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House Session - November 15, 2012

The House met for Morning Hour, during which members spoke on a variety of topics.

Speakers:
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  • 10:01:16 AM

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    PASSED SECTION 3113, LIMITATION OF LABORATORY CERTIFICATION.

  • 10:01:48 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    EACH, BUT IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. THIS…

    EACH, BUT IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. THIS MORNING. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:02:19 AM

    MR. JONES

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BRAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES. -- MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:05:33 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH, HAVE FUN AND ENRICH THE COMMUNITY. RED STATE, BLUE…

    IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH, HAVE FUN AND ENRICH THE COMMUNITY. RED STATE, BLUE STATE, REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT, INDEPENDENT, IT DOESN'T MATTER. THE PUBLIC GETS IT AND HAS BEEN PART

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  • 10:05:43 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. OLSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:10:34 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE IMPENDING FISCAL CLIFF. TONY WRITES, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO OVER…

    THE IMPENDING FISCAL CLIFF. TONY WRITES, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO OVER THE FISCAL CLIFF AND SEE THE ECONOMY GUMBEL BEFORE THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE --

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  • 10:10:50 AM

    MR. OLSON

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

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

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  • 10:12:12 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IT'S HARD TO MEET US ALL AT ONCE. THERE ARE MORE THAN 53 MILLION OF US.…

    IT'S HARD TO MEET US ALL AT ONCE. THERE ARE MORE THAN 53 MILLION OF US. BUT LET ME TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE

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  • 10:12:25 AM

    MR. GUTIERREZ

    THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. AKIN, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. AKIN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:17:27 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OF THANKSGIVING DAY, IT MAY BE INTERESTING AND ADD A LITTLE

  • 10:17:32 AM

    MR. AKIN

    THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, FOR…

    THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:21:19 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ECONOMIC DEVASTATION. A RECESSION, MILLIONS OF LOST JOBS.

  • 10:21:33 AM

    MR. DEFAZIO

    THE CHAIR WILL RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. WALBERG, FOR…

    THE CHAIR WILL RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. WALBERG, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:25:17 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    COMPANIES AND ENSURING THAT OUR BUSINESSES ARE COMPETING ON A LEVEL…

    COMPANIES AND ENSURING THAT OUR BUSINESSES ARE COMPETING ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. THAT'S WHY I BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT

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  • 10:25:23 AM

    MR. WALBERG

    BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT TO SUPPORT PASSAGE OF H.R. 61-56, WHICH WILL GRANT…

    BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT TO SUPPORT PASSAGE OF H.R. 61-56, WHICH WILL GRANT PERMANENT NORMAL TRADE RELATIONS TO RUSSIA. THIS PAST AUGUST RUSSIA JOINED THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION, GIVING ITS MEMBERS FULL ACCESS TO RUSSIA'S RAPIDLY GROWING MARKET. REDUCE TARIFFS, AND ENSURE TRANSPARENCY WHEN IMPLEMENTING TRADE MEASURES. HOWEVER, WHILE FOREIGN COMPETITORS ARE CURRENTLY BENEFITING, THE U.S. WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY OF THESE BENEFITS UNTIL CONGRESS AUTHORIZES THE PRESIDENT TO GRANT RUSSIA PERMANENT NORMAL TRADE RELATIONS. SIMPLY PUT, AMERICAN COMPANIES, WORKERS, AND FARMERS ARE BEING PUT AT A COMPETITIVE DISADVANTAGE. LAST YEAR MY HOME STATE OF MICHIGAN EXPORTED $225 MILLION WORTH OF GOODS TO RUSSIA. DESPITE MANY OF ITS BEST PRODUCTS FACING TOUGH COMPETITION FROM FOREIGN COMPETITORS. WITH THIS AGREEMENT IN PLACE, FARMERS AND PRODUCERS IN MY DISTRICT WILL BE ASSURED OF MORE PREDICTABLE MARKET ACCESS FOR THE CROPS AND ARKANSAS UREL GOODS, WHILE MANUFACTURERS WILL ENJOY REDUCED TARIFF RATES FOR MICHIGAN-MADE VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT. AS THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION MEMBER, RUSSIA HAS AGREED TO COMPLY WITH THE RULE OF LAW. THOUGH THESE REFORMS WON'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT, RUSSIA'S ACCESSION TO THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION REQUIRES THEIR COMPLIANCE WITH ALL OF THE ORGANIZATION'S RULES AND DUTIES. THIS INCLUDES ADDRESSING DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES, ENFORCING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, AND INCREASING TRANSPARENCY. IF IT DOES NOT COMPLY, MEMBERS CAN ENFORCE THEM THROUGH DISPUTE MECHANISMS. OF FURTHER IMPORTANCE, THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES CRITICAL HUMAN RIGHTS PROVISIONS WHICH HOLDS FOREIGN OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE FOR GROSS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND PREVENTS THEM FROM ENTERING THE U.S. OR ASSESSING OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEMS. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY DURING THE 112TH CONGRESS TO ADVANCE PRO-GROWTH LEGISLATION WHICH PROVIDES GREATER CERTAINTY FOR AMERICAN COMPANIES AND HELPS OUR NATION'S BUSINESSES HIRE MORE AMERICAN WORKERS. WE MADE GREAT GAINS IN ADVANCING TRADE INTERESTS FOR THE U.S. AND PROMOTING NEW MARKET OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR COMPANIES. AN AMBITIOUS TRADE AGENDA MUST CONTINUE FOR US TO SUCCESSFULLY LOWER THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AND RESTORE OUR PLACE AS A GLOBAL ECONOMIC LEADER. I'M GLAD WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PASS ANOTHER PART OF THAT PLAN P TODAY. P IF P WE P ARE P GOING P TO P JUMP-START P OUR P ECONOMY P AND P GET P AMERICANS P STRUGGLING FOR WORK RIGHT NOW.

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  • 10:28:39 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    STRUGGLING FOR WORK RIGHT NOW.

  • 10:28:51 AM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    STRUGGLING FOR WORK RIGHT NOW.

  • 10:32:06 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    STRUGGLING FOR WORK RIGHT NOW.

