House Approves National Defense Authorization Act, 351-66
House Session - April 26, 2012

During Morning Hour, any member may speak for up to five minutes on any topic. When no additional members seek recognition, Morning Hour concludes.

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:54 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 17, 2012, THE CHAIR WILL NOW…

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 17, 2012, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES WITH EACH PARTY LIMITED TO ONE HOUR AND EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MINORITY WHIP LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES EACH, BUT IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:01:31 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THE UNFORTUNATE ARIZONA STATE IMMIGRATION LAW UNDER…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THE UNFORTUNATE ARIZONA STATE IMMIGRATION LAW UNDER REVIEW BY THE SUPREME COURT, IT'S AN APPROPRIATE TIME TO TAKE A STEP BACK AND LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE. MEXICO IS EXHIBITING SOME OF THE DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES TAKING PLACE AROUND THE WORLD THAT ARE EXHIBITED IN THE MOST EXTREME FORMS IN PLACES LIKE JAPAN AND ITALY WHERE BIRTH RATES ARE FALLING, THE POPULATION IS AGING AND DRAMATIC STRESS IS PLACED UPON THEIR ECONOMY. IT'S NOT YET TO THAT POINT IN MEXICO, BUT THE GAME HAS DEFINITELY CHANGED. IN CONTRAST, THE UNITED STATES, WHICH HAS HAD A GROWING AND VIBRANT POPULATION, IN NO SMALL MEASURE BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN ENERGIZED FROM PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. IT'S TIME TO CONSIDER OUR IMMIGRATION POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR THE FUTURE. EVEN THOUGH THERE'S BEEN NO MORE CONTENTIOUS ISSUE IN AMERICAN POLITICS THAN IMMIGRATION, THE SITUATION SURROUNDING MEXICAN IMMIGRATION HAS CHANGED PROFOUNDLY. AS I MENTIONED, THE BIRTH RATE IS FALLING AND FOR THE FIRST TIME AS MANY PEOPLE ARE LEAVING THE UNITED STATES FOR MEXICO AS ARE ARRIVING FROM MEXICO IN THE UNITED STATES. ILLEGAL ENTRY IS CLEARLY DECLINING. THE NUMBER OF ARRESTS AT THE BORDER DEMONSTRATES THAT. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE BEING DEPORTED IN GREATER NUMBERS THAN EVER BEFORE. IT'S NOT THAT THERE ISN'T STILL A PROBLEM. THERE ARE STILL SOME BAD ACTORS COMING ACROSS THE BORDER, NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. BUT THERE ARE IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITIES TO CONCENTRATE ON WHAT'S IMPORTANT, PEOPLE DEALING WITH DRUGS, SECURITY THREATS, CRIMINALS, WASTING RESOURCES ON AN EFFORT FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO WORK OR WANT TO BE WITH THEIR FAMILIES, IT DOESN'T MAKE US ANY SAFER. IT'S PAST TIME TO DEAL WITH THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY HERE AND PART OF THE FABRIC OF OUR COMMUNITIES. OFTEN THEY ARE WITH FAMILIES THAT INCLUDE CHILDREN WHO ARE CITIZENS AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ARE CITIZENS AS PART OF AN EXTENDED FAMILY, AND IT'S NOT JUST THE MEMBERS OF THOSE EXTENDED FAMILIES THAT RELY ON ONE ANOTHER. AMERICA RELIES ON THESE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. HAD THE ALABAMA LEGISLATURE FOUND OUT WITH DRACONIAN EFFORTS TO TRY TO DEAL WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND LEGAL IMMIGRANTS, BY THE WAY, ALMOST WOUND UP RUINING A NUMBER OF THEIR FARMERS AND THEY HAD TO BACKTRACK. IMMIGRANTS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A SOURCE OF AMERICA'S STRENGTH. OUR CURRENT POLICIES INFLICT DAMAGE TO THE REALITIES OF THOSE FAMILY TIES, ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN WHO ARE ALREADY CITIZENS. BUT WE DO OTHER DUMB THINGS. WE DENY SMART PEOPLE WHO ARE EDUCATED AT GREAT EXPENSE AT SOME OF THE FINEST INSTITUTIONS IN AMERICA WITH IMPORTANT SKILLS THAT WOULD BE VALUABLE TO BUSINESS, WE MAKE IT HARD FOR THEM TO BE THERE. UNFORTUNATELY, IF THEIR SKILLS ARE GOING TO BE UTILIZED, TOO OFTEN THEY END UP BEING HIRED BY FOREIGN OVERSEAS COMPETITORS OR AMERICAN COMPANIES HAVE TO CREATE JOBS FOR THEM OVERSEAS. THERE ARE A HALF DOZEN PIECES OF LEGISLATION IN A PIECEMEAL FASHION THAT WILL MAKE IT BETTER. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT IS THE DREAM ACT WHICH ALLOWS CHILDREN WHO WERE BROUGHT HERE AT AN EARLY AGE TO BE ABLE TO EARN THE RIGHT TO CITIZENSHIP IF THEY'VE DONE WORK IN EDUCATION OR PERFORM WORK IN THE MILITARY. I'M PLEASED TO SEE SUPPORT FOR ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT WOULD BRING A MEASURE OF RATIONALITY AND FAIRNESS GAINING SUPPORT, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE CAN DO IS RETURN TO THAT SPIRIT OF BIPARTISAN COOPERATION THAT WAS EXHIBITED BY THE LATE TED KENNEDY AND BY THE WAY, JOHN MCCAIN USED TO BE, BEFORE HE RAN FOR RE-ELECTION IN TODAY'S ARIZONA, BECAUSE THEY WERE SPONSORING COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. THEY DIDN'T RELY ON A HALF DOZEN PIECES OF LEGISLATION BUT REALLY LOOKED AT THE PROBLEM HOLISTICALLY. TO HAVE A THOUGHTFUL PATH TO CITIZENSHIP THAT PEOPLE COULD EARN, NOT BEING GRANTED AMNESTY BUT BY PAYING TAXES, LEARNING THE LANGUAGE, DEMONSTRATING A CLEAR COMMITMENT TO WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A CONSTRUCTIVE PART OF THE COMMUNITY. COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM IS WHAT ULTIMATELY WILL HELP US UNWIND THIS PROBLEM, SAVE MONEY AND HEARTACHE AND GET ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF BUILDING A STRONGER AMERICAN FUTURE FOR ALL OUR FAMILIES. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:06:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SHIMKUS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:06:22 AM

    MR. SHIMKUS

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

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

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  • 10:06:28 AM

    MR. SHIMKUS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I COME TO THE FLOOR AGAIN AS I'VE HAD…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I COME TO THE FLOOR AGAIN AS I'VE HAD THE PAST TWO YEARS TO TALK ABOUT THE LOCATION OF HIGH LEVEL OF NUCLEAR WASTE AROUND THIS COUNTRY AND COMPARE AND CONTRAST IT WITH WHERE WE HAVE HIGH LEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE, MOSTLY SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL, BUT OTHER TYPES OF WASTE AND COMPARE IT TO WHERE IT SHOULD BE BASED UPON A 1982 LAW, THE NUCLEAR WASTE POLICY ACT, AND THE 1987 AMENDMENT TO THAT LAW WHICH IDENTIFIED YUCCA MOUNTAIN AS THE LOCATION WHERE WE SHOULD BE STORING HIGH-LEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE. SO TODAY WE GO TO PENNSYLVANIA AND WEST VIRGINIA AREA AND WE COMPARE YUCCA MOUNTAIN WITH NUCLEAR POWER PLANT CALLED LIMERICK. SO AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN CURRENTLY THERE'S NO NUCLEAR WASTE ON SITE. AT LIMERICK THERE IS 1,143 METRIC TONS OF SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL ON SITE. AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN THE WASTE WOULD BE STORED, IF IT'S THERE, 1,000 FEET UNDERGROUND. AT LIMERICK, YOU CAN SEE WASTE IS STORED ABOVE GROUND IN POOLS AND CASKS. IF IT WAS AT YUCK AWE MOUNTAIN IT WOULD BE 1,000 FEET ABOVE THE WATER TABLE. AT LIMERICK, THE WASTE IS STORED 20 FEET ABOVE THE GROUNDWATER. FINALLY, AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN -- YUCCA MOUNTAIN IS 100 MILES FROM THE COLORADO RIVER. LIMERICK IS ON THE SCK -- SCUCKILL RIVER WHICH IS 60 MILES FROM PHILADELPHIA. THE DIFFICULTIES WE'VE HAD AND PUBLIC POLICY BEING AS IS DEFINED BY LAW THE QUESTION IS WHY DO WE STILL HAVE NUCLEAR WASTE IN PENNSYLVANIA RIGHT OUTSIDE PHILADELPHIA AND WHY DON'T WE HAVE IT UNDERNEATH A MOUNTAIN IN A DESERT? AND THE ANSWER IS, I KNOW IT WILL SHOCK PEOPLE, POLITICS HERE IN WASHINGTON, ESPECIALLY IN THE OTHER CHAMBER, NOT COMPLYING WITH THE LAW ALONG WITH AN ADMINISTRATION THAT IS IN LEAD WITH THOSE WHO HAVE A FINAL SCIENTIFIC STUDY WITH YUCCA MOUNTAIN. WHAT I'VE DONE IS LOCK AT THE SENATORS FROM THE STATES AROUND THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS THAT I'VE BEEN ADDRESSING AND WHY DO THEY STAND INDIVIDUALLY? WELL, SENATOR CASEY RELATIVELY NEW SENATOR HAS REALLY BEEN SILENT ON THAT. ALTHOUGH HE HAS SAID AS A SENATOR FROM THE STATE WITH NINE COMMERCIAL REACTORS AND 10 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING WITHIN 50 MILES OF THOSE REACTORS, I CAN TELL YOU THAT NUCLEAR SECURITY IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO PENNSYLVANIANS. OBVIOUSLY THE NUCLEAR WASTE IS NOT THAT IMPORTANT TO HIM SINCE HE'S BEEN SILENT ON YUCCA MOUNTAIN. SENATOR TOOMEY IS QUOTED AS SAYING THE ALTERNATIVE IS WHAT WE HAVE NOW, HIGHLY RADIOACTIVE WASTE LOCATED AT 131 SITES IN 39 STATES INCLUDING NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS CLOSE TO THELY HIGH VALLEY -- CLOSE TO LEE HIGH VALLEY. SENATOR MANCHIN, SOMEWHAT RELATIVELY NEW, SILENT ON WHAT WE SHOULD DO WITH THE HIGH LEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE. PART OF THIS PROCESS IS TO IDENTIFY THAT AND HOPEFULLY HAVE HIM COME OUT IN A STATEMENT. SENATOR ROCKEFELLER VOTED NO. AND HE HAS -- HIS STATEMENT IS NUCLEAR ENERGY IS TOUTED BY HIS PROPONENTS AS CARBON-FREE OPTION THAT SHOULD HAVE ITS SHARE OF THE NATION'S ELECTRICITY GENERATED EXPANDED. WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE HUMAN AND SAFETY CONCERNS. AND THAT'S WHERE I VERY MUCH DISAGREE WITH THE SENATOR BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS SPENT 20 YEARS AND $9 BILLION STUDYING YUCCA MOUNTAIN. UNPRECEDENTED. 100-YEAR PROJECTIONS WERE SHOWN SHOWING SAFETY AND THERE IS NO SAFER PLACE IN THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES FOR NUCLEAR WASTE THAN YUCCA MOUNTAIN. SO THEN I'VE BEEN DOING A TALLY ACROSS THE COUNTRY OF THE SENATORS AND WHERE THEY STAND AS OF TODAY. WE HAVE 48 WHO SUPPORT YUCCA MOUNTAIN AND HIGH-LEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE. 18 WE DON'T KNOW. HOPEFULLY THEY GET A CHANCE TO CAST A VOTE. 20 WHO ARE NO. IN THE FILIBUSTER WORLD THAT OPERATES IN THE OTHER CHAMBER, YOU KNOW WE REALLY NEED 60. WE'RE VERY CLOSE IN FACT. IF 12 OF THESE 18 UNDECIDED ARE YES, THERE SHOULD BE NO REASON WHY WE WOULD ALLOW SENATOR REID AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO BLOCK FURTHER DEVELOPMENT AND MOVEMENT TO TAKE ALL OF OUR HIGH-LEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE, STORE IT SAFELY IN A MOUNTAIN IN A DESERT AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 10:11:42 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS,…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:11:49 AM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

  • 10:11:53 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:11:55 AM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THE GUEST CHAPLAIN ASKED THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BE BLESSED AND…

    THE GUEST CHAPLAIN ASKED THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BE BLESSED AND THAT EACH MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BE BLESSED. AND IN OUR OPPORTUNITY TO BE FREE IN OUR EXPRESSION OF RELIGION, I ASK THAT EACH OF US BLESS THIS NATION. FOR THAT REASON I WILL DISCUSS JUST A SERIES OF ISSUES HOPING THAT WE CAN IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF NOT ONLY AMERICANS BUT PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. FIRST, WE HAVE TO CLEAN UP OUR HOUSE, AND SO I EXPRESS OUTRAGE OF THE ACTIONS OF TWO FORMER T.S.A. WORKERS, T.S.A. OFFICERS, AND WHO -- TWO PRESENT T.S.O. OFFICERS. ALL OF US ARE HUMAN, BUT THE OUTRAGE OF PARTICIPATING IN DRUG TRAFFICKING RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AS AN OFFICIAL OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE CONDEMNED BY ALL OF US. AND I WILL CALL FOR IMMEDIATE HEARINGS TO ENSURE THAT THE CULTURE OF T.S.O. OFFICERS, BESIDES THEIR FRONTLINE DUTY, IS TO RESPECT THE JOB AND THE TASK. AS A CHAMPION OF THEIR WORK, BELIEVING THAT THEIR WORK IS EXTREMELY VITAL TO THE SECURITY OF THIS NATION AND THE FACT THAT WE HAVE NOT HAD ATTACK ON OUR SOIL SINCE 9/11, I CALL FOR IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION AND RESPONSE. THIS MORNING AS WELL, WE DETERMINED THAT THE SECRET SERVICE, WHO FINISHED QUICKLY AN INVESTIGATION OF THE COLOMBIAN DEBACLE, DEALING WITH SEX WORKERS, PROSTITUTES, NOW HAVE DISCOVERED THROUGH A CONTRACTOR THAT IN FACT ACTIONS OCCURRED IN EL SALVADOR. WE THOUGHT IT MIGHT NOT BE THE CULTURE, BUT LET'S OWN UP AND BEGIN AS NECESSARY TO PURGE THOSE WHO ARE RECKLESS IN THEIR BEHAVIOR. THANK YOU TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE SECRET SERVICE WHO'VE ALWAYS DONE THEIR DUTY, BUT TO THE DASTARDLY DEEDS OF THOSE WHO THINK IT'S A PLAY TOWN, GET OUT NOW. THERE'S NO TOLERANCE FOR THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR. LET ME IMMEDIATELY TO THE WORK IN SYRIA. I WAS THE FIRST MEMBER TO GO TO THE SYRIAN EMBASSY TO ASK FOR THE REMOVAL OF DR. ASSAD AND WE HAVE BEEN MOVING ALONG WHILE OTHERS HAVE BEEN SLAUGHTERED. MEANING, DISCUSSIONS AT THE U.N. NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL, A SPECIAL ENVOY, DO THIS, DO THAT, WHILE WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE BEING SLAUGHTERED, IT'S TIME THERE TO BE A STRONGER STATEMENT ON THE REMOVAL OF DR. ASSAD AND THE INCREASE IN U.N. PEACEKEEPERS. THE PEOPLE NEED YOUR HELP IN SYRIA. THE BLOODSHED CONTINUES. THE FEAR IS INSURMOUNTABLE ALMOST. IT'S NECESSARY ON BEHALF OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS TO BE ABLE TO MOVE QUICKLY IN SYRIA. AS THE SUPREME COURT HAS DISCUSSED THE ARIZONA LAW, I HOPE THAT WE CAN BLESS AMERICA BY HAVING COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. I HOPE WE CAN UNDERSTAND THERE ARE LAWS THAT WORK WELL. JUST HELPING A KOREAN STUDENT WHO WAS SHOT IN MY JURISDICTION WHOSE FATHER WAS DENIED ENTRY BECAUSE OF HIS LANGUAGE AND DIDN'T UNDERSTAND, HE NOW HAS BEEN GRANTED HUMANITARIAN PAROLE. LET'S HAVE COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE STATES WHO ARE STOPPING FAMILIES WHO ARE U.S. CITIZENS IN THE STREETS OF ARIZONA PROFILING THEM BECAUSE OF THIS DASTARDLY LAW, THAT WE DON'T HAVE POLICE OFFICERS HAVING TO BECOME IMMIGRATION OFFICERS WHILE THEY NEED TO BE RESCUING PEOPLE AND SAVING PEOPLE. LET'S DO THE DECENT THING. LET'S BLESS AMERICA AND HAVE COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. THEN, OF COURSE, THE SENATE IS DEBATING THE ISSUE OF THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT, AN ACT THAT AS A NEW MEMBER OF CONGRESS I HAD THE PLEASURE OF BOTH CO-SPONSORING, WRITING AMENDMENTS AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, AND IT'S SAD WE HAVE A DIVIDE ON THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT THAT HAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THE LEAHY BILL. THIS HOUSE SHOULD TAKE THAT BILL UP AS IT PASSED THE SENATE. DO YOU REALIZE HOW MANY WOMEN ARE BEING KILLED A DAY, AN HOUR BECAUSE OF THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE THAT THIS PARTICULAR ACT HELPS TO OUTREACH AND PROVIDE RESOURCES AND COUNSELING AND OPPORTUNITIES TO BE ABLE TO NURTURE THOSE WOMEN AND TO BE ABLE TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE SAFE? AS A FORMER BOARD MEMBER OF THE HOUSTON AREA WOMEN'S CENTER, THAT'S BEEN A LIVING EXAMPLE OF PROTECTING WOMEN AGAINST DASTARDLY VIOLENCE AND, OF COURSE, MEN WHO ARE SUBJECT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, IT'S UNFORTUNATELY A FORM OF AN EPIDEMIC IN THIS COUNTRY AS WE HAVE SEEN BULLYING. WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO BLESS AMERICA AND HAVE PEOPLE TURN INTERNALLY. LET THEM SEEK HELP. BUT WHY STALL THE PASSAGE OF THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN'S ACT WHICH IN FACT WOULD PROVIDE THE NURTURE AND COMFORT AND RESOURCES AND THE NATIONAL STATEMENT THAT WE ABHOR AND STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND OTHERS WHO WILL BE IMPACTED VIOLENTLY IN THIS NATION? AS A MEMBER WHO STOOD ALONG CHAIRMAN HYDE SOME YEARS AGO, THE LATE CHAIRMAN HYDE, A REPUBLICAN, WHO STOOD ALONGSIDE OF US TO SAY HE STANDS WITH LEGISLATION TO PROTECT WOMEN, GET THE SENATE TO DO ITS BUSINESS AND LET THE HOUSE DO ITS BUSINESS. LET US BLESS AMERICA. I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 10:17:13 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED, MRS. BLACKBURN, FOR FIVE…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED, MRS. BLACKBURN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:17:17 AM

    MRS. BLACKBURN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER MY PRAISE TO ONE OF TENNESSEE'S…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER MY PRAISE TO ONE OF TENNESSEE'S TRUE LIVING LEGENDS, BORN IN CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE, IN TENNESSEE'S SEVENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, COACH PAT HEAD SUMMIT, PAVED THE WAY FOR WOMEN ATHLETES AT HER HIGH SCHOOL AND THEN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE MARTIN. SHE WAS AN EXEMPLARY STUDENT ATHLETE AND TODAY THE GEM AT U.T. MART -- GYM AT U.T. MARTIN IS NAMED IN HER HONOR. SHE TOOK THE REINS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE IN 1974 AND SHE HAS LED THE LADY VOLS TO AN UNPRECEDENTED 31 CONSECUTIVE NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES. IN HER TIME AS A COACH SHE HAS COACHED 12 OLYMPIANS, 20 KODAK ALL AMERICANS, AND 77 ALL S.E.C. PERFORMERS. AFTER 1,098 CAREER WINS, OVER 38 SEASONS. PAT HEAD SUMMIT IS THE ALL-TIME WINNINGEST COACH IN NCAA BASKETBALL HISTORY. PUSHING EXCELLENCE BOTH ON AND OFF THE COURT, COACH SUMMIT PREPARED HER PLAYERS TO BE SUCCESSFUL WOMEN WHEN THEY HANG UP THEIR JERSEYS. WE WILL REMEMBER HER LEGACY AT U.T. FOR TWO THINGS -- WINNING GAMES AND MOST IMPORTANTLY GRADUATING PLAYERS. EVERY LADY VOLUNTEER, EVERY LADY VOLUNTEER WHO FINISHED THEIR ELIGIBILITY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE. THAT IS A STATISTIC TO CHEER ABOUT. COACH SUMMIT HAS DEDICATED HER CAREER AND HER MAGNIFICENT JOURNEY TO THE GREAT NATION OF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AND TO THE STUDENT AT-HEAT SHE'S CHAND. THIS WEEK WE HAVE WELCOMED COACH SUMMIT AND HER SON, TYLER. THEY HAVE BEEN HERE IN D.C. WITH US THIS WEEK AS WE HAVE SALUTED HER CAREER AND AS WE CHEER HER AS SHE NOW COACHES MILLIONS OF VOLUNTEERS IN FIGHTING ALZHEIMER'S AND EARLIE ONSET DEMENTIA. THANK YOU, COACH SUMMIT, FOR LEADING BY EXAMPLE, BOTH ON AND OFF THE COURT. YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:19:45 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:19:49 AM

    MR. HOYER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, 64 YEARS AGO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, 64 YEARS AGO THE STATE OF ISRAEL WAS BORN OUT OF THE HOPE OF A GENERATION AND ON THE HEELS OF HISTORY'S DARKEST HUMAN TRAGEDY. NOTWITHSTANDING THE MANY GRAVE CHALLENGES THAT IT HAS FACED SINCE THAT DAY, STILL IN OUR TIME ISRAEL HAS ACHIEVED A THRIVING ECONOMY, A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE, AND IMPORTANT ROLE AS A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY OF NATIONS. ISRAEL'S EXISTENCE ITSELF IS A POWERFUL SYMBOL OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE'S RESOLVE NEVER AGAIN TO PERMIT ITS SONS AND DAUGHTERS TO FACE THE THREAT OF PERSECUTION OR GENOCIDE. ONLE MY MANY VISITS TO ISRAEL, I WITNESSED THE TRIUMPH OF A DREAM, A BEAUTIFUL DREAM, THAT SUSTAINED THE JEWISH PEOPLE FOR 2,000 YEARS AND HAS BEEN FULFILLED THROUGH THE BLOSSOMING OF A DESERT, THE EMERGENCE OF ISRAEL'S HIGH-TECH ECONOMY, AND THE FREEDOMS OF SPEECH, PRESS, AND RELIGIOUS FOR ITS CITIZENS OF EVERY FAITH. ISRAEL CONTINUES TO IMPRESS THE WORLD WITH THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS IN BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY, SPORTS, THE ARTS, AND DEFENSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS. THEY ARE EVEN MORE REMARKABLE WHEN CONSIDERING THE VERY REAL DANGERS ISRAEL FACES IN THE FORM OF TERRORISM, REGIONAL INSTABILITY, AND THE THREAT FROM IRAN. FOR AMERICANS, ISRAEL'S PEACE AND SECURITY HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN IMPORTANT INTEREST OF THE -- NATIONAL INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AS PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS MADE VERY CLEAR, OUR COUNTRIES WILL CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY TOGETHER TO PREVENT A NUCLEAR ARMED IRAN. NOT ONLY DO THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL SHARE COMMON INTEREST, WE ALSO SHARE COMMON VALUES. DEMOCRACY, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND A YEARNING FOR PEACE AND THE IDEALS WE HOLD IN OUR HEARTS. TOGETHER, TOGETHER WE HAVE WORKED FOR 64 YEARS TO DEFEND THEM AND PROMOTE THEM. ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF ISRAEL'S INDEPENDENCE, AMERICANS CONTINUE TO STAND SIDE BY SIDE WITH ISRAEL AS IT PURSUES PEACE AND SECURITY FOR ITS PEOPLE AND, YES, FOR ITS REGION. I PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF ISRAEL AND ITS PEOPLE AND FOR ALL THE PEOPLE OF THAT TROUBLED REGION. I KNOW THE STRONG BONDS BETWEEN OUR NATIONS WILL ENDURE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. THOSE FUTURES WERE WHAT WE WORKED SO HARD TO MAKE POSSIBLE FOR THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:22:34 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DOLD, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR.

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  • 10:22:40 AM

    MR. DOLD

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

  • 10:22:44 AM

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  • 10:22:47 AM

    MR. DOLD

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN MARCH THE UNITED STATES RECOGNIZED 10 WOMEN WHO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN MARCH THE UNITED STATES RECOGNIZED 10 WOMEN WHO WERE RISKING THEIR LIVES TO BRING ABOUT JUSTICE IN THEIR COUNTRIES. THESE WOMEN WERE HONORED IN THE UNITED STATES AT THE 2012 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COURAGE AND VISITED CONGRESS TO SHARE THEIR STORIES AND GIVE A VOICE TO THE PEOPLE OF THEIR COUNTRIES WHO HAVE NOWHERE ELSE TO TURP. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF MEETING WITH EACH OF THESE WOMEN AND LISTENING TO THEIR STORIES AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR FIGHT TO END HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. I WAS IMPRESSED WITH THEIR STRENGTH, THEIR COURAGE, AND WANT TO SHARE SOME OF THEIR STORIES WITH YOU HERE THAT WE CAN FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NO VOICE. MIRIAM IS FROM AFGHANISTAN, AT AGE 27 SHE IS THE DIRECTOR OF A WOMAN'S ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE AND SPEAKS OUT FOR THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN KANDAHAR PROVINCE. HER LIFE HAS BEEN THREATENED NUMEROUS TIMES, AND YET SHE CONTINUES TO FIGHT FOR WOMEN IN AFGHANISTAN AND HAS STARTED THE OVERWHELM FEMALE FOCUSED RADIO STATION IN THE NATION. SHE RECEIVED THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARD FOR STRIVING TO GIVE A VOICE TO WOMEN THROUGH THE POWER OF MEDIA, GOVERNMENT, AND CIVIL SOCIETY. PRISCILLA IS FROM BRAZIL. SHE'S 34 AND SERVES AS THE GENERAL COORDINATOR FOR STRATEGIC PROGRAMS FOR THE RIO DAY JANUARY NARROW STATE SECRETARIAT OF PUBLIC SECURITY. SHE'S ONE OF THE MOST SENIOR OFFICERS IN THE POLICE PACIFICATION UNITS IN HER COUNTRY AND HAS WORKED TO END DRUG DEALING OPERATIONS IN BRAZIL. SHE ARRESTED A GANG OF CRIMINALS WHO HAD ONCE KIDNAPPED HER AND IS WORKING WITH THE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT BRAZIL. SHE RECEIVED THIS AWARD FOR INTEGRATING PREVIOUSLY MARGINALIZED POPULATIONS INTO THE LARGER RIO DEJANUARY NARROW COMMUNITY. ZINMAR, FROM BURMA, AT AGE 36, IS A DEMOCRATIC ACTIVIST WHO WAS A FORMER POLITICAL PRISONER AND HELD FOR 11 YEARS BECAUSE OF HER EFFORTS TO PROMOTE DEMOCRACY, WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT, AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN BURMA. SHE RECEIVED THIS AWARD FOR CHAMPIONING DEMOCRACY, STRENGTHENING CIVIL SOCIETY, AND EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS TO CONTRIBUTE MEANINGFULLY TO THE POLITICAL TRANSFORMATION OF BURMA. JEANA IS FROM COLOMBIA, AT AGE 38 IS AN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST. WHILE ON ASSIGNMENT SHE WAS REPEATEDLY RAPED AND LEFT IN A DUMPSTER. SHE WAS LEFT IN THIS DUMPSTER BY HER ATTACKERS AND TOLD THEY WERE SENDING A MESSAGE TO THE COLOMBIAN PRESS. SINCE THAT HORRIFIC ATTACK, SHE HAS SPOKEN OUT AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND BECOME A ROLE MODEL FOR WOMEN IN COLOMBIA. SHE WAS GIVEN THIS AWARD FOR HER UNFAILING COURAGE, DETERMINATION, AND PERSEVERANCE FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE ALL AROUND THE GLOBE. HANNAH IS A 27-YEAR-OLD ARCHITECT FROM LIBYA WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE PROPER DOCUMENTATION OF THE VIOLENCE DURING THE REVOLUTION IN HER COUNTRY. SHE ALSO WAS AN ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN HER COUNTRY AND RECEIVED THIS AWARD FOR COURAGEOUS ADVANCEMENT FOR THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND WOMEN RIGHTS DURING A TIME OF CONFLICT AND TRANSITION IN LIBYA. ANYSSA IS FROM MALDIVES AND FOUNDED HOPE FOR WOMEN. SHE ADVOCATES FOR ENDING GENDER BASE VIOLENCED AND SERVES AS THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF WOMEN'S AFFAIRS. SHE RECEIVED THIS AWARD FOR COURAGEOUS ADVOCACY OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND PROTECTION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. SHAHAD IS 33 FROM PAKISTAN WHO IS A COURAGEOUS HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST. SHE PROVIDES POLITICAL TRAINING, MICROCREDIT INFORMATION, AND MORE TO WOMEN IN HER COUNTRY. THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS ATTEMPTS TO END HER LIFE, BUT SHE REMAINS COMMITTED TO ADVANCING WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND EVEN WON A LOCAL OFFICE IN HER COUNTRY. SHE RECEIVED THIS AWARD FOR FEARLESSLY CHAMPIONING PAKISTANI WOMEN'S POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC RIGHTS. SUMAR IS FROM SAUDI ARABIA AND AT 31 MONITORS HUMAN RIGHTS IN HER COUNTRY. SHE IS THE FIRST WOMAN IN SAUDI ARABIA TO FILE A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT DEMANDING THAT WOMEN HAVE A RIGHT TO VOTE. SHE WON THIS AWARD FOR DEMONSTRATING SIGNIFICANT COURAGE IN HER ACTIVISM WHILE BECOMING A CHAMPION IN THE STRUGGLE FOR WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE AND LEGAL RIGHTS IN SAUDI ARABIA. AWALA IS FROM SUDAN AND A HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST, FORCED TO FLEE DARFUR, SHE LIVED IN AN INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS CAMP AND SPOKEN OUT OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN THESE CAMPS AND ADVOCATED FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN HER COUNTRY. SHE'S BEEN PERSECUTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF SUDAN AND FORCED TO FLEE HER COUNTRY AND WAS GIVEN THIS AWARD FOR GIVING A VOICE TO THE WOMEN IN DARFUR. I WANT TO SAY THESE WOMEN ACT AS A ROLE MODEL FOR ALL WOMEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ACROSS THE WORLD, WE MUST STAND UP FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    LAST WEEKEND THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IN AFGHANISTAN REACHED A…

    LAST WEEKEND THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IN AFGHANISTAN REACHED A STRATEGIC AGREEMENT TO DEFINE THE TERMS OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES IN THE NEAR-TERM FUTURE. FIRST OF ALL THIS AGREEMENT AFFIRMS THAT OUR COMBAT TROOPS WILL NOT LEAVE AFGHANISTAN UNTIL 2014. WHICH IS FAR TOO SLOW A TIMETABLE. DON'T WE HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE RIGHT HERE AFTER 10-PLUS YEARS THAT WE ARE NOT MAKING AMERICA SAFER WITH THIS WAR? WE ARE NOT MINIMIZING THE TERRORIST THREAT, AND WE ARE NOT BRINGING STABILITY AND SECURITY TO AFGHANISTAN? HOW MUCH MORE WILL AMERICANS BE ASKED TO SACRIFICE? HOW MANY MORE TENS OF BILLIONS IN TAXPAYER DOLLARS WILL BE WASTED WHEN WE HAVE SO MANY NEEDS RIGHT HERE AT HOME. HOW MANY MORE AMERICANS HAVE TO COME HOME IN A CASKET? HOW MANY MORE WILL TAKE THEIR OWN LIVES BECAUSE THE MENTAL HEALTH DISTRESS OF SERVING IN A COMBAT ZONE BECOMES TOO MUCH. HOW MANY MORE HAVE TO SPEND THE REST OF THEIR LIVES IN A WHEELCHAIR OR WITHOUT A LIMB OR LIMBS BECAUSE OF INJURIES SUFFERED IN AN IMMORAL AND UNNECESSARY WAR? BELIEVE ME, MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS NOT A MINUTE TO WASTE. NOW IS THE MOMENT TO END THIS WAR AND WHICH OUR TROOPS HOME. -- AND BRING OUR TROOPS HOME. THE MEETING THIS WEEKEND DOES, HOWEVER, SHOW THE IMPORTANCE OF A PLAN GOING FORWARD, A PLAN THAT WOULD DEFINE THE TERMS OF OUR ENGAGEMENT WITH AFGHANISTAN AFTER THE WAR IS OVER. I HAVE ALWAYS SAID THAT ENDING THE MILITARY OCCUPATION DOES NOT MEAN ABANDONING AFGHANISTAN. THE QUESTION IS WHAT FORM WILL OUR PARTNERSHIP TAKE AND ON THAT QUESTION THE AGREEMENT SIGNED THIS WEEKEND PROVIDES VERY LITTLE GUIDANCE. . ACCORDING TO "THE WASHINGTON POST," IN FACT, AND I'LL QUOTE THEM, THEY SAY THE SPECIFICS OF THE U.S. COMMITMENT TO AFGHANISTAN HAVE YET TO BE FORMALLY OUTLINED. THEN "THE POST" ADDS THAT THE DOCUMENT PROVIDES ONLY A VAGUELY WORDED REASSURANCE, LEAVING MANY TO GUESS WHAT THE U.S. COMMITMENT MEANS IN PRACTICE, UNQUOTE. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED MORE THAN A GUESS. WE NEED A CLEAR STRATEGY FOR INVESTING IN AFGHANISTAN AND ITS PEOPLE. AND WHILE A LOT OF THE TALK HAS BEEN ABOUT CONTINUING TO SHORE UP AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES, WE NEED A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH. IN SHORT, WE NEED TO IMPLEMENT SMART SECURITY, THE STRATEGY I'VE SPOKEN ABOUT FROM THIS SPOT HUNDREDS OF TIMES SINCE 2004. SMART SECURITY WOULD REPLACE OUR MILITARY SURGE WITH A CIVILIAN SURGE. IT WOULD PUT HUMANITARIAN AID FRONT AND CENTER. IT WOULD EMPHASIZE DEVELOPMENT AND DIPLOMACY INSTEAD OF INVASION AND OCCUPATION. IT WOULD MEAN IN PLACE OF TROOPS AND WEAPONS WE GIVE EXPERTS TOOLS AND RESOURCES TO REBUILD AFGHAN INFRASTRUCTURE, HOSPITALS AND SCHOOLS. IT WOULD MEAN INVESTING IN PROGRAMS TO IMPROVE MATERNAL HEALTH AND CHILD MORTALITY. IT WOULD MEAN A FOCUS ON DEMOCRACY PROMOTION AND REBUILDING CIVIL SOCIETY IN AFGHANISTAN. IT WOULD ALSO MEAN SHIFTING THE EMPHASIS TO PEACE BUILDING, CONFLICT PREVENTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION. THIS APPROACH WOULD SAVE LIVES. IT WOULD PROMOTE PEACE. IT IS A SUPERIOR COUNTERTERRORISM AND NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY. IT WILL KEEP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE. IT WILL ADVANCE OUR VALUES IN A WAY THAT A DECADE OF WAR CLEARLY HAS NOT. WE CAN'T WAIT UNTIL 2014, MR. SPEAKER. WE NEED A SMART SECURITY APPROACH IN AFGHANISTAN, AND WE NEED IT NOW. AND WE NEED TO START BY BRINGING OUR TROOPS HOME. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. DUNCAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. DUNCAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF OUR COUNTRY'S VETERANS,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF OUR COUNTRY'S VETERANS, AND I WANT TO BEGIN BRIEFLY BY MENTIONING AN ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS VETERANS THAT WAS RECENTLY BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION. PATRIOT OUTREACH, A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION TO ASSIST OUR MILITARY WITH GETTING THE HELP THEY NEED TO DEAL WITH THE TRAUMA ASSOCIATED WITH ASPECTS OF MILITARY SERVICE. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THAT AT PATRIOTOUTREACH.ORG, AND I THINK THEY'RE DOING A GREAT SERVICE TO OUR VETERANS. THE LEGACY OF HEROES IS THE MEMORY OF A GREAT NAME AND THE INHAIR TANS OF A GREAT -- INHERITANCE OF A GREAT EXAMPLE. IN OUR COUNTRY SOME OF OUR GREATEST INDIVIDUALS ARE VETERANS WHICH ANSWERED THE CALL TO PROTECT US. OUR COUNTRY HAS GIVEN THEM A FIRM PROMISE. BECAUSE OF THEIR WILLINGNESS TO PROTECT US THROUGH THEIR SERVICE WHEN THEIR SERVICE ENDS, WE PROMISE TO TAKE CARE OF THEM, BUT UNFORTUNATELY IF YOU TALK TO VETERANS TODAY THEY DON'T BELIEVE OUR GOVERNMENT IS LIVING UP TO THEIR PROMISES. WHEN WE MADE THE COMMITMENT TO TAKE CARE OF OUR TROOPS WHEN THEY RETURNED HOME, WE NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT MAKING THEM JUMP THROUGH HOOPS OR NAVIGATE A COMPLICATED BUREAUCRACY. WE PROMISED OUR VETERANS THE MOON AND INSTEAD HAVE FAILED IN MANY INSTANCES TO PROVIDE THEM WITH THE MOST BASIC OF CARE. AS OF MARCH 16 THIS YEAR, THE COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, REGIONAL OFFICE OF THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HAD PENDING CASES WITH AN AVERAGE WAIT TIME OF 232 DAYS. SURVIVOR BENEFITS FOR VETERAN SPOUSES CAN TAKE BETWEEN 10 MONTHS AND 18 MONTHS TO BE DISPERSED AND SOMETIMES EVEN LONGER DEPENDING ON THE HEALTH STATUS OF THE BENEFICIARY. MY OFFICE IS SERVING A CONSTITUENT BECAUSE HE HAD 12 CLAIMS PENDING BEFORE THE V.A. WHICH DATE ALL THE WAY BACK TO 2004. ANOTHER CONSTITUENT HAS HAD HER CLAIMS DELAYED OVER 18 MONTHS BECAUSE SHE'S BEEN TOLD BY THE V.A. THEY DON'T HAVE HER MEDICAL RECORDS. NOW, THIS IS DESPITE THE FACT THAT SHE'S ALREADY SENT THE V.A. HER MEDICAL RECORDS TWICE BY CERTIFIED MAIL. UNFORTUNATELY, CLAIMS AREN'T THE ONLY BACKLOG FACING THE V.A. VETERANS ARE ALSO FORCING TO DELAY SEEKING MEDICAL ATTENTION, AND IT HAS FORCED SOME VETERANS TO HAVE TO WAIT MONTHS TO RECEIVE MEDICAL CARE. MR. SPEAKER, TO PUT IT SIMPLY, THE V.A. ISN'T CLICKING AND TICKING. DESPITE THE BEST INTENTIONS OF V.A. PERSONNEL TO DELIVER A HIGH LEVEL OF SERVICE AND CARE TO OUR VETERANS, TOO MANY SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN ARE FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS. IN MY DISTRICT IN SOUTH CAROLINA WE CREATED AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE COMPRISED OF MILITARY VETERANS TO PROVIDE INSIGHT INTO SOME OF THE PROBLEMS THEY ARE FACING TODAY. THEIR VIEW IS NOT THAT THE LAW NEEDS TO BE CHANGED, NECESSARILY, BUT THAT THE SPIRIT OF LAW IS NOT BEING FOLLOWED. VETERANS WERE PROMISED CERTAIN BENEFITS AND IN TOO MANY CASES THEY ARE STILL WAITING TO RECEIVE THEM. IN ADDITION TO THE MOUNTING PROBLEMS REGARDING VETERAN SERVICES, I'M DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT VETERANS WILL BE NEGATIVELY IMPACTED BY THE IMPLEMENTATION OF OBAMACARE. THE UNCONDITIONAL AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL HEALTH CARE LAW IS TO BEGIN LUMPING OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN INTO THE BUREAUCRACY OF OBAMACARE. NOT ONLY DO I THINK THIS BREAKS A PROMISE MADE TO OUR VETERANS, BUT I'M AFRAID IT WILL MAKE AN ALREADY BAD SITUATION WORSE. IN CONCLUSION, MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN DO BETTER, AND FOR THE SAKE OF OUR LIVING HEROES, WE MUST DO BETTER. LET US NOT FORGET THE PROMISES THAT WE MADE TO OUR VETERANS AND NOT JUST HONOR OUR VETERANS WITH OUR WORDS BUT LET'S HONOR THEM WITH OUR ACTIONS. THANK YOU. MAY GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS IN THE FIELD, THOSE HERE AT HOME, MAY GOD BLESS THOSE WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN UNIFORM, AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. JOHNSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO TALK ABOUT THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO TALK ABOUT THE DISCRIMINATORY VOTER I.D. LAWS THAT ARE UNDEMOCRATIC AND SIMPLY UN-AMERICAN. THE AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE COUNCIL, ALSO KNOWN AS ALEC, HAS LONG BEEN A SECRETIVE COLLABORATION BETWEEN BIG BUSINESS AND TEA PARTY CONSERVATIVE POLITICIANS SERVING IN THIS NATION STATE AND -- IN THIS STATE AND FEDERAL LEGISLATURES. THEY HELP THE SUPERRICH BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. YESTERDAY I DISCUSSED HOW ALEC HAD PRODUCED LEGISLATIVE POLICY THAT DEGRADES OUR AIR AND WATER QUALITY AND WRECKS OUR ENVIRONMENT. LAST WEEK I OUTLINED HOW ALEC HAS INFILTRATED OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM BY PRODUCING LEGISLATION THAT STIMULATES HIGHER AND HIGHER LEVELS OF INCARCERATION TO THE BENEFIT AND TO THE SURGING PROFITS OF THE PRIVATE FOR-PROFIT PRISON INDUSTRY. AND IF THAT WASN'T ENOUGH, WITH 194 DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE GENERAL ELECTION, ALEC HAS BEEN WORKING HARD TO SUPPRESS THE VOTES OF THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY. ALEC HAS MET WITH ITS CORPORATE ALLIES AND RIGHT-WING STATE OFFICIALS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS TO PROMOTE LEGISLATION, TO SUPPRESS THE VOTES OF LIKELY DEMOCRATIC VOTERS. BY SUPPRESSING -- BY MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHTS TO VOTE, ALEC'S MODEL VOTER I.D. ACT GRANTS AN ELECTORAL ADVANTAGE TO REPUBLICANS WHILE UNDERMINING THE RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS TO VOTE. IN ADDITION, ALEC HAS WORKED TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR CORPORATIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS. THEIR PUBLIC SAFETY AND ELECTIONS TASK FORCE PROMOTES MODEL LEGISLATION THAT WOULD DISENFRANCHISE MILLIONS OF VOTERS, DEVASTATE CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM AND ALLOW FOR GREATER CORPORATE INFLUENCE IN ELECTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, IT HAS INJECTED THESE CORROSIVE LAWS INTO OUR STATES, AND THEY HAVE SPREAD LIKE UNTREATED CANCER. BILLS BASED ON ALEC'S MODEL LEGISLATION HAVE ALREADY BEEN INTRODUCED IN 34 STATES AND PASSED IN MANY OF THOSE STATES. VOTER SUPPRESSION COMES IN MANY FORMS, FROM NEW VOTER I.D. LAWS TO ELIMINATING ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION TO VOTING -- TO RESTRICTING VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES BY COMMUNITY GROUPS TO REDUCING THE NUMBER OF DAYS FOR EARLY VOTING AND LIMITING THE NUMBER OF DAYS OF VOTER REGISTRATION. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT ALEC IS DIRECTLY TIED TO THE PROLIFERATION OF THESE VOTER I.D. LAWS IN THE STATES' LEGISLATURES. THESE POLICIES ARE NOT ABOUT PREVENTING FRAUD IN THE VOTING PROCESS, THIS LEGISLATION IS SOLELY ABOUT DISENFRANCHISING MINORITIES, THE ELDERLY AND OTHER AT-RISK VOTERS SUCH AS THE POOR WHO ARE UNLIKELY TO HAVE THE KINDS -- THE TECHNICAL KINDS OF I.D. THAT THESE PIECES OF LEGISLATION DEMAND. SO -- NOW, ALEC HAS -- AFTER THE SPOTLIGHT HAS STARTED TO SHINE ON ALEC, THEY HAVE COME OUT PUBLICLY AND SAID, OK, WE ARE GOING TO GET OUT OF THE PUBLIC POLICY BUSINESS. THEY'RE GOING TO NOT WRITE ANY MORE MODEL LEGISLATION LIKE THE FLORIDA SHOOT FIRST AND -- SHOOT FIRST AND ASK QUESTIONS LATER. THEY'RE NOT GOING TO INTRODUCE ANY MORE OF THAT TYPE OF LEGISLATION, AND THEY ALSO HAVE ANNOUNCED THEY ARE GOING TO SHUT DOWN THEIR PUBLIC SAFETY AND ELECTIONS TASK FORCE WHICH IS THE COMMITTEE THAT PRODUCED THE VOTER SUPPRESSION LEGISLATION. THAT'S A GOOD THING, BUT THE DAMAGE HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO REMAIN VIGILANT ABOUT THIS GROUP, THIS SHADOWY GROUP, ALEC, THIS UNHOLY ALLIANCE BETWEEN TEA PARTY REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS AND BIG BUSINESS. WE'LL HAVE TO KEEP OUR EYES OPEN AND I'LL HAVE MORE TO TALK ABOUT IN THE COMING DAYS. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. WESTMORELAND

    I COME TO THE FLOOR WITH GREAT SADNESS AND ALSO A GREAT SENSE OF PRIDE TO…

    I COME TO THE FLOOR WITH GREAT SADNESS AND ALSO A GREAT SENSE OF PRIDE TO HONOR THE SERVICE OF A HERO. PRIVATE FRANK DAVIS. ON MARCH 29, 2012, JONATHAN GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN KANDAHAR PROVINCE OF AFGHANISTAN WHILE SUPPORTING OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. JONATHAN WAS THE SON OF REVEREND AND MRS. CARRIE DAVIS OF GRIFFIN, GEORGIA. HIS MOTHER, TRACY, DESCRIBED HIM AS TENDER HEARTED. A TENDERNESS THAT EXTENDED TO BOTH HIS PEERS AND ANIMALS. HIS HEART WAS SO LARGE THAT THEY NOW HAVE NUMEROUS PETS RUNNING AROUND THEIR HOME DUE TO JONATHAN NOT BEING ABLE TO TURN AWAY A SINGLE STRAY. HIS NURTURING AND GIVING NATURE WAS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS LOVED MOST ABOUT HIM. AS A CHILD, JONATHAN ALWAYS STOOD UP FOR HIS CLASSMATES WHO WERE BEING BULLY AND MANY OF JONATHAN'S PEERS REMEMBER HE WAS THE FIRST ONE TO COME TO THEIR DEFENSE. HE WAS WILLING TO GIVE HIS SHIRT OFF HIS BACK TO HELP OTHERS AND WAS ALWAYS CONCERNED ABOUT THE WELL-BEING OF EVERYONE AROUND HIM, ESPECIALLY THOSE LESS FORTUNATE. JONATHAN WAS PLAYFUL AND STROVE TO MAKE OTHERS MAPPY, EITHER BY PLAYING PRANKS ON HIM OR HIS UNFORGETTABLE SMILE THAT COULD LIGHT UP A ROOM. AFTER GRADUATION, HE, LIKE MYSELF, MARRIED HIS HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART. HER NAME'S KRISTEN. KRISTEN IS EXPECTING THEIR FIRST CHILD, AND JONATHAN TALKED ALL THE TIME OF HOW EXCITED HE WAS TO BECOME A FATHER. HE CARRIED THE SONOGRAM OF BABY BENJAMIN IN HIS WALLET EVERYWHERE HE WENT AND COULDN'T WAIT TO TEACH THEIR BABY BOY SOCCER. HIS UNWAVERING COURAGE, HUGE HEART AND STRONG CHRISTIAN FAITH IS THE REASON WHY HE ANSWERED HIS CALLING TO JOIN THE ARMY. HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE FOURTH SQUADRON, 73RD CALVARY, REGION MEANT, FOURTH BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM OF THE 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION AT FORT BRAGG, NORTH CAROLINA. HE WAS PURSUING A MEDICAL CAREER AFTER THE ARMY AND HAD ALREADY COMPLETED PART OF HIS E.M.T. AND PARAMEDIC TRAINING, WAS ON THE PATH TO ATTENDING MEDICAL SCHOOL. JONATHAN WAS PART OF A SCOUT GROUP SWEEPING AN AREA IN AFGHANISTAN AND DOING WHAT HE DOES BEST, PROTECTING OTHERS, WHEN HIS GROUP CAME UNDER ENEMY FIRE AND HE SUFFERED FATAL WOUNDS. AT ONLY AGE 20, JONATHAN WAS TAKEN FROM US MUCH TOO SOON. ON APRIL 7, THE FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD'S CHURCH IN GRIFFIN, GEORGIA, CELEBRATED THE LIFE OF JONATHAN AND HE WAS LAID TO REST BY HIS CLOSE FAMILY AND FRIENDS. I AM PROUD TO STAND BEFORE YOU AND HONOR THE LIFE OF P.S.C. JONATHAN DAVIS AND THANK HIM FOR HIS DEDICATED SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY, HIS ENDLESS GENEROSITY AND BRAVE SPIRIT ARE AMONG THE MANY REASONS HE WILL BE MISSED SO MUCH BY ALL WHO HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO KNOW HIM. JOANY AND I EXTEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF JONATHAN, AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET HIS GREAT SACRIFICE FOR OUR NATION AND THOSE THAT ALLOWS US TO LIVE FREE EVERY DAY. JONATHAN, TILL WE MEET AGAIN JONATHAN, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN SOMEDAY, THANK YOU, BROTHER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SPEIER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MISS FIRE

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I --

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    MS. SPEIER

    FOR THE 19TH TIME TO HIGHLIGHT THE EPIDEMIC OF RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT IN…

    FOR THE 19TH TIME TO HIGHLIGHT THE EPIDEMIC OF RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY. BY THE MILITARY'S OWN FIGURES, 19,000 SEXUAL ASSAULTS AND RAPES OCCUR EACH YEAR, BUT ONLY 13% OF THE MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY ACTUALLY REPORT THEM. LAST WEEK I MET WITH SECRETARY OF DEFENSE LEON PANETTA, ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES TORQUES DISCUSS D.O.D.'S NEW REPORT OF DATA ON RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY. THE REPORT SHOWS A SLIGHT INCREASE IN REPORTS OF RAPE AND ASSAULT, BUT A STARTLING DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST PURPORTED PERPETRATORS. WITH THE DECREASE IN CHARGES CAME SIGNIFICANT DECREASE IN PROSECUTION, PUNISHMENT, AND CONVICTIONS. THE NUMBERS, FRANKLY, ARE DISCOURAGING. I WAS ONLY PLEASED ABOUT ONE THING, SECRETARY PANETTA AND I AGREE THE ONLY WAY TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM IS WITH AN INCREASE IN PROSECUTION. WE AGREE ON THE RESULT TO BE ACHIEVED BUT FOR RIGHT NOW WE DO NOT AGREE ON THE STEPS TO ACHIEVE IT. AFTER OUR MEETING, SECRETARY PANETTA ANNOUNCED NEW INITIATIVES, BUT D.O.D.'S THREE MAJOR PROPOSALS WILL NOT INCREASE PROSECUTIONS, CONVICTIONS, OR PUNISHMENTS. PROPOSAL ONE, ELEVATE CASES OF RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT TO HIGHER RANKING OFFICIALS IN THE CHAIN OF COMMAND. MILITARY COMMANDERS TODAY TOLD ME THAT MANY ARE ALREADY HAVING THEM HANDLED BY COLONELS AND CAPTAINS, YET THIS DOES NOT RESULT IN MORE PROSECUTIONS. I BELIEVE THE CASES HAVE TO BE HANDLED BY AN IMPARTIAL OFFICE WITHIN THE MILITARY BUT OUTSIDE THE CHAIN OF COMMAND. NUMBER TWO, ESTABLISH A SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT IN EACH SERVICE OF THE MILITARY. THESE UNITS HAVE BEEN IN PLACE IN THE ARMY SINCE 2009. I AM IMPRESSED WITH THE TRAINING PROGRAM THAT IS OFFERED TO THE VARIOUS MEMBERS OF THE INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION WITHIN THE ARMY. BUT AGAIN WE HAVE NOT SEEN AN INCREASE IN PROSECUTIONS, CONVICTIONS, OR PUNISHMENTS AS OF YET. PROPOSAL THREE, CREATE A CENTRALIZED DATA BASE OF THESE PROCEEDINGS AND CASES. THIS IS A GOOD THING. IT IT'S ALREADY REQUIRED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AS A RESULT OF THE NDAA 2009. FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, ALL THESE INITIATIVES ARE ALREADY IN PLACE TO SOME EXTENT. WHAT THE PROBLEM IS IS THE CHAIN OF COMMAND. LET ME EXPLAIN. CLAUDIA, AN ARMY CORPORAL, WHOSE ATTEMPTS FOR JUSTICE BACK IN 2003 AND 2004, WERE THWARTED REPEATEDLY BY COMMANDING OFFICERS, INCLUDING A HIGH RANKING LIEUTENANT COLONEL. ALL OF WHOM WERE UNMOVED BY HER REPORTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT. THE CORPORAL WAS ON COMBAT EMPLOYMENT IN IRAQ WHEN SHE AWOKE TO A SPECIALIST ON TOP OF HER SEXUALLY ASSAULTING HER AND USING FORCE. SHE WAS IN SHOCK AND SCREAMED. SHE IMMEDIATELY REPORTED IT TO HER PLATOON SARGENT WHO RESPONDED WITH A LACK OF SURPRISE OR CONCERN. HE ADVISED HER TO WAIT WHILE HE, QUOTE, LOOKED INTO IT, UNQUOTE. HE DID NOT HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR HOW SHE COULD GO -- GET HELP OR GO

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    MR. OLSON

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:50:44 AM

    MR. OLSON

    SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE DEI COOK, A DISTINGUISHED LEADER IN MY…

    SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE DEI COOK, A DISTINGUISHED LEADER IN MY HOME COMMUNITY OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. FOR OVER 40 YEARS, DEI HAS GIVEN HER TIME AND -- DEE HAS GIVEN HER TIME AND ENERGY TO HELP THE CHILDREN OF OUR COMMUNITY. IT FIGHTS ON BEHALF OF ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN. DEE HAS SERVED AS THE GRAND OFFICER OF THE GEORGE FOUNDATION SINCE 1988. THE GEORGE FOUNDATION CONTRIBUTES TO MANY WORTHY CAUSES THROUGHOUT FORT BENTON COUNTY. INDEED, HAS PLAYED A PIVOTAL ROLE IN MAKING SURE THE GENEROSITY OF THE FOUNDATION IS DIRECTED TO CAUSES THAT HELP OUR COMMUNITY THE MOST. HOWEVER, THE CHILDS ADVOCATE OF THE COMMUNITY, THAT BRINGS ME TO THE FLOOR TODAY. BY CONTRIBUTING HER TIME, ENERGY AND RESOURCES, DEE HAS HELPED CHILD ADVOCATES TO SERVE OVER 8,000 CHILDREN THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. . UNDER HER LEADERSHIP SHE'S TAUGHT THEM TO BE BETTER LEADERS, MORE EFFECTIVE PROGRAM MANAGERS, AND TO ACHIEVE THE DREAM OF HELPING THE MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITIES IN WAYS WE NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE 20 YEARS AGO. HER CONTRIBUTIONS ARE HELPING CHILDREN AND IN TURN STRENGTHENING OUR COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS. SHE'S GIVEN A VOICE TO THOSE WHO DESPERATELY NEED ONE ON THEIR BEHALF. THESE EFFORTS TO BUILD -- DOESN'T STOP WITH CHILD ADVOCATES. SHE'S ALSO STARTED AN ANNUAL EIGHT-MONTH LEADERSHIP FOR NONPROFIT COURSE WHO TEACH THE RISING STARS THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO BUILD A STRONG NONPROFIT COMMUNITY. MOST IMPORTANTLY SHE'S LED A COOPERATIVE EFFORT TO CREATE THE YOUTH IN PHILANTHROPY. THE TEAM IS 100 FORT BEND COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS WHO SPEND THE SCHOOL YEAR SEEING HOW VOLUNTEERISM AND PHILANTHROPY COEXIST. AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR THEY'LL PUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE TO THE TEST BY AWARDING MONETARY GRANTS TO NONPROFITS. LIFE CHANGING INDEED. I COMMEND DEE FOR A LIFETIME OF SERVICE TO FORT BEND COUNTY. ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF FORT BEND COUNTY, THANK YOU. FORT BEND COUNTY WILL NOT BE THE COUNTY WE LOVE WITHOUT DEE COOK. IN CLOSING, THIS LOVE FOR FORT BEND COUNTY WILL BE ON DISPLAY TONIGHT AT CONSTELLATION FIELD AS THE NEW PRO BASEBALL TEAM, THE SUGARLAND SCOOTERS, HAS THEIR FIRST HOME GAME. I ENJOY DEE AND THE PEOPLE OF SUGARLAND IN SAYING, GO, SCOOTERS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:54:04 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:54:11 AM

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    MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO…

    MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS PASSED S. 1789, AN ACT TO IMPROVE SUSTAINED AND TRANSFORM THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE IN WHICH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE HOUSE IS REQUESTED.

