERE IS AN INDICTMENT IN CONNECTION WITH HIS KILLING. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE TERRY FAMILY HAVING FULL AND COMPLETE RESOLUTION OF ALL THE DETAILS AROUND HIS DEATH. BUT FOR ALL THE AMBIGUITY THAT OFTEN HAPPENS IN THE HEAT OF A BATTLE THAT HAPPENS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT WHO BRIAN TERRY WAS, WHAT A SPECIAL HUMAN BEING HE WAS, AND WHY FOR THE ONLY THE SECOND TIME IN BORDER PATROL HISTORY WILL A FACILITY BE NAMED FOR ONE OF THEIR FALLEN HEROES. IT WAS DECADES AFTER THE LAST FALLEN HEROES BEFORE A FACILITY NOT EVEN ENVISIONED AT THE TIME WAS NAMED FOR THEM. IN THIS CASE WE BELIEVE THIS IS APPROPRIATE TO DO NOW. THIS WAS SOMEONE WHO KNEW THE RISK AND HE WENT WILLINGLY IN TO THE HIGHEST RISK DOWN ON OUR BORDER. HERE IN CONGRESS WE OFTEN HAVE A LIVELY DEBATE ABOUT THE BORDER AND BORDER ENFORCEMENT. BRIAN TERRY DIDN'T DEBATE BORDER ENFORCEMENT. HE KNEW HIS JOB WAS TO SEE THAT NO ONE GOT PAST THE BORDER THAT WASN'T SUPPOSED TO. AND WHETHER IT WAS HUMAN TRAFFICKERS, WHETHER IT WAS DRUG SMUGGLERS, WHETHER THEY HAD HIGH-POWERED RIFLES OR THEY WERE SIMPLY CROSSING THE BORDER ILLEGALLY, HE MADE SURE THAT OUR BORDERS WERE SAFE. THIS ACT IS HUGELY BIPARTISAN AT A TIME WHEN CONGRESS IS NOT SO BIPARTISAN. IT IS SO BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE BORDER PATROL, THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SUPPORT AND PROTECT ONE OF THE MOST BASIC ASPECTS OF NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY, DO SO WITHOUT LOOKING AT POLITICS. THEY DON'T MAKE THE LAWS. THEY DON'T DECIDE WHO GETS TO COME TO OUR COUNTRY OR NOT. THEY ENFORCE THEM AND THEY ENFORCE THEM IN A WAY THAT WE ALL CAN RESPECT. OUR COMMITTEE HAS AN OBLIGATION TO LOOK INTO AND TO GET THE DETAILS OF THE LOSS, THE UNNECESSARY LOSS OF HIS LIFE. BUT I WANT TO THANK TODAY CHAIRMAN MICA AND MR. DENHAM AND CERTAINLY RANKING MEMBER RAHALL FOR MOVING THIS HISTORIC PIECE OF LEGISLATION, ONE THAT BRINGS AN HONOR SELDOM, ONLY ONCE BEFORE, EVER GIVEN TO A BORDER PATROL AND CUSTOMS AGENT TO THIS ONE AT THE VERY FACILITY WHERE IF HE WERE STILL ALIVE HE WOULD HAVE RETURNED AFTER THAT CHRISTMAS BACK HOME IN MICHIGAN TO HIS FRIENDS, HIS COLLEAGUES, THE PEOPLE WHOSE FLANK HE PROTECTED. HE DIDN'T GET THAT OPPORTUNITY TO GO HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. HE DIDN'T GET TO SERVE OUT HIS YEARS WITH HIS FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, AND FOR THAT THE FAMILY HAS OUR UNDYING GRATITUDE FOR HIS SACRIFICE AND OUR APOLOGIES AND OUR CONDOLENCES FOR THE LOSS. TODAY, WE'RE DOING ONE OF THE FEW THINGS WE CAN DO AND THAT IS TO HONOR ON THE HOUSE FLOOR A FALLEN HERO, A MAN WHO DIDN'T FALL IN IRAQ BUT DID FALL ON THE ARIZONA BORDER. WITH THAT I WANT TO THANK MR. DENHAM FOR BRINGING THIS HERE IN A TIMELY FASHION. I WANT TO THANK THE SPEAKER FOR ENSURING THAT THIS BECOMES LAW. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:07:35 PM

    MR. DENHAM

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN, MR. DENHAM, RESERVES.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:07:45 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS BUT I WILL SAY THAT IT IS SO…

    SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS BUT I WILL SAY THAT IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE PAUSE FOR A MOMENT TO HONOR PEOPLE LIKE OFFICER TERRY. SO OFTEN OUR OFFICERS, VARIOUS OFFICERS THROUGHOUT THE FEDERAL SYSTEM, GO OUT EXPECTING TO COME HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES AND UNFORTUNATELY DO NOT COME HOME. AND IT IS SO VERY, VERY SAD, AND WE SPENT QUITE A BIT OF TIME, MR. ISSA AND I, IN TALKING WITH THE FAMILY AND TRYING TO CONSOLE THEM. BUT I THINK THE THING THEY WANT MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE RIGHT NOW IS ANSWERS. I, AGAIN, JOIN HIM IN A BIPARTISAN WAY AND OUR ENTIRE COMMITTEE TO FIND THOSE ANSWERS BECAUSE I THINK IT'S SO VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. AS I'VE SAID MANY TIMES, I SHALL NOT REST UNTIL WE DO FIND THOSE ANSWERS. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ALL OF OUR MUBS TO VOTE FOR -- MEMBERS TO VOTE FOR THIS HISTORIC PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:08:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 05:08:52 PM

    MR. DENHAM

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2668. 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 --

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  • 05:09:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I…

    I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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  • 05:09:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE QUESTION WILL…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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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 197, H.R. 2845, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 49, UNITED…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 197, H.R. 2845, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 49, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR ENHANCED SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IN PIPELINE TRANSPORTATION, TO PROVIDE FOR ENHANCED RELIABILITY IN THE TRANSPORTATION OF THE NATION'S ENERGY PRODUCTS BY PIPELINE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 05:10:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. SHUSTER, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. SHUSTER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. LARSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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  • 05:10:40 PM

    MR. SHUSTER

    I THANK THE SPEAKER AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 2845.

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  • 05:10:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:10:55 PM

    MR. SHUSTER

    MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THIS IMPORTANT…

    MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION IMPROVES SAFETY, ENHANCES RELIABILITY AND PROVIDES THE REGULATORY CERTAINTY NECESSARY TO CREATE JOBS. I'M VERY PROUD OF THE WORK THAT HAS GONE INTO THIS BILL, BOTH ACROSS THE AISLE AND BETWEEN THE COMMITTEES. THIS LEGISLATION REPRESENTS A BIPARTISAN AND BICAM RELL AGREEMENT REACHED BY THE HOUSE TWO COMMITTEES. IT IS SUPPORTED BY BOTH PIPELINE INDUSTRY AND KEY SAFETY ADVOCATES. THE UNITED STATES HAS THE LARGEST NETWORK OF ENERGY PIPELINES IN THE WORLD, AND PIPELINES ARE THE ENERGY LIFELINES THAT POWER NEARLY ALL OF OUR DAILY ACTIVITIES. THE HALLMARK OF AMERICA'S 2.5 MILLION PIPELINE NETWORK CONTINUES TO DELIVER STRONG PRODUCT RELIABLY, EFFICIENTLY AND ECONOMICALLY. IT IS THE MOST COST-EFFECTIVE MEANS TO TRANSPORT THE NATURAL GAS AND HAZARDOUS LIQUID PRODUCTS THAT FUEL OUR ECONOMY. SINCE IS THE 86 THE VOLUME OF ENERGY PRODUCTS THAT'S TRANSFERRED THROUGH PIPELINE HAS INCREASED BY 1/3. WHILE THE DATA SHOWS THAT FEDERAL PIPELINE SAFETY PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN ON THE RIGHT TRACK, RECENT PIPELINE INCIDENTS SUGGEST THERE CONTINUES TO BE ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. H.R. 2845 BUILDS ON OUR STRONG COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE SAFETY AND ENHANCE RELIABILITIES TO THE TRANSPORTATION OF OUR NATION'S ENERGY PRODUCTS BY PIPELINE. SPECIFICALLY, THE LEGISLATION RE-AUTHORIZES THE FEDERAL PIPELINE SAFETY PROGRAMS OF THE PIPELINE AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SAFETY ADMINISTRATION THROUGH F.Y. 2015. IT IMPROVES PIPELINE TRANSPORTATION BY STRENGTHENING ENFORCEMENT OF OUR CURRENT LAWS AND STRENGTHENS GAPS WHERE NECESSARY. IT PROVIDES THE REGULATORY CERTAINTY NECESSARY FOR PIPELINE OWNERS AND OPERATORS TO PLAN INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS AND CREATE JOBS. IT ENSURES SENSIBLE AND PRACTICAL REGULATORY APPROACH TOWARD SAFETY THAT APPLIES COST BENEFIT PRINCIPLES. PROTECTS AND PRESERVES CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY, KEEPING REGULATORS ON A TIGHT LEASH BY ENSURING CERTAIN KEY RULE MAKINGS ARE NOT FINALIZED UNTIL CONGRESS ACTS. IT ADDRESSES THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD WITH THE BALANCED AND REASONABLE RESPONSES INCLUDING ADDRESSING THE INCIDENTS IN CALIFORNIA, MICHIGAN, MONTANA AND PENNSYLVANIA. THERE ARE A FEW KEY PRIORITY ISSUES I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT IN THIS LEGISLATION. DURING MY TIME IN CONGRESS, I'VE BEEN DISAPPOINTED TO SEE THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS ATTEMPT TO TAKE MORE AND MORE CONTROL AND DECISIONMAKING AUTHORITY FROM CONGRESS. THESE ACTIONS HARM CONGRESS AS AN INSTITUTION AND MAKES OUR GOVERNMENT FURTHER AND FURTHER REMOVED FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN THIS BILL WHEN WE CALL FOR SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES TO THE FEDERAL PIPELINE PROGRAM, WE ASK THE ADMINISTRATION TO TAKE SPECIFIC FACTORS, TAKE COST AND BENEFITS AND ASKS CONGRESS TO HELP CHANGE THEM. THIS APPROACH PRESERVES CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY AND WILL KEEP REGULATORS FROM OVERREACHING. ANOTHER ISSUE I'VE HIGHLIGHTED ON THE FLOOR IN THE PAST IS DAMAGE PREVENTION WHICH IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF PIPELINE INCIDENTS. OUR LEGISLATION IMPROVES PIPELINE DAMAGE PREVENTION AND CRACKS DOWN ON THIRD PARTY PIPELINE DAMAGES BY ELIMINATING UNNECESSARY EXEMPTIONS. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO URGE EVERYBODY TO CALL BEFORE YOU DIG AND DIAL 811 WHICH IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT PART OF THIS PROGRAM IN PREVENTING THIRD PARTY DAMAGES IN THIS COUNTRY. IN FIELD HEARINGS LEADING UP TO THE DRAFTING OF THIS LEGISLATION, MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, JIM GERLACH, SUGGESTED WAYS IN WHICH WE CAN USE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL AS FORCE MULTIPLIERS TO SUPPLEMENT FEDERAL PIPELINE SAFETY INSPECTORS. WE HAVE BUILT ON THIS IDEA AND IN THIS BILL WE INCLUDED A PROVISION THAT WILL ALLOW FEMMESA TO ALLOW TRAINING AND TO ESTABLISH REGIONAL TRAINING CENTERS PAID FOR BY THE PIPELINE INDUSTRY AT NO COST TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THERE IS GREAT INTEREST IN THIS APPROACH TO MY HOME STATE -- IN MY HOME STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. AND I WILL BE FOLLOWING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROVISION. PIPELINE PERMITTING ISSUES WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE FINAL BILL. WE HAVE BIG ISSUES WITH THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS IN PENNSYLVANIA IN THE PERMITTING OF PIPELINES. THE CORPS IS ENCROACHING ON THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND LED TO INCREASES IN TIMELINES WITH PROJECTS WITH LIMITED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS. MY COLLEAGUE FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. RAHALL, HAS EXPERIENCED SIMILAR ISSUES IN HIS HOME STATE AND ALL RELATED TO THE MARCELLUS SHALE GAS. IN THE INTEREST OF COMPROMISE AND MOVING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD, I WAS WILLING TO WITHDRAW MY LANGUAGE AND SETTLE ON A STUDY ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE AND I'LL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THIS ISSUE CLOSELY IN PENNSYLVANIA AND ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. . I'M PROUD OF THIS BILL THAT THE CHAIRMAN AND SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER AND THE STAFF THAT HAVE PUT IN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THERE WERE COUNTLESS HOURS PUT IN. I THANK THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN UPTON AND RANKING MEMBER WAXMAN. THIS WILL KEEP IN PLACE REGULATORY MEASURES THAT ARE IN PLACE AND MAKING ADJUSTMENTS. OY WOULD URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THAT INCREASES SAFETY AND CREATES JOBS. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS WHETHER HIS MOTION TO SUSPEND THE…

