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House Session - July 9, 2014

The House met for Morning Hour, with members allowed to speak on a variety of topics.

Speakers:
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  • 10:01:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:01:30 AM

    THE CLERK

    D.C. JULY 9, 2014. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE KERRY L. BENTIVOLIO, TO…

    D.C. JULY 9, 2014. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE KERRY L. BENTIVOLIO, TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, JOHN A. BOEHNER, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 7, 2014, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE.

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  • 10:01:47 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE…

    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 MINORITY WHIP LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES EACH. BUT IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE:11:50 A.M. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:02:24 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    WE HAVE AN UNUSUAL PROSPECT TOMORROW WHERE A PROPOSAL TO RAISE MONEY FOR…

    WE HAVE AN UNUSUAL PROSPECT TOMORROW WHERE A PROPOSAL TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND IS OPPOSED BY THE VERY INTERESTS STRONGLY IDENTIFIED WITH THE NEED FOR MORE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING. HOW DID WE GET TO THIS POINT? WHY DO WE NEED THE MONEY? AND WHY WOULD THE VERY INTERESTED SEEM TO BENEFIT OPPOSE IT? THIS IS A STRANGE SAGA OF CONGRESSIONAL IRRESPONSIBILITY ON TRANSPORTATION FUNDING THAT STARTED WHEN THE LAST CONGRESS REFUSED TO MEANINGFULLY ADDRESS THE FUNDING CRISIS. YOU SEE THE FUNDING HAS FALLEN OUT OF THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND THAT'S BASED ON GALLONS OF FUEL CONSUMED. THOUGH THE NEED CONTINUES. THE UNITED STATES IS NOW SPENDING FAR LESS ON INFRASTRUCTURE THAN OUR COMPETING COUNTRIES, AND THE VITAL FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP, WHICH CAN BE A THIRD OR MORE OF THE FUNDING IN OUR STATES, IS FALLING FURTHER AND FURTHER BEHIND. CONGRESS PUT ITS HEAD IN THE SAND. THERE'S NOT EVEN BEEN A HEARING ON THE NEEDS OF TRANSPORTATION FINANCE BY THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE WHICH IS THE HOUSE COMMITTEE WITH PRIMARY JURISDICTION. I'M AFRAID MY FRIEND, DAVE CAMP, THE CHAIR OF THAT COMMITTEE, HAS IT EXACTLY WRONG. HE'S PROPOSING A SHORT TERM FIX TOMORROW SAYING IT'S TIME FOR THE COMMITTEES OF THE ENTIRE HOUSE AND SENATE TO HAVE THE INFLUENCE THEY DESERVE BY KICKING IT INTO THE NEXT CONGRESS. WAIT A MINUTE, BY REFUSING TO HAVE A HEARING FOR 3 1/2 YEARS ON TRANSPORTATION FINANCING, THIS HAS PRODUCED THE BACKROOM MANEUVERING WITH NO PUBLIC DISCUSSION THAT HE SAYS HE'S OPPOSED TO. NOW THE RESULTS OF THE LAST CONGRESS' FAILURE TO DEAL MEANINGFULLY ARE COMING SHARPLY INTO FOCUS. THE ALREADY INADEQUATE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND WILL NOT EVEN LAST THROUGH THE END OF THE 27-MONTH EXTENSION WHICH EXPIRES SEPTEMBER 30. BY DRAINING EVERY LAST DIME OUT OF THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND, THEY LOST THE CAPACITY TO MANAGE IT, AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS PREPARING TO CUT BACK. THAT MEANS STATE AND LOCAL PROJECTS WILL BE ON HOLD LATER THIS SUMMER. THIS PENDING CRISIS HAS FINALLY SPARKED ACTION, BUT BECAUSE WE NEVER BOTHERED TO LISTEN TO BUSINESS, TO LABOR, TO TERRY O'SULLIVAN OF THE LABORERS, TOM DONAHUE OF THE U.S. CHAMBER, RICH OF THE AFL-CIO, BILL GRAVES OF THE TRUCKER -- THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO COULD HAVE TOLD CONGRESS WHY IT IS ACTUALLY COULD BE EVEN WORSE ALLOWING THE TRUST FUND TO GO DRY TO PUNT THIS INTO THE NEXT CONGRESS. WE HAVE A LONG-TERM FUNDING CRISIS. TO KICK THIS CAN TO THE NEXT CONGRESS MAKES IT A VIRTUAL CERTAINTY WE WILL CONTINUE TO WRESTLE FAR BEYOND THE NEXT TWO YEARS. REMEMBER, NEXT CONGRESS THE SENATE WILL BE MORE EVENLY DIVIDED NO MATTER WHO IS IN CHARGE, WILL BE IN THE MIDDLE OF A HEATED PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, WHICH SEEMS LIKE IT'S ALREADY STARTED, AND HALF THE MEMBERS OF THE OTHER BODY ARE RUNNING. THERE'S NO REALISTIC OPPORTUNITY FOR THE MEANINGFUL HELP AMERICA NEEDS. IT WILL BE PUT ON HOLD UNTIL ANOTHER PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS PASSED AND HOPEFULLY A STRONGER CONGRESS ELECTED. BUT THAT'S THREE YEARS OR MORE. AMERICA DESERVES BETTER. THAT'S WHY ALMOST WITHOUT EXCEPTION THE PEOPLE WHO CARE THE MOST AND KNOW THE MOST SIMPLY WANT A SOLUTION THAT GETS US PAST THE SUMMER SHUTDOWN, ENOUGH MONEY TO TIDE US TOWARD THE END OF THE YEAR SO THIS CONGRESS CAN ACT, SO THIS CONGRESS CAN TAKE ACTION THAT'S SUSTAINABLE WITH DEDICATED FUNDING, THAT IS ROBUST ENOUGH TO HAVE A SIX-YEAR TRANSPORTATION BILL THAT AMERICA NEEDS. YOU NOW, THERE WAS A TIME WHEN TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE BROUGHT AMERICA TOGETHER TO PRODUCE THE FINEST ROADS, BRIDGES, TRANSIT, RAILROADS IN THE WORLD. WE CAN DO THIS AGAIN. IT'S TIME TO START DOWN THIS PATH. I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THESE STAKEHOLDERS FOR YEARS. WE ARE OPEN TO SOLUTIONS TO THE TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS. LET'S LISTEN TO THE NEEDS THAT OTHERS HAVE. LET'S REJECT A PROPOSAL TO PUNT TO THE NEXT CONGRESS. LET'S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS AND NOT ADJOURN THIS YEAR UNTIL THIS CONGRESS HAS MADE ITS -- MET ITS RESPONSIBILITIES.

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  • 10:06:57 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BROOKS, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BROOKS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:07:07 AM

    MR. BROOKS

    SOMETIMES THE GAP BETWEEN POLITICAL HYPE AND REALITY IS SO GREAT IT…

    SOMETIMES THE GAP BETWEEN POLITICAL HYPE AND REALITY IS SO GREAT IT DEMANDS A REBUTTAL. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S BORDER SECURITY HYPE IS A CASE IN POINT. IN FEBRUARY, 2013, HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY JANET NAPOLITANO PROCLAIMED, QUOTE, THE BORDER IS SECURE, END QUOTE. RARELY HAS THE GAP BETWEEN HYPE AND REALITY BEEN SO GREAT. SIMILARLY, MY DEMOCRAT FRIENDS AND THEIR MEDIA ALLIES REPEATEDLY BOAST ABOUT OBAMA'S BORDER SECURITY PROWESS. FOR EXAMPLE, PBS RECENTLY RAN A FLUFF PIECE BOASTING THAT, QUOTE, IN ONE TERM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS DEPORTED ROUGHLY 80% THE NUMBER OF IMMIGRANTS THAT GEORGE W. BUSH ADMINISTRATION DEPORTED. END QUOTE. PBS FAILED TO MENTION THAT DEPORTATIONS ARE ONLY HALF THE BORDER ENFORCEMENT PICTURE. THE OTHER HALF IS CATCH AND RETURNS, WHEREBY BORDER PATROL CATCHES ILLEGAL ALIENS AT THE BORDER AND PROMPTLY ESCORTS THEM BACK WITHOUT THE TIME CONSUMING AND COSTLY DEPORTATION PROCESS. SO HOW DOES THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION STACK UP IF THE FULL PICTURE IS EXAMINED? ACCORDING TO HOMELAND SECURITY DATA, IN 2012 PRESIDENT OBAMA'S CATCH AND RETURN RECORD WAS WAY BELOW AVERAGE, WITH BORDER PATROL CATCHING AND IMMEDIATELY RETURNING 230,000 ILLEGAL ALIENS. IN CONTRAST, IN 2008, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION CAUGHT AND IMMEDIATELY RETURNED 811,000 ILLEGAL ALIENS, ALMOST FOUR TIMES MORE THAN OBAMA IN 2012. SIMILARLY, IN 1993, THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION CAUGHT AND IMMEDIATELY RETURNED 1.2 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS, MORE THAN FIVE TIMES THAN OBAMA IN 2012. WHY ARE OBAMA'S CATCH AND RETURN NUMBERS SO BAD? A BORDER PATROL AGENT TOLD ME ON CAPITOL HILL THAT OBAMA PUSHES CATCH AND RETURN ILLEGAL ALIENS INTO THE MUCH SLOWER AND FAR COSTLYIER DEPORTATION PROCESS TO INFLATE OBAMA'S DEPORTATION NUMBERS TO ARTIFICIALLY MAKE OBAMA'S BORDER SECURITY RECORD LOOK BETTER. THE BEST INDICATOR OF A PRESIDENT'S BORDER ENFORCEMENT RECORD IS THE WHOLE PICTURE, DEPORTATIONS PLUS CATCH AND RETURNS. IN 2012 THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DEPORTED OR CAUGHT AND RETURNED 649,000 ILLEGAL ALIENS. IN CONTRAST IN 2008, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION DEPORTED OR CAUGHT AND RETURNED 1. MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS, 80% MORE THAN PRESIDENT OBAMA IN 2012. SIMILARLY IN 1993, THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION DEPORTED OR CAUGHT AND RETURNED 1.3 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS, 98% MORE THAN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IN 2012. ACCORDING TO DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY DATA, AND CONTRARY TO WHAT MY DEMOCRAT FRIENDS AND MEDIA ALLIES WOULD HAVE THE PUBLIC BELIEVE, OBAMA'S BORDER SECURITY ENFORCEMENT RECORD IS THE WORST IN MORE THAN TWO DECADES. BUT THERE IS MORE. PRESIDENT OBAMA REPEATEDLY PROMISES AMNESTY TO ILLEGAL ALIENS. AS 1986'S FAILED AMNESTY EXPERIMENT PROVES, AMNESTY BEGETS MORE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. MR. SPEAKER, AMNESTY PROMISES MUST STOP BECAUSE THEY MAKE THINGS WORSE NOT BETTER. FURTHER, THIS ADMINISTRATION MUST STOP PAYING FOREIGNERS TO ILLEGALLY CROSS OUR BORDERS. THIS IS A NO-BRAINER. AMERICA CANNOT GIVE FREE FOOD, FREE CLOTHING, FREE SHELTER, FREE HEALTH CARE, FREE TRANSPORTATION AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR IN FRAUDULENT TAX RETURNS AND REFUNDS TO ILLEGAL ALIENS AND THEN WONDER WHY WE HAVE AN ILLEGAL ALIEN CRISIS. THESE FAILINGS CONTRIBUTE TO AMERICA'S POUROUS BORDERS AND PRODUCE MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS COMPETING FOR AMERICAN JOBS. THEREBY CREATING INCOME INEQUALITY VIA WAVE SUPPRESSION AND LOST JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS. MR. SPEAKER, TO SOLVE THE IMMIGRATION PROBLEM, AMERICA MUST VIGOROUSLY ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAWS, STOP PROMISING ILLEGAL ALIENS AMNESTY, AND STOP GIVING ILLEGAL ALIENS STUFF PAID FOR WITH TAX DOLLARS FORFULLY TAKEN FROM STRUGGLING AMERICAN FAMILIES. IF AMERICA WILL BE SMART AND DO THESE THINGS, THERE WILL BE NO IMMIGRATION CRISIS. THERE WON'T BE ILLEGAL ALIENS COMPETING WITH AMERICANS FOR JOBS, AND AMERICAN FAMILIES CAN BETTER PARTICIPATE IN THE AMERICAN DREAM.

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  • 10:11:54 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY, FOR FIVE…

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

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  • 10:12:09 AM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    TRANSPORTATION, BUT I MUST SAY TO MY FRIEND WHO JUST SPOKE, THERE IS A…

    TRANSPORTATION, BUT I MUST SAY TO MY FRIEND WHO JUST SPOKE, THERE IS A MORE HUMANE AND ENLIGHTENED APPROACH TO COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM THAT WOULD ADDRESS THE ISSUES SHE'S CONCERNED ABOUT. RAILING AGAINST PEOPLE BECAUSE OF THEIR STATUS WHEN THERE ARE 11 MILLION PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE WITHOUT DOCUMENTATION, A PROBLEM THAT'S HARDLY INITIATED WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION. I DON'T THINK IT'S HELPFUL. IT MAY RILE UP ONE'S BASE BUT DOESN'T SOLVE PROBLEMS, AND IT'S NOT THE BEST OF AMERICA, ESPECIALLY AS WE CELEBRATE OUR INDEPENDENCE DAY. THE URGENCY FOR CONGRESS, MR. SPEAKER, TO ADDRESS THE SHORTFALL IN THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND GROWS WITH EVERY PASSING DAY. ROAD AND EVENTUALLY MASS TRANSIT IMPROVEMENTS IN EVERY STATE ARE AT RISK OF GRINDING TO A HALT IN THE MATTER OF WEEKS IN THE HEART OF SUMMER CONSTRUCTION TIME. SECRETARY FOX NOTIFIED ALL STATES LAST WEEK THAT THEIR FEDERAL FUNDING WILL DROP BY AN AVERAGE OF 28% STARTING NEXT MONTH. IN MY HOME STATE OF VIRGINIA, NEARLY EVERY MODE OF TRANSPORTATION WILL BE NEGATIVELY AFFECTED. MORE THAN HALF OF NEXT YEAR'S ROAD AND TRANSIT PROJECTS WERE SUPPOSED TO BE FUNDED WITH FEDERAL DOLLARS. IF WE DON'T REPLENISH THE TRUST FUND JUST IN VIRGINIA ALONE, 149 BRIDGE REPLACEMENTS WILL BE PUT ON HOLD. A 75 AGING BUSES AND TRAIN CARS WILL NOT BE REPLACED. 44 SMALLER TRANSIT SYSTEMS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN SERVICE. 350 TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS WILL GRIND TO A HALT. WHEN I HEAR MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAY, NO, NO, WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT JOBS. WELL, 4 ,000 JOBS IN VIRGINIA ALONE -- 43,000 JOBS IN VIRGINIA ALONE WILL BE LOST IF WE DO NOT REPLENISH THAT TRUST FUND. MANY STATES HAVE ADVANCED PROJECTS BASED SOLELY ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S PARTICIPATION, INCLUDING PRIVATE ACTIVITY BONDS USED TO FINANCE SUCH PROJECTS. IF THAT MONEY DRIES UP, STATES WOULD HAVE TO PUT PROJECTS ON HOLD OR REDIRECT OTHER PRECIOUS STATE RESOURCES TO COVER THE DEBT SERVICE OR RISK DEFAULT. I WAS RELIEVED WHEN MY HOUSE REPUBLICAN FRIENDS BACKED AWAY FROM THEIR RECKLESS PROPOSAL TO HOLD THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND HOSTAGE UNLESS THE DEMANDS WERE MET TO ELIMINATE SATURDAY MAIL DELIVERY SERVICE OF THE POSTAL SERVICE. STAND ASIDE FOR THE MOMENT THAT PAYING FOR AN ON-BUDGET TRANSFER WITH OFFBUDGET CUTS TO THE POSTAL SERVICE VIOLATES BOTH PAY-GO AND CUT-GO BUDGET RULES HERE IN THE HOUSE. THAT FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED NONGERMANE PROPOSAL WOULD HAVE UNDERMINED A TRILLION DOLLAR AMERICAN MAIL INDUSTRY THAT SUPPORTS MORE THAN EIGHT MILLION JOBS AND REPRESENTS 7% OF OUR G.D.P. THERE'S SIMPLY NO NEXUS BETWEEN FUNDING TRANSPORTATION AND THE POSTAL SERVICE. DESPITE THE EFFORTS OF REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TO SUGGEST OTHERWISE. WHILE THE FOCUS NOW SHIFTED TO FINDING A SHORT-TERM FUNDING FIX, I'D ARGUE SIMPLY PATCHING IT OVER WILL NOT HELP OUR SAFETY O.T.'S WHICH NEED MORE CERTAINTY AND LONG-RANGE PLANNING. TRANSPORTATION IS NOT A SHORT-TERM PROPOSITION. IT'S LONG-TERM PLANNING, LONG-TERM INVESTMENT STREEMENTS THAT ARE NEEDED. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HISTORICALLY HAS BEEN A PARTNER IN FUNDING OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE, A KEY PARTNER, BUT THAT LEVEL OF INVESTMENT HAS ERODED OVER TIME. JUST LOOK AT THE TRANSPORTATION APPROPRIATIONS BILL. IT PROVIDES LESS FUNDING FOR HIGHWAY AND TRANSIT CONSTRUCTION THAN LAST YEAR, AND FAR LESS THAN THE ADMINISTRATION PROPOSED FOR 21ST CENTURY TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN AMERICA. PUBLIC SPENDING AND INFRASTRUCTURE NOW IS HALF WHAT IT WAS AS A PERCENTAGE OF G.D.P. IN THE 1960'S AND 1970'S. TO GREAT COUNTRY CAN WALK AWAY FROM INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AND STAY GREAT. I COMMEND SENATORS MURPHY AND CORKER ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS FOR TABLING A PROPOSAL TO INCREASE THE GAS TAX BY 12 CENTS OVER TWO YEARS AND INDEX IT TO INFLATION. IT'S BEEN MORE THAN 20 YEARS SINCE THE FEDERAL GAS TAX WAS LAST ADJUSTED, AND THOSE DOLLARS HAVE LOST 40% OF THEIR VALUE IN THAT TIME PERIOD. I KNOW SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES WILL CRINGE AT SUCH A PROPOSAL, BUT FUNDING FOR TRANSPORTATION IS NOT GOING TO MIRACULOUSLY FALL FROM THE SKY. MANY OF US HAVE SUPPORTED EFFORTS TO ADVANCE INNOVATIVE FINANCING SOLUTIONS, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WHAT WE REALLY NEED IS MORE FUNDING. THE 495 EXPEACE WLAINS HERE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL BUILT UNDER A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN MY DISTRICT, IS CONSIDERED A MODEL FOR INNOVATION, BUT FOUR OUT OF $5 USED TO FUND THAT PROJECT WERE FEDERAL DOLLARS IN SOME FASHION. WHETHER IT WAS FEDERAL TRUST FUND DOLLARS, FEDERALLY SUBSIDIZED LOAN, OR THE SALE OF BONDS THAT RECEIVED FEDERALLY PREFERRED TAX DEDUCTION. AGAIN LOOKING AT VIRGINIA, LAST YEAR THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY, A REPUBLICAN HOUSE OF DELEGATES, A DEMOCRAT SENATE, AND A REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR CAME TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 27 YEARS AND ACTUALLY FUNDED TRANSPORTATION LONG TERM, A MULTIBILLION DOLLAR EFFORT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. CONNOLLY: IF THE

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  • 10:17:17 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    EXPIRED. MR. CONNOLLY: IF THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY CAN DO IT ON A…

    EXPIRED. MR. CONNOLLY: IF THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY CAN DO IT ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. SO CAN WE. THE SPEAKER

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  • 10:17:19 AM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    CAN DO IT ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. SO CAN WE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:…

    CAN DO IT ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. SO CAN WE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: CHOIR. THE

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  • 10:17:23 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE…

    CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:17:34 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST ACHIEVE STRONGER ECONOMIC GROWTH. WE MUST TRAIN AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST ACHIEVE STRONGER ECONOMIC GROWTH. WE MUST TRAIN AND EDUCATE AMERICANS TO SUCCEED IN A MODERN ECONOMY. LAST YEAR THE HOUSE ADVANCED WITH THE SUPPORTING KNOWLEDGE AND INVESTING IN LIFELONG SKILLS OR SKILLS ACT. ANOTHER HOUSE PASSED JOBS BILL WHICH REFORMS OUR FEDERAL WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND WOULD HELP AMERICA ACQUIRE THE SKILLS AND EDUCATION, THE TRAINING THAT THEY NEED TO CLIMB THE LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY. DESPITE SENATOR LEADER REED'S OPPOSITION TO ACTING ON ANY OF THE MORE THAN 40 HOUSE-PASSED JOBS BILLS, RECENTLY SAW LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. WHEN IT MOVEMENT BEGAN ON A COMPROMISE PACKAGE ON FEDERAL JOB TRAINING REFORMS. IN LATE MAY CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS ANNOUNCED A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT ON THIS PACKAGE WHICH PASSED THE SENATE IN JUNE AND WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE HOUSE TODAY. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE EDUCATION WORK FORCE, HIGHER EDUCATION, AND WORK FORCE TRAINING SUBCOMMITTEE, I'M PROUD TO HAVE WORKED TO HELP ADVANCE THESE COMMONSENSE REFORMS. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN, VIRGINIA FOXX, FOR HER TIRELESS WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. JOB TRAINING IS THE BEST STRATEGY AND SOLUTION FOR OPPORTUNITY AND ACCESS TO JOBS. AND AMERICA'S COMPETITIVENESS DEPENDS ON A QUALIFIED AND TRAINED WORK FORCE. MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER WILLIAM R. RALPH. AS WE WALK OUR WAY THROUGH LIFE, MANY TIMES WE MEET INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE AN IMPACT ON OUR LIVES IN SIGNIFICANT WAYS. BILL WAS SUCH A PERSON. HE WAS A 1947 GRADUATE OF SUMBERY HIGH SCHOOL AND BUCKNELL UTAH. HE WAS AN EAGLE SCOUT AND FOLLOWING COLLEGE HE WORKED AS A BOY SCOUT EXECUTIVE IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS, INCLUDING THE COUNCIL THAT SERVES THE PENNSYLVANIA COUNTIES OF CENTER,00INGTON, AND MIFFLIN. IT WAS ON THIS JOURNEY OUR PATHS CROSSED. WHEN I WAS A SCOUT GROWING UP, BILL WAS A COUNSEL EXECUTIVE. AS I ADVANCED INTO YOUTH LEADERSHIP POSITIONS IN THE COUNCIL, HI THE GOOD FORTUNE TO WORK WITH BILL. HIS COMMITMENT AND LOVE FOR SCOUTING AS EVIDENT, CONTINUOUS FOR MORE THAN 70 YEARS. AFTER ENDING HIS PROFESSIONAL SERVICE WITH THE BOY SCOUTS, HE AND HIS WIFE OWNED AND OPERATED THE AWARD CENTER IN STATE COLLEGE. HE ATTEMPTED THE FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN LEWISTOWN. AS A MEMBER AND PAST PRESIDENT. HE LOST A BATTLE WITH ALZHEIMER'S ON JUNE 10 AFTER A LIFETIME SERVICE -- LIFETIME OF SERVICE TO OTHERS. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, DAUGHTER AND SON. HAPPY TRAILS AND WELL-DONE, SCOUTER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, FOR FIVE

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  • 10:20:22 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR.…

    GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. MCGOVERN: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER

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  • 10:20:26 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT…

    CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR.

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  • 10:20:29 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 10:20:34 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    HERE THIS MORNING TO TALK ABOUT GOOD GOVERNMENT. I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT A…

    HERE THIS MORNING TO TALK ABOUT GOOD GOVERNMENT. I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT A PROGRAM THAT EVERYBODY IN THIS CHAMBER SHOULD BE PROUD OF. INDEED EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD BE PROUD OF. IT IS USDA'S SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM. THIS IS A PROGRAM, TO PUT IT SIMPLY, THAT ATTEMPTS TO MAKE SURE THAT NO CHILD IN THIS COUNTRY GOES HUNGRY DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS. FOR A LOT OF KIDS, MR. SPEAKER, WHO RECEIVED FREE OR REDUCED BREAKFAST OR LUNCH DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR, HUGER DOESN'T MAGICALLY GO A -- HUNGER DOESN'T MAGICALLY GO AWAY DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS. THIS PROGRAM IS IMPORTANT ON A NUMBER OF LEVELS, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT FOR MY COLLEAGUES TO UNDERSTAND THAT HUNGER AND FOOD INSECURITY IN THIS COUNTRY IS ALSO A HEALTH ISSUE. KIDS WHO DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT, WHO MISS MEALS ON A REGULAR BASIS, WHO DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO NUTRITIOUS FOOD ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET SICK. KIDS WHO DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO GOOD NUTRITIOUS FOOD ARE NOT ABLE TO LEARN. IN SCHOOL. AND TOO OFTEN KIDS WHO ARE STRUGGLING IN POVERTY END UP FILLING THEIR STOMACHS BY RELYING ON JUNK FOOD BECAUSE THAT IS THE CHEAPEST FOOD AVAILABLE IN SO MANY COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. THE SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM THAT USDA CHAMPIONS TRIES TO CHANGE THAT. TRIES TO MAKE SURE THAT KIDS NOT ONLY HAVE GOOD ACCESS TO NUTRITIOUS FOOD DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR, BUT ALSO DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS. AND I HAD THE GREAT PRIVILEGE ON MONDAY TO TOUR THROUGH MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN MASSACHUSETTS TO VISIT A NUMBER OF THE SUMMER FEEDING SITES. I WAS JOINED BY LOCAL LEADERS, LEADERS IN THE USDA, REPRESENTATIVES FROM A NUMBER OF N.G.O.'S. WE ALSO HAD THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES IN MASSACHUSETTS JOIN US AS WE WENT THROUGH VARIOUS SITES THROUGHOUT MASSACHUSETTS. WE BEGAN AT A YMCA IN GREENFIELD. WE THEN WENT TO -- HAD AN EVENT AT THE PAVILION AT SILVER LAKE. WE THEN WENT TO THE SPANISH AMERICAN CENTER, AND WE ENDED UP AT THE WORCESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY IN WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS. WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED IS THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE FEEDING PROGRAMS ARE WHERE KIDS ARE AT. AND WE HAVE A PROGRAM AT THE LIBRARY. BECAUSE KIDS COME TO THE LIE BRARE -- LIBRARY DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS TO READ AND PARTAKE IN OTHER ACTIVITIES. WE WERE AT THE YMCA BECAUSE A LOT OF KIDS GO THERE. THIS PROGRAM ONLY WORKS IF THE ELIGIBLE KIDS CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. AND WHILE THIS HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL FOR THOSE KIDS WHO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS PROGRAM, NATIONWIDE ON AVERAGE ONLY ABOUT 18% OF THE KIDS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR FREE AND REDUCED BREAKFAST AND LUNCHES DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS PROGRAM. PART OF THE CHALLENGE HAS BEEN IN THE PAST THAT IT'S BEEN DIFFICULT FOR FAMILIES TO GET THEIR KIDS TO THE SITES WHERE FOOD IS KITCHEN OUT. IN MASSACHUSETTS, COMMUNITY LEADERS ARE WORKING WITH USDA TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY GIVE OUT FOOD AT SITES WHERE KIDS ARE AT. AND SO IN MASSACHUSETTS WE CAN SEE THE ENROLLMENT RATE DURING THE SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAMS INCREASE. WE ARE TOLD, MR. SPEAKER, THAT NATIONWIDE ENROLLMENTS IN THIS PROGRAM HAVE INCREASED. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS STILL ONE CHILD IN SEVEN WHO NEED FOOD IN THE SUMMER ARE GETTING IT. THAT MEANS A WHOLE BUNCH OF KIDS AREN'T GETTING IT. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO WHAT I DID DURING -- ON MONDAY, IT GO THROUGHOUT YOUR DISTRICT. TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT THIS PROGRAM EXISTS. TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW THEY CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS. I WOULD URGE MY -- THOSE WHO ARE LISTENING TO MAKE -- TO GO TO USDA'S WEBSITE AND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM. THE WEBSITE, USDA.GOV, AND LOOK UP THE SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM. LEARN ABOUT THIS PROGRAM. LEARN ABOUT HOW YOU CAN GET YOUR KIDS ACCESS TO THIS PROGRAM. LEARN ABOUT HOW YOU CAN ENCOURAGE OTHER KIDS TO GET ACCESS TO THIS PROGRAM. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME CLOSE BY MAKING THIS OBSERVATION. WE LIVE IN THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. YET WE HAVE CLOSE TO 50 MILLION PEOPLE WHO ARE HUNGRY OR FOOD INSECURE. 17 MILLION ARE KIDS. WE ALL SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THAT FACT N THIS COUNTRY WE SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY HAS ACCESS, NOT JUST TO FOOD BUT TO GOOD NUTRITIOUS FOOD. THAT'S WHAT THIS SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM IS ABOUT. THAT'S WHAT THE SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMS ARE ABOUT. THAT'S WHAT SNAP IS ABOUT. THAT'S WHAT W.I.C. IS ABOUT. THAT'S WHAT THESE NUTRITION PROGRAMS ARE ALL ABOUT. WE SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE PROPERLY FUNDED AND WE SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT EVERY ELIGIBLE PERSON TAKES ADVANTAGE OF THEM. NEXT YEAR THIS CONGRESS WILL BE RE-AUTHORIZING THE CHILD NUTRITION ACT. I WOULD HOPE THAT WE WOULD LEARN FROM THE BEST PRACTICES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND IMPLEMENT THEM SO WE HAVE MAXIMUM PARTICIPATION. I WANT 100% OF THOSE ELIGIBLE FOR THESE FEEDING PROGRAMS TO BE ENROLLED. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA,

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    MRS. CAPITO

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME TO GET AMERICA BACK TO WORK. THE PEOPLE OF…

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME TO GET AMERICA BACK TO WORK. THE PEOPLE OF MY STATE, WEST VIRGINIA, WANT TO WORK. THEY WANT TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES, AND THEY WANT TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE. BUT IN TODAY'S ECONOMY, FINDING A JOB HAS BEEN VERY, VERY DIFFICULT. THAT'S WHY I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION OPPORTUNITY ACT, WHICH THE HOUSE WILL VOTE ON LATER TODAY. WE'LL MAKE SURE THAT AMERICAN WORKERS WILL HAVE THE TRAINING THEY NEED FOR THE JOBS AVAILABLE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. EFFICIENT USE OF THE RESOURCES SO THAT THAT WILL BE THE BEST WAY TO TRAIN FOR THE JOBS OF TOO MANY. EMPLOYERS WANT TO HIRE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. WORKERS WANT TO HAVE THE SKILLS AND TRAINING TO SECURE GOOD-PAYING JOBS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. IN WEST VIRGINIA, THIS MEANS GETTING ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO TRAIN WORKERS FOR JOBS AVAILABLE IN OUR GROWING NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY OR TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE SERVICES NOR OUR ELDERLY -- FOR OUR ELDERLY CITIZENS. WE CAN USE EXISTING RESOURCE LIKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. CAREER AND TECHNICAL CENTERS TO OFFER GROUP TRAINING THAT DIRECTLY ADDRESSES THE NEEDS OF LOCAL EMPLOYERS AS THIS BILL WOULD DO. BY ALIGNING WORKER SKILLS WITH EMPLOYERS' NEEDS, WE CAN HELP GET WEST VIRGINIA AND AMERICA WORKING AGAIN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:27:27 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MS. CLARKE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS.CLARK

    IN MY HOME STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS AND MANY OTHER STATES ACROSS THE…

    IN MY HOME STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS AND MANY OTHER STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE ARE BATTLING A CRISIS THAT IS BLIND TO INCOME, RACE, GENDER, AND POLITICS. THAT CRISIS IS OPIATE ADDICTION. AND IT IS HAPPENING AT A DEADLY RATE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. INCREASING BY NEARLY 60% OVER THE LAST DECADE. TODAY I WANT TO FOCUS ON THE YOUNGEST OF THOSE AFFECTED BY THIS EPIDEMIC. EVERY HOUR A BABY IS BORN IN THE UNITED STATES ADICTED TO OPIATES. IN MASSACHUSETTS THE NUMBER OF BABIES BORN WITH THIS CONDITION HAS RIDDEN TO FIVE TIMES THE NATIONAL RATE. -- RISEN TO FIVE TIMES THE NATIONAL RATE. IN KENTUCKY, THE RATE HAS INCREASED 30 FOLD. IN OHIO, SIXFOLD. AND IN COLORADO, AS MANY AS 6% OF THE BABIES BORN WILL EXPERIENCE THESE ADDICTIONS -- ADDICTION SYMPTOMS. BABIES BORN WITH A CONDITION KNOWN AS NEONATAL ABSTINENCE SYNDROME, OR N.A.S., ARE BORN INTO THE PAIN OF OPIATE WITHDRAWAL, WHICH ADULTS REPORT AS THE WORST PAIN THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED IN THEIR LIVES. THESE BABIES MAY SUFFER FROM SEIZURES, BREATHING PROBLEMS, FEVERS, TREMORS, OR DIFFICULTY FEEDING. THESE SYMPTOMS CAN LAST FOR MONTHS AND LEAD TO WEEKS OF HOSPITALIZATION. ONE BOY SUFFERING FROM N.A.S. IN MY DISTRICT EXPERIENCED SUCH SEVERE SEIZURES THAT HE SUFFERED A DETACHED RETINA. AN URGENT RESPONSE TO THE SURGE OF N.A.S. DIAGNOSES, HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE BEGUN PIECING TOGETHER THE BEST METHODS TO DIAGNOSE AND TREAT N.A.S. BUT INCOMPLETE AND UNCOORDINATED DATA COLLECTION HAM BERS A STATE'S ABILITY TO IDENTIFY THE SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM AND APPLY SOLUTIONS AND TREATMENT EFFECTIVELY. I AM ASKING MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN TAKING A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FIRST STEP IN CARING FOR THESE NEWBORNS BY SUPPORTING THE COORDINATED RECOVERY INITIATIVE FOR BABIES ACT, KNOWN AS THE CRIB ACT. I HAVE PARTNERED WITH MY GOOD COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO, MR. STIVERS, TO INTRODUCE THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. THE CRIB ACT IS THE FIRST PROPOSED BILL TO TAKE PROACTIVE STEPS TO HELP HOSPITALS TREAT NEWBORNS SUFFERING FROM OPIATE DEPENDENCY. IT WILL GIVE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ONE YEAR TO COLLECT THE DATA NECESSARY TO ASSEMBLE A PORTFOLIO OF THE BEST PRACK -- PRACTICES. THE FINAL PRODUCT WILL BE BASED ON THE MOST SUCCESSFUL MODELS IN THE COUNTRY, AND WILL BE ACCESSIBLE TO EVERY STATE AND THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY. IN ADDITION TO BEING THE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR NEWBORNS, THIS BILL WILL SAVE US MONEY. N.A.S. BIRTHS ARE FIVE-TIMES MORE EXPENSIVE THAN HEALTHY BIRTHS, AND MEDICAID HAS BEEN PAYING FOR 75% OF THESE COSTS. THIS BILL WILL HELP US IDENTIFY THE BEST WAYS TO DIAGNOSE AND TREAT THESE NEWBORNS, AND PROVIDES AN IMPORTANT TOOL FOR ADDRESSING THE OPIATE EPIDEMIC. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN NATIONAL MEDICAL GROUPS SUCH AS THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS AND THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNECOLOGISTS AND SUPPORT THE CRIB ACT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:31:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. HOLDING, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. HOLDING: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE TOM SUTER, A SPORTS REPORTER FOR WRAL NEWS IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA. RECENTLY HE WAS

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    MR. HOLDING

    FOR WRAL NEWS IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA. RECENTLY HE WAS INDUCT FOOD THE…

    FOR WRAL NEWS IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA. RECENTLY HE WAS INDUCT FOOD THE NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS' HALL OF FAME. HE WAS HONORED FOR HIS LONG SUCCESSFUL CAREER FILLED WITH QUALITY WORK AND MANY ACHIEVEMENTS THAT INCLUDE TWO REGIONAL EMMY AWARDS AND 17 OVERALL NOMINATIONS. MR. SUTER WAS HIRED BY THE LATE SENATOR JESSE HELMS, WHO WAS THEN THE VICE PRESIDENT OF WRAL. MR. SUTER LATER BECAME THE STATION'S LEAD SPORTS ANCHOR IN 1981. OVER THE PAST 33 YEARS HIS COVERAGE OF ALL LEVELS OF SPORTS FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE TO PRO HAS MADE HIM A LOCAL LEGEND IN RALEIGH AND THE TRIANGLE. HE IS THE HOST OF THE AWARD WINNING SPORTS SHOW FOOTBALL FRIDAY, WHICH AIRS COVERAGE AND HIGHLIGHTS OF LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES ON WRAL. THE TELEVISION SEGMENT WILL BE IN ITS 34TH YEAR THIS FALL. MR. SUTER MAKES A POINT TO RECOGNIZE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES BOTH ON AND OFF THE FIELD. DURING A SEGMENT EACH WEEK HE HANDS OUT THE EXTRA EFFORT AWARD, RECOGNIZING A LOCAL STUDENT FOR THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS NOT ONLY ON THE PLAYING FIELD, BUT IN THE CLASSROOM AND IN THE COMMUNITY. REFERRING TO HIS LOVE OF HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS, SUTER SAID, I HAD SUCH A GOOD EXPERIENCE PLAYING HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS I FELT LIKE THERE WAS A NEED AND WE SHOULD HIGHLIGHT THESE KIDS WHO WORK SO HARD EVERY DAY. MR. SUTER HAS INTERVIEWED NUMEROUS LEGENDARY COACHES SUCH AS UCLA'S JOHN WOOTEN, AND DUKE'S COACH K., IN HIS TIME AT WRAL, HE COVERED 37 A.C.C. BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS AND 25 FINAL FOURS. HE DID SO WITH PASSION AND PROFESSIONALISM AND INFLUENCED THE COMMUNITY GREATLY. SUTER'S PASSION AND SUPPORT OF ATHLETES OF ALL LEVELS MAKE HIM ONE OF THE MANY BRIGHT STARS IN OUR COMMUNITY BACK IN NORTH CAROLINA AND I EXTEND TO HIM HEARTFELT CONGRATULATIONS. THANK YOU, TOM SUTER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR

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  • 10:33:32 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SNYDER,…

    YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SNYDER, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. SNYDER: THANK YOU, MR.

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    MR. SNYDER

    SPEAKER. 70 YEARS AGO --

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    MR. SCHNEIDER

    SPEAKER. 70 YEARS AGO, THE SERVICEMAN'S READJUSTMENT ACT BECAME LAW. THIS…

    SPEAKER. 70 YEARS AGO, THE SERVICEMAN'S READJUSTMENT ACT BECAME LAW. THIS WAS A TREMENDOUS STEP FORWARD IN THE CARE OF AMERICAN VETERANS AND THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF OUR COUNTRY. IT OPENED NEW DORS TO VETERANS AND ALLOWED THEM TO REACH THEIR POTENTIAL AND INJECT FOOD OUR ECONOMY TALENT, SKILLS, AND CREATIVITY. WE KNOW THIS LAW BETTER AS THE G.I. BILL. FOR 70 YEARS THOSE WORDS EVOKE OUR COMMITMENT TO THE BRAVE AND WOMEN -- BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DEFEND OUR SHORES. TODAY I'M HAPPY TO CELEBRATE OUR HISTORY AND CONTRIBUTE TO THAT LEGACY. I INTRODUCE THE G.I. INTERN SHL ACT -- INTERNSHIP ACT, TO ALLOW VETERANS TO COLLECT BENEFITS WHILE PARTICIPATING IN AN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM. THESE INTERNSHIPS WILL ALLOW OUR VETERANS TO LEARN THE PRACTICAL SKILLS AND GAIN VALUABLE EXPERIENCE, AND THEY WILL HELP OUR EMPLOYERS OVERCOME THE SKILLS GAP AND FIND UNIQUELY TALENTED PROVEN LEADERS TO HIGH HIRE. THAT'S THE WIN-WIN PROPOSITION FOR VETERANS. 70 YEARS AGO THE G.I. BILL OPENED NEW DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY AND HELPED OUR COUNTRY SECURE SUCCESS IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE AMERICAN CRENTRY. TODAY WE NEED ANOTHER CONCENTRATED EFFORT TO BOOST THE TALENTS AND SKILLS IN OUR ECONOMY. AND LIKE ALWAYS, I THINK OUR VETERANS ARE YESTERDAY TOY ANSWER THE CALL. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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  • 10:35:19 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE…

    YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL NOON

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  • 12:01:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED TODAY BY OUR GUEST CHAPE LANE, REVEREND…

    ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED TODAY BY OUR GUEST CHAPE LANE, REVEREND GEORGE DILLARD, CHRISTIAN CHURCH, PEACH TREE CITY, GEORGIA.

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  • 12:01:18 PM

    ALMIGHTY GOD, WE COME BEFORE YOU WITH PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING BECAUSE YOU…

    ALMIGHTY GOD, WE COME BEFORE YOU WITH PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING BECAUSE YOU ARE THE GIVER AND THE SUSTAINER OF LIFE. WE THANK YOU FOR FREEDOM, HELP US TO USE IT WELL. TO BLESS AND NOT TO CURSE. WE THANK YOU FOR JUSTICE, HELP US TO BE RIGHTEOUS IN ITS USE. WE THANK YOU FOR AN ABUNDANCE OF FOOD. HELP US TO BE GENEROUS. WE THANK YOU FOR LIFE. HELP US TO GIVE IT THE VALUE IT DESERVES. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR TRUTH. HELP US TO USE IT AS A LIGHT TO SEE THE PATH BACK TO YOU. BLESS THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE WITH WISDOM AND WATCH OVER THOSE WHO SERVE IN OUR ARMED FORCES AS THEY PROTECT OUR LIBERTY. FORGIVE US FOR THE ERROR OF OUR WAYS AND THANK YOU FOR THE GRACE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS AND LOVE THAT PROVIDE A PATH TO YOU THROUGH JESUS, THE CHRIST, OUR KING, AMEN. THE SPEAKER: THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT

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    THE SPEAKER

    JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS…

    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 TODAY WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,

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    MR. TONKO

    JOIN IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO OUR FLAG. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE…

    JOIN IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO OUR FLAG. 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. THE SPEAKER: THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT

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    THE SPEAKER

    TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA RISE? MS. ROS-LEHTINEN: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER: WITHOUT

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

    CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MS.

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    THE SPEAKER

    ROS-LEHTINEN: MR. SPEAKER,

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? THE…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR…

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    INNER HARBOR HAS GONE THROUGH A STARTLING TRANSFORMATION. MR. HIGGINS:…

    INNER HARBOR HAS GONE THROUGH A STARTLING TRANSFORMATION. MR. HIGGINS: THIS SUMMER CANAL SIDE WILL OFFER OVER 1,000 PUBLIC EVENTS, DRAWING IN A MILLION VISITORS. THE SAME POSSIBILITY

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    MR. HIGGINS

    1,000 PUBLIC EVENTS, DRAWING IN A MILLION VISITORS. THE SAME POSSIBILITY…

    1,000 PUBLIC EVENTS, DRAWING IN A MILLION VISITORS. THE SAME POSSIBILITY EXISTS FOR BUFFALO'S OUTER HARBOR. THERE WILL BE PUBLIC MEETINGS HOSTED STARTING TONIGHT TO DISCUSS PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF THE FUTURE OF THE OUTER HARBOR. THE SUCCESS OF GROWTH OF CANAL SIDE HAS BEEN CONTRIBUTED TO FEDERAL HIGHWAY DOLLARS AND THE NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY, $279 MILLION FEDERAL RELICENSING SETTLEMENT. WHICH IS NOW FINANCING THE RECONSTRUCTION OF BUFFALO'S LONG NEGLECTED WATER FRONT. LIKEWISE, PUTTING IN PLACE THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO BRING WESTERN NEW YORKERS TO THE WATER'S EDGE AT THE OUTER HARBOR WILL OPEN IT UP TO PUBLIC ACCESS AND PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT. A GOOD START WOULD BE TO REMOVE THE STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT SKYWAY BRIDGE AND TO BUILD A NEW PEDESTRIAN ESTUARINE-FRIENDLY HARBOR BRIDGE WHICH IS NOW IN ITS FINAL STAGES OF REVIEW. BUFFALO HAS SEVERAL WATER PLANS. GET TO WORK. THE ATTRACTION OF BUFFALO'S WATER FRONT IS THE WATER ITSELF. IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BUILD THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO MAKE THAT VISION A REALITY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI SEEK…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    SKILLS THEY NEED TO COMPETE IN A VERY TOUGH ECONOMY. THE BIGGEST TRAVESTY…

    SKILLS THEY NEED TO COMPETE IN A VERY TOUGH ECONOMY. THE BIGGEST TRAVESTY IS THAT JUNE MARKED THE 49TH MONTH IN THE LAST 50 MONTHS WHEN MORE PEOPLE GAVE UP LOOKING FOR A JOB THAN FOUND ONE.

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  • 12:06:16 PM

    MRS. WAGNER

    INCREASE IN HIRING IS FOR PART TIME EMPLOYEES. THAT'S WHY THE HOUSE WILL…

    INCREASE IN HIRING IS FOR PART TIME EMPLOYEES. THAT'S WHY THE HOUSE WILL VOTE THIS WEEK ON THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT, BASED ON THE FOUNDATION OF THE SKILLS ACT THAT WE PASSED EARLIER THIS YEAR. THIS COMMONSENSE SOLUTION ELIMINATES MORE THAN A DOZEN FAILING PROGRAMS, SAVES TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND PROVIDES SKILLS TRAINING FOR IN-DEMAND JOBS. KEY IN-DEMAND JOBS NEEDED IN MY HOMETOWN OF ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI. IT'S TIME WE START INVESTING IN NURSES, MEDICAL ASSISTANTS, MANUFACTURING TECHNICIANS AND COMPUTER SUPPORT SPECIALISTS AND STOP WASTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS EVERY YEAR ON INEFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS THAT DO LITTLE TO TRAIN INDIVIDUALS WITH THE SKILLS THEY NEED. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES FOR OPPORTUNITY FOR JOBS AND FOR THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION OPPORTUNITY ACT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR

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  • 12:07:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:07:11 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. CICILLINE: I

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. CICILLINE: I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE RHODE ISLAND…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. CICILLINE: I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE RHODE ISLAND HISTORICAL PRESERVATION AND HERITAGE COMMISSION. RHODE

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    MR. CICILLINE

    ISLAND HISTORICAL PRESERVATION AND HERITAGE COMMISSION. RHODE ISLAND HAS…

    ISLAND HISTORICAL PRESERVATION AND HERITAGE COMMISSION. RHODE ISLAND HAS MORE THAN 16,000 HISTORIC BUILDINGS, MORE PER SQUARE MILE THAN ANY OTHER STATE IN THE COUNTRY. THE FIRST DISTRICT, WHICH I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT, IS HOME TO SOME OF RHODE ISLAND'S MOST CHERISHED PLACES. SUCH AS THE INTERNATIONAL TENNIS HALL OF FAME AND THE TOUR SYNAGOGUE AND THE BEAVERTOWN LIGHT HOUSE IN JAMESTOWN. THESE SITES ALSO PROVIDE AN ECONOMIC BOOST TO OUR LOCAL ECONOMY BY ATRABBLINGTING TOURISTS FROM ACROSS NEW ENGLAND, THE COUNTRY AND THE ENTIRE WORLD. LED BY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE DEDICATED STAFF OF THE RHODE ISLAND HISTORICAL PRESERVATION COMMISSION HAS WORKED HARD TO PRESERVE OUR NATIONAL HISTORIC TREASURES. JUST LAST WEEK I JOINED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SANDERSON IN CELEBRATING MORE THAN $2.5 IN FEDERAL FUNDS THAT WERE REWARDED TO RHODE ISLAND TO RESTORE HISTORIC PROPERTIES ACROSS THE STATE THAT WERE DAMAGED BY HURRICANE SANDY. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS WHICH IN TURN SUPPORT JOBS IN RHODE ISLAND AND THE CONSTRUCTION AND TOURISM INDUSTRIES. AND THANK THEIR STAFF FOR WORKING TO PRESERVE OUR STATE'S RICH HISTORY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO ENJOY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK…

    EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? MS. FOXX: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, MR. SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER PRO

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    MS. FOXX

    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR ONE MINUTE. MS. FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY THE HOUSE WILL…

    FOR ONE MINUTE. MS. FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY THE HOUSE WILL VOTE ON H.R. 803, THE WORK

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    MS. FOXX

    TODAY THE HOUSE WILL VOTE ON H.R. 803, THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT AND…

    TODAY THE HOUSE WILL VOTE ON H.R. 803, THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT AND OPPORTUNITY ACT, A BILL TO REFORM OUR NATION'S WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS. TODAY'S A CULMINATION OF AN 18-MONTH BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL PROCESS. THE HOUSE PASSED H.R. 03RKS THE SKILLS ACT, OVER A YEAR AGO. THE SENATE PASSED AN AMENDED VERSION OF H.R. 803 TWO WEEKS AGO AND RENAMED IT THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. THIS BILL TURNS THE BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS THAT OUR WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM IS BROKEN INTO ACTION. AND WILL PROVIDE A LONG OVERDUE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT. IN SHORT, THIS LEGISLATION WILL INCREASE ACCESS, ELIMINATE WASTE, PROMOTE ACCOUNTABILITY AND EMPOWER JOB CREATORS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT WILL GIVE AMERICANS ACCESS TO THE RESOURCES NEEDED TO FILL IN-DEMAND JOBS. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. TONKO

    IN THE RAILWAY TRAGEDY IN QUEBEC LAST JULY. THIS EVENT DREW A TREMENDOUS…

    IN THE RAILWAY TRAGEDY IN QUEBEC LAST JULY. THIS EVENT DREW A TREMENDOUS CROWD, PARTICULARLY FROM ALBANY'S SOUTH ENDRES DENLTS WHO SEE DOZENS OF OIL TANK CARS OUTSIDE THEIR HOMES ON A DAILY BASIS BEFORE ENTERING THE PORT OF ALBANY. MY CONSTITUENTS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR ANOTHER FATAL ACCIDENT IN OUR COMMUNITIES AS THE TRAIL OF OIL CARS PASSES OVER MANY COMMUNITIES THAT I REPRESENT. THAT'S WHY I HAVE BEEN URGING D.O.T. ALL YEAR TO IMPLEMENT COMPREHENSIVE REGULATIONS TO ADDRESS THESE SAFETY CONCERNS. WE NEED A HIGHER SAFETY STANDARD ON NEW TANK CAR ORDERS AND AN AGGRESSIVE PHASE-OUT OF THE OLD D.O.T. 111'S WHICH HAVE NO BUSINESS TRANSPORTING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. THE RAIL INDUSTRY HAS TAKEN VOLUNTARY STEPS TO ACCOUNT FOR THE D.O.T. 111'S INADEQUACIES BUT HIGHER FEDERAL STANDARDS ARE STILL NEEDED. WE ALSO NEED TO MAKE SURE SHIPPERS AND OIL PRODUCERS ARE PROPERLY HANDLING, DEGASIFYING AND CLASSIFYING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, PARTICULARLY VOLATILE CRUDE BEFORE IT IS EVEN LOADED INTO A TANK CAR. I CONTINUE TO URGE D.O.T. TO MAKE THESE MUCH-NEEDED, COMMONSENSE AND MEANINGFUL STEPS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. INACTION IS INEXCUSABLE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    A COUPLE WEEKS --

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    MR. DENHAM

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    MR. LAMALFA

    MENTION HOW'D THE E.P.A. HAS OVERREACHED ON MAKING EVERY DROP OF WATER IN…

    MENTION HOW'D THE E.P.A. HAS OVERREACHED ON MAKING EVERY DROP OF WATER IN THE UNITED STATES ITS JURISDICTION. WHETHER IF FALLS ON THE FIELD, IN YOUR DRIVEWAY OR IS COLLECTED IN A RAIN BARREL OR PUDDLE, THEY WANT TO BE IN CONTROL OF IT. BEFORE INDIANA HOLIDAY THE OTHER DAY, THEY ENTERED ANOTHER RULE WHERE THEY SEEK TO BE THE JUDGE, JURY AND EXECUTIONER ON DECIDING WHAT THE FINES ARE GOING TO BE AND HOW THEY'RE GOING TO CARRY THEM OUT, WITHOUT JURISPRUDENCE, WITHOUT HAVING AN OVERSIGHT BY AN INDEPENDENT PARTY. THEY SEEK TO INSTEAD BE THE ONES THAT COLLECT THE FINES AFTER FINDING SOMEBODY GUILTY OF A POSSIBLE ALLEGED VIOLATION. E.P.A. HAS ALREADY NEARLY TRIPLE THE -- TRIPLED THE AMOUNT OF FINES IT HAS TAKEN IN SINCE 2009 SO IS THIS ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT OR REVENUE GENERATION AND PUTTING PEOPLE ON THE DEFENSIVE? I THINK THEY NEED TO PULL BACK THIS RULE AND THEY NEED TO HEAR FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, ABOUT HOW DEVASTATING THIS IS FOR THE ECONOMY AND FOR THE WELL-BEING OF AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK…

    HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. HAHN

    SUFFERS FROM AN INFRASTRUCTURE CRISIS. BUT IF WE WANT TO REMAIN GLOBALLY…

    SUFFERS FROM AN INFRASTRUCTURE CRISIS. BUT IF WE WANT TO REMAIN GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE, GOODS MOVEMENT IS THE TICKET TO OUR NATION'S ECONOMIC SUCCESS. ALTHOUGH I UNDERSTAND WE'RE GOING TO DO A SHORT-TERM FIX FOR THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND, I'VE COME UP WITH AN IDEA FOR A LONG-TERM FIX THAT CREATES A DEDICATED FUNDING SOURCE TO BETTER SERVE OUR ROADS AND RAILWAYS, THAT CONNECT THE FREIGHT NETWORK TO THE PORTS OF ENTRY IN THIS COUNTRY. THIS DEDICATED FREIGHT NETWORK TRUST FUND WILL HELP FUND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE LIKE DEDICATED TRUCK LANES ON THE HIGHWAYS, BETTER BRIDGES, THE TRUST FUND WILL BE MADE UP OF EXISTING FEES THAT WE ALREADY COLLECT AT OUR NATION'S PORTS. AND WILL BE AT NO NEW COST TO BUSINESSES OR TAXPAYERS. THIS FUND WILL INFUSE NEARLY $2 BILLION BACK INTO THE ECONOMY EVERY YEAR. IT WILL HELP CREATE GOOD-PAYING AMERICAN JOBS, KEEP OUR NATION'S PORTS STRONG AND GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE. I BELIEVE THIS IDEA IS A WIN-WIN FOR OUR PORTS, OUR SMALL BUSINESSES AND FOR OUR NATION'S ECONOMY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE NATIONAL FREIGHT NETWORK TRUST ACT. THANK YOU.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK…

    HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. WESTMORELAND

    TO THANK OUR CHAPLAIN TODAY, PASTOR GEORGE DILLARD, TO THE U.S. HOUSE…

    TO THANK OUR CHAPLAIN TODAY, PASTOR GEORGE DILLARD, TO THE U.S. HOUSE FLOOR. AND I'M PROUD THAT HE HAILS FROM GEORGIA'S THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. I'VE KNOWN PASTOR DILLARD, HIS WIFE, RENEE, AND THEIR THREE CHILDREN, TIFFANY, ALEX AND STEWART, FOR MANY YEARS AND THEY ARE VERY GOOD FRIENDS. HE'S A GODLY MAN SERVING AS SENIOR MINISTER AT THE PEACH TREE CITY CHRISTIAN CHURCH AND HAS TOUCHED MANY SOULS AND HEARTS THROUGH HIS MINISTRY AND HIS BOOK "SEVEN THINGS THAT GOD DESIRES FOR US." THIS MORNING I HAD A CHANCE TO VISIT WITH GEORGE AND HIS SON AND AM THANKFUL THAT THEY TRAVELED ALL THE WAY FROM THE THIRD DISTRICT OF GEORGIA TO SHARE GOD'S MESSAGE WITH US TODAY IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AND I HOPE THIS FAITHFUL MESSAGE THAT HE GAVE TODAY WILL REMIND US OF OUR TRUE PURPOSE HERE IN WASHINGTON. AND IT HELPS CARRY OUR NATION THROUGH THE WEEK. BECAUSE LORD ONLY KNOWS THAT WE NEED IT. THANK YOU AGAIN, PASTOR DILLARD, AND WE APPRECIATE YOU AND WE APPRECIATE YOUR FRIENDSHIP AND APPRECIATE YOUR SUMMEREN THIS -- SERMON THIS MORNING. THANK YOU. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM DELAWARE SEEK…

    HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM DELAWARE SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. CARNEY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU DRIVE DOWN INTERSTATE 95 IN MY HOME STATE OF DELAWARE RIGHT NOW, YOU'LL SEE LICENSE PLATES FROM UP AND DOWN THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR.

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    MR. CARNEY

    RIGHT NOW, YOU'LL SEE LICENSE PLATES FROM UP AND DOWN THE NORTHEAST…

    RIGHT NOW, YOU'LL SEE LICENSE PLATES FROM UP AND DOWN THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR. CRAWLING AT A SNAIL'S PACE. AS A RESULT OF STRUCTURAL DAMAGE, A BRIDGE THAT CARRIES 90,000 CARS A DAY IS CLOSED UNTIL AFTER LABOR DAY. IN DELAWARE, WE'RE FEELING THE IMPORTANCE OF INVESTING IN OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE FIRSTHAND. IT'S CRITICAL FOR PUBLIC SAFETY, BUT IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT FOR COMMERCE, TOURISM AND OUR QUALITY OF LIFE. JUST AS IMPORTANT, BUILDING ROADS AND BRIDGES CREATES JOBS FOR WORKERS RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. IF CONGRESS DOES NOTHING, THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND WON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY ITS BILLS COME THE END OF THE SUMMER. THAT'S THE SOURCE OF MONEY THAT PAYS FOR BUILDING OR IMPAIRING ROADS AND BRIDGES ALL THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. FINDING THE FUNDS TO FIX OUR NATION'S CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE WILL NOT BE EASY. BUT PUTTING IT OFF IS NOT AN OPTION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO FIND THE POLITICAL WILL TO FUND THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND AND ENSURE THAT OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE REFLECT IT'S OUR 21ST CENTURY -- REFLECTS OUR 21ST CENTURY NEEDS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    DIFFICULT TO FIND THAT GOOD-PAYING JOB TO KEEP THEIR AMERICAN DREAM ALIVE.…

    DIFFICULT TO FIND THAT GOOD-PAYING JOB TO KEEP THEIR AMERICAN DREAM ALIVE. MR. YODER: SMALL BUSINESSES RESPONSIBLE FOR 2/3 OF ALL NEW JOBS CREATED IN OUR ECONOMY CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE TO STAY AFLOAT.

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    MR. YODER

    2/3 OF ALL NEW JOBS CREATED IN OUR ECONOMY CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE TO STAY…

    2/3 OF ALL NEW JOBS CREATED IN OUR ECONOMY CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE TO STAY AFLOAT. THAT'S WHY THE HOUSE MUST PASS PRO-JOBS LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL AMERICANS TO SUCCEED. AS YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, WE PASSED 40 BILLS THAT REDUCE RED TAPE FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES, CUT REGULATORY BURDENS, AND REFORMED THE TAX CODE. SADLY THESE BILLS ARE HELD UP IN THE SENATE. NOW WE CAN CONTINUE TO HELP HARDWORKING AMERICANS BY PASSING BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT PROMOTES NEEDED JOB SKILLS TRAINING FOR HIGH DEMAND JOBS, STREAMLINES MANDATES, REDUCES ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS AND UNNECESSARY BUREAUCRACY, AND PROVIDES MORE ACCOUNTABILITY WHEN SPENDING TAX DOLLARS. MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION. THESE ARE THE KINDS OF PRO-GROWTH, PRO-JOBS BILLS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT FROM THEIR CONGRESSMEN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY IS…

    HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MRS. DAVIS

    THAT EMPLOYERS ADDED 1.4 MILLION JOBS IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS…

    THAT EMPLOYERS ADDED 1.4 MILLION JOBS IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR. THAT'S THE STRONGEST SIX MONTHS FOR GROWTH SINCE 2006. AND IT'S GREAT NEWS FOR MANY AMERICAN FAMILIES. BUT THERE'S MORE WE CAN AND THAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. THE OTHER DAY I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO ATTEND THE WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT ON WORKING FAMILIES WHERE BUSINESS LEADERS, ADVOCATES, LEGISLATORS, AND AMERICANS ALL CAME TOGETHER FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE TO DISCUSS ISSUES FACING WORKING PARENTS. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN WORK FORCE HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY. IN RECENT DECADES, AND THE WORKPLACE MUST CHANGE WITH IT. MORE AND MORE WOMEN ARE NOW THE PRIMARY BREADWINNERS FOR THEIR FAMILIES, BUT THEY STILL LACK THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO BALANCE WORK WITH THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES AT HOME. SADLY, THE TSH-INSTEAD OF CONSIDERING INITIATIVES TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF WORKING FAMILIES AND STRENGTHENING THE MIDDLE CLASS, THIS HOUSE HAS STARTED PLAYING POLITICS, THIS WEEK THE HOUSE MAJORITY ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR A THREE-WEEK PROCESS TO SUE PRESIDENT OBAMA. NO WORD YET ON WHAT THEY PLAN TO SUE HIM FOR. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MRS. DAVIS

    DESERVE BETTER, MR. SPEAKER. WE NEED TO MOVE AHEAD ON THE ISSUES THAT…

    DESERVE BETTER, MR. SPEAKER. WE NEED TO MOVE AHEAD ON THE ISSUES THAT CONCERN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    I'M ASKING THE WORLD TO JOIN TOGETHER AS WE REFUSE TO LET THE ABDUCTED…

    I'M ASKING THE WORLD TO JOIN TOGETHER AS WE REFUSE TO LET THE ABDUCTED NIGERIAN GIRLS VANISH FROM THE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES.

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    MS. WILSON

    THE ABDUCTED NIGERIAN GIRLS VANISH FROM THE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES. BY…

    THE ABDUCTED NIGERIAN GIRLS VANISH FROM THE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES. BY TWEETING EVERY DAY, FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 12:00 P.M., EASTERN STANDARD TIME, USING THE #BRINGBACKOUR GIRLS AND #JOIN-REPWILSON. WE HAVE GOOD LUCK JONATHAN FROM NIGERIA TO SPEAK ABOUT THE RESOURCES HIS COUNTRY USED TO TRY TO FIND THE GIRLS AND READ ABOUT THE ROLE IN DEVELOPING A CONCEALED RESCUE PLAN. MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW THAT THESE ARE EXCUSES FROM NIGER YOO -- NIGERIA. WE HAVE SEEN UN-ABLE ACTS OF TERROR COMMITTED ALMOST DAILY. WE HAVE SEEN THE MILITARY OFFICIALLY WRAP UP ITS INVESTIGATION INTO THE KIDNAPPING WITHOUT LOCATING THE GIRLS. WE HAVE SEEN PRESIDENT JONATHAN SPEND OVER $1 MILLION IN A PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN IN AN ATTEMPT TO RESHAPE HIS IMAGE. MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT JONATHAN, WE ARE STILL WAITING TO SEE YOU BRING HOME THOSE KIDNAPPED GIRLS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    EXPIRED. MS. WILSON: TWEET, TWEET, TWEET. TWEET,

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    MS. WILSON

    TWEET. TWEET, TWEET, TWEET. BRING BACK OUR GIRLS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:…

    TWEET. TWEET, TWEET, TWEET. BRING BACK OUR GIRLS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. S FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. HIMES

    WEEK LISTENING TO MY CONSTITUENTS AND CONCERN ABOUT THE DYSFUNCTION. I…

    WEEK LISTENING TO MY CONSTITUENTS AND CONCERN ABOUT THE DYSFUNCTION. I DISCOVERED THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF CONFUGS ABOUT WHAT DYSFUNCTION IS. MY FRIENDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAID WE SENT ALL KINDS OF BILLS IN THE SENATE. HELD UP IN THE SENATE. THIS IS NOT DYSFUNCTION. IT MAY NOT BE HAPPY FOR MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, BUT THE SENATE IS HELD BY DEMOCRATS. IF YOU SEND THEM LEGISLATION THAT IS INSPIRED BY THE TEA PARTY, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO PASS THAT. THAT'S NOT DYSFUNCTION. THAT'S A REFUSAL TO GOVERN. MEANWHILE, MR. SPEAKER, OVER HERE, THERE ARE FIVE BILLS THAT IF THEY WERE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR TODAY WOULD PASS WITH SIGNIFICANT MAJORITIES AND EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM WOULD HELP THE ECONOMY AND CREATE JOBS. THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE EXIMBANK. COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM, TOPPING OFF THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND, EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, AND TERRORISM RISK INSURANCE. FIVE BILLS WE COULD PASS TODAY. BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND AS THEY THINK ABOUT DYSFUNCTION THAT THOSE BILLS WILL NOT BE BROUGHT UP. THIS HOUSE WILL NOT WORK ITS WILL. IT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO WORK ITS WILL. MR. SPEAKER, LET THIS HOUSE WORK ITS WILL. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA SEEK…

    HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION? MS. TITUS: ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE

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    MS. TITUS

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

    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR ONE MINUTE. MS. TITUS: THANK YOU. IN JUST A FEW DAYS, THE HIGHWAY…

    FOR ONE MINUTE. MS. TITUS: THANK YOU. IN JUST A FEW DAYS, THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND WILL BECOME INSOLVENT. THAT

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    MS. TITUS

    JUST A FEW DAYS, THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND WILL BECOME INSOLVENT. THAT SOUNDS…

    JUST A FEW DAYS, THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND WILL BECOME INSOLVENT. THAT SOUNDS SHOCKING BUT IT'S REALLY NOT NEWS. IN FACT, WE WERE WARNED OF THIS POSSIBILITY IN A G.A.O. REPORT ISSUED IN MARCH OF 2012. YET HERE WE ARE WITH JUST A FEW WEEKS TO GO BEFORE WE FALL OFF YET ANOTHER MAN-MADE CLIFF, AND STILL NO SOLUTION HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. THIS IRRESPONSIBLE INACTION BY MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE IS INFLICTING DAMAGE ON THE NATION'S ECONOMY AND ON STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN NEVADA ALONE, OVER 100 PROJECTS ARE IN DANGER OF BEING DELAYED OR CANCELED, AFFECTING SOME 6,000 CONSTRUCTION WORKERS, THEIR FAMILIES, AND ANCILLARY BUSINESS THAT IS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THEM. THIS INCLUDES SIX MULTIMILLION DOLLAR IMPROVEMENTS TO I-15 WHICH IS THE MAIN NORTH-SOUTH CORRIDOR THAT RUNS THROUGH THE HEART OF LAS VEGAS. WE CANNOT AFFORD NOR CAN WE RISK KICKING THIS CAN DOWN AN ALREADY DETERIORATED ROAD. IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO STEP UP, COME TOGETHER, AND OFFER REAL SOLUTIONS THAT INVEST IN OUR FUTURE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    SURE WE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE COUNTRY OF NIGERIA. MS. BASS: IT'S BEEN…

    SURE WE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE COUNTRY OF NIGERIA. MS. BASS: IT'S BEEN OVER TWO MONTHS SINCE BOKO HARAM KIDNAPPED OVER 300 GIRLS FROM THEIR SCHOOL.

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    MS. BASS

    MONTHS SINCE BOKO HARAM KIDNAPPED OVER 300 GIRLS FROM THEIR SCHOOL. FOR…

    MONTHS SINCE BOKO HARAM KIDNAPPED OVER 300 GIRLS FROM THEIR SCHOOL. FOR MANY AMERICANS THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THEY HEARD OF BOKEO HAD A A RAM, EVEN THOUGH THE ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN ATTACKING, KIDNAPPING, AND KILLING INNOCENT NIGERIANS SINCE 2009. BUT NIGERIA'S MUCH MORE THAN BOKO HARAM. I RECENTLY TRAVELED THERE WITH COMMERCE SECRETARY AND 20 AMERICAN COMPANIES ON AN ENERGY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TRADE MISSION. NIGERIA IS AFRICA'S ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE THAT HAS INCREDIBLE POTENTIAL FOR PARTNERSHIP WITH AMERICAN BUSINESSES. NIGERIA RECENTLY SURPASSED SOUTH AFRICA AS THE LARGEST ECONOMY IN AFRICA, AND WITH A POPULATION OF NEARLY 170 MILLION PEOPLE, PARTNERING WITH NIGERIAN BUSINESSES WILL BENEFIT THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. ALTHOUGH WE MUST CONTINUE OUR EFFORTS TO FIGHT BOKO HARAM, WE NEED TO ALSO MAKE SURE WE ENGAGE NIGERIA AS OUR PARTNER. YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK…

    HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. KILDEE

    SPEAKER. TODAY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY NEED EMERGENCY…

    SPEAKER. TODAY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY NEED EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES, TO PROVIDE FOR THE VERY BASIC NEEDS AS THOSE HARDWORKING AMERICANS HAVE LOST THEIR PREVIOUS JOB AND ARE SIMPLY IN SEARCH OF THEIR NEXT OPPORTUNITY. THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. BUT SOMEHOW THIS ISSUE HAS BEEN TURNED INTO A PARTISAN ISSUE. IT'S NOT PARTISAN ISSUE BACK HOME. THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A DEMOCRATIC OR REPUBLICAN UNEMPLOYED PERSON. THEY ARE UNEMPLOYED AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR ALL THE HELP THEY CAN GET. SO THE WEEK BEFORE LAST I AND THREE OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES AND MR. LOBIONDO, REPUBLICAN ON THE OTHER SIDE, AND THREE OF HIS COLLEAGUES, INTRODUCED BIPARTISAN UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE EXTENSION. IT'S A MIRROR IMAGE OF THE LANGUAGE THAT'S BEEN INTRODUCED BY MR. REID AND MR. HELLER IN THE SENATE. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. WE CAN TAKE THIS UP RIGHT NOW. IS IT A BILL I WOULD HAVE WRITTEN BY MYSELF? NO. IN FACT, I DID SUBMIT AN EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT THAT THE HOUSE HAS NOT TAKEN UP. BUT WE HAVE COMPROMISED. WE OUGHT TO DO THE WORK OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE HAVE A BIPARTISAN BILL TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. THE HOUSE SHOULD TAKE IT UP IMMEDIATELY. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS NEED IT. IT'S UPON US TO TAKE THIS ACTION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    CONGRESS TO PASS THE VOTING RIGHTS AMENDMENT.