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  • 10:54:44 AM

    MRS. CAPPS

    ALL KNOW THAT CONGRESS, IF CONGRESS DOESN'T COME TOGETHER SOON, INTEREST…

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  • 10:56:22 AM

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. BOUSTANY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:56:30 AM

    MR. BOUSTANY

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

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

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  • 10:56:34 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 10:56:37 AM

    MR. BOUSTANY

    I RECENTLY RECEIVED THE MONTHLY -- FIRST MONTHLY UPDATE FROM THE U.S.…

    I RECENTLY RECEIVED THE MONTHLY -- FIRST MONTHLY UPDATE FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SINCE THE ANNOUNCED DELAYS ASSOCIATED WITH THE LAFAYETTE AND LAKE CHARLES V.A. COMMUNITY-BASED OUTPATIENT CLINICS. V.A. SECRETARY SHINSEKI'S OFFICE FOLLOWED THROUGH ON MY REQUEST FOR DEFAILED MONTHLY UPDATES OF THE PROGRESS THE V.A. IS MAKING WITH REGARD TO THESE CLINICS IN BOTH LAFAYETTE AND LAKE CHARLES. THE ERRORS IN THE CONTRACTING PROCESS WERE SOLELY THE V.A.'S FAULT AND THEY HAVE ADMITTED IT. I WILL REMAIN VIGILANT IN OVERSEEING THE EXPEDITED PROCESS TO DELIVER SOUTH LOUISIANA VETERANS THE LOCAL CARE THEY NEED AND DESERVE. I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THERE ARE NEW AND MUCH NEEDED SERVICES FOR VETERANS COMING TO LAFAYETTE IN EARLY MAY. THESE SERVICES INCLUDE HOME-BASED PRIMARY CARE, IMAGING AND X-RAY SERVICE, PROSTHETICS, AND DENTAL CARE. FOR THE VETERANS IN LAKE CHARLES, A MOBILE CLINIC PROVIDING PRIMARY CARE SERVICES IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN JUNE 4 AND SELECTION OF A LOCATION IS UNDER WAY. THIS WOULD BE A FIRST FOR OUR VET RABS IN LAKE CHARLES WHO HAD TO TRAVEL AFAR TO GET BASIC CARE. ACCORDING TO THE V.A. OFFICIALS, THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS PRIMARY CARE SERVICES WILL BE AVAILABLE IN LAKE CHARLES THREE DAYS PER WEEK ALSO BEGINNING JUNE 4. WOMEN SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED ONE DAY PER WEEK IN LAKE CHARLES BEGINNING AS WELL. WE NEED TO DO MORE AND WE ARE GOING TO DO MORE. THESE ARE ALL VERY IMPORTANT SERVICES THE VETERANS OF SOUTH LOUISIANA DESERVE AFTER SACRIFICING SO MUCH FOR OUR COUNTRY, THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WAIT ANY LONGER FOR THIS VERY MUCH NEEDED MEDICAL CARE. EXPEDITING THIS PROCESS MUST REMAIN A TOP PRIORITY FOR THE VETERANS -- V.A. HAVING CARED FOR VETERANS IN THE V.A. SYSTEM DURING MY MEDICAL CAREER, I KNOW LOCALIZED, PERSONALIZED OUTPATIENT FACILITIES AND CARE ARE BEST FOR OUR VETERANS. THIS IS A CRITICAL PRIORITY FOR OUR AREA. THIS IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO FOR THOSE WHO FOUGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY, ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY, AND I'M COMMITTED TO ENSURING THIS UNNECESSARY V.A. MISTAKE DOES NOT REPEAT ITSELF IN THE FUTURE AND I WILL CONTINUE DEMANDING ACCOUNTABILITY FROM THE V.A. LEADERSHIP ON THIS AND OTHER ISSUES. I'LL CONTINUE TO BE THE LEADING ADVOCATE FOR LOCAL VETERANS AS WE WORK TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE FOR OUR VETERANS IN LAFAYETTE AND LAKE CHARLES AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES OF SOUTH LOUISIANA. GOD BLESS THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY, GOD BLESS AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:59:13 AM

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM WISCONSIN, MRS. CAPPS, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MS. MOORE, EXCUSE ME.

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  • 10:59:23 AM

    MS. MOORE

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I COME HUMBLY TO THE WELL TODAY UNDER THE EPLURIBUS UNUM…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I COME HUMBLY TO THE WELL TODAY UNDER THE EPLURIBUS UNUM TO HUMBLY ASK THERE BE SWIFT BIPARTISAN ACTION IN RE-AUTHORIZING THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN'S ACT. VAWA'S AUTHORIZATION OF COURSE LAPSED AT THEND OF THE LAST FISCAL YEAR, SEPTEMBER 30, 2011, AND UNFORTUNATELY FOR EVERY DAY THAT PASSES BY, WOMEN PAY THE PRICE. THE ANNUAL NATIONAL CITIZENS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVES AS A DAILY SNAPSHOT TAKEN EVERY YEAR BY THE NATIONAL NETWORK TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FOUND THAT IN ONE 24-HOUR PERIOD IN THE UNITED STATES, OVER 67,000 VICTIMS WERE SERVED THROUGH EMERGENCY SHELTERS, TRANSITIONAL HOUSING, COUNSELING, AND MORE. 22,000 HOTLINE PHONE CALLS WERE ANSWERED, AND OVER 26,000 PEOPLE PARTICIPATED IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND EDUCATION, TRAINING. . BUT FOR ALL THESE PEOPLE SERVED, UNFORTUNATELY IN THE SAME 24-HOUR PERIOD, THERE ARE NEARLY 11,000 UNMET REQUEST FOR SERVICES BECAUSE THESE PROGRAMS NEITHER HAVE THE RESOURCES TO HELP THESE VICTIMS NOR THE AUTHORIZATIONS BASED ON BEST PRACTICES ON HOW WE NEED TO CHANGE VAWA IN ORDER TO MEET THE NEEDS OF WOMEN. OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE CAPITOL IN THE SENATE ARE ON THE CUSP OF PASSING A BIPARTISAN VAWA RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL THAT CONTAINS THESE PROVISIONS TO STRENGTHEN OUR ABILITY TO COMBAT NOT ONLY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BUT ALSO SEXUAL ASSAULT, DATING VIOLENCE AND STALKING. AND I'M SO PROUD TO SAY THAT RIGHT HERE ON THE FLOOR ONE MONTH AGO I INTRODUCED A COMPANION BILL TO THE SENATE LEGISLATION THAT CONTAINS THESE BADLY NEEDED UPDATES TO REFLECT THE NUMEROUS STAKEHOLDERS AND LAYS A PATH FORWARD FOR VIOLENCE. THE VISION TO PROTECT ALL VICTIMS NO MATTER WHAT THEIR GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, IMMIGRATION STATUS OR WHETHER OR NOT THEY RESIDE IN SOVEREIGN TERRITORIES OR IN STATES. NOW, THESE UPDATES HAVE GARNERED CRITICISM FROM OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT OFFER FUNDAMENTAL SIMPLE RIGHTS THAT OUGHT TO BE GUARANTEED BY THE 14TH AMENDMENT. FOR EXAMPLE, THIS BILL WOULD RECOGNIZE THE TRIBES AUTHORITY TO PROSECUTE NON-INDIANS OR INDIANS WHO ABUSE THEIR AMERICAN INDIAN SPOUSING OR DATING PARTNERS ON TRIBAL LANDS. 52% OF WOMEN WHO ARE BEATEN, BATTERED, RAPED OR STALKED ON TRIBAL LANDS ARE NOT PROSECUTED BECAUSE TRIBES HAVE NO AUTHORITY AND ON TRIBAL LANDS THERE'S NO FOLLOW-UP AND NO PROSECUTION. THE BILL WOULD ALSO PROVIDE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICES FOR TRADITIONALLY UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES INCLUDING THOSE WHO HAVE BARRIERS BECAUSE OF THEIR RELIGION, GENDER IDENTITY OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION. IT'S ABSURD TO SAY BECAUSE YOU ARE A HOMOSEXUAL THAT YOU DON'T DESERVE PROTECTION FROM BEING BEATEN OR STALKED OR RAPED. AND, OF COURSE, THE HIPPOCRATIC OATH WOULD HAVE US SCOOP UP A PERSON WHO MAY BE LYING IN THE STREET HIT BY A TRUCK, WE DON'T ASK PEOPLE FOR THEIR IMMIGRATION PAPERS IN ORDER TO INTERVENE IN A LIFE-SAVING INTERVENTION. WHY WOULD WE DEMAND THIS OF NON-- OF IMMIGRANT WOMEN? WE HAVE GOT TO ENSURE A MORE COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO THE CONTINUING PROBLEM OF ENFORCEMENT, REPORTING AND SERVICES FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT. JUST YESTERDAY THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS PUT THEIR SO-CALLED CLEAN RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL ON THE FLOOR. AND LET ME TELL YOU THIS -- IT'S CLEAN, PERHAPS, BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT TO DIRTY OUR HANDS DEALING WITH THE BEATENED, STALKED, MURDERED AND BULLIED -- BUTCH BATTERERS, WE DON'T WANT TO DEAL WITH HOMOSEXUALITY. WE WANT A CLEAN LEGISLATION THAT KEEPS IMMIGRANT WOMEN IN THE SHADOWS AND KEEPS THEIR PAIN AND THEIR BATTERY AND THEIR VICTIMIZATION IN THE SHADOWS AND MAKES THEM INVISIBLE. AND WE ARE ACTUALLY SANCTIONING THE ABUSE THAT OCCURS ON TRIBAL LANDS AND PROVIDING A SANCTUARY FOR ASSAILANTS WHO COMMIT THESE CRIMES ON NATIVE LANDS BY NOT PROVIDING THIS AUTHORITY TO TRIBAL NATIONS. I URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO WORK TOGETHER WITH HOUSE DEMOCRATS --

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  • 11:04:46 AM

    MS. MOORE

    WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR INDULGENCE AND I YIELD BACK.

  • 12:02:43 PM

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    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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  • 12:04:07 PM

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

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. HIGGINS.

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  • 12:04:27 PM

    MR. HIGGINS

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

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

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    CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH…

    CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

  • 12:05:03 PM

    MR. WILSON

    IN 2002, YUCCA MOUNTAIN WAS APPROVE AS THE LOCATION FOR OUR NATION'S…

    IN 2002, YUCCA MOUNTAIN WAS APPROVE AS THE LOCATION FOR OUR NATION'S NUCLEAR DEPOSITORY WHICH WAS AUTHORIZED BY CONGRESS IN 1987. IN 20 10, THE PRESIDENT SADLY PLACED PARTY POLITIC THOVERS INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND BEGAN THE WASTEFUL PROCESS OF STOPPING THE PROJECT. CONSUMERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA HAVE PAID OVER $1.3 BILLION FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL NUCLEAR REPOSITORY AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN. IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH ACCOUNTABILITY AND PROTECT THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA, I HAVE INTRODUCED THE YUKE KA UTILIZATION TO CONTROL CONTAMINATION ACT THIS BILL GIVES THE ADMINISTRATION TWO OPTIONS, FIRST, CERTIFY THE YUCCA MOUNTAIN PROJECT, OR SECOND, FACE FINES TO REIMBURSE CONSUMERS ACROSS THE NATION WHO HAVE PAID FOR ITS OPENING. THE PRESIDENT CONSTANTLY TALKS ABOUT FAIRNESS. IT IS ONLY FAIR THAT THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA RECEIVE THE SERVICES THEY'VE ALREADY PAID FOR WITH HARDWORKING TAXPAYER DOLLARS, PROMOTING JOBS. GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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

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

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    CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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    HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:…

    HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION,

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    LIBERAL MSNBC HOST ED SCHULTZ FOUND HIMSELF AGREING WITH CONSERVATIVES.…

    LIBERAL MSNBC HOST ED SCHULTZ FOUND HIMSELF AGREING WITH CONSERVATIVES. THE ANSWER IS SUGAR REFORM. SUGAR PROCESSORS BENEFIT FROM A FEDERAL SHOE DEPAR BENEFIT THAT FIXES PRICES AND GUARANTEES THEIR PROFITS.

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  • 12:07:58 PM

    MR. PITTS

    THAT AMERICAN CRYSTAL SUGAR MAKES $1.5 BILLION IN REV MUE AND PAYS THE…

    THAT AMERICAN CRYSTAL SUGAR MAKES $1.5 BILLION IN REV MUE AND PAYS THE C.E.O. $2.4 MILLION IN COMPENSATION. WHILE SCHULTZ IS PROBABLY MOSTLY CONCERNED ABOUT A LABOR DISPUTE BETWEEN AMERICAN CRYSTAL AND ITS WORKERS, I HOPE HE'LL ALSO CONSIDER THE MANY OTHER WORKERS IN SUGAR-USING INDUSTRIES. THE FEDERAL PROGRAM INFLATES THE PRICE OF SUGAR IN THE U.S., PLACING AMERICAN SUGAR USERS AT A SEVERE DISADVANTAGE TO THEIR FOREIGN COMPETITION. IN THE LAST 15 YEARS, MORE THAN 100,000 WORKERS IN SUGAR-USING INDUSTRIES HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS. I'VE BEEN PROUD TO WORK WITH CONGRESSMAN DANNY DAVIS TO REFORM THAT PROGRAM AND MAKE IT FAIR FOR EVERYONE, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES AGREE THAT THE U.S. SHOULDN'T BE GUARANTEEING CORPORATE PROFITS AT THE EXPENSE OF WORKERS AND CONSUMERS. I HOPE THE AG COMMITTEE WILL REFORM THE SUGAR PROGRAM AS WE DEAL WITH THE FARM BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    I RISE TODAY ABOUT A SERIOUS ISSUE, HORSE SLAUGHTER.

  • 12:09:14 PM

    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    POLL CONFIRM WHAT IS WE KNOW, MOST AMERICANS OPPOSE THE SLAUGHTER OF…

    POLL CONFIRM WHAT IS WE KNOW, MOST AMERICANS OPPOSE THE SLAUGHTER OF HORSES FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. THE LAST U.S. HORSE SLAUGHTER HOUSES WERE CLOSED IN 2007. BUT DESPITE PUBLIC OPPOSITION, CONGRESS RECENTLY RESTARTED HORSE MEAT INSPECTIONS, PAVING THE WAY FOR SLAUGHTER HOUSES TO REOPEN. THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO PASS THE AMERICAN HORSE SLAUGHTER PREVENTION ACT WHICH WOULD PROHIBIT THE SALE AND TRANSPORT OF NO, SIR SLAUGHTER IN THE UNITED STATES AS WELL AS TRANSPORTING THEM ACROSS THE BOARDER TO CANADA AND MEXICO. THE PASSAGE OF THIS CRITICAL BIPARTISAN BILL WOULD SAVE THE LIVES OF APPROXIMATELY 100,000 AMERICAN HORSES, EXPORTED FOR SLAUGHTER EACH YEAR. HORSES HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY AND FOLKLORE AND THEY ARE NOT RAISED FOR FOOD. THIS BILL WOULD MAKE SURE THESE MAJESTIC CREATURES ARE TREATED WITH RESPECT AND DIGNITY THEY DESERVE. IT SHOULD BE PASSED NOW. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AN OUTSTANDING YOUNG MAN FROM MY…

    YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AN OUTSTANDING YOUNG MAN FROM MY DISTRICT WHO I HAVE RECENTLY HAD THE PLEASURE OF GETTING TO KNOW. LANCE CORPORAL CODY EVANS, A -- OF SPEEDVILLE, TENNESSEE, SERVES IN THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS AS A COMBAT ENGINEER, ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS JOBS IN THE MILITARY.

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  • 12:10:48 PM

    MR. FLEISCHMANN

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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

    CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON THE TOPIC OF MY ONE MINUTE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 12:12:17 PM

    MR. DEUTCH

    RECOGNIZE OUR GREAT ALLY'S MANY ACHIEVEMENTS OVER THE LAST 64 YEARS.…

    RECOGNIZE OUR GREAT ALLY'S MANY ACHIEVEMENTS OVER THE LAST 64 YEARS. ISRAEL HAS ENDURED AGAINST ALL ODDS, AGAINST BORDER ATTACKS, AGAINST DENIERS OF HER RIGHT TO EXIST, AGAINST INTERNATIONAL BIAS AND EVEN IN THE FACE OF THE THREATS POSED BY IRAN'S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS, VEIL VALIANTLY STRIDES FORWARD. VEIL IS THE WORLD'S HUB FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY, FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH, GREEN ENERGY AND INNOVATION AND SHE IS ALSO A WELCOMING HOME TO THOSE SEEKING FREEDOM AND EQUAL RIGHTS AS THE REGION'S ONLY TRUE DEMOCRACY. SO AS WE CELEBRATE ISRAEL'S INDEPENDENCE DAY, LET'S REMEMBER WHY OUR BONDS RUN SO DEEP. IT'S MORE THAN STRATEGIC COOPERATION OR SHARED SECURITY, IT'S THE VALUES THAT AMERICANS AND ISRAELIS SHARE FOR DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM, FOR BASIC HUMAN DIGNITY. THAT'S WHAT FORMS THE BOND AND IT'S A BOND THAT I WILL ALWAYS WORK TO PROTECT AND SUPPORT. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER IN MY HOMETOWN. I AM GRATEFUL FOR THEIR…

    THE CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER IN MY HOMETOWN. I AM GRATEFUL FOR THEIR HELPING OF CHILDREN THAT NEED IT THE MOST. APRIL IS RECOGNIZED AS NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH. UNFORTUNATELY, SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN IS STILL A SERIOUS PROBLEM IN OUR COUNTRY AND TOO MANY CASES GO UNREPORTED. MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA I HAVE INTRODUCED H.R. 3486, THE SPEAK OUT TO STOP CHILDREN CHILD -- TO STOP CHILD ABUSE ACT WHICH WOULD REQUIRE STATES THAT RECEIVE FEDERAL FUNDING UNDER THEIR CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT ACT TO HAVE A LAW ON THE BOOKS THAT MAKES IT A CRIMINAL PENALTY FOR ANY ADULT THAT KNOWINGLY FAILS TO REPORT THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD.

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    MR. SCHILLING

    SIMPLY ASKS THOSE WHO WITNESS THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD TO REPORT IT. I…

    SIMPLY ASKS THOSE WHO WITNESS THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD TO REPORT IT. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN BASS FOR INTRODUCING THE LEGISLATION AND I RECOMMEND ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES HELP SUPPORT THIS ALSO. THANK YOU.

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    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    TO RECOGNIZE APRIL AS NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH. DURING THIS…

    TO RECOGNIZE APRIL AS NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH. DURING THIS MONTH, IT IS IMPORTANT WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE ROLE WE ALL PLAY IN PROMOTING THE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL BEING OF CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITIES. UNFORTUNATELY, THROUGHOUT THE CONGRESSIONAL TERM, WE HAVE BEEN ASTONISHED BY A FEW HIGH PROFILE SEX ABUSE CASES AND IN SOME SITUATIONS, THE ABUSE WAS UNREPORTED FOR YEARS, LEAVING DOZENS OF YOUTH VULNERABLE TO FURTHER BAD TREATMENT FOR DECADES. ADULTS SHOULD NEVER TURN A BLIND EYE AFTER SEEING SEXUAL ABUSE FIRSTHAND. FAILING TO REPORT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IS NOT NEW. IN 1999, SHERICE IVERSON WAS ATTACKED IN A RESTROOM. A WITNESS DIDN'T STOP THE ATTACK OR CALL FOR HELP. SHE WAS ULTIMATELY MURDERED.

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    MS. BASS

    ENACTED A LAW IN HER NAME TO MAKE SURE THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. A THE END…

    ENACTED A LAW IN HER NAME TO MAKE SURE THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. A THE END OF 2011, REPRESENTATIVE SCHILLING AND I INTRODUCED A SIMILAR BILL HERE IN CONGRESS, THE BIPARTISAN SPEAK OUT TO STOP CHILD ABUSE ACT REQUIRES ALL ADULT WITNESSES TO REPORT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO CO-SPONSOR THIS BIPARTISAN BILL.

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    MR. FLEMING

    THE E.P.A. IS OUT TO GET YOU AND CRUCIFY YOU. THAT'S THE MESSAGE FROM ONE…

    THE E.P.A. IS OUT TO GET YOU AND CRUCIFY YOU. THAT'S THE MESSAGE FROM ONE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S E.P.A. APPOINTEES TO OUR COUNTRY'S OIL AND NATURAL GAS COMPANIES. YESTERDAY WE LEARNED THAT AN OFFICIAL AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY BASED IN DALLAS USED THE ROMAN EMPIRE TO ILLUSTRATE THE KIND OF PHILOSOPHY THAT HE'S FOLLOWED AT THE E.P.A. HERE'S WHAT HE SAID, AND I QUOTE, THE ROMANS USED TO CONQUER LITTLE VILLAGES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, THEY GO INTO A LITTLE TURKISH TOWN SOMEWHERE, THEY'D FIND THE FIRST FIVE GUYS THEY SAW, AND THEY WOULD CRUCIFY THEM. AND THEN YOU KNOW, THAT TOWN WAS REALLY EASY TO MANAGE FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HE DID AS AN E.P.A. OFFICIAL. GOING AFTER A COMPANY THAT WAS SAFELY USING HYDRAULIC FRACTURING TO DRILL FOR GAS. HE LED THE CHARGE TO CRUCIFY THIS COMPANY WITH NO PROOF THAT THE COMPANY HAD DONE ANYTHING WRONG IN A CASE THAT WAS FINALLY DISMISSED LAST MONTH BY A FEDERAL COURT. THIS IS IN FASCISM AT ITS WORSE, AND IF SOMEONE NEEDS TO BE MADE EXAMPLE OF IT'S THIS E.P.A. OFFICIAL WHO DISREGARDED SCIENCE AND FACTS TO NEGATIVELY PURSUE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S ADMINISTRATION'S WAR ON ENERGY. I YIELD BACK.

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    ISSUES AFFECTING VETERANS THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA, PARTICULARLY THE VA…

    ISSUES AFFECTING VETERANS THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA, PARTICULARLY THE VA DISABILITY PAYMENT BACK LOCK AND INACCURACY RATES AT THE OAKLAND REGIONAL OFFICE. A VIETNAM VETERAN FROM MY DISTRICT MANY OTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS SUFFERING FROM STAGE FOUR LUNG CANCER CAUSED BY EXPOSURE TO AGENT ORANGE. HE MADE GREAT SACRIFICES TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY BUT WAITED FOR MORE THAN A YEAR FOR THE OAKLAND OFFICE TO PROCESS HIS CLAIM.

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    MR. MCNERNEY

    MY OFFICE WAS ABLE TO HELP HIM BUT SUCH DELAYS ARE UNACCEPTABLE. LONG…

    MY OFFICE WAS ABLE TO HELP HIM BUT SUCH DELAYS ARE UNACCEPTABLE. LONG WAITS FOR BENEFITS HAVE BECOME THE NORM FOR VETERANS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. WITH MORE AND MORE VETERANS RETURN INTERESTING IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, IT IS IMPERATIVE THE V.A. TAKE ACTION NOW TO ADDRESS THE BACKLOG IN OAKLAND. WHILE I WELCOME THE NEWS THAT THE ENTIRE STAFF AT THE FACILITY WILL BE RETRAINED MUCH MORE IS NEEDED. I CALL ON THE V.A. TO IMPLEMENT A CONCRETE PLAN TO ADDRESS THE INACCURACIES AND DELAYS AT THE OAKLAND OFFICE. OUR REGIONS AND NATION'S VETERANS DESERVE NO LESS. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    SPEAKER, I RISE TO DISCUSS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE TO YOUNG AMERICA. MR.

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    MR. HIGGINS

    A FORWARDABLE EDUCATION. YOUNG AMERICANS ARE GRADUATING WITH A COLLEGE…

    A FORWARDABLE EDUCATION. YOUNG AMERICANS ARE GRADUATING WITH A COLLEGE DEGREE BUT UP TO $100,000 IN STUDENT LOAN DEBT. 37 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE OUTSTANDING STUDENT LOAN DEBT, TOTALING OVER $1 TRILLION. 2/3 OF THE DEBT HELD BY AMERICANS UNDER THE AGE OF 30 IS STUDENT LOAN DEBT. IN 2007 A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS CUT THE INTEREST RATE ON STUDENT LOANS IN HALF, 3.4%, BUT IT IS SET TO EXPIRE THIS SUMMER AND ALLOWING THE INTEREST RATE TO DOUBLE WOULD CONSTITUTE A TAX HIKE ON STUDENTS AND MIDDLE AMERICA. IN MY WESTERN NEW YORK DISTRICT ALONE THIS RATE INCREASE A EFFECT 62,000 STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION ON THIS ISSUE BECAUSE ALL AMERICANS DESERVE A FAIR SHOT AT A GOOD EDUCATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    REPUBLICANS WANT TO PLAY POLITICS ON THE ISSUE OF DOUBLING STUDENT LOANS.…

    REPUBLICANS WANT TO PLAY POLITICS ON THE ISSUE OF DOUBLING STUDENT LOANS. THEY SAY, WELL, THE REDUCTION IN STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATES WAS NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE PERMANENT. WELL, GUESS WHAT? THE BUSH TAX CUTS WHICH I VOTED AGAINST FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES WERE NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE PERMANENT, EITHER. BUT YOU'RE FIGHTING TO PRESERVE THEM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. WE CAN DO ONE SIMPLE THING HERE. IF WE RAISE THE TAX RATE ON INCOME OVER $350,000 ONLY FROM 35% TO 36%, WE COULD GIVE MILLIONS OF STUDENTS A MORE AFFORDABLE EDUCATION WITH LOWER INTEREST RATES. THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY MADE IT WOULD SHARE A LITTLE BIT OF BURDEN TO HELP THOSE WHO WANT TO BE THE NEXT GENERATION OF BUSINESS LEADERS AND POLITICAL LEADERS AND SCIENTISTS FOR OUR COUNTRY. SO COME ON, GUYS, THE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES, THEY CAN TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. THAT WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE PERMANENT, BUT LET'S HELP THE STUDENTS.

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    MR. HOLT

    SPEAKER, A CENTURY AGO JULIETTE JORDAN LOW ASSEMBLED 18 GIRLS FROM GEORGIA…

    SPEAKER, A CENTURY AGO JULIETTE JORDAN LOW ASSEMBLED 18 GIRLS FROM GEORGIA FOR THE FIRST GIRL SCOUT MEETING. FROM DAZE YES LOW'S START 15 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN COUNTED AMONG THE RANKS OF THE GIRL SCOUTS OF THE U.S.A. AND TODAY THERE'S A MEMBERSHIP OF MORE THAN THREE MILLION. TODAY GIRL SCOUTS ARE INVOLVED IN MUCH MORE THAN COOKIES. I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO SEE THEIR WONDERFUL COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS, HAVE A END ITED AWARD CEREMONIES, AND THEIR WORK TO INTRODUCE GIRLS EVER ALL AGES TO MATH AND SCIENCE. RECENTLY I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND TIME WITH MEMBERS OF THE GIRL SCOUTS FROM WEST WINDOR IN NEW JERSEY. THEIR ROBOTICS TEAM PLACED FIRST IN THE EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA DIVISION OF THE FIRST LEGO LEAGUE AND THEY ARE COMPETING IN THE WORLD FESTIVAL IN ST. LOUIS THIS WEEK. I EXTEND THEM MY BEST WISHES. I'M INSPIRED BY THE GIRL SCOUTS AND I RISE TO HONOR ALL THE WORK THAT THE GIRL SCOUTS HAVE DONE OVER 100 YEARS AND I WISH THEM SUCCESS FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS.

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  • 12:22:45 PM

    MS. JOHNSON

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY, PUTTING A COLLEGE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY, PUTTING A COLLEGE EDUCATION WITHIN REACH FOR EVERY AMERICAN HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT. BUT IT'S ALSO NEVER BEEN MORE EXPENSIVE. OUR NATION'S YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HIT PARTICULARLY HARD DURING THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. IN TEXAS AND ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY STUDENTS AND RECENT COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE NOW FACING THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF ANY OTHER GROUP. 2/3 OF THE CLASS OF 2010 GRADUATED WITH AN AVERAGE OF $25,000 OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT. YOUNG AMERICANS ARE RIGHTLY CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR FUTURE AND SO AM I. ON JULY 1 OF THIS YEAR, STAFFORD LOAN INTEREST RATES ARE SET TO DOUBLE UNLESS CONGRESS TAKES ACTION. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE SIT HERE AS A CONGRESS, NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO PRESENT THIS INCREASE. I ALONG WITH MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT OBAMA HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR A NUMBER -- ON A NUMBER OF EFFORTS TO MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE.

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    MS. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. COHEN

    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:…

    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT

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    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE BEST THING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CAN DO TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE BEST THING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CAN DO TO REPRESENT THEIR CONSTITUENTS IS TO STAY IN TOUCH. TODAY WE HAD ANOTHER TELETOWN HALL IN MY DISTRICT AND WE LISTENED TO SENIORS BE CONCERNED ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. THEY WONDERED WHY THE RYAN BUDGET TAKES AWAY FROM THEM AND WHY WOULD SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE GOOD FOR SO MANY YEARS TO COME AND NOT THE CAUSE OF THE DEFICIT THAT THEIR FUTURES, HEALTH CARE EXPENSES, AND THEIR DAILY EXPENSES ARE BEING THREATENED? THOSE ARE GOOD QUESTIONS. AND I LET THEM KNOW THAT THE DEMOCRATS IN THIS CONGRESS AND THE SENATE AREN'T GOING TO ALLOW THAT TO BE JEOPARDIZED. WE ARE GOING TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. IT'S SO IMPORTANT. AND FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE, I SEE ONE UP THERE, THE YOUNG PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, NEED TO SEE THE STUDENT LOAN RATE STAY AT 3.4% AND NOT THE WAY THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO DO IT BY TAKING AWAY CERVICAL CANCER SCREENINGS AND MAMMOGRAMS FOR WOMEN. THAT'S WRONG. WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR FUTURE. THE FUTURE GENERATIONS SHOULD BE STATESMEN AND NOT WORRIED ABOUT TOMORROW'S ELECTION. I YIELD BACK.

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    HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. PERMISSION TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    WE KNOW THE TRUE SOURCE OF POWER CANNOT BE FOUND HERE IN THE HOUSE OF…

    WE KNOW THE TRUE SOURCE OF POWER CANNOT BE FOUND HERE IN THE HOUSE OF CONGRESS OR THE OVAL OFFICE IN THE WEST WING OR CHAMBERS OF THE SUPREME COURT BUT ONLY ON OUR KNEES BEFORE THE ONE WHO IS THE TRUE SOURCE OF POWER. MAY WE PRAY NOT ONLY NEXT THURSDAY ON THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND JOIN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS NATION WHICH ARE JOINING IN PRAYER FOR OUR COUNTRY, BUT MAY WE DO SO ALSO IN HONOR AND IN RECOGNITION OF OUR NATIONAL MOTTO, IN GOD WE TRUST. INDEED, MAY GOD BLESS THIS GREAT NATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. MCINTYRE

    BLESS THIS GREAT NATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    WE MUST HOLD THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE SAFE KEEPING OF THE…

    WE MUST HOLD THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE SAFE KEEPING OF THE SENSITIVE INFORMATION THAT WE CHOOSE TO SHARE WITH IT.

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  • 12:26:51 PM

    MS. HAHN

    NUMBER OF PRIVACY CONCERNS I HAVE WITH THE CYBERINTELLIGENCE SHARING AND…

    NUMBER OF PRIVACY CONCERNS I HAVE WITH THE CYBERINTELLIGENCE SHARING AND PROTECTION ACT, I SOUGHT TO ENCOURAGE MORE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY BY CO-SPONSORING A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT WITH CONGRESSMAN WOODALL THAT WAS OFFERED TO THE RULES COMMITTEE YESTERDAY ADDRESSING SOME OF THESE CONCERNS. UNDER THE CURRENT BILL THE THRESHOLD FOR HAVING A CAUSE OF ACTION AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT FOR DISCLOSING PERSONAL INFORMATION IS EXCEPTIONALLY HARD TO MEET. OUR AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE LOWERED THIS THRESHOLD ENSURING THAT THE GOVERNMENT TREATS HIGHLY SENSITIVE AND PERSONAL INFORMATION IT RECEIVES WITH THE UTMOST CARE. WHILE THIS AMENDMENT WAS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS COMING TO THE ON AN ISSUE THAT ALL AMERICANS CARE ABOUT DEEPLY, UNFORTUNATELY THE RULES COMMITTEE CHOSE NOT TO MOVE IT FORWARD. WHILE I BELIEVE IT IS IMPORTANT TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AGAINST IMPENDING CYBERATTACKS, IT MUST BE DONE IN A MANNER THAT FULLY RESPECTS AMERICANS' CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 631 AND…

    BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 631 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 127, HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER THE…

    NUMBER 127, HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 3523, TO PROVIDE SHARING OF CERTAIN CYBERTHREAT INTELLIGENCE AND CYBERTHREAT INFORMATION BETWEEN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND CYBERSECURITY ENTITIES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE 112-20. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT, THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE BILL OR TO THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE MADE IN ORDER AS ORIGINAL TEXT. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTION. SECTION 2, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER AT ANY TIME THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE DAY OF APRIL 27, 2012, FOR THE SPEAKER TO ENTERTAIN MOTIONS THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES UNDER CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 18 RELATING TO THE FOLLOWING MEASURES, A, THE BILL H.R. 2096, TO ADVANCE CYBERSECURITY RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND TECHNICAL STANDARDS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. B, THE BILL H.R. 3834, TO AMEND THE HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING ACT OF 1991, AUTHORIZE ACTIVITIES FOR SUPPORT OF NETWORKING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. C, THE BILL H.R. 4257, AMEND CHAPTER 35 OF TITLE 44 UNITED STATES CODE TO REVISE REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO FEDERAL INFORMATION SECURITY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. SECTION 3, UPON THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 4628 TO EXTEND STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATES FOR UNDERGRADUATE FEDERAL DIRECT STAFFORD LOANS. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE WAIVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS RECORDERED -- AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND IN THE AMENDMENTS THERETO TO TIME PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER ON EDUCATION AND THE WORK FORCE AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. SECTION 4, THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS MAY, AT ANY TIME BEFORE 6:00 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012, FILE PRIVILEGE RED PORTS TO ACCOMPANY MEASURES MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2013.

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

    MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS MAY I -- AS I MAY CONSUME. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PUPS OF DEBATE ONLY. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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    IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE, HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE BILL PROVIDES FOR…

    IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE, HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE BILL PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF MULTIPLE PIECES OF LEGISLATION MEANT TO PROVIDE SLUGSES -- SOLUTIONS TO SOME OF TODAY'S MOSTS PREING THREATS AND CONCERNS.

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  • 12:33:11 PM

    MR. NUGENT

    RESOLUTION 631 ENSURES THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO HAVE A ROBUST DEBATE ON…

    RESOLUTION 631 ENSURES THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO HAVE A ROBUST DEBATE ON IMPORTANT ISSUES FACING OUR NATION'S CYBERSECURITY INFRASTRUCTURE WHILE ALSO PROVIDING A PATH FORWARD FOR STUDENT LOAN LEGISLATION THAT REFLECTS QUICK ACTION WE NEED TO TAKE ON THIS PRESSING ISSUE. HOUSE RESOLUTION 6 1 GIVES THE HOUSE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A LEADER WHEN IT COMES TO OUR NATION'S CYBERSECURITY NEEDS. THE RULE ALSO SETS UP THE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO VOTE TOMORROW ON A MEASURE THAT ADDRESSES OUR NATION'S STUDENT LOAN PROGRAMS. WITHOUT THIS LEGISLATION, AMERICANS WITH FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS WILL SEE THEIR RATES DOUBLE STARTING IN JULY. THESE ARE ISSUES THAT CANNOT WAIT. OUR NATION'S SECURITY CANNOT WAIT AND A TIME WHEN OUR WORK FORCE IS SO BLEAK AND PRESIDENT OBAMA'S POLICIES KEEP DIGGING US DEEPER AND DEEP FOR THE A FINANCIAL HOLE, WE CANNOT WAIT ON FINDING A SOLUTION FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE WITH STUDENT LOAN DEBT WHO ARE STILL TRYING TO FIND A PLACE IN OUR WORK FORCE. WE ALL KNOW THAT THE INTERNET HAS BEEN FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE -- HAS FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGED THE WAY WE LIVE OUR LIVES DAY-TO-DAY. I THINK IT'S SAFE TO SAY THAT 20 YEARS AGO, MANY OF US IN THIS ROOM COULDN'T HAVE IMAGINED WHERE WE COULD DO -- IMAGINED A WORLD WHERE WE COULD DO ALMOST ANYTHING WE WANTED, BUY GROCERIES, RUN A BUSINESS, TALKED TO A LOVED ONE SERVING OVERSEAS, THROUGH A COMPUTER. THE INTERNET HAS MADE ALL THIS POSSIBLE. BUT FOR ALL THE WAYS THE INTERNET HAS MADE LIFE, BUSINESS, AND EVEN GOVERNMENT TO SOME EXTENT FASTER AND MORE TRANSPARENT, IT'S OPENED US UP TO NEW THREATS. U.S. COMPANIES REPORT AN ONSLAUGHT OF CYBERINTRUSIONS THAT STEAL SENSITIVE INFORMATION, EVEN OUR OWN GOVERNMENT HAS SUFFERED CYBERATTACKS THIS COSTS AMERICAN COMPANIES VALUABLE INFORMATION, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT WORK AND IT COSTS AMERICAN WORKERS THEIR JOBS. IT'S HARD TO SAY EXACTLY HOW MUCH CYBERATTACKS COST OUR NATION'S ECONOMY, BUT IT WOULD COST AS MUCH AS $400 BILLION A YEAR, ACCORDING TO ONE REPORT FROM COMPUTER SECURITY INSTITUTE AND THE F.B.I. TODAY, THE HOUSE WILL BEGIN CONSIDERATION OF A BILL THAT WILL HELP PROTECT OUR NATION FROM THESE KINDS OF THREAT. THE INTIBE -- THE CYBERINTELLIGENCE AND SHARING ACT WOULD ALLOW PRIVATE COMPANIES TO VOLUNTARILY SHARE INFORMATION WITH EACH OTHER WITH THE GOVERNMENT IN A SORT OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE INTERNET PARTNERSHIP. THE BILL INCLUDES SIGNIFICANT SAFEGUARDS TO PROTECT PERSONAL AND PRIVATE INFORMATION. IT SIGNIFICANTLY LIMITS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S USE OF THAT INFORMATION THAT THE PRIVATE COMPANIES VOLUNTARILY PROVIDE. INCLUDING THE GOVERNMENT'S ABILITY TO SEARCH DAY TAFMENT IT REQUIRES AN INDEPENDENT INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AUDIT -- AUDIT THIS INFORMATION SHARED WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND REPORT REGULARLY TO CONGRESS FOR OVERSIGHT. IT ENCOURAGES THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO MAKE THE INFORMATION SHARES WITH OTHERS, INCLUDING THE GOVERNMENT, AS ANONYMOUS AS POSSIBLE. THIS IS A STRONGLY BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION, MR. SPEAKER THAT PASSED OUT OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE WITH AN OVERWHELMING VOTE OF 17-1. IN THE RULES COMMITTEE YESTERDAY, WE HEARD TESTIMONY FROM BOTH SIDES, SPEAKING OF THE COOPERATIVE, BIPARTISAN WORK THAT WAS DONE IN THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I COMMEND THE WORK OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE -- THE WORK THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE DID WITH MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AS WELL AS PRIVATE SECTOR COMPANY, TRADE GROUPS, PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTY ADVOCATES AND EXECUTIVE BRANCH. IT'S BECAUSE OF THESE EFFORTS THAT VIRTUALLY EVERY SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY SUPPORTS THIS LEGISLATION. IT'S ALSO WHY THERE ARE MORE THAN 100 OCO-SPONSORS OF THE LEGISLATION, INCLUDING -- CO-SPONSORS OF THE LEGISLATION, INCLUDE 1G1 COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN. RECOGNIZING WE DON'T ALWAYS FACE ONE PROBLEM AT A TIME THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF A MEASURE TO ADDRESS STUDENT LOANS. OUR LEGISLATION -- THE INTEREST RATE REDUCTION ACT WOULD PROVIDE FEDERALLY SUBSIDIZED STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATES TO NOT DOUBLE IN JULY OF THIS YEAR THIS ONE-YEAR MEASURE WOULD COST THE GOVERNMENT $5.9 BILLION. NOW YOU ALL PROBABLY HEARD ME TALK ABOUT BRINGING THE NATION BACK TO ITS CORE MISSION. YOU'VE ALSO HEARD ME TALK ABOUT HOW WE NEED TO CUT BACK ON THE NICE TO HAVES, TO MAKE HARD CHOICES THAT WE WILL AND WON'T PAY FOR. BACK WHEN THE PREVIOUS MAJORITY PASSED THEIR HEALTH CARE TAKEOVER IN 2010, THEY PAID FOR IT IN PART BY TAKING $9 BILLION, $9 BILLION, MR. SPEAKER, FROM THE COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID TRUST FUNDS. NOW THAT THEY'VE ROBBED PETER TO PAY PAUL, THEY'RE REALIZING PETER STILL NEEDS THE MONEY TOO. TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEM, THE INTEREST RATE REDUCTION ACT PAYERS IN STOP-GAP MEASURE BY TAKING SOME OF THAT STOLEN MONEY BACK FROM THE OBAMACARE SLUSH FUND AND REDIRECTING IT TO STUDENT FINANCIAL AID. SOMETIMES THIS HOUSE HAS TO MULTITASK, MR. SPEAKER. AS WE FACE AN ECONOMY THAT CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE ANY MORE JOBS TO CYBERATTACKS AND COLLEGE LOAN RECIPIENTS WHO CAN'T FIND A JOB THANKS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FAILED POLICIES, THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TIMES. HOUSERES. 631 PROVIDES THE HOUSE WITH A WAY FORWARD ON BOTH OF THESE CRITICAL MEASURES. WITH THAT, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE RULE AND YES ON THE UNDERLYING PIECES OF LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. POLIS

    THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING ME THE…

    THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. NUGENT

    I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY.

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    MR. THORNBERRY

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING TO ME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE BILL, THE CYBERBILL THAT IT BRINGS TO THE FLOOR, AS WELL AS THE OTHER CYBERBILLS WHICH THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER TODAY AND TOMORROW. AND LET ME BEGIN, MR. SPEAKER, BY ACKNOWLEDGING THE LEADERSHIP OF THE SPEAKER AND MAJORITY LEADER FOR SETTING UP A PROCESS FOR A THOUGHTFUL EXAMINATION OF THE MANY ISSUES RELATED TO CYBERSECURITY. THEY RECOGNIZE THAT NOT ONLY IS IT A SIGNIFICANT NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT, IT'S A THREAT TO OUR ECONOMY AND TO JOBS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO PROTECT IS OWNED -- AT LEAST 85% IS OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR. SO ONE HAS TO TREAD CAREFULLY IN THIS AREA AND WE HAVE TRIED TO DO SO WITH THE LIMITED LEGISLATION THAT IS BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY AND TOMORROW. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE CYBERSECURITY TASK FORCE WHO PUT IN A GREAT DEAL OF TIME AND EXPERTISE IN SORTING THROUGH THESE ISSUES AND MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS. MR. ADERHOLT, MR. CHAFFETZ, MR. COULD HAVEMAN, MR. GOODLATTE, MR. HURT, MR. LATTA, MR. LUNGREN, MR. MCCAUL, MR. MURPHY, MR. TERRY. OF COURSE A NUMBER OF MEMBERS HAVE WORKED ON THESE ISSUES FOR SEVERAL YEARS, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF THOSE I JUST MENTIONED, AS WELL AS MR. LANGEVIN, MR. RUPPERSBERGER, PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. FINALLY I ALSO WANT TO TAKE A SECOND TO THANK THE STAFF OF THE VARIOUS COMMITTEES WHO HAVE WORKED ON THIS ISSUE AS WELL AS JOSH MARTIN, MICHAEL SEEDS OF MY OFFICE, AS WELL AS GENERAL STEWART, THE SPEAKER'S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR WHOSE GUIDANCE ON SUBSTANCE AND PROCESS WAS INVALUABLE. MR. SPEAKER, WE WILL HAVE AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO DEBATE THE MERITS OF THE INDIVIDUAL PIECES OF LEGISLATION, BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT AT THE BEGINNING JUST TO STEP BACK AND SAY WHY ALL THIS HUBBUB ABOUT COMPUTERS? WHAT DOES ALL THAT MEAN? I THINK WE SHOULD START WITH THE POINT THAT CYBER, AND THAT INCLUDES NETWORKS CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET AND NETWORKS THAT ARE NOT CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET, BUT CYBER IS DEEPLY INGRAINED IN VIRTUALLY EVERY FACET OF OUR LIVES NOW. FROM THE TIME WE GET UP TILL THE TIME WE GO TO SLEEP. AND ALL THE TIMES IN BETWEEN. WE VERY MUCH DEPEND ON CYBERAND ANYTHING YOU VERY MUCH DEPEND ON CAN AND OFTEN DOES BECOME A VULNERABILITY. SO WE KNOW OF IT AT LEAST THREE DIFFERENT KINDS OF VULNERABILITIES THESE DAYS. PEOPLE CAN REACH THROUGH THE INTERNET AND STEAL INFORMATION WHICH BUSINESSES, LARGE, MEDIUM, AND SMALL HAVE PRODUCED. IT HAPPENS EVERY DAY IN THIS COUNTRY. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IS RIPPED OUT OF THE POSSESSION OF THOSE WHO PRODUCE IT. AND EVERY TIME PEOPLE STEAL INFORMATION THEY COST US JOBS. THEY ARE STEALING JOBS AS WELL. SO OUR ECONOMY IS DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE DIFFICULTY IN PROTECTING THE INFORMATION THAT WE AS INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES STORE ON OUR COMPUTERS. IN ADDITION TO THAT, THOUGH, INFORMATION CAN BE DESTROYED ON OUR COMPUTERS OR IT CAN BE MANIPULATED OR THE COMPUTERS THEMSELVES CAN BE MANIPULATED. SO THAT WHAT WE INTEND TO DO OR WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS NOT POSSIBLE. AND IF, FOR EXAMPLE, YOU HAVE A LOT OF BANK RECORDS THAT ARE DESTROYED, OR OTHER SUCH IMPORTANT RECORDS, THEN IT CAN HAVE A HUGE EFFECT ON OUR ECONOMY AS WELL AS OUR SECURITY. BUT GOING BEYOND STEALING INFORMATION, DESTROYING INFORMATION, WE NOW KNOW IT'S POSSIBLE TO REACH THROUGH THE INTERNET AND OTHER NETWORKS TO HAVE PHYSICAL CONSEQUENCES IN THE REAL WORLD, TO FLIP A SWITCH, TO OPEN A VALVE. IT'S THE SORT OF THING THAT HAPPENED WITH THE VIRUS IN IRAN. BUT THERE ARE PHYSICAL CONSEQUENCES TO DOING SO. SO THAT'S PART OF THE REASON THAT PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THE ELECTRICITY GRID GOING DOWN, A WHOLE CITY BEING POISONED BY ITS WATER SUPPLY, CHEMICAL PLANTS RELEASING EMISSIONS THAT IT DOESN'T INTEND TO RELEASE. PHYSICAL CONSEQUENCES, REAL DEATH POTENTIALLY AND DESTRUCTION CAN OCCUR ALL BECAUSE OF THINGS GOING ON THE INTERNET. THAT'S THE REASON A LOT OF PEOPLE TALK ABOUT A CYBER9/11, OR A CYBER-PEARL HARBOR. I KNOW IT'S TEMPTING TO THINK ALL THAT'S HYPED, BUT THE TRUTH IS OVER THE PAST DECADE AND ESPECIALLY OVER THE PAST COUPLE YEARS, THE NUMBER AND SOPHISTICATION OF THREATS HAS GROWN MUCH MORE RAPIDLY THAN OUR ABILITY TO RESPOND. IT'S ESPECIALLY OUR LAWS AND POLICIES THAT HAVE NOT KEPT UP WITH THE GROWING SOPHISTICATION OF THREATS. SO THE BILLS THAT WE HAVE BEFORE US THIS WEEK, FOUR OF THEM, TRY TO BEGIN TO TAKE A STEP TO CLOSE THAT GAP BETWEEN THE GROWING THREAT AND LAWS AND POLICIES. THEY DON'T SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS. THEY DON'T TRY TO. BUT THEY ARE A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

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    MR. NUGENT

    YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MR. THORNBERRY

    I WOULD JUST POINT OUT TWO OTHER THINGS BRIEFLY. ONE IS, AGAIN, ONE…

    I WOULD JUST POINT OUT TWO OTHER THINGS BRIEFLY. ONE IS, AGAIN, ONE CRITICISM ONE HEARS IS THAT, WELL, YOU DON'T SOLVE THIS PROBLEM OR THAT PROBLEM. AND THERE ARE -- THAT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE. THESE BILLS, ALL FOUR OF THEM, DON'T SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS IN CYBERSPACE. BUT WE SHOULDN'T LET THE PURSUIT OF THE PERFECT ANSWER PREVENT US FROM ACCOMPLISHING SOME SIGNIFICANT STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, AND THAT'S WHAT THESE BILLS DO. THE SECOND POINT I'D MAKE AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA MENTIONED IS, THREE OF THESE BILLS WERE REPORTED OUT OF COMMITTEE BY VOICE VOTE. THE INFORMATION SHARING BILL WAS REPORTED OUT 17-1. AND I BELIEVE THAT IT HAS BEEN MADE BETTER SINCE THEN. NEW PROTECTIONS ARE THERE. A HOST OF RESTRICTIONS ON WHAT THE INFORMATION CAN BE USED AND PRIVACY PROTECTIONS HAVE BEEN ADDED AND WILL BE ADDED WITH THE AMENDMENTS TO COME. I THINK THIS DESERVES THE SUPPORT OF ALL MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. AND MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE SHOULD TAKE CREDIT FOR TAKING A STEP TO MAKE OUR NATION MORE SECURE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. POLIS

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY HONOR TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY HONOR TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    I THINK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE THE RULE AND…

    I THINK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL DESPITE MY GENUINE CONCERN FOR CYBERSECURITY. I BELIEVE THAT SOME POSITIVE CHANGES BY THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER, IT STILL FAILS TO ADEQUATELY SAFEGUARD THE PRIVACY OF AMERICANS AND THAT IS WHY I AM THE ONE THAT VOTED AGAINST IT IN COMMITTEE. WE ABSOLUTELY CAN COMBAT THE SERIOUS THREAT BY CYBERATTACKS AND STILL ENSURE THAT WE ARE PROTECTING NOT ONLY OUR COMPUTER SYSTEMS BUT ALSO THE CIVIL LIBERTIES OF AMERICANS. AS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WROTE YESTERDAY IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL, QUOTE, CYBERSECURITY AND PRIVACY ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE, UNQUOTE. I'M PARTICULARLY CONCERNED BECAUSE THIS LEGISLATION HAS THE POTENTIAL OF EXPOSING PERSONAL INFORMATION OF CUSTOMERS THAT MAY BE SHARED BOTH WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND BETWEEN COMPANIES. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WRITES THAT THE BILL, QUOTE, LACKS SUFFICIENT LIMITATIONS ON THE SHARING OF PERSONALLY IDENTICAL -- IDENTIFY TENT FINAL INFORMATION BETWEEN PRIVATE ENTITIES, END QUOTE. I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO SIMPLY REQUIRE COMPANIES TO MAKE REASONABLE EFFORTS TO REMOVE INFORMATION UNRELATED TO THE CYBERSECURITY THREAT WHICH CAN BE USED TO IDENTIFY SPECIFIC PERSONS. EVEN WITH THIS BASIC STANDARD FOR COMPLIANCE, THE BIG PRIVATE COMPANIES REFUSED TO MAKE THE EFFORT AND MY AMENDMENT WAS NOT MADE IN ORDER. THE BILL ALLOWS THE U.S. MILITARY TO DIRECTLY RECEIVE CYBERINFORMATION ON AMERICANS. BY ALLOWING COMPANIES TO GIVE INFORMATION TO THE N.S.A. OR OTHER MILITARY AGENCIES, THIS BILL THREATENS THE LONG HELD AMERICAN TRADITION THAT THE MILITARY DOES NOT SNOOP ON U.S. SOIL AGAINST U.S. AMERICANS. -- AGAINST U.S. CITIZENS. I ALSO OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO REQUIRE THAT INFORMATION TO BE RECEIVED ONLY BY CIVILIAN AGENCIES -- THANK YOU. ENSURING A LATEER OF PROTECTION BETWEEN CITIZENS AND THE MILITARY. UNFORTUNATELY MY AMENDMENT TOGETHER WITH ALL OTHER PRIVACY AMENDMENTS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED TODAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. WE CAN AND WE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO BETTER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. NUGENT

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    TWO AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF.