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS WHETHER HIS MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED.

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  • 05:16:42 PM

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    MR. LARSEN

    OF H.R. 2845 PIPELINE SAFETY REGULATORY SAFETY AND JOB CREATION ACT. THIS…

    OF H.R. 2845 PIPELINE SAFETY REGULATORY SAFETY AND JOB CREATION ACT. THIS IS TO DELIVER GASOLINE, NATURAL GAS, OIL AND ESSENTIAL ENERGY PRODUCTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. PIPELINES PLAY A VITAL ROLE, COOKING AND CLEANING, COMMUTING, ALL ARE MADE POSSIBLE BY THE FOULS DELIVERED TO PIPELINES DAILY. BECAUSE OF THE VOLATILE NATURE OF THE PRODUCT, SNEPTS INVOLVING GAS AND HAZARDOUS HAVE HAD CONSEQUENCES. IN 1999 A EXPLOSION CAUSED RELEASE OF GASOLINE THAT WENT THROUGH A CREEK IN MY DISTRICT. THE GASOLINE IGNITED AND TOOK THE LIVES OF TWO 10-YEAR-OLD BOYS. EIGHT ADDITIONAL INJURIES OCCURRED, A SINGLE RESIDENCE IN THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT. WILDLIFE WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED. THIS WILL TRAGEDY INSPIRED THE 2002 PIPELINE SAFETY IMPROVEMENT ACT. IT INCREASED FINES, AND IMPROVED TESTING GUIDELINES AND ALLOWED FOR STATE OVERSIGHT FOR PIPELINE SAFETY NFMENT 2006, CONGRESS AUTHORIZED THE 2002 LAW BY PASSING THE PIPELINE PROTECTION AND SAFETY ENFORCEMENT ACT. THESE MADE LAWS STRONGER AND CONSTRUCTION OF PIPELINES BETTER AND EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE SAFER. WHILE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN IMPROVING THE SAFETY OF OUR PIPELINES WE MUST REMAIN VIGILANT. IN JULY OF 2010, A PIPELINE RUPTURED AND RELEASED OIL INTO A CREEK LOCATED IN MARSHAL, MICHIGAN. HEAVY RAINS CAUSED THE RIVER TO OVERTOP AND CARRIED OILS DOWN THE RIVER TOWARDS A SUPERFUND SITE. IT IS STILL CLEANING UP THE SPILL ALONG THE RIVER BANKS. A FEW MONTHS AFTER, IN SEPTEMBER OF 2010, INTERSTATE TRANSMISSION PIPELINE OWNED BY PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY RUPTURED IN CALIFORNIA. THE RELEASE OF NATURAL GAS IGNITED AND DESTROYED 38 HOMES AND DAMAGED 70 OTHERS. EIGHT PEOPLE WERE KILLED. MANY WERE INJURED. MANY MORE WERE EVACUATED. THE LEGISLATION THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY EAS MANY CONCERNS THAT WERE RAISED. FOR EXAMPLE, FOLLOWING THE INCIDENT IN BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON, THE INVESTIGATORS FOUND THE OLYMPIC PIPELINE HAD NO SHUTOFF VALVES ON THE LINE THAT COULD HAVE PREVENTED THE SPILL OF THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF GASOLINE. THEY ORDERED THEM TO INSTALL AN AUTOMATIC SHUTOFF VALVE AND IT WOULD BE LIMITED IN THE EVENT OF A PIPELINE RUPTURE. H.R. 2885 REQUIRES OPERATORS TO INSTALL AUTOMATIC SHUTOFF VALVES ON NEW AND REPLACED PIPELINES. THE BILL DOUBLES CIVIL PENALTIES FOR SAFETY VIOLATIONS FROM $100,000 TO $200,000 AND FROM $1 MILLION TO $2 MILLION MAXIMUM PENALTIES. AND THERE ARE REGULATIONS TO EXPAND AREAS TO ESTABLISH PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR LEAK DETECTION SYSTEMS AND REQUIRE OPERATORS TO INSTALL LEAK DETECTION SYSTEMS THAT MEET SUCH PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. REQUIRES PIPELINE OPERATORS TO REPORT TO D.O.T. ANY TIME THEIR FACILITIES EXCEED ALLOWABLE PRESSURE AND CONDUCT TESTS ON PIPELINES IN HIGH CONCENTRATION AREAS AND INCREASES THE LEVEL OF SAFETY INSPECTORS BY 10 AND ASSISTANCE GRANTS THAT ARE AWARDED TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES. H.R. 2845 IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WHEN IT COMES TO PIPELINE SAFETY. THIS BILL IS SUPPORTED BY INDUSTRY AND SUPPORTED BY PIPELINE SAFETY COMMUNITY GROUPS. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND ALL THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR WORKING ON THIS LEGISLATION. I WANT TO STHANCHING THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PIPELINE SAFETY TRUST WHICH FORMED OUT OF THE 1999 PIPELINE EXPLOSION AS WELL FOR HIS CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO THESE ISSUES. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    AT THIS TIME, WOY YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE…

    AT THIS TIME, WOY YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MR. UP TON.

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    MR. UPTON

    TO H.R. 2845. ENACTING PIPELINE SAFETY THIS YEAR HAS BEEN A PERSONAL…

    TO H.R. 2845. ENACTING PIPELINE SAFETY THIS YEAR HAS BEEN A PERSONAL PRIORITY OF MINE AND A TOP PRIORITY OF THE ENTIRE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE ON A VERY STRONG BIPARTISAN BASIS. THIS LEGISLATION IS A PRODUCT OF COLLABORATION BETWEEN OUR COMMITTEE, ENERGY AND COMMERCE, COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE AND REFLECTS CONSENSUS ACROSS PARTY LINES. WITH IT, WE MADE GREAT STRIDES TO ENSURE OUR NATION'S ENERGY SUPPLIES ARE TRANSPORTED IN A SAFE MANNER AS POSSIBLE. OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, SEVERAL MAJOR PIPELINE ACCIDENTS HAVE REVEALED SPECIFIC GAPS IN PIPELINE SAFETY LAWS AND REGULATIONS. IT'S OUR DUTY IN CONGRESS TO LOOK AT THESE EVENTS AND DETERMINE WHAT WE CAN DO TO BETTER PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND THE ENVIRONMENT. AMONG THE ACCIDENTS, WITHIN 20,000 BARREL PIPELINE SPILL JUST OUTSIDE OF MY DISTRICT. THE SPILL FORCED DOZENS OF FAMILIES OUT OF THEIR HOMES, CAUSED ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE TO A WATERWAY THAT RESIDENTS ENJOY FOR FISHING AND CA KNEWING. SEPTEMBER, 2010, GAS PIPELINE EXPLOSION IN CALIFORNIA DESTROYED 17 HOMES. ANOTHER GAS EXPLOSION IN ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, KILLED FIVE. AND THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER RUPTURED AND SENT OVER 1,000 BARRELS OF CRUDE OIL DOWNSTREAM. THESE SNEPTS HIGHLIGHTED SHORTCOMINGS IN OUR NATION'S SAFETY LAWS AND TODAY, WE ARE HERE TO CORRECT THAT. THE LEGISLATION TODAY OFFERS HISTORIC IMPROVEMENT TO THE MANNER IN WHICH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REGULATES ENERGY PIPELINES. IT ACCOMPLISHES THIS BY STRENGTHENING STANDARDS IN SEVERAL AREAS WHILE MAINTAINING THE CONTINUED ECONOMICAL DELIVERY OF ENERGY SUPPLIES. FOR THESE REASONS THIS BILL ENJOYS THE SUPPORT FROM STAKE HOLDERS FROM THE PIPELINE SAFETY TRUST, TO THE AMERICAN GAS ASSOCIATION, THE INTERSTATE PIPELINE ASSOCIATION. AND THE ASSOCIATION OF OIL PIPELINES. THE BILL IS MONTHS LONG IN THE MAKING AND COULD NOT HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHED WITHOUT THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION OF A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF MEMBERS. IT'S A TOPIC MANY OF US TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY AS IT AFFECTED US AND OUR CONSTITUENTS ON A PERSONAL LEVEL. AND TODAY, WE CAN SAY PARTY AFFILIATION AND POLITICS HAVE TAKEN A BACK SEAT TO ACCOMPLISHING THE PEOPLE'S WORK AND I OFFER MY CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CHAIRMAN WHO IS ON THE FLOOR TONIGHT, JOHN DINGELL, RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. WAXMAN. CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, JOHN MICA AND CHAIRMAN BILL SHUSTER. I URGE ALL MY MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. WAXMAN