  • 10:32:14 AM

    MRS. BLACK

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:35:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE TO RECOGNIZE THAT ELECTIONS HAVE…

    REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE TO RECOGNIZE THAT ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES. THAT IN FACT THE PRESIDENT WON RE-ELECTION DECISIVELY. REPUBLICANS MADE GAINS IN THE SENATE AND GAINS HERE IN THE HOUSE. IT'S TIME

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  • 10:35:41 AM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO A VIEWING AUDIENCE. THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLEAVER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:40:00 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO MAKE SUCH COMMENTS IS THAT IT IS SO TROUBLESOME TO ME THAT WE WILL HAVE…

    TO MAKE SUCH COMMENTS IS THAT IT IS SO TROUBLESOME TO ME THAT WE WILL HAVE FACT-FREE DEBATES AND, MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF

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  • 10:40:12 AM

    MR. CLEAVER

    THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE, FOR…

    THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:45:44 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THAT POVERTY CONTINUES TO IMPACT NEARLY 50 MILLION AMERICANS, INCLUDING 16…

    THAT POVERTY CONTINUES TO IMPACT NEARLY 50 MILLION AMERICANS, INCLUDING 16 MILLION CHILDREN

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  • 10:45:49 AM

    MS. LEE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:46:33 AM

    MS. LEE

    ALL AMERICANS. TO CREATE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES THAT WILL LIFT MILLIONS OF…

    ALL AMERICANS. TO CREATE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES THAT WILL LIFT MILLIONS OF FAMILIES OUT OF POVERTY AND INTO THE MIDDLE CLASS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE VOTED TO REJECT JOB-KILLING CUTS AND THE ATTACKS TO MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AND SOCIAL SECURITY. WHAT THEY DON'T WANT IS FOR OUR COUNTRY TO BE RUSHED INTO URGENT BUDGET DECISIONS BY THE FALSE SPREAD OF SO-CALLED FISCAL CLIFF. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T BUY IT. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T BELIEVE IT, EITHER. THIS ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL GRIDLOCK IS JUST ANOTHER POLITICAL CLIFF CREATED BY THE HOSTAGE TAKING OBSTRUCTIONISM OF THE TEA PARTY CONTROLLED CONGRESS. THE REAL CLIFF IS THAT ANYONE IS FACING TODAY IS A HUMAN CLIFF. THAT FAR TOO MANY AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE STANDING ON THE EDGE AS I SPEAK. IF WE DON'T STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY FOR ALL AMERICANS, MILLIONS WILL BE CUT OFF FROM THE ONLY LIFELINE KEEPING THEM FROM FALLING OFF THAT HUMAN CLIFF AND INTO POVERTY. AND THAT'S UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION. FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE WILL BE CUT OFF FROM VITAL PROGRAMS LIKE EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, THE CHILD TAX CREDIT, AND THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT IF THIS CONGRESS FAILS TO ACT. SO IT IS LONG PAST TIME TO COME TOGETHER AND TO WORK TO FIND A BALANCED APPROACH AND TO GET, AS CHAIRMAN CLEAVER JUST SAID, THE PARTISAN OBSTRUCTIONISM THAT HAS KEPT US FROM MOVING OUR ECONOMY AND OUR COUNTRY FORWARD. WE'VE GOT TO STOP THIS. JUST 10 YEARS AGO IN THE YEAR 2,000 OUR NATION HAD A BALANCED BUDGET, PROJECTED SURPLUSES, AND A ROBUST ECONOMY. THE PASSAGE OF THE TAX CUT RAPIDLY ENDED THOSE SURPLUSES AND BEGAN TO, QUITE FRANKLY, EXPLODE THE DEBT. THE BUSH-ERA TAX CUTS HAVE ALREADY COST OVER $2.2 TRILLION IN FEDERAL REVENUE SINCE THEY WERE ENACTED, AND WE COULD NOT AFFORD TO ALLOW THEM TO BE MADE PERMANENT. AND LET'S NOT FORGET, MR. SPEAKER, THIS CONGRESS HAS ALREADY VOTED TO CUT $1.5 TRILLION IN DISCRETIONARY SPENDING ENACTED THROUGH THE 2011 BUDGET CONTROL ACT. LOW-INCOME AMERICANS ARE ALREADY HURTING FROM MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF CUTS TO PROGRAMS AND BENEFITS THAT THEY RELY ON. OUR MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING POOR HAVE ALREADY DONE THEIR PART AND WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO ATTEMPT TO BALANCE THE BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF THE MOST VULNERABLE AMERICANS, OUR POOR, SENIORS, OUR CHILDREN, AND DISABLED. I HOPE ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WILL FOLLOW THE PRESIDENT'S LEAD AND SUPPORT HIS CALL FOR ENDING THE BUSH TAX CUTS ABOVE $250,000, ENDING THE BILLIONS IN SUBSIDIES FOR BIG OIL, AND CLOSING THE COUNTLESS LOOPHOLES THAT ALLOW HUGE CORPORATIONS AND THE SUPERRICH TO AVOID PAYING WHAT THEY OWE. IN ADDITION, WE CAN FIND BILLIONS IN ADDITIONAL SAVES BY MAKING SMART AND TARGETED CUTS TO OUR DEFENSE BUDGETS. OUR MILITARY LEADERS HAVE ALREADY OUTLINED CUTS THAT WILL NOT PUT OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN HARM'S WAY AT RISK OR WEAKEN THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF OUR NATION. YET WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE BILLIONS IN WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE IN THE DEFENSE BUDGET THAT CAN BE SAVED IF WE CAN JUST ACCOUNT FOR THE HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS IN SPENDING BY ENSURING THE PENTAGON CAN PASS AN AUDIT. MR. SPEAKER, WE FACE MANY CHALLENGES, BUT WE MUST NOT ALLOW OUR POLITICAL CRISIS TO CREATE AN ECONOMIC CRISIS FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE STRUGGLING. NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO TURN OUR BACKS ON STRUGGLING FAMILIES JUST TO PRESERVE TAX GIVE AWAYS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. WE MUST COME TOGETHER TO WAGE A WAR ON POVERTY AND END THE WAR ON THE POOR. AND FINALLY A 350 ECONOMISTS HAVE SAID, WE NEED JOBS FIRST. WITH RECOVERY, DEFICIT REDUCTION WILL COME BY ITS OWN ACCORD THANKS TO INCREASED REVENUES IN AN IMPROVING ECONOMY. THEY WENT ON TO SAY THAT PUBLIC OUTRAGE FOR JOBS AND RECOVERY COMES FIRST, BUDGET CUTS ONLY LEAD TO A DEEPER SLUMP. THANK YOU, I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:50:57 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALWAYS BE ON MY LIPS. MY SOUL WILL BURST IN THE LORD. LET THE AFFLICTED…

    ALWAYS BE ON MY LIPS. MY SOUL WILL BURST IN THE LORD. LET THE AFFLICTED HEAR AND REJOICE. GLORIFY THE LORD WITH ME. LET US EXALT HIS NAME TOGETHER.

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  • 12:01:00 PM

    THE CHAPLAIN

    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. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MRS. BIGGERT.

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  • 12:01:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

  • 12:02:13 PM

    MRS. BIGGERT

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED BILL.

  • 12:02:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURPOSES.

  • 12:02:42 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:02:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE EAST COAST A FEW WEEKS AGO, TAXPAYER DOLLARS WERE STILL BEING FUNNELED…

    THE EAST COAST A FEW WEEKS AGO, TAXPAYER DOLLARS WERE STILL BEING FUNNELED AS FOREIGN AID AROUND THE GLOBE. AS FAMILIES WATCHED SUPERSTORM SANDY WASH AWAY THEIR HOMELAND, THE LIVELIHOODS THAT I BUILT FOR MANY YEARS, OVER 58 COUNTRIES

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  • 12:03:08 PM

    MR. POE

    OVER 58 COUNTRIES WERE STILL BUSY CASHING

  • 12:03:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    58 COUNTRIES WERE STILL BUSY CASHING CHECKS FROM AMERICA. MEERBLING, OUT…

    58 COUNTRIES WERE STILL BUSY CASHING CHECKS FROM AMERICA. MEERBLING, OUT OF ALL THE COUNTRIES

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  • 12:03:13 PM

    MR. POE

    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 OHIO RISE?