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    MR. SCHIFF

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL IN ITS CURRENT…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL IN ITS CURRENT FORM. I GREATLY APPRECIATE THE NONPARTISAN WORK ON THE ISSUE BY CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND RANKING MEMBER RUPPERSBERGER, THEY HAVE WORKED IN A REFLESH GRI -- REFRESHINGLY COLLABORATIVE FASHION. YET I FIND I CANNOT SUPPORT THIS BILL DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT PRIVACY OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. I OFFERED AMENDMENTS BUT THEY WERE NOT MADE IN ORDER UNDER THE RULE. I SHARE THE VIEW THAT CYBERSECURITY IS A SERIOUS ISSUE THAT REQUIRES CONGRESSIONAL ACTION AND I BELIEVE THAT INFORMATION SHARING IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF RESPONDING TO THE CYBERSECURITY THREATS, THOUGH IT IS BY NO MEANS SUFFICIENT ALONE WITHOUT OTHER ELEMENTS SUCH AS HARDENING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AGAINST CYBERATTACKS. I'M DISAPPOINTED IN THE RULE BECAUSE THE PROBLEMS WITH THE BILL ARE EMINENTLY FIXABLE AND MULTIPLE AMENDMENTS, INCLUDING MY OWN, WERE SUBMITTED THAT WOULD IMPROVE THE BILL. YESTERDAY, THE WHITE HOUSE ISSUED A STATEMENT OF POLICY SAYING THE PRESIDENT'S SENIOR ADVISORS WOULD ADVISE HIM TO VETO THE BILL IF IT CAME TO HIM IN ITS CURRENT FORM BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF PROTECTION OF CIVIL LIBERTIES. AS HE SAID, CYBERSECURITY AND PRIVACY ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE. I BELIEVE WE CAN AND MUST PROTECT OURSELVESES FROM CYBERATTACK AND CAN AND MUST PRESERVE OUR PRIVACY. THIS IS EMINENTLY DOABLE BUT WE'RE NOT THERE YET. MY AMENDMENT, WHICH WAS NOT MADE IN ORDER, WOULD HAVE MADE D.H.S., A CIVILIAN AGENCY, THE PRIMARY COORDINATING AGENCY FOR INFORMATION SHARING, SECOND, WOULD REQUIRE RULES TO MIN MIDSE SHARING OF PERSONALLY IKENT DENT FIABLE INFORMATION. THE AMOUNT OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFYABLE INFORMATION SHARED WOULD BE THE LEAST AMOUNT NEEDED TO COMBAT THE CYBERSECURITY THREAT, AND IN MORE. THIRD, IT WOULD NARROW THE USES OF CYBERSECURITY INFORMATION FOR CYBERSECURITY PURPOSES, SPECIFIC NATIONAL SECURITY THREATS AND CERTAIN OTHER SERIOUS CRIMES. FINALLY, IT WOULD MORE SPECIFICALLY DEFINE CYBERTHREAT INFORMATION TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T SWEEP UP INFORMATION WE DON'T INTEND TO AND DON'T NEED. IN CONCLUSION, AMENDMENTS LIKE THIS ONE WOULD HAVE IMPROVED THE BILL AND BETTER BALANCED THE NEED TO PROTECT OURSELVES AGAINST CYBERTHREATS WITH THE EQUAL IMPERATIVE OF PRESERVING THE PRIVACY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT THE HOUSE WON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THOSE AMENDMENTS AND AS A RESULT I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE. I YIELD PACK.

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    YIELD ONE TOIN -- ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BAR TON.

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    MR. BARTON

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

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    MR. BARTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I DO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE. I THINK THE NUMBER OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I DO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE. I THINK THE NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS THEY MADE IN ORDER IS CONSISTENT WITH SPEAKER BOEHNER'S POLICY OF RUNNING AN OPEN HOUSE. UNFORTUNATELY, ONE OF THOSE AMENDMENTS THAT WAS NOT MADE INED OFFER IS THE BARTON-MARKEY AMENDMENT ON PRIVACY. I AM GOING TO VOTE NO ON THE UNDERLYING BILL BECAUSE IT DOES NOT PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF THE INDIVIDUAL AMERICAN CITIZEN. WE DO HAVE A REAL THREAT, A CYBERTHREAT IN THIS COUNTRY, THIS BILL IS AN HONEST ATTEMPT TO DEAL WITH THAT THREAT, BUT ABSENT EXPLICIT PRIVACY PROTECTION AGAINST INDIVIDUALS, TO ME THAT IS A GREATER THREAT TO DEMOCRACY AND LIBERTY THAN THE CYBERTHREATS THAT FACE AMERICA. SO UNLESS THEY PULL THE BILL AND THEY REVISE SOME OF THE PRIVATECY -- PRIVACY PROTECTIONS, I'M GOING TO ASK FOR A NO VOTE ON THE BILL BUT ON THE RULE, I THINK WE SHOULD VOTE FOR THE RULE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROMICAL. -- FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROMICAL. -- FROM COLORADO. MR.

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    MR. POLIS

    TWO AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN,

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    MR. THOMPSON

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

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS CONGRESS, EXPECTATIONS WERE HIGH FOR MEANINGFUL PROGRESS ON CYBERSECURITY. SPEAKER BOEHNER EVEN ESTABLISHED A TASK FORCE WITHIN THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE TO COME UP WITH RECOMMENDATIONS. BUT A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO CYBERWEEK. KEY REPUBLICAN TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS WERE ABANDONED. THEY ABANDONED MEASURED TO IMPROVE DATA BREACH NOTIFICATION LAWS, FORMALIZE D.H.S.'S CYBERROLE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, ENHANCE THE CYBERSECURITY OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORKS. THESE ARE MISSIONS FROM CYBERSECURITY WEEK -- THESE OMISSIONS WERE NO SMALL BATTER. -- WITH NO SMALL MATTER. WE HAVE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE IN OUR DISTRICTS AND TOP SECURITY OFFICIALS BOTH IN THE OBAMA AND BUSH ADMINISTRATIONS HAVE BRIEFED OF US -- BRIEFED US ON ATTACKS ON INFRASTRUCTURE. THEY SAID VOLUNTARY INFORMATION SHARING WAS NOT ENOUGH. THE C.I.S. CYBERCOMMISSION, AND N.S.A. ALEXANDER ALL SAID THAT CONGRESS MUST DO SOMETHING TO PROACTIVELY ADDRESS CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE VULNERABILITIES. BUT HOUSE LEADERSHIP IGNORES THESE VOICES AND DECIDED THAT INFORMATION SHARING ALOAN IS ENOUGH TO FIX THE PROBLEM. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BOILS DOWN TO A SIMPLE QUESTION -- WHO DO YOU TRUST? TURNING TO H R. 2533, WHAT DOES IT DO? AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE OUR CYBERCURT THIS BILL WOULD ERODE THE PRIVACY PROTECTIONS OF EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN USING THE INTERNET. PUT SIMPLY, THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW ANY CERTIFIED BUSINESS TO SHARE WITH ANY GOVERNMENT AGENCY WHO CAN THEN USE THIS INFORMATION FOR ANY NATIONAL SECURITY PURPOSE AND GRANT THAT BUSINESS IMMUNITY FROM VIRTUALLY ANY LIABILITY. NONE OF THESE AMENDMENTS OFFERED BY THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE WOULD CHANGE THIS TRUTH. FURTHER, THE RULES COMMITTEE DECIDED TO BLOCK CONSIDERATION OF AMENDMENTS SUBMITTED BY ME AND OTHER LIKE-MINDED COLLEAGUES TO ADDRESS THE FUNDAMENTAL POLICY FLAWS IN THIS BILL. IF MY COLLEAGUES WANT TO DO SOMETHING ON CYBERSECURITY, THEN VOTE YES ON ANY OR ALL OF THE SUSPENSION BILLS TO BE CONSIDERED TODAY. BUT DO NOT VOTE FOR H.R. 3523. IT WOULD SET US BACK PRIVACY RIGHTS THAT OUR CONSTITUENCIES HAVE ENJOYED SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE INTERNET. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY HONOR TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY HONOR TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS,

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  • 01:08:04 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    THIS LEGISLATION MIGHT AS WELL BE CALLED THE CYBERINSECURITY BILL BECAUSE…

    THIS LEGISLATION MIGHT AS WELL BE CALLED THE CYBERINSECURITY BILL BECAUSE IT FAILS TO ADDRESS THE REALITY OF CYBERTHREATS ALREADY FACING OUR NATION. IF THIS BILL HAD A PRIVACY POLICY, IT WOULD READ, YOU HAVE NO PRIVACY. THEY WOULD NOT EVEN ALLOW THE BARTON-MARKEY PRIVACY LANGUAGE TO BE PUT IN ORDER TO DEBATE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT THE BILL DOES NOT DO. ALTHOUGH THE BILL WOULD ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO TELL NUCLEAR POWER PLANT OPERATORS THAT A NEW VERSION OF THE COMPUTER WORM COULD CAUSE WIDESPREAD FUKUSHIMA STYLE MELTDOWNS IN THIS COUNTRY, WOULD IT REQUIRE THE INDUSTRY TO TAKE A SINGLE TEP TO -- STEP TO PROTECT NUCLEAR REACTORS? NO. WOULD IT REQUIRE INDUSTRY TO EVEN TELL THE GOVERNMENT WHAT IT IS DOING TO PROTECT AGAINST A CYBERTHREAT NUCLEAR MELTDOWN? NO. WOULD THIS BILL REQUIRE INDUSTRY TO EVEN TELL THE GOVERNMENT WHEN IT HAD EXPERIENCED AN ACTUAL CYBERATTACK? NO. NOW LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS BILL WOULD DO. COULD COMPANIES SHARE PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT CONSUMERS WITH OTHER COMPANIES, EVEN IF THAT INFORMATION HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH CYBERSECURITY? YES. WOULD COMPANIES BE FREE FROM LIABILITY IF THEY SHARE THAT PERSONAL INFORMATION OF EVERY AMERICAN? YES. COULD THE GOVERNMENT USE PERSONAL INFORMATION TO SPY ON AMERICANS? YES. IN THIS LAST CONGRESS, FRED UPTON AND I WROTE THE GRID ACT WHICH PASSED BY VOICE VOTE ON THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR TWO YEARS AGO. IT WOULD HAVE SAID TO THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION THAT YOU HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MANDATE GRID SECURITY STANDARDS AGAINST AN ATTACK COMING FROM IRAN OR CHINA. THIS BILL DOES NOTHING TO PROTECT AGAINST THE THREAT AT THE ELECTRICITY GRID SYSTEM IN THIS COUNTRY THAT COULD LEAD TO NUCLEAR MELTDOWNS. THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS STILL REFUSES TO BRING OUT THE REAL SECURITY WE NEED AGAINST A CYBERATTACK. WE HAVE AN ALL-VOLUNTEER ARMY IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN, BUT THEY FOLLOW ORDERS. WE MUST GIVE THE ORDERS. TO THE ELECTRIC INDUSTRY. TO THE OTHER INDUSTRIES, TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY.

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    THIS BILL DOES NOT DO IT.

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    THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:10:40 PM

    MR. POLIS

    IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE…

    IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE THAT TO THE PROVIDE THAT IMMEDIATELY AFTER WE ADOPT THIS RULE, WE'LL BRING UP H.R. 4816 TO PREVENT A DOUBLING OF STUDENT INTEREST RATES FULLY PAID FOR AND THEN SOME REDUCE BIG DEFICIT BY $7 BILLION BY REDUCING TAX GAVEAWAYS FOR BIG COMPANIES. TO DISCUSS THE STUDENT LOAN BILL, I INTRODUCE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. TIERNEY.

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  • 01:11:11 PM

    MR. TIERNEY

    IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE HOUSE TAKE ACTION TO STOP THE STUDENT LOAN…

    IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE HOUSE TAKE ACTION TO STOP THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATE FROM DOUBLING AT THE END OF JUNE. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, WE CAN TAKE UP A BILL I HAVE FILED TO KEEP THE INTEREST RATES AT 3.4% FOR ONE YEAR. WE RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING RESPONSIBLE SO OUR BILL IS COMPLETELY PAID FOR. WE PAY FOR IT BY ENDING UNNECESSARY TAX SUBSIDIES FROM OIL AND GAS COMPANIES. THESE ARE THE SAME COMPANIES THAT TOOK HOME $80 BILLION IN PROFITS LAST YEAR, THE SAME COMPANY, EXXON THAT POCKETED NEARLY $4.7 MILLION EVERY HOUR. WE HAVE TO MAKE CHOICES HERE IN CONGRESS. OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE BELIEVES IT'S A FAIR AND REASONABLE CHOICE TO ELIMINATE AN UNJUSTIFIED SUBSIDY TO A HUGELY PROFIT -- TO HUGELY PROFITABLE INDUSTRIES SO SEVEN MILLION STUDENTS, INCLUDING 177,000 IN MASSACHUSETTS ALONE, WHO WILL -- SO THAT THEY WILL NOT SEE AN INCREASE IN THEIR STUDENT LOANS. OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE BELIEVES THAT ENCOURAGING MIDDLE CLASS STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO BE ABLE TO PAY FOR COLLEGE EDUCATION SHOULD BE A BIGGER PRIORITY THAN CONTINUING TAX SUBSIDIES FOR BIG OIL. THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAS BEEN TREMENDOUSLY LATE TO THIS ISSUE. I KNOW THE PRESUMPTIVE NOMINEE FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE HAS CHANGED HIS MIND AND COME AROUND TO BELIEVE THAT THIS IS IMPORTANT, IT'S A PRACTICE HE DOES ON THIS A REGULAR BASIS, BUT THE FACT IS, THEY'VE COME AROUND TO KNOWING WE SHOULD KEEP THE INTEREST RATES LOW. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THEY HAVE DECIDED TO MAKE THE WRONG CHOICE IN HOW TO PAY FOR IT. THE BILL THAT'S EXPECTED TO COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TOMORROW INCLUDES A SHORT-TERM FIX FOR THE STUDENT LOAN ISSUE BUT WILL DO IT AT THE EXPENSE OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN. WHAT IS IT WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WITH THE KNEE JERK REACTION THAT EVERY TIME THEY HAVE TO DO SOMETHING THEY TAKE A GRATUITOUS SWIPE AT WOMEN'S HEALTH BENEFITS AND WOMEN'S HEALTH CHOICES? THEIR BILL WOULD END FUNDING FOR BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER SCREENINGS FOR WOMEN. IT WOULD END FUNDING FOR CHILD IMMUNIZATIONS. IT MAKES THE WRONG AND RECKLESS CHOICE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THIS MOTION SO WE CAN CONSIDER THE BILL ON THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE TAKE MAS THE RIGHT CHOICE. MAKE SURE WE KEEP THE RATE LOSE, MAKE SURE THE OIL COMPANIES GET RID OF THAT SUBSIDY THEY NO LONGER NEED. THANK YOU.

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    TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:13:35 PM

    MR. POLIS

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

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE EDUCATIONAL WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, MR. MILLER.

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  • 01:13:44 PM

    MR. MILLER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS AND RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE TIERNEY MOTION, THE LEGISLATION HE AND MR. COURTNEY OF CONNECTICUT INTRODUCED YESTERDAY IN THE CONGRESS. FOR YEARS NOW, THE DEMOCRATS HAVE STOOD ON THE SIDE OF LOWER INTEREST RATES FOR FAMILIES AND STUDENTS. WE FADE FOR FOUR YEARS OF THAT STARTING IN 2007. WE TOOK THE -- WE PAID FOR FOUR YEARS OF THAT STARTING IN 2007. WE TOOK SUBSIDIES AWAY FROM BIG BANKS AND GAVE TOYOTA STUDENTS AND FAMILIES TO LOWER THE COST OF COLLEGE TO MAKE IT MORE AFFORDABLE FOR THOSE FAMILIES SEEKING A COLLEGE EDUCATION FOR THEIR CHILDREN. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THE REPUBLICANS FOUGHT THAT EFFORT, THEY ARE FIGHTING THAT EFFORT TODAY, ACTUALLY, THEY WERE FIGHTING IT YESTERDAY AND CHANGE THARED MINDS. AFTER ALMOST A UNANIMOUS VOTE IN THEIR BUDGET, THE RYAN BUDGET, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, TO ALLOW STUDENT INTEREST RATES TO DOUBLE, THEY HAVE CHANGE THARED MIND. THAT'S IMPORTANT, THAT'S GOOD, AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY DON'T DOUBLE ON JULY 1. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, WHEN YOU SAY, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PAY FOR THAT? WE WANT TO PAY FOR IT, WE DON'T WANT TO PROVIDE $46 BILLION IN TAX CUTS TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS AND ADD IT TO THE DEFICIT. $46 BILLION IN NEW DEFICIT SPENDING IN ONE YEAR. SO THE SPEAKER SAYS, WELL, HE'S GOING TO TAKE IT OUT OF THE SLUSH FUND. REALLY? THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE THINKS THE PREVENTION FUND IS A SLUSH FUND? THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE THINKS THAT BIRTH DEFECTS AND THE FUNDING TO MITIGATE BIRTH DEFECTS IS A SLUSH FUND? DOES THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE REALLY BELIEVE THAT A SCREENING PROGRAM FOR WOMEN AND -- WOMEN'S CERVICAL AND BREAST CANSER IS A SLUSH FUND? NO, THIS IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH. FOR YOUNG CHILDREN WHO GET IMMUNIZED OUT OF THE PREVENTION FUND, FOR WOMEN WHO GET THEIR SCREENING, WE KNOW EARLY DETECTION OF BREAST CANCER MEANS FOR WOMEN, AND SURVIVABILITY RATES. THIS ISN'T A SLUSH FUND BUT WHAT THEY'RE ASKING YOU TO DO IS TO REPEAL THIS FUND THAT GOES TO COMMUNITIES ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY SO THAT PEOPLE WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THIS KIND OF PREVENTIVE CARE. YES, THEY'LL SAY, BUT YOU TOOK SOME MONEY OUT OF THIS THIS FUND TO DO THE PAYROLL TAX REDUCTION FOR MIDDLE CLASS. YES, BUT WE DIDN'T REPEAL THE FUND.

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  • 01:16:02 PM

    MR. MILLER

    REPEALING IT, PUTTING WOMEN AND CHILDREN AT RISK, THAT'S NOT A SLUSH FUND,…

    REPEALING IT, PUTTING WOMEN AND CHILDREN AT RISK, THAT'S NOT A SLUSH FUND, MR. SPEAKER. THAT'S IMMORAL.

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  • 01:16:25 PM

    MR. COURTNEY

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, OUR SECOND PRESIDENT, JOHN ADAMS, ONCE SAID FAX…

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  • 01:17:41 PM

    MR. POLIS

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY HONOR TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY COLLEAGUE, THE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY HONOR TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. PETERS.

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  • 01:17:48 PM

    MR. PETERS

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO HAVE CO-SPONSORED LEGISLATION TO KEEP STUDENT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO HAVE CO-SPONSORED LEGISLATION TO KEEP STUDENT LOAN RATES FROM DOUBLING IN 65 DAYS. MY COLLEAGUES, MR. COURTNEY AND MR. TIERNEY. RIGHT NOW MILLIONS OF HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ARE DECIDING WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO ATTEND COLLEGE. AT KITCHEN TABLES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, STUDENTS ARE MAKING DECISIONS THAT WILL IMPACT THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. SO TODAY I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE DECIDED TO PIT PUBLIC HEALTH AGAINST HIGHER EDUCATION. BY INTRODUCING THIS MISGUIDED DEEPLY PARTISAN BILL, IT IS CLEAR THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE TAKING THE RESPONSIBILITIES TO FAMILIES VERY SERIOUSLY. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE THAT THIS BODY WOULD BE PLAYING POLITICS WITH OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE. WITH THE SAME URGENCY THAT REPUBLICANS RAM THROUGH A $46 BILLION TAX CUT TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES, I AM SURE WE CAN FIND A RESPONSIBLE WAY TO PREVENT PILING ON EVEN MORE DEBT ON OUR COLLEGE STUDENTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR DEFEAT OF THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND ADOPT A BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL SOLUTION THAT CAN BE QUICKLY SIGNED BY

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    CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE.

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  • 01:19:08 PM

    MR. POLIS

    TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. PELOSI, THE…

    TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. PELOSI, THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER.

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  • 01:19:23 PM

    MS. PELOSI

    VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR GIVING…

    VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR GIVING US THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT A CHOICE WE HAVE HERE TODAY. EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT ESSENTIAL TO A DRAUKS IS THE EDUCATION -- DEMOCRACY IS THE EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN, OF OUR INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE SO PEOPLE CAN REACH THEIR OWN PERSONAL SELF-FULFILLMENT AND PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES. ALSO SO THAT OUR COUNTRY CAN BE COMPETITIVE IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. IT IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. DEMOCRATS BELIEVE IN BUILDING LADDERS OF OPPORTUNITY WHERE PEOPLE CAN HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED IF THEY WANT TO WORK HARD, PLAY BY THE RULES, TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. AND AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE LADDER IS EDUCATION. WE ALL KNOW THE IMFACT OF THE G.I. -- IMPACT THE G.I. BILL HAD ON MIDDLE AMERICA. THE EDUCATION OF RETURNING VETERANS TO OUR COUNTRY. ENABLING THEM TO HAVE MORE EDUCATION THAN THEIR PARENTS, AND THAT HAS BEEN THE WAY IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY. THE ENDURING THEME OF THE -- OF REIGNITING THE AMERICAN DREAM. AND SO WE HAVE A CHALLENGE BEFORE US BECAUSE THE CLOCK IS TICKING ON A JULY DEADLINE. AT THAT TIME, LEFT TO THE BUDGET OF THE REPUBLICANS, THE RYAN REPUBLICAN TEA PARTY BUDGET, THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN A DOUBLING OF INTEREST RATES FROM 3.4% TO 6.8%. WE'VE BEEN HAVING THIS DEBATE FOR A WHILE ON HOW WE CAN STOP THAT DOUBLING FROM HAPPENING. THE REPUBLICANS TOLD US THEY WERE TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT THE INTEREST RATE DEBATE. UNTIL NOW THANKS TO TAKING THIS ISSUE TO PUBLIC BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THAT THE DOUBLING OF INTEREST RATES WOULD DEPRIVE SOME PEOPLE OF EVEN GOING TO COLLEGE AND MORE COSTLY FOR MANY OTHERS. IN FACT, SEVEN MILLION CHILDREN WILL BE AFFECTED, AND THAT MEANS AT LEAST 20 MILLION PEOPLE, ASSUMING THEY HAVE AN AVERAGE OF TWO PEOPLE IN THEIR FAMILIES. THIS HAS A DIRECT IMFACT ON MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY -- IMPACT ON MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY. THE BREAD AND BUTTER ISSUE WHERE PEOPLE TALK ABOUT HOW THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE ENDS MEET AND ONE OF THOSE ENDS IS THE EDUCATION OF THEIR CHILDREN. SO ALL OF A SUDDEN THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT. THEY'RE WILLING TO REVERSE A VOTE THAT THEY TOOK NOT MORE THAN A WEEK AGO, 100% OF THEM VOTED FOR THE RYAN BUDGET WHICH WOULD ALLOW THAT INTEREST -- THE INTEREST RATES TO DOUBLE FROM 3.4% TO 6.8%. THANK GOD THEY'VE SEEN THE LIGHT. THANK YOU, PRESIDENT OBAMA, FOR SHEDDING SOME LIGHT ON THIS, AND NOW THEY SAY THEY'RE FOR STOPPING THAT. BUT -- BUT HOW DO THEY WANT TO PAY FOR IT? THEY WANT TO -- THEY WANT TO TAKE IT FROM THEIR FAVORITE TARGET -- WOMEN'S HEALTH. I DON'T KNOW WHY IT HASN'T DAWNED ON THEM YET THAT THE HEALTH OF AMERICA'S WOMEN IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE HEALTH OF AMERICA'S FAMILIES. AND SO THEY WANT TO TAKE THE FUNDS FROM WOMEN'S HEALTH AND THEN ALSO CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATION. THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT. IMMUNIZATION OF EVERY CHILD IN AMERICA IS IMPORTANT TO EVERY OTHER CHILD IN AMERICA. AND THAT'S WHERE THEY WANT TO TAKE THE MONEY FROM. WITH THE MOTION THAT WE HAVE HERE TODAY IS TO SAY INSTEAD OF TAKING THE MONEY, INSTEAD OF ROBBING PAULA TO PAY PETER, WE SHOULD BE TAKING THE MONEY FROM THE TAX SUBSIDIES THAT GO TO BIG OIL IN OUR COUNTRY. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. ISN'T THAT A BETTER SHOW OF WHAT OUR VALUES ARE, THAT WE VALUE THE HEALTH OF OUR WOMEN AND OUR CHILDREN? WHY WOULD WE -- AND NOT ONLY -- TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, NOT ONLY ARE THEY SUGGESTING THAT WE TAKE THE MONEY FROM THE PREVENTION FUND, THE IMMUNIZATION AND SCREENING FOR BREAST CANCER AND CERVICAL CANCER AND OTHER WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES, NOT ONLY ARE THEY SAYING WE SHOULD TAKE THE MONEY FROM THERE, WE SHOULD TAKE THE ADDITIONAL $5 BILLION THAT'S LEFT IN THE ACCOUNT AND REPEAL IT. REPEAL IT. WE'RE NOT EVEN -- YOU KNOW, WE'RE TAKING TWICE AS MUCH MONEY WE NEED FOR THE STUDENT LOAN BILL BECAUSE WE WANT TO DO AWAY. WE WILL USE THIS AS AN EXCUSE TO DO AWAY THIS PREVENTION INITIATIVE THAT AFFECTS WOMEN'S HEALTH SO DIRECTLY. IT'S OUTRAGEOUS. IT'S OUTRAGEOUS. WE PREFER TAX SUBSIDIES FOR BIG OIL RATHER THAN THE HEALTH OF AMERICA'S WOMEN. ONCE AGAIN WE'RE TARGETING WOMEN'S HEALTH. AND SO I AM -- I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST OUR -- THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO AT LEAST PUT BEFORE THE HOUSE AN ALTERNATIVE THAT SAYS, GIVE US A CHOICE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN WHETHER WE WANT TO PAY FOR THE -- OUR YOUNG PEOPLE'S EDUCATION BY REMOVING SOME OF -- SOME OF THE SUBSIDIES TO BIG OIL OR WE WANT TO TAKE IT OUT OF WOMEN'S HEALTH. THE VERY IDEA THAT THE REPUBLICANS WOULD DENY US A VOTE TO DO THAT SPEAKS VERY CLEARLY ABOUT HOW FOCUSED THEY ARE ON TARGETING WOMEN'S HEALTH AS SOMETHING THEY WANT TO CUT. SO, AGAIN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, WHICH WOULD ALLOW THE HOUSE TO VOTE ON A DEMOCRATIC BILL THAT REDUCES THE INTEREST RATES, KEEPS THEM AT 3.4% INSTEAD OF RAISING THEM TO 6.8% WHICH IS IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. AND IF WE CANNOT DO THAT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS ILL-CONCEIVED, WAY OUT OF WHACK STATEMENT OF VALUES THAT WE WOULD MAKE WOMEN'S HEALTH PAY FOR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION WHEN YOU SHOULD BE DOING BOTH. AND SO NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. AT LEAST EVEN TAKE A VOTE, NO ON THE BILL AND LET'S ADMIT THAT WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN -- MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. POLIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME.

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    MR. POLIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT, MR. TIERNEY'S AMENDMENT, IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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    MR. POLIS

    THANK YOU. AND, AGAIN, MR. TIERNEY'S BILL WILL NOT ONLY PROVIDE WHAT WAS…

    THANK YOU. AND, AGAIN, MR. TIERNEY'S BILL WILL NOT ONLY PROVIDE WHAT WAS PASSIONATELY ARGUED BY MS. PELOSI AND MR. TIERNEY, THIS WILL REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY $7 BILLION. AT A TIME OF RECORD DEFICITS, WHEN RESTORING THE FISCAL INTEGRITY OF OUR NATION IS CRITICAL TO OUR COMPETITIVENESS AND JOB CREATION, I HOPE THIS HOUSE ACTS BOLDLY BY DEFEATING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND ALLOW US TO VOTE ON REDUCING THE DEFICIT BY $7 BILLION. WITH REGARD TO CISPA, IT SIMPLY STRIKES THE WRONG BALANCE BETWEEN SECURITY AND LIBERTY. INFORMATION SHARING IS IMPORTANT. I THINK A BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS CAN BE REACHED. THE BILL IS SO FAR FROM PERFECT WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON IT AND DEFEAT THIS RULE AND ALLOW MORE AMENDMENTS. ANY AMERICAN WHO VALUES HIS OR HER PRIVACY SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS BILL, TRUSTING BIG GOVERNMENT AND SECRET AGENCIES WITH OUR MOST PERSONAL INFORMATION. THE REALITY IS THAT CISPA REPRESENTS A MASSIVE GOVERNMENT OVERREACH IN THE NAME OF SECURITY. WE NEED ACCOUNTABILITY AND WE NEED OVERSIGHT. WE CAN'T HAVE SECRET AGENCIES ACCOUNTABLE TO NO ONE WITH VAST POWERS OVER AMERICAN CITIZENS ON OUR SOIL. FOR THESE REASONS I OPPOSE THE UNDERLYING PIECES OF LEGISLATION, I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. POLIS

    POINT BEING MADE IS IT DEPENDS ON ONE'S POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE. AS TO WHERE…

    POINT BEING MADE IS IT DEPENDS ON ONE'S POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE. AS TO WHERE YOU SEE A THREAT. SOME SEE IT ON THE LEFT, SOME ON THE RIGHT. I DON'T TRUST GOVERNMENT TO MAKE A DECISION ABOUT WHAT IS A SECURITY THREAT.

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  • 01:36:39 PM

    MR. NUGENT

    I GET WHAT YOU'RE SAYING BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO…

    I GET WHAT YOU'RE SAYING BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO SAY, I GUESS A DESCRIPTION IN REGARD TO THAT AND YOU SAY COMMUNIST AND THEN YOU SAY TEA PARTY, I THINK IT'S PRETTY CLEAR, THE TEA PARTY IS NOT A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY. COMMUNISM IS. AND HAS BEEN. MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THIS RULE AND ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AS WELL. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TWO ISSUES HERE TODAY THAT HAVE A LOT OF BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT. OUR NATION'S CYBERSECURITY IS JUST AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AS A WHOLE. IT'S PART, NOT ALL, BUT PART OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AS A WHOLE. WE AGREE SOMETHING MUST BE DONE WITH OUR NATION'S STUDENTS AS IT RELATES TO THE LOAN DEBT THAT THEY HAVE. THESE ARE ISSUES THAT I THINK WE ALL AGREE ON. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE. I KNOW FROM SOME OF OUR PREVIOUS CONVERSATIONS THAT MY FRIEND, MR. POLIS IS A FAN OF NPR. SO I WANTED TO LET HIM KNOW THIS. JUST IN CASE YOU WEREN'T THIS MORNING, NPR DID A STORY ABOUT THE FACT THAT CHINA AND RUSSIA AREN'T THE ONLY THREATS TO OUR NATION'S CYBERSECURITY ANYMORE. IN FACT, ACCORDING TO THE STORY TODAY, THE NEWEST CYBERSECURITY THREAT WE FACE TODAY IS GOING TO CONTINUE AND GROW AND IT'S FROM IRAN. YOU KNOW, IRAN MIGHT NOT HAVE A STRONG CYBERPRESENCE NOW AS RUSSIA AND CHINA DO, IT'S CONTINUING TO GROW. IT'S GROWING AT THE SAME TIME AS THEIR NUCLEAR PROGRAM IS GROWING TOO. IRAN HAS LEARNED TO MANIPULATE THE INTERNET, TO SHUT DOWN PROTESTERS IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY, TO HACK WEBSITES WITHIN -- THAT HAVE PRO GOVERNMENT OR ANTI-GOVERNMENT MESSAGES AND CARRY OUT SOPHISTICATED CYBERATTACKS IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY TO IDENTIFY THOSE DIZZ -- THOSE DISSIDENTS WHO MAY DISAGREE WITH THE GOVERNMENT. WITH THREATS LIKE THAT GROWING EVERY DAY, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE OUR NETWORKS HERE AT HOME IN AMERICA ARE SAFE AND SECURE. THIS BIPARTISAN, I CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH THIS BIPARTISAN CYBERSECURITY BILL IS JUST, IT'S CRITICAL. IT'S A CRITICAL STEP IN ENSURING AMERICA AND OUR PRIVATE INDUSTRY ARE SAFE FROM CYBERATTACKS. YOU KNOW, WE TALK ABOUT BIPARTISAN A LOT IN THIS CHAMBER. WE DON'T ALWAYS PRACTICE IT. BUT THIS COMMITTEE NOT ONLY PRACTICED IT, BUT THEY REACHED OUTSIDE OF THE COMMITTEE ITSELF TO THOSE THAT MAY BE SUPPORTIVE AND MAY BE OPPOSED AND THEY TRIED TO WORK AND PUT FORTH AMENDMENTS THAT WOULD MAKE THIS A BETTER BILL. AND THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. THE AMENDMENT PROCESS. IS TO MAKE SOMETHING BETTER. NOT TEAR IT DOWN. I ENCOURAGE COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS STRONGLY. I SAY STRONGLY -- TO SUPPORT THIS STRONGLY, I SAY STRONGLY, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, BOTH ON CYBERSECURITY AND PROTECTING OUR STUDENTS AND STUDENT LOANS. A AS THE PRESIDENT BEGIN HIS TAXPAYER FUNDED COLLEGE TOUR WHICH IS REALLY MORE LIKE A RE-ELECTION TOUR, HE'S GOING TO BE TALKING A LOT ABOUT STUDENT LOAN DEBT. HE CAN TALK ALL HE WANTS BECAUSE THIS HOUSE, IN THIS HOUSE, WE'RE GOING TO ACT AND WE'RE GOING TO DO IT IN A WAY THAT FIXES A PROBLEM THAT WAS -- THIS WAS A TEMPORARY FIX FOR FIVE YEARS. GUESS WHAT, WE'RE GOING TO FIX IT AGAIN. WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE OUR STUDENTS HAVE THE ABILITY TO GET A COLLEGE EDUCATION AND BE ABLE TO PAY IT BACK IN A WAY THAT THEY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE FUTURE. WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT THE STUDENT LOAN DEBT, THE RATIO OF THE STUDENT LOAN RATES DON'T DOUBLE COME THIS JULY 1. IN WASHINGTON SPEAK, TO A LOT OF PEOPLE, THAT'S A WAYS OFF BUT UP HERE, THIS HOUSE, THIS CONGRESS HAS KICKED CANS DOWN THE ROAD BEFORE TO THE TUNE OF 20 QUEERS WHEN THEY'RE LOOKING OUT AND SAYING, WE'VE GOT PLENTY OF TIME AND ALL OF A SUDDEN WE HAVE OTHER ISSUES FACING THIS COUNTRY AND NOW WE HAVE ONE HERE AND THIS HOUSE IS TAKING ACTION TO CORRECT A WRONG OR A PROBLEM THAT EXISTS TODAY IN AMERICA BOTH IN CYBERSECURITY AND IN STUDENT LOANS. AND WE'RE GOING TO DO IT WITHOUT COSTING THE TAXPAYERS ANYTHING, BY TAKING MONEY OUT OF THE OBAMACARE SLUSH FUND, WHICH WAS FUNDING BY CUTS TO STUDENT LOAN PROGRAMS TO BEGIN WITH AND SENDING IT BACK TO OUR STUDENT LOANS. REMEMBER THIS SLUSH FUND CAN BE USED FOR ANYTHING. AS WE SAW, THEY USED IT FOR A WHOLE BUNCH OF THINGS, BUT NOT ONE AS THEY TRIED TO LINK US TO WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES, NOT ONE OF THOSE WERE RELATED TO THAT. NOT ONE NICKEL OR DIME WAS SPENT ON THOSE EVEN THOUGH THEY LIKE TO SAY IT WAS. SO MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:42:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    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 RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTING HOUSE RESOLUTION 631 IF ORDERED, AND SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 2240, IF ORDERED. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. FUND FURNED FUND -- 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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  • 02:06:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 241. THE NAYS ARE -- THE YEAS ARE 241. THE NAYS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 241. THE NAYS ARE -- THE YEAS ARE 241. THE NAYS ARE 179. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 02:07:07 PM

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    THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 02:15:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 236. THE NAYS ARE 185. THE RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 236. THE NAYS ARE 185. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. . THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON SESS SPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 2240 AS AMENDED WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 02:15:28 PM

    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 314. H.R. 2240, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE EXCHANGE OF…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 314. H.R. 2240, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE EXCHANGE OF LAND OR INTERESTS IN LANDS BETWEEN LOWELL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK AND THE CITY OF LOWELL IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 02:15:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE RULES ARE -- THE AYES HAVE IT. THE RULES HAVE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 02:16:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. ALL MEMBERS WILL…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. ALL MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE AISLES. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL ASK ALL MEMBERS TO PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE AISLES. THE CHAIR WILL ASK MEMBERS TO TAKE THEIR SEATS. THE CHAIR WILL ASK THE HOUSE TO COME TO ORDER.

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  • 02:20:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. ROGERS

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

    SPEAKER, 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. 3523.

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  • 02:21:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631 AND RULE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3523. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MRS. BIGGERT, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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    THE CHAIR

    MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR…

    MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE AISLES. THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3523 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 02:22:19 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE SHARING OF CERTAIN CYBER THREAT INTELLIGENCE AND CYBER THREAT…

    THE SHARING OF CERTAIN CYBER THREAT INTELLIGENCE AND CYBER THREAT INFORMATION BETWEEN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND CYBERSECURITY ENTITIES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 02:22:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. ROGERS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RUPPERSBERGER, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 02:22:48 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. ROGERS

    I HAVE SEEN WHEN IT COMES TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, MADAM CHAIR, THAT WE…

    I HAVE SEEN WHEN IT COMES TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, MADAM CHAIR, THAT WE ARE JUST NOT PREPARED TO HANDLE. IN JUST THE LAST FEW YEARS, NATION STATES LIKE CHINA HAVE STOLEN ENOUGH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FROM JUST DEFENSE CONTRACTORS THAT WOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO 50 TIMES THE PRINT COLLECTION OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. WE HAVE NATION STATES WHO ARE LITERALLY STEALING JOBS AND OUR FUTURE. WE ALSO HAVE COUNTRIES THAT ARE ENGAGED IN ACTIVITIES AND HAVE CAPABILITIES THAT HAVE THE ABILITY TO BREAK NETWORKS, COMPUTER NETWORKS WHICH MEANS YOU CAN'T JUST REBOOT. IT MEANS YOUR SYSTEM IS LITERALLY BROKEN. THOSE KINDS OF DISRUPTIONS CAN BE CATASTROPHIC WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE FINANCIAL SECTOR OR THE ENERGY SECTOR OR OUR COMMAND AND CONTROL ELEMENTS FOR ALL OUR NATIONAL SECURITY APPARATUS. THIS IS A SERIOUS A PROBLEM AS I HAVE SEEN. SO LAST YEAR MY PARTNER, DUTCH RUPPERSBERGER, THE VICE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, WE AGREED THAT THIS WAS A SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH PROBLEM TO THE FUTURE PROSPERITY OF AMERICA THAT WE BETTER DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WE NEEDED TO STOP THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT FROM STEALING OUR STUFF. WE NEEDED TO STOP THE RUSSIANS FROM WHAT THEY'RE DOING TO OUR NETWORKS AND PEOPLE'S PERSONAL INFORMATION DATA AND RESOURCES. WE NEEDED TO PREPARE FOR COUNTRIES LIKE IRAN AND NORTH KOREA SO THAT THEY DON'T DO SOMETHING CATASTROPHIC TO OUR NETWORKS HERE IN AMERICA AND CAUSE US REAL HARM TO REAL PEOPLE. SO IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, WE SET OUT TO DO SOMETHING VERY, VERY, VERY NARROW. WHEN THE GOVERNMENT SPIES OVERSEAS, IT COLLECTS MALWARE, VIRUSES, SOFTWARE THAT IS DANGEROUS TO OUR COMPUTERS. IT MEANS THEY CAN EITHER STEAL OUR STUFF, THE PERSONAL INFORMATION OFF YOUR COMPUTER OR THEY CAN STEAL THE SECRETS THAT MAKE YOUR BUSINESS VIABLE, THE KINDS OF SECRETS THAT GIVE PEOPLE JOBS. SO WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT IF WE COULD TAKE THAT SOURCE CODE, THAT SOFTWARE AND SHARE IT WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR SO THEY CAN PUT IT ON THEIR PRIVATE SYSTEMS LIKE THEY DO EVERY SINGLE DAY TO TRY TO PROTECT NETWORKS AND HAVE THAT ADDED ADVANTAGE OF THAT EXTRA COVERAGE FROM THAT MALICIOUS SOURCE CODE? THE GOOD NEWS IS THIS HAPPENS EVERY DAY. IF YOU NORTON OR MCOF A FEE OR ANY OTHER ANTI-VY -- MCAFEE OR ANY OTHER ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE, THERE IS PATCHES OF INFORMATION THEY KNOW IS REALLY BAD STUFF. WHEN YOU BOOT UP IT TRIES TO PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION. THIS IS ALL THIS IS, ADDING TO THAT PATCHWORK, SOME ZEROS AND SOME ONES THAT WE KNOW IS MALICIOUS CODE THAT WE KNOW WILL STEAL YOUR INFORMATION OR BREAK YOUR COMPUTER OR SOMETHING WORSE. THAT'S ALL THIS BILL IS. IT DRAWS A VERY FINE LINE BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR. IT IS ALL VOLUNTARY. THERE IS NO NEW MANDATES. THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE. NONE. NOT ANY IN THIS BILL. IT JUST SAYS IF WE KNOW WE HAVE THIS SOURCE CODE, SHOULDN'T WE BE OBLIGATED TO GIVE IT SO IT DOESN'T DO SOMETHING BAD TO THE COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS IN AMERICA. THAT'S ALL THIS BILL DOES. WE'VE WORKED COLLABORATIVELY WITH CIVIL LIBRY TARIANS, WE HAVE -- LIBRITARIANS, WE HAVE WORKED WITH GOVERNMENT FOLK. OVER A YEAR. WE HAVE KEPT THIS BILL OPEN IN AN UNPRECEDENTED TRANSPARENTED WAY TO TRY TO MEET THE NEED OF CIVIL LIBERTIES CONCERNS. WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THIS WAS A BILL THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTOOD EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE TRYING TO DO, HOW SIMPLE IT IS AND HOW CRUCIAL IT IS TO THE FUTURE DEFENSE OF THIS GREAT NATION. YOU KNOW, WITHOUT OUR IDEAS, WITHOUT OUR INNOVATION THAT COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA ARE STEALING EVERY SINGLE DAY, WE WILL CEASE TO BE A GREAT NATION. THEY ARE SLOWLY AND SILENTLY AND QUICKLY STEALING THE VALUE AND PROSPERITY OF AMERICA. I YIELD MYSELF ONE MORE ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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  • 02:27:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MORE MINUTE.

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    MR. ROGERS

    SAYS THEY GET ATTACKED WITH YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION 300,000 TIMES A DAY.…

    SAYS THEY GET ATTACKED WITH YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION 300,000 TIMES A DAY. ONE COMPANY. WE HAVE A COMPANY THAT CAN DIRECTLY SHOW YOU THAT STOLEN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, ONE PARTICULAR COMPANY ESTIMATED 25,000 MANUFACTURING JOBS THAT THEY LOST THAT WERE GOOD-PAYING JOBS BECAUSE COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA STOLE THEIR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND ILLEGALLY COMPETED AGAINST THEM IN THE MARKETPLACE. THIS IS AS BAD A PROBLEM, MADAM SPEAKER, AS I HAVE SEEN. I THINK YOU'LL HEAR THROUGHOUT THE DAY THIS HAS BEEN A RESPONSIBLE DEBATE. IT HAS BEEN A RESPONSIBLE NEGOTIATION TO GET TO PRIVACY CONCERNS AND OUR ABILITY TO PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION ON YOUR COMPUTER THROUGH THESE SERIES OF ZEROS AND ONES, THE BINARY CODE, ON OUR COMPUTERS. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MY RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS PARTNERSHIP AND HIS WORK. HE'S BEEN EXCEPTIONAL TO WORK WITH ON SOMETHING WE BOTH AGREE AND WE AGREED IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION WAS A DANGER TO THE FUTURE AND PROSPERITY OF AMERICA. WITH THAT I'D RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:28:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 02:28:20 PM

    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

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

  • 02:28:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

  • 02:28:27 PM

    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    I DO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR WORKING WITH US IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO PROTECT…

    I DO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR WORKING WITH US IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY FROM THIS VERY SERIOUS THREAT OF CYBER ATTACK. PEOPLE OFTEN ASK ME, WHAT KEEPS ME UP AT NIGHT? I TELL THEM WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION ENTERING THE COUNTRY UNDETECTED AND ALSO A CATASTROPHIC CYBERATTACK SHUTTING DOWN OUR POWER SUPPLY, BANKING SUPPLY AND THOSE ARE ONE OF THE MANY THINGS THAT CAN BE SET DOWN. WEBSITES AND OUR NATION'S NETWORKS ARE THREATENED BY COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA, RUSSIA AND OTHER GROUPS TRYING TO STEAL OUR MONEY AND VALUABLE TRADE SECRETS. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM EXECUTIVE, THE NUMBER ONE THING CYBERTHIEVES ARE TRYING TO STEAL IS INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY WHICH FORMS THE BACKBONE OF NEARLY EVERY OTHER TECHNOLOGY. IN FACT, $300 BILLION OF TRADE SECRETS ARE STOLEN EVERY YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE UNITED STATES CYBERCOMMAND. THIS PROVES WE NEED TO MAKE REAL CHANGES TO HOW WE PROTECT OUR CYBERSYSTEMS. THE CYBERINTELLIGENCE SHARING AND PROTECTION ACT HELPS THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO PROTECT ITSSELVES AND ITS CLIENTS FROM DATA THIEVES. IF THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO DETECT THESE ATTACKS, VIRUS CODES BEFORE THEY ATTACK OUR NETWORKS, BUT RIGHT NOW FEDERAL LAW PROHIBITS THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY FROM SHARING THE CLASSIFIED CYBERTHREAT WITH THE COMPANIES THAT WILL PROTECT US, THAT CONTROL THE NETWORK, THE AT&T'S, THE VERIZON, THE COMCASTS, THOSE GROUPS. WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO GIVE THEM THE INFORMATION TO PROTECT US AND YET -- BUT YET WE HAVE TO PASS A LAW TO DO THAT AND THAT'S WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY. THE CYBER INTELLIGENCE SHARING AND PROTECTION ACT WILL DO THAT IF WE PASS THIS BILL. IT WILL ALLOW THEM TO SHARE THE CODES WITH MALWARE AND THE MEANS TO COUNTER THE BAD STUFF WITH THE COMPANIES. THESE COMPANIES KEEP A LOOKOUT FOR THESE VIRUSES AND WORK TO STOP THEM BEFORE IT IS ABLE TO ATTACK THEIR SYSTEM. . COMPANY THAT VOLUNTARY GIVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CYBERATTACK BACK TO THE GOVERNMENT, MACHINE CODE CONSISTING EVER STRINGS OF ZEROS AND ONES UNIQUELY IDENTIFIES THE MALWARE, CYBERANALYSTS WILL USE THIS INFORMATION TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE ATTACK AND DECIDE WHO LUNCHED IT AND WHERE IT CAME FROM. THIS INFORMATION WILL BE USED TO PROTECT AGAINST SIMILAR ATTACKS IN THE FUTURE. THE DEMOCRATS WORKED HARD TO PROTECT PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES IN THIS BILL THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PROCESS. WE FOUGHT FOR ADDITIONAL PRIVACY PROTECTIONS IN THE ORIGINAL BILL MARKED UP IN COMMITTEE. IN THE VERSION WE WILL VOTE ON TOMORROW MORNING, ADDITIONAL CHANGES ARE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE AMENDMENTS. THE PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTY GROUPS AND THE WHITE HOUSE ALL AGREE WE MADE IMPORTANT POSITIVE CHANGES THAT WENT A LONG WAY TO IMPROVE THE INITIAL BILL THAT CAME OUT OF COMMITTEE. WE SEVERELY LIMIT WHAT INFORMATION COULD BE SHARED WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND HOW IT COULD BE USED. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE ENTIRE PROCESS IS COMPLETELY VOLUNTARY AND PROVIDES INDUSTRY THE FLEXIBILITY THEY NEED TO DEAL WITH THE BUSINESS REALITIES. THE BILL ALSO REQUIRES AN ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO ENSURE NONE OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED TO THE GOVERNMENT IS MISHANDLED OR MISUSED. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PRIVACY ISSUE. THE REVIEW WILL INCLUDE RECOMMENDATIONS, ANNUAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE THE PROTECTION OF PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES. THAT REVIEW WILL BE DONE AGAIN BY THE I SPECTER GENERAL. WE ALSO MADE IT CLEAR THIS LEGISLATION GRANTS NO NEW AUTHORITY TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, OR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. AT THE URGING OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND OTHERS, WE INCLUDED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IN THE PROCESS. SO THERE IS NOT EVEN THE PERCEPTION THAT OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES OR MILITARY WILL BE IN CONTROL OF THIS. THE HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT WILL BE COORDINATING AS A CIVIL BODY. IN ADDITION, COMPANIES THAT ACT IN GOOD FAITH TO PROTECT SYSTEMS AND NETWORKS CAN RECEIVE LIABILITY PROTECTION. THIS IS WHAT OUR BILL DOES. NOW, WHAT DOES IT NOT DO? THE BILL DOES NOT ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO ORDER COMPANIES TO TURN OVER PRIVATE EMAIL OR OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION. THIS IS NOT SURVEILLANCE. THE BILL DOES NOT ALLOW GOVERNMENT TO MONITOR PRIVATE NETWORKS, READ PRIVATE EMAIL, CENSOR OR SHUT DOWN ANY WEBSITE. WE HAVE A BROAD COALITION OF SUPPORT WITH 100 CO-SPONSORS, CLOSE TO 30 COMPANIES, AND INDUSTRY GROUPS AND DOZENS OF TRADE ORGANIZATIONS, FACEBOOK, MICROSOFT, I.B.M., A LOT OF DIFFERENT GROUPS SUPPORTING THIS BILL. THIS IS NOT A PERFECT BILL, BUT THE THREAT IS GREAT. I BELIEVE THIS LEGISLATION IS CRITICAL FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND YET DEALS WITH THE ISSUE OF PRIVACY. WE CAN DO BETTER IN PRIFECY. WE HOPE TO GET THE BILL TO THE SENATE WHERE THERE WILL BE A LOT MORE NEGOTIATION. CONGRESS MUST ACT NOW AND I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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  • 02:33:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. ROGERS

    YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY, MRS. MYRICK, WHO IS ON THE…

    YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY, MRS. MYRICK, WHO IS ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND TREMENDOUS EXPERTISE ON COUNTERTERRORISM ISSUES.

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  • 02:33:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 02:33:36 PM

    MRS. MYRICK

    WANT TO SAY A BIG THANKS TO THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR ALL OF THEIR…

    WANT TO SAY A BIG THANKS TO THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR ALL OF THEIR MONTHS OF HARD WORK ON PUTTING THIS CYBERSECURITY BILL TOGETHER. IT IS A BIPARTISAN INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE BILL. YOU KNOW, WE ALL KNOW THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS A VERY DIVERSE WORLD THAT INCLUDES REPUTABLE COMPANIES BUT ALSO GREAT MARKET SUPPLIERS AND COUNTERFEITERS AND STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISES AND OTHER INTERTITS THAT OFTEN ACT AGAINST THE NATIONAL SECURITY INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES, AS WELL AS OTHER PRIVATE COMPANIES. THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECTOR IN PARTICULAR INCLUDES COMPANIES THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH SOME FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND MILITARIES AND INTELLIGENCE SERVICES OF NATIONS THAT ATTACK THE UNITED STATES IN CYBERSPACE DAILY. STATE AND LOCAL ENTITIES ALONG WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES OR CAPABILITIES OR THE INFORMATION NECESSARY TO ADDRESS THESE CYBERSECURITY THREATS. THIS BILL CREATES THE NECESSARY MECHANISM FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SHARE ITS INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES AND CYBERSECURITY THREAT ANALYSIS WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND WITH STATE AND LOCAL ENTITIES. THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL IS TO TRANSMIT IMPORTANT CYBERSECURITY INFORMATION FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR, NOT VICE VERSA. THE BILL WOULD EMPOWER THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO BEGIN TAKING NECESSARY STEPS TO PROTECT ITSELF FROM CYBERATTACKS. SOME THEY DON'T HAVE ANY CLUE OR HAPPENING. ULTIMATELY, THOUGH, IT'S GOING TO BE IMPORTANT FOR CONGRESS AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE TO DEBATE ON CYBERSECURITY TO DETERMINE HOW TO BEST CONFRONT THE CHANGING THREATS BECAUSE THIS WORLD IS CHANGING DAILY. AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN'T LEAVE THOSE RESPONSIBILITIES SOLELY TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR. ESPECIALLY LIKE THE CHAIRMAN ALREADY MENTIONED, COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA ARE DEVELOPING CONTINUOUSLY CYBERWARFARE CAPABILITIES AND THE CYBERATTACKS THEY COMMIT AGAINST THE WESTERN COMPANIES AND INFRASTRUCTURES AND GOVERNMENT ENTITIES WE ALL KNOW ABOUT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND IMPORTANT STEP IN TRYING TO PROTECT THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN THIS COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:35:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

  • 02:35:57 PM

    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    SEEKS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 02:36:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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    MR. BOSWELL

    IMPORTANT IN IOWA AND POTATOES IN IDAHO. A LITTLE BIT OF FUN. I RISE TO…

    IMPORTANT IN IOWA AND POTATOES IN IDAHO. A LITTLE BIT OF FUN. I RISE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL TODAY. I LOOK ACROSS AT CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND HERE AT RANKING MEMBER RUPPERSBERGER AND I HAVE GREAT CONFIDENCE. I KNOW THESE MEN. I KNOW THEIR STAFF. THEY HAVE COME TO THESE VERY SERIOUS MATTERS THAT LAYS BEFORE OUR COUNTRY THAT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND. WE MUST TAKE ACTION. I'M ENCOURAGED BY THE PROCESS TO INVOLVE KEY STAKEHOLDERS FROM PRIVATE INDUSTRY AND PRIVACY GROUPS DURING THIS DRAFTING. THIS TRANSPARENT NANGEMENT SHAPED MANY OF THE BIPARTISAN AMENDMENTS BEING CONSIDERED TODAY TO IMPROVE THE BILL AND IT'S A GOOD THING. THE THREAT FROM MALICIOUS ACTORS IN CYBERSPACE IS REAL. YOU HAVE HEARD IT SAID OVER AND OVER ALREADY BY THOSE THAT HAVE SPOKEN AHEAD OF ME, AND I CONCUR WITH WHAT THEY SAY. IT'S AN ABSOLUTELY REAL THING. YOU ONLY NEED TO PICK UP THE NEWSPAPER AND TURN ON THE TV TO SEE THE THREATS FACING OUR NETWORKS. THESE NETWORKS INCLUDE THOSE THAT POWER OUR HOMES, FACTORIES, SMALL BUSINESSES. ALOWL A BANKING SYSTEM TO FUNCTION, PROVIDES THE VERY BACKBONE TO OUR CURRENT AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE. WE RELY ON THESE NETWORKS EVERY DAY. THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION TODAY IS A VERY NARROW PIECE, BUT WHAT WE CAN AGREE IS A CRITICAL ONE TO HELPING SECURE OUR NETWORKS AND THEREFORE THE WAY OF LIFE AS WE KNOW IT TODAY. THERE IS CONTINUING DEBATE ON HOW TO IMPLEMENT THE BILL BUT THE DEBATE ISN'T OVER. IT NEEDS TO BE DONE. IT MUST BE DONE. INFORMATION WE ASK OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY USE IN THE PROTECTION OF GOVERNMENT NETWORKS SHOULD IN A SECURE WAY, SHOULD IN A SECURE WAY BE SHARED TO PROTECT THE MANY OTHER CRITICAL NETWORKS WE RELY ON. COMPANIES ARE DOING WHAT THEY CAN TO PROTECT THEIR NETWORKS TO THE EXTENT THEY CAN TODAY, BUT THERE IS MORE THAT MUST BE DONE. WE CANNOT BE BE IN A SITUATION WHERE THE GOVERNMENT HAD INFORMATION TO PREVENT OR MITIGATE A CATASTROPHIC CYBERATTACK AND YET WE DID NOT HAVE THE PROCEDURE IN PLACE TO SHARE THIS INFORMATION. IT INCLUDES A GREAT RESPECT FOR PRIVACY AND OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES. WE MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT THAT. THIS BILL WITH THE ADDITION OF MANY OF THE AMENDMENTS WHICH WERE DRAFTED IN CONCERT WITH PRIVACY GROUPS ADDRESSES MANY OF THOSE CONCERNS. IN ADDITION, THE ANNUAL UNCLASSIFIED REPORT REQUIRED FOR THE STATUTORY INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY INSPECTOR GENERAL WILL INFORM WHETHER THERE ARE ADDITIONAL ADJUSTMENTS THAT IMMEDIATE TO BE MADE. 10 SECONDS?