    DURING THE LAST YEAR AND A AND-A-HALF A SERIES OF TRAGIC FAILURES HAS MADE…

    DURING THE LAST YEAR AND A AND-A-HALF A SERIES OF TRAGIC FAILURES HAS MADE IT CLEAR THAT WE NEED STRONGER LAWS. PIPELINE FAILURES HAVE OCCURRED ACROSS THE COUNTRY FROM CALIFORNIA AND MONTANA TO MICHIGAN AND PENNSYLVANIA. WE HAVE SEEN NATURAL GAS PIPELINE EXPLOSIONS AND RUPTURED OIL PIPELINES SPILLING OIL INTO RIVERS. IN JULY OF 2010, A CRUDE OIL PIPELINE RUPTURED NEAR MARSHAL, MICHIGAN AND FLOWED INTO THE RIVER. THE RIVER IS STILL BEING CLEANED UP IN. SEPTEMBER OF 2010, THE NATURAL GAS PIPELINE RUPTURED AND EXPLODED, EIGHT PEOPLE DIED, MANY MORE WERE INJURED. THE GAS-FED INFERNO SPREAD FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE. 38 HOMES WERE DESTROYED AND 70 MORE WERE DAMAGED. THE EXPLOSION LEFT BEHIND A SUBURBAN STREET WITH A MASSIVE CRATER AND BURNED OUT VEHICLES. THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD DESCRIBED IT AS AN AMAZING SCENE OF DESTRUCTION. THIS PAST SUMMER, EXXON MOBIL PIPELINE RUPTURED IN MONTANA SPILLING CRUDE OIL INTO THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER. THOSE ARE A FEW OF THE MAJOR ACCIDENTS WE HAVE SEEN DURING THE PAST 18 MONTHS. THIS BILL WILL STRENGTHEN OUR LAWS IN THE AFTERMATH OF THESE TRAGEDIES IN RESPONSE TO THE MICHIGAN SPILL, THIS BILL REQUIRES OPERATORS TO NOTIFY THE SAFETY AGENCY OF SPILLS MORE QUICKLY AND ESTABLISHES A PROCESS FOR LEAK DETECTION STANDARDS TO BE ISSUED FOR OIL PIPELINES. IN RESPONSE TO THE SAN BRUNE' TRAGEDY, THIS BILL REQUIRES KEY NATURAL GAS PIPELINES TO HAVE THE MAXIMUM SAFE OPERATING PRESSURE CONFIRMED THROUGH TESTING AND STRUCTS THE SAFETY AGENCY TO REQUIRE THE USE OF AUTOMATIC SHUTOFF VALVES SO IT DOESN'T TAKE AN HOUR AND A HALF TO STOP THE FLOW OF GAS LIKE IT DID IN SAN BRUNO. I ACKNOWLEDGE THE WORK OF MY CALIFORNIA COLLEAGUE WHO FOUGHT FOR A STRONG RESPONSE TO SAN BRUNO AND THIS BILL HAS BEEN MADE A BETTER BILL BY HER CONTRIBUTIONS. AND IN LIGHT OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER BILL, THE BILL REQUIRES THE AGENCY TO REVIEW ITS REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE SAFETY OF PIPELINE BURIED UNDER RIVERS TO ENSURE THEY ARE ADEQUATE. IT HAS IMPROVEMENTS TO STRENGTHEN OUR PIPELINE SAFETY LAWS. THIS IS A GOOD BIPARTISAN BILL THAT HAS THE SUPPORT OF BOTH INDUSTRY AND SAFETY ADVOCATES, ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE WORKED HARD TO DEVELOP A COMBINED BILL THAT WOULD HAVE BROAD SUPPORT. I THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON AND OTHERS FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THR LEGISLATION. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO NOTE IN THE LEGISLATION, SECTION 6 OF H.R.…

    AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO NOTE IN THE LEGISLATION, SECTION 6 OF H.R. 2845 INCLUDES A REQUIREMENT THAT THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION PROVIDE A PERSON UPON WRITTEN REQUEST A COPY OF THE PIPELINE COMPANY'S RESPONSE PLAN. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE AND POINT OUT TO MY COLLEAGUE THAT THESE PLANS OFTEN CONTAIN SECURITY-SENSITIVE INFORMATION ABOUT PIPELINES' OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS. IF IT FELL IN THE WRONG HANDS, IT COULD BE A THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY. IN RECOGNITION OF THIS THREAT, WE INCLUDED A PROVISION THAT DIRECTS THE SECRETARY TO REDACT SENSITIVE-SECURITY INFORMATION. IT IS MY HOPE THAT NO INFORMATION IS RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC AND THE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE WILL AGGRESSIVELY OVERSEE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROVISION TO ENSURE THAT IT IS BEING IMPLEMENTED ACCORDING TO CONGRESSIONAL INTENT. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:29:31 PM

    MR. LARSEN

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, DEAN OF THE HOUSE.

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    MR. DINGELL

    FOR RECOGNITION AND I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT…

    FOR RECOGNITION AND I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2845. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL, SOMEWHAT A RARITY AND MORE WELCOMED FOR TA REASON. IT WILL INSTILL PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN OUR NATION'S PIPELINE SAFETY SYSTEM BY INCREASING SAFETY STANDARDS WITHOUT OVERLY BURDENSOME ACTIONS TOWARDS INDUSTRY. THE LEGISLATION SHOWS THAT BIPARTISANSHIP IS POSSIBLE IN THIS CONGRESS AND THAT WE CAN CONDUCT THE BUSINESS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IF WE WILL BUT SIT DOWN AND WORK TOGETHER. I THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON AND RANKING MEMBER WAXMAN FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND I THANK JEFF AND GARRETT OF THE COMMITTEE STAFF FOR THEIR HARD WORK AS WELL AS GREG IN MY PERSONAL STAFF WHO WORKED WITH GREAT DILIGENCE AND SKILL. CHAIRMAN MICA AND CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND RANKING MEMBER RAHALL AND MR. RUSH DESERVE RECOGNITION FOR THEIR HARD WORK AS THE TWO COMMITTEES WORKED TOGETHER TO FORGE AN GEEMENT ON THE FINAL PRODUCT WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY. THIS INCLUSIVE PROCESS USED IN THIS CASE IS AN SPLENT MODEL OF HOW CONGRESS SHOULD MOVE FORWARD ON A HOST OF OTHER ISSUES AND I HOPE IT IS ACCEPTED BY MY COLLEAGUES. RECENT ACCIDENTS IN CALIFORNIA, PENNSYLVANIA, MONTANA AND MY HOME STATE OF MICHIGAN, EACH HIGHLIGHTED SERIOUS DEFICIENCIES IN OUR PIPELINE SAFETY LAWS. H.R. 2845 INCORPORATES THE LESSONS LEARNED IN THESE INCIDENTS AND STRENGTHENS LAW IN THE AREAS OF CONCERN. . IT IMPROVES INSPECTIONS WHILE PHASING OUT LOCATION REQUIREMENTS, THEREFORE, PUTTING STRONGER SAFETY STANDARDS IN PLACE WHILE TAKING STEPS TO REMOVE REDUNDANT REGULATIONS. THE LEAK DETECTION AUTOMATIC SHUTOFF OR REMOTE CONTROL SHUTOFF VALVE, THE MAXIMUM ALIBEL PREFERENTIALS ARE THE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND WILL DO MUCH MO IMPROVE SAFETY. PIPELINE SAFETY IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE BUT RATHER IS SOMETHING THAT IMPACTS ALL AMERICANS. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT FROM HARM WHILE MAINTAINING A SYSTEM THAT TRANSPORTS OUR ENERGY RESOURCES EFFICIENTLY. IT'S MY HOPE THAT THE SENATE WILL TAKE UP THIS LEGISLATION PROMPTLY AND THAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WILL IMPLEMENT THESE CHANGES IN A MEANINGFUL WAY. WE WILL ALL BE WATCHING TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS HAPPENS. TOGETHER WE'VE COME UP WITH A SOUND PIECE OF LEGISLATION WHICH HAS SUPPORT OF BOTH INDUSTRY AND SAFETY ADVOCATES, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO OBSERVE WHEN ONE OF THESE THINGS LETS GO IT'S QUITE AN EVENT. YOU WILL SEE SOMETHING THAT LOOKS A LITTLE BIT LIKE HELL WITH THE FIRE AND FLAME AND EXPLOSION AND BLAST AND DEAD PEOPLE AND SCORCHED AUTOMOBILES, HOMES AND THE ENVIRONMENT. I AM DELIGHTED TO SEE WE ARE DOING THIS BECAUSE WE ARE PROTECTING US BOTH FROM GAS AND FROM OIL SPILLS FROM THIS AND THE EVIL CONSEQUENCES OF THAT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I UNDERSTAND THAT THE OTHER SIDE HAS TWO -- HAS TWO MORE…

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    MR. LARSEN

    HAVE TWO MORE SPEAKERS AND A CLOSE.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    TO RESERVE.