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  • 12:04:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AS 170 PEOPLE. WE'VE NOT DECLARED WAR ON ANY OF THESE NATIONS, BUT OUR…

    AS 170 PEOPLE. WE'VE NOT DECLARED WAR ON ANY OF THESE NATIONS, BUT OUR WEAPONS HAVE KILLED INNOCENT CIVILIANS

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  • 12:04:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IN ALL OF THEM.

  • 12:04:25 PM

    MR. KUCINICH

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

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:05:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    APPLAUD TWO HOMETOWN HEROES. ONE WHO SAVED A WOMAN WHO NEARLY DROWNED

  • 12:05:40 PM

    MRS. BIGGERT

    WHO NEARLY DROWNED ON LAKE MICHIGAN. NICHOLAS WAS ENJOYING TIME WITH HIS…

    WHO NEARLY DROWNED ON LAKE MICHIGAN. NICHOLAS WAS ENJOYING TIME WITH HIS MOTHER ON A

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  • 12:05:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MICHIGAN. NICHOLAS WAS ENJOYING TIME WITH HIS MOTHER ON A

  • 12:05:55 PM

    MRS. BIGGERT

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

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

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  • 12:06:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DAY SINCE HAMAS BEGAN ITS STRIKES. IMAGINE 250 ROCKETS RAINING DOWN IN ONE…

    DAY SINCE HAMAS BEGAN ITS STRIKES. IMAGINE 250 ROCKETS RAINING DOWN IN ONE DAY ON YOUR COMMUNITY.

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  • 12:06:54 PM

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    DOWN IN ONE DAY ON YOUR COMMUNITY.

  • 12:06:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DAY ON YOUR COMMUNITY. ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES. WE COULD EXPECT OUR…

    DAY ON YOUR COMMUNITY. ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES. WE COULD EXPECT OUR GOVERNMENT TO ACT TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS.

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  • 12:07:00 PM

    MR. DEUTCH

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

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

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  • 12:08:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND ITS CITIZENS AGAINST ONGOING ACTS OF TERROR. NOW WE KNOW THAT THE…

    AND ITS CITIZENS AGAINST ONGOING ACTS OF TERROR. NOW WE KNOW THAT THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FREQUENTLY

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  • 12:08:12 PM

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    TO DELEGITIMIZE ISRAEL'S ACTIONS, WHICH IS WHY IT IS

  • 12:08:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ACTIONS, WHICH IS WHY IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE HERE IN THE UNITED

  • 12:08:16 PM

    MR. DOLD

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

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:09:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ECONOMY OF MY DISTRICT AND TO OUR COUNTRY. JUST THIS WEEKEND, ONE WROTE,…

    ECONOMY OF MY DISTRICT AND TO OUR COUNTRY. JUST THIS WEEKEND, ONE WROTE, THERE ARE

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  • 12:09:36 PM

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    ONE WROTE, THERE ARE SOME IN CONGRESS WHO SUGGEST DELAYING THE FARM BILL…

    ONE WROTE, THERE ARE SOME IN CONGRESS WHO SUGGEST DELAYING THE FARM BILL UNTIL

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  • 12:09:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DELAYING THE FARM BILL UNTIL AFTER NEW MEMBERS BEGIN SERVING IN JANUARY.

  • 12:09:41 PM

    MR. COSTA

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

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

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  • 12:10:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WATCHING. WE HAVE MUCH WORK TO DO AND NOT MUCH TIME TO DO IT. OUR ECONOMY…

    WATCHING. WE HAVE MUCH WORK TO DO AND NOT MUCH TIME TO DO IT. OUR ECONOMY IS STILL STRUGGLING. TO GET AMERICA

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  • 12:10:50 PM

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    STILL STRUGGLING. TO GET AMERICA BACK ON TRACK WE MUST WORK TOGETHER,…

    STILL STRUGGLING. TO GET AMERICA BACK ON TRACK WE MUST WORK TOGETHER, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS,

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  • 12:10:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK ON TRACK WE MUST WORK TOGETHER, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS,

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    DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO OUR ECONOMIC CHALLENGES.…

    DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO OUR ECONOMIC CHALLENGES. WE ALL KNOW IT'S NOT UNTIL SMALL BUSINESSES BEGIN GROWING AND CREATING JOBS THAT OUR ECONOMY WILL RECOVER. THE KEY TO OUR FUTURE LIES IN NEW STARTUPS, INNOVATORS AND ENTREPRENEURS.

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  • 12:11:29 PM

    MR. YODER

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

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

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  • 12:11:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAVE TO ACT OR CERTAIN CONDITIONS WILL BE CREATED THAT WILL CAUSE US TO

  • 12:11:56 PM

    MR. COHEN

    LOSE JOBS AND HURT OUR ECONOMY AND RAISE TAXES ON EVERYBODY. THE…

    LOSE JOBS AND HURT OUR ECONOMY AND RAISE TAXES ON EVERYBODY. THE PRESIDENT, THE

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  • 12:11:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RAISE TAXES ON EVERYBODY. THE PRESIDENT, THE

  • 12:12:01 PM

    MR. COHEN

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

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

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  • 12:13:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    NEARLY FOUR DECADES, THIS WEEK HE ANNOUNCED HIS PLANS TO RETIRE. CHIEF…

    NEARLY FOUR DECADES, THIS WEEK HE ANNOUNCED HIS PLANS TO RETIRE. CHIEF WHITE HAS SPENT HIS CAREER WORKING TOWARD IMPROVING THE LAND

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    SPENT HIS CAREER WORKING TOWARD IMPROVING THE LAND MANAGEMENT POLICIES AND

  • 12:13:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:14:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WE ALL REMEMBER THE TERRIBLE HUMAN PRICE THAT'S BEEN PAID -- IS BEING PAID…

    WE ALL REMEMBER THE TERRIBLE HUMAN PRICE THAT'S BEEN PAID -- IS BEING PAID AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE PAID BY OUR TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN AND THEIR FAMILIES.

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  • 12:14:30 PM

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    TO BE PAID BY OUR TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN AND THEIR FAMILIES.

  • 12:14:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THEIR FAMILIES. THIS YEAR THEY HAVE BEEN 50 SO-CALLED BLUE ON GREEN…

    THEIR FAMILIES. THIS YEAR THEY HAVE BEEN 50 SO-CALLED BLUE ON GREEN KILLINGS BY AFGHAN TROOPS THEY WERE TRAINING. THEY KILL THEMSELVES AT

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  • 12:14:35 PM

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    KILLINGS BY AFGHAN TROOPS THEY WERE TRAINING. THEY KILL THEMSELVES AT A…

    KILLINGS BY AFGHAN TROOPS THEY WERE TRAINING. THEY KILL THEMSELVES AT A RATE OF ONE OUT OF EVERY

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  • 12:14:44 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

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

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

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  • 12:15:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    US, I HOPE WE WILL PUT ASIDE OUR DIFFERENCES AND GET BACK TO WORK, AND…

    US, I HOPE WE WILL PUT ASIDE OUR DIFFERENCES AND GET BACK TO WORK, AND THAT MEANS PASSING

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  • 12:15:34 PM

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    A BIPARTISAN FARM BILL TO SUPPORT OUR FARMERS AND RANCHERS.