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  • 02:38:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 10 SECONDS.

  • 02:38:58 PM

    MR. BOSWELL

    CLOSING I WANT TO SAY THIS. CONGRESS CANNOT WAIT TO ACT. NETWORK SECURITY…

    CLOSING I WANT TO SAY THIS. CONGRESS CANNOT WAIT TO ACT. NETWORK SECURITY HASN'T KEPT UP WITH NETWORK SPEED. THIS IS THE FUNDAMENTAL PURPOSE OF THIS BILL. I ENCOURAGE MEMBERS TO BEGIN TO SECURE NETWORKS THROUGH SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT THE THREATS. PLEASE VOTE YES.

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  • 02:39:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 02:39:21 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIRMAN FOR YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS ISSUE…

    THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIRMAN FOR YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, IT GOES BEYOND PARTISANSHIP. THIS IS ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY. THE IDEA OF CYBERATTACK IS NOT SOMETHING THAT IS JUST OUT THERE IN SPACE. WE DON'T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT'S HERE TODAY AND RIGHT NOW.

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  • 02:39:48 PM

    MR. KINZINGER

    JUST TODAY THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE WAS THE TARGET OF A DEDOT ATTACK ON…

    JUST TODAY THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE WAS THE TARGET OF A DEDOT ATTACK ON SOME OF ITS EXTERNAL COMPUTER SYSTEMS. THAT'S NOT SOMETHING WE MAGICALLY HAPPEN TODAY. THIS IS HAPPENING EVERY DAY. THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF TIMES A DAY. I'M A MILITARY GUY A. MILITARY PILOT. I THINK A LOT ABOUT THE THREATS FROM OUTSIDE. YOU THINK A LOT ABOUT THREATS OF TERRORISM AND THREATS OF INVASION OR ANYTHING ALONG THAT LINE, ONE OF THE BIGGEST THREATS THAT KEEP US UP AT NIGHT IS THIS IDEA OF A CYBERATTACK. AND I THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE HEAD ON. THIS VOLUNTARY INFORMATION SHARING, CLASSIFIED PORTIONS OF OUR GOVERNMENT AND CERTIFIED PRIVATE ACTORS WILL SERVE TO ENHANCE OUR DEFENSES GREATLY. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE AMOUNT OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION CURRENTLY SHARED BETWEEN OUR GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE INDUSTRY IS MUDDLED AT BEST. A FEW PRIVATE COMPANIES WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO RECEIVED AN INVITATION INTO THE CURRENT CLASSIFIED ANNEX OF CYBERSECURITY SHARING, FACE SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES WHEN IT COMES TO EVEN UNDERSTANDING WHAT THIS INFORMATION IS. MANY TIMES THEY SIMPLY CAN SCAN A PRINT OUT OF CURRENT INFORMATION FROM WHICH THEY TRY TO PREVENT A FUTURE ATTACK AND IT'S WOEFULLY INADEQUATE. WE TALK A LOT ABOUT THE RUSSIANS AND CHINESE AND THEIR USE OF CYBERWARFARE AGAINST US. THAT'S A SIGNIFICANT THREAT. THAT'S SOMETHING VERY SERIOUS. BUT I WANT TO SPEAK JUST MOMENTARILY ABOUT THE THREAT FROM IRAN. WE ALL KNOW THAT IRAN IS A VERY SERIOUS COUNTRY THAT'S VERY SERIOUSLY FOCUSED ON BRINGING DOWN IN MANY CASES THE WEST. THEY HAVE SAID IT THEMSELVES. THE IRANIAN REGIME FROM THE HIGHEST LEVEL DOWN HAS PUBLICLY STATED THEIR PLANS TO FIGHT ENEMIES WITH ABUNDANT POWER IN CYBERSPACE AND INTERNET WARFARE. IT'S ALSO PUBLICLY STATED THAT IRAN BLAMES THE LEFT FOR THE VIRUS WHICH DISRUPTED THEIR NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND VOWED RETALIATION. THE COMBINATION OF LOW-COST AND EFFECTIVENESS OF CYBERWARFARE HAS LED THE IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD TO ACTIVELY AND EFFECTIVELY RECRUIT ISLAMIC ATTACKERS FOR NEFARIOUS PURPOSES. WE CAN'T STAND BY WHILE WE SEE NATIONS LIKE IRAN THREATEN THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY. I SUPPORT THIS BILL AND COMMEND THE FOLKS WHO HAVE WORKED ON IT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:41:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, MR. RUSH HOLT, FORMERLY ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE.

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  • 02:42:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 02:42:05 PM

    MR. HOLT

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE PROPONENTS OF THIS LEGISLATION WHO ARE ALL…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE PROPONENTS OF THIS LEGISLATION WHO ARE ALL FRIENDS AND WELL-INTENTIONED HAVE REPEATEDLY SAID THERE IS A REAL THREAT. A THREAT TO OUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AFFECTING OUR WATERWORKS AND ELECTRIC GRID. BUT THIS BILL IS SO POORLY CONSTRUCTED IT IS NOT DESIGNED TO PROTECT AGAINST THOSE THREATS. THERE ARE ANY NUMBER OF FLAWS WITH IT. BUT THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION POINTS OUT THAT THE -- THERE WOULD BE AN EXCEPTION TO ALL PRIVACY LAWS. AND IT WOULD ALLOW COMPANIES TO SHARE PRIVATE AND PERSONAL DATA THAT THEY HOLD ON THEIR AMERICAN CUSTOMERS. ACTUALLY AMONG THEMSELVES AND WITH THE GOVERNMENT. IT WOULD NOT LIMIT COMPANIES TO SHARING ONLY TECHNICAL OR NONPERSONAL DATA. THEY WOULD BE FREE FROM ANY LIABILITY OF MISUSE. THEY WOULD ONLY HAVE TO PLEAD GOOD INTENTIONS. THE BILL FAILS TO NARROWLY DEFINE THE PRIVACY LAW THAT WOULD CONTRAVENE, FAILS TO PUT THE CYBERSECURITY EFFORTS IN A CIVILIAN AGENCY. IT FAILS TO REQUIRE COMPANIES TO REMOVE PERSONAL IBLE -- PERSONAL IDENTIFY TENT FINAL -- IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION ABOUT INDIVIDUALS. IT LIMITS THE GOVERNMENT'S USE OF INFORMATION. IT FAILS TO CREATE A ROBUST OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY STRUCTURE. THE BILL IN ITS CURRENT FORM, THERE'S NO REQUIREMENT THAT PERSONAL INFORMATION MUST BE REMOVED. THERE'S NO CONSUMER OR STAKEHOLDER GROUP INVOLVED IN THE OVERSIGHT. THERE IS NO WAY FOR ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC TO KNOW IF THEIR DATA HAS BEEN SHARED IN ERROR. AND ON AND ON. YOU KNOW, ULTIMATELY PASSING THIS BILL -- I SHOULD POINT OUT IT'S NOT JUST THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION THAT OPPOSES THIS. EVEN THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION AND THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF SAYS IF THIS PASSES HE WILL VETO IT. PASSING THIS BILL IN RESPONSE TO THE CYBERTHREAT WOULD BE LIKE GOING INTO IRAQ BECAUSE AL QAEDA TERRORISTS WERE A REAL THREAT. YES, THERE IS A REAL THREAT. THIS IS NOT THE ANSWER.

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  • 02:44:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

  • 02:44:28 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR JOBS. UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE FOLKS WHO WOULD USE…

    WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR JOBS. UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE FOLKS WHO WOULD USE CYBERATTACK TO STEAL OUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, GIVE IT TO OTHERS TO STEAL OUR JOBS. NOT ALLOWING INFORMATION SHARING WOULD BE LIKE SAYING TO THE MARINES AND THE ARMY, YOU ARE NOT SURE HOW THE ENEMY IS GOING TO ATTACK YOU. AS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL GUARD FOR THE LAST 26 YEARS, I KNOW THAT CYBER IS ALSO A REAL THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. AND THIS BILL WILL UPDATE OUR INFORMATION SHARING TO ALLOW PRIVATE COMPANIES TO SHARE INFORMATION WITH THE GOVERNMENT, THE GOVERNMENT TO SHARE INFORMATION AND INCLUDE SOME IMPORTANT LIABILITIES ON -- LIABILITY PROTECTION AS WELL. IT'S CAREFULLY CRAFTED BILL. I THINK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND HAVE BEEN VERY OPEN TO WORKING WITH FOLKS TO TRY TO IMPROVE THIS BILL. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SUPPORTING SOME OF THE BIPARTISAN AMENDMENTS THAT I THINK WILL IMPROVE THIS BILL. BUT, MADAM SPEAKER, WE MUST PROTECT OURSELVES AGAINST CYBERATTACKS, AGAINST THOSE WHO WOULD STEAL OUR MONEY, STEAL OUR JOBS AND AFACT OUR COUNTRY. THIS BILL IS NOT A PANACEA BUT IT'S A GREAT START. I'M HAPPY TO SUPPORT IT AND I HOPE ALL MY COLLEAGUES WILL VOTE YES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:45:29 PM

    MR. STIVERS

    YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND I YIELD BACK.

  • 02:46:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 02:46:50 PM

    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, MR. ADAM SCHIFF, WHO IS ALSO THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE TECH NICK -- TECHNICAL TACTICAL COMMITTEE.

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  • 02:47:05 PM

    MR. SCHIFF

    I RISE IN RELUCTANT OPPOSITION TO THE BILL BUT I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE…

    I RISE IN RELUCTANT OPPOSITION TO THE BILL BUT I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE EXTRAORDINARY WORK DONE BY MIKE ROGERS AND OUR RANKING MEMBER, DUTCH RUPPERSBERGER. THESE TWO GENTLEMEN HAVE CHANGED THE NATURE AND CULTURE OF OUR COMMITTEE, MADE IT FAR MORE PRODUCTIVE AND HAVE DONE GREAT WORK GETTING US TO THIS GREAT POINT. THERE IS STILL WORK TO BE DONE, AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT. IN TWO AREAS. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE WHY WE ARE HERE. WE DO OURSELVES A DISSERVICE WHEN WE TALK ABOUT A CYBERTHREAT. THAT SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING THAT MAY COME IN THE FUTURE, SOMETHING TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT MIGHT TAKE PLACE DOWN THE LINE. WE ARE UNDER CYBERATTACK RIGHT NOW. THIS IS NOT SPECULATIVE. THIS IS NOT INTANGIBLE. THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW, SO THIS NEEDS TO BE DEALT WITH AND WE DO NEED A SENSE OF URGENCY. THERE IS DISTANCE YET TO GO. AND IN TWO AREAS IN PARTICULAR. ONE, WHEN WE GATHER CYBERINFORMATION AND WE SHARE IT BETWEEN COMPANIES OR BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND COMPANIES AS WE MUST DO, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE MINIMIZE ANY UNNECESSARY INVASION OF PRIVACY OF THE MARN PEOPLE. AND WE CAN DO -- AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND WE CAN DO BOTH AND WE HAVE TO DO BOTH. WE NEED TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM CYBERATTACK AND WE NEED TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY RIGHTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I THINK THE BILL NEEDS A REQUIREMENT THAT PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION BE MINIMIZED TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PRACT KABUL. -- PRACTICALABLE. WE ARE NOT ASKING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OR THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE BUT ASK THEY MINIMIZE PERSONAL INFORMATION THAT IS PROTECTED AGAINST CYBERCRIME. THAT'S THE FIRST THING. THE SECOND THING THAT NEEDS TO BE INCORPORATED IN THIS BILL THAT MY COLLEAGUE, MR. THOMPSON, WILL TALK ABOUT AS WELL IS THE NEED TO PROTECT CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. THAT IS A BIG MISSING PIECE IN THE BILL AND I UNDERSTAND FROM MY COLLEAGUES, THAT'S NOT WITHIN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE JURISDICTION. THAT'S CORRECT. BUT AS WE SAW FROM THE RULES COMMITTEE, THEY ARE MORE THAN CAPABLE OF INCORPORATING THINGS FOR MORE THAN ONE COMMITTEE'S JURISDICTION IN THE RULE AS WE SEE IN A RULE THAT INCORPORATES STUDENT A LOT INTERESTS IN A BILL AND THAT'S SUBJECT WITH A BILL ON CYBERSECURITY. SO THERE'S NOTHING PREVENTING THE RULES COMMITTEE FROM BRINGING INTO THE DISCUSSION TODAY AND ALLOW AMENDMENTS ON CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. THE ABSENCE OF THOSE TWO BIG PIECES MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO SUPPORT THE BILL TODAY BUT I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH BOTH PARTIES.

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  • 02:49:24 PM

    MR. SCHIFF

    COULD I HAVE 30 MORE SECONDS.

  • 02:49:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 MORE SECONDS.

  • 02:49:28 PM

    MR. SCHIFF

    BY SAYING I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR CONTINUED WORK ON THIS BILL. I APPRECIATE…

    BY SAYING I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR CONTINUED WORK ON THIS BILL. I APPRECIATE THE GREAT COOPERATION BETWEEN THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER AND RESPECT ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:49:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. ROGERS

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA.

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  • 02:49:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE GOVERNMENT CURRENTLY USES CLASSIFIED CYBERTHREAT INTELLIGENCE TO…

    THE GOVERNMENT CURRENTLY USES CLASSIFIED CYBERTHREAT INTELLIGENCE TO PROTECT ITS OWN SYSTEMS, COMPUTER NETWORKS AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY HAS VOICED THE DESIRE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM CYBERTHREATS. THIS BILL WILL ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE CLASSIFIED CYBERTHREAT INFORMATION TO PRIVATE SECTOR COMPANIES SO THEY CAN PROTECT SENSITIVE INFORMATION AND THEIR CUSTOMERS PRIVACY AGAINST MALICIOUS CYBERATTACKS. THE BILL PLACES NO MANDATES OR BURDENS ON PRIVATE SECTOR COMPANIES AND DOES NOT EXPAND THE SIZE OR SCOPE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. ALL INFORMATION SHARING IS TOTALLY VOLUNTARY UNDER THIS LEGISLATION, AND THERE ARE STRONG PRIVACY PROTECTIONS IN PLACE FOR THE INFORMATION THAT IS SHARED. AFTER RECEIVING INPUT FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND CIVIL LIBERTY GROUPS AND UPON BUILDING THE SUCCESS OF EXISTING INTELLIGENCE SHARING WITH DEFENSE CONTRACTORS WE HAVE PRODUCED A BILL THAT UPHOLDS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO PRIVACY WHILE PROVIDING THE PRIVATE SECTOR WITH THE NECESSARY MEANS TO DEFEND ITSELF AGAINST CYBERATTACKERS. I WANT TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND RANKING MEMBER RUPPERSBERGER FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN CRAFTING THIS LEGISLATION THAT WAS WRITTEN IN A TRANSPARENT AND BIPARTISAN FASHION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL THAT PROTECTS OUR HOMELAND, PROTECTS OUR ECONOMY AND PROTECTS OUR PRIVACY AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:50:42 PM

    MR. HECK

    YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 02:52:04 PM

    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, MR. BENNIE THOMPSON, WHO IS ALSO RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE.

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  • 02:52:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 02:52:16 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MADAM CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3523. I…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MADAM CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3523. I ALSO APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE ON INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE FOR FOSTERING A GREAT SHARING OF CYBERTHREAT INFORMATION. THIS BILL IS A START, BUT MY OPPOSITION IS BECAUSE IT DOES NOT DO WHAT WE KNOW THAT WE NEED TO HAVE DONE. HAVING BEEN INVOLVED IN HOMELAND SECURITY ISSUES FOR NEARLY A DECADE, I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO PROTECT OUR NATION'S NETWORK FROM CYBERATTACKS, BUT IN AN EFFORT TO FOSTER INFORMATION SHARING, THIS BILL WOULD ERODE THE PRIVACY PROTECTIONS OF EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN USING THE INTERNET. IT WOULD CREATE A WILD WEST OF INFORMATION SHARING WHERE ANY CERTIFIED BUSINESS CAN SHARE WITH ANY GOVERNMENT AGENCY WHOCK THEN USE THE -- WHO CAN THEN USE THE INFORMATION FOR ANY NATIONAL SECURITY PURPOSE AND GRANT THE BUSINESS IMMUNITY FROM VIRTUALLY ANY LIABILITY. NONE OF THE AMENDMENTS OFFERED BY THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER WOULD CHANGE ANY OF THOSE BASIC FACTS. I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE ADDRESSED THOSE CONCERNS BY ENSURING THAT CIVILIAN AGENCIES WOULD TAKE THE LEAD IN INFORMATION SHARING, RESTRICTING OUR GOVERNMENT COULD USE THE INFORMATION AND MAKING SURE CONSUMERS' SENSITIVE INFORMATION IS ADEQUATELY PROTECTED. UNFORTUNATELY, THE HOUSE WILL NOT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONSIDER THEM TODAY. IF MY COLLEAGUES WANT TO ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING ON CYBERSECURITY, THEN VOTE YES ON ANY OF THE ALL SUSPENSION BILLS BEFORE US TODAY. BUT DO NOT VOTE FOR H.R. 3523. IT VOW LIGHTS THE DO NOT HARM LAW AND WOULD SET BACK THE PRIVACY RIGHTS OF ALL OF THE CITIZENS WHO'VE ENJOYED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE INTERNET. THIS FATALLY FLAWED BILL IS OPPOSED BY NOT ONLY EVERY PRIVATE CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUP, FROM THE ACLU, TO THE CENTER OF DEMOCRACY BUT ALSO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. FOR THESE REASONS, MADAM SPEAKER, I STRONGLY URGE A NO ON H.R. 3523.

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  • 02:54:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:54:46 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS. NEBRASKA. AND KANSAS AS WELL.

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. TERRY

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. MADAM CHAIR, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. MADAM CHAIR, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. IT'S A SENSIBLE BILL THAT BUILDS A NECESSARY PILLAR IN THE CYBERSECURITY STRATEGY OF OUR NATION. I'VE IMMERSED MYSELF IN CYBERSECURITY OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. I'VE BEEN ON TWO TASK FORCE. I'M ON THE COMMITTEE OF JURISDICTION, THE COMMERCE -- ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. I'VE MET WITH INDUSTRY LEADERS IN ALL OF THE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AREAS. AND AS I'VE GATHERED INFORMATION AND INPUT, THERE'S TWO PRINCIPLES AT STAKE HERE. THE COMMON THREAD FROM ALL OF THEM HAVE SAID WE HAVE TO BE FLEXIBLE AND WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE. THOSE ARE THE TWO PRINCIPLES ON WHICH THIS BILL IS BASED. NUMBER ONE, FLEXIBILITY. WHAT IT MEANS IS YOU CAN'T LOCK THIS INTO A GOVERNMENT AGENCY BECAUSE WHEN GOVERNMENT AGENCIES START TAKING CONTROL OF SETTING STANDARDS OR WORKING WITH AN INDUSTRY GROUP TO SET STANDARDS ON CYBERSECURITY, THE HACKERS TAKE FIVE SECONDS TO GET AROUND THAT AND IT WILL TAKE YEARS THEN FOR THE INDUSTRY TO MOVE AROUND THAT. YOU ARE SETTING THEM UP AS DUCKS WAITING TO BE SHOT IF WE DO THAT. SO WE CAN'T. WE GOT TO GIVE THEM THE FLEXIBILITY SO THAT THE LEAST GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE IS WHAT GIVES THEM THE FLEXIBILITY. THE NEXT PART IS COMMUNICATION. WHEN I LEARNED FROM THE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE INDUSTRY IS WHAT THEY WANT TO KNOW IS, IS THERE A THREAT OUT THERE AND WHAT IS THE SPECIFICS OF THE THREAT? THEY KNOW THEY'RE UNDER ATTACK EVERY DAY, BUT MAYBE OUR DEFENSE AGENCIES HAVE SPECIFIC INFORMATION THEY CAN SHARE BUT THEY CAN'T BECAUSE IT'S TOP SECRET. SO THIS BILL ALLOWS THERE TO BE COMMUNICATION OF SPECIFIC THREATS TO PERHAPS COMMUNICATE FROM GOVERNMENT TO PRIVATE SECTOR SOME BETTER PRACTICES THAT THEY CAN ENACT. THAT'S WHAT THIS BREAKS DOWN IS THAT BARRIER, NOT SOME OF THE CIVIL LIBERTY CONSPIRACY THEORIES. THIS IS SIMPLE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR. PRIVATE SECTOR TO PRIVATE SECTOR. THIS ISN'T REPORTING ON WHETHER YOU'RE DOWNLOADING AN ILLEGAL MOVIE OR WHATEVER. THIS IS ABOUT SECURING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:57:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE AND…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN, WHO IS ALSO A MEMBER OF OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND HAS WORKED VERY HARD WITH THE CHAIRMAN AND MYSELF ON THE ISSUE OF CYBERSECURITY. I CONSIDER HIM ONE OF OUR EXPERTS ON THE HILL IN THE AREA OF CYBERSECURITY.

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  • 02:57:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 02:57:51 PM

    MR. LANGEVIN

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND I RISE…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3523. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND RANKING MEMBER RUPPERSBERGER. WHILE I DON'T BELIEVE THIS LEGISLATION IS PERFECT AND MUCH WORK REMAINS TO BE DONE. SINCE THIS REPRESENTS AN IMPORTANT GROUP TO COME -- TOWARDS BETTER CYBERSECURITY FOR OUR NATION. I HAVE LONG WORKED ON THIS ISSUE FOR MANY YEARS TO RAISE AWARENESS AND SECURE OUR NATION AGAINST THE THREATS THAT WE FACE IN CYBERSPACE AND QUITE FRANKLY WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME. I BELIEVE THAT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE ACT NOW TO BEGIN OUR LEGISLATIVE RESPONSE TO THIS CRITICAL ISSUE. WE ALL KNOW HOW DEPENDENT WE ARE ON THE INTERNET AND HOW WE USE IT SO MUCH IN OUR DAILY LIVES. THE INTERNET WAS NEVER BUILT WITH SECURITY IN MIND. WHAT'S HAPPENING IS OUR ADVERSARIES ARE USING THE VULNERABILITIES AND THE -- AGAINST US. SO I'VE ALSO SAID THAT WE NEED, OF COURSE, TO HAVE -- BEEN VERY CLEAR WE NEED TO HAVE ROBUST PRIVACY PROTECTION. IT MUST BE INCLUDED TO SAFEGUARD PERSONAL AND -- INFORMATION AND ALSO DEFEND CIVIL LIBERTIES. ANY CYBERSECURITY RESPONSE WE DO ENACT. I'M PLEASED TO SAY THIS LEGISLATION HAS BEEN STRENGTHENED IN THAT REGARD AND I BELIEVE MORE CAN BE DONE AS WE CONTINUE THIS IMPORTANT DEBATE. THAT BEING SAID, THE INFORMATION SHARING IS VITAL TO COMBATING VITAL CYBERTHREATS AND STEMMING THE MASSIVE ONGOING THEFT OF IDENTITIES, SBRECTUAL PROPERTY, SENSITIVE -- INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND SENSITIVE SECURITY. THIS LEGISLATION, CLEAR AND SIMPLY, WILL PROVIDE THE GOVERNMENT WITH CLASSIFIED INFORMATION -- THREATS TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND ALSO ALLOW THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO SHARE WITH US THE CYBERSECURITY ATTACKS THAT THEY ARE EXPERIENCING, SHARING THAT WITH THE GOVERNMENT SO WE HAVE BETTER SITUATIONAL AWARENESS. IF YOU LOOK AT THIS IT BASICALLY GIVES US A RADAR, IF YOU WILL, IN CYBERSPACE, SHARING INFORMATION BACK AND FORTH ON CYBERTHREATS THAT ARE -- THAT ARE BASED IN THE COUNTRY. THIS BILL IS A GOOD STEP, BUT IT'S ONLY A FIRST STEP. VOLUNTARY INFORMATION SHARING IS HELPFUL AND IT'S NEEDED, BUT IT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE STRONG CYBERSECURITY. I'VE LONG MAINTAINED WE MUST ALSO MOVE FORWARD TO ESTABLISH MINIMUM STANDARDS -- ANOTHER 15 SECONDS.

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  • 03:00:24 PM

    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    ABOUT 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE ADDITIONAL TIME. I HAVE LONG MAINTAINED WE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE ADDITIONAL TIME. I HAVE LONG MAINTAINED WE MUST ALSO MOVE FORWARD ON LEGISLATION THAT ESTABLISHES MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR THE CYBERSYSTEMS THAT GOVERN OUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, PARTICULARLY THE ELECTRIC GRID AND OUR WAR SYSTEMS. WITH THAT I AGAIN WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND MR. RUPPERSBERGER FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING EFFORTS AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT CYBERSECURITY INFORMATION SHARE -- SHARING LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:00:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:00:57 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    I'D RECOGNIZE TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. BONE OY MACK

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF -- MRS. BONO MACK: I STRIES IN STRONG SUPPORT…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF -- MRS. BONO MACK: I STRIES IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THIS WOULD PREVENT ROGUE NATIONS, TERRORISTS AND CYBERCRIMINALS. WE NEED TO ACT BEFORE A DISASTER TAKES PLACE, NOT AFTER IT. AND THIS IS OUR CHANCE. AS CHAIRMAN ON COMMERCE MANUFACTURING AND TRADE, I'VE SPENT THE PAST 16 MONTHS HOLDING HEARINGS AND THOROUGHLY EXAMINING THE ISSUE OF ONLINE PRIVACY SO AS A CO-SPON OR OF THIS LEGISLATION, I HAVE CAREFULLY REVIEWED ITS PRIVACY PROVISIONS AND I'M SATISFIED IT WILL NOT NEGATIVELY IMPACT AMERICAN CONSUMERS. FRANKLY, THE PRIVACY CONCERNS ARE EXAGGERATED. THERE'S NO BOOKYMAN HIDING IN THE CLOSET AND BIG BROTHER IS NOT TAPPING INTO YOUR HARD DRIVE THIS PROVIDES NO AUTHORITY TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MONITOR PRIVATE NETWORKS, NONE. ADDITIONALLY, ALL INFORMATION SHARING WITH THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE COMPLETELY VOLUNTARY. THE BILL ALSO ENCOURAGES THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO ANONMIES THE INFORMATION IT SHARES WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND OTHER ENTITIES, INCLUDING THE REMOVAL OF PERSONALLY IDEBIT OFFICIAL -- IDENT FIEABLE INFORMATION PRIOR TO SHARING IT AND REVIEWING INFORMATION SHARING BETWEEN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE GOVERNMENT AND PROVIDE A REPORT TO CONGRESS ON ITS FINDINGS. I APPLAUD CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND RANKING MEMBER RUNNERSBERG FOR WORKING TO HARD TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN CONSUMER AND MAKING THIS A BIPARTISAN EFFORT. SOME PEOPLE WILL SAY ANYTHING TO TRY TO SCUTTLE THIS BILL, SOUNDING FALSE ALARMS, RAISING IMAGINARY RED FLAGS, DESPITE THE REAL AND DANGEROUS THREATS POSED BY TERRORISTS AND OUR ENEMIES IF WE DO NOTHING. MADAM CHAIR, I STRONGLY URGE THE ADOPTION OF H.R. 3523 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:03:14 PM

    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    MS. JOHNSON. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM THE…

    MS. JOHNSON. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF GEORGIA, MR. JOHNSON.

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  • 03:03:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN VECK NICED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    MEMBER RUPPERSBERGER AND MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS VERY…

    MEMBER RUPPERSBERGER AND MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS VERY DISTURBING BILL. ONE THING THAT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEPING OUR COUNTRY NUMBER ONE HAS BEEN THE PERSONAL FREEDOMS THAT WE HAVE ALL ENJOYED SINCE THIS COUNTRY'S BEGINNING. THOSE FREEDOMS LIE IN THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND THE FOURTH AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION WITHIN THAT BILL OF RIGHTS PROVIDES FOR A RIGHT OF PRIVACY. NOW, RIGHT OF PRIVACY CAN BE IMPACTED BY TECHNOLOGY AND VARIOUS ADVANCES IN SCIENCE THAT MAKE EAVESDROPPING AND SURVEILLANCE AND INVESTIGATION EASIER. AND ALSO MORE SECRETIVE. BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AND BY PERSONAL INDIVIDUALS AND BY CORPORATIONS, BY ANY COMPONENT THAT MAY LOOK TO MISUSE INFORMATION FOR THEIR PERSONAL BENEFIT AND SO I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS DISTURBING BILL. THIS BILL WOULD GRANT THE PRIVATE SECTOR BLANKET PERMISSION TO HARVEST AMERICANS' DATA FOR EXTREMELY BROAD CYBERSECURITY PURPOSES, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW. IT WOULD GRANT THE PRIVATE SECTOR BLANKET PERMISSION TO SHARE THAT DATA WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PRIVACY LAWS OR AGREEMENTS WITH USERS. THEN, IF I MAY HAVE 30 MORE SECONDS.

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  • 03:05:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THEN, AS IF THAT WASN'T DISTURBING ENOUGH, THIS BILL WOULD GRANT THE…

    THEN, AS IF THAT WASN'T DISTURBING ENOUGH, THIS BILL WOULD GRANT THE GOVERNMENT BROAD AUTHORITY TO SHARE THAT INFORMATION BETWEEN INTELLIGENCE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND USE IT FOR VIRTUALLY ANY PURPOSE DEFINED AS IMPORTANT TO CYBERSECURITY OR NATIONAL SECURITY. I KNOW IT'S 2012, BUT IT SURE FEELS LIKE 1984 IN THIS HOUSE TODAY. IF YOU VALUE LIBERTY, PRIVACY, AND THE CONSTITUTION, THEN YOU WILL VOTE NO ON CISPA AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:06:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 03:06:28 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    >>

    IS TARGETED TOWARD A VERY SPECIFIC AND GROWING THREAT TO OUR NATION. EVERY…

    IS TARGETED TOWARD A VERY SPECIFIC AND GROWING THREAT TO OUR NATION. EVERY DAY, AMERICAN BUSINESSES ARE BEING TARGETED BY CHINA, RUSSIA, AND OTHER FOREIGN ACTORS FOR CYBEREXPLOITATION AND THEFT. THESE ACTS OF INDUSTRIAL ESPIONAGE ARE CAUSING ENORMOUS LOSSES OF VALUABLE AMERICAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THAT ULTIMATELY COSTS THE UNITED STATES JOBS. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO ALLOW HIGH PAYING JOBS TO BE STOLEN IN THIS MANNER NOR CAN WE SIT BY AND ALLOW THE CYBERWARFARE CONDUCTED AGAINST US TO CONTINUE WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES. MR. SPEAKER, JOBS ARE AT STAKE, AS IS THE TECHNOLOGICAL CAPITAL OF THE UNITED STATES. BUT IF THE REALITY OF THIS ECONOMIC CYBERWARFARE ISN'T CONVINCING ENOUGH, YOU SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE OTHER GOOD REASONS FOR TAOS SUPPORT THIS BILL. -- FOR US TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. THE STATE OF THE ORT TECHNOLOGY STOLEN FROM AMERICANS CAN EASILY BE TURNED AGAINST US AND REPRESENTS A SERIOUS THREAT TO AMERICA'S CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. NONE IN THIS BODY WOULD LIKELY DISAGREE THAT WE HAVE TO PREVENT OUR ENEMIES FROM PROTECTING AMERICAN MILITARY TECHNOLOGY. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE LONG HAD EXPORT CONTROLS AND OTHER MECHANISMS TO PREVENT SUCH A THING FROM OCCURRING. MADAM SPEAKER, HOW IS THE THEFT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ANY LESS A THREAT TODAY, WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT, CYBERWARFARE IS A REALITY. OUR GOVERNMENT AND ITS SECURITY AGENCIES UNDERSTAND THIS AND ARE USING BOTH CLASSIFIED AND UNCLASSIFIED INFORMATION TO FIGHT THREATS. BUT WITHOUT PASSAGE OF THIS BILL, THEY ARE BEING FORCED TO DO SO WITHOUT THE MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION OF INDUSTRIES, PRIVATE INDUSTRY -- PRIVATE INDUSTRIES, THAT ARE BEING SUBJECTED TO ATTACK. IN SOME CASES OUR GOVERNMENT EVEN KNOWS ABOUT BUT CAN'T SHARE THAT WITH THOSE PRIVATE COMPANIES. SO WE SHOULDN'T EXPECT AMERICA'S PRIVATE SECTOR INNOVATORS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES IF WE WON'T TELL THEM WHERE THE ATTACKS ARE COMING FROM.

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  • 03:08:45 PM

    MR. NUNES

    SHARE THIS INFORMATION OR ALLOW THEM TO SHARE INFORMATION WITH US, HOW DO…

    SHARE THIS INFORMATION OR ALLOW THEM TO SHARE INFORMATION WITH US, HOW DO WE EXPECT TO SECURE THE SENSITIVE INFORMATION? 30 MORE SECONDS, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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  • 03:08:55 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. NUNES

    CAN PASS THIS BILL, VERY NARROWLY FOCUSED, ALLOWING OUR INTELLIGENCE…

    CAN PASS THIS BILL, VERY NARROWLY FOCUSED, ALLOWING OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO WORK WITH PRIVATE INDUSTRY, OR WE CAN FUND A MASSIVE NEW GOVERNMENT PROGRAM, WHICH I THINK WE'VE PROVEN THAT MASSIVE NEW GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS SELDOM WORK AND ARE OFTEN COSTLY, OR WITH THE OPPONENTS -- OR WOULD THE OPPONENTS OF THE BILL SIMPLY RATHER DO NOTHING AND ALLOW OUR COUNTRY TO CONTINUE TO BE ATTACKED EVERY DAY? WE NEED TO PASS THIS BILL TONE ABLE CYBERTHREAT SHARING AND PROVIDE CLEAR AUTHORITY FOR THE PIVET SECTOR TO DEFEND ITS NETWORKS. MADAM SPEAKER, I WANT TO CLOSE BY SAYING THAT WE SHOULD CONGRATULATE CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND RANKING MEMBER RUPPERSBERGER FOR THE WORK THAT THEY HAVE DONE TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:09:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. DAN…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. DAN BOYD, WHO HAS WORKED CLOSELY WITH ME TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR.

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  • 03:10:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECK NO -- RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:10:07 PM

    MR. BOREN

    30 SECONDS.

  • 03:13:22 PM

    MR. BOREN

    MAY I ASK HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE REMAINING?

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    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    MAY I ASK HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE REMAINING?

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND HAS EIGHT MINUTES REMAIN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND HAS EIGHT MINUTES REMAIN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS 10 AND A HALF MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 03:14:01 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE AND 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

  • 03:14:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE AND -- 50 SECONDS? MR. ROGERS SPST 30.

  • 03:14:14 PM

    MR. BARTON

    RIGHT OF A PERSON TO BE SECURE AGAINST UNREASONABLE SEARCHES AND SEIZURES…

    RIGHT OF A PERSON TO BE SECURE AGAINST UNREASONABLE SEARCHES AND SEIZURES SHALL NOT BE VIOLATED WITHOUT WRITTEN STATEMENT OF THE THINGS TO BE SEARCHED. THAT'S A PART OF THE CONSTITUTION, ONE OF THE ORIGINAL 10 AMENDMENTS OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS, PROTECTING THE UNITED STATES CITIZENRY. I WANT TO GIVE MR. ROGERS AND MR. RUPPERSBERGER AN A FOR EFFORT IN TERMS OF IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEM, BUT AN F FOR IDENTIFYING THE SOLUTION. THE WORD PRIVACY IS MENTIONED ONE TIME AND THAT IN PASSING. THERE ARE NO EXPLICIT PROTECTIONS AGAINST PRIVACY. IN FACT, THERE WAS AN EXPLICIT EXEMPTION OF LIABILITY TO ALL PEOPLE WHO ENGAGE IN THE COLLECTION, DISSEMINATION, TRANSFER, AND SHARING OF INFORMATION AND THE COURSE OF ACTION IF YOU FEEL YOUR PRIVACY HAS BEEN VIOLATED IS TO GO TO DISTRICT COURT AND PROVE THERE'S WILLFUL AND KNOWINGLY SHARING OF YOUR INFORMATION WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION AND IF YOU PREVAIL IN FEDERAL DICT COURT YOU GET $1,000. -- IN FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT, YOU GET $1,000 OR WHATEVER IT COST YOU. MY FRIENDS, WE HAVE A REAL PROBLEM. I TAKE THE CHAIRMAN AT HIS WORD, HE'S A FORMER F.B.I. AGENT, THAT HE WANTS TO SOLVE THIS CYBERTHREAT. I KNOW HE MEANS IT. BUT UNTIL WE PROTECT THE PRIVACY RIGHTS OF OUR CITIZENS, THE SOLUTION IS WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM THEY'RE TRYING TO SOLVE. PLEASE VOTE NO ON THIS BILL.

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  • 03:15:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM MARYLAND.

  • 03:16:03 PM

    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY…

    I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THERE WERE SOME COMMENTS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO RESPOND TO. FIRST THING, THIS BILL DOES NOT ALLOW THE WHOLESALE VIOLATION OF THE PRIVACY RIGHTS. THIS BILL EAKS -- BILL'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR CITIZENS OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY. AND WE ARE -- WE HAVE TAKEN THIS VERY SERIOUSLY. WE KNOW THIS IS NOT A PERFECT BILL. THERE WILL PROBABLY BE ADDITIONAL CHANGES. WE WILL HAVE MORE DEBATE LATER ON THIS AFTERNOON. NOW, SOME OF THE THINGS I WANT TO ADDRESS. DURING THE DRAFTING OF THIS LEGISLATION, WE PUT FORWARD A WIDE RANGE OF PRIVACY PROTECTIONS. FIRST, AND WE WORKED FOR THE LAST YEAR WITH THE WHITE HOUSE, PRIVACY GROUPS, BUSINESS GROUPS, TO COME TO A COALITION TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THIS BILL RIGHT. FIRST, THE BILL SEVERELY LIMIT WHAT IS KIND OF INFORMATION CAN BE SHARED WITH THE GOVERNMENT. ONLY INFORMATION DIRECTLY PERTAINING TO THE THREAT CAN BE SHARED, WHICH IS MOSTLY FORMULA'S, -- FORMULAS, X'S AND O'S. IT'S SOMETHING THAT THE COMPANIES DEAL WITH NOW IN DEALING WITH SPAM. SECOND, THE BILL ENCOURAGES COMPANIES TO VOLUNTARILY STRIP OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION THAT MAY BE ASSOCIATED WITH THESE O'S AND OCCASIONALLY THAT DOES OCCUR AND WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO DEAL WITH THAT ISSUE. THERE ARE ALSO ARE STRONG USE LIMITATIONS ON THE DATA. THIS INFORMATION MUST BE USED FOR CYBERSECURITY PURPOSES OR THE PROTECTION OF NATIONAL SECURITY. THE INFORMATION CANNOT BE USED FOR REGULATORY PURPOSES. FOR EXAMPLE, IF THERE'S EVIDENCE OF TAX EVASION, THAT INFORMATION CANNOT BE USED IN A CRIMINAL PROCEEDING, ONLY NATIONAL SECURITY, ONLY IN THE AREAS OF LIFE AND LIMB OR FOR ANYTHING INVOLVING JUVENILE CRIMES. THE BILL PROHIBITS THE GOVERNMENT FROM REQUIRING COMPANIES TO GIVE INFORMATION TO THE GOVERNMENT IN EXCHANGE FOR RECEIVING THE CYBERTHREAT INTELLIGENCE. THAT MEANS THAT WHEN WE PASS THE INFORMATION OF THE ATTACKS, IT'S CALLED THE SECRET SAUCE, TO THE PROVIDERS, THAT THOSE -- IT'S ONLY VOLUNTARILY, THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T PUT ANY RESTRICTIONS ON THAT WHATSOEVER. AND THAT REALLY MEANS THAT THIS IS NOT SURVEILLANCE AT ALL. THE BILL DOES NOT ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO ORDER YOU TO TURN OVER PRIVATE EMAIL OR OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION. THIS IS NOT, AGAIN, SURVEILLANCE. THE BILL DISEASE NOT ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO MONITOR PRIVATE NETWORKS, READ PRIVATE EMAILS, SENSOR OR SHUT DOWN ANY PRIVATE WEBSITE. THIS IS NOT SOPA. IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE BILL EVEN MORE, THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, THANKS TO THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF LEADER ROGERS, HAS WORKED WITH PRIVACY GROUPS, THE WHITE HOUSE AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES TO ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS. WE ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE TAKE AGAIN THIS ISSUE OF PRIVACY VERY SERIOUSLY. THE COMMITTEE HAS MAINTAINED AN OPEN-DOOR POLICY AND MADE MORE CHANGES TO THE BILL TO MAKE IT EVEN MORE BETTER, AS WE HAVE GONE ON, UP UNTIL TODAY. THE LEGISLATION GRANT NOES NEW AUTHORITY TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE -- GRANTS NO NEW AUTHORITY TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. THE GOVERNMENT VIOLATES ANY OF THESE RESTRICTIONS PLACED ON IT BY THE LEGISLATION, THE GOVERNMENT CAN BE SUED FOR DAMAGES CAUSED AND ATTORNEYS FEES. I THINK IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. WE ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE DEAL WITH THESE ISSUES EVERY DAY. THIS IS A VERY SOPHISTICATED -- IT'S AN AREA OF -- THAT WE DEAL WITH THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW. AND SO WE'RE ATTEMPTING AND WE HAVE FOR THE LAST YEAR TO EDUCATE AS MANY OF OUR MEMBERS AS WE CAN. BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT NATIONAL SECURITY IS CLEAR, OUR EFFORT AND WHAT WE'RE ATTEMPTING TO DO, BUT ALSO MAINTAIN THE PRIVACY, THE CONSTITUTION AND RIGHTS OF OUR CITIZENS. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:19:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 03:19:48 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

  • 03:19:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MADAM CHAIR, IT IS -- THIS BILL DOES NOT SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS IN…

    MADAM CHAIR, IT IS -- THIS BILL DOES NOT SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS IN CYBERSECURITY. ALL FOUR BILLS THAT WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY AND TOMORROW DON'T SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE IN CYBERSECURITY. BUT IT MAKES NO SENSE TO ME, AS SOME SEEM TO HAVE ARGUED, THAT WE SHOULD NOT SOLVE THIS PROBLEM OF INFORMATION SHARING BECAUSE WE'RE NOT SOLVING ALL THE PROBLEMS THAT SOMEBODY CAN SEE OUT THERE. AND THIS PROBLEM OF INFORMATION SHARING HAS BEEN CENTRAL TO CYBERSECURITY CONCERNS FOR SOME TIME. I HAPPENED ACROSS A REPORT FROM DECEMBER, 2004, THAT WAS ISSUED BY SUBCOMMITTEE I CHAIRED OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, ALONG WITH THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LOFGREN, WHERE WE WROTE WHETHER IT IS VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENTS, THREAT WARNINGS, BEST PRACTICES OR EMERGENCY RESPONSE, INFORMATION SHARING WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS CRITICAL TO SECURING THE UNITED STATES FROM CYBERATTACK. THAT WAS EIGHT YEARS AGO. WHY HAS IT NOT OCCURRED? BECAUSE ALL THE LEGAL OBSTACLES, ALL THE FEAR OF BEING SUED HAS PREVENTED IT FROM OCCURRING. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. IT CLEARS AWAY THE LEGAL UNDERBRUSH THAT HAS PREVENTED THE KIND OF INFORMATION SHARING THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR A DECADE. THIS IS A GOOD, IMPORTANT STEP. IT DOESN'T SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS, BUT IT PUTS MORE INFORMATION AT THE DISPOSAL OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SO THAT THEY CAN BE PROTECTED. IT SHOULD BE ADOPTED.

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  • 03:20:41 PM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    IT SHOULD BE ADOPTED.

  • 03:22:16 PM

    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    I HAVE A SPEAKER ON THE WAY. MR. ROGERS, DO YOU HAVE ANY MORE SPEAKERS?

  • 03:22:24 PM

    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 03:22:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 03:22:29 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 03:22:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 03:22:37 PM

    MR. WALDEN

    CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR APPROACH TO THIS INCREDIT PLI…

    CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR APPROACH TO THIS INCREDIT PLI IMPORTANT ISSUE. I -- INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT ISSUE. I COMMEND YOU ON THIS LEGISLATION. BETTER INFORMATION SHARING BETWEEN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE GOVERNMENT. SUCH SHARING IS A FORCE MULTIPLIER, IT COMBINES THE TECHNOLOGICAL STRENGTH OF OUR NETWORK PROVIDERS WITH THE ONGOING EFFORTS OF OUR AGENCIES TO COMBAT GROWING CYBERTHREATS. FROM THE GET-GO, THE BILL HAS PROTECTED PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES AND ENSURED THAT ANY INFORMATION SHARING IS VOLUNTARY. I UNDERSTAND CHAIRMAN ROGERS HAS ALSO GONE THE EXTRA MILE TO REACH OUT TO THE PRIVACY COMMUNITY AND WILL BE OFFERING AND SUPPORTING THE AMENDMENTS TO ADDRESS ANY LINGERING CONCERNS THAT MAY REMAIN FROM MISUNDERSTANDINGS OVER THE LANGUAGE. BREAKING DOWN THE BARRIERS TO INFORMATION SHARING IS A LYNCH PIN TO BETTER CYBERSECURITY. THIS LEGISLATION WILL BE A TREMENDOUS STEP FORWARD IN SECURING CYBERSPACE FOR OUR CITIZENS BUT DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. THAT'S WHAT CYBERSECURITY FIRMS AND RESEARCHERS, INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TOLD THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY, WHICH I CHAIR, IN THE THREE SEPARATE HEARINGS THAT WE HELD. THAT'S WHAT A BIPARTISAN WORKING GROUP I CONVENED CONCLUDED WHEN IT INTERVIEWED A BROAD SPECTRUM OF STAKEHOLDERS IN THE CYBERSECURITY DEBATE. BY CONTRAST, NO MATTER HOW WELL INTENTIONED, CYBERSECURITY REGULATIONS WOULD LIKELY JUST EXPAND GOVERNMENT, REDUCE FLEXIBILITY, IMPOSE COST, CREATE MORE RED TAPE AND NOT MORE SECURITY. ACCORDING TO ONE GOVERNMENT WITNESS, REGULATING CYBERSECURITY PRACTICES WOULD, QUOTE, STIFLE INNOVATION AND HARM THE INDUSTRY'S ABILITY TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM CYBERTHREATS. INDEED, VOLUNTARY EFFORTS, NOT GOVERNMENT REGULATION, ARE ALREADY IMPROVING CYBERSECURITY FOR COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS THAT COVER 80% OF AMERICANS. WHEN CONGRESS IS LOOKING AT A COMPLEX ISSUE LIKE CYBERSECURITY, WE NEED TO HEED THE HIPPOCRATIC OATH, FIRST DO NO HARM. SO I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR MAKING THIS PROCESS ESPECIALLY OPEN AND TRANSPARENT. REPRESENTATIVE ROGERS HAS GRACIOUSLY REACHED OUT TO MEMBERS OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE TO UNDERSTAND OUR CONCERNS ABOUT PROTECTING PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES AND PREVENTING REGULATORY OVERREACH. REPRESENTATIVE THORNBERRY'S WORK IN ORGANIZING THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN CYBERSECURITY TASK FORCE, WHICH INCLUDED REPRESENTATIVES TERRY AND LATTA, MEMBERS OF MY SUBCOMMITTEE. BOTTOM LINE IS, WE'RE GOING TO PROTECT AMERICA FROM THE GREATEST THREAT TO AMERICA AND TO AMERICANS WITH THIS LEGISLATION. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR PRIVATE SECTOR IS NIMBLE AND FLEXIBLE AND INNOVATIVE AND TYING ITS HANDS WITH REGULATION. WE HEARD OVER AND OVER AGAIN THIS OUR SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS WOULD DO THE OPPOSITE OF THAT AND WOULD RESULT IN THE BAD GUYS GETTING AN EDGE ON THE GOOD GUYS. I SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, I URGE ITS PASSAGE. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:25:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 03:25:38 PM

    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    TWO MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF GEORGIA, MR.…

    TWO MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF GEORGIA, MR. JOHN LEWIS, ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED MEMBERS OF OUR CONGRESS.

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  • 03:25:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. LEWIS

    I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, FOR YIELDING.…

    I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TO OPPOSE H.R. 3523. IT IS A STEP BACK. THOSE OF US WHO PROTESTED IN THE 1950'S AND THE 1960'S, WHO WERE CALLED CRIMINALALISTS, WHO HAD OUR TELEPHONE CALLS RECORDED, WE HAVE A LONG MEMORY, WE REMEMBER OUR NATION'S PAST. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'S TELEPHONE WAS WIRETAPPED. HIS HOTEL ROOM WAS WIRETAPPED. HIS HOME WAS WIRETAPPED. OUR AS OF WAS WIRETAPPED, OUR -- OUR OFFICE WAS WIRETAPPED. IT WAS PEOPLE PROTESTING AGAINST THE WAR IN VIETNAM. WE DIDN'T HAVE A FACEBOOK, A TWITTER, A EMAIL. THESE NEW TOOLS MUST BE PROTECTED. TODAY WE HAVE A MISSION, A MANDATE AND A MORAL OBLIGATION TO PROTECT FUTURE GENERATIONS OF ACTIVISTS AND PROTESTERS. SO I SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES, STAND WITH US TODAY, STAND UP AND STAND ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY. OPPOSE H.R. 3523. AND WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:27:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 03:27:23 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    MYSELF TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. ROGERS

    LOTS OF MISINFORMATION ABOUT THIS BILL TODAY. I RESPECT THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    LOTS OF MISINFORMATION ABOUT THIS BILL TODAY. I RESPECT THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA GREATLY FOR HIS EFFORTS. I HEARD THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS TALK ABOUT SEARCHES AND SEIZURES. THIS IS THE GOOD NEWS. THERE ARE NONE OF THOSE THINGS IN THIS BILL. NONE. YOU KNOW, IF I KNEW THAT YOUR HOUSE WAS TO BE ROBBED, I WOULD EXPECT, IF THE POLICE KNEW, THAT THEY'D PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL YOU AND SAY, YOU'RE GOING TO BE ROBBED. TAKE PRECAUTION. WE'LL BE THERE SHORTLY. THIS BILL JUST SAYS, IF WE HAVE THIS NASTY SOURCE CODE, THESE ZEROS AND ONES, I WANT TO GIVE IT TO YOU SO YOU CAN PROTECT YOUR SYSTEMS. THAT'S IT. NO MONITORING, NO CONTENT, NO SURVEILLANCE, NOTHING. THAT'S NOT WHAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT. I UNDERSTAND THE PASSION ABOUT IT, THAT'S WHY WE'VE TAKEN A YEAR TO FORGE THIS BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO GET WHERE WE BELIEVE PRIVACY IS PROTECTED, IT IS PARAMOUNT THAT WE DO THAT. THAT OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES ARE PROTECTED. IT IS PARAMOUNT THAT WE DO THAT. BUT WE AT LEAST TAKE DOWN THE HURDLE TO SHARE NASTY SOURCE CODE OR SOFTWARE THAT'S FLYING THROUGH THE INTERNET, THAT'S DEVELOPED, AND IT'S VERY SOPHISTICATED BY THE CHINESE AND RUSSIANS AND IRANIANS AND OTHER GROUPS AND NON-NATION STATE ACTORS THAT ARE GOING TO STEAL YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION. THAT'S ALL THIS IS. IT'S SHARING BAD SOURCE CODE SO YOU CAN PUT IT ON YOUR SYSTEM, SO YOU DON'T GET INFECTED. END OF STORY. I WISH PEOPLE WOULD READ THE BILL. ALL OF IT. EVERY WORD OF IT. I THINK YOU'LL FIND THE CAREFULLY CRAFTED LANGUAGE TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR RIGHTS ARE PROTECTED, THAT THE FOURTH AMENDMENT IS PROTECTED AND BY THE WAY JUST LIKE THE ARMY, THE NAVY, THE MARINES, YOUR F.B.I. IS PROTECTING YOU. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL ALLOWS IT TO DO. SIMPLY THAT. SO AS I SAID, I RESPECT GREATLY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, A LOT OF ATROCITIES I THINK HE LIVED THROUGH IN HIS LIFE, THAT NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO LIVE THROUGH. WE TOOK THOSE THINGS INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN WE WROTE THIS BILL AND THAT'S WHY WE'VE GOT SO MUCH SUPPORT AND SO MUCH TECHNICAL COMPANY SUPPORT, COMPANIES LIKE FACEBOOK AND MICROSOFT AND ALL OF THOSE GROUPS. SO I HOPE PEOPLE READ THE BILL AND SUPPORT THE BILL AND I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:29:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 03:29:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:30:08 PM

    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    THREE MINUTES. FIRST I WANT TO AGAIN SAY THAT THE PURPOSE OF THIS BILL, AS…

    THREE MINUTES. FIRST I WANT TO AGAIN SAY THAT THE PURPOSE OF THIS BILL, AS THE CHAIRMAN JUST SAID, IS VERY BASIC AND SIMPLE. WE WANT TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS FROM ATTACKS, WE'RE BEING ATTACKED AS WE SPEAK RIGHT NOW. JUST LAST YEAR IT'S ESTIMATED WE HAVE LOST $300 BILLION WORTH OF TRADE SECRETS. WE EVEN KNOW THAT ONE COUNTRY IS ATTACKING OUR FERTILIZER COUNTRY TO FIND OUT HOW WE MAKE IT BETTER THAN THEY DO. THIS IS PUTTING OUR BUSINESS AT JEOPARDY, OUR JOBS AT JEOPARDY AND WE KNOW WE SURE NEED JOBS. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THOSE OF US WHO WORK IN THIS FIELD KNOW HOW SERIOUS THESE THREATS ARE. THE HEAD OF OUR F.B.I. WHOSE RESPONSIBLE IT IS TO PROVIDE OUR DOMESTIC NATIONAL SECURITY HAS SAID THAT ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS THREATS, IF NOT A BIGGER THREAT THAN TERRORISM, IT WOULD BE THIS CATASTROPHIC CYBERATTACK. WE'VE ALREADY TALKED ABOUT IT TODAY, WHAT THAT WOULD BE. WE HAVE OUR SECRETARY NAPOLITANO HAS SAID THE SAME THING, THE DIRECTOR OF HOMELAND SECURITY, ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS ISSUES OUR COUNTRY DEALS WITH AND YET IT'S UNFORTUNATE, BUT MOST OF OUR CITIZENS AREN'T AWARE OF HOW SERIOUS THIS THREAT IS. SO WE ATTEMPTED TO GET TO ALLOW OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WHO IS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD, WHEN THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO SEE THESE THREATS COMING IN FROM OTHER COUNTRIES OR TERRORIST GROUPS, AND TO BE ABLE TO RIGHT NOW GIVE THIS INFORMATION OVER TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR, TO PROTECT US, YOU, ME, OUR BUSINESSES, THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES, NOTHING MORE. AND WHAT WE'RE ATTEMPTING TO DO IS TO MOVE THE BILL, GET THE BILL TO THE SENATE. WE CAN ALWAYS DO BETTER IN THE AREA OF PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES AND WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT. WE CAN ALWAYS DO BETTER IN THE AREA OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND GO FURTHER TO PROTECT THOSE INSTITUTIONS AND OUR GRID SYSTEMS AND THAT TYPE OF THING. BUT THIS IS THE START. BECAUSE THE ONE THING THAT NOW IS STOPPING OUR COUNTRY, STOPPING US FROM PROTECTING OUR CITIZENS IS THIS CONGRESS, THIS CONGRESS NEEDS TO PASS THIS -- PASS THIS BILL NOW, WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD WE NEED TO GET IT TO THE SENATE, WE NEED TO START WORKING WITH THE SENATE AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL DEAL AND WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH THE WHITE HOUSE AND FIND A BILL SO THAT WE CAN PROTECT OUR CITIZENS BUT ALSO PROTECT OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES AND PRIVACY. I RESPECT MR. LEWIS AND I UNDERSTAND WHAT HE'S GONE THROUGH AND AS A FORMER LAWYER WHO WORKED ON MANY SEARCH AND SEIZURE WARRANTS, I CAN TELL YOU THERE ARE NO VIOLATIONS IN THIS BILL AT ALL. THAT'S NOT WHAT THE BILL IS ABOUT, IF IT WERE, I WOULDN'T BE IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK. AND I THANK YOU MR. ROGERS FOR WORKING WITH US IN THIS BIPARTISAN MANNER ON A SERIOUS ISSUE.