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    MRS. BEATTY

    THEIR FOUNDATION, TO LEAD A RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF…

    THEIR FOUNDATION, TO LEAD A RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF AMERICA. LINKS MEMBERS PROUDLY VOTED IN SUPPORT OF A RESOLUTION CALLING ON CONGRESS TO PASS THE VOTING RIGHTS AMENDMENT ACT, H.R. 3899. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. SAID, OUR FEET ARE TIRED, BUT OUR SOULS ARE RESTED. LET US SAY THE SAME OF OURSELVES AS WE CONTINUE THE UNFINISHED WORK OF ENSURING EVERY AMERICAN, MADAM SPEAKER, CANNOT ONLY VOTE BUT HAS THE FREEDOM, THE JUSTICE, AND THE DIGNITY THAT ALL INDIVIDUALS RIGHTLY DESERVE. LET US JOIN TOGETHER AS DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS AND PASS THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    AND EXTEND. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS…

    AND EXTEND. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    AND HAVE A BITE, BUT IT'S ALSO A GREAT PLACE FOR SOCIAL SPACE.

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    MR. ELLISON

    PROVIDING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY FOR SO MANY YEARS. THE C.E.O. OF HOLYLAND…

    PROVIDING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY FOR SO MANY YEARS. THE C.E.O. OF HOLYLAND RESTAURANT IS MR. WASDHI AND HIS BROTHER. THEY PROVIDE EXCELLENT FOOD THAT THEY PREPARED BASED ON RECIPES THAT THEIR MOTHER GAVE THEM WHEN SHE IMMIGRATED FROM PALESTINE MANY YEARS AGO. FOR EVERY SMALL BUSINESSPERSON IN AMERICA AND INCLUDING HOLYLAND RESTAURANT AND DELI, HAPPY 25 YEARS TO THEM AND MAY YOU HAVE ANOTHER 25 YEARS SERVING YOUR GREAT TREATS AND OFFERING WONDERFUL SOCIAL SPACE. THANK YOU.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. PAYNE: MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 803,

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    MR. PAYNE

    RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 803, THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND…

    RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 803, THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION BEING DEBATED TODAY RE-AUTHORIZES THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT WHICH HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING WORKERS GET SKILLS THEY NEED FOR THE JOBS OF TODAY. IN MY VISITS WITH THE INVESTMENT WORK AND HE SECTION COUNTY INVESTMENT BOARD, IT IS CLEAR WE MUST EMPHASIZE PROVEN CAREER PATHWAYS FOR OUR WORKERS. FURTHER, WHEN WE IMPLEMENT JOBS TRAINING, IT IS CRITICAL WE INCLUDE LOCAL INPUT FROM STAKEHOLDERS LIKE OUR COMMUNITY COLLEGES, FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, AND LABOR TO TRULY BREAK DOWN BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT. I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE AND THE SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE FOR THEIR CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF W.I.A., AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE…

    GENTLEMAN THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    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, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. JOHNSON: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF PASSAGE OF IMMIGRATION REFORM.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    TODAY IN SUPPORT OF PASSAGE OF IMMIGRATION REFORM. BUT I ALSO WANT TO TALK…

    TODAY IN SUPPORT OF PASSAGE OF IMMIGRATION REFORM. BUT I ALSO WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE HUMANITARIAN DISASTER THAT CONTINUES TO UNFOLD ON THE NATION'S SOUTHERN BORDERS. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF UNACCOMPANIED MINORS ARE FLEEING TO AMERICA FROM THE DRUG WAR RAGING IN THE STREETS OF THE CITIES AND TOWNS WHERE THEY LIVE, IN HONDURAS, GUATEMALA AND EL SALVADOR. THOSE CHILDREN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO SURVIVE THE TREACHEROUS JOURNEY TO AMERICA ARE NOT ILLEGALS, THEY ARE CHILDREN WHO NEED AMERICA'S MERCY AND OUR HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE. IMMEDIATE DEPORTATION WITHOUT A CHANCE FOR A FAIR HEARING ON THEIR REFUGEE STATUS IS MORALLY REPUGNANT AND JUST PLAIN WRONG. THIS WEEK THE PRESIDENT REQUESTED OVER $3 BILLION TO DEAL WITH THIS CRISIS THAT IS A DIRECT CONSEQUENCE OF THE DRUG WAR WHICH AMERICA IS WAGING SOUTH OF THE BORDER. CONGRESS MUST ACT. AMERICA SHOULD ACT. AS THE GOOD SAMARITAN. AND WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? MS. FOXX: MADAM SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    MS. FOXX

    FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESOLUTION. THE CLERK: HOUSE RESOLUTION 660,S REMAIN SOLVED, THAT THE…

    RESOLUTION. THE CLERK: HOUSE RESOLUTION 660,S REMAIN SOLVED, THAT THE FOLLOWING NAMED MEMBER -- RESOLVED, THAT THE FOLLOWING NAMED MEMBER BE -- MS. FOXX: I ASK

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    THE CLERK

    FOLLOWING NAMED MEMBER -- RESOLVED, THAT THE FOLLOWING NAMED MEMBER BE --…

    FOLLOWING NAMED MEMBER -- RESOLVED, THAT THE FOLLOWING NAMED MEMBER BE -- MS. FOXX: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING. THE

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    MS. FOXX

    WITH THE READING. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

    WITH THE READING. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS…

    OBJECTION, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, -- PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. OR ON WHICH

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS…

    TODAY ON MOTIONS 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. RECORDED VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE SENATE AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL, H.R. 803. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    THE SENATE AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL, H.R. 803. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 803, AN ACT TO…

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 803, AN ACT TO REFORM AND STRENGTHEN THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT SYSTEM OF THE NATION, TO PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK AND MAKE THE UNITED STATES MORE COMPETITIVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY. SENATE

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    THE CLERK

    STATES MORE COMPETITIVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY. SENATE AMENDMENTS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. KLINE, AND THE GENTLEMAN…

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. KLINE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. TIERNEY, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR WILL RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA. MR. KLINE: MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON H.R.

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    MR. KLINE

    DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON H.R. 803.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION. MR. KLINE: MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE WORK…

    OBJECTION. MR. KLINE: MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. KLINE

    AND OPPORTUNITY ACT AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. KLINE

    ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. MANY HAVE LOST A JOB…

    ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. MANY HAVE LOST A JOB AND OTHERS ARE WORKING MORE FOR LESS. LEARNING A NEW SKILL OR TRADE CAN OPEN THE DOOR TO THAT NEXT OPPORTUNITY A WORKER DESPERATELY NEEDS YET TOO OFTEN FLAWED POLICIES STAND IN THE WAY. QUITE FRANKLY OUR NATION'S JOB TRAINING SYSTEM IS BROKEN. WE HAVE TOO MANY INEFFECTIVE PROGRAMS, TOO MUCH BUREAUCRACY AND VERY LITTLE ACCOUNTABILITY. THE VOICES OF JOB CREATORS ARE STIFLED, STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS ARE TIED UP IN RED TAPE, AND HARD-EARNED TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE WASTED. WE'VE KNOWN ABOUT THESE PROBLEMS FOR YEARS. BUT HAVE FAILED TO ACT UNTIL NOW. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ADVANCE REFORMS THAT WILL HELP ALL AMERICANS COMPETE AND SUCCEED IN TODAY'S WORK FORCE. THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT IS BASED ON FOUR PRINCIPLES NECESSARY FOR A MODERN, EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE JOB TRAINING SYSTEM. FIRST, THE BILL STREAMLINES A CONFUSING MAZE OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS AND MANDATES. LET'S MAKE IT EASIER FOR WORKERS TO ACCESS THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO GET BACK TO WORK. SECOND, THE BILL PROMOTES SKILLS TRAINING FOR IN-DEMAND JOBS. IT'S TIME TO PREPARE WORKERS FOR THE JOBS OF THE FUTURE, NOT THE JOBS OF THE PAST. THIRD, THE BILL WILL REDUCE UNS IN -- UNNECESSARY BUREAUCRACY AND ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS. WE NEED TO STOP SQUANDERING MONEY ON A BLOATED BUREAUCRACY AND START ENSURING THESE LIMITED RESOURCES GO TO WORKERS IN NEED. FOURTH AND FINALLY, THIS ACT PROVIDES STRONG ACCOUNTABILITY OVER THE USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. WE WILL KNOW WHERE THE TAXPAYER INVESTMENT IS PAID OFF AND IMPOSE REAL CONSEQUENCES WHEN A PROGRAM ISN'T GETTING THE JOB DONE. LAST YEAR THE HOUSE-PASSED JOB TRAINING REFORM LEGISLATION KNOWN AS THE SKILLS ACT. THE BILL INCORPORATED THESE PRINCIPLES AND I AM PLEASED THEY ARE REFLECTED IN THE BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL AGREEMENT BEFORE US TODAY. IS THIS A PERFECT SOLUTION? NO, IT'S NOT. IN SOME AREAS I WISH WE COULD HAVE DONE MORE. BUT WILL THIS AGREEMENT PROTECT TAXPAYERS AND DELIVER THE KIND OF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT WORKERS NEED TO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET? I BELIEVE IT WILL AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. BEFORE CLOSING, MADAM SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO HELPED MAKE THIS POSSIBLE. CONGRESSWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX, CHAIR OF THE WORK FORCE TRAINING SUBCOMMITTEE, IS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE LEADING CHAMPION FOR A STRONGER, MORE ACCOUNTABLE WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM. MR. GEORGE MILLER, SENIOR DEMOCRAT ON THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, IS NO STRANGER TO THIS ISSUE AND REMINDS A -- REMAINS A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR AMERICA'S WORKERS. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF SENATORS, THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE HEALTH, EDUCATION AND LABOR PENSIONS COMMITTEE AND HOPE THIS IS ONE OF MANY BICAMERAL COMPROMISES WE REACH THIS YEAR. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK MR. BUCK MCKEON, AS WELL AS REPRESENTATIVES HINOJOSA AND JOE HECK. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, SENATOR MURRAY AND MY GOOD FRIEND, SENATOR ISAACSON, WERE BOTH INSTRUMENTAL IN OUR WORK. FINALLY, MADAM SPEAKER, WE WOULDN'T BE HERE TODAY WITHOUT THE HARD WORK OF OUR STAFFS. THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY STAFFS OF THE RELEVANT HOUSE AND SENATE COMMITTEES PUT IN MORE HOURS THAN THEY CARE TO REMEMBER. UNFORTUNATELY THERE ISN'T TIME TO RECOGNIZE THEM ALL. HOWEVER, A FEW STAND OUT ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT MERIT MENTION. JULIAN SULLIVAN, THE COMMITTEE STAFF DIRECTOR, IS A TRUSTED ADVISE WHO ARE HELPED US NAVIGATE THE CHOPPY WATERS THAT AROSE ALONG THE WAY. BRAD THOMAS HELPED ENSURE THE BILL ADDRESSES THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES. JAMES, OUR FORMER DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION POLICY, LEFT THE COMMITTEE BEFORE THIS COMPROMISE WAS ANNOUNCED, BUT HIS KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE ARE PRESENT ON EVERY PAGE OF THIS AGREEMENT. AND FINALLY, ROSEMARY, WHOSE PASSION AND DEDICATED KEPT THIS MOVEMENT FORWARD WHEN IT SEEMED LIKE IT COULDN'T GET DONE. THERE AREN'T ENOUGH WORDS TO DESCRIBE HER INCREDIBLE CONTRIBUTION, WE'RE ALL GRATEFUL FOR HER SERVICE. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK AND RESERVES HIS TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK AND RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK AND RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. MR. TIERNEY: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES. THE

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    MR. TIERNEY

    YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.…

    YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. TIERNEY: AS MY COLLEAGUES

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION. MR. TIERNEY: AS MY COLLEAGUES KNOW, THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT…

    OBJECTION. MR. TIERNEY: AS MY COLLEAGUES KNOW, THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT IS A PRIMARY FEDERAL LAW THAT GOVERNS THE NATION'S JOB TRAINING AND WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM. THROUGH THIS SYSTEM

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  • 12:38:29 PM

    MR. TIERNEY

    LAW THAT GOVERNS THE NATION'S JOB TRAINING AND WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT…

    LAW THAT GOVERNS THE NATION'S JOB TRAINING AND WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM. THROUGH THIS SYSTEM PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT AGES AND ABILITIES CAN ENTER ONE OF THE CAREER CENTERS SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND OBTAIN CAREER COUNSELING, SKILL ASSESSMENTS AND TRAINING, ALL IN THE SERVICE OF FINDING EMPLOYMENT AND PROVIDING A BETTER FUTURE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. QUITE SIMPLY, THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT IS THE FEDERAL LAW THAT DOES TWO BIG THINGS. ONE, IT HELPS PEOPLE ACQUIRE THE SKILLS, EDUCATION AND TRAINING THEY NEED TO GET A JOB. AND, TWO, IT ENSURES BUSINESSES CAN HIRE QUALIFIED PERSONNEL SO THEY CAN GROW IN OUR ECONOMY -- AND OUR ECONOMY CAN THRIVE. THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. TODAY WITH CONSIDERATION OF THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT, WE APPEAR TO HAVE REACHED THE CULMINATION OF WHAT HAS BEEN A LONG PROCESS TO EXTEND AND IMPROVE THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT. TODAY I'M PLEASE TO JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE -- I'M PLEASED TO JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, ORGANIZATIONS AND MEMBERS OF THE SENATE IN VOICING MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. I ALSO NOTE THAT IT INCLUDES MANY COMPONENTS OF LEGISLATION THAT I HAVE FILED FOR LAST TWO YEARS OR TWO TERMS IN CONGRESS, H.R. 798 BEING THIS SESSION'S ITERATION. BOTH THIS BILL AND MINE MAINTAIN THE CORE STRUCTURE OF THE SYSTEM FOR THE DELIVERY OF EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING SERVICES. BOTH INCREASE COORDINATION AND ALIGNMENT OF WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS. BOTH ELIMINATE THE ESEQUENCE OF SERVICES REQUIREMENT -- THE SEQUENCE OF SERVICE REQUIREMENTS. BOTH PRESERVE THE INTEGRITY OF THE THREE-STATE FORMULA GRANT PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH, ADULTS AND DISLOCATED WORKERS. BOTH MAINTAIN THE CURRENT BUSINESS MAJORITY REQUIREMENT AND SPECIFY THAT MAIN MUM OF 20% OF THE BOARD BE REPRESENTED BY THE WORK FORCE. BOTH INCLUDE NEARLY IDENTICAL PERFORMANCE ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES AND BOTH PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE ADULT LITERACY PROGRAM IN TITLE 2. BOTH MAINTAIN THE CURRENT VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE AND DELIVERY SYSTEM AND EMPHASIZE INCREASING THE INVOLVEMENT OF EMPLOYERS IN THE VOCATIONAL REHAB SYSTEM. AND THE LIST GOES ON. MADAM SPEAKER, MODERNIZING AND STRENGTHENING THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT HAS BEEN ONE OF MY TOP PRIORITIES SINCE BEING ELECTED TO CONGRESS AND I'M PLEASED THAT WE'RE JUST ABOUT AT THE FINISH LINE AND THAT THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY INCLUDES MUCH OF WHAT I PROPOSED AND ADVOCATED. BEFORE RESERVING MY TIME, I WANT TO SAY, THIS BILL IS LIKELY TO BE THE BIGGEST JOB BILL THAT PASSES THE HOUSE AND GETS SIGNED INTO LAW THIS SESSION. BUT IT'S EVIDENCE ALSO OF WHAT IS ACHIEVABLE IF WE WORK TOGETHER. I'VE LONG SAID THAT WHEN IT COMES TO THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT, OUR AREAS OF AGREEMENT FAR OUTNUMBER OF OUR AREAS OF DISAGREEMENT AND THAT OUR DIFFERENCES WERE SURMOUNTBLE. WE FINALLY GOT THERE. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HARKIN, SENATOR MURRAY AND SENATOR ALEXANDER, CHAIRMAN KLINE, RANKING MEMBER MILLER, REPRESENTATIVE FOXX AND REPRESENTATIVE HINOJOSA AND ALL THE STAFF WHO WERE INVOLVED FOR THEIR UNWAVERING COMMILTMENT TO GETTING THIS DONE. THIS IS A GOOD, BIPARTISAN BILL. IT DESERVES THE SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE SO IT CAN BE CLEARED AND BE SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.…

    MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA. MR. KLINE: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. NOW, I'M VERY, VERY PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, THE PRINCIPLE AUTHOR OF THE SKILLS ACT, WHICH GOT THIS BALL ROLLING. THE

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  • 12:41:32 PM

    MR. KLINE

    OF THE SKILLS ACT, WHICH GOT THIS BALL ROLLING. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:…

    OF THE SKILLS ACT, WHICH GOT THIS BALL ROLLING. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED. MS. FOXX: THANK YOU,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED. MS. FOXX: THANK YOU, MADAM…

    GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED. MS. FOXX: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS SUPPORT IN THIS AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WHO HELPED WORK ON THIS BILL.

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  • 12:41:46 PM

    MS. FOXX

    SUPPORT IN THIS AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WHO HELPED WORK ON…

    SUPPORT IN THIS AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WHO HELPED WORK ON THIS BILL. I'D LIKE TO ADD MY THANKS TO THOSE THAT THE CHAIRMAN HAS MADE TO THE STAFF AND IN PARTICULAR JULIAN SULLIVAN, BRIAN, ROSEMARY, FOR THE INCREDIBLE WORK THAT THEY HAVE DONE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK ERIC CANTOR, OUR MAJORITY LEADER, AND SENATORS ISAACSON AND PATTY MURRAY FOR THE WONDERFUL SUPPORT THAT THEY'VE GIVEN. MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY'S VOTE ON THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION OPPORTUNITY ACT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE MMS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR WORK. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT FOR THE EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE 4.6 MILLION JOB OPPORTUNITIES THAT REMAIN UNFILLED DUE TO THE SKILLS ACT. CLOSING THIS GAP WILL SPECIFICALLY IMPROVE THE LIVES OF MANY AMERICANS WHO ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR WORK WHILE GENERALLY HELPING OUR ECONOMY GROW. TODAY'S VOTE IS THE CULMINATION OF AN 18-MONTH PROCESS OF LEDGE -- OF LEGISLATING THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY. DISCUSSION, NEGOTIATION AND COMPROMISE. THIS HAS BEEN A BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL PROCESS. IT HAS BEEN A PRIVILEGE TO PLAY A ROLE IN IT. MADAM SPEAKER, AS YOU KNOW, LAST YEAR THE HOUSE PASSED H.R. 803, THE SKILLS ACT, A BILL TO REFORM OUR NATION'S MISHMASH OF WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS. ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO, AFTER MUCH NEGOTIATION, THE SENATE PASSED AN AMENDED VERSION OF H.R. 803, AND RENAMED IT THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE A LONG OVERDUE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT AND WILL REFORM SOME OF THE BROKEN ASPECTS OF THAT SYSTEM. THERE'S LONGSTANDING BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT THAT THE CURRENT WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM IS BROKEN. EVEN PRESIDENT OBAMA RECOGNIZES THAT. IN HIS 2012 STATE OF THE UNION, PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLED FOR CUTTING THROUGH THE MAZE OF TRAINING PROGRAMS IN ORDER TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT JOBS GOING UNFILLED DUE TO THE LACK OF SKILLED WORKERS. THIS BILL TURNS THAT BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS INTO ACTION. MADAM SPEAKER, IN SHORT, THIS LEGISLATION WILL INCREASE ACCESS, ELIMINATE WASTE, PROMOTE ACCOUNTABILITY, EMPOWER JOB CREATORS AND GIVE AMERICANS ACCESS TO THE RESOURCES NEEDED TO FILL IN-DEMAND JOBS. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH HELPING GET THIS LEGISLATION ENACTED. IT'S MY HOPE THAT THIS PROCESS SERVES AS THE TEMPLATE TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE DOZENS OF OTHER HOUSE-PASSED JOBS BILLS THAT STILL NEED A HEARING IN THE SENATE. LET THIS BE THE STARTING POINT FOR ACTION ON MANY OTHER VITAL ISSUES THAT NEED OUR ATTENTION. WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN GET THINGS DONE. IN THAT SPIRIT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 803 AND SENDING THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL LEGISLATION TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. MR. TIERNEY: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO GET THREE -- GIVE THREE MINUTES TO MR.

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    MR. TIERNEY

    THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO GET THREE -- GIVE THREE MINUTES TO MR. HINOJOSA FROM…

    THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO GET THREE -- GIVE THREE MINUTES TO MR. HINOJOSA FROM TEXAS, THE GENTLEMAN WHO HAS BEEN DEEPLY INVOLVED IN THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. HINOJOSA: THANK YOU, MR.…

    FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. HINOJOSA: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR MR.

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    MR. HINOJOSA

    FOR MR. HINOJOSA: MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE…

    FOR MR. HINOJOSA: MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE UNDERLYING BILL H.R. 803, ENTITLED

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    MR. HINOJOSA

    SUPPORT OF THE UNDERLYING BILL H.R. 803, ENTITLED THE WORK FORCE…

    SUPPORT OF THE UNDERLYING BILL H.R. 803, ENTITLED THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. AS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE TRAINING, I APPLAUD SENATORS HARKIN, MURRAY, ALEXANDERER, AND ISAKSON FOR THEIR EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP IN ADVANCING THIS BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL LEGISLATION IN THE SENATE WITH A VOTE OF 95-3, AND THAT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IS QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES FROM THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, OUR CHAIRMAN, JOHN KLINE, AND OUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVES, GEORGE MILLER, VIRGINIA FOXX, AND JOHN TIERNEY. ALL WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER ON THIS VITALLY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. IN MY VIEW, HELPING AMERICANS GET BACK ON TRACK MUST BE OUR TOP PRIORITY. TODAY CONGRESS HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT KNOWN AS W.I.A. AND DO MORE TO SUPPORT AMERICAN WORKERS IN ACCESSING GOOD FAMILY, SUSTAINING JOBS AND CAREERS. FIRST AND FOREMOST, I'M PLEASED THAT THE UNDERLYING BILL MAKES SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR NATION'S PUBLIC WORK FORCE TRAINING AND ADULT EDUCATION SYSTEM. THE BILL PROMOTES CAREER PATHWAYS AND UTILIZES SECTOR STRATEGIES FOR DELIVERING JOB TRAINING SERVICES, STRATEGIES THAT HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN SOUTH TEXAS. THIS BILL, H.R. 803, PRESERVES NATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR MIGRANT AND SEASONAL FARM WORKERS, AS WELL AS DISLOCATED WORKERS AND DISADVANTAGED YOUTH, NATIVE AMERICANS, AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. THESE ARE THE POPULATIONS THAT FACE SIGNIFICANT BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT AND EDUCATION. IN THE AREA OF ADULT EDUCATION, THIS BILL INTEGRATES ADULT EDUCATION AND WORKPLACE SKILLS. IT AUTHORIZES THE INTEGRATED ENGLISH LITERACY, AND CIVICS EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR ADULT LEARNINGERS. AND IT EXPANDS ACCESS TO POST SECONDARY EDUCATION. IMPORTANTLY, THIS BIPARTISAN BILL INCLUDES SEVERAL KEY PROVISIONS FROM THE ADULT EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH ACT, WHICH I INTRODUCED. FOR THESE REASONS IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT THERE IS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FROM BUSINESS GROUPS, FROM LABOR UNIONS, FROM STATE AND LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS, AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES, AS WELL AS WORK FORCE BOARDS, ADULT EDUCATION PROVIDERS, YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS, AND CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS, FOR THIS BILL. IN CLOSING, I STRONGLY URGE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO JOIN ME AND OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES IN SUPPORTING AMERICAN WORKERS BY PASSING H.R. 803. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE CHAIR

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER --

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    MR. KLEIN

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    MR. KLINE

    CONSENT FOR MEMBERS TO SUBMIT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. KLINE

    IS MY GREAT PLEASURE AND HONOR TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE MAJORITY LEADER,…

    IS MY GREAT PLEASURE AND HONOR TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE MAJORITY LEADER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CANTOR. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, OUR MAJORITY LEADER, FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. CANTOR:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, OUR MAJORITY LEADER, FOR ONE…

    RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, OUR MAJORITY LEADER, FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. CANTOR: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK

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  • 12:48:56 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    THE CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN…

    THE CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. FOR AMERICA TO WORK, WE NEED EFFECTIVE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS TO STRENGTHEN THE MIDDLE CLASS. TODAY, HOWEVER, TOO MANY AMERICANS ARE LOOKING FOR WORK WITHOUT THE NECESSARY SKILLS TO MATCH JOB OPENINGS. THIS SKILLS GAP IS KEEPING OUR ECONOMY FROM RECOVERING AND REACHING ITS FULL POTENTIAL. A RECENT STUDY BY GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY INDICATED THAT WE'LL BE SHORT BY 11 MILLION WORKERS IN THE YEAR 2022 BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION OR SKILLS TRAINING. IF WE ALLOW OURSELVES TO CONTINUE DOWN THIS DANGEROUS PATH, WE'LL ONLY SEE FEEBLE ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR THE FUTURE. FORTUNATELY, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVERSE THAT TREND WITH THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THIS BILL BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR AMERICANS TO FIND A JOB BY CONSOLIDATING 15 FEDERAL WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND ALIGNING THEM WITH THE SKILLS, TRAINING, AND EDUCATION INITIATIVES. PLAIN AND SIMPLE, THIS BILL IS ABOUT PUTTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. I KNOW THESE KINDS OF COMMONSENSE REFORMS WILL HELP AMERICANS FIND A JOB BECAUSE I HAVE SEEN THEM SUCCEED. ON A RECENT TRIP TO SEAMANS ENERGY WITH SEVERAL COLLEAGUES, WE MET A YOUNG GIRL NAMED HOPE. HOPE ALONG WITH OTHERS IS AN APPRENTICE THERE. IN RETURN FOR HER COMMITMENT TO WORK THERE, THEY ARE PAYING FOR HER EDUCATION AT A LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE WHERE SHE'S RECEIVING THE SKILLS NEEDED FOR THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY OF TODAY. THIS IS A TERRIFIC EXAMPLE ON HOW THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS CAN WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY COMPETITIVE WHILE TRAINING WORKERS FOR THE JOBS OF TOMORROW. THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION OPPORTUNITY ACT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR THESE PARTNERSHIPS TO FLOURISH AROUND THE COUNTRY. PASSING THIS BILL IS A SMALL BUT IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS STRENGTHENING OUR MIDDLE CLASS. KICK STARTING OUR ECONOMY, AND GIVING PEOPLE A CHANCE TO CLIMB THE ECONOMIC LADDER OF SUCCESS. AMERICAN WORKERS DESERVE TO KNOW THAT THEIR GOVERNMENT IS MAKING IT EASIER FOR THEM, NOT HARDER. IT'S MAKING IT EASIER FOR THEM TO KEEP A STEADY PAYCHECK, TO INCREASE THOSE WAGES, AND PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES. I WANT TO THANK THE COMMITMENT, THE LONG-TERM COMMITMENT OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, TOO TO THIS ISSUE OF SKILLS TRAINING EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT. HE'S BEEN TIRELESS IN ITS ADVOCACY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK OUR COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX FROM NORTH CAROLINA, WHO HAS ALSO BEEN A FIERCE ADVOCATE FOR SKILLS EDUCATION AND MAKING SURE THAT THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE THE SKILLS ARE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO-SO THAT THEY, TOO, CAN CLIMB THE LADDER OF SUCCESS. THE ENTIRE MEMBERSHIP OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE DESERVES OUR THANKS, TOO, FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS ISSUE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION SO THAT WE CAN ONCE AGAIN CREATE AN AMERICA THAT WORKS AND WORKS AGAIN FOR EVERYBODY. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS…

    GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. TIERNEY

    MINUTES TO OUR DEMOCRATIC WHIP, STENY HOYER FROM MARYLAND. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    MINUTES TO OUR DEMOCRATIC WHIP, STENY HOYER FROM MARYLAND. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. HOYER

    TO THE MAJORITY LEADER, I THANK HIM AS WELL FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. THE…

    TO THE MAJORITY LEADER, I THANK HIM AS WELL FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. THE MAJORITY LEADER AND I HAVE DISCUSSED THIS SKILLS ACT FOR A NUMBER OF MONTHS. PERHAPS AS LONG AGO AS WHEN THIS BILL PASSED THE HOUSE. THIS BILL PASSED THE HOUSE ON A PARTISAN VOTE. THE MAJORITY LEADER OBSERVED NUMEROUS TIMES, AND I AGREED WITH HIM, THIS SHOULD NOT BE A PARTISAN ISSUE. THE GOOD NEWS TODAY IS THAT IT WILL PASS ON A BIPARTISAN VOTE. THE SYSTEM WORKS TODAY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE ADVANTAGED. ALL THOSE WHOM THE MAJORITY SPOKE OF WILL BE ADVANTAGED AS WELL. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS WE PASSED A BILL THROUGH THIS HOUSE, THE SENATE PASSED A BILL, WENT TO CONFERENCE, WE WORKED OUT AN AGREEMENT, AND WE ARE NOW GOING TO SUPPORT THAT IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. THAT WILL BE A POSITIVE FOR OUR COUNTRY. SO I ASM PLEASED TO RISE, MR. SPEAKER, IN -- I AM PLEASED TO RISE, MR. SPEAKER, IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. AN EXAMPLE HOW DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS CAN WORK TOGETHER TO RE-AUTHORIZE IMPORTANT PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT A STRONG ECONOMY AND A GROWING MIDDLE CLASS. WE HAVE AN AGENDA ON OUR SIDE WE CALL MAKE IT IN AMERICA. EVERYBODY IN THIS HOUSE IS FOR AMERICANS MAKING IT IN THIS COUNTRY. SUCCEEDING. THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE JOB SEEKERS WITH THE IN NAND SKILLS AND TRAINING THEY NEED TO GET HIRED FOR THE JOBS THAT PAY WELL AND PROVIDE ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITIES. IN SHORT, IT WILL HELP MORE OF OUR PEOPLE MAKE IT IN AMERICA. WHILE HOUSE DEMOCRATS WERE DISAPPOINTED THAT REPUBLICANS PASSED A PARTISAN BILL LAST YEAR, I'M GLAD THAT IN THE SPIRIT OF COMPROMISE HAS NOW PREVAILED AND REPUBLICANS AGREED TO WORK WITH US AND THE SENATE TO CRAFT A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT INCORPORATES KEY PROVISIONS OF THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATE TO LAST YEAR'S -- ALTERNATIVE TO LAST YEAR'S BILL WHICH WAS PART OF HOUSE DEMOCRATS' MAKE IT IN AMERICA PLAN FOR JOBS AND COMPETITIVENESS. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WILL CONTINUE TO ENSURE -- MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE, MR. CHAIRMAN?

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  • 12:54:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED. MR. HOYER: THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WILL CONTINUE TO ENSURE…

    RECOGNIZED. MR. HOYER: THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WILL CONTINUE TO ENSURE THAT ADULTS, YOUTH, AND DISLOCATED WORKERS CAN RECEIVE THE ASSISTANCE THEY NEED TO SUCCEED IN THE JOB MARKET. IT

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    MR. HOYER

    THE ASSISTANCE THEY NEED TO SUCCEED IN THE JOB MARKET. IT WILL FOCUS…

    THE ASSISTANCE THEY NEED TO SUCCEED IN THE JOB MARKET. IT WILL FOCUS RESOURCES ON ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS THAT MOST EFFECTIVELY SERVE JOB SEEKERS WHILE ELIMINATING LESS EFFECTIVE ONES. THIS IS THE KIND OF LEGISLATION WE OUGHT TO BE PASSING. I APPLAUD THE RANKING MEMBER. I ABLAUD THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING -- I APPLAUD THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:55:16 PM

    MR. KLINE

    ON WORK FORCE PROTECTIONS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. WALBERG: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER,

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    MR. WALBERG

    CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND…

    CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. A BILL BORN OUT OF THE SUBSTANTIAL EFFORTS OF CHAIRMAN KLEINE, CONGRESSWOMAN FOXX, AND THE HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE TO HELP THE UNEMPLOYED TRAIN THEMSELVES FOR GOOD PAYING JOBS. IN MY MICHIGAN DISTRICT THERE ARE HARDWORKING INDIVIDUALS, BUSINESSES, AND COLLEGES COMMITTEED TO REINVENTING THE STATE'S WORK FORCE PROGRAMS. BUT WE NEED TO PROVIDE THE TOOLS TO SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS. THIS BICAMERAL COMPROMISE REPLACES THE CONFUSING MAZE OF WORK FORCE PROGRAMS. IT ALSO PROVIDES FUNDS TO STATE AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS TO PARTNER WITH LOCAL EMPLOYERS TO HIGHLIGHT EMERGING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE THE NECESSARY TRAINING, RETRAINING, AND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP AMERICANS GET BACK TO WORK BUILDING A LIFE OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND SUCCESS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND WORK TOWARDS GROWING A HEALTHY ECONOMY, EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL. I ALSO ENCOURAGE THE SENATE WITH 293 OTHER BILLS THAT WE HAVE SENT TO THEM. TO WORK IN A COMPROMISE TO SEND THE JOBS BILLS BACK LIKE THIS THAT WILL PROMOTE GOOD OPPORTUNITIES IN AMERICA. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. TIERNEY

    THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT AND IMPROVEMENT ALL ALONG, MR. GEORGE…

    THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT AND IMPROVEMENT ALL ALONG, MR. GEORGE MILLER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. MILLER:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. MILLER: I ASK…

    FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. MILLER: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE

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    MR. MILLER

    AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR.…

    AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. MILLER: I THANK THE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION. MR. MILLER: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. CHAIRMAN, I…

    OBJECTION. MR. MILLER: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL WORK FORCE INVESTMENT AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. I WANT TO THANK

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    MR. MILLER

    CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL WORK FORCE…

    CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL WORK FORCE INVESTMENT AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, REPRESENTATIVE TIERNEY AND HINOJOSA, FOR THEIR COMMITMENT ON IMPROVING OUR WORK FORCE TRAINING SYSTEM. A JOB THAT THEY HAVE LABORED AT NOW FOR MANY YEARS. I WANT TO THANK SENATORS HARKIN, MURRY, ALEXANDER, AND ISAKSON FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP. AND THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. KLINE, FROM MINNESOTA, AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR, VIRGINIA FOXX, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND COOPERATION ON THIS LEGISLATION. OF COURSE THE PROFESSIONAL STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE IN THE HOUSE AND IN THE SENATE. THIS IS A CRITICAL MOMENT. WITH ALMOST 20 MILLION AMERICANS STILL OUT OF WORK, WORKERS NEED HELP LEARNING SKILLS AND FINDING GOOD JOBS. EACH YEAR W.I.A., VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM, SERVES MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN NEED OF JOB TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES. WITHOUT THE CHANGE -- WITH A RAPIDLY CHANGING WORK FORCE AND COMPETITIVE GLOBAL ECONOMY, WE NEED TO UPDATE AND IMPROVE THE WORK FORCE TRAINING PROGRAMS. FOR 40 YEARS THESE VITAL PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED AND RE-AUTHORIZED THROUGH BIPARTISAN COLLABORATION. I'M HAPPY TO SEE THAT THAT TRADITION CONTINUES TODAY. I'M ESPECIALLY PLEASED THE BILL MAINTAINS STRONG PROTECTIONS AND FUNDING FOR POPULATIONS IN NEED, WHILE STREAMLINING PROGRAMS TO CREATE NEW ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES. THIS BILL WOULD IMPROVE JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS AND ALIGNS THE TRAINING WITH REAL WORLD LABOR MARKET NEEDS. IT BETTER ALIGNS VOCATIONAL AND PROHIBITS PROGRAMS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES TO HELP YOUTH WITH DISABILITY TRANSITION INTO COLLEGE OR THE WORK FORCE. IT EMPOWERS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO SUCCEED IN COMPETITIVE, INTEGRATED EMPLOYMENT, AND IT EMPHASIZES THE NEEDS OF YOUTH, DISLOCATED WORKERS, UNDEREDUCATED ADULTS AND ENGLISH LEARNERS. THIS BILL MAKES OTHER CRITICAL CHANGES. SIMILAR TO TIERNEY-HINOJOSA DEMOCRATIC BILL, THIS AGREEMENT MAKES JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS MORE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE. IT REQUIRES STATES TO DEVELOP UNIFIED WORK FORCE PLANS TO COORDINATE THEIR JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS. STANDARDIZES ACCOUNTABILITY METRICS ACROSS PROGRAMS. IT SUTS THE SIZE OF STATE AND LOCAL BOARDS SO THEY CAN BE MORE FLEXIBLE. AND IT INCLUDES NEW BENCHMARKS TO HELP TRAINING PROGRAMS TO HELP PARTICIPANTS EARN CERTIFICATIONS -- MR. BUMBLE IS UP HERE TALKING ABOUT THIS BILL. CERTIFICATIONS THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO FIND EMPLOYMENT. I CAN'T DO ANYTHING IN THREE MINUTES. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES AN INNOVATIVE POLICY SOLUTION. MOST IMPORTANTLY TO ME, THIS BILL BETTER CONNECTS JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS WITH THE NEEDS OF LOCAL EMPLOYERS AND GIVES LOCAL EMPLOYERS A LARGER VOICE AND REQUIRES SECTOR INITIATIVES THAT BOTH THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS. IT GIVES WORKERS ACCESS TO TRAINING FOR LONG-TERM JOB READINESS AND NOT JUST IMMEDIATE EMPLOYMENT. IT HELPS PREVENT STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES FROM BEING FUNNELED INTO SUBMINIMUM WAGE EMPLOYMENT, AND IT INCLUDES COMPETENCY BASED EDUCATION SO ADULTS CAN GET CREDIT FOR WHAT THEY HAVE ALREADY LEARNED. SOME WILL SAY THE BILL DOESN'T CUT ENOUGH PROGRAMS, OTHERS WILL SAY IT DIDN'T CREATE ENOUGH. BUT THIS IS COMPROMISE LEGISLATION THAT AIMS FOR THE MIDDLE GROUND. I THINK IT'S BEEN ACCOMPLISHED AND I THINK THE EFFICIENCIES HAVE ALSO BEEN ACCOMPLISHED IN THIS LEGISLATION. I ASK FOR AN AYE VOTE ON H.R. 803, AND I THINK IT WILL SUPPORT MUCH, MUCH NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS IN THE PRIMARY FEDERAL PROGRAMS TO INVEST IN AMERICA'S WORK FORCE AND AGAIN I THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE FOR ALL THEIR ATTENTION AND ALL THEIR HARD WORK. .

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  • 01:00:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. KLINE

    REMAINING ON EACH SIDE? THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    REMAINING ON EACH SIDE? THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA HAS 11 MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM MINNESOTA HAS 11 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS HAS 8 1/2.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. NOW I AM PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO THE CHAIR OF THE…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. NOW I AM PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO THE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR PENSIONS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. ROE

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT, H.R.…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT, H.R. 803, THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. TODAY, 9 1/2 MILLION AMERICANS ARE OUT OF WORK, DESPITE 4.6 MILLION JOB OPENINGMENT -- OPENINGS. AS OUR ECONOMY CHANGES, SO TOO WILL THE JOBS AVAILABLE. AND WE'LL SEE MORE AND MORE LESS SKILLED WORKERS AND JOBS BEING REPLACED BY SKILL-INTENSIVE JOBS. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE OUR WORK FORCE CAN KEEP UP OR WE WILL LOSE THESE JOBS TO COUNTRIES THAT PRIORITIZE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE SKILLS. H.R. 03 WORKS TO CLOSE -- H.R. 803 WORKS TO CLOSE A SKILLS GAP THAT HELPS OUR WORKERS GET JOBS IN CERTAIN WAYS. AT ONE POINT THERE WERE 40 DIFFERENT JOBS TRAINING PROGRAMS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHOSE MISSIONS OFTEN OVERLAPPED AND LEFT JOB SEEKERS CONFUSED. THIS LEGISLATION CONSOLIDATES 15 INEFFECTIVE OR DUPLICATIVE PROGRAMS AND MAKES THE JOB OF NAVIGATING A COMPLICATED BUREAUCRACY EASIER FOR JOB SEEKERS. THE REFORM WORK FORCE TRAINING BOARDS SEEKS TO ENSURE THAT A MAJORITY OF BOARD MEMBERS ARE FROM THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY. JOB CREATERS WHO KNOW BEST WHAT SKILLS THEY NEED IN THEIR WORK FORCE. THIS LEGISLATION'S A GOOD FIRST STEP TO HELPING THE UNEMPLOYED, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN OUT OF FOR MANY, MANY MONTHS -- BEEN OUT OF WORK FOR MANY, MANY MOBBLETS -- MONTHS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED. MR. TIERNEY: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR.

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    MR. TIERNEY

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO,…

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLL ILLS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO ISES I --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM COLORADO ISES I --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. POLIS

    FROM MASSACHUSETTS. 1998 WAS THE LAST TIME THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT…

    FROM MASSACHUSETTS. 1998 WAS THE LAST TIME THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT WAS AUTHORIZED. I RECALL I WAS ON THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION IN COLORADO, 2000 TO 2006, AS THE ACT EXPIRED IN 2003 THEY SAID, OH, CONGRESS WILL DO IT NEXT YEAR. 2004 THEY SAID, MAYBE THEY'LL DO IT NEXT YEAR. 2005, MAYBE THEY'LL DO IT NEXT YEAR. NEXT YEAR, NEXT YEAR, NEXT YEAR. I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT THANKS TO THE WORK OF CHAIRMAN KLINE, RANKING MEMBER MILLER, MR. TIERNEY AND OTHERS, WE ARE FINALLY AT THE POINT WHERE WE ARE RE-AUTHORIZING THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT PROGRAM. I'M PARTICULARLY THRILLED TO SEE THAT MANY ASPECTS OF MY WOMEN'S WIN JOB PRACT ARE INCLUDED IN THIS -- JOCK PROGRAM ARE INCLUDED IN THIS -- JOB PROGRAM ARE INCLUDED IN THIS ACT. THIS WILL ENSURE WOMEN RECEIVING TRAINING FOR HIGHER PAID JOBS TO HELP THEM REACH PAY PARITY WITH MEN. THE LEGISLATION'S REFERENCE TO ASSISTING WOMEN AND MINORITIES IN SUCCEEDING IN NONTRADITIONAL CAREERS WILL HELP WOMEN AND MINORITIES PARTICIPATE IN HIGHER WAGE JOBS THAT OPEN THE DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY THIS COUNTRY HAS TO OFFER. IT'S ALSO GREAT THAT WE RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR ADULT EDUCATION, HELPING MANY OF OUR NEW IMMIGRANTS LEARN ENGLISH SO THEY CAN LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. I APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUES AND THEIR STAFF IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING THIS BILL ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. KLINE: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ANOTHER KEY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, MR. HECK.

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  • 01:03:59 PM

    MR. KLINE

    TO ANOTHER KEY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, MR.…

    TO ANOTHER KEY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, MR. HECK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA IS RECOGNIZE --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    NEVADA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. HECK: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.…

    NEVADA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. HECK: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. WITH NEVADA CONTINUING TO HAVE ONE OF THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATES IN THE COUNTRY, MY NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IN CONGRESS REMAINS STRENGTHENING OUR ECONOMY AND GETTING BACK TO WORK. THAT'S WHY I STRONGLY

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    MR. HECK

    CONGRESS REMAINS STRENGTHENING OUR ECONOMY AND GETTING BACK TO WORK.…

    CONGRESS REMAINS STRENGTHENING OUR ECONOMY AND GETTING BACK TO WORK. THAT'S WHY I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE BIPARTISAN WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. WHICH STREAMLINES AND STRENGTHENS LOCAL WORK FORCE INVESTMENT BOARDS AND ENSURES THEY ARE TRAINING WORKERS FOR THE JOBS OF TODAY AND TOMORROW, NOT THE JOBS OF YESTERDAY. I PROPOSED SIMILAR REFORMS AS PART OF THE LOCAL JOBS ACT WHICH I INTRODUCED AFTER HEARING FROM COUNTLESS EMPLOYERS THAT THEY WERE LOOKING TO HIRE BUT UNABLE TO FIND WORKERS WITH THE SKILLS THEY REQUIRED. THIS BILL WILL HELP SOLVE THAT PROBLEM. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN KLINE, RANKING MEMBER MILLER, AND ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS FOR WORKING WITH ME TO INCLUDE THESE IMPORTANT CHANGES THAT WILL HELP BOTH THE UNEMPLOYED AND UNDERPLOIPPED WORKERS GAIN THE SKILLS AND -- UNDEREMPLOYED WORKERS GAIN THE SKILL AND TRAINING THEY NEED. I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. TIERNEY

    SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO OUR COLLEAGUE FROM…

    SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO OUR COLLEAGUE FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MS. BONAMICI:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MS. BONAMICI: THANK YOU, MADAM…

    FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MS. BONAMICI: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY

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    MS. BONAMICI

    YOU FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE BIPARTISAN WORK FORCE…

    YOU FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE BIPARTISAN WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. THIS BILL SHOWS THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO ADOPT POLICIES THAT WILL PUT OUR CONSTITUENTS BACK TO WORK, GIVE THEM OPPORTUNITY AND KEEP OUR ECONOMY ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY. ONE OF THE FIRST BILLS I INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS WAS THE WISE INVESTMENT ACT THAT WAS DESIGNED TO ADDRESS THE SKILLS GAP CHALLENGE BY MATCHING LOCAL BUSINESSES WITH WORK FORCE BOARDS AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES, TO TRAIN OUR AUTO WORK CONSTITUENTS FOR IN-DEMAND OCCUPATION. ALTHOUGH I WASDY POINTED THAT THAT ACT WAS NOT -- ALTHOUGH I WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT THAT ACT WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS BILL, THE BILL DOES TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE THAT LOCAL BUSINESSES HAVE A ROLE IN JOB TRAINING, BY INCLUDING AN IMPORTANT FOCUS ON SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS. THIS BILL REPRESENTS A STRONG STEP FORWARD FOR OUR NATION'S UNEMPLOYED AND FOR OUR ECONOMY. I COMMEND CHAIRMAN KLINE AND RANKING MEMBER MILLER AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR WORK TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR AND I URGE ITS ADOPTION. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES.…

    BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. KLINE: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. NOW, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES, TWO MINUTES TO ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR.

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    MR. KLINE

    MINUTES TO ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY,…

    MINUTES TO ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. GUTHRIE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. GUTHRIE: THANK YOU,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. GUTHRIE: THANK YOU, MADAM…

    KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. GUTHRIE: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT AND IT'S IMPORTANT.

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    MR. GUTHRIE

    TO SUPPORT THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT AND IT'S…

    TO SUPPORT THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT AND IT'S IMPORTANT. WHEN I FIRST CAME TO CONGRESS I WAS A SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, WHEN IT WAS IN OUR ECONOMY, WHEN I FIRST CAME HERE. AND MY EXPERIENCE IS, I WORKED FOR 18 YEARS BEFORE I CAME TO CONGRESS, AND MY FAMILY -- IN MY FAMILY'S MANUFACTURING BUSINESS. I REMEMBER WHEN I FIRST GOT THERE, WE NEEDED SKILLED WORKERS AND WE FOUND OUT, WE WERE TRYING TO FIND SKILLED WORKERS AND WE FOUND OUT WE HAD A PLANT FULL OF VERY SMART PEOPLE WHO JUST DIDN'T FIGURE IT OUT WHEN THEY WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL FOR SOME REASON. SO I'VE SEEN WHAT ADDITIONAL TRAINING AND EDUCATION WILL DO FOR ADULTS. ROBOTICS REPAIRMEN, COMPUTER CONTROL MACHINE PROGRAMMERS TO A HIGH-WAGE, HIGH-SKILLED JOB AND LIFESTYLE. AND ALSO AS I TRAVELED THROUGH MY DISTRICT, THERE'S NOT A SINGLE BUSINESS THAT I'VE VISITED ANY TIME RECENTLY, EVEN THE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS WHERE THEY ARE, NOT A SINGLE BUSINESS WLOORKS THEY'RE ADVERTISING IN THE PAPER -- BUSINESS, WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE ADVERTISING IN THE PAPER, NOT A SINGLE ONE THAT SAYS THAT IF THE RIGHT PERSON CAME TODAY WITH THE SKILLS I NEED I WOULD HIRE THEM. SO THIS IS WHAT WE'RE HEARING TODAY. THIS IS WHAT'S HAPPENING. THE PROCESS HAS WORKED. WE'RE COMING TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT THE WORKERS ARE GOING TO GET A HAND UP. AND WE ARE GOING TO -- WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE THEMSELVES. I'VE SEEN IT, MADAM SPEAKER. I'VE SEEN IT. WHEN PEOPLE GO THROUGH THESE PROGRAMS AND THEY COMPLETE THEM SUCCESSFULLY, THEY DON'T JUST BECOME A MORE VALUABLE EMPLOYEE. EACH EMPLOYEE BECOMES MORE VALUABLE TO HIS AND HERSELF. SO I'M VERY PROUD TO BE HERE, I'M VERY PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS. I APPRECIATE OUR CHAIRMAN AND OUR -- AND MS. FOXX OF NORTH CAROLINA AND ALL THE WORK TOGETHER, THROUGH THE HOUSE AND SENATE, TO GIVE THE WORKERS OF AMERICA A VICTORY TODAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED. MR. TIERNEY: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS

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  • 01:08:33 PM

    MR. TIERNEY

    SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT WHO HAS BEEN A STRONG MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE AND AN ADVOCATE FOR SOME TIME, JOE COURTNEY. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. COURTNEY:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. COURTNEY: THANK YOU, MADAM…

    CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. COURTNEY: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS BILL AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MR. TIERNEY FOR

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  • 01:08:47 PM

    MR. COURTNEY

    THIS BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS BILL AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MR. TIERNEY FOR…

    THIS BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS BILL AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MR. TIERNEY FOR HIS STEADFAST WORK GOING BACK YEARS AND GETTING THIS TO THIS POINT TODAY. I ALSO WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE MEMBERS FROM ACROSS THE AISLE, WHO IN AGREEING TO THIS BILL, REJECTED THE SEQUESTER LEVEL OF SPENDING WHICH WAS IN THE ORIGINAL BILL THAT WAS PASSED EARLIER THIS SESSION. THAT SEQUESTER LEVEL OF SPENDING WAS GOING TO HANDCUFF JOB TRAINING EFFORTS SO THAT WE COULD NOT IN FACT ACHIEVE THE GOALS THAT THIS BILL WILL IN FACT GET US TO, WHEN IT PASSES LATER TODAY. FOR EXAMPLE, THE BILL ALLOWS THE EMPLOYER SUPPORT TO GO TO 75% FOR ON THE JOB TRAINING AND 20% SUPPORT FOR INCUMBENT WORKER TRAINING. ALLOWING THAT SUPPORT TO RISE WILL GIVE EMPLOYERS THE FLEXIBILITY AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE NEW WORKERS THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING AND HIGH-SKILLED JOBS THAT THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT RISK ON FOR PEOPLE WITH THE COST THAT IT WOULD BEAR. THIS BILL GIVES THEM THAT SUPPORT AND THAT HELP. BUT IT'S BECAUSE WE REJECTED THE UNREALISTIC SEQUESTER LEVELS, WHICH THE RYAN BUDGET AND WHICH THE ORIGINAL BILL INCORPORATED, NOW LET'S DO IT FOR CANCER RESEARCH, LET'S DO IT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, LET'S DO IT FOR HOMELAND SECURITY. LET'S GET RID OF SEQUESTER AND LET'S ALLOW THIS ECONOMY AND THIS COUNTRY TO GET THE RESOURCES IT NEEDS TO GROW AND THRIVE FOR ITS MIDDLE CLASS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 01:10:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. KLINE: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. KELLY, MAIN AND A

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  • 01:10:18 PM

    MR. KLINE

    A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. KELLY,…

    A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. KELLY, MAIN AND A HALF. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS -- A MINUTE AND

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS -- A MINUTE AND A HALF. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    IS -- A MINUTE AND A HALF. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF. MR. KELLY:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF. MR. KELLY: I'M SO GLAD…

    PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF. MR. KELLY: I'M SO GLAD TO BE HERE TODAY TALKING ABOUT THIS. AS WE CONGRATULATE

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  • 01:10:34 PM

    MR. KELLY

    TODAY TALKING ABOUT THIS. AS WE CONGRATULATE EACH OTHER ON THIS GREAT…

    TODAY TALKING ABOUT THIS. AS WE CONGRATULATE EACH OTHER ON THIS GREAT WORK, THIS BIPARTISAN WORK, AND BICAMERAL, MY, WHAT A WONDERFUL PIECE OF LEGISLATION, BECAUSE WHAT WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO DO IS GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. IN WEBSTER'S DEFINITION OF EDUCATION, IT'S THE ULTIMATE FUNCTION OF EDUCATION IS TO PREPARE US FOR COMPLETE LIVING. THAT IS THE KEY TO THIS. BUT YOU KNOW WHO THE BIGGEST WINNER IN THIS PROGRAM IS? THE HARDWORKING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS WHO FUND EVERY PENNY OF THESE PROGRAMS. I THINK SOMETIMES WE FORGET ABOUT WHO IT IS THAT DOES THIS. WE THINK IT ACTUALLY TAKES PLACE IN THIS HOUSE. IT DOESN'T. IT TAKES PLACE IN HOUSES, BUT IT'S THE HOMES AROUND THE UNITED STATES, IT'S HE'S THARD -- IT'S THESE HARDWORKING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS THAT DESERVE A MUCH BETTER RETURN ON THEIR INVESTMENT. IT'S JUST THAT SIMPLE. SO IF WE'RE GOING TO GET PEOPLE READY FOR THE LABOR MARKET, LET'S REDIRECT THOSE FUNDS, LET'S MAKE SURE THAT IT'S MORE EFFECTIVE AND MORE EFFICIENT AND SOMETHING THAT THE PEOPLE LOOK AT AND SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, I DIDN'T MIND PUTTING MONEY IN THOSE PROGRAMS BECAUSE THERE WAS A POSITIVE RESULT FROM IT. SO FROM A STANDPOINT OF CONGRATULATING EACH OTHER AND PATTING EACH OTHER ON THE BACK AND HOW WONDERFUL THIS IS, WHAT I REALLY WANT TO DO IS TAKE THIS MOMENT TO THANK THE HARDWORKING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS WHO FUND EVERY SINGLE PENNY OF THESE PROGRAMS. I THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR WORK, CHAIRMAN, I THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 01:11:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED. MR. TIERNEY: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT IN TIME I'D LIKE TO ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR.

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  • 01:12:00 PM

    MR. TIERNEY

    THIS POINT IN TIME I'D LIKE TO ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY WITH THE GENTLEMAN…

    THIS POINT IN TIME I'D LIKE TO ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DANNY DAVIS. MR. DAVIS: WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? MR. TIERNEY: I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. MR. DAVIS: I THANK THE

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  • 01:12:05 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. MR. DAVIS: I THANK THE

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    MR. TIERNEY

    ILLINOIS. MR. DAVIS: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR…

    ILLINOIS. MR. DAVIS: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR ADDRESSING THIS IMPORTANT MATTER. THE PURPOSE FOR THIS COLLOQUY

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    MR. DAVIS

    GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR ADDRESSING THIS IMPORTANT MATTER. THE…

    GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR ADDRESSING THIS IMPORTANT MATTER. THE PURPOSE FOR THIS COLLOQUY IS TO CLARIFY THE INTENT OF SECTION 225 OF THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. AS WE KNOW CORRECTIONAL INTEGRATION AND JOB TRAINING ARE GREATLY NEED. ED. THEY FOSTER RE-ENTRY THROUGH INCREASED EMPLOYMENT AND DECREASED CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR AND SAVE TAXPAYER MONEY. I AM PLEASED THAT THE BILL BEFORE US BROADENS THE USE OF FUNDS FOR CORRECTIONAL EDUCATION, TO INCLUDE A RANGE OF EDUCATION AND JOB TRAINING ACTIVITIES NEEDED BY INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS FOR EDUCATIONAL AND CAREER ADVANCEMENT. I WANT TO MAKE CLEAR THE CONGRESSIONAL INTENT OF SECTION 225, TO INCLUDE ACTIVITIES THAT SUPPORT TRANSITIONS TO POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION, WORK FORCE TRAINING OFFER ALONGSIDE ADULT EDUCATION ARE CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATIONLE AND CAREER ADVANCEMENT -- EDUCATIONAL AND CAREER ADVANCEMENT ARE ALSO ATTAINING A RECOGNIZED POSTSECONDARY CREDENTIAL WHICH MAY INCLUDE AN ASSOCIATE OR BACHELOR DEGREE.

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  • 01:13:19 PM

    MR. TIERNEY

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. MR. TIERNEY: ASES

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    MR. DAVIS

    MASSACHUSETTS. MR. TIERNEY: ASES I UNDERSTAND SECTION 225, THE DEFINITIONS…

    MASSACHUSETTS. MR. TIERNEY: ASES I UNDERSTAND SECTION 225, THE DEFINITIONS YOU MENTIONED ARE AS YOU STATED. MR.

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    MR. TIERNEY

    THE DEFINITIONS YOU MENTIONED ARE AS YOU STATED. MR. DAVIS: WILL THE…

    THE DEFINITIONS YOU MENTIONED ARE AS YOU STATED. MR. DAVIS: WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? MR. TIERNEY: I YIELD TO

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  • 01:13:27 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    YIELD? MR. TIERNEY: I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MR. TIERNEY

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    MR. DAVIS

    GENTLEMAN FOR CLARIFYING THE CONGRESSIONAL INTENT OF SECTION 225. I URGE…

    GENTLEMAN FOR CLARIFYING THE CONGRESSIONAL INTENT OF SECTION 225. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:13:40 PM

    MR. TIERNEY

    TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES.…

    TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 01:13:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. KLINE: THANK…

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. KLINE: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA, MS. BROOKS. THE SPEAKER

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  • 01:13:45 PM

    MR. KLINE

    COMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF. MRS. BROOKS: MADAM SPEAKER,…

    INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF. MRS. BROOKS: MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF AMERICANS WHO WANT TO FILL THE 4.6 MILLION

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  • 01:13:55 PM

    MRS. BROOKS

    AMERICANS WHO WANT TO FILL THE 4.6 MILLION OPEN JOBS THAT ARE IN THIS…

    AMERICANS WHO WANT TO FILL THE 4.6 MILLION OPEN JOBS THAT ARE IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE HOOSIERS WHO WANT TO FILL 150 OPEN JOBS IN THE SMALL COMMUNITY OF HARTFORD CITY, INDIANA. IN SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN SKILLS ACT, THE LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP AMERICANS GET THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO FILL THESE JOB OPENINGS, EMPLOYERS TELL ME DAY IN AND DAY OUT THAT THEY CAN'T FIND THE WORKERS WITH THE SKILLS NECESSARY TO FILL OPEN JOCKS. AND BY STREAM LINING OUR -- JOBS. AND BY STREAMLINING OUR BUREAUCRATIC FEDERAL WORK FORCE TRAINING SYSTEM, THE SKILLS ACT WILL PROVIDE WORKERS FASTER ACCESS TO IN-DEMAND JOB TRAINING. I'M PROUD TO SAY THE SKILLS ACT ALSO INCLUDES AN AMENDMENT I OFFERED GIVING STATES AND THOSE LOCAL WORK FORCE BOARDS MORE FLEXIBILITY TO SUPPORT LOCAL JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS THAT DEMONSTRATE SUCCESS. PROGRAMS LIKE EMPLOY INDIES PRIORITIZED PROGRAM. IT PROVIDES TECHNOLOGY TRAINING TO THE SO MANY ADULTS WHO LACK THE TECHNOLOGY SKILLS THEY NEED. WHEN IT COMES TO OUR WORK FORCE TRAINING SYSTEM, IT'S TIME TO MAKE SMARTER INVESTMENTS. THIS DOES THIS. IT'S TIME TO CHOOSE PEOPLE OVER PAPERWORK. THIS BILL DOES THIS. MADAM SPEAKER, THERE ARE 4.6 MILLION OPEN JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY. LET'S FILL THOSE JOBS, LET'S PASS THIS SKILLS ACT AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM INDIANA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA…

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM INDIANA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. TIERNEY

    IN TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, DAVID…

    IN TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, DAVID LOEBSACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. .

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    MR. LOEBSACK

    SUPPORT OF THE WORK FORCE AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. I'M ALSO PLEASED THAT THIS…

    SUPPORT OF THE WORK FORCE AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. I'M ALSO PLEASED THAT THIS BILL CONTAINS LARGE SECTORS -- LARGE PORTIONS OF THE SECTORS ACT WHICH I INTRODUCED TO CLOSE THE GAP BETWEEN THE KIND OF SKILLS WORKERS HAVE AND THE KIND OF SKILLS BUSINESSES NEED. AS I MEET WITH BUSINESS LEADERS IN IOWA WHAT I HEAR TIME AND TIME AGAIN IS THEY CAN'T FIND THE WORKERS WITH THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO HIRE. AND I HEAR FROM INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE OUT OF A JOB AND ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND WORK THAT MATCHES THEIR SKILLS. IT BRINGS TOGETHER BUSINESSES, LABOR ORGANIZATIONS, EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROVIDERS TO TARGET WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS AND IT FOSTERS THE KIND OF SKILLS THAT LOCAL BUSINESSES NEED RIGHT NOW. THIS BILL REQUIRES LOCAL WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES TO IMPLEMENT THESE SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS TO GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND MOVE OUR ECONOMY FORWARD. I WANT TO THANK IN PARTICULAR CHAIRWOMAN FOXX. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN KLINE, RANKING MEMBER MILLER AND PARTICULAR, I GUESS BEYOND THAT, MY FRIEND TOM HARKIN. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 01:16:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:16:57 PM

    MR. KLINE

    ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR.…

    ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. ROKITA. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. ROKITA

    KLINE, DR. FOXX, THE ENTIRE STAFF OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE…

    KLINE, DR. FOXX, THE ENTIRE STAFF OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE AND EVERYONE FOR WORKING TOGETHER ON WHAT IS IN EVERY RESPECT BETTER. THIS BILL IS BETTER THAN WHAT IS IN CURRENT LAW. I THINK WE IMMEDIATE TO TAKE JUST A MINUTE AND RECOGNIZE THAT BECAUSE IN A LOT OF WAYS AND A LOT OF DIFFERENT EXAMPLES WE DON'T RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE GAINS TO BE LOCKED IN. SO LET'S DO IT. LET'S START WITH THIS BILL. IF THERE'S A GAME TO BE LOCKED IN, LET'S LOCK IT IN, STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF THAT GAIN AND CONTINUE WORKING TO IMPROVE NOT ONLY THIS LANGUAGE, NOT ONLY THESE PROGRAMS BUT EVERYTHING WE DO AROUND HERE. AS A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, I KNOW THAT A SKILLED WORK FORCE IS ESSENTIAL FOR REMAINING ECONOMICALLY COMPETITIVE. IN FACT, EVERY AMERICAN KNOWS THAT. IF WE ARE GOING TO BE COMPETITIVE IN A 21ST CENTURY GLOBALIZED WORLD AND WIN, THEN WE NEED THESE PROGRAMS AND THESE PRECIOUS DOLLARS, ESPECIALLY AT A TIME WHEN WE'RE $17.5 TRILLION IN DEBT WITH MORE ON THE WAY, WE NEED THESE PROGRAMS WORKING WELL. THIS BILL DOES THAT. IT REDUCES RED TAPE AND ENDS THE FRAGMENTED NATURE OF WORK FORCE SERVICES PROVIDED AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL AND ELIMINATES 15 DUPLICATIVE PROGRAMS ENSURING OUR WORK FORCE INVESTMENT IS TARGETED AND EFFICIENT. AND I KNOW -- AND I TAKE TO HEART WHAT RANKING MEMBER MILLER SAID. SOME OF US WISH THERE WERE MORE PROGRAMS REFORMED OR EVEN ELIMINATED ALTOGETHER. SOME OF US WISH THERE WERE 15 MORE PROGRAMS ADDED. BUT, AGAIN, THIS IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LOCK IN THE GAIN. LET'S STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF THIS AND GET TO OTHER MATTERS AS WELL. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:19:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES.…

    GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:19:15 PM

    MR. TIERNEY

    SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IN TIME I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IN TIME I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, BOBBY SCOTT.

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  • 01:19:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. SCOTT: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN…

    RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. SCOTT: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. AS OUR NATION CONTINUES

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  • 01:19:23 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. AS OUR…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. AS OUR NATION CONTINUES TO RECOVER FROM THE GREAT RECESSION, WE MUST CONTINUE TO PREPARE OUR NATION'S WORKERS FOR THE JOBS OF THE FUTURE. THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT WILL MAKE LONG-NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS IN THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES INCLUDING MANY THAT WILL BENEFIT THOSE WHO ARE OFTEN LEFT BEHIND. THIS LEGISLATION CONTAINS AND ENHANCES THE DEFINITION OF INDIVIDUALS WITH BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT THAT EXPLICITLY -- EXPLICITLY INCLUDES WORKERS OVER THE AGE OF 55 AS WELL AS THE LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED. THIS MEANS THAT STATE AND LOCAL WORK FORCE PLANS MUST INCLUDE GOALS AND STRATEGIES FOR SERVING THESE AND OTHER DISENFRANCHISED GROUPS. ADDITIONALLY, THE BILL REQUIRES THAT 75% OF YOUTH FUNDING IN THE BILL SUPPORT OUT-OF-SCHOOL YOUTH. ONCE A JUVENILE FALLS OFF THE RIGHT TRACK, HE OR SHE WILL FACE A RANGE OF PROBLEMS THAT THE TAXPAYERS WILL BE ON THE HOOK FOR, ESPECIALLY SOCIAL SERVICES AND POSSIBLY INCARCERATION. BY INVESTING IN OUT-OF-SCHOOL YOUTH, WE'RE INVESTING MONEY ON THE FRONT END SO WE DON'T HAVE TO END UP PAYING THE BILL ON THE BACK END. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR.

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  • 01:20:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. SCOTT: MADAM SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN -- THIS BILL…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. SCOTT: MADAM SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN -- THIS BILL REPRESENTS A GOOD-FAITH COMPROMISE AND ASK COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. THE

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  • 01:20:34 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    THIS BILL REPRESENTS A GOOD-FAITH COMPROMISE AND ASK COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT…

    THIS BILL REPRESENTS A GOOD-FAITH COMPROMISE AND ASK COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE

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  • 01:20:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA'S RECOGNIZED. MR. KLINE: MADAM SPEAKER, CAN I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON EACH SIDE? THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA AND TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. MR. KLINE: THANK

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  • 01:20:44 PM

    MR. KLINE

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA AND TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA AND TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. MR. KLINE: THANK

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  • 01:20:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA AND TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA AND TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. MR. KLINE: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'D ADVISE MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, THAT I HAVE TWO SPEAKERS WHO WILL APPARENTLY NOT MAKE IT TO THE FLOOR SO I'LL RESERVE AND PREPARE TO CLOSE.

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  • 01:20:53 PM

    MR. KLINE

    MAKE IT TO THE FLOOR SO I'LL RESERVE AND PREPARE TO CLOSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED. MR. TIERNEY: MADAM SPEAKER, AT…

    GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED. MR. TIERNEY: MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IN TIME I -- AT THIS POINT IN TIME I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, ONE MINUTE, RUSH HOLT.

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    MR. TIERNEY

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, ONE MINUTE, RUSH HOLT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. HOLT: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

    FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. HOLT: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE

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  • 01:21:19 PM

    MR. HOLT

    AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR.…

    AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. HOLT: I THANK MY

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  • 01:21:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION. MR. HOLT: I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS AND I RISE IN…

    OBJECTION. MR. HOLT: I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT BILL, AND I WANT TO POINT TO ONE GOOD ASPECT OF IT. I'M PLEASED

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  • 01:21:23 PM

    MR. HOLT

    RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT BILL, AND I WANT TO POINT TO ONE GOOD…

    RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT BILL, AND I WANT TO POINT TO ONE GOOD ASPECT OF IT. I'M PLEASED THAT THE BILL RECOGNIZES LIBRARIES AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF HELPING THE UNEMPLOYED AND UNDEREMPLOYED GET GOOD JOBS. LIBRARIES OFTEN AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE ARE ALREADY HELPING MANY REACH WORK WITH LITERACY SKILLS, RESUME WRITING, COMPUTER SKILLS AND LIBRARIANS ARE OFFERING A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE IN ASSISTING INDIVIDUALS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE THINGS THAT LIBRARIES OFFER. SPECIFICALLY, THIS BILL INCLUDES A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS FROM MY BILL, THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT THROUGH LIBRARIES -- LOCAL LIBRARIES ACT, KNOWN AS THE WILL ACT. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY WILL ALLOW LIBRARIES TO RECEIVE FUNDS TO CONTINUE THEIR GREAT WORK. THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED OVER ALL THESE YEARS. OVER 16 YEARS THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT NONPARTISAN HELP TO WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS. HOWEVER, OVER THOSE YEARS, EMPLOYERS' NEEDS HAVE CHANGED AND THE SKILLS NEEDED TO OBTAIN GOOD JOBS HAVE CHANGED. THIS BILL MODERNIZES THE PROGRAMS TO KEEP AMERICA COMPETITIVE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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  • 01:22:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES?