  • 12:15:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND RANCHERS.

  • 12:15:38 PM

    MRS. CAPPS

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

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

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  • 12:16:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOUR YEARS. OUR CONSTITUENTS ARE TIRED AND UPSET WITH OUR DYSFUNCTION.

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    THEY CAN'T BEGIN TO COMPREHEND HOW WE'VE ALLOWED THE FISCAL CLIFF TO…

    THEY CAN'T BEGIN TO COMPREHEND HOW WE'VE ALLOWED THE FISCAL CLIFF TO HAPPEN. MANY OF THEM DON'T EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT THE FISCAL CLIFF IS ABOUT. ALL

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  • 12:16:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THEM DON'T EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT THE FISCAL CLIFF IS ABOUT. ALL

  • 12:16:43 PM

    MS. HANABUSA

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

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

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  • 12:17:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WE'RE RACING TOWARD A SERIOUS DEADLINE, TOWARD HIGHER TAXES ON STRUGGLING

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    HIGHER TAXES ON STRUGGLING FAMILIES AND SLASHED INVESTMENTS IN THINGS LIKE…

    HIGHER TAXES ON STRUGGLING FAMILIES AND SLASHED INVESTMENTS IN THINGS LIKE FOOD FOR MOTHERS AND INFANTS.

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    AND TO GET TO WORK. SO I SAY TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, DEMOCRATS…

    AND TO GET TO WORK. SO I SAY TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, LET'S GET THIS THING DONE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:18:33 PM

    MS. HAHN

    OF TALK ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE FISCAL CLIFF ON THE WEALTHY. THE…

    OF TALK ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE FISCAL CLIFF ON THE WEALTHY. THE WELL OFF, THE WELL HEALED AND THE WELL TO DO. WE

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  • 12:18:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND THE WELL TO DO. WE DON'T HEAR A LOT OF TALK ABOUT HOW IT WILL IMPACT…

    AND THE WELL TO DO. WE DON'T HEAR A LOT OF TALK ABOUT HOW IT WILL IMPACT THE LEAST,

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    WILL IMPACT THE LEAST, THE LAST AND THE LOST.

  • 12:18:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE LOST. PERMIT ME TODAY TO SHARE JUST A BIT OF

  • 12:18:51 PM

    MR. GREEN

    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 GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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  • 12:19:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BALLOTS IN SUPPORT OF THE PRESIDENT AND A BALD SOLUTION TO OUR FISCAL…

    BALLOTS IN SUPPORT OF THE PRESIDENT AND A BALD SOLUTION TO OUR FISCAL CHALLENGES, THAT PROTECTS THE MIDDLE CLASS BY ASKING EVERYONE TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE. OUR JOB IS TO ACT. WE SHOULD EXTEND THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS NOW WHILE WE WORK ON A LONG-TERM

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  • 12:20:03 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

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

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

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  • 12:20:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ECONOMISTS WHO SAY THAT THE THREAT OF A FISCAL CLIFF LIKE THE NEED TO…

    ECONOMISTS WHO SAY THAT THE THREAT OF A FISCAL CLIFF LIKE THE NEED TO IMMEDIATELY REDUCE THE DEFICIT IS BEING

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  • 12:20:48 PM

    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    OVERBLOWN AND IT'S DONE LIKE THE DEBT CEILING DEBACLE, TO CREATE A DO OR…

    OVERBLOWN AND IT'S DONE LIKE THE DEBT CEILING DEBACLE, TO CREATE A DO OR DIE SITUATION WHERE THE HOPE IS THAT DEMOCRATS WOULD AGREE

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  • 12:20:54 PM

    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL TAKE UP AN ISSUE. IT'S AN ISSUE THAT'S GOING TO BE ADDRESSED IN A…

    WILL TAKE UP AN ISSUE. IT'S AN ISSUE THAT'S GOING TO BE ADDRESSED IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. I'M VERY HAPPY TO SEE MY FRIEND FROM WORCESTER HERE WHO HAS JOINED

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    VERY HAPPY TO SEE MY FRIEND FROM WORCESTER HERE WHO HAS JOINED

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WHO HAS JOINED WITH ME IN DOING A DEAR COLLEAGUE IN SUPPORT OF PASSAGE OF…

    WHO HAS JOINED WITH ME IN DOING A DEAR COLLEAGUE IN SUPPORT OF PASSAGE OF PERMANENT NORMAL TRADE RELATIONS FOR RUSSIA AND MOLDOVA. AND OUR COMMITMENT

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  • 12:22:19 PM

    MR. DREIER

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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  • 12:23:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IN FAVOR OF THE WIND PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO…

    IN FAVOR OF THE WIND PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ITS EXTENSION. WIND POWER AND OTHER SOURCES OF RENEWABLE ENERGY ARE A VITAL AND CENTRAL PART

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    OF RENEWABLE ENERGY ARE A VITAL AND CENTRAL PART OF A SUSTAINABLE ENERGY…

    OF RENEWABLE ENERGY ARE A VITAL AND CENTRAL PART OF A SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FUTURE AND THEY CAN BE HARVESTED RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. IN MY OWN DISTRICT, FOR EXAMPLE, I AM VERY PROUD TO SAY THAT THERE ARE

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  • 12:23:47 PM

    MS. LEE

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

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

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  • 12:24:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN…

    THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 6156, TO

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  • 12:24:41 PM

    MR. DREIER

    H.R. 6156, TO AUTHORIZE THE EXTENSION OF NONDISCRIMINATORY TREATMENT,…

    H.R. 6156, TO AUTHORIZE THE EXTENSION OF NONDISCRIMINATORY TREATMENT, NORMAL TRADE RELATIONS TREATMENT TO PRODUCTS OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AND MOLDOVA AND TO REQUIRE REPORTS ON THE COMPLIANCE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION WITH ITS OBLIGATIONS AS A MEMBER OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION AND

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FEDERATION WITH ITS OBLIGATIONS AS A MEMBER OF THE WORLD TRADE…

    FEDERATION WITH ITS OBLIGATIONS AS A MEMBER OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION AND

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  • 12:24:51 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL AS AMENDED ARE…

    READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL AS AMENDED ARE WAIVED.