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  • 03:32:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED, YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES REMAINING.

  • 03:32:54 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    THE RANKING MEMBER AND BOTH STAFFS FROM BOTH COMMITTEES FOR THEIR EFFORT…

    THE RANKING MEMBER AND BOTH STAFFS FROM BOTH COMMITTEES FOR THEIR EFFORT TO GET IT RIGHT, TO FIND THE PLACE WHERE WE CAN ALL BE COMFORTABLE. THIS FOLLOWS MONTHS OF FWORKSES AND WORK WITH MANY ORGANIZATIONS, PRIVACY GROUPS, WE HAVE WORKED LANGUAGE WITH THE CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY AND TECHNOLOGY AND THEY JUST THE OTHER DAY SAID THEY APPLAUDED OUR PROGRESS ON WHERE WE'RE GOING WITH PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES. SO WE HAVE INCLUDED A LOT OF FOLKS. IT'S BEEN A LONG ROAD. IT'S BEEN THE MOST OPEN AND TRANSPARENT BILL I'VE EVER WORKED ON HERE. WE KEPT IT OPEN TO THE VERY END TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN FIND THE LANGUAGE THAT CLARIFIED OUR INTENT TO PROTECT PRIVACY, PROTECT CIVIL LIBERTIES AND JUST BE ABLE TO SHARE DANGEROUS INFORMATION WITH VICTIMS. THAT'S ALL THIS BILL IS. THE WHOPPING 13 PAGES IT IS DOES ONLY THAT. SO I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS TODAY, I LOOK FORWARD TO THE AMENDMENT DEBATE AND AGAIN, MR. RUPPERSBERGER, IT'S BEEN A JOY TO WORK WITH YOU ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE. AS AN OLD ARMY OFFICER ONCE TOLD ME, ONCE YOU FIND A PROBLEM, YOU ARE MORALLY OBLIGATED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WE SET ABOUT IT A YEAR AGO TO MAKE AMERICA SAFE AND TO PROTECT THE NETWORKS AT HOME FROM PEOPLE STEALING IT, BREAKING IT AND DOING SOMETHING WORSE. SO MADAM CHAIR, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD BACK MY TIME AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE DEBATE ON THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 03:34:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE…

    GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE PRINTED IN THE BILL, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE, AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF THE RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 112- 20. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBS INSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454. EACH MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT AND SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:35:33 PM

    MR. LANGEVIN

    HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 03:35:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 03:35:38 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454, OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454, OFFERED BY MR. LANGEVIN OF RHODE ISLAND.

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  • 03:35:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 454, THE GENTLEMAN, MR. LANGEVIN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 454, THE GENTLEMAN, MR. LANGEVIN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 03:35:58 PM

    MR. LANGEVIN

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE BILL, MADAM CHAIR THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY, CREATES A VOLUNTARY INFORMATION SHARING NETWORK WHICH WOULD PROVIDE OWNERS OF INFRASTRUCTURE WITH VALUABLE THREAT INFORMATION THAT WOULD HELP SECURE THEIR NETWORKS FROM CYBERATTACK. UNFORTUNATELY, THE LEGISLATION SPECIFIES IT APPLIES ONLY TO, AND I QUOTE, PRIVATE SECTOR ENTITIES AND UTILITIES. WHILE UTILITIES IS DEFINED EXTREMELY BROADLY IN THE LEGISLATION AS ANY ENTITY THAT PROVIDES ESSENTIAL SERVICES, INCLUDING TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSPORTATION PROVIDERS, THERE REMAINS THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE DEFINITION MAY EXCLUDE PIECES OF OUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE THAT HAVE SIGNIFICANT CYBERVULNERABILITY. MY AMENDMENT WHICH I'M OFFERING WITH MY GOOD FRIEND MR. LUNGREN OF CALIFORNIA, STRIKES THE USES OF THE -- USES OF THE WORDS UTILITIES AND REPLACES IT IN ETCH INSTANCE WITH THE PHRASE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE OWNERS AND OPERATORS. THIS IS A COMMON SENSE WAY TO AVOID POTENTIAL CONFUSION AND ELIMB AT THE POSSIBILITY THAT CRITICAL ENTITIES COULD BE DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY TO OPT INTO THIS VOLUNTARY INFORMATION SHARING FRAMEWORK AND THEREBY SHARE AND RECEIVE THE VALUABLE CLASSIFIED THREAT INFORMATION THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE UNDER CISPA PA -- CISPA. THIS AMENDMENT WILL NOT SIGNIFICANTLY EXPAND THE SCOPE OF THE LEGISLATION BUT INSTEAD WILL HELP PREVENT INTERPRETATIONS OF LANGUAGE THAT COULD BE CONTRARY TO THE COMMITTEE'S INTENT WHICH I BELIEVE IS THE SAME AS MINE. NOW, WHILE I RECOGNIZE THAT ANY REGULATION OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WOULD BE OUTSIDE THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE' JURISDICTION, I NONETHELESS WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO VOICE MY STRONG CONVICTION THAT OUR EFFORTS MUST NOT STOP WITH THE LEGISLATION THERE THAT WE'RE CONSIDERING THIS WEEK. JUST AS THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY MUST FOLLOW FEDERAL AVIATION SAFETY STANDARDS, COMPANIES THAT OWN AND OPERATE THE INFRASTRUCTURE ON WHICH THE PUBLIC MOST RELIES SHOULD BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR PROTECTING THEIR CONSUMERS WHEN CONFRONTED WITH A SIGNIFICANT RISK. I, ALONG WITH MANY MEMBERS OF BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND EXPERTS WITHIN AND OUTSIDE OF GOVERNMENT HAVE COME TO THE SAME BASIC CONCLUSION. THE STATUS QUO OF VOLUNTARY ACTION WILL NOT RESULT IN STRONG CYBERPROTECTIONS FROM OUR -- FOR OUR MOST VALUABLE AND VULNERABLE INDUSTRY. THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE EMPHASIZED LAST WEEK THAT OUR INFRASTRUCTURE CONTROL SYSTEMS, WHICH ARE MAINLY IN PRIVATE HANDS, MUST COME UP TO CERTAIN PACELINE LEVELS, CYBERSECURITY STANDARDS. WITH THE INCREASED PUBLIC AWARENESS HELPING TO BUILD MOMENTUM, LEGISLATIVE ACTION, WE HAVE A REAL CHANCE TO ADDRESS THESE THREATS AND I HOPE THAT WE WILL NOT LOOK BACK ON THIS MOMENT YEARS FROM NOW REGRETTING A MISSED OPPORTUNITY AFTER DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE. THE AMENDMENT WE'RE OFFERING TODAY WILL NOT BE ITSELF PROVIDE THE PROTECTION THAT MR. LUNGREN AND I ULTIMATELY BELIEVE NECESSARY FOR OUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. IT IS A USEFUL FIRST STEP AND I AM GRATE TO FEEL MR. LUNGREN FOR JOINING ME IN THIS EFFORT AND WITH THAT, MA CAM CHAIR -- MADAM CHAIR, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:39:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    MR. ROGERS

    I WANT TO FIRST COMPLIMENT MR. LANGEVIN FOR WORKING WITH US ON THE…

    I WANT TO FIRST COMPLIMENT MR. LANGEVIN FOR WORKING WITH US ON THE CYBERSECURITY BILL. HE HAS BEEN AN INSTRUMENTAL FORCE IN PUSHING THE CYBERSECURITY ISSUE TO THE FRONT AND GETTING THE LADGEWADGE -- LANGUAGE WE HAVE THAT FINDS THAT RIGHT BALANCE MY CONCERN WITH THIS, AND I THINK THIS IS WHY THE PRESIDENT'S, AT LEAST HIS ADVISORS WHO ARE RECOMMENDING TO THE PRESIDENT THAT HE VETO THE BILL, ARE MISGUIDED IS WE HAVE DONE SOMETHING FAIRLY UNIQUE. IT IS ALL VOLUNTARY AND WE SEPARATED THE GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR. THE GOVERNMENT WON'T BE INVOLVED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR NETWORKS, AND THEY WON'T BE INVOLVED IN GOVERNMENT NETWORKS. PERFECT. WITH THIS, IT CROSSES BOTH OF THOSE. IT GETS TAOS A PLACE THAT I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE A LOT MORE DISCUSSION ON. YOU CAN SEE BY THIS HE -- BY THE LEVEL OF DEBATE JUST ON THIS ISSUE HOW PEOPLE ARE REALLY NERVOUS ABOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GETTING INTO THEIR BUSINESS. THIS, I'M AFRAID -- I'M AFRAID, OPENS IT UP TO THAT. THE TERM, HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS, WE BELIEVE THIS IS ALREADY COVERED IN THE BILL AS FAR AS THE SHARING COMPONENT AND YOU REPLACE THE WORD UTILITY WITH SOMETHING THAT ISN'T DEFINED, CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE OWNERS AND OPERATORS. WE'RE NOT SURE WHAT THAT IS. IN SOME CASES YOU COULD EXTRAPOLATE THAT TO BE EVEN THE LOW CAT POLICE WHO ARGUE THEY'RE PART OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY INFRASTRUCTURE, DOES THAT MEAN LOCAL POLICE WILL GET VERY SENSITIVE FOREIGN CYBERINTELLIGENCE INFORMATION? AND WHY WOULD THEY HAVE IT? WE DON'T KNOW THE ANSWERS TO THOSE QUESTIONS. THAT'S WHY WE WERE HAVING SUCH A HARD TIME WITH THE AMENDMENT. I WOULD ARGUE THERE DOES NEED TO BE A HOMELAND SECURITY BILL AND IT SHOULDN'T BE DONE IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. IT SHOULD BE DONE IN THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE. SO I WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH MR. LANGEVIN AS THE PROCESS WORKS ITS WAY THROUGH THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE AND BELIEVE THAT SHOULD BE FULLY DEBATED. REMEMBER, WHEN YOU START GETTING REGULATION INTO THE PRIVATE SECTOR INCLUDING PRIVATE NETWORKS, THAT I, I ARGUE, IS TROUBLESOME AND WORRISOME TO ME AND SOMETHING I HAVE A HARD TIME SUPPORTING. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE GENTLEMAN, I HAVE TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT, BUT I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THE CYBERISSUE AND THIS CYBERINFORMATION SHARING BILL. I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:41:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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  • 03:41:33 PM

    MR. LANGEVIN

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING.

  • 03:41:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING.

  • 03:41:55 PM

    MR. LANGEVIN

    MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

  • 03:42:02 PM

    MR. LUNGREN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I'M PLEASED TO JOIN IN OFFERING…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I'M PLEASED TO JOIN IN OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. AS WRITTEN, THE INFORMATION -- THE BILL ALLOWS FOR THE INFORMATION TO BE SHARE WITH PRIVATE SECTOR AND UTILITIESED BUT THERE ARE THOSE WHO DON'T FALL WITHIN THAT WHO SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO HAVE THIS RELATIONSHIP. OUR AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE THE SIMPLE EFFECT OF INCLUDING THOSE ELEMENTS SHUTCH AS AIRPORT AUTHORITIES, MAS TRANSIT AUTHORITIES OR KNEWS ANY PAL HOSPITAL CHRS NEITHER PRIVATE SECTOR NOR UTILITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS VOLUNTARY INFORMATION SHARING REGIME. I FIND IT ODD TO FIND OUT THE COMMITTEE IS WORRIED ABOUT THE DEFINITION OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. THAT HAS BEEN DEFINED IN THE U.S. CODE FOR OVER A DECADE. IT IS THE -- IT IS IN THE LANGUAGE IN 42 U.S.C. 5195-C, THE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION ACT OF 2001 WHICH DEFINES IT AS SORMS ASSETS WHETHER PHYSICAL OR VIRTUAL SO VITAL TO THE UNITED STATES THAT THE INCAPACITY OR DESTRUCTION OF SUCH ASSET WOUFS A DEBILITATING IMPACT ON SECURITY, NATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY, HEALTH OR SAFETY OR A COMBINATION OF THESE. THAT'S THE DEFINITION WE HAVE SUPPORTED, THAT'S THE DEFINITION WE WORKED ON. YOUR COMMITTEE, OUR COMMITTEE, ALL COMMITTEES HAVE. I FIND THIS A VERY SIMPLE AMENDMENT THAT TRIES TO REACH WHAT I THINK WE ALL ARE TRYING TO REACH, DOES NOT GRANT ANY MORE AUTHORITY TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, IT ALLOWS FOR THE SHARING OF INFORMATION TO VITAL ENTITIES AS THE GENTLEMAN SUGGEST WED ALL AGREE TO BE THERE I WOULD HOPE THAT PRIDE OF AUTHORSHIP IS NOT THE PROBLEM HERE. WE'RE TRYING TO DO SOMETHING THAT WE THINK MAKES COMMON SENSE. AND IF FOLKS HAVE TROUBLE WITH THE DEFINITION OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN RAISED IN THE LAST DECADE. I WOULD HOPE WE COULD HAVE SUPPORT --

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  • 03:43:49 PM

    MR. LANGEVIN

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 15 SECONDS.

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    MR. LUNGREN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. ROGERS

    DO I HAVE REMAINING?

  • 03:44:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS THREE MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MR. ROGERS

    THE DEFINITION IN THIS BILL DOES NOT GO BACK TO THAT AND IT CAUSES SERIOUS…

    THE DEFINITION IN THIS BILL DOES NOT GO BACK TO THAT AND IT CAUSES SERIOUS ISSUES. AS YOU CAN SEE, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY CONCERNED THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO GET IN TO REGULATING ANYTHING ON THE INTERNET. I WOULD SAY THIS IS NO PRIDE OF AUTHORSHIP. WRON IF MR. RUPPERSBERGER OR I COULD HAVE ANY MORE AUTHORS PARTICIPATE IN OUR BILL THAN WE HAVE. THE PROBLEM HERE IS VERY REAL AND VERY SUBSTANTIVE. THAT'S WHY I THINK BOTH THE GENTLEMEN WHO HAVE AS MUCH PASSION AND CARE AND COMMITMENT TO THIS ISSUE AS I'VE SEEN NEED TO WORK THAT ISSUE ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE SO YOU CAN DO IT IN A WAY THAT WON'T RISE TO THE LEVEL OF OBJECTIONS WE HAVE SEEN WHEN JUST THE SUGGESTION OF REGULATING OUTSIDE OF THE PURVIEW OF NATIONAL SECURITY COME INTO DISCUSSION. THAT'S WHY I WOULD HOPE THE GENTLEMAN WOULD EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TAKING THAT WALK. IT IS PERILOUS FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO GET INTO REGULATING THE INTERNET AND I OPPOSE THAT COMPLETELY. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE THESE PROBLEMS ARISE FROM IT. IF THESE ARE ISSUES THEY CAN GET OVER, THIS SHOULD HAVE SUBSTANTIVE DEBAFMENTE THIS VERY NARROW BILL TOOK ONE YEAR. ONE YORE OF WORK AND NEGOTIATION AND DISCUSSIONS TO GET WHERE WE ARE TODAY. SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE THAT MAYBE MORE THOUGHT OUGHT TO BE PUT IN IT AND I WOULD LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH BOTH GENTLEMEN AS THEY INTRODUCE AND WORK THEIR BILLS THROUGH THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE AS I THINK WOULD BE APPROPRIATE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:45:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    MADAM CHAIR. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE FOR HIS…

    MADAM CHAIR. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE FOR HIS THOUGHTS. I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR THAT THIS TERM, SUBSTITUTING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE FOR UTILITIES, DOES NOTHING REGULATING CRITICAL STRUCTURE IT JUST ALLOWS THE BROADEST POSSIBLE DEFINITION OF INFORMATION SHARING AMONG THOSE ENTITIES THAT ARE DEEMED TO BE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. WITH THAT I THANK CHAIRMAN LUNGREN FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT AND WITH THAT I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:46:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 03:46:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 03:46:44 PM

    MR. LANGEVIN

    AND NAYS.

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    THE CHAIR

    CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS OFFER BY -- OFFERED ON THE…

    CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS OFFER BY -- OFFERED ON THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND WILL BE POSTPONED. AMENDMENT 2 WILL NOT BE OFFERED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:47:09 PM

    MR. POMPEO

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 03:47:13 PM

    THE CLERK

    3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MR. POMPEO OF KANSAS.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. POMPEO,…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. POMPEO, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS.

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  • 03:47:31 PM

    MR. POMPEO

    FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS -- FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT PIECE…

    FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS -- FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I'M AMONG THOSE FOLKS WHEN WHO FIRST LEARNED OF THIS LEGISLATION, I HAD CONCERNS TO MAKE SURE IT WAS BALANCED AND IT DID THE RIGHT THINGS. I ALSO RECOGNIZED THE DEEP NATIONAL SECURITY IMPLICATIONS OF THE CYBERTHREAT. BUT WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ALSO DID EVERYTHING THAT WAS NECESSARY TO PROTECT EVERYONE'S PRIVACY RIGHTS. YOU KNOW, THIS IS A SIMPLE AMENDMENT. IT MAKES CLEAR THAT THE LIABILITY PROTECTION IN THE BILL, WITH RESPECT TO THE USE OF SUCH SYSTEMS, ONLY EXTENDS TO THE IDENTIFICATION AND ACQUISITION OF CYBERTHREAT INFORMATION AND NO FURTHER. THERE'S UNPRECEDENTED THREATS FROM COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA AND RUSH YARKS THESE ARE HOSTILE -- RUSSIA, THESE ARE HOSTILE NATIONS. WHILE THIS NEW THREAT IS BEING DEVELOPED BY OUR FOREIGN ENEMIES, ORGANIZED CRIMINALS AND FOREIGN HACKERS ALSO JUSTIFY -- JUST AS EASILY DEPLOY MALICIOUS CYBERATTACKS TO DISRUPT STOCK MARKETS, TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS, BUSINESSES, GOVERNMENTS AND EVEN OUR MILITARY OPERATIONS. A DEVASTATING CYBERATTACK COULD EASILY BE UNLEASHED FROM THE REMOTE COMFORT OF ENEMY COMPUTERS THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY FROM OUR NATION. WE MUST TAKE THIS THREAT VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY. PART OF THE CHALLENGE IN CYBERSPACE IS THAT A LINE OF COMPUTER CODE COULD BE JUST AS DEADLY AS A TRADITIONAL MILITARY WEAPON. WE'VE ALREADY SEEN THESE ATTACKS USED AS AN INSTRUMENT OF WAR. IN 2008 GEORGIA SUFFERED A SIGNIFICANT CYBERATTACK PRIOR TO THE INVASION BY RUSSIA. THIS ATTACK CRIPPLED GEORGIA'S BANKING SYSTEM AND DISRUPTED THE NATION'S CELL PHONE SERVICES, HELPING TO CLEAR THE BATTLEFIELD FOR THE INVADING RUSSIANS. PERHAPS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DANGEROUS ACTIVITY IN CYBERSPACE EVEN GOES UNNOTICED. CYBERSPIES DELAY AND WAIT FOR YEARS TO STEAL MILITARY AND ECONOMIC SECRETS. EACH OF THESE EXAMPLES FURTHER ILLUSTRATES THE NEED FOR LEGISLATION. UNFORTUNATELY SOME CIVIL LIBERTIES AND PRIVACY ADVOCATES CLAIM THAT LIABILITY PROTECTION IN THIS BILL WITH RESPECT TO THE USE OF CYBERSECURITY SYSTEMS COULD LEAD TO BROADER ACTIVITIES THAN AUTHORIZED. THIS LEGISLATION DOESN'T DO THAT BUT MY AMENDMENT CLARIFIES IT FURTHER. THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY DOES -- PROVIDES CLARIFYING LANGUAGE TO THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE OF THE BILL AND THUS ENJOYS SUPPORT OF BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS OF THE LEGISLATION AS WELL AS THE OUTSIDE GROUPS THAT RAISE THESE CONCERNS. I URGE APPROVAL OF THIS AMENDMENT AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:49:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN…

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. POMPEO FOR WORKING WITH US. THIS WAS WORKED TO CLEARLY DEFINE THE…

    MR. POMPEO FOR WORKING WITH US. THIS WAS WORKED TO CLEARLY DEFINE THE INTENTION OF THE BILL AND I THINK IT OFFERS PROTECTIONS AND I THINK WE SHOULD ALL STRONGLY SUPPORT MR. POMPEO'S AMENDMENT AND I WOULD YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:50:38 PM

    MR. POMPEO

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THANK YOU. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 11-454. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- 112-454. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:51:08 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, MADAM CHAIR.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MR. ROGERS…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MR. ROGERS OF MICHIGAN.

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  • 03:51:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. ROGERS, AND A…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. ROGERS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 03:51:31 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MIGHT CONSUME. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE THE…

    I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MIGHT CONSUME. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE THE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT, IT'S A SIMPLE AMENDMENT. WE NEGOTIATED JUST COLLAR FIGE LANGUAGE AGAIN ON -- CLARIFYING LANGUAGE AGAIN ON FOIA AND WITH THAT I YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO MR. ISSA FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 03:51:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ISSA

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE TIME LEFT OVER…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE TIME LEFT OVER TO MR. CHAFFETZ WHO HAS WORKED ON HARD ON THIS AMENDMENT -- WORKED HARD ON THIS AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT CLARIFIES IN THE CYBERSECURITY SHARING AND PROTECTION ACT THAT FOYIA, THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION -- FOIA, THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACCESS ACT, IS IN FACT CLEARLY IN EFFECT FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF THIS INFORMATION. WE UNDERSTAND THAT COMPANIES, I'LL JUST TAKE AN EXAMPLE, COMPANIES SUCH AS ELECTRIC UTILITY COMPANIES, MAY SHARE THEIR VERY VULNERABILITIES AS PART OF A PROCESS TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE THESE VULNERABILITIES. WE CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THAT THAT'S NOT FOIA-ABLE. NATIONAL SECURITY IS NOT FOIA-ABLE. BUT WE MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS AT LEAST POSSIBLY FOIA-ABLE WHEN APPROPRIATE AND THE ONLY QUESTION IS, DOES IT STAND FOR ONE OF THE EXCLUSIONS? SO BY MAKING IT NARROW, WE TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT IS IN EFFECT ON CYBERSECURITY AND WILL NOT BE UNREASONABLY WITH HELD. I THINK THIS IS CRITICAL AT A TIME IN WHICH GREATER TRANSPARENCY IS THE PROMISE AND THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF CONCERN ABOUT CYBERSECURITY SOMEHOW BEING SOMETHING THAT WOULD TAKE AWAY AMERICA'S FREEDOMS. JUST THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE. OUR FREEDOM OF THE INTERNET, OUR FREEDOM TO HAVE AN EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT SYSTEM ON WHICH TO BUILD OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, BOTH FOR ELECTRICITY AND OTHER UTILITIES, BUT ALSO FOR OUR EVERYDAY LIFE, IT ESSENTIALLY REQUIRES THE COOPERATION WE ANTICIPATE AND WITH THAT I'D YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:53:25 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. HOWEVER I DO NOT OPPOSE THE…

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. HOWEVER I DO NOT OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 03:53:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    I AGREE WITH MR. ISSA'S COMMENTS AND I KNOW OUR CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A JOINT…

    I AGREE WITH MR. ISSA'S COMMENTS AND I KNOW OUR CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A JOINT AMENDMENT WITH MR. ROGERS AND I. THE AMENDMENT WOULD MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WHILE FOIA EXEMPTION PROTECTS THE INFORMATION OBTAINED UNDER THE BILL, REGULATORY INFORMATION REQUIRED BY OTHER AUTHORITIES REMAINS SUBJECT TO FOIA REQUESTS. THE CHAIRMAN AND I AGREE THE LAW SHOULD NOT CREATE A BROAD CHANGE FROM THE TYPE OF INFORMATION THAT IS AVAILABLE UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT CLASSIFIED INFORMATION FROM DISCLOSURE BUT WE ALSO UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO KEEP INFORMATION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. THE AMENDMENT MAKES CLEAR THAT INFORMATION AVAILABLE UNDER OTHER AUTHORITIES REMAINS SUBJECT TO FOIA AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT. I YIELD -- I MEAN I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:54:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE BIPARTISAN NATURE IN THIS WHICH THIS IS MOVING…

    THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE BIPARTISAN NATURE IN THIS WHICH THIS IS MOVING FORWARD. I APPRECIATE SPECIFICALLY CHAIRMAN ROGERS, CHAIRMAN ISSA AND THE RANKING MEMBER. I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. I THINK FOIA'S A VERY IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE WE HAVE IN THIS AND THIS JUST STRENGTHENS THIS. I WOULD ALSO SAY, MADAM CHAIR, THAT I WAS OPPOSED TO SOPA. I WAS ADAMANTLY OPPOSED TO IT BUT THIS BILL IN PARTICULAR IS DESPERATELY NEEDED IN THIS COUNTRY. CYBERSECURITY IS A VERY REAL THREAT AND THIS BILL IS SOMETHING THAT'S NEEDED IN THIS COUNTRY. IT'S STRONG AND I THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE FOR THIS NATION TO DO THIS. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE SMART ON HOW WE ADVANCE. THERE HAVE BEEN SOME MUCH-NEEDED AMENDMENTS THAT WERE ADOPTED, BUT, AGAIN, THE BILL AS WE SEE IT MOVING FORWARD, I THINK WILL STRENGTHEN CYBERSECURITY IN THIS COUNTRY AND I'M PROUD OF THE FACT THAT CHAIRMAN ROGERS IS PRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR -- BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:55:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELD BACK HIS TIME?

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    MR. ROGERS

    WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. IT IS NOW -- OH, NO.…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. IT IS NOW -- OH, NO. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT --

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  • 03:55:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES --

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  • 03:57:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    6 PRECIPITATIONED IN HOUSE REPORT 11-454 OFFERED BY MR. QUAIL OF ARIZONA.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 63 1, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. QUAYLE,…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 63 1, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. QUAYLE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 03:57:53 PM

    MR. QUAYLE

    MADAM CHAIR. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I APPRECIATE…

    MADAM CHAIR. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT THAT I AM OFFERING ALONG WITH CONGRESSMAN ESHOO, CONGRESSMAN THOMPSON AND CONGRESSMAN BROWN. H.R. 3523 IS DESIGNED TO INCREASE THE SHARING OF GOVERNMENT INTELLIGENCE AND CYBERTHREATS WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR. AND ALLOW PRIVATE SECTOR COMPANIES TO SHARE THREAT INFORMATION ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS. THE BILL IS CONSISTENT WITH OUR FOUNDING PRINCIPLES AND OUR CONSTITUTION. INDEED, AS THE NATURE OF THE THREATS FACING OUR NATION CHANGE, I BELIEVE THIS LEGISLATION IS VITAL TO PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY. EVERY DAY OUR MILITARY INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITIES WORK TO COUNTER TRADITIONAL THREATS LIKE NUCLEAR AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS IN ORDER TO PREVENT A CATASTROPHIC ATTACK ON U.S. SOIL. BUT TODAY'S SECURITY THREATS ARE BECOMING LESS TRADITIONAL. FOREIGN NATIONS HAVE CHOSEN CYBERSPACE AS AN AREA OF PARTICULAR VULNERABILITY FOR AMERICA. AND ARE TARGETING CRITICAL MILITARY AND ECONOMIC CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE. ADMIRAL MIKE MULLEN LISTED CYBERATTACKS AS ONE OF THE TOP THREATS FACING THE UNITED STATES. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AND FORMER C.I.A. DIRECTOR PANETTA WARNED THAT THE NEXT PEARL HARBOR WE CONFRONT COULD VERY WELL BE A CYBERATTACK THAT CRIPPLED OUR POWER SYSTEMS, OUR GRID, OUR SECURITY SYSTEMS, OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEMS, OUR GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEMS. THIS LEGISLATION NOT ONLY PROTECTS OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, IT ALSO PROVIDES PRIVATE AND PUBLIC ENTITIES TO VOLUNTARILY WORK WITH THE GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT EVERY INDIVIDUAL'S PERSONAL INFORMATION FROM NATION STATE ACTORS LIKE CHINA, RUSSIA AND IRAN. WHO ARE DETERMINED TO USE CYBERATTACKS TO STEAL FROM US AND WEAKEN US. THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT WILL FURTHER SOLIDIFY OUR COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING THE HOMELAND FROM FOREIGN NATION STATES WISHING USE IT US HARM WHILE PROTECTING CIVIL LIBERTIES. THIS AMENDMENT SIGNIFICANTLY NARROWS THE BILL'S CURRENT LIMITATION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S USE OF CYBERTHREAT INFORMATION THAT IS VOLUNTARILY SHARED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR. SPECIFICALLY, THIS AMENDMENT STRICTLY LIMITS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S USE OF VOLUNTARY SHARED CYBERTHREAT INFORMATION TO THE FOLLOWING FIVE PURPOSES. CYBERSECURITY PURPOSES, INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF CYBERSECURITY CRIMES, PROTECTION OF INDIVIDUALS FROM DANGER OF DEATH OR SERIOUS BODILY HARM, PROTECTION OF MINORS FROM CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, ANY RISK OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND SERIOUS THREATS TO THE PHYSICAL SAFETY OF A MINOR AND FINALLY PROTECTION OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES. IF THE GOVERNMENT VIOLATES THE USE LIMITATION, THE BILL PROVIDES FOR GOVERNMENT LIABILITY FOR ACTUAL DAMAGES, COSTS AND ATTORNEY FEES IN FEDERAL COURT. THESE PROVISIONS TOGETHER ENSURE THAT INFORMATION CANNOT BE SHARED WITH THE GOVERNMENT OR USED UNDER THIS BILL UNLESS THERE'S A DIRECT TIE TO CYBERSECURITY. CYBERTERRORISTS WORK FAST. SO CONGRESS NEEDS TO WORK FASTER TO PROTECT AMERICA. ENABLING INFORMATION SHARING BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR IS THE QUICKEST AND EASIEST WAY TO PREVENT A CYBERATTACK ON OUR NATION. OUR AMENDMENT ASSURES WE CAN ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL WHILE ALSO PROTECTING THE PRIVACY OF ALL AMERICANS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:01:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 04:01:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    YES. I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION BUT I DON'T OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    FIRST, OFF THIS AMENDMENT -- I'M GOING TO YIELD MY TIME TO MR. THOMPSON…

    FIRST, OFF THIS AMENDMENT -- I'M GOING TO YIELD MY TIME TO MR. THOMPSON FROM CALIFORNIA. HE'S ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND ALSO A SPONSOR OF THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:01:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE THOMPSON-ESHOO-QUALE-BROWN AMENDMENT TO THIS BILL. THE THREAT OF A DEVASTATING CYBERATTACK IS REAL AND CAN'T BE UNDERSTATED. I BELIEVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE COMPANIES NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO PROTECT OUR NATIONAL AND ECONOMIC SECURITY. BUT IN DOING SO WE STILL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS. I'M CONCERNED THAT THE UNDERLYING BILL IS DRAFTED IN A WAY WHERE CONSUMER INFORMATION COULD BE SHARED TOO BROADLY AND USE IN WAYS UNRELATED TO COMBATING SUREKT -- CYBERSECURITY THREATS. THE THOMPSON-ESHOO-QUAYLE-BROWN AMENDMENT WILL HELP WITH CYBERTHREAT INFORMATION SHARED UNDER THIS LEGISLATION. SPECIFICALLY, OUR AMENDMENT WILL LIMIT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S USE OF SHARED INFORMATION ONLY FOR CYBERSECURITY PURPOSES. FOR THE INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF CYBERSECURITY CRIMES, TO PROTECT AGAINST THE THREAT OF IMMINENT HARM AND TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY'S NATIONAL SECURITY. THIS BILL, EVEN WITH OUR AMENDMENT, ISN'T PERFECT. AS THIS LEGISLATION MOVES FORWARD, I EXPECT THE WORD OF THE CHAIRMAN TO BE HONORED WHEN HE SAYS THAT OUR COMMITTEE WILL WORK TOGETHER TO FURTHER PROTECT PERSONAL INFORMATION AND LIMITS ITS USE. FOR EXAMPLE, FURTHER NARROWING TERMS IN THIS BILL SUCH AS, QUOTE, TO PROTECT THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES, END QUOTE, WILL BE NECESSARY, I BELIEVE, TO FULLY PROTECT OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:03:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. QUALEQUALE I'D LIKE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. QUALEQUALE I'D LIKE TO YIELD --

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  • 04:03:27 PM

    MR. QUAYLE

    YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, MR. ROGERS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ROGERS

    NOTE WITH CONSULTATION WITH ALL OF THE PRIVATE GROUPS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES…

    NOTE WITH CONSULTATION WITH ALL OF THE PRIVATE GROUPS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUPS, WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE INTENT MATCHED THE LANGUAGE AND WE THINK THIS IS A LIMITING AMENDMENT ON WHAT IT CAN BE USED FOR WHICH IS VERY NARROW. IT IS VERY SPECIFIC. AND WE THINK THIS ENHANCES ALREADY GOOD PRIVACY PROTECTIONS IN THE BILL. AND I STRONGLY SUPPORT IT AND WOULD ENCOURAGE THE HOUSE TO STRONGLY SUPPORT THE BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:04:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 04:04:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    MR. QUAYLE

    I WANT TO THANK THE STAFFS FOR WORKING TIRELESSLY ON THIS BILL. THIS…

    I WANT TO THANK THE STAFFS FOR WORKING TIRELESSLY ON THIS BILL. THIS AMENDMENT STRENGTHENS THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:04:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 04:04:36 PM

    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION? MR.

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  • 04:05:01 PM

    MR. AMASH

    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MR. AMASH OF MICHIGAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. AMASH, AND A…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. AMASH, AND A MEMBER OPPOSE EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 04:05:29 PM

    MR. AMASH

    WAIVER GOES TOO FAR AND THE GOVERNMENT CAN ACCESS TOO MUCH OF AMERICAN'S…

    WAIVER GOES TOO FAR AND THE GOVERNMENT CAN ACCESS TOO MUCH OF AMERICAN'S -- AMERICA'S PRIVATE INFORMATION. OUR AMENDMENT ADDRESSES THAT LAST CONCERN. OUR AMENDMENT PROHIBITS CISPA FROM BEING ABLE TO BE SNOOPED. IT IS LIBRARY AND BOOK RECORDS, INFORMATION ON GUN SALES, TAX RETURNS, EDUCATIONAL RECORDS AND MEDICAL RECORDS. WE DIDN'T PULL THIS LIST OUT OF THIN AIR. IN FACT, THE LIST ALREADY EXISTS IN FEDERAL LAW AS PART OF THE PATRIOT ACT. UNDER THE PATRIOT ACT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN OBTAIN THESE DOCUMENTS AS PART OF A FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE INVESTIGATION ONLY IF SENIOR F.B.I. OFFICIALS REQUEST THE DOCUMENTS AND THE FEDERAL JUDGE APPROVES. MANY HAVE QUESTIONED THE DOCUMENTS EVEN IN THE MORE LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES. IF THE PATRIOT ACT REQUIRES THE APPROVAL OF A FEDERAL JUDGE AND SENIOR F.B.I. OFFICIAL, SURELY WE CAN'T ALLOW ACCESS TO SUCH PERSONAL INFORMATION WITHOUT ANY JUDICIAL OR AGENCY OVERSIGHT. I DON'T KNOW WHY THE GOVERNMENT WOULD WANT TO SNOOP THROUGH LIBRARY LISTS OR TAX RETURNS TO COUNTER A CYBERATTACK, BUT IF THE GOVERNMENT WANTS THESE RECORDS IT HAS EXISTING LEGAL PROCESSES TO OBTAIN THEM. OUR CONSTITUENTS' PRIVACY DEMANDS THAT WE NOT GIVE THE GOVERNMENT UNFETTERED AND UNSUPERVISED ACCESS TO THESE DOCUMENTS IN THE NAME OF CYBERSECURITY. PLEASE SUPPORT THE AMASH-LABRADOR-PAUL-NADLER-POLI S AMENDMENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:07:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER…

    GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK RECOGNITION? OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? NO ONE SEEKING RECOGNITION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:07:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

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  • 04:07:49 PM

    MR. AMASH

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    OF THE CHAIR, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18,…

    OF THE CHAIR, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:08:15 PM

    MR. MULVANEY

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 454 OFFERED BY MR. MULVANEY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

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    THE CHAIR

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, AND A MEMBER…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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  • 04:08:35 PM

    MR. MULVANEY

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MULVANEY

    SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RISE TODAY AND SPEAK IN FAVOR OF…

    SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RISE TODAY AND SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THIS AMENDMENT TO THE CYBERINTELLIGENCE SHARING AND PROTECTION ACT. THE CISPA ACT IS FUNDAMENTALLY BASED ON THE AUTHORITY GRANTED THE CONGRESS IN ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION AND ARTICLE 4 OF THE CONSTITUTION, SPECIFICALLY TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE AND TO PROTECT THE NATION AGAINST INVASION. IN FACT, THE ONLY AFFIRMATIVE DUTY THAT THIS GOVERNMENT IS OBLIGATED TO MEET UNDER THE TERMS OF OUR CONSTITUTION, THIS BILL PROTECTS OUR NATION FROM FOREIGN CYBERTHREATS TO THE VOLUNTARY SHARING OF CYBERTHREAT INFORMATION. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR MEMBERS TO UNDERSTAND THIS BILL ALLOWS FOR ONLY VOLUNTARY SHARING OF INFORMATION ON CYBERSECURITY THREATS TO THE UNITED STATES BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR. IT INCLUDES NO MANDATES TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR. IT CONTAINS NO NEW SPENDING AND STRICTLY LIMITS HOW THE GOVERNMENT CAN USE THE INFORMATION THAT IS VOLUNTARILY PROVIDED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THE AMENDMENT THAT I OFFERED WITH MR. DICKS TODAY GOES ONE STEP FURTHER TO PROTECT THE PRIVATE INFORMATION OF AMERICAN INFORMATION. IT PROHIBITS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM RETAINING OR USING THE INFORMATION FOR PURPOSES OTHER THAN SPECIFICALLY SPECIFIED OR SET FORTH IN THE LEGISLATION. LET'S MAKE IT CLEAR THAT GOVERNMENT CANNOT KEEP OR USE THESE -- THE SHARED INFORMATION TO SEE IF YOU FAIL TO PAY YOUR TAXES. THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT USE THIS INFORMATION TO READ YOUR EMAILS. THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT USE THIS INFORMATION TO TRACK YOUR CREDIT CARD PURCHASES OR LOCK AT THE WEBSITES THAT YOU'VE BEEN VISITING. UNDER OUR AMENDMENT, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CANNOT USE RETAINED INFORMATION UNLESS IT WAS DIRECTLY RELATED TO A CYBER OR NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT. FINALLY, THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT REQUIRES, REQUIRES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO NOTIFY ANY PRIVATE SECTOR ENTITY THAT SHARES INFORMATION WITH THE GOVERNMENT IF THAT INFORMATION IS NOT IN FACT CYBERTHREAT INFORMATION SO THAT IT DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN AND THE GOVERNMENT MUST DELETE THAT INFORMATION. PRIVACY OF THE AMERICAN CITIZENS IS TOO IMPORTANT TO DISMISS. OUR AMENDMENT ENSURES PERSONAL INFORMATION IS PROTECTED AND WE ARE FOCUSING ON THE TRUE THREAT, ADVANCED FOREIGN STATE SPONSORED CYBERATTACKS AGAINST AMERICA AND ITS PRIVATE ENTITIES. WITH THAT I WOULD YIELD SUCH TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN -- TO THE CHAIRMAN AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 04:10:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ROGERS

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I WANT TO RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I WANT TO RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. I APPRECIATE MR. MULVANEY FOR WORKING WITH THE COMMITTEE. THIS IS A LIMITING AMENDMENT. IT IS IN RESPONSE TO MAKING SURE THAT THE INTENT OF THE BILL MEETS THE LANGUAGE OF THE BILL AND THIS IS WELL DONE TO CONTINUE TO PROTECT PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES OF ALL AMERICANS AND STILL ALLOW FOR THE SHARE MALICIOUS SOURCE CODE WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR. AND I WOULD YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:11:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. -- MARYLAND.

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    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    THIS PROTECTS THE CIVIL LIBERTIES OF OUR CITIZENS AND IT IS A BILL THAT WE…

    THIS PROTECTS THE CIVIL LIBERTIES OF OUR CITIZENS AND IT IS A BILL THAT WE NEED TO PROTECT THEM FROM A NATIONAL SECURITY PERSPECTIVE AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:11:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. MULVANEY

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO.

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  • 04:12:05 PM

    MR. MULVANEY

    I ASK FOR THE TAKING OF THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE?

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    THE CHAIR

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    MR. FLAKE

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MR. FLAKE OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MR. FLAKE OF ARIZONA.

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    THE CHAIR

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FLAKE, AND A MEMBER…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FLAKE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 04:12:46 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THE CHAIR. THIS AMENDMENT IS STRAIGHTFORWARD. IT WOULD REQUIRE THE…

    THE CHAIR. THIS AMENDMENT IS STRAIGHTFORWARD. IT WOULD REQUIRE THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO INCLUDE A LIST OF FEDERAL AGENCIES AND DEPARTMENTS RECEIVING INFORMATION SHARED WITH THE GOVERNMENT IN THE REPORT ALREADY REQUIRED BY THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THIS ACT IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP PRIVATE ENTITIES AND UTILITIES PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM CATASTROPHIC ATTACKS TO THEIR NETWORKS BY CREATING THE AUTHORITY FOR PRIVATE ENTITIES AND UTILITIES TO VOLUNTARILY SHARE INFORMATION. H.R. 3523 AVOIDS PLACING COSTLY MANDATES ON PRIVATE INDUSTRY AND THE CREATION OF A NEW REGULATORY STRUCTURE. THAT'S WHAT I REALLY APPRECIATE ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION AS I'M SURE EVERYONE DOES, IT'S VOLUNTARY. AS WITH ANY NEW INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM, HOWEVER, IT'S INCUMBENT ON US TO MAKE SURE ROBUST PROTECTIONS EXIST TO SAFEGUARD PRIVACY RIGHTS. THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REQUIRES -- REPORT REQUIRED UNDER H.R. 3523 WILL PROVIDE A THOROUGH REVIEW OF THE INFORMATION SHARED UNDER THESE NEW AUTHORITIES AND WILL ADDRESS ANY IMPACTS SUCH SHARING HAS ON THE PRIVACY AND CIVIL -- ON PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES, ADDING THE LIST TO DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES AS RECIPIENTS WOULD ADD INFORMATION ON WHAT GOVERNMENT AGENCIES EXACTLY -- WHICH GOVERNMENT AGENCIES EXACTLY ARE RECEIVING SHARED INFORMATION. SUCH INFORMATION WILL FURTHER MITIGATE THE RISK OF ABUSE TO PRIVACY RIGHTS AND INCREASE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL'S REPORT. I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES FROM MICHIGAN AND MARYLAND. THEY'VE BEEN WORKING HARD TO PUT TOGETHER THIS BIPARTISAN MEASURE. WORKING UP UNTIL THE VERY LAST MINUTE TO ENSURE MEMBERS' CONCERNS ARE ADDRESSED, AND I BELIEVE THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 04:14:37 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR WORKING WITH US.…

    THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR WORKING WITH US. THIS AGAIN WAS NEGOTIATED AMENDMENT. THE GENTLEMAN APPROACHED US WITH CONCERNS TO MAKE SURE THAT WITH THE I.G. REPORT ADEQUATELY REFLECTED AND ALLOWED US TO PERFORM THE ADEQUATE OVERSIGHT. THIS AMENDMENT DOES THAT. I APPRECIATE HIS WORK AND EFFORT AND I THINK THIS STRENGTHENS THE BILL AND CONTINUES TO PROVIDE THE OVERSIGHT AND PROTECTION OF CIVIL LIBERTIES AND PRIVACY FOR ALL AMERICANS.

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  • 04:15:06 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    ANY MEMBER SEEK RECOGNITION IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    MR. FLAKE

    SAY I SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I WOULD URGE…

    SAY I SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I WOULD URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AS WELL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:15:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

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    THE CHAIR

    TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 11. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 11. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS RISE?

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    THE CLERK

    11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MR. POMPEO OF KANSAS.

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    MR. POMPEO

    THIS OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER A SECOND AMENDMENT TO THIS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT…

    THIS OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER A SECOND AMENDMENT TO THIS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT HAS BEEN WORKED ON FOR A LONG TIME TO BALANCE THE SECURITIES OF OUR NATION AND THE PRIVACY RIGHTS OF EVERY UNITED STATES CITIZEN. SIMILAR TO THE FIRST AMENDMENT I OFFERED, THIS AMENDMENT ADDRESSES SOME OF THE CONCERNS RAISED BY ME, PRIVACY FOLKS AND TO MAKE VERY CLEAR THE INTENTIONS OF THIS LEGISLATION. I TALKED EARLIER ABOUT THE THREATS WE FACE TODAY. IT'S REAL, IT'S FOREIGN, DOMESTIC. THESE CYBER ATTACKS ARE A RISK TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR ECONOMIC SECURITY. AND I NOW STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO WORK WITH CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND THE RANKING MEMBER TO SOLID FILE LIMITATIONS ON THIS LEGISLATION TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THIS GOVERNMENT'S USE OF THIS INFORMATION WILL BE LIMITED. I THINK SOME COINED INCORRECTLY THAT THE CURRENT BILL COULD BE READ TO PROVIDE NEW AUTHORITY TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND TO MONITOR TRAFFIC AND SEND IT BACK TO THE GOVERNMENT WITH ABSOLUTE NO LIMITATIONS. THAT'S WRONG. THIS AMENDMENT MAKES IT EVEN MORE CLEAR. THIS AMENDMENT MAKES CLEAR THAT NOTHING IN THIS BILL WOULD ALTER EXISTING AUTHORITIES OR NEW AUTHORITY TO ANY ENTITY TO A CYBERSECURITY SYSTEM ON A PRIVATE SECTOR SYSTEM OR NETWORK. I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION AND DOESN'T CREATE ANY NEW REGULATORY REGIME OR ANY MORE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY AND HAS NO ADDITIONAL SPENDING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. I RESERVE.

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  • 04:18:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

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    IMPORTANT AMENDMENT. AND I THINK IT ALLEVIATES SOME OF THE CONCERNS THAT…

    IMPORTANT AMENDMENT. AND I THINK IT ALLEVIATES SOME OF THE CONCERNS THAT WERE MISGUIDED BUT THIS MAKES IT VERY TIGHT AND MAKES IT VERY CLEAR OF THE LIMITING OF THIS INFORMATION, WHICH IS THE INTENT OF THIS BILL.

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  • 04:19:14 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    AND CIVIL LIBERTIES ADVOCATES' CLAIMS THAT THE LIABILITY PROTECTION IN THE…

    AND CIVIL LIBERTIES ADVOCATES' CLAIMS THAT THE LIABILITY PROTECTION IN THE BILL WITH RESPECT TO THE USE OF CYBERSECURITY SYSTEMS COULD BE READ TO BE BROADER THAN THE ACTIVITIES AUTHORIZED BY THE LEGISLATION. AS I SAID, THAT WAS NOT TRUE AND CERTAINLY NOT THE INTENT. THIS AMENDMENT MAKES THAT VERY CLEAR IN THE BILL THAT THAT WOULD NOT BE ITS PURPOSE AND IT IS A LIMITING AMENDMENT AND I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. IT IS A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT AS WELL. AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 04:19:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    SEEK OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS?

  • 04:19:53 PM

    MR. POMPEO

    YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE YEAS HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:20:20 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    2 FRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MR. WOODALL OF GEORGIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL…

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

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  • 04:20:40 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    IS A SIMPLE AMENDMENT. WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE IN THIS BILL TODAY TO THE…

    IS A SIMPLE AMENDMENT. WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE IN THIS BILL TODAY TO THE GREAT CREDIT OF THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER IS INSTITUTING A VOLUNTARY SYSTEM BY WHICH OUR PRIVATE COMPANIES AND UTILITIES CAN COOPERATE IN THE NAME OF SECURING AMERICA'S CYBER SPACE. BUT WHAT HAPPENS SO OFTEN IS WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CREATES A VOLUNTARY STANDARD, THOSE FOLKS WHO CHOOSE NOT TO PLAY ARE SUBJECT TO NEW LIABILITIES BECAUSE THEY REJECTED THAT VOLUNTARY STANDARD. IF IT IS GOING TO BE A TRULY VOLUNTARY STANDARD WE HAVE TO BE SURE THOSE WHO REJECT IT ARE NOT HELD TO ANY NEW LIABILITIES. THAT WAS THE INTENT OF THE COMMITTEE WHEN THEY CRAFTED THAT LEGISLATION. MY AMENDMENT MAKES IT CLEAR THAT NEW -- NO NEW LIABILITIES ARISE THAT CHOOSE NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CYBERSECURITY COOPERATIVE REGIME. AND I RESERVE.

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  • 04:21:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ANY MEMBER SEEK…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ANY MEMBER SEEK RECOGNITION IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA?

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  • 04:21:50 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    MADAM CHAIR. WITH THAT, I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIRMAN FOR…

    MADAM CHAIR. WITH THAT, I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIRMAN FOR THEIR TREMENDOUS OPENNESS THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE PROCESS, BRIEFING AFTER BRIEFING, PHONE CALL AFTER PHONE CALL, THEY MADE THEMSELVES AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO GET OUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED IN SOMETIMES WHAT IS A DIFFICULT AREA TO UNDERSTAND AND DIGEST AND I THANK THEM FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:22:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE ASTE HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 13. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:22:41 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    AN AMENDMENT NUMBER 39.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    13 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MR. GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. DEMRAT GOODLATTE THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT IS A RESULT OF A LONG SERIES OF DISCUSSIONS AND VARIOUS PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUPS. AS MANY KNOW I HAVE LONG WORKED WITH THESE GROUPS AND INDUSTRY TO MAKE SURE WHERE CONGRESS ACTS WITH RESPECT TO TECHNOLOGY IT DOES SO IN A WAY THAT IS THOUGHTFUL, INTELLIGENT AND SHOWS RESPECT FOR PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES. CONGRESS CAN DRAFT LEGISLATION THAT ALLOWS THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO FLOURISH WHILE PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF AMERICANS. THIS AMENDMENT SEEKS TO MOVE THE LEGISLATION FURTHER DOWN THAT PATH. TO DO SO, THIS AMENDMENT CAREFULLY NARROWS THE DEFINITIONS OF THE KEY TERMS IN THE BILL, CYBER THREAT INFORMATION, CYBER THREAT INTELL AGAINST, CYBERSECURITY PURPOSES AND CYBERSECURITY SYSTEMS AND ADDS IN THREE NEW DEFINITIONS FROM THE EXISTING LAW. TOGETHER, THESE NEW DEFINITIONS ENSURE THAT COMPANIES IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST VERY REAL CYBER THREATS. AT THE SAME TIME, THEY LIMIT WHAT INFORMATION THE PRIVATE SECTOR CAN IDENTIFY, OBTAIN AND SHARE WITH OTHERS. AND THEY DO SO IN A WAY THAT IS TECHNOLOGY-NEUTRAL SO THE DEFINITIONS WE WRITE INTO LAW TODAY DO NOT BECOME OBSOLETE BEFORE THE INK IS DRY. THESE DEFINITIONS REMOVE LANGUAGE THAT COULD HAVE BEEN INTERPRETED IN BROAD WAYS. THEY REMOVE OR MODIFY DEFINITIONS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN THOUGHT TO COVER THINGS THAT THE BILL DID NOT INTEND TO COVER, LIKE UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO A SYSTEM OR NETWORK THAT PURELY INVOLVES VIOLATIONS OF A TERMS OF SERVICE. THESE REVISED DEFINITIONS ALSO RELY IN PART ON EXISTING LAW TO COVER THE APPROPRIATE SET OF THREATS TO NETWORKS AND SYSTEMS WITHOUT BEING OVERLY BROAD. I WOULD NOTE THESE DEFICIENTAL CHANGES ARE IMPORTANT ON THEIR OWN FOR THE NARROWING FUNCTION THEY SERVE IN GROUPS LIKE THE CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY AND TECHNOLOGY, THIS AMENDMENT REPRESENTS, QUOTE, IMPORTANT PRIVACY IMPROVEMENTS END QUOTE. THE CHANGE TO THE DEFINITION ADDRESSES A NUMBER OF COMMITTEE ISSUE RAISED BY A VARIETY OF GROUPS AND MANY IN THE INTERNET USER COMMUNITY. THIS MOVES THE IMPORTANT BILL IN AN EVEN BETTER DIRECTION. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:25:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK RECOGNITION IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 04:25:45 PM

    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GOVERNMENT GETS INVOLVED THERE IS A POSSIBILITY FOR ABUSE. I HEAR FROM…

    THE GOVERNMENT GETS INVOLVED THERE IS A POSSIBILITY FOR ABUSE. I HEAR FROM MY CONSTITUENTS IN TEXAS THAT THEY CONTINUE TO LOSE INFORMATION TO CYBER ATTACKS FROM ABROAD. MOST OF THESE ATTACKS COME FROM NONE OTHER THAN THE ORGANIZED CRIME SYNDICATE OF CHINA AS I CALL IT. THEY STEAL OUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND USE THE STOLEN INFORMATION TO COMPETE AGAINST THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 04:26:28 PM

    MR. POE

    COMMONSENSE INFORMATION SHARING SYSTEM TO COMBAT THE THREAT OF THIS WAY OF…

    COMMONSENSE INFORMATION SHARING SYSTEM TO COMBAT THE THREAT OF THIS WAY OF LIFE WE HAVE IN AMERICA. WE HAVE TO DO IT IN SUCH A WAY THAT PROTECTS OUR PRIVACY AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF CITIZENS. WHILE THE INTENT OF THE BASE BILL WASN'T TO HAVE THE GOVERNMENT USE INFORMATION IT OBTAINED. I BELIEVE IT IS CLEAR AND SIMPLE LANGUAGE IN MR. GOODLATTE'S AMENDMENT IS NECESSARY TO MAKE IT 100% THAT THIS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. AS WE REMEMBER FROM THE 2012 DEBATE IT IS IMPORTANT ESPECIALLY IN DEALING WITH LEGISLATION THAT AFFECTS CIVIL LIBERTIES AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, CONGRESS NEEDS TO BE PERFECTLY, 100% CLEAR. AND I BELIEVE THE GOODLATTE AMENDMENT DOES THIS. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT IT.

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  • 04:27:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. . THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, MR.…

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, MR. ROGERS.

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  • 04:27:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. ROGERS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELD BACK?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELD BACK?

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE YEAS HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

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  • 04:28:53 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    A RECORDED VOTE.

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    MR. ROGERS

    I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE. THOSE IN…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE YEAS HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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  • 04:29:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE OF THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD…

    CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE OF THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 3253.

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    DURING FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3523 PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION…

    DURING FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3523 PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, AMENDMENTS NUMBER 10 AND NUMBER 5 IN THE HOUSE REPORT 112-454 MAY BE CONSIDERED OUT OF SEQUENCE.

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  • 04:30:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. . PURSUANT TO HOUSE…

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. . PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3523. WILL THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MRS. CAPITO, KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR.

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  • 04:30:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3523 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 04:31:02 PM

    THE CLERK

    PROVIDE FOR THE CERTAIN SHARING CYBERSECURITY ENTITIES AND FOR OTHER…

    PROVIDE FOR THE CERTAIN SHARING CYBERSECURITY ENTITIES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 04:31:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE…

    COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 13 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, HAD BEEN POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 14 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RISE? MR.