  • 01:22:35 PM

    MR. TIERNEY

    HIS TIME TO CLOSE. MADAM SPEAKER, WITH PERMISSION, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO…

    HIS TIME TO CLOSE. MADAM SPEAKER, WITH PERMISSION, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, ROSA DELAURO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. DELAURO

    UNEMPLOYED AND UNDEREMPLOYED AMERICANS FIND WORK AND GET BACK ON THEIR…

    UNEMPLOYED AND UNDEREMPLOYED AMERICANS FIND WORK AND GET BACK ON THEIR FEET. NO INVESTMENT IS MORE CRITICAL THAN INVESTMENT IN OUR HUMAN CAPITAL. THESE JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS MAKE OPPORTUNITY AND BENEFIT WORKING FAMILIES AND PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP, PEOPLE WHO PLAYED BY THE RULES. BUSINESSES RELY ON THESE PROGRAMS TO FILL VACANT POSITIONS WITH QUALIFIED AND SKILLED WORKERS. THE BILL, THE PRODUCT OF MANY YEARS OF BIPARTISAN NEGOTIATION, TAKES WHAT IS ALREADY WORKING. IT IMPROVES ON IT. IT STREAMLINES AND PROVIDES STABILITY TO THESE CRITICAL PROGRAMS. WHILE INCLUDING IMPORTANT PROTECTIONS FOR WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES. IT ENCOURAGES PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN THE WORK FORCE SYSTEM AND OUR COMMUNITY COLLEGES WHILE ENHANCING ADULT EDUCATION AND ENCOURAGING INNOVATION AND JOB TRAINING. MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES HAVE UNDERSTOOD THE VOITAL ROLE OF THE GOVERNMENT AND -- VITAL ROLE OF THE GOVERNMENT AND HELPING PEOPLE HELP THEMSELVES. THE BILL IS A GOOD COMPROMISE. IT MAKES GOOD ON A CRITICAL PROMISE TO OUR WORKERS AND OUR BUSINESSES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES, MR. TIERNEY, MR. MILLER AND THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR COMING TOGETHER AND PASSING THIS VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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  • 01:24:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.…

    GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. KLINE: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I UNDERSTAND THE SIDE ON THE OTHER SIDE HAS EXPIRED. THE SPEAKER

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  • 01:24:11 PM

    MR. KLINE

    THE SIDE ON THE OTHER SIDE HAS EXPIRED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: ALL TIME…

    THE SIDE ON THE OTHER SIDE HAS EXPIRED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. KLINE: TIME ON THE

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  • 01:24:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    EXPIRED. MR. KLINE: TIME ON THE OTHER SIDE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM…

    EXPIRED. MR. KLINE: TIME ON THE OTHER SIDE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. OBVIOUSLY

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  • 01:24:16 PM

    MR. KLINE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. OBVIOUSLY WE HEARD A LOT OF…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. OBVIOUSLY WE HEARD A LOT OF CONVERSATION TODAY ABOUT THE BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL NATURE OF THIS AND IT CERTAINLY IS. I WANTED TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF MY COUPLE MINUTES TO CLEAR UP A COUPLE OF MISINFORMATION ITEMS THAT WERE OUT THERE. ONE, IT WAS SUGGESTED THIS PAID NO ATTENTION TO THE SEQUESTRATION. IT WAS SORT OF A RUNAWAY SPENDING. THE FUNDS AUTHORIZED IN THIS BILL ARE ENTIRELY CONSISTENT WITH THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. I LIKE TO REASSURE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES. AND THEN SOMEONE SAID THAT THIS WAS A CONFERENCE REPORT, AND I UNDERSTAND WHERE THEY MIGHT HAVE THAT UNDERSTANDING BECAUSE WE'RE TREATING IT MUCH AS A CONFERENCE REPORT. THE TECHNICAL FACTS ARE THE HOUSE PASSED THE BILLS, THE SKILLS ACT. THE SENATE COMMITTEE MOVED A BILL BUT IT DIDN'T MOVE TO THE SENATE FLOOR, AND EVEN DESPITE THAT, WE WERE ABLE TO STEP FORWARD AND TREAT THIS IN A VERY BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL WAY, WORKING TOWARDS A COMPROMISE SO THAT WE COULD PASS IT IN THE SENATE. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK ALL OF MY SENATE COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR WORKING VERY, VERY HARD TO GET THIS THROUGH THE SENATE AND IT'S QUITE INTERESTING PROCESSEES AND MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HERE FOR TAKING IT UP RIGHT AWAY WHEN IT'S COME BACK FROM THE SENATE SO WE CAN PASS THIS BILL AND GET IT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR SIGNATURE AND HELP THOSE 4 1/2 MILLION AMERICANS -- EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE JOBS AND THEY DON'T HAVE SKILLED EMPLOYEES TO TAKE THEM. WE CAN HELP AMERICANS GET BACK TO WORK. WE CAN HELP THEIR EMPLOYERS GET THE EMPLOYEES THEY NEED, AND WE CAN HELP THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER, AS MY FRIEND, MR. KELLY, SAID BY MAKING THE SYSTEM MORE ACCOUNTABLE AND MORE RESPONSIBLE. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENTS TO H.R.

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  • 01:26:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENTS TO…

    IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENTS TO H.R. 803. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE SENATE AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. MR. TIERNEY: MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I ASK FOR A VOTE ON THAT -- RECORDED VOTE.

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  • 01:26:26 PM

    MR. TIERNEY

    I ASK FOR A VOTE ON THAT -- RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS? MR. TIERNEY: I DO. THE SPEAKER…

    THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS? MR. TIERNEY: I DO. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE

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  • 01:26:33 PM

    MR. TIERNEY

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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  • 01:27:01 PM

    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 01:28:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 01:28:30 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE…

    HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 4923 AND THAT I MAY INCLUDE TABULAR MATERIAL ON THE SAME.

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  • 01:28:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 641 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR…

    OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 641 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 4923. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACK, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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  • 01:29:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4923 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE. THE CLERK: A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2015, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE

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  • 01:29:24 PM

    THE CLERK

    SEPTEMBER 30, 2015, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO THE…

    SEPTEMBER 30, 2015, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO,

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  • 01:29:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR.…

    IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. SIMPSON, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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  • 01:29:47 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    IT IS MY DISTINCT HONOR TO PRESENT THE FISCAL YEAR 2015 ENERGY AND WATER…

    IT IS MY DISTINCT HONOR TO PRESENT THE FISCAL YEAR 2015 ENERGY AND WATER BILL FOR CONSIDERATION BEFORE THE FULL HOUSE. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE EFFORTS OF OUR CHAIRMAN, MR. ROGERS, AND RANKING MEMBER LOWEY TO BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. THEIR EFFORTS TO BRING THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS BACK TO REGULAR ORDER ENSURE THAT OUR FEDERAL DISCRETIONARY SPENDING RECEIVES THE FULL SCRUTINY OF THIS BODY AND OUR COMMITTEE PROCESS. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER KAPTUR FOR ALL OF HER WORK, HER CONTRIBUTIONS TO MAKE THIS LEGISLATION STRONGER. THE BILL BEFORE YOU TOTALS $34.01 BILLION FOR ACTIVITIES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, BUREAU OF RECLAMATION AND OTHER AGENCIES UNDER OUR JURISDICTION. THIS IS A $50 MILLION REDUCTION FROM LAST YEAR'S FUNDING LEVELS. THE BILL PRIORITIZES INVESTMENTS IN THIS NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE AND NATIONAL DEFENSE. AS WE DO EACH YEAR, WE WORKED HARD TO INCORPORATE PRIORITIES AND PERSPECTIVES FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. FOR INSTANCE, THIS BILL OVERCOMES THE BUDGET REQUEST PROPOSED CUT OF NEARLY $1 IS BILLION TO THE CRITICAL PROGRAMS OF THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. THE REQUEST WOULD HAVE LED TO ECONOMIC DISRUPTIONS AT OUR PORTS AND WATERWAYS AS OUR PORTS AND WATERWAYS FILLED IN AND WOULD HAVE LEFT OUR COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES VULNERABLE TO FLOODING. INSTEAD, THIS BILL RECOGNIZES THE CRITICAL WORK OF THE CORPS AND PROVIDES $5.492 BILLION FOR THESE ACTIVITIES, $959 MILLION ABOVE THE REQUEST AND $25 MILLION ABOVE LAST YEAR. . . THIS BILL CHANGES THE DEFINITIONS OF THE WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES AND FILL MATERIAL. THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES $11.361 BILLION FOR THE ATOMIC SECURITY NONPROLIFERATION AND NAVAL REACTORS PROGRAMS OF THE NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION. A $154 MILLION INCREASE FROM FISCAL YEAR 2014. THIS BILL IS CLEAR ABOUT OUR CONCERNS WITH RUSSIA'S RECENT ACTIVITIES IN EASTERN EUROPE. IT ELIMINATES ALL NEW FUNDING FOR NONPROLIFERATION FUNDING IN RUSSIA AND REQUIRES THAT BEFORE THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY FUNDS ANY ACTIVITY IN RUSSIA, HE MUST CERTIFY THAT THE ACTIVITY IS IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS. RUSSIA'S ACTIVITIES IN THE UKRAINE HAVE SHOWN ONCE AGAIN HOW IMPORTANT OUR NUCLEAR SECURITY UMBRELLA IS TO OUR ALLIES. WE'VE ALSO SEEN HOW RUSSIA HAS USED UKRAINE'S RELIANCE ON NATURAL GAS TO PUT PRESSURE ON ITS NEW LEADERSHIP. AND THE MOVEMENTS BY INSURGENTS TO OCCUPY IRAQ THREATEN TO DRIVE OIL PRICES THROUGH THE ROOF. OUR COUNTRY HAS ABUNDANT NATURAL ENERGY RESOURCES AND IT IS OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND ECONOMIC INTEREST TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE FULLY AND RESPONSIBLY USED. THAT'S WHY THIS BILL MAKES A STRONG BALANCED INVESTMENT IN OUR ENERGY SECTOR TO ENSURE THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS CONTINUE TO HAVE RELIABLE, AFFORDABLE ENERGY. FOSSIL ENERGY, WHICH PROVIDES MORE THAN 71% OF OUR ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION IN 2013, RECEIVED $593 MILLION, A $31 MILLION INCREASE ABOVE 2014. NUCLEAR ENERGY IS INCREASED BY $10 MILLION ABOVE LAST YEAR. ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY IS SLIGHTLY REDUCED BY $113 MILLION FROM LAST YEAR. THIS BALANCED INVESTMENT PRIORITIZES IMPROVEMENTS TO ENERGY SOURCES THAT WE RELY UPON TODAY WHILE MAKING LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS IN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES. THANK YOU AND I APPRECIATE THE FULL COMMITTEE'S ATTENTION TO THIS BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:33:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IDAHO RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED. MS. KAPTUR: THANK…

    IDAHO RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED. MS. KAPTUR: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER I, I YIELD MYSELF -- THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    SPEAKER I, I YIELD MYSELF -- THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF FIVE…

    SPEAKER I, I YIELD MYSELF -- THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF FIVE MINUTES AND THANK CHAIRMAN SIMPSON FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. THIS BILL IS LIBERTY'S BUSINESS. IT IS ABOUT NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY, ABOUT ENERGY SECURITY, ABOUT JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH HERE AT HOME THROUGH UPGRADING OUR PORTS, PREVENTING FLOODING, ASSURING FRESHWATER FROM COAST-TO-COAST, AND INVENTING THE NEW ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES REQUIRED TO REPOSITION AMERICA FOR ENERGY SECURITY IN OUR HOMELAND FOR A NEW CENTURY. BOTTOM LINE, OUR BILL IS ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF ENSURING LIBERTY FOR OUR COUNTRY. THE UNITED STATES ENTERED THIS 21ST CENTURY WITH A NET RELIANCE ON FOREIGN OIL. RENEWED CONFLICTS IN IRAQ, UKRAINE'S CRIMEA, AND SYRIA ONCE AGAIN WARN US THAT U.S. ENERGY DEPENDENCE ON IMPORTED PRODUCT REMAINS OUR CHIEF STRATEGIC VULNERABILITY. THROUGHOUT THE LAST CENTURY, AMERICAN RELIANCE ON FOREIGN OIL GREW DANGEROUSLY. OUR SHARE OF IMPORTS IN THE NATION'S TOTAL ENERGY SUPPLY ROSE FROM 4 % IN -- 42% IN 1990 TO MORE THAN 50% BY 1998 AND FRANKLY KEEPS BOBBING BETWEEN 40% AND 50% NOW. IT CONSUMES OVER HALF OF THE TRADE DEFICIT WE HOLD WITH THE WORLD. THIS ENERGY DEPENDENCE SERIOUSLY WEAKENS AMERICA. AS MICHAEL CLAIRE STATES IN HIS BOOK "BLOOD AND OIL," EVERY ECONOMIC RECESSION SINCE WORLD WAR II HAS COME ON THE HEELS OF A PETROLEUM SHORT AND. AND I WOULD ADD, THE MILLIONS OF LOST JOBS ASSOCIATED WITH THOSE RECESSIONS HAS HARMED AMERICA GRATEFUL. JUST SINCE 2003, THE UNITED STATES HAS -- GRAVELY. JUST SINCE 2003 THE UNITED STATES HAS SPENT $2.3 TRILLION IMPORTING FOREIGN PETROLEUM. AT A PRICE PER BARREL OF $100, THE TOTAL BILL FOR AMERICA IMPORTING OIL OVER THE NEXT 25 YEARS COULD COST US OVER $10 TRILLION, THAT'S $10 TRILLION OF HEMORRHAGE OF U.S. WEALTH, MILLIONS OF LOST JOBS, AND THE ECONOMIC MUSCLE THAT GOES WITH IT. IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHY OUR MIDDLE CLASS IS SHRINKING AND MORE PEOPLE ARE FALLING INTO POVERTY, JUST LOOK AT THE ENERGY TRADE DEFICIT THIS COUNTRY ENDURES AND HAS ENDURED FOR A QUARTER CENTURY. THOSE NUMBERS CLEARLY DEMONSTRATE THE LOST ENERGY OPPORTUNITY INSIDE OUR OWN NATION. WE ARE CEDING WEALTH, JOBS AND ECONOMIC POWER AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. IF YOU REALLY WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHY AMERICA HAS DEVELOPED A HORRENDOUS BUDGET DEFICIT, YOU'D BEST TAKE A LOOK AT THE ENERGY TRADE DEFICIT AS A MAJOR CAUSE OF OUR CONDITION. AS WE HAVE SEEN -- CEDED OUR WEALTH ELSEWHERE. IN FACT, THE ENTIRETY OF OUR ECONOMY BILL AT $34 BILLION CANNOT BEGIN TO COMPENSATE FOR THE OVER $200 BILLION IN IMPORTED FOREIGN OIL THAT WILL POUR INTO OUR COUNTRY THIS YEAR ALONE. EIGHT TIMES MORE THAN THE VALUE OF OUR BILL. RECENT NATURAL GAS DISCOVERIES AND ADDED DOMESTIC OIL DRILLING PROVIDE OUR NATION WITH SOME BREATHING ROOM. BUT ONLY FOR A WHILE. AS THESE SUPPLIES ARE NOT ENDLESS. THEY ARE PRECIOUS. TO HELP US AS WE TRANSITION TO A BROAD, DIVERSIFIED ENERGY PORTFOLIO THAT CAPTURES THE WEALTH HERE FOR OUR NATION. CONGRESS MUST LEAD OUR NATION TO RESTORE ENERGY SECURITY IN GREATER PROSPERITY FOR OUR NATION THROUGH THE INNOVATION THAT THIS BILL INCENTIVIZES. THE HORIZONTAL DRILLING TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE CREATING A BOOM IN DOMESTIC NATURAL GAS DISCOVERIES WERE MADE POSSIBLE BY RESEARCH DONE THROUGH OUR BILL AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. AMERICA MUST INVEST IN OUR OWN ENERGY FUTURE ACROSS ALL ENERGY SECTORS AND WE MUST RESTORE SOME OF OUR LOST ECONOMIC LUSTER. ALTERNATIVELY, IF WE CEDE OUR FUTURE TO CHINA, RUSSIA AND SINGAPORE, WE WILL HAVE MISSED THE CALL OF OUR GENERATION. A FOCUS ON HIGH IMPACT ENERGY RESEARCH AT THE DEPARTMENT THROUGH RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES, ADVANCED ENERGY AND APPLIED ENERGY ARE CRITICAL, AS WELL AS FUNDING FOR THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING OFFICE TO LEAD US TO A NEW ERA OF ENERGY AND JOB CREATION. FURTHER, THE INCREASE ALLOCATION FOR THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS IS VITAL TO RESTORE OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, SUPPORTING THOUSANDS OF JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH AS WE UPGRADE OUR FRESHWATER SYSTEMS WHILE OUR NATION ADAMENTS TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND MORE PARCHED PLACES AS DESERTS GROW IN PLACES WE THOUGHT WERE EASILY HABTABLE. THOUGH OUR BILL PROVIDES $5.49 BILLION TO SUPPORT THE CORPS, KEEP IN MIND THERE ARE NO NEW STARTS IN IT AND THERE ARE OVER $60 BILLION WORTH IN PROBABLY REQUESTS THAT ARE BACKLOGGED THAT WE SIMPLY CAN'T ADDRESS. IMAGINE WHAT POTENTIAL JOB CREATION COULD BE INDUCED COAST-TO-COAST BY MEETING THIS MASSIVE CORPS BACKLOG. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY TAKES A MODEST STEP FORWARD IN DIVERSIFYING AMERICA'S ENERGY SOURCES, FRANKLY BASED ON THE CHALLENGE FACING OUR NATION FOR ALMOST 1/3 OF A CENTURY NOW, THIS BILL'S BOTTOM LINE SHOULD BE TRIPLED TO GET US FASTER TO A SOLUTION FOR LIBERTY AND SECURITY. WE KNOW WITH ENERGY CONSERVATION AND ADDITIONAL INNOVATION WE CAN MEET OUR GOAL, BUT OUR IMPERATIVE MUST BE SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. OUR GENERATION SHOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. NOT HAND THE PROBLEM TO THEM. I DO HAVE CONCERNS WITH THE AMOUNTS PROVIDED TO CERTAIN ACCOUNTS WITHIN THE NONPROLIFERATION ACTIVITIES OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY AND THE DEFENSE ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP ACCOUNT DERKS SPITE THE CHAIRMAN'S BEST EFFORT, OUR SUBCOMMITTEE'S ALLOCATION -- I YIELD MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL 10 SECONDS. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

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    MS. KAPTUR

    INSUFFICIENT TO ADDRESS THE MANY COMMEETING FEED -- MANY COMPETING NEEDS.…

    INSUFFICIENT TO ADDRESS THE MANY COMMEETING FEED -- MANY COMPETING NEEDS. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DEBATE AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH CHAIRMAN SIMPSON TO COMPLETE THE TASK BEFORE US, TO STRENGTHEN LIBERTY AS SHE ENCOUNTERS THE CHALLENGES. I WANT TO THANK ROB BLAIR AND OUR ABLE STAFF FOR MOVING US TO THIS POINT. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 01:39:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    FULL COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. ROGERS, AS MUCH TIME AS…

    FULL COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. ROGERS, AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED. RODGERORODGE -- MR. ROGERS: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR…

    IS RECOGNIZED. RODGERORODGE -- MR. ROGERS: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MADAM CHAIRWOMAN,

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  • 01:39:20 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    FOR YIELDING. MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, THIS IS A BALANCED BILL. IT MAKES…

    FOR YIELDING. MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, THIS IS A BALANCED BILL. IT MAKES IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS IN OUR NATION'S NUCLEAR DEFENSE CAPABILITIES, AS WELL AS THE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENERGY RESOURCES THAT KEEP THE ECONOMY MOVING. AND IT DOES SO IN A FISCALLY SOUND MANNER. FINDING WAYS TO SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS WHEREVER POSSIBLE. FIRST AND FOREMOST, THIS LEGISLATION PRIORITIZES NATIONAL SECURITY BY INCREASING FUNDING FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAMS ABOVE LAST YEAR'S LEVEL, TO SUPPORT THE SAFETY AND READINESS OF OUR NUCLEAR STOCKPILES. MAINTAINING THIS NATION'S NUCLEAR DETERRENCE POSTURE REMAINS CRITICAL TO OUR SAFETY, PARTICULARLY DURING A TIME OF GROWING GLOBAL INSTABILITY AND IND KOREAN -- AND INCREASING RISKS OF FUTURE NUCLEAR THREATS. NEXT, THIS BILL INCLUDES INVESTMENTS IN OUR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WILL ALSO HELP GROW OUR ECONOMY. AND FACILITATE TRADE AND COMMERCE AND ENSURE THE WELL-BEING OF THE NATION. RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS DOES, WE'VE REJECTED THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSED CUTS TO THESE PROGRAMS. PROVIDING NEARLY $1 BILLION MORE THAN REQUESTED, AND $25 MILLION ABOVE LAST YEAR'S LEVELS. THAT FUNDING WILL ALLOW THE CORPS TO CONTINUE ITS IMPORTANT WORK, PERFORMING FLOOD MITIGATION, UPDATING DAM SAFETY AND IMPROVING OUR WATERWAYS TO FACILITATE INCREASED IMPORT AND EXPORT CAPABILITY. WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY , THE BILL PRIORITIZES FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS THAT ENCOURAGE ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS AND ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND THAT HELP PROMOTE AN ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE SOLUTION TO THE NATION'S ENERGY NEEDS. BY MAKING SOUND INVESTMENTS IN COAL, NATURAL GAS AND OTHER FOSSIL ENERGY SOURCES, REMOVING OUR NATION -- WE'RE MOVING OUR NATION CLOSER TO A BALANCED ENERGY PORTFOLIO, AS WELL AS KEEPING DOWN ENERGY COSTS FOR HARDWORK AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY -- FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. TO MAKE THESE IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS, THE BILL TARGETS LOWER PRIORITY PROGRAMS FOR CUTTING. FOR EXAMPLE, RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAMS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, OUR CUT -- ARE CUT BY $113 BILLION FROM LAST YEAR'S LEVELS. BY IMPLEMENTING THESE TYPES OF SAVINGS AND INCLUDING STRINGENT OVERSIGHT REQUIREMENTS FOR THE D.O.E., THE ARMY CORPS AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, WE'VE PRODUCED A BILL THAT WILL SUPPORT ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SECURITY WHILE ENCOURAGING THE GOVERNMENT TO ACT WITH GREATER EFFICIENCY. THE LEGISLATION ALSO PUTS THE BRAKES ON THE ADMINISTRATION'S DESTRUCTIVE AND MISGUIDED REGULATORY AGENDA THAT THREATENS OUR NATION'S SMALL BUSINESSES AND OTHER INDUSTRIES. FOR EXAMPLE, WITHIN THIS BILL WE'VE INCLUDED A PROVISION PROHIBITING THE UNNECESSARY EXPANSION OF FEDERAL JURISDICTION OVER OUR NATION'S WATERWAYS. AT ONE OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE'S MANY HEARINGS ABOUT THE FEDERAL BUDGET, JUST A FEW WEAKS AGO, THE -- WEEKS AGO, THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR THE CORPS COULD NOT PROVIDE CLEAR ANSWERS AS TO HOW MUCH THESE REGULATIONS WOULD COST THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER, HOW MANY MAN HOURS IT WOULD TAKE TO IMPLEMENT, AND HOW SUCH A CHANGE WOULD AFFECT THE STRUGGLING ECONOMY. SINCE THE CORPS PLAINLY HAS NO IDEA WHAT IT'S DOING WITH THIS RULE, IT WOULD BE IRRESPONSIBLE , IF NOT DISASTROUS, TO ALLOW SUCH A CHANGE TO MOVE FORWARD. THE BILL ALSO STOPS THE ADMINISTRATION FROM CHANGING THE DEFINITION OF, QUOTE, FILL MATERIAL, UNQUOTE. AN ACTION THAT COULD DRASTICALLY ALTER FEDERAL REGULATIONS AND COULD EFFECTIVELY SHUT DOWN COAL AND OTHER MINING OPERATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. WHILE THIS PROPOSAL IS VERY TROUBLING ON MANY LEVELS, I AM MOST CONCERNED ABOUT THE UNKNOWN COSTS OF THIS LARGE SCALE, INVASIVE CHANGE. THIS IS THE TYPE OF OVERZEALOUS, UNNEEDED REGULATION THAT WILL HARM, NOT HELP, THE ECONOMY IN THIS VERY SENSITIVE TIME. MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, BEFORE I CLOSE, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SIMPSON, THIS IS HIS MAIDEN VOYAGE AS CHAIR OF THIS SUBCOMMITTEE, AND RANKING MEMBER KAPTUR AND ALL OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND THE STAFF FOR THE HARD WORK ON THE BILL AND I WANT TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN SIMPSON FOR A JOB WELL DONE ON HIS FIRST BILL AS CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE. THIS IS A GOOD BILL. IT REFLECTS SMART BUDGET DECISIONS, INVESTS TAX DOLLARS, -- DOLLARS IN EFFECTIVE, NECESSARY PROGRAMS THAT WILL HELP KEEP OUR NATION SAFE AND OUR ECONOMY GROWING AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE BILL. I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY YIELDS BACK. THE

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  • 01:44:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO…

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED. MS. KAPTUR: YES, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD SIX MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF OUR FULL COMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MRS.

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  • 01:44:48 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    OF OUR FULL COMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MRS. LOWEY.

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    THE CHAIR

    NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR SIX MINUTES. MRS. LOWEY: I THANK THE CHAIR AND…

    NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR SIX MINUTES. MRS. LOWEY: I THANK THE CHAIR AND I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER WHOSE BIPARTISAN COOPERATION AND HARD WORK ARE EVIDENT IN THE BILL BEFORE US.

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  • 01:45:04 PM

    MRS. LOWEY

    AND HARD WORK ARE EVIDENT IN THE BILL BEFORE US. THIS BILL INVESTS IN A…

    AND HARD WORK ARE EVIDENT IN THE BILL BEFORE US. THIS BILL INVESTS IN A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT PROGRAMS THAT HAVE STRONG DEMOCRATIC BACKING. THIS BILL UNDERSCORES THE CONSTRAINTS OF VIRTUALLY FLAT DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. . ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS, UNDERINVESTMENT IN OUR MARINE PORTS AND INLAND WATERWAYS ENDANGERS MORE THAN ONE MILLION U.S. JOBS AND $270 BILLION IN U.S. EXPORTS BY 2020. WHILE THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS WOULD BE GIVEN A SLIGHT INCREASE ABOVE THIS YEAR'S LEVEL, BUDGET CAPS WON'T HELP THE CORPS MAKE A DENT IN ITS $60 BILLION PROJECT BACKLOG. FORCING THEM ONCE AGAIN TO PUT OFF VITAL PROJECTS THAT WOULD PROTECT HOMES, BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES. WE'RE ALSO MISSING AN OPPORTUNITY TO RAMP UP INVESTMENTS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SPENDING HAS FUELED OUR ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR THE LAST 60 YEARS AND DRAMATIC INCREASES IN THIS AREA ARE NEEDED TO SUSTAIN OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY. FLAT FUNDING FOR ARPA E AND THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE IS PARTICULARLY PROBLEMATIC GIVEN THAT OTHER COUNTRIES, INCLUDING CHINA, RUSSIA, GERMANY AND SINGAPORE ARE INCREASING INVESTMENTS IN THESE FIELDS. WE CANNOT PERMIT AN INNOVATION DEFICIT. WE MUST ENSURE THAT TOMORROW'S BREAKTHROUGHS OCCUR IN AMERICAN LABS AND UNIVERSITIES. GIVEN, HOWEVER, THE SUBCOMMITTEE'S ALLOCATION I'M PLEASED THAT THESE CRITICAL ACCOUNTS ARE PROTECTED FROM CUTS OR SLIGHTLY INCREASED, BUT WE COULD DO BETTER. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SHORTCOMINGS I'D LIKE TO MENTION. FIRST IS THE CONTINUED SAFEGUARDING OF FEDERAL SPENDING THAT BENEFITS BIG OIL AND FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES INSTEAD OF SUPPORTING INVESTMENTS IN EMERGING RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES. I STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH THE $113 MILLION CUT TO THE EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY ACCOUNT AND THE DECISION TO FUND THE FOSSIL ENERGY ACCOUNT AT $117.5 MILLION ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST. OUR COUNTRY IS HOME TO A ROBUST FOSSIL FUELS INDUSTRIAL BASE THAT MAKES OVER $100 BILLION ANNUALLY IN PROFITS AND ACTIVELY INVESTS IN ROBUST PRIVATE SECTOR R&D SPENDING TO ADVANCE ITS INTERESTS. WITH SUCH A TIGHT ALLOCATION, WE SHOULD INVEST IN CREATING GREEN JOBS OF THE FUTURE INSTEAD OF BACKING AN INDUSTRY WHICH ALREADY BENEFITS FROM BILLIONS IN TAX BREAKS. SECOND, THE BILL INCLUDES UNNECESSARY RIDERS RELATED TO NAVIGABLE WATERS AND THE DEFINITION OF FILL MATERIALS UNDER THE CLEAN AIR ACT. THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND E.P.A. RECENT -- CLEAN WATER ACT. THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND E.P.A. RECENTLY HAD A DEFINITION OF NAVIGABLE WATERS AND THEIR REVIEW NEEDS TO MOVE FORWARD OF THE AMBIGUITY CREATED BY SUPREME COURT RULINGS IN 2001 AND 2006. DESPITE STRONG DISAGREEMENTS REGARDING THE MERITS OF THE PROPOSED RULE, THESE ISSUES SHOULD BE RESOLVED THROUGH THE RULEMAKING PROCESS, NOT IN THIS BILL, AND BY PREEMPTIVELY STOPPING ANY EFFORTS TO UPDATE THE DEFINITION OF FILL MATERIALS, THIS BILL ENSURES THAT COMMUNITIES IN COAL COUNTRY WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE WITH PUBLIC HEALTH THREATS AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES OF MOUNTAIN TOP REMOVAL MINING. LASTLY, THIS BILL DOES NOT DO NEARLY ENOUGH TO ADDRESS THE INCREDIBLY DAMAGING EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. RISING SEA LEVELS, INCREASED FLOODING FROM TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS, HURRICANES DEMONSTRATE THE OVERWHELMING NEED TO INVEST IN NEW WATER INFRASTRUCTURE TO SAFEGUARD OUR COMMUNITIES. YET, THIS SUBCOMMITTEE CAN'T INVEST IN NEW PROJECTS BECAUSE ITS ALLOCATION IS DWARFED BY THE GROWING BACKLOG OF ONGOING PROJECTS WHICH INCLUDES PROJECTS THAT WILL -- WERE AUTHORIZED DECADES AGO. AND CLINGING TO OUTDATED FOSSIL FUELS INSTEAD OF DOUBLING DOWN ON THE PROMISE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY SLOWS FUTURE JOB GROWTH THAT SAVES LIVES BY LESSENING THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO RESERVES.

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  • 01:50:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO…

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SIMPSON: MADAM SPEAKER, -- MADAM CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE

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    MR. SIMPSON

    CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE CHAIR: THE…

    CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. SIMPSON

    GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON FOR PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY. MR. HASTINGS: I…

    GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON FOR PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY. MR. HASTINGS: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR RESTORING A PORTION OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSED CUT TO THE RICHLAND OPERATIONS OFFICE IN MY DISTRICT. I APPRECIATE YOUR WILLINGNESS

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THE RICHLAND OPERATIONS OFFICE IN MY DISTRICT. I APPRECIATE YOUR…

    THE RICHLAND OPERATIONS OFFICE IN MY DISTRICT. I APPRECIATE YOUR WILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH ME ON FUNDING, AND I KNOW THE PROVISIONS ON YUCCA MOUNTAIN AND MOCKS IN THIS BILL THAT ARE ALSO CLEAN TO HANFORD'S CLEANUP SUCCESS. THE RICHLAND OPERATIONS OFFICE IS PART OF LEGAL COMMITMENTS AND PROGRESS THERE HAS LARGELY BEEN A SUCCESS. THIS REPRESENTS A NEW MODEL FOR CLEANUP AND IT HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL. IT'S NEARING COMPLETION AND IT SAVES THE TAXPAYERS $250 MILLION. I'M ENCOURAGED THAT THE $235 MILLION IN THIS BILL PROVIDED FOR CLEANUP FOR THE RIVER CORRIDOR WILL FOCUS ON THE 300 AREA MILESTONES UNDER THE RIVER CORRIDOR CLOSURE CONTRACT. AS THE APPROPRIATION PROCESS CONTINUES, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE RESTORATION FOR RICHLAND GIVEN THE BUDGET CONSTRAINTS THAT WE HAVE. MADAM CHAIRMAN, THIS IS MY LAST ENERGY AND WATER BILL, BUT I'M GLAD THAT HANFORD HAS A FRIEND AND LEADERSHIP IN YOU. WHEN IT COMES TO THE OFFICE OF RIVER PROTECTION, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CHALLENGES. AMONG OTHER THINGS, I'M HOPEFUL THAT D.O.E. AND THE STATE OF WASHINGTON WILL REACH AN AGREEMENT ON AN ACHIEVABLE AND PATH FORWARD TO THE RIVER PROTECTION -- THE W.T.P. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SIMPSON: FIRST, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON FOR HIS CONTINUEDED A VOW CASE FOR HANFORD CLEANUP FUNDING -- ADVOCACY FOR HANFORD CLEANUP FUNDING.

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  • 01:52:13 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    CLEANUP FUNDING -- ADVOCACY FOR HANFORD CLEANUP FUNDING. HE -- HIS…

    CLEANUP FUNDING -- ADVOCACY FOR HANFORD CLEANUP FUNDING. HE -- HIS LEADERSHIP WILL BE SOUTHERLY MISSED IN THE FUTURE. I SUPPORT THE CLEANUP FOR THE RIVER CORRIDOR AND HOPEFUL THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY WILL SOON PROVIDE THE NECESSARY DETAILS FOR THE WASTE TREATMENT PLANT PROJECT. W.T.P. IS A CRITICAL PROJECT, BUT CONGRESS NEEDS MORE ANSWERS AND GREATER TRANSPARENCY. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU TO MAKE SURE ADEQUATE FUNDING IS AVAILABLE SHOULD A NEW AGREEMENT ON THE PATH FORWARD FOR THIS PROJECT BE REACHED. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 01:52:47 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    GENTLEMAN. I YIELD BACK. MR. SIMPSON: RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SIMPSON

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    THE CHAIR

    RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED. MS. KAPTUR: YES, MADAM…

    RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED. MS. KAPTUR: YES, MADAM SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW MEXICO, MS. LUJAN

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  • 01:52:55 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW MEXICO, MS. LUJAN GRISHAM,…

    TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW MEXICO, MS. LUJAN GRISHAM, A MEMBER OF THE AGRICULTURE, THE BUDGET AND THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.

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    THE CHAIR

    NEW MEXICO IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MS. LUJAN GRISHAM: I THANK MY…

    NEW MEXICO IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MS. LUJAN GRISHAM: I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING TIME AND I COMMEND HER AND THE CHAIRMAN'S EFFORTS TO PUT TOGETHER A BIPARTISAN BILL AND BRING IT TO THE FLOOR. I DO HAVE A COUPLE

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  • 01:53:09 PM

    MS. LUJAN GRISHAM

    CHAIRMAN'S EFFORTS TO PUT TOGETHER A BIPARTISAN BILL AND BRING IT TO THE…

    CHAIRMAN'S EFFORTS TO PUT TOGETHER A BIPARTISAN BILL AND BRING IT TO THE FLOOR. I DO HAVE A COUPLE OF CONCERNS WITH THE BILL THAT I'M ADDRESSING TODAY. FIRST, IT PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE WASTE ISOLATION PILOT PROJECT PLANT IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW MEXICO. I'M PLEASED THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS SEEN THE NEED TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FUNDING SO THAT THE CAUSES OF AN INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED EARLIER THIS YEAR CAN BE BETTER UNDERSTOOD AND REMEDIED. BUT I URGE THE COMMITTEE TO FIND A DIFFERENT SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR THESE EFFORTS. ALTERING THE PAYMENT SCHEDULES FOR PENSION FUND PAYMENTS I THINK IS BAD FISCAL POLICY. THESE PENSION FUNDS FACE SIGNIFICANT LIABILITIES AND THEY SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD IT. I'M ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT THE WAY THE BILL DEALS WITH THE LABORATORY DIRECT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OR LDRD. LDRD IS THE PRIMARY FUNDING FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY LABORATORIES LIKE SAN DIA NATIONAL LABS WHICH IS BASED IN MY DISTRICT. LDRD ALLOWS THESE FACILITIES TO FUND THEIR TECHNOLOGY CAPABILITIES, ADDRESS EMERGING NEEDS AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES IN A WIDE RANGE OF AREAS CRITICAL TO NATIONAL SECURITY. THE PROVISION IN THIS BILL COUPLED WITH LAST YEAR'S CUTS TO LDRD COMBINED TO DECREASE THE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM BY OVER 20%, INCREASE THE LAB'S ADMINISTRATIVE BURDENS. IN MY VIEWS, THESE POLICY CHANGES WILL HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE LABS' ABILITY TO CONDUCT NATIONAL SECURITY WORK. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER TO ADDRESS BOTH OF THESE ISSUES AS THE BILL MOVES THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY

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  • 01:54:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO…

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:55:00 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. -- MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME…

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. -- MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SIMPSON: I YIELD AT THIS TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA FOR THE PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY.

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  • 01:55:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA FOR THE PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA FOR THE PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY. AS MUCH TIME AS HE…

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA FOR THE PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY. AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZED.

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    >>

    YEAR 2015 ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL. IT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE…

    YEAR 2015 ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL. IT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FULL AMOUNT REQUESTED THAT WILL ESTABLISH AN INTEGRATED FACILITY AT THE NEVADA NATIONAL SECURITY SITE TO HELP US UNDERSTAND THE EFFECTS OF AGE AGING AND THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS OF THE PROPOSED PROPOSALS TO EXTEND SYSTEMS. MR. AMODEI: I BELIEVE WE MUST ALL MAKE DIFFICULT CHOICES, YET, I'M HOPEFUL IN CONFERENCE THERE WILL BE BUDGET FLEXIBILITY TO SUPPORT THE FULL REQUEST FOR ADVANCED RADIO GRAPHY. I HOPE

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  • 01:55:58 PM

    MR. AMODEI

    FLEXIBILITY TO SUPPORT THE FULL REQUEST FOR ADVANCED RADIO GRAPHY. I HOPE…

    FLEXIBILITY TO SUPPORT THE FULL REQUEST FOR ADVANCED RADIO GRAPHY. I HOPE YOU WILL BE OPEN MINDED ON THIS PROPOSED CAPABILITY TO BETTER UNDERSTAND ITS STRATEGIC VALUE TO OUR NUCLEAR WEAPONS STOCKPILE AND WE STAND READY, WILLING AND ABLE REGARDING PROPOSED PLANS FOR ADVANCED RADIOGRAPHY CAPABILITY. I YIELD BACK. MR. SIMPSON: I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU TO SUPPORT THE NEEDS OF OUR NUCLEAR WEAPONS STOCKPILE AND TO RECEIVING MORE INFORMATION ON THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S PROPOSAL TO INSTRUCT THIS NEW CAPABILITY. I -- TO

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  • 01:56:36 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    OF ENERGY'S PROPOSAL TO INSTRUCT THIS NEW CAPABILITY. I -- TO CONSTRUCT…

    OF ENERGY'S PROPOSAL TO INSTRUCT THIS NEW CAPABILITY. I -- TO CONSTRUCT THIS NEW CAPABILITY. I RESERVE. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED. MS. KAPTUR: I RISE

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  • 01:56:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED. MS. KAPTUR: I RISE TO ENGAGE IN A…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED. MS. KAPTUR: I RISE TO ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY. THE

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  • 01:56:53 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    A COLLOQUY. THE CHAIR: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MS. KAPTUR: MADAM

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    THE CHAIR

    CHAIR. MADAM CHAIR, I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

    CHAIR. MADAM CHAIR, I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME FOR THE PURPOSES OF ENGAGING IN A COLLOQUY WITH OUR COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.

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  • 01:56:58 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    FOR THE PURPOSES OF ENGAGING IN A COLLOQUY WITH OUR COLLEAGUE FROM…

    FOR THE PURPOSES OF ENGAGING IN A COLLOQUY WITH OUR COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LOWENTHAL. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:57:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LOWENTHAL

    LIKE TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND ALSO CHAIRMAN SIMPSON FOR BRINGING TO…

    LIKE TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND ALSO CHAIRMAN SIMPSON FOR BRINGING TO THE FLOOR A BILL THAT HAS INCORPORATED INTEREST FROM BOTH PARTIES WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE BIPARTISAN BUDGET ACT. THANK YOU, BOTH. IN PARTICULAR, I WANT TO THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR INCREASING FUNDING FOR SPECIFIC ACTIVITY WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S FOSSIL ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. THAT IS THE RISK-BASED DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. THIS ACTIVITY SUPPORTS THE FUNDING OF A TOOL WHICH IS USED BY MANY STATES FOR PUBLIC DISCLOSURE, OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING OPERATIONS. IT IS CALLED FRAC FOCUS. WHILE THIS TOOL IS INTENDED TO BE EASILY USEABLE BY THE PUBLIC, IT HAS BEEN POINTED OUT BY A SPECIAL DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TASK FORCE THAT SOME IMPROVEMENTS MUST BE MADE TO THIS GOVERNMENT-FUNDED DATABASE IN ORDER FOR IT TO BE MORE ACCURATE, ACCESSIBLE AND TRANSPARENT. THAT'S WHY I WAS VERY PLEASED TO HEAR FROM THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER THAT A PORTION OF THE I CREASED FUNDING FOR THE -- INCREASED FUNDING FOR THE RISK-BASED DATABASE SYSTEM IS INTENDED TO HELP THE UPDATE THE FRAC FOCUS DATABASE TO UPDATE MODERN DATA, USEABILITY AND PUBLIC TRANSPARENCY STANDARDS. WITH THAT I YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER FROM OHIO.

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  • 01:58:36 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN TO ENSURE THAT OUR INTENT IS INCLUDED IN THE…

    WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN TO ENSURE THAT OUR INTENT IS INCLUDED IN THE CONFERENCE REPORT LANGUAGE.

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  • 01:58:56 PM

    MR. LOWENTHAL

    MEMBER AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HER IN THE FUTURE. I YIELD BACK.…

    MEMBER AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HER IN THE FUTURE. I YIELD BACK. MS. KAPTUR: MADAM CHAIR, I'D LIKE TO INQUIRE AS TO OUR REMAINING TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY

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  • 01:59:03 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    TO OUR REMAINING TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY HAS 15 1/2 MINUTES. THE…

    TO OUR REMAINING TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY HAS 15 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLELADY

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  • 01:59:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MINUTES. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS…

    MINUTES. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SIMPSON: MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES. THE

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  • 01:59:23 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR PROTECTING LANDOWNERS IN RURAL KANSAS AND…

    I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR PROTECTING LANDOWNERS IN RURAL KANSAS AND ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE NATION FROM ATTEMPTS FROM THE ARMY CORPS TO REGULATE EVERY SINGLE DROP OF WATER THAT FALLS TO THE GROUND.

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    REGULATE EVERY SINGLE DROP OF WATER THAT FALLS TO THE GROUND.

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    MR. HUELSKAMP

    ROADSIDE DITCHES, FARM PONDS IN KANSAS OR ELSEWHERE. THIS PROPOSED RULE BY…

    ROADSIDE DITCHES, FARM PONDS IN KANSAS OR ELSEWHERE. THIS PROPOSED RULE BY SOME BUREAUCRATS IN FAROFF WASHINGTON IS A CLEAR VIOLATION OF THE SEPARATION OF POWERS WITHIN OUR CONSTITUTION AND ULTIMATELY IT IS NOTHING MORE THAN A POWER GRAB OF PRIVATE PROPERTY. . IN PRACTICE THIS RULE WOULD PROVIDE FOR FARMERS TO PROVIDE FOR PERMISSION TO DO ROUTINE FARMING ACTIVITIES LIKE FERTILIZING AND PLOWING. IF WE HAVE TO PAY MORE TO COMPLY WITH WASHINGTON REGULATION, AMERICANS WILL SEE IT IN HIGHER PRICES AT THE GROCERY STORE. MR. CHAIRMAN, ONLY IN WASHINGTON WOULD THEY TRY TO DEFINE STANDING WATER IN A DITCH SURROUNDED BY PRAIRIE IN KANSAS AS WATER CAPABLE NAVIGATION. IT'S TIME FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO DITCH THIS RULE. UNTIL THEN THIS CONGRESS SHOULD NOT SPEND A SINGLE PENNY ADVANCING THIS MASSIVE 370-PAGE RULE. I SUPPORT THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:00:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS…

    BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:01:08 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    FROM OHIO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE CHAIR

    OHIO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SIMPSON: IT IS…

    OHIO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SIMPSON: IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.

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  • 02:01:13 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER. THE CHAIR:…

    TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR.

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  • 02:01:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. WEBER: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

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    MR. WEBER

    I RISE -- THANK YOU, GENTLEMAN, FOR YIELDING. I RISE TO ENGAGE IN A…

    I RISE -- THANK YOU, GENTLEMAN, FOR YIELDING. I RISE TO ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY WITH CHAIRMAN SIMPSON. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR INCLUDING LANGUAGE IN THE COMMITTEE'S REPORT WHICH WOULD REQUIRE THAT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ALSO LOOK TO STRATEGY SEAPORT DESIGNATIONS WHEN ALLOCATING FUNDING FOR ADDITIONAL WORK. HOWEVER, THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET FOR F.Y. 2015 PROPOSES TO CUT THE MAINTENANCE BUDGET FOR THE SABEAN NATCHEST WATERWAY BY 35% OVER LAST YEAR. NO OTHER AREA OF THE COUNTRY, I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO IDENTIFY, HAVE SEEN SUCH A DRAMATIC CUT TO THEIR RESOURCES IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. THIS DOES NOT MAKE SENSE. THE WATERWAY IS LOCATED BETWEEN TEXAS AND LOUISIANA AND RESPONSIBLE FOR THE THIRD HIGHEST TONNAGE VOLUME OF FOREIGN TRADE IN THE NATION AND SUPPLIES 55% OF OUR NATION'S STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. 0% OF OUR NATION'S COMMERCE JET FUEL. AND A SIGNIFICANT MAJORITY OF OUR MILITARY'S JET FUEL. IT'S ALSO USED BY THE U.S. MILITARY TO TRANSPORT CARGO TO AND FROM OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENTS, BEING THE PORTS OF BEAUMONT AND PORT ARTHUR, AND HANDLE OVER 3% OF ALL MILITARY CARGO. REDUCING RESOURCES TO MAINTAIN WATERWAYS IN HARBORS LIKE THIS WILL RESTRICT COMMERCE, INCREASE COST, AND JEOPARDIZE SAFETY AT A TIME OF INCREASING TRADE VOLUME. I BELIEVE THIS CUT IS EXTREMELY SHORTSIGHTED. WILL THE CHAIRMAN AGREE THAT CONGRESS NEEDS TO HOLD THE ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNTABLE IN HOW IT ALLOCATES PRECIOUS TAXPAYER RESOURCES FOR ECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE? AND WILL THE CHAIRMAN WORK WITH ME AND OTHERS TO ENSURE THAT HARBORS AND WATERWAYS THAT PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE FOR OUR ECONOMY AND NATIONAL SECURITY ARE A PRIORITY IN THE ALLOCATION OF MAINTENANCE RESOURCES? I YIELD. MR. SIMPSON: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANCE OF OF WATERWAY RESOURCES. THE BILL BEING

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  • 02:03:15 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    THE IMPORTANCE OF OF WATERWAY RESOURCES. THE BILL BEING CONSIDERED…

    THE IMPORTANCE OF OF WATERWAY RESOURCES. THE BILL BEING CONSIDERED INCREASES FUNDING BY 18% ABOVE THE BUDGET REQUEST. I AGREE THE CONGRESS NEEDS TO HOLD THE ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNTABLE IN THIS REGARD AND I PROMISE TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN TO ENSURE THAT WE PRIORITIZE MAINTENANCE FUNDING FOR ALL OF OUR NATION'S ECONOMICALLY AND STRATEGICALLY SIGNIFICANT -- THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 02:03:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED. MS. KAPTUR: I CONTINUE TO RESERVE OUR TIME. THE CHAIR:

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  • 02:03:52 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    RESERVE OUR TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO CONTINUES TO RESERVE.

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    THE CHAIR

    TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO. MR. SIMPSON: IT'S MY PLEASURE TO…

    TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO. MR. SIMPSON: IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA,

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  • 02:03:58 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA,

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. TERRY: I'M PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO SEE SECTION 401 IN…

    FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. TERRY: I'M PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO SEE SECTION 401 IN THIS BILL WHICH REQUIRES THE CHAIR OF THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONER TO NOTIFY THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION AND THE HOUSE AND SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEES, THE HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, AND THE SENATE ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE, WITHIN ONE DAY AFTER THE CHAIRWOMAN OR CHAIRMAN BEGINS USING EMERGENCY POWERS.

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  • 02:04:05 PM

    MR. TERRY

    THE CHAIRWOMAN OR CHAIRMAN BEGINS USING EMERGENCY POWERS. THIS PROVISION…

    THE CHAIRWOMAN OR CHAIRMAN BEGINS USING EMERGENCY POWERS. THIS PROVISION WAS INCLUDED IN THE LAST CONGRESS AND I AM HOPEFUL THAT THE UNDERLYING POLICY CAN BE PUT INTO FEDERAL STATUTE. IN FACT, THE LAST TWO YEARS, MADAM CHAIRMAN, I HAD TWO CONGRESSES I HAD A BILL TO MAKE THESE PERMANENT CHANGES. THE BILL IS H.R. 3132. SO FOR EXAMPLE, CURRENTLY NO TESTIFY NATION OF AN EMERGENCY EXISTS, AND NO REQUIREMENT OF NOTICES BY THE CHAIR TO FELLOW COMMISSIONERS OR TO CONGRESS EXISTS. THAT'S WHY THIS LANGUAGE IS SO IMPORTANT IN THIS BILL. YET THE CURRENT CHAIR, MISS MCFAR LAPD, OPPOSES THIS --

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  • 02:05:16 PM

    MS. MCFARLAND

    LANGUAGE AS BURDENSOME. THIS FOLLOWS ON THE HEELS OF A FORMER CHAIR, HER…

    LANGUAGE AS BURDENSOME. THIS FOLLOWS ON THE HEELS OF A FORMER CHAIR, HER IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR, THAT QUOTE-UNQUOTE, DECLARE AND EMERGENCY WITHOUT TELLING ANYBODY AND USED IT IN A POLITICAL PURPOSE. SO THERE'S OBVIOUSLY A NEED FOR THIS TYPE OF LANGUAGE AND WE SHOULD MAKE IT PERMANENT INSTEAD OF HAVING TO DO THIS EVERY YEAR ON THE ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL. I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT THE CURRENT COMMISSION IS MORE COLLEGIAL NOW, BUT IT'S INCUMBENT UPON US IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE CHANGES ARE MADE PERMANENT SO THIS ABUSE OF POWER DOESN'T OCCUR ANY MORE. I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 02:05:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM IDAHO RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO. MS. KAPTUR: WE CONTINUE TO…

    FROM IDAHO RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO. MS. KAPTUR: WE CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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  • 02:06:02 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

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    THE CHAIR

    TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZED.

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    CHAIRMAN. YESTERDAY WE RECEIVED A LETTER AND WHITE PAPER FROM THE NAVAL --…

    CHAIRMAN. YESTERDAY WE RECEIVED A LETTER AND WHITE PAPER FROM THE NAVAL -- CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS AND DIRECTOR OF NAVAL REACTORS PROGRAM. I'LL INCLUDE THESE DOCUMENTS IN A STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD I'LL BE SUBMITTING SHORTLY. THIS LETTER FROM OUR NATION'S MOST SENIOR NAVAL OFFICERS MAKES CLEAR THAT THE CUTS -- CUTS TO THE NAVAL REACTOR'S BUDGET REQUEST HAS TAKEN OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS ENDANGERING THE SAFETY AND RELIABILITY OF THE NAVYS' NUCLEAR FLEET. MR. ROGERS: WITH THE 12% REDUCTION PROPOSED BY THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, NAVAL REACTORS WILL HAVE TAKEN OVER $600 MILLION IN CUTS OVER FIVE YEARS.

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  • 02:06:50 PM

    HAVE TAKEN OVER $600 MILLION IN CUTS OVER FIVE YEARS. THE LETTER FROM THE…

    HAVE TAKEN OVER $600 MILLION IN CUTS OVER FIVE YEARS. THE LETTER FROM THE ADMIRAL IS CLEAR, QUOTE, THE PERSISTENT CUTS HAVE PUT NAVAL REACTORS IN THE POSITION OF BEING UNABLE TO PROVIDE FOR A SAFE AND RELIABLE NUCLEAR FLEET, TO DESIGN AND TEST THE NUCLEAR REACTOR PLANT FOR THE OHIO REPLACEMENT PROGRAM, AND TO SAFELY AND RESPONSIBLY MANAGE THE AGING INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES WHILE PROCESSING SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL. THIS APPROACH IS NO LONGER SUSTAINABLE, CLOSE QUOTE. THE NAVAL REACTORS IS A CRITICAL DEFENSE PRIORITY CONTAINED IN THIS MUCH LARGER APPROPRIATIONS BILL. I SHARE THE ADMIRAL'S CONCERN THAT IF SUSTAINED THESE REDUCTIONS WILL ENDANGER THE NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE NAVAL REACTOR'S UNPARALLELED 60 TSH YEAR RECORD OF SAFE AND RELIABLE NUCLEAR OPERATIONS. I URGE THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO TO REVIEW THESE DEDUCTIONS AND IMPACTS AS THE BILL PROGRESSES AND RESTORE THE FUNDING TO THE BUDGET REQUEST LEVEL.

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  • 02:07:52 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    TO THE BUDGET REQUEST LEVEL. I AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE ARMED SERVICES…

    TO THE BUDGET REQUEST LEVEL. I AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE STAND READY TO SUPPORT THESE EFFORTS. MR. SIMPSON: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR HIS CONTINUED ADVOCACY FOR THE IMPORTANT NATIONAL SECURITY ACTIVITIES FUNDED IN THE ENERGY AND WATER BILL WHICH INCLUDES THE NAVAL REACTORS PROGRAM.

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  • 02:08:01 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    FUNDED IN THE ENERGY AND WATER BILL WHICH INCLUDES THE NAVAL REACTORS…

    FUNDED IN THE ENERGY AND WATER BILL WHICH INCLUDES THE NAVAL REACTORS PROGRAM. I LOOKED FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM AND HIS COLLEAGUES ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AS THE APPROPRIATION PROCESS CONTINUES TO MAKE SURE AND ENSURE THAT NAVY REACTORS RECEIVE THE FUNDING IT REQUIRES TO SUSTAIN, SUPPORT, AND MODERNIZE THE NUCLEAR FLEET. I RESERVE. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RESERVES.

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  • 02:08:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED. MS. KAPTUR: I CONTINUE TO RESERVE…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED. MS. KAPTUR: I CONTINUE TO RESERVE OUR TIME.

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  • 02:08:32 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

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    THE CHAIR

    CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SIMPSON:…

    CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SIMPSON: HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON BOTH SIDES? THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN HAS 10 MINUTES.

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  • 02:08:37 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    BOTH SIDES? THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN HAS 10 MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    MINUTES. 15 1/2 FOR MS. KAPTUR. RP YOU HAVE 10 MINUTES. -- YOU HAVE 10…

    MINUTES. 15 1/2 FOR MS. KAPTUR. RP YOU HAVE 10 MINUTES. -- YOU HAVE 10 MINUTES.

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  • 02:08:55 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    I'D LIKE AT THIS TIME TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, FOR THE…

    I'D LIKE AT THIS TIME TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, FOR THE PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY.

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  • 02:08:58 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    TIME TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, FOR THE PURPOSES OF A…

    TIME TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, FOR THE PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY.

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    GRISHAM: WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO BE GOOD STEWARDS TO THE HISTORIC AND…

    GRISHAM: WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO BE GOOD STEWARDS TO THE HISTORIC AND RADIOLOGICAL WORK AT THESE LABORATORIES.

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  • 02:09:13 PM

    MR. GRISHAM

    THE HISTORIC AND RADIOLOGICAL WORK AT THESE LABORATORIES. AT LOS ALAMOS…

    THE HISTORIC AND RADIOLOGICAL WORK AT THESE LABORATORIES. AT LOS ALAMOS THERE ARE LEGAL OPERATION, AND THE BROADER 2005 CONSENT ORDER AND THE D.O.E. ON THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO TO REMEDIATE WASTE AT LOS ALAMOS. TWO MAJOR WILDFIRES HAVE HIGHLIGHTED THE IMPORTANCE OF REMOVING GROUND WASTE FROM THIS FACILITY. D.O.E. WAS NEARING COLLEAGUES OF THE 3706 CAMPAIGN WHEN THE NATION'S ONLY REPOSITORY FOR TRUE WASTE, THE WASTE ISOLATION PILOT PLANT, EXPERIENCED FIRST A FIRE AND RADIOLOGICAL RELEASE. AS WE WORK TO RESTORE WHIP OPERATIONS, WE MUST ENSURE THEY HAVE THE RESOURCES TO MEET THEIR LEGAL OBLIGATIONS AND RECOGNIZE OUR MORAL OBLIGATION TO THESE COMMUNITIES WHO HAVE SERVED OUR GREAT NATION. IT IS WITH THIS INTENTION THAT I REQUEST THE CHAIR TO WORK WITH ME AND REFIVES FROM OTHER AFFECTED COMMUNITIES AS THIS BILL MOVES FORWARD TO CONFERENCE TO ENSURE THAT ADEQUATE AND APPROPRIATE FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE NOT ONLY FOR RESTORATION OPERATIONS OF WHIP BUT LEGALLY MANDATED ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION EFFORTS AT LOS ALAMOS AND OTHER AFFECTED NATIONAL LABORATORIES. I THANK YOU FOR THE TIME TO ADDRESS THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU TO FIND A SOLUTION.

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  • 02:10:32 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO FOR HIS CONTINUED ADVOCACY FOR THE CLEANUP…

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO FOR HIS CONTINUED ADVOCACY FOR THE CLEANUP PROGRAM. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU ON ENSURING ADEQUATE FUNDING IS AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S CLEANUP PROGRAM, INCLUDING THE CLEANUP WORK AT LOS ALAMOS AND THE RESTORATION OF OPERATIONS AT WHIP. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I RESERVE.

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  • 02:10:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

    S TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO CONTINUE TO RESERVE?

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    MS. KAPTUR

    TO INQUIRE IF THE GENTLEMAN IS ROADY TO CLOSE. -- IS READY TO CLOSE. MR.…

    TO INQUIRE IF THE GENTLEMAN IS ROADY TO CLOSE. -- IS READY TO CLOSE. MR. SIMPSON: I BELIEVE WE HAVE TWO MORE SPEAKERS.

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  • 02:11:06 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    SPEAKERS.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    BALANCE. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    BALANCE. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO

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  • 02:11:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SIMPSON: IT'S MY…

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SIMPSON: IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS,

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  • 02:11:15 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS,

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. ROSKAM

    FOR YIELDING. I'M HAPPEN TO SEE $20 MILLION INCLUDED IN THIS APPROPRIATION…

    FOR YIELDING. I'M HAPPEN TO SEE $20 MILLION INCLUDED IN THIS APPROPRIATION BILL FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR URANIUM CLEANUP AND I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE LANGUAGE IN THE BILL THAT DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO PROVIDE SUFFICIENT RESOURCES IN FUTURE BUDGETS TO ELIMINATE THE REIMBURSEMENT BACKLOG WHICH STANDS AT $54 MILLION AND RETURN TO A MORE NORMAL REIMBURSEMENT SCHEDULE TO ENSURE A BACKLOG DOESN'T OCCUR AGAIN. THE CURRENT BACKLOG OF $54 MILLION GROWS YEAR BY YEAR WITH SITES IN ILLINOIS, COLORADO, WYOMING, WASHINGTON, SOUTH DAKOTA, AND NEW MEXICO, AND THE WAY THIS WORKS OUT IN MY CONSTITUENCY IS THE COMMUNITY OF WEST CHICAGO ILLINOIS THAT HAD AN ADVERSE SITUATION YEARS AND YEARS AGO. THERE WAS A SITUATION WITH THORIUM THAT WAS SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY. THEY HAVE DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB IN CLEANUP, BUT THE CLEANUP, MADAM SPEAKER, NEEDS TO CONTINUE. SO I COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS COMMITMENT. AND LOOK FORWARD TO BEING PART OF THIS SOLUTION FOR THE FULL REMEDIATION OF THIS ISSUE IN CHICAGO ILLINOIS AND OTHER PLACES AROUND THE COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK. THE

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  • 02:12:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SIMPSON: IT'S MY…

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SIMPSON: IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MRS.

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  • 02:12:32 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MRS. CAPITO.…

    TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MRS. CAPITO. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY FROM WEST VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 02:12:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MRS. CAPITO

    IN OUR COMMUNITY, OUR ENERGY JOBS, AND OUR NATION'S ENERGY FUTURE. THIS…

    IN OUR COMMUNITY, OUR ENERGY JOBS, AND OUR NATION'S ENERGY FUTURE. THIS BILL PRIORITIZES USING ABUNDANT COAL RESERVES TO PRODUCE CLEAN, EFFICIENT ENERGY. I'M VERY PLEASED THAT THE BILL MAKES A STRONG INVESTMENT IN FOSSIL ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, INCLUDING WORK ON CLEAN COAL TECHNOLOGIES. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING AMENDMENTS THAT WOULD STRIP THIS FUNDING. WEST VIRGINIA IS A LEADER IN THIS TECHNOLOGY. WITH THE NATIONAL ENERGY TECHNOLOGY LAB IN MORGANTOWN, CONDUCTING MUCH OF THIS IMPORTANT RESEARCH. THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS CONTINUED TO ATTACK COAL AND THE PEOPLE WHO RELY ON COAL FOR ENERGY AND EMPLOYMENT. THIS BILL NOT ONLY REJECTS THE ADD MADAM SPEAKER'S 15% CUT -- ADMINISTRATION'S 15% CUT FOR FOSSIL FUEL RESEARCH, BUT SENDS A CLEAR MESSAGE, COAL IS, WILL BE, AND MUST BE AN IMPORTANT PART OF A NATIONAL ALL OF THE ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY. WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK TO INVEST IN DEVELOPING WAYS TO MAKE IT MORE EFFICIENT AND CLEANER. THE ENERGY AND WATER APPROPS BILL ALSO REJECTS THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEER AND E.P.A.'S PROPOSED RULE TO EXPAND FEDERAL JURISDICTION UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT. AND FINALLY, THIS BILL MAINTAINS FUNDING FOR THE APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION UNDERSCORING ITS IMPORTANCE TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES. MY STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA IS THE ONLY STATE THAT IS ENTIRELY WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE A.R.C. AND THE PEOPLE OF WEST VIRGINIA HAVE TRULY BENEFITED FROM THE A.R.C.'S PROVEN RECORD OF SPURRING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION IN LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, HAHL ROGERS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MIKE SIMPSON, FOR BRINGING THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR THAT MAKES THE RIGHT CHOICES AND SETS THE RIGHT PRIORITIES FOR OUR COUNTRY'S ENERGY FUTURE. WITH THAT I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:14:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    NO MORE SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY IS READY TO CLOSE, I'D CLOSE. MS.…

    NO MORE SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY IS READY TO CLOSE, I'D CLOSE. MS. KAPTUR: I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE,

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  • 02:14:51 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

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    THE CHAIR

    OHIO IS RECOGNIZED. MS. KAPTUR: I THANK YOU. AN ENERGY HUNGRY WORLD WILL…

    OHIO IS RECOGNIZED. MS. KAPTUR: I THANK YOU. AN ENERGY HUNGRY WORLD WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH UP GLOBAL ENERGY PRICES AND AVAILABILITY. AMERICA

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  • 02:14:55 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    UP GLOBAL ENERGY PRICES AND AVAILABILITY. AMERICA MUST NOT GET CAUGHT IN…

    UP GLOBAL ENERGY PRICES AND AVAILABILITY. AMERICA MUST NOT GET CAUGHT IN THE ENSUING JUGGERNAUT. OUR LIBERTY AND ECONOMIC SECURITY TRULY ARE AT STAKE. . OVER A QUARTER CENTURY AGO PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER WAS NOT WRONG WHEN HE EQUATED ENERGY INDEPENDENCE CLOSE TO WAR. OIL RICH UNSTABLE REGIONS WE'VE BEEN DEPENDENT AROUND THE WORLD. INSTEAD WE MUST REFOCUS AND DRAW POWERS FROM OUR OWN LAND, PERFORMING SOMETHING WORTHY TO BE REMEMBER DANIEL WEBSTER SAYS EVERY DAY, ENERGY SECURITY IS SUCH A CALLING. CERTAINLY THIS BILL LEAVES UNMET OPPORTUNITIES ON THE TABLE. TOO MUCH IN MY VIEW. BUT ITS DIRECTION IS CLEAR. IT AIMS AT LIBERTY. IT LOOKS FORWARD TO MEETING THAT OBJECTIVE BY MOVING THIS BILL FORWARD. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SIMPSON, ROB BLAIR, TONA, OUR ENTIRE STAFF FOR THEIR WILLINGNESS TO WORK TOGETHER, FOR PREPARING A BILL THAT'S INCLUSIVE AND PRAGMATIC AND I APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN SIMPSON'S GENTLEMANLY REACHOUT TO OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK ALL THE STAFF THAT HAVE HELPED. THEIR COUNTLESS LONG HOURS, LIGHT NIGHTS, DURING HOLIDAYS AND SO FORTH AND THEIR FORESIGHT HAS BEEN CRITICAL IN HELPING US PREPARE THIS LEGISLATION THAT'S AIMED AT RESTORING LIBERTY, CREATING JOBS IN AMERICA, REASSUMING ECONOMIC POWER HERE AT HOME, STRENGTHENING OUR ENERGY PORTFOLIO AND WATER SECURITY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS AND FUNDAMENTALLY OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME AND ASK OUR COLLEAGUES AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE AMENDMENT PROCESS TO HELP US MOVE THIS BILL FORWARD IN AMERICA'S INTERESTS.

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  • 02:17:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    FOR YIELDING. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER WORK ON THIS BILL. SHE'S BEEN…

    FOR YIELDING. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER WORK ON THIS BILL. SHE'S BEEN A VALUABLE PARTNER IN CRAFTING A BILL AND TRYING TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF ALL MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. OBVIOUSLY YOU CAN NEVER ADDRESS ALL OF THEM, BUT I THINK BOTH THE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE AND OF THE HOUSE OUGHT TO BE PROUD OF THE BILL THAT'S BEFORE THEM AND OUR EFFORTS TO TRY TO -- TRY TO ADDRESS THEIR DESIRES AND THEIR NEEDS AND WITH THAT I WILL ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DEBATE ON THE AMENDMENTS THAT ARE GOING TO BE COMING UP AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. ALL TIME

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  • 02:17:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    BACK HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE…

    BACK HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT, EACH AMENDMENT SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR 10 MINUTES, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT. NO PRO FORMA AMENDMENTS SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES MAY OFFER UP TO 10 PRO FORMA AMENDMENTS EACH AT ANY POINT FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE. THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MAY ACCORD PRIORITY AND RECOGNITION ON THE BASIS OF WHETHER THE MEMBER OFFERING THE AMENDMENT HAS CAUSED IT TO BE PRINTED IN A PORTION OF THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, DESIGNATED FOR THAT PURPOSE. AMENDMENTS SO PRINTED SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ.

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  • 02:18:41 PM

    THE CLERK

    ENGINEERS, CIVIL DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, CORPS OF ENGINEERS, CIVIL.…

    ENGINEERS, CIVIL DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, CORPS OF ENGINEERS, CIVIL. APPROPRIATIONS SHALL BE FOR AUTHORIZED FUNCTIONS PERTAINING TO RIVER AND HARBOR FLOOD AND STORMWATER REDUCTION AND RELATED EFFORTS. INVESTIGATIONS. $115 MILLION. CONSTRUCTION, $1,704,499,000.

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  • 02:19:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA SEEK…

    SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:19:24 PM

    MRS. WALORSKI

    WILL THE GENTLELADY SPECIFY WHICH AMENDMENT?

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    THE CHAIR

    SPECIFY WHICH AMENDMENT?

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    MRS. WALORSKI

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    THE CHAIR

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    THE CLERK

    PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OFFERED BY MRS. WALORSKI OF INDIANA.

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    THE CHAIR

    MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA.

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  • 02:20:33 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    CURRENTLY NOW REWRITTEN AND IS AMENDMENT NUMBER 53. THE CHAIR: DOES THE…

    CURRENTLY NOW REWRITTEN AND IS AMENDMENT NUMBER 53. THE CHAIR: DOES THE GENTLELADY WISH TO OFFER THE UNPRINTED AMENDMENT? MRS. WALORSKI: NO.

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  • 02:20:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OFFER THE UNPRINTED AMENDMENT? MRS. WALORSKI: NO. YES, WE DO. I'M SORRY.…

    OFFER THE UNPRINTED AMENDMENT? MRS. WALORSKI: NO. YES, WE DO. I'M SORRY. THE

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  • 02:20:49 PM

    MRS. WALORSKI

    YES, WE DO. I'M SORRY. THE ANSWER IS YES. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT…

    YES, WE DO. I'M SORRY. THE ANSWER IS YES. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THAT AMENDMENT. THE

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  • 02:20:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THAT AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT BY MRS. WALORSKI OF

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    THE CLERK

    INDIANA. INSERT INCREASED BY $500,000. PAGE 26, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR…

    INDIANA. INSERT INCREASED BY $500,000. PAGE 26, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $500,000.