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  • 12:25:23 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDED ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL…

    ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION

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  • 12:25:28 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS NOW RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

  • 12:27:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 12:27:07 PM

    MR. DREIER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 12:27:25 PM

    MR. DREIER

    TO DESCRIBE WHAT IT IS THAT THEY HAVE GOTTEN. THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE HAS A…

    TO DESCRIBE WHAT IT IS THAT THEY HAVE GOTTEN. THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE HAS A MANDATE TO INCREASE

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  • 12:27:29 PM

    MR. DREIER

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 12:35:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    COLLEAGUE IN SUPPORT OF THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, AND IT WAS A PLEASURE…

    COLLEAGUE IN SUPPORT OF THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, AND IT WAS A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH HIM ON

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  • 12:35:53 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    THIS IMPORTANT BILL. I KNOW THERE WILL BE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO SAY THIS…

    THIS IMPORTANT BILL. I KNOW THERE WILL BE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO SAY THIS BEFORE

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  • 12:35:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO SAY THIS BEFORE HE DEPARTS, BUT I WANT TO

  • 12:35:57 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

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

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

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  • 12:43:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THIS PLACE, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL BE IN JANUARY, AS YOU WILL, MOVING ON TO…

    THIS PLACE, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL BE IN JANUARY, AS YOU WILL, MOVING ON TO ANOTHER LIFE FOR

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  • 12:43:29 PM

    MR. DREIER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

  • 12:44:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    LET US TO BE A MORE OPEN, THOUGHTFUL BODY, PERSON WHO USED HIS TIME AND…

    LET US TO BE A MORE OPEN, THOUGHTFUL BODY, PERSON WHO USED HIS TIME AND POSITION, POWER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE TO -- IN THE COMMITTEE THAT'S

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  • 12:44:59 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    POWER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE TO -- IN THE COMMITTEE THAT'S UPSTAIRS TO…

    POWER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE TO -- IN THE COMMITTEE THAT'S UPSTAIRS TO SPEAK WITH ALL THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY ABOUT THEIR IDEAS THAT THEY REPRESENT AND TO MAKE THIS A MORE OPEN BODY. THIS INSTITUTION IS BETTER BECAUSE OF DAVID DREIER. I'M -- I AM VERY AWARE OF WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR ME, BUT, DAVID, YOU HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB. THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT WHAT CHAIRMAN DREIER AND THIS MAN, MR. MCGOVERN HAVE BEEN SPEAKING OF AND THAT IS THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THERE ARE OVER 23 MILLION AMERICANS RIGHT NOW LOOKING FOR WORK THAT ARE EITHER OVER OR UNDEREMPLOYED IN OUR COUNTRY, MR. SPEAKER. SO TODAY IS A JOBS BILL. ANOTHER JOBS BILL THAT IS IMPORTANT AND PERMANENT, NORMALIZED TRADE RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA AND MOLDOVA. IT WILL PROVIDE THAT MUCH NEEDED BOOST. JUST A LITTLE BIT, BUT A BOOST TO THE DIRECTION OF ADDING JOBS AND MAKING SURE THAT THE JOBS WE HAVE HERE IN OUR COUNTRY, TO PROVIDE GOODS AND SERVICES TO ANOTHER COUNTRY, ON AN EQUAL BASIS, IS IMPORTANT. THIS PNTR VOTE WILL MEAN THAT WE'RE EXPECTED TO DOUBLE EXPORTS TO RUSSIA IN JUST FIVE YEARS AND TO HELP CREATE AND STRENGTHEN JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY WHILE PROVIDING RUSSIA WITH A GREAT PRODUCT AT THE RIGHT PRICE. WHETHER IT'S IN MANUFACTURING, AGRICULTURE OR THE SERVICE INDUSTRY. I BELIEVE THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BILL FOR US TO MOVE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. RUSSIA'S THE NINTH LARGEST ECONOMY AND HAS A POPULATION OF ABOUT 142 MILLION PEOPLE. IT HAS A LARGE AND GROWING MIDDLE CLASS AND RUSSIA HOLDS OUTSTANDING POTENTIAL FOR THE UNITED STATES, NOT JUST IN THE BUSINESS INTEREST, BUT ALSO FOR GOODS AND SERVICES, TO MAKE THE LIVES OF THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE EVEN BETTER. MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS IS THE TOP EXPORTER TO RUSSIA AMONG U.S. STATES. AND TEXAS IMPORTS TO RUSSIA ARE GROWING FASTER THAN ITS EXPORTS TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. SPECIFICALLY TEXAS EXPORTED $1,6 00,000,000 OF GOODS TO RUSSIA IN 2011. WE IN TEXAS VALUE THIS RELATIONSHIP. THE JOBS, THE EXPORTING AND THE ABILITY TO HAVE BETTER PRODUCTS AND SERVICES IN RUSSIA WITH THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE MAKING THOSE DECISIONS TO BUY THESE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES. THIS LEGISLATION TODAY WILL ONLY HELP US BUILD ON THAT SUCCESS. GROWING, NOT JUST MORE JOBS, BUT REALLY THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. SO, I WILL SAY THIS ON BEHALF OF ALL OF US. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BILL. WE NEEDED TO WORK TOGETHER. WE NEED LEADERSHIP OF THIS BODY, ALL THE MEMBERS, AS WELL AS THE SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. I WILL YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 12:48:19 PM

    MR. DREIER

    DOWN BARRIERS TO ALLOW FOR THE FREE FLOW OF GOODS AND SERVICES AND…

    DOWN BARRIERS TO ALLOW FOR THE FREE FLOW OF GOODS AND SERVICES AND CAPITAL. WHEN HE FIRST CAME TO THIS BODY, MR. SPEAKER, WE WERE IN THE MIDST OF OUR BATTLE ON CHINA'S ACCESSION TO THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION AND ESTABLISHING PNTR AT THAT JUNCTURE WHICH HAS BEEN A GREAT THING. NOT THAT IT'S BEEN PROBLEM-FREE. I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT. BUT IT'S BEEN A GREAT THING, TO BE ABLE TO TAKE THE STEPS THAT WE HAVE. AND IT WAS PETE SESSIONS, MR. SPEAKER, WHO CAME TO ME AND SAID, I WANT TO HELP YOU WITH THIS. AND I ACTUALLY GAVE HIM AN ASSIGNMENT. IT WAS TO TALK TO A HALF DOZEN MEMBERS ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT THIS WAS. MR. SPEAKER, IN LESS THAN AN HOUR HE CAME BACK TO ME, HAVING DONE THE JOB RIGHT THEN AND THAT'S WHY I DESCRIBED HIM AS THE PERSON -- AS I SAY, NO ONE IN THIS -- THERE'S A LOT OF HARDWORKING PEOPLE HERE, THERE ARE A LOT OF HARDWORKING PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, BUT NO ONE HAS BEEN MORE DILIGENT AND WORKED HARDER THAN MY FRIEND, PETE SESSIONS. AND I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING.

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  • 12:49:43 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. GOVERN GOVERN…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. GOVERN GOVERN YIELDING MYSELF SUCH --

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  • 12:50:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ARE VERY CONTROVERSIAL. AND THERE'S OFTEN A RESISTANCE TO ATTACH ANY…

    ARE VERY CONTROVERSIAL. AND THERE'S OFTEN A RESISTANCE TO ATTACH ANY ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE, WHETHER IT BE HUMAN RIGHTS LANGUAGE OR LABOR RIGHTS LANGUAGE, TO TRADE BILLS.