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  • 04:31:34 PM

    MR. TURNER

    CHAIR, AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 14 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MR. TURNER OF OHIO.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. TURNER, AND…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. TURNER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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  • 04:31:52 PM

    MR. TURNER

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD MAKE A TECHNICAL…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION TO THE DEFINITION SECTION OF THIS BILL TO ENSURE THAT U.S. CYBERSECURITY POLICIES REMAIN CONSISTENT FOR PROTECTIONS AGAINST THREATS TO OUR GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR NETWORKS. THIS AMENDMENT WILL MAINTAIN CONSISTENCY AMONG THIS BILL AND OTHER CYBERSECURITY POLICIES. THE TERMS, QUOTE, DENY, DEGRADE, DISRUPT, DESTROY, ARE FOUND THROUGHOUT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY AND GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS. GUIDE WAS EMITTED FROM H.R. 3523. INSERTING IT WILL MAKE -- THE INCREASE IN CYBERSECURITY INCIDENCES LED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF CENTERS LIKE THE AIR FORCE'S CYBERSPACE TECHNICAL OF EXCELLENCE IN MY DISTRICT IN DEYTON, OHIO. TO COMBAT THIS GROWING TREND IN THE SOPHISTICATION OF CYBERATTACKS, THE CENTER OF TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE HAS BEEN TURNED TO THAT FOCUS. THE NEED TO PROTECT U.S. NETWORKS FROM DENIAL OF SERVICE ATTACKS WAS MADE CLEAR THREE WEEKS OF 2007 ESTONIA WAS DENIED SERVICE ATTACKS AGAINST GOVERNMENT WEBSITES, BANKS, UNIVERSITIES AND ESTONIA NEWSPAPERS. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:33:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 04:33:22 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    MADAM CHAIR WOMAN. I THANK MR. TURNER. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION…

    MADAM CHAIR WOMAN. I THANK MR. TURNER. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION AMENDMENT AND WORKING WITH US TO IMPROVE THE STATUS OF THE BILL TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO PROTECT AMERICA'S NETWORKS INCREASES THE ABILITY FOR US TO PROTECT PRIVACY ANDIVELY LIBERTIES. I'D APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S GOOD EFFORT. I ENCOURAGE THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THE TURNER AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:33:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ANY MEMBER SEEK RECOGNITION IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    MR. TURNER

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 15 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR.

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  • 04:34:18 PM

    MR. 34UL8 VAINY

    VAINY: -- MR. MULVANEY I HAVE AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    15 OFFERED BY MR. MULVANEY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

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    THE CHAIR

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 454, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. MULVANEY,…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 454, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. MULVANEY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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  • 04:34:50 PM

    MR. MULVANEY

    WILL SUNSET IN FIVE YEARS. BY ITS OWN TERMS, IF THE BILL IS PASSED, IT…

    WILL SUNSET IN FIVE YEARS. BY ITS OWN TERMS, IF THE BILL IS PASSED, IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY CEASE TO BE ENFORCEABLE AFTER FIVE YEARS UNLESS THIS CONGRESS ACTS TO AFFIRM IT. SEVERAL PEOPLE SAY THAT ONE OF THE BIGGEST DIFFICULTIES WE'RE HAVING IN THIS TOWN IS WE SIMPLY CREATE LAWS ALL THE TIME AND WE NEVER GO AWAY. SO GENERALLY SPEAKING I THINK SUNSET CLAUSE RS TO BE ADMIRED AND ENCOURAGED -- CLAUSES ARE TO BE ADMIRED AND ENCOURAGED. WE HAVE CONCERNS REGARDING -- FOR INDIVIDUAL LIBERTIES. WE WORKED VERY, VERY HARD TO MAKE THIS BILL IS GOOD BILL. IT'S AN EXCELLENT BILL. I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL. BUT EVERY SINGLE TIME WE START MOVING INTO THE REALM WHERE THE GOVERNMENT ACTION STARTS TO BUMP UP AGAINST INDIVIDUAL LIBERTIES, IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO TAKE A PAUSE AFTER A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME, IN THIS CASE, FIVE YEARS, LOOK AT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BILL AND MAKE SURE WE DID WHAT WE THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO DO. FINALLY I THINK IN A CASE WHEN WE'RE DEALING WITH TECHNOLOGY, WHICH MOVES SO VERY RAPIDLY, THAT WE'VE WRITTEN THIS BILL AS WELL AS WE COULD TO TRY TO ANTICIPATE TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT BUT WHEN YOU DEAL WITH TECHNOLOGY THAT MOVES SO RAPIDLY AND CHANGES SO QUICKLY WE THINK AFTER A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME, IN THIS CASE FIVE YEARS, TO STEP BACK, LOOK OUR HANDS OVER AND MAKE SURE THINGS WORKED EXACTLY AS WE THOUGHT THEY WOULD. SO FOR THAT REASON, MADAM CHAIRMAN, I ASK THAT THIS AMENDMENT BE CONSIDERED AND BE APPROVED AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:36:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK RECOGNITION IN OPPOSITION TO THE MEMBER'S AMENDMENT? THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. MR.

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  • 04:36:48 PM

    MR. MULVANEY

    ON THAT I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 5. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:37:10 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    MADAM CHAIR, I HAVE AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MS. JACKSON LEE OF…

    NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS.

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  • 04:37:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 04:37:29 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. LET ME THANK YOU FOR YOUR COURTESY. LET…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. LET ME THANK YOU FOR YOUR COURTESY. LET ME THANK THE CHAIRPERSON FOR HIS COURTESY AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS COURTESY. I WAS VERY APPRECIATIVE WITH THE OVERLAPPING COMMITTEE WORK FOR THE COURTESY OF THE FLOOR. I THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LET ME HOLD UP THE CONSTITUTION AND SAY THAT I BELIEVE IN THE CONSTITUTION AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS, PARTICULARLY PROTECTS US AGAINST SEARCH AND SEIZURE AND I RECOGNIZE THE BIPARTISAN EFFORT OF THIS PARTICULAR LEGISLATION AND RECOGNIZE THAT WE MAY HAVE DISAGREEMENT. MY AMENDMENT ENSURES THAT A COMPREHENSIVE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IMPLEMENTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO PROTECT FEDERAL SYSTEMS FROM CYBERSECURITY THREATS AND MINIMIZE THE IMPACT ON PRIVACY. WHAT IT DOES NOT DO IS ALLOW HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO SPY ON AMERICANS. LET ME BE VERY CLEAR. IT DOES NOT ALLOW THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO SPY ON AMERICANS. I WOULD NOT ADHERE TO THAT. IT IS A SHAME THAT OVERSIGHT OF OUR NATION'S CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, HOWEVER, WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS BILL. THE HARD WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE BY THE COMMITTEE OF HOMELAND SECURITY, MR. LUNGREN AND MS. CLARKE, JOINED WITH OTHER MEMBERS, WAS WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION. I UNDERSTAND THE STRUCTURE WE'RE DEALING WITH. WE WOULD ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO PROTECT FEDERAL SYSTEMS THAT ENABLE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS TO OPERATE. MADAM CHAIR PERSON, WE KNOW THE CLIMATE THAT WE LIVE IN. GOD HAS BLESSED US, IF I MIGHT EVEN SAY THAT, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THE HARD WORK OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAPPEN TO BE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES THAT NO ACTION HAS OCCURRED ON OUR SOIL SINCE 9/11. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO PROTECT FEDERAL SYSTEMS THAT ENABLE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS TO OPERATE, THAT ENABLES CONGRESS TO OPERATE, THAT ENABLES ALL FEDERAL AGENCIES TO OPERATE. MY AMENDMENT IS INTENTIONALLY NARROWLY TAILORED TO GO AFTER KNOWN OR REGIONAL THREATS TO OUR FEDERAL SYSTEMS. LET ME BE VERY CLEAR, THIS IS NOT A REFLECTION ON THIS LEGISLATION FROM THE EXTENT OF HARD WORK. I AM JUST SAYING THAT COMING FROM MY PERSPECTIVE I WOULD HOPE THAT WE WOULD LOOK AT INFRASTRUCTURE. I'M NOT ADVOCATING FOR THE BILL. I'M ADVOCATING FOR AN OPEN DISCUSSION ON THIS ISSUE THAT CERTAIN ELEMENTS TO -- HAVE TO BE RESOLVED DEALING WITH CYBERTHREATS THAT WE FACE. I HAVE LONG BEEN AN ADVOCATE TO PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF PRIVACY AND THE CIVIL LIBERTIES OF ALL AMERICANS. THAT IS VERY MUCH A PART OF THIS AMENDMENT, BUT I'M ALSO MINDFUL OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE. AS WE HAVE SAID, CYBERSECURITY MEASURES AND TAKE STEPS TO IMPLEMENT LEGISLATION, I BELIEVE WE MUST ENSURE OR BE SURE THAT TO STRIKE THE PROPER BALANCE BETWEEN EFFECTIVE AND STRONG SECURITY FOR OUR DIGITAL NETWORKS AND PROTECTING THE PRIVACY OF INDIVIDUALS AS WELL AS INFRASTRUCTURE THAT INVOLVES TRANSPORTATION. I AM EVER MINDFUL THAT WE MUST BE CAREFUL NOT TO GO ABOUT STRENGTHENING CYBERSECURITY AT THE EXPENSE OF INFRINGING ON PEOPLE'S PRIVACY RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES WHICH IS WHY MY AMENDMENT IS NARROWLY TAILORED AND SETS CLEAR RESTRICTIONS ON THE SCOPE OF COMMUNICATIONS ADDRESSED AND WHY AND HOW THAT INFORMATION CAN BE USED. OUR NATION'S CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURES ARE COMPOSED OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS IN THE SECTORS OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD, WATER, PUBLIC HEALTH, EMERGENCY SERVICES, GOVERNMENT DEFENSE, INDUSTRIAL BASED, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, BANKING AND FINANCE, CHEMICALS AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. IT IS DESIGNED TO DO SO. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:41:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

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    MR. ROGERS

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. ROGERS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

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    MR. ROGERS

    IT WAS GOOD FOR THE BUSINESSES TO REQUIRE FACEBOOK TO GIVE YOU THEIR…

    IT WAS GOOD FOR THE BUSINESSES TO REQUIRE FACEBOOK TO GIVE YOU THEIR PASSWORD, YOU'LL LOVE THIS, IF NOT YOU SHOULD GO APPEPLECTIC. I WILL READ JUST FROM THE LAW. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION, IT ALLOWS THEM TO ACQUIRE, INTERCEPT, RETAIN, USE AND DISCLOSE COMMUNICATIONS AND OTHER SYSTEM TRAFFIC THAT ARE TRANSITING TO AND FROM THE -- OR STORED ON THE FEDERAL SYSTEM AND TO DEPLOY COUNTERMEASURES WITH REGARD TO SUCH COMMUNICATIONS AND SYSTEM TRAFFIC FOR CYBERSECURITY PURPOSES. THIS IS DANGEROUS. IT'S DANGEROUS FOR THE VERY NARROW BILL THAT HAS BEEN MISREPRESENTED FROM WHAT WE DO, THIS IS BIG BROTHER ON STEROIDS. WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN. THIS WOULD BE THE GOVERNMENT TRACKING COMMUNICATIONS, YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS FROM THE VETERANS ASSOCIATION. IT WOULD TRACK YOUR I.R.S. FORMS COMING IN AND OUT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT SCARES PEOPLE ABOUT TRYING TO GET INTO THE BUSINESS OF MAKING SURE WE PROTECT OUR NETWORKS BUT WE CAN'T DO IT BY TRAMPLING PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES. THIS IS AWFUL. I -- I'M JUST SHOCKED THAT AFTER ALL OF THIS DEBATE AND ALL OF THIS DISCUSSION ON OUR VERY NARROW BILL THAT MY FRIENDS WOULD COME UP WITH SOMETHING THAT WHOLESALE MONITORS THE INTERNET AND GETS THE INFORMATION THAT WE FOUGHT SO HARD TO PROTECT ON BEHALF OF AVERAGE AMERICANS. I WILL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 04:43:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 04:43:09 PM

    MR. WESTMORELAND

    I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. LET ME SAY THIS TO MY COLLEAGUE…

    I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. LET ME SAY THIS TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS THAT WE HAVE HAD A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS HERE TODAY THAT HAVE TRIED TO STREAMLINE THIS BILL, TO MAKE IT EVEN NARROWER AND TO TAKE OUT ANY PERCEPTION THAT IT WOULD BE PERSONAL INFORMATION AND LIMIT WHAT GOVERNMENT CAN DO AND BE VERY EXPLICIT IN THE TERMS OF WHAT THIS SHARING IS THAT IS VOLUNTARY, THAT IT'S NARROWLY DRAWN AND THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER HAVE DONE A WONDERFUL JOB WITH WORKING WITH OTHER MEMBERS TO ALLOW THESE AMENDMENTS TO MAKE THIS BILL BETTER. I'M VERY DISAPPOINTED, AND THIS AMENDMENT BASICALLY GUTS THE BILL. IT EXPANDS IT TO WHERE EVERYBODY THAT'S BEEN DOWN HERE SO FAR HAS BEEN TRYING TO NARROW IT IN. THIS JUST EXPANDS IT EVEN MORE. THIS IS THE TYPE OF AMENDMENT THAT PEOPLE FEAR, THAT WE WOULD GIVE HOMELAND SECURITY THE ABILITY TO INTERCEPT THE TRANSMISSIONS. THAT IS TOTALLY OUT OF HAND, AND I JUST HOPE THAT WE WILL VOTE AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT AND SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:44:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WHAT AN EXAGGERATION. I KNOW THEY HAVE BEEN…

    I THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WHAT AN EXAGGERATION. I KNOW THEY HAVE BEEN PROPELED BY ALL OF THE MEDIA THAT HAS GIVEN THEM GREAT SUPPORT. LET ME JUST SAY THAT THEY KNOW THAT THE BILL -- UNDERLYING BILL, IN FACT, IS CONSIDERED AN INVASION OF PRIVACY, BUT IF YOU LOOK AT MY AMENDMENT, WHAT IT DOES IS ONLY WHEN THE COMMUNICATION IS ASSOCIATED WITH KNOWN OR REASONABLY RESPECTED -- SUSPECTED CYBERSECURITY THREAT. IT IS NARROW, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY IT IS HAS A PRIVACY -- IT HAS A PRIVACY PROVISION. I BELIEVE IN PRIVACY. I WAS NOT GOING TO BE DENIED THE RIGHT TO COME TO THE FLOOR, TO BE ABLE TO FRAME WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. LOOKING AT INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE COMPLEMENT OF MAKING SURE THAT PRIVACY IS PROTECTED. THIS PARTICULAR BOOK, EVEN WITH THE AMENDMENTS THEY HAVE, WILL NOT DRAW THIS TO THE POINT OF ACCEPTANCE. SO I WOULD ARGUE THAT THIS IS A PRODUCTIVE DEBATE, BUT THE AMENDMENT THAT JACKSON LEE SUBMITTED DOES NOT IN FACT AT ALL VIOLATE PRIVACY. SO I WOULD SAY TO THEM I LOOK FORWARD TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THIS QUESTION AS WE GO FORWARD AND I'M GOING TO ASK AT THIS TIME UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW THIS AMENDMENT FOR THE MISINTERPRETATION THAT MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE PREDICTED OR THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO PUT ON THIS PARTICULAR AMENDMENT. I THANK THE SPEAKER. .

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  • 04:46:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION? THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER…

    OBJECTION? THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:46:22 PM

    MS. RICHARDSON

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MRS. RICHARDSON OF…

    10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MRS. RICHARDSON OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 04:46:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES OF THE THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 04:46:45 PM

    MS. RICHARDSON

    I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THE RICHARDSON AMENDMENT, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO THANK…

    I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THE RICHARDSON AMENDMENT, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MAJORITY LEADER, CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND RANKING MEMBER FOR YOUR TOLERANCE IN ALLOWING US TO COME TO THE FLOOR. I WAS RANKING MEMBER OF A COMMITTEE THAT WAS IN OPERATION AT THIS TIME AND THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO COME FORWARD. THE AMENDMENT ENSURES THAT OWNERS AND OPERATORS OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS RECEIVE INFORMATION ABOUT CYBER THREATS. SOME EXAMPLES OF OUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS THAT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD APPLY TO ARE ENERGY FACILITIES, BANKING AND FINANCE FACILITIES, CHEMICAL FACILITIES, DAMS, EMERGENCY SERVICES, AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD SYSTEMS, WATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS, MANY OF THESE THAT WOULD BE IN GREAT DANGER AND NEED INFORMATION. EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF CONGRESS HAS CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS IN THEIR DISTRICT WHETHER THEY BE PUBLIC OR PRIVATE AND EVERY COMMUNITY IN THIS NATION HAS SOME CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE THAT SHOULD BE PROTECTED AND ADVISED OF THREATS. IN MY DISTRICT I HAVE THE HOME DEPOT ATHLETIC CENTER WHICH HOLDS UP TO 27,000 PEOPLE. THE BOEING CORPORATION, THE LONG BEACH POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENT. LONG BEACH OIL AND GAS DEPARTMENT, WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES. THE NUMBERS GO ON. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT NOT ONLY PORTS AND GOVERNMENT FACILITIES BUT ALSO PRIVATE FACILITIES ARE APPROVED AND ENTITLED TO HAVE THE SAME INFORMATION. SOME INHERENT COMPLICATIONS ARE THERE ARE 18 DIFFERENT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES THAT HAVE JURISDICTION OVER CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS JURISDICTION OVER CHEMICAL, DAMS AND EMERGENCY SERVICES AND NUCLEAR POWER ALONE. H.R. 3523 DOES NOT MENTION HOW CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS THAT DO NOT FALL WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF GOVERNMENT INTELLIGENT AGENCIES WOULD RECEIVE CRITICAL INFORMATION OR HAVE SYSTEMS IN PLACE TO SHARE INFORMATION APPROPRIATELY. THIS AMENDMENT MAKES AN IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENT TO THAT LEGISLATION. I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND RANKING MEMBER RUPERTS BERGER THAT THERE WAS WAS A KEY FAULT HERE IN THIS KEY CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTION. I'M PLEASED THAT THE RULES COMMITTEE FOUND THIS AMENDMENT IN ORDER AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER THIS SERIOUSLY. WHILE CHAIRMAN LUNGREN'S ORANGE CYBER -- ORIGINAL CYBER BILL DIDN'T MAKE IT TO THE FLOOR, I OFFER THIS IN THE SAME SPIRIT. MR. LUNGREN AND MR. LANGEVIN SPOKE EARLIER ON THE BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT REGARDING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND THAT IS HENCE ME BUILDING MY COMMENTS ON THAT. THE AMENDMENT ENSURES THAT OUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS WILL NOT BE LEFT OUT BY RECEIVING INFORMATION THAT COULD PROTECT THEIR SYSTEMS AGAINST A TERRORIST ATTACK. THIS AMENDMENT MAKES SURE THAT INDUSTRIES MOST AT RISK OF A CYBER ATTACK RECEIVE INFORMATION THAT THEY NEED TO PROTECT PT PUBLIC AND THE FACILITIES AT LARGE. MY AMENDMENT MAKES EXPLICIT THAT CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS BE INCLUDED IN INFORMATION-SHARING RELATIONSHIPS AND DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY NEW FEDERAL AUTHORITY. WITH THAT, MADAM CHAIRMAN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT NUMBER 10.

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  • 04:50:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. ROGERS

    OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED TORE FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. ROGERS

    APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S EFFORTS AGAIN. WE WERE CAREFUL OF TRYING TO…

    APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S EFFORTS AGAIN. WE WERE CAREFUL OF TRYING TO FIND A NARROW SOLUTION BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE CHALLENGES THAT COME WITH TRYING TO GET A PIECE OF LEGISLATION ACROSS THE HOUSE TO THE SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. I ARGUE THAT THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE SHOULD ENGAGE IN A CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE DEBATE. HERE'S THE PROBLEM. NOT DEFINED FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS BILL SO WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS. WE HAVE BEEN CAREFUL TO SEPARATE THE GOVERNMENT FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR. NO GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR NETWORK. IT'S SOURCE CODE SHARING. THIS, WE AREN'T SURE WHERE IT GOES. MANY IN INDUSTRY BELIEVE THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT THE BACKBONE OF THE INTERNET? IT'S NOT WELL-DEFINED. THAT WOULD MEAN THAT THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME GETS INTO THE BACKBONE OF THE INTERNET AND THAT IS A TERRIBLE IDEA. I DON'T THINK THAT'S WHAT THE GENTLELADY INTENDS BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT'S WHAT THE AMENDMENT SAYS. I LOOK FORWARD AS SHE WORKS THROUGH THOSE ISSUES. THESE ARE HARD AND TRICKY. SOMETIMES A WORD WILL GET YOU IN TROUBLE AS WE HAVE FOUND ALONG THE PATH. WE SHOULD BE CAREFUL ABOUT HOW WE ARE DOING THIS. I ENCOURAGE THE GENTLELADY TO WORK WITH US AND WE'LL PROVIDE AND I KNOW MR. RUPPERSBERGER AND WE CAN PROVIDE HELP AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE PRODUCT YOU WORKED ON THAT IS GEARED TOWARDS THE INFRASTRUCTURE PIECE. THIS WAS NEVER INTENDED TO SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEM BUT INTENDED TO BE A VERY NARROW FIRST STEP THAT SAYS IF YOUR HOUSE IS BEING ROBBED, WE WANT TO TELL YOU BEFORE THE ROBBER GETS THERE. IF YOUR COMPUTER IS GOING TO GET HACKED WE WANT YOU TO HAVE THE MALICIOUS CODE TO PROTECT YOURSELF. THAT'S ALL THIS BILL DOES. WE GET NERVOUS WHEN IT STARTS CROSSING THAT DIVIDE THAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WE DON'T WANT -- YOU START CROSSING THAT DIVIDE, WE THINK YOU COULD GET INTO SERIOUS TROUBLE IN A HURRY WITHOUT CLEARLY DEFINED LANGUAGE AND DEFINITIONS. I WOULD -- UNFORTUNATELY I HAVE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT BUT LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE GENTLELADY IN A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE, INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION AS THE HOMELAND SECURITY DOES ITS WORK. AND I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:52:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELD TIME?

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    MR. ROGERS

    TO MR. RUPPERSBERGER.

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    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    OUR BILL IS EXTREMELY LIMITED AND WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO ALLOW OUR…

    OUR BILL IS EXTREMELY LIMITED AND WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO ALLOW OUR GOVERNMENT, INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO GIVE THE INFORMATION THAT'S NECESSARY TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS FROM THESE CYBER ATTACKS. OURS IS THE MOST ACTIVE BILL THAT IS OUT THERE NOW. OUR BILL HOPEFULLY WILL PASS AND GO TO THE SENATE AND LOT MORE NEGOTIATIONS. THERE IS A LOT MORE WORK TO DO SUCH AS HOMELAND SECURITY. AND I KNOW THERE ARE SOME ISSUES INVOLVED IN HOMELAND SECURITY MARKUP. I KNOW THAT THERE ARE ISSUES INVOLVING JUDICIARY. AND I CAN SAY THIS. I KNOW THAT THE CHAIRMAN AND I FOR ONE YEAR NOW HAVE WORKED VERY OPENLY WITH EVERY GROUP THAT WE THINK WOULD BE INVOLVED IN THIS BILL. AND BECAUSE OF DIFFERENT POSITIONS TAKEN, INCLUDING ACLU AND OTHER POSITIONS AND THIS BILL IS BETTER AND HOPE THAT IT PASSES. WE CLEARLY WILL WORK WITH YOU, BUT WE ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE ARE VERY LIMITED TO OUR JURISDICTION. AND THAT'S WHY A LOT OF THESE ISSUES WE CAN'T DEAL WITH OTHER THAN WHAT IS IN OUR BILL RIGHT NOW. I HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER THAT IS ON HIS WAY FOR THE BILL -- WHAT? HE'S NOT COMING? THEN I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:54:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 04:54:26 PM

    MS. RICHARDSON

    AGAIN, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER AND LOOK…

    AGAIN, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH YOU. I WOULD JUST GIVE YOU ONE ANALOGY TO CONSIDER AS WE MOVE FORWARD. AS YOU RECALL ON 9/11 WHEN THE PLANES HIT THOSE TWO TWIN TOWERS, THE GOVERNMENT HAD THE ABILITY TO NOTIFY THE PRIVATE AIRLINES TO SCRAMBLE THE PLANES AND DEMAND THAT ALL OF THE PLANES WOULD BE LANDED BECAUSE WE DIDN'T KNOW WHERE THEY WERE GOING TO GO. AT THAT POINT, THE GOVERNMENT HAD THE ABILITY TO WORK WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WITH THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY TO COMMUNICATE INFORMATION. I'M NOT SUGGESTING THAT WE INTERFERE WITH THE FREE-FLOWING IDEAS OF THE INTERNET. WHAT THIS AMENDMENT IS SUGGESTING AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU IN THE FUTURE IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOES HAVE THE ABILITY IF IN THE EVENT SOMETHING HAPPENS WITH DROPPING SOME CHEMICALS INTO WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO WORK WITH THOSE PRIVATE SECTOR COMPANIES TO BE ABLE TO NOTIFY THEM AND ENSURE THAT THE PUBLIC IS PROTECTED. BUT I THANK YOU FOR HEARING THE AMENDMENT. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU GOING FORWARD.

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  • 04:55:38 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT OPPORTUNITY AND YIELD…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT OPPORTUNITY AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:55:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. AMENDMENT NUMBER 1, AMENDMENT NUMBER 4, AMENDMENT NUMBER 6, AMENDMENT NUMBER 7, AMENDMENT NUMBER 8, AMENDMENT NUMBER 13 BY MR. GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA, AMENDMENT NUMBER 15. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE AFTER THE FIRST VOTE IN THIS SERIES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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  • 04:57:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 05:24:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE NAYS ARE 243, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS…

    THE NAYS ARE 243, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454, BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. ROGERS, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:24:37 PM

    THE CLERK

    4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MR. ROGERS OF MICHIGAN.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 05:28:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    412, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS…

    412, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. QUAYLE, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:28:57 PM

    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MR. QUAYLE OF ARIZONA.

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    THE CHAIR

    A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED.…

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

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  • 05:32:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 410. THE NAYS ARE THREE. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE…

    THE YEAS ARE 410. THE NAYS ARE THREE. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. AMASH, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:33:20 PM

    THE CLERK

    7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MR. AMASH OF MICHIGAN.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 05:37:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 415. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.…

    THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 415. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. MULVANEY, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:37:33 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MR. MULVANEY…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MR. MULVANEY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

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  • 05:37:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 05:40:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE --

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    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 416. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE AMENDMENT IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 416. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 13 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:41:50 PM

    THE CLERK

    15 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MR. GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE…

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

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  • 05:45:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 414, THE NAYS ARE 1, THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED…

    THE YEAS ARE 414, THE NAYS ARE 1, THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 15 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. MULVANEY, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE YASE PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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  • 05:45:31 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 15 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 15 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-454 OFFERED BY MR. MULVANEY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

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  • 05:45:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED, THOSE IN SUPPORT OF A RECORDED VOTE…

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

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  • 05:48:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE NAYS ARE 3. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    THE NAYS ARE 3. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT, THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY UNDER THE RULE, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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  • 05:49:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE OF THE STATE OF THE UNION…

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE OF THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL H.R. 3253, REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON THE AMENDMENT OF THE AMENDMENT? IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. IN FAVOR WILL SAY AYE, THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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  • 05:50:12 PM

    THE CLERK

    FOR CERTAIN CYBER THREAT INTELLIGENCE AND INFORMATION BETWEEN THE…

    FOR CERTAIN CYBER THREAT INTELLIGENCE AND INFORMATION BETWEEN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITIES AND CYBERSECURITY ENTITIES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 05:50:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE ALDESERVES TO BE HEARD. MEMBERS WILL…

    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE ALDESERVES TO BE HEARD. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE I'LL -- AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:51:02 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED?

  • 05:51:08 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    IN ITS CURRENT FORM, I AM.

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    THE CLERK

    PERLMUTTER OF COLORADO MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO…

    PERLMUTTER OF COLORADO MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE FORTHWITH WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENTS. AT THE END OF THE BILL, ADD THE FOLLOWING NEW SECTION, SECTION 3, PROTECTING THE PRIVACY OF INTERNET PASSWORDS AND THE CREATIVITY OF THE INTERNET. NOTHING IN THIS ACT OR THE AMENDMENTS MADE BY THIS ACT SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO ONE, PERMIT AN EMPLOYER, A PERSPECTIVE EMPLOYER TO REQUIRE THE DISCLOSURE OF A CONFIDENTIAL PASSWORD FOR A SOCIAL NETWORKING WEB SITE OR A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF AN EMPLOYEE OR JOB APPLICANT WITHOUT A COURT ORDER OR TWO, PERMIT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH A MECHANISM TO CONTROL UNITED STATES CITIZENS ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE INTERNET FOR THE CREATION OF A NATIONAL INTERNET FIREWALL SIMILAR TO THE GREAT INTERNET FIREWALL OF CHINA AS DETERMINED BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. PAGE 12, LINE 22, STRIKE AND. PAGE 12, LINE 25, STRIKE A PERIOD AND INSERT A SEMI-COLON. THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS WHO HAVE, I, BEEN REQUIRED BY EMPLOYERS, PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS OR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RELEASE CONFIDENTIAL PASSWORDS FOR SOCIAL NETWORKING WEB SITES AND II, HAVE PERSONAL INFORMATION RELEASED TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UNDER THE SECTION OR OBTAINED IN CONNECTION WITH A CYBERSECURITY BREACH AND H, THE IMPACT OF THE INFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN RELEASED OR OBTAINED AS REFERRED TO IN SUBPARAGRAPH C ON PRIVACY, ELECTRONIC COMMERCE, INTERNET AUSEIEGE AND ONLINE CONTENT -- USAGE AND ONLINE CONTENT.

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  • 05:53:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN…

    ALL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO DESERVES TO BE HEARD.

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  • 05:53:10 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. PERLMUTTER

    THE HOUSE HAS HEARD THIS BEFORE. IT'S VERY SIMPLE, SWEET AND DIRECT AND…

    THE HOUSE HAS HEARD THIS BEFORE. IT'S VERY SIMPLE, SWEET AND DIRECT AND I'LL TAKE A MOMENT AND JUST READ IT SO EVERYBODY HAS A CHANCE TO UNDERSTAND IT AGAIN. WHAT WE'RE DOING IS AVOIDING AND PROHIBITING AN EMPLOYER AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT DEMANDING A FACEBOOK PASSWORD, A CONFIDENTIAL FACEBOOK PASSWORD, TWITTER AND READS THIS WAY. NOTHING IN THIS ACT OR THE AMENDMENTS MADE BY THIS ACT SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO PERMIT AN EMPLOYER, A PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYER OR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO REQUIRE THE DISCLOSURE OF A CONFIDENTIAL PASSWORD FOR A SOCIAL NETWORKING WEB SITE OR PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF AN EMPLOYEE OR JOB APPLICANT WITHOUT A COURT ORDER OR IN THE SECOND PARAGRAPH, PERMIT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH A MECHANISM TO CONTROL UNITED STATES CITIZENS' ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE INTERNET THROUGH THE CREATION OF A NATIONAL INTERNET FIREWALL SIMILAR TO THE GREAT INTERNET FIREWALL OF CHINA, AS DETERMINED BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. SO WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES, AND IT IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THIS BILL. THERE ARE NO MORE AMENDMENTS TO THIS BILL. IT JUST DOES TWO THINGS WHICH I KNOW SOME PEOPLE VOTED AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT WHEN IT WAS BROUGHT UP A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND FOR THOSE OF YOU REGRET VOTING AGAINST IT, YOU WILL GET A CHANCE TO CORRECT THAT VOTE. THIS IS SOMETHING I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON WITH MR. HEINRICH AND MR. MCHENRY AND IT JUST SAYS, WE'RE NOT GOING TO ALLOW AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT THE REQUIREMENT OF A FACEBOOK PASSWORD OR THE LIKE. NOW, THERE'S A REASON FOR THIS, BECAUSE, ONE, THERE IS ALL SORTS OF PERSONAL INFORMATION THAT I MAY HAVE OR SOMEBODY ELSE MAY HAVE WITH RESPECT TO THEIR FACEBOOK OR TWITTER OR LINKED IN AND THEY ARE ENTITLED TO HAVE AN EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY, THAT THEIR FREEDOM OF SPEECH, THEIR RIGHT TO PEACEABLE ASSEMBLE IS NOT VIOLATED. SECOND REASON IS THE EMPLOYER OR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT POSES AS HAVING THEIR PASSWORD, THEY CAN IMPERSONATE AND IT IS A TWO HIVE WAY EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION SO THAT SOMEBODY WHO IS COMPLETELY UNRELATED TO THE EMPLOYMENT NOW IS COMMUNICATING WITH AN IMPOSSIBLE TER. THAT IS ANOTHER -- IMPOSSIBLE TORE. THE OTHER REASON IS TO AVOID LIABILITY BY LEARNING INFORMATION THAT MAY THEN CAUSE THEM TO TAKE ACTIONS THAT WOULD VIOLATE A PROTECTED GROUP. SO THERE ARE THREE GOOD REASONS TO DO THIS. WE HAVE PRECEDENT IN OUR LAW AND IT IS THE EMPLOYEE POLYGRAPH PROTECTION ACT OF 1988. WE SAID WE AREN'T GOING TO ALLOW AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT THE USE OF LIE DETECTORS. YOU CAN USE BACKGROUND CHECKS, REFERENCES, THERE ARE PLENTY OF VEHICLES TO CHECK OUT SOMEONE'S REFERENCES BUT WE AREN'T GOING TO ALLOW LIE DETECTORS AND SHOULD NOT ALLOW FACEBOOK PASSWORDS BE GIVEN UP AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT.

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  • 05:57:05 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    BACK TO THE SPEAKER.

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    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 MICHIGAN RISE?

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  • 05:58:30 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    TODAY, 300 TIMES SOMEONE WILL BE TRYING TO GET INTO OUR CREDIT CARD…

    TODAY, 300 TIMES SOMEONE WILL BE TRYING TO GET INTO OUR CREDIT CARD COMPANY. IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, JUST IN DEFENSE CONTRACTORS, FOREIGN NATION STATES HAVE STOLEN MORE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THAT WILL END UP PROTECTING THIS COUNTRY THAT IS EQUIVALENT TO 50 TIMES THE PRINT COLLECTION OF OUR U.S. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. ANONYMOUS IS ATTACKING BUSINESS AND TODAY, ATTACKS WALL STREET. THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE TODAY THAT ARE LITERALLY ROBBING THE FUTURE OF AMERICA FOR OUR JOBS, OUR PROSPERITY AND OUR ECONOMIC PROWESS IN THE WORLD AND THEY ARE DOING IT BY DESIGN. A YEAR AGO WE SET OUT TO TRY TO DO SOMETHING SMALL. IF WE HAVE SOME BAD SOFTWARE, SOME BAD MALICIOUS VIRUS INFORMATION, SHOULDN'T WE BE OBLIGATED IT TO SHARE IT WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR SO THEY CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES? ABSOLUTELY. IF WE DON'T DO THIS, A NATION STATE LIKE CHINA HAS GEARED ITSELF IF FOR THE VERY PURPOSE, MILITARY AND INTELLIGENCE SERVICES, FOR THE VERY PURPOSE OF ECONOMICALLY WOUNDING THE UNITED STATES BY DRAINING OUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DRY AND THEY HAVE DONE IT BY STEALING FORMULAS AND DONE IT BY STEALING PHARMACEUTICAL FORMULAS AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WHEN IT RELATES TO MILITARY HARDWARE AND COPIED IT AND COST US A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF MORE MONEY TO HAVE TO GO BACK AND REDESIGN IT. SO WE CAN PLAY GAMES AND DO SILLY THINGS. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOTHING TO PROTECT A PERSON'S PRIVATE PASSWORD AT HOME. NOTHING, NOT ONE THING. BUT IT IS SERVING TO TRY TO MAYBE SEND IT BACK TO COMMITTEE AND COME BACK. THIS HAS BEEN A BIPARTISAN BILL. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW DISAPPOINTING THIS AMENDMENT IS TO ME. I HAVE WORKED WITH MR. RUPPERSBERGER AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE AND WORKED WITH THE PRIVACY GROUPS AND CIVIL LIBERTARIAN ANSWER --S. AND THIS DOESN'T DO ANYTHING. I GET IT, IT SOUNDS GREAT AND YOU ARE GOING TO RUN OUT AND DO SOME BAD THINGS WITH IT. THIS IS OUR NATION'S DEFENSE. THIS IS THE LAST THING WE NEED TO DO TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE DONE IT SINCE 9/11. WE DID HOMELAND SECURITY. WE'VE DONE THE PATRIOT ACT. WE HAVE DONE OTHER THINGS THAT THIS BODY AND THE OTHER BODY AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SIGNED TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY AS OUR CONSTITUTION TELLS US TO DO FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE OF THIS GREAT NATION. AND I'LL TELL YOU SOMETHING, WE CAN HAVE THIS DEBATE. WE CAN TALK ABOUT A BILL THAT DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO PROTECT SOMEONE'S PRIVATE PASSWORD AT HOME OR GET ABOUT THE BUSINESS TO TRY TO GIVE THE PRIVATE SECTOR JUST A LITTLE BIT OF INFORMATION TO PROTECT PEOPLE'S PRIVATE INFORMATION IN THE COMFORT OF THEIR HOME SO WE CAN PROTECT THIS NATION FROM A CATASTROPHIC ATTACK. THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY DIDN'T SAY MAYBE, COULD HAPPEN, THEY SAID IT WILL HAPPEN. THIS IS THE ONE SMALL THING WE GET TO DO TO PREPARE FOR A WHOLE BUNCH OF FOLKS OUT THERE WHO WANT TO BRING THIS NATION DOWN. WE OUGHT TO STAND TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY AND OUGHT TO REJECT ALL OF THE MISCONFUSION AND ALL OF THE THINGS THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS BILL THAT ARE NOT TRUE AND WE OUGHT TO STAND HERE AND SAY WE RESPECT THE FACT THAT YOU KEPT THE GOVERNMENT STUFF GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE STUFF PRIVATE AND YOU ARE JUST SHARING SOME PRETTY BAD INFORMATION SO THEY CAN APPLY IT TO THEIR PATCHES THAT HAPPEN ON YOUR COMPUTER EVERY SINGLE DAY THOUSANDS OF TIMES A DAY TO TRY TO KEEP VIRUSES OFF YOUR COMPUTER AND THAT'S IT. . THE BUFFETT RULE ISN'T IN THE BILL. I DON'T THINK THAT OUGHT TO GET A VETO THREAT EITHER. THIS IS WHERE WE ARE. THIS IS THAT FIRST SMALL STEP. I'M GOING TO ASK ALL OF YOU TO JOIN US TODAY, REJECT THIS RED HERRING, THIS, AND STAND WITH AMERICA, THEY NEED IT. YOU KNOW, THERE ARE THREE MILLION BUSINESSES WITH ALL THE ASSOCIATIONS TELLING US, PLEASE GIVE US THAT CLASSIFIED SECRET MALWEAR INFORMATION THAT YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS SO WE CAN PROTECT THE PEOPLE WE HAVE AS CUSTOMERS AND CLIENTS. THEY'RE BEGGING FOR IT. BECAUSE THEY'RE GETTING KILLED. EVERY SINGLE DAY. IT'S HAPPENING RIGHT THIS SECOND. THIS IS OUR CHANCE TO STAND UP, THIS WAS A BIPARTISAN EFFORT. IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN BIPARTISANSHIP, IF YOU BELIEVE THAT'S THE FUTURE OF THIS CHAMBER, AND THAT'S THE DIGNITY OF THE VERY FOUNDING FATHERS THAT GAVE IT TO US, THEN TODAY IS THE DAY TO PROVE IT. REJECT THIS AMENDMENT, STAND FOR AMERICA, SUPPORT THIS BILL.

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  • 06:03:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

    FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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

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    THE CHAIR

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

    ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSES 8 AND 9 OF RULE 20, THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT, FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOLTS ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 523 IF ORDERED AND SUSPENSION OF THE RULES WITH REGARD TO H.R. 2050 IF ORDERED. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 06:24:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 183, THE NAYS ARE 233, THE AMENDMENT -- THE…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 183, THE NAYS ARE 233, THE AMENDMENT -- THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR OF THE NOES HAVE IT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:24:44 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    RECORD ROLL CALL VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A…

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. 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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  • 06:31:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 248 --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 248, THE NAYS ARE 168. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 248, THE NAYS ARE 168. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 2050 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 06:32:44 PM

    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 304, H.R. 2050, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE CONTINUED USE OF CERTAIN…

    NUMBER 304, H.R. 2050, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE CONTINUED USE OF CERTAIN WATER DIVERSIONS LOCATED ON NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM LAND IN THE FRANK CHURCH RIVER OF NO RETURN WILDERNESS IN THE STATE OF IDAHO AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 06:33:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO CLEAR THE WELL OF THE HOUSE, TO TAKE THEIR SEATS. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE ARE ASKED TO TAKE THEIR SEATS, CLEAR THE WELL OF THE HOUSE AND TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS, PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:35:34 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IN THE ENGROSSMENT OF THE BILL,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IN THE ENGROSSMENT OF THE BILL, H.R. 3523, THE CLERK BE ALTOGETHER RICED TO MAKE SUCH TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING CHANGES AS NECESSARY TO REFLECT THE ACTIONS OF THE HOUSE.

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  • 06:36:55 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IN THE ENGROSSMENT OF H.R. 3523 THE CLERK BE…

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IN THE ENGROSSMENT OF H.R. 3523 THE CLERK BE AUTHORIZED TO MAKE THE CHANGE THAT I HAVE PLACED AT THE DESK.

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  • 06:37:08 PM

    THE CLERK

    DENY ACCESS TO OR BEFORE DEGRADE IN EACH PLACE IT APPEARS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO…

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR ON WHICH THE VOTE INCURS OBJECTION UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. ANY RECORD VOTE ON THE POSTPONED QUESTION WILL BE TAKEN LATER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THAT THE HOUSE -- MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES…

    THAT THE HOUSE -- MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4257 AS AMENDED.

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  • 06:38:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    TO AMEND CHAPTER 35 OF TITLE 44, UNITED STATES CODE, TO REVISE…

    TO AMEND CHAPTER 35 OF TITLE 44, UNITED STATES CODE, TO REVISE REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO FEDERAL INFORMATION SECURITY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 06:38:34 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 MARYLAND, MR. CUMMINGS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 06:38:46 PM

    MR. ISSA

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MADAM…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MADAM CHAIR, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 06:39:03 PM

    MR. ISSA

    MADAM SPEAKER, I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE FLOOR STATEMENT MADE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE FLOOR STATEMENT MADE BY THE HONORABLE RALPH HALL, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY, BE INSERTED IN THE RECORD AT THIS TIME.

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  • 06:39:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 06:39:21 PM

    MR. ISSA

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN MAY…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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  • 06:41:39 PM

    MR. ISSA

    AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF 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 MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:43:31 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

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

  • 06:43:36 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    MADAM SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL I'D LIKE TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL I'D LIKE TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR COMMITTEE, FIRST OF ALL, FOR HIS KIND WORDS AND FOR HIS COOPERATION. I START BY THANKING HIM FOR WORKING WITH ME AND MY STAFF TO MAKE THIS A BIPARTISAN EFFORT AND IT IS TRULY A BIPARTISAN EFFORT. FROM THE BEGINNING WE AGREED THAT WE DID NOT WANT TO MAKE SECURING OUR FEDERAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS A PARTISAN ISSUE AND THAT SECURING OUR NATION AGAINST A CYBERATTACK IS AN ISSUE THAT TRANSCENDS ANY PARTY LINES. THIS BILL IS EVIDENCE OF THE GOOD WORK THAT WE CAN DO WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER TO ADDRESS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE LIKE CYBERSECURITY. NOT ONLY DOES THIS BILL ENJOY BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, BUT IT IS NONCONTROVERSIAL. LAST WEEK THE BILL WAS MARKED UP IN COMMITTEE AND PASSED ON A VOICE VOTE. THE ONLY AMENDMENTS CONSIDERED MADE CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGES TO THE BILL THAT WERE RECOMMENDED BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY AND THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE. THESE CHANGES ENJOY UNIVERSAL SUPPORT IN COMMITTEE. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ENSURE THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES USE A RISK-BASED APPROACH TO DEFEND AGAINST CYBERATTACKS AND PROTECT GOVERNMENT INFORMATION FROM BEING COMPROMISED BY OUR ADVERSARIES. THE BILL WOULD MAKE KEY CHANGES TO HELP PROTECT OUR FEDERAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS FROM CYBERATTACKS. IT WOULD SHIFT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT -- IT WOULD SHIFT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO A SYSTEM OF CONTINUOUS MONITORING OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS, STREAMLINE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS AND ENSURE THAT AGENCIES TAKE A SMART RISK-BASED APPROACH TO SECURING NETWORKS. THIS BILL WILL CONTINUE TO AUTHORIZE THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET TO SET FEDERAL POLICY FOR INFORMATION SECURITY. THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE NEED TO HOLD ALL AGENCIES ACCOUNTABLE FOR DEVELOPING APPROPRIATE STANDARDS AND LIVING UP TO THEM. HOWEVER, NOTHING IN THIS BILL WOULD PREVENT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FROM CONTINUING THE GREAT WORK IT IS DOING TO PROTECT OUR NATION AGAINST POTENTIAL CYBERATTACKS. THE DEPARTMENT WAS DRAMATICALLY EXPANDED -- HAS DRAMATICALLY EXPANDED ITS CYBERSECURITY QUORK FORCE AND HAS BUILT THE NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY INTEGRATION SERVICE, FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS, CYBERSECURITY COMMAND CENTER. THIS COMMAND CENTER IS A VITAL PART OF OUR EFFORTS TO PROTECT FEDERAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS. EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE HEAD OF U.S. CYBERCOMMAND, GENERAL KEITH ALEXANDER, TESTIFIED THAT THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION AGAINST CYBERTHREATS IS ONE OF OUR BIGGEST NATIONAL SECURITY CHANGES. SECURING OUR SYSTEMS IS A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF -- COMPONENT OF THIS CHALLENGE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME AND OUR CHAIRMAN IN SUPPORTING THIS. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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  • 06:46:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MADAM SPEAKER, WE HAVE A SPEAK OWN THE OTHER SIDE FAR COLLOQUY, I RESERVE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, WE HAVE A SPEAK OWN THE OTHER SIDE FAR COLLOQUY, I RESERVE AT THIS TIME TO ALLOW HIM TO GO NEXT.

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  • 06:46:51 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY, THREE MINUTES FOR A…

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY, THREE MINUTES FOR A COLLOQUY WITH THE CHAIRMAN.

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  • 06:46:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    MADAM SPEAKER AND I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND, THE DISTINGUISHED…

    MADAM SPEAKER AND I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER. I RISE TO ASK THE CHAIRMAN, MR. ISSA TO ENGAGE IN COLLOQUY. AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ISSA AND APPRECIATE THE WORK HE AND THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. CUMMINGS, AND THEIR STAFF ON THIS LEGISLATION, WHICH I THINK IS A THOUGHTFUL, BIPARTISAN UPDATE TO AN INFORMATION SECURITY BILL ACTUALLY WRITTEN BE MY PREDECESSOR AND THE CHAIRMAN, TOM DAVIS OF VIRGINIA. THE FISMA AMENDMENTS ACT CHANGES FROM COMPLIANCE TO PERFORMANCE MEASURES. OF COURSE WHEN CONSIDERING THE PERFORMANCE OF FEDERAL AGENCIES, ITS NATURAL EXTENSION TO QUESTION THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND THOSE AGENCIES IN A RELATIONSHIP AMONG TECHNOLOGY AND CYBERSECURITY RELATED POSITIONS WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. I APPRECIATE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY, PARTICULARLY THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER'S 25-POINT PLAN BUT I'M CONCERNED THE CURRENT AD HOC NATURE OF THE CYBERSECURITY COORDINATOR COULD CREATE CERTAIN RISKS IN CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS CHALLENGES WHEN WE LOOK TO THE FUTURE ADMINISTRATIONS. I WOULD ASK CHAIRMAN ISSA IF HE SHARES THOSE CONCERNS, AND I YIELD.

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  • 06:48:19 PM

    MR. ISSA

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I DO SHARE THOSE CONCERNS AND APPRECIATE THE…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I DO SHARE THOSE CONCERNS AND APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S WORK ON THIS. PROPER ORGANIZATION OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH IS ESSENTIAL TO A SUCCESSFUL LONG-TERM MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY AND PARTICULARLY CYBERSECURITY THIS POLICY IS GOING TO -- IS GOING TO REQUIRE ADDITIONAL WORK. FISMA IS NOT THE END BUT A STARTING POINT. I WOULD LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE GENTLEMAN TO MAKE SURE AS WE WORK WITH THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH WE GET IT RIGHT, KEEP THE FOCUS WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE ON ALL THE AGENCIES AND BRINGING THEM TOGETHER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:48:59 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    THE CHAIRMAN AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM AND THE RANKING MEMBER…

    THE CHAIRMAN AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM AND THE RANKING MEMBER AS WELL AS MR. LANGEVIN OF RHODE ISLAND WHO HAS BEEN A LEADER ON THIS SUBJECT TO ADDRESS THE SUBJECT IN THE CONTEXT OF CYBERSECURITY. WITH THE RIGHT FRAMEWORK, I BELIEVE CURRENT AND FUTURE ADMINISTRATIONS WILL BE ABLE TO MORE EFFICIENTLY IMPLEMENT THESE REFORMS AND OTHER RELATED LEGISLATION. GIVEN ITS JURES KIX, THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE IS THE APPROPRIATE VENUE TO DEVELOP SUCH LEGISLATION AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE COMMITTEE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER TO ADVANCE IT. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE SPEAKER AND THE RANKING MEMBER AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:49:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 06:49:41 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    YIELD THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND MR. LANGEVIN THREE MINUTE FARCE…

    YIELD THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND MR. LANGEVIN THREE MINUTE FARCE COLLOQUY WITH

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  • 06:49:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN VECK NICED.

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO ENGAGE IN A…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY WITH MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, THE CHAIRMANNLE OF THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM, MR. ISSA. I FIRST WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS HARD WORK, HIS EFFORTS TO UPDATE THE FEDERAL INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT ACT HAVE BEEN COMMENDABLY INCLUSIVE AND BIPARTISAN AND I WANT TO THANK HIM AND HIS STAFF, AS WELL AS MR. CUMMINGS AND MR. CONNOLLY AND THEIR STAFF FOR ALL THE OUTREACH AND GOOD FAITH NEGOTIATION THAT'S OCCURRED DURING THE CRAFTING OF THIS LEGISLATION. THERE CAN BE NO QUESTION THAT THE FISMA REFORM LANGUAGE BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY IS BOTH SORELY NEEDED AND LONG OVERDUE. TO THIS END, TOGETHER WITH MY GOOD FRIEND AND OUR FORMER COLLEAGUE MS. WATSON, I INTRODUCED AN AMENDMENT THAT PASSED THE HOUSE OVERWHELMINGLY LAST CONGRESS DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE F.Y. 2011 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. BUT THAT AMENDMENT, WHICH WAS UNFORTUNATELY STRIPPED OUT DURING CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE, WOULD HAVE MADE IMPORTANT UPDATES TO FISMA IN ADDITION TO ESTABLISHING A NATIONAL OFFICE FOR CYBERSPACE IN THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. SUCH AN OFFICE HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S 60-DAY CYBERSPACE POLICY REVIEW, PREIST SECTOR WORKING GROUPS SUCH AS THE CSIS COMMISSION WHICH I CO-CHAIR WITH MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. MCCAUL AND THE G.A.O. AS A RESPONSE TO SECURITY DEFICIENCIES THROUGHOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WHILE I APPLAUD MY FRIEND FOR DELIVERING ON THE NEEDS OF HIS REFORM, I'D LIKE TO ASK THE CHAIRMAN IF HE GAVE THOUGHT TO SUCH ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH IN A PARTICULAR ORGANIZATION LIKE NATIONAL OFFICE FOR CYBERSPACE DURING THE DRAFTING OF THIS LEGISLATION? I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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  • 06:51:46 PM

    MR. ISSA

    THE GENTLEMAN. YES, WE DID. YOUR LEADERSHIP IN CYBERSECURITY MATTERS…

    THE GENTLEMAN. YES, WE DID. YOUR LEADERSHIP IN CYBERSECURITY MATTERS INCLUDING FISMA REFORM HAVE BEEN ESSENTIAL. WHEN WE SERVED ON THE COMMITTEE, I RECOGNIZED YOU PUT MORE TIME AN EFFORT INTO THE BEHIND-THE-DOOR WORK THAN ANY OF US AND IN FACT YOU AND I SHARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES WE FACE WITH THE D.N.I. AND OTHER EARLIER ORGANIZATIONS BUT I SHARE WITH YOU THAT YOUR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW WE CAN IN FACT FIND SINGLE POINT ACCOUNTABILITY IN FUTURE LEGISLATION, IN CONCERT WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION IS EENIS -- IS ESSENTIAL. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU ON THAT I KNOW OF NO OTHER PARTNER I COULD HAVE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO IS MORE PREPARED TO DO IT AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 06:52:31 PM

    MR. LANGEVIN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THAT. I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE THE GENTLEMAN TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THAT. I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE THE GENTLEMAN TO CONTINUE IN THIS OPEN AND BIPARTISAN FASHION. I'D LIKE TO ASK IF YOU'D BE INTERESTED IN WORKING TOGETHER ON SUCH SUBSEQUENT LEGISLATION OR WITH MR. CUMMINGS AND MR. CONNOLLY WHO HAVE BEEN SO INVOLVED -- INVOLVED AND THOUGHTFUL ON THIS ISSUE. I BELIEVE SUCH LEGISLATION SHOULD INCLUDE STRONG, CENTRALIZED OVERSIGHT TO PROTECT OUR NATION'S CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING BUDGETARY OR OVERSIGHT POWER WHILE REMAINING ACCOUNTABLE TO CONGRESS. I YIELD TO

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  • 06:53:03 PM

    MR. ISSA

    AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN MORE. YOUR WORK WITH OUR STAFF HAS BEEN ESSENTIAL…

    AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN MORE. YOUR WORK WITH OUR STAFF HAS BEEN ESSENTIAL AND I THINK WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT ONGOING EFFORT TO GET TO THERE. I SAW THE RANKING MEMBER'S HEAD ALSO SHAKING. I KNOW WE'LL BOTH LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS.