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  • 02:21:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES ON THIS AMENDMENT. MRS. WALORSKI: THANK…

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES ON THIS AMENDMENT. MRS. WALORSKI: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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  • 02:21:17 PM

    MRS. WALORSKI

    MY AMENDMENT WOULD PROVIDE A $500 INCREASE FOR THE ARMY CORPS OF…

    MY AMENDMENT WOULD PROVIDE A $500 INCREASE FOR THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS' CONTINUED PRIORITY PROGRAM AND WOULD PAY FOR THE INCREASE OF A SMALL $500,000 CUT OF THE DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNT. FOR SMALL COMMUNITIES STRUGGLING TO PAY FOR $25,000 PROJECTS, THIS MINOR AMENDMENT CAN BE A MAJOR HELP AROUND THE COUNTRY. THE CAP PROGRAM ALLOWS FOR FUNDING OF SMALL LOCAL PROJECTS WITHOUT THE LENGTHY STUDY AND AUTHORIZATION PROCESS TYPICAL OF MOST LARGER CORPS PROJECTS. IT DEALS WITH ISSUES LIKE NAVIGATION IMPROVEMENTS AND FLOOD CONTROL AND IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES THAT CANNOT AFFORD TO FUND THESE STUDIES AND PROJECTS ON THEIR OWN. TWO SPECIFIC SECTIONS OF THE PROGRAM ARE VITALLY IMPORTANT TO MY DISTRICT. SECTION 205 WHICH DEALS WITH FLOOD CONTROL AND SECTION 14 WHICH DEALS WITH STREAM BANK EROSION. THE CITY OF PERU, INDIANA, LIVES WITHIN AN AREA DESIGNATED AS A FLOODPLAIN BECAUSE OF A DITCH THAT RUNS THROUGH IT BUT THE DITCH HASN'T FLOODED IN THE ENTIRE TIME THE CITY HAS BEEN KEEPING RECORDS, WHICH IS MORE THAN 80 YEARS. THIS FLOODPLAIN DESIGNATION HAS MADE INSURANCE PREMIUMS SO EXPENSIVE BUSINESS DEVELOPERS ARE RELUCTANT TO LOCATE TO THE AREA AND RESIDENTS ARE STRUGGLING TO PAY THEIR PREMIUMS. CORPS ENGINEERS HAVE BEEN TO THE SITE AND THEY DON'T THINK THE FLOODPLAIN IS CORRECT EITHER. THE DITCH HASN'T FLOODED. SO CAP FUNDS ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED IN PLACES LIKE PERU, INDIANA, SO THE CORPS CAN CONDUCT A STUDY TO SEE IF THE DITCH IS EVER LIKELY TO FLOOD AND IF SO WHAT TYPE OF PROJECT TO PREVENT FLOODING AND BRING DOWN FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUMS. IN A PLACE CALLED ROCHESTER, INDIANA, A RIVER IS PART OF ROUTE COUNTY 250 NORTH. THEY HAVE LOST SEVERAL FEET OF THE EMBARK BANKMENT. THE SITUATION HAS BECOME SO BAD THAT THEY NEED TO HAVE A PROJECT TO BE DONE TO FIX IT. COUNTY OFFICIALS CANNOT CONDUCT A STUDY OR REPAIRS ON THEIR OWN. THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SAID THEY NEED TO CONDUCT THE EXAMINATION AND REPAIRS BUT CAP FUNDS ARE NEEDED. HOWEVER, THE CONTINUING AUTHORITIES' PROGRAM IS SO POPULAR WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES LIKE PERU AND ROCHESTER, THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS ROUTINELY GETS MORE PROJECTS THAN THEY CAN FUND AND CAP FUNDS RUN OUT QUICKLY. CHAIRMAN SIMPSON HAS TRIED TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BUDGET REQUEST PROVIDE $10 MILLION FOR CAP AND ONLY FUNDED FOUR OF THE CAP SECTIONS BUT CHAIRMAN SIMPSON DENIED THAT AND ALLOCATED $56.8 MILLION FOR EIGHT CAP SECTIONS. MY AMENDMENT WOULD PROVIDE A SMALL FUNDING BUMP FOR CAP THAT WOULD ENABLE THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO HELP DOZENS OF COMMUNITIES MAKING VERY SMALL FUNDING REQUESTS. SOME SAY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER CUT TO THE FUNDING BUT THAT'S SIMPLY NOT TRUE. THIS YEAR'S BILL PROVIDES $250 MILLION FOR DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION BUDGET. THIS IS $20.5 MILLION MORE THAN LAST YEAR. MY AMENDMENT WOULD ONLY CUT $500,000 FROM THIS AMOUNT. THAT'S A.19% CUT. GIVEN THE ENORMOUS IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE, I BELIEVE THIS IS ONE SMALL CUT THAT CONGRESS SHOULD MAKE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME.

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  • 02:24:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OF HER TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 02:24:40 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION ALTHOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SIMPSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, WE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SIMPSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, WE SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND THANK THE GOOD LADY FOR OFFERING IT. THE CHAIR:

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  • 02:24:47 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    THE AMENDMENT AND THANK THE GOOD LADY FOR OFFERING IT. THE CHAIR: THE…

    THE AMENDMENT AND THANK THE GOOD LADY FOR OFFERING IT. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK AND THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA.

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  • 02:24:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK AND THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA.

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    MRS. WALORSKI

    THE RANKING MEMBER. I APPRECIATE YOUR

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    THE CHAIR

    BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

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    THE CLERK

    IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. MURPHY OF FLORIDA. THE CHAIR:…

    IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. MURPHY OF FLORIDA. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 02:25:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. MURPHY

    CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER THE MURPHY-CLEAVER AMENDMENT TO THE…

    CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER THE MURPHY-CLEAVER AMENDMENT TO THE UNDERLYING ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL TO EXTEND THIS FUND IN THE CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNT BY $5 MILLION. THE TREASURE COAST AND PALM BEACH COMMUNITIES IN FLORIDA, I'M SO PROUD TO REPRESENT. THE RESTORATION PROJECTS IN MY AREA ARE VITAL TO RESTORING THE NATURAL FLOW OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE, REDUCING THE HARM THAT IS CAUSED BY DISCHARGES FROM THE LAKE INTO THE ST. LUCIE RIVER. THIS IS TO IMPROVE THE WATER QUALITY THROUGHOUT THE SYSTEM. WITH OUR LOCAL WATERWAYS BEING NO EXCEPTION. THE URGENCY TO MOVE THESE ONGOING PROJECTS FORWARD COULD NOT BE MORE CLEAR. THE RECORD RAINFALL IN OUR AREA RESULTED FROM LAST YEAR BEING DUBBED THE LOST SUMMER WITH THE DIEOFF OF MANY IMPORTANT SPECIES AS WELL AS HEALTH WARNINGS THAT KEPT THE PUBLIC OUT OF THE WATER AND HARMED OUR LOCAL ECONOMY THAT RELY SO HEAVILY ON OUR WATERWAYS. WHILE $1 MILLION MIGHT NOT SEEM LIKE A LOT, THIS MONEY COULD BE USED TO HELP PROJECTS THAT ARE NEAR COMPLETION ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. FOR EXAMPLE, THE KISSIMMEE WATER PROJECT IS 86% NEAR COMPLETION AND THIS FUNDING CAN BE USED TO FUND ONE OF THE FINAL STEPS NEEDED TO COMPLETE THIS PROJECT. ONCE COMPLETED, THIS PROJECT WILL RESTORE UP TO 20,000 ACRES OF WETTELAND, STORING MORE -- WETLAND, STORING MORE WATER NORTH OF THE LAKE AND DISCHARGING WATERS INTO OUR LOCAL ESTUARIES AND CLEAN THE WATER BEFORE IT FLOWS INTO THE ALREADY INUNDATED WATERWAYS. FOR FLORIDA'S 18TH DISTRICT, $1 MILLION CAN MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE AND THE FIGHT -- IN THE FIGHT TO PROTECT OUR WATERWAYS. MR. CHAIR, I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. CLEAVER, FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. MR. CLEAVER IS A GREAT CHAMPION OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS SUCH AS THESE THAT INVEST IN OUR FUTURE AND COME BACK TO OUR ECONOMY IN MULTIPLES. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLEAVER, IS RECOGNIZED

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  • 02:27:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MR. CLEAVER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

  • 02:27:45 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    MR. MURPHY, AND TO THE CHAIR, RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

    MR. MURPHY, AND TO THE CHAIR, RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE. OUR AMENDMENT WOULD TRANSFER A MODEST AMOUNT, AS MR. MURPHY STATED, $1 MILLION, BETWEEN THE CORPS' EXPENSE ACCOUNT TO THE CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNT. THE BOOST IN FUNDING CAN HELP FLOOD CONTROL PROJECTS THAT COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING SEVERAL IN MY DISTRICT, THAT WE ARE PUSHING IN HOPES THAT THEY CAN BE COMPLETED. THE UNITED STATES HAS, AS I BELIEVE WE ALL KNOW, AN AGING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEM, AND A COLOSSAL $80 BILLION BACKLOG OF ARMY CORPS PROJECTS. OVER 1,000 AUTHORIZED PROJECTS VIGOROUSLY COMPETE FOR FUNDING. THIS IS UNDERSTANDABLE WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE FACT THAT AMERICA'S LEVEES, DAMS AND INLAND WATERWAYS WERE GIVEN A GRADE OF D BY THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS IN THEIR 2013 REPORT CARD. HOW CAN WE EXPECT OUR ECONOMY TO FLOURISH WHEN ITS BEDROCK IS DETERIORATING. WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING IS VITAL TO MY DISTRICT AND IT SITS ON THE CONFLUENCE OF SEVERAL RIVERS AND FLOOD CONTROL PROJECTS PROTECT THOUSANDS OF LIVES AND BILLIONS IN ECONOMIC INVESTMENT. ONE SUCH PROJECT LIES WITHIN ONE -- A 100-YEAR FLOODPLAIN. WHEN IT FLOODS ACCESS TO AND FROM THE PARK IS CUT OFF, RISKING THE LIVES OF OVER 400 WORKERS. WITHOUT A 7,000-FOOT FLOOD WALL AND LEVEE, THOSE 400 WORKERS AND OVER $61 MILLION IN MANUFACTURING REMAIN UNPROTECTED. ANOTHER PROJECT IN MY DISTRICT, DOBSON INDUSTRIAL PARK, IS READY TO START ITS FINAL PHASE BUT UNTIL THAT FINAL SEGMENT IS COMPLETED AND CONNECTED, THE REST OF THE PROJECT, THE INVESTMENT OF $250 MILLION WITHIN THE PARK, REMAIN AT RISK. MR. CHAIRMAN, MOST ARMY CORPS PROJECTS CONTAIN AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES THAT SHARE THE FUNDING AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THEIR CONSTRUCTION. IT IS TIME FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO HOLD UP ITS END OF THE AGREEMENT FOR US TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND FULLY INVEST IN OUR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. I WANT TO THANK MR. MURPHY FOR HIS COLLABORATION ON THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    THE CHAIR

    BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. MR. MURPHY: THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK…

    BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. MR. MURPHY: THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK MR. CLEAVER FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THIS COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS PROPOSAL THAT, AS YOU HAVE HEARD, HAS THE POTENTIAL TO MAKE A MAJOR DIFFERENCE IN THE WELL-BEING OF COMMUNITIES FROM FLORIDA TO MISSOURI.

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    MR. MURPHY

    WELL-BEING OF COMMUNITIES FROM FLORIDA TO

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    MR. SIMPSON

    FROM FLORIDA YIELD?

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    MR. MURPHY

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    MR. SIMPSON

    AMENDMENT. MR. MURPHY: I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR AND FOR THE RANKING…

    AMENDMENT. MR. MURPHY: I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR AND FOR THE RANKING MEMBER FOR SUPPORT OF THEIR AMENDMENT. MS. KAPTUR:

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    MR. MURPHY

    CHAIR AND FOR THE RANKING MEMBER FOR SUPPORT OF THEIR AMENDMENT. MS.…

    CHAIR AND FOR THE RANKING MEMBER FOR SUPPORT OF THEIR AMENDMENT. MS. KAPTUR: I JUST WANT TO SAY --

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    MS. KAPTUR

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, FROM THE LAKE OKEECHOBEE AREA, FOR…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, FROM THE LAKE OKEECHOBEE AREA, FOR INTRODUCING THIS AMENDMENT. MR. MURPHY: THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN

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    MR. MURPHY

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.…

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES ANYONE SEEK RECOGNITION? .

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES ANYONE SEEK RECOGNITION? . THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED…

    DOES ANYONE SEEK RECOGNITION? . THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE COMMITTEE WILL RISE ENVELOPELY TO RECEIVE -- INFORMALLY TO RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I'M DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED…

    SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I'M DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DELIVER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A MESSAGE IN WRITING. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE COMMITTEE WILL RESUME ITS SITTING. THE CHAIR:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL RESUME ITS SITTING. THE CHAIR: THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR

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    THE CHAIR

    BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA SEEK…

    BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.…

    AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. THE

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  • 02:31:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT NUMBER 4, PRINTED IN THE ACROSS-THE-BOARD…

    AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT NUMBER 4, PRINTED IN THE ACROSS-THE-BOARD --

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    THE CLERK

    PRINTED IN THE ACROSS-THE-BOARD -- CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MR.…

    PRINTED IN THE ACROSS-THE-BOARD -- CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MR. CASSIDY OF LOUISIANA. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 641RK THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE

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    THE CHAIR

    RESOLUTION 641RK THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH…

    RESOLUTION 641RK THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. CADDY. MR. CASSIDY: THIS AMENDMENT IS ABOUT SETTING PRIORITIES.

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    MR. CASSIDY

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA --

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    THE CHAIR

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES DO YOU RISE? MR.…

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES DO YOU RISE? MR. SIM CON: -- MR.

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    MR. SIM CON

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    MR. SIMPSON

    OPPOSITION. I MUST OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I KNOW IT IS A HIGH PRIORITY FOR…

    OPPOSITION. I MUST OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I KNOW IT IS A HIGH PRIORITY FOR HIS DISTRICT AND STATE AND THE COUNTRY. THE COMMITTEE OFTEN HEARS COMPLAINTS THAT THE PROJECTS TAKE TOO LONG AND COST TOO MUCH TO BUILD IN LARGE PART ATTRIBUTED TO INEFFICIENT FUNDING. IF THAT IS TRUE, THE ONLY RESPONSIBLE WAY TO ALLOW FOR NEW STARTS IS TO FINISH UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACTS OF THE SELECTED NEW STARS ON THE CORPS' FUTURE BUDGET REQUIREMENTS AND ON THE EXPECTED COSTS AND TIMELINES OF ONGOING PROJECTS. UNFORTUNATELY, WE DO NOT HAVE THAT INFORMATION AND THE ADMINISTRATION HAS SHOWN NO WILLINGNESS TO PROVIDE IT. THE FISCAL YEAR 2014 ACT FOLLOWED -- ALLOWED FOR A LIMITED NUMBER OF NEW CONSTRUCTION STARTS WITH THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE ADMINISTRATION PROVIDE INFORMATION TO SHOW THAT THESE PROJECTS WOULD BE AFFORDABLE AT REASONABLE CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNT LEVELS AND THAT THESE NEW PROJECTS WILL NOT UNDULY DELAY OR INCREASE THE COSTS OF ONGOING PROJECTS. TO SAY THAT THE SO-CALLED ANALYSIS FROM THE ADMINISTRATION WAS INADEQUATE WOULD BE AN UNDERESTIMATE. AND -- UNDERSTATEMENT. ADDITIONALLY, THE ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO PROPOSE BUDGETS WITH SIGNIFICANT CUTS TO THE CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNT, INCLUDING A 32% CUT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015. IN FACT, SEVERAL INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS AUTHORIZED IN RECREPT -- IN THE RECENT WRRDA ARE EACH ESTIMATED TO COST MORE THAN WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION REQUESTED FOR THE ENTIRE NATIONWIDE CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM. CLEARLY AS PROMISING AS SOME NEW PROJECTS MAY BE, IT WOULD BE FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE TO INITIATE NEW PROJECTS WITH NO INFORMATION ON THE IMPACTS OF DOING SO. I UNDERSTAND THAT SOME MEMBERS WITH AUTHORIZED PROJECTS IN THEIR DISTRICTS ARE ANXIOUS TO GET CONSTRUCTION UNDER WAY. I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT MANY MEMBERS WITH PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN THEIR DISTRICTS WANT TO SEE THOSE PROJECTS COMPLETED AND START REALIZING THE BENEFITS OF THESE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL I VESTMENTS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. -- INVESTMENTS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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    MR. CASSIDY

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    THE CHAIR

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

    YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. CASSIDY. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:37:25 PM

    MR. LUJAN

    AT THE DESK. THE CLERK: PAGE 3, LINE 16, INSERT THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT…

    AT THE DESK. THE CLERK: PAGE 3, LINE 16, INSERT THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $15 MILLION.

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    THE CLERK

    THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $15 MILLION. PAGE 6, LINE 3, AFTER…

    THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $15 MILLION. PAGE 6, LINE 3, AFTER THELE TOAR AMOUNT INSERT BY $15 MILLION. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1 -- 641, A MEMBER OPPOSED AND FOR EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    641, A MEMBER OPPOSED AND FOR EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. LUJAN

    THE WORK THEY HAVE DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS.…

    THE WORK THEY HAVE DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. IT WORKS WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN NEW MEXICO TO CONSTRUCT LEVEES, IMPLEMENT FLOOD CONTROL MEASURES, AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC. MORE SPECIFICALLY THE CITY OF RIO RANCHO ENTERED INTO A REIMBURSEMENT CONTRACT WITH THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND HAS NOT BEEN PAID BACK FOR SEVERAL YEARS DUE TO THE LACK OF APPROPRIATIONS. THE SAME GOES FOR THE COUNTY OF MIDDLE RIO GRANDE CONSERVANCY DISTRICT, AND OTHER COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THIS DELAY IN REIMBURSEMENT HAS LED TO INTERRUPTIONS IN FINANCING FOR OTHER CITY PROJECTS AND ALSO HAS THE POTENTIAL TO HURT THE CREDIT RATING OF THESE ENTITIES IF THEY DO NOT RECOVER THESE FUNDS VIA REIMBURSEMENT AS STATED IN THEIR CONTRACTS WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. BY INCREASING THELE TOAR AMOUNT ON THIS ACCOUNT WHICH INCLUDES A NUMBER OF PROGRAMS AND ACCOUNTS THAT ARE CRITICAL TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS LIKE ENGINEERING, CONSTRUCTION, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, FLOOD CONTROL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE, WE CAN GET THESE ENTITIES REIMBURSED AND GET THESE LIABILITIES OFF THE BOOKS OF THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE THIS INCREASE HAS ZERO IMPACT ON THE BUDGET AND IN FACT WOULD SAVE MONEY BY REDUCING LIABILITY FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. MR. CHAIRMAN, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE BEEN LEFT HOLDING AN I.O.U. FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR DOING THE WORK BASED ON A GOOD FAITH WRITTEN AGREEMENT WITH THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I UNDERSTAND THERE MAY BE OPPOSITION FROM SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES, BUT I'M HOPING THAT I CAN PERSUADE THE CHAIRMAN TO SUPPORT ME IN THIS EFFORT. UNDER SECTION 593 OF THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 199, THE CITO OF RIO RANCHO AND OTHER GOVERNMENTS ENTERED INTO AGREEMENTS WITH THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. THEY EXPECT TO BE REIMBURSED. THEY HAVE BUDGETS WITH THE EXACTATION THEY'LL BE PAID BACK. -- EXPECTATION THEY'LL BE PAID BACK. I UNDERSTAND THE CONSTRAINTS THE SUBCOMMITTEE DEALT WITH WITH THE ALLOCATIONS GIVEN TO THEM, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WHEN WE ARE WORKING TO MAKE THESE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HOLD WITH THE AGREEMENTS AND CONTRACTS WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, FOR WHAT…

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES DO YOU SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. SIMPSON: CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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    MR. SIMPSON

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    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    THE AMENDMENT. FIRST, THOUGH, LET ME ENSURE MY COLLEAGUE THAT I AM…

    THE AMENDMENT. FIRST, THOUGH, LET ME ENSURE MY COLLEAGUE THAT I AM SYMPATHETIC TO THE NEEDS FOR INCREASED CONSTRUCTION FUNDING. IN FACT, THE UNDERLYING BILL INCREASES CONSTRUCTION FUNDING BY ALMOST $50 MILLION ABOVE FISCAL YEAR 201 AND ALMOST $600 MILLION OR 52% ABOVE THE BUDGET REQUEST. WHILE I UNDERSTAND THERE IS ALWAYS MORE THAT CAN BE DONE, WE COULD SHIFT THE ENTIRE EXPENSES ACCOUNT TO CONSTRUCTION AND THERE STILL WOULD BE MORE THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. ALTHOUGH IT MAY SEEM LIKE AN EASY OFFSET HERE ON THE FLOOR, MEMBERS SHOULD RECOGNIZE THAT A $50 MILLION CUT TO THE EXPENSES ACCOUNT CANNOT BE SUSTAINED IN CONFERENCE. FUNDING FOR THE EXPENSES ACCOUNT IN THE UNDERLYING BILL ALREADY REFLECTS A 2% REDUCTION FROM FISCAL YEAR 2014 AND A 4% REDUCTION FROM FISCAL YEAR 2012. FOR THOSE REASONS I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    BACK. MILLION LUJAN: MAY I POSE A QUESTION. WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS LIKE…

    BACK. MILLION LUJAN: MAY I POSE A QUESTION. WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS LIKE THIS ENTERING INTO AGREEMENTS WITH THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND DOING WORK LIKE THIS, IS THERE SOMETHING THAT COULD BE DONE ASSOCIATED WITH TRYING TO GET AN ASSESSMENT OF THOSE AND MAYBE WE CAN CHIP AWAY AT THOSE REIMBURSEMENTS IF A TIMELY MANNER? IS THAT SOMETHING WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO WORK ON? MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD YIELD TO ANYONE THAT MIGHT BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO THAT. MR. SIMPSON: I DIDN'T HEAR THE QUESTION. MR.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    LUJAN: MY QUESTION IS WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS LIKE THE ONES IN NEW MEXICO…

    LUJAN: MY QUESTION IS WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS LIKE THE ONES IN NEW MEXICO AND OTHER PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES THAT HAVE ENTERED INTO AGREEMENTS WITH THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND OTHERS FOR REIMBURSEMENT IN A TIMEY MANNER S. THERE

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    MR. LUJAN

    OTHERS FOR REIMBURSEMENT IN A TIMEY MANNER S. THERE A WAY WE MIGHT CHIP…

    OTHERS FOR REIMBURSEMENT IN A TIMEY MANNER S. THERE A WAY WE MIGHT CHIP AWAY AT THIS? I HAVE OFFERED THIS AMENDMENT IF YEARS PAST. AND AGAIN THERE'S LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES THAT ARE AWAITING FOR REIMBURSEMENT. I THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR US TO LOOK AT. I YIELD.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    YIELD. I CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN. I AGREE WITH HIM.…

    YIELD. I CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN. I AGREE WITH HIM. THIS IS -- IT ALL COMES DOWN TO FUNDING LEVELS. I WOULD BE MORE THAN WILLING TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN TO TRY TO SEE IF WE COULD ADDRESS HIS CONCERN, WHICH IS A CONCERN FOR ALL OF US, AS WE MOVE FORWARD INTO THE CONFERENCE PROCESS. MR. LUJAN: MR. CHAIRMAN, WOULD THAT BE AGREEABLE OR AMENDABLE --

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    MR. LUJAN

    THAT BE AGREEABLE OR AMENDABLE --

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    MS. KAPTUR

    ON MATTERS LIKE THIS. IT'S DIFFICULT BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT WE HAVE NO…

    ON MATTERS LIKE THIS. IT'S DIFFICULT BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT WE HAVE NO NEW STARTS. WE HAVE A BACKLOG THAT IS ENORMOUS. AND THE DEPARTMENT IS UNDER THE -- THE CORPS IS UNDER PRESSURE. WE WILL BE VERY HAPPY TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN AND TRY TO RESOLVE SITUATIONS THAT YOU MAY FACE IN YOUR REGION.

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    MR. LUJAN

    CHAIRMAN, I THANK THE STAFFS FOR THEIR TIME AND EFFORT AND THE COURTESY OF…

    CHAIRMAN, I THANK THE STAFFS FOR THEIR TIME AND EFFORT AND THE COURTESY OF THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER. WITH THAT NOT OFFER THIS AMENDMENT TODAY. WE'LL SEE IF WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND IF NOT WE'LL COME BACK NEXT YEAR AND SEE WHAT WE CAN DO. MAYBE WE'LL NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT A VOTE. APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S COURTESY TODAY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK TO WITHDRAW HIS AMENDMENT?

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    THE CHAIR

    WITHDRAW HIS AMENDMENT?

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    MR. LUJAN

    MY AMENDMENT AS WELL. THE CHAIR: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS…

    MY AMENDMENT AS WELL. THE CHAIR: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN.

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    THE CHAIR

    WITHDRAWN. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK…

    WITHDRAWN. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. CICILLINE: I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE

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    MR. CICILLINE

    AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE…

    AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT

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    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. CICILLINIVERYRY.

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    THE CLERK

    CICILLINIVERYRY. PAGE , LINE 17, BEFORE THE SEMICOLON, INSERT OF WHICH $…

    CICILLINIVERYRY. PAGE , LINE 17, BEFORE THE SEMICOLON, INSERT OF WHICH $ MILLION SHALL BE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS FOR FINANCIALLY DISTRESSED MUNICIPALITIES. THE CHAIR: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SIMPSON

    ORDER. THE CHAIR: POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION…

    ORDER. THE CHAIR: POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH…

    RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE. MR. LUJAN: I FIRST WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR HARD WORK --

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    MR. LUJAN

    CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR HARD WORK --

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    MR. CICILLINE

    CHAIRMAN FOR THEIR HARD WORK. AS WE RECOGNIZE THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS…

    CHAIRMAN FOR THEIR HARD WORK. AS WE RECOGNIZE THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS PROVIDES INVALUABLE ASSISTANCE TO FINANCIALLY STRAPPED COMMUNITIES THROUGH ITS GENERAL CONSTRUCTION FUND, SPECIFICALLY FOR WASTEWATER AND WATER IMPROVEMENTS, AND IN PAST YEARS HAS ALLOCATED SPECIFICALLY A FUND FOR THIS PURPOSE OVER THIS YEAR'S REPORT DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY MONEY FOR THIS ACCOUNT. SO THE AMENDMENT I WOULD OFFER WOULD DIRECT THAT $44 MILLION WHICH IS 3% OF THE TOTAL ALLOCATION FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, BE SETASIDE TO SUPPORT ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMS SPECIFICALLY FOR FINANCIALLY DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY. AS WE KNOW, MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY $298 BILLION OF UNMET NEEDS FOR WASTEWATER AND STORM WATER TREATMENT THAT ARE PROJECTED OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS. OF THAT ABOUT 15% TO 20% REPRESENT WATER TREATMENT, AND THAT PERCENTAGE IS EXPECTED TO GROW OVER TIME BECAUSE OF INCREASES IN FEDERAL REGULATIONS. IN OLDER CITIES, A SINGLE SYSTEM, IN FACT COMBINES BOTH STORM WATER AND SEWAGE, AND RAIN, SNOW, CAN OVERWHELM THOSE SYSTEMS AND PRESENT A TREMENDOUS CHALLENGE. 72% OF THE UNITED STATES POPULATION IS SERVED BY SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS, 3.8 MILLION AMERICANS ARE SERVED BY FACILITIES PROVIDING LESS THAN SECONDARY TREATMENT, WHICH IS A BASIC REQUIREMENT OF LAW. THIS IS A HUGE UNMET NEED. FOR MUNICIPALITIES, FINANCIALLY DISTRESSED ONES, INVESTING IN WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES CAN BE A TREMENDOUS BURDEN THAT THEY CAN'T MEET ALONE. . IN FACT, SINCE 2007, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS REQUIRED CITIES TO INVEST MORE THAN $15 BILLION IN NEW PIPES, PLANTS AND EQUIPMENT TO ADDRESS SEWER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT. SO WE'RE IMPOSING AND RIGHTLY SO -- I AM NOT CRITICIZING IT -- BUT WE'RE IMPOSING THE STANDARDS AND THE PRICE IS BEING BORNE BY THE MUNICIPALITIES. WHAT THIS BILL ATTEMPTS TO DO IS ENSURE THAT AT LEAST SOME PORTION OF THAT ACCOUNT IS SET ASIDE FOR WASTEWATER TREATMENT PROJECTS AND PARTICULARLY TARGETS FACILITIES THAT HAVE FINANCIAL CHALLENGES, FINANCIALLY DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES. SO I HAVE SPOKEN WITH THE RANKING MEMBER, AND I RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN HAS RESERVED A POINT OF ORDER. I WOULD ASK IF MY RANKING MEMBER WOULD CONTINUE TO MAKE THE CASE THAT THESE WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITIES REQUIRE SOME ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT. IF THAT'S THE CASE I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE CHAIRMAN AND MY RANKING MEMBER SO THAT WE CAN BE SURE THAT THIS INVESTMENT IS PRESERVED, THAT IT -- AS IT HAS BEEN IN PAST YEARS SO COMMUNITIES THAT REALLY NEED ASSISTANCE WITH THEIR WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY ALSO HAVE SOME ACCESS TO THESE FUNDS AND IF SO THEN I'LL WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT. THE CHAIR: IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE AMENDMENT?

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    THE CHAIR

    WITHDRAWAL OF THE AMENDMENT?

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    MS. KAPTUR

    NORTHEAST IN PARTICULAR, THOSE NEEDS ARE HUGE. THE CHAIR: WITHOUT…

    NORTHEAST IN PARTICULAR, THOSE NEEDS ARE HUGE. THE CHAIR: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS WITHDRAWN.

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    THE CLERK

    MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES, $260 MILLION.

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    THE CHAIR

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MCALISTER OF LOUISIANA.…

    AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MCALISTER OF LOUISIANA. PAGE 19, LINE

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    THE CLERK

    OF LOUISIANA. PAGE 19, LINE 12, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY…

    OF LOUISIANA. PAGE 19, LINE 12, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $127 MILLION.

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    THE CHAIR

    LOUISIANA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. FOR WHAT…

    LOUISIANA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. SIMPSON: EXCUSE ME. NEVER FIND. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 02:48:08 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    FIND. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    FIND. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. MCALLISTER

    I APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK YOU'VE DONE IN THIS WHOLE COMMITTEE BILL,…

    I APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK YOU'VE DONE IN THIS WHOLE COMMITTEE BILL, APPROPRIATION PROCESS. I KNOW IT'S NOT AN EASY TASK. THERE'S A LOT OF JUGGLING. MY AMENDMENT WILL INCREASE THE M.R.T. TO $47 MILLION AND BRING IT BACK TO F.Y. 2014 LEVELS. OFFSET IS TO REDUCE THE OFFICE OF ENERGY EFFICIENT BY $127 MILLION. THIS NUMBER IS NECESSARY TO MAKE IT OUTLAY NOR. THIS IS LESS THAN 10% OF THE PROPOSED SPENDING BY THE COMMITTEE. BUDGET AUTHORITY WILL BE REDUCED BY $80 MILLION. THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES ARE THE MAIN ARTERIES, COMMERCE OF THE NATION. AS WE SEE IN THE REPORTS TODAY THAT WE HAVE FLOODING GOING ON IN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER STARTING FROM THE MISSISSIPPI UP ABOVE AND DOWN. IT PROVIDES PROTECTION TO 36,000 LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ACREAGE. THE M.R.T. PROJECTS FACILITATE NAVIGATION AND PROMOTE COMMERCE ON THE NATION'S MOST VITAL COMMERCIAL ARTERY. WATER COMMERCE INCREASED FROM 30 MILLION TONS IN 1940 TO NEARLY 500 MILLION TONS TODAY. SINCE INITIATION, THE M.R.T. PROJECT IN 1928, THE NATION HAS RECEIVED A $24 RETURN FOR EVERY $1 INVESTED. THE REMAINING WORK TO BE COMPLETED WILL HAVE AN ESTIMATED 37-1 RETURN ON INVESTMENT. WITH THE PANAMA CANAL EXNKS PANGS UNDER WAY, WE MUST CONTINUE THE VITAL RESOURCE, NOT REDUCE FUNDING. THESE WATERWAYS ARE TOO IMPORTANT TO OUR NATION. I JUST WANT TO SAY HOW IMPORTANT THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IS TO THE NATION AS A WHOLE, NOT JUST TO MY DISTRICT AND THOSE OF US BORDERING THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND THEIR TRIBUTARIES ALL UP AND DOWN THE CENTRAL UNITED STATES. IT'S VERY VITAL TO THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY, TO THE COMMERCE INDUSTRY, TO EVERYTHING THAT THE FLOOD CONTROL -- IT JUST HAS A TREMENDOUS IMPACT THAT WE ALL NEED TO BE AWARE OF. I KNOW THIS $127 MILLION LOOKS LIKE A LOT IN THE RENEWABLE ENERGY AND EFFICIENCY OFFICE, BUT WE TRIED TO FIND DIFFERENT PLACES THAT WE CAN TAKE AWAY. WE FOUND THIS THE LESS NEUTRAL. ONLY REDUCING 7% OF THE TOTAL BUDGET. IT WAS THE LARGEST WE FOUND WE COULD TAKE IT FROM. AGAIN, I JUST WANT TO COMMEND THE COMMITTEE ON THE HARD WORK THEY'VE DONE. I KNOW IT'S NOT AN EASY CHALLENGE AT ALL FOR THEM TO REDUCE AND HAVE TO ANSWER TO CERTAIN PARTIES FOR WHAT WAS REDUCED AND NOT REDUCED. WE'VE WORKED ON THIS BIPARTISAN. GOT A LOT OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT ON IT THROUGHOUT YESTERDAY AND TODAY. I APPRECIATE YOUR CONSIDERATION AND SUPPORT ON TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO TAKE CARE OF THE M.R.T. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS

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    THE CHAIR

    BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO. MR.…

    BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO. MR. SIMPSON: CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SIMPSON

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. SIMPSON

    RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. LET ME ASSURE MY COLLEAGUE, THOUGH,…

    RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. LET ME ASSURE MY COLLEAGUE, THOUGH, THAT I AGREE WITH HIM ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING INVESTMENTS IN NAVIGATION AND FLOOD CONTROL INFRASTRUCTURE. IN FACT, A LOT OF THE PROBLEM WAS TRYING TO FIND AN OFFSET FOR $47 MILLION. AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, IT'S VERY DIFFICULT BECAUSE THERE ARE THINGS IN THIS BILL THAT ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO AT LEAST SOMEONE WITHIN THIS BODY. THAT'S WHY THE UNDERLYING BILL INCREASES BECAUSE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF NAVIGATION AND FLOOD CONTROL. THAT'S WHY IT INCREASES FUNDING FOR M.R.T. 6% ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST AND FOCUSES FUNDING SUCH THAT NAVIGATION IS INCREASED BY 21% AND FLOOD CONTROL BY 15% ABOVE THE BUDGET REQUEST. WHILE I UNDERSTAND THERE IS ALMOST ALWAYS MORE THAT CAN BE DONE, WE MUST BALANCE SEVERAL COMPETING ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE ENERGY AND WATER BILL. THE AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE EERE -- THE EERE ACCOUNT, WHICH IS ALREADY CUT BY $113 MILLION BELOW LAST YEAR'S LEVEL AND $528 MILLION BELOW THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST. SO WHILE WE DID INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE M.R.T. ACCOUNT ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST, THE EERE ACCOUNT IS ALREADY $528 MILLION BELOW THE BUDGET REQUEST BY THE ADMINISTRATION. WITHIN THE EERE ACCOUNT, THE FUNDING -- THE BILL PRESERVES IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE FUNDING IT CUTS. THE BILL FOCUSES FUNDING FOR THREE MAIN PRIORITIES -- HELPING AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS REMAIN COMPETITIVE, SUPPORTING WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND ADDRESSING FUTURE HIGH GAS PRICES. THIS FUNDING SUPPORTS BREAKTHROUGH RESEARCH TO REDUCE WHAT AMERICANS PAY AT THE GAS PUMP AND TO HELP OUR COMPANIES COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL MARKET WHICH CREATES JOBS HERE AT HOME. FOR THESE REASONS, WHILE I SYMPATHIZE WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS TRYING TO DO WITH THE AMENDMENT AND TRIED TO HAPPEN ON CRAFTING AN AMENDMENT THAT WE CAN FIND $47 MILLION FOR, I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA. THOSE

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  • 02:53:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. MR. SIMPSON: THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO. THE

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  • 02:53:27 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    IDAHO. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON…

    IDAHO. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT

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    THE CHAIR

    PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA WILL…

    PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    DESK. THE CHAIR:

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    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. CRAWFORD OF ARKANSAS. PAGE…

    AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. CRAWFORD OF ARKANSAS. PAGE 4, LINE , AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $18,800,000,

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    THE CLERK

    PAGE 4, LINE , AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $18,800,000,…

    PAGE 4, LINE , AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $18,800,000, INCREASE BY $9,500,000, INCREASE BY $9,300,000.

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  • 02:54:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, AND A MEMBER…

    RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 02:54:17 PM

    MR. CRAWFORD

    CHAIRMAN AND THE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR HARD WORK OF PUTTING THIS BILL…

    CHAIRMAN AND THE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR HARD WORK OF PUTTING THIS BILL TOGETHER. I KNOW IT'S TAKEN A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT TO GET HERE AND I APPRECIATE THAT. MY AMENDMENT ADDRESSES THE VERY REAL THREAT TO THE LIVES OF ARKANSANS AND AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND CITIZENS AND BUSINESSES IN THE AREAS OF COMPLETION OF AQUIFERS AND LACK OF WATER AGRICULTURE DURING TIMES OF DROUGHT. THE GRAND PRAIRIE PROJECTS IN MY DISTRICT, WHICH ARE WELL UNDER WAY TO COMPLETION, WILL PROVIDE AN ECONOMICAL AND SENSIBLE OF PROTECTING AQUIFERS FROM COMPLETION AND PROVIDE FOR AGRICULTURE WATER SUPPLY AS WELL AS A VALUABLE ROLE IN WATER QUALITY AND QUANTITY CONTROL EFFORTS FOR ONE OF OUR MOST CRITICAL WATERWAYS, THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. AQUIFERS PROVIDES PORTION OF WATER USED FOR AG IRRIGATION. WITH DEMANDS OF AGRICULTURE, BUSINESSES AND MUNICIPALITIES, AQUIFERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY TWO THAT SUPPORT THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA, TAKES THE FORM OF REQUIRING TO DRILL MORE OFTEN AND DEEPER TO ACCESS QUANTITY ITS OF WATER. THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO HAVE A STEADY WATER SUPPLY IN ARKANSAS' MISSISSIPPI DELTA REGION. FIRST AUTHORIZED IN 1996, THESE PROJECTS ARE KALS, PUMPS IN TIMES OF ABUNDANCE AND STORE IT FOR FUTURE USE. DURING PERIODS OF DROUGHT, FARMERS CAN TAKE FROM THESE. HELPING ENSURE A CONTINUED AND RELIABLE WATER SUPPLY, BOTH FOR AGRICULTURE AND MUNICIPALITIES. IN ADDITION TO THE AG BENEFITS, BIOMED AND GRAND OPERATEY WILL HELP MITIGATE THE FLOOD DAMAGE DONE TO HOMES AND BUSINESSES, ENSURE SAFE AND STEADY FOOD AND WATER SUPPLY FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS AND PROVIDE A HABITAT FOR VARIOUS APPLE FIBIANS AND WATERFOWL ACROSS THE SOUTH. IT WILL SUPPORT JOBS. OUR REGION IS ABOVE THE NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE. WITHOUT THESE TWO IMPORTANT PROJECTS, THESE FARMERS WILL FORCE TO DEPLETE AQUIFERS THAT THOSE DEPEND ON RISKING LOSING THEIR LIVELIHOOD. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN…

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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  • 02:56:40 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    OPPOSITION.

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. SIMPSON: ALTHOUGH I AM -- I RISE IN OPPOSITION…

    FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. SIMPSON: ALTHOUGH I AM -- I RISE IN OPPOSITION ALTHOUGH I AM HOPEFUL THAT MY COLLEAGUE WILL WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT. FIRST,

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    MR. SIMPSON

    ALTHOUGH I AM HOPEFUL THAT MY COLLEAGUE WILL WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT.…

    ALTHOUGH I AM HOPEFUL THAT MY COLLEAGUE WILL WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT. FIRST, LET ME ASSURE THE GENTLEMAN THAT I AM SYMPATHETIC TO THE ISSUES THAT HE'S HIGHLIGHTED IN HIS STATEMENT. ADEQUATE WATER SUPPLY, WHETHER IT IS FOR AGRICULTURE, IRRIGATION, MUNICIPAL USES A BASIC NECESSITY FOR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY. IN THE COMMITTEE, FLOOD CONTROL IS OUR TOP PRIORITY AND THIS FUNDS ACCORDINGLY. MY COLLEAGUE FROM ARKANSAS HAS PROVEN TO BE A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR HIS STENTS CONSTITUENTS AND THE PROJECTS THAT SEEK TO FURTHER DEVELOPMENT -- DEVELOP THE AGRICULTURAL I SHALL GATION INFRASTRUCTURE IMPORTANT TO HIS CONSTITUENTS. IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL AGREE TO WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT, I'LL AGREE TO WORK WITH HIM TO MOVE FORWARD TO TRY TO ADDRESS THESE NEEDS IF FUNDS NECESSARY BECOMES AVAILABLE. MR. CRAWFORD: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMITMENT. MR. SIMPSON:

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  • 02:57:34 PM

    MR. CRAWFORD

    GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMITMENT. MR. SIMPSON: I YIELD.

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    MR. SIMPSON

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    MR. CRAWFORD

    MY AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    BEING NO OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AN…

    DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS.

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    THE CHAIR

    REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. HAHN OF…

    REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. HAHN OF CALIFORNIA. PAGE 4,

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    THE CLERK

    HAHN OF CALIFORNIA. PAGE 4, LINE 24, INSERT INCREASED BY $56,-- INSERT…

    HAHN OF CALIFORNIA. PAGE 4, LINE 24, INSERT INCREASED BY $56,-- INSERT REDUCED BY $73, 309,100. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS.

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  • 02:58:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. HAHN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, WILL EACH…

    GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. HAHN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 02:58:34 PM

    MS. HAHN

    YIELD MYSELF HOWEVER MUCH TIME I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TO OFFER THE…

    YIELD MYSELF HOWEVER MUCH TIME I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TO OFFER THE HAHN-HUIZENGA AMENDMENT TO THE ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL TO UTILIZE THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND AT THE TARGET SET FORTH IN THE RECENTLY PASSED WATER RESOURCES REFORM AND DEVELOPMENT ACT. AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE NATION'S BUSIEST PORT COMPLEX AND THE CO-FOUNDER, ALONG WITH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, OF THE PORTS CAUCUS, I HAVE FOUGHT HARD FROM MY FIRST DAY HERE IN CONGRESS TO INCREASE THE FUNDING FOR OUR NATION'S PORTS AND TO FULLY UTILIZE THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND TO ENSURE THAT THE MONEY THAT WE COLLECT AT OUR PORTS GOES BACK TO OUR PORTS. AROUND HERE THEY'RE STARTING TO CALL ME MS. HARBOR MAINTENANCE TAX. AND AFTER WORKING FOR MONTHS WITH MY COLLEAGUES, WE REACHED A PLAN TO FINALLY PUT THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND TO WORK AND FULLY UTILIZE THIS TRUST FUND BY 2025. AND I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE HARD WORK THAT YOU'VE PUT ON THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY. BUT I HAVE ONE LITTLE PROBLEM WITH IT. THE BILL ON THE FLOOR TODAY FAILS TO FOLLOW THE LAW THAT WE JUST PASSED SEVEN WEEKS AGO IN SUCH A BIPARTISAN FASHION, AND WE ARE FALLING BEHIND BY OVER $57 MILLION TOWARDS UTILIZING THAT HARBOR MAINTENANCE FUND. THAT'S MONEY THAT OUR PORTS HAVE PAID FOR AND THEY NEED. I UNDERSTAND THE DIFFICULT TASK THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS IN FRONT OF IT, BUT FOR OUR PORTS TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE, THEY NEED THIS FUNDING. AND WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES.

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  • 03:00:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    CALIFORNIA RESERVES. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? . THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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    AMENDMENT. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    AMENDMENT. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE AMENDMENT. MR. SIMPSON: LET ME ASSURE MY COLLEAGUE I AGREE WITH HER ON…

    THE AMENDMENT. MR. SIMPSON: LET ME ASSURE MY COLLEAGUE I AGREE WITH HER ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SUFFICIENT MAINTENANCE OF OUR NATION'S WATERWAYS, WATER RESOURCES INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING OUR WATERWAYS. SEEMS LIKE THE AMENDMENTS

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  • 03:00:31 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    NATION'S WATERWAYS, WATER RESOURCES INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING OUR…

    NATION'S WATERWAYS, WATER RESOURCES INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING OUR WATERWAYS. SEEMS LIKE THE AMENDMENTS THAT MEMBERS ARE OFFERING I GET UP AND AGREE WITH THEM, HOWEVER THERE ARE CHALLENGES THAT THEY FACE. I ALSO AGREE THAT SINCE THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TAX IS COLLECTED FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE, AND SINCE THE NEEDS FOR DREDGING IS APPARENT, WE SHOULD BE USING THESE FUNDS FOR THE INTENDED PURPOSE, TO THE GREATEST EXTENT POSSIBLE, RATHER THAN ALLOWING A BALANCE TO ACCUMULATE IN THE TRUST FUND. THAT'S AN ISSUE THAT WE'VE BEEN DEALING WITH FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS WITH MY GOOD FRIEND FROM LOUISIANA TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE CAN EXACTLY DO THAT WITHOUT HARMING ALL OF THE OTHER PROGRAMS WITHIN THE BUDGET. AND UNFORTUNATELY THAT'S WHAT THEY DO UNTIL WE CHANGE OUR BUDGET RULES OR SOMETHING. AND I DON'T HAVE THE ANSWER TO IT YET. BUT WEEK OF BEEN WORKING WITH TRY -- BUT WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE -- TRYING TO WORK WITH THE BUDGET COMMITTEE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE TAXES COLLECTED ARE USED TO DO WHAT IT WAS INTENDED TO DO. AND IF THE ACCOUNT IS JUST GROWING, THEN WE SHOULDN'T BE COLLECTING THE TAX. I KNOW THAT'S WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE. IN FACT, THE BILL CONTINUES TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND ACTIVITIES ABOVE THE PREVIOUS YEAR AND ABOVE THE BUDGET REQUEST AS THE COMMITTEE HAS REPEATEDLY DONE OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS. THE BILL INCLUDES MORE THAN $1.1 BILLION FOR THESE ACTIVITIES WHICH EQUATES TO MORE THAN A 20% INCREASE OVER THE AMOUNT REQUESTED BY THE ADMINISTRATION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015. WHILE I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS ALMOST ALWAYS MORE WORK THAT CAN BE DONE, WE MUST BALANCE SEVERAL COMPETING ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE ENERGY AND WATER BILL. THE AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE THE NUCLEAR ENERGY ACCOUNT BY $12.8 MILLION. WHICH WOULD BRING THE ACCOUNT BELOW THE FISCAL YEAR 2014 LEVEL. THE UNDERLYING BILL PROVIDES A TOTAL OF $899 MILLION FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY PROGRAMS, ONLY $10 MILLION ABOVE LAST YEAR. THAT'S WHAT SEEMS STRANGE ABOUT THIS. DOING WHAT WE ALL THINK IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO, USING THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND TO DO HARBOR MAINTENANCE, BY INCREASING THAT WE HURT NUCLEAR ENERGY. WHICH IS I DON'T THINK WHAT THE INTENT OF THE LADY IS OR THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA OR OTHERS. -- OTHERS THAT WANT TO DO THIS. IN ADDITION TO PROTECTING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S NUCLEAR ENERGY MATERIALS, THIS FUNDING PROTECTS A RANGE OF NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMS AT THE NNSA, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES. FURTHERMORE, I OPPOSE THE REDUCING -- REDUCED FUNDING FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT WHICH IS A CRITICAL PART OF THIS BILL'S SUPPORT FOR A BALANCED ENERGY PORTFOLIO. NUCLEAR POWER CURRENTLY GENERATES 0% OF THE NATION'S ELECTRICITY -- 20% OF THE NATION'S ELECTRICITY AND IT WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY A LARGE ROLE IN THE FUTURE. AS I SAID, I'M SYMPATHETIC TO WHAT THE GENTLELADY IS TRYING TO DO. IN FACT, I WAS A CO-SPONSOR AT ONE TIME OF A BILL BY MY FRIEND FROM LOUISIANA THAT WOULD HAVE SAID THAT YOU HAVE TO USE THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND AND USE IT TO DREDGE THE HARBORS. WHICH IS WHAT WE ALL KNOW IT SHOULD BE DOING. IF THERE'S A NEED OUT THERE, WE OUGHT TO BE USING THAT TO DO IT. WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO TRY TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM AND, BELIEVE ME, IT WOULD HELP US A LOT IN CRAFTING THIS BILL IF SOMEHOW WE COULD DO THAT. OTHERWISE WE SHOULDN'T BE COLLECTING THE TAX, IF WE'VE GOT A NEED AND THE ACCOUNT IS GROWING. BUT IT'S BECAUSE OF OUR BUDGET RULES AND SO FORTH THAT IT CREATES THIS PROBLEM. BUT I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE GENTLELADY IS DOING. UNFORTUNATELY HER AMENDMENT WOULD HURT THE NUCLEAR ACCOUNT AND OTHER ACCOUNTS WITHIN THE BILL WHICH HAS BEEN THE PROBLEM IN THE PAST. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I'D YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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  • 03:04:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OHIO IS RECOGNIZED. MS. KAPTUR: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR…

    OHIO IS RECOGNIZED. MS. KAPTUR: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR YOUR SYMPATHY TOWARD THE INTENT OF THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 03:04:08 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    FOR YIELDING AND FOR YOUR SYMPATHY TOWARD THE INTENT OF THE AMENDMENT. I…

    FOR YIELDING AND FOR YOUR SYMPATHY TOWARD THE INTENT OF THE AMENDMENT. I WANTED TO COMMEND CONGRESSWOMAN HAHN AND CONGRESSMAN HUIZENGA ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS FOR ELEVATING THE QUESTION OF OUR PORTS AND WATERBORNE SHIPPING IS THE MOST EFFICIENT MODE OF MOVING GOODS IN AND OUT OF THIS COUNTRY. I THINK THEY ARE PERFORMING FOR THIS CONGRESS AN EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE BY UNITING ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS AND KIND OF RINGING THE BELL TO US AND SAYING, HEY, PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE WITH THIS HARBOR MAINTENANCE TAX AND HOW WE HELP OUR PORTS COMPETE AS WE SEE THE PANAMA CANAL COME ONLINE AND SHIP BUILDING OCCURRING IN OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE SOUTH KOREA, FOR EXAMPLE, AND CHINA, AND SINGAPORE AND LOTS OF OTHER PLACES AND SAYING, HEY, AMERICA, WAKE UP. AND I FEEL SOME URGENCY TO WANT TO SUPPORT THE DIRECTION OF THEIR EFFORTS, SO AS WITH THE CHAIRMAN, YOU KNOW, COMES TO WHERE THE OFFSET IS, IT IS TRUE THAT THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TAX FUND'S $185 MILLION HAVE BEEN MOVED AS A RESULT OF OUR EFFORTS INTO THE FUND THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAD NOT REQUESTED, SO WE AS A SUBCOMMITTEE ARE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. BUT I'M HOPING THAT THIS MIGHT BEGIN A CONVERSATION WITH OUR SUBCOMMITTEE IN HOW WE WORK WITH THEM ON THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TASK IN A MORE -- TAX IN A MORE EFFECTIVE MANNER. SO I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. THEY BROUGHT AN IMPORTANT ISSUE BEFORE US THAT WE NEED TO RESOLVE MORE EFFECTIVELY. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY

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  • 03:05:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED AND HAS 3 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MS. HAHN

    SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO BE JOINED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN,…

    SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO BE JOINED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN, CONGRESSMAN HUIZENGA. AND AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO HIM 90 SECONDS.

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  • 03:06:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF. MR. HUIZENGA: THANK YOU. I…

    MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF. MR. HUIZENGA: THANK YOU. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THIS AND I'M GLAD TO HEAR THE ELEVATION THAT THIS ISSUE IS GETTING. IN FACT,

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  • 03:06:08 PM

    MR. HUIZENGA

    GLAD TO HEAR THE ELEVATION THAT THIS ISSUE IS GETTING. IN FACT, ON MONDAY…

    GLAD TO HEAR THE ELEVATION THAT THIS ISSUE IS GETTING. IN FACT, ON MONDAY I MET WITH A SHIPPING COMPANY IN MY DISTRICT ABOUT THIS ISSUE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, ABOUT GREAT LAKES SHIPPING. I CAN TELL YOU THOUGH THAT IT SEEMS TO ME, AS WE PASS THE WRRDA BILL JUST A SHORT SEVEN WEEKS AGO, I WAS WILLING TO COMPROMISE ON THAT GLIDE PATH. WHAT I DON'T SEE CURRENTLY IS THAT DEMRIDE PATH TO THE DIRECTION. WE ARE AS -- GLIDE PATH TO THAT DIRECTION. WE ARE $5 MILLION BELOW WHAT WAS LAID OUT IN THAT BILL. AND MY -- THE CHAIRMAN FROM IDAHO, WHO HAS A VERY DIFFICULT JOB BALANCING ALL OF THIS, HAS POINTED OUT THAT THE NUCLEAR ENERGY PROGRAM IS THE WAY THAT WE ARE GOING TO OFFSET THIS. I WILL POINT OUT THOUGH THAT IT IS APPROPRIATED FOR $899 MILLION THIS YEAR, A LEVEL THAT IS $36 MILLION ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST, $10 MILLION ABOVE THE FISCAL YEAR 2014 ENACTED LEVEL, AND $243 MILLION ABOVE THE LEVEL PROPOSED BY THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014. SO IT DOESN'T SEEM TO ME WE'RE EXACTLY RAIDING THAT, WHEN EVERYBODY HAS SAID THAT WE ARE OVERFUNDING THAT PORTION OF THE BILL AND IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THIS IS A GREAT WAY OF IMPACTING OUR ECONOMY, TO HELP CREATE JOBS, AND TO HELP CREATE THAT CONTINUING TO MOVE FORWARD . SO WITH THAT, I JUST WANT TO THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR WORKING TOWARDS THE SOLUTION. I KNOW THAT I TOO HAD SIGNED ONTO MR. BOUSTANY'S BILL EARLIER AND HAVE BEEN A CHAMPION OF THIS. WE'RE WORKING TOWARD A TRUE SOLUTION IN THIS. BUT WE DO HAVE A $1.-- I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AT THIS TIME. SO WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE CHAIR

    OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA -- THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA -- THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:08:03 PM

    MS. HAHN

    SPEAKER. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS,

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    MR. GREEN

    SPEAKER. I SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE HAHN AMENDMENT AND I'D LIKE TO HAVE MY…

    SPEAKER. I SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE HAHN AMENDMENT AND I'D LIKE TO HAVE MY FULL STATEMENT PLACED INTO THE RECORD. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE EFFORTS FOR INCREASED -- INCREASING THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS' BUDGET. WE HAVE SERIOUS WATER AND INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS. AT THE PORT OF HOUSTON WHICH I REPRESENT, WE NEED OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE AS WELL AS CONSTRUCTION MONEY. I GREATLY APPRECIATE THE COMMITTEE'S EFFORTS FOR OUR NEEDS, FOR $31 MILLION, BUT THIS AMOUNT DOES NOT REFLECT THE AMOUNT THAT'S NEEDED. THE PORT OF HOUSTON'S THE SECOND LARGEST PORT IN THE HISTORY BY -- COUNTRY BY TONNAGE. IN 2012 WE EXPANDED OPERATIONS TO CRUISE SHIPS. FOR MAINTENANCE DREDGING, OPERATIONS, THE PORT OF HOUSTON REQUIRES $70 MILLION ANNUALLY. THEY GENERATE A GIVEN TAX REVENUE BOTH FOR THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE CHALLENGE IS TO MEET THE OPPORTUNITIES OF THE 21ST CENTURY, THE PORTS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY NEED MORE THAN WHAT'S AVAILABLE IN THIS APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THAT'S WHY I'M A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE HAHN AMENDMENT AND AGAIN I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE MY FULL STATEMENT INTO THE RECORD. THE CHAIR: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN'S

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  • 03:09:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:09:18 PM

    MS. HAHN

    45 SECONDS TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN,

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    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZED FOR 45 SECONDS. MR. BENISHEK: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'D LIKE TO…

    RECOGNIZED FOR 45 SECONDS. MR. BENISHEK: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'D LIKE TO HAVE MY ENTIRE STATEMENT IN THE RECORD, PLEASE. THE CHAIR:

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  • 03:09:27 PM

    MR. BENISHEK

    LIKE TO HAVE MY ENTIRE STATEMENT IN THE RECORD, PLEASE. THE CHAIR: WITHOUT…

    LIKE TO HAVE MY ENTIRE STATEMENT IN THE RECORD, PLEASE. THE CHAIR: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. BENISHEK: MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN

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  • 03:09:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE HAHN-HUIZENGA AMENDMENT WHICH…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE HAHN-HUIZENGA AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD INCREASE FUNDING FOR UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS' OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE ACCOUNT BY $57 MILLION. FAUNDING

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  • 03:09:32 PM

    MR. BENISHEK

    OF ENGINEERS' OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE ACCOUNT BY $57 MILLION. FAUNDING…

    OF ENGINEERS' OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE ACCOUNT BY $57 MILLION. FAUNDING LEVEL THAT WAS ESTABLISHED -- A FUNDING LEVEL THAT WAS ESTABLISHED IN THE HOUSE-PASSED WRRDA BILL. THIS IS OFFSET AND BIPARTISAN IN NATURE. I'M HERE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE ADDITIONAL FUNDING BECAUSE MY DISTRICT, MICHIGAN'S FIRST, IS IN URGENT NEED OF FUNDING TO ADDRESS THE BACKLOG OF PROJECTS ON THE BOOKS. FROM DREDGING TO BASIC PORT MAINTENANCE, TO THE LOCKS WHICH ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF REPLACEMENT, THE BACKLOG AFFECTS JOBS AND OUR LOCAL ECONOMY IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I UNDERSTAND A TOUGH DECISION MUST BE MADE DURING THESE ECONOMIC TIMES. ALL AMERICANS DEPEND ON THE GREAT LAKES FOR TRANSPORTATION OF GOODS AND SERVICES. I APPRECIATE THE CONSIDERATION EVER -- THE CONSIDERATION OF THIS AMENDMENT AND ASK FOR A YES VOTE FROM MY COLLEAGUES. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 15 SECONDS.

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  • 03:10:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 15 SECONDS.

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    MS. HAHN

    CO-FOUNDER OF MY PORTS CAUCUS, ARE YOU TELLING ME I HAVE 15 SECONDS LEFT?…

    CO-FOUNDER OF MY PORTS CAUCUS, ARE YOU TELLING ME I HAVE 15 SECONDS LEFT? THE CHAIR: 15 SECONDS. MS. HAHN: I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO --

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  • 03:10:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    LIKE TO YIELD TO --

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    MS. HAHN

    10 SECONDS -- TO MR. NOLAN. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS…

    10 SECONDS -- TO MR. NOLAN. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 10 SECONDS.

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR 10 SECONDS.

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    MR. NOLAN

    THE AMENDMENT, THE GREAT LAKES ARE OPERATING AT 80% OF CAPACITY. IT'S…

    THE AMENDMENT, THE GREAT LAKES ARE OPERATING AT 80% OF CAPACITY. IT'S COSTING US $3 BILLION IN ANNUAL BUSINESS, JOBS, GROWTH AND INCOME. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD RESTORE THESE FUNDS AND MOVE OUR COUNTRY FORWARD ECONOMICALLY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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  • 03:11:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

    BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MS. HAHN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE AN AYE VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 03:11:09 PM

    MS. HAHN

    AYE VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT. WHEN OUR PORTS ARE STRONG, OUR COUNTRY IS…

    AYE VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT. WHEN OUR PORTS ARE STRONG, OUR COUNTRY IS STRONG. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON

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  • 03:11:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO. MR. SIMPSON: ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE. THE CHAIR:

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  • 03:11:33 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    VOTE. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON…

    VOTE. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR

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  • 03:11:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. CASSIDY, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:11:55 PM

    MR. CASSIDY

    DESK. THE CHAIR: WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA PICK WHICH AMENDMENT…

    DESK. THE CHAIR: WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA PICK WHICH AMENDMENT HE'S OFFERING?

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  • 03:11:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WHICH AMENDMENT HE'S OFFERING?

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    MR. CASSIDY

    I BELIEVE THAT IS H.R. 4923. I'M SORRY, I'M SORRY, UNDERLYING BILL. PAGE…

    I BELIEVE THAT IS H.R. 4923. I'M SORRY, I'M SORRY, UNDERLYING BILL. PAGE 4, LINE 24. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    PAGE 4, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, INCREASED BY $1 MILLION.…

    PAGE 4, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, INCREASED BY $1 MILLION. PAGE 26, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCED BY $1 MILLION.

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  • 03:12:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL…

    641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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  • 03:12:46 PM

    MR. CASSIDY

    UNFORTUNATELY THE PRESIDENT'S F.Y. 2015 BUDGET REQUEST CUTS UNEMPLOYMENT…

    UNFORTUNATELY THE PRESIDENT'S F.Y. 2015 BUDGET REQUEST CUTS UNEMPLOYMENT BY 28%, REFLECTING AN OVERALL BILLION-DOLLAR CUT IN THE CORPS' CIVIL WORKS BUDGET FROM LEVELS SET IN F.Y. 2014 OMNIBUS BUDGET BILL. WHILE I APPRECIATE THE HOUSE APPROPRIATION MARK OF $44 MILLION ABOVE THE 2014 FISCAL YEAR LEVEL, MORE MUST BE DONE TO HELP ENSURE OUR WATERWAYS ARE PROPERLY MAINTAINED. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE WITH THE WATERS RESOURCE CONFERENCE REPORT WHICH ALLOWS FOR 100% OF THE FUNDS GENERATED BY THE CARGO TAX TO BE UTILIZED FOR HARBOR MAINTENANCE AND DRENLING BY THE YEAR 2025 -- DREDGING BY THE YEAR 2025. WE NEED TO BRIDGE THIS GAP NOW AS NEARLY 1,000 FEDERAL PORTS AND HARBORS HAVE NOT BEEN ADEQUATELY MAINTAINED AND ARE THREDGED TO THEIR AUTHORIZED DEPTHS AND WIDTHS ONLY 35% OF THE TIME. THE AMENDMENT I AND MY COLLEAGUE FROM LOUISIANA ARE CO-AUTHORING DIRECTS $1 MILLION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES AND DIRECTS $1 MILLION TO THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS' OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE ACCOUNT. THE PURPOSE OF THE FUNDING REDIRECTION IS TO MAKE STRATEGIC AND JUSTIFIED INVESTMENTS IN OUR NATION'S PORTS AND WATERWAY INFRASTRUCTURE, SUCH AS THE SHIP CHANNEL. FOR EXAMPLE, PORT OF LAKE CHARLES OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT VESSEL TRAFFIC IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE BY MORE THAN 50% OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS AND DOUBLE WITHIN THE DECADE. WITH MORE THAN $67 BILLION WORTH OF CAPITAL INVESTMENTS IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA, THE INCREASED CHANNEL USE IS ATTRIBUTED TO EXPANDED OPERATIONS OF EXISTING TERMINALS AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF SEVERAL PROPOSED FACILITIES. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE NEED TO WORK TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES TO MAINTAIN AND DRENL THESE VITAL NAVE -- DREDGE THESE VITAL NAVIGATION AND SHIPPING CHANNELS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:14:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT…

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA SEEK RECOGNITION? DOES THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT? DOES THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT?

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    AMENDMENT. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. CASSIDY, DO YOU…

    AMENDMENT. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. CASSIDY, DO YOU YIELD TO

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  • 03:14:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MR. CASSIDY, DO YOU YIELD TO THE OTHER GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA?

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    MR. CASSIDY

    TO MR. BOUSTANY. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.…

    TO MR. BOUSTANY. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. BOUSTANY: THANK

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  • 03:15:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. BOUSTANY: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. BOUSTANY: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO COMPLIMENT CHAIRMAN SIMPSON ON ALL THE WORK HE'S DONE ON THIS BILL, BUT ALSO THE WORK HE'S DONE WITH ME TO PLUS-UP THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE ACCOUNT AND THE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR DREDGING.

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  • 03:15:07 PM

    MR. BOUSTANY

    HARBOR MAINTENANCE ACCOUNT AND THE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR DREDGING. IT'S…

    HARBOR MAINTENANCE ACCOUNT AND THE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR DREDGING. IT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT, AND I'M VERY PROUD TO STAND WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM LOUISIANA IN SUPPORT OF THIS VERY IMPORTANT AMENDMENT. AS MY COLLEAGUE EXPRESSED, THE PRESIDENT'S FISCAL 2015 BUDGET CREATES EVEN MORE OF A SHORTFALL AND WE'VE GOT A SIGNIFICANT BACKLOG IN HARBOR MAINTENANCE. THIS IS GOING TO HURT AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS. IN FACT, ROUGHLY $3 BILLION WORTH OF COSAL NAVIGATION OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE WORK COULD BE DONE IF THE FUNDS THAT ARE COLLECTED FOR THIS WERE ACTUALLY MADE AVAILABLE TO BE USED FOR IT. LOUISIANA'S A LEADING STATE IN TRADE, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, WITH THREE OF OUR TOP 10 PORTS THAT CONDUCT TRADE AND GOODS AND -- CONDUCT TRADE IN GOODS AND ENERGY. MORE U.S. MERCHANDISE TRAVELS BY OCEAN-GOING VESSELS THAN BY DIRPS A -- AIRPLANES, TRUCKS, FREIGHT TRAINS AND PIPELINES COMBINED. THAT'S WHY THESE FUNDS ARE CRITICAL FOR AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS AND THAT'S WHY THEY'RE REALLY IMPORTANT IN FACILITATING U.S. FOREIGN TRADE. . OUR WATERWAYS ARE THE VITAL ECONOMIC PATHWAYS FOR COMMERCE AND THE ABILITY TO MOVE FOREIGN GOODS -- GOODS TO FOREIGN MARKETS. JOBS DEPEND ON THIS. JOBS IN LOUISIANA AND ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THIS INFRASTRUCTURE IS VITAL. OUR AMENDMENT WOULD TAKE A MODEST STEP. IT WOULD REDISTRICT $1 MILLION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES TO THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS' ACCOUNT. I BELIEVE THIS WILL PRIORITIZE NECESSARY MAINTENANCE AND MOVE US IN THE NECESSARY DIRECTION. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS -- LET'S MAKE SURE THAT THE CORPS HAS THE TOOLS TO DO THE JOB WITH THE MONEY THAT'S COLLECTED FOR THAT JOB. THE PRESIDENT FAILED TO DO THAT IN HIS BUDGET REQUEST. WE CAN MAKE THAT CHANGE NOW. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK TO MY COLLEAGUE. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. CASSIDY, IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:17:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CASSIDY

    BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE

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    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. LANKFORD OF OKLAHOMA.

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    THE CLERK

    MR. LANKFORD OF OKLAHOMA. PAGE 4, LINE 25, AFTER EXPENDED INSERT OF WHICH…

    MR. LANKFORD OF OKLAHOMA. PAGE 4, LINE 25, AFTER EXPENDED INSERT OF WHICH SUCH SUMS ARE NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE STUDY AUTHORIZED IN SECTION 6002 OF THE WATER RESOURCES REFORM AND DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2014.

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  • 03:18:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

    OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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  • 03:18:24 PM

    THERE WAS -- MR. LANKFORD THANK YOU, SIR. THE BILL INCLUDED A STUDY THAT…

    THERE WAS -- MR. LANKFORD THANK YOU, SIR. THE BILL INCLUDED A STUDY THAT WOULD ALLOW THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO BE ABLE TO EVALUATE THEIR PROJECTS. AS SIMPLE AS THIS MAY BE, THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS A TREMENDOUS NUMBER OF THINGS ON THEIR INVENTORY THAT THEY'RE DOING OPERATION AND NAINT ASSISTANCE FOR. -- MAINTENANCE FOR. THEY WILL DO A SIMPLE EVALUATION OF WHICH PROJECTS MET THE CENTRAL FOCUS OF THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND WHICH PROJECTS MIGHT NOT MEET THE CENTRAL FOCUS. IT MIGHT MAKE A SIMPLE DETERMINATION IF WHAT IS THE CORE PROJECTS OF THE CORPS. THERE ARE PROJECTS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. THERE MIGHT BE BOAT RAMPS, PICNIC PAVILIONS OR A LAKE THAT'S NEVER MORE THAN 5% WATER IN IT. IT WAS A PROJECT THAT DID NOT WORK EFFECTIVELY BUT THE CORPS STILL HAS TO MAINTAIN BECAUSE IT'S ON THEIR INVENTORY. THIS STUDY WOULD ALLOW THEM TO DEVELOP WHAT IS THE CORE FOCUS OF THAT. THIS AMENDMENT JUST ASSURES THAT THE CORPS WOULD HAVE THE MONEY NECESSARY TO BE ABLE TO FULFILL THAT STUDY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE

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  • 03:19:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE CLERK: PAGE 6, LINE 3, REGULATORY PROGRAM, $200 MILLION TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2016. FORMERLY

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  • 03:19:56 PM

    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT…

    DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR.

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  • 03:20:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF YEARS.

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    THE CLERK

    GOSAR OF YEARS. PAGE 26, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED…

    GOSAR OF YEARS. PAGE 26, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $9,551,000. PAGE 59, LINE 20, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $9,551,000.

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  • 03:20:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. GOSAR

    THE CLERK WILL REREPORT THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE CLERK WILL REREPORT THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THE CLERK: AN

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  • 03:21:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    REREPORT THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THE CLERK:…

    REREPORT THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THE CLERK: AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $4 MILLION. PAGE 59

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  • 03:21:16 PM

    THE CLERK

    OF ARIZONA, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $4 MILLION. PAGE 59…

    OF ARIZONA, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $4 MILLION. PAGE 59 INSERT INCREASED BY $4 MILLION. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE

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  • 03:21:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH…

    RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. MR. GOSAR: MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER A SIMPLE AMENDMENT TO SAVE PRECIOUS TAXPAYER RESOURCES AND TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF MONEY ON PAYING INEFFICIENT BUREAUCRATS WITH A HISTORY OF MISMANAGEMENT AND DISORGANIZATION.