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  • 12:50:18 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. WITHOUT…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 12:52:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. LEVIN

    SO LET ME JUST SAY A FEW WORDS, WE'LL DEBATE IT PERHAPS LONGER TOMORROW.…

    SO LET ME JUST SAY A FEW WORDS, WE'LL DEBATE IT PERHAPS LONGER TOMORROW. WHY THIS TRADE BILL SHOULD BE PASSED. I THINK

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  • 12:52:25 PM

    MR. DREIER

    PASSED. I THINK WE NEED TO TAKE EACH TRADE BILL ON ITS OWN MERITS. AND…

    PASSED. I THINK WE NEED TO TAKE EACH TRADE BILL ON ITS OWN MERITS. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE NEED TO MOVE

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  • 12:52:32 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:57:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THINK, ESPECIALLY NOW THAT RUSSIA'S IN THE W.T.O.,

  • 12:57:47 PM

    MR. LEVIN

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

  • 12:59:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FERVENTLY THAT ECONOMIC LIBERALIZATION IS A KEY PART OF ENSURING

  • 12:59:05 PM

    MR. DREIER

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

  • 01:00:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAS FOR OUR ECONOMY AND FOR OUR PLACE IN THE

  • 01:00:32 PM

    MRS. BIGGERT

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE -- THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE -- THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 01:02:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DONE SOME GREAT WORK OVER HIS MANY YEARS. BUT I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS…

    DONE SOME GREAT WORK OVER HIS MANY YEARS. BUT I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION.

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  • 01:02:57 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO SEE AS THIS CONTINUUM MOVES OUR RELATIONSHIP…

    I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO SEE AS THIS CONTINUUM MOVES OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA CHANGED, AND NOW MOVING INTO A CIRCUMSTANCE OF ADDITIONAL TRADE AND ENHANCED TRADE.

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  • 01:03:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TRADE AND ENHANCED TRADE.

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    MR. FATTAH

    TRADE AND ENHANCED TRADE. I'M ONE THAT'S VERY FOCUSED ON IMPROVING…

    TRADE AND ENHANCED TRADE. I'M ONE THAT'S VERY FOCUSED ON IMPROVING MANUFACTURING HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, AND THIS IS GOING TO OPEN UP TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR MANUFACTURERS. I WANT TO COMMEND THOSE WHO HAVE WORKED TOGETHER ON THIS AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FOR THEIR CONTINUING EFFORTS TO OPEN UP TRADE OPPORTUNITIES SO THAT WE CAN MAKE IT HERE AND SELL IT EVERYWHERE, WHICH IS, I THINK, SHOULD BE OUR FOCUS. IN ADDITION TO THAT, I THINK IT SHOWS HOW OVER TIME OLD WOUNDS CAN BE HEALED AND NEW RELATIONSHIPS CAN BE BUILT. I SPOKE EARLIER TODAY WITH THE CONSULATE GENERAL FOR THE STATE OF ISRAEL IN PHILADELPHIA OFFERING MY SUPPORT AND CONCERN FOR THE UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE TAKING PLACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST NOW IN WHICH HUNDREDS OF BOMBS HAVE -- ROCKETS HAVE BEEN SHOT AT ISRAEL. SOME OF ITS LARGEST CITIES AS THE TARGETS. AND THIS IS A MATTER IN WHICH OBVIOUSLY MUCH HIGH LEVELS IN OUR GOVERNMENT, THERE HAVE BEEN COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ASSURANCE THAT ISRAEL HAS THE RIGHT TO DEFEND ITSELF. BUT I THINK THAT WE CAN SEE IN THIS RUSSIA TRADE AGREEMENT THAT IF WE CAN GET TO THE POINT WHERE THERE CAN BE RELATIONSHIPS THAT ARE BUILT ON SELF-INTEREST AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, THAT WE CAN PUT THE WEAPONS ASIDE AND MOVE TOWARDS A CIRCUMSTANCE IN WHICH PEOPLE ARE FOCUSED ON ECONOMIC ACTIVITY. WE SEE IN THIS CRISIS A CIRCUMSTANCE THAT WE HOPE WILL RESOLVE ITSELF. OBVIOUSLY WE STAND WITH OUR ALLY, BUT WE ALSO HOPE FOR A DAY IN WHICH PEACE WILL REIGN AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES. I AGREE WITH DAVID DREIER, REALLY IS A WAY IN WHICH EVENTUALLY WE CAN CREATE A CIRCUMSTANCE IN WHICH PEOPLE WILL NOT HAVE THE NECESSITY TO RESORT TO VIOLENCE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. I THANK THE HOUSE AND I HOPE THAT WE WILL PASS THIS BILL.

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  • 01:05:36 PM

    MR. DREIER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. DREIER

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AISLE. IN THE SPIRIT OF BIPARTISANSHIP. I DO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE

  • 01:06:49 PM

    MR. ROHRABACHER

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

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 01:10:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    CONNOLLY: YES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YEARS AWAY UNTIL I DEAL WITH THE LAST RULE.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    RULE.

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    MR. DREIER

    BUT I DO WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON THIS RULE AND ON YOUR TENURE

  • 01:10:48 PM

    MR. DREIER

    HERE IN THE HOUSE. YOU WILL BE MISSED. THE JACKSON-VANIK AMENDMENT, MR.…

    HERE IN THE HOUSE. YOU WILL BE MISSED. THE JACKSON-VANIK AMENDMENT, MR. SPEAKER, WAS A PRODUCT OF THE COLD WAR. WHEN THE COMMUNIST THREAT WAS EVER PRESENT, COMMUNIST COUNTRIES HAD LITTLE OR NO RIGHTS.

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  • 01:10:58 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 01:12:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ARTICLES INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD. ONE OF A "NEW YORK TIMES" ENTITLED…

    ARTICLES INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD. ONE OF A "NEW YORK TIMES" ENTITLED RUSSIA PLANS TO RETRY DEAD LAWYER

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  • 01:12:51 PM

    MR. DREIER

    RUSSIA PLANS TO RETRY DEAD LAWYER IN TAX CASE, AND THE OTHER FROM "THE…

    RUSSIA PLANS TO RETRY DEAD LAWYER IN TAX CASE, AND THE OTHER FROM "THE WASHINGTON POST" ENTITLED THE KREMLIN'S BLACKLIST. THE SPEAKER PRO

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  • 01:13:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 01:13:03 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    FROM THE BEGINNING THE MAGNITSKY ACT HAS BEEN A BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL…

    FROM THE BEGINNING THE MAGNITSKY ACT HAS BEEN A BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL EFFORT. THE FINAL LANGUAGE IN TITLE 4 OF H.R. 6156 IS THE RESULT OF GENUINE COLLABORATION AND COMPROMISE. I WANT TO THANK, AGAIN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. DREIER. I'D LIKE TO THANK SPEAKER BOEHNER, MAJORITY LEADER CANTOR, MAJORITY WHIP

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  • 01:13:23 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

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

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

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  • 01:18:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ENTIRE ADULT LIFE AS A MEMBER OF THIS BODY, PRIVILEGED TO STAND IN THIS…

    ENTIRE ADULT LIFE AS A MEMBER OF THIS BODY, PRIVILEGED TO STAND IN THIS WELL FOR NEARLY 3 1/2 DECADES, MAKING ARGUMENTS, ENGAGING IN DEBATE, AS I SAID, I'M VERY GRATIFIED THAT WE WERE ABLE TO WORK ON ONE OF THE

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  • 01:18:21 PM

    MR. DREIER

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 01:27:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE HOUSE WILL STAND IN RECESS

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  • 01:27:36 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    WILL STAND IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE

  • 01:27:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR.