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  • 05:33:25 PM

    MR. LARSEN

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. RUSH.

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    MR. RUSH

    TO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR YIELDING ME TIME AND I WANT TO THANK MR.…

    TO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR YIELDING ME TIME AND I WANT TO THANK MR. LARSEN FROM WASHINGTON STATE FOR RECOGNIZING ME AND SHARING THE TIME WITH ME. MR. SPEAKER, I AM HERE TO EXPRESS MY FULL SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL, H.R. 2845, THE PIPELINE SAFETY, REGULATORY CERTAINTY AND JOB CREATION ACT OF 2011. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL REPRESENTS A BIPARTISAN EFFORT AND A GOOD FAITH COMPROMISE BY MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, FROM MULTIPLE COMMITTEES, AND, OF COURSE, BOTH CHAMBERS OF THE CONGRESS. DURING NEGOTIATIONS ON THE FINAL BILL LANGUAGE, I WAS VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE ADMINISTRATOR CYNTHIA QUARTERMAN OF THE PIPELINE AND HAZARDOUS SAFETY MATERIALS AGENCY TO ACCEPT MY INVITATION TO COME OUT TO MY STATE AND TO DISCUSS PIPELINE SAFETY WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE ILLINOIS COMMERCE COMMITTEE AS WELL AS WITH OFFICIALS FROM WILLIAM COUNTY WHICH HAS LARGER PERCENTAGE OF PIPELINES THAN ANY OTHER COUNTY IN MY HOME STATE. MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF THE SAME SERIOUS ISSUES REGARDING PIPELINE SAFETY THAT WHEN DISCUSSED IN THESE MEETINGS ARE ADDRESSED IN THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, AND I AM VERY PLEASED WITH THE FINAL PRODUCT. MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO THANK MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE -- CHAIRMAN EMERITUS OF THE FULL COMMITTEE AND DEAN OF THE HOUSE, JOHN DINGELL, ENERGY AND COMMERCE CHAIRMAN UPTON AND RANKING MEMBER WAXMAN AS WELL AS THE ENERGY AND POWER SUBCOMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN WHITFIELD, FOR WORKING WITH MY OFFICE TO INCLUDE LANGUAGE THAT WILL REQUIRE A COMPREHENSIVE REPORT EXAMINING THE LEVELS OF ENGAGEMENT, A MINORITY OWNED, WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS ENTERPRISES AND CONTRACTING INVOLVED IN CONSTRUCTION AND THE OPERATION OF PIPELINES IN THIS COUNTRY. ADDITIONALLY, THIS REPORT WILL LOOK AT THE METHOD FOR FACILITATING THIS TYPE OF INVOLVEMENT IN ORDER TO INCREASE THE PARTICIPATION OF MINORITIES AND WOMEN IN THE VERY LUCRATIVE PIPELINE INDUSTRY. THIS STUDY WILL BE A STEP IN THE PROCESS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE BUILDERS, THE CONTRACTORS IN CHARGE OF REBUILDING AMERICA'S AGING AND EXPANDING PIPELINE SYSTEM WILL REPRESENT THE VARIETY OF GROUPS AND BUSINESSES THAT ARE HERE IN OUR NATION, INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE MORE DESPERATE FOR JOBS AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN WITH ME IN VOTING FOR IT.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    TIME I YIELD EIGHT MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE…

    TIME I YIELD EIGHT MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, MR. MICA.

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    MR. MICA

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, I THANK HIM FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND HELPING TO GUIDE THIS LEGISLATION AND IMPORTANT MEASURE THROUGH CONGRESS. I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK FOLKS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, MR. UPTON, WHO CHAIRS THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, PARTICULARLY THANK MS. BROWN, MR. RAHALL. ALSO, MR. WAXMAN. AND THEN, OF COURSE, OTHERS WHO'VE HELPED ON THE SENATE SIDE. THIS LEGISLATION IS BEING DONE REALLY THE WAY CONGRESS IS INTENDED TO WORK, TO TRY TO REACH A BICAM RELL, BIPARTISAN CONSEN -- BICAMERAL, BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS. THIS IS NOT AN EASY LEGISLATION TO PASS. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS FAR AS OUR ENERGY RESOURCES AND TRANSPORTING THEM SAFELY ACROSS THE LAND, AS FAR AS AN INDUSTRY THAT'S SO IMPORTANT TO CREATING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY AND KEEPING THE COST OF ENERGY DOWN FOR MEN AND WOMEN, CONSUMERS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE HIT BY DIFFICULT TIMES RIGHT NOW LOOKING FOR REASONABLE ENERGY COSTS AND KEEPING THE U.S. COMPETITIVE AND PROVIDING REASONABLY COST ENERGY AND TRANSPORTING IT SAFELY. THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE FOUR MAIN JOBS BILLS, TOO, THAT WE WILL PASS FROM OUR COMMITTEE. WE HAVE TODAY THE PIPELINE SAFETY LEGISLATION. OUR COMMITTEE HAS ALSO PASSED THE COAST GUARD AUTHORIZATION AND HOPING WE CAN REACH A CONSENSUS ON THAT. WE HAVE FINISHED AND AND PRE-- WITH THE SENATE THE F.A.A. BILL WHICH IS OVER 4 1/2 YEARS OVERDUE. WE INHERITED THAT 4 1/2 YEARS LATE. WE ARE BASICALLY FINISHED. A FEW ITEMS THAT MUST BE RESOLVED BY LEADERSHIP AND THEN FINALLY TIME DID NOT ALLOW US TO FINISH MAJOR TRANSPORTATION, SOMETIME REFERRED TO AS THE HIGHWAY BILL, BUT THIS WILL BE MORE THAN A HIGHWAY BILL. WE PLAN TO HAVE THAT UP AS SOON AS WE RETURN. SO THOSE ARE OUR FOUR MAJOR PIECES OF LEGISLATION, AND THIS REPRESENTS, AGAIN, A CONCERTED EFFORT BY A NUMBER OF KEY PLAYERS IN DUAL COMMITTEES IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE. WHAT'S IMPORTANT ABOUT THIS, THIS LEGISLATION DOES MAKE SOME CHANGES. YOU HEARD FROM MEMBERS WHO'VE HAD HORRENDOUS PIPELINE INCIDENTS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND THEIR STATES AND PEOPLE HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES. THERE'S BEEN EXTREME PROPERTY DAMAGE, AND WE HAVE ALSO IMPACTED IN A NEGATIVE FASHION THE ENVIRONMENT. AND WHAT WE DO HERE IN THIS LEGISLATION ARE SOME SIMPLE THINGS. FIRST, WE ENHANCE THE INSPECTIONS. WE SET STANDARDS THAT BETTER INSPECTIONS FOR PIPELINES. WE HOLD PIPELINE OPERATORS ACCOUNTABLE, AND THAT'S IMPORTANT. PEOPLE MUST BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS, AND WE DOUBLE THE FINES IF THERE IS NEGLIGENCE, THERE WILL BE PENALTY TO PAY BECAUSE DAMAGE HAS INCURRED AND, AGAIN, WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THE BAD RESULTS. WHAT WE HOPE FOR IS GOOD RESULTS FROM THIS, AGAIN, WE CAN KEEP ENERGY FLOWING AND PROVIDE FOR CONSUMERS. THAT'S GOOD NEWS FOR CONSUMERS. IT'S GOOD NEWS FOR THE INDUSTRY AT A TIME WHEN WE SHOULD BE HIRING AND EMPLOYING PEOPLE IN THIS IMPORTANT ENERGY ACTIVITY. AND IT'S GOOD NEWS FOR, AGAIN, SAFE TRANSPORT AND SAFE JOBS IN AN IMPORTANT INDUSTRY IN OUR COUNTRY. SO I'M PLEASED THAT WE'VE COME TOGETHER. WE HAVE I THINK ACHIEVED AND SET AN EXAMPLE FOR THE CONGRESS WHEN CONGRESS' REPUTATION IS, OH, VERY LOW. THAT'S GIVING US A HIGH MARK, AND WHEN PEOPLE EXPRESS THEIR DISAPPOINTMENT AND INABILITY OF CONGRESS TO ACT WE ARE ACTING. BECAUSE THIS IS BEING RESOLVED WITHOUT CONFLICT AND WITHOUT, AGAIN, HUGE DISRUPTION IN THE CONGRESSIONAL PROCESS, IT PROBABLY WON'T GET MUCH ATTENTION. BUT IT IS IN FACT, IT IS INDEED A VERY IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR ALL THOSE THAT HAVE CAME TOGETHER AND WORKED AND MADE THIS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW CONGRESS CAN AND SHOULD WORK FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. LARSEN

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON STATE FOR…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON STATE FOR YIELDING ME TIME.