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  • 03:21:36 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    ON PAYING INEFFICIENT BUREAUCRATS WITH A HISTORY OF MISMANAGEMENT AND…

    ON PAYING INEFFICIENT BUREAUCRATS WITH A HISTORY OF MISMANAGEMENT AND DISORGANIZATION. SPECIFICALLY, MY AMENDMENT REDUCES NET OUTLAYS FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS BY $1 MILLION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2014 LEVEL, WHICH REDUCES THE BUDGET AUTHORITY IN THIS BILL FOR THE CORPS' ADMINISTRATIVE BY 2.25%. THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS RECEIVED AN OVERALL INCREASE OF $25 MILLION IN THE BILL ABOVE THE FISCAL YEAR 2014 LEVEL. WHILE I CAN SUPPORT FUNDS GOING TO WORTHWHILE PROJECTS, I TAKE ISSUE WHEN THE CORPS CONTINUALLY RECEIVES THE BUDGET REQUEST LEVEL FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS WHO FAIL TO CURVE THEIRED -- CURB THEIR BAD BEHAVIOR. I'D LIKE TO READ A QUICK EXCERPT, AND I QUOTE, THE CORPS OF ENG MEARS HAS SUFFERED -- ENGINEERS HAS SUFFERED SEVERE FAILINGS IN RECENT YEARS AND HAVE RESULTED IN COST INCREASES FOR PROJECTS SUCH AS THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE LOCK AND DAM PROJECT. QUOTE TWO, IN SOME CASES THE ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT REQUESTED AUTHORIZATION INCREASES IN TIME FOR THE CONGRESS TO ACT BEFORE PROJECTS EXPERIENCE DELAYS. QUOTE THREE, THE COMMITTEE ENACTED NEW REQUIREMENTS IN FISCAL YEAR 2014 INTENDED TO ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS, BUT TO DATE FIVE MONTHS AFTER ENACTMENT, THE CORPS HAS NOT COMPLIED WITH THE COMMITTEE'S DIRECTIONS. QUOTE FOUR, IN ADDITION THE COMMITTEE NOTES THAT THE CORPS HAS NOT SUBMITTED A COMPLETE WORK PLAN FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014 NOR COMPLIED WITH SEVERAL OTHER OVERSIGHT ISSUES NECESSARY TO SAFEGUARD TAXPAYER DOLLARS. ANOTHER INEPTITUDE IS THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON ONE CHIEF REPORT FOR A PARTICULAR PROJECT IN ARIZONA FOR FIVE-PLUS YEARS NOW. THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY THIS IS THE NORM AND NOT THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULE. THIS FAILURE TO PERFORM EVEN THE MOST SIMPLE OF TASKS DRIVES UP THE COSTS OF PROJECTS AND LEAVES TO PROJECTS NOT BEING COMPLETED IN A TIMELY MANNER. DUE TO FRUSTRATIONS WITH THESE DELAYS, CONGRESS WAS FORCED TO ENACT A PROVISION THAT RECENTLY PASSED WORDA FOR REPORTS TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN THREE YEARS. AN IMPORTANT FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT WAS INITIALLY ESTIMATED BY THE CORPS TO COST ROUGHLY $24 MILLION. NOW SEVERAL YEARS PAST THE DEADLINE FOR COMPLETING THIS PROJECT, THE TOTAL COST ESTIMATE FOR THE PROJECT EXCEEDS MORE THAN $100 MILLION. I REALIZE PROJECTS VISH USE SOMETIMES, BUT THIS IS A CLEAR EXAMPLE OF FAILED LEADERSHIP WITHIN THE AGENCY. UNFORTUNATELY, MISMANAGEMENT HAS BECOME PREVALENT IN THE CORPS FOR QUITE SOMETIME NOW. SEVERAL YEARS AGO, FORMER SENATE MAJORITY LEADER, TOM DASHLE SAID THE CORPS IS ONE -- TOM DASCHLE SAID THE CORPS IS ONE OF THE MISMANAGED AGENCY. ONE THING WAS CITED BY THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE. THE G.A.O. HAD NOTHING BUT NEGATIVE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT A CORPS STUDY JUSTIFYING A $332 MILLION PROJECT ON THE DELAWARE RIVER. G.A.O. FOUND THAT THE STUDY WAS BASED ON MISCALCULATIONS, INVALID ASSUMPTIONS AND OUTDATED INFORMATION. G.A.O. FOUND THAT PROJECTED BENEFITS FOR THIS PROJECT WERE NEARLY 75% FRAUDULENT. WITH AN ALMOST $18 TRILLION DEBT THAT CONTINUES TO GROW, IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE TO THROW MORE MONEY AT A DEPARTMENT THAT CANNOT MANAGE ITS OWN AFFAIRS. MY AMENDMENT DOES NOT REDUCE FUNDING FOR IMPORTANT PROJECTS. AGAIN, MY AMENDMENT SIMPLYRY DEUCES -- SIMPLY REDUCES BUREAUCRATS FROM THE FISCAL YEAR 2014. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR CONTINUED WORK ON THE APPROPRIATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES

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    THE CHAIR

    HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?…

    HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? MS. KAPTUR: YES, I RISE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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    MS. KAPTUR

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    THE CHAIR

    OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. MS. KAPTUR: YES. MR. CHAIRMAN AND…

    OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. MS. KAPTUR: YES. MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS, I RISE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE TO ME TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR THE CORPS TO DO ITS JOB WHEN WE KNOW THEY HAVE BACKLOG IN PROJECTS OF OVER $60 BILLION. WE ARE

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    MS. KAPTUR

    KNOW THEY HAVE BACKLOG IN PROJECTS OF OVER $60 BILLION. WE ARE INCREASING…

    KNOW THEY HAVE BACKLOG IN PROJECTS OF OVER $60 BILLION. WE ARE INCREASING FUNDING FOR THE CORPS TO TRY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF STATES LIKE ARIZONA, BUT THE OTHER 49 STATES AS WELL, AND THERE SEEMS TO BE NO SHORTAGE OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE CORPS' RESPONSE TIME ON PROJECT ISSUES BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET THEIR WORK DONE BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO COMPLETE THEIR PROJECTS. SO THIS GENTLEMAN MAY BE UNAWARE THAT OVERSIGHT FUNDING HAS ALREADY BEEN CUT BY $4 MILLION THAN THE CURRENT YEAR. WE'RE ASKING THE CORPS -- WE'RE GIVING THEM MORE PROJICT MONEY TO DEAL WITH THEIR BACKLOG BUT IF WE DON'T HAVE PROPER OVERSIGHT WE'RE GOING TO DIG THE HOLE DEEPER. WE NEED TO HAVE THE RESOURCES IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THE PROJECTS. AND THE AMENDMENT IN A WAY IS PENNY-WISE AND POUND FOOLISH BECAUSE IT REDUCES FEDERAL OVERSIGHT OF MORE THAN $5 BILLION. AND THE PROBLEM OF THE CORPS HISTORICALLY HAS BEEN THAT EVERY MEMBER HAS PROJECTS THAT THEY WANT COMPLETED BUT WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO DO IT. AND SO IF YOU'RE GOING TO CUT THE LEGS OUT OF STAFF THAT ARE THERE TO DO THE JOB, IT'S GOING TO MAKE IT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO MANAGE THE MONEY. AND SO YOU CAN -- I DON'T KNOW. IT'S LIKE TRYING TO SEND AN ARMY INTO BATTLE AND NOT GIVING THEM THE WEAPONS TO DO IT OR CREATING ALL THESE BARRIERS TO COMPLETION. WE NEED TO TURN AROUND AND ALLOW THE CORPS TO RESOLVE THE PROJECTS THAT ARE ON THE BOOKS. THERE ARE NO NEW STARTS IN THIS BILL. AND GIVE THEM THE STAFF TO DO THE JOB AND TO GET IT DONE AND TO GET IT DONE WELL AND WITHIN BUDGET, NOT STRETCH IT OUT. THE REASON THESE PROJECTS ARE STRETCHED OUT OVER THE YEARS, THEY SIMPLY DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO PUT THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE GROUND, WHETHER IT'S ARIZONA OR OHIO OR CALIFORNIA. THEY'RE JUST SHORTCHANGED AT EVERY END. SO WE MAKE IT REALLY DIFFICULT FOR THEM. I THINK THE GENTLEMAN IS WELL-INTENDED. HE WANTS TO GET THE WORK DONE. I WANT TO GET THE WORK DONE, BUT I DON'T THINK THE AMENDMENT LEADS US TO THAT END. RESPECTFULLY, WE WOULD OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND ASK OUR COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE

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    THE CHAIR

    BACK HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN…

    BACK HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO. MR. SIMPSON: I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE. THE

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    MR. SIMPSON

    RECORDED VOTE. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER…

    RECORDED VOTE. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA WILL BE POSTPONED.

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    THE CHAIR

    BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA WILL BE POSTPONED.

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    THE CLERK

    SECRETARY OF THE ARMY FOR CIVIL WORKS. $2 MILLION TO REMAIN AVAILABLE…

    SECRETARY OF THE ARMY FOR CIVIL WORKS. $2 MILLION TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2016. THE CHAIR: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

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    THE CLERK

    MR. BILIRAKIS OF FLORIDA. PAGE 7, LINE 21, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT…

    MR. BILIRAKIS OF FLORIDA. PAGE 7, LINE 21, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY ZERO DOLLARS. PAGE 59, LINE 20, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $2 MILLION.

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    THE CHAIR

    RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. BILIRAKIS, AND A MEMBER…

    RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. BILIRAKIS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. BILIRAKIS

    SUPPORT INCREASE ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. I THINK,…

    SUPPORT INCREASE ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. I THINK, OF COURSE, CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND -- I THANK, OF COURSE, CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND CHAIRMAN SIMPSON FOR THIS APPROPRIATION BILL AND TO ENSURE SCARCE TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE WELL SPENT. MY AMENDMENT SEEKS TO STRIKE ALL FUNDING FOR THE OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY CORPS OF CIVIL WORKS. UNDER CURRENT LAW, FRINGE GROUPS ARE ALLOWED TO, FOR THE COST OF -- A POSTAGE STAMP, MR. SPEAKER, FILE LAWSUITS AGAINST ANY INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION PROJECT NEEDING A CLEAN WATER PERMIT THAT THEY FILE IN THE FILE REGISTRY. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS. THE FEAR OF THEM HAVE STOPPED A NUMBER OF WORTHY PROJECTS THAT WERE NECESSARY FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PROTECT THEIR CONSTITUENTS. THE CORPS' FAILURE TO DEFEND THE PUBLIC SAFETY IS BECAUSE OF A SERIOUS LACK OF LEADERSHIP BY THE CORPS, IN MY OPINION. ONE SUCH PROJECT IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IS THE RIDGE ROAD EXTENSION. A MUCH-NEEDED ROUTE FOR HURRICANE EVACUATION. FOR OVER TWO DECADES -- TWO DECADES THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN THE PERMITTING PROCESS BECAUSE OF THE BUREAUCRATIC PAPER SHUFFLING AND DUPLICATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES. DURING THIS TIME OF SCARCE TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY, WE HAVE PENDING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS THAT CAN CREATE JOBS AND PROTECT THE PUBLIC, BUT THE CORPS OFTEN DRAGS OUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS TO PUSH THE APPLICANT TO DRAW UP THEIR APPLICATION OUT OF FEAR THAT THE AGENCY WILL HAVE TO ENGAGE IN LITIGATION. . THESE LAWSUITS ARE SOLELY TO KILL SAFETY PUBLIC PROJECTS. I NOTE THIS BILL'S COMMITTEE REPORT WHICH SAYS, AND I QUOTE, THE COMMITTEE IS CONCERNED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT BEEN TAKING CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTION SERIOUSLY. IN REGARDS TO THESE PERMIT PROJECTS, THERE'S CLEARLY A SERIOUS LEADERSHIP PROBLEM AT THE AGENCY. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO ACT AND ENSURE THE PUBLIC IS PROTECTED. THE COMMITTEE REPORT ALSO INCLUDES ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE COMMITTEE TO KEEP IN MIND THE PUBLIC SAFETY ASPECTS OF A PROJECT WHEN CONSIDERING PERMIT APPLICATIONS AND TO PURSUE WAYS TO SHORTEN REVIEW TIMES, INCLUDING BY PERFORMING REVIEWS CURRENTLY AND ELIMINATING DUPLICATIVE REVIEWS TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PRACT CANCEL. I CALL ON THE -- EXTENT PRACTICAL CABBLE. I CALL ON THE CORPS TO IMPROVE THESE NEEDED PUBLIC SAFETY PROJECTS TO PREVENT NEEDLESS LOSS OF LIFE. WITH ASSURANCES FROM CHAIRMAN SIMPSON THAT THE COMMITTEE WILL CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE THE CORPS TO PRIORITIZE PUBLIC SAFETY PROJECTS, I WOULD CONSIDER WITHDRAWING THE AMENDMENT AT THIS TIME. I'LL YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN. MR. SIMPSON: I WOULD ASSURE THE GENTLEMAN THAT WE SHARE HIS CONCERNS. AND IN FACT IF

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    MR. SIMPSON

    WE SHARE HIS CONCERNS. AND IN FACT IF YOU LOOK AT THE UNDERLYING BILL, WE…

    WE SHARE HIS CONCERNS. AND IN FACT IF YOU LOOK AT THE UNDERLYING BILL, WE HAVE REDUCED FUNDING FOR THE OFFICE BY 60%, BY $3 MILLION. BECAUSE OF THE SAME CONCERNS THAT WE HAVE THAT YOU ARE EXPRESSING, THAT MR. GOSAR EXPRESSED BEFORE YOU. IT IS A CONCERN THAT ALL OF US HAVE AND WE WILL WORK WITH YOU TO MAKE SURE THAT -- ALL OF US HAVE AND WE WILL WORK WITH YOU TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ADDRESS THIS. MR. BILIRAKIS: THANK YOU. OUR CONSTITUENTS NEED EVACUATION ROUTES IN CASE THERE IS A HURRICANE OR ANY KIND OF A DISASTER. THANK

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    MR. BILIRAKIS

    CONSTITUENTS NEED EVACUATION ROUTES IN CASE THERE IS A HURRICANE OR ANY…

    CONSTITUENTS NEED EVACUATION ROUTES IN CASE THERE IS A HURRICANE OR ANY KIND OF A DISASTER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY AMENDMENT BE WITHDRAWN. AND I APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU. THE CHAIR: SEEING NO OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. THE CLERK

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. THE CLERK WILL READ. THE CLERK: PAGE…

    GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. THE CLERK WILL READ. THE CLERK: PAGE 8, LINE 1, GENERAL PROVISIONS, CORPS OF ENGINEERS, CIVIL, SECTION 101, NONE OF THE FUNDS SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR A REPROGRAMMING OF FUNDS THAT CREATES OR INITIATES A NEW PROGRAM.

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    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECK MISSION?

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECK MISSION?

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    WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE

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    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. RUIZ

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    THE CLERK

    OF CALIFORNIA. PAGE 12, LINE 25, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDULESED…

    OF CALIFORNIA. PAGE 12, LINE 25, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDULESED BY $1 MILLION, INCREASED BY $1 MILLION.

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    THE CHAIR

    RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. RUIZ, AND A MEMBER…

    RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. RUIZ, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. RUIZ

    CHAIRMAN. BEFORE I BEGIN, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN SIMPSON AND…

    CHAIRMAN. BEFORE I BEGIN, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN SIMPSON AND RANKING MEMBER CAPTURE FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND COLLABORATE -- CAPTER FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND COLLABORATE -- KAPTUR FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND COLLABORATION ON THIS BILL. I RISE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL CRITICAL RESOURCES FOR BUREAU OF RECLAMATION ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION PROJECTS THAT ADDRESS OR IMPROVE PUBLIC HEALTH CONDITIONS. THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING, DEVELOPING AND RESTORING OUR NATION'S WATER, TO SUPPORT THE INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. AND, MR. CHAIRMAN, I CAN THINK OF FEWER EFFORTS MORE IN THE PUBLIC'S INTEREST THAN PROTECTING THE PUBLIC'S HEALTH. ACROSS THE WEST, THE BUREAU OF HEALTH'S WATER DISTRICT RECYCLED WATER TECHNOLOGY TO PROVIDE SAFE IRRIGATION WATER FOR CROPS, PROVIDES ENGINEERING ASSISTANCE FOR RESTORATION EFFORTS, AND MONITORS WATER QUALITY SO THAT COMMUNITIES CAN TAKE PREVENTATIVE ACTION TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH. THERE ARE MANY EXAMPLES IN OUR NATION AND I WILL GIVE JUST A COUPLE OF THESE EXAMPLES. IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY, THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION PLAYS A LARGE ROLE IN PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH BY MONITORING AND HELPING RESTORE THE WATER EQUALITY OF THE SALT AND SEA. FOR SEVERAL DECADES NOW, THE DETERIORATING WATER QUALITY AND REDUCED WATER INFLOW HAVE MADE THE SALTEN SEA A THREAT TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAN RESIDENTS AND EVENTUALLY THE SEA COULD THREATEN PUBLIC HEALTH IN CITIES ALL ACROSS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. AS THE SEA DRIES AND THE WATER LEVEL RECEDES, EXPOSED LAKE BED WILL RELEASE WIND-BLOWN CONTAMINANTS CONTAINING ARSENIC AND PESTICIDES. EXPOSURE TO THOSE CONTAMINANTS HAS BEEN SHOWN TO INCREASE THE NUMBER AND SEVERITY OF ASTHMA ATTACKS, DECREASE THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF LUNG FUNCTION IN SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN, INCREASE THE RISK OF CARDIAC DISEASE, HEART ATTACKS AND MORTALITY IN ADULTS. ALREADY EXPOSED LAKE BED ON THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE SEA HAS HAD AN IMPACT ON LOCAL AIR QUALITY, WITH RATES OF PEDIATRIC ASTHMA HOSPITALIZATION IN THE REGION FAR ABOVE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. AND AS AN EMERGENCY MEDICINE PHYSICIAN, I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE EFFECTS OF POOR AIR AND WATER QUALITY. THE PUBLIC HEALTH DANGER TO FAMILIES AND CHILDREN FROM THIS SEA IS VERY REAL AND TO HELP ADDRESS THE EXPOSED LAKE BED IN THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE SEA, A PARTNERSHIP HAS PUT TOGETHER THE PROJECT TO COVER OVER 700 ACRES OF EXPOSED LAKE BED WITH CLEAN WATER. THE SHALLOW POOLS WILL COVER THE DANGEROUS CONTAMINANTS IN THE LAKE BED, PREVENTING THEM FROM BECOMING AIRBORNE AND THREATENING THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES. THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION SUPPORTS PROJECTS LIKE THIS ALL ACROSS THE WESTERN UNITED STATES, WORKING WITH LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS WHO RECOGNIZE THE VALUE OF ENSURING OUR WATERS ARE WELL MANAGED. FOR EXAMPLE, IN MY NEIGHBORING DISTRICT IN CALIFORNIA'S 42ND DISTRICT, THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION ASSISTED IN HELPING TO MITIGATE PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS AND WATER QUALITY ISSUES AT A LAKE. THE LAKE, LIKE THE SALTA NMBINGTS SEA, HAS FACED CHRONIC CHALLENGES RELATED TO WATER LEVEL AND WATER QUALITY. ALGAE BLOOMS FROM THE LAKE CAUSED PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS AND EVEN INFECTED AND TOOK THE LIFE OF A CHILD. A COLLABORATION BETWEEN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, LOCAL WATER DISTRICTS AND THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION CAME TOGETHER TO ESTABLISH A SUPPLY OF RECYCLED WATER TO HELP MAINTAIN WATER LEVELS AND INSTALLED AIRATERS TO REDUCE ALGAE BLOOMS AND PREVENT FISH DIEOUTS BY KEEPING OXYGEN LEVELS HIGH. THE LAKE NOW SUPPORTS MANY LOCAL BUSINESSES, AS A FLOURISHING TOURISM INDUSTRY AND IS SAFER FOR THE RESIDENTS TO ENJOY ALL THE BENEFITS THE LAKE HAS TO OFFER, INCLUDING SWIMMER AND WATER SPORTS. MY AMENDMENT WOULD PROVIDE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TOWARD MANY BUREAU WATER PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE NATION THAT WILL PROTECT THE PUBLIC'S HEALTH. THE HEALTH OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MUST BE PUT ABOVE POLITICS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO RISE? MS.

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    THE CHAIR

    SEEKS RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO RISE?…

    SEEKS RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO RISE? MS. KAPTUR: MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND TO SAY THAT HE HAS WORKED SO HARD IN THE INTERESTS OF MAINTAINING BOTH PUBLIC HEALTH AND RESTORATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT, RELATED TO THE SALTAN SEA.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    AND RESTORATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT, RELATED TO THE SALTAN SEA. UNLESS…

    AND RESTORATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT, RELATED TO THE SALTAN SEA. UNLESS YOU'VE ACTUALLY SEEN THE SALTAN SEA AND YOU SEE WHAT THE CHANGING NATURE OF THE ECOSYSTEM IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA -- YOU CAN'T MANAGE HOW ENORMOUS -- IMAGINE HOW ENORMOUS THAT CHALLENGE IS. AND THE GENTLEMAN, FROM THE VERY FIRST DAY HE WAS ELECTED, WAS TALKING TO US ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR PART OF THE COUNTRY. I KNOW THAT POLLUTED AGRICULTURE RUNOFF HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH WHAT'S HAPPENED TO THE SALTAN CITY. THE CHANGING NATURE OF RAINFALL HAS TRANSFORMED. I THINK ABOUT THE SEA IN RUSSIA AND HOW DANGEROUS THAT HAS BECOME TO THE SURROUNDING ENVIRONMENT. WE FACE THE SAME CHALLENGE HERE IN OUR COUNTRY AND I KNOW IT'S DIFFICULT TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE , IT'LL TAKE MANY YEARS BECAUSE IT DIDN'T TAKE JUST ONE YEAR FOR THE SEA TO BECOME A WASTELAND REALLY, AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES SO AFFECTED. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND FOR KEEPING US AND YOUR PART OF AMERICA ON THE RIGHT COURSE. YOU'RE VERY TALENTED AND VERY CARING. SO I JUST WANTED TO STAND IN SUPPORT OF HIS EFFORTS. I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR.…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. RUIZ: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE

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    MR. RUIZ

    OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.…

    OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS

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    THE CHAIR

    OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN…

    OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    AT THE DESK. THE CHAIR: WILL THE GENTLEMAN SEND HIS AMENDMENT TO THE DESK?…

    AT THE DESK. THE CHAIR: WILL THE GENTLEMAN SEND HIS AMENDMENT TO THE DESK? THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK:

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    THE CHAIR

    TO THE DESK? THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK:

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    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GARDNER OF COLORADO.

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    THE CLERK

    GARDNER OF COLORADO. PAGES 12, LINE 25, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT,…

    GARDNER OF COLORADO. PAGES 12, LINE 25, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCED BY $3 MILLION, INCREASED BY $3 MILLION. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO,

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    MR. GARDNER

    THE AMENDMENT WHICH ALLOCATES $3 MILLION FOR WATER CONSERVATION AND…

    THE AMENDMENT WHICH ALLOCATES $3 MILLION FOR WATER CONSERVATION AND DELIVERY. THE FUNDING FOR THIS AMENDMENT IS TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM THE UNDERLYING BILL'S $856 MILLION APPROPRIATION TO THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION. FOR WATER PROBABLIES. THE AMENDMENT DIRECTS $3 MILLION OF THIS SUM SPECIFICALLY FOR WATER CONSERVATION AND DELIVERY PROBABLIES. THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION FUND PROVIDES CRITICAL ASSISTANCE TO WESTERN AREAS OF THE COUNTRY. IN THE AR I HAD WEST, WATER IS OUR LIFE. THESE PROJECTS IMPROVE WATER SUPPLY, QUALITY, WATER SUPPLY QUALITY, ADDRESS WATER SHORTAGE ISSUES, IMPROVE CONSERVATION MEASURES AND STABILIZE WALTER SUPPLIES -- STABILIZE WATER SUPPLIES. PROBABLIES LIKE THE ARKANSAS VALLEY CONDUIT, WITH OVER 100 MILES OF PIPELINE, SERVING DOZENS OF COMMUNITIES WITH CLEAN, ABUNDANT AND AFFORDABLE WATER. IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES, WATER IS AN ECONOMIC DRIVER. IN ORDER TO ATTRACT MORE ECONOMIC GROWTH, EITHER IN BUSINESS OR AGRICULTURE, EVERY INDUSTRY IN THE WEST IS DEPENDENT UPON AN AMPLE AND SAFE WATER SUPPLY. THIS AMENDMENT WILL ALLOW THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION MORE FLEXIBILITY TO CONTINUE WITH THESE TYPES OF PROJECTS WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY IMPROVING PUBLIC HEALTH AND IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT. ALSO THESE PROJECTS ARE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT DURING DROUGHT YEARS SO THAT WATER IS APPROPRIATELY ALLOCATED FOR BOTH MUNICIPAL AND AGRICULTURAL USES. THE WATER CONSERVATION AND DELIVERY LINE IN THE BUREAU'S BUDGET HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY USED FOR THE CALIFORNIA CENTRAL VALLEY PROJECT, THE WASHINGTON STATE BASIN WATER ENHANCEMENT PROJECT, THE ARKANSAS VALLEY CONDUIT IN COLORADO AND THE PROJECT IN THE CHAIRMAN'S HOME STATE OF IDAHO. I URGE SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE CO-AUTHOR OF THIS AMENDMENT, MR. TIPTON FROM COLORADO. AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON ISSUES RELATING TO WATER IN THE STATE OF COLORADO.

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    THE CHAIR

    COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

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    MR. TIPTON

    CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. GARDNER, FOR YIELDING TIME…

    CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. GARDNER, FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME AND FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP IN THIS CRITICAL MATTER. AS YOU KNOW, WATER IS THE LIFE BLOOD OF THE WESTERN UNITED STATES AND ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO THE HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR LOCAL ECONOMIES. IN ORDER TO MEET FEDERALY IY MANDATED QUATER -- FEDERALLY MANDATED WATER QUALITY STANDARDS ACROSS THE WEST, THIS FUND IS ESSENTIAL. IN COLORADO, AS IS IN THE CASE THROUGHOUT THE WEST, WE HAVE SIMILAR NEEDS, TO BE ABLE MO MOVE FORWARD WITH ENGINEERING DESIGN WORK ON AUTHORIZED FEATURES FOR EXISTING RECLAMATION PROJECTS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PROVIDE THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION THE FLEXIBILITY IT NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO ALLOCATE FUNDS TO ADVANCE AND COMPLETE ONGOING WORK THAT WILL PROVIDE EFFICIENT DELIVERY OF WATER FROM AN EXISTING MULTIPURPOSE RECLAMATION PROJECT AS WAS AUTHORIZED BY CONGRESS IN 1962. AMONG THE ELIGIBLE PROJECTS WITHIN THE WATER CONSERVATION DELIVERY FUND IS IN MY DISTRICT, THE ARKANSAS VALLEY CONDUIT. IT IS THE FINAL COMPONENT OF THE FRYING PAN ARKANSAS PROJECT, WATER DIVERSION AND STORAGE PROJECT IN THE LOWER ARKANSAS VALLEY. ONCE CONSTRUCTED, THE CONDUIT WILL DELIVER CLEAN DRINKING WATER TO FAMILIES, PRODUCERS AND MUNICIPALITIES THROUGHOUT SOUTHEASTERN COLORADO. BY DIRECTING $3 MILLION OF THIS SUM SPECIFICALLY FOR WATER CONSERVATION AND DELIVERY PROJECTS, THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION CAN PROCEED WITH ONGOING WORK AND WATER SUPPLY DELIVERY PROJECTS AT A MORE EFFICIENT PACE, TO BE ABLE TO REACH OUR SHARED GOAL IN MEETING INCREASED WATER DEMANDS BY DEVELOPING AND MAXIMIZING CLEAN WATER SUPPLIES. IT IS OUR HOPE THAT RECLAMATION PRIORITIZES THESE PROJECTS AND RESOLVES THE WATER SHORT ANDS THAT EXIST IN THE WEST, WHILE ENHANCING OUR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTING OUR JOB GROWTH. I YIELD BACK TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO, MR. GARDNER. .

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    MR. GARDNER

    TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. MR. GARDNER: THANK YOU, MR.…

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. MR. GARDNER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT

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    MR. GARDNER

    TO THANK HIM FOR DOING TREMENDOUS GOOD IN OUR STATES FOR WATER…

    TO THANK HIM FOR DOING TREMENDOUS GOOD IN OUR STATES FOR WATER CONSERVATION DELIVERY EFFORTS. I URGE SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. PURSUANT

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    THE CHAIR

    BALANCE OF HIS TIME. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION -- THE QUESTION IS WILL…

    BALANCE OF HIS TIME. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION -- THE QUESTION IS WILL THE -- ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH DAKOTA SEEK RECOGNITION? MRS. NOEM: MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE CHAIR:

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    MRS. NOEM

    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE CHAIR:

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    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: PAGE 12, LINE 25, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT…

    AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: PAGE 12, LINE 25, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $10 MILLION. PAGE 19,

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    THE CLERK

    THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $10 MILLION. PAGE 19, LINE 12,…

    THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $10 MILLION. PAGE 19, LINE 12, INSERT REDUCED BY $7 MILLION. PAGE 26, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $6 MILLION. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH DAKOTA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. MRS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH DAKOTA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH DAKOTA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. MRS. NOEM: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I

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    MRS. NOEM

    DO WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER AND ALL OF THE…

    DO WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER AND ALL OF THE COMMITTEE STAFF FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS BILL. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS DURING THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS IS MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS AND IDENTIFYING PRIORITIES THAT NEED FUNDING. ONE AREA THAT IS SPECIFICALLY IMPORTANT IS PROVIDING WATER THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING IN RURAL AREAS. IN MY STATE AND ACROSS THE WEST, THERE ARE CRITICAL WATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS THAT ARE WAITING TO BE FUNDED. THEY WERE PROMISED TO BE FUNDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT YEARS AGO AND CONSTRUCTION IS UNDER WAY ON MANY OF THESE PROJECTS. MANY OF THESE COMMUNITIES HAVE PUT THEIR FAIR SHARE IN FUNDING. THE STATE HAS DONE SO WELL. THE ONLY THING THAT HASN'T FOLLOWED THROUGH IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WATER IS OUR MOST BASIC NEEDS AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE SAFE AND AFFORDABLE DRINKING WATER ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. FOR RURAL AREAS IT'S ALSO A JOBS ISSUE. WITHOUT COMPLETION OF RURAL WATER PROJECTS, BUSINESSES AREN'T ABLE TO CREATES MUCH-NEEDED JOBS, AND LOCAL ECONOMIES SUFFER. UNFORTUNATELY, YEARLY AFTER YEAR FUNDING FOR THESE PROJECTS CONTINUES TO DECLINE UNDER THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUESTS. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY HERE TODAY TO MAKE SOME MEANINGFUL PROGRESS ON THESE PROJECTS AND ENSURE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOLLOWS THROUGH ON ITS PREVIOUS COMMITMENTS. EVEN WITH MY AMENDMENT, FUNDING FOR RURAL WATER PROJECTS IS STILL BELOW WHAT IT WAS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014. MY BILL INCREASES FUNDING FOR RURAL WATER PROJECTS AND IT DOES NOT INCREASE NET BUDGET OUTLAYS. WE NEED TO SUPPORT CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND ESSENTIAL ACCESS TO WATER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE WILL CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE. MR. DAINES:

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE. MR. DAINES: I WANT TO…

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE. MR. DAINES: I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS AMENDMENT AS WELL AS THE CHAIRMAN FOR ALLOWING US TO HAVE THIS DEBATE AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 03:49:00 PM

    MR. DAINES

    ALLOWING US TO HAVE THIS DEBATE AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT.…

    ALLOWING US TO HAVE THIS DEBATE AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. IN THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS, WE MUST PRIORITIZE FUNDING FOR NECESSARY PROJECTS AND BALANCE THOSE WITH SPENDING REDUCTIONS TO REDUCE THE NATIONAL DEBT. IN MONTANA, WE DEPEND ON A STEADY SUPPLY OF WATER TO IRGAIT OUR CROPS, TO WATER OR LIVESTOCK AND PROVIDE ENERGY THROUGH HYDROPOWER OR REUNUSUAL RESOURCE. THE STRUGGLE FOR CLEAN WATER CONTINUES TO CREATE HEALTH CHALLENGES FOR INDIAN COUNTRY AND NEARBY COMMUNITIES. IN ADDITION TO MAKING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MORE DIFFICULT. WITHOUT THIS CRITICAL FUNDING FOR ROCKY BOISE NORTH CENTRAL WATER SYSTEM AND THE FORT PECK WATER SYSTEM, THOUSANDS CAN GO WITHOUT QUALITY WATER ACCESSIBILITY. THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST FOR THESE CRITICAL PROJECTS CONTINUE TO DECLINE EACH YEAR WHILE PRIORITIZING OTHER ACCOUNTS THAT ARE NOT RELATED TO BASIC NEEDS OF OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES. MR. CHAIRMAN, EVERY YEAR WE WAIT TO DELAY FUNDING OF THESE ESSENTIAL PROJECTS, THE MORE EXPENSIVE THE CONSTRUCTION, THE OPERATION AND THE MAINTENANCE BECOME. FOR INSTANCE, THE FORT PECK PROJECT'S REDUCED FUNDING LEVEL HAS DOUBLED THE AUTHORIZATION PERIOD AND INFLATION HAS DOUBLED THE OVERALL COST OF CONSTRUCTION, YET THE PROJECTED SAVINGS IS $11 MILLION. HOWEVER, OVERHEAD WILL CONSUME ON THE PROJECT TO DATE AND ENCROACH UPON THE AUTHORIZED CONSTRUCTION CEILING. YOU KNOW, THE C.B.O. HAS JUST SCORED THIS AMENDMENT, THIS DECREASES THE NET BUDGET OUTLAYS. PASSING THIS AMENDMENT IS RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP OF TAX DOLLARS AND IMPORTANT TO RURAL COMMUNITIES AND IT'S A NONPARTISAN ISSUE. FUNDING THESE PROJECTS IS SUPPORTED BY THE ENTIRE MONTANA DELEGATION, BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, AND LAST YEAR A SIMILAR AMENDMENT PASSED BY VOICE VOTE. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY

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    THE CHAIR

    HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH DAKOTA. MRS. NOEM:

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    MRS. NOEM

    BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: RESERVES HER TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION?…

    BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: RESERVES HER TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. KAPTUR

    IN OPPOSITION.

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    THE CHAIR

    MINUTES. MS. KAPTUR: I RISE TO OPPOSE THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT AND DO SO…

    MINUTES. MS. KAPTUR: I RISE TO OPPOSE THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT AND DO SO FOR SEVERAL REASONS.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT AND DO SO FOR SEVERAL REASONS. FIRST OF ALL, WHERE…

    GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT AND DO SO FOR SEVERAL REASONS. FIRST OF ALL, WHERE THE FUNDS ARE TAKEN FROM WHICH ARE RENEWABLE ENERGY ACCOUNTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN REDUCED BY $113 MILLION FROM THE PRIOR FISCAL YEAR. FRANKLY, THOSE ACCOUNTS ARE PART OF OUR FUTURE. OUR FUTURE ENERGY SECURITY FOR THE COUNTRY AND AS I SAID IN MY OPENING STATEMENT, THE PRESERVATION OF OUR LIB WIT. WITH OVER 40% OF OUR ENERGY RESOURCES BEING IMPORTED, THERE IS NO HIGHER PRIORITY THAN FOR US TO DIVERSIFY OUR ENERGY PORTFOLIO AND TO RECLAIM OUR OWN ECONOMIC AND ENERGY SECURITY. FURTHER REDUCTION IN THOSE ACCOUNTS WILL HAVE A DETRIMENTAL IMPACT, NOT JUST IN MONTANA, BUT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. IN ADDITION, THE AMENDMENT, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, REDUCES DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION BY $6 MILLION AND GIVEN MY COLLEAGUES' FRUSTRATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT'S PACE ON MANY ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING APPROVAL OF OUR L.N.G. EXPORT EFFORTS, THIS SEEMS TO BE A CASE OF REALLY MAKING IT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE DEPARTMENT TO DO ITS JOB. LET ME PUT ON THE RECORD AGAIN, JUST SINCE TWEE IN THE LAST DECADE, OUR -- 2003 IN THE LAST DECADE, OUR COUNTRY HAS SPENT $2.3 TRILLION ON IMPORTING FOREIGN PETROLEUM. THIS IS A VAST SHIFT OF WEALTH AND THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS, LITERALLY MILLIONS OF JOBS EVAPORATING FROM OUR COUNTRY. BLOOMBERG NEW ENERGY FINANCE REPORTS FOR 2030 THE MARKET OUTLOOK ESTIMATES THAT RENEWABLES WILL COMMAND OVER 60% OF THE $7.7 TRILLION OF POWER INVESTMENT THAT ARE GOING TO BE MADE SOMEPLACE. AND WHEN WE THINK ABOUT OUR COUNTRY'S FUTURE, WE MUST BE VIGILANT. WE MUST BE SMART. WE MUST BE ENGAGED IN THOSE MARKETS BECAUSE IF WE AREN'T WE SEE WHAT CHINA IS DOING, WE SEE WHAT RUSSIA IS DOING. WE HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION. WE CAN'T ROB PETER TO TRY TO PAY PAUL. ANY WATER PROJECT, WHETHER IT'S IN MONTANA OR WHETHER IT'S IN OHIO, IS LARGELY A PUBLIC PROJECT. AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE MONEY IN THE MARKET TO PAY FOR IT. REASSERTING OURSELVES AND BECOMING LEADERS IN ENERGY RATHER THAN IMPORTERS OF ENERGY IS WHERE AMERICA NEEDS TO HEAD. I THINK THIS TAKES US IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. WE SHOULDING LEADING INVESTMENT IN THESE TECHNOLOGIES, NOT FURTHER ERODING THEIR CAPACITY FOR OUR COUNTRY BECAUSE OTHER COUNTRIES WILL DISPLACE US AND THEY ARE DOING SO. NOW, IN TERMS OF RURAL WATER PROJECTS AND THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, THOSE WATER PROJECTS ALREADY WILL RECEIVE $21 MILLION ABOVE THE ADMINISTRATION'S REQUEST. SO IT'S NOT LIKE OUR SUBCOMMITTEE ISN'T DOING ITS JOB, AND FRANKLY OUR PART OF AMERICA GETS MUCH LESS ATTENTION THAN THE WEST DOES IN TERMS OF RURAL WATER INVESTMENT . WE HAVE A 50/50 MATCH IN OUR PART OF THE COUNTRY. WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING LIKE THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, AND WE HAVE TO COMPETE IN THE MIDWEST FOR THOSE PRECIOUS DOLLARS AND WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH. BUT WE MANAGE TO MOVE ALONG AS WEST -- AS BEST WE CAN. SO I THINK WE HAVE DONE WHAT WE CAN IN OUR BILL FOR RURAL WATER AND I'D TAKE OBJECTION TO THE GENTLELADY'S EFFORTS TO FURTHER CRIPPLE THOSE RENEWABLE ENERGY ACCOUNTS THAT ARE GOING TO HELP TO CREATE AMERICA'S NEW FUTURE AND LEADING US TOWARD ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND TOWARD A REASSUMPTION OF OUR LIB WIT. SO I WOULD HOPE SHE WOULD FIND ANOTHER WAY TO ACHIEVE HER OBJECTIVE AND I THINK I MUST ALSO OFFER THE COMMENT THAT, YOU KNOW, AS WE LOOK TOWARD THE WEST AND ITS WATER NEEDS, BECAUSE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE ENVIRONMENT, WE MAY BE AT A POINT IN AMERICA'S HISTORY WHERE WE HAVE TO PUT OUR DOLLARS WHERE IT MAKES THE MOST SENSE. IF DEVELOPMENT IS OCCURRING IN AREAS THAT ARE ALREADY WATER SHORT OR BECOMING DESERT, WHERE THE DESERT IS GROWING AND WHERE LITERALLY NATURE CAN'T PROVIDE WHAT IT DID MAYBE 100 YEARS AGO, I THINK WE HAVE TO MANAGE THE PUBLIC DOLLARS MORE WISELY. SO I OPPOSE THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT. I HOPE WE CAN FIND A WAY TO MEET HER GENUINE CONCERNS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLELADY

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    THE CHAIR

    BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH DAKOTA IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. NOEM:…

    BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH DAKOTA IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. NOEM: A COUPLE OF FACTS TO FOLLOW-UP ON THE GENTLELADY'S COMMENTS. WHAT

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    MRS. NOEM

    THE GENTLELADY'S COMMENTS. WHAT WE ARE FRYING TO DO IS GET CLEAN DRINKING…

    THE GENTLELADY'S COMMENTS. WHAT WE ARE FRYING TO DO IS GET CLEAN DRINKING WATER TO INDIVIDUALS, TO PEOPLE WHERE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON COMMITMENTS IT'S MADE PREVIOUSLY. THE REASON WE HAVE PLUSED UP SOME OF THESE DOLLARS IS BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST HAS BEEN SO LOW THE LAST FEW YEARS. WE HAD TO DO THAT IN ORDER TO TRY TO MEET THE NEED. WATER PROJECTS STILL, EVEN IF MY AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED, WILL RECEIVE LESS THAN THEY DID IN 2014. I CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND YOUR CONCERNS, AS I AM A SORER OF ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE -- AS I AM A SUPPORTER OF AN ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE ENERGY POLICY. LAST YEAR IT WAS VOICE ADOPTED BECAUSE EVERYBODY RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING SURE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY CAN GET CLEAN DRINKING WATER. THEY AT LEAST SHOULD HAVE THAT BASIC PRIVILEGE. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK AND I ASK FOR EVERYONE'S SUPPORT ON THIS AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH DAKOTA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. CASTOR

    AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE CHAIR:

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    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. CASTOR OF FLORIDA. AFTER

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    THE CLERK

    OF FLORIDA. AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $112,686,000. PAGE…

    OF FLORIDA. AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $112,686,000. PAGE 21, LINE 2, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $165 MILLION. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE…

    GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. CASTOR. MS. CASTOR: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO

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  • 03:58:52 PM

    MS. CASTOR

    CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO BOOST THE ENERGY…

    CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO BOOST THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY INITIATIVES ACROSS AMERICA THAT HAVE A PROVEN RETURN ON INVESTMENT FOR TAXPAYERS, AND THIS AMENDMENT IS PAID FOR BY REDUCING BUT NOT ELIMINATING ACCOUNTS THAT DO NOT HAVE THE SAME RETURN ON INVESTMENT FOR TAXPAYERS. MR. CHAIR, THE APPROPRIATION IN THE BILL FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY IS $112 MILLION BELOW THE 2014 APPROPRIATED LEVEL. AND IT'S $528 MILLION BELOW THE BUDGET REQUEST. NOW, I WISH WE COULD MEET THE BUDGET REQUEST THIS YEAR, BUT COLLEAGUES, WE SHOULD AT LEAST RESTORE THE MONEY BACK TO LAST YEAR'S LEVELS WHICH IS STILL A VERY MODEST INVESTMENT IN ENERGY AND -- ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR AMERICA. THE FUNDS TIED TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY FUEL JOBS ACROSS AMERICA. IN ADVANCED MANUFACTURING, IN CLEAN ENERGY. THESE INVESTMENTS IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY HELP MAKE OUR BUSINESSES MORE COMPETITIVE COMPARED TO BUSINESSES ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE. IN ADDITION, ENERGY EFFICIENCY REDUCES THE COST FOR CONSUMERS. WOULDN'T THAT BE REVOLUTIONARY? TO PUT SOME MONEY BACK IN THE POCKETS OF OUR NEIGHBORS IN THIS DAY AND AGE? AND HAS THE ADDED BENEFIT OF PROVIDING CLEANER AIR. . BACK HOME IN FLORIDA I'VE NOTICED LOCAL GOVERNMENTS INVESTING IN BETTER LIGHTING AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY. THIS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO LOWER PROPERTY TAXES FOR OUR NEIGHBORS BACK HOME. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE'RE ON THE CUSP OF A TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION WHEN IT COMES TO ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY. LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING ALL ACROSS AMERICA. WE HAVE A VERY DIVERSE PORTFOLIO, BUT THIS BUDGET TODAY IS SCREWED -- SKEWED A LITTLE BIT, IT CHOPS ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY THAT HAS SUCH GREAT POTENTIAL TO CREATE JOBS. AND IT'S A LITTLE TOO HEAVY ON SOME OF THE FOSSIL FUEL AREAS. AND I'LL SUGGEST AN AREA THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE CRITICIZED DURING A COMMITTEE MEETING NOT TOO LONG AGO AND THAT WAS THE CARBON CAPTURE AND SEQUESTRATION. COMPARE THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT RIGHT NOW PROVIDED IN THIS BILL FOR THE MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR AMOUNT WE'RE PUTTING INTO CARBON CAPTURE THAT HAS NOT PROVEN -- THAT IS NOT PROVEN COMPARED TO WHAT WE COULD ACHIEVE ON A RETURN AND INVESTMENT IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR OUR NEIGHBORS, FOR OUR BUSINESSES AND FOR JOBS. SO THEREFORE THIS AMENDMENT WILL SHIFT A LITTLE BIT, NOT ALL, FROM THOSE TECHNOLOGIES AND PUT IT INTO A PLACE WHERE IT WORKS, ENERGY EFFICIENCY. I APPRECIATE RANKING MEMBER KAPTUR'S VISION. SHE UNDERSTANDS THAT THIS IS OUR FUTURE, THIS IS A JOB CREATOR. I APPRECIATE HER WORK AND CHAIRMAN SIMPSON'S WORK ON THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL. I ASK FOR AN RAY VOTE ON THE CASS -- AN AYE VOTE ON THE CASTOR AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. MR. SIMPSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. MR. SIMPSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 04:02:05 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    AMENDMENT. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. SIMPSON

    WITH TARGETED INCREASES FOR WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE AND ADVANCED…

    WITH TARGETED INCREASES FOR WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE AND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING. WHAT WE DID IN THIS BILL ACTUALLY WAS REFOCUS SOME OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S REQUEST, INCREASES IN THE RENEWABLE ENERGY ARENA, TO WHERE WE ACTUALLY USE ENERGY. THE COAL, OIL AND NATURAL GAS PROVIDES 82% OF THE ELECTRICITY IN THIS COUNTRY. OF THE ENERGY USED IN THIS NATION'S HOMES AND BUSINESSES. 82%. AND REDUCING THE FOSSIL ENERGY RESEARCH, THEY'RE STUDYING THINGS LIKE HOW HEAT CAN BE MORE EFFICIENTLY CONVERTED INTO ELECTRICITY, IN AN EFFORT WITH THE NUCLEAR AND SOLAR ENERGY PROGRAMS. HOW WATER CAN BE MORE EFFICIENTLY USED IN POWER PLANTS AND HOW COAL CAN BE USED TO PRODUCE ELECTRICAL POWER. THE AMENDMENT WOULD ALSO REDUCE FUNDING FOR A PROGRAM THAT ENSURES WE USE OUR NATION'S FOSSIL FUEL RESOURCES AS WELL AND AS CLEANLY AS POSSIBLE. IN FACT, WE INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY OF OUR FOSSIL FUEL PLANTS. BY JUST 1%, WE COULD POWER AN ADDITIONAL TWO MILLION HOUSEHOLDS WITHOUT USING A SINGLE ADDITIONAL POUND OF FUEL FROM THE GROUND. THAT'S THE RESEARCH WE'RE DOING IN THE FOSSIL ENERGIER IN -- ENERGY AREA. THAT'S WHERE WE WOULD TAKE THE MONEY OUT OF. THE AREA WHERE MOST OF OUR ELECTRICITY IS PRODUCED FROM. AND SHIFT IT TO AN AREA, WHILE IMPORTANT, DOESN'T PRODUCE NEARLY AS MUCH ENERGY AS THE OTHER AREAS IN THIS BILL. SO WHILE I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE GENTLELADY IS TRYING TO DO, WE HAVE ACTUALLY INCREASED THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY BUDGET AS I SAID BY $26 MILLION ABOVE LAST YEAR AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK ON THAT AND I WOULD OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST IT.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: PAGE 19, LINE 12, AFTER THE DOLLAR…

    WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: PAGE 19, LINE 12, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCED BY $10,42,000.

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    THE CLERK

    THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCED BY $10,42,000. PAGE 23, LINE 12, AFTER…

    THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCED BY $10,42,000. PAGE 23, LINE 12, AFTER THE DOLLAR INSERT, INCREASED BY $15 MILLION. PAGE 26, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCED BY $,540,000. -- $8,540,000.

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    THE CHAIR

    OHIO AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR…

    OHIO AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    TO FUND NUCLEAR CLEANUP PROJECTS AT COLD WAR ENRICHMENT FACILITIES. THIS…

    TO FUND NUCLEAR CLEANUP PROJECTS AT COLD WAR ENRICHMENT FACILITIES. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD DIRECT $15 MILLION TO THE URANIUM ENRICHMENT DECONTAMINATION AND DECOMMISSIONING FUND. AT THE HEIGHT OF THE ATOMIC AGE, THE GOVERNMENT BEGAN ENRICHING URANIUM IN OUR ARMS RACE AGAINST THE SOVIET THREAT.

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  • 04:05:57 PM

    MR. OWENS

    WENSTRUP: ONE OF THESE FACILITIES IS IN OHIO.

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    MR. WENSTRUP

    EXCUSE ME, WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? WOULD YOU YIELD ME TIME FOR A…

    EXCUSE ME, WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? WOULD YOU YIELD ME TIME FOR A QUESTION?

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    MS. KAPTUR

    WOULD YOU YIELD ME TIME FOR A QUESTION?

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    MR. WENSTRUP

    VERY MUCH. YOU ARE -- SO I UNDERSTAND, WHERE ARE YOU TAKING THE $15…

    VERY MUCH. YOU ARE -- SO I UNDERSTAND, WHERE ARE YOU TAKING THE $15 MILLION FROM?

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  • 04:08:33 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    THE $15 MILLION FROM?

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    MR. WENSTRUP

    IS COMING FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY ACCOUNTS AND LESS CRUCIAL ADMINISTRATIVE…

    IS COMING FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY ACCOUNTS AND LESS CRUCIAL ADMINISTRATIVE ACCOUNTS. MS. KAPTUR: CAN I OFFER THE OPINION THAT IF THE GENTLEMAN FOUND DIFFERENT OFFSETS, THIS MEMBER AS AN OHIOAN WOULD BE VERY INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING THE WORKERS THERE AND IN THAT REGION OF OHIO WHICH ARE SO DEVASTATED. AT

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    MS. KAPTUR

    THAT REGION OF OHIO WHICH ARE SO DEVASTATED. AT THE MOMENT I CAN'T DO THAT…

    THAT REGION OF OHIO WHICH ARE SO DEVASTATED. AT THE MOMENT I CAN'T DO THAT BECAUSE I DON'T AGREE WITH THE OFFSETS. BUT I WANTED TO PLACE THE OPINION ON THE RECORD AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN VERY MUCH FOR HIS EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF THE STATE OF OHIO AND THAT REGION OF OHIO. MR. WENSTRUP: IF I COULD RECLAIM MY TIME. RENEWABLE

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    MR. WENSTRUP

    RECLAIM MY TIME. RENEWABLE IS NOT AN OPTION FOR THIS AREA OF AMERICA UNTIL…

    RECLAIM MY TIME. RENEWABLE IS NOT AN OPTION FOR THIS AREA OF AMERICA UNTIL IT'S CLEANED UP. AND WAITING COSTS MORE. AND IT PARALYZES A LARGE PORTION OF OHIO. AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RISE?

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    MR. SIMPSON

    OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    OF THE AMENDMENT, ALTHOUGH I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE GENTLEMAN'S TRYING TO DO.…

    OF THE AMENDMENT, ALTHOUGH I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE GENTLEMAN'S TRYING TO DO. THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE APPROPRIATED FUNDS BY ANOTHER $15 MILLION. BECAUSE OF THE OVERALL REDUCTIONS THAT WERE NECESSARY IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP PROGRAMS, WE BALANCED THESE REDUCTIONS ACROSS ALL CLEANUP SITES SO THAT NO ONE SITE IS TARGETED. I CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERNS ABOUT THE SITE AND THIS BILL PROVIDES STRONG SUPPORT FOR THAT AREA. DESPITE THE FACT THAT FUNDING AT MOST SITES IS GOING DOWN, THE BILL ACTUALLY BOOSTS FUNDING FOR THE SITE BY $37 MILLION ABOVE THE FISCAL YEAR 2014 AND $15 MILLION ABOVE THE BUDGET REQUEST. HOWEVER, I CAN'T SUPPORT FURTHER INCREASES TO COMPENSATE FOR THE DEPARTMENT'S OFFBUDGET URANIUM TRANSFERS WHICH OUR SUBCOMMITTEE HAS CRITICIZED FOR YEARS. THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN TRANSFERRING STOCKPILES OF URANIUM TO GENERATE CLEANUP FUNDS FOR THE SITE. A PRACTICE THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE HAS DETERMINED TO BE ILLEGAL AND WHICH COULD BE FURTHER HELD UP IN FISCAL YEAR 2015 DUE TO RECENT LITIGATION. THE DEPARTMENT'S RELIANCE ON ITS URANIUM TRANSFERS HAS INAPPROPRIATELY CIRCUMVENTED THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS, HAS ADVERSELY IMPACTED OUR DOMESTIC URANIUM MINING AND CONVERSION INDUSTRY AND IS NOW CREATING FURTHER PROBLEMS AS THE MARKET PRICE OF URANIUM CONTINUES TO DROP. I'M ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT THE AMENDMENT'S OFFSETS, PARTICULARLY THE CUT TO EERE, WHICH IS $113 MILLION BELOW THE BUDGET REQUEST. THE LAST AMENDMENT BY MS. CASTOR PROPOSED INCREASING EERE BY TAKING MONEY OUT OF FOSSIL ENERGIES. I OPPOSED THAT. WASN'T BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE EERE. IT WAS BECAUSE I DIDN'T LIKE WHERE THEY WERE TAKING THE MONEY FROM. THIS WOULD TAKE MONEY OUT OF EERE THAT'S ALREADY REDUCED TO $113 MILLION. FROM LAST YEAR. WHICH I ALSO OPPOSE. SO I MUST OPPOSE THIS GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND URGE MEMBERS TO DO THE SAME.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    YIELD? MR. SIMPSON: I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY. MS. KAPTUR: I

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    MR. SIMPSON

    THE GENTLELADY. MS. KAPTUR: I WANTED TO MAKE A POINT ON THIS PARTICULAR…

    THE GENTLELADY. MS. KAPTUR: I WANTED TO MAKE A POINT ON THIS PARTICULAR FACILITY.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    PARTICULAR FACILITY. AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S SEEMING INABILITY TO…

    PARTICULAR FACILITY. AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S SEEMING INABILITY TO HELP COMMUNITIES TRANSITION. WHETHER IT'S COAL-FIRED UTILITIES, IN THE ISSUES THAT COAL COUNTRY FACES IN GENERAL, OR HERE YOU HAVE A FACILITY THAT'S IMPORTANT IN THE NATION'S DEFENSE LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING FORWARD. AND SO MANY TIMES IT JUST SEEMS THAT WHEN TECHNOLOGIES CHANGE, WHEN SITUATIONS CHANGE, THE LOCAL PEOPLE WHO INVESTED THEIR LIVES JUST GET SPIT OUT. AND I JUST WANTED TO PUT THAT STATEMENT ON THE RECORD BECAUSE I KNOW THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S LISTENING TODAY. AND WE HAVE THE ABILITY IN THIS COUNTRY TO TRANSITION COMMUNITIES, MAYBE IN PLACES LIKE PORTSMITH, WE SHOULD BE DOING MORE IN RENEWABLE, BECAUSE AMERICA'S GOING TO NEED RENEWABLES AND MAYBE THERE'S A WAY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY COULD BE MORE CREATIVE, WHETHER IT'S NATURAL GAS, WHETHER IT'S STORAGE OF CERTAIN MATERIALS AND SO FORTH. BUT TO PUT ALL THOSE PEOPLE OUT OF WORK WITHOUT A PLAN, WITHOUT A TRANSITION PLAN, IT'S LIKE, YOU KNOW, THE PRIVATE SECTOR GIVING THE PINK SLIP AT CHRISTMAS. THAT'S WHEN THEY ALWAYS GIVE THEM THE PINK SLIPS, RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. IT'S SO HEARTLESS. AND HERE YOU HAVE A COMMUNITY THAT'S GOING TO BE HEAVILY AFFECTED. SO I JUST WANTED TO SAY ON THE RECORD, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT I JUST -- I JUST FEEL THAT THE DEPARTMENT'S BEEN A BIT LAGGERED AND I WOULD HOPE THEY COULD WORK WITH US IN A MORE CONSTRUCTIVE WAY. I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE GENTLEMAN'S TRYING TO DO AND HE'S VERY I THINK WELL INTENTIONED AS HE COMES TO THE FLOOR TODAY. I JUST WISH I COULD DO MORE TO CONVINCE THE DEPARTMENT TO HELP HIM.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    GENTLELADY'S COMMENTS. I SHOULD SAY, IT IS NOT PORTSMITH OR THE GENTLEMAN…

    GENTLELADY'S COMMENTS. I SHOULD SAY, IT IS NOT PORTSMITH OR THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO'S FAULT THAT THEY HAVE BEEN USING THE URANIUM TRANSFERS TO FUND THIS. IT'S NOT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING THERE, IT'S NOT THEIR FAULT. IT'S THE DEPARTMENT'S FAULT. AND WE HAVE RAISED CONCERNS FOR YEARS THAT THAT IS INAPPROPRIATE AND ILLEGAL. AND WE KNEW THAT IT WAS GOING TO COME TO THIS WHEN THOSE URANIUM TRANSFERS COULDN'T BE MADE ANYMORE. BECAUSE OF THE PRICE OF URANIUM AND OTHER THINGS. AND IT'S THE RESULT OF THE CHOICE OF THE DEPARTMENT TO FUND THIS BY USING THE URANIUM TRANSFERS. UNFORTUNATELY IT HAS COME TO WHAT WE PREDICTED WOULD BE A PROBLEM WHEN WE STARTED RAISING THESE CONCERNS WITH THE DEPARTMENT. SO WHILE I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS DOING AND SYMPATHIZE WITH WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS DOING AND WOULD BE WILLING TO WORK WITH HIM TO SEE WHAT CAN BE DONE AS WE MOVE THIS -- AS WE MOVE THIS BILL FORWARD, DO I HAVE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AS IT CURRENTLY EXISTS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO

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    THE CHAIR

    HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED. MR. WENSTRUP: I WOULD…

    HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED. MR. WENSTRUP: I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD 90 SECONDS TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO, MR. JOHNSON,

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    MR. WENSTRUP

    TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO, MR. JOHNSON, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.…

    TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO, MR. JOHNSON, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN HAS 60 SECONDS TO YIELD. MR. JOHNSON:

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    THE CHAIR

    TO YIELD. MR. JOHNSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN STRONG…

    TO YIELD. MR. JOHNSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY DR. WENSTRUP.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY DR. WENSTRUP. THIS…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY DR. WENSTRUP. THIS MUCH-NEEDED AMENDMENT WILL BLUNT THE JOB LOSSES THAT ARE COMING TO THE HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE CURRENTLY WORKING TO TRY TO CLEAN UP THAT ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION PLANT THERE IN PIKETON. I UNDERSTAND THE COMMITTEE'S ATTEMPTS AND I APPRECIATE THE COMMITTEE'S ATTEMPTS. UNFORTUNATELY THE $15 MILLION THAT THEY HAVE PUT IN THIS APPROPRIATION IS STILL NOT ENOUGH TO STOP THE HUNDREDS OF LAYOFFS THAT WILL COME IF NOTHING MORE IS DONE. NOR IS IT ENOUGH TO KEEP THIS CRITICAL CLEANUP PROJECT ON TRACK SO THAT THE PROPERTY CAN BE DEVELOPED TO CREATE MORE JOBS, TO REPLACE THE ONES THAT ARE GOING TO BE LOST ANYWAY. THAT'S WHY THIS AMENDMENT IS SO NECESSARY. IT REROUTES MONEY FROM RENEWABLE AND OVERHEAD COSTS TO PAY FOR THE CLEANUP WORK THAT WE PROMISED TO THE PIKETON, OHIO, FOLKS AND WE OUGHT TO STAY WITH THAT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. .

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  • 04:15:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. 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 THEIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR…

    THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK:

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    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. SWALWELL OF CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CLERK

    SWALWELL OF CALIFORNIA. PAGE 19, LINE 12, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT…

    SWALWELL OF CALIFORNIA. PAGE 19, LINE 12, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT INCREASED BY $111,641,000. PAGE 21, LINE 2, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSTERT -- INSERT REDUCED BY $161,879,450.

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SWALWELL

    CONSUME. THE CHAIR:

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. SWALWELL

    DIRTIER FOSSIL FUELS THAT WILL HARM OUR ENVIRONMENT. DO WE WANT TO BE PART…

    DIRTIER FOSSIL FUELS THAT WILL HARM OUR ENVIRONMENT. DO WE WANT TO BE PART OF A 21ST CENTURY ENERGY POLICY OR DO WE WANT TO BE PART OF A 20TH CENTURY ENERGY POLICY? MY AMENDMENT INCREASES THE OFFICE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES, OR EERE, FUNDING LEVELS BY $161 MILLION ABOVE WHAT'S IN THE BILL. THE OFFSET COMES FROM THE R&D IN THE AMOUNT NECESSARY TO MAKE THE AMOUNTS IN MY AMENDMENT BUDGET NEUTRAL. THE REQUEST FROM THE MAJORITY EXCEEDS THE WHITE HOUSE'S REQUEST FOR FOSSIL FUEL R&D BUT CUTS THE REQUEST FOR EERE. THIS WOULD BRING THE EE; RE -- WOULD BRING THE LEVELS BACK TO THE 2014 LEVEL AND ENSURE WE'RE NOT MOVING BACKWARDS IN OUR WORK TOWARD ENERGY SECURITY MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE INSTEAD ARE SEEKING TO CUT THIS FORWARD-LOOKING PROGRAM BY $111 MILLION. REDUCING FUNDING FOR EERE ON TOP OF THE CUTS IT SUFFERED LAST YEAR IS INCREDIBLY SHORTSIGHTED, NOT TO MENTION IT'S DONE AT THE EXPENSE OF PROTECTING FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY WHO IS ALREADY DOING PRETTY ALL RIGHT, YOU ASK ME. I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT ANY OF US ACTUALLY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH SUPPORTING EFFORTS TO BECOME MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT. THE ONLY REASON I CAN THINK OF THAT ANYONE WOULD SUPPORT ANY CUTS TO EEERE WOULD BE A DISLIKE ON THE PART OF SOME FOR THE TERM RENEWABLE ENERGY. BY INCREASING ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN OUR HOMES AND BUSINESSES AND THROUGH DEVELOPING ADVANCED MODELS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING, WE WILL SAVE MONEY, WE'LL IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY AND CREATE NEW, GOOD-PAYING JOBS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, YES, WE CAN REDUCE EMISSIONS FROM POWER PLANTS THAT ARE CONTRIBUTING TO GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND LEAVE AN EARTH THAT IS MUCH HEALTHIER FOR OUR CHILDREN. ONE GREAT EXAMPLE OF THIS IS THAT EERE IS PARTNERING WITH COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY TO PROVIDE SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED MANUFACTURING COMPANIES NO COST ENERGY ASSESSMENTS. MORE THAN 650 ENERGY ASSESSMENTS HAVE BEEN DONE TO DATE WITH AN AVERAGE OF $30,000 IN ENERGY SAVINGS PER ASAYSMENT. I WOULD SAY THAT PROGRAMS LIKE THIS ARE WORTHY OF SUSTAINED SUPPORT AND $5.6 BILLION IN SAVINGS HAVE BEEN FOUND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. EERE'S MANUFACTURING PROGRAM IS ALSO ENABLING US TO BECOME A WORLD LEAD FOR THE MAKING NEW ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES. SO THE CHOICE IS CLEAR. WE CAN ACCEPT THIS MASSIVE CUT TO EERE AND RISK BECOMING A NET IMPORTER OF NEXT GENERATION ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES OR WE CAN DO WHAT AMERICA HAS ALWAYS DONE AND WE CAN LOOK FORWARD AND WE CAN MAKE THE NEEDED INVESTMENTS TO HELP US BECOME A NET EXPORTERS OF THESE NEXT GENERATION TECHNOLOGIES. EERE SUPPORTS ALL TYPES OF INNOVATIVE AND POTENTIALLY GROUND BREAKING RESEARCH IN SOLAR, WIND, GEOTHERMAL AND OTHER TECHNOLOGIES. GIVEN HOW ABUNDANT THESE RESOURCES ARE, FROM THE SUN IN THE SOUTHWEST TO THE WIND IN THE PLAINS TO THE NUMEROUS RIFFER RIVERS WITH POTENTIAL FOR TIDAL POWER, WE WOULD BE FOOLISH NOT TO LOOK INTO USING THESE RESOURCES ON A GREATER SCALE. THE PROBLEM WITH USING THESE RESOURCES CURRENTLY IS WHEN THE SUN IS NOT SHINE THORING WIND IS NOT BLOWING, IT'S HARD TO USE THESE RESOURCES. HOWEVER, WE ARE VERY CLOSE TO CLOSING THAT GAP AND EERE GOS A LONG WAY TO BRIDGING THAT GAP. THEY'RE ALSO HELPING TO PIONEER RESEARCH INTO ADVANCED COMBUSTION ENGINES THAT WILL DRASTICALLY INCREASE GAS MILEAGE IN TRADITIONAL CARS, SAVING TAXPAYERS COUNTLESS AMOUNTS OF MONEY EVEN WHILE REMOVING POLLUTION FROM THE ATMOSPHERE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT TO RESTORE THE FUNDING LEVEL OF FISCAL YEAR 2014. APPROPRIATIONS IS ABOUT PRIORITIES AND PRIORITIES REFLECT VALUES. AMERICA HAS ALWAYS LOOKED FORWARD AND WE SHOULD NOT LOOK ANYWHERE BUT FORWARD WHEN IT COMES TO WHERE WE RECEIVE AMERICA'S ENERGY NEEDS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION?

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    CAN OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND STILL LIKE RENEWABLE ENERGY. MR. SIMPSON: I…

    CAN OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND STILL LIKE RENEWABLE ENERGY. MR. SIMPSON: I RISE TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT THAT WOULD USE THE FOSSIL ENERGY ACCOUNT AGAIN AS AN OFFSET. THIS

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    MR. SIMPSON

    WOULD USE THE FOSSIL ENERGY ACCOUNT AGAIN AS AN OFFSET. THIS YEAR, FUNDING…

    WOULD USE THE FOSSIL ENERGY ACCOUNT AGAIN AS AN OFFSET. THIS YEAR, FUNDING FOR EERE IS $1.789 BILLION. $113 MILLION BELOW LAST YEAR, AND $528 MILLION BELOW THE BUDGET REQUEST. IT'S SILL $1.789 BILLION. IT'S NOT LIKE WE'RE ELIMINATING EERE. THEY STILL HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF MONEY IN THAT ACCOUNT. MUCH MORE IN THAT ACCOUNT THAN IN THE FOSSIL ENERGY ACCOUNT OR THE NUCLEAR ENERGY ACCOUNT. THIS IS A MODEST 6% CUT FROM THE ROBUST FUNDING LEVEL INCLUDED IN LAST YEAR'S OMNIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND SLIGHTLY BELOW THE FISCAL YEAR 2013 LEVEL PRESEQUESTER. BUT THERE'S NEARLY $1 BILLION MORE THAN LAST YEAR'S HOUSE BILL. THE FUNDING THAT THE RECOMMENDATION PROVIDES IS FOCUSED ON THREE MAIN PRIORITIES WHERE HE'S TRYING TO TAKE MONEY OUT OF THE FOSSIL ENERGY ACCOUNT. HELPING AMERICA'S MANUFACTURERS COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE, SUPPORTING WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS AND ADDRESSING FUTURE HIGH GAS PRICES, THESE ARE AREAS WITH BROAD, BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. WE SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD TO INCREASE FUNDING IN THIS BILL BY DIVERTING FUNDS FROM RESEARCH TO FOSSIL ENERGY. FOSSIL FUELS, AS I SAID IN THE LAST COUPLE OF AMENDMENTS, SUCH AS COAL, OIL, AND NATURAL GAS, PROVIDES FOR 8 % OF THE ENERGY USED BY THIS NATION'S HOMES AND BUSINESSES AND WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE FOR THE MAJORITY OF ENERGY NEEDS FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. IT IS FOLLY TO BELIEVE THAT RENEWABLE ENERGIES ARE GOING TO REPLACE THE BASE LOAD THAT MUCH OF THIS PRODUCES FOR OUR ENERGY NEEDS IN THE FUTURE. BUT RENEWABLE ENERGIES ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF AN ALL OF THE ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT IT IS NOT RENEWABLE ENERGIES THAT'S GOING TO REPLACE OWL OF THE FOSSIL ENERGIES THAT WE HAVE. SO WE NEED TO DO RESEARCH INTO THE FOSSIL ENERGIES TOO AND WHAT THEY DO. IF WE INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY OF OUR FOSSIL FUEL PLANTS, AS I SAID EARLIER, BY JUST 1%, THE EFFICIENT SOIF OUR FOSSIL FUEL PLANTS BY 1%, WE COULD POWER AN ADDITIONAL TWO MILLION HOUSEHOLDS WITHOUT USING A SINGLE ADDITIONAL POUND OF FUEL FROM THE GROUND. THAT'S ENERGY EFFICIENCY. THAT'S THE RESEARCH WE ARE FOCUSING ON WITH FUNDING THIS PROGRAM. THEREFORE I MUST OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. I'M HAPPY TO YIELD. MR.

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  • 04:24:53 PM

    MR. SWALSWEL

    I WOULD THE GENTLEMAN'S REASONING FOR REDUCING EERE BUDGET AND INCREASING…

    I WOULD THE GENTLEMAN'S REASONING FOR REDUCING EERE BUDGET AND INCREASING THE FOSSIL FUELS BUDGET MAYBE IF YOU COULD EXPLAIN THE REASONING BEHIND AN INCREASE IN FOSSIL AND A DECREASE IN RENEWABLE.