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    HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE LATER TODAY. THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE…

    HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE LATER TODAY. THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, C-SPAN CAMERAS COVERING ANY MEDIA OR ANY MEMBER REACTION TO THAT. AND IF THERE IS, WE'LL SHOW THAT TO YOU LATER IN OUR SCHEDULE. WE ARE ALSO WAITING TO TAKE YOU LIVE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND CONCURRING ON THE SENATE AMENDMENTS H.R. 2453. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE…

    AND CONCURRING ON THE SENATE AMENDMENTS H.R. 2453. 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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  • 05:33:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SEATS. MEMBERS

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    THE SPEAKER

    KAREN L.

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    THE CLERK

    IF THE REPRESENTATIVE-ELECT WILL PLEASE RAISE HIS RIGHT HAND. DO YOU

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    THE SPEAKER

    IF THE REPRESENTATIVE-ELECT WILL PLEASE RAISE HIS RIGHT HAND. DO YOU

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    MR. SMITH

    IF THE REPRESENTATIVE-ELECT WILL PLEASE RAISE HIS RIGHT HAND. DO YOU

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    MR. SMITH

    IF THE REPRESENTATIVE-ELECT WILL PLEASE RAISE HIS RIGHT HAND. DO YOU

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    THE SPEAKER

    IF THE REPRESENTATIVE-ELECT WILL PLEASE RAISE HIS RIGHT HAND. DO YOU

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    MR. SMITH

    IF THE REPRESENTATIVE-ELECT WILL PLEASE RAISE HIS RIGHT HAND. DO YOU

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    THE SPEAKER

    I DO.

  • 05:37:04 PM

    MR. PAYNE

    CONGRESS. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, IS…

    CONGRESS. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 05:37:32 PM

    MR. SMITH

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. WILL THE HOUSE PLEASE BE IN ORDER? WILL THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. WILL THE HOUSE PLEASE BE IN ORDER? WILL THE HOUSE PLEASE BE IN ORDER? COULD MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS? THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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  • 05:38:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    DON PAYNE WHO ALL OF US LOVED, ADMIRED AND RESPECTED. AND I SAT NEXT TO…

    DON PAYNE WHO ALL OF US LOVED, ADMIRED AND RESPECTED. AND I SAT NEXT TO DON FOR YEARS ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. HE WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF AFRICA. I CHAIRED IT AND DO SO TODAY, AND WE WORKED SIDE BY SIDE ON MALARIA AND A WHOLE HOST OF VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES RELEVANT TO HEALTH AND WELL-BEING TO THE PEOPLE OF

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  • 05:38:29 PM

    MR. SMITH

    TO HEALTH AND WELL-BEING TO THE PEOPLE OF AFRICA, GLOBAL HEALTH AND HUMAN…

    TO HEALTH AND WELL-BEING TO THE PEOPLE OF AFRICA, GLOBAL HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS. DON, YOU HAVE VERY BIG SHOES TO FILL. I'M SURE YOU'LL DO IT, AND IT'S A GREAT PLEASURE -- DON HAS BEEN AN ACTIVIST ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES, INCLUDING EMBRACING ARMS. HE WORKS VERY STRONGLY ON JOB CREATION IN NEWARK WHICH HAS BEEN VERY HARD HIT BY THE RECESSION. SO IT'S GREAT TO WELCOME, DON. AGAIN, I LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING WITH YOU IN THIS CONGRESS AND THE NEXT. I YIELD TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, FRANK PALLONE.

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  • 05:39:25 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT HE'S MADE HIMSELF FOR THE CITY OF NEWARK AND THE…

    OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT HE'S MADE HIMSELF FOR THE CITY OF NEWARK AND THE OTHER TOWNS THAT HE NOW REPRESENTS IN THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. BUT I DO HAVE TO SAY, YOUR FATHER WILL BE SO PROUD. HE'S LOOKING DOWN TODAY, AND YOU MUST KNOW, FOR ALL OF YOU WHO LOVED HIS DAD SO MUCH, THAT HE'S VERY MUCH LIKE HIS FATHER IN EVERY RESPECT IN THAT HE RESPECTS EVERYONE. HE HAS THE SYMPATHY. YOUR FATHER ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT SIMPATICO, HE GREW UP IN THE ITALIAN SECTION OF NEWARK, AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S SHARED BY DON AS WELL. HE WILL BE SOMEONE THAT YOU WILL ALL LEARN TO LOVE THE WAY YOU LEARNED TO LOVE HIS FATHER. CONGRATULATIONS.

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  • 05:40:41 PM

    MR. PAYNE

    WIFE, BEATRICE, FOR BEING HERE, MY THREE CHILDREN, WHO DID NOT COME. MY…

    WIFE, BEATRICE, FOR BEING HERE, MY THREE CHILDREN, WHO DID NOT COME. MY TRIPLET CHILDREN, WHO WERE THE APPLE OF MY FATHER'S EYE, JACK, DONALD AND EVAN, FOR ALWAYS SUPPORTING ME AND ENCOURAGING ME, I COULD NOT DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY UNCLE, THE FORMER ASSEMBLYMAN, WILLIAM PAYNE, WHO GAVE MY FATHER HIS UNDYING LOVE, GUIDANCE -- GUIDANCE AND STRONG SUPPORT HIS ENTIRE LIFE. WITHOUT HIS ENCOURAGEMENT I WOULD NOT BE STANDING HERE TODAY. OUR NATION FACES MANY CHALLENGES, BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD. BUT THE MOST IMMEDIATE CONCERNS FOR ALL OF US IS TO HELP NEW JERSEY RECOVER FROM THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF HURRICANE SANDY. YOU HAVE MY WORD THAT I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK EVERY DAY TO ENSURE THAT THE 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY AND THE ENTIRE STATE RECEIVES ALL THE FEDERAL SUPPORT WE NEED UNTIL WE REACH FULL RECOVERY. NEARLY TWO YEARS AGO MY FATHER WAS SWORN INTO HIS 11TH AND FINAL TERM IN CONGRESS. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO BUILD ON HIS LEGACY AND SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THE 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY, THE NATION AND THE WORLD. AND FINALLY, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, AND FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT KNEW MY FATHER, I'D JUST LIKE TO END AND WILL PROBABLY BE THE LAST TIME I MENTION IT. AS I WENT THROUGH THE CAMPAIGN AND WAS SUCCESSFUL IN MY CANDIDACY, AFTER THE CAMPAIGN I HAD TIME TO REFLECT ON WHAT ALL OF THIS MEANT TO ME AND I REALIZED THERE WERE MANY PARALLELS IN OUR LIVES, AND I'LL JUST END WITH THIS. WHEN MY FATHER WAS 8 YEARS OLD, HIS MOTHER DIED. MY MOTHER DIED WHEN I WAS 4. HE WAS FIRST ELECTED IN ESSEX COUNTY FREEHOLDER. THAT WAS MY FIRST ELECTED OFFICE. HE THEN WENT ON TO THE NEWARK MUNICIPAL COUNCIL IN THE CITY OF NEWARK. THAT WAS MY NEXT ELECTED OFFICE. HE WON HIS FIRST TERM IN CONGRESS IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS SECOND TERM AS A NEWARK MUNICIPAL COUNCILMAN. I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF MY SECOND TERM AS NEWARK MUNICIPAL COUNCILMAN. WHEN HE WAS SWORN INTO CONGRESS HE WAS 54 YEARS OLD. WHEN I'M SWORN IN FOR THE 113TH CONGRESS, I WILL BE 54 YEARS OLD. WE WILL BOTH BE FORTUNATE AND PRIVILEGED TO SERVE IN THE 112TH CONGRESS, AND WE HAVE BOTH BEEN PRIVILEGED TO SERVE WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA. AND WHEN HIS FATHER DIED HE WAS 77 YEARS OLD AND HE DIED ON MARCH 6. MY FATHER WAS 77 YEARS OLD AND HE DIED ON MARCH 6. SO GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE, AND I THINK IF I AM HALF THE MAN HE WAS AS A PUBLIC SERVANT I'LL CONSIDER MYSELF A SUCCESS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:45:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE QUESTION IS ON…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 808. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE HEIST HAVE IT. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 05:45:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. BY E THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE