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  • 06:53:21 PM

    MR. LANGEVIN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE GENTLEMAN. I…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE GENTLEMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:53:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

  • 06:53:37 PM

    MR. ISSA

    YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

    YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE THAT HAS DONE SO MUCH ON, IN FACT, CYBERSECURITY, MR. CHAFFETZ.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:53:52 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN ISSA AND HIS FORESIGHT AND LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE…

    I APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN ISSA AND HIS FORESIGHT AND LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE IN DRIVING THIS FORWARD. THIS IS SO, SO IMPORTANT TO OUR COUNTRY AND OUR NATION FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO OPERATE PROPERLY. MADAM SPEAKER, I ALSO WANT TO THANK AND RECOGNIZE THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. CUMMINGS, DOING SO, HIS UNPARALLELED SUPPORT AND NEED JUST PATRIOTISM FOR WHAT'S GOOD FOR THIS NATION, WORKING TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THIS IS, I THINK, WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT AND WHAT THEY GET IN THIS PILL. I ALSO WANT TO SHARE THE FACT THAT CYBERSECURITY IS A REAL THREAT. IT'S A THREAT TO THE MOM WHO HAS GOT THE COMPUTER SITTING IN THERE IN THE KITCHEN AND THE KIDS ARE GOING EVERY DIRECTION, TO THE MOST SECURE INFRASTRUCTURE WE HAVE IN OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE GET THIS RIGHT. BECAUSE EVERYTHING FROM A GUY IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER TO NATION STATES, OUR COUNTRY IS UNDER CONSTANT BOMBARDMENT AND ATTACK FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TO TRADE SECRETS TO WHAT'S GOING ON IN THIS GOVERNMENT. WHILE THIS IS FOCUSED ON WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING AND HOW IT'S ORGANIZED AND IT UPDATES THE LAW SO THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT PROVISIONS AT THE RIGHT PLACE AND WE'RE DOING THE RIGHT THING, WE HAVE TO BE VIGILANT AS A PEOPLE. THIS IS FOCUSED, NOT -- IT DOESN'T GIVE A NEW MANDATE. THERE'S NO NEW MANDATE ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NO MANDATE ON BUSINESSES. WHAT THIS DOES IS GETS THE STRUCTURE FOR WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RIGHT. AND UPDATING AND DOING THINGS LIKE CONTINUOUS MONITORING, VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENTS AND PENETRATION TESTS THAT ARE DONE WITHIN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT REQUIRES A CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER WITHIN THESE DIFFERENT AGENCIES AND IT FOCUSES THESE EFFORTS UPON THE DIRECTOR OF THE O.M.B. BY REALLY PUTTING THE FOCAL -- FOCAL POINT ON THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH WITHIN THE WHITE HOUSE, YOU'LL GET A MUCH BETTER RESPONSE. EVERYTHING FROM THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS AN EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR SYSTEMS ARE UPDATED BECAUSE THE THREAT IS CONSTANT, IT IS REAL, IT IS 24-7, AND WITHOUT THESE UPDATES, WITHOUT THE CONSTANT MONITOR, WITHOUT THESE TYPES OF THINGS, WE WILL BE DOING A DISSERVICE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND WE WILL NOT BE LIVING UP TO THE COMMITMENT WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE NETWORKS ARE SECURE AS THEY POSSIBLY CAN BE. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WILL BE WITH US, NOT JUST FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS OR THE NEXT YEAR BUT FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE AND MADAM SPEAKER, THAT'S WHY I'M SO ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THIS BILL. I APPRECIATE THE BIPARTISAN NATURE IN WHICH IT WAS DONE AND I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN ISSA AND HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS. I AM GLAD TO BE PART OF IT, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:56:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BAG. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:56:42 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    ANY ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:56:47 PM

    MR. ISSA

    WITH GREAT PLEASURE, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN WHO…

    WITH GREAT PLEASURE, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN WHO COORDINATED SO MUCH OF THE WORK WE'RE DOING TODAY, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY.

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  • 06:57:02 PM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    I THANK CHAIRMAN ISSA FOR YIELDING AND MADAM CHAIR, I WANT TO THANK THE…

    I THANK CHAIRMAN ISSA FOR YIELDING AND MADAM CHAIR, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR WORKING TOGETHER AND BRINNING THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO THE FLOOR. I WANT TO COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CHAFFETZ, WHO WAS A MEMBER OF OUR TASK FORCE AND AS THE CHAIRMAN NOTED ASES -- HAS DONE SO MUCH WORK ON THIS. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BILL ON CYBERSECURITY. THE FISMA LAW, PASSED IN 2002, NEEDS TO BE UPDATED. THE GROWTH IN NUMBER AND SOPHISTICATION OF THE THREATS HAS NOT BEEN MATCHED BY OUR RESPONSE. AND SO LAWS AND POLICIES ARE INCREASINGLY OUTDATED AND NOT ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH THE THREATS FACED BY FEDERAL NETWORKS AS WELL AS PRIVATE SECTOR NETWORKS. AND THIS BILL REQUIRES CONTINUOUS MONITORING, AS YOU HAVE HEARD. THE THREAT IS DYNAMIC. IT CHANGES. IT DOESN'T WORK ANYMORE TO JUST CHECK A BOX AND SAY, I'VE DONE THIS. YOU HAVE TO HAVE THAT CONTINUOUS MONITORING OF WHAT'S HAPPENING WITHIN YOUR NETWORKS. THAT'S IMPORTANT FOR DEFENSE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BUT IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO BE AN EXAMPLE FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY AND IN CYBERSECURITY, IT SEEMS TO ME, IT'S PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE. I ALSO WANT TO JUST SAY THAT THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF AN ISSUE A PART OF CYBERSECURITY, ON WHICH EVERYBODY AGREES. NEEDS TO HAPPEN AND THEY HAVE BROUGHT THIS COMMITTEE -- THIS COMMITTEE HAS BROUGHT A BIPARTISAN ANSWER. WE CANNOT ALLOW DIFFERENCES THAT MAY EXIST BETWEEN THIS BODY AND THE OTHER BODY ON OTHER CYBERSECURITY ISSUES TO PREVENT US FROM TAKING ACTION, GETTING SOMETHING ACCOMPLISHED ON SOMETHING THAT EVERYBODY AGREES ON. THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS EVERYBODY ADEPREES NEEDS TO HAPPEN, INFORMATION SHARING, EVERYBODY AGREES ON. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT THAT WE'LL HAVE TOMORROW ON THE FLOOR, EVERYBODY AGREES NEEDS TO HAPPEN. SO I APPRECIATE THE WORK OF THIS COMMITTEE, IT'S AN IMPORTANT BILL, IT WILL HELP MAKE THE NATION MORE SECURE AS WELL AS ITS GOVERNMENT AND I HOPE ALL MEMBERS WILL SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:59:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 06:59:11 PM

    MR. ISSA

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

  • 06:59:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:59:18 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MADAM SPEAKER, WE ARE, I THINK…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MADAM SPEAKER, WE ARE, I THINK THIS IS -- I WANT TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH ALL THE WORDS THAT HAVE BEEN SAID BY BOTH SIDES THIS EVENING. BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND THAT CYBERSECURITY IS SO VERY, VERY IMPORTANT TO OUR NATION. WE OFTEN LOOK BACK TO 9/11 AND WE THINK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT VERY SHORT TIME AND HOW IT DISRUPTED OUR ENTIRE NATION, TAKING PLANES OUT TO HAVE THE AIR, CURINGS WORLD TO AT LEAST PAUSE, AND WE SAW THE DAMAGE THAT WAS DONE IN A MATTER OF A FEW MINUTES. CYBERSECURITY AND THE CYBERTHREAT IS JUST AS GREAT, IF NOT FAR GREATER, AND CAN HAPPEN VERY, VERY QUICKLY. CYBERATTACK CAN TAKE PLACE VERY, VERY QUICKLY. IT'S SOMETHING WE MUST DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO PROTECT OURSELVES AGAINST. THIS BILL DOES NOT SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS. BUT IT CERTAINLY LEADS US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY INVOLVED FOR THE BIPARTISAN EFFORT AND MAKING THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. WITH THAT, I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:00:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND YEEDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE…

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

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  • 07:00:45 PM

    MR. ISSA

    I URGE ALL MEMBER TOGS SUPPORT THE PASS AND -- MEMBERS TO SUPPORT PASSAGE…

    I URGE ALL MEMBER TOGS SUPPORT THE PASS AND -- MEMBERS TO SUPPORT PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND I WANT TO MAKE ONE CLOSING STATEMENT. OFTEN WE TALK ABOUT CYBERSECURITY AND PEOPLE THINK ABOUT JUST THE INTERNET. WE SIT HERE IN A ROOM THAT IS ESSENTIALLY WINDOWLESS. I'VE BEEN IN THIS ROOM WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE OUT. IT IS VERY, VERY DARK. WE WOULD HAVE A HARD TIME FINDING OUR WAY OUT. AND YET THE VERY ESSENCE OF KEEPING THE GRID UP REQUIRES COMPUTERS TO TALK TO EACH OTHER. OUR PHONE SYSTEMS, OUR LIGHTS, OUR POWER, OUR SEWAGE, OUR WATER ALL DEPEND TODAY ON INTEROPERABLE COMPUTER SYSTEMS THAT SPAN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY AND IN MANY CASES THE ENTIRE WORLD. SO AS PEOPLE REALIZE THAT THE GOVERNMENT TO GOVERNMENT RELATIONSHIP, AND PARTICULARLY THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS, THAT THIS BILL ENCOURAGES AND ASKS THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET TO ASSURE OCCUR, WE'RE DOING SO, OF COURSE, TO MAINTAIN A RELIABLE INTERNET, BUT MUCH MORE IMPORTANTLY THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE VERY ELECTRICITY THAT POWERS THE INTERNET MUST BE MAINTAINED AND PROTECTED. AND I BELIEVE WE'VE GONE A LONG WAY TODAY IN PASSAGE OF THIS BILL. I URGE ITS PASSAGE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT MATTER AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:02:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4257 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS ARISE?

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  • 07:02:45 PM

    MR. POE

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 07:02:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:02:55 PM

    MR. POE

    THE QUIET TOWN OF WOOD SOCK ET, RHODE ISLAND, A 91-YEAR-OLD MEMORIAL…

    THE QUIET TOWN OF WOOD SOCK ET, RHODE ISLAND, A 91-YEAR-OLD MEMORIAL HONORING HOMETOWN SOLDIERS STANDS TALL OUTSIDE A LOCAL FIRE STATION. A STONE BOTTOM STATUE WITH A CROSS ON TOP IMMORTALIZES THE FALLEN HEROES WHO SACRIFICED SO MUCH FOR OUR COUNTRY. FOR DECADES THE MEMORIAL HAS STOOD IN THE SHADOWS OF THE FIRE STATION WITH NO COMPLAINTS FROM LOCAL RESIDENTS. BUT A GROUP OF OUT OF TOWNERS, NOT FROM RHODE ISLAND, BUT FROM 1,000 MILES AWAY IN WISCONSIN, HAVE SELF-RIGHTEOUSLY OBJECTED TO THE CROSS ON TOP OF THE 91-YEAR-OLD MEMORIAL. THE ANTI-RELIGIOUS HATE GROUP DEMANDS THE CROSS BE REMOVED. THEY ALSO DEMAND THE FIREFIGHTERS PRAYER AND AN GEL FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE BE WE MOVED. MADAM SPEAKER, THE FIREFIGHTER PRAYER ASKS GOD TO GIVE THEM STRENGTH TO SAVE LIVES AND TO PROTECT THE FAMILIES OF THE FIREFIGHTERS. COUNTY OFFICIALS WILL NOT SUCCUMB TO THE INTIMIDATION TACTICS OF THE BIGOTED GROUP. THE MAYOR HAS SAID HE WILL NOT REMOVE THE CROSS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. BECAUSE THE CONSTITUTION PROTECTS THE FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION, WHETHER THIS HATE GROUP LIKES IT OR NOT AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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  • 07:04:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA RISE?

  • 07:04:15 PM

    MS. BERKLEY

    I RISE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

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

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  • 07:04:22 PM

    MS. BERKLEY

    IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT IN THE 21ST CENTURY WOMEN IN NEVADA ARE STILL…

    IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT IN THE 21ST CENTURY WOMEN IN NEVADA ARE STILL MAKING ONLY 83 CENTS FOR EVERY $1 THAT A MAN MAKES. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN IN REAL TERMS? IT MEANS A DIFFERENCE OF $7,326 A YEAR. IT IS NOT FAIR. IN MOST CASES WORKING WOMEN IN NEVADA ARE EITHER THE PRIMARY OR THE SOUL BREAD WINNERS OF THEIR FAMILY AND THAT'S WHY I'M CALLING ON THE SPEAKER TO FOLLOW THE SENATE'S LEAD AND SCHEDULE A VOTE ON THE PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT, LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP CLOSE THE UNACCEPTABLE WAGE GAP BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY. UNFORTUNATELY FAR TOO MANY IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE ARE STILL LIVING IN THE DARK AGE WHEN IS IT COMES TO BASIC FAIRNESS FOR WOMEN. WOMEN IN NEVADA ARE STILL SHAKING THEIR HEADS IN DISBELIEF THAT IN THE YEAR 2012 ONE OF THE MAJOR DEBATES IN THIS CONGRESS IS WHETHER TO RESTRICT ACCESS TO BIRTH CONTROL AND NOW THERE ARE THOSE IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE WHO HAVE VOTED TIME AND TIME AGAIN AGAINST ENFORCING EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK. IT'S TIME FOR THIS CONGRESS TO JOIN THE REST OF US IN THE 21ST CENTURY. LET'S GET THE PAYCHECK FAIRNESS BILL ON THE FLOOR AND LET'S VOTE YES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:05:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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  • 07:05:41 PM

    THE CLERK

    OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. DAVIS OF KENTUCKY FOR TODAY AND FOR APRIL 27.

  • 07:05:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

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

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  • 07:06:05 PM

    MR. POE

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. TONIGHT MYSELF AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE ARE…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. TONIGHT MYSELF AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT ENERGY ISSUES IN THE UNITED STATES. PROBABLY A TIMELY THING TO START WITH ARE THE RECENT COMMENTS BY ONE OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHO WORKS FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, THE E.P.A. AND THE MORE RELEARN ABOUT THE E.P.A., THE MORE WE LEARN THAT THEY ARE HOSTILE TO REAL AMERICAN ENERGY FOR VARIOUS REASONS. LET ME GIVE YOU SOME HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE THAT MAKES THIS CONTINUOUS ASSAULT ON THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY MAKE SENSE TO US NOW IN 2012. IT SEEMS THAT BACK IN 2010, TWO YEARS AGO, E.P.A. REGION SIX ADMINISTRATOR STOOD UP ON HIS BUREAUCRATIC PEDESTAL OF POWER AND SPELLED OUT THE TRUE INTENTIONS THAT HE HAD AND THE GOALS OF THE E.P.A. HE DECLARED THAT THE E.P.A. AND DECLARED THIS FROM HIS MARBLE PALACE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THAT THE E.P.A. WOULD TARGET THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY, CALLING IT AN ENFORCEMENT PRIORITY. AS IF, MADAM SPEAKER, THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY IS MADE UP OF CRIMINALS. HE WENT ON, AND I QUOTE, I WAS IN A MEETING ONCE AND I HAVE AND GAVE AN ANALOGY TO MY STAFF ABOUT MY PHILOSOPHY OF ENFORCEMENT. AND I THINK IT WAS PROBABLY A LITTLE CRUDE AND MAYBE NOT APPROPRIATE FOR THE MEETING, BUT I'LL JUST GO AHEAD AND TELL YOU WHAT I SAID. AND HERE'S WHAT HE SAID, MADAM SPEAKER. IT WAS KIND OF LIKE HOW THE ROMANS USED TO DO. YOU KNOW, CONCUR VILLAGES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN. THEY'D GO INTO A LITTLE TURKISH TOWN, SOMEWHERE THEY'D FIND THE FIRST FIVE GUYS THEY SAW AND THEY'D CRUCIFY THEM. THAT'S RIGHT. THEY WOULD CRUCIFY THEM. AS IF HE IS ADVOCATING CRUCIFYING THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. WHAT A THING TO SAY FROM SOMEBODY THAT WORKS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. HE SAID HE WOULD MAKE EXAMPLES OUT OF THE PEOPLE IN THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. PROBABLY UNKNOWN TO HIM, HIS SPEECH WAS ALL CAUGHT ON VIDEOTAPE THAT RECENTLY SURFACED. IN FACT, IT WAS ON THE INTERNET, YOUTUBE, LAST NIGHT. BUT TODAY MYSTERIOUSLY IT SEEMS TO HAVE DISAPPEARED AND IS NO LONGER ON YOUTUBE. THAT WAS IN 2010. THESE COMMENTS HELP US UNDERSTAND THE E.P.A.'S BERELIGIOUS RANT ATTITUDE AGAINST -- BELLIGERENT ATTITUDE AGAINST ENERGY, AMERICAN ENERGY, AGAINST THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. WHAT CAME AFTER WAS ONE OF THE MOST AGGRESSIVE ASSAULTS ON THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY WE'VE EVER SEEN. THE E.P.A. IS AT WAR WITH THE -- WITH TEXAS, AS "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" EDITORIAL ONCE SAID. I THINK THE E.P.A. PROBABLY SHOULD CHANGE THEIR NAME TO THE WAR DEPARTMENT, BECAUSE THEY ARE AT WAR WITH AMERICA'S ENERGY. THEY CERTAINLY AREN'T CONCERNED AS MUCH ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT AS THEY ARE ABOUT PUTTING AMERICAN ENERGY OUT OF BUSINESS. MADAM SPEAKER, THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY SUPPORTS 9.2 MILLION JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES. I WONDER HOW MANY OF THOSE WORKERS HE WANTS TO CRUCIFY ALL IN THE NAME OF HIS POLITICAL AGENDA. MADAM SPEAKER, WE NEED A FAIR E.P.A., ONE THAT BRINGS A BALANCED APPROACH TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND TO OUR ENERGY INDUSTRY. AN ATTACK ON THE ENERGY INDUSTRY IS AN ATTACK REALLY ON AMERICAN PEOPLE AND AMERICAN JOBS. HE SEEMS TO BE AT WAR WITH AMERICA. HE DOES NOT BANT TO -- WANT TO REALLY HELP THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY BECOME ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE, IT SEEMS TO ME HE WANTS TO KILL IT AND THE EFFORT WILL KILL AMERICAN JOBS, KILL OUR ENERGY AND KILL OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THE VIDEO ALSO SHOWS HE IS NOT CONCERNED ABOUT REAL SCIENCE, NOT ABOUT TRUE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, OR REALLY THE FACTS. HE JUST HATES THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. SO, MADAM SPEAKER, HE NEEDS TO GO. HE NEEDS TO BE REPLACED WITH SOMEONE THAT CARES MORE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT THAN PERSONAL CRUSADES AGAINST INDUSTRY. AND AT THIS TIME, MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE IN THE RECORD A "FORBES" ARTICLE THAT WAS PUBLISHED TODAY REGARDING THE E.P.A. OFFICIAL THAT I JUST MENTIONED.

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  • 07:10:35 PM

    MR. POE

    I'M GOING TO CONTINUE MY COMMENTS ABOUT AMERICA'S ENERGY BY TALKING A…

    I'M GOING TO CONTINUE MY COMMENTS ABOUT AMERICA'S ENERGY BY TALKING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT GASOLINE. AND GASOLINE PRICES. I ASKED MEMBERS, PEOPLE BACK IN TEXAS, IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS, WHERE I LIVE, HOW RISING GASOLINE PRICES HAVE AFFECTED THEM PERSONALLY. AND I WANT TO GIVE THE HOUSE THE BENEFIT OF SOME OF THOSE STATEMENTS MADE BY AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT THE HIGH COST OF GASOLINE. AND MAYBE SOME THINGS THAT WE CAN DO ABOUT HIGH COSTS OF GASOLINE. HERE'S WHAT THEY HAVE SAID. AND I'LL TAKE THEM ONE AT A TIME. ONE INDIVIDUAL FROM SOUTHEAST TEXAS SAID, I SPEND MORE MONEY ON GASOLINE THAN I DO ON GROCERIES. ANOTHER, LIVING IN TEXAS REQUIRES DRIVING GREATER DISTANCES TO GET ANYTHING. WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO PURCHASE GAS AND IT DEFINITELY CUTS INTO OUR FOOD BUDGET. YOU SEE, MADAM SPEAKER, WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI THERE ARE VAST PLACES AS THE SPEAKER KNOWS WHERE PEOPLE ROAM AND LIVE IN RURAL AREAS AND IT TAKES THEM A LONG TIME TO GET FROM POINT A TO POINT B. ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY'RE GOING TO WORK SOMETIMES. WHETHER THEY WORK ON THE RANCH OR WHETHER THEY WORK IN SMALL TOWNS IN AMERICA. AND SO BECAUSE OF THAT GREATER DISTANCE, A LOT OF AMERICANS DON'T REALIZE THAT THE ONLY MODE OF TRANSPORTATION FOR SOME AMERICANS IS TO DRIVE A VEHICLE. THAT'S HOW THEY GET TO WORK. THEY DON'T DRIVE SUBWAYS, THEY DON'T RIDE BICYCLES, THEY DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WALK TO WORK BECAUSE THEY LIVE IN THE VASTNESS OF THE WEST. I'LL CONTINUE. 70% OF ALL BUSINESSES REQUIRES PEOPLE TO HAVE DISCRETIONARY INCOME THAT'S BEING SIPHONED OFF BY HIGHER GAS, TAXES, FEES AND IT'S ONLY GETTING WORSE BECAUSE OF HIGH GASOLINE PRICES. I CONTINUE, ANOTHER SAYS, AS A RETIREE, HIGH GASOLINE PRICES AFFECTS EVERYTHING I DO. TRAVEL, POSSIBLE VACATION PLANS ARE NO LONGER BEING DISCUSSED AND OUR FAMILY -- IN OUR FAMILY, ANYTHING I DO IS PLANNED WELL SO AS TO CUT DOWN ON HOW MUCH I DRIVE. WHAT I BUY BECAUSE IT IS PRICED SO HIGH IN THE STORES. THE PRICE IN STORES HAS TRIPLED BECAUSE STORES ARE HAVING TO PAY HIGHER FUEL PRICES TO GET THEIR MARKET OR GET THEIR PRODUCTS TO MARKET. ANOTHER ONE SAYS, I DRIVE FOR 11 AND IT -- A FORD 11 AND IT HURTS. I CONTINUE, ANOTHER TEXAN HAS WRITTEN ME AND SAID, I DRIVE 170 MILES ROUND TRIP TO WORK EVERY DAY. I WORK FOR THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T GIVE ME ONE RED CENT FOR GASOLINE. IT COSTS ME $900 A MONTH FOR GASOLINE. THAT I USED TO COULD USE SOMEWHERE ELSE. AMAZING NUMBER, $900. THAT'S -- IN SOME CASES THAT'S HOW MUCH PEOPLE PAY ON THEIR RENT FOR THEIR HOUSE OR APARTMENT. YET WE HAVE ONE AMERICAN DOING THINKS JOB, WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY, SPENDING THAT MUCH MONEY JUST ON GASOLINE. ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL WROTE ME AND HE SAID, I CAN'T AFFORD TO COMMUTE. BUT BY MY LONG HOURS AS A BUSINESS OWNER, IT MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO TAKE MASS TRANSIT OR CARPOOL SO I HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE, SINCE I HAVE NO CARPOOL, NO MASS TRANSITS, BUT I HAVE TO DRIVE TO GET TO WORK BECAUSE I'M A BUSINESS OWNER. AND THE GASOLINE IS DRIVING ME OUT OF BUSINESS. ANOTHER ONE HAS SAID, I DRIVE 75 MILES A DAY ROUND TRIP FOR WORK. PLUS I PAY $7 IN TOLLS. YEAH, IT'S HURTING. I LOVE MY JOB, BUT IT'S GETTING TO THE POINT THAT WHAT MONEY I MAKE IS GOING STRAIGHT BACK INTO THE GAS TANK. ANOTHER CITIZEN HAS SAID, I DRIVE A 2000 FORD F-150 AS A WORK VEHICLE. IT'S DRAINING MY WALLET BUT I NEED A FULL-SIZESED TRUCK FOR MY JOB. ONCE AGAIN, IN THE WEST A LOT OF FOLKS DRIVE PICKUP TRUCKS. THEY DON'T JUST DRIVE THEM TO WORK, THAT IS THEIR WORK VEHICLE. THEY USE THAT IN THEIR JOB. IT IS THEIR OFFICE. THEY DON'T HAVE THE LUXURY AS SOME DO TO WORK IN TALL SKY SCRAPERS IN AN OFFICE AS WE CONSIDER AN OFFICE. THEIR TRUCK IS THEIR VEHICLE. AND F-150'S IS THE STANDARD OPERATING VEHICLE AT LEAST IN TEXAS AND OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. BY THE WAY, IT'S THE NUMBER ONE SELLING VEHICLE IN THE UNITED STATES. BUT AMERICANS NEED TO UNDERSTAND, AND THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND, THAT'S WHAT AMERICANS DRIVE, THAT IS THEIR WORK VEHICLE IN MANY CASES. AND HIGH GASOLINE PRICES AFFECTS THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE AND MAY BE WE AS A BODY OUGHT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT GASOLINE THAT IS NOW $4 A GALLON. . ANOTHER CITIZEN TOLD ME, LAST MONTH I SPENT $600 ON GAS FOR MY TRUCK, VERSUS $300 A FEW YEARS AGO. CUSTOMERS DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT SUPPLIERS ARE RAISING THE COSTS TO RECOUP THE LOSS DUE TO FUEL PRICES THAT ARE SKYROCKETING FOR THEM. AND THAT'S CORRECT. WHAT WE PAY AT THE GROCERY STORE OR AT ANY STORE WHERE WE DO BUSINESS FOR A PRODUCT, PART OF THE COST OF THE PRODUCT IS GETTING IT TO MARKET SO AMERICANS CAN BUY IT. IT'S COSTING MORE TO GET GOODS AND SERVICES TO MARKET BECAUSE GASOLINE PRICES. AND OF COURSE, GASOLINE PRICES AFFECT THE PRICE OF GOODS AND THEREFORE THAT IS PASSED ON TO THE CONSUMER, TO PEOPLE IN AMERICA, WHO LIVE HERE. ANOTHER ONE SAYS, WHERE DO I BEGIN? I HATED IT BUT I HAD TO GO FROM A FORE RUNNER TO A COROLLA TO HANDLE MY COMMUTE TO WORK EVERY DAY. ANOTHER ONE SAYS, SINCE 2002, MY FOOD BILL HAS GONE FROM $95 A WEEK, FOR A FULL CART OF GROCERIES, I SUSPECT, TO $130 PER WEEK FOR HALF A CART OF GROCERY. WE ARE MAKING MORE BUT KEEPING LESS. HIGH GASOLINE PRICES AFFECT MISQUALITY OF LIFE. ANOTHER ONE SAYS, I HAVE SPENT LESS ON FOOD SO I CAN FILL UP THREE TIMES A WEEK AT APPROXIMATELY $75 TO $80 A TANK. ANOTHER CITIZEN WROTE ME HIS CONCERNS. I HAD TO FIND ANOTHER JOB CLOSER TO HOME BECAUSE IT'S GETTING RIDICULOUS, THE COST OF GASOLINE. AN INDIVIDUAL WHO USES HIS TRUCK IN HIS BUSINESS SAID THIS -- I DRIVE A HOT SHOT DELIVERY TRUCK AND I HAVE TO PAY MY OWN FUEL. WE DO GET A FUEL SURCHARGE BUT IT DOES NOT EVEN COME CLOSE TO PAYING FOR THE FUEL. I SPEND $200 TO $250 A WEEK ON FUEL OVER WHAT THE SURCHARGE PAYS ME AND IT'S KILLING ME. THAT'S WHAT AMERICANS ARE SAYING ABOUT GASOLINE PRICES. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO WORK EVERY DAY, SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES, YET GASOLINE AFFECTS THEM IN PERSONAL WAYS. ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL TOLD ME, WROTE ME, ABOUT HIS RELIGION. HIS -- HIS RELIGION IS BEING AFFECTED, HIS RELIGIOUS COMMITMENT IS BEING AFFECTED BY THE COST OF GASOLINE. HERE'S WHAT HE SAYS. BECAUSE THE CHURCH MY FAMILY ATTENDS IS 30 MINUTES AWAY, WE'VE CHOSEN TO ATTEND WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICES CLOSER TO HOME AND HAD TO GIVE UP TWO MEETINGS DURING THE WEEK. IT'S UPSETTING HAVING PEOPLE ASK ME ON SUNDAY IF I'VE LEFT THE CHURCH. AND IT'S HARD TO MAINTAIN THE CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS. IT'S ALL DUE TO HIGH GAS PRICES. ANOTHER SOUTHEAST TEXAN WRITE THIS IS, WE CERTAINLY HAVE LESS DISPOSABLE INCOME, THAT MEANS LESS TO SPEND IN VARIOUS BUSINESSES IN OUR CITY, BECAUSE OF THE HIGH COST IT COST MISFAMILY TO BUY GASOLINE. ANOTHER ONE SAYS THIS. I HAVE CUT OUT EVERYTHING EXTRA, DINE OUT LESS, FEWER TRIP, STAY AT HOME FOR ENTERTAINMENT, PRICES OF FOOD HAVE TRIPLED AND I STRETCH LEFTOVERS AS FAR AS POSSIBLE. BECAUSE OF GAS PRICES. ANOTHER CITIZEN AND NEIGHBOR SAID, I ONLY DRIVE WHERE I HAVE TO. I SHOP AT CROGER TO GET EXTRA CENTS OFF GAS. THE KROGER GROCERY STORE GIVES PEOPLE A DEDUCTION IF THEY BUY GASOLINE FROM KROGER AND THEY HAVE A LITTLE KROGER CARD. WE JUST STAY AT HOME MORE THAN EVER. AND A FISHERMAN SAYS THIS -- I AM A COMMERCIAL FISHERMAN. GAS PRICES HURT AT THE PUMP AND IT HAS IN TURN DRIVEN UP THE PRICES FOR SUPPLIES AND IT'S DRIVEN UP THE PRICE AND COST OF BAIT. ANOTHER ONE LASTLY SAYS THIS, MAKE THIS IS COMMENT, IT'S JUST HARD TO MAKE IT THESE DAYS BECAUSE OF HIGH GAS PRICES SYSTEM OF GASOLINE PRICES, WHICH -- WE'RE NOT TALKING A WHOLE LOT ABOUT NOW, SOME AMERICANS HAVE JUST ACCEPTED IT AS THE NEW NORMAL. I REFUSE TO DO THAT. I REFUSE TO ACCEPT HIGH GASOLINE PRICES. I'M OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER WHEN GAS LEAN COSTS, I DON'T WANT TO SHOCK THE SPEAKER, BECAUSE YOU'RE A WHOLE LOT YOUNGER THAN I AM, BUT I REMEMBER WHEN I COULD FILL UP MY CHEVY TWO SUPER SPORT IN THE 1970'S FOR 20 CENTS A GALLON. I KNOW THAT SHOCKS YOU. BUT GASOLINE PRICES HAVE GONE UP. IN MY GENERATION, WHEN GASOLINE HIT 30 CENTS A FELON, WE ALL WERE SHOCKED ABOUT IT. AND NOW WE'RE PAYING $4 A GALLON. WE DON'T HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT. AND THE REASON WE DON'T HAVE TO ACCEPT IT IS BECAUSE SITTING OVER HERE ARE AMERICA'S NATURAL RESOURCES. OUR GOD-GIVEN NATURAL RESOURCES. JUST WAITING TO BE DEVELOPED. BUT AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, WE GOT THESE BUREAUCRATS DOWN THE STREET IN THEIR MARTIAL -- MARBLE PALACES CALLED THE E.P.A. AND THEY REGULATE MORE THAN JUST LIGHT BULBS, THEY'RE REGULATING THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY OUT OF BUSINESS. I THINK IT'S A PERSONAL VENDETTA THEY HAVE FOR SOME REASON. SO THERE ARE THINGS WE SHOULD DO, THINGS WE CAN DO, AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE DISCUSS THOSE. AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO DISCUSS THOSE TONIGHT WITH MY COLLEAGUES. I DO WANT TO YIELD SOME TIME TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, MR. BURTON FROM INDIANA, FOR SUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO CONSUME.

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  • 07:21:14 PM

    MR. BURTON

    TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, CONMAN POE OF TEXAS, FOR PUTTING A FACE ON THE…

    TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, CONMAN POE OF TEXAS, FOR PUTTING A FACE ON THE PROBLEM OF HIGH ENERGY PRICES AND HIGH GASOLINE PRICES. I MEAN, I LISTENED TO ALL THE THINGS YOU WERE READING THERE IF IF -- FROM YOUR CONSTITUENTS ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO GO TO WORK OR BUYING HUGE AMOUNTS OF GAS TWO OR THREE TIMES A WEEK AND IT JUST BREAK YOURS HEART. THEN PEOPLE THINK, YOU KNOW, I WENT TO THE STORE THE OTHER NIGHT, AND I BOUGHT TWO ORANGES. THEY WERE ON SALE. THEY WERE $1 APIECE. TWO ORANGES, $1 APIECE. THE REASON FOR THAT IS NOT JUST BECAUSE THEY'RE GROWING THEM AND IT'S COSTING MORE, IT'S BECAUSE THE TRANSPORTATION BY DIESEL TRUCKS AND GASOLINE-POWERED TRUCKS HAS GONE UP SO MUCH THAT THEY HAVE TO PASS THAT ON TO THE CONSUMERS WITH HIGH PRICES. IF YOU TALK TO ANY MAN OR WOMAN WHO GOES TO THE STORE, THEY'LL TELL YOU THEY'RE FEELING IT WHEN THEY BUY THEIR GROCERIES, AS WELL AS AT THE GAS PUMP. I'D LIKE TO TELL YOU A LITTLE STORY REAL QUICK, YOU'LL FIND THIS HUMOROUS, BECAUSE YOU TALKED ABOUT GASOLINE BEING 20 CENT CENTS WHEN YOU WERE A LITTLE BIT YOUNGER, I PRESUME IT WAS A LITTLE BIT YOUNGER. WE WERE ON A TRIP WITH SOME FRIENDS OF OURS, WE WENT DO AN IRAND DOWN OFF THE COAST OF FLORIDA IN THE CARIBBEAN THIS FRIEND OF MINE, WE RENTED TWO MOTORCYCLES, LITTLE MOTOR SCOOTERS TO GO OUT TO THE CORN OF -- CORNER OF THE ISLAND AND GASOLINED ON THE ISLAND WAS HIGH, 50-CENTS A GLOFPBLE HE SAID I'M NOT PAYING 50 CENTS A GALLON IN GASOLINE. SO WE RAN OUT OF GASOLINE AND WE HAD TO GET A COFFEE FAN AND TURN ONE CYCLE UPSIDE DOWN TO GET BACK, WE COULDN'T GET MINE TURNED BACK ON. HE TRIED TO PULL ME AND MY MOTORCYCLE WITH MY WIFE ON THE BACK WITH A STRING BACK TO THE HOTEL WHERE WE WERE STAYING. WE COULDN'T DO IT. IT ABOUT BROKE MY FINGER OFF. THEY LEFT ME AT A PORTUGUESE GASOLINE STATION WHERE NOBODY SPOKE ENGLISH MY FACE WAS BURNED TO A PULP FROM THE SUN AND I ENDED UP NOT GETTING BACK UNTIL LATE THAT NIGHT WITH ABOUT A THIRD DEGREE BURN BECAUSE HE WOULDN'T PAY 50-CENT FARCE GALLON OF GAS. IMAGINE WHAT HE WOULD THINK TODAY HAVING TO PAY $4 FOR A GALLON OF GAS. POOR GUY WOULD JUST DIE. LET ME LOOK AT THIS CHART. MY COLLEAGUE WAS TALKING A MOMENT AGO, I WISH ALL THE PEOPLE IN AMERICA, IF I COULD TALK TO THEM, COULD SEE THIS CHART. I IT -- IT SHOWS THAT BACK IN THE EARLY PART OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, GASOLINE WAS $2.6 A GALLON. NOW IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY IT'S OVER $4 A GALLON. IT'S KILLING THE ECONOMY. IT'S KILLING PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO GO TO WORK, AS CONGRESSMAN POE SAID, AND WE HAVE THE RESOURCES TO DEAL WITH IT. THE THING I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT REAL QUICKLY WAS, AND I TALKED TO CONGRESSMAN POE ABOUT THIS, THE INTERIOR SECRETARY, MR. SALAZAR, AS WELL AS THED OF THE E.P.A. AND ENERGY DEPARTMENT, ARE HAVING AN ALL-OUT ASSAULT ON MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO ARE POINTING OUT THAT WE HAVE ENERGY IN THIS COUNTRY THAT CAN BE TAPPED TO LOWER THE PRICE OF ENERGY, BUT THEY'RE ATTACKING US SAYING THAT WE'RE JUST RAISING RED HERRINGS AND NOT DEALING WITH THE PROBLEMS AS WE SHOULD. I WANT TO READ THIS. MR. SALAZAR, THE HEAD OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT, SAYS, IT'S IN IN THIS IMAGINED ENERGY -- IN THIS IMAGINED ENERGY WORLD WHERE WE SEE THIS GROWING DIVIDE IN AMERICA. BUT IT'S NOT BETWEEN ORDINARY AMERICANS, IT'S BETWEEN SOME PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON, I GUESS THEY MEAN YOU AND ME, CONGRESSMAN POE A DIVIDE BETWEEN THE REAL ENERGY WORLD WE WORK IN EVERY DAY AND THE IMAGINED FAIRY TALE WORLD. AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS SAID ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS THAT WE'RE DOING MORE DRILLING RIGHT NOW THAN WE EVER HAVE AND THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE BEING MISLED. SO IN ADDITION TO THE CHART I HAVE ON GASOLINE PRICES, I BROUGHT THIS CHART DOWN THIS CHART, CONGRESSMAN POE, SHOWS THE NUMBER OF APLY CAGES FOR PERMITS TO DRILL AND HOW THEY'VE BEEN AFFECTED SINCE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN PLACE. I WANT TO GO THROUGH THESE FACTS. IF THE PRESIDENT WERE PAYING ATTENTION AND I WERE TALKING TO HIM, BUT I KNOW I CAN'T, BUT IF I WERE TALKING TO HIM, I WOULD SAY, THESE ARE THE FACTS. I DON'T KNOW WHO IS GIVING YOU YOUR FACTS AT THE WHITE HOUSE BUT MR. PRESIDENT, YOU OUGHT TO TAKE A LOOK AT THESE FACTS BECAUSE THEY'RE ACCURATE. FIRST OF ALL, ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE, THE NUMBER OF NEW PERMITS TO DRILL ISSUED BY THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT IS DOWN BY 40%. DOWN BY 40% FROM AN AVERAGE OF OVER 6,400 PERMITS IN 2007 AND 2008 TO AN AVERAGE OF 3,962 IN 2009 TO 2010. THAT'S DOWN BY ALMOST 40%. SO WE'RE NOT DRILLING WHERE WE CAN. THEY'RE NOT ISSUING THE PERMITS. DURING THIS SAME PERIOD, THE NUMBER OF NEW WELLS DRILLED ON FEDERAL LAND HAVE DECLINED, GONE DOWN, THE NUMBER OF OIL WELLS HAVE GONE DOWN BY 40%. AND THE NUMBER OF NEW FEDERAL OIL AND GAS LEASES ISSUED BY THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT IS DOWN BY ALMOST 50%. SO IS IT ANY WONDER WE'RE NOT GOING AFTER OUR RESOURCES? WE'RE DEPENDING ON THE SAUDIS, PEOPLE IN SOUTH AMERICA AND VENEZUELA, MANY OF WHOM DON'T LIKE US VERY MUCH AND AS A RESULT WE'RE PAYING MORE AND MORE AND MORE AT THE PUMP. PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS OIL PRODUCTION IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH IN HIS ADMINISTRATION. HOWEVER, THE FACT IS, OIL PRODUCTION ON FEDERAL LAND FELL BY 11% LAST YEAR AND OIL PRODUCTION ON PRIVATE AND STATE-OWNED LAND, WHERE THEY COULDN'T TOUCH IT, DID GO UP A LITTLE BIT, AN THAT'S WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT, WHERE THE GOVERNMENT HAS CONTROL OVER PERMITS, THEY'RE NOT LETTING US DRILL. FEDERAL LANDS, FEDERAL LANDS HOLD AN ESTIMATED 116 BILLION BARRELS OF RECOVERABLE OIL, ENOUGH TO PRODUCE GASOLINE FOR 65 BILLION CARS AND FUEL OIL FOR 3.2 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS FOR 60 YEARS. WESTERN OIL SHALE DEPOSITS ALONE ARE ESTIMATED TO CONTAIN UP TO FIVE TIMES THE AMOUNT OF SAUDI OIL RESERVES. 70% OF THIS OIL SHALE IS ON FEDERAL LAND AND WE CAN'T GET TO IT BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION WILL NOT LET US. ACCORDING TO A RECENT C.R.S. REPORT, THERE ARE OVER 21.6 MILLION ACRES OF LAND LEASED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NOT CURRENTLY PRODUCING OIL OR WHO HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED FOR EXPLORATION. RETURNING TO THE LEVELS OF 2007 AND 2008, WHEN THE ADMINISTRATION STARTED, FEDERAL LEASING AND PERMITTING LEVELS WOULD HAVE PROJECTED AN INCREASE OF SEVEN MILLION TO 13 MILLION BARRELS PER YEAR OF DOMESTIC OIL PRODUCTION BUT THEY CUT IT BACK. ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE AND THIS ESTIMATED 12,000 TO 30,000 AMERICAN JOBS WOULD BE CREATED IN ENERGY PRODUCING WESTERN STATES OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS IF WE JUST WENT BACK TO WHERE WE WERE DRILLING IN 2007 AND 2008. FURTHERMORE, THE KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE, WHICH THE PRESIDENT HAS STOPPED, STOPPED IT DEAD, IT WOULD BRING TO OUR ECONOMY THOUSANDS OF NEW JOBS AND TRANSPORT 830,000 BARREL BARRELS OF OIL TO AMERICAN REFINERIES WHICH WOULD BE CONVERTED INTO OIL AND GASOLINE THAT WOULD HELP THIS ECONOMY. AND LOWER GAS PRICES. WITH GAS PRICES, AS MY COLLEAGUE SAID VERY, VERY, VERY HIGH, OVER $4 A DEMRON AND IN SOME PLACES HERE IN WASHINGTON UP TO $5 A GALLON, NOT TOO LONG AGO. WITH GAS PRICES THAT HIGH AND AFFECTING EVERY AMERICAN, IT'S CLEAR THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO BECOME MORE ENERGY INDEPENDENT AND SIGNAL TO THE WORLD THAT THE U.S. IS OPEN TO PRODUCTION AND IF WE STARTED DRILLING WHERE WE CAN AND EXPLORING WHERE WE CAN, MAKE NO -- MAKE NO MISTAKE, THE PEOPLE WHO SELL OIL TO US WILL LOW THEY ARE PRICE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE COMPETITIVE AND THEY DON'T WANT TO LOSE MARKET SHARE, WHETHER IT'S THE ADMINISTRATION DRAGGING ITS HEELS ON IMPROVE -- APPROVING PERMIT FOR OFFSHORE TRILLING, NOT OPENING UP LAND FOR EXPLORATION OR NOT APPROVE THELLING KEYSTONE PIPELINE THIS ADMINISTRATION, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S POLICIES ARE FAILING EVERY DAY -- ARE FAILING EVERYDAY AMERICANS AND COSTING MILLIONS IN POTENTIAL GOVERNMENT REV MUE AND THOUSANDS OF NEW JOBS. NO MATTER WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION PEOPLE ARE SAYING, LIKE MR. SALAZAR OR THE E.P.A. OR THE ENERGY DEPARTMENT, THE FACT IS, WE HAVE ENOUGH ENERGY IN THIS COUNTRY TO MOVE TOWARD ENERGY INDEPENDENCE OVER THE NEXT FIVE TO 10 YEAR BUS THIS ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO GO TO NEW SOURCES OF ENERGY LIKE WINDMILLS AND SOLAR PANELS AND GEOTHERMAL AND NUCLEAR AND ALL THOSE THINGS ARE IMPORTANT BUT WHILE WE'RE STARTING TO TRANSITION TO NEW SOURCES OF ENERGY, WE NEED TO USE THE ENERGY THAT WE HAVE, WHICH WOULD LOW THEY ARE COST OF ENERGY TO THE AVERAGE CITIZEN AND LOW THEY ARE EPRICE OF GASOLINE SO PEOPLE, AS MR. POE HAS SAID, COULD GET TO WORK AND LIVE A CONFIDENT, FAIR, FRIENDLY LIFE. WITH THAT, MR. POE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING ME THIS TIME. I'M A BIG ADMIRER OF YOURS, BUDDY.

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  • 07:30:40 PM

    MR. POE

    DOWN IS -- DOWN 11%.

  • 07:31:02 PM

    MR. POE

    IS TAKING PLACE ON STATE-OWNED PROPERTY OR PRIVATE-OWNED PROPERTY BUT NOT…

    IS TAKING PLACE ON STATE-OWNED PROPERTY OR PRIVATE-OWNED PROPERTY BUT NOT FEDERAL LANDS. IF IT WEREN'T FOR THAT DRILLING WOULD BE DOWN IN THE UNITED STATES. WE GO BACK TO THE GULF OF MEXICO. THE SAME SITUATION WE HAVE IN THE GULF OF MEXICO EVER SINCE THE B.P. INCIDENT. PERMITTING IS TAKING TOO LONG. IT TAKES A RECORD AMOUNT OF DAYS, SOMETIMES MONTHS, TO ISSUE A PERMIT. IN THE DEEPWATER AND IN THE SHALLOW WATER, IN THE SHALLOW WATER, GUYS OPERATE WITH A VERY SMALL AMOUNT OF CAPITAL. THEY CAN'T STAY AND WAIT AROUND FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE A DECISION ON A PERMIT OR NOT SO THEY AREN'T ABLE TO DRILL. IN THE DEEP WATER, THOSE DEEPWATER WELLS, THOSE RIGS, THEY COST $100,000 A DAY. WHETHER THEY'RE OPERATING OR THEY'RE SITTING THERE. AND THAT'S WHY SOME OF THEM HAVE LEFT THE GULF OF MEXICO TO NEVER RETURN. THEY'VE GONE DOWN TO SOUTH AMERICA, THEY'VE GONE TO AFRICA, OFF THE COAST OF AFRICA, TO DRILL WHERE COUNTRIES ARE MORE FRIENDLY OR FRIENDLIER TO THE DRILLING SAFELY OFF OF THEIR COASTS.

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  • 07:32:08 PM

    MR. BURTON

    IF I MIGHT. IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. WE SENT $3 BILLION OF AMERICAN…

    IF I MIGHT. IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. WE SENT $3 BILLION OF AMERICAN TAXPAYER MONEY AT A TIME WHEN WE HAVE ALMOST A $16 TRILLION NATIONAL DEBT, WE SENT IT TO BRAZIL AND THEY'RE DRILLING IN DEEPWATER AREAS LIKE WE WOULD BE DRILLING IN OFF THE COAST OF MEXICO. BUT WE CAN'T DRILL THERE BECAUSE OF THE OIL SPILL AND BECAUSE WE CAN'T GET PERMITS. SO WE'RE SENDING OUR TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS DOWN TO BRAZIL SO THEY CAN DO WHAT WE CAN'T.

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  • 07:32:37 PM

    MR. POE

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. WE'RE NOT ONLY SENDING MONEY DOWN THERE, TO…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. WE'RE NOT ONLY SENDING MONEY DOWN THERE, TO DEVELOP THEIR OIL INDUSTRY, WHEN THEY DEVELOP IT, WE'RE GOING TO BUY THEIR OIL BACK. SO WE'RE PAYING THEM TWICE.

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  • 07:32:48 PM

    MR. POE

    WHICH DOESN'T MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF SENSE TO ME. NOW, I DON'T KNOW, AND I…

    WHICH DOESN'T MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF SENSE TO ME. NOW, I DON'T KNOW, AND I DON'T REALLY SUSPECT THAT DRILLING WOULD BE THE ONLY ANSWER FOR RAISING OR LOWERING THE GASOLINE PRICES, BUT IT'S ONE FACTOR. BECAUSE OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND. IT'S NOT THE ONLY FACTOR, BUT IT'S ONE OF THOSE. AND IT JUST SEEMS TO ME THAT THE UNITED STATES IS THE ONLY MAJOR POWER IN THE WORLD THAT HAS AN ENERGY POLICY THAT IS, WE'RE NOT GOING TO DRILL IN THE UNITED STATES FOR ALL THESE REASONS. BUT WE WANT YOU TO DRILL IN YOUR COUNTRY, YOUR NATURAL RESOURCES, AND WE'LL BUY THEM FROM YOU. THAT SEEMS A LITTLE BIT ARROGANT ON MY PART -- ON OUR PART AS A NATION. AND I'LL YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 07:33:34 PM

    MR. BURTON

    LET ME JUST SAY THAT SARAH PALIN, WHOM EVERYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY KNOWS,…

    LET ME JUST SAY THAT SARAH PALIN, WHOM EVERYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY KNOWS, SHE WILL TELL YOU AS SHE'S TOLD PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHEN SHE SPEAKS THAT THEY HAVE A HUGE AMOUNT OF OIL IN THE ANWR AND OTHER PARTS OF ALASKA. AND BECAUSE OF THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS, THE RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALIST GROUPS IN THIS COUNTRY, THEY CAN'T DRILL UP THERE. NOW, I'VE BEEN UP THERE. I WAS UP THERE WITH DON YOUNG AND WE SAW THE OIL PIPELINE AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE ANWR, THERE'S NOTHING UP THERE. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HURT ANY OF THE ANIMALS, THERE'S A LOT OF BUGS, THERE'S A LOT OF VIRMEN UP THERE, BUT YOU'RE NOT GOING -- VERMEN UP THERE, BUT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HURT THE ANIMALS BY DRILLING UP THERE AND IT WON'T HURT THE ENVIRONMENT, BUT IT WOULD HELP IF WE COULD BRING THAT OIL, MILLIONS OF BARRELS OF OIL, DOWN TO THE LOWER 48 STATES. IT WOULD HAVE A TREMENDOUS IMPACT IN MY OPINION, AS WELL AS YOU SAID OFF THE GULF OF MEXICO AND OFF THE CONTINENTAL SHELF. WE COULD REALLY MOVE TOWARD ENERGY INDEPENDENCE OVER A PERIOD OF THE NEXT FIVE TO 10 YEARS. LIKE YOU SAID, IT WOULDN'T HAPPEN IMMEDIATELY. BUT IT WOULD BE A GIANT STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

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  • 07:34:39 PM

    MR. POE

    WOULD YIELD. AS YOU MENTIONED ABOUT ANWR AND ALASKA, YEARS AGO WE CAME UP…

    WOULD YIELD. AS YOU MENTIONED ABOUT ANWR AND ALASKA, YEARS AGO WE CAME UP WITH THIS IDEA OF A PIPELINE FROM ALASKA, BRINGING CRUDE OIL INTO THE UNITED STATES. AND THE SAME PEOPLE THAT OPPOSED THAT PIPELINE STILL EXIST TODAY AND ARE OPPOSING THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE. IT TOOK YEARS FOR THE VETTING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL LOBBY TO FINALLY BE PUT TO REST. I MEAN, THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THE CARIBOU, OF COURSE I THINK THE CARIBOU ARE DOING QUITE WELL NOW. AND FINALLY CONGRESS DECIDED NOT TO WAIT ON THE -- THAT ADMINISTRATION AND GO AHEAD AND MAKE AN APPROVAL, BUT CONGRESS WENT AHEAD AND APPROVED THE ALASKA PIPELINE ON ITS OWN WHICH BECAME LAW. IN SPITE OF THE ADMINISTRATION. DIDN'T WAIT FOR ITS APPROVAL. AND NOW WE KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY. IT'S A SUCCESS 25 YEARS LATER AND THAT'S WHAT CONGRESS NEEDS TO DO WITH THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE. THE CANADIANS, NO ONE'S EVER ACCUSED CANADA OF BEING ENVIRONMENTALLY INSENSITIVE. THEIR REGULATIONS ARE AS TOUGH AS THE E.P.A.'S OR EVEN STRONGER BUT YET THEY'VE DEVELOPED A WAY THAT THEY CAN BRING CRUDE OIL THROUGH A PIPELINE DOWN TO SOUTHEAST TEXAS,PORT ARTHUR, MY DISTRICT, IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT WAY AND ALSO ONE OF THE NEWEST AND FINEST PIPELINES BUT THE ADMINISTRATION SAYS, NOT SO FAST. AND IT'S UNFORTUNATE. BECAUSE THE JOBS WOULD STAY IN AMERICA, CREATE THAT PIPELINE. CANADA IS NOT A MIDDLE EASTERN DICTATORSHIP. THEY'RE KIND OF A NORMAL COUNTRY. AND WE SHOULD APPROVE THAT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I UNDERSTAND THE CONCERN IN NEBRASKA. I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT THE FOLKS IN NEBRASKA ARE WORKING WITH THE TRANSCANADA TO REROUTE THAT 60 MILES SO THERE IS NO ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND GET THIS PIPELINE APPROVED AND START SHIPPING THAT CRUDE OIL DOWN TO SOUTHEAST TEXAS SO WE CAN USE IT IN THE UNITED STATES. AND IT WOULD SEEM TO ME THAT THE UNITED STATES SHOULD MAYBE THINK ABOUT THIS TYPE OF ENERGY POLICY. THAT WE SHOULD DRILL SAFELY IN THE UNITED STATES FOR OIL AND NATURAL GAS AND I SAY SAFELY BECAUSE THAT IS IMPORTANT. BUT WE SHOULD ALSO PARTNER WITH THE COUNTRY'S NEXT -- CHRIS NEXT TO US. THE CANADIANS TO THE NORTH, WHO HAVE NATURAL RESOURCES, AND THE MEXICANS TO THE SOUTH, WHO HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF NATURAL RESOURCES, AND THE THREE OF US WORK TOGETHER ON A NORTH AMERICAN OPEC-TYPE PHILOSOPHY. AND BE ENERGY INDEPENDENT. NOT JUST ENERGY INDEPENDENT, BUT IT WILL HELP OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. AND IF WE DO THAT, IF WE WORK WITH CANADA, MEXICO, DRILL IN THE UNITED STATES WHERE IT'S SAFE, WE CAN MAKE THE MIDDLE EAST IRRELEVANT. WE CAN MAKE THAT LITTLE FELLA FROM THE DESERT, AHMADINEJAD, AND HIS THREATS ABOUT CLOSING THE STRAITS OF HORMUZ, WE MAKE HIM IRRELEVANT, WE DON'T CARE WHAT HE DOES. AND WE DON'T NEED TO CONTINUE TO SEND OUR MONEY TO OTHER NATIONS OVER THERE THAT DON'T LIKE US. SO, MAYBE THAT'S SOMETHING WE NEED TO DO IN THE UNITED STATES. AND LASTLY, AND I'LL YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN, BECAUSE OF AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY, BECAUSE OF THOSE FOLKS THAT KNOW HOW TO DRILL SAFELY FOR OIL AND NATURAL GAS, UNITED STATES NOW SUDDENLY IS BECOMING AN ABUNDANT NATION WITH NATURAL GAS. AND WE COULD, IF WE DEVELOPED IT, THE WAY THAT WE CAN, THE UNITED STATES, PRIMARILY TEXAS, BUT OTHER STATES, WE COULD BECOME THE SAUDI ARABIA OF NATURAL GAS. WE COULD EXPORT NATURAL GARS -- GAS. WE HAVE SO MUCH OF IT. AND THEN BRING THAT MONEY INTO THE UNITED STATES, RATHER THAN CONSTANTLY SENDING MONEY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD ALL BECAUSE WE DON'T TAKE CARE OF WHAT WE HAVE AND USE WHAT WE HAVE. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 07:38:30 PM

    MR. BURTON

    T. BOONE PICKENS AND EVERYBODY KNOWS HE'S ONE OF THE ADVOCATES OF NATURAL…

    T. BOONE PICKENS AND EVERYBODY KNOWS HE'S ONE OF THE ADVOCATES OF NATURAL GAS WHICH IS A CLEAN BURNING FUEL, HE SAID, IF WE WOULD CONVERT THE TRACTOR TRAILER UNITS THAT BRING COMMERCE TO ALL OF US, HE SAID WE COULD LOWER THE COST FOR ALL THOSE TRACTOR TRAILER UNITS AS FAR AS ENERGY CONSUMPTION IS CONCERNED BY 50%. CUT IT IN TWO. AND THAT WOULD HAVE A DRAMATIC IMPACT ON THINGS THAT ARE TRANSPORTED BY TRACTOR TRAILER UNITS. AND I'D JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT THE PRESIDENT, WHEN HE TOOK OFFICE, AND I'LL CONCLUDE WITH THIS BECAUSE YOU'VE DONE SUCH A GOOD JOB TONIGHT, YOU COVER VERY WELL, BUT THE PRESIDENT WHEN HE TOOK OFFICE, HE SAID THAT HIS ENERGY POLICIES WOULD OF NECESSITY CAUSE ENERGY COSTS TO SKYROCKET. WELL, AS RONALD REAGAN WOULD SAY, WELL, HE DID. AND ENERGY PRICES HAVE SKYROCKETED. AND WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO PAY $4 OR $5 FOR A GALLON OF GASOLINE. THEY CAN'T LIVE THAT WAY. IT'S CAUSING A DETERIORATION IN THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING. AND SO IF I WERE TALKING TO THE PRESIDENT, AND I KNOW I CAN'T, MADAM SPEAKER, BUT IF I WERE TALKING TO HIM I'D SAY, MR. PRESIDENT, WHY DON'T YOU GET WITH THE PROGRAM? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP. AND IF YOU DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO THEM, REGARDING THE ENERGY POLICIES, IT'S MY HUMBLE OPINION THAT THERE MAY BE A BIG CHANGE IN ADMINISTRATIONS NEXT YEAR. SO FOR POLITICAL SURVIVABILITY ALONE, YOU OUGHT TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT WHAT YOU'RE DOING. AND WITH THAT I THANK THE GENTLEMAN VERY MUCH FOR YIELDING TO ME.