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    TO THOSE AREAS THAT ACTUALLY PRODUCE ENERGY. 82% IS PRODUCED BY COAL, OIL,…

    TO THOSE AREAS THAT ACTUALLY PRODUCE ENERGY. 82% IS PRODUCED BY COAL, OIL, AND NATURAL GAS. THAT'S WHERE WE DO THE MAJORITY OF OUR RESEARCH. I'M NOT SAYING WE SHOULDN'T DO ANYTHING IN RENEWABLE ENERGIES. I LOVE RENEWABLE ENERGIES. I DON'T BELIEVE THEY ARE GOING TO REPLACE THE MAJORITY OF OUR BASE LOAD, AND AS THE GENTLEMAN SAID, YOU'VE GOT REAL PROBLEMS WHEN THE SUN ISN'T SHINING IF YOU'RE USING SOLAR ENERGIES. YOU'VE GOT PROBLEMS IF YOU'RE TRYING TO ADDRESS THE BASE LOAD THAT MEAN WHENCE YOU TURN ON THE SWITCH, THE POWER ACTUALLY COMES ON, THE LIGHT GOES ON. IF YOU TRY TO REPLACE THAT BASE LOAD AND THE WIND ISN'T BLOWING AND YOU'VE GOT WIND POWER. BUT THEY ARE AN IMPORTANT AND VITAL PART OF OUR ENERGY MIX BUT WE ARE TRYING TO PUT THE RESEARCH INTO THOSE AREAS THAT WE USE MOST OF -- THAT PRODUCE MOST OF THE ELECTRICITY WHILE STILL MAINTAINING RESEARCH IN THOSE AREAS THAT ARE IMPORTANT FOR THE FUTURE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:26:18 PM

    MR. SWALWELL

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS YIELDED HIS TIME BACK. THE

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    THE CHAIR

    TIME BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE QUESTION OFFER -- ON THE AMENDMENT…

    TIME BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE QUESTION OFFER -- ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. POE POSE -- THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. MR. SWALWELL: I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO

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  • 04:26:34 PM

    MR. SWALWELL

    VOTE. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEED THONINGS…

    VOTE. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEED THONINGS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. --

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    DESK. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. BURN OF

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    THE CLERK

    MR. BURN OF ALABAMA, PAGE 19, LINE 12, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT…

    MR. BURN OF ALABAMA, PAGE 19, LINE 12, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCE BY $1,907 MILLION. PAGE 20 LINE 13, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCEED. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES

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  • 04:27:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM ALABAMA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE…

    FROM ALABAMA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 04:27:30 PM

    MR. BURN

    ENERGY'S ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM,…

    ENERGY'S ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM, UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, ALLOWS THE GOVERNMENT TO INVEST MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS IN HIGH-RISK RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES FOR GREEN ENERGY, QUOTE-UNQUOTE, PROJECTS TO THE TUNE, AS WE'VE HEARD ALREADY OF OVER $1.7 BILLION.

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  • 04:27:59 PM

    MR. BYRNE

    GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT TAKE THE ROLE OF A PRIVATE INVESTOR. FOR EXAMPLE,…

    GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT TAKE THE ROLE OF A PRIVATE INVESTOR. FOR EXAMPLE, THE EERE PROGRAM FACILITATED A $2.5 MILLION GRANT TO MASSACHUSETTS-BASED TIAX L.L.C. TO WORK WITH GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE TO REDUCE THE ENERGY USED IN ROASTING COFFEE BEANS. THE PROGRAM HAS ALSO ALOUD FOR MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO LARGE CHEMICAL AND AUTO COMPANIES SUCH AS BUYING A SUBSIDY TO -- PROVIDING A SUBSIDY TO FORD MOTOR COMPANY TO DEVELOP A NEW SHEET METAL FORMING TOOL. I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST THOSE COMPANIES BUT WHY SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT BE PICKING AND CHOOSING WINNERS AND LOSERS? EVERY BUSINESS HAS A BOTTOM LINE. WHICH IS IN AND OF ITSELF A DIRECT INCENTIVE FOR DEVELOPING METHODS FOR BECOME MANAGER ENERGY EFFICIENT AND INNOVATIVE. BY SUBSIDIZING THE SMALL SECTOR OF THE ENERGY ECONOMY, WHICH INCLUDES RENEWABLES SUCH AS SOLAR AND WIND AND ALLOWS FOR SUCH FOCUSES AS THE WEATHERIZATION OF HOUSES, WE ARE ESSENTIALLY ALLOWING D.O.E. TO SPEND MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON UNCONVENTIONAL ENERGY INITIATIVES AND PROJECTS THAT PLACE TAXPAYER DOLLARS AT RISK AND THAT ARE NOT LIKELY TO PRODUCE A RETURN ON INVESTMENT. WE AS A CONGRESS HAVE CONTINUOUSLY STATED THE NEED FOR AN ALL OF THE ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY BUT CONTINUE TO -- CONTINUED INVESTMENT INTO THE EERE PROGRAM FOCUSES ON A SMALL PORTION OF A LARGELY UNPRODUCTIVE PORTION OF THE ENERGY SECTOR AT THE EXPENSE OF MORE TRADITIONAL ENERGY SOURCES. SUCH AS FOSSIL FUELS AND NUCLEAR , THAT WE HAVE A PROVEN, RELIABLE TRACK RECORD ON. WITH REGARD TO THE NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY, THE COMMITTEE REPORT EVEN HIGHLIGHTS THE PRESIDENT'S FAILURE TO ADEQUATELY FOCUS OUR RESOURCES ON AN ALL OF THE ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY, STATING THAT, QUOTE, HIS FISCAL YEAR 2015 BUDGET REQUEST, LIKE ITS PREDECESSORS, INSTEAD SEEMS MORE IDEOLOGICAL THAN PRACTICAL. CUTTING, QUOTE, THIS COUNTRY'S MOST IMPORTANT ENERGY SOURCES IN ORDER TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAMS, CLOSE QUOTE. IT GOES ON TO STATE THAT, QUOTE, AS ATTRACTIVE AS RENEWABLE ENERGY MAY BE, IT WILL SUPPLY ONLY A MERE FRACTION OF THIS COUNTRY'S ENERGY NEEDS OVER THE NEXT 50 YEARS AND IT PRESENTS CONSIDERABLE CHALLENGES TO THE NATION'S EXISTING ELECTRICAL POWER GRID. GIVEN ITS INCREASED VARIABILITY AND UNCERTAINTY FROM SUPPLY AND DEMAND CHANGES, CLOSE QUOTE. . AT A TIME WHEN MANY AMERICANS CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET, INCLUDING PAYING THEIR ENERGY BILLS, WE MUST FOCUS ON REASONABLE ENERGY STRATEGIES THAT ALLOW FOR THE MOST AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE ENERGY SOURCES FOR CONSUMERS AND BUSINESSES ALIKE. I AM PLEASED THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS MADE REDUCTIONS TO THIS ACCOUNT IN GENERAL. HOWEVER, I BELIEVE THAT ELIMINATING THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM ALTOGETHER UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY WILL ACHIEVE ALL OF OUR GOALS, WHILE ALLOWING SAVINGS TO GO TOWARDS THE VERY IMPORTANT GOAL OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT OF THIS NATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:31:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS? MS. KAPTUR: WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MS. KAPTUR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN OPPOSITION. MR.…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN OPPOSITION. MR. SIMPSON:

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    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN OPPOSITION. MR. SIMPSON: I YIELD TO THE…

    RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN OPPOSITION. MR. SIMPSON: I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO. MS. KAPTUR: I THANK THE

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    MR. SIMPSON

    OHIO. MS. KAPTUR: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR ALLOWING ME THIS PRIVILEGE. I…

    OHIO. MS. KAPTUR: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR ALLOWING ME THIS PRIVILEGE. I WANT TO RISE IN

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    MS. KAPTUR

    GENTLEMAN FOR ALLOWING ME THIS PRIVILEGE. I WANT TO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO…

    GENTLEMAN FOR ALLOWING ME THIS PRIVILEGE. I WANT TO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND TO SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE REASONS WE HAVE A BUDGET DEFICIT IS BECAUSE WE HAVE AN ENERGY DEFICIT. AND WE'VE HAD AN ENERGY DEFICIT FOR OVER A QUARTER CENTURY. WELL OVER THREE DECADES NOW. AND EVERY YEAR THE AVERAGE FAMILY IN OUR COUNTRY PUTS OUT OVER $2,800 NOW JUST FOR GASOLINE FOR THEIR AUTOMOBILES. THERE ARE THOSE WHO SAID WE SHOULDN'T INCENTIVIZE THE ETHANOL INDUSTRY, NOW ABOUT 10% OF EVERY TANK FULL OF GASOLINE HAS ETHANOL IN IT. AND THAT HAS REDUCED OUR IMPORTS. IF YOU LOOK AT THE HEMORRHAGE FROM INTEREST THIS COUNTRY OF OVER $10 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT QUARTER CENTURY, WITH OIL BEING $100 A BARREL, AND YOU LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THE MIDDLE CLASS IN OUR COUNTRY, BECAUSE WE AREN'T ENERGY INDEPENDENT, WE BETTER BE SERIOUS ABOUT CHANGING THE COMPOSITION OF ENERGY PRODUCTION IN THIS COUNTRY. BECAUSE IT IS PART OF THE MAJOR PROBLEM WE FACE IN LACK OF ROBUST ECONOMIC GROWTH. YOU CAN'T IMPORT ECONOMIC GROWTH. YOU HAVE TO PRODUCE ECONOMIC GROWTH. AND ONE OF THE MAJOR WAYS WE CAN PRODUCE ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THIS COUNTRY IS TO INVENT A FUTURE DIFFERENT THAN THE PAST. AND SO I COMPLETELY OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO INCREASE THE FEDERAL DEFICIT. BECAUSE ECONOMIC GROWTH WILL NOT INCREASE AT THE LEVEL THAT IT SHOULD BE. IT'S BEEN SLOWLY CREEPING FORWARD WITH THE WEIGHT OF TWO WARS ON OUR BACKS OVER THE LAST DECADE OR SO. BUT YOU CAN'T KILL THE FUTURE. AND ALABAMA ESPECIALLY. YOU HAD THAT MAJOR HUNTSVILLE OPERATION. WITH ALL THOSE NASA FACILITIES AND ALL THOSE SUBCONTRACTORS AND THERE ARE PARTS OF ALABAMA THAT ARE DOING VERY WELL AS A RESULT OF FEDERAL INVESTMENT. DON'T HURT THE REST OF THE COUNTRY ON THE ENERGY FRONT BECAUSE YOU HAVE SOME PERSPECTIVE ABOUT WHY WE MIGHT HAVE A DEFICIT. WE HAVE A DEFICIT BECAUSE WE'RE NOT INVENTING THE FUTURE FAST ENOUGH AND WE'RE IMPORTING TOO MUCH OF WHAT WE SHOULD BE MAKING HERE AT HOME. SO I APPRECIATE THE COURTESY IN ALLOWING ME TO PLACE THIS ON THE RECORD. WE CAN'T KILL RENEWABLE ENERGY. WE CAN'T KILL THE FUTURE. WE'VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO INVENT IT. AND TO CUT OFF THESE IMPORTS AND TO BEGIN TO PRODUCE OUR WAY FORWARD AGAIN IN THIS COUNTRY. IT'S A VERY -- I VIEW IT AS OUR CHIEF STRATEGIC VULNERABILITY. SO I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN WANTS TO DO SOMETHING GOOD IN TERMS OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT. THE BEST THING WE CAN DO IS INVENT OUR WAY FORWARD AND CREATE NEW ENERGY SOURCES FOR THIS COUNTRY, INCLUDING THE RENEWABLES. DON'T KILL THE FUTURE. OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. I WOULD RESPECTFULLY YIELD THE TIME THAT HAS BEEN YIELDED TO ME BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 04:34:36 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I ALSO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. WHILE I OPPOSED INCREASING EERE FUNDING IN…

    I ALSO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. WHILE I OPPOSED INCREASING EERE FUNDING IN PREVIOUS AMENDMENTS, I'M ALSO OPPOSED TO ELIMINATING EERE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE TRADITIONAL ENERGY SOURCES THAT WE USE, THE GOVERNMENT HAS DONE RESEARCH INTO THE FOSSIL FUELS, INTO NUCLEAR ENERGY, INTO FRACKING AND OTHER THINGS, AND HYDROCARBONENS. BECAUSE THEY'RE IMPORTANT. -- HYDROCARBONS. BECAUSE THEY'RE IMPORTANT. IT'S NOT THE COMPANIES THAT WE TRY TO PICK WINNERS AND LOSERS FROM, BUT IT'S THE TECHNOLOGY THAT WE TRY TO DO THE RESEARCH INTO, TO TRY TO ADVANCE CERTAIN TECHNOLOGIES AND HELP TECHNOLOGIES BECOME MORE EFFICIENT FOR THE CONSUMERS TO USE. WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE AUTOMOBILE MORSE FUEL EFFICIENT. WE'RE TRYING TO DO WORK TO MAKE TRUCKS A SUPERTRUCK THAT IS MUCH MORE FUEL EFFICIENT. I GUESS IT COULD BE ARGUED OF WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD DO ANY RESEARCH AT ALL. YEARS AND YEARS AGO A LOT OF THOSE THINGS USED TO BE DONE BY PRIVATE COMPANIES. WHEN YOU HAD THE BELL LABS AND OTHER TYPES OF THINGS LIKE THAT. THOSE AREN'T DONE NIMBY COMPANIES. BECAUSE -- DONE NIMBY COMPANIES. BECAUSE -- ANYMORE BY COMPANIES. BECAUSE THEY'RE MUCH, MUCH TOO EXPENSIVE FOR COMPANIES TO DO. BUT THEY'RE GOOD FOR OUR ECONOMY. I MEAN, YOU COULD MAKE THE ARGUMENT THAT WE REALLY SHOULDN'T HAVE PUT ANY MONEY INTO SPACE RESEARCH AND PUTTING A MAN ON THE MOON. THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE BY A PRIVATE COMPANY. YET THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND THE WORLD HAS BENEFITED GREATLY . FROM THE INVESTMENT THAT AMERICAN TAXPAYERS MADE INTO NASA. THE SAME IS TRUE WITH FUELS THAT WE USE. AND WHILE WE HAVE TRIED IN THIS BILL TO REFOCUS WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAD PROPOSED, WHICH WAS HUGE INCREASES FOR RENEWABLE ENERGIES THAT PRODUCE A MINORITY -- SMALL AMOUNT OF ENERGY COMPARED TO THE OTHERS, WE'VE TRIED TO REFOCUS THAT APPROPRIATION TO WHERE IT MORE ACCURATELY REFLECTS THE ACTUAL ENERGY USED, PERCENTAGE OF THE ACTUAL ENERGY USED. THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE CAN COMPLETELY ELIMINATE EERE AND RENEWABLE ENERGY. AS I SAID PREVIOUSLY, I LIKE RENEWABLE ENERGIES. I THINK THEY'RE CUTE. THEY PROVIDE A SMALL PORTION OF OUR OVERALL ENERGY DEMAND AND I DON'T SEE THAT INCREASING A WHOLE LOT. BECAUSE THEY CAN'T ADDRESS THE BASELOAD NEEDS OF OUR ENERGY DEMAND IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT THEY ARE GOING TO BE A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF AN OVERALL ENERGY STRATEGY. WITH THAT I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 04:37:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN HAS…

    OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN HAS ONE MINUTE. MR. BRYNE: I RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE WITH THE GENTLEWOMAN.

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  • 04:37:33 PM

    MR. BRYNE

    DISAGREE WITH THE GENTLEWOMAN. THE REASON WE HAVE A DEFICIT PROBLEM IS…

    DISAGREE WITH THE GENTLEWOMAN. THE REASON WE HAVE A DEFICIT PROBLEM IS BECAUSE WE'RE SPENDING MONEY WE DON'T HAVE AND THANKS CLEAR EXAMPLE OF WHERE WE'RE SPENDING MONEY WE DON'T HAVE. EVEN UNDER THE MOST OPTIMISTIC PROJECTIONS FOR THIS YEAR, WE'RE GOING TO RUN A $400 BILLION-PLUS DEFICIT AND WE'VE GOT TO START CUTTING IN AREAS THAT MAY BE GOOD THINGS OR NICE THINGS, THINGS WE WOULD LIKE TO DO, WE'VE GOT TO START PRIORITIZING OUR SPENDING. AND THIS IS ONE PLACE WE CAN START AND I WOULD URGE THIS HOUSE TO ADOPT THIS AMENDMENT, TO MAKE A CONCRETE STEP FORWARD IN REDUCING OUR DEFICIT AND NOT FAVORING CERTAIN COMPANIES IN OUR ECONOMY OVER THE OTHERS. AND I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE

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    THE CHAIR

    HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

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  • 04:38:20 PM

    MR. BRYNE

    THE AMENDMENT --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    THE CHAIR

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

    AGREED TO. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE?

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    I OFFER AN AMENDMENT WHICH SHOULD BE AT THE DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK…

    I OFFER AN AMENDMENT WHICH SHOULD BE AT THE DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK:

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  • 04:38:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. COHEN OF TENNESSEE.…

    THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. COHEN OF TENNESSEE. PAGE 19,

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    THE CLERK

    COHEN OF TENNESSEE. PAGE 19, LINE 12, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT,…

    COHEN OF TENNESSEE. PAGE 19, LINE 12, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, INCREASED BY $10,340,000. PAGE 21, LINE 2, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCED BY $15 MILLION. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE AND A MEMBER OPPOSE WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE

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  • 04:38:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM TENNESSEE AND A MEMBER OPPOSE WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE…

    FROM TENNESSEE AND A MEMBER OPPOSE WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 04:39:07 PM

    MR. COHEN

    SPEAKER. I OFFER THIS AMENDMENT WITH MR. SCOTT PETERS OF CALIFORNIA. MR.…

    SPEAKER. I OFFER THIS AMENDMENT WITH MR. SCOTT PETERS OF CALIFORNIA. MR. PETERS AND I BOTH HAVE AN INTEREST IN SAVING MONEY AND THIS AMENDMENT WOULD SAVE $5 MILLION. AND IN PUTTING OUR MONEYS WISELY IN RESEARCH ON RENEWABLE ENERGIES WHICH SAVES INDIVIDUALS MONEY, INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS' MONEY, AND PROTECTS OUR ENVIRONMENT. IN USING THAT MONEY -- INSTEAD OF PUTTING THE MONEY IN THE BUDGET, TO DO RESEARCH ON COAL AND FOSSIL FUELS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO GLOBAL WARMING AND A THREAT TO OUR ENVIRONMENT. THE FACT IS, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM HAS BEEN EFFECTIVE. THIS WOULD INCREASE IT BY $10.3 MILLION. THIS PROGRAM IS UNDERFUNDED ALREADY IN THE BILL. AND IT WOULD TAKE $15 MILLION FROM FUNDS THAT ARE IN THE BUDGET FOR COAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, $15 MILLION THAT ARE IN EXCESS OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS PARTNERS WITH PRIVATE INDUSTRY, SMALL BUSINESS AND ACADEMICS TO FACILITATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT OF INNOVATIVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY TECHNOLOGIES IN MANUFACTURING BUILDINGS AND HOMES. IN THIS COLLABORATION WITH THESE DIFFERENT STAKEHOLDERS, THEY DETERMINED THE BEST PRACTICES THAT CAN BE FOUND AND THEN PUT INTO COMMERCIAL USE, RESULTING IN ENERGY SAVING ADVANCEMENTS THAT CREATE JOBS AND GIVE BUSINESSES COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES WITH FOREIGN COMPETITORS. INCREASING ENERGY EFFICIENCY IS OFTEN DONE IN WAYS THAT THE INDIVIDUAL CITIZEN BENEFITS IN THEIR HOME BY SAVING MONEY BY MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT DEVICES AND APPLIANCES. WE WORK ON THESE IN THE ENERGY DEPARTMENT NOW AND THEY FINALIZE NEW EFFICIENCY STANDARDS FOR MORE THAN 30 HOUSEHOLD AND COMMERCE PRODUCTS. THESE INCLUDE -- COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS. THESE INCLUDE DISH WASHERS, REFRIGERATORS, WATER HEATERS, THE GENERAL STUFF YOU HAVE IN YOUR KITCHEN AND HOME. BECAUSE OF THE ENERGY DEPARTMENT'S NEW EFFICIENCY STANDARDS, CONSUMERS ARE ESTIMATED TO SAVE MORE THAN $400 BILLION, $400 BILLION FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS, CONSUMERS, AND WILL BE CUTTING GREENHOUSE EMISSIONS BY $1 -- 1.8 BILLION METRIC TONS THROUGH 20306789 THAT'S A LOT OF -- 2030. THAT'S A WHOLE LOT OF HELP TO OUR ENVIRONMENT AND CONSTITUENTS IN SAVING MONEY. JUST AS AN EXAMPLE, WALK-IN COOLERS AND FREEZERS. THE RULES THAT HAVE BEEN PROPOSED WILL YIELD $37 BILLION IN SAVINGS WHILE CUTTING 159 MILLION METRIC TONS OF CARBON DIOXIDE. THAT'S THE EQUIVALENT OF TAKING 30 MILLION CARS OFF THE ROAD. SO AS THE COST OF ENERGY CONTINUES TO POSE A BURDEN ON THE AMERICAN CONSUMER'S WALLETS -- AMERICAN CONSUMERS' WALLETS, OUR VOTERS, OUR TAXPAYERS, OUR CONSTITUENTS, IT COSTS THEM MORE MONEY. AND EXTREME WEATHER CAUSES CLIMATE CHANGE WHICH THREATENS THE FAUNA AND FLORA, OUR PROPERTY AND THE WAY OF LIFE, WE NEED TO FIND WAYS TO REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND DECREASE THOSE ADVERSE EFFECTS UPON OUR ENVIRONMENT. WE NEED TO REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS AT THIS POINT ON RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND THE EFFORTS BY THIS AMENDMENT WOULD SAVE MONEY, $5 MILLION FOR THE BUDGET, ENERGY DEFICIT REDUCTION, IT WOULD PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT BY HAVING MORE RESEARCH ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS, SAVE OUR CONSUMERS AND CONSTITUENTS MONEY AND PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AT THE SAME TIME, AND YET NOT HAVE US INVEST IN FOSSIL FUELS NEEDLESSLY WHICH IS THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION WE SHOULD BE GOING. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS AMENDMENT, SHOW THEIR -- BOTH FOR FISCAL CONSERVATIVE SOUND BUDGET DEFICIT REDUCTION PROGRAMS, AS WELL AS PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE EFFECTS ON THE POCKETBOOK OF OUR INDIVIDUAL CONSUMERS. AND I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE

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  • 04:43:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RISE? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. SIMPSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:43:44 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    RISE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE…

    RISE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE OFFICE OF ELECTRICAL DELIVERY AND ENERGY RELIABILITY BY $10 MILLION, USING FUNDS FROM FOSSIL ENERGY AS AN OFFSET. WE'VE ALREADY HAD CONVERSATIONS ABOUT TAKING FUNDS OUT OF WHERE WE USE, WHERE WE CREATE MOST OF OUR ENERGY AND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE DONE IN FOSSIL ENERGY, WHILE THE GENTLEMAN SPEAKS PASSIONATELY ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT, FOSSIL ENERGY ALSO IS DOING THE RESEARCH INTO SEQUESTRATION AND CARBON CAPTURE TECHNOLOGY. I DON'T SUSPECT THAT WE ARE GOING TO STOP USING FOSSIL ENERGY IN THE NEAR FUTURE. IN FACT, IF YOU LOOKED AT THE PREDICTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, OF WHAT THE PERCENTAGE OF FOSSIL ENERGY IS -- OR WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THE ENERGY'S GOING TO BE USED BY FOSSIL ENERGY, BE CREATED BY FOSSIL ENERGY 20 YEARS FROM NOW, THAT'S PRETTY CLOSE TO WHAT IT IS NOW. SO IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE DO SOME THINGS ENVIRONMENTALLY LIKE CARBON CAPTURE AND SEQUESTRATION AND WE NEED TO DO SOME RESEARCH INTO THAT. YOU'RE TAKING MONEY OUT OF THE ACCOUNT THAT WOULD DO THAT. I DON'T THINK THAT'S A WISE THING FOR US TO DO. WHILE I SHARE MY COLLEAGUE'S SUPPORT FOR THE ELECTRICAL GRID, THAT'S WHY THIS BILL BEFORE US ALREADY PROVIDES A $13 MILLION INCREASE FOR THE OFFICE OF ELECTRICAL AND DELIVERY AND ENERGY RELIABILITY ABOVE LAST YEAR OR 9% INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR. THAT'S THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE INCREASE THAT ANY OF THE OTHER APPLIED ENERGY PROGRAMS WITHIN THIS BILL. THE LARGEST INCREASE. THE BILL PRIORITIZES PROGRAMS WITHIN O.E. THAT KEEP OUR ELECTRICAL GRID SAFE AND SECURE, INCLUDING $47 MILLION FOR CYBERSECURITY AND $16 MILLION FOR INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY, WHICH WILL PROVIDE $8 MILLION FOR STRATEGIC OPERATIONS CENTER TO BETTER RESPOND TO EMERGENCIES. . WHILE I APPRECIATE WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS TRYING TO DO, AND I'VE ALREADY SPOKEN OF THE IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS THAT ARE -- THAT ARE -- THAT OUR FOSSIL ENERGY RESEARCH DOES FOR OUR ECONOMY AND OUR ELECTRICAL PRICES, OY POSE -- I THEREFORE I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. I WOULD YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA. HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING? THE CHAIR: 2 1/2 MINUTES. MR. SIMPSON:

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    THE CHAIR

    I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES OR WHATEVER TIME HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES OR WHATEVER TIME HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA. MR.

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  • 04:46:24 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA. MR. MCKINLEY: THIS AND…

    HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA. MR. MCKINLEY: THIS AND OTHER AMENDMENTS I WOULD OPPOSE.

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    MR. MCKINLEY

    AMENDMENTS I WOULD OPPOSE. THIS PROGRAM IS PROVIDING US THE DOORWAY, THE…

    AMENDMENTS I WOULD OPPOSE. THIS PROGRAM IS PROVIDING US THE DOORWAY, THE PATHWAY, FOR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. IN THE PAST IT'S BEEN FUNDED BY OVER $700 MILLION. THIS ADMINISTRATION IN THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS HAS SEEN THAT ERODED DOWN AND THE APPROPRIATORS HAVE BEEN PUTTING IT BACK UP AGAIN. WE HAVE ALREADY MADE A CUT FROM $700 MILLION DOWN TO $590 MILLION. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A HUGE CUT THAT'S ALREADY OCCUR. WHAT WE HAVE TO SUNS THAT THIS FACILITY, ALL ACROSS -- JUST IN THE SPONSOR OF THIS AMENDMENT NEW YORK TENNESSEE, THERE ARE 24 PROJECTS, $27 MILLION BEING SPENT IN HIS STATE TO TAKE CARE OF, 300 JOBS ARE AT RISK ON THIS. MORE IMPORTANTLY IS THAT WHAT THEY'RE DOING IN THIS FACILITY, ALL THESE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THE RESEARCH LABORATORIES, THEY'RE TRYING TO FIND WAYS FOR US TO HAVE CARBON CAPTURE. IF WE WANT TO REDUCE THE CARBON FOOTPRINT, WE NEED TO SPEND IT THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY IN THEIR LABORATORIES AND THEY'RE DOING A CHEMICAL LOOPING, ONE OF THE LARGEST PROJECTS IN THIS COUNTRY IS BEING DONE. THEY'RE TRYING TO FIND WAYS TO REDUCE OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT BY ENERGY EFFICIENT HIGH TURBINES FOR BOILERS TO MAKE COAL -- TO MAKE ENERGY FROM OUR COAL, NATURAL GAS, AND STEAM. TRYING TO FIND WAYS TO IMPROVE IT. THESE THIS -- THESE ARE THINGS THEY'RE WORKING WITH. THEY'RE TRYING TO FIND WAY OF FRACKING THE GAS TO GET MORE GAS OUT OF THE GROUND THAN WE'RE GETTING RIGHT NOW. IT HAS A TERRIFIC TRACK RECORD. WE ASSUME THE BEST SCIENTIST AND PHYSICISTS IN THE COUNTRY, WORKING TO TRY TO MAKE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND WE'VE CUT THEIR BUDGET BY OVER $100 MILLION IN THE LAST FEW YEARS. THIS IS NOT A TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN, TO BE CUTTING THEIR BUDGET AND CHALLENGING THEM EVEN FURTHER. IF WE'RE GOING TO REACH THIS, I WANT THEM TO BE ABLE TO REACH INTERNALLY TO DO THE THINGS THAT WILL GIVE US ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. SO IT'S NOT A TIME TO POKE AN EYE AT THESE HARDWORKING PEOPLE AND WHAT THEY'VE DONE. THIS IS A TIME TO CONTINUE THE FUNDING, CONTINUE THIS, IF WE'RE GOING TO GET ENERGY INDEPENDENCE, THIS IS THE WAY TO DO IT SYSTEM OF AGAIN, I WOULD ASK TO REJECT THIS AMENDMENT AND ANY OTHER THAT FURTHER ERODES THE POWER OF NETO TO DO ITS JOB.

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  • 04:49:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    SECONDS. MR. COHEN: I WAS GOING TO YIELD, BUT I'M NOT, I'M GOING TO CLOSE…

    SECONDS. MR. COHEN: I WAS GOING TO YIELD, BUT I'M NOT, I'M GOING TO CLOSE BY SAYING, ONE DAY, ONE DAY THIS HOUSE WILL SEE THAT WE NEED TO HAVE MORE AND MORE MONEY PUT INTO RESEARCH ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLES AND NOT INTO FOSSIL FUEL.

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    MR. COHEN

    EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLES AND NOT INTO FOSSIL FUEL. I FEEL A COLD WIND…

    EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLES AND NOT INTO FOSSIL FUEL. I FEEL A COLD WIND COMING FROM THE SOUTH AND I REALIZE TODAY IT IS NOT THAT DAY BUT ONE DAY, ONE DAY. WITH THAT, I ASK FOR -- I'M GOING TO WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE I FEEL THAT CHILL COMING AND I DON'T WANT ANYBODY ELSE TO GET A COLD. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN WITHDRAWS HIS AMENDMENT, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. FOR

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    THE CHAIR

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SPECIFY WHICH AMENDMENT.

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    WITH PAGE 19, LINE 12. THE CHAIR:

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    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR.

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    THE CLERK

    MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA, PAGE 19, LINE 12, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT,…

    MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA, PAGE 19, LINE 12, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCED BY $1,789,000,000. PAGE 19, LINE 13, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $150 MILLION. PAGE 13, LINE -- PAGE 30, LINE 11, INSERT REDUCED BY $170 MILLION. PAGE 21, LINE 3, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $120 MILLION. PAGE 59, LINE 20 AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT INCREASED BY $3,099,000,000.

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  • 04:51:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

    AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. MCCLINTOCK: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN THIS AMENDMENT REQUIRES ENERGY COMPANIES OF ALL KINDS TO FUND THEIR OWN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS RATHER THAN CONTINUING TO REQUIRE TAXPAYERS TO SUBSIDIZE THIS ACTIVITY TO THE TUNE OF $3.1

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    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    TO SUBSIDIZE THIS ACTIVITY TO THE TUNE OF $3.1 BILLION. IF WE'RE SERIOUS…

    TO SUBSIDIZE THIS ACTIVITY TO THE TUNE OF $3.1 BILLION. IF WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT AN ALL OF THE ABOVE ENERGY POLICY, WE'VE GOT TO STOP USING TAXPAYER MONEY TO PICK WINNERS AN LOSERS IN THE ENERGY INDUSTRY AND START -- WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE ENERGY INDUSTRY AND START REQUIRING EVERY ENERGY TECHNOLOGY TO COMPETE ON ITS OWN MERITS. FOR TOO LONG WE'VE SUFFERED IF THE CONCEIT THAT POLITICIANS CAN MAKE BETTER INVESTMENTS WITH TAXPAYER MONEY THAN INDIVIDUALS CAN WITH THEIR OWN MONEY. THIS RESEARCH DOESN'T EVEN BENEFIT THE COMMON GOOD BY PLACING THESE DISCOVERIES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. ANY DISCOVERIES, ALTHOUGH THEY'RE FINANCED BY THE PUBLIC ARE OWNED, LOCK, STOCK, AND BARREL, BY THE PRIVATE COMPANIES THAT RECEIVE THE PUBLIC FUNDS. PUBLIC COST, PRIVATE BENEFIT. THAT'S CALLED CORPORATE WELFARE. THAT'S WHAT THESE ENERGY SUBSIDIES AMOUNT TO. BY AMENDMENT PROTECTS TAXPAYERS FROM BEING FORCED INTO PAYING THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT BUDGETS OF THESE COMPANIES. IT GETS GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE ENERGY BUSINESS AND REQUIRES ALL ENERGY COMPANIES AND ALL ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES TO COMPETE EQUALLY ON THEIR OWN MERITS AND WITH THEIR OWN FUNDS. LAST YEAR, WHEN WE DEBATED SIMILAR AMENDMENTS, WE HEARD OF THE TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGHS FINANCED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, FROM RAILROADS TO THE INTERNET AND WE HEARD PROMISES OF FUTURE BREAKTHROUGHS FROM THIS MASSIVE EXPENDITURE OF PUBLIC FUNDS. I FREELY RECOGNIZE THAT IF YOU HAND OVER BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF PUBLIC SUBSIDIES TO PRIVATE BUSINESSES, THOSE PARTICULAR PRIVATE BUSINESSES WILL DO VERY WELL. I FREELY RECOGNIZE THAT SOME OF THESE DOLLARS WILL PRODUCE BREAKTHROUGHS THAT WILL THEN BE OWNED BY THESE PRIVATE COMPANIES AND THEY'LL DO EXTREMELY WELL. BUT WHAT THE ADVOCATES OF THESE SUBSIDIES FAIL TO CONSIDER IS THE DILEMMA BETWEEN THE SEEN AND THE UNSEEN, THE IMMEDIATE EFFECTS YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE AND THE UNINTENDED EFFECTS THAT CANNOT BE SEEN. IN THIS CASE, WHAT WE DON'T SEE CLEARLY IS THE OPPORTUNITY COST OF THESE SUBSIDIES. INVESTORS USING THEIR OWN MONEY ARE VERY FOCUSED ON MAKING INVESTMENTS BASED ON THE HIGHEST ECONOMIC RETURN OF THESE DOLLARS. POLITICIANS USING OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY MAKE INVESTMENTS BASED ON THE HIGHEST POLITICAL RETURN OF THESE DOLLARS. THIS IS THE PRINCIPAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN APPLE COMPUTER AND SOLYNDRA OR BETWEEN FEDEX AND THE POST OFFICE. THESE PUBLIC SUBSIDIES IN EFFECT TAKE DOLLARS THAT WOULD HAVE NATURALLY FLOWED INTO THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND PROMISING TECHNOLOGIES AND DIVERTS THEM INTO THOSE THAT ARE POLITICALLY FAVORED. DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR, THIS MINIMIZES OUR ENERGY POTENTIAL INSTEAD OF MAXIMIZING IT. FOR EXAMPLE, HYDRAULIC FRACTURING. IT'S REVOLUTIONIZED THE FOSSIL FUELS INDUSTRY AND OFFERS US THE REAL POTENTIAL OF BECOMING ENERGY INDEPENDENT. AFTER THE 1973 OIL EMBARGO, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BEGAN HEAVILY SUBSIDIZING RESEARCH ON THIS TECHNOLOGY. HOW DID IT WORK OUT? ACCORDING TO CNN, QUOTE, BETWEEN 1978 AND 2000, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENT ABOUT $1.5 BILLION ON OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION, RESEARCH, MUCH OF IT ON EXTRACTING FUEL FROM SHALE ACCORDING TO A 2001 REPORT FROM THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES. BUT THE PROCESS REMAINED EXPENSIVE AND RESEARCH FADED AS OIL PRICES CAME BACK DOWN IN THE 1980'S. BY THE 1990'S, THIS IS STILL CNN TALKING, PRIVATE INDUSTRY BEGAN TO STEP BACK INTO THE BUSINESS WITH NEW TECHNOLOGIES THAT LOWER COSTS, LEADING TO TODAY'S BOOM AND -- BOOM, END OF QUOTE. WE WERE TOLD LAST YEAR THAT THE LITTLE COMPANIES DON'T HAVE THE CAPITAL TO DEVELOP THEIR BIG IDEAS. THAT'S WHY THERE ARE PRIVATE INVESTORS WHO CAN ACCURATELY EVALUATE THOSE IDEAS AND INVEST IN THE BEST OF THEM. GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT DOESN'T DO THAT VERY WELL OR VERY EFFICIENTLY AND IT'S TIME WE HAD DONE WITH IT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM IDAHO RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. SIMPSON: THIS YEAR THE COMMITTEE CONTINUES ITS…

    FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. SIMPSON: THIS YEAR THE COMMITTEE CONTINUES ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO REDUCE GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND WE HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO THAT END.

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  • 04:55:45 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO REDUCE GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND WE HAVE WORKED…

    ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO REDUCE GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND WE HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO THAT END. THE BILL CUTS ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY BELOW LAST YEAR HE'S LEVEL AND BELOW THE BUDGET REQUEST. AND THE FOSSIL AND NUCLEAR ENERGY PROGRAMS RECEIVED MODEST INCREASES. THE INCREASE TO FOSSIL ENERGY WAS FOR RESEARCH INTO HOW WE CAN BE -- HOW HEAT CAN BE MORE EFFICIENTLY CONVERTED INTO ELECTRICITY AND HOW COAL CAN BE USED TO PRODUCE ELECTRICAL POWER THROUGH FUEL CELLS. THE INCREASE WILL SUPPORT BASE PHYSICAL AND CYBERSECURITY FACILITIES AT THE IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY AND PROTECT THE NATION'S NUCLEAR MATERIALS AND A RANGE OF NATIONAL SECURITY AT HOMELAND SECURITY AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES. THOUGH MY COLLEAGUE ASSERTS THE AMENDMENT WOULD KEEP THE GOVERNMENT FROM INTERVENING IN THE PRIVATE MARKETS, THESE APPLIED ENERGY PROGRAMS ARE STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS FOR OUR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE'S DESIRE TO REDUCE THE SIZE OF THE GOVERNMENT BUT THIS AMENDMENT GO TAOS FAR BY ELIMINATING THE STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS WE MAKE FOR OUR OWN FUTURE. I THEREFORE OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE AMENDMENT.

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    TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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    MR. SIMPSON

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    MS. KAPTUR

    I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND…

    I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND ACTUALLY IT'S QUITE ASTOUNDING THAT SOMEONE FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA A STATE THAT EXISTS BECAUSE OF FEDERAL INVESTMENT THROUGH THE ENTIRETY OF ITS EXISTENCE, WOULD COME FORWARD WITH AN AMENDMENT LIKE THIS. KIND OF -- FOR SOMEONE FROM OHIO, IT'S VERY UNUSUAL TO SEE THIS. LET ME JUST SAY THAT IN OPPOSING THIS AMENDMENT, I WISH TO OFFER THE PERSPECTIVE THAT AMERICA CAN'T LIVE IN THE PAST. THAT IN FACT, WHEN ONE LOOKS AT WHAT WE ARE ENDURING BECAUSE OF OUR DEPENDENCE ON ENERGY THAT IS IMPORTED, THERE IS NO GREATER IMPERATIVE THAN FOR TAOS UNHOOK FROM IMPORTS. AND AS I LOOK AT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT IT'S ACTUALLY VERY DESTRUCTIVE. YOU ACTUALLY DESTROY OUR FUTURE. AMERICA IS NOT INNOVATING AT THE LEVEL THAT WE SHOULD IN RENEWABLES. WE HAVE A BURGEONING SOLAR INDUSTRY, BUT CHINA HAS CAPTURED IT. SHE STEALS THE PATENTS, SHE STEALS THE INNOVATION AND WE DON'T DO MUCH ABOUT IT. YOU TAKE MONEY FROM MOSS ILL PROGRAMS. I DON'T HAVE ALL THE SCIENTIFIC ANSWERS, BUT I KNOW THAT A PIECE OF OUR FUTURE RELIES ON ASSETS THAT WE HAVE HERE IN THE GROUND. THE ENERGY PORTFOLIO AND THE RESEARCH PORTFOLIO OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY IS CRITICAL. IT'S THE REASON WE HAVE THE HORIZONTAL DRILLING TECHNOLOGIES. THOSE WERE DEVELOPED OUTSIDE BY -- THOSE WEREN'T DEVELOPED OUTSIDE BY SOME HUMANITARIAN GROUP. THEY WERE DEVELOPED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S INVESTMENT IN DRILLING TECHNOLOGIES THAT HAVE NOW GIVEN US A GAS BOOM THAT WILL HELP US TRANSITION TO A NEW ENERGY FUTURE BECAUSE THE GAS WON'T LAST FOREVER BUT AT LEAST WE HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF BECOMING INDEPENDENT HERE AT HOME AGAIN. I FIND THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT VERY BACKWARD LOOKING AND I WOULD SAY, FOR SOMEONE FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IF YOU LOOK AT THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, ALL THE BENEFITS THAT HAVE ACCRUED TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND YOUR OWN PRESENCE INSIDE THIS 50-STATE UNION, IT IS BECAUSE OF THE INVESTMENT IN ENERGY AND WATER THAT YOU EVEN EXIST. AND SO FOR YOU TO COME FORWARD AND, YOU KNOW, IT MAY BE A WELL INTENTIONED AMENDMENT, BUT TO TRY TO DESTROY THE FUTURE OF INNOVATION THROUGH YOUR AMENDMENT IN THE PRIMARY ARENA OF IMPORTS, IMPORTED PETROLEUM, WHICH WE HAVE TO UNHOOK FROM, AND BECOME ENERGY INDEPENDENT, TO ME IS JUST ASTOUNDING. WE LIVE IN VERY DIFFERENT UNIVERSES, THAT'S CLEAR THROUGH YOUR AMENDMENT. BUT THERE'S NO GREATER STRATEGIC IMPERATIVE THAN FOR THIS COUNTRY TO BECOME ENERGY INDEPENDENT HERE AT HOME. OUR LIBERTY DEPENDS ON IT. IF YOU GO BACK OVER THE LAST 25 YEARS AND -- AND LOOK AT WHERE OUR SOLDIER HAVE DIED, IT IS CLEAR, WE ARE NOT INDEPENDENT. I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT, I THINK IT'S BACKWARD LOOKING, I THINK IT FAILS TO MOVE AMERICA INTO A NEW ENERGY FUTURE AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIMISM OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT WITH FULL GUSTO. MR. SIMPSON: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:00:34 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 60 SECONDS. .

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    VAST NATURAL RESOURCES. IT IS GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION THAT'S CAUSED THIS…

    VAST NATURAL RESOURCES. IT IS GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION THAT'S CAUSED THIS ECONOMY TO DECLINE DRAMATICALLY. BOTH MY FRIENDS MISS THE POINT. GOVERNMENT SIMPLY DOESN'T MAKE THESE INVESTMENTS AS WISELY AS PRIVATE INVESTORS WHO ARE USING THEIR OWN MONEY. PRIVATE INVESTORS INVEST TO THE HIGHEST ECONOMIC VALUE OF A DOLLAR. POLITICIANS INVEST TO GET THE HIGHEST POLITICAL RETURN. THE GENTLELADY IS CORRECT IN ONE RESPECT. CALIFORNIA IS THE HOME OF SOLYNDRA AND MANY, MANY OTHER FAILED GOVERNMENT INVESTMENTS IN RECENT YEARS. IT IS THE PRIVATE INVESTORS WHO TOOK UP THE RESEARCH ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING AFTER GOVERNMENT INVESTMENTS FAILED THAT HAVE PRODUCED THE TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE GIVING US THE ECONOMIC BOOM IN STATES LIKE NORTH DAKOTA THAT ACTUALLY HAVE THE FREEDOM TO CONTINUE TO DEVELOP THEIR RESOURCES ON PUBLIC LANDS. IT'S SIMPLY A QUESTION OF EFFICIENTLY, A QUESTION OF WASTE AND RIGHT AND WRONG. LET THE INVESTORS USE THEIR OWN MONEY TO MAKE THESE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DECISIONS. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION

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  • 05:01:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 05:02:13 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

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    THE CHAIR

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE…

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. AN AMENDMENT BY MR. MCALLISTER OF LOUISIANA. AN AMENDMENT BY MR. -- MS. HAHN OF CALIFORNIA. AN AMENDMENT BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA. AN AMENDMENT BY MR. WIN STRUP OF OHIO -- MR. WENSTRUP OF OHIO. AN AMENDMENT BY MR. SWALWELL OF CALIFORNIA. AN AMENDMENT BY MR. BYRNE. AND AN AMENDMENT BY MR. MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO MINUTE THE TIME OF ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE AFTER THE FIRST VOTE IN THIS SERIES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. MCALLISTER, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. CLEAG. THE CLERK: AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MCALLISTER

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  • 05:03:25 PM

    THE CLERK

    MR. MCALLISTER OF LOUISIANA.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    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 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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  • 05:31:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ARE 284. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE…

    ARE 284. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. HAHN, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. HAHN OF

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  • 05:31:28 PM

    THE CLERK

    CALIFORNIA. THE CHAIR: A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE NAYS ARE 137. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.…

    THE NAYS ARE 137. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY A VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    OF ARIZONA. THE CHAIR: A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED.

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

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    THE CHAIR

    YEAS ARE 104. THE NAYS ARE 316. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    YEAS ARE 104. THE NAYS ARE 316. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. WENSTRUP, ON WHICH THE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY A VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:42:54 PM

    THE CLERK

    OF OHIO. THE CHAIR: A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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    THE CHAIR

    AND NAYS ARE 309. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS…

    AND NAYS ARE 309. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SWALWELL, ON WHICH THE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    MR. SWALWELL OF CALIFORNIA. THE CHAIR: A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED.…

    MR. SWALWELL OF CALIFORNIA. THE CHAIR: A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE

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    THE CHAIR

    REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF A RECORDED VOTE, PLEASE RISE. A SUFFICIENT…

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

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    THE CHAIR

    YEAS ARE 1772. THE NAYS ARE 245. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    YEAS ARE 1772. THE NAYS ARE 245. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BYRNE, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED, AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY A VOICE VOTE. CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    BYRNE OF ALABAMA.

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    THE CHAIR

    BEEN REQUESTED. A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE.…

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

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    THE CHAIR

    ARE 110, THE NAYS ARE 310. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. UNFINISHED…

    ARE 110, THE NAYS ARE 310. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY A VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA. THE CHAIR: A RECORDED

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  • 05:54:41 PM

    THE CLERK

    MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA. THE CHAIR: A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED.

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    THE CHAIR

    BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A…

    BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. [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.] CAN

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  • 05:58:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ARE 97 AND THE NAYS ARE 321. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. FOR WHAT…

    ARE 97 AND THE NAYS ARE 321. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE. THE CHAIR: THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE…

    COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE. THE CHAIR: THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE.

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  • 05:58:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.…

    MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: MR. CHAIRMAN.

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  • 05:59:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CHAIRMAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION…

    STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 4923 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. KLEIN, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 803, AN

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  • 06:00:06 PM

    THE CLERK

    REFORM AND STRENGTHEN THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT SYSTEM OF THE NATION TO…

    REFORM AND STRENGTHEN THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT SYSTEM OF THE NATION TO PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK AND MAKE THE UNITED STATES MORE COMPETITIVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY, SENATE AMENDMENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR…

    THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT. 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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  • 06:06:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    415, THE NAYS ARE 6. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE…

    415, THE NAYS ARE 6. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE SENATE AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED TO, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE. THE CLERK: REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE…

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE. THE CLERK: REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 661, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 6016,

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    THE CLERK

    RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 6016, MAKING…

    RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 6016, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2015, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4718, TO AMEND INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 198206 MODIFY AND MAKE PERMANENT DEPRECIATION.

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  • 06:07:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE…

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 641, AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4923. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. HOLDING, KINDLY TAKE THE CHAIR? THE CHAIR: THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE

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  • 06:08:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ORDER. THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF…

    ORDER. THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4923, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE. THE CLERK: A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2015, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE CLERK

    YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2015, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE CHAIR

    TODAY, AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

    TODAY, AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, HAD BEEN DISPOSED OF AND THE BILL HAD BEEN READ THROUGH PAGE 19, LINE 14. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    AT THE DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK:

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    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MCCLINTOCK

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    THE CLERK

    OF CALIFORNIA, PAGE 19, LINE 12, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCED…

    OF CALIFORNIA, PAGE 19, LINE 12, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCED BY $22 MILLION. PAGE 20, LINE 11, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $9,810,000. PAGE 21, LINE 2, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCED BY $30,935,000. PAGE 26, LINE 24RK AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $9,551,000. PAGE 52, LINE 20, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $49,062,000. PAGE 59, LINE 20, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $121,358,000.

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  • 06:10:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM CALIFORNIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE…

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

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  • 06:10:13 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    THE RULES OF THE HOUSE HAVE FORBIDDEN SPENDING MONEY EXCEPT FOR PURPOSES…

    THE RULES OF THE HOUSE HAVE FORBIDDEN SPENDING MONEY EXCEPT FOR PURPOSES AUTHORIZED BY LAW. YET LAST YEAR, THE 11 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS REPORTED OUT OF THE HOUSE PROPINGS COMMITTEE CON TAINED OVER $350 BILLION FOR SPENDING ON UNAUTHORIZED PROGRAMS. THE RULE AGAINST UNAUTHORIZED SPENDING CANNOT BE ENFORCED BECAUSE IT'S ALWAYS WAIVED BY THE RESOLUTIONS THAT BRING THESE PROPINGS TO THE FLOOR. -- THESE APPROPRIATIONS TO THE FLOOR. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY CONTAINS $24 BILLION IN SUCH UNAUTHORIZED SPENDING IN PROGRAMS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN REVIEWED BY THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES SINCE AS FAR BACK AS 1980, THAT WAS JIMMY CARTER'S LAST YEAR IN OFFICE. I'M SURE THAT SOME OF THESE PROGRAMS ARE VALUABLE AND WORTHY OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS, BUT SURELY OTHERS ARE NOT. THE FACT THAT THEY'VE NOT BEEN AUTHORIZED IN AS MUCH AS 35 YEARS OUGHT TO WARN US TO BE AT LEAST A LITTLE MORE CAREFUL ABOUT CONTINUING TO FUND THEM. RATHER THAN REVIEWING OUR SPENDING DECISIONS AND MAKING TOUGH CHOICES ABOUT SPENDING PRIORITIES, CONGRESS SIMPLY RUBBER STAMPS THESE PROGRAMS OUT OF HABIT. IT'S NO WONDER WE'RE SO DEEPLY IN DEBT WITH SO LITTLE TO SHOW FOR IT. NOW MY AMENDMENT DOES NOT DEFUND THESE UNAUTHORIZED PROGRAMS AS THE HOUSE RULES WOULD REQUIRE. IT SIMPLY FREEZES SPENDING ON THEM AT LAST YEAR'S LEVELS. THE CUTS CONTAINED IN THIS AMENDMENT TOTAL JUST $121 MILLION, WHICH IS ABOUT.36 OF 1% OF THE TOTAL SPENDING OF THIS BILL. IF YEAR AFTER YEAR, THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES HAVEN'T FOUND THESE WORTHIES -- THESE PROGRAMS WORTHY OF BEING RE-AUTHORIZED, MAYBE THEY'RE NOT WORTH THE MONEY WE'RE SHOVELING AT THEM EITHER. IT'S THE PROPER ROLE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO CONTROL THE PURSE STRINGS OF OUR GOVERNMENT. WHEN WE DO A SIS DER VIS TO OUR CONSTITUENTS WHEN WE ALLOW THIS KIND OF SPENDING GROWTH TO OCCUR ON AUTO PILOT, ABSENT ANY OVERSIGHT. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN CONGRESS WILL AGAIN REASSERT ITS CONSTITUTIONAL PREROGATIVE TO CONTROL FEDERAL SPENDING AND ENFORCE ITS OWN RULES THAT PROHIBIT SPENDING BLINDLY ON UNAUTHORIZED PROGRAMS. HOWEVER, IN THE MEANTIME, ADOPTING THIS AMENDMENT, MERELY FREEZING THE SPENDING IN THESE UNAUTHORIZED PROGRAMS, SHAVING JUST.36 OF 1% OF THIS APPROPRIATION BY FREEZING THAT SPENDING ON UNAUTHORIZED PROGRAMS, I HOPE THAT WILL BE A SMALL, SYMBOLIC STEP TOWARD RECLAIMING THE HOUSE'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT AS WATCHDOG OVER THE TREASURY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE

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  • 06:12:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?…

    RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? MS. KAPTUR: I RISE TO EXPRESS OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S PROPOSAL. THE

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  • 06:13:03 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    TO THE GENTLEMAN'S PROPOSAL. THE GENTLEMAN STOOD UP EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON…

    TO THE GENTLEMAN'S PROPOSAL. THE GENTLEMAN STOOD UP EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON AND TRIED TO CUT FROM ESSENTIAL ACCOUNTS AND I ACCEPT HIS DESIRE TO TRY TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. WHEN HIS PARTY SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT AND THREW THE WRENCH OF SHUTDOWN INTO EVERY PROGRAM THAT THE NATION DEPENDS UPON, IT CREATED QUITE A BIT OF CHAOS AROUND HERE AND AROUND THE COUNTRY. MONEY WAS WASTED ON FURLOUGHS AND PEOPLE SPENDING TIME, THE MILITARY, TRYING TO DECIDE HOW THEY WERE GOING TO ROTATE DIFFERENT OPERATIONS AND SO FORTH. IT WAS A TERRIBLE PERIOD THAT WE LIVED THROUGH. AND WE'RE STILL TAPING AND GLUING OUR PROGRAMS BACK TOGETHER AFTER ALL OF THAT. SOME OF THESE WORK OF -- SOME OF THE WORK OF THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE UNDER YOUR LEADERSHIP WERE NOT ABLE TO CLEAR THEIR BILLS ON TIME SO THE GENTLEMAN'S SOLUTION IS TO SAY, WELL, YOU KNOW, NONE OF THAT HAPPENED SO I'M JUST GOING TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GO AFTER THE ENERGY AND WATER BILL AND KIND OF TAKE THIS AND THIS AND THIS AND THIS, AND PROPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND I THINK THAT THE GENTLEMAN'S GOAL OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY IS ONE THAT I SHARE, BUT THIS ISN'T THE WAY TO DO IT. THIS ISN'T THE WAY TO PICK SOME PROGRAMS, AND WE DON'T EVEN KNOW THEIR COMPLETE -- WHAT IMPACT IT WILL HAVE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I WOULD RATHER HAVE A MUCH MORE THOUGHTFUL PRESENTATION THAT WOULD COME BEFORE US AND THE PROGRAMS, WHAT'S HE TALKING ABOUT? THE SAME ONE THIS IS AFTERNOON HE WAS TRYING TO CUT. THE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM, TALKING ABOUT CUTTING NUCLEAR, FOSSIL ENERGY, HE REALLY DOESN'T LIKE THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. I BET IF YOU -- IF YOU ASK THE GENTLEMAN HE, DOESN'T WANT THE DEPARTMENT OF MORTGAGE EXIST FOR OUR COUNTRY. IF YOU LOOK AROUND THE WORLD, I'M PROBABLY NOT WRONG ON THAT FACT. SO THIS IS JUST ANOTHER WAY TO TRY TO CAUSE HAVOC OVER AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. AS I SAID EARLIER TODAY, I VIEW WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THAT DEPARTMENT AS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STRATEGIC SET OF INVESTMENTS THAT THIS COUNTRY HAS TO MAKE. WHY CREATE MORE HAVOC OVER THIS? WE'VE HAD DIFFICULTIES IN TRYING TO BALANCE OUR ENERGY ACCOUNTS OVER THE YEARS, PETROLEUM, IMPORTED PETROLEUM STILL CONSTITUTES 40% OF WHAT AMERICANS ARE PAYING FOR, THE AVERAGE FAMILY, EVERY YEAR, $2,800 COMES OUT OF THEIR POCKET FOR GASOLINE. WE NEED TO MODERNIZE OUR FLEET. WE NEED TO -- THERE'S A LOT OF GAS, NATURAL GAS CONVERSES DOING -- CONVERSIONS GOING ON IN OUR COUNTRY FOR TRUCKS. WE NEED TO NOT THROW A WRENCH INTO THAT, BUT TO HASTEN IT. WE NEED MODERNIZE DEP GRIDS, WHATEVER THAT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE. WE NEED WE NEED TO MAKE SURE OUR ENERGY POLICY PLAYS ON ALL KEYS, NOT JUST A FEW. THIS ISN'T THE TIME TO CREATE MORE HAVOC FOLLOWING ON THE HAVOC THAT HAS BEEN CREATED IN THE PAST, WHICH I'M SURE THE GENTLEMAN SUPPORTED AND PICK ON THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. WE NEED A MUCH MORE COHERENT STRATEGY TO BALANCE OUR BUDGET AND WE NEED TO PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND THROUGH INNOVATION IN THIS COUNTRY AND BALANCING OF OUR TRADE ZIVET, BEGIN TO RE-INVEST THOSE DOLLARS HERE BACK AT HOME. WE HAVE ABOUT, I THINK $34 BILLION IN THIS ENTIRE BILL. OUR ENERGY TRADE DEFICIT WITH THE WORLD THIS YEAR IS A LITTLE OVER $110 BILLION -- THE DEFICIT THIS YEAR IS EIGHT TIMES BIGGER THAN OUR BILL. IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO, IT IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE AND WE NEED TO MODERNIZE OUR ENERGY SYSTEM HERE AND NOT PICKING IT APART AND CREATING MORE HAVOC BUT INVESTING IN AMERICA'S FUTURE. I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND LET'S GET ON WITH THE REGULAR ORDER HERE. LET'S GET THIS BILL CLEARED AND GO TO CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE AND DO FOR AMERICA WHAT SHE NEEDS AND RESTORING ENERGY SECURITY IN ORDER OUR LIBERTY NOT BE THREATENED IN THIS GENERATION AND THE FUTURE. I WOULD BE PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN. MR. MCCLINTOCK: MR. CHAIRMAN, LET ME SAY MR.

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  • 06:17:51 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    SAY MR. SIMPSON: I AGREE WITH THE SENTIMENTS IN THAT THE RULES OF THE…

    SAY MR. SIMPSON: I AGREE WITH THE SENTIMENTS IN THAT THE RULES OF THE HOUSE SAY WE SHOULDN'T APPROPRIATE MONEY FOR ANY UNAUTHORIZED PROGRAM.

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  • 06:17:57 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    WE SHOULDN'T APPROPRIATE MONEY FOR ANY UNAUTHORIZED PROGRAM.…

    WE SHOULDN'T APPROPRIATE MONEY FOR ANY UNAUTHORIZED PROGRAM. UNFORTUNATELY, THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES HAVE NOT RE-AUTHORIZED AN AWFUL LOT OF THESE PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE GOVERNMENT. IN FACT, A FEW YEARS AGO, I TRIED TO REDUCE FUNDING BY ELIMINATING ANY MONEY FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES LISTING BECAUSE IT WAS UNAUTHORIZED FOR 26 YEARS. WE LOST ON THE FLOOR ON THAT. BUT HIS SENTMENT IS CORRECT AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES DO THEIR JOB. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. MCCLINTOCK:

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  • 06:18:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I CAN FORGIVE MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO FOR MISSTATING…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I CAN FORGIVE MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO FOR MISSTATING CALIFORNIA'S HISTORY AS SHE DID EARLIER TODAY BUT NOT THE RECENT HISTORY THAT WE WERE ALL QUITE FAMILIAR WITH. I

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  • 06:18:36 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    NOT THE RECENT HISTORY THAT WE WERE ALL QUITE FAMILIAR WITH. I WOULD…

    NOT THE RECENT HISTORY THAT WE WERE ALL QUITE FAMILIAR WITH. I WOULD REMIND THE GENTLELADY THAT THIS HOUSE PASSED THREE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS OVER TO THE SENATE, FUNDING THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT LAST YEAR, INCLUDING A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO REFORM, THAT WE AGREED TO FUND ALL OF THOSE SPENDING WITH ONE EXCEPTION. WE ASKED FOR A ONE YEAR DELAY IN THE TRAIN WRECK THAT HAS BECOME OBAMACARE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SEE THAT WAS A REALISTIC REQUEST, UNFORTUNATELY THE SENATE CHOSE NOT TO ACT AND THAT'S WHAT CAUSED THE GOVERNMENT TO SEIZE UP AND SHUT DOWN. I WANT TO CORRECT THE GENTLELADY IN HER SUGGESTION THAT SOMEHOW THIS IS MINNESOTA VATED BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE ENERGY. I LOVE ENERGY. AND I WANT TO SEE IT EFFICIENTLY RESEARCHED AND THAT IS BEST DONE BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR USING ITS OWN MONEY RATHER THAN THE POLITICIANS USING OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY TO REWARD OTHER COMPANIES. IF THESE PROGRAMS WERE ALL SO WORTH WHILE, WHY IS IT THAT THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES HAVE NOT BOTHERED TO RE-AUTHORIZE THEM IN A SPAN OF UP TO 35 YEARS? I SUGGEST THAT THAT FACT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. AND UNTIL THESE PROGRAMS ARE PROPERLY REVIEWED AND RE-AUTHORIZED, ALL I'M ASKING IS, WE DON'T KEEP INCREASING THEIR BUDGETS, WE FREEZE THEM UNTIL THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES REVIEW THEM AND RE-AUTHORIZE THEM. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE

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    THE CHAIR

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. MR. MCCLINTOCK: I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE. THE CHAIR:

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  • 06:20:40 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    RECORDED VOTE. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER…

    RECORDED VOTE. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE

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  • 06:20:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED.…

    THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE DESK. THE CHAIR:

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    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. PERRY. AFTER THE DOLLAR…

    AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. PERRY. AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $20 MILLION. PAGE

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  • 06:21:01 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $20 MILLION. PAGE

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    THE CHAIR

    RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, AND A MEMBER OPPOSE, EACH…

    RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, AND A MEMBER OPPOSE, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. MR. PERRY: I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN SIMPSON AND RANKING MEMBER KAPTUR FOR THEIR DILIGENCE. REDUCING

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  • 06:21:31 PM

    MR. PERRY

    CHAIRMAN SIMPSON AND RANKING MEMBER KAPTUR FOR THEIR DILIGENCE. REDUCING…

    CHAIRMAN SIMPSON AND RANKING MEMBER KAPTUR FOR THEIR DILIGENCE. REDUCING OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL SHOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD PURSUE. AND IN THAT VEIN, RENEWABLES IS A SIGNIFICANT COMPONENT. THIS CUTS HYDROPOWER BY OVER $20 MILLION AND THIS AMENDMENT WOULD SEEK TO RESTORE FUNDING TO HYDROPOWER. AND IT'S OFFSET WITH A DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ADMINISTRATIVE COST. THAT'S WHERE THE MONEY IS COMING FROM. AND ACCORDING TO THE BUDGET OFFICE, THE AMENDMENT REDUCES OUTLAYS BY $8 MILLION. HYDROPOWER IS AVAILABLE IN EVERY REGION, NOT JUST THE EAST COAST. WHOLE WAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO THE POINT THAT 2,200 HYDROPOWER PLANTS PROVIDE AMERICA IT'S MOST ABUNDANT SOURCE OF CLEAN, RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY AND ACCOUNTS FOR 67% OF DOMESTIC RENEWABLE GENERATION OR 7% OF THE TOTAL ELECTRICITY GENERATED. THIS COULD INCREASE THAT TO 15%. CREATING OVER ONE MILLION JOBS BY 2025. 1.4 MILLION, ACCORDING TO MY FIGURES. MR. CHAIRMAN, HYDROELECTRICITY IS PREDICTABLE. YOU CAN COUNT ON IT. IT'S NOT VARIABLE. YOU DON'T HAVE TO COUNT ON THE WIND BLOWING OR THE SUNSHINING, 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, 365 DAYS A YEAR AS LONG AS THE RAPE IS FALLING FOR GENERATING POWER. YOU DON'T NEED A BANK OF BATTERIES OR THE WIND TO BE BLOWING OR DON'T NEED AN ALTERNATIVE SOURCE OF BASELOAD. POWER IS BEING GENERATED AND IT PROVIDES AT A RELATIVELY LOW MAINTENANCE COST. IT IS THE MOST EFFICIENT AND ECONOMIC FORM OF RENEWABLE ENERGY. AND IT'S UNOBJECT TRUCE I HAVE. NOT BOTHERING ANYBODY OR BIRDS FLYING INTO IT OR BATS BEING KILLED ON ITS BLADES. THE FISH SWIM RIGHT THROUGH IT. NOW, IT DOES FACE A SIGNIFICANT REGULATORY APPROVAL PROCESS. THERE IS MUCH RED TAPE, WHICH EQUATES UP TO 15 YEARS IN PERMITTING CYCLES. AND THAT'S A DETRACTOR THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. SO MUCH SO THERE ARE 60,000 PROJECTS WAITING FINAL APPROVAL AND PENDING BEFORE THE COMMISSION IN 45 OF OUR 50 STATES THAT HAVE THIS ELECTRICITY IF WE COULD GET THROUGH THIS RED TAPE, MR. CHAIRMAN. OF OUR 80,000 DAMS IN THE UNITED STATES, 600 OF THEM HAVE AN IMMEDIATE CAPABILITY TO PRODUCE ENERGY AT THIS MOMENT. HARNESSING CONVENTIONAL HYDRO ENERGY WILL CREATE A RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE FOR OUR COUNTRY. IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT PENNSYLVANIA OR THE 4TH DISTRICT THAT I REPRESENT, BUT ABOUT ALL OF OUR COUNTRY BECOMING ENERGY INDEPENDENT ON RENEWABLE. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:24:59 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    AMENDMENT. WHILE I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT, I UNDERSTAND MY COLLEAGUE WANTS…

    AMENDMENT. WHILE I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT, I UNDERSTAND MY COLLEAGUE WANTS TO SEE INCREASED FUNDING FOR CONVENTIONAL HYDROPOWER. I UNDERSTAND THAT. I'M A BIG FAN OF HYDROPOWER. IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST WHY WE HAVE SOME OF THE CHEAPEST ELECTRICITY. THE BILL BEFORE US INCREASES HYDROPOWER 1.7 MILLION ABOVE LAST YEAR. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE GENTLEMAN ON THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM AS WE MOVE FORWARD THROUGH THIS PROCESS. BUT I DO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. MS. KAPTUR: I WANTED TO ALIGN MY REMARKS WITH YOURS AND I WOULD OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AT THIS POINT. THE POTENTIAL

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  • 06:25:42 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    WITH YOURS AND I WOULD OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AT THIS POINT. THE…

    WITH YOURS AND I WOULD OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AT THIS POINT. THE POTENTIAL OF HYDROPOWER IS ENORMOUS, BOTH LOW POWER HYDRO AND I'M SURE IDAHO HAS BIG FALLS AND PENNSYLVANIA IN MANY PLACES. BUT THE LOW POWER HYDRO THAT IS CHARACTERISTIC OF THE GREAT LAKES REGION OFFERS ENORMOUS POTENTIAL AND THERE ARE NEW INVENTIONS TO BE HAD IN CAPTURING THE POWER OF WATER EVEN AS IT MOVES IN STREAMS THAT FLOW JUST AT GRADE. WE NEED TO ALLOW THIS CONVERSATION TO INFLUENCE THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SO THAT THERE IS MORE FEANINGS GIVEN TO HYDRO AND TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES, WATER DROPPING , BEING ELEVATED AND BEING DROPPED IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY AS WELL AS EXISTING WATER SHEDS BEING USED MORE EFFECTIVELY. I BET WE COULD GET MORE THAN 15% IF WE REALLY PUT OUR MINDS TO IT. I WANTED TO OFFER GENERAL SUPPORT OF THE IDEA, EVEN THOUGH WE CAN'T SUPPORT YOUR AMENDMENT TODAY. LET'S HOPE IN THE FUTURE WE COULD FIND A BETTER WAY WITH HYDROPOWER. MR. SIMPSON: I YIELD BACK. MR. PERRY: RECLAIMING THE BALANCE. I LOOK FORWARD

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    MR. SIMPSON

    PERRY: RECLAIMING THE BALANCE. I LOOK FORWARD

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    MR. PERRY

    BALANCE. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE CHAIRMAN ON THIS AND WOULD ASK…

    BALANCE. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE CHAIRMAN ON THIS AND WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT. THE CHAIR: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 06:27:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CLERK

    FROM OREGON. INSERT INCREASED BY $9 MILLION. PAGE 26, LINE 24, AFTER THE…

    FROM OREGON. INSERT INCREASED BY $9 MILLION. PAGE 26, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $9 MILLION. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. BONAMICI

    BECAUSE OF THE POWER AND POTENTIAL OF WATER. IN SUPPORT OF AN AMENDMENT…

    BECAUSE OF THE POWER AND POTENTIAL OF WATER. IN SUPPORT OF AN AMENDMENT I'M PLEASED TO OFFER WITH CONGRESSMAN MICHAUD AND CONGRESSWOMAN PING AGREE. OUR AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S WATER POWER PROGRAM BY $9 MILLION, A SMALL PRICE TAG THAT WILL YIELD A HUGE RETURN ON INVESTMENT. THIS INCREASE IS OFFSET BY THE DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNT. THE MODEST INCREASE WE ARE SUPPORTING WILL SUPPORT HYDROPOWER AND TECHNOLOGIES ALONG WITH MARINE AND HYDRO TECHNOLOGIES. DEVELOPMENT OF THESE NEW TECHNOLOGIES CAN OFFER THE UNITED STATES THE CHANCE TO LEAD THE WORLD IN AN EMERGING AREA OF ABUNDANT RENEWABLE ENERGY. MARINE AND HYDROKI NETIC ENERGY FROM WEASKS, CURRENTS AND TIDES UNLIKE THE SUN AND WIND DO NOT STOP IS AN EXCITING FRONTIER IN THE RENEWABLE SECTOR. OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON ARE USING FEDERAL FUNDING FROM THE WATER POWER PROGRAM TO DEVELOP THE NORTHWEST NATIONAL MARINE RENEWABLE ENERGY CENTER THAT WILL PROVIDE ENTREPRENEURS A DOMESTIC LOCATION TO TEST WAVES RATHER THAN TRAVELING TO SCOTLAND TO USE THE EUROPEAN TEST CENTER. WITHOUT CONTINUED INVESTMENTS, EUROPE WILL REMAIN THE LEADER. THEY COULD GENERATE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TOTAL AMOUNT OF ENERGY USED IN THE UNITED STATES. AS CONGRESS PROMOTES TECHNOLOGIES THAT CAN HELP LOWER OUR CONSTITUENTS' ENERGY BILLS, WE MUST EMBRACE NEW TECHNOLOGIES. WITH THIS MODEST INCREASE, THE WATER POWER PROGRAM CAN DO THAT WHILE CONTINUING TO SUPPORT FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN CONVENTIONAL HYDROPOWER. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN

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    THE CHAIR

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:29:57 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. IT WOULD INCREASE FUNDING WITHIN THE ACCOUNT. I…

    TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. IT WOULD INCREASE FUNDING WITHIN THE ACCOUNT. I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE'S PASSION FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAMS AND HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY TO ADVANCE RESEARCH. THIS YEAR'S FUNDING IS $1.789 BILLION. AND BELOW LAST YEAR AND BELOW THE BUDGET REQUEST. THIS IS EQUIVALENT TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2013 LEVEL PRE-SEQUESTER AND NEARLY $1 BILLION MORE THAN LAST YEAR'S HOUSE BILL. FUNDING IS FOCUSED ON THREE MAIN PRIORITIES, HELPING AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE, SUPPORT WEATHERIZATION PROGRAMS AND ASSISTING IN HIGH GAS PRICES. FUNDING IS PRIORITIZED TO SUPPORT TWO MAIN PROJECTS, OFFSHORE WIND DEMONSTRATION PROJECT AND ENHANCED GEOTHERMAL FIELD TEST SITE. IT PROVIDES $38.5 MILLION FOR WATER POWER AND ACCEPTS THE BUDGET REQUEST PROPOSAL FOR ALMOST EVEN SPLIT BETWEEN THE CONVENTIONAL HYDROPOWER AND THE MARINE TECHNOLOGIES PROGRAM. I SUPPORT THE WATER PROGRAM AND I WOULD BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH MY FRIEND IN THE EVENT THAT THE ACCOUNT RECEIVES ADDITIONAL FUNDING IN CONFERENCE. BUT WE SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD TO INCREASE ACTIVITIES IN THIS BILL BY DIVERTING FUNDS. AND WHILE I'M SUPPORTIVE OF REDUCING THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE FUNDING THAT SUPPORTS 64 PEOPLE. I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND URGE MY MEMBERS TO DO THE SAME AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:31:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON. .