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  • 05:42:50 PM

    MS. SPEIER

    IN MY DISTRICT A PIPELINE, A GAS PIPELINE EXPLODED AND KILLED EIGHT OF MY…

    IN MY DISTRICT A PIPELINE, A GAS PIPELINE EXPLODED AND KILLED EIGHT OF MY CONSTITUENTS. 38 HOMES WERE DESTROYED. MANY MORE WERE SEVERELY DAMAGED. MANY WERE VICTIMS THAT SAT IN BURN CENTERS FOR MONTHS, AND I VISITED THEM. IT WAS A HORRIFIC SCENE. IT DESTROYED THAT COMMUNITY IN SO MANY RESPECTS AND YET LIKE A PHOENIX IT HAS RISEN ABOVE IT. THIS BILL IS REALLY VERY PERSONAL TO ME BECAUSE I LIVED WITH THOSE EXPERIENCES WITH ALL OF THOSE CONSTITUENTS. THERE ARE A COUPLE THINGS THAT MUST BE SAID TODAY. THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE NTSB, THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD, SAID IN THEIR FINAL REPORT, OUR INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT FOR YEARS THE OPERATOR EXPLOITED WEAKNESSES IN A LAX SYSTEM OF OVERSIGHT. WE IDENTIFIED REGULATORS THAT PLACED THE BLIND TRUST IN THE COMPANIES THEY WERE CHARGED WITH OVERSEEING TO THE DETRIMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY. AS A RESULT OF THEIR REPORT THEY MADE 30 SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS, MANY OF THEM IDENTIFIED AS URGENT, TO ADDRESS ISSUES AND RECORD KEEPING INFORMATION SHARING. IT HIGHLIGHTED THE FACT THAT THE PROBLEM HAS BEEN UNDERREGULATION, NOT OVERREGULATION OF THE PIPELINE INDUSTRY. FOR TOO LONG THE PIPELINE OPERATORS HAVE ESSENTIALLY WRITTEN THE RULES FOR THEIR INDUSTRY. WELL, THIS BILL TAKES A VERY IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD IN IMPROVING PIPELINE SAFETY REGULATION. AND I ENDORSE IT. BUT THERE IS MORE THAT MUST BE DONE. AND IRONICALLY NOW IN CALIFORNIA BECAUSE OF THIS HORRIFIC ACCIDENT, THE RESIDENTS IN CALIFORNIA WILL HAVE BETTER SAFEGUARDS THAN ANY OTHER STATE IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE OF ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE STATE LEGISLATURE AND THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION THAT WILL REQUIRE MOVING FORWARD THAT AUTOMATIC AND REMOTE SHUTOFF VALVES BE PLACED IN HIGH CONSEQUENCE AREAS AND IN SEISMIC AREAS. NOT JUST ON NEW PIPELINE AND NOT JUST ON NEW PIPELINE THAT THEY FIND ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE TO PLACE THESE AUTOMATIC AND REMOTE SHUTOFF VALVES. THIS IS A KEY COMPONENT THAT WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE LEGISLATION, AND I MUST TELL YOU WHEN YOU SAW THAT BALL OF FIRE RAGING FOR 90 MINUTES, AN HOUR AND A HALF, BEFORE THEY WERE ABLE TO TURN OFF THE GAS, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT HAS TO BE ADDRESSED ON A NATIONAL BASIS. IT'S BEEN ADDRESSED NOW IN CALIFORNIA, AND I URGE US AS WE MOVE FORWARD TO ADDRESS IT ON A NATIONAL LEVEL AS WELL. . N.T.S.B. IS ALLOWING FOR A SMART PICK. I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS. I DO NOW. AND REQUIRING THAT OLDER PIPELINES BE SUBJECT TO SMART PICKING IS CRITICAL THAT THEY HAVE NOT ENDURED CORROSION AND HAVE NOT BEEN SPIKED AND THE LIKE. MOVING FORWARD, I HOPE WE WILL TAKE THE STEPS NECESSARY NOT JUST TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND HAVE IT SIGNED INTO LAW, BUT OUR WORK IS STILL NOT DONE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:46:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I RESERVE.

  • 05:46:11 PM

    MR. SHUSTER

    NO MORE SPEAKERS AND I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

  • 05:46:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:46:19 PM

    MR. LARSEN

    IN CLOSING, LET ME SAY A FEW WORDS, FIRST OFF, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MS.…

    IN CLOSING, LET ME SAY A FEW WORDS, FIRST OFF, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MS. BROWN FROM FLORIDA, RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE AS WELL AS MR. RAHALL, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE AS WELL AS MY COLLEAGUES ON THE MAJORITY SIDE OF THE AISLE ON THE COMMITTEE AND IN ENERGY AND COMMERCE FOR THE WORK WE HAVE DONE TO MAKE THIS BILL HAPPEN. THIS IS THE THIRD VERSION OF THE PIPELINE AND SAFETY BILL THAT I HAVE PERSONALLY WORKED ONGOING BACK TO 2001. EACH TIME CONGRESS HAS RE-AUTHORIZED THE PIPELINE SAFETY BILL, WE HAVE LEARNED LESSONS FROM THE PREVIOUS FOUR YEARS AND INCORPORATING THOSE LESSONS INTO THE LEGISLATION AND TAKING FORWARD STEPS TO MAKE THE USE OF PIPELINES AND THE TRANSPORTATION OF FUEL, LIQUID FUEL AND GAS SAFER. THE THIRD THING I WANT TO POINT OUT IS THAT EACH YEAR, 2002, 2006 AND 2011RKS EACH YEAR THE PASSAGE OF THE PIPELINE SAFETY BILL, THE BILLS HAVE BEEN BIPARTISAN AND GARNERED SUPPORT IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND LIKELY TO SEE THAT IN THE HOUSE AND URGE THE SENATE TO TAKE THE BILL UP THIS WEEK AND PASS IT WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AS WELL. LET ME SAY TO THIS BODY THAT I WOULD URGE THEM TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND TO PASS H.R. 2845 AND THANK MR. SHUSTER FOR HIS COOPERATION IN HIS EFFORT AS WELL. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:47:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 05:47:57 PM

    MR. SHUSTER

    SPEAKER AND I WANT TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE WORDS OF MR. LARSEN AND…

    SPEAKER AND I WANT TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE WORDS OF MR. LARSEN AND ONE OF THE EXPERTS IN CONGRESS WHEN IT COMES TO PIPELINE SAFETY AND IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH HIM ON THIS BILL. AS I SAID EARLIER, I'M PROUD OF THE WORK THAT HAS GONE INTO THIS BILL ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT, BICAMERAL AGREEMENT AND WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OF THE PRODUCT WE HAVE PRODUCED AND LOOK FORWARD TO PASSING IT INTO LAW BECAUSE PIPELINES ARE THE SAFEST WAY TO MOVE THE GAS AND HAZARDOUS PRODUCTS THAT THIS ECONOMY NEEDS. AND IT'S IMPORTANT. IT IMPROVES SAFETY AND ENHANCES THE RELIABILITY AND PROVIDES THE REGULATORY CERTAINTY SO THAT THE OWNERS AND OPERATORS OF PIPELINES WILL MAKE THE INVESTMENTS IN THEIR SYSTEMS THAT WILL CREATE JOBS ACROSS AMERICA. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2845 AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:48:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2845, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION IS CONSIDERED -- IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 6:30 P.M. TODAY.

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  • 06:31:06 PM

    THE CLERK

    BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED…

    BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 170 EVERGREEN SQUARE SOUTHWEST IN PINE CITY, MINNESOTA, AS THE MASTER SERGEANT DANIEL L. FEDDER POST OFFICE.

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  • 06:31:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    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 WILL BE A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 06:55:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS ARE 351 AND THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT…

    THE YEAS ARE 351 AND THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ISSA, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2158 ON WHICH THE THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

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  • 06:55:34 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO DESIGNATE THE POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 14901 AT LA MIRADA AT THE WAYNE…

    TO DESIGNATE THE POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 14901 AT LA MIRADA AT THE WAYNE GRISHAM POST OFFICE.

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  • 06:55:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A…

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 348 --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 353, THE NAYS ARE ONE. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 353, THE NAYS ARE ONE. 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 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 07:09:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 277, THE NAYS ARE 74. WITH TWO PRESENT. THE…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 277, THE NAYS ARE 74. WITH TWO PRESENT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:09:49 PM

    MR. JACKSON

    MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

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  • 07:10:09 PM

    MR. JACKSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NAYS HAVE IT.

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  • 07:10:25 PM

    MR. JACKSON

    SPEAKER. UNTIL THE HOUSE ADDRESSES UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, I RECOMMEND…

    SPEAKER. UNTIL THE HOUSE ADDRESSES UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, I RECOMMEND THAT WE VOTE ON THAT ADJOURNMENT.

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  • 07:10:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DO YOU SEEK A RECORDED VOTE?

  • 07:10:37 PM

    MR. JACKSON

    I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A RECORDED VOTE -- THE GENTLEMAN IS NOT RECOGNIZED FOR DEBATE.

  • 07:10:45 PM

    MR. JACKSON

    I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

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

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  • 07:26:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS ARE ZERO, THE NAYS ARE 355, THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE CHAIR…

    THE YEAS ARE ZERO, THE NAYS ARE 355, THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED BILL.

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  • 07:26:51 PM

    THE CLERK

    ACT TO FURTHER ALLOCATE AND EXPAND THE ABILITY OF THE ELECTRIC POWER AND…

    ACT TO FURTHER ALLOCATE AND EXPAND THE ABILITY OF THE ELECTRIC POWER AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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  • 07:27:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

    MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1264 WITH AN AMENDMENT.

  • 07:27:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 07:27:41 PM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE KALLEN TAR NUMBER 9 , H.R. 1264, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE PROPERTY…

    HOUSE KALLEN TAR NUMBER 9 , H.R. 1264, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE PROPERTY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE AND THE ED JONES BUILDING LOCATED AT 109 SOUTH HIGHLAND AVENUE IN JACKSON, TENNESSEE, AS THE M.D. ANDERSON PLAZA AND TO AUTHORIZE THE PLACEMENT OF A HISTORICAL IDENTIFICATION MARKER ON THE DEPROUNDS RECOGNIZING THE ACHIEVEMENTS AND PHILANTHROPY OF M.D. ANDERSON.

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  • 07:29:19 PM

    MR. FLEISCHMANN

    MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THANK YOU, SIR. I YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES OR AS MUCH TIME AS I CONSUME,…

    THANK YOU, SIR. I YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES OR AS MUCH TIME AS I CONSUME, WHICH EVER COMES FIRST.