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  • 05:45:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS…

    ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:55:55 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS, ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOODS. OUR HEARTS…

    FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS, ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOODS. OUR HEARTS ARE WITH THOSE IN PLACES LIKE CITY ISLAND, EDGEWATER AND LOCUST, LOWER MANHATTAN, STATEN ISLAND, COASTAL NEW JERSEY, FAIRFIELD COUNTY AND OTHER PARTS OF PHILADELPHIA AND OTHER PARTS THAT WERE AFFECTED BY THIS HORRIFIC STORM. FOR MANY, RECOVERY HAS ALREADY BEGUN, BUT AS THEY BEGIN TO PIECE THEIR LIVES AND COMMUNITIES BACK TOGETHER, THEY NEED A UNITED CONGRESS BEHIND THAT EFFORT. FOR OTHERS, THE REBUILDING HAS NOT YET BEGUN AS THEY WAIT MORE THAN TWO WEEKS FOR POWER AND FUEL TO BE RESTORED TO THEM. WE GRIEVE AT THE ULTIMATE LOSS, PRECIOUS MEN, WOMEN, AND YES, CHILDREN WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US AS A RESULT OF THIS STORM. LASTLY, WE MUST ACKNOWLEDGE THE CONSTANT HEARTFELT SUPPORT FROM ALL OUR PUBLIC SERVANTS AND THE FIREFIGHTERS AND VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS, THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS, THE NATIONAL GUARD, FEMA AND PARTICULARLY OUR SANITATION WORKERS WHO ARE CLEANING THE MOUNDS OF SAND AND DEBRIS FROM PEOPLE'S HOMES. WE CONTINUE TO LEARN FROM INCREDIBLE HEROIC ACTS THAT ARE MOVING, BUT IN KEEPING WITH THE BEST OF AMERICA'S TRADITION. I ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT MY MOTHER'S HOMETOWN OF ROCKAWAY BEACH WAS DEVASTATED BY THIS STORM, BUT PARTICULARLY, A COMMUNITY KNOWN AS BREEZY POINT WHERE OUR GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, BOB TURNER LOST HIS ENTIRE HOME, BURNED TO THE GROUND. PLEASE JOIN ME IN KEEPING ALL THOSE WE HAVE LOST IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND REMEMBER THEM AS THEY BEGIN TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES. I YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, BOB TURNER.

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  • 05:58:35 PM

    MR. TURNER

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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    MR. TURNER

    AMENDMENT H.R. 2453 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK…

    AMENDMENT H.R. 2453 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 05:59:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    H.R. 2453 AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO MINT COINS IN…

    H.R. 2453 AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO MINT COINS IN COMMEMORATION OF MARK TWAIN.

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  • 05:59:47 PM

    THE CLERK

    MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION…

    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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.RES. 80.

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  • 06:07:14 PM

    MR. POE

    ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS OF THE

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    THE CLERK

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. IF MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATION OFFICE…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. IF MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATION OFFICE THE FLOOR.

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    FLOOR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WORLD. HOWEVER THEIR PRODUCTIVITY COULD BE HINDERED IF WE DON'T ACT ON A…

    WORLD. HOWEVER THEIR PRODUCTIVITY COULD BE HINDERED IF WE DON'T ACT ON A FARM BILL. AFTER FACING A TREMENDOUS DROUGHT THIS YEAR, FARMERS SAW A DROP IN YIELD. HOWEVER THERE

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    YIELD. HOWEVER THERE IS SO MUCH UNCERTAINTY IF WE DON'T ACT SOON,…

    YIELD. HOWEVER THERE IS SO MUCH UNCERTAINTY IF WE DON'T ACT SOON, PRODUCERS IN MY DISTRICT AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY COULD BE FACING UNJUST CONSEQUENCES WHEN BUYING THEIR SEED AND OTHER INPUTTERS IN 2013 CROPS. WE NEED TO BRING THE HOUSE BILL TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE SEW SO WE CAN GO TO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE AND WORK OUT OUR DIFFERENCES JUST AS WE DID LAST YEAR IN THE HIGHWAY BILL. CERTAINTY IS WHAT THE FARMER NEED RIGHT NOW IN ORDER TO CONTINUE TO PRODUCE THE SAFEST AN MOST AFFORDABLE FOOD IN THE WORLD. I URGE BOTH SIDES TO COME TOGETHER AN PASS A NEW FIVE-YEAR FARM BILL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 06:10:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

  • 06:11:05 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    MIDEAST. UNFORTUNATELY, IT REMAINS TRUE THAT FOR EVERY ACTION THERE IS A…

    MIDEAST. UNFORTUNATELY, IT REMAINS TRUE THAT FOR EVERY ACTION THERE IS A REACTION.

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  • 06:11:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ACTION THERE IS A REACTION.

  • 06:11:20 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. I HAVE A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST…

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. I HAVE A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST THAT REPRESENTATIVE MIKE ROGERS BE REMOVED FROM H.R. 6511 AS ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 06:24:53 PM

    MR. KING

    TEXAS.

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    MR. GOHMERT

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION?

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  • 06:51:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ADJOURN.

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    MR. GOHMERT

    ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

Statistics

115th Congress - House
Total Hours: 1482 (After 654 days)
  • Debate689 Hours
  • Special Orders287 Hours
  • Votes231 Hours
  • One Minute Speeches120 Hours
  • Morning Hour107 Hours
  • Opening Procedures8 Hours

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