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    >>

    AND RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. IT SUPPORTS PRIVATE SECTOR…

    AND RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. IT SUPPORTS PRIVATE SECTOR RESEARCH, DEPLOYMENT OF NEW AMERICAN HYDROPOWER TECHNOLOGY AND MARINE HYDROKINETIC ENERGY. WATER POWER RESEARCH HELPED REDUCE THE COST AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF THESE RELIABLE, RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES. MR. MICHAUD: IT'S VERY CRITICAL FOR PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTORS.

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  • 06:32:17 PM

    MR. MICHAUD

    FOR PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTORS. IN MAINE, THE OCEAN RENEWABLE POWER COMPANY…

    FOR PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTORS. IN MAINE, THE OCEAN RENEWABLE POWER COMPANY HAS DEPLOYED OUR NATION'S FIRST GRID CONNECTION, A MARINE HYDROKIT KENTUCKY NETIC ENERGY SYSTEM, THE FIRST IN THE COUNTRY. THEY'RE WORKING TO DEPLOY ADDITIONAL UNITS IN OTHER AREAS OF THE COUNTRY. THEY HAVE INVESTED NEARLY $30 MILLION IN THE LOCAL ECONOMY WHILE CREATING A RE-- OR RETAINING OVER 100 QUALITY JOBS. COUNTRIES LIKE JAPAN, CHILE, AUSTRALIA HAVE ALREADY SHOWN INTEREST IN THIS AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY AND IT PRESENTS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR EXPORTING AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY. NOT ONLY WILL THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW DOMESTIC WATER POWERED TECHNOLOGY CREATE JOBS AND REDUCE ENERGY COSTS FOR HOMES AND BUSINESSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUT IT REPRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE U.S. TO LEAD THE WORLD IN AN EMERGING AREA OF RENEWABLE AND ABUNDANT ENERGY. NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR A DRASTIC CUT TO THESE IMPORTANT PROGRAMS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS VERY MODEST AMOUNT OF MONEY WHILE AT THE SAME TIME REALIZING THAT WE DO HAVE FISCAL CONSTRAINTS. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLELADY.

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  • 06:33:34 PM

    MS. BONAMICI

    BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    THE CHAIR

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO HAS YIELDED BACK.

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    MS. BONAMICI

    THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. MS. BONAMICI: I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT

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    MS. BONAMICI

    AND NAYS. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS…

    AND NAYS. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON WILL BE POSTPONE THE CLERK WILL READ.

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    THE CHAIR

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON WILL BE POSTPONE…

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON WILL BE POSTPONE THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 06:34:10 PM

    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

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    THE CLERK

    OF CALIFORNIA, PAGE 19, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASE…

    OF CALIFORNIA, PAGE 19, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASE BY $20 MILLION. PAGE 20 LINE 19, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCE BY $20 MILLION. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE CHAIR

    AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN IS…

    AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MCNERNEY: THE INFRASTRUCTURE IS AGING AND REMAINS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THREATS.

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  • 06:34:49 PM

    MR. MCNERNEY

    AGING AND REMAINS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THREATS. THE NATION'S ELECTRIC GRID…

    AGING AND REMAINS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THREATS. THE NATION'S ELECTRIC GRID CONNECTS AMERICANS WITH 5,000 MOWER PLANTS NATIONWIDE AND ABOUT 450,000 MILES OF TRANSMISSION LINE. 70% OF THOSE TRANSMISSION LINES AND TRANSFORMERS ARE MORE THAN 25 YEARS OLD AND THE AVERAGE AGE OF POWER PLANTS IN THIS SCRINT MORE THAN 30 YEARS OLD. BETWEEN 2003 AND 2012, THERE WERE 679 POWER OUTAGES, EACH AFFECTING AT LEAST 50,000 PEOPLE, AND COSTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, THE OFFICE OF ELECTRICITY DELIVERY AND ENERGY RELIABILITY WORKS TO MODERNIZE OUR NATION'S ELECTRIC GRID AND INFRASTRUCTURE BY PARTNERING WITH INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA, AND STATE GOVERNMENTS TO MODERNIZE THE GRID IN OUR NATION'S ELECTRICAL -- AND OUR NATION'S ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. THE AMENDMENTS MY COLLEAGUE, MRS. ELLMERS, AND I ARE OFFERING INCREASES FUNDING FOR ELECTRICITY DELIVERY BY $20 MILLION AND DECREASES THE DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION AMOUNT BY THE SAME AMOUNT. MAKING SMART INVESTMENTS TO ADDRESS ISSUES FACING OUR NATION'S ELECTRICITY INFRASTRUCTURE WILL HAVE A NUMBER OF BENEFITS. IT WILL ENSURE LONG-TERM STABILITY AND THE -- IN THE ELECTRICITY AND ENERGY SYSTEMS, IT WILL SPUR INNOVATION, IT WILL HELP MAKE THE TRANSITION TO MORE EFFICIENT USE OF ELECTRIC POWER AND WILL CREATE TECHNICAL AND MANUFACTURING JOBS. ENSURING A RELIABLE AND RESILIENT ELECTRICITY GRID WILL REDUCE COSTS FOR PISS AND CONSUMERS BY SAVING ENERGY. GRID INDUSTRY GROUPS SUCH AS GRID WISE ALLIANCE AND THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL MANUFACTURES -- MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I URGE ITS ADOPTION. NOW I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE AND THE AMENDMENT'S CO-SPONSOR, MRS. ELLMERS AND THANK HER FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. MRS. ELLMERS: THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, AND MR. SPEAKER, I DO

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  • 06:36:57 PM

    MRS. ELLMERS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, AND MR. SPEAKER, I DO RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, AND MR. SPEAKER, I DO RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AS WELL AND WORKING WITH ME TO PROMOTE FURTHER RESEARCH TO PROTECT AND IMPROVE OUR NATION'S ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE THIS AMENDMENT WILL HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON OUR NATION'S ENERGY RELIABILITY, EFFICIENCY AND SECURITY. IT WILL HELP US MAINTAIN A ROBUST MANUFACTURING PRESENCE AND ENSURE THE CRITICAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TO CONTINUE IN THE VITAL AREAS OF ENERGY TRANSMISSION, SMART GRID TECHNOLOGY, ENERGY STORAGE AND CYBERSECURITY. THIS TECHNOLOGY AND ADVANCEMENT IN THE ENERGY SECTOR ARE OCCURRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY AT A RAPID PACE AND THERE'S NO BETTER EXAMPLE OF THE ENERGY'S SUCCESS THAN IN NORTH CAROLINA. THIS SUCCESS OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IS DUE IN PART TO THE STRONG PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND UNIVERSITIES. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE SEEN FIRSTHAND ON THE CAMPUS OF NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY WHERE THEY HAVE PARTNERED WITH INDUSTRY LEADERS TO INNOVATE GRID TECHNOLOGIES TO CREATE THE SMART GRID CENTER OF EXCELLENCE. I'VE ALSO SEEN THE POSITIVE IMPACT ON IMPLEMENTING THIS TECHNOLOGY AND THE BENEFITS IT BRINGS TO OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES AND THEIR RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES. MR. SPEAKER, THE GROWING NEED FOR GRID RELIABILITY AND CYBERSECURITY MEASURES TO PROMOTE OUR NATION'S ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. MR. MCNERNEY:

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    THE CHAIR

    BACK. MR. MCNERNEY: I VEMB. THE

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    MR. MCNERNEY

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM --

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM --

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    MR. MCNERNEY

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. SIMPSON:

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. SIMPSON: I RISE IN OPPOSITION…

    GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. SIMPSON: I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. THE

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  • 06:38:53 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    THE AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE FUNDS TO THE OFFICE OF ENERGY…

    THE AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE FUNDS TO THE OFFICE OF ENERGY ELICK TRISSITY AVAILABILITY AND RELIABILITY USING FUNDS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AS AN OFFSET. THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST PROPOSES TO INCREASE THE BUDGET FOR THE OFFICE FROM $147 MILLION TO $180 MILLION, A 22% INCREASE WHICH THE AMENDMENT WOULD ACHIEVE. INSTEAD, THE BILL BEFORE US PROVIDES A BALANCED INCREASE OF $13 MILLION FOR THE OFFICE OF ENERGY DF -- OF ELECTRICITY AVAILABILITY, THAT'S A LARGER PERCENTAGE INCREASE THAN ANY OTHER APPLIED ENERGY PROGRAM IN THIS BILL. THE UNDERLYING INTILL A LARGER PERCENTAGE INCREASE THAN ANY OTHER APPLIED ENERGY PROGRAM IN THIS BILL. THE BILL PRIORITIZES PROGRAMS WITHIN O.E. THAT KEEP OUR ELECTRICITY GRID SAFE AND SECURE. TO THAT END, THE BILL PROVIDES $47 MILLION TO PROTECT THE ENERGY SECTOR'S CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AGAINST THE EVER PRESENT THREATS OF CYBERATTACK AND $17 MILLION FOR INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY INCLUDING $8 MILLION FAR STRATEGIC OPERATIONS CENTER TO BETTER RESPOND TO EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES. WE MUST AND HAVE TO ABIDE BY OUR ALLOCATION AND CAN'T AFFORD ADDITIONAL INCREASE TOTHS -- TO THE O.E. PROGRAM BY DWORTING -- DIVERTING FUNDS FROM OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES. IT'S A CHOICE WE'VE HAD TO MAKE AS WE BALANCE THIS BILL THIS HAS THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE INCREASE OF 9% OF ANY OTHER PROGRAMS IN THIS AREA OF THE BUDGET. THEREFORE I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND URGE MY MEMBERS, MY COLLEAGUE, DO THE SAME. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 06:40:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. MCNERNEY

    THAT WE'RE FACING. JUST THIS LAST YEAR WE FACED A PHYSICAL ATTACK ON A…

    THAT WE'RE FACING. JUST THIS LAST YEAR WE FACED A PHYSICAL ATTACK ON A SUBSTATION IN THE SOUTH BAY OF THE BAY AREA, WE'RE SEEING INCREASING CYBERATTACKS, WE ALSO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO UTILIZE RENEWABLE ENERGY MORE EFFECTIVELY WITH GRID RESPONSIVENESS, WITH THE NEW TECHNOLOGY THAT ALLOWS RAPID SWITCHING. IN OTHER WORDS THIS COULD HELP TRANSFORM OUR COUNTRY TO A MORE MODERN, MORE RELIABLE, MORE EFFICIENT AND MORE ECONOMIC GRID SYSTEM. SO I THINK THE MONEY WOULD BE WELL SPENT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY -- AND MY COLLEAGUE MS. ELMER'S, AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN 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 -- IS NOT AGREED TO. THE CLERK WILL READ. THE CLERK: PAGE 20, LINE 3. NUCLEAR

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  • 06:41:44 PM

    THE CLERK

    ENERGY. MS. KAPTUR: I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. I WOULD

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    MS. KAPTUR

    LAST WORD. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE AND YIELD MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    LAST WORD. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE AND YIELD MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, CONGRESSMAN PAUL TONKO, SUCH A CAPABLE AND ENGAGED MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE.

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    MR. TONKO

    APPRECIATE THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 4923 IS FAR FROM A…

    APPRECIATE THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 4923 IS FAR FROM A PERFECT BILL. I HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT SOME OF THE POLICY RIDERS IN THE BILL AND I'M DISAPPOINTED IT DOES NOT CONTAIN HIGHER FUNDING FOR RENEWBLE ENERGY PROGRAMS. BUT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT PROGRAMS THAT RECEIVE THE FUNDING THEY DESPERATELY NEED. WE ALL KNOW THAT TOUGH CHOICES HAVE TO BE MADE WITHIN THE OVERALL FUNDING ALLOCATION AND I WANT TO THANK SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR SIMPSON AND RANKING MEMBER KAPTUR FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THE BILL. EARLIER THIS YEAR, I JOINED WITH 79 OF OUR COLLEAGUES IN SUPPORT OF STRONG FUNDING FOR TWO IMPORTANT ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND THE STATE ENERGY PROGRAM. THESE PROGRAMS WERE UNDERFUNDED IN RECENT HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AND I'M PLEASED THAT THIS BILL INCLUDES A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN THE FUNDING STATUS FOR THESE TWO PROGRAMS. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THESE PROGRAMS TO THE COMMITTEE EARLIER THIS YEAR. AGAIN, I THANK SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR RESPOND TOURG REQUESTS FOR ROBUST FUNDING FOR THESE PROGRAMS. THE WEATHERIZATION AND STATE ENERGY PROGRAMS NOT ONLY HELP OUR CITIZENS TO USE ENERGY MORE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY, THESE PROGRAMS CREATE AND SUSTAIN JOBS IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR GREAT NATION. ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS MAKE HOMES MORE COMFORTABLE AND KEEP UTILITY COSTS AFFORDABLE. THEY ALSO CREATE JOBS FOR SMALL BUSINESS CONTRACTORS IN OUR GIVEN LOCAL COMMUNITIES. THE WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ENABLES SENIORS AND VETERANS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND FAMILIES WITH LOW INCOMES TO MAKE ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS THAT THEY WOULD OTHERWISE NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD. AND LOWERING THEIR ENERGY BILLS BRINGS UP LIMITED INCOME THEY CAN USE TOWARD OTHER ESSENTIALS LIKE FOOD PURCHASES AND MEDICINE. D.O.E. ESTIMATES SAVE FRGS WEATHERIZING A HOME OF OVER $400 PER YEAR. THAT IS REAL MONEY TO MANY FAMILIES WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THE STATE ENERGY PROGRAM ENABLE OURS HOME STATES TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT THEIR OWN ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS THAT ARE TAILORED TO ADDRESS THE VERY SPECIFIC NEEDS OF OUR INDIVIDUAL STATES. THE ELECTRICITY SECTOR IS UNDERGOING, AS WE ALL KNOW A SIGNIFICANT TRANSFORMATION, THE OLD MODEL OF ONE-WAY DISTRIBUTION FROM CENTRAL GENERATION POINTS IS GIVING WAY TO SYSTEMS WITH MORE DISTRIBUTED GENERATION. GRIDS NEED TO BE UPGRADED AND ARE BECOMING SMARDER. SECURITY ISSUES NEED ATTENTION AND CHANGING ECONOMICS AND REGULATIONS ARE ALSO CATALIZING CHANGES IN THIS SECTOR. STATE ENERGY PROGRAMS HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN THIS TRANSFORMATION AND SUPPORT FOR THESE PROGRAMS WILL HELP -- BE VERY HELP TO FEEL STATES THEY WORK THROUGH THESE CHANGES. ON A SEPARATE ISSUE, TOGETHER WITH OUR COLLEAGUES, REPRESENTATIVE OWENS AND REPRESENTATIVE GIBSON, BOTH OF NEW YORK, WE CALLED FOR ROBUST FUNDING FOR D.O.E.'S NAVAL REACTORS PROGRAM. THE $1.2 BILLION INCLUDED FOR NAVAL REACTORS IN THIS BILL IS CRITICAL TO SUPPORT THREE LONG-TERM PROJECT THE OHIO CLASS REPLACE. , THE FUEL HANDLING FACILITY AND RESEARCH AND REACTOR TRAINING AND MAINTENANCE. FOR YEARS, THEY HAVE BEEN FUNDED BY LOW REQUIREMENTS, INCLUDING $151 BILLION BEROW THE PRESIDENT'S FISCAL YEAR 2014 REQUEST. WHILE I WAS DISAPPOINTED TO SEE NAVAL REACTORS AT $162 MILLION BELOW THE REQUEST, I THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR INCLUDING SOME IMPORTANT LANGUAGE. THESE RESEARCH PROJECTS ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE NAVY'S READINESS. THE REACTORS ARE NECESSARY TO TRAINING NUCLEAR QUALIFIED SAILORS. UNFUNDED MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR COSTS THREATENED TO SHUT DOWN ONE OF THE SITE'S REACTORS, WHICH WOULD RESULT IN 250 FEWER NUCLEAR QUALIFIED SAILORS IN THE FLEET NEXT YEAR. THIS FULLY I HOPE THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THIS CRITICAL PROGRAM IS FULLY FUNDED MOVING FORWARD TO ENSURE THAT THE NAVY'S NUCLEAR-POWERED FLEET HAS THE SAILORS AND RESEARCHERS IT NEEDS TO OPERATE SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY. THE ARPA-E PROGRAM RECEIVES FUNDING. IT'S AN IMPORTANT PROGRAM AND MOVE PROMISING TECHNOLOGIES FORWARD INTO THE MARKET THROUGH STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN GOVERNMENT, UNIVERSITIES AND BUSINESSES IS VITAL TO OUR ENERGY SECURITY. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? THE CLERK WILL READ.

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    THE CLERK

    NUCLEAR ENERGY, $899 MILLION. FOSSIL ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. $593…

    NUCLEAR ENERGY, $899 MILLION. FOSSIL ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. $593 MILLION.

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  • 06:47:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. SPEIER

    DESK. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. SPEIER OF

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    THE CLERK

    MS. SPEIER OF CALIFORNIA, PAGE 21, LINE 2, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT…

    MS. SPEIER OF CALIFORNIA, PAGE 21, LINE 2, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $35 MILLION. PAGE 59 LINE 20, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT BY $39 MILLION. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR

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    THE CHAIR

    AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

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

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  • 06:48:06 PM

    MS. SPEIER

    BILL IS PERFECTLY DESCRIBED BY THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW. IT OBSERVES THAT FOR…

    BILL IS PERFECTLY DESCRIBED BY THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW. IT OBSERVES THAT FOR WHOEVER HALF TO HIM SHALL BE GIVEN AND WHO EVER HAS NOT FROM HIM SHALL BE TAKEN AWAY EVEN THAT THAT HE HAS. A SOCIALIST TURNED TERMED THIS THE MATTHEW FACT, THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POORER GETS POORER. WHY ON EARTH ARE WE HANDING OUT MONEY TO FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES? THEY DON'T NEED MORE ABUNDANCE. THEY ARE RECEIVING MORE THAN ENOUGH FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS IT IS, SOME $4 BILLION IN TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES EACH YEAR. MY AMENDMENT IS EXTREMELY MODEST. IT RETAINS THE $562.1 MILLION FOR R&D THAT IS IN THE BUDGET, FAR MORE, I MIGHT ADD, THAN THE PRESIDENT HAD IN HIS BUDGET OF $475 MILLION. BUT DO WE NEED TO INCREASE THE R&D BUDGET FOR FOSSIL FUELS BEYOND THE $563 MILLION. LET'S SHOW THE TAXPAYERS WE HAVE A LITTLE RESTRAINT. FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES ARE CAPABLE OF FUNDING THEIR OWN RESEARCH. EXXONMOBIL ALONE HAS SPENT $5 BILLION SINCE 2008. IF MORE SPENDING ON R&D IS NEEDED, THEY MORE THAN CAPABLE OF FUNDING IT ON THEIR OWN. PERHAPS THEY COULD REALLOCATE THE $144 MILLION OR MORE THAN $396,000 THEY SPENT LAST YEAR A DAY LOBBYING CONGRESS. MAYBE THEY WOULD BE WILLING TO START A NEW CAREER IN RESEARCH. HERE IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHERE WE DON'T HAVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THROW AROUND, WE NEED TO RE-EXAMINE OUR INVESTMENTS. APPROPRIATIONS BILLS ARE DOCUMENTS THAT SPELL OUT OUR PRIORITIES. INCREASING THE FOSSIL FUEL R&D BUDGET WHILE SPLASHING RENEWABLE R&D BUDGETS BY $80 MILLION STATES LOUD AND CLEAR THAT WE ARE MORE INTERESTED IN FUNDING RICH ENERGY COMPANIES OF THE PAST RATHER THAN ENERGY OF THE FUTURE. THIS AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE, STRIKES $31 MILLION FROM R&D AND COMMITS IT TO DEFICIT REDUCTION AND MAINTAINS THE F.Y. 2014 FUNDING FOR THIS RESEARCH. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE.

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  • 06:51:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RESERVES. MR. SIMPSON: I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I APPRECIATE THE…

    RESERVES. MR. SIMPSON: I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S REFERENCES FROM THE BIBLE IN HER DEBATE.

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  • 06:51:02 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    GENTLELADY'S REFERENCES FROM THE BIBLE IN HER DEBATE. ALWAYS INTERESTING.…

    GENTLELADY'S REFERENCES FROM THE BIBLE IN HER DEBATE. ALWAYS INTERESTING. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO OPPOSE THE AMERICA. THE AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE FUNDING $31 MILLION IN FAVOR DEFICIT REDUCTION. COAL, OIL AND NATURAL GAS PROVIDE FOR 82% OF THE ENERGY USED BY THIS NATION'S HOMES AND BUSINESSES AND WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE FOR THE MAJORITY OF OUR ENERGY NEEDS FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. THAT'S 82%. THE BILL REJECTS THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSED REDUCTIONS TO FOSSIL ENERGY, PARTICULARLY WITH DRASTIC CUTS TO THE COAL PROGRAM, WHICH IS REDUCED BY 29% UNDER THE BUDGET REQUEST. AND INSTEAD, FUNDS THESE PROGRAMS AT $593 MILLION, $31 MILLION ABOVE LAST YEAR. THE OFFICE OF FOSSIL ENERGY WILL RESEARCH HOW HEAT CAN BE CONVERTED INTO ELECTRICITY IN A COST-CUTTING EFFORTS, HOW WATER CAN BE USED IN WATER PLANTS AND HOW COAL CAN BE USED TO PRODUCE ELECTRICITY, ELECTRIC POWER, THROUGH FUEL CELLS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE FUNDING FOR A PROGRAM THAT ENSURES THAT WE USE OUR NATION'S FOSSIL FUEL RESOURCES AS WELL AND AS CLEANLY AS POSSIBLE. IN FACT, IF WE INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY OF OUR FOSSIL ENERGY PLANTS AS I SAID BEFORE DURING THIS DEBATE, WE INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY OF OUR PLANTS BY 1%. BY JUST 1% WE COULD POWER TWO MILLION HOUSEHOLDS WITHOUT USING AN ADDITIONAL POUND OF FUEL FROM THE GROUND. THAT'S THE RESEARCH WE ARE FOCUSING ON WITH FUNDING THIS PROGRAM. WE KNOW THAT AMERICAN FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES HAVE STRUGGLED WITH HIGH ENERGY PROCESSES AND THE FOSSIL ENERGY RESEARCH PROGRAM HOLETS THE POTENTIAL TO PREVENT FUTURE HIGH PRICES AND SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASE OUR ENERGY SECURITY. I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME AND I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 06:53:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MS. SPEIER

    AND MY COLLEAGUES ARE SCREAMING IT IS CORPORATE WELFARE. WHEN THE THREE…

    AND MY COLLEAGUES ARE SCREAMING IT IS CORPORATE WELFARE. WHEN THE THREE LARGEST OIL COMPANIES, EXXON MOBILE, BP AND SHELL MADE OVER $62.7 BILLION IN THE LAST YEAR AND YOU ARE SITTING HERE AND TELLING US THAT GIVING THEM $4 BILLION AND ANOTHER $563 MILLION IS NOT ENOUGH THAT WE NEED TO AUGMENT BY SOME $31 MILLION, THAT IS PRETTY DARN LAUGHABLE AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:53:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . THE NOES…

    OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . THE NOES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. MS. SPEIER: I WOULD LIKE A ROLL CALL VOTE.

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  • 06:54:04 PM

    MS. SPEIER

    CALL VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. WILL READ.

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    THE CLERK

    OIL SHALE RESERVES $19,000 950 ,,000. STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE $20…

    OIL SHALE RESERVES $19,000 950 ,,000. STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE $20 5,000,000. NORTHEAST HOME HEATING RESERVE AND ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION, $120 MILLION. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES

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  • 06:54:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. KAPTUR

    WORD. I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT…

    WORD. I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. AMENDMENT

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  • 06:54:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT. AMENDMENT NUMBER 1.

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    THE CLERK

    PAGE 22, LINE 19 INSERT REDUCE BY $500,000.

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    THE CHAIR

    MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. MS. KAPTUR: I'M PLEASED TO…

    MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. MS. KAPTUR: I'M PLEASED TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT REGARDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES ON BEHALF OF OUR ABLE AND DEDICATED COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE, WHO HAD TO RETURN TO TEXAS ON VERY IMPORTANT OFFICIAL BUSINESS THIS EVENING AND SHE IS AIR-BOUND I BELIEVE AT THIS POINT.

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  • 06:55:29 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    THIS EVENING AND SHE IS AIR-BOUND I BELIEVE AT THIS POINT. I'M HONORED TO…

    THIS EVENING AND SHE IS AIR-BOUND I BELIEVE AT THIS POINT. I'M HONORED TO OFFER IT ON HER BEHALF. ESSENTIALLY, THE AMENDMENT INCREASES FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S OFFICE OF ECONOMIC IMPACT AND DIVERSITY BY A MINIMAL AMOUNT OF $500,000 OFFSET BY A REDUCTION OF LIKE AMOUNT IN FUNDING FOR THE ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION. THIS AMENDMENT INCREASES FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT'S OFFICE OF MINORITY IMPACT, WHICH SHOULD BE USED TO ENHANCE THE DEPARTMENT'S ENGAGEMENT WITH MINORITY PROGRAMS AND OTHER RELATED ACTIVITY. THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC IMPACT AND DIVERSITY IS REALLY A CREDIT TO SECRETARY OF ENERGY SECRETARY THAT REALIZES THAT PARTICIPATION VIA EQUAL ACCESS IS CRITICAL TO OUR COMMITMENT TO ENSURING THAT THE DEPARTMENT WORKS FOR ALL AMERICANS, PARTICULARLY TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF LOW-INCOME AND MINORITY COMMUNITIES AS WELL AS OUR ENVIRONMENT AT-LARGE. 20 YEARS AGO, PRESIDENT CLINTON ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER 12898 DIRECTING FEDERAL AGENCIES TO IDENTIFY AND ADDRESS THE DISPROPORTIONATELY HIGH ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF THEIR ACTIONS ON MINORITY AND LOW-INCOME POPULATIONS. AND WE NEED TO HIGHLIGHT THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC IMPACT AND DIVERSITY IN THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC IMPACT AND DIVERSITY BECAUSE STEM EDUCATION, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH EDUCATION HAS BEEN A REAL CALLING CARD. IT SEEKS TO PROVIDE ACCESS IN THESE GROUPS IN STEM, INCLUDING MINORITIES, NATIVE AMERICANS AND WOMEN. MR. CHAIRMAN, WOMEN AND MINORITIES MAKE UP 70% OF COLLEGE STUDENTS, BUT ONLY 45% OF UNDERGRADUATES THAT ARE STEM-DEGREE HOLDERS. THAT IS REALLY A STARTLING STATISTIC, A STATISTIC THAT WOMEN AND MINORITIES COMPRISE 70% OF COLLEGE STUDENTS. ONLY 45% OF THEM THAT ARE UNDERGRADUATES ARE STEM-DEGREE HOLDERS. THAT IS A 2-1 RATIO. THIS LARGE POOL OF UNTAPPED TALENT IS A GREAT SOURCE OF STEM PROFESSIONALS. AND NOW MOST CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF ONE ARE MINORITIES, IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE TAKE AND CLOSE THE GAP IN THE NUMBER OF MINORITIES THAT SEEK STEM OPPORTUNITIES. I APPLAUD THE SECRETARY'S COMMITMENT WHICH WILL INCREASE THE NATION'S ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS AND ENABLE OUR PEOPLE TO REALIZE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL AND AMERICA'S FULL POTENTIAL. THERE ARE A GREAT MANY SCIENTIFIC RID WILLS TO BE SOLVED AND PERHAPS ONE OF THESE DAYS A MINORITY ENGINEER OR BIOLOGIST WILL COME UP WITH A SOLUTION. THE LARGER POINT IS WE NEED TO MAKE MORE STEM EDUCATORS AND MORE MINORITIES TO QUALIFY FOR THEM AND MAKE THIS COUNTRY FULLY REPRESENTATIVE. THE FUNDING PROVIDED BY THIS AMENDMENT WILL ENSURE THAT MEMBERS OF UNDERREPRESENTED COMMUNITIES ARE NOT PLACED AT A DISADVANTAGE WHEN IT COMES TO ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, PRESERVATION AND HEALTH AND EDUCATION ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, WE CAN PROMOTE A BROADER UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE AND HOW CITIZENS CAN IMPROVE THEIR SURROUNDINGS IN COMMUNITY EDUCATION EFFORTS, WORKING WITH TEACHERS, STUDENTS, THEY CAN ALL LEARN ABOUT RADIATION, RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT, AND MANY OF THE COMMUNITIES THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS LIVE IN ARE PLACES WHERE ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP IS SO DESPERATELY NEEDED BASED ON THE LEGACY COSTS OF OUR NUCLEAR PROGRAMS, FOR EXAMPLE. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY PLACES INTERNS AND VOLUNTEERS FROM MINORITY INSTITUTIONS INTO RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAMS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY WORKS TO INCREASE LOW-INCOME AND MINORITY ACCESS AND HELP STUDENTS ATTAIN GRADUATE DEGREES AND FIND EMPLOYMENT. THE OTHER OFFICES ARE THE MINORITY BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, THE MINORITY EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, CIVIL RIGHTS, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AND COUNCIL ON WOMEN AND GIRLS AND MINORITY BANKS. WE CAN INCREASE DIVERSITY, PROVIDE CLEAN ENERGY OPTIONS AND HELP IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTS WHICH WILL HELP GREATER OUTCOMES. BUSINESSES WILL HAVE MORE CONSUMERS WHO THEY MAY ENGAGE IN RELATED COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES. WE MUST HELP OUR LOW-INCOME AND MINORITY COMMUNITIES AND ENSURE EQUITIES THAT ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO ENJOY THE -- TO PASS THE AMENDMENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. .

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  • 07:00:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAS EXPIRED. .

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    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.…

    THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY 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. THE CLERK WILL READ. THE CLERK: PAGE 22, LINE 21, NONDEFENSE ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP. $241,174,000.

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  • 07:01:10 PM

    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

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    THE CLERK

    MR. REID OF NEW YORK, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $4…

    MR. REID OF NEW YORK, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $4 MILLION, PAGE 26, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $4 MILLION.

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  • 07:01:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. MR. REED: I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT WILL PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL $4 MILLION IN FUNDING TO THE NONDEFENSE ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP LINE BY DIVERTING MONEY THAT OTHERWISE WOULD GO TO THE D.C.

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  • 07:01:47 PM

    MR. REED

    ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP LINE BY DIVERTING MONEY THAT OTHERWISE WOULD GO TO…

    ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP LINE BY DIVERTING MONEY THAT OTHERWISE WOULD GO TO THE D.C. BUREAUCRACY AND PUTTING THAT MONEY ON THE FRONT LINE TO THIS CRITICAL PIECE OF NECESSARY WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I WOULD OFFER, MR. CHAIRMAN THAT THIS AMENDMENT SUPPORTS PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH AND I RECOGNIZE, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT WE ARE OPERATING IN TOUGH FISCAL TIMES AND I APPRECIATE THE WORK THE SUBCOMMITTEE HAS DONE ON APPROPRIATIONS BY GOING THROUGH THIS BILL IN A VERY THOUGHTFUL AND METHODICAL WAY AND HAS OFFERED A GOOD PIECE OF SOUND LEGISLATION. HOWEVER, I WOULD ASK THAT THIS AMENDMENT BE CONSIDERED AND SUPPORTED BY MY COLLEAGUES BECAUSE WHAT IT FUNDAMENTALLY WILL DO IS PROVIDE NECESSARY RESOURCES FOR NUCLEAR WASTE CLEANUP SITES AROUND THE NATION AND ENSURE THAT THESE DOLLARS ARE SPENT IN A LEVEL THAT RECOGNIZES THE PRIORITY OF THESE EFFORTS TO OUR COUNTRY AND I, IN OUR DISTRICT, HAVE A SITE CALLED THE WEST VALLEY DEMONSTRATION PRADGET THAT'S ONE OF THESE TYPES OF SITES AND I HAVE HEARD FROM MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS, THE WEST VALLEY CITIZEN TASK FORCE, IN PARTICULAR THAT DEVOTES A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TIME TO CLEENG UP THESE SITES, IN PARTICULAR THE WEST VALLEY DEMONSTRATION SITE. THE REPORT AND INFORMATION I RECEIVED IS THAT THERE IS A NEED FOR CONSISTENT FUNDING IN THIS AREA BECAUSE IF THERE IS NOT, THE LONG-TERM CAPABILITY AND THE LONG-TERM COST TO OUR COUNTRY TO CLEAN THESE SITES UP SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASES BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF CONSISTENCY IN THE FUNDING AND THE NECESSARY FUNDS NECESSARY TO GO THROUGH THIS TREMENDOUS REMEDIATION AND RESTABILIZATION EFFORT AT THESE NUCLEAR SITES. I'M ALSO PLEASED, MR. CHAIRMAN, TO RISE WITH SUPPORT ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, WORKING WITH CONGRESSMAN HIGGINS, MY COLLEAGUE IN NEW YORK, AS WELL AS MR. MATHESON WHO HAS JOINED US IN THESE EFFORTS TO RECOGNIZE ACROSS THE COUNTRY THATS THAT PRIORITY LEVEL TYPE OF EFFORT THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE FOR OUR NUCLEAR WASTE SITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D BE PLEASED TO HONOR -- I WILL YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN.

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  • 07:04:06 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    WITH THAT, I YIELD 90 SECONDS OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,

  • 07:04:27 PM

    MR. REED

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,

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    MR. HIGGINS

    YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT WHICH SEEKS TO…

    YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT WHICH SEEKS TO MODESTLY INCREASE THE FUNDING FOR THE NONDEFENSE ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP PROGRAM. PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT, AS MR. REED SAID, WILL ENSURE THAT NUCLEAR CLEANUP SITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY RECEIVE ADEQUATE FUNDING, PROTECTING COMMUNITIES FROM THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES. AS MR. REED SAID, THE WEST VALLEY NUCLEAR WASTE PROCESSING PLANTEST TABLIED IN 1966 IN RESPONSE TO FEDERAL CALLS TO COMMERCIALIZE THE REPROCESSING OF SPEND FUEL. WHEN IT TERMINATED OPERATION A FEW YEARS LATER, IT LEFT IN ITS WAKE 600,000 GALLONS OF HIGH LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE A HAZARDOUS AND UNFORTUNATE LEGACY THE COMMUNITY IS STILL DEALING WITH TODAY. THIS IS A PUBLIC SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD WE CANNOT IGNORE. THE LEAKAGE OF A PLUME OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL AT SITE INTO GROUNDWATER UNDERSCORES THE DANGER POSED BY THE PROXIMITY OF THE FACILITY TO STREAM INTO LAKE ERIE. IF THE WASTE WERE TO MAKE ITS WAY TO THE GREAT LAKES IT WOULD BE DEVASTATING. IT'S THE RESPONSE THOVELT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MAKE SURE CLEANUP CONTINUES EXPEDITIOUSLY. IT'S IMPORTANT TO MAINTAIN OUR COMMITMENT TO WEST VALLEY AND OTHER SITE ACROSS THE COUNTRY BY SUPPORTING THESE EFFORTS. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MR.

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  • 07:06:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    BACK. MR. REED: I THANK THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN FOR THE SUPPORT IN THIS…

    BACK. MR. REED: I THANK THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN FOR THE SUPPORT IN THIS AMENDMENT AND ASK AND THANK MY COLLEAGUE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR JOINING NUSS THIS EFFORT AND JUST ASK THAT WE SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND MOVE FORWARD AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK. THE

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  • 07:06:05 PM

    MR. REED

    ASK THAT WE SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND MOVE FORWARD AND WITH THAT, I YIELD…

    ASK THAT WE SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND MOVE FORWARD AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 07:06:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 07:06:31 PM

    THE CLERK

    ENRICHMENT DECONTAMINATION AND ENRICHMENT FUND, $5,,071,000.

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    THE CHAIR

    SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK RECK NIX?

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    >>

    THE CLERK WILL RE--

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    THE CLERK

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    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. FOSTER OF

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    THE CLERK

    MR. FOSTER OF ILLINOIS, PAGE 24, LINE 1, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT…

    MR. FOSTER OF ILLINOIS, PAGE 24, LINE 1, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASEDEDLY $40,155,000. PAGE 28, LINE 14, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCED BY $40,155,000.

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  • 07:07:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. FOSTER

    FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S OFFICE OF SCIENCE. THE UNDERLYING BILL…

    FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S OFFICE OF SCIENCE. THE UNDERLYING BILL PROVIDES A BUDGET ALLOCATION APPROXIMATELY $40 MILLION BELOW THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST FOR THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE. MY AMENDMENT WOULD RESTORE THE FUNDING LEVEL TO THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST. OUR NATIONAL LABS AND THE MAJOR FACILITIES HOUSED AT THOSE LABS ARE SOME OF THE GREATEST TOOLS WE HAVE TO OFFER RESEARCHERS AND TO INDUSTRY. MY AMENDMENT WOULD ENSURE THAT OUR NATIONAL LABS ARE ON A SOUND FOOTING TO MAINTAIN OUR ROLE AS A GLOBAL LEADER IN INNOVATION AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. THE GREATEST LONG-TERM ECONOMIC THREAT OUR COUNTRY FACES IS THE PROSPECT OF LOSING OUR ROLE AS WORLD LEADERS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. NOTHING IS MORE CRITICAL TO PRESERVING OUR ROLE AS WORLD LEADERS THAN THE FUNDAMENTAL AND APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH THAT IS SUPPORTED BY THE D.O.E. OFFICE OF SCIENCE. AS A PHYSICIST WHO WORKED AT FERMI NATIONAL ACCELERATOR LAB, I UNDERSTAND THE POTENTIAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S NATIONAL LAB SYSTEM THEY CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR ECONOMY AND THE WIDE RANGE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH THAT THEY SUPPORT. THE CHICAGO AREA IS HOME TO A NUMBER OF SCIENTIFIC CENTERS, INCLUDING FERMILAB AND AR BEGUN NATIONAL LABORATORY AND THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THOSE TWO LABS IN ILLINOIS ALONE IS ESTIMATED TO BE MORE THAN $1.3 BILLION ANNUALLY. THE WORK DONE AT THESE LABS NOT ONLY SUPPORT OURS LOCAL ECONOMY, EMPLOYING ROUGHLY 5,000 PEOPLE IN ILLINOIS, BUT IT IS CRITICAL TO OUR NATION'S LONG-TERM ECONOMIC SUCCESS. BUT DESPITE THE BENEFITS, THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, FEDERAL INVESTMENTS IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ARE AT HISTORICALLY LOW LEVELS. IN 2014, OUR FEDERAL SPENDING ON R&D, BOTH DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE, AMOUNTED TO LESS THAN 1% OF OUR G.D.P. A TREND THAT SIMPLY MUST BE REVERSED. IN FACT, OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS, FEDERAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EXPENDITURES DECREASED BY $16.-- BY 16.3%, THE STEEPEST DECLINE OVER A THREE-YEAR PERIOD SINCE THE END OF THE SPACE RACE. WE CANNOT SUSTAIN THIS DOWNWARD TREND AND STILL EXPECT TO BE AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND INNOVATION. THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SUPPORTING RESEARCH THAT IS TOO BIG FOR ANY SINGLE COMPANY OR UNIVERSITY TO DEVELOP. OUR NATIONAL LABS ARE CRITICAL RESEARCH TOOLS TO ACADEMICS AND INDUSTRY ALIKE. FOR EXAMPLE, ELI LILLY CONDUCTS NEARLY HALF OF ITS DRUG RESEARCH AT THE ADVANCED FOE TON SOURCE AT AR BEGAN. THE DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE ALSO HOME TO THE NEWEST VENTURES, THE INNOVATION HOUSE, WHICH SEEKS TO DISCOVER AND DEVELOP THE NEXT GENERATION OF ENERGY SOURCES AND DELIVERY SYSTEMS. PROGRAMS LIKE THE JOINT CENTER FOR ENERGY STORAGE RESEARCH, HEADQUARTERED AT AR GONE, AND THE FUELS FROM SUNLIGHT HUB, REMARK -- HEADQUARTERED AT THE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY BRING TOGETHER MULTIPLE TEAMS OF RESEARCHERS WORKING TO DEVELOP ENERGY ADVANCEMENTS THAT HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO TRANSFORM ENERGY SYSTEMS. THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE ALSO INVESTS IN FUSION, A SAFE, CLEAN, AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SOURCE THAT HAS THE SCIENTIFIC POTENTIAL TO PROVIDE THE U.S. WITH ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND A NEARLY LIMITLESS ENERGY SUPPLY. THOUGH THE -- THROUGH THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE'S BIOLOGICAL AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH PROGRAM WE WAS BECOME WORLD LEADERS IN BIOFUELS RESEARCH. THIS IS LAYING THE FOUNDATION FAR REVOLUTION IN BIOFUEL PRODUCTION THAT WILL REVOLUTIONIZE OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL. THE INVESTMENTS OF THE D.O.E. OFFICE OF SCIENCE HAVE SUPPORTED RESEARCH DRIVEN BY INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY ALONE, SUCH AS THE DISCOVERY SCIENCE AT THE FOREFRONT OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSIC -- HIGH ENERGY AND PARTICLE PHYSICS OR ASTRONOMY OR THE PHYSICS OF ULTRA COLD ATOMS. THESE ARE LED TO NEW TECHNOLOGY, INCLUDING CONSTRUCTION OF ACCELERATORS THAT ENABLE OUR SCIENTISTS TO DISCOVER NEW MATTER. BUT PERHAPS MOST PORNLY, IT'S SUPPORTED THE TRAINING OF SCIENTISTS, MATHEMATICIANS AND ENGINEERS FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS. WE MUST CONTINUE TO DEVELOP THE NEXT GENERATION OF AMERICAN TECHNICAL WORK FORCE. AS OTHER WORLD POWERS ARE GROWING AND CHALLENGING OUR POSITION AS A GLOBAL LEAD FOR THE SCIENCE AND INNOVATION, WE CAN'T AFFORD TO LET THE NUMBER OF AMERICAN SCIENTIST AND RESEARCHERS OR THEIR QUFLTE THEY RESEARCH FACILITIES DIMINISH. FUNDING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT RESULTS IN ONE OF THE HIGHEST RETURN ON INVESTMENTS THAT OUR NATION CAN MAKE. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE CONTINUE TO FULLY SUPPORT FUNDING FOR OUR NATIONAL LABS TO PRESERVE OUR GLOBAL COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE. I'D LIKE TO ALSO DISCUSS THE OFFSET WHICH IS THE -- WHICH IS NASA'S WEAPONS -- THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR.

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  • 07:12:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    EXPIRED. MR. FOSTER: I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT AND I…

    EXPIRED. MR. FOSTER: I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT AND I APPRECIATE -- I YIELD BACK. THE

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  • 07:12:31 PM

    MR. FOSTER

    MY AMENDMENT AND I APPRECIATE -- I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN'S…

    MY AMENDMENT AND I APPRECIATE -- I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT

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  • 07:12:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA SEEK…

    HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:12:42 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    TO THE AMENDMENT. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.…

    TO THE AMENDMENT. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. SIMPSON:

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  • 07:12:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. SIMPSON: I'M CONCERNED THAT THE AMENDMENT PROPOSES…

    FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. SIMPSON: I'M CONCERNED THAT THE AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO SHIFT MONEY FROM DEFENSE TO NONDEFENSE PROGRAMS.

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  • 07:12:50 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO SHIFT MONEY FROM DEFENSE TO NONDEFENSE PROGRAMS.…

    AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO SHIFT MONEY FROM DEFENSE TO NONDEFENSE PROGRAMS. DEFENSE IS A CRITICAL PRIORITY. SHIFTING BETWEEN DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE ALLOCATIONS WOULD HAVE NEGATIVE REPERCUSSIONS ON EVERY BILL BY TRIGGERING THE CAPS THAT TRIGGER SEQUESTRATION. I'D BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN IN THE EVENT WE HAVE ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE SCIENCE PROGRAM IN CONFERENCE. HOWEVER, I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AS WRITTEN AND URGE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD. MR. FOSTER: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT AND APPRECIATE YOUR OBJECTIONS ON THE POINT OF ORDER. THE

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  • 07:13:34 PM

    MR. FOSTER

    AND APPRECIATE YOUR OBJECTIONS ON THE POINT OF ORDER. THE CHAIR: WITHOUT…

    AND APPRECIATE YOUR OBJECTIONS ON THE POINT OF ORDER. THE CHAIR: WITHOUT OBJECTION THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. THE

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  • 07:13:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS WITHDRAWN. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE RISE?

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    THE DESK, DESIGNATED FOSTER NUMBER TWO. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT…

    THE DESK, DESIGNATED FOSTER NUMBER TWO. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT

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  • 07:13:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. FOSTER OF ILLINOIS,…

    THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. FOSTER OF ILLINOIS, PAGE 24, LINE 1, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCED BY $300,000, INCREASED BY $300,000.

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  • 07:13:56 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCED BY $300,000, INCREASED BY $300,000.

  • 07:14:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE…

    GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. MR. FOSTER: I'M PROUD TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT ON BEHALF OF REPRESENTATIVE RUSH HOLT WHO IS, EVEN AS WE SPEAK, BEING HONORED FOR HIS MANY YEARS SERVICE TO SCIENCE, TO CONGRESS AND TO THE CITIZENS OF NEW JERSEY.

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  • 07:14:14 PM

    MR. FOSTER

    TO SCIENCE, TO CONGRESS AND TO THE CITIZENS OF NEW JERSEY. OUR AMENDMENT…

    TO SCIENCE, TO CONGRESS AND TO THE CITIZENS OF NEW JERSEY. OUR AMENDMENT TRANSFERS FUNDS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY OFFICE OF SCIENCE ACCOUNT WITH THE INTENT OF RESTORING THE NATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM, SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS NUF. THE BUDGET REQUEST WOULD ZERO OUT FUNDING FOR NUF WHILE INCREASING FUNDING FOR THE STUDENT UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP PRAM PROGRAM. OUR AMENDMENT WOULD REALLOCATE THE ADDITIONAL FUNDING BACK TO N.U.F. TO ALLOW THE PROGRAM TO CONTINUE. THE ELIMINATION OF N.U.F. WOULD REDUCE THE SLOTS AVAILABLE TO THOSE WISHING TO STUDY PLASMA PHYSICS. THE GOAL OF IT IS TO SUPPORT A VERY SPECIFIC WORK FORCE NEED AND AN ANALYSIS OF THE NUMBERS PROVES THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN REMARKABLY SUCCESSFUL, PARTICULARLY IN ENCOURAGING FEMALE PARTICIPATION IN THE SCIENCES. ACCORDING TO THE DATA, COLLECTED BY PROGRAM ADMINISTRATORS, SINCE 2000, ALMOST THREE QUARTERS OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN N.U.F. ENTERED A DOCTORAL PROGRAM IN PHYSICS OR ENGINEERING, NEARLY HALF STUDIED PLASMA PHYSICS OR RELATED FIELDS. THE PROGRAM SUCCEEDED IN ENCOURAGING WOMEN TO STUDY PLASMA PHYSICS. THE ACADEMY OF PHYSICS HAS A COMPOSITION OF 7% OF WOMEN, YET 51% OF WOMEN PARTICIPATING IN N.U.F. ENTER GRADUATE PROGRAMS. I RESTORE THE BALANCE -- RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. . FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. SIMPSON:

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  • 07:16:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION? MR.…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. SIMPSON: CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION ALTHOUGH I'M NOT OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:16:09 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. SIMPSON

    FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM WITHIN THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE WHICH WAS PROPOSED FOR…

    FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM WITHIN THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE WHICH WAS PROPOSED FOR ELIMINATION. I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE'S PASSION FOR THE GENERAL SCIENCE EDUCATION. HE HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY TO SUPPORT EFFORTS THAT ADVANCE AMERICAN RESEARCH IN THIS AREA. WE HAVE NO ISSUES WITH HIS AMENDMENT, WOULD ENCOURAGE ITS ADOPTION BY VOICE VOTE. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. FOSTER: I THANK

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  • 07:16:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME. MR. FOSTER: I THANK CHAIRMAN SIMPSON AND RANKING MEMBER KAPTUR FOR…

    TIME. MR. FOSTER: I THANK CHAIRMAN SIMPSON AND RANKING MEMBER KAPTUR FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL AND FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:16:40 PM

    MR. FOSTER

    AND RANKING MEMBER KAPTUR FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL AND FOR THEIR…

    AND RANKING MEMBER KAPTUR FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL AND FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. BEFORE I YIELD, I'D LIKE TO READ A SECTION FROM A JUNE 21, 2014, REPORT BY THE FUSION ENERGY SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE WHICH ASSESSED WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT NEEDS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF A WIDE EDUCATION PIPELINE. AND I QUOTE, A COMPLETE PICTURE OF THE SCIENTIFIC WORK FORCE MUST BE UNDERSTOOD IN THE CONTEXT OF THE BROADER EDUCATION PIPELINE. THERE ARE MANY REPORTS THAT DISCUSS THE CHALLENGE OF TRAINING HIGHLY QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS IN THE SO-CALLED STEM, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS, FIELDS. WE BELIEVE THAT A ROBUST WORK FORCE FOR FUSION ENERGY SCIENCES INCLUDES A WIDE PIPELINE THAT STARTS WITH PRE-COLLEGE ACTIVITIES AND ENDS WITH STRONG EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. THIS PIPELINE SHOULD ALSO TAP INTO THE FULL POTENTIAL OF THE AMERICAN POP US WILL WITH OPPORTUNITIES -- POPULOUS WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO ATTRACT GROUPS TRADITIONALLY UNDER-REPRESENTED IN STEM FIELDS. THE ADOPTION OF OUR AMENDMENT TODAY WILL HELP ADDRESS THIS POINT IN PART. BUT WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO STATE OUR OPPOSITION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S PLAN TO REMOVE PRE-COLLEGE SCIENCE EDUCATION ACTIVITIES FROM THEIR MISSION PORTFOLIO. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY LABS PROVIDE WORLD CLASS FACILITIES WHERE STUDENTS AND SCIENTISTS CONDUCT GROUND BREAKING RESEARCH. THESE FACILITIES SHOULD OPERATE BOTH AS HUBS OF INNOVATION AND AS RESEARCH TOOLS TO ENGAGE STUDENTS. WHEN YOUNG STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ARE ABLE TO DIRECTLY ENGAGE WITH OUR NATIONAL LABS, IT INSPIRES AN INTEREST AND A PASSION FOR SCIENCE BEYOND WHAT ANY TAXBOOK OR ONLINE RESOURCE COULD EVER PROVIDE. BOTH REPRESENTIVE HOLT AND I WORKED AT A NATIONAL LAB FOR MANY YEARS BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS AND WE WITNESSED FIRSTHAND HOW A YOUNG STUDENT AND STUDENT TIME SPENT AMONG RESEARCHERS AND EXPERIMENTS CAN INSPIRE A LIFE-LONG INTEREST IN SCIENCE. WE FEAR THAT IN LIMITING EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES ONLY TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THAT WE WILL FURTHER ISOLATE THE PUBLIC FROM IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH THAT IS BEING CONDUCTED IN OUR NATIONAL LABS AND WE DIMINISH SCIENCE EDUCATION IN AMERICA OVERALL. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE

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  • 07:18:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. 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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  • 07:19:05 PM

    THE CLERK

    WASTE DISPOSAL, $150 MILLION.

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    THE CHAIR

    SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 07:19:18 PM

    MS. TITUS

    AMENDMENT 15. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT 15 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD…

    AMENDMENT 15. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT 15 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MS. TITUS OF

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  • 07:19:20 PM

    THE CLERK

    IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MS. TITUS OF NEVADA. THE CHAIR:…

    IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MS. TITUS OF NEVADA. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR

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  • 07:19:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    641, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL…

    641, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA. MS. TITUS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US DIRECTS $150 MILLION TO BE SPENT ON, I QUOTE, ACTIVITIES RELATED TO THE NUCLEAR WASTE POLICY ACT. FOR MY

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  • 07:19:32 PM

    MS. TITUS

    RELATED TO THE NUCLEAR WASTE POLICY ACT. FOR MY CONSTITUENTS IN SOUTHERN…

    RELATED TO THE NUCLEAR WASTE POLICY ACT. FOR MY CONSTITUENTS IN SOUTHERN NEVADA, WE KNOW THAT THAT'S CODE FOR BUILD THE YUCCA MOUNTAIN NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY. AFTER DECADES OF LOSING TIME AND OVER $15 BILLION SQUANDERED ON THIS BOONDOGGLE, THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION RIGHTLY SAID, IT'S TIME FOR A NEW STRATEGY. OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE UNDERSTAND THIS NEED TO TURN THE PAGE, WHICH IS WHY SOME SENATORS INTRODUCED BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT CREATES A NEW SYSTEM FOR THE DISPOSAL OF THE NATION'S NUCLEAR WASTE. UNFORTUNATELY SOME IN THIS BODY STILL BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD FORCE NUCLEAR WASTE CREATED IN THEIR DISTRICTS ON A REGION THAT DOES NOT HAVE A SINGLE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. WHEN STARTED DECADES AGO AS A LAW AUTHORIZING THE STUDY AND SELECTION OF TWO GEOLOGICAL DEPOSITORIES SUITABLE FOR THE PERMANENT STORAGE OF SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL, THIS HAS NOW TRANSFORMED INTO POLITICS AT ITS WORST. WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE SCREW NEVADA BILL IN 1987, WHICH DESIGNATED YUCCA MOUNTAIN AS THE SOLE REPOSITORY FOR THE NATION'S NUCLEAR WASTE, PRIOR TO COMPLETION OF ADEQUATE SCIENTIFIC EVALUATION, THE GOALS SHIFTED FROM HOW TO FIND THE BEST SITE FOR STORAGE TO HOW TO FORCE NEVADA TO TAKE ON THIS WASTE. SCIENCE AND COMMON SENSE BE DAMNED. AS THE YEARS PASSED, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WERE WASTED AND THE MISGUIDED YUCCA PROJECT CHANGED FROM BEING A GEOLOGICAL DEPOSITORY TO A MANMADE STRUCTURE WITH BARRIERS ERECTED TO ATTEMPT TO MITIGATE THE FAULT LINES THAT RUN DIRECTLY UNDER THE MOUNTAIN, THREATENING THE GEOHYDROLOGY OF THE AREA WITH RADIOACTIVE WASTE. THE ORIGINAL PLAN WAS ILL-CONCEIVED AND STUDIES CONDUCTED OVER THE PAST FEW DECADES CLEARLY ILLUSTRATE THE DANGERS AND COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROJECT. UNFORTUNATELY YOU CAN ADD PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO INSTITUTE A NEW NATIONAL NUCLEAR WASTE POLICY TO THE GROWING LIST OF ISSUES THAT CONGRESS HAS NOW FAILED TO ADDRESS. IN THE ABSENCE OF COULD HE HEERNT POLICY, I OFFER THIS -- COHERENT POLICY, I OFFER THIS AMENDMENT TODAY TO USE THE FUNDING APPROPRIATED FOR CARRYING OUT THE FAILED YUCCA MOUNTAIN PLAN TO REDUCE OUR DEFICIT. INSTEAD OF WASTING TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MORE ON AN UNWORKABLE SOLUTION, LET'S INSTEAD MEET OUR OBLIGATIONS TO FUTURE GENERATIONS. AT THE SAME TIME LET US COMMIT TO MOVING FORWARD WITH A NEW POLICY TO ADDRESS THE NATION'S NUCLEAR WASTE. ONE THAT RELIES ON A CONSENT BASE SYSTEM THAT DOES NOT FORCE WASTE ON COMMUNITIES LIKE MINE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT THIS CONGRESS WILL NOT CONTINUE TO GO BACKWARDS, BUT WILL TAKE SERIOUS ACTION TO ADDRESS OUR NATION'S NUCLEAR WASTE POLICY. I WOULD NOW RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE

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  • 07:22:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION -- SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:22:43 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. SIMPSON: I APPRECIATE

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    THE CHAIR

    FIVE MINUTES. MR. SIMPSON: I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S PASSION WITH…

    FIVE MINUTES. MR. SIMPSON: I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S PASSION WITH WHICH SHE SPEAKS ABOUT THAT. I UNDERSTAND

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  • 07:22:46 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    GENTLELADY'S PASSION WITH WHICH SHE SPEAKS ABOUT THAT. I UNDERSTAND IT.…

    GENTLELADY'S PASSION WITH WHICH SHE SPEAKS ABOUT THAT. I UNDERSTAND IT. BUT WHEN SHE SAYS THE FAILED YUCCA MOUNTAIN POLICY, I HAVE TO REMIND YOU THAT YUCCA MOUNTAIN IS THE LAW OF THE LAND. THE POLICY OF THE YUCCA MOUNTAIN HAS NOT FAILED. YUCCA MOUNTAIN HAS NOT FAILED. WHAT HAPPENED IS THAT SOMEONE RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES NEEDED FOUR ELECTORAL VOTES OR FIVE OR HOWEVER MANY IT WAS IN NEVADA, SO THEY PROMISED THE CITIZENS IN NEVADA THEY WOULD SHUT DOWN YUCCA MOUNTAIN. REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE LAW SAID. REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE LAW SAID. AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED. SO WE CAN ARGUE WHETHER YUCCA MOUNTAIN IS THE RIGHT PLACE OR NOT, WE'VE DONE -- I THINK THERE'S BEEN 52 OR 53 STUDIES DONE ON YUCCA MOUNTAIN. IT'S THE MOST STUDIED PIECE OF EARTH ON THIS EARTH. WE KNOW MORE ABOUT IT THAN ANYWHERE ELSE. AND YET FOR POLITICAL REASONS WE HAVE STOPPED, AND IT WILL TRULY BE A $15 BILLION WASTE IF WE DON'T PROCEED. AND WHAT WE DO IN THIS BILL IS TELL THE ADMINISTRATION TO PROCEED WITH FOLLOWING THE LAW. SO I OPPOSE THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT AND I WOULD YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS WHO HAS BEEN AN ADVOCATE AND AN ARDENT SUPPORTER OF THIS FOR MANY YEARS HERE IN CONGRESS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SHIMKUS, THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME. MR. SHIMKUS: I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, AND TO MY FRIENDS FROM NEVADA, I TOO UNDERSTAND THEIR ISSUES OF CONCERN.

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  • 07:24:07 PM

    MR. SHIMKUS

    NEVADA, I TOO UNDERSTAND THEIR ISSUES OF CONCERN. WE LOOK FORWARD TO…

    NEVADA, I TOO UNDERSTAND THEIR ISSUES OF CONCERN. WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM. THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, YOU'VE DONE GREAT WORK. IN 1982, THERE'S BEEN TWO LAWS PASSED, THE NUCLEAR WASTE POLICY ACT OF 1982 AND THE AMENDMENTS OFFERED IN 1987. IT'S THE LAW OF THE LAND. IN FACT, THE FEDERAL COURTS HAVE RULED IN FAVOR OF THE LAW OF THE LAND. THAT'S WHY WE'RE WHERE WE'RE AT TODAY. THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT WOULD SAY, TAKE THE MONEY AWAY FOR FINISHING THE COURT-MANDATED SCIENTIFIC STUDY. SHE EVEN MENTIONED IN HER OPENING COMMENTS THE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. THE FEDERAL COURTS HAVE SAID, D.O.E., FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, FINISH THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY. AND REMEMBER HEMMED -- AND HER AMENDMENT WOULD TAKE THAT MONEY AWAY. WE'RE GOING TO FIND OUT THROUGH THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY THAT THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION IS GOING TO END UP SAYING, THIS IS THE BEST PLACE ON THE PLANET OF THE EARTH FOR LONG-TERM NUCLEAR STORAGE OF WASTE. IT'S GOING TO BE SAFE FOR A MILLION YEARS. AND THAT'S GOING TO COME IF WE REJECT THIS AMENDMENT. BUT IF WE ACCEPT THIS AMENDMENT, IT'S THEIR LAST CHANCE TO PULL MONEY AWAY FROM FINISHING THE COURT-MANDATED SCIENTIFIC STUDY. THAT'S WHAT HER AMENDMENT WOULD DO. SO, LOOK, I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES HERE, THEY DON'T BELIEVE THAT I'M ALL SCIENCE-BASED, BUT ON THIS CASE I AM. WE HAVE AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION THAT'S READY TO FINISH THEIR WORK AND RENDER A DECISION ON WHETHER YUCCA -- AND ALL WE'RE ASKING IS, LET US DO IT. IF THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION SAYS IT'S NOT SAFE, WE'RE DONE. RIGHT, CHAIRMAN? BUT IF THEY SAY IT'S SAFE FOR A MILLION YEARS, I THINK THE FOLKS FROM NEVADA ARE GOING TO SAY, OK, LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS FEASIBLE, LET'S BRING JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. YOU KNOW, THE STATE OF NEVADA CAN'T RELY ON GAMING FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT. BY CLOSING THE YUCCA MOUNTAIN DOWN, YOU'VE LOST HIGH-PAYING FEDERAL JOBS IN THE SCIENTIFIC ARENA AND FOR A STATE THAT HAS SUCH A NEED FOR JOBS AND A DIVERSIFICATION OF ECONOMY, TO REJECT THIS, IT'S REALLY HARD. BUT WE'RE PLEDGING RIGHT HERE, AND THE CHAIRMAN'S HERE ALSO, THAT AS THIS MOVES FORWARD AND WE GET A RENDERED DECISION THAT THIS LOCATION IS SAFE, THAT WE'RE GOING TO WORK WITH THE STATE OF NEVADA TO MAKE SURE THE TRANSPORTATION LOCATION IS SAFE, THAT THE INFRASTRUCTURE IS IN PLACE, THAT THE JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE ECONOMY OCCURS, AND THAT'S WHAT WE PLAN TO DO AND I PLEDGE HERE TODAY MY FULL SUPPORT TO BEING WITH THE STATE OF NEVADA IN JOBS AND GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT AS A DRERS -- AS THEY DIVERSIFY THEIR ECONOMY. YUCCA MOUNTAIN'S ABOUT 90 MILES NORTH -- NORTHEAST OF LAS VEGAS -- MILES NORTHEAST OF LAS VEGAS. IT'S IN THE DESERT, IT'S UNDERNEATH A MOUNTAIN. AND THERE'S NOT A LOT THERE. I'VE BEEN THERE A COUPLE OF TIMES. WE'RE APPRECIATIVE OF THE NUCLEAR HERITAGE OF THE STATE OF NEVADA. THE LAW IS THE LAW OF THE LAND. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW. IT'S TIME THAT WE NOT JETTISON THE $15 BILLION AND 30 YEARS, LET'S FINISH THE PROJECT. MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU'VE DONE. I THINK WE'LL GET A CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT THIS ONE MORE TIME ON AN ADDITIONAL AMENDMENT. I APPRECIATE ALL YOU'VE DONE. WE LOOK FORWARD TO MOVING THIS PROCESS FORWARD SO NOT JUST OUR SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL BUT OUR DEFENSE WASTE HAS A LONG-TERM GEOLOGICALS ARE POWERTORY -- REPOSITORY.

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  • 07:27:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    EXPIRED. MS. TITUS: MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN FOR…

    EXPIRED. MS. TITUS: MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN FOR THE STATE OF NEVADA AND HIS -- AND THE ECONOMY AND INVITE HIM TO COME BACK AGAIN AND SMEND HIS MONEY THERE. I

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  • 07:27:57 PM

    MS. TITUS

    AND HIS -- AND THE ECONOMY AND INVITE HIM TO COME BACK AGAIN AND SMEND HIS…

    AND HIS -- AND THE ECONOMY AND INVITE HIM TO COME BACK AGAIN AND SMEND HIS MONEY THERE. I ALSO -- AND SPEND HIS MONEY THERE. I ALSO APPRECIATE HIS ARGUMENT THAT THIS IS THE LAW OF THE LAND. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS ALSO THE LAW OF THE LAND BUT THAT HASN'T STOPPED THE OTHER SIDE FROM TRYING OVER 50 TIMES TO CHANGE IT. I WOULD NOW YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEVADA, MR. HORSFORD.

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  • 07:28:21 PM

    MR. HORSFORD

    AND A -- AND I COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY…

    AND A -- AND I COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN TITUS FROM DISTRICT ONE, AND AS SHE HAS SO ELOQUENTLY INDICATED AND AS I STAND HERE TODAY AS THE REPRESENTATIVE WHO ACTUALLY HAS YUCCA MOUNTAIN IN MY DISTRICT, FIRST AND FOREMOST WE SHOULD PROBABLY START PRONOUNCING OUR STATE THE WAY THE PEOPLE IN OUR STATE PRONOUNCE IT WHICH IS NEVADA, NOT NEVADA. WE SHOULD START BY RECOGNIZING THAT THE PEOPLE OF NEVADA HOLD DEAR TO WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO OUR STATE. I OPPOSE EFFORTS TO FUND THE YUCCA MOUNTAIN NUCLEAR WASTE PROJECT. ANY AVENUES FOR THE ACTIVATION OF THIS PROJECT SHOULD BE BLOCKED. POTENTIAL FUNDING FOR THE STORAGE OF NUCLEAR WASTE AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN SHOULD BE PUT TO BETTER USE, WHETHER IT IS TO REDUCE OUR DEFICIT OR FUND OTHER ESSENTIAL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS. NUCLEAR STORAGE AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN IS A FAILED AND UNWORKABLE PROPOSAL. THERE ARE INVESTMENTS THAT WE HAVE MADE IN YUCCA MOUNTAIN ALREADY, AS MY COLLEAGUE HAS SAID, SOME $15 BILLION, AND WE SHOULD FIND AN APPROPRIATE ALTERNATIVE USE FOR THIS SITE. BUT AS IT STANDS, THIS IS A PROJECT THAT HAS BEEN FLAWED FROM THE START AND IT REMAINS FLAWED TODAY. THIS ISN'T ABOUT ONE POLITICAL PARTY OR ANOTHER. OUR STATE HAS WORKED ACROSS THE AISLE FOR DECADES, FROM OUR GOVERNOR, WHO IS A REPUBLICAN --

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  • 07:30:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAS EXPIRED. MR. HORSFORD: TO OTHERS. SO THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE.…

    HAS EXPIRED. MR. HORSFORD: TO OTHERS. SO THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. THIS IS

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  • 07:30:07 PM

    MR. HORSFORD

    A PARTISAN ISSUE. THIS IS A STATES' RIGHTS ISSUE AND THE PEOPLE OF NEVADA…

    A PARTISAN ISSUE. THIS IS A STATES' RIGHTS ISSUE AND THE PEOPLE OF NEVADA REJECT YOU STORING YOUR NUCLEAR WASTE IN OUR BACKYARD. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION

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  • 07:30:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA. THOSE IN FAVOR…

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

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  • 07:30:33 PM

    MS. TITUS

    DOES THE GENTLELADY ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE?

  • 07:30:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE?