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  • 07:32:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:32:20 PM

    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, SIR. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1264 WHICH DESIGNATES THE…

    THANK YOU, SIR. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1264 WHICH DESIGNATES THE PROPERTY OF THE UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE AND THE ED JONES FEDERAL BUILDING IN JACKSON, TENNESSEE, AS M.D. ANDERSON PLAZA. ED JONES WAS A CONGRESSMAN WHO PRECEDED MR. FINCHER IN THAT DISTRICT AND PRECEDED MR. TANNER AND HE HAD THE SLOGAN, ED JONES FROM THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY ORB THE HEART OF THE DISTRICT WITH THE DISTRICT AT HIS HEART. QUITE A FINE MAN. THIS BILL AUTHORIZES THE PLACEMENT OF A HISTORICAL MARKER ON THE GROUNDS RECOGNIZING THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE DEEDS OF M.D. ANDERSON. BORN IN 1873 IN JACKSON, MR. ANDERSON, WHO WAS KNOWN AS M.D. ANDERSON, WAS THE SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS MAN, FARMER AND PHILANTHROPIST. HE WENT TO COLLEGE IN MEMPHIS, SMART MAN HE WAS TO GO TO MEMPHIS. THEN CALLED SOUTHERN BAPTIST, I BELIEVE IT BECAME UNION AND JACKSON -- UNION IN JACKSON, TENNESSEE. AFTER HE WAS IN MEMPHIS AND HAD THAT OPPORTUNITY, HE MOVED BACK TO JACKSON AND WENT TO WORK AT HIS FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS. A GOOD CHOICE. AND WENT IN THE COTTON BUSINESS WITH HIS OLDER BROTHER FRANK AND FRANK'S BROTHER-IN-LAWS AND THEY BECAME THE LARGEST COTTON COMPANY IN THE WORLD, ACCORDING TO "FORTUNE" MAGAZINE IN 1945. IN 1936 M.D. ANDERSON CREATED A CHARITABLE FOUNDATION THAT BOTHER HIS NAME AND FUNDED IT WITH -- BORE HIS NAME AND FUNDED IT. AFTER HIS DEATH, THE TRUSTEES OF M.D. ANDERSON'S ESTATE DIRECTED AN ADDITIONAL $19 MILLION TOWARD HIS FOUNDATION AND THAT HELPED CREATE M.D. ANDERSON'S LASTING LEGACY PROVIDING SEED FUNDS FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS M.D. ANDERSON CANCER CENTER WHICH IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S LEADER IN CANCER TREATMENTS AND THANKFULLY PEOPLE WHO I KNOW HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE TREATED THERE, IT'S A GREAT CLINIC AND IT'S THE BEST PLACE TO GO IF YOU'VE GOT CANCER AND HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO BE TREATED BY THE WORLD'S GREATEST PROFESSIONALS THERE IN HOUSTON. M.D. ANDERSON IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE FATHER OF THAT INSTITUTION AND BECAUSE THIS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION MATCHED THE INITIAL STATE FUNDS FOR TEXAS STATE CANCER TREATMENT CENTER, HE HAS GIVEN THAT APPALACHIAN. HIS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION ALSO SUPPORTED LIBRARIES IN COLLEGE BUILDINGS INCLUDING ONE IN JACKSON, NOW KNOWN AS LAMBETH UNIVERSITY IN MEMPHIS AND PLAN TEARIANS IN JACKSON AND HOUSTON. GIVEN HIS LASTING AND SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO HIS COMMUNITIES, AND REALLY TO THE WORLD, WITH THE M.D. ANDERSON CANCER CLINIC, WHICH IS THE FINEST CANCER CLINIC I SUSPECT IN THE WORLD, IT'S FITTING THAT WE HONOR HIS COMMITMENT BY GIVING THE PLAQUES HIS NAME. SOME MIGHT QUESTION OUR TAKING THIS TIME WHEN WE HAVE SO MANY THINGS GOING ON TO DO THIS BUT THIS IS THE TYPE OF ACTIVITY THAT WILL HOPEFULLY INSPIRE OTHERS TO USE THEIR GOOD FORTUNE AND/OR GOOD WORKS TO HELP OTHERS IN SITUATIONS AS DIRE AS HAVING CANCER AND M.D. ANDERSON DID THAT. IT'S A COMMENDABLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I'M HAPPY THAT IT WAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR AND I'M HAPPY IN SUPPORTING IT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS. AND I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:35:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 07:35:37 PM

    MR. FLEISCHMANN

    MR. SPEAKER, I WISH TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WISH TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. FINCHER.

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  • 07:35:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:35:48 PM

    MR. FINCHER

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN, FOR SUPPORT OF THIS. AND MY COLLEAGUE FROM MIDDLE TENNESSEE FOR HIS SUPPORT AS WELL. MY BILL, H.R. 1264, WILL RENAME THE PLASSA BETWEEN THE TWO FEDERAL -- PLAZA BETWEEN THE TWO FEDERAL BUILDINGS IN JACKSON, TENNESSEE, AFTER MONROE DUNWAY ANDERSON, A TRUE HERO TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER. FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW M.D. ANDERSON, HE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN JACKSON, TENNESSEE, DURING THE LATE 19TH CENTURY. IN 1904, AFTER COMPLETING COLLEGE AND SPENDING A FEW YEARS WORKING AS A BANKER IN MEMPHIS, M.D. ANDERSON JOINED A COTTON TRADING VENTURE STARTED BY HIS OLDER BROTHER FRANK ANDERSON AND FRANK'S BROTHER-IN-LAW WILL CLAYTON. THEIR CORPORATION, ANDERSON, CLAYTON AND COMPANY, FLOURISHED DUE TO THE RISING DEMAND OF COTTON DURING WORLD WAR I. THEY EVENTUALLY MOVED THE BUSINESS TO HOUSTON, TEXAS, TO HAVE BETTER ACCESS TO DEEPWATER SHIPPING. BY THE 1920'S THEIR OPERATION HAD TRADING OFFICES IN EUROPE, AFRICA AND ASIA. THE COMPANY CONTINUED TO SUCCEED THROUGH THE 1930'S AND 1940'S, DIVERSIFYING ITS CAPITAL INTO A MARINE INSURANCE COMPANY, A BARGE LINE, COTTON MILLS AND INVESTMENT BANK, MACHINE WORKS AND EVEN A FOODS DIVISION. BY 1950 ANDERSON, CLAYTON AND COMPANY WAS A MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR CORPORATION AND THEIR INTERNATIONAL MARKET SALES REACHED $3 -- 3.5% OF ALL THE WORLD'S COTTON PRODUCTION. BUT WE'RE NOT STANDING HERE TONIGHT TO HONOR M.D. ANDERSON BECAUSE OF HIS INCREDIBLE SUCCESS IN CONTRIBUTIONS TO AGRI-BUSINESS. MANY WOULD KEEP THE FRUITS OF THEIR LABOR FOR THEMSELVES, BUT M.D. ANDERSON HAD OTHERS IN MIND. IN 1936 HE ESTABLISHED A CHARITABLE FOUNDATION WITH $300,000 AND A BONUS -- UPON HIS DEATH IN 1939 THE FOUNDATION RECEIVED AN ADDITIONAL $19 MILLION ENDOWMENT. M.D. ANDERSON HAD A PARTICULAR INTEREST IN HEALTH CARE, SPECIFICALLY IN WORKING TO FIND A CURE FOR CANCER. TRUSTEES OF THE FOUNDATION KEPT M.D. ANDERSON'S INTEREST AND PASSIONS IN MIND AS THEY DECIDED HOW TO USE THE FOUNDATION'S UNDOWMENT AFTER HIS DEATH. FUNDING FROM THE FOUNDATION HELPED TO START THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, WHICH IS THE LARGEST MEDICAL COMPLEX THIS THE WORLD. FUNDING WAS ALSO USED TO ESTABLISH THE M.D. ANDERSON CANCER CENTER AT THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER WHICH IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST RESPECTED CENTERS DEVOTED EXCLUSIVELY TO CANCER PATIENT CARE, RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND PREVENTION. SINCE 1944, NEARLY 900,000 PATIENTS HAVE TURNED TO M.D. ANDERSON FOR CANCER CARE. IN ADDITION TO MEDICAL RESEARCH, THE M.D. ANDERSON FOUNDATION HAS BUILT LIBRARIES, AUDITORIUMS, COLLEGE BUILDINGS AND A PLANTARIAN. WE HONOR M.D. ANDERSON TODAY NOT BECAUSE OF HIS SUCCESS IN AGRI-BUSINESS BUT BECAUSE OF HIS GENEROSITY AND INTEREST IN BETTERING THE LIVES OF OTHERS. I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MS. NORTON, FOR HER SUPPORT AND FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THE LANGUAGE IN THIS BILL. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE HARD WORK OF MAYOR JERRY GUEST OF JACKSON, THE JACKSON CITY COUNCIL, MADISON COUNTY MAYOR, JIMMY HARRIS, AND THE MADISON COUNTY COMMISSION AND FINALLY I WANT TO SPECIFICALLY THANK MR. DICKY DAY OF JACKSON, TENNESSEE, AND MR. CARTER EDWARDS OF MURRAY CITY, TENNESSEE, FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO ENSURE THE LIFE AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF M.D. ANDERSON ARE MEMIZED IN HIS HOME TOWN OF -- MEMORIALIZED IN HIS HOMETOWN OF JACKSON, TENNESSEE. IT'S AN HONOR TO SPONSOR THIS BILL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SPONSOR THIS LEGISLATION AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:39:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:39:34 PM

    MR. FLEISCHMANN

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

  • 07:39:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1264. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1264. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. -- AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

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  • 07:39:52 PM

    MR. FLEISCHMANN

    I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I…

    I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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  • 07:39:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE…

    IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 07:40:02 PM

    MR. FLEISCHMANN

    I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I…

    I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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  • 07:40:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 07:40:26 PM

    MS. FOXX

    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, MR. SPEAKER.