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  • 07:39:59 PM

    MR. POE

    GENTLEMAN FOR HIS PARTICIPATION AND, MADAM SPEAKER, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT…

    GENTLEMAN FOR HIS PARTICIPATION AND, MADAM SPEAKER, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE UNITED STATES CAN MAKE SOME DECISIONS AND SOLVE SOME OF OUR OWN PROBLEMS AND WE CAN START WITH FINDING PEOPLE IN THE E.P.A. THAT ARE NOT HAVING THEIR OWN PERSONAL VENDETTA AGAINST THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY, WE PLACE THOSE INDIVIDUALS AND GET SOME FAIR AND BALANCED BUREAUCRATS TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT TO WORK WITH OUR ENERGY COMPANIES RATHER THAN AGAINST THEM. AND STOP THE WAR AGAINST THE ENERGY COMPANIES IN THE U.S. AND WE CAN WORK AND BRING DOWN THE PRICE OF ENERGY IN THESE UNITED STATES. ONE WAY, NOT THE ONLY WAY, IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A SUPPLY -- A GREATER SUPPLY, AS WE ALL KNOW, OF ANYTHING DOES HELP REDUCE THE COST OF ENERGY. SO THAT PEOPLE IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS WHO HAVE A HARD TIME GETTING TO WORK, WHO ARE PAYING MORE FOR PRODUCTS THAT THEY HAVE TO BUY, JUST LIKE AMERICANS THROUGHOUT OUR NATION ARE HAVING TOUGH TIMES BECAUSE OF HIGH GASOLINE PRICES, WE OWE IT TO THEM TO DO THAT. TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES AND TO WORK WITH CANADA, WORK WITH MEXICO SO THAT THE THREE COUNTRIES CAN BE A STRONG ALLY AND NOT JUST POLITICALLY, BUT WE CAN BE STRONG ALLIES WITH OUR ENERGY ECONOMY. AND WITH THAT I'LL YIELD BACK TO THE CHAIR AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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  • 07:41:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 25 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 07:41:47 PM

    MR. FORTENBERRY

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AS I WAS SHOPPING FOR SOME FAMILY ITEMS…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AS I WAS SHOPPING FOR SOME FAMILY ITEMS RECENTLY, I NOTED HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO FIND ITEMS THAT ARE MADE IN AMERICA. WHILE AMERICA MANUFACTURING IS ENCOURAGINGLY ENOUGH ON THE REBOUND, PRODUCTS RANGING FROM HAIR BRUSHES TO IPODS STILL CARRY THAT MADE IN CHINA LABEL. ALL THE WHILE MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT CHINA AND ITS ECONOMIC POLICIES, FOREIGN POLICIES, AND HUMAN RIGHTS RECORDS, ARE LEFT LARGELY UNEXAMINED. FOR THE GOOD OF OUR ECONOMY, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE THOROUGHLY UNDERSTAND CHINA'S RECORD AND THEIR INTENTIONS AS A COUNTRY. OUR NATIONS HAVE A COMPLICATED AND LOPSIDED ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIP. AMERICANS BUY GREAT QUANTITIES OF CHINESE-MADE PRODUCTS. CHINA FINANCES A GREAT PORTION OF AMERICA'S DEBT. CURRENTLY NEARLY 1/3 OF OUR DEBT IS FOREIGN-OWNED WITH CHINA EASILY BEING THE LARGEST DEBT HOLDER AT NEARLY $1.2 TRILLION. OTHER ESTIMATES PEG THE FIGURE AT CLOSER TO $2 TRILLION. THE EFFECT OF SUCH INDEBTEDNESS IS THE SHIFT OF OUR WEALTH ASSETS INTO THE HANDS OF A FOREIGN NATION, LOSING THE MARKET FOR AMERICAN-MADE PRODUCTS TO A COUNTRY WITH LAX LABOR AND ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS WHICH MANIPULATES ITS CURRENCY AND CREATES UNBALANCED AND UNFAIR TRADING CONDITIONS. CHINA'S INVOLVEMENT ON THE WORLD STAGE IS ALSO OF SIGNIFICANT CONCERN. WHILE IT AGGRESSIVELY PURSUES ITS OWN AGENDA, CHINA LENDS LITTLE CONSTRUCTIVE HAND TO CREATE CONDITIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL STABILITY. CHINA IS SEEN AS AN ENABLER OF NORTH KOREA, WHO IS ACTIVELY PURSUING NUCLEAR WEAPONS CAPABILITIES. AND THEY CONTINUE ON THEIR MARCH TOWARD MORE AGGRESSIVE MISSILE TESTING AS WELL, DESPITE THE PROTEST OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. OVER RECENT MONTHS, AS THE U.S. AND EUROPEAN UNION HAVE ACCELERATED IMPORTANT EFFORTS TO CURB IRAN'S NUCLEAR AMBITION, CHINA HAS BEEN CONSPICUOUSLY ABSENT FROM THE LEADERSHIP TABLE IN THIS DISCUSSION. CHINA CONTINUES TO BE A TOP BUYER OF IRANIAN OIL, ONE OF THE KEY LEVERAGE POINTS OF ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN. AT A DISCUSSION I ATTENDED, CHINESE OFFICIALS IN SO MANY WORDS SAID, THE U.S. IS SO BLAME FOR IRAN'S PURSUIT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS CAPABILITY. AND HE WENT ON TO SAY THAT WHILE CHINA DOES NOT DESIRE THAT OUTCOME, WE'RE GOING TO DO BUSINESS AS USUAL. AFRICA IS BECOMING A LOST CONTINENT DIPLOMATICALLY AND ECONOMICALLY, IN FAVOR OF INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS MO DO NOT -- WHO DO NOT HAVE THE SAME REGARDS TO HUMAN RIGHTS AS WE DO. CHINA'S INFLUENCE IN RESOURCE-RICH AFRICA IS GROWING RAPIDLY WITH DISTURBING CONSEQUENCES. DIRECT CHINESE INVESTMENT IN AFRICA HAS GROWN EXPONENTIALLY OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS. ONE MILLION CHINESE NATIONALS NOW DO BUSINESS IN AFRICA AND CHINESE ENERGY AND MINERAL RESOURCE COMPANIES ARE QUICKLY ACQUIRING OIL FIELDS AND MINES. AND THE PROCESS CHINA HAS FORGED STRATEGIC ALLIANCES WITH WAR CRIMINALS. CHINA SHARES, QUOTE, A DEEP AND PROFOUND FRIENDSHIP WITH SUDANESE WAR CRIMINAL OMAR AL-BASHIR. I SHOULD NOTE THERE WAS A BRIGHT SPOT THIS WEEK. WHEN APPROACHED BY SOUTH SUDANESE PRESIDENT FOR ASSISTANCE AS SUDAN AND SOUTH SUDAN MARCHED TOWARD WAR, CHINA'S PRESIDENT ECHOED THE UNITED STATES IN CALLING FOR PEACE IN NEGOTIATION BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES RATHER THAN CONTINUING TO BACK OMAR AL-BASHIR. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WILL LOOK UPON CHINA'S NEW ROLE AS A DIPLOMATIC FIGURE IN THIS CONFLICT WITH GREAT INTEREST. BEYOND THIS, AN HONEST DISCUSSION IS NECESSARY ABOUT CHINESE INDUSTRIAL VIRTUES. A CHINESE OFFICIAL SAID DEALING WITH DIFFERENCES IN CORPORATE CULTURE AND THE DEGREE OF OPENNESS TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD, CHINESE COMPANIES ALWAYS TAKE DOMESTIC BUSINESS PRACTICES WITH THEM. CHINESE COMPANIES ALWAYS TAKE DOMESTIC BUSINESS PRACTICES WITH THEM. THOSE PRACTICES, ACCORDING TO WITNESSES WHO HAVE GIVEN CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY, INCLUDE FERTILITY MONITORS ON FACTORY FLOORS, INVASIVELY EXAMINING FEMALE EMPLOYEES FOR PREGNANCY AND REPORTING PREGNANT WOMEN TO THE CHINESE FAMILY PLANNING POLICE. CHINA HAS PRACTICED THE VIOLENCE OF FORCED ABORTION. CHINA ALSO HAS TRAGICALLY -- ALSO HAS TRAGICALLY HIGH SUICIDE RAYS FOR WORKERS WHO USE SUICIDE AS THEIR ONLY MEANS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGAINST DIRE AND OPPRESSIVE LABOR CONDITIONS. AS CHINA CONTINUES TO ADVANCE AS A WORLD ECONOMIC POWER, IT HAS A CHOICE. IT CAN JOIN THE RESPONSIBLE COMMUNITY OF NATIONS IN RESPECTING THE DIGNITY OF ALL PERSONS WHILE CONDUCTING AFFAIRS WITH OTHER NATIONS IN AN ETHICAL FASHION OR STAND BY AND EXPLOIT RELATIONSHIPS TO FUEL ITS OWN BRAND OF CORPORATE COLLECTIVISM, UNDERMINING INTERNATIONAL STABILITY IN THE PROCESS. MADAM SPEAKER, IT IS MY BELIEF THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO SEEK REASONABLE AND GOOD RELATIONSHIPS WITH CHINA, A COUNTRY WITH A RICH CULTURAL HISTORY, A COUNTRY WHICH IS RAPIDLY ASCENDING ONTO THE WORLD STAGE. WE MUST DO SO IDEALLY AND PRACTICALLY FOR THE SAKE OF OUR OWN NATIONAL SECURITY. BUT WE MUST DO SO WITH OPEN EYES, FULLY UNDERSTANDING THE IMPLICATIONS WHEN ALL OF US BUY PRODUCTS WITH THAT MADE IN CHINA LABEL. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK TO THE CHAIR THE PLANS OF THE TIME.

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  • 07:47:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 18 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 07:48:37 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    SPEAKER, I THANK YOU FOR THE TIME AND BEING DOWN HERE WITH ME. HAD TO SET…

    SPEAKER, I THANK YOU FOR THE TIME AND BEING DOWN HERE WITH ME. HAD TO SET UP MY CHART TONIGHT, I CAN'T COMMIT IT ALL TO MEMORY. I'M GLAD TO BE HERE AT THE END OF THE LEADERSHIP HOUR, WE'VE TALKED ABOUT CHINA, WE'VE TALKED ABOUT U.S. ENERGY, WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THE BIG ISSUES ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE AND HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AND I WANT TO SAY TO FOLKS, I COME FROM A CONSERVATIVE PART OF THE WORLD, I COME FROM THE DEEP SOUTH, I COME FROM THE SUBURBS OF ATLANTA, BUT I BROUGHT WITH ME TONIGHT QUOTES FROM PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA BECAUSE AS I HAVE SAID IN TOWN HALL MEETING AFTER TOWN HALL MEETING, I DISAGREE WITH 80% OF THE PRESIDENT DOES, BUT I AGREE WITH 80% OF WHAT HE SAYS. LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT I HAVE HERE. THIS IS FROM HIS 2011 INAUGURAL ADDRESS. AT STAKE RIGHT NOW IS NOT WHO WINS THE NEXT ELECTION, AT STAKE IS WHETHER NEW JOBS AND INDUSTRIES TAKE ROOT IN THIS COUNTRY OR SOMEWHERE ELSE. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE. FOLKS COME DOWN TO THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE EVERY DAY THEY SAY WHAT THEY'RE DOING, THEY'RE DOING FOR JOB CREATION. THEY SAY WHAT THEY'RE DOING, THEY'RE DOING FOR ECONOMIC DEPROTHE. BUT WE HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL DISAGREEMENT ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS. I HAPPEN TO BELIEVE THAT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT ENCOURAGES JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH IS FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. WE NEED FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY IN OUR FAMILIES, IN OUR BUSINESSES AND WE NEED IT IN OUR GOVERNMENT. THE PRESIDENT SAID THIS, MADAM SPEAKER. HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS IN 2010, HE SAID FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE TIGHTENING THEIR BELTS, MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS THE -- TIGHTING THEIR BELTS AND MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD DO THE SAME. STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS IN 2010. I'M NOT CHERRY PICKING COMMENTS, HERE WE ARE IN HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS IN 2011. EVERY DAY FAMILIES SACRIFICE TO LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEAN, THEY DESERVE A GOVERNMENT THAT DOES THE SAME. HE SAID IT IN 2010, HE SAID IT IN 2011. IN FACT, GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF HIS PRESIDENCY. HERE WE ARE IN 2009. SAME STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS. GIVEN THESE REALITIES, EVERYONE THIS CHAMBER, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, WILL HAVE TO SACRIFICE SOME WORTHY PRIORITIES FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO DOLLARS. AND THAT INCLUDES ME. MADAM SPEAKER, HE WAS RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF WHERE YOU SIT TONIGHT HE SAID, GIVEN THESE REALITIES, EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER MUST SACRIFICE SOME WORTHY PRIORITIES FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO DOLLARS, AND THAT INCLUDES ME. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. BUT WHAT'S THE REALITY? WE CAN PUT THE WORDS BACK UP, WE CAN PUT THE WORDS FRUP 2009, 2010, 2011, BUT WHAT'S THE REALITY? THE REALITY, SADLY, IS THIS CHART. YOU CAN'T SEE IT FROM WHERE YOU ARE, MADAM SPEAKER, BUT IT'S A CHART FROM "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" ENTITLED THE DEBT BOOM. IT CHARTS THE PUBLIC DEBT OF THE UNITED STATES FROM THE YEAR 2000 TO 2012 AND WHAT WE SEE IS AS A PERCENT OF G.D.P., IT WAS ENTIRELY TOO HIGH IN THE BUSH YEAR, DON'T GET ME WRONG, THERE'S NOT A PARTY IN TOWN THAT IS BLAMELESS IN THIS DEBATE. FOR PETE'S SAKE WE WERE HAVING ECONOMIC BOOM TIMES AND OUR DEBT WAS 35% OF G.D.P. 35% OF ALL THE ECONOMY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WAS BEING BORROWED IN DEBT. BUT LOOK WHAT HAPPENS. LOOK WHAT HAPPENS. PRESIDENT OBAMA IS SWORN IN IN JANUARY OF 2009. YOU SEE A DEBT BOOM WHERE WE RISE FROM 35% OF G.D.P. AS OUR DEBT LEVEL, UP TO 80% OF G.D.P. AS OUR DEBT LEVEL. NOW AGAIN, I CAN PUT THE WORDS BACK UP. TIME FOR SACRIFICE. FAMILIES ARE TIGHTENING THEIR BELTS, WE MUST DO THE SAME. EVERYONE MUST SACRIFICE PRIORTIES, INCLUDING ME, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I CAN PUT THE WORDS BACK UP BUT THE REALITY IS THE PRESIDENT HAS CONTINUED TO PROMOTE SPENDING WITH RECKLESS ABANDON. IT'S NOT JUST IN THE DEBT. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS CHART IS A CHART PRODUCED BY THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, ON WHICH I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING. WHAT IT CHARTS IS THE DEBT OF THE UNITED STATES, WE SEE IT ON THE WHITE DOTTED LINE HERE, IT CHARTS THE PROPOSED PLAN OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT TO HIS CREDIT, INTRODUCED A BUDGET IN JANUARY THE LAW REQUIRES HIM TO DO IT, AND HE DID IT. HE HAS EVERY YEAR THAT HE'S BEEN IN OFFICE. THE LAW REQUIRES THE SENATE TO PRODUCE A BUDGET EVERY YEAR, THEY IGNORE THAT LAW, HAVE AGAIN THIS YEAR FOR THE THIRD TIME IN A ROW, BUT THE PRESIDENT PRODUCED HIS BUDGET. I CAN GO BACK TO WHERE HE TALKS ABOUT SACRIFICE AND TIGHTENING HIS BELT AND TALKS ABOUT WHAT AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE DOING AND THEY DESERVE A GOVERNMENT THAT DOES THE SAME THING. BUT LOOK AT THIS CHART THIS REPRESENTS THE CURRENT DEBT PATH OF AMERICA. THE RED LINE REPRESENTS THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL FROM FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR. IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY, MADAM SPEAKER, WHAT YOU CAN SEE IS THAT UNDER THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL, OF FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR, ENACTING THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL RAISES THE DEFICIT OF THE UNITED STATES YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR, 2012, 2013, O2014, 2015, 2016, 201, 2018, 2019, 2020, MORE THAN DOING NOTHING. YOU ASK HOW CAN THAT BE TRUE? IT INCLUDES $2 TRILLION IN NEW TAXES ON AMERICAN FAMILIES. THAT'S TRUE. THAT'S TRUE. THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE NO SECRET OF HIS DESIRE TO WORK OUR WAY THROUGH OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC CRISIS BY TAXING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I DON'T BELIEVE THAT'S THE RIGHT WAY TO GO BUT HE'S INTRODUCED THAT AS A PLAN AND YES, HIS BUDGET RAISES TAXES BY $2 TRILLION, BUT HE SPENDS SO MUCH MORE THAT EVEN WITH THE $2,000 TAX INCREASE, MADAM SPEAKER, WE DON'T SEE ANY IMPROVEMENT IN OUR DEBT IN 2013 OR 2014 OR 2015 OR 2016 OR 2017 OR 2018 OR 2019 OR 2020 OR 2021. I'VE BLOWN UP, JUST SO FOLKS CAN SEE IT WAY OUT THERE IN 2022, YOU FINALLY BEGIN TO SEE A BETTER DEBT TRAJECT FROM THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET THAN IF WE'D DONE NOTHING. NINE YEARS FROM NOW, AMERICA WOULD HAVE A SLIGHTLY LOWER DEFICIT UNDER THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN THAN IF WE DID NOTHING AND JUST LEFT ALL OF OUR SYSTEMS ON AUTO PILOT. THAT DOESN'T JIVE WITH WHAT WE HEARD. CAN I GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING, MADAM SPEAKER? AT STAKE IS NOT WHO WINS THE ELECTION, AT STAKE IS NEW JOBS, NEW JOBS THAT COME WITH FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, GO BACK TO THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS, FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE TIGHTENING THEIR BELTS, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD DO THE SAME, MADAM SPEAKER, THERE'S NOT ONE TOUGH DECISION MADE WHEN YOU TAX THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY $2 TRILLION BUT YOU SPEND EVEN MORE. I BELIEVED THE PRESIDENT. I BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT WHEN HE SAID, GIVEN THESE REALITIES, EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, WILL HAVE TO SACRIFICE SOME WORTHY PRIORITIES FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO DOLLARS. HE WAS RIGHT WHEN HE SAID THAT. THAT WAS AN APPLAUSE LINE. FOLKS GOT TO THEIR FEET HERE IN THE CHAMBER. HE'S RIGHT, HIS THAT SACRIFICE IS NECESSARY, HIS BUDGET INCLUDES NONE OF IT. THE GOOD NEWS, THOUGH, MADAM SPEAKER, IS WE'RE NOT LIMITED TO THE PRESIDENT'S IDEAS IN THIS TOWN. WE HAVE A FRESHMAN CLASS HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., MADAM SPEAKER, WHICH YOU ARE A CRITICAL PART OF, THAT SAYS WE CAN DO BETTER. IN FACT, WE MUST DO BETTER. IN FACT, WE CANNOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER. LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT I HAVE HERE, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S A CHART OF DISCRETIONARY APPROPRIATIONS. DISCRETIONARY APPROPRIATIONS FOR FOLKS IN THE FRESHMAN CLASS, THAT'S THE PART WE HAVE TO AFFIRMATIVELY ACT ON EVERY YEAR. IT'S ABOUT 2/3 OF THE -- ABOUT 2/3 OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET IS ON AUTO PILOT. IF WE CLOSED THE DOORS OF CONGRESS, THAT MONEY WOULD FLOW OUT THE DOOR. BUT NOT SO WITH ONE THIRD OF THE BUDGET, THAT'S DISCRETIONARY SPENDING AND WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO DO OVERSIGHT ON THAT. F.Y. 2010, WE SPENT ABOUT $1.3 TRILLION IN DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. THAT WAS 2010, YOU AND I WERE NOT HERE, MADAM SPEAKER. YOU AND I SHOWED UP, WE WERE STILL WORKING ON THE F.Y. 2011 BUDGET. WE SPENT WILLESS IN THIS CONGRESS, I DON'T JUST MEAN WE PROPOSED SPENDING LESS, I DON'T MEAN WE TALKED ABOUT SPENDING LESS, I DON'T MEAN WE GOT TOGETHER AS REPUBLICANS AND SAID, THIS IS OUR IDEA BUT WE DON'T GET THE DEMOCRATS TO GO ALONG WITH IT, I MEAN AS A BODY IN THIS HOUSE, AS A CONGRESS ON CAPITOL HILL, WITH THE COOPERATION OF THE PRESIDENT'S SIGNATURE, WE ACTUALLY PASSED INTO LAW A BUDGET FOR DISCRETIONARY SPENDING THAT WENT DOWN IN 2011 FROM 2010 LEVELS. GUESS WHAT, WE DIDN'T STOP THERE, MADAM SPEAKER. WE PASSED ANOTHER SET OF APPROPRIATIONS BILLS THAT TOOK THE SPENDING DOWN EVEN FURTHER FROM 2011 LEVELS, WE WENT DOWN FURTHER IN 2012 AND GUESS WHAT, THIS FRESHMAN CLASS, WE'RE NOT DONE YET THIS HOUSE LEADERSHIP, THEY'RE NOT DONE YET. FOR 2013, WE ARE ON TRACK TO REDUCE SPENDING, I DON'T MEAN REDUCE RATES OF GROWTH. I DON'T MEAN REDUCE PROJECTED INCREASES. I MEAN REDUCE THE ACTUAL DOLLARS GOING OUT THE DOOR. FOR A THIRD YEAR IN A ROW. THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW. IT'S UNPRECEDENTED. HASN'T HAPPENED SINCE WORLD WAR II. AND IT'S HAPPENED BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAID, WE HAVE TO DO BETTER. IT HAPPENED BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAID, WE CAN'T JUST TALK ABOUT IT. WE HAVE TO DO IT. BUT I'VE GOT SOME BAD NEWS, MADAM SPEAKER. WE'RE GOING TO KEEP WORKING ON THIS DISCRETIONARY SPENDING SIDE OF THE LEDGER. WE'RE GOING TO KEEP TRYING TO DRIVE THOSE NUMBERS DOWN, BUT THAT'S NOT WHERE THE REAL SPENDING IS. AS I SAID A FEW MINUTES AGO, THAT'S ONLY A THIRD OF THE BUDGET. 2/3 OF THE BUDGET IS ON AUTO PILOT. I HAVE IT UP HERE, MADAM SPEAKER, IN YELLOW, YOU SEE WHAT THEY CALL MANDATORY SPENDING. THAT'S THE AUTO PILOT MONEY. AGAIN, YOU COULD CLOSE THE WHITE HOUSE TOMORROW, YOU COULD CLOSE THE CONGRESS TOMORROW, THIS MONEY STILL FLOWS OUT THE DOOR. IF WE'RE GOING TO STOP IT WE HAVE TO ACT AFFIRMATIVELY TO STOP IT. THIS LITTLE PIECE OF THE PIE UP HERE IS THE DEFENSE PART, YOU WOULD THINK THAT NATIONAL SECURITY IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS WE SPEND MONEY ON AROUND HERE. MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S DOWN TO LESS THAN 20% OF THE MONEY THAT GOES OUT THE DOOR IN WASHINGTON, D.C. GOES TOWARD NATIONAL SECURITY. 17% HERE IS EVERYTHING ELSE. EVERYTHING ELSE THAT'S IN THAT DISCRETIONARY BUDGET. THE 63%, 64%, SO SAID THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE,S THE MANDATORY SPENDING THAT'S ON AUTO PILOT. I HAVE IT DISPLAYED HERE IN A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT WAY, THE RED BAR REPRESENTS DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. YOU CAN SEE THAT DISCRETIONARY SPENDING AS A PER CENTAGE OF THE BUDGET, AS A PER CENTAGE OF THE -- PERCENTAGE OF THE BUDGET HAS BEEN IN DECLINE. THOSE AREN'T ACTUAL DOLLARS GOING DOWN, THAT'S THE SHARE OF WHAT WE DD -- WHAT WE DO IN WASHINGTON, D.C. IT'S THIS CONGRESS THAT'S BROUGHT THE ACTUAL NUMBERS DOWN. OVER TIME WE HAD A A SHIFT IN THIS COUNTRY. DISCRETIONARY SPENDING HAS DECLINED A -- AS A PERCENT OF WHAT WE DO AND AUTO PILOT SPENDING IS INCREASING. THERE'S NOT ENOUGH TIME TONIGHT TO GET INTO THE DETAIL BUS I ENCOURAGE ALL OUR COLLEAGUES, MADAM SPEAKER, AND I HOPE YOU'LL HELP ME ENCOURAGE THEM, TO KEEP AN EYE OUT ON WHAT'S COMING DOWN THE ROAD BECAUSE WHAT'S COMING DOWN THE ROAD IN THIS BODY IS A PROCESS CALLED RECON SILL CRATION. I PUT TO YOU WE HAVEN'T HAD A REAL SUCCESSFUL RECONCILIATION PROCESS IN THIS HOUSE SINCE 1997. . WE CAME TOGETHER TO PASS THE BIGGEST SPENDING REDUCTION PRIOR TO THIS POINT. WE CAN'T BALANCE THE BUDGET ON THE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING SIDE OF THE LEDGER ALONE. AS YOU KNOW, MADAM SPEAKER, IF WE ZEROED EVERYTHING, AND I DON'T MEAN CUT BY 5% OR 10%, BUT ZERO OOD OUT EVERYTHING AND INTEREST ON THE NATIONAL DEBT, THE MANDATORY SPENDING PROGRAMS THAT I'M TALKING ABOUT, IF WE ZEROED OUT EVERYTHING ELSE, THE BUDGET STILL WOULDN'T BE BALANCED. THAT'S HOW FAR OUT OF WHACK WE ARE. WE ARE GOING TO DO SOMETHING THAT HADN'T BEEN DONE SINCE 1997 AND THAT IS GO THROUGH RECONCILIATION WHEN WE ASK THE COMMITTEES OF THIS HOUSE AND GO BACK TO OUR COMMUNITIES AND ASK THIS TOWN HALL MEETINGS, WHAT CAN WE DO TO TIGHTEN OUR BELTS, TO DO BETTER, TO PROVIDE MORE BANG FOR THEIR BUCK. THOSE BILLS ARE GOING TO START TO COME TO THE FLOOR IN THE MONTH OF MAY. FIRST TIME SINCE 1997 IN A SERIOUS WAY. IT WILL BE A SMALL PROCESS AT FIRST. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT JUST THE AMOUNT OF MONEY TO COVER SOME OF OUR NECESSARY DEFENSE SPENDING NEEDS, BUT WE ARE GOING TO START TO TALK ABOUT PRIORITIES HERE. AND I SAY TALK ABOUT, I MEAN LEGISLATE ON. MADAM SPEAKER, THE TALKING HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE. EVERY DAY, FAMILIES SACRIFICE TO LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEANS AND DESERVE A GOVERNMENT THAT DOES THE SAME. PRESIDENT OBAMA, 2011, FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE TIGHTENING THEIR BELTS AND MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD DO THE SAME. PRESIDENT OBAMA, 2010, IT'S NOT WHO WINS THE ELECTION BUT WHETHER NEW JOBS AND INDUSTRIES TAKE ROOT IN THIS COUNTRY. IF NOT, WE ARE BANKRUPTING THIS COUNTRY. WE ARE BANKRUPTING THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE DOUBLED, DOUBLED THE ANNUAL SPENDING DEFICITS THAT WE HAVE SEEN IN THIS COUNTRY. SEEN THE PUBLIC DEBT INCREASE BY 50% IN THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS AND THAT WAS WITH THE EFFORTS OF THE MOST CONSERVATIVE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WE HAVE SEEN IN OUR LIFETIME. THAT WAS WITH THE EFFORTS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT HAS CUT SPENDING NOT ONE YEAR IN A ROW, NOT TWO YEARS IN A ROW, BUT THREE YEARS IN A ROW. MADAM SPEAKER, THE GOOD SHIP, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IS IN TROUBLED WATERS. THE PRESIDENT IS SAYING ALL THE RIGHT THINGS. I COME TO THE FLOOR HERE TONIGHT TO ASK YOU TO ENCOURAGE HIM TO DO THE RIGHT THINGS. JOIN THIS U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, JOIN THESE 100 NEW DEMOCRAT AND FRESHMEN MEMBERS IN THIS BODY AS WE TRY TO DO SOMETHING THAT HASN'T BEEN DONE SINCE 1997 AND THAT'S TAKE PROGRAMS OFF OF AUTO PILOT AND MAKE SURE THAT EVERY DOLLAR LEAVING THIS INSTITUTION IS DOING THE VERY BEST THAT IT CAN FOR THE HARD-WORKING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS THAT HAVE ENTRUSTED US TO SPEND IT. I THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND YIELDING ME TIME. AND I YIELD BACK TO YOU.

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  • 08:04:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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  • 08:05:19 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. A LOT GOING ON IN THE WORLD THESE DAYS AND INTERESTING…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. A LOT GOING ON IN THE WORLD THESE DAYS AND INTERESTING TRIP TO AFGHANISTAN THIS WEEKEND. COUNTRY INTO WHICH WE ARE POURING BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. AND HAVE MILITARY THERE THAT IS KEEPING PRESIDENT KARZAI IN OFFICE AND HE IS A VERY GRATEFUL MAN. THAT WAS DEMONSTRATED WHEN HE TOLD OUR GOVERNMENT OF OUR ADMINISTRATION THAT DANA ROHRABACHER, MY GREATEST FRIEND, WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED INTO AFGHANISTAN AS IF HE HAD THAT POWER, BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN VERY CRITICAL OF PRESIDENT KARZAI. SO WE ARE SPENDING BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS SO THAT A PRESIDENT OF AFGHANISTAN WHO IS ONLY THERE BECAUSE OF THE LIVES AND TREASURES THAT AMERICANS HAVE SACRIFICED, TURN AROUND TELLING AMERICANS WE DON'T WANT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THAT ACTUALLY CONTROL THE PURSE STRINGS TO MONEY FLOWING INTO THIS COUNTRY, WE DON'T WANT HIM HERE. RATHER INTERESTING. AND AS MIGHT BE EXPECTED, PRESIDENT KARZAI HAD HIS FACTS ENTIRELY WRONG. HE WAS REPRESENTING THAT REPRESENTATIVE ROHRABACHER HAD A BILL THAT WAS ATTEMPTING TO PARTITION, DIVIDE UP AFGHANISTAN. ENTIRELY WRONG. I KNEW THAT BECAUSE I ASSISTED WITH THE BILL AND CO-SPONSORED IT PROUDLY, BECAUSE IT WAS A RESOLUTION THAT BASICALLY WAS ENCOURAGING AFGHANISTAN TO ALLOW ELECTIONS OF THEIR REGIONAL GOVERNORS. IT ENCOURAGED ELECTIONS AND SOMEHOW PRESIDENT KARZAI FOUND THIS VERY OFFENSIVE, AS A THREAT TO HIM. AND I CAN SEE IT FROM HIS STANDPOINT IF ONE PUTS ONESELF IN HIS POSITION, YOU REALIZE, GEE, I'M PRESIDENT KARZAI, I GET TO APPOINT EVERY REGIONAL GOVERNOR, AND GEE, THAT WOULD BE A SYSTEM LIKE ANCIENT ROME WHERE YOU ARE APPOINTED AS GOVERNOR BUT HAD TO KICKBACK TO CEASAR IN ORDER TO KEEP YOUR SEAT. INTERESTING. THAT IS A PLAN FRAUGHT WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR CORRUPTION. ONE OF THE REASONS THAT WE THINK IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO HELP STRENGTHEN THE COUNTRY IF THE PEOPLE IN THE VARIOUS REGIONS WERE ABLE TO ELECT THEIR GOVERNORS. PRESIDENT KARZAI NOT ONLY APPOINTS THE GOVERNORS, HE APPOINTS THE MAYORS. THEY DON'T GET TO ELECT THEM, HE APOINTS THEM. YOU WANT TO BE THE MAYOR OF A CITY, YOU BETTER SUCK UP TO PRESIDENT KARZAI BECAUSE HE IS GOING TO MAKE THE APPOINTMENT. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE THE POLICE CHIEF, DON'T WORRY, LOCAL CITY COUNCIL IN AFGHANISTAN, DON'T WORRY, YOU WILL BE APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT KARZAI. WE ARE TOLD BY AFGHANS, IT GOES SO MUCH FURTHER THAN THAT, HE APOINTS MANY OF THE TEACHERS. IF YOU WANT TO BE A TEACHER AT AN UPPER LEVEL, AFGHANS TELL ME HE APOINTS THEM AS WELL. PRESIDENT KARZAI GETS TO APPOINT A SLATE OF POTENTIAL LEGISLATORS . HE HAS TREMENDOUS CONTROL OF THE PURSE STRINGS IN AFGHANISTAN. NOT SOMEONE TO BE COUNTERED WITH , YOU WOULD THINK, UNLESS PERHAPS YOU ARE FROM A GOVERNMENT THAT ASSISTS THE GOVERNMENT OF AFGHANISTAN IN MEETING ITS BUDGET NEEDS. TO UNDERSTAND IT, AFGHANISTAN HAS A BUDGET OF $12.5 BILLION. AS I UNDERSTAND IT, AFGHANISTAN PROVIDES $1.5 BILLION OF THAT $12.5 BILLION BUDGET. THAT'S ALL THE REVENUE, TAXES, FEES, ALL KINDS OF THINGS. THAT'S THE EXTENT OF THEIR REVENUE. GEE, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO PRESIDENT KARZAI IF ALL OF A SUDDEN THIS CONGRESS DID WHAT THE 1974 DEMOCRATIC-CONTROLLED CONGRESS DID WHEN WITHOUT ANY REGARD FOR THOSE WHO HAD FOUGHT WITH US IN VIETNAM AND SOUTHEAST ASIA, EVERY PENNY WAS JUST COMPLETELY SHUT OFF, EVERY PENNY BEING SPENT IN VIETNAM BACK IN 1974, CUT OFF AND WHAT HAPPENED AFTER WE LEFT WAS AN ABSOLUTE HORRIBLE BLOOD BATH. OF THOSE WHO HAD ASSISTED THE UNITED STATES IN ANY WAY. SO, I DON'T THINK THIS CONGRESS WILL BE AS ABRUPT AS THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS WAS IN 1974, BUT IT CERTAINLY HAS THE ABILITY TO DO THAT. THE DIFFERENCE IS, I THINK THAT ENOUGH PEOPLE IN THIS CONGRESS THAT REALIZE THAT UNLESS WE EMPOWER THOSE WHO FOUGHT THE TALIBAN IN LATE 2001 AFTER 9/11 AND IN EARLY 2002 WHEN THEY BASICALLY ROUTED THE TALIBAN WITH U.S. SUPPORT AND AIR SUPPORT, UNLESS WE EMPOWER THOSE ALLIES BY ALLOWING THEM TO ELECT THEIR OWN REGIONAL GOVERNORS, BY ALLOWING THEM TO ELECT THEIR MAYORS, TAKING SOME OF THE POWER AWAY FROM A CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION WHERE REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT REPORTS MAY OR MAY NOT BE ACCURATE ABOUT CORRUPTION AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL, THERE IS CERTAINLY CORRUPTION IN AFGHANISTAN. AND IT IS ALSO INTERESTING THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION REFUSES TO REPLACE THE INSPECTOR GENERAL WHO IS SUPPOSED TO SUPERVISE AND INSPECT AND AUDIT THE MONEY THAT'S GOING INTO AFGHANISTAN. SURELY THAT COULDN'T BE BECAUSE IT'S AN ELECTION YEAR. SURELY THAT COULDN'T BE BECAUSE IF WE LET ACTUALLY MONITOR WHERE ALL THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WE ARE POURING INTO AFGHANISTAN ARE GOING, THE REPORT WOULD INDICATE WIDESPREAD CORRUPTION, WHICH WOULD REFLECT POORLY ON THIS ADMINISTRATION, THROWING AWAY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO CORRUPT ADMINISTRATIONS WHO ARE FATTENING THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS WHILE AMERICANS DON'T HAVE ANY. MANY AMERICANS STRUGGLE TO HAVE ANY MONEY IN THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS. AND YET, WE ARE PROPPING UP AN ADMINISTRATION OVER THERE THAT THINKS ON A WHIM, CAN SAY I DON'T LIKE THIS CONGRESSMAN BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN CRITICAL OF MY ADMINISTRATION, SO WE'RE GOING TO KEEP HIM OUT. NOW, I REALIZE THAT SECRETARY CLINTON INHERITED A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION. IT WAS NOT OF HER MAKING. BUT IT IS IMPORTANT IN DEALING WITH MATTERS OF FOREIGN POLICY, DEALING WITH MATTERS OF STATE THAT WE NOT BE DUPED BY PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE CAREERS OUT OF DUPING CAREERS AND RUSSIANS AND OTHER NATIONALITIES. SO WE HAVE A GREAT ALLY IN THE NATION OF ISRAEL. THEY BELIEVE IN FREEDOM, AS WE DO. THEY HAVE A TRULY REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, ONE IN WHICH THE PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL DOES NOT FORBID ELECTIONS OF OTHER OFFICIALS SO THAT HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS THE POWER TO APPOINT. ISRAEL ALLOWS ELECTIONS. AND AS OTHERS HAVE POINTED OUT, THEY ARE MORE LIKELY MORE FREE THAN ANY OF THE OTHER NEIGHBORS IMMEDIATELY SURROUNDING ISRAEL. AND EVEN MUSLIMS IN ISRAEL HAVE GREATER FREEDOM TO ELECT WHOEVER THEY WISH, WHOMEVER THEY WISH IN FAIR AND FREE ELECTIONS. WE HAVE AN ALLY IN ISRAEL. . I REALIZE THERE ARE DIFFERENCES OF VIEWS IN WHETHER THE OLD TESTAMENT, THE TORAH, THE TANACH HAVE VALID LEGITIMACY THESE DAYS. SOME OF US BELIEVE THEM AND ARE PROUD TO DO SO, JUST AS THE FOUNDERS OF THE 56 SIGNERS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, OVER HALF OF THEM WERE ORDAINED CHRISTIAN MINISTERS WHO BELIEVED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. I'VE BEEN LOOKING IN THE OLD TESTAMENT FOR WISDOM, APPLICATION TO OUR CURRENT SITUATION BECAUSE WE KNOW BACK IN EARLIER THIS YEAR, "THE WASHINGTON POST" WAS TOLD BY THIS ADMINISTRATION THAT THE WINDOW DURING WHICH ISRAEL WAS GOING TO LIKELY ATTACK IRAN WAS BETWEEN TWO DIFFERENT DATES, DURING A CERTAIN PERIOD. THAT'S NOT VERY HELPFUL TO AN ALLY. WHEN WE TELL THE WORLD ABOUT WHEN AN ALLY MAY CHOOSE TO DEFEND ITSELF. THAT'S MORE A HEADS UP TO AN ENEMY OF THE UNITED STATES, A SWORN ENEMY OF THE UNITED STATES, LED BY PEOPLE WHO HAVE SWORN TO THE DESTRUCTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL. SO IT'S A LITTLE BIT CONFUSING TO SEE HOW THIS ADMINISTRATION COULD BE GOING ABOUT BETRAYING OUR FRIEND ISRAEL. IT WOULD SEEM THAT WHEN THIS ADMINISTRATION LEAKED TO THE MEDIA THAT OUR DEAR FRIEND AND ALLY, ISRAEL, WAS GOING TO UTILIZE A RELATIONSHIP WITH AZERBAIJAN TO ATTACK THAT -- TO ATTACK, THAT SUCH A RELEASE WAS NOT SOMETHING YOU'D DO FOR A FRIEND, BUT RATHER A BETRAYAL OF A FRIEND AND ALLY. IT APPEARS THAT THOSE WERE EFFORTS TO KEEP ISRAEL FROM DOING WHAT IT NEEDED TO DEFEND ITSELF WHEN THIS ADMINISTRATION IS TELLING ISRAEL, HEY, JUST TRUST US. TRUST US, WE'LL TAKE CARE OF YOUR NATIONAL SECURITY. AND YES, THERE'S A WINDOW BEYOND WHICH YOU CAN NO LONGER DO ANY GOOD IN TRYING TO STOP THE NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION IN IRAN. AND BEYOND WHICH WE IN THE UNITED STATES COULD, SO IF WE CAN JUST FORCE ISRAEL PAST THAT WINDOW, THEN THEY WOULD HAVE TO RELY COMPLETELY ON THE UNITED STATES TO DO ALL IN ITS POWER TO PROTECT ISRAEL. IF ISRAEL LOOKS AT WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING ALREADY THIS YEAR, COUPLE OF BETRAYALS OF OUR FRIENDSHIP THAT WOULD NOT BODE WELL THAT THE TOP IN THIS ADMINISTRATION, FOR THIS COUNTRY, WILL PROTECT ISRAEL AT WHATEVER COST. THAT HAS TO BE CONSIDERED BY ISRAEL. AND THEN WE HAVE THIS REPORT, THIS WAS DATED APRIL 19, 2012, FROM A NORTHEAST MEDIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE, THE INTRODUCTION SAYS, AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT IN THE RENEWAL OF NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN AND THE TALKS IN ISTANBUL, APRIL 13, 14, 2012, WAS AN ALLEGED FATWA ATTRIBUTED TO IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER KHOMEINI, ACCORDING TO WHICH THE STOCKPILING OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE NOT ALLOWED UNDER ISLAM AND THEY SHALL NOT ACQUIRE THEM. PRESIDENT OBAMA AND ALL THE REPRESENTATIVES TO THE TALKS, THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND EVEN HIGHLY RESPECTED RESEARCH INSTITUTES CONSIDERED THE FATWA AS AN ACTUAL FACT AND EXAMINED ITS SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN THAT WERE RENEWED IN ISTANBUL. HOWEVER, AN INVESTIGATION BY THE MIDEAST MEDIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE REVEALS THAT NO SUCH FAT -- EVER EXISTED OR WAS EVER PUBLISHED AND THAT MEDIA REPORTS ABOUT IT ARE NOTHING MORE THAN A PROPAGANDA RUSE ON THE PART OF THE IRANIAN REGIME APPARATUSES IN AN ATTEMPT TO DECEIVE THE TOP U.S. ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS AND THE OTHERS MENTIONED ABOVE. IRANIAN REGIME OFFICIALS' PRESENTATION OF FACTS ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS ATTRIBUTED TO SUPREME LEADER AS A FATWA OR RELIGIOUS EDICT WHEN NO SUCH FATWA EXISTED OR WAS ISSUED BY HIM IS A PROPAGANDA EFFORT TO PROPOSE TO THE WEST A RELIGIOUSLY VALID SUBSTITUTE FOR CONCRETE GUARANTEES OF INSPECTORS' ACCESS TO IRAN'S NUCLEAR FACILITIES. SINCE THE WEST DOES NOT CONSIDER MERE STATEMENTS BY KHOMEINI OR OTHER REGIME OFFICIALS TO BE CREDIBLE, THE IRANIAN REGIME HAS PUT FORTH A FRAUDULENT FATWA THAT THE WEST WOULD BE MORE INCLINED TO TRUST. IT GOINGS ON TO TALK ABOUT, AND I'LL JUST READ FROM THIS, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON CLARIFIED THAT SHE HAD DISCUSSED THE FATWA WITH, QUOTE, EXPERTS AND RELIGIOUS SCHOLARS, UNQUOTE AND ALSO WITH TURKISH PRIME MINISTER AT THE NATO CONFERENCE IN NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, IN EARLY APRIL. SHE STATED, QUOTE, THE OTHER INTERESTING DEVELOPMENT WHICH YOU MAY HAVE FOLLOWED WAS THE REPETITION BY THE SUPREME LEADER, THE ITOE LA KHOMEINI, THAT HE HAD ISSUED A FATWA AGAINST NUCLEAR WEAPONS. AGAINST WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. PRIME MINISTER ERDIGAN AND I DISCUSSED THIS AT SOME LENGTH AND I'VE DISCUSSED IT WITH A NUMBER OF EXPERTS AND RELIGIOUS SCHOLARS AND IF IT'S INDEED A STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES AND VALUES IT'S A STARTING POINT FOR BEING OPERATIONALIZED WHICH MEANS IT SERVES A THESE ENTRY WAY INTO A NEGOTIATION AS TO HOW YOU DEMONSTRATE THAT IT IS INDEED A SINCERE, AUTHENTIC STATEMENT OF CONVICTION. SO WE WILL TEST THAT AS WELL. DURING HIS VISIT TO -- UNQUOTE. DURING HIS VISIT TO TEHRAN IN LATE MARCH, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH IRANIAN STATE TELEVISION, PRIME MINISTER ERDIGAN SAID, I'VE SHARED THE LEADER'S STATE WMENT PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND TOLD HIM IN THE FACE OF THIS ASSERTION I DO NOT HAVE A DIFFERENT POSITION AND THEY, IRANIANS, ARE USING NUCLEAR ENERGY PEACEFULLY. UNQUOTE. ON APRIL 7, 2012, CAYENNE INTERNATIONAL REPORTED, CITING TURKISH TV, THAT THE TURKISH PRIME MINISTER HAD TOLD THE TURKISH TV STATION THAT THERE'S NO POSSIBILITY THAT, QUOTE, KHOMEINI'S FATWA FORBIDDING THE POSSESSION AND USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS MIGHT BE DISOBEYED IN IAN. WE CAN ALL CELEBRATE. THERE'S BEEN A FRAUDULENT, FALSE REPORT OF A FATWA BY KHOMEINI SO GOSH, NOBODY IN IRAN WOULD VIOLATE THIS FATWA MAKING IT AGAINST THE ISLAMIC RELIGION TO DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS. WHEN THE TRUTH IS, IF ISRAEL IS NOT GOING TO DEFEND ITSELF BY ITSELF AS PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID IT ABSOLUTELY MUST ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION, IF IT IS GOING TO RELY ON THE REPRESENTATIONS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION TO TRUST US, WE'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK, THEN ISRAEL MAY WAVENT TO NOTE HOW EASY IT IS TO DECEIVE THIS ADMINISTRATION INTO BELIEVING WHAT IT WANTS THAT IRAN WOULD NOT DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS. AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN PRAISED IN MESSAGES COMING FROM ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA AND OTHER GROUPS, ACTUALLY, NAMED CO-CONSPIRATORS IN FUNDING TERRORISM IN THE WORLD. THEY'VE BEEN PRAISED BY THESE NAMED CO-CONSPIRATORS IN FUNDING TERRORISM FOR THEIR CLEANSING OF TRAINING MATERIALS OF OUR F.B.I., OF OUR INTELLIGENCE, OF OUR STATE DEPARTMENT, WE HAVE GONE THROUGH AND ELIMINATED WORDS LIKE JIHAD. WORDS LIKE ISLAM. WORDS LIKE RADICAL. REPLACES THEM WITH THINGS LIKE VIOLENT EXTREMISM. WHEN THE TROUBLE IS, IT IS SO EASY TO DECEIVE NATIONAL OFFICIALS IN ANY COUNTRY WHERE THEY REFUSE TO STUDY THE ENEMY WHO HAS SWORN TO DESTROY THEM. IF YOU WILL NOT STUDY THE ENEMY WHO HAS SWORN TO DESTROY YOU AND YOUR COUNTRY, THEN YOU WILL CONTINUE TO BE EASILY DUPED. SO WE HAVE THESE NAMED CO-CONSPIRATORS FOR FUNDING TERRORISM OUT THERE PRAISING THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THEIR MEETINGS INSIDE THE HEARTS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT, IN THE WHITE HOUSE, IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, THEY'VE BEEN PRAISED FOR ELIMINATING ALL THESE REFERENCES TO SUCH INAPPROPRIATE THINGS AS ISLAM. WELL THIS WEEKEND, DESPITE EFFORTS BY SOME IN THIS ADMINISTRATION TO PREVENT IT, A FEW OF US MET WITH OUR ALLIES, MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL FRONT, ONE OF WHICH COULD BE ELECTED THE NEXT PRESIDENT. OF AFGHANISTAN. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO, WHILE WE IN AMERICA WERE BURYING AMERICANS, THEY WERE BURYING FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAD FOUGHT WITH US AGAINST THE TALIBAN. THESE ARE THE ENEMY OF OUR ENEMY, THE TALIBAN. THEY SHOULD BE OUR FRIENDS AND THEY ARE MY FRIENDS. THEREFORE WHEN I SAW MY MUSLIM FRIENDS THERE AT THE HOME OF MY FRIEND MA PSEUDO, THERE WERE -- MY FRIEND MASSUD, THERE WERE BIG HUGS ALL AROUND. THIS ADMINISTRATION CALLS THEM WAR CRIMINALS BECAUSE SOME OF THEM FIGHT AS VICIOUSLY AS THE TALIBAN THAT THEY FIGHT AGAINST. BUT THEY WERE FRIENDS, THEY FOUGHT WITH US, THEY DID MUCH OF OUR FIGHTING FOR US BEFORE WE BECAME OCCUPIERS IN AFGHANISTAN. YET, WHEN THIS ADMINISTRATION THROWS OUR ALLIES UNDER A BUS, IT MEANS FOR THEM TO STAY THERE. WELL, SOME OF US BELIEVE IF WE EVER HOPE TO HAVE OTHER ALLIES, THEN IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE TREAT OUR ALLIES WITH RESPECT. WE DON'T STAB THEM IN THE BACK, WE DON'T THROW THEM UNDER THE BUS, BUT THAT'S A LESSON HARD LEARNED. YOU KNOW, THERE ARE INTERNATIONAL REPORTS THAT SAY PRESIDENT KARZAI MAY BE WILLING TO RESIGN A YEAR EARLY. THAT'S BEEN HEARD DIFFERENT PLACES AROUND THE WORLD. GEE, WOW, ISN'T THAT WONDERFUL. IF KARZAI WOULD RESIGN A YEAR EARLY. BUT IN MEETING WITH MY FRIENDS WHO HAVE TALKED TO SOME OF KARZAI'S CIRCLE, THEY POINT OUT , DO YOU IN AMERICA NOT UNDERSTAND, WHEN THIS PRESIDENT KARZAI SAYS HE'S LOOKING AT RESIGNING A YEAR EARLY, IT'S NOT BECAUSE HE IS SOME BIG HEARTED, WONDERFUL, DEMOCRACY-LOVING PERSON. IF HE LOVED DEMOCRACY, HE'D LET US ELECT OUR GOVERNORS, HE'D LET US ELECT OUR MAYORS. BUT HE WANTS TO APPOINT THEM AND HE'S NOT READY TO GIVE UP POWER. BUT THE AFGHAN CONSTITUTION APPARENTLY SAYS THAT IF YOU SERVED TWO TERMS, YOU CANNOT RUN FOR A THIRD TERM. SO THIS PRESIDENT KARZAI IS LOOKING AT A WAY, WHEN PERHAPS IF HE'S RESIGNED A YEAR EARLY, THEN HE COULD ARGUE, I DIDN'T SERVE TWO TERMS. I SERVED ONE YEAR SHORT OF TWO TERMS. THEREFORE I CAN RUN FOR A THIRD TERM AND BEING AS HOW THE PRESIDENT OF AFGHANISTAN APPOINTS THE GOVERNOR THE MAYOR THE CHIEFS OF POLICE, SO MANY OF THE POSITIONS OF POWER IN AFGHANISTAN, IT'S QUITE CONCEIVABLE THAT HE COULD ENSURE THAT HE GOT ELECTED AGAIN NEXT TIME IF HE RAN A THIRD TIME AND IF HE WERE TO BE ALLOWED TO RUN A THIRD TIME AND GET ELECTED, THAT PUTS HIM BEYOND 2014, WHICH MEANS THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT BE AROUND TO ENFORCE THE PROMISES THAT PRESIDENT KARZAI MADE. . IT'S A HOPE AND PRAYER THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION WILL QUIT LIVING ON THE FALSE PROMISES OF PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY'RE GOING TO HELP US , BUT ARE SWORN PUBLICLY AND PRIVATELY TO DESTROY OUR WAY OF LIFE. AND THERE ARE THOSE WE CONTINUE TO HEAR SAY, LOOK, ISRAEL IS JUST OCCUPIERS. THEY ARE OCCUPIERS IN THIS LAND. AS NEWT GINGRICH POINTED OUT, THE TERM PALESTINIAN IS A VERY RECENT WORD THAT FOUND USAGE. AND IF YOU GO BACK AND AS ONE REPORTER WHO ENDED UP BEING LET GO, BUT SHE MARVELED THAT THESE PEOPLE OUGHT TO GO BACK TO POLAND OR WHEREVER THEY CAME FROM, WHEN ACTUALLY WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHERE THEY CAME FROM, 1600 YEARS BEFORE MUHAMMAD EXISTED IN THIS CITY, A KING NAMED DAVID RULED FOR SEVEN YEARS AND MOVED THE CAPITAL UP TO JERUSALEM AND A BEAUTIFUL CAPITAL IT WAS. SOME HAVE SAID, WELL, WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE OF THE ISRAELIS BEING IN JERUSALEM SNL MUHAMMAD HAD A DREAM AND THAT HE HAD GONE THERE BUT I NEVER PHYSICALLY WENT, THAT'S FOR SURE. HERE'S THE CURRENT CITY OF JERUSALEM. THIS IS THE CITY OF DAVID HERE, SOUTH OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT WHERE ABRAHAM WENT AND IT'S INTERESTING BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE SAID, GEE, WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE? AND WE SEE PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY WHERE JESSE, WHERE HIS TOMB IS IN WHAT I CALL SHILOH, THE ARC OF THE COVENANT AND FOUND THE LOCATION AND APPEARS WHERE IT WAS KEPT FOR OVER 300 YEARS, LONG BEFORE THERE WAS A MUHAMMAD. SO PEOPLE HAVE SAID, WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE? IT IS BEGINNING TO SHOW UP AS THE SCIENTISTS HAVE BEGUN TO LOOK, THEY REALIZE THAT THE CITY OF DAVID MAY HAVE BEEN SOUTH DOWN THE HILL FROM WHERE THE CURRENT TEMPLE MOUNT IS AND THEY BEGAN EXCAVATING AND THEY FOUND ALL KINDS OF DRAMATIC EVIDENCE OF ISRAEL'S EXISTENCE. IT'S DRAMATIC. THERE IS NO QUESTION FROM THE THINGS THAT ARE BEING FOUND AND THE WAY THEY ARE BEING DATED, THE DATES THAT ARE COMING TO LIGHT THAT ISRAEL EXISTED IN THE LAND WHERE IT HAS ITS COUNTRY NOW, NOT JUST IN PART, BUT THROUGHOUT THE WEST BANK, THAT WAS ISRAELI TERRITORY. MANY, MANY CENTURIES BEFORE A MAN NAMED MUHAMMAD LIVED. I'M NOT ATTEMPTING TO PUSH MY RELIGIOUS BELIEFS ON ANYBODY ELSE. THESE ARE SIMPLY THE FACTS OF HISTORY THAT WE HAVE TO LOOK AT AND UNDERSTAND. AND UNTIL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE ADMINISTRATION, UNTIL WE HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION THAT STOPS BLINDING -- BLAMING THOSE WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT US, WE ARE IN BIG TROUBLE. SO IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR DEAR FRIEND ISRAEL, STOP THE BETRAYALS AND SAY THANK GOD FOR THE NATION OF ISRAEL AND THE DEAR FRIEND THAT THEY ARE TO THE UNITED STATES. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:34:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

  • 08:34:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 08:35:20 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    TO MOVE THAT WE DO NOW ADJOURN.

  • 08:35:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE MOTION IS ADOPTED AND ACCORDINGLY THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED UNTIL 9:00 A.M. TOMORROW.

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