  • 07:30:39 PM

    MS. TITUS

    BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL

  • 07:30:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL READ. THE…

    BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL READ. THE CLERK: PAGE 24, LINE 22, ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECT AGENCY, ENERGY, $280 MILLION. TITLE

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  • 07:30:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    RESEARCH PROJECT AGENCY, ENERGY, $280 MILLION. TITLE 17, INNOVATIVE…

    RESEARCH PROJECT AGENCY, ENERGY, $280 MILLION. TITLE 17, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY -- THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL RU SPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES

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    THE CHAIR

    SPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK…

    SPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    PAGE 24, LINE 5, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $20 MILLION.…

    PAGE 24, LINE 5, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $20 MILLION. PAGE 26, LINE 24RK AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCED BY $20 MILLION.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE…

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

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  • 07:31:32 PM

    MR. SCHIFF

    ENERGY, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS ARPA-E. THE BILL PROVIDES $280 MILLION FOR…

    ENERGY, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS ARPA-E. THE BILL PROVIDES $280 MILLION FOR ARPA-E, $245 MILLION LESS THAN THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST. IT ALSO REMITS LESS THAN HALF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE COMMITTEE MARK AND THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST, WITH THE INCREASE OFFSET BY A REDUCTION IN THE DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATIVE ACCOUNT. AT THE OUTSET, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE FOR THE LEVEL FUNDING PROVIDED TO ARPA-E THIS YEAR, A SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT OVER LAST YEAR'S HOUSE MARK WHICH CUT THE PROGRAM BY 80%. HOWEVER, I THINK THAT RATHER THAN PROVIDING FLAT FUNDING, WE SHOULD BE STEPPING UP OUR COMMITMENT TO POTENTIALLY GAME-CHANGE REGULAR SEARCH PROGRAM AND THAT'S WHAT MY AMENDMENT DOES. THIS IS A VERY MODEST INVESTMENT FOR AN AGENCY WHOSE WORK IS HELPING TO RESHAPE OUR ECONOMY. WHILE THE AMENDMENT WOULD LEAVE US STILL SHORT OF WHERE THE FUNDING SHOULD BE AND WHERE IT IS IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, PASSING IT WOULD SEND A STRONG SIGNAL THAT THERE'S BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THIS KIND OF RESEARCH. LAST YEAR, I OFFERED A SIMILAR AMENDMENT TO RESTORE FUNDING TO ARPA-E IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2014 ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS ACT WHICH WAS ADOPTED BY A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE. IT STARTED IN 2009 -- STARTING IN 2009, AR PA SEMBINGS ARES. -- REVOLUTIONARY PROGRAM WHICH RECOGNIZES HIGH IMPACT TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE TOO EARLY FOR PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT. ARPA-E PROJECTS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO RADICALLY IMPROVE ECONOMIC SECURITY, NATIONAL SECURITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL WELL BEING. ARPA-E EMPOWERS AMERICA'S RESEARCHERS WITH FUNDING, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND READINESS. AR PA SEMBINGS MODELED AFTER THE DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECT, DAR PA WHICH PRODUCED GROUND BREAKING PROJECTERS IN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND THE NATION, MOST NOTABLY THE INTERNET ITSELF. A KEY ELEMENT IS THAT MANAGERS ARE LIMITED TO FIXED TERMS SO NEW BLOOD CONTINUOUSLY REVITALIZES THE RESEARCH PORTFOLIO. AS WE CUT SPENDING TO RETURN THE BUDGET TO BALANCE, WE MUST NOT WEAKEN THOSE PROGRAMS THAT ARE VITAL TO OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE AND NATIONAL SECURITY AND AR PA SEMBINGS JUST SUCH AN AGENCY. EVEN IF WE CAN'T MAKE THE INVESTMENT THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS CALLED FOR IN HIS BUDGET LET'S MAKE SURE WE DON'T HINDER AN AGENCY THAT'S POINTING THE WAY TO A MORE ENERGY SECURE FUTURE. ENERGY IS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE, IT'S AN ECONOMIC IMPERATIVE, IT'S A HEALTH CONCERN AND IT'S AN ENVIRONMENTAL NECESSITY. INVESTING WISELY IN THIS TYPE OF RESEARCH GOING ON IN AR PA SEMBINGS EXACTLY THE DIRECTION WE SHOULD BE GOING AS A NATION. WE WANT TO LEAD THE ENERGY REVOLUTION, WE DON'T WANT TO SEE THIS ADVANTAGE GO TO CHINA OR ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD. IF WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT STAYING IN THE FOREFRONT OF THE ENERGY REVOLUTION, WE MUST CONTINUE TO FULLY INVEST IN THE KIND OF CUTTING EDGE WORK THAT ARPA-E REPRESENTS. BY PROVIDING THE FUNDING I'M RECOMMENDING TODAY, WE'LL SEND A CLEAR SIGNAL OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF OUR INTENT TO REMAIN WORLD LEADERS IN ENERGY. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION? MR.…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. SIMPSON: I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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    MR. SIMPSON

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    THE CHAIR

    SIMPSON: I RISE TODAY TO RELUCTANTLY, AND I DO MEAN RELUCTANTLY, OPPOSE…

    SIMPSON: I RISE TODAY TO RELUCTANTLY, AND I DO MEAN RELUCTANTLY, OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. IT

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    MR. SIMPSON

    AND I DO MEAN RELUCTANTLY, OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. IT WOULD INCREASE FUNDING…

    AND I DO MEAN RELUCTANTLY, OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. IT WOULD INCREASE FUNDING FOR ARPA-E BY $20 MILLION USING FUNDS FROM THE DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION AS AN OFFSET. I SHARE MY COLLEAGUE'S SUPPORT FOR ADVANCED RESEARCH. THAT'S WHY THE BILL BEFORE US ALREADY PROVIDES $280 MILLION FOR ARPA-E. THAT'S THE HIGHEST FUNDING LEVEL THE AGENCY HAS EVER RECEIVED IN AN ANNUAL APPROPRIATION EQUAL TO LAST YEAR'S. WITH ALL FUNDING GOING TO FULLY FUND NEW PROJECTS OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS. PUT ANOTHER WAY THIS BILL FUNDS ARPA-E AT $210 MILLION MORE THAN LAST YEAR'S HOUSE WILL DID. THIS IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF FUNDING ARPA-E RECEIVE. IN ADDITION THE BILL FULLY FUNDS ARPA-E'S TO SUPPORT THE MOST PROMISING NEW TECHNOLOGIES OUT THERE HOWEVER WE STILL HAVE TO WORK WITHIN OUR OVERALL BUDGET ALLOCATION AND WE MUST ABIDE BY OUR ALLOCATION. THOUGH I'M SIMP AT THE TOIK REDUCING THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT WE CANNOT SUPPORT TAKE $20 MILLION FROM THE DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION THIS WOULD DO MORE THAN JUST TRIM THE FAT BEYOND WHAT IS SIMPLY WASTEFUL AND INEFFECTIVE, IT WOULD SLASH FUNDING THAT WOULD RESULT IN 143 PEOPLE BEING LAID OFF WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. THESE ARE JOB REAL IMPACTS ON FAMILIES. THEREFORE I MUST OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN IS

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    THE CHAIR

    BACK. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SCHIFF

    APPRECIATE HIS OPPOSITION. I APPRECIATE HIS RELUCTANCE EVEN MORE THAN HIS…

    APPRECIATE HIS OPPOSITION. I APPRECIATE HIS RELUCTANCE EVEN MORE THAN HIS OPPOSITIONISM KNOW THE CHAIRMAN HAS A LARGE FAN COMPANY IN HIS DISTRICT, HE'S VERY PROUD OF AND JUSTIFIABLY SO. THOSE BIG FANS NEED ENERGY, MR. CHAIRMAN. THEY NEED A GOOD, EFFICIENT ENERGY AND AR PA SEMBINGS JUST THE KIND OF -- AND ARPA-E IS JUST THE KIND OF AGENCY TO DELIVER THAT ARPA-E AS OUR OWN COMMITTEE REPORT NOTES SUPPORTS RESEARCH AIMED AT RAPIDLY DEVELOPING ENERGY TECHNOLOGY WHOSE DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIALIZATION IS STILL TOO RISKY TO ATTRACT SUFFICIENT PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT BUT ARE CAPABLE OF SIGNIFICANTLY CHANGING THE ENERGY SECTOR TO ADDRESS OUR CRITICAL ECONOMIC AND ENERGY SECURITY CHALLENGES. THAT'S AN EXCELLENT DESCRIPTION OF ARPA-E. BY PROVIDING ROBUST FUND, WE CAN HELP THIS VITAL AGENCY CONTINUE WORKING ON A WIDE RANGE OF PROGRAMS THAT WILL BENEFIT THE UNITED STATES BOTH IN THE SHORT-TERM AND FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. THESE PROGRAMS INCLUDE IMPROVEMENTS IN PETROLEUM REFINING PROCESSES, HEATING AND COOLING TECHNOLOGIES WITH EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH EFFICIENCY AND TRANSPORTATION FUEL ALTERNATIVES TO GREATLY REDUCE OUR DEPENDENCE ON IMPORTED OIL. MY COLLEAGUE NEED NOT BE SO RELUCTANT. HE CAN JOIN IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. AGAIN, IT WOULD BASICALLY SPLIT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHERE THE BILL IS NOW AND WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS ASKED FOR. IT'S A LITTLE LESS THAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO. BUT OUR COMPETITIVENESS IN THIS GLOBAL ECONOMY WHERE WE HAVE TO COMPETE WITH LABOR THAT COSTS A FRACTION OF WHAT AMERICAN WORKERS COST, DEPENDS ON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. WE DON'T WANT TO GET IN A RACE TO THE BOTTOM WITH THE DEVELOPING WORLD ON WHAT WE PAY OUR WORKERS. THAT MEANS WE HAVE TO REMAIN MOST PRODUCTIVE IN THE WORLD. THIS IS AN AGENCY THAT HELPS US DO ITISM URBLING SUPPORT FOR THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE

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    THE CHAIR

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

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN 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. MR. SCHIFF: I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEED THONINGS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONE.

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    MR. SCHIFF

    18, FURTHER PROCEED THONINGS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    18, FURTHER PROCEED THONINGS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONE.

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    THE CHAIR

    18, FURTHER PROCEED THONINGS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    18, FURTHER PROCEED THONINGS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONE.

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  • 07:38:42 PM

    THE CLERK

    TITLE 17, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM. SUM DECEMBER RIVED…

    TITLE 17, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM. SUM DECEMBER RIVED FROM AMOUNTS RECEIVED FROM BORROWERS PURSUANT TO THE ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005. ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY VEHICLES MANUFACTURING LOAN PROGRAM, $4 MILLION, TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2016. CLEAN COAL TECHNOLOGY, $6,600,000. DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION, $255,175,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2016. THE CHAIR: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:39:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. KAPTUR

    WORD. I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. SORRY.

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    THE CHAIR

    REMINORITY AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    PAGE 26, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCED BY $1 MILLION,…

    PAGE 26, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCED BY $1 MILLION, INCREASED BY $1 MILLION.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO AND A MEMBER…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    THIS EVENING ON VERY IMPORTANT OFFICIAL BUSINESS. THE AMENDMENT IS ON PAGE…

    THIS EVENING ON VERY IMPORTANT OFFICIAL BUSINESS. THE AMENDMENT IS ON PAGE 26 OF THE 60-PAGE BILL AND IT REPROGRAMS FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION TO INCREASE SUPPORT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PROGRAM ACT TIFFITIES BY $1 MILLION OFFSET BY A REDUCTION OF LIKE AMOUNT IN FUNDING FOR DEPARTMENTAL CORPORATE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM. THE AMENDMENT INCREASES FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT AND THE PROGRAM IS AN ESSENTIAL TOOL IN THE DEPARTMENT'S EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF LOW INCOME AND MINORITY COMMUNITIES AS WELL AS THE ENVIRONMENT AT LARGE. 20 YEARS AGO, WHEN PRESIDENT CLINTON ISSUED EXECUTIVE ORDER 12898 THAT DIRECTED FEDERAL AGENCIES TO IDENTIFY AND ADDRESS DISPROPORTIONATELY HIGH IMPACTS ON HUMAN HEALTH ON LOW INCOME AND MINORITY POPULATIONS, AMERICA WALKED TOWARD A NEW HORIZON AND WE BEGAN TOWNS THAT A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT SUSTAINS A PRODUCTIVE AND HEALTHY COMMUNITY WHICH FOSTERS PERSONAL AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. MAINTAINING FUNDS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE THAT GO TO HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, MINORITY SERVING INSTITUTIONS, TRIBAL COLLEGES AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS IS IMPERATIVE TO PROTECTING SUSTAINABILITY AND GROWTH OF THE COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENT. THE FUNDING OF THESE PROGRAMS IS VITAL TO ENSURING THAT MINORITY GROUPS ARE NOT PLACED AT A DISADVANTAGE WHEN IT COMES TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE CONTINUED PRESERVATION OF THEIR HOME. IT IS AMAZING TO GO THROUGH SOME OF THESE COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS ACROSS OUR COUNTRIED ON TO LOOK AT ISSUES LIKE LEAD-BASED PAINT OR IMPORTANTLY DUMPS FROM PRIOR DECADES THAT HAVE BEEN COVERED OVER BUT ARE LEACHING EVERYTHING FROM LOW LEVEL RAID Y -- RADIOACTIVE WASTE TO TOXIC POLLUTANT THAT WAS BEEN BURIED THERE FOR YEARS AND PEOPLE ARE LIVING RIGHT NEXT DOOR, SOMETIMES ON TOP OF, THE THESE SITUATIONS, IT'S UNBELIEVE NBLE HIGHWAY, IT IS AMAZING HOW MANY TOXIC SITES HAVE TO BE CLEANED UP AND IT'S NOT THE ONLY PLACE. IF YOU LOOK AT MAPS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY OF AIN TENDED ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUPS IT IS STAGGERING AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO SEE WHO LIVES ON TOP OF OR NEXT DOOR TO THESE PLACES. THROUGH EDUCATION ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, WE CAN PROMOTE A BROADER UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE AND HOW CITIZENS COULD IMPROVE THEIR OWN SURROUNDINGS. AMERICA HAS TO BEHAVE DIFFERENTLY IN 20 -- DIFFERENTLY IN 2014 THAN WE DID IN 1900 OR 1950 OR 1980. FUNDS THAT WOULD BE AWARDED TO THIS IMPORTANT CAUSE WOULD INCREASE YOUTH INVOLVEMENT IN STEM FIELDS AND PROMOTE CLEAN ENERGY, WEATHERIZATION, CLEANUP AND WOULD PROVIDE PROTECTION TO OUR MOST VULNERABLE GROUPS. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES BETTER ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY FOR UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES AND TOGETHER THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND AGRICULTURE HAVE DISTRIBUTED OVER 5,000 COMPUTERS TO MANY OF THESE LOW INCOME POPULATIONS. THE COMMUNITY LEADERS INSTITUTE IS ANOTHER VITAL COMPONENT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PROGRAM. IT ENSURES THOSE IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND CAN THEREFORE MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS. THESE PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN EXPANDED TO BETTER SERVE NATIVE AMERICANS AND ALASKA NATIVES, CREATING A PRIME EXAMPLE OF HOW VARIOUS OTHER MINORITY GROUPS CAN BE ASSISTED AS WELL. THROUGH COMMUNITY EDUCATION EFFORTS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS HAVE ALSO BENEFITED BY LEARNING ABOUT RADIATION, RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT AND OTHER RELATED SUBJECTS. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY PLACES INTERNS AND VOLUNTEERS FROM MINORITY INSTITUTIONS INTO ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAMS. AND THE DEPARTMENT ALSO WORKS TO INCREASE LOW INCOME AND MINORITY ACCESS TO STEM FIELDS AND HELPS STUDENTS ATAIN GRADUATE DEDEGREES AS WELL AS FIND EMPLOYMENT. SINCE 2002, THE TRIBAL ENERGY PROGRAM HAS ALSO FUNDED 175 ENERGY PROJECTS AMOUNTING TO OVER $41.8 MILLION TO HELP TRIBES INVEST IN RENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY. WITH THE CONTINUATION OF THIS KIND OF FUNDING WE CAN PROVIDE CLEAN ENERGY OPTIONS TO OUR MOST UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES AND HELP IMPROVE THEIR ENVIRONMENT, YIELDING BETTER HEALTH OUTCOMES AND GREATER PUBLIC AWARENESS. IN FISCAL YEAR 2013, THE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PROGRAM WAS NOT FUNDED FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014, WE ASK THAT MONEY BE APPROPRIATED FOR THE CONTINUATION OF THIS VITAL INITIALTIVE. WE MUST HELP OUR LOW INCOME AND MINORITY COMMUNITIES AND ENSURE EQUALITY FOR THOSE WHO ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE. I ASK OUR COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME AND SPORT THE KAPTUR AMENDMENT WHICH IS THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PROGRAM. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    EXPIRED. THE

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    THE CLERK

    OPPORTUNITIES TO REDUCE FUNDING FOR ACTIVITIES THAT ARE NOT ESSENTIAL TO…

    OPPORTUNITIES TO REDUCE FUNDING FOR ACTIVITIES THAT ARE NOT ESSENTIAL TO MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE MET. ASSURING

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    THE CHAIR

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE…

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE MET. ASSURING

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    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE…

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE MET. ASSURING

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    THE CHAIR

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE…

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE MET. ASSURING

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    THE CLERK

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE…

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE MET. ASSURING

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    THE CHAIR

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE…

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE MET. ASSURING

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  • 07:46:15 PM

    MR. QUIGLEY

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE…

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE MET. ASSURING

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  • 07:49:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE…

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE MET. ASSURING

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  • 07:49:50 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE…

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE MET. ASSURING

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    THE CHAIR

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE…

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE MET. ASSURING

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  • 07:49:53 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE…

    MAINTAINING THE STOCKPILE WHILE MAKE SURE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS ARE MET. ASSURING FUNDING FOR MODERNIZATION OF OUR NUCLEAR WEAPONS STOCKPILE IS CRITICAL -- IS A CRITICAL NATIONAL SECURITY PRIORITY IN THIS BILL. THIS INCLUDES THE FULL $17 MILLION IN THE BILL TO INITIATE EARLY STUDIES FOR A CRUISE MISSILE WAR HEAD LIFE EXTENSION PROGRAM, $7.6 MILLION ABOVE THE BUDGET REQUEST. THE ADDITIONAL FUNDING IS A MODEST AMOUNT THAT WILL ENSURE AN APPROPRIATE SET OF ALTERNATIVES IS BEING CONSIDERED AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS AND I WOULD YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA,

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  • 07:50:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ROGERS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I

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    MR. ROGERS

    AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT…

    AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE STRATEGIC FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE, I'M DEEPLY FAMILIAR WITH OUR NUCLEAR FORCES. IN THIS CASE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE LONG RANGE -- TALKING ABOUT THE LONG RANGE STANDOFF WEAPON WHICH IS THE REPLACEMENT FOR THE EXISTING AIR LAUNCH CRUISE MISSILE. THE FLEET OF EXISTING OUTCOMES ARE OLD AND THEIR RELIABILITY IS DECLINING. WE HAVE HEARD DIRECTLY FROM THE U.S. STRATEGIC COMMAND THAT THEY ARE WELL PASSED THEIR SERVICE LIFE AND HAVE MILITARY EFFECTIVENESS CONCERNS. PROJECTED ADVERSARY DEFENSE IMPROVEMENTS WILL EFFECT ITS EFFECTIVENESS EVEN MORE AND THIS IS A WEAPONS SYSTEM WE'RE PLANNING TO SUSTAIN UNTIL 2030. WE NEED TO START DEVELOPMENT OF THE NUCLEAR WAR HEAD FOR THIS LRSO NEXT YEAR, TO MEET THE 2030 DEPLOYMENT DATE. I HAVE A LETTER FROM THE UNDERSECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR ACQUISITIONS, TECHNOLOGY AND LOGISTICS STATING, QUOTE, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS ESTABLISHED A MILITARY REQUIREMENT FOR A NUCLEAR-CAPABLE STANDOFF CRUISE MISSILE FOR THE BOMBER LEAGUE OF THE U.S.TRIED A, CLOSED QUOTE. THERE'S A CLEAR U.S. MILITARY REQUIREMENT FOR LRSO, PRESERVING LONG RANGE CRUISE MISSILE CAPABILITIES IS A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF THE U.S. STRATEGIC AND EXTENDED DE TERRENCE STRATEGIES. GRAPHICITY BOMBS AND CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS CANNOT PROVIDE THE SAME DETERRENCE AND DEFENSE EFFECTS. THERE IS A CLEAR NATIONAL SECURITY IMPERATIVE FOR LRSO. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES STRONGLY TO VOTE NO. I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS --

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    THE CHAIR

    OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS -- DOES HE HAVE ANY TIME LEFT? THE GENTLEMAN…

    OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS -- DOES HE HAVE ANY TIME LEFT? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. QUIGLEY: I ASK YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO FOR 30 SECONDS.

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  • 07:52:29 PM

    MR. QUIGLEY

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO FOR 30 SECONDS.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. IT SIMPLY REDUCES THE STUDY FOR THE LONG RANGE…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. IT SIMPLY REDUCES THE STUDY FOR THE LONG RANGE STANDOFF MISSILE TO THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST. GIVEN THE NATIONAL SECURITY -- THE NUCLEAR SECURITY AGENCY'S DISMAL RECORD ON BOTH LIFE EXTENSION PROJECTS AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, COST OVERRUNS LIKE WE HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE, I THINK IT'S WISE TO TAKE CONSIDERED APPROACH TO ANY NEW SYSTEM AND NEW NEW STUDY. I SUPPORT THE -- ANY NEW STUDY. I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO FOLLOW ME IN THIS EFFORT. SUPPORT THE QUIGLEY AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 07:53:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZED. MR. QUIGLEY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE NNSA HAS…

    RECOGNIZED. MR. QUIGLEY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE NNSA HAS A TOUGH ENOUGH JOB AS IT IS DEVELOPING NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND HANDLING AND RESTORING THE WEAPONS THAT WE ALREADY HAVE.

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  • 07:53:12 PM

    MR. QUIGLEY

    JOB AS IT IS DEVELOPING NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND HANDLING AND RESTORING THE…

    JOB AS IT IS DEVELOPING NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND HANDLING AND RESTORING THE WEAPONS THAT WE ALREADY HAVE. WE HAVE TO MAKE CHOICES HERE. THIS IS A WEAPON THAT WON'T BE NEEDED UNTIL THE 2030'S, IF IT IS NEEDED AT ALL. THEY DON'T NEED ADDITIONAL MONEY BEYOND THAT WHICH IS REQUESTED. I URGE A YES VOTE. AND I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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  • 07:53:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RECORDED VOTE.

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    MR. QUIGLEY

    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 ILLINOIS WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL

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  • 07:53:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS WILL BE POSTPONED.…

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 07:53:50 PM

    THE CLERK

    NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION, $1,592,156,000.

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    THE CHAIR

    SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA SEEK…

    SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE CLERK CL WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. FORTENBERRY OF

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  • 07:54:13 PM

    THE CLERK

    NEBRASKA. PAGE 29, LINE 2, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDULESED BY…

    NEBRASKA. PAGE 29, LINE 2, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDULESED BY $25 MILLION. INCREASED BY $5 MILLION. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR

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  • 07:54:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL…

    RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA. MR. FORTENBERRY: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FIRST, I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN SIMPSON AND RANKING MEMBER KAPTUR FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I'M A PROUD MEMBER

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  • 07:54:31 PM

    MR. FORTENBERRY

    AND RANKING MEMBER KAPTUR FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I'M A PROUD…

    AND RANKING MEMBER KAPTUR FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I'M A PROUD MEMBER OF THIS SUBCOMMITTEE. THEIR WORK IS QUITE REMARKABLE AND IT'S ONE OF THE SUBCOMMITTEES THAT TRIES TO ACHIEVE A HARMONIOUS BALANCE OF BIPARTISANSHIP IN A VERY DIFFICULT AND DIVIDED ENVIRONMENT. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT. MR. CHAIRMAN, MOST AMERICANS MAY NOT REALIZE EVEN THOUGH THIS IS AN ENERGY AND WATER BILL, THERE ARE IMPORTANT COMPONENTS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BURIED WITHIN THIS BILL. THERE ARE NONPROLIFERATION REGIMENT BY WHICH WE HELPED SECURE FIZZLE MATERIALS AND THE TECHNOLOGY THAT COULD POTENTIALLY GO WITH THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS CAPABILITY AND IT FALLING INTO THE HASN'TS OF THE WRONG PEOPLE -- HANDS OF THE WRONG PEOPLE. THIS IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT WORK. NOW, MY AMENDMENT SEEKS TO MOVE $25 MILLION FROM THE MIXED OXIDE FUEL PROGRAM AND MOVE IT INTO THE DEFENSE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION ACCOUNTS, SUCH AS THE GLOBAL THREAT REDUCTION INITIATIVE AND OTHER SIMILAR ACCOUNTS. THE REASON I'M OFFERING THIS IS I AM VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE MIX OXIDE, THE MOX, FUEL PROGRAM. SO IS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. SO IS THE ADMINISTRATION. SO IS OUR COMMITTEE. EVERYONE IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL VIABILITY OF THIS PROGRAM IN WHICH WE'VE ALREADY SPENT $4 BILLION OF TAXPAYER MONEY ON. NOW, THIS BILL CURRENTLY CALLS FOR ABOUT $350 MILLION TO BE SPENT. THE JUDGMENT OF THE COMMITTEE IS THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO DO THIS, TO PUT IT ON WHAT I CALL A READY STANDBY PHASE. SO THAT IF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY CAN COME BACK TO US AND TELL US THAT M-OX HAS SOME VIABILITY IN THE FUTURE, THAT WE WILL BE READY TO MOVE IT FORWARD WITHOUT SPENDING ENORMOUS NEW AMOUNTS OF MONEY VERSUS WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS SUGGESTING IN TERMS OF PUTTING IT INTO COLD STORAGE. IF THEY DETERMINE IT IS VIABLE, THEN WE WOULD HAVE TO SPEND A LOT MORE TO RAMP IT UP. IF IT IS NOT DETERMINED TO BE VIABLE, THEN THE COLD STORAGE ROUTE MAY HAVE BEEN THE MORE PRUDENT THING TO DO. WHICH AS I RECALL THE ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO SPEND ABOUT $175 MILLION, IF I HAVE THAT CORRECT, ON THE MIX OXIDE FUEL PLANT. THIS CAUSES A REAL DILEMMA FOR ME BECAUSE, AGAIN, WE'VE GOT A SITUATION IN WHICH OUR OTHER ACCOUNTS IN THE NONPROLIFERATION AREA ARE COMING DOWN. SO WHAT IT WOULD SEEM TO ME PRUDENT, IF I WAS MAKING THIS DECISION ON MY OWN, TO ACTUALLY MOVE SOME MONEY FROM AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE ON THE MIX OXIDE FUEL REGIMENT INTO THE NONPROLIFERATION ACCOUNTS SUCH AS THE GLOBAL THREAT REDUCTION INITIATIVE. HOWEVER, ONE MORE CAVEAT. ON OUR NONPROLIFERATION REDUCTION INITIATIVES, THERE IS ALSO SOME UNCERTAINTY AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY CAN ABSORB THE CAPACITY OF NEW MONEY. IT'S NOT CLEAR ON HOW WE WOULD APPLY THAT. SO THERE IS SOME SIGNIFICANT DYNAMICS HERE THAT I THINK LEND ITSELF TO FURTHER CONSIDERATION . NOW, I'M VERY GRATEFUL TO THE CHAIRMAN IN HEARING ME OUT, HAVING HEARD THESE CONCERNS WHEN WE WERE DEBATING THIS ON THE COMMITTEE, AS WELL AS THE RANKING MEMBER'S SENSITIVITY TO THESE WHOLE DYNAMICS. I WOULD SIMPLY ASK, I'M GOING TO WITHDRAW THIS AMENDMENT, I WOULD ASK THAT AS WE ARE MOVING FORWARD, NOT IN THE NEXT YEAR, BUT IN THIS NEXT FEW WEEKS, AS WE COMPLETE THESE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS, THAT WE URGE THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO GIVE US SOME CLARITY ABOUT THE REAL TRAJECTORY OF THE MIX OXIDE FUEL, THE M ON OX PROGRAM -- M-ON X PROGRAM. AND IF WE DETERMINE THE FUTURE'S NOT VIABLE, WE NEED TO STOP WASTING MONEY NOW. WE NEED TO PULL IT INTO OTHER AREAS THAT MAKE MORE SENSE, THAT ARE HIGHER PUBLIC GOODS, THAT HELP STOP THE PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND THEIFY SILE MATERIALS THAT WOULD GO INTO THEM. THIS IS NOT A SIMPLE POLICY DEBATE, I GET THAT. WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE JUDGMENT CALLS WITH A LACK OF INFORMATION HERE. BUT IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IF YOU'RE PRIORITIZING SOMETHING, IT'S THE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION INITIATIVES AND REFRAMING THAT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. IT'S TIME THAT WE DO THAT. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY HAS SUGGESTED TO US THAT THEY ARE READY TO WORK HAND IN GLOVE WITH US ON THINKING THROUGH A DYNAMIC NEW ROBUST POLICY FOR NONPROLIFERATION. WITH THAT I'M GOING TO -- I WOULD HOPE THAT THE CHAIRMAN WILL GIVE A CENT TO MY REQUEST AND CONTINUE TO WORK AGGRESSIVELY WITH ME ON HOW WE CREATIVELY CONSTRUCT THIS MOVING FORWARD.

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  • 07:59:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    WAY IN WHICH THE GENTLEMAN IS ADDRESSING TWO VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES. THE…

    WAY IN WHICH THE GENTLEMAN IS ADDRESSING TWO VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES. THE COMMITTEE HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT HASN'T YET TOLD US WHAT THEIR OPTION IS IF M-OX WERE TO CLOSE DOWN. WE'RE ASKING FOR REAL COST ESTIMATES. THERE'S DIFFERENCES OF OPINION ABOUT WHAT THE COST ESTIMATES FOR THE LIFE CYCLE OF M-OX ARE. AND SO WE'VE ASKED FOR FURTHER CLARIFICATION. AND AS THE GENTLEMAN RIGHTLY STATED, IF WE PUT IT IN COLD STANDBY, AND THE DECISION IS TO PROCEED WITH M-OX FROM THE DEPARTMENT, IT'S GOING TO COST US MUCH MORE TO BRING IT BACK UP. WHICH IS WHY WE HAVE CHOSEN THE PATH THAT WE'VE CHOSEN. AND THE GENTLEMAN IS ALSO CORRECT THAT I'M SUPPORTIVE AND I THINK MY RANKING MEMBER IS ALSO. IN FACT I THINK MOST OF THE MEMBERS ON OUR SUBCOMMITTEE, NONPROLIFERATION IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. THE QUESTION IS, CAN THE COMMITTEE OR CAN THE DEPARTMENT SPEND $25 MILLION MORE AND WHAT WILL WE GET FOR THAT? AND I WANT TO WORK WITH YOU TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE DOING THE RIGHT THING AND THE INTELLIGENT THING IN BOTH ARENAS. SO I APPRECIATE THE ATTITUDE THAT THE GENTLEMAN IS DISPLAYING IN THIS AND I KNOW THERE ARE A COUPLE OF INDIVIDUALS WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK FOR A MOMENT SO I'D YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF. . MR.

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  • 08:00:38 PM

    MR. WILSON

    LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS BILL BEFORE US TODAY AND I APPRECIATE THE…

    LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS BILL BEFORE US TODAY AND I APPRECIATE THE CONGRESSMAN FROM NEBRASKA AND HIS INTEREST IN THE GLOBAL THREAT, REDUCTION INITIATIVE. IT'S VERY WORTHY. BUT I WANT TO POINT OUT I'M VERY GRATEFUL THAT THE M.O.X. FACILITY IS LOATHED IN A DISTRICT THAT I REPRESENT AND IT IS PART OF THE SAVANNAH RIVER SITE AND I REPRESENT A PORTION OF THE SITE AND SO DOES JIM CLYBURN. THIS IS REALLY BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF THE M.O.X. FACILITY. THIS FACILITY IS REALLY CRUCIAL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP AND VERY CRUCIAL TO FULFILL THE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION AGREEMENT THAT WE HAVE WITH THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION. THE SITE AND IT'S OVER 60% COMPLETED. $3.9 BILLION HAS BEEN SPENT. THE SITE HAS SUCH A POSITIVE IMPACT BY REDUCING WHAT IS ALREADY THERE, 34 METRIC TONS OF WEAPONS-GRADE PLUTONIUM AND MADE INTO GREEN FUEL. THIS IS FOR NUCLEAR PRODUCTION FOR OUR COUNTRY. ADDITIONALLY, IT WILL FULFILL THE AGREEMENT THAT WE HAVE WITH THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION TO DO WITH WEAPONS-GRADE PLUTONIUM AND WILL ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO THE SAME. THIS IS PROVEN TECHNOLOGY. THERE HAS BEEN A FACILITY BUILT IN FRANCE ALREADY THAT HAS PROVIDED -- THAT THIS WILL WORK. AND OTHER THINGS, WE HAVE ASKED NOR A STUDY THAT IT'S VERY CLEAR THAT THE MOST EFFICIENT AND MOST BENEFICIAL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND NATIONAL SECURITY IS TO COMPLETE THE M.O.X. FACILITY. I YIELD MY TIME. MR. SIMPSON: HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

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  • 08:02:29 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    REMAINING?

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    THE CHAIR

  • 08:02:37 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    TO THIS AND I APPRECIATE MR. FORTENBERRY WITHDRAWING BECAUSE OF WHAT HAS…

    TO THIS AND I APPRECIATE MR. FORTENBERRY WITHDRAWING BECAUSE OF WHAT HAS BEEN SAID. THIS PROJECT IS ABOUT 70% COMPLETE AND BEEN SUPPORTED BY THREE DIFFERENT ADMINISTRATIONS AUTHORIZED BY CONGRESS AND IS WRITTEN INTO AN INTERNATIONAL NONPROLIFERATION AGREEMENT. 4.7 BILLION HAS BEEN SPENT AND THIS IS MONEY THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN INVESTED. AND WHENEVER WE STOP OR PUT IT ON A COLD START, AS THIS ADMINISTRATION OR COLD STAND-BY THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE, IT ENDS UP COSTING MORE MONEY FOR THE PROJECT. BEST THING TO DO IS TO COMPLETE THIS AND SEND THAT SIGNAL INTERNATIONALLY, BUT ALSO TO KEEP THOSE JOBS LOCALLY, WHICH IS SO IMPORTANT FOR THE AUGUSTA, SOUTH CAROLINA AREA. I BELIEVE AS WE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WANT TO BE POSSIBLE STEWARDS OFER TAX DOLLARS, DEFEAT THIS AMENDMENT SHOULD IT BE OFFERED BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY GET THIS THING COMPLETED AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND I APPRECIATE YOU LETTING ME SPEAK. MR. SIMPSON: LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA FOR BOTH HIS CONSIDERATION OF THIS AND HIS PASSION IN THIS ARENA WHICH MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THIS COMMITTEE DOES. I

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  • 08:03:53 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    THIS ARENA WHICH MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THIS COMMITTEE DOES. I…

    THIS ARENA WHICH MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THIS COMMITTEE DOES. I APPRECIATE WORKING WITH HIM AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU TO ADDRESS THIS AS WE ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS AS RAPIDLY AS WE CAN. AND I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. GENTLEMAN'S RECOGNIZED.

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  • 08:04:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME. GENTLEMAN'S RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:04:18 PM

    MR. FORTENBERRY

    OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS DEBATE. I RAN A SIMPLE CALCULATION. IF WE ARE…

    OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS DEBATE. I RAN A SIMPLE CALCULATION. IF WE ARE GOING TO CONSIDER THIS AN IMPORTANT JOBS BILL. AND IT'S A HEFTY PRICE FOR A JOBS BILL SAYING WE PLEETHED 60% OF IT AT $4 BILLION. ANY ROAD WILL DO. I'M WORRIED ABOUT THAT. MAYBE IT BECOMES VIABLE. MAYBE IT STILL MAINTAINS A STATUS IN TERMS OF OUR NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION REGIME, BUT MAYBE NOT. WE HAVE GOT TO GET TO THIS ANSWER AND WE DON'T WANT TO WASTE MORE MONEY. WE NEED TO REDUCE THE PROBABILITY OF FISSILE MATERIALS. MS. KAPTUR: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS --

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  • 08:05:07 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

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    THE CHAIR

    EXPIRED. MS. KAPTUR: I APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE PROPOSED ON…

    EXPIRED. MS. KAPTUR: I APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE PROPOSED ON NONPROLIFERATION, VERY UNDERFUNDED IN THE ACCOUNTS, IN MY OPINION, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU. THE

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  • 08:05:15 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    IN MY OPINION, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU. THE CHAIR: THE…

    IN MY OPINION, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU. THE CHAIR: THE TIME HAS EXPIRED. WITHOUT

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  • 08:05:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. THE CLERK WILL READ. THE CLERK:…

    OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. THE CLERK WILL READ. THE CLERK: PAGE 29, LINE 15, NAVAL REACTORS $1 BILLION.

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  • 08:05:38 PM

    THE CLERK

    NAVAL REACTORS $1 BILLION. OFFICE OF THE ADMINISTRATOR, $386,863,000 TO…

    NAVAL REACTORS $1 BILLION. OFFICE OF THE ADMINISTRATOR, $386,863,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2016. ENVIRONMENTAL AND OTHER DEFENSE ACTIVITIES, $4,108,000,000. POWER MARKETING ADMINISTRATION, POWER ADMINISTRATION FUND, EXPENDITURES FROM THE POWER ADMINISTRATION FUND ARE APPROVED FOR THE BLACK CANYON TROUT HATCHERRY AND FOR OTHER EXPENSES NOT TO EXCEED $5,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, SOUTHEASTERN POWER ADMINISTRATION $7,222,000. OPERATION AND MAINTAINANCE, $46,240,000. CONSTRUCTION REHABILITATION, OPERATION AND MAINTAINANCE, WESTERN AREA POWER ADMINISTRATION $304,202,000. OPERATING AND MAINTENANCE FUND, $4,727,000. FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, SALARIES AND EXPENSES, $304,389,000. GENERAL PROVISIONS, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, SECTION 301, NO APPROPRIATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SHALL BE USED TO INITIATE ANY PROGRAM IF THE PROGRAM HAS NOT BEEN --

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  • 08:07:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: PAGE 40, LINE 8, INSERT THE NUMBER…

    WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: PAGE 40, LINE 8, INSERT THE NUMBER OF PROPOSALS WHERE APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED FOR THE AWARD, DOCUMENTATION OF THE BASIS FOR SELECTION OF AWARD RECIPIENT AFTER THE AWARD. MR. LANKFORD:

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  • 08:07:26 PM

    THE CLERK

    SELECTION OF AWARD RECIPIENT AFTER THE AWARD. MR. LANKFORD: I MOVE --

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    MR. LANKFORD

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    MR. SIMPSON

    OF ORDER. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL…

    OF ORDER. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. MR. LANKFORD:

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  • 08:07:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. MR. LANKFORD: I'M PLEASED…

    MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. MR. LANKFORD: I'M PLEASED THE APPROPRIATORS AND THIS CHAIRMAN HAS INCLUDED THE REQUIREMENT THAT DISCRETIONARY GRANTS MUST BE DISCLOSED TO THE HOUSE AND SENATE IN A TIMELY MANNER AND MUST INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT WHERE THOSE FUNDS ARE GOING. THIS

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  • 08:07:54 PM

    MR. LANKFORD

    AND MUST INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT WHERE THOSE FUNDS ARE GOING. THIS IS A…

    AND MUST INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT WHERE THOSE FUNDS ARE GOING. THIS IS A VERY POSITIVE STEP FORWARD WITH GREATER TRANSPARENCY AND GREATER AVAILABILITY FOR THIS BODY TO HAVE OVERSIGHT. THIS AMENDMENT I'M OFFERING PER EFFECTS INFORMATION ABOUT THOSE GRANTS. IN ADDITION TO THE MONEY WHERE IT WOULD GO, IT IS CRITICAL WE KNOW HOW MANY ENTITIES COMPETED FOR THESE AWARDS AND HOW THE WINNER WAS SELECTED SO WE KNOW THE FULL TRANSPARENCY OF THE PROGRAM ITSELF. IT PROVIDES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO GRANTEYS AND IMPORTANT THAT CONGRESS HAS THEIR AND FULFILLS THEIR RESPONSIBILITY OF OVERSIGHT. IT WILL ALLOW FOR CRITICAL INDEPENDENT ASSESSMENTS OF HOW THE D.O.E. SPENDS ITS MONEY AND WILL GO A LONG WAY TO GIVE CONGRESS DATA OF HOW THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. I APPLAUD THE COMMITTEE FOR ACKNOWLEDGING HOW IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE IS AND I HOPE THIS IS A POSITIVE SIGN OF HOW WELL'S HANDLE OVERSIGHT FOR ALL AGENCIES AND FOR ALL GRANTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK. MR. SIMPSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. THE CHAIR:

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  • 08:09:22 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. SIMPSON

    MUST INSIST UPON MY POINT OF ORDER. IT PROPOSES TO CHANGE EXISTING LAW AND…

    MUST INSIST UPON MY POINT OF ORDER. IT PROPOSES TO CHANGE EXISTING LAW AND CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION ON AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND THE RULE STATES IN PERPT PART AN AMENDMENT TO A GERM APPROPRIATION BILL SHALL NOT BE IN ORDER OF CHANGING EXISTING LAW. THE AMENDMENT INSERTS ADDITIONAL LEGISLATIVE LANGUAGE AND IS NOT MERL PERFECTING. I ASK FOR A RULING.

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  • 08:10:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PAGE 51, LINE THREE, DELTA REGIONAL AUTHORITY, SALARIES AND EXPENSES, $12…

    PAGE 51, LINE THREE, DELTA REGIONAL AUTHORITY, SALARIES AND EXPENSES, $12 MILLION. DENALI COMMISSION, $10 MILLION. MR. CHABOT: MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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  • 08:12:09 PM

    MR. CHABOT

    A $17.5 TRILLION DEBT. . . MR.

  • 08:15:33 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    WOULD ELIMINATE THE DENALI COMMISSION WHICH IS FUNDED AT LAST YEAR'S LEVEL…

    WOULD ELIMINATE THE DENALI COMMISSION WHICH IS FUNDED AT LAST YEAR'S LEVEL OF $10 MILLION IN THIS BILL. THE DENALI COMMISSION PROVIDES INFRASTRUCTURE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES FOR SOME OF THE COUNTRY'S MOST RURAL AND DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES. REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IT IS ONE STATE OR REGION. THE FACT IS, THE STATE IS PROBABLY LARGER THAN ANY ONE OF THE REGIONS THAT THE OTHER COMMISSIONS DEAL WITH. IN A TIME OF ECONOMIC INSTABILITY, COMMUNITIES CAN SCARCE AFFORD TO LOSE THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PRIVATE INVESTMENTS LEVERAGED BY THE COMMISSION ANNUALLY. THE ELIMINATION OF THIS COMMISSION WOULD DENY THESE COMMUNITIES INFRASTRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT AND I WOULD YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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  • 08:16:21 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    FOR YIELDING TO ME. ALL DO RESPECT TO -- ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    FOR YIELDING TO ME. ALL DO RESPECT TO -- ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE GENTLEMAN WHO OFFERED THIS AMENDMENT, YES, WE'RE ALL ONE STATE BUT YOU TOOK ALL THE LAND FROM THE TIP OF MAINE TO THE TIP OF FLORIDA TO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER OVER, THAT'S THE PART OF ALASKA. THAT'S A BIG STATE, NOT A LITTLE STATE LIKE OHIO. THIS COMMISSION HAS WORKED AND I HAVE TO SAY ONE THING. IT'S BEING REFERRED TO AS THE I.G. REPORT BY MR. MARSHALL. TOTALLY INCOMPETENT. IT'S BEEN UNFOUNDED, HIS FINDING WAS UNFOUNDED. IN FACT, WE CAN'T FIND HIM. WE'D LIKE TO FIND OUT WHERE HE IS. HE NO LONGER EXISTS. WHAT HE SAID ABOUT THIS COMMISSION IS TOTALLY INACCURATE. IT HAS WORKED. IT WILL WORK. AND WE ARE A RURAL AREA. WHAT IT HAS DONE, IT HAS TAKEN AND PROVIDED, NUMBER ONE THING WHEN IT WAS CREATED, WAS TO MOVE THE FUEL TANKS AWAY FROM THE WATERS THAT THE E.P.A. SAID THEY COULDN'T BE CLOSE TO. THESE COMMUNITIES COULD NOT DO THAT. AND THE PROCESS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE OTHER AGENCIES WERE TAKING TOO LONG. SO WE MOVED THESE FUEL TANKS ACROSS. AND YES IT WAS USED FOR CLINICS AND, YES, IT'S BEEN USED FOR SEWER AND WATER. 44 OF OUR VILLAGES DON'T HAVE WATER YET. DON'T HAVE SEWAGE. THEY CARRY HONEY BUCKETS. WHY THEY CALL THEM THAT I HAVE NO IDEA. BUT I WILL SAY, THIS IS WHAT THIS COMMISSION'S BEEN, TO TAKE AND PROVIDE THE PROPER THING FOR, JUST AS YOUR CONSTITUENTS USE EVERY DAY AND TAKE IT FOR GRANTED. THIS COMMISSION HAS WORKED. WE WANT TO KEEP THE MONEY AND I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR UNDERSTANDING THIS. BECAUSE THIS AMENDMENT'S BEEN OFFERED TIME AND TIME AGAIN. AS HE SAID, THIS IS A VERY SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY. THAT'S NOT WHAT I'M ARGUING. IT'S MONEY WELL SPENT. IF WE DON'T SPEND IT ON THIS TYPE OF THING, THE CUTOFF OF THE MIDDLEMAN, THEY KEEP SAYING THEY'RE OTHER AGENCIES, THIS IS NOT TRUE. THOSE AGENCIES DO NOT FUNCTION. MOST OF OUR GOVERNMENT TO DATE DOESN'T FUNCTION BECAUSE THERE'S TOO MANY LAYERS AND NOTHING GETS TO THE CONSTITUENT. NOTHING GETS TO THE -- SOLVING THE PROBLEMS. SO I'M SUGGESTING, AND WE'VE DONE SOME WORK ON THIS I ASK FOR A JOO INVESTIGATION. I DID -- G.A.O. INVESTIGATION. I DID. TO FIND OUT IF THIS HAS OCCURRED. IT'S NOT BEEN REPORTED BACK TO US YELTSIN. IT WILL BE. AND IN FACT -- YET. IT WILL BE. AND IT WILL SHOW THAT THE I.G.'S REPORT IS FALSE AND THAT'S ONE THING I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS AMENDMENT. IT'S TIME WE ACCEPTED FACT THIS SYSTEM WORKS AS THE OTHER COMMISSIONS DO FOR THOSE COMMUNITIES THAT ARE LESS FORTUNATE AND THOSE ARE COMMUNITIES MOST PEOPLE LIVE IN THIS BODY. I COME FROM A RURAL STATE. I WANT TO SERVE THE RURAL STATE AND I'M SURE THIS COMMISSION DOES ALSO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR.

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  • 08:18:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. SIMPSON: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.…

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. SIMPSON: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 08:19:03 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.…

    OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 08:19:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    I WANT TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE…

    I WANT TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 08:19:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

  • 08:19:22 PM

    MR. LANKFORD

    ALASKA. ALASKA'S A TREMENDOUS STATE THAT I'VE PERSONALLY VISITED AND I HAD…

    ALASKA. ALASKA'S A TREMENDOUS STATE THAT I'VE PERSONALLY VISITED AND I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE THERE -- I HAVEN'T HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE THERE LIKE MY COLLEAGUE HAS. THIS ISN'T ABOUT ALASKA. THIS IS ABOUT DUPLICATION AND GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY AND HOW WE DELIVER SERVICES TO THESE AGENCIES. IN 2004, PRESIDENT BUSH'S OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET WROTE THAT THE COMMISSION'S ACTIVITIES WERE DUPLICATIVE OF OTHER FEDERAL PROGRAMS THAT ADDRESS THE SAME NEEDS AND PROVIDE THE SAME TYPES OF ASSISTANCE. IN 2009, PRESIDENT OBAMA'S O.M.B. REFERRED TO THE DENALI COMMISSION AS DUPLICATIVE, REDUNDANT, UNNECESSARY AND STATED THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE THAT THE COMMISSION'S JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS IMPROVE EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES FOR PARTICIPANTS. THE G.A.O. FOUND THAT THE DENALI'S COMMISSIONS -- COMMISSION'S AC TIFFLETS TO BE DUPLICATIVE OF -- ACTIVITIES TO BE DUPLICATIVE OF OTHER PROGRAMS. IT FAILED TO FIND ANY EVIDENCE THEY'VE ACHIEVED SUCCESS IN THESE AREAS IN LARGE PART BECAUSE OF THE OVERLAP OF THE COMMISSION'S AC TIFFLETS AND OTHER FEDERAL PROGRAMS. AND IN OCTOBER, 2013, A REPORT TO CONGRESS, THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL SAID THE DENALI COMMISSION WAS A MIDDLEMAN. IT WAS AN EXPERIMENT THAT HAD RUN ITS COURSE AND ARGUED THESE FUNDS COULD BE APPROPRIATED AND BE PUT TO BETTER USE. PUT THE FUNDS TOWARD ALASKA. PUT THEM ACTUALLY INTO DIRECT GRANTS RATHER THAN A PROGRAM THAT IS A MIDDLEMAN AROUND IT. THERE ARE WAYS TO BE ABLE TO DETERMINE THIS BUT WE AS A NATION HAVE TO FIND WAYS TO BE ABLE TO ELIMINATE DUPLICATION AND THIS IS ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS. ARE WE GOING TO LISTEN TO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL, CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, G.A.O., TWO DIFFERENT PRESIDENTS, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, OR WILL WE IGNORE ALL OF THOSE? WITH THAT I ENCOURAGE US TO DEAL WITH A TRANSITION FOR THIS, CONTINUE TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF RURAL ALASKA BUT FIND A MORE EFFICIENT DELIVERY SYSTEM TO DO THAT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THOSE

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  • 08:21:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED,

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    MR. CHABOT

    VOTE. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON…

    VOTE. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO WILL BE POSTPONED.

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  • 08:21:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO WILL BE POSTPONED.

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  • 08:21:25 PM

    THE CLERK

    BORDER REGIONAL COMMISSION, $3 MILLION. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND.…

    BORDER REGIONAL COMMISSION, $3 MILLION. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 08:21:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR.

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    THE CLERK

    FATTAH OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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    MR. FATTAH

    TO WAIVE THE FURTHER READING OF THE AMENDMENT. THE CHAIR: WITHOUT…

    TO WAIVE THE FURTHER READING OF THE AMENDMENT. THE CHAIR: WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES

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    THE CHAIR

    641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL…

    641, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. MR. FATTAH: LET ME FIRST THANK YOU AND THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER WHO HAVE DONE AN EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT OF WORK DEVELOPING THIS BILL. EVERYTHING FROM

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  • 08:21:54 PM

    MR. FATTAH

    HAVE DONE AN EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT OF WORK DEVELOPING THIS BILL. EVERYTHING…

    HAVE DONE AN EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT OF WORK DEVELOPING THIS BILL. EVERYTHING FROM THE NONPROLIFERATION WORK AND THE SECURITY AND MODERNIZATION OF OUR NUCLEAR WEAPONS ENTERPRISE, THE RENEWABLE AND NUCLEAR SUPPORT PROGRAMS, THE ENERGY LABS AND THEIR SUPPORT OF THE SCIENCE MISSION AT D.O.E., AND I KNOW THE COMMITTEE'S WORKED VERY HARD. I RISE TONIGHT TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT WHICH AT THE CONCLUSION OF MY REMARKS I WILL WITHDRAW. BUT I WANTED TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SAY A NUMBER OF THINGS. ONE IS THAT I'VE TRAVELED WITH THE CHAIRMAN AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE OVER THESE MANY YEARS TO MANY OF OUR NATIONAL ENERGY LANDS -- LABS. IN PARTICULAR, A FOCUS ON THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS ENTERPRISE. BUT I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF AND WANTING TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY BUILDINGS HUB IN PHILADELPHIA. THE ADMINISTRATION HAD ASKED FOR AN APPROPRIATIONS -- THE COMMITTEE AND ITS WORK HAS DECIDED TO GO WELL BEYOND THAT AND I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN PUBLICLY. EVEN THOUGH IT'S IN FILL KELFIA, I DON'T RISE HAD -- PHILADELPHIA, I DON'T RISE IN A PAROCHIAL SENSE. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK IN OTHER LABS. THE PITTSBURGH LAB IS WHERE THE WORK THAT WAS DONE THAT HAS ENABLED US TO TAP THE SHALE. THESE LABS ARE SO VITALLY IMPORTANT. THE SCIENCE THAT'S DONE THERE HAS INCREASED OUR COUNTRY'S CAPACITY IN TERMS OF ENERGY AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN, I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO WITHDRAW THIS AMENDMENT AND ALLOW THE COMMITTEE TO CONTINUE WITH ITS WORK. THANK YOU. THE CHAIR: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. THE

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  • 08:23:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. THE CLERK WILL READ. THE CLERK: PAGE 52, LINE…

    THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. THE CLERK WILL READ. THE CLERK: PAGE 52, LINE 9, SOUTHEAST CRESCENT REGIONAL COMMISSION, $250,000.

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  • 08:23:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    CRESCENT REGIONAL COMMISSION, $250,000. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION…

    CRESCENT REGIONAL COMMISSION, $250,000. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION SALARIES AND EXPENSES, $1,052,433,000. OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL, $12,071,000. TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2016. NUCLEAR WASTE TECH REVIEW -- TECHNICAL REVIEW BOARD SALARY AND EXPENSES, $3,400,000. GENERAL PROVISIONS, INDEPENDENT AGENCIES, SECTION 401. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION SHALL NOTIFY THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION, THE COMMITTEES ON APPROPRIATIONS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE, THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE OF THE HOUSE, AND THE COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND PUBLIC WORKS OF THE SENATE NOT LATER THAN ONE DAY AFTER THE CHAIRMAN BEGINS PERFORMING FUNCTIONS UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF SECTION 3 OF REORGANIZATION PLAN NUMBER 1 OF 1980. SECTION 402, THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION SHALL COMPLY WITH THE JULY 5, 2011, VERSION OF CHAPTER 6 OF ITS INTERNAL COMMISSION PROCEDURES WHETHER RESPONDING TO REQUESTS. TITLE 5, GENERAL PROVISIONS, INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS. SECTION 501, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO INFLUENCE CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON ANY MATTERS PENDING BEFORE CONGRESS. SECTION 502, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH ANY CORPORATION THAT WAS CONVICTED OF A FELONY CRIMINAL VIOLATION UNLESS THE AGENCY HAS CONSIDERED SUSPENSION OF THE CORPORATION. SECTION 503, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH ANY CORPORATION THAT HAS ANY UNPAID FEDERAL TAX LIABILITY THAT HAS BEEN ASSESSED, UNLESS THE AGENCY HAS CONSIDERED SUSPENSION OF THE CORPORATION. SECTION 504, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE IN TITLE 3 OF THIS ACT MAY BE TRANSFERRED TO -- TO ANY DEPARTMENT EXCEPT TO A TRANSFER MADE BY THE TRANSFER AUTHORITY PROVIDED. SECTION 505, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED IN CONTRA INVENTION OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 12898 OF FEBRUARY 11, 1994. SECTION 506, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO CONDUCT CLOSURE OF FUNCTIONS OR SUPPORT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE YUCCA MOUNTAIN GEOLOGICAL REPOSITORY LICENSE APPLICATION.

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  • 08:26:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. TITUS

    NUMBER 14. I HAVE IT AT THE DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE…

    NUMBER 14. I HAVE IT AT THE DESK. THE CHAIR: THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK:

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    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT NUMBER 14 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL…

    AMENDMENT. THE CLERK: AMENDMENT NUMBER 14 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MS.

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    THE CLERK

    IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MS. TITUS OF NEVADA. THE CHAIR:…

    IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MS. TITUS OF NEVADA. THE CHAIR: PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 641, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    641, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL…

    641, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA. MS. TITUS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WE ALL KNOW THE HISTORY OF THE MISGUIDED YUCCA MOUNTAIN PROJECT SO THERE'S NO NEED TO REPEAT IT AGAIN. THIS SIMPLE

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    MS. TITUS

    PROJECT SO THERE'S NO NEED TO REPEAT IT AGAIN. THIS SIMPLE AMENDMENT THAT…

    PROJECT SO THERE'S NO NEED TO REPEAT IT AGAIN. THIS SIMPLE AMENDMENT THAT I'M GOING TO OFFER WOULD STRIKE LANGUAGE INCLUDED IN THE BILL WHICH PROHIBITS THE D.O.E. FROM CLOSING YUCCA MOUNTAIN. NOW, WE HEARD EARLIER THIS EVENING FROM AN ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE ON THIS FLOOR THAT HE CARES DEEPLY ABOUT NEVADA AND WENT ON TO SAY THAT IF THE LATEST COURT-MANDATED STUDY DETERMINES YUCCA MOUNTAIN IS NOT SAFE FOR ONE MILLION YEARS, HE WILL INDEED LEAD THE CHARGE TO MOVE ON TO ANOTHER SOLUTION. IN FACT, HE CALLED ON THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE TO JOIN HIM IN THAT PLEDGE. WHILE I THANK HIM FOR THAT, BUT I ASK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, HOW CAN THAT BE POSSIBLE IF THE PROVISION PROHIBITING CLOSURE OF YUCCA MOUNTAIN IS LEFT IN THE BILL? IS THIS OFFER NOT A SINCERE ONE? IS THIS YET ANOTHER EMPTY PROMISE TO THE PEOPLE OF NEVADA? INDEED, IF THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED, AND INSTEAD THE DFMENT O.E. IS PROHIBIT -- THE D.O.E. IS PROHIBITED FROM EVER CLOSING YUCCA MOUNTAIN, HOW CAN WE BELIEVE ANYTHING THAT IS BEING SAID OR DONE IN RELATION TO THIS PROPOSED DUMP SITE? I TELL YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, NEVADA IS NOT A WASTE LAND. AND I URGE PASS AND OF THIS AMENDMENT THAT WOULD STRIKE THAT LANGUAGE, PROHIBITING THE D.O.E. FROM EVER CLOSING YUCCA MOUNTAIN, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IT'S FOUND TO BE SAFE OR NOT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE

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  • 08:28:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. SIMPSON: CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 08:28:15 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    THE AMENDMENT. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. SIMPSON

    AMENDMENT. INTERESTING ARGUMENT THAT THE GENTLELADY MADE. THE HOUSE HAS…

    AMENDMENT. INTERESTING ARGUMENT THAT THE GENTLELADY MADE. THE HOUSE HAS REPEATEDLY HAD OVERWHELMING VOTES IN SUPPORT OF CONTINUING THE YUCCA MOUNTAIN REPOSITORY. THE LANGUAGE IN THIS AMENDMENT WOULD -- THAT WOULD -- THE LANGUAGE THAT WOULD BE STRICKEN BY THIS AMENDMENT, WE HAVE BEEN CARRYING FOR YEARS AS A WAY TO KEEP THE WILL OF THE HOUSE AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ALIVE. IN FACT, THE VOTES SUPPORTING YUCCA MOUNTAIN IN THIS HOUSE HAVE BEEN OVERWHELMING. EACH TIME THAT WE VOTED ON IT. I WOULD REMIND THE GENTLELADY THAT THIS DOESN'T MEAN THAT YUCCA MOUNTAIN CAN NEVER BE CLOSED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS'S COMMENTS STILL WOULD BE -- ILLINOIS' COMMENTS STILL WOULD BE TRUE. AN APPROPRIATION BILL IS A ONE-YEAR APPROPRIATION BILL. THAT'S WHY WE CARRY THIS LANGUAGE IN EACH APPROPRIATION BILL. WE NEED TO WAIT FOR THE SAFETY STUDY COMMITTEE -- THE SAFETY REVIEW BY THE N.R.C. TO GET DONE TO DECIDE WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO MOVING FORWARD. INSTEAD OF THE POLITICAL DECISIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE ON YUCCA MOUNTAIN IN THE PAST. AND IT HAS BEEN A POLITICAL DECISION. I THINK EVEN THE GENTLELADY WOULD ADMIT THAT. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT AND I WOULD YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:29:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SHIMKUS

    COMMITTEE FOR AGAIN DOING FINE WORK. THE AMENDMENT TALKS ABOUT NONE OF THE…

    COMMITTEE FOR AGAIN DOING FINE WORK. THE AMENDMENT TALKS ABOUT NONE OF THE FUNDS CAN BE USED FOR THE N.R.C.'S WORK. THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION IS THE INDEPENDENT AGENCY TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THE NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY AND THE DISPOSITION OF THIS WASTE. IN ATTACKING THIS AND PULLING THIS MONEY OUT, IT IS THE LAST ATTEMPT TO SAY, WE'RE NOT GOING TO ALLOW THE SCIENTIFIC BASIS N.R. COMMISSION, MOST APPOINTED BY A DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATION, TO DO THEIR WORK. WE KNOW WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO COME OUT WITH, THEY'RE GOING TO SAY IT'S SAFE FOR A MILLION YEARS. AND OF COURSE PEOPLE NEED TO GO VISIT THE GREAT STATE OF NEVADA OR HOWEVER -- PEOPLE SAY ILLINOIS, THEY SAY ILLINOIS. I WOULD JUST TELL YOU THIS. IT'S A GREAT STATE. I'VE BEEN THERE. THERE WILL BE A TIME WHEN WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD AND I'M PLEDGING, ALONG WITH THE CHAIRMAN, TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT BY YOUR STATE. . YUCCA MOUNTAIN IS A SMALL PORTION OF THE NUCLEAR WASTE TEST SITE. YOU HAVE D.O.E. LAND AND BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT LAND AND IT IS BIGGER THAN MOST STATES AND PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT UNTIL THEY GO OUT THERE. SEVEN OF YOUR 17 COUNTIES, AT LEAST SUPPORT WHAT HAS BEEN RAISED BY THE CHAIRMAN, SUPPORT THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION COMING TO A FINAL CONCLUSION, AND YOU ALL KNOW THAT, BECAUSE THEY HAVE PASSED COUNTY RESOLUTIONS. TO SAY EVERYONE IN THE STATE IS OPPOSED FROM WHAT MANY FOLKS IN THE STATE OF NEVADA SAY, LET THE N.R.C. DO ITS WORK AND WE HAVE RESOLUTIONS FROM THE SEVEN OF THE 17 COUNTIES THAT SUPPORT THAT. WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS. WE VOTED NUMEROUS TIMES IN THIS CHAMBER. LAST YEAR, 335-81. 337-87. THE HOUSE AS A BODY REPRESENTING MEMBERS FROM ACROSS THIS GREAT NATION HAVE SPOKEN IN SUPPORT IN SUPPORTING FEDERAL LAW. AND YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO COME DOWN HERE AND TRY TO STOP THE IMPLEMENTATION OF LAW AND I UNDERSTAND THAT AND I RESPECT THAT, BUT YOU KNOW, THERE WILL BE A TIME WHEN WE CONTINUE TO PLEDGE, AS THIS POLICY MOVES FORWARD, THAT WE'LL DO EVERYTHING TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR YOUR STATE AND MOVING AND STORING AND ENSURING SAFETY FOR THIS AS THE NATIONAL POLICY OVER LAND ENACTED BY THE FEDERAL STATUTE IN 1982, ALONG THE AMENDMENTS IN 1987. I KNOW I HAVE A LOT OF SUPPORT ON YOUR SIDE. AND WE NEED TO GET CLOSURE TO THIS. SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO HAVE A REALLY AN ENERGY POLICY THAT'S DIVERSIFIED. WE MOVE ON THIS CLIMATE AGENDA. HOW DO YOU MOVE ON IT WITHOUT CLIMATE AGENDA? LARGE MAJOR GENERATING FACILITIES. HOW DO WE DEAL WITH THE WORLD WAR II WASTE, HANFORD IS A LEGACY SITE. DO YOU KNOW WHERE IT SHOULD GO IF THE N.R.C. CONCLUDES IT SHOULD BE SAFE, IN A DESERT, 90 MILES NORTHEAST OF LAS VEGAS. AGAIN, I'M NOT TRYING TO BE A JERK. I KNOW IT'S TOUGH. 30 YEARS, $15 BILLION. WE CAN'T WALK AWAY FROM THAT AS AN INVESTMENT OF THIS COUNTRY. IF WE DO, WE ARE NOT BEING GOOD PUBLIC STEWARDS OF THE TAXPAYER FUNDS AND THE RATEPAYERS WHICH IS ABOUT 32 STATES IN THIS UNION. 32 STATES HAVE PUT IN MU MONEY TO THE NUCLEAR WASTE FUND ON THE PROMISE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE A SITE AND YOUR AMENDMENT WOULD SAY, NO, WE ARE GOING TO WALK AWAY. RESPECTFULLY, I WOULD ASK FOR DEFEAT OF THE TITUS AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY

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  • 08:33:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA.

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    MS. TITUS

    COLLEAGUE, HE IS ADDRESSING THE PREVIOUS AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT DELETES…

    COLLEAGUE, HE IS ADDRESSING THE PREVIOUS AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT DELETES LANGUAGE FROM THE BILL. AND I WOULD REMIND HIM OF THE BIPARTISAN BILL THAT IS IN THE SENATE THAT WOULD PROVIDE A SOLUTION FOR OUR NUCLEAR WASTE PROBLEM WHICH IS CONSENT-BASED, BIPARTISAN AND CONSENT-BASED. THIS POLICY HAS BEEN A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY AND INDEED IT IS BAD POLITICS, NOT GOOD SCIENCE. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO

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  • 08:34:36 PM

    MR. HORSFORD

    ARE OPPOSED TO DANGEROUS STORAGE OF NUCLEAR WASTE IN OUR STATE. FROM OUR…

    ARE OPPOSED TO DANGEROUS STORAGE OF NUCLEAR WASTE IN OUR STATE. FROM OUR GOVERNOR, REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR, OUR U.S. SENATOR, REPUBLICAN MEMBER, U.S. SENATOR DEAN HELLER AND MAJORITY LEADER, HARRY REID, THIS IS A STATE ISSUE. THE STATE IS OPPOSED TO THE STORAGE OF NUCLEAR WASTE AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN. THERE ARE LOCAL COUNTIES THAT HAVE DIFFERENT POSITIONS BUT THE STATE'S POSITION HAS BEEN CLEAR FOR DECADES THAT WE DO NOT WANT DANGEROUS NUCLEAR WASTE STORED IN OUR STATE. ULTIMATELY THIS THREATENS OUR STATE'S HEALTH AND SAFETY. IT HURTS OUR SAFE ECONOMY, NOT JUST GAMING, BUT OTHER AREAS AND WITH ONE ACCIDENT, IT COULD DEVASTATE SOUTHERN NEVADA. THE STAKES ARE TOO HIGH FOR OUR STATE TO GAMBLE WITH. AND WHILE THIS IS 90 MILES AWAY FROM LAS VEGAS, WE HAVE 40 MILLION VISITORS THAT COME TO OUR COMMUNITY, TWO MILLION PEOPLE THAT LIVE THERE IN SOUTHERN NEVADA. BUT WE ARE A STATE THAT RELIES ON TOURISM. AND THAT INDUSTRY WOULD BE DESTROYED BY ANY COMPLICATION WITH NUCLEAR WASTE. PEOPLE COME TO VEGAS WITH A BRIGHT LIGHT, NOT FOR RADIOACTIVE GLOW. OUR STATE LEADERS WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT TOGETHER, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATS IN NEVADA TO MAKE SURE THAT YUCCA MOUNTAIN REMAINS SCRAPPED, AS IT SHOULD BE. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM DISTRICT 1, FOR HER TIRELESS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT THAT PROTECTS THE MAJORITY WILL OF THE PEOPLE OF NEVADA, WHO HAVE CONSISTENTLY OPPOSED THE STORAGE OF DANGEROUS NUCLEAR WASTE. AND TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS, I THINK IF YOU WOULD TAKE THE TIME TO VISIT OUR COMMUNITY, TALK TO THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, TO THE PARENTS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE TRANSPORTATION OF WHAT THIS WOULD MEAN ON OUR HIGHWAYS AND ROADS, THE THREAT THAT IT COULD HAVE TO OUR SCHOOLS AND TO OUR LOCAL BUSINESS ISES, THEN MAYBE YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND WHY THERE IS NEAR UNANIMOUS AGREEMENT THAT YUCCA MOUNTAIN IS NOT RIGHT FOR NEVADA. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA. THOSE

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  • 08:37:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA.…

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

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  • 08:37:42 PM

    MS. TITUS

    RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA WILL BE POSTPONED.

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    THE CLERK

    COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS IS ZERO DOLLARS. THE CHAIR: FROMME THE…

    COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS IS ZERO DOLLARS. THE CHAIR: FROMME THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SIMPSON

    COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

    THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES. THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 4923, DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE OF THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R.

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  • 08:38:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION…

    STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 4923 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE QUESTION IS ON --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE A MESSAGE. THE CLERK: TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, I AM…

    THE HOUSE A MESSAGE. THE CLERK: TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, I AM PLEASED TO TRANSMIT THE 2014, NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL STRATEGY, 21ST CENTURY APPROACH TO DRUG POLICY THAT IS BUILT OR DECADES OF RESEARCH THAT ADDICTION IS A DISEASE OF THE BRAIN AND PEOPLE CAN RECOVER. THE

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  • 08:39:23 PM

    THE CLERK

    ADDICTION IS A DISEASE OF THE BRAIN AND PEOPLE CAN RECOVER. THE PAGES THAT…

    ADDICTION IS A DISEASE OF THE BRAIN AND PEOPLE CAN RECOVER. THE PAGES THAT FOLLOW LAY OUT AN EVIDENCE-BASED PLAN FOR REAL DRUG POLICY REFORM, SPANNING THE SPECTRUM OF EARLY INTERVENTION, TREATMENT, RECOVERY, SUPPORT, CRIMINAL JUSTICE, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION. ILLICIT DRUG USE AND ITS CONSEQUENCES, A BUILDING FOR OUR COUNTRY, A COUNTRY AND ILLICIT DRUG USE IS ASSOCIATED WITH LOWER ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AMONG OUR YOUNG PEOPLE AND CONTRIBUTES TO CRIME AND DANGERS ON OUR NATION'S ROADWAY S AND DRUG USE JEOPARDIZES THE PROGRESS THAT WE HAVE AND COSTING OUR ECONOMY COSTING OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. DESPITE PROGRESS, THIS GIVES US GOOD REASON TO MOVE FORWARD WITH CONFIDENCE. WE CANNOT EFFECTIVELY BUILD ON THIS PROGRESS WITHOUT COLLABORATION ACROSS ALL SECTORS OF OUR SOCIETY. I LOOK TO JOINING WITH GROUPS, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS TO CONTINUE THIS IMPORTANT WORK IN 2014. AND I THANK THE CONGRESS FOR OUR EFFORTS TO BUILD A HEALTHIER, SAFER AND MORE PROSPEROUS COUNTRY, SIGNED BARACK OBAMA, THE WHITE HOUSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEES ON AGRICULTURE, ARMED SERVICES, EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON AGRICULTURE, ARMED SERVICES, EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE. FINANCIAL…

    ON AGRICULTURE, ARMED SERVICES, EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE. FINANCIAL SERVICES, FOREIGN AFFAIRS, WAYS AND MEANS, AND NATURAL RESOURCES AND PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS. THE CLERK: LEAVES OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MS.

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  • 08:41:28 PM

    THE CLERK

    FOR MS. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON FOR TODAY. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    FOR MS. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON FOR TODAY. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RISE? MR. SIMPSON: I MOVE THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN. THE

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    MR. SIMPSON

    NOW ADJOURN. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO…

    NOW ADJOURN. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE

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  • 08:41:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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115th Congress - House
Total Hours: 1481 (After 650 days)
  • Debate689 Hours
  • Special Orders287 Hours
  • Votes231 Hours
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