  • 07:40:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:40:32 PM

    MS. FOXX

    MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I WANT TO SPEAK OF THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF MY FRIEND,…

    MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I WANT TO SPEAK OF THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF MY FRIEND, GENE ROSSAGE OF WINSTON, -- WINSTON ALLEM. GENE DIED AFTER A TENACIOUS FIGHT WITH CANCER. ONE OF THE REMARKABLE THINGS ABOUT GENE IS HE GREW UP IN CUBA AND FLED TO THE U.S. WITH HIS FAMILY IN 1962 IN SURGE OF FREEDOM. DESPITE BEING UPROOTED AND TRANSPLANTED INTO A NEW CULTURE AND NATION HE THRIVINGED IN WINSTON SALEM, FORGING A SUCCESSFUL 30-YEAR CAREER AT WACHOVIA BANK. BUT HE WAS MORE THAN JUST A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN. HE WAS PASSIONATE ABOUT INVESTING IN THE COMMUNITY WHICH HE WENT ABOUT WITH GUSTOW DURING THE NEARLY 50 YEARS HE MADE HIS MARK ON THE COMMUNITY OF WINSTON SALEM. HE LEAVES BEHIND A SHINING EXAMPLE OF HELPING OTHERS, FROM SEARCHING AS A VOLUNTEER TRANSLATOR FOR THE POLICE AND COURT SYSTEM TO SERVING WITH THE RED CROSS TO VOLUNTEERING ON THE BOARD OF A LOCAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL. GENE ALSO LIVED A VIBRANT LIFE OF FAITH, SERVING IN NUMEROUS WAYS IN HIS LOCAL CHURCH, OUR LAIDY OF MERCY, FOR DECADES. HIS LIFE DEMONSTRATED TO THOSE WHO KNEW HIM THAT HE WAS A MAN OF CONVICTION, STEADFAST FAITH AND UNRIVALED DEDICATION TO HIS COMMUNITY AND THOSE IN NEED. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED IN HIS PASSING IS A TERRIBLE LOSS TO HIS FAMILY AND LOVED ONES AS WELL AS THE ENTIRE WINSTON-SALEM COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HIS FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS WHO ARE MOURNING THE LOSS OF A MAN OF KINDNESS AND REMARKABLE CHARACTER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:41:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:42:06 PM

    MR. POE

    REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 07:42:11 PM

    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER, THE SUPREME COURT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT COURT IN THE WORLD.…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE SUPREME COURT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT COURT IN THE WORLD. HOWEVER, VERY FEW CITIZENS HAVE THE CHANCE TO WATCH THE SUPREME COURT IN ACTION WHEN HISTORIC LAWSUITS COME BEFORE IT. THIS IS BECAUSE THE SEATING IN THE COURTROOM IS LIMITED. THE SUPREME COURT WILL SOON TAKE UP THE HEALTH CARE BILL AND RULE ON ITS CONSTITUTIONALITY. THIS MOMENTOUS CASE AFFECTS EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN YET ONLY A SELECT GROUP WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE HEARING. RESPECTIVE JERRY CONNOLLY HAS INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THAT I SUPPORT TO ALLOW CAMERAS IN THE SUPREME COURT. A SINGLE NONINTRUSIVE-TYPE CAMERA CONTROLLED BY THE COURT STAFF WOULD ALLOW FOR GREATER ACCESS IN THE DECISIONS MADE BY THE NINE JURISTS IN BLACK ROBES. I KNOW CAMERAS CAN BE PLACED IN A COURTROOM WITHOUT DISRUPTION BECAUSE I WAS ONE OF THE FIRST JUDGES IN TEXAS TO ALLOW CAMERAS TO FILM CRIMINAL CASES. A LACK OF SEATING CAPACITY IS NO REASON TO DENY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO SEE SUPREME COURT PROCEEDINGS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE AN ALL-ACCESS PASS TO WATCH THE HIGH COURT RULE ON THE LAW OF THE LAND. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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  • 07:43:20 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 MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:43:26 PM

    >>

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    >>

    TODAY TO GIVE VOICE TO A CONCERN THAT I HAVE HEARD RAISED FROM NUMEROUS…

    TODAY TO GIVE VOICE TO A CONCERN THAT I HAVE HEARD RAISED FROM NUMEROUS CONSTITUENTS WHO ORIGINALLY HAIL FROM BELARUS.

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  • 07:43:38 PM

    MR. PAULSEN

    1994, THE PRESIDENT HAS ABUSE IT'S -- ABUSED HIS POWER AND ACTIVELY WORKED…

    1994, THE PRESIDENT HAS ABUSE IT'S -- ABUSED HIS POWER AND ACTIVELY WORKED TO UNDERMINE THE PEOPLE OF THE BELARUSIAN PEOPLE. THE STATE DEPARTMENT RELEASED A REPORT ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN BELARUS. AND UNDER THIS REGIME, BELARUSIANS HAVE BEEN SUBJECT TO MANIPULATED ELECTIONS AND OPPRESSION ON THE BASIS OF POLITICAL AFFILIATION, ETHNICITY AND RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. FOLLOWING THE MOST RECENT ELECTION, SECURITY FORCES ARRESTED PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES AND JOURNALISTS. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS UNACCEPTABLE THAT THIS KIND OF OPPRESSION EXISTS TODAY IN EUROPE. AND I HOPE THAT MORE AMERICANS WILL BE A-- MADE AWARE OF THE TYRANNY IN BELARUS. I THANK THE BELARUSIAN AMERICAN YOUTH ASSOCIATION FOR BRINGING THIS TO MY ATTENTION AND I STAND WITH MY CONSTITUENTS IN SUPPORT OF FREEDOM FOR THE BELARUSIAN PEOPLE AND IN OPPOSITION TO THIS OPPRESSIVE REGIME. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:44:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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  • 07:44:38 PM

    THE CLERK

    LEAVES OF ABSENCES REQUESTED FOR MR. BERMAN OF CALIFORNIA FOR TODAY, MR.…

    LEAVES OF ABSENCES REQUESTED FOR MR. BERMAN OF CALIFORNIA FOR TODAY, MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND FOR TODAY, MR. COBLE OF NORTH CAROLINA FOR TODAY, MR. DAVIS OF ILLINOIS FOR TODAY, MR. GRIFFITH OF VIRGINIA FOR TODAY, MR. GUTIERREZ OF ILLINOIS FOR TODAY AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK, MR. HEINRICH OF NEW MEXICO FOR TODAY , MR. MARINO OF PENNSYLVANIA FOR TODAY, MRS. IN A PAL AN -- MRS. NAPOLITANO AND MRS. SEWELL OF ALABAMA FOR TODAY.

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  • 07:45:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 07:45:40 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SO MUCH GOING ON THESE DAYS, AND WE HAVE TO TRUST…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SO MUCH GOING ON THESE DAYS, AND WE HAVE TO TRUST THE UNITED STATES, THE FEDERAL ENTITIES OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, TO KEEP US PROTECTED. THAT'S WHY OUR HEARING LAST WEEK WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES, ERIC HOLDER, BEFORE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE, WAS VERY DISTURBING. WE HAD THE ATTORNEY GENERAL -- WE HAD ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE BACK ON MAY 3 OF THIS YEAR. AT THAT TIME, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAID WITH REGARD TO THIS HORRIBLE PROJECT, UNDERTAKING, CALLED FAST AND FURIOUS, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAID HE HAD ONLY KNOWN ABOUT IT , QUOTE, A FEW WEEKS, UNQUOTE. TO MOST OF US, A FEW WEEKS MEANS ABOUT THREE WEEKS. HOWEVER, IN TESTIFYING, UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, LAST WEEK, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAID IN ESSENCE, LOOK, THREE WEEKS, THREE MONTHS, THEY'RE, YOU KNOW, A FEW WEEKS IS THREE MONTHS. THERE'S NOT REALLY ANY DIFFERENCE. WHEN YOU HAVE THE HIGHEST RANKING PERSON IN THE DEPARTMENT OF THE UNITED STATES JUSTICE WHO PLAYS SO FAST AND LOOSE WITH TESTIFYING UNDER OATH, WHO PLAYS SO FAST AND LOOSE WITH THE FACTS, IT IS QUITE DISTURBING AND IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE. OUR ATTORNEY GENERAL TESTIFIED THAT THERE WERE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF GUNS, 94,000 FIREARMS, SUBMITTED FOR TRACING AND THAT 64,000 OF THOSE FIREARMS WERE SOURCED TO THE UNITED STATES. THE FURTHER WE GET INTO THAT, THE MORE INACCURATE WE FIND OUT THOSE FIGURES ARE. AND OF COURSE, WE RECALL, IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE, THAT WITH A BOSS LIKE THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY SAID 90%, 95% OF THE GUNS SEIZED AT CRIME SCENES IN MEXICO CAME FROM THE UNITED STATES, IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE THAT IF THE BOSS IS MAKING THOSE KIND OF GLARING ERRORS ON NUMBERS, PERHAPS THE HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WOULD MAKE SUBSTANTIAL MISTAKES IN NUMBERS. BUT FORTUNATELY, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS NOT THE ONLY SOURCE OF INFORMATION REGARDING THOSE TYPE OF MATTERS. THE COP GREGSAL RESEARCH SERVICE IS A BIPARTISAN GROUP THEY DO AN EXTRAORDINARY JOB, I'VE GOTTEN THE IMPRESSION THAT POTENTIALLY THE MAJORITY MAY BE DEMOCRAT, BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER TO THOSE FOLKS, THEY DO A VERY GOOD JOB OF RESEARCHING THOROUGHLY WHATEVER PROJECT THEY'RE GIVEN AND THE INFORMATION THAT WE WERE ABLE TO GET BACK FROM CON FREGSAL RESEARCH SERVICE INDICATES THAT THERE ARE MAYBE ONLY 25% OF THE WEAPONS THAT MEXICO HAS SEIZED THAT ARE CAPABLE OF BEING TRACED BACK TO THE ORIGINAL SOURCE. AND THAT MOST OF THE WEAPONS THAT MEXICO SEIZES ARE NEVER OFFERED FOR THE PROCESS OF TRACING BECAUSE THEY KNOW THERE'S NO WAY TO TRACE THEM. SO IF ONLY 25% OF THOSE THAT ARE SEIZED IN MEXICO ARE ASKED TO HAVE TRACING DONE, THEN IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT NOT 95%, NOT 90%, NOT EVEN 70% OF THE WEAPONS SEIZED CAN BE TRACED TO AN AMERICAN OWNER FIRST. WE ALSO KNOW FROM THE TESTIMONY AND THE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS FAST AND FURIOUS PROJECT OF THE A.T.F., DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, BECAUSE THE A.T.F. IS A SUBSIDIARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, BUT WE KNOW THAT GUN DEALERS WILL PUSH -- WERE PUSHED INTO MAKING SALES TO PEOPLE THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE SHOULD BE SOLD THE WEAPONS. AND OUR OWN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, OUR OWN JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, URGED THEM TO GO AHEAD AND MAKE THE SALES ON BEHALF OF THEIR COUNTRY ANYWAY. THEN SOME IN THIS ADMINISTRATION HAD THE NERVE TO SAY, THIS, TOO, WAS BUSH'S FAULT. AND THEY POINT TO PROGRAMS IN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AS BEING THE SOURCE. ANDREW MCCARTHY, BACK NOVEMBER 8, HAD A GREAT ARTICLE ENTITLED, AND NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE, FAST AND FURIOUS WAS, DOT, DOT, DOT, BUSH'S FAULT. AND HE GOES ON TO POINT OUT THAT FAST AND FURIOUS DID NOT BEGIN UNTIL 2009, MONTHS AFTER THE END OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND HE GOES ON TO POINT OUT A NUMBER OF THIS THING -- A NUMBER OF THINGS, FOR EXAMPLE, WIDE RECEIVER, WHICH WAS A PROJECT UNDER THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, INVOLVED WHAT WERE CONSIDERED CONTROLLED DRIVERIES. AS A FORMER JUDGE, WE HEARD TESTIMONY CONSTANTLY ABOUT CONTROLLED DELIVERIES, WHERE THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE PEOPLE -- FIND OUT PEOPLE WERE INQUIRING ABOUT MAKING DRUG SALES AND THEY WOULD SET UP A DELIVERY, THERE WOULD BE PLENTY OF AGENTS THERE TO INTERVENE AS SOON AS THE TRANSACTION HAD ACTUALLY BEEN MADE, THE CONTROLLED DELIVERY MEANT NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE PEOPLE WATCH YORK UH MAY EVEN HAVE SOME WAY TO FOLLOW THE TRANSFER OF WHAT'S PG TRANSFERRED IN THAT CONTROLLED DELIVERY. THAT IS WHAT WAS ANTICIPATED WITH WIDE RECEIVER, THE PROJECT UNDER THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, AND UNFORTUNATELY, THERE WAS AN INCIDENT WHERE WIDE RECEIVER APPARENTLY THAT PROJECT HAD A CONTROLLED DELIVERY SET UP OF WEAPONS, THE INTENT NEVER, EVER TO ALLOW THEM TO ACTUALLY LEAVE THIS COUNTRY OR TO ACTUALLY HAVE THE INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED GET AWAY WITH THOSE WEAPONS, BUT ACTUALLY TO HAVE THEM HAVE AN INTERDICTION, HAVE THEM ARRESTED, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, AND ALSO, ONE OTHER THING, THEY HAD HOMING DEVICES ON THE WEAPONS, WELL, UNFORTUNATELY, EVERYTHING WENT WRONG, THE HOMING DEVICES WERE DETECTED, THEY WERE REMOVED, THE CONTROLLED DELIVERY WENT BAD AND FOLKS GOT AWAY. THAT IS A FAR SIGHT DIFFERENT FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION JUST DECIDING, WE ARE GOING TO SEE THAT MASSIVE NUMBER, AT LEAST A COUPLE OF THOUSAND, WEAPONS ARE PUT IN THE HANDS OF CRIMINALS WHO WILL LIKELY TAKE THEM ACROSS THE BORDER. THEY WILL CERTAINLY END UP IN THE DEATHS OF MEXICANS AND THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE WILL RESULT IN THE DEATHS OF AMERICANS. ANYONE IN ANY ADMINISTRATION WHO THINKS SUCH AN IDEA IS A GOOD ONE NEEDS TO GO FROM THAT ADMINISTRATION. ANYONE FROM ANY ADMINISTRATION WHO ALLOWS SOMETHING SO INSANE TO TAKE PLACE DOES NOT NEED TO BE IN THAT ADMINISTRATION. ANYBODY WHO HAS SUCH LAX CONTROL OVER HIS DEPARTMENT THAT THOUGH -- THAT THOUGH THOSE DIRECTLY UNDER HIM KNOW ABOUT IT THEY LEAVE HIM PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY TO COME IN AND SAY, I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT. MAYBE LANNY BREWER, HE KNEW ABOUT IT, BUT -- YEAH, I SEE HIM QUITE A BIT, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT. ANYBODY THAT SETS UP STRUCTURE TO ALLOW THEMS THAT KIND OF PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY, SO-CALLED PLAUSIBLE, AND WOULD ALLOW SOMETHING THAT RESULTS IN A FORESEEN DEATH, MUCH LESS HUNDREDS OF DEATHS, DOES NOT NEED TO BE HEAD OF THAT DEPARTMENT. THIS IS NOT -- THIS SHOULD NOT BE A PARTISAN ISSUE. BACK WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH, GEORGE W. BUSH, WAS PRESIDENT, WE HAD BEEN TOLD IN OUR JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE, BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AT THAT TIME, THAT THERE WERE NO KNOWN ABUSES OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY LETTERS. THE NATIONAL SECURITY LETTER POWERS BOTHER ME GREATLY. EXTREMELY CONCERNED ABOUT THEM. HAVE BEEN VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THEM. AND WE HAD THE REPORT FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, NO, THERE'S NO KNOWN ABUSES. THAT IS AN AWFULLY POWERFUL WEAPON, BUT WE WERE ASSURED UNDER THE PATRIOT ACT IT IS ONLY ALLOWABLE THAT THOSE LETTERS BE USED TO GAIN INFORMATION ABOUT FOREIGN NATIONALS, NOT AMERICAN CITIZENS OR PEOPLE WHO ARE ASSOCIATED WITH KNOWN FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. THEY WOULD NEVER BE USED AGAINST AMERICAN CITIZENS. WE WERE ASSURED THAT. SO SOME OF US WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE WERE NO ABUSES NO AMERICAN CITIZENS WERE BEING PURSUED, INTERNATIONALLY OR NATIONALLY. WE WERE ASSURED THEY WEREN'T. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IN JULY HAD TESTIFIED BEFORE -- THIS WAS, I GUESS, 2007, I BELIEVE IT WAS JULY, THAT THERE WERE NO KNOWN ABUSES BY A FEDERAL -- BY FEDERAL AGENTS OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY LETTER WHERE THEY DEMAND INFORMATION, DOCUMENTATION, ALL THAT NST POSSESSION OF THE PERSON TO WHOM THE LETTER IS SENT. TURNS OUT, THREE DAYS BEFORE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TESTIFIED BEFORE THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, THERE HAD BEEN A REPORT THAT WAS PLACED ON HIS DESK, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S DEFENSE WAS, I NEVER READ IT BEFORE I TESTIFIED BEFORE THE SENATE, SO I WAS TESTIFYING HONESTLY, I JUST DIDN'T KNOW. THAT WAS ENOUGH, THOUGH, TO HAVE PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT, HOUSE AND SENATE, AGREE SOMETHING -- WE NEED A CHANGE. AND WE GOT A CHANGE WITHIN ABOUT SIX WEEKS. THIS ADMINISTRATION IS SO USED TO OBFUSCATING, HIDING THE BALL, PREVENTING DOCUMENTATION THAT'S REQUESTED FROM COMING TO LIGHT, THIS ADMINISTRATION THINKS THAT IT CAN KEEP PROTECTING PEOPLE WHO NEED TO GO FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY. THEN WE FIND OUT, THERE'S EMAILS IN THE DOCUMENTS THAT WERE PROVIDED BY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, THERE ARE EMAILS INDICATING THAT GEE, MAYBE IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA IF WE COULD USE FAST AND FURIOUS NUMBERS TO GET MORE REGULATION. WE HAVE AN ARTICLE, PART OF CBSNEWS.COM. WHEN SHE INDICATES A.T.F. OFFICIALS DIDN'T INTEND TO PUBLICLY DISCLOSE THEIR OWN ROLE IN LETTING MEXICAN CARTELS OBTAIN THE WEAPONS BUT EMAILS SHOW THEY DISCUSSED USING THE SALES, INCLUDING SALES ENCOURAGED BY A.T.F. TO JUSTIFY A NEW GUN REGULATION CALLED, QUOTE, DEMAND LETTER THREE, UNQUOTE. THAT WOULD REQUIRE SOME U.S. GUN SHOPS TO REPORT THE SALE OF MULTIPLE RIFLES OR LONG GUNS. DEMAND LETTER THREE WAS SO NAMED BECAUSE IT WOULD BE THE THIRD A.T.F. PROGRAM DEMANDING GUN DEALERS REPORT TRACING INFORMATION. ON JULY 14, 2010, AFTER A.T.F. HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., RECEIVED AN UPDATE ON FAST AND FURIOUS, A.T.F. FIELD OPS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR MARK

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  • 08:23:51 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    BACK.

  • 08:46:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 08:46:58 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    FOUR MINUTES REMAINING.

  • 09:42:44 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    ADMIRE. I YIELD BACK.

  • 09:48:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION.

  • 09:48:53 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: I MOVE THAT WE NOW ADJOURN. ISM THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO…

    LEE: I MOVE THAT WE NOW ADJOURN. ISM 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

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115th Congress - House
Total Hours: 1481 (After 653 days)
  • Debate689 Hours
  • Special Orders287 Hours
  • Votes231 Hours
  • One Minute Speeches120 Hours
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